David F. Sandberg’s no-budget, near-wordless 2013 short film “Lights Out” features a premise so simple it’s essentially a cinematic haiku. A woman is alone in her apartment, and when the lights turn off, an eerie female figure appears; when they come back on, the figure disappears. But Sandberg’s three-minute execution of this simple premise was clever enough — and virally popular enough — to secure the inexperienced Swedish filmmaker the support of horrormeister James Wan. Now armed with studio backing, his feature length expansion of that short never strays too far from its source, essentially repeating the same jump scare, over and over again, for most of its muscular 80 minute running time. What’s most shocking is how well it still works.
Very obviously a first feature, “Lights Out” is full of camp (most of it clearly intentional, some perhaps not), and its underlying mythology is confused and often ridiculous. »
- Andrew Barker
Year after year, Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival (running July 14th–August 2nd) is our favorite event of the year. Always showcasing amazing films and their respective filmmakers, films like At The Devil’S Door (I dare you to ask me how much I love that film) and The Demolisher were brought to our attention thanks to the fest and this year, celebrating its 20th Anniversary, Fantasia has announce its first wave of films and some exciting and impressive guests. Also unveiled, is the 20th anniversary poster art, courtesy of award-winning Quebec visual artist Donald Caron, showcasing iconic themes from previous years. Read on and be on the lookout for info on F.I.F.F’s Frontiéres international co-production market and Industry Rendez-Vous weekend being held July 21–24. The full lineup of over 130 feature films will be announced July 5th but until then, here is enough info the make you fright fanatics go nuts. »
- Jerry Smith
The first programming has been revealed for the 20th annual Fantasia International Film Festival. Taking place from July 14th–August 2nd in Montreal, this year’s Fantasia will honor Guillermo del Toro with the Cheval Noir Award, and the newly revealed first wave of programming includes screenings of Lights Out, Abattoir, In a Valley of Violence, Under the Shadow, Trash Fire, Teenage Cocktail, and more:
Press Release: Montreal, May 26, 2016 – The Fantasia International Film Festival will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary in Montreal this summer, taking place from July 14-August 2, with its Frontiéres international co-production market and Industry Rendez-Vous weekend being held July 21-24. The full lineup of over 130 feature films will be announced July 5th. In the meantime, the festival is excited to announce a selected first wave of titles, along with several special happenings.
For Fantasia’s 2016 poster, the festival has once again turned to award-winning Quebec visual artist Donald Caron. »
- Derek Anderson
Divine Access doesn’t hold any almighty answers to questions of existence, mainly because it doesn’t have to. Filmmaker Steven Chester Prince isn’t here to expose religion, but to investigate a flock’s mentality through the vision of one enlightened soul. In a very Don Verdean kind of way, this is a redemptive story about false prophets, and the power that holy command holds over people. It’s concerned with questions of how we choose to find meaning in the most simple, straight-forward acts of living that couldn’t Possibly be misconstrued (or so you’d think). You’ll laugh, cringe, and hopefully think a little bit, mostly about how living your life is a lot more important than worrying about what comes next. Praise be to – well – whoever!
Billy Burke stars as Jack Harriman, a southern slacker who spends his time wooing women through higher means of manipulation. »
- Matt Donato
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Dirty Grandpa (comedy, Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Zoey Deutch, Aubrey Plaza; unrated) The Witch (period horror; Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson; rated R) Divine Access (comedy-drama; Billy Burke, Patrick Warburton; not rated) Izzie’s Way Home (animated/family; voices: Tori Spelling, Joey Fatone; not rated) Embrace of the Serpent (drama-action; Antonio Bolivar, Nicolas Cancino; not rated) Song of Lahore (documentary...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Nobody likes the idea of being replaced, which perhaps explains why Gary Cole is none too happy in our exclusive clip from Divine Access. As it happens, Cole is one of my personal favorite actors, the kind of supporting player who can steal a scene without anyone noticing. (Check him out on HBO's Veep for his versatile, and very dry, comic work.) He is not the star of the movie, though; that would be Billy Burke, and in this scene he's the one whose presence infuriates Cole. To learn why, read the official synopsis below. Jack Harriman (Billy Burke) lives a simple life and uses the religious expertise he learned from his mother (Adrienne Barbeau) to attract women. He becomes an instant spiritual celebrity after...
