Cate Blanchett Picks Her Favorite Marvel Movie, And It Isn’t Thor: Ragnarok

There’s a lot to love in Marvel movies, and a lot of Marvel movies to love. At this point, it seems like every actor in Hollywood, save Keanu Reeves, is now part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but I for one have certainly wondered from time to time how many of the actors who haven’t had their careers taken over by the MCU actually play close attention to it. It turns out that Cate Blanchett is one star that does.

Blanchett played Hela in Thor:Ragnarok, but she’s also seen all the other Marvel movies, if only thanks to her kids, but she knows them well enough to know that her favorite in the series wasn’t her own movie, but rather Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel.

Cate Blanchett tells ET that she really excited for Natalie Portman and the news that she’ll be taking on the mantle of Thor in Thor: Love and Thunder. It seems that she really loves the fact that more women are taking on positions of power within the MCU stories, which may be why Captain Marvel is her favorite movie so far.

It wouldn’t have been that crazy if Cate Blanchett had said that Thor: Ragnarok was her favorite movie. Beyond the simple fact that she’s in it, it also was the first Marvel movie to have a woman as the primary villain, which was still a step forward for Marvel Studios.

Could we see the poular MCU villain face off against the new Thor? Blanchett either has no clue, or she’s playing coy. Either is possible.

It seems likely that, for anybody who loves to see women taking their place alongside the men of the MCU, the forthcoming slateof films  has a lot to look forward to. Beyond the next MCU movie, Black Widow, we’ll see The Eternals, which has an incredibly inclusive and diverse cast. Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch will have an important part to play in the next Doctor Strange movie, and she’ll also co-headline her own Disney+ series. The upcoming Hawkeye series will see the archer pass his bow onto a woman, and then of course there’s Natalie Portman’s return to the MCU as The Mighty Thor.

And then on top of that, there’s the fact that we know that Captain Marvel 2 is a movie that is coming. It’s not part of the upcoming Phase 4, but Kevin Feige did confirm at SDCC that it is coming. Perhaps it will become Cate Blanchett’s new favorite.

Marvel’s Shang-Chi: People Actually Think Simu Liu Is ‘Too Ugly’ To Play The Hero

Simu Liu has been on top of the world since being cast as Marvel superhero Shang-Chi. He’s been witty, self-deprecating, and — from here — very easy on the eyes. However, the Chinese-Canadian actor is apparently not considered very handsome to many people in China.

A video recently went viral, showing people on the streets of Beijing slighting Simu Liu’s looks and saying he may be attractive to Americans but he’s not up to the Chinese standards of beauty. The actor responded to reports — and he responded so well, it just served to prove he’s pretty much perfect inside and out. Fans are now flooding his mentions with compliments, so the sour lemon of the video is now officially sweet summer lemonade.

Asian Boss posted a video on the topic, starting by noting that both Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings stars Simu Liu and Awkwafina were considered “very ugly” on Chinese social media. So the reporter hits the streets with a photo of Simu Liu to gauge the opinions of average people in Beijing.

One woman said he’s “quite handsome.” Another said “I’d give him a 6. … He’s just about average. I don’t think he’s considered handsome by Chinese standards.” Another would give him a “7.5,” but then said he’s not really handsome.

One harsh critic said he’d get a “3.5” because he looks “old” and “old-fashioned.” Another non-fan said she was surprised and “disappointed” to learn he’ll be the superhero, since they have more handsome Chinese actors for the role. Simu Liu looks all right to “foreigners,” one said, but Chinese people prefer men with a delicate face.

One of the men in the video said Americans and Chinese just have different beauty standards — he also said he thinks all Americans look the same, and figures Americans probably feel the same about Chinese.

All in all, it was a disappointingly shallow read on Simu Liu. (It’s disappointing when anyone is valued numerically. People are not movies to grade.) The video found its way to the actor, and he reacted with humor on Twitter, and thoughtfulness on Facebook.

That tongue-in-cheek tweet was met with the kind of responses you might expect — with fans lashing out at the video, joking “if it’s Opposite Day,” and complimenting his hotness.

He shared a lengthy statement on Facebook directly responding to the video, leading with a joke and getting into more serious territory:

I love that he turned this insult into an inspiring “teachable moment.” As Simu Liu wrote:

Good for him. It’s sad but not surprising when early conversation about a star is about his or her looks. Film is a visual medium. But it had to cut even deeper for Marvel’s first Asian lead superhero be derided for his looks by people from his own native China.

