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Weekend Movie Preview: October 31, 2014

The Weekend Movie Preview for this last day of October, Halloween (!), presents two new movies and each are scary in their own way.

We’ve got Daniel Radcliffe channeling the devil himself (or is he?) in Horns and Jake Gyllenhaal exploring the devilish underbelly of Los Angeles in Nightcrawler.

Let’s break it down…

Nightcrawler: Gyllenhaal gives the performance of his life (and surely will get an Oscar nod) as the titular character, a person who prowls the streets of LA seeking to videotape the murders, mayhem and utter chaos that will air live on the local morning news.

Jake Gets Into Action

Jake Gyllenhaal is the Nightcrawler and we can see why he gets that name!

As we stated in our Nightcrawler review, this is a five-star brilliant piece of filmmaking by writer-director Dan Gilroy. Rene Russo rivets as the producer who enables Gyllenhaal’s actions, and all told, this is a movie that is as frightening as it is fantastic.

Horns: Radcliffe plays Ig, a man who is living the love affair of a lifetime with Juno Temple’s Merrin. When he awakes one day after a hard night of drinking, he remembers nothing, but his beloved has been murdered. He’s suspect number one and the entire small town believes he did it… and so does the national media. When he grows horns, that certainly doesn’t help things.

Guess Daniel Radcliffe IS the Devil

Daniel Radcliffe stars as a man who is accused of killing his girlfriend in Horns. Looking like this doesn’t help.

Our Horns review found that Radcliffe continues to amaze us with his post-Harry Potter choices. And we appreciate this tale as everything is not painted in black and white. It is a whole lot of in between, and by the end, it will have the audience looking in the mirror wondering if we have the devil inside us too.

Feel like staying in this weekend? A horror film has landed on digital download this week, and might we suggest an instant classic horror movie for this Halloween night too?

Watch Deliver Us From Evil online and there’s a solid fright fest! And for an instant classic sure to bring the horrors this Halloween, watch The Conjuring online and you know you’ll be scared silly.  

11 November Must-See Movies: Katniss Revolts & Much More!

There are only two months left in the movie calendar for 2014 and the second-to-last one features an explosive combination of eagerly awaited blockbusters, like Mockingjay Part 1, and films that will surely contend for Oscar gold.

Mockingjay Teaser Poster

Then, there’s the return of Christopher Nolan in a sci-fi adventure that promises to send our senses into the stratosphere.

It’s been two decades since those Dumb and Dumber quotes became iconic, and the Farrelly brothers hope to recreate magic with the arrival of their sequel.

And watch Catching Fire online, and see how it ends on such a cliffhanger? Well, on November 21, we finally get to see what Katniss and her revolutionaries do next!

Watch Horrible Bosses online and you may wonder how Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day and Jason Bateman could possibly wind up with another group of sinful superiors. Well, they do — and hilarity should ensue.

Click through the slideshow below and discover our 11 must-see November movies.


November begins with a bang as Christopher Nolan returns with Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine in the story of a near future world where the Earth is no longer livable. McConaughey leads a crew as they leave their families behind and go Interstellar in search of a new home.

Could Christopher Nolan Return to Superhero World?

We adore Christopher Nolan’s work and routinely return to his films, such as Memento and Inception for repeat viewings. But, it was his The Dark Knight trilogy that truly endeared him to the masses, banking $2.5 billion worldwide when The Dark Knight Rises closed his superhero trilogy.

The Dark Knight Christian Bale Christopher Nolan Set Photo

Now, Nolan is back filming a non-superhero movie with Interstellar. While out talking about that sci-fi flick, starring Matthew McConaughey as a man going into deep space to try to find us a new home, the subject was broached about whether he could ever see himself returning to make a superhero movie.

After all, watch Man of Steel online and he’s the executive producer!

“I think I had a great experience with the superhero genre and got to explore a lot of things,” Nolan told TimeOut.

“It was a good decade of my life and I find it hard to imagine returning to it — but never say never.”

We’ll take that as a maybe!

Check out our favorite of the three Batman films and watch The Dark Knight online.

And speaking of that astounding piece of work, click through and discover nine things that Heath Ledger did that made his Joker iconic for Nolan.

A Joker's Inspiration

In his diary, Ledger said he took a lot of inspiration from Malcolm McDowell’s turn in A Clockwork Orange.

The Crow Filmmakers Will Be “Readapting the Book”

For those passionate about the original The Crow, starring Brandon Lee, the idea of The Crow remake has fans utterly upset. But, not to worry, as the creator of the anti-hero has said that the new version of the crow will not even try to redo a movie that is already “perfect.”

The Crow Comic-Con Poster

James O’Barr, the artist who gave us The Crow, is talking about the new version and promises that director F. Javier Guitierrez has told him that “I don’t want to remake that film, that is perfect as it is. I want to do your book, literally page-for-page adaptation.”

