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Before he was the one-line-loving, crassly, campy class clown known as Freddy, Fred Krueger was the stuff of genuine nightmares. Scarred and grinning in his striped wool sweater, Fred prowls the dreamscape realm of the local high schoolers, the children upon whom he once preyed before their parents got smart and burned him alive. Years ago, Fred was a janitor at the elementary school; he lured children into the boiler room, where, it’s insinuated, he molested and maimed the kids. Now, years later, he returns to haunt the dreams of the children of Suburbia, America. Craven conjures the most surreal imagery of his wildly uneven career here, and Robert Englund instills Craven’s iconic creation with sharp, wry kind of terror, his playful delivery still ironic before the sequels declawed him. He wears his ratty old fedora like »
- Greg Cwik
In today's roundup of interesting projects that have been announced in the past week or so: Iggy Pop and Dario Argento are collaborating on an adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffmann's "The Sandman"; an interactive documentary on Ken Loach is in the works; Bertrand Tavernier is working on a personal exploration of French cinema; Bruno Dumont is open to the idea of a second season for P'tit Quinquin; Scarlett Johansson is will star in and executive produce an eight-episode adaptation of Edith Wharton's 1913 novel The Custom of the Country; Stephen Sondheim is at work on a new musical with the playwright David Ives (Venus in Fur) based on two renowned films by Luis Buñuel, El ángel exterminador and Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie; and more. » - David Hudson »
From the director of the one-of-a-kind sonic horror Berberian Sound Studio comes the equally unpredictable Duke Of Burgundy...
British writer-director Peter Strickland’s previous film was the unique blast of sound and surrealism, Berbarian Sound Studio, a frighteningly weird period piece about the making of a lurid Italian horror film and its sound engineer’s gradual sinking into madness.
Strickland's debut saw him head to Transylvania to shoot Katalin Varga, a foreign-language revenge picture, with just £28,000 inherited from his uncle. With movies like those behind him, you can bet that what is ostensibly a drama about a commanding writer and butterfly collector, Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen) and her kinky relationship with her maid, Evelyn (Chiara D'Anna) would have more going on than it first appears. Strickland’s previous fascination with the distinctive style of 60s and 70s Italian filmmaking continues here, with The Duke Of Burgundy’s fluid camerawork and »
Punk rock legend Iggy Pop has found himself in the middle of yet another foray into the world of film. This time the aging rockstar will be tackling the lead role in Italian horror director Dario Argento’s spine chilling The Sandman.
The movie itself is based on Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann’s germanic novel Der Sandman and centres on the characters of Nathan, a young student and a psychotic serail killer, the Sandman. The Sandman and Nathan already have a blood spattered history together after a terrifying incident one Christmas eve during Nathan’s Childhood. After closer inspection it seems Nathan has plenty of reason to fear the sandman, a manic villian who’s trademark involves gauging out the eyes of victims who refuse to sleep.
The duo have been taking full advantage of crowdfunding site Indiegogo in an attempt to attain some additional funding of $250,000 for the picture. »
- Alfie Nobes
On the evening of October 14, 1944, the day Udo Kier was born Udo Kierspe in Cologne, the hospital was bombed and Udo and his mother had to be dug out of the rubble. It'd be nearly thirty years before Kier would break through internationally in Paul Morrissey's Flesh for Frankenstein and Blood for Dracula. He's since appeared in over 200 films directed by the likes of Lars von Trier, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Dario Argento, Werner Herzog, Gus Van Sant, Wim Wenders, Rob Zombie, John Carpenter, Guy Maddin and the list goes on. » - David Hudson »
There are things that are spooky and scary and go bump in the night, monsters and demons and specters and whispering voices– the things that haunt your nightmares as a child and give you that foreboding feeling that you’ve tried to get rid of as an adult. And also there’s Iggy Pop. He’s definitely in there somewhere, probably between the boogeyman and saying “Bloody Mary” three times at a slumber party. That sounds about right. The Godfather of Punk, who is no stranger to the film world, has teamed up with Dario Argento to morph into a monster that probably hasn’t crossed most of your minds for some time, given the fact that there have been approximately 8,000 Dracula and Frankenstein adaptations to digest. Argento has launched an Indigogo campaign to turn Iggy Pop into the titular monster of The Sandman – a “Christmas horror” film, which they are careful to remind readers is about »
- Samantha Wilson
Chicago – For moviegoers, each new film is a chance to escape, feel, fear, cry, be thrilled or laugh. Filmmakers and actors want you to experience this range of emotions, but producers and investors care most about the film making money. That’s why Hollywood is scared of truly original stories. Originality is an unknown without a built-in fan base.
