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Legend has is that the seventh son of a seventh son is born with certain special powers, which, in Joseph Delaney’s “Wardstone Chronicles” fantasy-lit series, include the ability to see supernatural beings and, potentially, to kill witches. But given the unusually long gestation period for Universal’s film adaptation, “Seventh Son” — which opens in the U.S. on Feb. 6, nearly a year later than originally planned — one shouldn’t be all that surprised to discover some pretty significant birth defects, among them a tired plot, some very unspecial effects, and a pair of grotesquely uneven performances from Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore.
Considering that Universal was still licking its wounds from the pricey Keanu Reeves debacle “47 Ronin” (like this project, an extravagant vfx-driven tentpole from a Russian director ill suited for Hollywood) when “Seventh Son” was supposed to open last February, it makes sense that the distributor opted to »
- Peter Debruge
In his rollicking, insightful new book Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll, author Peter Bebergal delves deep into the weird connections between popular music and the occult, and how the former has so often utilized the mystique of the latter. In this excerpt, Bebergal looks at the rumors that have long circulated about Jay Z's involvement with the mysterious Illuminati cabal, and what those rumors signify about how we think of the rap superstar. The video for Jay Z’s 2009 single “On to the Next One” is a masterpiece of symbolism. Jay Z stands in the center of the frame, haloed by a circle of dim lights behind him. Throughout the video, frame after frame of flashing images, is a well-dressed man in skull-like makeup reminiscent of the Joker; a white-gowned ninja battling the air with batons; a jewel-studded skull; smoke swirling into »
- Peter Bebergal
By Ernie Magnotta
These days, cinema buffs searching high and low for a lost, early work of a modern filmmaker is almost unheard of , as most everything is readily available on DVD or Blu-ray. However, back in the day, this was far from the case. Way back when, many early efforts from then current directorial masters were extremely hard to find. For example, throughout the 1980s, I can remember looking everywhere for a copy of George A. Romero’s third film Season of the Witch aka Hungry Wives (1972) as well as Martin Scorsese’s debut feature Who’s That Knocking at My Door? (1967) just to name a few. Another movie I always longed to see was a strange, little action film called Fast Company. The reason I use the word strange is because the movie was directed by the enormously talented, Canadian born David Cronenberg. Although he is now known »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
No one’s is ever going to launch an Oscar campaign for Need for Speed, but there’s a case to be made for unpretentious, action-packed popcorn pleasures like the racing thriller. Aaron Paul gave a mesmerizing performance, the stunts were spectacular and, perhaps best of all, it proved that helmer Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) knows his way around a slick action vehicle. Now, Waugh is set to dive into the deep end for a much pricier venture – a $120 million sci-epic titled Inversion.
The script, from Bragi Schut (Season of the Witch) and David Arata (Spy Game), follows a young Chinese scientist and a street-smart American ex-patriate who team up and race against time to prevent a cataclysmic reversal of gravity, which would send entire cities and civilians falling into the sky to certain death.
It’s an exciting premise, and Waugh’s background as a stunt coordinator should »
- Isaac Feldberg
Inversion follows two unlikely heroes, a young Chinese scientist and a street smart American expat, on a frenzied journey across the globe to save Earth from an apocalyptic threat – a total reversal of gravity that causes whole cities and civilizations to uproot and plummet into the sky.
No word on who's going to star, but personally, I'm excited to see a sci-fi blockbuster with an Asian star.
- Laura Frances
The story follows two unlikely heroes, a young Chinese scientist and a street smart American expat, on a frenzied journey across the globe to save Earth from an apocalyptic threat...A total reversal of gravity that causes whole cities and civilizations to uproot and plummet into the sky.
