Horror Flick Willow Creek Has a Scary-Good Poster

willowcrkpstyIf you’re not familiar with the work of artist Alex Pardee, you should get acquainted. The guy is a genius when it comes to twisted visuals. His work can be a bit shocking and even funny, but it’s always inspired and out of the ordinary. (He worked on designs for Zack Snyder‘s Sucker Punch.)

Here, we see Alex’s genius in the poster for Bobcat Goldthwait‘s Bigfoot movie, Willow Creek. Yes, that sentence is a lot to take in, so I’ll understand if you need to go back and reread it — but add this thought: Bobcat wrote and directed the flick. And early word from people who have seen it is… positive!

The premise of the movie finds young couple Jim and Kelly venturing into the woods of the Pacific Northwest, seeking to retrace the footsteps of Roger Patterson who, in 1967, shot the most famous alleged film footage of Bigfoot. In the small town of Willow Creek, which is a mecca for Bigfoot believers, the couple gets all sorts of different and often conflicting descriptions of the beast. Despite dire warnings, Jim and Kelly set off into the woods to videotape the creature  — and the results are revealed in found-footage format.

The flick premieres April 29 at Independent Film Festival Boston.

‘Slutty’ DOCTOR WHO Season Finale Title!

doctorsnameIt may be, in Steven Moffat’s own parlance, the sluttiest episode title in the 50-year history of the show: “The Name of the Doctor.”

Remember that Moffat demanded that series seven consist of 13 epic, widescreen episodes with “slutty” titles that suck audiences in. Well, it appears he saved the best for last! The Doctor’s true name has been a mystery since the very very beginning of the series, when Ian called him “Dr. Foreman” and the Time Lord replied testily, “Who? Doctor Who?”

The novel Lungbarrow suggests the Doctor’s name is d^3∑x^2.

And then there’s his calling card…doctorcallingcard

The real mystery here is, Will we get the Doctor’s true name? Rule No. 1: The Doctor lies. Rule 1a: Moffat lies. So what’s a fan to do?

We have to trust the Grand Moff, who has not let us down yet this season. Maybe not every episode has been absolutely as epic as possible (I’m looking at you, “A Town Called Mercy”), but this season has been pretty damn wonderful.

And it ain’t over yet. Not by a longshot.

‘Movie’ Posters for More DOCTOR WHO Stories

The BBC have released the movie poster-style images for the remaining widescreen episodes of series seven — save for the still-secret finale.

There looks to still a lot of adventure and fun in store as the Doctor (Matt Smith) tries to solve the puzzle of Jenna-Louise Coleman‘s Clara, the “girl twice dead” who is traveling with him now.

My favorite by far is the teaser for “Journey to the Center of the TARDIS.” But there’s a lot to be said for the shiny Cyberman in Neil Gaiman‘s “Nightmare in Silver.”

What do you think?

Catching Fire Trailer Leaves Me Cold

It’s sad but true: This first trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire left me rather cold. What is this, Hunger Games for Dummies?

See?It just felt way too on-the-nose, with President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and Plutarch Heavensebee (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) literally chortling and practically rubbing their hands together and twirling their mustaches like cartoon villains. Or Dr. Evil and his cohorts doing the Evil Laugh Bit. I don’t remember a scene like this in the book; it wasn’t particularly well-written, but I don’t think it was that bad.

And the trailer is just plain dull. It doesn’t make me want to see the movie at all. The sequences have absolutely no energy or sense of drama. Combine that with the muted color palette of the district and Snow’s offices, and it isn’t interesting to look at. Worst of all, the other victors are nowhere to be seen — let alone the Quarter Quell, which is what fans really want to see, because the 75th Hunger Games is the bold new element of the sequel, not boring political plotting.

I expected a lot more out of director Francis Lawrence, and now I’m worried about this project.

