31 trailer

I once described the “Love Hurts” sequence from the 2007 remake of Halloween to my wife and she honestly thought I was making it up. I have rarely been so annoyed (or seen an audience so irritated) than after a SXSW screening of Lords of Salem. So it’s some kind of testament to Rob Zombie that I remain interested in him as a filmmaker and have every intention of seeing his newest movie, 31…which looks like something a team of comedians would have cooked up if they were tasked with creating a parody of a Rob Zombie movie.

The new (and NSFW) 31 trailer hits all of the checkmarks: evil clowns, big unkept beards, roles for actors from cult-favorite genre movies, excessive gore, sets that look like they’re pulsating with infectious disease, and an overall griminess that threatens to shoot an STD straight into your eyeballs. But hey, at least Zombie has an anesthetic. Not every horror filmmakers can claim that.

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Shut In trailer

If there was one thing we learned last Oscar season, it was that Jacob Tremblay is basically the cutest kid ever. He was endearing in Room and even more adorable on its press tour, winning everyone with his tiny sharp suits and gleeful Star Wars fandom. But now he’s using his wide-eyed innocent schtick for evil.

Shut In stars Tremblay as Tom, a boy traumatized by the loss of his parents. He catches the attention of Mary, a psychiatrist (Naomi Watts) who’s reeling from a car accident that killed her husband and left her teenage stepson (Stranger Things‘ Charlie Heaton) in a catatonic state. But after Tom disappears under Mary’s care, things take a turn for the creepy. Oliver Platt also stars. Watch the Shut In trailer below.  Read More »

2016 summer movie recap

The summer movie season is over and you know what that means – it’s time to hand out pointless imaginary awards to the best, worst, and weirdest films of the past four months!

Welcome to the 2016 Summer Blockbuster Awards, which is like the Oscars if the Oscars only covered a specific release window, were decided by one person, and were also really dumb. Here’s how this works: I have created 24 categories, from “Best Performance” to “Movie Most in Need of a Hug” and have awarded one winner and one runner-up. At the name of these awards imply, the focus here is on wide releases that arrived between May and August of this year. So while you really should go out of your way to see indie gems like Swiss Army Man and Don’t Think Twice, they won’t be the focus here. Got it? Good. Let’s just dive right in.

Be warned there are spoilers ahead for some of this summer’s films.

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Trick 'r Treat decorations

As we continue waiting for a sequel, Trick ‘r Treat 2, writer-director Michael Dougherty and AtmosFX’s co-founder Pete Reichert are hoping some Trick ‘r Treat-themed Halloween decorations will tide folks over. The Krampus director and his old pal from his days at MTV are bringing fans of the anthology horror movie some vignettes involving Sam, the enforcer of Halloween’s rules and traditions.

The digital decorations will show the pumpkin-faced troublemaker confronting a bully without a costume, terrorizing a home handing out healthy snacks, and more. You can place these decorations in front of a window or on your lawn, and the images are, like the film, aimed a little more towards adults. We recently spoke with Dougherty and Reichert about making these Trick ‘r Treat decorations, what to expect from the vignettes, and Dougherty’s immense passion for his creation.

Below, get more information on the Trick ‘r Treat decorations.

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Blair Witch Producer Talks Sequels

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • The director of The Blair Witch Project praises Blair Witch.
  • John Boyega teases Pacific Rim 2.
  • Stephen Lang promises that the Avatar sequels are still coming.
  • Duncan Jones would still be down for a Warcraft 2.
  • Zombieland 2 is being written. Again.
  • Mary Poppins Returns star Emily Blunt has earned an important seal of approval.
  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back reveals a new poster.
  • Michael Bay shows off a big stunt on Transformers: The Last Knight.
  • Super Troopers 2 will wrap filming in September.

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The Greasy Strangler trailer

Swiss Army Man made a lot of headlines for sparking walkouts at Sundance, but as the generally positive reviews for that one showed, plenty of critics were won over by Daniel Radcliffe’s farting corpse. No, in my experience, the film at this year’s festival that really repulsed people was The Greasy StranglerJim Hosking‘s midnight horror comedy centers on a schlubby middle-aged man (Sky Elobar) and his mean old dad (Michael St. Michaels) who, unbeknownst to his son, likes to slather himself in lard and go on killing sprees. Elizabeth De Razzo also stars, as the son’s love interest.

The Greasy Strangler has drawn comparisons to Tim & Eric, John Waters, and Harmony Korine, among others, which should tell you right off the bat that this is not a movie for everyone. But if you’re a fan of the gross and outré, you can check out the first Greasy Strangler trailer below. Be warned that despite the cheerful pink rating card and the friendly-looking G, this video is strictly NSFWRead More »

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The first season of Ash vs. Evil Dead came to a spectacularly bloody end back in January, but the battle isn’t over for our favorite Deadite killer. A new featurette reveals just what Ash and his pals have been up to since then, and teases what’s waiting for them upon their return to Ash’s hometown of Elk Grove in season 2. The video also offers a glimpse at new characters like Ash’s dad Brock (Lee Majors) and Ash’s childhood BFF Chet (Ted Raimi). Watch the Ash vs. Evil Dead season 2 featurette and check out some Ash vs. Evil Dead season 2 key art below.  Read More »

The Best Movies Leaving Netflix in September 2016

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While next month will see a number of great movies arriving on Netflix, it will also see more than a few must-see films vanish. Here are the movies leaving Netflix in September 2016 that you need to catch before they’re gone.

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NBC Walking Dead

The Walking Dead has been a staple of the AMC lineup ever since it debuted to record numbers in 2010, even spawning two spinoffs, the chat show Talking Dead and the prequel series Fear the Walking Dead. But before it joined AMC, it almost made its home at NBC. And it had it wound up there, we would have seen a very, very different version of the show.

According to executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, NBC was initially intrigued by Frank Darabont‘s script for the show, but wondered if he might make it a zombie crime drama instead. Or even just get rid of the whole “zombie” angle altogether. Uh… what?  Read More »