Welcome to Indie Revolver

We’ve gotten a lot of traffic over the last couple days and, understandably, a lot of messages from other fans and entertainment sites. With that in mind,  I thought it might be a good idea to reintroduce ourselves to the newcomers and answer some of your more frequent questions!

I’m a fan of film and art and I gravitate towards most of the same pop culture touchstones that mean so much to most of our generation. I started this site to open up the conversation; to expand and add to the discussion of these stories and artists which mean so much to all of us.

We’re allowed to attend some events and concerts, permitted interviews, and sometimes even manage to break a good story because we work at it pretty hard, making phone calls and sending emails and visiting friends and contacts who we’ve met. That’s been my main hobby since I was a kid, and I’ve always devoured every scrap of news I could find on sites like Ain’t it Cool and Variety. One thing that has changed since I was younger is that I don’t see a group of friends every day to quote our favorite dialogue and trade rumors and debate the finer points of our beloved films. I thought that this blog might be a way to bring some of that dynamic back to my life, and since I started it a few months ago it has actually brought some new friends into the fold to help build it. This is the most fun I’ve had with my hobby in many years, and I’m very thankful to everyone who’s jumped in to enjoy it with me.

While it’s my nature to mine for every nugget I can unearth, I always want to be careful about ruining things for anyone else. We include spoiler warnings when that stuff comes up, of course – but it goes further than that. We posted our images of the new troopers only once they’d been described in detail by other sites and sketched (pretty well from memory, apparently from one grainy black and white photograph!) by Tom Hodges. We unveiled the illustration of the Inquisitor only after his appearance and motivations were impressively mapped out by Latino Review and Badass Digest. Fleshing out the conversation, adding to it – talking about what’s already out there in as much depth as we can. That’s our sweet spot, what we really enjoy. Some of you have sent us some truly fascinating information and insights. When you see those pop up on another outlet first after weeks or months of waiting, this is why. Similarly, we will not post anything we’ve been asked not to post nor will we keep up anything we’ve been asked to take down.

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When we watermark an image, it’s because it was given to us for use on our site. We will not watermark any images which we re-post from other sites, and we will not watermark exclusive images for which a watermark is not requested. Sorry to say, we cannot supply you with non-watermarked or higher resolution versions of the ones that are. For some of our sources, it matters that it lives in a context that’s really about the love of the story. If you take a look around, you’ll notice there are no ads. It cost me $12 dollars to buy the domain name and another $13 to redirect to the WordPress page. The site is hosted for free on WordPress’ free servers, and laid out using one of their inexpensive templates at a cost of $30. Since then, I’ve spent another $30 to remove WordPress’ occasional ads to keep things cleaner and give our community a more enjoyable experience. Those are our ledgers – I’m out about $85 dollars and we don’t earn a penny here. I shudder to think what kind of expenses would go along with this week’s traffic if I had to support that on my own site/server, so I understand why most sites need to display ads (if you like what a site is doing, clicking on their banners is a great way to support them!). I’m aiming for something simpler here. On that note. this seems like a good time to thank our team – all of our contributors write/edit/research for free, in their spare time (and perhaps some hours that they should be working at their day jobs).

We do not represent a controlled leak from JJ Abrams. Man, if only…

We do not post anything that we don’t think is reliable. We verify everything we can within reason. It’s okay if you don’t always agree that the more sensitive kinds of stories are accurate! We have faith in them. If we ever doubt them, we’ll issue a retraction. We will not connect you with our sources nor identify them. In some instances, we don’t actually know who they are ourselves. Regarding Star Wars, we’re pretty sure what we write will hold up and everything we see come out elsewhere seems to support everything we’ve seen so far. We don’t know most of it, and we’re just as excited as you are to see how it all comes together next Christmas.

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Jay Carlson
Editor-in-Chief, Indie Revolver

Trailer: ‘Insidious: Chapter 3′

 

The newest chapter in the terrifying horror series is written and directed by franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell. This chilling prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family, reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.

