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Lesbian drama release a bold move given anti-gay legislation in Russia.
Stacie Passon’s lesbian drama Concussion is among four titles acquired by Russian distributor Cinema Without Borders (Kino bez Granits) at this year’s Afm for theatrical release in Russian cinemas in 2014.
The other titles acquired were:
According to Cinema Without Borders, the latter two titles are expected to be given a wide release.
The acquisition of the 2013 Teddy Award winner Concussion would seem particularly brave given the current anti-gay mood in Russia since the introduction of legislation earlier this year banning “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors.”
Despite anonymous “telephone terrorism,” bomb threats and harassment by the police, the sixth edition of St Petersburg’s Bok o Bok (Side by Side) Lgbt film festival »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
As Bruce Campbell proved to us all last week when he debunked the previous week’s announcement that Army of Darkness 2 was on its way, news of impending horror sequels should probably always be taken with a grain of salt. Countless sequels have been announced over the years, only to drop off the face of the earth shortly thereafter. It’s just the nature of the game, in a fickle business like the movie-making one.
Back in August we took a look at ten of those sequels that we’re still waiting to see, and today I’ve got ten more for ya. They were all planned, they were all announced, but none of them ever actually happened!
28 Months Later
A few months before the 2007 DVD release of 28 Days Later’s sequel 28 Weeks Later, the now defunct company Fox Atomic teased a third film, implying that the future of the »
- John Squires
Feature Ryan Lambie 1 Nov 2013 - 06:23
Looking for some geek-friendly crowdfunding projects to support? Then here's a selection of worthy things for your consideration...
Nb: The pitch video for Why Horror contains some gory scenes which some bosses might describe as Not Safe For Work. Just thought we'd let you know.
We may have overshot Halloween by 24 hours, but that hasn't stopped us including a couple of horror-themed projects in this week's crowdfunding selection. And on the topic of horror, there's still just about time (if you've read this early enough on a Friday) to get involved in director Stuart Gordon's Nevermore Kickstarter campaign.
A low-budget film which will see Gordon reunite with the great Jeffrey Combs for an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's immortal poem, Nevermore still has a way to go before it hits its $375,000 goal - but if there's a last-minute swell of support, Nevermore »
It’s that wonderful, frightful, cool and creepy time of year again, when everything including the leaves on the trees are dying and our taste buds are craving sugary sweets and pies made from the guts of our jack-o-lanterns. It’s October, which means Halloween is nearly upon us! Get you costumes completed, your home haunts constructed and your candy collected for trick’r treaters, because you have to make time to watch some of the scariest movies this time of year.
In an effort to assist you in your cinematic scare-fest, we’ve come up with a list of the scariest movies to watch on Halloween… with one caveat. We have excluded virtually all “slasher” flicks. Why? Well, let’s just say we all know them, we all love them on some level, but really… don’t we all want something more in our scary movies? In honor of »
- Movie Geeks
With Halloween in the air, we thought it would be fun to reach out to the horror genre's biggest and brightest stars - both legends in the industry and up-and-coming superstars - to ask them two quick questions: What's your biggest fear, and what's your favorite scary movie? Read on for the results!
Some of the results will make you laugh. Some will make you shiver... and some, well some are just too funny for words. Sit back and get ready to hear from the likes of Anne Rice, John Carpenter, Robert Englund, the "Ghost Adventures" crew, cast members from "The Walking Dead," George A. Romero, and many - Many - more. Who knows? You may even find some new movies you should check out or at least revisit.
Let the scares begin!
1) I »
- Uncle Creepy
There are loads of horror docs out there already so why should you pony up your hard earned cash to help Tal Zimmerman, Rob Lindsay and Nicolas Kleiman complete their in progress work Why Horror? Because unlike other offerings this one is not about a particular movement or filmmaker but about the psychology of horror itself and why we're drawn to being repulsed. Plus it's already got interviews with a host of luminaries - the directors alone already on camera include John Carpenter, George Romero, Alexandre Aja, Eli Roth, Alex de la Iglesia, Don Coscarelli and more - and you could score yourself a copy of that lovely artwork to the left: An original piece by Ghoulish Gary Pullin. There's also the small matter that...
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It’s a well-known fact that many motion picture studios are fond of milking a cash cow until it is dried up and keeled over. Perhaps more so than any other film genre, horror sequels have a tendency to deteriorate to the point of almost unwatchable direct-to-dvd nonsense. The inverse can also occasionally be true: studios leave money on the table instead of making a much demanded sequel to a franchise that still has life and potential left in it.
We believe that just because a franchise has seemingly dried up or deteriorated to the point of churning out a barrage of unwatchable sequels, that does not mean that a series that once showed great promise and potential cannot be revived with a creative script and a director with a unique vision for how to resurrect a dying franchise. The same goes for a series that has been abandoned by »
- Tyler Doupe
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 17 Oct 2013 - 06:29
Here are 25 more great, unsung films - this time, from the year 1994...
