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Killer dolls are fodder for phobias and nightmares. They are somewhat of a paradox, because dolls are supposed to be the loyal companions of innocent children, not cold-blooded killers. But, when dolls do go bad, they go very bad. An early example of the killer doll can be found in The Twilight Zone series: with Talky Tina who really wanted to kill you. It didn’t stop there, though; creepy and homicidal dolls have continued to rear their ugly heads in film and television for many years now.
We assert that there are few things creepier than malevolent playthings and that killer dolls are not to be trusted. So it is with a measure of caution that we bring to you our selections for ten of the creepiest dolls in cinema.
Chucky from Child’s Play
The Chuckster is the creepiest of the creepy dolls. Though he isn’t the original creepy doll, »
- Tyler Doupe
Terry Crews loves "Star Wars." This is something that I would never have guessed to be an interest of Terry Crews. In other words: It's not something I would imagine Crews had very many conversations about in the locker room during his seven years in the NFL. Regardless, Crews identifies himself as a "geek" -- and being at San Diego Comic-Con, he's in the right place.
Crews -- who, I must admit, is an absolute delight to meet in person -- takes over for Mr. T as the voice of Officer Devereux in the upcoming "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2." Regardless of that, it's been a nice couple of years for Crews. He's no longer just additional muscle in another "Expendables" movie -- he's actually acting (he was almost unrecognizable in the fourth season of "Arrested Development"). I get the sense that he's having the time of his life. »
- Mike Ryan
Little-known fact: Ever since the anti-Commie masterpiece "Red Dawn" debuted in 1984 with the first-ever PG-13 rating, the MPAA has rationed out F-bombs to PG-13 movies like a master offering up gruel to orphans in a Dickens novel — one per.
Of course, the MPAA being the shady, Illuminati-like organization that it is, the rule is subject to their strange, nonsensical whims, and occasionally more than one is allowed in, or none at all. But for the most part, it stands that PG-13 writers and directors have to reserve their "f**ks" for the best moment possible.
With that in mind, we've assembled a list of movies that put their F-bombs-in-hole to the best use.
20. 'The Wedding Singer' (1998)
"But it all was bulls***! It was a goddamn joke! And when I think of you, Linda, I hope you f**king choke!" — Robbie Hart
This was crooned by a heartbroken Adam Sandler »
- Adam D'Arpino
Warning: Spoilers all up in the conference room.
Never trust an organized entity, especially if it has a 401K plan.
As this week's new thriller "The East" chronicles a former FBI agent's transition to a private job at a sinister intelligence agency, we thought we'd look back at the rich history of evil movie corporations and separate the maniacally, outrageously, inexcusably evil from the "Aw, that's cute, look at them trying to be evil" evil.
Our extensive audit resulted in the following cinematic analysis. Proceed with caution, employees and non-employees alike.
15. Initech ('Office Space')
Peter Gibbons' corporate hell, personified in the passive-aggressive overtime demands of Lumbergh and stapler-fetishizing mumblings of Milton, wasn’t bent on world domination or the complete destruction of humanity. The evil here was much more subtle, realistic and soul-crushing. Thankfully, Peter escaped with a swanky blue collar job cleaning up filth — a better »
- Adam D'Arpino
Feature Simon Brew 31 May 2013 - 06:51
Earlier this year, two former giants of action cinema were hit with heavy, heavy blows. Both Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger headlined brand new action films, in the shape of Bullet To The Head and The Last Stand respectively, and both failed dramatically at the box office
For Schwarzenegger, The Last Stand marked his first full leading role in a motion picture since Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines back in 2003. A sabbatical into the world of politics had taken nearly a decade out of his movie career, and this was when he was to be back to what made him a global megastar.
The problem was, the build-up to The Last Stand overlooked a few things. Firstly, that the movie had been »
Michael Bay has a certain reputation. He makes big movies about digital robots and robotlike humans; he flips cars and explodes cars, and sometimes he flips a car and explodes it in mid-air. You might think Bay doesn’t really care about his actors — that he’s too busy focusing on the special effects to care about the talking meatbags who occasionally drive the cars that explode. Nothing could be further from the truth. If anything, Bay might care a little too much about his actors. While filming his first movie, Bad Boys, Bay gave stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence »
- Darren Franich
Top 10 Luke Savage 18 Mar 2013 - 06:30
Better known for his brawn than his acting chops, Arnie has still turned in some great performances over the years, as Luke reminds us...
So The Last Stand hasn’t quite re-affirmed Arnold Schwarzenegger as supreme ruler of the box office. At the time of writing, its worldwide box office takings are a little over $33m. That’s someway short of its reputed $45m budget, and even less than Schwarzenegger’s rumoured $29.25m salary for Terminator 3. To be fair, it was never really going to propel him back to his blockbuster days of old. Especially when his co-star is Johnny Knoxville.
