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Flatliners Is DOA with 0% Rating on Rotten Tomatoes

The remake of the 1990′s Flatliners remake is getting torn apart by critics and moviegoers, resulting in a zero percent “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based off of 20 reviews as of this writing. Currently the movie is projecting to make between $5 and $8 million dollars at the box office this weekend with a budget of $19 million dollars, which is not a good sign for a movie that some are calling “the definition of meh.” It isn’t clear if the studio signed a Do Not Resuscitate contract because it looks as if the Flatliners has flat lined.

The trailers and promotional material looked promising, plus there was a cameo by Kiefer Sutherland who starred in the first Joel Schumacher directed Flatliners in 1990. Sutherland announced that the movie was intended to be a sequel last year before filming began, but it appears as if they lost the script for the planned sequel and found a crappy version of the original script to use instead. Basically, the only thing being praised about the Flatliners 2017 movie is the diversity found in the cast. The movie stars Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, and Kiersey Clemons as medical students who stop their hearts in order to get a glimpse of the afterlife. Unfortunately for them, aspects of the afterlife start to follow them back into real life to haunt them.

Though the original movie wasn’t very good either, the new one has gotten some pretty choice reviews who are wondering why the Flatliners movie was even made in the first place. The A.V. Club’s Mike D’Angelo wonders why the movie was brought back from the dead and gave the movie a D+. D’Angelo says, “Flatliners 2017 is the same dumb movie as Flatliners 1990, minus most of the surface charisma.” The New York Times’ Glenn Kenny suggested that the movie was just “meh.” He had this to say.

“This film did not screen for critics, nor was it previewed in New York theaters on a Thursday night, as is usually customary with studio pictures. I imagine Columbia understood that it had something arguably worse than a dog on its hands. This Flatliners is in fact a new definition of “meh.”

Vulture’s David Edelstein called the movie “embarrassing” and “third rate” in his review while Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers calls Flatliners a “fright free-fiasco.” Empire’s John Nugent calls the return of Kiefer Sutherland pointless. He explains.

“Kiefer Sutherland was sold as the connective tissue between the two films, and his character could have offered true mentorship or advice to students performing identical experimental procedures to his, but his cameo is largely pointless. There is zero reference to the events of the last film. Instead he is left to stomp around irascibly with a walking stick, like a less brilliant Dr House. He is the most visible ghost of all: the vision from the past, haunting the present, reminding us that this all happened before, and marginally better.”

The Los Angeles Times’ Noel Murray was able to find a bright spot in the otherwise critically panned movie. Murray said, “the new filmmaking team of writer Ben Ripley and director Niels Arden Oplev makes the original’s members look like peerless masters of horror.” Wait, that’s praise for the original movie. Whoops.

Flatliners may have a zero percent on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of this writing, but it will surely raise a little bit higher in the coming weeks. For instance, The Emoji Movie started with a zero percent as well, but now has gone up the ranks to earn a whooping ten percent after nearly 3 months. Regardless, you can head over to Rotten Tomatoes now and read some of the reviews in full for yourself. Or maybe help out Flatliners with a good review if you happened to see it and actually liked it.

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Justice League Lifts Some Marketing Ideas from Thor: Ragnarok Posters

A new battle has started between the MCU and DCEU since the marketing team behind Justice League ripped off Thor: Ragnarok‘s marketing campaign, sharing colorful posters that look nearly identical to those of Thor. The brightly colored posters were first debuted for Thor: Ragnarok a few weeks ago and they feature characters from the movie with a different colored backdrop to coincide with the character traits or outfit choice. Warner Bros. started a new phase of the marketing for Justice League today and it features the same color schemes.

The new Justice League posters shows off each character with a colorful backdrop. The Justice League posters show off more of a silhouette look than the full-on action shots that are portrayed on the Ragnarok posters, but the color schemes are almost identical and it seems like it was almost done on purpose to instigate a fight between the DC Extended Universe and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The colorful set of posters can be seen in below, but Warner Bros. additionally revealed they’ll each be available as prints starting next month, which indicates that they will more than likely be available at the New York Comic Con next weekend, much like the panels of the Infinity War posters were given away at the San Diego Comic Con over the summer.

