Monday, 30 March 2009

News: The Crazies

ShockTillYouDrop reports that the official synopsis for Breck Eisner's The Crazies remake made an appearance in the ShoWest brochure:

"In a terrifying tale of the "American Dream" gone wrong, four friends find themselves trapped in their hometown in The Crazies a reinvention of the George Romero classic directed by Breck Eisner from a screenplay by Ray Wright (Pulse, Case 39) and Scott Kosar (The Amityville Horror, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre). David Dutton (Timothy Olyphant) is sheriff of Ogden Marsh, a picture-perfect American town with happy, law-abiding citizens. But one night, one of them comes to a school baseball game with a loaded shotgun, ready to kill. Another man burns down his house after locking his wife and young son in a closet inside. Something is infecting the citizens of Ogden Marsh...with insanity. The few still sane find themselves trapped: Sheriff Dutton; his pregnant wife, Judy (Radha Mitchell); Becca, an assistant at the medical center; and Russell, Dutton's deputy and right-hand man. Forced to band together, an ordinary night becomes a struggle for survival as they try to get out of town alive."

ShockTillYouDrop also reports that Danielle Panabaker, seen in the recent Friday the 13th, will be playing the role of Becca.

Commentary: Martyrs in the UK

This post has nothing to do with remakes, but it does have everything to do with a highly original, fantastic horror film, Pascal Laugier's Martyrs.

Martyrs is a film that has received massive praise from the horror community for being original and challenging. Apparently, the British Press have watched a different film...I woke up this morning and discovered a slew of bad reviews for the film.

The Guardian:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2009/mar/26/martyrs-horror-film-review

Seems to have missed the point of the film, along with forgetting to put any sort of effort into what he has to say about it...

The Times & The Sunday Times:
http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/film/film_reviews/article5975859.ece?Submitted=true

http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/film/film_reviews/article5975629.ece?Submitted=true

One of these buggers didn't even stay until the end of the film, yet feels it's okay to slap a star-rating onto their review.

The Telegraph:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturecritics/timrobey/5055544/Also-Showing-Traitor-Two-Lovers-Afghan-Star-and-more.html

Relegated to the bottom of the page, with a two-sentence 'review'.

Time Out:
http://www.timeout.com/film/reviews/86906/martyrs.html

Okay, fine. At least they treat the film with a tad more respect than the other reviewers seem to have done.

The Guardian, again, saving the worst until last:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2009/mar/29/martyrs-film-review

The most ridiculous of all these reviews. Seeing has Mr. French put no effort into reviewing the film, I'm going to put no effort into calling him an idiot.

More shocking than the sodding film. But wait! It seems not all British reviewers are idiots, afterall...

Total Film:
http://www.totalfilm.com/reviews/cinema/martyrs (There's something hilarious about their saying "A torture-porn movie for Guardian readers"...have they read The Guardian review by now?!)

Channel Four:
http://www.channel4.com/film/reviews/film.jsp?id=172408&section=review&page=all#reviewnav

Sky Movies:
http://movies.sky.com/review/martyrs

I like these guys. They have the nuts to call it out as a massively difficult and polarizing film AND say that they enjoyed it.

The film is currently being screened at the ICA in London: http://www.ica.org.uk/Martyrs+19120.twl If you're in London or nearby and fancy challenging yourself to a great film, I highly, highly recommend Martyrs. Its UK DVD release is May 25th (including a Blu Ray edition).

Photo: Halloween 2

A few images from Halloween 2 have been released by Rob Zombie.

The first is a very exciting photo...of Michael walking. Only, it could quite easily just be some random tramp, I don't know.

The second images are a little more interesting, although verging on the self-indulgent on Zombie's part. They're a couple of ads for Uncle Coffins' TV show on Haddonfield Channel 18. Including one of House of 1000 Corpses. No doubt these won't be prominent features of the film, but still.

In the same post, BloodyDisgusting confirms that Bill Moseley is NO LONGER playing Uncle Coffins, due to scheduling conflicts. The name of the new actor has yet to be released.

Friday, 27 March 2009

News Round Up

What's that I said about keeping up to date? Majorly sorry, guys. Here's a news round up!

Halloween 2 apparently has a new title...The Devil Walks Among Us. Hmm, quite. Michael has a new mask (aside from the blood I can't tell the difference?), Daeg Faerch may or may not still be playing Young Michael, and Weird Al Yankovich is the latest addition to the cast, which now includes Heroes' Brea Grant*, Bill Moseley, Caroline Williams, possibly Margot Kidder and the returning Malcolm McDowell.

The official website for Sorority Row, the remake of The House on Sorority Row has gone live, which includes the trailer; there's also some 'early art' that has emerged. I've not seen the original - how does this look? Looks pretty awful to me, but I rather like the creepy Theta-Pi chant.

There's script news for The Thing and Nightmare on Elm Street: the guy who's tweaking the NoES script is doing the rework of Ronald D. Moore's original The Thing script (and yet they're still calling it a prequel?). The information on the draft NoeS script is partly very interesting, and partly baffling, in my opinion. In other script news, the writers of the forthcoming The Birds and Poltergeist remakes discuss their intentions with the films.

Lastly, there are some images from the Night of the Demons remake around, as well as lots of The Crazies casting news.

Has anyone seen The Last House on the Left? The remake opened third in the US box office on its release, and although it's had a fairly poor-to-average critical response (42% on Rotten Tomatoes), some of the fan reaction has been positive (6.8/10 on Horror-Movies.ca and 4/5 on BloodyDisgusting). I found out recently it's not released in the UK until...September! Tell me - is it worth the wait?

*Check out Brea's blog, she's really cool!