In the spirit of the Halloween season, last night I watched The Cabin in the Woods again for the first time since catching it in theaters back in April. After a second viewing, my feelings on the film haven’t really changed. I love it. I love it with the passion of an army of “Mermen”. It’s just a brilliant blend of satire, horror and comedy and I’ll argue all day/all night with anyone who tells me differently (in all fairness, it’s okay if you don’t like the movie…you’re wrong, but it’s okay). If you’re like me and enjoy taking in horror classics around good ol’ All Hallows’ Eve, I ask that you do yourself a favor and include The Cabin in the Woods in your classic programming slate. You’ll either (A) love it or (B) have the opportunity to argue with me all day/all night. It’s a win-win.
With my Halloween viewing recommendation in hand, I’ll now present to you this week’s edition of our Top 5. In this week’s iteration is our coverage of New York Comic-Con 2012, yours truly’s Texas Chainsaw 3D set visit, Wally Pfister using the words “appalling” and The Avengers in the same sentence and all hell breaking loose shortly thereafter, the first teaser trailer for director Kimberly Peirce‘s Carrie remake, and Hugo Weaving vs. Transformers. A brief recap and link to each patiently awaits your attention after the jump.
Even though the trailer for Richard LaGravenese‘ Beautiful Creatures is online, I decided to go into the New York Comic-Con panel cold. This approach worked well for The Conjuring, and I’m always ready to be pleasantly surprised by a film. LaGravenese’s film certainly has a cast worthy of our attention: Emma Thompson, Viola Davis, Jeremy Irons, and Emmy Rossum star alongside up-and-coming lead actors Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich. But as for what the movie is about, that’s a bit harder to explain.
Hit the jump for my recap of the Beautiful Creatures panel, and click here for all of our New York Comic-Con coverage.
Remaking Carrie is a tough prospect. Even if it hadn’t been made into a classic horror film in 1976 by director Brian De Palma, you’d still be adapting a beloved book by Stephen King. However, director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry) has a pretty good shot at her new adaptation by finding a new take on the material that goes further in depth regarding the relationship between abused telekinetic teenager Carrie White and her mother Margaret. The shot at successful remake becomes even higher when you have Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore playing Carrie and Maragret, respectively. At this year’s New York Comic-Con, we got our first look at Peirce’s remake, and it looks like she may have brought King’s troubled girl back from the dead with more than just an inopportune grave visit.
Hit the jump for my recap of the Carrie panel, and click here for all of our New York Comic-Con coverage. [Update: Hit the jump to see the new international poster for Carrie.]
I went into the panel for The Conjuring knowing nothing about the film other than James Wan (Insidious) directed it and it starred Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor, and Ron Livingston. I came away thinking that Warner Bros. might have a surprise horror hit on their hands for 2013, and I say this as someone who is not a fan of Wan’s breakthrough film, Saw (I have yet to see Insidious). We got to see a solid trailer and a clip that really got the crowd going, and it looks like Wan may have created a nice period flick that puts a nice spin on the paranormal investigators-vs-haunted-house horror sub-genre.
Hit the jump for my recap of the panel, click here for all of our New York Comic-Con coverage.
Frank Miller‘s The Dark Knight Returns isn’t just a must-read for Batman fans or comic-book fans. It’s a must-read for everyone who wants to understand the current state of superhero books and movies. While its influence has been far-reaching, it wasn’t directly adapted until Warner Premiere took the title and turned it into a two-part animated feature. The first part was released earlier this year, and now The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 is due out in 2013. New York Comic-Con 2012 hosted a panel for the film, and Warner Home Video’s Gary Miereanu, voice casting director Andrea Romano, and executive producer Bruce Timm were on hand to show off some clips, talk about the voice cast, what will and won’t get your animated film an R-rating, a surprising cameo, and much more including other films Warner Home Video has on tap for 2013.
Hit the jump for the recap, and click here for all of our 2012 New York Comic-Con coverage.
As a preamble to this week’s Top 5, I’d like to take a few lines to recognize my own personal “Top 2″ from the past 7 days: the St. Louis Cardinals and Warner Premiere’s animated adaptation of Frank Miller‘s classic tale The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1. Beginning with the former, my beloved Cardinals completed yet another historic comeback last night against the Washington Nationals. Win or lose, I think it’s necessary to get in writing here that I won’t have a single negative thing to say about this team the rest of the way. As for the latter, I had a chance to sit down with director Jay Oliva‘s animated adaptation the other day and I found it to be a worthy retelling of Miller’s classic Bat-story. If you have any interest in animated comic adaptations and have yet to check it out, I recommend doing so.
But enough of my own personal favorites, included in this week’s trip around the bases (yep, that’s another baseball reference) is our coverage of New York Comic-Con 2012, the first trailer for director Sacha Gervasi‘s Hitchcock, Seven Psychopaths interviews with Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken and more, a new trailer for Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained, and a slew of interviews for The CW’s new superhero series, Arrow. A brief recap and link to each awaits.
On October 11th, the New York Comic-Con kicks off in—you guessed it—New York, and with it comes a number of new releases from some of our favorite artists and galleries. Spoke Art, for instance, has laid claim to their very own booth, and they’ll be unleashing the third installment of their long-running, Wes Anderson-themed Bad Dads series at the Con, with new posters from Dave Perillo, Josh Budich, Randy Ortiz, and a ton of other artists.
Wanna see some of those posters and find out who you’ll be able to meet at the Spoke Art booth at NYCC this week? Meet me after the jump, folks.
This weekend, I will be attending the New York Comic-Con for the first time. I’m not exactly sure what to expect in terms of the convention’s vibe, but there’s definitely some interesting stuff on deck including a first look at the remakes of Carrie and Evil Dead plus new footage from other horror flicks Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, The Bay, and The Conjuring as well as a panel for the supernatural love story, Beautiful Creatures. There will also be panels for geek-favorite TV series The Walking Dead and Robot Chicken. I’ll be reporting from these panels and more, so be sure to stay tuned to Collider this weekend. Steve will also be at NYCC doing 1-on-1 interviews.
Hit the jump for a line-up of panels I’ll be attending at NYCC. The 2012 New York Comic-Con runs from October 11 – 14th at the Javits Center. Click here to visit the official website and check out the schedule.
With Evil Dead and Carrie, Sony Pictures has got some big horror remakes on deck for spring 2013, and attendees at this year’s New York Comic-Con are going to get the first look at both pictures. On Saturday, October 13th, the Evil Dead panel will feature director Fede Alvarez, star Jane Levy (Suburagtory), and Ash himself, Bruce Campbell (who’s on board as a producer). That panel will then be followed by Carrie, with director Kimberly Peirce and stars Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore in attendance.
Hit the jump for a synopsis of both panels. Evil Dead opens April 12, 2013. Carrie opens March 15, 2013. New York Comic-Con runs from October 11 – 14th.