Watching 10 Cloverfield Lane can be likened to running through a field with bombs being dropped all around. The field is open and clear, yet the bombs keep forcing you to zig-zag to avoid being hit.
We’ve seen 10 Cloverfield Lane on many occasions. In fact, the idea of being trapped in a bomb shelter for the duration of a film sounds awful to me, which is probably why I never really jumped aboard the hype train. Shit, I even started preparing myself for complete and utter disappointment. Yet, after my initial viewing of Dan Trachtenberg’s claustrophobic thriller, I find myself bowing to the new masters of tension.
Josh Campbell and Matthew Stuecken’s story (Damien Chazelle co-wrote the screenplay with the duo) takes a tired concept and zig-zags. With Trachtenberg’s masterful directing and explosive performances by John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and John Gallagher Jr., 10 Cloverfield Lane becomes an unrelenting thriller for the ages.
Forget the Cloverfield connection, what we have here in a masterclass in suspense that can only be described as Alfred Hitchcock and Richard Matheson’s lovechild.
10 Cloverfield Lane opens with Michelle (Winstead) leaving her boyfriend. As she hits the road, she’s blindsided by a truck and wakes up chained to a bed. Howard (John Goodman) enters the room, offering little explanation, but providing some food. Michelle acts quick, thinking she’s been kidnapped, and attempts to escape. The film’s pace in unrelenting, never taking a real moment to breathe. It’s told through Michelle’s perspective, and the audience almost immediately learns the “truth.” What’s so surprising is how quick Trachtenberg and the writers drop a reveal, and how often they continue to shift the narrative.
Trachtenberg biggest feat, though, is his ability to show a story, keeping the exposition to the bare minimum. 10 Cloverfield Lane is carried by an explosive score and vicious sound design, letting the viewer experience Michelle’s paranoia to the fullest extent.
Speaking of, whether or not the world has ended is only one layer; Michelle must confront the reality that she may be trapped in a bomb shelter with a psychopath.
John Gallagher Jr. and Winstead’s outstanding performances will unfortunately be overlooked because Goodman hits God-level. Goodman is having a renaissance career; his character walks a fine line between sympathetic and terrifying in what could be his coup de grâce. A mic-drop if you will. The early Oscar chatter? Fully warranted.
Whether or not 10 Cloverfield Lane was pigeon-holed into the Clover-verse is inconsequential. Forget all about Cloverfield and just soak in the immense claustrophobia and paranoia that’s so unrelenting you’ll have to dig your nails out of the theater’s armrests.
The wait for Among the Sleep on Xbox One just got a wee bit longer. In a recent update, developer Krillbite Studio confirmed the latest port of their first-person psychological horror game had run into some minor technical issues related to the Unity 5 engine.
— Krillbite Studio (@krillbite) March 2, 2016
Krillbite’s been quietly supporting the game since its arrival on Steam nearly two years ago. A prequel chapter was added to the game, for free, at the end of 2014, and the version PS4 owners got in December overhauled its visuals by replacing its dated engine for the new-and-improved Unity 5. The Steam version was brought up-to-date last month.
Among the Sleep has been a moderately polarizing game. Its been criticized for its relatively brief running time, clumsy controls and a general lack of scares. Those flaws are absolutely worth enduring, in my opinion, for its wonderful atmosphere, gorgeous art style and clever platforming.
While we’re waiting for its Xbox One port to get here, check out our post-mortem for an in-depth look at how Krillbite turned a novel idea for a story about a curious two year-old into a promising concept for a game that would go on to raise a quarter of a million dollars on Kickstarter.
Alt-rockers Garbage have announced that they will be releasing their sixth studio album Strange Little Birds on June 10th through their own record label Stunvolume.
Vocalist Shirley Manson explains, “The guiding principle was keeping it fresh, and relying on instinct both lyrically and musically. To me, this record, funnily enough, has the most to do with the first record than any of the previous records. It’s getting back to that beginner’s headspace. In part that’s a result of not having anyone to answer to.”
Drummer Butch Vig simply adds, “We fell in love with immediacy.”
The band released the title and track list today but haven’t released a single. That’s why I put “Automatic Systematic Habit” above, because it’s from their previous album, 2012’s Not Your Kind of People, and because it’s catchy as hell!