Aaron Sorkin Confirms Christian Bale as Steve Jobs in new Biopic

by: Jay Carlson

Though it’s not yet confirmed by the studio, writer Aaron Sorkin has confirmed Christian Bale has come aboard to play Steve Jobs in the Danny Boyle directed biopic.

Sorkin stated in an interview with Bloomberg, “We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale.”

Sorkin was brought on to adapt Walter Isaacson’s bestselling authorized biography that focuses on three big moments in Jobs’ career, the launch of the Mac, the NeXT and the iPod. Sorkin’s last two adaptations were 2010’s The Social Network, (for which he won an Academy Award) and Bennett Miller’s critically acclaimed Moneyball.

Sony had originally pursued Bale back when they were also courting David Fincher as director. Once it was clear that Fincher wouldn’t be involved, Danny Boyle agreed to helm the picture in April. At that point Leonardo DiCaprio was approached to star but eventually passed, deciding to take a break after Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant. Sony then decided to make a new run at Christian Bale. 

Bale would be amazing as Jobs. With each film he’s gotten better, proving to be more and more of a chameleon and inhabiting the character’s he playing until they’re living, breathing people.

What are your thoughts about Bale pulling on Steve Jobs’ black turtleneck?

FOX Looking to set up Shop in ‘Riverdale’

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by: S.Scott Stanikmas

Super-producer Greg Berlanti has brought Flash and Green Arrow to television. He’s got a deal in place to bring Supergirl to the small screen. And now he wants to bring Archie Andrews and his group of friends into your home as well.

Written by Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aquirre-Sacasa, Deadline reports that FOX is ordering a script for Riverdale, a drama set in the fictional town of the same name where Archie and his gang will explore modern life in a small-town setting. Apparently there will be a surreal feel to the show, with an underlying feel of darkness beneath the wholesome façade.

I can’t lie – I’m really digging this. Archie meets Twin Peaks? And it’s written by RAS, the mind behind Afterlife With Archie and Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina, two of the biggest hits the Archie Comics line has seen in years? I could definitely get behind this.

Berlanti and Aguirre-Sacasa are no strangers to small town settings and teen dramas, being responsible for such hits as Dawson’s Creek (Berlanti) and Glee (Aguirre-Sacasa).

Along with Archie a whole slew of characters will make the jump from the printed page to in front of the camera. Archie’s best friend Jughead Jones and permanent rival Reggie Mantle will join the cast of characters. Popular gay character Kevin Keller will also be on the show. And it wouldn’t be Archie without the other two sides of the love triangle, Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge. For a possible musical aspect it’s been said that Josie and the Pussycats will be on hand.

Showing Riverdale with a dark and seedy underbelly? It’s a new twist on an old favorite. I really hope this gets picked up.

Ethan Hawke set to Blow his Horn in Chet Baker Biopic

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Written and directed by filmmaker Robert Budreau, Ethan Hawke will star in the Chet Baker biopic Born To Be Blue. Deadline is reporting that filming has begun has already begun in Ontario. Joining Hawke in the cast will be Carmen Ejogo and Callum Keith Rennie.

The film is inspired by Baker’s rise, fall and eventual comeback. The film will focus on his resurgence in the 70’s after his career was thought to be unsalvageable. Budreau’s movie will tell the story of the love affair that changed the way Baker played music and how it turned his life around.

Robert Budreau has quite the resume when it comes to musically inspired work. He brought us the short film Dream Recording with jazz pianist David Braid. And it’s not his first time working on Baker either. He made the short The Deaths Of Chet Baker.

Hawke has been working closely with the filmmakers to develop this project. He has been killing it the last few years, taking on some excellent roles. He turned what could have been cookie cutter characters in The Purge and Sinister into people that we actually gave a damn about. And his role as the father in Boyhood blew me away. If he has passion for this project I have enough faith in him to take a little more notice myself.

No release date has been set but the film will be shopped around this November for distribution.

