By Anthony Daquano
July 26, 2010
One of the nicest surprises of the Con for me, was the panel for this movie that has failed to find a distributor. Starring a great cast including, Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Nathan Fillion and Kevin Bacon and directed by James Gunn, the movie is not short on talent. The footage shown as well shows a definite black comedy that will fit its indie roots. The crowd was certainly enthusiastic about what it saw, so hopefully that will allow a distributor to take a chance on what appears to be a very funny film.
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
Another project of Guillermo del Toro, is another horror remake. However, del Toro seems very confident in this project and his director. The movie certainly seems better than your average horror shockfest, but I’m not sold this will be one of the scariest movies you have ever seen.
Let Me In
I spent all of Saturday in the madness of Hall H, which included a stabbing and the return of trailer park to the Con. The first of the panels I saw was Let Me In, a remake of the new classic Let the Right One In. This panel went a long way in assuaging my fears that this would be another pointless remake. The entire cast seems very game for this picture and the director, Matt Reeves, looks to have effectively captured the tone of the Swedish masterpiece. The clips shown display a great respect for the original film, and the second scene is a particularly tense one that was very effective. Reeves showed a great knowledge and respect of Hitchcock, so hopefully he can a bit more success here than he did with Cloverfield. While I still don’t quite get the need to re-imagine this so soon, the panel showed that this might still be a very respectful remake.
Resident Evil: Afterlife
I’ll be honest, I have no interest in this movie. I only stuck around so I wouldn’t have to re-enter the Hall H line again. The clip they showed was pretty cool, but I still refuse to see this movie. Still Milla Jovovich was very, very excited.
Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz are easily two of the funniest movies of the last decade. Paul should add to Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's comedic filmography. This panel ended up being a tribute to Comic-Con and its hoard of fans. The panel demonstrated a great love to the audience and the audience responded very well. Needless to say, the movie looks to be the duo’s attempt to kind of send up the American road trip movie. The panel also included Sigourney Weaver, Bill Hader and Jason Bateman. Pegg and Frost are clearly very popular, and it should be good to have them have in an American production. The movie looks vulgar, crazy and like a tribute to geeks, and also one the funniest movies of next year.