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In terms of volume and quality, 2012 has been an absolutely stunning year for film. I cannot remember the last time there were this many films produced and distributed by some of the best directors in the business, all within one year. Ridley Scott returned to the sci-fi genre with Prometheus; Quentin Tarantino recently returned in full idiosyncratic fashion with Django Unchained; Ang Lee has blown the majority of us away with his glorious celebration of life in Life of Pi; Steven Spielberg tackled presidential history with Lincoln; Christopher Nolan bought the curtain down on the Batman series with The Dark Knight Rises and Sam Mendes breathed new life into 007 with Skyfall. Picking this list is not an easy one. The beautiful thing about a top 15 list is that it accepts films that are not exactly Oscar worthy candidates but were entertaining none the less.
So, these are what I consider »
- David Keeble
Paul Risker on America's 'rape' of the Scandinavian crime drama...
The American remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), adapted from Steig Larsson’s first novel of his Millennium Trilogy, follows on the heels of Sweden’s 2009 adaptation and forms part of a trend that has seen a number of Scandinavian crime dramas adapted into the English language.
This year saw the release of Contraband, directed by Baltasar Kormákur, the star of the original Icelandic Reykjavík-Rotterdam, and rumors circulate of a remake of Headhunters (2012), adapted from Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbø’s book of the same name. Meanwhile, the acclaimed Danish television phenomenon The Killing, remade for American television, is preparing for its third season, whilst the second two installments of Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, have been announced.
Prior to the international interest in »
Hey, Toronto! The end of the Twitch presented Birth Of A Villain series at the Tiff Bell Lightbox arrives this Saturday with a midnight screening of the original Friday The 13th, projected on the big screen in glorious 35mm!The one-two punch of Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and John Carpenter's megahit Halloween in the 1970s put a new face to American horror movies. While previously the genre had its share of tortured, sympathetic anti-heroes (the Frankenstein Monster, the Wolf Man), this new breed of monster was a hero because of his villainy -- and the more gleefully he set about his gruesome work, the better. Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger, Leatherface, Chucky, Pinhead -- the names have become legend. Birth of a...
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Now that you’ve had your fill of peppermint, presents, and multiple viewings of AMC’s White Christmas and Miracle On 34th Street, how about a little snark to go along with that special Holiday movie – sans the warm and fuzzy. It’s time for some mistletoe carnage and crafty comedy Geek style. In our gift to you, Wamg presents our list of the 15 best non-traditional films. Lovers of It’S A Wonderful Life can consider yourselves excused cuz Santa Claus is coming to town in these “More Naughty Than Nice”. movies.
Black Christmas (the 1974 version of course), generally acknowledged as the forerunner of the ‘slasher’. genre, is so graphic in its imagination that you don’t even need to see any gore or murder. Black Christmas, which holds up spectacularly well after almost 40 years, tells the tale of a group of sorority sisters that are hounded and »
- Movie Geeks
The fifth film in the Resident Evil franchise, Resident Evil: Retribution, arrives on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD today. To celebrate this latest entry in the longstanding series based on the classic video game, we caught up with director Paul W.S. Anderson, who returns for his 3rd time behind the camera and his fifth time as a producer.
Why does he keep coming back? And what does the sixth film have in store for us? Here is our conversation.
What keeps brining you back to this franchise?
Paul W.S. Anderson: I love it!
That's the easy answer, isn't it?
Paul W.S. Anderson: I have always loved it. I loved the video game, from the start. I played the first two before I became involved in the movie. It took me a few weeks to emerge from my apartment, »
Since we spend the entire week revisiting episodes of the FEARnet original series Post Mortem with host Mick Garris, we thought it'd only be fair to put Mick himself in the interview chair for his own Post Mortem-style interview. Below you'll find a brand new 4 part interview conducted specifically for this week long event. In Part 1, Mick talks about his humble beginnings as a film and music journalist and how that gig eventually lead to his interview show for the Z Channel, which in turn led to a writing gig on Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories. Part 2 delves into the origins of his long collaborative working relationship (and friendship) with the world's best known horror author Stephen King, first on Sleepwalkers and then tackling King's epic & much celebrated novel The Stand.
In Part 3, Garris discusses the process of creating the original horror anthology series Masters Of Horror and how the »
- Rob Galluzzo
Well Dreaddies, it's that time again. Time to reflect on the year that's passed and look ahead to the future. It's time for the final Tip of the Scalpel for 2012. Today we celebrate a certain guy that comes and visits kids this time of the year... but not the big, jolly one you're thinking of.
