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For reasons that escape me as of this writing, I have consumed an abnormally large number of animated films this year. Oddly enough, the vast majority of these pictures are among some of the best movies I’ve encountered over the course of 2009. A warning, of sorts: My taste in film differs greatly from the so-called masses, so be fully prepared to unleash your nerd rage upon this list if I have omitted a feature that you hold dearly to your misshapen heart. Sadly, there just isn’t enough room at the top of pile for everyone, especially limp-wristed sequels to movies that never needed a follow-up in the first place. “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” I’m looking squarely at you. Don’t act like you didn’t know. #5. The Haunted World of El Superbeasto After experiencing the cinematic abominations known as “Halloween” and “Halloween 2,” I lost »
With the proliferation of Top Tens and Best Of lists on the internet at this time of year we wanted to try something a little different.
2009 was an important year for the business of cinema; games were changed with the acquiescence of audiences to the notion of 3D, low budgets met with large returns, old franchises spawned reboots and rebakes with varying success, the British film industry remained strong and gave us some bright new stars in our sky.
We asked our writers to come up with an alternative set of awards which would honour those films, directors and actors who made 2009 such an enjoyable year. Strong emotions are rendered in strong language, be warned if words offend.
So, here now, I present to you our awards for 2009 – The Truffles.
- Jon Lyus
Overall, the last twelve months have featured some very good movies, but boy you couldn't ignore the fact there were some major stinkers along the way. Of course, coming up with a list would be subjective for any critic, but the staff at HitFix had no problem determining 10 prime candidates. And here's a hint, for various reasons the list doesn't include "Gamer," "All About Steve," "Miss March," "Crank: High Voltage," "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," "Post Grad," "Halloween 2" "Pandorum," "Did You Hear About The Morgans?" or "I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell" (although from all »
- Gregory Ellwood, Dan Fienberg, Drew McWeeny
The first decade of the new millennium has come to an end, and that means it is now time for film sites all over the web to begin posting their various retrospectives and lists recalling the decade that was. I generally as a rule dislike such lists because they are always so subjective. Then I said screw it and took it upon myself to do one of my own naming the ten worst horror movies of the past decade. Besides, people love bitching on the Internet about lists like this, and who am I to deny readers yet another excuse to get into pointless flame wars over personal opinions.
Of course, this list is just my personal opinion which is not legally binding ... unless Proposition 304 passes. And we all pray that it will.
I set two rules when putting this list together: Only horror movies that received fairly wide theatrical »
Jeff Bridges' performance in "Crazy Heart" was good enough for the Golden Globes, and it was good enough for Rob Zombie as well, judging by his tweets. Kevin Smith, meanwhile, had a positively-used expletive to describe his own experience watching Edgar Wright's unreleased "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World."
Less giddy was producer Jeff Katz, who used a sports metaphor to express his reaction to news that Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins have split. I'll let you parse and interpret that one, as his references to Bobby Bowden and Joe Paterno went a little over my head. You can do so after the jump where you will also learn about Ice-t's recent "Modern Warfare 2" accomplishments, when Emmy Rossum will begin taking trapeze lessons and who found a stray peacock in their back yard. It's all retweeted in Twitter-Wood report for December 23, 2009.
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- Brian Warmoth
Top 25 of the Decade | Top 10 Favorite Films of '09: Rotten's Picks | Top 10 Favorite Films of '09: Allard's Picks | Top 10 Favorite Films of '09: Rob G.'s Picks While I did not see every horror release of the year ( The House of the Devil , The Final Destination , Halloween II ), I did manage to see a large sampling of theatrical and DVD releases. For the most part I liked what I saw. It was a pretty good year for the genre. Here's hoping 2010 is even better. My top six in no particular order: Grace Maybe its effectiveness increases if you are a parent, but this is one unsettling flick. A slow-burn effort with a great performance from Jordan Ladd that culminates with some genuinely creepy happenings. Disturbing in a good way for horror fans. Surveillance »
Ok, I know we all love the gossipy type of celeb news. What’s better than living vicariously through the stars we love, or love to hate? Their lives are just chock full of so much more drama than we can wrap our heads around, that our attention is immediately drawn to them to see the train wreck they could very well become.
However, I must say that I always find it a welcome change to hear about celebrities trying to use their fame for good. Granted, their motives for doing so might not always be the most sincere, but as long as they’re doing something moderately beneficial to others, I can’t judge them too harshly.
