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★★★★☆ Ted Geoghegan's We Are Still Here (2015) is a fittingly gruesome tribute to the halcyon days of 1980s splatter movies and the cosmic horror mythos of H.P. Lovecraft. It specifically channels and mimics the visual palette and tones of Lucio Fulci, the director who earned his stripes in the Italian genre filmmaking boom of the 1960s and 1970s, making all sorts of pictures, before establishing a talent for extremely violent imagery. For his efforts, he became known as the 'Godfather of Gore'. Fulci, today, is an established figure in the 'Masters of Horror' pantheon. His phantasmagorical blood feasts, especially the 'Gates of Hell' trilogy, are rightfully celebrated as classics of their kind.
- CineVue UK
Lucio Fulci fans will not want to miss the Frizzi 2 Fulci live shows taking place in Austin and Hollywood this fall. Not only will composer Fabio Frizzi lead an orchestra for performances of music from Fulci's most memorable movies, but the latter show at Beyond Fest will also feature a 35mm screening of The Beyond Director's Cut.
Composer Fabio Frizzi will make his Us performing debuts at the Frizzi 2 Fulci shows, taking place October 2nd in Austin and October 4th at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood (which will also include a special 35mm screening of The Beyond Director's Cut).
Backed by an eight-piece orchestra, Frizzi will lead performances of music from popular Fulci films, including The Beyond, City of the Living Dead, Zombi 2, and more. To learn more about the Austin show, visit https://www.eventbrite.com, and to learn more about the Hollywood show, head to http://beyondfest. »
- Derek Anderson
Late last month, I posted the trailer for Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala's upcoming horror film "Goodnight Mommy" and called it "the scariest trailer I've seen in a long time." I wasn't kidding! After my post went up, multiple other outlets proceeded to call it the scariest trailer of All time, which I found a tad hyperbolic. Nevertheless! The Austrian scare flick may have just received a competitor for scariest trailer of 2015 from a twisted little Turkish film entitled "Baskin," which is set to premiere in the Midnight Madness section at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. The plot? "A squad of unsuspecting cops goes through a trapdoor to Hell when they stumble upon a Black Mass in an abandoned building." Which sounds like the storyline to a cheesy, borderline incoherent Lucio Fulci movie! Except "Baskin" appears to be less "The Beyond" and more "Hellraiser" (only even more perverse »
- Chris Eggertsen
A while back, when we released the 400th episode of the Sound On Sight podcast, a few close friends and longtime listeners requested we compile a list of our favorite shows we recorded over the years. Now that the podcast has officially come to an end, I decided to finally set aside some time in my schedule and give them what they want. Initially, I set out to pick ten, but after 500 recordings and 8 long years, it was simply too hard to choose so few, so I opted for 20 instead. In selecting these episodes, I tried to show the wide range of genres we covered over the years, including Spaghetti Westerns, Italian Horror, Southern Gothic, underground cult, family friendly, foreign language and even Hollywood classics. We’ve been blessed with several guest hosts and interviews with many filmmakers including genre legends George A. Romero and John Landis, to name a few. »
It appears those rascally rabbits from The Playback Collective have gone and turned one of the best horror films of 2015 into a 1980's Italian horror export. And that's fine by us!
The retro VHS cover is accompanied by a wonderfully old-school trailer complete with tacked on voice over straight out of the era.
From the Collective:
What if Lucio Fulci had gotten a hold of the script for "It Follows"? Wouldn't that been awesome? So I headed back to my Brooke Shields poster filled room not listening to what mom and dad had to say about me watching Those horror movies, warning me once again not to listen to Whitesnake, of course I didn't listen. I blasted my stereo, turned on my 1981 Ibm PC and did my best cr [Continued ...] »
Directed by Ted Geoghegan
There’s this thing that happens to regular movie goers after sitting through a couple of Fantasia festival screenings. Their complexion lightens, for lack of sunlight. They appear gaunt, yet bloated, from malnutrition (subsiding solely on a diet of concession snacks and lost potential). They adopt an odor that is not unlike a mix between grandma and sour milk. I’m mostly kidding of course, but sometimes, the end result is truly worse than what you would actually see onscreen. Bon Cinema!
