Kill Bill Vol. 3? Yes Please.

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One of my favorite directors in the horror/gore genre, Quentin Tarantino has announced that there will a third installment of his famous Kill Bill movies. I for one cannot be more excited about this as the Kill Bill movies are my favorites by Tarantino, next to Death Proof. Typically I am not a fan of sequels but in this case I think I’ll make an exception as I have faith in Tarantino’s creative and writing abilities. According to IMDB, the only confirmed cast members are Uma Thurman and Daryl Hannah, both reprising their roles from the previous Kill Bill films. Other than this, not much else is known about the upcoming film. Audiences and fans will have to wait though for Tarantino to finish up his current project Django Unchained which is also garnering a lot of buzz right now.

It will be very interesting to see how Tarantino carries on the series since The Bride did kill Bill in Vol. 2. And how does Elle play a role in this film since her other eye was ripped out by The Bride? Perhaps Kill Bill Vol. 3 will be a prequel, though Vol. 2 did discuss some of The Bride’s past concerning how she became a deadly warrior and why she needed to kill Bill.

For now I guess we’ll just have to wait for more, which is a very daunting prospect because I am incredibly excited for this.


Horror at the Oscars

Well it’s finally that time all movie buffs wait for every year; Oscar Sunday. And while many are fine tuning their predictions for the evening’s show, I’m wondering when a horror movie will take home the Best Picture trophy. Now, depending on how you view it, a horror movie has won an Academy Award already. In 1992, The Silence of the Lambs won best picture and Anthony Hopkins took home Best Actor as well for his role as Hannibal Lector in the film. While Hopkins’ portrayal of the deranged Lector is one of the most truly terrifying characters I have ever seen in my life, I have always thought of The Silence of the Lambs as more of a thriller rather than a full on horror film.

This year at the 84th Annual Academy Awards, no horror movies have been nominated for Best Picture or Best Screenplay. Perhaps this is because many horror movies appear to be lacking in depth, something that movies goers or the Academy look for when determining a film’s Oscar-worthiness. I know that when I watch a horror movie I’m not really looking for something that is emotionally moving, but rather something that is going to shock and scare me a little bit.

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Perhaps in the future horror directors and writers will start thinking about story lines that will hopefully garner them some Oscar buzz.

What horror movies do you think should have been nominated for Academy Awards?


The Watchlist — Grave Encounters

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Looking for something that makes fun of those tools over at Ghost Hunters? Well Grave Encounters is a movie you should check out. Written and directed by The Vicious Brothers (who are only 25 I might add) the film follows members of a ghost hunting reality show called, you guessed it, Grave Encounters.

While filming their pilot episode in an abandoned insane asylum, things take a turn for the worse and strange things begin to happen. It is soon discovered that the spirits of the former patients have come to wreak havoc on the crew members.

Overall, I was genuinely scared for parts of the film. I do think it takes a little longer than necessary to build up to the haunting parts but overall the story is pretty cool. By shooting the film from the perspective of the cameras that the team had set up around the building, the film was given an interesting twist on a very typical horror movie plot line. And, because most of the movie is shot with a sort of blurry night vision filter, the viewer rarely knows what’s coming next.

Verdict: I would definitely recommend this movie for horror fans and casual viewers alike.

Here’s the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8FBRATbJoA


Will Horror Continue to Take Over the Small Screen?

Since 2009, I have noticed a great uptick in movies and television shows that have horror/gore themes. I think I first really noticed this trend with the release of Zombieland. While finding zombies/supernatural creatures and violence in movies is no surprise, the amount coming to cable television is on the rise. For the past 5 years shows like Criminal Minds have brought the horrors of murdering psychopaths to television audiences nationwide. In recent years though, this trend has now brought us programs like AMC’s The Walking Dead and FX’s American Horror Story. What does this mean for horror buffs? A new medium of entertainment for their now unlimited favorite genre. Perhaps in the next few years we’ll find a few more programs like The Walking Dead and American Horror Story on our television screens. Or at least, their continuation by their respective networks.

For more on the excitement of the return of The Walking Dead, check out this link:http://newsroom.blogs.cnn.com/2011/10/16/picking-brains-on-the-set-of-the-walking-dead-season-2/


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Movies We’re Excited For — Silent House

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Starring Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s younger sister Elizabeth Olsen, Silent House looks like a very interesting and new take on the thriller. The movie lasts 88 minutes and takes place in “real time”, a very rare occurrence in films. What you may not know is that Silent House is actually a remake of the Spanish language film The Silent House. The trailer claims that the plot is based on true events that happened nearly 50 years ago in a small Uruguayan village.

The the American trailer, Olsen and her father are being terrorized in a house they are renovating for resale. The trailer features lots of dark lighting and shaky camera angles a la The Blair Witch Project. Despite these typical hallmarks of most thrillers, I still found myself slightly on edge while watching the trailer as the mystery person chasing Elizabeth Olsen in her home popped out from behind corners or suddenly grabbed her without so much as a sound. From what I’ve see so far, it looks very cool and appears to have revived the people-terrorized-by-a-psycho-or-other-unknown-evil-being-in-their-own-homes plot that has been reused many times over in thriller films. I know I’ll be heading to the nearest cinema to see it on March 9th. How about you?

Here’s more on the Uruguayan version of the film: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/apr/07/the-silent-house-review

You can view the American trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VD88EFBFuos

 


Movies We’re Excited For — The Cabin In the Woods

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While at the movies this past weekend I saw a trailer for The Cabin In the Woods, which stars Thor’s  very own Chis Hemsworth. Directed by Drew Goddard and written by Goddard and Joss Whedon, the film chronicles the bloody misfortunes of a group of friends while vacationing in the remote wilderness (mistake one for those guys). Based on what I’ve seen so far, it looks like Whedon and Goddard have put a new and fresh spin on the “friends-being-terrorized-and-slaughtered-in-the-woods-by-psycho-killers-or-hillbillies” story line that has been one of the standard horror movies plots FOR AGES. Take a look at the trailer and judge for yourself. I know I’m excited.

Expected release date is April 13, 2012 (and yes that’s a Friday, but were you really surprised?)

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