Master of horror John Carpenter not only served as a consultant on the new Halloween film coming out, but he also came back to provide the score. The soundtrack for the film will be released on October 19th, but is currently available for pre-order here.
We even have a little tease of John Carpenter's score below that you can listen to. It's just a little taste, but if you're a fan of the Halloween franchise and John Carpenter, then it's worth checking out.
The new soundtrack pays homage to the classic Halloween score that Carpenter composed and recorded in 1978, when he forever changed the course of horror cinema and synthesizer music with his low-budget masterpiece. Several new versions of the iconic main theme serve as the pulse of Green’s film, its familiar 5/4 refrain stabbing through the soundtrack like the Shape’s knife. The rest of the soundtrack is just as enthralling, incorporating everything from atmospheric synth whooshes to eerie piano-driven pieces to skittering electronic percussion. While the new score was made with a few more resources than Carpenter’s famously shoestring
The movie is a direct sequel to the first film, and it will feature Laurie Strode confronting Michael Myers for the first time in forty years. When we catch up with her in the film, she has spent all those years preparing to kill Michael Myers if he ever ended up getting out of the asylum that he's been locked away in. As you'll see, Meyers ends up getting out and now he is out terrorizing and killing people as he hunts down Laurie, who is ready for him.
Judy Greer plays Karen Strode, the daughter of Laurie, and Andi Matichak (Orange Is the New Black, Underground) plays Allyson, the granddaughter. David Gordon Green is directing from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride.
We really don't know much about Sam Elliot's new film The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot. All we've been given so far is a poster, a synopsis, and a very intriguing title. Based on those things, I'm extremely excited to see this movie!
For those of you, like myself, looking for some more information on the film, Sam Elliot and director Robert D. Krzykowski sat down with /Film to talk about the movie and it sounds like they really enjoyed creating it. Before we get into it, here's the synopsis:
Sam Elliott (Tombstone, Road House) stars as a legendary World War II veteran who many years ago assassinated Adolf Hitler – an incredible secret that he’s frustratingly unable to share with the world. One day, just as he’s coming to terms with rounding out his life, Calvin gets a visit from the FBI and The Royal Canadian Mounted Police. They need him to take out Bigfoot.
Apparently, at some point in the film, Bigfoot throws up all over Sam Elliot and when asked if that was the kind of script he had been waiting for, Elliot explains how he got involved with the project:
"I don’t know why over the last few years good fortune has smiled on me. I know we’ve talked about it before, and this is part of it. This script came out of nowhere and there was no not wanting to do it. I was working on The Ranch at the time and had very little window to work through my hiatus. I also had another film I was going to do. And, I walked away from it for about five minutes; Robert had written a letter to my agent that I became privy to, and I read it and was overcome by the content of it. I called Robert and said “I’m in.” It’s just the kind of stuff I want to do; it’s good material, great material. It was a first-time filmmaker directing it, but he also wrote it, so who better to direct it. And he had some brilliant filmmakers at his side. How could you not want to do this?
"More than anything, Calvin Barr spoke to me. I didn’t know much about that war he was in [World War II]; I know men who where in that war and I’ve portrayed a guy who was in that war in all three major conflicts in We Were Soldiers. I talked to a number of people in that war, but my war was the Vietnam War. I think on some level, war is war; and PTSD is PTSD, and I think Calvin suffered from it. That was part of his persona, at least that was my take on it. I understand lost love, and I think that can destroy a man more than anything if it was a deep love that is lost somehow. There was a lot I understood about Barr, and I like to think that I’m a decent human being, and I know at the core, Calvin Barr is a decent human being. There were a lot of things that spoke to me about him. (long pause) Being vomited on by Bigfoot was not one of the things I knew about."
