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This weekend sees four new wide releases hitting theaters, plus the nationwide expansion of Steve Jobs, all on the heels of last weekend's four new releases, making for an October box office bottleneck. Goosebumps looks like a solid holdover, hoping to repeat at #1. In its way is The Last Witch Hunter, which should top the weekend, taking advantage of the timeframe and Vin Diesel's Furious fame. Additional new releases include the latest installment in the Paranormal Activity franchise, which finds Paramount taking a shot at a new release strategy while Rock the Kasbah and Jem and the Holograms feast on the scraps. Starting with last weekend's #1, Goosebumps opened with $23.6 million, but more importantly carried an "A" CinemaScore. With Halloween just around the corner and a CinemaScore that suggests positive word of mouth, expect this children's horror to holdover well with a 34% drop and a $15.5 million second weekend. Should The Last Witch Hunter »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
*Updated with new film and TV show listings.* Happy October, everyone! Our favorite month is finally upon us, which means everyone is getting into the Halloween spirit, especially when it comes to upcoming TV programming over the next 31 days. Trying to keep track of everything that’s playing throughout October can be a hellish affair, so once again Daily Dead is here to help make sure you know about everything Halloween-related hitting cable and network airwaves over the coming weeks.
* All Updated & Additional Listings Are In Bold (all times listed are Et/Pt)*
Thursday, October 1st
9:00am – Halloween Crazier (Travel Channel)
4:00pm – Firestarter (AMC)
6:00pm – The Last Exorcism (Syfy)
6:30pm – Pet Sematary (AMC)
8:00pm – My Babysitter’s a Vampire (Disney)
10:00pm – Dominion Season 3 Finale (Syfy)
10:30 pm – Cujo (AMC)
- Heather Wixson
Director Breck Eisner’s 2010 remake of George Romero's The Crazies was far better made and considered than it might otherwise have been, so it makes sense that he’s managed to turn what might have been a pot-boiling action fantasy into a visually-arresting and fun vehicle for growling action man Vin Diesel.
As a contrast, take a look at 2011’s Season Of The Witch as an example of how badly an effects-heavy fantasy movie can go wrong; Nicolas Cage looked glum underneath his lank Cher wig, Ron Perlman was given little to do and the numerous sword fights and the screaming necromancer of a plot failed to add up to a hill of beans.
The Last Witch Hunter largely succeeds because it’s aware »
Nowadays, it's hard to image that Nicolas Cage would turn down any movie, let alone one guaranteed to be a massive blockbuster success. Especially when he's taking jobs in such dreck as Left Behind and Season of the Witch. But as it turns out, he passed up a key role in what is one of the biggest series of all time. Yes, he could have been Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
For the past few years, Nicolas Cage has had a rough go at choosing projects. He's appeared in one flop after the next, many of them going straight to VOD or home video (which isn't a bad thing in this day of streaming media, but in his case it has been). He won raves for his indie thriller Joe, and had a great cameo turn in Kick-Ass, but there hasn't been anything too memorable on his resume for sometime. »
It seems like Nicolas Cage doesn’t turn down anything nowadays. From Left Behind to Season of the Witch, the last five years haven’t been full of Cage’s best decisions. However, there was one point when Cage was a little more choosy, and he turned down what could have been one of the biggest roles of […]
The post Nicolas Cage Turned Down a Lead Role in ‘Lord of the Rings’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
If it’s remembered for nothing else, and it almost certainly won’t be, Uli Edel’s “Pay the Ghost” can at least make a claim to being the first film to feature a haunted razor scooter in a horror setpiece. Aside from that relative highlight, this somnolent supernatural thriller is a low-energy wash from start to finish, as a solemn Nicolas Cage searches across fantastical realms for his missing son with all the urgency of a morning run to Starbucks. Hardly anyone here, from cast to director to the below-the-line craftsmen, appears to have put in more than the bare minimum of professional effort, and the lack of enthusiasm proves contagious. Expect a ghostly payout at the box office.
Once correctly regarded as one of the finest actors of his generation, Cage’s decade-long descent into screamingly over-the-top roles in schlocky junk has made him a pitiable figure in certain circles, »
- Andrew Barker
On Friday, September 18th, Universal Studios Hollywood kicked off the haunting season in grand fashion with their annual Halloween Horror Nights, which celebrates everything we love about this time of year: monsters, mayhem, unexpected frights, and ghouls waiting to terrorize you at every turn. This is my seventh year attending Hhn and I can say that this may very well be one of the best years yet, all created by designer John Murdy and his entire team who worked tirelessly to bring the gruesome festivities to life.
