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You can’t have a discussion between two Halloween fans without the subject coming up. The fact is, even if you’re a fan of it, you’re aware that The Curse Of Michael Myers is one of the most ridiculous entries of the franchise after Halloween: Resurrection and it can cause quite a debate if you’re one of the ones that defend it. My attempt is not to convince anyone that it’s a good film, because it’s really not, »
- Justin Edwards
Previously titled Hercules 3D, the film Hercules: The Legend Begins starring Kellan Lutz (Twilight) and directed by Renny Harlin (Exorcist: The Beginning) has released its first teaser trailer and it is nothing short of awesome. While brief, it still manages to pack an awesome gladiator themed punch. Enjoy!
Teaser Trailer: Hercules: The Legend Begins
- Jess Orso
A critical digest of the week’s latest U.S. theatrical releases. Where applicable, links to longer reviews have been provided.
Distributor: Sony/Screen Gems
Set in a world of scantily clad demon hunters, bisexual warlocks, and a host of vampires and werewolves apparently on loan from “The Twilight Saga,” “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” is a ludicrous, borderline-nonsensical supernatural concoction with a slightly redeeming sense of its own silliness. Even by the genre’s lax standards of plausibility, not a whole lot coheres in this first adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s bestselling urban-fantasy series, a muddled mash-up of Stephenie Meyer, J.K. Rowling and Joss Whedon with a little “Men in Black” thrown in for good measure. While its tattooed torsos, fantastical f/x and precociously kinky undertones suggest a focus group’s notion of what teenagers want from their entertainment, this Canadian-German »
- Variety Staff
After a solid decade toiling in the lower depths of big-budget misfires (“Driven,” “Exorcist: The Beginning”) and barely released director-for-hire jobs (“Cleaner,” “5 Days of War”), Finnish action specialist Renny Harlin shows fitful signs of life in “Devil’s Pass,” the latest but not the least in the surfeit of found-footage horror pics that have become to today’s B-movie landscape what power-tool-wielding slasher flicks were to the 1980s. The third such “Blair Witch”/”Paranormal Activity” knockoff to arrive in nearly as many weeks (on the heels of the deplorable “Evidence” and the pretty good “Frankenstein’s Army”), Harlin’s low-budget tale of a film crew retracing the steps of a doomed skiing expedition doesn’t cover any new ground, but is made with just enough craft that, were you to stumble upon it late at night during a bout of insomnia, you wouldn’t mind watching through to the end. »
- Scott Foundas
Renny Harlin returns to his horror roots with Devil's Pass (formerly The Dyatlov Pass Incident ) after having given us genre offerings like Prison , A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master , Deep Blue Sea , Exorcist: The Beginning and The Covenant . Harlin has always had one foot in the realm of action and the other planted firmly in horror and, this time, he's tackling the found footage sub-genre. Devil's Pass follows a group of American students on a trek to investigate the true life mystery of nine Russian skiers who befell unexplained deaths while skiing in the Russian mountains in 1959. To this day, their deaths have been one of the most bizarre unsolved mysteries of the 20th Century. In an interview with ShockTillYouDrop.com , Harlin explains why he »
Renny Harlin returns to his horror roots with Devil's Pass (formerly The Dyatlov Pass Incident) after having given us genre offerings like Prison, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, Deep Blue Sea and Exorcist: The Beginning and, well, I guess we should include The Covenant, too. Harlin has always had one foot in the realm of action and the other planted firmly in horror and, this time, he's tackling the found footage sub-genre.
Devil's Pass follows a group of American students on a trek to investigate the true life mystery of nine Russian skiers who befell unexplained deaths while skiing in the Russian mountains in 1959. To this day, their deaths have been one of the most bizarre unsolved mysteries of the 20th century.
After the jump, Harlin explains why he decided to do a found footage film, the challenges that came with its creation and how he »
'Oh, you'll have fun with Renny," says his assistant as I'm ushered into his office in Venice, Los Angeles, three blocks from where Orson Welles filmed the opening sequence of Touch of Evil. "He's been doing his homework on you."
My mind fills with horrifying possibilities, recalling how Don Simpson would have a journalist's credit rating, divorce papers, and even criminal record to hand for an interview. But Finland's most successful director simply appears before me with a grin and says: "Hello, John, I very much enjoyed your – " and he quotes something I wrote a month back. "I laughed all day!" he adds.
Renny Harlin, a lean, ginger-haired man of medium height with a wind-burned, tough-guy sort of face, »
- John Patterson
Foresight Unlimited and Envision Entertainment have most recently collaborated on Wahlberg and Washington’s actioner 2 Guns but they will once again join forces to produce and finance an adaptation of Will Scully‘s bestselling novel, ‘Once a Pilgrim’. The film will be retitled as The Englishman and will be a ‘real-time’ set thriller centred on a former Sas officer-turned-mercenary, who gets caught up in a military coup in South Africa where he single-handedly takes on the enemy until he can get the innocent civilians to safety.
