Behind-the-Scenes & Release Date for Super 8; Fright Night Remake Being Pushed Up; & Danny Boyle Wants to Direct the Next 28 Days Later Sequel

This first story is both pretty amazing and really exciting; we’re finally starting to get more info on JJ Abrams’ upcoming SUPER 8.  Remember earlier this past summer I was talking about this one and that there was speculation that this might be a sequel to CLOVERFIELD?  The filmmakers then came out and said it wouldn’t be a sequel but a stand alone film.  Well finally we can start deciding for ourselves.  Check out these behind-the-scenes set footage:

The first thing I noticed is that the soldiers are shooting UP in the air … like maybe the thing they’re shooting at is really big.  Hhmmm; the creature in CLOVERFIELD was pretty damn big, but Abrams assures us this is not CLOVERFIELD 2.  I’m not gonna say that Abrams is definitely filming the sequel, but I will go on record saying that I’m not completely convinced SUPER 8 isn’t the sequel to CLOVERFIELD.  Now check out the teaser trailer:

Pretty good, eh?  The only plot details are as follows:

[A] bunch of kids who are shooting a movie with a Super 8 camera that notice upon viewing their footage that they’ve captured what appears to be an alien on film.

And let’s not forget that at the very end of CLOVERFIELD when the 2 characters are on the ferris wheel at Coney Island, behind them off in the distance we see something big fall into the ocean.  Is this the “found footage”?  Time will tell …

… And now we know when that “time” will be.  Paramount has announced that SUPER 8 will be hitting theaters on June 10, 2011.  So mark your calendars everyone.


Could this guy be more douchey?

By now you all probably know that I’m looking forward to the FRIGHT NIGHT remake about as much as my impending colonoscopy (yup; I’m getting old).  Way back when I first started covering this one it kinda sounded like a pretty decent remake.  But the more info that leaked out from this one, the worse the news got.  It started with the news that Colin Farrell would be playing the role of the vampire (blech) made famous by Chris Sarandon in the 1985 classic original.  Sorry but I just can’t see him in that role; I’m not a fan of Farrell’s at all.

Then I got the news that they were moving the setting of the remake out of the sleepy suburban neighborhood and into the bustling, sensory overloading city of Las Vegas (double “blech”).  And to top things off, the character of the fearless vampire hunter Peter Vincent, made famous by Roddy McDowall, has been “re-envisioned” (i.e., raped) as a Chris Angel-like Vegas performer (BLEEEECH), and it’s being released in 3D (AAAHHHH stop it already).  Put all these things together and you have yourself one big slice of “f**k you pie” being served up to all the diehard FRIGHT NIGHT fans of the 1985 version.  Now the question stands:  Are they keeping anything from the original?  Well recently we’re one step closer to finding out.  DreamWorks has released the official plot synopsis for the FRIGHT NIGHT remake, and here it is:

Senior Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally has it all going on: he’s running with the popular crowd and dating the most coveted girl in his high school. In fact, he’s so cool he’s even dissing his best friend. But trouble arrives when Jerry (Colin Farrell) moves in next door. He seems like a great guy at first, but there’s something not quite right—but everyone, including Charlie’s mom (Toni Collette), doesn’t notice. After observing some very strange activity, Charlie comes to an unmistakable conclusion: Jerry is a vampire preying on the neighborhood. Unable to convince anyone, Charlie has to find a way to get rid of the monster himself in this Craig Gillespie-helmed revamp of the comedy-horror classic.

So they even changed the character of Charlie Brewster!!  I know as a writer and film reviewer I need to keep an open mind free from and pre-judging on a film.  So is it too early for me to say this film is gonna bite it hard??  It’s too early, you say?  Well then take a look at this picture below of the new Peter Vincent character and you tell me if it’s still too early.

And proving that the good people over at DreamWorks are always stoned, they have decided to push up the release date of the FRIGHT NIGHT remake a full two months from the original date.  That’s right folks, they think they have such a huge hit on their hands and possibly the greatest remake ever made that they are releasing FRIGHT NIGHT on August 19, 2011.  Yup; they’re putting this bad boy up against the summer blockbuster releases.  Either they have huge brass balls, or they just don’t realize how shitty a flick they have on their hands.  But I promise one thing to all my loyal readers; I will take the hit on this one and watch and review it so all of you can be spared having to sit through what will be invariably a terrible flick.

I love you all THAT much!!


And now from the “Who gives a flying f**k” news category:  Danny Boyle wants to direct the next flick in the 28 (insert passage of time here) Later.  How’d this come about?  Well apparently Boyle was talking to someone associated with Dread Central and the following discussion took place:

The director indicated to a good friend of our site that “there’s another 28 Days Later in the works.” When asked if the title would be 28 Months Later, Boyle replied “In theory, yes.” Immediately the next question was if he’d be producing, to which Boyle responded, “Actually I want to direct it.”

