After almost a decade since the first Saw film, which was written and directed by James Wan (Insidious, The Conjuring, Dead Silence), the eighth installment of the hit horror franchise is currently in active development.
There has been mixed criticism with the past seven Saw movies. The ratings for each film did not increase or decrease in a specific order, but they did vary. Some of the Saw movies were terrific, while others were pretty bad. I wonder what they can do with this new installment that will shock audiences and get them off guard, having them begging for another one. I am sure of one thing that would make this reboot fantastic… If the dynamic horror duo James Wan and Leigh Whannel returned to write and direct it. Now that would be great.
What are your thoughts on this new installment?
Yes, the title is not a trick of the eye. Coming in January of 2014 and directed by David Bruckner, The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes. The release date of this film has been changed. In December, Dimension films announced that they hope to have the film done in time to have a January 3rd release date… But, who knows. This could change.
Taking place in the late 70’s, The Lost Tapes gives you a look of the horrors that occurred after the original book and movie. An ambitious female television news intern, on the verge of breaking the most famous haunted house case in the world, leads a team of journalists, clergymen and paranormal researchers into an investigation of the bizarre events that will come to be known as The Amityville Horror… only to unwittingly open a door to the unreal that she may never be able to close. (Written by Conor Coyle, IMDB)
Directed by James DeMonaco, this upcoming horror film is probably one of the most original ideas I’ve seen in a while. For one night, and one night only each year, all crime is legal. This movie takes place sometime in the future in “new America”. The Purge brings up a good question to the table: If you could commit ANY crime for 12 hours in one night, what would you do? Go murder some innocent people, do some robbing, or stay locked inside your home?
The Purge centers on a specific family that is put to the test of just that. The violent, murderous outside world breaks into their house! Imagine how terrifying that is… One dark night, all murder is legal, and all of it bursts into your house. Not only are they psychotic murderers, but they have creepy masks on too! Could it get any worse for this frightened family?
If you’ve seen the trailer, you see that a man is running away in terror from someone (or something). One of the protagonists in the movie lets him in without knowing what the man can bring in! Have no idea what I’m talking about? Watch for yourself.
See The Purge in theaters June 7.
“ParaNorman” is a new stop-motion animated/horror/comedy flick centered on a misunderstood boy who can speak with the dead, takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse (IMBD). This is another great animated film by the creators of “Coraline” and “Corpse Bride”.
“ParaNorman” is a very fun, entertaining, creepy movie. This stop-motion film has great animation, a good story, and great acting as well. Kodi Smit-McPhee (also from the hit horror film “Let Me In”) was a perfect for the roll. Kodi is a very talented young actor who portrayed the protagonist, Norman’s roll amazingly… as did Tucker Albrizzi (Neil), Casey Affleck (Mitch), Anna Kendrick (Courtney), Leslie Mann (Norman’s mother), and all the other great actors.
This film was much darker than what I and HorrorCrone were expecting. It was funny, scary, disturbing, but also it was a bit dark, if you know what I’m saying. I recommend it for kids 10+ and kids who can handle the scary images!
I rate this movie a good 7.6/10 stars!
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HorrorCrone and I recently saw the hit vampire film, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”. This blockbuster was based off of a best-selling novel by Seth Grahame-Smith. And according to my horror companion, HorrorCrone, the movie is nothing like the book! The book is wholly historically accurate (except for the vampires, obviously), while the new movie is not wholly historically accurate, but is for some parts . Although the film and novel were written by the same person, the two are quite different… But I won’t get into more information on the book… That is HorrorCrone’s job.
Anyway; the film’s CGI and stunts were amazing! The way the blood and guts splattered was disgusting yet epic at the same time! The cinematography was fabulous! The way you see all of the fights between Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) and the vampires were brilliant. The vampires were horrifying! The way they looked and got around was extremely disturbing but in a good way. It kept you at the edge of your seat the whole movie, it was so intense. You really didn’t know what was coming for the innocent victims and Abraham.
“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” was directed and produced by Timur Bekmambetov, also produced by Tim Burton and Jim Lemley, and written by Seth Grahame-Smith. Great job to all the people who helped make this movie possible! I rate this film a 4.6/5 stars! I loved it and I hope for a sequel.
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Breaking Dawn Part 2’s plot: After the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi. (IMDB)
If you don’t already know, the “Twilight Saga’s” next movie is approaching theaters in November. Yep, that’s right… “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” hits theaters November 16, 2012. This looks like it’ll be a good one! And if you haven’t yet seen the last movie or read the book, you must be really confused.
As you can tell by watching the trailer, Bella has finally been turned and had a child! It was a girl, and Bella named her Renesmee. The way she was born was quite gruesome in Breaking Dawn part 1 and it actually killed Bella… But she’s back and ready to fight!
Breaking Dawn Part 2 is the final movie in the Twilight Saga… Or is it? All the Twilight fans hope not, but according to Stephanie Meyer, it is. But who knows, they could surprise us with a little sequel… I doubt it though.
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Guillermo del Toro’s “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” was another film I just got to see with my horror film companion, HorrorCrone. I must say, this horror (or shall I say, suspense/drama/mystery) was entertaining. It kept me at the edge of my seat. I really don’t understand why it didn’t do so well in the box office. The acting was great -especially from 12 year-old Bailee Madison who played to role of young Sally in the film-, the CGI and stunts were great, and overall I really enjoyed this film.
“Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” was based off of a film that originally was televised in 1973 directed by John Newland and written by Nigel McKeand. Shockingly (insert sarcasm), the 1973 original got better ratings than the 2011 remake. Although, the remake was still pretty amazing.
“Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” was one of those films that are great, but you really shouldn’t pay to see it. This is probably why it only made about $24M in the box office. The film didn’t even make to it’s budget ($25M). This is quite rare for a Guillmero del Toro film.
Overall, I rate this film a 7.6/10 stars.
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