Chances are, most of you know I’m kind of a film nerd. In my nerdy travels, I worked at the Colorado Film Commission, where I met Ben Martinez. Now he and friends Dave Franco and Kris Simms have made a movie—and based on this trailer it looks like a good one! Check out the trailer for P.M. here on Trashwire and support these great local filmmakers. Continue reading
Extreme tourism, it’s not just a hobby it’s a way of life. What are extreme tourists you ask? Well they are people who risk their lives and their own safety to do touristy things. One example would be to go visit a highly toxic area that was abandoned overnight due to a nuclear power plant explosion. This is the basis behind Oren Peli’s newest film Chernobyl Diaries. You’ll know Peli from his work on the Paranormal Activity series and, if you were a fan of those movies, you should like Chernobyl Diaries. Continue reading
Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most well-known and important names in American literature. His work has been adapted time and time again for both television and film, most notably by The Simpsons and the legendary Roger Corman. The Raven, the new film from director James McTeigue, has an interesting take.
“You don’t know the story,” that’s the tag line for The Cabin in the Woods. So I’m like, “Oh, ok first time feature director Drew Goddard, show me what you got!” So I sit down in a theater full of critics and take in this film only to find that he was right. Now, be warned this film is best viewed without knowing too much about it. I didn’t know the story and I think that’s what makes it the most fun. The trailer hints at what’s going on but doesn’t tell you too much about the tale. I’ll go into some detail here, but you will still be amazingly surprised! If you want to avoid any potential spoilers, stop reading now. It’s best to see this film without too much information going into it. Even if you do read some spoilers, you must see Cabin in the Woods!
Now just because you don’t know the story doesn’t mean it’s not familiar. We open with a group of very good looking young adults, all with traditional horror movie character types. You have the slut Jules (Anna Hutchison), her jock boyfriend Curt (Chris Hemsworth a.k.a. Thor), the good-looking “virgin” Dana (Kristen Connolly), the braniac Holden (Jesse Williams of Grey’s Anatomy) and the pot head Marty (Fran Kranz from Donnie Darko). They have a break from school so they are going to get away from the world and take a trip up to the cabin in the woods that their family recently acquired. Are we thinking “cliché!” yet? That’s just what they want you to think! Damn puppeteers!
Now we also have a side story developing here. A couple of working stiffs, Hadley (Bradley Whitford) and Sitterson (Richard Jenkins) are going through typical water-cooler conversation. They are talking about making bets on something and are giving other coworkers a hard time. Then we cut back to the kids who confront a crazy looking hillbilly who runs the Fontier Land-type gas station on the way to the cabin. He pretty much tells them they are going to die, but they don’t pay much attention to him. They just head out to the cabin in hopes of having some fun.
Once this group gets to the cabin they start to unpack and get ready to have a good time. We then see that Hadley and Sitterson can see and hear everything that’s going on in the Cabin. They are in a very elaborate control room with multiple screens and monitors that show them everything in the cabin and the woods surrounding it. Through conversation in the room we learn that the control room is where all of the terror this group is about to face is controlled. And for those who are worried about the moral implications there is a newbie in the room who brings it up where it is immediately shot down. The one thing we learn from his concerns is that the kids make the choice to go into the cellar and they choose their own deaths.
The reason you don’t know this story is because it’s multi-faceted and I don’t think it’s ever been done before. Cabin in the Woods pays great homage to a ton of horror stories and films. Its quick-witted and a ton of fun. The way the story builds upon itself and cuts back and forth between the cabin and the control room is done really well. Not to mention we also see some great cinematography and amazing visual effects. The casting was incredible and everybody in the film seemed to work very well together. I would recommend anyone who has ever enjoyed a horror film see this and see it the first chance you get.
FX’s American Horror Story is by far one of the most creative, original and twisted new shows on TV. With fascinating characters and surprising twists and turns, it’s one of the few shows that dares to venture out from the standard TV formula. Season one kept me guessing every week and often left me with my jaw on the floor in shock. Here are a few of my favorite things about this brilliant show, in no particular order. WARNING: Major spoilers if you haven’t seen the show! Continue reading
Do you ever wonder what attracts people to violence or what it is exactly that we, as humans, are so fascinated by when it comes to murder? Do you want to know what makes a serial killer tick? 15: An Exploration of Human Violence, an independent, low budget horror film from Portland, Oregon attempts to answer these questions. Continue reading
When people heard director Matt Reeves was remaking Let The Right One In, the popular vampire movie from Sweden, there was an immediate uproar. People were afraid it would be Americanized and dumbed down. I was skeptical as well. Based on the previous work of Reeves, I felt Let Me In would definitely be a disappointment. I was wrong. Continue reading
In 1941 Lon Chaney Jr. took on the iconic roll of the Wolf Man. In 2010 The Wolfman got a CG update with Benicio del Toro starring as Lawrence Talbot, an already troubled man who transforms into the beast at the sight of a full moon. While the new film pays homage to the classic with a similar look and storyline, it sometimes struggles to navigate the territory between B-movie fun and truly scary horror. Continue reading
If you’ve seen any zombie movies or read Max Brooks’ “Zombie Survival Guide,” then you know the key to actually surviving a zombie threat is by having a few rules to follow, and things are no different for Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) as he tries to make it through a zombie infested world in the new horror/comedy film, Zombieland, from director Ruben Fleischer. Continue reading