One of the most popular horror films of 2019, Jordan Peele’s US starring Academy Award® winner Lupita Nyong’o (Black Panther, 12 Years a Slave), Winston Duke (Black Panther), Emmy® winner Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Mad Men”) and Tim Heidecker (The Comedy, “Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories”) hits home on Digital June 4th and the tasty physical media June 18th. Ok, the whole two week delay between Digital and Physical releases really ticks me off and is just irritating. Check out the official press release to see all the tasty extras.
Ancient ruins are discovered with a map to an alien world. Believing it to be the origins of humanity, a team sets of to find the alien home planet. But after they land, they discover they may have imperiled humankind.
Starring Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Idris Elba, Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender.
Directed by Ridley Scott.
Written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof.
Produced by David Giler, Walter Hill, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott.
Genre: Sci-Fi Horror Action Thriller. Check out all our reviews at www.justseenit.com
Six tourists and a guide travel to a Russian city poisoned by the Chernobyl nuclear accident. But as they become stranded, they discover they are being hunted. Unable to flee, they must fight for their lives against a secret terror.
Starring Jesse McCartney, Jonathan Sadowski and Olivia Dudley.
Directed by Bradley Parker.
Written by Shane Van Dyke and Carey Van Dyke.
Produced by Oren Peli and Brian Witten.
Genre: Horror. Check out all of our reviews at www.justseenit.com
Sarah and her father clean up their summer cottage after it is vandalized by squatters. But during their first night there, they hear noises from upstairs. When her father disappears, Sarah must fight for both their lives against an unimaginable terror.
Starring Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese and Eric Sheffer Stevens
Directed By Chris Kentis and Laura Lau.
Written by Gustavo Hernández (based on the film by) and Laura Lau (screenplay).
Produced by Agnes Mente and Laura Lau.
I was one of those people who was really excited to find out that the use of 3 D in movies was not only coming back, but that it had been updated into something called ‘RealD’. So imagine my disappointment when, for the most part, all the technology was being used for was to created ‘textured layers’ in movies. I was so disappointed in fact, that I stop wasting my money on the ‘RealD’ versions of new releases and just went to see the 2 D versions. That is, unless I got a free pass to see the ‘RealD’ version. Which is exactly what happened for me with ‘Final Destination 5’. So I sat down, put on my ‘RealD’ glasses and hoped for the best.
What I got was beyond my expectations of ‘hope for the best’. From the moment the opening credits of ‘Final Destination 5’ began, I was in 3 D viewing heaven!. None of that namby-pamby ‘just for textured background’ stuff for this movie. ‘Final Destination 5’ had 3 D and they knew how to use it! Objects literally seemed to fly right out of the screen and into your face. It made you jump in your seat and flinch back. Judging from the sounds of appreciation from the audience around me, I realized that I wasn’t the only one who had been disappointed by the way ‘RealD’ was being used in other movies. It was clear to me that many audience goers who pay the money to see ‘RealD’ want actually 3 D effects. In ‘Final Destination 5’, the audience gets those actual 3 D effects.
My giddiness over the excellent use of 3 D effects aside, I also found ‘Final Destination 5’ to be a highly entertaining horror movie; the best sequel of them all to the original ‘Final Destination’.
Airlock Alpha.com [formerly SyFyPortal.com] announced the winners of its fan-voted Portal Awards [formerly the SyFy Portal Genre Awards] this week. Favorites like Battlestar Galactica, Lost and The Dark Knight received few awards – though some popular movies and long-running series did take up the slack.
The biggest upsets were Doctor Who’s Catherine Tate beating out Galactica’s Mary McDonnell and Star Trek taking Best Movie over The Dark Knight. The complete list of winners follows after the jump.
While millions more movie-goers know Sam Raimi from his three Spider-Man movies, a much smaller – better probably more dedicated – group of Raimi fans have been wondering when the heck he was going to do another horror movie! Now that Drag Me to Hell is finally in theaters, it is time to rejoice. Sam Raimi has come home!
Christine Brown [Alison Lohman] works in a bank, where she’s attempting to buck the system and gain a promotion to assistant manager – ahead of new guy Ray [Reggie Lee], who routinely butters up their boss, Mr. Jacks [David Paymer] with Lakers tickets. We know she’s a nice person – a good-hearted person – from an early sequence where she spends time with her boyfriend, and brand new professor, Clay Dalton. They’re a sweet couple, but not overly so.
When Mrs. Ganush [Lorna Raver] comes into the bank seeking a third extension on her mortgage, Christine is subtly informed by Mr. Jacks that assistant managers have to make the hard decisions – and this is a hard decision. So, Christine ignores her heart and goes for the promotion, placing the elderly woman in the position of having to beg for the first time in her life. What follows is madness…
Although Drag Me to Hell is less quirky than the Evil Dead Trilogy [not that hard to do], it has its quirks and makes them work by giving us characters we can relate to. The script, by Sam Raimi and Ivan Raimi, is brisk and concise. Sam Raimi translates it to the big screen with brio. The movie zips along at a perfect pace – quickly enough that the glimpses of Something Nasty, and the various physical gags that produce the events that drive Christine nearly to the brink, but not so quickly as to let everything run together.
Raimi pulls us into the movie by giving us characters we can relate to, in Christine and Clay, then takes our investment in the characters and twists it just a bit. Although Christine may be morally wrong to refuse Mrs. Ganush, she’s trying to do something to make her situation – and therefore clay’s as well – better.
Between the subtle CG; the mostly terrific practical effects; the sound effects and music, and several solid performances, Raimi manages something rare – a character driven horror movie. He also realizes that it’s best, sometimes, to let the audience’s imaginations run free, rather than inundating it with gore effects. It’s that movement in the corner of one’s idea that is the scariest. That’s why Drag Me to Hell is the year’s best horror movie.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada’s world renowned annual horror expo, the Rue Morgue Festival of Fear has landed Bruce “The Chin” Campbell as its 2009 Guest of Honour – and B-movie producer/director/writer Roger Corman as Featured Guest.
Campbell is, of course, known worldwide for playing Ash, the lead [if not necessarily the hero] of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead Trilogy – as well as unorthodox performances in zillions of B-movies ranging from the jealous ex-boyfriend in Living in Oblivion to an elderly Elvis in Bubba Ho-Tep.
Corman is responsible for unleashing the talents of such legends as Jack Nicholson [the original Little Shop of Horror], James Cameron [Piranha] and Francis Ford Coppola [The Terror] upon an unsuspecting world.
Both are regarded as quality guests who can relate anecdotes with the best of them – and having both headline the same event is a definite coup.
The Rue Morgue Festival of Fear guest list also includes: Udo Kier [Suspiria], Barbara Steele [Black Sunday, The Pit and the Pendulum], James Duval [Donny Darko’s Frank the Bunny], Tom Savini [the king of low-budget practical FX], Max Brooks [author of World War Z], Linda Hamilton [The Terminator, T2 & Beauty & the Beast], Lloyd Kaufman [the madman behind TROMA], and Len Wein [creator of Swamp Thing and Wolverine], among others.
The 2009 Rue Morgue Festival of Horror/Canadian National Horror Expo will be held in the Metro Toronto Convention Center from August 28-30.