Posted on Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In 2004, a tiny horror movie called Saw, from an unknown director named James Wan, played at the Sundance Film Festival to good reviews, was picked up by a relatively minor distributor called Lionsgate, and the rest is history. Lionsgate is now a major player. James Wan is directing gigantic blockbusters. And the Saw series went the path of so many other horror franchises: it was driven into the ground until it died a violent and seemingly final death.
It’s been six years since Saw 3D: The Final Chapter seeming closed the book on the saga of Jigsaw and his merry band of serial killers, but like Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, and The Final Destination before it, that title turned out to be a lie. A new report indicates that Lionsgate is currently working to bring Saw out of hibernation for an eighth film, to be titled Saw: Legacy.
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Posted on Friday, October 30th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
It’s that time again: a bunch of movies are getting ready to depart Netflix. That means you only have a few days to catch up with a batch of masterpieces, interesting curiosities, fascinating disasters, and other films worth your time. After all, once they leave streaming, you’ll actually have to get off the couch and put a DVD in the player and ugh, who wants to do that in 2015?
Check out our recommendations for movies leaving Netflix to watch (as well as a complete list of what’s departing) after the jump.
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NOTE: We ran this article in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and have updated it for 2015.
The Sundance Film Festival is the best known film festival in the United States. Say the word “Sundance” to anyone, film lover or not, and chances are they’ve heard of the festival. As a movie blog though, the problem with covering Sundance is that virtually all of the movies are brand new. We haven’t heard of them, you haven’t heard of them, so why would you even care about them?
More than any of the casting news, trailers or film stills that we post on a daily basis, what happens in that small corner of Utah for a little over a week in January is probably the most important movie event of the year. Even so, talk to the most seasoned movie fan and they don’t spend half as much time focusing on what’s going on at Sundance as they do bitching about movies that came out three years ago. Plain and simple, the best films that you will see in theaters for the next 12 months are being shown at Sundance over the next week and a half. And while you probably haven’t heard of them in January, you’ll definitely have heard of them by December. Don’t you want in on the ground floor?
For the next 7 days myself, Russ Fischer and Peter Sciretta will be in Park City, Utah at the Sundance Film Festival. And while you might not be eager to click and read about a movie you haven’t heard of yet, we urge you to do so. Some of the films that people hadn’t heard of when they played Sundance in the past are films like Saw, The Blair Witch Project, Donnie Darko, 28 Days Later, Napoleon Dynamite, Memento, Bottle Rocket, Clerks, Reservoir Dogs and The Usual Suspects. Think of all the movies that have been made since because filmmakers like Christopher Nolan, Wes Anderson, Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino and Bryan Singer broke out at the Sundance Film Festival. Who is the breakout star this year? You’ll have to follow our coverage to find out.
Still not convinced? We’ve compiled even more films that you know and love that got their start at Sundance after the jump. Read More »
The art above is the production logo for That’s What I’m Talking About, the new film from Richard Linklater. We’re stretching the definition of “sequel bits” just a little here, but the movie has been called a “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused. Linklater started production on the movie this week, and that image is in celebration of the ongoing production.
- The Woman in Black – Angel of Death gets a new US release date,
- James Wan talks about Fast & Furious 7,
- Producers suggest there’s a plan for a new Saw film in 2016,
- A new Horrible Bosses 2 poster goes online,
- As does a Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb poster,
- And James Cameron talks Terminator.
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Update: Lionsgate has released a Saw 10th anniversary re-release trailer and special poster promoting the event.
Lionsgate is set to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the theatrical release of SAW by bringing the film back to theaters nationwide for a one-week run starting on Friday, October 31st with select screenings beginning Thursday night, October 30th. Complain all you want about the series of films that it spawned but the original is actually a pretty interesting indie film. (I first discovered it the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.) The director of the original film, James Wan, has gone on to create the Insidious franchise, as well as directing The Conjuring and the upcoming Fast & Furious 7. Read the full Saw 2014 rerelease press release after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, October 29th, 2012 by Angie Han
The horror genre is obviously great for instilling lifelong phobias in little kids or giving your date an excuse to snuggle in closer during the scary bits. But did you know that all that terror can also do wonders for your waistline? So claims one recent study, which found that 90 minutes of a scary movie could burn as many calories as a half-hour walk.
I can’t promise you that the research is scientifically sound and peer reviewed and all that stuff, so you should take the results with a grain of salt. As far as excuses to go to skip the gym and catch up on American Horror Story instead, though, you could do way worse. Hit the jump to read more and find out exactly which titles offer the best non-workouts.
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Here are two pieces of news that would have raised an eyebrow on April Fools Day but, after some research, actually appear to be true.
First up, Carnival Cruise Line is hosting a cruise themed around the Saw movies. That’s not a misspelling or a mistake. Yes, the violent, brutal horror film series that invented the phrase “torture porn” is the theme of a cruise that’ll leave New York City in August, travel around Canada and along the way, have Saw themed parties, screenings, events, signings and much more.
Second, James Cameron is among a select group of investors who will be revealing next week what’s being described as “a new space venture with a mission to help ensure humanity’s prosperity.” The company will combine space exploration and natural resources to create an entire new industry. Of course he is.
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Whether you realized it or not, this past Halloween was the first one in seven years without a new Saw movie in theaters. 2010 brought audiences the seventh film, Saw 3D, which was the most expensive of the series thus far. However, while it did receive a nice box office bump thanks to inflated 3D ticket prices, the film failed to perform up to lofty expectations. Producers decided it was time for Jigsaw and his minions to take a break and this year, Paranormal Activity 3 was the lone major horror Halloween release.
But the series is far from dead. Lionsgate Vice Chairman Michael Burns spoke to CNBC Tuesday about the potential merger with Summit Entertainment and dropped the following nugget on the horror community:
I’m sure, some day, you’ll see Saw back in the picture
Saw 8 is coming, ladies and gentlemen. Watch the video and read more after the jump. Read More »
In honor of the upcoming release of Saw 3D, the final film in the Saw series (or is it?), Screenrant‘s Mike Eisenberg editted together a video overview to explain everything you need to know about the first six films in just 6 minutes and 66 seconds (okay, that’s technically 7 minutes and 6 seconds, but that’s a less marketable title). Watch the video embedded after the jump.
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