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47 Meters Down

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47 Meters Down
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Directed by Johannes Roberts
Produced by
  • James Harris
  • Mark Lane
Written by
  • Johannes Roberts
  • Ernest Riera
Starring
Music by Tomandandy
Cinematography Mark Silk
Edited by Martin Brinkler
Production
companies
  • The Fyzz Facility
  • Dragon Root
  • Flexibon Films
  • Lantica Pictures
  • Tea Shop & Film Company
Distributed by Entertainment Studios
Release date
  • June 16, 2017 (2017-06-16) (United States)
Running time
85 minutes[1]
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $5 million[2]
Box office $19.7 million[3]

47 Meters Down is a 2017 British survival horror film directed by Johannes Roberts, written by Roberts and Ernest Riera and starring Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Chris J. Johnson, Yani Gellman, Santiago Segura and Matthew Modine.[4] It was released on June 16, 2017 and has grossed $19 million worldwide.

Plot[edit]

Lisa (Mandy Moore) and Kate (Claire Holt) are sisters on vacation in Mexico. Lisa’s boyfriend has broken up with her because “she made the relationship boring”. Kate attempts to cheer Lisa up by taking her out drinking and dancing at 1:00 a.m. They meet up with some local men who tell them about cage diving with sharks. Lisa is reluctant but Kate convinces her to come along by mentioning her ex’s words.

They arrive the next day at the dock waiting for the men they met the night before. Lisa is still apprehensive, but Kate reassures her she is going to be fine. The men arrive and talk to Captain Taylor (Matthew Modine). The women follow and both lie about being experienced divers even though only Kate knows how to dive.

As they journey out to the cage diving spot Captain Taylor baits the sharks. Kate is skeptical about the entire dive, but Captain Taylor dismisses her concerns. The locals dive first in the cage. Unbeknownst to everyone on the boat, the cable supporting the cage starts to fray. The men return to the surface unharmed and Captain Taylor prepares to send Lisa and Kate down. While Lisa and Kate are in the cage, the boat winch breaks off of the boat, sending them down to the seafloor bottom at 47 meters. This also takes them out of communication range. Kate swims up to 40 meters to resume communications with Captain Taylor who tells her Javier (Chris J. Johnson) will be coming down with a spare winch to pull them up. He also advises them to stay in the cage as the sharks are all around. Both women are quickly running out of air, while they wait in the cage until they see a flashlight in the distance. Thinking Javier must not be able to see them, Lisa swims out to get him as Kate’s air is lower due to the previous swim. Lisa swims towards the light, low to the ground to avoid shark attacks from the bottom. A shark tries to attack Lisa but she swims into a small alcove to avoid it. Continuing to go towards the light, she comes to a cliff with no bottom in sight.

Swimming over the cliff towards the light she finds the flashlight but no Javier. While looking around, she gets confused about her distance from the cage and Kate. Just as Javier appears and attempts to usher her back towards safety he is attacked and killed by a shark. Lisa manages to get Javier’s spear gun and swims back towards the cage . With the newly acquired flashlight as well as the spear gun Lisa swims up and notifies Taylor to pull them up. Disaster strikes as they are both winched to safety and the replacement winch line snaps and the cage descends back down to the seafloor. This time, the cage lands on Lisa’s leg, pinning her down. Lisa and Kate panic as they realize they are now both low on options as well as air.

Kate decides to swim up to communication range so that she can tell Taylor about their low air as well as Lisa’s predicament. She succeeds and Captain Taylor tells her he is sending down some air tanks and the Mexican Coast Guard is an hour out. He also warns her that the second tank may cause nitrogen narcosis which can lead to hallucinations. Kate finds the air tanks just as her original tank goes empty. She also finds the three flares for them to use for the Coast Guard.

As she returns to the cage, Kate is attacked and dragged away by a shark. Lisa, still pinned and running low on air, uses the spear from the spear gun to pull the tank towards her. In the process, she is cut by the spear on the hand. She attaches the new tank, and shortly after doing so, she hears Kate communicating with her over their radio; she is injured, low on air, and the blood is attracting more sharks. Lisa states she will find her, and uses her BCD to lift up the cage, unpinning her leg. After Lisa finds Kate, Taylor informs them the Coast Guard is still some time out and they need to get back in the cage. Lisa adamantly refuses due to the nature of Kate’s wounds, and they decide to swim to the surface. As they begin to swim up, they use one of the three flares to scare the sharks. At the 30 meter mark, they are reminded by Taylor they must wait five minutes for their blood levels to acclimate. During this time, the first flare extinguishes. Reaching for the second flare, Kate drops it. Lisa lights the third flare, which reveals the face of a shark. They are now surrounded by them and must rush to the surface.

Taylor yells to drop their gear and make a break for the surface. They swim as fast as they can to the surface near the boat. As they cling to a life preserver to get to the boat, one of the sharks bite Lisa’s leg and pulls her back down to the water. Lisa fights the shark by hitting it and ripping its eye out, which causes the shark to release her. Captain Taylor and the other men are able to pull Lisa and Kate onto the boat and begin administering first aid. However, as Lisa stares at her hand on the deck of the boat, it is revealed that she has been hallucinating for some time due to the excess nitrogen in her blood from the air tanks. Her leg is still trapped under the cage on the ocean floor as she laughs and imagines that she is talking to Kate on the boat deck. The coast guard comes to rescue her and carries Lisa to the surface without Kate. Lisa, as she is slowly and cautiously being brought to the surface she’s coming out of her hallucination and also realizes her sister isn’t with her and starts to cry and call out to Kate.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

Original distributor Dimension Films had initially set a North American DVD and VOD release date for August 2, 2016. However, on July 25, Variety reported that Dimension had sold the rights to Entertainment Studios. Entertainment Studios cancelled the August 2 home release and instead released the film theatrically in the United States on June 16, 2017.[5] Dimension had already sent out screeners and pressed DVDs of the film to retailers before the deal. The DVDs under the re-title In the Deep were recalled; however, several retailers broke the street date and a handful of physical copies were sold and have since turned up on eBay as collector’s items.[6] After the purchase, Entertainment Studios reverted to the original title 47 Meters Down.[7]

Box office[edit]

In North America, 47 Meters Down was released alongside All Eyez on Me, Rough Night and Cars 3, and was initially projected to gross around $5 million from 2,300 theaters in its opening weekend.[8] However it made $4.5 million on its first day (including $735,000 from Thursday night previews), increasing weekend estimates to $11 million. It went on to debut to $11.5 million, finishing 5th at the box office.[9]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 54% based on 69 reviews, with an average rating of 5.6/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “47 Meters Down doesn’t take its terrifying premise quite as far as it should, but its toothy antagonists still offer a few thrills for less demanding genre enthusiasts.”[10] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the film has a score of 53 out of 100, based on 20 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”.[11] On CinemaScore, audiences gave the film an average grade of “C” on an A+ to F scale.[9]

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ROB ZOMBIE’S 31

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31 (film)

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31
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Directed by Rob Zombie
Produced by
  • Rob Zombie
  • Mike Elliott
  • Andy Gould
  • Michael Sherman
  • Matthew Perniciaro[1]
  • Eddie Vaisman
  • Craig Walendziak
Written by Rob Zombie
Starring
Music by John 5
Cinematography David Daniel
Edited by Glenn Garland
Production
companies
  • Bow + Arrow Entertainment
  • PalmStar Media
  • Protagonist Pictures[2]
  • Spectacle Entertainment Group
  • Windy Hill Pictures
Distributed by Saban Films
Release date
  • January 23, 2016 (2016-01-23) (Sundance)
  • September 1, 2016 (2016-09-01) (One Night Only)
  • September 16, 2016 (2016-09-16) (Video On Demand, United States)
  • September 23, 2016 (2016-09-23) (Video On Demand, United Kingdom)
  • October 21, 2016 (2016-10-21) (United States, limited)
Running time
102 minutes[3]
Country United States
United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $1.5 million[4]
Box office $850,419[5]

31 is a 2016 American horror film written and directed by Rob Zombie, and starring an ensemble cast featuring Sheri Moon Zombie, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Meg Foster, Richard Brake, Malcolm McDowell, Judy Geeson, and Jane Carr. The film revolves around five carnival workers’ survival playing a game called “31” while evading murderers known as “The Heads” dressed as clowns that have names reflecting their various personalities.

The film was crowdfunded online twice at fanbacked.com.[6] At a test screening, Zombie compared 31 to his 2005 film The Devil’s Rejects.[7]

Plot[edit]

During Halloween 1976, a group of carnival workers, Charly, Venus, Panda, Levon, and Roscoe, are attacked and taken to a strange, large building where three elderly people wearing aristocratic clothes, powdered wigs and make up, Sister Dragon, Sister Serpent, and their leader Father Napoleon-Horatio-Silas Murder, tell them that they are going to play the game “31” and that it will last for the next 12 hours. The group is placed in a series of maze-like set of rooms, where they must defend themselves against the “Heads”, several murderous clowns who intend to torture and murder them, all the while the group are given odds for their survival and bets are placed on them.

The protagonists come across five “Heads”, Sick-Head, Psycho-Head, Schizo-Head, Death-Head, and Sex-Head. The carnies eventually manage to kill their assailants, but not without sustaining their own casualties, with only Charly, Venus, and Roscoe left alive. The remaining three try to find a way out, but only manage to get one of their number—Venus—trapped inside a boiler room, where she is brutally murdered by the final Head, Doom-Head, who was brought in by the aristocrats to join the game. Doom-Head taunts Charly and Roscoe, telling them that the doors have been opened to the outside world.