While I enjoyed everything about the experience at Universal Studios overall, the three standout attractions for me at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights were the Halloween, Crimson Peak and This is the End 3D mazes, and all for very different reasons. With the Halloween house, attendees get immersed into the world of the first three films from the series, which was an enjoyable twist for me, »
- Heather Wixson
A new poster and trailer have arrived online for After Dark Films’ upcoming slasher Bastard, which we have for you here…
Five strangers – newlywed serial killers, a suicidal cop, and two runaways – become suspect and victim when a masked murderer makes its presence known in an isolated mountain town
Bastard is set for release on October 16th and stars Tonya Kay (Get Him to the Greek), Rebekah Kennedy (Season of the Witch), Burt Culver (The Paper Boat), Ellis Greer (A Small Death), Dan Creed (Dinner Party), and Will Tranfo (The Creation of Aspen).
- Gary Collinson
This August, horror fans in the Midwest should get ready to trick or treat a little early this year as the 2015 Flashback Weekend Horror Convention is gearing up to celebrate all things Michael Myers with three days of Halloween-related events and guests as part of this year’s line-up. Flashback will also be honoring Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator for its 30th anniversary, will play host to several notable cast members from American Horror Story: Freak Show and much more.
Running Friday, August 7th through Sunday, August 9th at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel (5440 N. River Road, Rosemont, Il 60018), Flashback Weekend is celebrating its 13th year with an all-out Halloween extravaganza, paying tribute to the original and many of the sequels from the iconic franchise. Tickets for this year’s convention are currently already on sale Here and attendees can reserve their hotel rooms at the Crowne »
- Jonathan James
Netflix has announced that Claire Foy (Season Of The Witch), Matt Smith (Doctor Who) and John Lithgow (Interstellar) will star in a "decades-spanning drama about Queen Elizabeth II and the prime ministers who shaped post-war Britain." Titled The Crown, the ten-episode series is described as a telling of "the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world —... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
At this point, having flooded the market with such efforts as Left Behind, Outcast, Stolen, Drive Angry, Justice, Season Of The Witch, Knowing, and the Ghost Rider movies, there is a certain baggage that accompanies any casting of Nicolas Cage – regardless of the nature of the project. With an understandable reputation for somewhat bizarre and off-the-wall performances, Academy Award winner Cage regularly has an uphill battle to fight when it comes to new releases. The first trailer for his upcoming movie, The Runner, takes on a lot of that fight for him, however, as it showcases what could be his most nuanced performance in some time.
As the feature length directorial debut of writer-director Austin Stark, The Runner is a political drama that has attracted a high level of on-screen talent. Alongside Cage, the film stars Connie Nielsen (Nymphomanic: Vol. 1), Peter Fonda (Easy Rider), Bryan Batt (Mad Men), Sarah Paulson »
- Sarah Myles
The horror landscape was changing by 1982. People were tiring of slashers; even the Halloween franchise decided to take a left (some would say wrong) turn away from Shatner masks and sharpened knives, and used the brand name to explore the holiday itself in the perpetually under-appreciated Season of The Witch. The genre seemed to be turning towards monsters, from large scale dread fests such as John Carpenter's The Thing to more intimate fare like Frank Henenlotter's Basket Case. The horror films of 1982 displayed a refreshing variety of ways to make audiences jump, squirm, gasp, smile, and when the occasion arose, vomit. The Beast Within giddily checks all the boxes.
Released in February by United Artists, the film took in a total of 7.7 million at the box office. Those were not great numbers, and the reviews were worse. Mainstream critics in general have never been kind to horror; almost »
- Scott Drebit
American indie production company Big Bad Film recently wrapped up their first project, the slasher film Bastard. And today they have released the first unrated teaser for their film. Get ready for some decent gore. It is ever so slightly Nsfw. Bastard follows newlywed, hitch-hiking serial killers, a brother and sister on the run, and a suicidal, alcoholic cop as they get caught in an increasingly bizarre series of murders committed by a masked killer near a mountain-town bed and breakfast. The film, infused with the blood of cult slasher films like The Burning and Halloween, includes a throwback retro score, all practical effects, and stars genre veterans Rebekah Kennedy (Season of the Witch/House Hunting) and Tonya Kay (Raze/Dark Space). Newcomers Ellis Greer, Dan Creed, Will Tranfo,...
