12 items from 2014
Ms. Ling, who has nearly 90 credits to her name between television and movie roles, played Myca in The Crow (1994) and Ria in Cranked: High Voltage (2009). She has half a dozen films in post-production at the moment, and her first film for CineRidge, … Continue reading →
- Jonathan Stryker
The film formerly called The Gauntlet, Game of Assassins, will get a release from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Screen Daily says the film was picked up by Grindstone Entertainment, who has an output deal with Lhe. The film, directed by Matt Eskandari, is apparently an action-horror film. Bai Ling and Dustin Nguyen are part of the cast.
- Ryan Turek
Exclusive: Grindstone Entertainment has acquired all Us rights to the action horror film formerly known as The Gauntlet.
Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release the Us-China co-production on all media platforms.
“We were impressed by the production value of the film and its intricate and well told story,” said Grindstone Entertainment head of acquisitions Stan Wertlieb. “The filmmakers did a great job balancing action, suspense, and horror with unique real life-characters, something we are always on the lookout for in genre fare.”
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Stop me if you've heard this one... several strangers wake up not knowing how they got to their location and they must play a deadly game in order to survive. Nope, totally new ground, right? Well... at least this time our heroes have to fight their way out!
Lionsgate and Grindstone Entertainment have acquired all Us rights to director Matt Eskandari's Game of Assassins (formerly titled The Gauntlet). Bai Ling (Crank), Warren Kole ("The Following"), and Dustin Nguyen (21 Jump St) star.
In a sunken fortress beneath the earth, five strangers awaken. They have no food, no water, no memory, and no way out. They must band together to survive the sinister adventure that awaits them.
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- Steve Barton
Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release the film, which premiered at Screamfest in October, on all media platforms.
Co-financed by Chinese film production partners and shot in Beijing, “Assassins” follows five strangers who awake in an underground, medieval dungeon.
“We were impressed by the production value of the film and its intricate and well told story,” said Stan Wertlieb, Grindstone Entertainment’s head of acquisitions. “The filmmakers did a great job balancing action, suspense, and horror with unique real life-characters, something we are always on the lookout for in genre fare.”
- Elsa Keslassy
Every few months, to replenish the internet's supply of grousing, someone has to write an article about Lost. This time, it's Esquire's turn, and Lost showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse admit that not every episode of the show was a perfectly formed gem to be treasured for all eternity. "We did 121 hours of Lost," Lindelof says. "Arguably only 15 to 20 of them were subpar, bordering on turds." Cuse agrees. I mean, I think the episode where Jack gets his tattoos in Thailand [is the worst episode]. I think it's cringe-worthy, where he's flying the kite on the beach. It was not our finest hour. We used Matthew Fox's real tattoos. That's how desperate we were for flashback stories. Season three's "Strange in a Strange Land" is indeed as awful as Cuse remembers — Bai Ling, etc — but not everyone would call that the worst episode. Some »
- Margaret Lyons
Patrick Hasson and Juan Carlos Saizarbitoria's co-directed horror flick Blood Shed will be hitting VOD and Amazon on May 6th and right now we've got a clip on tap to help decide if this one will get your ghost!
Loosely based on the true events of a homeless loner who moves into a self-storage facility inhabited by a community of bizarre squatters until they are locked in for the night with a deranged female who hunts them down in search of her lost child.
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- Steve Barton
The Thailand International Film Destination Festival wrapped on April 29, with awards presented to the winners of the Amazing Thailand Film Challenge.
The short film competition involves 112 filmmakers, both students and professionals, flying to Thailand to make a short film in seven days.
The New Talent Award for Best Film went to Man by Charlotte Rabate and Chananun Chotrungroj, while Return Of The Golden Lily, directed by Takashi Hirose and Magnus Orn Thors, won the Experienced Vision Award for Best Film.
