2018
01.19

Alicia Vikander Driven By Daddy Issues in ‘Tomb Raider’

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Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for its Tomb Raider reboot, starring Alicia Vikander as iconic video game treasure hunter Lara Croft. Helmed by Roar Uthaug, director of survival frightener Cold Prey and disaster thriller The Wave, the film follows a young Croft as she searches for her father seven years after his mysterious disappearance.

The search takes her to across treacherous seas to a fabled tomb on an island off the coast of Japan where her father was last known to be. Standing in her way is a very bad man named Mathias Vogel, played by the always brilliant Walton Goggins, and her inexplicable lack of big breasts, without which she must rely even more heavily on her wit, intuition, and sheer spirit to kick ass.

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2018
01.19

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Fans of HBO’s award-winning fantasy series”Game of Thrones” will have to wait for 2019 to see how the show concludes, but those jonsing for some Sophie Turner action can look forward to the March VOD release of Screen Media Films’ Josie.

Turner plays a a hot piece of white trash ass who turns a small southern town upside down when she arrives with her dark past in tow, striking up relationships with a local punk kid and her misfit neighbor, played by Jack Kilmer (Nice Guys) and Dylan McDermott (”The Practice”), respectively.

Turner made her acting debut at 15 as Sansa Stark on HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and had her big screen breakthrough two years later in the mystery thriller Another Me from Elegy director Isabel Coixet. She scored the role of mutant Phoenix in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse and will be seen in this year’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

2018
01.14

Jennifer Connelly Heats Up TNT’s ‘Snowpiercer’

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Jennifer Connelly is set to star in TNT’s series adaptation of 2013’s Snowpiercer, a sci-fi actioner set board a globe-spanning super train carrying what’s left of humanity after a man-induced catastrophe brings forth a devastating new ice age.

Joon-ho Bong (The Host) helmed the original film, based on the French graphic novel “Le Transperceneige,” about apocalypse survivors revolting against the caste system enforced on the train keeping them alive. The show’s premiere season will run for 10-episodes and explore “relevant issues while embarking on a wild, action-filled ride.”

Connelly is best known for her dramatic work, but the Academy Award winning stunner will soon be seen in Robert Rodriguez’s Alita: Battle Angel and is coming off Darren Aronofsky’s God awful Noah adaptation, which turned the Bible story into a Clash of the Titans clone. Notable genre creds include Dark Water, an adaptation of Hideo Nakata’s ghost film, and 20th Century Fox’s remake The Day the Earth Stood Still.

2018
01.14

Gabrielle Union Is One Tough MILF in ‘Breaking In’

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Gabrielle Union is a desperate MILF out to save her kids from the motherfuckers holding them hostage inside her deceased father’s estate in Breaking In, a home invasion thriller from V for Vendetta director James McTeigue and Rampage scribe Ryan Engle.

Breaking In costars Billy Burke (”Zoo”) as leader of the hooligans holding Union’s kids hostage to gain access to her old man’s shit. Ajiona Alexus (”13 Reasons Why”) is Union’s daughter. Universal releases the film Mother’s Day, May 13.

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2018
01.14

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Dark Sky Films has set a Feb. 6 VOD and home edition release date for Victor Crowley, the fourth film in director Adam Green’s Hatchet series. Kane Hodder returns as Crowley, the deformed bayou butcher, inadvertently resurrected 10 years after the previous massacre by a former survivor looking to cash in.

Despite having a stupid name and being one of the goofiest looking movie killers in horror, Victor Crowley’s kills remain some of the most fun – and gruesome – in the genre, elevating Hatchet above your typical slasher.

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2018
01.13

Virginia Gardner Is a Sweet Addition to Blumhouse’s ‘Halloween’

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Virginia Gardner is set to costar in the new and reportedly final Halloween sequel from horror hit machine Blumhouse and Universal Pictures. David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) directs and co-writes with longtime collaborator and actor Danny McBride (”Eastbound & Down”).

Halloween creator John Carpenter serves as an executive producer on the film and Jamie Lee Curtis stars once again as iconic final girl Laurie Strode. Newcomer Andi Matichak plays Strode’s granddaughter Allyson and Gardner is her hot friend from school.

Gardner, who costarred in the time machine thriller Project Almanac and stars as Karolina Dean in Hulu’s original superhero series,”Marvel’s Runaways,” makes her horror film debut with Halloween. She is best known for having had a recurring role on ABC’s hit comedy “The Goldbergs.”

2018
01.13

‘Fahrenheit 451′ Is Gonna Be Awesome for Old Fogie Demo!

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Like most young kids with an Atari, I had zero interest in books growing up … until the day I couldn’t find Cliff Notes for Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and had no choice but to read it for a book report. My passion for literature was immediately ignited, destined to burn bright until I discovered pornography.

Now, HBO Films has now adapted Fahrenheit 451 for a new generation that doesn’t know what books are and is obsessed with being famous on social media – so, yeah, don’t count on them watching. But, we old fogies will have a blast pointing out how Bradbury called it way back in the 50s!

Fahrenheit 451 stars Michael B. Jordan as Guy Montag, a “fireman” tasked with burning books in a dystopian society where people are happily kept ignorant by their government, Michael Shannon as his boss Captain Beatty, and stunner Sofia Boutella – of Mummy, Atomic Blonde, Kingsman fame – as Clarisse, the young woman who opens his eyes.

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2018
01.13

‘Once Upon a Time’s’ Tierra Skovbye Makes Us Hot for ‘Summer of 84′

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Canadian stunner Tiera Skovbye (”Once Upon a Time”) plays hot neighbor Nikki Kaszuba in the 80s based coming-of-age thriller Summer of 84. Helmed by three director dudes calling themselves RKSS, the film follows a group of horny teenage boys determined to expose a local cop as the town’s elusive serial killer.

