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Ask anyone about their first horror movie. Everyone responds differently, but you always see the same look in their eyes, a look of fear and awe I can’t even begin to articulate. That’s because our earliest horror movie experience leaves the boldest mark and, on a deep psychological level, ignites our passion for this kind of stuff. Nobody forgets their first time.

For me that film was Alien. I was ten years old and traumatized beyond belief. I watched most of it through my fingers, and it took several years and five more viewings for me to build up the gall to watch John Hurt’s chestburster sequence in its entirety. But during my first sleepless night, a strange thought popped into my head: I wanted more. I was born anew, transformed into what Bob Burns affectionately calls a “monster kid.” My love affair with fright blossomed with James Cameron’s Aliens and countless more sci-fi/horror films through the years. I wrote letters to Fox as a kid. I wanted to learn everything about movie making and devoured every book and magazine about the business. And eventually I got to work in it.

In short, the Alien series changed my life.

Back in my movie critic days, I wrote the first review for the god-awful Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem. In it I criticized Fox for wrecking both franchises with bad ideas and hack filmmakers instead of making Robert Rodriguez’s Predator 3 or another Ridley Scott/James Cameron movie. Let it never be said that studios don’t listen to criticism because a few years later Fox has given us Predators (with decidedly mixed results) and, more importantly, Prometheus: Sir Ridley’s grand return to the Alien universe.

The project has been shrouded in secrecy since it was announced, and there’s been a lot of flip-flopping regarding its place in the series, but by now it’s blatantly obvious that Prometheus is an Alien film at heart. And that excites the ever-living shit out of me. I love how Scott & Co. are expanding the story by making a movie about the world around Alien instead of going through the motions of a standard sequel/prequel and the obligations that come with it. The universe is a big place, after all. There’s a lot more out there to be afraid of.

As Fox rolls out trailers and viral videos, I now find myself with feelings and sensations I haven’t experienced in over 20 years. That’s saying a lot for a franchise I thought could never be redeemed. It’s the kind of project you always dream about but hardly ever see, and I honestly can’t remember the last time I was this excited over a film.

Yet, amidst all this there’s something that has me worried: murmurs of a clash with the studio over the rating. It’s the age-old battle of art vs. commerce. Fox wants a PG-13. Ridley Scott wants an R. I’ve heard this not just through the internet but also from industry people I trust, and Damien Lindelof’s comments at last summer’s Comic-Con panel seemed like a sly tip-off as to what’s happening behind-the-scenes.

Normally, I don’t get all knee-jerky over a film’s rating. It’s hardly the deciding factor in what makes a quality movie. That being said, at least two different people I know with ties to the production have stated that Ridley shot “the goriest footage I’ve ever seen.” This seems to coincide with the director’s early promise that this installment would be “mean and nasty” and top everything we’ve seen before. The teaser seems to imply that the menace is something infectious or parasitic, which also harkens back to Alien’s basic fear of invasive body-horror. Which means, in order for Prometheus to work, it has to make us squirm. And you just can’t do that with a PG-13.

Imagine if Alien had been made in today’s studio system. Would it have been nearly as iconic had Scott been tiptoeing around the film’s rating? Would we be talking about its realistic cast of foul-mouthed grease monkeys or visceral scares if it were chopped down to satisfy general audiences? I seriously doubt it. You can’t fear the scariest animal in the jungle if it’s been declawed.

Look, Prometheus is a summer tentpole movie. It cost a lot to make. I get it. So did Die Hard, Terminator and a slew of other successful hard-R franchises we quote on a daily basis. Just because number crunchers in marketing are casting blind predictions of box office figures doesn’t mean you have to settle for less. Summer movies have become increasingly frustrating because of this mentality. It’s the equivalent of the restaurant industry serving only Big Macs to reach “the widest audience possible” – sooner or later it’s going to leave a bad taste in everyone’s mouth. I think this is part of the reason why the business has taken a hit the last few summers: People want GOOD movies, not ones that try to cater to EVERYONE. And as we all know, it’s the good ones that stick around forever.

Whether or not Prometheus works remains to be seen, but there’s a reason we should be celebrating it: It restores artistry and maturity back to a franchise that was headed down the Saturday morning cartoon route. And it gives the creator of an iconic series a chance to take the reins and steer it into new territory. So please, Fox, let Ridley Scott make the movie he wants (there are way too many versions of his film as it is). In the end, we might embrace Prometheus, we might not; it might be a hit, it might not. But we need this movie to be the best it can be. And that has always been the best ingredient for success.

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Inside Remake Gets New Poster and U.S. Release Date

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It’s about time.

It has been a whopping four months since we shared with you guys the red band trailer for the upcoming English language remake of Inside starring Rachel Nichols and Laura Harring.

Today we have an all-new poster for the film (via our buddies at Arrow in the Head), and the one-sheet also boasts the remake’s U.S. release date. Yes, Inside will be hitting Stateside on January 12, 2018.

