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‘Brightburn’ Director Believes Superheroes Are Evil

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The world has been trained to believe that when an otherworldly being, like E.T. or Superman, arrives on Earth in a spaceship, it’s a good thing.  The upcoming superhero horror film Brightburn has a much darker view of superheroes and their intentions.

The director of Brightburn, David Yarovesky, believes that the training the public has received over the years regarding superheroes is dangerous and wrong.  “If a baby arrived on Earth in a spaceship, most people would think, ‘Oh, this is wonderful,”’ says Yarovesky.  “If that happened in real life, most people, because of how they’ve been trained by what they’ve seen in comic books and films and on television, would think, ‘This must be Superman.’  I would call the police and tell everyone.  To me, this would be a clear sign of an upcoming disaster.”

What if Superman came to Earth to destroy mankind, instead of help it?  This scenario provides the basis for Brightburn, which tells the story of a husband and wife, Kyle (David Denman) and Tori Breyer (Elizabeth Banks), who decide to raise an otherworldly baby as their adopted son, whom they name Brandon.  “This is a very bad decision,” says Yarovesky  “They raise Brandon to be a decent, good young man, and his childhood is fairly uneventful except for the superpowers that he demonstrates, which Kyle and Tori, much like we saw with Superman and his adoptive parents, urge him to use for good purposes.”

When Brandon reaches his early teens, the temptation to use his powers for evil purposes becomes overwhelming for him.  Brandon’s dark transformation is accompanied by the ominous-looking cape and costume he wears in the film.  “Again, we’ve been trained, with Superman and so many other superheroes, to look at a cape as a symbol of goodness,” says Yarovesky.  “In this film, it’s a symbol of evil, which I think is really going to be a shock to audiences.  With this film, we wanted to redefine the reality of what superpowers represent in our world.  When you see the cape in this film, it means that you need to run.  A cape is bad.”

Yarovesky says that his mistrust of superheroes was born at an early age.  “I look at this film as being my story, in a way, because I’ve always been so pessimistic about the concept of superheroes,” says Yarovesky.  “This set me apart from the kids at school, who believed in and loved superheroes when I was growing up.  I’ve always found the idea of superpowers, and especially the image of a superhero in a cape and costume, to be very scary, and that’s represented in this film.  I’ve always had a difficult time accepting the idea that an otherworldly figure with superpowers was likely to be altruistic.  I think people, especially those who have grown up believing in superheroes, are going to lose their minds when they watch this film and see how we’ve taken the concept of the cape and costume and turned it into something so dark and evil.”

Brightburn arrives in theaters on May 24, 2019.

 

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‘Fear’ Trailer Introduces an Entity That Makes Your Worst Fears Come True

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Deon Taylor is severely underrated as a director and producer. His work has been a penchant of horror, thriller and social commentary that is absolutely biting. These have included Fatale, Black and Blue, The Intruder, Traffik, and more. His latest film, Fear takes a group of friends on a vacation who come across an entity that is capable of making your worse fears come true.

Taylor’s work is a tapestry of a throwback to grindhouse thrillers combined with a strong current of the strongest of black filmmaking voices in the 1970s. I’m always on the lookout for what Taylor is up to next.

The synopsis for Fear goes like this:

In this psychological horror film, a group of friends gather for a much-needed weekend getaway at a remote and historic hotel.  Celebration turns into terror as one by one, each guest faces their own worst fear.

The film stars Joseph Sikora Andrew Bachelor, Annie Ilonzeh, Ruby Modine, Iddo Goldberg, Terrence Jenkins, Jessica Allain and TIP “T.I.” HARRIS.

Fear arrives in theaters beginning January 27.

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Netflix’s Stalker-Focused ‘You’ Gets Season 4 Release Date

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Joe is heading to London. The strangely loveable stalker (words nobody ever dreamt they would say before watching You) is in hiding following the finale of season three. He has taken on a new identity and has hopped over the pond. The new season will undoubtedly find Joe smitten with an all-new unfortunate human being. Penn Badgley is once again taking on the challenging role.

The new season of You announced its two-part release date. The first half in February and the second half launches not long after in March.

The synopsis for You season 4 goes like this:

“After his previous life went up in flames, Joe Goldberg has fled to Europe to escape his messy past, adopt a new identity, and, of course, to pursue true love. But Joe soon finds himself in the strange new role of reluctant detective as he discovers he may not be the only killer in London. Now, his future depends on identifying and stopping whoever’s targeting his new friend group of uber-wealthy socialites…

You arrives on Netflix beginning February 4 followed by the second half on March 9.

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Nicolas Winding Refn’s ‘Copenhagen Cowboy’ Takes Us Through Violence and the Supernatural

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Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest offering takes us through another landscape of pure violence and the supernatural. Copenhagen Cowboy is incredibly stylized and full of artful shots. The director of Drive, Pusher and Neon Demon is constantly surprising and the trailer for Copenhagen Cowboy looks to push that envelope.

The synopsis for Copenhagen Cowboy goes like this:

After a lifetime of servitude and on the verge of a new beginning, she traverses the ominous landscape of Copenhagen’s criminal netherworld. Searching for justice and enacting vengeance, she encounters her nemesis, Rakel, as they embark on an odyssey through the natural and the supernatural. The past ultimately transforms and defines their future, as the two women discover they are not alone, they are many.

The film stars Angela Bundalovic, Lola Corfixen, Zlatko Buric, Andreas Lykke Jørgensen, Jason Hendil-Forssell, LiIi Zhang, and Dragana Milutinovic. The six episodes were written by Sara Isabella Jönsson, Johanne Algren, and Mona Masri.

Copenhagen Cowboy arrives on Netflix beginning January 5.

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