My reaction:  Meh.  You all know my thoughts on Boyle and his career.  28 DAYS LATER was at best a mediocre flick that shamelessly stole from Romero’s original Dead Trilogy.  And as I mentioned before, the creatures in the 28 DAYS LATER films aren’t zombies; they are people infected with a rage virus.  Now I must admit that I really enjoyed 28 WEEKS LATER (directed and co-written by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo).  Fresnadillo does something in the sequel that I think Boyle is incapable of … he was original!!  28 WEEKS LATER had great energy, a great story, and great gore … it’s miles above Boyle’s 28 DAYS LATER.

So I guess Boyle wants to come back and put a stop to the originality.  Whatever Danny.

Stay Bloody!!!

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8 Responses to Behind-the-Scenes & Release Date for Super 8; Fright Night Remake Being Pushed Up; & Danny Boyle Wants to Direct the Next 28 Days Later Sequel

  1. l3pr3chaun says:

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! To Fright Night! Can you say train wreck…..sure you can!

    • I’m with ya buddy ….. the FRIGHT NIGHT remake sounds like a friggin’ train wreck …. actually it sounds more like 2 super sonic trains colliding in a head-on collision!!

  2. Buzz says:

    28 Weeks Later did have a super zombie in it (Super RAGE virus dude, whatever) and is there a way to make a zombie storty better? Add a super zombie, oh yeah! Hopefully the sequel will see the return of the super zombie. Maybe we’ll even get two super zombie’s who fight each other. Epic super zombie battle. That’d be totally helling awesome!

    • 28 WEEKS LATER was waaaay better than 28 DAYS LATER. The zombies looked better and were scarier. It’s no mystery that I’m not a Danny Boyle fan. Between 28 DAYS LATER and SUNSHINE he should never direct another genre movie. Horror ain’t his strength!!

      • Buzz says:

        I just really like Robert Carlyle. I think he’s awesome in pretty much everything he’s been in (with the possible exception of Eragon) and seeing him running around as a super zombie is, I think; one of the best things commited to film. This being I’m not really sure we need another 28 somethings later movie… unless it has more super zombies!

        Also Sunshire is frickin awesome! (Admittedly not as a horror though).

      • Agreed that we don’t really need another film in the 28 DAYS LATER Franchise, but if they could make another one like 28 WEEKS LATER, I’m for it. But with Boyle’s involvement we’re gonna get another unoriginal shitty flick.

        Ya know I love you Buzz but you are helling crazy about SUNSHINE … that was a horribly executed and written film from start to finish. And the “slasher” ending was just absolutely helling retarded. I’m just saying … 🙂

      • Buzz says:

        Ah Scott mate, I’ve really been trying to bite my tongue on this one because I love ya to mate and I realise that we’ve been disagreeing a lot lately but I don’t feel that I can, in good conscience, let this pass without some form of counter argument.

        Firstly Danny Boyle directed Trainspotting, one of the most critically acclaimed British movies of all time. The reasons why the critics rate it so highly is because it is really, really good. So to dismiss entirely Danny Boyle completely as a director entirely when he has that under his belt is I think a little unfair. Maybe just not as a horror director.

        But this brings me to my second point which is that whilst I don’t think Boyle’s 28 Days Later was one of the greats zombie flicks ever made, I still do think it was really good (ok I know they’re not technically zombies in this film but the virus works in almost the exact same way). You said that it didn’t have any original ideas in it but that’s simply not true. I liked the idea that the zombies were light sensitive only moved around in the dark and I liked the idea that they had all the motor neuron functions that they did when they were human making them fast and strong. To my knowledge there have been no films that portrayed zombies in this manner before 2002 and certainly not any from Romero’s original Trilogy, although I don’t proclaim to be a zombie expert so feel free to correct me if I’m wrong. There are so many zombie movies to date that I think it would be a little hard to do one that dosn’t borrow from someone else idea’s to some extent somewhere in the plot thread. I certainly know that films have borrowed ideas from 28 Days Later. Fast zombie’s all over the place now, light sensitive zombie in I Am Legend and (you’re probably going to hate me for this) the start of the first episode of The Walking Dead is a direct rip off of the start of 28 Days Later. I did wonder if 28 Days Later had ripped off The Walking Dead comic strip so I went and looked it up. 28 Days Later was released in November 2002 and the comic strip was released in October 2003. Something tells me that Robert Kirkman was a fan, although apparently 28 Days later was released in June 2003 in the States so who knows…(it dosn’t sound very likely to me though)? Needless to say that as long as these stories tell something interesting and original without ripping off something else completely then I don’t mind them borrowing bits and pieces here and there. 28 Days Later had a good cast of characters, a unique and interesting storyline, a great atmosphere, some original ideas and a good director who put them all together. It did lack any kind of suspense or any real fear which is I think is what a good horror movie needs as its basic foundations and maybe this is what you’re driving at. I think if Boyle had managed to put this in then it would have elevated the story from being very good to being a classic, which unfortunately it isn’t. Having said this though it is still a good movie in its own right.