 

 

Red Band Trailer: Mark Wahlberg is all in Rupert Wyatt’s Remake of ‘The Gambler’

Mark Wahlberg and John Goodman star in the first official red band teaser for The Gambler.

Jim Bennett (Academy Award®-nominee Mark Wahlberg) is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring (Alvin Ing) and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother (Academy Award®-winner Jessica Lange) in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank (John Goodman), a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett’s future. As his relationship with a student (Brie Larson) deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance…

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Nick Frost to Give us ‘The Finger’

by: S. Scott Stanikmas 

British comedian Nick Frost is coming to a small screen in your living room soon! Deadline reports that Frost has been cast as the lead in The Finger, a new comedy recently picked up by ABC.

From Modern Family writer Ben Karlin, The Finger is the story of the world’s most famous jewel thief who wants to quit his life of crime and open up a sandwich shop, all to do right by his nine year old son. Obviously hilarity will ensue as it’s never easy to give up a life of crime cold turkey.

Frost will star as Nick Ferguson aka The Finger.

This isn’t Frost’s first foray into American TV. He was originally cast in the FOX pilot Sober Companion alongside Justin Long. Frost was to play an alcoholic lawyer who is assigned Long as a sober companion who will run his life and keep him on the straight and narrow. The pilot was shown a lot of love at presentations but FOX, as of yet, has yet to order it to series.

Both actors’ original deals have expired, but Frost and Long reportedly loved the project and working with each so much that they would have been willing to come back if it got picked up. But now that Frost may be going to ABC, that puts a definite wrench in those plans.

Marvel Gives us a Look At Adrianne Palicki’s Mockingbird From ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

by: S. Scott Stanikmas 

Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. has added another hero to the team. Just revealed this past week was undercover agent Bobbi Morse, better known to comic fans as Mockingbird.

Played by actress Adrianne Palicki, Marvel has released photos of what she’ll look like when she shows up in her tactical S.H.I.E.L.D. outfit. It reminds me of Black Widow’s, but with a little bit of color. I personally like it. They can’t all be running around in brightly colored spandex, especially if they work for a super-secret spy agency.

With her character’s ties to Hawkeye in the comics, can we expect to see a jump from television to movies for Mockingbird? It’s too late for a decent role in the next Avengers film, but the Agents could show up in an unannounced cameo. For now, here are some pictures of Palicki as Mockingbird.

 

“I’m Going to Show you Something Beautiful” The Hi-Res Official ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Trailer

It’s certainly an effective teaser trailer. There are a lot more questions about the film after seeing the trailer. Like, what’s with the random shot of ballerina dancer’s in the montage of destruction?

Also, kudos to Marvel for making the best of a bad situation, they’re trailer leaks almost a week early and the tweet we receive is:

Then they follow that up with a hi-res release of the trailer and the teaser poster. Very classy move.

What’s everyone think of the trailer?

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Billy Bob Thornton Throwing on the old Santa Suit for ‘Bad Santa 2’?

by: Jay Carlson

Bad Santa was a refreshing shock to the system back in 2003. There aren’t enough films exploring the dark side of the holidays. Bad Santa is one of the few that has explored those depths, it was depraved and wrong in the best ways possible. It had big hairy balls out and wasn’t afraid to “go there”. What more could we expect from Terry Zwigoff, the director behind the amazingly strange documentary Crumb and the surprisingly resonant Ghost World?

There have been rumors of a sequel off and on over the years but it seems Zwigoff’s return has never been part of the plan. Grosse Pointe Blank and Hot Tub Time Machine writer Steve Pink was attached at one point as well as Entourage creator Doug Ellin, who was most recently attached to the project last year.

Thornton recently spoke at Loyola Marymount University and had a very straight forward and grounded answer when the talk turned to a sequel to Bad Santa. “We’re just waiting for a script, ya know? We’re never gonna beat the first one but you got to get as close as you can. You just can’t go and do it haflway so we’re waiting for something that’s close enough. It’ll do real well, I imagine, and people will say, ‘Well, it wasn’t as good as the first one’ and we’ll say ‘Yeah, we knew it wouldn’t be’ but I think it should be fun and I think people who liked [the first one] will enjoy it and hopefully we’ll get it off.”

