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Supernatural Season 11 Trailer Is Dark, Haunting, & Amazing!

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The last time we saw the Winchester’s they had killed death, gotten the Mark of Cain off of Dean, and ended up unleashing the Darkness, the evil that was originally there before God drove it away and created the world.  I’m not playing either, this trailer is super effective.

I can’t believe the show has been on as long as it has, I recently rewatched the entire series and the first five seasons are the best, that is for sure, but it didn’t take long for them to find their groove and start knocking back some amazing episodes in the later seasons.  I really can’t wait until  the show comes back October 7th!

Freddy Kruger Is Getting Another Reboot!

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It’s strange that a movie that spawned six sequels and a TV series in-between would have such a hard time getting started but here we are, five years after A Nightmare On Elm Street was rebooted and it’s happening all over again.  Jackie Earle Haley had taken over as Freddy Kruger in the remake, and while he was decent, he never had the chance to really shine in the role because the project was stinking with disinterest, mainly by the Michael Bay led Platinum Dunes and the director Samuel Bayer.

When the man was chosen for the role the only thing anyone could put down for his resume was directing the Nirvana music video Smells Like Teen Spirit.  In the special features for the film you could tell he regarded horror films as ugly and artless films, which so isn’t the case.  He even made the remark that just because it was a horror film doesn’t mean it can’t look beautiful, which of course he’s right, but that seem to be all he cared about.  Even Michael Bay had to beg him to direct the project.  It was clear that Samuel Bayer wanted nothing to do with this project when you go and look at his IMDB page and see he hasn’t done a movie since.  Which is a shame because that was one thing the Freddy movies were missing and that was looking beautiful.  Considering their focus is on dreams, they never had a chance to show that until now but they focused more on the look instead of the reason the film existed which caused it not to resonate with horror fans.

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Well it seems that New Line isn’t planning on making the same mistake again. Platinum Dunes isn’t listed as a producer on the project the slot is still vacant and they’ve tapped Orphan writer David Leslie Johnson to bring Freddy Krueger back to the big screen.   Johnson has worked on a lot of big projects.  He’s been hired to write a new Dungeons and Dragons adaptation, The Wrath of the Titans , and he fits the horror genre well since he used to write for The Walking Dead.  His next projects is penning James Wan’s Conjuring sequel The Conjuring: The Enfield Poltergeist and Disney’s horror Something Wicked This Way Comes.

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It’s pretty clear that Haley won’t be returning for Freddy and I doubt they’ll get Robert England back, but New Line needs to remember the last time they tried to make and Elm Street movie without England and if you watch Elm Street 2, you can clearly see the difference between the stunt man they used and when the brought England on board because the stunt man couldn’t cut it.  If they’re going to do this, they need to do it right or just leave it alone.  I’m not 100% opposed to remakes, I still have the originals I can go back to anytime I want and I love getting new stories with the characters I love, but I don’t like remakes when they’re lazy.  While the Nightmare remake did have some things I liked, it was lazy and it didn’t seem to remember that we’ve seen Freddy do some pretty scary and gruesome stuff in the older movies and in the remake the dream sequences were tame as hell and they shouldn’t have been. What do you guys think of another Freddy remake?

Gil Kenan Will Direct the Five Nights at Freddy’s Movie!

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Five Night’s at Freddy’s, is a video game that challenges players to survive for five nights as a security guard in a demented pizza entertainment restaurant where homicidal, possessed animatronics roam the halls in search of their next victims.  The first game debuted back in August of 2014, a sequel was released in November of 2014, a with a third chapter was released earlier this past March, and the fourth in the series was released ahead of schedule from it’s August 2015 release date. . The series has played with non-linear and non-traditional storytelling.

The second game in the series was actually a prequel with the third game taking place thirty years after the original, and the forth one ditches the Showbiz Pizzeria backdrop and actually places you in a child’s bedroom as he tries to survive the night. Mini-games also inhabit the titles offering even more clues to the lore of the franchise and the underlying story of what caused the animatronics of Freddy Fazbear and his friends.

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So it is really no surprise that someone would try and turn this into a movie will will be directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House, Poltergeist) and for someone who doesn’t play the games, I would like to see one.  I can watch scary movies all the time, get my scare in and I’m out, but a video game can drag you much deep then a movie can and because of that I have a hard time playing ‘scary’ video games.  I’ve watched the playthroughs and nervous as hell.

Five Night’s at Freddy’s will reunite Kenan with Poltergeist producer Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment and here’s where I start to get nervous.  While the violence in the games in nearly nonexistent, it is scary and I don’t want this to turn into some horror comedy.  This is a real chance to make this a horror movie that can be watched each year around Halloween if they don’t dilute it.

The Taking Of Debra Logan Review!

Ever since Paranormal Activity became a hit Hollywood jumped on the bandwagon and the found footage genre became a mainstream event and they’ve all varied in quality but for the most part they haven’t been anything I would recommend to anyone to see unless you are just a extreme fan of the genre.  The exorcism aspect of these types of films is especially tired because it follows the same formula.  Woman is sick, very strong foreshadowing that it is something supernatural that all the characters ignore until it is too late, scary things happen until it very suddenly ends, roll credits.