When talking about creating this story and the character that Elliot plays, the writer and director said:
"The whole script always felt organic and came out of this place of wanting to write this big, iconic action hero, but his core is simple decency. In these strange times, I wanted to point people to someone like that. The hardest section, and the most difficult section, to write is when Calvin sits down with the FBI and RCMP. That was my chance to make it all as real as it could ever be. If the audience believes what those guys are saying, then they’ll roll with the rest of the movie. And in that moment, he gets to explain his feelings on Nazism, the notion that ideas can be monsters, and then selling this whole notion of Bigfoot and making it real. If that scene worked, the rest would work; if it didn’t, it wouldn’t. It was just a roll of the dice."
He went on to talk about the most fun and challenging part about telling this story, saying:
"The puzzle was, how can we, in 2018, believe that in 1987, these two things could have happened. How do you even approach selling that? How do you connect the dots so that a man killed Hitler, and then history marches on just like we read about. That was the most fun and challenging part of the script, and when I figured that out, it gave me permission to do all of the other crazy stuff. Then when you see Sam in the movie, he’s so deadly serious and sells it so honestly, and Ron Livingston [playing the FBI agent] is giving so much on his face for Sam to work with. I was going, 'I believe this and I don’t believe any of this.'"
The film recently screened at the Fantasia Film Festival and I've been hearing a lot of great things. The report says that there's a Bigfoot scene in the film that alone is worth the price of admission. There's apparently a lot of stunt work involved with this scene and Elliott said that he did most of that stunt work himself. When asked about the stunt work, he explained:
"Most of it. There was a double around, and we used him when Bigfoot jumped on me off of a rock, and the stunt guy sprained his ankle in that moment. We’d done a lot of the fight scene up to that point, and the second he stepped in for that stunt, he sprained his ankle. Mind you, I haven’t seen the film, but maybe there’s a shot of me going into a rock…"
Sounds like a blast! There's no word on when this movie will come out, but I can't wait to see it!
Mark your calendars for August 28 because that is now officially National Power Rangers Day. This is a new campaign from Hasbro to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the beloved show adapted from the Japanese original. It’s really simple to participate, too. Apparently, just color coordinate with your friends and post on social media with #NationalPowerRangersDay about memories and new things you’re doing. Of course, this year will also feature the special anniversary episode of Power Rangers Ninja Steel that will bring back some legendary Power Rangers. Here’s the blurb from National Day Calendar:
There are only a few days left before Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is released to the Nintendo Switch. Now, Capcom has revealed on Twitter that it will release a free playable version of the game today, August 16.
The demo will allow players to try all the six Hunting Styles in the game including the new Prowler abilities. Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is an expanded version of the original game, Monster Hunter Generations, launched in the 3DS back in 2015. The Switch version will include more content and Hunting Styles such as Alchemy and Valor. Also, an Elder Dragon and a brand new endgame boss will be featured in Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate.
Furthermore, players who already played Monster Hunter Generations on the 3DS will be able to continue their progress on Ultimate on the Switch by transferring save game data from the 3DS version to the Switch version. Also, Ultimate will take advantage of the Switch’s touchscreen in its combat system and will support four-player multiplayer both locally and online.
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate launches on August 28 for the Nintendo Switch. A demo of the game is available today, August 16.
The director of Gravity and Children of Men, Alfonso Cuaron, has created a new film called Roma and Netflix has released a stirring teaser trailer for it that gives us our best look yet at what the movie will entail. The movie looks like it will be both heartwarming and inspirational. The trailer came with the following note:
Time and Space constrain us, but they also define who we are, creating inexplicable bonds with the others that flow with us at the same time and through the same places.
The movie is obviously going to tell a very intimate and human story and this is here's what the story it will tell is about:
ROMA chronicles a turbulent year in the lives of a middle-class family in 1970s Mexico City. Cuarón, inspired by the women from his childhood, delivers an artful ode to the matriarchy that shaped his world.
A vivid portrayal of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil, ROMA follows a young domestic worker Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio) from Mixteco heritage descent and her co-worker Adela (Nancy García), also Mixteca, who work for a small family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma. Mother of four, Sofia (Marina de Tavira), copes with the extended absence of her husband, Cleo faces her own devastating news that threatens to distract her from caring for Sofia’s children, whom she loves as her own. While trying to construct a new sense of love and solidarity in a context of a social hierarchy where class and race are perversely intertwined, Cleo and Sofia quietly wrestle with changes infiltrating the family home in a country facing confrontation between a government-backed militia and student demonstrators.
