This trailer really had me going for awhile. As I have written before, I think stories of ghosts, gods and demons are little more than ways to explain where the sun goes at night, why there’s thunder during a storm or what makes you sick.
And that’s all well and good, but the thing is, I also think that these stories, these myths are an interpretation of someone’s truth.
In other words, I think that you shouldn’t tempt fate because the universe is far vaster and more strange than anything that I can even understand.
It’s also worth remembering that, for example, a crocodile doesn’t particularly care whether or not you believe in it, if the opportunity presents itself, it will devour you just the same.
And then the little girl says, “The monster, it’s you, Daddy.” and almost ruins everything that came before it.
The found footage horror movie, The Pyramid, makes a point of mentioning that it’s produced by Alexandre Aja, the director of the reboot of The Hills Have Eyes (possibly the most ‘wholesome’ horror film I have ever seen), Mirrors and High Tension, among others. What it doesn’t tell you is that it’s directed by Grégory Lavasseur, who’s Aja’s writing partner.
In other words, what’s being implied is that you’ll somehow find the movie terrifying because of the influence of Aja, though looking at the trailer, I am not at all certain.
And while I think it’s just a coincidence, the trailer seems quite similar to Legendary’s As Above, So Below (both apparently feature people spending time running in terror through subterranean caverns), which is probably not a good thing.
Let’s be clear. The likelihood is that there is no “Amityville Horror.” Or UFO’s. Or ghosts, for that matter. Now, that’s not to say that I don’t fervently wish that there were more out there than us–which is, frankly more than a little depressing–but until I see some evidence myself, I am not buying it.
The universe is huge, and the amounts of planets that can theoretically support life is large as well, so while I am not saying that there are not other beings somewhere looking at the stars, I don’t believe that they are flitting about in spacecraft, possessing a particular fondness for cattle exsanguination.
And anal probing. Let’s not forget that.
I feel similarly about ghosts. While there are many things beyond our understanding, the idea that a departed person would hang around to haunt someone is a bit silly. Besides, if even one out of every million violent deaths resulted in some sort of supernatural occurrence, then America would be a very, very scary place to in.
Unlike this trailer, I am not sure that I would ever call the character from the Leprechaun movies ‘iconic.’
Sure, there were there were a few films based him, but he was never in the league of Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees or Michael Myers.
Anyway, this version looks a bit more serious (and significantly less campy) than prior entries in the series. The producers were also wise to realize that this probably wouldn’t do well in theaters, which probably has a little to do with it being direct to video.
Guillermo del Toro, coming off the success of How To Train Your Dragon 2 (it’s earned over $535 million worldwide) has also produced the upcoming The Book of Life. Judging from the trailer it looks like it could be fun but I have a few caveats: First, it’s a cartoon that revolves around the Mexican Day of the Dead, yet there’s only one main actor–Diego Luna–who’s Spanish (Zoe Saldana doesn’t count. She was born in New Jersey and and later, when she was 10, moved to the Dominican Republic with her family).
Looking at the credits on IMDB that’s actually not the case, but I hope they don’t end up window-dressing in a movie that’s about an aspect of their culture.
This is why I avoid “historical” movies. First off, however Moses and Ramses looked, they weren’t white. This is because white people (as in: people that look like Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton) aren’t native to that region.
Now there were conquests made by Europeans, primarily Alexander the Great, but that was significantly after Moses would had been on the scene.
For instance, Egypt geographically neighbors Nubia. The two countries were often in conflict–which is why some hieroglyphs contain figures that are darker-pigmented than others.
There was a period though, when Nubia conquered Egypt, and the Nubian rulers adopted the mores of Egypt, ruling that country for a period of time.
Typically when horror-maestro Guillermo Del Toro creates something I am one of the first to acknowledge the sheer awesomeness of his work because few directors, in my experience, have such an eye for the small details that make a movie, be it science fiction, horror, or whatever, particularly memorable.
His most recent project, a videogame that expands the universe of Silent Hill, called Silent Hills, I am not sure what to think about. I should also mention that it didn’t help that the first time that I saw the trailer that someone was playing the game and talking over it as well.
Minus the additional soundtrack, the PT (playable trailer) appears pretty atmospheric, though only mildly creepy, which considering that it comes from Del Toro and Hideo Kojima, considered to be one of the most influential game designers, concerns me a bit.
Though seeing is not the same as playing, though the game may indeed be terrifying, in the tradition of Silent Hill. Being that I don’t own a Playstation, here are Brian Altano and John Ryan of IGN playing it, and offering a running commentary.