10 items from 2017
Warning: There are major spoilers ahead for “Get Out.” Every horror movie fan knows about the bait-and-switch ending: The hero looks like he has escaped the danger, only for a shocking final twist to send him hurtling to his doom. Sam Raimi used it in both “Evil Dead” and “Drag Me To Hell,” “Black Mirror” makes frequent use of the trope, and, as it turns out, Jordan Peele almost used it for his breakout hit “Get Out.” An alternate clip for Peele’s popular horror film shows how the comedy star-turned-horror filmmaker originally planned for Chris’ horrific visit to his girlfriend’s family to. »
- Jeremy Fuster
According to THR, Bonnie Aarons (Drag Me to Hell, Mulholland Drive) will once again play the demonic nun in New Line Cinema's The Conjuring 2 spinoff, The Nun, which will explore the backstory of the phantasmal force that Ed and Lorraine Warren encountered in England. The nun was added to The Conjuring 2 towards the end of shooting, when director James Wan came up with the idea for the creepy character played by Aarons.
Aarons joins a cast that includes Taissa Farmiga as a nun and Demián Bichir, who, according to THR, will play "a priest named Father Burke, who is dispatched by Rome to investigate the mysterious death of a nun."
- Derek Anderson
The studio began developing “The Nun” last June, shortly after “The Conjuring 2” opened. Producers are James Wan, who directed the two “Conjuring” movies and produced the sequel, and Peter Safran, who produced both movies.
The demon nun, a manifestation of the evil spirit Valak, came to life in “The Conjuring 2” from a painting by »
- Dave McNary
The Oap gangster caper is the latest example of a Hollywood staple that’s well past its sell-by date – manipulative, nauseatingly heartwarming films that invariably seem to star Michael Caine
In the predictably inert, if not explicitly vile, geriatric buddy movie Going in Style, Michael Caine plays an octogenarian prole who is about to lose his home to a heartless bank. His cashflow problems necessitate the obligatory senior tete-a-tete with the obligatory insensitive bank manager, a stock character previously seen in Saint Vincent and Drag Me to Hell. Dissatisfied with the result of their little chinwag, Caine and his fellow retirees Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin decide to rob the bank.
Going in Style was co-produced by Steven Mnuchin, a hedge-fund manager recently named secretary of the Us treasury by the irrepressible Donald Trump. During the financial crisis of 2009, Mnuchin made a fortune for himself by investing in a mortgage »
- Joe Queenan
My favorite thing about taking these weekly trips to the Drive-In is my own selfish thirst for discovery. I need to patch up the holes of missing films on my personal movie screen; there is still so much to see, and sometimes the holes are so big that they obscure the view. Every once in a while though, a film comes along that not only mends the tears in the fabric but strengthens the whole. Such is the case with Night of the Demon (1957), Jacques Tourneur’s masterpiece of shadowy menace and dread, and a new personal favorite.
Released in its native U.K. in December and then stateside in July of ’58 under the new title Curse of the Demon (where 13 minutes were trimmed from an already lean 95 minute running time), this Columbia Pictures production was fraught with anguish before it even appeared to audiences, most famously producer Hal E. Chester »
- Scott Drebit
Supervising sound editor Michael J. Benavente has joined audio postproduction company Formosa Group.
His feature credits range from comedies such as Bad Santa and Paul Blart: Mall Cop to horror films such as Drag Me to Hell, as well as such pics as Starship Troopers and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. In 2015, Benavente won an Emmy for his work on History Channel’s docudrama Houdini.
A graduate of the UCLA Film School, Benavente began his career under the tutelage of award-winning sound editors Richard »
- Carolyn Giardina
The weekend in film was notable for two things. One was the Oscars. All the glitz, glamour and gaffes that came with that. A time of celebration for those fortunate enough to have been nominated in whichever category they were up for and utter delight for the winners (La La Land for about 8 seconds). However, alongside the handing out of the famous golden statue, there was another headline that caught the attention of film-goers around the world and that was the very sad and untimely passing of Bill Paxton.
If you’ve seen your share of films, particularly in the 80’s and 90’s, then chances are you’ve seen Bill Paxton. Predominantly a sturdy support player over the years, he proved reliable throughout a prolific career. To some though he was more than just a face you »
- Gary Collinson
Multi-talented filmmaker of such awesome films as The Evil Dead, Darkman, and Drag Me To Hell, Sam Raimi, is set to direct the Bermuda Triangle mystery thriller being spearheaded by Skydance Productions. Currently, Skydance is busy developing one of three Bermuda Triangle projects, with the others being set up by Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures. The films will center around the area of the North Atlantic... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
According to THR, Raimi is in discussions to direct a "mystery thriller" about the Bermuda Triangle for Skydance Productions. Covering a vast area of the Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda, Florida, and Puerto Rico, the Bermuda Triangle has long been a real life setting for bizarre disappearances of planes and ships. The mysteries of that stretch of sea are not only of interest to Skydance—Universal and Warner Bros. are also putting together projects based on the Bermuda Triangle.
Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard (Narcos, The Great Wall, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, The Uninvited) penned the script for Skydance's Bermuda Triangle movie, with an earlier draft written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (2009's Friday the 13th, new »
- Derek Anderson
Liam O'Donnell's follow-up to the Brothers Strause' original alien invasion film, Skyline, may not have a release date yet, but that's not stopping the publicity train from trying to drum up some buzz. The latest poster for the flick has landed. Featuring a cool space opera vibe, it features stars Frank Grillo and Bojana Novakovic and a good look at the aliens. Taking place at the same time as the events of the first film, Frank Grillo plays a tough-as-nails detective who embarks on a relentless pursuit to free his son from a nightmarish alien warship. Beyond Skyline stars Frank Grillo (The Purge: Anarchy), Bojana Novakovic (Drag Me to Hell), Jonny Weston (Project Almanac), Iko Uwais (The Raid), Callan Mulvey, Antonio Fargas, Pamelyn Chee, Yayan...
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10 items from 2017
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