        As for the second movie it is laughably bad. It one for those films that is so bad, it’s good. I put it is the same kind of category as The Happening. In fact I could fully believe that Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has been taking lessons from M. Night Shyamalan. First off let’s start with the fact that 28 weeks later is NOT actually a true sequel! The zombie’s in this are not light sensitive, a fact which I’m sad to say I’m one of the only people to spot, even though it’s a major plot point in the original. Half of the stuff that happens in the original revolves around the characters doing stuff during the day and hiding during the night to avoid the zombies, so how the film makers could have missed this major piece of continuity is beyond me. I suppose you could argue that the zombies grew less light sensitive but I think it’s a bullshit argument for two reasons. A: because the first zombie chase takes place either during the time frame of the first movie or very shortly afterwards and they’re running around on a hot summer day and B: the new zombies that are made in this film don’t have the time to adapt to the light but yet they’re running around in it anyway. Now it’s been quite a while since I’ve seen either of these films but it seems to me that of course the zombies are going to look better when you can see them in full illumination. I’ve already talked about Robert Carlyle as a super zombie but let me elaborate on my point. He is the first zombie to be made and he survives right up until the end. He is always the first zombie on the front lines and never seems to get gunned down. His super zombie powers let him know where the main characters are at all times and oh yes, he out run a helicopter. Now that’s one awesome helling zombie! Let’s talk about him whilst his character is actually alive shall we. He is a repair/handy man and yet he has unlimited access to the most top secret and secure areas of the compound! Now aside from the fact that these (really helling stupid) people have no security guards in the compound and no containment or lock down procedures in place if an outbreak occurs but they also allow the most basic staff to go wandering around wherever they like. Yeah I can totally see the guys clean The Pentagon have unrestricted access to all of its areas. “Now kids that button is the one that launches all of our nuclear missiles and over there is where we keep the records of our undercover agents. This is fun isn’t it children.” Then we have the matter of Robert Carlyle wife. Now I can buy that she would be immune to the virus but still be a carrier and I can even buy that she could survive for 28 weeks on the scraps that she found but what I cannot buy is the fact that she would still be susceptible to the zombie attacks. The first thing that Robert Carlyle does after turning into a zombie is kill her but when we last saw her she was backed into a corner surrounded by a dozen zombie ready to rip her face off. 1. How the hell did she get out of that? 2. Even if by some bizarre she did manage to get out of it how the hell did she survive with all the zombie’s running about and her health being as clearly screwed as it was when the kids found her. Which brings me onto my final point and the most ludicrous thing about this film; the kids. These are some of the dumbest children of all time. After being told that the land outside the compound is really dangerous and it was in fact where their mum died they immediately go there to “play.” They find they’re long lost mum who isn’t dead (lol) and bring her back to the compound, who don’t seem to have any sort of quarantine procedures (seriously these people deserve to get horribly mutilated) and reinfect everyone and then turn out to be the sole survivors and then go on to reinfect the world. I think there is some stupid stuff they do in the rest of the movie but as I’ve said it’s been a while since I’ve watched it so I’ve forgotten it. Let’s just look at this process again though, shall we. The kids sneak out of the compound into the dangerous ruins of London (good job guarding the exit/entrance guys), just happen to run into their biological mother in London (one of the largest cities in the world) when their mother was even in London to start with and their mother just happens to be an infinitesimally small minority of people who are immune to the virus, bring the virus back to the compound, somehow survive the first zombie outbreak and the people being crushed to death trying to get away from the zombies, fly across the city in a helicopter as part of only a handful of survivors, somehow manage to escape the zombie surrounding them in a stadium becoming the only survivors and then shoot their dad who happened to be the first zombie and somehow manages to find them (super zombie fun) and then they reintroduce the virus to the rest of the world. This film is good if only because the absurdity of all of this brings a smile to my face.

