‘Big Ass Spider’ – A Breath of Fresh Air in a Stale Film Market by Trace De La Torre

Big Ass Spider BEST COLOR PROMO  I hate Spiders — with a psychotic passion — but when I came across ‘Big Ass Spider’, it was a breath of fresh air in a stale market of Supernatural, Vampire, Demonic, Psycho Thrillers.

‘Big Ass Spider’ spins a tale of a giant alien spider that escapes from a military lab wreaking havoc across Los Angeles.

Big Ass Spider DT LA            Big Ass Spidey Hereos

After a GARGANTUAN military strike fails to quash it, a team of scientists and one sly, wily, exterminator plot to annihilate the monstrous creature before the City of Angels is devoured. Big Ass Spider Stars            Big Ass Spidey

‘Big Ass Spider’ CRAWLS its way into theatres on Oct. 18 — just in time for Fright Season — promising to be one helluva FUN ride for all Angelenos, and squeamish thrill seekers alike — everywhere…

Here’s a look at the Trailer: 

Written by Gregory Gieras, Directed by Mike Mendez, and Produced by Shaked Berenson, the film is bound to resonate deeply with audiences because it harks back to a nostalgic time in cinematic history when movie audiences got their cheap thrills with cult classic ‘Creature Features’ that didn’t so much threaten the fate of their souls.

Here’s my list of terrifying standout ‘Creature Features’ that make the grade:
THE FLY (1986)  The Fly 1986
A David Cronenberg sci-fi remake — matching the original 1958 version — sees
scientist Jeff Goldblum accidentally splice his DNA with a housefly.
THEM! (1954)
Cult classic ‘Them!’ — highly influenced by fears over atomic energy in
the 50s, sees GIANT RADIO ACTIVE ANTS rampage through New Mexico, winning OSCAR
GOLD for its special effects of the day.  

THEM!
 ARACHNOPHOBIA (1990) Arachnophobia
Jeff Daniels battles a plague of highly poisonous spiders in small town America.
Still terrifies 20+ years on.
mimic MIMIC (1997)
Scientists Jeremy Northam & Mira Sorvino release a genetically engineered insect
into the New York subway to kill off a mass of diseased cockroaches in Guillermo
del Toro ‘s sci-fi Horror akin to Frankz Kafka’s ‘Metamorphosis’. The mutant
breed spreads rapidly, feasting on humans, mimicking their actions until they
completely encompass their bodies & souls.
THE DEADLY MANTIS (1957)  Deadly Mantis
Another 50s B-movie concerned with rampaging giant insects. Here, a volcanic
eruption melts polar ice, releasing a 200-foot-long Praying Mantis -– which soon
makes its way to invade Washington, D.C.
EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS! (2002) Eight Legged Freaks!
A 21st century take on those 1950s B-movies, this squeamish Horror-Comedy sees a
small town RAIDED by enormous, toxic waste-altered spiders.  Stars David
Arquette, and a pre-fame Scarlett Johansson with oodles of green CGI spider-guts.
Naked Lunch NAKED LUNCH (1991)
David Cronenberg clearly has a fancy for giant insects. In his adaptation of
William S. Burroughs’ cult novel, Peter Weller’s exterminator is exposed to
chemicals causing him to hallucinate human-sized bugs. Not for the weak.
THE SWARM (1978) The Swarm
A disaster movie with a stellar cast and sheer camp cements this as a Cult Classic disaster movie where a massive swarm of killer bees is the tormentor. FUN FACT: REAL BEES were used (!) – people were employed to clip off the stingers.
TARANTULA (1955)                                            Tarantula!   
To battle a world-wide food crisis, a scientist attempts to enlarge
cattle but instead unleashes a giant spider. FUN FACT: A young Clint Eastwood makes an appearance.
HIGHLY DANGEROUS (1950) Highly Dangerous
A British Cold War Comedy-Thriller where Soviets employ insects as
weapons-of-mass-destruction — using them as carriers of deadly germs. Margaret Lockwood’s
entomologist goes to the Balkans to find investigate, with enjoyably deranged
consequences.
Slither  SLITHER (2006)
An enjoyably despicable mix of Sci-Fi Horror Comedy — Slither sees a
parasitic alien slug crash on Earth, breed in disgusting fashion and
transform small town residents into hive mind-controlled zombies. Not to be missed by 80’s Cult Horror Fans.

THE FLY (1958)                                                              The Fly
The original lacks the twisted sexuality of Cronenberg’s 1980’s remake, but it
still packs a frightful punch. A scientist attempting to create a teleportation machine mingles his DNA with a fly during an experiment gone wrong, leaving him with the insect’s head and “arm”. NASTY!
THE WASP WOMAN (1959) Wasp Woman
Searching for the Fountain of Youth, a cosmetics company owner
attempts to stave off the effects of age by ingesting a serum derived from wasp
jelly, with disastrous results – she transforms into a murderous, LUSTY, Wasp Woman.

