Halloween sequels are a lot like Terminator sequels, bound and determined to make sense of a horrendously convoluted backstory only to mess things up even worse than before. This year’s reboot, simply titled Halloween, ignores everything that happened after the first film, and plays as a direct sequel.
No longer are Laurie Strode and Michael Myers long-lost siblings, that whole mythology is out the window. Now, Jamie Lee Curtis plays Laurie as a woman haunted by her encounter with a madman forty years ago, but determined to get another shot at killing him once and for all.
Now, I love the notion of this sequel, and director David Gordon Green has proven himself time and time again as someone who knows how to direct a film, just makes questionable decisions in which films to direct—see, or rather don’t, Your Highness and Our Brand is Crisis. When he’s on, though, he’s on, as he was for last year’s underrated and under-seen film Stronger, which is the best of the 2013 Boston Marathon attack movies by a mile.
I guess I’m just always leery of Halloween sequels that promise me that everything is going to make sense by the end. “Yeah, the last one was a mess, but this one’s gonna tie it all together,” is an argument that franchise fans are sick to death of. I hold out a modicum of hope this sequel finally bucks the trend—except Season of the Witch, which is the jam.
Halloween, sequel to Halloween, opens on October 19.
Director Luca Guadanino (A Bigger Splash, Call Me By Your Name) has proven a lover of lush cinematography and the improprieties of the upper class, making him something of a strange fit for the confined corridors and cramped interiors of the haunted ballet school in Suspiria.
Nevertheless, here he is, re-teaming with his Bigger Splash co-stars Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton for a remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 masterpiece. It’s an interesting notion and I wonder how audiences raised on the countless rip-offs of Suspiria will react to this film. My guess would be mostly indifferently, though there is a chance that its stark visual style ends up grabbing the attention of some of the artier among the youth.
Another interesting thing to note about this film is that it marks the debut of Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke as composer. This makes him the second member of the band, behind Johnny Greenwood, to get into the film composition business. I have yet to decide if that’s a good thing or a bad thing, but he’s definitely paying homage to the original’s brilliant score by Goblin, which is a pretty tough act to follow.
Suspiria opens in theaters—presumably in limited release—on November 2.
It looks like MTV's Scream will live to slash another day!
The cable network announced at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour that the small screen adaptation of the hit horror series has been renewed for a second season!
The series is set in a suburban high school filled with a bunch of articulate, horror-obsessed teenagers who get butchered one-by-one by a masked killer.
In the spirit of the original 1996 film, this satire deconstructs the emerging genre of horror in television, while maintaining an appropriate balance of MTV-approved teen drama!
Unlike genre favorite American Horror Story, Scream will not be an anthology series -- meaning the characters (that survive season one) will continue on to next season in the same story!
Depending how patient you are, that could be a good or bad thing -- Pretty Little Liars fans know what we mean.
With the series renewed for another season, the killer's identity probably won't be revealed anytime soon -- but that means we get to see more beloved characters get brutally murdered by an ominous masked figure for another season!
Scream airs Tuesdays at 10 pm on MTV!
[Image via MTV.]
The Scream TV series, based on the 1996 movie and sequels, is bound to be a thrilling, campy, horror that will reflect the classic slasher film style. As its June 30th debut nears, cast and crew are releasing a few new teaser details. Among these, one detail that has been highly anticipated is the mask that will replace Ghostface.
The Ghostface mask has become an icon in itself — versions of it are still a popular seller for Halloween, and it was also key in the parody Scary Movie. However, the copyright on the Ghostface mask is owned by a company called Fun World, and they reportedly refused to allow it to be used for the new series.
What would the Scream series be without the iconic Ghostface, though? Actually, it looks like it still has the potential to live up to its name. You can check out the trailer below.
So, without further ado, here’s the new mask:
New mask revealed for MTV's #Scream: The TV Series (via @EW) pic.twitter.com/clboqAp1Ck
— RWDFilms (@RWDFilms) June 4, 2015
It keeps the gaping-mouth style, and the hyper-simplicity of the original Ghostface masks, but apparently without the hood. It actually is a bit reminiscent of some other classic slashers, with the feel of Jason (Friday the 13th) and Mike Meyers (Halloween) blended together.
While the shape and starkness are similar to Michael Meyers, above, the leather straps call to mind Jason Vorhees and his hockey mask, as shown below.
If you’re wondering about the body count you can expect from the Scream TV series, we’ll leave you with this last promo clip.
The Scream TV series premieres June 30th on MTV.
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You’ve NEVER Seen A Zombie Movie Like This! See The Wee Walking Dead Attack In The First Trailer For Cooties HERE!
Every time people say the zombie genre is totally played out, someone comes along and changes the game.
28 Days Later brought fast zombies, Shaun Of The Dead merged it with the rom com, The Walking Dead made the story last for years.
And now the creators of Glee and Saw have gotten together and set the horror in an elementary school!
Ch-ch-check out the video (above) to see Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, and more fight off the littlest zombie horde of all time in the first trailer for Cooties!
You can catch Cooties in select theaters and on demand September 18th!