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10 Horror Movie Reboots Gone Horribly Wrong

10 Horror Movie Reboots Gone Horribly Wrong
Oh, horror movies. Market research showed that more people knew the phrase Texas Chainsaw Massacre than the number of people who had seen it or even knew what it was about. So you know what that means! Reboot time! Now, there's nothing inherently wrong with rebooting a popular film and/or franchise. But there's also no rule that says they have to be bad. Nevertheless, crappy remakes keep plaguing horror fans. We're looking at 10 horror movie reboots that went horribly wrong.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) and Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is easily one of the scariest movies of all time, no question. Loosely based on true events, put together in the early '70s on a shoestring budget, this thing played like some sorta snuff film. It's chilling. It's such a great horror film that once the sequels stopped coming, Hollywood tried to reboot it not once, but twice.
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Tobe Hooper Remembered: The Horror World Pays Tribute to a Trailblazer

Tobe Hooper Remembered: The Horror World Pays Tribute to a Trailblazer
Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist director Tobe Hooper passed away yesterday at the age of 74 and now members of the Hollywood and horror community are paying tribute to the iconic director. Those paying tribute to Hooper have included Baby Driver and Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright and Sleepwalkers director, Mick Garris, who collaborated with Hooper on Showtime's Masters of Horror show as well as Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. 2017 has been a sad year for horror fans with the passing of Hooper and another horror director George A. Romero.

Hooper was born in Austin, Texas, the son of Lois Belle and Norman William Ray Hooper, who owned a theater in San Angelo. He first became interested in filmmaking when he used his father's 8 mm camera at age 9. Hooper eventually took Radio-Television-Film classes at the University of Texas at Austin and studied drama in Dallas under Baruch Lumet
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Texas Chainsaw Massacre Director Tobe Hooper Dies At 74

The horror community has lost another legendary director today, as Deadline is reporting that Tobe Hooper has passed away at the age of 74.

Hooper, perhaps most well known for giving us The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in 1974, died yesterday of unknown causes. Respected and iconic, the director not only brought us that aforementioned horror flick, but was also behind many others such as Poltergeist, Lifeforce and more. Additionally, he also did some work on television, directing episodes of Tales from the Crypt and The Equalizer, among others.

Even with 37 credits to his name, though, it’ll be The Texas Chainsaw Massacre that he’ll always be remembered for, as it was a hugely influential movie. Made for less than $300,000, it helped give birth to the slasher genre as we know it today. Not to mention that the film also achieved notoriety for being banned in several countries back when it was released.
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R.I.P. Michael Parks (1940 – 2017)

American actor Michael Parks, a frequent collaborator of directors Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez and Kevin Smith has passed away aged 77, with Smith breaking the rather sad news on Instagram…

Parks’ career began back in the 1960s and he scored his first major role as the star of the series Then Came Bronson, from which he also launched a successful recording career as a country artist. He would go on to make appearances in the likes of The Equalizer, Death Wish V: The Face of Death and Twin Peaks before his first outing as his most famous character, Texas Ranger Earl McGraw, in From Dusk Till Dawn.

Parks would reprise the role of Earl McGraw in Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Planet Terror and Death Proof, while his other recent credits include roles in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Red State, Argo, Django Unchained and Tusk.
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Criterion Collection: Breaker Morant |Blu-ray Review

Following the mid-70s wave of critically acclaimed Australian cinema, thanks to names like Peter Weir, Fred Schepisi and Gillian Armstrong, director Bruce Beresford would score his first of several iconic moments in cinematic history with 1980’s Breaker Morant, based on the play by Kenneth G. Ross. The film premiered at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival, and was awarded a Best Supporting Acting accolade for Jack Thompson (a category that no longer officially exists), and began a prolific decade for Beresford, which closed with a controversial Best Picture win at the 1989 Academy Awards with Driving Miss Daisy. Documenting a particularly heinous miscarriage of justice from the country’s military history, Beresford’s title helped established a legacy of commemorative reenactments from his native country and showcases a trio of excellent performances.

