7 items from 2015
All Sallow’s Eve: Edel Gets Stuck in the Cage
For those who had a modicum of hope that German director’s Uli Edel‘s Canadian production of Nicolas Cage horror thriller Pay the Ghost would be more serviceable than its inane title would suggest, abandon hope all ye who enter here. Based on a novella by Tim Lebbon and adapted by Dan Kay (who last penned the 2007 indie yokel horror film Timber Falls), it’s one of those unfortunate genre cheapies that takes itself too seriously to be appreciated even for a bit of camp value—a missed opportunity considering Cage is headlining.
A supernatural thriller whose title actually succinctly implies everything the next ninety minutes will be devoted to explaining, a hungry entity wreaks havoc on New York City and its outlying regions on an annual basis, choosing everyone’s favorite pagan holiday, Halloween, to snatch innocent tots »
- Nicholas Bell
If there was ever an actor whose career could be aligned with the old Halloween tradition of trick or treat, it would be Nicolas Cage. From Oscar-winning highs to confounding lows, it’s fair to say that the star has served up a fair share of each across his sprawling résumé, and he’ll be hoping to serve up a spooky treat this fall season with Uli Edel’s Pay the Ghost.
Having directed Houdini, Oz and Homicide: Life On The Streets – not to mention a feature film in The Baader Meinhof Complex – Pay the Ghost is somewhat of a departure for Edel, which sees Cage’s Mike Cole scramble across the four corners of NYC in an attempt to find his missing son. You see, upon attending their local festive parade, the young boy is caught up in the atmosphere, capturing the hustle and bustle on his camera, »
- Michael Briers
This Halloween, there's going to be an extra "treat" waiting for you: another random Nicolas Cage movie, "Pay The Ghost." This one does have some possibility of not just being another movie that will live in the furthest corners of DVD and VOD hell. Read More: The Films Of Nicolas Cage: A Retrospective The picture is directed by Uli Edel, the man behind "The Baader Meinhof Complex," "Last Exit To Brooklyn," plus episodes of "Houdini," "Oz," and "Homicide: Life On The Streets." The story, however, by Dan Kay about a conspiracy of missing children on Halloween seems silly. Here's the official synopsis: Oscar® winner Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas) stars in this intense and chilling thriller about one man’s desperate search for his missing child. One year after his young son disappeared during a Halloween carnival, Mike Cole (Cage) is haunted by eerie images and terrifying messages he can’t explain. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Read More: Alison Brie Is 'Sleeping With Other People,' Nic Cage Will 'Pay The Ghost,' Helen Mirren Sees 'Eye In The Sky' & More "Pay the Ghost," directed by Uli Edel ("The Baader Meinhof Complex") and starring the illustrious Nicolas Cage, has been acquired by Rlj Entertainment for U.S. distribution. The thriller also stars Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori Grimes in "The Walking Dead") and German actress Veronica Ferres. The official synopsis reads: "One year after his young son disappeared during a Halloween carnival, Mike Cole (Cage) is haunted by eerie images and terrifying messages he can't explain. Together with his estranged wife (Callies), he will stop at nothing to unravel the mystery and find their son—and, in doing so, he unearths a legend that refuses to remain buried in the past." Mark Ward, Rlj Entertainment's Chief Acquisitions Officer, said, "The intense action and scares in 'Pay the Ghost'. »
- Ethan Sapienza
With the forthcoming Fantastic Four movie about to arrive in cinemas, Neil Calloway looks at a doomed attempt to start the franchise…
The latest Fantastic Four film is the second attempt to reproduce the comic characters on the big screen; everyone knows about the film made in 2005 and its 2007 sequel, both of which did respectable, if not stratospheric business at the box office.
Less well-known is the 1994 film The Fantastic Four. The 1990s were an odd time for films based on Marvel Comics; 1990 saw the release of a Captain America movie starring the son of the guy who wrote The Catcher in the Rye. Marvel seemed to be concentrating more on animated television shows than big budget live action films, and those of you who watched the first episode of the Flickering Myth Movie Show will know that various Marvel properties were owned by different studios in the 1990s, before »
- Neil Calloway
Uli Edel, the director of cult favorite Christiane F., as well as The Baader Meinhof Complex and Body of Evidence has teamed with Nicolas Cage for supernatural, Halloween-set horror film, Pay the Ghost. See the spooky first image of a scorched spirit confronting Cage here. In Pay the Ghost, “almost a year after his young…
The post First Image: Nicolas Cage & Scorched Spirit in Pay the Ghost appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
By Anjelica Oswald
The nine foreign-language films shortlisted by the Academy hail from three continents: South America, Europe and Africa. From South America, Argentina’s Wild Tales and Venezuela’s The Liberator made the list. From Africa, Mauritania’s Timbuktu did as well. From Europe, Estonia’s Tangerines, Georgia’s Corn Island, the Netherlands’ Accused, Poland’s Ida, Russia’s Leviathan and Sweden’s Force Majeure all made the top nine.
This year could mark the first Oscar nomination for Estonia, Georgia, Mauritania (whose film was the country’s first Oscar-submitted film) and Venezuela. Argentina, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden have each received two Oscar nominations in the past 14 years. Of those four countries, Argentina is the only one to win an Oscar, which it did in 2010 for The Secret in Their Eyes. If Russia lands a nomination, it will be the country’s second in the 21st century. »
- Anjelica Oswald
7 items from 2015
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