13 items from 2011
*full disclosure: a DVD screener of this film was provided by Indican Pictures
Director: Joseph Tito.
Release Date: Sept. 20, 2011 (DVD).
The problem with the movie Death of the Virgin is that it does not quite know what it wants to be. There are elements of a psychological horror, the underpinnings of artistic expression, a potential ghost story and a question of faith to be explored. All of them can blend together into a powerhouse product like The Omen. But when the tale is not clearly defined and the characters are as flat as a pizza, where this movie goes is uncertain.
This film can travel anywhere, including making a quest for the meaning of life. Three maidens make a trip on a bus to go find it, and they arrive at Caravaggio, an Italian monastery. »
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Dread Central is always on the lookout for intriguing new information to share with our readers. So when an email arrived informing us of a supernatural thriller that was the equivalent of "The DaVinci Code meets The Exorcist", of course we sat up and took notice.
The film being described is none other than director Joseph Tito's Death of the Virgin. It's been an official selection of the Toronto and Rome International Film Festivals. And if the trailer is any indication, this religious-themed horrific thriller certainly looks to be able to deliver on the whole DaVinci Code/Exorcist thing.
Starring Maria Grazia Cucinotta (Rite, The Postman (Il Postino), James Bond – The World is Not Enough), Daniel Baldock (Letters to Juliet, Pope Pius Xii, Pillars of the Earth, Go Go Tales), Linda Valadas (Novellas Morangos Com Acucar, Detective Maravilhas, Tu E Eu) and Natasha Allan (Take Your Place (Prenez Vos »
- Doctor Gash
Release Date: Sept. 20, 2011
Price: DVD $24.99, Blu-ray $29.99
Studio: Indican Pictures
There are supernatural happenings whirling about the art of Caravaggio in Death of the Virgin.
At first glance, the horror-thriller film Death of the Virgin looks like it could appeal to both lovers of 16th Century Italian art and devilish and violent supernatural movies. Hmmmm….
Here’s what the movie’s all about:
In 1432, an apparition of the Virgin Mary appears in the sleepy town of Caravaggio, becoming the inspiration for the gruesomely beautiful paintings of the artist, Michelangelo Merisi — better known as Caravaggio.
Five centuries later, in modern-day Italy, three women travel to Caravaggio: Lisa (Jennifer Healy), an aspiring art student; Claudia (Maria Grazia Cucinotta, The Rite); a sexy Italian translator; and May (Natasha Allan, Blue Bird), a young woman about to enter the nunnery. Their world is quickly turned upside down when the apparition reappears and May becomes plagued by premonitions of shocking murders. »
Indican Pictures, a distribution housed based in Hollywood, is set to deliver their latest thriller, Death of the Virgin. This title was shot in Italy by Joseph Tito, a Roman born director. Death of the Virgin releases on DVD September 21st and the film involves a young women, May (Natasha Allan) preparing for the nunnery. However, strange visions haunt her involving blood tears, impalings and gore. It seems the 16th Century religious painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio is haunting her.
Carvaggio was an actual Italian painter who was more known for his brawling and aggression than his artwork. Carvaggio is remembered for walking about Rome with a sword and a servant attacking those who got in his way. With a price on his head, Carvaggio fled to neighbouring Italian cities, where he himself was attacked in an assassination attempt. He would die a year later. His paintings and work in the arts would be forgotten, »
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DVD artwork is in for Death of the Virgin , a thriller currently playing in New York (it opens in Chicago and L.A. later this month) that is heading to DVD on September 20. Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Daniel Baldock, Linda Valadas and Natasha Allan star in this bloody tale that wields a Da Vinci Code -esque mystery. You'll find the trailer just past the synopsis. Based on a true story comes this chilling tale. In 1432 a stunning apparition of the Virgin Mary appeared in the sleepy town of Caravaggio becoming the inspiration for the gruesome yet extraordinary paintings of the artist, Michelangelo Merisi (better known as Caravaggio). Now, in modern day 2011, three women travel to Caravaggio -- Lisa, an aspiring art student, Claudia, a sexy Italian translator and May, a young »
Do you have "home invasion film" fatigue? No? Well, keep a lookout for Transgression from director Enric Alberich. This one hails from Spain, where the similarly-themed Kidnapped spawned from, and stars Michael Ironside, Maria Grazia Cucinotta ( Day of the Beast ) and Jonathan Keltz. You'll find a trailer below, and if it's images you seek, head over to our boys at Aullidos right here . Synopsis: Matthew and Elena are about to face the worst night of their lives when four burglars trespass into their home looking for easy money. But things don't go as planned. Tension and fear take over them all, victims and executioners, and mistrust, betrayals and unexpected lies will come to light at the worst possible time. "Transgression" is a disquieting »
The first promotional trailer for home invasion thriller Transgression has been released by Stealth Media Group. The film follows four masked men as they take over a palatial home. After money, this group terrorizes the homeowners (Michael Ironside, Maria Gazia Cucinotta) and this night turns from quiet calm to tragedy.
