7 items from 2014
First impressions are everything, which is why the art of the movie trailer has become the most vital tool in the film industry. A bad trailer can sour you on the best movie, but most of the time it’s the other way around. If Hollywood does anything right, it’s selling us a slow-cooked turd as delicious chocolate.
So here are Dread Central’s picks for great horror movie trailers that overshadowed their lesser films:
Exciting trailers for bad movies are a dime a dozen, but what about the ones that are shot just for marketing? You won’t find a better example of an ad eclipsing a film than the brilliant teaser for The Hills Have Eyes 2. Completely wordless with only the sounds of dragging bodies and Devendra Banhart’s “Insect Eyes,” the teaser showed more artistry and directorial flare than anything in the actual movie. »
Going into a film from the director of Mortal Kombat, Resident Evil, and Avp: Alien Vs. Predator, one has to put aside any hope that Pompeii will be anything more than a mindless 3-D adventure. I mean . . . look at the title. The inevitable volcanic eruption is far from just hinted at in the advertising for the disaster flick. And while one could argue that the film is quite a bit late to the whole disaster film crazy unofficially reignited by Roland Emmerich, the film’s director seems to be a slave to a script that attempts to be much more than just the kitschy spectacle that the film’s title would imply.
Pompeii wants to have its dramatic cake and explode it too. The film takes itself way too seriously instead of embracing the ‘B-movie’ style that it should. For the first hour we are treated to the recycled story »
- Michael Haffner
Until Titanic was released to record-breaking box office and a slew of awards, director James Cameron was known for straight-up action movies. Titanic is still an action movie; it just happens to have a cheesy love story in the middle, and its epic sweep and central tragedy connected with audiences. Two lesser directors attempted to repeat this formula, but with far less success. Michael Bay attempted it in 2001 with Pearl Harbor and now Paul W.S. Anderson, the director behind Mortal Kombat, Alien vs. Predator, and multiple Resident Evil movies, has tried with Pompeii, a movie that not only apes Titanic, but also Gladiator. Anderson may recognize the formula and have more weapons of destruction at his disposal, but he neither has the skill or the originality to move Pompeii out of the shadow of giants. In 79 A.D., a volcano erupted near Pompeii, wiping out all the inhabitants, but the »
- Matt Goldberg
Critics are bubbling over like Vesuvius with put-downs of the (unintentionally?) campy new action film “Pompeii.” So far the latest from critical punching-bag Paul W.S. Anderson (director of such never making the Criterion Collection films as “Alien vs. Predator” and “The Three Musketeers”), is being declared a hot mess. It currently holds a 40 percent “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. “Pompeii” stars “Game of Thrones” hunk Kit Harrington and “Sucker Punch” star Emily Browning. It carries a reported budget of $100 million and the assurance that no real volcanoes were harmed during the making of the film. Also read: ‘Pompeii’ Review: It »
- Brent Lang
That rumbling sound you hear is the angry spirit of Irwin Allen, the man behind such 1970s catastrophe-classics as “The Poseidon Adventure” and “The Towering Inferno,” but there aren’t enough sacrifice-able virgins in the world to make “Pompeii” an appeasing offering to the disaster-movie gods. This team-up between the director of “Avp: Alien vs. Predator” (Paul W.S. Anderson) and the star of “Sucker Punch” (Emily Browning) is as awful as you feared it might be, although there’s at least some camp value in watching Kiefer Sutherland froth at the mouth as a very Billy Zane–like Roman bigwig. »
- Alonso Duralde
The headline says it all. Expect more and more classic Godzilla titles to find their way to Blu-ray in the coming months as the May release of the big budget American reboot approaches.
Even King Kong is getting some hi-def lovin’ thanks to the King of the Monsters' resurgence.
King Kong vs. Godzilla may not ever get critical respect, but it has more than earned its status as one of the all-time great b-movies. The forerunner to the Alien vs. Predator, Freddy vs. Jason, Puppet Master vs. Demonic Toys, and Batman vs. Superman of today, the King of the Monsters and the 8th Wonder of the World squared off for the one and only time in this 1963 Toho monsterpiece.
When an underhanded pharmaceutical company goes to a remote tropical island to steal King Kong for advertising purposes, they get more than they bargained for when the gigantic ape attacks »
Academy Award-Winning Special Effects Designer, Tom Woodruff, Jr., whose company, Amalgamated Dynamics, is known for such films as Spider-Man, X-Men: First Class and Alien Vs. Predator, cast breakout unknown Tobias Jelinek in the lead role for Woodruff’s upcoming directorial debut, Fire City: The Interpreter of Signs. In a world where demons live secretly among us, Jelinek plays Atum Vine, a winged demon who develops something unheard of in the demon world: compassion. Vine must make the ultimate choice, when the life of a young human girl is in jeopardy and all of Demonkind hangs in the balance. Also joining the cast is longtime character actor and co-founder of the Stan Winston School of Character Arts, Matt Winston, whose long list of credits includes Zodiac, Fight Club and Little Miss Sunshine. Writer-producers, Brian Lubocki and Michael Hayes, came off a successful Kickstarter campaign in August and are shooting in Los »
- FEARnet Staff
7 items from 2014
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