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Was the House at the End of the Street Where Resident Evil Lives Filled with Dredd?

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Was the House at the End of the Street Where Resident Evil Lives Filled with Dredd?It was a great weekend for an action thriller about two cops ambushed in a bad part of town by drug dealers. Unfortunately for Dredd 3D, that movie was End of Watch. While it dueled with House at the End of the Street for #1, Resident Evil: Retribution got evicted from the top spot in a big way.

Despite almost universally negative reviews and middling word-of-mouth, House at the End of the Street ended the weekend neck-and-neck with both the Jake Gyllenhaal cop drama End of Watch and the Clint Eastwood baseball drama Trouble with the Curve for the top of the box office, according to Box Office Mojo. The tweener screamer’s $13 million put it in a virtual tie with End of Watch and only a couple hundred thousand dollars ahead of Eastwood’s latest, which may still take the top spot when the dust finally settles.

Whether you attribute the film’s strong opening to the PG-13 rating or Jennifer Lawrence’s post-Hunger Games star power, Relativity is happy its low budget teen horror flick opened this strong on what is being considered a relatively poor box office weekend for the movie industry. Don’t be surprised if audiences vacate the House at the End of the Street in droves next weekend.

Speaking of residences being vacated en masse, Resident Evil: Retribution suffered a near 70% freefall, taking it from last weekend’s comfortable first place to a $6.7 million fifth place. That’s the steepest second weekend drop ever for a Resident Evil movie, and its $33 million total is ten million behind the previous installment. The real money for this franchise remains overseas, particularly in Japan and Asia, where the name brand and 3D will assure it the financial success required to ensure many more sequels to come.

Audiences passed judgment on Dredd 3D and the verdict seemed to be indifference judging by its dreadful sixth place $6.3 million opening. These numbers yet again go to show how overrated internet word-of-mouth and fanboy film festival ravings can be, especially when the property in question is a movie based on a cult British comic book that’s only best known to mainstream audiences as the subject of a god awful Sylvester Stallone movie from seventeen years ago (that film was considered a flop in its day, and Dredd 3D didn’t even open half as well).

Dredd’s opening also, depressingly, continues to prove that R-rated action movies are still hard sells at the box office these days. Those hoping for the start of a new Judge Dredd franchise had better cross their fingers for strong showings internationally and on DVD/Blu-ray if they ever expect to see Karl Urban don that helmet again.

Next weekend horror goes back to the kids – and maybe even the dogs given some of the early reviews – when Hotel Transylvania opens featuring the voice of Adam Sandler as Dracula. Yeah, I think I’ll wait an extra week for Frankenweenie.

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Watch a City Come Together and a Monster Created in These Videos From The Sinking City

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I’ve been keeping a very close eye on Frogwares’ The Sinking City, which is a 3rd person horror adventure that takes place in a world that is as inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes as it is by H.P. Lovecraft and his eldritch terrors. While still early in development, the team is beginning to share some pretty incredible things out of their offices (like these creepy statues) to keep the public up-to-date as well as show them just how much work goes into creating something so expansive and fascinating.

Today, I want to bring you a taste of the world that Frogwares is building through two videos. The first shows the process by which they created the actual city that the game takes place in. Obviously trying to hand create each and every building is a tedious process at best, nigh-well impossible task at its most realistic. Rather than attempt such a monumental undertaking, the team created a program that will build the city based on criteria that they set forth. It’s a very clever solution to a very real problem and the end result still feels like their personal touch is all over it.

The second video is a 3D time lapse of a monster as it goes from rough shape to a highly detailed, grotesquely designed monstrosity that is nothing short of nightmarish. It’s a chance to see how an artist creates something phenomenal from something so simple, each step adding a new layer of sickening, yet fascinating, macabre horror.

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Jim Carrey and The Grinch Go Beyond Whoville

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Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a regular holiday staple in many households, including my own. The cartoon is just brilliant; and truth be told, the live action film captured a great deal of the magic infused within the original tale due in no small part to an electric and manic portrayal of the title character by Jim Carrey.

A new video has surfaced courtesy of Nerdist that’s a joyous play on the Netflix flick Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton. Check it out below. It’s SO worth your time.

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The Crucifixion Review – Should’ve Left This One Nailed to the Cross

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Starring Sophie Cookson, Corneliu Ulici, Ada Lupu

Directed by Xavier Gens


Claiming to be inspired by actual events, director Xavier Gens’ The Crucifixion forgoes the affecting shocks and awes, and instead beats its audience into the ground with a laundry-list of ho-hum dialogue and lesser-than-stellar instances…forget the priest, I need a friggin’ Red Bull.

A 2005 case is spotlighted, and it revolves around a psychotically damaged woman of the cloth (nun for all you laymen) who priests believed was inhabited by ol’ Satan himself. With one rogue priest in command who firmly believed that this was the work of something satanic, the nun was subject to a horrific exorcism in which she was chained to a cross and basically left to die, which ultimately resulted in the priest being stripped of his collar and rosary…how tragic. Enter an overzealous New York reporter (Cookson) who is intently focused upon traveling to Romania to get the scoop on the botched undertaking. After her arrival, the only point of view that seems to keep sticking with interviewees is that the man who sat close to the lord killed a helpless, innocent and stricken woman, that is until she meets up with another nun and a village priest – and their claims are of something much more sinister.

From there, the battle between good and evil rages…well, let me rephrase that: it doesn’t exactly “rage” – instead, it simmers but never boils. Unfortunately for those who came looking for some serious Father Karras action will more than likely be disappointed. The performances border on labored with cursory characters, and outside of some beautiful cinematography, this one failed to chew out of its five-point restraints.

I’d normally prattle on and on about this and that, just to keep my word limit at a bit of a stretch, but with this particular presentation, there just isn’t much to bore you all with (see what I just did there). Gens certainly had the right idea when constructing this film according to blueprints…but it’s like one of those pieces of Wal-Mart furniture that when you open the box, all you can find are the instructions that aren’t in your language – wing and a prayer…but we all know what prayers get you, don’t we, Father?

My advice to all who come seeking some hellacious activity – stick to The Exorcist and you’ll never be let down.

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The Crucifixion is one of those films that needs the help of the man above in order to raise its faith, but I think he might have been out to lunch when this one came around.

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