14 items from 2015
A secret network of ordinary people known as the Underground Railroad guide the family on their journey north to Canada. They are relentlessly pursued by the notorious slave hunter Plimpton (William Sadler). Hunted like a dog and haunted by the unthinkable suffering he and his forbears have endured, Samuel is forced to decide between revenge or freedom.
100 years earlier in 1748, John Newton the Captain of a slave trader sails from Africa with a cargo of slaves, bound for America. On board is Samuel’s great grandfather whose survival is »
- Gary Collinson
Read More: Arc Entertainment Acquires Civil War Thriller 'Echoes Of War' Arc Entertainment announced today that it has acquired U.S. distribution rights to "Freedom" for a day-and-date release on June 5, 2015. The film was directed by Peter Cousens ("Return to Eden") and was written by Timothy A. Chey ("The Genius Club"). "Freedom" follows the true story of Samuel Woodward, a slave who attempts to escape from a plantation in Monroe, Virginia using the Underground Railroad in 1856. Woodward's story is woven together with that his great grandfather, whose 1748 voyage to America with slave trader Captain John Newton inspired Newton to write the song "Amazing Grace." The song touches the lives of all of the characters in the film. Academy Award Winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. ("Jerry McGuire") stars in the film alongside William Sadler ("The Shawshank Redemption"), Sharon Leal ("Guiding Light"), David »
- Becca Nadler
Arc Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to the family drama “Freedom,” which stars Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. as a slave, it was announced Tuesday by the company’s head of acquisitions, Scott Moesta. Peter Cousens directed from a script by Timothy A. Chey, and the film co-stars William Sadler (“The Shawshank Redemption”), Sharon Leal (“Guiding Light”), David Rasche (“Men in Black 3”), Terrence Mann (“Critters”) and Michael Goodwin (“Stuck in Love”). Arc Entertainment will be releasing the film on VOD, digital and in theaters on June 5. “Freedom” tells the true story of two men separated by 100 years »
- Jeff Sneider
If you've been crossing your fingers for Fox to return to New York's supernatural-charged town of Sleepy Hollow, you can relax your hands, exhale, and settle comfortably back into your couch, because Fox has announced their renewal of Sleepy Hollow for an 18-episode third season, with the network also revealing the series' new showrunner (following Mark Goffman's departure earlier this month). Also included in our latest horror round-up is a trailer for the second episode of The CW's iZombie and details on the 10th Annual Texas Frightmare Weekend that will feature special guest Alexandra Breckenridge from The Walking Dead (as well as many other great guests).
- Derek Anderson
Low Spirits: Galland’s Energetic Supernatural Comedy Doesn’t Retain Dominion
The increasingly tenuous distinction between what constitutes either horror or comedy is further exemplified in Ava’s Possessions, the third feature from multifaceted Jordan Galland. A modified spin on the popular subgenre of demonic possession and exorcism titles that we’ve long been familiar with, Galland’s latest is a comedy marinated generously with supernatural elements. Amusing yet never as clever as one would hope it to be, this plays rather like the simple structure of mainstream fodder like The Hangover parading around in a Halloween costume. Those hoping for something eerie, creepy, or atmospheric will be disappointed, but fans of its attractive cast and some impressive production elements makes this more appealing than dubious detractors may predict.
- Nicholas Bell
Exorcism films often get caught up in the religious act of releasing pure souls from Satan’s burning grasp, but what happens after all the action ends? What happens when the possession lets go, the priest goes home, and the victim is left to piece back together their life? That’s the story that filmmaker Jordan Galland dares to tell in Ava’s Possessions, as he examines his title character’s existence After a demonic inhabitant leaves her with nothing but broken relationships and one massive blackout. Think of it as The Hanover with a paranormal twist. Like Ava woke up after a massive party, and she has to figure out what shenanigans she got into while “under the influence.” Yeah, that’s the best comparison. The Hangover, but with a lot more demons and Satanism.
Louisa Krause plays the titular Ava, a young girl who lost a month of »
- Matt Donato
"The Drac pack is back" in the new teaser trailer for Hotel Transylvania 2, in which Frank (Frankenstein's monster, voiced by Kevin James) faces his old nemesis: fire. We also have a look at a new trailer for The CW's iZombie and two clips from the pilot, one of which includes George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead playing on a TV in the background. A teaser for Ava's Possessions, a horror film making its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival tomorrow night, is also featured in our latest trailer round-up.
Hotel Transylvania 2: "The Drac pack is back for an all-new monster comedy adventure in Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania 2! Everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania... Dracula’s rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, »
- Derek Anderson
Each and every year, the South by Southwest Film Festival comes together in Austin, Texas to shine the spotlight on some of the most provocative and ingenious indie horror films from across the globe. The 2015 SXSW line-up is no exception, featuring a multitude of thought-provoking titles and genre-bending awesomeness that we could not be more excited to check out during the festival this month.
