Once again, Hollywood proves it isn’t satisfied til a trend has been completely beaten into the ground… then beaten some more… then covered with two tons of dirt and had a cross-shaped headstone laid on top of it.

Gremlins director Joe Dante will be helming Monster Love for Darclight, the genre arm of Arclight Films. The screenplay, by comics writer Greg Pak, is a horror-comedy about a werewolf and a vampire whose romance sparks an inter-species war. If that plot sounds new and exciting to you, you probably haven’t been awake for the past five years. More details, including the synopsis from the press release, after the jump. Read More »

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While it’s easy to look at the past through rose-colored glasses (or bloody ones, in this case) and think that there have been many great horror film anthologies, that’s just not the case. There are certainly a lot of horror anthology films, but few amount to much. I’m hoping that Paris, I’ll Kill You, a horror riff on Paris, je t’aime, will be the exception.

This project boasts a hell of a directorial lineup: Joe Dante (Gremlins), Xavier Gens (Frontiere(s), Hitman), Joern Heitmann (Tokio Hotel), Julien Maury & Alexandre Bustillo (Inside), Ryuhei Kitamura (Versus, Midnight Meat Train), Vincenzo Natali (Splice), Paco Plaza ([REC], [REC] 2) and Christopher Smith (Severance, Triangle). I can’t imagine any genre film fan not anticipating this at least a bit with that set of filmmakers corralled into one space. Read More »

Movie Trailer: Joe Dante’s The Hole

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If you don’t recognize director Joe Dante‘s name, than chances are you didn’t grow up watching movies in the 1980′s. His filmography includes Gremlins, Small Soldiers, The Howling, a segment of Twilight Zone: The Movie, Explorers, Innerspace, and The Burbs. The Hole is Dante’s first feature directing gig since Looney Toons: Back in Action.

In fact, you may have read about this project long ago as it was completed in early 2009, and even screened at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival. That is where I saw the film. It is a tame but fun throwback to the PG-13 horror movies from my childhood. This is the type of movie that has sadly disappeared sometime over the last decade or two.

I’m still not sure when or if this film will ever hit theaters, as no release date has been announced. I’m surprised that one of the Hollywood distributors isn’t jumping at the opportunity to add another 3D film to their release schedule. And it should be mention that The Hole was filmed in 3D, not post converted.

Watch the trailer embedded after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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Gremlins Poster

Here we go again. Talk of a third Gremlins film (or potential remake) has come and gone over the past few years, and now MarketSaw is reporting news that will surely set off another round of speculation. According to their source, Gremlins 3 is currently in very early stages of development, and it’s being created with 3-D in mind. While the information is very vague, MarketSaw has proven themselves to be accurate on more than one occasion. And given the success of Avatar, it also makes complete sense for studios to start pushing forward properties with the potential to hit it big in 3-D.

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I’m surprised that there’s not a lot of evident interest in the fact that Joe Dante is making a new horror feature, but I’m chalking that up to the fact that it’s an indie that has only just begun to reach out with images and video clips. The film, The Hole 3D, was at Comic Con, where Dante did some interviews, and now there are four behind the scenes clips thanks to MovieSet. See those clips and learn where you can see the rare workprint of Dante’s Gremlins after the break. Read More »

The Goonies Cast Reunion

Gremlins director Joe Dante tells Bloody Disgusting that while a third Gremlins movie or remake might happen someday, he won’t be involved.

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