Monthly Archives: November 2012

The Collection Review: Scary or Silly?

The Collection may be a sequel that leads one to ask, “To what?” But, what’s good about the follow-up to 2009’s The Collector is witnessing the first is not needed to experience the thrills and chills of the second.

Josh Stewart The Collection
The film stars Josh Stewart (The Dark Knight Rises), reprising his role as Arkin from the original. In the opening moments of The Collection, we learn that his character is the only person to escape from a serial killer that is wreaking havoc across this nameless city. There are cinematic crazed killers that have become iconic, but few have the utter disregard for human life as our “Collector.” He commits mass murder, then “collects” a single survivor and retreats back to the rock which he crawled out from.

Emma Fitzpatrick is Elena, a woman with a troubled past who has managed to come out of her family tragedy with her wits completely about her. She sneaks out from her father’s protective grasp one night and joins friends who have an invite to an exclusive warehouse party downtown. Things appear to be perfect. The music is pulsating, drinks are flowing and then… horror hits. There will be no description of the scene in this The Collection review — that would weaken the terror factor. Let’s just say to call it horrifying is a gross understatement.

Elena becomes our villain’s souvenir from his latest rampage. Her father finds no evidence that she is among the dead at the club, so he hires a Special Forces type unit to recruit Arkin to use his survival and escape expertise to find this psycho and bring Elena back alive.

Movie Fanatic has to give it to the filmmakers behind this new scare flick. As teased in The Collection trailer, they execute the scares quite efficiently. Yet, this concept is hardly new as it rings slightly familiar to the Saw series with its house trapped with horror mazes and deadly games. That is not a surprise as co-writer and director Marcus Dunstan has previously worked on that series, lastly with Saw 3D. One wonders if Dunstan’s latest film was supposed to be something that took the Saw franchise in a new direction and fell on deaf ears with producers.

The cast is comprised of many actors who audiences know their faces, but might not be able to place it. Stewart rises to the occasion, as does The Wire veteran Andre Royo and Oz alum Lee Tergesen as part of the force sent to bring back Elena. And Fitzpatrick does much more with her role as Elena beyond making her a scream queen. The actress knows her character has been through too much to simply scream and run in fear. She fights back and it fits perfectly with the tone of the film.

Since The Collection is a sequel and its ending is ambiguous, count on another chapter as Dunstan has clearly “collected” a new horror franchise for himself.

Warm Bodies Second Trailer: Don’t be Creepy, Don’t be Creepy

A new trailer has hit the net for the romantic zom-com Warm Bodies. Check it out:

The movie takes place after the zombie apocalypse, with Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past) as R, a zombie who eats the brain of a suicidal teen and finds himself infatuated with the teen’s girlfriend, played by Teresa Palmer.

John Malkovich, Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine), and Dave Franco (21 Jump Street) also star.

Warm Bodies is based on Isaac Marion’s novel of the same name. Jonathan Levine wrote the screenplay and directed. Warm Bodies will hit theaters February 1, 2013.

Weekend Movie Preview: November 30, 2012

The weekend movie preview this time out has a rather dark feel to it. With the mob-centered Brad Pitt crime drama Killing Them Softly, the fright-fest that is The Collection and the return of Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren warring in Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning all arriving — it’s dreary out there, folks.

Killing Them Softly: Pitt kills it as a mob enforcer sent to a town when a poker game that gangsters control is robbed. The cast is top notch, including Ray Liotta and Richard Jenkins, and the movie is a pure thriller. The social commentary about the 2008 fiscal collapse is also a nice touch, as we state in our Killing Them Softly review.

Universal Soldier Day of Reckoning: Van Damme and Lundgren may be returning to the Universal Soldier franchise they began 20 years ago, but this latest film is truly the Scott Adkins show. The budding action hero puts the hurt on both men and although the story is muddled, the action sequences are crisp and at least compelling. For more, check out our Universal Soldier: A Day of Reckoning review.

The Collection: The horror world needs a shot in the arm, and unfortunately The Collection is not quite it. It is a scary ride, don’t get us wrong, but there is not much to it other than some Saw-like horrors. As we say in our The Collection review, the cast rises to the occasion, but the movie overall misses its mark.

Family Guy Movie In the Works: Seth MacFarlane Confirms Plans

Speaking at an event to announce a contest for film students to help hand out Oscars at the 85th Academy Awards, Seth MacFarlane spoke quite confidently about the long-rumored Family Guy movie.

When asked during the Q&A about a big-screen adaptation of his popular TV show, MacFarlane said that it is most likely happening, “it’s just a matter of when.” He also revealed that he has a story in mind for the movie, claiming that while he loved The Simpsons Movie, it didn’t feel to him like something that couldn’t have been done on TV.

Family Guy: The Griffins

The story that MacFarlane has is apparently “something that would be impossible to do on TV.” What does that mean? Could it be a grandiose profane musical, a la South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut? Or perhaps some sort of 3-hour long 48 fps 3D epic fantasy?

Whatever it is, with the success of Family Guy, and MacFarlane’s cinematic debut earlier this year with Ted, he is bound to have a fair amount of creative liberty to make his vision a reality.

A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Trailer Drops

Check out the first trailer for the very eccentric-looking A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III:Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray and Charlie Sheen A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III

Charlie Sheen (Scary Movie 5) stars as Charles Swan III, a womanizing graphic designer in 1970s Los Angeles, whose life spirals out of control after his girlfriend dumps him. At rock bottom, Swan begins to fantasize about all of his past relationships.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), Patricia Arquette, Aubrey Plaza, Bill Murray, and Jason Schwartzman also star.

Roman Coppola wrote and directed the film, which will hit theaters February 8, 2013. Check out the recently-released group of A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III posters for more.