Here’s a look at several of the films from SXSW 2015 that have us excited for this year’s line-up and should stay on your radar once they’re officially released at a later date:
Max and her friends are mysteriously transported into a famous 1980s horror movie that starred Max's mother, a celebrated scream queen. Reunited, they team up to fight the film's maniacal killer and find their way back home. Cast: Taissa Farmiga, »
- Heather Wixson
We at Thn collectively love Keanu Reeves and have been immensely excited about his return this year in John Wick. Although not released in UK cinemas until April, Thn have been lucky enough to have already seen it and we can tell you that it is all kinds of awesome.
John Wick was so brilliant that it has awoken my long-forgotten admiration for Mr Reeves and compelled me to revisit his extensive back catalogue immediately. Post-John Wick viewing I arrived home, logged onto Amazon and purchased an alarming amount of films, including Johnny Mnemonic (don’t worry, it was only 8p!). I thought I’d gotten through the Keanu phase at secondary school but it seems that it is now back with a vengeance. It all started after seeing that little known film The Matrix which was released right in the middle of my school career. Most of my »
- Kat Smith
The 2015 SXSW Film Festival will be running from March 13th through March 21st in Austin, Texas and the first wave of selections were announced today to get attendees excited for all the amazing films coming our way next month. And while horror fans have to wait until next week for the announcement of the Midnighters slate, here’s a look at some of the genre-related titles already revealed amidst SXSW’s other film categories for this year.
Narrative Feature Competition
Director/Screenwriter: J. Davis
The story of two brothers: one who’s devoted to his family, the other who’s obsessed with the Manson Family. Cast: Jay Duplass, Linas Phillips, Leonora Pitts, Tobin Bell, Adam Chernick, Davie-Blue. (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Alex Garland
- Heather Wixson
South by Southwest, the multi-faceted film, music and technology festival held annually in Austin, TX will feature such upcoming films as Paul Feig’s Spy, David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, Alex Gibney’s documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, and Ondi Timoner’s Russell Brand profile Brand: A Second Coming as headliners in this year’s film festival lineup.
SXSW runs from March 13 to 21 in Austin and is now in its 22nd year. Variety has details of the 145 films and 100 world premieres bowing at this year’s festival. Brand, as previously reported, will be the festival’s opening night film.
Other notable titles on the list are the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard, a rough cut of Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, the directorial debut of 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland, Ex Machina, and a new comedy by Michael Showalter, Hello, My Name is Doris.
On the small screen, »
- Brian Welk
A quick preamble. Over the course of the coming weeks and months, we're going to be exploring many of our favourite movie franchises, and ranking the films in order. Mainly because it gives us a further chance to talk about many of our favourite films.
Inevitably, the ordering in these cases isn't always going to come as a surprise - we go into this with the first and last place in most of these lists immediately obvious - but it's interesting to see how the movies stand in the context of each other. Police Academy week in particular should be a hoot.
When it comes to ranking the Die Hard films then, the battle is really between Die Hards 2 and 3 for second place. But »
Writer’s Note: This is the second part of my celebration of Ernest Dickerson’s Demon Knight, which turns 20 today. Truly one of my favorite horror movies to come out of the 1990’s (or really, any decade), Demon Knight was a landmark endeavor for many reasons. You can catch up with Part One of my retrospective here.
In Demon Knight, Brayker (William Sadler) and The Collector (Billy Zane) are vying for control over an ancient relic that controls the very fate of humanity. The duo eventually face-off at a remote long-term hotel in New Mexico called The Mission where several residents end up getting caught in the middle of their epic showdown. The hotel is run by the wise-cracking, no-nonsense Irene (Cch Pounder) who makes it her job to keep her renters in line, including former convict Jeryline (Jade Pinkett), a well-meaning prostitute named Cordelia (Brenda Bakke) and her client, »
- Heather Wixson
After several successful seasons on HBO under its belt, Tales from the Crypt and its iconic host, The Cryptkeeper (voiced by John Kassir), made the leap to the big screen in January 1995 with the feature film Demon Knight. Directed by Ernest Dickerson and starring William Sadler, Billy Zane, Jada Pinkett, Dick Miller, Brenda Bakke, Thomas Hayden Church, Cch Pounder and Charles Fleischer, Demon Knight debuted at #3 its opening weekend and took in over $21 million during its theatrical run, making the first of the Tales from the Crypt a bona fide success (even if the critics didn’t seem to think so).
A movie best remembered by fans for its masterful blending of horror and comedy, an incredibly diverse and talented cast of players as well as an iconic soundtrack and jaw-dropping special effects to boot, it was love at first sight after I first experienced Demon Knight all those years »
- Heather Wixson
14 items from 2015
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