14 items from 2015
Works for your appreciation with gasp-inducing action sequences and an ethos that has fun with its legacy while moving in a new direction. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the previous film in the series
I’m “biast” (con): really would like to see some new stories
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
If we simply must keep getting the same movies over and over and over again — and that is not a concession that this status quo is unchangeable — they need to be at least as good as Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Though perhaps with less convoluted punctuation in their titles.
Have we see this all before? Yes… and no. Spy action thrillers should be a dime a dozen instead of $21/£18 a pop in IMAX, but ubiquitous they certainly are. Globetrotting gunplay by agents with cool gadgets and a particular set of skills are utterly »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Michael Myers is on death row, and that's where the mayhem is set to begin for Halloween Returns...
Six years after the release of Rob Zombie's Halloween II, a brand new Halloween film is finally going into production. This one seems to be steering clear of Zombie's pair of movies, and instead is set to see Michael Myers on death row. The story this time around? Two youngsters - the 18-year old child of one of Myers' victims, and the offspring of a cop obsessed with his case - toddle along to watch the execution. Naturally enough, said execution is not expected to go to plan. Those two youngsters might just want to make their wills.
We knew, as of February this year, that Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton were finally writing the much-delayed next Halloween sequel. This morning comes the relatively unsurprising news that Dunstan will also direct. Production is due to start imminently, and the film now has a title too. It's (ahem) Halloween Returns. Dunstan and Melton are the writing team behind Saws IV-vii, the Feast films and Piranha 3Dd. Halloween Returns - the eleventh Halloween - won't be his first gig behind the camera however. He made his debut with The Collector in 2009, followed by its sequel The Collection in 2012.There's still nothing officially known about the film's plot or angle, other than that it's planned as a "recalibration" of the Halloween series. Bloody Disgusting have a plot synopsis of unclear origin that involves two now grown-up children of Michael Myers' victims sneaking into death row to watch the slasher's execution, »
Michael Myers will return to terrorize sexually active teenagers in the newly announced Halloween Returns. Previously known as Halloween 3D and set to be directed by Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer, the film will now be directed by Saw writer Marcus Dunstan from a script he wrote alongside Patrick Melton. The pair have worked multiple times together on films like The Collector, Piranha 3Dd, and the... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
Producer Malek Akkad said today (June 15): "The legacy of Halloween is something that Trancas is very proud of, and I look forward to working together again with Bob [Weinstein] and Dimension to continue that tradition."
Plot details are currently being kept under wraps for the follow-up to 2009's Halloween II. »
We’ve been talking about a new Halloween movie ever since Halloween II came out back in 2009, but now it’s actually happening. This isn’t a rumor or a random update from a hopeful producer. Dimension Films and Trancas International Films just officially announced that Halloween Returns goes into production in July. We already knew that Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton penned the script, but now Dimension and Trancas also added that Dunstan is set to direct the film as well. Dunstan and Melton co-wrote a bunch of Saw scripts, Piranha 3Dd, The Collector and The Collection. Dunstan also directed those last two so Halloween Returns will mark his third go behind the lens. I’m not a big The Collector fan, so it’s tough to get hyped about the new Halloween movie based on Dunstan and Melton's involvement alone. According to the press release, the log line is being kept under wraps, »
- Perri Nemiroff
Recently, I hassled The Hoff a bit for an interview about the upcoming Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, Syfy’s third entry in its pop-culture-hit movie franchise, premiering July 22. When David Hasselhoff joined the cast, it continued its expansion to include a large number of celebrity appearances, along with Bo Derek, Mark Cuban, Ann Coulter and others. It was probably fitting that Hasselhoff signed on to appear in Sharknado 3. He had already appeared in another purposely cheesy killer fish movie, 2012’s Piranha 3Dd, and the actor referred to that title a few times in our interview as he explained why these types … Continue reading →
- Jeff Pfeiffer
Any Halloween fan will tell you that, as far as Michael Myers goes, one thing is for certain – the guy doesn’t stay dead for long. Dimension Films is actively plotting the fearsome killer’s latest return to the big screen, and in order to get the ball rolling on what one source called a franchise “recalibration,” the studio has hired Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, the screenwriting duo behind multiple Saw movies, to pen the script.
Franchise mainstay Malek Akkad, who has been producing Halloween movies since the 2007 reboot but involved since the mid-1990s, is producing alongside Matt Stein. Akkad is the son of original executive producer Moustapha Akkad.
