Posts Tagged ‘Cloverfield’

Coming Attraction: Super 8

May 15, 2010

Click here to watch the trailer for Super 8

J. J. Abrams’ new project, Super 8, is being kept largely in the dark. In the age of the internet, you can read a movie’s script, watch the trailer as many times as you want, and know every actor that is in a movie, all before the movie even is released. But Super 8 is different. A quick glance at it’s IMDb page will show you that no actors are listed and the movie’s premise isn’t even known. An even quicker glance at google’s Super 8 results shows that no one else really knows what the premise is either.

The teaser trailer gives a few indications as to what the heck this is all about. A train that is carrying “material” from Area 51 is derailed, and “something” is banging on the door of a large freight train container, presumably trying to bust out. Is it an alien? Is it some government biological experiment? I guess we won’t know until it’s leaked onto the internet the movie comes out. All we know for now is that it is from Area 51, and it’s big and strong enough to do some major structural damage to a freight container from the inside.

Will you like the film? To find out, you’ll have to ask yourself these two questions: Do you like monster/horror/sci-fi films? Do you like the work of J. J. Abrams (writer of Lost and Alias, director of Star Trek, and producer/creator of Cloverfield)? Personally, I love horror/sci-fi, and I think Abrams is perfectly suited to deliver a thrilling mysterious alien movie. That is why I’m going to give Super 8 a 3.5 on the Potential Meter.

The Remake Pile: April

April 9, 2010

I’m thinking about making The Remake Pile a monthly edition, because it seems like every few weeks or so I hear about several new remakes coming down the pike. Some remakes are abominations, like Tim Burton’s remake of Planet of the Apes; and some remakes surpass the originals, like John Carpenter’s remake of the 1951 classic The Thing From Another World. I’ve found that I have somewhat of an interest in remakes, mostly, I think, because it is a good intellectual exercise in movie comparisons.

So, here we go with this month’s list.

Swamp Thing

Splice director Vincenzo Natali has a strong interest in remaking this 1980’s sludgy cult classic, says the SciFi Squad.

Horror maestro Wes Craven helmed the original Swamp Thing in which a scientist turned into the titular character when he jumped into the swamp after a fiery accident. I think a remake could be good if they go for a creepy atmosphere instead of a cheesy over-the-top quality. We’ll see what direction they go.

Let the Right One In

The remake will be called Let Me In and is due to be released in October of this year. The studio producing Let Me In is Hammer films. The same Hammer Films that made all those British Dracula movies from the 50’s but has not released anything in the last 30 years. So they’re basically hoping that this remake will relaunch the studio. (source: Cinematical)

They’ve hired on Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) to direct. I thought Cloverfield (the movie about a Godzilla-like monster wreaking havoc on New York) was handled well and I hope that he can bring the same kind of mysterious quality to Let Me In. I just hope they don’t water it down to a PG-13 movie.

Piranha

According to the MTV Movie Blog, Piranha remake director Alexandre Aja promises record breaking bloody violence. “I don’t remember the exact number,” he told MTV, “but we’ve passed Kill Bill. You’ve never seen something like that before.”

The MTV interview made it seem like the new Piranha will not take itself seriously, and really, how can a movie about killer fish take itself seriously? And also, it’s in 3D! So it’s got that going for it. Piranha is due out this year in August.