We may be just four episodes into Season 5 of “The Walking Dead,” but it’s already shaping up to be one of the show’s best, at least in this writer’s humble opinion. Before we move on to next week’s Episode 5.05, “Self Help,” with a photo and a clip, here’s a look “inside” tonight’s Episode 5.04, “Slabtown.” Just beware of spoilers if you’re not caught up yet!
“The Walking Dead” Episode 5.04 – “Slabtown” (aired 11/2/14)
In this episode we get to meet a whole group of other survivors, but what looks safe and nice on the outside has a bit of a dark side.
“The Walking Dead” Episode 5.05 – “Self Help” (airs 11/9/14)
A new set of issues confront our group while on a mission. Will they be able to push through and survive these challenges? Or better yet, each other?
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Starring Andrew Robinson, Ami Dolenz, J. Trevor Edmond, Steve Kanaly
Directed by Jeff Burr
Distributed by The Scream Factory
Preface: For better or worse (usually worse), I am a child of ‘90s horror. Born in ’81, my formative viewing years were the mid-‘90s, when weekends were spent walking a couple miles to the nearest Wherehouse where I’d peruse the shelves for an entire afternoon. Those halcyon days before I developed discernible taste meant that any new release on the horror shelf was ripe fruit for picking. I rented with impunity. Many of those titles were so bad no one has even bothered to release them on DVD, but one of the “prestige” (comparatively speaking) titles I kinda loved was the sequel to one of my favorite childhood horrors: Pumpkinhead (1988). Not having great taste (when you’re still a kid, of course) is actually pretty awesome because the film world is your oyster; you tend to be less judge-y regarding what you’ll watch. And I watched Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings (1993) – a lot. But upon receiving Scream Factory’s latest Blu-ray it dawned on me that I haven’t seen the film in probably ten years… which may not have been such a bad thing.
It is not a good movie.
For starters, the script – which suffered at least four different writers – more or less ignores everything that made the first film so great, retconning Pumpkinhead’s history and giving the enigmatic demon one of the dumbest origins ever. This is mostly because it started off life as a non-Pumpkinhead vehicle. Here, he’s actually the father (let that sink in for a minute) of a young mentally-challenged boy named Thomas who likes to play with toy trucks. Back in the ‘50s, a group of hooligan kids thought it would be fun to chase Thomas through the woods, hang him from a hook over an old mine, beat him up and kill him. How else would you spend your afternoon? Thomas’ caretaker, an old witch not named Haggis (for whatever reason), watches over him and, eventually, over his grave after he’s killed. Cut to modern day, when Sheriff Braddock (Andrew Robinson) and his daughter, Jenny (‘90s horror heartthrob Ami Dolenz), move to town. He’s got a wife, too, but she’s basically wallpaper here. Jenny immediately strikes up a friendship with the local gang of misfits, led by Danny (J. Trevor Edmond), the son of local Judge Dixon (Steve Kanaly) and wearer of dated ‘90s bad boy outfits.
The group – which also includes former Punky Brewster, Soleil Moon Frye – goes out for a night of drinking and driving. Fun stuff. It ends poorly when Danny hits the old witch, Ms. Osie (Lilyan Chauvin), as she’s crossing the road. Concerned, they head over to her cabin and, rather than help her, Danny punches her out and steals a vial of blood so they can perform a ritual one of the girls read about literally seven seconds earlier. It works, and now Pumpkinhead is unleashed upon the town. Instead of killing the teens first, though, the creature stalks and kills a number of townsfolk who may or may not be related in some way (spoiler: they are). Sheriff Braddock seems to be their only hope, as he has a really lame connection to this malevolent demon that will surely come in handy during the climax.
Any shred of decency this film has should be chalked up to the tenacity of director Jeff Burr, a.k.a. the man you call when your horror film needs a sequel. After debuting with the creepy little anthology, From a Whisper to a Scream (released theatrically as The Offspring) (1987), Burr spent the next five years of his career helming sequels aplenty. I’ll always respect him because, even though it was hacked up by the studio, Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990) rocks. Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings was no different from his other projects in that he was brought on board with precious little time to make sure his film was, you know, good. Burr even admits in the bonus features he felt the script needed a lot more work, but movies have deadlines and he had two options: make the film, or don’t. Who knows what he could have accomplished with a few more weeks to polish the script.
