MOV024: Low Throbbing Hum

Can Steve get the knife Jeff put in his back out?  Will Jeff ever watched the first Paranormal Activity?  Will Ray watch Monsters tonight? This, Tron Legacy, Looney Tunes, Star Trek and Transformers news in this jam pack reel of COL Movies

News:

The Past: Fright Night (1985)

Director: Tom Holland

Starring: Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Roddy McDowall, Stephen Geoffreys

Trivia:

  • The character Peter Vincent is named for two actors well-known for their appearances in horror movies: Peter Cushing and Vincent Price.
  • William Ragsdale injured his foot running down a staircase during the last shot filmed on 24 December 1984, just three weeks into principal photography. Ragsdale’s action scenes were postponed until he was healed sufficiently to perform them and the director filmed other scenes to stay on schedule.
  • Stephen Geoffreys auditioned for Fright Night (1985) while filming Fraternity Vacation (1985).
  • A puppet that was created for, but not used in, another Columbia Pictures production, Ghost Busters (1984), is visible in Fright Night (1985).
  • While directing actors, Tom Holland accidentally broke a bat creature, which was fixed and then filmed.
  • Tom Holland had total control in the casting decisions. The only suggestion he got was from Guy McElwaine who asked Holland to meet his friend Roddy McDowall, who’d be cast. In an interview Holland said that “it was a terrific suggestion”.
  • William Ragsdale went through several callback auditions for the film. On Halloween night 1984, he was told that he had the part.
  • In 1985, a novelization, Fright Night, by Craig Spector and John Skipp, was published by TOR Books.
  • In 1988, Fright Night was also spun-off into a comic book series by Now Comics. It ran for 22 issues until July 1990.
  • An arcade-style computer game was released in 1988 for Amiga computers. In the game, players assume the role of Jerry Dandrige as he attempts to turn his victims into vampires before sunrise.
  • Fright Night was well-received, winning three Saturn Awards, a Dario Argento Award, and a critics’ award—special citation at Fantasporto. It spawned a 1989 sequel, entitled Fright Night Part II, with the same two stars. (The sequel was not as well received as the original.)
  • In May 2009 it was revealed that DreamWorks would be overseeing a remake of Fright Night. Michael Gaeta and Alison Rosenzweig are set to produce. Marti Noxon wrote currently on the script of the remake. The film is produced by Mike De Luca and will screen in 2011. In March 2010 was announced that Craig Gillespie will direct the remake, which be financed by Steven Spielberg with his company DreamWorks. It will be released and distributed by Disney under the Touchstone banner, as part of the 30-picture deal between DreamWorks Studios and the Walt Disney Company.
  • Casting for the remake has already gone underway with Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov in the recent “Star Trek” reboot, signed to play the lead as teenage Charlie Brewster who thinks his next door neighbor is a vampire. Toni Collette is also starring in an unannounced role, that has been presumed to be Yelchin’s mother. It was reported on May 11, 2010 that Colin Farrell would be playing the charismatic neighbor/vampire originally portrayed by Chris Sarandon. David Tennant has also been cast, playing the role of Peter Vincent. In the remake, Vincent will be a Las Vegas magician whose show revolves around horror-movie imagery. Sandra Vergara, the sister of actress Sofia Vergara, plays his girlfriend, the magician’s assistant. Christopher Mintz-Plasse will play Evil Ed. Imogen Poots will play Charlie’s girlfriend Amy. The film will be shot in 3D with Paradise FX’s Tri Delta camera systems and is expected to be released on October 7, 2011. Max Penner (CTO of Paradise FX) will be the Stereographer.

Talking Points:

  • Why are they remaking the film?

What We’ve Learned:

  • If a vampire moves in next door to you, be cool and don’t get all up in their grill!
  • Make sure your parents know when you think you may be targeted by a vampire so they don’t invite strangers into your house.
  • People on TV are not the characters they play on TV!

Trailer:

Recommendations:
Jeff: Yawn. Way to dated. 80’s music ruined it for me.
Ray: I consider myself more of a Lost Boys, kinda guy I still like this movie and i’m Intrigued by the remake
Steve: Total classic! Always a favorite!

