Entries by Mark McCurley

‘The Invisible Man’ Gets R-Rating

As if we didn’t see it coming, Universal’s latest monster flick The Invisible Man has been given an R-Rating by the Motion Picture Association of America.

The projected rating is for “some strong bloody violence and language.”

The film’s premise straight from Universal Pictures follows Cecilia Kass (Elisabeth Moss) who is trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist. She escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister (Harriet Dyer), their childhood friend (Aldis Hodge) and his teenage daughter (Storm Reid). But when Cecilia’s abusive ex (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) commits suicide and leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of eerie coincidences turns lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia’s sanity begins to unravel as she desperately tries to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see. read more read more

‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels’ Gets Teaser

Coming in April from Showtime, a teaser for the spin-off series Penny Dreadful: City of Angels has been released online.

Check it out here:

Set in Los Angeles during 1938, the spin-off will showcase a a tale of conflict not only of society but of the forces of good and evil in the years leading up to World War II.

Starring Game of Thrones alum Natalie Dormer, City of Angels is set to premier on Sunday, April 26.

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‘Locke & Key’ Gets Trailer Ahead of Netflix Premiere

A long time in the making, the new Netflix series Locke & Key had its first trailer post online a month ahead of its February 7 premiere.

Based on the comic series created by Joe Hill, son of legendary author Stephen King, Locke & Key ran for eight story arcs from February 2008 until December 2013.

After the series failed to materialize as a franchise of films, there were pilots made for 20th Century Fox Television and Hulu which eventually were dropped and shopped around until it found a home at Netflix. read more read more

Horror News Network’s Best Horror Movies of 2019: Mark’s Top 3 Picks

Following Horror News Network’s tradition of choosing my top 3 horror films of the prior year, I have elected mine to be The Year of the King, Stephen King that is with the three big theatrical releases based on his works in 2019; Pet Sematary, IT: Chapter 2 and Doctor Sleep. *SPOILERS AHEAD*

#1: Pet Sematary

For me, remakes, or re-adaptations if you will, are a toss-up. I think as long as the new version adds something that was not in the original film then it can work. In the case of Pet Sematary, there was enough brought to the remake to make it a favorite of mine this past year. A tradition my wife and I have is taking the other to a birthday dinner and a movie, usually in April there’s a good horror film release (2013’s The Evil Dead remake, 2018’s A Quiet Place, etc.). Pet Sematary was the one last year and for me I found it was well cast with Jason Clarke taking on the lead role of Louis Creed and John Lithgow as his neighbor Jud Crandall. The twist people did not see coming was, unlike the novel and 1989 film, the Creed child who was killed after getting hit by an 18-wheeler truck was the elder daughter Ellie. The directors said this change was made because the perspective of an 9-year-old girl brought back from the dead would be different than a child age 2. I do prefer the 1989 film over the remake, but this one was good rendition I believe. read more read more

‘The New Mutants’ Gets Trailer for April Release

Like fresh mouthwash after some bad Dark Phoenix breath, the final film in the X-Men film series made under 20th Century Fox has a brand new trailer anticipating its April 3 release and it looks better than ever.

Watch it here!

In the film, five young mutants just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will must fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.

Cast members include Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Split) as Magik, Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) as Wolfsbane, Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) as Cannonball, Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why) as Sunspot and Blu Hunt (CW’s The Originals) as Mirage. read more read more

‘Malignant’ Finishes Production James Wan Announces

After helming a slew of massive blockbuster films, director James Wan has finished production on his latest feature Malignant that returns to his roots in horror.

The announcement comes via his Instagram page where he shared a photo of he and stars Annabelle Wallis and Maddie Hasson.

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So we wrapped principal photography on MALIGNANT over the weekend. Big THANK YOU to an amazing cast and crew!! You all worked hard and delivered something special! Can’t wait to get into post. read more read more