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Smith’S Top Picks Of 2012

30 December 2012 3:39 PM, PST | | See recent Icons of Fright news »


-This one definitely caught me off guard. I had heard very little about it but finally watched the trailer when Rob G posted it on Icons of Fright. The imagery, combined with the Nin music made that trailer an instant obsession, and luckily the movie lived up to it. Great performances all around, a lot of them way against the normal roles the actors have played in the past. Traci Lords, John Waters, Jeremy Sumpter, they all were great, but AnnaLynne McCord Kills it in this movie. Awkward, vicious and sometimes downright horny, her portrayal of Pauline will most definitely go down as one of my all time favorite performances. Excision made me an instant fan of director Richard Bates Jr. and I’m stoked to see what he comes up with next.


The Innkeepers

-Ti West had a big fan in me starting with The House of the Devil. »

- Rob Galluzzo

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Rob G.’S Top Horror Picks Of 2012!

27 December 2012 11:03 AM, PST | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Has it already been a year since I last did this?! Wow, 2012 is just about behind us and our beloved genre has seen some interesting offerings this year. I honestly had a really tough time coming up with 10 great horror selections, but then again, there are still a handful of titles I missed out on. For example, I hear great things about The Loved Ones, but have yet to see it. I’m fairly positive I’ll love [Rec] 3 once I get to it, and The Collection also seems like my kind of bat-shit lunacy. Also on my wish list is the anthology pic V/H/S. And while I really, really wanted to pick the Maniac remake (which would’ve been my number one) and the Soska Sister’s American Mary, neither of those saw an official release in 2012. (They’re both coming in 2013 for sure.) Unlike previous years, I »

- Rob Galluzzo

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James Mudge’s Best and Most Disappointing Films of 2012

26 December 2012 11:42 AM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

The Best Films Of 2012 In no particular order… Excision First timer Richard Bates Jr.’s “Excision” was a film that kind of came in under the radar, though which left more of an impression than almost anything else in the horror genre during 2012. The twisted tale of an increasingly deranged misfit teenage girl obsessed with surgery goes to some very dark places in hysterical and over the top fashion, mixing in satirical humour, colourful campery and extreme art gore along the way. With an unbeatable cast of cult favourites including Tracy Lords, Ray Wise and John Waters, it’s not only horrifying, but a sharp and immaculately written affair that arguably provides the most coffin-funny and homicidal take on teen angst since “Heathers”. Maniac Against all the odds, Franck Khalfoun’s “Maniac” remake emerged as one of the best and most brutal horrors of the year. Channelling and building upon »

- Nix

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A League of His Own: Tom Hanks, American Icon

10 December 2012 8:30 AM, PST | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Tom Hanks has a problem with his dressing room.

The two-time Oscar winner and generally agreed-upon national treasure has just arrived backstage at UCLA's Freud Playhouse, dragging a duffel bag in each hand with his wife, Rita Wilson, trailing behind. (Wilson's wearing a neck brace, for some reason.) It's been 35 years since Hanks made a living in a place like the Freud – a 567-seat theater whose last big show was a student production of A Chorus Line – and though he has a reputation as a down-to-earth, easygoing guy, he's also, »

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Morning Meme: Chris Kluwe Is An Honorary Gay, How Much Money Is Psy Making From "Gangnam Style" and a John Waters Christmas

6 December 2012 7:11 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Considering that Psy has been pretty free with allowing anyone to appropriate "Gangnam Style" for parodies online, it does beg the question of just how much he's going make off the infectious single. Current estimates say that his revenue is going to be around $7.9 million before the fad runs out.

When the National Defense Authorization Act was sent to the Senate from the House, it contained numerous anti-gay provisions about weddings on military bases and reaffirming Doma, but the Senate stripped those provisions from their version of the bill, and it's unlikely they'll pop back up in conference committee.

