Announcement trailer ahead of Thursday’s official trailer for Dave Franco’s The Rental

We got word from our friends at IFC Films that the trailer for the highly anticipated directorial debut of Dave Franco(yes James Franco’s brother). The Rental has quite the cast with Dan Stevens(The Guest) and Alison Brie(TV’s Community, Netflix’s GLOW).

ArcLight Cinemas and IFC Films’ will host a special sneak drive-in screening followed by a Q&A with Dave Franco on Thursday, June 18th at 8:30 PM at the Vineland Drive-In.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arclight-at-the-drive-in-tickets-109025865298

Directed by: Dave Franco
Written by: Dave Franco and Joe Swanberg
Starring: Alison Brie (GLOW), Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) Sheila Vand (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night), Jeremy Allen White (Shameless)

Two couples on an oceanside getaway grow suspicious that the host of their seemingly perfect rental house may be spying on them. Before long, what should have been a celebratory weekend trip turns into something far more sinister, as well-kept secrets are exposed and the four old friends come to see each other in a whole new light. Alison Brie, Dan Stevens, Jeremy Allen White, and Sheila Vand star in this unnerving and sophisticated debut thriller from Dave Franco (NEIGHBORS, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, THE DISASTER ARTIST).

Resident Evil 8 trailer arrives

Resident Evil 8 has unveiled its trailer with the PS5 dropping some information about what games we can expect. Wow does this look amazing and the graphics look unreal. How many of you plan on buying the PS5 the first month it’s released? I know I will but j know a lot of people want to wait till they fix all the bug issues in the software.

“Ethan’s world suddenly comes crashing down once again when Chris Redfield, an unexpected yet familiar face makes an appearance, setting off a chain of events that sees a distraught Ethan seeking answers to Chris’s shocking actions… and ultimately finding him in a mysterious village,” Capcom said on the PlayStation Blog.

So what do you think of Resident Evil 8?

Infamous(2020) review

Infamous summed up perfectly is… Natural Born Killers for the Instagram era. That’s exactly what we get here. Equally unlikeable characters with good performances that are often over-the-top especially from Bella Thorne who is in this channeling her best Spring Breakers which was full of former Disney stars gone bad.

Bella Thorne stars in Infamous

Bella Thorne really gave it her all in this chilling unrelenting performance which could be her breakthrough with this gearing up to take over Drive-Ins across the country. It’s nice to see the independent film industry make a comeback during the pandemic.

I’m sure audiences will get a kick out of the over-the-top action in this dark comedy. For most of our audience on Infamous Horrors, this is by no means a horror flick. If you’re into stuff like Bonnie and Clyde and Natural Born Killers you’ll enjoy this film. If you want straight-up horror steer clear of this one.

3.5/5 stars

FANTASIA’S UPCOMING VIRTUAL EDITION ANNOUNCES FIRST WILD WAVE OF PROGRAMMING, WITH NEIL MARSHALL’S THE RECKONING TO OPEN FESTIVAL

Very exciting news as the best horror festival is returning this year via a virtual festival like so many others have chosen to do amid the strange year of the coronavirus. We had such a fun time covering Fantasia last year and were stoked to be covering it this year as well.

Nobuhiko Obayashi’s LABYRINTH OF CINEMA, Brea Grant’s 12 HOUR SHIFT, Makoto Tezuka’s TEZUKA’S BARBARA, Anthony Scott Burns’ COME TRUE, and Chino Moya’s UNDERGODS are among the first titles announced for the festival’s 24th edition

The Fantasia International Film Festival will be celebrating its 24th edition as a virtual event accessible to movie lovers across Canada, with a wild assortment of scheduled screenings, panels, and workshops taking place online from August 20 through September 2, 2020. The decision to launch a digital edition of the famed genre festival was born from Fantasia’s desire to keep the health and safety of its attendees a top priority during the current global health crisis, while still offering daring, much-needed new genre entertainment to residents of Canada and supporting the breakout filmmakers of the year.

Now keep in mind this is the first wave of films being announced for the festival. The full line up will be announced in August. Here are some of the films we can go ahead and get excited for.

