New Transformers Character Squeeks

In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Transformers: The Last Knight goes to Detroit, blows stuff up.
  • A look at the visual effects of Star Trek Beyond.
  • Jackie Chan joins The Nut Job 2.
  • A new Jason Bourne TV spots teases a wider conspiracy.
  • Ryan Reynolds shares an excellent (fan-made) poster for Deadpool 2.
  • Saw: Legacy is looking to start filming later this year.
  • John Turturro still wants to make that The Big Lebowski spin-off.

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Ash vs Evil Dead season 2 teaser

Starz was so high on Ash vs. Evil Dead, they renewed it for a second season before the first season even premiered. And they’re so thrilled about that second season, they’re wasting no time showing it off. Though Ash vs. Evil Dead season 2 won’t premiere for another few months, Starz has just served up the first deliciously gory teaser trailer and image.  Read More »

IT

When Cary Fukunaga departed from the adaptation of Stephen King‘s It due to creative differences, Mama co-writer and director Andrés Muschietti stepped in. With Muschietti behind the camera, New Line’s R-rated project has finally started production.

To celebrate day one of principal photography, the director shared some behind-the-scenes images. One of the pictures is a sketch of Pennywise, but, despite some speculation, it’s nothing more than a sketch. Check it out below.

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stranger things image

The first trailer for Netflix’s Stranger Things sure got our attention. Our own Jacob Hall described it as having a “pinch of Amblin and a cup of Stephen King,” which is a spot-on description of a series that looks like a big throwback. There are images in the trailers, including the latest one, that can’t help but make you think of Amblin, King, and John Carpenter‘s work. All of those potential influences could add up to little more than a trip down nostalgia lane, but the trailers are leading us to believe there’s possibly more to this Netflix series.

Below, watch the Stranger Things trailer.

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Viral trailer

So, what’ve you got planned for the three-day weekend? Summer Friday happy hour, maybe? A Fourth of July cookout? Maybe a Sunday night out hitting the clubs, since you can sleep in Monday? Well, you might want to reorganize your calendar after seeing the first Viral trailer. Because as it turns out, socializing is a really great way to catch horrifying infectious diseases.

Viral comes from Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost — the directors behind CatfishParanormal Activity 3 and 4, and the upcoming Nerve — and powerhouse producer Jason Blum. A strange parasitic virus begins to infect a small suburban town, but two teenage sisters (played by Sofia Black-D’Elia and Analeigh Tipton) decide to ignore the warnings and party with their friends anyway, with predictably awful results. Watch the Viral trailer below.
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Nicolas Winding Refn pic

Nicolas Winding Refn‘s name appears many times in The Neon Demon, in both the opening and closing credits. But even if his name weren’t mentioned, nobody would mistake this darkly funny horror movie as anything but a Refn film. This time around, however, the director behind Only God ForgivesDrive, and Bronson tells a story from a woman’s perspective — which is a first in his career.

The Neon Demon stars Elle FanningJena MaloneAbbey Lee Kershaw, Bella Heathcote, and, in a part that was shot over the course of three days, Keanu Reeves. Which one of these characters, with the possible exception of Reeves’ sleazy motel manager, is the titular demon is up to the viewer to decide. In my brief conversation with Refn, he refers to Jesse as the Neon Demon, but his story, which he co-wrote with Mary Laws and Polly Stenham, leaves plenty of room for an audience to think otherwise.

Sometimes you never fully know what to expect from Refn, as proven by our own Jacob Hall’s somewhat contentious interview with him and composer Cliff Martinez. I’ve spoken to the director a handful of times over the years, and just like his work, he’s occasionally unpredictable, but he’s also always engaged and not without a sense of humor, both about himself and his films.

Below, read our Nicolas Winding Refn interview, which has some mild spoilers for The Neon Demon.

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The Walking Dead attraction

The Walking Dead universe is a pretty grim place. When characters aren’t outrunnning hungry hordes of the undead, they’re trying to outmaneuver living people who might be even more vicious and violent. If they manage to survive all that, they might find they’ve lost their own souls in the process — a lifetime of threats and heartbreaking decisions will do that to a person. No sane person would choose to live in a world that brutal.

But visit for a few minutes at a time? That, people might go for. Indeed, plenty of people already have — the Walking Dead maze has proven immensely popular during Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights. So the theme park is getting ready to ignore those “Don’t Open, Dead Inside” warnings and fling the doors open year-round. Now you can check out a full video walkthrough of the permanent attraction, days before it officially opens to the public on Monday, July 4Read More »

lights out trailer

There is no fear as primal as fear of the dark. It’s the foundation upon which all other fears are built and the support structure for the horror genre. Bad stuff happens when the lights go out. Human beings have evolved to know this. We don’t have to be taught that stuff goes bump in the night. We understand this in the core our inner selves.

So yeah, Lights Out looks scary, taking our inherent fear of darkness and saying “Yep, there is indeed a gangly ghost-monster that means you harm lurking the shadows.” The new trailer shows off a horror movie that looks creepy and promising, carved out of the same mold as Insidious and The Conjuring (which makes sense, since James Wan is a producer on this film).

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Ouija: Origin of Evil trailer

2014’s Ouija was a waste of a halfway decent idea, a lazy cash grab cobbled together from bits and pieces of other, better movies. But it cost $5 million to make and grossed over $100 million worldwide, so you know what that means: we’re getting a sequel. Or rather, a prequel.

As the title suggests, Ouija: Origin of Evil goes back to earlier times. Specifically the 1960s, even though Ouija boards were actually invented in the late 19th century and evil definitely goes back way further than that. Anyway, the trouble begins when a fake medium (Elizabeth Reaser) and her two daughters (Annalise Basso and Lulu Wilson) accidentally summon a very real and very nasty spirit. Watch the Ouija: Origin of Evil trailer after the jump.  Read More »