It’s still unclear what role this new Halloween entry will play in deciding the future of the franchise. Dimension obviously understands that some repiloting is in order given how poorly Rob Zombie’s 2007 reboot and 2009 sequel were received by fans, »
- Isaac Feldberg
The last "Halloween" film we got was Rob Zombies "Halloween 2," which was released in 2009 and earned only $39 million worldwide. Since then, Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry, My Bloody Valentine) was attached to direct a reboot, but ended up dropping out. Now comes word that Dimension Films has hired Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, the writers behind several "Saw" films and "Piranha 3Dd," to write a new "Halloween" movie, which has been described as a "recalibration," rather than a remake, reboot or a reimagining. Very little is known about the new film, including what the story will focus on, the title or the release date. Stay tuned. »
Halloween isn't being remade or rebooted now. It's being recalibrated. No, we don't understand either...
Well, this is a new one. We've had remakes, reboots and reimaginings. Now, ladies and gentlemen, let's have a "recalibration". That's the term being used to describe the latest addition to the Halloween movie franchise, which has now recruited writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan.
The pair, who penned the last four Saw movies - as well as, er, Piranha 3Dd - are the latest to board the new Halloween. The film has been stuck in limbo since 2009's Halloween II. Rob Zombie, who directed the last two Halloween movies, is not currently attached to helm this next one, and is in pre-production on his own new horror flick, 31.
So it might just be something close to a clean slate for the next Halloween, although given how long it's taken to get this far, we »
With the exception of Rick Rosenthal's reasonably effective "Halloween II," I'm mostly indifferent to the "Halloween" films that followed John Carpenter's 1978 original -- a list that includes Rob Zombie's 2007 and 2009 entries in the series. As Carpenter himself once said: "I felt that there was no more story after the original." Hard to disagree! But because Hollywood is Hollywood and there's money to be made, the producers are now "recalibrating" the franchise with "Saw" writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton. Am I keen on this idea? Not particularly! But since they're gonna make this regardless of what I think, here are five things I'd like Dunstan, Melton and the producers to consider when crafting the new installment. 1. Take a cue from the subtlety of Carpenter's original One of the main reasons I love the original "Halloween" is that it's actually understated -- hell, even elegant. It's a slasher, »
- Chris Eggertsen
In October of 1978, we saw Michael Myers come home. It was the first time he’d stepped on his town’s soil in 15 years, but it certainly wouldn’t be the last. Over the decades, we’ve seen the serial killing prodigal son of Haddonfield cross back into small town limits to create carnage with everything from a butcher knife to a pitchfork, though we haven’t seen his silent rage at work on the big screen since Rob Zombie’s H2 in 2009.
But we’re now one big step closer to seeing Michael come home again, as the folks at Dimension Films have hired a pair of writers to pen the long-gestating next entry in the Halloween franchise, and many horror hounds are very familiar with the duo tasked with bringing back The Shape.
- Derek Anderson
Dimension Films hasn’t been able to get a movie out since the second Rob Zombie effort in 2009, but it's not letting Michael Myers and the Halloween franchise die easily. The company has now hired regular Saw writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan to lock a script in a small room until it’s willing to work. According to The Hollywood Reporter, nothing has been revealed about what the new film might focus on, but according to the trade mag’s sources this one can’t yet be classified as a remake, reboot or reimagining, but instead as a "recalibration". Can we also suggest reaccreditation and reacquiring? It’s all part of a renewed attempt to pump out another entry after several years of limbo which saw the likes of Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer developing Halloween 3D to no avail. Now Melton and Dunstan, who wrote four of the »
Malaysia's film censor has banned the upcoming "Fifty Shades of Grey" film from release in the country reports The Star. The Malaysian Film Censorship Board's chairman, Datuk Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid, says the film is unfit for a Malaysian audience:
"[T]he board made a decision in view of the film containing scenes that are not of natural sexual content. The content is more sadistic, featuring scenes of a woman being tied to a bed and whipped."
Local distributor United International Pictures has confirmed to the paper that the film would not be shown in Malaysian cinemas.
The conservative Muslim country is known for banning films due to various reasons such as religious and sexual content. Other films to have been banned there in recent years include "Sex Tape," "The Raid 2," "Noah," "The Wolf of Wall Street," "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," "Piranha 3Dd," "Shame," "Bruno," "Paranormal Activity, »
- Garth Franklin
14 items from 2015
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