There has been a lot of doom and gloom in the press about the impending death of the movie theater amidst the takeover of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime. The way the story goes is that these new conglomerates can attract the finest (and most expensive) talent and offer a viewing experience that can ultimately appeal to a wider audience than the current fare at the local multiplex. The only problem with this theory is that none of these services have served up an original movie that goes above and beyond my streaming expectations regardless of the impressive talent they’ve hired in front of or behind the camera. Unfortunately, Netflix’s Little Evil, which debuted this weekend, has done nothing to change my opinion on this issue.
Variety has reported that the Netflix sci-fi/horror anthology series Black Mirror has just released details on its season four episodes at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, including cast lists for each of the six episodes and a teaser trailer for the upcoming season.
The episodes include: “Arkangel” (starring Rosemarie Dewitt (La La Land, Mad Men), Brenna Harding (A Place to Call Home), Owen Teague (Bloodline) and directed by Jodie Foster), “USS Callister” (featuring Jesse Plemons (Black Mass, Fargo), Cristin Milioti (The Wolf of Wall Street, Fargo), Jimmi Simpson (Westworld, House of Cards), and directed by Toby Haynes (Dr Who, Sherlock), “Crocodile” (with Andrea Riseborough (Birdman, Bloodline), Andrew Gower (Outlander), and directed by John Hillcoat (Triple Nine, Lawless), “Hang the DJ”(starring Georgina Campbell (Flowers, Broadchurch), Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders, Green Room), and directed by Tim Van Patten (The Sopranos, Game of Thrones),“Metalhead” (starring Maxine Peake (The Theory Of Everything, The Village), Jake Davies (The Missing, A Brilliant Young Mind), and directed by David Slade (Hannibal, American Gods), and “Black Museum”( featuring Douglas Hodge (The Night Manager, Catastrophe), Letitia Wright (Humans, Ready Player One), Babs Olusanmokun (Roots, The Defenders) and directed by Colm McCarthy (Peaky Blinders, Sherlock). read more
We have confirmed today with Netflix that 1922 will debut on October 20, 2017. The story follows a man’s confession of his wife’s murder. The tale is told from from the perspective of Wilfred James, the story’s unreliable narrator who admits to killing his wife, Arlette, with his son in Nebraska. But after he buries her body, he finds himself terrorized by rats and, as his life begins to unravel, becomes convinced his wife is haunting him.
1922 is written and directed by Zak Hilditch and stars someone who is no stranger to King adaptations, Thomas Jane. The actor starred in 2003’s Dreamcatcher and also 2007’s The Mist. Joining Jane in front of the camera is Molly Parker, Dylan Schmid, Neal McDonough, Kaitlyn Bernard and Brian d’Arcy James. read more
In an exclusive interview with Vulture, the creators of Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things stated that the series will run for four seasons and then they are “out”.
Matt and Ross Duffer went on to say that “We just have to keep adjusting the story. Though I don’t know if we can justify something bad happening to them once a year.”
The brothers also cited the fact that by a fourth season the characters would be of college age (and would also quickly be escaping the 1980’s setting that is part of the charm of the series). read more
Stranger Things, the biggest surprise hit of last year, just dropped their trailer for the eagerly-awaited second season at San Diego Comic Con and it contains so much awesome! It’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.
The nerdfest is strong with this trailer. From the hardest video game of all-time (Dragon’s Lair) to Ghostbusters costumes to Sean Astin to Michael Jackson’s Thriller, this trailer screams 80’s as much as it screams, “oh crap, Hawkins is in trouble”. By the looks of that Stephen King’s The Mist-type monster lurking in Hawkins, it seems like the town is in for a rough ride. read more
Netflix has come to Comic-Con and brought with them many great things, one of which is a new original movie, “Death Note.” “Death Note” is based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. Panelists included director Adam Wingard, producers Masi Oka and Roy Lee, as well as stars Nat Wolff, Margaret Qualley, and LaKeith Stanfield.
The question was asked “how scary is Death Note?” Director Adam Wingard notes that “it has a horror tinge to it” but is not full-on horror. With his previous work on films like “You’re Next” people tend to think of him very specifically for horror. However, he let the fans know that there are a lot of different elements to this film besides horror. read more
With just a few short months before the premiere of Season Two of Netflix’s smash hit Stranger Things, information is beginning to come in hot and heavy! We always knew that the show would return sometime around this coming Halloween, but now we know the exact date you can start streaming. The season will be available in its entirety on Friday, October 27th, 2017. That gives you just enough time to binge watch the entire thing once or twice before trick or treating!
In addition to the release date, Netflix also revealed poster art for the upcoming season: read more
What do The Hobbit and Castlevania have in common? Up until last week, nothing; but that’s all about to change! Adi Shankar, the producer of the upcoming Netflix animated series based on Konami’s popular Castlevania series, recently announced that two well-known Dwarves from Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Hobbit have been cast as voice actors in key roles for the upcoming show!
Graham McTavish, who played Dwalin in The Hobbit and The Saint of Killers in Preacher, appeared in Shankar’s announcement video to reveal that he has been cast as Dracula in Castlevania. He also reported that his Hobbit co-star, Richard Armitage (The Hobbit’s Thorin Oakenshield and Hannibal‘s Francis Dolarhyde), will voice the legendary protagonist, Trevor Belmont. read more
Netflix released a new (and probably final) trailer today for their highly anticipated manga adaptation Death Note.
The film was directed by Adam Wingard, known best for recent horror hits You’re Next and the Guest (and less known for the recent Blair Witch remake disaster.) Wingard was also recently named as the director for the upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong film, due out in May of 2020. The script for Death Note was written by Charley & Vlas Parlapanides (Immortals) and Jeremy Slater (Fox’s The Exorcist). read more
Something strange happened following the overwhelming success of last summer’s debut of Stranger Things on Netflix. While many fans were fascinated by the series’ addictive nostalgia, or its sharp blend of sci-fi and horror, or its ensemble cast of characters, a vocal group of viewers became obsessed with Shannon Purser’s Barb. The character appeared in a handful of scenes across four episodes, but some internet crusaders couldn’t get over the secondary character’s death and the lack of impact it had on the main story and its main characters. “Justice for Barb” memes could soon be found all over the internets, along with wild speculation that the character wasn’t dead, or that the second season would surely right the wrongs of its predecessor. read more