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If you are interested in getting your holiday shopping done early this year, then start planning your trip for the very first Hascon. During September 8-10 at Providence, Rhode Island Hasbro is hosting a new type of convention that has never been seen before. Hasbro is giving ticket holders the opportunity to see and interact with all the latest products the government has to offer, as well as a sneak peek at upcoming products from the company. Attendees at the convention will have the opportunity to see thousands of products and meet some of their favorite celebrities.
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Immerse yourself in the world of Transformers where things are “More than Meets the Eye”! We take you behind-the-scenes through the latest entertainment from movies to animation to comics, »
- Michael Connally
For his second feature, David F. Sandberg really went all out for Annabelle: Creation, mixing up his bag of horror tricks to deliver a cinematic experience that just relentlessly comes at you with the scares once the titular doll is discovered and all hell is unleashed on anyone in her path. As far as prequels go, Sandberg has done a helluva job with Annabelle: Creation, and I commend the filmmaker for creating a clever and wickedly fun horror movie that surpasses its predecessor in numerous ways (akin to Mike Flanagan’s Ouija: Origin of Evil last year). And, beyond that, Sandberg actually found a way to make the Annabelle doll super creepy, and I’m not one to be easily unnerved by evil inanimate objects. Well done all around, sir.
Annabelle: Creation precedes the events of Annabelle by more than a decade, when we first meet a doll-maker named Samuel Mullins (Anthony Lapaglia) and his family (Miranda Otto as the missus and Samara Lee as the adorable little “Bee”), who enjoy an idyllic life on their homestead until an accident claims the life of Bee, leaving her parents grief-stricken and despondent over their loss. After some time, they decide to invite a group of orphans who have been displaced to live with them, hoping the new residents will help bring some life into the otherwise empty-feeling abode.
But the Mullins quickly realize that bringing the children and their caretaker, Sister Charlotte (Stephanie Sigman) into their home was a big mistake, as young Janice (Talitha Bateman) discovers a secret hidden away in Bee’s bedroom: an evil doll that seems to be hellbent on torturing the little girl, as well as her best friend, Linda (Lulu Wilson), and the rest of their fellow orphans. And that’s when things go absolutely bonkers in the best ways possible.
Sandberg proved he was more than capable of concocting some innovative, yet beautifully simple scares with last summer’s breakout hit Lights Out. For Annabelle: Creation, though, he steps up his game and devises some truly inspired scares, once again tapping into childhood fears to bring his beautifully twisted genre sensibilities to life.
Oh, and just because he’s dealing with children, don’t expect Sandberg to take it easy on the young protagonists in Annabelle: Creation. All the girls get their fair share of terror-filled moments to endure throughout the story, but it’s Bateman’s character, Janice, who really feels the brunt of most of it, being tortured by ghostly figures, creepy entities hiding in the shadows, an unseen force that tosses her nearly 20 feet in the air and then, just a short time later, drags her through an old barn as she’s trying to convalesce from the heinous fall. Beyond that, Sandberg also gives us one of the creepiest scarecrows I’ve seen in some time, and a few other unexpected otherworldly delights that I don’t want to go into much further, as it would probably ruin some stuff. But suffice to say, Sandberg and Annabelle: Creation earn that R rating.
At the forefront of Creation are Bateman and Wilson (who gave me chills with her turn in the aforementioned Ouija: Origin of Evil), who both deliver fantastic performances. The actresses share an infectious chemistry together, and I enjoyed watching their dynamic shift throughout the prequel, as poor Janice can’t escape being a punching bag for the evil forces lurking inside the Mullins house, and Linda desperately wants to help her friend, but isn’t sure of how exactly to do just that. The actresses have a natural camaraderie in Annabelle: Creation, which makes them easy to invest in as characters you want to see survive the horrors of the Mullins house.
Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the amazing production design by Jennifer Spence for Annabelle: Creation (seriously, you could get lost in the details of the Mullins’ house), and the inventive and stunning camerawork from cinematographer Maxime Alexandre (who has also lensed a slew of other great modern genre films like High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes remake, The Crazies remake, the Maniac remake, as well as the dark comedy The Voices). The contributions of both creative individuals really elevate the overall look and feel of Annabelle: Creation, and it was easy to get immersed in Sandberg’s world because of their combined efforts.
