13 items from 2015
Julian Vazquez’s “Rem,” Javier Araguz’s “Savant” and Eugeni Guillem’s “Children of Saturn” are the three selected projects in a mini Catalan genre pic focus at Beyond the Window, a project pitching forum at Ventana Sur, which will take place on Thursday, Dec. 3. Regional promotion board Catalan Films & TV will make a more general industry presentation of the Catalan presence at large at Ventana Sur at the Puerto Madero Cinemark multiplex on Dec. 1.
Driven by the local film industry – think Filmax and Rodar y Rodar – the Sitges Film Festival and Barcelona’s Escac Film School, Catalan genre production flowered last decade. Juan Antonio Bayona’s “The Orphanage,” Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza’s “Rec” franchise, and Rodrigo Cortes’ “Buried” are just some highlights. All first fiction features, “Rem,” “Savant” and “Saturn” represent a fresh generation of talent.
Produced by Freeminds Arts Entertainment, a young production outfit, English-language “Savant »
- Emilio Mayorga
David Opie sits down with director Alberto Marini to talk about Summer Camp, a Spanish/American collaboration that follows a group of camp counsellors besieged by a zombie-like virus. The film is currently having a successful run at film festivals worldwide and our four star review is available to read here…
David Opie: Summer Camp is an extremely enjoyable horror movie that breaks away from the traditional conventions of the ‘zombie’ genre, particularly in the way that the infection spreads. Where did the idea for this come from?
Alberto Marini: Co-writer Danielle Schleif and I just merged the mythology of our two favourite fantastic creatures: infected people and werewolves. Despite their appearance, in reality, those creatures are actually quite similar. Both of them deal with controlling our natural instincts.
In both cases, we start with “normal” human beings who lose all inhibitions and unleash their inner animals, whether that »
- David Opie
The jump scare is a uniquely horror movie convention. Where some movies use it as an excuse to play peekaboo and assault you with noise, others use it as a way to shatter your complacency as a viewer. It’s the purest form of scare: something bursts out of a dark corner, a loud noise cuts the tension, or a jolt to the plot comes on so unexpected, you don’t know what hit you. It may just be a momentary fright, but a good horror movie will put you on edge and keep you there.
Alien (1979)- No blood, no Dallas
Horror purists are of the mind that jumps are cheap, and, for the most part, they are. Yet, in those nerve-wracking scenes, when a director knows exactly what they are doing, it’s riveting. I’ve always prided myself on not being one of those people who gets jumpy during a horror movie, »
Special Mention: Clean, Shaven
Directed by Lodge H. Kerrigan
Screenplay by Lodge H. Kerrigan
Genre: Crime / Psychological Thriller
Lodge H. Kerrigan’s Clean, Shaven is not an easy film to watch. Kerrigan, who wrote, produced and directed this unsettling psychological thriller, traps us inside the mind of a madman for the entire viewing experience. Peter Winter (Peter Greene) appears to be a killer–even worse, a child killer–but not much about him is objectively clear, and we are never sure if what we are seeing is real or a product of his tormented imagination. The film heightens the tension by restricting its focus to Peter’s unsettling, confused, and angry view of the world. The most gruesome violence inflicted on Peter comes by his own hand. In the most unforgettable scene, Peter slowly mutilates his body in order to remove what he believes are a receiver in his »
- Ricky Fernandes
Condemned is an indie horror film. To be released by Rlj Entertainment, the film takes a page from Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza's [Rec] (2007). A group of tenants are locked in their apartment, by a murderous government. But, an infection is spreading around the apartment; survivors will not last long. As well, the film stars Sean Penn's daughter Dylan Penn. Michel Gill (Mr. Robot) and Lydia Hearst also star. The first frantic trailer for Condemned is here! The film's story hosts a plethora of depraved characters. Meth heads and criminals hide behind these walls. Their poor sanitation methods have created a toxin, which is now threatening to kill them. Now, this run down building is turning into a savage slaughterhouse. Rlj will release this title on Jan. 5th, 2016. The film will be available on various formats, including: DVD, Bluray and Video-on-demand. Fans of zombie thrillers should mark their calendars »
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Both will report to Sanford Panitch, who was hired in April from Fox as president of international film and television. Suarez and Stein will acquire and develop local and international film and TV content with key international production partners.
Suarez had been working at Fox21 Television Studios, where he was senior VP of creative affairs, focusing on cable programming development with an international angle. He worked on “The Queen of the South,” based on the Spanish bestseller, to air on USA in January; “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” based on the 1988 film from Pedro Almodovar; and “Hamelin,” written by Spanish filmmaker Paco Plaza.
Suarez has also worked at Fox International Channels, Italy; at Spain’s Boca Boca Producciones »
- Dave McNary
San Sebastian – After many years of only pre-buying Spanish films’ TV rights, Spain’s national public broadcaster Tve is upping the ante in terms of movie involvement, boarding as co-producer two feature projects: Isabel Coixet’s “Spain in a Day”; Jordi Frades’ period drama “La corona partida.”
