The scariest element of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park? No, not the T-Rex…
Director Colin Trevorrow just tweeted out the official San Diego Comic-Con teaser poster for Jurassic World, which features a deadly velociraptor standing on a demolished Jurassic Park tour Jeep.
You can text JURASSIC to 834567 to find out how to score this art created by Mark Englert for the convention this week.
The film opens on June 12, 2015 in 3D and IMAX, and stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Irrfan Khan, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, and Judy Greer.
Magnet Releasing has released a new one-sheet for Honeymoon (read our review), which opens on iTunes/On Demand and in theaters September 12.
Leigh Janiak’s festival fav stars Rose Leslie (“Game of Thrones”), Harry Treadaway (“Penny Dreadful”), Ben Huber and Hanna Brown.
“Young newlyweds Paul (Harry Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie) travel to remote lake country for their honeymoon, where the promise of private romance awaits them. Shortly after arriving, Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night. As she becomes more distant and her behavior increasingly peculiar, Paul begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalking took place in the woods.
Treadaway and Leslie give captivating leading performances as a couple that takes new love to disturbing depths. With romance slowing giving way to terror, writer/director Leigh Janiak puts her unique stamp on this intimate, chilling thriller.“
The poster comes courtesy of Commplex:
TWC-Dimension unveiled a San Diego Comic-Con posters for Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.
In theaters August 22, the film is about Dwight McCarthy planing to have his vengeance against the woman who betrayed him, Ava Lord, while Nancy is trying to cope with Hartigan’s death.
Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Eva Green, Josh Brolin, Bruce Willis, Juno Temple, Jaime King, Rosario Dawson, Michael Madsen, Jamie Chung, Dennis Haysbert, Crystal McCahill, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Julia Garner, Ray Liotta and Stacy Keach all star.
We now have an exclusive clip from Zoe Quist’s (Mining For Ruby, Fetch) upcoming indie thriller, Raw Cut, which opens theatrically in Los Angeles on August 1st and is available around the country on VOD August 5th.
In the clip, Adam (Daniel Ponickly) takes things up an uncomfortable notch with the shotgun and Jack (Christopher Kelly) in the mountains while Stephanie (Zoe Quist) and Amanda (C. Ashleigh Caldwell) watch in horror.
Starring Daniel Ponickly (Mining For Ruby, Mona Lisa Smile) and Christopher Kelly (Ink, August Falls) and C. Ashleigh Caldwell (Ashes, Not In My Backyard), “When Adam Cohen invites his best college friends, Jack and Amanda, to his new Wyoming home for a week’s getaway to meet his new fiance, Stephanie, the two couples get much more than the peace and solitude they were hoping for. Stephanie asks for help with her thesis film, a ‘found footage’ piece. The friends are going to play-act a traditional horror story: two ingenues are stalked and murdered by two crazed hillbillies. But who is stalking whom? How far are we willing to go for our art? How much will people take before they burst? Raw Cut explores the meta world between found footage and reality. What starts as a traditional horror film turns into something far darker, more suspenseful. How well do any of the friends really know each other? And who will survive the cut?“
Every week we cover what we hope to be the best comics of the week on Wednesday, but for a lot of you that’s far too late. You’ve hit the shop and you’ve got your stack by lunchtime. So now we’re going to hit you ahead of time and show you what we think are the best offerings of the week. This way you can leave the shop Wednesday knowing you have a real winner in your pile, or at the very least grab something before it sells out.
These are the Must Buy Comics for 07/23/14.
I had the pleasure of hearing Jai Nitz speak about his approach to writing at Emerald City Comic Con, and he’s got a lot figured out. He knows how to pace a story, and make it grounded in character without forgetting a fantastic premise. This new issue of “Dream Thief: Escape” shows no signs of slowing down, our own Brady Steele said of issue # 1 “The setup leaves unlimited possibilities for what’s going to happen next and that’s just the kind of story that deserves your attention, readers. Get in on this caper / paranormal series already!” You heard him!
Buffy! Nicholas Brendan co-writing the series! Down and dirty Dracula action! What more could you ask for? Ohhh… an advance review? We’ve got that from our own Farah Jayden right here. She’s already said “The fandom is lucky to experience the beginning of a new season that’s growing into one of the most original and skillfully constructed eras of the series.”
