Posted by: Peter Hall
Trying out a new format this week.
Theatrical Trailers and Clips
Studio News and Attachments
- DRAG ME TO HELL – Test screenings are going out for both a PG-13 and R cut of Sam Raimi’s return to horror. Rut roh.
- MY BLOODY VALENTINE – Exec producer John Dunning tells Fango he originally he gave Lionsgate a script for a sequel to the original MBV, which may soon be repurposed as a sequel to MBV3D.
- THE KILLER INSIDE ME – Kate Hudson rounds out the cast for THE KILLER INSIDE ME, which now includes Casey Affleck, Elias Koteas and Bill Pullman.
- ZOMBIELAND – Speaking of casting, Amber Heard joins Woody Harrelson and all the rest.
- HACK/SLASH – Nick Principe will be playing 4 of the 5 slashers (though no description of who they are from the comic series), hints that the role of Cassie Hack is now between three high profile actors. Guess they’re really going this thing.
- BEASTLY – CBS Films wants some of thems Twilight’s monies, is putting young adult horror/romance novel BEASTLY on the big screen.
- “VAMPIRE DIARIES” – Kevin Williamson has penned the pilot for CW’s new supernatural show.
Plenty of news this week on sequels to remakes, but no remakes themselves.
Indie, Foreign, and Random News
- …OF THE DEAD – Romero says the social cross hairs of his new zombie opus will be on ‘tribalism’.
- PONTYPOOOL – IFC Films will be releasing the ‘rage virus spread by the English language’ flick in May, which likely means IFC will be putting it OnDemand as well as in theaters.
- CABIN FEVER 2 – Ti West talks CF2, reveals its status languishing in the post-production hell of ‘creative differences’.
- SAVANT – Blair Witch’s Daniel Myrick’s next film is about a smooth talker who can turn anyone into a mass murderer after simply having a chat with them.
Non-Theatrical Trailers and Clips
- TRIANGLE – Trailer for Christopher Smith’s (aka the guy who made CREEP, aka the banner for this site) new film. I’m excited despite this trailer being gobbledygook.
- INFESTATION – Trailer. Giant bugs and Ray Wise. Sold.
- DEADLINE – Indie starring Brittany Murphy and Thora Birch that looks like a female version of James Van Der Beek’s FINAL DRAFT. Sad that I’ve seen FINAL DRAFT.
- DARK ISLAND – Stilted acting and stiff direction, but it looks like a lot of fun and sports the “LOST” smoke monster to boot.
- SURVEILLANCE – Jennifer Lynch directed and produced by her father.
Posted by: Peter Hall
The first week of January boasts the best title of the month, EDEN LAKE. Finally had a chance to see it thanks to this DVD and I loved it. Expect a review in a bit. Not for the faint of heart.
Don’t know much about the other three, except that Eliza Dushku drops her top in THE ALPHABET KILLER for WRONG TURN director Rob Schmidt.
The Man Eater series breaks into 2009 with YETI. I’ve seen almost all of this series and none are good, but a few watchable in the best drunken way. Cough, CROC, cough. I love me some cryptozoology, though, so I’m bound to be an eventual victim of YETI.
In anticipation of the remake, which I think looks like a blast and I’m bummed I’ll likely miss in theaters, the original MY BLOODY VALENTINE gets a special edition DVD that seems not to skimp on the materials. Haven’t heard of HIT AND RUN.
MIRRORS (review) may prove to be the make or break point of Alexandre Aja’s career. I’m a fan of HIGH TENSION and in love with THE HILLS HAVE EYES, but his remake of INTO THE MIRRORS is as much a mess as the Korean original. Not worth picking up.
No one asked for BOOGEYMAN 2, so the Universe delivers a BOOGEYMAN 3. SAW V (review) is the new low-point for the once pioneering franchise. I haven’t seen REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA, Darren Lynn Bousman’s ‘rock opera’ musical, nor have I heard too high praise for it, but I will eventually get to it. I’m a big fan of Anthony Stewart Head, so I’ll stomach Bousman’s grungy style to see Giles once again.
Perhaps, though likely not, better known by its native Norwegian title FRITT VILT, COLD PREY is a slasher title I’ve heard good things about for a while now.
I liked the first VACANCY. Don’t think its great by any account, but I like it just fine. VACANCY 2, of course, was not necessary, but I’ll give it a shot because I have a crush on THE WOODS’ Agnes Bruckner.
If I recall correctly, reader Sean almost a year ago mentioned how awful GUTTERBALLS was and I’ve yet to see or hear anything that contradicts his assessment.
SHARKS IN VENICE (review) is one of the most disappointing, misleading Sci-Fi channel movies ever made.
Die hards can grab their collector’s edition of REDNECK ZOMBIES.
Closing out the month is the oh-so-cleverly titled SINGLE BLACK FEMALE.
Netflix’ing the Month:
- EDEN LAKE
- COLD PREY
- MY BLOODY VALENTINE
- REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA
- VACANCY 2
- THE ALPHABET KILLER
Posted by: Peter Hall
Last Week in Horror was predisposed to minor updates of news already established. Survival horror game CLOCK TOWER is still looking to roll, this time with a PROM NIGHTer climbing the stairs. Danny Boyle mentions a 28 X LATER again. Minds behind the remake of MY BLOODY VALENTINE have already begun the mulling of a sequel. Give them some credit, normally in these situations the party line is a transparent, “No, of course we haven’t given any thought to a sequel, let’s see how the first one does.” At least they’re being honest.
I hadn’t heard of THE INTERVENTION, but its sharp looking poster led me through a few links, now logging the demonic possession story high on my list of films to pay attention to.
Oh, and in case you missed it, Ooohveh Bowl is still crazy.