Based on the classic Rod Serling television series, The Twilight Zone, an impending motion picture adaptation from Warner Bros., drew interest from a number of top directors. Now, the WB has announced that they have chosen Matt Reeves to direct the film.
While the last Twilight Zone movie (from 1983) was an anthology with different directors, this new version is intended to be one big sci-fi action story whose main link to the TV series is its creepy tone.
Reeves knows creepy; he previously directed Cloverfield and Let Me In, a well-received adaptation of the Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In. Reeves will be directing The Twilight Zone from a script by Jason Rothenberg, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson Killoran and Michael Ireland serving as producers.
This is a bit of a companion piece to another article I wrote about movies I don’t love, despite containing some great scenes. In this case, I have movies that I do love, despite the fact that I can acknowledge them to have flaws. These are not necessarily the “Guilty Pleasures” – movies that you know are bad, but love anyway. These are films that are generally considered to be at least pretty good; they all rank in the global Top 2000 on Flickchart, and three rank in the global Top 200. They all rank in my personal Top 200, and two of them are in my Top 20. One is a Best Picture Oscar winner. Three of the other four were nominated for at least one Oscar, and the fifth made many critics’ Top 10 lists the year it came out. I love them all, but I can admit each of them has certain “issues”. Here they are, in ascending order on my Flickchart:
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For most people, Halloween represents Trick-or-Treating, superfluous amounts of candy and dressing up in ridiculous costumes. But for film fans, it is the time of year when horror films are in abundance. This year, we’ve been given horror sequels such as Saw 3D and Paranormal Activity 2 and TVs are sure to be packed with the horror films that are to be expected, such as The Exorcist and The Shining. But for those looking for something a little different from the norm, here are some of the great under-ranked horror films on Flickchart that will surprise you this Halloween.
It’s been more than 11 years since The Blair Witch Project brought a new kind of independent horror film to a new generation of viewers. I remember the hype that surrounded that film and I strongly remember that I, a much younger horror fan at the time, lapped it up like a plate of nachos. I also have memories of the film ending, the theater lights coming on, and being able to hear plenty of people around me saying something like “Wow, that’s the worst movie I’ve ever seen!”
This weekend, I sat and watched The Last Exorcism – the latest do-it-yourself horror film to rise from humble beginnings and to be showcased on multiplex screens – and again found myself feeling the same kind of excitement that arose from Blair Witch. I’ve already reviewed the film and, in short, I found myself fascinated by the film’s portrayal of religion and the powerful performances by Patrick Fabian and Ashley Bell that kept it rolling). But as the film ended, I heard the same disgusted reactions from people around me.
Things get spooky this week for the Reel Rumbles Halloween Edition as two new hits burn up the screen at your local cinema and fight for supremacy over which deserves the first ever soon-to-be-coveted Golden Goblin Award. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, trick-or-treaters of all ages, get ready for a fabulous night at the frights with Zombieland vs. Paranormal Activity.