But, again, the upside is that this is giving many, many fans a chance to tell Simu Liu that he’s very handsome, but also has a dozen other great qualities to him — all shown off by his reaction to this “controversy” in China.

You can tell he’s been following the reactions, and appreciates the support:

I have no doubt Simu Liu will win over fans around the world.

China is the second biggest box office market in the world after the United States. I seriously doubt this early talk about Simu Liu’s looks will hurt Marvel’s take there when the movie comes out on February 12, 2021. It’s just like when someone does a man-on-the-street report in the U.S. and you disagree with just about everything people say. China is way too big a country with WAY too many people to let one opinion speak for everyone. Other early reports pointed to many Chinese fans being thrilled to see Chinese hero Shang-Chi played by a Chinese actor. Like anywhere, it’ll be a mix of positive and negative responses. Welcome to humanity.

The Mortal Kombat Movie May Have Found Its Liu Kang

Mortal Kombat is one of the most popular video game series of all-time and it previously spawned what many would say is one of the better film adaptations of a game ever made. However, that was over 20 years ago, and so it was no surprise when a reboot film was announced, and it may have just found its first star. Ludi Lin is reportedly in talks to take on the role of Liu Kang.

Ludi Lin played the small role of Captain Murk in James Wan’s Aquaman. Wan is producing the new Mortal Kombat movie. However, recently Lin also played the almost too perfect role of Lance in the Black Mirror episode “Striking Vipers.” Lance was a video game avatar inside a game which was clearly inspired by Mortal Kombat and other tournament fighter style games. It seems Ludi Lin was actually auditioning for Mortal Kombat with the role and didn’t even realize it.

Variety reports than Ludi Lin is in negotiations to play the role of Liu Kang, a Bruce Lee-inspired martial arts fighter who enters the Mortal Kombat tournament in hopes of saving the earth from an evil sorcerer named Shang Tsung.

Liu Kang is the hero of the original Mortal Kombat movie and is canonically the winner of the tournament of the first Mortal Kombat game as well. Having said that, the exact plot of the new movie is unknown, and considering how many characters have been added over the years and how many different games there have been, it’s anybody’s guess how important Liu Kang will be to this movie.

With Liu Kang apparently close to being cast, and the role of Sub Zero having already been set, it seems likely that other major Mortal Kombat names will find actors in short order. Characters like Johnny Cage and Sonja Blade, would be conspicuous by their absence if they somehow weren’t in the movie, so that seems unlikely. Writer Greg Russo has spoken about the difficulty of figuring out which characters to include in the new movie. There are so many different options available, and too many to include everybody, it seems likely that some fans’ favorite characters are destined to be left out.

The new Mortal Kombat movie currently has a release date set for March 5, 2021, which means it will likely begin filming sometime at the end of this year or early 2020.

Considering how popular the first Mortal Kombat movie still is with many fans, there are probably a lot of people anticipating this updated version. Hopefully, the new movie will have a killer soundtrack as well.

Kevin Hart Is Getting His Own Superhero Movie

Kevin Hart is a busy, busy man. His star ever rising, he’s had a surprise hit with The Upside, a family crowd-pleaser with The Secret Life of Pets 2, and a not-so-secret anymore cameo in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. So what could possibly be missing from his dance card at this point? You guessed right: a superhero movie, and now he’s going to have one of those, as well!

Before you, the audience, start dream casting who Hart might best fit in the DC or Marvel universes, his own superpowered film, entitled Night Wolf is a bit different. This new project is being described as a superhero movie combined with Meet The Parents, as the narrative will show what happens when a man meets his fiancée’s parents for the first time, only to find out that her father is a true blooded super.

The film is being set up between studio STX, the recent home for Kevin Hart’s The Upside, and the actor’s personal production label HartBeat Productions. Naturally, Hart will also produce the film, and no other casting or plot details have been announced at this time. Though it’s presumed that he’ll be playing the role of the fiancée in Night Wolf, as that seems to be the role that would best fit his brand of schtick.

