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.

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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

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.

Intense Trailer for The Bye Bye Man

Even though the trailer for the upcoming Bye Bye Man starts a tad slow, it sure picks up towards the end, leaving you with an urge to see more. In The Bye Bye Man, three college friends moves into a house together and happens to awake a dark entity, which can drive a person to do unspeakable acts. Once The Bye Bye Man gets a foothold in your mind, he takes control and there’s only one thing that seems to break the curse, do not think or speak, about him.

This will be the first movie directed by Stacy Title in ten years, since Hood of Horror, 2006. In the cast we find Douglas Smith (Vinyl), Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) and Doug Jones (The Strain) as The Bye Bye Man.

The Bye Bye Man premiers on January 13th, which cannot be a better setting to go and see a horror movie, since that date is a Friday! Check out the trailer below and see what you think about The Bye Bye Man.

Movies in the Works: 27 Nov, 2016

I found some interesting titles that are being in the works, which might be coming our way in the next couple of years.

First we have Inversion [2018]; a Sci-Fi movie where the earth’s gravity fades away and how two people are trying to halt it. Samuel L. Jackson, Travis Fimmel (Warcraft) and Yifei Liu (The Forbidden Kingdom) stars in the movie, which starts shooting early next year.

In He’s Out There, Yvonne Strahovski plays a mother on a vacation at a lake house, with her two daughters, as they fall prey to a psychopath.  It’s not Strahovski’s first meet with a serial killer, as she played Hannah McKay in the TV-show Dexter. Dennis Illiadis (The Last House on the Left, 2009) is directing a story written by Mike Scannell. There is no release date yet, but it is in post-production.

An American Werewolf in London from 1981, where two American tourists in England stumbles upon a local Werewolf, is getting a remake. Max Landis will direct, from his own script. Another werewolf related title in the works is The Wolfman, written by Aaron Guzikowski (Friday the 13th, 2017). Wolfman centers on a man, who starts to transform, after being bit by a wolf.

The immortal highlander Connor MacLeod is also getting a remake, with the John Wick director Chad Stahelski at the helm. Matt Holloway and Art Marcum, both involved with the upcoming Transformers movies, are behind the script. I liked the original and think it would be great if they could find a way to include Christopher Lambert in this one.

Pet – Official Trailer looks Thrilling

What could a drugged girl in a cage, possible have in common with friendly little Hobbits? Read on and I’ll explain it to you.

Let’s start from the beginning, though.

The upcoming indie horror Pet revolves around Seth, a sweet, lonely guy that works in an animal shelter while longing for someone to love. One day, the gorgeous waitress Holly crosses his path and Seth falls for her – hard – and embarks on an ambitious campaign to conquer her affection. As he learns that she isn’t interested, he gets obsessed and his delusional mind comes up with a plan.

Seth kidnaps Holly and places her in a cage, under the animal shelter. It doesn’t take long for Seth’s plan to fall apart as Holly begins an unsuspected form of psychological warfare against her abductor. The situation begins to spiral out of control, and soon Seth has trouble discerning which one that is the predator and the victim of the two.

This role takes Dominic Monaghan, who plays Seth, far away from the beauty and peacefulness of the Shire, where he played his most famous part, Merry the Hobbit. Judging by the trailer, there is not a trace of any friendly Hobbit in Monaghan’s acting, and instead he presents an interesting stage four closet psycho, which I cannot wait to see more of. Ksenia Solo, which recently starred in TV-shows like Turn, Lost Girl and Orphan Black, portrays Holly.

Pet is written by Jeremy Slater, who recently wrote for the TV-show The Exorcist, and Carles Torrens directed. Pet will go up online (VoD, iTunes) and in theaters on December 2. Have a look at the official trailer below and see what you think.

The Autopsy of Jane Doe – Red Band Trailer

I think that this red band trailer for the upcoming movie, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, gives a thrilling and eerie impression. I like the subtle feeling of confinement, and that the story is shown close to the characters.  The unnerving theme helps too.

The story takes place in a morgue, where a father and son are working. One night an unidentified woman, victim of a mysterious homicide, lands on their table. As they go ahead with their post-mortem examination of the woman, strange events start to manifest, with clues to who their Jane Doe is and how she got there.

André Øvredal, the Norwegian behind Trollhunter (2010) has directed the movie.  Ophelia Lovibond, who did a great job as Kitty Winter in Elementary, plays the part of Jane Doe, while Brian Cox, who won an Emmy award for Nuremberg (2000), plays the father and Emile Hirsch, from Into the Wild and Lone Survivor, plays the son.

You can step into the morgue on the movie’s limited release on December 21, but before that you can catch the trailer below and see what you think about it.

Red Band Trailer for The Autopsy of Jane Doe on TrailerAddict.

Twin Peaks Quiz

Twin Peaks had me glued to the TV-set in the beginning of the 90’s and it turned into one of my absolute favorite shows. Even today, around 26 years later, the characters, story and quality is still a blast to watch and the shows is worth binge watching. Depending on where you live, you can catch the show on either HBO or Netflix. If you’re a Showtime subscriber, you can stream both seasons of the show, sometime in December, 2016. You could also buy the complete series at Amazon, or others.

While we wait to go back to Twin Peaks, sometime next year, I have done a little Twin Peaks Quiz that you can take, to how much you remember from the show. Don’t worry there isn’t any spoilers in it.

Also, as a bonus objective, there are clues to another TV-show, lurking inside the quiz, can you figure out which one?

 

Results

#1 What was the name of the soap opera that was aired inside the show?

#2 How many Emmy Awards did the first season of Twin Peaks win?

#3 Everybody knows that it was Kyle MacLachlan that played the FBI agent Dale Cooper, but who played his side-kick, Sheriff Harry S. Truman?

#4 Twin Peaks has been an inspiration for many TV-shows and video games, which one of these games did Twin Peaks have a direct influence on?

#5 The Twin Peaks Theme, is a surrealistic blend of different melancholy modes that conveys a both eerie and intriguing atmosphere, which is hard not to like. Who composed it together with David Lynch?

#6 Twin Peaks is filled to the brim with fascinating and puzzling side characters like the one armed man and The Man from Another Place. Another one that I have a vivid memory of is the log lady. Do you know what that character’s real name, in the show, was?

#7 Talking about The Man from Another Place. Besides his red suit and dress shirt, what was his other characteristic thing?

#8 In which state was Twin Peaks primarily filmed in?

#9 Which character said the following quote: ‘’The owls are not what they seem.’’?

#10 What was the name of Twin Peaks High School’s sports team while Laura Palmer was a student there?

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