Last Kind Words is a fairly nondescript ghost story revolving around a teenage love story that plays a bit like a blue collar Twilight with ghosts instead of vampires...and minus $80 million in budget. Read about it in my review of Last Kind Words.
This week's new home video releases are headed by Beautiful Creatures, The ABCs of Death, Dark Circles, Last Kind Words, Season 2 of Teen Wolf and Season 5 of True Blood, plus a host of re-releases.
Well, it looks like the Zombieland series is no more. Amazon has declined to pick up the pilot, although it's unclear if the decision is based strictly on viewer feedback or if other factors came into play. Writer-producer Rhett Reese for one thinks it's all about the viewer response, stating to fans (or non-fans) on Twitter that "You guys successfully hated it out of existence." While Reese is partly to blame for a so-so final product, he does have a point, given the overwhelming and unjustified negative response from fans of the film before the pilot was even released. For some reason, the fact that the characters from the film were being played by different actors really rubbed some people the wrong way, although the practice has been done dozens upon dozens of times with other movies that were turned into TV shows -- some, like M*A*S*H, Alice, The Odd Couple, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Dead Zone and Fame, quite successfully. Although I thought the Zombieland pilot was just OK, I would've liked to see the series get a chance to find its way...but it appears to be a dead show walking.
For the record, of the 13 pilots tested, Amazon has thus far picked up Alpha House and Betas.
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Horror anthology fans rejoice: The ABCs of Death will follow in the footsteps of fellow indie anthology V/H/S by giving birth to a sequel. ABCs of Death 2 is busy gathering a new batch of 26 directors (each to be assigned a different letter of the alphabet), which already includes notable names like Marcus Dunstan (The Collector, The Collection), Vincenzo Natali (Splice, Cube), Larry Fessenden (The Last Winter, Wendigo), Álex de la Iglesia (The Last Circus, The Oxford Murders, The Baby's Room), Rodney Ascher (Room 237), France's Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (Inside), Japan's Sion Sono (Cold Fish), Israel's Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (Rabies), Canada's Jen and Sylvia Soska (American Mary, Dead Hooker in a Trunk), Great Britain's Julian Gilbey (A Lonely Place to Die) and animator Bill Plympton. Also on board are lesser-known filmmakers like E.L. Katz, Jerome Sable, Robert Morgan, the Philippines' Erik Matti, Lithuania's Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper, Nigeria's Lancelot Imasuen and Brazil's Dennison Ramalho. As with the first movie, there will be a contest to decide the final director. Magnet Releasing plans to unleash ABCs of Death 2 sometime in 2014.