The Present: Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)

Director: Tod Williams

Starring: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Brian Boland, Sprague Grayden, Molly Ephraim & Tim Clemens

Trivia:

  • On the official site for the film, after the trailer finishes playing, an image of the nursery room appears, and in the mirror, letters written in what seems to blood spell a message. After flipping the picture horizontally, the message says, “What is happening to Hunter?”
  • This film was announced shortly after Paranormal Activity (2007) was released into theaters.
  • When the trailer ends and the nursery is shown the baby appears in the mirror but isn’t present in the nursery.
  • On the official website for the film, play with the trailer by fast-forwarding and rewinding it. There are secret images embedded in the trailer.
  • Paramount and DreamWorks hired screenwriter Michael R. Perry to create the follow-up. Oren Peli, the director of the first film, served as a producer for the sequel.
  • Kevin Greutert, director of Saw VI, was initially hired to direct the sequel. However Lions Gate Entertainment exercised a clause in Greutert’s contract to have him direct the final film in the Saw franchise.
  • Both of the main actors from Paranormal Activity, Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat, returned to act together again in the sequel.
  • Tod Williams directed Paranormal Activity 2, which started production in May 2010.
  • After the staggering success of Paranormal Activity in its opening weekend, Paramount Studios executive Don Harris said that there may be a third part in the series, coming soon: “The company is certainly going to take a look at making a third but will be exceedingly careful in how to go about it.” Harris said.
  • Paranormal Activity 2 broke the record for biggest midnight gross for an R rated movie with $6.3 million beating previous Watchmen with $4.6 million. On its opening day Paranormal Activity 2 placed number one at the box office, making $20,100,000 and finished with a total of $41,500,000 estimated over the weekend, placing first at the box office.

Talking Points:

  • The audience you see these types of movies with really impacts the movie.
  • Did you expect the tie-ins to PA1?
  • You really need a LFE Channel to enjoy this movie at home..Use of LFE as a tension builder.

What We Learned:

  • If you have a ghost or demon in your home…get a dog!!!
  • If you have a Latina nanny who thinks your house is haunted, don’t fire her!
  • Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.
  • Don’t make deals with the devil. They’re bad.

Trailer:

Recommendations:
Jeff: Scary as all fuck
Ray: Entertaining, Scary in the.. most annoying sense of the word, but good fun.
Steve: Thoroughly enjoyed it…slow moving, but gained momentum. Have to see PA1 to get it.

The Future: Monsters (2010)

Director: Gareth Edwards

Starring: Whitney Able, Scoot McNairy

Trivia:

  • The filming equipment cost approximately $15,000, with the budget coming in at under $500,000.
  • As the low-budget production didn’t run to a camera dolly, Reynolds made do by sticking the camera out of the van window, cushioned on some bundled-up clothing.
  • Made with a crew consisting of only two people using “off the shelf” consumer level cameras, editors, digital effects programs and other such equipment.
  • Each night during the shooting period the editor Colin Goudie and his assistant Justin Hall would download the day’s footage so the memory sticks could be deleted ready for the next day’s filming.
  • The film was shot entirely on location: any settings featured in the film were real locations often used without permission asked in advance, and all the films extras were just people who happened to be there at the time.
  • As most of the extras were non-actors who were persuaded to be in the film, their action was improvised. “As a result of all this random behaviour, the idea of scripting the film went out of the window. Instead I had a loose paragraph describing the scene with just the main points that had to be hit; how the actors carried this out was left up to them.”
  • Edwards had the first idea for the film while watching some fishermen struggling to haul in their net and wondering how easy it would be to digitally add a huge sea creature. He had the idea to make a monster movie set “years after most other monster movies end, when people aren’t running and screaming, but life is going on” and “where a giant, dead sea monster is considered completely normal.”
  • Back in the UK, Edwards had over 100 hours of unique ad-libbed footage (rather than repeated takes of scripted scenes which would be very similar) to edit into a coherent film. Edwards did all the special effects himself using off-the-shelf Adobe software.
  • The first assembly was over four hours long, and over eight months of editing was trimmed to 94 minutes. Once the film was locked, Reynolds had five months to create all 250 visual effects shots, a process he undertook in his bedroom. “[I was] churning out about two shots a day, which was fine until I got to the first creature shot. Then suddenly two months went by and I still hadn’t finished a single creature shot; it turned out to be the hardest part of the whole process.” Due to time constraints, the sound effects had to be produced before the special effects were undertaken.

