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An ancient evil is unleashed in a trailer for The Vatican Tapes.
The horror movie depicts a demonic reckoning, thousands of years in the making, manifesting itself in modern times.
The Vatican Tapes opens on May 22 in the Us. No UK release date has been set. »
There are some excellent videogame-influenced movies out there. They're just not based on videogames...
No, no, this isn’t a list of the worst movies ever made. It’s a choice selection of films from the last 20 years that have been based on videogames. And as you can see, it makes for grim reading. But why is that?
But before we get into that, some brief history.
“Videogames can never be art.”
Despite the huge success of the gaming industry, which is now the most profitable form of entertainment, videogames are still seen an inferior art form. The late, great Roger Ebert famously kicked a beehive in 2010 when he proclaimed that “Videogames can never be art.”, Long story short, »
If you’re as big a Crank fan as I am, you don’t let a chance to ask Jason Statham about Crank 3 pass you by. Being the lucky son-of-a-bitch that I am, I had such an opportunity this past weekend while attending the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, where the action star was promoting Paul Feig’s new espionage comedy, Spy.
We’re not here to talk about that film though, because all my thoughts about Feig’s (very funny) movie can be found in my upcoming review. No, we’re here to talk about Crank 3, a film that Mark Neveldine said “is going to happen,” and that “the studios are really excited about – it’s just just all about timing.” But that was in 2011. And it’s now some four years later, with no signs of a Crank 3 in sight. As an anxious, frustrated fan, I »
- Matt Donato
Today we have the first trailer for the upcoming "The Vatican Tapes" horror thriller, starring Michael Pena, Djimon Hounsou, Olivia Dudley, Dougray Scott, Peter Andersson and Kathleen Robertson. Check it out below. Plot: The story follows the haunting tale of 27-year-old Angela Holmes (Dudley), an ordinary girl who begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close to her, causing serious injury and death. The local priest, Father Lozano (Pena), examines Holmes and believes she is possessed, but when Vicar Imani (Hounsou) and Cardinal Bruun (Andersson) are called from the Vatican to exorcise the demon, it proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than they imagined. The new movie is directed by Mark Neveldine, half of the team behind "Crank," "Gamer" and "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance." It's set to hit theaters on May 22nd. Trailer: »
The most interesting thing about The Vatican Tapes is that Mark Neveldine has directed the film, independent of his Crank and Ghost Rider partner, Brian Taylor. He seems to be a lot more even tempered on his own. Not one shot in this appears to have been shot by a chimpanzee on roller blades or hyperactive ferret on a bungee cord. Crank 3 it is not.
You would be forgiven for thinking that was one of Jason Blum’s pictures, but it’s from Lionsgate, the other guys singing from the cheap horror hymn sheet.
But I stand by my comment that the most interesting thing is something from behind the scenes. Everything we see or hear in that trailer was utterly bereft of surprise, controversy or dramatic imperative. It looks like the kind of film I could easily sleep through – the perfect bit of programming for 5am in an all-night horror marathon. »
- Brendon Connelly
Exorcism movies are a sub-genre of horror that’s constantly being mined for new ideas, despite the lack of new perspective on the tired topic. William Friedkin’s definitive film on the subject landed over 40 years ago and has yet to face any serious competition, but could that be about to change? The latest entry into the niche hails from Mark Neveldine, whose forthcoming horror The Vatican Tapes tackles the perils of having one’s body invaded by a nasty demon.
In this case, that unfortunate circumstance is bestowed upon 27-year-old Angela Holmes, played by Olivia Dudley. A seemingly ordinary girl, she starts to realize that her very being causes those around her to either suffer from hideous injuries.
- Gem Seddon
"Norman, stop being dramatic. You're just used to being home, but you've got to rip off that bandage and just go." In our latest video round-up, we take a look at a tense return to school for Norman on the upcoming third season of A&E's Bates Motel—a mother/son moment that's far from anything you'll see on the Hallmark channel. Also featured is the first trailer for Crank and Crank: High Voltage co-director Mark Neveldine's The Vatican Tapes and two clips from Crackle's Dead Rising: Watchtower, the zombie film adaptation of the popular video game franchise.
