Fans of the Saw series know the scenario well: a group of regular individuals fighting to survive the deadly traps of a madman. It’s paid off quite well for Lions Gate Entertainment‘slast seven films, but what happens when the madman & his traps are being used against super powered heroes?
That’s the premise for All Superheroes Must Die, the latest film from Image Entertainment and Jason Trost, the co-writer/director and star of the independent hit The FP..
When four super heroes awake in an abandoned town, they find themselves at the mercy of their abductor and Arch Nemesis, Rickshaw, played by Dexter‘s James Remar. Stripped of their powers, the heroes — including Trost and X-Men: First Class‘ Lucas Till — must compete in a series of deadly challenges in a race against the clock to not only save the lives of the innocent civilians, but also their own.
Take a look at the trailer, from back when it was still called “VS”, after the jump.
Being able to get Remar and Till on the cast for a film shot with a budget of less then a million dollars shows that at least some people think this film has what it take to be a hit, myself included. Hopefully audiences will see it that way too when All Superheroes Must Die is released in video on demand Jan. 1st, 2013, with a limited theatrical release a few days later on Jan. 4th.
We’ve seen bits and pieces from Quentin Tarantino‘s latest exaggerated period piece Django Unchained, but as of Friday the official trailer will show alongside Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus. Until then however, the film starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, and Leonardo Dicaprio must suffer through a teaser trailer shown by Entertainment Tonight.
This teaser doesn’t show much. Obviously. But it does show that signature Quentin style that everyone has come to know and love. Also, seeing Dicaprio as the evil plantation owner Calvin Candie is really something. Nice to see him not be the good guy for once.
Check out the official synopsis below:
Set in the South two years before the Civil War, DJANGO UNCHAINED stars Academy Award®-winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award®-winner Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive.
Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Schultz seeks out the South’s most wanted criminals with Django by his side. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago.
Django and Schultz’s search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Academy Award®-nominee Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of “Candyland,” an infamous plantation where slaves are groomed by trainer Ace Woody (Kurt Russell) to battle each other for sport. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Academy Award®-nominee Samuel L. Jackson), Candie’s trusted house slave. Their moves are marked, and a treacherous organization closes in on them. If Django and Schultz are to escape with Broomhilda, they must choose between independence and solidarity, between sacrifice and survival…
Written and directed by Academy Award®-winner Quentin Tarantino, DJANGO UNCHAINED is produced by Stacey Sher, Pilar Savone and Reginald Hudlin. The executive producers are Harvey and Bob Weinstein, Michael Shamberg, Shannon McIntosh, and James Skotchdopole. DJANGO UNCHAINED will be released in the U.S. on December 25, 2012, and internationally by Sony Pictures Releasing International.
Django Unchained also stars Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, James Remar, Don Johnson, Franco Nero, Walton Goggins, Bruce Dern, M.C. Gainey, RZA, Tom Savini, Michael Bacall, Dennis Christopher, and Laura Cayouette. Expect this to hit theaters right on time for Jesus’ birthday, December 25th, and we’ll post the full trailer as soon as it’s available.
The Weinstein Company has revealed, through Yahoo! Movies, the international poster from Quentin Tarantino‘s next film, Django Unchained. It features two figures, a chain and the filmmaker’s name. That’s it. It’s so arthouse. I love it! OK, so maybe it doesn’t really say much about the movie. It’s a bit too minimalistic. But, I for one, prefer this over generic floating head type posters.
It’s doubtful the U.S. campaign will follow suit and that’s a shame. Minimalist posters always look so damn good.
Anyhow, here’s the films synopsis:
With the help of his mentor (Christoph Waltz) , a slave-turned-bounty hunter (Jamie Foxx) sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
A Tarantino film about racism and revenge. Need we say more?
Django Unchained also stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Sacha Baron Cohen, Gerald McRaney, Dennis Christopher, Kurt Russell, Laura Cayouette, M.C. Gainey, Don Johnson, Kerry Washington, Anthony LaPaglia, RZA, Tom Wopat, James Remar, James Russo and Todd Allen.
Take equal parts ‘real life superhero’ (think Kick-Ass or Rainn Wilson in “Super”) and pyscho creepy mastermind killer such as Jigsaw from the SAW line of torture porn, what do you get? Jason Trost‘s “Vs.”, hitting the (relatively) big screen in a few weeks at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival. In it, there is this ‘totally not Jigsaw so please don’t sue us’ psycho killer named Rick Shaw (see? mostly different letters) played by Dexter’s dad James Remar.
Rick Shaw really hates generic cosplayers and wants to kill them. He also wants to kill random civilians. He makes elaborate traps and impossible to win games. Lucas Till (Havok from X-MEN FIRST CLASS) stars as one of the cosplayers.
It looks… interesting? My gut tells me it’s either completely awesome or eye gougingly bad. Anyone want to road trip it to Toronto and see it sometime between October 20th and 27th? I have snacks and a new mix tape.