Fantasia’s 24th edition will open with a special screening of Neil Marshall’s recently completed cinematic powerhouse THE RECKONING. A poignant and horrific period thriller set in 1665 against the backdrop of the Great Plague and the subsequent witch hunts in England, THE RECKONING stars Charlotte Kirk (OCEAN’S 8, NO PANIC WITH A HINT OF HYSTERIA), Sean Pertwee (DOG SOLDIERS, DOOMSDAY), Joe Anderson (THE GREY, THE CRAZIES), Steven Waddington (THE IMITATION GAME, LAST OF THE MOHICANS), and Emma Campbell-Jones (DOCTOR WHO). A vivid, compelling and confrontational film whose themes are frighteningly pertinent to today’s concerns, it will knock the wind out of you. This will mark the second time that a work from the esteemed British filmmaker has opened Fantasia, THE DESCENT having been the festival’s official Opening Film in 2005. The sole other filmmaker Fantasia has done this with to date is Takashi Miike.

An otherworldly journey through a Europe in decline, Chino Moya’s UNDERGODS is a collection of aesthetically astonishing, darkly humorous fantasy tales about a series of men whose worlds fall apart through a visit from an unexpected stranger. This singular visual feast is a co-production between the UK, Belgium, Estonia, Serbia, and Sweden with a cast that includes Geza Rohrig (SON OF SAUL), Johann Meyers (SNATCH), Hayley Carmichael (LES MISERABLES), Eric Godon (IN BRUGES), Kate Dickie (THE WITCH), Adrian Rawlins (CHERNOBYL), Ned Dennehy (MANDY), and an especially crazed Jan Bijvoet (BORGMAN). World Premiere

Mauro Iván Ojeda’s chilling first feature. THE UNDERTAKER’S HOME (La Funeraria) stars Luís Machín (MONTECRISTO), Celeste Gerez (DESTINO ANUNCIADO), and Camila Vaccarini (PAISAJE). World Premiere

KRIYA is a fever dream of fear starring Navjot Randhawa (MEHSAMPUR), Noble Luke, and Avantika Akerkar (THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL), is co-produced by Andy Starke (IN FABRIC) and Pete Tombs (FREE FIRE), and features an unforgettable score by Jim Williams (POSSESSOR). World Premiere

COME TRUE is a distinctive and compelling work of dark science-fiction that haunts the space between wakefulness and sleep. Plagued by disturbing dreams and unable to go home, rebellious teenager Sarah (THE KILLING’s Julia Sarah Stone) is relieved to find shelter at a university sleep study. Hoping this will finally help her to get rid of her nightmares, she unwittingly becomes the channel to a horrifying new discovery. Co-starring Landon Liboiron (TRUTH OR DARE). Produced by Mark Smith (IN THE TALL GRASS) and Nicholas Bechard (HOLIDAYS) and Canadian genre film luminaries Steve Hoban (GINGER SNAPS) and Vincenzo Natali (CUBE). World Premiere

From the Troma team we celebrate 45 years of Lloyd Kaufman making bat shit crazy films with another one SHAKESPEARESSHITSTORM.

UNEARTH is a fracking horror story that follows two neighboring farm families whose relationships are strained when one of them chooses to lease their land to a gas company. In the midst of growing tension, the land is drilled, and something – long dormant and terrifying, deep beneath the earth’s surface – is released. Adrienne Barbeau (THE FOG), Marc Blucas (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER), and Allison McAtee (WE SUMMON THE DARKNESS) star. World Premiere

The rest of the line up includes Special Actors, Lucky, Tiny Tim: King For A Day, Sleep, 12 Hour Shift, Fried Barry, Yummy.

We have a lot to uncover with just the epic first wave. What do you think of Fantasia going virtual this year and thoughts on the films playing?

Escape From LA Blu-Ray Review

Escape from LA gets a re-release on Blu-Ray this time courtesy of Shout Factory. The thing about the sequel to the iconic Escape From NY is that Sam Raimi went full camp on the story and gave us no interesting characters to get behind which is saying something with supporting actors that include Pam Grier, Steve Buscemi, and Bruce Campbell.

