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The World's End, You're Next, and The Mortal Instruments Fight for Leftovers at The Butler's Box OfficeThough the end of August is traditionally one of the slower movie-going weekends of the year, it was a big weekend for the genre. So how did our three contenders fare?

It was interesting, what with the newest film from the Shaun of the Dead gang (The World’s End), the latest attempt to create a new Twilight (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones), and the indie horror film festival darling (You’re Next). Alas, none could put up much of a fight against Oprah Winfrey and Jennifer Aniston.

Lee Daniels’ The Butler and Meet the Millers continued to reign over the box office, leaving the three genre newcomers to settle for table scraps. In the case of You’re Next, even Disney’s Planes took a bigger helping of the box office pie.

The big loser of the weekend was without question The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the latest big screen adaptation of a supernatural Young Adult novel (not titled The Hunger Games) in the wake of Twilight to fall flat at the box office. $9.2 million for the weekend and only $14 million total since opening this past Wednesday; this has to be considered quite disappointing and somewhat surprising for Screen Gems/Sony given how long hyped this film has been and how allegedly rabid the books’ fans were supposed to be. So let’s take a moment to welcome The Mortal Instruments to the Twilight wannabe YA funeral pyre with other non-starters I Am Number Four, Beautiful Creatures, Beastly, and The Host. Will Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters break or continue the trend next year?

Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright may have developed a strong following here across the pond, but mainstream American audiences have yet to fully embrace their brand of humor. Their British booze and bots comedy The World’s End has been met with rave reviews yet failed to open any higher than 4th this weekend. However, $8.9 million for a British sci-fi comedy playing on less than half as many screens as The Butler and Meet the Miller is fairly impressive. It also received a B+ Cinemascore. Expect it to go on to become a beloved cult favorite just like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.

Next on the box office round-up is You’re Next, the hit of horror film festivals that Lionsgate sat on for what feels like years at this point before finally releasing it to theaters. Although it only mustered a 6th place, $7 million opening, it cost less than a million dollars to make and Lionsgate didn’t pay that much more to pick it up. It may not be a breakout hit, but it’s hard to call it a box office bust. Audiences only gave it a B- Cinemascore.

September brings us Riddick and Insidious Chapter 2, which is actually one more mainstream genre movie than this year’s impoverished Halloween wide release movie season will deliver. It’s Carrie or nothing this year, folks.

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Who Goes There Podcast: Ep 140 – Pet Sematary 2



Ahoy there, fuckos! This week’s episode is brought to you by none other than Chris Franco! That’s right, it’s a Chris pick! So you know what that means, we’re cranking the cheese factor up to eleven! This week we’ve got $5 Furlongs, naked women with dog heads, and accents that are more forced than a Bill Cosby sexual encounter! That’s right, we watched  Pet Sematary 2 so you don’t have to!

Ever wonder which of us knows more lyrics to Ice, Ice, Baby? Well, Patreon found out, but perhaps there’s more singing in the actual episode. Download to find out!

Sometimes, dumb is better. It’s the Who Goes There Podcast episode 140!

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Night of the Living Dead 4K and The Silence of the Lambs Come to the Criterion Collection



It’s been a long time coming for these two classics, especially Night of the Living Dead after the ridiculously bad transfer put out by Mill Creek Entertainment, whose transfer was supposedly remastered from a new 2K scan. I swear I thought it was some kind of a joke when I first put it on to watch. In any event…

IndieWire is reporting that horror classics Night of the Living Dead and The Silence of the Lambs will be added to the 2018 Criterion Collection, a hallmark label for home video cinephiles.

According to the site, Criterion will release a new 4K digital restoration of The Silence of the Lambs, which has been approved by the movie’s cinematographer Tak Fujimoto. Included on the DVD and Blu-ray sets are 35 minutes of deleted scenes and audio commentary from 1994 featuring the late Jonathan Demme (director), stars Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, screenwriter Ted Tally, and former FBI agent John Douglas.

Night of the Living Dead will also be released in 4K with never-before-seen 16mm dailies included as a bonus feature(!).

These will be added in February of 2018 so make sure you save up some cash after the holidays!

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DIS Review – Not for the Faint of Heart!



Starring Bill Oberst, Jr., Lori Jo Hendrix, Peter Gonzales Falcon

Directed by Adrian Corona

I’ve made this claim many a time on this website before, and in the company of film friends as well: Bill Oberst Jr. is one of those actors that can literally be thrust into ANY role, and deliver a performance with so much harnessed electricity that you couldn’t believe that it was possible. I was the lucky recipient chosen to get a look at his latest project, titled DIS, and I think that I can honestly say – this is the stuff that nightmares are constructed of.

Directed by Adrian Corona, this 60-minute dive into the black depths of hell, and in actuality DIS is located between circles # 6 and 9 in Dante’s Divine Comedy, and trust me when I tell you – there’s not a shred of comedic relief in this demented presentation. Oberst Jr plays an ex-soldier named Ariel, and his seemingly harmless jaunt through the woods will become anything but that, and judging from the film’s opening scenes, you are meant to feel as uncomfortable about this watch as any you might have checked out in recent memory.

Perversion is the norm here, and lord help you if you’re caught where you shouldn’t be…my skin’s crawling just thinking about what I saw. Ariel’s travels are basically dialogue-free, but it only adds to the infinite levels of creepiness – you can tell he’s being stalked, and the distance between he and the horrors that await are closing in rather quickly.

Visually by itself, this hour-long chiller can sell tickets without any assistance – hollowed-out buildings and long sweeping shots of a silent forest give the movie that look of complete desolation. Sliced up into three acts, the film wastes no time in setting up the story of a killer needing fresh blood to appease his Mandrake garden – seriously guys, I can’t type as much flashy stuff as there needs to be in order to describe this innately disturbing production.

If you’re one of those types who tends to shy away from the graphic side of things, then I’d HIGHLY advise you to keep your TV tuned to the Hallmark Channel for some holiday entertainment, because this one registers high on the “I can’t believe someone thought of this” meter. So the quick recap is this: Oberst Jr in a standout performance, visual excellence, and an unshakable sense of debasement on a cellular level – keep the kiddies out of the living room with this one. Corona should be lauded (or locked up – just kidding) for his work on this one – HIGHLY recommended, and one that I’ll throw down as a top 5 for me in 2017.

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Director Corona should be lauded (or locked up – just kidding) for his work on this one – HIGHLY recommended!

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