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Karyn Kusama’s stunning thriller The Invitation is finally making its way home today from Drafthouse Films after enjoying both a lengthy festival run and a successful theatrical outing since it first premiered at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival. Daily Dead recently had the chance to speak with Kusama on the eve of the movie’s Blu-ray/DVD/Digital combo pack release to discuss her reaction to the positive support The Invitation has received over the last 16 months and what she’s taken away from the whole experience.
Kusama also discussed the parallels between the current political landscape and The Invitation, why it was important to give her actors space while filming the project, and her thoughts on directing a segment for the upcoming female-driven anthology, Xx.
Great to speak with you again, Karyn, and congrats on the success of The Invitation. The film enjoyed a long life on the festival »
- Heather Wixson
July 26th has an eclectic assortment of horror and sci-fi offerings for fans, including a pair of cult classics—The Boy Who Cried Werewolf and Hellhole—from the fine folks at Scream Factory. Severin Films resurrects Doctor Butcher M.D. and Zombie Holocaust in HD this week, and Karyn Kusama’s superb psychological thriller The Invitation comes home on Tuesday courtesy of Drafthouse Films.
Richie Bridgestone’s parents are getting a divorce, but that’s the least of his problems at the moment. Richie is hoping his parents will reconsider and on a visit to his father’s secluded cabin, he witnesses his dad being attacked by a werewolf. Much like the tale of the boy who cried wolf, »
- Heather Wixson
This summer has been a pretty good one for fans of things that go bump in the night. Netflix has raised hairs with “Stranger Things,” while the multiplex has seen “The Conjuring 2,” “The Purge: Election Year,” and “Lights Out” hit the big screen. And while Karyn Kusama‘s terrific “The Invitation” may not have any […]
- Edward Davis
Shock reviews Karyn Kusama’s masterful The Invitation. It’s evidence of my ignorance that I sort of ignored director Karyn (Jennifer’S Body) Kusama’s “comeback” horror film The Invitation (read former Shock editor Sam Zimmerman’s glowing review here) when it was doing its theatrical rounds earlier this year. The press photos sent around were dull, showing evidence…
The post Blu-ray Review: The Invitation appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Chris Alexander
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
A War (Tobias Lindholm)
In only his second outing as sole director after 2012’s acclaimed A Hijacking, Tobias Lindholm is commanding unusual levels of respect and anticipation with A War – undoubtedly earned with the establishing of a very personal brand of filmmaking, rooted in observation, deliberate pacing and a terse directing style. Viewers familiar with his previous film, a hostage drama detailing the hijacking of a »
- The Film Stage
If you like suspenseful movies involving creepy characters and cults, there's a new film coming to Netflix on Friday that's right up your alley. It's called The Invitation, and it'll chill you to the bone. Logan Marshall-Green stars as Will, a man still grieving a major loss, who returns to the home he used to share with his now-ex-wife, Eden (Tammy Blanchard). Yeah, that already sounds awkward, doesn't it? He's actually going there for a dinner party she's hosting with her new beau, David (Game of Thrones' Michiel Huisman) - peak awkwardness. Because this is a thriller, it's not just about uncomfortable human interaction. Things get downright weird when Eden and David reveal they've been enlightened by a group of free-spirited people who participate in a way of life called The Invitation. You'll have to see the movie (opening this Friday) to find out what happens next, but we »
- Maggie Pehanick
Known for his films such as “Orphan” and “House of Wax,” Collet-Serra’s collection includes unique films that have impacted and influenced his career. He is the fifth guest curator invited to craft his own list, following Alan Palomo, Robert Eggers, Alexandre Aja and Karyn Kusama.
Below are the 5 horror films Collett-Serra wants you to stream, with quotes provided by the helmer himself, courtesy of Shudder.
“Time travel movies are an impossible conundrum, but ‘Timecrimes’ excels at it. Vigalondo successfully simplified a very complex subject and wove it into a narrative that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Adding the fact that no special effects were used, »
- Liz Calvario
July: a time for backyard cookouts, fireworks displays, and tipsy, tearful declarations of how you — sniff — just love America so much. And streaming addicts will have plenty to salute in the month to come, whether that's Netflix trotting out a new Goonies-style mystery series and reviving a certified cult animation sensation, or tempting new film options from the folks at Amazon Prime and Hulu. No better way to beat the heat than a retreat into the safety of an air-conditioned living room, and no better way to turn that space »
Similar to the famed Sundance Labs that have helped foster the careers of such future A-list filmmakers as Quentin Tarantino and Cary Fukunaga, Shudder Labs -- which held its inaugural edition earlier this month -- invites a group of select filmmakers to attend a week-long retreat with established industry names to take their works-in-progress to the next level. The difference? Shudder Labs focuses its mentorship efforts on filmmakers working in the horror genre, providing them with the guidance of such genre vets as writer/director Larry Fessenden (Wendigo, The Last Winter), Snowfort Pictures CEO Travis Stevens and Lindsay Peters, Industry Director of the genre-centric Fantasia Film Festival and Director of the Frontières International Co-Production Market. Shudder, for those unfamiliar, is a streaming service that focuses exclusively on horror films, and at $4.99 a month it's an agreeably cheap way for fans of the genre to gain streaming access to films they probably won't find on Netflix. »
- Chris Eggertsen
IndieWire calls The Shallows the best shark movie since Jaws. Wow... but then, on the other hand, are there any good shark movies since Jaws so maybe that's not such high praise?
