7 items from 2011
Today is October 1st and like every year I spend the majority of the month watching as many horror movies as I possibly can. So I decided to take it upon myself to list off the greatest horror movies ever made. I felt the need to break up the list into several categories. You see, usually when people ask me for recommendations of what horror films they should see, they still have some idea of what sub genre they are interested in watching. So as appose to having one big jumbled list, I’ve broken it down to help with those looking for recommendations in a specific area. Please Note: by the end of the month, the last entry in this series will include a list of what I think are without a doubt, the 31 greatest horror movies ever made. For now, I present to you my list of the »
One of the most popular emergent sub-genres in recent times has been the found footage horror film. The premise, for those unfamiliar with it, is to stage a supposedly real event, shot on a camcorder, a camera phone or other bit of consumer-level technology. Essentially, it commits to the whole “based on a true story” brand of horror, but with even less need for a strong basis in fact.
If it's done well enough, it plants the seeds of doubt in the minds of a cynical and media-savvy audience; could we be watching a document of real events, rather than another horror film? The hit rate is variable, but found footage horror qualifies as a distinctly modern sub-genre.
This is partly because of the level »
After sitting on the shelf for a disgusting four years (courtesy of MGM's bankruptcy battle), it appears that Drew and John Erick Dowdle's The Poughkeepsie Tapes has quietly made its way onto a rental service. While I don't have Blockbuster's service (I don't support companies that censor films), apparently you can now rent it here. it sucks that there's no physical copy or VOD available, and who knows if Blockbuster edited the film to suit their fancy, but it's still exciting to see it's finally out. Thank my Twitter follower @I_AM_maxHELL for catching this... Having premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, "Throughout the 1990s, a serial killer terrorized upstate New York. After a decade-long crime spree conducted largely under the radar of law enforcement, the killer left behind the most disturbing collection of evidence homicide detectives had ever seen hundreds of homemade videotapes that chronicle the stalking, »
We pretty much all saw the found footage trailer for Apollo 18 that crash landed last week. It taught us to fear space ghosts that knock over our flags and invade our space suits. Now we might have reason to fear for Bob Weinstein’s sanity. According to his quick quote to EW, he really, really, really wants audiences to think this movie is actual found footage from a real-life secret moon mission that ended tragically. The money quote: “People intrinsically know there are secrets being held from us. Look at WikiLeaks: There are secrets that are really true to the world. It’s not bogus. We didn’t shoot anything,” Weinstein claims. “We found it. Found baby!” The question here is whether this sort of tactic will backfire and hurt the film. A similar situation happened with screenings of The Poughkeepsie Tapes back in 2007. The horror would have been brutal but bearable if people felt they »
- Cole Abaius
MGM is starting to shed its recent skin of problems, and as a result some long gestating projects are finally starting to move.
According to Variety MGM has announced its first post-bankruptcy co-financing deal, and studio execs are telling creative reps that it's moving on a quintet of projects, including remakes of 1980s films RoboCop and Poltergeist.
The lion has also stepped aboard to co-finance Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters with Paramount. Good to have them back .... now how about those damned Cabin in the Woods and The Poughkeepsie Tapes releases, huh?
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- Uncle Creepy
Some brief news that's actually quite large considering the massive library of titled MGM owns. Variety reports that Sony has emerged as the last studio standing in the jockeying to make a deal for MGM's distribution duties -- including the 23rd James Bond pic. Paramount, Warner Bros. and Fox are all out of the running. Studios had no comment Tuesday on reported details of a deal structure, but a person familiar with the situation told Variety that Sony and MGM are still hammering out particulars on a pact covering worldwide distribution of MGM titles and possible co-financing of upcoming films. An overall distrib deal would also cover the two completed MGM titles, Red Dawn and The Cabin In The Woods (in post-converted 3-D!), as well as DVD and digital sales from MGM's 4,000-title library (ahem, The Poughkeepsie Tapes). »
In an article over at Variety about MGM, its constant woes and catalog of unreleased titles that need a home, it was revealed that Sony Pictures may shoulder distribution duties for some of the films sitting on MGM's shelf and the studio's 4,000+ title library. The Cabin in the Woods , Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon's horror film, was one of the flicks specifically mentioned in the piece. The deal isn't finalized, but the trade paper says things are looking good. Also languishing at MGM, the Dowdle Bros. film The Poughkeepsie Tapes . If the deal goes through, we'll see how fast Sony moves to get Cabin into theaters. »
7 items from 2011
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