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I discovered Preacher in the summer of 1997. My girlfriend at the time and I had taken a trip together to Vancouver, British Columbia to see the sights. It seemed though that the sites I most enjoyed were the variety of comic shops and book stores that I continued to come across during our journey. On that trip, i bought a beautiful hard cover version of Kingdom Come. I found a used trade paperback edition of Frank Miller’s Ronin. I bought the screenplay to David Lynch’s Lost Highway.
And I discovered Preacher.
It’s in the air, isn’t it? The horror of Halloween. The last few weeks have seen Biff Bam Pop spreading out usual horrific cheer with our 31 Days of Horror. Much of it has been celebrating our favorite movies and tv shows. Here and now, though, is where we’ll look ahead a little bit, to what could be horrific for all the wrong reasons.
The horror remake.
We’re heading into Halloween horror film time, and there’s a big new release looking for your dollars this weekend. Will it hit the big money, or will one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars spoil the fun. Here’s our prediction:
Ouija: Origin of Evil is a sequel to the 2014 original that managed to make $50 million during its release. While no huge names are attached to this follow-up, there’s some decent buzz surrounding the film, which is said to be quite scary, even for a PG-13 rated movie. People want to get their horror on as October comes to a close, and this is the movie that will help them do it. Look for a first place showing with $23 million.
Holy shit. This looks incredible. That’s all I’m going to say.
Logan is out March 3rd, 2017.
No doubt Ben Affleck is happy that the bad juju surrounding Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hasn’t tainted his drawing power, as he’s sitting pretty in the top spot at the box office. Here’s what went down:
The Accountant debut at number one in the box office with a strong $24.7 million. While not a massive showing, it’s definitely a decent start for a dramatic, non-franchise film. While it’s unlikely that the movie will get anywhere near $100 million, it should do alright for itself if it manages to have some legs over the coming weeks. Read the rest of this entry
Nobody makes movies like Rob Zombie. By extension, nobody divides an audience like Rob Zombie either. Since his debut film House of 1000 Corpses back in 2003, Zombie has had a love/hate relationship with filmgoers. His sixth film, 31, a grindhouse Running Man-inspired splatterfest, is sure to continue the trend.
Set on Halloween night, 1976, 31 is the story of a group of carnival workers who, while travelling to their next gig, are attacked, captured and trapped in an abandoned, maze-like building where three aristocrats (Malcolm McDowell, Judy Gleeson and Jane Carr) force the survivors to fight for their lives over the course of twelve hours against an increasingly twisted group of murderous psychos. Chief amongst them is a clown makeup wearing madman known only as Doom-Head (Richard Brake). Brake is the film’s not so secret weapon. Zombie clearly has written this character to be a new genre anti-hero, and the actor delivers in spades. Doom-Head’s opening monologue is spewed with thrilling, scenery-chewing ability and verve, and is arguably the greatest piece of dialogue Zombie has ever crafted.
Where Zombie previous film, 2012’s The Lords of Salem found the director working in a more atmospheric, refined tone, with echoes of David Lynch and Stanley Kubrick, 31’s focus on uber-violence places him firmly back in the down and dirty cinematic territory he first mined with 2005’s The Devil’s Rejects (there’s also the ubiquitous presence of Zombie’s wife and muse, Sherri Moon Zombie as the female lead of the film). Therein lies 31’s biggest flaw – for the first time in a directorial career that’s thrived on not doing the same thing twice, 31 feels like it’s taking cue from Zombie’s previous work rather than standing solely on its own merits. If you’re a fan, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but for the naysayers out there, 31 won’t be the film to turn them into Rob Zombie acolytes.
The Neon Demon is one of those horror films that isn’t quite horror. It’s a visceral experience, to be sure, and one that I wasn’t completely expecting. But in most ways, its horrors rest more with its depictions of beauty and ambition, and what those that crave both are willing to do for it.
When it comes to recent battle between LEGO Dimensions and Disney Infinity, two competing iterations of the toy to video game franchises, well, there was a pretty clear winner, as Disney threw in the towel on further versions of their game earlier this year. I’ll admit that I had some serious sadness about that – their toy models of familiar Marvel, Star Wars and Disney characters are absolutely phenomenal. Even if you’re not into the games, they sure look good displayed.
That being said, perhaps it shouldn’t have come as too much of a surprise that LEGO continues to roll with their own Dimensions games. They also bring familiar brands such as Back to the Future, Lord of the Rings, DC Comics and many more into a unique gaming environment where you can play both a larger story along with various levels designed for the specific franchises available. For gamers it’s a lot of fun, and for LEGO obsessives, of which there are more than a few, collecting the sets is pretty much mandatory. Well, now there’s a whole new series of bricks to amass.
As the Marvel Universe continues to deal with the second Civil War, which is still a few months from completion, today sees the release of the first issue detailing a new team of super heroes – the Champions.
Bourne is back, but will he be able to go beyond the current Star Trek movie in release? Here’s our prediction:
Matt Damon returns to the title character of the latest Jason Bourne film, which brings with it returning director Paul Greengrass, lofty expectations and some lacklustre reviews. Could we be seeing yet another summer sequel that simply won’t cut it with audiences? All signs are pointing to yes. Look for a first place showing with $49 million.