'Nightcrawler' Director Dan Gilroy Explains the Scariest Thing About Modern News Media
Nightcrawler is the most intense movie you can see in a theater this Halloween night, and it's not even a horror movie. It's about a strange man named Lou (Jake Gyllenhaal, giving one of the best performances of the year) who discovers a new career path: filming grizzly crime scenes and selling the footage to local news outlets.
Since Lou doesn't really relate to society the way a normal person would, he's willing to do whatever it takes to get the most scintilating footage possible. As you can imagine, this causes Lou to do some... questionable things.
We've already posted a few chunks of our interview with Nightcrawler writer-director Dan Gilroy (Superman Lives movie details; the real nightcrawlers who inspired the movie), and now that the movie is in... Read More
Watch: The Schmoes Review 'Nightcrawler'
The Schmoes, Kristian Harloff and Mark Ellis, not only have their Schmoes Know Movie Show on Movies.com—they're reviewing movies for us too. You can watch more of their reviews here.
Poster-Crop Quiz: Can You Guess These Lovable Movie Villains?
Happy Halloween, readers, and welcome back to the Poster-Crop Quiz! This week, in honor of the release of Nightcrawler, we thought we'd take a look back at our favorite lovable villains. In the spirit of Halloween, and much like Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler, these monsters, madmen, and criminals simultaneously attract and repel us. We know we're supposed to root against them, but we can't help but admire (or even adore) them.
See if you can identify the ten posters below, leaving your guesses in the comment section. The first person to correctly name all the posters will receive a shout-out in next week's quiz. It won't protect you against the bad guys...but you really want it to?
What possible better poster could appropriately kick off this quiz... Read More
Watch: Famous Actors Who Got Their Big Breaks in Bad Horror Movies
Becoming a movie star is no simple task. Actors often have to “pay their dues” by appearing in low budget films just to get noticed. Horror cinema has given many a future A-lister their first crack at becoming a celebrity, even if many of those celebs would prefer to forget the films they appeared in. With that in mind, YouTube channel Watch Mojo has put together this entertaining video highlighting a slew of actors who slummed it in genre films before becoming household names.
While almost everyone knows that Johnny Depp got his big break in Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street (Depp is devoured by a bed…), and that Kevin Bacon has a bad time at Camp Crystal Lake in the original Friday the 13th, did you know that George Clooney did horror before he was... Read More
The Best Halloween Present to Buy That Person Who Loves John Carpenter's 'Halloween'
Halloween has always been about giving out the candy, but we'd like it if the holiday were also about people buying each other really deranged gifts. This way it could evolve into something like Christmas, except instead of reindeer socks, you give someone a severed head... that's actually a punch bowl! (C'mon, nothing says you care like a severed-head punch bowl.)
And speaking of bowls and/or things that are round in nature, we are completely smitten with this bizarre (and rare) extra that came inside the packaging of the 20th anniversary VHS set for John Carpenter's Halloween, circa 1998.
Yup, that's a snow globe. It's a snow globe that pays tribute to the classic couch scene from Halloween, except when you shake it the thing rains blood... Read More
Watch: This Leaked 'Age of Ultron' Clip Is Like a Teaser Trailer for 'Captain America: Civil War'
Now that Marvel has announced its movie plans through 2019, we know that following next summer's Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man will be Captain America: Civil War (May 6, 2016), the third installment in Marvel's Captain America franchise -- and a movie that will pit superhero against superhero.
In the popular Civil War comics storyline, Tony Stark (aka Iron Man) and Steve Rogers (aka Captain America) find themselves on opposing sides of a government mandate that all superheroes reveal their identities as part of a registration act. That won't be the case in the movie version, though, since many of the heroes have already revealed their identities, but expect them to stick with the general theme of Iron Man and Cap on opposing sides.
In this newly... Read More
Holy Cow: 'Interstellar' Is Sending One Lucky Movie Fan to Space
Those looking to take the thrilling, visceral experience of watching Christopher Nolan's Interstellar one step further will get a chance if they snag their movie ticket over at Fandango. That's because one lucky fan is going to go where no moviegoer has gone before: space.
Yup, real space.
The sweepstakes, which runs through December 1, is worth a whopping $100,000, and one grand-prize winner will receive a seat aboard the XCOR Lynx Mark II spacecraft, reaching an altitude of 100 kilometers/62 miles. Also included in the package are 4g simulator training, and hotel accommodations and round-trip travel to the XCOR spaceport in Mojave, California.
“The Interstellar trip is clearly the coolest prize we’ve ever given to a moviegoer in the 14 years of our... Read More
Movie News: First Look at 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'; Cool Trailer for Sci-fi Thriller 'Ex Machina'
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Seth Grahame-Smith's 2009 best seller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will make its way to the big screen next year, and with filming underway, the first official photo has been released. Striking a pose to make Jane Austen proud are Lily James (who describes her character as "a badass warrior"), Ellie Bamber, Millie Brady, Bella Heathcote and Suki Waterhouse. [EW.com]
Steve Jobs: Seth Rogen is in talks to play Steve Wozniak, opposite Christian Bale as Steve Jobs, in the big-screen adaptation of Walter Isaacson's biography. Wozniak and Jobs cofounded Apple in 1976; the first third of Aaron Sorkin's script is reportedly set backstage during the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Jessica Chastain is also being... Read More
7 Reasons to Sell Your Soul to the Devil, According to the Movies
In Alexandre Aja's Horns, Daniel Radcliffe's Ig finds himself wrongly accused of murdering the love of his life. Framed and desperate, he awakes one morning with horns sprouting out of his head and newfound Satanic powers. You can guess what happens next.
Although Ig's deal with the forces of Hell is left intentionally vague, it's another example in a long line of movies where the protagonist (or someone close to the protagonist) gives up their soul to get something they desire. So join us, won't you, as we take a quick tour through the decades and examine some of the more memorable times that movie characters have sold their soul to the Devil.
The Reason for Soul Selling: Faust's hometown is beset by the plague, which is causing... Read More
The Last Horror Blog: Celebrate Halloween with These Classic Dr. Loomis Quotes
Welcome to The Last Horror Blog, a biweekly column on all things horror.
When one thinks about the Halloween franchise, the first thing that springs to mind is Michael Myers and his quest to kill his sister Laurie Strode (and later, her daughter). Myers is one of the screen’s all-time great bogeymen, a silent slasher hidden behind an emotionless, modified William Shatner mask. Myers makes the Halloween franchise special, but it’s always been my contention that the films genuinely work as well as they do (yes, even the much maligned sequels) not because of the killer, but because of the man chasing the killer.
Donald Pleasence’s Dr. Sam Loomis doesn’t get all the guts and glory in the Halloween franchise, but the doctor who first tried to... Read More