It has only been a year since we lost horror legend Wes Craven (he passed away in August 2015) and with that said I needed to watch a film of his for this year. Not only did Wes Craven direct films (Scream), but he also served as an executive producer for a lot of them including today’s film entitled They. Back in 1983, young Billy (Alexander Gould) was victim to an attack from the monsters under his bed, but it haunts him for the rest of his life. Now we go 19 years later and Julia (Laura Regan) is a psychology major that used to suffer from night terrors as a child. All of that is awoken when adult Billy (Jon Abrahams) pays her a visit and kills himself. Now Julia has to figure out a way to battle the creatures in the dark before its too late. The film also stars Ethan Embry (Can’t Hardly Wait) as Sam Burnside, Dagmara Dominczyk (The Count Of Monte Cristo) as Terry Alba, Marc Blucas (We Were Soldiers) as Paul Loomis, Desiree Zurowski (Big Eyes) as Mary Parks, Mark Hildreth (Planet Hulk) as Troy, Jonathan Cherry (Final Destination 2) as Darren, Jay Brazeau (Insomnia) as Dr. Booth, and the film was directed by Robert Harmon (The Hitcher). To see the rest of the review, please click here to go to Moshpits and Movies.
In the battle between DC Comics and Marvel, DC has always had Marvel beat on the animated movie front with the superior titles. One of the most anticpated films based off one of the all time best selling graphic novels in Batman: The Killing Joke came out and I didn’t hesitate to make it today’s film. In the setting of the film, Batgirl (Tara Strong) a.k.a. Barbara Gordon has been working with Batman (Kevin Conroy), but after a case almost went too far, she quit the crime fighting business. In the meantime, the diabolical Joker (Mark Hamill) has escaped from Arkham to prove the ultimate point. He wants to prove that with enough tragedy, he can drive a man to insanity the same way he was years before by attacking the Gordon family. The film also stars Ray Wise (Jeepers Creepers 2) as commissioner Gordon, John DiMaggio (Adventure Time) as Francesco, Robin Atkin Downes (Suicide Squad) as Detective Bullock, Brian George (Hotel Transylvania) as Alfred, Maury Sterling (Kung Fu Panda 2) as Paris, JP Karliak (Sanjay And Craig) as Reese, Nolan North (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Mitch, Anna Vocino (Free Radio) as Jeannie, Rick D. Wasserman (Planet Hulk) as Maroni, and the film was directed by Sam Liu (Batman: Year One).
Now you are probably wondering what I am thinking about when it comes to Batman: The Killing Joke. Well, first I want to give all of you out there a Spoiler Alert just in case there is any info that is said that you didn’t want to know. So, Proceed with caution or turn away right this instance (just in case). The film just about everything you would expect especially if you had read the graphic novel. I thought it was a little daring for them to have the sex scene between Batgirl and Batman (you don’t see anything so don’t worry). I know the film got an R rating, but other than some language, some violence, there really wasn’t much to it that in my opinion suggested an R rating. Nevertheless, I am not saying that it was a bad film cause it’s up there with some of my favorites and it was great to see Mark Hamill return as The Joker because he is the ony voice I enjoy. The thing I really enjoyed were the flashback scenes that The Joker had explaining his origins. He’s a failing comedian who just needs one job to save his new family from poverty, but when tragedy strikes it drives him to the brink of insanity. Thus explaining why he became The Joker to satisfy our need to know who he is. The one thing that you’ll find in the film that is very interesting is the end of the film. There is one final scene between Batman and The Joker that you have to see for yourself because it’s just poetic justice in my opinion. I loved the action in the film, it was very well written, and truly a film everyone should check out. Suicide Squad comes out this week hence the reason I chose to watch this now. I am going to give Batman: The Killing Joke an A for a final grade.