The end of Steve Orlando and Artyom Trakhanov’s insanely awesome miniseries is here. I can’t help but weep tears of sorrow as this has been one of my favorite miniseries of the year. Consistently Orlando delivers a script that packs an emotional wallop while Trakhanov has some of the best coloring work I’ve seen in a monthly comic. Together they’ve crafted a tightly wound story about knowing where you grew up and pushing into unknown worlds with only courage at your side. Will it all be worth it for Ukinnu? We’ll find out in three days.
Two new Doctor Who stories in one week. With each of the past doctors at the helm, and incredible creative teams behind both. I think both my hearts have stopped.
Another work week, another reason to listen to some new music! Today we bring you several tracks from our new comic book editor, Zac! As seems to be the running theme, we’ve got a great mix of genres here, from hip hop to electronica to indie and more. Head on below to get a sampling of Zac’s musical tastes!
Thee Oh Sees – Carrion Crawler/The Dream
Thee Oh Sees are not really my typical sound but I find something about them incredibly intoxicating. I was fortunate enough to see them live this past year. It was easily one of the most energizing and exciting live performances I’ve ever attended. Their washed out dirty and aggressive play still is now part of my daily rotation. Watch this video and you should be converted.
It’s been six years since Dimension Films optioned Rob Zombie’s T-Rex (Tyrannosaurus Rex), which was to be the followup to his 2007 Halloween.
Mid-2008, Zombie started to share concept art from his action-horror, allegedly about an ex-convict boxer fighting in an underground ring (reminding me of Bloodsport or Kickboxer). He told MTV in an interview that it was “like an incredibly violent 70s action movie.”
Between the mini-announcements of art and cast (Sheri Moon was confirmed for a role, clearly), the movie fell apart.
All of these years later, here’s what we’ve heard happened: The Weinstein Company got cold feet – because it was extremely expensive – and allegedly held it over Zombie’s head, who wanted desperately to make the movie. The Weinstein Company had allegedly told Zombie that, if he were to direct Halloween II, they’d give him the rights back to the script. This way Zombie could shop the property to other studios, while Dimension would get their Halloween sequel they so badly wanted.
Anyways, it’s a bummer T-Rex never came into fruition because it looks and sounds like a badass idea. Zombie hasn’t mentioned the film in years, which leaves me to believe it’s long gone, a cinematic “what if?” that will forever be remembered among us horror fans.
The release of Christos Gage and Nicholas Brendon’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10” #5 sees the exciting end of this Season’s widely revered first arc, and the beginning of what’s gearing up to be a potentially significant saga in the series’ rapidly evolving mythology. Be sure to pick up your copy when it hits stands this Wednesday (July 23), and click through to read our spoiler-free review!
WRITTEN BY: Christos Gage, Nicholas Brendon
ART BY: Rebekah Isaacs
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: July 23, 2014
Reviewed By: ShadowJayd
For how different they seem to be, seasoned writer Christos Gage, and Buffy alum Nicholas Brendon, deliver another perfectly co-written script, both working in tandem to establish the dramatic events that will ultimately set the course for whatever lies ahead in “Buffy Season 10.”
Following last month’s surprising cliffhanger, Dracula’s dangerous meddling with the VAMPYR book in his quest for power has left the Scooby Gang scrambling in an epic battle to stop the terrifying—and familiar—demon he has unwittingly transformed into; whilst also trying to extract a mind-controlled Xander from Dracula’s hold. The issue roller-coasters along at an alarmingly quick pace, only slowing down to provide exposition and plot development when needed. The prominence of action and movement is a gift that keeps on giving as Buffy and crew take the fighting to the streets, providing a great opportunity for Rebekah Isaacs to not only showcase the cohesiveness of the team as a combat unit, but also her illustrative capabilities and fantastically imagined artwork. At times, the accelerated pace comes off as a bit excessive, but overall this is a pretty infectious installment.
