It’s no secret that I regard George Romero’s 1978 film, Dawn of the Dead, as one of the most fascinating movies ever made. It should be a staple for your Halloween movie viewing. Right from the get-go Romero expertly establishes an overwhelming sense of dread.
Here’s a LOOK at its opening setup.
While the Halloween Movie Franchise now spans 31 years since John Carpenter first introduced movie goers to Michael Myers there have been a lot of highs and lows throughout – with none lower than Rob Zombies Halloween 2. One of my very favorite moments in the long running series is in Rick Rosenthal’s 1981 Halloween 2 where Dr Loomis (the great Donald Pleasence) finds out for the first time that Michael is the brother of Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis). It really is a great moment if you’re a fan of the franchise. Take a LOOK!
UPDATE: According to The Hollywood Reporter- “Southland” is close to landing at TNT. The cable network began conversations with corporate sibling Warner Bros. TV, which produces the cop drama, shortly after “Southland” was abruptly canceled by NBC earlier this month. Though a deal has not been completed, it now appears likely.
Oct. 9th, 2009
Clearly the Leno effect has become evident with the peacock network’s strange decision to axe Southland before second season episodes even began airing. The well executed police drama starring Ben McKenzie and Regina King got off to a solid start in the ratings when it replaced the long running ER in the Thursday 10PM timeslot at the tail end of last season, but ultimately saw viewership erosion with each episode. Still NBC renewed it and had it penciled in to come back Friday Oct 23 in the 9PM time slot now occupied by Dateline. Yesterday it was announced that NBC has pulled the plug on production with six episodes already shot and in the can. There is no official word whether they will ever air. Exec Producer John Wells (of ER fame) issued this statement about Southland’s cancellation:
“I’m disappointed that NBC no longer has the time periods available to support the kind of critically acclaimed series that was for so many years a hallmark of their success. We remain extremely proud of Southland, and are actively looking for another home for the series.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter this is the network’s reason for its cancellation:
While “Southland” enjoyed support among NBC brass last season, after screening the finished episodes from the upcoming second season, the show’s content was deemed too dark and gritty for broadcast TV, especially for 9 p.m. Additionally, a high-end drama like “Southland” is certainly far more expensive than newsmagazine “Dateline” for low-trafficked Friday night”.
I’m disappointed again by Network decision making. With a solid cast, terrific premise, and very realistic look, I really enjoyed Southland and thought it had potential to gain creative steam. Unfortunately, with Jay Leno being locked into NBC’s 10PM primetime lineup for the next two years, Southland was scarified and literally thrown overboard as there was no room in the network’s schedule for this scripted drama. With viewership continuing to erode on all the major networks scripted dramas are and will get scarcer and scarcer as time goes on. Sad but true. Thank goodness for HBO, Showtime, FX and TNT.
A look back at one of the great pre-opening credit sequences of all time:
With Halloween now just a week away I’m starting to contemplate a few of the horror films I’ll be watching leading up to it. One will be the Zack Snyder’s re-imagining of George Romero’s classic original Dawn of the Dead. Overall I think it’s a terrific movie that complements the overall concept while keeping the story fresh. Without a doubt it has one of the very best pre-opening credit sequences I’ve ever seen; literally sucking you into its world. Here’s a LOOK
Universal has released its second trailer to Joe Johnston’s long delayed remake of The Wolfman. The film, which hits theaters February 12, 2010, stars Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins and Emily Blunt. Take a LOOK
I couldn’t help get a smile on my face after watching the promo trailer to Sylvester Stallone’s latest actioner, The Expendables. Actually I had to run it three times before I could draw a definitive opinion because it certainly isn’t a product of the way movies are made in 2010. It actually feels very early 80’s and, after some reflecting, I think that might be a really good thing.
Who knows where Stallone would be in terms of his career if Rocky Balboa hadn’t delivered big time. I’m sure glad it did, giving him some clout to do things his way with Rambo and now this. Upon reflection of Stallone, who I’ve always been a big fan of, one movie that I truly enjoyed was his 1996 movie, Daylight. Aside from his Rocky character I don’t think Sly has ever been more likable on screen. Directed by Rob Cohen (Fast and the Furious), the film is basically a loose variation of The Poseidon Adventure with Sly in the Gene Hackman role and is solid entertainment. If you’re a Stallone fan it’s a must see. It hooks me every time I stumble upon it on television.
As for most Stallone films that decade it didn’t perform well in the U.S but did solid business overseas. Here’s the TRAILER.
With Halloween approaching I was thinking about a few of my first movie scares. One of the first I can remember was a Television experience. My two brothers and me stayed up late sometime during the 1970’s and watched the ABC Friday Night movie on ABC channel 7 out of New York when I was a kid in Brooklyn NY. The film was George Romero’s 1968 classic Night of the Living Dead. Seeing this for the first time truly gave me the creeps and I remember being riveted throughout.
The one thing I’ll always remember is that when it ended at about 1:30 AM in the morning there was a knock on our apartment door. It turned out to be a man who had the wrong address. Talk about bad timing. I was creeped out for hours. Who knocks on someone’s door at that time of night? That in itself was as scary as the movie and something I’ll sure never forget!