First ever feature-length horror film to be shot entirely on an iPhone Looks Like This

HOOKED UP – the first ever feature-length horror film to be shot entirely on an iPhone is to be released on DVD in the UK 27th April, courtesy of Signature Entertainment.

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Following in the dark and twisted footsteps of found-footage classics like The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity, the horrors of HOOKED UP are delivered through the iPhones of Tonio (Jonah Ehrenreich) and Peter (Stephen Ohl), two young Americans who travel to Barcelona to party and meet women. When Tonio and Peter befriend the flirtatious Noemi and Katia on their first night out partying, they escort them back to the house where things take an unexpected turn. The boys become trapped in the house and soon realise that the girls have a very different kind of party in mind – one the guests don’t get to leave…

Director Pablo Larcuen (Orphan, Non-Stop) turns the found footage genre on its head in much the same way as distant cousin VHS did. Destined to become a cult favourite and arriving on a huge wave of anticipation amongst genre and tech fans, HOOKED UP brings an age-old tale of terror firmly and horrifyingly into the present.

Green Lantern – Cinema Release

?Green Lantern? ? Review for SciFind by Matt Dillon

Green Lantern Wondercon Quad Poster
Green Lantern Wondercon Quad Poster

Where did it all go wrong for DC? Whilst Marvel have ushered in the great modern age of the superhero movie with the likes of X-Men, Spider-Man and the recent solo outings for the Avengers cast – admittedly having stolen the perfect super-movie formula from Richard Donner’s Superman in the first place – DC’s one and only victory of recent years has been Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise, and even that was a gamble. Watchmen split fans, and that was based on a comic book which invented new heroes to get around DC’s preciousness; the Wonder Woman pilot was declared a failure because fans couldn’t get over her costume; and the less said about Superman Returns the better. And yet it could be argued that they have a far richer back-catalogue of source material than their rivals, employing such powerful archetypes that it’s almost impossible to get them wrong.

Almost, however, isn’t completely, and this brings us sharply to the question of Green Lantern. One of DC’s most enduring characters, writing for Green Lantern – regardless of who is wearing the ring – is hampered only by the power of imagination.? His powers come from a ring which, through a process that owes more to science fantasy than the science fiction proffered by the comic book in recent years, makes the wearer’s will manifest, as long as they don’t mind their will being all green and glowing. Warner Brothers had already had a successful stab at the character (albeit a different incarnation) as part of the main lineup in their Justice League animated series – a series which, incidentally, also made a decent go of almost every mainstream DCU character, and plenty of the second-stringers to boot – so it seemed that the Lantern would be the perfect choice to pave the way for a new generation of DC movies that, presumably, would culminate in an ensemble flick based on the Justice League itself. Fate, as it turns out, had something else in mind.

Ryan Reynolds with Blake Lively in Green Lantern

It’s not as if the film completely misfires. The first thirty minutes or so of Green Lantern seem to follow that tried and tested super-movie formula: we meet our protagonist, his love interest, his best friend and his family in short order. The protagonist gets super powers; the protagonist discovers that he has a greater purpose, and then…? Well, we all know what’s supposed to happen next. We should get a montage of super-moments, as our hero begins fighting crime and injustice, swiftly followed by the movie’s villain revealing himself. The hero will then come up against the villain swathed in overconfidence, suffer an humiliating defeat, lose all confidence, get inspired by his mentor/father figure then fly off to save his love interest (or mentor) who, in the meantime, has found themselves kidnapped by the villain. Cue an explosive final showdown, in which the hero gets whipped to within an inch of his life before snatching victory out of the jaws of defeat with one final courageous move, and an epilogue showing the hero now fully embracing his destiny and flying off into the sunset (usually straight at the camera).

