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You’re Next

A surprise hit at festivals in 2011, including Best Horror Picture, Best Director (Adam Wingard), Best Screenplay (Simon Barrett) & Best Actress (Sharni Vinson) at Austin, Texas’ 2011 Fantastic Fest, Lionsgate is finally set to release You’re Next later this year.

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Buzz seems to be it’ll be worth the wait as Cinemablend.com says:

One of the smartest and most terrifying films in years, You’re Next reinvents the genre by putting a fresh twist on home-invasion horror. When a gang of masked, ax-wielding murderers descend upon the Davison family reunion, the hapless victims seem trapped…until an unlikely guest of the family proves to be the most talented killer of all.

You're Next Intruders

Those that have already seen screenings in Toronto or Austin (screened again there this year at SXSW) say it’s a great new take on the horror genre that will have you jumping in your seat and then nervously laughing , because you didn’t think movies could scare you like that anymore.

Heat Vision is also calling it the “stand up and cheer horror movie of the year.”

You’re Next opens August 23, 2013

 

 

 

 

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

New official teaser trailer released yesterday.

The Conjuring

The Conjuring is a new horror movie, out in July 2013, based on The Warren Files, the files of  paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren.  The movie tells the true story of the Perron family, who lived in a secluded farmhouse outside of Harrisville, Rhode Island in the 1970’s and the spirits that occupied the house.

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The Warrens were called in at the time to investigate strange occurrences and soon found the investigation to be one of the most terrifying of their lives.  The Perron’s oldest daughter, Andrea, has also written a book series about her family’s time in the house, House of Darkness House of Light:  The True Story.

The movie is directed by James Wan and stars, Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston & Lili Taylor.

Pacific Rim

Cloud Atlas

Based on David Mitchell’s 2004 novel and adapted for the screen and directed by Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) and Andy Wachowski & Lana Wachowski (The Matrix trilogy), this movie seems epic.  Interweaving six storylines that cover the 1800’s to the post-apocalyptic future, the characters are connected by learning about, reading or watching the story of the character from the previous time period.

The official synopsis for the film is:

An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

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Bringing this book to the screen was, I’m sure, no small feat.  Lana Wachowski told Aleksandar Hemon of The New Yorker about how they went about adapting this book to the screen by meeting up in Costa Rica to work on it.  She describes how they broke down the book into hundreds of scenes and wrote them on colored note cards, spreading them out and trying to figure out how to bring the book to life.  She also mentions how, on the day that they left Costa Rica, there was a breakthrough and the realization of how to thread the stories together, partly by using the same actors to portray the various characters in the different stories.  Many of the main actors in the film play multiples characters from different stories, regions and times.

“EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED”

Cloud Atlas opens in the US on October 26, 2012 and internationally in early 2013.

Spam To Annoy…and Creep You Out

Okay, so I know that this is just spam…and they really should have used spell check, but this kind of makes me want to sleep in a Ziplock bag.
I know that bed bugs are a serious problem (especially when traveling), however the wording of this makes me cringe and laugh at the same time.  As if in talking about insect excrement you NEEDED to add “bitter” for emphasis!
From: !!! WARNING !!! <bed.bugs.warning@tjtitles.in>
To:
Sent: Monday, January 18, 2038 8:14 PM
Subject: What does DR. OZ and other experts say about BED BUGS?
DO YOU SLEEP IN A BED? No matter how often you wash your sheets, your bed is an insect breeding ground, teeming with thousands of hideous, crab-like dust mites aggressively laying eggs in your pillow and mattress causing you and your family to suffer year long allergy attacks. While you sleep they wake up and start to crawl, eating your skin flakes and drink the moisture on your flesh. It gets worse. Did you know that 10 percent of the weight of a 2 year old pillow is actually dead mites and their feces? This means every night you and your family are sleeping in the equivelant of an insects toilet, actually covered in melandge of both their living and dead bodies, and oceans of their bitter excrement.I haven’t even gotten to the worst part about your bed yet… The BED BUGS

Click Here for more info and the SOLUTION!

 

I can imagine reading this along with an eerie soundtrack.  And yes, I made sure that the link was not active…for your safety!

 

 

Event staged by AMC, Thinkmodo & SFX makeup artist Sue Lee.

 

AMC’s The Walking Dead returns on October 14th!!!

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed yesterday that 20th Century Fox has given the go-ahead for a Prometheus sequel.  According to THR, Fox’s president of production, Emma Watts, stated that a sequel is on track for 2014 or 2015.

Considering the many questions left unanswered, the new direction/mythology created by Ridley Scott and writers Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof…and the fact that two of the main characters, Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) & David (Michael Fassbender) survived and escaped at the end of Prometheus, it was almost inevitable that die-hard fans, at least, would be waiting for this news.

I’ll admit it, it wasn’t as “reach out and grab you” a movie as I was anticipating, but there was enough new story (and a few “Huh?” and “What the hell was that?” moments) to make me want to see more.

Scott has said that a sequel could answer some of the many questions that Prometheus brought up and bridge the time gap between Prometheus and Alien.

I wonder if they’ll take the same approach in using viral marketing this time around to build up the buzz.  Maybe with this announcement, they’ve already started!  Are fans going to be as excited this time around?   Are you?

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!

Breaking Bad Final Season

I think it was before its third season, in 2010, that I decided to check out AMC’s Breaking Bad.  So, needless to say, I had some catching up to do.  I had seen promos for the show and had heard of Bryan Cranston’s Emmy wins for his lead role in the series, but it was just one of those shows on my “list of shows to catch up on and start watching”.

AMC was broadcasting repeat episodes from the first two seasons and I caught the pilot one day.  Thanks to Netflix, I was able to catch up on the remaining episodes and was soon awaiting the premiere of the next season.  I think the draw of the show was, not only the acting and the crazy story lines, but the look of the show as well.  I felt that I was watching a “mini-movie”.   A movie with action, suspense & drama…but broadcast in one hour increments.  The suspense of waiting for the next week’s episode is what great television is supposed to be about.

In 2009, master of horror author Stephen King wrote an article for Entertainment Weekly, explaining his love for Breaking Bad and in describing a scene from season two said:

It’s like watching No Country for Old Men crossbred with the malevolent spirit of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

When the fourth season finale ended with Gustavo Fring walking out of Hector Salamanca’s room with (literally) half of his face blown off…I was speechless.  My feelings that I had found the right show for me were confirmed!!!

 

Giancarlo Esposito as Gus Fring

 

Of course, I was also thinking, “They killed Buggin’ Out!”

Giancarlo Esposito as Buggin’ Out in Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing” (1989)

 

Being on AMC and having seasons that are, not only shorter than network television but also, scheduled to start and end in different months, only added to the suspense and anticipation of the next season.  Well…I don’t have to wait much longer.  The scheduled last season of Breaking Bad is set to begin July 15th and will (naturally) be split into two 8 episode mini-seasons, concluding in 2013.

There has been talk of a future feature film, but until then, I’ll just enjoy this last upcoming season and the situations that the writers will put Walt, Jesse, Skylar, Hank and the others in…for now.