THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (Image Credit: Lionsgate)

5 Scary Movies We’d Love to See in Theaters Again!

THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (Image Credit: Lionsgate)

THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (Image Credit: Lionsgate)

It’s hard to believe it’s already been a full decade since Saw first worked its way into our twisted little hearts in all of its blood-filled, gory glory. Lionsgate will celebrate the film’s 10th anniversary with a theatrical re-release on Friday, October 31, with some theaters choosing to start the screening the night of the 30th, making for the perfect treat this Halloween season. Saw, the brain child of Leigh Whannell and James Wan, has come a long way from its struggling roots to the eight-movie franchise it is today. Rejected by multiple producers in Australia, where the film’s creators hail from, the original screenplay for the cult movie was finally picked up by producers from Evolution Entertainment after seeing a low-budget short film created by Whannell and Wan based on the same idea. The film was shot over only 18 days and the rest is history, the Jigsaw Killer having earned a spot in movie villain infamy. The re-release will run for one week only, so make sure to snag your tickets now in order to relive every grisly second in a theater near you. In the mean time, check out five other classic horror movies we’d like to see make a return to the big screen! Continue reading

Bates Motel: Season 1 Episode 110 ‘Midnight’ Recap

Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates and Olivia Cooke as Emma Decody in BATES MOTEL (Image Credit: Joseph Lederer)

Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates and Olivia Cooke as Emma Decody in BATES MOTEL (Image Credit: Joseph Lederer)

Norma is freaked about Abernathy threatening her with a gun and ordering her to bring $150,000 to the docks at midnight.  She bursts into the Sheriff’s office and tells Romero who promises to take care of it.  Norma doesn’t feel any better about the situation so she asks Dylan to get her a gun.  He refuses.  Meanwhile, Romero retrieves this $150,000 from his secret hiding spot. Continue reading

Bates Motel: Season 1 Episode 109 ‘Underwater’ Recap

Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates in BATES MOTEL (Image Credit: Joseph Lederer)

Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates in BATES MOTEL (Image Credit: Joseph Lederer)

Norma is horrified at finding Deputy Shelby’s dead body in her bed, when the Sheriff comes over to investigate Norma says something hilarious, “Why do crazy people gravitate towards me?”  The look on Norman, Dylan, and the Sheriff’s face was priceless.  While Norman and Dylan are trashing the mattress the body was found on, Norma smells people smoking pot.  The “guests” Dylan brought from Oregon are not surprisingly smoking a joint while relaxing on the porch and Norma goes ballistic on them. Continue reading

Bates Motel: Season 1 Episode 107 ‘The Man in Number 9’ Recap

Nicola Peltz as Bradley Martin and Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates in BATES MOTEL (Image Credit: Joseph Lederer)

Nicola Peltz as Bradley Martin and Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates in BATES MOTEL (Image Credit: Joseph Lederer)

Wow, now the Sheriff is corrupt and willing to cover up the crimes committed on the Bates Motel property.  What the hell?  I’m guessing this is going to bite them in the butt later, but we’ll see.

While Norman is fixing the lattice beneath the porch he finds a nasty little dog trapped and hungry, she runs off before Norman gets a hold of her.  After the crazy night of gunfighting, Norma is playing nice with Dylan but not for long since he still insists on moving out.  Norma is bound and determined to keep her boys under her wing as long as possible but Dylan is having none of that.  While Dylan takes out the trash for mommy dearest, he comes across a mysterious man in a black Cadillac who asks about Keith Summers. Continue reading

Bates Motel: Season 1 Episode 105 ‘Ocean View’ Recap

Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates and Max Thieriot as Dylan Massett in BATES MOTEL (Image Credit: Joseph Lederer)

Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates and Max Thieriot as Dylan Massett in BATES MOTEL (Image Credit: Joseph Lederer)

Somebody got laid – go Norman!  After Norman practically skips home from Bradley’s house, he finds Norma has been taken to jail.  He goes to see her and half-heartedly offers his help.  She doesn’t take it, instead screams at both sons to get out.  It is pretty clear that Norman is in a sex haze, nonetheless, he puts the motel up for collateral against Norma’s $100,000 bail to get her out of lock up.  Is she grateful?  Of course not, she is absolutely livid. Continue reading

Bates Motel: Episode 102 ‘Nice Town You Picked, Norma’ Recap

Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates and Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates in BATES MOTEL (Image Credit: Joseph Lederer)

Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates and Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates in BATES MOTEL (Image Credit: Joseph Lederer)

In the first four minutes, Norman’s estranged brother shows up and a man practically burned alive drives into a ditch.  Bates Motel certainly didn’t disappoint in the second episode.  The man burned inside his car is Bradley’s father who unfortunately witnesses the accident.  According to the Sheriff, he owns a warehouse in town and someone burned it with him inside.  The car accident causes the police to look around the scene, outside the Bates’ property, and they find Mr. Summers’ (the rapist) truck.  After briefly questioning Norma about the truck they start a search, it is pretty clear that the Sheriff Romero is awfully suspicious of Norma. Continue reading

Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates in BATES MOTEL

Will you check in to the ‘Bates Motel’?

Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates in BATES MOTEL

Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates in BATES MOTEL (Image Credit: Joe Lederer Copyright 2011)

On March 18th A&E will premiere its new drama series, Bates Motel, which serves as a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.  As you can imagine, it revolves around Norman Bates and his mother, Norma who buys the motel after a tragic incident.  The Daily Quirk was privy to a press screener of the premiere episode courtesy of A&E and it certainly did not disappoint this Hitchcock fanatic.  The series decided not to take us back to the 60’s when the original movie was made, instead it takes a pseudo retro style with the costuming of mother and son.  Additionally, the infamous house behind the motel also serves as a flashback but the townspeople and modern electronics do pop up to remind us that they are living in the new millennia.

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Movie Review: ‘Hitchcock’

Anthony Hopkins as “Alfred Hitchcock" on the set of HITCHCOCK (Image Credit: Suzanne Tenner/FOX)

Anthony Hopkins as “Alfred Hitchcock” on the set of HITCHCOCK (Image Credit: Suzanne Tenner/FOX)

I finally made it out to see Hitchcock this past weekend but made the mistake of watching The Girl only a few days beforehand.  This led me to inevitably compare and contrast the two stories while I was watching.  Nonetheless, I will spare you the details of those comparisons.  Although the title indicates a focus on the auteur, there was a lot more focus on his wife, Alma Reville, than I anticipated.  Not that I was disappointed, in fact, I have taken Hitchcock classes and studied his films in schools but little was ever written about the significant influence Alma had on his work.  Continue reading