18 items from 2013
Stars: Udo Kier, Virginia Newcomb, Catriona MacColl, Shane Woodward, André Hennicke, Suzan Anbeh, Debbie Rochon, James Gill, Lena Kleine, Kaniehtiio Horn, Lindsay Goranson, Guilford Adams | Directed by Richard Stanley, Buddy Giovinazzo, Tom Savini, Douglas Buck, Karim Hussain, David Gregory, Jeremy Kasten
Best known for their DVD and Blu-ray releases, Severin Films move into producing movies with the just-released-in-the-us The Theatre Bizarre, a brand-new anthology flick that captures the essence of the classic anthologies of old and adds a modern twist, with some of the biggest and brightest names in horror and short film helming a selection of stories that range from the strange to the avant garde to the completely grim…
Obviously inspired by grand guignol and all that it entails, the films six stories are framed by a weird stage show watched by the the unexpecting Newcomb and hosted by the legend that is Udo Keir, caked in a »
- Phil Wheat
*full disclosure: a Blu-ray screener of this film was provided by IFC Films. Director/writer: Brandon Cronenberg. Cast: Caleb Landry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Douglas Smith, Joe Pingue, Nicholas Campbell and Malcolm McDowell. Antiviral is the first feature film from Brandon Cronenberg. Brandon takes much of his influence from his father and Canadian director David Cronenberg. Both directors utilize body horror and surreal settings in their horror features. Antiviral is no different. The film is set in a future, celebrity obsessed world, in which citizens will pay to be infected with the virus of their favourite celeb'. Events get even stranger thanks to Karim Hussain's cinematography, which amplifies the film's strong themes of a sick society. Antiviral is a brilliant film from Cronenberg and the story pokes fun at celebrity obsessed culture, in a sly fashion. The story begins with Syd March (Caleb Landry Jones). Syd is a salesman; he sells the infections of celebrities. »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival is back again with one kick-ass line-up. As always, Fantasia brings the best of genre cinema from all over the globe to some of the best audiences in the world. The Fantasia Film Festival is an experience like none other and the films are only part of the fun. It is one of those very unique festivals out there that fosters a true sense of community, as people seem bound together for their love of the weird, obscure and gruesome. At its best, the atmosphere surrounding the fest is like a far less sinister “Gooble Gobble!” moment, with industry and fandom blurred and cinephile elitism brought down to a bare minimum.
Though it might mean a bit more of a commute between screenings this year, it is a rare treat that the festival is able to (if only temporarily) return to its roots at the Imperial Theatre on Bleury. »
We recently posted three big announcements from the Fantasia Film Festival which included Edgar Wright’s The Worlds End (closing the fest), a special Live theatre event for Clive Barker’s A History of the Devil, and a lifetime achievement award for Andrzej Żuławski. Additional first wave highlights have also been announced, and so far the line-up is shaping up to be better than last year’s batch. Hit the jump to view the current roster.
Across The River
Italy Dir: Lorenzo Bianchini
A brilliant opposition of new and old narratives, this chilling discovery from Italy is the most downright efficient atmospheric horror film you’ll see anywhere this year, haunting with a slow-building, intense crescendo approach to its atmosphere of disorientation and dread. From the director of Custodes Bestiae.
Described in its official marketing as “a brutal comedy »
- Kyle Reese
While we here in the States are getting ready for San Diego Comic-Con, our friends to the North are prepping for the grandaddy of film fests, Fantasia, which kicks off at the same time.
Here's the first announcement of what you crazy Canucks and your guests from around the world will see there.
From the Press Release:
The Fantasia Film Festival is coming back, and coming soon. From July 18 to August 6, Montreal will be home to a showcase of over 100 feature films from around the world, along with a wealth of special events, conferences, and parties. Audiences can look forward to discovering numerous World and International premieres, as well as the Canadian debuts of some of the most acclaimed genre works from this year’s Cannes, Sundance, SXSW, Berlin, and Tribeca film festivals. The festival’s full lineup of screenings and events will be announced on July 9. For now, we »
- The Woman In Black
While Fantastic Fest seems to satisfy my needs when it comes to a genre film festival, I have always wanted to attend Fantasia. I have heard & seen so much about it that, as a genre fan, it makes me salivate. Luckily, Fantastic Fest seems to nab some titles from their extraordinary lineup so I get to experience some of their programming.
Today, Fantasia has released their first wave of titles. Those lucky bastards get to see live Clive Barker stage theater, see the finale of the Cornetto trilogy and more. Read below for the full list.
Fantasia 2013′S First Wave Of Incredible Titles Has Been Announced!
