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H.P. Lovecraft doesn’t translate to film very well. Many have tried, few have succeed. Lovecraft’s stories are mood-driven, using his dense antiquarian writing style to tell tales that say so much while unfolding so little in terms of action. This doesn’t exactly lend itself to a cinematic adaptation. Yet several films have found a way to tackle Lovecraft without actually adapting Lovecraft. The following films pay tribute to Lovecraft without actually adapting any of his stories.
Sam Raimi’s 1981 The Evil Dead features one of Lovecraft’s most widely known creations: The Necronomicon. Lovecraft used this book of magic, which was attributed to the fictional Abdul Alhazred, in several of his stories. This recurrence was one of the many Lovecraftian elements that gave a reader the sense of an ever-growing mythology — stories all loosely connected, existing in the same mad universe. Lovecraft wrote a short »
- Chris Evangelista
“The Daughter,” the Australian-made drama that is a retelling of Ibsen’’s “The Wild Duck,” has been picked up for the U.K. by distributor Metrodome. The film is the feture directing debut of well-established theater director Simon Stone, and stars a panoply of Australian and international stars, including Geoffrey Rush, Sam Neill, Ewen Leslie, Paul Schneider, Anna Torv, Miranda Otto and newcomer Odessa Young.
It premiered at the Sydney festival in June and had a successful outing in Toronto last month. It will next play at the London festival. The sale was negotiated by Canada’s Mongrel Media. The film will be released by Roadshow in Australia in March 2016.
- Patrick Frater
The tenth annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival kicks off in a couple weeks and the festival has finally announced the second half of titles for this year’s lineup as well as the Canadian and International shorts. PopOptiq will once again be covering the event so be sure to check back at the end of the month. Here is the press release.
The Hallow (Ireland) Toronto Premiere
Possibly the scariest film in this year’s Toronto After Dark lineup, The Hallow from the producers of Let Us Prey terrified audiences at Sundance on its debut. After a young family move from the big city to a peaceful Irish woodland cottage, their dismissive attitude to folklore legends angers the local townspeople. It’s not long before the family members find themselves in a desperate fight for survival in a prolonged confrontation with some vicious creatures lurking in the forest.
- Ricky Fernandes
It’s the most uncomfortable type of horror scene, but if done correctly, can pack a gut punch. The violation scene is the moment when the character’s vulnerability is betrayed and our empathy immerses us deeper into their dreadful ordeal. The young child possessed by an evil spirit. The unlucky bystander assaulted in a tunnel. The crazed woman submitting to a creature of non human origin. The violation scene can be emotional or it can be exploitative, but it’s almost always guaranteed to get us talking.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919)- Cesare abducting Jane
Even though it was one of the originators of German Expressionist film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is often regarded as the pinnacle for the movement. Two of the movement’s basic tenets were distorted lines and shapes and overly theatrical movements from the actors, and both are well on display in this creepy scene. »
That's right: Brian Blessed and Jon Hamm will feature in the same episode of Toast of London. Fingers crossed they get in the recording booth and shout "Fire the nuclear weapons!" while Clem Fandango looks on.
For those not in the know, Toast of London is a thoroughly bonkers sitcom that sees Matt Berry (The It Crowd, Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, The Mighty Boosh) as a bumbling actor whose distinctive voice sets him apart from pretty much everyone - apart from Brian Blessed, that is.
Jon Hamm, incidentally, will play himself in the show, with the joke »
'And Then There Were None' movie with Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, June Duprez, Louis Hayward and Roland Young. 'And Then There Were None' movie remake to be directed by Oscar nominee Morten Tyldum One of the best-known Agatha Christie novels, And Then There Were None will be getting another big-screen transfer. 20th Century Fox has acquired the movie rights to the literary suspense thriller first published in the U.K. (as Ten Little Niggers) in 1939. Morten Tyldum, this year's Best Director Academy Award nominee for The Imitation Game, is reportedly set to direct. The source for this story is Deadline.com, which adds that Tyldum himself “helped hone the pitch” for the acquisition while Eric Heisserer (A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010, The Thing 2011) will handle the screenplay adaptation. And Then There Were None is supposed to have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, thus holding the »
- Andre Soares
Exclusive: Metrodome inks deals for autumn festival titles and more.
UK distributor Metrodome has closed deals on a raft of autumn festival films including Simon Stone’s The Daughter, Eva Husson’s Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) and Julio Medem drama Ma Ma, starring Penelope Cruz.
