Horror movies are all the rage around Halloween, which makes the November 9 release date for the upcoming Overlord all the more curious. You’d think they would want to cash in on the Halloween madness, but pushing the flick into November makes me think the filmmakers take this film more seriously than they should.
Despite the secrecy surrounding its production and the involvement of producer J.J. Abrams, this isn’t a secret Cloverfield movie, or at least they haven’t given up the ghost yet on it being one. The film, set just prior to the D-Day invasion of June, 1944, follows a group of American soldiers who stumble upon a church that houses secret Nazi experiments.
There’s a little more substance in this trailer than was present in the first one, such as showing the soldiers reviving one of their own with the serum the Nazis have been using to genetically modify prisoners. There’s some scary imagery here, ripe for a Halloween outing to the movies, only this flick comes out 10 days after Halloween. One of these days, Hollywood will figure out release dates. Hopefully.
It’s been nine years since a Halloween film has graced theaters, making it high time we got a new one, don’t you think? This upcoming film, titled simply Halloween, will be a direct continuation of the events of the first film, forty years later. It looks like we’re ignoring everything that happened in Halloweens II, H2O, and Resurrection, since Jamie Lee Curtis’ character Laurie Strode is alive, doesn’t have Josh Hartnett for a son, and isn’t related to Michael Myers.
I imagine that the story they’re setting up involves Strode being something of a weird recluse that all the people in town find amusing, until her prophecies of Michael Myers returning finally come true. I’m glad everything’s more or less being retconned because there’s some real garbage in this franchise. Sure, there’s some decent stuff in there, particularly Season of the Witch, but it’s mostly a lot of garbage and films attempting to make sense of the new mythology introduced by the last film.
Overall, the aesthetic for this one looks spot-on and David Gordon Green is an excellent director who likely knows his way around a genre flick like this. I think it’s got limitless possibility to be a solid follow-up to John Carpenter’s original. Halloween haunts theaters beginning on October 19.
No movie is without its faults, and The Conjuring movies certainly have their fair share—every scene is either an exposition dump or a jump scare scene that takes an eternity to pay off. However, if you like yourself a classy horror film, this is a relatively classy franchise. I still haven’t—nor will I ever at this point—seen that Annabelle sequel that was a prequel that people keep telling me is good. I don’t have time for it. Who the hell does?
Anyway, the next Conjuring spin-off, The Nun, opens this coming Friday making it the perfect time for a takedown from the good folks over at Screen Junkies. This week, they’ve brought us an Honest Trailer based around the titular films in the franchise. It’s another solid entry in the series, nothing laugh out loud funny, but lots of decent zingers.
I find it weird that Patrick Wilson is James Wan’s good luck charm actor. He’s one of those guys I constantly forget about, and then he’ll show up in something and I’m like, Patrick Wilson… where do I know him from? Every director needs their good luck charm actor, whether it’s J.J. Abrams and Greg Grunberg or Ron Howard and his brother Clint. I guess I just don’t get how Patrick Wilson is that guy for James Wan. Should they want to reboot The Odd Couple again, cast those two.
Darkness. Tears. Sighs.
— Suspiria (@suspiriamovie) August 23, 2018
The very notion of remaking Dario Argento’s Suspiria seems like cinematic suicide, as the film is so beloved in certain circles that a remake—no matter how competently made—will never fully be accepted. Director Luca Guadanino (Call Me By Your Name) is no ordinary director, however, and it’s becoming clearer by the minute that his Suspiria is going to be a far different animal from the original.
First things first, Guadanino’s version runs a full hour longer than the original clocking in at 152 minutes to the original’s 98. Secondly, he can’t compete with Goblin’s original score, so instead he hires Thom Yorke to do his first feature motion picture score. Third, he cast Tilda Swinton, whose mere presence elevates this above most other supernatural thrillers because she is one supernatural lady.
Then we get to the visual look of the two, which again, couldn’t be more disparate. Argento bathed his film in color, necessitating the use of an even more brilliant red so it stood out in Giallo fashion. Here, Guadanino has drained his film of color, presumably so that when the red stuff starts flowing, it’ll be shockingly red.
I wasn’t sold on this initially, and that running time really turns me off, but it’s wearing me down, slowly but surely. Suspiria opens nationwide on November 2.
Indie studio A24 has put out some of the best, most original films of the last few years like Ex Machina, Good Time, Moonlight, Under the Skin, The Lobster, and many more. Their horror output has been equally buzz-worthy as they’ve been the home of The Witch, Hereditary, It Comes at Night, and now the upcoming horror comedy Slice.
This flick seems to put more emphasis on the comedy than the horror, however, at least by the looks of this first trailer. First time feature director Austin Vesely has helmed several of Chance the Rapper’s videos, so it makes sense that this would mark the first jump to the big screen for both men. Also along for the ride are Paul Scheer, Hannibal Buress, Deadpool 2‘s Zazie Beetz, and Stranger Things‘ Joe Keery—aka Jean Ralphio, Jr.
Two years ago, Vesely talked about the film with Pigeons and Planes, saying the following…
“People ask me often if the film is really scary. I hope it has its moments but it’s more of a comedy for me. Tonally, I was really inspired by Twin Peaks, if that says anything,” Vesely says. “I studied Paul Thomas Anderson’s movies to figure out how to balance multiple narratives. TV shows as well, like Twin Peaks, to discover how to establish a sense of place. I guess this movie is like Magnolia with ghosts. Just kidding. Kind of.”