Gage and Brendon use dialogue to great effect, leaning heavily toward the comedic side of the spectrum, with the writers delighting readers with quip after witty quip. Comedy is notoriously difficult to pull off, especially when trying to effectively express humour within the comics medium, but Gage and Brendon appear to be in their element. On the other hand, while “New Rules, Part V” is a master class in comedic delivery and timing, it could very well just be subject to its audience. It’s hard to say whether the narrative’s balance of plot and cheesy humour is exactly what the fandom wants and expects, or if it’s overkill; but personally, I relate to the former.
From beginning to end, this chapter is a blast to read thanks to Gage’s creative mind and understanding of the Buffyverse, and Brendon’s iconic acting experience as Xander Harris which allows for an incredibly authentic voice to be heard in the character’s dialogue; specifically his interactions with Dracula. Moreover, Rebekah Isaacs’ artwork really compliments the writers’ humour and makes excellent use of page layouts and design.
She also brings a lot of visual humour to the issue, herself. From subtle character moments, like Ghost Anya reaffirming her invisibility by waving a hand in front of an old acquaintance’s oblivious face. To big moments, like Willow magic-flying an unsuspecting, though agreeable, Catholic priest through the air to bless a towering structure amidst complete demon-fighting chaos. In contrast, colourist Dan Jackson keeps things visually serious with his typical palette of dark hues and tones. Yet he still provides a sense of vitality that instantly stimulates the eye. Isaacs and Jackson work together to capture that wonderful mix of humor, horror, and supernatural might that keeps life extremely interesting for Buffy and her gang.
The fandom is lucky to experience the beginning of a new season that’s growing into one of the most original and skillfully constructed eras of the series. I can’t wait to see what’s to come.
ShadowJayd, known everywhere else as Farah Jayden Hakkak, has been a staff writer for Bloody-Disgusting since July 2012. You can find her on Twitter, or passed out by the dirt road behind Wendy’s.
BOOM! has this incredible initiative before San Diego to make fifteen announcements before the show. Most of them have been clear, concise, and avoided teaser territory but not today. Today marked an ambiguous image of Snake Plissken’s awesome torso and famous submachine gun. It’s hard to tell exactly the direction the series will go in, but I mean after Escape From L.A. the world is just about ruined into another Dark Age. Let’s hope whatever direction they go in is as awesome as the new Big Trouble in Little China series.
Look for more details as they become available.
Today AMC revealed character banner for “The Walking Dead’s” Season 5 that will be displayed at this week’s San Diego Comic-Con.
The poster depicts Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs), Michonne (Danai Gurira), Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun), Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) and Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) handcuffed in the Terminus train car, echoing the survivors’ predicament in the Season 4 Finale cliffhanger.
“The Walking Dead” Comic-Con panel will take place Friday, July 25 at 12:20 pm PDT in Hall H.
“The Walking Dead” returns this October on AMC.
Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC
The great Michael Caine (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Interstellar) has joined the cast of Lionsgate’s supernatural actioner The Last Witch Hunter opposite Vin Diesel and Rose Leslie, reports Variety.
Diesel’s witch hunter will partner with his enemy, a female witch, to stop a plague on humanity unleashed by the covens of New York City.
The Crazies‘ Breck Eisner is direcing from a script re-written by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, based on a pitch by Cory Goodman. D.W. Harper and Melisa Wallack also worked on the script.
There’s a great film somewhere inside Animosity, the directorial debut of Brendan Steere. At the heart of the story is a vile horror that wrenches your gut and as its truths are slowly revealed, viewers are thrown into a pit of hopelessness. This is a dark film. Like, wicked dark with psychological tension that threatens to become unbearable at times. Aside from the core narrative, there are other elements at play, other pieces of the story’s mystery that make it feel convoluted or padded even. All of the extraneous elements, as well as the confusing motivations of one of the central characters, weaken the emotional punch I think Steere was going for.
Then again, Animosity is a film that warrants multiple viewings. From its bloody ominous prologue to its, well, bloody conclusion, the film unravels a mystery with many pieces while it spirals its audience into darkness. Was I too overwhelmed by the film’s bleak tone (seriously, it’s that bleak) to put the pieces together? It’s a possibility. What I do know for certain is that the feeling I was left with overall was fatigue from enduring such a despairing film. Then again, is that a compliment? A testament to the film’s power? Crap, I dunno.