You can click on the poster to the right to check it out in higher-res. After that make sure to hit us up and let us know if you’re planning to check out this remake in the comments below!

Miguel Ángel Vivas directed the Inside remake.

Produced by Adrian Guerra and Nuria Valls at Spain’s Nostromo Pictures, the remake was written by Manu Diez and [REC] creator/co-director Jaume Balaguero. “We took the original idea and made it an edge-of-your-seat thriller, more Hitchcock-ian than a splatter-fest,” said Guerra.

Again, Inside hits U.S. theaters and VOD January 12, 2018.

Synopsis:
Pregnant and depressed, a young widow tries to rebuild her life following the fateful car accident where she lost her husband and partially lost her hearing. Now, about to go into labor, she’s living in a remote house in the suburbs when, one Christmas night, she receives an unexpected visit from another woman with a devastating objective: to rip the child she’s carrying from inside her. But a mother’s fury when it comes to protecting her child should never be underestimated.

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Deep Blue Sea 2 Rated R for Creature Violence/Gore and Language

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Five months ago we shared the news that there was a secret sequel to the 1999 killer sharks vs. Tom Jane and LL Cool J movie Deep Blue Sea filming, and today we have the sequel’s rating.

And it’s about what you’d expect. Not that that’s a bad thing.

Yes, the upcoming shark attack sequel Deep Blue Sea 2 has been rated R by the MPAA for “creature violence and gore and for language.”

Not only that, but we have a few words on what we can expect from the sequel via a creative executive over at Warner Bros. named Matt Bierman.

“We are a true sequel,” Bierman said regarding the sequel. “We wanted to keep to the spirit of Deep Blue Sea and why people love it. The research that was used on the sharks in Deep Blue Sea 2 comes from the mythology and storyline of the first movie. We have given the lead shark a personality and hope the fans will embrace that as it really helps the storytelling and the narrative in a way that [the] first one didn’t. Deep Blue Sea 2 has a slightly slower build, but once the rubber band snaps, things go boom really quickly!”

The lead shark has a personality? How could that be a bad thing?

Let’s just hope there aren’t scenes of the rugged Tom Jane stand-in lovingly hugging/stroking the shark after it does something cool and telling the new guy how the shark (nicknamed Bruce) is just “misunderstood.”

…And then the shark saves everyone at the end. Called it.

The sequel is directed by Darin Scott from a screenplay by Erik Patterson, Hans Rodionoff, and Jessica Scott and stars Danielle Savre, Rob Mayes, and Michael Beach.

The movie is set to premiere on Syfy sometime next year. Once we know the exact date we’ll let us know so stay tuned!

“Deepest. Bluest. My head is like a shark’s fin…”

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Friends Don’t Let Friends Review – A Haunting Mixture of Psychological Turmoil and Brutal Supernatural Horror

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Starring Brittany Anne Woodford, Jenny Curtis, Kanin Guntzelman, Brendan McGowan, Jake White

Directed by James S. Brown

We all like to think of ourselves as being surrounded by friends, but let’s face it, if we were to ever truly hit hard times, there are probably very few, if any, people we could truly rely on. So on some level, Friends Don’t Let Friends is a film we can all relate too, as it deals with this very issue.

Stephanie is an emotionally unstable young woman who strangles her boyfriend to death after he insults and breaks up with her. She calls her friends to help her dispose the body out in the Joshua Tree National Part area, and instead of reporting her to the police, they reluctantly comply. As their car breaks down, the four friends find themselves alone at night in the Californian wilderness with the rotting corpse in need of disposal. Given their dire circumstances, they begin to become more and more aggressive towards each other, and this was where the film was really at its best. I was on the edge of my seat, wondering how far the limits of their friendship could be stretched, and who would be the first to crack and turn on the others.

Anyway, their body disposal endeavor soon proves to be a mistake, as Stephanie’s ex rises from the grave as vengeful zombie demon thing with claws as long as knives. I’ll admit, I first I thought Friends Don’t Let Friends was going to be a movie purely about the limits of trust, so I was pretty surprised when the supernatural elements came into play. And when they did, the trust and friendship elements of the plot were somewhat downplayed in favor of a more traditional horror approach, and while it was still entertaining, I still would have preferred for the film not to have strayed from its initial path. At least the ending came as a shocker. I won’t go into spoilers, but let’s just say the even the most attentive viewers probably won’t see it coming.

As you can probably guess from a psychologically-driven film of this kind, the performances were top notch, with Brittany Anne Woodford being on particularly top form as the manipulative and unstable Stephanie, a character who revels in the revels in the power she felt when ending another human life.

With its mixture of psychological turmoil and brutal supernatural horror, Friends Don’t Let Friends is a film I would certainly recommend, but keep in mind that it may make you think twice when confiding in people who you think of as being your friends.

8 out of 10.

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