Ragnarok finds Chris Hemsworth’s Thor dumped on a world run by the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) and forced to do battle with his “friend from work,” The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), who has decided that he doesn’t want to ever turn back into Bruce Banner ever again after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron and has begun to speak like a baby. Thor will have to battle Hela (Cate Blanchett), the goddess of death, with his adopted brother Loki and Heimdall (Idris Elba) by his side. It has been heavily rumored that the movie will help to set up the events of Avengers: Infinity War.

Whereas Justice League will see Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Superman (Henry Cavill), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) joining forces to go up against the super villain Steppenwolf. Batman‘s faith in humanity is restored after Superman‘s actions in Batman v Superman and decides to put together an elite squad to protect the Earth and defend the human race. The new promotional posters feature all of the aforementioned characters except Superman against a single colored background.

While the Thor: Ragnarok posters are a bit flashier, the Justice League posters bear more than a few similarities, especially when one thinks about them both being comic book movies from rival publishers/studios. Who wins in a fight? Can Thor and Hulk take down the entire Justice League for ripping off their promotional posters? We’ll never really get the truth, but it sure is fun to speculate about. In the meantime, you can check out the new Justice League posters courtesy of Warner Bros.’ official Twitter account and Thor: Ragnarok character posters below.

Brand new character posters have been revealed for the #JusticeLeague. #UniteTheLeague. pic.twitter.com/ahTG2ksmt5

— Dillyn #DCBrosPod (@dcbrosmedia) September 29, 2017

Textless posters#ThorRagnarok#Thor#[email protected]@[email protected]@idriselbapic.twitter.com/lpgiAmbs4t

— MarvelStudiosMovies (@AidarSM) September 18, 2017

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Batman Ninja Anime Movie Officially Coming in 2018

New York Comic Con is just around the corner, and that means we are going to get word on some upcoming projects we knew nothing about previously. One such project was let out of the bag a little early in the form of Batman Ninja, a brand new, feature-length anime movie that Warner Bros. is working on. Even though the movie hasn’t been officially announced yet, Batman Ninja is going to be showcased at NYCC. So the cat is out of the bag.

The movie is reportedly going to be a full-length feature from Warner Bros. Japan and is going to take The Dark Knight into the realm of anime. According to the New York Comic Con panel description, Batman Ninja, which comes from Warner Bros. Japan, will be presented on the Main Stage at the Javits Center from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. ET on Thursday, October 5. So if you’re a huge Batman fan and you’re going to be at New York Comic Con, this is probably going to be a must-attend event. Here’s the official description of the panel.

“Warner Bros. Japan and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment team for an eye-popping addition to the Batman animated legacy with Batman Ninja, a spectacular, all-new anime film coming in 2018. Be among the first to witness the premiere of colorful footage from this imaginative take on Batman and many of his connected characters. Panelists will include director Jumpei Mizusaki, character designer Takashi Okazaki, screenwriter Kazuki Nakashima, English-language screenwriters Leo Chu & Eric Garcia and some potential special guests.”

For the record, this is not the first time that Bruce Wayne has ventured into anime. 2008′s Batman: Gotham Knight was also a feature-length, home video release that was done as an anime that helped bridge the gap between the events of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. It is made up of several shorts that, though connected, tell different stories. Perhaps most importantly, when looking at how this may relate to Batman Ninja, it was pretty cool. Batman definitely works in anime form, but there are a whole lot of questions and not too many answers about the movie right now. But even with what little information we have, Batman Ninja sounds like something to keep your eye on.

As of right now, the only info we have is that Batman Ninja will arrive in 2018. That is frustratingly vague, but at least we know it will arrive some time next year. As far as Warner Bros. animation goes, they also have a Teen Titans GO! movie set for summer 2018. We’ll surely learn a lot more about the project during the panel at New York Comic Con this Thursday, so be on the lookout. Hopefully, Warner Bros. will release some sort of footage, or possibly a trailer, for Batman Ninja during, or shortly after the panel. Fingers crossed.