John Carpenter has been self-indulgent from time to time with his films including Vampires and Ghost of Mars while I still enjoy LA more than those mentioned it’s still not great or decent.

Kurt Russell is enjoyable as a Razzie worthy performance type where he just chews the scenery with no care in the world like he knew the cast returned for a paycheck.

The sound and picture transfer from Shout Factory another knockout with what interviews they’ve included with the special features a new interview with co-star Bruce Campbell.

Special Features:

· NEW 4K film scan from the original negative
· NEW A Little Bit Off Beat – an interview with actor Stacy Keach
· NEW Beverly Hills Workshed – an audio interview with Bruce Campbell
· NEW Part of the Family – an interview with Peter Jason
· NEW Miss A Shot, Get A Shot – an interview with George Corraface
· NEW One Eye is Better Than None – an interview with special effects artist Jim Mc Pherson
· NEW The Renderman – an interview with visual effects artist David Jones
· Theatrical Trailer
· TV Spots
· Still Gallery

Overall grade:

3/5 stars

Shirley Review

Ah, Elisabeth Moss how I adore your acting abilities. Something in Shirley just didn’t sit well with me. The acting, directing, and cinematography was all there even the pacing. So what was the issue I had with this one?

It was the bland story they chose to use for an iconic horror author Shirley Jackson who has inspired the likes of fan-favorite Stephen King. The story of her inviting a live-in couple while trying to write a book seemed like it was trying to be more melancholy than it actually was.

This probably won’t be the home-run follow up to The Invisible Man that most of us wanted. Even though it probably wasn’t on the shelve for a while from the studio it just feels like so many other movies we’ve seen in the past that features a now big named star that it finally sees the light of day.

I would recommend our readers to wait for it to be streaming somewhere like Hulu, with this being released by NEON it may be there sooner than later with a handful of their new releases already on the platform like the terrific Spaceship Earth, The Lodge, and Oscar Winner Parasite.

Overall grade:

2.5/5 stars

Jamie Keenedy interview

This is very exciting for us at infamous horrors, when I(AJ Friar) joined this site I had no idea where it would take me and I have gotten to interview a lot of people during my time here and I hope you enjoyed all of the interviews. This time we got to speak to Jamie Keenedy from Scream and the Tremors franchise. Here’s the interview.

AJ Friar: James, how you doing today?

Jamie Keenedy: Good. Where are you at, man?

AJ Friar: I’m in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Jamie Keenedy: Okay.

AJ Friar: So, thank you so much for joining us today at infamoushorrors.com, and congratulations on the new stand-up you have.

Jamie Keenedy: Thanks, bro. I appreciate it.

AJ Friar: I just watched it this morning, actually, to kind of get myself ready for the interview. I thought it was really needed in quarantine to have a good continuous laugh that you kept going on. You talked about your involvement in the horror genre with Tremors. How did that come about, you joining the Tremors franchise?

Jamie Keenedy: Well, my agent came, I saw an offer, I talked to them, and then I had a meeting. They were going to redo another Tremors. I took a meeting, and I read the script, and I loved it, and that’s how I jumped on board.

AJ Friar: You also talked about how they’re rebooting everything. You can decline this question if you feel like it, but what are your thoughts on the upcoming Scream 5 that is coming out, if you have any thoughts on it?

Jamie Keenedy: I mean, I haven’t really thought about it. I’ve been dead for over 20 years, you know? Well, 20 actually, because it came out in 2000.

AJ Friar: Yeah.

Jamie Keenedy:
I mean, look, Scream is the greatest part of my life. It’s a great legacy, but I really don’t know what to say about it other than I’m pretty sure I’m dead. I love that it’s this beautiful thing and keeps going. I hope they keep going and keep doing lots of stuff, but I think I’m dead. I mean, if I get a call, I’ll let you know.

AJ Friar: I mean, nowadays you never know if anybody’s really dead in past movies now with what they do with reboots.

Jamie Keenedy: Totally.