4. If I Lost You
5. Night Drive Loneliness
6. Even Though Our Love Is Doomed
8. We Never Tell
9. So We Can Stay Alive
10. Teaching Little Fingers To Play
Not sure how Dread-worthy this one’s gonna be, but Variety is reporting that Jake Gyllenhaal is set to co-star with Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson in Skydance’s sci-fi flick Life.
Daniel Espinosa is directing the film, with David Ellison and Dana Goldberg producing along with Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn. The script was written by Deadpool duo Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese.
Life‘s story follows the crew of the International Space Station, who, after retrieving a sample from Mars, discover that it displays signs of life, and proves to be more intelligent than expected.
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Coming from Terrance Zdunich and Saar Hendelman, and combining live-action and stop-motion style animation, this has got to be the weirdest railer that you’ll see in a long time. Telling the stories of infamous murders that occurred in the early days of the USA, you can learn more about American Murder Song by visiting it’s official website here, if’n you’re brave.
From the Press Release:
Icons of cult cinema, Terrance Zdunich (Repo! The Genetic Opera) and Saar Hendelman (The Devil’s Carnival franchise) pull the trigger on a new, twisted musical world, American Murder Song. Combining stop motion animation and moving daguerreotype portraits, American Murder Song features a rogues gallery of original murder ballads set in early nineteenth century America. The genre-defying duo invite you to Follow The Mark, if’n you’re brave.
For tunes and regular updates, please visit The American Murder Song website.
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The fate of Dead Island 2 has been up in the air for some time. Techland, the developers of the original game, had no interest in returning, instead opting to make Dying Light for Warner Bros., so publisher Deep Silver hired German studio Yager to create the game. However, they were subsequently dropped last year, presumably because, as they came cheap, the product that they were working on would not have been up to the standards of a top quality AAA game. You get what you pay for, Deep Silver.
This led many fans to believe that Dead Island 2 would never see the light of day. All is not lost, however, because MCV exclusively learned that British studio Sumo Digital will now handle the game’s development. Who are they, you ask? They’re the folks who bought us Little Big Planet 3, Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed, Sega Superstars Tennis, the F1 series, and more. So yeah, the seem like an odd choice to make a zombie game (the only other horror title that they worked on was the bloody awful Dead Space Ignition) but there’s a first time for everything I suppose.
So will do they do right by the game? Let’s wait and see. And we have a Hell of a long time to wait, as it’s still in the early stages of development. In the meantime, fans can enjoy both remasters of the original Dead Island games and the 2D spinoff Retro Revenge.
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Following last year’s memorably gory indie anthology Volumes of Blood (review), the newly formed Blood Moon Pictures LLC is currently readying a slew of bloody new tales in Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories!
Produced by P.J. Starks and Eric Huskisson (The Confession of Fred Krueger) and Christopher Bower (The Dooms Chapel Horror), the anthology sequel is set to feature Moses Moseley (“The Walking Dead”) and WWE legend Sir Mo from Men on A Mission, and features original music by Rocky Gray (drummer for We Are The Fallen, Living Sacrifice and formerly of Evanescence).
We are all about supporting up and coming horror talent that can still rock kick ass practical effects, so we are definitely looking forward to seeing what the follow-up anthology has to offer. For more information about how you can support the project, head over to the film’s “Blood Drive” page, AKA the official IndiegoGo campaign for the sequel!
A couple plans to purchase an old home, but would like one last tour before the closing. They’re guided around the estate by a creepy realtor that may have more in store than they bargained for. Searching floor by floor, they begin to discover the remnants of its sordid and terrifying past… A popular 80’s franchise gets a modern upgrade, but at what price? On Halloween night a teen left home alone meets a trick or treater that wants more than just candy. A door to door insurance salesman makes a Thanksgiving house call with monstrous consequences. Andrew and Sara are happily married and plan on spending some quality time together, but something sinister has other plans for their evening. Carol’s Christmas Eve turns into a fight for survival when a vengeful stranger isn’t feeling the holiday spirit. Lastly, a birthday party turns bloody when some unexpected guests drop by at the wrong time. Seven interwoven tales of terror, how many stories does your house have?
