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Saturday, October 29, 2011

5 Remarkably Underrated Horror Movies

We all know that films like The Shining, The Exorcist and Psycho scare the bejesus out of us. But they're not the only films of their genre that give us the creeps. Here are a five other great scary movies that often get left in the dust by the mega monster flicks:

THE STRANGERS (2008): When James (Scott Speedman) wisps his girlfriend Kristen (Liv Tyler) away to his secluded family cottage in the woods to pop the question, little did he know 1) she was going to say no, and 2) they were going to be harassed and tortured by a couple of unneighborly lunatics. Similar to the 1970 French film Them, The Strangers is a gripping horror film that doesn't offer reason for the lunacy of the killers. Rather, their constant and unbridled madness grows more intense as the movie progresses causing the protagonists to become further unnerved. It's downright genius entertainment.

SHUTTER (2008): Newly married couple Ben and Jane (Joshua Jackson and Rachael Taylor) relocate to Tokyo on business and are involved in a mysterious car accident. When Jane develops the pictures she begins to notice ghostly appearances in the photos, particularly of a young woman. As she further investigates this disturbing image, she discovers that the woman has an odd connection with Ben and she's there to settle a past score. A truly haunting, menacing film, Shutter (a remake to the 2004 Thai movie of the same name) unearths prior indiscretions in an alarmingly frightening way.

THIR13EN GHOSTS (2001): When a father (Tony Shalhoub) and his two kids (Shannon Elizabeth and Alec Roberts) inherit the home of a deceased relative, they are rightfully overjoyed. But it's not until they move into this house with thirteen glass doors do they realize that hidden inside each glass capsule is a horrifying ghost. Thir13en Ghosts, a remake of the 1960 movie 13 Ghosts, is one of the few movies that really offers several unique stories behind the fatality of each ghost, causing audiences to wince every time a door is opened and another freak comes crawling out its glass cage.

QUARANTINE (2008): What starts out as an exciting assignment for a young female reporter (Jennifer Carpenter) turns into a terrifying few hours in a sequestered apartment building inhabited by virus-stricken flesh-hungry residents. Arguably one of the scariest modern horror flicks (a remake of the 2007 Spanish movie Rec), Quarantine's pseudo-documentary style and dark setting further intensify its creepiness. You get the feeling that you too are a lowly tenant in a doomed building clamoring for an exit.

FROZEN (2010): When three skiers get stuck on a chairlift in the dead of winter, they are forced to decide their own fatality--stay suspended in the freezing cold air or find a way down and seek help. Once they realize jumping many feet onto the ground proves even more dangerous in the wolf-infested wintry forest, they resort to drastic measures to stay alive. The weather here is clearly a large part of the story and serves as a spine-chilling villain that also terrorizes audiences. Frozen is a small indie movie with a keen eye for thrills.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

7 Great Heroines From Scary Movies

Continuing our festive Halloween coverage, we bring you a list of our favorite female heroes from scary movies. Whether they're your favorite characters are not, you have to give them props for not dying (right away, at least). Check it out:

CLEAR RIVERS (Final Destination): Clear Rivers (Ali Larter) started out as a throaway character, just one of the many victims would be annihilated by her own fate in the freak accident-prone Final Destination. But once she used her noggin and started outwitting the big, bad fate, audiences realized that she could not only protect herself, but also protect new victims. When she checked herself into a mental facility in the second movie, to steer clear of flying daggers, speeding buses and any other unfastened and uninhibited objects, you just knew this chick was badass. She was a true hero and surely the most memorable character in the franchise.

ELLEN RIPLEY (Aliens): This is perhaps the only scary movie where the villain (a 7-foot alien) was actually slightly intimidated by the intended victim, in this case a female lieutenant trapped on board an alien-infested ship. If she was ever frightened by the aliens, Ripley rarely showed it. As one of the only women on the ship, Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) often swooped down to save her fellow male shipmates from becoming dinner for the aliens without hardly breaking a sweat. This is why we love her.

ALICE (Resident Evil): Well, what do you know? Four movies later and our favorite military officer is still drop-kicking flesh-eating scientists and taking names. As countless others fell prey to these monsters, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only character to outlive even the smartest of them. She's sexy, she's wise and even manages to have a few clever one-liners hidden in her vest. What's not to love?

LAURIE STRODE (Halloween): Arguably one of the most iconic heroines in cinema, babysitter Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) wasn't actually much of a hero, at first. She was tormented by her lunatic older brother Michael Myers in the first two movies. But in later installments, the character became less of a frightened victim and more of a pissed off nemesis for the villain. She was pure entertainment.