Tfe... which we reviewed in April, icymi
YouTube the new Ghostbusters theme song "Ghostbusters (I'm Not Afraid)" by Fall Out Boy is basically a cover with some new flourishes including Missy Elliott so it won't be Oscar nominated (or even eligible) like the original tune from 1984
Us Magazine there's a Golden Girls Cafe opening in NYC but "cheesecake" isn't the menu headliner so fire everyone. (If you read the fine print it's actually a restaurant in honor of Rue McClanahan. »
- NATHANIEL R
So, by my count, the indefatigable Dwayne Johnson is essentially booked straight through to the year 2025, or thereabouts – and he’s still adding projects to his mighty slate. With starring roles announced on what seems to be a weekly basis, the actor is also working to expand his presence behind the camera – and the newly planned Son Of Shaolin will fall into that category, with Dwayne Johnson on board as producer.
The film will be based upon the yet-to-be-published graphic novel of the same name, written by Jay Longino. Since this source material has not yet hit the stands, plot details are scarce. But, as per Deadline, it will tell “a contemporary Kung-Fu story that intertwines Shaolin mythology with many of the current issues faced by teens growing up in gentrifying neighbourhoods.” Author Longino will also write the script, but the director’s chair apparently remains vacant at this time. »
- Sarah Myles
Netflix has revealed their slate of films that will be hitting the streaming service in July. Next month is filled with classic franchises such as “Back To The Future Parts I-iii,” “Lethal Weapon” and “Beverly Hills Cop.” There’s a bit of everything for every member of your family, from comedies like “Mean Girls,” action films like “Big Trouble In Little China” and indies like “Mustang,” Netflix has you covered.
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Below are the titles hitting the streaming library next month, plus IndieWire’s personal picks on what to check out.
“41 on 41” (2014)
“A Long Way From Home” (2013)
“Back to the Future” (1985)
“Back to the Future Part II” (1989)
“Back to the Future Part III” (1990)
“Bad Boys II” (2003)
“Batman: The Movie” (1966)
“Beavis and Butt-head Do America” (1996)
“Beverly Hills Cop” (1984)
“Beverly Hills Cop II” (1987)
- Liz Calvario
Samuel Brace on The Invitation, and why it’s the best film of the year so far…
2016 has been pretty bad for movies, guys. We are halfway through the year and there is next to nothing to shout about. I would even go as far as saying it’s shaping up to be worse than last year. Movies/films aren’t what they used to be, for this there is no doubt. And this saddens me and upsets me but this is just the way the culture is going, a lot of the talent has moved over to TV or is quickly snapped up for the next Marvel sequel. It’s all very disheartening. But is there anything out there worth talking about? Well, yeah, but you have to look hard, and depressingly, you have to look past nationwide releases to do so. A lot of the best independent movies »
- Samuel Brace
Karyn Kusama’s latest, The Invitation (review), is hitting Blu-ray and DVD next month from Drafthouse Films, and we have all your details right here. Dig it! From the Press Release: Dubbed “the best horror film of the year” by Maxim,… Continue Reading →
The post Accept The Invitation on Blu-ray and DVD appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Steve Barton
On July 26th, Drafthouse Films invites viewers to attend an unnerving dinner party with their Blu-ray / DVD combo pack (including Digital HD) release of Karyn Kusama’s The Invitation, complete with an audio commentary, a booklet, and more:
Press Release: Dubbed “the best horror film of the year” by Maxim, the stylish chiller The Invitation will arrive in a Blu-ray + DVD combo pack on July 26, 2016, from Drafthouse Films. In this taut psychological thriller from award-winning director Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer’s Body), the tension is palpable when Will (Logan Marshall-Green, Prometheus) shows up to a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard, Into the Woods) and new husband David (Michiel Huisman, “Game of Thrones”). The estranged divorcees’ tragic past haunts an equally eerie present; amid Eden’s suspicious behavior and her mysterious house guests, Will becomes convinced that his invitation was extended with a hidden agenda. Unfolding over one dark evening in the Hollywood Hills, The Invitation blurs layers of mounting paranoia, mystery, and horror until both Will-and the audience-are unsure what threats are real or imagined.
Kusama’s thriller opened the Midnight section of the 2015 SXSW Film Festival before receiving wide acclaim during the nationwide theatrical release. For Kusama, who first made her mark with the breakout 2000 hit Girlfight, The Invitation boasts a triumphant return to her independent roots, as well as an impressively-crafted script written and produced by screenwriting duo Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (Crazy/Beautiful, Ride Along). Also starring isEmayatzy Corinealdi (Miles Ahead, “Roots”) and John Carroll Lynch (“American Horror Story,” Zodiac).
