Goodnight Mommy

Goodnight Mommy is a 2014 Austrian horror film which focuses on a boy afflicted with capgras syndrome. Written and directed by Veronica Franz and Severin Fiala, respectively, the film was an entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards.

The film starts with the return of a mother to her isolated lakeside house and her ten-year old twins, Elias and Lukas, after a cosmetic surgery. The face of the mother is covered with bandages and only her eyes and mouth can be seen by her children. As the children becomes bothered by their mother’s appearance, they also notice her starting to act strangely. It is also noticeable that she purposely ignores Lukas and prefers giving her attention to Elias only. Moreover, the mother orders the twins to keep all the blinds close even during the day, to always keep quiet inside the house, and to only play when they are outdoors. Their mother also hurt Elias when the boy has done something disobedient. The twins surmise that such behavior is something that their mother will never have.

After a while, they begin to suspect that their mother is an entirely different person, especially when they find an old photo showing their young mother with another woman wearing the same clothes as her. Thinking that the woman currently living with them is an impostor, the twins ties her up and tries to make her confess to tell where their real mother is. The twins also have to tape the mouth of the bandaged woman to keep her from making unnecessary noise.

Some people from the Red Cross arrive and ask for donation. They have wanted to wait for the twins’ mother but decide to just leave after Elias has given them money. The mother manages to remove the tape on her mouth but it is already late to ask for any help. As punishment, the twins glued her lips but eventually cut the lips open when they find out that the woman will not be able to eat.

After being set free for a while, the woman escapes but the twins have already set a trap for her and she is knocked unconscious after falling down. When she wakes, the woman finds out that she is glued to the floor. Elias then starts to burn the house in order to force the woman to confess.

However, the mother tells Elias that Lukas is already dead due to an accident and she begs Elias to just let her go. Elias tells her to prove that she is their mother but the woman fails to do so. Elias proceeds with burning down the house.

The movie ends with the twins being reunited with their real mother.

The movie was positively received by critics, scoring 85% in Rotten Tomatoes and rating average of 7.3 The film scored 81/100 in Metacritic, and it has been hailed as one of the Top 5 Foreign Language Films of 2015.

Paranormal Activity

Paranormal Activity is an American supernatural horror film series which basically focus on families that are haunted by a demon. The demon haunting the family on each film starts with stalking the members of the family, causing terrifying incidents, until the members or bystanders are killed one by one.

In the movies, the production consisted of using set up cameras, security cameras, and other recording devices to make the films appear as found footage. The first and third movies were positively review, while the second film received lukewarm reception. Critics mostly did not favor the fourth and sixth installments of the Paranormal Activity film series.

  1. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY (2007)

Paranormal Activity is set in 2006, when the couple Katie and Micah move in to their new home in San Diego, California. A demon then haunts their home, and Katie greatly thinks that the creature was the same demon that has been following her all her life. The film appeared as a found footage, which was shot by Micah.

  1. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 (2010)

Paranormal Activity is also set in 2006 and happens in Carlsbad, California. The story starts a few weeks before the events of the first film, and it feature Katie’s sister, Kristi Rey, and her family. After Kristi’s son, Hunter, is born, the family starts experiencing strange things around their house. The film was shot using security and hand-held cameras.

  1. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 (2011)

Paranormal Activity 3 is set in 1988, the time when the young Katie and Kristi were still living with their mother Julie, and her boyfriend, Dennis. Residing in Santa Rosa, California, the sisters first encounters the demon named “Toby.” To observe the strange things that were happening around their house, Dennis set up cameras, with one of them being attached to an oscillating fan. Hand-held cameras were also used in the film.

  1. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4 (2012)

Paranormal Activity 4 is set in 2011, the time when Katie and her son Robbie, moves across the street from Alex Nelson and his family’s home in Henderson, Nevada. The film was shot using MacBook webcams, iPhone, video cameras, and Kinect technology.

  1. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES (2014)

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is set in 2012 and focuses on a group of high school graduates in Oxnard, California who are trying to deal with a demon which was used on their “marked” member by a mysterious cult. The film was shot using the commonly used tools for video recording, and some clues from the previous films were also provided.

  1. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION (2015)

The film is set in 2013 and focuses on the Fleeges family, who have just moved to California. The family discovers the tapes of Katie and Kristi as they were about to join a demonic coven through an initiation ritual 21 years ago. Afterward, the daughter, Leila, was haunted by the demon. The scenes were shot using common video recording tools, and the family used a specialized recorded which can display supernatural events in the environment.

DEVELOPMENT OF THE FILM SERIES

Though he was greatly afraid of ghosts, Oren Peli set about on developing the film series and he started with constructing the set and researching on the related topics. Film crew was not needed during the production of the films as most were shot using hand-held cameras, making the movie more plausible in the eyes of the audience. The actors did not need a formal script and employed restroscipting throughout the production of the film. Shooting the movie lasted for a night and the effects were only added until the film was being processed for finalization.

Oren Peli was the producer for Paranormal Activity 2, and Kip Williams served as director.

Paranormal Activity 3 and 4 had Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman as directors, who first made names with their work, Catfish.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones was produced by Oren Peli and written and directed by Christopher B. Landon.

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension was produced by Oren Peli and directed by the first-time director, Gregory Plotkin.

Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie first became popular as the founding member of the metal band White Zombie but also became known as a director, screenwriter, and film producer.

Zombie also pursued a solo career in music and his first attempt was with song, Hand of Death (Burn Baby Burn), which he sang with Alice Cooper. The song earned him a nomination for Best Metal Performance at the 39th Annual Grammy Awards. Then, Zombie proceeded with recording his debut solo album, Hellbilly Deluxe, which came out in the market in 1998. He disbanded White Zombie and continued his solo career with his album selling three million copies worldwide and three singles.

His next albums were The Sinister Urge (2001), which became platinum in the US, the compilation album, Past, Present, & Future (2003), Educated Horses (2006), Hellbilly Deluxe 2 (2010), Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor (2013).

Zombie was also known for directing films, including House of 1000 Corpses (2000), which was not released until 2003, The Devil’s Rejects (2005), Halloween (2007), the animated film, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto (2007), and The Lords of Salem (2012).

LIFE AND EARLY CAREER OF ROB ZOMBIE

Born as Robert Bartleh Cummings, Rob Zombie was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts on January 12, 1965 to his parents, Robert and Louise Cummings. He has a brother, Michael David Cummings, the lead singer of Powerman 5000. Zombie has always liked Alice Cooper, Steven Spielberg, Bela Lugosi, and StanLee, and he has an inclination toward horror movies. Zombie went to Haverhill High School and Parsons School of Design.

Zombie and his former girlfriend, Sean Yseult, founded the band, White Zombie. The band managed to release three Eps and two albums under the band’s own record label, Silent Explosion. Under Geffen Records, the band released another EP and their third album, which finally became a hit and sold over two million copies in the US. The band’s first single was Thunder Kiss ’65, which was also released under Geffen Records.

The band’s final album was Astro-Creep: 2000 – Songs of Love, Destruction and Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head (1995), which entered the Billboard 200. Zombie directed the music videos for the band’s music, including that of More Human than Human (1995), until the disbandment of White Zombie.

Before the disbandment of White Zombie, Zombie worked with Alice Cooper on the song Hands of Death (Burn Baby Burn), which earned a nomination for Best Metal Performance at the 39th Annual Grammy Awards.

ROB ZOMBIE’S SOLO MUSIC CAREER

Before his band was dissolved, Zombie was already working on his first solo album, Hellbilly Deluxe: 13 Tales of Cadaverous Cavorting Inside the Spookshow International (1998). The album was hit, reaching the Billboard 200 and becoming Zombie’s highest selling album to date. The album led to the release of three singles and remix album, American Made Music to Strip By (1999).

Zombie also established his own record label, Zombie-A-Go-Go Records, which would be releasing albums for the bands The Bomboras and the Ghastly Ones. The label also released Zombie’s Rob Zombie Presents the Words &Music of Frankenstein (1999).

Zombie’s first directed movie should have been The Crow: 2037 but the film was never realized. Instead, Zombie would first direct the House of 1000 Corpses, which was not released until after a few years because of the film’s violent content.

Aside from his film project, Zombie’s song Superbeast, was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards, and the song Scum of the Earth was part of the Mission: Impossible II soundtrack.

In 2001, Zombie released his second studio album, The Sinister Urge. With the single Feel So Numb, the album was also a hit, selling over one million copies in the US.

Zombie eloped with his girlfriend, Sheri Moon, in 2012. Afterward, he finally got Lions Gate Entertainment to release the House of 1000 Corpses. The film was negatively reviewed, though it managed to gain a cult following. The soundtrack of the film hit the 53rd spot on the Billboard 200.

Zombie also released a compilation album, Past, Present, & Future, in 2003, featuring songs of White Zombie, Zombie’s songs from his solo albums, and some new material. The album was also a commercial success and sold over a million copies.

Aside from directing and making music, Zombie also created a comic book series, Spookshow International, which was released in 2003. It was followed by The Nail in 2004 and Bigfoot in 2005.

Zombie’s next movie was The Devils Rejects (2005), the sequel to the House of 1000 Corpses. The film received mixed reviews but also managed to gain a cult following. The movie was also accompanied by release of The Devils Rejects comics.

Zombie’s third album was Educated Horses (2006) and was included in the top ten of Billboard 200. Though the album received mixed reviews, the song The Lords of Salem was nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards.

In 2006, Zombie released his first official greatest hits album, The Best of Rob Zombie, which was re-released as The Best of Rob Zombie: 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection. The album was gold certified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and hit the 166th spot on the Billboard 200.

Zombie also released a live album, Zombie Live.

ZOMBIE’S CONTINUED CAREER IN FILM

Zombie directed the remake of the horror classic, Halloween, which was a hit during its Labor Day weekend release. However, the film was negatively reviewed by most critics. The film was followed by Halloween II, which was directed and written by Zombie as well. The film was not received positively.

The same day as Halloween II’s release, Zombie and Jesse Dayton released the album Rob Zombie Present Captain Clegg And The Night Creatures under Zombie-A-Go-Go Records.

Zombie’s next project was the animated film The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, which was released in a limited number of theaters in 2009.

ZOMBIE’S CONTINUED CAREER

Zombie continued his music career with the release of Hellbilly Deluxe 2: Noble Jackals, Penny Dreadfuls and the Systematic Dehumanization of Cool in 2010. The album received mixed to positive reviews and it also prompted Zombie’s Hellbilly Deluxe 2 World Tour.

