As reported by Screen Rant, Neill Blomkamp has confirmed his forthcoming sequel RoboCop Returns will be R-rated. The original RoboCop is a glorious mix of genres, being a sci-fi action movie with large doses of satire, horror and even religious allegory. Director Paul Verhoeven managed to balance all those tones perfectly, and in between the pitch black humor and lashings of bloodshed, he provided a story with great characters and real heart.
Sadly, none of the sequels lived up to the movie’s promise. RoboCop 2 upped the gory violence, but outside of some inspired moments, it proved to be a major disappointment. RoboCop 3 infamously turned to turn the character kid friendly and watered the satire and violence down for a PG-13 rating; it killed the movie series for 20 years. A PG-13 reboot starring Joel Kinnaman and Gary Oldman arrived in 2014, but despite a strong cast and director at the helm, it was a little too neat and clean around the edges to leave much of a mark, and a planned sequel never arrived.
Now it’s been confirmed director Neill Blomkamp (District 9) will take the reins on RoboCop Returns, which will serve as a direct sequel to the 1987 original whilst ignoring the other movies. The script will be based off an unused RoboCop 2 draft from writers Michael Miner and Ed Neumeier, which will be rewritten by Justin Rhodes (Terminator 6). The lack of an R-rating was a huge point of continuation with the most recent RoboCop movies, but in response to a tweet from games designer Cliff Bleszinski, Blomkamp has confirmed the movie won’t be compromising on gore.
This is a small but comforting step since the original RoboCop was fundamentally an adult property. On the surface, Blomkamp is a strong choice for the material, since he’s steeped in love for the genre and all of his previous projects have mixed satire with R-rated violence to some degree. The director has also been flexing his creative muscles with a series of impressive short films from his own production company Oats Studios, including bleak alien invasion story Rakka and monster movie Zygote.
The series could also use a movie that restores the reputation of the character after one too many disappointing sequels, and while there’s no word on casting yet, it would be nice to see original star Peter Weller come back for RoboCop Returns also. Alternate sequels seem to be the hot new property in Hollywood right now, with Halloween 2018 and Terminator 6 both ignoring the mistakes of previous sequels to tell new stories.
RoboCop Returns doesn’t currently have a release date, but we’ll update you as more information arrives.
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hillbilly, a new documentary film that explores the "hillbilly" stereotype and its role in America's current, heated cultural divide between rural and urban communities, is set to make its debut during the 17th San Francisco Documentary Film Festival on June 8th, 9:30 pm PT at the Roxie Theater, and a second showing on June 10th, 2:30 pm PT at the New People Cinema. To buy tickets for either of these showings, please click here.
Appalachia is no stranger to the complexity of media representation. hillbilly takes the viewer on a personal and political journey into the heart of Appalachia, exploring the role of media and culture in the creation of the iconic American "hillbilly," and examining the social, cultural, and political underpinnings of this infamous stereotype.
Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and and the National Endowment for the Arts, and filmed in California and across the South, hillbilly uncovers an unexpected community of artists, poets, activists, queer musicians, "Affrilachian" poets, and inter-sectional feminists---all unexpected voices emerging from this historically misunderstood region.
hillbilly is a timely and urgent exploration of how we see and think about poverty, southern, and rural identity in contemporary America, offering a call for dialogue between the historically divided populations of Urban and Rural, North and South.
Native Appalachian and Country music superstar Dolly Parton had this to say about the film’s release: “I'm happy to see somebody trying to cover us as we really are and not what some people think we are. It's wonderful the attention you've paid to so many areas that are so important to all of us. I'm proud to have been mentioned in the film a time or two.”
The film’s two directors Ashley York and Sally Rubin, both with Appalachian roots, made this film in order to offer the world a rich and varied point of view of this historically misunderstood region. On the film’s release, the two had this to say:
“We are so gratified to be finally releasing hillbilly, which represents the result of four and a half years of research, fundraising, production, and editing--and several decades of thinking about the issues in the film. Stereotypes about the South and the mountains are hurtful and divisive. We hope our film can ignite change around this issue.”
Attending the screenings from the film's production team will be: Ashley York, Sally Rubin, Co-Directors/Producers; John Fee, Composer; Ben Caucci, Composer; Samantha Andre, Assistant Editor; Kayla Velloso, Associate Producer; Laurie Coyle, Story Consultant; and Ken Schneider, Additional Editor.
To learn more about the film, its creators, funders, producers, and advisors please visit hillbillymovie.com or on the official Facebook page.
Severin Films Presents ZOMBIE 3 - The Infamous Fulci/Mattei/Fragasso Saga - Now In HD For The First Time In The US.
