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Coming out in theaters and VOD today from RADiUS is When Animals Dream, an unconventional coming-of-age werewolf film set in a fishing village. Daily Dead recently caught up with When Animals Dream director Jonas Alexander Arnby, who discussed casting lead actress Sonia Suhl in her first feature film, the inspiration of Brian De Palma's Carrie, and more.
How did the idea for When Animals Dream originate?
Jonas Alexander Arnby: I wanted to make a coming-of-age story. To be quite honest, I’m actually not a werewolf fan. I don’t hate werewolf movies, I just never thought that I would make a werewolf movie, but there was something about taking a visual metaphor like a werewolf, which is almost a cliché of a coming-of-age transformation, and putting it into a young girl’s developmental transformation. We wanted to use the werewolf as a potent visual metaphor.
- Derek Anderson
Jon Knautz, director of past FrightFest favourites Jack Brooks Monster Slayer and The Shrine, now invites you to feel the horrendous pain of heartbreak. Enter into a baroque vortex of madness when an emotionally unstable stripper is shattered after being dumped by her boyfriend. Brian was the love of Venus’ life and the thought of him having an affair with another woman begins her volatile descent into the dark side of psychosexual insanity. Co-writer Alexis Kendra plays Venus with startling insight in an erotic thriller that’s sexy and shocking in the super-stylish tradition of Brian De Palma and Roman Polanski.
Nerdly writer and host of the Britflicks podcast, Stuart Wright, speaks to the writer/director Jon Knautz about Goddess of Love, which has its World Premiere at Frightfest 2015 on Monday 31st August at 6.45pm in Discovery Screen 1.
- Phil Wheat
Joachim Trier hit home with his English-language debut, the Cannes’ competition player ”Louder Than Bombs,” which closed the Norwegian Film Festival at Haugesund on Wednesday. Once again moving between the Nouveau Roman and a pop modern patchwork of story-telling, Joachim Trier’s New-York-set family drama received a warm reception at Haugesund. Playing in competition at the Norwegian fest, “Louder Than Bombs” won a special mention from a jury made up of critics. The film has already sold to around 100 territories and has also been invited to Toronto, thus following his previous two films ”Reprise” and ”Oslo, August 31st”. Variety sat down with Trier to talk about the experiment of premiering his film in Cannes, the American acting tradition, the Scandinavian film industry and his next project.
It’s yet another ambitious film you’ve made. It’s not just a character study but an entire family study. Was the story »
- Jon Asp
Article and interview by Kelly Dunn.
Celebrities and monster fans from all over the United States spent the weekend of July 24-26 celebrating all things horror for a good cause at the Second Annual Scares That Care Weekend film festival and convention. Held at the Doubletree By Hilton Hotel in Williamsburg, Virginia, the Scares That Care Weekend featured special guests David Naughton (American Werewolf In London), Kim Coates (Sons Of Anarchy), and Ken Foree (Dawn Of The Dead). But the weekend’s grande dame was horror icon and three-time Academy Award nominee Piper Laurie (Carrie, Twin Peaks, The Hustler).
Scares That Care is a horror-themed, IRS-approved, 501(c)(3) charity with a mission “to fight the Real Monsters of childhood illness, burns, and breast cancer.” Founded by retired police detective Joe Ripple and run entirely by volunteers, Scares That Care benefits families who are suffering the financial burdens of severe illness.
Though charity film festivals abound, »
- Holly Interlandi
Since its beginning in 1963, the New York Film Festival has grown into one of the more anticipated stops for film fans on the festival circuit, with the 2014 incarnation of the festival alone seeing Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice and David Fincher’s Gone Girl make their world premiere at the event. As the festival’s importance has grown, the lineup presented has also piqued the interest of film fans. With the 2015 event set to run from September 25th to October 11th, a second wave of the lineup has now been announced to go with the previous Main Slate announcement.
