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SPLICE
Splice has its problems—not least of which is a flat third act horror turn-around—but it’s also refreshingly weird and original, taking the familiar monster movie/genetic-experiment-gone-wrong formula and twisting it into something uniquely its own. The Cronenberg inspiration is clearly evident, and lest the film get too serious, there’s also a knowing Sam Raimi vibe that creeps in now and again during some uncomfortably hilarious moments of absurdity. Not everyone will be able to tolerate the bizarre turns the story takes, but for those able to let the film’s perverse sense of dread pull them in, it’s one of the more intriguing films to be released in quite awhile.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – A Director’s Playground: Vicenzo Natali on the set of Splice.

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Universal Studios Hollywood just announced the newest maze for the 2010 Halloween Horror Nights:

“A Nightmare On Elm Street: Never Sleep Again,” will bring guests back on a nightmare journey to the town of Springwood, the scene of Freddy Krueger’s unspeakable crimes. They’ll wind through the ominously twisting corridors of the Barham Day Care Center, glimpse ghastly scenes of carnage among the young people of Springwood and face the ultimate showdown with Freddy in his infamous boiler room lair.

The new maze is based upon the 2010 Platinum Dunes remake A Nightmare on Elm Street, and not the Wes Craven original. More details after the jump.

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A Nightmare on Elm StreetIn this week’s /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley respond to Ebert’s diatribe against 3D, and reflect, as usual, on the future of the Twilight series. Special guest Joseph Kahn, the director of Torque, joins us for this episode.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 3D Sequel

A Nightmare On Elm Street

Platinum Dunes A Nightmare on Elm Street remake “killed” (pun intended) at the box office this weekend, taking in over $32.9 million domestically in its first outing. This is the biggest opening for the Nightmare series, and the largest horror opening for the months of both May and April. Apparently this was enough to get Warner Bros/New Line to commit to a 3D sequel.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street – What Did You Think?

A Nightmare On Elm Street

Samuel Bayer’s A Nightmare on Elm Street is finally in theaters everywhere today. Personally, my enthusiasm for the project has waxed and waned over the years. I was wary when I first heard at Comic-Con that the project was under way, but when I had the chance to chat with the director a few weeks ago, I found myself getting more upbeat about the movie’s prospects. Here’s a guy who’s been responsible for some of the most iconic music video imagery in the past two decades, tackling a franchise rife with creative possibilities. Surely, he’d be able to wring some memorable filmmaking out of it, right?

So, did Bayer succeed? Hit the jump for some of my thoughts, and feel free to leave your own in the comments. Spoilers are allowed after this point.

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A Nightmare On Elm Street

There’s a joke at the center of A Nightmare on Elm Street, a very simple one, that would be hilarious if it wasn’t so damning. The joke is that a film about kids desperately trying to stay awake is so incredibly good at putting me to sleep.

A hybrid re-imagining and remake of Wes Craven‘s 1984 original, this Nightmare feels like it has been glued together out of ill-fitting parts. A shot for shot sequence remake here, characters mixed and matched there, and a Freddy Krueger that is far more vile than the original, yet significantly less interesting to watch. You’d think those two aspects might correspond. A more realistic, disgusting Krueger should be less overtly entertaining than Robert Englund’s version, which worked one-liners for over a decade. That’s part of it, but the one-liners aren’t actually gone, while the grim approach isn’t more frightening.

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A Nightmare On Elm Street SAMUEL BAYER

While a lot of filmmakers are jumping at the opportunity to convert their films into 3D, Samuel Bayer, the director of Platinum Dunes’ remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, fought against the idea.

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Iron Man 2

Okay, so we took a day off from the Poster round-up and it seems like the one-sheets have really stacked up fast. Today we bring you two Iron Man 2 IMAX movie posters, the one-sheet for The Disappearance of Alice Creed, A Nightmare on Elm Street Motion Poster, an Italian one-sheet for Despicable Me, Ken Loach’s Looking for Eric, and posters/promo images for two television shows: True Blood and Lost. Check them out now, after the jump.

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