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El día de la bestia (The Day of the Beast)
Directed by Álex de la Iglesia
Considered one of Spain’s hottest directors in the late 1990s, Alex de la Iglesia hasn’t slowed down one bit over time. He’s continuously directed genre-bending, imaginative films, laced with black humour and often sharp satire for over two decades. His tongue-in-cheek sci-fi thriller The Day of the Beast won no fewer than six of the Oscar equivalent, the Goyas. Best described as a comic precursor to End of Days, The Day of the Beast follows a Catholic priest and professor of theology (Alex Angulo) who tries to thwart the coming of Satan on Christmas Eve. In a rather slapdash manner, he befriends a metalhead record store clerk (Santiago Segura) and the host of a paranormal-themed TV talk show (Armando DeRazza) to help him on his quest. »
I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving, dear readers, and I hope a lot of you got out to see Frozen over the holiday weekend. December is finally here, and it’s time for us all to start preparing for our preferred winter holidays. In the meantime, this week’s slightly belated Trailer Trashin’ column takes a look at Enemies Closer, one of next January’s more low-profile releases.
Premise: Henry (Tom Everett Scott), a forest ranger and ex-Navy Seal, has his quiet life disrupted by the arrival of Clay (Orlando Jones), a former comrade with a vendetta against him. But before Clay can attempt to get revenge, the two men are caught by a ruthless drug cartel led by a man named Xander (Jean-Claude Van Damme). The cartel forces the two men to help retrieve a major shipment of heroin which went missing deep in a forest on the Us-Canadian border. »
- Timothy Monforton
In a move that seems specifically designed to stave off the inevitable multimedia feud between Kanye West and James Franco that we all know is coming eventually, Kim Kardashian has tweeted that she and her fiancé very much enjoy the spoof Franco and Seth Rogen made of Kim and Kanye’s “Bound 2″ music video.
After appreciatively tweeting at Rogen that it was “sooo funny,” Rogen amiably tweeted back a thank-you. “Some of those positions were really uncomfortable,” he said, implying that having symbolic semi-clothed cosmic intercourse on a metaphorical motorcycle is not as much fun as you might think. The future Mrs. »
- Darren Franich
Another brick in the wall. Chris Pratt's Emmet is the latest character to be showcased in a poster from the forthcoming The Lego Movie. He stars as an ordinary Lego mini-figure who is mistakenly identified as a potential saviour for the world when evil tyrant Lord Business (Will Ferrell) threatens the End of Days by gluing the Lego universe together. »
Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time for one reason: the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. I am including documentaries, short films and mini series, only as special mentions – along with a few features that can qualify as horror, but barely do.
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Directed by Terence Young
Written by Robert Carrington
Directed by Terence Young, »
Despite apparently retiring, Arnie is back on the big screens this weekend with the release of Escape Plan, the action caper teaming the former Governator back up with Sylvester Stallone. The bones might ache a bit more, and the muscles might take more time to heal, but the pair celebrate genre conventions like old pros, and combine to make Escape Plan far more than just another film starring Vinnie Jones and 50 Cent.
Schwarzenegger is a difficult prospect for anyone looking to break down his career: he is a curiously polarising figure, making films that are universally hated without necessarily offering a bad performance (like End Of Days) and generally being counted as an acquired taste. But as we discussed in our original 5 Awesome Performances & 5 That Sucked for the Terminator star, there is more than enough variety in the success of his performances to perpetuate his star even now.
And it »
- Simon Gallagher
Review Becky Lea 9 Oct 2013 - 22:00
Whitechapel closes its 4th series with a fitting and tense finale, tying up loose ends and putting our characters through the wringer...
This review contains spoilers.
So cannibalism turned out to be a grisly red herring, or rather a slightly blackened Proboscis Monkey. Instead of booking a group of cannibals who had been feasting on residents of Whitechapel, Chandler and Miles had located a group who had a taste for exotic creatures. The actual motive for the murders turned out to be less gruesome, but still disturbing as a doomsday cult were offering the sacrifices of good, virtuous people in order to prevent the End of Days. The climax, a tense recreation of the Old Testament's Abraham and Isaac story, also highlighted the religious undertones that the series has been developing as well as cementing the possible presence of the supernatural in Whitechapel.