The two manage to make it to one of the exits, however Roscoe urges Charly to go on without him, as the night’s event has left him too severely wounded to progress. Roscoe is then stabbed to death by Doom-Head. Charly, who made it outside but found herself in the middle of nowhere, makes her way into an abandoned house where she is ambushed by Doom-Head. He almost overtakes her, however Doom-Head is stopped by the aristocrats, who tell him that time has run out and Charly must go free. This doesn’t satisfy Doom-Head and the film ends with Charly walking down an isolated road while a van is driving behind her. The driver, revealed to be Doom-Head, gets out and walks towards Charly as the two prepare for one last confrontation as the film ends, leaving their fates unknown.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Plans to create 31 were first announced in May 2014 via a teaser poster that showed the words “a Rob Zombie film”, a bloody clown face, and the number “31”.[9] Fans and media outlets speculated that the film would be a third film in the House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects universe and would follow Sid Haig‘s character Captain Spaulding, that it could be a film centering upon serial killer John Wayne Gacy, or that it would be a third film in Zombie’s rebooted Halloween film series.[10] Zombie commented on the speculation, stating that it would not follow Captain Spaulding and would be an original story and was not based on any previous work.[11] He also noted that 31 referred to October 31, Halloween.[11] In July, Zombie announced the plot of 31, which follows a group of five people that are forced to participate in a gruesome game called “31”.[12] Zombie also stated that he would use crowdfunding to cover part of the movie’s costs, because “as the years go on, the game changes all the time, and a movie that you could get made years ago, you cannot get made anymore, because the business changes, things change.”[13] He added that crowdfunding would allow him to make a movie that might not have been otherwise funded traditionally and that “if you wanna do stuff outside the system, you’ve gotta function outside the system”.[13] Zombie later held a second Fanbacked.com campaign in February 2015 to raise additional funds for the film,[14] stating that it was due to multiple requests from fans that wanted to contribute funding.[15]

Zombie came up with the idea for 31 after reading a statistic that stated that Halloween is the “Number One day of the year when people go missing for some reason” and thought that it would make a good premise for a movie.[16] He also received inspiration for the film as he was walking around his frightfest Great American Nightmare and watched the employees work while dressed like chainsaw-carrying clowns.[17] Zombie has stated that he wanted to have a “very nasty, gritty, guerilla-style approach to the filmmaking” for 31, as it “fits the story and the vibe of the movie”.[16] Zombie began scouting locations in the summer of 2014 and initial filming was slated to begin in February 2015, but did not commence until that March.[16][18][19][20] Filming for 31 wrapped in April 2015.[21]

Release[edit]

31 premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2016.[22] In March 2016, Saban Films announced that they had acquired distribution rights for 31 and that they would be giving it a limited theatrical release on September 16, 2016.[23]

On September 1, Fathom Events hosted a special premiere of 31 in cinemas across the United States. The event included world premieres of the “Gore Whore” music video, a one-on-one Q&A with Zombie, and a behind-the-scenes look.[24]

Rating[edit]

31 was submitted to the Motion Picture Association of America twice and both times received an NC-17 rating. The description as given by the MPAA notes “sadistic graphic violence, bizarre sexuality/nudity, pervasive disturbing images and some strong language.”[25] On January 5, 2016, the film was finally granted an “R” rating for “strong bloody horror violence, pervasive language, sexual content and drug use”.[26] Zombie later told a fan on Facebook that the “Zombie Cut” would eventually be released on DVD and would include the uncut version.[27]

Critical reception[edit]

The film holds an approval rating of 50% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 31 reviews and has an average rating of 5.3 out of 10. The site’s consensus reads, “31 delivers all the high-energy gore Rob Zombie fans have come to expect, but a lack of fresh ideas and likable characters mean only the already converted need apply.”[28] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the film has a score of 35 out of 100 based on 13 reviews, indicating “generally unfavorable reviews.”[29]

Much of the film’s negativity centered around claims that the film felt forced and unoriginal, with Variety writing that the “energetic exercise in forced badassery will be too silly and self-conscious to feel genuinely edgy, despite all the blood spilt and familiar taboos violated.”[30][31][32]

The film received praise from Bloody Disgusting which claimed “31 is Rob Zombie’s The Running Man and it works.”[33] Trent Wilkie of Fangoria gave the film a mixed review saying “It is violent and campy, with the requisite sex, blood, profanity and gore. But ultimately, it feels rushed and leaves one with the sense of an unfinished idea.”[34] However, Jerry Smith, also writing for Fangoria put it on his years “Top Ten” list saying “31 is a mean as hell, take no prisoners exploitation film filled to the absolute brim with mean as all hell clowns, carnies and by far one of the best horror performances of the year.”[35]

Shock Till You Drop gave the film approval with a caveat saying “Rob Zombie’s 31 succeeds as a throwback to the days of quickie exploitation movies. That’s exactly what it is trying to be, and what it is. So, if you want caviar, keep looking. But if you are in the mood for a candy-colored bacon cheeseburger of a flick with extra grease and BBQ sauce, 31 is for you.”[36] In a similar vein, Film School Rejects commented that “31 is Zombie’s mildly entertaining take on a stale and simple setup. You already know if it’s for you.”[37]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category Recipient(s) Result
BloodGuts UK Horror Awards Best Actor Richard Brake Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Malcolm McDowell Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Meg Foster Nominated
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Supporting Actor Richard Brake Pending
Fright Meter Awards Best Supporting Actor Richard Brake Won
Best Score John 5, Rob Zombie Nominated
Best Makeup Wayne Toth Nominated

Home media[edit]

31 was exclusively released on Shudder two weeks before being released on DVD.[38] The film was release on DVD and Blu-ray on December 20, 2016.[39] The home release contained a behind the scenes documentary (two hour version on DVD/Blu, four hour version on VOD[40]) directed by Josh Hasty.

Don’t Breathe

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Don’t Breathe

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Don’t Breathe
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Directed by Fede Alvarez
Produced by
Written by
  • Fede Alvarez
  • Rodo Sayagues
Starring
Music by Roque Baños
Cinematography Pedro Luque
Edited by
  • Eric L. Beason
  • Louise Ford
  • Gardner Gould
Production
companies
Distributed by
Release date
  • March 12, 2016 (2016-03-12) (SXSW)
  • August 26, 2016 (2016-08-26) (United States)
Running time
88 minutes[1][2]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $9.9 million[3]
Box office $156.9 million[3]

Don’t Breathe is a 2016 American horrorthriller film directed by Fede Alvarez and written by Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues. The film stars Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, and Stephen Lang, and focuses on three friends who get trapped inside a blind man’s house while breaking into it.

The film was produced by Ghost House Pictures and Good Universe. The film premiered at South by Southwest on March 12, 2016, and was theatrically released on August 26, 2016, by Screen Gems and Stage 6 Films. It received critically positive reviews and grossed over $156 million.

Plot[edit]

Rocky, Alex, and Money are three Detroit delinquents who make a living by breaking into homes secured by Alex’s father’s security company and selling the items they take. However, the person buying the stolen goods from Money doesn’t give them a fair price, and not nearly enough to fund Rocky’s dream of moving to California with her little sister Diddy to escape their neglectful mother and her alcoholic boyfriend. Money receives a tip that an Army veteran living in an abandoned Detroit neighborhood has $300,000 in cash in his house, given as a settlement after a wealthy young woman, Cindy Roberts, killed his daughter in a car accident. The three stake out the house and discover that the man is in fact blind. After some deliberation, they decide to break into the house at night.

That night, the three approach the house and drug the Blind Man’s dog. Finding all the entrances locked, Rocky enters the house through a small window and lets the other two in. The group searches the house for the money but are unable to find it; assuming it is behind a locked door, Money shoots the lock. The noise wakes up the Blind Man, who subdues Money and kills him with his own gun. Rocky hides in a closet, where she witnesses the Blind Man open a safe to check on his money. After he leaves, Alex finds Rocky in the closet, and the two open the safe and take the money. Meanwhile, the Blind Man finds Money’s and Rocky’s shoes downstairs, and realizes that Money was not the only intruder.

Rocky and Alex evade the Blind Man and find a door leading to the basement. There, they are surprised by a restrained, gagged woman in a homemade padded cell. She shows them a newspaper article mentioning Cindy and the car accident; they realize that she is Cindy, held captive by the Blind Man. They free her and run for the storm cellar door, only to be surprised by the Blind Man, who mistakenly shoots and kills Cindy with Money’s gun. Rocky and Alex flee into the cellar while the Blind Man, enraged at Cindy’s death, shuts off the lights. After a struggle, Alex knocks out the Blind Man, and Rocky follows him back upstairs.

After blocking the basement door, they encounter the Blind Man’s Dog, who has recovered from being drugged. Alex and Rocky are unable to unlock the front door in time before the dog attacks them, and so they flee into the upstairs bedroom, where they find themselves trapped by the barred windows. Rocky escapes the room through a ventilation duct, while the dog breaks into the bedroom and attacks Alex, who falls out of a window onto a skylight and briefly falls unconscious. When Alex awakens, the Blind Man shoots out the skylight and later manages to corner Alex in his utility room, where he appears to kill him with a pair of pruning shears. Meanwhile, the dog pursues Rocky through the vents, and she is eventually captured by the Blind Man. She wakes up restrained in the basement, where the Blind Man reveals that Cindy was carrying his child in order to replace the one she killed. He then prepares to artificially inseminate Rocky with a turkey baster, but then it is revealed that the Blind Man accidentally stabbed Money’s corpse with the shears as opposed to his intended victim of a passed out Alex, who has now become conscious and manages to save Rocky and handcuff the Blind Man.

Rocky and Alex are unable to call the police, as their blood is all over the house, so they try to leave through the front door, but the Blind Man breaks free and shoots Alex dead. Rocky flees, but is pursued by the dog. She manages to trap the dog in her car trunk, but is recaptured by the Blind Man and dragged back to his house. Inside, Rocky disorients the Blind Man by setting off his house’s loud alarm system, then beats him with a crowbar and knocks him into the basement; he inadvertently shoots himself as he falls. Believing him dead, Rocky escapes before the police arrive.

With the money, Rocky prepares to leave Detroit with Diddy on a train to Los Angeles. Before boarding the train, she sees a news report stating that the Blind Man killed two intruders (Alex and Money) in his house and is in stable condition at the hospital, but did not report Rocky, Cindy or the stolen money.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Fede Alvarez noted that making the film was, in some ways, a reaction to his debut film Evil Dead, specifically the criticisms that the film had too much blood, focused too much on shocking the audience, and was a remake. In contrast, Alvarez decided to make Don’t Breathe, an original story that contained less blood and focused more on suspense over shocking audiences.[8] He wanted to avoid making a film dealing with the supernatural, as he felt that was too trendy.[8] Choosing to make the antagonist blind was a result of deliberately taking abilities away from him; Alvarez explained, “Sometimes you naturally give them powers and make them more menacing than a normal person, so we thought what if we do the other way around and take his eyes out and make him a blind person.”[8] Alvarez has called the movie “exercise in reversal” noting that the film deliberately subverts tropes such as the fact that the house in question is a “nice house on a scary street” as opposed to the opposite, or that the movie is a home invasion story told from the point of view of the invaders.[9]

On May 1, 2015, Daniel Zovatto joined the cast.[6] On May 22, 2015, Dylan Minnette was cast in the film, and on June 18, 2015, Jane Levy and Stephen Lang joined the cast. Principal photography began on June 29, 2015.[10] Though the film is set in Detroit, it was primarily shot in Hungary; only a few views of Detroit were filmed there.[2] Alvarez estimated that the film cost roughly half as much as Evil Dead, and welcomed the change, as it allowed for less studio interference.[8]

Release[edit]

The film premiered at South by Southwest on March 12, 2016,[2] and was theatrically released on August 26, 2016, by Screen Gems.[11]

Box office[edit]

Don’t Breathe grossed $89.2 million in North America and $67.6 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $156.8 million, against a production budget of $9.9 million.[3] Due to its low production budget, the film was considered a large financial success and a sleeper hit.[12][13] For Sony Pictures, it became their second late-summer surprise hit of 2016, following Sausage Party.[14]