If you're reading this, I'm assuming we all made it through the diabolical 12/21/12 scare. I certainly hope that's the case. As I'm writing this a few days before the impending date, I can't help but think what a waste of time this might be as I could be spending these precious few moments of safety hoarding canned goods or setting up a contraption in my backyard to trap rainwater for drinking. But let's hope for the best... back to The Scalpel!
- Doctor Gash
• Plan your Christmas and New Year viewing with our interactive guide to festive television
A Very Jls Christmas
Ninety-minute festive special hosted by the titular boyband. Likely to be watched by equal parts enthralled acolytes and alcoholically insulated parents wistfully anticipating their pre-teen offspring's imminent arrival in adolescence, when they will self-righteously disown such childish things as talent-show pop. Jls invite viewers into their own Winter Wonderland, where they will perform a special Yuletide show, and submit to exclusive backstage interviews, as if the world was presently plagued by a shortage of information about the 2008 X Factor runners-up. Andrew Mueller
Strictly has waltzed away with the Saturday night viewing figures this year, leaving that rival karaoke show flapping in its wake. »
- Andrew Mueller, Hannah Verdier, Martin Skegg, Paul Howlett, Jonathan Wright, Julia Raeside, Ben Arnold
Hey, Toronto! All your favorite slasher villains are coming to the big screen, projected on glorious 35mm, as part of the Twitch presented Birth Of A Villain series at the Tiff Bell Lightbox. Keeping things rolling this Saturday, things get hairy with Joe Dante's The Howling!The one-two punch of Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and John Carpenter's megahit Halloween in the 1970s put a new face to American horror movies. While previously the genre had its share of tortured, sympathetic anti-heroes (the Frankenstein Monster, the Wolf Man), this new breed of monster was a hero because of his villainy -- and the more gleefully he set about his gruesome work, the better. Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger, Leatherface, Chucky, Pinhead -- the »
Interview Sarah Dobbs Dec 20, 2012
Grabbers is the kind of film you want to tell people about. It’s an alien invasion movie with a twist: the aliens are deathly allergic to alcohol, so when they attempt to invade a small Irish island, the locals realise the only way to survive is to get wasted. It’s a fun movie with a surprisingly large heart, by turns scary, funny, gory, and adorable, and as soon as you’ve seen it you’ll want to make sure all your friends have, too.
We caught up with director Jon Wright ahead of the film’s UK release. And given the film’s subject matter, we decided the best place to conduct our interview was in a pub, over a couple of beers… »
When it was released this past summer, Total Recall withered in the shadow of its predecessor. Fans took an immediate pass on it, not willing to realizing that this remake is one of the best sci-fi films of the year, and also a more truthful adaptation of the Philip K. Dick short story upon which it is based. Why were audiences so quick to dismiss director Len Wiseman's take on Total Recall? Because the Paul Verhoeven version starring Arnold Schwarzenegger is still a beloved cult institution that many felt couldn't be mucked with.
It's a hurdle most remakes face in this age of constant cinema regurgitation. It doesn't matter how good a movie is. As soon as it's labeled a reboot of any kind, people turn the other cheek as a reflex. Which is a shame. »
Earlier today, we revisited an episode of Mick Garris' Post Mortem featuring Rob Zombie. Well, why not go back and revisit the episode with the director behind the original Halloween now? Let's run down his filmography. Halloween. The Fog. Escape From New York. The Thing. They Live. Prince Of Darkness. In The Mouth Of Madness. In terms of directing, John Carpenter is most certainly one of the all time greats. He has a very distinct style, pacing and tone to his films, which makes it easy to describe them as "Carpenter-esque", and the man himself is also very straight forward when it comes to discussing his work and tastes. It's nice to see him open up a little more than he usually does with his friend and peer Mick Garris for this 5 part episode of Post Mortem.
In Part 1, Carpenter talks a bit about keeping up with what's going »
- Rob Galluzzo
It’s been ten years since the unnamed disaster struck, and a group of five survivors led by Rick and Adam are headed to greener pastures to try and find a place to plant some rare vegetable seed. They’re low on ammunition and food and one of the group is extremely sick. So they break from their usual protocol and hole up in an abandoned two-story farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. Their newest member Mary is the coldest and most solitary of them all, an almost superhuman fighter, yet to earn the trust of Shannon who wonders if maybe, just maybe, she has more in common with the cannibal clan that is their mortal enemy. Almost certainly the cannibals will soon come looking for prey »
Written by Tracy Letts
Directed by William Friedkin
Most people upon watching William Friedkin’s 2006 effort will undoubtedly want to talk about the insanity or claustrophobia of the film. Those are rabbit holes that are well worth chasing, but they are secondary to the greatest strength of the picture. Bug is a film with many strengths, but there is one elements that stands out as the strongest of them all.