Special features on the Blu-ray and DVD of The Invitation include audio commentary with Kusama, Hay and Manfredi, “The Making of The Invitation,” music videos for original songs by Craig Wedren and Benjamin Newgard, the theatrical trailer, a HD digital copy of the film and booklet featuring an original essay by critic Britt Hayes.
About Drafthouse Films
Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, is a curated brand of provocative, visionary and artfully unusual films new and old from around the world. Following the earnestly simple motto of “sharing the films we love with widest audience possible,” Drafthouse Films debuted in 2010 with the theatrical release of Four Lions, which was named of Time Magazine’s “Top 10 Films Of The Year.” Their diverse and unique slate includes Joshua Oppenheimer’s highly-acclaimed, Oscar® nominated documentaries The Act Of Killing and The Look of Silence, produced by Errol Morris and Werner Herzog, Michel Gondry’s surrealist romance Mood Indigo starring Audrey Tautou, Midnight Movie sensations Miami Connection and The Visitor and rediscovered classics Wake In Fright, Ms. 45 and Roar (in conjunction with Olive Films).
Recent and upcoming releases include Anders Thomas Jensen’s dark comedy Men & Chicken, starring Mads Mikkselsen; and the documentary Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made, the true story of three eleven-year-old boys who filmed a shot-for-shot adaptation of Spielberg’s classic during the 1980s..
Drafthouse Films distributes films theatrically, through home video, VOD and their direct-to-consumer platforms integrating into the ever-growing Alamo Drafthouse entertainment lifestyle brand, which along with Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas includes: Mondo, the collectible art boutique; Fantastic Fest, the largest international genre film festival in the Us; and the pop culture website Birth.Movies.Death.
- Derek Anderson
Jon Watts is directing Sony and Marvel’s reboot of the “Spider-Man” franchise. Marisa Tomei will portray Aunt May and Zendaya is also on board in a mystery role. Tony Revolori, who starred opposite Ralph Fiennes in “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” and Laura Harrier, who appeared on the soap opera “One Life to Live,” have also joined the cast.
Plot details are still being heavily guarded
Marshall-Green most recently starred in Karyn Kusama’s horror-thriller “The Invitation.” He is also toplining the Cinemax series “Quarry.” He will next appear in the war film “Sand Castle,” bowing next year, and the indie “Black Dog, Red Dog.”
Marshall-Green is repped by CAA, 3 Arts Entertainment and Stone Genow.
- Justin Kroll
Ted Geoghegan took horror fans inside a haunted house in We Are Still Here, and he’ll bring them into the wilderness for his upcoming action horror film, Mohawk. Reuniting Geoghegan with Dark Sky Films and Snowfort Pictures, Mohawk began filming today in upstate New York:
Press Release: Dark Sky Films and Snowfort Pictures have announced they will reteam and continue their multi-picture deal with writer-director Ted Geoghegan on Mohawk, the follow-up to his critical and commercial horror hit We Are Still Here. The film is set to star Tiio Horn (Hemlock Grove, Blank Paige), a Mohawk native herself. Principle photography begins today in upstate New York.
- Derek Anderson
‘Hemlock Grove’ Actress Kaniehtiio Horn to Star in Horror-Actioner ‘Mohawk’ and Snowfort Pictures have launched production on horror-actioner “Mohawk,” starring “Hemlock Grove” actress Kaniehtiio Horn.
Principle photography began Tuesday in upstate New York with Ted Geoghegan directing. The new project reteams Geoghegan with “We Are Still Here” producer Travis Stevens, producer Greg Newman and co-screenwriter Grady Hendrix, author of “Horrorstör.”
Horn portrays a young Mohwak pursued by ruthless renegade soldiers after one of her tribe sets an American soldier’s camp ablaze, leading to a battle deep in the woods.
Snowfort Pictures is currently in post-production on »
- Dave McNary
The film centres on Horn’s character, who is chased into the woods by renegades after her tribe sets fire to an American military camp. Along with two youngsters, the woman must use physical and supernatural resources to survive.
Snowfort Pictures is in post on Karyn Kusama’s segment for the horror anthology film Xx. The roster includes Jade Porter’s Mexican skateboard documentary Concrete Futuro, John Carchietta’s high school romance Teenage Cocktail, Ricky »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
2016 is hereby declared the year of the female filmmaker.
A few exceptions aside, for several years, a spot in the director’s chair seemed like a seat reserved only for those in the boys’ club. However, a revolution has been quietly brimming beneath the surface, with more and more women stepping behind the camera as of late and genre films leading the way in this massive reconstruction. Game changers like Jennifer Kent, Marjane Satrapi and Veronika Franz have been stepping up and proving themselves as not only worthy contenders when it comes to noteworthy women who make movies, but equally as skilled as any male photographer.
While there are many exciting projects on the horizon to be helmed by talented ladies, this list is dedicated to a few of the most striking pictures that are set to release soon. Read on to learn about these thrilling new prospects, and find »
- Kalyn Corrigan
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