The Shrine Teaser Trailer

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When I first saw the poster for The Shrine, a new serious-toned feature about the occult, it quickly earned a mental note. The poster’s ominous imagery (as seen bel0w) perfectly tapped the exploration of a foreign-born religio-horror without giving anything away. And though I later discovered that the film is set in a fictional village in Poland, I couldn’t shake the notion that it was tapping into a similar fear of ancient practices as expressed in Song of Kali, the popular Calcutta-set horror novel that creeps me out more than a year later.* But I was thrown off by the film’s directror, Jon Knautz, best known for helming Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer, a tongue-in-cheek 2007 B-movie co-starring Robert Englund.

A new teaser trailer has arrived, and while it isn’t a flawless counterpart to the poster on par with the one-two knockout of The House of the Devil, it offers a somewhat less enticing prospect of gym-faithful backpackers a la Hostel and The Ruins (so underrated!) meets a Wicker Man-like freakshow. Some of the more generic-looking shots give me pause—namely ones of leather studded, “traditional” wrist-bands. But unlike the newly in-gear Children of the Corn and dozens of other frightfests, it’s not a remake, which is nice.

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This Week in DVD is a new column on /Film compiling all the latest info regarding new DVD releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy, Circuit City, and Fry’s.

The Good

BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT
(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Special Editions)
What The Animatrix did for The Matrix, Gotham Knight does for Nolan’s Batman series. This straight-to-DVD anthology collects six animated segments, each with their own unique Japanese anime style, and acts as a segway of sorts from Batman Begins to The Dark Knight. The quality of the shorts are varied, with specific ones noticeably excelling in animation, story, and the amount they add to the Batman mythology, while others are a little more dull and feel essentially like filler. Overall though, there’s still enough here to appeal to die-hard and even casual fans. (That is, as long as you know what you’re in for.)
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The 2-disc set includes a sneak peek at Wonder Woman, an audio commentary, a documentary about Batman’s villains, a documentary about Bob Kane and the creation of Batman, and four episodes from Batman: The Animated Series.

BEST PRICE*
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$12.99

*Does NOT include 2-Disc Special Edition, which costs $19.99 at Target, $22.99 at Best Buy and Circuit City, and $24.99 at Fry’s.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Steelbook box art, plus a free character guide (with purchase of the 2-Disc Special Edition).
Where? Best Buy.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Bonus episodes of Batman Beyond.
Where? Target.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Free Batman patch.
Where? Circuit City.

THE RUINS
(Available as regular and Unrated Editions)
While not a great movie by any stretch of the imagination, The Ruins deserves special notice for being one of the few horror films in recent years to tackle such a clichéd set-up—a group of good-looking American teenagers venture to a foreign country and get into all sorts of crazy shenanigans (in this case involving evil plants)—and manage to not completely suck at executing it. (Take that, M. Night Shyamalan!) In fact, just about everything that most horror films fail at, this movie exceeds at to some degree. So if you’ve become bored with all the J-horror remakes and want to see some good old-fashioned, suspense-filled, gore-laden, psychologically-twisted fun, then The Ruins is pretty much your only option (as far as new releases go).
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: An audio commentary, a making-of featurette, a look at the development of the plants, a featurette about the set design, deleted scenes, an alternate ending, and the original theatrical ending.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$16.99 $13.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Save $5 when you buy any two of the following: The Ruins, Stop-Loss, and Superhero Movie.
Where? Best Buy.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Free $5 gift card with purchase of both The Ruins and Stop-Loss.
Where? Target.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Save $5 with purchase of both The Ruins and Stop-Loss.
Where? Circuit City.

STOP-LOSS
Director Kimberly Peirce’s follow-up to Boys Don’t Cry isn’t a flawless movie, as has been noted by audiences and critics in regards to its sloppy political message, but its heart is in the right place, and the sincere performances keep the picture engaging all the way through. The story focuses on the act of stop-lossing, which involves a solider being forced to return to duty after already serving his full term. As far as movies portraying the Iraq war go, this is one of the more successful efforts.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: A commentary, a making-of featurette, a boot camp featurette, and deleted scenes.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$17.99 $16.99 $13.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Save $5 when you buy any two of the following: The Ruins, Stop-Loss, and Superhero Movie.
Where? Best Buy.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Free $5 gift card with purchase of both The Ruins and Stop-Loss.
Where? Target.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Save $5 with purchase of both The Ruins and Stop-Loss.
Where? Circuit City.

