While FilmDistrict and TriStar’s Evil Dead continues to be a #1 here in the states, not every fan that’s been dying to see it is getting the chance. Especially in Australia. It seems like an initial wide release for the film has been altered into a limited release in four theaters across the country – and one of those is for only one showing.
We’ve gotten a few emails about this, so we figured we’d spread the word and point you to a couple of petition sites at Change.org and Facebook.
While I’m not sure about the hows and whys around the release plan, I would encourage anyone who clicks on those links to write something to be respectful. I’ve seen a lot of simplistic, angry and erroneous thinking on them – it’s important to realize that people listen more when you intelligently and respectfully plead your case. One way to not get your way is to threaten to steal the movie. Be more original!
Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon’s The Cabin in the Woods is my favorite horror film of the year so far and, while I’m excited to own it on Blu-ray in a month or two, I’m very grateful I had the chance to see it in theaters twice. As much as the theatrical experience can be a pain in the ass these days (I literally get angry about people texting before I even get to the theater), when it goes well there’s nothing like watching a great movie with a room full of people who are eating it up.
But Australian horror fans almost didn’t get the chance to have that experience. Village Roadshow, who is handling some of the foreign territories for the film, almost released to straight to DVD in that territory according to The Daily Telegraph. So what happened? The fans spoke up. They emailed the studio, they posted on its Facebook page and they wouldn’t relent.
Finally the studio caved. Per The Telegraph, “A major distributor bowed to fan pressure – something that rarely happens – and announced that ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ would be getting a theatrical release after all, albeit very limited. Despite only playing on seven screens in Australia it still managed to take $85,152 in its opening weekend – a considerable feat for a film you have to actively seek out.”
What’s the lesson here? Fight for good horror (and good films in general). Let the studios know that there is an audience that respects the film. It’s not about supporting “studio horror” or “indie horror” – their are plenty of terrible films on both sides of the fence that shouldn’t be supported. But support the stuff you love – that’s the only way to make sure you get it and it continues to even be made. READ MORE
I, Frankenstein is currently shooting in Australia and now the first pics of Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight, In The Company Of Men) in makeup as the titular monster have emerged. I actually kind of like the look, it’s much more subtle than I expected. And, having seen this, I guess there’s no realistic way Eckhart can take on this role and not be compared to his Dark Knight character Two-Face, no matter how much his actual performance differs.
Stuart Beattie is directing the Lakeshore/Lionsgate movie in which “Frankenstein’s monster vacillating between humanity and monsterdom while being pursued by demons wanting to gain the secret of his reanimated corpse.” The script was written by Kevin Grevioux. In addition to Eckhart, the film stars Bill Nighy, Socratis Otto, Yvonne Strahovski and Miranda Otto.
I, Frankenstein hits theaters on February 22, 2013. Head inside for the pics courtesy of Pablo Hassan. READ MORE
Anyone who’s even a little familiar with the way Australia’s government treats video games is probably aware of the country’s archaic treatment of mature games. Basically, if a game has a more blood or sexuality than what you would find in a school playground its deemed too mature and refused classifaction, essentially banning it from retail. An R18+ classification has been in the works for going on a decade now, and come January 2013 — assuming that whole doomsday thing doesn’t happen, the R18+ classification will start to go in effect. I’m thinking the next thing on the Aussie agenda should be to abolish those crazy high prices for new games.
In a little less than a year Aussies will be join the rest of the world in binging on violent and sexually depraved video games that would make their grandmothers weep, assuming of course that they aren’t too busy putting shrimps on the barbie or protecting their babies from Dingoes (Zing..) READ MORE
“Of the 10 videos we’ve done through the years, I felt we have never been truly captured ‘in our element…which of course is on tour, playing to our fans, with our lighting and video show. So I thought it was time to do a video that showed us in our ‘real world’ (unlike the ‘fake worlds’ that are usually created when shooting a promo video),” says MIKE PORTOY of DREAM THEATER about the band’s new documentary road video for their new single “Wither” from their 10th studio release BLACK CLOUDS & SILVER LININGS (Roadrunner).
Directed by Ramon Boutviseth, who did the same honors for the first clip for the album’s first single “A Rite Of Passage,” the “Wither” video was shot on location in the U.K. (London, Manchester), France (Paris, Lille) and Rotterdam (the Netherlands) as part of DREAM THEATER’s September/October 2009 headlining “Progressive Nation” tour reaching 15 countries.
Meanwhile, the legendary progressive metal masters just launched their headlining down under tour December 1, encompassing seven shows in Australia and New Zealand, wrapping December 12 in Perth, with special guests Pain of Salvation will join the band on all dates except in New Zealand. Look for the band to head to South America in the winter-spring.
Read on for a Q&A with Mike Portnoy about the “Wither” videoand tour dates. READ MORE