15 items from 2013
‘It’s Halloween, everyone’s entitled to one good scare.’
After 30 entries into HalloweenFest – Thn’s celebration of all things horror – I find myself under a great deal of pressure. After all, I did volunteer to write up the finest suspense film of all time, which quickly turned into a rundown of the whole damn franchise.
Yes, I’m a huge Halloween fan and own every film/version (good or bad). I even refuse to part with my gorgeous gatefold laserdisc of the original movie, despite no longer having a machine on which to play the bugger. When it comes to horror there’s no one I like to see dispatching wayward teens more than Michael Myers.
So after 30 horror-tastic days, it’s time to relive the night (all right, nights) he came home…
After 15 years locked away, psychopathic Michael Myers escapes and returns to the »
- Craig Hunter
[Spoiler Alert If You Haven't Seen The Latest Episode Of American Horror Story: Coven!!!!]
The second episode of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s American Horror Story: Coven was chock-full of plot developments, including the resurrection of seemingly dead Misty (Lily Rabe) and Kyle (Evan Peters) and the reveal that modern-day Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett) has kept alive her minotaur lover! EW talked to Murphy about all the twists and turns as well as a preview of next week’s Ahs: Coven.
Entertainment Weekly: I love that Misty is a big Stevie Nicks groupie.
You actually asked »
- Tim Stack
Generally, the titles of giant spider movies are pretty direct. Arachnophobia, Tarantula, Eight Legged Freaks: all monikers that allow you to infer exactly what the plot might be. But perhaps there's never been a title quite so up-front as Big Ass Spider! And indeed Mike Mendez' film is about a big ass spider. It's not even a figure of speech. The spider really does have a big ass, and you can see it in action in this latest trailer.There's probably no need to tell you the plot. What we will say is that Big Ass Spider! is a genuinely funny movie that's been picking up raves on the festival circuit for several months now. It's not so-bad-it's-good in that SyFy / Asylum / Sharktopus way. It's just good.Greg Grunberg, Lombardo Boyar, Ray Wise and Lin Shaye head the cast, and Big Ass Spider! gets a theatrical and VOD »
Feature Andrew Blair 20 Jun 2013 - 07:00
This feature contains spoilers.
There are not any stories that could survive the removal of the Doctor and the Tardis without large changes apart from Planet of the Ood (a curious episode, where the real hero dies in a giant brain and the Ood sing a pleasant warning to the Doctor). So, part of the stipulation here is that stories can be tweaked to remove the Tardis, and reworked so they can involve Batman without too many narrative hijinks.
Still, if you're chiefly written by Grant Morrison, I suppose your main character being in a different temporal-spatial location to the bulk of the story is but a minor hindrance. If you can summarise Superman's origin story in four panels »
No, it's not an Asylum release, and it's not a Syfy original... it's just one of the many movies premiering at this year's SXSW Midnighters program! Big Ass Spider! is a high concept / low budget monster movie with a title that is primed and ready to go viral. The only thing missing is a catch phrase uttered by Samuel L. Jackson. But is it too self-aware to be genuinely funny? Directed by Mike Mendez (The Gravedancers), the movie stars Greg Grunberg (Heroes), Lin Shaye (Insidious) and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks). Unfortunately, the digital effects look pretty terrible at times... but, wait, maybe they're terrible on purpose! Movies like this tend to walk a fine line, I'm just not quite sure what side it will fall on. Big Ass Spider! premieres next month in Austin; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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Former stuntman and director of Snakes on a Plane
The brazenly trashy, cheap-and-cheerful B-movie is more or less defunct in modern cinema. One of its few authentic latter-day practitioners was the film-maker David R Ellis, who has been found dead at the age of 60 in a hotel in South Africa, where he was preparing to make a live-action version of the violent anime Kite.
Ellis came to widespread attention in 2006 when he directed Snakes on a Plane, the exploitation action thriller with a title that doubled as its own synopsis. Samuel L Jackson played an FBI agent on board a flight packed with venomous snakes planted to kill the witness who is in his care. There have been dumber and more precarious murder plots in the movies, but not many.
Ellis was brought in as a replacement for the original director, Ronny Yu. When word circulated online of a proposed »
- Ryan Gilbey
Former stunt co-oridinator-turned-director David R. Ellis has been found dead in South Africa while prepping production on his latest project Kite – an action thriller based on the same-titled Japanese anime and set to star Samuel L. Jackson. There is no word yet on his cause of death but it was said to be ‘sudden’ and unexpected.
Ellis began his film career in the 1970s, working on the likes of Smokey & The Bandit, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, Sharky’S Machine and William Friedkin’s classic, modern noir, To Live & Die In L.A. Countless others include Scarface, Lethal Weapon, Roadhouse and Patriot Games, before making his directorial debut with 1996s Homeward Bound 2 and then moving on to fun horror sequel Final Destination 2, seven years later.
- Craig Hunter
In some unexpected and sad news, film director David R. Ellis has died. He was 60 years old.
