Guillermo del Toro Goes Back To Horror Roots With ‘Crimson Peak’

crimson peak ghost Crimson Peak Guillermo del Toro‘s return to cinematic horror since his action-heavy ode to Japanese monsters (Pacific Rim), TV vampires (The Strain) and comic books (Hellboy) — stars Mia Wasikowska as a girl living in a haunted house who moves to a much more haunted house to be with a mysterious man (Tom Hiddleston) and his sister (Jessica Chastain) in 19th century England.

There’s blood in the pipes and ghosts in the floor, but she doesn’t leave presumably because of Hiddlestain’s sinister plan to, I dunno, kill her in some overly elaborate way that leads to an equally complex but fun plot twist right before the credits roll.

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Kanye West Says Pacific Rim is One of his Favorite Movies of All Time

Pacific Rim Kanye westGenius musician Kanye West took a break from sucking his own dick and pretending to help his girlfriend care for their new baby to catch a pre-screening of the upcoming film Pacific Rim, courtesy of Wu-Tang Clan de facto leader RZA. Kanye was actually quite impressed and weighed in, tweeting:

I saw a pre-screening of Pacific Rim yesterday and it’s easily one of my favorite movies of all time.

Didn’t he say the same thing about Beyonce’s music video? Gosh, what an eclectic taste he has. He followed that up with:

This is not another “Robot” movie. Guillermo del Toro is a master.  Continue reading “Kanye West Says Pacific Rim is One of his Favorite Movies of All Time”

Guillermo del Toro-Produced ‘Mama’ Destroyed by CGI

Megan Charpentier mamaGuillermo del Toro, who often produces for first time directors, became involved with the latest PG-13 ghost story in theaters after Spanish commercial-director Andrés Muschietti sent him a short film.

Sadly, Mamá the short is much more captivating than Mama the feature starring Jessica Chastain as the non-maternal bass player-girlfriend of a man (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones) whose brother recently died after committing a heinous crime.

Here’s a plot summary, from del Toro himself (void of spoilers unless you haven’t seen a preview):

“The kids are abandoned in the woods by their father. It’s half-fairy tale, half-horror film, and they survive five years in the wilderness and nobody knows exactly how. And the thing that kept them alive is a ghost. It looked after them, it’s a presence of a dead mother. And then they come back to civilization and it comes with them.”  Continue reading “Guillermo del Toro-Produced ‘Mama’ Destroyed by CGI”

Trailer: Mama

Mama is one of Guillermo del Toro‘s many jaunts as producer following other horror efforts like Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark, Splice, and The Orphanage.

First timer Andres Muschietti directs this movie about a woman (Jessica Chastain, The Help) and her husband’s attempts to raise two girls who were left “alone in the wilderness for at least five years.”

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The Three G’s That Put Nails In The Hobbit’s Coffin – Guillermo, Graphics, ‘Game Of Thrones’

I know people love Peter Jackson‘s Lord Of The Rings trilogy, I just don’t always know why. A good series, derived from a few of the best fantasy novels of all time. Is that enough? Maybe, since there’s no basis for comparison…

Now that we’ve seen Game Of Throneswe’ve learned that fantasy can be done without cheesy special effects and dialogue.

It can be gritty and unrated, taking itself seriously enough to keep us on the edge of our seats without a total lack of humor (see Peter Dinklage and Maisie Williams).

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Ron Perlman Is A Badass And A Hell Of A Guy

Ron Perlman, more recently known as bike gang-leader Clay Morrow on Sons Of Anarchy, put on the makeup of the character he is perhaps most famous for – Hellboy.

Not for a sequel but for the Make-A-Wish foundation.

The makeup effects studio Spectral Motion (who did the original effects) came together with the silver-headed actor at the request of a young boy named Zachary to fulfill his wish of meeting and becoming the unconventional superhero created by Mike Mignola in 1993.

It was not mentioned what illness Zachary has, but the foundation only grants wishes to kids with life-threatening conditions. Continue reading “Ron Perlman Is A Badass And A Hell Of A Guy”

New Images From ‘The Hobbit’ Emerge, Will Make You Feel Even More Blasé

Ten photos from Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey have been released via Entertainment Weekly. The movie, due out December 15 of this year, is Jackson’s first directing gig since 2009’s underwhelming The Lovely Bones.

I can’t say that these pictures, which come with quotes from the actors, reveal much that can’t be seen in the trailer. They do make me wonder if the two parts of The Hobbit will be improved in comparison to their predecessors that totally don’t hold up over time.  Continue reading “New Images From ‘The Hobbit’ Emerge, Will Make You Feel Even More Blasé”

Guess How Many Frankenstein Movies Are In The Works?

At least six! Though Interview Magazine and AV Club report that the number is closer to eight.

And guess how many have been made in the past? 48! Since 1910.

Some very big names in Hollywood and some not so big, are involved in upcoming Frankenstein movies.

The list includes Guillermo Del Toro, Tim Burton, Shawn Levy, David Yates (Harry Potter 5),  Sam Raimi and Max Landis.

Here’s a partial list:

Frankenweenie (Tim Burton’s claymation project, starring Winona Ryder)

Wake The Dead (With Haley Joel Osment)

The Casebook Of Victor Frankenstein (Sam Raimi)

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Reasons To See ‘Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark’

Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark is the  newest horror movie to open in theaters, written and produced by Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Orphanage) and directed by feature film virgin Troy Nixey.

This is a semi-familiar tale, of a girl (Bailee Madison) who is sent to live with her father (Guy Pearce) and his girlfriend (Katie Holmes) in the historic mansion that they are renovating together. The great thing about this movie is it is not chock-full of deaths, pointless gore or over the top rock music that fees like advertising.

It is suspenseful, and thrilling though not necessarily scary, not that it doesn’t provide a few jolts in your seat. As soon as Sally (Madison, of Just Go With It, and Brothers) moves in, the house’s deadly past begins surfacing, at first to only Sally, making it all the more frusterating.

An evil presence, we’ll call it, though it is not ghosts or devils, think something more typical of Del Toro, seen in Hellboy II and Pan’s Labyrinth, is prevalent here…

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