Saturday, August 30, 2014

What Jack Reacher can teach Hollywood

I know writing about a movie that came out almost two years ago might, on the surface, seem kinda behind the times, but that's one of the cool things about cinema isn't it? It's timeless.

Having just watched the Tom Cruise vehicle Jack Reacher for like the fourth or fifth time, and loving it just as much as my first viewing, if not more, I've realized how much the modern blockbuster can learn from Christopher McQuarrie's action/thriller.

Friday, August 29, 2014

John Fallon scripted American Muscle gets a new trailer

It's been almost a year -- a lifetime in Internet years -- since we last told you about American Muscle, the gritty revenge flick written by and co-starring our bro John Fallon.

Well, the movie is set to debut on Blu-ray and DVD in a month, which means it's time to screen a whole new preview for your eye holes.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Take home Silent Retreat on Sept. 2

Shawn and I wrapped up Season Five with a review of the Canadian monster movie Silent Retreat earlier this year, and enjoyed the movie well enough. It didn't earn a Good, but it was still worth a watch.

Now Tricia Lee's flick is poised to make its way into Canadian and U.S. homes through a variety of platforms.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Found-footage curse strikes The Pyramid

For the first 30 seconds or so, this trailer for the Alexandre Aja produced horror flick The Pyramids really had me. I dig stories about the curse of the pharaohs and the Egyptian pyramids. And yeah, I loved the first Mummy movie. You know, the one starring Brendan Fraser?

Then the found footage kicked in and I cried boo-urns. Really, man? Really? When is enough going to be enough already?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Trailer for Eduardo Sanchez's Exists delivers

We in The Basement have been pumped for Blair Witch Project director Eduardo Sanchez's bigfoot flick Exists since it wowed audiences at SXSW earlier this year. Yeah, it's found footage, but Sanchez pretty much invented the genre, so he knows his shit.

The flick has been picked up by Lionsgate, and those fine purveyors of genre cinema have seen fit to release a trailer, which we've snagged and posted for you below.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Jason versus Blood Glacier

Sometimes you just can't beat a good monster movie. Know what I'm saying? Course you do, Basementite. And that's exactly what I was in the mood for tonight. Does the Austrian import Blood Glacier deliver? Stick with me!

Scientists working in the Austrian Alps discover that a glacier is leaking a liquid that is affecting the local wildlife.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Shane Black brings back Remo Williams

Surprise! Days after Warner Bros said they were moving forward with a Mack Bolan movie, Sony Pictures announces that Remo Williams, AKA The Destroyer, is headed back to the big screen.

Like Bolan, Williams is the hero from a series of adventure novels. Oldish Basementites might remember that Fred Ward played the character in the over-the-top 80s flick Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins.

The Conjuring spinoff Annabelle scares up a trailer

Although spinoffs seldom work, I've got pretty high hopes for Annabelle. First off, the doll is one of the scariest parts of James Wan's modern horror classic The Conjuring, and is worthy of a story of her own.

Then there's the fact Wan is on board as the flick's producer, which guarantees his sure hand is behind some of the scares director John Leonetti has in store for audiences.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Trick 'r Treat director helms Christmas horror tale Krampus

Michael Dougherty's Trick 'r Treat is hands down one of the best Halloween-themed horror flicks of all time. Hell, it's even one of the best horror anthologies to ever hit the big screen. Scary, funny, awesome.

So we in The Basement are pumped Dougherty is ready to make another holiday themed horror movie. This time the man has set his twisted sites on Christmas, and he's tapping into the German legend of Krampus to make it so.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Bradley Cooper on deck for Mack Bolan movie

The Mack Bolan books were my go-to read during my early teens. At 130 pages or so, The Executioner novels were a breezy bit of escapism full of everything a growing boy needs -- guns, guns and more guns.

Author Don Pendleton wrote the first Bolan book, War Against the Mafia in 1969. Since then, Hollywood has tried and failed to bring the character to the big screen despite attracting heavy hitters like Sylvester Stallone, Clint Eastwood and, more recently, Vin Diesel.