Opening This Week: Aliens in District 9 and Kamchanod

This week is all about the supernatural as we have two alien movies and one ghost flick to preview. Let's get started, shall we?

Aliens in the Attic (2009)
Starring: Ashley Tisdale, Carter Jenkins, Austin Robert Butler
Director: John Schultz
USA release: July 31
Msia release: August 13
USA gross: $16,314,371
Worldwide gross: $16,801,814
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi, Family, Adventure
Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes
Rated in USA: PG for action violence, some suggestive humor and language
Rated in Msia: PG-13
IMDb User Rating: 4.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 29%

A group of teenagers end up in a vacation house in Maine, and realize that they must defend against the threat of aliens making their way from the upper floor to the ground floor. [Cinema Online]

Three reasons I'm not going to watch this movie:
1. Ashley Tisdale in a non-HSM movie.
2. Aliens that look like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
3. IMDb User Rating and Rotten Tomatoes score.

Enough said.
Children would probably like it though.

District 9 (2009)
Starring: Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Producer: Peter Jackson
USA release: August 14
Msia release: August 13
Genre: Action, Faux-Documentary, Sci-Fi
Runtime: 1 Hour 51 Minutes
Rated in USA: R for bloody violence and pervasive language
Rated in Msia: 18SG

Set in
South Africa, this movie is a Cloverfield-type Sci-Fi flick about an extraterrestrial race that is forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth and suddenly finds a friend in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology. Alien spacecrafts are seen hovering over many locations, interrupting daily human lives and raising concerns from the residents of the area. [Cinema Online]

This film is simply the
most anticipated non-blockbuster of the year and one of the most anticipated Sci-Fi films this year, up there along with Avatar. After the special early screening of the movie at the recent San Diego Comic-Con, there were amazing reactions pouring onto the Web from movie critics and geeks alike. So I'm going to go into the movie with very high expectations, which might not be that good of a thing, but I'm willing to risk it this time. If you're a big Sci-Fi fan or even a fan of movies with lots of twists, I feel this is the movie for you. I can't wait to see it. Click here for a detailed post on District 9.

The Screen At Kamchanod (????)
Starring: Namo Tongkumnerd, Pakkaramai Potranan
Director: Songsak Molkothong
Country: Thailand
Language: Thai
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes
Rated in Msia: 18PL

Based on a supposed
true story that took place in 1987, an outdoor film screening was booked at the Kamchanod forest reserve. The projection crew rolled the film but there was no audience, until near the end when some ghosts came out of nowhere. A young doctor, Yuth, wants to find out the mystery behind this screening. With his wife, nurse Om, journalist friends Ji and Phann and neighbourbood street guy Roj, the doctor tracks down the film and arranges a screening. Soon after, all the members of the group start seeing dead people.

I've always liked
Thai horror flicks but the last one I saw, Coming Soon, I didn't think was too good. Unfortunately, The Screen sounds very similar to Coming Soon. This is definitely not a film for kids.

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