Launched last year, the festival aims to showcase Thailand as an international shooting destination, and also featured screenings of films that have shot in Thailand such as Peter Fudakowski’s Secret Sharer, Roy Alfred Jr’s Glory Days and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.
Awards also went to guests for their contributions to Thailand’s international film industry, including producer Daemon Hillin (A Stranger In Paradise), production designer James Newport (Bangkok Dangerous) and actresses [link=nm »
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Hong Kong – Thailand’s deputy prime minister Yukol Limlamthong was on hand at the closing ceremony of the Thailand International Film Destination Festival 2014 which wrapped Tuesday in Bangkok.
Awards were presented to winners of the Amazing Thailand Film Challenge, in which 56 pairs of film-makers were given $1,000 and ground transport and challenged to make a film in seven days.
The new talent / best film prize went to “Man,” by Charlotte Rabate and Chananun Chotrungroj, while the equivalent prize for professional film-makers went to “Return of the Golden Lily,” by Takashi Hirose and Magnus Orn Thors.
Other awards were made to invited guests, including Chinese actress Bai Ling (pictured, right), and to local celebrities Rhatha Phongam and Sonia Couling. Others in attendance included Gary Daniels and Spain’s Catalina Sandino Moreno.
The festival, now in its second year, is intended to promote Thailand as a destination for international film-makers. It ran 20-29 April, »
- Patrick Frater
Bon appétit! It is the chef, or the cook if you will, that makes all the magic happen with the food we eat. The right chef can take your ordinary meal and make it extraordinary… or is that Hamburger Helper? Anyway, here are the Top 9 Sinister Chefs in horror.
With the release of Serving Up Richard (review), we decided to dig down deep and remember some of our favorite chefs and cooks throughout the history of horror.
Whether they be chefs of the gourmet variety, or they just threw something (like a boiling bunny) on the stove, the following list of ne'er-do-wells all know their way around a kitchen. And that's one of the reasons why we love them.
As always, we'll give you a few honorable mentions to get things going. Glenn Close's previously referenced character, Alex Forrest, was perhaps not a true chef, but she sure knew »
- Scott Hallam
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s massive feature includes a review for Nobody Can Cool, first details on The Night Crew, Heir, and a Doctor Who documentary called Who’s Changing: An Adventure In Time With Fans, a new clip from Muck, trailers for Blood Shed, NightBeasts, and Virginia Obscura, and much more:
[Editor's Note: We want to give a big thanks to our Indie Spotlight manager, Tamika Jones, for her constant work on this weekly feature and putting together our largest Indie Spotlight to date this weekend!]
Indie Spotlight Review: Nobody Can Cool
Nobody Can Cool is the rather impressive directorial debut from up-and-coming filmmaking duo Dpyx, Marcy Boyle and Rachel Holzman, who crafted a blisteringly taut and thoughtful indie crime thriller with a palpable sense of tension from start to finish. A gritty and engaging tale of deceit, violence and desperation, Nobody Can Cool is anchored by a breakout performance by Nick Principe (best known from his work in the Laid to Rest series, Madison County and »
- Tamika Jones
Director: Carl Rinsch.
Running Time: 119 minutes.
Synopsis: A year after the murder of their master, a group of masterless samurai join forces with half-breed, Kai (Keanu Reeves), to avenge his death and restore honour to their land.
47 Ronin sees Keanu Reeves return to the big screen, having recently stuck to smaller scale projects; his last proper outing being 2008′s The Day The Earth Stood Still. In 47 Ronin, Reeves plays Kai, an English/Japanese ‘half-breed’ who is taken in by the kindly Lord Asano (Min Tanaka), but distrusted by Asano’s samurai – that is, until they become Ronin and need his help to avenge their master’s death.
At the head of Asano’s samurai is the ever loyal Ôishi, played by the brilliant Hiroyuki Sanada. Ôishi fearlessly leads his men on what is essentially a suicide mission »
- Kat Smith
12 items from 2014
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