If Freddy had to come back, I'm glad it was Wes Craven who got to take a swing at this rotting equus ferus (yes, I'm being a smartass). Craven wisely chose not to try to salvage the franchise as it was left, which was somewhat akin to a motorway service station toilet bowl, and instead let' that crooked old boat smash against the rocks and sink. Instead he chose to make a film set in a world where all of those movies exist, Freddy Krueger is a fictional character and things are about to get meta.
Bryan Singer loves to tease X-Men fans with his tweets. On Friday, Singer tweeted what could only be the exterior of the Cerebro set. For the forgetful or unfamiliar, Cerebro is the spherical telepathic conductor that Professor Xavier uses to find every mutant on the planet; it was a crucial plot point in X2 and we saw it in a crude, stripped down version for X-Men: First Class.
Uhura is in the midst of a firefight, while Spock is knee-deep in actual fire, in these new Star Trek Into Darkness character posters.
Check out the first teaser trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire below.
Fans of the hugely popular Hunger Games trilogy will be on tenterhooks waiting to see what the second instalment brings. With the first film in the series going down remarkably well for a book adaptation, the pressure is on to make this one just as good.
In the world of horror franchises, you're not legit until you go 3D or set a sequel in space. Sadly, Freddy went 3D.
Of all the inappropriate opening title songs, I think Freddy's Dead is the worst offender. I could not name it, or even hum the tune, but it carried that generic inoffensive early '90s rock sound. IMDb claims it was by The Goo Goo Dolls, so there you go, exactly what you want to hear at the start of a horror movie.
Five movies in and it feels like I am a million miles away from the amazing original. Was it denial or just a foolhardy perseverance that drove me to do this retrospective? I can truthfully say that, while I remembered the series took a huge decline in quality with every sequel, I honestly did not comprehend how bad it got until I got to A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child.
When horror films open with a cheeseball ballad, devoid of any irony because it was made in the '80s (where irony spent most of its years starving to death) there is really nowhere else to go but down. You know for damn sure the filmmakers aren't really interested in scaring you, so we'll just nip that idea in the bud right now.
Another strong sign that this isn't going to be much great shakes in the horror department; it's directed by Renny Harlin, whose greatest cinematic accomplishments are Cliffhanger and Deep Blue Sea. That's not a slight on either of those films, but they are hardly the stuff nightmares are made of. Cutthroat Island, on the other hand.
A new Star Trek Into Darkness banner poster has hit the 'net. The poster focuses on Chris Pine's Kirk, Zachary Quinto's Spock, Zoe Saldana's Uhura and Benedict Cumberbatch's Khan. OK, not Khan. John Harrison. Probably Khan.
Andy Serkis is the Marlon Brando of performance capture technology, his work legitimises a method usually reserved for stuntmen, he imbues his roles with life and soul and it is only a matter of time before he gets his recognition from the major awards bodies.