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With the advent of the Internet, postmodernism found the perfect vessel. Today, a few clicks and an enter button can thrust you into any realm you so chose – along with a wink and plenty of ironic air quotations. This practice hasn’t solely applied to the common consumer either; tastemakers and artists have also sought this chic alternative in their works. Charlie Kaufman writes about his fictional self in Adaptation (2002), dreams become genres within themselves in Inception (2010), and a super- (anti-) hero mocks comic book movies in next year’s Deadpool.
It’s become so ingrained in the cinema of today that thinking back to a time before deconstructive art becomes a postmodern practice within itself. But we have to keep reminding ourselves what the archetypes of each genre are, otherwise it’s easy to miss the irony and just absorb the quotations. This was something that the late, great »
- Danilo Castro
It broke the mold of horror films and scored strong acclaim in the process, but 2012's "Cabin in the Woods" was only a modestly successful box-office performer.
Now writer/director Drew Goddard says that Lionsgate is reportedly interested in pursuing a sequel. Speaking with Den of Geek this week about his script work for "The Martian," Goddard reveals he was approached to do a 'Cabin' follow-up:
"The funny part is, I don't think we planned that movie to do a sequel, you know? But that being said, the fun thing about Cabin is, the rules are pretty crazy. We get away with a lot of crazy stuff.
So, I'm sure we could figure it out if we got inspired to. I know Joss and I both feel like we don't want to tarnish what we did with the first one. With a sequel, we'd only do it if it made us laugh hard enough, »
- Garth Franklin
A soul-sucking job turns into a life-draining nightmare in Bloodsucking Bastards. Scream Factory's announced a November 3rd Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD release for their office-set horror comedy, and we have a look at the cover art and list of bonus features.
Press Release: This fall, sink your teeth into Bloodsucking Bastards (a.k.a. Bloodsucking Bosses), an action-packed vampire comedy in the vein of Office Space and Shaun of the Dead. Directed by Brian James O’Connell and penned by the popular comedy troupe Dr. God and Ryan Mitts, Bloodsucking Bastards takes audiences on a hilarious, blood-spattered roller coaster ride in the most terrifying locale of all: the American workplace. This film boasts an all-star cast, including Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods), Pedro Pascal (Narcos, Game of Thrones), Emma Fitzpatrick (Significant Mother, The Collection), Yvette Yates (Inherent Vice) with Joel Murray (Mad Men) and Joey Kern (Cabin Fever »
- Derek Anderson
The Sham is Back! The only film festival that exclusively celebrates mockery, spoofs, satire and parody returns to Saint Louis.
The Sham Film Festival is presented by Dick to Dick, LLC Executive Consulting. The festival takes place Friday, September 25th, and Saturday the 26th at Winifred Moore Auditorium on the campus of Webster University.
The festival will also feature Four St. Louis filmmaking teams. In addition to Two Short Film Programs, the festival will include the St. Louis premiere of three feature-length films from L.A.-based filmmakers.
Here’s the line-up for the 2nd Annual Sham Film Festival:
Shorts Program I – Friday, September 25 at 7:00pm to 8:15pm
A collection of hilarious short films that mock, satirize and spoof everything from reality TV to movie trailers.
Bloodsucking Bastards – Friday, September 25 at 9:15pm to 10:45pm
- Tom Stockman
2012's The Cabin in the Woods marked the directorial debut for Drew Goddard, after writing the screenplay for Cloverfield and working on hit shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alias and Lost. The film, which the director co-wrote with Joss Whedon, wasn't a monstrous success at the box office, taking in $66.4 million worldwide, but it was beloved by genre fans around the world. While doing press for The Martian, which Drew Goddard adapted from Andy Weir, the filmmaker was asked if there was any possibility of a sequel to The Cabin in the Woods happening. As it turns out, Lionsgate does want a sequel, although Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon aren't sure they want to make it.
"They want to make one. I think Joss... we talked about it. I think we just don't want to, we don't want to f--k it up. I mean, I think, I've always felt this way. »
In the horror comedy Bloodsucking Bastards—now out in select theaters and VOD from Scream Factory—Fran Kranz plays Evan, a guy who desires a promotion, wants to mend the relationship with his girlfriend, and is faced with destroying a growing vampire infection in the office. Daily Dead recently caught up with the actor to talk about getting doused with buckets of blood, the legacy of The Cabin in the Woods (in which he played the beloved stoner, Marty), and much more.
When you first read the script for Bloodsucking Bastards, what appealed to you the most?
Fran Kranz: When I got the script, I didn’t know where Bloodsucking Bastards was going. I actually sort of missed the title. I’m always a little reluctant to do horror comedies after Cabin in the Woods. I want to be an actor that’s seen in all different genres and »
- Derek Anderson
As I sit here, writing my Bloodsucking Bastards review while glancing over my shoulder towards the only entrance to my cubicle, it’s easy to understand the true horrors of this wittily hilarious vampire splatterfest. One quote in particular hits home all-too closely, when a disgruntled character realizes how perfect his “fluorescent shithole” of an office is for a corporate vamp takeover, given how few windows permit the real world’s beauty from cutting through a demoralizing darkness.
