Category Archives: Horror Movies

Or is THIS Wingard and Barrett’s Next Project?

A recent article by Katie Rife with the A.V. Club, from just a few weeks ago actually, makes a nice companion piece to the one mentioned in my last post. It seems that David Wingard and Simon Barrett’s next project may not be a remake of the South Korean film I Saw the Devil after all. Instead, the duo behind You’re Next and The Guest are apparently focusing on an original project called The Woods. Click the link above to check out the original article for more details.

Whatever Wingard and Barrett end up making next, the odds are good that I’ll watch it!

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Is this Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett’s Next Project?

If you’re like me and thoroughly enjoyed The Guest and You’re Next, you’re probably wondering what’s next for director Adam Wingard and his frequent collaborator Simon Barrett. Well, I did a bit of surfing and found some news in a September 2014 article by Jeff Sneider over at The Wrap.

Seems like they might have their eyes on a remake of the South Korean horror film I Saw the Devil. The other day I noticed the original is available on Netflix Canada. Might have to give it a watch.

Click on the link above to check out the original article for more details!

Dan Stevens in Adam Wingard's 'The Guest,' written by Simon Barrett

‘The Guest’ Shouldn’t Be Sent Packing (Part 2)

Last time we heard what director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett had to say about the influences behind their 2014 cult hit, The Guest. One of the key influences was John Carpenter’s original Halloween (1978), but “inverted.” David (Dan Stevens) takes the maniac’s role, with the twist that “Michael Myers, instead of being the faceless shape that’s watching you from a distance, [is] the beautiful friend right inside your house…” (01:10:00).

However, like Laurel without Hardy, Abbott without Costello, or Riggs without Murtaugh, the Michael Myers character is incomplete without his other half. “To really make that [dynamic] work, you have a Dr. Loomis character hunting him down,” they explain. “That’s what Lance [Reddick], as Major Carver, is” (01:10:00). Continue reading

Neill Blomkamp Sights ‘Aliens’

Some exciting news from Silas Lesnick over at Comingsoon.net!

Looks like there’s a new Alien movie in the works! Not Prometheus (although one of those is also on the way), not Alien vs. Predator, just a plain, straight up Alien sequel! Some people might be a little skeptical about it, but with Neill Blomkamp (District 9) directing and Sigourney Weaver apparently interested in returning as Ripley, I’m very optimistic.

Check out the original article for some great concept art.

The Guest, Cover

‘The Guest’ Shouldn’t Be Sent Packing

Director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett’s recent work together has generated some well-deserved buzz. You’re Next (2011) is one of the smartest and most fun home-invasion slasher movies of recent years. Their follow-up, The Guest (2014), is a deliciously fun action-thriller with a strong vein of black comedy that draws on some pillars of 80’s and 90’s genre films.

It seems almost every review of the film has foregrounded its 80s influences. In his programme write-up for the Toronto International Film Festival, Colin Geddes calls it “a slick, eighties-style action thriller without resorting to parody or pastiche.” Writing for The Dissolve, Scott Tobias makes multiple comparisons between The Guest and The Stepfather (1987), and writes that “Wingard’s direction is a robust throwback to the VHS gorefests of yore, but with a distinctly more modern slickness and snap….” David Hughes, at Empire Online, makes a similar connection when he writes, “It’s almost as if Barrett watched The Stepfather and The Terminator back to back and thought, ‘What if, instead of trying to kill Sarah Connor, the Terminator moved in with her?’ Continue reading

Gremlins

Green and Red: Christmas Cheer and Gremlins Fear (Part 2)

Despite whatever amazing gifts you may have received this Christmas, I’m sure what you’re really hoping for is another few hundred words about Joe Dante’s festively freaky Gremlins, and since I don’t want to be compared to the other green menace that takes joy in ruining Christmas—the Grinch—let’s get to it.

Last time we discussed the origins of Chris Columbus’s initial script for Gremlins, which contained a more pronounced horror element in its horror-comedy blend. Even after balancing out the two, however, Continue reading

Gremlins

Green and Red: Christmas Cheer and ‘Gremlins’ Fear

Tonight, children around the world will leave out milk and cookies for Santa Claus, and their parents just might steal a few in the middle of the night. Even Big Red himself would agree it’s better for parents to risk mild indigestion than to let mogwai, the cute and furry progenitors of the green and scaly gremlins, get their hands on the cookies. If they eat after midnight, any worries about acid reflux will take a backseat to flying circular saw blades and high velocity stair lifts-cum-catapults. The titular little green maniacs in Joe Dante’s Gremlins have a talent for lethal mischief, and the inability of the humans around them to follow the rules lets them loose on the picturesque town of Kingston Falls, U.S.A. Continue reading