It’s daylight so I can now watch the new trailer for Paranormal Activity 3 which I am VERY excited for. This trailer is in danger of showing us too much though. Except for the dad who is HOT. Need to see more of him please. Looking cool to me.
A couple weeks ago I plodded off on my geeky lonesome self to see the most excellent Kevin Smith as he toured the UK with his new horror film, Red State. See look here:
Well, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but overall I had a pretty intense, exciting time! I really enjoyed the film, but I think it really helped having him there afterwards to point out a few things and to talk about the inspiration behind it. I wrote a review for HorrorTalk so it would be excellent if you could check that out here.
Here is the trailer if you haven’t caught it yet. Red State is released this week in the UK.
Back when I started writing for HorrorTalk one of the first DVDs I was sent was a small Brit horror film called Patrol Men. I think that, although the film was slightly flawed, I was very surprised by it and saw a lot of potential in there, it had a great script and a very cool concept. The two directors that made it, David Campion and Ben Simpson, were obviously guys who had a great love of horror and weren’t just doing it because they thought it’d be an easy genre to do. What was most impressive was the fact these guys were not long out of uni and got this film distributed on DVD, (I have seen it in the Liverpool HMV!) that to me shows passion and resilience, essential qualities in aspiring film-makers! So I’ve been super intrigued about what their mysterious next project Woodfalls would be about.
The film synopsis reads “Woodfalls an exploitation thriller set in rural England about a family of “travelers” and the conflict their presence brings”
Well, I’m liking the sound of it so this needs to be made. They have started a page to update news on the project and to record how their funding is going. They need $20,000 and have 59 days to do it. Let’s get this made! Check this cool vid they made to tell us all about the upcoming feature:
What on earth is this title all about?? Well it’s a very cool British film you need to keep an eye on, it’s doing the rounds at film festivals right now so this is a heads up. I reviewed it for HorrorTalk here but check out the trailer here:
You got no soul if you’re not excited about this film. This is their best parody trailer yet, also makes me wanna go watch TGWTDT trailer again, ‘cause that’s super badass.
While y’all were looking at nude pics of Scarlett Johannson I was watching the trailer for the Cameron Crowe film We Bought A Zoo, which I think looks pretty cool Based on a true story about a family that…buy a zoo…
The Big Year looks a bit average but I’m a Wilson fan so I’ll watch it, also I spotted an Andrew Wilson cameo and he’s probably my favourite Wilson brother so just watch the trailer for that. 10 points if you catch him!
That theory about the odd numbered Final Destination films...
…is so, so true. I went to (finally) see Final Destination 5 last night and really enjoyed it. What I love about the (odd numbered) films in the series is how they don’t take themselves seriously at all, they are always so much fun and well written.
I don’t want to spoil anything about this film but I have to say, if you enjoyed the first few films then this is one you shouldn’t miss. There are a couple new twists to the format which is completely refreshing and I think the cast are all really good.
If people are put off by the gore factor in the films, I have to say that it’s never the gore that gets me about them, it’s the anticipation of how something is going to happen. In the fifth instalment there is a gymnast scene that will have you squirming in your seat for about 5 minutes before anything happens (and you’ll never guess how it happens.) I don’t think they’re particularly gratuitous, it’s unbelievably gross for sure, but it’s not on your screen for long and then it moves on, making it all the more shocking. Which is the complete reverse of any torture porn type film, the more we see the less “scary” it becomes.
We know the general format of the films, so the opening sequence has to be big, not much is going to beat the original plane crash or the third’s fantastical roller-coaster disaster, but the fifth’s bridge collapse is really spectacular. It looks so amazing, I knew from this point the film was going to go to new places. The fourth film’s NASCAR style car pile up was far too much like the second film’s motorway crash and didn’t do anything different with the format, which is why it is the worst of all five.
We also see the return of Tony Todd (Candyman) as the creepy coroner who knows a little too much about the events that are taking place. Very cool to see him back which adds to the stamp of approval on the film.
I do love these films but this is kind of the perfect ending for the series, no doubt the success of this film (yes, it’s received generally very good reviews) will spawn the next one so if this theory carries on, the next one won’t be that great. Bring on Final Destination 7 then.
Stand out performance has to be Mr Miles Fisher, maybe it’s because I’m now a massive fan of his music and videos but any excuse to watch it again hey? It stars the whole cast of the film.
I’m here to save you again, this time from Sex Drive, which I was told was hilarious but was in fact shit. Shit and boring and not that funny EXCEPT for every single scene with Seth Green. The guy makes any bad film good and this is a fine example of that. He plays an Amish guy who helps fix the car of the teens out looking for sex..I guess… I can’t remember exactly…some sort of Internet date gone awry. Anyway, his sarcasm and unbelievable dry wit is amazing check this out and then you don’t have to watch the entire film like I did.
If you’re an actor, you want to be a musician. If you’re a musician, you want to be an actor. There are very few that do both well, but there are some that are talented bastards and aren’t just being greedy attention hounds and I am here to prove it.
Whenever I think about this kind of thing I’m reminded of that scene in Zoolander at an awards ceremony where someone wins Best Actor/Model and he says, “Thank you for voting me Best Actor/Model, and not the other way around.” Anyway, there are some godawful attempts at switching talent, but here are my favourites. Actors that make really decent music.
Dead Man’s Bones
I have to start off with this one as it was the first one to pop into my head. I heard about Ryan Gosling’s band a while back and just dismissed it as yet another actor trying to be good at everything. Then I heard what the band was about. Dead Man’s Bones was started by Gosling and his friend Zach Shields, the two bonded over a love of ghouls and horror stories and decided to start a band that encompassed that love. All their songs have a horror theme and they are backed by the Silverlake Conservatory Children’s Choir which really gives it a haunting sound. Gosling sounds like Nick Cave….it’s like Misfits done by Nick Cave. This is the song I fell in love with, My Body’s A Zombie For You, but the entire album is just brilliant.
She & Him
It’s not enough that Zooey Deschanel is super pretty and an oober talented actress, oh no she had to be an amazing singer as well. I’d heard She & Him before I knew it was her, it was when she did the cover of The Smith’s Please Please Please on the 500 Days Of Summer soundtrack that I finally twigged. She has such an interesting, unique voice that, along with her amazing look, just fits so perfectly with the music. Zooey had been writing music for years and was introduced to Matt Ward on the set of The Go Getter and they dueted on a song for the credits. It’s a perfect match to me, they’re planning on releasing a record of Christmas songs this year and I am excited!
Everyone is going to think that I like this song “ironically” or something, I do not. I never like things “ironically” that’s just stupid. I like this because Crispin is such an eccentric, insane, lovable, talented guy and this shows all sides of that. If you know me, you know he is one of my favourite actors so when I heard he made records too I was very excited to hear his stuff. He recorded a cover of Ben for the film Willard, but it’s his song Clowny Clown Clown that got me interested. It’s utterly ridiculous and I love it. The video is so ’90s, and it stars a cameo from the amazing Rubin Far off of that Rubin and Ed.
I knew Steve Martin played the banjo ‘cause I’d heard some comedy songs he’d done a while back, but I don’t think I fully realised how seriously good he was until recently. I’m a fan of bluegrass (ta Dad) and when listening to Last.FM once this really cool song came on and I was delighted to see it was Steve Martin. I watched a live version of the song and Steve introduces it by saying, “This one’s a sing-along. But it has no lyrics, so good luck. This’ll get your foot a tapping.
One event I’m really looking forward to is the Horror Festival Grimm Up North which will be taking place in Manchester at the begining of October. They always have some very interesting films and events on, and as a resident of the North, I am so happy things like this take place up here. Anyway, I took some time to chat with the organisers of the festival for HorrorTalk which you can read here.
They have just announced their full line-up of films and it looks mighty impressive so check that out here.
This is a trailer for one of the previous festivals to give you an idea of what lies ahead.