With the Cannes Film Festival officially kicking off today, there is plenty of big, bold movie marketing to be found. For those of you who couldn’t make it to France (including me), we thought we’d bring you some of the sights. Our international correspondent Magdalena (who you can follow on twitter) has been busy snapping some shots of promotional material at the festival. We already brought you the first iteration here, but now we have some more goodies to check out. They include shots of Spring Breakers, Dracula 3D, Brian De Palma’s Passion and Olympus Has Fallen starring Gerard Butler. Hit the jump to check them out.
Fans of artistically perverse Euro-horror always get a little excited when a new Dario Argento movie is announced. Granted, the Italian horror master hasn’t exactly been on top form in recent years with the disappointing Mother Of Tears and the Adrian Brody lawsuit laden Giallo feeling like pale imitations of the director’s iconic classics like Suspiria and Deep Red. But there’s always hope amongst the gore-loving community that he’ll recapture his distinct brand of surrealist gore-horror in the next outing. Argento’s upcoming Dracula 3D does hold some promise given that it will be the visual master’s first crack and stereoscopic cinematography and will feature Rutger Hauer as Van Helsing. There is always a chance that the lazy storytelling and wooden acting that plagued Argento’s recent work will crop up again here, but hopefully the iconic story will keep the director in check. Today the first few images of Argento’s 3D tribute to blood-sucking love-making have hit the internet. They look sufficiently creepy, but we’ll have to wait to see them in motion to know if the director is back on form or not. Hit the jump for an early peak at Dracula 3D.
Rutger Hauer has reportedly been cast as Van Helsing in Italian horror icon Dario Argento’s upcoming Dracula 3D. Per Twitch, Hauer is the only thesp currently attached to Argento’s project which is scheduled to begin production in May of this year. Although the quality of Argento’s output has, in my opinion, noticeably declined of late, the undeniable influence of previous works such as Deep Red and Suspiria means that I will most likely be giving his Dracula 3D a fighting chance.
As for Hauer, the 67 year-old’s career has recently received a boost due to roles in films such as The Rite and the ultra-violent throwback flick Hobo with a Shotgun [check out Matt's resoundingly positive review from Sundance 2011 here]. In spite of my reserved feelings about Dracula 3D, matching Hauer’s ever-reliable on-screen presence with Argento’s taste for experimentation could result in a worthy entry into the trials and tribulations of Count Dracula.