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Here's a film that seems to have been a bit forgotten. Co-host Eric wonders why. Mr. Brooks is the name of the movie and its cast is quite impressive: Kevin Costner, Demi Moore, William Hurt, Dane Cook, Danielle Panabaker, and Marg Helgenberger. The film was released in 2007 and was a modest success, costing $20M USD to make and earning nationally $28M USD (and an additional $20M USD internationally).
The story is about a wealthy family man who happens to be a serial killer named the Thumbprint Killer. Unlike a number of other such thrillers, the murderer knows that he happens to be a sociopath and therefore mentally ill. As the story moves along with its story which includes blackmail, murder, and a police procedural, the screenplay continues to follow Mr. Brooks' own personal demons and the family that doesn't know who he really is.
Bruce Evans, screenwriter of Stand By Me, the fantastic adaption of the Stephen King novella, The Body, directs what was at one time considered to be a potential trilogy of films before its unfortunate death at the box office. Co-host Eric of Dark Discussions chooses Mr. Brooks for your hosts to analyze and dissect; one of the most interesting serial killer movies possibly ever made.
Though he had written numerous short stories, the 1974 novel Carrie was where many say Stephen King began his legendary career. Only two years later the novel had made him a millionaire and it was optioned to film. Directors like George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Stephen Spielberg, and Francis Ford Coppola were taking Hollywood by storm and one of their contemporaries became a household name with his adaption of Carrie. Brian DePalma not only made a classic film that was nominated for awards, but he created a distinctive style of cinema.
Carrie, the tale, is about a young overweight girl that is the typical high school student with little friends. Yet the reason for her ostracization is more due to her upbringing. Her mother is a controlling religious woman who's beliefs could be considered almost a parity of even those who would be defined as fundamentalist. As dark secrets of her mother's past begin to play out, Carrie begins to discover a power she possesses known as telekinesis that may eventually play into her everyday life.
Now over 35 years later, a new remake of the Biran DePalma film is released near Halloween 2013. With interesting differences between the book and the DePalma film, along with women's sexuality and the modern problem of cyberbullying, an updated adaptation of the film seems quite an interesting idea. Dark Discussions ponders this and discusses the two films and its source material.
The Israeli writer/director team Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado are making waves on the festival circuits right now with their new film Big Bad Wolves, a violent thriller, that Quentin Tarantino has said is one of the best films he's seen this year. However, in 2010, their film entitled Rabies (also known as Kalevet) surprised many folks internationally with its dark and yet odd wit. Some called it a slasher film, others called it a film of suspicion, fear, and obsession, while others called it maybe even a serial killer film. Yet one term that seems to keep popping up is a throwback to pulp and grindhouse cinema.
When a brother and sister leave home for questionable reasons, a serial killer captures the girl while out in a fox nature preserve. Suddenly chain events happen that draw in a college co-ed tennis team, the park ranger and both his dog and girlfriend, and a pair of police officers who come to investigate when the dispatcher receives a call from one of the tennis players.
The film, Rabies, released in the United States in 2012, was named as one of co-host Mike's best horror films of last year. With its extreme violence, fascinating directing, and dark yet witty screenplay, the film is a must see by both horror fans and grindhouse fans that like something different and original. Dark Discussions discusses the film and why you should check it out.
Rock and Shock, the horror convention that comes to Worcester, Massachusetts every October, celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. Dark Discussions was able to attend the convention that included such genre favorites as Michael Rooker, Robert Englund, Robert Patrick, Jordan Ladd, Cerina Vincent, Sid Haig, Gunnar Hansen, Kane Hodder, Tony Todd, and Jack Ketchum.
During the festival, Woodhaven Productions debuted their new horror film, Army of the Damned, to be released world wide in January of next year. Also scores of vendors and other stars, starlets, and authors were among the attendees. Others included Robert Patrick, Scott Wilson, Adam Green, Darian Caine, and dozens of artists and authors selling autographed copies of their works.
Co-host Philip connected with friends of the podcast including fantastic author Joe Knetter, actress Sarah French, director and screenwriter Michael Neel of Infinite Santa and Drive-in Horror Show, CEO and auteur James Balsamo of Acid Bath Productions, and genre artist Chris Kuchta. In this special edition episode, learn more about some of the exciting things that are new to our guests. And once more, Rock and Shock put on a fantastic convention.
Dark Discussions begins their "co-host choice" episode with co-host Phil's movie pick. Healthcare, class structure, mental illness, terminal diseases, decay of a nation: how can these things all come together and make a ... horror film? Well, maybe not. But then again it depends on one's perspective. Back in 2011, British director Simon Rumley released the film Red, White, and Blue that shocked even fans of horror movies. The interesting thing is that the film was a masterpiece as a dark drama besides its horror theme.
However, Simon Rumley burst onto the genre scene with another film in 2006, The Living and the Dead. When the patriarch of what is left of a once great and prominent family leaves to the big city to try to save the family estate from bank foreclosure, his mentally challenged son decides to take things into his own hands when caring for his sickly mother.
Unlike an honest horror film, The Living and the Dead is more truly a drama, dark that it may be. Horrible things do happen and as a result the horror and genre fan have championed it. During its festival run it received phenomenal reviews both from mainstream and genre critics equally. Honestly it has more in common with a film like The Godfather or Mean Streets than Halloween or Friday the 13th. And yet it's crossover appeal had it listed (along with Red, White, and Blue) as one of the best horror films of all-time by Fangoria magazine.