thrillers

Well, we might as well do this.

Let's all get acquainted with Joe's feelings about Clint Eastwood...

Good question, but not why we're here today. We're here to check this trailer and poster for "ATM", currently making the festival rounds. Looks like it could be effective, if you're willing to buy the premise that wherever they're stopping to get food wouldn't take credit cards, necessitating a trip to an ATM in a massive, empty parking lot with no other stores around. Let's face it though, as horror fans, we make ignoring obvious flaws into an artform. It's a survival mechanism.

Is Rooney Mara sufficiently Goth for this film? The Jo(h)ns discuss.

The pulp fiction of the early 20th century is the granddaddy of the geek culture of today. Almost every popular trope of genre film, fiction and comics can be traced back to the disreputable magazines with lurid covers that for a brief moment dominated the newsstands of America. Science fiction was born in the pulps. Superheroes mutated from the man of adventure/detective books. Horror movies are still being made based on source material that came from the so-called “shudder” magazines. It might have taken them three quarters of a century to gain some air of respectability, but many of the pulp writers who were dismissed in their time as children’s authors at best and smut peddlers at worst have proved to be as influential as many of their more serious and literary-minded colleagues.

As a horror film reviewer, I rarely get to use the words "academy award winning/nominated" in that exact sequence in my reviews. It's even rarer that I get to use that distinction to describe numerous people involved in a given movie, especially one that isn't highly regarded or frequently talked about. Directed by Richard Attenborough, "Magic" is an example of how the right combination of people behind and in front of the camera can craft a quality film out of a completely wacky premise, and surprise a horror fan that feels like they've seen it all.

I was pretty excited for "Shutter Island" already but last night a second trailer premiered at the Spike TV Scream awards and I went into full on super excited mode. If you havn't seen me in that it's pretty frightening. The new trailer wich you can watch below really kicks up the creepy factor from the first one and I'm pretty excited to see how Scorsese plays this one.

A longer trailer for the film adaptation of "Whiteout" was released at Comic-con. It starts out very similar to the teaser trailer Joe (the other one...) blogged aboutback in June, but it shows a lot more of the story (and has 100% more Kate Beckinsdale in the shower). Rucka and Lieber's timing and art style were so distinctive in the graphic novel that I was afraid something would be lost in the translation to film, but I'm not worried about it after seeing this trailer.

The upcoming indie kidnapping thriller "Trap" is written and directed by Jason Horton, who co-wrote and directed the horror anthology "Edges of Darkness" that's currently got some release buzz for later this year. The trailer for "Trap" below has been labeled a teaser, but any more of a trailer than this might spoil some of the inevitable twists and turns. I'd rather have as a surprise when watching the film. The acting and writing look pretty solid, and kidnapping thrillers are great character pieces when done right.