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How does Phantasm exist?

That’s an odd rhetorical question to ask of a movie that has such a strong cult following, that has inspired four sequels over 37 years, and has inducted a genuine horror icon into the genre canon in the form of Angus Scrimm‘s The Tall Man. But revisiting the film in 2016 courtesy of a new 4K restoration that has the film looking better than ever, demands that this question be asked. Because Don Coscarelli‘s horror masterpiece isn’t just creepy, funny and wildly entertaining – it’s weird. Deeply weird. Endearingly weird. Weird on the kind of wavelength that you really don’t see very often. And it’s a wavelength that many horror fans seem to be right in tune with.

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Jumanji Sequel Plot

The primary cast of the Jumanji sequel from Sony Pictures has already been confirmed with Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan taking the lead roles. In addition, a photo from the set recently showed us how they’ll all look in the jungles of the infamous board game. However, it turns out that this new take on Jumanji has been given a contemporary twist.

As news of four new young cast members hit the web this weekend, so did rumored details of what the Jumanji sequel is about. Rather than focusing on a board game, this time a group of kids get sucked into a video game version of Jumanji. So how do our previously announced cast members come into play? Find out about the Jumanji sequel plot details and the young new cast members after the jump. Read More »

Rogue One A Star Wars Story

The release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is just a few months away. But the onslaught of merchandise is much closer with Rogue Friday coming on September 30th next week. A whole slew of new toys, clothes, collectibles and much more will show off plenty of new characters from the first spin-off movie in the Star Wars universe. But before that, details on some of the new characters have surfaced, including a couple aliens and two of the different Stormtroopers.

Get the Rogue One character details after the jump. Read More »

the autopsy of jane doe review

The horror genre is so often dominated by stupid characters doing stupid things, so it’s refreshing to watch a film like The Autopsy of Jane Doe. Here is a frightening story about two intelligent men whose talents for science and deduction break against a wall of undefinable supernatural power. Here is a fascinating mystery where the pleasures are not only derived from a series of increasingly terrifying and impossible discoveries, but from watching these two men work down a checklist of every possible rational explanation before realizing they are beyond their limits.

The Autopsy of Jane Doe is a film as interested in process as it is in jump scares and the result is one of the most entertaining horror movies I’ve seen in a year that has had no shortage of great scary movies.

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The Simpsons season 28 Burns

The Simpsons is entering its 28th year, yet I still have new questions every time I see showrunner Al Jean at the Fox Television Critics Association party. Jean has been the show runner for 26 of the 28 years. He took two years to do the short-lived animated series The Critic, and may be the only other person besides myself who has watched every single episode of The Simpsons.

This year, Fox made some announcements during their TCA executive session. Amy Schumer is doing a voice role on all of their Sunday night animated shows, and The Simpsons will do their first ever one-hour episode. Read our interview with Al Jean below. Read More »

the handmaiden review

Park Chan-wook has spent much of his career being compared to the great Alfred Hitchock and The Handmaiden isn’t going to stop that. But there’s something to be said for a modern filmmaker being constantly placed side-by-side with one of the greatest directors of all time and there’s something more to be said when that director was known for his range and his willingness to take risks. Yes, Park’s films are Hitchockian in that they’re technically precise thrillers, but they’re also Hitchcockian because they muddle elements of horror and black comedy into the mix. And with The Handmaiden, Park proves that he can also match Mr. Hitchock in another category – he too is gloriously perverted.

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Sam Neill in Thor Ragnarok

The cast of Thor: Ragnarok is already off-the-charts outstanding. Not only are Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston returning as Thor and Loki respectively, but Sir Anthony Hopkins is back as Odin (as we’ve never seen him before), Mark Ruffalo has a sizeable role as Hulk, Tessa Thompson joins the franchise as Valkyrie, and Karl Urban has the role of Skurge. In addition, Cate Blanchett is playing Marvel’s first female villain Hela and Jeff Goldblum is playing the Marvel Comics character known as The Grandmaster. There might even be a cameo from Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. But there’s more.

Now we have word that Thor: Ragnarok will feature a little Jurassic Park reunion as Sam Neill has just revealed that he recently spent a couple days shooting on the Marvel sequel down in Australia. Find out more about Sam Neill in Thor Ragnarok after the jump. Read More »

the void review

In the eyes of many genre filmmakers, the horror genre peaked in the ’80s and this mindset has informed entire filmographies. To attend any genre film festival is to wade through movies that feel like deliberate riffs on the work of directors like John Carpenter, movies filled with gooey practical effects and set to icy synth soundtracks. This kind of affection for a bygone era even went mainstream this summer with the release of Netflix’s Stranger Things – everyone wants to make a great ’80s movie 30 years after the fact and it can feel stifling. Nostalgia can be a bitch and a half. After a few miserable ’80s horror pastiches, you can’t help but feel ready to throw this entire subgenre to the dogs.

And then something like The Void arrives and shows how you can do it right.

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blue-jay-trailer

The Duplass Brothers have a four-picture deal with Netflix. Last summer, the streaming service announced they’d finance four movies produced by Jay and Mark Duplass through their production company Duplass Brothers Productions. Unlike Netflix’s Adam Sandler movies, however, the brothers’ films will first go to theaters. The first film the Duplass brothers have produced for Netflix is Alex Lehmann’s feature directorial debut Blue Jay, which stars Duplass and recent Emmy winner Sarah Paulson (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story).

Below, watch the Blue Jay trailer.

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