At least Burr makes his cast interesting. Andrew Robinson can always be counted on to do good work. Dolenz proves she’s more than just a pretty face; maybe not all that much more, but she’s got some decent chops. The smaller roles were hyped up most on the VHS back cover, including Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III alumni R.A. Mihaloff and Joe Unger, former (then current) Jason Voorhees, Kane Hodder, and scream queen Linnea Quigley. But the real player everyone came to see is the brother of Bubba, Roger Clinton, making his feature film debut. Why Burr didn’t just cast him as the lead is anyone’s guess…
For as much crapping on the film as this review has done, it is admittedly pretty entertaining. The Pumpkinhead design was tweaked a bit here, giving the beast a little more muscle and a menacing set of white eyes. Plus, unlike the recent abominations (read: sequels) that are now part of the series this creature was done practically; no CGI here. The kills look a little clunky at times, but Burr keeps the crimson river flowing freely enough that it’s all good fun. The dual revenge is a nice touch, too, ensuring we get a number of deaths across all demographics. And, to wax a bit nostalgic, there’s a certain feeling of childhood comfort that comes with watching it again all these years later. Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings is by no means a masterpiece (although compared to the third and fourth entries in the series…) but it’s entertaining enough that horror fans should have some fun watching it.
What was not entertaining was “Bloodwings: Pumpkinhead’s Revenge”, the PC game released for DOS in 1995. You are welcome to seek out those YouTube clips at your own risk.
For a low-budget ‘90s picture, the 1.85:1 1080p picture looks relatively strong. Despite having no restorative work done, detail is slightly above average and there’s a nice, fine grain structure that provides a filmic appearance. Colors look faithfully reproduced, even if they tend to lack vibrancy and pop. Black levels, however, are dark and stable. Some medium and wide shots look a tad soft, likely issues inherent to the source. It looks like a ‘90s DTV title, which isn’t such a bad thing. Also, this is the first time the film has been released in its original aspect ratio, as the previous Lionsgate DVD was full-frame.
The English DTS-HD MA 2.0 stereo track is passable, though it’s certainly lacking any sort of real presence or range. Dialogue sounds a bit “canned” at times, but it’s presented clearly with no defects. Voices and discreet effects pan effectively across the front speakers, adding some sense of immersion to the soundtrack. There isn’t much support from the subwoofer, which remains mostly dormant throughout. It’s a competent, unimpressive effort that, much like the picture, is in keeping with the ‘90s DTV origins.
Director Jeff Burr is a fast talker on the audio commentary track, regaling listeners with stories from every step of the production. Burr has a wonderfully candid, unvarnished approach that is refreshing and makes his commentary tracks absolutely worth listening to for anyone interested in the nuts and bolts of low-budget filmmaking.
Interview with director Jeff Burr runs for just over an hour. Just as with his audio commentary, Burr is never at a loss for words. He speaks for the entire duration of this interview virtually non-stop. Some of the information is redundant if you’ve heard the commentary, but his frequent anecdotes and honest storytelling will have most viewers hooked in from the start.
Re-creating the Monster – Interview with Special Effects Artists Greg Nicotero, Gino Crognale and actor Mark McCracken – The FX guys talk about watching old behind-the-scenes footage from the making of Pumpkinhead so they could see how the previous animators brought the creature to life, then making subtle changes to that design to make their beast unique. McCracken, the man under the suit, talks about his work, which from the stories they tell involved a lot of on-set humor.
Behind the Scenes Footage is entirely camcorder footage of Pumpkinhead being operated and shot on set, along with some of the on-set gags Nicotero & co. spoke of in their interview.
This Blu-ray doesn’t carry over a featurette on the making of the film found on Lionsgate’s previous release, though what is included here mostly makes up for that. Still, it would have been nice to get some interviews with the cast just to hear their thoughts on the film twenty years later. I’m sure Roger Clinton would’ve been available.
- Audio commentary with director Jeff Burr
- Interview with director Jeff Burr
- Re-creating the Monster – Interview with Special Effects Artists Greg Nicotero, Gino Crognale and actor Mark McCracken
- Behind the Scenes Footage
- Reversible cover art
Now that AMC has canned the majority of its unscripted shows, more of its regular bits of programming are gathering lots and lots of steam, included the long talk about adaptation of the Preacher comic.
Variety reports that “Preacher,” based on Garth Ennis’ graphic novel about a maverick Texas clergyman, is said to be heating up for a pilot order. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are writing the adaptation for Sony Pictures TV and Original Film.
Stay turned for more soon, including casting news. Who would you like to see fill the primary roles? Sound off below.