British actress Joely Richardson (below) has signed up to Henry Hobson's feature debut 'Maggie'. The new zombie project is currently lensing in New Orleans and Richardson has been bought aboard to star alongside Abigail Breslin ('The Call', 'Zombieland') and Arnold Schwarzenegger ('End of Days'). The 48 year old star better known for her role as Julia McNamara in Ryan Murphy's hit FX series 'Nip/Tuck' will be seen next February starring in the Mark Waters helmed teen horror adaptation 'Vampire Academy'. »
El día de la bestia (The Day of the Beast)
Directed by Álex de la Iglesia
Considered one of Spain’s hottest directors in the late ’90s, Alex de la Iglesia hasn’t slowed down one bit over time. He’s continuously directed genre-bending, imaginative films, laced with black humour and often sharp satire for over two decades. His tongue-in-cheek 1995 sci-fi/thriller The Day of the Beast, won no fewer than six of its Oscar equivalent, the Goyas. Best described as a comic precursor to End of Days, The Day of the Beast follows a Catholic priest and professor of theology (Alex Angulo) who tries to thwart the coming of Satan on Christmas Eve. In a rather slapdash manner he befriends a metalhead record store clerk (Santiago Segura) and the host of a paranormal-themed TV talk show (Armando DeRazza) to help him on his quest. »
- Ricky da Conceição
While we don't like posting paparazzi pictures taken of actors in wardrobe on the set of any given film, we're completely fine with the pictures that actors themselves take while in production. Sure, if you search online you can find pictures of a buff Mel Gibson and Sylvester Stallone shooting The Expendables 3, but Arnold Schwarzenegger just posted his own photo from the set with Harrison Ford and director Patrick Hughes. Schwarzenegger seems to be in wardrobe (similar to his End of Days costume), but we're not sure if Ford is or not since he's a licensed pilot, and he could have flown to Bulgaria himself. Look now! Here's Schwarzenegger's photo from The Expendables 3 from the actor's Instagram: The Expendables 3 is directed by Patrick Hughes (Red Hill) and written by Sylvester Stallone and Olympus Has Fallen scribes Creighton Rothenberger & Katrin Benedikt. Barney (Sylvester Stallone), Christmas (Jason Statham) and »
- Ethan Anderton
Preparing for an apocalyptic event – or “prepping” – has been on the minds of thousands of people for generations. For some, it’s nothing more than putting away several weeks’ worth of water, food and fuel to survive a natural disaster. But for others who take it Way more serious, it’s all about being prepared for a cataclysmic event that could change life as we know it.
Imagine yourself in this scenario: terrorists – either foreign or domestic (think Jericho) – have set off a nuclear device on Us soil causing the world as we know to spiral into chaos. The resulting Electromagnetic Pulse (Emp) blast wipes out everything without a shielded circuit board ...
Click to continue reading ‘Doomsday Castle’ TV Series: Prepping to Survive the End of Days
- Paul Young
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke tells the heart-wrenching story of an elderly couple fighting against the deterioration of the body and mind in this brutally honest French drama. Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) are retired octogenarian music teachers whose lives vastly alter when Anne suffers from the first of several strokes. Georges struggles to take care of his wife as watches her gradually lose her ability to move and speak.
Why We're In: One of the most powerful films in recent years and winner of the 2012 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, "Amour" shows love at its most harrowing. Known as a horror master, Haneke uses slow-pacing and raw storytelling in this film to truly show life's real horrors. With some of the best performances ever from Riva and Trintignant, "Amour" is not merely a film that will make you weep, »
- Erin Whitney
If you would have told me that the studio remake of Left Behind would only see one minor problem by the time it began its production, I would have at first been skeptical, and then assumed it had something to do with Nic Cage. But it turns out that it involves another cast member - Ashley Tisdale. Variety reports that the actress connection with the film has ended and that she has been quickly replaced by Cassi Thomson, best known for her work on HBO.s Big Love. There.s no reason given for Tisdale.s sudden split, but I.m not even going to speculate, as speculation might end up screwing me over when the End of Days hits. The Australian-born Thomson, who starred as Chloë Sevigny and .eljko Ivanek.s daughter Cara Lynn in the polygamist drama, has recently had a recurring role on ABC Family.s drama »
Real quick mission statement: this column is for discussion of superhero movie news and superhero movies. Titular allegiance aside, this sphere includes non-Marvel properties.
This week: Instead of re-hashing stuff we’ll be talking about for years, this week we’re going to talk about Spawn and black superheroes in their own movies.
There comes a time when examining mainstream media where one runs across a race issue or two. Or seven. Or two-dozen. I’m not sure how much weight to put on the race part of this week’s discussion, but I’m fairly sure talking about it won’t hurt anyone. So let’s talk about Jamie Foxx and Spawn.
