The Silver Bullet ~ No One Lives

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Synopsis: A gang of ruthless highway killers kidnap a wealthy couple traveling cross country only to shockingly discover that things are not what they seem

Release Date:  May 10, 2013

Thoughts: There seems to be a severe uptick in these uber violent horror flicks as of late and before other films like The Purge and You’re Next arrive in theaters we’ll get No One Lives which promises to raise the gore/ick bar pretty high.  Though this red-band trailer gives away several key plot points, I’m most intrigued to see what director Ryûhei Kitamura has cooked up for his wrongned man in the woods thriller.  Kitamura helmed the cult Japanese vampire yarn Versus and also guided Midnight Meat Train into the station.  Star Luke Evans is under the radar enough that this might not get the press to make it a sleeper hit…though these survivalist films may soon start to  wear out their welcome for audiences.

The Silver Bullet ~ Phantom

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Synopsis: The haunted Captain of a Soviet submarine holds the fate of the world in his hands. Forced to leave his family behind, he is charged with leading a covert mission cloaked in mystery.

Release Date:  March 1, 2013

Thoughts: Coming in like a cross between The Hunt for Red October, Crimson Tide, and K19: The Widomaker, Phantom is a bit of a puzzle to me.  First off, for a film about Russians there is a curious lack of any accents.  Second…what is Ed Harris doing in this film…especially starring alongside the overly smug David Duchovny.  While the rest of the cast is peppered with admirable character actors, I kept waiting for this trailer to show me something I hadn’t already seen in better films.  A film destined for a small release, Phantom is going to be a tough sell for audiences that will have more interesting looking fare to see.