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It’s the weekend before Halloween, which means another horror flick is looking for the top of the box office bragging rights. Will it score, or will the return of Keanu Reeves hold it off? Here’s our predictions:
Ouija is a film about, get this, a ouija board. Pretty self explanatory, which should certainly help bring in horror hunger audiences looking for scares. There are no stars in this one, so the film is going to have to rely upon the kindness/desperation of strangers to perform. On that note, look for a $24 million debut to top the box office this weekend.
Back in the 1980’s, Stephen King famously said that he had seen the new face of horror and that it belonged to Clvie Barker. Now, while I know I’m not anywhere the Master’s league, whenever I think about the work of Jen and Sylvia Soska, I feel as though they’re the new “new” face of horror. If that’s the case, the genre is in good hands.
Like many, I first discovered the Soska Sisters with their groundbreaking, body modification horror film, American Mary. A low budget movie that doesn’t look it, American Mary features a stellar performance by the luminous Katharine Isabelle as a med student who enters the lucrative world of body modification surgery. The film is often gruesome, but it doesn’t rely on the gore; this is a character driven horror flick at its finest (it’s on Netflix and TMN in Canada and is absolutely worth your time; even my mom thought it was “interesting”, which, believe me, is high praise).
This week, the Soska Sisters return with their latest directorial effort, See No Evil 2, a sequel to a film I never saw in the first place. The original stars WWE superstar Glenn “Kane” Jacobs as serial killer Jacob Goodnight, who was apparently killed at the end of the first film, but you know how these things go. Instead, Goodnight returns to terrorize a bunch of students at a morgue where birthday girl Amy (Danielle Harris) has to work late.
In March of 1990, I had just recently turned 13 years old. I was on a family trip to Houston to visit some friends of my father, but for me, the most important thing to accomplish this trip, aside from studying for my imminent Bar Mitzvah, was finding a movie theatre that was showing Clive Barker’s Nightbreed. The film had been rated R in Canada, which meant nobody under 18 was allowed to see it (screw you, Big Brother!). On one of our final nights, Dad (ill at the time), his friend and me schlepped to some out of the way movie theatre, where the film was still playing. Walt, my Dad’s friend, hates horror movies, so he opted to see Look Who’s Talking, while we went and sat through Clive’s monster movie equivalent of Star Wars. Having read both the original novel, Cabal, and the Epic Comics adaptation, I was psyched to see the creatures of Midian come to life. And when they did, I thoroughly enjoyed. Admittedly, I was also thrilled to be seeing a film some watchdogs seemed to think I wasn’t ready for (up yours, Big Brother!). However, my enjoyment was slightly curtailed as the film’s conclusion, when I asked Dad if he liked it.
“No,” he scoffed. “It wasn’t even scary.”
Not scary! Not scary! What do you mean, not scary. It was…it was….
Look, Dad had a point, ok. Even if I loved it.
Two new releases want you to pick them this weekend, but as we know, only one can hit the top of the box office. Which will it be? Here are our predictions:
Brad Pitt has been making the rounds promoting his World War II film Fury, about a group of group behind enemy lines, manning a tank called, you guessed it, Fury. Now, here’s the thing about Brad Pitt – he’s a Hollywood star, but I don’t view him as a bankable movie star, so how a film he’s top-lining performs is always a crap shoot to me. I’m of the belief that this one is going to under perform – the trailers haven’t been outstanding, and I feel that awareness isn’t huge. Look for a second place showing with $20 million.
The name Matthew K. Manning is likely not a terribly familiar name, even in pop culture circles. But allow me to let you in on a little bit of a secret – this man is fountain of comic book knowledge, much of which is currently on display in the brand new DK book, Batman: A Visual History.
Some horror doesn’t need to be gory. It doesn’t need to be violent, nor does it have to be supernatural.
Sometimes the biggest scares of all are the ones that come from real life.
Such was the case with the Zodiac killer, who terrorized the Bay Area back in the late 60’s and early 70’s, never to be captured.
The story of the Zodiac became an American legend, and in 2007, it also became one of director David Fincher’s greatest films.