Talking Points:

  • Based on the trailer, production value looks a lot better than the trivia makes it sound.
  • Is this a new and unique concept?
  • The Mist?

Summary:
Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after new life forms began to appear there and half of Mexico was quarantined. Today, the American and Mexican military struggle to contain these alien creatures. In particular, here, we focus on a US journalist who agrees to escort a shaken tourist through the infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border.

Trailer:

Excitement:
Jeff: Intriguing.
Ray: Gonna go see if this is still available on iTunes or Zune..
Steve: Definitely looks interesting…a mix of Cloverfield, District 9, and Anaconda.

Coming Attractions:
The Past

The Present

The Future

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MOV023: “I Kill People, Dear”

The Crow is being remade with possibly Mark Whalberg?! Brandon Rother might get back into tights, Iron Man 3 being released by Disney, Jamie Lee Curtis looks like Jeff’s cousin when she was younger, Helen Mirren with guns just kicks ass, and the Unstoppable Trailer.

News:

The Past: Halloween (1978)

Director: John Carpenter

Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Nancy Kyes, P.J Soles

Trivia:

  • Though set in fictional Haddonfield, IL. the movie was shot in Pasadena, CA. (You can see the CA licence plates on all the cars)
  • Jamie Lee’s first feature film
  • All the leaves were fake, purchased and painted … and reused for every outdoor shot
  • Made for 325k and grossed 47 Million Domestically

Talking Points:

  • OMG! THE HAIR! – The Scariest thing in the movie? – Jeff
  • Music’s role in this movie – Ray (Similar sounds like The Howling – Steve)
  • Anyone notice the movie playing on the TV? -Ray
  • No sympathy for most of the characters… except Jamie, Intentional? -Ray
  • Use of Steadicam was innovative for the time – Steve
  • Remake any good?

What We’ve Learned:

  • Boys who have been institutionalized since early childhood are excellent drivers.
  • Why does Jamie Lee Curtis look like a younger version of my Cousin Lisa?
  • Cops have no sense of smell
  • Its best just to ignore the teenage girl screaming hysterically outside your door..
  • Virgins always survive.
  • In the 70s, you could steal a car with State plates and markings – and no one will notice.

Trailer:

Recommendations:
Jeff: I think the only part of the movie I got excited for was the last 10 minutes. But worth a rental for being a classic.
Ray: You cannot call yourself a horror fan without seeing this movie. This is the one that set the standard for the next Decade (At least)
Steve: Solid movie that set the standard for a long time to come. Shows a horror movie can be done well with just actors and a movie camera.

The Present: RED

Director: Robert Schwentke

Starring: Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Mary Louise Parker, Helen Mirren

Trivia:

  • John C. Riely was to play the role of Marvin, which went to John Malkovich and Meryl Streep was considered (only considered?) for the Role of Victoria
  • While filming in Toronto, the police received several phone calls reporting machine gun fire after local residents mistook the movie’s gunshot effects for the real thing.

Talking Points:

  • Supposedly the story was changed from the graphic novel to make the story longer… oy? really? -Ray

What We Learned:

  • It must be easy to sleep through a hail of gunfire at 3:45am.
  • Duct Tape can be used on the first date
  • Combat boots go well with a white evening gown
  • There’s a reason they are classified as retired and extremely dangerous and usually that means just leaving them alone.

Trailer:

Recommendations:
Jeff: Helen Mirren with guns. Awesome.
Ray:. Wowed by the Actors, Bored by the Script…
Steve: My favorite movies in a long time! I thoroughly enjoyed it!

The Future: Unstoppable

Director: Tony Scott

Starring: Denzel Washington, Christopher Pine, Rosario Dawson

Trivia:

  • Been in development since 2004
  • Based on a real life incident from May 2001 when a 47 Car CRX train left a Toledo,OH rail yard without an engineer and wasn’t stopped before it went 66 miles and through 3 counties

Talking Points:

  • Is this an overused formula?
  • Is this film unique enough to be a success?

Summary:
A rail company frantically works to prevent an unmanned, half-mile-long freight train carrying combustible liquids and poisonous gas from wiping out a city.