Inversion is currently in the stages of pre-production, with a screenplay written by Bragi F. Schut (Season of the Witch) and Oscar winner David Arata (Children of Men). The film is expected to start shooting in April 2015. You can check out the first piece of concept art here: »
Stunt coordinator-turned-director Scott Waugh is aiming high for his next feature film. It was announced today that the filmmaker behind Act of Valor and this year’s Need for Speed is in final talks to direct the $120 million sci-fi epic Inversion. The story follows two unlikely heroes, a young Chinese scientist and a street smart American expat, on a “frenzied journey across the globe to save Earth from an apocalyptic threat—a total reversal of gravity that causes whole cities and civilizations to uproot and plummet into the sky.” Pre-production is currently underway, and the plan is to start filming in late April 2015. Inversion has a script by Bragi Schut (Season of the Witch) and David Arata (Spy Game), with Michael Nozik, Markus Barmettler, and Philip Lee onboard to produce. Need for Speed remains one of the worst films I’ve seen this year so I can’t say I’m enthused by this news, »
- Adam Chitwood
It doesn’t have Mike Myers. It doesn’t have Sam Loomis. It wasn’t directed by John Carpenter. And Halloween 3: Season of the Witch is the best in the series. Now hold on, before you knock down my door with pitchforks and torches, hear me out! The Halloween franchise started with Carpenter, Debra Hill, and the tale of “The Shape”. […] »
- Giaco Furino
With Halloween under a week away, today marks my final horror recommendation of the season. Whether it's been a while since your last viewing or you've missed it all together, this is the perfect (and perhaps only) time of year to check out writer/director Tommy Lee Wallace's Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Often regarded as the odd duck of the franchise due to its storyline departure and a severe lack of Michael Myers, Season of the Witch relies less on slasher tropes in favor of sci-fi tinged horror. The gist of the plot is that a popular Halloween mask company (Silver Shamrock Novelties) is planning to kill every kid that wears one of their masks on Halloween night. Not a great business plan, but a serviceable witchcraft/sacrifice plan I suppose. The result is a vintage 80's horror pic complete with solid practical effects, surprisingly violent deaths, »
- Jason Barr
It may be more true in horror than in any other genre that certain subgenres ebb and flow in popularity over time. Vampires were hot in the mid-’90s when you had Interview with the Vampire, From Dusk Till Dawn, Blade and the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Then, vampires sat out of popular discourse for the next ten years or so, until the double whammy of Twilight and True Blood hitting in 2008, causing a tidal wave of vampiric fiction from the arty (Only Lovers Left Alive, Byzantium) to the schlocky (Dracula Untold, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter) that hasn’t slowed down since.
Witches are now in the middle of an uncertain period, neither in ebb or flow. When Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages was released in 1922, witchcraft and the occult were still deeply feared in modern society. In the decades that followed, interest waned and they became more »
- Jake Pitre
GeekTyrant reader Lizzie Campbell sent in these charming alternative movie posters that she created in homage to several classic horror movies. Those movies are Hellraiser, Donnie Darko, Frankenstein, Halloween 3: Season of the Witch, House of a Thousand Corpses, Ichi: The Killer, and Little Shop of Horrors. She recreated the characters of these movies using polymer clay and other mixed media. It's a fun style. Now if someone out there could take it a step further and recreate certain scenes from these films using claymation, that would be great You can see more of Campbell's work on her website Clay Disarray.
- Joey Paur
There are eight films in the original Halloween series, and while it’s a given that all of the ones from part four onward are pretty uneventful the sixth film — Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers — has more baggage than most. Director Joe Chappelle’s film was the unfortunate byproduct of too many cooks in the proverbial kitchen resulting in a troubled production and a high percentage of re-shoots done at the behest of the Weinsteins. An alternate cut — labeled the Producer’s Cut — featuring entirely new scenes and story turns found its way on to bootleg VHS tapes and online torrent sites over the years, but now thanks to Scream Factory and Anchor Bay’s Halloween: The Complete Collection box set that bootleg has been remastered into HD for our viewing pleasure. I was surprised to discover that I had never seen part six in any version, and watching it for the first time I »
- Rob Hunter
I can see the headlines now, 'Nicolas Cage in good film shocker!' It's about time too. Knowing, Season of the Witch, Bangkok Dangerous - the taxman sure has a lot to answer for. I haven't enjoyed a Nicolas Cage movie this much since 2005's Lord of War, though parts of me still have a thing for Drive Angry. That might have more to do with Amber Heard than anything else mind. A gripping mix of friendship, violence and redemption erupts in the contemporary backwoods of the South in Joe, a gritty adaptation of Larry Brown's celebrated novel. Directed by David Gordon Green, who is now forgiven for inflicting Your Highness and The Sitter on the world, returns to his Indie roots for a film that finally gives Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage something to sink his teeth into. Nick stars as hard-living, hot-tempered ex-con Joe Ransom, who is »
Oh, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, how I love thee. After so many years of being ignored and shat upon for what it's not, the oddball second sequel in the Halloween franchise is finally being celebrated for what it is, and I couldn't possibly be any happier about that.
Scream Factory's incredible Blu-ray release encouraging many to put aside the hatred and give it a chance, Halloween III has become a true fan favorite in recent years, and artist Aaron Crawford is one of those fans who loves the film as much as I do.
In fact, he's just launched an entire collection of products in celebration of those three masks of doom!
