Category: Clickables

New Alt-History Drama ‘Black America’ Announced

You’ve likely heard of Confederate, the recently announced alternate-history TV series from the showrunners of Game of Thrones, or at least the controversy surrounding it. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ vision of a modern day Confederate nation where slavery is still legal was criticised for a number of valid reasons. In fact, you can see our own executive editor Richard Newby quoted in this all-encompassing article about the backlash in The Hollywood Reporter. By what feels like a strange coincidence, or some karmic balancing of the universe, Amazon Studios has now announced the title and plot for the unnamed project they...

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Lupita Nyong’o Goes Undercover at SDCC

Look! A spark of joy! It’s no secret Lupita Nyong’o  was at SDCC this year promoting Black Panther. But she also secretly blessed fans with her presence at San Diego Comic-Con in a fabulously sparkly pink Power Ranger disguise/cosplay. She danced her way through the crowd, chatting and posing with unknowing patrons and just generally had an amazing time, as everybody should at Comic-Con. This amateur cosplayer wholeheartedly approves, and also wonders, who else has been hiding right under our noses dressed as Stormtroopers or Spiderman? Today she revealed her secret in a tweet, along with a montage of...

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Open The Vault with James Franco and Taryn Manning in New Trailer

Some of the best horror involves being trapped in a space where you might not be alone (Recently, remember The Void, Baskin, Autopsy of Jane Doe, or even Last Shift?) Besides being easy on the budget, tight-space thrillers force creativity and a quality of performance that stretches everyone involved. Only some are up to the challenge. The Vault is opening in Select Theaters & On Demand on Friday, September 1 and is directed by Dan Bush, who you might know from his previous film, The Signal. Taryn Manning (good ol’ Pennsatucky) and Francesca Eastwood (Final Girl) play badass sisters...

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Video Essay: Transformers and Film Studies by Lindsay Ellis

I’ve been following Lindsay Ellis’ in-depth video essays since her days under the moniker of Nostalgia Chick. Back when she began the show in 2008, her witty explorations of the strangest corners of the 90s film landscape were a rare example of genuine intelligent analysis meeting the areas of pop culture usually thought of as below the bar for such discourse. In recent years, Ellis’ output has developed into something even more impressive. Her Youtube channel is one I make sure to keep up to date with, for both her analytical video essays and her show “Loose Canon,” where she...

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Neill Blomkamp is Unleashed in Two Short Films for Oats Studios

While Neill Blomkamp hasn’t quite maintained the critical stride that catapulted his career after his debut feature, District 9, in 2009, there’s no doubt that he has carved out his place as one of our most unique genre filmmakers. With Oats Studios, Blompkamp launced an experimental film platform through which to showcase his latest short films. Fans of the director have said for some time that they’d like to see Blomkamp step away from the robotic exo-suits that became unifying aspects and aeshtetic commitments in his first three features. Oats Studios allows Blomkamp to chart a new path, to...

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The Untamed Teases out Our Primal Desires; See the Trailer Here

Just in time for the sticky sweet heat of July, Amat Escalante’s new drama-horror jam The Untamed is peeking from its mysterious depths. Simone Bucio plays the alluring Verónica who leads a troubled couple to a cave promising something inside that “only gives pleasure.” Hints of family drama and societal commentary about sexuality abound in this one. Personally, I don’t need to know much more than that to be ready to party, and The Untamed just shot to the top of my summer list.  Check out the gorgeous trailer: The Untamed hits theatres July 17. Featured Image: Adomeit...

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FSR’s Love Letter to The Man of a Thousand Faces

Meg Shields over at Film School Rejects has put together an almost-love-letter tribute to Lon Chaney (and his son, Lon Chaney, Jr.) of the silent film era. For those unfamiliar with his work, it’s an excellent primer to his multi-faceted contributions ranging from The Phantom of the Opera and beyond. For those who are, it’s a veritable treasure chest of historical gems and tie-ins to today’s themes in horror. Most interestingly, she cultivates an appreciation for Chaney’s deep understanding of humanity and the grotesque. “Chaney advocated for a space that collapsed the distance between horror and heartbreak. “Virg, make...