Come on, that’s how superhero movies go. That’s the way they always go. It’s soft, warm and comforting, like an old blanket, and it ensures that the audience leave the cinema on a high. We want a hero with vulnerabilities, we want a sexy love interest, and we want a supremely arch villain. We want a climax that leaves us punching the air in celebration. We want a stirring score, complete with an iconic fanfare. We want Richard Donner’s Superman, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, Jon Favreau’s Iron Man. We want goosebumps. And if Green Lantern had managed even two thirds of these criteria you might be reading a more favourable review, but it fails to tick so many boxes that what we are left with is what The Black Dog Podcast’s Lee Medcalf describes as “a collection of trailer moments” – a series of scenes strung together which, in the context of themselves, work very well, but with none of the connective tissue required to knit them together into a coherent movie.

Green Lantern

Strike one: the film cannot decide whether it wants to tell a story on a local (Earth-based) scale or a wider-reaching galactic scale. The film’s first act ends with Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) being spirited away to Oa, the planetary headquarters of the Green Lantern Corps – galactic police on the side of justice, all of whom bear a ring exactly like Hal’s. He meets a high degree of resistance, as (in yet another tired SF cliche) humans are considered “too young” and too headstrong to be worthy of joining the Corps, and is trained by a sneering instructor and then… quits. The next thirty minutes or so leave him sulking on Earth, pouting out of a series of windows like a dumped Bella Swan, whilst his fellow Lanterns (don’t bother learning their names, they have no impact on the plot) use painfully brief scenes to discover the movie’s big bad – a giant planet-eating squid standing in for comic book villain Parallax. Does this threat immediately head for earth? No. Instead, a slap-headed John Waters lookalike gets magically infected with some Parallax DNA, contracts Elephantitis, gets a little bit telepathic and throws a strop. Cue the one and only rescue scene of the movie, in which Hal saves a helicopter that’s hovering about three feet off the ground, a really uninspiring showdown, and Hal flying off to succeed where hundreds of other, more experienced Lanterns have failed. He does eventually come into contact with ?Squilactus? aka Parallax, after returning to Earth yet again, but by this time you’ve really lost interest.

Strike two: the film can’t decide whether they want to use Mark Strong’s Sinestro as a villain or a hero (he’s fulfilled both roles in comic series, albeit mainly the former) and so present him as a fairly good guy, only to give what I’m sure they were hoping would be a fan-pleasing moment twenty seconds into the end credits. If you’ve followed the comic franchise you can probably guess what this moment is, but since this incarnation of the character has been given absolutely no reason to turn against the Green Lantern Corps – he’s consumed with saving the Corps from Parallax and that, of course, has been done – it is simply one more disconnected moment, adding absolutely nothing to the film. Certainly it is sequel bait, but the film spends no time setting it up and therefore wastes it. Sinestro’s gradual fall could have made (and should have made) a fantastic plot device for this first outing. Mark Strong is exactly the arch villain that the movie is lacking, and having him on screen in such a half-hearted manner only serves to highlight what a crime that is.

Strike three: it’s in 3D. Sorry to sound like a broken record, but cinema does NOT need 3D. Since this ridiculous gimmick re-reared its ugly head a few years ago, only one movie seems to have actually had a decent use for it, and that was Tron Legacy, which used the 3D effect as subtle marker for scenes set inside the computerised world of The Grid. In the case of Green Lantern, however, it just about manages to add some depth to the space scenes, and otherwise might as well not even be there.

To give it its due, Green Lantern does contain a handful of decent crowd-pleasing moments, but they really can’t polish up the mess underneath. If the film’s horrendous pacing issues were absent it might make a decent Sunday afternoon movie for kids, but the drawn-out soul-searching and moping is far more likely to leave them bored, and the hideous plot-mangling will irritate existing fans whilst leaving newcomers completely cold. Sorry, DC, but Marvel is still the undisputed king of the comic book movie. Better luck next time.

Legion

Legion on Blu Ray, DVD Also Available
Legion on Blu Ray, DVD Also Available

Momentum London are pleased to announce the release of the action-packed supernatural thriller Legion on Blu-ray? and DVD August 9th, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

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Legion: Movie Synopsis

Evil granny, angels, relentless shooting, explosions, big guns, explosions, apocalypse, and even more explosions, this is the kind of film I like.

A dusty diner in the Mojave Desert becomes ground zero for earth?s final showdown in Legion, a startlingly original and terrifying vision of the Apocalypse from director and writer Scott Stewart (Priest). As mankind destroys itself in a savage fury, a small group of people trapped on the edge of nowhere prepare to make a last stand?with the help of a mysterious and powerful stranger.