The 10th anniversary re-release of Saw scored one of the worst debuts ever for a movie released in over 2,000 theaters, trailing only the kiddy flops Delgo and Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure in terms of box office poison.
I can’t even wrap my head around what Lionsgate was thinking re-releasing Saw for its 10th anniversary. Is Hollywood now even trying to reboot nostalgia too soon, or were they hoping fans would flock in such a way as to indicate they really want a new series of Saw sequels/reboots?
Sorry, Jigsaw. Two films tied for the top of the Halloween weekend box office, and neither included elaborate DIY torture traps or creepy puppets on tricycles. If it’s Halloween, it used to be Saw.
The top box office spot for Halloween 2014 belonged to Jake Gyllenhaal’s sociopathic crime scene photographer as Nightcrawler opened #1. Box Office Mojo reports a $10.91 million opening, putting it in a virtual tie with last weekend’s #1, Ouija. When the dust settles on Monday, one or the other may pull ahead just enough to definitively lay claim to the top slot.
In its second week Ouija continued to appeal to tweeners looking for an entry-level horror offering at the mall’s multiplex. The $5 million Blumhouse spookfest benefited from the Halloween spirit, dropping only 44 percent with another $10.90 million.
That brings it to the $35 million benchmark that’s been the best any horror flick can do at the box office this year. The fact that Ouija is poised to be one of the year’s highest grossing horror movies should tell you all you need to know about what a weak year for the genre it has been.
Speaking of weak, oh my… Saw wasn’t expect to make much for its one-week only return to theaters and still managed to be a near record-making flop. A pathetic $650,000 was all the 10th anniversary re-release could muster for the Halloween weekend. That averages out to 39 tickets per theater. Perhaps Hollywood should strongly reconsider re-releasing movies that’s aren’t that old and are readily available on DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD, often in discounted bundle packs with other entries in the series.
Next weekend Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and Marvel/Disney’s Big Hero 6 open so say sayonara to Nightcrawler and Ouija and everything else scrounging for dollars at the box office.
You can also pretty much say sayonara to big screen horror for the year other than The Pyramid, opening in the post-Thanksgiving weekend slot generally reserved for films being dumped by the studio with little prospects of making bank. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 doesn’t even really fit the mold anymore since the two-part climax abandons the Battle Royale-esque aspects in favor of a full-on Return of the Jedi-esque revolutionary war.
So, uh, have you seen John Wick yet? What are you waiting for? More headshots than a zombie apocalypse flick!
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Since Scream Factory finally ran out of titles to announce for “Shocktober,” Synapse Films decided to uncork a treat on All Hallow’s Eve by revealing plans to bring the underrated and often overlooked 1976 Sasquatchploitation flick Creature from Black Lake to digital next year.
Creature from Black Lake, directed by Joy N. Houck, Jr., and written by Jim McCullough, Jr., chronicles what happens when two collegiate fancy pants from the North venture deep into Cajun country to research stories about a Bigfoot-like creature that considers the swamplands its stomping grounds. What they find are locals that don’t much like Yankee city slickers nosing around and, more importantly, one very pissed off swamp monster that doesn’t much care for anyone from either side of the Mason-Dixon.
Cast members include Jack Elam, Dub Taylor, and Dennis Fimple.
As Dread’s resident expert on Sasquatchploitation cinema, you’ve probably seen or heard me reference this film on multiple occasion as it is pretty much the gold standard of Seventies Bigfoot cinema, second only to The Legend of Boggy Creek, though while that film gets all the glory, I’ve always felt this drive-in circuit shocker loosely based on the tales of Louisiana’s own “Honey Island Swamp Monster” is the more eerily effective combination of hairy hominid horror and Southern slice-of-life.
Now Synapse hasn’t stated outright that the plan is to give the film a Blu-ray release, but it is safe to assume from the company’s Facebook announcement that they’ve worked out a deal with Jim McCullough Productions, the company behind the film, for this to be the definitive collector’s edition release of Creature from Black Lake:
So, we’re sitting in our office working today and we’re thinking, “It’s Halloween, shouldn’t we maybe announce something today?” We have a few “irons in the fire” as it were and, since this one is officially signed, sealed and delivered with the McCullough family, we’re going to announce that work will begin in 2015 on the first, real, authorized version of this “bigfoot” classic! No other details available at this time, as the ink is barely dry, but we’re scouring storage facilities and the McCullough family’s inventory to bring this one out as soon as humanly possible! Should be a lot of fun! All you collectors out there, take note! If you have any memorabilia or vintage trailers or TV spots for this one, let us know!