THEY NEST (2000)                                                                             They Nest
A deadly breed of insects infests a small town in Maine,
digging deep into people’s flesh and eating them from the inside out.  Directed by Ellory Elkayem, also responsible for Eight Legged Freaks, this silly TV movie plays on our universal revulsion of cockroaches.
Spiders 2000  SPIDERS (2000)
In Gary Jones’ magnum opus, an experiment to mingle spider and alien DNA (OH WHY?!) results in a mutant spider being let loose in a government facility, killing everyone in its path.

Black Scorpion THE BLACK SCORPION (1957)
Volcanic activity in Mexico sets free giant scorpions who ravage the countryside.  Starring Richard Denning (Creature From The Black Lagoon).  The film features some great stop-motion animation by Willis O’Brien (King Kong).  FUN FACT:  ‘The Black Scorpion’ started with a low budget, and as production wore on, faced financial straits.  By end of filming, money was so tight, O’Brien and his assistant were working out of a garage.  SO FUN!

Revenge S3: The Death. The Drama. The Big Reveals. by-Trace De La Torre

Revenge S3 promo If there was ANY doubt ABC’s Hampton’s hit ‘Revenge’ would be back with a vengeance after a second season fraught with distracting “meh” episodes, tonight’s 3rd Season opener is out to prove us deadly wrong.

The ‘Revenge”-tastic drama is rumored to be so explosive this season that it will make or break Emily Thorne.

SEASON 2 CLIFFHANGER FINALE RECAP:

– We got our hearts broken when Declan died after being trapped in a building Conrad had rigged with explosives, resulting with his brother Jack plotting his murder — what sweet dish of revenge will be served up to him cold…? Grayson for Gov

– Emily revealed her true identity to childhood love, Jack — will he embrace her with open arms, or recoil in disgust at the deception…?                                                                                                                           Jack & Emily

-Victoria’s long-lost son ‘Patrick’ comes knocking at her door — WHO is he…and why now…?

Victoria's Son

– Nerdy tech friend & foe, Nolan, was arrested for terrorism as a suspect in Padma’s death — will he go to jail?!

Nolan Ross S2

‘Revenge’ Season 3 premieres tonight — Sept. 29 at 9pm ET on ABC.  revenge s3

Here’s an exclusive vid to help refresh your memory as to where we left off with Emily & the gang:

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Here’s the FULLY LOADED 3rd Season Trailer:      Revenge 3 poster

‘Nymphomaniac’: More Psychotherapy than Porn? – by Trace De La Torre

Nympho  ‘Nymphomaniac’ doesn’t stir my loins. Then again, maybe Lars von Trier isn’t so much going for the titillating as he is for the psycho-neurotic.

‘Nymphomaniac’ — Lars von Trier’s most controversial film to date — is being touted as a  ‘poetic’ journey into the sexual history of a woman from the moment she is born until she reaches a sexually violent crescendo at the age of 50.

The story unravels in an 8 Chapter-Sexual-Odyssey told in first person narrative by ‘sexually afflicted’ title character, ‘Joe’ (Charlotte Gainsbourg) after she is rescued bloodied, battered, and near death — by passing stranger, ‘Selig’,  (Stellan Skarsgard) in a dark alley.

If the 3 enigmatic Trailers released — so far — are anything to go by, the audience might be disappointed if this two-part movie — YES, there will be a sequel — is more Psychotherapy than porn.

Then again, for all the hype of illicit, REAL SEX Shia LaBeouf — ‘Ch. 2: Jerome’ — and fellow cast mates are engaging in, (and we’re promised there will be A LOT)  let’s hope Lars’ teasing goes deeper and delivers both without numbing the audience.

‘Nymphomaniac’ — NOT yet Rated — hits theatres in Denmark on Christmas Day.

Nymphomaniac

With no U.S. release dates yet announced — if you’re traveling through Europe this winter here’s a list of countries whose screens you can riffle to in 2014 — Happy New Year!

France: Jan. 1st – Netherlands: Jan. 9th – Poland: Jan. 10th

Hungary: Jan. 16th – Sweden: Jan. 31st – Germany: Feb. 27th

Here’s a look at the 3 ‘Nymphomaniac’ Trailers:

Compleat Angler Ch. 1:  “The Compleat Angler”   

Jerome Ch. 2: ” Jerome” (Shia LaBeouf)

Mrs. H Ch. 3:  “Mrs. H”  (Uma Thurman)

The ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Phrophecy — by Trace De La Torre

Don't Touch LOLA!   People always told me TV would be DUNZO one day with the influx of New Media…and I said,  ‘Whatever!’

‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’ proves more than ever that a NEW AGE is dawning for TV programming.

Of all the twists and turns in last night’s preem episode, two that stay with you amidst all the pyrotechnic-sci-fi magic are remarkably inconspicuous — though conceivably prophetic:

— ROAMING THOUGHT:  Could Agent Coulson be an Android…?

— QUOTE THAT STAYS WITH YOU: “You said if we worked hard, if we did right, we’d have a place. You said it was enough to be a man, but there’s better than man. There’s gods. And the rest of us, what are we? They’re giants, we’re what they step on.” — Mike Peterson or — quite possibly — Luke Cage

Peterson

While we all wait with baited breath for the overnight Nielsen ratings, according to ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ Fast National ratings, the Pilot episode averaged a 4.6 rating among adults 18-49 — bringing in 11.9 million viewers in the 8 p.m. time slot — topping NBC’s ‘The Voice’ and  ‘NCIS’ on CBS.

Kudos to ABC & Marvel for taking the small screen by storm!

Here’s a recap of the ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Trailer:  

 

 

 

 

 

Set Your DVR to: Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ ~ by Trace De La Torre

agents of shield    Face it. You’ve heard all the online theories & juicy speculation. Agent Coulson returning from the dead as ‘Vision’…his dead body never shown…his seemingly bloody (covered in ketchup?) Captain America cards surreptitiously appearing in his locker…

TONIGHT — Sept. 24th marks the EPIC premiere of Marvel Comics & Joss Whedon’s 1st EVER (and eagerly anticipated) TV adventure — a world of Super Heroes, aliens, and the supernatural.

Here’s a look at the new series Trailer:

Written, Directed, and Exec Produced by Joss Whedon — ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’  premieres Tuesdays this Fall on ABC at 8/7C.

CAST:

Clark Gregg in his reprised role as ‘Agent Phil Coulson’.

Ming-Na Wen as combat veteran, ace pilot, martial artist & weapons expert, ‘Agent Melinda May’.

Brett Dalton as resident loner, straight arrow, jack-of-all-trades, expert in combat & espionage, ‘Agent Grant Ward’.

Chloe Bennet as the bubbly, goofy, warm, edgy, witty, new recruit & computer hacker, ‘Agent Skye’.

Iain De Caestecker as brilliant, socially awkward scientist & tech expert,  ‘Agent Leo Fitz’.

Elizabeth Henstridge as expert biochemist, ‘Agent Jemma Simmons’.

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2013 Emmys: And the Winners WERE…by Trace De La Torre

2013 Emmy Host NPH    Just in case you snuck off to watch ‘Breaking Bad’ or the series finale of  ‘Dexter’ last night — here’s a full list of all the Winners & 2013 Emmy Video Highlights.  C.O.N.G.R.A.T.U.L.A.T.I.O.N.S. EVERYONE ~ Enjoy!

— Drama Series: “Breaking Bad,” AMC.

— Actor, Drama Series: Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom,” HBO.

— Actress, Drama Series: Claire Danes, “Homeland,” Showtime.

— Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Bobby Cannavale, “Boardwalk Empire,” HBO.

— Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad,” AMC.

— Directing, Drama Series: David Fincher, “House of Cards,” Netflix.

— Writing, Drama Series: Henry Bromell, “Homeland,” Showtime.

— Comedy Series: “Modern Family,” ABC.

— Actor, Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS.

— Actress, Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep,” HBO.

— Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Tony Hale, “Veep,” HBO.

— Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie,” Showtime.

— Directing, Comedy Series: Gail Mancuso, “Modern Family,” ABC.

— Writing, Comedy Series: Tina Fey, Tracey Wigfield, “30 Rock,” NBC.

— Miniseries or Movie: “Behind the Candelabra,” HBO.

— Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra,” HBO.

— Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Laura Linney, “The Big C: Hereafter,” Showtime.

— Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: James Cromwell, “American Horror Story: Asylum,” FX Networks.

— Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Ellen Burstyn, “Political Animals,” USA.

— Directing, Miniseries or Movie: Steven Soderbergh, “Behind the Candelabra,” HBO.

— Writing, Miniseries or Movie: Abi Morgan, “The Hour,” BBC America.

— Reality-Competition Program: “The Voice,” NBC.

— Variety Series: “The Colbert Report,” Comedy Central.

— Writing, Variety Series: “The Colbert Report,” Comedy Central.

— Directing, Variety Series: Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live,” NBC.

— Choreography: Derek Hough, “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC.

2013 EMMY VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: