Keith Stanfield

Netflix’s Death Note is jotting down another name. Straight Outta Compton and Short Term 12 actor Keith Stanfield has reportedly closed a deal to star in the manga adaptation, alongside Margaret Qualley (The Nice Guys) and Nat Wolff (Paper Towns). Adam Wingard (The Guest) is directing.  Read More »

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the predator hero

There are many reasons why the original Predator is an all-timer, but chief among them is its cast of human characters. For most of its first act, the alien hunter remains hidden and we watch as Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s Dutch and his team of soldiers are firmly established as unstoppable, untouchable, and entirely believable killing machines. Only then, once they have been showcased as a group of guys who cannot be beat, does the creature begun to pick them off with stunning ease. The result is jarring but shocking – this thing is powerful and smart enough to kill these guys?

When the credits roll (and spoiler alert for a thirty-year old movie), Schwarzenegger is the last man standing, but he’s taken one hell of a beating. Then Predator 2 moved on to a new location with new characters. And then we all had a fever dream where two Alien vs. Predator movies happened. And then Predators took us to another new location with another new set of characters. Will Shane Black‘s upcoming The Predator finally bring Dutch back into the fold? Maybe. Maybe not. But if so, we now know that he won’t be the main character.

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The Conjuring 2 Prank

This weekend brings The Conjuring 2, the latest horror flick from director James Wan, to theaters everywhere. It’s got some good scares and it just might be even more suspenseful and terrifying than the first film, which is saying something. In addition to the spooks provided by his horror sequel, James Wan teamed up with the Brazilian hidden camera prank show Câmera Escondida to pull of a stunt inspired by several scenes The Conjuring 2. Plus, there’s a cameo by a familiar, creepy doll.

Watch The Conjuring 2 prank after the jump. Read More »

The Conjuring 2 James Wan interview

In 2013,  James Wan directed his most successful and critically acclaimed horror film, The Conjuring. Instead of rushing a sequel to a start date, all involved waited for Wan — a filmmaking machine who has had four features come out in the last three years — to come back for the sequel, which sees the return of paranormal investigators Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga). This time, the couple venture overseas for the Enfield Haunting.

At the press day for The Conjuring 2, Wan discussed with us his career, the pace of the film, working with kid actors, and more. We began our conversation with Wan discussing a striking long take in the sequel, in which Ed communicates with an evil spirit, Old Bill. It’s the kind of seamless long take you don’t know is a long take until it’s over. Below, read our James Wan interview.

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stranger things trailer

Netflix is producing so many original shows these days that it’s often hard to keep up, with much of their original programming falling through the cracks in the crowded television landscape. Sure, you may say you’ll eventually get around to watching Marco Polo or Bloodline, but let’s face it – no one on planet Earth has actually watched Marco Polo or Bloodline. I kid because I love. And because Netflix is richer than most small nations.

Then something like Stranger Things appears on the horizon and you realize “Oh, here’s a Netflix original series that I think I will actually get around to watching!” Only time will tell if this new show can match the success of House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, but the first trailer leaves a strong impression, offering shades of Steven Spielberg and Stephen King and all of those adventurous genre films from the ’80s that somehow got away with PG ratings because the PG-13 hadn’t been invented yet.

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The Greasy Strangler Trailer

For every film festival movie that hits all the expected cliches, whether it’s troubled romance, coming-of-age, or dysfunctional families, there’s always one movie that goes against the grain of everything. And that’s where The Greasy Strangler comes into play.

From The ABCs of Death 2 segment director Jim Hosking comes a positively nuts feature film debut that feels like the insanity of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim turned up to 11 and made even more gross and revolting. Honestly, I have no idea what’s going on in this movie or why, and that’s probably why I’ll end up watching it.

See The Greasy Strangler teaser trailer after the jump, but beware, it’s NSFW due to nudity. Read More »

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john carpenter movies ranked

For the past month, I’ve been revisiting the filmography of John Carpenter, a filmmaker of extraordinary range and skill who spent a few decades churning out one masterpiece after another. And then, as luck would have it, Carpenter (who has all but retired) started entering the news again. First, Guillermo del Toro paid tribute to him with a brilliant string of tweets. Then, Blumhouse acquired the rights to make a new Halloween movie and brought Carpenter on board as an executive producer. My personal project was suddenly relevant!

Then again, John Carpenter is always relevant as long as you want to talk about one of the most fascinating and entertaining filmmakers of the past forty years. Because I needed an excuse to write about his movies (and because this is the internet), I ranked all 18 of Carpenter’s theatrically released films, which was actually a tricky progress. Even his weaker movies tend to be interesting and his best movies are so good that they defy comparison.

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The Wailing trailer

Typically, when a film garners big buzz at a splashy festival premiere, it takes a few months — sometimes a full year or more — before the rest of us at home get the chance to check it out. That is happily not the case with The Wailing, Na Hong-jin‘s chilling thriller about a rural village that falls prey to a mysterious outbreak of violence. The film did big business at the South Korean box office before wowing Cannes in May, and its limited U.S. release begins this weekend. Get a glimpse of the horror to come with a new The Wailing trailer below.  Read More »

It movie director

Warner Bros has been trying to remake Stephen King‘s It for over seven years now. Last year, Mama director Andrés Muschietti replaced Cary Fukunaga, who had left over creative differences with the studio. And now it seems like the adaptation/remake is actually happening as casting is being locked down as we speak. Find out who will play Pennywise the Clown and more, after the jump.

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