The Englishman will have relatively modest $30 million budget with A Good Day To Die Hard and Max Payne’s much-maligned John Moore directing from a screenplay by Terminator 2′s William Wisher. Shooting is scheduled for South Africa early next year. We’ll bring you casting details as they’re announced. The press release below gives all the details.
Foresight Unlimited And Envision Entertainment To »
- Craig Hunter
Foresight Unlimited and Envision Entertainment, who previously collaborated on the current box office hit, 2 Guns, produced by Marc Platt and Emmett/Furla and starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, have come aboard to produce and finance The Englishman. Blockbuster director John Moore (A Good Day to Die Hard, Behind Enemy Lines) is attached to helm the film from a screenplay written by William Wisher Jr. (Terminator 2: Judgment Day). Foresight Unlimited will also be handling worldwide sales for the film.
The Englishman was developed by London-based Derby Street Films. Derby Street's Nicola Horlick and Rachel Green are executive producing, together with Shaun Redick, Ray Mansfield, Ash Shah, Chris Hanley, Peter Veverka, and Foresight's President, Tamara Birkemoe. Envision Entertainment's Stepan Martirosyan, Vitaly Grigoriants, and Remington Chase will also be executive producers on the film. »
Foresight Unlimited and Envision Entertainment have come aboard to produce and finance The Englishman.
Director John Moore (A Good Day To Die Hard, Behind Enemy Lines) is attached to helm the film from a screenplay written by William Wisher (Terminator 2: Judgment Day). Foresight Unlimited will also be handling worldwide sales for the film.
The Englishman was developed by London-based Derby Street Films. Derby Street’s Nicola Horlick and Rachel Green are executive producing, together with Shaun Redick, Ray Mansfield, Ash Shah, Chris Hanley, Peter Veverka, and Foresight’s President, Tamara Birkemoe. Envision Entertainment’s Stepan Martirosyan, Vitaly Grigoriants, and Remington Chase will also be executive producers on the film.
Set to shoot in South Africa early next year, The Englishman is a true story based on the book “Once a Pilgrim” by Will Scully. »
- Michelle McCue
Last weekend, when I went to see The Conjuring, I expected to be scared, and I also thought that I was walking into a haunted-house movie. It certainly starts off as a haunted-house movie, with director James Wan throwing in every goose-the-audience gothic scare tactic (alarming blasts of music, sinister Victorian clown faces, ghostly figures popping up in mirrors) but the rattling of the kitchen sink. The film is, of course, “based on a true story,” in much the same way that virtually every rattletrap ghost thriller since The Amityville Horror (1979) has been “based on a true story.” (It really happened, »
- Owen Gleiberman
With religion in decline, why does our fascination with fiends and possession persist? Perhaps its a kind of therapeutic release
As their chosen title suggests, the makers of The Last Exorcism didn't expect it to beget a sequel. However, their $1.8m found-footage cheapie ended up taking $68m at the box office, so understandably enough, this week they're bringing us The Last Exorcism Part II. Perhaps they should have been more confident about their first effort's prospects: filmgoers have a proven taste for demonic expulsion.
The Exorcist regularly tops lists of the scariest-ever films. A decline in religiosity since its 1973 release might have been expected to curb the appeal of its subject matter, but recent years have spawned The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Constantine, Exorcist: The Beginning, Stigmata, The Devil Inside, Season of the Witch, The Possession, The Unborn, Paranormal Activity 2 and The Rite. Several of these efforts displeased critics, »
- David Cox
For myself personally, I've been a huge fan of filmmaker Stevan Mena ever since I first caught a theatrical showing of his debut feature 'Malevolence' back in 2004. You have to keep in mind what was going on in horror at the time. The two ficks I'd seen prior to 'Malevolence' were 'Aliens Vs Predator' and 'The Exorcist: The Beginning,' so I had pretty much given up on the genre at that point. But thankfully, Mena's brutal and relentless "slasher" perfectly captured the essence of the movies I grew up loving; so much so that I later had to reconfirm it was a new movie and not something from the 80's only at that time finally getting a release. But 'Malevolence' was always intended to be the middle part of a more epic trilogy. 'Bereavement' came out in 2010 and told the prequel story of how Martin Bristol became the killer we see in 'Malevolence. »
- Rob Galluzzo
The former Twilight actor, who played Emmett Cullen in all five of the series' instalments, will play the lead role in the upcoming blockbuster, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"It takes more than a good physique to portray the most legendary, mythological personality in history, and Kellan has exactly that - personality," Harlin said.
"He's not afraid to explore the strengths and vulnerabilities of the character, and he impressed me with his passion and heart."
