(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or sets their sights on a movie seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: Halloween III: Season of the Witch, which famously abandoned Michael Myers, is actually the best of the many Halloween sequels.)
The Halloween franchise has given birth to an entire candy bowl full of sequels, yet none are as reviled as Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Even the abysmal Halloween: Resurrection, which features Busta Rhymes drop-kicking Michael Myers, seems to garner more respect than Season of the Witch. It’s the black sheep of the family. The odd film out. The one that even the film’s producer Irwin Yablans thinks of as a huge mistake.
Yet beneath all the ire lies a wonderful, weird horror movie that should’ve been the start of bigger and better things for the franchise. Instead, the film disappointed so much that it would be another six years before another Halloween film graced movie screens, in the shape of a film that returned the franchise to its normal roots and take it down a path toward mediocrity.
Major spoilers are found throughout this article.
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Posted on Monday, February 27th, 2012 by Angie Han
As the race for the year’s most coveted trophies came to a close with this weekend’s Oscars ceremony, another much less prestigious awards competition was just getting started. Nominations have been announced for the 32nd Razzie Awards, handed out to the “worst achievements in film” each year.
Leading the 2012 list is Adam Sandler, whose involvement in Jack and Jill, Bucky Larson, and Just Go With It earned him a record-breaking eleven Razzie nominations. That’s more than twice as many as the previous record holder, Norbit star Eddie Murphy, received in 2007. Other standouts include Nicolas Cage, Ken Jeong, Sarah Palin, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I, and The Hangover Part II. Read the full list of nominees after the jump.
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This week, David and Adam discuss the merits of Errol Morris, praise some British TV shows you probably don’t have access to, and lament the passing of a great actor. Special guest Alison Willmore joins us from IFC.
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Almost exactly a year ago we got the first full trailer for Season of the Witch, then a LionsGate film starring Nicolas Cage. The film still stars Nic Cage, but is now being distributed by Relativity Media, which also financed the film’s production. The company has cut a new trailer to begin promoting the January 7 release, and it is a completely different beast from the previous one. Read More »
Relativity Media has announced a deal with Netflix, to stream upcoming theatrical movie releases to Netflix subscribers instead of being released on premium television channels like HBO, Cinemax Showtime and Starz. The company claims this is the first time this has been done, and marks a “big shift in the film distribution model.
Among the first wave of films covered under the Netflix-Relativity deal are “The Fighter,” starring Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg and Amy Adams and distributed by Paramount Pictures, and “Skyline,” co-directed by the Brothers Strause and released by Rogue Pictures and Universal Studios. Both films are scheduled for theatrical release later this year and to be available at Netflix in early 2011. Also on tap for Netflix are Rogue Pictures’ Nicolas Cage action/thriller “Season of the Witch” and “Movie 43,” written and directed by Peter Farley. Both are set to hit theaters this year as well.
I’m not clear what this really means for the consumer. Some could argue that if more studios make deals with Netflix, then Premium cable channels will only be worth what they offer for original programing (if that isn’t already the case). I’m more excited about the possibility of having Hollywood movies distributed on Netflix streaming day and date with a theatrical release. That is when the distribution model will really shift. Read the full press release after the jump.
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Some small progress on Phil Lord and Christopher Miller‘s Jonah Hill-ified 21 Jump Street movie, as Columbia Pictures have formally tagged Friday August 5th 2011 for it’s Stateside release. That leaves quite a healthy window, so production won’t necessarily be starting too soon, but it’s a commitment. Well, at least as much of a commitment as when they announced Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4 for May 5th 2011.
Meanwhile, Lionsgate have announced that Dominic Sena‘s Season of the Witch won’t be making it’s March 19th appointment. This could be because that weekend is rather busy – The Bounty Hunter, The Runaways, Repo Men and Diary of a Wimpy Kid – or it could be because Lionsgate don’t want to pee in the Nic Cage pool with another off-putting movie from the star ahead of Kick-Ass.
Via Dread Central and Sony’s Twitter
Over the weekend, I found myself at a mall. It was awful. For a sec, I considered going to a movie, but then I realized the sight of hundreds of chubby teenage girls with chubbies for Pasty Pattinson would give me an anxiety attack or the fear. Not only that, but every movie playing I had either seen or…lacked Nicolas Cage. That’s when I realized: I would be tempted to see Precious (yuck), The Blind Side (yuck) or New Moon (girls and gays, you are on fucking notice) if Cage was starring.
The sensation of watching a terrible movie and feeling like a caged animal and watching a terrible movie with Cage acting like one is categorically different. It’s the difference between being punched and robbed by a stranger and slapped by a girlfriend because you deserved it (and subconsciously craved it). During this lonely mall moment, I so could have used the new Nicolas Cage Adventure Set from Brandon Bird. He’s the artist behind the classic Philip Seymour Hoffman Halloween costume poster that we all dig. Hand your lucky crack pipe over to an invisible lizard and explore this braintainment!
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Last month, Lionsgate released a special 30-second Halloween teaser trailer for Dominic Sena‘s supernatural thriller Season of the Witch which had us scratching our heads. Sena is best known as the director of fun but disposable action films like Gone in Sixty Seconds, Swordfish and the recent comic book adaptation Whiteout, and I had heard great things about Brian Schut‘s script… But the teaser looked like a direct-to-dvd Dark Castle production. The new trailer gives us a much better idea of what to expect, and somewhat raised expectations. Watch the trailer for yourself after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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