Not So Weekly News Re-Cap: 1/28 – 2/11

Posted by Peter Hall - February 11th 2007 @ 9:40 am

Studio Trailers and Clips
The Hills Have Eyes 2 – Theatrical Trailer
Ghost Rider – Clips, Making of Vids etc
Fido – Teaser
The Signal – Indie picked up at Sundance
Mr. Brooks

Studio News and Attachments
Dimension Films picks up a sorority-girls-in-the-desert ghostie called Buried Alive from the guy who made Wishmaster.
Twisted Pictures has adopted Darren Lynn Bousman’s adaptation of stage play Repo! The Genetic Opera.
Gold Circle Films acquires rights to remake last year’s German film Antibodies.
Paramount reacquires the rights to the fantastic novel the Devil in the White City.
Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo) to direct Benicio Del Toro in Andrew Kevin Walker’s remake of The Wolfman – hells yeah.
The Hidden to be remade and renamed as The Seed and staring Silent Hill/Pitch Black hottie Radha Mitchell.
Parker Posey joins can’t-actress Jessica Alba in the probably tame remake of The Eye.

Random and Indie News

Pulse may be getting two direct-to-DVD sequels?
Frank Darabont grabs the rights to Stephen King’s oldie The Long Walk.
Fangoria Films gets $100 million dollars to start producing!
Someone, somewhere thinks Cannibal Holocaust needs a remake, doesn’t realize they’re retarded.

Indie/Foreign Trailers and Clips
Deadwater – Lance Henriksen dive bombs to DVD once again.
Sublime – Crap quality trailer for a flick that looks a whole lot better than that.
Dead Mary


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  1. shawn
    February 11th, 2007 | 11:59 pm | #1

    Fido looks absolutley hillarious and I cannot wait to see that now.

  2. February 12th, 2007 | 10:21 am | #2

    A couple friends of mine saw The Hills Have Eyes and said it was terrible. When we saw the teaser for the sequel, however, our jaws dropped…until the title came out, at which point we all groaned.

    That said, it has a new writer and director, with some indications (I think…) that Craven might be more involved this time. In other words: this one might be pretty good.

    If nothing else, that’s one of the best damn teasers I’ve ever seen.

  3. February 12th, 2007 | 12:29 pm | #3

    I think Craven did have more involvement this time around, if only because he co-wrote the script with his son. Because of that, I think he took a more active role in seeing their first collaboration together go as smoothly as possible.

    For the original remake, Craven basically just handed off the project because he trusted the duo behind it completely. He hand picked them after seeing a cut of Haute Tension even before its release. And I think he couldn’t have possibly picked any better.

    The Hills Have Eyes is fantastic. Ask your friends what they thought of The Descent, if they say they loved it, but they still hated The Hills Have Eyes, then they’re nuts. Actually, scratch that, anyone who says Hills is terrible is nuts, regardless of anything else they like.

    And they’re dead to me. And by association you, too. I’m talking to a ghost.

  4. February 19th, 2007 | 5:19 pm | #4

    Saw most of the film the other night, based in part on this conversation, and I was pretty underwhelmed. I felt it was trying to disgust me, rather than scare me. A fine line, maybe, but the distinction is very important to me when watching a horror film. Disgust is so much easier to invoke than terror, I think.

    I don’t think either of the friends in question saw [i]The Descent[/i].

  5. February 19th, 2007 | 7:12 pm | #5

    Yeah, for me its a bit different. I hate anything that relies solely on a gore campaign. I never saw Hills that way, but a lot of people did. I remember reading a review that said the movie failed because any time it started to get interesting it just threw another severed arm at the screen.

    It could largely be due to the fact that I’m pretty jaded to gore these days. If there is a balance between gore and, say, character, I tend to not notice the gore. If there is a lack of the latter, the gore is the only thing that stands out to me. For Hills it was the characters and story, the chop was just a perfect bonus.

    Damn do I love that trailer invasion sequence.

  6. February 19th, 2007 | 7:13 pm | #6

    Oh, and go ahead and rent the Descent. You probably will like it. I talk it down all the time, but enough people LOVE it for me to be able to say others most likely will.

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