This was the perfect way to introduce Blair Witch to the world. The series is rooted in clever marketing, as the original film was positioned as real found footage of real film students who disappeared. The sequel twisted the concept to focus on the Blair Witch hype more than the legend itself. Now they’ve made the third film, 16 years later, a true surprise. Lionsgate committed to early marketing of the film as The Woods so that the first audience to see it could learn it was actually Blair Witch. No one else will get quite that experience, as it would be impossible to keep the secret once it began screening, but this way all the fans could be in on the reveal, even if they only followed it online. Read More »
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The Guest opened in a handful of theaters last weekend, and to celebrate that Hobo With a Shotgun director Jason Eisener cut together a really spectacular short trailer for the film. It’s a tight blast of action, color and music that perfectly captures the vibe of the film, in which Dan Stevens plays a very capable and very violent man acting on grim intentions.
We didn’t post that trailer last week (blame the distraction of Fantastic Fest and MondoCon) but want to show it to you now as the film heads into its second weekend. As a bonus, the film’s producers are offering a little incentive to those who might go see the film this weekend: tweet a photo of your ticket stub, and they’ll hook you up with a free download of the film’s soundtrack. See the Jason Eisener The Guest trailer and get more details on the soundtrack offer below.
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Update from editor Peter Sciretta: The following review was published by Germain Lussier on January 19th 2014 from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The movie is out in theaters this week:
The films by director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett always have one thing in common. They are obviously influenced by an intense passion for movies, but are not overtly obvious about referencing those movies. In that sense, The Guest might feel like something you’ve seen before. It’s got the basic feel of a stalker film from the late ’80s or early ’90s, but filtered through the action of Quentin Tarantino, the music of John Carpenter, the ideas of James Cameron and almost too many others to mention. There’s action, sci-fi, horror, comedy… you name it, this movie has it. The result is a fresh, fun film that crescendos from title to credits with suspense, laughs and violence. Read More »
The I Saw the Devil remake is on. Almost a year after we heard two producers boarded the project, a new report says they’ve found their creative team. The team behind You’re Next and The Guest, director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett, are on board to write and direct the American remake of the 2010 Kim Jee-woon revenge thriller. Read More »
There’s a fun, exciting, kinetic action movie opening next month called The Guest. Written by Simon Barrett and directed by Adam Wingard (the guys behind You’re Next), The Guest stars Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) as a recently discharged soldier who visits the family of one of his fallen comrades. It’s a nice gesture and things start off well enough. Slowly, however, it becomes very obvious this guy is not who he seems. A trail of violence follows in his path and eventually the family will come to realize the truth about their son and their guest.
The Guest opens September 17. While a teaser trailer was out earlier this summer, now the full one is out. Watch The Guest trailer below. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, June 26th, 2014 by Angie Han
Dan Stevens made his name as a lovable sweetheart on Downton Abbey, but now he’s taking a turn for the dark and sinister in The Guest. Written by Simon Barrett and directed by Adam Wingard, the thriller stars Stevens as a soldier who shows up unannounced at the family home of a fallen soldier.
He claims to have been with their son when he died, and the family welcomes him into their home. But it’s not long before suspicious things start to happen. Watch the first The Guest trailer after the jump.
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A family mourns the loss of their fallen soldier son. They find solace when a mysterious stranger, a fellow soldier and friend of their son, comes to visit. And if this was a movie by a normal set of filmmakers, we’d have a pretty good idea of what happens next. Coming from You’re Next team of director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett, however, who the hell knows?
The film is called The Guest and it’ll have its world premiere Friday at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Dan Stevens, of Downton Abbey fame, stars as the titular character. He’s not the one on this bright, evocative Eighties surfer-inspired poster. One we’re proud to exclusively debut. Read More »
The actors in Joe Swanberg‘s movies have, at times, been friends of his in filmmaking, just as he has acted in other directors’ films. For 24 Exposures, Swanberg has Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett in front of the lens — they’re the director/writer pair who are responsible for films such as You’re Next and A Horrible Way To Die, and parts of V/H/S and V/H/S/2. (Swanberg has acted for Wingard before, in You’re Next, and they’ve acted for him in his segment for V/H/S.)
The plot is right out of a Euro-sleaze as “A fetish photographer and a homicide detective are brought together when a young model turns up dead.” Check out a trailer below. Read More »
I liked the original V/H/S because it was a small, weird collection of shorts. The sequel, V/H/S/2, is bigger and much more bold than the first, with bigger scope and some ideas that are far more weird. It doesn’t have quite the same sense of intimate disquiet, but it has some much more monstrous action. The chapter co-directed by The Raid director Gareth Evans is worth the price of admission alone.
We saw a red-band trailer not long ago, and now there’s an all-ages look at the film. This one is good for those who don’t want to see too much of the film’s gore before sitting down to the actual movie. The beats in this trailer are pretty similar, but because it can’t go all-out with the nasty stuff, there’s a restraint with respect to spoilers. If you just want to get a basic idea about the film, this one is the way to go. Read More »