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Kingdom, Parts 1 & 2 – Review

As mentioned in this week’s Laserblast, THE KINGDOM and THE KINGDOM 2 have been issued on Region 1 DVD in the U.S. (KINGDOM was previously available, but KINGDOM 2 was virtually MIA in the states.) Although these two titles (which have nothing to do with the 2007 film directed by Peter Berg) were released to American [...]

Laserblast: End of January DVD Roundup

Doing a little catch-up work this week, as we have been neglecting some of January’s home video releases. Not that there have been that many; after the big Christmas glut, things slow down during the beginning of the year. Still, fans of the Jigsaw Killer will be pleased to know that SAW IV is now [...]

Cybersurfing 01/29/08

ALBA STUDIED HARD FOR HORROR FILM: tells us that actress Jessica album took music lessons and studied blind people for her role as a blind violinist in THE EYE, which opens this Friday. Alba is building up quite the horror, fantasy, sci-fi resume, with roles in IDLE HANDS, SIN CITY, and FANTASTIC FOUR.

“Todd” slaughters overseas box office

SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET made a faster-than-deserved exist from U.S. theatres, but the film is doing well in overseas markets.
Horror musical “Sweeney Todd” slaughtered the competition in its U.K. and Gallic openings, and the Coen brothers’ violent thriller “No Country for Old Men” also did solid Euro trade powered by its French [...]

Cloverfield’s box office plummet

Variety takes a look at the 68% box office decline of CLOVERFIELD in its second weekend. Thanks to its low-budget, not to mention overseas sales, the film will undoubtedly be profitable, but the article makes the point that its success tends to be driven more by advertising than audience satisfaction.
Paramount’s “Cloverfield”may have posted the biggest [...]

New Nightmare for Freddy

Freddy Kruger is coming back to haunt your dreams again.
Variety reports that Platinum Dunes – the company behind such abysmal remakes as last year’s THE HITCHER – has been hired to relaunch New Line’s NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET franchise. No details are available; a writer cannot be hired until the current strike ends.
Meanwhile, Platinum Dunes partners [...]

The Last Man on Earth (1964) – Film Review

This first-ever adaptation of Richard Matheson’s novel I Am Legend is easily the most faithful of the three; unfortunately, it is also the least entertaining. Although featuring some memorable images that capture the feel of the excellent source material, the Italian production is hampered by an obviously low budget and some poorly recorded post-production dubbing that creates [...]

“Diary of the Dead” in theatres February 15

DIARY OF THE DEAD – the latest installment of George A. Romero’s zombie magnum opus – will get a limited national release on February 15, with exclusive engagements in major cities around the country. The official MySpace page for the film has a list of these theatres, which we have re-created below the fold. As [...]

Del Toro to direct pair of Hobbits?

The Hollywood Reporter tells us that director Guillermo Del Toro is on the short list of names being considered to helm New Line Cinema’s proposed pair of films based on THE HOBBIT. The production, which will serve as a prequel to New Line’s LORD OF THE RINGS, is being co-financed by MGM, and the concern [...]

CyberSurfing 01/28/08

CyberSurfing 01/28/08

ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE – TRAILER AND FIRST TEN MINUTES: Yahoo Movies has the trailer and an exclusive excerpt (the first ten minutes) of this film, which has no firm U.S. release date yet, although it opening on February 15 in the U.K.

INSOMNIFEST 2008: Starting February 1, this is billing itself as the [...]