Zombie launched Whatever Happened to Baron Von Shock? In 2010, which would be the last of his comic book series. His next project, The Lords of Salem, premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

His second remix album, Mondo Sex Head, was launched in 2012 under Geffen Records. Zombie’s next album, Venomous Rate Regeneration Vendor was released in 2013, which also debuted at the top ten list of Billboard 200.

Zombie’s succeeding projects included the Great American Nightmare (2013) haunted attraction, which included references to his films, the video album, The Zombie Horror Picture Show (2014), and his second live album, Spookshow International: Live (2015).

Zombie’s latest album, Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser came out in April 2016. He also directed the movie 31, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Pacific Rim

INTRODUCTION

Pacific Rim is a Guillermo del Toro science fiction monster film telling the story of the future Earth, which is waging war with the Kaiju, which are huge monsters originating from an interdimensional portal at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.

To fight off the monsters, humans developed Jaegers, giant humanoid mechas, which can be controlled by two people who are neutrally connected. The film focus on the concluding battles of the war involving Raleigh Becket and his co-pilot, Mako Mori.

The film was shot from 2011 to 2012 in Toronto, and it was produced by Legendary Pictures and distributed by Warner Bros. After its premiere on July 12, 2013, the film was received positively by critics, with focus on its visual effects, actions sequences, and style. The film did not earn well in the US but it was popular in other countries.

Pacific Rim starred Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, Robery Kazinzky, Max Martini, and Ron Perlman.

A sequel of the movie is slated to come out in February 2018 with Steven S. DeKnight as director.

PLOT

Earth was currently under siege by monsters or Kaiju coming from “The Breach,” an interdimensional portal at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. To defeat the monsters, humans developed the Jaegers, the colossal robots which should be manned by two pilots to be able to operate.

In 2020, the brothers Raleigh and Yancy Becket piloted the Gipsy Danger to fight a monster called Knifehead. However, the monster survived their attack, and it destroyed the robot, killing Yancy in the process. Raleigh quit from service after losing his brother in the said battle.

After five years, Kaiju monsters started attacking more intensively, and their strength seemed to have grown exponentially. Because of this, more and more Jaegers were being destroyed. Thus, the world leaders decided to put an end to the Jaeger program. Meanwhile, Marshal Stacker Pentecost made the decision to fight one last battle with the monsters and he called on the remaining Jaeger pilots to their Shatterdome base in Hong Kong. He also tried to convince Raleigh to rejoin the program.

Raleigh met the remaining Jaeger pilots from other countries and Mako Mori, the director of the Jaeger refurbishment. They tried to find a new partner for Raleigh but it turned out the Mako was the perfect fit for the neural connection. During the test, Raleigh remembered the death of his brother, which stimulated Mako to remember her tragic past with a Kaiju attack. This caused a problem which got Mako suspended by Pentecose, her adopted father.

Kaiju scientists discovered that the stabilization of the Breach caused the increase of Kaiju attacks. Newton, one of the scientists, made a connection with a Kaiju brain fragment and learned that Kaiju were monster created to wipe humanity for the alien colonists who wanted to invade the planet. Pentecost assigned Newton to find an intact Kaiju brain in the black market. However, the Kaiju also learned about Newton, and now, to monsters were released to find the scientist.

Except for Raleigh, all Jaeger pilots were dispatched. Most of the Jaegers were destroyed, and Pentecost had no choice but to allow Raleigh and Mako to fight. The two managed to kill the two monsters. However, when they checked the corpse of one of the monsters, they discovered that it was pregnant and its offspring suddenly burst out and swallowed the scientists. While drifting in the infant Kaiju’s brain, the scientists learned that the Breach only opens in the presence of Kaiju DNA.

The remaining Jaeger pilots, along with Pentecost, went to their last mission at the Pacific Ocean. The Jagers killed some of the monsters until a Category 5 Kaiju appeared and greatly damaged the Jaeger co-piloted by Pentecost. Meanwhile, Raleigh used the Gipsy Danger to seal the Breach using its nuclear reactor. Raleigh gave his own oxygen supply to the unconscious Mako and released her from the robot via the escape pod. Raleigh manually overloaded the reactor just as it was plunging into the portal.

The Breach was sealed with the explosion of the reactor and Raleigh and Mako survived through their escape pods.

CAST OF PACIFIC RIM

Charlie Hunnam as Raleigh Becket

Raleigh Becket was a former pilot of the Pan Pacific Defense Corps who called again for his duty. He suffered from a great loss in the movie and he did not really have the will to fight anything. Thanks to Pentecost and Mako, he managed to make a rebound and went back to fighting monsters.

Idris Elba as Stacker Pentecost

Stacker Pentecost is Raleigh’s commanding officer and is seen throughout the movie showing a strong character though it was indicated that he was suffering from his own inner struggles.

Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori

Mako Mori lost her family to a Kaiju. Thus, she has all the right to get mad and to want revenge against the monsters. Pentecost adopted her and did not want to put her in any danger at all, which led to a gap in their relationship as a father and daughter.

Charlie Day as Dr. Newton Geiszler

As one of the scientists assigned to studying the Kaiju, Dr. Newton Geiszler was one of the people who discovered the needed break to destroy the monsters. The scientist is unlike the Jaeger pilots, who were all trained to fight. Instead, he made a mark on his own when he set discovering the weakness of the Kaiju.

The other notable character from the film are as follows:

  • Max Martini as Herc Hansen

  • Robert Kazinzky as Chuck Hansen

  • Ron Perlman as Hannibal Chau

  • Clifton Collins, Jr. as Ops Tendo Choi

  • Burn Gorman as Dr. Hermann Gottlieb

  • Diego Klattenhoff as Yancy Becket

  • Ellen McLain as Gipsy Danger AI

PRODUCTION OF PACIFIC RIM

The film’s production started with Beacham’s conception of the idea for the Pacific Rim while he was taking a walk on the beach. There, he imagined a giant robot fighting a giant monster. Then, he thought of what could possibly happen if the robot has two pilots and one of them dies. Beacham proceeded to write the film, and it was bought by Legendary Pictures in 2010.

After dealing with some issues on another film, Guillermo del Toro was tapped to direct Pacific Rim in 2011. He worked with Beacham and was also credited for his work as a co-writer.

The filming lasted from November 2011 to April 2012, totaling a number of 103 shooting days. Del Toro worked most of the week and strictly controlled the production of the movie.

The film was shot with Red Epic cameras. The director did not want to convert the movie into 3D at first, but he later changed his mind. Almost an hour of footage was also cut from the film, the cut scenes mostly focused on story of the characters of the film but Del Toro wanted the film to have some balance.

The film was made as an honor to the Kaiju and mecha genres but with hopes of providing it with its own originality. Del Toro also did not want the monsters to look like anything from Gamera, Godzilla, or The War of the Gargantuas so everything was made from scratch. The film’s designers were Wayne Barlow, Oscar Chichoni, and the monster sculptors, David Meng and Simon Lee. Francisco Ruiz Velasco, who worked in Hellboy II and The Hobbit, was also part of the design team.

Almost 100 Kaiju designs were made from the movie but only some of them were featured in the film. Del Toro did not want the monsters to resemble any creature on Ear, and he wanted them to look like engineered creations and not creatures that underwent evolution.

The Knifehead Kaiju looked like a man in a rubber suit with a head inspired by that of a goblin shark. Leatherback, on the other hand, was made to move like a gorilla. Otachi served as homage to the dragons of the Chinese mythology, and it moved like a Komodo dragon in water. Otachi also showed signs of intelligence compared with the other monsters. Onibaba, the Kaiju who killed Mako’s parents, looked like a combination of Japanese temple and crustacean. The largest Kaiju, Slattern, had a long neck and a “half-horn, half-crown” head.

The Gipsy Danger used New York City’s Art Deco buildings are reference, whereas Chemo Alpha was based on the paint patterns of a T-series Russian tank. The three-armed Chinese Jaeger looked like Chinese lacquered word with golden edges. The Australian Jaeger looked like a Lan Rover and the most elegant.

Industrial Light & Magic handled the visual effects of the movie. Shane Mahan of Legacy Effects created the suits, helmets, and conn-pods. Hybride Technologies and Rodeo FX also worked on the visual effects of Pacific Rim.

The miniature effects were provided by 32TEN Studios.

RECEPTION

The film earned $101.8 million in North America and grossed more internationally, earning $309.2 million in other countries.

The film reached the top 1 spot at the international box office the weekend of its release, with China becoming the largest marker for the film followed by Japan.

The film received positive reviews, having a Metacritic rating of 64/100 and 71% in Rotten Tomatoes. Some publications also applaud the film, including The Daily Telegraph, The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Post, Rolling Stone, Wired, The Village Voice, and Time Out.

Meanwhile, other reviewers who did not favor the film included those from The Guardian, Time, The New Yorker, Variety, the San Francisco Chronicles, Slant Magazine, The Wrap, and The Sydney Morning Herald.

Sarah Paulson

Sarah Catharine Paulson is an American actress, who was first seen on her stage roles. She first appeared in TV in the series American Gothic (1995-1996), which was followed by Jack & Jill (1999-2001). The actress also became a part of the movies What Women Want (2000), Down with Love (2003), Path to War (2002), and The Notorious Bettie Page (2005). Her role in the series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination. In 2008, she became a part of the film The Spirit.

Paulson was part of the Broadway pays The Glass Menagerie (2002) and Collected Stories (2010) and some indie films. She was the lead actress in the series Cupid (2009). Her role in Martha Marcy May Marlene in 2011 earned her a Primetime Emmy, and she was nominated for a Golden Globe because of her role in Game Change (2012). Her other films include 12 Years a Slave and Carol.

In 2011, Paulson joined the American Horror Story, and she received different roles each season. Her work on the series earned her five Primetime Emmy Awards and two Critics’ Choice Television Awards. She played the role of the real-life prosecutor Marcia Clark in American Crime Story (The People v. O.J. Simpson). Her role in the series earned her the Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.

PAULSON’S ORIGINS

Paulson was born on December 17, 1974 in Tampa, Florida to her parents, Catharine Gordon and Douglas Lyle Paulson II. Then, she lived in Maine and subsequently, in New York. She also became a resident of Queens, Gramercy Park, and Park Slope, Brooklyn. Paulson went to Manhattan’s High School of Performing Arts and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

PAULSON’S CAREER

After high school, Paulson went on acting right away. She had small roles in Law & Order (1994) and Friends at Last (1995) before starring in American Gothic. Then, she appeared in the TV series Jack & Jill (1999).

