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Go behind the skull with this GHOST RIDER 2 featurette

Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with a cool little featurette from Shock Till You Drop (or possibly on how the new Ghost Rider film was shot. In the video below you'll see the insane shooting style that Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor used to get their version of a revamped flaming skull of a Nic Cage on a motorcycle in the can. I might be mistaken, but I believe this is the exact featurette that played BNAT before the film was screened. Personally I didn't care for the first GHOST RIDER and honestly I don't think too many folks did. It felt like a giant shell of what it could have been, so when I first heard of a potential sequel... Let's just say I was curious, but wasn't getting my hopes up. And then when it was announced that the CRANK guys were behind the revamp, my ears perked up. I think the guys delivered some truly insane shots, just wished the film had a little bit more meat on its bones in terms of plot. Make no mistake, this film is a rollercoaster of fun, though it might not be for everyone.


I can't think of any directors out there today who would jump off a cliff or hop down the side of the building themselves to get the shots they need. That alone makes me a fan of the guys and leaves me eager to find out what they've got next after GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE.

The film star Nicolas Cage [KICKASS], Idris Elba [THOR], Ciaran Hinds [MUNICH], and Christopher Lambert [HIGHLANDER]. The movie hits theaters February 17th.



- Mike McCutchen



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  • Jan. 24, 2012, 4:19 p.m. CST

    They better

    by unkempt_sock

    have CRANK 3 up their sleeves after this.

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Looking forward to this

    by 3D-Man

    Fuck the haters

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Jesus Christ R Lee Ermey

    by JackSlater4

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 4:38 p.m. CST

    I can't help it...

    by PorkChopXpress

    ...I want to see this. Against my better judgment and in the face of the disappointment of the first one, I want to see it.

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 4:41 p.m. CST

    I wish the Ghost Rider COMIC had more in terms of plot

    by coz

    That the movies don't I think is just a faithful adaptation.

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Christopher Lambert and Nicolas Cage in the same movie!

    by Gorgomel

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 5 p.m. CST

    by catparade

    id watch an entire movie of a dude on rollerblades, holding a $100,000 camera, projectiling himself with fast moving cars. so i guess if you add some flaming skulls in there, i wont say no.

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 5 p.m. CST

    First one was the worst movie ever made.

    by ZOMBRE

    WORST MOVIE EVER. ok maybe not the worst but they let this Ghost Rider fan down with it.

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 5:04 p.m. CST

    i hated the first film

    by antonphd

    the only thing tolerable about it was watching nic cage have dark fun with it well, it looks like he found some directors who also know how to have some dark fun to make a sequel that should simply erase the existence of the first i don't expect this to be The Dark Knight, but i hope it's fun. it's looks promising from the trailers.

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 5:05 p.m. CST

    all comic book movies

    by Eddie_Dane

    should at the very least be good. just watched the first one again and it's still so disappointing. there's really no excuse for Hollywood to screw these things up. everything has already been done for them: characters, stories, dialogue, even the story boards. and there are years of material to cherry pick the best stuff from. how does this happen?

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST


    by Orionsangels

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Christopher Lambert? lol,who resurrected him?

    by KilliK

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Some fabulous shots in that. And the Rider FX look superb.

    by J.B.M.A.

    Shame that the script will doubtless suck a big one.

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Early reviewers....

    by ZOMBRE

    according to wikipedia indicated this was worse than the first one. I'm curious if Aintitcool will really say what they think of this Sony picture.

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 5:25 p.m. CST

    At least it's not a chopper. Sad how wHollyweird

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    is so easy to influence with current fads.

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 5:30 p.m. CST

    can't wait to see the outtakes of Cage in that goofy makeup


  • Jan. 24, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    So the director risks his life for...

    by Tank Williams

    Shitty movies?

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 5:35 p.m. CST

    stiguy - In a word, yes.

    by Mennen


  • Jan. 24, 2012, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Ghost Rider wasn't all that bad.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    Just lame villains. Blackheart should have been better. Nic in all his batshit craziness was cool. I have hopes for this.

