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Richard Kelly's adaptation of Richard Matheson's THE BOX trailer is online!!!

Published at: June 24, 2009, 10:21 p.m. CST by mrbeaks

Hey folks, Harry here with Richard Kelly's long awaited BOX trailer. I saw this a few days ago, 'round the time that Beaks put his interview with Richard up, but I knew the trailer was coming up soon, so why not just wait for it to hit for everyone. The initial hook - press the button and someone you do not know dies and you get $1 million. I don't know. My initial impulse is to press the button all day everyday for a month. But I bet there'd be some pretty dire consequences. And I'd probably end up regretting it. Whilst bathing in millions upon millions of sweet moolah. What would you do? Would you just be satisfied to be Cameron Diaz's significant other - or would you start Ringo-ing out? Here's the trailer in Glorious Quicktime!!!

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  • June 24, 2009, 10:13 p.m. CST

    first?

    by Herewereyouwish

    yay!

  • June 24, 2009, 10:15 p.m. CST

    this sucks. movie has been pirated on-line already

    by california_mtz

    http://tinyurl.com/lm9bpe

  • June 24, 2009, 10:19 p.m. CST

    The Twilight Zone Episode.

    by Redfive!

    Was pretty good.Pretty creepy and brought up some good questions.I hope this doesnt stray too far from the original intent.

  • June 24, 2009, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Wait for DVD.

    by OutlawsDelejos

    Just don't trust this project yet, a few good reviews might sway me, probably not though.

  • June 24, 2009, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Seems interesting that

    by PresidentBauer

    The film has themes similar to the SAW films (in a very vague sense) and the trailer uses music from SAW. Looks good.

  • June 24, 2009, 10:26 p.m. CST

    New District 9 video

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    Non humans escape from District 9 <P> http://tinyurl.com/lgg3dy

  • June 24, 2009, 10:28 p.m. CST

    california_mtz

    by OutlawsDelejos

    What's that link supposed to be for?

  • June 24, 2009, 10:33 p.m. CST

    this can't come soon enough

    by RaveX

    looks great. <p> + he got holmes osborne back for this.

  • June 24, 2009, 10:34 p.m. CST

    this movie

    by kgerm

    is way cooler than the music in this trailer makes it out to be, if it's anything like the draft i read. it's one film that's truly like a twilight zone episode.

  • June 24, 2009, 10:37 p.m. CST

    I don't remember Santa Claus and Cyclops...

    by The Dum Guy

    Being in the original episode.<br><br>I wonder if it still ends the same as the episode?

  • June 24, 2009, 10:38 p.m. CST

    TRANSFORMERS SUCKED!

    by BillyMayesHere

    ... Oh wait, wrong forum.

  • June 24, 2009, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Southland Tales was an atmospheric movie

    by Furan

    to the greatest level. and i hope the box will proof richard kelly as an director with a unique vison. a vision that maybe ever will ever expand around one theme. but one theme that makes him one day a masterpiece. like donnie darko was the first stone you put in your pocket because you think it was so beautiful. and you couldn't imagine it would be any better but when the whole beach is in front of you ...

  • June 24, 2009, 10:40 p.m. CST

    You know what this reminds me of?

    by Traumnovelle

    The Village. A cool premise that would be great if kept at 30 minutes. And yes, I know this has already been a Twilight Zone episode. And technically, so was The Village. But trying to flesh out these simple ideas to feature length? Well....we all saw The Village.

  • June 24, 2009, 10:42 p.m. CST

    FURAN! SOUTHLAND TALES? ATMOSPHERIC???

    by Traumnovelle

    Get the fuck outta here. That is UNWATCHABLE. That barely even resembles a movie.

  • June 24, 2009, 10:42 p.m. CST

    richard matheson - poor man's Philip K Dick OR

    by T2000

    rich man's Stephen King? You decide.........

  • June 24, 2009, 10:43 p.m. CST

    AND who the fuck is Richard Kelly????

    by T2000

  • June 24, 2009, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Southland could have been like Strange Days

    by AlwaysThere

    But Kelly got confused as to what he was doing.

  • June 24, 2009, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Southland was a certified piece o' shit

    by jackknifed_juggernaut

    against all impulses, i continued to watch it, believing (nay, hoping) that the convoluted mess would work itself out into a flash of brilliance in the end. i'm not sure it's possible for someone to have been more wrong.

  • June 24, 2009, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Looks interesting...

    by vettebro

    I'm in.

  • June 24, 2009, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Southland Tales...

    by Harold-Sherbort

    ...really doesn't deserve all the hate. It's not a perfect movie by any means, but it was ambitious. And if you're going to disagree with me, please don't quote any Radiohead lyrics. It's a little messy, surem but it's an entertaining mess.

