Last Week in Horror News: March 8th to the 15th

Posted by Peter Hall - March 15th 2009 @ 10:49 am

Theatrical Trailers and Clips

Studio News and Attachments

  • RIDDICK – Vin Diesel says David Twohy is currently writing the script for a new, smaller entry in the CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK.  This one will be more of a Rambo vs. Aliens in space.
  • THE STRANGERS 2 – Commercial Euro director Laurent Briet is close to closing the deal on directing the sequel, which takes place in a, ugh, trailer park and was written by creator Bryan Bertino.

Remakes

  • PUPPETMASTER – Charles Band is apparently trying to drum up talk of a remake of PUPPETMASTER in 3-D.  No one cares.
  • IT – Warner Brothers is backing a big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s IT to be written by Dave Kajganich, who wrote THE INVASION and is, according to the article, also writing  a PET SEMETARY remake.

Indie, Foreign and Random News

  • Alex Proyas – Really hates 20th Century Fox.  If you’ll recall, Proyas was knocked about during the production of I, ROBOT at Fox and in a recent interview to promote KNOWING he told CHUD of how he warns other filmmakers away from the studio.
  • Saturn Award Nominees – Looking for a laugh?  Click on over to read the list of nominees.  It’s cool, THE RUINS isn’t up for Best Horror Film, but THE HAPPENING, HELLBOY 2, and THE MUMMY 3 are.

Non-Theatrical Trailers and Clips

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  1. March 16th, 2009 | 7:22 pm | #1

    Caught a work-in-progress screening of Drag Me To Hell in Austin here last night. Then I watched the trailer.

    The trailer’s kinda awful, I think, and really fails to capture the tone of the film, which was totally, completely awesome. I know that a first-screening crowd with the director in attendance isn’t the most unbiased context to see a film in, but it’s a really, really fun horror film, with genuinely scary moments side-by-side (or sometimes surrounding) genuinely funny moments. There are also a number of jump scares that pay off in ratcheting up the tension.

    There are some minor quibbles – a few things are a little too goofy, for example. And there’s a tone within the dramatic narrative stuff (the promotion) that’s a little unsubtle and over-the-top in a way that might turn some people off, but that I think really works for the film. Raimi clearly set out to live up to his film’s title, in all its semi-silly, semi-terrifying raucous splendor.

  2. March 16th, 2009 | 8:52 pm | #2

    Thanks for the heads up, star. I know a couple other people who were at that screening and I’ve heard nothing but good things.

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