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New today Trivia: The characters Raiden and Shang Tsung from the popular fighting game "Mortal Kombat" were references to this film - Raiden's abilities were partially inspired by the warriors known as the "Three Storms", while Shang Tsung was heavily inspired by the villain Lo Pan.

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21st Sep 2018

Insidious (2010)

New this week Trivia: Before the "dancing boy" ghost is first properly seen, eagle-eyed viewers might notice that as Renee is walking through the house, he is briefly seen for about a second and a half, facing the wall in the laundry room. The camera quickly passes over him without calling attention to him. James Wan added the moment as a very subtle hint at what was to come - many viewers didn't necessarily notice him the first time they watched the film, but could subtly tell that something was there that shouldn't have been. Wan later replicated this in a similar scene in the second film.

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21st Sep 2018

Insidious (2010)

New this week Trivia: The "Bride in Black" is played by a man wearing women's clothing. This was done so that something would feel "off" about the image of the ghost. At the time, the character was intended to be female. However, when the creators later reused the character for the sequel and added in a backstory, they worked the fact that the character was played by a male as part of his backstory - it actually is a man who masqueraded as a woman as a disguise to lure in victims.

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21st Sep 2018

Insidious (2010)

New this week Trivia: When Renee finds a red handprint on Dalton's bedsheet, the implication is that it is blood. However, the demon in the film was originally going to be shown applying lipstick to his face to give it its fiery look (behind the scenes material show the filming of this deleted scene), and it was going to be revealed that the handprint was actually red lipstick, showing how close he was to taking hold of Dalton.

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New this week Question: A few years ago, the original film was finally released on Blu-Ray. Are there any current plans for the sequels to be given a similar treatment? The only editions it seems are available are the old 2004 DVD's, and rather shoddy unofficial import Blu-Rays that are just upscales of the DVD.

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20th Sep 2018

Jigsaw (2017)

New this week Trivia: Spoilers. There's a major clue in the film that hints at the ending twist that the barn game takes place in the distant past. In every other "Saw" sequel, the characters in tests repeatedly acknowledge and discuss the fact that Jigsaw is a known criminal, and discuss how to beat their games. (Or alternately are people who directly knew him.) In "Jigsaw", none of the characters in the barn acknowledge that they are in a Jigsaw game (since he wouldn't be known yet to the police or press), and the only references to Jigsaw take place during the scenes set in the present.

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New this week Trivia: The only film in the franchise to not use the series' trademark screeching violins over the opening title card. In addition, it's the only sequel in the series to use a subtitle instead of "Chapter" and a number, with the previous two films being referred to as "Insidious: Chapter 2" and "Insidious: Chapter 3."

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New this week Trivia: The town in which the film takes place is briefly mentioned to be called "Five Keys." Which is a bit interesting, as the villain is a demon who has keys emitting from his finger tips, thus literally having "five keys" per hand.

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16th Sep 2018

Ringu (1998)

New this month Question: This may be weirdly specific, but does anyone know what the two background music clips from the Region 1 DVD menu are from? There's two different songs - one is a short, creepy 5-second clip that plays when you hit "Play Movie," and the other is the general background music from the DVD menu, which is a sort-of slow, sad guitar piece. I'm assuming they're just royalty free music from a collection of some sort, but I quite enjoy them.

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16th Sep 2018

Ginger Snaps (2000)

New this month Trivia: Most movies film night scenes with a technique called "day for night," in which nighttime scenes are shot during the day, but are filmed and color-corrected in such a way as to make the footage look like it was filmed during the night. "Ginger Snaps" had the opposite problem. Several of the scenes set during the day actually had to be filmed at night due to scheduling issues. The production had to use massive floodlights to simulate daylight in the background. The lights were so powerful, they were easily visible to airplanes flying several miles above the filming location.

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16th Sep 2018

Ginger Snaps (2000)

New this month Trivia: The opening credits, in which we see Ginger and Brigitte doing "mock suicides" in increasingly grisly fashion, was filmed in a young family's house in Canada... while the family - including a four-year-old child - was home. Various crew members had to spend the day playing with or otherwise distracting the child so she wouldn't see the gory scenes being filmed outside.

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16th Sep 2018

Ginger Snaps (2000)

New this month Trivia: Katharine Isabelle and Emily Perkins, whom play Ginger and Brigitte, also played sisters in the family film "Another Cinderella Story," and both have also guest-starred on a number of common TV shows, including "Supernatural", albeit in different episodes.

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16th Sep 2018

Ginger Snaps (2000)

New this month Trivia: Director John Fawcett refused to use CG on the werewolves, wanting to do the effects using old-fashioned prosthetics and animatronics as a tribute to classic werewolf films of the past.

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16th Sep 2018

Searching (2018)

New this month Trivia: The live-action footage was shot in less than two weeks. However, the film itself took nearly two years to complete start-to-finish due to the extensive animation and licensing needed, and the complex editing processes.

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16th Sep 2018

Searching (2018)

New this month Trivia: Even though (mostly) real web-sites are used for the majority of the film, in order to make them look "correct" on-screen and allow for subtle manipulation to build drama, the animators had to re-create the websites from scratch in their animation software and then animate everything individually, right down to the movements of the mouse-cursor.

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16th Sep 2018

Searching (2018)

New this month Trivia: Spoilers. You can briefly see at one point that Margot's high school mascot is an anthropomorphic catfish. In internet slang, "catfishing" is when someone pretends to be someone else online in order to "lure in" others. This is a very subtle clue to the ending, in which it is revealed that the user "fish_n_chips" was a boy who was "catfishing" Margot online.

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16th Sep 2018

Searching (2018)

New this month Trivia: The film is produced by Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov, whom also produced the similarly-made "Unfriended." As a nod, the name "Laura Barnes" (the girl who becomes the evil spirit in "Unfriended") appears very briefly near the beginning of the film under the "trending" words during the first Facebook scene.

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New this month Trivia: Both Heather Graham and Will Ferrell reprised their roles from prior films, with each getting a cameo explaining what happened to their characters, but both had to be cut for timing and pacing reasons.

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New this month Trivia: The "movie within a movie" is entitled "Austinpussy." This was one of the original working titles for the second film. It ended up being dropped because it sounded too dirty.

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New this month Trivia: Mike Myers has stated that he would love to do a fourth film in the Austin Powers series, although as of 2018, a fourth film has not been released. Myers stated that after the death of co-star Verne Troyer in 2018, he would like to include a tribute to Troyer in a potential fourth film, should it ever be made.

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