  • June 24, 2009, 10:59 p.m. CST

    a movie can have all the ambition in the world

    by jackknifed_juggernaut

    but at the end of the day, shit is shit. and ambitious shit still stinks.

  • June 24, 2009, 11 p.m. CST

    I must be a moron

    by D.Vader

    Because aside from the moral implications, I can't think of one bad thing that could happen to you as a result of one person you don't know dying. <p> And I'm assuming they mean people you don't know personally. Presidents don't count.

  • June 24, 2009, 11:04 p.m. CST

    hmm, trailer is brought down by the cheesy saw music

    by TheDark0Knight

    but it looks awesome & really eerie + Darko is in my top 5 favourite films ever.

  • June 24, 2009, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Matheson was twice the writer P.K. Dick was

    by criticalbliss

    So, you (T2000), sir--are an idiot.

  • June 24, 2009, 11:06 p.m. CST

    You Opened the Box!!..

    by aphextwin

    ..We Caaame! 'perhaps she's teasing us...are you teasing us??

  • June 24, 2009, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Not impressed by the trailer

    by m_reporter

    But I'm not a guy who judges a film by the trailer, so I'll wait for some reviews before I decide to go or not.<p> And ye, is the "Saw music" the new "Requiem for a Dream music" in trailers?

  • June 24, 2009, 11:11 p.m. CST

    I ran into Richard Kelly once

    by D.Vader

    And all he did was ask me which way to the bathroom.

  • June 24, 2009, 11:12 p.m. CST

    In a whiny Brad Pitt voice:

    by m_reporter

    Whats in the booox?!?!<p> Oh, a button, lol nvm, almost thought you had the head of my woman in there. lol almost got me...

  • June 24, 2009, 11:14 p.m. CST

    I WOULDNT PUSH THE BUTTON.

    by uberman

    Even if I was living in squalor and had a wife dying of cancer due to lack of treatment, I would not push that button. It'd be hard if it was my child and the money would save his/her life, but I still could'nt do it. Word.

  • June 24, 2009, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Good thing they didn't make this in present time...

    by The Dum Guy

    With a population of more than 6 billion, if Richard Nixon asked me to push the button within 24 hours I'd wipe out half of Asia.

  • June 24, 2009, 11:25 p.m. CST

    ha! i'd push the fuck out of that button. if he said 10

    by jackknifed_juggernaut

    people i didn't know would die, my only concern would be "how soon would the loot arrive?"<p> what? i'm not a complete monster. i'd... start a charity in their unknown names... or something.<p>eh, i'd light a candle in their memory annually...<p>*ahem* or every other year...<p>i'd forget all about the poor bastards halfway to Ibiza :(

  • June 24, 2009, 11:30 p.m. CST

    The dude said a million (per push?)...

    by The Dum Guy

    "Good God, man! I said a million for A PUSH, that was supposed to be it, you just bankrupted us in five minutes."

  • June 24, 2009, 11:30 p.m. CST

    I'm actually surprised.

    by UndeadRabbitZombieJim

    This looks decent.

  • June 24, 2009, 11:34 p.m. CST

    I don't believe in karma or anything, but...

    by The Dum Guy

    After I just posted my last post, I almost got bit by some big ass fire ant (its like an inch long) that came out of nowhere... maybe, there is a reason I got bit by a bee last time I was at a church.<br><br>Oh well, fuck it.

  • June 24, 2009, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Redfive

    by ChildOfMen

    To be fair, the Twilight Zone episode didn't really fit the "original intent" of Matheson's short story either, at least in terms of the ending (to the point that Matheson used a pseudonym for the Twilight Zone episode and expressed his displeasure).

  • June 24, 2009, 11:39 p.m. CST

    the only thing that would suck about it all is if Nixon

    by jackknifed_juggernaut

    gave more than one person a box. then, you'd probably be screwed.

  • June 24, 2009, 11:42 p.m. CST

    I love southland tales...fantastic movie

    by slappy jones

    I didn't understand a bit of it but it is a great film to watch.

  • June 24, 2009, 11:47 p.m. CST

    The Box---with Saw music

    by theheavy

    wasnt that the SAW music there at the end...look good otherwise

  • June 24, 2009, 11:52 p.m. CST

    This movie IS good

    by jrlamps

    I actually got to see this LAST june on the warner lot, and it was done except for the arcade fire music (which im sure will rule) and a few FX. The movie was EXCELLENT, and this trailer is a great representation of it. PS: Cameron isnt great and her accent is annoying for a while, but by the end shes actually quite good. The focus group after the movie agreed totally about this.

  • June 24, 2009, 11:58 p.m. CST

    I didn't like that reorchestrated version of the SAW theme

    by D.Vader

    Good god that was horrid. The original theme, played at the climax of the first film, is the best. Should have used that. <p> Unless this is a case of them changing the bare minimum of notes to avoid having to pay the composer for the rights to the song.

