In honor of Marvel dropping the first trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier we’ve got two old friends, on- and offscreen, from the film (namely Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson); and to help prep for All Hallow’s Eve we conjure sequel notions for the scariest film of the year. Plus hear from NBC’s Dracula creator on his big-screen projects.
““I think in [Cap’s] first couple films, it's pretty clear to know what's good, what's bad – we can all agree Nazis are bad,” says Chris Evans of his star-spangled Avenger’s acclimation to the present day in his first sequel, which takes its cues from classic '70s conspiracy thrillers like Marathon Man and The Parallax View. "I think in the modern day, it's a little more difficult to understand what the right thing to do is. Cap's only desire is to serve and to do the best he can, but the problem is, with today's technology and access, it's a little bit more of a compromise.”
Fortunately, Cap has one of his fellow Avengers on hand to help him navigate today’s complicated landscape in the fit form of Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, whose shady past and cynical worldview are a sharp contrast to Steve Rogers’ old-fashioned idealism – and also a complement. “It's a working relationship,” says Johansson. “And through a series of events, they're sort of brought together in an unlikely, unexpected friendship, I think. They help each other to bring down some of those barriers they both put up.”
Speaking of working relationships, Evans and Johansson have their own shorthand down pat, having previously appeared in three films together (The Perfect Score, The Nanny Diaries and The Avengers). “Scarlett and I have known each other for a very long time,” says Evans. “There's a comfort and an understanding, and I think it translates.”
Yeah, it does.
“We didn't get a chance to really utilize that in Avengers, so it's fun,” adds Johansson. “We knew each other so well, it was like, ‘Well, here we are making another movie together.’”
Possible plot for Conjuring 2?
As The Conjuring, one of the scariest and most suspenseful horror films in recent memory, makes its bow on home video this week just in time for Halloween, of course there'll be a sequel.
Director James Wan tells us he doesn't think about sequel potential. “Having said that… the Warrens investigated over 10,000 cases in their lifetime, so the opportunity to make other stories, make other movies based on their stories, is one that seems very natural to me and would not seem forced at all.”
"Don't make me be in the sequel...!"
Indeed, The Conjuring and Amityville are just two of the Warrens’ more hair-raising experiences. Lorraine Warren recalls an instance that she insists was the most terrifying the couple ever encountered: It was the summer of 1977 in Enfield, England outside London, and the Warrens were investigating suspected poltergeist activity in the home of a divorced mother and her four young children – shaking beds, mysterious knocking sounds, rattling drawers and toys flying through the air.
“It was horrible, absolutely horrible the stuff that happened in that house,” remembers Lorraine. “That house was bad. It's scary to even talk about it.” The spectral activity seemed focused around the family’s two eldest daughters, ages 11 and 12. “One of the girls dematerialized. She went through the wall to the next house. Now, there were bricks between the walls for this house – they were row houses – and she went right through that wall. We were in the living room, and she came in, walked in the front door of this house, and then just sat down on the couch like nothing was wrong.”
Additionally, the 11-year-old was reported to have levitated above her bed and later seemed to channeling the spirit of “Bill,” a foul-mouthed, ill-tempered old man who claimed to have died in the home – a story corroborated by the man’s son, though the girls complicated matters by occasionally concocting hoaxes to perpetuate the attention they received. Another report claimed the younger sister was discovered twisted up inside of a cabinet. “When we opened it she crawled out,” says Lorraine. “She was a tall, skinny little girl – very tall and skinny. You couldn't have ever put her back in. It would be like putting a baby back into a mother's womb.”
Just imagine what Wan might be able to do with that kind of imagery…
Screenwriter Cole Haddon’s rich new take on Bram Stoker’s O.G. vampire Dracula debuts on NBC this week, and as his TV career ignites his feature-film projects are creating some promising sparks as well. Key among them is The Strange Case of Mr. Hyde, a planned adaptation of Haddon’s own Dark Horse comic book miniseries with artist M.S. Corley and inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s famed creations Dr. Jeykll and Mr. Hyde.
“When we pitched it, it was as a comic book that we were selling as a feature film so it was really pitched simultaneously,” explains Haddon. “I had Dark Horse already in my corner, having agreed to publish it. We sold it before it hit shelves. From the beginning, the intention was this would make a great film – or at least we all hoped it would – and that was what we set out to do. The comic book itself, it's edited like a Sergio Leone film. It has all sorts of references to Hammer films.”
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