Happening Sh*t – May 3, 2013

Posted in Happening Sh*t on May 3rd, 2013 by Nick

Holy motherfuck, it’s MAY already!? Here are some stuffs happening in this world:

John McClane Going to Tokyo?

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Full disclosure: I’m the biggest Die Hard fan…who didn’t see A Good Day to Die Hard in the theater. Even though reviews were shitty subpar, the fifth installment of the series made some bank overseas, earning $235 million. So despite its home turf flopping, Die Hard 6 is currently in pre-production and the film may be set in Tokyo. It’s tentatively called Die Hardest and I’m already squealing in delight about all the stupidass one liners McClane will say about Japan. I’m all for this series cranking out some more movies before Bruce Willis needs a walker. I promise to see this one this time too. Maybe. (Screenrant)

The Scream TV Series is Happening

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Yes. The Scream TV series is happening and it’s going to be on MTV. Gross. I blogged about this once before. And no, I don’t want to talk about it. I just thought you should know. You can read more at Dark Horizons.

The Great Gatsby Soundtrack is Amazing

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…and NPR is streaming it for free. I already posted this to Facebook and Twitter, but it bears repeating. It’s amazing. Highlights: Beyonce and Andre 3000′s cover of Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” (stellar.), Florence and the Machine’s “Over the Love,” and Emeli Sande and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra’s cover of Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love.” But really, the entire soundtrack is worthy.

That’s your weekly dose. Send me some cool stuff. Kthx.

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‘The Following’s’ Ryan Hardy: Jack Bauer 2.0?

Posted in Horror, TV on January 22nd, 2013 by Nick

untitledLast night saw the premiere of a new slasher/psychological drama The Following, created and penned by Kevin Williamson (Scream series) and starring Kevin Bacon. I need a new show like I need 50 more cats terrorizing my apartment or like I need the most annoying sound in the world as my cell phone ring, but you know how giddy I get for slashers! With enticing commercials and two badass Kevins on board, I decided to bite and couldn’t be happier that I did.

Bacon plays Ryan Hardy, a former FBI agent who retires on disability after catching a serial killer named Joe Carroll. Carroll was an English professor who taught the works of Edgar Allen Poe and killed a slew of women in Poe’s honor…until he got caught. Unbeknownst to the FBI, Carroll spent hours in a prison library building a social network of fans, followers and copycat killers, all who will stop at nothing to help this looney-tunes out with his master plan. You can probably guess what happens next: they help spring him from jail, hell breaks lose, and Hardy is BACK ON THE CASE! :::Insert cheesy 80′s cop show music here:::

Now, I despise Law & Order-type procedurals. There’s zero characterization, barely any overarching story, and vapid-story-of-the-week bullshit in every episode. Whenever I see CSI or NCIS or any other show with a bunch of capitol letters in formation, I run for the hills. But The Following is sort of like an FBI procedural, meets 24, meets horror movie, and that, my friends, is something I can get behind.

In the pilot episode, there’s a ton of dead bodies, ample gore, and a juicy amount of backstory packed tightly throughout the hour. It periodically flashes back ten years prior, offering slices of Hardy’s life and involvement with the case. The stories of Dr. Sarah Fuller, the only survivor of Carroll’s bloodbath, and Claire Matthews, Carroll’s ex-wife, are sprinkled throughout as well. What should have felt like an over-stuffed first helping was actually quite well done and well paced – not to mention the two or three twists it dished out too.

What a joyous hour of fucked up television!

Williamson has been throwing nods in the press to Kiefer Sutherland’s hit FOX series 24 (supposedly the writer’s favorite show), and in some ways it did remind me of everyone’s favorite CTU agent, Jack Bauer. There’s a Big Bad who will remain the season’s arching threat, there’s plenty of agencies throwing their two cents into the case, an ensemble cast of supporting coppers, and Hardy – a damaged, maybe-alcoholic former agent with a dark past who just so happens to get sucked back in. As long as no one ever utters, “Just let me do MY JOB!” I think we’re going to be OK here.

