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Operation Avalanche is one of the most pleasant surprises of 2016. What begins as a wickedly funny conspiracy theory comedy about a team of CIA agents who fake the moon landing in 1969 slowly shifts into a thrilling, paranoia-fueled thriller, shot and edited to look like a long-lost documentary secretly assembled by the man in charge of the project. The making of the film is just as fascinating as the final product: co-writer/director/star Matt Johnson and producer Matthew Miller not only had to create a convincing ’60 setting on a small budget, they had to do it without much help from anyone who could have made it easy. This is the kind of production that involved everyone literally sneaking into NASA as part of a fake tour group to shoot chunks of the movie. Really.

I sat down with Johnson and Miller and they spilled the nitty-gritty details. What’s it like to bump heads with Stanley Kubrick’s estate? How to film a low-budget car chase inspired by Children of Men? How, exactly, do you define “illegal” when it comes to guerrilla filmmaking? They were more than happy to share.

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Operation Avalanche Trailer

After debuting at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, the faux documentary Operation Avalanche will be coming to theaters this fall. And for conspiracy theorists who think the moon landing was faked by the government, this could just be more fuel to the fire.

Operation Avalanche is a period found footage film following a pair of young CIA agents (Matt Johnson and Owen Williams) who initially go undercover at NASA to expose a Russian mole. But while posing as a documentary crew, they actually learn that there’s no way NASA is going to win the race to the moon. So they have an idea, and you already know what it is.

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Operation Avalanche Review

People don’t seem to be all that impressed with found footage movies anymore, especially in the horror genre. But director Matt Johnson has done something clever with the narrative style in his Sundance selected comedic conspiracy theory thriller Operation Avalanche.

We all know that the United States was the first country to step foot on the moon after Russia beat us to space with Sputnik. But do we really know that for sure? Plenty of conspiracy theories claim that the moon landing was faked, and Operation Avalanche shows us how it was done in a story that might be the most original movies about the space race you’ll ever see. Find out more in or Operation Avalanche review below! Read More »

Holidays horror anthology

The holidays and horror go together like peanut butter and jelly. They seem totally opposite, but end up fitting just right. A day like Halloween makes clear sense but several holidays have been given the horror treatment over the years. Now, all of them will come together in one massive movie.

XYZ Films and Distant Corners Entertainment are teaming up to make Holidays, a horror anthology film that’ll feature segments based on holidays such as Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, Halloween and Mother’s Day. Among the directors participating are Kevin Smith (Clerks), Gary Shore (Dracula Untold), Scott Stewart (Legion, Priest), Matt Johnson (The Dirties), Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch (Starry Eyes), Nicholas McCarthy (At The Devil’s Door), Sarah Smith (The Midnight Swim) and Anthony Scott Burns with more on the way. Below, read more about the Holidays horror anthology. Read More »

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Kevin Smith made his annual appearance at the San Diego Comic Con this past weekend, and he brought along a new trailer for the film The Dirties. This is a Slamdance Grand Jury Prize winner (for Best Narrative Film) that will be released by Phase 4 and the Kevin Smith Movie Club.

The film, co-written and directed by Matt Johnson and starring Johnson and Owen Williams, is about a couple of high school kids that set out to make a film about giving bullies a taste of their own medicine. But the kids, hardcore Tarantino fans, end up taking the “movie within a movie” in a scary and serious direction.

The trailer is quite good; check it out below. Note that the footage is probably not safe for work due to language.

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Joel Schumacher has confirmed in an interview that Halle Berry is in talks to take the lead in the tentatively titled The Hive, about “a female emergency line operator who, in trying to help a young girl, comes up against a killer from her own past.” While nothing is official at this point, the director said, he and Berry are both interested in working together and the producers of The Hive seem to be on board with hiring her.

The thriller is expected to begin shooting in February, though Schumacher has said that he may shoot another, smaller film before that. Berry will next appear in Garry Marshall’s limp-looking ensemble romcom New Year’s Eve, and is currently shooting Cloud Atlas with directors Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, and Lana Wachowski. [Coming Soon]

After the jump, surfing biopic Mavericks gets a new title and two new stars, and 50 Cent lines up yet another acting gig.

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Into the Blue and Torque screenwriter Matt Johnson has been hired to adapt a big screen version of the Red 5 comic book Afterburn for producers Tobey Maguire and Neil Moritz (I Am Legend, xXx). No director has been attached.

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