Murder Death Killer – Directed by Jakob Bilinski (Emergence)
Trick or Treat – Directed by Sean Blevins (A Brush With Death)
A Killer House – Directed by Jim O’Rear (The Hospital)
Feeding Time – Directed by John William Holt (The Dooms Chapel Horror)
Blood Bath – Directed by Jon Maynard (Nearly Dead)
Fear, For Sinners Here – Directed by Nathan Thomas Milliner (Encyclopedia Satanica)
The Deathday Party – Directed by Justin Seaman (The Barn)
While you’re at it, check out a killer clip from the first Volumes of Blood entry:
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Starring Clark Freeman, Annette O’Toole, John Glover
Directed by Jesse Holland, Andy Mitton
The promise of life after death is certainly an intriguing one: do we pass through the pearly gates and reunite with loved ones who’ve also made the transition, or are we doomed to walk the Earth as another, made to right the wrongs that we committed in our own lives? Now that I’ve babbled enough about reincarnation and many other talk-show comings and goings, let’s delve into a film that poses that very interesting question: “what if?”
In We Go On, from co-directors Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton (who also co-wrote the chilling Yellowbrickroad a few years ago), the audience gets a front-seat view into the possibility of one character’s afterlife, and as the old saying goes, “careful what you wish for.” The lead man here is Miles Grissom (Freeman), a fairly sad individual who, forced by his own agoraphobic restrictions, works from home editing infomercials (seems pretty inspiring). His phobias are quite unrestrained, even excessive for the most part, and the non-allowance to even set foot outside his own domicile adds to the already inordinate fears he possesses. His biggest fear? Death. Not that it’s anything to sneeze at, but Miles looks at the fear and takes it one step further – to not only be frightened about the likelihood of your imminent demise, but to be even MORE stricken in dismay about where you’d go after you’ve kicked off…jeez, this guy needs some medication or something! His solution to the problem comes in the placement of a personal ad offering up 30 thousand dollars to anyone who can give him iron-clad proof that there is in fact life after death, and the responses he gets are nothing less than amusing.
From kooky mediums to professors calculating theories, and even his own mousy widow of a mom (O’Toole) – everyone is offering up differing ideologies, and subscriptions to their beliefs. It’s not until Miles meets airport runway maintenance-man Nelson (Jay Dunn), does he latch onto a seemingly sure foothold of what the afterlife may bring…only problem is, what he sees is lots and lots of dead people. The film, while a shade under 90 minutes, does take a bit of time to shift out of first gear, and when it does, we’re able to gain a bit of a broader view of the idea that Holland and Mitton are trying to convey. There are some generally frightening instances contained within the film, especially if you have a concern about where your soul is headed after your ticket gets punched. Freeman’s character can come off as a bit nauseating with all of the whimpering about fears and indispositions, but believability is one strong distinction that he manages to transmit with the role, and I’ve got to give him merit points for that.
Look, who knows what exists for us after we’re gone, but while we’re here, we might as well chill out and be entertained at what’s around us, and We Go On is a nice start to that road to eternity…needless to say, my future as a fortune-teller is as murky as a clogged-up toilet.
Above you can watch a second trailer for Wolf Creek director Greg McLean’s supernatural horror, The Darkness, which stars Kevin Bacon and reunites McLean with Rogue star Radha Mitchell.
In theaters May 13th, “A family returns home from vacation at the Grand Canyon and innocently bring home a supernatural force that preys off their own fears and vulnerabilities, threatening to destroy them from within, while consuming their lives with terrifying consequences.”
This version of the trailer really sets up the story of how this entity ends up tormenting the family, which is quite similar to The Exorcist. The footage makes me believe the kid thinks it’s initially cool, while Bacon apparently is mortified (rightfully so). I love all of McLean’s previous works and this looks like a lot of fun, too.
David Mazouz, Lucy Fry, Matt Walsh and Jennifer Morrison also star.
Mill Creek’s second collection of Hammer films, appropriately entitled The Hammer Film Collection Volume 2 will be hitting stores online and off this coming April 5th and we have your details.
Volume 2 of the Hammer Film Collection and includes the movies Creatures the World Forgot, The Revenge of Frankenstein, Maniac, Never Take Candy From a Stranger, The Snorkel, and Die! Die! My Darling.