Limited Edition: First 3000 with Remastered Soundtrack CD of Music by Stefano Mainetti
1 Blu-ray disc + 1 CD disc
All regions. Widescreen 1.85:1
Dolby Digital Mono
Production year: 1988
Director: Lucio Fulci, Claudio Fragasso, Bruno Mattei
Cast: Deran Sarafian, Beatrice Ring, Ottaviano Dell'Acqua
Shortly before completing the sequel to his classic ZOMBIE, the legendary Lucio Fulci became ill and left the Philippines-based production. But when director Bruno Mattei (SHOCKING DARK) and writers Claudio Fragasso & Rossella Drudi (TROLL 2) stepped in to finish, the result became the most "insanely enjoyable" (The Lucid Nightmare) zombie romp in EuroCult history.
After a deadly virus is stolen from a government facility, it will unleash a "wildly entertaining" (Realm Of Horror) combination of Fulci's signature extreme violence, Mattei/Fragasso-style surreal logic, and big bloody buckets of goo-spewing mayhem that must be seen to be believed. Deran Sarafian, Beatrice Ring (INTERZONE) and Massimo Vanni (RATS: NIGHT OF TERROR) star in this "total blast" (Bloody Disgusting), now featuring a 2k scan and uncut for the first time ever in America.
The Last Zombies - Interview with Co-Director / Co-Writer Claudio Fragasso and Co-Writer Rossella Drudi
Tough Guys - Interview with Actors/Stuntmen Massimo Vanni and Ottaviano Dell'Acqua
The Problem Solver - Interview with Replacement Director Bruno Mattei
Swimming with Zombies - Interview with Actress Marina Loi
In the Zombie Factory - Interview with FX Artist Franco Di Girolamo
Audio Commentary With Stars Deran Sarafian and Beatrice Ring
Severin Films Presents ZOMBIE 4: AFTER DEATH - From The Creators Of TROLL 2 and MONSTER DOG. Now In HD For The First Time Ever In America
Limited Edition: First 3000 with First Ever Official Release Soundtrack CD of Music by Al Festa
Zombie 4: After Death
1 Blu-ray disc + 1 CD disc
Label: Severin Films
In between the celebrated insanities of ZOMBIE 3 and TROLL 2, director Claudio Fragasso (here under the name 'Clyde Anderson') and writer/collaborator Rossella Drudi put the penultimate batsh*t nail in the coffin of the legendary ZOMBIE series. When a white scientist's cure for cancer enrages an island voodoo priest, it will unleash the ultimate plague of ninja zombies, exploding heads, appalling performances, eye-gouging, face-ripping, power ballads and big bloody mouthfuls of flesh-chomping havoc... And that's just the first 20 minutes.
Adult film superstar Jeff Stryker, Candice Daly (THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) and Jim Gaines (ISLAND OF THE LIVING DEAD) star in this "ludicrously entertaining" (Ballistic Blood Bullets) Philippines-filmed schlock-fest, now scanned in 2k and uncut for the first time ever in America.
Run Zombie Run! - Interview With Director Claudio Fragasso and Screenwriter Rossella Drudi
Jeff Stryker in Manila - Interview With Actor Chuck Peyton
Blonde vs Zombies - Interview With Actress Candice Daly
Link to trailer: https
Severin Films Presents SHOCKING DARK - The Most Infamous Mash-Up In EuroSleaze History -
Now In HD For The First Time Ever!
1 Blu-ray disc
Color, 90 minutes in English
All regions. Widescreen 1.85:1
Dolby Digital Mono
Production year: 1989
Director: Bruno Mattei
Cast: Christopher Ahrens, Haven Tyler, Geretta Geretta
For director Bruno Mattei (VIOLENCE IN A WOMEN'S PRISON) and co-writers Claudio Fragasso & Rossella Drudi (TROLL 2), their final - and most notorious - collaboration went beyond brazen plagiarism to become a fearless act of deranged genius: In this bravura rip-off of both ALIENS and TERMINATOR, a team of badass marines, a tough female civilian and an orphaned girl battle monsters beneath the Venice canals while being chased by an indestructible killer cyborg.
Have we mentioned the overwrought dialogue, over-the-top performances and ultimate WTF twist ending? Geretta Geretta (DEMONS) and Tony Lombardo (RATS: NIGHTS OF TERROR) star in this "schlockfest of awesome" (Cool Target) - actually released outside the U.S. as TERMINATOR II and ALIENATORS and never before available in America - now scanned in 2k from the Director's Cut negative discovered in a Rome lab vault.
Terminator in Venice - An Interview with Co-Director / Co-Screenwriters Claudio Fragasso and Co-Screenwriter Rossella Drudi
Once Upon A Time in Italy - An Interview With Actress Geretta Geretta
Alternate Italian Titles
On May 1st at 3 PM EST, Fangoria Magazine will once again open for business. On that day interested parties can subscribe at Fangoria.com. The organization is exploring in-store options and single-issue sales, but for right now a one-year subscription is the only way to get the magazine.
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