The film will have as protagonists anonymous citizens, who, on Oct. 24, will record themselves to capture 24 hours in the life of Spain through their eyes and voices. Homing in on some of the most significant images, Isabel Coixet will direct a film that will be presented at the 2016 San Sebastian Festival edition.
- Emiliano De Pablos
Another zombie thriller is coming out by way of Denmark. The film is called What We Become and this is the debut feature from director Bo Mikkelsen. The film will have its World Premiere at Fantastic Fest, later this month. And, the film's first trailer shows an urban setting under siege. Slightly similar to Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza's Rec (2007), government forces put a family under quarantine. Fast zombie fans can see more of the film here. From an extended synopsis at the Fantastic Fest website, the Johansson family is at home in the countryside. But then, a virus is spread quickly from person to person, driving most mad. An unprecedented quarantine takes place. Now, the Johanssons must find a way to survive both government forces and the infected. The popularity of zombie films and television continues to spread. With the AMC delivering several zombified television seasons from Robert Kirkman's novels, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
You know when you read the premise of a new horror movie and think, "Oh, that sounds pretty good"? And then you find out it's a found footage movie and think, "Oh, that sounded pretty good, before"? This weekend's "The Gallows" (the latest offering from Jason Blum's mega-successful Blumhouse Productions) is one of those films for me. I'm a sucker for slashers centered around the tragic anniversary of some deadly murder/accident (in "The Gallows," a prop malfunction in a high school play is the catalyst for the present-day mayhem), but once I was made aware of the shaky cam aesthetic I was immediately turned off (let's just say the trailer didn't do much to change my mind). Do I hate all found footage movies? No! The first "Paranormal Activity" was properly terrifying, and I was frankly wowed by Josh Trank's 2012 found footage/superhero mashup "Chronicle." Other solid »
- Chris Eggertsen
Madrid – Adding another awaited title to a powerful 2015 production slate, Telefonica Studios has boarded action thriller “Toro,” the second feature from Kike Maillo whose 2011 debut, “Eva” starring Daniel Bruhl, was sold by Wild Bunch and is seeing a belated U.S. release from the Weinstein Co.
Aligning once more with some of the movers and shakers in Spain’s motion picture business, Telefonica Studios will co-produce “Toro” with “The Impossible” producers Apaches Entertaintment and Atresmedia Cine, the film arm of TV network group Atresmedia whose production credits include “I Want You” and “Red Lights.”
Already teaming with Telefonica Studios, Argentina’s K & S and Pedro and Agustin Almodovar’s El Deseo to finance, produce and sell Damian Szifron’s Oscar-nominated Cannes competition player “Wild Tales” and Pablo Trapero’s upcoming “The Clan.” Film Factory, a preeminent Spanish sales company, is handling world sales on “Toro.”
Written by up-and-coming scribes Fernando Navarro »
- John Hopewell
What sets one horror franchise apart from another, and how do they evolve over time? As Rec 4 lands on disc, we take a look...
The first instalment in any long running horror franchise is, generally, the one people reckon is the best. And in a lot of cases, they might be right. But as franchises get longer and start clocking up four or more movies in the same universe, things tend to change.
It might be that producers have taken note of popular actors or elements in previous films and want to expand on them; it might be that years have passed and tastes have changed; or it might be that new directors want to put their stamp on a story, but either way, the fifth or sixth movie in a series is usually pretty different from the first one. And the thing that a franchise becomes known for might »
The zombie virus of the influential [Rec] franchise worked its way through the residents of an apartment building and the celebratory guests at a massive wedding reception, and in [Rec] 4: Apocalypse, it looks to ravage the crew of a ship at sea. We now have two new clips from the recently released movie, which show how handy an outboard motor can be in fighting off infected humans (and monkeys?).
“Several hours have passed since the terrible events that ravaged the old building in Barcelona. After the chaos of the first few moments, the army decided to intervene and an elite group of soldiers infiltrated the building in order to plant detonators and put an end to this nightmare once and for all. The mission is a success; quick and precise. Angela Vidal, the young television reporter who entered the building with the fireman just hours before, manages to make it out alive. »
- Jonathan James
It's hard to explain the excitement surrounding Jaume Balaguero's and Paco Plaza's original 2007 film, [Rec], to anyone who wasn't tapped into horror movies at the time. The anticipation among fans for a foreign export or zombie movie was something rarely seen. Zombie films were slowly rising from the dead at that time to be sure, but there wasn't the glut of film, TV and comics devoted to the sub-genre that there is now. At the time, the film felt immediately fresh and when it was finally released it completely delivered on the frenetic and terrifying first bit of footage we'd seen.
That film was quickly followed up by [Rec] 2, which was equally as good and built a whole new layer onto the mythology which also amping up the action aspects of the story.
But beyond a gr [Continued ...] »
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