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After Stephen King’s IT arrived on the big screen with chills and thrills, making it the highest grossing horror movie of all-time, audiences couldn’t wait to see how the story continued. But were they anticipating it enough to sit through a 169-minute movie where half of the adventure doesn’t really payoff and has more laughs than scares? The significantly less impressive box office says no, and honestly, they’re probably better off for it. Find out why in the Honest Trailer for IT Chapter Two below.IT Chapter Two Honest Trailer
Maybe the biggest problem with IT Chapter Two is that the juxtaposition of horror and comedy is rather jarring. There seem to be far too many jokes to let the movie feel truly scary. Just when you feel suspense or tension, there’s another joke that comes up. Granted, some theorize that humor and horror are closer than you might thing thanks to our feelings of incongruity and transgression. We laugh when something unexpected happens, but we can also feel fear in the face of something sudden. Unfortunately, that’s not really what happens with IT Chapter Two, and instead we’re left with more of a feeling of confusion and exhausting when all is said and done.
But perhaps the weirdest thing in this movie is how the actors who played the young Losers’ Club needed to be digitally de-aged because many of them grew up too much in the two years following the release of IT. Specifically, Finn Wolfhard, Jeremy Ray Taylor, and Jack Dylan Grazer grew up enough that their faces needed some visual effects help to look like their young selves again. It’s a reminder of how fast we’re all sprinting to the grave, and that’s more terrifying than most of what Pennywise does throughout the movie, especially since he never actually kills anyone when he has a chance.
Welcome to another week in quarantine! As we continue to find ourselves sequestered in our domiciles, there’s never been a better time to block out the horrors of the real world and kick back with some movies. And while streaming is great – and convenient – you just can’t beat the quality of physical media, folks. So, without further adieu, these are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week.Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is a huge step down from The Last Jedi, and an unsatisfying conclusion to what was on its way to being a strong trilogy. Still, it’s not a complete wash. The actors are all giving it their best – Daisy Ridley remains a wonderful actress who can convey so much emotion just with her eyes, and Adam Driver keeps Kylo Ren compelling, even as the script does not. And there are plenty of great action beats. But every time The Rise of Skywalker starts to seem like it’s finding its footing, it ends up stumbling again. The story is nonsensical, the return of the Emperor makes absolutely no sense, and despite clocking in at 2 hours and 22 minutes, the proceedings seem rushed. Still, it brings the saga to a close, and that counts for something.
Why It’s Worth Owning on Blu-ray:
Look, I’m a completist. I own the first two films in this trilogy, so of course, I’m going to own the third, even though I don’t like it. That said, there are things to enjoy about this release. Specifically the feature-length documentary The Skywalker Legacy. This making-of feature is quite wonderful, and doesn’t totally shy away from the behind-the-scenes issues that plagued the film. In the end, this is a better conclusion to the saga than the movie itself.
Special Features Include:The Skywalker Legacy – The story lives forever in this feature-length documentary that charts the making of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Pasaana Pursuit: Creating the Speeder Chase – Dive into the making of the movie’s epic landspeeder chase and discover how this spectacular sequence was brought to the screen. Aliens in the Desert – See what it took to create the Pasaana desert scenes, from the sheer scale and complexity of the shoot to its colorful details. D-O: Key to the Past – Explore the ship that connects Rey to the mystery of her missing parents and get to know the galaxy’s newest, irresistible droid. Warwick & Son – Warwick Davis, who played Wicket in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, dons the Ewok costume once more; this time joined by his son Harrison. Cast of Creatures – The team behind the film’s memorable creatures reveal the puppetry, makeup, prosthetics and digital magic that bring them to life! 1917
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It's been nearly nine years since the last “Scream” film hit theaters, and anyone still anticipating a new installment in the beloved horror franchise can finally let out a sigh of relief or those fed up with Hollywood reboots can let out an exasperated scream — your call.
The Wrap has reported a new “Scream” movie is in development, with “Ready or Not” directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillet attached to direct the new film. The publication also reported that Kevin Williamson, who wrote the original “Scream” film, will executive produce alongside Chad Villella, with development being handled by Spyglass Media. The upcoming film's producers include William Sherak, James Vanderbilt, and Paul Neinstein. Villela, Bettinelli-Olpin, and Gillett's Radio Silence Productions collective previously worked on “V/H/S,” “Devil's Due,” and “Southbound.”
Horror website Bloody Disgusting first reported that Spyglass Media began developing the new “Scream” film in November 2019.
A Spyglass Media spokesperson declined to comment. A representative for Radio Silence Productions did not return a request for comment.
While additional details, including whether the film will be a reboot or continuation, are unknown, the news that a fifth “Scream” film will finally see the light of day could sit well with horror fans. The original “Scream,” which released in 1996, was an instant critical and commercial hit and helped revitalize public interest in the horror genre. The film was also notable for addressing and subverting many of the genre's clichés and mixing horror with comedy.
“Scream 2,” which released a year after the first film, holds the rare distinction of being a horror sequel that didn't become a significant critical flop. While the third and fourth “Scream” films and the MTV/VH1 “Scream” series weren't as well-received as the first two movies, “Scream” is still regarded as one of the most important horror franchises in the genre's history.
The upcoming “Scream” film's production is expected to begin in May, though that could change due to ongoing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, according to The Wrap. The coronavirus has disrupted a wide variety of entertainment industry events and productions in recent days; production on shows such as “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” “The Morning Show,” “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race,” “Russian Doll,” and “Little America,” among others, has been suspended.
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Even when movie theaters reopen, whenever that may be, things may not return to normal. This, according to a new survey, which suggests that quite a few people will be avoiding public gatherings once this is all over, with movie theaters being hit particularly hard. This, coupled with some changes that are already happening in the industry as all of this is unfolding, could alter the cinema landscape as we know it. That may sound dramatic, but it's a distinct possibility.
According to the survey, 44 responded saying they would go to fewer large public events after this period of social distancing is over, with 38 percent saying they would attend about the same number. 18 percent said they would attend more, but 47 percent, rather importantly, said that the idea of going to a major public event 'will scare me for a long time.' Specifically talking about going to the movies, 49 percent of those surveyed said it would take a few months, or possibly never, to return. 28 said they will go to movie theaters less often and 15 percent said they intend to go to the movies more often, while 58 percent said their attendance won't be affected.
These numbers should be concerning for virtually anyone involved in the movie business at any level, as well as those who enjoy the theatrical experience. Movie theaters are already struggling financially with the shutdown. If audiences don't turn up when they are allowed to open again, the outlook isn't great. From the studio perspective, this could seriously harm many of the projects already completed or in the works. Without a certain level of performance at the box office, movies become a financial loss. Plain and simple.
The other issue is that change is already starting in some ways. An increasing number of recent theatrical releases, as well as some that never made it to theaters but were intended to, are being released early to premium digitally rental or purchase. Movies like The Invisible Man have performed well, which could encourage studios to maintain a premium digital model for certain releases even after movie theaters are back up and running. This is something major chains such as AMC have argued against for years, but now that the floodgates have opened, it may be too little too late.
If theater attendance does see a major dip, as these numbers suggest, it could ultimately impact the way movies are produced, what types of movies are made and certain studios could even fold if the money isn't there. With declining physical media sales, the secondary market hasn't been as impactful as it used to be. The box office is where most movies made the majority of their money. This situation is evolving rapidly and is impossible to predict, but a general fear of public gatherings coupled with modern convenience with streaming media could be a near-fatal blow to the theatrical exhibition business as we know it. This news comes to us via Variety.