The Fantasia Film Festival is coming back, and coming soon. From July 18 – August 6, Montreal will be home to a showcase of over 100 feature films from around the world, along with a wealth of special events, conferences, and parties. Audiences can look forward to discovering numerous World and International premieres, »
- Andy Triefenbach
The Fantasia Film Festival is taking place from July 18th to August 6th in Montreal and will feature over 100 films from around the world. The initial lineup has just been announced and includes The World’s End, The Conjuring, and a number of horror films making their world premiere:
Official Closing Film – Edgar Wright’s The World’s End (Canadian Premiere)
Fantasia 2013 will come wildly to a close on the night of August 6 with the Canadian premiere of UK filmmaker Edgar Wright’s hotly anticipated apocalyptic comedy The World’S End, starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Rosamund Pike and Martin Freeman. As Fantasia was the site of the Canadian Premieres of Wright’s landmark 2004 debut Shawn Of The Dead as well as his most recent Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, we couldn’t think of a better way to close this year’s festival.
Joining us in Montreal will be »
- Jonathan James
Edgar Wright’s sci-fi comedy [pictured] among first wave of announced titles for upcoming genre festival.Scroll down for full list
Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival has announced that the Canadian premiere of The World’s End will close this year’s festival on Aug 6.
Wright’s sci-fi comedy and Wan’s horror are among the first wave of titles to be announced for this year’s festival. Among them, the world premieres of Richie Mehta’s I’ll Follow You Down, starring Haley Joel Osment and Gillian Anderson, and Lloyd Kaufman’s Return to Nuke ‘Em High: Vol. One »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
Hannibal, Season 1, Episode 7: “Sorbet”
Directed by James Foley
Airs Thursdays at 10pm Est on NBC
The search for the Chesapeake Ripper continues, as “Sorbet” begins with a rundown of the Ripper’s nine victims. Will (Hugh Dancy) lectures his class, analyzing the mind of the killer as Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) watches from a distance. They know the killer tends to kill in threes, humiliating his victims in the process. Will profiles the Ripper, describing him as someone who is consistently theatrical, and who sees his victims as pigs, not people, displaying their corpses with a sense of mockery. If there was any doubt as to whether Hannibal was the Ripper, or not, this week lays to rest any uncertainty.
Last week’s “Entree” focussed primarily on Jack; every episode prior centred heavily on Graham, but “Sorbet” is all about Hannibal Lecter »
- Ricky da Conceição
Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival – it takes place this year between July 18 and August 6 and has always been about more than just the films. They offer plenty of panel discussions and master classes every year, and last year’s edition introduced the Frontières International Co-Production Market, uniting North American, European, and Australasian talent and funders in an initiative focused specifically on fostering genre film productions and relationships. Noteworthy projects from the inaugural edition included new works from seasoned filmmakers such as Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator) and Bruce McDonald (Pontypool), as well as up-and-coming talent like Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution), Paul Campion (The Devil’s Rock), Jason Eisener (Hobo With a Shotgun), and Jorge Michel Grau (We Are What We Are). At the Fantasia Industry Rendez-Vous – a sort of three-day industry cocktail party – professional introductions were made, and many of the projects found co-producers and/or international sales agents. »
- Jason Widgington
The team behind Montreal's acclaimed Fantasia International Film Festival have announced the official selections for the second edition of their Frontières International Co-Production Market – hailed as the first and only international co-production market to connect North America with Europe in an environment focused specifically on genre film production. Frontières is part of the Fantasia Industry Rendez-Vous, which supports the sales efforts of features in the festival’s 2013 programming. International producers and sales agents, distributors, broadcasters, talent agents and festival programmers will attend the Rendez-Vous from July 25-28 2013, the mid-point of the 3-week run of the Fantasia Festival. The twelve-project slate includes some beloved genre names, as well as some debut directors and up-and-comers. Here's the list: Casting The Runes (Canada/Germany/USA) Director: Joe Dante (The Hole, Gremlins, The Howling) Starring Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Star Trek Into Darkness) The Colour Out of Space (France) Director: Richard Stanley (Dust Devil, »
- Gregory Burkart
Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival, widely acclaimed as one of the largest and most influential genre film festivals in the world, is proud to announce the official selections of the second edition of its Frontières International Co-Production Market.
Frontières is the first and only international co-production market to connect North America with Europe, in an environment focused specifically on genre film production. It was just announced last week that Frontières will become a circuit in-between Fantasia, in July, and the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, in April. This initiative was made possible by funding from the Media Mundus program of the European Commission. Frontières was the only new initiative to be funded by the program this year.
