15 items from 2015
Even in the bleakest of movies there’s usually somebody who makes it to the end. Sure, they’ll probably be forever scarred by the events and they’ll never lead a normal live, but they’re alive. Just think of the survivors from each Texas Chain Saw Massacre; that’s ten years of therapy bills at the very least.
Audiences like a little bit of a silver lining in a narrative, the feeling that no matter how traumatic things get someone will have the courage to survive. Yet some movies have such a black heart that they’ll even deny people that much. No happy ending, no survivors and, in the most extreme cases, total apocalypse. Usually this will happen in some low budget horror movie or dark comedy, though some big budget movies have dared to take this risk too.
The examples on this list cross a »
- Padraig Cotter
Variety is reporting that Universal Pictures have hired screenwriters Jon Spaihts and Eric Heisserer to co-write the new "Van Helsing" reboot for the studio. Spaihts' film credits includes Ridley Scott's "Prometheus", Scott Derrickson's "Doctor Strange", and Alex Kurtzman's "The Mummy" reboot. Heisserer is known for "The Nightmare on Elm Street" remake, "Final Destination 5", and Paul Walker's "Hours."
Plot details are unknown at this time. Universal is currently rebooting their classic monster franchises such as 2014's "Dracula Untold" and "The Mummy" reboot, which will be set in present day and directed by "Star Trek" and "Transformers" screenwriter Alex Kurtzman. There’s no word yet on when “Van Helsing” will take place. Universal first released a "Van Helsing" film in 2004 which starred actors Hugh Jackman ("Pan") and Kate Beckinsale ("Underworld"), but the film managed to flop at the box office.
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- J.B. Casas
It’s been a good three years now that we’ve been writing stories about Universal’s plans to reboot Van Helsing on the big screen.
The previous 2004 movie, from The Mummy director Stephen Sommers, was a festival of CG without much of interest happening on screen. But now, Universal is pushing for Van Helsing to be part of its imminent classic movie monsters universe.
The latest on the project is that the studio has just hired some more writers to pen the film. Eric Heisserer, who wrote Final Destination 5 and The Thing remake, and Jon Spaihts – who has Prometheus to his name – have landed the job.
The Funhouse Massacre is a new film from Petri Entertainment. The film stars Chasty Ballesteros (Final Destination 5) and Robert Englund. In the film, six psychopaths escape the local asylum. And, they set their sights on an amusement park, hammer in hand. The film's first trailer shows many of the film's villains and a few timid characters. Fans of indie horror can view the trailer here. The film's fan page highlights some of the film's victims. Gerardo (Erick Chavarria), Jason (Sterling Sulieman), Christina (Ballesteros) and others do their best to survive the film. But, each has their weakness: social media addiction, a weed addled mind or hubris. Will any survive? Film fans can find out for themselves when the film releases this November. More details on the film are available below. Release Date: November 13th, 2015. Director: Andy Palmer. Writers: Ben Begley and Renee Dorian. Cast: Chasty Ballesteros, Robert Englund, Clint Howard and Scottie Thompson. »
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Criterion have announced their January releases (click titles for more details):
Rolling Stone‘s David Ehrlich wonders if prequels are killing movie franchises:
And that’s why the very concept of a prequel feels so inherently cynical: The vast majority of them unfold like reboots that have been strip-mined of their ambition, their makers aspiring to accomplish nothing more than to safely return you to where you started. That’s what you hope to achieve with a minivan, not a movie. It »
- TFS Staff
When does a story end? More important: When is a story supposed to begin?
Die Hard, arguably the greatest man-fights-terrorists-in-a-skyscraper movie ever made, begins on a plane with its scraggly hero being lectured about his feet. It's revealed, almost immediately, that our man John McClane has been a blue-blooded member of the NYPD for 11 years — we don't know a damn thing about a single one of his cases, but it's clear from the lines on his face and the exhaustion in his voice that some of them were never closed. »
Deadline has learned that Fox has tapped The Imitation Game's Morten Tyldum to direct a movie version of the classic Agatha Christie mystery novel And Then There Were None. Apparently Tyldum is a huge fan of the book, and helped with the pitch, which reportedly "got the Christie estate excited." Eric Heisserer (2011's The Thing, Final Destination 5) has been hired to write the... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Deadline is reporting that 20th Century Fox has bought the rights for Agatha Christie's classic mystery novel And Then There Were None and they have tapped The Imitation Game's Morten Tyldum to direct it. The novel follows 10 strangers who are tempted to come to Soldier Island for different reasons. They soon realize they were brought there under false pretenses and are trapped, and are being bumped off one by one for crimes we learn they committed but were never punished for. They begin to realize that the killer is one of the 10.Eric Haisserer (The Thing, Final Destination 5 and A Nightmare on Elm Street) is adapting the novel to screen. I feel like it should be alarming that a writer of higher octane scary movies should be...
