Week of September 26th, 2012
By J.P. (Jeff) Hunt
This Week in Theaters!
Dracula’s Resort Get Away!
“Hotel Transylvania” in theaters Sept. 28th
“Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count’s teen-aged daughter.” (IMDB)
When it comes to over protective parents who wouldn’t think that Dracula would fit that definition. Especially since pretty much everyone who fears vampires would be trying to kill his daughter. Of course this is actually an animated kids movie from Sony Pictures so its in not likely to see a lot of heart staking. Unless you count teenage loooooove.
“Hotel Transylvania” is directed by Genndy Tartakovsky; written by Peter Baynham and Robert Smigel; and stars Adam Sandler (Dracula), Kevin James, Andy Samberg (the offending human Johnathon) , Selena Gomez as Mavis (Dracula’s daughter), and a never ending list of “Saturday Night Live” icons. This would of course imply the film will be hilarious for all ages. The trailer does make it appear as such with lively animation, snappy dialogue, and a funny take on the popular monster world. I’m already liking the idea that humans are just as scary to the legendary monsters as they are to us! What scares me little is that Adam Samberg falls for Selena Gomez.
Solomon Kane comes to America!
Solomon Kane (2009), produced in France and already seen in theaters around the UK, has been on V.O.D. since August 24th of this year, but Sept. 28th will finally see this literary icon released to the American theater going audience. But is it too late?
“A 16th Century killing machine who finds his spirituality after an encounter with the Devil’s own Reaper embarks on a mission to take down the Overlord, whose human Raiders are ravaging England.” (IMDB)
“Solomon Kane” is written and directed by Michael J. Bassett (Deathwatch (2002), Silent Hill: Revelation 3D (2012)) while based on Robert E. Howard‘s novels; and stars James Purefoy (Resident Evil (2002)), Max von Sydow (The Exorcist (1973), Shutter Island (2010)), and Rachel Hurd-Wood (An American Haunting (2005)). Purefoy (as Kane) and Sydow (as Kane’s father) truly legitimize this film by turning Howards’ literature into medieval history. The action is great, who doesn’t like seeing puritans kick medieval demon ass? The effects border OK but not bad like “Van Helsing.” Of course the big question is if its 3 years too late, since half the world has already seen it, and it will likely only get limited release. I’m inclined to say yes. As a lover of quasi-medieval history and swords versus Satan movies it’s a good one. So even if you don’t get to see it on the big screen its worth a shot on V.O.D.
Vin Diesel could be “The Last Witch Hunter”
Breck Eisner (“The Crazies”) and potentially Diesel, will be working off a script from Cory Goodman, who dealt in a similar genre with his script for “Priest.” Goodman’s script for “The Last Witch Hunter” was one of the “hottest” screenplays not currently attached to a studio in 2010. (ScreenRant)
“The Last Witch Hunter” follows a witch hunter who must stop a witch uprising in modern day Manhattan. It is only in the early stages of production at Lionsgate-Summit and Vin’s availability will be severely limited by his working on the “Chronicles of Riddick” sequel, called “Riddick,” is set to release as early as January, and “Fast and Furious 6” with Dwayne Johnson is going into production soon after. Now, Summit could use the success (or failure) of next years “Hansel and Gretel” as a gauge for how audiences might respond to their film. “Hansel and Gretel” actually looks like “Van Helsing” on crack so let’s hope for the best!
In the “Its about time but still totally awesome” news…
Pennsylvania finally gets a Zombie PX
“A Pennsylvania store may help you if you’re worried about a possible zombie apocalypse. Here you can find the things you’ll need to rest easy. The new Zombie PX store along main street in Palmyra was started by Steve Jackson and in it you’ll find all sorts of unique things. Jackson wanted the retail space near another store he owns, mostly for the storage in the back, but he needed to sell something in the front to make it work. At first he thought a survivalist shop, [which naturally lead to a] unique way to bring those offerings together. Customers visiting the store find a wide selection of items, from knives and camping gear to zombie-themed treats.”(weirdworldnews.org)
Though it may be 44 years too late for the folks of Pennsylvania, having been overrun by zombies since “Night of the Living Dead,” there’s nothing weird about this news. In fact it may even be just the place to find all those useful items Jason keeps talking about in his Zombie Survival Tips. Add another place to the list of zombie fan mecca visits in the great state of Pennsylvania!
That’s the news this week, Farewell from the beasts and I
’til next we bleed