Week of October 3rd, 2012
By J.P. (Jeff) Hunt
This week in theaters…
“V/H/S” on Oct. 5th
“When a group of misfits are hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they bargained for.” (IMDB)
Magnolia’s normal VOD-before-theaters model is in play as V/H/S hit VOD on August 31st, and this week it debuts in theaters on October 5th (Bloody Disgusting). The directors are Adam Wingard (“A Horrible Way to Die”), Simon Barrett (“You’re Next”), Ti West (“The House of the Devil,” “The Innkeepers”), David Bruckner (“The Signal”), Joe Swanberg (“Silver Bullets”), Glenn McQuaid (“I Sell the Dead”), along with Radio Silence, the YouTube sensations formerly known as Chad, Matt and Rob (Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Chad Villella).
Though the anthology contains films by those who are considered the best of the best in the found footage genre, one element that lacks explanation is how some even ended up on VHS tapes. David Bruckner‘s “Amateur Night” was presumably filmed via a webcam attached to a pair of glasses and Joe Swanberg‘s “The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger” is comprised of video chat windows, both technologies that render video tape archaic. As stand alone films they are actually my favorites of the six; “Amateur Night,” despite the nauseating dizziness that causes me to hate most found footage, is actually accentuating by the crazy camera glitches and the flat screen images of the video chat format makes it fun to try to see around the edges. The over arching theme is Adam Wingard‘s “Tape 56,” and though it’s not especially easy to follow the short clips between the tapes they are viewing it does package the anthology and also leaves you expecting more. (READ MORE)
V/H/S is likely a limited release but it is currently on VOD and AMAZON for a penny less than ten dollars.
“Hold Your Breath” also Oct. 5th, 2012
“A group of friends on a weekend camping trip find themselves being picked off one by one when one member of the group refuses to abide by the urban myth that you can breathe in evil spirits when passing cemeteries.” (IMDB)
If the last few movie releases have taught us anything its that now we know 2012 is the year of the spirit. Especially since this week we can add “Hold Your Breath” to list. It’s also obvious that college students, usually on a camping trip, are going to anger ghosts by having way to much fun. Part of that fun would be not holding your breath when driving past a cemetery, which, as everyone knows, gives evil spirits the opportunity to get sucked up into your lungs where they can possess you. Silly college kids! Although it is nice to see a new play on an old urban legend the trailer really doesn’t promise much more than slasher material even if it is due to evil possession. Of course, with a scream queen and Dale’s love interest getting top billing one can hope for some comic relief. I wouldn’t hold my breath for it though the trailer takes itself far to seriously for that.
Some guy who kills people’s European vacation
“Grimm Entertainment is releasing “Some Guy Who Kills People” in the UK next month theatrically and on Blu-ray/DVD [it] various cinemas around the country beginning October 5th and then available on Blu-ray and DVD [on] October 15th. Grimm is the mastermind behind the upcoming Grimmfest film festival in Manchester, [where] there will also be some special screenings. It runs October 3rd-7th.” (DreadCentral)
The UK Trailer…
More “Some Guy” links!
Creepercast reviews “Some Guy Who Kills People!” Ryan and Jack talk SGWKP on the Creepercast! Barry Bostwick joins the Creepercast! Jeff’s most recent review of “Some Guy Who Kills People!” See SGWKP on the big screen in Denver by pledging your tickets now!
In the could be, ok, most likely, horrid-able news…
Fargo a new series on FX?
“FX has closed a deal to turn the duo’s [Joel and Ethan Coen] Oscar-winning film “Fargo” into an hourlong drama series. According to Deadline, the Coen brothers will act as executive producers on the series – to be scripted by Noah Hawley (“Bones”) – and will only be loosely based on the film.” (ScreenRant)
Very little is known about what “loosely based on the film” will be and since there doesn’t seem like there’s much room for continuation the best guess would be that it takes place in Fargo, North Dakota; has a pregnant sheriff; and quirky, sadistic crimes to solve. With “Bones” writer Noah Hawley involved could this be a crime procedural with the dark humor of the Coen Brothers and awesome northern accents? It’s hard to imagine an idea like this catching on and lasting long but since the Brothers are still involved one can hope!
That’s the news this week, Farewell from the beasts and I
’til next we bleed