And to be fairer, it’s actually a much better film than those numbers would suggest. Surprisingly violent, funny in places, hilariously clichéd in others. But it’s not a great Arnie film. And it’s not a great Arnie performance. Too much emoting, »
While it's hard to say what, if any, impact she had, Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain ruled the box office over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend with Mama and Zero Dark Thirty. Meanwhile, Silver Linings Playbook expanded to over 2,500 locations and had its best weekend yet, and stars Mark Wahlberg and Arnold Schwarzenegger headlined bombs Broken City and The Last Stand. Mama drastically exceeded expectations with a $28.4 million three-day debut ($32.15 million four-day). While the supernatural horror genre is pretty reliable, this is an unusually high opening for an entry that doesn't utilize found footage; in fact, it's the genre's top non-found-footage debut since 2005's The Exorcism of Emily Rose ($30.1 million). Also, in just three days it earned more than producer Guillermo del Toro's last movie Don't Be Afraid of the Dark earned in its entire run ($24 million). Aside from the advantages inherent to the genre, Mama also benefited from a »
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Though Schwarzenegger was for years a generally dependable star, his stature has been diminished by age (he's now a 65-year-old action star), his political pursuits (eight years as California governor) and scandal (a highly publicized affair while married to Maria Shriver).
Liongate's "The Last Stand" opened over the weekend to just $6.3 million, taking 10th place at the box office. He has bounced back from box office disaster before, though; 1993's "The Last Action Hero" famously bombed.
Here's a look at Schwarzenegger's box office history before taking office in 2003. His top 10 weekend openings before he became California's governor:
1. "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," $44 million.
2. "Collateral Damage," $34 million.
3. "The 6th Day," $31.8 million.
4. "End of Days," $28.6 million.
5. "Batman and Robin," $25. 9 million.
6. "Eraser," $25.6 million.
7. "Jingle All the Way," $24.6 million.
8. "True Lies," $20.5 million.
9. "Junior," $18. 6 million.
10. "Last Action Hero, »
Arnold Schwarzenegger The Last Stand: Worst box-office bomb in Schwarzenegger’s career? Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first movie-star vehicle since Jonathan Mostow’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines in 2003, the Lionsgate release The Last Stand opened in North America last Friday, January 18. Expectations weren’t high: Reviews have been mixed — The Last Stand has a 43% approval rating and a 5.3/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes‘ top critics — while pundits and distributor Lionsgate had been expecting a modest box-office debut somewhere in the low to mid-teens. Those, however, turned out to be much too optimistic. (Photo: Arnold Schwarzenegger The Last Stand.) The tale of a law-and-order U.S. border sheriff (Schwarzenegger) out to stop a drug lord (Eduardo Noriega) from reaching the lawless South (that’s Mexico), The Last Stand grossed $6.3m at 2,913 North American locations according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Once inflation is factored in, that is »
- Zac Gille
Arnold's back, but it looks like Jessica has his number over Martin Luther King weekend.After a decade-long hiatus from leading man status, Arnold Schwarzengger is starring in The Last Stand, which opens in 2,913 locations this weekend. It's going after the same older male audience as Mark Wahlberg drama Broken City, though, which should keep both movies out of the top spot. Instead, it looks likely that first place either goes to holdover Zero Dark Thirty or new horror flick Mama, both of which star Jessica Chastain. Out of the nine brand-new nationwide releases in January, eight of them are rated R. The only outlier is Mama, which is attempting to appeal to the PG-13 horror crowd. While Universal's marketing campaign has been light, it has also very clearly established the movie's scary premise, which finds supernatural occurances ensuing after two young girls are rescued from the woods and brought »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
With Arnold Schwarzenegger returning to the big screen in The Last Stand, the Flickering Myth writing team look back at their favourite Arnie movies. First up, Rohan Morbey with 1984's The Terminator...
Before he sold out with family films like Junior, Twins and Jingle All the Way, or sub-par action films such as The 6th Day or Collateral Damage, Arnold Schwarzenegger was the real deal in terms of Hollywood action. This was the film that started it all.
The role of The Terminator will forever be Schwarzenegger’s best because it plays to his non-existent acting skills but his undeniable screen presence, not to mention his physical presence which was unlike anyone else in Hollywood at the time. Even Sylvester Stallone, who was already a huge star by 1984, was puny in comparison. Although he only utters 58 words in the film, thanks to James Cameron’s vision and Brad Fiedel’s haunting score, »
12 items from 2013
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