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The Good, The Bad, and the Bogus: Modern Horror Heroines

Alexandra-Daddario-Texas-Chainsaw-3DAlexandra Daddario certainly made for a kick-ass heroine battling Graham Sutter in Bereavement, but can she take on Leatherface? Watching a slasher run around, chopping up helpless victims is almost always a good time, but the experience necessitates a strong leading lady. With a market currently oversaturated with sequels, prequels, reboots, and just a few original ideas, we’re left with a wide range of heroines – the good old charming fighters, the ones that are there to give the killer something pretty to chase and nothing more, and then there are those that land somewhere in the middle courtesy of an outlandish twist or wacky behavior.

Where will Daddario fall on the spectrum? We’ll have to wait until Texas Chainsaw 3D hits on January 4th to see, but in the meantime, check out the name these modern horror heroines made for themselves during their bloodbaths.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: Celebrating Article #50 with ‘The Dictator,’ ‘This Is 40’ and ‘Argo’

Happy 50th anniversary to Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week! Fifty articles that is. Just about a year ago50/50The Muppets and Bridesmaids were the first films to bathe in “The Best Stuff” glory and since, dozens have joined the ranks and today, three more will follow suit. However, the following will not.

Gangster Squad bursts onto the public scene with guns blazing, but a famous cast in fedoras with a crazy amount of firepower isn’t necessarily a recipe for engaging material. After sorting through the mumbling, the basics of the story are evident, but by that point, it’s impossible to appreciate it in tandem with the visuals. Killer Joe, on the other hand, gets much closer to sucking you right into the situation. The problem here is, that situation is so off-the-wall, it’s a little tough to digest.

Similarly, Excision is rocking a brand new and incredibly sleekly cut trailer, but it also suggests this material is way too twisted for a mainstream audience. No, you don’t want to market a movie as something it’s not in an effort to bring in some cash, but at the same time, something like this could easily scare the large majority of moviegoers off.

Enough of the so-so; it’s time to get on to The Best Stuff of the 50th installment of Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week. Looking forward to many more articles to come!

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: Stripping Channing Tatum, a Plane Crashes in ‘Area 407,’ Tyler Perry’s Latest, and More

There are a number of reasons to keep an eye on a movie, but first and foremost, you look forward to something because it looks good. Fox Searchlight’s Ruby Sparks trailer comes as a nice surprise, showing off a goofy, but charming Paul Dano actually get the girl of his dreams – a character he totally made up. While this trailer certainly doesn’t do the film justice, Your Sister’s Sister is also a somewhat under-the-radar production to, well, keep on your radar.

Then there are the films you need to consider simply because they’re summer blockbusters, or at least want to be. While the G.I. Joe: Retaliation posters aren’t particularly original, it was fun watching them pop up all over the web. As for Battleship, a rather unexciting scene just arrived, but Alexander Skarsgård and Taylor Kitsch make it an enjoyable watch. Another clip from The Avengers cropped up and while it’s a treat to see Iron Man and Thor beat each other up, there’s something about their outfits and those lightning bolts that’s reminiscent ofPower Ranger-style battles.

And then there’s the material that looks like it could be good, but you just can’t be sure. I wouldn’t say I’m into “girls with guns and southerners beating the hell out of each other,” but there’s something oddly intriguing about the new Baytown Disco trailer. The Cosmopolis one isn’t as tight as it could be, but there is something to it that suggests this could the film that finally cuts the cord between Robert Pattinson and the Twilight franchise. Moonrise Kingdom just got a new clip and while it isn’t anything particularly exhilarating, it’s tough to say no to a piece that features Tilda Swinton, Bruce Willis and Edward Norton.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: Stripping Channing Tatum, a Plane Crashes in ‘Area 407,’ Tyler Perry’s Latest, and More

There are a number of reasons to keep an eye on a movie, but first and foremost, you look forward to something because it looks good. Fox Searchlight’s Ruby Sparks trailer comes as a nice surprise, showing off a goofy, but charming Paul Dano actually get the girl of his dreams – a character he totally made up. While this trailer certainly doesn’t do the film justice,Your Sister’s Sister is also a somewhat under-the-radar production to, well, keep on your radar.

Then there are the films you need to consider simply because they’re summer blockbusters, or at least want to be. While the G.I. Joe: Retaliation posters aren’t particularly original, it was fun watching them pop up all over the web. As for Battleship, a rather unexciting scene just arrived, but Alexander Skarsgård and Taylor Kitsch make it an enjoyable watch. Another clip from The Avengers cropped up and while it’s a treat to see Iron Man and Thor beat each other up, there’s something about their outfits and those lightning bolts that’s reminiscent ofPower Ranger-style battles.

