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EXCLUSIVE: PRODUCER JASON BLUM TALKS DARK SKIES (PART ONE)

Posted in Aliens, Interviews, Movies, Sci-Fi, Thriller with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2013 by darklordbunnykins

Keri Russell in Dark Skies

The DLB recently spoke to Dark Skies producer Jason Blum about the alien abduction thriller about to hit theatres tomorrow. Blum is the name behind Blumhouse Productions, the production company behind low-budget horror successes like the first Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and Sinister. Amongst our topics: making scary movies on small budgets, working with director Scott Stewart (Priest, Legion), the next Paranormal Activity and Insidious films, as well as working with Rob Zombie on The Lords of Salem. Part 2 of our chat will be posted tomorrow.

How excited are you about the way Dark Skies turned out?

I’m really happy with it. It’s exactly the movie that Scott…Scott brought me the movie a year ago, pitched it at me, well not exactly but very close to what you saw. and I really like an emotional story, you know, character, emotional work and the family drama that is depicted in the movie and to have a family upset by this dark force and I’m really proud of the movie and I am really pleased at how it turned out. I wouldn’t be doing these calls if I felt differently, obviously.

 

And why did you want to make it?

I always look for the same things in the movies that we decide to do, which is, is there a great drama and is there a great story. I think unlike a lot of the other companies that make horror movies I really look at the story first and the scares second, and I actually think that makes the movies scarier. I think a lot of places say, well tell me the scares and then we’ll work the story out later, and I think that’s not super effective, and so that’s a long answer to your question, but Scott checked all the boxes with this movie. It’s exactly the kind of movie we’re looking for and I would continue to make. Obviously I don’t want to repeat ourselves, we want to excel. And I think the movie is very different than Sinister and Insidious but certainly just as scary.

 

Speaking of Scott, what is he really good at and why did you want to work with him?

I never met him before we started the movie so I could only look at his movies, and what I got from his movies relates to what I just said, is that I thought he was really good at directing actors, he’s gotten really good performances, and that’s what I was drawn to, and I think that he continued to get that. Both Josh [Hamilton] and Keri [Russell] have seen the finished film, they love it, they want to work again with Scott, and I don’t have to tell you this but that doesn’t happen too often. So that’s what I thought he was good at, and I’m not always right, but I was right about that and I was happy about it.

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Speaking of Keri and Josh, why did you want to cast them, especially given that they don’t have backgrounds in horror films? Or is that an advantage?

To me that’s an advantage. I did theatre in New York but I was just starting out in my career. I had a company called Malaparte and Ethan Hart and Calista Flockheart and Steve Zahn and Robert Sean Leonard and Josh Hamilton, among a bunch of other people who were in the company and Ethan did Sinister and Ethan did a second film with me called The Purge and the casting of all of our movies, ultimately the directors have the final say, but I’ve encouraged them to cast actors who aren’t necessarily associated with horror. You can say that of Ethan, and you can certainly say that of Josh Hamilton and Keri, for that matter.

 

There are a lot of alien invasion films, a lot of alien abduction films, but to what extent do you think is Dark Skies scarier because it’s told on an intimate scale – it’s one family, as opposed to a more global invasion big-budget films like Battlefield Earth or Independence Day?

I don’t see this as an alien invasion movie at all. I know that may sound surprising after you saw it but an alien invasion movie implies exactly what you said, being a spectacle close-encounter, I see it as a family disrupted by a menacing force and to me, in Paranormal Activity you never see what the force is; in Sinister and Insidious you see it a bit more, but to me what the actual evil is, is much less interesting to me than what the evil causes. And that’s what I like about this movie, I don’t look at it like an alien invasion movie at all.

Josh Hamilton in Dark Skies

On that note though, how much discussion went into how much you would show the aliens and what they would look like, given that they are secondary as opposed to the effect upon the family itself?

Very little. I think less is more when you are showing evil forces, and again, I think the conversations were about who should be in the movie, who should play it, what problems they were facing and in all the films that our company works on, we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the…we give a personality to the evil by not showing the evil. We can’t compete with the bigger movies on showing evil forces, we just…so I feel we get a lot more mileage out of not showing them and letting people imagine. Whatever you can imagine is way worse than whatever we have the ability to show, so I encourage filmmakers to let audiences imagine what’s bad as opposed to see it.