Like the ingredients of a hot dog, the less you know about Animosity the more you’ll enjoy it. The basic story follows love birds Carrie (Tracy Willet) and Mike (Marcin Paluch), who just moved into a secluded home in the forest (Pennsylvania, judging from a license plate I spotted). For Carrie, it’s the perfect place to start building a family. Mike works in a lab during the day while she stays at home scoring a horror film. Their rural serenity is shattered by their neighbor, Tom (Stephen Goldbach), one mean looking S.O.B. who antagonizes Carrie with menacing hostility.
After a particularly alarming incident where Tom refuses to leave their property, a series of events occurs that begin to break Carrie down. While Mike assures her that she needs to get more sleep, Carrie is coming undone, believing that she’s being manipulated by something out of her grasp, perhaps even supernatural. As she begins to connect the dots, an unimaginable evil is revealed.
Steere definitely knows his way around a camera. Everything is shot nice and tight, elevating the paranoia that’s choking Carrie. He makes some smart, subtle choices in what to reveal to the audience and what to hold back on. Tracy Willet delivers a helluva performance as Carrie. It’s a complex role that covers the gauntlet of emotions, and she does a terrific job.
It’s in the story itself where I encountered some problems. The core is interesting enough, but it’s filled out with some elements that dragged the story down for me. Again, I don’t want to reveal any of the film’s secrets, I’ll just say I wish it was stripped down to its bare bones a bit more, making for a leaner, meaner film. Also weakening the emotional impact for me was one of the central character’s motivations. Again, without spoiling anything, one character’s motive for taking part in something just didn’t make any sense to me. And in the end he shifts gears, which made his previous actions all the more frustrating.
At the risk of giving anything away, I’ll stop there. I really hope Animosity gets an official release soon, not just because I want to watch it again, but also so people can debate my review. I want to like this movie. The main narrative is great, but was a little too bloated for me. After watching it a second time, chances are I’ll have a different opinion, which is great. I actually love when that happens. If that happens, I’ll gladly write a revised review. But for now, all I know is that I left the theater feeling worn out and unsatisfied.
Matt Serafini isn’t resting on his laurels. Less than two years after giving us a cool new werewolf tale in “Feral” he’s back with a new novel called “Under the Blade.” The book has some definite slasher elements, but uses them as part of a larger palette that expands as the story moves on. It comes from Severed Press and is available as a paperback and Kindle eBook right now. No pre-ordering, you can be reading this before you turn out the lights tonight if you want. It will hit physical bookstores in September if there are any left by then.
In the book, “When she returns, so does the horror…
At seventeen, Melanie Holden was the sole survivor of Cyrus Hoyt’s killing spree at Camp Forest Grove. Now in her forties, she has bottomed out personally and professionally, still haunted by the undying memories of that madman. A publishing deal lures her back to the place where her misfortunes began and trouble starts anew, first with a string of escalating harassments and, soon, much worse.
When Melanie joins forces with Forest Grove’s new police chief, they get more than they bargained for as they discover that Cyrus Hoyt is only just the beginning. That the town’s past is actually much bloodier than they could’ve imagined. And now that it has Melanie back, it doesn’t want her to leave.”
Some people come up with the strangest ideas, I tell ya. YouTube user Ryan Mitchell put together a cover of Queen‘s “Another One Bites The Dust” but gave it an interesting twist in terms of what he used for the vocals: famous movie screams. You’ll see clips from films such as Predator, The Shining, American Psycho, Halloween, Aliens, and much more! Check it out below.
A funny thing happened back in 2009: Uwe Boll made a movie a lot of people really liked. Rampage seemed like the antithesis of the German director’s output at the time, with films such as Seed and Postal leaving a bad taste in audiences’ mouths. Then Rampage came along and everyone was like, “Boll made this?”
The style felt contemporary rather than stuck in the ’80s like many of his other films. The acting was damn fine, particularly because of the lead Brendan Fletcher (a silver lining in many a Boll film). Despite its subject matter, it shockingly wasn’t overtly violent. That bingo hall scene, for example, was downright endearing and showed a lot of restraint from a director known for possessing the exact opposite of restraint. The political message of Rampage was audacious though somewhat confusing at times but overall, the film stands as a bold middle finger during these bleak times.