And then there’s the material that looks like it could be good, but you just can’t be sure. I wouldn’t say I’m into “girls with guns and southerners beating the hell out of each other,” but there’s something oddly intriguing about the new Baytown Disco trailer. The Cosmopolis one isn’t as tight as it could be, but there is something to it that suggests this could the film that finally cuts the cord between Robert Pattinson and the Twilight franchise. Moonrise Kingdomjust got a new clip and while it isn’t anything particularly exhilarating, it’s tough to say no to a piece that features Tilda Swinton, Bruce Willis and Edward Norton.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: ‘The Three Stooges’ Just Won’t Go Away

Happy Hunger Ga – oh, there are other films hitting theaters in the near future, aren’t there?

We’ve got a brand new trailer for Oren Peli’s latest, Chernobyl Diaries. No, it doesn’t suggest this one can top the horror of the Paranormal Activity franchise, but there’s something about that used and abused shaky cam technique that still packs the power to just suck you right in. On the other hand, The Cabin in the Woods looks to take some overused concepts, rustle them up and breathe new life into them. Want a taste of the action to come? Check out the new TV spot.

Get ready Kristen Stewart fans, because we’ve got a double dose of K-Stew to share with you this weekend. First up is the obligatory trailer teaser for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 – because of course the two minute and 30 second trailer requires a 15-second tease. On a far lengthier note, we’ve got a five-minute extended preview of Snow White and the Huntsman. The large majority of the material is shots we’ve already seen, but seeing a good portion of the film’s plot strung together serves as a nice segue to the full feature.

To end this introduction on a bright note – literally – we’ve got the collection of character posters for Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows. As someone who’s never watched the original show, I’ve had little to no interest in the adaptation. However, now that these news posters and the trailer arrived, it seems I’m as interested as ever while it seems many fans aren’t all that into it.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: All Hail Jimmy Kimmel

Before hitting the best and the worst of the week, we’ve got three pretty wild TV spots that are must-sees. First up is the new red band spot for Project X. If you think the stuff in this video is bad, wait until you see the full feature. Parents of high school kids beware! On a far more wholesome note, why not watch the Titans ravage the innocent in this new spot forWrath of the Titans? I wasn’t a fan of the action overdose in the first, but when you cram it all into a tiny TV spot, it does look like a good deal of fun. We’ve also got a new spot for G.I. Joe Retaliation featuring a rather cheesy group unity speech from Dwayne Johnson. Then again, who wouldn’t listen when a guy like Dwayne Johnson pumps his fist in your face?

Over in the clip zone we’ve got a new piece of 21 Jump Street to share. Things have been going well as far as trailers and TV spots are concerned, but the adrenaline dips a bit with this video, which isn’t all that funny. On the other hand, John Carter gets a boost from this extended clip and sizzle reel combination. Some of the action and characters still look a little cartoonish, but based on this piece, there’s also a lot more that’s pretty incredible. We’ve also got a little something new from Prometheus, however, this video showing off Guy Pearce’s Peter Weyland isn’t in the actual film, rather it’s kicking off the movie’s viral campaign.

Before hitting the good, let’s wipe out two items that barely missed slipping into the worst of the week, the trailer for Bernie and the new Three Stooges motion poster. Odds are, you’ll only have the patience for one of them, as both are packed with ridiculous and irritating characters, but don’t you worry; the best stuff is here and it’ll undoubtedly lift your spirits and anticipation for three upcoming films.

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Interview: The Ward’s Danielle Panabaker

Danielle Panabaker is easily becoming one of my favorite actresses to interview, not just because she’s a nice and insightful person to talk to, but also because she tends to work on the kind of films I’m drawn to – horror films. And not just any horrors film, rather, pieces that offer a fun kind of scare. Back in 2009 she starred in the remake of Friday the 13th and then, last year, in one of my favorite films of 2010, The Crazies, and now she’s in John Carpenter’s The Ward.

Panabaker plays Sarah, one of four patients Kristen (Amber Heard) meets when she’s unwillingly admitted to the North Bend Psychiatric Hospital. Iris (Lyndsy Fonseca) is bright and welcoming, Zoey (Laura-Leigh) a little on the shy side, Emily (Mamie Gummer) a bit too friendly and then there’s Sarah who’s, well, not particularly nice to anyone. Regardless, when a malicious entity makes its presence known, the girls must work together to survive.

To promote the film’s July 8th release, Panabaker took some time to tell us all about her experience making The Ward from working with Carpenter and her co-cast to her own personal preparation and feelings about the horror genre in general. Check it all out and more below.

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