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People in horror movies do the darndest things, don't they? We've all had a "Don't go in there, you idiot!" moment or twelve while watching fright flicks. Horror sure does bring out the stupids.
This counter-intuitive behavior makes it seem like these folks are handing over their lives on a silver platter, so in honor of this weekend's "Evil Dead" let's celebrate the good, the bad and the dumber-than-a-bag-of-hammers of the genre. Appropriately enough, our first entry comes from that franchise. Get More »
Sacha Baron Cohen brings his trademark ridicu-shock humor to his new film "The Dictator," but it may be his beard that steals the show.
He plays Admiral General Aladeen, deposed dictator of the (fictional) Republic of Wadiya, who flees to the U.S. when his country converts to democracy. As a dictator, he's used to ruling with an iron fist, an incorrigible sense of righteous cruelty, and a thick, bushy beard that could house several terrified baby sparrows.
Aladeen may feel like a fish out of water in New York City, but he'd feel right at home among Hollywood's most magnificent beards of all time. Here's our ode to the greatest facial hair in movies, in 15 parts.
This week: Ryan Gosling is a new kind of action hero in "Drive," Justin Timberlake brings sci-fi back in "In Time," Mary Elizabeth Winstead channels Ripley in "The Thing," Daniel Craig's "Dream House" is full of horrors, and "To Kill a Mockingbird" is beautifully restored for its Blu-ray debut.
Box Office: $35 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 93% Fresh
Storyline: Ryan Gosling plays the mysterious "Driver" -- a guy who works as a Hollywood stuntman by day and moonlights as a getaway driver at night. We know little about this man of few words except that he won't wait longer than five minutes for you during a heist, and he develops a soft spot for his married neighbor (Carey Mulligan).
Extras! Don't let the DVD/Blu-ray featurette title "Drive Without a Driver: Entretien Avec Nicolas Winding Refn" scare you away. It's not in subtitles and has director Refn explaining the laborious six-year process it took to bring "Drive" to the silver screen.
We Say: "Drive" is one of the best movies of 2011, so don't let the Academy's Oscar snub suggest otherwise. "Drive" could spark the next generation of action films, complete with memorable performances and a cutting-edge electro soundtrack as well as quiet, dramatic moments that other films in the genre fill with tiresome guns and bombast.
Also Check Out: GALLERY: The "Ides" of Ryan Gosling Are Upon Us
Box Office: $37 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 37% Rotten
Storyline: In a dystopian future where the aging gene has been switched off, time is the currency traded to extend one's life beyond the allotted 25 years. Justin Timberlake plays a working stiff who comes across a fortune of time, Olivia Wilde plays his dying mother, and Amanda Seyfried plays the futuristic Bonnie to Timberlake's Clyde.
Extras! "The Minutes" featurette on the DVD and Blu-ray is time well spent for a behind-the-scenes peek.
We Say: Although "In Time" often feels heavy-handed, the intriguing premise mirrors our current dismal economic climate and will be of interest to sci-fi and Timberlake buffs.
Also Check Out: 6 Clips From "In Time"
Box Office: $17 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 35% Rotten
Storyline: This prequel to John Carpenter's 1982 "The Thing" follows the Norwegian and American scientists -- including Mary Elizabeth Winstead -- as they discover an alien buried in the Antarctic ice. The shape-shifting monster thaws out and wreaks havoc on the terrified, paranoid travelers that fear any one of them could be the creature.
Extras! The Blu-ray feature "'The Thing' Evolves" shows the process of reverse-engineering the story based Carpenter's blueprint.
We Say: If you loved Carpenter's film, this tense prequel meshes perfectly with it and features an impressive combination of practical and CGI creature effects as well as a welcome Ripley-like performance by Winstead.
Also Check Out: The 9 Best Alien Invasion Movies
Box Office: $21 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 7% Rotten
Storyline: A successful publisher (Daniel Craig) moves his wife (Rachel Weisz) and their two daughters to a quaint New England town only to discover that their idyllic home was a family murder scene, and that a neighbor (Naomi Watts) knows what really happened.
Extras! "The Dream Cast" has Craig, Weisz and Watts -- all of whom we love in other roles -- explain their inexplicable attraction to this project.
We Say: Although you can feel the chemistry between Craig and Weisz that the couple took off-screen, this preposterous mystery with a snicker-worthy M. Night Shyamalan twist collapses like a house of cards.
