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Month: February 2011

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters – Yet Another Grimm Adaptation Coming Our Way

It seems that Hollywood, after using comic books as a fountain of inspiration for a few years, now turn to the fairy world, to get new ideas, with the first ones both being based on the works of the Brothers Grimm.

First up is Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke’s take on Little Red Riding Hood, with acclaimed actors like Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman and Max Irons, which has its premiere on March 2. A year after that, the Dead Snow director Tommy Wirkola, will give us his Grimm adaptation – Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.

In Wirkola’s version, the story is set 15 years after Hansel and Gretel’s famous and horrific encounter with the cannibalistic witch, in her tasty house, in the woods, and the siblings are now determined bounty hunters that are targeting not surprisingly witches.

The buzz around the movie says that we can expect an unique storyline that will be dark and gritty, with a mix of blood, action, humor, suspense and a bit of romance in it, as well.

In the cast we find Gemma Arterton (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Clash of the Titans) and Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, 28 Weeks Later) as the famous siblings, with Monique Ganderton (X-Men: The Last Stand, Watchmen) doing the role of the Candy Witch.

Recently it was also announced that the Swedish actor Peter Stormare (Fargo, The Big Lebowski) will undertake the part of Berringer, as shady lawman in the town, where Hansel and Gretel are chasing after a witch. I think that the role will fit Stormare’s acting style perfectly and genuinely looking forward to see him in this one.

Personally, I think the movie sounds intriguing and hopefully it’ll be a blast to watch, when the siblings storms into the theaters next year. Now, what other fairy tale would you like to see up there, on the big screen?

Fresh Trailer for Sucker Punch

Today it’s 25 days left before we’re allowed into Baby Doll’s mind bending and action filled fantasy world, signed Zack Snyder, which she has created to escape her dark and painful reality.

I hope that Zack Snyder, together with Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone and Vanessa Hudgens, can make Sucker Punch into a mind-blowing experience, which will shake those fantasy worlds to pieces. And, judging by this fresh trailer, filled with action-packed sequences depicting some seriously groovy clips, special effects and characters from the movie, like the dragon for instance, I think that they’ll pull it off, or what do you think?

It’ll also be amusing to see if Vanessa Hudgens, playing Blondie, will be able to take a step out of the High School Musical shadow, and prove that she’s worthy of a new audience, as well.

A little trivia about Sucker Punch; if it wasn’t for a scheduling conflict, we would have seen Amanda Seyfried do the role of Baby Doll, instead of Emily Browning.

Apollo 18 a First Look

In November, last year The Weinstein Company announced their found-footage movie Apollo 18, which would be produced with the speed of Usain Bolt, since they aimed to throw it into the theaters around March or April this year.

I thought it sounded remarkably fast and doubted that they could wrap up something watchable that fast.

However, since the first trailer for Apollo 18 came up today, I think that they will actually be able to give us an eerie found-footage movie set on the moon, in April after all.

I think that the trailer, depicting a couple of astronauts getting in close contact with an unknown life form on the moon, looks great. I also think it looks promising that they seem to have focused on the claustrophobic feelings and vulnerability of the astronauts, which I think will work terrific in a small, darkened theater.

Check it out below for yourself and see if Apollo 18 will be able to make you tick.

Dead Island – The Most Brutal Zombie Game of the Year?

This savage trailer for the upcoming zombie game Dead Island, from the Polish game studio Techland, is sure to blow you out of your pants! It’s one the best trailers, for anything, which I’ve seen in a long time.

In Dead Island, you find yourself at the fictional Royal Palms Resort of Banoi, in Papua New Guinea, to enjoy a luxurious vacation among the leafy hills, tropical forest, crystal clear water and endless stretches of pure white beaches. After partying one night, you wake up and realizing that you are in the middle of a mysterious and horrifying zombie outbreak, and the only thing left for you – is to survive!

The story of the game is inspired by classic zombie movies with a bold and compelling campaign that can be played with up to 4 players in co-op mode. Besides that, the game has a strong emphasis on melee combat and character development, which sounds promising.

Now check out the sad, yet breathtaking trailer, depicting a little girl that has turned into a zombie on her vacation, in reverse!

Even if, Dead Island doesn’t turn out to be the most brutal zombie game this year, it’s likely to become the most hyped game of the year, since the trailer has already passed 2 million views at YouTube.

In addition, it doesn’t seem to stop just with the game either. According to Hitfix.com, the Universal exec Sean Danie has already snatched the rights to the game, so we should expect to see a zombie flick, based upon the game, sometime in the future, as well.

Dead Island is slated to shamble into our Pc’s, Xbox 360’s and PS3’s sometime late this year, and the question is, will you get it?

Roger Corman’s Cameo in Sharktopus

Here, is a clip where we get a quick glimpse at the producer Roger Corman’s cameo in Syfy’s upcoming monster smasher Sharktopus.

The clip, set on a beach, depicts a blond bikini chick doing some causal metal detecting, when Corman happens to walk by. While Corman admires the view, the bikini chick gets lucky and finds an old coin, but the happiness don’t last long, as just moments later – Sharktopus also gets lucky…

I found the clip to be rather funny, particularly Corman’s response at the end. Check it out yourself below and see what you think about it.