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Mario Has Been Punching Yoshi Since the SNES Days, Nintendo Confirms

It has long been rumored that Mario punches Yoshi in the back of the head in the SNES classic Super Mario Bros. game, Super Mario World, but it has now been 100% confirmed by Nintendo. Mario has been abusing Yoshi for 26 years while many looked away and just flat out assumed that there’s no possible way that Super Mario could be such a jerk to his helpful little pal, Yoshi. Nintendo has come out and confirmed that it’s all true, every terrible detail, and hopefully the announcement of the abuse will finally get Mario to cease his unruly behavior.

Nintendo has been dropping all kinds of Mario bombshells lately, from the news that Mario has hung up his plumbing uniform years ago to that he runs around topless in the new Super Mario Odyssey with his man nips on full display. It’s like we don’t even know Mario anymore. During an interview with long-time Super Mario Bros. developers Takashi Tezuka and Shigefumi Hino on the Nintendo official website, Hino delivered the unfortunate news. He explains.

“Lots of people think that while Mario is pointing his finger forward, he’s saying ‘Go,’ and Yoshi’s tongue comes out…However, the set-up that I drew was that when Mario punches Yoshi in the head, the character’s tongue shoots out in surprise…What’s more, there’s an added ‘bop’ sound. However, it seemed like people would say ‘Poor Yoshi,’ so that’s why it became that Mario is saying ‘Go.’”

Mario has been punching Yoshi in the back of the head to get him to eat enemies for nearly 30 years. What if Yoshi doesn’t even really like to eat all of those Goombas and Koopa Troopas? Poor Yoshi has been a binge eating slave for Mario while we all stood back and watched. “He’s pointing his finger,” we all said, but the truth was far more dark and sinister than we could have imagined.

The interview also touched on some less disturbing news when Takashi Tezuka talked about the origins of Yoshi. As it turns out, Yoshi was originally conceived as a horse back in the days of Super Mario Bros. 3 on the original NES back in 1989. It wasn’t until Super Mario World on the SNES started to have a dinosaur-themed world that the choice was made to have Mario abuse a cute little dinosaur rather than a horse. Tezuka had this to say.

“I think [Miyamoto] likes horses…When we were making [Super Mario Bros. 3], he drew a picture of Mario riding a horse and had put it up on wall next to where he sits. When I saw that, I thought, ‘I guess he wants Mario to ride something.’ So, when we were making Super Mario World, we had this ‘dinosaur land’ concept, and I had Hino draw reptile type art.”

Mario has been abusing Yoshi for long enough and it has to stop, but it’s not going to cease any time soon now that the SNES Classic miniature system has brought Super Mario World back into the limelight. Maybe players can avoid using Yoshi in the game as a form of protest. Make Yoshi take a knee while playing Super Mario World on the new Super Nintendo Classic. In the meantime, you can check out the interview with Takashi Tezuka and Shigefumi Hino at Nintendo.

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Another Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Character Will Survive Avengers 3

It has now been reportedly confirmed that another Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 character survived the first round of battle with Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. Pom Klementieff took to Facebook earlier this week to post a photo of her return to the set of Avengers 4 in Atlanta. So, Mantis has made it through the deadly events of Avengers: Infinity War and survived long enough to start filming on Avengers 4. We know that not everybody will make it out of Infinity War alive, so it’s interesting to see who has made it back to the set in Atlanta.

Avengers: Infinity War wrapped filming in July and Avengers 4 is currently filming, but Pom Klementieff could be out in Atlanta for reshoots for Infinity War, but that seems highly unlikely at this point. Production began on Avengers 4 earlier this summer and we’ve seen some other familiar faces as well including Brie Larson and Chris Evans, leading to speculation that Captain Marvel and Captain America also make it through the first round of deadly battle with Thanos.

Mantis turned out to be a fan favorite in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as the unwilling sidekick to Ego and then later comic relief with Drax the Destroyer. Mantis first appeared in the Avengers issue number 112 in June of 1973 and has moved from Marvel to DC and back again. She is known to battles Thanos and has fought next to the Avengers as well as the Guardians in the comics. It’s not clear exactly what story line, if any, that Mantis will follow in Infinity War and Avengers 4.

