13 items from 2014
Le diable est parmi nous (a/k/a The Possession of Victoria and Satan’s Sabbath)
Directed by Jean Beaudin
Le diable est parmi nous (also known as The Possession of Virginia and Satan’s Sabbath) continues the Fantasia International Film Festival’s foray into the dark, sleazy recesses on Quebec’s cinematic past. This, like the previously-covered Pouvoir intime, is another homegrown genre effort that hasn’t seen the light of day on home video since the VHS era. The 35mm copy shown at the festival is the only complete extant print, and was loaned from the National Archives of Canada in Ottawa. As such, the screened version is in as good a shape as you could expect an archival print to be. The film itself, meanwhile, is remarkably messier, pitched somewhere between a Parallax View-esque conspiracy thriller and an occult-themed sexploitation film, »
- Derek Godin
Red Spirit Lake is psychotronic filmmaker Charles Pinion’s second feature film, shot entirely on video in the early ’90s and featuring several superstars of the Cinema of Transgression movement, such as Richard Kern and Tessa Hughes-Freeland.
The film — available on DVD from the filmmaker — is a wildly evolutionary step up from Pinion’s first feature, the raucous skater punk horror flick Twisted Issues. Below, we discuss Red Spirit Lake‘s production.
Underground Film Journal: Not to get ahead of ourselves, but it sounds like a lot of Killbillies eventually got transformed into We Await.
However, you must have been so soured on the Killbillies experience at the time that you wanted to move onto something completely different. But also, I would suppose that having been involved in at least attempting to mount a major production inspired you to make Red Spirit Lake more — well, it’s hard to find the right word for it, »
- Mike Everleth
Aside from The Return of… or The Revenge of…, there may be no more beloved horror titles than those involving The House…. There is something very mysterious and foreboding about a mysterious house containing all kinds of unknown horrors.
Shout Factory has released a new entry on the list with House in the Alley arising today, May 27th. The obscure Vietnamese horror pic is sure to pique the interest of fans and follow in the footsteps of some of the freaky House-themed films of the past…which leads us to our newest Top List: Horror's 7 Most Haunting Houses.
Make no mistake; we aren't necessarily talking about 'haunted houses' here, but 'haunting houses,' meaning movies with House in the title that did a wonderful job of scaring the hell out of us. We'll begin with some honorable mentions to get the ball rolling.
The video game-inspired House of the Dead »
- Scott Hallam
An inspired Jack Nicholson leads this cult dramedy as Bobby Dupea, a wandering malcontent who turns his back on the middle classes. An insightful and superbly crafted character study, it earned Oscar nominations for Nicholson, Karen Black (as a waitress obsessed with Tammy Wynette), director Bob Rafelson and writer Carol Eastman (under her pseudonym Adrien Joyce). In a slice of Americana stuffed with moments to savour, Jack's "chicken salad" speech in a dustbowl diner is now the stuff of legend. »
River Phoenix fans and completists will finally get to see his final film, the existential Western Dark Blood, sometime later this year as Lionsgate acquires the North American rights to the movie. A VOD release is being planned.
The rights to the film have been tied up for decades. River Phoenix passed away during the middle of shooting in 1993, leaving only 80% of the production completed. Co-writer and director George Sluizer has been trying to sell Dark Blood since completing the film last year, when it made its debut at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival. It has since made numerous festival appearances, finally being picked up by Lionsgate this week at Cannes.
At the time of River Phoenix's untimely death from a drug overdose outside the popular Viper Room in West Hollywood, rights to the unfinished film reverted back to the insurance company. George Sluizer spent many years trying to recover »
For many horror fans with kids, deciding which scary films are appropriate for children can be a challenge. It’s natural to want to pass on a love of the macabre to our offspring and bond over a shared interest in horror, but we also want to protect our children from nightmares or from being scarred by exposure to gratuitous onscreen violence. There are some more obvious kid-friendly choices like The Watcher in the Woods or Something Wicked this way Comes but it can be tricky to determine what is and isn't age-appropriate when it comes to films that were not necessarily made with children in mind. To remedy this, we've begun a recurring segment that spotlights classic titles we deem suitable for most young viewers... at least those old enough to understand the difference between fantasy and reality. Do keep in mind that these are our opinions, and only »
- Tyler Doupe
We’ll be honoring alternative lifestyle with a slate of Super-8 Movies celebrating Lbgt culture on April 1st at the Way Out Club! It’s Super-8 Gay Movie Madness, a fabulous night of gay-themed films shown on the Super-8 sound condensed format projected on our massive screen.
