I have long been a fan of how the Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya (Sitges) handles its promotion. The ever present spire of the Church of Sant Bartolomeu features in the artwork over the years. This year, adopting the theme of post-apocalyptic cinema has them really step up their game, and because it is 2012, they layer over the aesthetic of high resolution smart-phone video cameras. A very swell poster indeed.
I do enjoy me a good Brad Anderson flick. Sure, he doesn’t work out of the United States much these days, preferring Europe, which essentially means his type of genre flick is a little lower budgeted than all the ‘horror remake’ stuff going on stateside currently. Session 9, The Machinist, Transsiberian are all solid (if occasionally workmanlike) flicks. Making its debut at the 2010 edition of TIFF is Anderson’s latest, The Vanishing on 7th Street, sort of a post-apocalyptic survival film starring Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, and John Leguizamo (incidentally, none of these are popular with the mainstream-genre-crowd, so casting here is a bit baffling):
It starts with a power outage. Where once stood living beings are now piles of discarded clothes. The once sunny city is shrouded in blackness. Shadows creep across every surface and whispers echo in the empty streets. Is it some form of enemy attack or a swift judgment from the divine? Each passing day contains fewer daylight hours, and only those who cling to some other form of light can escape the encroaching darkness.
A small group of survivors congregate in an old bar powered by a gas generator. Luke (Hayden Christensen) is a slick TV anchor forced to live by his wits. Paul (John Leguizamo) is a lonely projectionist working in a multiplex theatre. Rosemary (Thandie Newton) is a distraught mother whose baby is missing, and James (Jacob Latimore) is a shotgun-toting kid waiting for his mother to return. With their light sources slowly dying, they must find alternative illumination and a way out of the city. Overcome with paranoia and fear, the group struggles to understand the events that have brought them together.
Nevertheless, the idea with the slowly shrinking span of daylight is a keeper, and Anderson doesn’t scrimp on character development, so here is hoping.
The full trailer is tucked under the seat.
So about five months ago I bookmarked the official site for Mutant Chronicles (IMDb) after reading a small blurb about it over at Twitch. I’ve been popping back to the web site every couple of weeks hoping for some news. Every time I stop by, I find even more nothing updated than before.
Why bother you might ask. Well, check out this cast: Ron Perlman, Thomas Jane (The Mist), Devon Aoki (Sin City, DOA), Sean Pertwee (Doomsday) and… ready? John Malkovich. On top of the interesting cast (though Malkovich automatically gets my money), it’s the synopsis that grabs my attention:
In the 23rd century, Earth’s natural resources have been exhausted; but four major corporations (The Capitol, Bauhaus, Mishima and Imperial) wage war with one another to control what’s left. When an errant shell inadvertently opens a stone seal, the corporations find themselves pitted against a new enemy: “hideous necro-mutants with bone blades that grow from their arms. The necro-mutants multiply by the millions and destroy all that lies before them.”
Jane plays a marine hell-bent on leading what humans are left into a bloody battle to destroy the mutants once and for all. Sounds like a post-apocalyptic, demonic good time to me. The IMDb has this film being released in Russia(?) on December 11th, with only the year for American audiences.
Frustrated that nothing new ever appears on the official web site, I went looking for more info at some other sites and found that a new poster was actually released yesterday! Also, I found some production stills as well – which you can find under the seats.
The poster itself is kind of “whatever,” but nevertheless I think from what I’ve seen so far the movie looks like it will at least have a nice aesthetic – and the older, teaser poster (above) is pretty damn cool I think. How bout you? Up your alley and worth an admission ticket? Or more than likely gonna go straight to DVD? How can a Malkovich movie go straight to DVD I ask you? How?
production shots under the seats…
Would you like to know more…?