Happy Halloween! October is traditionally known for the fall season and for hosting Halloween on the last day of the month. Likewise film distributors tend to look at October as a good time to release horror and slasher films for Halloween on fight-seeking audiences across the country, and around the world. October, however, has a long history of major motion picture releases that is not strictly limited to the horror genre. Read on to see our list of impressive October releases, and enjoy your Halloween Weekend! Continue reading →
This week’s Memorable Movie Moment takes us back to director John Sturges‘ 1963 war-era classic, The Great Escape. Set in a POW camp in Nazi Germany, the film follows the true story of a group of Allied prisoners who sought to accomplish the biggest jail break ever conceived, scattering more than 200 Allied troops across the country in an effort to divert Nazi war efforts on finding and re-capturing the escaped soldiers. The Great Escape is famous for a number of reasons. It featured an all-star cast including Steve McQueen (The Cincinnati Kid, The Sand Pebbles), James Garner (The Rockford Files, The Notebook), Richard Attenborough (Jurassic Park, Elizabeth), Charles Bronson (Once Upon A Time In The West, Death Wish), Donald Pleasance (Halloween, Escape From New York), and James Coburn (The Muppet Movie, In Like Flint), several of which were actual POWs with the Allied Forces during World War II. It also set and broke a number of on-screen records, ranging from the scale of the production (an entire replica of a real-life German POW camp was built in which to shoot the film) to the impressive array of stunts. Continue reading →
October may have slowed down in terms of big releases as we came closer to Halloween, but with November comes a new month of big releases, and this week will see no shortage of such films this Friday. The first new release on the list is the upcoming modern rework of Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and their gang of Peanuts, appropriately titled The Peanuts Movie. Coming Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Animation, and from Horton Hears A Who and Ice Age: Continental Drift director Steve Martino, the new movie finds everyone’s favorite underdog Charlie Brown and his best pal Snoopy in an all new adventure, as Charlie tries to make a good impression on the new girl moving in next door, and Snoopy continues in his quest to shoot the Red Baron out of the sky. All of the timeless Peanuts characters from the mind of author Charles Schulz are back in new 3D fashion, with a touch of the classic anime-style that brought the Peanuts to our home television-screens growing up. An all new cast also provides voice-overs for the animated characters, including Noah Schnapp (Bridge of Spies) as Charlie Brown, Alexander Garfin (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) as Linus, Hadley Belle Miller (Branson the Sitcom) as Lucy, Noah Johnston (Monsters University) as Schroeder, and Peanuts veteran, Bill Melendez (A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, A Charlie Brown Christmas), returning to provide the voice of Snoopy. Given the production studio’s approach in remaining loyal to the classic Peanuts animation style, while simultaneously adapting it for modern filmmaking, I think fans of the Peanuts and those of the new generation will both be pleased by how this one turns out. The trailer is available here on MADE. Be sure to see it in 3D on big screens across the country this Friday, November 6th.
Happy Halloween! This October has already seen a new addition to the Paranormal Activity series (The Ghost Dimension), the return of AMC’s The Walking Dead and its spinoff series Fear The Walking Dead, and the comeback of R.L. Stine’s classic scary-tale series Goosebumps with Jack Black (Shallow Hal, School of Rock) at the helm. This week, and just in time for Halloween weekend, we get another Zombified movie experience from director Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity, Burning Palms) in the form of Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. Bringing back the fun-zombie feel of Zombieland (2009), this one follows three scouts who must use their experiences to ban together and save their hometown from a zombie outbreak. Actors Tye Sheridan (The Tree of Life, Mud), Logan Miller (I’m In The Band, +1), and newcomer Joey Morgan star in the lead roles, with Sarah Dumont (Don Jon, Playing It Cool), David Koechner (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby), and Cloris Leachman (Young Frankenstein, Beerfest) in the supporting cast. Director Landon co-wrote the screenplay with Lona Williams (Drop Dead Gorgeous, Shark Tale), Carrie Lee Wilson (Teamo Supremo, College Road Trip), and Emi Mochizuki (College Road Trip). Also still playing in theaters for your Halloween needs are Goosebumps and Crimson Peak. Enjoy the Halloween weekend, and be safe!
