The title L.A. Slasher is a dream title for me. It combines my two true loves, L.A. and slasher movies! The trailer, poster, and killer's signature mask all get a high-praised check mark from this die-hard horror fan.
So here I am, sitting in the comforts of my home with this screener, ready to take in some bloodshed. The opening credits roll, and it opens with cute cartoon characters that seem to be inspired by the opening of 1989's Troop Beverly Hills, another film I totally love. Then, the actual movie starts and I am still trying to keep an open mind. ("Please make this my new favorite slasher movie!")
Sadly, this movie has problems.
The blueprint for the movie is here. The idea of a man dressed in a white suit and white mask with a ridiculous black wig knocking off talentless reality stars and pop sensations who make millions of dollars is a fun concept. And I know there is a message running throughout the movie (We, viewers of such schlock, are the ones to blame for making these talentless people famous), so should we feel ashamed for glamorizing (and kinda praising) a killer who's just doing a public service? Has all the makings of a slick thriller, right?
Well, one would hope.
The film doesn't really get a grasp on a tone, and every scene feels like the beginning of a music video that goes nowhere fast. I will say the one glimmer of hope is Mischa Barton, maybe because she actually has talent, and I actually cared about whether or not she'd survive. (Full disclosure: I've always been invested in her ever since The O.C.)
I was looking forward to seeing her become the final girl and battle it out with the killer in the end, but nope, the movie has a series of fake-out endings. At one point, it even features the beautiful song "The One and Only," which I instantly recognized from the 1991 film Doc Hollywood. WTF? This is where the movie majorly stalls with a van chasing an actress in the desert for an extended amount of time.
I looked my at my watch and thought: I would rather be keeping up with any one of the Kardashians than watch a horror film with such potential fall flat on its masked face.
I really, really, really wanted to love L.A. Slasher, but it's as empty as the subject it's satirizing, minus the fun.
The third time's the charm, er chill, in the latest entry of the Insidious franchise.
After a disappointing second chapter of writer-director Leigh Whannell's supernatural saga, fans may be reluctant to take another spooky journey through The Further, this time with a new cast of characters and a new sinister demon. But fortunately, this one's a prequel, a story about a luckless teen (Stefanie Scott) who tries to contact her dead mother, only to end up stirring a few evil spirits that wreak havoc on her life. (Silly girl.)
Dermot Mulroney shines a light.
But the film is just as much about her as it is about the franchise's plucky heroine, Elise Rainier (the fun-to-watch Lin Shaye). Insidious: Chapter 3 is her origin story, a glimpse into the medium's past and her first encounter with the nerdy ghost-hunting duo, Tucker and Specs (Angus Sampson and Whannell - seriously, someone get them their own series).
Whereas Chapter 2 floundered with its unnecessary continuation of the Lambert family saga, Chapter 3 starts out feeling fresh, wasting no time setting up its tense, atmospheric world. And it never lets go from there. This third entry packs a punch with its extremely eerie set-ups and unapologetic jump-scares. (The minimal use of any music or score definitely helps here.)
If you ask me, exploring Elise's personal history is what this franchise needed. While some horror series run the risk of neutering themselves by delving too deep into a villain's backstory, this one flourishes by giving us more of a character we love to root for. And we certainly do, especially during a climactic showdown with a familiar-looking, cross-dressing specter.
Will the chapters stop coming after this satisfying installment? Probably not. But it's nice to see a horror franchise that is quickly learning its lessons before it, like its characters, dives deeper into more darkness.
Outfest, L.A.'s hugely popular LGBT film festival, has announced its star-studded line-up for the 2015 festivities, which kicks off July 9. And we're still trying to pick our jaws up from the floor.
Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, Clint Eastwood, Kelsey Grammar, Sarah Silverman, Molly Shannon, Aubrey Plaza, Melissa Leo, and Ryan Phillippe are just a few of the names featured in this year's selection of films that range from LOL-worthy comedies to poignant dramas to provocative documentaries.
