The Movie Interview with Leo Quinones welcomes Lin Shaye, star of Insidious Chapter 2. Follow Leo on Twitter @MovieInterview
The Movie Interview with Leo Quinones welcomes Lin Shaye, star of Insidious Chapter 2. Follow Leo on Twitter @MovieInterview
ADAM GREEN’s fast becoming one of the premiere names in the horror movie genre. I sat down with Adam to take about the 2nd season of “Holliston.’ We also dive into “Hatchet 3″ & his very particular taste in movie-blood. What a great guy. I hope you enjoy the interview. For more interviews, follow me on Twitter @leoquinones
“Paranormal Activity” is the new “Saw.” The third haunting is a prequel. It’s September 1988. It is the golden age of VHS recordings. These recordings show just how two young girls are terrorized by demons hiding under their covers. The pace is slow, but that’s intentional. The film making is minimalist to say the least. No score. Subtle special effects.
If you’ve seen the first two, you’re in for a couple of pretty good scares. I really don’t see too many people jumping in now without seeing the first two. In defense of this film, it is a stand alone & you’ll be up to speed. For me, I could feel myself tightening up as the suspense was building. I got a little jumpy. In the moment, I do get freaked. I’ve always been that way. But when the movie’s over, I jump in my car & forget about it. No lingering nightmares. That’s how I gauge these films, does the Freak-Out-Factor when you’re trying to sleep kick into play? I was fine.
I imagine, we’ll be right back here next year talking about # 4. Why is that? If audiences keep shelling out over 60 million bucks to see these films, rest assured, Hollywood will keep servin’ them up!
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I can barely remember John Carpenter’s 1982 version of, “The Thing,” which is the exact reason why it’s being remade in 2011. This time, the studio is going after young customers. It’s no secret: Teenage males drive box office sales! “The Thing” is tailor-made for a new generation ready for a good scare. All the usual suspects are here.
Close your eyes & you’ll hear the high-pitched squealing from, “Alien.” There’s a ton of “Alien” here. Remember, the company man who only wants to contain & monetize the specimen at all costs, even human life? What’s most obvious is seeing Kate Lloyd, (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) take on the female heroine persona ala Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley. It’s all there right down to the flame thrower.
So if you take away the baggage of seeing the other two versions of, “The Thing,” as if they never existed, odds are you’d have a heckuva good time at the movies. Again, that’s for first timers. As for me, there’s nothing new to report here. I’ve seen this movie already. “The Thing” is rated R for bloody, Sci-Fi images.
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Who better to haunt a house than Guillermo del Toro? He’s a masterful filmmaker & knows the beats of suspense and horror usually from the perspective of a little girl. Such is the worst case scenario in “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.” Sally (Bailee Madison, Just Go With It) is uprooted from her life on the west coast with her mother. Now she’s headed back East to live with her father Alex, (Guy Pearce) & his girlfriend, Kim (Katie Holmes.) The kicker: They’re living in a wicked old house with secret passages & danger at every corner.
Literally, before Sally has a chance to sneak a single episode of ‘Celebrity Rehab,’ the creepy-crawlies begin to wreak havoc. She starts hearing whispering voices and things start moving on their own. I’d have bailed. But kids are curious & Sally seeks out the voices in the darkest bottom of a 200 year old hidden basement. Yeah, let’s be friends she thinks.
Of course, adults are always the last ones to know or believe. So Sally gets in deeper & deeper with the creatures while the grown ups think she’s just a kiddo nutball. I liked the building suspense and tension. There’s also a couple of genuine, jump-out-of-your-seat moments. I was at a midnight show & people were having a good time screaming, then laughing at themselves for screaming.
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is rate R, but I don’t really know why. There’s blood, but not super bloody. There’s no bad language and no nudity. In fact, Katie Holmes’ character wears a full on bra to bed under her silk nightie. If that doesn’t take you out of a movie, nothing will.
Fans of the scare won’t be able to resist Don’t be Afraid of the Dark. I thought it was a pretty good movie. Thankfully, the filmmakers only provided us with 2D. I feel like I should thank someone for not hitting me over the head with the 3D mallet!
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When it comes to breaking down a movie like, “Fright Night,” the last thing anyone needs is an intellectual film critic know-it-all. Horror purists will balk at the idea of this remake or re-visioning of “Fright Night.” Who even cares!?! First & foremost, this vampire movie plays by the bloodsucker rulebook. Unlike the undead in “Twilight,” who walk triumphantly in the the blistering sun, the filmmakers paid attention to the Do’s & Don’ts of the genre. I appreciate the crosses, garlic, holy water, wooden stakes & finding the hidden masters’ lair.
What’s cool about “Fright Night” is its sexiness. Jerry (Colin Farrell) is hands down the horniest vampire. His female take downs are legendary! Strippers, MiLFs & high school hotties. Jerry’s favorite blood type is O….M.G. Farrell is perfect for the role with his eyes always peering, cautiously sniffing scents & scratching things during his scenes. On the other hand, Charlie (Anton Yelchin) is the clumsy & pasty kid tasked with doing away with a very tactical, 400 year old vampire.
