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Her film may have far too many weighty matters on its mind to leave much room for petty resentments, but one wonders if writer-director Maggie Betts isn’t the teeniest bit annoyed that a certain other prestige drama about Catholic self-doubt and self-sacrifice beat hers to the title “Silence.” It would certainly be the ideal moniker for “Novitiate,” a piercing, immersive, and superbly played convent drama in which the suppression of speech is witnessed at both an individual and institutional level. The film marks an impressive first foray into starring vehicles for Margaret Qualley, ideally cast as a teenage nun-in-training whose devotional conflicts coincide with the Vatican’s radical reform of the Catholic Church in the early 1960s. But the most searing material here is reserved for Melissa Leo, who’s entirely startling as a merciless Mother Superior whose very sense of spiritual purpose is rocked by the new schemata. »
- Guy Lodge
Wolfman Vs. Frankenstein. Freddy Vs. Jason. Alien Vs. Predator. Dollman Vs. Demonic Toys. And now we can add Sadako V Kayako (the monsters from The Ring and The Grudge, respectively) to the pantheon of horror movie beat-em-ups. Not only that, but we now have a new trailer that shows these two J-horror icons duking it out: Holy shit does that look as goofy as it does awesome. Honestly, that crappy pop-rock... Read More »
- Damion Damaske
After screening at Fantastic Fest and the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, “Sadako vs. Kayako” — aka the movie pitting the villains of “The Ring” and “The Grudge” against each other — will soon be available to watch on the streaming service Shudder. Watch the film’s trailer below.
Read More: ‘The Ring Vs The Grudge’ Trailer: Japanese Horror Mashup Gets Wild First Trailer
Preceded by the likes of “Alien vs. Predator” and “Freddy vs. Jason,” the film makes no secret of being total fan service for the two respective J-horror franchises. (Both have been remade here in America, of course, though purists contend that neither live up to the original.) The trailer gives a brief rundown of the two villains’ mythologies — Sadako comes from a cursed VHS, while Kayako is tied to the house in which she died — before setting them loose on one another, ostensibly as a means of »
- Michael Nordine
The Predator franchise has been quiet for a while. 2010's Predators was modestly successful in terms of box office and reception, but it wasn't quite enough to totally reinvigorate the series. That is (hopefully) about to change as director Shane Black gears up to shoot the latest in the series, simply titled The Predator. As the movie races toward production, the cast is starting to take shape and the latest addition comes in the form of comedian Keegan-Michael Key.
The Hollywood Reporter is claiming that the Key half of the sketch comedy duo Key and Peele is in final negotiations for a role in The Predator. Keegan-Michael Key may seem like an unlikely, if very welcome addition to the ensemble cast, which is starting to take shape. It was just announced that Moonlight star Trevante Rhodes will also be joining the cast, alongside Olivia Munn and Logan star Boyd Holbrook. »
With production set to begin later this winter, 20th Century Fox has found another new cast member for The Predator sequel. Trevante Rhodes, one of the breakout stars from last year's indie sensation Moonlight, has signed on to star alongside Boyd Holbrook and Olivia Munn. Interestingly enough, this report also ignites an older rumor that was previously shut down by director Shane Black just a few months ago.
When Olivia Munn signed on back in November, that report claimed that this movie would have a suburban setting. Just a few days later, director Shane Black said fans shouldn't expect The Predator, "lurking in rich, fancy swimming pools," debunking that report about the suburbs being used. The Hollywood Reporter broke that earlier story from November, and today's casting news, but, in spite of Shane Black's denial, it seems the publication is sticking with its claim that the movie will be set in the suburbs. »
Speaking with us at the press junket for Taboo which airs this weekend on BBC One, director Ridley Scott opened up about what we can expect in Alien: Covenant and why he returned to the franchise he launched back in 1979.
“When I saw Alien finally succumb after four films, which was a good run, then they also did Alien vs. Predator, after which I thought, ‘Uh-oh, that’s it’ – then I waited a couple of years, I went back and decided to resurrect it,” he said. “No-one actually asked where [the aliens] came from in the three subsequent movies, which is kind of ridiculous. That’s why good writers are good writers, they’ll ask a basic question like that and make that into a scenario.”
- Thomas Roach
6 items from 2017
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