While many characters are reportedly surviving the battle with Thanos, it has been heavily rumored that many characters, including some of the most beloved Marvel heroes won’t make it out alive. Captain America is killed off in the Infinity Gauntlet comic series when Thanos breaks his neck, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he will die in that manner on the big screen. Other characters that are heavily rumored to get the axe according to the source material are Iron Man, who even Robert Downey Jr. has teased about happening. In the comics, Terraxia beheads Iron Man. Vision and Scarlet Witch are also rumored to die during battle, but all of this is speculation at this time.

Outside of Infinity War and Avengers 4, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has mentioned that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will take place after the events of Avengers 4. Gunn has also gone on to say that it will be the final Guardians movie, so it already seemed logical that most of the crew would make it through the battle with the Mad Titan. The director has also said that the third Guardians movie will also help to usher in a new version of the MCU. While we wait for further confirmation, check out the picture from Pom Klementieff’s Instagram below.

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Watch IT’s Pennywise the Clown Cover a Slipknot Song

Do any two things in this world go together quite as well as metal music and horror? Probably not. Slipknot is a band that has always seemed to understand that, as their aesthetic has always been dripping with horror. But one YouTuber has taken things one step further buy giving one of Slipknot’s songs a modern horror makeover. That’s right, someone has dressed up as a spot-on Pennywise the clown from IT for a cover of The Devil In I by Slipknot and it is the perfect combination of creepy and awesome.

This creative and timely cover of Slipknot’s The Devil In I comes to us courtesy of a YouTuber by the name of Adetue. To be quite frank, the original video for The Devil In I was already pretty well draped in horror. Not only thanks to the outfits and masks that Corey Taylor and the rest of the guys in the band are wearing, but the whole thing has a crazy Saw vibe to it. However, there’s just something so unbelievably unsettling about Pennywise to begin with. Couple that with him pounding away at some very metal drums and this makes for a pretty entertaining video mashup.

Not only does Adetue totally nail the drums for this 2014 Slipknot track, but the reason the video really works is that he completely crushes the Pennywise look. In truth, one might have seen this cover of The Devil In I and thought Bill Skarsgard got talked into doing some really strange marketing for IT. The costume and makeup are pitch perfect and the video is worth watching if for no other reason than to marvel at what may be the best Pennywise cosplay you’ll ever see. Also, even if you do see a great Pennywise costume elsewhere, odds are, he won’t be rocking out to Slipknot on the drums.

The video also features some nods to the IT movie, beyond just Pennywise. The intro features a baby dressed up as Georgie, yellow raincoat and all, holding a signature red balloon. It’s almost cute, but then when one thinks of Georgie’s ultimate fate, it quickly becomes not cute. This is clearly something from the mind of both a dedicated musician and a dedicated fan of IT. Or at the very least, someone with a painstaking passion for attention to detail.

No doubt, this video is going to attract some attention, given how popular Andy Muschietti’s IT has become. The Stephen King adaptation has already grossed more than $500 million worldwide and isn’t showing many signs of slowing down. And we all need something to watch while impatiently awaiting the arrival of IT: Chapter Two, which has already been given a September 6, 2019, release date. It can’t come soon enough. In the meantime, be sure to check out Adetue’s cover of The Devil In I as Pennywise the clown for yourself below.

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The Elf on the Shelf Horror Movie Trailer Brings Christmas Scares

If there’s one thing that genre filmmaking is good for, it’s being able to turn just about anything into a horror movie. Especially when you consider the surprising amount of horror movies that have been centered on Christmas over the years. 2017 brings us yet another Christmas slasher flick and, this time, someone has managed to turn The Elf on the Shelf into a horror movie with The Elf.