Some interesting trivia that makes Night Wolf all the more interesting is that both sides of its pedigree are areas that Kevin Hart has had direct experience with. In terms of superheroes, Hart was not only in the spoof film Superhero Movie, but his animation resume saw him star in Captain Underpants: The First Adventure, as well as his character Snowball becoming a costumed vigilante himself in The Secret Life of Pets 2.

As for the whole Meet The Parents aspect, Kevin Hart found himself in a brush with that particular franchise as well. The final film, Little Fockers, boasted a performance of his in the role of Nurse Louis, so you could literally say that he is the perfect man for this job. Though if Ben Stiller were to show up for an audition, that claim could be contested.

It’s too early to really know what’s going to happen with Night Wolf, despite its promising announcement via EW. A big reason behind that is the fact that STX is currently going through a bit of a financial crisis after the flop of Uglydolls. There’s a chance that this film’s fate could change, but if there’s anything that’s going to get this project off the ground, it’s Kevin Hart’s currency with audiences and the film industry. About the project, Hard said in a statement:

Why Disney’s Live-Action Mulan Is Facing A Boycott

Disney’s last two live-action remakes of its popular animated films have been massive box office hits with both making over $1 billion at the global box office. However, it looks like the company’s next big remake, Mulan, may have something of an uphill battle when it comes to success, as a movement has begun telling people to boycott the movie.

Liu Yifei, the Chinese actress who will play Fa Mulan in the movie when it is released next year, recently made a post to Weibo, the Chinese equivalent to Twitter, where she seems to speak in support of Hong Kong police during the ongoing protests currently enveloping the nation. Her post translates to “I support Hong Kong’s police, you can beat me up now.”

In response, those who feel that the protesters are taking on an oppressive regime and combating brutality themselves, have now begun to use the hashtag #BoycottMulan and take the actress to task for her comments.

The Hong Kong protests started in June in opposition to a bill that would allow extradition from Hong Kong to mainland China. That bill has since died, but the protests have continued as a fight for democracy. While they have been largely peaceful, there have been moments of violence recetnly. Earlier this week police and protesters clashed at Hong Kong’s airport. Some protesters did use force against police. It’s possible that this specific event was what Liu Yifei was referring to with her social media post.

It’s anybody’s guess at this point just how much steam a boycott movement could gain, or lose, over the next several months. Mulan isn’t hitting theaters until March, and by then all of this could be a memory. At the same time, the Hong Kong protests have no end in sight and if they are still going on in March, then the boycott will likely not have been forgotten either.

It’s also impossible to tell how many people will ultimately care. The number of people using the hashtag on Twitter is not inconsiderate, but the wider movie going audience around the world may not even be aware of the boycott, and so even if one happens, it may not make a dent in the box office.

Many of the boycott posts on Twitter make sure to tag Disney and ask them why their star is supporting brutality, so you can be sure the studio is currently dealing with this. The studio certainly doesn’t want any of this to reflect on the movie, so you can expect the marketing team to be trying to fix the optics of this situation. It will be interesting to see how Liu Yifei reacts to the reaction to her comments. Will she walk them back in any way to try to calm the upset fans?

Mulan hits theaters March 27, 2020.

The Disgusting Prop Jason Isaacs Couldn’t Keep From Event Horizon Because It Was Too Expensive

As an actor, some of your most memorable moments come from the many deaths you suffer on the stage or screen. For Jason Issacs, one such memory involves a particularly gory death from the cult classic Event Horizon, in which his character of D.J. is gutted and strung up over an operating table.

It was a scene so absolutely bloody that not only is it one of the notable deaths in the entire film, Issacs wanted to keep the replica of his own dead body! Submitted for your approval, the story below:

Leave it to the man who would later play Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter franchise to come up with such a diabolical decorating plan. As if keeping a lifelike replica of yourself ripped open and bloodied up wasn’t chilling enough, hoisting it over the dinner table would be one hell of a conversation starter.

The short version of how Event Horizon dealt Issacs’ character into the great beyond is that even his position as the ship’s medic couldn’t protect him from the villainous Dr. Weir, played by Jurassic Park vet/fellow professional baddie Sam Neill.

As the hellish influence upon the derelict ship is in full swing at this point, Weir gets creative with his prey. Which means that D.J. is going to have some severely un-elective surgery executed on his person. While we can talk around the details all day, it’s undoubtedly a more visual experience, and we’ve got the footage for you below.

