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Despite the fact that their plates are pretty full already, director Patrick Lussier and his co-writer Todd Farmer are chomping at the bit to get the opportunity to make Halloween 3. In a chat with MTV, the duo have said that once their insane dive into 3D with Nic Cage, Drive Angry 3D, gets it’s home release, and they get through work on a reboot of the Hellraiser franchise, a continuation of the new Halloween franchise that director Rob Zombie started is next on their wish list. “We would love it to go through,” Lussier said. “We would make that the second somebody said, ‘Yes, go make it,’ because it’s a script that we love and a script we’re really passionate about and it’s an amazing character and an incredible franchise, and it would just be a great experience for us to go back to the roots.”

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr snubs his nose at all the films up for the Oscar in order to enjoy the R-rated smorgasbord that is available in the theaters. He kisses his wife and takes six days off from marriage, just like Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis in Hall Pass. He takes those six days to find a fast car so he can Drive Angry, following Amber Heard and her short shorts in 3D. Apparently no one told him she’s a lesbian now.

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Nicolas Cage is miffed; you might say perturbed. His daughter and her husband have been murdered and his infant granddaughter has been abducted. The perpetrator of these vile acts is the leader of a satanic cult of which his daughter was a former member. Cage proceeds to scorch the Earth between him and this madman in an effort to recover the only remaining connection he has to his beloved daughter. Along the way, he becomes involved with a waitress who accompanies him on his odyssey of rage. They are set upon by a mysterious suited man who calls himself The Accountant and seems to have a knack for seemingly impossible homicides. Will our intrepid anti-heroes be able to rescue the child before the forces of darkness claim her? What is the secret the vengeful rider seems to be harboring? Is that Tom Atkins?! Sometimes unique providence shines upon a critic when he is presented with a film that perfectly speaks to him. Every element, every frame, every absurdity seems suspiciously designed to strike just the right chord. The drawback inherent in a situation like this is that it becomes difficult to write a review that will communicate the quality of such a film for the masses. In short, trying to convince you that Drive Angry is a great film outside of an extremely esoteric appreciation may prove difficult. Drive Angry is essentially the perfect example of Junkfood Cinema fare: technically terrible but nevertheless lovable. If that doesn’t sound like your […]

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Whether you’re trying to avoid the releases this week or augment them with even more movie, Your Alternate Box Office offers some options for movies that would play perfectly alongside of (or instead of) the stuff studios are shoving into the megaplex this weekend. This week features Nic Cage driving straight outta Hell, two jackasses trying as hard as they can to cheat on their wives, and a love triangle from Canada.

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William Fichtner needs no introduction. He’s headed a sting operation against Ecstasy dealers, had Heath Ledger shove a grenade in his mouth, and now with Drive Angry, he plays a mysterious figure that’s short on talk and big on results. Especially if those results involve a baseball bat and the oh-so-fragile human skull. The Accountant is bound to be an iconic character in the same vein as Pulp Fiction‘s Winston “The Wolf” Wolfe. He’s an unflinching hunter not bound by the laws of this world (or the laws of physics), and Fichtner delivers the usual acting power that he’s known and applauded for. Fortunately, Fichtner was nice enough to take time out to speak with me about the role, his love of cars, and what KC and the Sunshine Band has to do with demons from Hell.

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I’ve been fortunate enough to see every single picture from Drive Angry because I’ve seen the movie, and it’s about as fun a ride as you can imagine. The 3D is gimmicky and wonderful, the story is on a hellbent mission, and William Fichtner creates a character that will live forever as an icon. He, however, is not the main focus of these new pics from the movie. That focus happens to be Amber Heard in Daisy Dukes. The marketers know what they’re doing. Enjoy the new pics intermingled with some old favorites:

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When the calendar page turns to October, we Rejects have only one thought: horror. To celebrate this grandest and darkest of months, we’ll cover one excellent horror film a day for the entirety of the month. That’s 31 Days of Horror and 31 Films perfect for viewing on a dark, chilly, October night. If you, like us, love horror and Halloween, give us a Hell Yeah and keep coming every day this month for a new dose of adrenaline. Synopsis: Local Tom Harringer returns to his hometown after a long absence following an accidental mine collapse he caused, that set of a chain of events that lead to his father brutally murdering 22 people. Now, on the anniversary of the massacre, a man dressed as a miner is terrorizing the town, Tom, and everyone he holds dear. Killer Scene: The Miner does his best to ruin a lot of people’s days and does a good job of it. There are a few moments where his kills are cheer worthy – though some might also cheer at the fully nude 3D sex scene. My bid for the best moment comes shortly after that (and a pair of kills) when the diminutive motel keeper comes to investigate some strange noises and ends up catching a pick-axe to the chin which drives her into a ceiling light which then electrocutes her as well.