One celebrity that I feel has the right motives behind his most recent act of humanitarianism is Britain’s Prince William. Now, I know that being a future political figure puts Prince William »
- Catherine Doenges
Late Friday night, the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex Blog reported that director Alex Zamm is attached to helm a live-action Marvin the Martian film. Although Zamm hasn’t directed many films (the direct-to-video Inspector Gadget 2 stands out as the highlight of his career thus far), he is also currently attached to a film version of Hong Kong Phooey.
You heard that right, two classic cartoon characters are being remade for the big screen by one director with mostly direct-to-video experience. Sorry, correction, it’s not just direct-to-video movies. A quick look at IMDb shows that Zamm is also currently in post-production on Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2. Well, if that doesn’t put your mind to rest, I don’t know what will.
In addition to Zamm as director, Marvin the Martian will be written by the team of Paul Kaplan and Mark Torgrove who are also collaborating on »
- Rob Frappier
With all the recent talk about Scream 4, Wes Craven's actual current project, the just completed My Soul to Take (which started life as 25/8) has been a bit forgotten. But thanks to stuntman Manny Siverio's MySpace page, we now know what to expect from the next killer in the Craven pantheon.Frankly, he looks a bit like Rob Zombie's Hellbilly persona, which means he also looks kinda like the hobo Michael Myers from Halloween 2. Maybe it's postmodern. This is Craven after all, directing his first self-written original screenplay since 1994's New Nightmare.Hellbilly (he's not yet been officially named, to the extent that we're not sure who the actor is - is it stuntman Christopher Place, cast as "Ripper"?) is a serial killer, who may or may not still be alive after his reign of terror ended. Sixteen years on, he's back to terminate the seven »
The Grammy-award winning band Slipknot premiered the new video for their song "Snuff" today in the form of a short film co-directed by Slipknot's own M. Shawn Crahan and renowned photographer/director P.R. Brown. The film features frontman Corey Taylor as never seen before, interwoven in an intricate storyline, but he's far from alone as two legends in the horror genre accompany him.
AOL is showcasing the film that takes viewers on an emotional roller coaster ride and is likely to generate more questions than answers. No doubt the question on your minds is who the two guest stars are, and we'll end the suspense now. They are none other than Hellraiser's Ashley Laurence and Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, Rob Zombie's Halloween and Halloween II).
From the official Slipknot site: "Snuff" is an introspective track that challenges what some would expect from a hard rock radio song »
- The Woman In Black
AOL debuted the new music video/short film from the band Slipknot today for their track Snuff off their latest album All Hope Is Gone. The clip was co-directed by Slipknot's own M. Shawn Crahan (Clown) and renowned photographer/director P.R. Brown features unmaksed frontman Corey Taylor in an intricate storyline and a haunting look into the obsessed mind of a melancholy lover, heartbroken over a lost paramour. It also (surprisingly) includes appearances by genre veterans Malcolm McDowell ( Halloween II ) and Ashley Laurence ( Hellraiser ). (Sheesh, this woman looks better than ever.) " Snuff as a piece of art is a testament to the evolution of Slipknot," says Crahan. "It's taken 10 years of uncompromising vision to finally be able to present portions of »
[Warning: This Article Contains Halloween II Spoilers]
Fans of the Halloween franchise have been decisively split over Rob Zombie’s reboot of John Carpenter’s classic slasher flick – especially in regards to this summer’s sequel, Halloween II. If you didn’t see the uproar in opinion, check our our review of the film Here.
Since Halloween II was in theaters, we’ve learned that Zombie’s early promise of an exclusive director’s cut on DVD/Blu-ray was going to be made good. As promised, the director’s cut will be Very different from the theatrical version of the film – specifically in terms of how “dark” the tone is (it gets darker than the theatrical version???).
As a preview of the forthcoming Halloween II DVD/Blu-ray, today we have at clip from the “dark version,” courtesy of Shock Til Ya Drop; in this case, a (slightly) alternate ending to the film.
The ending to the theatrical »
- Kofi Outlaw
As an avid van of the entire Halloween franchise (yes, I even find a shred of enjoyment watching Michael getting Kung Fu’ed by Busta Rhymes), and, as one of only about three people who gave Rob Zombie’s Halloween II a positive review, I was curious to see the alternate ending to his film. Today, thanks to Shock Till You Drop, we have the alternate ending for your viewing pleasure.
