Harbinger Down is a horror film throwback to the 80’s. The visual effects are all practical. Actress Camille Balsamo stops by in-studio.
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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
The Film Freak Movie Talk Show with Leo Quinones welcomes composer Danny Elfman and actor Jackie Earle Haley talking their new movie “Dark Shadows” . Also in studio director Brad Parker and writer Oren Peli talk about the insanely scary locales they chose for their movie “Chernobly Diaries”. “God Bless America” director Bobcat Goldthwait gives over tons of info on his new movie, and finally Leo goes over everything movies in his weekend movie update. Follow Leo Quinones @leoquinones and as always….Stay Classy!
As a kid, I barely remember the TV soap opera, “Dark Shadows.” The eerie theme song is forever seared in my memory. Tim Burton, Michelle Pfieffer & Johnny Depp were also Children of the Corn-y soap. Leave it to Tim & Johnny to pick ‘Shadows’ as their vampire vehicle.
I can’t really compare the two, meaning the movie & the TV series. I did not go back & revisit the old material. It’s widely known, that, for better or worse, this is now Tim Burton’s vision. As seen in the trailers, Barnabas Collins is a vampire buried alive for almost 200 years & released in the year 1972. This juxtaposition is supposed to the springboard for comedy situations.
But I found the film to be much darker than funny. You know that old saying, ‘Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned?’ Angelique (Eva Green) plays a servant who loves Barnabas Collins. (Johnny Depp) When the relationship goes south, things are compounded by the fact that she’s a witch. Hence the evil curse she places, which transforms Barnabas into a vampire, doomed for eternal damnation. She’s gives him the extended dirt nap too.
That’s the central theme at play here. This rivalry is the films’ beginning, middle & end. The bulk of the humor stems from the way Barnabas reacts to the tackiness of the times. Johnny Depp is indeed very interesting to watch on screen. He’s playing alot of this through his extended fingers & eyes. His makeup application was very extreme. A bit too much I’m afraid.
I always like to go over Vampire Rules. Barnabas casts no reflection in the mirror, (1) Point. Resistance to silver. (1) point. He seeks darkness, (1) point. Sunlight sizzles his skin & fingertips, (1) point. Original coffin brought in for slumber, (1) point. His ability to walk around in broad daylight, MINUS (5) points! It’s a bloody wash, folks.
Hardcore fans of the ‘Dark Shadows’ TV show have been left for scrap. It is what it is. This is signature Tim Burton: Weird & creepy right down the line. I liked this world, I just wish there were more laughs. Either it’s a dark vampire movie or it’s an out-and-out comedy. Tone is so tough. As you’ll see, it’s just about impossible to combine the two. Dark Shadows is rated PG-13.
Barnabas Collins is getting with the times. He’s now following me on Twitter. You can too @leoquinones
Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows goes for the laughs. It’s a fish-out-of-water story, with a vampire. Unlike Team Edward, Barnabas Collins is a vampire who doesn’t cast a reflection in the mirror. This looks fun & silly to me. I can’t wait.
Check out Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, a blood-sucking lad from Liverpool, England circa 1752. Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows” creeps into theaters May 11th. I remember that show from when I was a kid. Johnny Depp used to race home to watch it after school. Johnny said, he didn’t know what it was about, but he knew, it was weird!
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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If I ever have a premontion about Death’s Design, you best follow me on Twitter @leoquinones. Cuz, when I get that eerie vision, I will certainly Tweet about it & quite possibly save your life.