What in the actual hell!? James Gunn is making a wicked super hero film, and I think I’ve fallen in love…
I want to be careful not to over-hype this film for myself too much… but what can I say? It’s the first film I’ve been really excited about in a LONG TIME!
Marvel fan-boys know James Gunn for his world on the insanely successful Hollywood blockbuster, Gaurdians of the Galaxy. Although these Marvel Cinematic Universe contributions are hilarious space-fueled romps and great popcorn movies, to me, James Gunn is held in high regard because of his earlier work. From his work with TROMA in the 90’s, to SLITHER in 2000’s, to THE BELKO EXPERIMENT in 2010’s — I’ve been a fan of his work before I ever realized it was the same filmmaker putting these schlocky, gorey, amazing cinematic experiences together for my twisted amusement!
Sidebar, Tomeo & Juliet (1996) both scarred me and opened my eyes to truly independent cinema as a 13-year old (wanna be) filmmaker. If you have never watched this film, go to TROMA NOW and stream this Tromasterpiece!
The official BRIGHTBURN website describes the film’s synopsis as follows:
What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister? With Brightburn, the visionary filmmaker of Guardians of the Galaxy and Slither presents a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre: superhero horror.
The fact that a writter who’s seen so much big-budget success can return to their roots and dabble in horror stories (as never before expressed on screen), is amazing! It reminds me of other filmmakers who have started in horror, and went on to make huge block-buster films (Sam Raimi, Peter Jackson, etc).
I’ll be a at the theatre on opening night for this one… do the same!
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