kurt russell art show

One of the greatest pleasures of my career so far arrived last year, when I was able to interview the great Kurt Russell following the premiere of the fantastic horror western Bone Tomahawk. Russell is one of the greats, a massive screen presence who’s willing to take chances on strange movies, a “man’s man” who isn’t afraid to play weak or buffoonish, an actor who can embody cowboys and criminals and psychopaths and moody helicopter pilots stranded in the ass-end of Antarctica. There has never been a movie that wasn’t made better by his presence. He’s an icon. He looms as large as the larger-than-life characters he so often plays.

So, if there was any living actor who deserves to have an entire art show dedicated to him, it’s Kurt freakin’ Russell. And yes, there is a new Kurt Russell art show right around the corner, featuring pieces that pay tribute to movies like The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, Escape From New York, The Hateful Eight, and Death Proof.

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christopher lloyd interview

I saw I Am Not a Serial Killer at the SXSW Film Festival earlier this year and it was one of the most pleasant surprises of the fest. A throwback horror movie that never feels the need to wink or nudge, Billy O’Brien‘s film is slick, sick, and deeply interested in the humanity that lurks behind a monster (and vice versa). It also features the great Christopher Lloyd in his best role in years, playing the elderly neighbor and friend to a teenage sociopath who finds himself pursuing a serial killer in his rural town.

I was able to speak with Mr. Lloyd for a brief phone interview to discuss his work in I Am Not a Serial Killer, but we also managed to chat about the set of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, playing a Klingon, and how his first copy of the Back to the Future screenplay ended up in the trashcan.

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Trick R Treat

Warner Bros. shelved Michael Dougherty‘s (Krampus) Trick ‘r Treat for far too long. As the horror anthology film sat on the shelf, Dougherty believed his dream of releasing a Trick ‘r’ Treat movie every year or two was over. Almost three years ago, however, he announced a Trick ‘r’ Treat sequel. After is directorial debut had found a passionate audience on home video, there was some renewed interest in a sequel, and Dougherty recently told us “Legendary [Pictures] is very committed to making the movie.”

Below, get the latest Trick ‘r Treat sequel update from Michael Dougherty.

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Fede Alvarez interview

Director Fede Alvarez is all about defying expectations. First, he did the impossible and made an Evil Dead remake that managed to live up to the nasty legacy of the original. Now, he’s back with Don’t Breathe, a terrifying thriller that never zigs when it can zag, pushing the boundaries of good taste at every opportunity.

The set-up is refreshingly simple: three young criminals break into the home of a blind man, hoping to make off with the fortune he supposedly has stashed away. But that blind man is tough military veteran played by Stephen Lang and those crooks are on his turf and he has a few surprises in store for them. It’s intense. It’s gnarly. It’s grotesque. It may even go a little too far, but hey, you’ve got to admire its gleefully deranged commitment. I enjoyed it as SXSW and enjoyed it just as much just a few weeks ago. Alvarez is the real deal.

I was able to sit down with Alvarez after my second viewing and like many of the directors responsible for the most gruesome of horror movies, he turned out to be thoughtful, funny, and full of great stories. We spoke about directing Stephen Lang, channeling (and rejecting) cinematic influences, and how the film’s best scene was the result of a last-minute on-set rewrite.

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Blair Witch sequel

Audiences lucky enough to get into a sneak preview screening of the horror flick The Woods at Comic-Con were treated to one of the coolest surprises that cinema has seen in a while. The horror film directed by Adam Wingard was revealed to actually be a sequel to The Blair Witch Project simply called Blair Witch. In the spirit of the original film, it’s apparently one of the scarier horror releases in recent memory.

Now a new Blair Witch trailer has arrived to show you the terror in store when the movie hits theaters next month, and it looks even more suspenseful and terrifying than the original movie from 1999. With the way this secret was kept from audiences, I really hope it delivers the scares along with the surprise that this movie even exists. Read More »

arrival first look

UPDATE: Fantastic Fest has unveiled the second wave of films in this year’s line-up, including Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival, Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, Park Chan-Wook’s The Handmaiden, and Sadako vs Kayako (which finds the monsters from The Ring and The Grudge battling it out). We have added the complete list of second wave films to the bottom of this post.

Fantastic Fest, the Austin, Texas-based film festival built around showcasing genre movies from the around the world, has announced its first wave of programming and it’s a doozy. Sure, the biggest news here is a red carpet screening of Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, but that’s just the bait. The real appeal of Fantastic Fest, and the real appeal of this first wave announcement, is the collection of odd and unusual films that accompany the headliners. Come for the Tim Burton movie, but stay for the latest from Werner Herzog, Andrea Arnold, Don Coscarelli, and a number of the most unusual filmmakers working on the international stage at the moment.

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The Disappointments Room trailer

The Disappointments Room was one of the movies impacted by Relativity’s bankruptcy. D.J. Caruso‘s horror film hasn’t been delayed as long as Before I Wake (watch that trailer here), but it started shooting back in 2014, and it was originally scheduled to come out earlier this year. Relativity will release the movie, which stars Kate Beckinsale, in limited release next month, on the same date they had last scheduled Before I Wake.

Below, watch The Disappointments Room trailer.

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‘Morgan’ Videos: She’s Feeling Much Better Now

Morgan trailer

All three of Sir Ridley Scott‘s children have directed feature films now. The Alien director’s oldest son, Jake, has made some great music videos (The Cranberries’ “Zombie”) throughout his career, and his last picture was the thoughtful drama Welcome to the Rileys. Ridley Scott’s daughter, Jordan Scott, directed Cracks, which features an often frightening and heartbreaking performance from Eva GreenLuke Scott, who worked as a second-unit director on The Marian and Exodus: Gods and Kings, has his debut feature-length film, Morgan, coming out shortly.

Below, check out some Morgan videos.

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‘Rings’ Trailer: Samara Adapts to the Times

Rings trailer

Not to be outdone by the Blair Witch, Samara is also mounting a return this fall. Paramount has unveiled the first trailer for Rings, starring Matilda Lutz and Alex Roe as the latest victims of that eerie video from 2002’s The Ring. And if you’re wondering how Samara’s curse could possibly continue in an era where no one watches VHS tapes anymore, you may be pleased to see she’s made some technological upgrades. Watch the Rings trailer below.

UPDATE: We’ve added a Rings international trailer below which contains a bit of new footage.

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