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Goal of the Dead (2014)

Goal of the Dead (2014)Starring Alban Lenoir, Charlie Bruneau, Tiphaine Daviot, Ahmed Sylla

Directed by Benjamin Rocher


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Goal of the Dead (2014)Starring Alban Lenoir, Charlie Bruneau, Tiphaine Daviot, Ahmed Sylla

Directed by Benjamin Rocher


On the heels of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, another football-crazed country, France, has combined the two things that have always been proven to bring the masses together in times of peril: the international sport of soccer and the unrelenting hordes of the undead. With Goal of the Dead (first released as a two-parter in its country of origin), directors Thierry Poiraud and Benjamin Rocher have teamed up to create a fast-moving, character-driven zom-com that manages to keep its momentum despite the film being divided up and then slapped back together again for a festival run at the Fantasia International Film Fest.

Cleverly separated into “First Half” and “Second Half” installments, there’s no mystery where the outbreak virus originates (a post-credit sequence in Part 1 gives even more info), and the character carrying the infection winds up having a long-standing connection with the main lead character that pays off later on in the film.

Still full of himself after all these years, famed footballer Sam Lorit (Alban Lenoir) returns to the home field of Caplongue – a town he abandoned 17 years previous to join up with his current squad, the splintered but talented Olympique de Paris. Although the match is just an exhibition, the diehards of team Caplongue are ravenous with anticipation, hellbent on sending Lorit back to Paris with his tail between his legs.

Not soon after the match starts, more carriers race through the gathered crowd, spreading the Z-germ by means of high velocity white vomit preferably applied directly to the mouth and face of the nearest fan. The outbreak personifies the over-excited, near religious fervor of the local football supporters and serves as a microcosm for the international obsession of soccer worldwide. (It’s also pretty disgusting but in that charming, Stand By Me “complete and total Barf-A-Rama” sort of way). Akin more to rabies than rigor mortis, once this killer cocktail is fully ingested, the mayhem spreads from the stands into the streets, where soccer town becomes riot town.

Once team Paris is split up, the story begins to humanize anti-hero Sam Lorit – now trapped in a bar with a cute fan girl (Tiphanie Daviot) – when it’s revealed that he regrets leaving his hometown and once had plans to return before he realized how much the people despised him. On the other end, Paris’ man-child superstar athlete Idris (Ahmed Sylla) remains lost in the bowels of the stadium with an obsessive, weird fan that he would completely ignore in normal circumstances. Both amuse as their egos slowly fade as they’re forced to become more human as the hordes outside become more monstrous.

The “First Half,” directed by Rocher, has plenty of action and humor, but it’s left to Thierry Piraud to deliver the climactic battle in the “Second Half,” where the drama (just as if it were an actual match) kicks into high gear. Each section complements the other well with the tone and style never changing greatly from one “action” call to the next. Some shots of the action on the field in both parts are striking in their scope and composition, adding some cinematic flourishes that are normally reserved for larger affairs. In fact, it looks as if an entire town really was involved during some wide shots showing a staggering amount of extras in full freak-out mode.

All in all, Goal of the Dead continues the above-and-beyond quality level of Shawn and Juan, almost as if an actual epidemic of Romero-esque parody swept across Europe from England to Spain (by way of Cuba) and, finally, small-town France. If anything, transplanting the underlying commentary of mindless consumerism to a lightweight statement on unruly fandom feels fresh. In that respect, Goal of the Dead draws a fun connection between sports buffs and horror fans that reminds us that maybe we’re not so different from each other after all.

4 out of 5

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Will Steven Spielberg Reboot E.T.?

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Henry Thomas has been doing pretty well in the horror genre these last few years, with stand out roles in Mike Flanagan’s Ouija: Origin of Evil and Gerald’s Game. But no matter what the man ever does, he will always be Elliot from Steven Spielberg’s E.T. to us.

And speaking of E.T., Thomas was recently asked by Closer Weekly if there was any chance of the classic film getting the reboot/revamp treatment.

I don’t think Steven Spielberg wants to touch it,” Thomas said. “And I know he won’t let anyone else. You don’t want to cheapen the original. As soon as we’re all dead, I’m sure they’ll revamp it.”

Thank the fucking Lord. So rest easy, folks. It looks like our beloved E.T. is safe and sound – at least for the next few decades. The original film was directed by Steven Spielberg and starred Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, and Dee Wallace.

Would you be excited for a sequel/reboot of E.T.? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Synopsis:

After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott (Henry Thomas). Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother and his little sister, Gertie (Drew Barrymore), and the children decide to keep its existence a secret. Soon, however, E.T. falls ill, resulting in government intervention and a dire situation for both Elliott and the alien.

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Harrelson’s Carnage Only Has a Small Role in VENOM Starring Tom Hardy

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Two months back we let you guys know that there was a rumor floating around that Woody Harrelson was going to be playing Carnage in Marvel’s upcoming R-rated adaptation of Venom starring Tom Hardy.

Carnage creator David Michelinie responded to the casting choice over on Facebook saying, “Harrelson’s a good actor and has a decent range. He’s played nutso characters in the past, but I guess we’ll have to wait until October to see just how far he can ramp it up. Fingers crossed.”

And today we have word that whether or not Harrelson is playing Carnage or not, his role will be fairly small – at least this time around.

I’m in a little fraction of this movie,” Harrelson told Collider. “But I’ll be in the next one, you know? So I haven’t read that script, but anyway, just rolled the dice.”

This makes me think that Harrelson’s Carnage will be an ending teaser. What do you think? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Directed by Ruben Fleischer, Venom stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, and Reid Scott. It infects theaters on October 5th.

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The Real Reason Shane Black Directed THE PREDATOR

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Later this summer we will be hit by Shane Black and Fred Dekker’s reboot The Predator starring Tom Jane. And one of the cooler bits of trivia that I’m sure you know – but it will still impress your friends – is that Black played a significant role in the original film by John McTiernan.

He played Hawkins. And that was always, we felt, reason enough for Black to sign on to direct the classic alien action film’s newest installment. But it turns out, Black has other reasons as well.

I just thought that it was a great, iconic alien,” Black told Cinema Blend. “And, what separated it from other alien invasion movies wasn’t just a space plot, it was an actual space creature with a mythos and a sense of honor, in some respect. A mission. And, a sense of humor, oddly. The idea of the game it plays. It’s rare that the Predator shows humor, but there are moments where you see it almost look at someone like, ‘Really?’

Are you excited for The Predator to arrive? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The Predator is directed by Shane Black from a script written by Black and Fred Dekker and stars Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Tremblay, Yvonne Strahovski, Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key, Sterling K. Brown, Trevante Rhodes, Thomas Jane, Augusto Aguilera, Jake Busey, and Edward James Olmos. The film hits theaters nationwide September 14, 2018.

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From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home in Shane Black’s explosive reinvention of the Predator series. Now, the universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. When a young boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race.

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