Now, in fairness, they can’t call the doll in The Elf an “Elf on the Shelf,” since that is a copyrighted thing, but this movie is clearly playing on what has become a holiday season staple in many homes. The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition started as a children’s holiday book and has gone on to become a major Christmas fixture. The logline for the movie boasts confidently about the movie, saying, “If Pennywise warmed the cockles of your heart, and if you feel Chucky is the gift that keeps on giving, reward yourself with some quality time with The Elf!” This movie will in no way be on par with IT, or even Cult of Chucky, but the concept alone at least makes this first teaser trailer worth a watch and makes this movie one of the more interesting 2017 horror movies coming out.

In The Elf, Nick is haunted by night terrors stemming from a tragic murder he saw when he was young. After inheriting an old toy shop, he discovers a cursed elf doll sealed inside an ancient chest with a naughty list of his family’s names written on it. He soon discovers that the elf was an evil conduit meant to unleash a supernatural killing spree during the Christmas Holidays by whoever set it free.

The footage itself definitely looks like a low-budget horror movie, but it certainly evokes some Leprechaun and Child’s Play vibes, with the added bonus of a Christmas setting. The movie comes from the mind of Justin Price, who serves as the writer/director for The Elf. The trailer is unquestionably cheesy, but this could be worth a watch with some friends this holiday season, after you’ve had a few cups of eggnog anyway. The movie stars Natassia Halabi, Les Best, and Joseph Daniel Ellis.

Could we be looking at the next, bloody Christmas cult classic? Will this be the new Black Christmas? Probably not, but that could make for a fun, if ridiculous, double feature. If you’re feeling eager to see more of The Elf, the movie arrives on digital platforms starting November 7. If you feel compelled to own the movie for yourself, The Elf is set for release on Blu-ray/DVD on December 5. So be sure to put it on your Christmas list. You can check out the first trailer for The Elf, courtesy of Bloody Disgusting, for yourself below.

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Victor Salva Put a Child Molestation Joke in Jeepers Creepers 3

Director Victor Salva, whose new movie Jeepers Creepers 3 debuted this week, was convicted of molesting a child actor in 1988 and now he’s joking about it nearly 30 years later. Victor Salva was 30-years old in 1988 when he was sentenced to 3 years in prison for molesting the 12-year old star of his first movie, Clownhouse over the course of 6 years. Victor Salva was arrested on 11 counts of sexual abuse. Additionally, Salva filmed one of the encounters, which was shown in court and was also charged with possessing child pornography. At the help of some Hollywood friends, allegedly including Francis Ford Coppola, Salva only served 15 months of his 3-year sentence.

With such a sordid past, one would think that director Victor Salva would have hopefully learned his lesson, but as it turns out, he hasn’t. While no scenes in the movie depict molestation, IGN reports that there is a joke included in Jeepers Creepers 3 when two adult characters are talking about the sexual abuse of a 13-year old girl at the hands of her father. The exchange between the two characters expresses sympathy for the child’s abuser and it is disgusting. One character says…

“Can you blame the step-dad, though? I mean, look at her. The heart wants what it wants, am I right?”

The scene, which was featured in screener copies of the movie sent in advance to critics, has since been removed from the version of the movie that has been publicly screened and on the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD. Even after the change, and the fact that Victor Salva’s name does not appear on any press releases for the movie mailed to journalists by its distributor, many have spoken out about Victor Salva’s involvement in Hollywood and rightfully so. It is despicable that Salva was allowed to include such a tasteless joke into the movie.

Victor Salva’s history rightfully caused numerous production delays on Jeepers Creepers 3 and should have sunk the movie entirely, but it obviously didn’t do much to stop the director. The Union of British Columbia Performers made an official warning against Salva and urged actors not to audition or accept a part in the movie after a casting call revealed Salva was looking for an 18-year-old to play a character whose stepfather made “overtures” at her when she was 13. Salva left this backstory in the movie for the theatrical cut. Despite the warning, the role was eventually filled by actress Gabrielle Haugh, who has appeared on the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.

