11 items from 2014
There may be no other genre of film that juggles trends as often and openly as horror. One decade it’s the slasher; one decade it’s the ghost story; the next it’s found footage. The door does and will continue to revolve. That’s not going to change.
Fortunately for fans of this diabolical branch of celluloid, every now and then those shifts come on the heels of a landscape-altering production or the birth of a franchise destined to change the way we view film. We’ve seen movies evolve so much in the last 80-plus years it’s insane.
It’s almost hard to grasp, but it happens. And it often takes career-defining projects and game-changing films to make the shift a reality. Here are 15 horror franchises that enhanced or completely altered the face of horror as we know it.
Ridley Scott’s greatest achievement, »
- Matt Molgaard
Ed Gein was a real, American cannibal killer who wore people's skin. In 1974, this manifested as a movie called The Texas Chainsaw Massacre that to this day is a great movie that I'm sure all you horror fans have watched over and over.
But that's the only one I can heartily recommend to everyday movie people. Director Tobe Hooper returned for 1986's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, but had no part in 1990s Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3 or 1994's Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation.
Then, Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes got their hands on the franchise and rebooted in 2003's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre which lead into 2006's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (directed by Tmnt director Jonathan Liebsman) and 2013's Texas Chainsaw 3D.
Now it's Millennium Films' turn to take a shot at this franchise, and they've hired up-and-coming writer Seth M. Sherwood to »
In a new USA Today piece focusing on the great year Michael Bay is having given the films he's produced -- The Purge: Anarchy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles -- and directed (Transformers: Age of Extinction) and his new television show on TNT ("The Last Ship") and at the very end it says he "believes he will pass the baton for future Transformers movies to a new director while he turns his focus elsewhere." "There's kind of a new chapter, a new direction in movies I want to make," Bay told USA Today, which adds that he is eying a passion project, a documentary on elephant poaching. "I have a lot of stories to tell. And it's about flexing new muscles," Bay added. Bay's Platinum Dunes will also be releasing Ouija later this year and Project Almanac next year along with an undisclosed new television show next year, but to »
- Brad Brevet
Fast & Furious franchise star Jordana Brewster has starred in roles that put her in jeans and tank tops, but right now she’s more into colorful pants and jumpsuits.
At least that’s what the actress tells People on their “I Love My Closet” series. In a tour of her house, she shares her favorite fashion tips (some culled from stints on shows such as Dallas), and the two items of clothing she’s kept over the years: her wedding dress and the jeans she wore on the set of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, where she met her husband producer Andrew Form. »
- Jackson McHenry
The ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ are back in action with all-new motion posters. Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael set out to protect New York City by fighting Shredder and his evil Foot Clan in the posters for the action adventure comedy. ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ is set to be distributed into theaters on August 8 by Paramount Pictures. The reboot of the hit franchise’s film series reunites director Jonathan Liebesman with his ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning’ producer, Michael Bay, and his production company, Platinum Dunes. Paramount Pictures has released the following synopsis for ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’: The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have unveiled themselves in new character posters from their upcoming action adventure film. Fans helped revealed the posters by voting for their favorite character on Twitter, which unlocked the new trailer from the comedy. ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,’ which was adapted from the popular comic book series and cartoon television series of the same name, was directed by Jonathan Liebesman. He previously worked with one of the film’s producers, Michael Bay, when he helmed ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning.’ The film, which was penned by Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Evan Daugherty, is set to be released in 3D on August 8 in theaters. [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
Never in a million years would I have thought the nostalgia for the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” was at an all-time high, especially considering the mediocre original films and cartoon series that wasn’t all that special, but this is when you realize you’re old and not the right demo. Starring Megan Fox in the lead, along with Will Arnett in support, the Jonathan Liebesman directed, Michael Bay-produced “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie will be "interesting" because it’s a Platinum Dunes project. Yep, we're talking about Bay’s cheapo re-do shingle that has yet to make a good film (and has made plenty of pretty terrible reboots like “Friday The 13th,” “Nightmare On Elm Street” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”). Can Liebesman, Dunes and Bay finally break their streak? Well, "Battle: Los Angeles," "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" and "Wrath of the Titans" weren’t any good either, »
- Edward Davis
Deadline reports that Sheldon Turner is to pen the script for Doug Liman’s (The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow) adaptation of the popular Ubisoft video game Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, which has Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Locke) attached to star in the lead role.
Turner’s previous work includes the remake of The Longest Yard but he did write Up In the Air so there is still hope. His other credits include The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning and X-Men: First Class. Turner has also written a script called Everest, which just so happens to have Liman directing and Tom Hardy starring.
It looks like Turner should get cracking on Splinter Cell, with filming due to start as early as August and a release date pencilled for the end of 2015. »
- Gary Collinson
House of Good and Evil is a movie we’ve been keeping an eye on since its first appearance in our Indie Spotlight and it’s headed to DVD on April 1st. For the latest installment of our Q&A series, Derek Anderson had a chance to catch up with the movie’s star, Rachel Marie Lewis, to learn about her experience on set:
You’ve played characters in dramas, comedies, and romances, but to my knowledge, your role as Maggie Conley in House of Good and Evil was your first time acting in a horror movie. What was it like to play a character in that genre for the first time?
Rachel Marie Lewis: It was great and certainly stretched me, that’s for sure. Every day was emotionally and physically tedious, so preparation was absolutely crucial.
Your character, Maggie, displays a wide emotional range as she copes »
- Derek Anderson
It’s difficult to forget the past, but that’s what Maggie Conley (Rachel Marie Lewis) and her husband, Chris (Christian Oliver), are trying to do in director David Mun’s feature debut, House of Good and Evil. Maggie and Chris have a particularly haunting past to put behind them, one that includes verbal arguments, physical abuse, and the devastating loss of their unborn child. Intent on starting life anew, Chris and Maggie move out of their apartment in Baltimore and head deep into the Virginia woods to live in a rustic, white clapboard duplex.
The Andersons, an elderly husband and wife living in the other half of the duplex, will be their only neighbors for miles before they move out in a month’s time. Before they can even finish unpacking, though, Maggie realizes the isolated, possibly haunted house actually enables Chris’s hostile nature, putting her sanity and very life in jeopardy. »
- Derek Anderson
Early last year, we were one of the first to tell you about House of Good and Evil in our Indie Spotlight and it has now been revealed that the movie will be making its way to DVD in April:
“Neck-hairs will stand on end with the arrival of award-winning fright-flick House of Good and Evil, premiering on DVD this April from Phase4 Films.
Starring Marietta Marich (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning), Rachel Marie Lewis (Beacon Point), Christian Oliver (Speed Racer), Jordan Rhodes (The Indian Runner) and Bo Keister (Killing Kennedy), House of Good and Evil played various high-profile festivals where it’s won over critics and horror fans alike, taking Best Picture at the 2013 Twin Rivers Media Festival, and called ‘“One of the best psychological horror films I saw this year”’ by online horror hub Horror on Screen.
Synopsis: After losing their unborn child, »
- Jonathan James
11 items from 2014
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