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50 Best Comic Book Movie Adaptations

1 September 2015 7:45 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

30. Lady Snowblood Part 1 and Part 2

While American comic books have struggled for legitimacy as adult entertainment for decades, their Japanese counterparts have long enjoyed acceptance as legitimate elements of mainstream culture. So while the American comic book movie only properly took off in the last fifteen years, jidaigeki adaptations of popular manga have been a staple of Japanese pulp cinema since the early 1970s. The best of these remains Lady Snowblood, director Toshiya Fujita’s two part revenge opera of a woman checking off a kill list of the gangsters who killed her family and left her for dead. Any familiarity to Kill Bill is entirely intentional, with multiple visuals, soundtrack elements and plot points lifted whole cloth by Tarantino. But even for those only familiar with the update, Fujita’s films remain feats of hard edged efficiency, actress Meiko Kaji a goddess of death in a world of opposing colors and sudden violence. »

- Staff

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Rabid Dogs review [FrightFest 2015]: “A sinister and fast paced affair”

1 September 2015 11:34 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Rabid Dogs review: Offers a polished sheen to the gritty grime of the original. Rabid Dogs review

Director: Eric Hannezo

Cast: Francois Arnaud, Franck Gastambide, Guillaume Gouix, Lambert Wilson, Virginie Ledoyen

Certificate: Tbd

Running Time: 90 Minutes

Synopsis: After a bungled heist, a group of theives take a woman, a man, and his daughter hostage.

In 1974 Mario Bava’s film Rabid Dogs was derailed after the production company behind it went bankrupt. It wasn’t released for over 20 years, and even then was unfinished and had to have new scenes shot by Lambeto Bava, Mario’s son. It’s still a very celebrated film, but now we have a French remake to that Italian lost & found classic, which is every bit as nasty and pessimistic as its predecessor.

Starting with a bungled heist, we’re immediately hit with a Heat inspired shoot-out of high intensity and nail biting uncertainty. It’s »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Frightfest 2015: ‘Rabid Dogs’ Review

30 August 2015 1:25 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: François Arnaud, Franck Gastambide, Guillaume Gouix, Lambert Wilson, Gabrielle Lazure, Pierre Lebeau, Virginie Ledoyen, Nicolas Paquin, Hedi Rian, Nathaly Thibault, Gisèle Trépanier, Christopher Tyson | Written by Yannick Dahan, Éric Hannezo, Benjamin Rataud | Directed by Éric Hannezo

I’m not ashamed to admit that, as a die-hard horror fan, there are still some gaps in my movie-watching history. The original Rabid Dogs, directed by the Italian legend that is Mario Bava, is one such film (something I should correct given the film has recently had the Arrow Video treatment). It’s a situation that meant I was headed into this redux with no prior knowledge of the original.

Once again based on the Michael J. Carroll short story “Man and Boy”, this new take on the story – from first-time director Éric Hannezo and The Horde co-writer/director Yannick Dahan – sees three desperate criminals take a young woman and a father »

- Phil Wheat

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'The Martian' and Rooster Teeth part of dazzling Fantastic Fest 2015 line-up

27 August 2015 10:15 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It is time for me to make my peace with the fact that I will not be at Fantastic Fest this year. Last year's fest was one of my favorites ever, fitting for a tenth anniversary, and I would love to go this year. It's just not in the cards, though. It guts me, too. The event continues to grow and change and evolve, and it features one of the greatest programming teams in the business right now. There are films playing at the festival that I'll see in Toronto, and I'm sure I'll catch up with others, but that's not the point. Fantastic Fest is an experience, and an amazing one. If you want to go, you still can. "Daytime Only Badges, Fan Badges, and 2Nd Half Badges for Fantastic Fest 2015 are available for purchase here," today's press release urged. If you can go for the second half, you'll »

- Drew McWeeny

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Fantastic Fest Second Wave Of Programming Includes ‘The Witch’, ‘The Martian’ and so much more

