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  • Thriller Collection: 4 Film Favorites

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010

    Includes:The Ghost Ship (1943) Queen of the Damned (2002), MPAA Rating: R Dreamcatcher (2003), MPAA Rating: R Gothika (2003), MPAA Rating: R The Ghost Ship RKO horror producer Val Lewton dished up seven reels of brooding psychological terror with The Ghost Ship. Richard Dix stars as the ship's captain, a tortured soul who teeters on the verge of madness. Seaman Russell Wade notices the captain's deterioration, but his warnings are dismissed by the crew. Captain Dix completely goes over the edge, sadistically playing a game of cat and mouse with the luckless Wade--and endangering the lives of everyone on board. While the viewer may notice that Ghost Ship closely resembles the Jack London tale The Sea Wolf, playwrights Samuel R. Golding and Norbert Faulkner felt that the film was too close for comfort to an unproduced play of their own. The writers sued RKO, forcing the studio to withdraw Ghost Ship from theatres and prohibiting future TV showings. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Queen of the Damned The second and third novels in author Anne Rice's popular book series The Vampire Chronicles provide the inspiration for this horror sequel starring ill-fated actress and recording artist Aaliyah, who was killed in an airplane crash before the film's release. Stuart Townsend is the vampire Lestat, who has awakened from a century-long slumber and turned his considerable energy to rock music. His vampirism identity mistaken for a gothic hard rock publicity stunt along the lines of Kiss or Marilyn Manson, he quickly becomes a pop music sensation. Lestat's powerful music reaches the ear of the slumbering Akasha (Aaliyah), the millennia-old "queen of the vampires" who was the first immortal bloodsucker. Akasha is soon free and embarking on a quest to seize control of the world with Lestat at her side. In the meantime, Lestat becomes an object of fascination for Jesse Reeves (Marguerite Moreau), member of a secret order studying the supernatural called the Talamasca, and a band of ancient vampires come together in an effort to stop Akasha, even though her destruction could potentially cause their own deaths. Queen of the Damned co-stars Lena Olin and Vincent Perez. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide Dreamcatcher Four men are changed forever by an act of mercy -- changes which have a profound impact many years later -- in this blend of horror and science fiction based on a novel by Stephen King. Jonesy (Damian Lewis), Henry (Thomas Jane), Pete (Timothy Olyphant), and Beaver (Jason Lee) were four friends who, as schoolboys, rescued a boy with Down's Syndrome, Duddits (Donnie Wahlberg), from a savage beating at the hands of bullies. Their experience with Duddits left the boys profoundly changed, as they discovered they had developed psychic powers which allowed them to wordlessly communicate with one another, read the minds of others, and see events in the future. The four remained close friends into adulthood, and meet every year for a weekend get-together at a remote hunting lodge. However, one year Jonsey is approached by the spirit of Duddits, which leads him into a severe auto accident, though his wounds heal with mysterious speed and are gone by the time he and the guys get together a few months later. As the guys drink and swap stories, a desperately ill hunter makes his way into the cabin, whose body has become the host for a horrible wormlike creature, which breaks free and soon goes on a killing spree, leaving only Henry alive. In the wake of this attack comes a massive snowstorm, and Henry learns that these events are the first signs of a major attack by a powerful alien force which can assume any form it wishes. As duplicitous military leader Col. Abraham Curtis (Morgan Freeman) comes in to quell the menace, Henry finds himself in communication with the late Jonsey, whose previous near-death experience gives him an unexpected advantage in stemming the alien tide. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide Gothika A woman is taken on a voyage to the other side of sanity in this moody thriller. Dr. Miranda Grey (Halle Berry) is a clinical psychologist who works alongside her husband, Dr. Doug Grey (Charles S. Dutton), in the mental ward of a top security prison, where Miranda has been devoting much of her attention to a clever but deeply disturbed murderer named Chloe (Penélope Cruz), who shares gruesome tales of torture and violence that may or may not be based in fact. One night, Miranda has a hideous nightmare in which a chance meeting with a strange young girl leads to a terrifying journey into madness. Once she wakes, however, Miranda discovers that the real horror has just begun -- Doug has been brutally murdered, and the evidence points to Miranda as the prime suspect. She soon finds herself a patient in the same facility where she once treated others, and finds that her claims of innocence and sanity do little to convince Dr. Pete Graham (Robert Downey Jr.), the psychologist assigned to her case. Gothika marked the American debut of acclaimed and controversial French filmmaker Mathieu Kassovitz. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide
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    With this week's 'Wolverine' and 'Iron Man 3' trailers, has our spoiler culture reached an event horizon?

    Type: Post | Date: Thursday, Mar 28, 2013

    We know we're part of the process, but has it gotten away from all of us?
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    Comic-Con 2011: Joss Whedon talks 'Buffy,' 'Firefly,' 'Dr. Horrible'... and, oh yeah, 'Avengers'

    Type: Post | Date: Sunday, Jul 24, 2011

    Adaptations, spin-offs and sequels were the topic of the day for the Comic-Con icon
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    Movie power rankings: 'X-Men' sequel goes to the front of the class

    Type: Article | Date: Thursday, Feb 2, 2012

    Where do 'GI Joe,' 'Les Miserables' and 'Dark Knight Rises' end up?
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    Christopher Nolan set to produce supernatural thriller for director Keith Gordon

    Type: Post | Date: Friday, Jul 1, 2011

    Could this be the start of a second wind for Gordon's career?
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    Movie Power Rankings: 'Star Trek 2' beams its way to the top

    Type: Article | Date: Wednesday, Jan 18, 2012

    Where do 'Hunger Games,' 'Breaking Dawn' and 'The Avengers' end up?
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    Cypress Hill, Willie Nelson, 'Glee' cast lead diverse April 20 release slate

    Type: Post | Date: Monday, Apr 19, 2010

    Madonna gets an overhaul in one new release
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    Ben Stiller's acceptance speech rules the 2012 Britannia Awards

    Type: Post | Date: Thursday, Dec 1, 2011

    Warren Beatty, Helena Bonham Carter, David Yates and John Lasseter also honored
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    Box Office: 'Alice in Wonderland' says off with Jennifer Aniston and Jude Law's heads

    Type: Article | Date: Sunday, Mar 21, 2010

    'Bounty Hunter' disappoints, 'Repo Men' bombs, 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' prevails
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    Box office: 'New Year's Eve' leads anemic frame with tepid $13.7 million

    Type: Article | Date: Sunday, Dec 11, 2011

    Jonah Hill starrer 'The Sitter' makes a soft debut in the #2 spot