  • June 25, 2009, midnight CST

    That shot of the guy at the window

    by D.Vader

    Was that not really comical to anyone else? This is entirely disappointing bc I'm a big fan of Darko.

  • June 25, 2009, 12:03 a.m. CST

    by Redmond

  • June 25, 2009, 12:04 a.m. CST

    seems like a lot of recent stephen king adaptations

    by Redmond

    Like Secret Window or that John Cusack hotel ghost movie: Better as a rental.

  • June 25, 2009, 12:04 a.m. CST

    by The Dum Guy

    I decided to let the ant live (he'll fucking sting me to death in my sleep).

  • June 25, 2009, 12:08 a.m. CST

    No offense...

    by otm shank

    but I'd hit that button more often then a lab rat hooked on nicotine.

  • June 25, 2009, 12:25 a.m. CST

    The Saw music...AGAIN???

    by sonnyfern

    This looks better than I thought...but what's up with the damn SAW music being in every trailer?

  • June 25, 2009, 12:29 a.m. CST

    not a great trailer

    by spiritualgorila

    and they managed to use sound effects from lost and the Saw music.

  • June 25, 2009, 12:31 a.m. CST

    Richard Matheson and Philip K Dick

    by Cruzboy

    Poor man's Phillip K Dick? Not likely. I Am Legend is one of the greatest science fiction books ever written in my opinion. Dick churned out a lot of crap to pay the bills. Started reading Dr. Bloodmoney the other day, put that down after hundred pages - terribly written and terribly boring.

  • June 25, 2009, 12:32 a.m. CST

    When else has the SAW theme been used in a trailer?

    by D.Vader

    Someone please enlighten me. I can't think of another time it was used. Except one. Only I can't remember the title.

  • June 25, 2009, 12:43 a.m. CST

    D.Vader

    by Hellbastardo

    Valkyrie I think

  • June 25, 2009, 12:49 a.m. CST

    Thaaaaaat's it, Hellbastardo

    by D.Vader

    Thanks. I'm pretty sure you're right. I remember discussing the "SAW themed trailer" within the past year with a friend.

  • June 25, 2009, 1:15 a.m. CST

    I now recant

    by The Dum Guy

    I (honestly) just had my the toe-nail of left foot get ripped off.<br><br>fuck

  • June 25, 2009, 1:24 a.m. CST

    It's good to see...

    by SunTzu77

    that The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs (premise) keeps getting reused. The Twilight Zone version of Matheson's story strays quite a bit from the source... it's probably why he asked for his name to be removed off of it. This is a rental at best for me.

  • June 25, 2009, 1:34 a.m. CST

    I just hope the damn thing makes sense...

    by sonnyfern

    or at least HALFWAY makes sense.

  • June 25, 2009, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Well it doesn't have Cheri Oteri in it

    by mitortilla

    that's a start.

  • June 25, 2009, 1:36 a.m. CST

    or Booger.

    by mitortilla

  • June 25, 2009, 1:40 a.m. CST

    The Saw music in trailers....

    by ribbitking

    I specifically remember someone here mentioning that the 'saw' music was the new version of Clint Mansell's stuff being overused in trailers. I wanna say it was one of the later Valkyrie trailers.

  • June 25, 2009, 1:42 a.m. CST

    doh didn't see dvader said that...

    by ribbitking

    soo must be Valkyrie...i'm thinking the last trailer

  • June 25, 2009, 1:52 a.m. CST

    I would just Gorilla Glue that shit down.

    by Wrecks

    fuck it.

  • June 25, 2009, 1:55 a.m. CST

    So noone is reminded of Ren and Stimpy?

    by ribbitking

    'The Reeeedddd button,..... the big red shinnny button.' Of course i'm paraphrasing.

  • June 25, 2009, 1:55 a.m. CST

    Needs a better title.

    by OutlawsDelejos

    Beside the sexual innuendo that goes with it, it's far from inspired.

  • June 25, 2009, 1:56 a.m. CST

    The script for this...

    by The_Coyote

    is fantastic. If this has been executed as well as it's been written, it's going to be really great. The script develops quote nicely and explores some pretty big, sci-fi ideas. Plus, Arcade Fire is doing the score!

  • June 25, 2009, 1:58 a.m. CST

    Secret Window is great

    by AlwaysThere

    It's no rental.

  • June 25, 2009, 1:59 a.m. CST

    Looks infinitely better than Southland Tales

    by Zeegloo

    God that movie was a piece of shit

  • June 25, 2009, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Duh

    by SavageJuicebox

    After you push the button they give the box to someone else and then you die if they push it. So yeah, enjoy your money for the few days.

  • June 25, 2009, 2:05 a.m. CST

    SavageJuicebox...

    by ribbitking

    So knowing Norman Bates is a killer ruins watching Psycho?