Her next appearances in TV involved the shows Deadwood, Nip/Tuck, Leap of Faith, and The D.A. Her stage work included roles in The Glass Menagerie, Killer Joe, Collected Stories, Talley’s Folly, and Colder Than Here. Paulson also appeared in films, including Down with Love, What Women Want, The Other Sister, Levitation, and Serenity.

Paulson was part of the series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, which earned her a nomination for the Golden Glove Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television. She was also part of the comic book adaptation of The Spirit.

Afterward, Paulson was seen in several TV series, including Cupid, Grey’s Anatomy, and Game Change.

Then, she guest-starred in some episodes of American Horror Story, after which she landed major roles in the series starting season 2. Now on its sixth season, Paulson is still part of American Horror Story, in which she currently plays the role of a reenactor playing the role of Shelby Miller.

Some her most notable roles included her portrayals in the films Mud, 12 Years a Slave, and Carol.

The Conjuring

The Conjuring is a horror movie that was based on true story. The story was lifted from the case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren. Though, most people have probably already watched the film, it is better to give them some insight regarding the things that truly happened before the film was made.

THE PERRON FAMILY

The real-life Perron family lived in a farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island for about ten years. The house was bought by the couple, Roger and Carolyn Perron in 1970. The farmhouse came with a 200-acre property and was a perfect place for raising the couple’s five daughters: Andrea, Nancy, Christine, Cynthia, and April. The family moved out from the house in 1980.

LORRAINE WARREN AND THE REAL PERRON FAMILY ON THE CREATION OF THE MOVIE

Lorraine Warren actually approved the creation of the movie and she served as consultant during its filming. She was also seen on the North Carolina set of the production.

The Perron family also supported the film’s production, which they had also done with Andrea Perron’s book (House of Darkness House of Light), which came out in 2011. Some members were also seen on the set during the production, including the talkative Andrea and Christine, who was more hesitant to share some of her experiences.

THE REAL BATHSHEBA SHERMAN

The haunting spirit of the supposed witch, Bathsheba Sherman, was featured in the movie. Bathsheba’s real name was Bathsheba Thayer and she was born in Rhode Island in 1812. The woman married a man named Judson Sherman in Thompson, Connecticut on March 1844. The couple had a son named Herbert L. Sherman. The couple supposedly had other children who were assumed to have died before the age of seven though no records of them could be found.

The only photograph of Bathsheba was founding the Perron farmhouse in 1885.

There is no proof that Bathsheba Sherman was really a witch. She was only suspected to be one, but the suspicions only intensified when an infant she was taking care of mysteriously died. The baby was found to have died because of a large sewing needle implanted on its skull. The residents thought that Bathsheba used the baby as sacrificed but the court decided that the evidence against her was not enough to convict her. Still, the public would not be dissuade regarding their thoughts about her.

According to a historian named Mr. McKeachern, Bathsheba did not treat the farmhouse staff that well and she also occasionally hurt them.

Bathsheba Sherman died on May 25, 1885, four years after his son Herbert, married his fiancée Anna.

Legend and local folklore have it hat Bathsheba died from a bizarre form of paralysis or that she turned into stone. There are also rumors that the women had four children, who all died before the age of four. However, her son Herbert survived. As for her other children, there’s only an unofficial record of the children, and their names were supposed to be Julia (1845), Edward (1847), and George (1853).

Bathsheba Sherman’s grave can be found in historic cemetery in Harrisville, Rhode Island.

BATHSHEBA SHERMAN AND THE HAUNTING OF THE PERRON FAMILY

Ed and Lorraine Warren were the ones who suggested that the spirit of Bathsheba Sherman might be haunting the family. Carolyn Perron once suffered from a piercing pain in her calf and intents muscle spasm. When she checked her leg, she saw a puddle of blood on the hurt area. Carolyn could not find anything that might have caused her injury.

Carolyn told the story to Ed and Lorraine, and Lorraine suspected that Bathsheba might have hurt her from the afterlife. That prompted Lorraine to refer to the demonic presence in the house as Bathsheba.

THE REAL PERRON HOME

The real Perron house was not utilized during the production of the movie. The one used in the film was constructed on a sound stage in Wilmington, North Carolina.

The real farmhouse depicted by The Conjuring, or the Old Arnold Estate, is located in Harrisville, Rhode Island. The house and the barn both still stand until today. After struggling with their business, the Perron family sold some of their property. They were left with 8.5 acres of land.

The farmhouse was also called with other names, including the Old Brook Farm and Dexter Richardson House. At present, it is owned by Norma Sutcliffe and Gerry Nelfrich. They bear no relation with the Perron family.

THE PEOPLE WHO DIED ON THE FARMHOUSE

Eight generations of one extended family lived and died in the house before the Perron family arrived. Andrea Perron added that it seemed that some of those people never really left. Two people hanged themselves on the property, one committed suicide by poison, an eleven-year old Prudence Arnold was raped and murdered there, two people drowned, and four men supposedly froze to death.

Records show that most of the people who died on the farmhouse were part of the Arnold family, even Bathsheba. However, it seemed that Prudence did not die in Rhode Island but in Uxbridge, Massachusetts.

PERRON’S KNOWLEDGE ON THE HAUNTED ARNOLD ESTATE HOUSE

The Perron family did not know that the house on the Arnold Estate was haunted, and the seller was not really required to inform them about it. However, Andrea Perron mentioned in her book that the man who sold his father the house told him to always leave the lights at night.

THE OTHER OWNERS OF THE PERRON FAMILY FARMHOUSE

It seemed that every family who lived in the Perron family farmhouse experienced something supernatural during their stay there. Some left the house screaming and running for their lives. There was this man who was supposed to live there for the restoration but he just up and left screaming without anything on him. He did not even bring his car and tools with him when he left. Other people experienced bad things and the house was left vacant for years.

The current owners of the house say that the only things that they have experienced so far are the banging of the door in the front hall, sounds of people talking in other rooms, sounds of footsteps, opening of a door, and the vibration of the husband’s chair in the study. Normal claim to have seen a blue light shooting across the bed room. Meanwhile, Gerry said that he once saw a fog inside their home. Norma is being scientific about things and she does not want to jump at conclusions right away. Since the release of The Conjuring, a lot of people have bothered them. Thus, Norma decided to find evidence that could disprove the Perrons’ and the movie’s story.

Normal also told Andrea Perron that the minister who had lived in their home did not experience anything supernatural. The real Lorrain Warren said that the minister did not spoke anything about it because of his profession.

THE REAL CONJURING DOLL

There really was a haunted doll, but it was involved in another case of Ed and Lorrain and had nothing to do with the Perron family.

The story of Annabelle doll started when the nursing student, Donna, received a Raggedy Ann Doll from her mother. Afterward, Donna and her roommate, Angie, noticed that the doll seemed to be able of changing positions and moving on its own. They also saw the messages on the parchment paper, which seemed to be written by a child. The roommates thought that the writings were made by the doll. Then one night, their friend, Lou, came to stay the night, and he claimed that the doll tried to strangle him. Lou also thought that the doll created the bloody claw-like scratches on his chest.

During a séance, it was found out that the doll was possessed by a young girl named Annabelle, who lived on the previous property where the apartments were built. At seven years old, Annabelle’s dead body was found on the premises of the apartment.

Ed and Lorraine Warren investigated the matter and they decided to perform an exorcism. Donna requested to the couple to bring the doll along with them. Ed and Lorraine still have the doll at present.

THE MAKING OF THE CONJURING

The Conjuring was an ongoing project for 20 years. Ed Warren first played his tapes of his interview with Carolyn Perron for the producer Tony DeRose-Grund. Meanwhile, DeRosa-Grund recorded his conversation with Ed. He claimed that he did not what he would with Ed’s material if they could not make it into a movie.

DeRose-Grund took the risk with the case of Carolyn Perron, claiming that the woman was either insane or she was just very much scared. She was scared.

Edge of Tomorrow

INTRODUCTION

Edge of Tomorrow was a 2014 American science fiction action film, telling the story of a future Earth being invaded by aliens. The movie focuses on Bill Cage who is killed in the battle field but was caught in a time loop and is always sent back to the day before he dies. Cage then collaborates with the warrior Rita Vrataski in order to defeat the aliens. The film stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt.

PLOT

The aliens have invaded continental Europe and the military has made alliances with hopes of defeating the invaders. Major William Cage is assigned to participate on an assault but Cage refuses. He was then considered as a deserter and is assigned to the J Squad.

During the attack, Cage manages to kill an alien but he also dies. Then, he wakes up again but in the morning before the attack. No one believes that the attack will be sabotaged and thus, he repeatedly dies as he is caught in the time loop. Then, he encounters Vrataski on the battlefield, who realizes his ability.

When he wakes up again, Cages goes to Vrataski and the two start forming plans against the Mimics, whose queen is capable of turning back the time. They discover the planned attack of the invaders and the two try stopping them. However, Cage is heavily injured during the battle and his ability to reset time is lost.

The two continue trying to beat the aliens, and Vrataski eventually gets killed during their battle with the Alpha. Meanwhile, Cage is heavily wounded but he manages to drop a belt of grenades on the Omega.

Cage is about to die in a pool of the Omega’s blood but he wakes just before he gets arrested. Still a major, Cage goes to Heathrow and finds Vrataski, still alive.

PRODUCTION

Edge of Tomorrow was co-produced by Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures, along with other production companies, including 3 Arts Entertainment and Viz Productions. With a budget of $178 million, the movie was based on All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.

Viz Media published the novel in the US and 3 Arts Entertainment optioned the novel. Dante Harper wrote the script and Warner Bros. bought it for $3 million in 2010.

Tom Cruise was asked to play the lead role after Brad Pitt decline and Emily Blunt joined him afterward.

Several writers were hired to rewrite the script. The film was shot at Leavesden Studios near London.

The actors had to wear heavy battle suits while filming, and Blunt trained for three months for her role.

The visual effects were handled by Sony Pictures Imageworks, RodeoFX, Autodesk Maya, CInesite, MPC, Framestore, and Prime Focus World.

RECEPTION

The movie was positively reviewed by critics. They applaud the use of humor in the movie, the designing of the aliens, as well as the actors’ performances. The premise involving a time is also a bit new. Meanwhile, some critics did not approve of the film’s ending. The film’s ratings on Rotten Tomatoes was 7.5/10 and 71/100 in Metacritic.

