Insidious: Chapter 2 (my review here) cleaned up at the box office this weekend. Not in the expected “it’ll make 20 million” way (which still have been a big win), but in a “holy sh*t it made like 40 million” way.
With James Wan taking the helm of Universal’s gigantic Fast and Furious franchise (he’s currently filming Fast 7), I figured it would be fun to take a look back at the films that got him there. Even with the great Conjuring and Insidious franchise making huge returns on their initial investments (not to mention ) it hasn’t always been a straight line to the top. It almost never is in Hollywood.
Punk rocker Billy Talent is streaming their upcoming album Dead Silence right now. The album will be coming out in the U.S. this Tuesday, the 11th via Last Gang Records. This is the first album from Billy Talent that does not have a number in the title. Check out the full stream below. READ MORE
Written and directed by Mickey Keating, the Leigh Whannell and Derek Phillips (“Friday Night Lights”) starring Ritual has a new poster. In the film, “which begins after receiving a distressed phone call, a man arrives at a seedy highway motel and learns that his estranged wife has killed a stranger who is connected to a dangerous cult.” Lisa Summerscales and Dean Cates also star. Eric B. Fleischman and Chelsea Peters produce.
Whannell is best known as the star and co-creator of the Saw franchise, as well as writer of Dead Silence and Insidious (which he also starred in).
Head inside for the new poster (alongside a long synopsis). READ MORE
Universal’s awful marketing (and, oddly, enforced R rating) led to Dead Silence‘s less than stellar theatrical run, preventing fans from enjoying this Hammer throwback on the big screen when it was released in early 2007. But it’s gotten a new lease on life thanks to cable and DVD, and thus we felt it was time to show this underrated flick on the big screen again! If you live in Los Angeles, come on down to the Nuart theater on Friday, January 14th at 11:55 PM for the first ever revival screening of James Wan’s followup to Saw. Wan (daytime decision) and writer Leigh Whannell will be on hand for a Q&A, and if you’ve ever heard them talk you know it will be a hilarious and informative chat, moderated by our own BC and Simon Barrett. Tickets are 10 bucks in advance (just scroll to Jan 14) or at the door – see you there! Punch and pie. Just kidding, we’ll have some giveaways. READ MORE
Newlyweds Jamie (Kwanten) and Lisa Ashen have established a new life for themselves far from their hometown of Ravens Fair–a sleepy, near-forgotten blip on the map haunted by late-night whispers and ghost stories from generations past. But when his wife is gruesomely murdered, Jamie reluctantly returns to Ravens Fair for the funeral, intent on unraveling the mystery surrounding her death.
Once back under his family’s roof, reunited with his ill father (Gunton) and his father’s new young bride (Valletta), Jamie begins to explore the creepy town and encounters the legend of Mary Shaw, a famous murdered ventriloquist whose presence still casts a pall over Ravens Fair. Himself the lead suspect in his wife’s murder, Jamie is forced to dig deep into the town’s bloody past for answers, where he soon uncovers the truth behind the curse that ended Lisa’s life…and threatens to take his as well.