Yes, 1994. The year cinemas were dominated by such whimsical wonders as The Lion King, Forrest Gump, The Mask and, erm, True Lies. It was also the year Gump dominated the Academy Awards, and Four Weddings And A Funeral loomed large at the Baftas.
As ever, there was so much more to the year's cinematic landscape than Tom Hanks' park bench ramblings or Hugh Grant mithering from beneath his gorgously crafted hair. To prove it, here's a list of 25 films that, in our estimation, are among its most underappreciated. There's much horror, drama, tears and laughter, plus a couple of classic documentaries, too.
Tiff’s Midnight Madness program turned 25 this year, and for two and half decades, the hardworking programers have gathered some of the strangest, most terrifying, wild, intriguing and downright entertaining films from around the world. From dark comedies to Japanese gore-fests and indie horror gems, the Midnight Madness program hasn’t lost its edge as one the leading showcases of genre cinema. In its 25-year history, Midnight Madness has introduced adventurous late-night moviegoers to such cult faves as Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused and Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. But what separates Midnight Madness from, say, Montreal’s three and half week long genre festival Fantasia, is that Tiff selects only ten films to make the cut. In other words, these programmers don’t mess around. Last week I decided that I would post reviews of my personal favourite films that screened in past years. And just like the Tiff programmers, »
Exclusive Updated: Magnolia International has reported brisk sales in Toronto on several of its key titles.
The film screens next week at the Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival when Cassavettes and Mouglalis will be in attendance.
Magnolia International sales head Christina Rogers negotiated all deals with the buyers. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Horror movies far too often abide by the old saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." These days it's no shock to see a sequel treading familiar ground. Whether the original director wants to return to his or her vision or a studio wants to strike gold twice, it's rare to see a sequel that really breaks the mold. But what's more exciting than a fresh take on an established franchise? We started thinking about all the times a sequel challenged our expectations and put together a list of our favorite sequels that veered from the course. They're nothing like their predecessors... and we love them for it!
Aliens The Predecessor: Ridley Scott's 1979 classic Alien was a tight, white-knuckled horror story set in space. Adrift in the galaxy, the crew of the Nostromo discover a derelict alien spacecraft and slowly, agonizingly discover just how screwed they really are. »
- Giaco Furino
Growing up on films like When a Stranger Calls, Black Christmas, The Last House on the Left (which I saw waaaay too young) and even to a degree, Dial M for Murder, I’ve always found home invasion stories to be highly effective.
After all, what’s more terrifying than the idea of someone breaking into your home or sanctuary, the one place you should feel the safest? Nothing hits harder than that idea, which is why these types of horror movies have always resonated with me over the years. It’s time to lock the doors, check the windows, and take a look back at my five favorite modern home invasion movies since 2000.
- Heather Wixson
The 7th annual Sydney Underground Film Festival, which runs this year on September 5-8 at the Factory Theatre, opens with a real bang when they will screen cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s latest cinematic odyssey, The Dance of Reality. This is Jodorowsky’s first film in over twenty years and is an imaginative and playful quasi-autobiography.
The rest of the four-day celebration is packed with more film oddities and excursions into surreal and transgressive territory. One particular highlight that is not to be missed is Don Swaynos’ incredibly crowd-pleasing comedy Pictures of Superheroes, about a slacker cleaning woman’s descent into an absurd world she can’t escape. Read the Underground Film Journal’s review of Pictures of Superheroes here.
Other twisted fiction films screening include Drew Tobias’s sick and twisted See You Next Tuesday, Cody Calahan’s apocalyptic Antisocial and Lloyd Kaufman’s highly-anticipated sequel Return to Nuke ‘Em High: Vol. »
- Mike Everleth
The movie-making business is a fickle one, with projects oftentimes appearing one day, then completely disappearing the next. There are so many factors that go into making a movie that it's quite frankly a miracle so many movies actually do end up getting made. But what about the ones that are planned and announced, but never actually materialize? There are a whole lot of them, and today we take a look at a handful of horror movie sequels that found themselves stuck in the dreaded Development Hell. Before the Mask: The Return of Leslie Vernon One of the most frustrating stories in recent years within the horror genre is the story of the sequel to 2006's utterly brilliant cult classic Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon... a follow-up that, for whatever reason, just can't seem to get off the ground. Described as a "spreemake," meaning a sequel, prequel »
- John Squires
Midnight Madness has been going on for 25 years at the Toronto International Film Festival and has hosted such directors as Quentin Tarantino, George A. Romero, John Carpenter, Dario Argento, Eli Roth, Rob Zombie, Don Coscarelli, Richard Linklater, Peter Jackson, Barry Levinson, Ben Wheatley, James Gunn, and Bong Joon-ho.
