As Y: The Last Man writer Brian K. Vaughn said on his recent Instagram Story, a real plague can’t stop the fake plague of FX’s TV series adaptation of Vaughn and Pia Guerra’s acclaimed Vertigo comic book series. Neither can years of production delays nor a push from PETA to not use real animals — Y: The Last Man is officially forging ahead with production amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, sans real monkey.
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(Welcome to Out of the Disney Vault, where we explore the unsung gems and forgotten disasters currently streaming on Disney+.)
George Walton Lucas Jr. will forever be remembered for Star Wars. His non-Star Wars work, however, is about as fascinating and inconsistent in quality as his more famous work. For every Labyrinth and Indiana Jones, there was a Howard the Duck, and also Strange Magic.
This is the final non-Star Wars project Lucas and Lucasfilm worked on together before he sold the company to Disney, and it’s a bizarre, not exactly great movie. However, it is still a visually dazzling film that’s the closest we’ve come to an animated version of Moulin Rouge. So, play your favorite song and sing along as we revisit Strange Magic.
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The Star Wars Holiday Special is so infamous that George Lucas has not only disavowed it entirely, but it has been said that he would gladly smash every copy with a sledgehammer. However, Disney is hoping to give fans a better way to celebrate Life Day with The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special. The animated special is coming to Disney+ next month, and it will bring all three of the Star Wars trilogies together in a cross-timeline adventure that will have character meetings that would otherwise be impossible, including Rey fighting Darth Vader. Read More »
Sabrina Spellman is going to conjure her last Satanic spell. Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina releases its final chapter this December, bringing the supernatural horror series’ four-season battle with demons, witches, and teen hormones to an end. But the (Eldritch) horror comes to its apex in the upcoming Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season 4. Get a peek of the final gory battle in the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season 4 trailer below.
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Oscar Isaac, one of the very best actors of his generation, is about to step into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
He’s currently in talks to star in Moon Knight, a forthcoming Disney+ series about a psychologically unstable mercenary who may or may not communicate with a lunar god who bestows the powers of super strength. This sounds like one of the darkest MCU characters yet – and weirdly, it will be the second Egyptian-themed Marvel character that Isaac will play if the deal goes through.
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The terrors of pregnancy and horror make fine bedfellows. The genre lends itself beautifully to exploring our deepest and most vulnerable fears, digging into the parts of our collective lives that we would feel uncomfortable discussing in public. Rosemary’s Baby is, of course, the benchmark against which all others continue to be measured. But where that iconic film explored the fear of conspiracy to control the pregnant body alongside the paranoia of giving birth to something unnatural, Kindred instead takes a more realistic approach, shedding light on the horrors of pregnancy itself without the influence of cults or the Devil.
A beautiful and elegiac film about the trauma of pregnancy, Kindred is better in theory than in execution. Though it’s full of compelling imagery and atmosphere befitting a Brontë novel, the plot, particularly in its final moments, feels thin and a little disappointing after such an evocative buildup.
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Production on movies and TV is far more challenging than it was at the beginning of 2020, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic continuing to wreak havoc around the world (especially in the United States). But Marvel Studios keeps making moves to get their upcoming projects ready for release. As Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings wraps up production in Sydney, Australia, shooting is just starting to begin on Spider-Man 3 in Atlanta. Read More »
What’s this? What’s this? Christmas has come early for The Nightmare Before Christmas fans, who now have the chance to buy Danny Elfman‘s wonderful soundtrack for the 1993 stop-motion animated classic as a limited edition vinyl release. Mondo is releasing a limited edition The Nightmare Before Christmas Vinyl, which features art by director Tim Burton himself. /Film is exclusively debuting the first look at the vinyl jacket art by Burton, which you can see below.
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One of the best sneak peeks that came out of DC FanDome back in August was our first look at James Gunn‘s anticipated The Suicide Squad. Not only does the movie look wild as hell, but it has an incredible ensemble cast at the center of it that includes the return of Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, and Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, not to mention newcomers like Idris Elba, David Dastmalchian, John Cena, Michael Rooker, and more. But don’t get too attached to them.
Director James Gunn recently revealed that Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment gave him “full freedom to kill anyone” in this movie. With such a huge cast of characters, you can bet that plenty of them won’t make it to the end of the movie. But you probably won’t be too sad to see some of them go, because as Gunn explains, unlike with the Guardians of the Galaxy, there are some truly bad guys. Find out all The Suicide Squad details that were recently revealed, along with some new images, below. Read More »
This Terrifying Scene in ‘The Babadook’ Marks the Nightmarish Storybook Character Taking Control of the Narrative
(Welcome to Scariest Scene Ever, a column dedicated to the most pulse-pounding moments in horror. In this edition: A terrifying pop-up storybook character left the pages and skittered into reality to create a waking nightmare in The Babadook.)
Jennifer Kent’s feature debut delivered an incredible new monster in The Babadook. The nightmarish character from a pop-up storybook terrorized a single mom and her son, relying on psychological terror to break down their guards until it could take control. While Kent employed familiar horror language and tactics to create an unsettling atmosphere, what left critics raving was how the filmmaker used her monster as a metaphor for deep-seated grief and depression. The Babadook may have gone on to become a gay icon, but the character began as a chilling embodiment of repressed emotions that ate away at someone from the inside.
The film’s critical scene that sees that dam of repressed emotions shatter also happens to be the most petrifying. Kent delivers an onslaught of fear to drive home when a struggling woman loses her grip and lets grief take over. The Babadook skitters out of the pages of a book and into reality, creating a waking nightmare for those around her.
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