Month: September 2014

Why would Ridley Scott think that no one wants to see XENAMORPHS in PROMETHEUS 2???

Back when Scott first announced that he was going to be entering the Alien universe once again, I didn’t know of a single fan who wasn’t overwhelmed by the news. Everyone knew, that if one person could make amends with fans, and make people forget about those horrible and ridiculously cheesy kiddies films AVP, then Sir Ridley Scott was the right man for the job.

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Then Prometheus was released with a star-studded A-list cast. What could’ve possibly went wrong? Well, I just don’t know to tell you the truth. I enjoyed Prometheus but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I was thinking I did, I WANTED TO LOVE THIS MOVIE,I NEEDED TO LOVE THIS MOVIE. But it just lost the tension and claustrophobic feel. I thought he was going to be taking it back to the roots. As a huge fan, it’s sad to say but even with all the advancements in filmmaking and Visual FX, I still preferred a freakishly tall dude in a rubber Alien costume.

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Also, as an avid fan of the franchise (well most of it) my wee heart broke In two when I first heard that Prometheus would not be getting an 18Cert ( R ). That’s when my alarm bells started to ring. You mean to tell me, we’ve waited so long for something so good, a horror film adored by millions, and has one of the biggest cult followings in film history… And you can take your kids to the cinema with you for a family day out. Well, that just sounds like he’s going all EXPENDABLES on our asses.

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H.R Giger’s (rip) work was still very much alive in Prometheus but not enough. His worked seemed to have only one purpose, and that was the set itself. When we seen an alien, it reminded me more of Mac & Me than the Alien we have all grown to love and fear.

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Now with the recent passing of Giger I feel it’s even more important to continue the mans legacy. Just bring back the fucking Xenamorphs already. In my opinion, without Giger’s strong influence, this franchise would cease to exsist.

In a recent interview with Yahoo,Scott said spilled some beans on Prometheus 2

“I got lucky meeting [H.R.] Giger all those years ago. It’s very hard to repeat that. I just happen to be the one who forced it through because they said it’s obscene. They didn’t want to do it, and I said, ‘I want to do it; it’s fantastic’. But after four, I think it wears out a little bit. There’s only so much snarling you can do. I think you’ve got to come back with something more interesting. And I think we’ve found the next step. I thought the Engineers were quite a good start.”

Ok, the engineers were a good idea, but did you ever see that film Powder?, that’s all I kept thinking when I saw them, they looked like giant sinister versions of Powder.

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He says it’s hard re-create Giger’s vision. And basically the Xenamorphs had their chance in the limelight. Yes, it might be hard to completely Re-create Giger’s vision, but let’s be honest, it ain’t that fucking hard to re-create a tall dude in an Alien rubber suit ,now is it?

Rant over

Thanks for reading.

VINCE VAUGHN CONFIRMED FOR TRUE DETECTIVE SEASON 2

Vince Vaughn has been confirmed as the second lead in True Detective Season 2, leaving only the female lead to be filled. It looks like Rachel McAdams or Elizabeth Moss are the two rumoured, but things have been kept very quiet.personally I’m hoping for Moss, as I loved her performance in New Zealand tv drama Top Of The Lake .

I have just checked IMDB and Moss is officially listed for TD2, so this is really good news

I’m glad that it was Vaughn that got the other male lead. No matter how much I tried, I just couldn’t picture Gerard Butler taking on the job.

Ive never had a problem with Vaughnas an actor, and I think that True Detective will show us just how good he can be if given the right direction and script. And now it looks like Mossonboard as well, which can only mean one thing. Epicness.

Justin Lin has also been confirmed as the director for the first two episodes. Does this mean we’re gonna get another 8 episode season with 4 different directors, each directing 2 episodes each??

Stay tuned for more info.

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COLLIN FARRELL CONFIRMS LEAD ROLE IN TRUE DETECTIVE SEASON 2

When the True Detective finale aired, every single viewer wasn’t ready to say goodbye to Russ and Marty. I knew during pre-production that they would only be there for one season, and that each season would be a completely different story and cast. And the same as everyone else, I wanted to see more of them.

Not only did the thought of season two frighten me, but I just couldn’t see anyone topping Harrelson & Mcconaughey’s performance. And Fukunaga’s eerily, beautiful direction. True Detective was so perfect in so many ways.

So, it’s been on everyone’s mind, who is going to be starring in TD2??. And at last, I can tell you all with ease that the first cast member confirmed is irish actor Collin Farrel.

