September 22, 2013 |
What does a son say when his father becomes one of the most reviled criminals in modern American history? If you're Ariel Anthony Castro, who shares a first and last name with the man who kidnapped and kept three young women in captivity for about a decade, you say it's time to look forward, not back. In a guest piece written for the Cleveland Plain Dealer this weekend, the son of Ariel Castro asked, "Now what?" "If my father's life and death can lead to changes in how we deal with sexual predators, domestic violence, mental illness and, yes, prison safety, then we should have those discussions," wrote Ariel Anthony Castro.
September 20, 2013 |
You wouldn't expect a novel about a teenager in a concentration camp to be even remotely uplifting, but "Rose Under Fire," Elizabeth Wein's follow-up to the historical blockbuster "Code Name Verity," somehow manages to provide a sense of catharsis alongside its shock and chagrin. When we meet Rose Moyer Justice, it's 1944 and the Pennsylvania native is a pilot for the British Air Transport Auxiliary, delivering newly manufactured or overhauled fighter planes from factories in Southampton, England, to bases all over the country.
September 16, 2013 |
Revolutions never start when you think they will. In 1999, “The Blair Witch Project” took the film world by storm, becoming one of the hottest horror movies of all time. It was supposed to start a new wave of low-budget productions in the genre that would be similarly compelling and popular. That didn't happen, of course. Over the decade that followed, the film world endured a wave of copycat torture-porn movies and the last-gasp redos of a previous generation of hits a la “Friday the 13th” and “Nightmare on Elm Street.” Yet 14 years later, the revolution is officially in full swing.
September 16, 2013 |
That didn't take long. A day after "Insidious: Chapter 2" killed it at the box office, the horror film's makers said they are planning to make a third installment in the franchise. Made for just $5 million, "Insidious: Chapter 2" sold an estimated $41.1 million of tickets in its opening weekend, more than three times the $13.3 million the first “Insidious” grossed in 2011. On Monday, the film's financiers -- Entertainment One, FilmDistrict and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions -- said they were developing a third "Insidious" movie, written by Leigh Whannell, a screenwriter on the first two "Insidious" films.
September 15, 2013 |
So much for that Friday the 13th curse. Though its official opening coincided with the infamously unlucky day, "Insidious: Chapter 2" found plenty of good fortune at the box office this weekend. The low-budget horror sequel debuted at No. 1 with a stellar $41.1 million, according to an estimate from distributor FilmDistrict. The only other new film to hit theaters this weekend, the dark comedy "The Family," launched with a good-but-not-great $14.5 million. (Both movies had screenings late Thursday evening, and those ticket sales are included in their total weekend gross.)
September 15, 2013 |
The people have spoken. And they say they want to be scared. Over the weekend, the low-budget supernatural spook film "Insidious: Chapter 2" topped the box office, scaring up $41.1 million. The film, which was directed by a seemingly unstoppable James Wan, cost $5 million to make and earned more than three times what the first "Insidious" earned when it opened in 2011. The "Insidious" story isn't a one-off, however. This year has seen nearly half a dozen similar stories when it comes to creepy little films that have scored big with audiences.
September 12, 2013 |
Universal Studios Hollywood will be inundated with zombies as "The Walking Dead" takes over a haunted maze, a scare zone and the terror tram during Halloween Horror Nights 2013. Photos: Halloween Horror Nights 2013 at Universal Studios Hollywood I recently got a behind-the-scenes walk-through preview of "The Walking Dead" maze from Halloween Horror Nights creative director John Murdy and the hit AMC show's executive producer and makeup designer Greg Nicotero. After taking visitors through the zombie-infested streets of Atlanta last year, the all-new Walking Dead maze returns this year with scenes from the show's third season set in an abandoned prison and its rural Georgia surroundings.
September 9, 2013 |
Universal Studios Hollywood has announced plans for haunted mazes based on "The Walking Dead" hit TV show, "Evil Dead" film franchise and heavy metal trailblazers Black Sabbath for Halloween Horror Nights 2013. Photos: Halloween Horror Nights 2013 at Universal Studios Hollywood Doubling down on the success of "The Walking Dead" zombie juggernaut, Horror Nights will add a scare zone this season to the haunted maze and terror tram attractions returning from last Halloween. The 2013 version of the Walking Dead: No Safe Haven maze takes visitors inside the walls of the zombie-infested Georgia prison featured in the Emmy Award-winning show's third season.
September 5, 2013 |
Horror spoofs have become something of a spawning menace these days, especially when horror movies themselves are often ridiculous enough to warrant laughter. At least "Hell Baby" has the distinction of coming from two funny parents - writers-directors-stars Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon ("Reno 911!") - and emphasizes a gallery of amusingly offbeat characters brandishing shtick over ripped-off-from-classic-movies sight gags. The simple set-up has eager parents-to-be Jack (Rob Corddry)
August 28, 2013 |
The third version of "American Horror Story," subtitled "Coven," will premiere Oct. 9 on FX, and judging by the just-released teaser for the new season, the witches will be just as creepy as the lunatics and serial killers last season. The 20-second teaser shows three women, apparently set to be burned at the stake. But a simple turn of the camera reveals that they're actually floating in front of the stakes, completely in control of the situation. The third season of executive producer Ryan Murphy's anthology-style horror series will feature returning "AHS" star Jessica Lange, alongside Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy, Gabourey Sidibe, Denis O'Hare, Patti LuPone, Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga and Emma Roberts.