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Offering a gentle rejoinder to the dogmatic Christian entertainments that draw parishioners by the busload, “Divine Access” considers spirituality less as one true path to God than a multi-directional quest with many open doors. But while it’s refreshing to see a religious film this laid-back and nonjudgmental, actor-turned-director Steven Chester Prince has more trouble defining what his debut feature is than what it isn’t. That brings him in line Jack Harriman (Billy Burke), the reluctant prophet at the film’s center, who becomes a public-access sensation for encouraging belief, but never commits to anything in his personal life.
Actors like Patrick Warburton, Gary Cole, and Adrienne Barbeau are manna from character-actor heaven, but this neither-here-nor-there Southern indie will likely languish in VOD purgatory after its simultaneous theatrical/digital bow.
Part satire, part slice-of-life, part romance, part redemption drama, “Divine Access” moves to the relaxed rhythms of a hero »
- Scott Tobias
Exclusive: Concourse Film Trade, the global sales arm of Matthew Shreder and James Andrew Felts’ Concourse Media, has acquired international sales rights to the comedy from Traveling Picture Show Company’s (Tpsc).
Prince, John A. O’Connell and Michael Zagst wrote the story about Jack Harriman, who becomes an instant celebrity after he humiliates Reverend Guy Roy Davis on a public-access TV show and subsequently experiences natural and supernatural forces while on the road.
Tpsc Films’ Kevin Matusow, Carissa Buffel and Prince produced with Blackball Entertainment’s Billy Burke, and Terry G. Jones. G-Men Media’s Clay Glendenning and Jeff Way served as executive producers.
Freestyle will release Divine Access theatrically and on VOD On May 13. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
TVLine has learned exclusively that the actress has landed the recurring Season 2 role of Allison, the Deputy Secretary of Defense who is actively seeking a solution to the animal crisis… and who shares a surprising history with Mitch (played by Billy Burke).
Anne Marie is tracking Judy Garland's career through musical numbers...
Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. revolutionized entertainment. Though he was best known for the Vaudeville showgirls in the musical review that bore his name, but his reach extended beyond the Follies. He legitimized Vaudeville and funded the show that would spawn the modern American musical. Though Ziegfeld died in 1932, MGM continued glorifying - and profiting from - Ziegfeld's legacy. In 1936, MGM released a biopic, The Great Ziegfeld based on the life of Ziegfeld and his wife, Billy Burke. The success of that film led the studio to announce a spiritual successor in 1938: Ziegfeld Girl, set to star Joan Crawford, Eleanor Powell, and Virginia Bruce. But when the movie was finally made 3 years later, the cast had changed a bit.
The Movie: Ziegfeld Girl (1941)
- Anne Marie
Is Grey’s Anatomy‘s Callie pondering a major move? Will a S.H.I.E.L.D. duo find time for love amid war? Will The Flash unmask another mystery man? Is Grimm setting the stage for -Biest Fight Round 2? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.
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I’m guessing that on Grey’s Anatomy, Callie will want to take Sofia and move across the country to be with Penny, and that’s what will cause the Calzona tension. Please »
After jumping into massive-budget spectacle with Furious 7, this year finds James Wan returning to smaller scale horror in two features. First up, he directed The Conjuring 2, featuring the return of demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) as they travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.
Then he produced David F. Sandberg‘s feature Lights Out, based on his short (also seen below). Starring Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander Dipersia, Billy Burke and Maria Bello, it follows a woman who only sees a creature when the lights go out, haunting her and her family. Two new trailers for the films have now debuted at WonderCon, and are now available online. Check them out below, as well as the poster for Lights Out.
- Jordan Raup
After stepping away from the horror genre to direct Furious 7, James Wan is back in full, frightening force this year, directing The Conjuring 2 (for which a blood-curdling trailer just dropped) and producing the very creepy-looking Lights Out. The first full trailer for the latter, which Warner Bros. is heavily backing with a prime summer release slot, just arrived, and it’s immediately clear why the studio is so gung-ho about the frightener – this thing looks absolutely terrifying.
