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Wednesday
Feb152012

'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' trailer & featurette - Was Honest Abe the Buffy of the 19th century?

Well, you can’t get much sillier than this idea. The first trailer and featurette for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has been released and it’s looking more over the top than I thought. In fact, it’s such an odd premise that I bet a lot of moviegoers will have to do a double take before they realize that this is actually a real movie. Yes, a studio was crazy enough to release a vampire movie starring Abraham Lincoln. Will it work? I have no idea, but the tagline is priceless: “President by day. Hunter by night.”

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Sunday
Jan222012

'Underworld: Awakening' review - Selene, the magnificent invincible vampire

Step right up, folks. On display today is Selene (Kate Beckinsale), the great invincible vampire of the Underworld series. You can throw her off a building, drop an elevator on her, or throw a 20 foot werewolf at her, but nothing can harm her. Like Alice from the Resident Evil movie series (which is going into its fifth installment this year), Selene hardly speaks, is being hunted for no good reason, and is asolutely impossible to kill. Every Underworld film throws more and more vampires, lycans (werewolves), and armed humans at her, but she just keeps shooting and bullet-timing her way from scene to scene. There’s no stopping her.

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Saturday
Nov192011

'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1' review - Vampires, vixens, and why you should never, ever have sex with the undead

“I’m a professional, damnit,” I thought to myself as the screening began to fill with fans eager in a way that I could never hope to be, passionate beyond logic or reason. The Twilight fans are protestors without a cause, ready to defend their right to love these movies despite everything the films throws at the audience.

The previous movies in the Twilight series are deeply flawed films, but I would never say that to the faces of a ravenous crowd of the series’ fans, at least not while I was unarmed. The source material, of which I have endured through, is a technical mess, with numerous narrative problems. And yet here we are, four movies deep and well over a billion dollars in profits later.

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Tuesday
Nov152011

'Underworld: Awakening' poster and trailer - Kate Beckinsale returns

A new poster is out for Underworld: Awakening, and if you haven’t seen the trailer yet, you should. Kate Beckinsale is back to reprise her role as Selene, last seen in the second movie of the series since Underworld capped their trilogy hat with a prequel, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans. In my opinion, Beckinsale and the character Selene were made for each other, and Beckinsale rocks this role harder than anything else I’ve seen her in (remember Van Helsing? Yeah, I don’t want to either).

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Sunday
Aug212011

Fright Night review - vampires are such assholes

Vampires are not the ideal neighbor. They'll hit on your mom, bring girls over at all hours of the night, and if you try and make a fuss, they'll kill you and your entire family. Hell, they might just kill you anyway. If you live miles outside of Las Vegas in a small neighborhood bordered by nothing but miles of desert, a bad neighbor can really get away with just about anything. Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) and his mother Jane (Toni Collette) learn this the hard way. There new neighbor's name is Jerry (Colin Farrell) and boy is he a huge douche.

Fright Night is Disturbia meets Zombieland meets, well, vampires. And the mix is perfect. The characters are fresh, the film is suspenseful, the villain is calculatingly playful, and the action is thrilling. There have been a heap of crappy movies starring the undead in the last few years, most notably films like Legion (or anything starring Paul Bettany). Fright Night is different. While the plot doesn't sound inventive from a birds eye view—a kid has to battle his vampire neighbor—it's full of fun surprises and a sharp sense of humor.

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Monday
Oct042010

Fox gains rights to vampire hunter flick about Abe Lincoln 

Yes, it is as awesome as it sounds! 

Twentieth Century Fox has beaten out Summit (the people responsible for the Twilight Saga!), among others, for the film rights of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.  The movie will chronicle - you guessed it - Abraham Lincoln's adventurous pursuit of revenge on the undead bloodsuckers that were responsible for his mother's death. 

Intrigued?  I know I am! 

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Wednesday
Aug252010

Hollywood is on Team Edward: vampires brought in $7 billion in the last 2 yrs (or have they?)

Well suck me sideways. I knew the vampire phenomenon was big, but I never did the math. Since the first Twilight film hit theaters two years ago, vampire shows and movies have done $7 billion in business, according to The Hollywood Reporter. But is the math misleading?

Here's how THR breaks it down:

  • $3 billion - Film
  • $1.6 billion - Publishing
  • $600 million - Merchandising
  • $1.2 billion - TV/DVD
  • $600 million - Other

However, the numbers included in the text of the report don't add up. Here are the numbers I pulled from the article.

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Wednesday
Aug182010

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night trailer is horrible; Brandon Routh can't act

Brandon Routh seems like a really nice guy in interviews, but he's lifeless as hell when you put him in front of a camera. He looks good, but the Ken doll in Toy Story 3 was capable of more emotion. He certainly looked enough like Christopher Reeves to play the Man of Steel, but hasn't nabbed a significant role in the four years since Superman Returns hit theaters. Judging by the first trailer for Dylan Dog: Dead of Night, it's not hard to see why.

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Thursday
Jul012010

LET ME IN looks like a vampire story without crazy gimmicks (trailer)

Instead of turning vampires into a love triangle that sparkles in the sun like The Twilight Saga, putting them in the racist south like True Blood, or pretending they've taken over the world and are running out of blood (Daybreakers), Let Me In tells a more familiar vampire story from a more human perspective. A little boy has a new neighbor and she needs blood, but she also needs a friend. Is she evil? Does she deserve friendship? What does it mean to be evil?

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Tuesday
Jan122010

DAYBREAKERS, exploding vampires without a cause

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Writer/director/brothers Peter and Michael Spierig have a cool premise on their hands. Daybreakers is the most interesting vampire concept I've seen in, well, a while. Unfortunately, an interesting premise does not result in an interesting movie unless there is an interesting story to go along with it. The Spierig brothers do not have an interesting story to tell. What they have is a lust for exploding bodies and gallons of blood. Seriously, gallons. 

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