Author: Richard Newby

The Punisher is Out for Blood in First Trailer for the Netflix Series

Here’s the first full trailer for Marvel’s The Punisher! First off, this trailer gets major props for the use of Metallica’s “One.” And secondly, Jon Bernthal’s take on Frank Castle as a rage animal is really something to behold. The series, delving into government conspiracies and covert operations looks like it’ll pull significantly from Garth Ennis’ Punisher MAX run, which will certainly differenate its arc from the previous Punisher films. With Hannibal and Narcos Producer and writer, Steve Lightfoot as showrunner, there’s a high that The Punisher will be one of Marvel/Netflix’s best collaborations. Netfix is teasing out the...

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Go Deeper into the World Before Blade Runner 2049 in the Second of Three Shorts

Following the release of short film Nexus: 2036, Luke Scott brings us the second of three short Blade Runner stories, Nowhere to Run, which further expands the world of Blade Runner and sets up the events of Denis Villeneuve’s sequel. This short introduces us to Dave Bautista’s “rogue skin-job” Sapper, in the year 2048, and sets up the future confrontation between him and Ryan Gosling’s K. Blade Runner 2049 will be released on October 6th, 2017. Featured Image: Warner...

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Lara Croft’s Adventure Begins in Tomb Raider Trailer

Here’s our first look at Roar Uthaug’s (The Wave) Tomb Raider Reboot! While the trailer consists mostly of action beats, it does strike the right tone and look for Tomb Raider. Based on Square Enix’s rebooted game series, Tomb Raider looks like it’s going to draw heavily from the 2013 game’s action beats and set pieces, with a few surprises thrown in. Alicia Vikander is perfectly cast as Lara Croft, and hopefully the Oscar winner can set a new trend for video game movies. All signs point to Tomb Raider being a blast, and putting the action heroine back...

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God Help You: Noah, mother! and Aronofsky’s Mythic Domestic Horrors

**Spoilers for mother!”** Before the premiere of mother! at the Toronto Film Festival, Darren Aronofsky handed out prayer cards, entitled “mother’s prayer,” a variation on the Lord’s Prayer. It was a move that was deemed by many to be a stunt, a gimmicky attempt to stir up buzz. And perhaps it was a stunt in part. But, Aronofsky has always been passing out prayers, attempts to find, understand, and interpret the will and whims of God, or perfection, through his films. It’s been done through numbers (Pi), through the unsustainable high (Requiem for a Dream), the quest for immortality...

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Jennifer Lawrence is an Assassin in Red Sparrow Teaser

Jennifer Lawrence re-teams with Francis Lawrence for the espionage thriller, Red Sparrow, based on the novel by Jason Matthews. The teaser immediately draws to mind Marvel’s Black Widow, but if Marvel Studios won’t cash in on that idea, other studios will clearly make their own version, albeit R-rated. Francis Lawrence has always displayed a keen visual style, and the the cold world of espionage fits him well, while also providing Jennifer Lawrence an oppurtunity to tackle a specific kind of character, defined by tropes, and make it her own. While the teaser doesn’t give away too much in terms of...

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InSession Film Podcast Talks IT (Feat. Richard Newby)

On my fourth visit to the InSession Film Podcast, things got a little scary. I had the oppurtunity to discuss Andy Muschietti’s IT over the weekend with JD Duran and Brendan Cassidy. But it wasn’t all nightmares and trauma, as we delved into why the film works as well as it does, and examined the emotional and social themes that make IT such a horror event. We also discussed our Top 3 favorite scenes from Stephen King adaptations, which wasn’t as easy to narrow down as I initially thought. As always it was a pleasure to join them, and...

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Christine Returns in New John Carpenter Directed Music Video

John Carpenter has returned to filmmaking! Well, sorta. The John Carpenter compilation album, John Caprtenter Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998, is being released by Sacred Bones in October. To commemorate the occasion John Carpenter directed a music video this his Christine theme. This marks the master of horror’s first narrative film work since 2010’s The Ward. While it may only a little over four minutes, it’s a wonderful treat, and enough to make us clamor for more Carpenter content.   Hopefully there will be more Carpenter music videos for some of his classic themes still to come! You can pre-order the...