Don’t Breathe was released in the United States and Canada on August 26, 2016, and was originally projected to gross $11–14 million from 3,051 theaters in its opening weekend, with some estimates going as high as $20 million,[15][16] and many publications noting it could be the first film to dethrone Suicide Squad from the top of the box office.[17] It made $1.9 million from Thursday night preview screenings, at 2,500 theaters,[18][19] and $10 million on its opening day.[20] It fell just 1.5% on Saturday, earning $9.8 million, which is uncommon as R-rated horror films tend to do well on their first day and drop sharply in revenue from their second day onward.[21] Compared to other 2016 horror films, Lights Out had a drop of 22%, while The Conjuring 2 fell by 15%.[21] In total, it grossed $26.4 million in its opening weekend, far above initial projections by 120% and easily displacing Suicide Squad to take the top spot at the box office. It is the biggest original horror debut of the year (besting 10 Cloverfield Lane), the biggest Screen Gems August opening ever (beating Takers) and the biggest debut for an R-rated original horror film since The Conjuring in 2013.[21][22] Following its first-place finish, the film continued to dominate the box office for the second weekend, earning $15.8 million and an estimated $19.5 million for the four day Labor Day holiday, one of the best numbers ever for the long holiday weekend.[23] As a result, it became only the second horror film to top the weekend box office two weekends in a row since 2014.[24] The second weekend drop was only -40%, a remarkable feat considering the fact that horror films typically tumbles at least 60% or more in their second weekend. The gradual drop was due to the holiday. It took only 11 days to surpass Alvarez’s previous film, the Evil Dead reboot.[25][26]

Although the film fell to third place in its third weekend as a result of being overtaken by Sully and When the Bough Breaks, it continued to witness strong holds by falling 49% after adding another 333 theaters.[14][27]

Outside North America, the film’s biggest debuts were in the U.K. ($1.3 million), Germany ($1.3 million), Brazil ($1.2 million) Mexico ($1.2 million) and Australia ($1 million).[28][29][30][31] In scored the third biggest opening of the year for a Hollywood film in Korea with $4.5 million.[32] It’s on pace to become the highest-grossing horror film in Uruguay.[30]

Critical response[edit]

Don’t Breathe received positive reviews from critics. On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 87%, based on 190 reviews, with an average rating of 7.1/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Don’t Breathe smartly twists its sturdy premise to offer a satisfyingly tense, chilling addition to the home invasion genre that’s all the more effective for its simplicity.”[33] Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, gives the film a score of 71 out of 100, based on 38 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.[34] [35]

Dennis Harvey of Variety called Don’t Breathe “a muscular exercise in brutal, relentless peril that should please genre fans.”[2] Jim Vejvoda of IGN awarded 8.8/10 and wrote, “Director Fede Alvarez delivers a lean, very mean thrill ride with Don’t Breathe, tapping into several primal human fears and further establishing himself as one of the genre filmmakers to keep an eye on in the years ahead.”[36] Peter Travers of Rolling Stone gave the film 3 out 4 stars, writing: “This is some weird, twisted shit. Don’t groan when I say Don’t Breathe is a home-invasion thriller. Director Fede Alvarez is as good as it gets when it comes to playing with things that go bump in the night.”[37] Kyle Smith of the New York Post also gave the film 3 out of 4 stars, saying, “Apart from its thin characters and occasional trite moments, as well as a silly attempt to set up a sequel, Don’t Breathe is just about perfect.”[38] Amy Nicholson of MTV wrote in a positive review, “Alvarez knows the size of his ambitions. He’s written one great ghoul, surrounded him with targets, and simply let him let rip.”[39]

Accolades[edit]

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref(s)
Critics Choice Awards December 11, 2016 Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie Don’t Breathe Nominated [40]
Empire Awards March 19, 2017 Best Horror Don’t Breathe Pending [41]
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards N/A Best Film Don’t Breathe Pending [42]
Best Supporting Actor Stephen Lang Pending
Saturn Awards June 28, 2017 Best Horror Film Don’t Breathe Pending [43]
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association December 18, 2016 Best Horror/Science-Fiction Film Don’t Breathe Nominated [44]

Remake[edit]

Inspired by the financial and critical success,[45][46][47] Vikram was in talks for an official remake in Tamil.[48] During October 2016, Fede Alvarez confirmed about the remake via Twitter.[49] The untitled venture, in its pre-production stage, likely to helmed by Anand Shankar and bankrolled by K. E. Gnanavel Raja of Studio Green,[50] for which Vikram is said to have undergoing physical transformations on the lines of I and Iru Mugan is expected to be shot at Ooty and Kodaikanal.[51]

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

 

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

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Resident Evil:
The Final Chapter
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Directed by Paul W. S. Anderson
Produced by
Written by Paul W. S. Anderson
Based on Resident Evil
by Capcom
Starring
Music by Paul Haslinger
Cinematography Glen MacPherson
Edited by Doobie White
Production
companies
Distributed by Screen Gems
Release dates
  • 23 December 2016 (2016-12-23) (Japan)[1]
  • 27 January 2017 (2017-01-27) (North America)
Running time
106 minutes[2]
Country
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany
  • Canada
  • France
Language English

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is an upcoming 3D science fiction action horror film written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. It is the sequel to Resident Evil: Retribution (2012), and will be the sixth and final installment in the Resident Evil film series, which is very loosely based on the Capcom survival horror video game series Resident Evil. The film will star Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Shawn Roberts, Ruby Rose, Eoin Macken, William Levy, and Iain Glen. In the film, Alice and her friends are betrayed by Albert Wesker and now they are going out to gather the entire forces of Umbrella into one final strike against the apocalypse survivors.

It is scheduled to be released on December 23, 2016 in Japan[1] and on January 27, 2017 in North America on 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D.

Synopsis[edit]

Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, humanity is on its last legs after Alice is betrayed by Wesker in Washington D.C. As the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead hordes, Alice must return to where the nightmare began – Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse. In a race against time Alice will join forces with old friends, and an unlikely ally, in an action packed battle with undead hordes and new mutant monsters. Between losing her superhuman abilities and Umbrella’s impending attack, this will be Alice’s most difficult adventure as she fights to save humanity, which is on the brink of oblivion.[3]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

In September 2012, following the box office success of Resident Evil: Retribution, a sixth film in the “Resident Evil” series was confirmed by the head of Sony Pictures distribution, Rory Bruer, with Milla Jovovich attached to reprise the role of Alice.[4] In October 2012, in an interview with Forbes, producer Samuel Hadida stated that a sixth and seventh installment were being planned and a reboot of the series was possible.[5] In December 2012, director Paul W. S. Anderson confirmed that he would be directing “Resident Evil 6,”. He stated that it would be the last film in the series and some characters from the first two films would return.[6] In June 2013, Jovovich tweeted that the sixth film, which had been scheduled for a September 12, 2014 release, would not be released before 2015.[7] The film was scheduled to start shooting in late 2013 as soon as Anderson had finished work on his disaster/romance film Pompeii.[8]

In February 2014, Anderson told Collider that “we’d like to do another Resident Evil movie. Definitely. But the wheels aren’t quite in motion yet,”; the film was reportedly planned to be released in 2015.[9] In April 2014, while speaking at the Beijing International Film Festival, Anderson revealed that he would soon be writing the screenplay for the sixth film in the series. He also confirmed that the film would be in 3D and that actress Li Bingbing would be returning to play Ada Wong.[10] In June 2014, Anderson announced the film’s working title to be “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” and confirmed that it was intended to be the final film in the series. He also revealed that half the script had been completed, but, as yet, there were no shooting or release schedules.[11] Filming was set to begin in South Africa in August 2014 but was delayed for a year because of Jovovich’s pregnancy.[12][13]

On July 15, 2015, Jovovich posted a photo on Instagram announcing that shooting was about to start in South Africa.[14] Actors from previous movies: Sienna Guillory (Jill Valentine), Li Bingbing (Ada Wong), Aryana Engineer (Becky), Spencer Locke (K-Mart), Michelle Rodriguez (Rain Ocampo), Wentworth Miller (Chris Redfield) and Johann Urb (Leon S. Kennedy) were not invited to return for the last movie. On August 3, 2015, it was confirmed that Ali Larter would be back for the sequel in the role of Claire Redfield, and filming would begin in late August or early September.[15] Larter confirmed the sixth film would be the last in the franchise.[16] On September 18, 2015, other cast members were announced including Iain Glen as Dr. Alexander Isaacs, Shawn Roberts as Albert Wesker, Ruby Rose as Abigail, Eoin Macken as Doc, William Levy as Christian, Fraser James as Michael, and Rola as Cobalt.[17] On October 19, 2015, Lee Joon-gi joined the film to play Commander Lee of the Umbrella Corporation.[18]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography on the film began on September 18, 2015 in Cape Town / Hartbeespoort Dam, South Africa.[17][19] During filming, Jovovich’s stunt double Olivia Jackson was severely injured when her motorcycle collided with a camera crane, leaving her in a medically-induced coma for two weeks. Among Jackson’s injuries were cerebral trauma, a crushed face, a severed artery in her neck, a paralyzed arm, several broken ribs, a shattered scapula, a broken clavicle, torn fingers with a thumb that needed to be amputated, and five nerves torn out of her spinal cord.[20] Jackson announced in December 2015 that her paralyzed left arm will need to be amputated.[21] A second accident occurred during filming on December 3 when crew member Ricardo Cornelius was crushed to death by one of the film’s props, a U.S. Army issue Hummer, while on set.[22][23] Filming ended on December 9, 2015.[24]

Release[edit]

Sony first scheduled the film for release on September 12, 2014.[25] As of September 20, 2015, it is scheduled to be released on January 27, 2017 by Screen Gems.[26]

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Resident Evil
The Resident Evil logo.svg

The original logo of the series
Genres Survival horror
Third-person shooter
Developers Capcom
Publishers Capcom
Creators
Composers Biohazard Orchestra
Platforms
Platform of origin PlayStation
First release Resident Evil
March 22, 1996
Latest release Umbrella Corps
June 21, 2016

Resident Evil, known as Biohazard (バイオハザード, Baiohazādo?) in Japan, is a survival horror video game based media franchise created by Shinji Mikami and Tokuro Fujiwara[1][2] and owned by the video game company Capcom. The franchise focuses around a series of survival horror video games, but has since branched out into comic books, novels, and novelizations, sound dramas, live-action films, animated sequels to the games, and a variety of associated merchandise, such as action figures. The series’ overarching plot focuses on multiple characters, and their roles in recurring outbreaks of zombies and other monsters, initially due to the release of the T-virus, but still more biological weapons over time, created mainly by the fictional Umbrella Corporation and various other organizations in later games.

The eponymous first game in the series was released in 1996 as a survival horror video game, but the franchise has since grown to encompass other video game genres. The series is a mix of action and horror film-inspired plotlines, exploration, and puzzle solving, but from Resident Evil 4 onwards, the main series takes a more third-person shooter approach, with fewer puzzles and greater emphasis on gunplay and weapons upgrading. As of 2015, the video game series has sold 61 million units worldwide, and has become Capcom’s biggest franchise in terms of sales.

