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How the Last 20 Minutes of ‘Disturbia’ Make the Movie

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How the Last 20 Minutes of ‘Disturbia’ Make the Movie

2007’s Disturbia was a modern reimagining of the Alfred Hitchcock classic Rear Window. The idea of remaking one of Hitchcock’s best movies may not sound like a good one on paper, but director D. J. Caruso did an admirable job with Disturbia. It was mostly well-received by critics, and a huge box office success. Shia LaBeouf was terrific as Kale Brecht, a troubled 17-year-old placed under house arrest for assault. To cope with the boredom, he begins to spy on his neighbor, the mysterious Robert Turner (David Morse) and starts to suspects he may be a serial killer. With the help of his friend Ronnie (Aaron Yoo) and love interest Ashley (Sarah Roemer), Kale sets out to prove Robert’s guilt.

The relatively slow pacing was a turn-off for some audiences, but those who stuck with it were rewarded with a perfectly satisfying ending. All the suspicious activity surrounding Robert comes to an electrifying end as Kale’s intuitions are proved correct. Morse does a superb job at creating doubt in the audience, as just as it looks like a sure thing that he is a killer, he comes up with a potentially innocent explanation. His amiability and friendliness towards Kale and his mother (Carrie-Anne Moss) is convincing, but by the time the movie’s final twenty minutes comes, it is pretty clear that he is not who he tries to appear to be. This does not make the revelation scene any less impactful though, as it cleverly entwines Kale finding concrete evidence with Robert attacking his mother. Morse smartly keeps his performance consistent by keeping a relatively calm composure and speaking softly despite everything. After kidnapping Kale’s mother and dispatching of Ronnie, a final confrontation between Kale and Robert is set up.

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In the initial revelation, Robert’s demeanor remains unchanged. The tension is incredibly high as he chases Kale through the garden before he can get away. Earlier on, Kale had tied a piece of string around his garden at the point where he cannot cross without the police being informed, and that is where he aims to pass. Robert catches up to him though, ties him up and composedly explains how he plans to kill him and make it look like a suicide by writing a note which blames Kale for everything. The arrival of Ashley interrupts this plan, and gives Kale the much-needed upper hand. While Kale is unsuccessful in his first attempt to escape from Robert, his decision to immediately aim to notify the police is surprisingly refreshing. Too often the horror/thriller genre is criticized for characters’ making poor decisions. Sometimes the laughably bad decisions can enhance the fun factor experience, but when the genre is aiming for sincerity, it can take audiences out of the story and leave behind an unfulfilled feeling.


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The final moments of Disturbia are more effective for the no-nonsense approach the protagonists take. Kale and Ashley team up against Robert, and it makes for gripping viewing for how they behave believably when faced with such a threat. Their prior suspicions of Robert mean they waste no time in fighting back against him, and they both quickly establish a plan on how to defeat him and find Kale’s mother. The franticness of the situation comes off well, and increases the intensity of the whole sequence. It manages to avoid obvious tropes or clichés in its finale with their main priority being to notify the police. Even though the arrival of the police proves ineffective, it still makes for a compelling watch as Robert pursues them.


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While Kale himself is certainly a flawed character, he proves himself against Robert when it matters. When he finds his mother and faces his foe for the last time, he seizes his opportunity to kill him in an instant. Though the actual fight between the two of them is barely a minute long, it is a brilliant crescendo of intensity, and it is very satisfying to see Kale’s quick thinking outsmart Robert. His mother does enough to distract Robert for a few seconds, and Kale wastes no time in stabbing him with a pair of garden shears. Not only does he stab him, but he ensures he kills him too as he brutally bounces him off the walls before shoving him down a hole in the floorboards. Horror movies have long succumbed to the temptation to imply the villain may still be alive, but Disturbia does not do that, and it is all the more worthwhile for it. There was no reason to imply Robert may still be alive, and Caruso has enough respect for his audience to avoid this temptation.


Caruso noticeably avoids jumpscares too. Rarely do loud noises accompany Robert’s presence, instead he just simply appears. One of the biggest scares the movie offers is when Kale first discovers his mother tied up and as he sets her free, she falls into Robert’s arms who was hiding in the darkness behind her. What makes Robert so terrifying once his true identity has been uncovered is how in control he seems to be. He is patient in his menace, and Caruso’s crafty direction often shows his positioning before he strikes. Instead of popping out to cheaply surprise the audience, we see him standing behind Ronnie with a baseball bat before hitting him, and hiding around a corner before attacking a cop – these moments demonstrate his astute abilities and are in keeping with his deceptively calm persona.

While Caruso has clearly taken inspiration from the Master of Suspense himself, he still manages to create a situation that is just as thrilling, even without the advantage of the confining apartment where Rear Window took place. Expansion on the setting and Kale not being incapacitated like L. B. Jefferies (James Stewart) gives the characters more of an advantage, but that does not diminish the tension in any way. Disturbia benefits hugely from its smart protagonists and audiences are rewarded with a great game of cat-and-mouse in the finale. Far from a perfect movie, but not so far from a perfect ending, Disturbia is a standout thriller from the mid-noughties.

