IS ‘THE CONJURING’ A HERALD FOR GOOD TIMES AHEAD?

A Guest Post From Zeke Iddon & The New York Film Academy:

 

It’s been a bad decade for horror. While the early 2000s gave us plenty of memorable movies, from the original Final Destination to the zombie explosion following 28 Days Later, the years following have been a mixed bag; mostly terrible with a slew of bad remakes, and only a handful of really interesting fright-fests popping up in between (such as last year’s genre-busting Cabin in the Woods.)

Cabin In The Woods NYFA

Part of the problem, of course, is that we’ve become a generation of genre-savvy viewers who are growing harder and harder to scare. As we become increasingly reliant on technology, we’ve gained access to a great many things that earlier generations never had. We can watch news footage of atrocities from around the world, and the violent media helps to insulate us against the fake blood and gore on the screen. We’re also, as a whole, more cynical, more knowledgeable, and less afraid of the unknown – because in a world connected by the Internet, there’s very little “unknown” left.

All of which is not to say that we can no longer be scared. It just means that the things that frighten us have changed, and horror has taken a while to catch up.

CONTINUE READING AFTER THE BREAK FOR MORE ON THE FUTURE OF HORROR!

THE WORLD WAR Z TRAILER MAKES THE FILM LOOK ABSOLUTELY ATROCIOUS

So while we were on break, the trailer for the long troubled WORLD WAR Z finally showed it’s horrifying face to the world. I suppose it was to show that the film was on track after almost the entire film had to be re-shot but all it really did was piss off fans of the book and zombie films in general. My biggest grief with it, other than the entire thing looking like the horrible films 2012 or THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW with its overly excessive use of CGI, they had to go and fuck with zombies. ZOMBIES! Zombies, folks, are simple when it comes right down to it and I’m certain they could’ve gotten plenty of extras, but no, they had to use computer generated imagery when it came to the zombies as well. Not only that, they (the zombies) somehow, in death, all have become world class athletes and parkour fanatics. Essentially, boils ‘n ghouls, from the trailer alone (and Brad Pitt’s sorry acting doesn’t help), this film is going to suck out loud, no doubt about it.

Look at this shit, CGI zombie f-ing pyramids! WHAT!?

KEEP READING AFTER THE BREAK FOR THE WORLD WAR Z TRAILER AND ANOTHER FEW EXAMPLES OF CRAPPY CGI

THE FIRST CUT OF WORLD WAR Z COMES IN AT LESS THAN AN HOUR?

It’s no secret that the WORLD WAR Z production has been nothing if not troubled. Damon Lindelof was recently hired to rewrite the ending, original director Mark Forster was unable to run things properly, letting things get out of hand, and in October of 2011, Hungarian police raided the set of WORLD WAR Z and confiscated 85 unauthorized weapons for cryin’ out loud.

After Lindelof figured out how much additional work was needed when he was brought in to handle the third act, he handed the project off to collaborator Drew Goddard. Sources say Paramount execs only had 52 minutes of continuous footage cut together to show them, along with a few minutes of other action. The film is said to be gearing up for a seven-week reshoot in London.

So much money is being put into re-shoots and re-writes that I’m certain, if they haven’t scrapped the flick by now, we will be seeing the film eventually, but when? Who knows. We’ll keep you posted on events as they keep developing.

SYNOPSIS:

The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.

UPDATE: THE CABIN IN THE WOODS GETS BLU-RAY, DVD, VOD RELEASE DATE

The Facebook page for THE CABIN IN THE WOODS has announced the film is coming to DVD, Blu-ray and VOD on September 18th. They also released the box art (essentially the poster). More news on specifications and bonus features when that information is released, so stay tuned boils ‘n ghouls!

SYNOPSIS:

Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know this story, think again. From fan favorites Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard comes The Cabin in the Woods, a mind-blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out.

And now we have Specifications!

 – Audio commentary with writer-director Drew Goddard, writer-producer Joss Whedon

– We Are Not Who We Are: Making The Cabin in the Woods documentary

– The Secret Secret Stash featurette

– Marty’s Stash

– Hi, My name is Joss and I’ll be your guide

– Wonder-Con Q&A with Joss and Drew

– An Army of Nightmares: Make-Up & Animatronic Effects featurette

– Primal Terror: Visual Effects featurette

– It’s Not What You Think: The Cabin in the Woods Bonus View Mode (Blu-ray Exclusive)