Good luck with that last part. You won’t even find a trailer on YouTube.
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See What Strains Await the Cranes in these Images and Preview of Sleepy Hollow Episode 2.07 – Deliverance
When the powers-that-be announced the second season of “Sleepy Hollow” would be an expanded 18 episodes, we were a little worried. After all, it was the show’s quick pace with very little dilly-dallying about that hooked us in the first place so we wondered if the eps might start feeling a bit “padded.”
So far, that hasn’t been the case as the series continues to captivate us (and plenty of others) week in and week out, and up now for the faithful following we have a look (via both videos and photos) at what strains lie ahead for the Cranes in tomorrow night’s Episode 2.07, “Deliverance.”
“Sleepy Hollow” Episode 2.07 – “Deliverance” (airs 11/3/14)
Abbie (Nicole Beharie) and Ichabod (Tom Mison) learn that Katrina (Katia Winter) is in imminent danger and race against the clock to help her.
If there’s one truly under-served facet of the horror genre in the video game medium it’s the slasher sub-genre. However that’s coming to an end with games like Until Dawn and now Summer Camp coming to light! Speaking of the latter…
Gun Media is hard at work on Summer Camp along with special effects legend Tom Savini and Friday the 13th composer Harry Manfredini. How’s that for super-fucking-cool?
In the third person slasher horror game you’ll play as a teenage camp counselor alongside other players trying to survive until dawn or you can even play as the killer. Yeah, I think I’m going with the killer’s side first, but that’s just my preference!
No release date has been announced just yet but we know when it gets here the game will be available on Steam, PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. Dig on some concept art and a trailer below.
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“Constantine” took a fall in the ratings last night (down 36% from its premiere according to EW), but considering it was Halloween, that should change by at least a few points once DVR and On Demand viewings are taken into account.
In any event, time will tell if the show is a hit or just yet another miss for NBC; and while we wait for the verdict, here are several photos from and a preview of next week’s Episode 1.03, “The Devil’s Vinyl,” in which a desperate wife must make a deal with the devil to save her husband’s life.
“Constantine” Episode 1.03 – “The Devil’s Vinyl” (11/7/14; 10-11pm)
John (Matt Ryan) and Zed (Angélica Celaya) engage in a dangerous confrontation to save a woman and her family from sinister forces. John’s efforts force him to confront the darkness in his own life – while also coming face to face with a new powerful adversary in Papa Midnite (guest star Michael James Shaw).
Harold Perrineau and Charles Halford also star.
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A local boxing gym comes under fire following a brutal homicide in next week’s Episode 4.03 of “Grimm,” entitled “Last Fight.” Here’s a gallery’s worth of images from the ep plus its preview.
In addition, we also have a creature profile video focusing on last night’s featured Wesen, the Gedachtnis Esser, an octopus-like creature that burrows its tentacles into the heads of its victims to steal their memories.
“Grimm” Episode 4.03 – “Last Fight” (11/7/14; 9-10pm)
After Nick (David Giuntoli) has a bizarre, unsettling vision, he and Hank (Russell Hornsby) find themselves on a case that takes them into the world of boxing. Trubel (guest star Jacqueline Toboni) finds herself under the watchful eye of Agent Chavez (guest star Elizabeth Rodriguez) before jumping into the ring to help with Nick’s investigation.
Meanwhile, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner) get some unexpected help in figuring out a way to restore Nick’s Grimm abilities. Elsewhere, Adalind (Claire Coffee) encounters a mysterious visitor in her dungeon cell. Bitsie Tulloch, Sasha Roiz, and Reggie Lee also star. Lisa Gay Hamilton guest stars.
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Way back in May we got word that TNT was developing writer John Scott Shepherd’s “Breed,” and now they’ve given it a pilot order. It’ll be directed by Scott Winant (“Fargo”) and produced by Nicky Weinstock of Invention Film Co.
Per Deadline, Shepherd, Weinstock, and Winant will executive produce. If greenlit as a series, it’s likely that “Breed” will air on the network’s action/genre Sunday night.
Look for more soon!
This atmospheric, supernatural drama centers on a volatile race of creatures who are committing brutal murders in the Pacific Northwest and the reluctant FBI investigator who pairs with a female assassin to track them. “Breed” mixes suspense, excitement, and humor to create an exhilarating ride full of unexpected moments and unforgettable characters.