The Taking of Debra Logan follows a documentary crew as they are filming a doc for Alzheimer and what starts out as your typical possession film turns into something else entirely and it’s all the better for it.  Sarah (Anne Ramsay), who is taking care of her mother Debra (Jill Larson) agrees to let a film crew crew follow her mother because the bills are starting to pile and she hopes it will bring awareness to the disease that is eating her mothers brain.  Everything seems fine until Debra, who very quickly, falls into the second stage, that Sarah and the film crew begin to learn more about Debra and her past that they start to realize she is suffering from much more then an illness.

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What I liked most about Debra is how the film starts out you in believing it’s your typical possession film until it quickly takes a left turn and pulls you into a mystery about what is trying to take Debra and why.  By taking this approach, it adds a new layer to an already tired format in a part of the film it would start to get boring.  The scares are fresh and it largely avoids the characters from doubting what is actually happening to Debra, save for one character.  The weakness of these type of films is the characters doing mostly dumb things, like not checking the footage, trying to make excuses for the things they saw, etc and the film has these characters but it also calls them out on it.

It’s hard to review this movie because I don’t want to give much away because the fun of it is that mystery and watching it unfold.  The Taking of Debra Logan is streaming on Netflix and if you are a fan of the possession films I do recommend checking it out.

Insidious: Chapter 3 Review!

When the first Insidious movie came out I caught the trailer right before a video I was watching on youtube and it freaked me out.  I immediately checked out the showtimes then as soon as I got off work I headed to the theater.  I spent my entire drive home scared to be in the dark and constantly checking over my shoulder.  It was the first really effective ‘haunted house’ movie I had seen in years that made me uneasy for several nights.  The second one, while still good and effective, did fall into the usual sequel territory, because now we’ve seen this world, it was no longer new.

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Insidious: Chapter 3 takes place a few years before The Lambert family was being attacked by the Darth Maul demon where Elise Rainier (Lin Shay) is dealing with the recent death of her husband when a young girl named Quinn (Stephanie Scott) comes to her door asking if she can help her talk to her mother who recently died.  Elise warns her that when you call out to the dead all of them can here you and with that a very dangerous spirit clings onto Quinn and begins to beat on her brutally in it’s attempts to pull her soul into it’s dark realm.

I mostly enjoyed the film because it is scary, the antagonist is, at times, freaky to see on the screen, but it’s the bait and switch the story gives us that throws things off.  It’s clear that Leigh Whannell wanted to make Elise the center of the story but her story of dealing with her dying husband and a woman from the dead world who threatens to kill her for reasons that are explained in the first film get pushed to the background for Quinn and her family.

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Quinn’s brother and friends just come and go whenever they are needed and Dermot Mulroney, who plays Quinn’s father Sean, is just kind of there, fighting to protect his daughter, while not really understanding what he is protecting her from until later in the movie.  At least Whannell managed to not repeat the tired cliche of the parent not believing what their child says is happening to them for most of the movie.  It doesn’t take long for Sean to jump on board when he realizes he has no way of explaining what exactly is happening to his daughter and must trust others who do.

James Wann, who recently directed Furious 7 and has just recently been announced to helm Aquaman for the WB, directed the first two in the series, based off a story from his friend and film school classmate Leigh Whannell.  While Whannell has continued writing the series he has taken over directorial duties for a pretty solid debut minus the few problems the film does carry.

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What I like most about Whannell is his ability to make each sequel different and yet connect them.  He did the same thing with the first three Saw films, which are the only good ones, and he’s done the same thing here by moving the focus to a different family and really focusing on Elise who is a complete bad ass in this film but the double duty of being writer and director does show strain as Chapter 3 just barely scrapes by as being better then Chapter 2.

While I really do enjoy these movies a lot it is really hard to tell anyone to go out and see this one in the theater, you can completely enjoy this film at home, whether you rent it or buy it if you are anything but a die-hard fan of these films.


Has IT Found It’s Pennywise?

True Detective director Cary Fukunaga, who has taken on the writing and directing duties of the New Line produced It.  Based off the Stephen King book of the same name, the original story followed a group of outcast kids come together over summer break to take on a monster that’s haunting their town, battling their own personal monsters in the process.  For those who don’t remember, King’s popular book was made into a TV mini-series in 1991 starring John Ritter and Tim Curry, who played the clown and pretty much ignited my fear of clowns forever.  The mini-series was a real mixed bag if you ever go back and try to re-watch it.  I remember it scaring the crap out of me as a kid but revisiting as an adult it really doesn’t hold up well, especially with that crazy, out of no-where ending.

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Fukunaga said they looked into older actors like Mark Rylance and Ben Mendelsohn for the Pennywise role, New Line wanted to take a different route and go younger and Fukunaga could not say no after being blown away by Poulter’s audition for the part and felt he was the right choice for the role.

Of course they wanted to go younger, they’re more then likely trying to build a franchise off this, but I’m one to give the kid a chance and interested in where they are going to take this story.

M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit Trailer Actually Looks Scary!

A single mother finds that things in her family’s life go very wrong after her two young children visit their grandparents.

Look, we’ve all been through the ringer when it comes M. Night, he’s made some horrible, crappy movies, but this looks like it could be pretty scary, but…it’s M. Night so the entire movie fall apart by the end, either way, the movie hits theaters September 11th, 2015!