Posted on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Director Andy Muschiettii is currently deep into filming his adaptation of Stephen King‘s It and he’s been sharing unofficial glimpses of the set (and a few key locations) over on his Instagram page. Today’s new look at the film is anything but unofficial. We saw our first look at Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, the chief face of the film’s shapeshifting villain, a few weeks ago. But that deliberately cropped close-up has nothing on this new image, which reveals this fear-eating, kid-killing, monstrosity in all of his creepy glory.
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The long-gestating film adaption of Stephen King‘s It has been quietly filming for several weeks now under the direction of Mama‘s Andy Muschietti. While our only official look at the film has been the first image of Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the Dancing Clown (the default form of the evil “it” of the title), Muschietti has been quietly sharing images from the set on his Instagram page, teasing details that should send a chill right up the spine of any seasoned horror fan.
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The problem facing Godzilla as a character, as giant radioactive lizard who makes a habit out of turning cities into piles of dust and rubble, is that time has the nasty habit of sanding the rough edges off of just about anything. We’ve watched it happen to other famous movie monsters – as the decades pass, formerly terrifying creations become mascots. They become heroes. They start to rescue the cities and the people they once mercilessly destroyed.
The most refreshing thing about the first trailer for Godzilla: Resurgence was the overwhelming sense of menace and dread in every frame. This isn’t a Godzilla movie where the King of the Monsters saves Tokyo from alien invaders while kids cheer him on – this is a Godzilla movie where the title character is restored as a figure who deserves to be feared. The newest trailer, cut for the film’s Philippines release, doubles down on this.
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Posted on Monday, August 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
Babak Anvari‘s Under the Shadow premiered to rave reviews at Sundance this year (including one from yours truly) and has spent the past several months collecting still more praise on the festival circuit, hitting SXSW, Fantasia, and more. Now it’s finally headed to theaters, just in time to get yourself good and terrified for Halloween.
Set in the 1980s during the height of the Iran-Iraq war, Under the Shadow follows a mother and daughter left to fend for themselves in Tehran after the father is conscripted into military service. Everyday life is nerve-wracking as it is, what with air raid sirens going off at random, political turmoil upending the social order, and religious zealots eager to find and punish anyone who steps out of line. But things go from bad to worse when the mother starts to suspect a djinn is haunting the family.
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Posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2016 by Fred Topel
The CW was developing a Friday the 13th Crystal Lake TV series to explore the origins of Jason Vorhees. In April, it was reported that The CW had passed on the pilot. Today’s CW executive session for the Television Critics Association was the first chance to ask CW president Mark Pedowitz officially what went wrong. During the panel, Pedowitz briefly confirmed that he was no longer developing the series. Speaking with reporters further after the panel, Pedowitz explained why Friday the 13th didn’t work.
“We had better pilots,” Pedowitz said. “Bottom line, we thought we had stronger things to go with and we didn’t go forward with it.” The three new series The CW picked up are Frequency and No Tomorrow for the fall and the Archie comics adaptation Riverdale for midseason. Read More »
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Last month brought the horror thriller Lights Out to theaters, and plenty were terrified by the dark all over again. Now darkness looks to be even more terrifying in the forthcoming horror thriller Don’t Breathe. The film from Evil Dead remake director Fede Alvarez horrified audiences at the South by Southwest film festival earlier this year, and now it’s coming to theaters in just over a couple weeks. If the first teaser trailer wasn’t enough to unnerve you, then this new red band trailer should really push your buttons. There’s no nudity, just some blood and salty language, so it’s only a little NSFW. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
I’ll file this one under “I’ll believe it when I see it,” but here goes nothing: it seems that Brad Pitt and Paramount are currently courting David Fincher to direct the sequel to 2013’s World War Z. Nothing has been confirmed and no dotted lines have been John Hancocked, but the Gone Girl director seems to be current choice to take over the project. There’s a lot of baggage to sort through here and a dozen different reasons while he would say no to this job, but let’s take a moment to imagine a zombie apocalypse film directed by a filmmaker as meticulous and remorseless as Fincher. That would be the exact kick in the rear this burgeoning franchise needs.
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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:
- A Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ride is rumored to be replacing Dragon Challenge at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
- The Incredible Hulk Coaster has finally reopened following a lengthy refurbishment.
- Take a video tour of the the Incredible Hulk Coaster‘s new queue.
- Universal Studios Hollywood is bring The Purge: Election Year to Halloween Horror Nights.
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I didn’t always have a soft spot for the Resident Evil movies, but I developed one over time, especially as it became clear that this trashy, silly, and hilariously convoluted series was just going to keep going and going and going. Even when they’re at their least comprehensible, these films have been a strong showcase for Milla Jovovich as an action hero and watching her find new and bloody ways to combat armies of monsters, mutants, and zombies has, more often than not, been worth the price of admission.
Now, the series looks to be coming to an end with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter and the first trailer has arrived. And yet, let’s not take that subtitle too literally yet – you’d need a few hands to count the number of franchises that continued beyond the entry that contained “final” in the title.
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