From the Press Release:
For more than four decades, Hammer Films unique blend of horror, science fiction, thrills and comedy dominated countless drive-ins and movie theaters. Enjoy this impeccable collection from the darkest corners of the Hammer Imagination!
The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
Starring: Peter Cushing, Eunice Gayson, Francis Matthews, Michael Gwynn
Peter Cushing reprises his famous role as Baron Victor Frankenstein in this horror classic. Rescued from the guillotine by his devoted dwarf Fritz, the Baron relocates and becomes Dr. Stein. Under the guise of charity work, he continues his gruesome experiments, this time transplanting Fritz’s brain into his latest creation: a normal, healthy body.
The Snorkel (1958)
Starring: Peter van Eyck, Betta St. John, Mandy Miller, Grégoire Aslan
Paul Decker arranges the perfect murder of his wife. Lightly drugging her into unconsciousness, he then seals the room and fills it with gas appearing to be a suicide while he hides beneath the floorboards using a diving snorkel to breath air from the outside. But he didn’t plan for his suspicious stepdaughter in this kill or be killed thriller!
Never Take Candy From a Stranger (1960)
Starring: Gwen Watford, Patrick Allen, Felix Aylmer, Niall MacGinnis
A serious and horrifying chiller about a small town terrorized by an elderly child molester luring young girls into his mansion with sweets, but no official will stop the perverse man because of his powerful family until it’s too late.
Starring: Kerwin Mathews, Nadia Gray, Donald Houston, Liliane Brousse
While vacationing in France, an American artist becomes romantically involved with an older woman, Eve, while also attracted to her teenage stepdaughter, Annette. Pulled between them, a plot is hatched to free Eve’s husband from jail but Eve has a different plan in mind.
Die! Die! My Darling! (1965)
Starring: Tallulah Bankhead, Stefanie Powers, Peter Vaughan, Donald Sutherland
Young Pat Carroll (Powers) goes to the home of her dead fiancé to meet his beloved mother, Mrs. Trefoile (Tallulah Bankhead). There, she discovers that Mrs. Trefoile is not the loving mother she had anticipated, but rather a grieving psychopath who blames Pat for the death of her son.
Creatures the World Forgot (1971)
Starring: Julie Ege, Tony Bonner, Brian O’Shaughnessy, Robert John
Set in the Stone Age, this singular film has almost no dialogue – the people speak in grunts – but it is strangely effective. Focused on a tribe of cavemen, a pair of twin brothers become rivals for leadership of the tribe following the impact of a devastating earthquake.
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Like it or not, a second season of MTV’s “Scream: The Series” is well on its way! In fact, it’s set to premiere on May 31st. Read on for new details and more.
Joining the cast are recording artist Kiana Ledé, Santiago Segura (47 Meters Down, “Silicon Valley”), Anthony Ruivivar (“Banshee,” “American Horror Story”), Austin Highsmith (“Murder in the First,” “Criminal Minds”), Sean Grandillo (Spring Awakening), and Karina Logue (“Ray Donovan,” “Gotham”). They join returning cast members Willa Fitzgerald (Emma), John Karna (Noah), Tom Maden (Jake), Tracy Middendorf (Maggie), Amadeus Serafini (Kieran), Bex Taylor-Klaus (Audrey), and Carlson Young (Brooke).
Hopefully the new showrunners, Michael Gans and Richard Register, can come up with something a lot more compelling.
Season 2 picks up with Emma’s return to Lakewood after several months at a retreat, where she tried to recover from the horrors of last season. Everyone is walking on eggshells around her, questioning whether she has truly gotten over the Killer’s crimes. Meanwhile, Audrey is hiding her connection to the Killer but is getting harassed by someone who knows the truth. Brooke and Jake are also keeping secrets — they are hiding a budding romance from Mayor Maddox. And Noah is getting closer and closer to the truth about the Season 1 murders.
The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival kicks off tomorrow, which means we’ll soon be sharing lots of news and reviews from the event; but first we have a look at Emma Rozanski’s debut feature, Papagajka (The Parrot), a surreal and stylish psychological thriller that is having its World Premiere in the SXGlobal section on Sunday, March 13th.
Written and directed by Rozanski, the film stars Adnan Omerovic, Susanna Cappellaro, Tina Keserovic, Sabina Mrgan, and Don Guido.
