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Top 10 Ryan Lambie 22 Nov 2013 - 06:42
From zombie outbreaks to food poisoning, here's our selection of the 10 unluckiest fictional airline companies in cinema...
You rarely see real-life airline companies in movies, and for good reason - planes in the movies are always being overrun by snakes, art thieves, the undead, and that actor who plays Hercule Poirot.
Film airline companies are so unlucky, in fact, that even the best efforts of Hollywood's finest actors, heart-throbs and action heroes - from Brad Pitt to Bruce Willis, and Jack Lemmon to Mark Hamill - can't stop their planes from dropping out of the sky or getting into some kind of mishap or other.
To this end, here's a far-from-exhaustive look at what we think are the 10 unluckiest airlines in cinema...
Stevens Corporation As seen in: Airport 77 (1977)
You'd be forgiven for thinking that a company with just one passenger jet to its name »
Feature Ryan Lambie 30 Oct 2013 - 07:02
In the late 60s and early 70s, horror cinema began to put aside the castles and capes of the past. Vampiric noblemen like Count Dracula were being replaced by new monsters like Mark Lewis, the serial killer photographer in Peeping Tom, and murderous motelier Norman Bates in Psycho.
Kicking and screaming, horror was moving into the present - into contemporary cities and respectable suburbs. In literature, authors such as Ira Levin, Richard Matheson and Stephen King were at the forefront of this new movement, with their work reinventing stories of the spectral, satanic and paranormal for a new age.
Wes Craven was one of a young generation of filmmakers who brought about a similar change in 70s cinema. Along with George A Romero, »
Next year mark the 30th anniversary of the horror classic A Nightmare on Elm Street but New Line Cinema aren't waiting that long to celebrate, with the slasher being re-released to coincide with Halloween this year. One of the true slasher films and certainly one of the more disturbing horror films of the 1980s, it'll be a treat to watch the original Elm Street in its visceral and gruesome true form on the big screen.
We were treated to a trailer for A Nightmare on Elm Street last month but it's nice to finally have confirmation of its release date. The original and best of the seemingly never-ending franchise starred Johnny Depp (The Lone Ranger) in an incredibly early role, Heather Langenkamp (Star Trek Into Darkness) as the lead Nancy and Robert Englund (Strippers vs. Werewolves) as the titular Freddy Krueger, and was directed by horror auteur Wes Craven (Scream, »
- Gary Collinson
Odd List Caroline Preece 29 Aug 2013 - 05:48
Proving that small-scale shocks are often the most effective, here are 15 of the finest single-location thrillers of the last decade...
Playing on our fears of being trapped and alone, the single-location thriller updates old haunted house and home invasion stories to include new, more inventive locations, and it seems that filmmakers haven’t yet run out of ideas of how to scare the living daylights out of us. Some have played on modern fears of corporate meddling or reality television, while others have simply tried to expand their locations to icy prisons and public places.
To celebrate those great genre-bending efforts, here are a dozen and a half of our favorites from the last ten years (with a doff of the cap to Panic Button, a low budget Brit horror that just misses out)…
15. Devil (2010)
Shamelessly exploiting many people's paralysing fear of elevators, »
Tim here. August is upon us, the unloved bastard child of the summer movie season: understanding that the last three months have largely bled the audience dry, and knowing that it’s time for families to start getting ready for the upcoming school season, studios tend to leave this as a month for dumping all their projects that are too costly and high-profile to end up in the darkest hole the calendar has to offer, in January, but aren’t nearly polished enough to compete with the big expensive tentpoles of May and June. This means, in turn, that the wide release movies of August tend not to be as fussed-over and market ready as their big siblings, and while this means, far more often than not, that they are chintzy and unlovely things, it’s almost always the case that at least one or two releases every single year »
- Tim Brayton
Paramount Pictures' Navy SEALs combat dog tale Alpha appears to be moving forward today as The Wrap brings word that Martin Campbell ( Casino Royale , Green Lantern ) is in talks to helm the project. In development for some time, the latest draft of Alpha hails from Scott Frank ( Minority Report ) with David Benioff ( The 25th Hour ), Carl Ellsworth ( Red Eye ) and Graham Roland ("Fringe") having previously done work on the script. Set in South America, the story finds a Navy Seal who must work with military canines to rescue their captured handler. (Photo Credit: Nikki Nelson / WENN) »
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