FIRST LOOK: The Lie – Amazon Prime Video

Parents protecting their children is an innate trait, but how far can this be taken? How far would you go to protect the actions of your child? A parental psychological thriller, if you will.

A remake of a 2015 German film titled We Monsters, the film stars Joey King (The Kissing Booth 2, The Act) as a teen girl who confesses to killing her best friend. Her parents, played by Mireille Enos (The Killing) and Peter Sarsgaard (An Education), decide to help cover up the crime, setting off a chain of spiralling events.

‘The Lie’ Trailer: Joey King’s Parents Cover Up a Murder in Amazon Drama-Thriller | Screen Realm

The official trailer:

Not familiar with the film this is based on, but it has a worthy premise. What do you think? Any interest in watching?

The Lie will be available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video on October 6, 2020.

FIRST LOOK: Creepshow (Animated TV Special) – Shudder

Creepshow Season 1 is available on Shudder, Creepshow Season 2 is now filming

Some exciting horror-related news dropped 9/24 concerning the anthology Creepshow series at Shudder. The announcement came originally via a Shudder tweet which was promptly picked up by various news sources, including Bloody-disgusting further below.

While we knew that Creepshow Season 2 filming was delayed due to the pandemic (it has since started filming in Atlanta), we didn’t know they were secretly working on a fully animated Creepshow TV special that will contain two stories from the Stephen King family in time for Halloween 2020!

Shudder details. “Though Greg Nicotero and his team are hard at work shooting season 2 (coming in 2021), they’ve crafted a fully animated Creepshow special for us just in time for Halloween, featuring two tales to die for: “Survivor Type,” based on the short story by Stephen King and adapted by Nicotero, stars Kiefer Sutherland (24, Designated Survivor) as a man determined to stay alive alone on a deserted island no matter what the cost. “Twittering from the Circus of the Dead,” based on the short story by Joe Hill and adapted by Melanie Dale, stars Joey King (The Kissing Booth, The Act) as a teen whose family road trip includes a visit to the gravest show on earth. (Also available on Shudder Canada, Shudder UK and Shudder ANZ).”

“Creepshow” Animated Special Coming to Shudder in October; Based on Stephen King and Joe Hill Tales! – Bloody Disgusting

Am not familiar with Joe Hill’s story, but am very familiar with “Survivor Type” from King’s collection, Skeleton Crew (an awesome name for a horror short story collection, btw).

Creeepshow showrunner Greg Nicotero has been trying to figure out how to adapt King’s “Survivor Type” on a budget for quite some time. This was the very first story King and Nicotero discussed being adapted. As it turns out King’s story “Gray Matter” was used instead for season one.

Nicotero says he realized very quickly that they couldn’t shoot the script in a way that would do it justice. “We couldn’t go to the beach to shoot, because we didn’t have the cash to do it,” he reveals. “So after a little bit of struggling back and forth, I went to my production team and just said, ‘Guys, we’re not going to be able to make this script right. I don’t want to shoot it on a lake and then digitally erase all of the trees, or shoot it in a parking lot with a blue screen behind it.’”

Creepshow Showrunner Reveals “Lost” Stephen King Episode Details

Apparently the animated route was the way to get this project completed. No idea what the quality of the animation will be like (the first season animation segments received mixed reviews), but I remember reading the original graphic novel of the first movie. Great stuff. You can still find that out there on Amazon in both print and Kindle versions (recommended!).

If you’re looking for great horror graphic novels to read, Creepshow is recommended

Speaking of books, there is a new young adult paperback just released this month called Creepshow: The Taker. It’s not aimed at adults, so keep that in mind. Not sure if it a graphic novel either, so adult buyers beware. You can search Amazon and other booksellers to find if interested.

Back to the animated special we’re spotlighting in this post.

Also announced, Kiefer Sutherland, who’s last role in anything by Stephen King was playing Ace in Stand By Me, is the voice actor for the shipwrecked doctor in “Survivor Type.” Jack Bauer meets Stephen King, oh yeah. Joey King (no relation to Stephen King), the actress will be the voice actor for Joe Hill’s story.

