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Monday, December 26th Monday Morning Review: 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'; or, David Fincher's 'Clue -- The Movie!' by James Rocchi The Avengers Countdown: Does Joss Whedon Understand 3-D? by John Gholson Tuesday, December 27th The Year in Film: 2011's Biggest Surprises by Brian Salisbury Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me: 'Final Destination 5,' 'A Good Old Fashioned Orgy,' 'Fish Story' and More by Peter Hall The VOD Report: 'Abduction,' 'Apollo 18,' 'Hostel Part III,' Three Pre-Theatrical Titles and Much More by Robert B. DeSalvo When Can I Watch 'War Horse' With My Kids? by Sean O'Connell The Awards Line: Directing the Odds by Erik...
- Peter Hall
Dimension Films is struggling to get their feet under 'em and have full intentions of running full steam ahead. Last year they got Scream 4 in theaters, along with Apollo 18. But they didn't hit the jackpot with either, and have changed the faces behind the curtain multiple times. The decision-making is looking more and more like a game of pin the tail on the donkey (only with scripts) with the future remaining fuzzy. When I prepped this article, Dimension had slated a few horror films for 2012, now, everything is labeled Tbd (to be determined). There's a ton of great stuff in the pipeline, but who knows if any of it will come into fruition. »
Looking back on 2011, we should have seen it coming. The growing re-obsession with ’80s brands in entertainment. Facebook reconnecting old friends and classmates. YouTube rising to prominence and providing the means to relive memorable moments. Digital music making it virtually effortless to rediscover classic tunes. Nostalgia just became a major part of our lives, at a time when perhaps the present wasn’t the easiest. Naturally, pop culture has corrected itself to capitalize, which is maybe why most movies this year felt so recycled.
The summer season looked like someone had a yard sale for comic books and the best ones were kept tucked away. Thor. Captain America. Green Lantern. Wait, X-Men! Only it’s a new, “first” class set in the ’60s, sans favorites like Wolverine. Earlier, The Green Hornet?
Meanwhile, Real Steel made things used and rusted feel… used and shiny. We all learned a valuable lesson from The Help’s age-old wisdom, »
- Jeff Leins
In the wake of such documentary style films as Blair Witch, Paranormal Activity, Cloverfield, and Fourth Kind, Apollo 18 is the newest of this genre of .found footage. type movies. It is well done and makes you question the role of Nasa in the space race between the two super power countries, the USA and the Ussr. It might not have brought enough thrills to be worth the ticket price on the big screen, but on Blu-ray the movie manages to create a tense atmosphere that gives a jump or two to keep the audience watching. Warren Christie, who plays Captain Benjamin Anderson, and Lloyd Owens, who plays Commander Nathan Walker, carry the entire film on their shoulders. »
- Dana Rae
Director: Gonzalo López-Gallego. Review: Chris Sawin. Did you ever see that Ren & Stimpy episode "Space Madness"? I couldn't help but think of that as Apollo 18 started its slow burn and evolved into the horror film the trailers hinted at. The climax would be one of the men hallucinating that a bar of soap was an ice cream bar, took bites out of it, and flipped out when a fellow astronaut called him crazy. Then that same astronaut struggled with the urge to push a shiny, red button because he was oh so curious as to what it actually did. But alas those moments never came and Apollo 18 was a much more serious film. It actually took me a couple times to actually get through Apollo 18. I became bored with it the first time, but made it through quite easily the second. It does take quite a while »
There aren't a ton of noteworthy releases to spend your leftover Christmas money and gift cards on this week, but if you're a horror fan there just might be a few titles of interest to you. The biggest release of the week is Final Destination 5, which seems to have appeased fans more than the previous installment in the franchise, along with the found footage lunar landing horror flick Apollo 18. Direct-to-dvd sequel Hostel: Part III also hits stores today, as does the crowd-funded Australian horror film The Tunnel and Uwe Boll's Dungeon Siege sequel In The Name of the King 2: Two Worlds starring Dolph Lundgren. Other options include the Jason Sudeikis comedy A Good Old Fashioned Orgy and Rowan Joffe's crime thriller Brighton Rock, but your best bet probably lies with this week's TV releases: Shameless: The Complete First Season, Archer: Season 2 and The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret »
Welcome to the last DVD column of 2011! There’s been quite a bit of chatter about how dismal of a year it was for film, but while there’s no doubt the box office haul is lower than the year before the same can’t be said for film quality. This week’s releases include the dirty fun of A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, the cool deaths (but little else) of Final Destination 5, two found footage films of varying quality (The Tunnel, Apollo 18) and two future cult classics (Kill List, The Skin I Live In) possibly worth an import for folks who don’t want to wait several more months for Us releases. As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Fish Story A comet heads toward Earth, but as the planet awaits destruction a few strangers sit in a record shop discussing how a mysterious song from »
- Rob Hunter
Well, folks, 2011 is officially in the can, and surprisingly it wasn't such a horrendous year. It was definitely better than 2010, which was a huge step up from the putrid 2009. We laughed, we applauded, we were left dumbstruck, and of course we were infuriated. Read on for our cheers and jeers!