- Derek Anderson
Another year, another exorcism movie. You might think audiences would already be tired of Hollywood serving one half-baked exorcism movie after another, but the bottom line is that people keep buying tickets, and if budgets are low enough, and profit margins continue to be decent, they'll keep making them. And so, here we are with "The Vatican Tapes." Mark Neveldine, co-director of those "Crank" movies, is at the helm, with Michael Pena starring as a priest who faces a tough case of demon possession, and blah, blah, blah, good and evil must battle again. Yep, there are jump scares and a young woman doing freaky/scary things — the usual ingredients of latter day exorcism movies. Of course, the only thing missing is an original idea, but we're sure everyone got a nice paycheck and access to a good craft services table during the shoot. "The Vatican Tapes" arrives on May 22nd. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Possession movies are a dime a dozen and they really have to offer something unique to get my attention, even though I do have a soft spot for religious thrillers. The appeal of The Vatican Tapes is more straight forward than most: director Mark Neveldine.
One half of the directing duo of Neveldine/Taylor, the guys behind Crank and Gamer among others, Neveldine is taking it solo this time around directing this thriller starring Olivia Dudley as Angela, a 20 something typical girl who becomes possessed by an evil entity. The local priest Father Lozano (Michael Peña) enlists the help of the Vatican who sends over Vicar Imani (Djimon Hounsou) and Cardinal Bruun (Peter Andersson) to help with the exorcism but things really go south when Imani and Bruun discover t [Continued ...] »
"You tell them I am here." Adding more demonic exorcism and found footage to the growing pile of tired horror is the new trailer for The Vatican Tapes. However, the film seems to employ a mix of found footage and basic narrative filmmaking as it follows a young woman (Olivia Taylor Dudley) possessed by some kind of dark force that catches local priest Father Lozano (Michael Pena) off guard, prompting him to call in experts from The Vatican to help. But what they encounter is far more sinister than any average demon as it appears the antichrist has arrived. It's another typical exorcism horror thriller. Watch below! Here's the first trailer for Mark Neveldine's The Vatican Tapes, originally from Yahoo: The Vatican Tapes is directed by Mark Neveldine (co-director Crank, Gamer, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance) and written by Christopher Borrelli (The Marine 2). The horror film follows the »
- Ethan Anderton
What does a Mark Neveldine-directed horror film look like? One half of the duo which brought us the manic, unhinged Crank films has helmed the possession/exorcism-based The Vatican Tapes solo. It looks to go big, but what about as brash? Demonic voices, regurgitation (oh man, the Deviled Eggs puns today), levitation, eye trauma; all the…
The post Trailer: What do Mark Neveldine’s Vatican Tapes Capture? appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
Mark Neveldine (Crank, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance) is going solo for the first time in his feature directorial career as his frequent directorial partner, Brian Taylor, is sitting this one out. The movie is The Vatican Tapes, a PG-13 thriller Lionsgate has slated for a May 22 release. The story follows the haunting tale of 27-year-old Angela Holmes (Olivia Dudley) an ordinary girl who begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close to her, causing serious injury and death. The local priest, Father Lozano (Michael Pena), examines Holmes and believes she is possessed, but when Vicar Imani (Djimon Hounsou) and Cardinal Bruun (Peter Andersson) are called from the Vatican to exorcise the demon, it proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than they imagined. The first trailer for the movie has just been released, give it a peek below and let's hear your thoughts in the comments. »
- Brad Brevet
A demonic force more powerful than any priest rises from the depths of Hell in the first trailer for The Vatican Tapes. The film is Mark Neveldine's first solo effort after collaborating with co-director and long time partner Brian Taylor. Their past work includes Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance, Crank, Crank High Voltage and Gamer. Now, Mark Neveldine embarks on this horror thriller that is sure to bring plenty of scares to the summer box office.
The Vatican Tapes follows the haunting tale of 27-year-old Angela Holmes, played by Olivia Dudley, an ordinary girl who begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close to her, causing serious injury and death. The local priest, Father Lozano (Michael Peña), examines Holmes and believes she is possessed, but when Vicar Imani (Djimon Hounsou) and Cardinal Bruun (Peter Andersson) are called from the Vatican to exorcise the demon, it proves to »
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Are you a Hollywood film director? Are you looking to senselessly destroy an army of bad guys but can only afford to pay one actor? There’s a good chance you’re covered.
