Do you love 80s slashers? If the answer is "yes," then Dismembering Christmas is the film for you, a straight-up homage to cult faves like Happy Birthday to Me, Friday The13th, Black Christmas, Silent Night Deadly Night, and Curtains.
Slasher Studios has clearly done its homework, and I'm going to go ahead and give this an A+ for the awesome effort. Writers Kevin Sommerfield and Steve Goltz have their work cut out for them trying to make a decade-specific genre feel fresh for a 2015 audience. They stick to a formula that keeps a slasher like this entertaining and give the audience what they want and expect.
The set-up: A group of fresh, young faces spends Christmas in a secluded cabin in the woods that has a scary history and lots of red flags. So does the group leave as soon as possible? Nope! Thank goodness these kids don't listen to the old folks who try to warn them.
In the grand tradition of Jason, Freddy, and Michael, Dismembering Christmas comes a slasher to follow in the snowy footprints around the cabin. Without giving too much away, the mask is unsettling, and you definitely would run away if you saw it.
Getting the characters separated around the cabin is no easy task, but Dismembering Christmas does this in a believable way. The creative deaths are all worthy of being mentioned here, but I don't want to spoil anything because, after all, that's the fun of this movie!
The actors all rise to the challenge, play it straight, and don't knock the horror genre. The score by Dylan Curzon is first-rate and sets the perfectly eerie tone. And director Austin Bosley has created a tight thriller and doesn't waste time -- he gets to the horror we've all been waiting for.
Do yourself a favor and check out this terror-filled treat during the upcoming holiday season...or put it in a stocking for the horror lover in your life.
You can order Dismembering Christmas and other Slasher Studio titles and soundtracks at Slasher Studios.
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.
Crowds by the thousands. Long lines for autographs. Insightful discussion panels in huge halls...
Sure, we've had our fair share of Comic-Con in San Diego, but the upcoming 20th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (April 18-19, at USC) is promising to be its biggest gathering of geeks and bibliophiles.
Whether you call it #bookfest or #bookpride, FOB is making some pop culture pundits wonder: is it the next Comic-Con?
If you ask us, the answer is YES. And now's the time to jump in because, over the years, the crowds have gotten bigger -- and more fervent. Much of this could be attributed to the ever-increasing popularity of YA fiction in popular culture, thanks to successful blockbuster franchise adaptations at the box office. #LAtimesFOB is known for showcasing the next big things in the genre and inviting current literary heavyhitters to meet fans.
Maria Bello, Octavia Spencer, Jason Segel, Keegan Allen (Pretty Little Liars), Billy Idol, Kate Mulgrew (Orange is the New Black), Patton Oswalt, and Candice Bergen are just a few of the famous names appearing on the various stages throughout the festival grounds.
And don't forget the Festival After Dark events like...
THE SPOKEN WORD - An interweaving of text and movement that journeys through African American fatherhood, planet hip hop and environmental justice. Performed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph.
BOOK DROP BASH - The official after-party of the LA Times Book Prizes. here’s your chance to rub shoulders with authors and library lovers alike, participate in the legendary book swap, and enjoy music and drinks. This event is open exclusively to Library Foundation Members and invited guests of the Book Prizes.
LITERARY DEATH MATCH - Called "the most entertaining reading series ever" by the LA Times, the live show brings together four authors to read their most electric writing for seven minutes or less before a panel of three all-star judges. After each pair of readers, the judges take turns spouting hilarious, off-the-wall commentary.
It's very reminiscent of that time we caught a younger Tobey Maguire checking out his ripped new bod in the mirror during that first Spiderman movie 13 years ago: Paul Rudd flashes his toned torso (we're guessing the movie studio provided a deluxe gym membership) in the new trailer for Ant-Man, the action-packed Marvel origin story with a lot riding on it.
It's one of those cinematic moments in which we witness the chiseling of an actor we never imagined looking like he went through several rigorous months of boot camp. Think: Brendan Fraser in George of the Jungle, Christian Bale in American Psycho, and most recently, Chris Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Body like whoa.
Let's celebrate Paul Rudd getting inducted into the Marvel Studios Hall of Fame by watching this now:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt enjoyed an unexpected reunion on the set of this month's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
During one bone-crackling moment in the film that will surely get fanboys (and hardcore Disney fans) super psyched, Gordon-Levitt's character, Johnny, gets some nasty wounds tended to by a junkie doctor played by...Christopher Lloyd, his costar from 1994's Angels in the Outfield.
