Peter Jackson’s bloated Hobbit trilogy wraps with the final chapter The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies which he gave fans a sneak peek at over the weekend at Comic-Con. Warner Bros. has now released the trailer first seen in Hall H at the convention, in which the heroes of Middle Earth must contend with the ferocious dragon Smaug and the fast-mobilizing forces of Sauron, the latter of which took center stage in The Lord Of The Rings. Here’s the new look at the December 17 release set to hit theaters in 3D, 2D, IMAX, and the awful High Frame Rate 3D.
July 29, 2014 | Categories: Trailers | Tags: Action, Actors, Art, Classic, Comic Book Movies, Controversial, Cult, Dragon, Dwarves, Elves, Franchise, Gandalf, Hollywood, Icons, Images, Independent, J R R Tolkein, Legend, Peter Jackson, Remakes, Sauron, Sci-Fi, Smaug, Suspense, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Thriller, Video Clips, Violence | Leave a comment
July 27, 2014 | Categories: Posters | Tags: Action, Actors, Art, Avengers 2, Black Widow, Blockbuster, Captain America, Classic, Comic Book Movies, Cult, Franchise, Hawkeye, Hollywood, Hulk, Icons, Images, Iron Man, Joss Whedon, Legend, Marvel, Sci-Fi, Suspense, Thor, Ultron, Violence | Leave a comment
Sam Raimi was at comic-con with Neil Druckmann, creator of the Naughty Dog game The Last Of Us, to talk about how that PlayStation 3 survival horror action game is being turned into a feature with Raimi producing and Druckmann now writing the screenplay. Screen Gems President Clint Culpepper, whose previous big videogame-to-movie transfer was Resident Evil, basically has given over big creative controls to Druckmann in the movie transfer. That includes casting, and choice of director.
At this point, Hugh Jackman and Josh Brolin have been the consensus fan favorites to play the role of Joel, and the choice most heavily favored to play Ellie is Maisie Williams, the Game Of Thrones star who’s so sparked about this prospect that she would have shown up for today’s panel were she not waylaid by being part of an Entertainment Weekly cover shoot for Game Of Thrones.
Said Raimi: “It’s gonna be a great character journey, a great love story, and great horror fiction.” Raimi also took a moment to tease the prospect of more Evil Dead: “I always loved working on that series with Bruce Campbell and Rob Tapert, and my brother and I are writing the Evil Dead TV show right now… with Bruce Campbell.” They even toyed with the idea of having Campbell be in the Last Of Us film adaptation, Campbell has been intertwined with Raimi since 1981′s The Evil Dead. That film, by the way, is a touchstone for Druckmann and the creatives behind the Naughty Dog vidgame empire.
July 26, 2014 | Categories: Gaming, NEWS: Horror | Tags: Horror, Slasher, Gore, Action, Disturbing, Festival, Zombies, Sci-Fi, Blockbuster, Icons, Hollywood, Legend, Post Apocalyptic, Independent, Controversial, Cult, Suspense, Possession, Thriller, Violence, Video Clips, Vampires, Art, Comic Book Movies, Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, The Walking Dead, The Evil Dead, Game of Thrones, Computer Games, survival horror, Playstation | Leave a comment
Finally, The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies poster was released at Comic Con… that means this bloated series will soon be over…
July 24, 2014 | Categories: Posters | Tags: Action, Actors, Art, Awards, Bilbo Baggins, Blockbuster, British, Classic, Comic Book Movies, Comic-Con-2014, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Dragon, Franchise, Gandalf, Hollywood, Icons, Images, Legend, Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson, Possession, Post Apocalyptic, Sci-Fi, Smaug, Suspense, Thriller, Violence | Leave a comment
James Franco is everywhere these days. Between acting in just about everything and directing feature after feature, it seems safe to say that he’s in the prime of his creative output. In terms of his directorial efforts, Franco definitely has an affinity for adapting tough pieces of literature, like his upcoming feature Child of God, which is based on a novel by Cormac McCarthy, plus As I Lay Dying and The Sound and the Fury, both of which are based upon William Faulkner novels previously thought to be unadaptable. The adaptations didn’t start with that recent trio of films, however, but in the late 2000′s with several short films based on poems. One of these short film adaptations comes from a Frank Bidart poem called Herbert White, and, as luck would have it, it’s is probably one of the most disturbing films that you will ever see… and it stars Michael Shannon. Click on the link below… WARNING: Some people may find subject matter disturbing.
If you’re interested you can check out the original poem HERE
July 20, 2014 | Categories: Short Films | Tags: Abuse, Actors, Awards, Classic, Controversial, Cormac McCarthy, Cult, Death, directorial efforts, Disturbing, Festival, Frank Bidart, Gore, Herbert White, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, James Franco, Legend, Michael Shannon, Murder, Necrophile, Necrophilia, Poetry, Serial Killer, Short Film, Suspense, Thriller, Violence, William Faulkner | Leave a comment
Titan Comics is a division of Titan Publishing who, as well as releasing all-new monthly comics titles, continues to restore and reprint the best classic comics, bringing back seminal titles of yesterday in deluxe volumes. They have just released a translated version of the 1982 French graphic novel “La Transperceneige“, which is the basis of the upcoming movie, Snowpiercer, starring Chris Evans.
