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by Ashley Cooper

7 Sep 2009


In 1983, Mark Rosman sat in the director’s chair of an extremely low-budget horror film, The House on Sorority Row. Filmed on a shoestring budget of $425,000, the movie flopped when it was originally released on January 21 of that year. However, a month later, the film found a place in the heart of fans of the slasher film genre, and had generated over $4 million in box office revenue.

More than 20 years later, the film is being recreated for horror lovers. Paying homage to Rosman by naming the university after him, the movie has a similar premise to the 1983 version. Six sorority sisters decide to get revenge on one of their cheating boyfriends by faking the death of one of their own. In doing so, the prank goes horribly wrong as the person is actually killed. The survivors decide to hide the body and never speak of that night again. Eight months later, someone has found proof of their misdeed and begins to stalk them with the evidence, killing them off one by one. The group, which gets smaller and smaller, must band together to find out who the perpetrator of these crimes might be, as well as fight for their right to stay alive.

by Brian Parks

4 Sep 2009


Since 1987’s Cobra Verde, Werner Herzog has directed just two feature films in the ensuing twenty two years—Invincible (2001) and Rescue Dawn (2007), preferring to focus increasingly upon documentaries. It appears he made the right choice as these features were met with general indifference both critically and at the box-office, while his documentaries have garnered multiple awards and almost universal praise. However, with My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?, Herzog’s interest in the fiction format appears to have been reignited, with two features completed (the other being his Bad Lieutenant reimagining) and yet another soon to begin filming.

Now, for those of you who upon seeing the title card David Lynch Presents a Werner Herzog Film didn’t immediately turn off the trailer and start pulling out your wallets- let me enlighten you as to why this quite possibly could be the most awesome-est thing ever!  OK, well maybe of the year…

Number one—the plot. The film is based on the true story of a San Diego man who acts out a Sophocles play in his mind and kills his mother with an antique saber. Awesome.

Number two—the cast. Willem Dafoe (owner of a lifetime pass for his work as Bobby Peru in Wild at Heart), Michael Shannon, Cloe Sevigny, Grace Zabriskie, and Udo Kier. Doubly awesome.

Number three—Uh, a pack of ostriches stole Udo Kier’s glasses. Seriously, did you not see that? When was the last time time you saw something that randomly weird (and totally unrelated to plot) in a mainstream American trailer? Exactly.

Unfortunately, no official release date has been provided as of yet. One possible reason—studio executives realized what they got themselves into and are nervously stalling for time trying to figure out how to market this eccentricity to cineplexes in Nebraska. If this is in fact the case, we may be waiting for quite some time…

by Brian Parks

4 Sep 2009


Has it really been 12 years since Beavis and Butthead went off the air? And please, don’t even try to tell me you haven’t missed them…

Series creator Mike Judge brings back the boys to promote his new film Extract, which stars Jason Bateman, Ben Affleck, and Mila Kunis. Early word is good on this one, apparently a return-to-form of sorts after the disappointing Idiocracy.

Extract comes to a theatre near you on September 4th.  Judge still has not released an official statement regarding any upcoming Beavis and Butthead projects, leaving many wishing he would.

Huh-huh. I said “wood”.

by Ashley Cooper

3 Sep 2009


The 1998 comic Whiteout is brought to the big screen. U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko (Kate Beckinsale) is the sole law enforcer in Antarctica, and is assigned to investigate a brutal murder three days before the sun sets for six months, marking the beginning of the Antarctic winter. As her investigation deepens into the first such crime in the region, she enlists the help of a U.N. operative (Gabriel Macht). With the brutal winter on her heels and the killer closing in, Stetko uncovers secrets that were buried under the ice. Secrets that someone believes are worth killing for.

Kate Beckinsale, Gabriel Macht, Columbus Short and Tom Skerritt all star in Whiteout, which opens to wide release on September 11th.

by Brian Parks

3 Sep 2009


Do I have any idea what this film is about after viewing this trailer? Nope, not a clue. Am I going to be the first in line to see this? Suffice it to say, you better not be standing even remotely in my way if you value your well-being.

Christopher Nolan has quite simply never made a bad movie. Ignoring Joel Schumacher’s “do not resuscitate” tag, he singlehandedly revived the Batman franchise. He created a modern-day masterpiece with The Prestige. He has brought intelligence and complexity back into mainstream American cineplexes beginning with Memento and continuing through to his latest success, The Dark Knight.

This teaser trailer, albeit brief, looks to not disappoint. The release date of July 2010, a little more so.

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