Legion.
Legion. Beat the end of the world with big guns and big explosions

Unaware of the chaos unfolding around the globe, Bob Hanson (Dennis Quaid), the owner of a remote roadside caf?, and his partner Percy (Charles S. Dutton) go about business as usual. The restaurant?s beautiful and very pregnant waitress, Charlie (Adrianne Palicki), serves breakfast to Sandra and Howard, a well-heeled suburban couple (Kate Walsh and Jon Tenney) and their teenage daughter Audrey (Willa Holland), as they wait for their car to be repaired by Bob?s son, Jeep (Lucas Black).
When the television goes on the fritz and the phones go out, the group realizes they have lost all communication with the outside world. As they attempt to make sense of what?s happening?An earthquake? A terrorist attack?? an elderly woman (Jeannette Miller) arrives and sweetly orders a steak from Charlie. When her meal arrives, she begins spewing shocking obscenities. In a heartbeat, the fragile old lady develops superhuman strength, launching a grisly attack that leaves Howard critically injured.

A desperate attempt to get medical help ends when an impenetrable cloud of flying insects turns the diner into the only safe haven for miles. As the horrifying truth of their situation sinks in, a stranger (Paul Bettany) joins them with an arsenal of stolen weapons. He informs Charlie that her unborn baby is now humanity?s only hope, and he?s willing to do whatever it takes to save it.

The world is about to become a waking nightmare for the last remnants of mankind as rolling caravans of crazed killers arrive in search of fresh victims and an army of warrior angels bent on total destruction follows close behind them in a unique and terrifying glimpse of the End of Days.

Legion Trailer

Actors In Legion

Legion stars Paul Bettany (The Da Vinci Code), Lucas Black (Slingblade), Tyrese Gibson (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Adrianne Palicki (?Friday Night Lights?), Charles S. Dutton (Fame), Jon Tenney (?The Closer?), Kevin Durand (Wolverine), Willa Holland (?The O.C.?), Kate Walsh (?Grey?s Anatomy?) and Dennis Quaid (G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra). ?The film is directed by Scott Stewart from a screenplay by Peter Schink (Gotham Caf?) and Stewart.

Paranormal Activity 2 Trailer

The trailer for new horror movie Paranormal Activity 2 has been pulled from cinemas in Texas because of complaints it is too scary. The promo for the film started to run in movie theatres prior to midnight screenings of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse on Wednesday. The clip caused cinema-goers to complain to bosses at the Cinemark chain about the frightening footage. U.S. host Ryan Seacrest even took to his Twitter.com page to warn film fans about the trailer, writing, “Paranormal Activity 2 teaser trailer… hold someone.” Officials at Cinemark have now removed the promo from a number of complexes in Texas, reports Variety.”

Don?t have nightmares??

New Paranormal Activity 2 Full UK trailer coming soon….

Free Legal Horror Movies To Watch Online

Free J-Horror Selection Announced for July!

Indie Movies Online is the new way to watch movies online for FREE! The movie-on-demand website www.indiemoviesonline.com offers hundreds of great films to watch in the UK at high quality online, legally and for free. And starting next week (and available ongoing) is a fantastic, new selection of fresh J-Horror titles. There are some killer films here and many of them have only very recently been released. You can be guaranteed a whole load of blood and action. Expect to see more imagination in these movies than in a 100 Hollywood remakes!

The films will be launched one a day, and available to watch for free for the next year.

J-Horror Week One

Ju-On White Ghost (2009) – July 5th

Aka The Grudge: Old Lady in White. A son brutally and methodically murders all five of his family members after failing the bar exam. He then hangs himself, leaving behind a cassette recorder at the scene on which he can be heard saying, “I’ll come… I’ll come soon”, in unison with a young girl’s voice. The child’s voice belongs to his sister, a victim of the family massacre and the elementary school best friend of Akane.

