Did y’all know that there’s a new Friday the 13th film coming out?
Well, kind of.
Friday the 13th: Vengeance is a crowdfunded fan-made film that takes place 30 years after the conclusion of Friday the 13th: Jason Lives! It features C.J. Graham, who previously played Jason in Jason Lives, as Elias Voorhees, the father of everyone’s favorite hockey mask-wearing, Oedipal complex-having zombie. When Elias returns to Camp Crystal Lake, people start dying once again. After Tommy Jarvis goes missing, his daughter launches an investigation of her own.
This film is currently in post-production and, if nothing else, it’ll probably be better than the Friday the 13th reboot that was released a few years ago. This trailer was released a while ago but, given the date, today seems like an appropriate time to share it here on the Shattered Lens!
Earlier today, the first trailer for Midway was released. Based on the famous World War II battle, Midway will be in theaters on November 8th. Judging from the trailer, it would appear that this adaptation has more in common with Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor than Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk.
Of course, we shouldn’t be too surprised by that. Midway is the latest film from Roland Emmerich and that’ll probably mean a lot of action, not a lot of character development, and maybe a half-assed debate about whether or not Shakespeare wrote Hamlet. (I have to admit that I have never forgiven Emmerich for Anonymous, a film that not only promoted a silly conspiracy theory but which also accused Shakespeare of murdering Christopher Marlowe.) Of course, Midway could still be a good film, even if it is a typical Emmerich production. Sometimes, you just want to spend a few hours watching stuff blow up.
Midway does have a big cast: Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Aaron Eckhart, Nick Jonas, Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid, Darren Criss and Woody Harrelson. I don’t know if I’d say that was an intriguing cast, if just because Woody Harrelson and Dennis Quaid appear to be legally required to appear in ensemble war films like this. Still, it’ll be interesting to see if Midway can do for Nick Jonas what Dunkirk did for Harry Styles.
I’m a little bit late in posting this but I’m happy to correct that oversight now.
Doctor Sleep is a film that I’m very much looking forward to seeing. Doctor Sleep is a sequel to Stephen King’s The Shining and it’ll be interesting to see which version of The Shining that director Mike Flanagan will decide to honor with this film, King’s original novel or Stanley Kubrick’s far superior film version. Kubrick’s film is one of the best horror movies ever made but Stephen King has always been very vocal in his dislike for it.
(Personally, I think a lot of King’s distaste for the film comes down to jealousy over the way that Kubrick improved on King’s original story. Whereas The Shining is a good book that sometimes gets bogged down with King’s usual shtick, Kubrick’s film is a pop horror masterpiece.)
Judging from the just-released final trailer for Doctor Sleep, it looks like director Mike Flanagan will be building on Kubrick’s vision as opposed to King’s. As you can probably already guess, that’s fine by me. Flanagan is one of the best horror directors working right now and Ewan McGregor would appear to be perfectly cast in the role of grown-up Danny Torrance.
Doctor Sleep will be playing in theaters on November 8th. (That’s the day before my birthday so I have a feeling I know what my free movie at the Alamo Drafthouse is going to be.) Here’s the final trailer!
To be honest, I thought that someone had already done a remake of Black Christmas but I guess we’re getting a new one. Maybe it’s going to become a new holiday tradition. Every year, we’ll get a new Black Christmas and we can go to the theater and all yell out, “The call is coming from inside the house!” at the same time.
And you know what? I think that’ll bring people together. I mean, we can only spend so much time hoping that the MCU will continue to bring filmgoers together. Myself, I’ve been a bit disenchanted ever since Natasha died in Avengers: Endgame and the fact that the most charming member of the MCU has apparently been taken out of the MCU and sent back to Sony kind of makes me wonder if perhaps the MCU’s glory days might be over with.
My point is, we need a new franchise to bring us together and an annual remake of Black Christmas might just be what Doctor Strange ordered.
Anyway, here’s the latest trailer for Black Christmas, which will be released on December 13th. Hopefully, somebody in Hollywood learned a lesson from the mismarketing of David Fincher’s version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and they won’t advertise this as being the “Feel Bad Movie Of The Holidays.”
(Yes, 8 years later and I’m still bitter about that.)
Sometimes, you hear about a film and you just know that it’s either going to be brilliant or it’s going to be disaster.
Take 1917, for instance. The film is World War I epic and right now, a lot of people are predicting that it’s destined for Oscar glory. I’m one of those people and I’ve said that despite not having seen the film. What we do know about the film sounds intriguing. Apparently, much like Hitchcock’s Rope and Birdman, the film is being put together to appear as if it’s just one, long continuous shot, without any breaks, with the idea being that 1917 is going to an immersive film about the horrors of war. While the film’s two leads are played by unknowns, supporting roles have been taken by Colin Firth, Mark Strong, and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Sounds pretty good, right?
Here’s my concern. The film is being directed by Sam Mendes, who is one of the most pretentious filmmakers of all time. Mendes did brilliant work with Skyfall but have you tried to sit through American Beauty or Away We Go recently?
Anyway, I hope that 1917 lives up to the promise of its premise and that we get the Mendes of Skyfall as opposed to the Mendes of SPECTRE. The trailer looks good and here it is:
So, I just finished watching the trailer for The Lighthouse and I am now officially excited!
Robert Eggers previously directed one of the best horror films in recent memory, The Witch. Well, he’s back now with The Lighthouse, a black-and-white film about two men (Willem DaFoe and Robert Pattinson), one lighthouse, and one secret. The trailer is wonderfully creepy and the black-and-white cinematography is gorgeous. I can’t wait to see this film!
Queen & Slim is a film that’s been getting of positive buzz. Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith play a couple on a first date whose lives are turned upside down when they’re pulled over by a racist cop. The cop ends up dead and Kaluua and Turner-Smith end up on the run.
And here’s the just-released trailer!
Queen & Slim will be released in November, just in time for Oscar season. Judging from the trailer, this film is either going to be very powerful or way too heavy-handed. Daniel Kaluuya is probably one of the most interesting actors around right now so I’m always happy to see anything he’s involved with.