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Indie horror feature Bastard is now complete. This slasher feature follows a brother and a sister, with a serial killer stalking a remote town. The film's first spine-ripping trailer shows some of the film's makeup effects and dire scenarios. As well, Bastard stars Rebekah Kennedy (Season of the Witch) and Tonya Kay (Raze). Gorehounds can view all of the torso-shredding action here. The updated synopsis provides more details. The film brings together five strangers. Two are serial killers, another character is a suicidal cop. In the middle of these three, a sister and brother try to stay alive, on an isolated mountain retreat. Bastard is currently seeking distribution. Once distribution is secured, a release date will be announced. For now, fans of practical effects and slasher features can preview more of the film below. The trailer is sure to leave scars. Release Date: Tba. Directors: Powell Robinson and Patrick Robert Young. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
Say what you want about Nic Cage, you gotta admit he is the hardest working man in Hollywood. Sure, most of these erstwhile (often Direct-to-dvd) efforts Cage has been associated with (Drive Angry, Rage, Trespass, Stolen, Season Of The Witch, Frozen Ground, Left Behind..….wow, it’s a long, long list) fall squarely in the sub-b-movie category, but there is the occasional diamond in the rough. Last year’s Joe made my top ten list and the work he did in Bad Lieutenant Port Of Call should have won awards. In his newest, the 12th-century China-set adventure Outcast, Cage plays “The White Ghost” and time he isn’t the leading hero. And it’s no gem. Hayden Christensen, the blank slate blamed for crippling the second wave of Star Wars films is the main protagonist of Outcast and he plays Jacob, the stoical, taciturn, gritty, wandering badass with measured assurance. »
- Tom Stockman
The vintage nastiness of the exploitative cult classic Mark of the Devil gets a pristine revamp from Arrow Video, a favored title from a golden era of new wave British horror that hasn’t had held quite the same reverence as some of the more notable titles of the era, such as Ken Russell’s The Devils, Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man or Michael Reeves’ Witchfinder General. The project was inspired by Reeves’ film, who died of an accidental overdose at the age of 25. In hindsight, perhaps, as directed by Michael Armstrong (the film’s screenwriter who often wrote under the pseudonym Sergio Casstner), the title is a bit too familiar in to Reeves, and often feels like the slutty little cousin to the sleazy themes touched upon in the earlier film. Bizarre performances and an unnaturally evocative ambience help overcome the film’s desperate aim to shock with »
- Nicholas Bell
The slasher feature Bastard is nearing completion. This indie horror tale follows a brother and a sister, who are chased by a masked killer. Directors Powell Robinson and Patrick Robert Young have released several stills for the film and a trailer will come this way soon. As well, the film stars horror veteran Rebekah Kennedy (Season of the Witch) and Tonya Kay (Raze). An early look at the film is hosted here. The stills show some of the characters from the film. The killer is shown in one graphic, just off screen. His hook looks to rip into a victim. The other photos show characters chased in a small rural community. Bastard is expected to complete shortly. Post-production will wrap in two weeks. By then, this slasher film fan hopes to preview a copy of the film. All of the available details for Bastard are hosted below. Release Date: Tba. »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
Why is it so hard to make a satisfying medieval fantasy adventure? We look down on movies like Seventh Son, Season of the Witch, Outcast, and any number of other films for their descent into high camp, but sometimes, one wonders if it's the genre. With its overt appeals to such childlike (or childish, depending on your point of view) things like dragons and witches and spells, maybe it's just hard to take this stuff at face value anymore, unless it was written by J.R.R. Tolkien (and even then, sometimes it’s hard). Has it really been more than three decades since Ladyhawke and Dragonslayer? Was it just a more innocent time back then?Even so, Seventh Son doesn’t appear to have had much of a chance. A strange movie that manages to be both ridiculous and bland, its chief point of interest is the spectacle of a great actor caught in career decline. »
- Bilge Ebiri
I know, I know, I’m as shocked to be writing this review as you are to see me doing so – after the scraping-through-the-bottom-of-the-barrel debacle that was Rage, I thought I’d finally managed to quit Nicolas Cage for good. But that I still ended up watching Outcast (some of it through my fingers, but still watching it, to my great chagrin) just goes to show that the actor is as damnably, despicably addictive as Twinkies or Doritos, with a slightly broader dramatic range. As amusingly bad as he is (and oh is he terrible) in all these direct-to-vod pics, Cage is like a car crash in slow motion – as much as I want to, I just can’t look away.
Fortunately for the actor, Cage isn’t exactly the one false note in an otherwise euphonious symphony. A case could be made that the performer is simply playing to his surroundings. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Director: Matthew Vaughn; Screenwriters: Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman; Starring:Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L Jackson, Michael Caine, Mark Strong, Mark Hamill, Samantha Womack; Running time: 128 mins; Certificate: 15
'Colin Firth vs Scum'. In an alternate reality, we'd like to think this movie was given that iconic title. Especially as its most joyous scene involves the former Mr Darcy tackling a pub full of rampaging thugs armed with just an umbrella – and without even one of his immaculately groomed hairs coming out of place or a single expletive emitting from lips that wouldn't scowl if you offered them a blank cheque. The Firth doesn't do disheveled or uncivilised, for as we learn from his character - 'manners maketh man'.
We also discover that the creative forces behind Kick-Ass maketh another belter that puts a dynamic twist on a well-worn genre. Boasting immense performances from Firth as an aristocratic agent and »
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