20 years ago, John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper collaborated on an anthology film called Body Bags. It was meant to be a television series – Showtime’s answer to HBO’s “Tales from the Crypt”, but it never went into stage two. It’s an uneven film, one that boasts an impressive lineup of horror-related cameos like Sam Raimi, Roger Corman, and Tom Arnold (horrific indeed). Carpenter lively hams it up as the Crypt Keeper-like “Coroner” in the wraparound segments. Doing his best Betelgeuse impression, Carpenter drinks formaldehyde and complains about the number of people dying natural deaths. “Give me a nice stab wound to poke around in and I’m happy,” he says. As far as the three films go, there’s only one that didn’t do anything for me, while the other two are fantastic. READ MORE
The most brütal metal band to ever walk the animated world is coming back to your TV sets in just a few weeks! Dethklok will be brought back on Sunday, October 27th at Midnight EST for a one-hour special entitled Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem A Klok Opera. The special follows the season four finale in which guitarist Toki Wartooth was abducted. With his life in danger, will his four selfish bandmates come to his rescue?
The special will feature guest appearances from Jack Black, Malcolm McDowell, Mark Hamill, and Cannibal Corpse‘s “George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher.
Also, just two days after the special, the original score, which features a 50-piece orchestra, will be released. The orchestral movements will be produced by Dethklok creator Brendon Small and composer Bear McCreary (The Walking Dead).
Head on below for a teaser trailer, comments from Small and McCreary, and the poster for the show. READ MORE
Reviewed by James A. Janisse
Airborne, an Image Entertainment production, premiered earlier this year at the British International Film Festival. It’s been getting billed as a horror film, but it’s more of a thriller or mystery, at least until the second half. The main drawing point seems to be Mark Hamill, though his role is confined to a subplot that never gets off the ground (zing!). The A-story follows a small group of passengers on a red eye flight in the middle of a huge Atlantic storm. Some passengers begin to disappear, others notice and freak out, and the whole thing escalates into a hijacking with a supernatural twist.
Airborne grabs you pretty quickly with its sleek and sexy style, and although you might think back to Final Destination as director Dominic Burns briefly checks-in with all the passengers before they board, it’s easy to just go along with it and enjoy the ride. The movie will seem familiar because it’s cliche, going so far as to include a menacing trumpet flair after a character announces a murder, but most of the time that doesn’t work against it. The characters, for instance, aren’t anything more than simple stereotypes – pompous old rich guy, wise-cracking military buddies, a young horny couple – but put those stereotypes on a small plane and make them panic and it’s still a lot of fun to watch.
An airplane is a great location for a film like this and unlike Wes Craven’s 2005 film Red Eye, Airborne never abandons the setting for safer ground. The whole thing feels claustrophobic and eerie, especially as the passengers slowly start to piece together that things aren’t right. One, a frequent flier, realizes that the plane is turning when it should be flying straight; another sees a spot of blood on the floor. There’s a sort of Twilight Zone feel to it all, and although it later adapts more slasher elements, picking off the passengers one-by-one, the movie always escalates nicely, raising the tension and excitement in tandem with the body count.
There are some things that feel pretty amateur. Most of the dialogue is just plain bad. Strangers open up to one another and share life stories, the hijackers comprehensively explain their motive and plan, and worst of all is when Julian Glover delivers a monologue over the plane speakers. When the film takes its disappointing supernatural turn, even that gets talked to death, the spirit onboard explained in full detail to the characters and audience. Combined with cheap-looking flashbacks that shade in murder scenes better left blank, it’s obvious that writer Paul Chronnell needs to learn more about “show, don’t tell”.
In case you’re wondering about Mark Hamill, the man does a good job with his role, though he’s nearly unrecognizable in both appearance and sound. That is, until he yells. As soon as he starts yelling you can hear Luke Skywalker all the way down. His character’s storyline, an air traffic controller on his last shift before retirement, is mostly just padding, sometimes getting put on hold long enough to be forgotten. It’s a bit of a shame, but like I said, he works with what he’s given and it’s definitely the stand-out performance of the film. Much better than fellow Star Wars cast member Julian Glover, whose awful lines are croaked out with an elderly rasp that comes off as cheesy.
