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Don’t Let THIS Happen to Your Eyes …

Un_Chien_AndalouIt’s October, and that means it’s Eye Injury Prevention Month — no, seriously. To support the cause, we’ve pooled together some big-screen eye-related horrors to guarantee you’ll steer clear of eye poking, plucking, slicing, and any other threats to your vision. Heed their warning, because there’s some high-quality cinema coming to theaters in the next few months that you’re going to want to be able to see.

Un Chien Andalou

If “eye stuff” in movies gets you (meaning you’re probably in the majority), don’t watch the opening sequence of Luis Bunuel’s 1929 debut film, which has been ranked as one of the most shocking in film history and probably gets shown to poor Filmmaking 101 students at schools everywhere. If you have seen it and wondered how it was done, it was a dead calf’s eye that Bunuel took a razor to.

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9 Ideas for the Next Great ‘Final Destination’ Opening Disaster

The Saw franchise made it to #7, so why can’tFinal Destination go for more? Just about every horror movie puts prime importance on the opening blood bath, but of all the gore fests out there the Final Destination franchise certainly has a claim to fame when it comes to each film’s first fiasco. We got a plane crash to start, and then moved onto a log-induced highway disaster followed by a rollercoaster nightmare and then death and destruction at a racetrack. Come August 12th, we can add a brand new common concern brought to life to the list when Final Destination 5 shows off its ability to snag some lives during a suspension bridge collapse. I’ve seen the footage myself and can assure you: this is one to brace yourself for, both due to the general terror of the catastrophe and the eerily creative more intimate moments.

In the meantime, assuming Final Destination will join the ranks of seemingly never-ending horror franchises, why not look to the future? These opening disasters are particularly versatile vessels, with tons of options for creative commencement calamities. What could be on the table for Final Destination 6? Maybe the filmmakers should consider one of these options …

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: All Hail Miles Fisher

Brace yourself because it’s one of those weeks. We’ve gotten a slew of brand new marketing material and, I’m proud to report, most of the competition revolved around the promotion department – well, for trailers at least. The past seven days have been rough ones for poster designers.

Apparently the team that put together the first image for Famke Janssen’s directorial debut, Bringing Up Bobby, have Lifetime on the brain, because this design would go perfectly with one of their schmaltzy productions. Taking a step up the ladder, Contagion spreads via a series of character posters. They’re not bad designs by any means, but they do primarily rely on star power and, while the film’s cast is stellar, it’s the story the promotions team should be pushing as the concept offer endless creative potential. Just about cracking promotional territory are two designs that popped up for Rise of the Planet of the Apes that many are calling “Banksy-esque.” No word on the designer responsible, but whoever he, she or they are, they deserve some credit as these images are wall-worthy.

In the land of trailers Beware the Gonzo, a film finally off the festival circuit and hitting theaters, certainly makes a statement with its brand new trailer. Part typical high school production, part edgy dramedy, this one proves it can appeal to the masses, while still offering up a little something different. In other Ezra Miller news, the trailer for We Need to Talk About Kevin also arrived, putting the young actor in an entirely different light. Watching one right after the other actually makes for a nice tribute to Miller, as this kid has clearly got some range. On the sillier side is the new trailer for A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. It’s really just a montage of Christmastime calamities as opposed to a trailer that suggests the film will have a beginning, middle and end, but that’s really all that’s necessary to get fans psyched for Harold and Kumar’s big return.

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Review: Final Destination 5

There’s no beginning this review without setting the scene from a personal standpoint; I am a diehard Final Destination fan. I’ve seen them all countless times and love them all to death (no pun intended), that is until The Final Destination tainted my beloved franchise. Sure, it’s tough to keep a plot fresh four times over, but drowning it in 3D technology is no way to spice it up and Final Destination 5 proves it. No, it doesn’t solidify the third dimension as anything more than a gimmick, but the film has more than enough in terms of the performances, visuals and smart writing to make this an incredibly valiant and successful effort and an installment that I welcome into the franchise with open arms.