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Agatha Christie needs no introduction as she's one of the greatest mystery novelists of all time. At some point during your life, you've stumbled across an adaptation of her works either on TV or on the big screen; there's plenty of both to choose from. That said, there haven't been too many films based on Christie books in recent years, but one of the author's most acclaimed and influential novels is headed there (again). Deadline reports that "The Imitation Game" helmer Morten Tyldum will direct "And Then There Were None." Eric Heisserer — whose credits include the remake of "The Thing," the remake of "A Nightmare On Elm Street," and "Final Destination 5" — will write the screenplay, and certainly he has nowhere to go but up in regards to his current CV. 20th Century Fox is developing the project, and for a primer on the plot, here's the book synopsis: Read »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Still the best-selling novelist of all time with over two billion books sold (beaten only by the Bible and Shakespeare), Dame Agatha Christie's singularly most famous mystery is set to get another film adaptation.
Eric Heisserer ("The Thing," "Final Destination 5") has been hired to pen the script for the new version which Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Dan Cohen and Hilary Strong will produce. The new one which reportedly boasts a "take that got the Christie estate excited."
The story follows ten strangers who are invited to an isolated island for a dinner party at the behest of a mysterious host. It's soon revealed they have been cut off from the mainland, and one of the »
- Garth Franklin
James Wan may have moved from blood-curdling frighteners to studio blockbusters with the runaway success of Furious 7, but he’s still keeping his fingers on the pulse with the genre, producing another supernatural home-invasion horror in the spirit of Insidious and The Conjuring. Now, young up-and-comer Gabriel Bateman has landed a lead role in said pic, which is titled Lights Out.
David F. Sandberg is directing the film, a feature adaptation of his (terrifying) 2013 short. Lawrence Grey and Eric A. Heisserer are attached as producers, with Heisserer scripting an expansion of Sandberg’s story. Heisserer’s past scripting credits include The Thing, Final Destination 5 and Hours (which he also directed).
In Lights Out, Bateman will play the young son in a family haunted by a supernatural entity that can only be seen in the dark. With everyone at risk, one family member is forced to step up and »
- Isaac Feldberg
Lawrence Grey and Eric A. Heisserer are also producing with Heiserer writing the script, based on Sandberg’s 2013 short film. The story centers on a supernatural entity attacking a family, with one of the members required to step up to protect them from a threat that can only be seen when the lights go out.
- Dave McNary
Denis Villeneuve is on fire after 2010's Incendies followed by Prisoners and Enemy. Now he has Sicario coming later this year with an already impressive cast that includes the likes of Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin, and to go with that he's attached to direct the Untitled Blade Runner Project, but it appears before he heads to the world of Blade Runner he has a project lined up for mid-June with Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams set to star. The film is Story of Your Life, an adaptation of the short story by Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author Ted Chiang. The story is set in motion when alien crafts land around the world, and an expert linguist (Adams) is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. amz asin="1931520720" size="small"As she learns to communicate with the aliens, she begins experiencing vivid »
- Brad Brevet
Lifetime’s original movie, which stars Yaya DaCosta as the troubled late singer, feels half-baked
Despite the sentiment of one of her most famous songs, Whitney Houston was definitely not every woman, but instead a talent on a larger-than-life scale.
In her directorial debut, actress Angela Bassett‘s depiction of the “Greatest Love of All” singer, played by Yaya DaCosta (“Lee Daniels‘ The Butler”), attempts to show the human side of the legend, but occasionally staggers along the very line it tries to cross — where genius-level skill meets basic human need for love, understanding and companionship.
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- Deborah Day
Screenwriter Eric Heisserer will make his comics debut at Dark Horse Comics with Shaper.
"A galactic empire hunts a race of shape shifters prophesied to overthrow its rule," reads Dark Horse's description.
"When orphaned teenager Spry discovers that he is one of the hunted - a Shaper - he must learn to use his newfound abilities to escape the empire's prime enforcer, Tor Ajax, and save his entire race."
Shaper #1 will be released on March 18. »
15 items from 2015
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