NANCY THOMPSON (Nightmare On Elm Street): There's something about Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) that was ever so enticing for Mr. Knives-For-Fingers himself, Freddy Krueger. He loved tormenting her. It really just seemed like great fun for him. But Freddy treated her as someone who was hard to kill, like he was almost frustrated because she knew how to deal with him--she knew his weaknesses and that made her as prey interesting. Her awesomeness made the rest of us brilliant insomniacs.

SIDNEY PRESCOTT (Scream): Neve Campbell, who plays the eternal victim from the Scream movies, never really was much of an actress. But she found her niche as Sidney, the high school student whose mother's death made her prime victim for a series of murders plaguing a small town. Like many other heroines before her, the murderers (different in every movie) would often get outsmarted or outran by Sidney. She carried that perfect balance of sheepish victim and maniacal prey that we viewers love.

SELENE (Underworld): Never since Buffy, the Vampire Slayer has an inter-breed romance been so juicy on the big screen. And that's partly due to Kate Beckinsale's Selene, a vampire caught between her love for a werewolf right in the middle of the famous vampire/werewolf civil war. Selene is beautiful, seductive, and can terrorize a vampire just as quick as she can destroy a threatening werewolf. She's so much fun to watch.

CHERRY DARLING (Grindhouse: Planet Terror): Only Cherry Darling (Rose McGowan) could help destroy a town of melting zombies with one leg. After losing her leg in an unfortunate zombie match, wannabe comedienne Cherry props up her missing leg with a random stick (courtesy of ex-boyfriend, Wray). Stumbling at first with her new limb, Cherry later kicked countless zombie butt with her stick leg-turned-machine gun leg, whipping around fences and driving getaway trucks. Not to mention she had killer comedic wit. She became the best handicapped heroine of scary movies.

First Look: "In the Land of Blood and Honey"

Angelina Jolie is making her first feature film directorial debut with a sweeping war epic over the backdrop of a precious love story with In the Land of Blood and Honey. The movie follows the romance of Danijel and Ajla (Goran Kostic and Zana Marjanovic) as they fight to keep their love intact as the world around them continues to crumble as affected by the Bosnian war.

It's very interesting that the Oscar-winning actress didn't use a well-known cast for the movie (possibly due to budget). Jolie also cast real Bosnian leads (Marjanovic and Kostic are both Sarajevo-born). In any case, the film looks beautiful and touching. This is quite an accomplishment for the first time female director, whose first film is likely to be compared with director Kathryn Bigelow's award-winning war flick The Hurt Locker. However, Land looks a lot more delicate and seems to focus on the character's relationship, which may make it more enticing for female moviegoers.

Be on the lookout for awards buzz once this film hits theaters December 23.

First Look: "The Flowers of War"

Oscar winner Christian Bale returns to the big screen in an epic tale of war, sex, violence, and politics in director Yimou Zhang's The Flowers of War. The film takes place in 1937 China when an American mortician (Bale) seeks the body of a local priest, but is detained there when Japanese invade the capital city. While there, the mortician poses as a priest in order to protect the students at the cathedral's school.

The plot itself isn't especially enticing, but the scenes from the trailer are breathtaking. Bale looks impressive in the movie, as does the supporting cast. It's hard to determine now whether the film will be recognized in the award season rush when it comes out during the holidays on December 16.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

New York Comic Con 2011

Comic Con, the ultimate geek movie festival, took the Big Apple by storm this weekend. Comic book and movie fans alike flooded the Javits Center in midtown Manhattan decked out in their best geekwear--from The Joker to Spiderman to Morpheus and even Leelo from The Fifth Element--to gawk over some of the cool poster art, photos, and other comic book memorabilia at the event. This leg of the festival also featured quite a few cool panels, during which the talent behind such cult faves as The Walking Dead, The Avengers, The Green Lantern, Attack the Block, and Red Tails (its graphic poster is to the right) discussed the creative process and what the fans can expect.

In the Red Tails panel on Saturday, moderated by Miles Perkins, the director of marketing and communications for Industrial Light & Magic (under producer George Lucas's production company), the crowd went wild over the exclusive new clips from the action-packed movie. The rest of the panel included cast members Michael B. Jordan (Friday Night Lights) and Leslie Odom Jr. (CSI: Miami and the upcoming series House of Lies), who play Maurice Wilson and Walter Hall in the movie, which follows the story of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen and their WWII victory. Graphic writer Aaron McGruder (The Boondocks), who co-wrote the movie with John Ridley, also joined the panel. But the real bonus was the addition of Dr. Roscoe Brown, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, who was consulted for the movie. His candid memories of the time were a treat to listen to. He's clearly excited about the movie (which is in theaters January 12, 2012), even saying "This movie is very important. I'm very proud George Lucas is doing this movie." Perkins went further in saying, "We're making a film about heroes, not victims."

