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The Top 11 Home Invasions in Horror

16 December 2013 8:00 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

There you are, tucked away sound and snuggly in your little bed. Counting sheep and drifting off to dreamland. The next thing you know, a stranger is in your house with nothing but bad intentions. To celebrate the release of Mischief Night, we bring you the Top 11 Home Invasions in Horror.

We could go on forever with the list of honorable mentions in this category. Films like The Desperate Hours, Kidnapped and High Tension (Haute Tension) come immediately to mind. As do Panic Room, You're Next, The Purge, The Aggression Scale and Funny Games. Hell, even Macaulay Culkin got terrorized by Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci in Home Alone. Some on the list are traditional assaults and some are more unique, but we think we've got it narrowed down to...

Black Christmas (1974)

All is calm, all is bright. Except for the fact that you've got a raving lunatic holed up in your attic! »

- Scott Hallam

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‘Inside’ – bloody, gory, chock full of suspense – the perfect Holiday treat

6 December 2013 8:50 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Inside (À l’intérieur)

Directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury

Written by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury

2007, France

Inside (À l’intérieur) takes the home invasion genre about as far as it can go with an exceedingly simple premise. Four months after the death of her husband, Sarah (Alysson Paradis), who is nine months pregnant, is tormented by a strange woman (Beatrice Dalle) lurking outside her house on Christmas Eve. After a few unsuccessful attempts at trying to talk her way in, the mysterious woman invades Sarah’s home with the intent on killing her. The twist here however, is the intruder first plans to perform an botched C-section with a giant pair of scissors so she can take Sarah’s baby for herself.

This movie is not recommended for women on the brink of motherhood. Inside is one of the most vicious and cringe inducing horror thrillers ever made. »

- Ricky da Conceição

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New Among the Living Stills Found on the Run

4 December 2013 11:54 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

A fresh set of stills has come our way for the new film from Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (Livid, Inside), entitled Among the Living; and even though they're light on action, they're kinda heavy on atmosphere. Check 'em out!

Chloe Coulloud, Lannick Gautry, Francis Renaud, and Beatrice Dalle star in the flick, which has been described as a hybrid of Stand By Me and Stephen King's It.

Synopsis

Youngsters Victor, Dan, and Tom skip school to wander around an abandoned movie set. They stumble upon an horrific vision: a woman in chains is dragged through the field by a man wearing a clown mask. The masked man catches a glimpse of the boys, who scramble to run away. But, before they can escape, they see something which has been hidden for years, something they were not meant to see. Terrified of having been seen by the masked man, »

- Uncle Creepy

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Blu-ray Review: 'Betty Blue' (rerelease)

26 November 2013 4:26 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★★One of the most iconic French offerings of the eighties, Jean Jacques Beineix's Betty Blue (1986) not only filled cinemas and earned itself BAFTA and Oscar attention, but its César Award-winning poster found itself adorning the bedroom walls of those mesmerised by the astounding central performance of Béatrice Dalle. Reissued on Blu-ray in a deluxe box set, this stunning transfer will delight revisiting fans as well as a whole new league of admirers. Betty (Dalle) and Zorg (Jean-Hugues Anglade) have been dating for a week and they live in a shack on the beach, with the latter working as a handyman to pay the bills.

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- CineVue UK

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31 Days of Horror: 100 Greatest Horror Films: Top 100

31 October 2013 9:24 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time for one reason: the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. I am including documentaries, short films and mini series, only as special mentions – along with a few features that can qualify as horror, but barely do.

Come Back Tonight To See My List Of The 200 Best!

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Special Mention:

Wait until Dark

Directed by Terence Young

Written by Robert Carrington

USA, 1967

Directed by Terence Young, »

- Ricky

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More Stills Found Among The Living

28 October 2013 12:34 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

More stills have come our way from the new film from Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (Livid, Inside), entitled Among the Living, and we're happy to share 'em with ya. Well, okay, we're usually pretty stingy, but we'll make an exception this time.

Chloe Coulloud, Lannick Gautry, Francis Renaud, and Beatrice Dalle star in the flick, which has been described as a hybrid of Stand By Me and Stephen King's It.