And for those of you who are curious, Creation does tie into the original Annabelle and we also get nods to The Conjuring as well as the real-life haunted doll, too. I won’t go into specifics because I don’t want to ruin the fun, but for those of you on the hunt for some Easter eggs, Sandberg has incorporated several that you should definitely enjoy discovering in his latest project.
With Annabelle: Creation, Sandberg successfully moves the James Wan-iverse forward with an unyielding sense of glee, and I think he’s done something very special with his latest film. I may not have been someone who needed another Annabelle movie, but I’m so glad it was Sandberg who was behind it, because his pure passion for classic horror oozes through in every single frame, and I really had a blast with it. I wouldn’t call it “scary” by any means for those of us who eat, sleep, and breathe horror, but Sandberg has managed to create something of an entertaining roller coaster ride that never lets up once the director lets the evil in Creation go full throttle.
Movie Score: 4/5
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- Heather Wixson
Ever since her breakout film “Persepolis,” director Marjane Satrapi has stayed dedicated to following her own unique filmmaking, even if the results haven’t always found big, commercial success. “Chicken With Plums” and “The Gang Of The Jotas” were firmly arthouse efforts, and while “The Voices” starring Ryan Reynolds tipped toward a more mainstream audiences, the freaky premise and dark comedy kept the picture within the niche, genre fold.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Cannes — Sought-after Oscar-nominated actress Rosamund Pike is attached to star as Marie Curie in “Radioactive,” a Working Title production directed by France’s Marjane Satrapi (“Persepolis”) fully-financed by Studiocanal and which will bring a human dimension to the scientist, which suggesting the extraordinary lasting impact of her scientific work.
“Radioactive” is adapted by one of the U.K.’s hottest young writers, Jack Thorne, from “Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout,” Lauren Redniss’ lustrous graphic biography of Marie and Pierre Curie. Mixing dream-like saturated color drawings and short texts, the book captures the Curies’ “fairy-tale” life story, as Redniss writes, their love, recorded perspicaciously by Curie, the heroic labor of their scientific discovery of radioactivity, and the long shadow that would cast over their lives – and the modern world.
“This is not a bio-pic, but a love story, set at a tremendous time of change, »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
Helmed by award-winning director Corin Hardy (“The Hallow”), the new fright-fest has begun production on location in Romania. It will be produced by Wan through his Atomic Monster production company, along with Peter Safran, who has produced all of the films in The Conjuring franchise.
The Nun is set for release on July 13, 2018.
When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together they uncover the order’s unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of the same »
- Melissa Thompson
You saw her haunt Ed and Lorraine Warren in Enfield, but the demonic nun from The Conjuring 2 is going to get even more screen time when her own movie comes out in 2018. Warner Bros. announced that production on New Line Cinema's The Nun (starring Taissa Farmiga and Demián Bichir) is officially underway in Romania, and the synopsis and full core cast have been revealed.
Press Release: (May 3, 2017 – Burbank, CA) – Filmmaker James Wan, director of the record-setting horror hits “The Conjuring” and “The Conjuring 2,” explores another dark corner of that universe with New Line Cinema’s “The Nun.” Helmed by award-winning director Corin Hardy (“The Hallow”), the new fright-fest has begun production on location in Romania. It will be produced by Wan through his Atomic Monster production company, along with Peter Safran, who has produced all of the films in “The Conjuring” franchise. “The Nun” is set for »
- Derek Anderson
Seven years after making waves with Winter’s Bone, director Debra Granik has finally found her next narrative feature. Following the documentary Stray Dog, she’ll be directing My Abandonment. Once set to star Casey Affleck, Hell or High Water star Ben Foster will now step into the lead role, alongside Thomasin McKenzie, according to THR. Scripted by the director and Anne Rosellini, based on Peter Rock‘s book, it follows the actors as father and daughter living in a temperate rainforest around Portland, Oregon. After a run-in with the authorities causes them to be displaced, they are on the search for a new home.
Ever since her pitch-perfect dark comedy The Voices a few years back, we’ve been waiting for Persepolis director Marjane Satrapi to announce her next project, and now the day has come. This fall she’ll be directing an adaptation of Lauren Redniss‘ graphic novel Radioactive, »
- Jordan Raup
7 items from 2017
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