"It's closer to Gladiator than flying horses," said the director. "This is a breakout role for Kellan and a chance to grow and shine as an actor. »
Kellan Lutz: big-budget blockbuster leading man.
At least that's what we might say after learning the "Twilight" actor has signed on to play the title role in Nu Image/Millennium's upcoming "Hercules 3D," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"It takes more than a good physique to portray the most legendary, mythological personality in history -- and Kellan has exactly that, personality," Harlin told The Hollywood Reporter. "He's not afraid to explore the strengths and vulnerabilities of the character, and he impressed me with his passion and heart."
Harlin calls this Lutz's "breakout role" and his "chance to shine as an actor." In keeping with his appearances in all five "Twilight" entries, Lutz's résumé includes a variety of teen-friendly flicks, including "Stick It," "Prom Night »
- Matthew Jacobs
One Hercules film will feature an actor best known for playing a sparkling vampire (Kellan Lutz) and the other has one of the most popular action actors of the past decade (Dwayne Johnson) on board. One has Renny Harlin (Cutthroat Island, Exorcist: The Beginning) and the other has Brett Ratner (X-Men: The Last Stand, the Rush Hour films) attached to direct. Both Hercules projects are aiming for a 2014 release date because studios just love to beat us over the head with similarly-themed movies, recent examples of which include Capote vs Infamous, Mirror, Mirror vs Snow White and the Huntsman, and the 2013 battle of the White House films - Olympus Has Fallen vs White House Down.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lutz was chosen by Harlin to star as his Hercules because he has passion and heart, as well as well-formed abs. "It takes more than a good physique to portray the most legendary, »
By Tara Fowler
Poor Nell Sweetzer just can't seem to catch a break. This weekend sees the opening of "The Last Exorcism: Part II," in which the evil that haunted Nell in the first film returned for, well, round two. Worried the same will happen to you?
Never fear! We decided to educate ourselves on exorcisms, so that if a demon ever comes a-knocking, we'll know what to do. Read on!
1) The right to exorcise (not to be confused with exercise) is protected by the First Amendment: As per a case in Texas, where a former parishioner sued her church for the "emotional trauma" she incurred after fellow church-goers attempted to rid her of evil spirits. The court ruled in the church's favor.
2) They aren't nearly as exciting (or bloody) as Hollywood makes them seem: Contrary to what you see on screen, vomiting, spider-crawling, and back-breaking are not a »
- MTV Movies Team
On Sunday, February 17th, FEARnet celebrates 40 years of The Exorcist with a marathon of all the franchise films starting at 2 pm Est, and to mark the occasion, we spoke with genre icon Linda Blair about her experiences making one of the most influential horror movies of all time.
During our exclusive interview, Blair discussed how The Exorcist continues to surprise her even after four decades of living with Regan MacNeil, her surreal experiences dealing with the press as a teenager, why William Friedkin's film is more than just a horror movie and much, much more.
Dread Central: I just rewatched The Exorcist for probably the 60th time last night, and I'm still amazed by the fact that every time I see it, it's almost a different experience for me as a viewer. When I was a kid, it was more about being scared for your character, and now, as an adult, »
The Exorcist, one of the scariest movies of all-time, is turning 40 years old. To celebrate, we caught up with the original film's heart and soul, Linda Blair, to chat about this terrifying anniversary that spans five films and a lot of green vomit and head twisting. This Sunday, in honor of The Exorcist's timeless take on possession, FEARnet is running "The Complete Exorcist" special, which includes back-to-back airings of The Exorcist, Exorcist II: The Heretic, The Exorcist III, Exorcist: The Beginning, and Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist. Be sure to check it out, but first, check in with our exclusive chat, which finds Regan looking back on Exorcist II: The Heretic, her history with the franchise, and what her dogs think of the movies (to learn more about Linda's WorldHeart Foundation, were you might discover a horror movie loving dog of your own, clickHere) The Exorcist 40th Anniversary: Its »
This Sunday February 17th, FEARnet celebrates 40 years of The Exorcist with an all-day “Complete Exorcist Marathon” starting at 2pm Et, from William Friedkin’s Oscar-winning film (which also garnered its young star an Oscar nomination) straight through to Renny Harlin’s 2004 Exorcist: The Beginning, at the same time honouring Linda Blair’s colorful acting career and her humanitarian efforts through the Linda Blair World Heart Foundation.
But while her head-spinning breakout film remains her most revered role, it’s not just The Exorcist that has made Linda Blair an icon. We watched her grow up onscreen, and for those of us who grew up with her, she proved a remarkably powerful role model. Her heartbreaking turn in Donald Wrye’s 1974 TV movie Born Innocent offered up one of the first realistic glimpses behind the walls of a youth detention centre (a role that was pivotal in determining the course »
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