Few locations are more effective for a horror movie than space or other planets. The vast unknown; the deep, dark, devastating loneliness; the unpredictability. All perfect tools for creating fear.
So it’s never surprising to see a new horror set in such places, and this one looks mighty unsettling. The movie is titled The Last Days on Mars, and it stars Liev Schreiber, Olivia Williams, Romola Garai, and Elias Koteas. It follows a group of astronauts collecting specimens on Mars when a mysterious force begins to take them out one by one right before they’re supposed to finish the job and leave for home.
Dream House Directed by Jim Sheridan
Written by David Loucka
Starring Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz, Marton Csokas, Claire Geare, Taylor Geare, Elias Koteas
Release Date: September 30, 2011
Jim Sheridan‘s Dream House is a distorting and turning journey of mind-bending proportions, taking elements of popular horror fiction and re-energizing them as 21st century psychological thriller fares. Featuring Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, it takes some unexpected detours, complete with some commendable performances.
(A side note: Before I do continue though, let me preface the rest of this review with the fact that I did not see any trailers for Dream House before seeing the film. I’ve been told that Morgan Creek films blew it by including some significant plot revelations in the trailer, so I went into the film fresh – so if you’re interested in seeing this movie, avoid all the trailers!)
Let Me In Directed by Matt Reeves
Starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Moretz, Richard Jenkins, Elias Koteas
Release date: October 1, 2010
Let Me In is an American remake of the Swedish film Let the Right One In. Owen, portrayed by Kodi Smit-McPhee, lives with his mom in an apartment complex. Owen’s parents are divorced and he is constantly bullied at school. Things begin to change when Owen meets and befriends Abby (Chloe Moretz, a girl who moves into his apartment complex. Abby behaves a little strangely, but their friendship continues to grow. Eventually, Owen learns that Abby is a vampire and has to feed on human blood to survive.
Kodi Smit-McPhee is very believable as the pitifully frail Owen. It is hard not to feel sympathy with him when he is verbally and physically abused by a gang of bullies led by Kenny. Kenny is portrayed by Dylan Minnette as an evil, callous child. Chloe Moretz follows up her excellent portrayal of Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass with another strong performance as the eternal vampire girl Abby. Smit-McPhee and Moretz play their roles perfectly and their puppy-love relationship seems very plausible.
You may or not have read our coverage of the Let Me In panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2010 (Read: SDCC 2010: “˜Let Me In’ Panel & Footage Description ). If so, you will know that a new trailer was shown. If not, well…a new trailer was shown! A couple of fantastic new posters have also been unveiled.
The American remake of Swedish horror film Let the Right One In had been difficult for many people to swallow up to that point, but after said panel and this brand new trailer, we’re all beginning to realize that this actually looks really, really good.
Let Me In stars Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass), Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road), Richard Jenkins (The Visitor), and Elias Koteas (Shutter Island). It’s directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) and written by Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods).
Be sure to click on over to the other side to take a peek at the awesome and chilling new trailer and posters for Let Me In!
The Fourth Kind DVD | Blu-ray Directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi
Starring Milla Jovovich, Will Patton, Elias Koteas
Universal Home Entertainment
Released date: March 16, 2010
The Fourth Kind is the latest in a long line of sci-fi/suspense thriller. Dr. Abigail Tyler (Milla Jovovich) uncovers a curious link between several of her patients while videotaping their therapy sessions. Not only do each of the patients have trouble sleeping at night but when they do fall asleep, they both dream of the same white owl that haunts their dreams. As Abigail digs deeper into these dreams, she discovers these dreams could be linked to an alien encounter of the fourth kind.
While The Fourth Kind is definitely a watchable film, there is something about it that prevents me from fully enjoying the picture. It is not the acting that throws me off. All the actors in the film do a pretty good job, especially Jovovich. She shows a lot of range as a doctor and mother, which surprised even this humble writer. I am use to seeing Jovovich fighting a monster or a zombie, so it was a nice change of pace to see her hold a child instead of a sword. It is also not the directing or writing that throws me for a loop. Writer and director Olatunde Osunsanmi writes an entertaining script with some nice scares and dramatic moments. The direction of the film is also fine.