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If ever there was to be a Mt. Rushmore of modern horror, there’s no question that the face of Larry Fessenden would get prominent placement. One of the patron saints of indie horror, Fessenden is a true auteur and a true original whose incredible career is now being celebrated with the Scream Factory release of The Larry Fessenden Collection, containing four of his films and hours of bonus features that help illuminate just what a vital voice Fessenden has been in the genre for more than three decades. This is one of the best horror releases of the year.
Fessenden (whose Glass Eye Pix has been around since the mid-’80s, helping produce films including The House of the Devil, I Sell the Dead, Stake Land and Late Phases) has built a career on twisting and subverting the conventions of classic horror films and filtering them through his own distinctive lens. »
- Patrick Bromley
Bullying has been an absolute virus, steadily grown throughout our nation’s schools within the last decade. Whether it be over the way a kid looks, the type of music he listens to, or hell, just because he exists, the fact is that it’s grown to astronomical proportions, and it’s only a matter of time before those kids strike back. When that does happen, we end up with tragedies such as the ones we’ve had to shockingly endure, like Columbine. The pain, rage and embarrassment of being a bullied teenager has very rarely been addressed in cinema, and when it has, even That was neutered (the “pg-13” cuts of the documentary Bully) . With all of that said, it was only a matter of time before a film, genre or not, would be made, one that takes a brutally honest look at the idea of being bullied, fighting back, »
- Jerry Smith
Split is set to go in front of cameras in November, with Blumhouse Pictures producing the low-budget suspense thriller.
The film will open in Us cinemas on January 20th 2017.
Split keeps Shyamalan in the world of low-budget filmmaking after the impressive box office success of The Visit, which is nearing a worldwide total of $90m from a meagre $5m budget.
- Tom Beasley
Exclusive: Genre sales outfit takes five to Afm including supernatural horror picked up by Icon for UK.
Devilworks will sell the supernatural horror’s international rights at the market, having boarded the project follows its premiere at the Stanley Film Festival in May.
Starring Grace Phipps (Tales Of Halloween), Spencer Breslin (The Happening) and Brando Eaton (American Sniper), director Adam Egypt Mortimer’s feature film debut follows a teenager who accidentally summons the spirit of a young, bullied girl after being sent to a reform school.
Icon Film Distribution previously took the film’s UK rights in September, adding it to its FrightFest Presents label.
Daddy's Home follows a mild-mannered radio executive (Will Ferrell) who strives to become the best stepdad to his wife's two children. But complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father (Mark Wahlberg) arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids. Paramount Pictures and Red Granite Pictures have released the new trailer for this raucous comedy. The movie opens in theaters everywhere on Friday, December 25.
Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg reunite for their second comedy, following the hit The Other Guys. This time out, they are not reluctant partners on the police force. The two competing dads suddenly find themselves in a heated competition for affection. One brings home a dog, the other brings home a pony. And this war only escalates from there. Sean Anders and John Morris co-direct this surefire hit, which also features an all-star ensemble of comedy greats including Linda Cardellini as the mom, »
Finally overcoming a multi-film slump, M. Night Shyamalan‘s The Visit found him returning to his days of a more modest budget and it earned him mostly favorable reviews. Working with producer Jason Blum, the $5 million horror-thriller is approaching the $90 million mark worldwide, so it’s no surprise they are reteaming for the Unbreakable director’s next film.
With a cast of James McAvoy (replacing Joaquin Phoenix), The Witch‘s Anya Taylor-Joy and Betty Buckley (The Happening) in the lead roles, Jessica Sula (Skins) and Haley Lu Richardson (The Bronze) fill out the rest of the ensemble, according to Variety. There’s no plot details yet for the thriller also scripted by Shyamalan, but a few new announcements have us mightily intrigued. See the director’s tweets below.
I hired this young buck Dp from #ItFollows. Mike Gioulakis. I love that film.
— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) October 17, 2015
My production designer is Mara Lepere-schloop. »
- Leonard Pearce
Last week it was announced that James McAvoy (X-Men: Days of Future Past) has replaced Joaquin Phoenix (The Happening) in M. Night Shyamalan’s next project, an as-yet-untitled horror from Blumhouse Productions.
Well, we now have more casting additions for the project, with Anya Taylor Joy (The Witch), Haley Lu Richardson (The Last Survivors), Betty Buckley (The Happening) and Jessica Sula (Skins) all set to appear.
