Listen: John Landis Talks Movies for Three Hours

John Landis, the critically-acclaimed writer and director of ÒAn American Werewolf in LondonÓ visited Universal OrlandoÕs Halloween Horror Nights 23 on Friday, September 20, 2013 to enjoy the elaborate haunted house that brought his classic horror film to life.

Who wouldn’t love to pick the brain of a Hollywood legend for hours on end? Even actors themselves take the privilege seriously. Case in point, this newly-discovered three hour conversation between Kevin Pollak and John Landis. Landis, whose films include The Blues Brothers, Animal House and An American Werewolf in London, was a guest on Pollak’s “Chat Show” in 2011. They talked about Alfred Hitchcock, the Marx Brothers, George Burns and even J.J. Abrams’ Super 8, which had just been released. Check it out below. Read More »

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This seems like the year that Universal is pulling out all the stops for the Halloween Horror Nights experience at Universal Studios Orlando on select nights from Sept. 20 to Nov. 2.. The first announced attraction, based on Cabin in the Woods, made the event a must-visit for some horror fans. (Edit: I’d originally said that The Purge and Curse of Chucky would be represented with attractions as well, but those  will be ScareZones in Hollywood, not Orlando.)

And now here’s the big one: John Landis has teamed with the Halloween Horror Nights team to create a huge maze based on his film An American Werewolf in London. We talked to Landis and Mike Aiello, the Creative Development Director for Halloween Horror Nights, who explained that he and his team have tried to do this dream project a few times before, and have finally made it happen. We have more info from them below. Read More »

This sounds like exactly what Chronicle director Josh Trank was hoping to avoid by edging around the sequel to his “kids with powers” movie. Screenwriter Max Landis penned the first film, and now he’s writing the sequel. But if John Landis, director of Burke and Hare and An American Werewolf in London, and father of Max, is to be believed, the script isn’t pleasing execs at Fox. Why? According to the elder Landis, because the second story isn’t enough like the first. Read More »

John Landis Writing His Return to Horror

Briefly: With the 30th anniversary of the release of An American Werewolf in London just around the corner (on Aug 21) it’s only fitting that director John Landis says that he’s returning to horror movies. The director of Burke & Hare, while promoting that film, responded to Bloody Disgusting‘s question about returning to outright horror with some actual details. Landis said,

“You know what? Actually, I’m writing one with Alexandre Gavras [son of director Costa-Gavras] and we’re shooting it within the next two years in Paris [...] Yeah, a little monster movie. It has no title [yet]… You’re the first people to know about it. [...] It’s interesting…my cast has to be bilingual because it’s being shot in French and English. We know who’s gonna star in it, but this is all off the radar right now [so I can't tell you who they are].”

So: good news! I hope. What’s that French/English aspect all about, though? Maybe this will finally erase our collective memory of An American Werewolf in Paris? (Which Landis did not direct, just to be clear.)

The Daily What brings us a creepy cosplay photo of the day, featuring Nemo from Finding Nemo (and what is that near his legs?)

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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 24 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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Movie Trailer: John Landis’ Burke & Hare

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Ealing Studios has released a promotional trailer for the John Landis’ horror comedy Burke & Hare.

As you know, the film is based on the real-life exploits of Irish murderers William Burke and William Hare, who killed at least 17 people in Edinburgh in 1827-8, the film may not hew too closely to the tone and severity of actual events. The movie stars Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis, and co-stars Tim Curry, Isla Fisher, Jessica Hynes, Tom Wilkinson, Ronnie Corbett and Bill Bailey. Landis, whose filmography includes An American Werewolf in London, The Blues Brothers, Trading Places, Spies Like Us, ¡Three Amigos!, Coming To America, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller, hasn’t directed a feature film in over a decade.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer now.

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Well, this photo of Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis in Burke & Hare is quite a bit like the few other photos we’ve seen of the duo in the movie: grim faces, deep shadows, great hats. Sure, this time there is what appears to be the legs of a corpse in the frame with them, but oh..wait..the Cannes sales art had legs, too.

Regardless, this is (I believe) the first real, official still from the film, if you don’t count the composite from the Cannes poster. So what’s really new here? Well, along with the photo there are some quotes from director John Landis, who is returning to features after quite some time working in other modes. Read More »

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