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Frightfest 2014: ‘Starry Eyes’ Review

23 August 2014 5:31 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Alex Essoe, Amanda Fuller, Noah Segan, Fabianne Therese, Shane Coffey, Natalie Castillo, Pat Healy, Nick Simmons, Maria Olsen, Marc Senter, Louis Dezseran | Written and Directed by Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer

Determined to make it in Hollywood, reluctant waitress Sarah Walker (Essoe) goes on countless casting calls in hope of getting her big break. After a series of weird auditions at the mysterious Astraeus Pictures, she lands her dream part. But with this opportunity comes with ramifications that will change her life… literally.

Part occult tale of ambition, possession and the true cost of fame and fortune. Skilfully and scarily showing the ways in which tarnished Tinsel Town can turn a sweet starlet into an ego-maniacal monster, this nightmarish tragedy reveals for all to see what it means when actors talk about putting their soul on the screen.

Yet another example of a slow-burning horror movie, Starry Eyes has a very old-school feel about it. »

- Phil Wheat

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Watch The Gorgeous Trailer For Gothic Puppet Horror The Mill At Calder's End

22 August 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Don't call Kevin McTurk an animator. Because he's not. No, he doesn't work with live actors and, yes, his characters are crafted and manipulated by hand, but that's where the similarity to stop motion animation ends. McTurk is not an animator but a creature designer and puppeteer and a damn fine one at that. And his latest creation - the gothic horror The Mill At Calder's End - looks absolutely gorgeous.In this gothic puppet tale, Nicholas Grimshaw has returned home to unearth the dark secret of the Mill at Calder's End.Citing the influence of Hp Lovecraft, Edgar Alan Poe, Mario Bava and Jim Henson; boasting the voice talent of Jason Flemyng and Barbara Steele; featuring Hellboy creator Mike Mignola among its concept artists and boasting...

[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]

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Toronto: Horror-rama Convention Presents “Black Sunday” Hosted by Barbara Steele

21 August 2014 5:51 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Toronto-based horror convention Horror-rama, a two-day fan event happening in Toronto, Canada this November 1-2, 2014 (check out the preliminary news item here) is excited to announce the official off-site Saturday night screening: Mario Bava’s classic Italian horror film Black Sunday, hosted by its star and Horror-rama guest of honor, Barbara Steele! The screening will happen at The Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles […] »

- Fangoria Staff

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Trailer: ‘The Editor’ a tribute to the Italian giallo genre

20 August 2014 9:05 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The term “giallo” initially refers to cheap yellow paperbacks, that were distributed in post-fascist Italy. For Italian audiences, the term is used to refer to any kind of thriller, regardless of where it was made. For English-speaking audiences, the term has over time come to refer to a very specific type of Italian-produced thriller that takes advantage of modern cinematic techniques to create a unique genre which unapologetically explores violence, sexual content, and taboo exploration. The giallo film genre proved to be a major influence on American slasher films but giallos remain stylistically different from American crime films.

The Editor is described as a tribute to the Italian giallo genre: A one-time (and now one-handed) master film editor toiling in the cinematic sweatshops of 1970s Italy becomes the prime suspect in a series of brutal murders, in this tribute to the 70′s thrillers of Mario Bava. Lucio Fulci and Dario Argento. »

- Ricky

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Why Cinelicious Pics acquired Gangs of Wasseypur for North America

17 August 2014 11:29 PM, PDT | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

Dennis Bartok

For many years I was the head of film programming for the American Cinematheque in Los Angeles, a non-profit film group that currently runs the Egyptian and Aero Theatres.  As part of my job I tried to keep my finger to the pulse of national cinemas from around the globe, both new and old, by combing through festival catalogues, talking to other programmers and watching as many movies as I could get my hands on (much of these in the old VHS days!)

In the 1990s and early 2000s I saw the rediscovery of some amazing bodies of world cinema such as Italian Horror and Giallo Cinema from the 1960s & 1970s by directors like Mario Bava and Dario Argento, and Japanese Outlaw Cinema from the same period by hard-hitting genre filmmakers like Kinji Fukasaku, Seijun Suzuki and Kihachi Okamoto.  But one thing I didn’t see, in repertory film calendars, »

- Dennis Bartok

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Tiff 2014: The Editor One-Sheet Lets the Nipple Slip

14 August 2014 1:02 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Playing as part of this year's Toronto International Film Festival is the upcoming giallo-comedy The Editor. Check out this new and nippular retro-poster!

Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy direct the flick, which is said to be a loving tribute to/parody of the gory giallo thrillers of Mario Bava and Dario Argento.

Giallo legend Udo Kier stars alongside Brooks and Tristan Risk.

Synopsis

A one-time (and now one-handed) master film editor toiling in the cinematic sweatshops of 1970s Italy becomes the prime suspect in a series of brutal murders.

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Cut together a hitlist in our comments section below! »

- Steve Barton

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Trailer for Astron-6's Giallo Influenced The Editor

7 August 2014 12:28 PM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

Winnipeg's Astron-6 (Father's Day, Manborg) are back with a Giallo infused project called The Editor. Directed by Matthew Kennedy and Adam Brooks The Editor will premier at Tiff's Midnight Madness.

So, what's it about? Well, imagine an exploitation version of Peter Strickland's Berbarian Sound Studio.

Synopsis:

A one-time (and now one-handed) master film editor toiling in the cinematic sweatshops of 1970s Italy becomes the prime suspect in a series of brutal murders, in this loving tribute to/parody of the gory giallo thrillers of Mario Bava and Dario Argento.

The Editor was written by Matthew Kennedy, Adam Brooks and Conor Sweeney.

:::Break:: [Continued ...] »

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Tiff 2014: The Editor Makes Cuts in His New Trailer

6 August 2014 2:50 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Playing as part of this year's Toronto International Film Festival is the upcoming giallo-comedy The Editor. Read on for your first look at this humorously spooky cut-up!

Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy direct the flick, which is said to be a loving tribute to/parody of the gory giallo thrillers of Mario Bava and Dario Argento.

Giallo legend Udo Kier stars alongside Brooks and Tristan Risk.

Synopsis

A one-time (and now one-handed) master film editor toiling in the cinematic sweatshops of 1970s Italy becomes the prime suspect in a series of brutal murders.

Visit The Evilshop @ Amazon!

Got news? Click here to submit it!

Subscribe to the Dread Central YouTube Channel!

Cut together a hitlist in our comments section below! »

- Steve Barton

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Daily | Mario Bava @ 100

30 July 2014 7:41 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

According to Wikipedia, the IMDb and others, Mario Bava was born on July 31, 2014, but Tim Lucas, author of the definitive Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark, has posted his "Felice 'Centi,' Maestro!" entry today. So that's what we're going with. Regardless, we could spend all week celebrating the 100th anniversary, and in fact, the Mario Bava Centennial retrospective has been on at the AFI Silver Theatre in Maryland since July 4 and will run on through September 17. » - David Hudson »

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The Official Lineup for the 67th Locarno Film Festival

25 July 2014 1:13 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Above: Pedro Costa's Horse Money

The Locarno Film Festival has announced their lineup for the 67th edition, taking place this August between the 6th and 16th. It speaks for itself, but, um, wow...

"Every film festival, be it small or large, claims to offer, if not an account of the state of things, then an updated map of the art form and the world it seeks to represent. This cartography should show both the major routes and the byways, along with essential places to visit and those that are more unusual. The Festival del film Locarno is no exception to the rule, and I think that looking through the program you will be able to distinguish the route map for this edition." — Carlo Chatrian, Artistic Director

 Above: Matías Piñeiro's The Princess of France

Concorso Internazionale (Official Competition)

A Blast (Syllas Tzoumerkas, Greece/Germany/Netherlands)

Alive (Jungbum Park, South Korea)

Horse Money (Pedro Costa, »

- Notebook

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The Definitive Foreign Language Horror Films: 30-21

22 July 2014 5:53 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

What is it about foreign horror films that makes them more interesting than so many English language horror films? You would have to think that the language barrier makes it more terrifying; people screaming is already difficult, but speaking a language you don’t understand can only make it worse. So, why are the remakes typically so bad? On this portion of the list, we are treated to a few of the more upsetting films in the canon – one movie I wouldn’t wish for anyone to see, a few that blazed the trail for many more, and one that I would elevate above the horror genre into its own little super-genre.

30. Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003)

English Title: A Tale of Two Sisters

Directed by: Kim Ji-woon

Another excellent Korean horror film America had to remake to lesser results. 2003′s A Tale of Two Sisters is just one of many film adaptations of the folktale, »

- Joshua Gaul

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Planet of the Vampires is Coming to Blu-ray & DVD

22 July 2014 1:34 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Confined to the walls of a spaceship with the same crew for days on end could cause irritability in some people, but it’s odd to be at each other’s throats after finally landing on your destined planet. For the astronauts aboard the Galliot in Mario Bava’s Planet of the Vampires (1965), the passing chaos onboard is only the beginning of a nightmare that waits outside. Regarded as a cult classic, Planet of the Vampires is heading to Blu-ray just in time for Halloween.

Slated for a tentative October 28th unveiling on Blu-ray and DVD from Scorpion Releasing, Planet of the Vampires will include yet-to-be-revealed extras. Directed by Italian filmmaker Mario Bava, this 1965 sci-fi fright flick stars Barry Sullivan, Norma Bengell, Ángel Aranda, Evi Marandi, and Stelio Candelli. For those unfamiliar, here’s the official synopsis (courtesy of Blu-ray.com!):

“In the near future the two spaceships Argos »

- Derek Anderson

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'Crimson Peak' Set Visit: Guillermo del Toro promises his first adult movie in English

17 July 2014 9:40 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Toronto - On movie set visits, occasionally journalists won't get the chance to talk to directors at all.  Sometimes the directors are artistes, too far down the cinematic rabbit hole to engage in casual chit-chat with the fourth estate. Sometimes the directors merely glorified puppets, but the producers are happy to put themselves forward instead. And sometimes the directors are friendly, smart and well-adjusted, but making movies is such complicated work that they can't spare more than two minutes for a smile-and-wave, lest the production between to teeter like an ill-formed game of Mouse Trap. Guillermo del Toro plays by his own rules. It's mid-March on the Toronto set of Legendary/Universal’s "Crimson Peak" and  del Toro is literally lifting the roof off of his production to let a small group of reporters see the inner-workings of his Victorian haunted house drama. Actually, over the course of a lengthy day on set, »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Joseph O'Brien Talks Walking the Devil's Mile

14 July 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Forget Route 666. The Devil’s Mile is an even more evil stretch of road in this new horror thriller starring David Hayter and directed by Joseph O’Brien, with whom we recently had a chance to chat about the film.

Devil's Mile follows a trio of kidnappers who take an ill-advised detour (is there any other kind?) en route to deliver their hostages – a pair of teenage girls - to their mysterious employer. When one of the girls dies along the way, the trio’s slowly-boiling mistrust explodes into chaos.

But what they thought was their worst day ever is only beginning as they are engulfed by the hellish forces that haunt the road - a road they may never escape.

Dread Central: This is one of the few indie horror movies that really lives up to the promo material. I'm curious to know how much the story evolved »

- Staci Layne Wilson

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The Definitive Foreign Language Horror Films: 40-31

12 July 2014 8:26 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Horror is really the only genre that has entries that, while “good,” may not necessarily mean “recommended.” So, how does that affect what is “definitive?” A recent conversation brought up the nightmare of a movie A Serbian Film (great review here from Justine) which, by all accounts, is a horror film. But, while everyone in film circles knows about the film (many have even seen it), I can’t imagine anyone actually recommending it. It’s made impact, sure. But at what cost? The best horror films aren’t simply there to scare and disgust viewers. They’re there to serve as metaphors for other issues, however big or small. But the best ones are those that do it in a way that, while still may scare and disgust you, will also make you think and reevaluate your situation.

40. À l’intérieur (2007)

English Title: Inside

Directed by: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury »

- Joshua Gaul

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The Definitive Foreign Language Horror Films: 50-41

7 July 2014 12:45 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

English language film has long been a place for some of the greatest horror film directors of all time. All the way back to Alfred Hitchcock, we have seen the genre grow and develop sub-genres, thanks to the public’s ongoing thirst for fear and the possibility of danger around every turn. But, for every Saw or Hostel or terrible remake of classic English-language horror films, there are inventive, terrifying films made somewhere else that inspire and even outdo many of our best Western world horror films. This list will count down the fifty definitive horror films with a main language that isn’t English; some may have some English-language parts in them, but they are, for the most part, foreign. Enlighten yourself. Broaden your horizons. People can get murdered and tortured in every language.