The festival had previously announced that Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk would be the opening night film, making its World Premiere at the event, and the Don Cheadle film Miles Ahead would be the closing night feature, also making its World Premiere. The following films, with their official synopses, will also be playing at the event. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
Vivien Leigh ca. late 1940s. Vivien Leigh movies: now controversial 'Gone with the Wind,' little-seen '21 Days Together' on TCM Vivien Leigh is Turner Classic Movies' star today, Aug. 18, '15, as TCM's “Summer Under the Stars” series continues. Mostly a stage actress, Leigh was seen in only 19 films – in about 15 of which as a leading lady or star – in a movie career spanning three decades. Good for the relatively few who saw her on stage; bad for all those who have access to only a few performances of one of the most remarkable acting talents of the 20th century. This evening, TCM is showing three Vivien Leigh movies: Gone with the Wind (1939), 21 Days Together (1940), and A Streetcar Named Desire (1951). Leigh won Best Actress Academy Awards for the first and the third title. The little-remembered film in-between is a TCM premiere. 'Gone with the Wind' Seemingly all »
- Andre Soares
In today's roundup: Dan Callahan on Marcel L’Herbier's L’Argent, Jim Knipfel on Boris Ingster's Stranger on the 3rd Floor, Jonathan Rosenbaum on Kira Muratova, Omar Ahmed on Robin Wood's book about Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy, a discussion about Straight Outta Compton, Dennis Drabelle on Douglas Keesey's new book about Brian De Palma, Robert C. Cumbow on David Lynch's Wild at Heart, a celebration of Maureen O’Hara at 95, David Cairns on Richard Lester, interviews with John Waters, Hubert Sauper and Nadav Lapid—and more. » - David Hudson »
Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.
65 years after a spate of murders in a small town the killings start up again, but how could it be the same killer?
This trend of delving back into our beloved horror movies and totally screwing with the mythology is a strange one, especially as there seems to be no such thing as a straight sequel any more. The Town That Dreaded Sundown is a title that should be familiar to most genre fans as it has a fairly solid reputation as a proto-slasher/crime thriller that pre-dates Halloween by two years and presents a masked killer stalking and killing the innocent inhabitants of a small American town. This sequel/reboot with the same name is a curious beast in that it »
- Gary Collinson
Summer starts early when it comes to blockbuster movies - this year we saw Fast & Furious 7 and Avengers: Age of Ultron hit cinemas in April, with big movie following big movie as the weeks rolled on.
But which popcorn movie had you jumping for joy and which had you running for the exits? Digital Spy has ranked all of 2015's major tentpole releases below - but which movie's top of your list?
He came back! But deep down Arnie probably should have stayed away from the role that turned him into a movie star some 30 years ago. Terminator Genisys was a jumbled, tired retread of the franchise's former glories that made one thing abundantly clear: if you're going to make a Terminator movie, it better be directed by James Cameron.
14. Fantastic Four
Fox's bid to resurrect Marvel's first family felt like a disaster from day one. A »
Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord – and many horror films to boot. Payback has always been a constant theme, whether it’s a sinister spirit avenging murder, or a maniacal parent repaying camp counselors for not watching her handicapped child. The meteoric rise in popularity of video games and personal computers at the turn of the 80’s, married with ancient evil, brought a modern edge to this shopworn trope. A sympathetic tale of comeuppance, Evilspeak (1981) serves up its revenge under the computer screen’s warm glow.
Released by Moreno Films, first in Japan in August of ’81 and February of ’82 in North America, Evilspeak nearly made back its 1,000,000 Us budget opening weekend stateside. A few good reviews trickled in, comparing it favorably to the high school horrorfest Carrie (1976). Regardless of comparisons, it stands as a unique antique of a burgeoning time in technology and a potent payback tale.
Our story begins »
- Scott Drebit
A few good-to-great movies have been adapted from Stephen King's novels: Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" (sorry, Stephen), Brian De Palma's "Carrie," Rob Reiner's "Misery," and Frank Darabont's "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Mist," to name a few examples. And then there have been some...not so great ones. My advice? A) Leave the good adaptations alone; B) Give the bad ones the stellar remakes they deserve. As remakes of "It," "Pet Sematary" and "The Stand" -- all of which weren't exactly top-shelf the first time around -- ramp up for new cinematic versions, here are six other King adaptations I'd like to see the powers-that-be take another swing at. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Martin Scorsese is thanked in the opening credits of “Bombay Velvet,” but that’s far from the last time this splashy Bollywood gangster spectacular pays its respects. As it charts the corrupt historical development of Mumbai into a Western-styled megalopolis, Anurag Kashyap’s garish but engrossing film reflects the transition through blatant hat-tips to Hollywood crime cinema, ranging from Jimmy Cagney star vehicles to Scorsese’s own underworld sagas. The result — co-edited, no less, by the latter’s right-hand woman, Thelma Schoonmaker — may lack the charging formal brio of Kashyap’s 2012 Cannes sensation “Gangs of Wasseypur,” but it’s clear why the pic has already achieved substantial international distribution. Its Locarno festival date could usher in a second wave of cinephile appreciation.