Mr Farrell has released some great films in the past, but I’m sorry, he has released some absolute bollocks as well. He seems to rock the screen and shine the most when he is doing independent features, like Intermission,Seven psychopaths etc etc.. The movies with the bigger budget all seem to have a shallow and hollow script. I can never fault his acting, and I honestly believe that he goes into a film thinking it’s going to be great (ok,some for the cash as well), but he’s only the actor. He has no idea how the finished movie will look.

As soon as the rumours surfaced about Farrell, i felt comfortable with the idea of him playing one of the leads. This time I have no doubt in my mind that we will see the finest performance to-date from Farrell.

I think he is a fantastic actor and I’m looking forward to seeing what he is gonna bring to the table in TRUE DETECTIVE SEASON 2. Here’s hoping that the casting for the remaining 2 detectives is just as strong.

Other actors rumoured to star are
Gerard Butler
Brad Pitt
Vince Vaughan
Rachel McAdams
Elizabeth Moss

Stay tuned for more updates.

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TIME TO KILL- A MOVIEHOOKER REVIEW

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I was recently contacted by writer Christopher T. Wood. He and his team have just released a short ten minute movie called TIME TO KILL and asked me to review it for them. The short was witten by Christopher .T Wood and directed by Justin Rettke.

The premise is simple. A hit-man sits in a apartment waiting for his his next target to arrive home. As the time passes by, the hit-man becomes restless. We get a little bit of insight to how he lives outside of his job via various phone calls he receives. Seems like the only thing he can’t kill is time.

.He seems like a really nice guy, loves his mum, polite and approachable, the sort of dude you wouldn’t mind buying a beer if you met him In pub…. But I wouldn’t piss him off.

That’s what I liked about it, he seems like a really likeable guy, but he’s a hit-man, he ain’t nice and would shoot you right in the face if he was paid the right amount of cash.

I had only one problem with the movie and that was that it was only ten minutes long. I really liked the actor, I would love to see a feature-length movie with his character. I learned a little bit about him, not enough to satisfy me, but enough for me to want to see more.

They have been in the Palm Springs Int. Shortsfest and LA Shortsfest, and will be in the Other Venice Film Festival. They have been asked to submit their film (free of charge) to Cleveland, Seattle, South By Southwest and the Hill Country film festivals, mostly on the power of their performance at Palm Springs.

Official Synopsis – For years, we’ve seen that moment. The hit man, sitting in the chair, moonlight slicing across his face, his gun pointed at his sputtering victim. Harris is such a man, so very good at what he does. What he’s not so good at is filling the time before the kill. Time he spends questioning his life, wondering if he even has one. Harris can kill anything that moves… except time.

You can connect with TIME TO KILL on Facebook via the link below.
https://www.facebook.com/timetokillmovie

9/10

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THE CRAZIEST SCI-FI YOU’RE EVER GONNA SEE GETS FULL TRAILER

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It’s not very often a film comes along that sounds as insane as parasyte. On a a madness scale of 1 to 10, this definitely goes all the way up to 11.

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Based on a popular manga series of the same name. The movie follows a teenage boy who unknowingly stopped a worm-like alien from taking over his body while he was sleeping…..well sort of.

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The Parasyte enters your body through your eyes or ears, but because he was sleeping and listening to music with headphones on, the Parasyte said “fuck it,” and burrowed a hole in his hand instead. The next day the kid wakes to find that his hand has been inhabited by an alien life-force and the rest of the world are much more worse.

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Having an alien hand obviously comes with it’s advantages when trying to fight off an alien invasion and save mankind. His hand can morph into just about anything (think Stretch Armstrong only some seriously cool weaponry). His hand is his friend, his companion, and his only hope for survival (and it looks extremely cute, and I want one).

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There seems to be a huge amount of CGI but from what I can see, it looks really well. With a film as mad as parasyteit would be impossible to do anything else. This film is insane, we’re going to be seeing some crazy stuff.

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Finally a full trailer has been uploaded to YouTube so if you’re gonna check one trialer today, then let it be this one.

Film is in two parts with the first releasing 29th Nov (japan) and the other instalment will follow in 2015.

PARASYTE FULL TRAILER 😉

American remake of Korean Classic I SAW THE DEVIL falls into the trustworthy hands of writer/director duo Adam Wingard & Simon Barrett

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I Saw The Devil is one of the strongest serial-killer movies in the genre. Released in 2010 and starring choi Min-Sik (Oldboy) Byung Hun-lee (The Good, The Bad, The Weird). Directed by Kim Jee-Woon (A Tale Of Two Sisters, A BitterSweet Life) and written by Hoon Jung-Park (New World
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The film told the story of a heavily pregnant women who is brutally murdered by a deranged psychopathic serial-killer (played viciously, brilliantly and effortlessly by Min-Sik).. The woman was on her way home to her husband but never made it back. Her husband works for the police, he’s more than just a cop though, he’s some sort of special-agent. When her body is found, the husband uses his training and skills to track down the serial-killer and get his revenge for the vicious and pointless murder of his wife and unborn child.

