14 items from 2014
Some television shows feel like they're going to be smash hits before anyone's seen a frame of footage; usually because of the writers working on it, the network's reputation with its genre, or the popularity of the actors involved.
Other programmes even feel like they're simply too big to fail; such as HBO's Game of Thrones and AMC's The Walking Dead, which also benefit from having rich source material to mine and a ready-made, evangelical audience.
But what about the TV shows that felt like bad ideas before they'd aired - or even during their debut season - yet managed to overcome widespread uncertainties and grow into well-regarded programmes it's hard to imagine we were ever unsure about?
Let's take a look at some recent examples of popular TV shows that didn't initially feel like they'd work, but proved the doubters wrong...
Expectation: A modernisation of a literary character »
As Gravity Falls fans await the second season adventures of Grunkle Stan, Dipper and Mabel Pines, Disney Xd plans to tide them over with two new shorts.
Disney Xd will air the Gravity Falls short "Mabel's Scrapbook: Heist Movie" on Monday, June 2, at 6:59/5:59c; an hour later, it will run "Mabel's Scrapbook: Petting Zoo" at 7:59/6:59c.
Disney renewed the hit animated series, created by young animator Alex Hirsch, for a second season last year. Season 1 premiered on Disney Channel, but the network decided to move Gravity Falls and another cartoon, Wander Over Yonder, to Disney Xd this year. (No return date has been announced yet for Gravity Falls.) Both shows feature a slightly older, edgier tone that likely fits better with the pre-teen Disney Xd crowd.
- Michael Schneider
Aside from The Return of… or The Revenge of…, there may be no more beloved horror titles than those involving The House…. There is something very mysterious and foreboding about a mysterious house containing all kinds of unknown horrors.
Shout Factory has released a new entry on the list with House in the Alley arising today, May 27th. The obscure Vietnamese horror pic is sure to pique the interest of fans and follow in the footsteps of some of the freaky House-themed films of the past…which leads us to our newest Top List: Horror's 7 Most Haunting Houses.
Make no mistake; we aren't necessarily talking about 'haunted houses' here, but 'haunting houses,' meaning movies with House in the title that did a wonderful job of scaring the hell out of us. We'll begin with some honorable mentions to get the ball rolling.
The video game-inspired House of the Dead »
- Scott Hallam
There are so many sub-genres in horror. The vampire movie, zombie apocalypses, torture porn. But there's nothing more classic and purely fright-inducing than the things that go bump in the night. To celebrate this week's release of The Invoking, we bring you our Top 13 Favorite Haunted House Movies.
Is anything creepier than when your own house turns against you? You can (theoretically) get away from zombies, vamps, slashers and werewolves. But when your own home sweet home is the enemy… it's tough to recover from that.
We have some great Honorable Mentions to start off with. Fantastic director James Wan really seems to have a knack for the haunted house movie as he has one entry on the list itself and also gets a nod for Insidious, a creative look at the inner, an outer, workings of a haunted house. A Haunting in Connecticut was impressive as, in addition to the actual haunting going on, »
- Scott Hallam
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 23 Jan 2014 - 05:44
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2006, and a further 25 overlooked gems...
With all the major films that elbow their way into their cinemas every year, there's bound to be some casualties among the big hits. And just like any other year, 2006 was dominated by the likes of Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, The Da Vinci Code and Ice Age: The Meltdown. But in tandem, there were dozens of lesser-seen films which shuffled in and out of cinemas (or occasionally, didn't get a release in cinemas at all) without very many people noticing.
As we're sure you're aware by now, these lists aim to redress the balance a little, and hopefully introduce a few films from any given year that you may have missed. There are also one or two films that, although »
The Sam Raimi produced Poltergeist remake is set to be released on February 13th, 2015. The movie is being directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House), and as a huge fan of the original, I really hope this movie turns out great. The movie stars Rosemarie DeWitt and Sam Rockwell in the two lead roles, with Jared Harris, Nicholas Braun and Kyle Catlett in supporting roles.
Then there's Ben Stiller's Night at the Museum 3, which is set to be released on December 19th, 2014. »
- Joey Paur
Even though MGM and Fox 2000's 'Poltergeist' has already filmed and moved into post-production don't get too excited for a 2014 release as the release has shifted right back to early 2015. 'Monster House's Gil Kenan directs from a script penned by David Lindsay-Abaire and the completed project will be arriving in Us theatres on 13 February 2015 and will add a few new spins to the classic 80's horror tale from Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg. The remake stars Sam Rockwell ('Seven Psychopaths'), Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris ('Mad Men'), Kyle Catlett ('The Following') and Jane Adams »
20th Century Fox recently revealed that it will bring back director Matt Reeves for the third installment in the "Planet of the Apes" reboot. And now comes word that the studio scheduled the film for July 29th, 2016. Meanwhile, the sequel, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is still set for July 11th of this year. Fox also revealed that it's moving forward with its "Poltergeist" remake, which will be directed by Gil Kennan (Monster House). The new film is now set to hit theaters on February 13th, 2015. It will go head-to-head with Paramount's "Spongebob Squarepants 2" and "Fifty Shades of Grey." Finally, Fox has scheduled Ben Stiller's "Night at the Museum 3" for a December 19th release, moving the third installment up by one week from its original Christmas release date. It will face against Columbia Pictures' "Annie" musical. »
News Simon Brew 15 Jan 2014 - 09:39
Two upcoming projects from 20th Century Fox have now been formally inked onto the studio's wallplanner. First up, there's the new take on Poltergeist, which is being directed by Gil Kenan (of Monster House fame). That's been scheduled for a nice Valentine's treat, on February 13th 2015.