History[edit]

Timeline of release years
1996 Resident Evil
1997 Resident Evil: Director’s Cut
1998 Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil: Dual Shock Ver.
1999 Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
2000 Resident Evil Survivor
Resident Evil – Code: Veronica
2001 Resident Evil Gaiden
Resident Evil Survivor 2 Code: Veronica
2002 Resident Evil (Remake)
Resident Evil Zero
2003 Resident Evil: Dead Aim
Resident Evil Outbreak
2004 Resident Evil Outbreak File #2
2005 Resident Evil 4
2006 Resident Evil: Deadly Silence
2007 Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles
2008
2009 Resident Evil 5
Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles
2010
2011 Resident Evil: Mercenaries Vs.
Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D
2012 Resident Evil: Revelations
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
Resident Evil 6
2013
2014
2015 Resident Evil: Revelations 2
2016 Umbrella Corps
2017 Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
TBA Resident Evil 2 (Remake)

Resident Evil made its debut on the PlayStation in 1996. It began development in 1993, when Tokuro Fujiwara conceived it as a remake of his earlier 1989 Capcom horror game Sweet Home, before Resident Evil became its own project directed by Shinji Mikami.[3][4] Resident Evil was the first game to be dubbed a “survival horror“, next to Alone in the Dark, a term that it coined for the genre.[5] The game was later ported to the Sega Saturn. It was a critical and commercial success,[6] leading to the production of two sequels, Resident Evil 2 in 1998 and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis in 1999, both for the PlayStation. A port of Resident Evil 2 was released for the Nintendo 64. In addition, ports of all three were released for Microsoft Windows. The fourth game in the series, Resident Evil – Code: Veronica, was developed for the Dreamcast and released in 2000, followed by ports of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3. Resident Evil Code: Veronica was later re-released for Dreamcast in Japan in an updated form as Code: Veronica Complete, which included slight changes, many of which revolved around story cutscenes. This updated version was later ported to the PlayStation 2 and GameCube under the title Code: Veronica X.

Despite earlier announcements that the next game in the series would be released for the PlayStation 2, which resulted in the creation of an unrelated game titled Devil May Cry, series’ creator and producer Shinji Mikami decided to make the series exclusively for the GameCube.[7] The next three games in the series—a remake of the original Resident Evil and the prequel Resident Evil Zero, both released in 2002, as well as Resident Evil 4—were all released initially as GameCube exclusives. Resident Evil 4 was later released for Windows, PlayStation 2 and Wii (as well as downloadable HD versions for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, which were released in tandem with an HD port of Resident Evil: Code Veronica X). In addition, the GameCube received ports of the previous Resident Evil sequels. Despite this exclusivity agreement between Capcom and Nintendo, Capcom released several Resident Evil titles for the PlayStation 2 that were not considered direct sequels.

A trilogy of GunCon-compatible light gun games known as the Gun Survivor series featured first person game play. The first, Resident Evil Survivor, was released in 2000 for the PlayStation and PC, but received mediocre reviews.[8] The subsequent games, Resident Evil: Survivor 2 Code: Veronica and Resident Evil: Dead Aim, fared somewhat better.[9] Dead Aim is the fourth Gun Survivor game in Japan, with Gun Survivor 3 being the Dino Crisis spin-off Dino Stalker. In a similar vein, the Chronicles series features first person game play, albeit on an on-rails path. Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles was released in 2007 for the Wii, with a follow up, Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles released in 2009 (both were later ported to the Playstation 3 in 2012).[10]

Resident Evil Outbreak is an online game for the PlayStation 2, released in 2003, depicting a series of episodic storylines in Raccoon City set during the same time period as Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3. It was the first in the series and the first survival horror title to feature cooperative gameplay and online multiplayer support.[11][12] It was followed by a sequel, Resident Evil Outbreak File #2. Raccoon City is a metropolis located in the Arklay Mountains of North America that succumbed to the deadly T-virus outbreak and was consequently destroyed via a nuclear missile attack issued by the United States government. The town served a critical junction for the series’ progression as one of the main catalysts to Umbrella’s downfall as well as the entry point for some of the series’ most notable characters.

Resident Evil Gaiden is an action-adventure game for the Game Boy Color featuring an role-playing-style combat system. There have been several downloadable mobile games based on the Resident Evil series in Japan. Some of these mobile games have been released in North America and Europe through T-Mobile. At the Sony press conference during the E3 2009, it was announced that Resident Evil Portable would be released for the PlayStation Portable,[13][14][15] described as an all-new title being developed with “the PSP Go in mind” and “totally different for a Resident Evil game”. However, as of 2012, no further announcements have been made, and the game is considered to have been cancelled.[16][17]

In March 2011, Capcom revealed the third-person shooter Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, which was developed by Slant Six Games for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows and released in March 2012. A survival horror game for the Nintendo 3DS, Resident Evil: Revelations, was released in February 2012.[18] In October of the same year, the next numbered entry in the main series, Resident Evil 6, was released to mixed reviews,[19] but enthusiastic pre-order sales.[20]

In 2013, producer Masachika Kawata said the Resident Evil franchise would return to focus on elements of horror and suspense over action, adding, “Survival horror as a genre is never going to be on the same level, financially, as shooters and much more popular, mainstream games. At the same time, I think we need to have confidence to put money behind these projects, and it doesn’t mean we can’t focus on what we need to do as a survival horror game to meet fan’s needs.”[21] Resident Evil: Revelations 2, an episodic game set between Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6, was released in March 2015. A team-based multiplayer game set in the series’s universe, Umbrella Corps, was set to be released in 2016.[22]

In late 2015, Capcom confirmed that a remake of Resident Evil 2 was in development.[23] It was later confirmed that the upcoming game would be “built from the ground up” and not a remaster as with the HD releases of Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil: Code Veronica X.[24]

On June 13, 2016, Capcom announced Resident Evil 7: Biohazard during Sony’s E3 press conference with gameplay footage. The title will transition to a first-person player experience, and will focus on survival horror. Producer Masachika Kawata explained the game’s chronology in the Resident Evil series by stating, [Resident Evil 7] is the next title in the numbered series, so obviously it’s part of the Resident Evil universe, and overall canon, so to speak. It is an extension of the series so far. It’s not a reboot. It’s the next main game.”[25]

Story[edit]

The main storyline of the games primarily concern a group of individuals who battle against the Umbrella Corporation as well as characters in relation to them who have developed the T-virus which, among other things, can transform humans in to zombies as well as mutate other creatures into horrifying monsters.

The Arklay Mountain and Raccoon City incidents[edit]

The plot lines of the main installments up to the third game all concern the T-Virus outbreak in the Arklay Mountains and its spreading to nearby Raccoon City.

1996’s Resident Evil for the PlayStation follows protagonists Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine, who become trapped in a mansion in the mountains, trying to search for the survivors of the Bravo team of the special police unit S.T.A.R.S. They discover that the mansion conceals the Umbrella Corporation’s base where they developed the T-Virus with their end-goal being the creation of a bio-weapon known as the Tyrant (for whom the virus named). Playing as either of the characters, the player must navigate the mansion alternately with the help of Barry Burton or Rebecca Chambers, until they are betrayed by Albert Wesker who was secretly planning to steal the T-Virus. Wesker is attacked and infected by the Tyrant, gaining super powers.

Resident Evil Zero, a prequel released originally for the GameCube, details the events leading up to the first game and follows Rebecca Chambers as she is separated from the Bravo team and has to team up with a fugitive Billy Coen.

Resident Evil 2 follows a few months after the events of the first game when rats start infecting the population of Raccoon City with the T-Virus. Playing alternately as Claire Redfield, the sister of Chris from the first game, or Leon Kennedy, a rookie police officer starting on the day of the outbreak. The players must find an escape from the city while at the same time confronting the mad scientist William Birkin. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, set during the events of the second game, follows Jill Valentine’s escape from Raccoon City while being pursued by another Umbrella bio-weapon Project Nemesis. The plots of both games conclude with the sterilisation of Raccoon City by a nuclear strike.

Post-Raccoon City[edit]

Resident Evil 4 follows Leon Kennedy’s mission to rescue the daughter of the president of the United States, who has been captured by a Spanish Cult led by Osmund Saddler, the Illuminados. Instead of T-Virus infected zombies, Leon faces off against villagers infected with the Las Plagas parasite, which makes them unyieldingly murderous but also maintains their dexterity and mobility, unlike the slow, shambling undead.

Resident Evil 5 concerns Chris Redfield’s attempts to stop the selling of illegal bio-weapons in Africa, helped by Sheva Alomar. The plot eventually involves Albert Wesker’s plans to destroy humanity with a Las Plagas type parasitic life-form called Uroboros.

Resident Evil 6 follows multiple protagonists, including Leon Kennedy, Chris Redfield, Ada Wong and Jake Muller, who become involved in a terrorist strike using bio-weapons which results in the zombification of the President of the United States. The story involves a new fast-acting zombie virus called the C-Virus which has been weaponised by the NSA to induce fear in the general populace and the individual character’s attempts to stop it from spreading.

Related games and other media[edit]

Resident Evil: Code Veronica follows Claire’s journey after escaping Raccoon City. She is captured trying to break into Umbrella’s Paris facility and transported to one of their research facilities. The facility is attacked by Albert Wesker’s forces and becomes also over-run with T-Virus. Claire escapes and starts looking for her brother Chris, while having to deal with Alfred and Alexia Ashford. Unbeknownst to her, Chris finds his way to the island and tracks Claire to the Arctic Umbrella facility. At the game’s finale, Chris defeats the genetically-modified Alexia, faces off against Wesker and escapes with Claire.

Several other games follow the escapades of singular characters.

The plots of the animated Resident Evil films Resident Evil: Degeneration, Resident Evil: Damnation and Resident Evil: Vendetta are set between the events of the major installments.

Games[edit]

List of Resident Evil video games
Title Developer(s) Platform(s) Release date Notes
Resident Evil (1996) Capcom PS1, WIN, SAT, DS, PSN 000000001996-03-22-0000March 22, 1996
  • Alternate PS1 versions: Director’s Cut and Director’s Cut Dual Shock Ver.
  • Nintendo DS version known as Resident Evil: Deadly Silence, and features minor changes
Resident Evil 2 Capcom PS1, GAME.COM, WIN9x, WIN, N64, DC, GCN, PSN 000000001998-01-21-0000January 21, 1998
  • Alternate PS1 version: Dual Shock Ver.
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis Capcom PS1, DC, WIN, GCN, PSN 000000001999-09-22-0000September 22, 1999
Resident Evil Survivor Tose PS1, WIN 000000002000-01-27-0000January 27, 2000
  • Part of the Gun Survivor series
Resident Evil – Code: Veronica Capcom DC, PS2, GCN, PSN, XBLA 000000002000-02-03-0000February 3, 2000
  • Updated version for PS2 and GCN is titled Code: Veronica X
  • CVX was remastered in HD for both PS3 and X360
Resident Evil Gaiden Capcom, M4 GBC 000000002001-12-14-0000December 14, 2001
Resident Evil Survivor 2 Code: Veronica Capcom, Namco Arcade, PS2 000000002001-11-08-0000November 8, 2001
  • Part of the Gun Survivor series
  • Never released in North America
Resident Evil (2002) Capcom GCN, Wii, PSN, XBLA, WIN, PS4, XONE 000000002002-03-22-0000March 22, 2002
  • A complete remake of the original Resident Evil
  • Re-released on Wii under the title Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil
  • Remastered for XBLA, PSN, and Windows
Resident Evil Zero Capcom GCN, Wii, PSN, XBLA, WIN, PS4, XONE 000000002002-11-12-0000November 12, 2002
  • Re-released on Wii under the title Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil Zero
  • Remastered for XBLA, PSN, and Windows
Resident Evil: Dead Aim Cavia PS2 000000002003-02-13-0000February 13, 2003
  • Part of the Gun Survivor series
Resident Evil Outbreak Capcom PS2 000000002003-12-11-0000December 11, 2003
Resident Evil Outbreak File#2 Capcom PS2 000000002004-09-09-0000September 9, 2004
Resident Evil 4 Capcom GCN, PS2, WIN, Wii, Mobile, iOS, PS3, X360, PS4, XONE 000000002005-01-11-0000January 11, 2005
  • The PS3 and X360 versions are HD remasters
  • There are 2 versions for Windows, the original and the Ultimate HD Edition
Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles Capcom, Cavia Wii, PS3, PSN 000000002007-11-13-0000November 13, 2007
Resident Evil 5 Capcom PS3, X360, WIN, PS4, XONE 000000002009-03-05-0000March 5, 2009
  • Gold Edition features extra content
Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles Capcom, Cavia Wii, PS3, PSN 000000002009-11-17-0000November 17, 2009
Resident Evil: Mercenaries Vs. Capcom iOS 000000002011-04-14-0000April 14, 2011
Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D Capcom, Tose 3DS, eShop 000000002011-06-02-0000June 2, 2011
Resident Evil: Revelations Capcom, Tose 3DS, WiiU, PS3, X360, WIN 000000002012-01-26-0000January 26, 2012
  • All versions other than 3DS feature upgraded graphics and additional content
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City Capcom, Slant Six Games PS3, X360, WIN 000000002012-03-20-0000March 20, 2012
Resident Evil 6 Capcom PS3, X360, WIN, PS4, XONE 000000002012-10-02-0000October 2, 2012
Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Capcom, Tose PS3, PS4, Vita, X360, XONE, WIN 000000002015-02-24-0000February 24, 2015
Umbrella Corps Capcom PS4, WIN 000000002016-06-21-0000June 21, 2016
  • The Resident Evil branding is omitted from the title outside Japan.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Capcom PS4, XONE, WIN[26] 000000002017-01-24-0000January 24, 2017
Resident Evil 2 Remake (tentative title) Capcom TBA TBA
  • A remake of Resident Evil 2

Media[edit]

The Resident Evil franchise features video games and tie-in merchandise and products, including various films, comic books and novels.

Comics[edit]

In 1997, Marvel Comics published a single-issue prologue comic based on the original Resident Evil, released through a promotional giveaway alongside the original PlayStation game.

In 1998, WildStorm began producing a monthly comic book series based on the first two games, titled Resident Evil: The Official Comic Magazine, which lasted five issues. The first four issues were published by Image, while the fifth and final issue was published by Wildstorm themselves. Each issue was a compilation of short stories that were both adaptations of events from the games, as well as related side-stories. Like the Perry novels, the comics also explored events occurring beyond Resident Evil 2 (the latest game during the series’ publication) and thus were contradicted by later games. Wildstorm also published a four-issue miniseries titled Resident Evil: Fire & Ice, which depicted the ordeal of Charlie Team, a third STARS team created specifically for the comic. In 2009, Wildstorm reprinted Fire & Ice in a trade paperback collection.[27]

In Hong Kong, there has been officially licensed Biohazard manhua adaptations of Biohazard 3 and Code: Veronica by Lee Chung Hing. The latter was translated into English and published by Wildstorm as a series of four graphic novel collections.

In 2009, Wildstorm began publishing a comic book prequel to Resident Evil 5, simply titled Resident Evil, which centers around two original members of the BSAA named Mina Gere and Holiday Sugarman. Written by Ricardo Sanchez and illustrated by Kevin Sharpe and Jim Clark, the first issue was published on March 11, 2009. On November 11, 2009, the third issue was released and the fourth was released March 24, 2010. The sixth and final book was finally published in February 2011.[28]

Films[edit]

Live-action films[edit]

Five live-action films have been released under the title of Resident Evil. These films do not follow the games’ premise but do feature some game characters, and were all written and produced by Paul W. S. Anderson. The series’ protagonist is Alice, an original character created for these films. Despite a negative reaction from critics, the live action film series has made over $900 million worldwide.[29] They are, to date, the only video game adaptations to increase the amount of money made with each successive film.[30] The series holds the record for the “Most Live-Action Film Adaptations of a Video Game” in the 2012 Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition, which also described it as “the most successful movie series to be based on a video game.”[12]

Animated films[edit]

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Based on Resident Evil
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The Resident Evil film series, known in Japan as Biohazard (バイオハザード, Baiohazādo?), is a Japanese computer animated biopunk horror film series based on the Resident Evil survival-horror video game franchise.

Capcom have released three animated films which are tied to and set in the Resident Evil video game series.[32][33][34] Fourth is currently in development. Two CGI movies have been produced based on the video game series rather than the film franchise, starring Leon Kennedy, Claire Redfield and Ada Wong, as well as original characters new to the canon:

Merchandise[edit]

Resident Evil theme restaurant

An example of the cultural impact of the Resident Evil series on popular culture.

Over the years, various toy companies have acquired the Resident Evil license and each producing their own unique line of Resident Evil action figures or models.[42] These include, but not limited to, Toy Biz, Palisades Toys, NECA and Hot Toys.

Tokyo Marui also produced replicas of the guns used in the Resident Evil series in the form of gas blow-back airsoft guns. Some models included the STARS Beretta featured in Resident Evil 3, and the Desert Eagle in a limited edition that came with other memorabilia in a wooden case, along with the Gold Lugers from Code: Veronica and the “Samurai Edge” pistol from the Resident Evil remake. Other merchandise includes an energy drink called “T-Virus Antidote”.

Resident Evil Archives is a reference guide of the Resident Evil series written by staff members of Capcom. It was translated into English and published by BradyGames. The guide describes and summarizes all of the key events that occur in Resident Evil Zero, Resident Evil, Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil 3, and Code: Veronica. Along with the main plot analysis, it also contains character relationship charts, artwork, item descriptions and file transcripts for all five games. A second Archives book was later released in December 2011 and covers Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil 5, the new scenarios detailed in Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles and Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, and the 2008 CGI movie, Resident Evil: Degeneration. The second Archives volume was also translated by Capcom and published by BradyGames.

Resident Evil theme restaurant Biohazard Cafe & Grill S.T.A.R.S. opened in Tokyo in 2012.[43] Halloween Horror Nights 2013, held at Universal Orlando, featured a haunted house titled Resident Evil: Escape from Raccoon City, based on Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis.[44]

Novels[edit]

The earliest Resident Evil novel was Hiroyuki Ariga’s novella Biohazard: The Beginning published in 1997 as a portion of the book The True Story of Biohazard, which was given away as a pre-order bonus with the Saturn version of Biohazard. The story serves as a prelude to the events of the original Resident Evil, in which Chris investigates the disappearance of his missing friend, Billy Rabbitson.

S. D. Perry has written novelizations of the first five games, as well as two original novels taking place between games. Her seven titles are:

  • The Umbrella Conspiracy, a novelization of the first game.
  • Caliban Cove, an original novel set after the first game.
  • City of the Dead, a novelization of Resident Evil 2.
  • Underworld, another original novel set after Resident Evil 2
  • Nemesis, a novelization of the third installment of the franchise.
  • Code: Veronica, a novelization of the eponymous game.
  • Zero Hour, a novelization of the prequel game.

The novels often took liberties with the plot of the games by exploring events occurring outside and beyond the games. This often meant that the novels would later be contradicted by the games and, on a few occasions, themselves.[45] One notable addition from the novels is the original character Trent, who often served as a mysterious behind-the-scenes string-puller who aided the main characters. Perry’s novels were translated and released in Japan with new cover arts by Wolfina.[46] Perry’s novels, particularly The Umbrella Conspiracy, also alluded to events in Biohazard: The Beginning, such as the disappearance of Billy Rabbitson and Brian Irons’ bid to run for Mayor. A reprinting of Perry’s novels with new cover artwork began in 2012 to coincide with the release of Resident Evil: Retribution and its respective novelization.

There was also a trilogy of original Biohazard novels in Japan. Hokkai no Yōjū (北海の妖獣?, lit. “The Strange Beast of the North Sea”) was published in 1998 and was written by Kyū Asakura and the staff of Flagship. Two additional novels were published in 2002, To the Liberty by Suien Kimura and Rose Blank by Tadashi Aizawa. While no official English translation of these novels has been published yet, the last two books were translated into German and published in 2006.

Novelizations of four of the five films; Genesis, Apocalypse, Extinction and Retribution, were written by Keith R. A. DeCandido, while Retribution was written by John Shirley, though Afterlife did not receive a novelization. The Genesis novel was published over two years after that film’s release while the Extinction novel was released in late July 2007, two months before the film’s release. There was also a Japanese novelization of the first film, unrelated to DeCandido’s version, written by Osamu Makino. Makino also wrote two novels based on the game Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles. The books are a two-part direct novelization of the game and have been published in Japanese and German only. The first novel which was titled Biohazard: The Umbrella Chronicles Side A in Japan and Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles 1 in Germany was released on December 22, 2007. The second novel which was titled Biohazard: The Umbrella Chronicles Side B in Japan and Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles 2 in Germany was published in January 2008.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Aggregate review scores
As of March 3, 2011.
Game GameRankings Metacritic
Resident Evil (GC) 90%[47]
(PS) 87%[48]
(XONE) 87%[49]
(PS4) 83%[50]
(PC: HD) 83%[51]
(PC) 80%[52]
(SAT) 77%[53]
(Wii) 73%[54]
(NDS) 71%[55]
(GC) 91[56]
(PS) 91[57]
(PS4) 83[58]
(XONE) 82[59]
(PC: HD) 82[60]
(Wii) 76[61]
(NDS) 71[62]
Resident Evil 2 (PS) 93%[63]
(N64) 87%[64]
(DC) 80%[65]
(PC) 80%[66]
(GC) 63%[67]
(PS) 89[68]
(N64) 89[69]
(DC) 77[70]
(GC) 59[71]
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (PS) 88%[72]
(DC) 81%[73]
(PC) 74%[74]
(GC) 64%[75]
(DC) 79[76]
(PC) 71[77]
(GC) 62[78]
Resident Evil – Code: Veronica (DC) 94%[79]
(PS2) 82%[80]
(X360) 70%[81]
(GC) 64%[82]
(PS3) 63%[83]
(PS2) 84[84]
(X360) 67[85]
(PS3) 65[86]
(GC) 62[87]
Resident Evil Zero (GC) 84%[88]
(XONE) 72%[89]
(PS4) 70%[90]
(PC) 65%[91]
(Wii) 62%[92]
(GC) 83[93]
(PS4) 70[94]
(XONE) 69[95]
(PC) 68[96]
(Wii) 62[97]
Resident Evil 4 (PS2) 96%[98]
(GC) 96%[99]
(Wii) 92%[100]
(X360) 87%[101]
(PS3) 85%[102]
(PC: HD) 83%[103]
(PC) 74%[104]
(PS2) 96[105]
(GC) 96[106]
(Wii) 91[107]
(X360) 84[108]
(PS3) 84[109]
(PC: HD) 79[110]
(PC) 76[111]
Resident Evil 5 (PS3) 87%[112]
(X360) 86%[113]
(PC) 86%[114]
(PC) 86[115]
(PS3) 84[116]
(X360) 83[117]
Resident Evil: Revelations (3DS) 84%[118]
(WIIU) 79%[119]
(PC) 78%[120]
(X360) 75%[121]
(PS3) 73%[122]
(3DS) 82[123]
(WIIU) 80[124]
(PC) 77[125]
(X360) 75[126]
(PS3) 74[127]
Resident Evil 6 (PS3) 74%[128]
(PC) 70%[129]
(X360) 69%[130]
(XONE) 62%[131]
(PS4) 49%[132]
(PS3) 74[133]
(PC) 69[134]
(X360) 67[135]
(XONE) 65[136]
(PS4) 59[137]
Resident Evil: Revelations 2 (PC) 81%[138]
(XONE) 75%[139]
(PS4) 75%[140]
(Vita) 71%[141]
(XONE) 75[142]
(PS4) 75[143]
(PC) 74[144]
(Vita) 65[145]

Zombie Holocaust A.K.A…. DR. BUTCHER MD

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Zombie Holocaust

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Zombie Holocaust
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Directed by Marino Girolami
Written by
  • Fabrizio De Angelis
  • Romano Scandariato
Starring
Music by Nico Fidenco
Cinematography Fausto Zuccoli
Edited by Alberto Moriani
Release dates
  • May 7, 1980 (1980-05-07)
Running time
84 minutes
Country Italy
Language English

Zombie Holocaust, (Original title: Zombi Holocaust) also known as Zombie 3 and Doctor Butcher, M.D.,[1] is a 1980 Italian zombie film directed by Marino Girolami.[1]

Plot[edit]

In New York City a hospital worker is found to have been devouring bodies in the morgue. Morgue assistant and anthropology expert Lori (Alexandra Delli Colli) discovers he was from the Asian Molucca islands where she grew up. Dr. Peter Chandler (Ian McCulloch) investigates, and he and Lori discover that similar corpse mutilations have occurred in other city hospitals, where immigrants from this region are working.

Peter leads an expedition to the islands to investigate, where he liaises with Doctor Obrero. Included are his assistant George, George’s eager journalist girlfriend Susan, Lori, local boatsman Molotto assigned by Obrero, and three guides. The crew are hunted by cannibals and zombies, the latter created by the sinister Doctor Obrero who is experimenting with corpses.

Lori is accepted as queen of the cannibals, and sends them off against the mad scientist and his zombie army.

Cast[edit]

  • Ian McCulloch as Dr. Peter Chandler
  • Alexandra Delli Colli as Lori Ridgeway
  • Sherry Buchanan as Susan Kelly
  • Peter O’Neal as George Harper
  • Donald O’Brien as Dr. Obrero/Dr. Butcher (US version)
  • Dakar as Molotto
  • Walter Patriarca as Dr. Dreylock

Production[edit]

Following the success of Zombi 2 (1979) and Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals (1977), producer Fabrizio De Angelis came up with the idea of cashing in on both films’ subjects at the same time. He reused the basic story of Zombi 2 and added elements of cannibal films to come up with Zombie Holocaust. The film depicted zombies and cannibals clashing on a south-east Asian island. The zombies of this film physically resemble those of Zombi 2 but they do not consume flesh, being more in line with the zombies from Haitian folklore. In this film, it is the island native people that hunt, kill, and consume humans.

Release[edit]

Zombi Holocaust was re-edited for U.S. release as Doctor Butcher, M.D. This version contained a 2½ minute sequence from an unfinished American film that was to be called Tales That’ll Tear Your Heart Out, and a different music score. Certain scenes were also re-edited for pacing reasons. This version also contains a 5 minute sequence presented on Shriek Show’s DVD as a deleted scene. The deleted scene also appears in certain foreign prints, one of which runs 86 minutes.

The DVD was released on May 21, 2002, by Shriek Show. It can be purchased separately or in a triple feature package. The Zombie Pack, Vol. 2 contains Zombie Holocaust, Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror, and Flesheater.[2] It was released on Blu-ray for the first time by Shriek Show on June 28, 2011, in the US.[3]

A new US edition containing both cuts will arrive on DVD and Blu-ray from Severin Films on July 26th, 2016.

The film was released uncut on UK DVD and VHS on January 29, 2001, by Stonevision. It was reissued on the Dead of Night label in 2004 and again in 2010 by Beyond Terror. A Blu-ray edition was released by 88 Films as part of their Italian Collection line on July 20th, 2015.

Reception[edit]

In The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia, academic Peter Dendle wrote, “Some of the gore effects are quite good, but other than that the movie is a stock accumulation of familiar motifs.”[4] Bloody Disgusting rated it 5/5 stars and recommended it to fans of Italian gore films.[5]

The Culling (film)

 

The Culling (film)

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The Culling
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Directed by Rustam Branaman
Produced by Colin Bates
Craig Chapman
Joey Tufaro
Peter Fruchtman
Written by Rustam Branaman
Starring Jeremy Sumpter
Elizabeth DiPrinzio
Brett Davern
Chris Coy
Linsey Godfrey
Virginia Williams
Johnathon Schaech
Harley Graham
Cinematography Frederick Iannone
Production
company
Silver Lining Media Group
Gold Star Films
Safady Entertainment
Distributed by Highland Film Group (HFG)
Release dates
  • March 10, 2015 (2015-03-10)
Running time
81 minutes
Country United States
Language English/Spanish

The Culling is a supernatural thriller based on the adventuresome road trip of five college students who encounter a strange little girl with a secret. It is a horror film, directed and written by Rustam Branaman and starring Jeremy Sumpter, Elizabeth DiPrinzio, Brett Davern, Chris Coy, Linsey Godfrey, Virginia Williams, Johnathon Schaech, and Harley Graham.

Plot[edit]

A supernatural thriller in which a group of college friends on a road trip find themselves fighting off dark forces at a remote farmhouse after a chance encounter with a strange little girl.

The film opens on a girl running in fear from something chasing her. The screen cuts to black as Emily cries out. An evil cackling is heard.

Five college students – Emily (Elizabeth Di Prinzio), Tyler (Jeremy Sumpter), Sean (Brett Davern), Hank (Chris Coy), and Amanda (Linsey Godfrey) go on a road trip. While stopping to get something to eat, they come across a young girl, Lucy (Harley Graham), carrying a doll named Jade. Lucy says she was with her grandfather, but she lost him and can’t get back home with her parents by herself. The group gives her a ride to a farmhouse that’s very out of the way. Emily takes Lucy up to the house to find it empty. Lucy takes Emily up to her room, where there are several dolls that have been broken in various ways.

The group decides they can’t leave Lucy by herself, and soon, a truck drives up, carrying Lucy’s parents, Val (Virginia Williams) and Wayne (Johnathon Schaech). Initially angry with the students, Lucy’s parents invite them to eat, drink and smoke weed with them while Lucy is in bed. Val goes to chop more firewood and injures her leg with the axe. Wayne chides her for not paying attention. Wayne takes Val to the hospital while Lucy stays with Emily and her friends.

The group goes searching for Amanda, who has shut herself in a bedroom and won’t answer them, and also discover that Lucy is not longer in her room. They look for Lucy outside, and Sean encounters a figure that chases him. Terrified, Sean goes back to the others, and insists they leave, even though they haven’t found Lucy yet. He breaks open the door to Amanda, and finds her seemingly suffering the effects of a drug overdose caused by a painkiller she stole from the bathroom earlier. Sean and hank leave in the group’s car to take Amanda to the hospital while the Emily and Tyler stay behind. While driving, they see a girl standing in the road who appears to be Lucy. Sean swerves to avoid her, causing a crash that kills Sean and Hank stuck in the car. Hank tells Amanda to go back to the house for help.

Crying, Amanda begins to run back to the house and trips into a pit containing several dead bodies, one of them being the girl who was chased at the beginning of the film. Meanwhile, Hank frees himself from the car and returns to the house. He gets a shotgun from the house and the three begin to experience supernatural occurrences inside, including a shadowy figure that causes Tyler to shoot Hank with the gun.

Tyler leaves the house to get help, and finds Amanda in the pit. He tries to pull her out before she is killed by an axe thrown into her face. Tyler turns to see Val and Wayne. Wayne uses a knife to stab Tyler and kicks him into the pit of bodies.

Emily also leaves the house, and is picked up in the truck by Val and Wayne. They return to the house to and Emily declares that Hank has died from his injuries. Val and Wayne reveal their evil sides to Emily and attempt to harm her. Hank appears and cuts Val’s throat, saving Emily. Emily manages to escape outside the house and into the barn, where she discovers many creatures in the appearance of children locked up.

Wayne arrives and knocks Emily unconscious and explains the reasons for his actions. In order to save Lucy’s life when she was trapped in a burning building, he was tasked by an unknown entity into creating an army of demonic children by using the bodies of people like Emily. While he is focusing on the ritual, Emily awakens and sets him on fire and drives away in his truck. As Wayne is lying on the ground burning, an evil creature comes up out of his body ominously looking towards Emily. A hysterical Emily floors the gas pedal and peels way. Emily is still driving when the sun comes up. The camera zooms into the back of the pickup truck where we see Lucy sitting. Then a water color picture is shown that depicts a dark haired woman presumably driving and a drawing of a blond girl with what appears to be a hook for an arm before the screen cuts to black, leaving Emily’s fate unknown.

Cast[edit]

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

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Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Scott Glosserman
Produced by Scott Glosserman
Written by
  • Scott Glosserman
  • David J. Stieve
Starring
Music by Gordy Haab
Cinematography Jaron Presant
Edited by Sean Presant
Production
company
Distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment
Release dates
  • March 12, 2006 (2006-03-12) (SXSW)
Running time
92 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $69,136[1]

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon is a 2006 American mockumentary black comedy horror film directed by Scott Glosserman. It stars Nathan Baesel, Angela Goethals and Robert Englund. Although largely filmed in Oregon, the film takes place in a small town in Maryland, and follows a journalist and her film crew that is documenting an aspiring serial killer who models himself according to slasher film conventions.