Rampage ends with Fletcher’s character Bill Williamson escaping into solitude with a lot of stolen bank money. His video message to the world dropped two years after his disappearance, leading to cult stardom for the mass murderer with a message. With an ending as wide open as that, a sequel was inevitable.
Five years later, here we are with Rampage: Capital Punishment (originally tiled Rampage 2: You End Now). This time around, Boll takes on the NSA, Obama, and a slew of other figures he sees as damning America straight to hell. Most loudly, he takes on the wealthy and their influence in government. Much like the first film, there’s nothing subtle about the politics in Rampage 2. Bill Williamson is crystal clear in his motivations for killing a lot of people and seeking a way to get his message to the world. For him, there’s no way the revolution can be peaceful. The Occupy Movement? Don’t make Williamson laugh.
The politics may be apparent, but the message can be interpreted differently by viewers. Williamson does after all kill a lot of innocent people throughout both films. In part two, he begins his spree by parking his ass comfortably in a lawn chair in an alley where he plugs people as they walk by. There’s no discrimination, he just shoots whoever happens to pass by. Then he moves on to a TV station, where he takes hostages and demands they air his video manifesto nationwide. While he’s waiting for his message to be broadcast to the U.S., he checks his cellphone to see what his followers are saying. Then he kills more people after humiliating them in front of their co-workers.
While I agree strongly with many of Williamson’s views on politics, consumerism, reality TV, etc., I’m disgusted by his actions. Is that what makes him such an interesting character? He’s self-indulgent and completely lacks a conscious, but I can’t look away. That being said, I wouldn’t consider Williamson an anti-hero as much as I would a delusional asshole. In Rampage 2, his psychopathy is amped up more than in the original. Brendan Fletcher’s performance (like in the first film) is the highlight. Whether he’s boastfully talking directly into the camera or sitting quietly with an AR-15 resting on his lap, the actor is hypnotizing.
I have to mention that Uwe Boll also acts in the film, which leads to some (unintentionally?) funny moments. He plays the head of the TV station – a cowardly man who isn’t worried about the lives of his employees as he is ratings. It’s a strange performance, but what else would you expect from Boll?
The director maintains the same style he embellished in the original, with lots of shakey-cam and zoom-ins. A lot of the action is focused on one room in the TV station where Williamson sits with the hostages. I found this compressed setting to be far less effective than him roaming the streets, like he did in the first. This led to different scenarios, like the bingo hall and the beauty parlor, and different ways for Williamson to react. Like his complacency leaving the elderly to their game of bingo, that moment was so good and added some depth to his character. Sitting in a room with hostages, he just seems like a broken bullhorn. The smaller setting makes the film feel a lot smaller than the first one as well. Thankfully, Fletcher is able to give even the mundane moments some charm.
Obviously, Rampage 2 is coming out during a sensitive time in the U.S., where there’s a mass shooting what seems like every goddamn week and gun laws refuse to change. Don’t worry though, Williamson addresses this too. Despite being armed to the teeth, he believes in stricter gun laws and is repulsed by our chickenshit government’s inability to reform.
Rampage 2 is actually more preachy than its predecessor, with Williamson’s rants touching on basically every shitty thing wrong in our society today. With the broader range in gripes, I would’ve preferred a bigger setting than the first, rather than the cramped TV studio. I’m sure that had a lot to do with budgetary constraints, but who wouldn’t have loved to see Williamson take his fight to Washington? Maybe Boll and Fletcher will take us there in the third film, which is left wide open once again by the ending here. It’s a decent follow-up to a great film, I just wished they had gone bigger.
Rampage: Capital Punishment DVD and VOD on August 19.
Hungarian grunge metal band Apey & The Pea will be releasing Hellish, their second full length LP, in two weeks. In anticipation, the band has released a stream of two tracks, “Leprechaun Skin” and “Abraham”, both of which you can hear below.