Trailer:

Excitement:
Jeff: Despite formula-ity, I’m excited to see this.
Ray: Normally I wouldn’t be excited by this .. except for the Director.
Steve: Seems like Armageddon on train tracks. Looks nice, but not excited about it.

Coming Attractions – Steve

The Past: Fright Night
The Present: Paranormal Activity 2
The Future: Monsters

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MOV022: “Well, Ray, you appear to be dead.”

Adam Sandler in Drag! A Yellow Submarine remake? You won’t have to kneel before Zod. The Frighteners, The Social Network, and Jeff wants to kill himself (figuratively, not literally) for 127 Hours.

News:

The Past: The Frighteners

Director: Peter Jackson

Starring: Michael J. Fox, Jake Busey, Jeffery Combs, Dee Wallace, Trini Alvarado

Trivia:

  • R. Lee Ermey (Sgt. Hiles) spoofs his own role as drill sergeant in Full Metal Jacket (1987).
  • Was originally planned as a “Tales from the Crypt” (1989) feature, but producer Robert Zemeckis liked the script so much, he decided it should stand on its own and not be part of a series.
  • Michael J. Fox repeatedly blew his lines by calling John Astin’s character “Doc”

Talking Points:

  • This Movie didn’t do so hot at the Box Office
  • M.J.F’s last feature film
  • Has the CG Held up?
  • Full length behind the scenes film shot along-side the movie

What We’ve Learned:

  • Ghost’s shouldn’t have sex…ever…its creepy
  • Sometimes, people are scarier even than ghosts
  • When you die, make sure you’re not wearing something trendy, otherwise you’ll be in it forever.

Trailer:

Recommendations:
Jeff: Excellent movie, Worth a rent to determine if you want to buy it. I recommend the director’s cut Although not sure what was added.
Ray: Its an interesting movie, definitely worth a rent.
Steve: Enjoyable! I’d forgotten about this movie.

The Present: The Social Network

Director: David Fincher

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Rooney Mara, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer, Andrew Garfield

Trivia:

  • Jesse Eisenberg’s cousin actually works for Facebook, apparently near the real Mark Zuckerberg.
  • The opening breakup scene with Jesse Eisenberg and Rooney Mara ran eight script pages and took 99 takes.
  • The Winklevoss twins were both played by actor Armie Hammer. However, Ralph Lauren model Josh Pence played one of them strictly from the neck down. His face was digitally replaced with Hammer’s to make them appear identical, as the two men are unrelated and look nothing alike. The two spent 10 months in twin boot camp to match one another’s subtle movements and rapport
  • Justin Timberlake was the only actor who met his real-life character (Sean Parker) before the founding of Facebook and this film. Armie Hammer and Josh Pence met their real-life characters, the Winklevoss twins after filming. The twins enjoyed Hammer and Pence’s performance so much they attended to a couple screenings of the film.

Talking Points:

  • Trent Reznor Soundtrack
  • Do you think Zuckerberg did it for the girl?
  • Do you think he was purposely portrayed as a douche?
  • Gag order? What gag order?

What We Learned:

  • Don’t Drink and Blog
  • Sometimes you just have to take the bitter with the better
  • Girls dig cats that look like Hitler
  • As the Countess says, “Money can’t buy you class!”

Trailer:

Recommendations:
Jeff: Great movie! Just don’t think it’s a documentary. This is fictionalized.
Ray:. Who knew a movie about Facebook would be so Interesting!? go see it.
Steve: I was surprisingly interested in this movie once it got going. I went in assuming I’d hate it, but walked away liking it.

The Future: 127 Hours

Starring: James Franco, Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn, Sean Bott

Trivia:

  • Aron Ralston filmed a daily video diary whilst he was stuck in the canyon; the footage has only been shown to close friends and family and is kept in a bank vault for safety. Before shooting began both Boyle and Franco were allowed to view the footage in order to accurately portray the events in the movie.

Talking Points:

  • What is this movie trying to be? documentary/scripted/docu-drama?

Summary:

  • A mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.

Trailer:

Excitement:
Jeff: Kill me now.
Ray: Yikes! Dont know if im scared or intrigued by this film…
Steve: Hmm…is it a docu-drama or a high budget feature? Nothing’s drawing me to it.

Coming Attractions

The Past: Halloween
The Present: RED
The Future: Unstoppable

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MOV021: “Would You Still Like Me If I wasn’t a Girl?”