  • June 25, 2009, 2:05 a.m. CST

    PresidentBauer

    by Voyageur

    If you'd read Matheson's original short story, you'd know that it (Button, Button) was around long before Saw. So, although the Box may share some themes (vaguely) with Saw, Matheson, the genius that he is, already mined those depths expertly with Button, Button.

  • June 25, 2009, 2:07 a.m. CST

    Redfive!

    by Voyageur

    Matheson wrote the short story before it became a Twilight Zone episode (in the 80s). I think it's perfectly within reason to stray from the episode... Why? The short story only hints at the various possibilities and consequences of such a device and people in such a situation--not to mention the character who delivers the box to the couple. I'm willing to follow Kelly wherever he goes on this one...

  • June 25, 2009, 2:07 a.m. CST

    Only Saw connection was music... as far as i know

    by ribbitking

    nt ... People need to realize that the Marketing department is a place very far away from the creative team that made the movie.

  • June 25, 2009, 2:08 a.m. CST

    Ribbit

    by SavageJuicebox

    I'm speaking to all these people in the talkback saying they'd push the button. Don't jump to conclusions.

  • June 25, 2009, 2:16 a.m. CST

    I say, give him a chance. He is trying.

    by noncents

    While all of you fail at responding in a caustic, witty, or remarkable fashion, Kelly at least achieves something unique. Maybe that is what we need more of.

  • June 25, 2009, 2:20 a.m. CST

    doesn't do it for me

    by Ogmios_the_Eloquent

    might be good but trailer screams 'meh'

  • June 25, 2009, 2:20 a.m. CST

    Matheson puts PKD to shame

    by Voyageur

    The difference between Matheson and Dick is that... hmmm... Matheson could actually write. Dick is an idea man. Conceptual. Which is great. But, let's face it, the guy was an average writer of prose at best. <p> Matheson, on the other hand, is understated. Simple. Elegant. He's a great writer, and very few people seem to be aware of this fact. He's ridiculously good.

  • June 25, 2009, 2:22 a.m. CST

    ribbitking...

    by Voyageur

    I realize that, but PresidentBauer was saying how there were vague thematic connections between the two films.

  • June 25, 2009, 2:28 a.m. CST

    James Marsden

    by Kobaal

    Deserves a break. He was poorly treated in X-Men and did well in the Notebook. Sure he's been in other things but I can't remember. Kind of reminds me of an American Jamie Bamber.

  • June 25, 2009, 2:43 a.m. CST

    The Dum Guy

    by smackfu

    actually this time next year the population will have hit the 7 billion mark. We should be up to about 10 billion when the Apophis asteroid comes calling for us in 2035. If it strikes a continent, it should bring us back down to a more reasonable number.

  • June 25, 2009, 2:43 a.m. CST

    looks pretty good

    by chipps

    that theme song is getting a bit overworked

  • June 25, 2009, 2:55 a.m. CST

    Richard Kelly must pay for Southland Tales

    by reflecto

    I couldn't possibly go near his next film without a Hazmat suit and a utility belt full of Cipro.

  • June 25, 2009, 3:29 a.m. CST

    Wrong choice of fonts and graphics. Movie looks good.

    by Se7en

    Methinks.

  • June 25, 2009, 3:41 a.m. CST

    Trailer seems to suggest

    by ThePilgrim

    That the danger element the main characters face are relatives of the person who was killed when they pushed the button. I also have a sneaking feeling that frank was the previous box owner, so what happens is you get the box, you eventually press the button some one dies. You never knew them but you soon will know those that loved them. they fuck you and your world up. Now you have to give the box to someone else.

  • June 25, 2009, 3:52 a.m. CST

    You have 24 hours

    by There_will_be_Dickblood

    Pam: For What? <p> Michael: Always offer them an ultimatum

  • June 25, 2009, 3:52 a.m. CST

    OK, I'm interested.

    by BenBraddock

    Cool premise... I wonder how much they messed with the original story for the movie? And is it just me or is Cameron looking rough these days?

  • June 25, 2009, 3:54 a.m. CST

    For all you "I'd Push It" types. How's about, everytime you push

    by ThePilgrim

    another Suicide bomber blows up in the Middle East. Sure it kills someone you didn't know and many others as well, and the guy who gave you the box can't be blamed for the murder/suicide it caused. It's just a box until you hit the button. He told you what was up. You're the killer. It's sort of the same if you think about it. It's like a guy showing up to your house with a detonator, and he says ok you push this button and a bomb goes off and it kills people, but what's it matter to you, you don't them. You'll get lots of money. Momentary, monitory tranquility. Show me how much of a heartless selfish prick you really are, Push it....

  • June 25, 2009, 3:58 a.m. CST

    by The InSneider

    fuck

  • June 25, 2009, 3:59 a.m. CST

    Monkey Paw is better than The Box

    by ThePilgrim

    you got five chances to get it right..