Note that there’s a fantastic shot of the prop around 02:21, but if you’re a big Jason Issacs fan, you can start watching the clip below as of 00:49 to get the full effect.

Admittedly, the scene behind this prop isn’t even the most traumatic for those who have watched or will embark upon watching Event Horizon, as this is a movie that included a scene merely referred to as “the blood orgy.” It’s part of how director Paul W.S. Anderson earned his horror chops, which would only grow with his origination of the Resident Evil franchise years down the line.

It’s also through commentary by Anderson on the Event Horizon DVD that tells a slightly different story about Jason Issacs’ request to obtain his prop corpse. Thanks to the internet, this information is also available for your perusal, along with some alternate shots of poor D.J.’s display in the medical bay. See for yourself below.

As Event Horizon just celebrated its 22nd anniversary, and the film has been recently announced as an Amazon series in development, Jason Issacs’ tweet remembering this odyssey into the depths of space and the bowls of Hell comes at the perfect time. While it was released to theaters as a box office bomb, the film did eventually gain a following on cable and home video among genre fans.

It was a long, but fruitful road for Event Horizon into the hearts of its fans, and it’s unfortunate that Issacs couldn’t commemorate that experience by showing his dinner guests where the replica of his own heart would lie in his prop body. Amazon, you may want to include some language in the contracts of your cast to stave off any upset in your new series’ cast ahead of time.

How The Good Boys Filmmakers Totally Avoided Answering Any Adult Questions During Production

All one has to do is look at the plot description of Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky’s Good Boys and the inherent challenges are immediately understood. After all, raunchy comedies are easy when you’re working with adult actors; but a bit more challenging when your stars are just kids. In that scenario they are going to ask a lot of questions that are uncomfortable to answer, but the filmmakers had a system for totally avoiding them.

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of sitting down to talk with Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky at the Los Angeles press day for Good Boys, and during our conversation one thing we specifically discussed were the questions being asked on set that no adult ever wants to hear from a young kid. As you can see by clicking play on the video below, deflection was very much the name of the game, and simply letting the parents help the child actors when curious about some of the comedy’s more mature content:

As you would expect, stars Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, and Brady Noon definitely did have questions about the assortment of adult material featured in Good Boys, and it basically took a quick learning process for them to understand that not all of their queries about the content were going to be fully addressed.

It was apparently really at the start of production when the lead actors were innocently asking about the more adult content, but as the filmmakers explained, that was something they made adjustments for fairly quickly:

In addition to having the parents readily available to field particular questions, another element that was working to the benefit of the Good Boys filmmakers was just the general atmosphere of a movie set and the way in which actors interact with writers and directors. Because of its disruption potential, asking too many questions is a tad on the uncouth side in production culture, and that helped tamper down the uncomfortable conversations. Said Lee Eisenberg,

Of course, in cases of extreme emergency there was also what could be dubbed “The Dumb Method,” as Stupnitsky explained:

The film, which co-stars Molly Gordon, Will Forte, Midori Francis, Lil Rel Howery, and Retta, is now playing in theaters everywhere.

Game Of Thrones Creators Might Not Write All Their Upcoming Star Wars Movies

However, now that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have hopped from HBO to Netflix, it’s possible this may impact how much work they’re doing on the Star Wars franchise. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the men are currently writing the treatment for their Star Wars trilogy and are committed to fully writing at least one of those movies.

Beyond that, though, it remains to be seen if they’ll write the other two installments, as was the original plan, or if they’ll be involved with this arm of the Star Wars franchise beyond writing. When it was officially revealed they were tackling what was vaguely described at the time as a Star Wars film series, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss would also produce.

While you’d think that could still be the case even if they only end up writing one Star Wars movies, perhaps this deal with Netflix now prevents them from contributing as producers. Or maybe something has just shifted on the writing front where now that the men are partnered with Netflix, they have to divert some of their focus from Star Wars to the streaming service.

A source who spoke with THR said that Netflix’s brass were informed about David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ Star Wars schedule, but aren’t concerned, as they weren’t expecting the duo’s first output for 10 years. So with that mindset, one would think that these men would ideally have enough time to pen all three of these Star Wars movies, but perhaps enough things have changed that now they just want to get things rolling and then pass the proverbial ball off to someone else.

