Screen Rant give THE MEG the “Honest Trailer” Treatment

The folks at Screen Rant have amassed legions of followers for their snarky yet spot-on assessments of today’s biggest genre offerings in the form of “Honest Trailers”. How many times have moviegoers felt misled by a promo that promises boatloads of excitement for a film that turns out to be extremely lackluster? The irony of “Honest Trailers” is that they arrive too late to give us a truly objective look at the films we spend our hard-earned dollars on.

Their latest subject (victim?) is The Meg. While shark-themed horror movies have become a staple of the summer blockbuster season, The Meg fell short of previous years’ megahits The Shallows and 47 Meters Down (released in 2016 and 2017 respectively). Though clearly produced with a ton of money, special FX and star power couldn’t catapult The Meg beyond mediocre.

Look, I’m not saying The Meg wasn’t good, mindless mayhem (and neither are the folks at Screen Rant) but let’s be “Honest”: The film had more bark than bite! Give Screen Rant’s “Honest Trailer” a spin below, followed by the actual synopsis and trailer for The Meg. Enjoy!

Synopsis:
Previously thought to be extinct, a massive creature attacks a deep-sea submersible, leaving it disabled and trapping the crew at the bottom of the Pacific. With time running out, a visionary oceanographer recruits rescue diver Jonas Taylor to save the crew and the sea itself from an unimaginable threat — a 75-foot-long prehistoric shark known as the Megalodon.

The Meg is directed by Jon Turteltaub from a screenplay based on the novel by Steve Alten; the film stars Jason Statham, Bingbing Li, and Rainn Wilson.

Did you see The Meg last summer? What do you think of Screen Rant’s “Honest Trailer” for the film? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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Vogue Writer Slams Horror: “Where Have All the Good Horror Movies Gone?”

Remember when horror was good?” asks Vogue writer Taylor Antrim, who proclaims 2018 void of any good horror movies in an article published this week, yet still works in mentions of Hereditary and A Quiet Place – the latter of which he calls a “thriller”. Sigh.

We didn’t even get a decent shark movie this year,” he bolsters like that’s some kind of quantifiable statistic over the past 100 years of cinema. (The funny thing is, the fact that we even did get a mega budget shark blockbuster with The Meg actually shows how huge horror is right now.)

The writer then slams Halloween, before he comically tells readers to watch Revenge, which, I hate to break it to him, came out this year. Remember when horror was good? Like, you mean right now? In this very moment we’re living inside of?

Then, Suspiria is removed from the equation. “Suspiria is not forgettable. Nor is it, I hasten to say, much of a horror film, despite being a remake of one.” He suggests that a horror movie isn’t a horror movie unless it has “an element of fun, of dark delight,” and excludes Suspiria because it wasn’t fun nor did he understand the finale. Must be a “thriller,” eh?

Typical for pieces of this sort, the article has no clear point and builds up to nothing; mostly, it’s supported by the writer’s viewing of WinchesterThe Nun and Slender Man, three not-so-great films that offer only a fraction of horror that was put on display this year. Of course, as most horror fans are aware, the good has far outweighed the bad in 2018.

(And even the baddest, it’s worth pointing out, have proven quite successful.)

But I digress. This feels like yet another mainstream hit piece, one that perhaps it’s best to give no attention to at all. But it’s hard not to. After all, this is exactly the kind of bullshit we horror fans constantly have to deal with. You see, when horror is having a down year, they’ll write, “Horror is dead.” When it’s hot, like it has been for the past few years, they quantify it and remove films to fit their narrative. We’re low class to them. There’s no way a horror film could be so good that it deserves awards… right?

You just watch… when Toni Collette gets nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in Hereditary, and Ari Aster gets nominated for “Best Director” and “Best Original Screenplay”, the mainstream media will start the narrative that Hereditary is not a horror movie. Buckle your seatbelts, cause it’s going to happen. Hell, it already has.

Digressing yet again, I don’t understand how one of the biggest magazines on the planet can allow someone to write a horror hit piece having just seen a small handful of horror films?

Outside of the aforementioned Hereditary, A Quiet Place (a monster movie that’s without question a *horror* movie), Revenge and Suspiria (that’s a lot of great horror right there, no?), there have been dozens of phenomenal genre films released in 2018. So much so that I’m having a difficult time narrowing down the best of the year. While you may debate me on the merits of The Predator or this weekend’s Overlord (both extremely fun genre films), I offer you the following counter: Annihilation, Mandy, The Ritual, The Night Comes For Us, One Cut of the Dead, Thoroughbreds, Before I Wake, Ghost Stories, Blue My Mind, What Keeps You Alive, Tumbbad, Lowlife, Possum, Let the Corpses Tan, Terrified, and The Witch In the Window.

