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17 items from 2009


The Notable Films of 2010: Part Seven

29 December 2009 7:16 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Mother and Child

Opens: 2010

Cast: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington

Director: Rodrigo Garcia

Summary: A tale of a mother and daughter, separated at birth, who struggle with the damage done by the most important person missing in their lives while a young African-Americn woman deals with an unwanted pregnancy and the adoption process.

Analysis: Scoring rave reviews in Toronto, the $7 million latest effort of Rodrigo Garcia ("Nine Lives," "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her") once again shows off his skill at weaving multiple narratives together in clever and unexpected ways. At its heart it's an emotional family drama, but Garcia excels with his female characters which makes the involvement of Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington and especially Annette Benning thrilling.

The few criticisms levelled at the film were toward some pacing and credibility issues in the last act, but otherwise praised it for not »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Seven

29 December 2009 7:16 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Mother and Child

Opens: 2010

Cast: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington

Director: Rodrigo Garcia

Summary: A tale of a mother and daughter, separated at birth, who struggle with the damage done by the most important person missing in their lives while a young African-Americn woman deals with an unwanted pregnancy and the adoption process.

Analysis: Scoring rave reviews in Toronto, the $7 million latest effort of Rodrigo Garcia ("Nine Lives," "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her") once again shows off his skill at weaving multiple narratives together in clever and unexpected ways. At its heart it's an emotional family drama, but Garcia excels with his female characters which makes the involvement of Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington and especially Annette Benning thrilling.

The few criticisms levelled at the film were toward some pacing and credibility issues in the last act, but otherwise praised it for not »

- Garth Franklin

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Palisades Tartan Video’s Terror Pack Vol. 1 (DVD Review)

16 November 2009 3:54 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

I’m not going to lie, I typically hate box sets. They’re more often than not, a dumping ground for DVD’s that have spent one too many years collecting dust in some old warehouse that their distributers are just a little too eager to get off the shelves. You go to your local video retailer or Amazon.com and think “Awesome, John Carpenter box set. Surely it’s packed with the original Halloween, The Thing, and Escape From New York.” Much to your dismay, you come to realize you’re stuck with Ghosts Of Mars (featuring the acting prowess of Ice Cube), that damned Village remake, and Escape From L.A.. Moreover even if you happen to like one or two of the flicks in the set, you’re bound to hate the rest; that is to say, if you could even identify what the, often bottom barrel, »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Michael Compton)

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50 Influential Scream Queens: Part 1

27 October 2009 5:54 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Given man's unwavering fascination with woman, it's no surprise that the female star acts as the anchor to a dominant portion of horror pictures. I mean really, who wants to see a bare chested man tearin ass through the woods screaming at the top of his lungs while a bladed assailant nips at his heels? I don't - I know that much, although I'm certain there are plenty of men who would disagree (and that's okay with me, to each his own!). The simple fact remains however, women bring a unique appeal and certain sensual atmosphere to film that no man ever could. And it's not all about gratuitous T&A.

There's a comforting quality in the hands of the heroine; a fascinating maternal strength that, as a man I cannot genuinely relate to. I can however admire, and in many cases it's nearly impossible to not admire the lone »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Matt Molgaard)

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Good Halloween Movie Double Features

24 October 2009 8:00 PM, PDT | MoviesOnline.ca | See recent MoviesOnline news »

With Halloween on the horizon, a lot of people might be planning a shindig of some sort to celebrate. Most will have costume parties, which is terrific, as they usually involve scantily clad females pretending to be something ordinary like a prison guard or dental hygienist, but really sexy. These parties will also most likely contain disturbing, horror-themed food-stuffs, and an increasingly gory display of body parts strewn across the premises like something out of a bad crime scene.

(I tell you, if I had money, I would invest in a Halloween store, as they seem to make mint and only have to work 3 months of the year).

There are also large groups of nerds out there (myself included) who enjoy subjecting their friends to horror movies they may have not yet seen, or seen with a group of people, which is the best way to experience most horror flicks. »

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Academy Scares Up a Real Horrorshow!

