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EXCLUSIVE! KATE BECKINSALE TALKS “UNDERWORLD AWAKENING”: PART ONE

Posted in Fetish, Goth, Interviews, Monsters, Movies, Sequels, Vampires, Violence, Werewolves with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 18, 2012 by darklordbunnykins

The DLB recently spoke to Underworld Evolution star Kate Beckinsale about the fourth entry in the ongoing werewolf/vampire franchise. Here are a few excerpts:

 

After you made Underworld Evolution, how did you feel about the possibility of making another Underworld film, and at what point did playing Selene again start to seem like a good idea?

Well, I didn’t think I was going to. I was told that the plan was to do a trilogy. I knew that the third one was a prequel and my character wasn’t around for that. I honestly didn’t think about it at all apart from occasionally when I was promoting another movie somebody would ask me about it, and I’d constantly say, ‘No, no, no. That’s it,’ because I thought it was! So it was only a little before we shot the movie that they came and asked, ‘Would you think about it?’ And I thought, well, okay, but it would have to be quite a different journey for the character to go on to make it interesting for people to watch and also to play the part.

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DEVILISH DVDS: THE DAISY CHAIN

Posted in DVD, Movies, Reviews with tags , , , , , , on June 7, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

THE DAISY CHAIN

Starring Samantha Morton, Steven Mackintosh and Mhairi Anderson

Directed by Aisling Walsh

Written by Lauren McKenzie

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Daisy (Mhairi Anderson)

Imagine if last year’s evil child thriller Orphan had been written and directed by British director Ken Loach and you’ve got an idea of both the plot and tone of The Daisy Chain, an Irish film made two years ago but just finding its way to DVD now.

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DEVILISH DVDS: SHUTTLE (2008)

Posted in DVD, Movies, Reviews with tags , , , , , , on January 11, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

SHUTTLE

Starring Peyton List, Cameron Goodman and Tony Curran

Written and directed by Edward Anderson

Mongrel Media



It’s not a compliment when critic Roger Ebert calls Shuttle “a relentless march into the dark” as part of his one-star-out-of-five review. Still, that quote adorns the DVD’s back cover, and it’s an accurate assessment. Writer Edward Anderson’s filmmaking debut is a tense thriller remarkable for its bleakness.

Peyton List (TV’s Mad Men) and Cameron Goodman play Mel and Jules, BFFs just back home from vacation. It’s late, the airport is deserted and they decide to accept a freelance bus driver’s offer (Tony Curran: Midnight Meat Train) to take them downtown. A handsome pair of bros the girls met earlier horn in on the ride against the driver’s objections. Their only other companion is a nervous accountant (Cullen Douglas).

Soon enough, though, the quintet find themselves on a journey to hell as their driver takes them on a circuitous route nowhere near their destination. Confrontations ensue, their driver pulls a gun, and soon enough his plan for the girls – and there is a plan – starts to come into focus.

First-time director Anderson is relatively skilled as a filmmaker, although it’s the idea of the film, as opposed to its execution, which is the strongest aspect of Shuttle. His characters are not completely sketched out, but List and Goodman create empathetic portraits of friends who just want to get home but find themselves subject to a greater horror than simple robbery. Likewise, Curran, best known to horror fans for his intense portrayal of the vampire Marcus from Underworld: Evolution, brings dimension to his unnamed driver; not just a remorseless killer, there’s a terribly pedestrian method to his madness.

Cameron Goodman as Jules

Shuttle is grim. Anderson offers the audience glimmers of hope as the tables are turned more than once in the girls’ favour. That things end the way they do is pretty devastating. There’s little entertainment to be had here, but, as an exercise in misery porn, it’s an effective reminder that happy endings don’t always happen.

Rating: 3/5

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