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: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we fall in love with Nora Ephron, target a deaf woman for extermination, go for the gold in the most remote of locations, get into some really bad car trouble, and wonder at the talents of John Hawkes.
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Summit has been developing a film called Exorcism Diaries for a couple years, originally recruiting Barbara Marshall to write back in 2013, with other writers tackling it in the meantime. The film was originally said to be based on a book that purports to chronicle the true stories behind the film The Exorcist, and while that may be just a good marketing angle from Summit, we’ll always take a good exorcism movie.
Now Exorcism Diaries has an even better chance to be good, as the two people who made Starry Eyes, Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, have been brought on to rewrite and direct. Read More »
Even though the horror flick Ouija, inspired by the spirit board that has been said to allow users to speak to people in the afterlife, wasn’t a massive hit at the box office last year, it still pulled in $100 million worldwide on a budget of just $5 million. That made it profitable enough for Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions, Platinum Dunes and Hasbro to move forward with a sequel, which was announced back in January.
The first movie was absolutely terrible, and the paltry 7% on Rotten Tomatoes reinforces that. However, now there’s a chance that the sequel could be better with with Oculus helmer Mike Flanagan directing Ouija 2. Plus, one of his stars from the aforementioned superior psychological horror flick is coming with him. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, April 30th, 2015 by Angie Han
Ouija 2 is officially happening. Universal has set Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard (Oculus) to script the board game-based horror sequel, which is now scheduled to arrive next year. Get more details on Ouija 2 after the jump. Read More »
Well, it’s official. Hollywood has apparently exhausted all of the classic horror remakes of the Seventies and Eighties because they’ve moved to the Nineties. Sony Pictures has begun to develop a remake of I Know What You Did Last Summer, the 1997 hit originally written by Scream writer Kevin Williamson. The remake will be written and produced by Oculus filmmaker Mike Flanagan, based on the 1974 novel by Lois Duncan that inspired Williamson’s script. Sony wants the film on the fast track for release in 2016. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, May 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
A great many of Stephen King‘s stories have been adapted for the screen, some more than once. Today, it’s Gerald’s Game‘s turn to get the Hollywood treatment.
Oculus director Mike Flanagan has reportedly committed to making a Gerald’s Game movie his next film. The 22-year-old novel concerns a kinky sex game gone horribly awry. Hit the jump for more details on the project.
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These days it feels like every horror movie can be easily categorized. Either it’s a possession movie, a found footage movie, a slasher movie or some inane combination. Finding something different is rare. Mike Flanagan‘s Oculus, at the very least, strives to be different. Combining elements from several subgenre columns into something that feels new and fresh, Oculus is the story of a brother and sister who try to destroy a haunted mirror that drives people to wild hallucinations, blurring lines between what’s real and what’s not.
Flanagan’s script is a psychological jumping bean as it hops wildly between multiple timelines, putting the audiences in the shoes of the characters, everyone totally unaware of precisely what’s going on. The whole thing has a fluid feeling that’s not exactly innovative, but exciting enough to potentially kick off a new franchise. Read more of our Oculus movie review below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 by Angie Han
You’d think a character convinced that a mirror had somehow killed her parents would spend the rest of her life avoiding all mirrors at all costs. But in the new Oculus trailer, Kaylie (Karen Gillan) does just the opposite, going out of her way to track the item down.
She claims it’s all in an effort to clear the name of her brother Tim (Brenton Thwaites), but the way she strokes and coos at it suggests she has a sick fascination that goes beyond any responsibility to her sibling. And as Oculus is a horror movie, it’s not long before her attempt to right some wrongs starts to go horrifyingly awry. Watch the video after the jump.
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Lionsgate has picked up a pitch for a low-budget horror film from Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard, and the story has kind of a strange Silent Hill meets The Purge sorta slant. It’s based on a short story by Irish novelist Kealan Patrick Burke, and finds a couple characters trapped in a town in which the entire population has been replaced by grinning dopplegangers who like to hide around corners. That’s where the title Peekers comes from, and while it sounds a bit sill, the original story has enough of a creepy tone that, adapted and expanded properly, it might make for a good film. Read More »