With the amount of downtrodden black movies being celebrated on the big screen, it will be great to see a movie with black characters that can truly be celebrated as an uplifting project. I'm looking forward to this.

Check out other cool photos from the event below.

Friday, October 14, 2011

First Look: "Shame"

Ladies and gentleman, behold Michael Fassbender's Oscar bid, Shame. The German actor, who's been blazing the big screen a lot this year in films like X-Men: First Class, plays Brandon, a sex-crazed New Yorker whose lifestyle comes to question when his sister Sissy (Carey Mulligan) pays him a visit.

The underrated Nicole Beharie (American Violet) stars as one of Brandon's many sexual conquests. The trailer looks very sexy, save for Mulligan (who doesn't really have that 'come hither' look about her). Director Steven McQueen (Hunger, and the upcoming Twelve Years a Slave starring Chiwetel Ejiofor) looks like he really managed to put together a beautifully arousing movie. Check out the trailer below, which has a very American Psycho feel to it. Shame opened to raves at various film festivals earlier this year, and is scheduled to hit theaters December 2.

Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman Ward Off Intruders in "Trespass"

As much as I try to champion director Joel Schumacher's previous films like A Time to Kill, St. Elmo's Fire and Dying Young, it's hard to stay on his side about a vast majority of his films like his pitiful Batman movies (Batman Forever and Batman & Robin). With the cheap home invasion thriller Trespass, in theaters today, the notable director may have finally hit rock bottom.

Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman star as Kyle and Sarah Miller, a married couple whose home gets invaded in a botched robbery attempt by a few useless thugs (Ben Mendelsohn, Cam Gigandet and Dash Mihok). When the trespassers aim to take Kyle's impressive diamond stash, they get a rude awakening when they learn he's flat broke and has been perpetrating about his wealth to his family. Clearly Sarah Miller, the desperate housewife she is, doesn't have her hand on the family loot. Meanwhile, the thugs are getting antsy with the new information and won't rest until they leave with something, since they've successfully scared the wits out of the Millers and their daughter, Avery (Liana Liberato).

With the exception of one ludicrous detail about Sarah and Jonah (Gigandet, one of the trespassers), that's pretty much the gist of the movie. It gets increasingly worse as it progresses, heightened by terrible acting all around and a poor script. Cage, in his usual sporadic overacting and borderline insane performance gets a thumbs down, as does Kidman's laughably unconvincing Sarah. The trespassers, otherwise known as the three stooges, provide a few funny one-liner. But, then again, maybe those lines aren't supposed to be funny. Who knows? And who wants to sped time trying to figure it out? Shame on Schumacher and everyone involved for this mess of a film.

Rating: F+

Texas Killing Fields

Too often women directors get boxed into the sappy and cliched romantic comedy circuit. But quite a few go unnoticed and unnamed when they helm projects like when Mary Harron did American Psycho in 2000 or Patty Jenkins did Monster in 2003. Director Ami Canaan has joined the ranks with her disturbing new thriller, Texas Killing Fields.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Sam Worthington play Texas detectives Brian Heigh and Mike Souder, who are on the hunt for serial killers who dumps his mutilated victims in an abandoned marsh. Mike (Worthington) is the natural-born Texan with a hothead spirit, and Brian is a New York transplant trying to make the world a better place--one solved murder at a time. When someone they know--a young girl named Anne (Chloë Moretz)--ends up on the culprit's hit list, Brian especially makes it his mission to stop him before she ends up another victim. Meanwhile, as the two sleuths are hot on the killers' trail, they become the killers' nemesis. They must find a way to end the killers' reign over the forgotten part of the state, before he ends them.

Texas Killing Fields, which is inspired by actual events, is a captivating thriller elevated by great performances. Worthington, in perhaps his best performance, is almost as frightening as the premise itself, yet you can't take your eyes off him. His line delivery drips with reckless malice by a man who's clearly not afraid of most people, much less the douchebag who's threatened his hometown. Morgan, who's sometimes lost in Worthington's shadow, holds his own as a man suffering from his own flawed sense of heroism. Together the two are like night and day.

