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The ten week television event opens in the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. Falling Skies is about an epic battle that pits humans against the alien force that has invaded our world. Outnumbered and outmatched, its up to a group of everyday heroes to band together and triumph against a mysterious invading force.
- Alexis James-Whitehead
As promised, we're back with Part Two of our recent chat with Dread Central favorite Michael Rooker (click here to check out Part One, which is mostly about "The Walking Dead" and his character Merle). This time Rooker provides us with details on his directorial debut, Pennhurst.
Dread Central: Not to change the subject Too abruptly, as we All love talking about Merle and "The Walking Dead", but I’m curious about your latest project, Pennhurst, and how you came to be sitting in the director’s chair. For those not already in the know about Pennhurst, here is one of the synopses:
For decades Pennhurst psychiatric hospital has been haunted by turbulent supernatural forces. When a local TV reality show embarks on a mission to capture this paranormal activity, they discover something completely unexpected. As restless souls from the past torment the crew members, they fear for their lives »
Epic Pictures Group released a teaser poster for Darren Lynn Bousman’s next horror project titled 11-11-11, which will hit theaters on November 11, 2011.
11-11-11 will start shooting in Barcelona, Spain on January 17 and Bloody Disgusting has got its hands on some plot details:
After the tragic death of his wife and child, famed American author Joseph Crone travels from the United States to Barcelona, Spain to reunite with his estranged brother Samuel and dying father, Richard. However, fate has a different plan for Joseph as his life becomes plagued with strange happenings, and the constant sightings of the number 11. Curiosity quickly turns to obsession, and Joseph soon realizes that this number holds a horrific meaning not only to himself but possibly to all of religion. Isolated in a foreign country with only the support of his companion, Sadie, Joseph soon realizes that 11/11/11 is more than just a date, »
- Allan Ford
Deon Taylor's fall offering Chain Letter got swallowed up by the pack of box office horror heavyweights so it was fairly easy to miss in theatres. That's okay, though, as Image Entertainment will be bringing the murderous little flick home to DVD and Blu-ray in a couple of months.
From the Press Release
Electronic mail. Cell-phone texting. Unthinkable a generation ago, these technological marvels are considered by many as life-saving devices. But what if these contributions become an instrument of murder – when your death is announced in the subject line? On February 1, Image Entertainment releases Chain Letter (review here) – a story of a deadly communiqué carrying a message of murder, if the recipient dares to break the chain. Where the “e” in e-mail could mean “execution,” after a national theatrical release, Chain Letter will be available on DVD in separately-available rated and unrated versions for an Srp of $27.97, on »
- Uncle Creepy
David Hackl, whom worked as production designer on 'Saw II', 'Saw III' and Saw IV', then took to helming 'Saw V', has signed up to direct new virus horror 'Strain'. The script was written by Jeff Howard and Mike Flanagan and you can check out the new plot synopsis revealed by Bloody Disgusting below. »
Darren Lynn Bousman ('Saw II', 'Repo! The Genetic Opera', 'Saw III', 'Saw IV') has finally revealed the eagerly awaited release date for his new horror thriller remake 'Mother's Day'. And instead of opting for 'Mother's Day' itself it'll see the light of day on April Fool's Day next 1 April 2011. Rebecca DeMornay stars as Mother and she'll be joined by a host of hot actors and actresses including Jaime King (below), Aj Cook, Deborah Ann Woll, Briana Evigan, Rebecca DeMornay, Alexa Vega, Lisa Marcos, Shawn Ashmore and Matt O'Leary. »
Pre-production is underway on Darren Lynn Bousman's "11-11-11", a new supernatural horror film that's being sold at this week's American Film Market by Epic Pictures Group. With a website launched already being teased (11-11-11themovie.com), here's the plot crunch: "On 11-11-11 a gateway will open and something from another world will pass into ours." Darren Lynn Bousman- director of "Saw II", "Saw III", "Saw IV", "Repo! The Genetic Opera" and the forthcoming "Mother's Day" - is writing and directing for release on, you guessed it, November 11, 2011. »
Anyone who still needs persuading regarding the potential of 3D to re-energise flagging film brands need look no further than the current success of Lionsgate's Saw 3D. Having peaked in 2006 with Saw III, which opened with £2.52m, debuts for the Halloween staple dipped slightly for the fourth and fifth instalments, before diving to £1.74m with Saw VI. Now episode seven arrives with an opening salvo of £3.6m, including £659,000 in previews. Even with the Thursday takings stripped out, that's comfortably the biggest-ever opening for a Saw movie. Rival studio Paramount will be hoping for a similar uplift when it releases Jackass 3D on Friday.