Filmed in luminous black and white, ROMA is an intimate, gut-wrenching and ultimately life-affirming portrait of the ways, small and large, one family maintains its balance in a time of personal, social and political strife.
Netflix has confirmed that the film will be "in theaters and on Netflix later this year." Cuaron is a great filmmaker and storyteller, and this looks like it tells a wonderful story.
Horror fans have been excited for Don Mancini's upcoming Child's Play series, but not so much about the separate film reboot that is being developed. One of the stars of Child's Play 2 is far from happy about that reboot. Christine Elise (who was also in Cult of Chucky) had some choice words regarding the reboot plans and did not mince words when talking about it (via Horror Geek Life ). She was asked:
As someone who is part of the inner circle of a franchise that is alive and well 30 years after it began, what are your thoughts about reports of a potential reboot of Child’s Play?
And this was her answer:
"I think it’s an unbelievably huge dick move. I think it’s a douche move absolutely. I don’t know why they would fuck with a healthy franchise. To make a competing franchise with an existing, and like you said healthy, robust franchise is super douchey. And nobody from the original franchise is involved; they’re not gonna have [actor] Brad Dourif, they’re not gonna have Don, and they’re not gonna have any of us.
"I think the doll is going to be an artificial intelligence doll that goes haywire, so it’s not going to have the whole element of the serial killer possessing it, et cetera, so it’s not going to be, really, a Chucky film. So I don’t know why they’re just taking the title and stealing it and mucking up the waters. It’s especially douchey when you know that Don is developing a TV series and going back to using the title Child’s Play; not Bride of, Seed of, Curse of, Cult of Chucky, it’s going back to the Child’s Play name and it’s deep into development. So this MGM project could have, it hasn’t but it could have, really, easily derailed the TV show project, which would be devastating, because fingers crossed it happens and fingers crossed I’m involved in it, as much as I would like to be. It’s an opportunity here where Don can further a story he’s been telling for 30 years, but rather than tell it in 90-minute segments every three years or more, he can tell 10 hours of story in 10 weeks, he can get that much more story ahead. And if you’ve seen Cult and you see how Cult ends, you know how rich in story it is, there’s so many doors open now, and to so insensitively threaten the Don Mancini empire I think, is fucked up."
What do you all think about the Child's Play reboot that is in development?
From what we've been hearing, the fourth film in The Conjuring cinematic universe, The Nun, is going to be the scariest of them all. That is yet to be seen, however, what we recently learned is that there may be more connections to The Conjuring films than we originally thought.
In The Conjuring 2, the nun is the big baddie of the story. Much like Annabelle, it was inevitable that the nun would get her own story. What we didn’t expect is that Taissa Farmiga, the younger sister of Vera Farmiga who plays Lorraine Warren in The Conjuring films, plays the younger version of the nun in this origin story. Here is what The Nun director Corin Hardy had to say in an interview with SFX about the casting of the younger Farmiga:
"Originally we were looking at casting an English actress. But Taissa was so good I couldn't not cast her. My concern was, if I cast her is it going to be, 'Oh, it's the easy option', but it wasn't! She's so right for the role, she possesses something extraordinary."
She was clearly cast because of her acting prowess, but is it going to mess with everyone’s head due to the distinct similarities in their appearance? Here is what Taissa had to say about it:
"To be honest, I thought, 'Oh, it's going to be weird if they cast me', because of the physical appearances.
Hardy went on to tease that we'll have to "wait and see" about any further connections between the films, but Taissa teased that there were things that were shot that would connect the films.
"Y'know, I'm not sure what they're going to do in editing. We filmed a few things, and we'll have to see what makes it into the final cut."
I am sure they will tweak some things to make the striking resemblance of the actresses not as striking. No matter what they do, I hope this movie is as scary as they are advertising it to be.
