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Ghost Rider poster... ughWhen I think about Marvel Comics’ Ghost Rider, I often think heavy metal music, preferably something by Motorhead or Slayer. I’ve yet to get that sort of musical vibe from anything I’ve seen or heard about this big screen movie version: lackluster CGI, miscast Nic Cage, hokey dialogue, and the look and feel of a feature-length TV pilot from about a decade ago. In fact, the new poster and new trailer that Moviefone has just put online have me thinking writer-director Mark Steven Johnson should just go ahead and bring back Firehouse to provide songs for the film’s soundtrack.

I look at this new poster and have to ask, “Is Eva Mendes really a big enough star to justify her name above the title right alongside Nicolas Cage’s?” I vote no. The only dueling heads on this poster should be Nic Cage on one side and the flaming skull on the other. That they’re trying to sell the movie on the love story aspect spells doom in my book.

The new trailer doesn’t inspire me to think otherwise either. Considering the production budget is reportedly in excess of $120 million, I’m just going to come out and say that the technology simply isn’t quite there yet to bring a character like Ghost Rider to life in a live action movie without it looking positively cartoonish. I’d dare say the whole movie gives off a cartoonish vibe. Perhaps they should just have made it as an all CGI animated film.

And in a perfect world Wes Bentley would be playing Johnny Blaze and Nic Cage would be Mephistopheles; but instead Bentley is cast as the villainous Blackheart and looks like he got lost on his way to the set of The Covenant.

Well, maybe you can watch this new Ghost Rider trailer and not get the vibe this film is going to be anything more than an overblown grilled cheese sandwich of flick. Being a fan of the Ghost Rider character, I do hope for the best, but I’d be lying if said that the phrase “Spawn For Dummies” doesn’t keep echoing through my head.

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SOMA Sailing to Xbox One on December 1

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SOMA (review) will be heading to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of a new safe mode, and we have all the details you need right here!

SOMA Coming to Xbox One with New “Safe Mode”
There’s no need to be concerned. You are always safe…

Isolated, submerged in the ocean’s darkness, chaos has overtaken the halls of PATHOS-II, and the boundaries of humanity strained beyond repair. From Frictional Games, creators of the critically acclaimed Amnesia series, SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of Safe Mode.

Safe Mode introduces an optional new way to play SOMA in the Xbox One and PC releases. Protected from the hostile creatures below, let yourself sink into the mystery and atmosphere of PATHOS-II as you uncover the truth and determine the fate of the station.

SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st and is available to pre-order now. Safe Mode will launch simultaneously as a free update for PC and will be available for PS4 at a later date.

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Thelma Is Fantastic and Now You Can Watch the Opening Scene

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One of this year’s most beautiful and subdued horror films is Joachim Trier’s Thelma (review), which opens in Los Angeles tonight. To give you a bit of what the film is like, The Orchard have released the opening scene, which shows a man and his daughter hunting in the bleak Norwegian winter. When they come across a young deer, the true intentions of this trip become apparent…

Having seen Thelma, I can tell you that it’s truly something special. It’s a slow burn, to be certain, but it plays out gorgeously, resulting in a film that has yet to leave my mind.

Related Story: Exclusive Interview with Thelma’s Joachim Trier

Locations and tickets for Thelma can be found here.

Synopsis:
Thelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of Norway to study at a university in Oslo. While at the library one day, she experiences a violent, unexpected seizure. Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn toward Anja, a beautiful young student who reciprocates Thelma’s powerful attraction. As the semester continues, Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja – feelings she doesn’t dare acknowledge, even to herself – while at the same time experiencing even more extreme seizures. As it becomes clearer that the seizures are a symptom of inexplicable, often dangerous, supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers.

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Award-Winning The Child Remains Playing Tomorrow at the Blood in the Snow Festival

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The award-winning supernatural thriller The Child Remains, which has been on the festival circuit, is returning to Canada to play tomorrow night at the Blood in the Snow Film Festival in Toronto. Tickets for the screening, which is at 9:30pm, can be found at the festival’s website.

The film has won awards in festivals across Canada as well as Best Foreign Feature at the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival in London, UK.

Described as The Shining meets Rosemary’s Baby meets The Orphanage, the film stars Suzanne Clément, Allan Hawco, Shelley Thompson, and Geza Kovacs. Directed and written by Michael Melski, who co-produced the film alongside Craig Cameron and David Miller, The Child Remains is aiming for a Canadian theatrical release in Spring 2018 and a US theatrical release in October 2018.

Synopsis:
An expectant couple’s intimate weekend turns to terror when they discover their secluded country inn is a haunted maternity home where unwanted infants and young mothers were murdered. Inspired by the true story of the infamous ‘Butterbox Babies’ and their macabre chapter in Canadian history, The Child Remains is a twisting supernatural thriller that emphasizes story and suspense over shock and gore.

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