Jason Statham is a rock hard man, it’s that simple. He’s starred in a range of action films from The Transporter to Crank, with over 40 other productions under his belt grossing a combined total in excess of $1 billion. Not bad for someone who used to jump off things in tiny speedos for a living…
Since his debut in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), the hard man’s hard man has earned himself a rugged reputation and clawed his way into The Expendables film series, which has become like an awards ceremony to celebrate the human tanks of this world.
But there’s a side to Statham that you might not expect. »
- Michael Potts
Exclusive: The Solution Entertainment Group acquired Jeremy Drysdale's action spec script in late 2013 and has now greenlit Live! which it will produce and fully finance. Darrin Prescott and Wade Allen will make their feature directorial debut on the high-concept actioner. The Solution’s Myles Nestel (The November Man) is producing with Skip Williamson (Underworld, Gamer, Crank) of 5B Artist+Media. The project is currently casting with principal photography eyed for the… »
In the movie, a group of friends on an island getaway experiment with a new designer drug that makes them lose their ability to control their urges.
Fortitude International is handling international sales of Urge at the European Film Market.
Variety has it listed as one of the Top Buzz Titles at the Berlin Film Festival.
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- Michelle McCue
The planned live-action adaptation of Joe Casey and Chris Burnham’s Officer Downe has secured financing, with Life Out Loud Films set to fund the project, which is being directed by M. Shawn Crahan, drummer and co-founder of Slipknot.
“Very excited to dive back into badass muscular cinema akin to what we did in Crank,” said Mark Neveldine and Skip Williamson, who will produce the film from a script by Casey. “With Shawn steering the ship and the subversive insanity of the world Joe created, we’ll have something unforgettable.”
Officer Downe tells the story of a police officer who is killed in the line of duty and finds himself resurrected time and again as he becomes the secret weapon of the Los Angeles Police Department.
- Gary Collinson
The premise of Joe Casey and Chris Burnham’s Officer Downe comics is that an immortal cop can just tear through all kinds of chaos and rip right to the bad guys, even if it means half of his body is going to get temporarily torn to shreds while he’s doing it.
It’s like Tackleberry from the Police Academy movies was made into Wolverine and given a Nick Offerman ‘stache. The resulting comic, which I’ve only flicked through quickly, and not recently, is full of the kind of carnage and bad behaviour that brought to mind Frank Miller and Geoff Darrow’s Hard Boiled.
There’s now a film of Officer Downe in development, and it’s been announced in Berlin that Slipknot’s M Shawn Crahan will direct. According to Deadline, Crank’s Mark Neveldine is amongst the producers.
Fans of the comic can rest assured that Casey is involved – indeed, »
- Brendon Connelly
The live-action film adaptation of Joe Casey and Chris Burnham's graphic novel Officer Downe is moving forward, with Living Out Loud Films coming aboard to finance and Nicolas Chartier's Voltage Picture launching the project to international buyers this week at Berlin's European Film Market. CAA brokered the financing deal and will represent domestic rights. Mark Neveldine and Skip Williamson, who teamed on Crank, are producing Officer Downe alongside Cole Payne and Casey, who wrote the adapted script. Read More 'Hurt Locker' Producer Nicolas Chartier on His Anti-Piracy Crusade and Why Union Workers Need Less Pay Slipknot co-founder
- Pamela McClintock
Voltage Pictures has picked up international sales on Officer Downe as the graphic novel adaptation gets a new lease of life and moves into production next month.
As previously reported M Shawn Crahan of the band Slipknot will direct the action-thriller about a resurrected police officer who wages daily war in Los Angeles.
Living Out Loud Films is financing the project and CAA, who brokered the financing deal, represents Us rights.
“We’re very excited to dive back into badass muscular cinema akin to what we did in Crank,” said Neveldine and Williamson. “With Shawn steering the ship and the subversive insanity of the world Joe created we’ll have something unforgettable.”
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