The employees of Presage Paper are going on a company retreat. Dennis (David Koechner) is the man in charge, but his second in command, Peter (Miles Fisher), does the honors of rounding everyone up and ushering them onto the bus. He pops a squat next to his intern girlfriend, Candice (Ellen Wroe), while Nathan (Arlen Escarpeta) gets comfortable a few seats away, happily away from the factory underlings who don’t appreciate having a youngster as a boss. Sam (Nicholas D’Agosto) spends the beginning of the ride sulking as the love of his life, Molly (Emma Bell), opted to end things just before hitting the road. There’s also Isaac, who, well, would rather talk to his many ladies on the phone than socialize with his co-workers and Olivia (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) who doesn’t appreciate how her glasses ruin her rock star style.

However, once the bus creeps onto a suspension bridge that’s under construction, none of those petty issues matter, as the structure begins to crumble and everyone just has to do whatever they can to survive. But this is the Final Destination franchise we’re talking about; none of them do, that is until Nick wakes up from his premonition realizing no blood has been spilled just yet and he’s got one shot at getting his friends, particularly Molly, off the bus. If only he knew the consequences of his actions, Sam might have opted to ride the bus to the netherworld. Instead, he makes it out alive along with Molly, Peter, Candice, Nathan, Olivia, Isaac and Dennis, putting them all on Death’s list, sending them straight towards even more gruesome demises.

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8 Great…’Final Destination’ Kills

Eleven years later and the Final Destination franchise is still going strong for a reason, and it probably has to do with how much we enjoy seeing the new sick and twisted ways the filmmakers come up with to kill people off.

In the opening disasters alone, Final Destination has covered a wide spectrum ranging from taking down innocent victims on an airplane to watching them spin out of control on a rogue rollercoaster. However, one thing remains true for all of these epic openings: they’re eerily relatable (save for the racetrack travesty in The Final Destination, for me at least). And the trend continues this August 12th when Final Destination 5 arrives in theaters.

While the majority of the Final Destination deaths are the kind that manage to stick with you long after the credits roll, there are a few that pack concepts and imagery that are not only unforgettable, but might make you think twice before indulging in even a menial daily activity. Scroll through for our our 8 favorite deaths.

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SDCC 2011: All Good Things Must Come To An End … With A Giveaway!

I can’t believe it, but this is officially it; my coverage of San Diego Comic Con 2011 has come to a close. For five incredibly long days, the experience went by in a flash. The action was non-stop from the moment I touched down in San Diego and while it was extremely exhausting and probably one of the most trying working experiences I’ve ever gone through, it was beyond worth it.

So, what’d you think? Did you like my coverage choices? Were the formats I chose to report in effective? Do let me know because I’m thrilled to say, it looks as though I’ll be returning to Comic Con next year!

I do know I learned quite a few things for myself while out west. First off, I need to pack more food than a box of granola bars, or at least make time to pick up some items at a local supermarket. Between running around collecting coverage and then writing it up, there’s little to no time to grab a bite. Second, if I want to cover a panel, I’ve either got to get on line at about 5am or hunt down a press pass. I arrived for The Walking Dead panel over three hours early and the line to get into Ballroom 20 was already about 10,000 people long!

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SDCC 2011: Friday Wrap Up And Photos

That’s that for Friday at San Diego Comic Con and I’m back at home base, well, the hotel. Today was a particularly busy one as I got a taste of exactly how long those lines for Hall H and Ballroom 20 can get. I thought I was jumping the gun by showing up three hours early for the 11:15am panel for The Walking Dead, but apparently about 10,000 people had the exact same idea, as the line stretched from the convention hall all the way down to the bay. Lucky for me, I was able to work some press related magic and get a seat, but for those other 10,000 people, they supposedly didn’t have a shot of getting in for another three panels.

Anyway, not only did I catch all of The Walking Dead, but a bit of the Torchwood: Miracle Day panel, too. Sure, I don’t watch Torchwood and had little to no clue of what the cast was talking about, but everyone seemed to be having a blast, especially the show’s stars, John Barrowman and Eve Myles. After that one wrapped Frank Darabont and the gang took the stage on behalf of The Walking Dead. The panel was packed with interesting information, but the highlight was definitely getting to see the season two trailer not once, but two times.

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