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Now after nearly 5 years and a HUGE cult following, I Saw The Devil has made the inevitable journey over to America, and has landed in the trusting hands of directing/writing duo Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard (You’re Next, The Guest).

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I can only imagine what the hardcore fans are going to be saying. I’m a hardcore fan, but I know the majority  ain’t going to be happy, but they never are. We knew that this was inevitable and if it has to be remade, then I’m glad that the project has landed in hands of Barrett and Wingard. These guys just keep going from strength-to-strength. I really enjoyed You’re Next, it was a simple premise executed perfectly with some really clever and inventive ideas.  It wasn’t my favourite film of all time but it was one one strongest in the genre for that year and sits comfortably among the best in Home-Invasion sub-genre. Their next feature The Guest has put them on the map as one of the strongest and most promising writers/directors in the business today. I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing this yet but I haven’t read a bad word about it. I’ll be checking it out at the cinema this week.

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I’m almost certain that these guys are fans of the original, I mean, who the hell isn’t? I have 100% faith that these guys will do a superb job. They know how fast-paced it is, they know how extreme it is, and they know if there is going to be a remake, the fans of the original will accept nothing else other than full-blown madness.

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MOVIEHOOKER INTERVIEW WITH RESOLUTION, SPRING, VHS VIRAL DIRECTORS JUSTIN BENSON & AARON MOORHEAD

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JUSTIN BENSON and AARON MOORHEAD are a directorial duo responsible for one of the most forward thinking horror movies in recent years. Having crashed onto the scene in 2012 with their excellent debut RESOLUTION, a tense film about the strange goings on surrounding the fallout from an intervention with a drug addict, they have caught the attention of keen eyed genre fans across the globe. Due to the favourable response from RESOLUTION, they were asked to contribute a segment to the latest VHS horror anthology, VHS Viral, an honour reserved for the most promising emerging talents that horror has to offer. I reached out to them as they were adding the finishing touches to their hotly anticipated latest offering, “Spring”” and they kindly agreed to put their necks on the line and be the first MOVIEHOOKER interview subjects. I’m very keen to discuss their film-making process, influences, opinions on the genre and what’s next on the horizon for them…

RESOLUTION has just been released, it’s pretty much got universal praise. Guys, how did that feel? And what’s the most cherished memory you carry round in your heads regarding RESOLUTION?

J: Me, Aaron and Vinny rehearsing together, then just a really harmonious set experience out in the country, everyone easy and humble. A really good time, no weird requests, everyone having a good time and just doing their best and working their asses off for the result. Then the world tour that followed. Getting to watch it with people all around the world was extremely special.

A: I remember sitting on a giant rock on top of the mountain with the entire cast and crew, almost three weeks into the shoot. Most shoots, just by their very nature, ends with everyone hating everyone. But it was just summer camp. I am the least likely person to say this, but making Resolution felt like some kind of a transformative experience. Then we went back and played Portal 2 and edited some scenes together and drank beer and rehearsed that night.

RESOLUTION started off as a really good buddy story but then it seemed like DAVID LYNCH came riding in on a big black steed from the TWILIGHT ZONE. Is there a similar sense of unpredictability with your new film, SPRING?

J: SPRING is very similar to RESOLUTION but on a much bigger scale. It explores a romance very similarly to the way we deconstructed the friendship in RESOLUTION. And though the mystery structure is almost exactly the same, there’s a whole lot more seeing the monster in SPRING.

A: We didn’t set off to make a movie “like Resolution,” our films are just kind of borne from doing the thing we like to do. Spring for sure will catch you off guard and keep you thinking, but ideally about completely different things.

OK, don’t lie to me, did you guys both sit down and say to yourselves, “Where in the world would be awesome for a holiday?” then just write SPRING and choose Italy as the location?

J: Truthfully, it was more like, where would be nice to work. People told us later that it’s actually impossible to shoot in Italy, but that turned out to be VERY untrue. Also, Mediterranean coastal towns are really neat place to juxtapose grotesque stuff.

A: Hey man, we looked into every tax credit situation in the world, we would have done what had to be done. But no complaints about shooting on the most beautiful coastline on the planet. And it needed to be that beautiful to really work, the film couldn’t really just be anywhere. The sense of being under attack in paradise wouldn’t be there.