I’m sure there’s even more, but let’s not pretend we’re not in the middle of a major horror renaissance. We are. We absolutely are. And true fans of the genre see that clear as day.

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

‘The Meg’ Sequel Will Chomp Into Theaters

It’s well-known that Hollywood was trying to get various forms of a movie adaptation of Steve Alten’s book Meg off the ground for more than a decade, nearly dating back to the novel’s original release in 1997. It took Warner Bros. to finally get things rolling in 2015. Re-dubbed The Meg for theaters, the film […]

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Buy / Wait / Rent: November 2018 Blu-Ray Releases

We sift through the new release heap so you don’t have to!

Welcome to Horror News Network’s Buy / Wait / Rent, a monthly article devoted to the most highly-anticipated horror releases on blu-ray. Here you will find the best home video releases of each month, along with our opinion on whether each film is a must-own on the first day of release, something you should wait to buy until it goes on sale, or something you’re better off renting for a one-time watch. And now, on to the notable new releases of November 2018!


11/6/18:

WAIT

    

Shout! Factory is known for consistently releasing must-have editions of beloved horror classics. Sleepwalkers, however, isn’t likely to be on many people’s day one purchase list, especially after October’s overstuffed release schedule. This one should drop in price for an upcoming sale, and I recommend that you wait unless you’ve got to have the slipcover which will only ship with the first printing. Last year, Target’s exclusive Stranger Things blu ray set was all the rage. Between its retro-style VHS case and the fact that you couldn’t get it anywhere else, collectors everywhere raced to purchase these. Then came the surprise 4K UHD release shortly thereafter. The only problem was it didn’t have lossless audio or HDR. Stranger Things 2 is avoiding the same mistakes by releasing these at the same time (and HDR has been added according to early reports), but the fact that the first season has been priced ridiculously low for the past several weeks gives me pause about picking this one up right away. Give it time unless you’re a Stranger Things fiend!


11/13/18:

RENT:

The Meg made a killing this summer due to a lack of worthy competition and our undying fascination with giant shark-like creatures gobbling up beach goers. The action/comedy tone of the film may not be for all horror fans, so I recommend you give this one a rental if you aren’t sure you’re ready to put it next to Jaws on the shelf.


11/20/18:

BUY:

So, remember how I mentioned those must-have Shout! Factory releases? Candyman is one of those releases! Fans who order direct can get a special poster and a second slipcover featuring alternate artwork, so don’t hesitate on this one if you’re a Candyman fan.

WAIT:

Urban Legend, on this other hand, is probably a title most people will be comfortable waiting on until the next sale. If you’ve got to pick and choose on the 20th, go with the limited edition version of Candyman and pick this one up later.


11/27/18:

BUY:

Arrow Video is known for high quality releases of niche titles, so it’s surprising that they’re coming out with a limited edition version of Guillermo del Toro’s 2015 studio picture, Crimson Peak. Chock full of video extras and an 80-page hard bound book, this is an excellent addition to any del Toro fan’s collection!

 

 

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THE MEG Theme Park Rides In Development

It was just yesterday that we let all of you guys know that The Meg producer Catherine Xujun Ying acknowledged that The Meg 2 would be swimming our way soon.

That is definitely the plan,” Ying said. “It’s still in the very early stages, but we’re working on it. We’re trying to keep it secret at this time.”

While the knowledge that a sequel to The Meg is in the works is all well and good, hidden in the original Deadline article was an even more exciting tidbit where they threw out there that there are “discussions in place to create Meg theme park rides.”

Interesting. I don’t know about you, but I much rather hear more of these planned theme park rides than a sequel. I mean bring on The Meg 2 by all means. But please provide more info on these rides as well.

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THE MEG 2 Already In The Works

This past summer we all witness Jason Statham punch a giant f*cking shark in the back of the face for 90 mins with The Meg. And it looks like audiences enjoyed all the shark stomping as today we have word that a sequel is in the works.

Deadline reports that producer Catherine Xujun Ying acknowledged that The Meg 2 will be swimming our way soon.

That is definitely the plan,” Ying said. “It’s still in the very early stages, but we’re working on it. We’re trying to keep it secret at this time.”

Good job keeping it a secret.

THE MEG Review – A Little Long in the Tooth But Still a Damn Good Time

The Meg producer Belle Avery bought the rights to Steve Alten’s books so it makes sense that a sequel is on the table. However, The Meg 2 doesn’t currently have a screenwriter, and Warner Bros hasn’t officially greenlit the project. So I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

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The More Shark Horror, the Merrier: Sequel to ‘The Meg’ Already in the Works!

After grossing over $500 million worldwide over the summer, we’ve learned tonight (via Deadline) that a sequel to director Jon Turteltaub’s The Meg is already in the works!