One of Kevin Clash's ex-boyfriends is defending the puppeteer from the allegations against him. He dated Clash when he was only 21. "Yes, he had an affinity for younger men, but what successful [straight] man doesn’t have an affinity for younger women? It’s the same thing, gay or not." And »

- lostinmiami

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Saying Merry Christmas, the John Waters Way

4 December 2012 11:18 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

I was X-ed off John Waters' Christmas card mailing list for being too naughty by publishing my book, "Low Budget Hell," but I still treasure his old cards. This is not exactly a card, but an actual, full-size blown-glass working Christmas tree ornament, with a rubber roach inside. It's the only non-paper card greeting he ever sent. Now that his mailing list tops 2,000 names, of course it would be too expensive to send such a wonderful trinket. I haven't seen photos of it published, but it should be admired by the world, »

- Robert Maier

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Review: Sightseers

26 November 2012 7:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »


Stars: Alice Lowe, Steve Oram, Eileen Davies, Richard Glover, Monica Dolan, Jonathan Aris, Richard Lumsden | Written by Alice Lowe, Steve Oram | Directed by Ben Wheatley

Kill List director Ben Wheatley returns with his latest opus, Sightseers, a very British black comedy which is penned by its stars Alice Lowe and Steve Oram and tells the story of Chris (Oram) who wants to show Tina (Lowe) his world and he wants to do it his way – on a journey through the British Isles in his beloved Abbey Oxford Caravan. Tina’s led a sheltered life and there are things that Chris needs her to see – the Crich Tramway Museum, the Ribblehead Viaduct, the Keswick Pencil Museum and the rolling countryside that accompanies these wonders in his life. But it doesn’t take long for the dream to fade. Litterbugs, noisy teenagers and pre-booked caravan sites, not to mention Tina’s meddling mother, »

- Phil

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Watch: John Waters Endorses the Roxie Theater as a Place for Cinema Lovers and For Hook-Ups

16 November 2012 11:18 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When it was announced earlier this month that San Francisco's famed Roxie Theater would be launching a Kickstarter campaign with endorsements from such film luminaries as John Waters, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Michael Tully and more, we were promised a video endorsement from the king of trash cinema. In his video endorsement of the Roxie Theater, which is seeking funds to convert into a sustainable non-profit organization, Waters says that anyone that doesn't support the Roxie is "an asshole" and notes some of the extracurricular activities in which Roxie patrons could engage themselves -- namely, self-pleasure and cruising. Check the video out below and visit the Roxie Theater Kickstarter campaign here.  »

- Bryce J. Renninger

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Video: John Waters Encourages You To Support And Pleasure Yourself Inside San Francisco's Roxie Theater

16 November 2012 6:03 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

At 66 years old, John Waters clearly still rules. In this raunchy new Kickstarter PSA for San Francisco's Roxie Theater, the Hairspray/Polyester director basically lists all the naughty perks of the theater and tells you to have sex in the aisles -- whether or not the place is crowded.

"I get a kick out of the Roxie!" he begins. "And if you don't, I oughta kick your ass!"

"Kick," get it? Anyway, here's the funniest part:

"On a slow night, if few people are there, you can masturbate in the theater! Or better yet, have sex with a fellow ticket-buyer on a really good night there! Afterwards, you can have a drink in one of the many alarming bars of this neighborhood."

And then he delivers the most perfect conclusion of any Kickstarter ad ever:

"If you don't give them money, you're an assh*le, plain and simple."

Got it. »

- virtel

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John Waters and Michael Tully Endorse the Roxie Theater's Kickstarter Campaign

13 November 2012 11:48 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

San Fransisco's Roxie Theater, the oldest continuously running cinema in the United States and the second oldest theater in the world, has launched a Kickstarter campaign with the hope of raising $60,000 by Dec. 12. Any contributions made in the name of the Roxie Theater will support the final phase of its transition into a sustainable 501c3 non-profit organization and help to keep the unique venue a bastion of independent filmmaking. Each week, in order to rally further donations and enthusiasm, the Roxie Theater campaign will feature shorts by filmmakers who have been affected positively by the Roxie's support, such as John Waters, Barry Jenkins, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Valerie Soe, Jane Reed, Zachary Booth, Everything is Terrible, Scarlett Shepard, Mike Ott and Michael Tully. Though differing in approach, the shorts represent each filmmaker and his or her relationship to the theater (Valerie Soe's nostalgic clip highlights her first Hong Kong movie at the Roxie in. »

- Justin Krajeski

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Excision Review

13 November 2012 3:00 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

18-year-old Pauline (AnnaLynne McCord) is a very disturbed teenager, even more so than the average teenager. She even quips at one point though, “I don’t know of a teenager who doesn’t profile as a socio-path…”. Pauline is exactly the kind of child her mother, played with pointed prudishness by Traci Lords, doesn’t want. When presented with this problem child, who often comes across as arrogant and rude, Phyllis (Lords) despairs and in later scenes it becomes clear that she is at the point of wishing she had never had her.