Star Wars in 3D, Robert Zemeckis returns to Time Travel, The Howling, Let Me In, and My Soul To Take.

News:

  • Star Wars movies returning to theaters in 3D beginning 2012
  • Robert Zemeckis Plots Return To Live Action — And Time Travel
  • Stephen J. Cannell Dead at 69

The Past: The Howling (1981)

Director: Joe Dante

Starring: Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Robert Picardo, Christopher Stone, Elisabeth Brooks, John Carradine, Slim Pickens

Trivia:

  • Originally Rick Baker was doing the special effects for the film, but he left the production to do An American Werewolf in London (1981). Baker left the effects job for this film in the hands of assistant Rob Bottin. Both this film and “An American Werewolf in London” were released the same year and both received praise for their makeup work.
  • To add to the hidden puns throughout this film, there is a book placed near a phone during one scene: Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl”.
  • In line with other “wolf” puns in the film, the book Bill is reading in bed is “You Can’t Go Home Again” by Thomas Wolfe,
  • A picture of a wolf attacking a flock of sheep can be seen above Karen and Bill’s bed.
  • Shot in 28 days plus days of re-shoots.
  • In the scene where Terri calls Christopher from Dr. Waggner’s office, we see a picture of Lon Chaney Jr. on the wall. Chaney played the Wolf Man in five movies ( The Wolf Man (1941), Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), House of Frankenstein (1944), House of Dracula (1945) and Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948). He is the only actor that played a Universal monster in the original film and all of its sequels.
  • The following characters are named after werewolf movie directors: George Waggner, Roy William Neill, Terence Fisher, Freddie Francis, Erle C. Kenton, Sam Newfield, Charles Barton, Jerry Warren, Lew Landers, and Jacinto Molina (an alternate name used by Paul Naschy).
  • There were times during the making of The Howling (1981) when Robert Picardo was very despondent about the hours he had to spend in makeup. On the Special Edition DVD he remarked: “One day, after spending six and a half hours in the makeup chair I was thinking, trained at Yale, two leading roles on Broadway. My first acting role in California, my face gets melted in a low-budget horror movie. All the crew had to say to that was, “Bob, next time read the script all the way through first!”
  • The climactic transformation had to be done all in closeup because the film had exceeded its budget by then, and it had to be shot in an office because they had no money for sets anymore.
  • At one point, Sam Newfield is seen eating from a can of Wolf brand chili.
  • Roger Corman cameos as the man waiting to use the phone box after Dee Wallace.
  • Robert Picardo improvised the line ‘I want to give you a piece of my mind’ before pulling out a chunk of his brain.
  • Critical response to The Howling varied. Writing in 1981, Roger Ebert dismissed it as the “Silliest film seen in some time…” although Gene Siskel liked the film and gave it three and a half stars out of four. Leonard Maltin also wrote in his book 2002 Movie & Video Guide that The Howling is a “hip, well-made horror film” and noted the humorous references to classic werewolf cinema. Variety praised both the film’s sense of humor and its traditional approach to horror.
  • The film won the 1980 Saturn Award for Best Horror Film. This film was also #81 on Bravo’s 100 Scariest Movie Moments.
  • Due to their work in The Howling, Dante and producer Michael Finnell received the opportunity to make the film Gremlins (1984). That film references The Howling with a smiley face image on a refrigerator door. Eddie Quist leaves yellow smiley face stickers as his calling card in several places throughout The Howling. A second reference to The Howling in Gremlins comes at the end of the film when the TV anchorman Lew Landers (played by Jim McKrell) is shown reporting on the gremlin attack in Kingston Falls.

Talking Points:

  • ZOMG Is that the Doc from Star Trek!? YES, it is!
  • Practical effects are awesome!
  • Did anyone else think that nothing happens for most of this movie?
  • The Soundtrack – oh the 70s and 80s!

What We’ve Learned:

  • L.A. Cops can magically shoot through doors.
  • Nuns shop at occult book stores
  • Doesn’t matter where you go all sheriff’s have southern accents
  • Werewolves take a really really long time to transform, and victims are paralyzed with fear…and are unable to A) Run or B) Shoot.
  • Mazda’s were an exclusive ride back in 1981 and not everyone was lucky enough to own one.
  • Werewolves have the strength to tear holes in metal freezer doors but are utterly defeated by aged wood and glass.
  • Despite their exclusivity it only takes a couple of gunshots to make a Mazda Explode.