If this special episode goes over well, maybe we’ll get a full season order of a Creepshow animated series from Shudder? I’d be interested in a full series. They can make animated episodes on a lower budget than live action, so why not? I remember reading that each episode of Star Trek The Animated Series (1973) were created on a budget of $75,000 per episode — and that included the voice actor fees. They can’t do it that inexpensively in 2020, but it shows the budgetary requirements, not to mention pandemic restrictions, favor animated productions.

Creepshow: The Animated TV Special will stream exclusively on Shudder on October 26, 2020.

FIRST LOOK: The War With Grandpa

Raging Bull’s Jake LaMotta would make a cool grandpa. Unless, perhaps he took over your room.

These adult vs. kids family movies come along here and there, seems like at least one notable one every year. In 2020, we’re getting Robert De Niro facing off against the child who took his room. An unfriendly roommate dispute, we might say.

Based on the classic children’s novel by author Robert Kimmel Smith, The War with Grandpa looks pretty damned silly, but that’s what makes the movie actually look like it could be a fun time out with the kids. Strangely enough, Robert De Niro looks like he’s having fun in The War with Grandpa, and quite frankly, so do his co-stars. Given the source material, there’s a chance that De Niro and Oakes Fegley’s cinematic war for the ages could be something that kids and adults alike will enjoy.

Robert De Niro’s War With Grandpa Trailer Has The Actor Stealing Groceries, Hitting Kids With Dodgeballs – CINEMABLEND

Official trailer:

The trailer looks fun enough. October at the theaters is looking pretty lean with this and Honest Thief, the Liam Neeson vehicle leading at least the number of advance previews shown at the start of other movies.

The War with Grandpa opens wide in theaters on October 9, 2020.

FIRST LOOK: TEMPING – An Immersive Show Experience

As this pandemic simmers down, bringing audiences back to the movie theater experience will help by trying out new and innovative technologies. Experiences that you can’t easily achieve at home.

Here’s what TEMPING is about:

Sarah Jane Tully, a 53-year-old actuary, is taking her first vacation in years, and you’ve been hired to cover for her. TEMPING, the strange and comic tale of an employee’s inner life, is performed for an audience of one by a Windows PC, a corporate phone, a laser printer, and the Microsoft Office Suite. Filling in at Sarah Jane’s cubicle, you’ll update client records, send emails, and eavesdrop on intra-office romance. Each performance is unique, depending on which tasks you accomplish and which of your co-workers you decide to trust. Congratulations, you’re the new temp! Get ready to work.

Dutch Kills Theater’s Immersive Show TEMPING Begins Previews in October

Immersive shows seem like something new to add to our expanding movie theater technology list (see: Different Enhanced Screening Audio and Video Theater Experiences).

Check out what this innovative experience involves:

With no live performers, the piece interacts with the single audience member and challenges them with themes of human interaction through technology, isolation, and death. Contrasting the anonymity of an Excel spreadsheet with furtive moments of human intimacy, TEMPING brings you deep into the heart of corporate America.

DutchKillsTheater, where TEMPING is showing, has even more details how this works. It’s a one person at a time experience (emphasis below is mine):

TEMPING will be performed in the gallery space at The Wild Project by appointment only, and for only one patron at a time. There is an allotted 30 minutes in between the end of one performance and the beginning of the next, to allow the HVAC air circulation system time for proper ventilation. A mask or face covering is required of each audience member and hand sanitizer will be provided. There will be no personal face to face contact with any member of the staff and the set and props will be sanitized after each performance.

There is a 30 minute gap between performances for cleaning. This is COVID-19 sanitized friendly experience. Yes, masks are required.

Before you say, this would never work at a traditional movie theater, expand your mind a bit.

Where would something like this fit in a movie theater? How about taking out the arcade in the lobby and setting up there? Those arcades are social distancing nightmares right now anyway — and out of commission in many areas.

(I know, what will the kids do? But we’re talking about getting adult moviegoers back to theaters first, you know, the people with the $$$ to spend)

Put this Immersive Show facing the concessions, your major money maker in the theater. Theater owners, you need to think, think, think about alternative ways to bring us back. It’s going to require more than $5 classic movies. If TEMPING was showing locally, we’d definitely check this out.

