The Dead Center is a cerebral and immersive supernatural thriller about Daniel Forrester (Primerand Upstream Color director Shane Carruth), a psychiatrist who is attempting to solve the mystery behind a patient’s (Jeremy Childs) catatonic state.
Directed and penned with precision by Billy Senese, the feature has its share of scares, but it doesn’t rely on on cheap thrills to tell its narrative.
“I usually cannot get through a script,” said Carruth. “I hate them. I hate the format. I hate everything about them. This one read beautifully and I saw what he was getting it and we had conversations that made me feel that he knew exactly what was doing.”
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The Dead Center hits theaters October 11th and comes out on Blu-ray and DVD on October 22.
For the past six years or so, Matthew Vaughn has devoted himself exclusively to the Kingsman series of movies — he’s directed, produced, and co-written The Secret Service, The Golden Circle, and the new prequel, The King’s Man. Vaughn, who’s also worked on the X-Men franchise and directed Kick-Ass, definitely has a penchant for action movies. He told us that, in making The King’s Man, he wanted to pay homage to the kinds of films he idolized when he was growing up. (Click on the media bar below to hear Matthew Vaughn)
Directed by Henry-Alex Rubin (Disconnect, Murderball), Semper Ficenters on Cal (Jai Courtney), a police officer and Marine Corps reservist who is the de facto leader of his group of friends (Beau Knapp, Finn Wittrock, Arturo Castro). When Cal’s younger brother Oyster (Nat Wolff) is sent to jail after a tragic bar fight, Cal hatches a plan to break his sibling out of prison.
Semper Fi’s strength lies in the palpable chemistry among the men, as brotherhood and sacrifice are the concepts explored in the feature by Rubin and co-writer Sean Mullin. Courtney delivers one of his strongest performances to date (he also starred as a soldier in 2015’s Man Down), and it’s a drama that, in my opinion, is worth a look.
Also covered on our latest CinemAddicts podcast is The Dead Center, a horror thriller starring Shane Carruth that comes out October 11 and Joker.
Low Tide, directed and penned by first-timer Kevin McMullin, is a Jersey Shore set narrative about buried treasure and fractured friendships. Alan (Keean Johnson), Red (Alex Neustaedter), and Smitty (Daniel Zolghadri) are troubled teens who rob homes, and during one of their excursions Alan’s brother Peter (Jaeden Martell) is forced to help them out. When Peter stumbles onto gold coins, greed, secrecy, and betrayal enter the mix.
Alex Neustaedter, who starred in the TV series Colonyand last year’s A-X-L, had nothing but praise for McMullin, who remained steady even if the waters were rough.
“He was one of the calmest directors I’ve ever worked with which was very freeing. It really set the tone for the entire shoot. Even though I know that he was dealing with a lot of things, he never revealed it to us,” said Neustaedter. “He was so committed to helping us with our roles but at the same time he wasn’t overbearing. He gave us some space and knew when he needed to come in. He’s just super mature as a director which is really rare from someone’s first film.”
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Charlie Hunnam’s next film is The Gentlemen, a crime drama written and directed by Guy Ritchie. It tells the story of a drug lord who decides he wants to get out of his very lucrative business, and he decides to look for a buyer. As you can imagine, though, it’s not the kind of business that can be easily sold. Hunnam, however, tells us he was instantly sold on Guy’s script. (Click on the media bar below to hear Charlie Hunnam)
The making of Gemini Man, in a way, resembles the plot of the film: The movie’s main character, a hit man, fights a battle across a generation, trying to defeat the new technology — a younger clone of himself. The film was first pitched — and bought — more than a generation ago, in 1997. But, as star Will Smith tells us, it took a long time for the technology to be developed that would turn a good idea into a killer movie. (Click on the media bar below to hear Will Smith)