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APRIL 24
VENOM
Trailer is looking good, which is just as well because VENOM isn't a superhero and if there is one thing audiences are starting to burn on it's Vampires, Zombies, and Superheroes.

You can have too much of a good thing and most Vampire, Zombie, and Superhero movies are too much no good things.

Where I'm coming from here is Horror Thriller, of course. Throughout its comic book life, VENOM is among the darkest of anti-heroes. Eddie Brock is possessed by a monster who rarely takes his feelings into account (Bruce Banner, heh! YOU know what I'm talking about).

Unlike THE INCREDIBLE HULK, however, who can and does go skipping across the face of the earth without a passport, VENOM is more of a homebody to the city. A kind of urbane symbiot- about-town. More to the point, VENOM is absolutely a monster.

Venom doesn't need the flying, exploding, hyperbolic superhero histrinoics. He can be totally in the shadows the way THE CROW was meant to be, scaring the shit out of the unwary, lost, and villainous. An unstoppable THE TERMINATOR force that, once you wind up in his cross hairs, it's all over but the running.

In fact, in 2017 Venom co-creator Todd McFarlane went on record stating, "if they gave me that character, I would scare the sh—t out of people with it."

Oh yeah! Oh Hells yeah! THAT'S the Venom I hope to see!

VENOM is Written by Kelly Marcel (TERRA NOVA [TV]), Will Beall, Scott Rosenberg (DISTURBING BEHAVIOR, IMPOSTOR, ZOO [TV]), and Jeff Pinker (ALIAS [TV], LOST [TV], FRINGE [TV], THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, THE 5th WAVE, THE DARK TOWER, ZOO [TV]), Directed by Ruben Fleischer (ZOMBIELAND), and stars, Tom Hardy (STAR TREK: NEMESIS, LD 50 LETHAL DOSE, MINOTAUR, A FOR ANDROMEDA, THE KILLING GENE, INCEPTION, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, LONDON ROAD), Michelle Williams (SPECIES, HALLOWEEN H2O, SHUTTER ISLAND), Woody Harrelson (NATURAL BORN KILLERS, A SCANNER DARKLY, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, TRANSSIBERIAN, DEFENDOR, ZOMBIELAND, THE HUNGER GAMES [all], WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES) and Riz Ahmed (SHIFTY, CENTURION, NIGHTCRAWLER).

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Halloween 2018APRIL 24
UH OH!
Halloween 2018 Test Screening Goes Over Poorly with Horror Fans?

By Kevin Burwick
Blumhouse Productions recently conducted a test screening for David Gordon Green and Danny McBride's new Halloween movie, and it's left some old school horror hounds pretty angry. Fans have been skeptical about the movie since it was announced, but pictures from the set as well as the inclusion of Jaime Lee Curtis and John Carpenter scoring the soundtrack have gone a long way in fueling hope for the quasi-sequel. However, notes from the first test screening may reignite that initial skepticism.

Continued at MovieWeb.

FeoNote: Well there you have it. Why did it have to be a sequel to John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN? If Blumhouse had to make a misstep with a Horror franchise, why couldn't it have been THE PURGE or INSIDIOUS or SINISTER?

Oh wait... nevermind.

Anyway, Horror Freak News broke the story but, at the request of the studio, they removed it. Now the breaking story belongs to MovieWeb.

Still how can you NOT give the benefit of the doubt to a Writer, Producer, and Director like David Gordon Green? The man has a long filmmaking career, spanning over 20 years, that clearly shows he has absolutely no interest in making Horror movies.

So who better to walk onto a professional baseball diamond for the first time in their life and hit a homerun Horror classic the second he ever touches a bat? Right? There's no real difference between John Carpenter movies and Judd Apatow movies, right?

Danny McBrideSee, David's thing is making Danny McBride movie comedies like Pineapple Express, or making Danny McBride TV comedies like Eastbound and Down and Vice Principles. In fact, the same Danny McBride who starred as the comedy relief in ALIEN COVENANT also co-wrote HALLOWEEN (2018) with David.

So bear in mind this was just a test screening, and the audience response is all a part of what test screenings are for (No-o-o-o body was happy with the first cut of John Carpenter's THE FOG and Nobody is happy even now with ESCAPE FROM LA). Moreover, Comedians have a long history of making classic Horror movies. For example -

Moving right along,

SPOILER ALERT -
Lucky for you (God DAMN, but you're just so fucking lucky you have me!), I know the end that so aggravated the test audience. What's the problem? For what John Carpenter has called the last Halloween, Blumhouse just HAD to do the Happy Ending.

Yeah, that's it. A Happy Halloween ending!

In the new Halloween movie for 2018, which will be called, HALLOWEEN*, Laurie Strode has become a Research Therapist specializing in weening criminals away from their violent anti-social behavior and directing their vicious tendencies to something more socially productive.

HALLOWEEN (2018) ends with Michael's powerful aggression redirected to learning a trade in the residential building industry. HAMMERWEEN: The Night HE Built A Home!

*Because that's the kind of slack-jawed creativity that worked so well for the 2011 reboot version of John Carpenter's THE THING, when the producers decided to call it, THE THING.

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Halloween 2018APRIL 23
QUICK BITES
Avengers: James Cameron SLAMS 'hypergonadal' superhero movies 'Enough, already'

By Stefan Kyriazis
The biggest box office film director of all time has blasted superhero franchises.

With Infinity War about to hit cinemas, it seems an extraordinary time for a major Hollywood voice to say he hoped audiences would soon move on and become tired of films like the upcoming Avengers blockbuster.

Continued at Express.

FeoNote: Well hang on now! I'm really looking forward to INCREDIBLES 2!

Speaking of which...

AND

See How a Shot from 'Incredibles 2' Evolves from Storyboard to Final Animation
by Ethan Anderton
Making an animated film is remarkably different than shooting a live-action movie. Everything is created from scratch, and the process is a much longer, arduous one. Sure, some live-action movies can take awhile to develop and get off the ground, but the amount of production time for an animated movie takes years.

Continued at SlashFilm.

PLUS

How ILM Animated the Avatars from Steven Spielberg's 'Ready Player One'
By Bill Desowitz
At first glance, there are way too many Easter Eggs to keep track of in Ready Player One. But, as Steven Spielberg emphasized at the Los Angeles premiere, "My philosophy from the very beginning was, the story is out the front windshield and the pop culture references are out the side mirror." As a result, animated performance was key for Industrial Light & Magic.

Continued at AWN.

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