You guys pretty much control the whole movie process – everything from cinematography, to shooting, editing, writing and sfx. As a duo, do you feel this is important? To have almost total control?

J: It’s the absolute most important thing. We have super hero collaborators too like David Lawson and Yahel Dooley, but every single final decision on everything goes through us. We had final cut over RESOLUTION and SPRING, and without it they would be very different movies, and we probably wouldn’t have careers as directors.

A: It’s not just about megalomania, it’s about control, and it’s about money. It’s one less conversation to do it yourself, especially if you can do it well. And frankly, it’s far more affordable when the burden is also on you as producer to get it done right — we’ll pull the long hours, we’ll take it all the way to the finish line, because we have to care about it more than anyone else. We have to. But we also can’t downplay the contributions of others. We wear a lot of hats, but the other members of the team do magic.

SPRING has made it into TIFF along with some other fantastic movies. What other films are you looking forward to seeing, and who are you looking forward to chillin like villains with?

J: Well we already saw The Guest and it is AWESOME, but beyond that it’s TIFF so pretty much every movie in Vanguard andMidnight is good and unique. Looking forward to chilling with Colin and pretty much everyone else from around the world. New movies by Peter Strickland and Fabrice Du Welz sound exciting.

A: Foxcatcher couldn’t look any cooler, same with Kill Me Three Times. For me, TIFF is a reunion of all the programmers, filmmakers and friends from all the other festivals we ended up at, a beacon for pretty much everyone in my little world, so I hope I live through the week.

You guys got a segment in the new VHS VIRAL, how did that come about and what can you tell us about your story ?

J: We hustled hard for it, it’s called Bonestorm, it’s B-A-N-A-N-A-S, and there’s fighting skeletons.

A: There is a shot in it where someone’s head gets smashed in by a skateboard, from the point of view of a gopro on the skateboard. Anyways, back to being classy…

NACHO VIGOLONDO is also involved with VHS VIRAL. TIMECRIMES is one of my all time fave films. Did you guys get to chillax and exchange ideas and just talk movies?

J: Not yet! But probably at Fantastic Fest. We actually haven’t see the movie yet but Marcel is a buddy and Gregg Bishop is a great dude.

A: I hear he might be the coolest man in the world, but I have yet to meet him. Gregg Bishop can for SURE do more pushups than me. Marcel’s sweatshirt-wearing abilities are challenged by none.

Another man involved with VHS VIRAL is MARCEL SARMIENTO, the director of 2008’s DEADGIRL. If it was your first time meeting him, did one of you happen to ask “dude, seriously, wtf?”

J: That would have been hypocritical from the guys who made the Lovecraftian chained up friend buddy comedy.

A: Justin said it.

Who do you think the best names in the horror genre are and why?

J: Ben Wheatley and Jim Mickle probably, in the “indie” realm anyway.

A: Can’t not mention Ben Wheatley. Everything he does, I like, and he is moving horror in a bold new direction. And let’s be real here, True Detective was as much horror as it was mystery. I want to see more of THAT horror.

As filmmakers, was it always going to be horror? What I mean is that, did you choose the genre or did the genre choose you?

J: We never chose a genre but it’s fun being in the sort of outcast, underdog one. I’m from blue collar San Diego so there’s some romance in that, but really we never discuss which genre we’re in and I never consider it in my writing.

A: We still haven’t really picked a genre, we just kinda do the movies we like. There’s no genre we don’t like or wouldn’t consider. We just want to make things we think are good.

Who owns that red guitar I seen in one of your pics? (Its delish) and what music do you guys like to listen to (for my benefit only)

J: Red guitar? I dunno’. I wish I played. My latest Spotify selections were indie rapper Cage, Sigur Ros, Conjure One (for writing), Tyler The Creator, The Eagles, The Police, NOFX, Professor Green, Good Riddance, The Streets, the Boyhood soundtrack, Aesop Rock, Johnny Cash, XO, Breaking Bad soundtrack, and Tom Waits.

A: Neither of us have any abilities outside of filmmaking, except I can do bad imitations of people and Justin can arm-wrestle real good. So I have no idea what you mean by red guitar. As for music, my stuff is Sigur Ros, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The White Stripes, Shiny Toy Guns…I don’t even like to go further for fear that someone will judge my taste.

What’s your next move?

J: A scrappy UFO Cult Comedy, a not scrappy movie about Aleister Crowley, and hopefully a TV show.

A: What he said.

Guys thanks a million for taking the time to answer my questions. I wish you all the luck in the world with SPRING and every bit of future success.