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Blu-ray Review: Kevin Bacon Brings Light To ‘The Darkness’

Blu-ray Review: Kevin Bacon Brings Light To ‘The Darkness’

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This week Steve Johnson takes a look at Universal’s release of “The Darkness.” This fantastic supernatural horror film stars Kevin Bacon and was produced by the team that brought us “The Purge” and “Insidious.”

Here’s a quick synopsis before we enter the darkness:

From the producers of “The Purge” and “Insidious,” comes this terrifying supernatural thriller starring Kevin Bacon (“Black Mass,” “X-Men: First Class”) and Radha Mitchell (“London Has Fallen,” “Silent Hill”). When their young son (David Mazouz, TV’s “Gotham”) brings home five mystical stones he found on their family’s camping trip to the Grand Canyon, Peter (Bacon) and Bronny (Mitchell) notice strange things happening in their house. Having awakened dark forces bound to the rocks, the family fights for survival as malicious demons feed off their fears and threaten to destroy them.

'The Darkness'

‘The Darkness’

REVIEW: Oh man! It’s finally September! You know what that means, right? We are right around the corner from Halloween! Unlike previous years, I am trying to ease into the season. It’s hard, but I’m doing my best. I imagine a week from now I’ll have the decorations up and will be downing pumpkin beer like it’s water. Anyway, let’s get down to the real business at hand. I fancy myself a slasher or creature feature fan but, lately, I have taken a turn toward the supernatural side of things. Recent films like “Insidious,” “The Conjuring” and “Sinister” sealed my new found love of the sub genre. “The Darkness” is the new kid on the supernatural block and it does not fail in its attempt to bring the spooky.

“The Darkness” begins with a seemingly normal family vacation to the Grand Canyon. While exploring the canyons, the Taylor’s young son stumbles upon some rocks that are not meant to fall into young hands. Upon returning home, the family’s struggles escalate and so do the things that go bump in the night. We are talking about mysterious noises and shadows, freak animal encounters, a neighboring dog that barks for no reason, and mysterious handprints manifesting out of nowhere. Yeah, good luck sleeping after watching this one late at night. The film starts off slow, but that is not to its detriment. I enjoyed the building crescendo of terror. Is this movie as good as “Insidious” or “Sinister?” No, but that doesn’t mean you should skip it.

“The Darkness” features great performances all around. Kevin Bacon and Radha Mitchell are great as the troubled Peter and Bronny Taylor. In full disclosure, I’m a huge Kevin Bacon fan. If he is in a film, I’m there with my money out. David Mazouz’s portrayal of Michael is fantastic. While he didn’t have much dialogue, he delivered the best performance in the film. Lucy Fry also delivers a solid performance as Stephanie Taylor. Be on the lookout for Paul Reiser as Kevin Bacon’s slimy boss. Imagine that, Paul Reiser playing a slimeball in a horror film. Damn you Burke … damn you … oh sorry … back to business.

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Universal has put together a fairly decent blu-ray package for “The Darkness.” The film’s transfer is flawless. This is especially evident during the family’s trip to the Grand Canyon at the opening of the film. As my fellow horror nerds know, a great audio mix is key for a supernatural horror film like this. This one delivers the goods and kept me looking over my shoulder. I suggest hitting the lights and fire this one up late at night.

The amount of special features on the disc won’t blow you away, but the quality of them will. The highlight is an alternate ending I wish they would have kept in the film. It is scarier and more shocking than the theatrical ending. I was genuinely spooked. Needless to say, I wasn’t roaming the hallways of my house in the dark after watching. Be sure to check it out. Rounding out the special features are nine deleted scenes, some of which would have been quite good in the finished film. Make sure you take a look at the deleted scene featuring Kevin Bacon in an elevator. I may never be able to get into an elevator at night again.

THE VERDICT: “The Darkness,” while slow at times, is a great entry into the realm of supernatural horror. If you are a fan of what Blumhouse delivered up until this point, you should head to the store and pick this one up. You will not be disappointed.

“The Darkness” is available now on Digital HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD.