David F. Sandberg is making his feature debut on the pic, an adaptation of his spine-tingling 2013 short (which you can watch and consequently lose sleep over here). He’s working with a great cast, too, including Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander Dipersia, Billy Burke and Maria Bello, and a beefed-up premise. Whereas the short just went for the jugular (and the light-switch), this spin on the concept (a demon can only »
- Isaac Feldberg
When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety. A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged.
But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger…once the lights go out.
Watch the new trailer… with the lights on.
The film stars Teresa Palmer (“Triple 9”) as Rebecca; Gabriel Bateman (“Annabelle”) as Martin; Billy Burke (the “Twilight” franchise) as Martin’s father, Paul; Alexander Dipersia (“Forever”) as Rebecca’s boyfriend, »
- Michelle McCue
You were right to sleep with a nightlight, according to the first trailer for horror movie “Lights Out.”
Based on David F. Sandberg’s two-minute short film of the same name, which gained some viral fame in 2013, “Lights Out” follows Rebecca (Teresa Palmer) and her younger brother Martin (“Annabelle’s” Gabriel Bateman) as they’re tormented by a spirit that draws its power from darkness.
With every flicker of the light, the figure of a woman draws closer as its victims struggle to keep the light around to draw it away. After some investigating, the two find out that the poltergeist is tied to an event in their mother’s past, and feeds on fear.
- Alex Stedman
Light’s Out is easily one of the scariest films we’ve ever seen, an impressive feat considering it was under three minutes long. The short (which you can see here) saw a young woman sinisterly stalked by a shadowy figure whenever she turned the light off. Fittingly, the short went viral and caught the attention of Warner Brothers who have put money into turning the tale from three minute scare to feature length freak fest, but will the extended run time work? Check out the first trailer now:
Starring Teresa Palmer and Billy Burke the trailer definitely seems to infer that the film will retain a lot of the atmosphere from the original short. Confidence should also put into the fact that original director David Sandberg is at the helm again, he’s also brought his original leading lady, Lotta Losten, along for the ride.
Light’s Out will »
- Kat Hughes
James Wan is going to have a busy summer scaring the bejesus out of you. First he's got "The Conjuring 2" coming and a month later, he'll unleash his producing powers on "Lights Out," which will once again make you afraid of the dark. Read More: Review: Horror 'The Conjuring' Starring Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Lili Taylor & Ron Livingston David F. Sandberg directs Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander Dipersia, Billy Burke and Maria Bello, the story follows siblings who are haunted by a mysterious figure in the dark, one that is mysteriously connected to their mother. And as the terror increases, they'll have to face the truth. Here's the synopsis: When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin, is »
- Kevin Jagernauth
During this year's WonderCon New Line Cinema released the trailer for thier upcoming horror flick Lights Out, starring Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander Dipersia, with Billy Burke and Maria Bello.
From producer James Wan (“The Conjuring”) comes a tale of an unknown terror that lurks in the dark. When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety. A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged. But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there »
- Kellvin Chavez
Based on a 2013 David F. Sandberg-directed short, the first trailer for Lights Out, a new Warner Bros. horror film, has been released. Insidious director James Wan, who serves as a producer on the project, unveiled the terrifying trailer at WonderCon in Los Angeles. Shortly after, the first poster for the film hit the web as well. To avoid any added terror, be sure not to watch the footage below with the lights turned off…
The trailer, above all else, showcases the film’s unique premise and gives the viewer a glimpse at some of the frightening sequences they can expect from the film. The central idea of the film is sure to strike a chord with any viewers who have even a slight fear of the dark, which may ultimately make it an effectively scary summer horror flick in the same vein as The Conjuring.
When Rebecca left home, »
- Justin Cook
From producer James Wan comes a tale of an unknown terror that lurks in the dark. When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn't real when the lights went out...And now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety.
A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged. But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger...Once the lights go out. James Wan was just at WonderCon in Los Angeles, where he debuted the first trailer for the new horror experience Lights Out!
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