Several people and outlets have put together recent comments made by Jamie Foxx about roles he’d like to play with Spawn-creator Todd MacFarlane’s ongoing insistence he’d like to reboot his character into a »
A couple of months back Chloe Moretz ('Carrie') was due to appear in new horror feature 'Maggie', however, due to the young star's hectic schedule she was forced to pull out. Thankfully her replacement has been found in the form of 'Zombieland' and 'The Call' star Abigail Breslin (below). The 17 year old actress has scored the title role in the new zombie project from first time feature director Henry Hobson. Breslin joins Arnold Schwarzenegger ('End of Days') and Paddy Considine ('The World's End') who are already on board. Hobson will helm from a script penned by John Scott 3. »
Feature James Clayton 19 Jul 2013 - 05:49
Edgar Wright's The Worlds End proves that it's best to face the end of days with a smile and a laugh, James writes...
(Warning: readers are advised that the following column discusses the end of days and, as such, may strike sensitive readers as excessively morbid and disturbing. It may also contain spoilers for several apocalypse-tinged feature films and the end of the real world itself. Spoilers there as well - the world is going to end at the end. Sorry.)
In the Ray Bradbury short story The Last Night Of The World, a married couple acknowledge the arrival of 'The End'. They do this calmly. The inexplicable coming of the end of days is simply accepted and understood without anxiety or melodrama by the pair and, it's implied, by the rest of the planet as well.
Wife and husband eat their dinner, »
The apocalypse has been given the Hollywood treatment perhaps more than any other scenario, with literally hundreds of films showing the events leading up to it, or life going on after it.
This year has been a big year for the end of the world. Oblivion showed a sci-fi vision of what life might be like on an all but deserted Earth, as did After Earth. This Is The End showed what the final hours of life on Earth what might be like for celebrities, and out today Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright team up for the final instalment in the Cornetto Trilogy, The World’s End.
The dictionary definition of ‘Apocalypse’ is 1. The complete final destruction of the world, and 2. An event involving destruction or damage on a catastrophic scale. These are obviously two quite different things, and the existence of the post-apocalyptic genre suggests that »
- Barry Steele
Review James Stansfield 24 Jun 2013 - 23:15
Banshee delivers a bloody penultimate episode. Here's James' review of Always The Cowboy...
This review contains spoilers.
1.9 Always The Cowboy
If there was one thing that really struck you about the opening scene of Banshee’s ninth episode, it was the blood. Picking up minutes after We Shall Live Forever concluded, Ana lays beaten to a pulp in the back of her car while a strung out Sheriff Lucas Hood tries to get her to the hospital. It’s not Ana’s delirious daydreams or Hood’s pleading with her to hang in there that sticks out though, but the blood. Having gone through eight hours with Banshee, we’re no strangers to the red stuff by now but here it seems different, harsher in the broad daylight, and then sterile surrounding of the hospital. Blood plays a big part in Always The Cowboy, »
Arnold Schwarzenegger is getting in on the zombie action and has joined the upcoming zombie film project Maggie. The project was announced about a year ago, when Chloe Moretz and Paddy Considine were in negotiations to star in the film. Due to scheduling conflicts though they will not be appearing in the film.
The story is set in a time where a zombie virus has spread across the country. Schwarzenegger will play the father of a young girl who is infected with the virus and slowly turns into a zombie. He takes her on a journey to help her come to terms with her infection as she turns.
This sounds like a pretty heavy and emotional role for Schwarzenegger, which is something he hasn't done for a long time. I hope he can pull it off. Remember End of Days? I'm sure he'll be fine. Commercial director Henry Hobson is set to direct the film, »
- Joey Paur
New York — The Earth has been coming to an end with comic frequency. We've seen tsunamis sweep the oceans ("2012"), the world freeze over ("The Day After Tomorrow") and a rogue planet bear down ("Melancholia"). So many have been patrolling a desolate Earth – Will Smith ("After Earth"), Tom Cruise ("Oblivion"), a cute cleanup robot ("Wall-e") – that even the post-apocalyptic world is getting crowded.
But now, months after the Mayans predicted the end of the world, comedians are having the last laugh – or at least, a Last Days laugh. Opening Wednesday is Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's "This Is the End," in which the rapture arrives in the midst of a Hollywood party at James Franco's house.
"The World's End" is coming in August and earlier this year, there was "It's a Disaster," where nuclear calamity interrupts a New Orleans couples' brunch. Also just out is the farcical "Rapture-Palooza," in »
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