Thornton isn’t a guy who minces his words and it’s refreshing for him to speak so frankly and publicly admit the limitations of a sequel. I really do believe they caught lightning in a bottle with Bad Santa. That said, it wasn’t a perfect film and I would be more than happy to catch up with Thornton’s Bad Santa for another job. Since he’s not likely to re-team with his old vertically challanged partner, (who is probably still off climbing mountains) I’d love to see him team up with Peter Dinklage in a new film.

THR’s video of Thornton discussing Bad Santa 2 can be seen here

What do you think? Ready to take another ride with the eating, shitting, fucking Bad Santa?

Is There Room for Patrick Stewart in the ‘Green Room’?

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Announced earlier this week, Fright Night remake costars Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots will once again share the screen, this time in writer/director Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room. Well the cast just got a little more interesting as Professor X himself Patrick Stewart has been signed on for the thriller according to The Wrap.

Green Room is the story of a punk rock band who witnesses a murder at the venue where they’re playing a gig, in the middle of nowhere. The band gets locked in the green room of the club while a group of racist skinheads try to get in and kill them.

Yelchin is already set to play the leader of the band and Poots is slated to play a skinhead whose friend is the murder victim that sets off the events of the film. It’s reported that she’ll join up with the band and try to help them. Stewart will play the leader of the Pacific Northwest-based white supremacist group.

After seeing Stewart play the leader who rallies the good guys in films like the X-Men series and TV shows like Star Trek for so many years I’m really interested in seeing him cut loose and play a villain for once. We know he’s got a bit of a dark side with all the voice work he does for Seth McFarlane. But now it’s time for him to really get down and dirty and downright evil. And it doesn’t get much more evil than the leader of a skinhead gang.

Anyone else get the feeling this is a beef between Next Generation and the JJ reboot crew?

Is Pee Wee Picking his Gray Suit Up From the Dry Cleaner Soon?

 

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

In an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine Paul Reubens stated that any day now we should expect an official announcement about a new Pee-Wee Herman movie. In the interview it seemed like Reubens was shocked that nothing had been made official yet, as he thought he’d be talking about it with the interviewer at that time.

It’s been four years in the making now with on again, off again statements and nothing substantial being announced. But now with Reubens all but telling us it’s a done deal, I’m inclined to believe that this project will be seriously moving forward.

I was huge fan of the original TV show. I used to annoy my family by screaming all day long whenever anyone said the secret word. And even though I was too young to really appreciate it I knew that there was something special about Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.

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Reubens has taken on some memorable roles aside from the Pee-Wee character, such as The Penguin’s father in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns and The Spleen in Mystery Men, but we all want to see him put on the grey suit with high-water pants and red bowtie again. We’ll keep a hopeful eye pointed towards this for now

Maybe if we all wished real hard we’d get something concrete announced. Where are Jambi and his magic words when you really need them?

Hard to believe it’s been almost 30 years since Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.

‘Hot Tub Time Machine’ Director Steve Pink to Participate in ‘Cop Swap’

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Steve Pink, director of the hilarious sleeper hit Hot Tub Time Machine, is set to direct the police comedy Cop Swap.  The movie is based on the real international exchange program that major metropolitan police units across America have with foreign police entities. That’s where the similarities end. The movie is about an ensemble of foreign police officers, all misfits in their native lands. Under the tutelage of their LAPD assigned “babysitter” they stumble upon a major crime – and quite possibly a way to show everyone that there not as inept as everyone thinks *wink, wink*.