“Our love story will be epic; our life, a smash hit,” our hero informs his paramour toward the end of a sprawling narrative that has already seen its »
- Guy Lodge
How Robert Mitchum and a Twentieth Century Carole Lombard are the ones to copy, not Marlon Brando, the difference in shooting dance for Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, Eric Rohmer framing, Brian De Palma in Venice, the rhythms of Whit Stillman and Todd Solondz, Frances Ha and the Sixties, the importance of physical choreography and working together to create the style, were a part of the post screening discussion between Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig with New York Film Festival Director and Selection Committee Chair, Kent Jones.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
It’s hard to believe that Tom Cruise’s first “Mission: Impossible” hit theaters over 19 years ago, in May 1996. Now, nearly two decades later, the series is ongoing with “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” the fifth installment of the franchise. Boasting the second widest opening of the series (behind “Mission: Impossible III”), “Rogue Nation” has already grossed over $300 million worldwide, over a third of that domestic. Its longevity and continued success aside, the “Mission: Impossible” films are somewhat unique among franchises for the fact that no two of the Tom Cruise vehicles have been directed by the same person. Brian De Palma did the honors back in ’96, while John Woo spearheaded the sequel. J.J. Abrams jumped into the driver’s seat next in 2006, followed by Brad Bird, who took on 'Ghost Protocol' in 2011. Christopher McQuarrie got his name on the director’s chair this most recent go around. When a studio »
- Zach Hollwedel
Read More: Venice Film Festival Unveils Lineup: Includes 'Equals' and 'The Danish Girl' World Premieres, New Noah Baumbach Documentary Brian De Palma's career is full of culturally important works, including the John Travolta classic "Blow Out" and the cocaine dusted remake of "Scarface." At this year's Venice Film Festival, De Palma will be honored for his filmmaking prowess, receiving the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award. The award will be given on September 9 in the Sala Grande, followed by the world premiere of the Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow directed documentary "De Palma," screening out of competition. "The child of an artistic era (the '70's) full of innovative ferment, Brian De Palma has made a name for himself as one of the most skillful directors in constructing perfect narrative mechanics with great creative freedom, experimenting with new technical solutions, rejecting the classic rules of the language, »
- Ethan Sapienza
Brian De Palma (Scarface, The Untouchables, Carlito’s Way) will receive the Venice Film Festival’s Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2015 Award. The award, to be presented September 9, is dedicated to filmmakers who have made an outstanding contribution to cinema over the years. Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s feature-length docu De Palma will world premiere out of competition after the award is presented. The film grew out of the two directors' spending time with… »
London — The Venice Film Festival, which runs Sept. 2-12, is to pay tribute to American director Brian De Palma. He will receive the festival’s Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award, dedicated to “personalities who have made particularly original contributions to contemporary cinema.”
In a statement, festival director Alberto Barbera said: “The child of an artistic era (the ‘70s) full of innovative ferment, Brian De Palma has made a name for himself as one of the most skillful directors in constructing perfect narrative mechanics with great creative freedom, experimenting with new technical solutions, rejecting the classic rules of the language, abandoning himself to aesthetic virtuosity, and celebrating his favorite authors.”
He added: “De Palma’s cinema is playful to the nth degree; it is a pleasure for the eyes and at the same time a game that tantalizes the cinephile. He has never lost the curiosity of the experimenter as he reinvents the already-seen, »
- Leo Barraclough
Brian De Palma, the Us director of Scarface, Carrie and Carlito’s Way, is to receive the Venice International Film Festival’s Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2015 Award, dedicated to those who have made significantly original contributions to contemporary cinema.
The award will be given to De Palma on Sept 9 in the Sala Grande (Palazzo del Cinema) and will be followed by the world premiere of documentary De Palma, directed by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow. The film is billed as an intimate conversation between filmmakers, chronicling De Palma’s 55-year career, his life, and his filmmaking process.
De Palma has previously presented seven films at Venice, the first being crime thriller Blood Sisters in 1975.
In 1981, De Palma screened Blow Out in the section Mezzogiorno/Mezzanotte; in 1987, The Untouchables, out-of-competition; in 1992, Raising Cain, the closing film in competition; in 2006, The Black Dahlia, the opening »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Exclusive: Automatic Entertainment has closed key territories on upcoming Film4 FrightFest world premiere.
Jon Knautz’s erotic thriller stars Woody Naismith, Elizabeth Sandy and Alexis Kendra (pictured) and centres on an emotionally unstable stripper who descends into madness after her boyfriend dumps her.
The film will receive its world premiere at London FrightFest on August 31 and has also been accepted to play in the Panorama strand at Sitges which runs from October 9-18.
“I was very inspired by films like Taxi Driver and Repulsion and I became fascinated with the idea of having the audience experience a film through the eyes of »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
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