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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'This Is It,' 'Boondock Saints II' & More

Evan Crean Evan Crean
October 27th, 2009 9:37am EDT
The House of the DevilAs a Bostonian I'm quite excited about the release of the Boston based sequel "Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day." As a huge fan of the original, I've waited years to see a sequel come to fruition.

For nearly 10 years, director Troy Duffy struggled to make the follow up to his 1999 cult hit "Boondock Saints." A Hollywood outsider, Duffy suffered from bad press characterizing him as incredibly difficult to work with. This created a major roadblock for him as he sought funding to make a second movie about the MacManus brothers, but eventually he was able to raise the money to make it his way.

Aside from "All Saints Day," three other films will be opening this Halloween weekend, including the Michael Jackson documentary "This is It," the quirky comedy "Gentleman Broncos," and the 80s horror movie homage "The House of the Devil."



A more intimate look at the life of Michael Jackson, this documentary consists of interviews, rehearsals, and backstage footage of Jackson as he prepared for his series of sold out shows in London.

Known primarily for his direction of the "High School Musical" franchise, the man behind the Michael Jackson Memorial telecast, Kenny Ortega, directs this documentary about the late pop star.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Worshippers of the King of Pop will want to see this film to get a more personal look at some of Michael Jackson's last days and the planning of his tour. Anyone who had already purchased tickets for Jackson's tour will probably want to know what the pop icon had in store for them. While it won't be the same as actually getting the see the show, for the people that planned to see Michael Jackson, it's the next best thing.





After his latest book earns him critical acclaim, veteran science fiction author Ronald Chevalier (Jermaine Clement) faces accusations that he plagiarized the work from an aspiring teenage writer named Benjamin Purvis (Michael Agarano).

No stranger to bizarre comedies, the writer/director of quirky movies like "Napoleon Dynamite," Jared Hess, helms this film shot in Utah. Hess shares the writing credit for the wacky comedy with his wife Jerusha Hess.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Moviegoers that like screwball comedies, whose primary source of humor comes from the outlandish looking characters, will appreciate a film like this. If you were someone that liked the oddity of "Napoleon Dynamite" there is a decent change you will like this movie.



BOONDOCK SAINTS II: ALL SAINTS DAY

The MacManus brothers return to Boston from their quiet existence on the family farm in Ireland, to carry out revenge on mob forces who framed them for the murder of a priest.

Based on a story he developed with his brother Taylor Duffy, Troy Duffy writes and directs this Boston-based action epic. Reprising their roles from the first film are Norman Reedus, Sean Patrick Flanery, and Billy Connolly. The only major player not to return is Willem Dafoe, but his absence is filled by the introduction of new characters portrayed by Julie Benz, Clifton Collins Jr., Peter Fonda, and Judd Nelson.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Dedicated cult cinema junkies and fans of the first film will want to be the first in line to see this movie. If you enjoy epic action sequences and slow motion gunfights you will be wowed by this movie.





Lured to a Victorian mansion deep into the woods for what she believes is a lucrative babysitting job, a broke college student (Jocelin Donahue) soon discovers her creepy clients have frightening plans for her.

Independent horror director Ti West, who made 2007's "Trigger Man" and 2005's "The Roost," expands his horror repertoire with this homage to 1980s films of the genre.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Horror aficionados nostalgic for a movie that harkens back to the 1980s with both its visual style and plot structure should look no further than this film. If you're a fan of classic horror movies you will enjoy this tribute.



Evan Crean
Story by Starpulse contributing writer Evan Crean, a movie trivia guru and trailer addict with a practically photographic memory of actors and directors. Get a first look at the movies premiering each week, which which ones will be worth your $10, which ones you should wait to rent and which ones aren't worth your time.