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The Invited Stranger in Orphan (2009)

There exists a subgenre that runs through both horror and thriller stories that taps into a fear of unknown dangers being brought into the safety of one’s own private world. It focuses on strangers; not the ones who lurk in dark alleyways and are easily forgotten once you reach the safety of your brightly lit house or apartment. No, these are the strangers that you bring home with you, the ones you invite into your life. They masquerade as one person—seemingly trustworthy, rational, and friendly—but are, in actuality, someone completely different, often with a horrifying agenda. [Spoiler warning for those who haven’t seen Orphan.]We have seen this in films such as The Stepfather, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, and The Guest (among others), in which a friendly stranger is invited into a family and begins to tear it apart from the inside out. In Jaume Collet-Serra's Orphan, we see an interesting spin on the “Invited Stranger” subgenre,
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For Halloween: Orphan

Halloween doesn’t have to be over once the last trick-or-treater has crept back into the shadows of the night. You may still be possessed by the spirit of the holiday and in desperate need of some real scares. In an effort to address that need and help you find a choice that goes beyond the usual iconography of the season, I’ve picked three titles that may not immediately jump to mind when it comes to autumn-tinged chills and terror. They are not self-consciously seasonal choices, like John Carpenter’s Halloween or Michael Dougherty’s 2007 anthology Trick ‘R Treat, both excellent choices for cinematic fear on the pumpkin circuit. Two of them rely more on mood, creeping dread, an insinuating style and, dare I say, even a poetic approach to storytelling than the usual Samhain-appropriate fare. And one has an inexplicably bad reputation in the halls of conventional wisdom,
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Paul W.S. Anderson Talks Resident Evil 6, With Title Possibly Revealed

Production on the greenlit Resident Evil 6 hit a snag last year when Paul W.S. Anderson (who has scripted all five previous Resident Evil entries and directed three of them) became caught up in post-production on his historical epic Pompeii. As such, cameras didn’t get rolling last fall, which had been the director’s plan, and the film is not expected to land this September. However, Anderson is still very invested in getting Resident Evil 6, which many have speculated will be the franchise’s final outing, off the ground.

Speaking at the Beijing International Film Festival, the director dropped some interesting tidbits about the project. Most notably, Li Bingbing will definitely be reprising her role as Ada Wong for the movie. Bingbing and series star Milla Jovovich are the only actors who have been confirmed for Resident Evil 6 thus far. However, due to the cliffhanger ending of Resident Evil: Retribution,
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Exclusive: Paul W.S. Anderson Talks Resident Evil: Retribution 3D Blu-ray

Exclusive: Paul W.S. Anderson Talks Resident Evil: Retribution 3D Blu-ray
Paul W.S. Anderson Talks Resident Evil Retribution, on 3D Blu-ray and DVD today!

The fifth film in the Resident Evil franchise, Resident Evil: Retribution, arrives on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD today. To celebrate this latest entry in the longstanding series based on the classic video game, we caught up with director Paul W.S. Anderson, who returns for his 3rd time behind the camera and his fifth time as a producer.

Why does he keep coming back? And what does the sixth film have in store for us? Here is our conversation.

What keeps brining you back to this franchise?

Paul W.S. Anderson: I love it!

That's the easy answer, isn't it?

Paul W.S. Anderson: I have always loved it. I loved the video game, from the start. I played the first two before I became involved in the movie. It took me a few weeks to emerge from my apartment,
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Exclusive: Resident Evil: Retribution 'Close Physical Contact' Blu-ray Featurette

Exclusive: Resident Evil: Retribution 'Close Physical Contact' Blu-ray Featurette
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has provided us with an exclusive featurette for Resident Evil: Retribution, arriving on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD December 21. Franchise star Milla Jovovich is no stranger to action, although she reveals in this behind-the-scenes video that she had to get more physical when shooting a 3D movie. In other words, she actually had to hit people, instead of making it look like she hit them. Take a look as the actress and director Paul W.S. Anderson discuss the hard-hitting aspects of making a 3D action movie.