To minimize their risk and inspire confidence in a return on investment, most new films these days are based on a best-selling book (or a series), a beloved comic book or a remake of an already famous character from the past. Original films like “Juno” and “Once” happen once in a blue moon. They take a huge viral following to break free and impress at the box office.
Going into a short feature-length film like “Dracula Untold,” which is only 92 minutes, you already know it’s following a safety formula. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Dario Argento, whose Italian horror films are the stuff of lore (“Suspiria,” “Tenebre” and the Jennifer Connelly-led “Phenomena”) is back at it, and this time, it’s a doozy. “The Sandman,” written by David Tully and not to be confused with Neil Gaiman’s exquisite comic series, is a modern serial killer thriller starring none other than Iggy Pop. Yes, Iggy Pop. If the pairing of Pop and Argento is just about the most outlandish thing you can think of, and you want in on the action, then there’s more good news in store. Variety reports that the duo are teaming up to fundraise for the film, turning to Indiegogo in the hope of raising a quarter of a million dollars. Fans who give enough can get a personal message from either or both icons, set tours or even a cameo in the movie. Though he had his »
- Zach Hollwedel
Italian filmmaker Dario Argento is gearing up to shoot his latest picture The Sandman (not of the Neil Gaiman variety), except this time he's going about it a little differently. The film tells the story of a young student in the city who struggles to forget his childhood trauma at the hands of the serial killer dubbed "The Sandman": a masked killer who murders his victims with a lethally jagged melon spoon and claims their eyes as trophies. None other than rock »
- Sean Wist
Sticking with Christmas films, though on completely the opposite tack to Dario Argento today, New Regency and Walden Media have just announced Santa Is Real. Stephen Chbosky (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower) will direct the musical, which is based on a forthcoming book by Charles E. Hall and Brett Witter.Not actually a story about Father Christmas per se, the book and film focus on the "true life fable" of co-author Hall, who has played Santa in the Christmas Spectacular at New York's Radio City Music Hall for an extraordinary 27 years.When Radio City stopped showing films in 1979 it looked to be in trouble. But bumping up the Christmas show from a modest half-hour to a 90-minute extravaganza was the saving of it. The move was also the saving of Hall, a struggling actor who bagged the role of St Nick and ended up making it his life's purpose. »
Dario Argento has been behind some lacklustre projects in recent years, but he seems properly enthused by his new movie The Sandman. He's recruited rocker Iggy Pop to star in the film and help shill for a crowdfunding campaign that, we're promised, will allow the giallo genius to make the film his way, without compromise.This is very much not to be confused with Neil Gaiman's Sandman, which is making its own way to the screen via Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David S. Goyer and Gaiman himself. Argento's has an earlier literary basis in the work of 19th century German author E.T.A. Hoffman. Hoffman's Sandman is a bedtime boogeyman who steals the eyes of naughty children who won't go to sleep. The story involves Nathaniel, whose boyhood obsession with the Sandman leads to an encounter with crazed alchemist Coppelius. In adult life Nathaniel remains haunted by the whole business to the »
Filmmaker Dario Argento and singer Iggy Pop have thrown their support behind a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for a movie adaptation of the terrifying, 19th century German depiction of the Sandman.
Not to be confused with author Neil Gaiman's celebrated comic book series of the same name, Argento's vision of the Sandman comes from author E.T.A. Hoffmann's 1816 short story Der Sandmann, in which the titular villain steals the eyes of sleep-deprived children and feeds them to his own children...on the moon.
Argento, the director of artistic horror classics like Suspiria, »
Italian horror director Dario Argento is tired of typical Christmas movies. He wants gore, violence, and fear in his December films. So he's making his own—or at least, trying to. On an Indiegogo fundraiser page, Argento proposes the idea for a movie called The Sandman starring Iggy Pop as the title villain. "This Sandman is the real deal, going back to the dark, original German legend," the page reads. "The Real Sandman was someone who stole the eyes of any children that wouldn't just close them and go to sleep." In other words: Sandman and Santa Clause probably aren't friends. »
- Ariana Bacle
"Working with Iggy Pop is amazing! Such an interesting and intense personality! I would not even simply say 'actor', that does not cover it. I would rather say 'a unique presence'!" Argento said.
