Trailer Spotlight: Geostorm
The first trailer for the epic disaster film Geostorm has hit the web and while it’s not traditional horror, the trailer itself is pretty ominous and creepy. The story is pretty terrifying, what if the machine that controls the planets weather patterns completely malfunctions? Well the answer to that question should be fairly obvious, WE ALL DIE!
The premise is insanely ludicrous, but that’s not why anyone is going to see this movie. The audience that forks over their hard earned money to see this, is doing so under the pretense that they will see mass destruction and a barrage of fantastical visuals. The trailer is fine, it certainly gets the point across, and for a teaser, it works. It will be interesting to see what the story is here, if there is one. Either way, it looks like this is in the vein of 2012 and last years San Andreas, without the star power of Dwayne Johnson.
The script was written by Independence Day scribe, Dean Devlin along with Keiran and Michelle Mulroney, With Devlin directing, there is no denying this film has a Roland Emmerich feel to it.
Geostorm hits theaters October 20th, 2017. Here is the official synopsis for the film which stars Gerard Butler, Abbie Cornish, Ed Harris, Andy Garcia, Jim Sturgess and Robert Sheehan.
When a network of satellites, desiged to control the global climate begin to malfunction and attack the earth, It’s a race against the clock to find the answers while foiling a nefarious plot to assasinate the president!
First Johnny Gruesome Poster Released!
In our very first installment of “This Week in Horror” Bro Knows mentioned the set visit info from the independent horror feature, from B-Movie horror icon, Gregory Lamberson. Well, this is a project we have been following closely and early this week, the very first poster for the film dropped, which showcases the brilliant practical make-up effects we can look forward to from this film. The Tag line “Live Fast. Die Young. Leave Carnage.” is absolutely fantastic, and while, at first glance, this looks like an artist rendition, make no mistake, this is actually a photo of the films star in full make-up.
Anthony De La Torre plays the titular character, featured in the first official poster. The almost technicolor make-up, is a perfect blend of creepy and beautiful, and for those that have seen Lamberson’s prior features (Slime City, Slime City Massacre, Killer Rack), they know he has a serious fondness for strong practical effects which help provide a realistic aesthetic to his projects, making them that much more terrifying.
It should also be noted that Lamberson appears to get no rest as he tirelessly churns out fantastic content for fans, via novels like Carnage Road, The Frenzy Wolves, The Julian Year and most recently, Black Creek. Johnny Gruesome is actually an adaptation of his 2007 novel of the same name. On top of writing books, he also continues to direct, with Killer Rack currently available on all streaming platforms and also on Amazon.
The poster has us begging the question “when can we see a trailer?!!” Lucky for us, Lamberson is active on social media, and when asked about the potential for some footage, responded by saying “I’m actually holding off on one [a trailer]. I hope to get decent distribution on this one, and a good distributor will want control of the marketing and to cut their own trailer.” That makes total sense, but it doesn’t stop us from boiling over in anticipation for a peak at this film!
Johnny Gruesome also stars Byron Brown II, Aprilann, Michael DeLorenzo, Chris Modrzynski, and Kim Piazza.
The full synopsis for Johnny Gruesome, per Amazon, is below. No release date set, but hopefully we can get a look at Johnny sometime around Halloween this year?! In the mean time, enjoy the poster and buy the book to tide you over.
Johnny Grissom—nicknamed “Johnny Gruesome” by his high school classmates—is a heavy metal hellion who loves to party, watch horror movies, and get into fights. One winter night, Johnny’s car, The Death Mobile, is discovered submerged beneath the icy surface of Willow Creek, with Johnny’s waterlogged corpse inside. The townspeople believe that his death was accidental. But soon the murders begin—horrible acts of violent vengeance that hint at a deepening mystery and terror yet to come. A headless body is discovered at the high school, a priest is forced to confront his own misdeeds, and a mortician encounters the impossible. The sound of a car engine and maniacal laughter fill the night, and one by one, Johnny’s enemies meet a grisly demise. The students at Red Hill High School begin to fear for their lives—especially Johnny’s closest friends, who all harbor a dark secret.
Fans of the Alien franchise were vocal about their issues with Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, which was billed as an Alien prequel, but just wasn’t at all. The absence of the Xenomorph and the confusing narrative, bred some malice from fans and critics alike, making Prometheus a rather divisive film. Scott then went on to make a few bombs before finding redemption in The Martian. Now he is returning to the franchise that made him famous, with Alien Covenant, and has single handedly put the kibosh on poor Neil Blomkamp’s Alien 5. With Covenant planning to release this May, Scott has now officially stated that he has no plans to stop there, and will apparently be making these movies until he dies.
Seriously though, Scott is 79 years old, and while seems completely healthy, he is no spring chicken. He has now vocalized his plans to begin production on the next Alien film for a 2018 release. He has even gone as far as to say that Covenant is actually just the first film in a trilogy of new films, but then went further and said he could do another 6 of these bad boys. Scott told the Sidney Morning Herald “If you really want a franchise, I can keep cranking it for another six, I’m not going to close it down again. No way.” While he may have actually been referring to Blade Runner, it could also stand to reason he is probably talking about Alien.
So now the big question that looms is will Covenant be good or even successful enough to warrant a single sequel, let alone 5? Well I guess we will find out in May, but in the meantime, rock on with your hyperbolic self, Ridley!
Stephen King is the apex of horror novelists. He is the most recognizable and his work is unparalleled, so his opinion matters. His expansive horror novel It was adapted years ago into a two part television series that was met with mixed reception and is now ripe for revitalization, and lucky us, we are getting just that. The It remake is set to release on September 8th of this year, and King took to twitter to boast his reaction to the film recently, which is pretty overwhelmingly positive.
Andy Muschietti's remake of IT (actually it's Part 1–The Losers' Club) succeeds beyond my expectations. Relax. Wait. And enjoy.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 7, 2017
Sufficed to say, King thinks the project is awesome, but is this just marketing, or is he sincere? Well considering how outspoken he was regarding his disdain for the adaptation of his book The Shining, it stands to reason that he is sincere, since he is not one to bite his tongue if he doesn’t like something. If this is genuine, then it’s exciting to see what is in store for us come September. We do know that this is just part one, which focusses on our main characters as children, when they first encounter the malevolent demon clown.
The film stars Bill Skarsgard as the titular clown monster and the rest of the cast includes Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Nicholas Hamilton, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, and Jeremy Ray Taylor as the contemporary version of The Losers’ Club.