Thursday, 25 August 2016

Rings gets a new poster and trailer

The upcoming Ring reboot has received a brand new poster and a rather revealing trailer. Scheduled for a Halloween release, the film is directed by F. Javier Gutierezz and will update the ring franchise for the internet generation.

I'm quietly excited for this as The Ring is one of the greatest remakes ever made, however, The Ring 2 severely damaged the franchise so there will be a lot of making up to do. Also Kayako vs Sadako has been released in Japan and will be making it's way west later this year, which could overexpose the franchise. Check out the trailer but, be warned, it reveals an awful lot about the film:

What do you think of the trailer? Does The Ring need a threequel? 

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Baskin (2016): Review

Baskin is a 2016 Turkish horror film. Directed by Can Evrenol and starring Gorkem Kasal, Ergen Kuyucu and Mehmet Cerrahoglu. This was Cerrahoglu's first acting role as he suffers from an extremely rare skin condition.

The film follows 5 police officers over the course of a night. Initially starting out as a tense meeting in a coffee shop, the group soon start to receive visions and leave the café to respond to a distress call. After crashing their van, they find themselves at the source of the call, the mysterious area called Inceagac, and are drawn into an abandoned police station. The group are then captured by a satanic cult led by "Father" (Cerrahoglu) and made to suffer in what they soon discover is hell on earth.

Baskin is a very stylish example of the kind of films usually associated with the French new wave of extremism (Martyrs, Inside etc). The fact that so few Turkish films ever see a wide release in the West gives it an instantly fresh perspective and the incorporation of native ghost stories and folklore is a welcome change. As well as executing an impressive level of gore, the film is also set to a gorgeous 80s synth based soundtrack that wouldn't be out of place in a John Carpenter film.

Much has been made of Cerrahoglu's performance and it is a strong villainous role that makes the most out of his unique physical appearance (like a modern day Michael Berryman). Sadly, the same can't be said of his occultist minions who tend to take on a much more generic design as the film goes a bit "House of 1000 corpses" towards the end. The initial tension and intrigue also tends to dissipate towards the end of the film as the horror clichés start to mount, but there are still a myriad of graphic ways for our protagonists to meet their end at the hands of Father.

An impressive feature length debut for Evrenol and a sign that things are changing in Turkish cinema, a country previously known for it's hilariously bad knockoffs of films like Rambo and Star Wars. Hopefully we'll see more roles for Cerrahoglu too as his unique look and charm can certainly be returned to in future films. A good step forward in the evolution of Turkish horror.

*** 3 Stars

What did you think of Baskin? Have you seen any other Turkish movies?

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Lost Boys TV show in development

A new television adaptation of the classic 1987 vampire flick is, reportedly, in the works. Helmed by iZombie creator Rob Thomas, the series will apparently take place over several decades, starting with the 1960s, and change up the setting, time period and non vampiric characters every season.

I think this is a really good concept and makes the most of the immortality of the central characters, however, it's also very ambitious and The Lost Boys is a movie steeped in 80s pop culture. More importantly, will we see a rebooted version of the frog brothers? probably not.

What do you think of the idea? Do you think too many movies are being made into TV shows?

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

New Pennywise design revealed

Entertainment weekly have scored the official, full length picture revealing the design for Pennywise in the upcoming reboot of the classic Stephen King book.

Bill Skarsgard (Hemlock Grove) is taking over the iconic role from Tim Curry in the film scheduled for release next year. I've been an advocate for this reboot since it's announcement as the original TV movie is not the strongest King adaptation and director Andres Muschietti (Mama) is a very promising new talent. However, I'm not convinced by this super serious, dark update of the once vibrant, but terrifying, character. Maybe I'm more of a Killer Klown kinda guy.

What do you think of the new design? Are you excited for this upcoming reboot?

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Green Room (2016): Review

Green Room is a 2016 horror thriller. Directed by Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin) and starring Anton Yelchin (Fright Night), Imogen Poots (also Fright Night) and Patrick Stewart (X-Men). This was the last film to be released before Yelchin's tragic death in 2016.

The film follows a hardcore punk band brilliantly called "The Ain't Rights" as they tour the pacific northwest. When one of their gigs falls through, a replacement show is arranged out of town which turns out to be held in a neo-Nazi skinhead club. Presumably too punk to care, the band play anyway and things are going surprisingly well until they return to the green room to find a young girl has been murdered by one of the skins. A deadly game of cat and mouse ensues as the band become trapped in the green room, along with Amber (Poots) and "Big Justin" (a skinhead enforcer), as club owner Darcy (Stewart) makes it his mission to violently remove the band from the situation.

Green Room is a Hitchcockian exercise in high tension thrills with an incredibly gritty ultraviolent coat of paint. The film itself is shot through a grimy, greenish filter and really sucks you into the hopeless situation that the band find themselves in. This is enhanced by some extremely graphic violence, but warranted given the context, and the visual of Poots tightly gripping her boxcutter (before doing something horrific) will stick in the mind longer than you want it to. The late Anton Yelchin is the emotional core of the film (supported by Arrested Development's Alia Shawkat) and we quickly see his punk bravado melt away and reveal the scared little boy in the face of the highly dangerous situation.

I liked the way that the film didn't completely confine itself to the "green room", as I was expecting, but rather had it's protagonists test the waters every now and then by attempting to venture outside. Although the film was very realistic, I did have some problems with what I felt were some slightly far fetched plot holes. Why would the band agree to play a neo-Nazi compound? Could they possibly have escaped sooner than they attempted to? Also, although he did his best, I found it pretty hard to take Patrick Stewart seriously as an evil Nazi crime lord.

Top marks for being the bleakest film to be released this year (and in cinemas no less!), Green Room is not for the faint of heart. For every band that's found themselves playing a slightly suspicious gig, or anyone who's ever found themselves in the wrong pub in the wrong part of town. This is that feeling turned all the way up and makes for a terrifying, thrilling and sometimes nauseating experience that you won't soon forget.

**** 4 Stars

What did you think of Green  Room? Did you find the film too intense?

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Teaser for "final" Resident Evil movie

A teaser trailer has been released for the forthcoming Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. The entry promises to be the last in the long running franchise (we've all heard that before) as married couple Paul W.S Anderson and Milla Jovavich return for the swansong.

Like it's slow moving, deteriating antagonists, the Resident Evil movie franchise has gone on far too long and has mirrored the similar decline in quality that has plagued the game franchise. The trailer doesn't seem to suggest any reason for one last movie but does feature jovavich high kicking her way through raccoon city to a guns n roses soundtrack, wrapping up the franchise in suitably cheesy fashion. Check out the trailer...

What do you think of a final Resident Evil movie? When do you think it should have ended?

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Jason Eisener returns!

I've long lamented that Jason Eisener has yet to follow up his incredible debut Hobo with a Shotgun (2011) with another blood soaked, grindhouse revival flick. Well now it seems my prayers have been answered as news has emerged that the vastly underrated director will be directing an upcoming adaptation of cult 80s comic book "New York City Outlaws".

The comic is set in a dystopian New York City after crime has taken over and rendered the streets a lethal battleground. Sounds to me like a cross between The Warriors (1979) and Escape From New York (1981) and this fits in perfectly with Eisener's talent for exploitation filmmaking. I couldn't be more excited about this and, although I'd still like to see that Plague spinoff movie, I can't wait to see what Eisener comes up with.

What do you think of this project? Have you heard of the comic before?