And let’s not forget that this isn’t the only new Star Wars trilogy officially on the way. The Last Jedi’s Rian Johnson is also working on his own trio of movies that will move past the Star Wars legacy characters, similarly to what David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have planned.

There is also reportedly a Knights of the Old Republic movie being written by Avatar’s Laeta Kalogridis, and this could be the first entry of a new trilogy. It had been rumored that the Benioff/Weiss trilogy could be set in the Old Republic time period, but unless new information comes to light, it sounds like Kalogridis’ movie is completely separate from whatever it is they’re plotting out.

Keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more updates about what’s happening with Star Wars on both the big and small screens. In the meantime, find out what’s coming out to a theater in this galaxy for the rest of the year in our 2019 release schedule.

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark: 5 Stories From The Books We’d Like To See In The Sequel

Andre Øvredal’s Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is an absolutely wonderful adaptation of the book series by author Alvin Schwartz and artist Stephen Gammell. Not only does it does a fantastic job weaving together the disconnected shorts from the source material, but it matches them with the classic and horrifying imagery with which they’ve always been associated. The only bad thing is that the single movie couldn’t fit in more of the terrifying tales – but that’s where a sequel comes in.

While the first Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark may have utilized some of the most memorable parts and images from the books – including shorts like “Harold,” “The Red Spot,” and “Me Tie Dough-ty Walker!” – but there is still tons of material left to mine in a potential follow-up film. To bring this point to life, we’ve gone back through the Schwartz and Gammell trilogy to find five stories that we want to see in a second chapter, starting with a fan favorite:

Sam’s New Pet (Scary Stories 3: More Tales To Chill Your Bones)

This one is so well-remembered by those who grew up reading the Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark books that it’s actually kind of shocking that it didn’t wind up making it into the first movie. It’s a classic urban legend, centering on a family that is in love with their new stray hairless dog rescued from the streets of Mexico – right up until they discover that it is actually a rabid, deformed sewer rat.

Similar to “The Red Spot,” this is a fairly easy story to adapt into any larger narrative, as all that’s required for set up is for a character to adopt a pet. It may start as your everyday cute movie dog, but the machinations of Sarah Bellow’s book could turn it into a total horror show (especially if a practically built monster is created based on Stephen Gammell’s illustration above).

Wonderful Sausage (More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark)

As far as terrible monsters go, there is some serious juice to be squeezed out of a butcher who makes delicious sausage from seriously messed up ingredients – not limited to pigs, kittens, puppies, and people. He’s a serial killer driven to homicide due to the demand of his business, and while it might be a bit tricky to include because of the restrictions on blood in PG-13 movies, he could also be a wonderful terror for Stella to face in a Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark sequel.

Making this one work in a follow-up story is a bit trickier, but perhaps Stella’s journey takes her to an entire fictional town brought to life from Sarah Bellow’s stories, and each establishment features its own taste of horror… including the local butcher shop. We’re not quite sure how the film might go about incorporating the sight of a severed arm holding a fork with a meatball on it, but given the work done in the first movie we’re not doubting the possibility.

“May I Carry Your Basket” (Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark)

A big part of what makes “May I Carry Your Basket” such a great little story is that it starts in such an innocent place. Sam Lewis is a nice guy – a nerdy chess player – who finds himself out late one night, and sees an old woman in the cold. All he wants to do is help by carrying her basket, but instead he is treated to the sight of a very active decapitated head that jumps out and bites him on the legs.

This is really built as a jump scare story, but much like the creation of The Jangly Man from “Me Tie Dough-ty Walker!” there is a lot of potential to expand in a film adaptation. Perhaps the subject of this story could be Stella’s dad, played by Breaking Bad’s Dean Norris, as he is certainly painted as a genuine guy in the first Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. This could be a great way to both deeply illustrate his character in a sequel, and get him in on the horror action.

The Girl Who Stood On A Grave (Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark)

Some of the best shorts in the Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark come packed with a sweet ironic twist, and this one is no exception. At first you fully expect that the girl who is dared to plunge a knife into a grave is going to suffer at the hands of some kind of reanimated corpse – but instead it’s really her fear that ultimately kills her, as she doesn’t realize what’s holding her back from running away in terror is that she unknowingly stabs the knife through her dress and pins herself to the ground.

