The deaths keep coming in the red-band trailer for Eli Roth's earthquake gorefest Aftershock. I count seven distinct deaths in this clip, which is just shy of two minutes, but with all the lootin' and a stabbin' going on in the background, I'm clearly being conservative. Roth gets to preside over his own frightfest, too. He's front and center in this video as Gringo, a sensitive-sounding guy who just wants to meet a nice girl at an underground Chilean disco. Alas, as the old Nazareth song goes, "Love Hurts." more »
Hey, what's with cats and horror? By the end of the day, everyone in your office will be talking about the eye-popping (literally) werewolf-transformation scene from the Eli Roth-produced Netflix series Hemlock Grove. If you haven't seen it, I've posted it below. Just make sure you've digested your lunch and that your boss isn't watching. It's that graphic. more »
WATCH: 'The Last Exorcism Part II' Trailer Suggests Possession Is Good For The Chiropractic Business
Apparently The Last Exorcism was a misnomer because I have here a trailer for The Last Exorcism Part II. Since the movie is not subtitled (This Time We Really Mean It), I'm going to assume that the finality of poor Ashley Bell's possession (and the future employment actress who plays her, Nell Sweetzer) will be dependent upon box-office results and VOD earnings. I'm also going to bet that if there is a Part III, it won't star Sofia Coppola — that's a little Godfather joke — and the poster and trailer will feature images of an even more grotesquely contorted Sweetzer. more »
Eli Roth is going off the grid. For the cannibal pic The Green Inferno, Roth tells Movieline he's taking a small crew to a remote village up the Amazon River that has "no electricity, no running water, nothing." Producers recruited many of the 200 native villagers to play extras in the horror film by screening the cult film Cannibal Holocaust. It was the first movie they'd seen in their lives, Roth remarked. "They thought it was a comedy!"
Also in Wednesday morning's round-up of news briefs, Charlie Sheen takes a bite at Axl Rose at a Slash Walk of Fame ceremony. Jason Bateman is heading behind the camera (and in front) for his directorial debut. And new projects for Anna Kendrick and Adam Brody.
Star Wars opened 35 years ago today, which prompted Movieline pal Mike Ryan to probe the memories of contemporary filmmakers for a collective glimpse at the film's towering influence. It's a pretty diverse sample, from Jon Favreau to Diablo Cody to Gary Ross to Simon Pegg, but for my money, nothing beats Eli Roth's illustrated Star Wars comics... from age 8.
Also in Thursday morning's round of Biz Break: Philip Seymour Hoffman is in the running for a spy thriller, The Dictator comes under fire as a modern-day minstrel show, and more...
Ten years ago, after completing his 20th film in 27 years, filmmaking legend John Carpenter took a sabbatical from filmmaking. "I was tired," he explained to Movieline, pointing to a decades-long career spent filming one project after the next, including genre classics like Halloween, The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, and They Live. "I had given up my personal life and given up my health -- given up a lot of things, because of my love of movies, and I'd stopped loving cinema."