First Trailer For Richard Linklater’s ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ Released

“Where’d You Go, Bernadette is based on the runaway bestseller about Bernadette Fox, a Seattle woman who had it all – a loving husband and a brilliant daughter. When she unexpectedly disappears, her family sets off on an exciting adventure to solve the mystery of where she might have gone.”

Directed by: Richard Linklater

Cast: Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Emma Nelson, James Urbaniak, Judy Greer, Troian Bellisario, Zoe Chao and Laurence Fishburne

Release Date: 2019 (TBC)

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REVIEW: Halloween (2018)

Year: 2018
Directed by: David Gordon Green
Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, James Jude Courtney, Nick
Castle

Written by Megan Williams 

Halloween is probably my favourite holiday. You get to dress up in scary costumes without anyone judging you, watch horror films with your friends, carve pumpkins, see a man in a William Shatner mask creep around the neighbourhood with a kitchen knife…

Hang on a minute…

Produced by Blumhouse and starring Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her role as Laurie Strode, the latest entry in the iconic ‘Halloween’ franchise is here! Already grossing over $76 million in its opening weekend (from a $10 million budget), it’s earned the second highest October opening ever.

Set 40 years after the original, ‘Halloween’ centres on Laurie Strode, her granddaughter Allyson and Allyson’s parents as they fight against Michael Myers after he returns to Haddonfield to cause new mayhem and murder.

I love 1978 original and was, honestly, sceptical of this entry; the previous entries haven’t been great in my opinion (aside from ‘Season of the Witch’ which didn’t even feature the masked killer!).

And, after seeing it, I think it’s ok but a little flawed.

Jamie Lee Curtis is a delight to watch as she plays the survivor who’s sworn to kill Michael Myers, and she is one of the highlights of the film. While I say this, however, there wasn’t a bad performance in ‘Halloween’, and I did care for each character and wanted them to survive the night. This is a mindset I find rare in most horror films: this time, I’m not rooting for the villain.

Another highlight of ‘Halloween’ was the score, which was composed by John Carpenter (the composer of the original film). While the original theme did feature, the rest of the score was fantastic and elevated the film, giving it a tense and haunting atmosphere.

At times, ‘Halloween’ was suspenseful, making Michael Myers a creepy and silent killer. But it also brought in some humour, making this a fun slasher film that wouldn’t have looked out of place if it had been released 40 years earlier. There are a lot of references to the original film too; some are obvious, while others require a keen eye or knowledge of the overall franchise to spot. The constant reoccurring ‘Halloween’ theme, and an updated version, was a pleasure to hear!  

The film was visually gorgeous and, while most of it featured dark lighting and was set during the night, ‘Halloween’ still managed to appear vibrant, especially during the scenes in Haddonfield. The cinematography was great and the film featured a fair amount of one–take shots that sometimes didn’t focus on Michael while he was carrying out his murderous actions; it really emphasised that Michael is a silent killer who has no limits.

Unfortunately, the film was a little too long and was unevenly paced; it could’ve been around 20 minutes shorter. There’s even a certain plot point that I thought could’ve been removed completely as it goes nowhere. And, while it is suspenseful at times, it isn’t as scary as it’s predecessor.

Overall, ‘Halloween’ is an enjoyable, but average, entry into the franchise and, while I would recommend it, I wouldn’t rush out to the cinema to see it.

MEGAN’S VERDICT:

3

 

New ‘Halloween’ Trailer Recaps Original Film In Faux Documentary

“Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago. ”

Directed by: David Gordon Green

Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Nick Castle, Judy Greer, Virginia Gardner

Release Date: October 19th, 2018

Michael Myers Is On The Hunt In New ‘Halloween’ Trailer

“Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago. ”

Directed by: David Gordon Green

Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Nick Castle, Judy Greer, Virginia Gardner

Release Date: October 19th, 2018

Michael Myers Returns In The First Trailer For ‘Halloween’

“Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.”

Directed by: David Gordon Green

Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Nick Castle, Judy Greer, Virginia Gardner

Release Date: October 19th, 2018

The Final Trailer for ‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ Is Unleashed

“Apes, together, strong” 

Matt Reeves returns to direct this third instalment of the ‘Planet of the Apes’ reboot, which is his second in the directors chair, having previously helmed the second film, ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’. Reeves worked with Mark Bomback to write the script. 

The fantastic Andy Serkis dons his motion capture suit to return as Caesar, leader of the apes, who appears to be struggling to keep his people safe from the humans, who are relentlessly attacking the apes. In the trailer, Caesar makes it clear he doesn’t want any sort of war with the humans, but if push comes to shove, he’s going to defend his family with everything he’s got.

This final trailer show us Caesar finding a young girl (Amiah Miller), who he offers to help and look after, much to the confusion of some of his fellow apes. It’s not clear if Miller’s character (who remains nameless on IMDB) will have a bigger role to play than it appears, for example if the Colonel (Woody Harrelson) see’s Caesar as a threat, he sure as hell isn’t going to like the idea of him having a human child.

‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ unleashes in UK cinemas July 10th! 

Synopsis: “Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet”

Written by Tom Sheffield

War Has Begun In The First Trailer For War For The Planet Of The Apes!

Back in October, a 30 second teaser was released for ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ in which Caesar had a chilling message that “war has begun”. Caesar, motion captured by Andy Serkis, is back and this time he means business! Opposing Caesar is a “ruthless Colonel”, played by Woody Harrelson, and is a new character being introduced in this sequel. Matt Reeves returns to the director’s chair for his second ‘Planet of the Apes’ film, his first being ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ which was released in 2014.

In this first trailer, we hear Caesar talking to someone about how he once offered humans peace and mercy, and from the clips that shortly follow we see Caesar intends to mercilessly retaliate against the humans persistent attacks on his kind. From the looks of it, we’re going to witness a huge brutal battle between the apes and the humans, which the Colonel calls “the last stand“. It looks to me like Colonel is on a personal vendetta and the only outcome that will suffice for him is the end of the apes.  Will Caesar offer peace one last time? Or will this be the war to end all conflict and leave only one side left standing?

The official synopsis for the third instalment of the ‘Planet of the Apes’ reboot is: 

Following the events of ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’, Caesar and his ape colony are embroiled in a battle with an army of humans. When the apes suffer heavy losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts as he resolves to avenge his kind. The battle puts Caesar against the humans’ leader, a ruthless Colonel, in an encounter that will determine the fate of their species and Earth’s future

‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’  roars into theatres 14th July 2017

Written by Tom Sheffield