Michael Myer

Michael Myer Added To Universal Studio Horror Nights

People might have thought that Michael Myer’s knife-slashing days are over, but it seems that the famous masked killer will make a comeback. The notorious character will be seen again at the Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights in a maze based on the second film of the classic horror flick, Halloween. Just like before, Mike Myers, the infamous masked killer, will terrorize a town-full of victims and hunt his potential victims. In this case, Myers’ victims will be the guests joining the Halloween Horror Nights. With the collaboration of Universal Studios and Compass International Pictures, the event intends to make the lives of the guests a bit more suspenseful and terrifying.

Michael Myers will be seen in Halloween: Hell Comes to Haddonfield|strong, which boasts to be much more terrifying and filled with creepier scare actors than the previous Halloween maze. The maze starts with the last scene from the movie, where Mike Myers disappeared after falling down from bedroom window. As they go through the maze, the guests should avoid the killer’s knife at every turn. They also get to relieve some iconic scenes from the film as they explore the maze until they arrive at a certainly horrifying finale.

As we all know, Halloween tells the story of the mad masked killer, Michal Myers, who killed his sister at a very young age. He institutionalized for many years before he manages to escape and come back to the outside world and start killing people again. Jamie Lee Curtis landed her first acting role in the movie, where she played the baby sitter who was hunted by Michael Myers during Halloween.

Aside from the Halloween Maze, Hostel director, Eli Roth, and his digital network Crypt TV will be in charge of the Terror Tram, which is the first signature attraction created by the famous filmmaker and will become part of this year’s Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood. In Terror Tram, the guests will learn about the serial killer clown Hollywood Harry, a former celebrity clown-turned murderer, the macabre scenes that he had made along the way. Terror Tram promises to be one of the scariest thing created by Eli Roth.

Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights is one the Halloween events that a lot of people look forward to. It has been visited by people from around the globe for more than 20 years now, including the one in Orlando, and it provided people with the privilege of being the victim in their own horror film. The areas included in the events are turned into scare zones, which are filled with scare actors waiting for their victims at every corner. People can also visit haunted houses that are based from famous slasher films, horror television series, and true-to-life stories.

Scary Stories

The Most Scary Stories You Never Heard

All people have some stories to tell, and some of these stories are the ones that should not be told at night while hiding under bedsheets with a flashlight. Some of the scariest stories involve, for example, sleep paralysis, and people who have experienced it are like the major characters from a horror movie. Meanwhile, in some cases, people experience terrifying things that hearing the stories from their mouth make other individuals think that they maybe just making such stories up. Still, true or not, some of these stories will really scare the hell out of people.

THE LITTLE GIRL WHO WASN’T (LadySparrow)

This story happened to LadySparrow while she living in a house when she was 11 to 16 years old. The young girl constantly experienced some weird stuffy, including hearing voices and footsteps and doors suddenly opening and shutting. What made her stay in that much worse was that she was usually alone since her parents were always at work.

Then, there was this thing with the little girl in the bathroom. LadySparrow always saw a little blond girl wearing a rose-colored dress whenever she walked past her bathroom door. The girl merely stood there just like someone from the past. To prevent her from seeing the apparition, LadySparrow closed the door to the bathroom. However, as soon as she opened the door, the girl was still there and would only disappear when the LadySparrow had already gotten past her. The girl scared LadySparrow but she could not help but to feel some sympathy for the ghost, as it seemed that she would just be trapped in there for eternity.

After a few years, LadySparrow felt that the ghost was not just an apparition. She felt that something else was hovering in their house and it was not the ghost of a little girl. Apparently, LadySparrow was almost running out of her wits.

Then, when LadySparrow was 14, she invited a friend to stay in their house for a week. To avoid driving out the guest, she omitted telling her friend anything about the strange things that were happening in their home. However, when her friend got back from using the bathroom, she basically told LadySparrow about the girl and the bathroom and practically reaffirming that she was a ghost. LadySparrow was quite relieved but she was also terrified. Meanwhile, that particular friend did not use that bathroom the whole week that she stayed in the house. On the other hand, LadySparrow had started avoiding it though her parents would not believe the ghost story.

Eventually, to her relief, LadySparrow and her family moved out. Then, after a few years, she had to go back to the house to retrieve some things that her parents did not manage to sell. Along with a friend, LadySparrow arrived at the house and she could tell that her friend was not at ease with the place. Along the driveway, she noticed her friend turned pale, and when she asked him about it, her friend assured her that he was okay. However, when he had to use the bathroom, he ran back out right away, claiming about seeing the girl in red dress. Then, that friend told her that the girl in the bathroom was not happy that LadySparrow left and said that she was supposed to remain in the house. LadySparrow and her friend then grabbed everything that they could and left the house as fast as they could.

PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORIES (AnnieBannanas)

AnnieBannanas grew up in New Mexico and she always loved doing outdoor activities, such as hiking, camping, and rock climbing. One summer, at 19, she decided to go on a camp for a few days somewhere near her parents’ home. As she was already familiar with camping, she did not mind being alone. During the whole camping period, she took a lot of pictures. However, when she had the film developed, there pictures of her sleeping during the camp. She was alone, and she did not take them.

Nothing was taken from her things during the camp, but AnnieBannanas was surely freaked out by that experience.

LOSING YOURSELF IN CHINA (Nilly)

When Nilly was about 20 years old, when through China, along with some people. They spent two months in Qinghai province, a former Tibetan territory, and they were on their way to a specific town where they would be teaching English. The stops along the way made their trip more exciting. One day, the group arrived at a very normal looking, rural town. The group decided to stay for a couple of days and explore the town for a while. Since, it was winter, there was not much to see but hills and plains filled with dead grass.

Having gone through a rough teenage period, Nilly was just glad to be a part of the expedition. She appreciated being able to go her with friends to various places, which she admitted, made a huge impact in her life and turned her into a better person. Thus, she was very overjoyed for just being in Tibet and she was able to sleep peacefully every night.

During their second night in that particular town, Nilly woke up in the middle of the night feeling restless. Dismissing her uncomfortable feeling, she went with her group in their walk on the hills, where a small summit with a pile of rock and prayer flags could be seen.

As the group was climbing the hills, Nilly felt something strange within her. However, it did not scare her. In fact, her emotions seemed to draining away and she was feeling more blank inside. Then, her thought became cloudy, and she just ceased thinking about anything. Still, deep inside, she knew that there was something wrong but her mind failed to convince her about it.

After they reached the summit, Nilly went down to the pile of rocks and began tapping the pebbles on the ground against each other. Still seeming to be devoid of any emotions at that moment, Nilly realized that she grinning without any reason. Then, amidst the weird stuff that was happening to her, a thought crossed Nilly’s mind. She should just die.

During that time, it seemed that nothing wrong was with having such thought, but Nilly realized that it was not right. Then, the group walked back to their place, and Nilly started feeling a bit of herself again. Still, she was freaked out by what had happened to her. When the group left the town, one of her friends mentioned the same strange and depressed feeling that she experienced, and Nilly told that friend the same thing. Afterward, their leader told that in the past, young women under 25 committed suicide in the town.

WHAT THE DOG KNEW (Aeonflux072)

In his old apartment, Aeonflux072’s dog would sometimes look down on the hallway toward the bedroom and growl for no reason. There were also instances when Aeonflux072 was sleeping and he would wake up in the middle of the night just to see his dog growling on something at the door.

Since, he had already been living in the apartment for a few years, Aeonflux072 did not think much of his dog’s strange behavior.

Then, one night, Aeonflux072 woke up from the incessant barking of his dog. At him. When he opened his eyes, Aeonflux072 saw something blurry leaning over very closely to him, almost touching his face. Aeonflux072 thought that the thing was not person but it sure resemble one. Aeonflux072 thought that the thing might have actually been watching him sleep for quite some time now. The man was terrified and jumped back at the other side of the bed while dog continued going crazy with the apparition. The blurred apparition disappeared after a few seconds.

Aeonflux072 asked the building manager whether someone died in his apartment, and he learned that a woman had overdosed in the apartment in 1995 after her child was taken from her custody because of her drug addiction.

Aeonflux072 never saw the thing again, but his dog would still occasionally bark at something across the hallway until they moved out after a year.

THERE’S SOMETHING ON THE STAIRS (Snarkychu)

When he was kid, Snarkychu was very fond of racing to the top of the stairs. He would go running a fast as he could until he reached the top. During those moments, there was a voice at the top of the stairs betting him that he could not make it to the top of the stairs. As a kid, Snarkychu, was not bothered really with what was happening. He just went on talking with the voice about making bets.

The bets started with pennies. However, as time went on, the voice started using Snarkychu’s life as bet.

Eventually, the voice stopped and Snarkychu completely forgot about it until he got to talk with his brother about things spooky. He told his brother about the voice at the top of the stairs but before he could proceed, his brother asked him if the voice did any bets with him. Apparently, both them experienced making bets with the voice at the top of the stairs.

THE DRIVE-BY (formerlydickmove)

One time, formerlydickmove and his family were camping through some city. While traveling one evening, his mom looked out the window and she just started screaming and yelling something to his dad.

His dad acknowledged her mom and said something letting a car pass by.

His father slowed until the car passed them. formerlydickmove could not see anything but he saw a what seemed to be very thin arm hanging out the window of the passing car. He asked her mom about what she saw, but she would not give a straight answer, claiming that it was nothing. His dad told the same thing.

Years later, his mom told him that what she really saw in the car was a skeleton, with tongue and eye visible through the bones. However, when his mom died, his father claimed that it was just a really a mask.

THE HAUNTED STRIP CLUB (DinosaurDanceParty)

DinosaurDanceParty once worked in as a cocktail server at a strip club. After having started working at the place for about six weeks, she experienced suffocation, panic attacks, and terrible migraines during unexpected moments. DinosaurDanceParty thought that it was just the stress brought on by work that was taking a toll on her since she never experienced suffering from anything as such previously.

Basically, the strip club was just filled with a lot of things, with all the tables and speakers lying around, the crowded dressing room, and the back storage room behind the stage. In the storage room behind the stage, there was an area filled with some dressers and mirrors and an old couch for the dancers who might want to use the dressing room for extra space or to take a nap in. During her time in the club, this particular dressing room gave DinosaurDanceParty the made her suffocation and panic worse, but she could think of any reason why such things happened to her in there.

Since her work lasted until 4 am and she did not have car and could not use public transportation, DinosaurDanceParty would usually just wait for another dancer to finish up so that she could be dropped off to her place. While waiting, she usually cleaned up a bit, but she also spent some time studying at the back room since she was still at grad school at that time. When studying at the back room, she would sometimes panic, and she would end up sitting up at the bar or the dancer’s dressing room.