Sharktopus is unleashed on DVD on March 15, and you can read more about it in an earlier post here.

The Third Poster for Scream 4 is Penetrating

I think that this third poster for the upcoming horror Scream 4, which Dimension Films released just recently, looks powerful with its cold and unadorned appearance, much better than the cast posters that we have seen in the past.

I don’t think that this poster, featuring just the Ghost Face mask blending into a sharp knife, will have any problem penetrating the media buzz, actually. I also think the merging of the knife its a fresh link to the prominent weapon of choice, for the Ghost Face killer, as well.

Scream 4 will below into the theaters on April 15, but before then, you can check out the latest Scream 4 trailer here.

The Third Poster for Scream 4

Michelle Pfeiffer To Join Johnny Depp in Dark Shadows Adaption

Dark Shadows, created by Dan Curtis, was a popular TV-series that aired the in the mid 60’s to the early 70’s, depicting the life of the self-loathing vampire Barnabas Collins, and his run-ins with various monsters, witches, werewolves and ghosts. Johnny Depp was a massive fan, as a child, of the Barnabas Collins, to the point that he actually wanted to be him.

Now, a couple of years down the road, Depp’s dream seem to come true, as Tim Burton will make a movie adaption of the TV-series, starting this April, with acclaimed names like Jackie Earle Haley, Eva Green and Bella Heathcote, besides Depp as the vampire Barnabas Collins.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michelle Pfeiffer is also close to join the cast, as she’s currently in negotiations for the role of Elizabeth Collins Stoddard. A role that Joan Bennett played in the original TV-series, portraying the reclusive matriarch of the Collins family and the one who runs Maine, the city that houses the Collins family.

The adaption of Dark Shadows is slated for a 2012 release, and I think it’ll be particularly intriguing to see what kind of vampire the talented Depp will throw at us then, don’t you think?

Intense TV Spot for Unknown

In the last couple of days, a whole bunch of new TV spots has been released for the Orphan director Jaume Collet-Serra’s upcoming action thriller Unknown, starring Liam Neeson, January Jones and Diane Kruger. Although, all the spots looks pretty much the same, there is one, which I think is above the rest, giving an intense impression of the movie.

Unknown is said to resemble a mix between Taken and Bourne Identity, and if Neeson just fires off a similar performance as he did in Taken, then I think that this action thriller might be pretty nifty.

The plot, revolving around Dr. Martin Harris (Neeson) who awakens after an accident, only to discover that his wife (Jones) suddenly doesn’t recognize him, as well as an unknown man (Aidan Quinn) have assumed his identity, smells as it will serve up a neat little twist in the end, don’t you think?

Nevertheless, this Friday on February 18, we can see the unwrapping of it all, as Unknown goes up in the theaters.

Unknown TV Spot #7

First Teaser for Bousman’s Upcoming Horror 11-11-11

A first teaser trailer for Darren Lynn Bausman’s upcoming horror 11-11-11, starring Timothy Gibbs, Michael Landes and Wendy Glenn, has just been released. I think that it looks amazingly tasty, with a captivating and mystifying atmosphere and some excellent photography, and I cannot wait until I’ll be able to see the whole thing!

In the center of 11-11-11, we find the famed American writer Joseph Crone, who travels to Barcelona to reunite with his estranged brother Samuel and father who is dying, after the tragic death of his wife and child. When strange things start happening around him, together with his constant sightings of the number 11, he becomes obsessed to find out what it means. Slowly he starts to realize that the number holds a shocking meaning, not only to himself but maybe to all of religion, and that 11/11/11 is more than just a date – it is a warning!

The release date for the 11-11-11 is set – not that surprisingly – to November 11, later this year. Check out this awesome teaser below and see what you think about it.

First Teaser Trailer for 11-11-11

Trick of the Witch To Make Theatrical Debut

Chris Morrissey’s supernatural thriller Trick of the Witch, which snatched both Winner of Best Horror Film and the Audience Favorite Award at the 2010 New York International Independent Film Festival, is headed for a theatrical debut in March.

The movie, which has been compared to Rocky Horror Picture Show, will be screened at the Laemmle Sunset 5 Theaters in West Hollywood, on March 4 and 5, before a more expanded release will follow on March 25 at Vine Theater in Hollywood, coming to New York and other cities after that.

The story in Trick of the Witch revolves around a group of fashion models, who are stranded at a deserted mansion during a photo shoot, where they are forced to confront an evil witchcraft curse. Share Cherrie, Shay Alexis, Owen Alabado, Renae Boult, Micah Mora and Christelle Harris stars in it.

A sequel is already in the works, a project that is slated to take off right after Chris Morrissey has finished his next movie, the comedy Hollywood Reject. He also says that he is surely looking forward to jump back into the world of Trick of the Witch real soon, so it might not be that long before we can see the next part of Trick of the Witch.

Trick of the Witch Trailer:

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