Hopefully that gives you some sense of what this will be like. If it’s anything like the first trailer, I’m sold. Look for Slice in theaters later this year.
I think we’ve all come to expect the worst from your average horror film aimed at teens, if only because so few of them have any sort of style or visual acumen all their own. The new film Slender Man seems, on the surface at least, to be another one of those disposable clones of every other boogeyman movie, but there’s some visual flair in this new trailer that leads me to believe this one might be a cut above the rest.
The first trailer was a disaster of jump cuts and cheap scares straight out of any number of forgettable horror flicks like The Bye Bye Man, but this new trailer shows a more atmospheric take. Now, it could be the same garbage movie that got bumped back from May to August and they just recut the trailer to give it a more unique feel, but part of me hopes that the extra time in post-production was used to craft a better film.
Ah, who am I kidding? This thing will come out and be forgotten about all in the same week. It’d be nice to get a horror film that actually puts some thought into its subject matter, but considering this began life as an internet “creepy pasta” meme, I just don’t know if that’ll be the case. Slender Man opens in theaters nationwide on August 10.
J.J. Abrams’ production house Bad Robot has brought many things to the screen over the years, but the one thing they haven’t explored is a film with an R-rating. That all ends this November when Overlord hits theaters, a film that takes the concept of Nazi genetic engineering to some strange and scary places.
Sure, the notion of a Nazi zombie film is far from original, especially in the last few years as the zombie thing has blown up in popularity, but this seems to be a slightly different animal. First rumored to be a part of the Cloverfield universe that Abrams holds so dear, the film is actually about a squadron of Allied soldiers behind enemy lines during WWII who stumble upon a laboratory where Nazis are experimenting with all manner of monster creation.
Though Abrams is only producing the film—it’s directed by Julius Avery—he’s been promoting the hell out of it, even referring to it as “batshit crazy” and “super fun” during a presentation at this past spring’s CinemaCon. If this first trailer is any indication, I think he might be telling the truth. For once. Overlord is set to invade theaters—and your nightmares—on November 9.
Perhaps the best and most groundbreaking thing about this past Spring’s surprise smash A Quiet Place was that it got audiences to shut up for two hours and actually pay attention to what was happening on screen. For his third feature directorial effort, John Krasinski proved himself a talented director with one of the most surprisingly entertaining horror films of the last few years, and now it’s up to the good folks at Screen Junkies to cut him down to size in their latest Honest Trailer.
I’m not sure how I missed Krasinski’s obvious foot fetish, but this what Honest Trailers does better than anyone else, point out stuff that will totally ruin your enjoyment of a film the next time you watch it. I’m also amazed they failed to mention the fact that this flick came to us from Platinum Dunes, Michael Bay’s horror imprint that had produced literally nothing but unwatchable garbage prior to this film. The good news is that their next flick is a live action Dora the Explorer, so this truly was an anomaly, and they’ll be back to their old ways next year.
And to answer your question Honest Trailer guy, no, no one else saw After Earth. A Quiet Place is available now on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD.
While he’s done a lot of garbage in his career, no one turns into a skid quite like Jason Statham. Whenever he’s involved in a film with a ridiculous premise, he rises above the material in a way that rivals only an in-his-prime Bruce Willis, and his latest flick, The Meg, looks like another solid outing from the follically challenged Brit.
Granted they’re probably not going to go to Crank levels of absurdity with this one—i.e. he probably won’t punch the mega-shark to death—but I’m more than willing to bet that this will be a film with a decent sense of humor about itself. Kind of like Piranha 3D, another late summer aquatic horror comedy from a few summers back.
On top of all of that, this flick comes to us from director Jon Turteltaub, the man behind the National Treasure movies, which are among the cheesiest and most fun adventure movies of the early aughts. Fingers crossed that this is more of the same, and if it is, don’t be surprised if it finds a sizable audience during the dog days of summer. If only we could’ve gotten Nic Cage involved as well.
The Meg opens in theaters nationwide on August 10.
The late George P. Cosmatos directed some of the most iconic action movies of the 80s like Rambo: First Blood Part II , starring Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo, and Cobra, starring Sylvester Stallone as Marion Cobretti. His son Panos is also a filmmaker, who created the trippy 2010 film Beyond the Black Rainbow, and now he’s back with his long overdue follow-up, Mandy, starring Nicolas Cage and Andrea Riseborough.
It seems like a gritty, down and dirty genre exercise that might accidentally make its way to the multiplex for one weekend in early September. However, the film played to rave reviews at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and, along with Mom & Dad earlier this year, seems to be a return to crazy, screaming, blood covered Nicolas Cage of old.
This looks like one weird, nutty movie with lots of crazy stuff happening. That’s pretty much in line with Cosmatos’ Beyond the Black Rainbow, which plays like THX-1138 meets Blue Sunshine meets Lost‘s Dharma Initiative. If nothing else, this film is going to bring us Nicolas Cage’s first on-screen chainsaw fight, which seems like more than enough reason to check it out. Mandy opens in select theaters on September 14, the same day as Shane Black’s The Predator. Choose wisely.
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!