Now, with a fresh movie-watching start before us, we're taking our usual yearly look back at the good, the bad, the Wtf, and everything in between.
And don't be lazy by just reading along! Get off of your asses and give us your lists in the comments section below. We wanna hear from you if only to compare notes. Lots and lots of notes.
Speaking of notes, the most common complaint we've heard over the years is that we don't have one definitive list representing Dread Central as a whole so for 2011 we dropped everyone's choices in the blender, hit puree, »
- Uncle Creepy
Well, it's the final Tuesday of 2011 and production companies and distributors are ensuring we close the year out with a bang rather than a misfire, thank the higher powers. While the sheer number of releases hitting shelves today isn't exactly remarkable, the overall quality of this batch of films is fairly respectable, even if a handful of today's fresh issues are sequels. From the latest Final Destination film to the ire drawing Apollo 18, the… »
FEARnet's movie critic, Scott Weinberg, recently posted his top and bottom horror picks for 2011 - on another website (cheating bastard). More after the break. So what made it and what was an epic fail? Scott dug We Need to Talk About Kevin, Attack the Block, A Horrible Way to Die, and I Saw the Devil; he hated Human Centipede 2, Hellraiser 9, Apollo 18, and Children of the Corn 8. There were even a couple films he hated that didn't have numbers at the end. Check out Scott's full breakdown of the best and worst of 2011 - and a few things he is looking forward to in 2012 - at Movies.com »
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Final Destination 5 I enjoyed this movie for the short time I was in the theater, but I had to look back at my review for any kind of reminder as to how things played out, which is to say it's decent but forgettable. I did enjoy the ending and there were a few fun kills in 3D, which I imagine will look even more silly at home, but then again I hope you aren't considering buying this one as a rental will more than suffice.
Apollo 18 I don't believe a single good thing was said about this film, which bounced all around the release calendar before finally settling on a release date earlier this September. Three months later and here it is and I'm sure you could find far better ways to spend your Christmas money.
- Brad Brevet
Title: Apollo 18 Directed by: Gonzalo López-Gallego Starring: Warren Christie, Ryan Robbins and Ali Liebert Running time: 87 minutes, Rated PG-13, Available on Standard DVD In December of 1974, two American astronauts were sent on a secret mission to the moon funded by the U.S. Department of Defense. The film is compiled footage shot by the two astronauts on their mission, and gives viewers a glimpse at the possible reason why we never returned to the moon. This film has the same concept as The Blair Witch Project and The Paranormal Activity trilogy – it’s all “found footage.” To all you inbred goons who believe the found footage to be »
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Two 'B' films posing as first-run fare bring down the curtain on 2011's DVD schedule. 'Final Destination 5' is the latest installment in the death-defying series that has a group of people cheating death in a spectacular opening sequence, only to have the grim reaper come after each survivor to get his due. The other release is the sci-fi horror "found footage" film 'Apollo 18,' about a doomed "secret" Apollo manned mission to the moon; the horror in this one is horrible. Read on.
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- Harley W. Lond
Well it’s Boxing Day, but it’s also the start of another week, so you know what that means – yet more DVD and Blu-ray releases hit the high street, ready and waiting to swallow up all your hard-earned Christmas cash! So here’s the rundown of what’s available to buy from today, December 26th 2011.
