14 items from 2015
Lucio Fulci, the “Godfather of Gore,” is known for his fetishistic ocular violence, blood-soaked special effects, and dizzying predilection for pan, zoom, and rack-focus. But Fulci’s place in the annals of Italian horror cinema is still widely contested. Unlike his contemporary Dario Argento, now known as an auteur, Fulci built a reputation on derivative, cheaply…
- Samuel Zimmerman
Earlier today, fellow film nerd Marc Heuck tweeted the following: Incompresa, the moving new @AsiaArgento film, still has no U.S. distributor. Wtf? Dozens of boutique labels here yet nobody's stepping up? — Marc Edward Heuck (@the_hoyk) February 17, 2015 I reached out to "Doctor Strange" director Scott Derrickson, who is a producer on the film and who talked to me about it before the Cannes Film Festival, where it absolutely flattened me. I asked him if it's true that the film is still without a distributor, and he told me they haven't been able to figure out anything. Not theatrical. Not VOD. Not even a basic DVD release. This is wrong. This is a mistake. Are you seriously going to tell me that there's not a single distributor out there who sees the merit in the film? Am I supposed to believe that there's no marketing hook you can craft around »
- Drew McWeeny
If you’re a diehard horror fan, you no doubt recognize the strides that “classic” horror films took to get us where we are today. While these films are indeed respected, they are often considered hokey, now that the bar for our tolerance of fear has climbed so high in the last 85 or more years. Naturally, as we change as human beings, so do the fears and expectations of each passing generation, be it the result of advances in science, social norms or the general state of humanity. A great example, as much as I find the subtle shadow play and slow-burn dread of John Carpenter’s Halloween terrifying, younger folks may find Rob Zombie’s loose remake/revision to be a much more frightening and socially-relative film with its abrasive depiction of graphic violence. A quality horror film, and what is often recognized as a “classic”, is one that »
- Josh Soriano
Could it be possible that February – a month normally associated with cinematic duds and forgettables – brings one of 2015’s funniest movies in the form of a vampire mockumentary? When it’s created by one-half of the duo behind The Flight Of The Conchords (Jemaine Clement) and Taika Waititi, you damn well better believe it.
Coming together like the uproarious lovechild of Christopher Guest and Dario Argento, What We Do In The Shadows is another giant leap forward for a stunted vampire genre that now depends on out-of-the-box efforts to make people both love and fear bloodsucking demons once again. Airing more on the side of comedy, Clement and Waititi poke fun at numerous vampire generations in the same movie, from Nosferatu to Twilight, and they do so through a Big Brother-esque documentary that introduces audiences to a group of vampires just trying to survive in today’s crazy, monster-hating world. »
- Matt Donato
From toilet-based scares to nasty encounters in the shower, here's a selection of 17 memorable moments of terror in the bathroom...
Nb: the following contains potential spoilers and scenes which may be considered Nsfw.
The scariest moments in horror are often the most intimate - this is why knives are a far nastier, button-pushing instrument of death than the gun. As the Joker famously put it in The Dark Knight, “You can savour all those little emotions...”
Intimacy may be the key to understanding why, in horror films, so many dreadful things tend to happen in bathrooms. The bathroom is often where we go to be by ourselves - either to answer the call of nature, brush our teeth, or simply relax in the bath after a hectic day at work. Equally, the water closet also sees us at our most vulnerable: naked, or at least with our trousers down, and »
Mvd Entertainment Group continues to distribute Arrow Video in North America with a strong schedule of April 2015 releases receiving the deluxe treatment in video, audio, supplements and artwork:
"Blood and Black Lace" (Blu-ray / DVD), plus a Limited Edition Steelbook, follows "...the 'Cristiana Haute Couture' fashion house, a home to models, backstabbing, blackmail, drug deals and murder. This influential film by director Mario Bava, newly restored from the original camera negative, would have a huge effect on filmmakers as diverse as Dario Argento and Martin Scorsese..."
"Massacre Gun" on Blu-ray and DVD, stars Jo Shishido in a classic 'yakuza' action film directed by Yasuharu Hasebe, following
"...'Kuroda' (Shishido), a mob associate who turns on his employers after being forced to execute his lover. Joining forces with his similarly wronged brothers are hot-headed 'Eiji' (Tatsuya Fuji) and aspiring boxer 'SaburÃ´' (JirÃ´ Okazaki), as the trio escalate their retaliation to an all-out »
- Michael Stevens
"I didn't set out to make a surreal film but I wanted to capture the surreal qualities of life," Ryan Gosling explained to Total Film about his directorial debut. "It's about these characters and about a woman who has a dream of a home and family and she's maintaining that dream within the walls of that home. But right outside the door is a nightmare." But despite his intentions, our review noted that the film seems to be influenced in tone and style by David Lynch, Nicolas Winding Refn, and Dario Argento among others. And certainly the premise of the film — which stars Matt Smith, Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, Ben Mendelsohn and Eva Mendes, and tells the fantastical story of a mother, son and an underwater world — is not your standard narrative. But today, four clips from the movie have made their way online (via Ryan Gosling Addicted) and they »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Following from last year’s new look and feel FrightFest (in a brand new location), the horror film festival has announced its line-up for their Glasgow counterpart. And, as with every FrightFest, there are a few first looks and premieres!
