I love scary movies and I love blood and guts and severed heads and tangled up intestines everywhere. I guess tangled-up intestines are kind of the same thing as guts, but, wow, do I love grisly gore. It seems like older horror movies often focused more on the psychology of how horrifying a situation or act was and newer horror movies put more attention into convincingly showing every stab and every spurting artery on camera. For example, especially when you factor in what audiences of the time were used to, Last House on the Left was really shocking in 1972. It’s slogan was “To avoid fainting, keep repeating it’s only a movie, only a movie, only a movie.” Most of the most horrible events in the movie, you hear the suffering, but you can’t really see what is going on. By contrast, the 2009 version seems to be shot somehow higher quality, partly just due to the technology of modern cinematography. To my modern eyes, the color palette is more pleasing in the 2009 Last House on the Left. More of the gruesome parts are visible, although they could still go more extreme with that, for my taste. But the new one somehow loses some of the aura of menace, while at the same time vastly improving special effects and general overall look. Partly I suppose Aaron Paul just didn’t seem very scary to begin with and he already seemed like a tragic hero to anyone who had seen him play Jesse in Breaking Bad. You can research more about both the 1972 film version and the more recent 2009 remake at Wikipedia and you can read a bit about Last House on the Left distribution channels for horror at Blue Blood.
Horror special effects definitely have come a long way since the seventies. Now though, the special effects are, not to sound ironic, to die for. Trust me, if the quality of movies were still the same as they were a few decades ago, you can bet that I wouldn’t drop what I was doing over at http://www.partybingo.com just to watch some crappy special effects, and acting that we will just label as sub-par. Thank god though, that isn’t the case! To prove my point, just go watch one of the many (I think there are eight) movies in the Saw series, or if you are really up for some cringing, then watch Hostel.
So, in conclusion, I’ll watch the seventies movies for the acting and the newer ones for the special effects, but the special effects really have to be pretty impressive. I’m thinking about going to see Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D. I figure, even if the acting is all Disney Channel, the special effects on that have to be worth a theater ticket.
Just the other day the first teaser for Jurassic World arrived, but that was small potatoes compared to what’s heading our way on Thanksgiving Day: the film’s full trailer! Which of course means that, as is customary these days, we have a countdown video to get us pumped up for it.
IGN helped kick off the countdown, and there’s also a clock ticking away the days, hours, minutes, and seconds over on the official Jurassic World website. The trailer is set to debut on NBC Thursday, November 27, during the network’s holiday football presentation.
Vincent D’Onofrio, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, BD Wong, Andy Buckley, Idris Elba, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, and Nick Robinson star in the film.
Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) penned the script with Derek Connolly and directs. Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, and Pat Crowley produce Jurassic World. In theaters June 12, 2015, this is a new sci-fi terror adventure set 22 years after the horrific events of the original Jurassic Park.
With all the turmoil currently going on in “Sleepy Hollow,” you have to wonder if it’s safe anywhere anymore. One of these clips from Monday night’s Episode 2.10, “Magnum Opus,” attempts to answer that question, and in the other Ichabod remembers the times with Abraham that helped to shape his identity today.
“Sleepy Hollow” Episode 2.10 – “Magnum Opus” (airs 11/24/14) Abbie (Nicole Beharie) and Ichabod (Tom Mison) are on a quest to find a weapon of ultimate power to kill Moloch – the Sword of Methuselah – before the Headless Horseman can stop them.
Also starring Orlando Jones as Captain Frank Irving, Katia Winter as Katrina Crane, John Noble as Henry Parish, and Lyndie Greenwood as Jenny Mills. Guest stars include Neil Jackson as Abraham/Headless.
After dealing with voodoo last night, in next week’s Episode 1.06 of “Constantine,” everyone’s favorite supernatural detective tackles exorcism head-on. Will he be able to overcome the “Rage of Caliban”? Check out this promo and big batch of photos for clues.
Want to learn more about the ghosts of “Danse Vaudou,” that voodoo ep I mentioned? At the bottom of the page you’ll find a video featuring writer Christine Boylan, who discusses Jim Corrigan, the return of Papa Midnite, and urban legends with the cast and crew.