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DC’s ‘Strange Adventures’ joins ‘Batgirl’ in the HBO Max cancellation frenzy

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DC’s ‘Strange Adventures’ joins ‘Batgirl’ in the HBO Max cancellation frenzy

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The list of DC properties getting the axe over at HBO Max continues to grow, with Strange Adventures being the latest casualty.

The show was supposed to be an anthology series that featured some of DC’s lesser known characters. Clerks filmmaker Kevin Smith, who was supposed to direct and co-write an episode, confirmed the decision on his podcast Hollywood Babble-On.

Smith put the show’s axing in the same vein as Warner Bros. Discovery’s cancelling of the Batgirl movie, which already cost the studio an estimated $90 million. Strange Adventures actually never made it that far, however, and was axed before the merger became final.

The episode Smith was writing was supposed to be a collaboration with Supergirl writer Eric Carrasco. It would have featured both Jimmy Olsen from the Superman universe, and villain Bizarro. The plan was to get Nicholas Cage to play Bizzarro.

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Smith and Cage actually have a pretty good history together, as they were both at one point in the ’90s attached to the Tim Burton-led Superman Lives – something that ultimately never happened but did result in a documentary called The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?

“[Dropping Strange Adventures] kind of made sense to me — nobody necessarily knows these characters, and it sounded like an expensive show,” Smith said. Strange Adventures was going to cost between $16 and $20 million per episode, and was going to be produced by Berlanti Productions. That company is also handling another DC property that is so far on track – Green Lantern.

Berlanti also handles the TV version of The Flash, season three of Superman & Lois, and Gotham Knights over at The CW. Those are all moving ahead as planned.

Strange Adventures was supposed to be “our biggest DC show ever made,” Smith said. He also shared that even if it won’t end up over at HBO Max, the property could come out in another medium.

“Don’t feel bad for me, I got paid. We’re talking about taking it over to DC and doing it as a comic book, because we f***ing took the time to write the script. Might as well hand it to an artist and let them draw it.”

He also said getting rid of Batgirl was a bad idea: “It’s an incredibly bad look to cancel the Latina Batgirl movie. I don’t give a sh*t if the movie was absolute fucking dog sh*t — I guarantee you that it wasn’t. I love all the CW shows, but the CW shows show their budgetary constraints. They said Batgirl looked too cheap because it was a $90 million movie. How do you make a cheap-looking $90 million movie? If it looked slightly better than an episode of Arrow then why couldn’t we see that?”

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‘Prey’ Gets The Biggest Original Hulu Premiere In History

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According to the streaming service, the new Predator film, Prey, had the biggest original premiere on Hulu to date.

Several years ago, the development of a new Predator film began. Official details were hard to come by, but the film’s producers eventually confirmed the rumors, revealing that it took place in the 1700s. The film was eventually revealed to be titled Prey and its first trailer was released in early June.

As the film’s development went on, the decision was eventually made to make Prey a Hulu exclusive. Reviews were incredibly positive and the film currently holds a 92% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Now, it appears that the film has nabbed a record for Hulu.

According to Hulu, Prey had the biggest premier for an original film and/or television show in the streaming service’s history. It did not, however, release the film’s exact numbers:

Here is the synopsis for Prey:

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Set in the Comanche Nation 300 years ago, “Prey” is the story of a young woman, Naru, a fierce and highly skilled warrior. She has been raised in the shadow of some of the most legendary hunters who roam the Great Plains, so when danger threatens her camp, she sets out to protect her people. The prey she stalks, and ultimately confronts, turns out to be a highly evolved alien predator with a technically advanced arsenal, resulting in a vicious and terrifying showdown between the two adversaries.

Directed by Dan Trachtenberg from a script written by Patrick Aison, Prey stars Amber Midthunder, Dakota Beavers, Stormee Kipp, Michelle Thrush, and Julian Black Antelope.

Prey is now available on Hulu on August 5, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the film and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

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Watch Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline in the trailer for The Good House

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Watch Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline in the trailer for The Good House

Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline starred together in the1993’s Dave which is a great movie. They have reunited for The Good House and you can watch the trailer below.

The Good House follows Hildy Good (Sigourney Weaver), a wry New England realtor and descendant of the Salem witches, who loves her wine and her secrets. Her compartmentalized life begins to unravel as she rekindles a romance with her old high-school flame, Frank Getchell (Kevin Kline), and becomes dangerously entwined in one person’s reckless behavior. Igniting long-buried emotions and family secrets, Hildy is propelled toward a reckoning with the one person she’s been avoiding for decades: herself.

Based on the best-selling novel by Ann Leary, THE GOOD HOUSE is directed by Maya Forbes and Wallace Wolodarsky, and stars Sigourney Weaver, Kevin Kline, Morena Baccarin and Rob Delaney.

You can read our review here.

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The Good House opens in US cinemas on 30th September 2022.

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