AJ Friar: How was your connection with fans going to horror and conventions? Because, I seen your name actually pop up on a few horror and conventions in Charlotte, and I’m wondering, how do you feel in connecting with fans when you can go out to those?

Jamie Keenedy: How is my convention?

AJ Friar: Like, how is it to connect with fans during the conventions that you go to?

Jamie Keenedy: They’re really good. I mean, fans, they love to come and talk about Scream and ask me questions. They’re really passionate about it, so I love the fans. They’re so good to me, and they’re really there to help support horror and comic books. Those conventions, they’re just great. People just really, really are so passionate and it’s really great to see.

AJ Friar: So when you were in the beginning, thinking about becoming an actor or a stand-up comedian, what were some of the first things you did, or talk to yourself about like, “All right, I’m finally going to go out and try to accomplish this”?

Jamie Keenedy: What did I do? I just was like, “I’m going to…” I don’t know, I wanted to move to L.A. and I knew I had to be in L.A., and I knew I had to be near L.A., and I said, “I’m going to go out there.” Then, I moved to L.A. and I started working at Pizza Hut and I also started to try to do extra work. That’s how I start started, I thought, “What’s the easiest barrier to entry?”

AJ Friar: What were some of the most fun experiences you had first starting out in L.A.?

Jamie Keenedy:
I worked at a job that was an interactive play. It was called, Tamara. Tamara, that was the name of it. It had actors that I recognize movies and TV, and it also had… I was a bus boy, but I also got to be dressed in the way the people looked in the play, so it was interactive, you know?

AJ Friar: Right.

Jamie Keenedy: So, that was pretty cool. So, I was working as a bus boy, but I also was kind of in the play, but not really. It was very cool to just see that, and that’s kind of how my career started. I kind of got in behind the scenes of things to see how everything worked. Just an exciting thing just to be on a set, to be

AJ Friar: Right, just to see how everything comes together being on set. Yeah.

Jamie Keenedy: Yeah. To make money, to be on a set, it’s like something that was so foreign to me. I was always told you had to get a job and it was terrible. To be able to make money doing something that’s fun was incredible. So, that was a real eyeopener for me.

AJ Friar: I’ve always been a fan of yours, and I wanted to tell you this side note of a story when I was growing up. One of my nicknames in like middle school was Malibu because I thought I was the coolest thing ever growing up. Right? One of my nicknames the kids gave me was Malibu growing up. It’s just…

Jamie Keenedy: Oh, you were like B-Red.

AJ Friar: Yeah.
Jamie Keenedy: Oh, wow. That’s awesome.

AJ Friar: What are your thoughts on the quarantine situation, especially with stand up and material like David Spade said, after this is gone or after you have a vaccine, and a lot of the jokes are probably going to be quarantine themed and you don’t want to be that guy, or that stand-up act, that just kind of reminds everybody of what just happened.

Jamie Keenedy: Yeah, he’s right. I mean, I don’t know. I guess you could tell your own experience of what happened. This is a worldwide thing that we’ve all experienced, and it’s like we can all talk about it. But at some point, yeah, you’re going to have to have your own jokes. People are going to get tired of that. But yeah, I
mean, I don’t know. I think comedy right now, I think there’s a lot of stuff. A lot of stuff’s going on in the world, and so I think people, first thing they got to do is use logic, get through all this, and stand on the side of what’s just and good.

AJ Friar: Right.

Jamie Keenedy: Comedy is not as important right now as getting things right in our world. Then, people want to laugh, then maybe comedy can provide an outlet. But right now, we’ve got to get a lot of things right.

AJ Friar: Yeah. Have you been doing stuff in quarantine that you usually don’t have the time to do, and that you’re finding yourself writing scripts or stand-up material that you wouldn’t have gotten to in the past because your time wouldn’t be so consumed by other projects, and now you kind of found yourself in this free time?

Jamie Keenedy: Yeah. I mean, I’m getting scripts together, I’m getting my podcast together, I’m fixing my house, I’m dealing with stocks, I’m dealing with a lot of stuff. So, it’s a good time for me to just get all my stuff together. I’m trying to stay healthy and just get everything together. I mean, we’re all forced to stay home, so it’s a time that we can all get caught up, if you will.

AJ Friar: Yeah. One final question for you, Jamie, what is your outlook on everything that is currently going on with streaming and movie theaters during this coronavirus thing? Everything is changing, even like with your new stand-up, it went to a streaming service, like Tubi

, and it’s only becoming more evolved by the second. It seems like some movie deals from studios and streaming services get locked in now because it’s just so uncertain. You being a movie star, what are your thoughts of what’s going on in the film industry?

Jamie Keenedy: I think that basically streaming is here, it’s not going to go away. It’s going to keep going and going and going and going. I think movies theaters are going to be disrupted, that’s just the truth. They might not like to hear that, but the way the world is, people are a little bit more trepidatious with this virus, there’s a lot of stuff happening outside in the world that people may not want to go out as much.

Jamie Keenedy: I’m not saying they will, but movie theaters, people who can get their content at home, their phone, they get their content anywhere. So as long as you can enjoy your content, I think it’s going to change. I think movie theaters are going to be disrupted. I don’t think that they want to accept that, but evolution, technology, this is what happens. I think people are going to, wherever they can get their content, whether it’s in their headset, VR, there’s a lot of stuff that’s going to come that’s going to make you feel like you’re sitting in a movie theater.

AJ Friar: Right.

Jamie Keenedy: You put on a VR headset, you really feel like you’re in some other world. So, I could watch any movie in a VR headset and I don’t need to go out to do it.

AJ Friar: Right. I just recently bought the Philips Hue HDMI Sync Box with a few Philip Hue lights, and basically anything you have going through an HDMI input, the colors of the lights will sync up to whatever is going on a screen and it feels like you’re in a 4DX theater. So even stuff like that is evolving to help you feel like you’re still in a movie theater at your home.

Jamie Keenedy: Oh, that’s incredible. I got to get that. You got to DM me that information.

AJ Friar: I will, if you don’t mind. But yeah, it’s really amazing.

Jamie Keenedy: Yeah.

AJ Friar: If you’re big into your home theater, that’s something you have to add to it because it just sets the ambiance and it adds more into your home viewing and it really makes it that much more fun to host and entertain people in your theater too.

Jamie Keenedy: Yeah, I would love that, definitely. DM that information, that sounds incredible. That’s what I’m saying. They’re very reasonable. You could go get a new TV with a soundbar, bam, put it up, and you can have a killer experience in your theaters. So yeah, I agree. I think it’s going to change a lot.

AJ Friar: Well, Jamie, thank you so much for joining us today at Infamous Horrors. It’s been really fun. I hope you can continue to stay safe, and can’t wait for your new projects to come out.

Jamie Keenedy: Okay, man. Thank you so much, and I appreciate it. You too, my friend, keep doing what you’re doing.

AJ Friar: All right, have a good day, Jamie.

Jamie Keenedy: You too, brother. Bye-bye

Becky Review

Synopsis:

Spunky and rebellious, Becky (Lulu Wilson) is brought to a weekend getaway at a lake house by her father Jeff (Joel McHale) in an effort to try to reconnect. The trip immediately takes a turn for the worse when a group of convicts on the run, led by the merciless Dominick (Kevin James), suddenly invade the lake house.

Review:

May I start off by saying how I was really hesitant to check this movie out with an open mind, I typically can’t stand anyone from Sandler’s clique except for Kevin Nealon and on occasion David Spade. When I first turned on the movie I was thinking ”Okay, let’s see how terrible this could be”. Then something happened I wasn’t expecting.

I ended up really loving this movie! So much, in fact, it may make my top five thriller films of the year! Kevin James is against type and nails it. Think Owen Wilson in The Minus Man. I wish Kevin James will continue channeling his darker side in the roles he chooses.

Lulu Wilson’s performance will be talked about for years to come with genre fans. She does something extraordinary and rare in her performance that is buzz-worthy among the indie circuit. Joel McHale also gives an admirable outing that should get him cast in more movies. He seems to be really picky with his feature film outings.

I would highly recommend this movie to our readers and I hope you will enjoy as much as I did.

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