Recently we’ve been telling you quite a bit about the 2014 Howlin’ Wolves Monster Fest, which takes place in Melbourne between the 20th and 30th of November. Now you can take a look at the full festival schedule alongside a bloody new video featuring an introduction by the disembodied head of festival director Neil Foley. Check it out!
Limited tickets for the master-classes and special events at The Monster’s Lair (Yah Yah’s Bar) can be had via the Monster Fest ticket page on Pozible, and session tickets for each of the film screenings are also now available from the Cinema Nova box office and website.
You can also follow Monster Fest on Facebook for the latest news alongside the chance to win prizes in their online competitions.
That’s not to mention that there are also new Facebook event pages now live for Lloyd Kaufman’s MAKE YOUR OWN DAMN MOVIE workshop and Monster Fest’s FREE Happy Hour screenings which will take place during the festival. Yep, there’s a lot going on in Melbourne this year!
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Starting at 7am GMT this Halloween (that’s TODAY!), the folks behind @TrickorTweetUK on Twitter will be running another online event packed full of quizzes, prize giveaways and even a Zombeavers live tweet-along.
Take a look here for the full schedule and how you can get involved for a spooktacular Friday!
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Last week Lionsgate started a charity auction on eBay that ends TOMORROW, HALLOWEEN (10/31), AT 5PM so this is your last chance to own a piece Saw history!
Here are the details:
To celebrate our 10th Anniversary Re-Release and to help a great cause, Lionsgate is auctioning off five (5) prize packages that include the following items:
- 1 SAW 10th Anniversary Poster signed by Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, James Wan, Mark Burg, Oren Koules, and Leigh Whannell
- 1 SAW REBIRTH comic signed by Tobin Bell, Greg Hoffman, Mark Burg, Oren Koules, and Leigh Whannell
- 1 SAW II DVD
- Full Set of 10th Anniversary Limited Edition Posters (5 designs in total)
- SAW VI Original Halloween Blood Drive Poster
All proceeds go to The American Red Cross.
Look for the film to open on Friday, October 31st, with select screenings beginning Thursday night, October 30th. The seven Saw films grossed $874 million at the box office worldwide and were hailed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “Most Successful Horror Franchise” of all time.
Saw was the first collaboration for co-creators James Wan, who directed the film, and Leigh Whannell, who wrote the screenplay. Together, they also created the successful Insidious franchise, and Wan has gone on to direct such high-profile films as The Conjuring.
Directed by Wan from a script penned by Whannell, Saw is a psychological thriller focusing on two men who wake up in a secure lair of a serial killer with a dead body lying between them. The killer, nicknamed “Jigsaw,” leaves them tape recorded messages with details of how to make it out alive. The only way for one man to make it out alive is to do the unthinkable. The two men desperately try to find a way out, while also trying to figure out who’s behind their kidnapping.
It’s almost time for “The Originals” episode in which Nina Dobrev from “The Vampire Diaries” guest stars, and on tap now we have a new sneak peek to share. In this look at Episode 2.05, “Red Door,” Cami tries to bring some humanity to Klaus.
As much as we love you, Cami, please leave Klaus be… it’s his INhumanity that makes him one of our favorite current TV villains!
“The Originals” Episode 2.05 – “Red Door” (airs 11/3/14)
In order to show Elijah (Daniel Gillies) that her plan is what’s best for him, Esther forces him to relive a time long ago when he loved a young woman named Tatia (guest star Nina Dobrev).
With the help of Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) is determined to find Elijah, who has gone missing, but is torn when she discovers that Klaus (Joseph Morgan) is also in trouble. Elsewhere, Cami (Leah Pipes) finds herself in a dangerous situation when Mikael (guest star Sebastian Roche) takes her hostage as a way to lure Klaus to him, and Davina (Danielle Campbell) makes an upsetting discovery about Kaleb’s (guest star Daniel Sharman) true identity.
Lastly, a violent confrontation ensues when Klaus comes face-to-face with Mikael. Michael Robison directed the episode written by Declan de Barra and Diane Ademu-John.
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Magnet has released yet another clip from the third chapter in the V/H/S anthology franchise, and as always we have it for you right here. Check it out and look for it on VOD now!
V/H/S: Viral (review) features segments from directors Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes, Extraterrestrial), Marcel Sarmiento (ABCs of Death segment “D is for Dogfight”), Gregg Bishop (The Other Side, Dance of the Dead, The Birds of Anger), Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution, Spring, Wrecked), along with Todd Lincoln (The Apparition).
