Writer/director Ti West made a permanent name for himself in the horror community with 2009’s excellent The House of the Devil. While I think quite highly of that film, I hold his slightly less revered 2011 follow-up, The Innkeepers, in even higher regard. Starring Sara Paxton and Pat Healy (who reunited earlier this year in the disgustingly entertaining Cheap Thrills) as slacker hotel employees who are determined to prove their Yankee Pedlar Inn is haunted during its final weekend of operation, the film is a near pitch perfect modern haunted house tale. Relying on tension and timing rather than gore, West slowly builds The Innkeepers to an effective final act that is both scary as hell and quietly tragic. Because it so expertly relies on atmosphere/mood and quality of scares over quantity, this is one that I always recommend to my non-horror loving friends seeking a scary movie for this time of year that will play well without scarring them for life.
This week’s recommendation in hand, today’s Top 5 features interviews for and Matt’s review of the Brad Pitt war drama Fury, a metric ton of superhero movie release dates and news compiled in one place, word that HBO will launch its own stand-alone streaming service in 2015, the first in a four-entry series dedicated to schooling Matt on some horror favorites, and all of our New York Comic-Con coverage. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.
1. FURY Interviews and Review
While I’ve poked fun at Brad Pitt’s sweet ass haircut in the film, the truth is that I’m very much looking forward to checking out Fury. The cast is beyond solid, the drama seems relentless, and writer/director David Ayer has proven to me before that he’s capable of creating riveting work with both Training Day and End of Watch. For more on the film check out Matt’s review and Christina’s text interviews with David Ayer and Jon Bernthal.
2. Superhero Movie Release Dates: From 2015 to 2020
For the most part I’ve given up on trying to stay on top of every superhero movie being made. There’s simply too many in the works and fatigue has set in to the point that I assume if something is really good then one of my trusted colleagues will make sure I know about it. If you’re anywhere near as lazy as me then I think you’ll find our superhero movie release date overview a handy tool to bookmark so that you can get the latest on every superhero flick from now until 2020 in one click. Keep in mind that this is a living post that will be updated when news such as Robert Downey Jr. joining Captain America 3 to bump heads with Cap in Mark Millar’s Civil War storyline hits, making it all the more helpful.
3. HBO to Offer Stand-Alone Streaming Service in 2015
It’s about time. After years of missing out on original HBO content as it happens due to my unwillingness to either pay for the channel or pirate the material, the premium network announced this week that they will launch their own stand-alone streaming service in 2015. I’m surprised that it’s taken the television juggernaut this long to announce such a platform but I suppose it’s better late than never.
4. A Horrifying Education: SLEEPAWAY CAMP
This week saw the first entry in a four-part feature titled A Horrifying Education in which our Perri and Evan do their level best to introduce Matt to horror pics they deem worthy of review. The first installment covers writer/director Robert Hiltzik’s Sleepaway Camp (1983) and, because I’m a sicko who loves encouraging people who don’t like scary movies to watch more scare movies, I can’t wait to see what the next installment holds.
5. New York Comic-Con 2014 Coverage
While its West Coast counterpart remains the king of comic conventions, the New York Comic-Con still offers its fair share of panels and Cosplay goodness. That in mind, Steve and Perri covered the event from the Javits Center in NYC and while you can check out all of their coverage here, some of my personal favorites include: Steve’s video interview with Damon Lindelof for Tomorrowland, Perri’s Daredevil panel recap, and Steve’s image recap with over 100 Cosplay pictures.