The passing of time provides us with context and perspective. And, when it comes to film, while box office is the most immediate gauge of a film’s impact – it’s not the best. Time and context are the best gauges. When you watch Slither or The Thing now do you think of their underwhelming box office? Probably not. You think about how you’ve seen them a million times and still love them (unless you read my article in October), which is how it should be. Box office is temporal and ultimately irrelevant to your enjoyment
But when you reverse this approach by taking films that you rarely even think about anymore and look up their grosses, you get some surprising results. IE – “That made HOW much?!” The same goes for movies that you love but assume – due to them actually being daring and good – that they must have been flops. With that in mind, I’ve decided to share the results of a recent foray into the past. Note that some of these films might not be “hits” when viewed through the lens of the return on their production budget (and these amounts don’t include foreign takes or ancillary revenue streams like DVD and VOD). No, these are just movies that shocked me when I saw certain numbers beside their title.
Head inside for 5 Horror Movies That Were Surprisingly Hits. READ MORE
Last week while Bloody Disgusting was on the Los Angeles set of Takashi Shimizu’s new film, 7500, we had a chance to speak with Roy Lee about that film as well as a few upcoming projects. While I can’t say too much about 7500 right now, Mr. Lee was needled for information on possible new takes on reboots for The Ring and The Grudge.
“We are looking to do a new version of ‘The Grudge’ but we haven’t decided exactly what it will be. We haven’t decided what it will be. We’ve just put it out to the film community that we are hearing takes from writers on what they could bring to the table and what their thoughts are about a new version of ‘The Grudge’.”
Whatever form it takes, you might want to expect it to be a bit different. Why? When asked about parodies of The Ring and The Grudge, Lee replied “I enjoy them. I find them quite funny. But once a horror genre is commonly parodied in other movies it sort of kills that genre or that specific take on that genre so that once you see it it sort of becomes a joke in and of itself so you have to push to find something new.”
As far as The Ring reboot? “It’s the same thing as ‘The Grudge’. They are hearing takes and actually having a script written just to see if it works to restart the franchise. In this situation we are hearing different pitches and once we hear an idea we really like we will potentially execute it.”
7500 lands in theaters on August 31, 2012. Expect more updates, and our full set report, as that date approaches. READ MORE
EXCLUSIVE BREAKING: Bloody Disgusting has learned that Ghost House Pictures and Mandate are currently developing another remake of the Japanese Ju-on franchise.
Before the 2004 American remake, The Grudge, Ju-on was originally released as two low-budget straight-to-video Japanese television movies in 2000. Three years later, due to the success of the videos, Takashi Shimizu, director of all, made a theatrical version based on the videos, titled Ju-on: The Grudge.
Now, it gets tricky as that version spawned a sequel titled Ju-on: The Grudge 2. A year later Takashi Shimizu directed The Grudge, an American remake. It is based on the theatrical version of Ju-on, but it contains scenes re-enacted from all of the Ju-on movies. (Wikipedia)
Continuing the franchise into infamy, Ghost House released The Grudge 2 theatrically in 2006 and The Grudge 3 direct to video in 2009.
Next up, another reboot, although it’s unclear to Bloody if this is to go direct-to-home video or hit theaters. A Grudge 4 was originally debunked back in 2009. This will mark the eighth film in the franchise.
Fans of Japanese horror films will rejoice this fall as Lionsgate debuts a sick and strange new tale, The Sylvian Experiments, on DVD, Digital Download and On Demand on October 11. From the creators of The Ring and The Grudge, a neuroscientist begins experimenting on the human brain and her obsession turns deadly for her family.
After discovering a reel of 16mm film in the basement of a dilapidated hospital, a neuroscientist and her husband find themselves enthralled by the film’s bizarre content. The film documents underground experiments on the human brain trying to unlock the Sylvian Fissure – an invisible reality believed to be achieved between life and death. Obsessed with this surreal concept, the scientist attempts to continue the strange experiments on her own, utilizing her own daughters as test subjects. READ MORE
About 10:30pm. Dark out obviously. Few friends over, roommates home. I tell everyone I’m going to play The Grudge game. They all seem fairly interested and excited to see how it’s going to be. Everyone gathers around the t.v., we turn the lights off to set the mood, and start. The game starts out in an old factory. No story line at all told, you just dive right in.
I got a chance to interview Jimmy Soga, Product Manager at XSEED Games about JU-ON The Grudge for the Nintendo Wii. The game is out now Wiisclusive! Check out the interview and some screens beyond the break!
You use the wiimote just like you would a flashlight to explore the game and such places like an abandoned warehouse, a dimly lit hospital and a mannequin factory. The game measures how much you jump and flinch when something pops out to scare you and that makes it harder to get through the game.
The game is looking at an October release, only on the Wii, and even better you can pick it up for just 30 dollars. READ MORE
JU-ON: The Grudge is officially in development by Rising Star Games, and is looking at a 4th Quarter release in Europe, exclusively for the Wii. North American release date is still unknown. The game will be more about scaring the living sh*t out of you than action, and will let you explore a “haunted house” in order to do so. And a very positive thing for the game is that the original movie creator, Takashi Shimizu is very much involved in the development of the game.
You use the wiimote just like you would a flashlight to explore the game and such places like an abandoned warehouse, a dimly lit hospital and a mannequin factory. The game measures how much you jump and flinch when something pops out to scare you and that makes it harder to get through the game. READ MORE
Just recently we found out there would be a Grudge video game being made, well here is the proof! The debut trailer was posted up over at Game Trailers, and you can check it out below.
Looks pretty creepy I say. AfterTheAsylum previously had said in Japanese Famitsu magazine the game would be called “Feel” and you control the wiimote like you would a flashlight. Also the flashlight power also serves as your health bar. No release date is known, but it will be a Wiisclusive. READ MORE