Related Story: New V/H/S Viral Red Band Clip; Death Toll Infographic
Gary Binkow and Brad Miska produced for Collective Digital Studio and Bloody Disgusting, marking their third collaboration with Magnet on the V/H/S films.
A police chase after a deranged ice cream truck has captivated the attention of the greater Los Angeles area. Dozens of fame—obsessed teens flock to the streets with their video cameras and camera phones, hell—bent on capturing the next viral video. But there is something far more sinister occurring in the streets of L.A. than a simple police chase. A resounding effect is created onto all those obsessed with capturing salacious footage for no other purpose than to amuse or titillate. Soon the discovery becomes that they themselves are the stars of the next video, one where they face their own death.
With Trick ‘r Treat director Michael Dougherty forever left his mark on the Halloween season by delivering what is arguably the perfect Halloween-themed anthology film. Will he do the same for Christmas? We’ll find out when Universal and Legendary release Krampus on Friday, December 4, 2015.
Based on an ancient legend about a pagan demon who punishes the wicked, Krampus will be similar in style to Dougherty’s cult hit Trick ‘r Treat. Dougherty also co-wrote X2, the second installment of the X-Men franchise, and Superman Returns. He’s also working on a sequel to Trick ‘r Treat. That is also at Legendary.
“The dark ancient origins of our holidays have always fascinated me,” Dougherty said. “I’ve been drawing twisted Christmas cards for well over a decade so it only made sense to bring some of that morbid yuletide fun to the big screen, and Krampus was the perfect mythology to do that. Christmas has been invading Halloween for far too long. It’s time to return the favor.”
Entertainment Weekly scored the first ever look at some of the cast members of the long brewing book adaptation Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Check it out!
Below you’ll find your first glance at characters Elizabeth (Lily James), Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady), Jane (Bella Heathcote), and Kitty (Suki Waterhouse).
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies also stars Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Matt Smith, Douglas Booth, and Lena Heady. Burr Steers is directing from a screenplay by David O. Russell and Steers.
The film hails from Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver, Sierra/Affinity, and Lauren Selig. It is produced by Allison Shearmur, Sean McKittrick, Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch, Marc Butan, Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson. Exec producing are Lauren Selig, Aleen Keshishian, Ted Hamm, and Sue Baden Powell.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies mixes the 1817 Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice with a legion of bloodthirsty undead. Seth Grahame-Smith’s popular novel plays with the relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England who are faced with the challenge of an army of the “sorry stricken” (i.e., zombies).
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Another remake is on its way, this time of the 2006 film Otoshimono, aka Ghost Train. Read on for all the details you need. All aboard!
From the Press Release
Adding to its commitment to establish a cultural bridge between a consortium of Japan’s leading creative companies and prominent Hollywood filmmakers and studios, All Nippon Entertainment Works (ANEW) has partnered with the Hollywood feature film production company Depth of Field and Japan’s legendary movie studio Shochiku to develop GHOST TRAIN.
Based on the 2006 Japanese horror thriller OTOSHIMONO, GHOST TRAIN is a horror-themed tale tracking a mysterious force that invades an underground commuter train and terrifies its passengers.
The announcement of GHOST TRAIN follows on the heels of previously announced ANEW projects that include SOUL ReVIVER in association with Fields Corp. and filmmaker partners Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz of Bedford Falls Prods. and a live action remake of TOEI Animation’s robot anime GAIKING with producer Gale Ann Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment, Inc.
ANEW’s vision is to develop and produce adaptations of proven creative brands from Japan for the English-speaking market, bringing together top Hollywood filmmakers and studios with Japanese content owners and creators. ANEW expects to unveil several additional Japanese IP-based projects in upcoming months.
“Film projects based on, or inspired by, Japanese storytelling have been very successful internationally in recent years, and the adaptation of the fresh and original GHOST TRAIN for the English-speaking audience builds on this trend,” said Annmarie Bailey, ANEW’s Senior Vice President, Creative Affairs. “This property represents the first of several planned projects from a pool of the best Japanese-originated horror and anime properties that will benefit from Hollywood sensibilities and popular storytelling.”
Depth of Field’s Dan Balgoyen is overseeing the English language adaptation of GHOST TRAIN, which is being written by Josh Miller and Patrick Casey (“Golan the Insatiable” for Fox TV). OTOSHIMONO writer-director Takeshi Furusawa and producer Yoshitaka Ishizuka will also be involved in developing the adaptation. The producers expect to commence shooting in 2015 for a targeted 2016 release.
