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Legendary Actress, ‘Lake Placid’ Star, Betty White Dies at 99

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It’s not often we honor an actor who isn’t directly affiliated with the horror genre, but Betty White is an exception to that rule. Besides, she did a cameo in the horror-comedy Lake Placid in 1999.

With her many decades of entertainment prowess including some of the most memorable characters on the small screen, the 99-year-old actress touched many generations. Sadly, that light has burned out; the actress died on December 31, 2021.

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Mostly remembered on the small screen such as the home economics snob on the Mary Tyler Moore Show or her most legendary role as Rose on The Golden Girls, White’s comedic timing was rivaled only by that of Lucille Ball.

White was also a huge animal rights activist. So it was surprising but also fitting to see her play Mrs. Delores Bickerman in the 1999 creature feature Lake Placid. Her role in that movie was a subtle nod to crazy environmentalists who will do anything to protect nature, even though that nature is a giant mandating crocodile.

The movie may have not been a critical success, but fans were on board with its great homage to nature gone amok films. Spoiler alert: the “innocent” Mrs. Bickerman is feeding the apex predator livestock in order to keep it alive.

The year 2021 has certainly been a shipwreck and its final jump scare was to take a beloved Hollywood legend down with it.  But we know that somewhere in the ether, Betty White is having cheesecake and laughing at all of us who still have to endure 2022.

R.I.P Betty White (January 17, 1922 – December 31, 2021).

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Aubrey Plaza Wants to be the Next Tim Burton With ‘Hocus Pocus’ Like Film

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Aubrey Plaza has long been a self-affirmed “sea hag”. Her dark personality and sense of humor has long been a favorite of ours. Now, with her production company, Evil Hag Productions, she intends to make a family-friendly film that is something like Tim Burton meets Hocus Pocus.

While talking to GQ, Plaza said that she would like to “…fill the Tim Burton slot” by putting together her first directorial effort. The family-friendly affair is said to be a mix of Beetlejuice and Hocus Pocus.

Plaza can currently be seen in Evil Hag Production’s Emily the Criminal and on HBO’s White Lotus season 2.

We can’t wait to see what Plaza has to offer in her directorial efforts. It would be great to see her built a brand and aesthetic as awesome as Burton’s.

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M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Knock at the Cabin’ Finds Danger Right Outside

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M. Night Shyamalan’s next film is already on its way. The ominous Knock at the Cabin is incredibly intriguing, especially since the first trailer gave away so little. The first poster for Knock at the Cabin is just as ominous as the teaser.

Shyamalan’s last film Old, played up the Twilight Zone like mystery and took it to Sci-Fi levels. Knock at the Cabin looks to trump that and move far into the horror/thriller genre.

The synopsis for Knock at the Cabin goes like this:

“While vacationing at a remote cabin, a young girl and her parents are taken hostage by four armed strangers who demand that the family make an unthinkable choice to avert the apocalypse. With limited access to the outside world, the family must decide what they believe before all is lost.”

Knock at the Cabin arrives in theaters beginning February 3.

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‘Cocaine Bear’ Gives Us One of the Wildest Posters of the Year

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Elizabeth Banks has decided to grace our eyeballs with one of the wildest titles, posters and film synopsis’ of the past decade. I’m of course talking about Cocaine Bear. This true story is one of those that you have to see to believe. But, the title is exactly what you think it is.

Kentucky 1985 was the time and place. A really unlucky bear ingested a lot of cocaine that was dropped in the woods by a smuggler. Unfortunately, the bear died from an overdose but not before going on a real rager beforehand.

Deadline’s synopsis for Cocaine Bear is as follows:

“The movie finds an oddball group of cops, criminals, tourists and teens converging in a Georgia forest where a 500- pound apex predator has ingested a staggering amount of cocaine and gone on a coke-fueled rampage for more blow … and blood.”

The film stars Keri Russell, Ray Liotta, Alden Ehrenreich, O’Shea Jackson and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

Cocaine Bear comes raging into theaters February 24.

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