What kind of film is worthy of the sacrificial lamb slot that is the first release of January? What sort of slipshod storytelling does it take for audience members to start hurling epithets at the screen as the credits crawl? How disposable is the project when the host of a podcast devoted to genre film repeatedly gets the title wrong? Why, that would be THE DEVIL WITHI… ‘scuse us… THE DEVIL INSIDE, yet another attempt to recast horror through the blurry lens of the mockumentary. Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski and Dan Persons ring in the New Year by exploring DEVIL’s flawed theology, shallow characterizations, and ambiguous narrative gambits. And, with the help of input from theofantastique.com‘s John W. Morehead, they discuss whether the recent rebirth of the exorcism genre is an accurate reflection of these anxious times. What’s revealed in discussion may surprise you — maybe even more than the film itself.
Also: Steve gives his capsule thoughts on the alien-invasion-in-Moscow flick, THE DARKEST HOUR, and Dan provides takes on THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN and the imaginative fantasy short, A GOBLIN’S TALE. Plus: What’s coming in theaters.
According to Variety Emile Hirsch (SPEED RACER, INTO THE WILD) will be joining the cast of new sci-fi blockbuster THE DARKEST HOUR. The news follows last week’s casting of Olivia Thirlby on the Moscow set film which is being directed by Chris Gore (RIGHT AT YOUR DOOR).
The film sees a group of American tourists caught up in a struggle to defend the earth from alien invaders whilst visiting Russia and is apparently going to be filmed in a 28 DAYS LATER-style. Hirsch, being a fairly reputable actor, will most likely play the leader of the group trying to survive the extraterrestrial attack. He’s a solid actor who’s work on INTO THE WILD and MILK was highly memorable. Joining the cast of THE DARKEST HOUR seems to conform to his safe-then-indie-picture rhythm and I look forward to seeing what he can bring to the film.
THE DARKEST HOUR is shooting in Moscow this summer.
According to The Hollywood Reporter Olivia Thrilby, who has played supporting roles in both JUNO and THE WACKNESS, has been cast as one of the lead characters in the new sci-fi epic THE DARKEST HOUR. Chris Gorak (RIGHT AT YOUR DOOR) is directing the film while Summit and New Regency provide the financial backing.
Gorak and Josh Zetumer are currently revising the script which follows a group of Americans travelling in Moscow as aliens attempt to invade the Earth. Thirlby will be playing a trust fun girl who bands up with others to try and defend the planet and stay alive in the process. THE DARKEST HOUR will mark the biggest career move for the young actress yet, as she steps up to leads lady status.
THE DARKEST HOUR is set to begin shooting this summer in Moscow.