2013 to early 2014 (we get some movies late down here in Australia. Last year was a better than average year in the horror genre. For all the usual whining and complaints on numerous horror-themed websites, as well as here, there was some good work over the last year.
So, here’s my list of best and worst of 2013 (and a bit), from what I’ve seen…
BEST CINEMA RELEASE FILMS
Evil Dead (I know a lot of people hated it, but it’s my list and I liked it)
BEST DIRECT TO VIDEO / VOD FILMS
Berberian Sound Studio
We Are What We Are
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE HORROR
Here Comes The Devil
Franck Khalfoun – Maniac
Special mention to Jen & Sylvia Soska for American Mary
Elijah Wood – Maniac
Katherine Isabelle – American Mary
Jen & Sylvia Soska – American Mary
Rob – Maniac
BEST MAKE-UP EFX
Roger Murray & Jane O’Kane – Evil Dead
Carrie – Good performances but just a bit lame.
Frankenstein’s Army – More of that CG ‘Horror’ started by the godawful Van Helsing, ‘perfected’ by Underworld and now everywhere… and I hate it all.
It’s obvious from the list that I really liked American Mary. It was probably my favourite horror movie of the year… best story and the Soska twins would have taken out best direction if Maniac hadn’t been so incredibly well constructed by Franck Khalfoun. Feel free to comment…
May 31, 2014 | Categories: Top 10 List | Tags: Actors, American Mary, Carrie, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Elijah Wood, Evil Dead, Evil Dead (2013), Festival, Gore, Horror, Icons, Independent, Jen & Sylvia Soska, Maniac, Nudity, Possession, Remakes, Scream Queens, Serial Killer, Slasher, Stephen King, Suspense, Thriller, Violence | Leave a comment
Apparently this poster shows too much for the MPAA who have banned it… I think it’s bloody great.
May 30, 2014 | Categories: Posters | Tags: Action, Actors, Art, Banned, Comic Book Movies, Controversial, Cult, Eva Green, Franchise, Frank Miller, Frank Miller's Sin City, Images, Independent, Legend, Nudity, Post Apocalyptic, Robert Rodriguez, Serial Killer, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, Suspense, Thriller, Violence | Leave a comment
May 29, 2014 | Categories: Promotional | Tags: Action, Art, Blockbuster, Bryan Singer, Comic Book Movies, Franchise, Hollywood, Icons, Images, James McAvoy, Jean Grey, Jennifer Lawrence, Magneto, Marvel, Michael Fassbender, Mutants, Mystique, Phoenix, Professor Xavier, Sam Gilbey, Sentinel, Stan Lee, Suspense, Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past | Leave a comment
John Carpenter’s 1986 kung fu fantasy masterpiece Big Trouble in Little China was a flop when it was first released, but a long life on home video helped foster a retroactive appreciation for star Kurt Russell’s fast-talking Jack Burton and the style with which Carpenter delivers his crazy tale. It is now a bona fide cult classic, and it is getting resurrected in comic book form.
Beginning with the first issue on June 4, Boom! Studios will be rolling out Big Trouble in Little China, the new comic book series co-written by Eric Powell (creator of the awesome series The Goon) and Carpenter, with art care of Brian Churilla (creator of the critically acclaimed The Secret History of D.B. Cooper). In the comic, Burton — still played by the likeness of the mullet-clad Russell — finds a series of new adventures aboard the Pork Chop Express, the big rig he kept trying to recover in the film.
Though they hadn’t met before, Carpenter and Powell found kindred spirits in one another. “I had a definite idea of what I wanted to do with it,” says Powell. “The minute we sat down and started talking, what he thought we should do was exactly what I had in mind. We were on the same page from the beginning.” Carpenter describes their working relationship thusly: “Eric works really hard, sends his stuff to me, and I say, ‘Good job!’” the director says. “It’s a great process. It’s one I can actually do.”
The comic book kicks off right where the film left us nearly 30 years ago, with a mythical Chinese creature stowing away on Burton’s truck. Carpenter says despite that open-ended finale, there was never a direct intention to make a sequel, though he relishes the idea of being able to explore the Big Trouble universe again. “It’s a story and characters and a world that I love, because I really loved making the film,” says Carpenter. “I hadn’t seen anything like it, and it gave me a chance to make a kung fu movie. I fell in love with kung fu films back in the ’70s. For as much fighting they had, they were also so fun and innocent. They had some outrageous stuff, and I thought what a great thing to be able to do in an American movie. It’s an innocence, a purity of character. I really love them.”
Carpenter particularly appreciates Powell’s brand of fandom, particularly because Big Trouble In Little China was so mishandled and went generally unseen when it was first released. “It’s great that people are re-discovering it and like it. It’s a nice way to go into my old age to realize that movie finally got its due. There are some others I hope will come along too,” he says.
Carpenter says the team is already into the second arc of the book, and he’s particularly pleased with Powell’s take on Burton. “He really gets Burton’s sense of humor and who he is,” Carpenter says. “Jack Burton is really a piece of s— if you want to be honest. He’s a blowhard, he’s sort of incompetent but he thinks he knows everything. He’s really fun. He’s completely out of his league. That’s the most fun about it.”
The first issue of the ongoing monthly comic book series Big Trouble In Little China hits stores on June 4 with five different collectible covers drawn by Powell, Joe Quinones, Chris Weston, Terry Dodson, and Emi Yonemura Brown. But just to whet your whistle, you can take the first exclusive look at the first six pages below:
May 28, 2014 | Categories: Comics | Tags: Action, Actors, Art, Big Trouble in Little China, Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Boom! Studios, Classic, Comic Book, Comic Book Movies, comic book series, Cult, Eric Powell, Franchise, Icons, Images, Independent, Jack Burton, John Carpenter, Kurt Russell, Legend, Possession, Sci-Fi, Suspense, The Goon, Violence | 1 Comment
May 26, 2014 | Categories: Posters | Tags: Art, Classic, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, F W Murnau, Foreign, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, Legend, Max Schreck, Nosferatu eine Symphonie des Grauens, Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror, Remakes, Suspense, Thriller, Vampire, Vampyre | Leave a comment
May 25, 2014 | Categories: Images | Tags: Action, Actors, Art, Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), Classic, Controversial, Cult, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Disturbing, Dragons, Franchise, Game of Thrones Art, GAme of Thrones Season 4, Gore, Hodor, Horror, Independent, Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Legend, Nudity, Peter Dinklage, Suspense, Thriller, Tyrion Lannister, Violence | Leave a comment