Director Richard Bates Jr.’s film brings to mind modern alt-horror classics such as Lucky McKee’s spectacular May, especially in his choice to explore the experiences of a disturbed but sympathetic female lead character. In focusing on an adolescent lead Bates also heavily taps into the new experiences and concerns with finding oneself that generally accompanies ones teenage years. »

- Craig Skinner

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DVD Review: 'Excision'

13 November 2012 12:00 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆ To say that Excision (2012) - the new horror from first time writer and director Richard Bates Jr., an expansion of his previous 2008 short - is disturbing, would be putting it mildly. With a cast headed by the wonderful AnnaLynne McCord and Traci Lords, and featuring cameos from John Waters and Malcolm McDowell, this film's startling surrealism is shocking and entrancing in equal measure. Female protagonist Pauline (McCord) is not what you would call a happy teen. Living in a 'picture perfect' American suburbia with her domineering mother Phyllis (Lords), browbeaten father Bob (Roger Bart) and younger sister Grace (Ariel Winter), life for Pauline is a living hell.

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- CineVue UK

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Sliff 2012 Day Two – Chained, A Late Quartet, and Much More

9 November 2012 4:43 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Last night was the kick-off with just one film, Silver Linings Playbook, but today the real meat of the fest is served with films screening all day and all evening.  Sliff’s main venues are the the Hi-Pointe Theatre, Tivoli Theatre, Plaza Frontenac Cinema, Webster University’s Winifred Moore Auditorium, Washington University’s Brown Hall Auditorium and the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville, Il

The entire schedule for the 21st Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival be found Here.

Here is what will be screening at The 21st Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival today, Friday, November 9th

Chained plays 7:00pm at the Tivoli Theatre with director Jennifer Lynch in attendance (read the Wamg interview with Ms Lynch Here

At the end of an afternoon excursion, Sarah Fiddler and her young son step into a taxi to head home. They never get there. The cab »

- Tom Stockman

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‘This Is Where I Leave You’ Adaptation Trades Sideways for Shawn Levy

6 November 2012 2:00 PM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Director Adam Shankman has helmed A Walk to Remember, Bringing Down the House, The Pacifier, Cheaper By the Dozen 2, Hairspray, Bedtime Stories, and Rock of Ages. This is not a good resume (save for Hairspray, which is certainly passable as a fun revamp of the ’80s John Waters classic, at least in terms of sudsing it up for a new audience). The attachment of Shankman to a project does nothing for me (particularly after recently watching Rock of Ages after months of putting it off, which firmly established that production as a strong contender for Worst Film of the Year, at least in my mind), and yet, similarly, neither does the attachment of Shawn Levy (to be fair, Levy’s resume includes Just Married, Night at the Museum, Date Night, and Real Steel). So how funny then that a long-gestating project that once belonged to Shankman is now in Levy’s hands. Cue »

- Kate Erbland

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Excision Review

4 November 2012 1:55 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Well now, that was an awful lot to process in one sitting.  Excision managed to question religion, sexual desires, personality disorders, family dynamics, menstruation – and did so soaked in enough blood to fill a small pool. Throw in dream sequences that look like they were shot by an experimental new modern artist trying some ambitious hyper-sexuality driven horror-nurse themed exposition, plus some more blood of course, and you’ve got one of the more bewildering yet curiously intriguing titles I’ve seen this year. But if you needed any other indications about what you might be walking into, just know John Waters and Traci Lords are part of the cast. Yeah, you bet things are going to get freaky.