The movie practically writes itself. But its Pink’s and writing partner Jeff Morris’ humor that will set this apart from being another clichéd piece of garbage. Pink knows comedy, having writing credits on Grosse Pointe Blank and High Fidelity, two of John Cusack’s funniest movies. I’ve got faith that these two can create something that breaks away from the pack and not make something that everyone automatically compares to the Police Academy movies. I enjoyed Pink’s directorial work on Accepted and Hot Tub Time Machine. I can see him taking a premise like this and putting a fun twist on it.

Deadline reports that the writing duo has been highly sought after as of late and every major studio wanted a shot at making this. Pink and Morris were going to shop this around two studios at a time, starting with Fox and Lionsgate, and let the bidding was begin. But apparently after chatter between execs from Lionsgate and MGM, MGM aggressively offered a deal for the film, stifling the bidding war before most other studios got wind of the project.

Sean Bean to Star With Matt Damon in Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’

 

by S. Scott Stanikmas

Remember all those ads from the summer promoting Sean Bean’s new show Legends? It was all about #Don’tKillSeanBean, because it seemed in every project he made he died a horrible death. Well in Ridley Scott’s newest film The Martian, based on the book of the same name by author Andy Weir, Bean has nothing to worry about. Matt Damon will play the titular character in danger, but according to The Hollywood Reporter Sean bean has signed on for a role in the movie a little closer to safety.

The Martian is the story of botanist and mechanical engineer Mark Watney, played by Damon, who is mistakenly left behind on Mars. His crew was forced to evacuate due to a freak dust storm and he was thought to be dead. Watney is very much alive though, and he must find a way to survive until he can figure out a way to contact Earth and they send a rescue mission. Bean will play a NASA flight director

Sean Bean joins an already stacked cast. Signed on to the project at this time are Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena, Kristen Wiig, Jessica Chastain and Kate Mara.

Don’t jump to conclusions here. A lot of people are going to call this a rip-off of Gravity, what with the scientist caught in space and forced to survive until they can make it back home. These are two totally different animals. The Wall Street Journal’s Alexandra Alter pegged it right when she called it The Martian a cross between Apollo 13 and Cast Away.

Set to come out November 25th, 2015, I’m already excited. How about you IR readers?

Frank Grillo Might be Looking Towards a New ‘Skyline’

 

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

The peeps at Latino Review scored the news that my personal favorite actor this year, Frank Grillo, is rumored to be the front runner for the lead role in a sequel to the horrendous 2010 sci-fi alien invasion film Skyline. Liam O’Donnell, writer and producer of the first film, is set to take over directing duties from the Brothers Strause.

Skyline starred Eric Balfour and Donald Faison, amongst others who I’m sure wished that they’d passed on that project. The nutshell premise is that aliens come to Earth and lure humans to bright lights like moths to a flame. Once sufficiently stupefied, humans get sucked up into the alien’s ships, naught to be seen again.

Instead of a direct sequel, the second film, titled Beyond Skyline, is a sort of reboot (a lot of these going around lately). Grillo’s movie would take place at the same time as the first movie, but in a different location. The original left us with a cliffhanger ending that they could have used to further the series, but it looks like we may have to wait for a third film to continue the adventures from the first.

I hated the first Skyline. Four years later and I still can’t get over how bad this movie was. The acting was atrocious and the characters were unlikable. So how does this movie get a sequel? On a ten million dollar budget it made nearly eight times that at the worldwide box office alone – and that’s not including rentals and sales after it went to home media. That usually means automatic sequel to most studios.

I love what Frank Grillo has been doing this year. He’s been crushing it in roles in flicks like The Purge: Anarchy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I hope that this movie is leaps and bounds above the first. At this point, they can only really go up from here.

Take a listen to a tremendous episode of the always funny How Did This Get Made podcast regarding Skyline hosted by Paul Sheer, Jason Mantzoukas and June Diane Raphael.

 

Shane Black’s ‘ The Nice Guys’ Will Reunite ‘L.A. Confidential’ Co-Stars Russell Crowe and Kim Basinger

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by: Jay Carlson

Kim Basinger has joined the cast of Shane Black’s Nice Guys, starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling.