The dystopian tale takes place after a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet. The final survivors board the SNOWPIERCER, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine. The train is massive, 1, 001 carriages, with the lower classes crammed into the back, living in vile neglect as the rich and privileged live towards the front of the train in luxury. When cryptic messages incite the passengers to revolt, the train thrusts full-throttle towards disaster.
The film is currently out but pick up the graphic novels to see author Jacques Lob and artist, Jean-Marc Rochette’s original vision in all its glory… it’s much better than the film. Review next week. Here is a look at the trailer for the movie that stars: Chris Evans, Song Kang Ho, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt, and Ed Harris.
July 19, 2014 | Categories: Comics | Tags: Horror, Gore, Action, Disturbing, Sci-Fi, Icons, Post Apocalyptic, Controversial, Cult, Suspense, Thriller, Violence, Images, Art, Comic Book Movies, Chris Evans, Graphic Novel, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Bong Joon-ho, Song Kang-ho, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ed Harris, Jean-Marc Rochette, La Transperceneige, SNOWPIERCER, Titan Comics, Jacques Lob, classic comics | 1 Comment
Not sure how I feel about this, I’m still scarred from that vile Van Helsing movie… Universal Pictures most enduring legacy is its library of classic movie monsters that include Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, Creature Of The Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man, Bride Of Frankenstein, and The Mummy. Universal is now dedicating renewed resources and an unprecedented, far-reaching commitment to revitalise its monster heritage.
The studio is in early stages of developing a substantial new production endeavor that will expand and unify a network of classic characters and stories. The architects of that narrative will be Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan. Kurtzman recently broke with partner Roberto Orci, but his big-scale projects have included Transformers, Star Trek and The Amazing Spider-Man. Morgan is the writer behind five installments of The Fast And The Furious, which has been Universal’s most reliably lucrative franchise. It’s not set in stone yet if either will write, but they will soon be going around town enlisting talent to bring new cinematic life to these enduring characters from lore, literature and Universal’s own library. While Universal has selectively tapped its Movie Monster library for The Mummy, Van Helsing, The Wolfman, and the upcoming Dracula Untold, this will be the first time that the studio has formalized an approach to these classic characters in a cohesive, connected way rather than as a series of stand-alone projects by disparate filmmaking teams.
They’ve begun the meetings to put together an interconnected slate of Monster films, and the first will be a reboot of The Mummy, which will be released April 22, 2016. Part of their duty will be to work closely with production, marketing, promotions and consumer product to support the revival. They will also reevaluate projects which have preexisting attachments, and bring it under one cohesive strategy.
Obviously some of those monster pictures haven’t panned out. With Marvel Studios and Disney building a billion-dollar business relying on the Marvel Comics superhero character library, Universal seems to be trawling it’s heritage and is looking to dust off and modernize the classic movie monsters that inspired many of the movie monsters we see today.
I’m just wary…
July 18, 2014 | Categories: NEWS: Horror | Tags: Action, Blockbuster, Bride of Frankenstein, Classic, Comic Book Movies, Controversial, Creature Of The Black Lagoon, Cult, Disturbing, Dracula, Franchise, Frankenstein, Gore, Hollywood, Horror, Icons, Images, Legend, Possession, Remakes, Sci-Fi, Scream Queens, Serial Killer, Suspense, The Invisible man, The Mummy, The Walking Dead, The Wolf Man, Thriller, Universal Monsters, Universal Studios, Vampires, Violence, Zombies | Leave a comment
Off-Broadway powerhouse Second Stage will present the U.S. premiere of the much praised (and much debated) American Psycho, the musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ 1991 novel (and 2000 Christian Bale-starring film) about excess, murder and flashing the right labels. The show — with music by Duncan Sheik, book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, staging by Rupert Goold and a starring performance by Matt “Dr. Who” Smith – opened last December at London’s Almeida Theatre and was considered a shoo-in for Broadway next season. It still may be.
That’s a challenge for the Ellis novel, which prompted furious protests from feminist and human rights groups in reaction to its explicit, play-by-play depiction of the brutal torture and murder of women at the hands of protagonist Patrick Bateman, which the book’s defenders insisted was satire of a society gone mad with material obsession and moral vacuity. The musical has inspired almost inevitable comparisons to Sweeney Todd.
54 Below Press Preview With Duncan Sheik, Sierra Boggess, Alice Ripley, Paulo Szot, Anat Cohen And Maucha Adnet,The Almeida production of American Psycho prompted mostly favorable reviews along with some dissenting voices: “Goold’s production [has] a cool wit that actually enhances the story’s satire,” wrote Michael Billington in The Guardian. “Sheik’s music also evokes Bateman’s Eighties pop icons, such as Phil Collins, and provides an ironic commentary on the action. Instead of stand-alone songs Sheik gives us music that reflects the world the characters inhabit…This is a show that confirms the mythic power of Easton Ellis’s story and leaves us all dangerously entertained.”
