Tristar PicturesWith the Saw franchise coming to an end in 2010 and the Paranormal Activity series now waiting until January to premiere its fifth instalment, there's a distinct lack of horror at the cinemas this Halloween. Indeed, Hollywood bosses appear to have been running scared this October with only the unnecessary and underperforming remake of Carrie flying the flag for the genre. With those wanting new thrills and spills having to get their fix elsewhere, here's a look at five of the best horror films released earlier this year that are now available to view on the small screen.Evil DeadMany groaned when it was announced that Sam Raimi's cult classic was to get the reboot treatment. But although Fede Alvarez' gorefest lacked the dark humor of the original, it's arguably one of the most relentless assaults on the senses in years.Warm BodiesPerhaps more gently amusing and unexpectedly touching than downright scary, Warm Bodies breathed new life into the stale zombie genre with its post-apocalyptic tale of a human survivor falling for a member of the grunting undead.The ConjuringFast becoming the master of mainstream horror, James Wan's haunted house story might have brought little new to the table. But like last year's The Woman In Black, its old-school shocks still packed a punch.MamaBased on a 2008 short film, Spanish-Canadian horror Mama also wore its influences firmly on its sleeve but its spooky visual flair, constant sense of unease and Jessica Chastain's performance lifted it above the usual hokey supernatural chillers.V/H/S/2Like last year's original, this second series of found-footage shorts certainly varies in quality. But Gareth Evans' Safe Haven, which sees a group of film-makers interview an Indonesian cult leader before all hell breaks loose, is possibly the best piece of horror you'll see this year.
Thanks to the versatility of human fear, the horror genre has given us monsters of all kinds: ghosts, zombies, mummies, vampires, werewolves, witches, pumpkin-heads, dream-haunters, drowning victims, clowns, twins, snowmen, robots, aliens, kaiju, mothras, spiders, birds, brides, corpses, karps, trolls, trees, bees, and boogeymen. And just as varied as its list of demons are the forms the genre itself has taken. Past its inceptive days of silent-era chillers, horror has leapt from deadly serious nightmare fuel to campy and overcooked torture porn, ebbing and flowing through this dreadful stream as the tides of public interest shift. The '90s gave us some of the wackiest horror turns we've seen, though berries from this bunch are generally looked back upon as pieces of cult favor or pop culture obscurity. Sam Raimi's Evil Dead threequel Army of Darkness —which borrowed only a few pieces of mythology from its moreover sincere original chapter, going compeletely off the rails in style and story — remains a horror entry that the world remembers with a befuddled smirk. With Evil Dead revisited in reboot form by director Fede Alvarez this year, the natural question was whether or not the film's disastrous successor would also earn a new lens. And although we wouldn't have been surprised to see Alvarez, or another fledgling filmmaker, tackle Army of Darkness 2015 with the luxuries of amped up CGI, we did not expect the ultimate reveal: Alvarez and Bruce Campbell, star of the original Evil Dead and producer of the 2013 incarnation, confirm that writer/director Sam Raimi — the frenzied mind behind the series and notorious kook — will be crafting his own Army of Darkness sequel, according to reports from First Showing and The Hollywood Reporter.
But the surprising follow-up news continues, extending to a more recent feature: 2007's Trick 'r' Treat, without even the benefit of early '90s nostalgia that has us compulsively keeping AOD relevant through the graces of sardonic references, has itself earned announcement of a sequel, as reported by EW. If you don't remember the '07 picture, it's because it didn't exactly gain widespread notice — a dark, comic anthology horror, Trick 'r' Treat failed to hit it big on the usually profitable genre's market due in large part to being crafty, creative, and weird. And although there's not a lot of genuine artistic praise to be doled out to Army of Darkness, that last superlative is right at home in the hands of Raimi's '92 flick. It's bonkers. And that seems to be the direction the horror genre, and maybe movies in general, are heading these days.
After bouncing back and forth between darkness and fun, earnestness and satire, we've landed back in the realm of "twisted." Not twisted like the Saw franchise, which in its conception was inventive but devolved into little more than the "let's see how much gore we can get away with" maxim. Twisted in concept, in presentation, in the exploit of the human imagination to conjure up something truly scary... and, of course, fun.