In keeping with ghastly apparitions, I was finally able to catch a screening of We are Still Here, following its world premiere at SXSW. Hyped as a return to the Bayou boogaloo films of Lucio Fulci, We Are Still Here sets its sights squarely at The Beyond, but without the “nightmare logic”:
Middle aged couple move to an old country »
- Jo Satana
As a kid growing up in the 80s there were only a handful of women who, at least for this young horror fan, could sell a film on their name alone. For T&A terror it was the likes of Brinke Stevens, Michelle Bauer and Linnea Quigley; but for the real stuff, the truly horrorfying movies it was Barbara Crampton. To this day I will watch any film to which her name is attached, he presence in a movie, especially a horror movie, always elevates the production. Which is why We Are Still Here was pretty much a given at this years Frightfest!
But it’s not just the presence of Crampton that attracted me to this particular slice of New England horror.
- Phil Wheat
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, »
Disturbing and Terror-ific Blurays – New from Arrow Video Us
New from Arrow Video Us Edgar Allan Poe’s Black Cats: Two Adaptations By Sergio Martino & Lucio Fulci, Tenderness Of The Wolves, and Borowczyk’s Immoral Tales and The Beast via Mvd Entertainment Group Mvd Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the Us with a strong schedule of new titles for September and October… Tenderness of the Wolves ...
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Directed by Ted Geoghegan
Written by Ted Geoghegan
Taking cues from late ’70’s /early ’80s horror (primarily director Lucio Fulci’s The House by the Cemetery and John Carpenter’s The Fog), writer/director Ted Geoghegan’s directorial debut We Are Still Here doesn’t break new ground, but serves as a suspenseful and well-crafted old-fashioned ghost story.
Geoghegan’s concept is pretty straightforward; a period piece set in 1979 about a married couple Anne (Barbara Crampton) and Paul (Andrew Sensenig) who relocate to a new home in rural New England after a car accident takes the life of their only son Bobby. The pair has hopes that a fresh start will bring them some closure only Anne feels a strange presence in the house and believes that her child’s spirit is following them. When spooky occurrences originate from the basement, and neighbor Dave (Monte Markham »
Described by Artsploitation as “mystical and disturbing,” triptych, which sees its North American premiere at Canada’s Fantasia Film Festival on July 18, will then continue its festival run. A DVD/Blu-ray and VOD release is scheduled for the first quarter of 2016
Sale marks continuing title-by-title Artsploitation-Reel Suspects biz, after Raymond Murray’s Artsploitation Films, a indie distributor specializing in unsettling art or genre film fare from around the world, bought Reel Suspects’ French genre auteur hit “Horsehead” and another arthouse-genre mix, sci-fi “Vanishing Waves,” which was helmed by Lithuania’s Katrina Buozyte and a Golden Melies and Austin Fantastic Fest best picture winner.
- John Hopewell
My original plan was to publish a list of my ten most anticipated films screening at the Fantasia Film Festival but considering the incredible line-up this year, I find it near impossible to narrow it down to only ten. So instead I’ve decided to select one movie a day, or better yet, the movie that you should choose if you only had time for one.
Day 1. Tangerine
Christmas Eve in Tinseltown!
If you’re not familiar with director Sean Baker start taking notes. The man is a genius and one of the best indie American filmmakers working today. In Starlet, Baker spun an unlikely friendship between a young porn actress and an old lady in the San Fernando Valley. In Prince of Broadway, he chronicled the struggles of a hustler balancing fatherhood while working in New York’s wholesale district. Baker’s work avoids labels by refusing to adhere »
Arrow Films & Video have announced its line-up of new Blu-ray releases for October 2015, and once again there are some gems in the list. Chief amongst them are Clive Barker’s first three Hellraiser films in a limited-edition “Scarlet Box”, and a remastered box-set of films directed by acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Kiju Yoshida.
You can check out the full list of films and their special features below, as well as the release dates of the Blu-ray’s with some available in both the UK and Us.
Stephen King was once quoted as saying: “I have seen the future of horror… his name is Clive Barker.” That future became reality when, in 1987, Barker unleashed his directorial debut Hellraiser – launching a hit franchise and creating an instant horror icon in the formidable figure of Pinhead. Barker’s original Hellraiser, based on his novella The Hellbound Heart, follows Kirsty »
- Scott J. Davis
Darren Lynn Bousman and company's Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival screening tour in the U.S. will commence this August in Los Angeles. Also in this round-up: details on The Charnel House and U.S. release details for the Morituris Blu-ray / DVD.
Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival: In 2012, director Darren Lynn Bousman and his team hit the road and took Lucifer with them, bringing The Devil's Carnival film and accompanying live entertainment to cities across America. Bousman and company are now back to raise a lot of hell and a little heaven in Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival.
Featuring David Hasselhoff, Paul Sorvino as God, and Terrance Zdunich as Lucifer, Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival kicks off its U.S. theater screenings tour on August 11th in Los Angeles. For tour and ticket info, visit:
"After triumphant collaborations on 2008's Repo! The Genetic Opera and 2012's The Devil's Carnival: Episode One, »
- Tamika Jones
After directing Star Crash, his glitzy, disco version of Star Wars, Italian director Luigi Cozzi set his sights to cashing in on the success of another space movie - Ridley Scott's mega-hit Alien. The results are 1980's Contamination, a bonkers exploitation film about eggs from outer space that blow people up for some reason.
While their contributions to horror and exploitation cinema in the ’70s and ’80s can never be understated, the Italians had a funny habit of co-opting unrelated movies and branding them as sequels to one another despite the fact that they were never designed as such. When Lucio Fulci made his classic Zombie in 1979, it was released as Zombi 2 in Europe despite having nothing to do with George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, originally released as Zombi overseas. Sam Raimi’s first two Evil Dead films played under the titles La Casa and La Casa 2, which wouldn’t be anything unusual if there weren’t three more totally unrelated La Casa movies released after the fact. The implication is that these movies were sequels to the Evil Dead series. They were not.
Thanks to Scream Factory, two of those films are hitting Blu-ray on one double feature disc under their American titles, »
- Patrick Bromley
Welcome to the latest episode of The ScreamCast! Each episode sees hosts Sean Duregger and Brad Henderson review a Scream Factory release, however this week the ScreamCast gang are checking out three notorious titles from Grindhouse Releasing…
This week we stumble into Italian blood soaked madness with three releases from Grindhouse Releasing: The Beyond, Cannibal Holocaust and Cannibal Ferox! Lucio Fulci is indeed a “Master Of Gore” but what makes The Beyond one of his most beloved works? Also, are there redeeming any merits in the Cannibal sub-genre in today’s society? We also introduce another chance to win some goodies including coffee and another Arrow blu-ray!
Don’t forget to check out TheScreamCast.com for the show notes and for more news and reviews of Scream Factory releases and make sure to follow them on Twitter too!
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- Phil Wheat
Making his feature directorial debut, Tyler Shields' Final Girl arrives in select theaters and VOD in August. Also in this round-up: details on new vinyls from Death Waltz and Mondo, as well as a Q&A with Closer to God writer/director Billy Senese.
Final Girl: Press Release -- "Renowned photographer to some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Tyler Shields will captivate audiences with his debut feature film, the “sardonic, smart, stylized, thriller” (Dennis Dermody, Paper), Final Girl. Starring Oscar® nominee Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, Zombieland), Final Girl will debut in select theaters, Digital HD and Video on Demand August 14 from Cinedigm (Nasdaq:cidm) and Nasser Entertainment.
Also starring BAFTA® Film Award nominee Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games, American Beauty), Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games, Lone Survivor), Francesca Eastwood (Jersey Boys), daughter of Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood, and Cameron Bright (The Twilight Saga), the terrifying, highly anticipated film »
- Tamika Jones
The 19th Fantasia International Film Festival is right around the corner. Though the full lineup for the festival won't be unveiled until early next month, the second wave of Fantasia titles have been revealed and horror fans have a lot to look forward to.
Press Release: "Montreal, June 11, 2015 – The 19th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival, presented by Ubisoft and Anchor Bay, will soon be stunning Montreal with three weeks of cinematic ingenuity from July 14 until August 4, 2015.
- Derek Anderson
The 19th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival, presented by Ubisoft and Anchor Bay, will soon be stunning Montreal with three weeks of cinematic ingenuity from July 14 until August 4, 2015.
From The Official Press Release:
The International Premiere Of Takeshi Kitano’S Ryuzo And The Seven Henchmen Coming immediately after his Outrage saga, Takeshi Kitano’s hilarious crime story stars screen legend Tatsuya Fuji (In The Realm Of The Senses) as a retired yakuza who realizes that the only way to break the monotony of his daily life by reuniting with his old gang. This is a funny and heartfelt meditation on growing old that only the master of Japanese cinema could deliver. International Premiere
A Special Screening »
- BJ Colangelo
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