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It may be the season to be jolly, but every so often something cinematic rears its ugly head to challenge that sugar-coated notion - and this year it's Finnish filmmaker Jalmari Helander's myth-defying debut. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is an anti-Christmas horror fantasy that transforms the cuddly, present-delivering Santa Claus of fable into a 21st-century boogie man - reminiscent of a vengeful incarnation from the pages of Struwwelpeter. Never mind receiving lumps of coal for punishment, this Santa snatches naughty children while they sleep, boils them in cauldrons and replaces them in bed with sinister dolls. Unearthed from his Lapland mountain coffin, Mr Claus is coming to town - and kids had really better watch out.
But the »
By Vaughn Trudeau Schoonmaker
There are so many holiday movies out there, one could conceivably spend the rest of one's life watching them back to back... and it's often tempting to give that a shot. For many -- myself included -- there's nothing better than laughing through the first two hilarious installments of "Home Alone" or sobbing through "It's a Wonderful Life" to snap them into the Christmas spirit.
Not everyone is a sucker for feel-good Christmas movie clichés, however. And once in a blue moon, Hollywood (or a Very independent film company elsewhere) pops out a Christmas flick that doesn't feature clumsy burglars falling down stairs or James Stewart tearfully embracing his family. I'm talking about scary Christmas movies, or at least holiday movies that are meant to be frightening but come across as comically ridiculous. The seasonal red and green colors take on new meaning when the red »
- MTV Movies Team
Dutch director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.'s upcoming The Thing Prequel will follow the Norwegian camp briefly depicted in John Carpenter's 1982 classic The Thing. Besides featuring plenty of Norwegian actors and English subtitles, the prequel will also have a few American characters, primarily Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and Joel Edgerton (Uncle Owen in Star Wars Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith), who's actually an Australian.
Winstead plays a paleontologist named Kate Lloyd, who joins the Norwegian science team after they discover the alien life form that eventually plagues Kurt Russell and his team. Despite appearing in horror movies like Black Christmas and Final Destination 3, Winstead told Collider that her age almost lost her the part.
I auditioned for it but I think a few people involved at certain levels thought I was too young for the part. I had to come in a couple of times. »
- Ryan Gowland
A few months ago I got to visit the set of The Thing (the prequel to the classic John Carpenter film with the same name) with a few other online reporters. As I said in my set report, I think the prequel is going to surprise a lot of people because director Matthijs van Heijningen is making a movie that should tie seamlessly in with the original. If it all comes together like the way they told us on set, you should be able to watch both films back to back and they’d feel like they belong together.
Anyway, while on set we were able to speak with Mary Elizabeth Winstead. In the film, she plays a paleontologist named Kate Lloyd and it’s through her character that we journey to Antarctica and meet the rest of the crew. During the interview she talked about how she got the part, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Craig Gillespie’s “Fright Night” remake has found its vampire: Colin Farrell. As reported by THR, he’ll go up against Anton Yelchin as Charlie Brewster in the remake of Tom Holland’s 1985 horror classic. Also joining the fun is Toni Collette, who is on board to play Charlie’s mother, one of many who just can’t resist her bloodsucking neighbor’s charm. Gillespie’s version will stick to the basics of the original, focusing on young Charlie's supicions about his neighbor Jerry, whom he believes to be a vampire. He confides in his mother as well as his best friend, Evil Ed and girlfriend, Amy, but no one believes his accusations.
With vampires continuing to be the hot thing in Hollywood, “Fright Night” should be a welcome edition to a genre that’s on the verge of growing tiresome. We’re not in for another dose of sparkling »
- Perri Nemiroff
18-year-old Canadian actor Richard Harmon lands lead role in time-bending drama
Seattle — Fresh from his pivotal three-episode guest-starring role in the Syfy network hit, “Caprica,” hot young actor Richard Harmon, has been cast in the time-bending campus drama, “Judas Kiss,” the film’s producers announced today.
The 18-year-old actor from Vancouver, B.C., has landed roles in a broad swath of hit television series and feature films, including “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,” “Smallville,” “Fringe” and the Cartoon Network’s new live-action series, “Tower Prep.”
In “Judas Kiss,” Harmon will play Danny Reyes, a gay film student at a university at the crossroads of parallel timelines, where he is caught in a tug of war between a tortured past and a troubling future. »
Scream queen Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Final Destination 3, Black Christmas) is set to revive The Thing, according to Heat Vision. In a rather confusing turn of events, this film will serve as a prequel to the 1982 John Carpenter classic, which is itself a remake. The film will return to the frozen tundra as Winstead is set to play a young student at an Antarctic research facility who is humanity’s only hope to stop the murderous shape-shifter from escaping and wreaking havoc on an unsuspecting world.
Joining her is horror newb, Joel Edgerton, in the role of a helicopter pilot paid to help Winstead. Although new to the horror genre Edgerton, who has been seen in Star Wars Episode II and King Arthur, is at home in the role of hero. At the helm of this prequel/reboot is Swedish director, Matthijs Van Heijningen. While this appears to be his feature film debut, »
- Calhoun Kersten
With The Wolfman arriving in theaters next week (and supposedly tracking well), Universal Pictures is off and running with their next creature feature, The Thing, a prequel/redo of John Carpenter's classic 80's film (also a remake of the 50's The Thing From Another World). Being helmed by Matthijs Van Heijningen, Uni has announced the first cast of who will be taking on tricky creatures from another planet. Genre veteran Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Final Destination 3, Black Christmas, Grindhouse, The Ring Two) and Joel Edgerton (Acolytes, Spider) will star in "The Thing," Universal's latest take on the shape-shifting alien who terrorizes a group of people in a remote facility, reports the Heat Vision Blog. »
Hollywood saw a rash of ‘animals on the rampage’ movies in the 1970’s including ones about frogs (Frogs in 1972), snakes (Stanley also 1972) and even rabbits (Night Of The Lepus in 1974). Though the conventions were in part established by The Birds in 1963, it was the runaway success of the 1971 shocker Willard, about a nerd’s retaliation against his tormentors with the help of an army of rats, which really ignited the genre. Willard spawned the quickie sequel Ben the next year, but surprisingly neither is available on DVD.
Based on the novel ‘The Ratman’s Notebooks’ by Stephen Gilbert, Willard tells the story of Willard Stiles (Bruce Davison), a lonely young man employed at the company his late father founded, who suffers cruel humiliations at the hands of his boss (Ernest Borgnine), who’s also dad’s former business partner. Willard’s only companion is his ailing, decrepit mother (Elsa Lanchester »
Release Date: April 30
Studio: Warner Brothers (New Line)
Director: Samuel Bayer
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Analysis: Michael and Jason were resurrected with recent remakes, now it's time for Freddy, the last of the three major horror villains from the 1980's. And it's all courtesy of producer Michael Bay, who not only brought Jason back with Friday the 13th (2009), but also The Amityville Horror and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the movie that ramped up the horror remake craze.
Last February, the Friday the 13th remake stormed on to the scene with a $40.6 million opening, but quickly bled out, tallying $65 million by the end of its run. Halloween (2007) lived a little longer but started smaller: $26.4 million opening on its way to $58.3 million. »
- Brandon Gray
10 items from 2010
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