  • June 25, 2009, 4:06 a.m. CST

    hahaha

    by ThePilgrim

    Oh snap they push the button. nothing happens, or so they think the stranger shows back up he gives them the money, he takes the box. They wonder what he's going to do with the box. He says "Don't worry, I'll be giving it to someone you don't know." <P> Ahahaha so one of them will die, if the new box owner pushes the button. You mean to tell me that that's going to be a feature lenght film. Retarded... I have to see the original TZ episode.

  • June 25, 2009, 4:12 a.m. CST

    Needs more GIANT PIG

    by GIANT_PIG

    GIANT PIG!!!

  • June 25, 2009, 4:15 a.m. CST

    oh dear just ruined it with the saw music.

    by kingoflight

    Seams like a fucking stupid idea but most of the ideas in lost are stupid but they manage to make em work.

  • June 25, 2009, 4:38 a.m. CST

    NEEDS MORE BIG TESTICLES!

    by EDGARWRIGHTS_TESTICLESOBSESSION

    Here's hoping that all of the male actors are naked from the waist down in numerous scenes. I love the smell and taste of other men's testicles.

  • June 25, 2009, 4:40 a.m. CST

    Answer easy: push the button. Problem solved.

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Now, move along ppl.

  • June 25, 2009, 5:16 a.m. CST

    people who don't give spoiler warnings

    by chipps

    are fucking idiots. probably even like the fact that they are gutless idiots. probably proud.

  • June 25, 2009, 5:50 a.m. CST

    The wiki write up...

    by SunTzu77

    "Button, Button" was first published in Playboy, June 1970, a short story written by Richard Matheson. The story was republished as part of a collection of Matheson's short stories. <p> In the original short story, the plot is resolved differently. Norma presses the button, and receives the money - after her husband dies in a train incident where Arthur is pushed onto the tracks (the money was the no-fault insurance settlement, which is $50,000 instead of the $200,000 in the Twilight Zone episode). A despondent Norma asks the stranger why her husband was the one who was killed. The stranger replies that Norma never really knew her husband. <p> Richard Matheson strongly disapproved of the Twilight Zone version, especially the new ending, and used his pseudonym Logan Swanson for the teleplay." <p> http://postcardsfromthezone.blogspot.com/2006/02/150-button-button.html

  • June 25, 2009, 6:38 a.m. CST

    i really love the twilight Zone episode

    by palewook

    and the short story. just not sure whatelse the movie version can bring to this

  • June 25, 2009, 6:40 a.m. CST

    ThePilgrim

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    You only got three chances in the Monkey's Paw, remember? One wish was for the money, one to bring their son back, and one to send him back to wherever he came from. <br> <br> Anyway, someone up there is giving mad love to Dick at the expense of Matheson and King. To that, I cry bullshit!. <br> <br> Dick was a terrible writer, terrible! He had one of the greatest Sci-fi minds ever but a very dry, droll, predictable, and boring, yes, BORING writer. I am well read but I'm not going to give you my resume to prove it, let's just say I've read enough to know that Dick isn't the genius that sci-fi fans, and only sci-fi fans make him out to be. Dick's ideas were fucking impossibly cool but he lacked the control to write them in a more palatable and enjoyable way. Matheson didn't have half the imagination of Dick, yet, his books and stories are so much better because Matheson was a great writer. <br> <br> Now to bring Stephen King into this argument is to just open up a huge can of worms. The reason? Something everyone knows, even literary critics, but not a lot of people will admit. <br> <br> Stephen King was blessed at birth to be a writer in the realm of Hemingway, Dostoevsky, Melville, he's got those kinds of chops. Stephen king, however, went a different route with his gift. He chose to scare us, entertain us, and make a shitload of money off of us. No one can begrudge him that decision, but no one can take away the talent that lies beneath the lifelong pile of cheap fiction he has created. Matheson and Dick don't compare. Just the sheer volume of top quality over a period of thirty years is enough to take your breath away; what an imaginarion. <br> <br> Of course, he has tapered off and hasn't written any "A material" in a long time,it seems his hearts just not in it anymore. He is one the best writers of his era and he managed to turn that into a fortune too.

  • June 25, 2009, 7:20 a.m. CST

    I'd push that button 6.7 billion times.

    by I Hope You Die

    The problem with this movie is predictable: Cameron Diaz. She's probably the least talented actress working today. Most of her work is unwatchable.

  • June 25, 2009, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Southland Tales

    by The Alienist

    was HIGH-larious. And eventually very moving. To those of you who didn't get it, I'm really really sorry.

  • June 25, 2009, 7:50 a.m. CST

    I also love the TZ episode...

    by Cap'n Jack

    ...I don't even recognize the piece of crap in this trailer.