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I’m Your Number One Fan: Misery and Perfecting Time, Tone, and Tension

Overview: When a car accident leaves famous author Paul Sheldon for dead in the middle of a blizzard, his life is saved by his number one fan, Annie Wilkes. As Paul recovers, he realizes that he isn’t just Annie’s patient. He’s her prisoner, and she’s got strong opinions about the next stage of his career. Columbia Pictures; 1990; Rated R; 107 minutes. Cold Comfort Rob Reiner’s adaptation of Stephen King’s 1987 novel manages what very few adaptations of the master of horror’s works manage to do. While things that go bump in the night often take precedence when we...

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IT Forces Us to Come to Terms With the Horror of Nostalgia

Overview: A group of kids band together over the course of a summer to defeat an ultimate evil disguised as a clown. Warner Bros; 2017; Rated R; 135 minutes. Want a Balloon?: Fear. It’s something that many of us encounter every day in some way or another, and in 2017 that’s particularly true. There are very real-world, concrete fears that pull at us, weigh us down, and sometimes sink us. So many of our best modern horror movies speak to that fact, so much so that even the supernatural becomes grounded, a reflection of our modern societal anxieties. This...

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Unlock the Trailer for Insidious: The Last Key

Here’s the first trailer for Adam Robitel’s (concluding?) chapter of the Indisidious franchsie, Insidious: The Last Key. Admittedly, I’ve fallen a bit behind on the Insidious franchise, having missed the third entry, but I’m a big fan of the first two. But after this trailer, I’m ready to catch up and prepare myself for Adam Robitel’s entry. Robitel, who we interviewed a couple years ago took horror audiences by surprise with The Taking of Deborah Logan. We’ve been eagerly anticipating his next feature, and The Last Key looks like it’ll make good on the long wait. It’s kind of...

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First Trailer for Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird Promises Sharp Coming of Age Woes

Here’s the first trailer Greta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut, Lady Bird. If you’re a fan of and familar with Greta Gerwig’s work (which we are!) it’s clear that Lady Bird is very much sticking to her dependable, witty, and optimisitc voice. Saoirse Ronan seems in many ways to be a take on the kind of character we’ve seen Gerwig play before, but we believe that her casting and specific ability to emote will give the film a different, and more youthful perspective than films like Frances Ha or Mistress America. There have been a string of really great, female-driven...

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Mudbound Trailer Points to Netflix Joining the Oscar Race

Here’s the first trailer for Dee Rees’ sweeping period epic, Mudbound. The film tells the story of two men, one black and one white, who return to Mississipii after WWII and must adjust to the rampant racism and changing face of the America south. With a cast including Jason Mitchell, Garrett Hedlund, Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Mary J. Blige, Kelvin Harrison Jr, and Jonathan Banks, Mudbound may feature the most stacked cast  a Netflix Original film has had. Dee Rees, who garned attention and critical acclaim for her films Bessie and Pariah, is sure to be a name that...

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Become Bound to the Trailer for Gerald’s Game

  Just in time for Stephen King month, here’s the trailer for Mike Flanagan’s adaptation of Gerald’s Game! Gerald’s Game has long been considered one of King’s most difficult works in terms of adaptation. But if anyone can handle it it’s the team of Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard, who have managed to shock and surprise us with their collaborations on Oculus, Before I Wake, and Ouija: Origin of Evil. We’re confident that by the end of September, Gerald’s Game will join IT as one of the best Stephen King adaptations. Gerald’s Game will be available on Netflix on...

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10 Stephen King Novels That Deserve Modern Adaptations

If this year has showcased anything in terms of pop culture trends, it’s that we’re in the midst of a renaissance of sorts in terms of Stephen King adaptations. While not every adaptation this year has panned out in terms of critical or box office expectations, King’s name has certainly been on many tongues and minds this year as we saw a number of new star-studded adaptations of his work. With The Dark Tower, Mr. Mercedes released, and IT (so close!), Gerald’s Game, 1922, and television series Castle Rock and The Dark Tower still to come, it’s clear that...

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Explore the World Before 2049 in the First of Three Blade Runner Shorts

Like Alien: Covenant, and Prometheus before it, the latest Ridley Scott production is releasing short film prequels, this time via Collider, that tie into the film. Setting up Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, this short titled Nexus: 2036, gives us some hints at the state of the world in the film. Directed by Luke Scott, the short introduces us to Jared Leto’s Niander Wallace, who appears to be one of the film’s central threats. The short may also suggest, albeit subtley, further ties between the Blade Runner and Alien franchises, which is something Scott introduced in the  in the...

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