I enjoy hating on FOX as much as the next guy, but the network could really use a big-scale action/horror series. The Walking Dead and American Horror Story have more than proved that Horror works on television and now every network wants a piece of that action. Although The Following may never replace the lingering feelings of abandonment left after Bauer went off-com, it has still nicely set itself up to become the next addicting and provocative action series on the air. And the horror flair is the icing on the cake.

Now let’s see if it can remain consistent…

Premature Grade (Pilot only): A-

You can catch an encore showing of The Following on Friday, Jan. 25th at 9pm on FOX.

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‘Scream,’ the TV Series: A Frightening Thought

Posted in Horror, TV on June 7th, 2012 by Nick

Whenever I sit down to write a review or discuss some breaking pop culture news, I always have two avenues to choose from: 1) Write about said topic in a serious, thoughtful, sometimes journalistic way, or 2) Freak out, go bananas, and add in a few swears for good measure. I assure you, when I heard about MTV’s upcoming project, adapting the Scream series for television, I immediately decided that the latter option would win out.

WTF ARE THESE ASSHOLES DOING AND WHY ARE THEY TOUCHING ONE OF MY FAVORITE HORROR SERIES! UGH!

After a little bit of pouting, I’ve decided I have a few legit reasons why this can’t work and shouldn’t happen:

1) MTV is a terrible network and they’re going to screw it up. It’s in their nature (Skins, anyone?) OK, so maybe that’s not a “legit” reason. As if it even needed to be said….well, frankly I just wanted to say it.

2) Despite the “success” of Teen Wolf, the Scream series is part of a bloody, violent genre. Is this really what youngsters ages 10 and up should be watching? Not even calling out the fact that censoring the gore and violence would be doing the series a disservice (Scream 3 even tested my patience in this area), a show of this nature is simply not appropriate for most of MTV’s target audience. Just wait until the first violent act occurs in a school. MTV and the series’ producers are going to be bombarded with idiotic parents who think that a network’s programming is more responsible than their shitty parenting. If it happened with Beavis and Butt-head, it’ll definitely happen with a show about a masked serial-killing psycho.

3) There’s almost no way a TV series can connect with the narrative of the movies. Surely, Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox won’t want to be on some sub-par knock-off starring actors who look like they should be on The Real World, and MTV sure as hell wouldn’t be able to afford them. So this most likely means the TV series will have a shitty story, even shittier cast, and have nothing to do with the four films. Wake me up when Kevin Williamson signs on. Speaking of…

4) There is no Scream series without Kevin Williamson and/or Wes Craven. According to The Hollywood Reporter, former MTV executives Tony DiSanto (The Hills, Teen Wolf, Teen Mom) and Liz Gateley (The Hard Times of RJ Berger) are on board to executive produce, and a search is underway to find a writer to pen the project. Sure, I suppose there’s still time to make a pitch to Williamson and Craven (again, $$$), but someone should alert DiSanto and Gateley that Williamson and Craven aren’t out of their goddamn minds. Anyone they get will be inferior and Scream fans everywhere should balk at these shenanigans.

Maybe the Scream series isn’t perfect, but it still gets a trophy for completely revolutionizing a belabored genre that, at the time, seemed to be put out to pasture. To tarnish the series after a respectable fourth entry would surely put a damper on any hopes for a fifth installment.

And this fan is both wishing and hoping.

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Scream 4 – A Sequel, Reboot and ‘Scream-ake’ All in One

Posted in Horror, Movies on April 15th, 2011 by Nick

(This post is completely, 100% SPOILER FREE! Read with ease!)

I was only 12 when I saw the first installment of the franchise that would eventually affect my entire outlook on films. It completely transformed the movie-going experience for me – not just in what I watched, but how I watched them and how engrossed I became with them as a result. Scream was really one of the first horror movies my young, naive eyes had ever seen in the theater. After watching Casey Becker (Drew Barrymore) get gutted and hung from a tree for her parents to find, I knew I would never be the same.

From there, I consumed Horror films with a ferocious desire. I completed all of my Slasher homework, rapidly devouring every seminal series in the sub-genre and all of its subsequent sequels and remakes. Thanks to Wes Craven, Kevin Williamson and the Scream series, I truly became a fan of horror, and even more importantly, became a fan of fandom.

