Clear the skies, Smaug is ready for take off!
Yes that’s right, today Air New Zealand gave us our first glimpse of the scale of the big bad, fiery one in the second chapter of the Hobbit series on the side of one of its planes!
The gigantic dragon was unveiled at a press conference earlier, and will certain ramp up the publicity machine for the highly anticipated Desolation of Smaug which hits UK shores on Friday 13th December.
Continuing the story from An Unexpected Journey, Bilbo and the Elves must battle giant spiders and of course Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch’s rasp) himself, awoken from his slumber in the last reel of the first film.
Add to this Gandalf’s battle with the mysterious Necromancer (also voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) and this could be the Winter blockbuster we have all been hoping for.
Here’s a video of the launch of Smaug airlines:
Is today’s modern age of cinema reinvention is key to stay relevant, and in the horror genre this sentiment is magnified just that little bit more.
And so we come to new gross out flick ‘He Took His Skin Off For Me’ directed by London film graduate Ben Aston and based on a short story by Maria Hummer.
In what promises to be a stomach churning special effect bonanza, it tells the story of a man who takes his skin off for his girlfriend and why it isn’t the best idea; you think?
A 30 second teaser was released for the film around Halloween, and using powerful imagery to certainly unnerve the audience.
When it comes to shocking films over the past five years the first films on your lips are the Human Centipede films which showed horror fans a new kind of gross imagery.
Whether ‘He Took His Skin Off For Me’ is in the same league remains to be seen, or it could possibly be an unsettling, well made piece that doesn’t rely on the shock value of its title to compensate for a weaker story.
Here’s the teaser trailer for He Took His Skin Off For Me -
Keep up to date on the film on its Facebook page HERE
Action fans around the world rejoice; the trailer for The Raid 2: Berandal has landed!
Just to jog your memory; The Raid which was released in 2011 was one of the best action films of the past 20 years. With it’s unique mix of interesting characters, twists aplenty, violent to the max and action scenes to make your jaw hit the floor it was truly something special.
Directed by Welshman Gareth Evans, the original plot follows Rama (Iko Uwais) part of a hit squad assigned to take down drug lord Tama who resides in a fifteen storey block of flats, which he rules with an iron fist.
The plot for The Raid 2: Berandal is unknown at this point, but it does apparently following directly on from the first film just two hours later.
Here’s the trailer for The Raid 2: Berandal.
With Halloween over for another year, one of the best viral clips surfaced again on the net earlier this week for the ‘lost’ Halloween sequel ‘ entitled Halloween: Harvest of Souls.
Set between Halloween III: Season of the Witch and Halloween IV, the story behind it was that it was scrapped in favour of 1988′s Return of Michael Myers after the rights for the franchise were lost after the failure of the Myers-less Halloween 3.
It would feature Loomis in a small capacity, but not Laurie Strode with Michael Myers returning to Halloween.
Obviously it’s only a fabricated trailer from Director Jay Burleson, but it really catches the spirit of an eighties slasher.
Maybe this is the way forward for the franchise, going back to basics?
Here’s the trailer:
When it comes to the entertainment industry timing is key; and a case of perfect timing is Legendary Film’s announcement at a special panel only 2 days ago that a sequel to cult horror Trick ‘R’ Treat was now in the works.
This of course sent the attending crowd in raptures and practically exploded my Facebook feed and I’m sure many other horror fans’.
After a 2 year delay to its release Trick ‘R’ Treat finally saw the light of the day in 2009, and instantly became a cult classic. It harked back to the very roots of All Hallows Eve and twisted the ‘rules’ of Halloween into modern day stories which were all connected in some twisted way.
And of course the iconic Sam, the true spirit of Halloween.
It has been compared to Stephen King’s Creepshow, but I find Trick ‘R’ Treat a much more fun movie, which some genuinely memorable characters and iconography; I think I read one critic put it as the second best movie about Halloween and we all know what comes first…..
Now it’s over to writer/Director Michael Dougherty to come up with the goods for a second time, in what yet could prove to be the next big horror franchise.
Here’s the Trick ‘R’ Treat Q&A panel where the sequel was announced:
More great news in the world of horror television today, as it has been announced that BBC home-run The Fall will start shooting its second series in early 2014.
Despite a polarising cliffhanger, The Fall gripped BBC2 viewers throughout its five episode run back in May.
Starring Gillian Anderson as DSI Stella Gibson, alongside part family man/part perverted psycho Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) the series gave the channel its highest ratings consistently in almost a decade.
Emmett Scanlan who plays Glen Martin tweeted the news earlier, saying:
“Start shooting The Fall season 2 next February.”
Buy The Fall Season 1 on DVD HERE