Set during the Boer War at the turn of the century in South Africa, a trio of three Australian lieutenants,
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Box Office: ‘Hotel Transylvania 2’ Breaks September Record With $47.5 Million Debut

Box Office: ‘Hotel Transylvania 2’ Breaks September Record With $47.5 Million Debut
Hotel Transylvania 2” easily topped the weekend box office, sinking its teeth into an impressive $47.5 million, and providing a big win for star Adam Sandler and Sony Pictures, the studio behind the animated franchise.

Both had endured rough patches at ticket booths of late. Sandler, once among the most consistently commercial leading men in Hollywood, has suffered a series of flops like “Blended,” “That’s My Boy” and “Jack and Jill” that have inspired questions about his bankability. And Sony, which had its inner workings laid bare in last year’s hack attack by North Korea, was subjected to a summer that saw films like “Aloha” and Sandler’s video game comedy “Pixels” rejected by audiences. It has been on the upswing in recent weeks, fielding modest hits like “War Room” and “The Perfect Guy,” but this is the studio’s biggest opening since “22 Jump Street” debuted to $57 million in
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"The Saint: The Complete Series" Starring Roger Moore Released By Timeless Media

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Cinema Retro has received the following press release from Shout! Factory:

Modern-day Robin Hood. Wealthy man of mystery. Debonair rogue. Call Simon Templar what you will, but never cross The Saint. A timeless figure of adventure since his creation by Leslie Charteris in 1928, The Saint has thrilled adventure aficionados with his exploits in a variety of media, including novels, movies, and radio—but nowhere was the dashing Mr. Templar more indelibly realized than in his 1960s television series, presented here in one outstanding collection: The Saint: The Complete Series. Fans of the dashing spy will finally be able to revisit his adventures with the release of The Saint: The Complete Series on DVD from Timeless Media Group, a division of Shout! Factory, LLC.

Available for the first time as a complete series, the 33-dvd box set features all 118 episodes of the classic espionage show, including first 71 episodes of
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Should we really fear movie sequels?

James argues that instant dread may not be the best initial reaction to a sequel announcement...

There's a new Pitch Perfect movie coming out next week. I knew that they were making Pitch Perfect 2 but I didn't realise it was coming around for general release so soon. I became aware when I saw a poster for the film in the lobby of my local multiplex last week.

My first thought was "Oh, Pitch Perfect 2 is coming out". My second thought, sadly, was "Hurm. Do we really need a Pitch Perfect sequel?" (This is the crucial thought so remember this). My third thought was "Ah, it's coming out on the same week as Mad Max: Fury Road." I then had fantastical visions of Max singing a capella mash-ups in the haze of the post-apocalyptic outback, bustin' rhymes and bustin' feral thug-brains in perfect harmony. There's your sequel pitch - 'Mad Max: The Rockatansky Rock-Off'.
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’24’ and ‘Spanking The Monkey’ actress Alberta Watson passes away at 60

Character actress Alberta Watson passed away on Saturday due to cancer, her agent has reported. Watson was 60.

Watson began her acting career in Canada with national broadcaster CBC, gaining notice for a key role in the 1978 feature In Praise of Older Women. Watson went on to a variety of roles in movies such as 1981’s Black Mirror and 1983’s The Keep, as well as guest stints on shows such as Kane & Abel.

Watson got her first major television role in Buck James, following that up with guest appearances on shows such as The Equalizer and Street Legal. As the 90s came around, she became a more prominent fixture in television, appearing on shows such as Law & Order and The Outer Limits. Watson also appeared in David O. Russell’s 1994 feature Spanking the Monkey, garnering acclaim for her role of Susan Aibelli. She followed that up with roles in the 1995 feature Hackers,
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Alberta Watson Dies: ’24’ Actress Was 60

Alberta Watson Dies: ’24’ Actress Was 60
Canadian actress Alberta Watson, perhaps best known for her recurring role as Erin Driscoll on Fox’s drama 24, has died. Watson died Saturday in Toronto after a long battle with cancer, said her agent Pam Winter. She was 60. Over a nearly 40-year career, Watson appeared in dozens of TV shows and feature films, including TV series King Of Kensington, Hill Street Blues, The Equalizer, Law & Order, and hit cable series La Femme Nikita. But it was her role on the fourth…
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Alberta Watson Dies: ’24’ Actress Was 60

Canadian actress Alberta Watson, perhaps best known for her recurring role as Erin Driscoll on Fox’s drama 24, has died. Watson died Saturday in Toronto after a long battle with cancer, said her agent Pam Winter. She was 60. Over a nearly 40-year career, Watson appeared in dozens of TV shows and feature films, including TV series King Of Kensington, Hill Street Blues, The Equalizer, Law & Order, and hit cable series La Femme Nikita. But it was her role on the fourth…
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‘Ouija’ Says Yes To $19.8M, ‘John Wick’ Chases In $14.4M, ‘St. Vincent,’ $7.7M Blessing – Final B.O. Weekend

‘Ouija’ Says Yes To $19.8M, ‘John Wick’ Chases In $14.4M, ‘St. Vincent,’ $7.7M Blessing – Final B.O. Weekend
Final Update, Monday, 2:25 Pm: The finally tallies are in with Universal’s horror film Ouija and the Keanu Reeves’ actioner John Wick winning the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively. St. Vincent, which went wide, did okay for The Weinstein Co. With terrific exit polling, it should get some more play. In their second weekends, Sony/Qed’s Fury held well (-44%) as did Fox’s animated The Book of Life (-41%). Relativity’s The Best of Me wasn’t as lucky (-54%). Noteworthy: We’ve included the grosses for the Bollywood heist film Happy New Yea from our own sources as Rentrak did not report for it. There are still no official numbers for the the film which we know tallied biggest opening weekend in Indian Cinema history (per its producer). Strange as to why they are not touting the numbers and reporting them as soon as possible, but
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Weekend Box Office: 'Gone Girl' Officially Tops 'Annabelle' for #1

By a margin of only $378,854, Gone Girl was the #1 film at the box office this past weekend, just barely topping the horror prequel Annabelle. Based on an average ticket price of $8.15 that's a margin of only 46,485 tickets. As I wrote yesterday, this is a great result for both films as the Gone Girl opening is the highest opening for a David Fincher film at $37.5 million. Meanwhile, the opening for Annabelle at $37.1 million is the highest for a horror film in 2014 and only $4 million shy of the opening for the film's predecessor, The Conjuring, which will have its own direct sequel next October. Heading into the weekend I would have guessed these two films would have been neck-and-neck around $27-28 million, but they sure proved me wrong. Of course, while Gone Girl is on top in terms of the amount of money taken in, when you count its $61 million budget versus the $6.5 million budget for Annabelle,
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The top 25 must-see movies of 2015

Next year’s full to bursting with potentially brilliant geek films, so to help, here’s our pick of 25 must-see movies out in 2015…

Compiling a list of next year's most exciting films is extremely difficult. What do you put in? What do you leave out? Those are some of the questions we've had to ask ourselves as we drew up the long-list of our most anticipated films of 2015. In an attempt to limit the number of sequels which can fill up a list such as this, we've left out something like Fast & Furious 7, even though we're fairly sure it'll be a lot of fun. With but two significant exceptions, we've excluded some of the films we were looking forward to this year that have been delayed until the next, such as Kingsman: The Secret Service and Frankenstein.

What we're left with, we hope, is a fairly broad selection of action and comedy,
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Laggies Review [Tiff 2014]

Lynn Shelton’s latest indie dramedy, Laggies, not only comes with the largest budget that the director’s ever worked with, but also the first script she did not pen herself (written instead by Andrea Seigel). Set on the outskirts of Seattle, the film tracks Megan (Keira Knightley), a young woman out of graduate school, working as the underemployed “sign girl” for her father’s tax firm and as she describes it, “floating,” through life. Still hanging out with the high school friends she went to prom with and dating the same high school sweetheart, Keira has a crisis of confidence when her boyfriend (Mark Webber) attempts to propose to her at a friend’s wedding.

The early representations of Megan friends paint the group as square and simple. A joke Megan makes a bout a Buddha statue’s nipples offends her one friend (portrayed effectively by the perpetually underused
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3 'Equalizer' Clips Put Denzel Washington in the Line of Fire

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3 'Equalizer' Clips Put Denzel Washington in the Line of Fire
Former black ops agent McCall delivers a pair of broken and bloodied sunglasses to a Russian mob member, threatening his boss as the search for a missing Russian prostitute continues in the first of three clips from the upcoming action thriller The Equalizer. Denzel Washington stars as a trained killer in hiding who is forced out of retirement to help a young girl on the streets. Here, we also see McCall's kinder side as he helps a friend clean-up fire damage which may have been caused by the gangsters he is hunting. The third and final clip introduces Chloe Moretz as Teri, a beat-up prostitute looking for solace, which she finds in a very understanding McCall. Check out this buffet of footage before The Equalizer hits theaters later this September.

Robert McCall is a solitary, ex-special ops, monastic figure who despises injustice and devotes himself to helping victims of criminals.
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The Equalizer Latest Featurettes – Stars Denzel Washington

Hitting theaters in three weeks, Sony Pictures has released a new featurette for director Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer starring Oscar-winner Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz and Oscar-winner Melissa Leo.

Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept. 7), the featurette includes scenes of this action packed movie along with behind-the-scenes interviews with Washington, the stunt coordinator Keith Woulard and producer Jason Blumenthal.

Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him to lead a quiet life in peace. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her.

Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem,
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Fall Movie Preview: September 2014

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Fall Movie Preview: September 2014
The summer movie season is officially over, and this weekend we finally head into fall. Most of these impending new releases are vying for that elusive Oscar gold or any other semi-prestigious award being presented. We start this cinematic journey by looking at all the upcoming movies September has to offer. This first fall month is a little overcrowded, promising a fine mix of genre fare. We have a couple of Academy worthy dramas making their debut, an untested family franchise starter, a handful of comedies, yet another Ya novel adaptation, an action epic based on a cult classic TV show, the return of an iconic trio and one independent coming-of-age shocker that promises to push the boundaries of everything that has arrived before it. Hold onto your seats...

Here are this September's can't miss releases:

1The Longest Week

Tagline: She had him at 'I'm your best friend's girlfriend.'
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Denzel’s New ‘Equalizer’ Trailer Samples Eminem’s Guts Over Fear

Oscar winner Denzel Washington plays Robert McCall, a retired special-ops commando, who is out to save a young hooker played by Chloe Grace Moretz in a new trailer for “The Equalizer” that features music by Eminem. The rapper made the soundtrack with his song “Guts Over Fear.” The movie is a knock-off of the popular television show that starred Edward Woodward as the secret agent turned detective. It ran from 1985 until 1989. [...]
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Watch An Exclusive Featurette For ‘The Equalizer’

Hitting cinemas in the UK and the USA on the 26th September, The Equalizer sees Denzel Washington play Robert McCall, a role made famous by the late, great Edward Woodward in the superb 1980s original series of the same name. Updating the story for and directing for a modern audience is acclaimed filmmaker Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), while Robert Wenk (16 Blocks) tackles the screenplay.

Washington plays McCall, a former black ops commando who has faked his death to live a quiet life in Boston. When he comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl, Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), he finds himself face to face with ultra-violent Russian gangsters. As he serves vengeance against those who brutalize the helpless, McCall’s desire for justice is reawakened. If someone has a problem, the odds are stacked against them, and they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.
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