These guys are heavily inspired by bands such as Pantera and Alice In Chains, so if you’re into that kind of dark, gloomy, grimy sound, these guys are right up your alley!
It was announced a few weeks back that, to celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary, a 4k restored and remastered Ghostbusters will return to more than 700 movie theaters in both the U.S. and Canada on August 29.
Columbia Pictures released a new retro poster to go along with the previously released trailer announcing the event, which clarifies select theaters will show 4K (so, be careful!)
Following the theatrical release of the film, on September 16, fans will be able to own the Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray and the long-gestured Ghostbusters II 25th Anniversary Edition, as that film makes its Blu-ray debut. The Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases of the films will also be available in a two-disc anniversary edition Blu-ray Digibook including both films, as well as a Limited Edition gift set that includes an exclusive collectible Slimer figurine and the two-disc Digibook. This special gift set will only be available for a very limited time, with the collectible Slimer figurine being a true must-have for fans. Both films have been fully restored and remastered in 4K and will be presented in high definition on Blu-ray from those 4K sources.
Both the Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II Blu-rays come loaded with exclusive bonus materials, including revealing conversations with director Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd, as well as never-before-seen deleted scenes from Ghostbusters II and more. The Ghostbusters anniversary edition features the original music video of the Oscar nominated song “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr., while Ghostbusters II includes the original music video for “On Our Own” by Bobby Brown. In addition, Ghostbusters will contain all previously released legacy content, commentary and an interactive Slimer Mode, offering fans a picture-in-picture graphical viewing experience.
There will also be a slew of new merchandise from Sony Pictures Consumer Products to be released. Collaborations include Lego, Mattel, Funko, Mad Engine and other select items to help celebrate the occasion. In addition, SPCP partnered with Gallery 1988 to create a once-in a lifetime experience, displaying original paintings, limited edition prints, and sculptures inspired by the film.
In addition, Legacy Recordings / Sony Music Entertainment, will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the iconic Ghostbusters soundtrack(!) with multiple collectible vinyl LP releases this year.
Today also marks the premiere of the new website, GHOSTBUSTERS.COM, where fans can access new franchise offerings, including collectible merchandise, music, and more. Fans can register for updates, unique video content, as well as Ghostbusters news.
Directed and produced by Ivan Reitman (Meatballs, Stripes), with the screenplay written by Dan Aykroyd (My Girl) and Harold Ramis (Knocked Up), Ghostbusters is listed as No. 28 on the AFI’s List of America’s Funniest Movies. Bill Murray (Stripes), Dan Aykroyd (Blues Brothers), and Sigourney Weaver (Aliens) star, along with Harold Ramis (Groundhog Day), and Rick Moranis (Honey I Shrunk the Kids). Ernie Hudson (TV’s “Oz”) and Annie Potts (TV’s “Designing Women”) also star in the films.
“University parapsychologists Dr. Peter Venkman (Murray), Dr. Raymond Stanz (Aykroyd) and Dr. Egon Spengler (Ramis) lose a research grant when their experiment methodology is proven to be bogus. The team decides to go into business for themselves and open ‘Ghostbusters,’ a ghost removal service. After struggling to get on their feet, they are summoned to investigate the strange happenings in Dana Barrett’s (Weaver) Central Park West apartment. What they discover is that all Manhattan is being besieged by ghosts and other worldly demons through a portal in her building.”
Last night the Fantasia Film Festival hosted the premiere of Cybernatural, Leo Gabriadze’s horror pic produced by Night Watch‘s Timur Bekmambetov!
Today, we have the film’s festival trailer and first stills.
“While video chatting one night, six high school friends receive a Skype message from a classmate who killed herself exactly one year ago. At first they think it’s a prank, but when the girl starts revealing the friends’ darkest secrets, they realize they are dealing with something from beyong this world, something that wants them dead. Told entirely from a young girl’s computer desktop, CYBERNATURAL redefines “found footage” for a new generation of teens.”
Shelley Hennig, Moses Storm, Renee Olstead, Will Peltz, Jacob Wysocki, Courtney Halverson, and Heather Sossaman all star
Hiding within a post over at Deadline, it was revealed that Warner Bros. and Appian Way’s Akira adaptation is still being developed.
