Author: Richard Newby

Jackin’ It: The Mad Masculinity of Jack Nicholson

“Don’t come any closer,” a young man says brandishing a firearm. Not only are those words filled with conviction, but the performance attached to them displays the tortured petulance and the ability to swing from restless calm to mad fury (all with manic ease) that would define a career. The film is 1958’s The Cry Baby Killer, the kind of teenage drive-in fare that could have inspired so many after-school specials yet to come. And the young man brandishing the gun, the titular cry baby killer, is 21-year-old Jack Nicholson. Here, in his screen debut, he’s already hinting at the...

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Book to Box Office: Gerald’s Game

Book to Box Office: Gerald’s Game Based On: Gerald’s Game by Stephen King Expected Release Date: Netflix TBA 2017 Director: Mike Flanagan Summary: When Jessie’s husband, Gerald, dies in the midst of their sex games, she’s left handcuffed to a bed in a cabin in the woods where she must struggle to survive while confronting the horrors of her past and a stranger who comes by moonlight. Working For It: By now you’ve heard us praise Mike Flanagan time and time again. He’s displayed his ability to handle interesting and character driven stories with narrative twists and neat visual...

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The Devil’s Candy Hits the Sweet Spot

Overview: A heavy-metal loving painter and his family move into a house that promises tranquility and inspiration, but offers so much more when the hellish visions begin and the previous occupant comes knocking. IFC Midnight; 2017; Not Rated; 79 minutes. Moth into Flame: Horror iconography has always been a staple of heavy metal, and in turn much of contemporary horror has become infused with heavy metal through soundtrack and aesthetic. Metal has been used as a doorway to satanic forces, playing on the fears of parents’ groups, and has scored the violence in countless scenes of bloodshed. In horror...

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Annabelle: Creation Trailer Furthers Our Fear of Creepy Dolls

Here’s the first trailer for David F. Sandberg’s The Conjuring spin-off, Annabelle: Creation! The first Annabelle film didn’t fare so well with critics. Personally, I found it enjoyable, if an unmemorable installment to what’s now being branded as The Conjuring Universe. But David F. Sandberg impressed critics and audiences with last summer’s Lights Out, giving us renewed faith in Annabelle: Creation. Best case, we’re hoping this will be a Ouija: Origin of Evil Scenario where the prequel film far surpasses the original, rewrites the rules, and gives us a bunch of clever setpieces. Annabelle: Creation returns on August 11th, 2017. Featured...

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The Monster is Loose in Latest The Mummy Trailer

Here’s our new look at The Mummy, the first in Universal’s impending Monsterverse franchise! The Mummy looks like a pretty cool blend of action, adventure, and horror. In fact, it doesn’t look so different from the Brendan Fraser film except for it’s modern day setting, and the presence Tom Cruise (this isn’t a bad thing as those first two Fraser movies were very entertaining). The tone and style isn’t particularily unsurprising since Universal is hoping to launch a franchise worthy of going up against the superhero-led cinematic universes. We’d never bet against a blockbuster led by Cruise, and Sofia Boutella...

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