Movie News After Dark: A Pre-Halloween Special, With Gang Violence and Well Dressed Zombies

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column currently perpetrating a home invasion on yo’ behind. It’s going to tie you up and make you watch while it plays video games in your living room. Also, it will tell you the news…

We begin with my favorite thing of the night, the Halloween special episode of Community, “Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps,” yet another brilliant display of the playful and unfathomably intelligent writing behind this show. Something broken down quite nicely in Todd VanDerWerff’s review at The AV Club. And for those of us with simpler tastes, there’s a Community BINGO drinking game now. Coming soon to Reject HQ…

The New York Times explores the neo-VHS culture that’s been keepin’ hope alive for the long dead format of late, including an interview with Drafthouse Films frontman Evan Husney. Drafthouse, as you know, is a brand that has been behind the preservation of classic formats, including 35mm prints and VHS. Because for some reason, this current generation just won’t forget.

Did you see Drive and love that “Real Hero” song? I think we all did. Now the folks behind it — College and Electric Youth — explain the inspiration behind the Drive soundtrack gem, including US Airways Captain Sully Sullenberger and Mad Max.

Mere days after claiming that he’d like to get out of the kid-friendly fair, Eddie Murphy is showing that he’s not exactly moving into a new era. He just wants to curse again. Only this time, he’s going to do it by… bringing Beverly Hills Cop to TV?

Found via /Film, an illustration called “Halloween 2010” by Patt Kelley:

In a move almost everyone could have seen coming, Craig Gillespie will no longer direct Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. It’s likely now that no one will, because this project — which will now be looking to move on to its fourth director, is totally doomed.

Today in news from (thankfully) not doomed projects, Albert Finney will join Bond 23 as “a Foreign Office mandarin with powers over the Secret Intelligence Service.” Nothing like adding a little class to an already solid cast.

During second unit filming this week, one stuntman was killed and another injured on the set of The Expendables 2. “The two victims were reportedly in a rubber boat atop Bulgaria’s Ognyanovo water reservoir when the bomb mishap occurred; one died instantly, while the other remains in serious condition.”

In a clear effort to be more hip, Portlandia has enlisted Smith’s guitarist Johnny Marr to appear in their upcoming second season. It’s a mustachioed reminder of the fact that Portlandia shall return. The dream of the 90s is alive, indeed.

We close tonight with Zombie in a Penguin Suit, a very poignant short that fits the theme as we close out our Halloween week News After Darking. Be careful out there, kids. Don’t eat candy that’s already been opened and don’t get bit by viral walking dead.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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