10 items from 2013
Hong Kong-based Australian filmmaker Antony Szeto has signed to direct the action thriller Weekend Warriors.
Scripted by Trevor Howis, the film follows a young Army reserve officer who tries to save his men and his brother from his psychopathic former mentor who is hell bent on revenge.
Szeto.s latest film is Fist of the Dragon, a martial arts actioner produced by the legendary Roger Corman. Shot in Nanhai, China, the film sees a retired Mma fighter (Ufc star Josh "The Punk" Thomson) head to the Far East to meet his new lover Meili (Hong Kong martial artist Juju Chan). When he inadvertently takes possession of a package sought by an international arms dealer, mayhem ensues.
That was Szeto.s second collaboration with Corman following The Haunted, a horror movie about a Western documentary crew who discover a story about a head concubine who violently murdered another concubine.
Howis tells »
- Don Groves
On the outside, the English-language debut of French director Marina de Van looks like a traditional supernatural thriller, complete with a requisite “creepy” kid, and mysterious telekinetic powers. On the inside, Dark Touch is a heartrendingly sad, unflinchingly intimate exploration of the trauma of abuse: a horror movie that draws its nightmares from the sordid, squalid corners of real life. While de Van is possibly best known for her 2002 art house self-cannibalism shocker In My Skin, her latest feature proves that her ability to viscerally assault and disturb audiences remains undeterred.
Set in a bleak, isolated Irish village, the film centers around eight year old Niamh (played by a mesmerizing Missy Keating). Niamh’s parents and younger brother are brutally killed after their home appears to turn on them when inanimate objects and innocuous furniture are possessed by a murderous, destructive rage. Niamh, the only witness to the tragedy, is »
- Becki Hawkes
Filming on the romantic thriller set for spring 2014.
British director Suri Krishnamma has come on board to direct Megan’s Game, an adaptation of Tony Drury’s romantic thriller.
Filming is set to begin in spring 2014 with a theatrical release next autumn.
The story is described as “a love story with a murder twist” set against the backdrops of Snowdonia, the Welsh coast, Cote d’Azur and London.
Krishnamma’s latest thriller, The Dark Tourist starring Melanie Griffith and Michael Cudlitz, opened in the Us this summer and premiered in London at Frightfest 2013. Other recent features include Bad Karma starring Ray Liotta and Dominic Purcell, Locked In’ with Ben Barnes and Eliza Dushku, Good Karma with Billy Connelly and New Year’s Day’ for which Suri won the Jury Prize at the Raindance Film Festival.
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Dark Tourist, 2012
Directed by Suri Krishnamma
Jim obsesses over the hobby that has been part of his DNA since he was a young boy: grief tourism - the act of traveling with the intent to visit places of tragedy or disaster. Every year his week-long vacations from work are spent going to grief tourist locations in the lives of different serial killers he is fascinated with. This years obsession is Carl Marznap, a mass murder from New Orleans, Louisiana.
Michael Culditz plays Jim Tahana, a simple man with even simpler needs who works as a security guard on a night shift to avoid talking to people. Nothing in his life truly means »
The haunting grace note in director Suri Krishnamma's psychological thriller Dark Tourist, written by Frank John Hughes, comes from Melanie Griffith in an exquisite performance as a waitress grieving a crushing loss—and who has the misfortune of crossing paths with a man slowly unraveling into a psychopath. Jim (Michael Cudlitz, of TV's Southland) is a security guard whose hobby is studying serial killers, and who spends his vacations mapping his way through their killing fields. Tourist follows him as he navigates the small town that gave birth to one such figure. In voiceover he reveals an empathy with his current antihero that is slowly revealed to be rooted in his own childhood traumas. As the film softly nods toward the visuals of David Fincher, H »
Why do we slow down to look at car accidents? Why do we put our hands in the moulded handprints of dead celebrities in Hollywood? Why are we obsessed with the lives of serial killers? There are the questions explored in Suri Krishnamma's chilling thriller Dark Tourist. With an incredible performance by Michael Cudlitz (from the TV show Southland), it is not an easy film to watch, but that is likely the intention. It is incredibly disturbing, not least because it asks the audience to question some of their own dark obsessions.Jim (Cudlitz) is a 'dark tourist', someone who visits homes/places connected with the dead. Though with Jim, is it perhaps a bit more macabre, as he takes his annual holiday from his security...
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From director Suri Krishnamma and writer Frank John Hughes, the indie drama Dark Tourist tells the story of graveyard-shift security guard Jim Tahna (Michael Cudlitz), a man with an obsessive interest in serial killers. When he takes a road trip to a small Northern California town to delve into the world of 1960s serial murderer/arsonist Carl Marznap (Pruitt Taylor Vince), he has a chance encounter with a local waitress named Betsy (Melanie Griffith), who shows him that there are other possibilities in life. At the film’s press day, co-stars Michael Cudlitz and Melanie Griffith spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what attracted them to this project, what it was like to work together, how important trust is, especially when you’re shooting very intense scenes with each other, and what Pruitt Taylor Vince added to the mix. They also talked about what they look for in »
- Christina Radish
Next month, from the 22 – 26th August, the annual Film4 FrightFest takes place at London’s Empire cinema in Leicester Square. We now have confirmation of the filmmaking and acting talent making an appearance to showcase their horror-packed hits. There is also news of a very special award to be presented to Sightseers and Kill List director Ben Wheatley. The following press release gives all the details of who’ll scaring up the screens at the event in a few weeks time!
This year’s Film4 FrightFest guest list brings together over 100 talented filmmakers, performers, writers and producers – a mix of familiar FrightFest faces and up-and-coming talent who will soon be staples on the horror fantasy scene across the world.
As individual tickets go on sale tomorrow (Saturday 27 July), the »
- Craig Hunter
A total of 34 directors are confirmed to attend Film4 FrightFest 2013, which runs August 22-26 in London.
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From the press release:
Are you ready for a spine-chilling global avalanche of Indian zombies, Israeli oldboys, vengeance-crazed Vikings, Swedish mesmerists, Irish telekinesis, Argentine undead, Aussie bone-crushers, murderous Mormons and Chilean assassins?
Film4 FrightFest 2013, returning for its 4teenth year, has unveiled its biggest line-up in history. From Thurs 22 August to Monday 26 August, the UK’s leading event for genre fans will be at the Empire Cinema in London’s Leicester Square to present 51 films on three screens. Empire 1 will house the main event while the Discovery strands will play in Empires 2 & 4. The new FrightFest Xtra strand, also in Screen 2, will allow fans to catch up with sold-out performances of the most popular attractions.
This year there are eleven countries representing five continents with a record-breaking thirty-three UK or European premieres and ten world premieres.
The world premieres include our opening night attraction The Dead 2: India from the Ford Brothers, »
10 items from 2013
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