Once again, America has taken a look at the latest revisionist fairy tale and sighed a collective, “Why?” JACK THE GIANT SLAYER flopped at the box-office in its opening weekend, despite a mammoth budget, attractive leads, and director Bryan Singer expanding the story of a humble peasant vs. a ravenous giant into something that incorporates a plucky princess, an enchanted crown, a sardonic soldier, a war between giants and humanity, and much, (maybe too) much more. But is the audience’s resounding apathy deserved? Come join Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons as they discuss this 3D attempt to do bigger better and weigh whether this version distinguishes itself from the revisionist lot, or is just more fee-fi-fo-fum.
Plus: Steve gives his capsule review of THE LAST EXORCISM PART II, and what’s coming to theaters next week. [NOTE: the podcast capsule is spoiler free. For a more in-depth look at what’s wrong – and almost right – about the ending, check out the review posted here.]
CBS Films releases sequel to the interesting but ultimately muddled 2010 film. Ed Gass Donnelly takes over the director’s chair from Daniel Stamm, working from a script he re-wrote from a draft by Damien Chazell, based on characters created by Huck Botko & Andrew Gurland. Ashley Bell returns as Nell Sweetzer, the phony possessed girl who turned out to be really possessed. Also in the cast are Spencer Treat Clark, Andrew Sensenig, Judd Lormand, Julia Garner, and Muse Watson. Eli Roth, of course, is back on as producer.
We imagine there is a pretty funny quip to be made out the title (if the 2010 film was the “last” exorcism, how could there be a sequel?), but it’s a bit too obvious to be more than a bad joke. Hopefully, THE LAST EXORCISM PART II can fix or at least clear up some of the bad residue from its predecessor. U.S Theatrical Release: March 1, 2013