Here is a compilation of some of the stuff that mattered to me this week whether it be good or bad. This week we get a great new look at some upcoming horror films with Crawlspace, Silent Night, and Maniac along with an insane Japanese ad campaign and much more. Enjoy!
‘Prometheus’ Officially Get’s R Rating
The simple fact that Sir Ridley Scott, one of the key contributors to the sci-fi genre, is returning to that realm with his semi-prequel to the Alien universe is every horror fans wet dream. Despite everyone highly anticipating this film there was one thing that bothered almost all of them, and that was that it was rumored to be getting a PG13 rating for quite some time. Well we can all let out a sigh of relief because 20th Century Fox has now confirmed that Prometheus will be getting it’s much needed R rating for “sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief language.”
First Look At ‘Crawlspace’
A bunch of new still have been released for the Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) produced horror film Crawlspace, starring Ditch Davey, Peta Sargeant, John Brumpton, and Leslie Simpson. The film follows a squad of elite soldiers sent to infiltrate and extract the lead science team from Pine Gap, Austrailia’s top secret underground military compound, after it comes under attack from unknown forces. The mission is compromised when they encounter a young woman with no memory of who she is or how she came to be there. As they try to escape, the group quickly discovers all is not as it seems and the facility has become a testing ground for something far more sinister.
Amazing Japanese Ad Campaign For ‘Sadako 3D’
Leave it to the crazy minds of the Japanese to release probably the coolest mobile ad campaign for their upcoming horror film Sadako 3D, which explores the history of the classic Ringu films. I’ve said it time and time again, when it comes to horror films… those foreigners do it best and now it seems like they know how to market their films better too! Check it out below.
Great First Look At ‘Maniac’
For those of you who still look at Elijah Wood and think “hobbit”, these first pictures might change your mind. Directed by Frank Khalfoun who many of you may have seen his very solid horror film P2 is back with Maniac, a remake of William Lustig’s cult horror film about a serial killer. This remake has been quietly flying under the radar for quite some time and with the first few images of the film it looks to be well on it’s way into filming. It is being written by Alexander Aja which should be an extremely familiar name to many of you because he’s the man behind The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3D, Mirrors, and High Tension.
In the film Elijah Wood plays the role of a serial killer who works at a shop that sells antique mannequins. He finds victims on the Internet and stalks them like prey, all the while suffering from hallucinations that throw him back into the past, when he was abused by his own mother. In his twisted mind, he gains a measure of revenge against his mother with each kill.
It could just be the blood splattered on his face, but I’m liking what I see of Elijah Wood as a serial killer. Check out the pictures below.
Guillermo del Toro’s Dark Take On ‘Pinocchio’
I swear this man never stops working and has just been attached to co-direct Pinocchio with Mark Gustafson (Animation Director on The Fantastic Mr. Fox). It’ll be a 3D stop motion animated version of the classic tale of Pinocchio.
Another Stephen King Film Adaptation For ‘The Reach’
I know, surprise surprise huh? King’s work is constantly being adapted and now we can add yet another to the extremely long list. From his collection of short stories in his book Skeleton Crew, The Reach will be produced by Grayson Ross and Jodi Hansell with an estimated budget of around $12 million – $14 million.
The title of the story refers to the 1.5-mile stretch of water between Goat island and the Main coastline. The short story details the story of a 95-year-old woman who embarks on a troubled journey to the mainland from the island after the Reach freezes over for the first time in 50 years.
Some of the best King adaptations have come from his short stories and I can only hope this follows the same path as The Shawshank Redemption, The Mist, and Stand by Me.
Insane Look At ‘Silent Night’ One-Sheet
I’m not really even sure how to describe this image of the remake of Silent Night, Deadly Night. They are calling this a “loose remake” of the classic film which is currently filming at this very moment in Winnipeg and will be released through Anchor Bay. The poster features Santa with an axe and a flamethrower… yes that’s right, a flamethrower. Based on this poster, calling this a “loose remake” is definitely accurate because not only does this Santa Clause look like the Danny Trejo of Santa’s but I don’t recall the original film using a flame thrower (I could be wrong, it has been a while since I’ve seen the film).
Chloe Moretz Will Rot In ‘Maggie’
Speaking of being busy, Moretz seems to be attached to star in everything these days. Not only has she played a vampire in Let Me In but she will also be taking on the role as Carrie White in, Carrie. She won’t be stopping there though because she has just been attached to play a zombie alongside Paddy Considine in the film Maggie. The film actually sounds really interesting and looks to be another solid role for Moretz.
“Set against the backdrop of a zombie apocalypse, story concerns a father’s unconditional love for his daughter.” As of right now Considine is in talks to play the role of the father, while Moretz will be playing the 16-year-old daughter, Maggie, who becomes infected by a zombie. Probably the most interesting thing about this flick is that it changes entire idea of the infection period you normally see in other zombie films. Usually in most zombie movies you see characters who have recently been infected change within minutes or even seconds in some cases. In Maggie, it will take a long and torturous six months for her to turn and the film will be following the transformation as she stays with the family. It’s a great new look on the zombie genre and something to definitely get excited for.
There you have it, some of the stuff that mattered to me this week. If you missed last weeks edition of The Missing Reel, check it out here.
As always, thanks for reading.