Resident Evil Retribution - Exclusive Close Physical Contact Featurette

The Umbrella Corporation's deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race's last and only hope, Alice (Jovovich), awakens in the heart of Umbrella's most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex.
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Movie Review - Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

Resident Evil: Retribution, 2012.

Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson.

Starring Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Shawn Roberts, Kevin Durand, Sienna Guillory, Aryana Engineer, Colin Salmon, Johann Urb, Boris Kodjoe and Li Bingbing.


Alice fights alongside a resistance movement in the continuing battle against the Umbrella Corporation and the undead.

Even the most ardent support of the Resident Evil series would have to admit it’s a small miracle there have been five films made and that the productions have stretched out over a decade. As somewhat of a fan of the series, I still find little to recommend in this, the fifth instalment.

With the exception of the visual treat that is Milla Jovovich, what has kept me watching the series, is the filmmaker’s commendable efforts to actually try and progress the foundations built in the first film; the T-Virus has spread from a single building, to the city, to the world,
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St. Louis: Win Run-of-Engagement Passes for ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’

This past weekend saw the newest entry in the Resident Evil franchise. The film was the box office winner for the weekend raking in $21 million. We have Run-of-Engagement passes to any Wehrenberg theater to check out Resident Evil: Retribution on us!


The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of increasingly lethal Undead. The human race’s last and only hope, Alice (Milla Jovovich), awakens in the heart of Umbrella’s most impenetrable operations facility. Attempting a death-defying escape from the vast, high-tech complex with the help of a crew of elite commandos, Alice battles her way through the cityscapes of Tokyo, New York City, Moscow and Washington, D.C. Along the way, she encounters a series of mind-blowing revelations that will force her to rethink everything she once believed. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice finds a
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Is the ‘Resident Evil’ Series an Innocent Child Worth Saving?

The Resident Evil film series has always been a directly self-aware and reflexive property, an aspect that became all the more obvious with the fourth installment, which featured the most knowingly gratuitous 3D spectacle since the format’s digital resurgence began. Part five, the newly released Resident Evil: Retribution, is similarly in your face, both with its use of screen-popping 3D and with Paul W.S. Anderson’s typical straightforward exposition and an action style that’s so clear it’s cocky. Yet there also appears to be a subtext we tend not to expect from these movies, one involving a little girl who metaphorically represents the film itself. This child, Becky (played by 11-year-old Aryana Engineer), is found by series protagonist Alice (Milla Jovovich) in a suburbia simulation within an undersea Umbrella Corp. complex used for trial exercises in mass T-virus infection. Mistaken for the girl’s mother (who was a blonder clone of Alice), the heroine
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Resident Evil: Retribution Movie Review

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Resident Evil: Retribution Movie Review
Title: Resident Evil: Retribution Directed Be: Paul W.S. Anderson Starring: Millia Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Michelle Rodriguez, Aryana Engineer, Bingbing Li, Boris Kodjoe, Johanna Urb, Kevin Durand, Oded Fehr, Colin Salmon, Shawn Roberts Quality-wise, the “Resident Evil” franchise has been on the decline ever since the first film arrived back in 2002, but, let’s face it, was the series ever really about quality? “Resident Evil” is for action, monsters and Alice, and while the first four films of the franchise held on, they certainly started to slip, leaning far more on the excuse of stemming from a videogame than making the leaps necessary to turn a videogame into an enthralling moviegoing [ Read More ]
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Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

Directed by: Paul W. S. Anderson

Written by: Paul W. S. Anderson

Starring: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Kevin Durand, Sienna Guillory, Shawn Roberts, Aryana Engineer, Colin Salmon, Johann Urb, Oded Fehr, Boris Kodjoe, Li Bingbing

Well, Alice didn't get to stay on that big boat for very long.

The evil Umbrella Corporation swoops in, blows stuff up, and manages to capture Alice for their continued nefarious purposes. Meanwhile, they also run gigantic simulations of various undead attacks around the world, powered by hundreds and hundreds of cheap and disposable clones. They torture Alice for awhile, who then escapes along with a couple of clones, including one that thinks she is Alice's daughter. Alice doesn't tell her that she isn't.