Have we not all become bloodsucking drones, clocking in countless hours of work to achieve that next (meaningless) goal just to keep the numbers crunching and dollars flowing (most of which the average worker won’t see)? The horror of Bloodsucking Bastards is not found through vampire bites, but in stinging corporate satire that seems too smart for a horror comedy – and too damn real.
Written by the L.A. comedy troupe Dr. God, »
- Matt Donato
Directed by Brian James O’Connell
What would happen if Joss Whedon and Mike Judge had a cinematic love child? If our puny human brains were capable of comprehending such unmitigated awesomeness, it would probably resemble something like Bloodsucking Bastards. A product of the Los Angeles comedy troupe, Dr. God, this satirical bloodletting starts a bit sluggish, but finishes with an inspired stream of gags and gore. Director Brian James O’Connell has a cult hit on his hands.
This won’t be the first (or last) review to describe Bloodsucking Bastards as Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the television juggernaut, not the abysmal film) meets Office Space. And what the hell is wrong with that, punk?!? Endearingly quirky, sarcastic beyond all measure, and painfully observant, there are more clever one-liners and non-sequiturs packed into this 80 minute bundle than any other 2015 comedy »
- J.R. Kinnard
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m an easy mark for horror comedies, so it should be no surprise that I adored the hell out of Bloodsucking Bastards, the latest project from the comedic group Dr. God and the producers at Fortress Features (The Collector, The Collection). Like a mash-up of Office Space and Fright Night, Bloodsucking Bastards takes a little time to get going but when it does, the jokes fly almost as fast as the gore, resulting in a feel-good film that’s a wonderful tribute to vampires and raucously deconstructs the modern workplace as well.
Bloodsucking Bastards follows nice-guy Evan (Fran Kranz), the acting sales manager at a small corporate office whose awkward life is about to take an unexpected turn. Expecting to be promoted by his boss (Joel Murray), Evan gets passed over for the sales management position by Max (Pedro Pascal), the smooth-talking nemesis from Evan’s college days. »
- Heather Wixson
Horror and comedy have always gone hand in hand. Laughs often alleviate the tension and who doesn’t crack a smile at the goriest, over the top scenes of horror? But the true horror-comedy, a purposeful bland of the two genres can be trickier to pull off than you think. When it works, it can produce wonders such as Shaun of the Dead, Brain Dead and last years horror hit, Wyrmwood. But when it doesn’t work, eurgh… That’s when things can go horribly wrong. But what happens when the comedy takes over and the laughs outweigh the horror? Well you get fantastically funny, bloodsoaked comedy like Bloodsucking Bastards.
- Phil Wheat
On Friday, September 4th, Scream Factory will release the hilarious vampire-infused workplace comedy Bloodsucking Bastards, which stars Fran Kranz, Pedro Pascal, Joey Kern, Emma Fitzpatrick, Joel Murray and Yvette Yates. Directed by Brian James O’Connell, the film celebrated its world premiere earlier this year at the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival and this weekend, Bloodsucking Bastards will arrive in select cities and on VOD.
Recently, Daily Dead had the opportunity to speak with Fitzpatrick about her role in the film, collaborating with her hysterical co-stars, and getting the chance to kick some vampire ass in Bloodsucking Bastards. Fitzgerald also discussed her involvement in another great recent horror film, The Collection—produced by the same team behind Bloodsucking Bastards—and how she sees the tide changing for female actors in Hollywood today.
- Heather Wixson
Exclusive: The Manchester-based horror festival has revealed its 2015 programme.
Grimmfest (Oct 1-4), Manchester’s horror and cult film festival, has revealed its line-up for 2015.
This year’s opening night gala will be The Hallow, with director Corin Hardy and star Joseph Mawle in attendance. Playing on the same evening will be The Box, the directorial debut of Shaune Harrison (SFX on World War Z and Avengers: Age Of Ultron) and Bloodsucking Bastards, which stars Fran Kranz (Cabin In The Woods) and Pedro Pascal (The Adjustment Bureau).
