Sunday, July 22, 2012

Box Office Numbers On Hold

The business of making movies is one that has become almost solely dependent upon the box office numbers that each movie pulls in. Modern movies can be labelled a disastrous flop based solely on the opening weekend figures. Warner Bros. made the unprecedented step of delaying the release of the box office figures for The Dark Knight Rises out of respect for the victims of the horrific Colorado attack over the weekend.

It seems that the rest of Hollywood is on board with that decision as it has just been announced that no numbers will be released this weekend. It's a nice touch, especially since it's nothing more than another way to market a movie by showing how successful it is. Memories tend to be short in this business though, so it'll be interesting to see when those figures do finally see the light of day.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

James Cameron Is Feeling Really Blue

When James Cameron completed Avatar he went on record saying that he was done making movies about anything other than those big blue folks on Pandora. It would appear that Mr. Cameron is indeed living up to that promise by shooting 3 sequels at the same time.
The reliable folks over at IMDB.com have Avatar 2 slated for release in 2015, but you have to wonder what this announcement does to that proposed date. Cameron is known to be a stickler for details and trying to juggle 3 movies at once could cause serious delays.
When asked about the sequels, Sigourney Weaver confirmed the rumors to be true, but perhaps prophetically also stated that she has no idea how long production would actually take. It's going to be interesting to see if Cameron can get Avatar 2 ready by 2015 and whether or not people will care enough to go see a single sequel, never mind a trio.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Weekend Box Office Jun 8-10, 2012

Animated animals went up against aliens this past weekend, with two major summer movies being released on Friday. Who do you think claimed the box office crown? Let's take a look and see.

1. Madagascar 3 - Not really a surprise that this one took top spot, especially since animation always does well in the opening weekend. What may have been a little surprising was the massive $60.3 million weekend that it enjoyed.

2. Prometheus - The much anticipated Alien prequel (or is it?) scored $50.1 million in its first 3 days. The reviews have been pretty great for this one, so expect to see it stick around for a little while.

3. Snow White & The Huntsman - Another $23 million for the fairy tale re-telling, taking it just short of the $100 million mark. A surprising result given how badly the movie was slayed by critics, but I guess the tweens that love Kristen Stewart are coming out in numbers.

4. MIB3 - The $13.8 million weekend haul takes the total gross to $135 million, but still well short of the insane budget attached to this flick. The studio will probably still make their money back overseas, but you'd have to think that the men in black will be hanging up their suits after this one.

5. The Avengers - There really is nothing left to say about the box office success of The Avengers. Another $11.2 million over the weekend, with every penny taken in now being nothing more than gravy.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Django Unchained Trailer Hits

Christmas is still a few months away, but that doesn't mean Tarantino fans can't get a little excited about his latest release, Django Unchained. The first trailer is now out, so why not take a look?

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Top 5 Modern Day Horror Movies

I grew up in a time when the Friday night double feature on TV was comprised of the classic black and white horror flicks. I would sit with my Mum and watch them, both of us pretending that we weren't in the least bit scared, yet both happy that the other was there for company.
My childhood was spent in Scotland, so my horror heroes were Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, and the super-cool Peter Cushing. Sure the movies look dated when you see them now, but back then they were magical and they all helped me develop my taste for all things horror.
The 70's and 80's provided some great spooky scares, but after that, much of the imagination seemed to be removed from the genre, leaving us with nothing but bland re-makes and PG-13 nonsense. Recent years have seen a return to form, although some of the movies that make my 5 didn't really get the acclaim or box office success that I believe they deserved.
So without further ado, here is my Top 5 Modern Horror Movies, in no particular order.

1. Hatchet - A tip of the hat to the slasher films of the 80's, Hatchet introduced Victor Crowley, a mutated swamp dweller with a penchant for killing. Insanely violent and incredibly entertaining, not to mention littered with great cameos by some of horror's all-time legends.

2. Paranormal Activity - The found footage style of movie making was just starting to become a little dull when this one came along. Somewhat slow at the start, yet always somehow creepy, this was one that got under my skin. I've lived in a couple of places that have had activity of their own, but nothing quite as severe as this.

3. Behind The Mask - The Rise Of Leslie Vernon - This is a movie that is absolute genius in my humble opinion. It starts out in documentary style with a bunch of college kids interviewing an up and coming slasher killer named Leslie Vernon. The tricks of the trade that he reveals how the stupid stuff that we hate about horror flicks actually makes sense. The last 20-30 minutes has the movie u-turn from documentary to slasher. A sequel is in the works as the makers look for funding.

4. Dead Silence - I have always found ventriloquist dummies to be more than a little creepy, and this movie is full of them. Mary Shaw and her 100 dummies make for great villains, and it also have a very nice twist at the end.

 5. Insidious - What starts out as your basic haunted house type flick takes a massive left turn halfway through the movie. If you are prepared to go with the explanation put forth, then this is one that you will love.

Thats my 5, but I also have to give honorable mentions to Haute Tension, Reeker, Jeepers Creepers, and Splinter.

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Friday, June 1, 2012

In Theaters Today (June 1, 2012)

The summer movie season is now officially in full swing, but this weekend has only 1 major release going for it. That would be Snow White & The Huntsman which, by all accounts, give the traditional fairy tale more a fantasy type feel.
It's an odd bit of casting with Kristen Stewart (Twilight) in the lead role, and you have to wonder if the studio is trying to cash in on the success of the Twilight series by attempting to lure in tween girls to this one.
Time will only tell if the move works, but if you read the early reviews, the feeling is that this one could magically disappear very quickly. The chances of me reviewing this one are pretty slim as it doesn't really appeal to me, but I will take a guess at say that the weekend box office will come in at $12 million.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Honest Abe Goes For The Jugular

I am self-confesses horror buff and have the tattoos to prove it, but I must confess that I was somewhat skeptical when I first heard about Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. It just sounded like something that you would find while trawling through the $5 DVD bin at Wal-Mart.

The first pictures looked okay, but didn't really tell us much, but that changed with the first teaser trailer. it was then that I started to see some promise in this one, but with the latest Red Band trailer release, I am positively giddy. Lot's of blood, ton's of gore, and some really nice looking effects. Time will only tell if the whole movie lives up to the trailer, but for now have a peek yourself.

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