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How 5 Recent Horror Films Scared Up Big Success At The Box Office

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 22, 2013 2:40 PM
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After initial loud buzz way back at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival where its screening triggered a bidding war, horror flick "You're Next" is finally about to invade theaters nationwide. The tale of a band of masked intruders who violently disrupt a family get together, it's a kicky treat that we finally got a chance to watch at SXSW this year (you can read our review here). While it seems like it could be a late summer hit, if recent horror hits have proven anything, it's that it's nearly impossible to preemptively diagnose what genre fare is going to make a very respectable amount of money at the box-office.

The Worst Films Of 2013... So Far...

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 10, 2013 1:40 PM
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The Worst Films Of 2013, so far, playlist
Is this the worst summer of blockbusters in a recent age or is it the best? Are “Man of Steel" arguments worth losing friendships over? Is "Southland Tales" a masterpiece as posited by generation revisionism or is it the mess critics took it for initially? Will you dare to give your money to villain mensch Adam Sandler over hero Guillermo del Toro? Debate rages on in 2013 over a variety of topics as is par for the course in the opinionated world of movie criticism and discussion. And yes, as we glance down at our watches, we realize it’s basically the midway point of the year. We already looked at what a handful of us thought were the Best Film Of The Year... So Far, and so in the Peter Travers school of thinking, we thought it might be worthwhile to look at the worst films of the year so far on a Wednesday hump day.

The Completely Necessary 'The Purge 2' In The Works

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • June 11, 2013 10:23 AM
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When a movie’s sequel is green-lit so rapidly, one could usually chalk it up to an incredibly successful premiere. It’s a rare occasion where you can say that it was due, in part, to a tax credit. Unless you’re Uwe Boll, in which case it’s just an everyday occurrence. However, in this case, it’s “The Purge” that’s moving forward with a sequel that could start shooting this year.

Box Office: ‘The Purge’ Surges With $36 Million; ‘The Internship’ Doesn’t Get Hired

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • June 9, 2013 12:36 PM
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The dystopian horror-thriller “The Purge” is destined to gross roughly $36.4 million domestically for its opening weekend ($16.7 million dollars from the opening night alone) and has become the surprise hit of the summer, with The Hollywood Reporter dubbing it the “Box Office Shocker.” Not only is “The Purge” in the top spot over some should-have-been-tough competition (we saw this coming), the film is also whupping said competition, making nearly over 3 times per screen as “The Internship.”

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Much Ado About Nothing' For 'The Internship;' 'Wish You Were Here' For 'The Purge'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • June 7, 2013 2:46 PM
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The studios have been busy, it seems, preparing for this first June weekend. The bevy of comedies, thrillers, adaptations, docs, and psycho killer little girl stories landing at the multiplexes and art houses are like a big neon sign that reads, "SUMMERTIME!" And really, what says summer better than a movie about interning? (We're talking to you, college students.) Maybe one about a 12-hour period of sanctioned lawlessness? (That's for all those who remember when summer was actually a vacation.) Whatever hearkens the season best, there is so much on the release slate today, you may need a to-do list to make it through the titles. And we'd love to know which films will make your top slots, so clue us in using the comments section below!

Review: 'The Purge' Starring Ethan Hawke & Lena Headey

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 4, 2013 10:57 AM
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Rarely do horror films these days luxuriate in big ideas. Instead, they are usually a simple formula, based on a rudimentary conceptual framework (cameras capture supernatural activity, madman devises ingenious torture traps), stretched painfully thin over 90 minutes or so. One of the things that makes "The Purge," a new high-concept horror movie about a utopian society with a very dark secret, so refreshing, is that it actually takes the time to engage in some truly provocative and subversive ideas, and what's more -- these thematic interests never come at the expense of the thrills. "The Purge" manages to be smart, scary, and subversive. In the current horror landscape, this is much rarer than a demonic possession or capturing a ghost on videotape.

Listen: Exclusive Track From Nathan Whitehead's Score For 'The Purge'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2013 11:26 AM
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This Friday, a slightly different kind of summer movie hits theaters with Universal's "The Purge." The film finds Ethan Hawke reteaming James DeMonaco (the writer of the remake of "The Assault Of Precinct 13," director of "Staten Island") for a grimy thriller produced by genre powerhouses Blumhouse and Platinum Dunes. Instead of explosions, spandex and CGI, this film boasts a pretty intriguing premise: in the future, there's no more crime...except on one night of the year of no consequences mayhem known as The Purge. Hawke plays the head of a family who batten down the hatches each year to ride out the evening of terror in the streets, but find themselves fighting for their lives when someone from the outside gets in...

Watch: Crime Gets A Holiday In Trailer For Thriller 'The Purge' With Ethan Hawke

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 3, 2013 1:55 PM
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Wait, what is this movie? We have to admit either this flew entirely under our radar, we forgot about it or just plain didn't care. And maybe that's how Universal felt as well considering "The Purge" comes out next month and they're only starting to market the thing now, but, since it's coming from Team Blumhouse, the budget was probably about a million bucks and they'll make money on this if just five people show up. Considering it's a violent thriller with a "clever" premise from guys behind "Paranormal Activity" and "Sinister," people will probably line up in droves.

Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing' & Ethan Hawke's 'Purge' Get Summer Release Dates

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 29, 2012 5:24 PM
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With the unbelievable success of "The Avengers," Joss Whedon is the new king of summer. Want proof? His arty, I-made-it-in-my-backyard-for-real Shakespeare adaptation is going to go in the deep end with the blockbusters in 2013.

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