Synopsis

Youngsters Victor, Dan, and Tom skip school to wander around an abandoned movie set. They stumble upon an horrific vision : a woman in chains is dragged through the field by a man wearing a clown mask. The masked man catches a glimpse of the boys, who scramble to run away. But, before they can escape, they see something which has been hidden for years, something they were not meant to see. Terrified of having been seen by the masked man, »

- Uncle Creepy

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[The Thirteen] 13 Female Villains & Anti-Heroes in Film

23 October 2013 5:51 AM, PDT | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

This post will be retroactively published on October 30, 2013. We apologize about the delay but we know you will enjoy the list the same. Thanks for your patience.

With the remake of Carrie being released in a few days, we celebrate this month’s The Thirteen column with our top 13 female villains and anti-heroes! I have culled the staff together and picked the best of all the names given. Caution: There may be spoilers.

Angel Blake from the film ‘The Blood on Satan’s Claw‘ Played by Linda Hayden

I first saw 1971’s “The Blood on Satan’s Claw” a couple of years ago, as an assignment for a long-running podcast that had a knack for uncovering cinematic, oddball gems. I remember saying that Satan’s Claw is like watching a 90+ minute car crash; impossible to look away from. But let’s get to what makes Angel Blake a great villain. »

- Andy Triefenbach

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Sensuous. Challenging, Mysterious. Dark. Maddening: Le Cinema of Claire Denis

11 October 2013 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Sensuous. Challenging, Mysterious. Dark. Maddening. Just a few words that have been used to describe the cinema of Claire Denis. Her work is being illustriously shown in the retrospective ‘Objects of Desire: The Cinema of Claire Denis‘ by Tiff Cinematheque this October.

Grasping for a word to capture her early work, notably Chocolat and I Can’t Sleep, this word would undoubtedly be spellbinding. In Chocolat, Denis’ poised directorial debut, a secondary character notes that the house where most of the proceedings occur has a spell on it, and the same can be said of the film’s bewitched viewers. In this personal and semi-autobiographical work, the film explores themes of colonialism, family relations, and conscious isolation and distance (exhibited in the characters’ relationships to one another, within themselves, and geographically on a much more monumental scale). These themes are oft explored in Denis’ early filmography, and recur in her later White Material. »

- Leora Heilbronn

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Tiff’s 25 Years of Midnight Madness: Best of the Fest #5 – ‘Inside’

14 September 2013 10:58 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Inside (À l’intérieur)

Directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury

Written by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury

2007, France

Inside (À l’intérieur) takes the home invasion genre about as far as it can go with an exceedingly simple premise. Four months after the death of her husband, Sarah (Alysson Paradis), who is nine months pregnant, is tormented by a strange woman (Beatrice Dalle) lurking outside her house on Christmas Eve. After a few unsuccessful attempts at trying to talk her way in, the mysterious woman invades Sarah’s home with the intent on killing her. The twist here however, is the intruder first plans to perform an botched C-section with a giant pair of scissors so she can take Sarah’s baby for herself.

This movie is not recommended for women on the brink of motherhood. Inside is one of the most vicious and cringe inducing horror thrillers ever made. »

- Ricky

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Top 20 Alternative Picks for Tiff 2013: Bruce Labruce’s Gerontophilia

1 September 2013 11:30 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Bruce LabruceGerontophilia

Section: Vanguard

Dates: Monday 9th, Wednesday 11th, Friday 13th

Buzz: What to do with Bruce Labruce, whose titles will most likely always reside on the tenuous cusp of porn vs. art? That’s exactly why he’s an important and oft neglected voice relegated to the ghetto of gay cinema enthusiasts—he’s been challenging boundaries and ideas for well over twenty years without cashing in on anything remotely mainstream. While some titles may not always seem worthwhile (a dip into less sexually explicit waters resulted in 2010’s Otto: Or Up With Dead People, which in turns seemed to have inspired a more experimental sexy undead project, La Zombie, a film that had few champions), he’s back with more taboo subject matter (a young boy likes sex with old guys—oh my!) and is bound to cause divisive critiques. In its developmental stages, Beatrice Dalle »

- Nicholas Bell

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Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 2000s

28 August 2013 11:00 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Villains are an essential part of genre cinema.  Though scores of filmmakers have attempted to create truly great villains throughout the history of film, only a few have succeeded in achieving this difficult goal.

This article will take a look at the great film villains of the 2000’s.