“Since its 1988 launch, the Midnight Madness programme emerged as a touchstone of cinematic shock, satiating the adventurous palate of bloodthirsty cinephiles from all over the world,” stated Colin Geddes, International Programmer for the Festival. “When the witching hour strikes and the human brain starts slipping into dream mode, the Ryerson Theatre will once again serve up a feast of phantasmagorical characters and jaw-dropping scenes, playing host to bizarre biological monstrosities, ruthless dominatrix gangs, paranormal mirrors, and the hijinks of supernatural cheerleaders.”
Carrying on the tradition of being a global showcase the 2013 edition features films from USA, Japan, Hong Kong, and Austria. Receiving »
One of the stars of Don Coscarelli's John Dies at the End, Chase Williamson, has joined the cast of the new flick from Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett (V/H/S, V/H/S/2, You're Next, A Horrible Way to Die), entitled The Guest. Read on for details.
He joins the previously announced Lance Reddick, Brendan Meyer, Dan Stevens and Maika Monroe in the film. Stevens ("Downton Abbey") stars as David, an ex-Marine who returns from a tour of duty and is taken in by a fallen comrade's family, whom he proceeds to terrorize. As the female lead, Monroe will seek to protect her family from David's cold-blooded wrath. Meyer will play Monroe's younger brother, while Reddick will play a government agent aware of David's medical history who sets out to stop his violent rampage.
- Matt Serafini
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes news on an art exhibit dedicated to Guillermo del Toro, release details on supernatural thrillers The Cloth and The Church, and an interview with Standards of Living‘s Aaron Mento to discuss his horror feature shot entirely on an iPad 2:
New Trailer for Theatre of the Deranged II: ”This is the second installment from Executive Producers James Cullen Bressack (My Pure Joy, Hate Crime, To Jennifer) and Jarret Cohen at Psykik Junky Pictures not only feature’s Bressack’s film “Unmimely Demise”, and Dustin Mills (Puppet Monster Massacre, Zombie A-hole) Segment is entitled “Plate Face” also Shane Ryan (Amateur Porn Star Killer) segment entitled “Tag” Shawn Burkett (The Sleeping Soul) with his segment entitled “Panty Raid” and Lastly Christopher Leto (The House Wife Slasher) with his segment »
- Tamika Jones
Hard to believe we're already half-way through 2013. What's even more surprising is the number of quality films from the first half of the year that flew under the radar. Want some quirky horror? Check out John Dies at the End and 100 Bloody Acres. Looking for the newest efforts from some up-and-coming writer-directors? How about Zal Batmanglij's The East or Quentin Dupieux's Wrong? Perhaps historical dramas like No, Lore and Kon-Tiki are more your style. Whatever your interest, 2013 surely has a film for you, you just might have missed it. Hit the jump for 15 movies from 2013 that deserve another look. John Dies at the End You might know writer-director Don Coscarelli from any one of his cult films - the Phantasm series, Beast Master, or Bubba Ho-Tep - but if you're not, you might as well get familiar with his latest effort. Featuring Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown and Doug Jones, »
- Dave Trumbore
Among the multitude of iconic images from the horror classic Phantasm, including the leering Tall Man, his hooded mini-henchmen, and that gorgeous black Hemi 'Cuda, the one that stands out boldest in almost every fan's memories is that amazing killer silver sphere. In fact, it was a nightmare about a deadly flying silver ball that gave director Don Coscarelli the idea for the original 1979 film... and the rest is history. If you've ever wanted a piece of that history – or at least a really damn good recreation of it – now's your chance to own a silver sphere of your very own, courtesy of artist “Phanattic.” Bear in mind, this is no cheap plastic replica made from a Christmas tree ornament: this sucker's made of stainless steel by an accomplished metalworker. The classic sphere, priced at $125, measures four inches in diameter and weighs two pounds (it's not hollow). It's fitted with »
- Gregory Burkart
One of the best things about horror film posters is the obligatory tagline. Some of them are catchy and increase your interest in watching the film, others are silly, some are unforgivably campy, and others are outright ridiculous. The best horror film poster blurbs, however, are typically a blend of all the aforementioned components. Many of our favorite taglines are almost a lampoon of themselves, but somehow, that has become part of the magic. It’s almost as if the worse the pun, the better the audience response. The heyday of the outlandish promo blurb was at its height when the slasher film was at its peak, but that’s not to say that contemporary horror cinema hasn’t brought us some dandies. With that in mind, we present to you 20 of our most favorite horror poster taglines from the 1970s to present. House "Horror has found a new home. »
- Tyler Doupe
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