It was almost Halloween that time so DinosaurDanceParty thought that her negative feelings were just caused by watching too much scary movies. However, her co-worker also told her about the creepiness of the back room.

Then one night, as she was carrying a box of glasses into the back room, DinosaurDanceParty heard a terrifying and screeching noise that sounded a lot like that is heard from horror movies. Freaked out and horrified, DinosaurDanceParty went out running. The bartender also heard the noise but not as intense. The bartender also thought that the noise was just caused by some technical glitch in the sound system. DinosaurDanceParty heard the noise several more times while she continued her work at the club.

Sometimes, DinosaurDanceParty would walk in and the light in the back room would flicker off and was replaced a red glow. DinosaurDanceParty was so scared that she ran out and told bartender. However, when they checked the lights, the bulbs were already dead. As time went by, DinosaurDanceParty ceased asking for the bartender’s help every time something weird happened to her because she did not want other people that she already going nuts.

Then, one time, as she was cleaning the hall between the dancers’ room and the back room, DinosaurDanceParty looked at the mirror in the back room and saw two legs in black ripped tights floating and swaying back and forth. The girl screamed and ran as fast as she could to the bar, thinking that a dancer had hung herself. When they checked the backroom, there was nothing there. One of the dancers thought that maybe a dancer really killed herself there, and it was her ghost that DinosaurDanceParty saw.

Sometime before Halloween, DinosaurDanceParty went to work wearing her normally all-black attire but with a painted skull painted on her face. That night, she asked to leave early. When she checked her makeup on the mirror in the dancer’s room, DinosaurDanceParty was surprised when she found out that she passed out in the back room, and she was found unconscious with all the makeup smeared on her face. Apparently, she had been gone for almost an hour, until she was found. She quit her job the next day.

FROM THE MOUTHS OF BABES (huntedthebuffalo)

When his older sister was born, huntedthebuffalo’s family moved to a smaller house. While she was still a baby, his sister would be seen by his parents waving and staring at something before she would start giggling. When she got a bit older, their parents asked his sister who she was talking to. His sister said that she was talking to “the little boy.” Their parents asked if the little boy was nice. His sister thought for a few moments before saying yes. Then after huntedthebuffalo was born, he was seen doing the same thing as his sister when she was little. He was also asked by his parents to whom he was talking to. Huntedthebuffalo answered the same. It was the little boy. When asked he the little boy was nice, he said yes but he added that the little boy might be lying.

THE WRONG PARENTS (LadyStoneheart)

When she little, LadyStoneheart was sometimes woken up by nightmares, which always made her go to her parents’ room. One time, she had another one of her nightmares, and she immediately went to her parents’ room. However, when she reached inside the room, she saw two sets of parents. The first pair was lying on the bed, whereas the second one was on the floor. Knowing that one set could only be evil, LadyStoneheart had to choose the right pair of parents. However, when she tried to wake up the set of parents lying on the floor, she saw that their eyes were nothing but just bright glowing red light. At that moment, she actually woke up. She ran to her parents’ room just to see another two sets of parents inside the room. Fortunately, it turned out that the parents’ lying on the floor were just piles of clothes.

THE TRUCULENT TRUCK (SorciaMcNasty)

One time, when he was 7, SorciaMcNasty, his brother, mother, and grandmother, stayed with their grandmother whose house was located on an isolated country road in NC. The house was situated near the train tracks and the nearest neighbor was not within the screaming distance.

Then, one early morning, as their family were having breakfast, they heard a vehicle pulling up outside. They checked it out and saw a strange truck part on the front yard. The weird thing was no one was behind the wheel though the engine of the truck was idling.

SorciaMcNasty’s mother asked their grandmother if she knew whose car it was but old woman said no and thought that maybe her cousin had called for some hired help, and the owner of the truck went to the wrong farm. However, when their grandmother tried contacting her cousin, the phone went dead.

Then, they all heard a loud banging on the front door. Their grandmother gathered the family in the living room while she checked out who was banging the door with a knife on her hand. However, no one was there.

The family felt relief but the, all the doors of the house started banging. And the whole family could literally see some of the doors vibrating because of the banging. Out of sheer terror and fear, their mother ran to the window. She cried with relief when she saw that their cousin had arrived.

The cousin checked out the truck with a shotgun in his hand. Then, he went pale and just started running toward the house.

When their grandmother saw the man running, she shouted for all of them to get down. Then, the cousin rushed past inside, the banging started again, and the cousin fired the gun once. At that moment, the truck came to life, whereas the banging finally ceased. The cousin went out again toward the truck, with his gun aimed at the vehicle. All the while, the family was behind him. Then, the truck just pulled out and raced out of the yard. The cousin shot at the rushing vehicle but it just continued running at full speed.

No one was driving the car when it went away.

The family called the police but their cousin had to go to his first because the phone line of the house was cut. The cousin said that the car had no plates and it was filled with a lot of weird restraints, like handcuffs, c-clamps, and nylon straps. He also claimed to have smelled blood on the truck.

The cousin also claimed to have seen something inside the house that was why he ran inside and fired his gun. However, he hit nothing and the truck just raced out of the front yard afterward.

Until now, one can explained what had happened, even the police could not figure out anything that could tell how all the doors on the house just went on banging.

Chandler Riggs

In the last season of The Walking Dead and after waiting for a very long time, Carl Grimes was shot in the eye during the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead Season 6. The famous scene was first glanced by Walking Dead fans in the original comic version of the series.

And now, fans should expect that everything will be different with Carl.

In the comics, after the incident, Carl suffered from memory loss and his personality turned to a darker shade. When asked about his character in The Walking Dead, Chandler Riggs did not hesitate to share some of his thoughts. The young actor thinks that the old Carl may really seem to be gone for good along with his left eye.

Riggs was very excited to see what would become of one-eyed Carl during last season since he thought that it was one of his best work so far in the series. In fact, he tried everything to physically showcase the changes that have been going on with Carl since he lost his one eye.

Riggs also thinks that the incident with Carl made him a better actor because in truth, he found it hard to act with just one eye. That is aside from the fact that he was forced to things very much differently.

The young actor also recalled the things that happened while filming Season 6 of The Walking Dead and some of the shocking moments that blew away the minds of the people.

LOSING THE EYE

Riggs found losing one eye as Carl in the series very cool. In fact, the actor was very excited when he learned about what would happen to his character, and people could vouch that he was looking very much forward to that iconic scene. At first, Riggs was not very sure if Carl was actually going to lose his eye since Rick never did lose his hand just like what happened in the comics.

FILMING THE SCENE

They had a bit of tough time shooting the scene. It was night and the set was splashed with blood. In addition, there was a lot of screaming and crying during that moment. However, Riggs had fun while shooting the scene where his eye was shot since he could see all the visual effects. Some blood was applied around his eye but the actual prosthetics was placed on him when he was already at the infirmary.

Though it did not bode well for his character, Riggs enjoyed very much shooting the scene because it portrayed what really happened in the comics. The only downside was Ron shooting Carl.

SHOOTING SCENES WITH JUST ONE EYE

Riggs had some tough time in shooting with just one eye. Still, he managed to get used to after a while. The hardest part for him was losing depth perception since he really couldn’t see what was happening on the other side of the room. Yet, Riggs found it helpful to see with just one eye because it had helped in internalizing his character.

On the other hand, it’s not like Carl would be seen wearing an eye patch anytime soon. Riggs thought Carl’s wound was quite large for an eye patch so he thought that bandages would do for him in the meantime.

As for the upcoming episodes, the actor promised that there are still shocking moments awaiting The Walking Dead fans and he assured that they would not be disappointed.

Riggs also shared some insights into Negan’s appearance in the show. The character was quite notorious in the comics and it seems that Negan’s character would not be much different in the series. Negan would be sure to annoy a lot of fans with no one to stop him. In addition, killing sounds like so much fun with him.

As for the shocking moments just like Glen’s near death experience, Riggs did not think that anything like would ever happen again in the series but he is sure that anything important that would be happening would surely shock the hell out of people.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Seth Grahame-Smith, the famous author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, looks like got caught up in one big mess when the publisher, Hachette, filed a case against the author regarding a submitted manuscript by Grahame-Smith, claiming that the work is basically “an appropriation of a 120-year old public domain work.”

Grahame-Smith became first popular by combining history and zombies in his 2009 work, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The success of his first book led him to write another best seller, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. However, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is now surrounded by controversy as Hachette filed a case against Grahame-Smith for what was supposed to be a breach of contract. As poste by Publishers Marketplace in their website, Grahame-Smith and Hatchett signed a $4 million deal in 2010, in which the author was supposed to provide the publishing company with two new creations. As part of the deal, the author was initially paid a fee of $1 million as installment.

Grahame-Smith was able to submit the first book, The Last American Vampire, which followed the story of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. As for the second book, the author was given an extension from June 2013 to April 2016.

According to the complaint filed against Grahame-Smith the authored submitted a manuscript in June 2016 but it was not original and instead, was filled with as quoted, ““an appropriation of a 120-year old public domain work.” In addition, the material greatly deviates from the 80,000 to 100,000-word limit that the publisher and Grahame-Smith agreed on. Moreover, the said manuscript was not a par, considering the style and quality, with Smith’s previous work. To give a brief idea, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is about the story Abraham Lincoln as a US president and as a warrior against zombies in the civil war.

Grahame-Smith and his company Baby Gorilla will face legal battle against Hachette, who filed a $500,000 fine, which amounts to half of the original payment given to the author plus interest. The publishing company believes that providing them with a completely different material and substance from that what was originally described in their agreement can be considered as a breach of contract.

As such, Grahame-Smith is sure in a lot of hot mess.

Rocky Horror Picture Show

The first five minutes of The Rocky Horror Picture Show was recently glimpsed by fans on Twitter and Periscope when the clip was released by Fox. The clip is a preview of the modern take made the by the TV company on the cult classic. Prior the release of the clip, Victoria Justice gave hints regarding her role as Janet with a snippet of “Touch Me.”

The remake of the musical will star Laverne Cox, Ryan McCartan, Adam Lambert, Christina Milian, and Tim Curry. In addition, the first 25 minutes of the show was previewed at the San Diego Comic-Con last July. Basically, the story would begin at a movie theater, where The Rocky Horror Picture Show is showing. Then comes the opening number entitled, “Science Fiction/Double Feature,” which will be sung by the female usher at the theater.

Notably, a lot of fans could not get enough of the clip, and for sure, the premiere of the new The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be much awaited.

