It’s not often that you see extremely bloody, gory practical effects utilized in movies at the level that director Joe Begos does in his grindhouse-inspired splatterfest VFW. The movie focuses on a battle royale that breaks out in the local VFW after a teen girl runs into the bar with a load of stolen drugs, looking for protection from a group of punks who are all hopped up on a drug called “Hype.” Leave it to veterans played by Stephen Lang, William Sadler, and more to use whatever they can to tear those bad guys apart.
VFW is an all-out war between the two sides that does not shy away from brutal deaths and endless amounts of blood. With the movie coming out on Blu-ray and DVD next week, /Film has an exclusive VFW featurette on the creation of the practical blood and make-up effects used in the movie. But beware, some of the effects are extremely gnarly and gross, so this one might be NSFW if you’re somehow still working in an office. Read More »
At the end of James Cameron‘s sci-fi blockbuster Avatar, which was released all the way back in 2009, villain Colonel Miles Quaritch was apparently killed during the assault on the Tree of Souls. That’s why we were surprised when James Cameron announced that Stephen Lang would be returning in the same role for the forthcoming Avatar sequels. Weirdly enough, there were only three sequels planned when Stephen Lang’s return, but the actor has confirmed that he’s on board for all four, and that means there’s a lot more to learn about the character that seemed rather one-dimensional in the first movie. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 by Ben Pearson
If you enjoy grindhouse, throwback, exploitation-style cinema, a new entry is coming your way next year. VFW, an Assault on Precinct 13-style action film from director Joe Begos (Almost Human, Bliss), is about a group of war veterans who take a violent stand against against a gang of encroaching street punks. The movie is currently sitting at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, and you can check out its blood-spattered trailer below. Read More »
Fangoria’s production banner is becoming a tell-all for cinematic expectations, minimum requirements including gore, violence, and oh, more gore. Joe Begos’ VFW is the latest outrageous splatter flick to promote the iconic horror brand, and let me tell you – it delivers as suggested. That’s both a positive and negative depending on which filmmaking aspect is being magnified, but we’ll get there soon. As an introduction, understand that VFW is all about Assault On Precinct 13 anarchy, horror-grotesque violence, and enough booze to take down Wade Boggs on a cross-country flight.
Think of it as the action massacre midnighter your parents never wanted you to see, but you snuck into the VHS player at way too young an age after they went to sleep. Oh, the power of grindhouse corruption. Read More »
Over the course of a 37 year career, actor Stephen Lang has played his fair share of cowboys, marines, thugs, lawyers, cops, and more. But in Mortal Engines, he’s breaking new ground.
In the new film, which hits theaters this week, Lang plays a “resurrected man” named Shrike, a mummified zombie assassin who’s on a never-ending hunt for protagonist Hester Shaw. I sat down with Lang last week and he told me about the tactics he wanted to avoid while playing this role, the physicality of the character, and shared stories from the sets of films like Don’t Breathe and Tombstone. Read More »
Pop quiz: without any hints, can you recall the name of the villain in Avatar, the highest-grossing movie of all time? You may not remember his name – it’s Colonel Miles Quaritch, in case you were wondering – but you probably remember Stephen Lang‘s grizzled performance as the ruthless military man. Lang is coming back to reprise the role in James Cameron‘s Avatar sequels, and in a new interview, the actor told us about what we can expect from his character as the story continues. Read More »
Mortal Engines comes rumbling into theaters next weekend, bringing with it a cast of futuristic, post-apocalyptic characters. One of those characters is Shrike, a kind of mummy-zombie-assassin played (via mo-cap) by Stephen Lang. A new Mortal Engines featurette introduces you to Shrike – a character writer/producer Peter Jackson calls an “unstoppable force.” Watch the featurette below to learn all about this mummy-zombie-assassin.
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In this edition of sequel bits:
- The First Purge teaser capitalizes on how terrifying America is right now.
- M. Night Shyamalan has screened some Glass footage, and people are happy.
- Stephen Lang confirms Don’t Breathe 2 (again).
- Stephen Lang also offers an update on Avatar 2.
- Tom Cruise is kind of a jerk on the set of Mission: Impossible – Fallout.
- Michael B. Jordan is excited for the new Creed 2 director.
- Polymath Hailee Steinfeld might also sing as well as star in Bumblebee.
- Want to hear the plot of Goosebumps 2? Sure you do!
- A new lego set for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
- A first look at Tremors 6.
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