Okay, yet another reason not to move to Southern California. In DETOUR, an ambitious businessman gets trapped in his car when it’s knocked off the road and buried in a mudslide. Actor Neil Hopkins carries most of the weight of this existential nightmare, playing a man confronting a modern-day Premature Burial, trapped in a vehicle that could offer the tools for survival or very quickly become his coffin. We talked with Hopkins about the pressures accompanying the production of this small, intense film, as well as discuss his time playing Charlie Pace’s brother on LOST, his role as the first abductee in SKYLINE, and much more. Click on the player to hear the show.
Get a sneak peak at SUPER 8, the upcoming science fiction film from J.J. Abrams, on this edition of the Cinefantastique Round Table Podcast, the weekly round-up of news and views focusing on horror, fantasy & science fiction films. Also on the menu this week: Dan Persons and Steve Biodrowski explore the questions of whether THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN will be an R-rated horror film as opposed to a PG-13 romantic fantasy and whether it’s a good idea for director Zack Snyder to bring his patented CGI slow-mo action stylings to the upcoming SUPERMAN: MAN OF STEEL. Plus, Steve Biodrowski reviews the SKYLINE Blu-ray disc, which has not only gorgeous picture and sound but also interesting extras, including audio commentary explanations for all the exposition missing from the slam-bang-action-packed alien invasion film’s actual screenplay.
In this week’s CFQ Post-Mortem Podcast, Dan Persons and Steve Biodrowski bid farewell to producer Dino DeLaurentiis, who died on November 10 at the age of 91. DeLaurentiis was a frequent contributor to the cinefantastique genres, producing numerous horror, fantasy, and science fiction films: DANGER: DIABOLIK (1968), KING KONG (1976), CONAN THE BARBARIAN (1982), DUNE (1984), MANHUNTER (1986, with Brian Cox as Hannibal Lektor), and ARMY OF DARKNESS (1992). Also on the agenda: a comparison of MONSTERS to SKYLINE, two giant-monster movies currently in release.
Universal Pictures release this film from the genre label Rogue, directed by Colin and Greg Strause, the team behind the disappointing ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM. The film is co-prouced by Hydraulx, the Strauss Brothers’ special effects company (which contributed to JONAH HEX, IRON MAN 2, and AVATAR, among many others), so doubtless the film will be a showcase for their work. The story involves a group of friends trying to avoid a mysterious light in the sky that makes people disappear. Written by Joshua Cordes & Liam O’Donnell. Cast: Eric Balfour, Scottit Thompson, David Zayas, Donald Faison, Brittany Daniel, Crystal Reed.
Release date: November 12
Here’s the first trailer to Universal Studios’ science fiction thriller, SKYLINE.
“Strange lights descend on the city of Los Angeles, drawing people outside like moths to a flame where an extraterrestrial force threatens to swallow the entire human population off the face of the Earth…”
Starring Eric Balfour, David Zayas, Donald Faison, and Brittany Daniel.
Directed by Colin Strause and Greg Strause (ALIENS VS. PREDATORS: REQUIEM)
Written by Joshua Cordes and Liam O’Donnell.
Due out November 12th.