OTOSHIMONO (originally starring Erika Sawajiri, Shun Oguri, and Chinatsu Wakatsuki) centers on the disappearances and horrific challenges a group of commuters face after finding a lost ticket at a subway station deep underground. The film explores the value of family and friendship and the power of a past curse’s influence on these people’s lives.
“The original inspiration for OTOSHIMONO was numerous American horror titles, which makes this remake feel like a homecoming for the property,” Furusawa said.
“I’m very excited to see how the original version evolves in the American remake version,” Ishizuka added.
“Our new relationship with ANEW to co-produce GHOST TRAIN, marks a pivotal moment and exciting opportunity for all of us at Depth of Field to break new ground in bringing Japanese-originated properties to English-speaking audiences worldwide,” Andrew Miano said.
Starring Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn, Sean Harris, Joel McHale
Directed by Scott Derrickson
Distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Like a narcoleptic DJ, Deliver Us from Evil is inconsistent. It feels like a man with tourettes is trying to narrate The Silence of the Lambs, so every once in a while during the tense or charactery bits, he just jumps up and screams “OOGAH BOOGAH.” One of the dumbest “thinking man’s” movies around, it still held the distinction of being one of my favorite summertime releases. The characterization is done uncharacteristically well for a horror-genre popcorn-film, and the antagonist is genuinely unsettling.
In case you are not familiar, Deliver Us from Evil is a supernatural thriller about a New York Bronx cop played by Joel McHale tragically dying an hour and a half in, leaving all the dramatic weight on Eric Bana’s shoulders. Bana plays real life Bronx cop turned demonologist Ralph Sarchie, his characterization as a violent man coming to terms with his past to better confront evil holds up pretty well. Bana’s mannerisms and accent are pure New York Bronx, and it’s apparent that a lot of care went into making this movie look and feel very Bronx on top of feeling very supernatural. It is hard to imagine this film taking place anywhere else, so kudos to them for integrating the setting so well into the film.
The plot requires some leaps of faith that aren’t satisfyingly explained, so let me just recap the plot and just take at face value that I’m not pointing out the stupidity for the same reason you don’t have to point out when an elephant has decided to sit down in your living room. While investigating crimes out of the 46th precinct of the Bronx, Sergeant Ralph Sarchie hears a domestic disturbance call that sets off his “radar.” Explained as his sixth sense for weird and violent stuff, they find that the domestic dispute is both violent and weird. Hints of possession are there for those looking for it in the audience, but there are no spinning heads or inverted crosses, so it does a good job of slowly easing the characters into the world of the supernatural. Next, they get a call about a disturbance at the Bronx zoo, and during a nighttime manhunt encounter the antagonist, later revealed to be an Iraqi war vet named Santino, painting over some writing on a wall. From here the manhunt for Santino begins, with the first big break coming from an unrelated case, where a haunted house was found to be painted by Santino and the man from the first domestic dispute. How Sarchie manages to string together a series of seemingly unrelated cases into a single thread of logic is beyond reason, but you just kind of have to accept it like you accept that the elephant is going to eat all of your fruitcake.
Side-plots include Sarchie’s family somehow slowly becoming haunted by demons as well, and the dark history of Mendoza, the priest that brings Sarchie into the whole supernatural business. Over the course of the movie, Sarchie becomes more disturbed and agitated by the stuff he is seeing, and character arcs his way from skepticism all the way to becoming an exorcist himself. If it sounds like I’m not explaining something, its because a lot of the plot doesn’t really go anywhere. While things certainly happen in the movie, it is never really clear what the greater threat or endgame is. For example, the demons are given this sense of devious intent by painting over all of the demonic scratchings they leave on the walls. However, of the three demons, one ends its plotline by throwing itself off a building for the sole purpose of startling Sarchie, and the other just turns itself in to be exorcised. Not exactly masters of evil level planning there, demon hordes.
If it sounds like I am being harsh on Deliver Us from Evil, know that everything I didn’t like only stuck out because it was sandwiched in something I did like very much. Joel McHale’s performance is fantastic, but they have to cock it up by only letting him be in like 10% of the movie. There is a great scene where they watch security footage of Santino suspiciously talking to a lion, and then a bloody face just jumps on screen for a few seconds. It is one of a few asinine jump scares in the movie, and they fit in like the dicks from Fight Club, not really shocking you or adding anything. They just make you scratch your head and wonder “did they just stick their dicks in my supernatural thriller?”
