Movie Review – The Finest Hours

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After an unnecessarily long exposition, we finally meet the ill-fated SS Pendleton, a battered Type T2-SE-A1 tanker; off the Massachusetts coast, south of Cape Cod. The Pendleton was en route to Boston from New Orléans until. A sudden lurch then am loud explosion ripped the boat in half. The bow drifted more to the south and the stern, with its 33 men remained afloat in tormented seas, but quick thinking from the crew delayed the inevitable. The stern of the Pendleton had power, but was taking on more water than it could pump out; with only a few hours of buoyancy left, The Finest Hours is an overly dramatic (at times) account of the rescue attempt of those men. Continue reading “Movie Review – The Finest Hours”

MOVIE REVIEW – Fright Night

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The vampire genre is a hit right now in the box office and in popularity.  Just look at the Twilight movies, and the fact that we’ve got True Blood on television, with additional shows coming from other major networks.  So it was only a matter of time before Hollywood looked back to its past vampire featured films and picked one they thought would gain attention and remade it.  Add big names that will draw in the female audience…largely what is driving the popularity, and money will be made.  I have to admit I was skeptical walking into the remake of Fright Night, but sometimes even skeptics are surprised.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Fright Night (2011)

The remake.  It’s been a force to be reckoned with since the early 1900s; the first two I can remember off the top of my head are The Wizard of Oz in 1939 and The Ten Commandments from 1956.  Both of the remakes were made better than their predecessors (released in 1910 and 1923, respectively) and earned more critical acclaim and audience love.  Of late, the remake has taken on a life of its own, often becoming a punchline in a lot of jokes regarding Hollywood and its seeming lack of creativity.  More and more, we see familiar films resurrected and “updated” for today’s audiences.  Some land on the terrific side (Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead) and some land on the “oh-my-God-why-did-they-do-this” side (Samuel Bayer’s A Nightmare on Elm Street).  Fright Night, based on the 1985 film of the same name, lands in a very odd space on that board: the “meh” side of “good”.
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SDCC: Fright Night Panel

 

 Following Screen Gems’ vampire action flick, Underworld Awakening, was DreamsWorks’ horror film, Fright Night.  Further adding to the growing trend of remakes, the studio dropped by to show the folks of Hall H what its remake of the 1985 cult classic had in store for horror fans.  Click after the break to check out what happened….   Continue reading “SDCC: Fright Night Panel”

New International Fright Night Posters Hit The Web

 1985's fright night with chris sarandon

A new set of posters for the upcoming horror remake, Fright Night, have turned up online. Continue reading “New International Fright Night Posters Hit The Web”