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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.


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






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.


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.


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

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?

The Skin I Live In

Looks like I’ll have to wait a little longer to see the new movie by Pedro Almodovar.  It does not open in my area until 11/18/11.

If movies are supposed to tell a story in pictures, then Almodovar is a master.   His movies are sometimes confusing, often melodramatic, strange…but always visually stunning.  It’s no surprise that this filmmaker has won two Academy Awards (Best Foreign Language Film, Best Original Screenplay), a Golden Globe (Best Foreign Language Film) & many more awards around the globe, including in his native Spain.

This is his first foray into what some would call horror, while others will call it a psychological thriller.  Whatever genre people would like to put this movie in…I’m going to make sure to see this one.

IMDB describes the plot:

A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession.

Dana Stevens of Slate.com says,

“Vertigo is a clear antecedent, as are James Whale’s Frankenstein and Georges Franju’s Eyes Without A Face.”

The trailer can be seen here.