Don’t listen to me, theater owners, you know what you’re doing. Or do listen, if you want to stay in business. The point is thinking outside the box is more likely to bring customers to YOUR theater then doing nothing new, having very few new movies from studios to screen. That’s the environment coming in October 2020 and possibly further beyond. Think about it.

Would this type of experience draw you back to the theaters?

Where is the Dutch Kills Theater? Good question. It’s at The Wild Project in New York City:

If you live in or near New York City, TEMPING is opening soon, let us know what you think!

TEMPING opens and runs from October 23 – November 22, 2020 at The Wild Project in New York City with tickets ranging from $10-45 USD. See DutchKillsTheater.com for tickets.

FIRST LOOK: The Last Shift (2020)

Either we missed the release of this Rated R comedy or it has been a drop-in by the studio Sony since Greenland was pulled and delayed to “TBA 2020” from its launch on 9/25/2020.

Calling it quits after 38 years, an aging fast-food worker trains his young replacement on the graveyard shift at Oscar’s Chicken and Fish.

The Last Shift (2020) – Rotten Tomatoes

Official trailer:

This is confirmed as showing at the lone Regal Cinema not too far away from us that we’ve been seeing movies at since it reopened, so we’ll be seeing it this coming weekend most likely. Working 38 years at a restaurant and training your replacement sounds kind of dry for subject matter, but it could go a wide variety of entertaining directions from there. Do you have any interest in seeing this? It doesn’t scream, “get me to the theater now!” but it could be something of note on streaming, for those who don’t feel it’s safe yet to go back out to reopened cinemas.

The theaters might not be staying open much longer, so planning to see whatever that’s new that we can as long as they are open in our area.

The Last Shift opens in LIMITED theaters on September 25, 2020.

FIRST LOOK: Welcome To Sudden Death – Netflix

The linked article below contradicts itself declaring Welcome to Sudden Death as a “sequel” to Sudden Death (1995). It’s not off to a good start without Van Damme or Powers Booth (deceased). I liked the quirky movie that had Van Damme running around in a hockey arena, even playing a goalie at one point, while trying to foil a terrorist plot and save a ton of lives. It seemed at least a little inspired by the (much better movie) Black Sunday.

In August 2019 it was announced that “Welcome to Sudden Death” is the sequel to the 1995 film “Sudden Death” by Peter Hyams featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme. The production began a year ago and is now all set for the release. The Sports action thriller film remakes the film by adding comic elements besides the action. We love to see the action superstar and his outstanding martial arts onscreen, adding a few humorous features to the power-packed show would be a lot of fun. 

Netflix’s “Welcome to Sudden Death” featuring “Michael White” is dropping soon, It is the remake of the 1995 film “Sudden Death.”

Official trailer:

The main changes between the original and the remake based purely on the trailer are:

  1. No Jean-Claude Van Damme (possible)
  2. No Powers Booth (impossible)
  3. African American protagonist
  4. Basketball game instead of hockey playoffs making the movie title completely bogus

The title is really bad. Why the “Welcome to” part? It’s just stupid for a title.

Welcome To Sudden Death will be available for streaming on Netflix on September 29, 2020.

FIRST LOOK: Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous (TV Series) – Netflix

For Jurassic Park fans, a new animated TV series is coming to Netflix that may scratch the itch until the next movie, Jurassic World: Dominion hits theaters in 2021.

It’s the first Jurassic World animated series and the latest journey into the dino-fueled franchise—which continues with Jurassic World 3: Dominion, currently in production. Taking place during the events of the first Jurassic World, the first season centers around six young teens attending the inaugural weekend of Camp Cretaceous, a kids summer camp on Isla Nublar. It doesn’t take long for things to go awry, and the kids find themselves on the run from swarms of carnivorous dinosaurs—with nary an adult to be found.

Netflix’s Jurassic World Show’s Team Reveal Spielberg’s One Ask

Steven Spielberg signed off on the show, according to the article linked above, he didn’t want them to put the brakes on the dino carnage. Let’s hope that’s the case!