Ju-On Black Ghost (2009) – July 6th

Aka The Grudge: Girl in Black. A Nurse named Yuko has a strange experience while taking care of a girl named Fukie. Test results show a cyst inside Fukie’s body, but that cyst is actually the leftover grudge from a baby who was unable to be born. The cysts grudge spreads to Fukie and everyone around her. Fukie’s sister Mariko has special spiritual power and has some success driving out the evil spirit. But the worst of the grudge is yet to come…..

Tokyo Gore Police (2008) – July 7th

Set in a future-world vision of Tokyo where the police have been privatized and bitter self-mutilation is so casual that advertising is often specially geared to the “cutter” demographic, this is the story of samurai-sword-wielding Ruka and her mission to avenge her father’s assassination. Ruka is a cop from a squad who’s mission is to destroy homicidal mutant humans known as “Engineers” possessing the ability to transform any injury to a weapon in and of itself.

Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl (2009) – July 8th

Transfer student Monami has a secret and a past that has caught up with Mizushima. Deceiving Mizushima into eating a token gift of chocolate, laced with her blood, he is then catapulted into Monami’s vampire world of blood, death and love. Jilted girlfriend Keiko has other ideas. With a sudden twist of fate, she is then transformed into the hideous and unforgiving Frankenstein Girl, and the battle for Mizushima’s heart begins.

X-Cross (2007) – July 9th

Recovering from a failed love affair Shiyori heads to the country, in the company of best friend and bad girl Aiko. Having taken a soak in the hot spring they retire to their respective cabins. They soon discover that the tranquil village is the home of a cult with a fetish for cutting off female legs. They are split up trying to escape. Multiple points of view and time frames keeps the viewer on their toes trying to discern the grisly fate of these girls.

J-Horror Week Two

Starfish Hotel (2006) – July 12th

Salaryman Arisu scurries rodent-like between packed commuter trains, humdrum office paper-pushing, and the Ikea hell that is his apartment, retreating for solace into the mystery novels of Jo Kuroda, set in the menacing and unknowable Darkland. A man with a past, the memories of an affair he had years before start to seep into his everyday life. When the motif of Kuroda’s novels suddenly becomes a reality for Arisu, the walls between fact and fiction, past and present, begin to dissolve, with horrifying consequences.

Samurai Princess (2009) – July 13th

An evil forest overran by outlaws and mechas (robots) who rape and kill any poor soul who enters. But there is someone else in this forest. A mecha who is a spirit of vengeance and a warrior! This mecha can fight and bring justice to the innocents. They call her Samurai Princess!

Goth: Love of Death (2008) July 14th

The film follows two teenagers in a grey Tokyo suburb; Morino is a pale, though pretty, loner that no one takes an interest in and Kamiyama is one of the most popular guys in school. They?re opposites but have one thing in common ? an unhealthy interest in the work of a local serial killer who murders beautiful women, removes their left hand and leaves them elegantly posed to be found by a horrified member of the public.

Battle Royale (2000) – July 15th

In the near future, when the society of Japan is crumbling, 42 students find that their field trip is actually a military-sponsored game known as Battle Royale. The kids’ sadistic teacher, Kitano, sends them to an isolated island and gives them three days to kill each other until only one remains…

Plus a US horror classic!

Day of the Dead (1985) – July 16th

July 16th sees Indie Movies Online present a re-mastered version of George Romero?s classic 80s horror. Zombies rule the USA, except for a small group of scientists and military personnel who reside in an underground bunker in Florida. The scientists are using the undead in gruesome experiments; much to the chagrin of the military. Finally the military finds that their men have been used in the scientists’ experiments, and banish the scientists to the caves that house the living dead. Unfortunately, the zombies from above ground have made their way into the bunker

Indiemoviesonline.com launched in June 2009, is an international, legal, advertising-supported (AVOD) video-on-demand site, dedicated to offering free independent films, and editorial content to movies lovers both sides of the Atlantic. Indiemoviesonline.com is a member of the UK Industry Trust/Copyright aware.

Film Kids Who Could Change The World

Legion Poster
Legion Poster

Released Friday 5th March, Legion starring Paul Bettany is the super-natural thriller that gives us a little taster of what will happen when God finally decides enough is enough, and that the human race has got to go (again?).