Black’s film centers on a private detective, played by Gosling, and a jaded racketeer, played by Russell Crowe, who must team up to find a missing actress in the scuzzy, seedy and smoggy side of 1970s Los Angeles.

According to The Hollywood Reporter “Basinger will play the chief justice with dubious interests.”

Basinger joins Matthew Bomer, Beau Knapp and Keith David who were also recently cast. The last time she shared the screen with Russell Crowe she took home an Academy Award for L.A. Confidential. 

Shane Black has become a highly sought after director after the success of Iron Man 3. Besides The Nice Guys he’s attached to a new Remo Williams film, as well as an adaptation of Doc Savage and a new Predator film.

I love Shane Black’s films. From his scripts for Monster Squad (directed by his college buddy, Fred Dekker) and Lethal Weapon to his direction on Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

I can’t wait to see what Black is able to throw together for The Nice Guys. He’s rounding up a pretty great cast.

Thoughts?

Insert ‘Scream’ Here! No Ghostface in MTV’s Upcoming Series

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by: Jay Carlson

I loved Scream the first time I saw it. I vividly recall seeing it opening night in high school and not being able to get it out of my head for days. It was smart and funny and the reveal at the end was terrific. But the one thing that made the film so effective was that mask. That Ghost Face mask was key, if the mask didn’t work, the film would have been far less effective. (The tale of Wes Craven’s fight with the Weinsteins for the use of the Ghost Face mask was well documented in the amazing Peter Biskind book  Down and Dirty Pictures.)

The Scream franchise after that first film has had its ups and downs over the years. Scream 2 started off great, but the big reveal at the end was hugely disappointing. Scream 3 was a mess from beginning to end. Scream 4 was somewhere in the middle, not the best entry, but not Scream 3.

I was dubious when I heard MTV had plans to bring Scream to the small screen. Obviously, the fun of the films was fun scares and kills followed by the big reveal at the end. With a TV show that’s meant to go on and on and on and on…how would they accomplish the reveal?

Looks like that’s the least of the worries for the Scream TV series. Currently, there are no plans to feature Ghost Face in the sequel. That’s right, MTV’s Scream will not be featuring the iconic Ghost Face mask in the near future.

R.J. Torbert, rights holder of Ghost Face reports, “I had been in communication with TWC regarding this and they have informed me, that  as of now, and during the initial launch that  GHOST FACE®  is not involved in the new format. They also indicated that because of this direction, it does not mean, that Ghost Face® will not be involved at a later date. So, there is still a question , to the question. However, as of now, there is no involvement.”

He goes on to explain this is not due to him not wanting Ghost Face in the show or holding out for more money, “We believe , SCREAM  is GHOST FACE,  and GHOST FACE® is Scream. However, while  GHOST FACE® is owned by Fun World, The Scream Motion Picture Franchise is owned by The Weinstein Company and it is their option to Film a movie or T.V.  SHOW without GHOST FACE®.

Regardless, we wish them the best of luck and I’m sure SCREAM FANS will check out the series. Who knows what will happen in the future regarding the series and Ghost Face®. Never say Never.”

The pilot, written by Jill Blotevogel (Ravenswood, Harper’s Island, Eureka) starts with a YouTube video that goes viral which causes problems for teenager Audrey and serves as the “catalyst for a murder that opens up a window to [her] town’s troubled past.”

I’m very curious how all this is supposed to work in the context of the show. Although, I’m not sure I’m curious enough to actually tune in. A Scream series just seems like a very poor idea.

How about you? Any interest in the MTV series?

 

Are you Ready for the (Kinda) Remake of ‘Cabin Fever’?

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Not since Gus Van Sant thought it would be good to remake the classic Hitchcock thriller Psycho shot-for-shot has an idea sounded so unappealing to me. Apparently Eli Roth has signed on to executive produce the remake of his 2002 gross-out horror comedy Cabin Fever. But instead of redoing the whole idea and attacking it from a fresh perspective, they’ve decided to use the exact same script that Roth and Randy Pearlstein wrote and shot back in the day. With a cast headlined by Gage Golightly of MTV’s Teen Wolf, this production has already been fast tracked. Variety reports that filming has already begun in Portland, OR this week.