“Constantine” Episode 1.06 – “Rage of Caliban” (11/28/14; 10-11pm) A MURDEROUS SPIRIT TAKES HOLD OF A YOUNG BOY — When a young boy is taken over by a malevolent spirit, John (Matt Ryan) must put aside his misgivings over exorcising a child and convince the parents that their boy is not all that he seems.
Charles Halford and Harold Perrineau also star. Laura Regan, Max Charles, and Niall Matter guest star.
Apparently Wesen don’t celebrate Thanksgiving… while a lot of our favorite shows are taking next week off for the holiday, Nick and the rest of the “Grimm” gang will be riding down a “Highway of Tears” in the upcoming Episode 4.06 of NBC’s popular series.
Check out a preview and image gallery for the ep, which includes a look at a creature known as a Sharat.
Speaking of creatures, below the promo you’ll find a video profile of our Wesen of the Week, the Luison, a wolf-like relative of the Blutbad that is South American in origin.
“Grimm” Episode 4.06 – “Highway of Tears” (11/28/14; 9-10pm) NICK WANTS TO BE A GRIMM AGAIN NOW MORE THAN EVER — The justification for Nick (David Giuntoli) to become a Grimm again is made much clearer in the wake of the most recent attack against Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner).
At work, Nick and Hank (Russell Hornsby) are called to a stretch of highway that acts as a staging area for a horrifying Wesen ritual.
In Vienna, Viktor (guest star Alexis Denisof) meets with a completely broken Adalind (Claire Coffee), now ready to be of assistance in finding and retrieving the baby. Meanwhile, Trubel (guest star Jacqueline Toboni) is surprised by the sudden arrival of an old friend.
Bitsie Tulloch, Reggie Lee, and Sasha Roiz also star. Toni Trucks, Louise Lombard, and Erik Avari also guest star.
Earlier this week the official poster for the Spierig brothers’ Predestination checked in, and now, to ensure God’s will is done this weekend, the film’s trailer has arrived!
Directed by Michael and Peter Spierig (Undead, Daybreakers), Predestination stars Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Christopher Kirby, and Noah Taylor. It will be available both On Demand and in theaters on Friday, January 9th, from Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Synopsis: Based on the short story “All You Zombies” by Robert A. Heinlein, Predestination chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent (Hawke) sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must recruit his younger self while pursuing the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.
Looking for a way to kick off your weekend? How about a third clip from Episode 2.08 of “The Originals,” entitled “The Brothers that Care Forgot,” to go along with the others that were already released? Check it out to see Klaus and Marcel step up their game a bit!
“The Originals” Episode 2.08 – “The Brothers that Care Forgot” (airs 11/24/14) GUEST STAR CLAIRE HOLT RETURNS AS REBEKAH MIKAELSON — Rebekah (guest star Claire Holt), who has spent months away living a normal life with baby Hope, finds herself on the run when she realizes Esther (guest star Sonja Sohn) has uncovered her whereabouts.
Convinced that Vincent (guest star Yusuf Gatewood) and Kaleb (guest star Daniel Sharman) would be powerful allies in his fight to take down Esther, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) sets a plan in motion to turn his brothers against their mother. Meanwhile, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) is conflicted when she and Jackson (guest star Nathan Parsons) stumble upon an ancient ritual that would get their werewolf packs out from under Esther’s control but would require her to make a tremendous sacrifice.
Elsewhere, Rebekah is concerned when she notices something is off with Elijah (Daniel Gillies). Finally, Davina (Danielle Campbell) takes matters into her own hands by turning to dark magic, and Cami (Leah Pipes) finds herself at the center of Esther’s dangerous plan. Charles Michael Davis also stars. Michael Allowitz directed the episode written by Charlie Charbonneau & Michelle Paradise.
It’s been off the air since 2002 and the last spin-off film was released back in 2008, but fans of “The X-Files” are a loyal bunch, and if you’re one of them, you’ll want to read on for your first look at the new batch of Pop! Vinyl and Wacky Wobbler figures based on the hit TV show which are heading our way next year from Funko.
Pop! Television: The X-Files – Available April 2015 The truth is out there!