  • June 25, 2009, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Face

    by Mr_Plainview

    I wonder what's up with Langella's face? It seems like part of it is missing completely.

  • June 25, 2009, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Press the button, random office supplies begin arriving....

    by GrandMuffTarkin

    That Was Easy.

  • June 25, 2009, 8:25 a.m. CST

    How do you NOT see the twist coming?

    by V'Shael

    This is the most fucking obvious story of all time. I mean, I understand Harry can be a bit fucking clueless at times, but god damn... <p> Harry old boy, you press the button, you get your million dollars. Then the box goes to SOMEONE YOU DON'T KNOW, and they get the same offer. And this time, YOU'RE THE ONE WHO DIES. And so on. <p> Dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb .....

  • June 25, 2009, 8:38 a.m. CST

    V'Shael

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    That's not the original twist

  • June 25, 2009, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Matheson is a living god!

    by Sithdan

    Nuff said.

  • June 25, 2009, 8:42 a.m. CST

    I hate Richard Kelly more than MIchael Bay

    by Crow3711

    No joke. Donnie Darko fucking sucked. What a hack.

  • June 25, 2009, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Matheson is a living god!

    by Sithdan

    Nuff said.

  • June 25, 2009, 8:48 a.m. CST

    press the button, get $100000, but someone you dont know dies.

    by FleshMachine

  • June 25, 2009, 8:48 a.m. CST

    after much debate they press it, and get the money,

    by FleshMachine

  • June 25, 2009, 8:49 a.m. CST

    mystery man come back for the box: "now i'll give it to someone

    by FleshMachine

    BWAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA! this movie takes 3 lines to tell.

  • June 25, 2009, 8:50 a.m. CST

    YOU DONT KNOW!!!!"

    by FleshMachine

  • June 25, 2009, 8:52 a.m. CST

    The Vagina

    by Jeffwode

    Is 'box' a euphenism for minge in the US? Cos it is in the UK. AND this one has a big red button. It's a freudian dream come true.

  • June 25, 2009, 8:58 a.m. CST

    I would smash the box..

    by gotilk

    and brutally murder the old man, then hide the body. If there was a heaven, they'd have a furnished condo waiting for me when I arrived. Of course in a universe with boxes that hand out millions to people in exchange for random lives, heaven does exist.

  • June 25, 2009, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Story already won an Academy Award

    by willip

    When I went to film school in CT in the late 80s, a recent grad had just won the Academy Award for Best Student Film for his version of this story... The film was 10 minutes long, and even that was padded....

  • June 25, 2009, 9 a.m. CST

    If "the box" IS a metaphor

    by gotilk

    I think I pressed the button and the life I lost was mine. For a few years anyway. And I never got the millions.

  • June 25, 2009, 9:08 a.m. CST

    ***Spoiler*** SunTzu77, never having read the short story

    by jim

    I find, after reading your summary, I much prefer the ending The Twilight Zone used. The short story ending sounds a bit like a cop-out; kind of splitting hairs. The Twilight Zone ending works better, at least for me. The one thing that gave them comfort, that made it possibly ok to live with themselves, takes on an ominous and very disconcerting meaning when the perspective changes.<p>In order to stretch this story out I suspect the third act of this movie will be the couple trying to get the box back.

  • June 25, 2009, 9:11 a.m. CST

    This looks too scary.

    by mitortilla

    I was hoping it was the easy button from staples.

  • June 25, 2009, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Now that I've watched the trailer, it seems they go into

    by jim

    who the man is or what he is.

  • June 25, 2009, 9:26 a.m. CST

    The end is really fucking stupid *NO SPOILERS*

    by dr sauch

    Trust me, its retarded. I mean, maybe Kelly is going to make it a little better, but the short story was stupid.

  • June 25, 2009, 9:37 a.m. CST

    This afternoon..

    by The Dark Shite

    I was riding my bike, at a pretty fast speed. Suddenly, I saw the mosy beautiful, purple & blue butterfly, inches in front of my front wheel. <p> I slammed my breaks on, went flying forward, almost landed on the butterfly, but managed to land safely & away from it. <p> The butterfly flew away & I'd done my good deed for the day. Then I saw this trailer. <p> Humans? I'd push that button faster than a pikey starting up a fairground ride. <p> Why? Because I just know some there's some fucker out there who'd do the same to me.

  • June 25, 2009, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Press button, out pops a dick.

    by GrandMuffTarkin

    I bet somewhere out in a slush pile, there is a "Dick in the Box: The Movie" script waiting to be unleashed.

  • June 25, 2009, 9:57 a.m. CST

    This premise

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    was barely able to fill out a 20 min segment of the twilight zone.<br> Making it into a movie is a waste of time and money.

  • June 25, 2009, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Nice - theme from SAW - and opening during Saw's usual weekend

    by aceattorney

    Good stuff.

