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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!


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


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


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

Sinister (2012)

‘Sinister’ Secrets: Writer and Director Share Tricks of the Horror Trade

In our first article about the DVD commentary by director/co-writer Scott Derrickson and co-writer C. Robert Cargill on their 2012 horror movie Sinister, we shared their thoughts on writing a strong horror story and communicating their vision to actors.

Luckily for us, they also share some insightful technical tricks of the trade in this surprisingly rich commentary track, including their use of the one object that’s absolutely necessary to create a film: the camera.


Jump scares and using the camera

Derrickson openly discusses how he composes some of his shots to create a scare. Continue reading

Sinister (2012)

‘Sinister’ and Using Scary Movies to Make Scary Movies that Aren’t just Scary

Attached to helm Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange, director Scott Derrickson is soon to become a familiar name, if it isn’t already. The odds are you’ve heard of some of his films, but what you’ve heard about them probably varies. Personally, The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005) and Sinister (2012), both of which Derrickson also co-wrote, deserve their status as recommended viewing. I can’t comment on the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) or Deliver Us from Evil (2014), only the latter of which he co-wrote, other than to say I haven’t heard any really positive reviews of them.

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