Geoffrey Rush, Ewen Leslie, Paul Schneider, Miranda Otto and Sam Neill star in Simon Stone’s well-received Venice closer The Daughter, produced by Jan Chapman and Nicole O’Donohue, in which a man returns home to discover a long-buried family secret.
The deal was negotiated between head of acquisitions Giles Edwards, acquisitions manager Ella Field and Mongrel International’s Charlotte Mickie, with Metrodome set to release with a theatrical component in 2016.
Eva Husson’s Toronto drama Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story), picked up from Films Distribution, explores the sexual exploits and awakenings of a group of teenagers on the beaches (and in the beds) of Biarritz.
The film is »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Still the best-selling novelist of all time with over two billion books sold (beaten only by the Bible and Shakespeare), Dame Agatha Christie's singularly most famous mystery is set to get another film adaptation.
Eric Heisserer ("The Thing," "Final Destination 5") has been hired to pen the script for the new version which Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Dan Cohen and Hilary Strong will produce. The new one which reportedly boasts a "take that got the Christie estate excited."
The story follows ten strangers who are invited to an isolated island for a dinner party at the behest of a mysterious host. It's soon revealed they have been cut off from the mainland, and one of the »
- Garth Franklin
Grimmfest | Doc’n’Roll Festival | The Jarman Award 2015 | Head Trips: Films For The Inner Eye
Can’t wait till Halloween? You can get your fix of disturbing content early here: 34 horror films in four days, ranging from prestige new titles to premium-grade schlock. The former category includes the world premiere of Dxm, a sci-fi brainmelter involving subatomic physics, mind control and Sam Neill, and The Hallow, an Irish “you’re not from round here” tale, introduced by director Corin Hardy. At the lower-brow end of the spectrum are 80s-styled Turbo Kid (Mad Max meets BMX Bandits) and comedy He Never Died, starring Henry Rollins.
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- Steve Rose
The BBC has released a three-minute sizzle reel for the numerous drama and comedy series, mini-series, documentaries and reality series they're set to premiere over the next few months.
The reel includes a bunch of first look footage including first glimpses at returnees like the "Sherlock" Victorian-era Christmas special and the new "Luther" two-part mini-series along with the returns of comedian Tracey Ullman, the already back "Doctor Who" and comedy series "The Kennedys".
On the new series front there's the Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie-led adaptation of John Le Carre's "The Night Manager," the lavish fantasy series "Dickensian," the Stellan Skarsgard and Nicola Walker-led crime drama "River," the young cops action drama "Cuffs," the gritty mystery "From Darkness," and an adaptation of John Lanchester's novel "Capital".
- Garth Franklin
Saban Films has acquired the North American distribution rights to Mi-5 starring Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones,”, Testament Of Youth), Academy Award nominee Peter Firth (“Spooks”), Jennifer Ehle (Fifty Shades Of Gray, Zero Dark Thirty), Tuppence Middleton (“Sense 8”, Jupiter Ascending), and Elyes Gabel (“Scorpion”, A Most Violent Year). Mi-5 (known outside the Us as Spooks: The Greater Good) is based on the original BAFTA Award® winning BBC television series.
Series director Bharat Nalluri (Tsunami: The Aftermath, Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day) has also directed the screen adaption, which was written by the series writers Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent (“Humans”).
The thriller is currently scheduled to open theatrically at the end of the year.
When a terrorist escapes custody during a routine handover, Will Holloway (Harrington) must team with disgraced MI5 Intelligence Chief Harry Pearce (Firth) to track him down before an imminent terrorist attack on London.
“Mi-5 is »
- Michelle McCue
If you were a human with eyes and $20 worth of disposable income this summer, chances are you saw “Jurassic World.” The timey-wimey sequel to the “Jurassic Park” franchise became a global box office phenomenon, raking in more money than any film in history and all but ensuring plenty of dinosaur sequels in our immediate future. Which is why it should come as no surprise that director Colin Trevorrow was asked about “Jurassic World 2” during a recent podcast. Without giving away any details, Trevorrow revealed the thesis for the second film in what is now set to be a trilogy. And it’s all based on a “Jurassic Park” quote. I did look at it as a trilogy from the very beginning and we designed the whole thing that way. Honestly? The trilogy is articulated in “Jurassic Park” [quotes]. “Jurassic World” is all based on Ian Malcolm’s quote, “You stood on »
- Donna Dickens
Inspired by a real-life dig, Tutankhamun will chronicle the rise, fall and redemption of archaeologist Howard Carter (Irons).