Trailer:

Recommendations:
Jeff: Yawn
Ray: Slow and Bizzare, Funny in spots though.
Steve: Amazingly innovative for its time! Hasn’t aged well, but is still classic for the genre.

The Present: Let Me In

Director: Matt Reeves

Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Moretz, Richard Jenkins, Cara Buono

Trivia:

  • The Morse code message shown at the end of the official trailer spells out the words “Help Me”.
  • The rights for the English-language film were acquired at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, where the Swedish film won the “Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature,” and Matt Reeves was quickly introduced as the director. Hammer Films producer Simon Oakes has referred to the project as a remake of the film and not an adaptation of the novel. He has also said, “I call it his [Reeves’] version. I don’t call it his remake or his re-imagining of it.”
  • The decision to make a new film adaptation has been criticized by Tomas Alfredson, the director of the Swedish film. He has stated on numerous occasions that he is not in favor of remaking his film. “If one should remake a film, it’s because the original is bad. And I don’t think mine is”, he said. He also opined that “remakes should be made of movies that aren’t very good, that gives you the chance to fix whatever has gone wrong. I’m very proud of my movie and I think it’s great, but the Americans might have another opinion. The saddest thing for me would be to see this beautiful story made into something mainstream. I don’t like to whine, but of course – if you spent years on painting a picture, you’d hate to hear buzz about a copy even before your vernissage!”
  • Let Me In has received generally positive reviews. Review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes reports that 87% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 126 reviews (with an average score of 7.7/10) and that 80% of the top critics have given the film a positive review based on 30 reviews (with an average score of 7.8/10). The consensus is “Similar to the original in all the right ways — but with enough changes to stand on its own — Let Me In is the rare Hollywood remake that doesn’t add insult to inspiration.”
  • In April 2010, it was announced that Hammer Film Productions and Dark Horse Comics are producing a graphic novel based on the film. Marc Andreyko will write the comic. Original author John Ajvide Lindqvist said “Nobody has asked me about [doing a comic] and I think that the project stinks. I am looking into this matter and hope that they have no right to do this.”

Talking Points:

  • Did You see the Original? if so did you prefer one or the other.
  • CGI – Bad?
  • I miss the cat scene!
  • Gorier than expected?
  • Did you expect to know she was a vampire so quickly?

What We Learned:

  • Older vampires apparently have personal hygiene issues.
  • Bullies in the 80’s have really bad hair
  • It snows in Los Alamos New Mexico
  • Have some now, save some for later.
  • Fake snow just doesn’t do it…get the real stuff.

Trailer:

Recommendations:
Jeff: Meh, it’s alright.
Ray: All in all not a bad remake, I prefer the original though.
Steve: I liked it a lot. It surprised me at times. Liked some of the changes from original, but others stunk.

The Future: My Soul To Take

Starring: Max Thieriot, John Magaro, Denzel Whitaker, Zena Grey, Nick Lashaway

Trivia:

  • The title My Soul to Take was taken from the children’s prayer: “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.”
  • Originally titled 25/8. Wes Craven announced on October 19, 2009 that the title was changed.
  • Henry Hopper, son of late actor Dennis Hopper, was originally cast in the lead role of Adam “Bug” Hellerman, but was replaced by Max Thieriot after Hopper contracted mononucleosis.
  • Craven describes the killer in March 2009 as “a figure who lives under the river” eats bark and lives in the woods since his alleged death.
  • The film is produced by Anthony Katagas and first time producer Iya Labunka, Craven’s wife.

Talking Points:

  • From what you’ve seen in the trailer, is 3D necessary?

Summary:
A serial killer returns to his hometown to stalk seven children who share the same birthday as the date he was allegedly put to rest.

Trailer:

Excitement:
Jeff: I’ll skip it. Not that much of a horror fan.
Ray: Its Wes Craven so it cant be all that bad right?
Steve: Wes Craven usually delivers….so here’s hoping! Not seeing the point of 3D though.

Coming Attractions

The Past: The Frightners
The Present: The Social Network
The Future: 127 Hours

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