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Apparently concerns that the new Hellraiser was going to be PG-13 were either 1) prematurely false or b) spot on and in major conflict with the duo tapped to make the film. That duo is going to be director Patrick Lussier and screenwriter Todd Farmer (who you may remember from being naked in movies like My Bloody Valentine 3D and from your nightmares afterward). Both are just finishing up Drive Angry 3D, and this will most likely be a project that Farmer jumps into immediately while Lussier directs Halloween 3(D?): No More Zombie. Oddly enough, Lussier was the editor for a short a few years back called No More Souls: One Last Slice of Sensation which actually featured Pinhead in a world where mankind was gone, he was bored and immortal, and he chose to open the puzzle box himself. [STYD]

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Drive Angry is crazy. Apparently, that’s the impression everyone got from the 3D trailer shown at Comic-Con’s Hall H just days ago. A film called Drive Angry being insane isn’t of much surprise though. Plus, it’s got Nicolas Cage at the center of it, and even he labeled it as a film that falls more in line with his midnight movies (like Vampire’s Kiss and Wild at Heart). Who’s behind this piece of a possibly bizarre and exploitation-esque drive and kill actioner? Shockingly, the director behind My Bloody Valentine 3D: Patrick Lussier. If you’ve seen My Bloody Valentine then you already know Lussier gets this genre and knows how to craft creative, bloody fun. Valentine was a blast and from what Lussier says here, it sounds like he’s found the perfect followup. I was fortunate enough to sit down with Lussier (while wearing my snazzy Hope For a Better Tomorrow t-shirt) to talk about things blowing up, Nic Cage, and hot sex scenes that aren’t about sex.

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Director Patrick Lussier and writer Todd Farmer have joined 3-Dimensional forces again for the driver from hell revenge road flick, Drive Angry. The film stars Nic Cage as a man escaped from Hell on the hunt for those that killed his daughter and kidnapped his grandchild for a ritual slaughter. He’s only got a limited amount of time to catch them before the baby gets killed or The Accountant (William Fichtner) catches up to him and drags him back to hell. Also along for the ride is mega-hottie Amber Heard. The footage we saw was pretty awesome and can basically be summed up as “Nic Cage Blows up Cars with Shotguns” as he blows up or otherwise destroys something like five cars, most of them with a shotgun.  The effects weren’t finished yet (the clip was hurriedly put together for SDCC), but it was still impressive. The 3D was very deep in some areas, with the hoods of cars seemingly parking in your lap before exploding. Lussier told us that virtually all of what we were seeing was practical, metal on metal action, with Cage and Fichtner behind the wheels for real. Also of interest was the revelation of the “God killer” gun, a weapon used to kill demons, and presumably gods, that Cage steals from Hell to use on his quest for revenge. On the Reject Radio podcast last Sunday, I made the prediction that we would see one cast member butt naked in the film and put my […]

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Seems like its been days since Nicolas Cage has been seen on the big screen doesn’t it? Well don’t worry Cageholics, if The Sorcerer’s Apprentice didn’t quite satiate your need you only have to wait seven months to see him drop the magic hat in favor of some serious ass kicking. Drive Angry is directed by Patrick Lussier (My Bloody Valentine 3D) and stars Cage as a man whose daughter is killed by some very bad people. They may or may not be satanists too, and as if that wasn’t bad enough the bastards also kidnap Cage’s grandchild. Presumably this infuriates Cage’s character and forces him to get behind the wheel of a car to seek his revenge. The film also stars the lovely Amber Heard and the even lovelier William Fichtner. Lussier has experience with 3D from his minor horror hit, and he ‘s continued that interest by shooting Drive Angry in 3D. So if nothing else, respect the man and the film for actually choosing that route instead of simply converting it the movie in post production.

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From the man that brought you gimmicky mining tools flying at your face comes gimmicky kitchen knives stabbed at your face. It might sound lame, but you don’t see the words “Rob Zombie” anywhere near this do you?

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Nicolas Cage has signed on to star in “Drive Angry”, a revenge movie directed by Patrick Lussier. Cage will star as a man chasing down the people who killed his wife and daughter, with the violence escalating with each death.

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Look kids! It’s a remake of the Steve Zahn/Paul Walker vehicle Joyride! Not really. I just wanted to make a pun.

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