Roth seems excited to relinquish the director’s chair to Travis Zariwny. According to the same Variety article Roth was enticed by Zariwny’s vision for the film and sees it as almost re-staging a play under a new director. He says that as a fan of scary movies he can’t wait to see what the new director and cast can bring to the table.

This just smacks of laziness to me. I get the old adage “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it”, but there was nothing wrong with the original to warrant a remake. It had a good cast, great effects and an awesome story. Sure the sequel wasn’t well received but the newest addition to the series, Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, had been getting decent reviews and was quite entertaining.

I’m on the fence about this one. I don’t mind a remake as long as it’s done right. If you’ve got a good story to tell, by all means tell it. But don’t just re-shoot a movie that’s already been done and ask me to pay to see it again. That’s just insulting.

IR Blu-Ray Review: Supernerd Turns Draft Dodger for ‘Frankenstein’s Army’

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Around the first week of October most entertainment stores begin to get their shipment of horror movies. I love looking at all the old favorites and new titles that I haven’t had the chance to see yet, hoping to pick out a gem from amidst the myriad of choices. On one such trip I saw Frankenstein’s Army for a reasonable price. Remembering some decent reviews that I’d read I thought I’d snag it and give it a shot. After having wasted the last hour and a half watching it I wish I’d left it on the shelf for some other poor sucker to buy.

The premise sounds good in theory: During World War II, a group of Russian soldiers on a recon mission receive a distress call that leads them to a seemingly deserted village. The soldiers, while convening at a burnt out church, are attacked by what appears to be a zombie/robot hybrid. After “killing” the undead cyborg the soldiers descend into the catacombs below the church with one of the last remaining living villagers. Soon they are under siege by the “Zombots” as they come face to face with their creator – a descendant of the mad scientist Dr. Frankenstein.

I enjoy cheesy movies but there is a line in the sand that must be drawn. Everything about this movie is laughable and not in a good way. The script is incredibly hokey and the acting is some of the worst I’ve seen. A lot of the actors seemed to be phoning in their performance, either not committing enough or going too far into character that it seemed like a parody. And in the vein of going too far, Karl Roden (one of the main reasons I bought this movie) was so over the top it was unenjoyable. He turned it up to 11 eleven and broke the knob off. I understand he may have wanted to do schlocky and over-the-top as homage to the old-school, low-budget drive-in style of yesteryear, but this was just too much for me.

The costumes and effects were cheap and cartoony. The Zombots looked like something out a direct-to-video Puppet Master movie. The sets were okay. The catacombs beneath the church that lead to the lab and surgery of Dr. Frankenstein were creepy and would make a great haunted house maze but that was about the only thing I liked. Everything else gave off the feeling that they wanted it to look vast and expansive and very costly, but in the end I felt that maybe the “less is more” approach would have been the way to go. This is especially true when your story deals with a rogue mad scientist in the middle of nowhere. A sparse lab and a few flickering lights would have gone a long way into conveying the right mood for this film.

I don’t think found footage was the right style to go with for Frankenstein’s Army. The “film” looked new and shiny, too high definition for the time period. A grainy texture added in post would have at least made me believe that this was filmed before HD cameras were invented. And I find it wholly implausible that soldiers on SECRET recon missions would have been okay with someone with a large and loud camera following them, recording their every move and slowing them down to change film reels. Its things like this that take me out of a movie instead of pulling me in and connecting with me.

I’m generally a positive guy. I try to look for the good in most things, but it’s tough to do with a turkey of a movie like this. Thin on plot and heavy on the cheese, I recommend that you follow suit with the other villagers and take a torch to this one. I don’t think the original Dr. Frankenstein would object to seeing this monster go down for the count.