The criteria for this article is the same as my previous articles Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 1970’s, Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 1980’s and Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 1990’s:  the villains must be from live-action films only, and must pose some type of direct or indirect lethal threat. The villains can be either individuals or small groups that act as one unit. The villains must be human or human in appearance. Also, individuals who are the central protagonists/antiheroes of their respective films were excluded.

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Ben Kingsley as Don Logan in Sexy Beast (Jonathan Glazer, 2000):  Kingsley rightfully received an »

- Terek Puckett

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First Stills from Time Spent Among the Living

26 June 2013 1:04 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

If there's one pair of directors whom we keep our eyes on around here, it's Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (Livid, Inside). While we wait for Livid to make its way Stateside, the first stills from their latest flick, Among the Living, have arrived.

Chloe Coulloud, Lannick Gautry, Francis Renaud, and Beatrice Dalle star in the flick, which has been described as a hybrid of Stand By Me and Stephen King's It.

Synopsis

Youngsters Victor, Dan, and Tom skip school to wander around an abandoned movie set. They stumble upon an horrific vision : a woman in chains is dragged through the field by a man wearing a clown mask. The masked man catches a glimpse of the boys, who scramble to run away. But, before they can escape, they see something which has been hidden for years, something they were not meant to see. Terrified of having been seen by the masked man, »

- Uncle Creepy

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Exclusive First Look At Maury And Bustillo's Among The Living

26 June 2013 1:00 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

French filmmaking duo Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo have built a loyal international following thanks to their first two films Inside and Livid and the duo look to expand their cult with their third effort, Among The Living. Though there are some familiar faces to be found here in Beatrice Dalle and Chloe Coulloud the film centers on three youngsters with the directors aiming for something in the sweet spot between Stand By Me and It. Here's the official synopsis:Youngsters, Victor, Dan and Tom skip school to wander around an abandoned movie set. They stumble upon a horrific vision : a woman in chains is dragged through the field by a man wearing a clown mask. The masked man catches a glimpse of the boys,...

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Palace closes deals for 10 titles

18 June 2013 3:15 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

After a few weeks of negotiations Palace Films has finalised the contracts for 10 films from the Cannes Film Festival and market for release in 2014.

That wasn.t a record haul from Cannes for the distributor but general manager Nicolas Whatson rates it as .definitely one of the busiest markets in recent years..

As for the time it takes to finalise deals, Whatson observes, .Sometimes contracts not only take weeks, they can take months. On occasion Cannes deals are made on a handshake or on a napkin at 3am. Then the fun begins..

The upcoming slate is an eclectic mix of films from the UK, Italy, France and Latin America. Still Life stars Eddie Marsan and Downton Abbey.s Joanne Froggart in the poignant tale of a lonely council worker whose job is to find the next of kin of those who have passed away alone; from The Full Monty producer/director Uberto Pasolini. »

- Don Groves

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Michael H. Profession: Director DVD Review

6 June 2013 8:10 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Yves Montmayeur

Starring: Michael Haneke, Juliette Binoche, Isabelle Huppert, Beatrice Dalle, Susanne Lothar, Emmanuelle Riva, Jean-Louis Trintignant,,

Running Time: 92 Minutes

Certificate: 18

Michael Haneke, you either love him or hate him. In fact, some people downright despise him, well his films at least, as Haneke is a directors that constantly challenges the audience and forces them to confront their greatest fears. Michael H. – Profession Director is an in-depth portrait of the German director responsible for such cinematic classics as Funny Games, The White Ribbon, Cache, and Amour.

The film is playfully structured, running from Haneke’s most recent project (Amour) and working its way backwards through his filmography. In many ways it shows Haneke’s evolution in reverse, but it’s an incredible watch as the film starts with Haneke stating that he doesn’t like to discuss his films too much, but then shows him being a lot more receptive to the idea. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Golem Takes ‘Congress,’ ‘Quai’

3 June 2013 7:08 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid — Proving there is still an arthouse market in Spain, however contracted in size, Golem has tied down Spanish rights to Ari Folman’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight opener “The Congress,” Bertrand Tavernier’s upcoming “Quai d’Orsay” and Michael Haneke docu-feature “Michael H. Profession: Director.”

Deals add to already announced pacts struck at Cannes on two competition titles: Ashgar Farhardi’s Memento Films Intl.-sold “The Past,” for which Berenice Bejo took best actress, and Jia Zhangke’s best screenplay winner “A Touch of Sin,” sold by MK2 Intl.

