When Lionsgate released their trailer for Dredd 3-D way back in July, we all basically thought the same thing: “Hey, this looks an awful lot like The Raid.”
It’s no wonder why. Just like The Raid, Dredd’s trailer sells a film in which an outmatched badass must take on an entire building of villains, battling level by level to the top floor where he must kill a drug kingpin who waits among cool, mini-boss henchmen.
You can cry foul all you want, but sometimes these things aren’t so simple. According to Wikipedia, Dredd started filming in Novemember 2010, while The Raid began its shoot four months later in March 2011. So there appear to be no shenanigans here to curse. We instead have something a bit more complicated. Two movies, completely independent of each other, both utilizing the completely awesome conceit of containing their action film within dangerous high-rises.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun comparing the two, if only to highlight what an embarrassment of riches we action fans have been enjoying recently. Head inside for the death match! READ MORE
Until recently comic book film adaptations have been less than stellar. Prior to the ground breaking Batman Begins, many comic adaptations flopped hard. In 1995 this rang true with the inaugural film adaption of Judge Dredd where director Danny Cannon and lead Sylvester Stallone did a magnificent job completely f*cking up an adaptation with real silver screen potential. With the resurgence of comic-to-film adaptations, films like Ironman, The Avengers, Kickass, and The Dark Knight Trilogy, consistently came out on top as big summer money-makers. It was only a matter of time before a studio gave ol’ Judge Dredd another go. This comes in the form Pete Travis’s Dredd 3D starring Karl Urban as Judge Dredd, and Olivia Thirlby as the mutant Judge Anderson. While it’s not all that faithful to the comics, Dredd 3D is a beautifully badass gore-fest, ranking up there with the best “comic book” movies. READ MORE
Writer Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine) and director Pete Travis (Vantage Point) bring Dredd back to life as a futuristic neo-noir action film that is pretty d*mn hardcore. The film screened last night at TIFF so we figure it’s time to feature our review.
The reviews have been mostly gushing, and Brad pretty much feels the same way (with some reservations about the film’s ending).
“Dredd is a supercharged comic adaptation that’s faithful to the source material and made specifically for the fans. There’s nothing to indicate an attempt to appeal to mass audiences, which means Dredd was made for YOU, which is a rare treat in the cinematic haze of remakes, franchise films and generic thrillers. Even with a lackluster finale, soak this magnificent work of art in and enjoy the hour and a half gift from the movie gods.
I loved the film too, for what it’s worth. Click here to read the review in its entirety, then check back after the film comes out to write your own.
The 8th annual Fantastic Fest has begun its 8-day reign of chaos in Austin, Texas. The sci/fi, fantasy, martial arts, Asian fantastic, and horror film festival offers up a little something for all genre lovers.
It is my duty to bring you the most horror and/or horror-related film reviews possible. With less than 20 films considered to be true horror, I will occasionally spotlight other non-horror films that will, hopefully, appeal to our readers here at Bloody Disgusting.
Be sure to be on the lookout in Austin, Texas from October 25-27, 2013, for my very own Housecore Horror Film Festival. I will be joined by my partner and former Pantera lead singer and heavy metal legend Philip H. Anselmo. We will be bringing 100% horror and heavy metal to the Lone Star state! READ MORE
My introduction to Judge Dredd dates all the way back to the late eighties through my love of Robocop, which I had read was highly inspired by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s comics. The influence is instantly apparent. The book’s blend of violence, dark humour and social commentary remains ever more relevant today. So much so that audiences are being treated to a second cinematic adaptation releasing by the end of this month starring Karl Urban (The Chronicles of Riddick, Star Trek). Like many, I had deep reservations when it came to this project. After seeing it, rest assured; Dredd is a pulse-pounding, thrill-a-minute ultraviolent ass-kicker that’s guaranteed to satisfy audiences in spades.
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I have still never been to Fantastic Fest and every year it gets to be a big reminder that, at some point, I need to get back down to Austin to check it out at some point. We already knew that Frankenweenie would be playing. Now they’ve announced that director Pete Travis’ nuts violent Dredd 3D (written by Alex Garland) will be making its premiere at the fest, which will be held from September 20-27 at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.
Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. In years past the festival has been home to world premieres of There Will Be Blood, Apocalypto, Zombieland, The Human Centipede 2 and Red while the guest roster has included such talent as Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Ryan Reynolds, Karl Urban, Josh Hartnett, The RZA, Dolph Lundgren, Jemaine Clement, Paul Rudd, Bill Pullman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kevin Smith, Jon Favreau, George Romero, Darren Aronofsky and Mike Judge. Fantastic Fest also features world, national and regional premieres of new, up-and-coming genre films. Fantastic Fest is held each year at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on South Lamar in Austin, Texas.
You can check out their official site, Facebook and Twitter. Head inside to check out the rest of the titles which include Dead Sushi, Room 237 and Cockneys Vs. Zombies. READ MORE
Writer Alex Garland (Sunshine, 28 Days Later) and director Pete Travis (Endgame) have brought Dredd back to life in what appears to be a stunningly cool and violent incarnation. The film was screened and SDCC this year, and people were shocked by how much they liked it and how brutal it was.
We recently caught up with star Karl Urban (Star Trek, The Lord Of The Rings), who plays Dredd himself in the film. He spoke about the differences between this new incarnation and the 1995 Stallone vehicle as well as what it was like to not remove the helmet even once during the course of the movie’s running time.
“The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One- a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called “Judges” who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd (Karl Urban) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge — a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of “Slo-Mo” experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed. During a routine day on the job, Dredd is assigned to train and evaluate Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A heinous crime calls them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture- a 200 story vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) and her ruthless clan. Dredd and Anderson must confront the odds and engage in the relentless battle for their survival.”
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A brand new all-digital Dredd 3D comic prequel series will be coming out this August, written by Matt Smith with art from Henry Flint. The comic will feature the first appearance of the villain, Ma-Ma, played by Game of Thrones star Lena Headey in the film. Below is a peak at the first cover art, illustrated by Greg Staples. READ MORE