Lou Lumenick of the New York Post reports that 20th Century Fox will not be screening Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem for critics before the film opens two weeks from now. There is a precedent for this, inasmuch as the previous film wasn’t screened in advance either when it opened almost three and a half years ago — though Fox did have a “courtesy screening” for critics just before the matinees for that film began on opening day. Somehow I don’t think they’ll be going that extra mile on Christmas morning.
Meanwhile, I just got an invitation to a preview screening of One Missed Call, the latest American remake of an Asian horror movie … and it’s taking place at 10pm on Thursday, January 3, mere hours before the film opens to the public. In fact, given the difference between our time zones, the Vancouver preview won’t begin until after it is already opening day on the east coast. In any case, as we all know, night-before screenings “don’t count“.