26 August 2015 6:03 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

One of the greatest genre film festivals in the world (some say the best) has just announced its second wave of titles, including a few titles so anticipated you’ll wish you’re in Austin next month. Below are 35 more films to add to the 23 already announced in the first wave. They include Ridley Scott’s The Martian, Yorgos LanthimosThe Lobster, Ben Wheatley’s adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s High-Rise and Jeremy Saulnier’s follow up to Blue Ruin, The Green Room. In addition to the films, Fantastic Fest is also delivering something special this year with a performance from Itchy-o – “a blazing, 32-member aural assault from the darkest depths of Colorado.” Fantastic Fest will also host the World Premiere of Lazer Team, the first feature film from web series gods Rooster Teeth. “This is a big year for genre cinema. We’re exceptionally proud to honor incredible filmmakers »

- Ricky

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Second Wave of Fantastic Fest Programming Arrives; Green Room, High Rise, The Mind’S Eye and More!!

26 August 2015 4:38 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

We previously reported on the first wave (here) of films that will grace this year’s Fantastic Fest Film Festival (September 24th-October 1st)in Austin, TX, and well,…prepare to get your minds blown. Today, the second wave of films have been announced and feature films such as Jeremy Saulnier’s The Green Room, Ben Wheatley’s adaption of Jg Ballard’s High-rise, as well as the Joe Begos-helmed The Mind’S Eye and many many other anticipated titles are set to hit Fantastic Fest attendees hard. For a full list, see below, and see you at Fantastic Fest (seriously, find me there, we’ll high five each other and share some nachos).

April And The Extraordinary World France, Belgium, Canada, 2015 Us Premiere, 90 min Director – Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci In an alternate history where Napoleon’s heirs rule France, scientists and scholars have gone missing for years, leaving »

- Jerry Smith

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Fantastic Fest Announces More Films: ‘The Martian,’ ‘Green Room,’ and ‘The Lobster’

26 August 2015 11:54 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Austin, TX – Wednesday, August 26, 2015 — Fantastic Fest is excited to announce the second wave of programming featuring the Us Premiere of Yorgos LanthimosThe Lobster as the opening night film. Lanthimos will be in attendance to share his wonderfully surreal examination of human connections. Joining The Lobster is a dazzling array of the year’s most anticipated genre films from heavyweight directors including Ridley Scott’s sci-fi epic The Martian, Ben Wheatley’s High-rise and Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room. Fantastic Fest will also host the World Premiere of Lazer Team, the first feature film from web series gods Rooster Teeth. Lazer Team director Matt Hullum and cast members Burnie Burns, Alan Ritchson, Colton Dunn, Michael Jones, and Gavin Free will be in attendance to celebrate the highly anticipated sci-fi comedy and join Fantastic Fest’s official opening night party, presented by Rooster Teeth. “This is a big year for genre cinema. »

- Jeff Bayer

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Fantastic Fest 2015’s Second Wave of Programming Includes High-rise, Green Room, The Witch

26 August 2015 11:10 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Cannibalistic skyscraper tribes, a punk band forced to fight for survival, and 17th century-set supernatural happenings will grace the big screen this fall at Fantastic Fest 2015, as High-Rise, Green Room (co-starring Patrick Stewart), and The Witch are among the films announced in the festival's second wave of programming.

Taking place September 24th–October 1st at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar theater in Austin, TX, Fantastic Fest 2015 celebrates an abundance of titles spanning multiple genres (as well as those that don't fit into one specific genre). Stay tuned to Daily Dead for the upcoming final wave of Fantastic Fest 2015 programming, and to read about the first wave of the festival's programming, visit:

http://dailydead.com/fantastic-fest-2015-first-wave-includes-bone-tomahawk-the-invitation/

Press Release: Austin, TX - Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - Fantastic Fest is excited to announce the second wave of programming featuring the Us Premiere of Yorgos Lanthimos' The Lobster as the opening night film. »

- Derek Anderson

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Blu-ray Review: A Blade In The Dark, From 88 Films

23 August 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Director Lamberto Bava is probably most famous for being the son of legendary Italian director Mario Bava. The elder Bava is one of those filmmakers whose work is ubiquitous among hardcore horror fans, but his reach beyond that is minimal. Nevertheless, his influence is responsible for a huge portion of the Italian horror and thriller output of the '70s and '80s, and by extension has influenced filmmakers for decades beyond. So, understandably, Lamberto Bava has had some very big shoes to fill in his career, and he can hardly make a move without someone reminding him of the legacy he represents.One of the greatest achievements of Mario Bava's career is the creation of the giallo, a uniquely Italian substrand of the thriller genre that focuses on...