Also Check Out: Top 9 Signs Your New House Is Haunted
'To Kill a Mockingbird' (Blu-ray)
Box Office: $13 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 94% Fresh
Storyline: Gregory Peck won an Oscar for his turn as courageous Southern lawyer Atticus Finch -- a character the American Film Institute calls "The Greatest Movie Hero of All Time" -- who comes to the defense of a black man wrongly accused of rape.
Extras! This 50th anniversary edition is packed with in-depth bonus features like a feature-length documentary on Peck, and it comes cased in a 44-page book with Peck's script pages, personal letters, storyboards and more.
We Say: Digitally remastered and fully restored in high definition from the original 35-mm film elements, this is how classic Hollywood treasures should be treated for film collectors.
Also New This Week:
"The English Patient" (Blu-ray)
"The Piano" (Blu-ray)
"Malcolm X" (Blu-ray)
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" (Blu-ray 3-D)
"Shakespeare in Love" (Blu-ray)
We're not alone, are we? It's fun to believe that we're not -- that somewhere, out there amongst the stars, there's intelligent life. Intelligent life with giant laser cannons and plans of domination.
For some people, the idea of an alien invasion is a terrifying nightmare. For others, it's a dream come true -- it would be proof that aliens actually exist, and we'd get to fight them with helicopters and laptop computers!
Alien invasion movies bring those dreams and nightmares down to Earth. With J.J. Abrams' top-secret "Super 8" invading DVD and Blu-ray, we take a look at some of the best other times we've been "visited." Get More »
The Ghostface Killer from the "Scream" movies and NextMovie are kindred spirits.
OK, so we don't kill people (promise!) but we do occassionally go around asking people their favorite scary movies. And, since a few of you asked that very same question on Twitter, we decided to include ourselves in the process.
So, without further ado, here are the NextMovie staff picks for favorite horror flicks. Get More »
Kane Hodder is a legend in the horror biz, with more on-screen kills than you could count. He also wore a hockey mask more than most Canadians do when he portrayed bloodthirsty murder machine Jason Voorhees in four "Friday the 13th" installments, a series record. (His personal favorite kill is the infamous "sleeping bag against a tree" scene.)
Recently Hodder has found a new avenue for his particular brand of personal expression as deformed maniac Victor Crowley in the "Hatchet" series. He will begin shooting "Hatchet 3" early next year, and, in his words, is "anxious to get back in that Victor makeup and kill some motherf***ers."
For all the nightmares he's given people over the years, there are a few fright flicks that have given Hodder the shivers as well. After reading through his terrific new autobiography "Unmasked: The True Life Story of The World’s Most Prolific Cinematic Killer," we asked the genial Hodder what his favorite scary movies are -- and he has some doozies. Get More »
Eric Christian Olsen must be brave. In his decade-plus film career, he's donned the unflattering bowl cut of Lloyd in "Dumb and Dumberer," laid his unnaturally small nipples bare for ridicule on "Community" and now, in the new thriller "The Thing," he'll run screaming from a vicious, body-snatching alien.
All in a day's work.
We had a chance to talk to Olsen about the merit of remakes, watching friends and co-workers die grotesquely onscreen and, well, his nipples. Get More »
In 1982, John Carpenter unleashed one of the most insanely frightening creatures ever dreamt of onto the silver screen with his remake of "The Thing" starring Kurt Russell. Though initially a dud at the box office, the film has burrowed its way under horror fans' skins over the decades, and now at long last gets a prequel.
Like the humans the title creature replicates, this new version is also called "The Thing" -- so, to tell it from its counterpart, just remember that it stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton as a couple of Yanks among Norwegian scientists who uncover a murdering/human-copying alien d-bag. Get More »
Okay, so here's the pitch: it's a barren, desolate frozen landscape. An outpost at the bottom of a mountain. A dozen men, including an ornery helicopter pilot and a bunch of science geeks. A shape-shifting alien is among them, spreading paranoia and fear for the end of human existence as he replicates one or possibly all of them.
How do we score such a bleak, terrifying vision? Sinatra, baby!
Yes, the lovable lunatics who turned "Silence of the Lambs" and "Conan the Barbarian" into toe-tappingly hummable musicals are back, and it turns out they have a "Thing" for John Carpenter's visceral 1982 monster mash. Get More »
The leaves are falling, school is starting, and Oscar season is on its way. You might think it's time to leave summer blockbusters behind, but this fall has something for everyone, from arty indies to 3-D extravaganzas.
Some of these folks, like Julianne Hough and Lea Michele, are familiar faces from the boob tube who are making the leap to movies; and others, like Noomi Rapace, are better known overseas. What they all have in common is that their breakthrough moments are upon us, as sure as school supplies. Get More »