Just the simple fact of a new Scott Adkins movie is enough to get us pumped up around these parts, but it doesn’t hurt that his next film, Eliminators, sounds awesome. Sure, the name may call to mind some unfortunate bodily functions, but aside from that the details are all solid.
Monday, August 31, 2015
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Well, this is going to give you nightmares. If you’re fortunate enough to be at the Toronto International Film Festival soon, and can stay awake through the Midnight Madness portion of the program, and have the stomach for fucked up horror, you might want to check out the premiere of the nasty demonic Turkish flick Baskin. Check out the new trailer and you’ll be able to tell whether you want to see this or not, there’s not going to be a lot of ambivalence.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road may have ruled the post-apocalyptic subgenre this summer, but TurboKid a retro throwback to the low-budget Mad Max knock-offs of the early 1980s, and is a total blast beginning to end that you need to check out. Originally envisioned as an entry for the first ABCs of Death anthology (“T is for Toilet” made the cut instead), it’s an awesome opus in itself.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
'Hard Target 2' Shoots This Fall With John Woo Producing, Don't Hold Your Breath For Jean-Claude Van Damme
With Jean-Claude Van Damme sporting that greasy, Jheri curl mullet, John Woo’s 1993 Hard Target, the Hong Kong action auteur’s first American film, is admittedly a wee bit cheesy. However, out of all of his subsequent films, it’s also the most similar to action classics like Hard Boiled, A Better Tomorrow, The Killer, and the others he built his reputation on. And now it’s getting a sequel.
Monday, August 24, 2015
Any time there’s news about a Scott Adkins movie, that’s a big day for me. He’s one of the premiere cinematic badasses currently working anywhere in the world, and he’s responsible for some of the best gritty, old school actioners of the last few years. When he teams with director Isaac Florentine, that’s even better, as the two have teamed up on such modern classics as Ninja 2: Shadow of a Tear and Undisputed 3. Now they’re back with Close Range, and you can check out a brand new trailer after the jump.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Scott Derrickson’s 2012 horror joint Sinister doesn’t break from the well worn horror path, full of genre tropes like creepy little kids, the sound of footsteps when no one is there, and a perpetually dark house, even in the middle of the day. Still, it managed to be atmospheric, genuinely eerie, and was a solid fright fest. Unfortunately, Ciaran Foy’s Sinister 2 doesn’t deliver in the same manner.
Under normal circumstances, I hate calling a movie an interesting failure, but in the case of director Nima Nourizadeh’s American Ultra, that’s the most apt description I can conjure. There’s a kernel of a clever idea here, as well as a few bits worth closer examination, but it feels like its stoner protagonist wrote the movie, and continually misses opportunities to satirize and the sleeper agent spy films like the Bourne franchise, like it obviously wants, and develop into anything more than a string of scenes someone thought would be awesome.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Robert Egger’s debut horror film, The Witch, stirred up quite a fuss back at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and it’s been a movie I’ve been fiending to see ever since. We still have a while to wait, but A24 just released a terrifying new trailer. Check it out after the jump.
Monday, August 17, 2015
Just in case you didn’t know this, I’m rather jazzed about the upcoming Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance. Yes, that is a sequel to the gonzo 1991 actioner, and this shit is going to be super awesome. The movie starts rolling out in October, and here’s the official trailer to get you pumped.
In case you’re one of the people who, for some unfathomable reason, missed it in the theaters, Mad Max: Fury Road, the best action movie of the year, is hitting the home video market. It’s already available via digital download, and Blu-ray on September 1. One of the features is a trio of deleted scenes, and now you can watch them below. Enjoy.
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Disney’s D23 Expo is currently going on right now, and while I have almost zero interest in being there in person (crowds stress me the hell out), this year is interesting solely because of Star Wars (I don’t care about being the first to see new Marvel stuff, not even at all). We’ve already heard that there won’t be any new footage from The ForceAwakens, but there are a ton of other things going on in that far, far away galaxy, and Disney and Lucasfilm unveiled some new info about the future of the franchise, and there’s a few badass nuggets to be sure.
Friday, August 14, 2015
I’m one of the few people who seems to enjoy Predators. Sure, it’s not Predator, nor is it even Predator 2, but it’s a damn sight better than either of the Alien vs. Predator movies we were subjected to. Last year we learned that Shane Black is writing and directing a new Predator movie, which is promising for a number of reasons, but the new film plans to reinvent and reinvigorate the franchise.
Well this looks bizarre enough to be a total blast. If you’ve been looking for a hyper-stylized, 1960s-set horror musical, Bang Bang Baby might be just what you’re looking for. Check out the trailer after the jump; I don’t think you’ve ever encountered a movie quite like this before.