The specific operations of the story in a Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark sequel could potentially change the way that “The Girl Who Stood On A Grave” is adapted, but it would be pretty amazing to see it used as a big final scare – kind of like the opposite of the final moment in Carrie. It would feel fresh, while also being a nod to one of the greatest moments in horror cinema history.

The Wolf Girl (Scary Stories 3: More Tales To Chill Your Bones)

The fact that Stella is on the road and leaving Mill Valley, Pennsylvania at the end of Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is a nice wide open door that could really allow the sequel to pick up anywhere. And while it’s the last story we mention in this feature, the subject of “The Wolf Girl” could inspire a pretty scary opening.

Taking place along the Rio Grande, this is a simple story about a girl raised by wolves basically since birth, and particularly thanks to Stephen Gammell it’s a great big screen monster opportunity (just imagine the creature in the top image corralling a bunch of wolves to attack the protagonists while sitting around a campfire). Guillermo del Toro certainly loves his practical effects and makeup, and seeing The Wolf Girl brought to life would surely be both a treat for him and for us.

Is there a short from the Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark books that we didn’t mention but that you would love to see in a possible sequel? Hit the comments section below with all of your thoughts, feelings, and opinions, and stay tuned here on CinemaBlend as we continue to cross our fingers and hope for a follow-up to get the green light following its strong opening weekend.

Crawl Director Making A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Haunted House Movie

One of the most pleasant surprises of the summer has been Crawl, the alligator horror film starring Kaya Scodelario from Piranha 3D and directed by Horns‘ Alexandre Aja. Now, hot off that creature feature, Alexandre Aja is lining up his next project and it’s an old school premise with a new, high-tech twist. The Crawl director is making a choose-your-own-adventure haunted house movie.

Alexandre Aja has signed on to direct the as-yet-untitled horror film for Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners, according to Collider. Beyond the fact that it will be a haunted house film, the premise remains a mystery at the moment, but that’s okay because the real intriguing part is that this will be an interactive, choose-your-own-adventure style horror flick.

The idea for the film’s story comes from Jeff Howard, who penned episodes of Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House, and Mike Flanagan, the writer and director behind the upcoming sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep. Howard wrote the script alongside Alexandre Aja and Nick Simon, who wrote The Girl in the Photographs.

The interactive haunted house film will feature a branched narrative where the audience’s choices influence the plot, ending and even the film’s running time. That obviously leads to the question of how exactly the audience will choose-their-own-adventure for this film within a theater?

To accomplish this, Amblin Partners is teaming up with Kino Industries CtrlMovie technology, which specializes in helping filmmakers to tell interactive, branched narrative films in which the audience participates. Using an app on their smartphone, audience members will vote in the theater to determine character actions at pivotal points in the film.

After Crawl, I think we’d be excited to see whatever Alexandre Aja does next, but this is quite the interesting twist. It obviously brings to mind last year’s Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, which was an interactive science fiction film on Netflix. Whereas with that audiences chose their own adventure using TV remotes or their phones while watching at home, this will be experienced in a theater.

On the one hand, people taking out their phones during a movie is a scourge that should be fed to the alligators in Crawl. I also wonder how audiences basically having their phones out the whole time will impact the dramatic tension that will be required to make this movie effective as a horror tale, and if it is intended to be legitimately scary, and not just fun.

But despite those reservations, it is cool to see a talented filmmaker playing with formats and trying something new. And audiences will go in to this film knowing that they and everyone else will have their phones out, so that shouldn’t be a problem. It could also make for a great communal experience as audience members react to their choices either winning or losing the auditorium’s vote. Plus, this may be the first time where audiences in a horror film shout ‘Don’t go in there!’ and the characters actually listen.

It’s a neat idea, and while write-ups will no doubt pop up online detailing all the film’s possible narratives, just as they did with Bandersnatch, I could see it driving repeat viewing if it is a good movie and a fun experience. I’ll be curious to hear what the basic plot of the film is and to see how it takes advantage of this unique format.

No release date has yet been set for Alexandre Aja’s untitled, interactive haunted house movie but we’ll keep you updated as we hear more.

Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to see what’s headed to theaters the rest of this year, and be sure to choose the adventure that is movie news by staying tuned to CinemaBlend.