Bill Skarsgård (It, It Chapter Two) and Maika Monroe (It Follows) have flourished in films that have scared many an audience member, this time out they are part of another horror based experience with Villains.
Directed and written by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen, the feature centers on Mickey (Skarsgård) and Jules (Monroe), lovers who are on the run after a gas station robbery. After breaking into a house looking for a new car, they encounter a pair (Kyra Sedgwick, Jeffrey Donovan) who seem like the perfect suburban couple.
But when the two criminals discover a child in the couple’s basement, they realize that their dreams of starting a new life in Florida may never see the light of day. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Director/writer Mike Gan’s debut feature Burncenters on Melinda (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) a gas station attendant who, along with her bullying co-worker Sheila (Suki Waterhouse) is held up at gunpoint by a dude (Josh Hutcherson) in need of cash. Harry Shum Jr. (Glee) Officer Liu, a cop who might be Melinda’s only friend.
One of the film’s strongest assets is the knockout performance from Cobham-Hervey, as she infuses Melinda with a level of unpredictability and pathos that kept me invested in the feature. Melinda is actually one of the more interesting film characters I’ve seen in years, and I asked Gan about creating the role.
“I was trying to figure out a character that was the most interesting person to embody that arc,” said Gan, who also directed an episode of the Hulu series Into The Dark. I thought about a lot of different things that a person would have to carry that out. Melinda spawned from that. It was a complex character. I sometimes hated her. Sometimes I loved her. Tilda Cobham-Hervey read the script and really embraced the character. She did such an amazing job and she understood the balance. It is a hard balance when you make these kind of anti-heroes – these kind of messy characters.”
Click on the media bar to hear Gan talk about why Cobham-Hervey was perfect for the role of Melinda:
Burn, co-starring Shiloh Fernandez, is now playing in theaters and is available on VOD and Digital.
Henry Cavill’s (Man of Steel, Mission: Impossible – Fallout) next anticipated role, especially if you’re a gamer, is the TV series The Witcher. With that said, he also is front and center in Night Hunter, a thriller about a cop named Marshall who has arrested Simon (Brendan Fletcher), a serial killer who seems to be two steps ahead of the game.
Catching the killer doesn’t end his overall game plan, as more deaths occur while he’s behind bars. Is there an accomplice who is helping Simon on his murderous quest?
Marshall and his colleagues (which includes Alexandra Daddario as a fellow cop and Ben Kingsley as a former judge out for justice) seem to be way in over their heads, and the trailer shows this thriller definitely has promise. Stanley Tucci (Beauty and the Beast), Nathan Fillion (The Rookie) and Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights) round out the ensemble.
Writer/director David Raymond makes his feature writing and directing debut with Night Hunter. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
Night Hunter, which is available now exclusively on DirecTV, hits On Demand and theaters on September 6.
Echo In The Canyon, a documentary that spotlights folk rock in 1960’s Los Angeles, hits Blu-ray and DVD on September 10 via Greenwich Entertainment.
Dubbed as the California Sound, folk rock was a fixture in the Los Angeles music scene thanks to the work of The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and The Mamas and the Papas. Musician Jakob Dylan serves as the interview for the Andrew Slater directed project. Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys), Michelle Phillips (The Mamas and the Papas), Stephen Stills (Buffalo Springfield), David Crosby, Eric Clapton, Roger McGuinn (The Byrds) and Tom Petty (the musician’s last filmed interview) are among the artists who took part in the project.
Contemporary artists interviewed include Beck, Fiona Apple, Cat Power, Regina Spektor and Norah Jones. The documentary, which amassed $3 million at the box office, also features a soundtrack which has Dylan covering tracks from the California Sound with various artists from the film. One of the songs include Dylan’s interpretation of The Beach Boy’s “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times” which features Neil Young on vocals.
The Seth Rogen produced comedy Good Boys was the clear winner over the weekend, as it made $21 million in its debut. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw took in $14.1 million to capture the second position. Here’s the top 10:
Good Boys – Comedy cost an estimated $20 million and it made $21 million in its debut.
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw – Feature is still going strong with $14.1 million.
The Lion King– Live action remake takes in $11.9 million and to date it’s made over $496 million domestically.
The Angry Birds Movie – Animated feature collects $10.5 million
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – Horror feature makes $10 million.
Ready or Not centers on Grace (Samara Weaving), a newly married woman who, as part of the family ritual, has to play a game that will hopefully put her in good graces with her new relatives.
Unfortunately, her family is actually out for blood during the game of hide and seek, and Grace must run for her life or else end up six feet under. The picture is directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, part of a filmmaking team known as Radio Silence.
“It was the first time I had played a protagonist in this kind of genre,” said Weaving. “So that was really fun to kind of to explore that and I have a great drama coach who helped me. The directors in Radio Silence – they had no restrictions on what we could do. We could improvise and play.”
Click on the media bar to hear Weaving talk about the comedic elements that power the horror film Ready or Not.
Co-starring Andie MacDowell and Adam Brody, Ready or Not hits theaters August 21.