BATMAN BEGINS (LIMITED EDITION GIFT SET)
For those of you who don’t yet own Batman Begins (anybody?) or just love splurging on cool box sets, Warner Bros. has seen fit to milk the release of The Dark Knight even further with this gratuitous but welcome limited edition gift set, which also marks the first time the movie’s been made available on Blu-ray. In addition to the Two-Disc Special Edition of the film, it comes with an exclusive sneak peek of The Dark Knight, a ticket to see The Dark Knight in theaters (up to $7.50), a 128MB flash drive including 18 images from The Dark Knight, a Batman Begins lenticular, and five collectible Batman Begins post cards.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Aside from all the box set goodies (listed above), the special features are the same as what was found on the previous two-disc release.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$27.99 $25.99 $29.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Joker lithograph.
Where? Best Buy.

THE X-FILES: REVELATIONS
For those of you who need to take a break from all the Dark Knight hype, don’t forget that there’s another fanboy-favorite sequel coming out soon with The X-Files: I Want to Believe. Big-time fans of the show probably won’t need this new set, since they likely own all the DVD seasons already, but for those of you who are interested, creator Chris Carter and producer Frank Spotnitz have hand-picked 8 of the show’s best episode, each of which connects to the new movie and acts as an introductory guide for unfamiliar viewers. Plus, if you take advantage of the free movie ticket to see the new film, it basically only costs you $5. What do you have to lose?
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: This two-disc set comes with a ticket to see The X-Files: I Want to Believe (up to $8.50), a series introduction, 8 episode introductions (which explain their relation to the upcoming film), and footage from the Q&A panel at WonderCon.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$14.99 $13.99

The Bad

SUPERHERO MOVIE (EXTENDED EDITION)
The spoof movie genre gets yet another savage beating with Superhero Movie, although thankfully it’s not as severe as the self-inflicted eye-gouging you’d receive upon watching Meet the Spartans, Epic Movie, or Date Movie. At least here they attempt in places to actually spoof the genre at hand, even if it is rarely successful. It’s essentially a carbon copy rip-off of Spider-Man, minus the action, and come to the think of it, the laughs as well.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: An audio commentary, deleted scenes, an alternate ending, and two featurettes.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$17.99 $19.99 $13.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Save $5 when you buy any two of the following: The Ruins, Stop-Loss, and Superhero Movie.
Where? Best Buy.

Other noteworthy DVDs available this week…
Stargate Atlantis (Season 4) – Monk (Season 6) – Sleepwalking – Psych (Season 2) – Fearless (Director’s Cut) – The Mummy (2-Disc Deluxe Edition) – The Mummy Returns (2-Disc Deluxe Edition) – The Mummy (Universal Legacy Series) (1932) – The Batman (Season 5) – Van Helsing (2-Disc Collector’s Edition)

Discuss: What are you planning to rent or buy this week?

The Specials


$7.99 – Live Free or Die Hard, 28 Weeks Later, Little Miss Sunshine, Once, The Last King of Scotland, and more…

$5.99 – Borat, Waiting…, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, American Beauty, Idiocracy, American Psycho (Unrated), Reservoir Dogs (15th Anniversary Edition), Syriana, Stripes (Extended Cut), and more…

$19.99 – Veronica Mars (Seasons 1-3) [Ed. Note – If you haven’t yet seen this show, you’re missing out.]


$5.99 – Superman II (The Richard Donner Cut), V for Vendetta, Blade, Blade II, and more…

$6.99 – Equilibrium, The Warriors (Ultimate Director’s Cut), and more…


$8.99 – The Fly (Special Edition), Wall Street (Special Edition), Tora! Tora! Tora!, Predator, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The French Connection, Alien, and more…

$4.99 – Boys Don’t Cry, Sexy Beast, Raising Arizona, TAPS, and more…

The Ruins Red Band Movie Trailer

The Ruins

I’ve been excited about Carter Smith‘s big screen adaptation of Scott B. Smith‘s novel The Ruins since the project was first announced. The previous adaptation of a Smith novel, A Simple Plan directed by Sam Raimi, was an incredibly underrated character piece, and an even better thriller. The Ruins is more of a horror thriller than a character piece and stars one of my favorite actresses, Jena Malone. Malone is usually confined to interesting indie films which never get mainstream play. But this project is quite the opposite.