Sounds good to us! And O’Barr believes it could work and uses an example of one of the most beloved stories ever written and the two distinct versions of it that hit the screen — both adored and treasured.

“We’re not remaking the movie, we’re readapting the book,” O’Barr said to Korsgaard’s Commentary. “My metaphor is that there is a Bela Lugosi Dracula and there’s a Francis Ford Coppola Dracula, they use the same material, but you still got two entirely different films.”

He also says that the Luke Evans-starring The Crow will also feel much different than Alex Proyas’ The Crow. “This one’s going to be closer to Taxi Driver or a John Woo film, and I think there’s room for both of them,” he said. “Part of the appeal of the Crow comics after all is that they can tell very different stories after all.”

And O’Barr admitted too that he’s seen Evans in the full The Crow makeup. And?

“He looks great!”

Watch The Crow online to see the original, and isn’t that a perfect film for Halloween?! 

Horns: Daniel Radcliffe Dishes His Devilishly “Affectionate” Snakes

Clearly, when the movie is called Horns, star Daniel Radcliffe knew he would have to sport a pair for a large part of the shoot.

Horns Daniel Radcliffe And Snake

“The first time I saw them on it was a combination of relief because they looked fantastic and excitement, because when you have something stuck to your head that can go either way,” Radcliffe told Movie Fanatic.

“They looked really normal and like really quickly. It has the potential to look silly, and it really doesn’t. The word “organic” is one of my most hated, sort of overused words. “Just make it organic, at least it will look that.” But they do in that they look like they’re made out of organic material and actually coming from my head. They only took like 20 minutes to put on. They were really fast and really light. They’re a very functional piece of headwear as well.”

Another aspect of portraying a devilish character (which Radcliffe really likes) is that his Ig had to surround himself with many, many snakes. “They were fantastic,” Radcliffe admitted. “I didn’t know before doing the movie if I was comfortable with snakes. It turns out I’m extremely comfortable with snakes. I may have been completely projecting human emotions onto this creature, but I became completely convinced that she was very affectionate.”

Radcliffe, in fact, learned that that was just snakes being snakes. “They get cold. Snakes aren’t cold-blooded. This is my favorite word I learned on the shoot: they’re poikilothermic, which means they can’t control their body temperature so whatever temperature it is outside, they will be,” he said.

“They’re freezing and you’re already warm so they just love you and hug you, but in a constricting kind of way. We had one scene with 100 live snakes, which was awesome.”

As teased in the Horns trailer, Radcliffe’s Ig is madly in love with his girlfriend, played by Juno Temple. After a night of hard partying, he awakes and she is dead and suspect number one in her murder. When he starts growing horns that does not do anything to help his effort to prove his innocence.

Horns Daniel Radcliffe Juno Temple

What’s fascinating about the film it is follows Temple and Radcliffe’s love affair from when they were kids and the actor had great fun with how the younger actor got to look a little bit like his hero.

“Mitchell (Kummen) is like I was when I was like 13. He’s a kid. He’s from Winnipeg, and he’s incredibly sweet,” Radcliffe said. “Mitch is blonde naturally so they dyed his hair (brown) on the first day. When he went back to his hotel in Vancouver, one of the girls at reception said, ‘Oh you look like Harry Potter’ and that made his day!”

Radcliffe spends most of Horns driving around in an old AMC Gremlin. Believe it or not, the superstar does not have a driver’s license. He promises he’s close.

“I loved that car. To me, that’s a really cool car. I’m not going to be one of these people that when I do pass my test gets a crazy fast elaborate car just because it was a good piece of advice I was given once: When you buy a car, you should buy a car you feel comfortable sitting in traffic in. And if you’re in a Ferrari in traffic, you’re not going to look cool,” he said.

And he even had to drive with one of those snakes around his neck, which provided a challenge for all those involved.

“That was actually one of my favorite moments from any film that I’ve ever done. We had this one shot in the movie where I’m driving along, the snake is around my neck, and I pull up, get out of the car, walk over to the cop car and do a scene with them. But I couldn’t drive with the snake around my neck because the snake latches onto the gearstick and the steering wheel and stuff so that’s annoying. So we had to have somebody in the back of the car who would put the snake around my neck before I got out,” Radcliffe said.

“A (production assistant) had to hide down in the back of the car with a python. I remember him getting into the back of the car with the snake and us getting into our first position and I just turned around to him and was like, ‘I should probably tell him.’ I was like, ‘Corey. Just so you know. I don’t have a license. I don’t drive.’ And he was like, ‘Oh that’s fine. I’ve never handled snakes before.’”

Guess Daniel Radcliffe IS the Devil

Daniel Radcliffe stars as a man who is accused of killing his girlfriend in Horns. Looking like this doesn’t help.