The clip is courtesy of Indiewire, who also spoke with Rozanski. “The main theme I explore in Papagajka is apathy,” she told the site. “In a way it’s a cautionary tale about indifference; yet, the layers of story allow for individual interpretation and imagination. I’m interested in exploring how people (and cultures) transform under psychological conflict, and how the mind adapts to survive in different environments. Being at the crossroads of time and culture in so many ways, Bosnia was the perfect place to do this.”
She continued, “The two main characters are representative of different states of mind and transition. One is an ‘outsider’ who is completely unfamiliar with the surroundings she finds herself in, and the other is so entrenched in his bunker of a world that it has become monotonous and inflexible. These conflicting points of view create the dramatic situation that enables us to view psychological transitions on varying levels, as these two differing minds cope with their adaptation, needs, and desires.”
Following its SXSW premiere at the Alamo Ritz 2 on the 13th at 1PM, Papagajka also screens on Monday, March 14th, at 9:45PM (Alamo Lamar B) and on Thursday, March 17th, at 10:30PM (Alamo Ritz 2).
A stranger, Tasya, arrives in Sarajevo and barges into Damir’s reclusive world. Little by little she takes over his life, even absorbing his dreams, until finally she threaten his very existence. Damir cannot summon the courage to confront Tasya as she becomes progressively more comfortable and controlling. Can Damir find it in himself to struggle out of this trap and regain control of his life, or will Tasya take him over completely, leaving no trace of Damir in the world?
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The first season of “Fear the Walking Dead” is again headed to both DVD and Blu-ray in a brand new Special Edition, and right now we have another featurette from the new package for ya! Dig it!
Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete First Season Special Edition Release Details:
Following an initial release this past December, Anchor Bay Entertainment announces the latest inventive and heart-racing AMC original series “Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete First Season” arrives on SPECIAL EDITION on March 22, 2016. Created by Robert Kirkman (“The Walking Dead”) and Dave Erickson (“Sons of Anarchy”), “Fear the Walking Dead” premiered in August 2015 as the #1 show in cable history. These 2-disc sets with collectible lenticular packaging include hours of bonus content including 5 deleted scenes, 7 newly produced featurettes, and audio commentaries on every episode.
Living in the same universe as “The Walking Dead,” “Fear the Walking Dead” is a gritty drama that explores the onset of the undead apocalypse through the lens of a fractured family. Set in Los Angeles, a city where people come to escape, shield secrets, and bury their pasts, a mysterious outbreak threatens to disrupt what little stability high school guidance counselor Madison Clark (Kim Dickens, Gone Girl) and English teacher Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis, “Missing”) have managed to assemble. The everyday pressure of blending two families while dealing with resentful, escapist, and strung out children takes a back seat when society begins to break down. A forced evolution, a necessary survival of the fittest takes hold, and the dysfunctional family must either reinvent themselves or embrace their darker histories.
The “Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete First Season” cast also includes Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), Mercedes Mason (Quarantine 2), Ruben Blades (Safe House), Alycia Debnam-Carey (The Devil’s Hand), Elizabeth Rodriguez (“Orange Is the New Black”), and Lorenzo James Henrie (Star Trek).
“Fear the Walking Dead” Season 2 premieres April 10, 2016, on AMC with 15 new episodes.
- Pilot Episode: The Widescreen Version
- Deleted Scenes
- Featurettes: Inside “Fear the Walking Dead”; FEAR: The Beginning; Five Things You Need To Survive; Locations: LA & Vancouver; Quarantined; Stunts and Anarchy; The Faces of Fear the Infected
- Audio Commentaries: Episodes 101 & 102: Co-Creator/Executive Producer Dave Erickson, Co-Executive Producer/Director Adam Davidson, and Actor Kim Dickens; Episode 103: Co-Executive Producer David Wiener and Actor Alycia Debnam-Carey; Episode 104: Executive Producer David Alpert and Co-Executive Producer David Wiener; Episode 105: Executive Producer David Alpert and Co-Executive Producer/Writer David Wiener; Episode 106: Co-Creator/Executive Producer Dave Erickson and Actors Kim Dickens and Elizabeth Rodriguez
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This is a good day. It’s good because I finally have something positive and hopeful to write about the Dead Island series, after about a year’s worth of cancellations, shut-downs, abysmal spin-offs and HD re-releases I’m still not sure are necessary.
