That's right. Stormtroopers! But we'll get into that later.
As we've jumped into the nerd black hole, (Jason was mostly in it anyways) I thought it would be a great opportunity to share an event that a good friend of ours, hosts. Who? Nathan Bosa. Yes, you've heard the Bosa name before. He is the older brother of our guest reviewer, Anthony Michael Bosa.
As some of you may know, I don't just review movies and look good for my age. I'm also a screenwriter with a couple of projects on the go, one of which has taken a big step toward hitting the silver screen.
There was speculation that J.J. Abrams and company would unveil the cast of Star Wars Episode VII on May 4, that being May the 4th Be With You day or something like that. But that was not the case, as the names were dropped today.
Are you ready for it? It's a mix of fresh and old faces. Some of them very old. Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge.
Seems like it's taking forever for Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson's All Cheerleaders Die to get released. But the hot-chick fest is finally due to hit VOD on May 8 and theatres June 13.
To celebrate, RLJ/Image Entertainment has released this weird, and kinda gruesome, clip that gives a taste of what audiences can expect from this tale of revenge, dark secrets and boobs. Wanna check it out? Course you do.
You read that headline right, 80s shock comedian Bobcat Goldthwait directed a horror movie about Bigfoot. And it's called Willow Creek. I'm just gonna pause and let Basementites digest that for a moment.
Now that that's sunk in, I've heard a lot of good buzz about Willow Creek, which screened at Fantasia last year. The flick's a hard mother to track down, so news of a pending release date is good for us fans of indie horror.
Marketing is in full swing now, with a new trailer, image or TV spot popping up by the day. I'm trying to avoid most of them, but the pair of pictures that showed up this morning were too awesome not to share, as they provide a kick ass look at the King of the Monsters.
The nerd black hole is a place Jason and Shawn have visited several times during The Basement's storied history. It's a place where things become so nerdy, even the coolest people can be nerded out by how nerdy it is.
Such is the case with the movies on the chopping block this week. Both involve the world of dungeons, dragons, dice and rubber-foam swords. That's right, these movies are all about role-playing, and not the kind with hot chicks and kink.
It's almost impossible not to think of this film when thinking about the 80s. With one movie, Sylvester Stallone and director George P. Cosmatos tapped into a post-Vietnam war consciousness, Cold War fears of Russia and gave birth to the cinematic one-man army. Impressive, no? But how does it stand up almost 30 years later? Stick with me.
John Rambo is released from prison by the government for a top-secret covert mission in the last place on Earth he'd want to return -- the jungles of Vietnam.
Blumhouse is one of the few names in horror I trust these days. Paranormal Activity, Sinister, Insidious, and The Purge, not to mention Dark Skies and Oculus, are solid entries in the genre. Sure, they divide fans, but that's what good stuff does.
Producer Jason Blum has yet another flick headed our way later this summer. This one's called Jessabelle, and the trailer below offers us what we've come to expect from the man's production company -- creepy shit going down!
Given the varied success of A&Es Bates Motel and NBC'sHannibal, I suppose it was only a matter of time before someone thought of bringing the story of Crystal Lake's least favourite citizen to the small screen.
Yesterday I drove down to the Langley Colossus to see The Raid 2, which may seem like a crazy endeavour, but was totally worth it.
This is easily one of the best action movies I have ever seen! I have a feeling that, years from now, when people are talking about what they believe is the best action flick of all time, The Raid 2 will no doubt be mentioned alongside Die Hard, Predator and Terminator 2.
The second day of filming just wrapped on the new Terminatormovie, which means another pic from the set. Don't worry, we're not going to hit you with new pics every day . . . unless we feel like it that is.
Although excited about the prospect of a new Terminator movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, it must be said the former governator is starting to show his age.
I was wondering when someone would take the best element of the found-footage genre -- the first-person aspect -- and do something new with it. Then along comes director Derk Mungor with his new thriller You Are Not Alone to show audiences how's it's done.
Instead of experiencing the horror through some untrained douche bag with a camera, You Are Not Alone puts audiences in the POV of the flick's main character, Natalie. What she sees, we see. What terror she experiences, the audience experiences.