Nicolas Cage is taking on the role of Spider-Man Noir in Sony's upcoming animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. To bring this character to life, the actor talked to EW about preparing for the role of the darker 1930's take on Spider-Man. This alternate version of Peter Parker was an apprentice to reporter Ben Urich who was bitten by an illegally imported spider that gives him his superpowers. He uses those powers to wage a war on the criminal underground in the city. To bring this character to life, Cage explains that he channeled legendary actor Humphrey Bogart:
"I tried to channel those noir films with [Humphrey] Bogart, and have those kinds of sounds that he might make with [James] Cagney, or Edward G. Robinson, that kind of way of talking. I tried to give the character that. It was a lot of fun. I think it should be quite funny. The movie definitely has a sense of humor, and that’s a good thing because it’s good for the whole family."
We have yet to see or hear Spider-Man Noir in the upcoming film, but I'm looking forward to seeing him in action. I hope that he has a decent sized role, but there will be several other different versions of Spider-Man to juggle in this story. This is going to be such a cool movie!
Enter a universe where more than one wears the mask. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the creative minds behind “The Lego Movie” and “21 Jump Street,” bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.
The older middle-aged Peter Parker in the movie will be voiced by New Girl star Jake Johnson, Liev Schreiber is playing the larger-than-life crime lord Kingpin; Hailee Steinfeld will play spunky, free-spirited Spider-Gwen; Mahershala Ali will provide the voice for Miles’ uncle Aaron; Atlanta star Brian Tyree Henry will voice Miles’ father Jefferson. Rounding out the cast is Luna Lauren Velez as Miles’ mother Rio, and Lily Tomlin will be Aunt May.
The movie was developed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie, 21 Jump Street) and they brought a crazy awesome visual style to the film that I'm loving!
Gotham is entering its final season, but if you thought that meant it was scaling back the number of villains it would introduce, you thought wrong! That Hashtag Show reported in a now-deleted article that the show is looking to cast an actor in their mid-30s to early 40s to play Eduardo Dorrance, aka "King Snake."
For those that don't know, Dorrance is Bane's father, so we'd have to speculate he'd make an appearance via a character closer to Bruce's age before the season is up. I also need to note that this article may have been deleted because the info was completely bogus, or because whoever gave that information to That Hashtag Show requested it be removed. We're not sure which is the truth in this case, but we'd like to know what your thoughts are on this potential casting news, and whether or not you'd like to see King Snake and Bane in Gotham?
Hook may not be Steven Spielberg's best movie, but it does hold a special place in the hearts for many of those who grew up with it. I loved Hook when I was a kid, hell, I still enjoy watching the movie every now and then!
For those of you who are fans of the film, you'll be happy to know that the upcoming 4K Blu-ray release will include 11 never-before-seen deleted scenes from the film! I have no idea what those scenes will entail, but I'm excited to see what they are!
Here are the details that were released:
Hook is fully restored in 4K from the original camera negative, with approval on the 4K High Dynamic Range master from director Steven Spielberg. In addition, the film features exclusive Dolby Atmos audio for maximum impact and includes 11 never-before-seen deleted scenes—a rare treat for fans and newcomers alike.
There are so many great things about Hook that I enjoy but if it's not your thing, I understand. But, I suggest that you give it another go at some point, just because. Here's the synopsis:
A high-flying adventure from the magic of Steven Spielberg, Hook stars Robin Williams as a grown-up Peter Pan and Dustin Hoffman as the infamous Captain Hook. Joining the fun is Julia Roberts as Tinkerbell, Bob Hoskins as the pirate Smee, and Maggie Smith as Granny Wendy Darling, who must convince middle-aged lawyer Peter Banning that he was once the legendary Peter Pan. And so the adventure begins anew, with Peter off to Neverland to save his two children from Captain Hook. Along the way, he rediscovers the power of imagination, friendship, and of magic. A classic tale updated for children of all ages, Hook was nominated for five Academy Awards® including Best Visual Effects in 1991.
The Hook 4K Blu-ray will be available for purchase on October 9, 2018.