At the time of this writing, Victor Salva is writing Jeepers Creepers 4, but it isn’t clear if the director will be able to find any financial backing after the news gets out of his little “joke” included in this Jeepers Creepers sequel. Hopefully, this is the final nail in the coffin for Victor Salva’s Hollywood career, but we’ll have to wait and see. In other news, Salva’s victim, Nathan Forrest Winters, has recently started public speaking tours to educate and raise awareness about sexual abuse and he expects to launch a documentary about his experiences soon. Head over to IGN to read their review of Jeepers Creepers 3 and you can seek out Nathan Forrest Winters’ GoFundMe page to help raise awareness for sexual abuse.

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How Rob Kardashian Is Paying Blac Chyna and What Could Change

Now that Rob Kardashian is going this route to pay Blac Chyna, he might need to explore other options.

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Flatliners

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Deep in the bowels of a university’s medical school, a group of students intentionally kill themselves for minutes at a time to experience what lies beyond. This is a fabulous idea for a movie, but unfortunately “Flatliners” represents the second failed attempt to do it justice. It’s not a terrible film, and neither was the original. They’re both frustratingly not terrible: the cast acts the hell out of every moment, struggling to find profundity in situations that are conceived in the most superficial way, often settling for cheap horror movie jolts and “it was only a dream” false alarms, and things wrap up so neatly that the sense of wonder and terror inherent in the story remains largely untapped. 

Joel Schumacher’s 1990 original was a surprise hit, starring a cast of soon-to-be-huge stars, including Julia Roberts and Kiefer Sutherland, who has a supporting role here; but its premise, which could have opened the door to a visionary work of sci-fi horror, settled into a sort of gothic self-help drama groove, with the medical students realizing that the seemingly supernatural goings-on triggered by their experiments in “flatlining” were manifestations of their past misdeeds. Director Niels Arden Oplev’s remake, adapted by Ben Ripley from Peter Filardi’s original script, sticks to that template, changing key details here and there while embracing a style that stirs every current horror movie visual cliche into a jagged paste. 

Ellen Page stars as Dr. Courtney Holmes, whose kid sister died in a car accident years ago due to her negligence. She corrals a group of fellow residents—Diego Luna’s earnest and responsible Ray, Nina Dobrev’s flirty hardcore Marlo, James Norton’s rich kid Casanova Jamie, Kiersey Clemons’ stressed-out and mommy-dominated Sophia—to administer heart-stopping drugs to kill her for three minutes and heart paddles to wake her back up so that she can report what she saw. She experiences a sensation of flying and sees angles on the campus and the city that she’s never personally experienced. This is enough to convince her colleagues—except for the cautious and ethical Ray, who’s there mainly to guard against tragedy—to undergo the same treatment. 

But then (ominous bass fiddles!) mysterious things start to happen. Courtney is visited by an apparition that’s obviously connected to her feelings of guilt over her sister’s death. In short order, Jamie, Marlo and Sophia all begin experiencing creepy events and disturbing visions. By the time the movie reaches its midpoint, there’s no question of where the film has to go before the credits roll.  

Fully 20 percent of the movie’s running time consists of characters wandering along through dark apartments, basements and corridors, wondering if the noises they hear are just their imaginations while out-of-focus shapes and faces dart through the negative space nearby. Sometimes these shocks are amplified by a shriek of atonal soundtrack music, and once in a while you’ll get a jolt of graphic violence that rarely has any long-term consequences. The whole thing is too much of a tease, and once you figure that out, there’s no actual suspense to speak of, just momentary manipulations.

The cast gives the movie everything they’ve got. Luna and Page in particular make much stronger impressions than you might expect, given the repetitious and mostly shallow scenarios they’re asked to enact, and there are a couple of moments near the end where Sophia’s story snaps into focus and finds just the right balance between inspirational melodrama and horror that otherwise eludes the movie. But the choppy, cliched visuals and the script’s superficial approach to the characters’ predicaments (people are constantly stating the obvious to each other, and to the audience) ultimately undo any goodwill that the actors can generate. 

This sort of movie can be more frustrating than a maliciously terrible or blunderingly incompetent film because at each step you can tell that everyone involved in the production sincerely believed in the material, both as raucous entertainment and as a tale of moral growth. But when the best you can say about a movie is that it means well, that’s proof that it’s not working on any level that matters.

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