Than came the red band trailer, which can be viewed below. I think I may have lost complete faith in this film. Some of the sequences look downright stupid. And what was the point of releasing a red band trailer if you’re not going to show some extreme scares?

Discuss:
What do you think about The Ruins red band movie trailer?

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The Ruins Movie Poster

The Ruins Movie PosterBloody Disgusting has a snapshot of the new poster for Carter Smith‘s adaptation of Scott Smith’s bestselling novel The Ruins (you can watch the previously released movie trailer here). As always, we cleaned the snapshot photo up in photoshop for your viewing pleasure. I’m really digging the one-sheet.

The Ruins follows two American couples, just out of college, enjoying a pleasant, lazy beach holiday together in Mexico , who become entangled in a brutal struggle for survival after visiting remote Mayan ruins, site of a fabled archeological dig. Directed by Carter Smith, the film adaptation stars Jonathan Tucker (The Black Donnellys), Jena Malone (Saved), Shawn Ashmore (X-Men: The Last Stand), Laura Ramsey (She’s the Man) and Joe Anderson (Across the Universe).

The Ruins hits theaters on April 4th 2008.

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In going along with Peter’s “rant” about what constitutes a spoiler on the Internets, I’m not sure if the following quote from director Carter Smith about The Ruins is one or not. If you’ve read the book by Scott Smith, it’s definitely not, and the info should please you. But if you haven’t, you’ll know what’s in store to a certain degree this April if you see the post-college dread horror thriller set in Mexico starring Jena Malone. With that out of the way, Smith tells Bloody Disgusting he doesn’t see a sequel in the cards…

“I haven’t talked at all about a sequel [to The Ruins],” says Smith. “Audiences are so jaded these days that they just assume it’s set up for a sequel, while the ending you saw was about keeping the integrity of the darkness,” he explains. “That was what I loved about the book was that it was so bleak and dark… I couldn’t believe it ended the way it did, it took me by surprise.”

See, to me, I’d rather not know if a film’s ending is the opposite of a walk into the sunset before I see it. You? And if the ending leaves ambiguity for a sequel, even more so. Such endings are a turn-off to me. I’m curious to see if The Ruins connects, as a sort of mid-brow Touristas, but either way, it seems Smith won’t have difficulty with a creative follow-up, mentioning Troll (apparently not a remake of the 1986 cult flick and unrelated to this same-named 2009 film) and Come Closer as his candidates.

“There are a couple projects I’m working, a adaptation of a book called Come Closer, by Sara Gran,” he continues, “[It's] the story of a New York women who becomes convinced she might be possessed by a demon. Then there’s a book that I adapted into a screenplay called Troll, [which is] a very adult fairy tale. [It's] Strange dark cross between E.T. and Lolita.”

Wow. I’m on Team Troll, there is no doubt.

The Ruins Movie Trailer

The Ruins

DreamWorks has released a movie trailer for the upcoming big screen adaptation of Scott Smith‘s bestselling novel The Ruins. Smith is of course the critically-acclaimed author and screenwriter of A Simple Plan. The Ruins follows two American couples, just out of college, enjoying a pleasant, lazy beach holiday together in Mexico , who become entangled in a brutal struggle for survival after visiting remote Mayan ruins, site of a fabled archeological dig. Directed by Carter Smith, the film adaptation stars Jonathan Tucker (The Black Donnellys), Jena Malone (Saved), Shawn Ashmore (X-Men: The Last Stand), Laura Ramsey (She’s the Man) and Joe Anderson (Across the Universe).

A couple of my friends have read the book, which was highly recommended by Stephen King (quote below), and were disappointed. It seems to me that the story is less visual and more psychological, which might translate better on the big screen.