The director has launched a campaign to fund the film, which has so far raised 1% of its $250,000 target.
A description for the film reads: "The Sandman tells the story of Nathan, a young student in the city who struggles to forget his childhood trauma at the hands of the serial killer dubbed 'The Sandman'.
The headline says it all, really, iconic director Dario Argento has enlisted punk legend Iggy Pop to take the lead of his upcoming feature The Sandman and today has launched a crowd funding campaign to raise two hundred fifty thousand dollars to make the film a reality. You already know if you want to take part in this but find the complete press release below for details. Dario Argento And Iggy Pop Team Up To Terrify And Thrill With Launch Of Indiegogo Campaign For Film The Sandman Score to Be Composed by Claudio Simonetti With Title Song By Scott Weiland San Francisco, October 9, 2014 - Legendary Italian horror director Dario Argento today launched a campaign for his latest film The Sandman on Indiegogo, the...
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Another big name in horror is turning to crowd funding his next film. Dario Argento, the Italian director behind films like Deep Red and Suspiria (and, mostly recently, Dracula 3D), launched an Indiegogo campaign for The Sandman.
Starring iconic punk singer Iggy Pop as a serial killer dubbed "The Sandman", the sleek and contemporary thriller is set in the 21st century with deep and twisted primal roots stemming from the dark forests of Germany.
The post Dario Argento Has Turned to Crowd Funding His Next Film appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Magnet Releasing – the ‘genre arm’ of Magnolia Pictures – has announced the acquisition of its latest horror anthology, which will be produced by Xyz Films. Having seen huge success with The ABCs Of Death and V/H/S, among others, Magnet now turns its attention to Xx – an anthology made up of short films that have female leads and female directors. Now, if there’s one thing that draws out the anti-feminist crowd, it’s the subject of female representation in the horror film genre. The reason for their dramatic eye-rolling is fairly obvious at first glance – there are plenty of women in prominent roles onscreen in horror movies, so what’s the problem? Halloween, Scream, The Exorcist, The Conjuring, Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Mama, 2013’s Evil Dead, Drag Me To Hell, 2006′s The Hill Have Eyes – in horror, it seems, there are women everywhere you look. So, why does Magnet Releasing »
- Sarah Myles
Tully wrote the script, a contemporary thriller set in the 21st century with primal roots stemming from the dark forests of Germany with Pop portraying a serial killer. The film will also include references to Argento’s horror films such as “Suspira” and “Deep Red.”
Producers are offering rewards such as personal messages from Argento and Pop, set tours and a role as a black-gloved killer in the film.
“I was thrilled to read the script, because I recognized right away, this one was written for me,” Argento said. “I’m so excited that for the first time in my career, I will be able to involve my fans »
- Dave McNary
Director: Peter Strickland.
Cast: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Chiara D’Anna.
Running Time: 104 minutes.
Synopsis: Peter Strickland’s new film is a bold and sensual exploration of the power dynamic between two women who live cut off from the outside world.
You could probably count on one hand (assuming the other is busy) the amount of films that have truly married up smut, romance, character and plot in a manner that makes for a compelling and excellent work. Rarest of all is a convincing, rich and wonderfully realised representation of a Dom/sub relationship. Secretary managed it while Fifty Shades Of Grey will mortify anyone even vaguely affiliated with real world kink. The Duke Of Burgundy, however, is forthright, filthy, flummoxing and phenomenal.
It’s been a while since there was a work so alive with sound and vision. Strickland clearly has a knack for creating vital and compelling sound-scapes, as proven in Berberian Sound Studio, »
- John Sharp
Stars: Thomas Kretschmann, Marta Gastini, Asia Argento, Unax Ugalde, Miriam Giovanelli, Rutger Hauer, Maria Cristina Heller, Augusto Zucchi, Franco Ravera, Giovanni Franzoni | Written by Dario Argento, Enrique Cerezo, Stefano Piani, Antonio Tentori | Directed by Dario Argento
As a reviewer I tend not to follow the opinion’s of others – no matter how many people share the same opinion or how many times I’m told said opinion is true. I know that, for the most part, my taste in movies is more aligned to the audience that reads my reviews than my fellow bloggers and critics… Which is why I was willing to part with my hard-earned money to discover the truth about Dario Argento’s take on Dracula for myself.
I kind of wish I’d listened to everyone else.
When Tania (Asia Argento), a young woman, is attacked and killed by a mysterious dark shadow in the woods »
- Phil Wheat
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