Airborne has a promising take-off but never develops any substance. When it’s not being cliche, it’s not making sense, and it relies so much on its flashy style that it sometimes substitutes special effects for plot points. With a little more time in the writing phase, Airborne might have been a successful airplane thriller, but as it stands, it’s mostly a let-down.
As Britain is battered by a storm, one last plane takes off. Shortly after, the handful of passengers start disappearing one by one; those that remain frantically try to discover who – or what – is behind it before they share the same fate.
On October 16th, Image Entertainment presents Airborne, a “Twilight Zone”-infused horror/thriller starring Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill (Star Wars Trilogy). Airborne features a strong genre cast including Alan Ford (Snatch), Gemma Atkinson (“Hollyoaks”), and Julian Glover (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”, Troy), who reunites with his fellow Star Wars legend after 30 years. Today we have a new clip for you entitled “Cargo Hold Box”.
In the film, “When a storm starts closing in, air traffic controller Malcolm (Hamill) sends one last plane into the sky – but after takeoff, the passengers aboard discover the pilots have been brutally murdered. Suddenly the plane disappears from radar, and one by one, the people aboard turn into dangerous, bloody psychopaths. With time running out, the survivors must unlock the deadly mystery in their midst – and find a way to land the plane before their ultimate nightmare is unleashed!”
Head inside for the new clip! READ MORE
On October 16th, Image Entertainment presents Airborne, a “Twilight Zone”-infused horror/thriller starring Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill (Star Wars Trilogy). Airborne features a strong genre cast including Alan Ford (Snatch), Gemma Atkinson (“Hollyoaks”), and Julian Glover (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”, Troy), who reunites with his fellow Star Wars legend after 30 years.
In the film, “When a storm starts closing in, air traffic controller Malcolm (Hamill) sends one last plane into the sky – but after takeoff, the passengers aboard discover the pilots have been brutally murdered. Suddenly the plane disappears from radar, and one by one, the people aboard turn into dangerous, bloody psychopaths. With time running out, the survivors must unlock the deadly mystery in their midst – and find a way to land the plane before their ultimate nightmare is unleashed!
And now we’ve got three unique posters for the film – each with their own clever bit of inflight humor. It’s the kind of marketing approach I can get behind! Head inside to check ‘em out! READ MORE
Magnolia Home Entertainment and Phase 4 Films have jointly acquired North American rights to the Mark Hamill’s pretty great revenge thriller Sushi Girl, reports Variety. The film, which premiered July 21 at the Fantasia International Film Festival, will have a theatrical release in the U.S. and on cable VOD by Phase 4 Films in late 2012.
Directed by Kern Saxton, who is co-writer along with Destin Pfaff, “The film centers on a man just released after six years in jail after successfully not ratting on those involved in the robbery that sent him to prison. The men he protected with silence celebrate his freedom with a congratulatory dinner of sushi, served off the naked body of a young woman who seems catatonic, trained to ignore everything in the room, even if things become dangerous.”
Hamill and Tony Todd (“Candyman”) lead a cast of including Noah Hathaway (“The NeverEnding Story”), James Duval (“Donnie Darko”), Andy Mackenzie (“MacGruber”), David Dastmalchian (“The Dark Knight”) and Cortney Palm (“Superbad”) with appearances by Michael Biehn, Sonny Chiba, Jeff Fahey and Danny Trejo.
Magniolia will handle Blu-ray, DVD and digital VOD release under the Magnet Releasing label in early 2013. Phase 4 Films will also distribute the film theatrically and on home video in Canada. READ MORE
If you grew up watching movies in the 80s and 90s, you’ll be in awe of the dream-team cast of Kern Saxton’s debut feature film, Sushi Girl. Mark Hamill of Star Wars fame, Tony Todd AKA Candy Man, James Duval, Andy Mackenzie, Noah Hathaway, Jim Fahey, Danny Trejo, Sonny Chiba, the list goes on. The film aligns itself with B-list 80s films and it follows a group of criminals who reunite for sushi dinner six years after their last heist went bad.
Sushi Girl had its international premiere at Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal on Saturday, and I was fortunate enough to sit down with the entire cast and creative team to discuss their gritty grindhouse throwback. READ MORE
A young man discovers a mechanical device that merges with his own body, turning him into a cyborg superhero. When strange creatures start appearing, trying to take the device back, he begins to uncover a secret plot to genetically engineer terrifying monsters.