Skovbye is best known for playing Robin Hood’s daughter on ABC’s fairy tale series “Once Upon a Time” and Betty Cooper’s daughter Polly on the CW’s Archie comics adaptation “Riverdale.” She’s also starred in a string of scandalous Lifetime movies, including The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story, in which she played infamous actress Elizabeth Berkley.

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2018
01.09

Meet Pinhead’s Terrifying New Crew In ‘Hellraiser: Judgement’

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Lionsgate Home Entertainment has set a Feb. 13 OnDemand and home video release date for Hellraiser: Judgement, the tenth entry in the popular Hellraiser franchise spawned by Clive Barker’s titillating and terrifying novella, “The Hellbound Heart.”

Hellraiser: Judgement follows three detectives sucked into a Cenobite hell while on the trail of a sadistic serial killer. Effects guru Gary J. Tunnicliffe (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) is at the helm with Paul T. Taylor (Sin City) stepping in for Doug Bradley as its iconic movie monster, Pinhead.

This new Hellraiser looks sick. The Cenobites are gross and cool and Pinhead remains regal and menacing… and, holy shit, the Surgeon! Special features on the Blu-ray include deleted and extended scenes and a gag reel – because eviscerating people in gruesome ways always leads to uncontrollable chuckles!

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2018
01.07

Clatto Reviews: Leatherface

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Family entertainment takes on a whole new meaning with Leatherface, the eighth entry in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise. Helmed by celebrated horror auteurs Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury (Inside), the film serves as a prequel to Tobe Hooper’s 1974 original classic, providing an introduction to the Sawyer family of cannibalistic killers and an origins tale for its chainsaw-wielding maniac, Leatherface.

The film is available on DVD and Blu-ray from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Set in the 50’s, Leatherface presents a surprisingly engaging narrative with masterfully crafted set pieces that suck you in immediately. Its guess who is Leatherface story hook is a bit predictable and unnecessary, but doesn’t take away from the film’s drama. The violence and gore isn’t as over-the-top as it has been in other Texas Chainsaw sequels because Leatherface isn’t doing the heavy lifting, but that’s okay because the film’s point is to show us what made him such a monster.

Our only real issues with Leatherface are that the guy who turns out to be the iconic murderer is so much smaller than we have seen before and that Bustillo and Maury’s alternate ending (bonus feature) is a million times better than the conclusion they chose to go with for its final release. That horrific and heartbreaking end finds Leatherface cutting pieces from the face of a living victim he loves for the mask he wears to conceal his deformed face. It’s a truly disturbing image and a perfect end to a story that details the transformation of a hapless boy to troubled youth to love-struck kid to deranged psychopath.

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Why Bustillo and Maury couldn’t keep that end is an unfortunate mystery, but one that doesn’t totally sink their efforts. What follows is our spoiler-filled review…

Leatherface kicks off clumsily with Sawyer matriarch Verna gifting tween son Jedidiah with a chainsaw and victim on his birthday as his grandpa and siblings goad him on to kill. It’s an outrageous opening in the ridiculous tradition of Bustillo and Maury’s silly and overrated slasher Inside. Thankfully, it can be dismissed and forwarded without consequence.

Leatherface really begins with Jedidiah luring a Texas Ranger’s daughter to her death at the family barn. He performs the task to indulge his brothers’ blood lust and the act that lands them in a mental asylum, where he’s rehabilitated into a fairly decent 20-year-old renamed Jackson for security reasons. His oafish brother, now named Bud, hasn’t fared as well, making them the George Milton and Lennie Smalls of the institution.

Things go bad for Jackson when his mother tracks them down to unsuccessfully enforce visitation rights and springs forth a riot among the inmates, leading to Jackson and Bud’s escape with love-struck lunatics Ike and Clarice – who celebrate their freedom by slaughtering folks at a diner and having a threesome with a corpse they find at a hideout. Nurse Elizabeth White, abducted by the group during the outbreak, is kept safe by Jackson and Bud – both of whom have bonded with their hot and kindhearted caregiver.

Once on the lam, the group is pursued by Texas Ranger Hartman, vengeful father of the girl murdered by the Sawyer boys in their barn a decade ago. He’s relentless and grateful for the opportunity to avenge his daughter and put the Sawyer boys down.

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Stephen Dorff portrays Hartman with all the menacing intensity usually reserved for his roles as villain and pits the lawman against the Sawyer clan with ruthless righteousness and hate. He tracks Clarice down and executes her pointblank when she mocks his deceased daughter during questioning. He fires the shot that disfigures Jackson’s face during a getaway car chase. He holds Jackson and Elizabeth hostage at the Sawyer barn, plotting out his retribution.

Betrayed by his dumb-ass deputy, Hartman’s plan goes awry before he’s ready and Elizabeth meets the Sawyers. Jackson is revealed to be Leatherface as his torn face is stitched together by his mother and held in place with a muzzle. He appears to be a bit traumatized by his ordeal, but knows Hartman is to blame for his newfound torment and, after so many years of inner struggle, submits to the Sawyer way, eviscerating the Ranger with a chainsaw.

Elizabeth escapes only to get caught in the woods where she attempts to remind Jackson of their friendship at the asylum as he looms over her with revved chainsaw.

Leatherface is welcomed addition to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre canon, but as far as we at Clatto are concerned, the most worthy entries since the 1974 original remain Platinum Dunes 2003 remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and its 2006 prequel The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning.