Quiet Place, Grudge, Manson: Weekly Round Up

A Quiet Place

2020 is here, and it didn’t so much start with a bang as it did a whisper… at least, in terms of movie news. Don’t worry, I know the phrase is “whimper”, I’m just being cheesy. See, one of the first major developments of the new year was the release of a trailer for the much anticipated, although infuriatingly unneeded, upcoming horror sequel A Quiet Place 2.

The John Krasinski directed, Emily Blunt starring 2018 horror took the world by storm upon release, surprising a lot of people with a high concept, smart gimmick, and, despite some glaring plot holes, a pretty tense, well made, and well crafted little movie. Of course, if there is one thing we know about studio blockbusters, it’s that success is almost never going to be left alone. And that leads us to the aforementioned sequel.

Quite what the actual plot of this movie will be remains a mystery, although we do know Blunt, along with Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe, are all returning to reprise their roles from the original, and they will be joined by Djimon Hounsou and Cillian Murphey, who makes an appearance in the recently dropped trailer for the movie.

This one doesn’t sit right with me for some reason, although I’m not sure I could fully explain to you why. I just don’t feel like I need more of this world. I really enjoyed the original for what it was, namely a fun, slightly silly horror with a killer concept, but where else does this story go? The vague but official synopsis seems to suggest the action will be moving away from the family homestead and out into the world where they discover “the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path”. And, to be brutally honest with you all, that all sounds… well, forgive my cynicism but it sounds lame. It kind of sounds like every other bloody post-apocalyptic movie I’ve seen.

Maybe don’t base your movie viewing habits on what I have to say, though, especially about films I haven’t see, because ever since it was announced I’ve been gleefully looking forward to the new Grudge movie, and the trailer only served to further my excitement for it, but it would seem the film has been getting a pretty poor response from audiences.

It’s a shame that the first horror movie out of the gate in this new decade of ours would be met with such a negative response, as there was a strange part of me was also sort of hoping January might finally shake its reputation for a place where terrible movies go to die Alas, not this time. 2020, you’re a disappointment already.

It’s not all bad, though. We’ve got some more stuff from the world of the Wyld Stallions! That’s right, Bill & Ted Face the Music will be with us this year, and if you’re not giddy with excitement for this one then we’re just not going to get along as people.

Directed by Dead Parisot, this threequel sees Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter return to reprise their iconic roles, this time as adults with troublesome teens of their own! And that’s just what the new pictures released from the film show us.

The daughters of the titular characters are played by Samara Weaving – playing Thea – and Brigette Lundy-Paine – playing Billie. No points for guessing who is whose father.

The image came via the twitter profile of Ed Solomon, the man behind the scripts for all three Bill & Ted films, as well as Barry Levinson’s Men in Black. Solomon also gave us an update on when we might see the films trailer, responding to a fan question on social media about the trailer, Solomon revealed we’ll be seeing it likely “some time in spring”.

Another thing we can potentially look forward for at some point this year is a new cut of Quentin Tarantino’s excellent ninth movie, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood.

The new cut (or perhaps that should be original cut) is reportedly around 4 hours long. The theatrical version we all saw in cinemas – and I got on blu-ray for Christmas (I had a good one, thanks for asking) – was around 2 hours 40 minutes, so that’s quite a lot of extra footage we’re talking about here. We know that actor Damon Herriman, who plays Charles Manson in the film, has spoken before about an extended 4 hour, 20 minute cut which features more of his character.

I appreciate Tarantino is a somewhat controversial figure, but I’ve always enjoyed his films and more Tarantino is more Tarantino as far as I’m concerned, so this is pretty decent news! I’d love to see what else he has up his sleeve with these characters and this world. Maybe we’ll get even more of the tense and hell, genuinely creepy ranch stuff, right? That would be cool.

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Alex Secker is a writer/director/editor. His debut feature film, the micro-budget thriller Follow the Crows, won Best Independent Film at the Global Film Festival Awards, while his stage-play, The Door, won the People’s Choice Award at the 2017 Swinge Festival.


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