May 2024

Chris Hemsworth Jumps From Animated Transformers To The Live-Action G.I. Joe Crossover

The upcoming Transformers and G.I. Joe crossover movie in the works at Paramount Pictures has cast Marvel star Chris Hemsworth in an unknown role.

The First Attempt At Filming Godzilla’s Tokyo Rampage Was A Total Disaster

Filming the Tokyo rampage in the original Godzilla proved to be more than a little difficult.

‘In a Violent Nature’ Director Reveals How His Unique Slasher Was Reshot Almost Entirely [Interview]

Writer/Director Chris Nash’s feature debut, In a Violent Nature, is set to unleash an arthouse twist on the slasher in theaters this Friday, but the journey getting there has been long and arduous. So much so that Nash reshot a large percentage of the film just to get it, and the gory practical effects, just right.

That included a recast of the film’s undead slasher villain, Johnny (Ry Barrett), who is unwittingly summoned when a locket is removed from a collapsed fire tower in the woods that entombs his rotting corpse. That spells terrible news for the campers vacationing in his territory.

Bloody Disgusting spoke with filmmaker Chris Nash and star Ry Barrett ahead of the film’s theatrical release about Johnny’s nature and the tough hurdles in making this unique indie horror film. The inspiration behind In a Violent Nature, Nash reveals, didn’t actually originate from iconic slashers, and that informed his overall approach to the arthouse horror movie.

Nash tells us, “I took a lot of inspiration from Gus Van Sant’s 2000s work of Gerry, Elephant, and Last Days. I love those movies, and I really wanted to see what I could do to bring that into a genre film. The slasher just seemed like the best way to do that; especially, the ‘slasher in the woods’ type of thing. We can really just hang out in that environment. But the main thing for nailing the tone was really, I think, just stepping back and letting the scenes just exist as they were and not even aiming for a tone.

“It was a weird thing talking it over with Pierce Derks, my cinematographer,” Nash continues. “We didn’t have the biggest budget to do something crazy and wild with lighting and stuff, and I was like, ‘Well, let’s just go super naturalistic.’ He said, “Yeah, no look is also a look.” So, this is very much a ‘no tone is a tone’ type of movie. We tried to treat it almost like making a nature documentary where we’re just following something, or following a letter carrier at work, just going from house to house. It’s not the most thrilling work in the world, but it’s honest work. That’s how we approached it, being as objective as we could.”

What is a nature documentary without a subject? In a Violent Nature finds it in the undead Johnny, quietly stalking through the woods for large swaths of the runtime. What was Nash looking for when searching for the right actor to play the killer, you might be wondering?

“I’m still trying to answer that question myself,” Nash responds. “I definitely feel like we found it, and we lucked out with Ry. Ry actually stepped in to replace the actor that we originally had cast as Johnny. This was one of the problems that we faced during our first attempt at shooting, as the actor that we had portraying Johnny had to step away for medical reasons. So we had replacements come in. At the time, we were thinking, ‘This isn’t going to be too much of a problem because he’s in a costume the whole time.’ But when you’re following this mute character, as an audience, you’re picking up on everything. When you don’t have those visual cues, you’re just seeing all the physicality and the tiny, tiny differences between posture, between where people actually hold their weight when they’re walking, and just the size of the gate itself.

Nash continues, “It was pretty shocking and pretty jarring when we had that assembly together of like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s that actor. That’s that actor.’ We could see that it was completely different. So, when we asked Ry to step in, we did a lot of rehearsals with him. We talked about how to walk. He actually did research himself. He was watching animal videos, just nature videos of animals walking to try to just get a feel for how a predator would walk around the woods stalking its prey.”

Barrett added, “They had an initial shoot that I wasn’t a part of, and that was about a full year before they approached me and had decided to reshoot. At that time, I don’t think it was a plan to reshoot everything, but there were key scenes and key moments that they definitely had to 100% go back and redo. The entire film is pivoting on his movements and everything; I think you’d be able to tell if suddenly it was somebody different. So then the decision, on top of a bunch of other factors, was made to reshoot the entire thing. I was really happy to be on board, and the fact that they were going to do that, and to kind of build this character and just be there for all of it.”

As for Barrett’s process of cracking his character, he looked to Nash’s script.

