Video: Stranger Things Film References Side By Side Comparison

Yes, Stranger Things is very much an homage to the movies of the 1970s and 1980s, but I think it’s a bit too simplistic to say it’s just an Amblin homage. It’s not just another Super 8, and it’s more than repackaged nostalgia. I’m only a handful of episodes into the first season, and it seems that the series is more of a tribute to the cinematic adaptations of Stephen King and the era horror films than Steven Spielberg. Regardless of the inspirations, Stranger Things is must-see television. There aren’t many movies this summer that are more worth your time than this Netflix original series.

Ulysses Thevenon has put together a fantastic four-and-a-half-minute video showing side-by-side comparisons of some of the films that the Duffer Brothers pay homage to in this television show. Hit the jump to watch the Stranger Things Film References Side By Side Comparison video.

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American Horror Story Season 6

Each season of FX’s American Horror Story revolves around a theme, whether it’s season 1’s “Murder House,” season 2’s “Asylum,” season 3’s “Coven,” season 4’s “Freak Show,” or season 5’s “Hotel.” But the show likes to toy with its audience whenever possible, and so it’s dragging out the big reveal of the theme for season 6.

Of course, if you’re willing to sit back and be patient, FX is bound to unveil the new American Horror Story subtitle soon. But where’s the fun in that? If you’d like to guess at what the theme of the next run of episodes could be, the network has dropped some American Horror Story season 6 teasers that might offer some clues. Watch them below.  Read More »

Beetlejuice

For the past several years now, Warner Bros. and everyone involved have gone back and forth on Beetlejuice 2. The studio got the ball rolling in 2011 when they hired Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg to write, and since then, Tim BurtonWinona Ryder, and Michael Keaton have all weighed in every so often with varying degrees of optimism about the movie actually happening. And as of now, Keaton is sounding pretty damn pessimistic. “It’s possible that ship has sailed,” the actor admitted in a recent interview.  Read More »

A ‘Lights Out’ Sequel Is Already in the Works

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Say what you want about the Saw series (and you can saw many things about the Saw series), but I always appreciated how they kept the horror movie sequel tradition alive. If a horror movie can’t be allowed to exist solely on its own, if it must have a sequel, then it needs to to have five sequels. Ten sequels. There needs to be enough sequels to create continuous chatter and constant rankings. When a horror series is allowed to sprawl, to get bad, to get good again, to explore bizarre avenues, it becomes a true object of curiosity, something to get invested in, even if that investment can be an abusive relationship.

So I greet the news of a Lights Out sequel with open arms. Bring it on. And bring on six more. Why the hell not?

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jurassic world trilogy

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Jurassic World is set to begin filming in Hawaii in February.
  • Fast 8 has reached the halfway point of production.
  • Don’t expect Jason Bourne and Aaron Cross to meet up.
  • A Warm Bodies 2 is apparently in the works.
  • Godzilla Resurgence is getting a North American release.
  • Kevin Smith offers an update on Mallrats 2.
  • Dave Bautista gets kicked in the face on the new Kickboxer Vengeance poster.
  • Danny McBride celebrates the end of filming on Alien: Covenant.

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Split Trailer

After stumbling in the film world for some years, director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs) made a decent comeback with the suspenseful thriller The Visit last year. Now he’s back behind the camera again for another unsettling thriller called Split starring James McAvoy (X-Men: Apocalypse), and the trailer has just debuted online.

Split starts off like your average kidnapping thriller with James McAvoy abducting three young girls and taking them to a dark basement. But the kidnapping is just the beginning of the creepiness that ensues as they learn that this man has some serious mental problems that make their imprisonment that much more horrifying. Watch the Split trailer after the jump. Read More »

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Let’s consider the importance of a good trailer for a new television show in this day and age. As audiences, we are spoiled: there is simply too many good shows out there and it’s nearly impossible to stay on top of them all. Word of mouth can do a great deal in the long run, but an exciting preview is worth a thousand internet comments saying “You know what? It’s actually really good!”

So let’s check out the new trailers for Sherlock, The Exorcist, and the Prison Break revival and start crafting our new TV schedules now.

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20th Century Fox has done a fine job of keeping the secrets of the recently wrapped Alien: Covenant out of the public eye (for now), but everything that has been publicly revealed have showcased a film that seems to be acting as a direct response to how audiences felt about Prometheus. Ridley Scott‘s 2012 prequel remains divisive and the public details about the new film paint the picture of a production that keeps everything that worked in that first film while quietly throwing away everything that did not.

And while Prometheus was bold and bizarre, it was never especially frightening, at least not in the ways that the original films were frightening. Star Michael Fassbender says that Alien: Covenant will correct that.

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lights out trailer

Director David F. Sandberg makes his feature directorial debut with the James Wan-produced horror movie Lights Out. Sandberg’s journey towards making his first film began in 2013 with a short film that cost nothing. The director and his wife, Lotta Losten, made the short together, and Sandberg and Losten submitted it to the Bloody Cuts Horror Challenge, where it was well received.

But it wasn’t until a few months later that the short really gained its popularity. Once it hit online, the short was viewed over 20 million times. Then Hollywood came running and offered Sanberg the opportunity to turn the short into a feature, which is now in theaters and stars Teresa PalmerMaria Bello, and Alexander DiPersia.

Below, read our Lights Out interview with David F. Sandberg.

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