Predestination (2014)

Running Time: 97 minutes
Rating: R
Genre: Sci-Fi
Who the Devil Made It: The Spierig Brothers
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor
Screenplay: The Spierig Brothers
Ben Nott
Budget: $9 million
Tech Info: Shot on Arri Alexa
Where Can I Find It: Here

The Plot: Based on the 1960 Robert Heinlein short story “All You Zombies” (which you can read in its entirety here), Predestination stars Ethan Hawke as a time-traveling crime fighter whose latest assignment finds him in a 1970s New York dive bar being regaled with the unbelievable life story of a strangely androgynous customer.

Ramblings: Ethan Hawke has joked that he wanted the advertising tagline to read “Predestination: Go Fuck Yourself.” Once you’ve unraveled the film’s time-is-a-flat-circle mind-screwery, you’ll get the joke. It’s the latest from the Australian directing duo The Spierig Brothers, whose last film Daybreakers (2009) used a futuristic vampire plot as the armature on which to build an allegory of the rich literally feeding off the poor. Predestination is another high-concept genre flick with something on its mind, a “period piece” sci-fi traversing six decades to touch upon ideas both social (gender roles and patriarchy) and philosophical (to simplify, “What came first, the chicken or the egg?”).
It’s an utterly singular film that rather depressingly played in only 20 theaters.

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50 behind the scenes photos and a poster gallery from the original Robocop

Robocop 20 (archive)

“RoboCop is mostly about the idiocy of American television. These kind of people that flip-flop between extreme sadness, and fun, and a commercial. I always thought that RoboCop was my reaction to being thrown into American society, and looking around with wide eyes, thinking ‘this is completely crazy.'”- Paul Verhoeven, from a 2002 interview with Neil Young’s Film Lounge

Today’s release of Sony’s Robocop remake seems as good a time as any to revisit Paul Verhoeven’s original violent sci-fi satire. Though set in Detroit – a city proud enough of that distinction to raise a giant RoboCop statue – the film was shot largely in Dallas on a semi-modest budget of $13 million. According to RoboCop co-writer Ed Neumeier, early permutations of the project included Michael Ironside as the titular hero and Lewis Teague as director (Teague passed to instead helm the sequel Jewel of the Nile). Continue Reading ›

Jay Shaw’s new poster for the horror comedy Cooties

Cooties poster

We may only be two weeks into the new year, but we find it hard to fathom Jay Shaw’s Cooties poster not making Deep Fried Movies’ list of 2014’s best horror ads.

Cooties features Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson and 30 Rock page Jack McBrayer battling a horde of gradeschoolers turned bonkers by a virus. It’s currently set for an October release.

31 Days of Horror: The Posters of artist Jay Shaw

The Amityville Horror (1979)

The Amityville Horror (1979)

If you’re wondering why most of the posters featured thus far in Deep Fried Movie’s ode to horror film art pre-date the millenium, it’s because the sanctioned release posters for most movies (regardless of genre) have settled into a glut of representational monotony in the last decade.

Which is why I have such enthusiasm for the groundswell of original poster art from contemporary designers like Jay Shaw. More of Shaw’s work can be found here at his website. Tune back in tomorrow when Deep Fried Movies takes a look at the posters of the A Nightmare on Elm Street series. Continue Reading ›

Walking the long hallway with Friday the 13th

xFinal Friday poster

When I was a kid, the distance between my Uncle Jimmy’s living room and the bathroom down the hall seemed to stretch a full mile. I spent many a Saturday night gorging on horror movies and trying to muster the courage to creep down that endless corridor to unload a bladder full of A&W Root Beer.

The Friday the 13th’s were the movies that made that hallway feel the longest and the darkest.

When I went back to visit that apartment after years away, much of it was as I remembered. The buzzer at the top of the stoop. The shelves full of dusty books. The gray cat scurrying under the bed. But the distance between my Uncle Jimmy’s living room and the bathroom down the hall was only a couple of feet.Outside of a handful of entires, the Friday the 13th movies haven’t held up particularly well. Then again, they were never really intended to. They were disposable annual rites of adolescent passage best ingested alongside a bladder’s worth of A&W Root Beer. Yet they evoke great fondness whenever I revisit them  – invariably on a day like today, a Friday the 13th. Then I’m ten years old again. And that hallway stretches a full mile.
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(Above) A trio of pictures featuring legendary special effects artist Tom Savini plying his trade.
Friday the 13th Makeup
(Above) A step-by-step guide to Savini’s creation of the deformed young Jason Vorhees in the original Friday the 13th. The graphic comes from Fangoria issue #6 and was scanned for posterity by Dr. Terror’s Blog of Horror.
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