Then there's Moretz, who is really proving to be a fine actress with every role she takes on. Little Anne is a small town girl from a twisted family (mom is played by the underrated Sheryl Lee), who seems to be doomed from the start. But, even though she's a girl of few words, the audience realizes there may be more to her than she's willing to share. Canaan allows us to fear for her as well as with her as she walks the lonely highway, as one suspicious car rolls by, at dusk. Jessica Chastain also shines as a tough cop and Mike's jilted ex.

The movie is rabid but delicate at the same time. It keeps your attention until right before the end, after a perfectly directly scene between Worthington and the killers at their home. Since there are two sets of characters we're introduced to in the film--the killers and another set of cagey characters from the wrong side of the law--we're left questioning whether there will be justice brought to those other guys. But perhaps the open-endedness of their crimes make for a more haunted take on the Texas town. Either way, Texas Killing Fields is a must-see.

Rating: A-

If you haven't see the trailer, catch it here:

The movie, which also stars Jason Clarke and James Hébert, hits theaters today.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Early Review: "The Thing"

As we continue to be showered with one reboot after another, news of a prequel to the 1982 movie The Thing enraged most die-hard fans of the previous Kurt Russell-starring frightfest (which was a remake to the 1951 original movie, The Thing from Another World. How can they cheesify the concept? Put in in 3D? Alas, the prequel is nothing to have beef over. Rather, it is a great nod to the original movie that will find new fans.

In 1982, a group of scientists arrive in Antarctica to investigate alien life form on board an abandoned ship. They find a giant alien frozen in a block of ice and, in true scary movie form, decide to tamper with it. Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Final Destination 3) plays Kate, the wise young graduate student and Ulrich Thomsen plays Dr. Halvorson, the all-knowing scientist who's in way over his head. When the alien thaws out and breaks lose from the ice, pretty much all hell breaks lose. Kate soon learns that it is morphing into human life form---their life form--and taking them out one by one.

The premise doesn't differ much from the original. Sure, there's a new cast (including Joel Edgarton as one of the scientists) but the sentiment is still the same. But director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. has turned the scare factor--actually, the gore factor--WAY up for this version. We've now got slimy two-headed aliens (part your head, part its head) aliens gnawing the face of a doomed scientist, and even an alien that's storing one of the scientists in what looks like an embryo sac in its stomach. Super, duper gross. These images are clearly there for shock value, and they certainly horrify the audience. The movie, in all its gory (ahem, glory), is not going to be for everyone. It's not a particularly classy flick, but it's got clean editing, it's suspenseful and it's got solid acting (for a horor flick).

Those who enjoyed the original may get a kick out of the ending of this version, which pays nice homage to the original movie. The Thing doesn't necessarily reinvent the wheel, but it modernizes the format of the previous movies and ups the ante. Plus, it's a good Halloween watch, if you're looking for an addition to your scary movie marathon.

Rating: B

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

First Look: "The Avengers"

Drumroll, please. Prepare to geek out over the new trailer for next year epic superhero movie, The Avengers. Yes, Iron Man, Thor and his arch-nemesis Loki, Captain America, Black Widow, Nick Fury, and The Incredible Hulk are joining forces to save the world from eternal damnation on the big screen at the start of next summer on May 4, 2012.

Cast: Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man/Tony Stark, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner

Monday, October 10, 2011

New Images from the Upcoming Untitled Snow White Movie

I'll admit, I love when Hollywood does a dark twist on classic fairy tales. If you take out the hope and wonder aspects of many of them, they could easily go down dark paths in a new story (see director Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, for instance).

Next up on Hollywood's list? The classic story of Snow White, who in this version tag teams with the seven dwarfs to reclaim their destroyed kingdom. Director Tarsem Singh (The Cell and the upcoming Immortals) weaves together an imaginative spin on the tale with Lily Collins as the title character, Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen and Armie Hammer as the gorgeous prince Andrew Alcott. Nathan Lane and Mare Winningham also costar. We've got our first look at a few stills from the movie, which is scheduled to hit theaters next year, below.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

"The Ides of March"

As we prepare to be bombarded by an onslaught of political speeches and agendas in next year's presidential run, director George Clooney presents a fairly standard case of dirty politics in the drama, The Ides of March. The movie tells the story of a young political staffer (Ryan Gosling), whose idealistic notions go up in flames once he becomes jaded by the flawed political game and all its players.