22 October 2009 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present The Sound behind the Image III: Real Horrorshow! on Thursday, October 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California. The program explores the art and technology of sound in motion pictures and the vital role it plays, specifically, in horror films. Sound editor David E. Stone (whose credits include Reservoir Dogs , Clear and Present Danger and Ghosts of Mars ) will host the evening which will feature film clips tracing the evolution of sound in horror films from the pre-sound era of The Phantom of the Opera (1925) through such films of the digital age as The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield . Mark Mangini, a three-time Oscar nominee for Sound Effects Editing, and »

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Amber Heard Talks About Zombieland and John Carpenter's The Ward

15 October 2009 6:46 PM, PDT | HugAZombie | See recent HugAZombie news »

Amber Heard is becoming quite the scream queen lately. Heard has two horror movies in theaters currently: Zombieland (she plays Jesse Eisenberg's neighbor) and The Stepfather, which opens today, and is the remake of the 1987 movie that starred Lost's John Locke (Terry O'Quinn) as an evil, well, stepfather, that spawned two sequels.

Next year, Heard will appear in the horror/thriller And Soon the Darkness and John Carpenter's The Ward, his first film since the 2001 crapfest, Ghosts of Mars. Heard spoke to Collider about a few of her upcoming slate of movies, saying that she's not suprised by Zombieland's success.

It’s a good movie. I’m not surprised at all. I knew it would be good when I read the script, however, I only had a couple of days. The director called me and said, look can we make this cameo for you? Can we make it work? »

- (Fulci)

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Excl: Amber Heard on John Carpenter's The Ward

15 October 2009 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Amber Heard digs horror. Fact. And we love her all the more for it. The All the Boys Love Mandy Lane star can be seen in The Stepfather , which hits theaters tomorrow, and she tells us she had a blast playing one of the undead in Zombieland . Up next, John Carpenter's The Ward which she recently wrapped shooting and told us a bit about on the phone today. "I think it's awesome," she enthused. "John is a legend and rightfully so. I love that I got to work with him." Heard co-stars alongside Danielle Panabaker and Jared Harris in what is Carpenter's first feature film since Ghosts of Mars . "My character is arrested and thrown into an institution in the '60s," she explains of the supernatural thriller. "She meets all of »

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Carpenter and Cage’s Riot Not Happening

7 October 2009 3:39 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

John Carpenter fans who have been waiting since 2001’s ‘Ghosts of Mars’ to see him return to the big screen may have to wait a little longer.  It was announced last year that the horror director and Nicolas Cage were coming together for ‘Riot,’ a film about a group of juvenile delinquents who, during a “Scared Straight” program, become embroiled in a prison riot.  Cage would play an inmate who helps the students escape.

It appears, according to Screen Rant, that this film is, in fact, dead.  They recently interviewed actress and producer Katie Chonacas who was in line to back the film, and this is what she had to say:

I don’t think t

he film “Riot” is happening anymore, it was part of a two-picture deal however Nic Cage has the option to replace “Riot” with another film.

Chonacas is currently starring alongside Cage in ‘Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. »

- Kirk

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Carpenter and Cage’s ‘Riot’ Not Happening

7 October 2009 12:14 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Last year we brought you news that legendary director John Carpenter and king of crazy haircuts Nicolas Cage were teaming up to make the prison action film Riot (which was also known as Scared Straight).

I recently interviewed the producer of the film Katie Chonacas who gave me the disappointing news that it looks like the film is dead.

The original synopsis of the film was as follows:

 

“‘Straight’ follows a troubled youth who’s sent to prison off the ‘Scared Straight’ crime-prevention program, which imprisons delinquent teens for a short period in the hopes of deterring them from a life of crime. While the teen is there, a riot breaks out and the prisoners take him hostage. A lifer, played by Cage, is forced to help the young man out.”

When I asked Chonacas what the progress of the film was she said:

“I don’t think the film “Riot” is happening anymore, »

- Niall Browne

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Fantastic Fest Review: ‘Survival of the Dead’

30 September 2009 12:15 PM, PDT | The Flickcast | See recent The Flickcast news »

As a big fan of horror movies and the zombie sub-genre, I really wanted to like George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead and was prepared to give it the benefit of the doubt as much as possible. Although, my expectations were pretty low after Romero’s last two zombie movie efforts Land of the Dead and Diary of the Dead. Sadly, this film didn’t even manage to rise up to the level of my lowered expectations and is, instead, a heavily flawed and often very bad addition to Romero’s body of work.

Still, this is the man who basically invented the zombie film genre, so attention must be paid and respect given for his enduring legacy as one of this country’s innovative artists. But something has obviously gone a bit off kilter and the writer/director seems to have lost his way. I’m not »

- Chris Ullrich

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First Footage of John Carpenter’s ‘The Ward’

16 September 2009 10:44 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Director and horror icon, John Carpenter, is finally back behind the camera where he rightfully belongs, filming his next horror/thriller film The Ward. It’s been a long drought for fans of his Carpenter’s stylings; the last film he directed was 2001 sci-fi horror flop film Ghosts of Mars (still scratching my head as to why he went with Ice Cube for the lead). If you want to go back to his last Good horror film, then you’ll need to reach back a few more years to 1998 and the fantastic movie Vampires with the ever popular James Woods.