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Battlestar Galactica (2003) Cast Reunion at EW

As part of Entertainment Weekly‘s EW Reunites series, members of the Battlestar Galactica cast (Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Tricia Helfer, Grace Park, James Callis and Michael Trucco) along with writer/producer Ronald Moore got back together and talked about their time on the show (sadly, Jamie Bamber didn’t participate). Ron Moore begins by talking about how he first got involved, and the timeliness of the reboot following the September 11th attacks. Can read the full interview here.   Featured Image:...

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Video Essay: Romantic Literature and Alien: Covenant

Alien: Covenant continues the brave legacy of Prometheus. It refuses to regurgitate the conventions its franchise established, relying instead on the android to deliver its moments of horror. By focusing on David the android, Covenant becomes a part of the Romantic literary tradition of pushing against the boundaries of our understanding, twisting and permeating the boundaries between life and death (I wrote about this here). Like the quintessential Romantic novel Frankenstein, Alien: Covenant centers its characters around a search for an answer to our deepest existential questions: is there a meaning to life? Can our existence be explained entirely by...

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Midnighters Trailer Gets Away With Murder

Alex Essoe is back! Since her role in Starry Eyes, Essoe has been at the top of my list of who to keep an eye on as her career expands (and hopefully explodes.) In Julius Ramsay’s directorial debut Midnighters, she plays Lindsay Pittman, one half of a failing marriage that’s about to be marred by secrets and lies. It’s New Year’s Eve, the start of a new year and a new life, until the couple run into someone in the road who becomes added heavy baggage to their already struggling marriage. Everyone in this trailer seems almost too intense,...

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Vox Unwraps the Appeal of the Mummy, Ubisoft Not Far Behind

With news coming out of E3 that Assassin’s Creed:Origins will be taking place in Ancient Egypt, and the recent release of the Tom Cruise-flavoured The Mummy, it seems like a mysterious fascination with Ancient Egypt is making a comeback. Critics and audiences alike are considering the recent Blockbuster a lackluster start, but could this just be the beginning of a renewed celebration of one of the most complex and interesting times in human history? Aja Romano over at Vox has put together a great piece on why mummies are so fascinating, and why this year’s action hit was a...

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Happy Death Day Trailer Offers an Endless Celebration… Literally.

It’s never too early to start thinking about horror season, and today Universal Pictures dropped the full trailer for Happy Death Day, hitting theatres on Friday the 13th of October. Blumhouse is on a roll lately, now bringing us the story of Tree, a girl who seems doomed to repeat the same day reliving her own murder over and over again. In order to escape this personal nightmare, she has to find out who her killer is. It might seem like we already have too many weird Groundhog Day rip-offs, but just a second: Happy Death Day seems like...

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The Playlist Talks It Comes At Night and Tree of Life with Trey Edward Shults

Yesterday, Jordan Ruimy at The Playlist published an interview with recent horror film It Comes At Night director Trey Edward Shults. This is one of those rare conversations where the interviewer knows and deeply appreciates their subject’s work. Hot on the heels of It Comes At Night‘s theatrical release, Shults’ conversation covers his work with Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life, his first film Krisha, and how he got into making movies in the first place – by teaching himself. Much like his films, Shults is open about his influences no matter how difficult they might be. That’s just part...

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Killing Ground Trailer Amps Up Tent Terror

Summer is the best time for camping horror, and IFC Midnight brings us another promising Australian thrill with Killing Ground.  It has everything you need to feel alive this summer: a secluded beach, local weirdos, and a baby in danger. It doesn’t take much to sell me on another brutal Aussie kill-fest (remember Hounds of Love?) and watching a couple on a romantic getaway get more than they bargained for is almost always entertaining. Check out the trailer here: Killing Ground is in Theaters and On Demand on Friday, July 21, 2017 Featured Image: IFC...

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This Comedic Treatment of the Murder on the Orient Express Trailer Doesn’t Stop Being Funny

Earlier today, we showed you the new trailer for Murder on the Orient Express. Many took amused notice that the preview for the movie, which takes place in the 1930s, contains an off-putting needle drop moment introduction to Kenneth Branagh’s character scored by contemporary rock group Imagine Dragons. YouTube user TeamQuabs has now gifted us with a plethora of re-imaginings of this moment, each more absurd than the one before. And I can’t stop laughing. You can enjoy the video below and be sure to subscribe to their channel. Enjoy! Featured Image: 20th Century...

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