The trailers for the remake of Stephen King’s It have been fantastic and so the last worry for this big screen screamer was that it would tone down the fear and go for a PG-13 rating.
Not so! The MPAA has now given the film its rating and rejoice as it received an R (What we in the UK would call an 18) for “Violence/horror, bloody images and for language”.
Andres Muschietti’s film hits cinemas on September 8th. Get ready to float…
I love good horror traditions. Friday The 13th comes out on, duh, that day and every Halloween, the new Saw would give us another round of blood and interesting bloody puzzles.
Now Saw is confirmed to return with the name Jigsaw, which premieres in the classic series spot this Halloween. Bring it!
You might think that having the Marvel and DC universes spawning new movies seemingly daily, that we don’t need another massive franchise. Then stay away from The Mummy as it is a doorway into the brand new Universal Dark Universe. As well as the titular character, we also get our first encounter with a doctor named Jekyll and a villain named Hyde, both played with aplomb by Russell Crowe.
Now, I want to tackle this in two halfs, the uppers and the downers, as the film has a few things that made me want to throw my hands up and scream and a few that made me laugh and filled me with enjoyment.
Firstly the downers – The film takes one of the main plotpoints of American Werewolf in London and rips it off completely. In AWIL, this works as the character who is brought back from the dead (well technically still dead) is funny and likable and you care that bits are falling off of him. Here, Cruise’s best friend is annoying when alive and I was praying that he would be a quick death, but no, we have to tolerate his constant jokes and hell, if he wasn’t already dead I would want to kill him myself! There is also a little steal from The Exorcist, not quite as photocopied, but if you have an evil entity chained up, DON’T make her growl “It burns!” as a whole section of the audience will turn off instantly. Thirdly, if you are an American film, don’t use “wanker” when you don’t know the way the English use it, it will sound silly and also get you in trouble with the censor board who DO know its offensiveness.
Now, the uppers – BOY, The Mummy is fun, just a stand up adventure which brings to mind the cartoon action of a James Bond or an Indiana Jones, there are some breathtaking scenes here. Tom Cruise is great, at no point does he stop to think about what is going on, he is Tom Cruise, so hey! I wake up in a body bag, just shake it off and jump up, no problem. (until the heroine enters and he realises he is naked. Brilliant. There are many swift jokes such as these throughout.)
The effects are great, The Mummy is genuinely freakish but also strangely seductive, a great rebirth of one of cinema’s greatest creatures. As I say, the film is also a Dark Universe intro and on the evidence of this, I will be ready when more monsters come out to play. A final + point is that the film clocks in at an hour and three quarters, speeding ahead to get to the thrills instead of dragging like so many of today’s big screen adventures. All film makers can learn from this…
1. In The Beginning EP – Fxxk Explosion
2. Don’t Poke The Bear – Paul Draper
3. PS Fuck You – The Anchoress
4. One – Harry Nilsson
5. Sign Of The Times – Harry Styles
6. Always Crashing In The Same Car – David Bowie
7. Yes – Manic Street Preachers
8. She’s Kinda Hot – 5 Seconds Of Summer
9. 18 And Life – Skid Row
10 Youth Gone Wild – Asking Alexandria
“All of us were here for a little while, and then we were somewhere else; we were not alive at all; we approached living, but we never achieved it. We are going to die. Everybody was going to die.”
The idea of a Han Solo Origins movie has me a little confused. I mean we know of a few things that he got up to before we met him in Episode IV but do we really want to go back and see how he became the lovable rogue? The other side of the coin is that I totally geeked out to see this first logo for the Solo movie (Simple name, excellent if kept) and as soon as I have a 2018 calendar, I am circling May 25th – 41 years since the original classic!