The trailer:

Jurassic World: Camp Cretacious season 1 – 8 episodes – will be available for streaming on Netflix September 18, 2020.

FIRST LOOK: Infidel

Political thrillers action-wise, pardon the pun, can be really hit or miss. Hoping it’s the former with one of the four wide release movies being released in theaters this month.

Seems like, aside from Tenet, streaming has more exciting new movies coming out in September.

A contemporary political thriller set in the Middle East and filled with suspense and intrigue, inspired by true events, and ripped from today’s headlines. Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ, Person of Interest, Deja Vu) plays an American journalist/blogger who is kidnapped while attending a conference in the Middle East. Taken hostage by the Iranian regime, he is put on trial for trumped-up charges of espionage. His wife, who works for the State Department, quickly realizes that the American government can do nothing. Feeling desperate and alone, she goes to Iran to try to free him herself. This exciting story sheds light on the plight of Americans currently held captive in Iran, about whom the world has forgotten.

Everything You Need to Know About Infidel Movie (2020)

The trailer:

This trailer is too paint by the numbers and nothing jumps out making this a must see. Beggars can’t be choosers in September, however, for those of us that just love seeing new movies in theaters, so it’s on our watchlist this month.

The storyline doesn’t seem all that fresh either, but maybe there will be some surprises here. Have seen plenty of cases where the movie was better than the trailer. Are you looking forward to seeing this one in theaters or waiting for it on streaming?

Infidel opens wide in United States theaters (those that are reopened) on September 18, 2020.

FIRST LOOK: Hubie Halloween (2020) – Netflix

Next in the four remaining films Adam Sandler has with his renewed Netflix deal is a Halloween-oriented comedy called Hubie Halloween (PG-13) and the official trailer dropped today.

Despite his devotion to his hometown of Salem, (and its Halloween celebration), Hubie Dubois is a figure of mockery for kids and adults alike. But this year, something is going bump in the night, and it’s up to Hubie to save Halloween.

Hubie Halloween (2020) – IMDb

Official trailer:

It’s strange how frequently Sandler is cast as a slighty dim-witted, borderline and/or actual mentally retarded character. Here he plays Hubie, believing the monsters are real and needs to protect the town and save the day, almost Waterboy-style.

We know where the shtick is going and it potentially will make us laugh. I do wish, however, we’d get more range of comedic characters from him instead of the boilerplate Sandler tropes. Look at what he’s capable of with movies like Uncut Gems. Spread your wings, Sandman, you can do it!

The sequel to Murder Mystery starring opposite Jennifer Aniston will be another of his four movies. That was the #1 most popular movie at Netflix in 2019 in the United States and 8 other countries. Haven’t come across Sandler’s plans for the other two films yet, but we’ll hear about them soon, I’m sure.

Hubie Halloween will be available for streaming on Netflix on October 7, 2020.

FIRST LOOK: Freaky

Theaters: Nov 13, 2020

Vince Vaughn has been showing his acting versatility. He does more than the sarcastic comedy role. I was a bit surprised — in a good way — by the brutal nature of his participation in Brawl In Cell Block 99, and now he’s starring in a horror-comedy vehicle from Blumhouse called, Freaky.

…can’t say director Christopher Landon doesn’t have a vision. With Happy Death Day and its sequel, the filmmaker mined a comedic concept for horror (without excising the comedic component). Now, he’s doing it again. Freaky takes the body-swap gimmick popularized by Freaky Friday and asks what might happen if a bullied teen girl switched bodies with a hulking serial killer.

Freaky trailer: Freaky Friday, but horror

The official trailer:

Character running from slasher says, “You’re black, I’m gay, we are soooo dead!”

This looks pretty entertaining and the release date, although happening after Halloween, seems well-placed.

Blumhouse, at least from attempts (not always execution) is just knocking it out of the park with horror subgenres, remakes, anthologies, they’re all over the horror map making the studio a name to reckon with in the space. Looking very forward to seeing this one, you?

Freaky is opening wide in theaters on Friday the 13th, November 2020