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 5:44 p.m. CST

    won't be long before we hear about this director being dead


    or critically injured filming a really stupid but 'extreeeeeeemmmmee' scene for a flick. gotta admit, i like the roughness of the approach, to a point- it reminds me of the ways they used to film stunts in old silent movies, as well as The Road Warrior. but these days, when you have the best in safety, tech, and professionalism, why would you want to endanger yourself or anyone else on the crew. the motorcycle and rollerblades shots could go wrong for everyone.

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 6:08 p.m. CST

    I hate to say it but.....

    by DementedCaver

    Nic Cage really looks like Hell in this movie.

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Impressive directing skills.

    by CodeName

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Ok, they've convinced me enough to at least give it a shot.

    by Royston Lodge

    Still, these teases don't show off much of the dialogue or the story. The movie DOES still need to have a story, you know.

  • This one looks quite different and alot better. I'm sure without being Great, it's good entertaining supernatural comic book fun.

  • This is one of those exceptions. To me, the skull looks like shit. Some of the shots in the trailer look pretty cool. But judging from the strange plot (or lackof after watching the trailers), it looks convuluted and another waste of an at-best mediocre character. It'd be great to see somone from spiderman, xmen or the avengers cameo.but we know not to expect that.

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 6:52 p.m. CST

    i liked ghost rider

    by Pipple

    First of all he's a b-lister, what kind of movie did you expect it to be? It's not like anybody cares as much about him as spidey. It's like a lot of first comic movies, not as good as they could be but serviceable enough to set the stage for better shit down the road. uh, looks like they put everything they had into this, be a shame if it bombed, but whatever. I'll enjoy it...

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 6:57 p.m. CST

    I'll watch this just out of love for motorcycles.

    by iakobos

    You never know the rest of the movie might even be pretty good.

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 7 p.m. CST


    by poonhead

    AICN has totally ignored FATHER'S DAY, a film in the same vein as CRANK 2... WTF??? honestly, FD has had nothing but great reviews. it just sold out at all the Drafthouses in texas. it's a movie geek's wet dream and you assholes are ignoring movies that cost less than 10mil. sure ambush bug reviewed FD once in october, but the movie is touring the world NOW. get on with it.

  • This looks better, but I'm skeptical of casting a 12-year old in a key role. It's the most obnoxious age in cinema... that high-pitched voice, too old to be a "cute kid," too young to be criticized without sounding like a dick. Ciaran Hinds is cool. And the girl from The American is an interesting enough choice... she's gorgeous, but at least with a bit of pedigree. Cage is Cage. But I'm wary of that fucking kid.

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 7:02 p.m. CST

    The problem with the first movie...

    by Tom Fremgen

    wasn't the effects or the stunts, it was the story. And I'm not so sure these guys are going to fix that. As for a Ghost Rider story, kind of like the X-Men, it was the original Ghost Rider at was the hit, it was the New Ghost Rider from the 90's. Those were the best Ghost Rider comics- those are the comics I'd base a Ghost Rider movie off of. Plug- Have you read my comic yet? Kung fu humor

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 7:05 p.m. CST

    fucking flop. fact.

    by jimmy

    Funny, I root for Nic Cage. But shit is shit.

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 7:25 p.m. CST

    90's Ghost Rider is to 70's Ghost Rider

    by deelzbub

    as SuperBoy is to Superman. The only worse ideas were reverting Tony Stark to a teenager and the whole Spider-Clone mindfuck.

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Hard for this to be a flop...

    by Andrew Coleman

    Since I read it didn't cost a lot of money to make. This is the road B-comic book characters need to take. Have some fun with it. The first film was just a big mistake. Mainly because they tried to make him family friendly and a block buster type character. The villains were fucking horrible and way too easy to defeat. The fight scenes lasted a second. The action in these trailers already is better than the entire first film. Looking forward to it because the film looks like it is fun and letting loose.

  • As in, eugh. Make it stop.

  • It would have take a whole day to get a single shot. We need more Directors like this who can see through the bullshit of film production to get movies made cheaper. I'm not really interested in this movie, but I loved Crank and dig these guys style.

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 8:25 p.m. CST


    by Muldoon

    I actually contacted Troma about Father's Day after I heard about it going on tour in Texas and a few other states I believe. Since I interviewed Lloyd back in the day with POULTRYGEIST I was hoping to score an interview with him and possibly Adam Brooks about it. I've got my fingers crossed that they'll shoot me back.