Considering it distributed the first two entries in the Saw franchise, it must have been moderately galling for the UK's independently owned Entertainment »
- Charles Gant
The ads for Saw 3D depicting Jigsaw as a giant construction project are more accurate than the marketers probably know. The latest and, supposedly, last of this by now exhausted franchise is as mechanical as they come, and a big comedown from the unexpectedly decent previous entry.
Saw VI managed to inject some fresh urgency and character quirks into the formula, but Saw 3D is as grindingly impersonal as the assorted torture devices it spotlights. By now, any tangible attempt to engage us with intriguing characters and a sense of mystery is gone; all that’s left is a series of death setpieces strung together with half-assed plotting and weak acting, “enhanced” by the addition of 3-D. The dimensional process used here is Ok and provides a bit of atmospheric depth to certain sequences, though it has mostly been employed to spew guts and other body parts into the audience’s face… »
- Allan Ford
Saw may not have gone out with a bang, but it did close out its seven-year run with a #1 opening at the box office. Saw 3D took in $22.5 million, which is a huge improvement compared to the last installment’s $14.1 million opening, but still nowhere near Saw II’s $31.7 million, Saw III’s $33.6 million, Saw IV’s $31.8 million or Saw V’s $30.1 million opening. Yes, that $22.5 million is a bit under par, but when you consider the film was made for just $20 million, it’s an instant winner for Lionsgate. Apparently Saw 3D attracted a significant amount of moviegoers looking for a scare this Halloween weekend because Paranormal [...] »
- Perri Nemiroff
Sean Patrick Flanery, Saw 3D As expected, Kevin Greutert's cheapo horror flick Saw 3D topped the Us/Canada box-office chart this Halloween weekend (Oct. 29-31), grossing $22.5m according studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Playing at 2,808 venues, the Lionsgate-distributed Saw 3D's per-theater average was an solid — though hardly outstanding (especially for a 3D flick) — $8,013. Adding $1.7m from Thursday midnight screenings, its total reaches $24.2m. That's less than Saws 2-5 earned on their first weekend (Saw III scored the most, $33.61m), but nearly as much as Saw VI earned during its entire run ($27.69m.) Saw 3D's box-office take certainly isn't bad for a movie that cost a reported $20m. However, it falls short of expectations. After all, some had been predicting Saw 3D to gross more than $30m on opening weekend, and even early Friday estimates had the movie collecting about $28m. Written by Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, »
- Zac Gille
Seven movies in six years. If nothing else, that's an amazing turnaround that the "Saw" franchise should be quite pleased with. Indeed, the seventh entry into the franchise — titled "Saw 3D" — lands in theaters today, once again bringing Jigsaw's terrible torture devices to theatergoers just in time for Halloween!
But after seven films, you'll have to forgive the "Saw" series if it's gotten a little bit, well, convoluted. If you thought it was all about bear trap masks and severed feet, you've been missing out on one heck of a horrifyingly complicated mythology.
Stop us if you've heard this one: Two men are trapped inside a dilapidated bathroom with instructions to kill the other man, which they must do if they want to survive. »
- Josh Wigler
Newest installment in the horror series is expected to gross $20 million in its opening weekend.
By Eric Ditzian
Photo: Lionsgate Films
"Saw 3D" has nowhere to go but up. Last October, "Saw VI" managed to trap just $14 million over its opening weekend, fewer dollars than the original flick's debut weekend and about half as much as each of the previous four films in the series managed to gross.
"Saw 3D," by contrast, is expected to open somewhere in the low-to-mid $20 million range and top "Paranormal Activity 2" for the #1 spot at the box office. Mind you, that'll be in large part to its inflated ticket price, not an outpouring of critical praise — reviews are decidedly mixed.
The Story "This time the game revolves around slimy self-help guru Bobby Dagen (Sean Patrick Flanery), a Jigsaw survivor who has grown rich off his story and parading around fellow victims. Naturally, »
It is easy to underestimate the Saw franchise. As the series has progressed, each instalment has received less and less critical attention as it is presumed to have degraded to Jason Takes Manhattan levels of craptitude.
The truth is, however, that the six (going on seven) films in the Saw series have achieved something no other horror franchise could have dreamed of: $738,465,450 worldwide.
