Digi-novel 2.0 has arrived! We’ve done some exciting new things this time around and we can’t wait for you to see it! We learned a lot from Level 26: Dark Origins and as a result, we’ve made some very strong changes to the sequel Dark Prophecy: A Level 26 Thriller, available nationwide on October 14, 2010. Regarding the novel, we decided to stay away from horror and go with more of a thriller genre. We also decided to make the story more hero-centric, focusing on Steve Dark and his investigations rather than the killers. In this case, the reader is trying to solve the case alongside Steve Dark, putting together the clues, gathering the evidence and trying to figure out where the Tarot Card Killer will strike next.
Perhaps the biggest change we made to the Digi-novel, however, are the cyber-bridges. With Dark Origins, it was as if we removed scenes from the book and filmed them. Out of context they didn’t make sense. You had to watch them when you were prompted or nothing would fit together. So, if you were on a plane or without Internet, what could you do? We knew this was frustrating to a lot of people. But this was our first rodeo with the Digi-novel and we listened to the feedback. We heard what our fans had to say and we set out to address it.
So, with Dark Prophecy: A Level 26 Thriller we’ve shot a one hour-long narrative film that has then been cut up into 11 cyber-bridges. You’ll continue to be given a code and prompted to log in to watch the cyber-bridges at specific points, but the cyber-bridge film is a separate storyline about Steve Dark. Meaning, if you can’t watch the cyber-bridge when prompted, you won’t miss anything. You can watch them all at once, or none at all, you can read several chapters ahead and go back and watch four bridges at a time. Plus, they’ll all make sense. This, I feel, it one of our biggest improvements to the Digi-Novel format: taking a specific moment in the book (that may only be a chapter) and expanding it into an hour long cyber-bridge film that is provocative and emotional and reveals a side of Steve Dark you never knew existed.
Next up we’ve got one that everyone should be painfully familiar with by now. Jigsaw makes yet another appearance on the big screen for what looks to be the final chapter of the Saw series. Not a lot has been leaked about this upcoming film, but Tobin Bell is set to reprise his performance as Jigsaw. I’m not sure exactly how this one is going to play out, and frankly I don’t believe for a second that they are really going to let Saw die after this. Remember they said the same thing about Jason and Freddy and look where we are now. I’m willing to bet that there will be lots of sadistic choices and brutal machinery in this one so all you gorehounds out there will get your fill. Expect more information as the October 22nd release date creeps closer. If you can’t get enough of Jigsaw then this is going to be the 2011 Halloween horror show for you.
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark promises to be an interesting little film. Co-written by Guillermo del Toro I would expect to see a lot of his narrative style, which was so artfully showcased in Pan’s Labyrinth, coming out in this chiller. This story is sure to resonate with the child in all of us as it follows a young girl sent to live with her father and the strange creatures in her new home that want to claim her as one of their own. Katie Holmes has signed on for this one alongside Guy Pearce and Bailee Madison. I’m not entirely sure this cast will be able to pull of a truly chilling tale, but I’m prepared and hoping to be shocked. Look for this one to hit theaters January 21st.
Last up in my list of horrific tales is Priest. This one is pretty hard to define. It straddles a line between action and horror, although expect to see more action. Priest is loosely based on the Korean graphic novel of the same name and follows a warrior priest some one hundred years in the future where Satanists and Christians are embroiled in an apocalyptic war. With the help of a young sheriff and a priestess the priest must try to rescue his niece from a vampiric cult of Satanists before they can brainwash her. I’ve actually read the graphic novels and the story is solid. Is it a horror tale? Not exactly. If they stick to the graphic novel style then there should be arterial spray a plenty for those of you who just can’t sit through a movie unless a pint a minute is being spilled on screen. This one is lined up to release on May 13th.
That’s all for now my darkling darlings. I’ll be keeping you updated with the latest news and reviews as these frightening flicks present themselves, and remember Uncle Kreepshow loves you and you’ll get all the latest and greatest gore fests and top notch terror here at allhorrofilms.com because we understand your passions and we won’t call the police.]]>
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman
Director: Dominic Sena
Starring: Katie Featherston
Director: Tod Williams
Starring: Tobin Bell, Tanedra Howard, Costas Mandylor, Cary Elwes
Director: Kevin Greutert
John Ajvide Lindqvist (novel) and
Matt Reeves (screenplay)
Let’s start with the characters. First we have Travis who plays your typical loud, obnoxious, misogynist frat boy. Apparently they couldn’t find anyone moderately attractive with muscles for the part so they settled on the first loud and outspoken guy that did a screen test for them,at least that’s the impression I got from watching Ila Schactler’s painful performance. Next in our cavalcade of crap we have Stephanie who plays a bitter, unattractive, feminist with a permanent chip on her shoulder and an outlook on life that almost made me want to shoot myself. Again the performance given by Michelle Roe was two dimensional, and even that might be adding one dimension too many. Finally we have Ryan, played by Michael Downey, who plays the geeky introvert that is usually behind the camera for most of the film but, brings nothing to the table that we haven’t seen a hundred times already and a hundred times more ably performed. Now I don’t expect a lot of depth out of characters in a horror film but, this terrible trio have about as much depth as a bottle cap.
Apparently what the characters lack in depth they also lack in motivation and brains. For one these three fairly normal, if obnoxious kids, who display no other psychotic tendencies throughout the movie just decide to kill someone because they are bored. To stretch a thin premise even thinner they decide to select the person at random from on campus. They have absolutely no motivation to do this terrible thing which I suppose the writers, Stuart Ball and Scott Phillips, who also directs, felt would add to the horror of the story. Sadly they were very much mistaken. Thin premise and motivation aside these three chuckleheads talk early on about being careful so they wouldn’t get caught. They end up discussing this plot, using the words murder several times, in a coffee shop amongst other public locations. When they finally choose their killing ground Travis decides it would be a good idea to cut his hand and “mark” the area. Sure leave that DNA evidence behind along with the beer bottles that you were swilling down and tossing away nearby with your fingerprints and DNA all over them. Haven’t these kids ever watched CSI? Apparently they were too busy being bored enough to kill to pay attention to prime time TV.
The style leaves a great deal to be desired. The whole film is shot in the faux documentary style that was popularized by “The Blair Witch Project”. Where “The Blair Witch Project” actually made the style work this movie showcases just how bad that can be when done improperly. Most of the shots in the film look like they were done by amateurs trying to imitate an amateur style. You end up with at least a dozen scenes with just shoes or crotches in the movie while the dialogue takes place off screen at a damn near inaudible level. If you have compelling visuals I can forgive quiet audio but, if you have crap and you couple that with audio that makes me strain to hear it then you have a whole new level of bad. The sometimes quiet audio would have been a bigger issue if the plot was actually worthwhile but, it took me about fifteen minutes of watching the movie to determine that I wasn’t missing much.
I do not recommend this movie unless you happen to be a masochist in need of pain, or you keep a masochist chained up in your basement. For everyone else out there give this stinker a pass or forever regret the hour and twenty-eight minutes of your life that you’ll never be able to get back. Remember Uncle Kreepshow loves you and there is no reason for you to watch a bad movie, especially not this one.]]>