The film is an homage to the slasher film genre and features cameos from several veteran horror actors, including Robert Englund, Zelda Rubinstein, and Kane Hodder. The film premiered at the 2006 South by Southwest film festival and was shown at several other festivals. It received a limited release in the United States on March 16, 2007.

Plot[edit]

The film is shot as a documentary set in a world where the killers depicted in famous slasher films are real. A female journalist named Taylor Gentry and her two cameramen, Doug and Todd, document the preparations of Leslie Vernon as he prepares to join the ranks of other slasher villains. Leslie takes his identity from an urban legend about a boy who killed his family and was cast into a river by angry townsfolk.

He initially claims to be the vengeful spirit of the slain boy but soon admits that he is an ordinary man named Leslie Mancuso who must rely on conventional tactics rather than supernatural powers. Taylor and her crew film Leslie’s meticulous preparations to slaughter a number of teenagers in an abandoned house and then be confronted by a virginal “survivor girl“, Kelly. Taylor and her crew come to share Leslie’s enthusiasm for his project, but their consciences catch up with them on the night of the murders.

They beg Leslie to call off his killing spree, but Leslie is adamant, believing that his survivor girl will define herself by facing him. Taylor and her crew abandon their documentary and at this point the film shifts from a documentary style to a traditional horror film presentation. Taylor attempts to warn and rally the remaining teens together to fight Leslie, but Leslie’s preparations repeatedly give him the upper hand. The group looks to Kelly for leadership, but she unexpectedly dies.

Taylor quickly realizes that, as a virgin herself, she was Leslie’s true survivor girl all along. Leslie continues picking off the group one-by-one until only Taylor remains. She faces Leslie and defeats him in the exact manner he had laid out for her, then burns down the shed in which he was defeated. She then runs into Doug and Doc Halloran who survived their encounters with Leslie. However, Leslie’s preparations included learning to feign death and slathering himself with flame-retardant gel.

Over the final credits, security camera footage reveals Leslie’s charred body sitting up on an autopsy table, still alive, accompanied by the song “Psycho Killer” by The Talking Heads.

Cast[edit]

  • Nathan Baesel as Leslie Vernon/Mancuso
  • Robert Englund as Doc Halloran
  • Angela Goethals as Taylor Gentry
  • Kate Lang Johnson as Kelly
  • Scott Wilson as Eugene
  • Zelda Rubinstein as Mrs. Collinwood
  • Bridgett Newton as Jamie
  • Ben Pace as Doug
  • Britain Spellings as Todd
  • Hart Turner as Shane
  • Krissy Carlson as Lauren
  • Travis Zariwny as Dr. Meuller
  • Teo Gomez as “Stoned Guy”
  • Matt Bolt as “Slightly More Stoned Guy”
  • Anthony Forsyth as “Pitch-forked Boyfriend”
  • Kane Hodder as “Autopsy Guy”

Production[edit]

Behind the Mask was filmed largely in Portland, Oregon and the outlying towns of Troutdale, Banks, St. Helens, Estacada, and Sauvie Island.[2] The establishing shots of the fictional town of Glen Echo were filmed on Main Street in downtown Troutdale. Filming took place in November 2004.

Due to the limited budget and location restrictions, some of the script was re-written during filming to accommodate the filming locations.[2] During filming, several locations needed for certain scenes had yet to be scouted and were discovered in the middle of shooting.

Actor Scott Wilson became involved in the film after a suggestion from friend Robert Englund, who was already cast in the film.[2]

Director Scott Glosserman recruited a group of young local filmmakers in Portland to work as additional editors on the film after seeing and being impressed by an independent film they had produced called The Black Shoe Drifter.[2]

Release[edit]

The film premiered at the South by Southwest film festival in March 2006,[3] and toured at other festivals, eventually acquiring distribution from Anchor Bay Entertainment, who released the film limitedly in the United States in March 2007.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Behind the Mask was generally well received by film critics. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 76% rating based on 37 reviews. The consensus states: “A smart mockumentary that presents a gory, funny, and obviously affectionate skewering of the slasher genre.”[5] On Metacritic, the film has a 66/100 rating based on 14 critics, indicating “generally positive reviews”.[6]

Elizabeth Weitzman of the New York Daily News called the film “a must for those who like thrills laced with a sense of humor” and noted the film’s deadpan sense of humor.[7] James Berardinelli said that it “provides a fresh, chilling breeze through the stale air of the crypt that has become multiplex horror”, and awarded it three out of four stars,[8] while the Los Angeles Times referred to it as “original and weirdly delicious, and executed with gory aplomb.”[9]

Stephen Hunter of The Washington Post said the film’s “breakdown of cliches is vivid and witty”, noting that its intended audience was “genre deconstructionists” and “smart young people who have studied horror/slasher movies and enjoy them for their vulgar energy.”[10] Hunter also called the performances of Baesal and Goethals “brilliant”.[10]

Contrarily, The Village Voice gave the film an unfavorable review, stating: “Desperately overcompensating for the fact that most horror films are already parodies of themselves, Behind the Mask takes a bite out of the dumb Scream franchise before devouring its own tail, proving that you are what you eat.”[11]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Organization Category Result
2006 Best European/North – South American Film Fant-Asia Film Festival Golden Prize Won[12]
L’Écran Fantastique Award Golden Prize Won[12]
Séquences Award Séquences magazine Jury Prize Won[12]
Audience Award Gen Art Gen Art Film Festival Won[13]
Carnet Jove – Special Mention Sitges – Catalonian International Film Festival Midnight X-Treme Won[14]
Audience Choice Award For Best Feature Film Toronto After Dark Film Festival Best Film Won[15]

Tyler Doupe of Fearnet included Leslie Vernon in his list of “Ten of Horror’s Most Disarming Psychopaths”.[16]

Sequel[edit]

In an interview David J. Stieve, when asked if he was working on new scripts, said,

“Well, then you’re treading into sequel territory. If there is any kind of scoop, it’s not really a scoop but… I can tell you and your readers that there is a definite idea for what’s going to happen to Leslie Vernon next, that’s been the goal all along. There are a lot of what-ifs, and things to have to happen right in this business for that to ever come to fruition, but certainly if there’s going to be another horror movie coming from me, my biggest impulse, of course, is to relate what happens to Leslie next.”[17]

Baesel, when asked about the possibility of returning for a sequel to Behind the Mask, stated, “[…] there’s a certain chance. I know that ideas have already been circulating around Scott and David’s heads and I’d love to take Leslie on again. However, I don’t think we’d undertake a sequel unless the script is as good or better than Behind the Mask. The first was so good it would be pissing on Leslie’s legacy to set out with anything less than inspired … and Leslie would never have that.”[18]

The Green Inferno (film)…Not For The Faint Of Heart

The Green Inferno (film)

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Plot[edit]

Justine, a college freshman at New York University, becomes interested in a social activism group on her campus, led by Alejandro and his girlfriend, Kara. The group plans a trip to the Amazon rainforest to stop a company from logging and obliterating ancient native tribes there; the goal is to film the logging crews with cell phones and stream footage to raise awareness. Justine, whose father is an attorney for the United Nations, suggests she could bring attention to the issue through her father. Her roommate, Kaycee, stays behind, being that she thinks that the mission is stupid.

The operation is funded by a drug dealer named Carlos, who takes the group of students to Peru via plane. They arrive in the Amazon, and head to a logging site. They then begin to protest, chaining themselves to bulldozers while filming the loggers cutting down trees. The logger’s private militia then arrives on the scene, but can’t seem to break open the chains to get them away from the logging site. The protest receives viral attention on the internet, when Justine is almost shot dead by one of the militia officers. The group is then arrested, but Carlos pays the police to let them go. Justine then realizes that she was a pawn, because if things went bad, nobody would kill the daughter of a UN attorney. As the plane leaves, it crashes into the forest, resulting in the death of Carlos.

Protest members Justine, Alejandro, Kara, Jonah, Lars, Amy, Samantha, and Daniel survive and search for a GPS phone, to call for help with. All of a sudden, young men painted in red come out of the bushes, and Kara is killed with arrows to the neck and head. The rest of the group are knocked unconscious with tranquilizer darts. They awaken on boats led by a native tribe, and are taken to a small village, where they are imprisoned in a bamboo cage. The female elder of the tribe ritually dismembers, beheads, and eats Jonah, while the others watch in shock. The group then realizes that the tribe was the very one that they had wanted to protect, and that they are cannibals. Alejandro later tells the group that the mission to save the tribe was a fake, and that he had been paid by Carlos to do it, who owned a rival logging company. Soon after, Samantha attempts to escape, but she is darted and the group then finds out that they’re being watched by a watchman.

The next morning, the tribe’s general, a bald headhunter, orders Justine, Samantha, and Amy out of the cage. The three girls are then tested with a sharpened instrument, and Justine is revealed to be a virgin. She is then taken away, and prepared for a genital mutilation ceremony

When Samantha and Amy are brought back to the cage, they distract the watchman with a ringing cell phone and Samantha escapes to a canoe to hide in. The next day, Justine is returned with paint marks on her, and the tribe brings the prisoners bowls of pork scraps to eat. After finishing hers, Amy finds a piece of skin at the bottom of her bowl, which bares one of Samantha’s tattoos. She then realizes that Samantha was probably recaptured and killed, and that she just ate her girlfriend. She then smashes her bowl and uses a shard to cut her throat and commit suicide. Lars then puts a sack of marijuana that Carlos gave him, down Amy’s throat, hoping that will make the tribe sick if they eat her. Eventually, Justine and Daniel escape, leaving Alejandro (for lying) and Lars (who Alejandro knocks out, out of anger) behind. Lars later wakes up, but the tribe then eats him alive.

Justine and Daniel return to the site of the plane crash, where the victims of the crash are facing up on polls. Justine then finds a phone in the deceased Kara’s pocket, but the tribe recaptures them shortly after. Justine is prepared for her ceremony while Daniel is tied to a pole, has his legs broken, covered in a green powder and is fed to ants. Logging machinery attracts the tribe to the jungle; the distraction allows Justine to escape with the help of a child sympathizer. Justine sees a dying Daniel and he begs her to kill him. Being grief stricken and shocked at his request, she refuses as she searches him for the phone while he still begs. The child sympathizer blows a white powder into Daniel’s face , knocking him out before slitting his throat mercifully. Alejandro is abandoned by Justine in the cage, even though he begged her to let him out. Two other tribe members chase her down with the intent to kidnap her, but lose her when she crosses a river with a black jaguar on the other side of it. However, the big cat doesn’t harm her, and she runs into the jungle. Justine then encounters the loggers, who are slaughtering the natives by using their sub-machine guns, and the headhunter is shot dead. Justine then uses Kara’s phone to pretend to film the fight, so the militia would stop firing on the natives. Justine is then taken home to safety, by one of the loggers’ helicopters.