The show premiered on FOX on October 20, 2016 to mixed reviews.  It was released on DVD on December 6, 2016.

Christopher Walken

The Christopher Walken Film Stands The Test Of Time

Movies are proof and witnesses of the passage of time. And for a very long time, people have loyally flocked the theaters in order to take a break from the real world and be part of story, good or not, that is part of the vision of a filmmaker’s mind. As time goes by, there are those movies that never get old for most people, and they are considered as classic or timeless. The only question about such movies is whether they can stand the test of time and at the end still come out as something that is extraordinary and be able to people a great story no matter what their age are.

Stephen King is one of the most popular horror novelist all of time. His works have become very popular that a lot have been turned into movies or TV adaptations. However, a number of people do notice that adaptations of Stephen King’s work are, most of the time, not that great and usually fall very far behind than their original version. Still, there are some King adaptations that have appealed to the viewers and managed to tell a story that is a par with their version in paper.

Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is one adaptation of King’s works that are considered by many as one of the greatest though the author himself showed great dislike for the movie. However, aside from The Shining, there are some Stephen King movies or TV series out there that are great even though they might not have achieved greatness the way that The Shining did.

And one such story is The Dead Zone

PLOT

The adaptation of The Dead Zone tells the story of an English teacher named Johnny Smith. Smith seemed to be just like any normal human being until he was hit by a trick and was placed in a coma for five years afterward. Then, he woke up only to find out that he could see the past, present, and future of a person when he shook their hands. And everything became much complicated for him when he learned that Martin Sheen, who was running for the presidential position, had in mind to kill all people should he be elected to the seat.

THE TIMELESSNESS OF THE DEAD ZONE

The movie was directed by David Cronenberg and he did a good job with The Dead Zone considering the kind of gore and violence that are usually seen with his creations, such as Scanners and The Fly.

Moreover, The Dead Zone was a kind of movie that did not rush things. Cronenberg was patient in letting all thing fall into their proper places in the movie until they have delivered properly the different elements of the story. In addition, the movie did not directly tell to people’s face that Martin Sheen was a killer though people could tell that he was a killer on the loose. As for Christopher Walken, the man was subjected to violence, though most of the time only in his dreams. And in most cases, Walken’s suffering proved to be more disturbing than his visions.

The movie was also blessed to have included talented actors, such as Walken. His weird antics made him perfect for the role of Johnny Smith, and he really did look tortured and confused with everything that was happening around him. Moreover, Walken was very effective in showing his character’s pain in waking up a from a coma and realizing that he had lost everything, which was made worse by his unwanted gift.

The other actors, including Tom Skerritt, Brooke Adams, and Herbert Lom also gave commendable performance in The Dead Zone.

WALKEN IN THE DEAD ZONE AFTER 30 YEARS

Though Walken supposedly did some great work in The Dead Zone, it seemed that after 30 years, his performance seems to have lost its glitter. After watching the film after 30 years, one is bound to notice his undiminishing weird manners, the patterns of his speech, and other things unique to the actor, which at present, seem strangely awkward.

Though the kind of acting in previous times and today may have some differences, something is really off with the performance of the actors when the movie is watched today. Even Martin Sheen now fails to bring some life to his character.

As for the story, it seems that 1 hour and 40-minute run-time is not enough to tell everything about The Dead Zone. The flow of the story is not consistent and the scenes tend to jump from one thing to another. The transition is staggered and the first few scenes are quite anti-climactic. Looking at it, it now seems to be a great idea to just show The Dead Zone in the small screen.

Finally, The Dead Zone is basically one of King’s adaptation that adds to the pile of sub-par creations that cannot tell a story the way that The Shining and Shawshank Redemption did. Still, the movie is a classic and it involved great talents, such as Cronenberg and Walken.

The Shinning

King’s Least Favorite Of His Films

A lot of Stephen King’s works have already been adapted to both small and big screens. In fact, 1999 credits on IMDB are under his name, in which some can be attributed to the repeat adaptations of his creations. Every filmmaker has the right to love the incredible author. Stephen King has created not only commercial novel hits but also stories that were artfully created and with great substance. The author is great in depicting monster, but they are featured in stories that are anchored in the real life and the characters of his novels are the ones which are considered to be some of the most memorable. As a result, his stories of have become more than the common slasher or monster creature narratives.

However, it can’t be denied that there is a disconnection between his stories that are great for movie adaptation and the reception of the audience once these movies are made. In the almost 200 adapted films of King’s novel, only some of them can be considered as worth watching. When stories, such as 1408, end up at the stronger end of the scale, well, one should know how bad the other adaptations are. Still, they have the option of watching the Stephen King-directed Maximum Overdrive.

Horror does not have the kind of respect that is allotted for other genres, that is why directors have a habit of avoiding creating works under such nature. The same goes for King’s creations even though his stories delved into darkness just like in other films. In fact, only a few known filmmakers have been involved with directing his works. These people include Brian De Palma (Carrie), David Cronenberg (The Dead Zone), and Rob Reiner (Misery). In relation to this, Stephen King is known for selling the rights of his short stories to inexperienced directors, which is possibly the reason why the quality of many of his adapted works is not up to the standards.

On the other hand, the more dramatic adaptations of Stephen King’s works seem to better compared with the horror ones. Yet, no can contradict that the best adaptation of King’s creations is a horror one, and it is considered as one of the scariest movies of all time: The Shining. The visual effects of the movie were very commendable, most especially the blood flooding the elevators and the creepy twin girls. The movie is also known for presenting some iconic scenes, prompting the development of an acclaimed documentary about the most far-fetched fan theories. The masterpiece that is The Shining is a perfect portrayal of the quality of work of Stanley Kubrick.

However, Stephen King himself was not a fan of what Kubrick did with The Shining. In fact, the author hates Kubrick’s depiction of the Overlook hotel and the Torrance family. Stephen King though the representations in the movie were too cold and there wasn’t any emotional investment in the family on the director’s part. On the other hand, King made sure to show his approval for the film’s visuals.

Though, no one can dispute King about his thought on the movie, it is possible that his connection with The Shining influenced his view on the film’s quality.

The Shining can be considered as the most personal creation of Stephen King. The novel not only elevated King’s writing to the next level, it also reflects some of the horrors are based on his own life. King admitted that during his younger years and the time that he already has two children, he sometimes feared himself for feeling antagonism toward his children. It is also known that he had a problem with alcoholism before, and such struggle did not pair well with his negative emotions. He said that his reason for writing the book was to flush out those thoughts inside him but it turned to be also a form of confession.

The main character in The Shining is Jack Torrance, a wannabe writer who is already far behind his deadline. King fully describes in the book Jack’s drinking and emotional problems, which in return, have caused irreparable damage on both his job and marriage. His problems turned for the worse when he broke the arm of his son, Danny, because of outrage and hit a child’ bicycle on the road while drunk driving. Logically, none of the incidents would have happened if only Jack had been sober. And his problems just got deeper when he lost his job after attacking a student because of his misplaced anger.

With such turn of events, Jack had no choice but to accept the job as the caretaker of Overlook hotel during the winter. Jack and his family would have to live in the hotel during the whole season and that is where Stephen King began pouring all the scary elements. At the hotel, Jack was suffering from a lot of problems, including the lack of alcohol, his anger, guilt, his lack of job and capacity of become a good writer, and isolation caused by winter. He was also not safe from the ghost and monsters that were plaguing the hotel and his son. Meanwhile, Wendy, Jack’s wife and a victim of husband’s abusive hands, feared the harm that would come to her and her son as Jack began drinking alcohol again. As for Danny, the boy could not bear the thought his parents splitting up and his powerful psychic ability, the “shining,” also did not save him from seeing the terrors roaming the hotel.

Aside from being a horror story, The Shining can also be deemed as tragedy. Though Jack had violent tendencies, some people can still relate with his character. In fact, King has deeply connected Jack’s character with that of his father, who also had a history with alcohol. Jack’s character has been known for being able to display a good and loving husband but whose inner demons are known by the readers to be just hibernating within him. And for a while, it seemed that the Torrance family would eventually have a happily ever after. Nevertheless, Jack tried to change himself for the good and to fight the evilness inside him, and this struggle really proved to be an important factor that determined the course of the story.

However, in the movie adaptation, Kubrick almost disregarded all the emotional conflicts faced by Jack. In the big screen, Jack’s problem with alcoholism was not highlighted that much as well as his struggle in trying to write. And such portrayal seemed to be very far from that is depicted in the novel. In addition, the supernatural manifestations that were seen in the movie were argued to be brought about by madness and not by just ghosts alone. However, King emphasizes that ghosts were always present in the hotel and they were the ones who drove Jack toward the edge of madness. Moreover, some monsters that were included in the book, such as the snake-like attacking fire hose and the animal topiary that came to life, were not seen in the movie.

As for Jack Nicholson, who played Jack in the movie, his portrayal did not parallel the character of the novel version. The same can be said for Jack’s simultaneous feelings of love and hate for Danny. And as noted by King, it seemed that Jack in the movie version of The Shining did not really try fighting away the darkness.

Kubrick also did not pay much attention to the book’s ending, as he gave Dick Hallorann, the Overlook’s cook and who had a psychic connection with Danny, a death that was different from that in the book.

More importantly, the movie ends with Jack going on a rampage and hunting Danny through a hedge maze before finally freezing to his death. This could have been what made Stephen King think that the film was too cold. Though Jack also hunted in Danny in the book, King made it clear that Jack was being controlled by the supernatural forces in the hotel. In addition, Jack was able to regain his consciousness for just a while and just enough to tell his son that he loved and him and to allow him to escape. In the end, Jack died in the hotel during the explosion in the boiler room.

Independently, Kubrick’s version of The Shining can be considered as one of the most powerful and thrilling films of all time. Yet, people could not blame Stephen King for his reaction. The author involved his personal life while writing the book and it seemed that Kubrick just plainly ignored it.

And since the original author did not like the adaptation of The Shining, one could only hope that the succeeding re-adaptation would fair off much better. So, as expected, The Shining was re-adapted as Stephen King’s The Shining, and for sure the horror novelist preferred this version.

Meanwhile, Mick Garris’ Shining was also released a part of the King miniseries shown in ABC. It came out with the likes of The Stand, It, The Tommyknockers, Storm of the Century, and Rose Red. Idea of creating such a project was commendable but the special effects that were used were not that great.

A lot of people did not like the TV version of The Shining though the story it portrayed was close to that of the book.