We believed in The X-Files Pop!s, and now they are here! From the classic science fiction television series… Fox Mulder, Dana Scully, The Cigarette Smoking Man, and Alien are bringing the paranormal to Pop!
The X-Files Wacky Wobblers – Available February 2015 The X-Files Wacky Wobblers are also out there!
We love The X-Files so much we couldn’t just stop at Pop!s… Introducing The X-Files Wacky Wobblers!
No, that’s not the title of the next movie in the new Planet of the Apes franchise, but in retrospect… yeah, it kind of works. In any event Andy Serkis, who plays the head badass simian Caesar, recently spoke with MTV about the future of the franchise.
“It’s very, very early in where we choose to drop anchor in the next film. It could be five years after the event, it could be the night after the events of where we left ‘Dawn,’ so it’s very difficult to know where the story is going right at this moment because it’s being written as we speak. I know that part of the desire for Matt [Reeves] to do this next movie is about continuing the enjoyment of seeing these apes evolve. So I don’t think we’re going to see a situation where we’re jumping… It might be three films. It could be four. It could be five. Who knows? But the journey will continue. It might not necessarily be summarized or completely fulfilled in this next one. The point being, eventually we know that we’re going to end up back at ‘The Planet of the Apes,’ but whether it’s this film or not, I don’t know.”
The next Planet of the Apes film opens July 29, 2016; Matt Reeves will once again direct.
Do you love hot chicks, movie monsters and all the blood you can shake a stick at? If you do (and who doesn’t) then Muck is the film for you. Check out a brand new clip from the movie.’
So the question director Steve Wolsh keeps getting is, “What is in the Muck.” Of course, he can’t reveal that answer just yet, but he has unleashed a brand new sneak peek clip that we’ve included below and we finally get a look at the Muck ‘Creepers’ and see just how disagreeable they can be.
Concerning what the ‘Creepers’ are, Wolsh said, “Well, we can’t tell horror fans just yet, but we can tell you that you’ve never seen anything like them before. They’re not zombies, vampires, werewolves or ghosts. They don’t haunt your nightmares, come out of your TV, carry chainsaws or burst out of your chest. Our “Creepers” are truly one-of-a kind, and we know you’ll love them…in that fear-for-your-life kind of way.”
But being the fair and balanced guy that he is, Wolsh decided to share the aforementioned clip with fans instead of divulging too much info on the film. “In lieu of telling you exactly who or what they are, we’re going to give you a little taste in the form of an exclusive video where I introduce a never-before-seen clip from Muck,” Wolsh said. “It’s the first appearance on the world stage of the Creepers, and they get up close and personal with Muck stars Lachlan Buchanan, Playboy Playmate of the Year 2012 Jaclyn Swedberg and Puja Mohindra. Enjoy!”
In other news, the Muck team has already started working on the next film in the series, a prequel entitled Muck: Feast of Saint Patrick. Kane Hodder will be returning and he will be joined by some new friends, including Playboy Playmates of the Year Kennedy Summers (2014) and Raquel Pomplun (2013), as well as cosplay all-stars LeeAnna Vamp and Nicole Marie Jean (which boast a combined 1 million Facebook followers). There is currently a Kickstarter campaign for Muck: The Feast of Saint Patrick which is already over halfway toward their goal of $250,000 with three weeks left to go. This is certainly due to the fact that the perks are so outstanding. They include a walk-on role and the chance to get killed onscreen by Kane Hodder himself! Check out the campaign and some of the hilarious videos they have posted!
We’ve finally recovered from the tragedy of this week’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show” (farewell, littlest one!) and are ready to look ahead to the upcoming Episode 4.08, which promises to be even more of a “Blood Bath.” If you are, too, then take a peek at the new stills and promo FX just released for the ep.
Be sure to note that “AHS: Freak Show” is taking next week off and will return on December 2nd.
“American Horror Story: Freak Show” – Episode 4.08 – “Blood Bath” (airs 12/2/14) Recent disappearances around camp raise Ethel’s (Kathy Bates) suspicion of Elsa (Jessica Lange). Gloria (Frances Conroy) makes a last ditch effort to contain Dandy’s (Finn Wittrock) bloodlust.