As well, the first film poster shows left and actress Cucinotta (The Rite) is predominant. The tagline reads: "every 10 seconds a home is broken into...what if it happened to you." Fans of thrillers will find something of interest here, with Transgression.
The synopsis for thriller Transgression is here:
"Matthew and Elena are about to face the worst night of their lives when four burglars trespass into their home looking for easy money. But things don’t go as planned. Tension and fear take over them all, victims and executioners, and mistrust, betrayals and unexpected lies will come to light at the worst possible time. »
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Although it doesn.t come close to the scares provided by The Exorcist or even the moderate chills provided by The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Rite does manage to give a goose bump or two thanks to the performance from Anthony Hopkins and the use of its Rome setting. Based on Matt Baglio's book The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist, The Rite was directed by Mikael Håfström (1408 and the underappreciated Derailed) and sees Hopkins joined by Colin O'Donoghue, Alice Braga, Ciarán Hinds, Toby Jones, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, and Marta Gastini. It also features a chilling performance from Rutger Hauer (who manages to be the creepiest part of the movie without even really seeming to try). »
- Patrick Luce
The new Anthony Hopkins thriller The Rite will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on May 17. The standard DVD will be priced at $28.98 Srp while the Blu-ray, which will come with a Digital Copy, will cost $35.99 Srp. You can take a look at the cover art photos and special features below.
Inspired by true events, this supernatural thriller follows a seminary student (Colin O'Donoghue) sent to study exorcism at the Vatican in spite of his own doubts about the controversial practice and even his own faith. Only when sent to apprentice with legendary Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), who has performed thousand of exorcisms, does his armor of skepticism begin to fall. Drawn into a troubling case that transcends even Father Lucas's skill, the young seminarian glimpses a phenomenon science can't explain or control - and an evil so violent and terrifying that it forces him to question everything he believes. »
The good folks over at Indican Pictures have acquired domestic rights, and to celebrate, we here at Dread Central would like to take this moment to pour out some of our 40 ozs in memory of all of the fallen hymens out there. Respect!
A suspense thriller, Death Of The Virgin is based on a true story. Taking place in the town of Caravaggio, the movie is inspired by the apparition of the Virgin Mary in 1432 and the gruesome yet extraordinary paintings of the artist Michelangelo Merisi, who became known as Caravaggio.
May, a young Canadian woman with a horrifying past, »
- Uncle Creepy
Weekend Box Office
The Rite $15 millionNo Strings Attached $13.6 millionThe Mechanic $11.5 millionThe Green Hornet $11.5 millionThe King's Speech $11.1 millionTrue Grit $7.6 millionThe Dilemma $5.4 millionBlack Swan $5.1 millionThe Fighter $4 millionYogi Bear $3.1 million
The new romantic comedy, No Strings Attached starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, debuted at number one last week, knocking down reigning box office champ, The Green Hornet starring Seth Rogen. But with two new releases this weekend, including The Rite with Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins, and The Mechanic starring Jason Statham, the romcom was unable to successfully defend its crown.
Debuting at number one this week is the new horror film, The Rite. The movie stars Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins (Red Dragon), along with Ciarán Hinds (Miami Vice), Alice Braga (Predators), Toby Jones (Amazing Grace), and Rutger Hauer (Batman Begins). The film made $5,027 on each of its 2,985 screens for an opening weekend total of $15 million. The movie was just short of »
Predicted Weekend Box Office
The Rite $18.9 millionThe Mechanic $16.4 millionNo Strings Attached $13.8 millionThe Green Hornet $13.7 millionThe King's Speech $9.9 millionTrue Grit $8.1 millionThe Dilemma $7.7 millionBlack Swan $7.6 millionThe Fighter $5.1 millionLittle Fockers $3.9 million
Last week, the new romantic comedy, No Strings Attached starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, shot straight to the top of the charts. In doing so, it unseated reigning champ The Green Hornet starring Seth Rogen. But with two new films entering the box office race this weekend, including The Rite with Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins, and The Mechanic starring Jason Statham, it looks like we will be crowning a new box office king.
Predicted to debut at number one this week is the new horror film, The Rite. The movie stars Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins (Red Dragon), along with Ciarán Hinds (Miami Vice), Alice Braga (Predators), Toby Jones (Amazing Grace), and Rutger Hauer (Batman Begins). Currently the movie has an »
New batch of images from Anthony Hopkins’ “based on a true story” exorcism flick “The Rite”. Hey, I’d watch Hopkins do anything, even play Odin in “Thor”. Here, though, he looks in his element, and if nothing else, this should prove to be another excellent performance from the always excellent actor. Check them out, check them outers. Inspired by true events, “The Rite” follows skeptical seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O’Donoghue), who reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican. While in Rome, he meets an unorthodox priest, Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), who introduces him to the darker side of his faith. Directed by Mikael Hafstroem (“1408″), “The Rite” is a supernatural thriller that uncovers the devil’s reach to even one of the holiest places on Earth. Starring Anthony Hopkins, Alice Braga, Ciarán Hinds, Rutger Hauer, Chris Marquette, Franco Nero, Toby Jones, Torrey DeVitto, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Colin O’Donoghue, »
13 items from 2011
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