Production on the film is slated to get underway next month.
- Gary Collinson
Casting is really beginning to heat up on M. Night Shyamalan‘s new, yet-to-be-titled thriller. Fresh off securing James McAvoy’s place, the nascent picture has now recruited Anya Taylor Joy, Betty Buckley, Jessica Sula and Haley Lu Richardson.
Variety has the scoop, noting that Sula and Richardson will assume supporting roles in the feature, whereas Joy and Buckley join the production as leading characters opposite McAvoy.
Written, directed and produced by Shyamalan, the mysterious project will mark a reunion for the eclectic director, with Jason Blum also on board to produce. The pair collaborated for this year’s spooky domestic thriller The Visit, which has took in an impressive $83 million to date off the back of a $5 million budget, in typical Blumhouse fashion.
Speaking of tradition, plot details or any hint of narrative are being kept firmly under wraps for Shyamalan’s latest; all we know is that it »
- Michael Briers
Joy and Buckley are signing on for lead roles opposite McAvoy, while Sula and Richardson will round out the cast in supporting roles.
Shyamalan will write, direct and produce along with Jason Blum.
As with any Shyamalan project, plot details are under lock and key, but the film will likely include elements of the supernatural. Given Blum’s involvement, the movie’s budget will be relatively small, which would be more on par with Shyamalan’s “The Visit,” which overperformed at the box office, bringing in $83.1 million worldwide.
Marc Bienstock will also produce, while Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider are on board as exec producers. Production is expected to start this November in Philadelphia. The film is not currently set up at a studio.
Joy’s break-out performance »
- Justin Kroll
Bullying has been an absolute virus, steadily grown throughout our nation’s schools within the last decade. Whether it be over the way a kid looks, the type of music he listens to, or hell, just because he exists, the fact is that it’s grown to astronomical proportions, and it’s only a matter of time before those kids strike back. When that does happen, we end up with tragedies such as the ones we’ve had to shockingly endure, like Columbine. The pain, rage and embarrassment of being a bullied teenager has very rarely been addressed in cinema, and when it has, even That was neutered (the “pg-13″ cuts of the documentary Bully) . With all of that said, it was only a matter of time before a film, genre or not, would be made, one that takes a brutally honest look at the idea of being bullied, fighting back, »
- Jerry Smith
Across the cinematic landscape, the story of last weekend was M. Night Shyamalan’s return to something like form. The much-ballyhooed director of films like The Sixth Sense and, in descending order of release and watchability, The Village, The Happening, and After Earth, put out The Visit, a found-footage horror flick with a Shyamalan Twist that mainly had to do with it being not terrible. But despite these Pyrrhic accolades and the flawless metanarrative of its director’s comeback, Shyamalan’s movie did not win the box office. Instead, The Perfect Guy, a thriller produced by a Sony division called Screen Gems, took the weekend. That it did so — and that the industry didn’t expect it — should not come as a surprise.For five weeks in a row, the top box-office weekend performer has been a film featuring a predominantly African-American cast. First it was Straight Outta Compton, one »
- Kevin Lincoln
Box Office Sabermetrics is a bi-weekly column that will attempt to apply the statistical analysis Sabermetrics, used in Baseball, to the box office results each weekend.
Let me tell you about my personal history with M. Night Shyamalan. When I was 10 years old, I watched his third film Signs for the first time, and it changed my life. Signs was the first film to make me love films, to want to spend my life doing something with films. It was the first film that I watched and immediately understood and grasped onto the subtext and themes of the film, and the fact that a film could do that blew my tiny mind.
Before then, I had always loved film, but I had always watched them only taking in what was explicitly on screen. M. Night Shyamalan then became the first director I got into, as I went back and watched »
- Dylan Griffin
While I was initially excited upon watching the trailer for The Visit, a little part of me couldn't get past the fact that it was written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. On the one hand, Shyamalan made The Sixth Sense, one of the most shocking horror/thrillers of the '90s. On the other hand, he's also the same guy behind The Happening, The Last Airbender, and After Earth, some of the most heavily mocked movies of the past decade. Given his track record, The Visit really could have gone any number of ways. Thankfully, it's a shocking crowd-pleaser with more to offer than just a good twist - though it does have one. Allow me to make a case for why you need to see it, and don't worry, I'll keep it spoiler-free. »
- Maggie Pehanick
The fall box office season wasn't supposed to kick into gear until next week. No one expected much from either "The Visit" or "The Perfect Guy," two low-budget films with little or no star power that opened this weekend. Maybe both films would open around $17 or $18 million, with a slight edge going to M. Night Shyamalan's horror movie "The Visit" because it was opening on 850 more screens than its rival.