The projects to be presented in the market feature an exciting array of filmmakers, from gifted newcomers to world-renowned maestros, coupled with numerous established international producers. The second edition of the Frontières International »
- Uncle Creepy
For the unfamiliar, Montreal is a city which hosts at least one film festival each and every month of the year. Of the dozens of fests, Fantasia Film Festival is without a doubt our favourite, and is widely acclaimed as one of the largest and most influential genre film festivals in the world. They’ve just announced the official selection of the second edition of its Frontières International Co-Production Market, and the slate is looking good. Frontières is the first and only international co-production market to connect North America with Europe, in an environment focused specifically on genre film production. The projects to be presented in the market feature an exciting array of filmmakers, from gifted newcomers to world-renowned maestros, coupled with numerous established international producers. The selection of the second edition of the Frontières International Co-Production Market will consist of the following 12 projects:
Casting the Runes (Canada / Germany / USA)
John Lucking reviews the fourth and fifth episodes of Hannibal....
Art imitates life, especially within the world of television, and while innumerable shows take their dramatic concepts from real-world events it’s much less common for art to stand aside and let life run its course. That was the decision made by Bryan Fuller regarding Hannibal’s fourth episode as a result of the Boston Marathon bombings. The content of the episode was not tied to the bombings (it dealt with Molly Shannon’s character training children to kill other children) but Fuller says he made this choice out of a cultural sensitivity, stating that he doesn’t want anybody sitting down to watch Hannibal to have a bad time. The episode was only pulled in North America, and rather than an outright ban Fuller did mention that he has no problem with people seeking this episode out further down the line. »
- Flickering Myth
‘Ceuf’ was notoriously pulled from the NBC lineup in the wake of any numerous tragedies that have occurred in the United States (Sandy Hook, Watertown, etc) and it wobbles the mind as to exactly why it was pulled. The episode, or the main plot of the episode revolves around a woman brainwashing children into killing other children seems pale in comparison to all the coverage of all the aforementioned tragedies that spool out before our eyes on news everyday and the episode would’ve fit right in line with all the many shows like Criminal Minds or Millennium that did the exact same plot but on a different tack. So, why was it pulled? Because the episode isn’t edited cohesively, it feels like an art experiment and feels disjointed. They hit all the emotional character beats but it still feels off. »
- Nathan Smith
John Lucking reviews the third episode of Hannibal....
If serving two masters is difficult, serving several must be nearly impossible. While a perfect episode of Hannibal would satisfy the creative team, the network, critics and audience, “Potage” illustrates just how delicate a balancing act this can be as it expands the show’s horizons. The chief concern regarding Fuller’s creative endeavour was the direction in which it would go: routine killer-of-the-week, or a combination of serialisation and procedural storytelling. The third episode is the first to break from the mold and ignore a case-of-the-week scenario in service of what we now know to be the season’s primary focus. The first episode gave it’s violence the gravity it deserved, the second dealt with the lasting effects, and in the third we follow this line of thematic inquiry with the question of whether or not violence is hereditary.
- Flickering Myth
The young Cronenberg Offers 'Cold, Clammy' Look at Celebrity Idolatry Gone Amok in the 21st century Antiviral (first released in 2012). Direction and Screenplay by Brandon Cronenberg. Cast: Caleb Landry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Malcolm McDowell, Wendy Crewson, Douglas Smith, Sheila McCarthy, Joe Pingue, and Nicholas Campbell. (Pictured above: Landry Jones holds a celebrity-related specimen in writer-director Cronenberg's film debut. Image via distributor IFC Films / IFC Midnight.) There will come a day, and a blessed day it will be, when we reach the saturation point in our obsession with celebrity. It’s proven a resilient phenomenon, brought on by the Internet’s "24-minute" news cycle, dozens of cable channels needing cheap reality-show talent who’ll do anything for fame and, of course, our tragically misplaced priorities. Oddly enough, one of the very best movies to tackle our fascination with celebrity was released in the pre-Internet era: released in 1983, Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy »
- Mark Keizer
Some are still in talks, some are officially on board, but the most important thing is that The Theatre Bizarre 2: Grand Guignol is definitely coming, and that some of the most talented filmmakers are attached to direct the sequel! Check them all out in the rest of this report & let us know what you think! As you already know, a 2011 horror anthology film The Theatre Bizarre featured six stories inspired by Paris’ Grand Guignol theatre, and directed by Douglas Buck, David Gregory, Karim Hussain, Buddy Giovinazzo, Tom Savini and Richard Stanley. The sequel, titled The Theatre Bizarre 2: Grand Guignol is set »
- Jeanne Standal
18 items from 2013
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