50. Kuroneko (1968)

English Title: Black Cat

Directed by: Kaneto Shindo

Japanese for “Black Cat,” Kuroneko is »

- Joshua Gaul

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Tyburn Films: British Horror’s last line of Defence

4 July 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

1976 saw the publication of John Brosnan’s excellent book The Horror People. Written during the summer of 1975, it makes interesting reading 40 years down the line. Those who feature prominently in the book – Peter Cushing, Vincent Price, Jack Arnold, Michael Carreras, Sam Arkoff, Roy Ward Baker, Freddie Francis, Robert Bloch, Richard Matheson and Milton Subotsky – were still alive, as were Ralph Bates, Mario Bava, Jimmy Carreras, John Carradine, Dan Curtis, John Gilling, Robert Fuest, Michael Gough, Val Guest, Ray Milland, Robert Quarry and Michael Ripper, all of whom were given a mention. Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Junior, Michael Reeves and James H Nicholson were not long dead. Hammer, Amicus and American International Pictures were still in existence. George A Romero had yet to achieve his prominence and Stephen King wasn’t even heard of!

Brosnan devoted a chapter to a new British company called Tyburn Films. Founded by the charismatic and ambitious Kevin Francis, »

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A Destitute Waif

30 June 2014 6:32 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Visage...

Voice...

Vitaphone... 

In Dimitri Kirsanoff's Menilmontant a destitute waif, betrayed and abandoned by the man who seduced her, sits on a park bench with her newborn infant. Beside her is an old man eating a sandwich. This wordless exchange is one of the greatest moments ever committed to film. Nadia Sibirskaia’s face reveals all of life’s cruel mysteries as she gazes upon a crust of bread.

The persistence of hope is the dark angel that underlies despair, and here it taunts her mercilessly. A whole series of fluctuations of expression and movement in reaction to anguish, physical pain involving hesitation, dignity, ravenous hunger, survival, self-contempt, modesty, boundless gratitude. All articulated with absolute clarity without hitting notes (without touching the keys). Chaplin could have played either the old man on the bench (his mustache is a sensory device!) or Nadia. And it would have been masterful and deeply affecting, »

- Daniel Riccuito

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Film4 FrightFest's Amazing 2014 Line-up Announced! New Images Revealed!

27 June 2014 9:52 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The line-up for this year's Film4 FrightFest in London has just been announced – and boy, is it a doozy! Sporting a record-breaking 38 UK/European premieres and 11 world premieres, this August is going to be an exciting time in the genre calendar.

Check it all out right here, including lots of new images!

This year Film4 FrightFest will be moving from its previous home at Leicester Square's Empire Cinema to the nearby Vue Cinema (also on Leicester Square), prompting an ingenious reshuffle of the screening arrangements.

All main screen films will be presented at different times across three different screens, with two extra screens reserved for single-slot screenings of the various films hitting this year's Discovery Screens.

Here's the full list of goodies:

Main Screens (5, 6, 7)

Thursday Aug 21

Opening Night Film - The Guest (UK Premiere)

Director: Adam Wingard. Cast: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer, Sheila Kelley, Leland Orser. USA 2014. 99 mins. »

- Gareth Jones

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Frightfest 2014 – Full Line-up Announced

27 June 2014 6:45 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Film4 FrightFest 2014, returning for its 15th year, unveils its biggest line-up ever. From Thurs 21 August to Monday 25 August, the UK’s leading event for genre fans will be at the Vue West End, Leicester Square, to present sixty-four films plus twenty shorts across five screens. There are sixteen countries representing five continents with a record-breaking thirty-eight UK or European premieres and eleven world premieres.

Are you ready for a monstrous and memorable mayhem of killer claws, cannibalism, cult classics, murderous musicals, chiller thrillers, graphic novel action and sick celluloid masterpieces? Then prepare yourself for the biggest, strongest and most eclectic must-see programme in Film4 FrightFest’s history.

From the opening night turbo-driven thrill-ride The Guest to the UK premiere of the closing night mesmeric sci-fi fantasy The Signal, FrightFest has netted the latest works from genre big-hitters such as Eli Roth (The Green Inferno), Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins (Show »

- Phil Wheat

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