Location: 701 1st Avenue N, Minneapolis When: Friday, October 30th @ 9PM
Just like a lot of holidays in 2015, Halloween follows suit falling on the weekend providing 2 nights of celebration. There will be a ton of things to do this weekend, but the Nomad is definitely the place to kick things off. Our friends from Beasthead are throwing a Halloween show with special performances from Carnivore Bones, Devata Daun, DJ Sophia Eris and Beasthead themselves. MADE will be sponsoring the event alongside PBR, they’ll provide the $3 tall boys; and we’ll have a classic photo booth for those who want to capture the memory. This event is 21+ and FREE with a costume or $5 if you’re too cool, click the link below for more information.
Nike SB recently dropped some Halloween inspired SB Dunk Mids. Instead of going all out, they decided to keep the orange minimal, resulting in a clean pair of kicks that can be worn throughout the year. A cool Jack-O-Lantern in-sole completes the package, these are on sale now for $93 via Premier; click the link below if you like what you see.
If you are a fan of the original Halloween series from writer/director John Carpenter, this should be some exciting news. The entire series, beginning with the original in 1978 that featured Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence, and ending with the most recent reboot sequel from director Rob Zombie, will be available as part of a Blu-Ray box set this September. The set features all of the films in a re-mastered format and is composite of 15 discs that include bonus materials with never-before-seen interviews and documentary footage, as well as the infamous Producer’s Cut of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers. Curse was the sixth film in the series and the last to star veteran actor Donald Pleasence in the role of Dr. Sam Loomis. Although Pleasence completed the film, many of his scenes ended up being replaced by last-minute re-shoots in the editing room, and much to the disappointment from the cast and crew, director Joe Chappelle’s final product was almost completely different from the original script that Pleasence agreed to make. The alternate (original) version of the film was never released to the public and has only been available over the years via online bootlegs and poor quality video streaming, even though many fans who have come across it consider it to be the superior version to its theatrical counterpart. But now, despite the near 20-year wait that fans have endured, the Producer’s Cut will finally be available in proper format. So fans, rejoice! You can expect to find the box set in stores September 23rd.
Director James Wan stirred the imaginations of movie-goers and horror film fanatics with Saw back in 2004. 10 years later Wan’s original has seen seven sequels brought to the big screen, none of which were really worth watching. Saw 2 and 3 were tolerable because they at least followed characters set down in the first film, but once Saw 4 was released (and most recently Saw 3D to stay in tune with modern audiences), the franchise joined the ranks of horror films that have been ruined by sequels that should never have even been suggested. Although disappointing, this seems to happen pretty often in the horror genre; Friday the 13th, Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and The Amityville Horror all went on to have horrendous, and far too many sequels, none of which improved upon the original and all of which are pretty much copies of the original with different characters and unrealistic plot-lines. Why should Saw be any different? While you can get away with watching the Halloween or Friday the 13th movies because they’re older and much cheesier, Saw is a modern horror movie that doesn’t have a low budget, and relies heavily on modern horror graphics, which means you can’t even pass it off as “fun to watch” because of the sincerity with which it was made. Even if the new film turns out to be a re-boot of the franchise, I doubt it will give much more credibility to the movie; Rob Zombie attempted the same thing with the Halloween movies a few years ago and they’re already pretty much forgotten by everyone. We’ll see what happens.
Location: 329 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis When: Thursday, October 31st @ 10PM
Still looking for something to do on Halloween? BeastHead, deM atlas & The Turnups will all be live at The Acadia Café tonight for a FREE show that’s looking to be a great time. This IS a Halloween party so all attendees are expected to be in costume, but I’m sure you wont be turned away if you aren’t dressed for the occasion. This should definitely be a good time so if you don’t have anything going on you should come on down and enjoy some dope local music.