Instead, both movies opened big -- about $10 million above expectations. And romance/thriller "The Perfect Guy" edged out "The Visit" by about $1 million, with estimates placing its debut at $26.7 million to "The Visit's" $25.7 million. After several weeks of dog-days doldrums at the box office, we finally have a real surge in sales at the multiplex.
What happened? How were the pundits all caught off guard? Here are some possible answers.
African-American Audiences Are Underserved
This should be obvious, »
- Gary Susman
After a dismal outing over the Labor Day holiday weekend, the box office started to show signs of life again, with The Perfect Guy fending off The Visit in a very close race. The Perfect Guy took in $26.7 million over the weekend, with The Visit just behind it in second place with $25.6 million. Since these estimates are so close to each other, it's possible these results could change when the actual box office figures are announced on Monday, but, for now The Perfect Guy has the top spot, according to the estimates at Box Office Mojo.
Both The Perfect Guy ($12 million budget) and The Visit ($5 million) have already turned a profit after just one weekend, but The Perfect Guy's win is more impressive since it opened in far fewer theaters than The Visit. The Perfect Guy opened in 2,221 theaters, earning an robust $12,022 per-screen average. The Visit, on the other hand, »
The weekend box office was bolstered by two strong openings for both new, major releases. The Screen Gems thriller, The Perfect Guy topped the box office with $26.7 million and M. Night Shyamalan's micro-budget thriller The Visit was a very close second with an estimated $25.6 million. Perfect Guy, which starred Michael Ealy (his third $25+ million opening in a row), Sanaa Lathan and Morris Chestnut, is now the third film in a row featuring a predominantly African American leading cast to take #1 at the box office, capping a five weekend streak started by Straight Outta Compton and continued by War Room. While it wasn't screened for critics, Perfect Guy appears to have appealed to its opening day audience, receiving an a "A-" CinemaScore. Even with that score expect it to drop 55+% next weekend, similar to the nearly 60% drop last year for No Good Deed. Made on only a $12 million budget, however, »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
I was skeptical but hopeful when I first heard about M. Night Shyamalan’s new low-budget found-footage film, The Visit. With The Happening, After Earth, and The Last Airbender, Shyamalan has demonstrated not only a decline in his ability to draw big box office, but also an inability to write or direct basic scenes competently. But […]
- David Chen
M. Night Shyamalan has had a rough go of it over the past few years. After his breakout success with The Sixth Sense in 1999, he hit what some believed to be a sophomore slump with Unbreakable in 2000. After Signs in 2002, he had a string of duds: The Village, Lady In The Water, The Happening, The Last Airbender and After Earth. Many people thought the […] »
- Trace Thurman
Icon Film Distribution and FrightFest have announced a further three films – all of which are personal faves of mine from this years festival – which will be released under the curated banner FrightFest Presents. The new titles are:
Night of the Living Deb, directed by Kyle Rankin starring Maria Thayer (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Michael Cassidy (Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice), Christopher Marquette (Just Friends, The Girl Next Door) and Ray Wise (Infestation, Twin Peaks).
After a girls’ night out, endearingly awkward Deb wakes up in the apartment of the most attractive guy in Portland, Maine. She’s thrilled, but can’t remember much of what got her there. Ryan only knows it was a mistake, and ushers her out the door into a full-scale zombie apocalypse. Now, a walk of shame becomes a fight for survival as the mismatched pair discovers that the only thing scarier than trusting someone with your life… »
- Phil Wheat
M. Night Shyamalan sure knows what scares us. Dead people who can only be seen by a sad young boy. Mysterious crop circles suggesting something more frightening to come. And now with his latest film The Visit – a shed full of soiled adult diapers! It’s difficult to discuss an M. Night movie without referring to what disasters his last several films have been and the downward path his career has taken, but The Visit is his best movie in years. That’s not saying much, but it might be all the beleaguered director needs right now.
The Visit begins with single mom/Wal-Mart worker (Kathryn Hahn) revealing to her 15-year old daughter Becca (Olivia DeJonge), who’s filming her, that she ran away from home as a teen and has had no communication with her elderly parents since. She wants to go on a cruise with her new boyfriend »
- Tom Stockman
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