The Awakening – Retro Horror from the ’80s

“The Awakening”, is a horror movie from the 1980, which is loosely based on Bram Stoker’s 1903 novel, “The Jewel of Seven Stars”. The movie wasn’t just director Mike Newell’s first step from television to movies, it was also one of Stephanie Zimbalist’s first acting roles for the silver screen.

“The Awakening” has a dramatic plot that revolves around the archaeologist Matthew Corbeck (Charlton Heston), who sets out on a venture to find the tomb of Kara, an ancient princess, located somewhere in Egypt. Matthew finds the tomb, and despite the rumours about a vile curse resting over the tomb, he decides to enter. As he enters the tombs there are no melting faces or insects attacking, in fact nothing forbidding happens. Meanwhile, back home, his wife gives birth to a baby girl, making him a proud father.

18 years later, things take a turn to the worse, as his daughter (Stephanie Zimbalist) begins to behave strange, while dead bodies follows her wake. Matthew soon discovers that his daughter is possessed by the evil spirit of an Egyptian princess. To stop the princess’s sinister plan, he must find a way to obliterate her, and save his daughter at the same time.

Even though the movie hasn’t received high ratings, in recent years, Janet Maslin wrote in her original review in NY Times that it was a booth a spooky and skillfully made horror film, which was eerie enough to made her oversee some of the acting flaws from Heston. She also wrote that Newell managed to fire off the scariest effects, at the right moments.

Since “The Awakening” Mike Newell has continued to direct movies, with titles like “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” in his resume. His current project is a historical drama titled “Guernsey”, which started filming in March 2017. Stephanie Zimbalist continued acting and a couple of years later, she landed the part of Laura Holt in the TV-show “Remington Steele”, where she played against Pierce Brosnan.

Original trailer for “The Awakening” from 1980


International Trailer for The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Great cast, good story and a lot of action and wits in Patrick Hughes upcoming action comedy “The Hitman’s Bodyguard”.

After watching the international trailer, I’m think that placing Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson together feels brilliant. The chemistry between them, with Ryan as the serious hard-working man, against Jackson’s action-first-thinking-later-attitude, might result in an astonishing and entertaining movie.

The plot is all in the name. Michael Bryce (Reynolds), a protection agent, receives a mission to take his nemesis and notorious hitman Darius Kincaid (Jackson), in one piece across Europe to the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Meanwhile the coldblooded Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman), a merciless Eastern European dictator, throws assassins after them, and if they want to live, they must find a way to set their difference aside.

The additional cast of the movie, consisting of Gary Oldman, Élodie Yung and Salma Hayek, also feels solid and I think the result can be both funny and clever, like their play with the movie poster from the 1992 hit movie “The Bodyguard”, which stared Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. Look it up, it’s quite funny!

Jackson and Reynolds will wreak havoc in the theatres starting on August 18, 2017, and I look forward to watch it. Check out the international trailer for “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” below, in which I think you can almost tell that they had great fun while making this movie.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard Trailer

47 Meters Down – Killer sharks in the depths

Image of two sharks circling a cage

While on a trip in Mexico, the two sisters Lisa and Kate, grabs the chance to go diving among ocean’s fiercest creatures. As they sit protected in their steel cage and admire the huge white sharks swimming around them, the steel cable holding the cage snaps and they began to sink towards the ocean floor. After the dust settles and their panic diminish, they find themselves trapped in a steel cage, 47 meters down. Soon they’re in a lethal race towards the surface, against vile sharks and a fading air supply.

The unfortunate sisters are played by Mandy Moore and Claire Holt, while the captain of their boat is played by Matthew Modine. “47 Meters Down” is made by the duo of Johannes Roberts and Ernest Riera, who gave us “The Other Side of the Door” last year.

I think that “47 Meters Down” seem to serve up a nail-biting and claustrophobic experience, which you might want to check out as it dives into the theatres on June 16th, 2017. Check out the trailer below and see what you think.

Micro – Another Crichton Adaptation

Michael Crichton gave us fascinating stories that often revolved around extraordinary science and technology, like Jurassic Park and Westworld, which have become huge successes in both movie and television. Now another book of his – “Micro” – is being adapted.

The plot in “Micro” revolves around a group of students that find themselves shrunken and tossed out in a forest, after they travelled to Hawaii to work for a biotech company. The only thing that stands between them and the dangers that lurk around them in the forest, are their scientific expertise and wits.

So far, the “Jurassic World” producer Frank Marshall, is tied to project, as well as screenwriter Darren Lemke (“Jack the Giant Slayer”). Even though no cast has been revealed, filming is allegedly planned to start sometime later 2017.

Crichton said that “Micro” was an adventure story that he enjoyed working on, and that it would be informative, in a fun way, about the environment. I think it sounds like an exciting project, and I hope that it will be at least as entertaining as the previous adaptions of his works.

While waiting for “Micro” to popup in a theatre nearby, you can pass the time with movies like, “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids”, starring Rick Moranis from 1989 or and “Innerspace” with Martin Short and Dennis Quaid, from 1987. Both with fun and intriguing plots revolving around shrunken people. Albeit a tad aged, I think they are still worth watching. Or, you can always buy and read the book itself (“Micro: A Novel”), while waiting.

Incarnate Opens on December 2

On Friday December 2, director Brad Peyton’s Incarnate, starring Aaron Eckhart, Carice van Houten and David Mazouz, will enter the theaters. Judging by the story, which feels like a mix between Dreamscape and The Exorcist, I think it looks like a promising movie.

In the movie we meet the wheelchair-bound Dr. Seth Ember (Eckhart), a man with the ability to enter the minds of possessed people, to cast out their demons from the inside. As he enters the mind of a boy, he learns that the demon who set up camp there as the same that killed Ember‘s family in the past.

I like the variant of the bringing the actual exorcism inside the possessed, instead of going the usual stand-by-the-bed-chanting route, which gives the movie an interesting and fresh feeling. Have a look at the second trailer, for the Incarnate, below and see what you think.

You might recognize Eckhart from his role as Harvey Dent in the movie Dark Knight, Mazouz as Bruce Wayne in Gotham and van Houten from her role as Melisandre in Game of Thrones.