The Silver Bullet ~ The Quiet Ones


Synopsis: A University physics professor assembles a team to help create a poltergeist.

Release Date: April 25, 2014

Thoughts: With a string of UK produced vampire, werewolf, and other random monster movies that had its peak in the 60’s and 70’s, Hammer Horror has been resurrected in recent years with higher profile releases like 2012’s The Woman in Black and its sequel waiting for a release date.  The studio seems to have left its penchant for creature features in the past and is focused on feeding your terror appetite with a supernatural twist.  The Quiet Ones is their new film and what the trailer lacks in originality (haven’t we seen this set-up dozens of times lately?) it makes up for in the promise of a period horror flick that makes good use of the haunted house setting.  If I’m being honest, I’m still a bit skeptical of the finished product but as a devoted fan of Hammer and its history I won’t be able to pass this one up.

The Silver Bullet ~ “Rampart” Trailer

Synopsis: Set in 1999 Los Angeles, veteran police officer Dave Brown, the last of the renegade cops, works to take care of his family, and struggles for his own survival.

Release Date: February 10, 2012

Thoughts: Harrelson has come a long way from behind the bar in Cheers.  His first steps into film were screwball comedies but his taste has become more eclectic as the years go by.  What I enjoy about him is that he continues to develop — making each role a challenge and something fresh.  His take on a stereotypical character in 2011’s Friends With Benefits was a welcome surprise.  His Oscar-nominated performances in The People vs. Larry Flynt and The Messenger were no fluke as both were strongly layered outings.  Here he reteams with the director of The Messenger and is backed by a knock-out supporting cast.  I’ve heard he’s so good in this that were it not for the tremendous blitz for George Clooney (The Descendants) and Jean Dujardin (The Artist) that he’d be looking at Oscar gold.  Not having seen this, I’d still be happy to see him make the Best Actor nominees as an upset.