In addition to the usual reviews and comments you would find on a horror movie blog, this is also a document of the wonderfully vast horror movie section of the video store I worked at in my youth.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Don't Kill The Messenger 59

Anything exciting happen while I was gone? I was totally out of the loop while in Vegas, so this stuff below is just what I could cull from the last few days.

Fire Up The Plasma Cutter.

It sucks that we have to wait until 2011 to play Dead Space 2, but at least EA threw up a trailer a few days ago. At PAX East 10 in March, Visceral Games announced that the game's protagonist Isaac Clarke would not only be returning, but also don a new suit. Click here for IGN's report. The teaser trailer lies below.


Take a look at this trailer for Aussie indie Damned By Dawn.

I'm torn on it. On the one hand, I'm intrigued because the banshee is a severly unused monster in film and the composition seems sound, but I can't ignore the high amount of dodgy CGI on display either. I'll keep my eye out for it just the same. What do you guys think?

Turning Ka into Ka-Ka.

I heard the news, as reported by Quiet Earth, about Ron Howard taking over for JJ Abrams on adapting Stephen King's Dark Tower series. This is not good. I have never been of the belief that The Dark Tower was adaptable, but at least when JJ was onboard, I had some hope. This man was able to not only scoop the Star Trek franchise out of the shitter, but he also created Lost, which contains a lot of the same themes as The Dark Tower. I'm also not pleased that they are apparently planning on squeezing the seven book series into a trilogy of films. If anything, The Dark Tower belongs on HBO - where King's other epic The Stand should have been unleashed - with each novel being its own season of six hour-long episodes. Adapting this series is impossible enough, without adding a time contraint.

And Ron Howard? Geez. The Dark Tower series is anything but mainstream, which is all the guns currently hired seem to know how to crank out. How long before they announce Tom Hanks is set to play Roland? Oh well. As King himself once said,

"My books are right behind me on the shelf. If anyone wants to read them, they're right there."


Michael Shaye said...

How about a recap of your trip for all of your faithful readers.

Jay Clarke said...

All in good time!

Michael Shaye said...

I jumped the "gun".

Unknown said...

Opie did a man's job with "The Missing," perhaps too good a job, cuz that movie was a reaming, but in a quality way. I'm also hoping it might all get farmed out with Howard and Grazer overseeing production duties. Abrams might be in the mix still, becaue Howard and Spielberg are thick as thieves and J.J.'s working with Spielberg. My fantasy for "The Dark Tower" has always been for it to be a cut-up work. One director handles straight-on cowboy stuff (the "accursed towns" type stuff), another the hard-boiled (NY) bits, and another to tie the mix together, with an eye to the fantastic. Ron Howard, J.J. Abrams, and Alfonso Cuaron sound about right. If Robert Rodriguez ever really decided to step up to the plate, and away from the Weinsteins, Hollywood would gladly give him something like this to do all by himself. He's a worker and a talent, but he's decided to shackle himself to honest but misguided ideals.

Jay Clarke said...

Hmmm, I like the way you think.