The battle was close between loud, clumsy aliens and gigantic, loud monsters at the box office, but those big boys took home the crown with the Bally-Midway video game adaptation Rampage topping A Quiet Place this weekend. Although Variety and Forbes initially reported that A Quiet Place was the winner, it turns out that Rampage actually unseated last week’s champ (perhaps those outlets should wait until actual estimates are released next week, before they announce their “favorite” as the big winner).
There was a point in my life where someone posing the question “truth or dare” would make my heart race and my palms sweaty, but apparently those days are over. On Tuesday, April 10th I attended an advance screening of Jeff Wadlow’s Truth or Dare. A movie (I thought) had a lot of promise behind it with its talented youthful cast and the powerful Blumhouse studios behind it.
The films cold open started with a bang. We meet an unknown character in a gas station who looks like she’s at the end of her rope and it only escalates from there. Unfortunately, this opening is also where the shock and surprise ends. read more
When it comes to box office returns for horror films this year, the releases have been relatively “quiet” at the box office, until Paramount’s A Quiet Place was released this weekend. According to preliminary reports, A Quiet Place will win this weekend’s box office with $50.4 million, making it the second highest opening so far this year, behind only Black Panther.
Unlike last year, which saw Split and Get Out dominate the winter box office frame, no horror film has been able to capture the attention of audiences in a similar fashion. Although profitable, many of the horror films (most notably Winchester, Strangers: Prey at Night, and Unsane with $25, $24, and $8 million respectively) under performed, with the exception of Insidious: The Last Key surprising everyone with a $67 million dollar take and an additional $100 million overseas. A Quite Place is poised to do much better however, taking in almost 75% of Insidious’ domestic gross in its first weekend alone. read more
Universal Studios has released the first trailer for Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare.
Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars) and Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) lead the cast in this supernatural thriller which turns the harmless game of “Truth or Dare” into a challenge a bit more sinister. It appears from the trailer that a group of rowdy teens find themselves trapped in a “Jigsaw-like” game here they are punished by unseen forces for not playing the game honorably.
The film is directed and executive produced by Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) and produced by Jason Blum. Blumhouse, of course, has become one of the premiere production companies for the horror genre with several other genre titles including Insidious: The Last Key, The Purge: The Island, and Halloween all set for 2018 releases. read more
According to Variety, star of Pretty Little Liars Lucy Hale has been cast in the lead role of Blumhouse Pictures Truth or Dare (not to be confused with Madonna’s 1991 documentary of the same name). The film is being directed by Jeff Wadlow who is best known for Kick-Ass 2 and Cry_Wolf.
The film will, “… follow(s) a college student in Mexico who is conned into playing a supernatural version of Truth or Dare. The game doesn’t stop and follows her back home. The screenplay was written by Wadlow, Chris Roach (Non-Stop), and Jillian Jacobs from a story by Michael Reisz and Wadlow, Roach, and Jacobs.” read more