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Face-Off: The Beguiled 1971 vs. Play Misty for Me

Director Sofia Coppola's take on THE BEGUILED will be in theatres by the end of this month, so now is the time to look back on the original BEGUILED, which was a 1971 Clint Eastwood / Don Siegel collaboration. I wanted this week's Face-Off to deal with that film in some way, and when considering movies to put up against it there was one which really volunteered itself. It's another 1971...
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Face-Off: The Mummy 1999 vs. The Wolfman 2010

Universal is undertaking a massive endeavor with the crafting of their Dark Universe, a new shared cinematic universe that will be built out of reboots of their classic monster properties. The monster mash begins with this weekend's release of THE MUMMY. But, of course, this new take on THE MUMMY isn't the first time Universal has put out a monster reboot. In anticipation of the beginning of...
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06.07.2017
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Face-Off: Ash (Alien) vs. David (Prometheus & Alien: Covenant)

The prequel series that Ridley Scott is building within the ALIEN franchise has at its core a villainous android called David, played by Michael Fassbender. But David isn't the first villainous android to be featured in a Scott-directed ALIEN film; the original 1979 film also had an android gone bad, with Ian Holm as Ash. This brings up the question, which is the better bad robot? The one who...
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05.24.2017
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Face-Off: It! The Terror from Beyond Space vs. Planet of the Vampires

Ridley Scott's ALIEN has had a strong influence on a lot of films over the decades, including previous Face-Off contenders FORBIDDEN WORLD and CREATURE , but there are also earlier movies that obviously inspired ALIEN. Since today, 4/26, is officially ALIEN Day, this seemed like the perfect time to take a look at two films that are clearly reflected in Scott's sci-fi horror classic; Edward L....
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04.26.2017
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Face-Off: Fatal Attraction vs. Basic Instinct

Sex and murder are story elements that go together quite well, as evident from the abundance of entries there are in the erotic thriller sub-genre. There's a new one coming out on April 21st, the Rosario Dawson vs. Katherine Heigl film UNFORGETTABLE, which inspired me to look back at what may be the two most popular erotic thrillers, Adrian Lyne's FATAL ATTRACTION and Paul Verhoeven's BASIC...
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04.12.2017
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Face-Off: The Lost Boys vs. Near Dark

Back in 1987, two great vampire movies were released within a couple months of each other - Joel Schumacher's THE LOST BOYS hit at the end of July and Kathryn Bigelow's NEAR DARK followed at the beginning of October. While one had a bigger and more successful theatrical run than the other, both have endured as classic entries in the vampire sub-genre. Both films will soon be celebrating...
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03.29.2017
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Face-Off: Forbidden World vs. Creature

Coming to theatres this weekend is director Daniel Espinosa's LIFE, a film that is obviously inspired by the 1979 sci-fi horror classic ALIEN. There have been many films released over the decades that ALIEN had a clear and direct influence on, beginning with a flood of such films that hit soon after the movie's release. Audiences were given lots of rip-offs and cash-ins to help pass the seven...
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03.22.2017
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Face-Off: Dawn of the Dead 2004 vs. Slither

This weekend THE BELKO EXPERIMENT is coming to theatres, and since that film is the result of a collaboration between two familiar names in the genre, screenwriter James Gunn and director Greg McLean, that combo gave some options to choose from for this week's Face-Off. Since I have already put McLean's WOLF CREEK and WOLF CREEK 2 against each other (you can read that Face-Off HERE ), the...
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03.15.2017
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Face-Off: King Kong 1976 vs. King Kong 2005

This Friday, one of cinema's greatest, most iconic creatures will be making his (hopefully) triumphant return to the big screen in KONG: SKULL ISLAND, so this week's Face-Off had to be all about Kong. For me, the 1933 version of KING KONG, which was directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, is an untouchable classic, so rather than stack the deck against another film I decided to...
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03.08.2017
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Face-Off: One False Move vs. A Simple Plan

This past weekend, I was shocked and saddened to hear that the great Bill Paxton had passed away due to complications following heart surgery. Paxton has been a frequent presence in movies and on television throughout my entire life and he has always been a favorite of mine, I always loved when he would show up in something I was watching. The loss of Bill Paxton has made such an emotional...
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03.01.2017
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Face-Off: Rosemary's Baby vs. The Stepford Wives

This weekend will see the release of comedian Jordan Peele's feature directorial debut GET OUT, a horror film that currently has a 100% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes. In interviews - including ours - Peele has mentioned 1968's ROSEMARY'S BABY and THE STEPFORD WIVES from 1975 as inspiration for GET OUT, and given that both of those films are adaptations of novels written by Ira Levin and...
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02.22.2017
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Face-Off: Pacific Rim vs. Godzilla 2014

Legendary is a production company that is clearly interested in being in the giant monster business. Not only are they building a "MonsterVerse" with GODZILLA and KONG, but they're also making monster movies that apparently aren't even part of the MonsterVerse, like Guillermo Del Toro's 2013 film PACIFIC RIM , its upcoming sequel PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING, and this weekend's THE GREAT WALL....
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02.15.2017
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