In a modern take of Noah?s fabled flood, God sends down a Legion of Angels with an excellent amount of weaponry to take out anyone they come across, which most do with a surprising vigor for angelic folk. Only one ? Archangel Michael ? is reluctant, and travels to a small diner in the middle of nowhere to protect the unborn child who turns out to be the only salvation for human kind.

We are taking a look at the children in film who have the potential to change the world, for good or for evil, and the forces that are in place to protect them.

Legion, 2010
The child: As yet unborn, the whole of God?s task force are out to get said baby; armed to the teeth and pumped for a fight these angels will stop at nothing until this hope for the human race is exterminated.

Forces of good protection rating: **? ? with only a single de-winged angel and a task force of relatively useless people in a diner in the middle of nowhere, with limited ammunition and less courage, the odds for the diner crew winning out seem slim. You?ll have to see the film to see how this one turns out!

The Exorcist, 1973
The child: Regan MacNiel is just an ordinary 12-year-old girl dealing with her parents? divorce, until she becomes possessed by the demon Pazuzu. Killing her babysitter, a priest and performing some genuinely disturbing feats during her period of being possessed, Regan?s pretty much as bad as it can be in child evilness terms.

Forces of Evil protection rating: 1/10 – Other than simply being Pazuzu there are no other helpful demons on hand to wreak vengeful havoc. This means that when Father Karras sneakily gets the demon to posses him instead of Regan, the poor sod can do nothing but die when the good Father plunges to his death.

The Terminator, 1984
The child: Sarah Connor?s child-to-be, John, will one day be the leader of the Human Resistance against Skynet and their army of machines. While John doesn?t feature at all in the first film, Arnie is on a mission to prevent his ever coming into being and it is up to Kyle (Michael Biehn) to warn Sarah about the grave threat to her future progeny.

Forces of good protection rating: 8/10 ? Willing to die for the cause Kyle does a stellar job; not only does he save Sarah from The Terminator, he also provides a vital ingredient for John?s conception.

Rosemary?s Baby, 1968
The child: What with all the craving of raw meat, severe pains and other worrying developments during her pregnancy it?s easy to guess that something is not quite right with Rosemary?s baby. However, it?s not until the end of this disturbing 1968 classic that we find out that Rosemary?s child, Adrian, is actually the son of Satan.

Forces of Evil protection rating: 9/10 ? As the spawn of the devil it?s a pretty safe bet that Adrian will have a pretty impressive security force going on. Protected at the end of the film by an evil coven of witches, and with Rosemary helpless to do anything other than watch on, we feel pretty safe saying that Adrian will have a long career in evil ahead.

The Golden Child, 1986
The child: A Tibetan with talents unknown, The Golden Child (who never seems to get a real name ? maybe it would devalue the film if he was called Jim?) is billed as the saviour of all man kind. He?s got some great gifts, such as being able to revive the dead, and is wanted by evil demon Sardo Numspa.

Forces of good protection rating: 6/10 – When the monks let themselves down by letting The Golden Child fall into the clutches of an evil demon, all seems to be lost. Luckily Eddie Murphy is on hand to combine comedy with some kick-ass action, only letting himself down when his girlfriend is killed and he has to rely on the magic of The Golden Child to save the day.

The Omen, 1976 / 2006
The child: Damien Thorn was born on at 6am on the 6th June: He is the Antichrist. Determined to kill anyone who could get in his way, a series of ?accidents? to those around him alert his adoptive father to the fact that all is not as it seems with Damien, and that he must be stopped.

Forces of Evil protection rating: 10/10 ? With ancient myth and a bad Nanny on his side, it looks as though Damien needs no other aid to further his cause for wickedness: Evil through and through, Damien is an unstoppable force.

Children of Men, 2006
The child: In 2027 no children have been born anywhere in the world for 18 years, yet Kee (an illegal African immigrant) is pregnant. Representing the only hope for human kind, Kee?s child is the single force that can unite humanity for good.

Forces of good protection rating: 6/10 ? With only Clive Owen to protect them, Kee and her child?s chances for survival look slim. Managing to scrape through numerous dangerous scenarios and remain alive, the day is eventually saved when the child?s mewling astounds combatants into putting down their guns to give Kee and child free passage to their destination.

Pandorum

Pandorum DVD Cover
Pandorum DVD Cover

Pandorum is a scifi movie starring Eddie Rouse, Dennis Quaid, Cung Le, Norman Reedus and Ben Foster. The cast is good, the special effects are excellent and the story is good, so why do I feel short changed after seeing the film.

The story follows the awakening of crew members from hypersleep and their disorientation is met with mutants. It is a case of fighting for their lives as they try to remember who they are and what their mission is. To get a flavour of what the film is aiming for you should see Event Horison and Sunshine first. It is this sort of comparison that really puts this film into the shade.

This is one of those films that may have really spun you with the twisty ending – which stands well if not for the fact I personally had just about had enough of the film by the end. The dark corridors, mutants, combat sequences try to drag the viewer along instead of sweeping them along for the ride.

This would have been a much better film with a slight shift of focus. Maybe with a change of writer or director it may have been much better.

That said, worth a look. Just don’t expect too much.

Even More Bloody Vampires

Daybreakers Cinema Poster
Daybreakers Cinema Poster

Are Vampires becoming too overused in genre cinema? Discuss on twitter.

Take 2 popular movies that are in a genre and put their names on a movie poster claiming that this new movie is like the 2 combined. Not something I like, personally, movie headlines should sell this movie on its own merits. Paranormal Activity did not lead with “bit like Blair Witch meets Poltergiest”, and it did ok for itself.

Two-time Academy Award nominee? Ethan Hawke plays Ed, a researcher in the year 2017, in which an unknown plague has transformed the world’s population into vampires. As the human population nears extinction, vampires must capture and farm every remaining human, or find a blood substitute before time runs out. However, a covert group of vampires makes a remarkable discovery, one which has the power to save the human race.

Also starring Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Isabel Lucas, Michael Dorman and Claudia Karvan.

This action-packed new vampire thriller released in cinemas nationwide on January 6th 2010.

Paranormal Activity

Paranormal Activity
Paranormal Activity

Fresh from the phenomenal box-office success it has had in the US where, on only 760 screens it has made $20.2m, we are proud to present the trailer for one of most truly frightening films ever committed to celluloid, Paranormal Activity, in cinemas 27th November.

Based on true events, this frightening and supernatural film portrays the story of Katie and Micah, a carefree couple who become haunted by an unseen presence in their house. They decide to investigate the increasingly bizarre and escalating intrusions by setting up a video camera to capture evidence of the demonic presence in their house, only to find much more than they ever imagined.

See the movie trailer for Paranormal Activity on our Youtube channel

Sorority Row. New Horror Movie

Soroity Row
Soroity Row
Sorority Row stars rising Hollywood talent Rumer Willis, Audrina Partridge (The Hills) and Briana Evigan (Step Up 2: The Streets), who recently won the ?Female Stars of Tomorrow? Award at the Showest Awards 2009!

A group of sorority sisters are sworn to ?trust, secrecy and solidarity? ? no matter what. But their loyalty is tested when a prank goes terribly wrong and ends in a brutal murder. Rather than confess to the crime, the girls agree to hide the bloody corpse and keep their secret forever.

A year later, as they prepare to say goodbye to the house and each other, the girls are confident their dark secret will remain buried. But does it?

At Cinemas on the 9th September

Tron Legacy: First Images

Images of Tron Legacy From Comic Con

Tron Light Cycle Comic Con Panel Photo
Tron Light Cycle Comic Con Panel Photo

Tron: Legacy Comic Con Panel Image
Tron: Legacy Comic Con Panel Image

Tron Legacy Cast And Crew
Tron Legacy Cast And Crew

TRON is a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world that?s unlike anything ever captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (GARRETT HEDLUND), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (JEFF BRIDGES), looks into his father?s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin?s loyal confidant (OLIVIA WILDE), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.

Bruce Boxleitner and Jeff Bridges reprise their original roles from the 1982 cutting edge CGI film TRON for the sequel Tron: Legacy