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Crazy camera angles won't stop the poopiness.

    by justmyluck

    Actually, I think Neveldine/Taylor are perfectly suited to this franchise. Sort of like Michael Bay and TRANSFORMERS: both a load of crap and a match made in heaven.

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 9:46 p.m. CST

    If these guys worked with Tom Cruise

    by thelordofhell

    Guaranteed that someone would die during filming

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Cage has more T-Rex heads to buy.

    by notcher

    I completely understand his motivation for being in this film. "I could eat a peach for hours."

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 11:12 p.m. CST

    no thanks

    by big_log

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Well, Crank 1/2 aren't exactly plot heavy,

    by Grammaton Cleric

    and they both rule the fucking school (Mike Patton's soundtrack for Crank 2 is waaay radder than the hottest chick any of you dolts have ever banged). Bike effects are dope, camera work looks shit hot, and Nic Cage is going to bring his bizarro A-game; what' not to love?

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 11:32 p.m. CST


    by cameron

    This looks like a bag of hammered Shit! I only watched the 1st one because Eva Mendez was in it! This one hasn't even got her, IT'S GOT CHRISTOPHER LAMBERT DRESSED LIKE AFTERBIRTH!!!! WTF!!!!!!!!!!! If this doesn't fail i'll drink the sweat from the CGI Hulks sweaty ball sack!

  • Jan. 25, 2012, 12:55 a.m. CST

    This featurette was effective. Got me interested.

    by sweeneydave

  • Jan. 25, 2012, 1:42 a.m. CST

    I liked the first one. Eve Mendes' body was more smokin

    by hallmitchell

    than a Ghost Rider burnout in a McDonald's carpark.

  • Jan. 25, 2012, 1:45 a.m. CST

    If anyone isn't impressed by that.

    by hallmitchell

    Sorry, i think you are too jaded.

  • Jan. 25, 2012, 2:03 a.m. CST

    I know this is going to suck...

    by Ironhelix

    ...but it LOOKS so fucking cool.

  • Jan. 25, 2012, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Okay, I know I'm gonna sound way too much like an old guy...

    by digitalcos

    But, as impressive as I think it is to see the director flying around on wires and speeding down the pavement on rollerblades - and, believe me, I think it's pretty damn impressive - I gotta ask: 'Why?' Why have the director himself take those risks? There are a lot of incredibly talented camera operators that would love to get shots like that, who if injured, wouldn't shut down the films production. Also, the time spent rigging the director for these shots could have been spent making other, bigger, creative decisions. From an insurance and practical stand point, it just seems stupid. Effective delegation doesn't have to negate your auteur status.

  • Jan. 25, 2012, 7:50 a.m. CST


    by phifty2

    Of course there are two Nic Cages. Didn't you see Adaptation?

  • Jan. 25, 2012, 9:10 a.m. CST

    by Richard

    Is this being shot in 3D or converted ? The scenes they were filming on skates would look pretty good in proper 3D.

  • Jan. 25, 2012, 9:25 a.m. CST

    netfix instant

    by clarntoon

    And this guy had a hart on to play superman.

  • I get what you're saying, but that's not how these guys work. and why do they need to hire camera operators and crazy car riggers when a pair or roller-blades will do it? Or spend the time trying to illustrate a shot to a whole team, when they know that's their own head? I don't expect to see Scorcesse zipping along the highway, but that's the point. Not all directors need to plot and plan the way he does. I've worked in production, and I have always thought it's ridiculous how every movie is made the same way when it is total not necessary.

  • Jan. 25, 2012, 8:14 p.m. CST


    by ethan


  • Jan. 25, 2012, 8:26 p.m. CST

    I'll stick with Iron Man: EXTREMIS.

    by ethan

    THAT'S how you bring a marvel character to life.

  • Jan. 25, 2012, 8:30 p.m. CST

    all i see is the guy that wrote Full Metal Jacket(?)

    by ethan

    R. Lee Ermey has always claimed to have written most of FMJ. Why the FUCK is he in the above video?

  • Jan. 25, 2012, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Nic Cage = Joke of a movie

    by Onin Solstice

    They're in my eyes, they're in my eyes!