The disgraced Carter's career is saved when he's hired by an eccentric aristocrat Lord Carnarvon (Neill) to search for the famous tomb in the 1920s.
ITV is set to begin filming on writer Guy Burt's scripts later this year in South Africa.
Starting from 1905, Carter (Irons) was an eminent British archaeologist in his twenties whose license is revoked by Cairo's Antiquities Service.
After years spent broke and ostracised, a chance meeting with the dashing British aristocrat Lord Carnarvon (Neill) begins an unlikely friendship. The pair ultimately discover the last resting place of the boy-king in 1921 against all odds and at great personal expense.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Max Irons and Sam Neill have boarded the cast of the ITV’s event series Tutankhamun. Acclaimed directer Peter Webber (Emperor) will be at the helm for the whole series, which follows the epic story of Howard Carter’s discovery of the tomb of one of Ancient Egypt's forgotten pharaohs, the boy-king Tutankhamun. Irons (Woman In Gold) will play Carter. Sam Neill will play Lord Carnarvon, who sponsored Carter’s expeditions. Guy Burt (Jekyll And Hyde, The Borgias)… »
Anne-Katrin Titze presents The Salt Of The Earth - IFC Center Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
On September 18, at 3:05pm, as part of the Wim Wenders: Portraits Along The Road in New York, film journalist Anne-Katrin Titze will present Wenders' and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado's The Salt Of The Earth on the life and work of master photographer Sebastião Salgado.
In an upcoming conversation on Until The End Of The World, Wim and I discuss Sam Shepard's influence before he worked with Volker Schlöndorff on Max Frisch's Homo Faber. We also talk about Yasujiro Ozu actors Chishû Ryû and Kuniko Miyake, Alfred Hitchcock and San Francisco, Chen Kaige and China, Robby Müller and Vermeer, and look forward to Michael Almereyda's Experimenter.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Saville.s dramedy, which stars Anthony Lapaglia as a real estate agent whose life takes an unexpected turn when he receives a call from his dead mother, sending him on a journey of redemption, premiered in the contemporary world cinema section of the Toronto International Film Festival.
Stone.s re-imagining of Ibsen.s The Wild Duck, which features Geoffrey Rush, Sam Neill, Ewen Leslie, Paul Schneider, Anna Torv, Miranda Otto and newcomer Odessa Young, which had its world premiere at the Sydney Film Festival,. screened at the Venice Film Festival.s Venice Days followed by its North American premiere at Tiff.s special presentations sidebar.
The Hollywood Reporter.s Jordan Mintzer hailed A Month of Sundays as a .modest, warm hearted character »
- Don Groves
On this day in 1984, the first MTV Video Music Awards were held at Radio City Music Hall. Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler hosted, Madonna performed “Like a Virgin,” wearing her iconic bustier/wedding gown with a belt buckle that read “Boy Toy,” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” lost Video of the Year to The Cars’ “You Might Think.” The video for “Thriller” did, however, win Best Choreography and Viewers’ Choice. Watch Madonna Perform "Like A Virgin" At Bottom Among the night’s other winners were David Bowie’s “China Girl” video, Van Halen’s “Jump,” Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” and two videos for Zz Top songs: “Legs” and “Sharp Dressed Man.” Other notable Sept. 14 happenings in pop culture history: • 1964: The short-lived sitcom “The Bing Crosby Show” premiered on ABC. • 1974: Eric Clapton’s cover of Bob Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff” hit No. 1 on the »
- Emily Rome
Of Maori descent, Stan Walker was born in Australia but grew up in New Zealand. At 18, he rose to stardom when he won the final season of “Australian Idol” in 2009. “The whole journey was incredible, especially for me to win a show like that,” he says. “A Kiwi with a strong Kiwi accent sometimes does not go (over) so well with locals.”
After his win, he was a judge on New Zealand’s “X Factor,” and starred in 2013 drama “Mt. Zion” from Te Arepa Kahi. He’ll appear in the upcoming comedy “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” with Sam Neill and Rhys Darby.
‘Born’ Ultimatum: At the Toronto Film Festival, he’ll be hoofing it in Tammy Davis’ “Born to Dance,” a pic about a competitive hip-hop dance crew, although that discipline is not his forte. “I definitely feel like I accomplished a lot being able to keep up,” he says »
- Terry Flores
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