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REVIEW: The Meg

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The Meg touted itself as being the blockbuster of the summer, and an epic counter to the classic Jaws movie from the 70s, but despite the special effects, the hype, and the outlandish aspirations, the film is an epic failure from start to finish.

“A deep-sea submersible–part of an international undersea observation program–has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific… with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the crew–and the ocean itself–from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. What no one could have imagined is that, years before, Taylor had encountered this same terrifying creature. Now, teamed with Suyin, he must confront his fears and risk his own life to save everyone trapped below.”

I’ve covered The Meg quite extensively on Fright Nerd, and I finally got a chance to sit down and tune in to the movie that was made out to be such a big deal.

The highlight of the film was Jack Morris (Rainn Wilson), and not because of any stellar character development, but because it gave me a slight reminder of one of my favorite characters in the history of television, Dwight Schrute from the Office.

The movie is a cluster of nonsense, and Jason Statham delivers another mundane, monotone performance not much different from what you’re used to.

The Megalodon is not frightening, menacing, nor does it strike the fear that Jaws did, at any point. It couldn’t even come close to the ridiculousness that was Deep Blue Sea, which proved to be the far superior film, in the end.

The Meg may be the perfect film to watch as you get ready for bed at night, because nothing in this film is interesting, or exciting enough to keep you from falling asleep.

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The Meg may be the perfect film to watch as you get ready for bed at night, because nothing in this film is interesting, or exciting enough to keep you from falling asleep
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Lionsgate’s ‘Leprechaun Returns’ Arrives This December

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The return of everyone’s favorite evil, blood thirsty, and menacing leprechaun is upon us as Lionsgate films is rebooting the infamous ‘Leprechaun’ franchise with the film ‘Leprechaun Returns’, which will arrive on digital and On Demand on December 11th, 2018.

Steven Kostanski will be behind the camera directing, but Warwick Davis will not be reprising his role as the evil leprechaun, as Linden Porco will be taking on the character in what should be a bloody and gory good time for all.

According to the synopsis:

“The deadly, wisecracking Leprechaun is back in all his gory glory. When the sorority sisters of the Alpha Upsilon house decide to go green and use an old well as their water source, they unwittingly awaken a pint-sized, green-clad monster. The Leprechaun wants a pot of gold buried near the sorority house, but first, he must recover his powers with a killing spree—and only the girls of AU can stop him.“

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Blumhouse, Amazon Partnering for Eight Original Genre Films

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Blumhouse Productions and Amazon have closed an exclusive production deal that will team up the two for a series of eight thriller/darkly-themed feature length productions, which will be made available via direct-to-service on Amazon Prime Video.

Furthermore, an element will link all the films together. Here is a statement on the collaborative project from Blumhouse’s Jason Blum:

“We are delighted Amazon is entrusting Blumhouse to deliver its signature thrills and chills to its global audience through this deal,” Blum said, according to Deadline. “This is a great opportunity for Blumhouse Television to empower underrepresented filmmakers offering a fresh take on the dark genres loved by fans the world over.”

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‘The Farm’ Set to Arrive This Friday

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Red Hound Films’ indie horror ‘The Farm’ made a success run at the festivals earlier this year and is now set to officially arrive this Friday, November 16th via on Demand.

The film, directed by Hans Stjernswärd, stars Nora Yessayan, Alec Gaylord, and Ken Volok and tells the story of “a young couple gets kidnapped and treated like farm animals after stopping at a roadside diner to eat meat.” This will certainly be on our “to do list” this weekend.

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