ATM Viral Video From ‘Skyline’

These days, people do so much important business at ATM’s that it’s completely normal to be nervous and guarded around them. We’re standing on the street, with money in plain sight, inputting numbers that unlock our lives. At any moment, someone could steal the PIN from over your shoulder or run by and grab the cash out of you hand. Being held up in that situation is certainly a real fear for many of us and, until today, it was the worst possible thing that could happen at an ATM. Now, in a short viral clip for Skyline, we have footage from something much worse that can happen while you are standing at an ATM. For added effect, it’s shown from the perspective of the machine.

Skyline, directed by the Brothers Strause and starring Eric Balfour and Donald Faison, opens Friday. Check out the viral video jump. Read More »

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‘Skyline 2′ Is Already In Development

When Greg and Colin Strause rolled into Hall H at Comic-Con this year with a movie no one had heard of, they knew if they didn’t have the goods, their movie could suffer insurmountable backlash. Thankfully, the footage they showed from Skyline was not only impressive, but the story the Strause’s told – about making the film on their own, on a relative shoe string budget, much like Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project – was incredible. That these brothers, who also happen to own their own visual effects house, Hydraulx, made a movie that looks like it costs $200 million for a tiny fraction of that was jaw-dropping.

So it’s no surprise to report that, with the film just weeks away from its November 12 release date, the confident Strause Brothers are already working on the sequel. Details after the jump. Read More »

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Shock Till You Drop received a tip over the weekend from a source at 20th Century Fox who claimed that a sequel to last December’s generally hated Aliens vs. Predator – Requiem is a “certainty.” A second sequel in the battle royal sci-fi horror franchise would be rather surprising, as AvP-R didn’t reach $50 million domestically, though it made about $130 million worldwide. However one might expect sales of the DVD, set for April 15th, to be rather healthy. As aforementioned, after much boasting by visual effects wizard brothers Colin Strause and Greg Strause, their film still sucked about as much as the first AVP flick from Paul W.S. Anderson. The source didn’t clarify whether the Brothers Strause would return.

The question here is whether this potentially landmark franchise can ever retain the promise that existed in so many fanboys’ heads before it became a cinematic reality. Twentieth Century Fox has to realize at this point that the key factor to making an AVP film that can reach $100 million domestic (and a third film still could) is the director. At this point they need to go with a well known action director rather than a young hot shot with visual acumen.

While some of the thrill is gone after two outings, especially amongst the non-geek mainstream, an injection of class and a detachment from the prior two films could still make considerable bank. I doubt they could get Ridley Scott at this point, but that’s the type of talent they should aim for. And this isn’t about AVP so much as rebooting the Aliens and Predator franchises, neither of which are particularly strong go-to’s right now. As seen from the boffo grosses and insatiable interest in I Am Legend, moviegoers want their dark sci-fi, so do it right or don’t bother.

Discuss: Can you ever get excited for an AVP film again after the first two? 

Photo: Predalien from AVP-R

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That photo above is not a photoshop creation, it’s a Predalien from Aliens vs. Predator – Requiem. Yes, that is an Alien and Predator hybrid.

Directors Greg and Colin Strause have also provided USA Today with a couple nice quotes, promising that this sequel is “more like the classic early Alien and Predator movies we grew up on,” Dark, Scary, Rainy. They also claim to have cut back on the computer generated effects, and have amassed an arsenal of 12 creature suits.

“You’re not going to see 50 digital creatures running around,” Greg says. “We want to bring the franchise back to basics. That’s what made them so frightening in the first place.”

I like the enthusiasm, and the idea of less CG and more costumed creatures in theory. And I even admit that the trailer for AVP-R looks promising, despite a horrendous first film. What do you guys think?

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