A lot of analysis has been done on the increasing number of ensemble films on the marketplace. Movies like The Expendables, Valentine's Day and the upcoming Red stack the deck with stars, either to optimize NetFlix recommendations or simply to draw in the widest audience possible. The latter might be what Bruce Campbell is going for, as he plans to make a horror movie with "so many horror movie stars that people can't possibly not see the movie." Somehow, we think that people will be able to resist the siren song of Kane Hodder and Robert Englund in a sequel to My Name is Bruce, especially since it seems like most horror movies nowadays are simply there to employ washed-up horror stars (i.e. Behind the Mask, Hatchet). But the idea of applying that team-of-all-stars premise to other genres seems like it might have legs. Here are some genre-fied Expendables movies that would put butts in seats.
Whatever happened to killer kids in horror movies? I remember during the '70s and '80s, horror movies were filled with children who made those little brats in Lord of the Flies look like altar boys. The Swedes have an answer to my opening query, a vampire film called Let The Right One In. It sounds like a cross between Bergman and Hammer Studios. The plot has a lonely 12-year old boy befriending his next-door neighbor, a 12-year-old who turns out to be centuries old, yet trapped in an adolescent's body. Sort of like Dakota Fanning, whom I'm sure will be tapped to play the vampire for the American remake. The critical praise bestowed upon the film got me thinking about some of the old killer kid movies of my past. Note that none of these kids would have remained the way they do if the parents had called my mother to assist them.
Somebody please stop those kids from The Hills. And the ones from Laguna Beach and all those other reality shows I can't think of right now whose "stars" taunt me from the tabloid racks in check-out aisles and the entertainment magazines I read when I should be working. They need to be stopped. Because when I report movie news on Thursdays, and they start popping up in there, I start craving cocktails well before 5:00 pm in the middle of the week, and I really don't want to sit around the circle in rehab muttering about Spencer and Heidi. Stop them now, you guys, because I just found out that Audrina Patridge got cast opposite Carrie Fisher and Jamie Chung in a remake of the 1983 horror flick The House on Sorority Row. I also just found out that by California law, you can totally go out and buy a six pack at 8:30 in the morning.
I've always been terrified of the ballet because, no matter how hard I try not to, I always wind up staring at the codpieces and wondering, "What would happen if Swan Lake got a little too arousing?" Val Kilmer's 1984 ZAZ classic, Top Secret, provided the answer, and now David Cronenberg is going to address the same question using the opera. In Paris, the Canadian goremeister has staged the operatic version of his 1986 remake of The Fly, with music by his frequent film score collaborator, Howard Shore, and a book by the writer of Cronenberg's M. Butterfly, David Henry Hwang.
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Summer is almost here! You may disagree with us, saying June is still over a month a away, but Hollywood would disagree with you. The summer movie season starts May 1, with the release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and it doesn't let up until August! Because we know it's so hard to keep track of what's coming out when, we've begun creating our hand-dandy photo guides to the big releases, starting with one guide for Action and Drama movies, and one for the Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror genres. Check them both out, and check back next week for our guide to comedies of both the romantic and non-romantic varieties!
With all the new horror flicks in various stages of production, it's like an all-you-can-eat buffet for scary movie fans. But if you gorge on all the grisly offerings, are you going to feel sick to your stomach? Or will you be ready for another heaping serving in an hour or two? Here, then, are two more additions to the macabre menu to help you plan out your horror dining experience.