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Mrs. Doubtfire – The Evil Version

I found a great clip today that I wanted to share with you, which shows what kind of impact  editing, together with the right music, can have to a trailer or movie.

Daniel Baxter, a Staffordshire University student, made this clip for an editing exercise. The goal of the exercise was to alter the genre of an existing movie, by editing it, so that it seemed to be in a completely different genre.

I think that Daniel did an awesome and entertaining work, and if you pretend that you haven’t seen or know the genre of Mrs. Doubtfire; it’s pretty hard to imagine that it’s something else than a thriller, isn’t it?

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A Fresh Poster from the Elm Street Revamp

The latest news from Samuel Bayer’s revamp of A Nightmare on Elm Street comes in the form of a titillating poster, featuring Freddy. I think the poster is rather good and I especially like the vicious smile on Freddy’s deformed lips.

Now, the only question that remains, before the premiere on April 30; will Bayer and Jackie Earle Haley manage to top Wes Cravens original?

I don’t think that Haley will let us down, but will Bayer be able to create the same surrealistic and frightful atmosphere that Craven gave us, or will it feel plastic and artificial, as the latest Friday the 13 did?

I really hope that the team behind this chose the Elm Street franchise because they had genuine interest of its core and not just because the title alone.

Anyway, I guess that we’ll be giving some of the answers in the upcoming trailer. However, I will have a hard time staying away from the theaters, so I will certainly end up watching this, regardless. How about you, what’s your feeling regarding this revamp?

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Mother’s Day Update

In September last year, I wrote that Saw director Bousman had started filming his remake of Kaufman‘s classic, Mother’s Day and now he has posted some updates about it, on his blog.

The biggest news is that the movie will probably not come out on Mother’s Day, as it was planned from the beginning, but judging from what he has to say about it, I’m sure it will be worth waiting for.

Among other interesting things, he says that he is very proud of the movie and that every actor and every frame of it is first-class. It seems that his biggest problem is to get it all down to a reasonable length, so that we don’t get 6 hours of this intense story, about a distorted mother and her two sons.

Bousman also revealed that it is the characters and the story that are in the focus of the movie, and that the violence and the gore comes in second. However, he did assure that Mother’s Day is a highly intense and violent, it’s just lurking in the background.

He also talks about Rebecca De Mornay’s performance, which he assures us will be something out of the ordinary, which will make her part in, The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, look like Disney in comparison.

As for the release, Bousman says that they haven’t screened the movie for any distributor, but I guess that finding one will not be that hard and hopefully we will see a forceful trailer as soon as they have one.

You can read the whole post about Mother’s Day here, where you’ll also find a couple of interesting shoots from it as well.

Ondine an Interesting Fairytale

I find the story behind Colin Ferrell’s upcoming fantasy drama, Ondine, to be surprisingly interesting, much thanks to the trailer, which have a rather addictive score attached to it.

I also like the tagline that reads, “The Truth Is Not What You Know. It’s What You Believe”.
Of course, the presently high rating over at IMDB (8.0) also helped to ensnare my attention, a bit.

The story revolves around the fisherman Syraceuse (Ferrell) who one day finds a beautiful woman, caught in his net. Speculation about her origins begins to rise as she transforms and touches the lives of Syraceuse and the people in the small fisher town.

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Clash of the Titans Featurette

An interesting featurette for, Clash of the Titans, has emerged on the net. This clip goes into a little more detail about the plot, characters and creatures behind.

Among other things, we hear Sam Worthington Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson talk about their characters, Perseus, Zeus and Hades and which part they play in this magnificent story.

We also get a short glimpse of Medusa in her cave, as well as a closer look of The Kraken, which is huge in this movie, I can tell you.
Go have a look at this featurette, as I think it provides a tasty morsel, of what we can expect on April 2, when this one will clash into our cinemas.

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A Scream from the Past – The Fifth Floor (1978)

Today, I thought that I should start a post series about the horror movies that both amazed and scared me senseless, as I grew up and got me hooked to this stunning genre.

The first movie that I remember is, The Fifth Floor from 1978, with Bo Hopkins and Diane Hull in the leads. I recall that it prevented me to sleep, visit the basement or the shed on our backyard, for a very long time.

The plot revolves around a young woman, named Kelly McIntyre (Dianne Hull) who collapses at a bar.

Unaware that Kelly has been poisoned, in an attempt to cover up a murder, her doctor and boyfriend assumes that she’s crazy and admits her to the fifth floor, an asylum with heavily disturb patients and questionable nurturers.

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Clash of the Titans Poster Mania

There’s no doubt in my mind that the epic fantasy adventure, Clash of the Titans, will be something extraordinary, and most possibly the best fantasy / action flick that will cross our eyes this year.

I had my doubt about Liam Neeson as Zeus, but after watching the trailer and the scene where he commands the Kraken to be released, leaved me hungry for more. I’m also curious what Ralph Fiennes will do with his role as Hades, as well.

Of course, there’s more to this flick, than Neeson and Fiennes, which makes me tense with excitement, like Sam Worthington as Perseus and his fight with Medusa, Alexa Davalos as Andromeda, Izabella Miko as Athena, all wrapped up with breathtaking effects and the stop motion techniques.

All that sounds very good to me, don’t you think?

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Do You Want Horror Movies in 4D?

I guess that many of you have probably seen the 3D version of Avatar and perhaps you been amazed by that experience, as well.

Some of you maybe shrugged your shoulders and thought, what’s the big deal.

Maybe that was what they thought over at Korea’s leading cinema chain, as they decided to turn it up a notch and offer Avatar in 4D. Their setup includes over 30 effects, complete with moving chairs, sprinkling water, wind and the smell of explosives, to name a few.

Even though the cost for the 4D version is twice the regular price, the show is fully booked with people who want to experience Avatar, a little more lifelike.

Now, the logical question is, when do we see the first horror movie in 4D and more importantly, do we want to?

Imagine that you sit down in your favorite cinema and suddenly the musty smell of rotting corpses enters your nose. Your seat starts to spin and turn, as a grotesque banjo playing man chasing you, while you feel the breeze from his swinging ax, is licking your neck.

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Case 39 Review

In the horror movie Case 39, directed by Christian Alvart the man behind Pandorum and penned by Ray Wright, we see Renée Zellweger play a role that is far away from the usual feel-good and drama movies that we’re used to seeing her in, which unfortunately, is noticeable in this film.

The story, in Case 39, follows the social worker Emily Jenkins (Zellweger) who, overwhelmed with work, gets another case on her desk, case 39. That case is about a sweet girl named Lillith Sullivan (Jodelle Ferland), whose school has filed a report, where they express their concern about her wellbeing.

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Release Date for Survival of the Dead

Magneto Releasing announced that they will release George Romero’s sixth film in the Dead franchise, Survival of the Dead, as video on demand in April 30 and then it will go up on a limited number of theaters on May 28, all according to Fangoria.

The story in Survival of the Dead, is set just weeks after the ending of Diary of the Dead.

In the movie we get to follow some of the characters from Diary, as they seek shelter on an island, only to be mixed up in a family feud about wherever zombies should be killed or not.

You can check out my previous post about Survival of the Dead to check out the trailer.

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