Included in the line-up is the UK premiere of the Edgar Allan Poe based Eliza Graves featuring an all-star Hollywood cast, including Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess and Michael Caine. Also on show is the European prememire of The Atticus Institute, world premire of The Hoarder, European premiere of The Asylum and the UK premiere of the hugely anticipated Clown, produced by Eli Roth. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also the UK premieres of [Rec]: Apocalypse and There Are Monsters.
Thurs 26 Feb – Gft Screen 2
21:00 Eliza Graves (UK Premiere)
- Luke Owen
Kicking off with a special screening on Thursday 26th February and hosting eleven films on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th February, the UK’s favourite horror fantasy festival celebrates ten ‘gore-ious’ years at its second home at the Glasgow Film Festival with an all-exclusive slate of the freshest new horror films around – including three World, two European and six UK premieres!
The shocktacular line-up starts on Thurs 26 Feb in sumptuous Hammer-style with the UK premiere of the Edgar Allan Poe based Eliza Graves featuring an all-star Hollywood cast, including Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess and Michael Caine.
Friday’s fearsome line-up kicks off with the European premiere of The Atticus Institute, the paranormal activity shockumentary of the year, written and directed by Chris Sparling, who wrote ‘Buried’. This is followed by the World Premiere of The Hoarder, starring an on-form Mischa Barton who uncovers the worst horrors in the »
- Phil Wheat
UK residents have been enjoying Arrow Video Blu-ray releases of cult films like Maniac Cop and The Funhouse for years, and soon horror hounds living stateside can enjoy the diligent distributor’s offerings now that Arrow Video is expanding to the Us. To commemorate their growth, Arrow Video has announced upcoming North American Blu-ray releases of Mark of the Devil, Blind Woman’s Curse, and more.
Making their Blu-ray debuts in the Us, 1970’s Mark of the Devil will come out on March 17th and 1971’s Blind Woman’s Curse (aka Black Cat’s Revenge on March 24th. Arrow Video will also release the Blu-ray of Blood and Black Lace on April 14th and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Osbourne to Blu-ray on April 21st. All four releases will include a DVD copy, as well. We have the official press release with full details, as well as »
- Derek Anderson
Matteo Lovadina’s Paris-based Reel Suspects has sold U.S rights to supernatural fantasy “Horsehead,” a French genre auteur fest hit, to Raymond Murray’s Artsploitation Films, a indie distributor specializing in unsettling art or genre film fare from around the world.
The sale comes as Reel Suspects’ “German Angst,” a horror triptych, has been selected for the Rotterdam Festival. Artsploitation aims to give “Horsehead” a limited theatrical release before its distribution on DVD and VOD.
A first feature from France’s Romain Basset, but shot in English, “Horsehead” has played many of the world’s top genre/fantasy fests, establishing its credentials among fanboys (and girls), including Austin’s Fantastic Fest, Spain’s Sitges, Mexico’s Morbido Fest, the Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre meet, and Germany’s Exground Filmfest.
- John Hopewell
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes release details on Amnesiac, The Atticus Institute, and Alien Outpost, multiple trailers, premiere details for Head, and a Q&A with the founder of The Philip K. Dick Film Festival:
Amnesiac Distribution and Release Details: “Amnesiac tells the story of a man (Wes Bentley) who wakes up in bed suffering from memory loss after being in an accident, only to begin to suspect that his wife (Kate Bosworth) may not be his real wife. The web of lies and deceit deepen inside the house where he soon finds himself a prisoner.
XLrator Media has acquired North American distribution rights to the psychological thriller Amnesiac starring Kate Bosworth (Still Alice, Superman Returns) and Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games series, Interstellar). XLrator Media will release the film in Summer 2015 on its acclaimed “Macabre” genre label. »
- Tamika Jones
Rome – The centennial of Frank Sinatra’s birth will be celebrated by the 10th Los Angeles-Italia Film Fashion and Art Festival, the annual pre-Oscars event celebrating showbiz ties between Italy and Hollywood.
Rising star Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo, known for his “Pavarotti Ping,” will be the first celebrity guest to pay tribute to Sinatra on the event’s opening night, Feb. 15 at the Hollywood and Highland Center.
The Feb 15-21 fest will also include a selection of films from Sinatra’s career, including “Some Came Running,” “From Here To Eternity,” “The Man with the Golden Arm,” “Guys and Dolls,” “The Manchurian Candidate,” “Ocean’s 11″ and “On the Town.”
“Sinatra was extremely proud of his Italian heritage,” enthused Italo crooner and music producer Tony Renis, who is L.A. Italia’s Honorary President this year, in a statement.
“His father Antonino was born in Palermo, Sicily, and his mother Della came »
- Nick Vivarelli
Dario Argento’s Tenebre, or Tenebrae depending upon how you want to spell it, is widely regarded to be one of the director’s best films. Shot between Inferno, his 1980 follow-up to Suspiria, and his personal favorite film of his, 1985’s Phenomena, Tenebrae is his 1982 return to the giallo subgenre and will be released on Region B Blu-ray in the UK on January 19, 2015. If you have a region-free player here in … Continue reading →
- Jonathan Stryker
14 items from 2015
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