For a while, we'll reap the benefits of this new embrace of quirk and oddity. Of course, just like anything else, things will go too far — weird for weird's sake will overrun the horror world, booting truly eccentric pieces like Army of Darkness and Trick 'r' Treat of their place in the spotlight but not carrying their genuine flavor. And such an overexposure will usher in a return to traditional form: straightforward horrors, filled with fright and lacking in any substantial joy. But hey, that camp has plenty of gems, too: think they can match the straight fright factor of The Exorcist after this trend dies down?
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Movie star Rosie Perez has fallen out with her actor cousin Sixto Ramos after failing to invite him to her surprise wedding in Las Vegas last month (Sep13). The Do The Right Thing actress wed artist Eric Hays in a low-key ceremony in Sin City, after he suggested they tie the knot there following the boxing match between undefeated champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Canelo Alvarez on 14 September (13).
Perez broke the news to Shaft star Ramos in a quick phone call before walking down the aisle, but he was far from pleased - and he's still furious with her five weeks later.
She says, "He's angry at me but everything's fine! (He's angry at me) because he didn't go to the wedding, but I told him we were eloping and when you're eloping, (guests) don't go to the wedding... only the two people (getting married).
"I told him (we were eloping) because I was nervous that he was gonna (sic) be angry. I said, 'Hi Sixto, we're gonna (sic) get married' and he said, 'What?' I said, 'Yeah, we're here in Vegas so we're gonna do it', and he went, 'What about me?' And he told me I was selfish, and I was a b**ch, and he had a nice suit... He was so angry... I just ignore him. He's stupid."
Actress Rosie Perez has confirmed reports she wed in secret last month (Sep13). The Do The Right Thing star wed artist Eric Hayes in Las Vegas after he suggested they tie the knot there after attending the Floyd Mayweather, Jr./Canelo Alvarez boxing match on 14 September (13).
Appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday (16Oct13), Perez cooed, "He is the best guy ever. I'm so in love, it's disgusting.... We've been together almost five years but I've known him for 18 years, and I kept forgetting who he was.
"I was just like, 'Hi, I'm Rose,' and he goes, 'We met, you did this before, like four or five times...' By the eighth time I went, 'Who is that...? I just got all flustered and everything and he came over and he told me he was single and we've been together ever since."
But the wedding came as a bit of a surprise for the actress, who adds, "He wanted a big wedding and I was like, 'Why spend all that money... It's such a waste. It's about me and you coming together.' I said, 'Let's go to City Hall,' and he was like, 'No, I really want a wedding'.
"Then we were going to the Mayweather fight... and I'm saying, 'Oh my gosh, I bet Mayweather's gonna win... This is gonna be the perfect weekend,' and he said, 'You know what would be perfect? If we got married in Vegas.' I went, 'Yeah, oh my God, that's awesome!' But in the back of my head I'm going, 'He's not serious.'
"We get to Vegas and he starts telling me about the MGM Grand chapel package and everything... and so Mayweather won and we got married the next day and it was beautiful. It wasn't tacky; I thought it was gonna be tacky."
Boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is considering asking Miley Cyrus to join his entourage the next time he fights. Justin Bieber and rapper Lil Wayne led the sportsman to the ring for his most recent fight against Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, and he's already planning the entertainment for his next bout.
Mayweather, Jr., who was backstage for Cyrus' showstopping performance at the iHeartRadio Fest in Las Vegas on Saturday (21Sep13), said, "I was thinking about letting the twerk queen, Miley Cyrus, bring me out, why not?
"When you're the best, you only want to surround yourself with the best."
Mumford & Sons
Mandolin-toting folk band Mumford & Sons fist-bumped their way out of the soft, fuzzy place in our hearts, getting kicked out of an Atlanta strip club last week. Maybe the Grammy went to their heads?
Oh, how the wholesome teeny-poppers have fallen. Watch, as Taylor Hanson cusses out a heckling fan – sorry, “b***h” - mid-croon.
Back in 2006, fans of the nicest band in rock were shocked as moonfaced posh boy and Keane frontman Tom Chaplin confessed publicly to bingeing on rubbish TV, cocaine and – fittingly – after-dinner standby: port. There’s hope for good boys everywhere, though: he’s since swapped the hard stuff for golf.