But today is different. Today I get to say something nice about Dead Island 2, which seems to be back on track and in the very capable hands of developer Sumo Digital.
— Sumo Digital (@SumoDigitalLtd) March 10, 2016
“Sumo showed so much understanding of the brand, had creative ideas and an excellent, vision that was aligned with our own,” explains Koch Media head honcho Klemens Kundratitz in a chat with MCV. “It just made perfect sense for us to move the project to them. We will reveal more details at a later stage, but for now I’d like to say that we are obviously super excited about the progress that we are making with them.”
This isn’t the first time Sumo has put their mark on an established franchise — the studio has previously contributed to the LittleBigPlanet, Disney Infinity and Forza franchises, and they were recently enlisted by Microsoft to reboot Crackdown, again.
“It’s an honour to be charged with the evolution of such an important franchise in Deep Silver’s catalogue,” adds Sumo boss Paul Porter. “We’re looking forward to exceeding fan expectation with an ambitious design that we’re confident will take bone-crunching, visceral, zombie action to a whole new level.”
That’s all we know right now. Stay tuned for more details.
Developer IMGN.PRO’s first-person horror game Kholat has finally crept onto the PS4. Steam users have had the game since last June and they haven’t come any closer to solving the terrifying real-life mystery that inspired it. Dummies. Now it’s time for console gamers to have a go at it, and go at it they shall, once they’ve been lured to it by the Siren’s song that is Sean Bean. That’s right, the velvety vocal melodies of The Bean — my spirit animal — can be heard in Kholat.
Let his voice guide you, protect you, and bring you warmth. All praise The Bean.
Back in 2002, Joel Schumacher gave us Phone Booth. Despite its simple premise, the film put you through the wringer with some great tension and acting by Colin Farrell, who was essentially forced to remain on the phone. 14 years later, writer/director Levan Bakhia gives us another chance to revisit that familiar tension and situation with Landmine Goes Click, with some I Spit On Your Grave thrown in for good measure. The film made its debut at last year’s FrightFest, and is now headed to FrightFest Presents March 7th. Once again, a simple premise holds potential.
On a hiking trip through Georgia (the country), Daniel (Dean Geyer), Alicia (Spencer Locke) and Chris (Sterling Knight) decide to take a moment for a photo. Unfortunately, Chris steps on a landmine, presumably left over from the area’s recent war. After Daniel disappears, Alicia and Chris are left to wonder what to do next. Help seemingly appears in the form of English-speaking Ilya (Kote Tolordava). Soon after, however, things again turn ugly.
For a film with a minimalist cast, it’s expected that the group are strong in their acting to pull off what’s required. Thankfully, the cast turn in a great performance, hammering home the dire situation as well as the depravity. Knight, Locke and Tolordava share the bulk the screentime together, and are able to use the tension to play guessing games with the audience in actions and dialogue. Granted, the film ventures into the depraved area (part of that previously-mentioned I Spit On Your Grave reference) that may not be to everyone’s liking, nor does it totally justify the aftermath (more on that later), but it does do the job of getting the audience to pay attention.
Another aspect of the film that feeds into the tension is the environment. You can’t argue with Bakhia’s decision to have the film in Georgia. Right from the start, with its opening Bokeh photography, you definitely get the beauty and the isolation that the Georgian landscape holds for Landmine. The shot of our trio protagonists on top of a rock formation as the camera pulls back shows again just how far out this group is in the wilderness.
Despite the potential fun time to be had with Landmine as a revenge thriller, it falters in rather big ways. The story starts out great, but falters soon after. Bakhia paints a certain character as the obvious antagonist (and jerk), but instead switches it up for Ilya. This might not be so bad had the character not been dragged down by appearing as a bumbling annoyance, instead of something to be feared. The dialogue and tension do make up for this decision in character, but removing the tension shows that irksome character trait. Also, as alluded to, the film does go down the road of using the rape-and-revenge cliché that I Spit On Your Grave made famous. And as expected, the scene in question is a very hard to watch two and a half minutes. With no cuts. What follows next is the revenge, but even that eludes satisfaction. The final scene of the film pleases no one, which may be a statement on the whole idea of revenge in general. That, I can understand. However, it’s not really clear that’s what Bakhia was aiming for. Also, the rape in the film is seemingly included solely for shock, and really could’ve been left out of the film entirely for the revenge theme to work. But most frustrating is that the character that got Chris and Alicia into this mess gets away and is never seen again. Where’s the revenge in that instance? Adding to it all is the film’s 100 minute runtime, which given the story, drags on for far too long.