In New York, a disenchanted Justine lies to her father and the UN, telling them she was the only survivor of the crash and that the tribe was friendly to her. That night, Justine has a nightmare that Alejandro comes back from the jungle. The next morning, she sees that Alejandro’s face on shirts is being used to promote further activism on campus by those unaware of his manipulations.

In a mid-credits scene, a satellite map of the forest appears while a phone conversation between Justine and Alejandro’s sister, Lucia, takes place. Lucia says that she has found him on a satellite GPS image which zooms in to the surviving Alejandro, painted in black, while standing in the middle of the jungle.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

On May 17, 2012, at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, Eli Roth announced that he was planning to direct a horror thriller, The Green Inferno, with Worldview Entertainment stating that it would finance and produce the film.[3] Roth wrote the script with Guillermo Amoedo.[5] Production began in Autumn 2012 in Peru and Chile.[6] In October 2012, it was announced that filming was set to begin in November in Peru.[7] On October 25, Roth announced the full cast for the film.[8] Principal photography began in October 2012 in New York City, and shooting in Peru and in some locations in Chile began on November 5, 2012.[7]

Roth said in an interview in February 2013 that he wanted the film to look like a Werner Herzog or Terrence Malick film. He has also said that he was inspired by such Italian cannibal films as Cannibal Holocaust and Cannibal Ferox.[9]

Release[edit]

On July 30, 2013, it was announced that The Green Inferno would premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.[10] The film was intended to be released theatrically on September 5, 2014 by Open Road Films.[11] However, financial difficulties with the production company Worldview Entertainment caused Open Road to pull it from its original release.[12][13] The film had a secret screening on 25 April 2014 at the Stanley Film Festival.[14]

The Green Inferno was eventually theatrically released in the United States on September 25, 2015 by Blumhouse Productions‘ multi-platform arm Blumhouse Tilt, Universal Pictures, and High Top Releasing.[15] It was released in Filipino theaters on September 23, 2015 by Solar Pictures. Two versions of the film were presented there, depending on the cinema chain: an R-13 “sanitized” version with some gory details removed, resulting in five minutes of footage edited out, and the uncut R-18 version.

Box office[edit]

The film opened to 1,540 venues, earning $3,520,626 in its opening weekend, ranking ninth place in the domestic box office.[16] At the end of its run, six weeks later on November 5, the film grossed $7,192,291 in the United States and Canada, and $5,435,193 overseas for a worldwide total of $12,627,484.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

The Green Inferno received generally negative reviews from critics, however some praised the film’s throwback vibe to earlier Italian cannibal horror films of the 1970s and its social commentary. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 35%, based on 77 reviews, with an average rating of 4.6/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “The Green Inferno may not win writer-director Eli Roth many new converts, but fans of his flair for gory spectacle should find it a suitably gruesome diversion.”[17] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 38 out of 100, based on 19 critics, indicating “generally unfavorable reviews”.[18] CinemaScore audiences gave the film an average grade of “C-” on an A+ to F scale.[19]

The film received a glowing response from horror novelist Stephen King, who tweeted that the film is “like a glorious throwback to the drive-in movies of my youth: bloody, gripping, hard to watch, but you can’t look away.”[20][21] Todd Gilchrist of The Wrap gave the film a negative review, stating “Unfortunately, Roth’s abundant gore fails to either offend or exhilarate.”[22] Birth. Movies. Death.s Meredith Borders, reporting from Fantasia Fest, gave the film a more positive notice: “The Green Inferno never lets up: it barrels ahead, exuberant and relentless in its brutality, never giving the audience a second to unclench. It’s a feast for gorehounds, one with an unsubtle message about the way that uninformed activism harms more than it helps. And it’s a total fucking blast.”[23]

Controversy[edit]

The film was criticized by Survival International, which campaigns for indigenous peoples and indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation, as reinforcing colonialism and respectively neocolonialism, as well as their stigmas against indigenous peoples, portraying them as savage.[24] Roth dismissed this argument as unimportant for stopping exploitation: “The idea that a fictional movie about a fictional tribe could somehow hurt indigenous people when gas companies are tearing these villages apart on a daily basis is simply absurd. These companies don’t need an excuse — they have one — the natural resources in the ground. They can window dress things however they like, but nobody will destroy a village because they didn’t like a character in a movie, they’ll do it because they want to get rich by draining what’s under the village. The fear that somehow a movie would give them ammunition to destroy a tribe all sounds like misdirected anger and frustration that the corporations are the ones controlling the fates of these uncontacted tribes.”[24]

Home media[edit]

The Green Inferno was released on DVD and Blu-ray on January 5, 2016 by Universal Home Entertainment. The release features a director’s cut and an audio commentary by Roth, López, Izzo, Burns, Blanton and Sabara.[25]

Sequel[edit]

On September 7, 2013, it was announced that a sequel would be produced, titled Beyond the Green Inferno and directed by Nicolás López.[26]

Vanishing on 7th Street

Vanishing on 7th Street

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Vanishing on 7th Street
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Directed by Brad Anderson
Produced by Norton Herrick
Tove Christensen
Celine Rattray
Written by Anthony Jaswinski
Starring Hayden Christensen
Thandie Newton
John Leguizamo
Jacob Latimore
Music by Lucas Vidal
Cinematography Uta Briesewitz
Edited by Jeffrey Wolf
Production
company
Distributed by Magnet Releasing
Release dates
  • September 12, 2010 (2010-09-12) (Toronto)
  • February 18, 2011 (2011-02-18) (United States)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $10 million
Box office $1,068,682

Vanishing on 7th Street is a 2010 American post-apocalyptic thriller film directed by Brad Anderson[1] and starring Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton and John Leguizamo.[2]

Plot[edit]

Paul (John Leguizamo) is a projectionist in a Detroit theater who is reading about the 16th century disappearance of the Roanoke Colony when the lights suddenly go out in the theater. He finds that all the staff and patrons have mysteriously vanished, leaving only their clothes and non-biological parts behind. He comes across a security guard who is holding a flashlight. As Paul had a headlamp on for his reading they deduce that people holding sources of light are protected against whatever dwells in the darkness. The guard’s flashlight goes out, and he vanishes. As Paul investigates, his headlamp goes out as well.

The following morning, news reporter Luke Ryder (Hayden Christensen) wakes to find that there is no power in the building. After descending from his apartment, he notices that the doorman is missing and the paper is still the previous day’s edition. People have completely vanished from downtown streets, now littered with abandoned cars and pieces of clothing. He heads to the news station to find his girlfriend, and it is later revealed that he discovered a recording which shows his girlfriend vanishing on air when the lights go out. The only thing he is able to recover is her ring.

Three days pass, and Luke is alone trying to scavenge flashlight batteries or other sources of light. He briefly encounters a man who is taken by the darkness, before coming across a bar being powered by a backup generator. The bartender’s young son, James Leary (Jacob Latimore), allows Luke to enter, followed soon after by another survivor, Rosemary (Thandie Newton).

Rosemary proves distant due to the trauma of her baby disappearing during the blackout, while James is convinced that his mother is at a church down the street and will soon return. They hear a man outside, and see Paul, who has mysteriously ended up under the lit sign of a bus stop across the road. Luke reluctantly leaves the safety of the bar to recover him and Paul reveals that he had been taken by the darkness, but the headlight that he had on had activated and he had found himself in the street three days later.

Due to Paul’s massive concussion, Rosemary says that they need to find a hospital, and Luke suggests going to Chicago, where he saw a recording of a man just before the power went out at the news station three days prior. Paul tells them about the mystery of the Roanoke Colony where over a hundred settlers disappeared overnight, and they seem to be experiencing the same sort of occurrence. He tells them that the word “CROATOAN” was found carved into a tree at the site of the empty colony when the next ship arrived. With the generator running down due to extended use, they realize it is only a matter of time before the power goes out on them.

Luke comes up with a plan to take one of the nearly dead trucks on the street and feed power to it with the generator. He and Rosemary leave to obtain one, nearly getting caught in the darkness when the vehicle breaks down and they lose the light. Rosemary hears a baby crying in the dark, ignoring Luke’s warnings that it is the darkness trying to trick her, she is lured under a solitary street light, and the lamp goes out taking her with it.

At the bar, James goes to get Paul some water, and the drain on the power causes the lights to flash out. Wearing a glow-stick necklace, James is safe, but Paul vanishes from the pool table on which he is lying.

Luke manages to push a truck back to the bar, and he escapes with James using the generator to get the truck started. As they pass the church up the block, James gets out to find his mother. Luke leaves, but after a conflict of conscience, and seeing the word “CROATOAN” carved into a sign hanging off a bridge, he returns, using the high beams from the truck to fend off the darkness. When Luke gets out of the truck to get James, the car battery dies and Luke too disappears. As James cowers under the glow of candles, which begin to go out, he pleads with the darkness “I exist.” and all but one candle goes out.

James wakes to daylight and sees the last candle had been burning all night. A little girl, Briana (Taylor Groothuis), appears and insists that James is sleeping on her bed, but urges him to stay with her. She shows him her flashlight, which is solar powered, allowing it to stay on all night without having to search for new batteries.

As they leave the church, they encounter a police horse eating spilled apples on the ground and decide to take it to Chicago. As the sun sets on the children leaving the city, the camera pans to the bar, casting the shadows of Luke, Paul and Rosemary watching the two leave as the darkness falls. As it gets dark, Briana’s light comes on, ensuring their protection against the darkness as they begin their journey.

Cast[edit]

  • Hayden Christensen as Luke Ryder, a television reporter who becomes the leader of the group while trying to escape.
  • Thandie Newton as Rosemary, a distraught woman searching for her missing baby.
  • John Leguizamo as Paul, a cinema projectionist.
  • Jacob Latimore as James Leary, an armed 12-year-old whose mother was a bartender at the tavern before she disappeared.
  • Taylor Groothuis as Briana
  • Jordan Trovillion as Concession girl
  • Arthur Cartwright as Security Guard
  • Larry Fessenden as Bike Messenger

Production[edit]

It is based on a screenplay by Anthony Jaswinski[3] and is produced from Herrick Entertainment.[4] The film is the eighth from director Brad Anderson[5] and features Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton and John Leguizamo in the lead roles.[6] The shooting began on October 12, 2009 in Detroit.[7]

Soundtrack[edit]

The score is composed by Spanish song writer and composer Lucas Vidal and is his first theatrical feature film soundtrack,[8] with songs written and executively produced by Howard Herrick.[9]

Release[edit]

The movie was initially released for the Zune and Xbox Live members prior to its theatrical release. Shown in only six theaters across the United States, Vanishing on 7th Street was a total theatrical flop. The film grossed $22,197, roughly 1/450 of its estimated budget of $10,000,000.[10] However, it made $1,045,953 outside of the United States, with over a quarter of this total coming from South Korea.[11][12]

Reception[edit]

“Writer Anthony Jaswinski’s understated script starts with a belief that to frighten, you don’t need to actually show the things that go bump in the night.”[13]

The movie garnered mixed reviews from critics. It currently holds a 52% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 50/100 on Metacritic.

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