Before the festival, Golem acquired a trio of Cannes titles from Wild Bunch: Hirokazu Kore-eda’s family drama “Like Father, Like Son,” which nabbed Cannes’ jury prize; another competition player, Francois Ozon’s “Young & Beautiful,” which has sold out for Wild Bunch worldwide; and Claire Denis’ Un Certain Regard player “The Bastards.”

Repped by The Match Factory, and five years in the making, »

- John Hopewell

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Soko: International Star You Should Know

29 May 2013 3:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Breakthrough Roles

Soko received a Gallic Cesar nomination for female newcomer for Xavier Giannoli’s “In the Beginning” (2009), and played the younger version of the Beatrice Dalle character in helmer Virginie Despentes’ “Bye Bye Blondie” (2011), in which she described her role as “a punk lesbian who spent time in a mental institute.”

Claim To Fame

Born in Bordeaux, France, but based in Los Angeles, the raven-haired talent has generated buzz for her title role in “Augustine,” based on a real-life maid treated as a hysteric by 19th Century French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot. The film premiered at Cannes in 2012 and opened Stateside May 17. A.O. Scott of the New York Times called the film “intellectually satisfying” and described Soko as “grave and luminous as a silent film star.”

Divided Loyalties

Soko, born Stephanie Sokolinski, describes herself as a musician first and an actress second. Her debut album, “I Thought I Was an Alien” (Community Music, »

- Steve Chagollan

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Cannes' Queer Palm Goes to Sexually Graphic Drama

25 May 2013 6:09 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Gay erotic thriller Stranger by the Lake wins Queer Palm at Cannes Film Festival (photo: Pierre de Ladonchamps, Christophe Paou in Stranger by the Lake) Writer-director Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger by the Lake / L’inconnu du lac has won the 2013 Queer Palm handed out to Cannes Film Festival movies featuring gay, lesbian, bi, tri, multi, transgender, etc. characters. Stranger by the Lake was screened in the Un Certain Regard sidebar. Set near an idyllic lake where hot-and-heavy gay cruising takes place during the summer season, Guiraudie’s sexually charged thriller revolves around Franck (Pierre de Ladonchamps), a young man who falls in lust with brawny suspected murderer Michel (Christophe Paou). Strand Releasing will handle the distribution of Stranger by the Lake in North America. Stranger by the Lake: Mixing explicit sex with explicit love As quoted by Agence France Presse, Alain Guiraudie explained the (purportedly) graphic sex scenes in Stranger »

- Andre Soares

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Producing in France Can Include Filming On An Array of Tropical Islands

17 May 2013 11:40 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Filming on a remote tropical island may be less expensive and arduous than you think.

“It was always going to be tough filming (in the Caribbean), but I can honestly say Guadeloupe was the easiest of those islands,” says Alex Jones, production exec at U.K. shingle Red Planet.

The company has just embarked on a 20-week shoot there for the third season of “Death in Paradise,” a dramedy, which is co-produced with France’s Atlantique, about a dour British detective sent to work on a Caribbean island. The series, which was commissioned by the U.K.’s BBC and Gaul’s France Televisions, is shot entirely on the island, which, as a French territory, benefits from a range of Gallic production incentives.

These include France’s Tax Rebate for International Production, worth 20% of the amount spent in France or its territories. The production also received 500,000 euros ($650,000) for the last »

- Leo Barraclough

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Celebrate Mother's Day with Horror's 11 Most Memorable Moms

10 May 2013 9:00 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

It's that time of year again when we take a moment to honor our moms. And how great they are, right? Well, here at Dread Central we can turn even the most loving moms into something horrific, and in celebration of Mother's Day, we bring you Horror's 11 Most Memorable Moms!

Read on… and eat your vegetables for chrissake!

Okay, so not all the moms on this list are psychotic killers; some are heroes, and some fall somewhere in between. But they're all great for their own reasons. As usual, we'll start out with some honorable mentions, and we certainly have some remarkable moms to speak about. We'll start with Estelle Collingwood (played by Cynthia Carr) in the original Last House on the Left. Only a mother's love could drive a person to bite a guy's Johnson off as an act of revenge! Another great justice-seeking mother was Kate (played by Vera Farmiga) in Orphan. »

- Scott Hallam

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