The 'Portal To Hell!!!' Trailer Is Here, Stop What You're Doing And Watch Roddy Piper's Final Performance
We lost a true giant recently when professional wrestler turned action badass “Rowdy” Roddy Piper passed away. I didn’t even write about it because I couldn’t figure out how to quantify the impact movies like They Live and Hell Comes to Frogtown, not to mention his career in the squared circle, had on me in words. Fortunately for fans everywhere, he has one last film on the way, and it’s a doozy: be battles the ancient evil that is Cthulhu. And now the first trailer for horror short Portal to Hell!!! has arrived to make you both ecstatically happy and brutally sad at the same time.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
If you’ve been waiting for 25 years for ArnoldSchwarzenegger to reprise his role as Detective John Kimble for Kindergarten Cop 2, that’s not happening (Triplets is about as close as you’re going to get). But if you’ve been waiting to hear the words “Dolph Lundgren is starring in Kindergarten Cop 2,” today is your lucky day, because that is something that’s happening.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Any time Quentin Tarantino drops a new movie, it’s going to be a big deal. That much is a given. When it’s a western with a stacked cast, like his upcoming The Hateful Eight, well, to say we’re excited is an understatement. We’ve seen photos and random whatnots from the film, but now we have our first trailer, and it looks like a damn fine time.
As of yesterday, we know that we’re not going to see any new footage of Star Wars: The Force Awakens—not a trailer or anything else—come out of D23 this weekend (I'm hoping for some Rogue One information, or maybe they'll confirm this or this). But don’t worry if that quick snipped of new footage the other day left you starving for more, because this morning arrived with a bunch of new photos to peruse.
Monday, August 10, 2015
If you’ve ever seen a Guy Ritchie film, especially the likes of Snatch and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, you won’t be surprised by what you get in his update of the 1960s spy serial The Man From U.N.C.L.E.. Fast-paced and energetic, full of handsome heroes and a sultry villainess, and hyper-stylized, this isn’t a particularly deep movie, but it is an entertaining espionage romp that provides a decent amount of amusement.
Still a few months out, we’re hungry for anything related to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We’ll probably get one breadcrumb or another this weekend at D23, a new South Korean TV spot for J.J. Abrams journey into that far, far away galaxy has brief taste to tide us over. Maybe it’s more akin to a faint aroma wafting on a breeze; it’s not much, but it’s something.
Friday, August 7, 2015
Cards on the table, I still haven’t seen Marvel’s latest superhero opus Ant-Man. I’m lazy and broke leaving the house is stupid. Even though I haven’t seen it and can’t personally attest to the film’s quality, or lack thereof, I can’t help but know for a fact that it would have been better directed by dour German auteur Werner Herzog. Most movies would be better with him at the helm, and this new video that envisions the Fitzcarraldo director at the helm of a major comic book movie serves to prove that point. Check it out after the jump.
The German movie Gutterdämmerung is being billed as “the loudest silent movie on Earth,” and the batshit crazy sounding supernatural western fairy tale—yes, you read that right—just got way louder, adding Lemmy Kilmister from Motörhead and Tom Araya from Slayer.
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Fox’s new superhero reboot Fantastic Four had a rocky production, to put it mildly. There were rumors of rampant studio interference, director Josh Trank butting heads with the producers and writers, and even reports that X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn was brought in for reshoots. These last reports were roundly denied, though that doesn’t exactly bode well for a movie. Building up to the release, both producer Simon Kinberg and star Miles Teller have used the phrase, “not a disaster,” to describe the film, and it’s not, at least not entirely.
The Charlize Theron-starring mystery thriller Dark Places finally opening in theaters marks the end of a long, strange journey. Based on the novel by author Gillian Flynn, the film has been in the can for a while now—principal photography wrapped in 2013—and with the hype surrounding Gone Girl last year, also adapted from a Flynn novel, it would have made sense to release it then to capitalize on the attention. Instead, it languished on the shelf, hitting theaters in France in April, and was actually available to DirecTV customers back in June.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Kim Jee-woon’s A Bittersweet Life is one of my all-time favorite movies. That fact alone is enough to get me interested in anything else he ever does, but when that includes the likes of A Tale of Two Sisters, I Saw the Devil, and The Good, The Bad, The Weird, it doesn’t hurt matters at all. For his next project, he’s teaming up with Warner Bros. for a movie called Secret Agent.
Coming out of San Diego Comic-Con, one of the movies that generated the most chatter was Deadpool, and while we had to wait for it, we’ve now got not one, but two badass new trailers for Merc with the Mouth’s new solo joint. And if the character’s less than stellar debut in X-Men Origins: Wolverine filled you with doubt and fear, those should be assuaged after you get your first look.
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Can I get a Hell Yeah, or an Amen, or a Fuck Yes, or even a smug, satisfied nod? Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance just dropped a new poster and now we know when we’ll get to see the long-awaited sequel. At least when some of us will get to see it.