"I love getting to see Christopher Lloyd do something dark," Gordon-Levitt says during the film's press conference in Beverly Hills. "And you couldn't really ask for a movie that was more diametrically opposed than Angels in the Outfield." The 20-year reunion was, as he puts it, "perfect." And he savored every moment with the actor. "It's like, 'Wow, this is Doc Brown,'" he says, referring to Lloyd's indelible role in the Back to the Future trilogy. "We should be talking about 1.2 gigawatts, but it's really cool because he's actually a really strong actor. He can do a lot of different things. Applying that energy he brings to a character...and putting it in this really dark flavor of a Frank Miller world is really entertaining."
Nine years after making a bloody splash on the big screen, Frank Miller and co-director Robert Rodiguez are inviting audiences to return to the crime-ridden streets of the titular metropolis for more tales of betrayal, bloodshed, and good old-fashioned revenge. With a cast that includes Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba (a returning alum), Josh Brolin, Ava Green (in one hell of a role), Powers Booth, and Rosario Dawson, the sequel to the graphic novel adaptation is packing a bigger wallop this time around. Four distinct "chapters" explore the dark paths on which Sin City's iconic denizens travel.
Gordon-Levitt's chapter, entitled "A Long, Bad Night," centers on Johnny, a new Sin City character Miller wrote specifically for the film. "The character of Johnny was written in the script but there weren't any drawings," says Gordon-Levitt, "so it didn't have as much specificity. It's an actor's dream to be working with filmmakers who are so collaborative, so open an eager to incorporate my creative contributions into the movie."
Arriving in a vintage Corvette and dressed to the nines, Johnny, a fearless gambler, enters a dangerous world when he hits the jackpot and maneuvers his way into a deadly poker game opposite a corrupt senator (played by Booth). Gordon-Levitt couldn't have been happier to be a part of the stylish adaptation.
"I love that it embraces the fact that this is not reality," he says. "This is a heightened and stylized comic, almost a portrayal of a world that came out of the mind of Frank Miller. As an actor, that really frees you up because you are not just tethered to Would this happen in reality?"
What drew him to the script? Simple: "The thing that I liked most on the page about my character was on the very cover of the script where it said Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. I remember when the first one came out, going to the movie theater, and saying to myself, I've never seen anything like this. It's somewhere between a cartoon and a live-action movie."
"Joseph, like the best actors, teaches the director and writer a lot with the performance and interpretation they they give events," Miller says of the actor. "Because of what he brought, I was able to write dialogue I thought was much more focused, stronger and more emotional."
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For is now playing in theaters.
Greg Nicotero, the man behind all of those gruesome zombie transformations on AMC'sThe Walking Dead, was on deck at Comic-Con over the weekend to give a live special-effects demonstration in front of a crowd of fans inside the Petco Interactive Park. Some lucky guests were even treated to a gory makeover on stage...including yours truly.
With the help of Courtyard Marriott Hotels, who hosted the festivities with their Mobile Pod Experience, I got a chance to sit in a make-up chair and be transformed into a decaying Walker, courtesy of LA-based artist Greg Solomon, who just wrapped on Insurgent, the sequel this year's dystopian saga Divergent.
"We're just helping people enjoy their time and their experience," said Nina Herrera-Davila, Director of Public Relations for the Maryland-based hotel group. "And with Comic-Con, what better way than to help people take cosplay to the next level!"
Speaking of cosplay, The Walking Dead's very own Norman Reedus also showed up to judge a contest in which a king and queen were crowned and given the opportunity to meet Game of Thones author George R.R. Martin.
With this being her first Comic-Con, Herrera-Davila also told me that she was "wide-eyed and extremely excited" to be amidst the chaos. (She also happens to be a proud Game of Thrones fangirl: "I am Khaleesi at heart, Mother of Dragons!")
"Courtyard is a hotel brand, so you wouldn't imagine they'd be out at something like this," she later admitted while I did my best to keep my head still as fake blood began to trickle from my nose.
"But I have a feeling we may be coming back."
Look out for the Courtyard Marriot pod experience to appear at the NFL kickoff in Seattle this September.
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