Man of Steel’s Majestic New Trailer

Will Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel finally be the Superman movie we’ve all been dreaming of — the film that Superman fans deserve? The latest trailer certainly makes it look that way…

Krypton, Russell Crowe, Lois Lane, Zod, mournful piano music that grows into a stunning heroic theme — and an explanation for the S shield? (Plus, the best acting of Kevin Costner‘s entire career in the one line, “You are my son.”) What more could we want?

Spider-Man Sequel’s Villain Is Blue

And, in this case, that’s pretty good. The sequel to last year’s The Amazing Spider-Man is now filming in New York, and the location work revealed that the main villain, Electro, will look more like the version seen in the Ultimate Spider-Man comic book series, rather than the old green-and-yellow costumed baddie from the classic series.

Yes, that’s Oscar winner Jamie Foxx under all that latex and special lighting. (It seems the tiny lights that ring the hood and make Electro’s face glow will be digitally removed.)
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New Carrie Trailer Teases Familiar Story

The new, official “full” trailer for the Carrie reboot starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore seems to indicate a film that is more remake than reimagining. Or maybe the studio just wanted to make sure potential audiences see familiar stuff?

Check it out for yourself. Judging by what we see here, it’s hard to tell what the reboot is going to emphasize to set itself apart from the original — perhaps the mother has an even bigger role?

Carrie is due in theaters in October.

DOCTOR WHO 7.6: “The Bells of Saint John”

DW7bellsdocclaraCould DOCTOR WHO show-runner Steven Moffat be out of ideas already? At first blush, this story looks like a reworking of the 10th Doctor story “The Idiot’s Lantern,” in which a malevolent alien intelligence sucks human faces (and energy) into the then-new technology known as television. In this story, a malevolent alien intelligence sucks human minds into the new technology known as wi-fi. But despite appearances, that impression could not be more wrong.

In fact, Moffat and his partner-in-crime, Matt Smith, are at the height of their powers. Moffat has a firm grasp on the creative direction of not only this season but his entire era as the guiding force of DOCTOR WHO, and Smith has made role so completely his own that it is almost hard to imagine anyone else playing the Doctor. Smith inhabits the role so completely that it’s hard to tell where he ends and the Doctor begins. The result is a perfect storm of creativity, with Moffat serving up big, inspiring stories that Smith knocks out of the park. They are not all perfect, but working together, Moffat and Smith are crafting some of the best DOCTOR WHO stories ever and forging one of the great eras in the programs history. They are the Lennon-McCarthy of DOCTOR WHO.
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DOCTOR WHO 2012 Christmas Special: “The Snowmen”

snowman1This is not our Doctor. Not our Matt Smith.

This sullen, withdrawn, fatigued Doctor is not the same man who cheerfully battled Daleks and rode a triceratops like a pony. This Doctor is grieving. This Doctor is pain, and he cannot heal himself. He is a man in crisis. He is a man in hiding. Since when does the Doctor hide?

The morose shift in personality is due to the loss of Amy — and Rory, but… Amy — in the last story, when the Weeping Angels sent them into the past to live themselves to death. Now the Doctor has given in to his pain and doesn’t want to want watch any more companions die — by violence or by simply outliving them. He hates endings. He’s literally hiding from his past in London’s past while nursing two broken hearts.
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Eccleston “Out” of Anniversary — When Was He “In”?

Ninth-doctorApparently there was a secret plan to include Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor in DOCTOR WHO’s 50th anniversary story, but the actor has chosen not to participate after all — perhaps due to his commitments to filming Thor: The Dark World; perhaps for other reasons.

This news is certainly disappointing, but Eccleston has a right to make the call. What I find most intriguing is that a number of DOCTOR WHO-related websites — including Kasterborous.com — have been sitting on the news that Eccleston apparently had agreed to appear “in principle” at some earlier junction. I tip my hat to those websites for keeping the surprise under their hats, leaving open the possibility of genuine fan surprise when the show was broadcast. Good on them, for valuing story integrity over a momentary “scoop.”
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