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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With both Saw and Paranormal Activity out in theaters, FunnyOrDie has decided to create a funny mash-up parody called Paranormal Saw.
Want the paranormal spookiness of Paranormal Activity, but without giving up the gore and mindgames of Saw? Then Paranormal Saw is just for you! When a young couple suspect a ghost in their house, they uncover a puppet with plans of his own.
Watch Paranormal Saw after the jump.
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As it stands, this is a rumor at best and, more accurately, an informed online endorsement that could easily pick up steam amongst horror fans and online. Either way, it’s the weekend and the thought of Tobe Hooper, creator of Leatherface and director of 1974’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and its huggable ’86 sequel, once again revving up the genre’s best ‘saw hadn’t crossed my mind. It should have. According to Shock’s Ryan Rotten, while attending a party for Saw IV, he saw Hooper hanging with TCM2‘s Bill Moseley and, more importantly, the team at Twisted Pictures. Dots connected, and Rotten has fully thrown his support behind Hooper’s possible involvement.
I know, oohlala. But as we reported (and as Russ understandably bemoaned), Twisted Pictures purchased the franchise’s rights from the metallic douches at Platinum Dunes. Twisted’s first installment, vaguely said to be a contemporary take and possibly a true third sequel ignoring Dunes‘ entries, is already in development, with a screenplay by Stephen Susco (The Grudge). Moreover, it seems that Hooper’s new management, Evolution, shares L.A. offices with Twisted, and also reps Susco. So, why would Hooper directing be a good idea for the franchise, and business-wise, is it a smart one, since Hooper hasn’t directed a hit flick in a long time? We chime in after the jump. Let us know what you think…
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Yes, you’ve probably seen me wearing Marc Ecko’s Star Wars Boba Fett hoody, which I like because its geek wear, which can totally blend in and not look like geek wear. It doesn’t scream out “look, I’m a Star Wars hoody!” Ecko has a bunch of other Star Wars designs that don’t fit that classification. I assume they’re popular, because he’s making more and more of thee things. Ecko’s latest batch includes The Dark Knight, Kiss, Saw and Friday the 13th themed hoodies. I’m not exactly sure if these are cool or not. Personally, they come off a bit too flashy for my tastes. But I thought some of you might be impressed. But at a price tag of nearly $100, will any of you pull out your credit card? More photos and details after the jump.
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You want the rights to some of the classic horror franchises to escape the clutches of Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes? Be careful what you wish for.
A lot of people really don’t like the Platinum Dunes horror remakes. Easy enough to understand; hell, as far as I’m concerned there are only two real Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies, and they both have Tobe Hooper‘s name on the director’s card. But people who will see and complain about the Dunes films won’t even touch the Saw franchise. (Which leads me to wonder just who is seeing the Saw movies to make them successful. Damn kids!) Where does that leave fans of a series like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which is now passing from Platinum Dunes into the hands of Saw‘s Twisted Pictures? More to the point, will we ever have to suffer through the marketing for a Texas ChainSAW Massacre? Read More »
I’m not a fan of the Saw series at all, not so far, so I would like to solicit your comments on what makes it worthwhile. It’s a mystery to me how it attracts so many viewers. And, while you’re here, Saw fans, please also share your feelings on the upcoming videogame spin-off.
The game was in development for a good while before original publisher Brash went bankrupt. Konami have now picked up the pieces (ahem) and revealed what they can to Variety – including a few screenshots. The key details, and a look at a couple of those shots, below the break.
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SAW School Musical
The Pitch: “What if the world of Saw and High School Musical came together and made a baby? It might resemble this, Saw School Musical.”
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This Thursday – October 23rd, Lionsgate Films is holding SAWfest at 42 participating AMC movie theaters around the country. For only $15, moviegoers will be able to see all five SAW films on the big screen. The event will start at 4:00pm, with short intermissions between films, leading up to the midnight screening of SAW V (also included).
Five films for $15 is one hell of a deal. I’ll be at the San Francisco Metreon screening along with Jon Christensen of /Gamer. I’m not sure if I’ll make it through the entire thing, but we’re going to try. You can see a complete listing of participating movie theaters below.
AMC “SAWFEST” PARTICIPATING THEATRES
STATE MARKET THEATRE
Arizona Phoenix AMC Mesa Grand 24
Arizona Phoenix AMC Deer Valley 30 with IMAX
California Los Angeles AMC CityWalk 19 with IMAX
California Los Angeles AMC 30 at The Block
California Los Angeles AMC Burbank 16
California Los Angeles AMC Ontario Mills 30
California Los Angeles AMC Norwalk 20
California Los Angeles AMC Del Amo 18
California San Diego AMC Mission Valley 20
California San Diego AMC Palm Promenade 24
California San Jose AMC Mercado 20
California San Francisco AMC Metreon 16 with IMAX
California San Francisco AMC Bay Street 16
Colorado Denver AMC Westminster Promenade 24
District of Columbia Washington AMC Hoffman Center 22
Florida Miami AMC Sunset Place 24
Florida Miami AMC Aventura 24
Florida Orlando AMC Loews Universal Cineplex 20
Florida Orlando AMC Pleasure Island 24
Florida Tallahassee AMC Tallahassee Mall 20
Georgia Atlanta AMC Southlake Pavilion 24
Illinois Chicago AMC Loews Streets of Woodfield 20
Illinois Chicago AMC Crestwood 18
Kansas Kansas City AMC BarryWoods 24
Maryland Baltimore AMC Loews White Marsh 16
Massachusetts Boston AMC Loews Boston Common 19
Michigan Detroit AMC Star Southfield 20
New Jersey Clifton AMC Clifton Commons 16
New Jersey New Brunswick AMC Loews New Brunswick 18
New Jersey Elizabeth AMC Loews Jersey Gardens 20
New York New York City AMC Empire 25
New York New York City AMC Loews Palisades Center 21
Ohio Cincinnati AMC Newport on the Levee 20
Ohio Columbus AMC Easton Town Center 30 with IMAX
Pennsylvania Philadelphia AMC Neshaminy 24
Pennsylvania Philadelphia AMC Loews Cherry Hill 24
Pennsylvania Pittsburgh AMC Loews Waterfront 22
Texas Dallas AMC The Parks at Arlington 18
Texas Dallas AMC Mesquite 30
Texas Houston AMC Gulf Pointe 30
Virginia Norfolk AMC Hampton 24
Washington Seattle AMC Loews Alderwood 16