The annual film festival will also feature two sneak peeks of fall TV shows including Bill Hader and Fred Armisen’s "Sandy Passage," a Grey Gardens parody episode of IFC’s upcoming comedy series Documentary Now! and the new TLC reality show I Am Jazz, spotlighting the day-to-day life of transgender teen and Clean & Clear model Jazz Jennings.
Nick Jonas will also join DirecTV’s Kingdom creator Byron Balasco for a special appearance and in-depth discussion on Jonas’s massive following as well as a sneak peek of his role as a gay MMA fighter on season 2 of the critically-acclaimed drama.
What's also got us excited for the festivities is the recently restored edition of 54: The Director's Cut, the cinematic slice of glitz from 1998 about the infamous NYC nightclub that captured the zeitgeist of the late 70s -- this time with 40 minutes of never-before-seen footage. A special screening of the film will be held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on
As previously announced, the 2015 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival will open with Tig on Thursday, July 9. The festival closes on Sunday, July 19, with François Ozon’s The New Girlfriend. The gala screenings include Nasty Baby (U.S. Dramatic Centerpiece), The Summer of Sangaile (International Centerpiece), Eisenstein in Guanajuato (International Centerpiece), Best of Enemies (Documentary Centerpiece), and Out to Win (Documentary Centerpiece).
When news of a modern-day adaptation of everyone's favorite 80s camp classic, Jem and the Holograms, was being made, many were skeptical, many complained their childhoods were being violated once again by the Hollywood puppet masters, and many expressed their general outrage across social media.
Now that the trailer has debuted (below), the vitriol continues.
If you ask us die-hard fans, this thing makes the upcoming movie (out October 23) look truly, truly, truly horrific. And the inclusion of One Direction's "Story of My Life," a song we actually like, only rubs salt in the wound.
We were hesitant to embrace a reboot of another one of our favorite 80s franchises, but after seeing this NSFW-ish trailer for the new Vacation, in which Ed Helms plays an all-grown-up Rusty Griswold taking his fam on a hijinks-filled road trip, we're pretty much sold.
In celebration of the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, Subway Restaurants took sandwich artistry to a whole new level with a larger-than-life street art display on Hollywood Blvd. Jared Fogle “The Subway Guy” was on hand this week to unveil the masterpiece, pose with fans, and dine #WhereSuperHeroesEat.
After all, superheroes need to eat, right? Which begs the question: What kind of speedy metabolism do Thor and Captain America have if they're chowing down on footlong clubs in between battles with nasty otherworldly enemies?
Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision for SUBWAY Restaurants/AP Images
Jared posed with #WhereSuperHeroesEat 3D street art in celebration of sandwich maker's partnership with the upcoming Marvel movie on Monday.
While some of you were sweating it out in the desert at Coachella this past weekend, we were chilling out at the Hollywood Roosevelt and sampling the goods at the MTV Movie Awards Gift Lounge (sponsored by LifeCell).
The fabulously hospitable GBK Productions hosted yet another swagfest full of treats and surprises for celeb guests and various members of the press covering the annual festivities.
Photo Credit - Getty Images for GBK Productions
During our visit we spied Teen Wolf hottie Ryan Kelley and Glee's Dot Marie Jones among the recipients who got to sample some refreshments, provided by event sponsor Bare Organic Mixers (our fave: the Pomegranate Cranberry Cosmo) and bring home some sweet gifts like...
Tops and pants from Savee Couture, T-shirts and hoodies from Bible LA, a cool V-neck tee from the eco-friendly, humanitarian designer M The Movement (as seen on the right with Castle's Nathan Fillion), a box of baked treats from Naughty Girls Donut Shop, handmade, natural stone jewelry from Dara Ettinger, and a goodie bag filled with artisan accessories and bath products from The Artisan Group.
After a glass of Nuvino Wine, we were ready to put down our bags and recline on a lounge chair before heading out to Hollywood Boulevard...
Brendan Robinson. Photo Credit - Getty Images for GBK Productions
...but little did we know playing a few rounds with the new Nerf Rebelle - a toy that would please any Katniss follower - would delay us.
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