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10 Items Movies Have Taught Us Not to Touch, Ever

In this weekend’s new release The Possession, poor little Em Brenek just has to buy an old box at a yard sale. Even though the thing clearly isn’t meant to be opened, Em insists and she’s left with creepy fingers popping up in the back of her throat. If only Em had watched a few more horror movies, she would have picked up on the telltale signs that something isn’t right about her precious little box. No, we don’t want to live our lives in plastic bubbles, but thanks to the genre we know that there are quite a few things out in the world that might be alluring, but are just not worth touching.

Infamous Videotapes

When legend has it that if you watch a certain videotape you’ll die within seven days of watching it, you might as well stay on the safe side and opt out of popping it into the VHS player. Nightmares, nose bleeds and incessant phone calls just aren’t worth it. If you’re so curious that you can’t bear to go on without catching what’s on this haunted videotape, better figure out if you’ve got the guts to make a copy and pass it on. But then what poor soul will you pass it on to? Good thing VHS players are just about obsolete!

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Review: Prometheus

prometheusposterThere are enough loose ends in life; who needs more via cinema? While few enjoy being jerked around by a convoluted plot there are also the films that don’t merely let you sit back, relax and enjoy the show; you’ve got to work for your entertainment. However, in Prometheus’ case, director Ridley Scott offers up the best of both worlds. You could put yourself on cruise control and enjoy an alien action movie, but it’s highly recommended to watch this one with a keen eye as the details are a stimulant, heightening that action and making Prometheus a notably enthralling experience regardless of some loose ends.

The year is 2089. Elizabeth Shaw and Charlie Holloway (Noomi Rapace and Logan Marshall-Green) have added yet another finding to their collection of symbols drawn repeatedly by entirely separate ancient civilizations. They deduce that these symbols are a star map and Weyland Corporation founder, Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce), opts to fund their expedition to a location pinpointed on this map.

Fast-forward to the year 2093. The crew of the Prometheus, including Elizabeth and Charlie, are waking up from an extended sleep during which, an android named David (Michael Fassbender), monitored the ship’s trip to a moon on that very map. Shortly after arriving, they spot structures and the ship’s captain, Janek (Idris Elba), sets Prometheus down nearby. With Elizabeth and Charlie at the helm, a group of crewmembers venture inside one construction to find what Elizabeth dubs “engineers” and believes preceded humanity.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: ‘End of Watch,’ ‘This is 40,’ ‘High School,’ ‘The Expendables 2’ and More

Having too much of a good thing can go either way, but when it’s in your favor, boy is it a thrill. In Prometheus’ case, should Twentieth Century Fox keep the promo material coming, I’ll continue to eat it all right up. The latest to hit is a new featurette that not only offers more behind-the-scenes footage, but breaks down the production by story, cast, sets and the world, and while it’s immersive and informative, it’ll never be enough. We need the full feature. And you know what? Even when that feature does come and go, I suspect this is a world we’ll be eager to return to.

The Dark Knight Rises finds similar, but perhaps not as much success with its third trailer. The closer we get to the film’s July release, the more Bane comes into focus, the more we see of Bruce Wayne’s trajectory and the more we feel the devastation of the franchise’s third installment. The rather sweet orchestral tune paired with widespread destruction gives the piece an eerily beautiful sense of hopelessness, but doesn’t leave you hanging, giving just the lightest amount of faith courtesy of a powerful and action-packed build before the trailer’s end.

Clearly this week it was a tough race for those top three spots, but what it came down to was the fact that anticipation is already sky high for Prometheus and The Dark Knight Rises. Sometimes it’s that eagerness to root for the lesser-known or the emergence of new intrigue that comes with an extra degree of excitement.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: ‘Hotel Transylvania’ Rocks a Great Concept But Poor Executions

Poor The Expendables 2G.I. Joe Retaliation beat you to it. Both summer blockbusters delivered a slew of character posters this past week and not only were they released in a similar format, the collection of posters being distributed amongst a selection of online outlets, but both sets look quite similar. It’s tough to call one set better than the other, but G.I. Joe certainly stole some of The Expendables thunder.

We’ve got three new red-band trailers fighting for potty mouth glory. There’s the one for John Stalberg’s High School, which continues to look like an entertaining high school throwback, and then there’s the one for The Five-Year Engagement, which might incite a spike in the sale of the peony flower. Last up is the one from Hick and it proves that you don’t want to mess with Chloe Moretz. Forget all of Hit Girl’s crazy toys; all she needs here is a little firepower.

In somewhat tamer trailer territory, there’s a new one for the home invasion film Stash House. It looks tacky to the max, but the idea of Sean Faris and Briana Evigan battling with Dolph Lundgren just screams guilty pleasure. On the other hand, Lawless might be the real deal. The film was just selected to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and now it’s got a trailer with enough tension and drama to show it might be worthy of the honor.

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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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