The Ward has a fairly interesting female cast with Amber Heard (Zombieland), Danielle Panabaker (The Crazies), Lyndsy Fonseca (Kick Ass, Hot Tub Time Machine) and newcomer Sali Sayler all confined to a psychiatric hospital where Heard has just been committed. Fringe guest-star Jared Harris rounds out the cast as Dr. »

- Paul Young

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More Cast Members Added to John Carpenter's The Ward

4 September 2009 1:58 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Has John Carpenter really been away from the big screen for almost ten years? Okay, maybe Ghosts of Mars wasn't amazing, but I thought it had enough going for it to warrant a look. That said, I don't think Carpenter's done with the scares just yet, and I'm pulling for The Ward to be his triumphant return. Oh yeah, there's some new casting news, too.

According to the IMDb, Jared Harris (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Mamie Gummer (Taking Woodstock), and Lyndsy Fonseca (Kick-Ass) have been added to a cast already featuring Amber Heard (All the Boys Love Mandy Lane) and Danielle Panabaker (that shitty Friday the 13th remake).

The film, written by Michael and Shawn Rasmussen, is an intense psychological thriller set in a mental institution where a young woman, Kristen (Heard), is haunted by a mysterious and deadly ghost. As danger creeps closer, she comes to realize »

- Masked Slasher

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DVD Playhouse: April 2009

11 April 2009 11:58 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse—April 2009

By

Allen Gardner

Milk (Universal) Sean Penn deservedly captured his second Best Actor Oscar (and Dustin Lance Black a statuette for his original screenplay) in director Gus Van Sant’s portrait of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to hold public office in the U.S. Alternately heartbreaking, infuriating and very funny, a film that both captures a bygone era and is still very timely. Fine support from Josh Brolin, Victor Garber, James Franco and Emile Hirsch. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Three featurettes. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS 5.1 surround.

Slumdog Millionaire (20th Century Fox) The Best Picture of 2008 is a kinetic, clever audience-pleaser about a determined lad (Dev Patel) from the slums of Mumbai, who has his chance at literal and financial redemption as a contestant on India’s version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Best Director Danny Boyle dazzles »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Fango Musick Exclusive: Talking Horror & Music with Scott Ian of Anthrax

7 April 2009 1:57 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

As Fangoria celebrates it’s 30th Anniversary this year, some longtime friends of the magazine are celebrating their own anniversary. On May 12th, Megaforce Records will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Fistful Of Metal, the 1984 debut from Anthrax. Rock and Horror are a match made in heaven hell, and few bands have quite the association with the genre (and Fangoria) as Anthrax.

As the special-edition release of their first album approaches, and with their first studio album in six years, Worship Music (their first with vocalist Dan Nelson) due out this Fall, Fango caught up with members of the band to talk music, and of course, talk horror.

In the first part of Fangoria Musick’s exclusive interviews, James Zahn talks with Anthrax guitarist and lyricist Scott Ian.

Fangoria: You guys have a long history with horror, and with Fango, going back to our original editor Bob Martin appearing »

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John Carpenter goes for a Ward winner

2 February 2009 4:59 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Variety reports that John Carpenter will direct the supernatural thriller The Ward for up-and-coming company Echo Lake (previously responsible for art-house fare like Away From Her and Water). It’ll be his first feature since 2001’s Ghosts Of Mars.

Amber Heard (pictured), who attracted attention with the fest-praised but still unreleased All The Boys Love Mandy Lane and appears in the upcoming Stepfather remake, will star in The Ward as a mental-facility inmate plagued by ghosts. The producers are Echo Lake’s Doug Mankoff, Mike Marcus and Andy Spaulding, along with Peter Block, the former Lionsgate president who recently formed the production company A Bigger Boat. »

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Carpenter's next?

2 February 2009 2:48 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

For years, genre master John Carpenter has considered returning from SoCal relaxation and cashing checks for inferior remakes of his work, but now it sounds like he's seriously getting back in the director's chair. Carpenter will make The Ward his first feature since 2001's Red Planet crash-and-burn Ghosts Of Mars. The psychological thriller stars the desirable Amber Heard (All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, Pineapple Express) as an institutionalized woman stalked through the asylum by a »

- Dave Davis

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