While I am the first to admit that the more recent instalments have wavered in quality, they are buckling under a dense, convoluted plot rather than nuking the fridge with a space-set adventure (Jason X, Leprechaun: In Space) or post-modern metafilm (Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, Scream 3, Halloween: Resurrection). Instead, the producers continue to craft intricate and comparatively competent installments on a yearly basis.
With Freddy and Jason rebooted and defanged for a teenage audience, it is nice to see Jigsaw stave off the law of »
- Steven Neish
This article contains spoilers. Also, it was written before seeing Saw VII, so here goes...
Hurtling towards Saw VII, it has to be said that we don't seem to be building towards a climax in Saw V or Saw VI. Then again, what the franchise transforms into is a series about how the nasty Jigsaw's legacy has been taken over by the nastier Hoffman, and how Jigsaw kills people differently to Hoffman. If you're keeping up, then kudos to you.
There's more time bending with Saw V, which partly serves as 'The Secret Origins of Hoffman!' to the previous instalment's exploration of original Jigsaw, John Kramer. It opens on a copycat kill perpetrated by Hoffman before he ever met John, as vengeance against his sister's murderer. Back in the present, Hoffman doesn't seem perturbed, »
This Friday—October 29th, 2010—is an important date to horror fans. On that day, Saw 3D, the seventh and officially final chapter of the Saw series, hits theaters. It will be the last time a Saw movie marks the coming of Halloween weekend.
Like it or not, the series is this decade's horror staple. The disembodied voice on the television spots is right: "If it's Halloween, it must be Saw." Since Halloween 2004, every year we've been treated with a new entry. Fitting then, as the decade comes to a close, so will this latest slasher icon. For the fans, it's the last hurrah. For the haters, it's time to find something new to complain about.
- Arya Ponto
After seven torturous years for Jigsaw's victims, the latest installment of Saw is finally here for us to say goodbye to, or maybe not. Regardless, it has been a wild ride. Who knew that a little movie from a couple of Australian filmmakers could become such a phenomenon? However, after so many years, we think that maybe the franchise and its audience need a break from each other. Absence makes the heart grow fonder!
As a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw’s brutal legacy, a group of Jigsaw survivors gathers to seek the support of self-help guru and fellow survivor Bobby Dagen, a man whose own dark secrets unleash a new wave of terror...
The first theatrical feature to be shot exclusively on the cutting-edge Si-3D digital camera system, Saw 3D brings the horrifying games of Jigsaw to life like never before.
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Chicago – Betsy Russell possibly made one of the greatest feature film debut moments in movie history. In the early VHS and cable days, no one can ever forget her epic horse ride in “Private School.” It’s great to have Betsy back, adding her legacy to the incredibly successful “Saw” horror franchise, this time in “Saw 3D.”
Russell was a quintessential California girl from San Diego and was born into a family of intellectuals and educators. Her father, Richard Russell, is one of the most sought after economic/Dow Jones theorists, and her grandfather was the author and liberal lion Max Lerner. Russell added to that famous lineage by shooting her first commercial at 16 years old, and moving on to Hollywood to pursue acting full-time shortly thereafter.
Photo credit: Persona PR
The memorable feature film debut and the horse ride in »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
This article contains spoilers.
Is it serendipity or just convenient division that brings together Saw III and Saw IV in the second part of this retrospective series? Quite aside from being many things to fans of the series, the midpoint, the fulcrum or the point where it all went wrong, they're two films that take place simultaneously with each other in the series' timeline.
The story so far, as we discovered yesterday, brings us to the beginning of Saw III with Amanda abducting Dr. Lynn Denlon (Bahar Soomekh). Jigsaw's condition is deteriorating, and he must stay the course and keep hold of his mortal coil until the conclusion of his latest game. Bereaved father Jeff (Angus Macfadyen) is the subject, going through a series of rooms and passing judgement on different victims. »
With the release of Saw in 3D… we are dedicating this weeks Top Ten to Saw Traps. Sure, they are creepy and deadly, but they are also intricate!
Top Ten Saw Traps Full Carousel Trap- Saw VI
The carousel trap consisted of six of William’s junior associates: Aaron, Emily, Gena, Dave, Shelby, and Josh (in order of when they were stopped by the carousel), chained to a rotating roundabout-like object inside of a large metal cage. At the front of the cage was a large metal device attached to a shotgun which was pointing at the carousel. The carousel repeatedly slowed to a halt with a random victim facing the gun. William was forced to choose to place his hand inside a metal box and press a button, causing a metal rod to pierce his hand in order to prevent the selected victim from being shot, or choose not »
- Movie Geeks
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