Pick(S) Of The Week
Final Destination 5 (Blu-ray/DVD)
In this fifth installment, Death is just as omnipresent as ever, and is unleashed after one man’s premonition saves a group of coworkers from a terrifying suspension bridge collapse. But this group of unsuspecting souls was never supposed to survive, and, in a terrifying race against time, the ill-fated group frantically tries to discover a way to escape Death’s sinister agenda. Review.
The King of the Fighters (Blu-ray/DVD)
A stylish, high-octane, live action feature based on the best selling video game franchise, »
Director William Brent Bell takes the faux-documentary style of found footage films like Apollo 18 and Cloverfield, turning the ruse on its head to delivery one of the most horrifying theatrical experiences of 2012. Today, Paramount Pictures has released the first Red Band trailer for The Devil Inside, which takes viewers into the very real world of modern day exorcism. Check out this latest footage in the clip below, if you dare!
Click to watch The Devil Inside Red Band Trailer!
The Devil Inside comes to theaters January 6th, 2012 and stars Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman, Evan Helmuth, Ionut Grama, Suzan Crowley, Bonnie Morgan, Brian Johnson, Preston James Hillier. The film is directed by William Brent Bell. »
Just 42 years ago, mankind reached what seemed to be the pinnacle of our technological development when the first human beings landed on the surface of the moon. Sixteen years ago, though, we managed to even top that when the first DVD players appeared on the market. And now, we are proud to present the first ever merging of humanity's greatest triumphs with our brand new "Apollo 18" DVD giveaway.
You're welcome, science.
So what do you have to do in order to land a free copy of "Apollo 18," the freaky found footage horror film about the real reason the government canceled the Apollo program back in the '70s (hint: It had something to do with aliens)? Do you have do discover a new star or fish up Skylab or eat a bag of Dippin' Dots really fast? Nope: All you have to do is enter our totally free »
- Scott Harris
In some ways Apollo 18 is one giant leap for the found footage genre and I gotta give credit where credit is due. The lunar setting offers us something unique while the nature of real life space travel - how immensely dangerous and claustrophobic it is - makes the concept perfect for creating suspense. That, and how authentic the footage, props and sets are is worth praising I think.
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The weather outside isn't the only thing that's frightful as we have compiled a list of the year's best and worst Blu-ray packages for you or the horror fan on your holiday shopping list! Being that you can score a player for way less than 200 bucks now, there's little reason not to upgrade to the glorious world of high definition horror. Read on to find out where the smart money is!
There's no doubt Blu-ray players will once again be a pretty hot item this year, but what of the movies available for them? If you already own the DVD of your favorite flick, is there a need to replace it with a Blu-ray? I'm here to answer all of your questions in the fourth annual ...
Before we get into my picks (most of which are also available in new DVD versions; see review for information), let's take a second »
- Uncle Creepy
You get a lot of these annual, year-end mash-ups, but one of the most notable and anticipated is always the Filmography from YouTuber genrocks, who seems to kick things up a notch, stylistically, each year, and Filmography 2011 is no different. Is this the definitive year-end video mash-up? How about you be the judge of that by watching it below. Music: 1. Kashiwa Daisuke - My Favorite Things 2. Justice - Civilization 3. Foster the People - Houdini 4. Miami Horror - Moon Theory 5. Radiohead - Lucky 6. Paper Route - Dance On Our Graves Films in order of appearance: 00:00:21 Apollo 18...
- Erik Davis
by Shannon Hilson, MoreHorror.com
I’m a long-time fan of the “found footage” horror sub-genre for lots of reasons. Really, when I first saw The Blair Witch Project, I was sucked right in and positively fell in love with the way it let my imagination run wild as far as what was going on and the way it was totally different from anything I was familiar with at that point in time. I’m also a bit of a space geek who loves to study the planets and stars. Naturally, this meant I was excited to have a chance to finally check out Apollo 18.
Officially and historically speaking, Apollo 17 was the last American manned mission to the moon. However, Apollo 18 asks us what would happen if maybe – just maybe – it wasn’t. Supposedly, this movie was edited from 84 hours of real found footage that had been mysteriously uploaded to a conspiracy website. »
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