9 items from 2015
Blood Rage, 1987
Directed by John Grissmer.
The twin brother of a killer who was blamed for a murder escapes from psychiatric hospital and returns home to prove his innocence.
It takes about five minutes of Blood Rage to give you everything you need to piece together what is going to happen; there are two cute-as-a-button twin boys, a drive-in, a horny mother on a date and, for some random reason, an axe. Then there’s a murder, committed by one of the cute-as-a-button twin boys who smears his innocent brother in blood and places the weapon in his hands as their hysterical mother approaches.
- Amie Cranswick
A movie adaptation of the horror comic book series Hack/Slash has been stuck in development hell for several years now, but it looks like the project has been given a new lease of life on the small screen, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that a TV series is in the works courtesy Relativity Television.
According to the site, Skip Woods (Swordfish, Hitman: Agent 47) has been tapped to write the script and produce executive produce alongside Adrian Askarieh and Ray Ricord, with Relativity currently seeking directors for what is being pitched as “a dark and gritty show in The Walking Dead mold.”
Originally published by Devil’s Due and later Image Comics between 2004 and 2015, Hack/Slash “centers on Cassie Hack, a woman who symbolizes the cliche of the lone girl who survives at the end of every horror movie. However, the emotionally damaged girl not only survived but has become a killer of killers. »
- Gary Collinson
We've been hearing about a Hack/Slash movie for years now, but the latest update from THR claims the cult horror comic will now make its way to the small screen. No cast or director yet, but the show will be exec produced by Adrian Askarieh and Ray Ricord for Relativity Media's new television division, with Skip Woods (Swordfish, Hitman) on board as writer. The plan is apparently to adapt the comic as a "gritty show in The Walking Dead mold." "Hack/Slash centers on Cassie Hack, a woman who symbolizes the cliche of the lone girl who survives at the end of every horror movie. However, the emotionally damaged girl not only survived but has become a killer of killers. Along with a burly protector named Vlad, Hack travels across the country hunting slashers in the vein of Halloween's Michael Myers, Friday the 13th's Jason Voorhees and »
Cult horror comic Hack/Slash has spent years in development as a movie, but now THR is reporting that it’s being set up as a series at Relativity Television.
Over the years, the project has courted directors such as Marcus Nispel, Fredrik Bond and Todd Lincoln, with Justin Marks and Stephen Susco among the writers that took a crack at the script. Now, the series will be produced by Adrian Askarieh and Ray Ricord, with Skip Woods (Swordfish, A Good Day to Die Hard, the Hitman movies) on writing duties. Apparently the “goal to make it a dark and gritty show in The Walking Dead mold.”
For the uninitiated, THR has also provided a synopsis:
Hack/Slash centers on Cassie Hack, a woman who symbolizes the cliche of the lone girl who survives at the end of every horror movie. But now, the emotionally damaged girl not only survived »
- Mark Cassidy
The story centers on Cassie Hack, a young woman who has become a killer of killers and travels to small towns across the country hunting hunting homicidal maniacs and serial killers in the vein of horror icons like Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers.
She is partnered on her journey with Vlad, a hulking companion who serves as her protector. The property has spent many years in development as a film with the likes of Marcus Nispel, Fredrik Bond and Todd Lincoln attached as directors at some point. Woods and Adrian Askarieh will executive produce the series.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Fox just released the first full trailer an a new poster for Hitman: Agent 47, the second attempt at a proper adaptation of the popular video game property. Whereas the teaser simply gave us a look at a few set-pieces, to say nothing of our first glance at Rupert Friend as the titular genetically-engineered killer, the full trailer gives us a sense of how the story will unfold. The basic set-up seems to have its roots in something like the Bourne series, with Friend's destructive cue-ball seemingly striking vengeance against corporate and governmental forces who want his talents to create an all-powerful army. In his charge would be Hannah Ware's Katia, a fellow agent who has yet to unlock her training as of yet and who is nearly taken in by Zachary Quinto's nefarious John Smith. The trailer boasts a series of eye-grabbing action sequences, from Friend's anti-hero »
- Chris Cabin
Sonny “Sundown” Garcia is the top cocaine distributor in the United States, which has made him a very rich and powerful man. It has also made him plenty of enemies. John Doe is just such a man. A nameless man of mystery, John lives to see Sundown not just dead, but to suffer six meaningful losses before his death—his fortune, his freedom, his love, his reputation, his most valuable possession and, finally, his life. John hires six hit-men, each one assigned to inflict one of the six meaningful losses upon Sundown. Starring: Vinnie Jones (X-Men: The Last Stand, Swordfish), Dominique Swain (Face/Off, Lolita), Vivica A. Fox (Kill Bill, Independence Day), Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down) & Bai Ling (The Crow, Anna and the King) »
In this week’s “Arrow,” titled “Uprising,” Starling City is still trapped under the iron fist of the gangster known as Brick (Vinnie Jones), and after the bulletproof bad guy gave Diggle (David Ramsey) and Roy (Colton Haynes) a spectacular beatdown last week, it will take a fighter of immense skill to take the villain out. Could that fighter be Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell)?
“It’s not my showdown to have, it’s Malcom’s — episode twelve is his flashback,” Amell told Variety, hinting at an hour stuffed full of backstory for John Barrowman’s manipulative Malcolm Merlyn, which will feature flashbacks to almost a decade earlier in the Dark Archer’s life. “There’s a young Oliver. I met the actor too. He was such a nice young man; very, very respectful. We spoke outside of the trailers and he was asking me these very profound questions. ‘Why’d you get into acting? »
- Laura Prudom
Bad hacking is everywhere in movies, but there are a handful of films that actually get it right. The problem is that the good stuff isn’t very interesting to look at. Real hackers don’t use virtual reality setups, and they don’t act like Hugh Jackman in Swordfish. Val Kilmer’s line in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is […]
The post A Brief History of Accurate Hacking Scenes in Movies, From ‘The Conversation’ to ‘Blackhat’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
9 items from 2015
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