Gravity’s Catherine Xujun Ying said at the U.S.-China Entertainment Summit today, “It’s still in the very early stages, but we’re working on it. We’re trying to keep it secret at this time.”

The site adds, “From what Deadline knows, The Meg 2 hasn’t set any screenwriters yet, the project isn’t officially greenlit by Warner Bros, and for the studio to move forward with a part 2 it certainly has to out-wow the first installment. Having Gravity on board certainly makes The Meg 2 more of a reality.”

Gravity Pictures helped fund The Meg, which was distributed by Warner Bros.

‘The Meg’ Swims to a Whopping $500M Worldwide at the Box Office This Weekend

Well I’ll be damned. After nearly sinking to a bloated budget, New Line Cinema’s The Meg has just surpassed $500M worldwide at the box office, which means it’s likely out of the red and into the black for the financiers/distributors. This is huge news for a film that was released into an ocean of drama after allegedly being dramatically changed from an R-rated affair to a broader PG-13.  The budget is being reported from $130M up to $180M, and with a massive marketing spend, The Meg would need, at the very least, $500M to break even. For fans of the book and film, there’s much to celebrate here as this could lead to a sequel (if the producers are able to find a way to substantially trim the budget).

I have to admit that I’m shocked, but extremely happy to see yet another genre film find success at this summer’s box office. This is the perfect way to enter the fall as horror films are about to steamroll the competition starting with last weekend’s The Nun, which smashed the competition with an estimated $53.5 domestically ($131M worldwide).

In Jon Turteltaub’s mega shark flick The Meg:

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…bringing him face to face once more with the greatest and largest predator of all time.

Rounding out the international main cast of Meg are New Zealander Cliff Curtis (The Dark Horse, Risen, TV’s Fear the Walking Dead), Rainn Wilson (TV’s The Office, Super), Ruby Rose (xXx: Return of Xander Cage, TV’s Orange is the New Black), Winston Chao(Skiptrace, Kabali), Page Kennedy (TV’s Rush Hour), Jessica McNamee (The Vow, TV’s Sirens), Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (The BFG, TV’s The Missing), Robert Taylor (Focus, TV’s Longmire), Sophia Shuya Cai (Somewhere Only We Know), and Masi Oka (TV’s Hawaii Five-0, Heroes).

The Meg is an adaptation of the novel by Steve Alten.

Jason Statham and Steve Allen Discuss Possible Sequel to The Meg

Lead actor Jason Statham and series author Steve Allen have both discussed the possibility of a sequel to the summer sci-fi horror hit, The Meg. Statham was quite straightforward about the conditions necessary for a sequel to the campy summer sensation to happen saying that if The Meg grossed high enough at the box office, chances […]

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‘The Nun’ “Preys” on the Competition at Weekend Box Office

The Nun kicked off a busy fall season at the box office by accumulating an estimated $53.5 million at this weekend’s box office, destroying the previous Conjure-verse’s opening weekend record set by the original The Conjuring with $41.8 million in the summer of 2013.

The debut is also the second largest September opening ever, going past the $48.4 million set by Hotel Transylvania 2 in 2015. The Nun could not come close to last fall’s king of the horror world, It, however, which took in $123.4 for its opening weekend.  The Nun’s $53.5 million debut was also the second largest opening ever for an R-rated horror film, again placing behind Warner Brother’s  It.  The Nun was also a hit internationally, bringing in $77.5 million, totaling $131 million worldwide.

The Nun accomplished all of this with poor critical and audience scores, which may hurt the film’s chances of repeating in the top spot next weekend.  The Nun’s Rotten Tomatoes score is currently at 28% (the lowest for any Conjuring film or spin-off so far) and the film’s Cinemascore was a C.  Most highly-anticipated horror and action films are impervious to critical reviews during their opening weekends, but we could see a sharp decline in next week’s box office numbers if word-of-mouth is as bad as it appears.

The marketing machine for The Nun was working overtime this summer, with a series of alluring trailers, a ‘banned” Youtube clip, and tales of real supernatural activity on the set of the film.  All of these gimmicks certainly worked, so don’t be surprised to see some of the upcoming horror releases employ similar marketing strategies.

In other box office news, The Meg continues to eat up profits, remaining one of the biggest surprises of the year so far.  The giant shark tale finished with over $6 million this weekend, bringing the prehistoric beast’s domestic total to $131 million.  Overseas, the film has been a real monster, totaling over $360 million, and nearing the $500 million mark worldwide.

Check back next week to see how The Nun fares in her sophomore frame (with the added competition from everyone’s favorite dread-locked alien, The Predator) and don’t forget to keep up with all the new releases of the fall season with HNN’s own Fall Horror Movie Guide. 

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