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Trent Haaga’s “68 Kill” is One Hell of a Ride



Have ever had one of those days where everything seemed to go wrong?  You had a flat tire.  Your boss singled you out for another new project, even though you haven’t finished the last two he threw on your desk.  Your kid got sick and threw up the Beefaroni he had at lunch all over his teacher and now you’ve got to go get him.  The obstacles pile up and you’re certain there is no way this day could get any worse.  Trent Haaga wants you to know that it can.

68 Kill, the writer/director’s latest project produced by Snowfort Pictures and AMP International and distributed by IFC Midnight, focuses on Chip (Matthew Gray Gubler of “Criminal Minds”), a regular Joe with a regular job and a not so regular girlfriend.  In fact, Liza (AnnaLynne McCord of “The Night Shift”) is just a little bit psychotic…maybe more than a little…this woman is crazy as a bag of rabid ferrets.  While Chip works cleaning our septic systems, Liza supplements their income by spending time with her sugar daddy, When Liza discovers said sugar daddy has $68,000 in cash in his safe, she decides it’s the answer to all of their problems.  Naturally, they just need to steal it.

Chip reluctantly agrees to help her after her repeated promises that no one would get hurt.  What’s could possibly go wrong, right?

The answer is everything.  Everything can go wrong, and people (mostly Chip) are going to get hurt.

Chip spends the remainder of his night discovering just how bad things can get as he tangles with one group of psychotics after another.  And whether it’s Liza’s brother, who has a thing for chopping up women’s bodies in his own snuff films, or a group of drug fueled miscreants who decide to teach him a lesson, beautiful women seem to always be involved.

AnnaLynne McCord and Matthew Gray Gubler in the trailer for 68 Kill

Haaga’s script, based on the pulp novel by Bryan Smith, keeps the violence at eleven from start to finish, and keeps the film walking the tightrope between grindhouse exploitation and a modern day comedy of errors.

This balancing act could not have worked without Gubler in the role of Chip, however.  Not only do we sympathize as Chip is put through the wringer but we root for him as his reactions evolve from shocked victim to determined, if bumbling, survivor, and that’s entirely down to Gubler’s embodiment of the role.  We don’t often see a script flipped this way.  By the end of the film, when he’s pissing blood and making a last ditch escape, I was rooting for him, out loud, to drive.  Get out of there!  JUST DRIVE!

What I found most interesting about 68 Kill, however, is that unlike any other film of its kind, Chip is the victimized half of his relationship.  All too often, this character would have been female, and this twist on the norm is interesting, especially in my own reactions to it.  There was a feeling, in the beginning, of the film being off kilter.  As the realization of what brought on that feeling set in, it was time to sit back and think about it, which was not something I expected from a movie like this.

In the end, I realized that it was not only a welcome change to see these roles reversed, but it also highlights the fact that all too often men are silent victims in abusive relationships which is a conversation we don’t have nearly enough in this country.

68 Kill is a fun, adrenaline-soaked thrill ride  for fans who like a dose of dark comedy with their violence.  The characters are over the top, the violence is raw and unflinching, and the laughs are plentiful.  The film releases August 4, 2017.  Check out the trailer below and don’t miss 68 Kill on IFC Midnight.

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‘Red Triangle’ Invites Audiences to a Bloody Buffet for Hungry Sharks from ’47 Meters Down’ Director




Johannes Roberts has already given audiences two big helpings of sharksploitation with 47 Meters Down and its follow-up Uncaged. He also took some time to work on a pretty good Resident Evil adaptation. Now, Roberts is heading back to the world of killer sharks. He is focusing in on an area in which shark attacks aren’t unheard of. In Red Triangle audiences will witness a cruise ship that crashes leaving its guests to survive in open water where sharks are having a veritable human buffet.

According to Deadline the synopsis for Red Triangle goes like this:

“Set in Northern California — famous for its gorgeous beaches, but also known for a particular stretch of ocean that has a bloody reputation — The Red Triangle. Stretching south from Bodega Bay toward San Francisco and jutting out beyond the Farallon Islands and down to Big Sur south of Monterey, the Triangle encompasses around 200 miles of coastline, and is the site of almost half of all recorded great white shark attacks in the United States. When a cruise ship — a massive, floating, fully stocked resort with thousands of passengers — begins to sink in The Red Triangle, the feeding frenzy begins.”

“This shark-filled psychological horror/thriller will once again have moviegoers overwhelmed and on the edge of their seats watching great white sharks methodically terrorize a sinking family cruise ship.” said Media Group’s Founder, Chairman CEO Byron Allen.

Both of Roberts’s shark films have been incredibly high-octane underwater thrills. So, we are looking forward to him doing a shark film on a bigger scale.

Are you looking forward to Roberts giving us a big buffet for sharks out at sea? Let us know in the comments section.

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Showtime Confirms Both ‘Dexter: Origins’ and More ‘Dexter: New Blood’



Dexter is coming back to Showtime. Despite the character meeting his demise, the network is still betting on two new series to bring fans in to watch. Dexter: Origins will focus on the fly-by-night serial killer in his youth. The series will reveal Dexter’s early days working with Miami Metro. It will also showcase younger versions of characters that we came to love. It is also being reported that characters like The Trinity Killer will make an appearance as well as a whole lot more.

The sky is the limit in terms of the direction that we can go in. However, this will entirely recast Michael C. Hall’s famous character. I’m not sure fans are ready for that kind of change at this point. It feels entirely too soon. But, who knows? We will have to wait and see.

In addition to Dexter: Origins and watching a younger Morgan in Miami Metro, we also have a continuation of Dexter: New Blood. This one will once again bring about Dexter’s son, Harrison following the events of that unexpected finale.

From what I recall, Harrison didn’t have a lot of fans but nonetheless, Showtime is doubling down on the character with a huge gamble. This will see Harrison return to New York City and find that he is plagued with the Dark Passenger just like dear ole’ dad. This will ultimately see the apple fall not very far from the tree.

Are you excited about Dexter: Origins and Dexter: New Blood? I’m really not a fan of Dexter: New Blood continuing the title of Michael C. Hall’s character without Hall being the focus of the series. I digress. Which are you looking forward to? Or… do you think that it is time for Dexter to hang things up and call it quits.

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John Krasinski Took to Social Media to Share ‘A Quiet Place: Day One’ Images




A Quiet Place: Day One recently began production and in order to share the exciting bits of news producer, John Krasinski took to socials to give fans some goodies. And by goodies, I mean that Krasinski shared some all-new images from the awesome production.

The upcoming spin-off to A Quiet Place has no plot details at the moment but we do know that it also stars Lupita Nyong’o and Joseph Quinn.

The sequel to A Quiet Place starring the Abbott fam is still in the works as well. The goal is to give A Quiet Place a much larger world in which we see more stories set in that universe.

The synopsis for A Quiet Place went like this:

If they hear you, they hunt you. A family must live in silence to avoid mysterious creatures that hunt by sound. Knowing that even the slightest whisper or footstep can bring death, Evelyn and Lee are determined to find a way to protect their children while desperately searching for a way to fight back.

A Quiet Place: Day One arrives beginning March 8, 2024.

Are you excited to see A Quiet Place’s universe expanded?

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