“The book of the summer. . . . No quietly building, Ruth Rendell-style suspense here; Smith intends to scare the bejabbers out of you, and succeeds. There are no chapters and no cutaways-The Ruins is your basic long scream of horror. It does for Mexican vacations what Jaws did for New England beaches in 1975. . . . It works well enough, I think, to be the book most people will be talking about this summer. Enjoy the beach . . . enjoy the books . . . and watch out for those Mexican ruins.”
- Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly

Watch the trailer below.

The Ruins hits theaters on April 11th, 2008.

source: AtomFilms
via: Bloody-Disgusting

First Look: The Ruins

The Ruins

“The book of the summer. . . . No quietly building, Ruth Rendell-style suspense here; Smith intends to scare the bejabbers out of you, and succeeds. There are no chapters and no cutaways-The Ruins is your basic long scream of horror. It does for Mexican vacations what Jaws did for New England beaches in 1975. . . . It works well enough, I think, to be the book most people will be talking about this summer. Enjoy the beach . . . enjoy the books . . . and watch out for those Mexican ruins.”
- Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly

 

The Ruins

Based on the bestselling novel by Scott Smith (critically-acclaimed author and screenwriter of A Simple Plan), The Ruins follows two American couples, just out of college, enjoying a pleasant, lazy beach holiday together in Mexico , who become entangled in a brutal struggle for survival after visiting remote Mayan ruins, site of a fabled archeological dig.

Directed by Carter Smith, the film adaptation stars Jonathan Tucker (The Black Donnellys), Jena Malone (Saved), Shawn Ashmore (X-Men: The Last Stand), Laura Ramsey (She’s the Man) and Joe Anderson (Across the Universe).

Three new production photos from the film have been released, which we found through our friends at FirstShowing.

The Ruins

The Ruins hits theaters on April 11th, 2008.

Jumper Movie PosterI’m in LA La Land covering junkets, and the news is pretty thin, so I’ve decided to run with some of the interesting release date change announcements.

First up is Vin Diesel’s sci-fi film Babylon A.D. We mentioned this film last night because the teaser poster premiered at ShowEast. Mathieu Kassovitz’s film was scheduled to hit theaters on February 29th, but is now being pushed back to August 29th 2008. One could look at this change in one of two ways: either the film is having huge problems and they need they need more time to fix up the mess or the studio has gotten more faith in the film and has decided to release it during Summer. However, the late late late Summer release date makes me believe there is a mess that needs fixing.

The film follows Veteran-turned-mercenary Thoorop (Diesel) who takes the high-risk job of escorting a woman (Mélanie Thierry)  from Russia to China. Little does he know that she is host to an organism that a cult wants to harvest in order to produce a genetically modified Messiah. Based on the French novel by Maurice G. Dantec, who was strongly influenced by Friedrich Nietzsche, Philip K. Dick and punk rock. The film also co-stars Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sunshine) as a nun.

Anywhere is possible, and even sooner than expected. Doug Liman’s sci-fi adaptation of Jumper has been moved up one day for a Valentine’s Day (Thursday, February 14th) release, hoping to get a jump (pun intended) on The Spiderwick Chronicles, Warner Indie’s remake of Funny Games, and Vantage Point. It should be noted that the Ryan Reynolds/Isla Fisher romantic comedy Definitely Maybe and Step Up 2 the Streets will also debut on the big screen on V-day 08. Check out the new poster seen right.

Columbia Pictures has announced a June 19th 2009 release date for the Judd Apatow-produced Harold Ramis comedy Year One. Ramis co-wrote the script with The Office scribes Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg. So what is the new movie about? Well… ummm its about the first year of… okay, we don’t have a clue. As it turns out, the studio wants the plot details to be kept under wraps (for now). The movie stars Jack Black and Michael Cera. This project was announced this Summer.

Carter Smith’s adaptation of A Simple Plan author Scott B Smith’s novel The Ruins has been pushed back one week to April 11th 2008. There is no obvious reason for this change sine the original April 4th release date posed no competition. The new date puts the horror/thriller head to head with Screen Gems remake of Prom Night. The Ruins follows a group of friends (Jena Malone, Joe Anderson and Shawn Ashmore included) whose leisurely Mexican holiday takes a turn for the worse when they embark on a remote archaeological dig in the jungle, where something evil lives among the ruins. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this one.

source: BoxOfficeMojo

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