There are several factors that led to the failure of TV version of The Shining to sail through. First was the poor acting Steven Weber, which was incomparable to that of Jack Nicholson in the big screen. In addition, Courtland Mead was the wrong choice for playing the role of Danny.

Meanwhile, Rebecca De Mornay did pretty well as Wendy in the small screen considering that King thought that the Wendy in the movie was rather insulting to women and did really present a complex character which should have been there in the first place.

Another mistake made by the miniseries is in terms of the atmosphere. The Overlook in the TV version was not as scary as in Kubrick’s film, which is understandable considering that there is some limitation with the budget. Moreover, Garris made a mistake in showing Danny’s imaginary friend, “Tony,” in the screen. However, Kubrick did away by just making Danny wiggle his finger and speaking using the voice of his invisible friend.

Though Danny really sees an imaginary Tony in the book, it really did come out as absurd when literally depicted in the movie. Moreover, the miniseries did something more stupid by showing that Tony possibly speaks to Danny from the future. And even the firehose sneak and the hedge animals did not appear that terrifying in the miniseries. Thus, in short, Garris should have known his limitations while creating Shining and he should have looked for ways to make ends meet.

Meanwhile, people should still give the miniseries a chance. With over four hours of air time, it was able to portray most of the content of King’s original story. Though the miniseries is not that great, it still had its own powerful moments, and people cannot deny the rising and falling tension, which was very effective when tackled from the narrative point of view.

With a hit and cult-book such as The Shining and the kind of adaptation that it could be made into just like what Kubrick did, the most avid fans would really be the ones who will be put into test. The question lies whether they would prefer a somewhat “wrong” but effective film adaptation or that seems to be “right” but is basically ineffective. Nevertheless, one thing is clear. Avid fans do not have to be always loyal.

Take The Shining for example. None of the versions of The Shining can be considered as perfect. As for the novel, it is not free from some of the mistakes that can only be attributed to writers. In addition, let us not forget some of the racist and misogynistic statements that Jack had used as threats. Meanwhile, Kubrick also made a major mistake with modifying the death of Hallorann.

In summary, no one can deny the excellence of The Shining as a novel in providing the readers with a good tragedy and horror story that is backed up with characters struggling with their own complexities. On the other hand, Kubrick’s version also comes in as highly commendable and can really be considered as classic of the horror genre.

Stephen King

James Patterson Scraps Release Of New Novel To Avoid Insulting King

The popular author James Patterson seemed to have prevented the publication of his new novel entitled, “The Murder of Stephen King,” fearing that such novel may not appeal to the famous horror novelist.

The said novel tells the story of an obsessed fan who is trying to track down Stephen King, who is famous for writing horror novels, such Misery, The Shining, and Carrie.

However, Patterson discovered during the run-up that there really fans who caused disturbance in the author’s home in real life.

Still, Patterson said that King did not have a hand at all with the movie.

Before Patterson the decision of not publishing the book, he emphasized that Stephen King was no way involved in the creation of the novel and he sincerely hoped that the author would appreciate his decision.

However, Patterson also released a statement, indicating that the novel, which he co-wrote with Derek Nikitas, just positively represents a fictional character and the main characters does not actually get murdered in the story.

In the end, James Patterson did not want to make Stephen King nor his family uncomfortable with his novel. And thus, his great respect for those people prompted him to forego publishing The Murder of Stephen King.

On the other hand, the center of the said unpublished novel, Stephen King, opted to not make any comments regarding the matter.

James Patterson, also a best seller author, clarified that he does not personally know Stephen King.

A comment by Stephen King on Patterson in 2009 described the latter as a successful yet “terrible” writer. Patterson perceived the comment as some kind of a “hyperbole.”

Instead of The Murder of Stephen King, Patterson is set to release a new book entitled, Taking the Titanic.

Freddy Krueger

Freddy Krueger Convinced Mark Hamill To Audition For Starwars

The release of Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977 became the turning point for the careers of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher. However, Hamill would not have been given the role of Luke Skywalker if not for the man who played Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street horror movies.

During the Oz Comic Con in Brisbane, Robert Englund influenced Mark Hamill into auditioning for Star Wars: A New Hope without telling him that he had also auditioned for the role of Han Solo. Some fans might have already read about this in Englund’s book, Hollywood Monster.

According to an interview with Englund conducted by Forced Material, Englund thought that he had already bagged the role of the surfer in Apocalypse Now but he found out that he did not pass the audition. Then, as he was leaving, somebody told him about that there was something going on involving George Lucas. And since Englund was such a great fan of Lucas, he went on and auditioned for the role of Hans solo. However, the casting staff were looking for an older artist to play the role. He said that people only took pictures of him, which just indicated that he was just not fit for the role of Han Solo.

Then, he managed to goad Mark Hamill to audition for the Star Wars movie. He related that during that time, Mark Hamill was already a star and was shooting for a certain TV series. In addition, Hamill was always staying at his place. So, soon as he got inside his place, Englund told about George Lucas’ latest project and asked him audition. Afterward, Mark got in touch with his agent and bagged the role Luke Skywalker.

Tim Burton

Timothy Walter “Tim” Burton is an American director, producer, artist, writer, and animator, who is most popular for creating dark, gothic, and fantasy film, including Beetlejuice (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990), and the animated musical The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993). Burton also created the films Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Corpse Bride (2005), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Dark Shadows (2012), and Frankenweenie. In addition, Burton also directed the adventure comedy Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985), the superhero films Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992), Planet of the Apes (2001), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), and Alice in Wonderland (2010).

Burton has also repeatedly worked with Johnny Depp and his former partner, Helena Bonham Carter.

TIM BURTON’S ORIGINS

Tim Burton was born in 1958 to his parents Jean and Bill Burton, in Burbank, California. When he was young, Burton was fond of creating short films in their backyard using stop motion animation techniques. He attended Burbank High School but did not excel in academic work. After finishing high school, Burton went to the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California.

BURTON’S EARLY CAREER

One of Burton’s earliest work, Stalk of the Celery Monster, caught the attention Walt Disney’s Productions’ animation division, and he was an apprenticeship. The man became an animator, storyboard artist, and concept artist, and he was part of the production of some films, including The Fox and the Hound (198), The Black Cauldron, and Tron.

In 1982, Burton created his first short film, Vincent. Vincent was screened at the Chicago Film Festival. Afterward, Burton worked on the live action Hansel and Gretel. He also worked on the live-action short film, Frankenweenie (1984). Burton was fired from Disney after finishing Frankenweenie because the company deemed his work too dark for viewing by children.

TIM BURTON’S FAMOUS WORKS

  1. BEETLEJUICE (1988)

Beetlejuice is a supernatural comedy horror film, which focuses on a young couple who are trying to deal with their death and a family who have just moved in to the couple’s home in New England. The film starred Winona Ryder, the young teenage daughter who can see ghosts, Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis, and Michael Keaton as the bio-exorcist, Beetlejuice. The film was a box-office hit and won the Academy Award for Best Makeup.

  1. EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (1990)

Burton worked with Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands. The film was about Edward, a human-like invention with scissors as hand, who was left alone after his creator’s death. He would then encounter the other characters, including that of Winona Ryder’s, which would initiate the adventures of Edward in the suburbia.

  1. THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993)

Burton was the writer and producer of The Nightmare Before Christmas. The animated musical was a box-office hit and was positively reviewed. The film would become iconic because it depicted Burton’s original style and characters.

  1. SLEEPY HOLLOW (1999)

Burton was another film that involved Johnny Depp. The film was about Ichabod Crane, a detective who was investigating the deaths of the town of Sleepy Hollow. Christina Ricci joined Depp in the film as Katrina van Tassel. Sleepy Hollow received the Academy Award for Best Art Direction and BAFTAs for Best Costume Design and Best Production Design. The film was most noted for showcasing the change in Burton’s style of creating movies.

  1. CORPSE BRIDE (2005)

The stop-motion film included the voices of Johnny Depp as Victor and Helena Bonham Carter as Emily. The film also was also famous for showing Burton’s signature style.

  1. SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET (2007)

Sweeney Todd was one of Burton’s greatest works. The film earned the National Board of Review Award for Best Director, a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director, and an Academy Award for Best Art Direction. Helene Bonham Carter’s portrayal of Mrs. Lovett earned her an Evening Standard British Film Award and Golden Globe nomination. Meanwhile, Johnny Depp received nomination for the Best Actor Oscar and won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy and Best Villain in the 2008 MTV Awards. Sweeney Todd also received positive reviews from the critics.

  1. ALICE IN WONDERLAND (2010)

Basically a fantasy, Alice in Wonderland was based on the works of Lewis Carroll. The film starred Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, Matt Lucas as both Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Anne Hathaway as The White Queen, Stephen Fry as the Cheshire Cat, Alan Rickman as the voice of Absolem the Caterpillar, Michael Sheen as the voice of McTwisp the White Rabbit, and Crispin Glover as the voice of the Knave of Hearts.

  1. DARK SHADOWS (2012)

An adaptation of the original gothic soap opera, Dark Shadows included Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Bella Heathcote, Gulliver McGrath, and Chloe Grace Moretz.

  1. FRANKENWEENIE (2012)

Burton proceeded with the creation of a full-length film for his 1984 short film. Burton has a personal connection with the film, as it reflected his relationship with his dog in the past.

  1. OTHER WORKS BY TIM BURTON

  • Pee-wee’s Big Adventure

  • Batman (1989)

  • Batman Returns (1992)

  • Cabin Boy (1994, as producer)

  • Ed Wood (1994)

  • Batman Forever

  • James and the Giant Peach (1996)

  • Mars Attacks! (1996)

  • Superman Lives

  • Planet of the Apes (2001)

  • Big Fish (2003)

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

  • 9 (2009, as producer)

  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012, as co-producer)

  • Big Eyes (2014)

  • Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016, as producer)

  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

Saw

Saw is a horror movie franchise consisting of seven films. The films are distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment and produced by Twisted Picture. The film started with a short film created by the Australian director James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell in 2003. The full-length film was then released at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004. The succeeding installments were then released the following years every October on the Friday before Halloween.

The films are basically focused on John Kramer, the “Jigsaw Killer” or just “Jigsaw.” He was first seen in Saw but he had more exposure in Saw II. Jigsaw’s character is known for kidnapping his victims first and setting them up in “tests” or “games” consisting of physical or psychological torture, which they must overcome in order to survive. Jigsaw is killed in Saw III but his apprentices continued his work or he is shown in flashbacks in the other Saw films.