Alice teams up with Ada Wong (Li Bingbing), who apparently used to work for her primary enemy Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts), which should make her evil, but apparently she stopped being
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Resident Evil: Retribution Review

You have to give director Paul W.S. Anderson credit for keeping a video game based film franchise alive for five major features, as most attempts bomb on film one. Unlike the hordes of infected souls which have been drained of all life, Paul W.S. Anderson proves he’s alive and still kicking, running Alice through another T-Virus inspired disaster in Resident Evil: Retribution.

Now I have to admit right off the bat, I find the whole Resident Evil franchise to be a guilty pleasure of sorts, exploiting the horror genre for big time blockbuster action much like how Fast and Furious films feel to action fans. Hell, I bought the first three Resident Evil films in a three pack trilogy for $10 at Wal-Mart, voluntarily hosted all night marathon viewings of the franchise, and don’t regret a single minute. Let’s just not talk about Resident Evil: Afterlife

Getting back
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Film Review: ‘Resident Evil: Retribution 3D’

Just as the series starts to get smart, it fumbles and gets clumsy, like a zombie.

With the exception of the films of George Romero, the zombie genre has never been my thing. I’m sure, the recent success of the television series The Walking Dead has plenty to do with its strong cast and dramatic stories (so I’m told), but when zombies are involved, my interest goes out the window. The same can be said for the theatrical adaptation of the Resident Evil video game series. Until the third film in this wildly successful franchise, I kinda hated these movies. I use the word “kinda” because when the mesmerizing Milla Jovovich is involved, I tend to stop dead in my tracks. Despite being the star of a popcorn action franchise, Jovovich is actually a pretty decent actress who along with husband and writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson have
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‘Resident Evil: Retribution’ a gigantic load of old toss

Resident Evil: Retribution

Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson

Written by Paul W.S. Anderson

USA/Canada/Germany, 2012

For schoolchildren, September heralds the end of an enjoyable epoch – the end to all of the carefree hedonism and devil-may-care attitudes of summer vacation. In its place are the daunting expectations of school, the angst of making new friends, and the apathy towards uninspired subject primers. September is a dreadful month, but, for most kids, the year only gets better from that point on.

For critics, September has the exact same connotation. September heralds the end of summer movies, the end to all the pyrotechnics and computer generated delirium of big-budget commercial blockbusters. In its place are studio afterthoughts (movies deemed too rubbish to be lumped in with the aforesaid), which are consequently dumped in mid-September, on unassuming audiences without apology or impunity.

Yes, September marks the spectre of terrible movies, and nothing typifies
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Exclusive: Milla Jovovich on Alice's Evolution and More for Resident Evil: Retribution

At the recent press day for Paul W.S. Anderson's upcoming sequel Resident Evil: Retribution, Dread Central had the opportunity to sit down and chat exclusively with the flick's star and 'resident' badass- Milla Jovovich.

During our interview, we spoke with the actress about the evolution of Alice over the last ten years since the first Resident Evil debuted in theaters, her thoughts on playing multiple versions of the same character for Retribution and more.

Check out our exclusive one-on-one with Jovovich below and look for more on Resident Evil: Retribution this week!

Related Story: Exclusive: Paul W.S. Anderson Discusses Resident Evil: Retribution, Future Franchise Plans and More

Dread Central: You've been with this character for over ten years now; how did it feel to change things up with Alice's dynamic for Retribution? Did you get to have any input regarding the direction of Alice at all on this one?
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Exclusive: Paul W.S. Anderson Discusses Resident Evil: Retribution, Future Franchise Plans and More

It's hard to believe that it has been over 10 years since writer/director Paul W. S. Anderson first collaborated with his now wife Milla Jovovich on the surprise hit indie video game adaptation Resident Evil.

The film earned more than $100 million in box office receipts, more than triple the flick's budget.