30-year-old Stephen Myers (Gosling) has always trusted the political process. The whip smart political ingenue believes he's found the perfect candidate to serve in democratic Governor Mike Morris (Clooney), one who can propel his own career. But right when his career is about to take off, Myers has an tantalizing sit-down with Tom Duffy (Paul Giamatti), on the Republican side. This mere meeting leads to a series of events that leaves Myers questioning everything he believes in--Morris, campaigning, democrats, republicans, and his new love interest Molly (Evan Rachel Wood) who's harboring a scandalous secret. Before he realizes it, he's become the pawn in a game he never meant to be a part of. He must learn the rules of the game to flip the script on the players at hand.

The story isn't one we haven't seen before, on and off the screen. But Gosling, and the always pitch perfect Phillip Seymour Hoffman as his right hand man/superior, made the somewhat stale story more interesting to watch. Not only are their performances compelling, but Giamatti's signature slimy voice and demeanor fits perfectly as Duffy. They really are the dream team of actors right now. They acted circles around Clooney's usual charming performance.

One of the few female characters, political reporter Ida Horowicz (Marisa Tomei), throws a few other curve balls Myers's way, but remains an uninteresting character otherwise. Perhaps a different actress would have worked better. With the exception of her role in The Wrestler, Tomei's recent credits have put her in many throwaway characters, with maybe a few cute one-liners, that aren't necessary bland but don't add anything much to the movie. Ida Horowicz is no exception. Wood, on the other hand, seduces the screen here. Although her role is brief, her performance lingers well after she's left the scene.

The first three quarters of The Ides of March is gripping, and really sets the audience up for a wonderful finish. However, the ending is so unremarkably abrupt that you almost don't even realize it's happening. It cuts off the story right at the kneecaps like it ran out of time and couldn't think of anything else to say. It's like watching a basketball game where your team is in the lead the whole time up until the last fifteen minutes, then decides to goof off and let the other team win. The ending is clearly intentional, but we're not sure what the intention there is. If it's the lesson of corrupt politics, that really does a disservice to its impressive first three quarters. Besides, we really don't need a movie to teach us about dirty politics, right? Real shame about the ending, but the rest of the movie is just marvelous.

Rating: B+

Saturday, October 8, 2011

First Look: "Young Adult"

Charlize Theron (Monster) is back to being a bad girl on the big screen again. In director Jason Reitman's (Up in the Air) dramedy, Young Adult, the Oscar winner stars as a writer and booze-guzzling recent divorcee who heads back to her Minnesota hometown looking for new romance, this time with her now married ex-boyfriend (Patrick Wilson). Diablo Cody (Juno) wrote the screenplay. Patton Oswalt (The King of Queens) costars as Theron's hilarious partner in crime. The trailer looks pretty predictable, but folks seem to be impressed with it. You decide. Young Adult hits theaters December 16.

6 Haunting Images From Scary Movies

We all have them, those terror-inducing images from horror movies that are forever burned into our minds years after we've seen them. We list just a few of those moments in film that still haunt us today:

Occupied Elevator from The Shining (1980)--There were plenty of disturbing images in this Stephen King classic. But no other scene still has audiences today frozen in fear as they watch the elevator of the doomed Stanley Hotel literally hemorrhage on the big screen. You don't know whether to run, grab a paddle or scream.

High Bar Horror from Final Destination 5 (2011): We all wanted to write off this fourth installment to the teen cult classic horror franchise. But director Steven Quale upped the ante with a 3D effect, which turned a usually harmless gymnastics routine into a crumpled pile of flesh in one sharp take. Like the swan songs of all the victims in Final Destination, there's a series of threatening events that lead up to their ultimate demise, but you never know which one it will finally do them in. This scene, which is no exception to the rule, by far trumps even the freakiest deaths in the entire series. And that's saying something.

Unfinished Cemetery from Poltergeist (1982): Just when you think all the terror is over, Carol Ann is back safely out of the TV and the family is getting ready for bed, Diane (JoBeth Williams) has to rush to ward off another ghoulish act away her children. But not only does she have to contend with a neverending hallway to their rooms, but when she tries to go back into the house from the back way, she falls into their dried-up pool....where corpses have lying underneath rotting only to submerge at this very inopportune time. In patches of mud. During a downpour. At night. This scene is pitch perfect, and totally unexpected at the very end of the movie when you think all the thrills are over.

Backwards SpiderWalk from The Exorcist (1973): Audiences knew there was something a little off about the precocious teenager Regan, who not only wet herself in the middle of a dinner party but had been showing other signs of cuckoo behavior earlier. But Ellen Burstyn was a master at stirring up fear in the audience but the sheer widening of her eyes as all the color ran out of her face. That was captured best when she saw her little girl galloping down the stairs backwards spilling blood out of her mouth. It's still a frightening scene.

