April Films

Posted by Kelly Gardner on April 02, 2013 in Blog, News tagged with , ,

Cinemas across the UK are in for a treat this month, with the release of a few highly anticipated films, fans of horror and science fiction will not be disappointed.

Dark Skies



“From the makers of Insidious and Paranormal Activity” seems to be a tagline attached to many horror movies recently, but this one veers away from demonic possession and instead posits the “supernatural” occurrences on aliens. Directed by Scott Stewart and starring Keri Russell and Josh Hamilton, Dark Skies is a sci-fi horror about an American family whose life is thrown into turmoil after a sequence of disturbing and unexplained events. Dark Skies follows the family abduction trope as seen in similar movies like Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Signs and also in various episodes of the X-Files, while this concept may not be original, it will be interesting to see if this film pays homage to those that have gone before it or if it has anything new to add to the genre.

Trailer for Dark Skies

The War of the Worlds – Alive on Stage



Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds was filmed in front of a sell-out audience at London’s O2 Arena and is described as a “musical multi-media extravaganza.” This reimagined production features an award winning score and combines a holographic, filmed performance with live performers and an orchestra of 45 musicians conducted by Jeff Wayne. Liam Neeson stars as George Herbert, The Journalist, in a filmed production that brings the magic of theatre to the cinema.

Trailer for The War of the Worlds – Alive on Stage

Oblivion



Oblivion is a graphic novel-inspired science fiction film co-written, produced and directed by Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy), the film stars Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko and Morgan Freeman. Oblivion is set in the year 2073, following a devastating alien attack 60 years earlier; humans have abandoned the Earth for airborne towns floating thousands of meters above the Earth. Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is a drone repairman whose mission is to help extract the planet’s remaining vital sources. Harper’s mission is jeopardized when he rescues a young female stranger who inspires him to question the nature of the society he calls “home.”

Trailer for Oblivion

Evil Dead



Return of the deadites! The fourth installment of the Evil Dead franchise is described as a remake/sequel to the Sam Raimi original, despite not being directed by Raimi, fans are informed that Fede Alvarez was hand picked by Raimi to continue the Evil Dead legacy. Raimi, Bruce Campbell (lead actor from the original trilogy) and Robert G. Tapert (producer of the original trilogy) are all producers of the remake which promises fans that this new endeavor will remain true to the integrity of the original, including the infamous “Tree Rape.”  The film sees five friends journey to a remote cabin in the woods for a brief getaway. Things take a turn for the worse when they find and read out loud from The Necronomicon, also known as The Book of the Dead.  A contemporary remake of such a classic is a risky venture; much of the charm of the original lay in its adventurous special effects and hints of black comedy, making it seem like more of a parody than true horror. Visuals like the final decomposition scene of the original, an over-the-top gore saturated Claymation fusion, will be replaced with more realistic special effects and I can’t help thinking that this will reduce the overall dry wit that was so evident in the original. This looks like a horror movie that takes itself a bit more seriously.  Fans are advised to stay until the end of the credits for an added bonus.

The must-watch trailer for Evil Dead

Bait 3D



A coastal town of Australia is hit by a freak tsunami which traps a number of shoppers inside a supermarket. The rising water is the least of their problems as they soon discover a 12-foot Great White Shark is swimming through the aisles and looking for a snack. Bait 3D is directed by Kimble Rendall, who is most notably known for his Second Unit direction of Matrix Reloaded (2003), Matrix Revolutions (2003), I, Robot (2004), Ghost Rider (2007) and most recently for Knowing (2008). Bait 3D might not satiate the thirst of the average horror fan, as it is certainly genre specific, but there is a specific audience for this type of film and that audience will not be disappointed.

Trailer for Bait 3D

The ABCs of Death



An amalgamation of horror, The ABCs of Death is a 26-chapter anthology showcasing 26 shorts by 26 directors from fifteen different countries. Each short is inspired by a different letter of the alphabet and tells a story involving death. This film is essentially a collection of death scenes, each one different in its inspiration and execution. Some are brutal, most are bloody and a few are utterly bizarre. A short entitled Fart, directed by Noboru Iguchi, is about a Japanese schoolgirl, her suppressed feelings for her favourite teacher, Miss Yumi, and poisonous gases. WTF by Jon Schnepp is described as “A series of random and vulgar scenes,” while XXL by Xavier Gens is a social critique of contemporary obsessions with weight and body image. With 26 shorts on offer there will certainly be ones that delight and some that offend, definitely worth an evening out.

Trailer for The ABCs of Death

Lords of Salem



Heidi, a Salem radio personality, receives a box containing a record from a group called The Lords. The record has a strange effect on a group of Salem women and following a series of flashbacks to the town’s violent past, Heidi is left wondering if she is going mad, or if the “Lords of Salem” are returning for revenge. Directed by Rob Zombie and starring his wife, Sheri Moon Zombie, Lords of Salem is a typical Salem witch story with a Zombie twist, exhibiting an improved more mature visual style that will appeal to fans of Zombie’s earlier films.

Trailer for Lords of Salem

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