No roundup of nice boys gone bad would be complete without a Bieber shout-out. So what’s the Bieb done to push his chipmunked-faced Canadian background further into the shadows of our minds now? Bieber wore all black (and shades inside) to play crotch-grabbing hype man to Floyd Mayweather at the Vegas Alvarez fight, alongside fellow Cash Money pottymouth, Lil Wayne. Curioser and curioser…
We guess this means our hopes for our tweenaged sisters lie in the so-far, so-good One Direction?
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For possibly the first time ever, there is news that will excite both lit nerds and hardcore gamers: Dante's Inferno will be adpated into a film, with Fede Alvarez set to direct. Although primarily a live-action adaptation of the 2010 video game, Inferno will also take inspiration from the epic poem by Dante Alighieri. For those of you who have never played the game (or been assigned The Divine Comedy in school), the plot will center on Dante, who must traverse through the nine levels of hell and the horrors they contain to rescue his beloved Beatrice, accompanied by the soul of the poet Virgil.
However, the juxtaposition of a movie adaptation of a video game based on a classic poem, directed by the same person who helmed the Evil Dead remake got us thinking about the kind of film that Dante's Inferno will turn out to be. After all, those are a lot of very different elements coming into play, which gives the filmmakers many different directions from which to choose. We decided to help them out and came up with four possible ways that Inferno could be adapted into a movie.
The Action-Adventure This version is the one audiences are most likely to get, and could be based solely on the video game. This version of events would include at least four major explosions, a slow motion jump that someone barely makes, and a passionate kiss in the middle of a battle. Virgil would play the role of wisecracking sidekick, who has moments of great depth. There will be talk of tie-ins with at least one Marvel character.
The RomanceTold from Beatrice's point of view, it's the story of the epic love between Dante and Beatrice, while she waits to be rescued from the inner circle of hell. Most of the film will consist of flashbacks to the times when they were together and happy, intercut with scenes of Beatrice being held captive. At least two male characters will also be in love with her, and one of them will be Lucifer. It will end with Beatrice and Dante's touching wedding.
The Horror Film This adaptation will focus less on Dante's resuce mission, and instead puts the greatest amount of focus on the horrors of hell. There will be enough blood and gore to fill three Saw films. Halfway through the movie, Dante will be unable to tell what is real and what he is hallucinating. Virgil will definitely die a horrific death, and Dante will barely escape hell, only to spend the rest of his life traumatized by the things he witnessed there.
The Period PieceSet in the 1300s, this focuses on Dante Aligheri writing the Divine Comedy. The only glimpses of hell that the audience gets are when Dante is reciting or reading passages of his poem to an audience. There will be at least three long, beautifully lit scenes of Alighieri writing that are scored with tinkly pianos. Someone will stand in a field while the camera circles them.
Now, all that's left is to wait for a trailer to come out and see if any one of these are correct.
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Rapper Snoop Dogg reportedly won a pound of marijuana after placing a bet on a boxing match. The star reveals he won the weed from a friend after Floyd Mayweather, Jr. beat Canelo Alvarez in a highly-anticipated bout on Saturday (14Sep13) in Las Vegas.
In a photo posted on the hip-hop star's Instagram.com page on Monday (16Sep13), he is shown holding up what appears to be a large clear bag filled with marijuana.
Alongside the picture, the Drop It Like It's Hot hitmaker writes, "Thanks to the champ money may for winning me a pound from my mexican buddy Lui!! U r (You are) the pound for pound best! N (And) I'm gonna (sic) smoke 2 dat (that)!!!"
Rapper and marijuana advocate Snoop Dogg has scored a free pound (0.45 kilograms) of weed after betting on Floyd Mayweather, Jr. to beat Saul 'canelo' Alvarez during the big fight on Saturday night (14Sep13). The hip-hop icon showed off his bag of winnings on Instagram.com, alongside the caption, "Thanks to the champ money may for winning me a pound from my mexican buddy Lui !! U r the pound for pound best! N I'm gonna smoke 2 dat !!! Hahahahahahahah (sic)."