There will also »
In early August, I met up with my longtime friends Brian James O'Connell, Justin Ware, Neil W. Garguilo, David F. Park and Sean Cowhig, collectively known as the improv troupe Dr. God, to discuss their fantastic workplace vampire comedy Bloodsucking Bastards. I've known these guys for years, from hanging out at iO West in Hollywood, where they perform as Dr. God, so I thought it would be great to get them all in one place to talk about their movie, which hits theaters in limited release and on VOD September 4 through Shout! Factory. So, we all convened at the Mud Hen Tavern in Hollywood to talk about Bloodsucking Bastards, over a Bloody Mary-filled brunch. Part of me wants to just print the entire 90-minute, tangent-filled "interview" below, because there is just so much hilarity in one place. But, instead, I'll just present a lengthy rundown of our afternoon, which »
Labor Day weekend traditionally marks the end of the summer movie season, and the start of the fall season at the box office, with the weekend receipts usually suffering a sharp drop from the sweltering summer months. This year, only two new releases hit theaters over the holiday weekend, EuropaCorp's action-thriller The Transporter Refueled and Broad Green Pictures' A Walk in the Woods, which actually debuts in theaters starting tomorrow, September 2. Both of these new releases will have to contend with Straight Outta Compton, which has taken the top spot for three weeks in a row, and, judging from the projections at BoxOffice.com, it may be a closer race for the top spot than you may think. Regardless of how close the race is, one thing is for certain: none of these new releases will open big, at all.
Straight Outta Compton faced some unexpected competition in the faith-based drama War Room, »
You can tell we’re getting close to Halloween as the month of September has a myriad of great films arriving on VOD platforms that should help get everyone in the ‘spirit’ for every horror fan’s favorite upcoming holiday. The highly anticipated horror comedy Cooties starring Rainn Wilson, Elijah Wood, Leigh Whannell and Alison Pill is finally getting released on September 18th and Scream Factory is kicking off the month with a horror comedy too, the hilarious Bloodsucking Bastards, which arrives on VOD on September 4th.
On September 1st, The Curse of Downers Grove is coming to VOD courtesy of Anchor Bay and on the very same day, Dark Sky Films is releasing the psychological thriller Para Elisa as well. Other notable films hitting VOD in September include Hellions, Contracted Phase II, Some Kind of Hate and Run, Hide, Die.
Blood Moon (Uncork’d Entertainment/Jinga Films)- September »
- Heather Wixson
As expected, Universal Pictures' runaway hit Straight Outta Compton secured its third straight win at the box office this weekend, taking in $13.2 million. The big surprise, though, was the over-performing faith-based drama War Room, which earned second place with an estimated $11 million, according to Box Office Mojo, out-grossing major studio new releases No Escape and We Are Your Friends (which didn't even crack the top 10), with far less publicity and advertisement. Neither movie was expected to put up huge numbers, considering the last weekend of the summer movie season is always light on box office returns, but War Room's performance is still impressive, nonetheless.
War Room opened in the least amount of theaters of any movie in the top 10, scoring the best per-screen average of all films this weekend with a $9,692 average from 1,135 theaters. The drama, which centers on a mother who turns to faith to try and save her family, »
Beasts have always provided fantastic source material for horror filmmakers across the ages, whether from the mythical world or the natural. To celebrate the release of Into the Grizzly Maze last week we take a look back at some the biggest, baddest beasts on film…
Into the Grizzly Maze (2015)
Starring James Marsden, Thomas Jane and Billy Bob Thornton, Into the Grizzly Maze tells the story of a sheriff (Jane), thrown into turmoil when a massive rogue grizzly wreaks havoc in a local Alaskan community. Enlisting the help of his estranged brother (Marsden) he enters the labyrinthine Grizzly Maze to track down his missing wife, before the bear does. As the body count mounts, things are only further complicated when an infamous bear hunter (Thornton) enters the fray, determined to take down the bear he’s been waiting for his whole life…
- Phil Wheat
Universal's Straight Outta Compton is on a roll at the box office, taking the top spot in its first two weeks in theaters. This weekend marks the end of the summer movie season, with just two new movies opening in wide release, The Weinstein Company's No Escape and Warner Bros.' drama We Are Your Friends, neither of which should be able to unseat Straight Outta Compton, which is well on its way to taking the top spot for its third week in a row. Straight Outta Compton surely won't put up massive numbers this weekend, but they won't need much.
Straight Outta Compton has already earned $113.8 million domestically, from a $28 million budget, expanding last weekend from 2,757 theaters to 3,025 theaters. While it isn't known yet if Universal plans on expanding the biopic's theater count even more, its current theater count, and the lack of any sort of buzz from its competitors, »
You think your 9 to 5 job sucks? Get a load of the crap that Fran Kranz has to deal with in Bloodsucking Bastards, the Slamdance horror comedy from director Brian James O'Connell. Scream Factory Films, a genre theatrical imprint of Shout! Factory announced today that Bloodsucking Bastards will get a limited theatrical release, alongside a VOD release on September 4th! You can watch the trailer below.Bloodsucking Bastards takes audiences on a hilarious, blood-spattered roller coaster ride in the most terrifying locale of all: the American workplace. The film stars Fran Kranz as Evan Sanders, a low-level, dutiful employee stuck in a boring job at a soul-killing every corporation. Evan's the kind of guy who does all the work and gets none of the credit, but...
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The genre theatrical imprint of Shout! Factory will open the film in select cinemas across top Us markets and on VOD on September 4.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
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