Eleven years after the debut of Scream 3, a pivotal crossroads was reached that many series are often faced with. Should there be yet another film? Can a 14-year-old series return to the scene with more bite and more blood (Carnage candy! Your core audience expects it!)? In the case of the Scream series: Yes. Yes, it can.

In the latest edition, everybody’s favorite Final Girl Sidney Prescott returns to Woodsboro to promote her new self-help book, with her snarky publicist in tow (Community‘s delightful Alison Brie). Unsurprisingly, the blood starts flowing, as Sid’s cousin Jill (Emma Roberts) soon finds herself on Ghostface’s radar, along with her friends including party-girl Kirby (Hayden Panettiere) and film geek Charlie (Rory Culkin). (How sweet. Fresh meat.) As Ghostface makes the rounds, Gail and Dewey attempt to solve the crime just like back in the good ol’ days, but must grapple with the new concept at hand: New Decade. New Rules.

Scream 4 unravels with a few anticipated tidbits:  it’s completely self-reflexive, it’s more meta, and it’s  even more of a self-parody than its predecessors, if that was even possible. Though this tends to be thrown in your face at the start, when the action starts, the film does what it does best: create a funny, yet suspense-filled ride that you just can’t get off. A whodunnit of epic proportions! Once strapped in, you’re whisked away, soon remembering why the series made such a huge splash to begin with.

Everything I was nervous about (the new, fresh-faced cast; if the killer and motive would quench my Slasher-deprived thirst; if the story would really serve the need for a fourth film) was alleviated after my midnight viewing last night. I confess, I was an extremely fearful fan almost two years ago when this sequel was initially announced. There were so many ways this could have gone wrong (and not just in terms of plot). However, Craven and Williamson, along with Neve, Courtney and David, simply killed it – pun intended.

As the movie is being marketed, it’s a new trilogy for a new generation! Although I would still argue that the series should end here, I have to wonder. What if there’s another meek and unsuspecting pre-teen out there, who, just like me, will see this movie and be turned on to The Hills Have Eyes, Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Black Christmas…and dare I add it to the list of classics…the original Scream. Could Scream 4 have the same effect on a young, good-intentioned newbie as the first film did on me? And does that warrant the series’ fifth and sixths films? I’m not sure.

In closing, Scream 4 is yet another horror treat, filled with great characters, great dialogue and everything you’d come to expect from a Scream film. In the words of the departed Stu Macher: “It’s a scream, baby!” Even after all these years.

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Yep, I’m Obsessed: New ‘Scream 4′ Poster

Posted in Horror on January 31st, 2011 by Nick

Have I ever told you that the Scream series is one of the best modern day horror franchises out today? Have I ever mentioned how excited I am for the fourth installment?

I’m freeeeakin’ out, maaaan.

April 15th. Super pumped. Yada, yada, yada…

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'Scream 4' Teaser (and Full!) Trailer

Posted in Horror, things I like that you should like too on October 19th, 2010 by Nick

This is the bajillionth post about Scream 4 in the last few weeks and I warn you, gentle readers:  It’s only going to get worse as we get closer to April 15th, 2011.

This teaser trailer debuted at the Scream Awards and has leaked on the Interweb. Check it!

ComingSoon.net has a 30-second-longer offering with actual spoken lines and extended footage.

Why isn’t it APRIL now!?

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'Scream' is the best horror series known to MAN

Posted in Check It Out!, Horror on September 27th, 2010 by Nick

Scream 4 is filming. Horror fans around the world, rejoice!

OK…so maybe I’m overhyping this messiah to the genre film a little too much, but c’mon! The Cox-Arquettes are in, as is Neve Campbell. Wes Craven is back in action, with a screenplay from original writer Kevin Williamson. That’s at least a good start, right?

The fourth Scream film is also boasting a fresh, young cast including Hayden Panetitereirereree (Save the Cheerleader!), Rory Culkin, and Emma Roberts. Plus, the movie will have appearances by Kristen Bell, Anna Paquin (Sook-eh!), and Alison Brie.