On April 1st we’ll be showing: The Village People and Bruce Jenner in Can’T Stop The Music, Tim Curry as the sweet transvestite Frank N. Furter in Rocky Horror Picture Show, a Judy Garland Double Feature of Easter Parade and Wizard Of Oz, the Ed Wood cross-dressing opus Glen Or Glenda, Lesbian Vampire ‘70s style in Vampyres, Frank Sinatra battles a gay serial killer in The Detective, Midnight Express, Bette Midler in The Rose, Joan Crawford in Straight-jacket, Karen Black in Airport ’75, It Conquered The World, the silent version of Ben Hur, and the gross educational film Coping With The Discomforts Of Pregnancy. »
- Tom Stockman
It’s a long-established fact that the annual Oscars “In Memoriam” segment will not make everyone happy – in fact, it won’t even come close to making even a majority of people happy, but damn if the Academy didn’t really try this year. We’ve already explored how one goes about making it into the segment (step one: die, step two: campaign), but even with that seemingly foolproof plan, plenty of worthy and notable talents were missing from this year’s bit. Sure, the overall look and feel of the segment was of far higher quality than it has been in years past, as nearly ever single person who was included got both a lovely still picture and a slice of accompanying video (you may remember previous years, when some faces only got a picture while others got a whole chunk of video, a choice that could be chalked up to actually available assets, but »
- Kate Erbland
12 Years a Slave, Gravity, Frozen, Blue Jasmine's Cate Blanchett, 12 Years' Lupita Nyong'o and Dallas Buyers Club's Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto were among the big winners during the star-studded telecast of the 86th Academy Awards, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Read on for the recap...
12 Years a Slave, Gravity, Frozen, Blue Jasmine's Cate Blanchett, 12 Years' Lupita Nyong'o and Dallas Buyers Club's Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto were among the big winners during the star-studded telecast of the 86th Academy Awards, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, while there was no statuette love for big contenders The Wolf of Wall Street, Nebraska, American Hustle or Captain Phillips. Read on for the recap...
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The Best Picture
12 Years a Slave, the true story of Solomon Northrup's arduous journey from free man to slave and back again, was named »
Jones wasn’t included in the photos segment but a note at the conclusion said she had been included in on the Oscars.com site, where it was 37th of 111 photos.
On the in memoriam photo gallery on the Oscar’s official website, Jones appears on slide No. 37 of the 111 honored.
Jones, 27, was killed in a train accident while filming in Georgia. About 800 people attended a memorial Sunday in Altanta, where her spirit and kindness were heralded.
Friends and associated of Jones had been campaigning for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to include her in the “In Memoriam’ televised segment, which began Sunday with James Gandolfini.
- Dave McNary
Many of the races at Sunday (March 2) night's Academy Awards seem pre-determined as the ceremony is about to begin. Those guys from "My So-Called Life" and "True Detective" seem like locks. Etc. However, Best Picture is wide open. So let's hope that adds drama, while Ellen DeGeneres adds comedy. Click through and join my 2014 Oscars Live-Blogging. And comment below! 8:25 p.m. Et. So how many times do we figure Jennifer Lawrence is going fall down on tonight's Oscars telecast. Five? 10? Twice that many if she wins? Actually, if she wins, Lupita Nyong'o fans are going to be tripping her. Not Lupita, though. She's too classy for that. 8:27 p.m. There are dozens of people in the HitFix office right now, but I'm hiding out in my office, because I'm dedicated to you, the readers. Because I'd just keep eating lasagna if I were with the main group. Also, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Robert Altman’s work of the 1980s saw him exploring new stylistic trends as he ventured to adapt popular plays. These works stand in stark contrast with his earlier films as they were often secluded to single locations, with Altman’s sprawling vision of America confined to either a small interior space or even tied to a single character. The richness of Altman’s best work - The Long Goodbye, McCabe and Mrs. Miller and Nashville - stands in stark contrast with this new period of work, their sprawling narratives and settings seeming just a memory amid the very claustrophobic locales of his play adaptations. This transition in style, though, was motivated partially through practical needs that also mirrored his occasional shifts to television. The biggest catalyst in these lower-budget productions was the financial and critical struggles of his most recent work at the time, notably Popeye and HealtH. HealtH, »
- Justine Smith
The ensemble casts of American Hustle and Breaking Bad nabbed the top prizes at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Saturday night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. In the ceremony honoring the year's best performances in film and television, other unexpected and/or well-deserved wins went to Michael Douglas for Behind the Candelabra, Blue Jasmine star Cate Blanchett, Dallas Buyers Club co-stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, and 12 Years A Slave newcomer Lupita Nyong'o. Read on for the recap...
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The Best Ensembles - Film
The night's top award, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, went to American Hustle. The gritty, late '70s tale out-hustled August: Osage County, Dallas Buyers Club, Lee Daniels' The Butler and 12 Years A Slave for the honor. Of the 12 lauded actors in the ensemble, Bradley Cooper took the mic to recognize the fellow category nominees in "a strong »
13 items from 2014
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