Movie Review: POLTERGEIST

POLTERGEIST (2015) | ©2015 20th Century Fox/MGM

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Charbino, Kyle Catlett, Kennedi Clements, Jane Adams, Jared Harris, Susan Heyward, Nicholas Braun Writer: David Lindsay-Abaire, story by Steven Spielberg Director: Gil Kenan Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: May 22, 2015 In 1982, POLTERGEIST was largely deemed to be scary as hell. A haunted house tale with extra oomph, it incited everything front nightmares to (in especially impressionable viewers) strange TV viewing habits. The film spawned two sequels, a non sequitur TV series, and now, thirty-three years later, it has an official remake. Despite the fact that POLTERGEIST hardly needs a […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: FRIDAY THE 13th: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION

FRIDAY THE 13th - THE COMPLETE COLLECTION | ©2013 Warner Bros. / Paramount Pictures

Original Release Date: September 13, 2013 Distributor: Warner Bros./Paramount Pictures Suggested Retail Price: $129.95 The FRIDAY THE 13th films may be wildly loved by horror fans (and those with nostalgia filled eyes for the good old days of slasher movies), the treatment on DVD and Blu-ray has been a splotchy one at best. Every time Paramount has attempted to do a box set or repackage the films, it always feels like something is lacking. It’s a damned if you do, damned if you don’t thing. The problem being, the first eight movies in the franchise were low budget efforts and […]Read On »

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Movie Review: RED DAWN

RED DAWN movie poster | ©2012 FilmDistrict

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Connor Cruise, Jeffrey Dean Morgan Writers: Carl Ellsworth and Jeremy Passmore, based on the screenplay by Kevin Reynolds and John Milius, story by Kevin Reynolds Director: Dan Bradley Distributor: FilmDistrict Release Date: November 21, 2012 Whether you remember director John Milius’ 1984 RED DAWN as a bona fide classic, a camp entertainment or a WTF bit of paramilitary fantasy, the new remake stands up poorly. In the original, a handful of teenagers come together as a rebel unit that fights against the Russian occupation of the United […]Read On »

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Comic-Con 2012 News: The scoop on the TOTAL RECALL remake and how different it is from the 1990 original

TOTAL RECALL poster | ©2012 Sony Pictures

How different is the new TOTAL RECALL remake? Director Len Wiseman spoke to the press at Comic-Con 2012 about his new film which is also based on the Phillip K. Dick short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale”. “There are things that are definitely drawn from the films as well as the short story,” says Wiseman. “I was intrigued by the way the characters were dealt with in this won. They were familiar characters, but done in a different context.” Colin Farrell is Quaid this time out, with Kate Beckinsale playing his double-crossing wife and Jessica Biel as […]Read On »

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First Look: The full-length TOTAL RECALL trailer is finally here

TOTAL RECALL poster | ©2012 Sony Pictures

Sony Pictures gave a short tease for the new TOTAL RECALL trailer late last week, and now the full-length version has finally arrived. A remake of the classic 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger film, the new Len Wiseman directed film based on the Philip L. Dick novel puts Colin Farrell in the title role of a man in the distant future who is discovers his memories have been falsified and realizes he’s a spy and now must escape the futuristic bad guys trying to stop him. The film also stars Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel and arrives in theaters on August 3, […]Read On »

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CD Review: THE THREE MUSKETEERS soundtrack

THE THREE MUSKETEERS soundtrack | ©2011 Milan Records

Whether you’re a composer doing a new take on pirates from the Caribbean or England’s most famous detective, it seems impossible now to play it straight for movies determined to hip up the look, and sound of historically iconic characters. Hence, a plethora of soundtracks that apply the incongruities of electric guitar-topped orchestras and satirical ethnic stylings to accompany multiplex costume spectaculars. So make no mistake that Paul Haslinger’s latest iteration of Alexandre Dumas’ swashbucklers is going to give you the gloriously traditional symphonic strains that Herbert Stothart applied to the 1948 version of THE THREE MUSKETEERS, let alone the […]Read On »

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The Dork Side: What Royal Wedding?

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I know that everyone is wetting their knickers over the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, but I couldn’t be more indifferent. The only way I could care less is if you told me that Train is going to be the band at the reception. Does this mean I have to hand over my chick card? My chick card is about to expire anyway. I was going to make an appointment at the Department of Chicks and Broads, but I’m afraid if I go down there they will take it away from me, or make me take the […]Read On »

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First Look Photos of new FRIGHT NIGHT remake starring Colin Farrell

Anton Yelchin in FRIGHT NIGHT | ©2011 DreamWorks

The remake of the 1985 horror/comedy film FRIGHT NIGHT hits theaters August 19, but DreamWorks just released these first look photos from the movie. The remake stays true to the original when an all-American boy Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) discovers his next door neighbor Jerry Dandrige (Colin Farrell) is a vampire. To help him, Charley calls on Vegas showman Peter Vincent (David Tennant) to help him put a stake in Dandrige’s evil plans. The remake is directed by Craig Gillespie from a script by Marti Noxon and story by Tom Holland. Check out the new photos below. Follow us on […]Read On »

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Exclusive: The latest news on Disney’s THE BLACK HOLE remake

THE BLACK HOLE movie poster (1979) | ©1979 Disney Enterprises, Inc.

While speaking to director Joe Kosinski about the Blu-ray/DVD release of TRON: LEGACY (which arrives on April 5), ASSIGNMENT X spoke to the helmer about one of his next projects – the reboot of Disney’s 1979 cult classic THE BLACK HOLE. “THE BLACK HOLE is currently being written by a really talented writer named Travis Beacham who wrote the film PACIFIC RIM that Guillermo Del Toro is directing as we speak,” says Kosinski. “With BLACK HOLE, we’re going to be able to take people on a deep space mission to a black hole and it’s going to be fantastic.” Whereas […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE

I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE Blu-ray | © 2011 Anchor Bay Home Entertainment

Stars: Sarah Butler, Chad Lindberg, Rodney Eastman Writer: Stuart Morse based on the 1978 screenplay by Meir Zarchi Director: Steven R. Monroe Distributor: Anchor Bay Suggested Retail Price: $34.99 I get a little sick of all the lame remakes or reimagining or whatever you call them because they are either a straight remake of the original or they screw it up entirely ruining any legacy the film may have had. The original 1978 I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE was a marvel of shock, Grindhouse style and quite frankly like nothing else that had been seen where an innocent woman is […]Read On »

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