Check it out:
Needless to say, thank God for reshoots.
According to Shock Till You Drop, this was the scene being shot when they were doing their set visit. I’m curious if this scene was put together just to mislead movie sites such as them or if Zombie ever intended on this being the true ending to the film.
What do you think? How do you like the alternate ending compared to the one released in theaters? Does »
The original ending [spoilers ahead, matey] showed Michael Myers (Tyler Mane) shot by police in an abandoned shed. After Myers is presumably dead, Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton) picks up Michael’s giant knife and starts to stab him repeatably. She exits the shed wearing Michael’s mask and winds in a mental hospital where she sees the same visions that her brother did throughout the film.In the alternate ending, Myers has his mask taken off and kills Dr. Samuel Loomis (Malcolm McDowell) outside the shed. Myers is lit-up by surrounding police. Laurie comes out, picks up the knife, screams and is also shot by police. She ends up in the asylum, same as the original. Halloween 2 will be released on »
- Reel Loop News Staff
I'm not sure why I didn't review Halloween II. For some odd reason I never wrote one. I would have given it a C-, same as Ron did, but that's because it's the same movie as the first Halloween, a movie I did review. The alternate ending for Halloween II has posted on YouTube and it's just as lame as the real ending. Michael dies (again) but this ending has him screaming the word "Die!" with his mask off, looking like Zakk Wylde from Black Label Society. And don't even get me started on the stupid horse and "Love Hurts" song in the background.Thankfully, this will be the end of any more Rob Zombie Halloween movies. (Though he is credited as being a writer for Halloween III. Not sure if that's true or not. Like it matters.) Hollywood will be going in a new direction to further continue screwing up the franchise. »
I hoped that after walking out of the theater, I.d never have to hear another word about Rob Zombie.s Halloween II ever again. Damn you DVD release. Shock Till You Drop posted the alternate ending that.ll be included on the DVD and Blu-ray, which hit stores on January 12th. I didn.t think a movie could get much worse than this, but if Zombie had opted to go with this alternate ending, it indeed would have been mind-blowingly terrible. In an effort to keep this article as tame as possible, I.ll leave it at that. To get the full dose of my hatred of this movie, just refer back to my review. »
With the director's cut of the much maligned film on its way, the supposed alternate ending of Rob Zombie's Halloween II has found its way online. Of course we have it for you. Because we love you. We love you long time.
Look for Halloween II's DVD and Blu-ray debut on January 12, 2010. Who knows what other goodies, or baddies for that matter, will make it into this new alternate cut. One thing's for sure: We'll be watching. Expect a full review soon.
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- Uncle Creepy
By Jason Murphy
Because you demanded it! I could rant on with unfettered snark again about the atavistic loathing of Rob Zombie's Halloween series (Rotten Tomatoes has the second one at 21%), but that's a bit tired, no? As I mentioned before, I enjoyed the first one, but haven't yet had a chance to dive into the sequel, which most people have branded as excrement. Like old Mike Myers himself, it just won't go away. It's what we're saddled with, so eat it, like it, and get ready for a third helping.
For those of you new to horror, Halloween II tells of the tale of an emo hobo named Michael who has a serious mad-on for his family, particularly his sister, Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton). He returns to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois, and gets all stabby.
Having not seen the film itself, I dodged this ending. I want to »
- Cinematical staff
Rob Zombie's Halloween II is making its DVD and Blu-Ray debut on January 12 and our brother site, Shock Till You Drop, got their hands on the alternate ending to the late-summer sequel starring Scout Taylor-Compton, Tyler Man, Malcolm McDowell and Brad Dourif. If you click here you can watch a five-minute clip that finds an unmasked Michael Myers speaking. What does he say? Follow the link and find out! »
"Die!," screams Michael Myers. With Sony Home Entertainment releasing Rob Zombie's Halloween II on DVD/Blu-ray January 12th, the previously unseen Alternate Ending has found its way online and can be viewed by reading beyond the break! The new finale features Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton) in quite a pickle. What do you guys think of the theatrical ending vs the one found inside? It's that time of year again, and Michael Myers has returned home to sleepy Haddonfield, Illinois to take care of some unfinished family business. Myers will stop at nothing to bring closure to the secrets of his twisted past. But the towns got an unlikely new hero, if they can only stay alive long enough to stop the unstoppable. »
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