  • June 25, 2009, 10:18 a.m. CST

    I know what you mean, Dark Shite

    by D.Vader

    I saved a shark when I was at thebeach last week.

  • June 25, 2009, 10:34 a.m. CST

    I saved a squirrel from the jaws of a Gnu.

    by The Dark Shite

    I also helped John Wayne Gacey evade capture for several weeks. <p> Actually, the Butterfly story is true. The type of story that sounds like a cheesy metaphor but isn't:-). <p> I had to mention it however, as I was already thinking about Karma etc before I watched this. Like "given the fact that good people don't always get what they deserve & bad people don't always get punished. Does saving the life of a butterfly actually mean anything? Or should I just be a prick, take what I want, when I want it, be rich, happy & successful & squash the shit out of butterflies for being dumb enough to get in my way?". <p> In that context, it's kinda weird that I came home & saw this.

  • June 25, 2009, 10:50 a.m. CST

    ummmmm

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

  • June 25, 2009, 10:52 a.m. CST

    listen,if you think

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    this film won't be very good(rich, your batting average...it's bout as good as uew boll right now)...then jsut grab round 2-3 pieces of toast, lather on a HELATHY DOSE of RICHARD KELLY'S TASTY JELLY(tm)-and watch life just get better.And oh yeah, make thjis film watchable

  • June 25, 2009, 10:53 a.m. CST

    ummmmmm?

    by The Dark Shite

    Care to elaborate?<p> I should probably mention that also where I am, there was an earthquake. It was level 4, which apparently isn't so bad, but I wasn't keen on it. <p> So, butterfly > Earthquake > trailer > = me feeling weird.

  • June 25, 2009, 10:55 a.m. CST

    and oh yeah

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    can someone send me a link to the trailer-? I dont have the "tech" to see this trailer!

  • June 25, 2009, 10:59 a.m. CST

    idrinkyourmilkshake

    by The Dark Shite

    It's up on the totalfilm site, but I think that's a youtube embed, so presumably you can find it there too.

  • June 25, 2009, 11 a.m. CST

    I saved a shark

    by D.Vader

    I was at the beach, went for a run during a storm, sought shelter under a pier. Saw that a fisherman from the pier had caught a 3 foot shark a few feet away from me. His kid came down and tried to pull it up but snapped the line. I asked the guy what he wanted to do and he just waved it off. So I thought for a moment, looking at the shark. <p> Then I decided to save it and started dragging it back into the surf. But the waves kept knocking it over and flipping it instead of taking it out to sea. It was dying and was dead tired and wasn't getting any oxygen. So I tried pushing it through the water to force its gills to work. It kept getting flipped. Kid kept telling me it was dead, but he'd thrash his tail every once in awhile. <p> So I kept trying and eventually, a good wave caught him and took him out. I saw him getting flipped around again on the next wave, but as it took him back out again, I saw his dorsal and tail fin right it self correctly. On the next wave, he was gone completely. <p> I felt good.

  • June 25, 2009, 11:06 a.m. CST

    good heads up

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    dark shite, im a bit of a lazy cunt

  • June 25, 2009, 11:18 a.m. CST

    I saved & killed a bird at the same time.

    by The Dark Shite

    When I was maybe 10, I found a smashed egg on the ground under a tree, with a half-born chick, twitching. Maybe the Mother had decided it wasn't good enough-or a bit simple or something ;-)-& thrown it out.<p> I tried to save it & a kind old lady noticed & gave me an egg carton & some cotton wool. I spent the hour-long journey home breathing on it to incubate it & hatch it. <p> When it hatched, I gave it to my brother, who's friend had a bird house. They put the chick into another bird's nest & we sat in his kitchen to witness the end of the miracle we'd taken part in. <p> The bird came back & murdered it up. Murdered the fuck out of it, bigstyle. The moral of the story? Don't fuck with nature. <p>

  • June 25, 2009, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Mr_Plainview; about langella's face

    by RaveX

    this year they raped him so hard at the oscars, half of his face fell off.

  • June 25, 2009, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Oh good...

    by Phimseto

    ...a trailer that ruins all the movie beats for you. Not quote "The Negotiator" bad but not great, either.

  • June 25, 2009, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Ha ha ha

    by one_guy_from_andromeda

    Looks incredibly stupid! I especially loved the shot of the guy standing outside the window with his "I wanna coookieeee..." stoned look on his face. Hopefully This will be the final nail in the coffin of Richard Kelly's shit career...

  • June 25, 2009, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Ah Dark Shite

    by D.Vader

    Now that's a sad, sad story.

  • June 25, 2009, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Southland Tales

    by Magnum Opus

    was a beautiful mess. Bewildering casting aside it was actually an amazing film, but I can see why average movie fans couldn't see that. Hard to penetrate.

