LISTED Film Previews – October ’10

Finally, we come back round to the Halloween films of the year – my favourite time of year for film releases! This is mainly because you’ll always see different production companies competing against each other for the Halloween High-Hitter of the Year. Obviously, in recent years, its been all of the Saw movies, because this has now been built up into a franchise in the same way that Nightmare on Elm Street or Friday The 13th was – to the extent that little kids were dressing up in clawed gloves and burnt faces at such a young age that they couldn’t possibly be old enough to thave seen the films. And that is what Saw is managing to do now – become a franchise and make an icon of itself. Don’t get me wrong, this is great for their business, but I think this year there’s going to be some stiff competition from a film thats generating hype all of its own….

Also, just as a note, more and more people have been leaving great comments on some posts, bringing up some very valid points and its a shame if these dont get read. So next time you’re reading one of these, check for comments about points you might have wanted to hear more of, because they might just be there. Now, time for the film feast for you greedy lot out there!

THE SOCIAL NETWORK (12A) (Dir. David Fincher)

Ever wondered how much trouble goes into creating a social networking site? The Social Network follows the fictional story of Mark Zuckerberg (played by Jesse Eisenberg) and how he and a group of his friends came together to create the networking and photo sharing site Facebook. However, things start to turn ugly when arguements with his friend and co-founder of the site Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) compromise the website, his funds and everything he owns. The trailers for this film look pretty great, and it looks like there’s a surprisingly high amount of drama in The Social Network – which will provide a very welcome retreat from the Hollywood remakes! Definitely worth watching if you use Facebook yourself (so, everyone then?), or even if it’s to see Andrew Garfield’s performance before the Spider-Man reboot starts production. Released October 15th.

RED (12A) (Dir. Robert Schwentke)

Based on the DC comics series, Bruce Willis plays a retired black-ops agent whose peaceful situation is compromised when a new, high-tech assassin threatens his life. As a last resort, Frank Moses (Willis) reassembles his former black-ops team to break into the CIA. Considering that Bruce Willis did this after Cop Out (which was of a similar style to Red and pretty successful for Willis too) and that this also stars Morgan Freeman, a slightly barmy John Malkovich and a sniper-rifle toting Helen Mirren, you can pretty much bet that the mix of smart comedy and high-octane action is going to work pretty well for bringing in the audiences. It’s definitely worked for Willis so far, at least! Released October 22nd.

SAW VII 3D (18) (Dir. Kevin Greutert)

Although the Saw franchise has probably gone on way longer than it rightly should have by now, the latest instalment in the series is not only in 3D but also sees the return of original Saw victim Carey Elwes as Lawrence Gordon. Whilst a deadly battle rages between those who want to take up the mantle Jigsaw left behind, a group of his survivors gather and seek support from fellow survivor and self-help guru Bobby Dagen (Sean Patrick Flannery). But Dagen’s own motives are so dark and destructive they may start an entirely new wave of terror. Advertised as the last Saw (even though VIII has been green lit), it’s likely that the 3D effects will go down well amongst the loyal fan base, but personally this is not what my money is on for the Halloween success of the year… Released October 29th.

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 (18) (Dir. Tod Williams)

The sequel to the biggest low-budget phenomenon of recent years is finally seeing the light of day. Or not, as the early trailers suggest… Not much is known about the storyline, but what the trailers have revealed is a lot more frightening goings-on in a new house with cameras in every room, with a dog and a baby taking up residence in the house as well. With the director of the original on board as a producer, Paranormal Activity 2 is set to scare the living snot out of audiences all over the world! Released October 29th.

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LISTED Film Previews – October/November ’09

Hey! Sorry it’s been a while, but I’ve been up to my eyeballs in busy stuffs! More stuff being put up here soon, hopefully, but in the meantime here’s another lot of these Film Previews I do for Listed Magazine every month – I went for a mostly Halloween-themed lot this time since its my favourite time of year! Enjoy!

SAW VI (18) (Dir. Kevin Greutert)

“You won’t believe how it ends” read the tagline for the last Saw. You bet we won’t, because it doesn’t! Whilst this looks to up the ante even further in the twisted games that Jigsaw plays, and his “grand scheme” finally comes to light, one wonders just how far things can really go now, and just how exactly Tobin Bell will appear in the film. But either way, this is definitely going to be good Halloween fodder! Just so everyone’s clear now, Saw VII and VIII ARE already planned, so there’s lots more to look forward to as well! Released 23rd October.

JENNIFER’S BODY (18) (Dir. Karyn Kusama)

Diablo Cody, the award-winning writer of Juno, brings us this new horror-comedy starring the tasty Megan Fox. When cheerleader Jennifer Check gets her body possessed and turns into a killer specialising in offing her male classmates, all hell breaks loose in her high school and it’s up to her best friend (Amanda Seyfried) to stop the horror! Plenty of gore and dark humour here, so if you enjoyed the writing in Juno, get a ticket for this! Released 6th November.

CIRQUE DU FREAK – THE VAMPIRE’S ASSISTANT (12A) (Dir. Paul Weitz)

When a young Darren Shan goes to the travelling Freak Show, he meets the mysterious master of the circus (John C. Reilly) who turns out to be a Vampire. Now, Darren must leave his normal life behind to go with the Cirque Du Freak and become one of them himself. Based on the best-selling children’s books, this is family-based “horror-lite” for the slightly younger viewers wanting something new. In a similar vein of film to The Haunted Mansion, anyone that read Goosebumps would probably get a kick out of this too! Released 23rd October.

SHUTTER ISLAND (15) (Dir. Martin Scorsese)

A freaky mystery-thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a U.S. Marshal in 1954. Teddy Daniels (DiCaprio) is sent to investigate the disappearance of a murderess from a high security hospital for the criminally insane, on the dark and remote Shutter Island. But after his arrival, further mysteries about the inmates start unravelling, and not all is as it seems… Go and see this if you enjoy suspense-filled films with twists and turns a-plenty! Released 9th October.

UP (PG) (Dir. Pete Docter & Bob Peterson)

Taking a somewhat “lighter” note from all the horror and blood, the UK finally sees the release of new Pixar animation Up. After already being released in the US back in May, this new visual masterpiece tells the story of 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen (Edward Asner) who sets out to fulfil his dream of seeing the wilds of South Africa by tying thousands of balloons to the top of his house, but finds out shortly after that 8-year-old wilderness explorer Russell has stowed away in his home. This will be sure to please anyone who enjoyed Wall-E, and if you need a break from all the screams and shivers, then this makes for a light-hearted alternative. Released 9th October.

As Published in Listed Magazine Issue 22 and on www.listedmagazine.com

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