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200 Greatest Horror Films (160-151)

10 October 2015 4:21 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Special Mention: Battle Royale

Written and directed by Kinji Fukasaku

Japan, 2000

The concept of The Hunger Games owes much to Koushun Takami’s cult novel Battle Royale, adapted for the cinema in 2000 by Kinji Fukasaku. The film is set in a dystopian alternate-universe, in Japan, with the nation utterly collapsed, leaving 15 percent unemployed and 800,000 students boycotting school. The government passes something called the Millennium Educational Reform Act, which apparently provides for a class of ninth-graders to be chosen each year and pitted against one another on a remote island for 3 days. Each student is given a bag with a randomly selected weapon and a few rations of food and water, and sent off to kill each other in a no-holds-barred fight to the death. With 48 contestants, only one will go home alive. Yes, this has been often cited as the original Hunger Games; whether or not Suzanne Collins borrowed heavily »

- Ricky Fernandes

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Fantasia Film Festival Review: Possessed

21 July 2015 7:50 PM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

One of the many lovable elements of 2012’s Paranorman was how easy it was for genre fans to latch onto. It dipped its toes into the horror genre, giving small homage-filled shout outs to films that horror lovers adore. While that film and those nods were fun, it left me wondering if we’d ever receive an animated or claymation filled horror film. That’s where director Sam Ortí Martí’s Possessed comes in. Firing on all cylinders and never stopping for a single second, the stop-motion film is nothing short of a genuinely sadistic love letter to the horror genre and the films that inhabit that genre.

Throwing elements of over a dozen classics films into one stop-motion feast, Possessed gives its viewers The Exorcist, Evil Dead, The Omen and an incredibly impressive amount of others into one film, telling the story of a former superstar trying to raise »

- Jerry Smith

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Annecy: ‘Possessed’s’ Sam Developing ‘Vertigo’s Shadow’ (Exclusive)

14 June 2015 9:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Indie toon helmer Sam, whose out-there “Possessed” plays in competition at this week’s Annecy Animation Festival,  is prepping ”Vertigo’s Shadow,” a musical mixing live action and animation.

Sam’s sophomore feature outing, “Shadow” will be produced through the helmer’s imprint Conflictivos Productions. Sam is seeking co-production partners in Mexico and Belgium.

“My central idea is to have a real character in a stop-motion world. I want a realistic look in a fantastic environment. It will turn on a man confronting a world that he doesn’t understand,” Sam told Variety.

“Vertigo’s Shadow” will be a black comedy musical with “Jesus Christ Superstar” as a main reference. Movie will also channel Terry Gilliam’s Kafka-esque “Brazil,” he added.

Santiago Segura, helmer and star of the “Torrente” saga, Spain’s most successful film franchise, has announced his support for Sam’ second feature.

“Santiago is a great actor and an excellent singer. »

- Emilio Mayorga

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