OVERVIEW OF THE SAW FILMS

Saw IV reveals most of the backstory of the whole franchise, wherein it is shown that John Kramer was formerly a successful civil engineer living with his wife Jill Tuck, who was working in a rehab clinic for drug addicts. The couple lost their unborn baby because of a drug addict named Cecil. In Saw VI, it was revealed that the character of Amanda Young was involved in the incident that caused the death of Kramer’s unborn child.

John and his wife eventually got divorced because of the incident with their baby, and Kramer was later on diagnosed with inoperable cancer. Given his condition and the loss of his child, Kramer realized the importance of life and saw how other people failed to value it.

In Saw II, Kramer tried to commit suicide but survived. His accident gave him an idea on how he can change other people.

In Saw IV, it was shown how Kramer set up his first test and used Cecil as participant. From then on, Kramer would begin creating more “tests” and “games,” which he used to rehabilitate people with hopes of changing the world. Kramer earned the name Jigsaw Killer because he removed a puzzle piece-shaped chunk of flesh from the victims who did survived his traps.

Some of Kramer’s victims survived but they needed to undergo therapy to recover from the physical and psychological torture that they have suffered from him.

In Saw V, it was shown how the police lieutenant Mark Hoffman became connected with Kramer. It turned out that Hoffman killed his sister’s boyfriend and killer using a trap that looked that of Jigsaw’s. Hoffman was then kidnap by Jigsaw and was forced to become his apprentice. However, later on, Hoffman accepted being Jigsaw’s apprentice.

The first victim who survived Jigsaw’s trap was Amanda Young, who then became the killer’s apprentice. Kramer’s wife also learned of his killing practices and became a source of help.

In Saw, Dr. Lawrence Gordon was trapped in an industrial washroom with Adam Stanheight, a photographer who was following the doctor with hopes of catching him in the act as the Jigsaw Killer. Meanwhile, Lawrence was instructed to kill Adam before six o’clock or his family would die. Gordon eventually decided to saw his own foot in order to escape to save his family and help Adam. In Saw 3D, it was shown that Gordon was eventually found by Kramer, who then made the doctor his accomplice. Meanwhile, Saw III revealed that it was Amanda who kidnapped Adam and also killed him afterward.

In Saw II, Detective Eric Matthews was trapped with seven convicts in house that was being slowly filled with sarin gas. His son was held hostage by Jigsaw, who required exchanging the boy’s life for the detective’s time. However, Matthews became impatient and assaulted Jigsaw. Then, he realized that his son was being held in another place. As the house was still being filled with gas, Matthews was knocked unconscious and he woke up in a bathroom. Amanda, who was trapped with Matthews previously, revealed he connection with Jigsaw and left the man to die.

In Saw III, it was shown that Matthews managed to escape, and he found Amanda and tried to obtain his son’s location from her. However, Amanda fought and beat the detective. Saw IV showed Hoffman dragging Eric to a prison cell.

Saw III and Saw IV showed the events occurring simultaneously. As Jigsaw became weaker and was on the edge of death, Amanda began making her traps, which did not allow the victims to escape. Kramer then decided to give Amanda to another test, which led to both of their deaths.

In Saw IV, Matthews died because Officer Daniel Rigg failed the test. However, Hoffman discovered the death of Jigsaw and Amanda, but an autopsy led to the discovery of a tape telling Hoffman that he was not free from the hands of the Jigsaw yet.

Saw V revolved around five people who were involved in a disastrous fire and who were kidnap by Hoffman to participate in a test. The people were killed one by one by the traps but the remaining two realized that they should work together to survive. The victims were rescued by Special Agent Erikson. Meanwhile, Hoffman set up FBI Agent Peter Strahm to make it look like the agent was accomplice of Jigsaw. However, Strahm was eventually killed when he failed to follow Hoffman’s instructions.

In Saw VI, Hoffman set up the insurance executive William Easton, who turned out to be responsible for turning down a number of insurance policies. William tried to save people as he participated in the tests, and he realized that he done wrong in the past. However, he was killed by person whose policy was rejected when he was subjected to a test of forgiveness. Meanwhile, the agents Erickson and Perez investigated Agent Strahm’s disappearance and learned Hoffman’s true identity. However, they were killed before they could reveal Hoffman’s role in the killings. However, Hoffman was eventually attacked by Jill, as requested by Jigsaw. Hoffman was left in the new Reverse Beartrap with no key. Hoffman managed to free himself from the trap.

In Saw 3D, Hoffman and Jill fought each other to gain control of the Jigsaw’s legacy. Jill went into protective custody and revealed Hoffman’s true identity. Meanwhile, Hoffman set up new games to get closer to Jill. A man who wrote a book and falsely claimed having escaped Jigsaw’s trapped was placed in a true test, leading to the death of his friends and his wife. Hoffman disguised himself as a corpse in order to enter the police station. He found Jill and killed her with the Reverse Beartrap. However, when Hoffman tried to leave town, Gordon and his accomplices turned up, and Hoffman was trapped in the bathroom from the first film. It turned out that Gordon became an accomplice of Jigsaw, and Hoffman was left to die.

Insidious 3

INTRODUCTION AND PLOT

Insidious 3 is a 2015 American supernatural horror film, which serves as the prequel for the first two films and the third in the Insidious film series. Written and directed by Leigh Whannel, the film stars Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Sampson, Whannell, and Lin Shaye.

The film is set a few years after the first film and starts with the retired parapsychologist Elise Rainier. The doctor helps Quinn Brenner to contact the spirit of her dead mother but sensing that something was wrong with spirit, Rainier advises Quinn to avoid contacting her mother again.

After a failed audition, Quinn gets caught up in accident, which leaves her in cast and with her father, Sean, and younger brother Alex. However, the demon that Quinn saw before her accident is still plaguing her, and eventually, she suffers from a neck injury after the demons has flung her in her bedroom. Her father tried to convince Elise to help her but Elise refuses, fearing for her life. However, Elise realizes that she is stronger than the spirits, thanks to his fellow parapsychologist, Carl.

Meanwhile, Alex calls on the demonologists Specs and Tucker but they cannot save Quinn from demonic possession. Elise arrives and enters the spiritual world to confront the spirit haunting her and to find the demon plaguing Quinn. Elise realizes that Quinn should defeat the demon inside her on her own. As she tries to get rid of the spirit possessing her, the spirit of Quinn’s mother comes to her aid.

Afterward, Elise decides to work with Specs and Tucker but she is then confronted by the demon from the first film.

PRODUCTION

Announcement of the third installment in the Insidious film series was announced in September 2013, and Leigh Whannell was tapped to write and Jason Blum and Oren Peli were hired as producers. Whannell was also slated to direct the film, which was his first, and announcement of Stefanie Scott and Dermot Mulroney’s roles were made afterward.

Principal photography for the film started in July 2014 in Los Angeles and shooting for the film concluded in August 2014.

Insidious: Chapter 3 was released under Gramercy Pictures, which was relaunched by Focus Features in May 2015.

RECEPTION

Insidious: Chapter 3 earned a total of $112.8 million worldwide. In North America, the film got the third spot during its opening weekend and earned the same spot outside North America.

The movie was given a rating of 58% in Rotten Tomatoes and a rating average of 5.5/10. It gained a score of 52/100 in Metacritic and was given a B+ score by Cinema Score.

Basically, the film received mixed reviews from its critics. IGN gave the film a score of 7.1/10, describing its focused, dark, and creepiest among the installments in the film series. Meanwhile, Variety thought that the movie was dull compared with the previous Insidious movies. The Hollywood Reporter, though that the movie was great with the presence of a relatable protagonist and key characters. However, Entertainment Weekly thought that the film deserved only a C+, indicating that Insidious 3 was the worst sequel in the films. In addition, San Francisco Chronicle claimed that the movie was not really scary.

Other publications who negatively reviewed the films are the Toronto Star, The Arizona Republic, the Newark Star-Ledger, New York Magazine, and ReelViews. Meanwhile, some publications who gave the film positive reviews included The Telegraph and The A.V. Club.

SEQUEL

In May 2016, the fourth installment in the film series, Insidious: Chapter 4, was announced. The fourth film is slated to come out in theaters in October 2017. Whannell will write the movie and Blum and Peli are hired to produce again. Shaye will come back as Elise Rainer and Adam Robitel is set to direct the film.

Milla Jovovich

Milla Jovovich Say’s She Has Made Her Last Resident Evil Film

It seems that Milla Jovovich has made her goodbyes with the set of Resident Evil.

During the Chanel No. 5 5 L’EAU Dinner in West Hollywood, the model actress shared some of her thought regarding the latest addition and the final installment in the Resident Evil franchise.

Though Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is already the sixth in the series, Milla still had a bit of an experience shooting the movie.

Shooting the last Resident Evil installment was a bit more special since the actress was able to work with her daughter, and of course, there was a new baby on during the shoot. In fact, Jovovich thought that the whole production period was just your typical family affair.

In April 2015, Milla Jovovich and her husband Paul W.S. Anderson (the director of The Final Chapter) had their second daughter, Dashiel Edan. Then the following September, they started shooting the film. The involvement of the family in the film does not stop with mom and dad because their eldest daughter, Ever, would be playing the Red Queen.

A proud mom, Jovovich boasts her daughter’s love for acting and her incredible work in the movie. As a mother, she greatly thinks that her daughter has become more professional during the set, but the young lady also got to enjoy being on the set. Jovovich’s joy did not stop with Ever’s inclusion in the movie, as she also had the time to dote on the latest addition to their family. She recalled having to be nursing the baby while still being covered in blood and with some zombies walking around the set. What made it more fun was some zombies would approach her and comment on how cute her baby is.

It has already been 15 years since Jovovich took on the role of Alice, but it seems that the actress is not quite ready to bid goodbye to her famous character yet.

However, Jovovich thinks that she’s already on her way. The film has just wrapped up the production, and they are already starting with doing some press. Thus, she thinks that eventually she will realize that her journey as Alice has stopped after a few years. And the actress admits that she will Alice and everything about the Resident Evil movie franchise.

On the other hand, Jovovich’s next role would be very far from Alice’s character.

Her next movie will be based on a true story. It tells about the side of the reports who were trying to tell people the real score after the 9/11 attack. In the movie, Jovovic will play the wife of one of the reporters. As a matter of fact, she got in touch in with the real-life counterpart of her character. She felt overwhelmed for being able to portray a character who is still alive, and she felt like she’s doing justice to her role. The actress hopes that she will be able to represent the woman’s character and be able to show the audience who she really is.

For the meantime, people should just enjoy watching Alice go back to the Raccoon City and slay some monsters.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is slated to come out in theaters in January 27, 2017.