The acting is solid. The cast also includes Toni Collette & a good performance from David Tennant, who plays a Las Vegas based occult-heavy magician, Peter Vincent. Ramin Djawadi’s musical score was just excellent. It just added a terrific layer of tension. Also, there’s the 3D factor. I have to say, this time around, the 3D plays really well. I hope you don’t mind having 3D blood spurting into your face.
The Vampire movie genre is alive and well. All I can say is, “Fright Night” was the bloodsucking torpedo that sank the USS Twilight for ‘2011’s Coolest Vampire Flick.’ Sorry Twi-hards.
“Fright Night” is Rated R for bloody violence & F Bombs.
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Jesse Eisenberg is Nick. A guy who hates his job, his boss & probably his life. What does he do for a living? He delivers pizzas like a NASCAR Ninja in just 30 Minutes or Less. Nick’s last delivery is gonna be a doozy. Two second rate losers (Danny McBride & Nick Swardson) hatch a plan to make quick money. Instead of robbing a bank themselves, they’ll strap a homemade bomb on a stranger & make him do it.
As you’ve seen in the trailer, once the bomb has been planted on Nick, he seeks help from his best friend Chet (Aziz Ansari). Armed with only knowledge of 80’s action flicks, these two idiots rob the local bank to the tune of 100,00 bucks.
Two familiar faces are scene stealers with limited screen time. First, the hitman (Michael Peña). Very funny. Also, from TV’s “Rules of Engagement,” is Bianca Kajlich who plays a local stripper. While dancing on Danny McBride, Bianca goes full blown topless. No special digital effects or enhancements. Man, the one time I want 3D & it’s not even there.
The idea of these two numb nuts getting away with this high profile robbery in Grand Rapids, Michigan is certainly a stretch. You’ll just have to go with it. It’s a straight up rated R stoner comedy. If you dug “Pineapple Express,” this is your movie.
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There’s an old saying, ‘Give the people what they want.’ And what they want is yet another dose of ” Final Destination.” The popular film series flies in the face of everything. It just doesn’t care. It’s all about scary premonitions & Death’s Design. The TV spots have given away so much. What the audience wants to see, disturbing as it may seem, is beautiful people getting maimed, twisted & crunched in the most incredulous deaths imaginable.
Instead of being shocked & horrified, the crowd just laughs & cheers! This time around, a bridge collapses & all but eight people on board escape with their lives. Well, if you’ve seen the trailer, Creepy Coroner guys says, “Death doesn’t like to be cheated.” One by one the survivors get picked off in a way sinister manner. Death’s scenarios have been well documented in every TV spot. There’s the Lasik Eye Exam, the gymnast & the sensual Asian massage parlor & more!
When it comes to Final Destination 5, you best not over think it. I saw it with a sold out crowd & they ate it up. They were straight up laughing as the actors delivered their ‘serious’ lines. Every time someone gets taken out, you can hear the ‘Ohhhhhhh-turn-into-sheer-laughs.’
I must admit, Final Destination 5 was super fun. It’s rated R for extreme violence, but less nudity than Final Destination 4. What’s up with that? Personally speaking, I thought Final 3’s topless girl slow-cooking in the tanning bed death was a high point in the series.
The 3D thing is so played out…in the first 5 minutes! 3D opening credits show slow motion with things coming at you all through shattered glass. Yawn. A hammer. A prosthetic arm. A skull. A tire. A Metal Rod. Yawn. A brick. By the start of the movie, the 3D is totally on your nerves. Save 4-5 bucks by seeing Final 5 in 2D.
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LAPD criminal profiler, Russell Spivey (Mark Thompson) has the toughest job imaginable. All too often, his duty takes him to humanties’ darkest places. Spivey’s uncanny talent: Assessing physical evidence from brutal murder crime scenes & creating viable theories as to why the perpetrator commits to such evil.
In terms of tone, “2:13″ reminds me of “Se7en,” “Anamorph” & “Manhunter.” The chase for the killer(s) is on & it’s a very clever ride. This isn’t your typical, throw-together, low budget horror flick. 2:13 has many layers, textures & nuances. Many of which are so subtle, you’ll need a second viewing.
Technically, the sound design is excruciatingly detailed. Whether it’s a menacing, pulsating & accelerating bass line or the simple familiar sound of pencil writing on a notepad. It’s there & sound adds yet another layer. In the end, the villain in the piece isn’t a Body Snatcher, an alien, a Terminator or even a Great White Shark. It’s the most feared villain of all, is the one who walks right by us in a crowd.
If you’re looking for a suspense thriller peppered with horror, terror & darkness, look no further than 2:13. It’s a well made film. The solid cast includes Kevin Pollack, Teri Polo, Dwight Yoakam & Mark Pellegrino. 2:13 arrives on DVD Tuesday June 28th. For more insights, photos & webisodes check out the official website at http://www.213themovie.com/ SPOILER ALERT ON A FEW WEBISODES!
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