        So finally we come then to Sunshine. First and foremost this is NOT a horror movie and it therefore should not be judged as a horror movie. It would be like judging The Matrix as a Romance. Sure there are some love scene between Neo and Trinity but primarily it’s a sci-fi action story. The same is true for Sunshine; whilst it may have some horror elements to it, it is primarily a sci-fi flick. I’d actually go so far as to argue that it is pushing on the Art House genre. The film shows the people on a mission to the sun and it shows how their minds are handling this monumental task. The lines between reality and the surreal are constantly being blurred in a way that I found, believable, inventive and exciting. I do have a guilty confession to make; I really like Tarsem Singh’s The Cell. Yes the story is mediocre at best and the acting is helling atrocious but the cinematography is freakin awesome. This holds true for Sunshine as well, it is a visual masterpiece of a film, full of images and entire scenes which hold some great symbolism. A good one that I can think of is where Corazon finds a single plant that alive in the wreckage of the garden just before she’s killed. That was really moving I thought. The difference between Sunshine and The Cell though, is that whilst everything but the cinematography in The Cell is shit, everything else in Sunshine is beautifully done. The only problem with Sunshine that I’ll concede is that it does have a few plot holes, the biggest of which is their reason for going after the original ship in the first place, it just seems a bit flimsy to me. The rest is great though. We have a great cast of characters who are all unique and don’t fit a generic mould. What’s more they all have really good interactions with one another that shape the progress of their character arch throughout the film. Pinbacker adds to this fantastic array of characters in the third Act and adds some great tension to an already exciting film. It gives the film a twist that I wasn’t expecting and rounds the film off very nicely I thought. Some of the things in the script are really heartfelt too, making this an all round pleasure of a film to watch; great dialogue, great imagery, great characterisation, great story, great pacing, great acting, great writing, great directing, great job Danny Boyle.

        As a final thought I will say is that the thing with Art House films is that they really aren’t meant to be enjoyed by everyone. Two good examples of this are Mulholland Drive and Southland Tales. Now I really hated Mulholland Drive but I know people that loved it and can tell me why they loved it and on the flip side I really loved Southland Tales but I know people that hated it and can tell me why they hated it but I can also (and have done) argue my opinion for both too. The thing with say a picture is if you don’t like it, it won’t matter how much someone tells you how good it is your still not going to like it. I won’t say that Sunshine is totally an Art House picture as it’s still got its roots planted in the market to everyone blockbuster style but it’s defiantly leaning in that direction borrowing many thought proving ideas from the genre. For me personally I can chalk it up to a fantastic piece of modern art that I’ll happy watch again and again and again. Danny Boyle, you’re the main man, man and although I don’t think we need any 28… later film is anyone can do it it’s you dude! 🙂

      • Well you certainly are passionate about this topic Buzz!!! And let me be clear (I think I’ve said this before) … Danny Boyle is a good director when he’s NOT directing horror films. Boyle’s TRAINSPOTTING is fantastic. I’m sure his SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE is a good film; I don’t know I didn’t see it and probably never will. Not my cup of tea. But when you get to Boyle’s horror films, they suck out loud. SUNSHINE is most definitely in the sci-fi & horror genres and it’s Boyle’s fault himself that it’s in the horror genre. He’s the one that put that stupid serial killer finale into it. But besides the absolutely horrible ending, the entire movie was really really BORING. I mean seriously; I was dozing off the entire time. And again, there was nothing original about it. It stole from SUPERNOVA, a bit from EVENT HORIZON, and from many many B-movie titles. Blech. I hated every second of it.

        Boyle’s zombies: I’m not gonna argue again that they aren’t zombies; I think everyone accepts that (besides, I don’t think Boyle ever uses the term “zombie” in the film). So these “rage creatures” are simply a combination of zombies and vampires (light sensitivity). That’s not too brilliant or creative!! And everyone talks about Boyle introducing the notion of the “fast zombie”. Not even close. Ever hear of the little zombie film called THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD (1985). But wait … 5 years before this one in 1980 was Umberto Lenzi’s NIGHTMARE CITY which had fast running zombies using knives and even guns. Ok ok, NIGHTMARE CITY wasn’t the greatest zombie flick ever, but it did introduce the idea of zombies having “higher cognitive functions”. Once again Boyle gets a zero 🙂

        I also must disagree with you. Well before I do let me clear one thing up: Are you suggesting that Boyle’s films are made for the “art house” crowds? I could agree with you on TRAINSPOTTING and SLUMDOG, but not with 28 DAYS LATER or SUNSHINE. Those flicks were meant to be for the masses. And you’ll never be able to convince me that 28 DAYS LATER is a better film than 28 WEEKS LATER. WEEKS was superior in every way. It had more action, for horror elements, was better directed, and actually had some original ideas in it. It’s a superior film to DAYS LATER. And SUNSHINE vs. THE CELL: I didn’t like both but I must say the dreamscape/mind-scape scenes in THE CELL were beautifully filmed. They had a beautiful nightmarish quality to them. SUNSHINE? The entire film was too goddamn dark to see anything.

        I could go on bashing Boyle’s horror films and defending other films forever but I need to get ready for work. I appreciate your defense of Boyle Buzz but you’re falling on deaf ears LOL. You guys can keep Boyle on your side of the pond. 🙂