 

Dark Skies opens Feb. 22.

 

 

 

TORONTO AFTER DARK BEGINS!

Posted in Aliens, Events, Festivals, Gore, Halloween, Movies, News, Sci-Fi, Violence with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2012 by darklordbunnykins

 

The Toronto After Dark Film Festival returns to the newly renovated Bloor Hot Docs Cinema this year, opening with two highly anticipated entries, the Irish horror comedy Grabbers, screening at 6:45, and The Soska Sisters’ blackly comic American Mary (as seen above).

As I’m about to head out the door to see Paranormal Activity 4 (review tomorrow), The DLB will have to cut and paste each summary:

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WRETCHED REVIEWS: THE THING (2011)

Posted in Aliens, Eye Candy, Gore, Monsters, Movies, Reviews, Violence with tags , , , , , , , on October 14, 2011 by darklordbunnykins

THE THING

Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton and Ulrich Thomsen

Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.

Written by Eric Heisserer

Universal Studios

 Like you I went into The Thing with modest expectations and outsized apprehension. After all, John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982) is a modern horror classic, and the idea of a retro-engineered prequel seemed unwise at best, opportunistic at worst.

But having read interviews with Dutch director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. – and having spoken to him myself – it became obvious that he was a fan of Carpenter’s film so I gave him the benefit of the doubt. And don’t forget that Carpenter’s Thing was itself a remake of a smartly-written sci-fi classic, 1951’s The Thing from Another World. Plus I was always curious about what happened to those crazy Swedes… sorry, Norwegians mentioned in Carpenter’s film.

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EXCLUSIVE! “THE THING” DIRECTOR SPEAKS ON CARPENTER, ARMY OF THE DEAD, AND FUTURE PROJECTS

Posted in Aliens, Eye Candy, Gore, Interviews, Monsters, Movies, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Violence, Zombies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2011 by darklordbunnykins

Horror fans wait with bated breath for the release tomorrow of The Thing, the much-anticipated and already much-reviled prequel to John Carpenter’s much-lauded classic. The DLB spoke to director Mattjis van Heijningen, Jr., earlier today about the expectations of fans, combining practical effects with CGI, and his future plans, including the status of that much-talked-about zombie epic Army of the Dead.

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NSFW! FLESHLIGHT PROMISES ADULT TRICKS AND TREATS FOR HALLOWEEN

Posted in Aliens, Fantasy, Fetish, Halloween, Monsters, News, Sex, Toys, Vampires, Zombies with tags , , , , on September 28, 2011 by darklordbunnykins

Sex toy company Fleshlight is getting into the Halloween spirit  with the release of their Fleshlight Freaks series. Available in five different models — The Cyborg, The Alien, The Drac,The Frankenstein and The Zombie — the Fleshlights and Fleshjacks are certain to raise your spirits this holiday season.

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WRETCHED REVIEWS: ATTACK THE BLOCK (2011)

Posted in Aliens, Gore, Monsters, Movies, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Violence with tags , , , , , , on July 28, 2011 by darklordbunnykins

 

ATTACK THE BLOCK

Starring John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker and Nick Frost

Written and directed by Joe Cornish

Sony Pictures

 

Alien invasions have rarely been as funny or thrilling as the one depicted in Attack the Block. Edgar Wright associate Joe Cornish sets his sci-fi comedy in a poor south London council estate and depicts what would happen when vicious monster aliens meet the vicious local toughs. The result is hilarious and, surprisingly, has real teeth.

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INTERVIEW EXTRA: MARK STRONG TALKS UP “GREEN LANTERN”

Posted in Aliens, Comics, Interviews, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2011 by darklordbunnykins

It’s not horror, but we’re sure many genre fans are curious to see how the Green Lantern movie turned out. Plus the DLB got a chance to sit in on a roundtable discussion with one of the film’s co-stars this week, and why let a good posting go to waste?

Mark Strong is best known to movie geeks as crime Frank D’Amico from Kick-Ass and Lord Blackwood in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes. He co-stars in Green Lantern as Sinestro, Hal Jordan’s (Ryan Reynolds) mentor, and will be seen next spring in the big-screen version of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “A Princess of Mars,” John Carter.

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