We’re well through the first and second tiers of horror remakes, as we’ve seen new versions of Psycho and ’80s slasher series such as Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Friday the 13th, not to mention remakes of slightly less well-knwon films such as The Hills Have Eyes and Piranha.

Now, with a remake wave that also includes Maniac, we’ve got a new version of Silent Night, Deadly Night. The 1984 original caused a minor furor less for its content (most of the people complaining never saw the original) but for the fact that the story of a serial-killing Santa was advertised during prime time.

I know there’s a war on Christmas and everything (sarcasm), but still, it’s difficult to believe that Silent Night, which remakes/updates the ’84 film, will create the same sort of furor. That said, the trailer for the remake makes it out to be a slasher in the modern exploitation mode with enough creep-out factor and weird intensity to satisfy fans of the genre. And why the hell does that voice at the end sound so much like Willem Dafoe? Read More »

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Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

We’ve seen a teaser and a full trailer for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Edgar Wright‘s adaptation of the graphic novel series by Bryan Lee O’Malley. Now there’s an international trailer that sells the tale of Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) a bass player and sorta-slacker who falls for Ramona Flowers (Mary-Elizabeth Winstead) but must defeat her seven evil exes before they can truly be together. Lots of new footage in this one, including a good look at Brandon Routh. Read More »

Scott Pilgrim

Universal Pictures has released the first full-length movie trailer for Edgar Wright‘s upcoming action-comedy Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Based on the comic book series written by Bryan Lee O’Malley, Pilgrim tells the story of a charming and jobless 22-year-old who must defeat his new girlfriend’s seven evil ex-boyfriends in order to win her heart. The new trailer will be attached to Get Him To The Greek, but has been put online once the Scott Pilgrim facebook page reached 100,000 fans (which happened at 1:30am on Monday morning).

The new trailer is pretty awesome, and has me even more excited about the film than the initial teaser. The only thing I didn’t like was the lame “it’s on like Donkey Kong” tagline which I’m sure was the “genius” idea of the Universal’s marketing team. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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First Look: Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs the World

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We’ve seen a lot of candid cast photos for Edgar Wright‘s upcoming Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, but until now we haven’t seen any actual stills from the film. Edgar Wright just blogged what appears to be the first official still blown up and framed.  But the wily director didn’t just throw the shot out to the world; he took the photo at an extreme angle that seeks to obscure it somewhat. Thanks to the magic of this photo reconstructing program I have on loan from the FBI (ok, it’s just Photoshop) you can get a great look at Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Johnny Simmons, Ellen Wong, Allison Pill and Mark Webber as they (I think) look disdainfully at a performance by a rival band.

Check the original photo and our ‘fixed’ version in embiggened size after the break. Read More »

Edgar Wright has posted two more photos of the cast of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. I’ve touched them up, a little color correction, and added side-by-side comparisons from the graphic novel. Ellen Wong (pictured above) plays Knives Chau, a 17-year-old Chinese-Canadian high school girl who dated Scott for a short stint before he found Ramona. She still isn’t over him even though she is dating other guys. And below is another photo, shadows aside — an almost full photo this time, of Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Ramona Flowers. Thanks to /Film reader Michelle N for the tip.

Another bit of Scott Pilgrim vs The World casting was hidden away at the bottom of an Empire magazine article I didn’t read fully enough the first time (and let that be a lesson to me – so excited by my new /Film engagement am I, that I’m still all spiky with adrenalin).  If only I’d slowed down a bit and used the scroll bar more casually, I’d have seen their announcement that Ellen Wong has signed on to play Knives Chau.

Who is Knives Chau?  She was Scott “Michael Cera” Pilgrim’s girlfriend before he met Ramona “Mary Elizabeth Winstead” Flowers but she’s found it hard letting go of him.  Sounds worrying, really – what with the Knives bit and all – but it isn’t.  She’s quite sweet about it, though I can’t help but feel sorry for Young Neil, her new boyfriend.  She’s 17, she’s a Second Cup employee and she’s Chinese-Canadian.  So that’s the fictional character… who’s the actress?  Who is this Ellen Wong?  Well, there’s over half of a picture of her under the break. get excited now.

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