High Definition TV from The Ring (2002): Noah (Martin Henderson) receives a random VHS tape that looks blank. He pops it into his VCR and he's curiously captured by the randomness of a young girl climbing out of a dark well. With the girl's stray dog hair and soaking wet flannel pajamas, Noah is transcended in fear as the girl makes her way toward the screen. Closer. Closer. As she lays her hand on the screen and walks out of the TV into Noah's living room, audiences are literally at a point that they want to scream and cannot utter a sound out of sheer shock over the possibility of a frightening movie coming to life in their own living room. Brilliant.

The Crucifixion Scene from Carrie (1976): It's no argument that the ultimate awkward teenage girl Carrie's mom (Piper Laurie) was a little....weird. But she was in rare form this evening reciting bible passages and vowing that her daughter wouldn't become the tainted, disgraced woman she apparently did. After Carrie runs amok at her prom, setting her school on fire and all, she tries to wash away all the night's events. But her mom sees the only way of truly cleansing Carrie is to kill her. She tries to stab Carrie, but Carrie retaliates by telekinetically launching nearly every knife in the house at her mother. She's hung in perfect crucifixion stance, but what's creepy about it is that she's almost very peaceful about her own death as it's happening. The final look on her face, which lies gently resting on her right shoulder, threatens that she could actually be more frightening after death. Awesome.

Friday, October 7, 2011

"The Raven"

One of the darkest writers ever to touch the page, Edgar Allen Poe (1809-1849), also has quite an interesting story. Besides marrying his 13 year-old cousin Victoria, the "Fall of the House of Usher" had a fondness for cryptography and was so poor at one point he had to burn his furniture for warmth. You just know we've got to get a movie about this to capture the man behind the legend.

Director James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) brings Poe's life to the big screen in The Raven on March 9, 2012. John Cusack steps into the shoes of the notorious writer More on the movie after the jump:

From the press release

"Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack, Being John Malkovich) joins forces with a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans, Immortals) to hunt down a mad serial killer who’s using Poe’s own works as the basis in a string of brutal murders. Directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin), the film also stars Alice Eve (Sex and the City 2), Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges) and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Faster).

When a mother and daughter are found brutally murdered in 19th century Baltimore, Detective Emmett Fields (Luke Evans) makes a startling discovery: the crime resembles a fictional murder described in gory detail in the local newspaper—part of a collection of stories penned by struggling writer and social pariah Edgar Allan Poe. But even as Poe is questioned by police, another grisly murder occurs, also inspired by a popular Poe story.

Realizing a serial killer is on the loose using Poe’s writings as the backdrop for his bloody rampage, Fields enlists the author’s help in stopping the attacks. But when it appears someone close to Poe may become the murderer’s next victim, the stakes become even higher and the inventor of the detective story calls on his own powers of deduction to try to solve the case before it’s too late."

Check out the new trailer and photos from the movie below:

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

First Look: "War Horse"

What's up with the obsession with horse movies? Recently we've had Secretariat, Seabiscuit, and today's announcement of a big screen version of the 50s-60s TV show Mr. Ed (yes, you read that right). And now we're seeing the trailer for the Broadway show-turned-feature film, War Horse. Although the stage show was critically-acclaimed, the movie adaptation looks like one of those epic dramas that alienates all mainstream audiences and aims right for the jugular of Oscar voters. But, hey, Tom Hiddleston (Thor) is in it so it can't be too much of a bore. Not to mention, Stephen Spielberg directed it. So....we'll be on the lookout for more interesting clips (and hopefully more Hiddleston!). War Horse gallops to theaters December 25th.

Monday, October 3, 2011

First Look: "The Lady"

With all the talk about certain films being Oscar bait and sure bets for awards consideration, here's some buzz I'd like to start right here and now. Michelle Yeoh,
who we know from such beautiful films as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Memoirs of a Geisha (my personal favorite of hers), headlines next month's biopic, The Lady. Based on the dramatic love story of Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi and her late husband, author Michael Aris, in the midst of political unrest in Tibet in the 1970s and 1980s. Yeoh's resemblance to Kyi is uncanny. The film looks beautiful. Lord knows Luc Besson (Colombiana, La Femme Nikita) knows how to direct a riveting female-led film. I'd say it's a must-see based on this trailer. What do you think? The Lady comes to theaters November 30.

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