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January 19, 2011 / TerranceTheTrailerTrasher

Talk Radio, the Mob, Murder and a Slumber Party

Reviews of four movies currently in production or development.

BIG TUNA – Biopic of Chicago mob boss Tony Accardo and Sam Giancana, the protege who replaced him. Director Michael Mann recently hired Sheldon Turner (UP IN THE AIR) to write the screenplay.

@ – A mob boss and his successor? Gee, that’s never been done before.

THE DOORDallas Roberts stars as a radio talk show host drawn into exploring paranormal activity by a caller and an unexplained death. Alison Eastwood co-stars. Supposedly inspired by true events.

@@ – Sounds like an attempt to capitalize on the popularity of reality shows like “Ghost Hunters” and “Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files” packaged in fictional narrative pretending to be real. Will probably be done in mockumentary style, to boot. Boo.

GIRLS – A slumber party gone wrong after four teenage girls are terrorized by a pair of kidnappers. Indie thriller said to have a “fresh twist” from the producer of BURIED.

@@@ – Thin story will depend on style over substance to save it. HALLOWEEN didn’t have that much more to start with and look how that turned out. Then again, it’s harder to stumble onto that kind of success intentionally, but BURIED ended up surpassing my expectations. At the very least, it’s the perfect setting for a throwback to 80s slashers like SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE without taking the less imaginative route of calling itself a “reboot” of a franchise.

KILLER JOE – Black comedy from director William Friedkin and playwright Tracy Letts (BUG) about a family who hires a cop-turned-hitman to kill their mother for her life insurance policy after she steals from their stash of drugs. Started shooting last November in New Orleans with Matthew McConnaughey, Emile Hirsch, Thomas Haden Church and Gina Gershon.

@@@@ – BUG was the most unique and scary horror film of the last decade. I don’t care that much that the story is only mildly intriguing. I know the execution from these guys is going to make it compelling. I can’t wait to see more from the BUG team of Friedkin (THE EXORCIST) and Letts.

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  1. thejamminjabber / Jan 19 2011 7:49 am

    That Friedkin movie sounds like it has potential, although he really only has one or two great films.

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