EW posted this First Look at Scream 4:

One of my biggest fears about this movie is that they are going to “Laurie Strode” Sidney, Gail, and/or Dewey. I can accept that one of them is bound to die (tear, sadface), but if all three bite it, I’m not so sure how I’ll be able to LIVEEEE.  And in this photo, Gail looks like she’s in trouble!

My mind is already reeling! Maybe Sid has gone crazy and is the killer! Maybe a copycat wants to “reboot the series”! Maybe Deputy Dewey is trying to salvage Gail’s slightly weathered (HA! Get it?) career?

The possibilities are endless. April 15th, 2011 can’t come quickly enough.

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First look: Scre4m teaser poster

Posted in Horror on May 3rd, 2010 by Nick

Two years ago, the Weinsteins announced a reboot of the Scream franchise – a fourth movie that would possibly kick off a brand new trilogy. I, a diehard Scream fan was against it. Over the course of time, new light has been shed on the project, making me slighly more optimistic about the series’ future.

Everyone is back! Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox-Arquette, and David Arquette have all agreed to reprise their roles. This is good news! The downside to this? One of these three characters will probably be killed off – most likely Sidney Prescott – and that will be mostly devastating.

Wes Craven is set to direct! The man’s a horror icon! He was there from the beginning, and to have him give the OK on Scre4m definitely eases some anxieties. And to add…

…Kevin Williamson wrote the fourth film. Williamson took a break on Scream 3, handing writing duties over to Ehren Kruger (who didn’t really do the series justice). Having Williamson and Craven back is some sweet, sweet icing on one of my favorite cakes.

At this time, I fear there is nothing else for me to do but get a running start and jump on this speeding train. The fanboy inside me can now rest knowing that Craven and Williamson won’t throw the series off a cliff to its death.

Scre4m starts filming this summer in Michigan. For a kickass interview with Wes Craven, head over here.

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Scre4m!?!?

Posted in Check It Out! on July 16th, 2008 by Nick

Please God, don’t let it be true

Apparently, I was oblivious until someone at Vevmo started a thread about it, but the Weinsteins are gung-ho about re-booting the Scream franchise….except there’s no word on who will come back to the series. Can this be done without the creative genious duo of Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson. I mean…we all saw how THREE turned out. Why then would we venture out to further destroy and alienate the story and its fans?

And let’s not even talk about the money it’ll take to get all 3 of the major players: Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox-Arquette and David Arquette.  And honestly…if one of their characters would :::gasp::: be brutally murdered in a cheap, rushed, thrown together HACK of a sequel….a part of me would DIE inside. Just DIE.

So there aren’t any confirmed details…but a green light has been given. If it sees the light of day, I’ll totally be there opening night…I would just prefer not to..

And now for the Top however-many-reasons-I-can-come-up-with-at-the-top-of-my-head Reasons Why Scre4m should NOT be made:

1. Sidney’s story is told.  Her mother’s indiscretions have been settled. Paid for. Kaput. Donezo. They can no longer base…no…JUSTIFY…a third sequel based around Sidney’s story or mother.

2. Loomis and his mom are dead, and so is Roman. Everyone involved in that entire “bloodbath that has rocked the nation” are a bunch of GONERS. Can Sid possibly have MORE people that hate / want her dead? Let’s keep a sense of realism to this, folks!

3. A direct-to-dvd sequel will not do it justice, and it will debase the series to the likes of Wrong Turn 2, Cruel Intentions 2 (and 3, ugh), and any other series that was raped for its title alone. Scream is too important in the genre of horror/slasher to be treated with such disrespect.

4. …Because it simply wouldn’t be right without Neve, Courtney and David. However, like I said, if one of their characters dies, so will I. Hypothetically, metaphorically, and in any other way that is fake and exaggerated. See also: Point 1.

4. We’re doing a Top 4. Because that’s all I got right now, yo’.

And this probably won’t be the last of me lamenting about the possible Scre4m movie…let’s hope those Weinstein bastards come to their senses.

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