  • June 25, 2009, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Hey, that looked pretty damn goooood.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • June 25, 2009, 12:17 p.m. CST

    I'd rent this one.

    by TooWhippy

    Not going to see it in a theater.

  • June 25, 2009, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Cameron Diaz's Box!!!

    by Sequitur

    I'd open that box and push that button...and by box I mean vagina!!

  • June 25, 2009, 1:46 p.m. CST

    D.Vader's shark story...

    by SK229

    That'd make a good short film right there. Any film students here should take note if you're looking for material. Of course, you'd have to come close to killing a shark to film it... or get some really good-looking fake.

  • June 25, 2009, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Also, there's a short film on Youtube

    by SK229

    http://tinyurl.com/3cl2lf Of course, in the side bar description they talk about all the comparisons, etc., different versions of the same story. The music and tone of the short reminded me of a movie like Scanners for some reason.

  • June 25, 2009, 2:23 p.m. CST

    dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    by Gwai Lo

    I like your take on King. That man can spin like a spider, but somehow ended up being the Danielle Steel of horror. His influence is massive and undeniable, but when he really had his chops his heart was in fun pulp. He only started trying to write prestige books after he ran out of steam. Hard to not give the man his due though, when you look at his impact on film alone the guy is basically the bedrock of modern horror. By the way I think you're a bit unfair to Dick who is not a terrible writer at all. A bit bland and utilitarian sometimes, but can you honestly say something like The Man in the High Castle is terribly written?

  • June 25, 2009, 2:37 p.m. CST

    okay guys

    by Onix_Verumi

    everyone who's saying that the story won't work as a full length film is completely off base. The script widely expands on a number of subjects to keep the viewer intrigued/entertained, and is imho a fine sci-fi story. Don't get me wrong, i'm not saying you have to like it or else your stupid or sumthin like that, but I'm just letting you know there is much more to the story than the original short.

  • June 25, 2009, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Where can I find the script?

    by Gwai Lo

    Or any pre-release, unreleased, shelved and/or defunct script for that matter? I'm a screenwriter. These things interest me. Oh and if anyone has that Cat's Cradle script that Richard Kelly apparently wrote in a week I would KILL to read that as Cat's Cradle is the #1 book I would like to adapt if given the chance. The Sirens of Titan is #2 of course.

  • June 25, 2009, 3:04 p.m. CST

    I use the button for playing first person shooters

    by Flip63Hole

    as the fire button. I'd pwn and be rich.

  • June 25, 2009, 3:14 p.m. CST

    So where do I get this box?

    by Stuntcock Mike

  • June 25, 2009, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Sk229

    by D.Vader

    I'm a filmmaker myself. I call dibs on the rights =)!

  • June 25, 2009, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Are you all plants?

    by Chesterfield Slacks

    How does anyone think this movie has merit? Yet another one of those non-risk Hollywood "non-scripts", as in "let's take any short story that was previously successful and pad it the fuck out into 2-hour-plus, FX-laden, backstory-ridden, slick-summer package". As long as audiences support this rotten, cowardly trend, Hollywood will keep on mining "that which has worked before". Hollywood has lost its balls and its brains. Matheson told great short stories. Emphasis on short. Enough of Hollywood raping good, simple material and dressing it up like a Vegas-whore brochure!

  • June 25, 2009, 4:04 p.m. CST

    the twilight zone episode is the best version

    by SylarTheCylon

    in my humble opinion, due to the simple, yet very effective ending. The idea of having aliens in the mix (i assume the lady with the black eyes and weird brow is an alien, what else would she be? A demon?) seems too dark city to me. I hope it's not another alien/satanic experiment.

  • June 25, 2009, 4:06 p.m. CST

    the box

    by jake_gittis

    R U kidding me? Ok, so Kelly watched every single Kubrick film and said, to himself, oh i got an idea. The TZ episode was great and there was a great deal at stake. I have had the displeasure of meeting Kelley at Sundance at few years back- ass clown. His friend were great but Kelly, not so much.

  • June 25, 2009, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Remake "the Shrinking Man" with Jack Black.

    by cookylamoo

    And this time, let the cat eat him.

  • June 25, 2009, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Ohhhh, I thought this had something to do with Sarah Palin.

    by Uncle Stan

  • June 26, 2009, 1:25 a.m. CST

    James Marsden

    by sonnyfern

    Is an underrated actor!

  • June 26, 2009, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Seems like a cool film

    by coldbrynx

    I'm sold, this is definately on my watch list.

  • June 29, 2009, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Richard Matheson

    by squarebird

    I consider him perhaps the best science fiction writer of all time. His name is not familiar because he wrote mostly for the small screen. I was not aware of him until the day I finally figured out that ALL of my favorite episodes from various tv shows were written by the same author .. from the Twilight Zone to The Trilogy of Terror to Night Stalker to Duel..