Landmine Goes Click is an appropriate title. While the setup does indeed click, the aftermath of what follows doesn’t exactly go bang. The idea of having a Phone Booth type scenario of a character being forced to remain in one spot lest they die does open up a potentially tension-filled film, and the merging of a revenge portion appeals even more. The execution, however, is unfortunately lacking thanks to the runtime and the clumsy story. Had the story been given more of a concise polish, things probably would have been better. Regardless, if you fancy a bit of I Spit On Your Grave revenge with your thriller, Landmine Goes Click acts as an okay way to satisfy, even if the revenge doesn’t go as planned.
If you were ever worried that the competitive multiplayer offering in the new Doom wouldn’t stay true to the frantic, fast-paced what-the-hell-is-going-on multiplayer insanity that turned the mid 90s into one long all-nighter, than don’t. Because id Software has updated the classic arena-style combat for a new generation of gamers who are about to learn that you only stop moving if you’re looking to get your balls blown clear off.
And into the open mouth of a player-controlled demon, because Doom wants to remind us of Evolve so we can forget about it, again, when this game arrives on May 13 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
For those of you who still have your copy of Wolfenstein: The New Order, the Doom beta access that came with it is about to be relevant. It’ll run from March 31 to April 3.
And finally, congrats to the 42,000-ish people who voted for the retro-inspired reverse sleeve, as that will be the one I’ll be using, even though I’ll probably just keep my copy in a drawer somewhere. This game looks far too badass to have such painfully uninspired cover art.
Things are moving at locomotive pace for the film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower (barring unsubstantiated rumors) with both Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba having confirmed roles as “The Man in Black” and Roland, respectively. Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road) also has a confirmed role, although it’s not clear what it is.
Now there are rumblings over at Variety that Tom Taylor, a newcomer to the scene, has been cast as Jake Chambers, the spiritual son of Roland.
The Dark Tower will be released on February 17th, 2017 and is being directed by Nikolaj Arcel based on a script from Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner.
The love triangle thriller You Get Me has landed its two female leads in the forms of Bella Thorne (Amityville: The Awakening) and Halston Sage (Goosebumps, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse). The movie, which is being produced by Awesomeness Films’ Brian Robbins and Matt Kaplan, is being directed by Brent Bonacorso.
The synopsis for the film sounds kinda like the 2002 film Swimfan:
Tyler — fresh off an argument with his perfect girlfriend, Ali (Sage) — lands in the arms of sexy out-of-towner Grace (Thorne). The morning after, he finds that not only does Ali agree to take him back, but Grace is a new student at their school and is dead set on getting her new man.
Filming for the movie beings in April and will mainly be done in Los Angeles.
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Check out this new image from Beyond Skyline, the sequel to Colin and Greg Strause’s Skyline that’s directed this time by Liam O’Donnell, who worked on some effects in Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem and Iron Man 2. He co-wrote the screenplay with Joshua Cordes. The duo wrote the first film, too.
Frank Grillo (The Purge: Anarchy) stars in the film as a tough-as-nails detective who embarks on a relentless pursuit to free his son from a nightmarish alien warship.
The full cast, which has just been revealed, includes Frank Grillo, Bojana Novakovic (Drag Me to Hell, Devil), Jonny Weston (Under the Bed, Project Almanac), Iko Uwais, Callan Mulvey, Antonio Fargas, Pamelyn Chee, Yayan Ruhian, Jacob Vargas, Valentine Payen, Betty Gabriel, Jack Chausse, and Kevin O’Donnell.
The sequel’s storyline allegedly takes place at the same time the first one did.
Hydraulx Entertainment is behind Beyond Skyline, and do some seriously badass effects work.
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Here’s some previously released images and art that carry a Predator vibe.