According to the latest, Dante Harper, the first writer on Edge of Tomorrow, who also penned the latest draft of The Last Witch Hunter, is currently working with Warner Bros, Appian Way, Mad Chance and director Jaume Collet-Serra on Akira.
“Set in New Manhattan, the cyberpunk sci-fi epic follows the leader of a biker gang who must save his friend, discovered with potentially destructive psychokinetic abilities, from government medical experiments.“
Last August Variety had reported that Collet-Serra left in early 2012 after production stalled. In early 2012, the studio shut down pre-production so that fixes could be made to the script, including tightening the budget from its original $90 million range.
The studio did begin looking at other directors in hopes of finding someone who could deliver a film on a more smaller scale. But ultimately, the studio was still in love with Collet-Serra’s vision, and sources said the director found time in his schedule as well as a new way to approach the adaptation that would meet the studio’s budget request.
For his follow-up to the 2012 indie success Excision, filmmaker Richard Bates, Jr. turned to the films and shows of his childhood for inspiration. In his horror-comedy Suburban Gothic, you’ll find takes on Scooby Doo and classic haunted house films – all under a glossy veneer of bright suburban colors and satire. Bates has made a worthy successor to Excision while also showing off his range of talents for fashioning both comedy and old fashioned horror. While it doesn’t always work, Suburban Gothic is a fun flick with lots of interesting moments.
Matthew Gray Gubler (best known for his role as the socially awkward genius Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds) stars as Raymond, a college graduate unable to find a job in the “big city.” This forces him to begrudgingly move back in with his parents out in the suburbs. While his mom may be excited for her baby boy to come back home, his father Donald, a tyrannical, racist despot, thinks Raymond is a complete failure (and isn’t shy about expressing his feelings).
Donald’s played by genre icon Ray Wise, who delivers the majority of the laughs in the film. Gubler’s Raymond may be a quick-witted, sardonic fellow, but Wise’s comedic chops steal the show in Suburban Gothic. Bates and co-writer Mark Bruner’s script gives him plenty to work with too. There’s heaps of razor-sharp one-liners, comebacks, insults, and even some physical comedy thrown in for good measure. For example, Wise has a great gag he repeats a few times where he moves a wheeled office chair in the most obnoxious way possible. He plays it all so wonderfully straight too. It’s certainly the best material Wise has had in a while.
After moving back into his parent’s house, Raymond begins to experience supernatural happenings – the same ones that haunted him in his youth. The haunting builds up nice and gradually as Raymond goes into Hardy Boy mode, investigating the house’s history to get to the bottom of the spirit who refuses to leave. He’s joined in his exploits by a sultry, dry-humored bartender named Becca (Kat Dennings), who quickly takes to Raymond’s charming demeanor. The two delve into a century-old murder mystery in hopes of bringing peace to Raymond and the unruly spirit haunting his parent’s house. The two work really well together onscreen as they skirt romantic territory, delivering flirty jabs at one another.
The suburb Raymond moves back to is inhabited with an impressive lineup of genre pillars, including Jeffrey Combs, Muse Watson, and in a particularly hilarious scene, Mr. John Waters. There’s also brief appearances by filmmaker Jennifer Lynch and the “twisted twins” Jen and Sylvia Soska. I was happy to see Ronnie Gene Blevins, who plays one of Raymond’s childhood bullies. Blevins recently gave one helluva villainous performance in David Gordon Green’s Joe and it was cool to see him play sorta the same character here. He’s good at playing a jerk. So many cameos took me out of the film at times, however. They can be fun, sure, but playing “spot the genre actor” shouldn’t take precedent over the actual story.
Suburban Gothic is relentless in pace and consistent in its darkly comedic tone. The story is an engaging one and emotionally honest in parts, while playfully silly in others. The haunted house gags range from goofy to macabre and are thankfully never overwhelming in their CGI. There are some overly goofy ones that kinda fell flat for me – like a UFO on a poster flying around and some severed head stuff that felt like it belonged in a Disney horror film.
Overall, Suburban Gothic is a really good time. Even during the parts that kinda don’t work (the dance sequence), I guarantee you’ll never be bored.