More Severance reviews starting to filter through - people have been asking if I'm nervous, and the answer is no, because we get shown all the reviews ahead of time, so I know the score: most places really like it, a couple weren't bothered, and a couple didn't like it. But the majority are all for it. Which is nice, and also unusual for horror, apparently. So:
Variety review - yes, *that* Variety. It's a great review, and my name is listed properly in the credits, twice. It's an odd read though, because Variety don't like using the words "the" or "a". So you get sentences like "Casual way in which special effects are thrown at the viewer pays dividends as the story progresses". Anyway, it's in the print version this week too, page 21 if you want to have a flick through in the newsagent (it's 5 or 6 quid otherwise).
Eatmybrains.com review - my absolute favourite review. These are proper horror blokes, mind, so they're the people I really wanted to like it. It's a great fun review, picking up on all the stuff we jammed into the movie, and I'm really chuffed that they "got" the movie so much. They can eat my brains any time. Check out their Zombie Club reviews, they're classics - I was invited to my first one last night, and it was massively entertaining.
The trailer is showing up on lots of sites too, like FilmRot and AICN, which is cool. Also, apparently it's showing in the cinemas too - my mate Phil says someone he knows saw it before Stay Alive, the "moderate horror" movie showing at the moment. Keep an eye out for it. The TV ads should be running by the end of next week, they're due 2 weeks before the release date, so watch out for those too.
Tickets are now available for the special FrightFest preview screening at the Odeon West End on 24th August - they're a tenner from the Odeon website. Proceeds go to the Teenage Cancer Trust, so even if you hate horror movies, do it for the kids.
Been mainly posting Severance news, as I've spent most of my time working away on Curfew, which is going very well, and several other outlines, and meeting lots of people, some about things I'm working on, some about possible new things. It's a really exciting time, several things look like they might be about to take off, so keep your fingers crossed.
Oh, and send someone a personalised voice message from Samuel L. Jackson, on this Snakes on a Plane site. You know it makes sense.
Update: Here's another one, a review and interview with Toby Stephens. Cheers to A_A from the comments below.