In fact, Valentine's Day next year gives the loved up amongst the world some fascinating options: Poltergeist, Spongebob Squarepants 2 and Fifty Shades Of Grey are all scheduled for the same day. Romantics have little option but to choose Spongebob, clearly.
Then, there's the next Planet Of The Apes film. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is due later this year, but a further follow-up (this far untitled, but undoubtedly with a long name) will arrive on July »
Release date alert: Keener studios are still planning ahead and planting early flags in the ground with 2015 and even 2016 dates, and in this case it’s 20th Century Fox. Peering into the still-feels-far-away future, Fox has already dated the as-of-now-untitled third 'Planet of the Apes' movie, which director Matt Reeves recently signed on to make (which is a bit sad because his talents feel like they could be better utilized elsewhere; how about one tentpole and then something else rather than two in a row, one a sequel no less?). ‘Apes Untitled 3’ is scheduled to rise on July 29, 2016. The studio has also carved out a February 13, 2015 release date for its “Poltergeist” remake. It’ll be directed by Gil Kenan (“Monster House,” “City Of Ember”) and it stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Sam Rockwell, Jared Harris, Nicholas Braun and Kyle Catlett. Fox’s requisite Nicholas Sparks adaptation, “The Longest Ride”—which »
- Edward Davis
The remake of Poltergeist began filming last September and a release date has just been announced, but we’re in for a good wait until it hits theaters. It has been officially announced that the new Poltergeist movie will be released on February 13th, 2015.
A Friday, the 13th release worked quite well for Insidious: Chapter 2, so Fox is likely hoping for a similar bump from the superstitious date. On the same weekend, Fifty Shades of Grey and Spongebob SquarePants 2 are set to be released, but it’s far enough away that we expect some of these dates to change.
Gil Kenan (Monster House) is directing from a screenplay by David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz: The Great and Powerful). The film is being produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert via Ghost House Pictures, along with Roy Lee. Here’s the official synopsis provided by MGM and Fox:
“In a revisionist take on the classic horror film, »
- Jonathan James
A few release date announcements and shifts for 20th Century Fox films have been made today via Box Office Mojo. Briefly: 20th Century Fox will release the untitled Planet of the Apes sequel on July 29, 2016. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves returns to take the helm. Fox’s Poltergeist reboot will open on February 13, 2015, where it will square off opposite Fifty Shades of Grey. Directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House), the horror redo stars Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt. In lieu of the Fifty Shades competition, Fox has moved the Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Longest Ride from February 13, 2015 to April 3, 2015 where it will open against Insidious 3 and the sci-fi pic Passengers. The buddy comedy Let’s Be Cops, starring Jake Johnson (New Girl) and Damon Wayans Jr. (Happy Endings) will open later this year on August 15, 2014. Its competition will be the action sequel The Expendables 3 »
- Adam Chitwood
Directed by Gil Kenan
Written by David Lindsay-Abaire
Release Date: November 14th
Production recently wrapped on the Poltergeist remake with Gil Kenan (Monster House) in the director’s chair and Sam Raimi (Evil Dead) producing. Little is known as they continue to put the movie together in post-production, but we do have a few details, beginning with the cast which includes Sam Rockwell (Moon), Rosemarie DeWitt and Jared Harris. We are also told that the psychic Angina (played originally by Zelda Rubinstein), isn’t going to be revived for the remake. Instead, they are replacing her character with a team of paranormal experts. Based on a vague plot summary, it sounds like the central plot points of the original movie are intact but other characters are added in, such as Carrigan Burke, a host of a TV show called Haunted House Cleaners, who stands in as the movie’s skeptic. »
Well, 2013 has come and gone and it was a pretty darned good year for horror, both at the theaters, as well as on TV with more horror television programming than ever and the exponential growth of VOD releases. This year may have just started, but 2014 doesn't show any signs of slowing down in terms of genre offerings. Alyse has got you covered with Four New TV Shows We Can't Wait For. How 'bout we take a look at feature length movies due out this year? Get your calendars out and let's break down some of the most anticipated horror titles arriving later this year.
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (Jan 3rd)
We may have missed out on getting another 'Paranormal Activity' film last Halloween, but Blumhouse is wasting no time this year as the Latino-centric spin-off film 'Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones' is now playing in theaters as of today! »
- Rob Galluzzo
14 items from 2014
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