Excision follows a Southern family which features a defeated and crushed husband Bob (Roger Bart), a sick daughter with cystic fibrosis named Grace (Ariel Winter), another daughter who is a social »

- Matt Donato

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Underground Film Links: November 4, 2012

4 November 2012 10:08 AM, PST | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

This week’s Must Browse is a collection of VHS box covers created by modern cartoonists, including the brilliant The Holy Mountain II: Code Name: Alchemist. (Pictured above.) All artwork created for a silent auction to benefit Scarecrow Video. You can also browse some stuff at Facebook.At Fandor, Nelson Carvajal writes up Damon Packard’s Dawn of an Evil Millennium film trailer/film and places it within its appropriate lo-fi indie horror context.Robert Maier gives details on the casting of Ricki Lake in John Waters’ breakout hit Hairspray, where she was discovered in a case of rare luck.Temple of Schlock discovers that Seattle, Washington was a hotbed of indie film premieres in the early ’70s. Plus, Supersonic Supergirls! (Gotta love that title.)One+One Filmmakers Journal has notes on Peter Whitehead’s controversial statements about terrorism superseding cinema as art.Chopping Mall runs down a few horror »

- Mike Everleth

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The HeyUGuys Interview: Traci Lords for Excision

1 November 2012 5:30 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Excision opens in limited UK cinemas this Friday and is well worth hunting down. A fascinating film from first time director Richard Bates Jr., Excision is adapted from a short he made in 2008 and tells the story of a rather disturbed teenager named Pauline.

Played by AnnaLynne McCord, Pauline is troubled in many ways and has an obsession with surgery and the more bloody side of life (and death). The film explores her character’s thought processes in a very interesting and, in many ways, empathetic manner and the way in which Bates treats this central character is very much in the film’s central draw.

Playing Pauline’s rather strict and unsympathetic mother is Traci Lords and I was lucky enough to ask her some questions about the film and her part in it.

Were you familiar with Richard Bates Jr.’s short film before you starred in the »

- Craig Skinner

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Blu-ray Review: AnnaLynne McCord Dazzles in Darkly Amusing ‘Excision’

31 October 2012 7:15 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – AnnaLynne McCord is the sort of actress whose face begs to be photographed. The camera can remain on her for an indefinite amount of time and manage to capture endless fascinating nuances. As someone who has never watched an episode of the rebooted “90210” series, I hadn’t seen McCord in anything until Richard Bates Jr.’s “Excision.” Now I consider myself a fan.

In this gleefully deranged satire on the hellish confusion of adolescence, McCord plays Pauline, a sardonic teen who basks in the narcissistic splendor of her alienation. Her greasy hair and pockmarked face suggest that she never bothers to shower or bathe, though McCord’s naturally striking eyes and cheekbones still manage to make her character effortlessly watchable. When Pauline dreams about performing gruesome surgeries while making love to corpses (yep, this movie is out there), McCord casts off her ugly makeup and reveals herself to be a knockout beauty, »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Review: Excision

27 October 2012 4:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »


Stars: AnnaLynne McCord, Traci Lords, Ariel Winter, Roger Bart, Jeremy Sumpter, John Waters, Malcolm McDowell, Marlee Matlin, Ray Wise | Written and Directed by Richard Bates Jr.

Beverley Hills 90210 star AnnaLynne McCord pulls off an amazing Bela Lugosi style transformation to play a dowdy, delusional, egocentric, sociopathic outcast Pauline – a modern-day Carrie if you will (but without the telekinesis) – who spends her days being bullied at school and her nights having bizarre wet dreams about performing weird operations and relishing in the blood that flows forth from them. Her fascinations disturb her schoolmates and her parents, Phyllis (Lords) and Bob (Bart) who just want her to be “normal” like her younger sister Grace (Winter), who suffers from cystic fibrosis. An outcast at school and at home, Pauline is convinced that the best way to repair her estranged relationship with her family is to perform a risky operation to save her sister’s life… »

- Phil

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100 Greatest Horror Movies (pt.5): 50-26

26 October 2012 11:24 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Throughout the month of October, Editor-in-Chief and resident Horror expert Ricky D, will be posting a list of his favorite Horror films of all time. The list will be posted in six parts. Click here to see every entry.

As with all lists, this is personal and nobody will agree with every choice – and if you do, that would be incredibly disturbing. It was almost impossible for me to rank them in order, but I tried and eventually gave up.


50: Thundercrack!

Directed by Curt McDowell

Written by George Kuchar

1975, USA

Thunderstruck! is by far the most obscure film you will find on this list. It is without a doubt one of the true landmarks of Underground cinema. With a screenplay by veteran underground film maker George Kuchar (story and characters by Mark Ellinger) and directed Curt McDowell (than student of Kuchar),

Thundercrack! is a work of a crazed genius. »

- Ricky

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