I can’t even begin to describe the positive buzz surrounding Patrick Lussier’s Drive Angry 3D, his latest collaboration with writer Todd Farmer (My Bloody Valentine, Hellraiser) that features the off-the-charts sexy Amber Heard (Mandy Lane, Zombieland, The Stepfather), alongside madman Nicolas Cage who plays a man driven by rage who is chasing the people who killed his daughter and kidnapped her baby. The vendetta/rescue spins out of control as the chase gets bloodier by the mile, leaving bodies strewn along the highway. Summit Entertainment will release this bad boy in theaters February 25 in real 3D.
In the same interview where Drive Angry and My Bloody Valentine director Patrick Lussier talks about the forthcoming Hellraiser reboot, he also briefly discusses the status of Halloween III 3D – lots of waiting: “You’d really have to ask Dimension Films and Bob Weinstein,” he tells Moviefone. “We were very excited about the script we wrote. Malek Akkad was very excited about the script we wrote. We loved Malek and we’d love to make the movie with him, but that’s up to the grown-ups who are above our pay grade, so who knows. I am frequently surprised by whatever happens next.” Todd Farmer penned the script that would have brought Michael Myers back to theaters this past August.
It was announced back in October that Drive Angry and My Bloody Valentine director/writer duo, Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer, respectively, would be reteaming for a remake of Clive Barker’s Hellraiser for Dimension Films. Moviefone caught up with Lussier who talked a bit about keeping the original’s tone: “We want to pull from the world that Clive created. Specifically that’s what we wanted to do. In that original film he opened so many interesting doorways and opportunities that that’s what we want to explore– always keeping in mind what he had done and how he did it and just working within that world.” He continues talking about how it won’t be focusing on “teens”, like the Weinsteins originally wanted. “Oh, God no. No, no, we definitely did not want to do that. If you’re going to make a ‘Hellraiser’ movie… you’re basically looking at a franchise that went from Clive’s movie up to the ‘Hellraiser’-in-Space movie, ‘Bloodline,’ which had some great stuff in it, actually; the way it goes backwards and forwards in time, and Angelique is such an interesting character.” Oh, such sweet, sweet flesh.
In the remake Tom (Jensen Ackles) returns to his hometown on the tenth anniversary of the Valentine’s night massacre that claimed the life of 22 people. Instead of a homecoming, Tom finds himself suspected of committing the murders.
In the sequel, scripted by Matt Venne, a man’s family is murdered and he is brought back from the brink of death. The man realizes he has changed and can now identify those among the living who are about to die. When he tries to save people from their fate, he discovers there is a price to paid for interfering with the natural order of life and death.
In the near future, Uffizi and Luke travel to the remote reaches of war torn Romania to rescue Elizabeth and finish the vampire once and for all. Along the way, they encounter TV news journalist and a corps of rebels trying to fight the vampire uprising which plagues their country.
“Dracula II: Ascension” is a sequel to “Dracula 2000,” with the ageless vampire again returning from apparent extinction. The twist is that Dracula’s blood will be used by a researcher (baroque performance by Craig Sheffer) to reverse the effects of a crippling disease; Sheffer’s assistants (read: vampire fodder) will help. Joining this scientific survey is long-haired vampire slayer Jason Scott Lee, who seems to have stalked in from another picture–but never mind Roy Scheider, whose wizened priest might be onscreen for all of 60 seconds.