This Friday, September 14th, the fourth sequel in the series - Resident Evil: Retribution - is set to invade theaters everywhere in 3D and reunites Alice (Jovovich) with many familiar franchise faces, including Michelle Rodriguez, Boris Kodjoe, Oded Fehr and Sienna Guillory, as well as introducing a handful of newcomers including Johann Urb, Kevin Durand, Li BingBing and Aryana Engineer.

During a recent press day for the film, Dread Central had the opportunity to chat exclusively with Anderson about Resident Evil: Retribution, why he feels like this one has some of the "scariest franchise moments ever" and whether or
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New Resident Evil: Retribution Images; In Theaters September 14

Check out these brand new photos from Screen Gems’ action horror Resident Evil: Retribution. With this year’s release of girl power movies such as Brave and The Hunger Games, I’m ready for more female fists-of-steel ala Milla Jovovich.

In the film, the Umbrella Corporation.s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race.s last and only hope, Alice (Milla Jovovich), awakens in the heart of Umbrella.s most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex. Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything that she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends,
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Set Visit Interview: Milla Jovovich Talks Resident Evil: Retribution

On a blustery December morning late last year, Dread Central headed out to the set of Resident Evil: Retribution, which was being filmed at the Cinespace Studios, along with a group of fellow journalists to see just what director Paul W.S. Anderson had planned for the fifth entry in the widely popular franchise.

Upon entering Cinespace, we were greeted by a large Christmas tree with an undead zombie friend propped up nearby, signaling the cast and crew still remained in good spirits even if this was 47th day of shooting on the sequel.

As we made our way through the vacuous sound stages, we finally entered where Anderson and his crew were shooting a scene that leads into Resident Evil: Retribution's epic showdown in the wintry terrain of Russia between Alice (Milla Jovovich) and Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory), who was a bit of an 'Easter egg' in the credits sequence of Resident Evil: Afterlife.
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Dread Central's Best & Worst of 2009

2009. It was pretty much as crappy a year for horror movies as it was for the economy. There were, however, some really high points to help balance out all the drivel that was put out there in theatres as well as on home video, and they are to be celebrated, even though technically a couple of them are not even from this year.

Pull up your chair, sit back, and strap yourself in for a look back at the dos, the don'ts, and of course the "Doh!"s of this past year.

Dig on our Best of and Worst of lists for 2009 by following the links below!

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Andrew Kasch's Picks

District 9 - Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi/action/horror hybrid delivered the kind of hardcore testosterone roller coaster ride we hadn’t seen since the glory days of John McTiernan. With story and special FX superior to that of
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The Orphan - Blu-ray Review

.There.s something wrong with Esther. - damn straight. Kate (Vera Farmiga) and John (Peter Sarsgaard) Coleman.s marriage is strained. They have two kids, deaf daughter Max (Aryana Engineer) and her older brother Daniel (Jimmy Bennett), but their third child was stillborn. This put Kate into a spiral of depression and alcoholism that caused her to lose her job and is in therapy to combat her demons. The couple is visiting a local orphanage run by Sister Abigail (Cch Pounder) and decides to adopt nine-year-old Russian girl Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman). Bringing a new child into their home is supposed to alleviate the strain in their marriage and the loss of their child, but Esther.s presence turns out
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The Blu-Ray Review: Orphan

Colin Jacobson reviews Orphan on Bd.

While not as prolific a horror subject as zombies or vampires, creepy kids have been a genre standby for decades. We get a new entry in that field via 2009's Orphan.

When her pregnancy results in miscarriage, Kate Coleman (Vera Farmiga) suffers from nightmares and various psychological concerns. Though somewhat reticent, she and husband John (Peter Sarsgaard) decide to adopt a child to add to their existing brood of Maxine (Aryana Engineer) and Daniel (Jimmy Bennett).

They choose Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman), a rather prim and proper but nonetheless sweet, charming little girl. She immediately hits it off with hearing impaired Max, but Daniel becomes jealous of all the attention his new sister receives. They become rivals, and Esther also runs into mockery and disdain at school.

None of this ends well for the parties who cross Esther. Not that things go much better for
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