Ellis' body was found in his hotel room in Johannesburg, South Africa, and cause of death is unknown at this time. Ellis was in pre-production on a remake of the 1998 Japanese anime "Kite" that Samuel L. Jackson is attached to.
Ellis began his career doing stunts in the likes of "Smokey and the Bandit," "Scarface," "Lethal Weapon," and "Fatal Attraction." He moved onto second unit directing on the likes of "Patriot Games," "Clear and Present Danger," "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World," "The Perfect Storm," "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" and "The Matrix Reloaded" before trying his hand at full-time directing.
- Garth Franklin
With the holidays over, and people getting back to work, the art of film shuffling has begun again. The remake of Carrie, which was to bow in March, has been pushed to a more appropriate release date of October 18th. No Good Deed, a thriller starring Idris Elba will be delayed an entire year, bowing on January 14, 2014. Meanwhile, the thriller The Hive has been renamed The Call and will now bow on March 15.
Syfy has announced an April 15 premier date for their very expensive Defiance -a drama series that will exist as both a TV series and a video game in collaboration with Trion Worlds. The show depicts a futuristic Earth with a boomtown set on the ruins of St. Louis that is now home to seven alien species and Earthlings. Rockne O’Bannon was the original showrunner before dropping out to work on the CW’s The Cult, but »
Hollywood director David R. Ellis, best known for gory genre films "Snakes on a Plane" and "Final Destination 2," died today (Jan. 7) at the age of 60 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The cause of death is unknown.
Ellis was prepping a reunion with "Snakes" leading man Samuel L. Jackson on the anime-adaptation "Kite." He most recently completed second unit directing on the upcoming fantasy film "Winter's Tale" starring Colin Farrell, "Downton Abbey's" Jessica Brown Findlay, Will Smith, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Matt Bomer.
Ellis' career began in acting with roles in Disney's "The Strongest Man in the World" and TV series including "The New Adventures of Wonder Woman" and "Flying High." He then transitioned into stunts in the late '70s and achieved great success throughout the '80s and into the early '90s. He served as stunt coordinator on projects ranging from hit films "Misery" and "The Addams Family »
Deadline is reporting that David R. Ellis has passed away at the age of 60. At the time of this writing, his death is "sudden" and the causes are unknown (we'll update you as we hear more on that).
Ellis is absolutely no stranger to the horror community having landed on the scene with Final Destination 2, his first feature horror effort in the director's chair. He followed that with Snakes on a Plane, Asylum, The Final Destination and Shark Night 3D.
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Director David R. Ellis passed away earlier today at the age of 60 in Johannesburg, South Africa. No cause of death has been determined yet, although the filmmaker was in South Africa prepping his new feature Kite, which would have reunited him with his Snakes on a Plane star Samuel L. Jackson.
Born in Santa Monica, California on September 10, 1952, David R. Ellis began his career in the mid-1970s as an actor, stuntman, and stunt coordinator. He continued to work his way up the ladder as a second unit director on films such as Thunderheart, Clear and Present Danger, Waterworld, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and The Matrix Reloaded, just to name a few.
He made his feature directorial debut with Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco in 1996, followed by Final Destination 2, Cellular, Snakes on a Plane, Asylum, The Final Destination, and 2011's Shark Night 3D.
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Director David R. Ellis has died suddenly in Johannesburg, South Africa. The cause of death is not yet known. Ellis was in South Africa preparing to direct the live-action adaptation of the 1998 Japanese anime Kite, which he would have re-teamed with Samuel L Jackson on. He had also been tapped to direct the horror flick Sprawl Ellis was born in Los Angeles on September 10, 1952, and began his career as an actor, then stuntman and stunt coordinator. He moved on to helm second unit scenes on the likes of The Matrix Reloaded and Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, before directing Final Destination 2 in 2003, Cellular in 2004 and Snakes On A Plane in 2006. He then went on to direct Asylum in 2008, The Final Destination in 2009 and Shark Night 3D in 2011. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends. »
David R. Ellis, director of the infamous Samuel L. Jackson movie Snakes On A Plane, died today at the age of 60. While not a recognizable name to all, Ellis was a consistent figure in Hollywood, having directed the movies Homeward Bound II, Final Destination 2, Cellular, Asylum, The Final Destination, and most recently Shark Night 3D. Ellis also worked as a second unit director on major studio films such as Harry Potter And The Sorceror's Stone, The Matrix Reloaded, Master And Commander: »
- Alex Maidy
Some tragic news has hit today as Deadline reports that director David R. Ellis has passed away at age 60. The cause of death is currently unknown, but Ellis was said to have been on-location in Johannesburg, South Africa prepping what was to be his next feature film, an adaptation of the Japanese Ova Kite with Samuel L. Jackson attached to star. Ellis, who was born and raised in Hollywood, California, began his career as an actor and stuntman, eventually moving to directing with his debut feature, Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco . From there, Ellis went on to make a name for himself in the thriller genre with films like Final Destination 2 , The Final Destination , Cellular , Shark Night , Asylum and, also with Jackson, Snakes on a Plane . Ellis is survived »
15 items from 2013
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