Charles Spencer, in The Telegraph, demurred: Sheik, he wrote, had told an interviewer that he initially thought it ” ‘was the worst idea for a musical ever.’ I rather agree, but although I cordially disliked this show, I suspect it is going to be a big hit and that a transfer to either the West End or Broadway is inevitable, especially since it stars the soon to be retired Doctor Who, Matt Smith as the psychotic Patrick Bateman…You could sense the audience lapping up this empty mixture of ironic style and sudden moments of violence, and there is no doubt that Rupert Goold’s production is smart and sharp. But like the novel on which it is based, it is also glib, heartless and pretentious.”
July 15, 2014 | Categories: Promotional | Tags: Horror, Serial Killer, Nudity, Disturbing, Icons, Legend, Independent, Controversial, Cult, Remakes, Suspense, Banned, Violence, Images, Christian Bale, American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis, Dr Who, Patrick Bateman, Matt Smith, Duncan Shiek | Leave a comment
Restoration is an online miniseries that follows in the tradition of the sci-fi we love : Philip K. Dick, Black Mirror, Twilight Zone, Warren Ellis & many others. We are taking a big sci-fi concept, fascinating characters, and weaving them together to tell a (hopefully) compelling and mind-bending story. It’s sci-fi with a soul. Because that is what we love and what we do.
Restoration explores what it means to be human. In what ways does the mind drive the body, and in what ways does the body drive the mind?
Many of us would’ve experienced that strange moment when you’ve driven home and you realise you can’t remember driving the car there. Now imagine being in a body that you think is yours and it drives your car somewhere else entirely – a place that is completely foreign to you.
That idea is at the heart of Restoration.
2019. A company – RESTORATION LIFE SERVICES – offers individuals the service of having their memories downloaded for backup. So, in the event of death, those memories can be uploaded into a new body, a generic host, nicknamed a “jerry”.
After a routine backup, Oliver Klein wakes up to find that his memories have been restored into a body that is not his own. Trapped in this foreign body, Oliver Klein struggles to reconnect with his family and his life, and must come face-to-face-with the truth that he is not the only Oliver Klein.
And this foreign body? It has its own “muscle memory”*. Soon, Oliver discovers that he is capable of doing things the original Oliver never could and never would.
Check out their Kickstarter page HERE
July 10, 2014 | Categories: Promotional | Tags: Action, Actors, Art, Australian, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Dystopian, Futurism, Horror, Icons, Independent, Melbourne, Muscle Memory, Philip K. Dick, Post Apocalyptic, Restoration, Sci-Fi, Science Fiction, Suspense, Thriller, Violence, Warren Ellis | Leave a comment
Awesome poster for Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead by Killian Eng. Available online HERE from July 15th.
July 9, 2014 | Categories: Posters | Tags: Art, Brains, Classic, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Franchise, George Romero, Gore, Horror, Horror Movie oster Art, Icons, Images, Independent, Legend, NOTLD, Nudity, Post Apocalyptic, Remakes, Scream Queens, Suspense, The Walking Dead, Thriller, Violence, Zombies | Leave a comment
For all those fans of creepy dolls in movies, your wish has been granted. Warner Bros and New Line have made an October 3 date with Annabelle, the doll from their horror hit The Conjuring. The companies had set aside the frame for an Untitled New Line Horror Film, making the date and title official with their Conjuring spin-off. WB/New Line also have sequel The Conjuring 2 set to be released October 23, 2015. Annabelle, directed by John R. Leonetti and written by Gary Dauberman, is neither a prequel nor a sequel but centers on the doll seen in the 1970’s Rhode Island-set Conjuring, which starred Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson and was directed by James Wan. Peter Safran and Wan are producing Annabelle , which stars Annabelle Wallis (Peaky Blinders), Ward Horton, and Alfre Woodard.
July 8, 2014 | Categories: NEWS: Horror | Tags: Controversial, Creepy Doll, Cult, Disturbing, Franchise, Gore, Hollywood, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, James Wan, Legend, Mannequin, Possessed Doll, Possession, Scream Queens, Serial Killer, Slasher, Suspense, The Conjuring, Thriller, Violence | Leave a comment
July 5, 2014 | Categories: Images | Tags: Horror, Slasher, Serial Killer, Gore, Disturbing, Zombies, Sci-Fi, Icons, Hollywood, Legend, Independent, Controversial, Cult, British, Remakes, Suspense, Actors, Classic, Possession, Thriller, Violence, Images, Franchise, Art, Comic Book Movies, Frankenstein, Graphic Novel, The Monster, Gothic Literature, Artwork, Comic book art, Gothic Art, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Genius | Leave a comment