Anyways, if I keep pointing at the elephants they will start feeling self-conscious. The shot design and sound design are great, and there are a lot of little flairs that add to the movie. Sarchie’s descent into anger and eventual redemption at the hands of God through confessing to Mendoza are done with adequate weight to be believable. The family drama and dark histories add a human weight to the characters, and are integrated well into the main plot. The acting is good all around, and the antagonist does a good job at being genuinely terrifying. Theres some good philosophical debate, that allows the movie to be watched intelligently if you ignore all the jump scares. Overall, the movie is enjoyable, but is dragged down by some questionable additions. It’s like someone on the staff was afraid that if something didn’t make me jump every 5 minutes, I’d fall asleep.
Oh, and Sarchie is also being haunted by The Doors. Yes, the band. But at this point you might as well just let the elephants have their own little tea party and enjoy the ride.
There are two sets of special features, one for general DVD release and one for Blu-Ray exclusively. In the general category, we have a Director’s Commentary track and a featurette on the making of the movie titled “Illuminating Evil: Making Deliver Us from Evil.” Clocking in at about 13 minutes, “Illuminating Evil” plays like an abridged version of all the other special features. You will get the key points from most of the Blu-Ray content, and whatever the marketing department decided was key from Derrickson’s commentary. It plays like a big pat on the back, but you get some sense of what they were trying to do.
The director’s commentary is unintentionally hilarious. I was first exposed to Derrickson’s work from his foray into the Hellraiser series. The fifth installment of the now totally shit series, I watched Hellraiser: Inferno as part of a marathon of the whole series with my girlfriend of the time. After Hellraiser 3: Shit Goes Bananas and Hellraiser 4: Hellraiser in Space, my girlfriend and I were weirded out that the fifth installment was actually not total shit. Along with Saw VI, it stands as an actually kind of good later installment to a series that has long lost any license to be anything but cash-grab screen-vomit. I liked Derrickson’s work on Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose, but by God if it wasn’t proving that there could be a decent Hellraiser sequel that made me respect the man.
Which is why the commentary being such a rambling mess is hilarious. It would be just sad if he went up and talked about his kids the whole time, but Derrickson gives just enough little short bursts of insight that his 10 minute rants about how science is wrong because spirits exist, followed by a subsequent 5 minutes of hard backpedaling, come off as tremendously out of place. He seriously goes from talking about the interesting uphill battle he fought to get Joel McHale cast in the part he wrote for him, to telling anecdotes about McHale’s struggling theater career and slightly psychotic knife collection. If this commentary were done in more than one take and in any setting other than Derrickson sitting alone with a voice recorder and bottle of Gin, taking a shot every time he had to change the subject, I will eat my own foot.
As for the 3 Blu-Ray exclusive featurettes, they all focus on a specific aspect of the movie and are worth watching. “Deliver Us From Demons” is about the makeup and characterization of Santino, and it is genuinely cool to see him go from normal guy to total batshit demon. Nothing truly revelatory, but worth a watch. “The Two Sergeants” is about Bana learning from the real life Ralph Sarchie how to play Ralph Sarchie, and if anything gives you some respect for Bana’s commitment and process. It was cool to see how much of the real life person went into the performance of the sensationalized fictional character. It is worth a watch, especially for people familiar with Sarchie’s work.
The last feature, “The Demon Detective,” is easily the most interesting special feature. A small biopic on Sarchie, it gives the real life Ralph Sarchie a chance to color himself. A normal, hardworking, American guy, Sarchie comes off in that likeable and respectable way that most honorable working class people do. You get a real sense of pride in what he is saying, and most importantly never get a shred of him being disingenuous. He really believes in what he is doing, and regardless of if you believe in God and the Devil or exorcisms, his earnest candor is enough to make you understand where he is coming from. He’s no movie star, and certainly gets more comfortable as the interview goes on, but is the kind of no-nonsense guy that can cut through the glamour of being on screen and just tell his story. It is a genuinely enjoyable bit, even with all the God stuff.
Overall, the special features are worth a watch, as they do give you insight into how they shot the movie and what they were going for that was not already apparent. A bit of a back patting session for sure, but not enough to get in the way. If you can spring for the Blu-ray, do so, as the extra features bring in enough detail to be worth watching.
- Director’s Commentary
- Illuminating Evil” Making Deliver Us from Evil
- Deliver Us from Demons (Blu-ray Exclusive)
- The Two Sergeants (Blu-ray Exclusive)
- The Demon Detective (Blu-ray Exclusive)
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