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Get a Look Inside ‘Exorcist: Believer’ in New Featurette

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Perhaps the most anticipated movie in this third quarter of the year is The Exorcist: Believer. Fifty years after the original came out, reboot artists Jason Blum and director David Gordon Green are adding to the canon of one of the most beloved horror movies of all time. They even got Ellen Burstyn to return as Chris MacNeil, mother to demonized Regan (Linda Blair) in the first film!

Universal dropped a video today to give fans a closer look at the film before its October 6 wide release date. In the clip, Burstyn gives some insight into the character she created half a century ago.

“Playing a character that I created fifty years ago: I thought she has fifty years of living. Who has she become?” she says in the video.

She has more to say as does Green in this mini featurette. As with most of these videos, there might be light spoilers so watch at your own risk.

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‘The Purge 6’: Frank Grillo Gives Exciting Update For Final Installment

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This should have fans of this franchise excited. In an interview with Screen Rant, Frank Grillo said, “The script is done. It basically centers around Leo Barnes, my character…” His character is a fan favorite and will surely bring in a big crowd at the box office. Check out more of what he said in the interview.

Movie Scene from The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

Frank Grillo stated: “The script is done. It basically centers around Leo Barnes, my character. It would be the last of the last of the last, it’s like the guy who keeps retiring. James DeMonaco is going to direct it, if it happens, and it’s a matter of money.”

Movie Scene from The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

He then continued saying, “It’s a matter of how big they want the movie to be, how much money they want to spend on the movie, considering they’ve done a lot in this franchise. But it’s a great script.”

The Purge: Election Year (2016)

The Purge first debuted in theaters in 2013 and was a major hit at the box office. It made $91.3M on a $3M budget. It would produce 4 more sequels titled The Purge: Anarchy (2014), The Purge: Election Year (2016), The First Purge (2018), and The Forever Purge (2021). It would also produce a TV series of the same name that launched in 2018 and lasted for 2 seasons before being canceled. While the films haven’t been critically received well, the franchise has made over $533M worldwide on a combined film budget of $53M.

The Purge: Election Year (2016)

This is amazing news as the last 2 installments in the film have been absent of Frank Grillo’s fan-favorite character. Are you excited to see this last film center around his character? Let us know in the comments below. Also, check out the official trailer for the previous film below.

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Review: Is There ‘No Way Up’ For This Shark Film?

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A flock of birds flies into the jet engine of a commercial airliner making it crash into the ocean with only a handful of survivors tasked with escaping the sinking plane while also enduring depleting oxygen and nasty sharks in No Way Up. But does this low-budget film rise above its shopworn monster trope or sink beneath the weight of its shoestring budget?

First, this film obviously isn’t on the level of another popular survival film, Society of the Snow, but surprisingly it isn’t Sharknado either. You can tell a lot of good direction went into making it and its stars are up for the task. The histrionics are kept at a bare minimum and unfortunately the same can be said about the suspense. That isn’t to say that No Way Up is a limp noodle, there is plenty here to keep you watching until the end, even if the last two minutes is offensive to your suspension of disbelief.

Let’s start with the good. No Way Up has plenty of good acting, especially from its lead Sophie McIntosh who plays Ava, a rich governor’s daughter with a heart of gold. Inside, she is struggling with the memory of her mother’s drowning and is never far from her overprotective older bodyguard Brandon played with nannyish diligence by Colm Meaney. McIntosh doesn’t reduce herself to the size of a B-movie, she is fully committed and gives a strong performance even if the material is trodden.

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Another standout is Grace Nettle playing the 12-year-old Rosa who is traveling with her grandparents Hank (James Caroll Jordan) and Mardy (Phyllis Logan). Nettle doesn’t reduce her character to a delicate tween. She’s scared yes, but she also has some input and pretty good advice about surviving the situation.

Will Attenborough plays the unfiltered Kyle who I imagine was there for comic relief, but the young actor never successfully tempers his meanness with nuance, therefore he just comes across as a die-cut archetypical asshole inserted to complete the diverse ensemble.

Rounding out the cast is Manuel Pacific who plays Danilo the flight attendant who is the mark of Kyle’s homophobic aggressions. That whole interaction feels a bit outdated, but again Attenborough hasn’t fleshed out his character well enough to warrant any.

No Way Up

Continuing on with what is good in the film are the special effects. The plane crash scene, as they always are, is terrifying and realistic. Director Claudio Fäh has spared no expense in that department. You have seen it all before, but here, since you know they are crashing into the Pacific it’s more tense and when the plane hits the water you’ll wonder how they did it.

As for the sharks they are equally impressive. It’s hard to tell if they used live ones. There are no hints of CGI, no uncanny valley to speak of and the fish are genuinely threatening, although they don’t get the screentime you might be expecting.

Now with the bad. No Way Up is a great idea on paper, but the reality is something like this couldn’t happen in real life, especially with a jumbo jet crashing into the Pacific Ocean at such a fast speed. And even though the director has successfully made it seem like it could happen, there are so many factors that just don’t make sense when you think about it. Underwater air pressure is the first to come to mind.

It also lacks a cinematic polish. It has this straight-to-video feel, but the effects are so good that you can’t help but feel the cinematography, especially inside the plane should have been slightly elevated. But I’m being pedantic, No Way Up is a good time.

The ending doesn’t quite live up to the film’s potential and you will be questioning the limits of the human respiratory system, but again, that’s nitpicking.

Overall, No Way Up is a great way to spend an evening watching a survival horror movie with the family. There are some bloody images, but nothing too bad, and the shark scenes can be mildly intense. It is rated R on the low end.

No Way Up might not be the “next great shark” movie, but it is a thrilling drama that rises above the other chum so easily thrown into the waters of Hollywood thanks to the dedication of its stars and believable special effects.

No Way Up is now available to rent on digital platforms.

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‘The Crow’ Reboot Is Headed To Theaters June 2024

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This is big news for us horror fans. In a report from Deadline, Lionsgate has shifted around their release schedule and has put The Crow for a June 7th release date this year. This is one highly anticipated horror film as it will be held to high standards to see if it will rival the original film. Check out more about this film below.

Movie Scene from The Crow (1994)

The film synopsis states: “Soulmates Eric Draven (Skarsgård) and Shelly Webster (FKA twigs) are brutally murdered when the demons of her dark past catch up with them. Given the chance to save his true love by sacrificing himself, Eric sets out to seek merciless revenge on their killers, traversing the worlds of the living and the dead to put the wrong things right.”

Movie Scene from The Crow (1994)

The movie is directed by Rupert Sanders who directed the films Ghost in the Shell (2017) and Snow White and the Huntsman (2012). The script was written by James O’Barr, Zach Baylin, and William Josef Schneider. It will star actors Bill Skarsgård, Danny Huston, Laura Birn, Jordan Bolger, and many more.

Movie Scene from The Crow (1994)

The Crow first debuted in theaters in 1994 and was a big hit at the box office. It went on to make $94M on a $23M Budget. It was also a hit among critics and audiences. It earned 84% Critic and 90% Audience scores on Rotten Tomatoes. Its major success would end up making several sequels and a tv series that fell short of the first film.

Official Poster for The Crow (1994)

This is exciting news as the film has a great cast and studio behind it. Are you excited about this film? Let us know in the comments below. Also, check out the trailer for the original film below.

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