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With Bruce McDonald's ultra dark comedy The Husband gearing up for the start of its theatrical run at the Tiff Bell Lightbox in Toronto on March 14th the latest in a series of brief teasers have arrived online. And, yes, cars are hard.Maxwell McCabe-Lokos, who co-wrote the movie, stars as a man steadily unravelling as he cares for his infant son while his teacher wife (Sarah Allen) serves a jail sentence for sleeping with a teenaged student. The Husband stars Maxwell McCabe-Lokos (The Tracey Fragments, Lars and the Real Girl, Mouth to Mouth), August Diehl (Salt, Inglorious Bastards, The Counterfeiters, Mouth to Mouth), Sarah Allen (On The Road, Human Trafficking), and Jodi Balfour (Bomb Girls, Final Destination 5). Check out the latest teaser below....
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Kind of a good news/bad news situation this week. Bad news for those of us who like to watch sitcoms of 30 minutes in length whilst we eat dinner during the week, Channel 4 has decided to remove most of its good content including Peep Show, The It Crowd and Black Books from Netflix and Lovefilm as of February 15th. You can still watch these online but you have to go through their frankly useless 4Od app which I have never managed to watch a full episode of anything on without it crashing at the bloody adverts. Whilst its admirable that Channel 4 are taking things back in-house, they really need to improve their software first, or maybe they already have because I gave up on it back in 2012 and never finished season two of The Killing.
The good news is that Netflix have debuted season two of political drama House of Cards, »
- Chris Holt
Drafthouse Films have announced that E.L. Katz's new 'who dares wins' type thriller 'Cheap Thrills' is heading its way exclusively onto Movies On Demand platform of Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Cox Communications and Bright House Networks on 21 February. To coincide with the announcement a couple of new character posters from the thriller have been made public. The VOD release will be followed up by a limited theatrical run and on digital VOD platforms from 21 March. 'Cheap Thrills' stars Pat Healy ('The Innkeepers'), Ethan Embry ('Vacancy'), Amanda Fuller ('Red White and Blue'), David Koechner ('Final Destination 5') and Sara Paxton ('Shark Night'). Head below for the new posters. »
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s massive feature includes a review for Nobody Can Cool, first details on The Night Crew, Heir, and a Doctor Who documentary called Who’s Changing: An Adventure In Time With Fans, a new clip from Muck, trailers for Blood Shed, NightBeasts, and Virginia Obscura, and much more:
[Editor's Note: We want to give a big thanks to our Indie Spotlight manager, Tamika Jones, for her constant work on this weekly feature and putting together our largest Indie Spotlight to date this weekend!]
Indie Spotlight Review: Nobody Can Cool
Nobody Can Cool is the rather impressive directorial debut from up-and-coming filmmaking duo Dpyx, Marcy Boyle and Rachel Holzman, who crafted a blisteringly taut and thoughtful indie crime thriller with a palpable sense of tension from start to finish. A gritty and engaging tale of deceit, violence and desperation, Nobody Can Cool is anchored by a breakout performance by Nick Principe (best known from his work in the Laid to Rest series, Madison County and »
- Tamika Jones
It seems that Danny Trejo has no intentions of giving up his crown as the man with the most active projects on IMDb, as yet a brand new one has just been added to the mix. Read all about it, pendejo!
From the Press Release
Premiere Entertainment Group announces today that principal photography has commenced in Palm Springs, CA, on its latest feature film The Night Crew. Directed by Christian Sesma and written by Paul Sloan and Sesma, the movie stars Luke Goss (Hellboy II), Danny Trejo (Machete), Bokeem Woodbine (Riddick) and Chasty Ballesteros (Final Destination 5). The Night Crew is being produced by Ryan Noto.
“We are excited to be shooting The Night Crew in the wild Palm Springs desert, where we’ve been welcomed with open arms despite our blazing pyrotechnics, machine gun fire and sinister characters running amok with gas masks and machetes,” says Noto. “Not since »
- John Squires
In 2000, Ted Chiang’s short tale Story of Your Life won the Nebula Award for Best Novella — basically the equivalent of an Emmy Award in the science fiction literary world. In it, a linguist commissioned by the U.S. government sets out to determine if a group of aliens that have landed on Earth are a threat. She comes to learn their complex language, and a series of flashbacks about her daughter help her understand the way the beings perceive time, unlocking a greater mystery. THR reports that Prisoners and Incendies director Denis Villeneuve will adapt the sci-fi story, which he plans to shoot later this year. Hours director and Final Destination 5 writer Eric Heisserer will script the adaptation. Villeneuve has a penchant for cerebral, intense stories and engrossing...
- Alison Nastasi
His tense kidnap thriller Prisoners might not have been shown all that much love by awards committees, but Denis Villeneuve won’t be wanting for job offers. He’s just signed on to direct the film adaptation of Ted Chiang’s short story The Story Of Your Life.Eric Heisserer, who wrote the Thing reboot and Final Destination 5, has penned the script for the film, which expands upon Chiang’s 2000 Nebula novella winner. The story involves aliens landing on Earth, and Dr. Louise Banks, a linguist employed by the Us Government, must race to discover their intentions. Further investigation reveals that Dr. Banks learns to think as the aliens do, by learning their language, developing the ability to "chrono-synclastically" perceive time from the outside. In a nutshell, she's able to "remember" the future, which has implications, since she can see the ultimate fate of her currently unborn daughter.While »
While we're a little bummed the excellent "Prisoners" didn't get a little more Oscar love (it managed one nomination for Roger Deakins' excellent cinematography), the success of the film at least means more movies from Denis Villeneuve, which is just fine by us. And while last month saw the helmer considering directing the border drama "Sicario," it looks like something else has commanded his attention. THR reports that Villeneuve will direct the sci-fi drama "The Story Of Your Life." Based on the short story by Ted Chiang, and with a script by Eric Heisserer ("The Thing," "Final Destination 5"....hmm....), the story follows a linguist hired by the military to communicate with an alien craft to try and figure out why they've come to Earth. And in the course of her communication with the aliens, she has flashbacks that could reveal the answer of why they have arrived. We »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After James Wan’s haunted-house frightfest The Conjuring broke out this past summer, both at the box office and with critics (I ranked it #9 on my list of the year’s best), New Line quickly realized that they had a potential horror franchise on their hands. Not content just to put a straightforward sequel into development, the studio also announced last November that it was moving forward with Annabelle, a spinoff based around a possessed porcelain doll. Now, we have news that the studio has locked some actors into the two leading roles.
Annabelle Wallis, best known for her roles as Jane Seymour in Showtime’s The Tudors and Grace Burgess in BBC’s Peaky Blinders, has signed on for the lead female role, according to The Wrap. She’ll share the screen with Ward Horton, who portrayed Dean Trayger on episodes of the soap One Life to Live and »
- Isaac Feldberg
Sooner or later, every long-running franchise starts to get a little boring and stale. A lot of franchises just end there, some limp on and extort every available penny (*cough* Police Academy 7: Mission to Moscow), and some say “what the hell” and just go completely insane. Strangely, this last option often results in an amazing film.
Final Destination 5 is a good example of this. For a movie where Death itself is the main villain, the series was becoming way too serious and bogged down in the melodrama, so with part 5 the producers decided to go back to the roots of the series and go completely insane. That’s why we got death by laser eye surgery, belt sander and – I’m honestly being serious here – Buddha statue. A sequel has to do the unenviable job of making something as good as (if not better than) the original, »
- John Quigley
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