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Check Out The New Trailer For ‘The Darkness’ Starring Kevin Bacon

Check Out The New Trailer For ‘The Darkness’ Starring Kevin Bacon

Check out the new trailer for the upcoming Kevin Bacon thriller, THE DARKNESS, which hits theaters Friday, May 13, 2016. The film comes from the director of the cult classic, WOLF CREEK, Greg McLean.

Synopsis: As a family returns home from vacation at the Grand Canyon, they innocently bring home a supernatural force that preys off their own fears and vulnerabilities, threatening to destroy them from within, while consuming their lives with terrifying consequences.

THE DARKNESS stars Kevin Bacon, Radha Mitchell, David Mazouz, Lucy Fry, Matt Walsh and Jennifer Morrison. Directed by Greg McLean and written by McLean, Shayne Armstrong and S.P. Krause, the film was produced by Jason Blum, Bianca Martino and Matt Kaplan. The film will be released by BH Tilt in coordination with High Top Releasing.

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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 186: Hot Buttered Controversy

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 186: Hot Buttered Controversy

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This week on the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, Jeremy and Jason welcome back Thomas Bryce of Shit Movie Fest to the third mic position. Tom gives us the rundown on what he has been up to since his last visit. The trio take a quick look at a plethora of upcoming events from Super Bowl 50 to magical memories from the days of yore. Talk turns to the potential horrors of a Chyna Vs. Sunny sex tape, which results in Jmo taking Tom to school on the ins-and-outs of how money is made in the adult film industry these days. Tom discusses his love of the ‘Tremors’ series and all things Kevin Bacon while teasing his upcoming trip to the historic Colonial Theatre for a screening of the cult classic, ‘Tremors.’ It’s all fun and games until Tom brings some heat to a growing controversy on a Kickstarter campaign gone bad for the cult favorite — Popcorn. He breaks down the facts as he knows them and reveals how he was seemingly beat out of a $100 bucks in hopes of bringing a fan favorite to Blu-ray (about 5 years ago). It’s a wild ride that will leave you thirsting for street justice and another episode. Spread the word, leave a review and be sure to tune in each week for the latest and greatest!

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New Trailer and Poster For Kevin Bacon’s Throwback Thriller ‘Cop Car’

New Trailer and Poster For Kevin Bacon’s Throwback Thriller ‘Cop Car’

cop-car-kevin-bacon-2015Focus World has just released an official trailer and poster for the throwback thriller COP CAR.

In Theatres August 7, 2015, the film stars Kevin Bacon, Shea Whigham, Camryn Manheim, James Freedson-Jackson and Hays Welford.

Official Synopsis: Kevin Bacon (The Following, HBO’s Taking Chance, Mystic River) stars in director Jon Watts’ delightful throwback thriller Cop Car. When two good-natured but rebellious young boys (James Freedson-Jackson and Hays Wellford) stumble across an abandoned cop car hidden in a secluded glade they decide to take it for a quick joyride. Their bad decision unleashes the ire of the county sheriff (Kevin Bacon) and leads to brutal consequences.

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Warner Brothers Re-Releases ‘JFK’ in Theaters And Blu-ray

Warner Brothers Re-Releases ‘JFK’ in Theaters And Blu-ray

An Instant Classic

An Instant Classic

November 22 marks 50 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and Warner Bros. is commemorating this tragic chapter in U.S. history with a theatrical re-release of Oliver Stone’s controversial film JFK which will accompany today’s debut of the new Blu-ray collection.

A special JFK showing tonight at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood will feature a Q & A with Stone. The film will complete its Hollywood run through the 14th at the Arclight Hollywood as well as at the AMC Empire in Manhattan and the AMC Georgetown in D.C. On Sunday, November 17, and then again on November 20, JFK will be shown in more than 250 Cinemark, Regal, and AMC theaters throughout the country. Other limited runs will continue in select cities through December 8.

JFK 50 Year Commemorative Ultimate Collector’s Edition debuts today. It includes JFK: To the Brink Chapter 6 of Stone’s Showtime series The Untold Story of the United States. Stone himself explains, “the chapter isn’t exactly about the assassination, but ‘the big picture,’ why Kennedy may have been killed and the following events.”