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The Last Horror Blog: Celebrating the Cinema of Nightmares That Is 'Suspiria'

20 August 2015 9:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Dario Argento’s seminal Italian horror film Suspiria turned 38 last week and that seems like as good a time as any for me to wax poetic about one of my all-time favorite horror films. So, join me in celebrating one of the greatest horror films ever made. While Deep Red may be the film that signals the birth of Dario Argento as an auteur, Suspiria is the movie that cements his reputation as the most important Italian horror filmmaker to emerge since Mario Bava. With Deep Red, Argento had essentially crafted his magnum opus on the giallo form. After the conclusion of that film, there wasn’t much left to say about black-gloved sexual psychopaths and their nefarious fetishes. It would have been easy for Argento to coast on the success of Deep Red, churning out even more...

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- Mike Bracken

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Why You Should Revisit Faye Dunaway's Kinky Giallo 'Eyes of Laura Mars'

3 August 2015 1:25 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Director Irvin Kershner’s stylish thriller is reminiscent in more ways than one of Mario Bava’s 1964 giallo, "Blood and Black Lace"; each film contrasts the glamorous world of high fashion with the lurid crime spree of a brutal serial killer. As the fashion photographer whose sadistic photo spreads resemble crime scenes, Faye Dunaway begins to experience visions of real-life murders, including her own. Tommy Lee Jones and Brad Dourif co-star and John Carpenter co-wrote the script (from his own story) with David Goodman. »

- Trailers From Hell

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Eyes of Laura Mars

2 August 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Director Irvin Kershner’s stylish thriller is reminiscent in more ways than one of Mario Bava’s 1964 giallo, Blood and Black Lace; each film contrasts the glamorous world of high fashion with the lurid crime spree of a brutal serial killer. As the fashion photographer whose sadistic photo spreads resemble crime scenes, Faye Dunaway begins to experience visions of real-life murders, including her own. Tommy Lee Jones and Brad Dourif co-star and John Carpenter co-wrote the script (from his own story) with David Goodman.

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ShudderTV to Host Bava-thon (Mario Bava Film run)

31 July 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

ShudderTV to Host Bava-thon (Mario Bava Film run)

In honor of horror legend Mario Bava’s birthday this Friday (July 31), AMC- backed horror streaming service Shudder will be hosting a Bava-thon on Shudder TV all weekend starting on Friday. Here is a teaser video for Bava-thon (unlisted) and a look at the film lineup for the weekend. The line-up will be available on ...

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Our Film Guesses for Fantastic Fest 2015

30 July 2015 11:33 AM, PDT | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

Editor’S Note: We had this scheduled to be published on July 30th which was also when the announcement of the First Wave of films for Fantastic Fest 2015 was announced.

Fiends, there is no doubt in my mind that the weeks in late September in Austin, TX is heaven on earth for a genre fan like me. Why? Two words – Fantastic Fest!

Every year, we’ve been trying to see if we can figure out what might play before those three separated waves of amazing content roll out. Some years, our guesses have been good. Some years, not so good. Even if these films don’t play at the best genre film festival in the United States, we hope that you put them on your radar, regardless. Most of our picks are from films that are on our radar and have possibly played other genre film festivals.

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- Andy Triefenbach

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Cemetery Without Crosses | Blu-ray Review

28 July 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Filmed during the height of the Euro Western craze of the late 60’s, Robert Hossein’s Cemetery Without Crosses is an obscure gem rejuvenated by Arrow Video. A French production, the title was actor/director Hossein’s first Western, obviously influenced by Sergio Leone, whom the film is dedicated to (Leone was in the midst of production on Once Upon a Time in the West when Hossein was underway with his feature). A simplistic and familiar narrative is enhanced by its inspired set designs and notable production value, featuring a winning score. Existing on the bleak end of the Spaghetti Western spectrum (or perhaps more aptly the ‘Baguette Western,” an Alex Cox coined term Ginette Vincendeau discusses in an included insert essay), it’s an entertaining bit of style over substance, and is an uncommon French entry in otherwise familiar climate. However, as much as Hossein pays homage to Leone, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Fantasia 2015 Must See Films (Week Three)

