welcome to the blumhouse review evil eye

While the Welcome to the Blumhouse experiment continues to leave something to be desired, the way these titles are being released is rather clever. The films in the Amazon/Blumhouse partnership aren’t connected, but they’re being paired-off in ways that make sense, at least thematically. The first two releases – The Lie and Black Box – featured stories dealing with perception. Now, the latest two releases – Evil Eye and Nocturne – focus on expectation, be it the expectation of pleasing a parent by settling down with the right partner, or becoming the artistic giant you’ve always wanted to be. And yet, once again, the end results are lacking.

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The internet being the incredible repository of video that it has become, every once in a while a very early short film turns up from a famous filmmaker. Today the example is Nocturne, from Lars von Trier (Antichrist, Breaking the Waves, the upcoming Nymphomaniac).

The 8-minute film from 1980 won Trier the Best Film award at the Munich International Festival of Film Schools. It tells the story of a woman who is extra-sensitive to light as she deals with the aftermath of a dream featuring almost a slasher movie scene. This is a better version than has been online in the past, and students of Trier should check it out. Read More »


In March 2007, New Line Cinema announced they would be making a big screen adaptation of Microsoft’s popular video game Gears of War. Collateral and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl screenwriter Stuart Beattie was hired to pen a script after turning in a 21-page treatment. A few months later Live Free or Die Hard helmer Len Wiseman came aboard the project to direct. Wiseman worked on the script with Wanted scribe Chris Morgan for a year, before moving on to Billy Ray (Breach, Shattered Glass).

LA Times now reports that Wiseman is moving on, after having the budget slashed in half. He is now officially signed on to direct the apocalyptic thriller Nocturne, a project he was developing for 20th Century Fox.

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Len Wiseman

Len Wiseman has signed on to direct Nocturne for 20th Century Fox. We don’t know much about this project other than the few little tidbits included in The Hollywood Reporter‘s announcement piece, so lets look at what we know:

  • Post Apocalyptic: The story is set after the end of the world, and follows a group of survivors.
  • The Twist: The film is about “the mystery surrounding how they got to that position” And before you think this is just another post apocalyptic disaster film, ala 2012, the piece mentions that the film is a “thriller.”
  • Original: The pitch is based on a completely original idea (ie not a remake, adaptation or sequel), and no writers have been hired to pen the project, but the studio is currently on the hunt.
  • Who’s Involved: Len Wiseman wrote and directed Underworld and Underworld: Evolution, and last directed Live Free or Die Hard. Wiseman is also attached to the underwater military action film Atlantis Rising and the futuristic war movie Shrapnel but doesn’t have a greenlight on any of the projects.

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