Also included is the new JFK Remembered: 50 Years Later from filmmaker Robert Kline; and George Stevens acclaimed John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums.Stone directed from a screenplay he wrote with Zachary Sklar. The all-star cast includes Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Bacon, Gary Oldman, Sissy Spacek, Jack Lemmon, Joe Pesci, Donald Sutherland, Laurie Metcalf, John Candy, Walter Matthau, Sally Kirkland, and Edward Asner.

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James Gunn’s ‘Super’ – How To Fight Crime: SXSW Edition

James Gunn’s ‘Super’ – How To Fight Crime: SXSW Edition

Check out a hilarious behind-the-scenes video starring Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page in honor of the on demand release of the new IFC Dark Comedy SUPER. Dressed in character as The Crimson Bolt and Boltie, the crime fighting duo meets with Personal Security Expert Frank Corpus during this year’s SXSW Film Festival.

SUPER is in theaters nationwide, and is now available on demand via ‘IFC In Theaters’ on Comcast, Cox, Cablevision, Time Warner, and Bright House.  It’s also on DirecTV Channel 125.

Synopsis: In the outlandish dark comedy SUPER, James Gunn has created what is perhaps the definitive take on self-reflexive superheroes.

When sad-sack loser Frank (Rainn Wilson) sees his ex-addict wife (Liv Tyler) willingly snatched by a seductive drug dealer (Kevin Bacon), he finds himself bereft and wholly unable to cope. But soon he decides to fight back under the guise of a DIY superhero called Crimson Bolt. With a hand-made suit, a wrench, and a crazed sidekick named Boltie (Ellen Page), the Crimson Bolt beats his way through the mean streets of crime in hopes of saving his wife. The rules were written a long time ago: You are not supposed to molest children, cut lines or key cars; if you do, prepare to face the wrath of the Crimson Bolt!

No stranger to rebel filmmaking, James Gunn cut his teeth writing for Troma before making his directing debut with 2006’s SLITHER. In a similar vein, his follow-up feature combines absurd humor with balls-out violence to create something that is both unashamed and inimitable. But this time Gunn adds a new ingredient, one that is dark, dramatic and subversive to the core.

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New Poster For James Gunn’s ‘Super’ Unveiled!

New Poster For James Gunn’s ‘Super’ Unveiled!

Writer/Director James Gunn has unveiled a new poster for his upcoming flick ‘Super.’ The film stars Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon, Michael Rooker, and Nathan Fillion. Check out the poster below and weigh in with your thoughts. Be sure to see ‘Super’ in theaters on April 1st, 2011. Check out James Gunn’s official website at www.jamesgunn.com.

Synopsis: In ‘Super,’ Frank’s (Rainn Wilson) wife leaves him for a seductive, psychopathic drug dealer (Kevin Bacon), Frank is transformed and the Crimson Bolt is born. With a hand-made suit, a wrench, and a crazed sidekick named Boltie (Ellen Page), the Crimson Bolt beats his way through the mean streets of crime in hopes of saving his wife (Liv Tyler). The rules were written a long time ago: You are not supposed to molest children, cut lines or key cars; if you do, prepare to face the wrath of the Crimson Bolt!


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Jason Flemyng Cast As “Azazel” In Matthew Vaughn’s ‘X-Men: First Class’

Jason Flemyng Cast As “Azazel” In Matthew Vaughn’s ‘X-Men: First Class’

X-Men: First Class has added yet another new cast member. According to ComingSoon.net, actor Jason Flemyng has been cast as the villain, Azazel. In the Marvel universe, Azazel is Nightcrawler’s father and made his first appearance in “Uncanny X-Men #428 in a storyline called “The Draco” where we finally learned that Kurt Wagner a.k.a Nightcrawler was the son of the lead of an ancient race of mutants, from biblical times no less, who looked like demons and who could teleport by opening portals into other dimensions.”

X-Men: First Class, which is directed by Matthew Vaughn, also features the acting talents of James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Edi Gathegi, Kevin Bacon and Michael Fassbender. The film which will chart the epic beginning of the “X-Men” saga and follow Xavier and Magneto, who turn from being close friends and allies, into bitter enemies.

X-Men: First Class is currently set to explode onto screens on June 3, 2011.

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