I've been primed for Showtime'sPenny Dreadful since that first trailer hit a couple of months ago. With the show's May 11 debut just around the corner, the marketing campaign is in full swing and has brought us another . . . look at horror-themed series. Suffice to say, it's an eyeful.
Yes, it's been a very puny Easter here in The Basement. Deal with it!
Shawn and I are big fans of Grave Encounters, The Vicious Brothers' riff on paranormal "reality" TV. It's sequel not so much, but the boys do have talent and know how to stage a scare. So what are they up to next?
Turns out they have a new flick that'll premiere in just a few days at the Tribeca Film Festival, and they're trading ghosts for space invaders.
Those rumours that the new Friday the 13th movie could go the found footage route might be true as word has it V/H/S and The Signal co-director David Bruckner is in talks to direct the next instalment in the famed horror franchise.
Bruckner wrote and directed the Amateur Night segment for V/H/S. His story involved three guys who bring a mysterious girl back to their hotel room, with terrifying results.
Thursday night after much deliberation and a few beers to numb my better judgement, I got tickets for Oculus.
I was a little surprised at how empty the theatre was. Maybe 40 bodies in the seats max. I was taken in by the minimal ad campaign with the stories of the mirror and the tragedies involved. Lately, trailers seem to give away every key detail and take the jump scares away, so needless to say, I was intrigued.
Enter the Ninja was the first R-rated movie my parents let me watch. It also started my lifelong fascination with ninjas and made Sho Kosugi one of the biggest martial arts stars of the 80s. That's a lot of baggage for one movie to carry. How does it hold up 33 years on? Stick with me!
After completing his training in the ways of the ninja, an army vet travels to the Phillippines and finds himself battling a land grabber who wants his war buddy's property.
Before we get into this, and I'll be brief, let's be honest: no one expected Gareth Edwards' spin on Godzilla to be rated R. Nor was a movie about giant monsters stomping the living shit out of everything going to be rated G.
The Raid 2 is one of the few movies out this year that's guaranteed to get my ass in a theatre seat. The first flick is by far the best action movie ever made, and everything I've heard about the sequel suggests it's even better.
The clip below is just a taste of some of the action viewers experience, and left me wanting more. But that's why studios release clips like this, isn't it. Not a question. A Statement.
At this point, I don't think my anticipation level can get any higher for Marvel's upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. I mean, a big budget tentpole movie directed by the guy who made Slither and Super? How sold am I? Very!
And this new clip/bit of coolness for James Gunn's flick just makes me want to see it even more. Check it:
Get ready for a triple threat of genre entertainment as Jason and Shawn put three, count 'em three, movies on the chopping block for the first time since Season One way back in . . . a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.
Given the pending release of Phantasm: Ravager, and having only caught the second instalment in Don Coscarelli's cult franchise, I thought it best to go back and watch the entire series from the beginning. So how does the classic first flick stack up? Stick with me!
A young boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keep an arsenal of terrible weapons with him.
Very good, but not quite great, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is definitely entertaining, with solid acting and an engaging plot. However, it's nothing you've never seen before. Cap is finally a more interesting character though, so that's a plus.
I liked the action, but there were no real set pieces that blew me away. It was, for the most part, fairly grounded and not full of unbelievable CG like some more recent Marvel movie. Hey, Thor 2 and Iron Man 3, what's up?
First we showed you some bad ass character posters for The Expendables 3. Now we've got a bad ass new teaser trailer that promises one last, action-packed ride for some of my generation's favourite movie heroes.
That's right, The Expendables 3 is gonna be the last in the series, and it looks like it'll be a good one. But why take my word for it? Watch, and judge not lest ye be judged yourself.
Oculus looks and sounds like the real deal -- a creepy supernatural thriller from a rising star director. And we have it on good authority the music for Mike Flanagan's spooky tale is pretty damn good too.
The flick comes out next Friday. This morning a slew of new images appeared online that we've decided to share with our fellow Basementities. Check 'em out below: