7 items from 2015
Director Marcus Nispel might be primarily known for helming 2003’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and 2009’s Friday The 13th remakes, as well as being in my opinion, one of the best music video directors of all time, but this week sees the release of Exeter, a film that has went through three years of shuffled release dates and name changes. Originally titled Backmask, Exeter is a breath of fresh air when it comes to the exorcism subgenre, a film that knows what its audience is, and revels in that self aware approach.
Nispel was nice enough to chat with us for a bit, regarding the long journey of Exeter and its do it yourself approach, the difference between a film like this and a big studio reboot, and…Charles Manson? Read on for one entertaining conversation with one of the nicest filmmakers working today, and catch Exeter when it hits »
- Jerry Smith
Marvel Studios is poised to make its first foray into the realm of the mystical with 2016’s Doctor Strange, and while the initial casting process for the comics adaptation was rather lengthy, things are now barreling towards a late 2015 start-date for production. The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Sinister director Scott Derrickson is helming the picture, with Benedict Cumberbatch starring in the lead role of Doctor Strange, a Tony Stark-esque cocky surgeon who loses the use of his hands in an accident and, while on a subsequent quest to heal himself, stumbles across magic. Casting is underway, with Tilda Swinton in negotiations to play Strange’s mentor the Ancient One and Chiwetel Ejiofor in talks to reportedly play the villainous Baron Mordo, but we’re still about a year and a half away from the film’s release. With Marvel skipping Comic-Con this summer, we shouldn’t expect to see »
- Adam Chitwood
Now this is how to get people excited about a new Marvel movie. More action? New villains? Nope, Tilda Freaking Swinton. Per THR, the unbelievably talented actress/chameleon is in talks to join the cast of Marvel Studios’ superhero film Doctor Strange opposite Benedict Cumberbatch. The lynchpin here is that Swinton isn’t being eyed to play Cumberbatch’s female co-star or love interest. No, she’s in line to fill the role of the Ancient One, the Tibetan mystic who serves as Doctor Strange’s mentor and trains him to become the next Sorcerer Supreme. For those unfamiliar with the comics, Strange is a Tony Stark-esque cocky surgeon who loses the use of his hands in an accident, and while on a subsequent quest to heal himself, stumbles across magic. Cumberbatch is set to play the title character for director Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose), and »
- Adam Chitwood
The image is from Uncanny X-Men writer and artist Brandon Peterson, and was originally one of the covers from his run on the Doctor Strange comics. The image hints that Doctor Strange’s origin – a surgeon involved in a car accident that leaves his hands badly damaged – will remain in the movie adaptation. In the comic lore, Stephen Strange then travels to the Himalayas to be healed by the mysterious Ancient One, who teaches him magic.
It has been previously reported that Doctor Strange will not be an origin story, but – much in the same way as Man of Steel’s flashback structure – could reveal details of how he received his powers through the course of the film.
Doctor Strange is set to hit cinemas on November 17th »
- Oli Davis
While it is certainly the case that a female-led film is always welcome, it is somewhat unfortunate that most supernatural thrillers follow the tried and tested formula of having the sinister supernatural aspects centre on a woman. Whether it be demonic possession (Drag Me To Hell, The Exorcism Of Emily Rose), hauntings (Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark, Amityville: The Awakening, It Follows) or psychic phenomenon (Premonition, The Gift) – women just seem to be Hollywood magnets for unexplained forces of darkness. Now we have another title to add to that list, and it is Black Lung.
Black Lung is a supernatural thriller that is set to star Amanda Seyfried (A Million Way To Die In The West) and Theo James (Divergent), with Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) on board as executive producer. It is the feature-length directorial debut of short-film writer-director Chase Palmer (Neo-Noir), and centres on a young miner »
- Sarah Myles
Arts critics tend to get a rough time of it in the movies. Even looking at this year's awards season hopefuls, Birdman casts a wonderfully scabrous Lindsay Duncan as a theatre critic who is determined to kill the hero's play, and Mr. Turner presents John Ruskin as a lisping, pretentious fop, a representation that has led some to take mild umbrage.
To look even further back, at Ratatouille's sneering Anton Ego, or Lady In The Water's film-savvy 'straw critic', or Theatre Of Blood's gleefully murderous tract, there's not a whole lot of love for critics in film. Any of this might give way to the preconception that critics, especially film critics, don't actually like films and that they're out of touch with both the filmmakers whose works they »
As Deliver Us From Evil lands on disc in the UK, we look back at key lessons the movies teach us about possession...
The idea of demonic possession goes back thousands of years, to before we had film. Most religions carry their own interpretation of what it means for a person to be 'possessed' by a demon or a spirit and it's a complicated, arcane subject shrouded in mystery and ritual.
The Sumerians, thousands of years before Christ, believed all diseases were caused by 'sickness demons' and had their sorcerers attempt early exorcisms as cures. The Quran talks extensively of Jinn (demons) that can drive people to insanity and may only be expelled via worship. In the Bible, Satan and his demons are very much at large using human beings as vessels for devilish deeds. Jesus casts a whole bunch of them out before he's accused of being demon-possessed himself »
7 items from 2015
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