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The slow burn is a technique that’s been all but abandoned in American horror films. While some movies can boast to have slow openings before they get to the goods, it’s a truly rare thing for the best feature of a film to be the slow, suspenseful build-up of tension as the audience begins to realize, along with the characters, that for lack of a better phrase, shit’s about to get real. This is part of what makes Ti West’s 1980′s horror tribute, House of the Devil, so special, and even more rare for a horror film, so scary. Hit the jump for my full review, and make sure not to read it alone…

A New NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET Trailer To Haunt Your Dreams

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The parents of Elm Street have been keeping a terrible secret, and on April 30th that secret will be out, bursting into the nightmares of their children.  That’s right, Platinum Dunes’ A Nightmare on Elm Street is only two short months away.  I you’ve been following the development of this re-imagining/remake as close as we have, you may want to check out Steve’s set visit report. Last night, the films producers treated all us fans of the Son of a Hundred Maniacs by posting a new trailer for the flick on myspace.

While the first trailer, gave us brief glimpses of Jackie Earl Haley as the undead, child-murderer Freddy Krueger, this new trailer is all about showing us the goods without over doing it.  Not only we get a few tantalizing peeks at the new face of the dream demon, but we get several pieces of dialogue, including one line that is sure to live on as one of Freddy’s greatest, and one hell of a creepy laugh.  It’s clear that this isn’t a Freddy who jokes around, he’s a sick bastard who’s mad as hell and will gut you without a thought. From the footage we’ve seen, it’s safe to say the Haley has something special for audiences when the film debuts.  Until then…1,2, Freddy’s coming for you…

Hit the jump to check out the trailer, the official synopsis, and then say a prayer.

Bruce Willis Says “Worldwide” DIE HARD 5 May Shoot Next Year

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In a new interview with MTV Movies Blog for his upcoming action/comedy, Cop Out, action demi-god Bruce Willis let slip a few nuggets on the fifth installment of the venerable Die Hard franchise. According to Willis, the latest wrong place, wrong time adventure of everyman cop, John McClain, could be starting principle photography as soon as next year. Willis also mentions that he’d be excited to work with Len Wiseman, director of 2007′s Live Free or Die hard, the successful third sequel to the original film. For a few more of Bruce’s ideas on the fifth film and a couple musings on the Die Hard series, hit the jump…before it explodes.

New Details on Remake of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK

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Things have been kind of quiet concerning the remake of John Carpenter’s 1981 classic Escape from New York starring Kurt Russell as the one-eyed bad ass, Snake Plissken, who is sent into a post-disaster New York city to rescue the President from an island full of criminals and Isaac Hayes. While once rumored to star Gerard Butler with Len Wiseman at the helm, the project has been stuck in development hell for quite a while now. Well it looks like things are starting to heat back up for the remake, with new details on how the New York penal colony will be realized and how Snake’s character will be handled. Hit the jump to read on.

WHITEOUT Blu-ray Review

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Immediately, the premise of Whiteout, the 2009 thriller based upon Greg Rucka’s graphic novel of the same name, is both intriguing and exciting; a U.S. Marshal hiding from her personal demons in the most isolated place on Earth, Antarctica, stumbles upon a dead body out in the middle of the frozen wilderness, becoming embroiled in the first homicide investigation in the history of the continent. While the promise of the concept is in many ways delivered upon, the resulting film leaves some things to be desired. Read the rest of my review of the Kate Beckinsale vehicle after the jump.

More SPIDER-MAN Reboot Details: Lower Budget, Higher Drama

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Hope your spider-senses are tingling out there because we’ve got more news on the upcoming Spider-Man reboot from Sony/Columbia Pictures. As most of you already know, the short list of filmmakers being pitched around to take up the reigns of the new Spidey franchise, which contained names like Fincher and Cameron (who was spearheading the effort to bring the webbed wonder to the silver screen in the early nineties), was quickly pared down, leaving 500 Days of Summer director, Marc Webb, the man in charge. I’m going to spare you all the joke about it being meant to be… no I won’t; Webb, Spider-Man, get it?! Anyway, now we’ve got a few more details about the story angle and scope that the studio is shooting for with this new take on the world of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, not the least of which being that the new film is rumored to be budgeted in the $80 million range. That’s almost half the budget of the first film back in 2002!

THR hit with the news that the studio is aiming for the relatively low budget of $80 million, also looking to cast the film with unknown actors. This is understandable, as you want the audience to associate the characters with the actors and not the personality of the actor themselves. It’s the reason Christopher Reeve is still Superman in our hearts and minds, it was the first thing anybody ever saw him in. The budget is a bit more troubling as it seems the studio is cutting out the spectacle that audiences have come to expect from a Spider-flick, perhaps wanting to disassociate the new series from Raimi’s films as much as possible. But are they really expecting general audiences to respond after cutting out the main reason Tom, Dick, and Harry go to see these movies? It’s a bit of a craps shoot. Of course now the Spider-Man name is enough to get people in the door. For more on this and a few story details, pull on your spandex and hit the jump.

TEKKEN Trailer Hits (and Kicks) the Web

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The video game movie has long been the bastard step child of cinematic adaptations, often casting unknown talent before and behind the camera working from a script that someone wrote while they were writing 30 other things. Anyway, the trailer for new video game adaptation, Tekken, indicates that this will not be changing any time soon. It kinda looks like the trailer’s editor was a big fan of the game, particularly the strategy of just mashing all the buttons on the controller and just hoping for the best. Though you do have to give the filmmakers of Tekken props for actually making a movie based on a fighting tournament game and actually featuring a fighting tournament in the film (I’m looking at you, STREET FIGHTER). Check out the trailer for yourself after the jump:

Jenna Fischer Could be Giving Owen Wilson a HALL PASS

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Most people like the American version of  The Office, and even those who don’t love Jenna “Pam Beasley” Fischer. It’s science, trust me. With that in mind, it should come as good news that Fischer is in talks to join Owen Wilson in the new Farrelly Brothers-directed comedy, Hall Pass. Fischer would play Wilson’s wife, who gives him a “hall pass” to sleep with another woman of his choosing.  However, as THR reports, she takes part in the philandering as well.  My assumption is hilarity will ensue.  Jason Sudeikis is also attached to the film as Wilson’s best friend who gets a similar deal from his wife, a part which has yet to be cast.

It’s been a while since we’ve seen a great comedy from the Farrelly Brothers. Dumb and Dumber is one of the most quotable and hilarious films of the nineties, and There’s Something About Mary pretty great as well, but somewhere between that flick and Stuck on You, the Farrelly’s seemed to have lost a bit of their juice. It looked like they were set to take the challenge from comedy audiences again with their bizarre and possibly genius casting for their Three Stooges re-imagining, but I’m not sure what the fate of that project is at the moment, although Sean Penn has returned to the film after departing last June . Still, the premise for Hall Pass sounds pretty strong, if not a bit sitcom-esque, and with talent like Fischer then it could join the ranks of the Brothers’ other classic comedies.


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Happy Halloween, Collider readers. Being the kind of guy I am, I’ve decided to forgo the tricks this year and offer up some treats. Specifically, some exclusive coverage of this year’s AFI Fest in Hollywood. Tonight that means two reviews of some of my most anticipated films that made their debuts over the last two nights. First up, we’ve got Wes Anderson’s “The Fantastic Mr. Fox”, followed by Joe Dante’s “The Hole”. Hit the jump to check them out.

Dylan Baker to Return as Dr. Curt Connors in SPIDER-MAN 4

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It may have been a foregone conclusion, but Dylan Baker himself confirmed the good news that he would indeed be reprising his role as Peter Parker’s one-armed Professor/mentor, during a Q&A for Mike Dougherty’s “Trick-r-Treat” (which, by the way, everyone should see, because it’s awesome). While Dr. Connors has appeared in minor roles in the first two Spidey flicks, usually with fewer lines than Bruce Campbell, there has been constant chatter on the interwebs that this may be the film where we finally see Connors transform into the vicious Lizard. For a few more details on what was said at the Q&A, change out your web cartridge and hit the jump.

YEAR ONE Blu-ray Review

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It has often been said that a film is not simply the sum of its parts. Well in “Year One”, starring Jack Black and Michael Cera, featuring a slew of star cameos, and directed by Harold Ramis, this is proven true. This not very funny comedy is not simply the sum of its parts. It’s much less. We know Jack Black can be funny. We know Michael Cera can be funny. We know Harold Ramis can write, direct AND be funny. However, these talents just fail to add up and as a consequence, “Year One” is not only a bit of an incomprehensible mess, it’s also not funny. Hit the jump for the rest of my review.

Selena Gomez Knows WHAT BOYS WANT

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Okay, so, everybody who loved the Mel Gibson vehicle, “What Women Want” raise your hand. Well too bad, you’re getting a sequel/spinoff thing anyway. That’s right, “What Boys Want” is coming our way, a comedy starring 17-year-old Disney starlet, Selena Gomez as a teenage girl who develops the ability to read the minds of men. Sounds, hilarious, I know. Hit the jump for more.

Will Jackie Earl Haley Play Sinestro in Director Martin Campbell’s GREEN LANTERN?

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Hope all your power rings are charged up, residents of Sector 2814, because today I come bearing news from Oa as it appears “Green Lantern” director Martin Campbell is closing in on a cast to surround the ring bearer himself, Ryan Reynolds. While nothing is final at this point, a healthy rumor has come around suggesting that a certain geek god actor is in talks to play the greatest Green Lantern and Hal Jordan’s mentor, Sinestro. To find out who this might be, and for a few other emerald goodies, say your oath and hit the jump.

Neil Marshall and Sam Raimi Are About to BURST in 3D

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With his Roman soldier survival flick, “Centurion”, still yet to released, Scottish writer/director Neil Marshall, the man behind brilliant horror flicks “Dog Soldiers” and “The Descent”, and the less than brilliant mash up of every post apocalyptic future movie ever, “Doomsday”, has already set his sights on his next project. Marshall will next be tackling “Burst”, a 3D picture to be produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert’s Ghost House Pictures. That’s right, Sam Raimi and Neil Marshall working together. That’s pretty effing terrific if you ask me. Go ahead and hit the jump to read more and for a short synopsis of the flick.

Paul Schrader Gets XTREME

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The man who gave the world Travis Bickle and the most bad-ass Jesus ever, is set to return to theaters, as writer-director Paul Schrader has set his sights on “Xtreme City” a bilingual film set in the bustling streets of Mumbai. The film, which will see Schrader collaborating with Bollywood writer, Mushtaq Shiekh, will be financed independently by sports agent Dwight Manley, which makes sense considering Schrader’s “go to hell” attitude toward Hollywood. Hit the jump for a quick plot synopsis and a few musings on Paul Schrader.

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