26 July 2015 1:46 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Considered the world’s largest genre film festival and running over three weeks long, Fantasia is celebrating its 19th edition this year and the lineup is pretty incredible. This year’s fest runs July 14 through August 4 and will see over 130 feature films including more than 20 world premieres. Legendary filmmaker Sion Sono is delivering three new movies with Tag, Love & Peace, and Shinjuku Swan, meanwhile Tales of Halloween and A Christmas Horror Story are bringing horror anthologies back to the big screen. In addition, the festival will offer up the Montreal premiere of Marvel’s highly anticipated Ant-Man, the world premiere of Israeli horror flick Jeruzalem, the world premiere of Assassination Classroom and the first Canadian screening of the Canadian/Kiwi festival hit Turbo Kid. The festival is rounded out with screenings of Big Match, Crumbs, Deathgasm, The Demolisher, Experimenter, Cooties, We Are Still Here, The Editor, Cub, He Never Died, »

- Ricky

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July 21st Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include What We Do In The Shadows, Black Sabbath, Madhouse, I, Madman

20 July 2015 6:36 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

For the third week of July, genre fans have quite a few Blu-ray and DVD titles to look forward to as we’ve got a great selection of horror and sci-fi films making their home entertainment bow on the 21st. Kino Lorber is keeping themselves busy this Tuesday with a pair of cult classics—Black Sabbath and Madhouse—that are getting an HD overhaul and the fine folks over at Scream Factory are releasing Tibor Takács' I, Madman on Blu as well. The critically-acclaimed horror comedy What We Do in the Shadows also arrives on both formats this week and for those of you kids at heart out there, Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery, is also coming home on DVD and Blu-ray.

What We Do in the Shadows (Paramount, Blu-ray & DVD)

Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane—like paying rent, »

- Heather Wixson

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Remembering James Horner, Christopher Lee, Mary Ellen Trainor and Other Reel-Important People We Lost in June

3 July 2015 | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Laura Antonelli (1941-2015) - Italian Actress. She starred in Luchino Visconti's L'innocente, Salvatore Sampieri's Malicious and Mario Bava's Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs. She died of a heart attack on June 22. (THR) William Bronder (1930-2015) - Character Actor. He memorably appears in Stand By Me as the junkyard owner (see below), plus Return to Me and Best Seller. He died on May 6. (THR) Jack Carter (1923-2015)&nbsp...

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Remembering James Horner, Christopher Lee, Mary Ellen Trainor and Other Reel-Important People We Lost in May

3 July 2015 | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Laura Antonelli (1941-2015) - Italian Actress. She starred in Luchino Visconti's L'innocente, Salvatore Sampieri's Malicious and Mario Bava's Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs. She died of a heart attack on June 22. (THR) William Bronder (1930-2015) - Character Actor. He memorably appears in Stand By Me as the junkyard owner (see below), plus Return to Me and Best Seller. He died on May 6. (THR) Jack Carter (1923-2015)&nbsp...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Drive-In Dust Offs: Kill, Baby, Kill

27 June 2015 2:06 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The absolute nucleus, the atomic chain of Italian horror begins with Mario Bava. Filmmakers from Scorcese to Tarantino have praised the lurid, awe-inspiring artistry (and artwork) of such classics as Black Sabbath (1963) and Twitch of the Death Nerve (1971). However, Kill, Baby, Kill(1966) may be his crowning achievement, a fever dream of shadows and fog, illusion and menace.

Released in July in his native Italy (but not until 1968 in North America), Kill was a financial success back home. Bava was very prolific, with Kill being his ninth film in six years. This is all the more shocking, because his films don’t scream ‘rush job’, but rather seem meticulously planned and executed.

Kill falls right in line with the horror of the day, gothic du jour, served steamy and sensuous. Beautiful women (usually in low clingy bodices) swooning and/or screaming, usually pursued through a dark and gloomy castle by some evil doctor, »

- Scott Drebit

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