“I think Johnny is supposed to be a bit of a mystery, psychologically and what is going through his head,” Barrett explains. “It was more about, I think, treating him like an animal, like a wild animal sort of, and that’s what the analogy [in the film] sort of encapsulates: what Johnny is and how he works. I looked at it that way because of that. The monologue that Lauren Taylor gives is that he’s like a wild animal, a bear that just has something wrong, and that’s how he operates. It doesn’t necessarily make sense what he’s doing, but it does to him.”

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“The suit really lends itself to the character, Barrett elaborates. “I had my rules that I stuck to, but once you get into the suit as Johnny, it kind of just locks everything into place. Getting the suit on wasn’t too extensive of a thing. There was an underlayer, like Under Armor, with skin, latex skin, and everything looking like it’s rotted underneath the pants and underneath the shirt. Then there was either a cowl I wore some days with an open mask that you’d see the back of Johnny’s head, and then other days there was the mask, the full mask, and then some days we had the mask that had a cutout so I could see better and move better. The only the real day that took the most time was the day where you actually see Johnny’s face. That was a longer makeup day because that was a full application and took probably close to three hours.”

It wasn’t just the actor that changed during the reshoots, but Johnny’s design, too. Nash walks us through some of those key changes that ended up improving upon his original vision.

Nash explains, “Watching the assembly cut, we realized that there were small things that we could improve upon that just changed the tone rather dramatically. For instance, how far we followed behind Johnny with the camera, just giving him that perfect amount of space in the frame. Because we were a lot closer the first time around, and the second time around, we were like, ‘We need to pull back a lot further. Another thing that we were looking at was we actually redesigned the weather mask. It was a much more accurate depiction of what the actual firefighting mask was in real life, but we realized that it kind of looked a little too much like a diving bell; it looked a little too goofy. So, we redesigned it, made it a lot more form-fitting to his head, and gave it that goggle look for just kind of more of a piercing eye.”

“There were so many things we took away from the first time around, even just how we were achieving some gore gags, little flourishes we could throw in,” he adds. “So I don’t recommend, and I also very much recommend, reshooting movies in their entirety before you release them.”

Check out In a Violent Nature in theaters this weekend, and stay tuned for a follow-up interview piece here on Bloody Disgusting about the film’s practical effects and gory kills.


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‘Isn’t It Scary’ – Rom-Com ‘Isn’t It Romantic’ Getting a Horror-Themed Sequel

New Line Cinema is developing a sequel to the 2019 romantic comedy Isn’t It Romantic, but what’s interesting about the follow-up film is that it’s set to poke fun at… horror tropes?

Titled Isn’t It Scary, the upcoming sequel to the Rebel Wilson-starring comedy was announced by Deadline this week, with April Prosser (Look Both Ways) writing the script.

It’s interesting to note that Isn’t It Romantic, which poked fun at rom-com tropes, was directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, known to horror fans as the director of The Final Girls (2015). So maybe it’s not such a stretch that the franchise is dipping its toes into horror. That being said, Deadline’s report doesn’t mention whether or not Strauss-Schulson will return to direct.

In Isn’t It Romantic, which also starred Liam Hemsworth and Betty Gilpin, “A young woman disenchanted with love mysteriously finds herself trapped inside a romantic comedy.”

Deadline notes, “The sequel will take a similarly meta approach, riffing on the tropes of the horror genre.”

It sounds like Isn’t It Scary will take a page out of the Scary Movie playbook, which is interesting timing given the fact that Paramount is now rebooting the Scary Movie franchise.

Maybe the horror spoof isn’t dead yet. Stay tuned for more on both projects.

Todd Garner is in talks to produce Isn’t It Scary for Broken Road Productions, alongside frequent collaborators Gina Mathews and Grant Scharbo of Little Engine Entertainment.

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Mahershala Ali Leaves Blade Fans Hanging, Joins New Jurassic World Movie

Marvel’s Blade movie is apparently hitting theaters next November, but with star Mahershala Ali joining the next Jurassic World film, that seems unlikely.

Mahershala Ali in Talks to Join the ‘Jurassic World’ Franchise

The next installment in the Jurassic World franchise continues to build its main cast, with THR reporting today that Mahershala Ali (Marvel’s upcoming Blade) is now in talks.

Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Manuel Garcia-Rulfo (The Lincoln Lawyer), Rupert Friend (Asteroid City) and Jonathan Bailey (Wicked) are also on board to star.

Gareth Edwards (2014’s GodzillaThe Creator) will be directing the new installment, with original Jurassic Park writer David Koepp returning to write the screenplay.

Jurassic World returns to theaters on July 2, 2025. Stay tuned for more.

The new movie is expected to usher in a brand new Jurassic Era with Jurassic World cast members Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard not expected to return. Don’t expect the original trilogy’s Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern and Sam Neill, either. The new Jurassic World, from what we gather, plans to take the franchise in a new direction, with plot details under wraps.

The next Jurassic World film will be executive produced by Steven Spielberg through Amblin Entertainment. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley will produce and David Leitch and Kelly McCormick will also produce through 87North.

Executive Vice President of Production Development Sara Scott and Creative Executive of Production Development Jacqueline Garell will oversee the project for the Studio.

This news comes in the wake of Jurassic WorldJurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Jurassic World: Dominion, a trilogy of sequels to the original classic that concluded in 2022. The last entry, Jurassic World: Dominion, brought in a billion dollars at the global box-office, all but ensuring Universal would want to continue this franchise.

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‘Beetlejuice Beetlejuice’ – Awesome New Shot of Michael Keaton

Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice Beetlejuice is likely to strike box office gold when it releases in theaters September 6, and Empire Magazine whets our appetite with a new image today.

Check out a brand new shot of Michael Keaton’s return as Beetlejuice below!

Keaton tells Empire, “I absolutely love this thing. And I don’t [usually] talk like that. I unabashedly love this. It was not easy to pull off, and I think we did it in spades.”

Keaton stars alongside the returning Winona Ryder in this year’s sequel, with the cast also including Jenna Ortega, Catherine O’Hara, Willem Dafoe and Monica Bellucci.

Here’s the official plot synopsis: “After an unexpected family tragedy, three generations of the Deetz family return home to Winter River. Still haunted by Beetlejuice, Lydia’s life is turned upside down when her rebellious teenage daughter, Astrid, discovers the mysterious model of the town in the attic and the portal to the Afterlife is accidentally opened. With trouble brewing in both realms, it’s only a matter of time until someone says Beetlejuice’s name three times and the mischievous demon returns to unleash his very own brand of mayhem.”

The original classic was directed by Burton in 1988 and has become a cult favorite. It starred Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis as ghosts who haunt their old home. When a little girl (Winona Ryder) accidentally unleashes a mischievous ghost (Michael Keaton), the ghosts try to drive the homeowners (Catherine O’Hara and Jeffrey Jones) out of the house.

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The Deadpool And Wolverine Popcorn Bucket Is Here, And It’s Upsetting

Marvel’s Deadpool & Wolverine has debuted its official popcorn bucket, and it’s not nearly as subtle as the sexy Dune: Part Two popcorn bucket. Open up!

‘The Front Room’ – A24 Horror Movie from the Eggers Brothers Releasing in September

Brandy Norwood (I Still Know What You Did Last Summer) will return to horror in the upcoming A24 movie The Front Room, and the film has been given a release date today.

A24 will release The Front Room in theaters September 6, 2024.

What’s particularly interesting about the psychological horror movie is that it’s being directed by Max and Sam Eggers, brothers of Robert Eggers (The Witch, The Northman)!

This will be the debut feature for the Eggers Brothers. Variety had reported, “They adapted the screenplay from Susan Hill’s short story of the same name.”

The film “follows a young, newly pregnant couple forced to take in an ailing stepmother who has long been estranged from the family.”

Olivier Award-winning actress Kathryn Hunter (The Tragedy of Macbeth), Tony Award-winning actor Andrew Burnap (Snow White), and Neal Huff (Spotlight) will also star.

Max co-wrote The Lighthouse, and Sam Eggers was a production assistant on The Witch.

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Mike Flanagan’s Exorcist Movie Will Stand Alone, Won’t Be Sequel To Believer

The planned Exorcist trilogy is no longer a trilogy. Mike Flanagan’s upcoming movie will be a ‘fresh, bold’ take and not a sequel to The Exorcist: Believer.