The Cavity Colors Season of the Witch collection includes three t-shirts and three prints, some of the imagery plucked straight out of the movie and some of it just plain inspired by the season that Halloween III so effectively embodies. »
- John Squires
Last month we had David Gordon Green's Joe to remind us how great Nicolas Cage can be when given some decent material. Since then, however, we've had trailers for The Rage and Left Behind to yank us back into Cage Wtf territory. And now here's another, in the form of Nick Powell's Outcast. Cage stars alongside Hayden Christensen and Yifei Liu as a battling medieval Crusader called The White Ghost. It's Season Of The Witch all over again... but in 12th-century China.Cage and Christensen have retired from their killing-for-God career when the story starts, and on the evidence in this clip haven't seen each other for a while. They re-team, however, to help the children of a deposed Chinese emperor battle their murderous usurper uncle (Andy On). Cage's choicest trailer lines are a peculiarly accented "How'd you find me, lad?" and "I am the White Ghost!". There's »
According to the fellas over at Schmoes Know, a long-gestating new Halloween film is finally gaining enough momentum to make its way to the big screen. What remains to be seen is whether or not it will be a direct sequel to Rob Zombie's reboot of the series, a fresh take altogether, or a reboot-within-a-sequel. That last option seems to be the current mindset.
What is known is that Zombie won't be at the helm, and that this is not the rumored Halloween 3D that was being written by Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer. That film was been scrapped, according Sk's sources, and the new working title is Halloween: The Next Chapter. The franchise may be looking to its own history as it decides what it wants to be. You may recall that the original franchise, essentially, rebooted itself while remaining within the established continuity. After a failed »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Recent reports of Halloween – The Next Chapter turned out to be false. However producers have used the opportunity to go on Facebook and clarify that although a follow up to Rob Zombie’s rebooted franchise is as redundant as a drawer full of rusty knives, the team at Dimension fully intend to revive iconic slasher Michael Myers for an eleventh picture:
We’ve been getting a lot of e-mails/tweets/Facebook messages lately about a project called Halloween: The Next Chapter. It seems that’s the latest buzz surrounding the next Halloween film and again it’s just not true. As we stated before, a new installment of Halloween is indeed in on track and moving forward and we are currently developing a script, to finally bring Michael back to the theaters!
For those who’ve been hiding in a wardrobe over the past thirty years, Myers is the ultimate problem child, »
- Steve Palace
Some sequels are doomed to live in the shadow of the hits that triggered them. Here are a few examples...
Following up a successful movie with a sequel is a tough proposition for any writer or director, and it's often the case that such follow-ups fail to recreate the magic of their predecessors. But sometimes, sequels can offer a different yet entertaining experience of their own, and it's even possible that, if they didn't happen to share the same name as an earlier hit film, they might even have been better received.
This article's dedicated to a few of these kinds of films. They offer lots of excitement, comedy, jolts of terror and a smattering of great performances, and might have fared better with audiences and critics had they not been sequels. At the very least, they attempted to do something a little different than the films they followed. While other examples undeniably remain, »
Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory proudly announce the bonus features and technical specifications for the September 23rd Halloween The Complete Collection Blu-ray set. This new set boasts a wealth of new bonus features including 7 brand new featurettes, 3 brand new commentaries, 4 brand new interviews - with many of the participants sharing their thoughts about the franchise for the first time -- and new transfers and audio specs on selected titles.
Take a look at the artwork, along with the full listing below for each disc in the 15-disc Deluxe Edition.
Disc 1 - John Carpenter's Halloween (1978)
HD transfer supervised and approved by cinematographer Dean CundeyNew Audio Commentary With Director Of Photography Dean Cundey, Editor Tommy Lee Wallace And The Shape, Nick CastleAudio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director John Carpenter and Actress Jamie Lee Curtis."The Night She Came Home" Featurette"On Location: 25 Years Later" FeaturetteTV Version FootageTelevision SpotsTheatrical TrailerTV »
“Eight more days ’til Halloween, Halloween, Halloween.” Sound familiar? If so, then you’ve likely seen Dr. Daniel Challis take on the evil mask manufacturer Silver Shamrock in 1982′s Halloween III: Season of the Witch, and there’s also a good chance that the latest poster from Cavity Colors will catch your eye.
One of artist Aaron Crawford’s favorite Halloween films, Halloween III: Season of the Witch is now immortalized in his latest 16″X 20″ limited edition print numbered to only 100 and priced at $30.00. The poster features the halves of two Silver Shamrock masks—a witch and a jack-o’-lantern—splitting down the middle to reveal a skull that is simultaneously the third Silver Shamrock mask and also a symbol of what will happen to those who wear the masks while watching the Silver Shamrock TV special on Halloween night (just think of the poor Kupfer family). To purchase this print before it runs out, »
- Derek Anderson
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