Awkwardness is not always easy to get across on film, as it too often is cute or off putting. Creating an awkward atmosphere can, and often does, polarize an audience. It affects some and it fails to affect others because of the aforementioned off putting feeling or cute presentation. What Mr. Friedkin and company have managed to do in Bug is create the most awkward of situations that feel real and earned.
The awkwardness is accomplished through »
- Bill Thompson
Independent horror You Are Not Alone, is being described as a ‘first-person thriller’, co-written and directed by Derek Mungor. The film will begin with a focus on college graduate Natalie, who is revisiting friends and family in her hometown over the Fourth of July celebrations. However, the town soon hears news about a dangerous psychopath on the loose and in the midst of a killing spree, who soon crosses paths with Natalie.
The similarities and inspiration to John Carpenter’s classic Halloween appear to be obvious, but from the look of this first simple-yet-unsettling teaser poster, we could be in for a demented roller-coaster ride that will hopefully throw something refreshing into the mix. Fingers crossed You Are Not Alone will have us chewing our fingernails off as a new suspenseful genre effort next year!
The film will star Krista Dzialosynski, David O’Brien, Mary Mikva, Keenan Camp, Nikki Pierce, »
- Craig Hunter
I believe it is safe to say one of the top Horror Music Composers is John Carpenter. This man has composed the chilling music for over twenty films. Some of his more notable works are in the films like Halloween, Christine, and Village of the Damned. Just the Halloween theme song creeps people out! Heck I have the Halloween theme music as my ringtone on my phone, and I'm always turning heads and freaking people out with it! Carpenter is not only… »
Hey, Toronto! All your favorite slasher villains are coming to the big screen, projected on glorious 35mm, as part of the Twitch presented Birth Of A Villain series at the Tiff Bell Lightbox. Keeping things rolling this Saturday, it's The Tall Man and his silver balls of death in Don Coscarelli's Phantasm!The one-two punch of Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and John Carpenter's megahit Halloween in the 1970s put a new face to American horror movies. While previously the genre had its share of tortured, sympathetic anti-heroes (the Frankenstein Monster, the Wolf Man), this new breed of monster was a hero because of his villainy -- and the more gleefully he set about his gruesome work, the better. Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, Freddy »
As the calendar creeps quickly towards Christmas Day on the 25th of December, we’re counting down the days with a special advent calendar of festive films, revealing a set of rare images for each chosen film to surprise and delight film fans.
Unfortunately, not all Christmas films can be great: there are the intentionally awful like Santa Claus Vs The Martians, but there are also those that aimed for the stars, and the auspicious title of hero-driven blockbuster specifically, but which fall almost flat on their faces despite the best efforts of the talents involved.
Jeaanot Szwarc’s Santa Claus the movie falls into that latter category – designed to be a blockbuster to rival their most famous film creation, Superman producers Ilya and Alexander Salkin teamed up with Supergirl director to give fans a new, traditional take on the Santa Claus story. What resulted was over-sweet, poorly executed and »
- Simon Gallagher
Shout Factory has become the Criterion Collection for horror and B movies, or – if nothing else – the company that Anchor Bay tried to be on DVD. Recently they’ve released some John Carpenter films that he either produced or directed. They are the magnificent They Live, with “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Meg Foster and Keith David, and the first two Halloween sequels, Halloween II and Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Our reviews of all these Blu-rays follow after the jump. They Live has proven evergreen, as its story of the rich controlling and taking advantage of the lower class has stayed relevant, especially in an election year where one of the main issues became higher taxes on the rich. Piper stars as John Nada, a drifter who comes to Los Angeles looking for work. He finds a construction gig where he meets Frank (David), and Frank helps find Nada a place to crash. »
- Andre Dellamorte
It is normal for movies, like everything, to feel overly familiar after a while. In fact, it is an issue that has existed even in the early origins of storytelling and literature. Sci-Fi as a genre borrows from a wide spectrum of source material and is one that can easily feel clichéd, and a lot of what we so often enjoy on the silver screen has been done in some way before. Some of the biggest Sci-Fi movies are, in many ways, a shameless rip off of a previous movie. This can be with movie’s use of location, it’s style or indeed the entire plot.
And you may not even have noticed it, but your brain did. It is similar to when you watch a classic film, like Dr. Strangelove for example, and notice that “oh, so that is what the Simpsons were making fun of.” The South Park »
- Darragh O'Connor
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