Scott Stewart

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For better or worse the horror genre often seems to move in trends. From the bloodthirsty animal terrors and slasher films of the ’70s and ’80s to the J-horror remakes and (so-called) torture porn of the ’00s, genre filmmakers see a hit and immediately move to duplicate its success. Sometimes it works, but more often than not later films just feel like more of the same done worse. The most recent trend in horror has been haunted house movies thanks to hits like Paranormal Activity and Insidious. Their success ushered in a slew of imitators, but for every PA2 or The Woman in Black there have been a dozen direct to DVD duds. Standing out in a crowded field isn’t easy, but while the surest way to get noticed is by making a quality movie the second surest is to add something new to the mix. Sinister is a good example of a well made film that finds a fresh angle on the genre. By contrast, Dark Skies is simply an example of a film… that finds a singular fresh angle on the genre.

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Dark Skies

If horror films have taught us anything, it’s that flocks of birds are never a good thing – especially when said birds dive-bomb your home for no particular reason. That bad bird omen has been quite present in much of the marketing we’ve seen so far from Scott Stewart‘s Dark Skies, which looks to put a nice horror flick twist on the alien invasion trope. In Stewart’s upcoming film, Daniel and Lacey Barrett (Josh Hamilton and Keri Russell) find themselves targeted by a mysterious force, one that’s apparently watched their fair share of Hitchcock films, as home-targeting birds have already become a recognizable piece of the enticing terror of the film. This brand new UK quad poster for the film effectively telegraphs that fear by way of swarming birds and a house that certainly looks like it’s the only one at risk. Chilling. Dark Skies opens on February 22nd. [Empire]

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr gets set for another weekend of weddings with Kristen Wiig and her posse. Sadly, he discovers that he doesn’t have a vagina and decides to move on. Next, he takes a trip to an alternate world where priests kick ass and kill vampires. Once he realizes he is woefully out of place next to sultry Maggie Q in a ninja priest outfit, he comes home to find his possessions kicked to the curb with Will Ferrell in the middle of the whole mess.

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The on again off again film adaptation of Min-Yoo Hyung’s manga series Priest is on with Paul Bettany as the renegade Priest and Karl Urban newly added to the cast as the villain Black Hat.

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When God loses faith in Mankind, he sends his legion of angels to bring on the Apocalypse. Humanity’s only hope lies in a group of strangers trapped in a desert diner and the Archangel Michael (Paul Bettany).

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After making a religiously based action drama with Scott Stewart, Paul Bettany is going to make a religiously based action drama with Scott Stewart.

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