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10 items from 2014

In Defence Of... Found Footage, the unfairly maligned horror subgenre

12 April 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Found footage films get a bad rap - and worse reviews. But the genre combines the vitality of punk rock with the reach of a video viral, and it has earned, if not respectability, then at least a respectful reappraisal. Some found footage (hereafter Ff) films are, admittedly, unwatchable (see The Devil Inside or, better, don't). But others, such as recent West Country-set religious chiller The Borderlands, or Bobcat Goldthwait's creepy Bigfoot hunt Willow Creek (out on May 2), are closer to unmissable.

Beyond an ominous title card, Ff films require little backstory, and the genre has only a brief history of its own. An uncompromising, hand-over-the-camera-lens look at totalitarianism in Vietnam-era America, Peter Watkins' 1971 mock-doc Punishment Park is considered Ff's chief forebear. Ruggiero Deodato's still-troubling Cannibal Holocaust (1979), however, is the most striking early archetype. Following a gonzo film crew into tribal Amazonia, it puts video-nasty atrocities through a film-school filter, »

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We’re Glad They Found This Footage: Six Pov Movies That We Love

7 April 2014 6:30 PM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Let’s be honest here. Out of 10 “found footage” type films, you’re lucky if two or three are actually enjoyable. Why the characters in said sub-genre always seems to have to document Everything might have worked early on, when the style was created, by 2014, we’ve seen so many variations of it, that the films really have to think outside of the box to really resonate. My good friend Natty and I decided to each choose a few of the Pov style films that we actually Do enjoy, and tell you wonderful readers what they are and why we dig them. So, read on!



Cloverfield (2008)

I know most of you will instantly debate whether or not Matt Reeves’ monster tearing shit up in New York film Cloverfield can be classified as a horror film, I will just say this: this is my article, so there. Cloverfield is not »

- Jerry Smith

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Film Factory Launches Genre Label for Spanish Scarefare

7 February 2014 10:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Film Factory’s Vicente Canales, one of Europe’s most experienced genre pic sellers, has launched a genre label, Fear Factory, focusing on European – especially Spanish – and Latin America scarefare.

Unveiled at Berlin’s European Film Market, Fear Factory’s first slate includes “Shrew’s Nest,” godfathered by Alex de la Iglesia, “Purgatory,” from “The Impossible” producer Apaches Ent., and “Damned Friday,” helmed by [Rec] director Paco Plaza.

Set up at Pokeepsie Films, the new production house of De la Iglesia and actress Carolina Bang, the ’50 Spain-set “Shrew’s Nest” turns on a agoraphobic woman (Macarena Gomez) who cares on her own for her small sister. Years pass until an attractive man (Hugo Silva) knocks on her door, begging for help. Her sister is now not so young. The man may never get out of the sisters’ flat alive. Esteban Roel and Juan Fernando Andres co-direct.

A psychological thriller turning on a baby-sitting gig from hell, »

- John Hopewell

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Paco Plaza To Direct Damned Friday In Spain

6 February 2014 12:30 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

News from Berlin's Efm is that one-half of the directing team of the [Rec] franchise, Paco Plaza, will helm Damned Friday (Maldito Viernes) later this year.  Plaza has written it and already teased his fans in 2008 with the release of a mock trailer on YouTube that you can see below. Leticia Dolera, who plays the crazed bride in [Rec]3, will star.Adrian Guerra's Nostromo Pictures will produce with Spanish sales agent Film Factory apparently due to share the screenplay and design while still in Berlin.  According to the Variety exclusive, the project is already fully financed and will be the first time Guerra will produce a non-English language film.  Plaza promises just one thing when shooting begins in July, "I've shot a werewolf movie, a...

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Paco Plaza Expands Faux Vampire Film Damned Friday into a Feature

6 February 2014 12:14 PM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

The immediate reaction we horror fans have to any faux teaser trailer we dig is that we want to see it become reality, is it not? Following in the footsteps of Machete Kills and Clown, Rec co-director Paco Plaza is making such a desire come true. Read on!

A few years back, Plaza directed a 50-second faux teaser for a vampire film called Damned Friday (Maldito Viernes), which spawned a comic book and had many fans begging for a feature.

As reported by Variety, Plaza will indeed be directing a feature-length expansion on the teaser, which begins filming this coming July over in Spain.

Rec 3's Leticia Dolera will star as a young woman who struggles with her family and boyfriend before becoming a vampire.

The Spanish-language film is set to be shot in color, with Adrian Guerra attached as producer.

"I’ve shot a werewolf movie, a bunch of zombie films, »

- John Squires

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Berlin: ‘[Rec]‘s’ Paco Plaza to Direct ‘Damned Friday,’ Adrian Guerra to Produce (Exclusive)

5 February 2014 10:55 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Uniting two of Spain’s biggest genre talents, “[Rec]” co-director Paco Plaza will helm “Maldito Viernes (Damned Friday)”, with Adrian Guerra producing.

“Friday” begins filming in Spain in July from Guerra’s Barcelona-based Nostromo Pictures. Film Factory will unveil the screenplay and design at Berlin.

Penned by Plaza and fully financed, “Friday” expands on his 2009 B&W mock teaser trailer, which spawned a comicbook, and had fans begging for a feature.

Leticia Dolera, the chainsaw-wielding bride of “[Rec 3]: Genesis,” is a young woman who struggles with her family and boyfriend before becoming a vampire. “Friday” is a “ ‘Black Swan’-style drama applied to the vampire genre with a really strong central female character taking the audience on a gritty, emotional roller coaster,” Guerra said.

Pic will be a Spanish-language film shot in color, he added. It marks Guerra’s first non-English-language production.

“Some years ago I shot a fake trailer for »

- John Hopewell

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This 'Fear Paris' Trailer Does a Great Job Teasing the Next Great Horror Anthology

4 February 2014 5:00 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Way back in 2010 a new horror anthology called Paris, I'll Kill You was announced. At the time it had a pretty impressive roster of directors on board:  Joe Dante (Gremlins) Xavier Gens (Frontieres) Ryuhei Kitamura (Midnight Meat Train) Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (Inside) Vincenzo Natali (Cube) Paco Plaza ([Rec]) Christopher Smith (Triangle) That is a mighty lineup of cool creatives from all over the globe, each with an undeniable knack for the horror genre. It's too bad, then, that this version of the movie never came to pass. Original producer Darryn Welch hasn't given up on the idea of a Paris-centric anthology, though. He's still trying to get it off the ground with a truncated set of directors and a new title: Fear Paris. Ahead of...

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New Horror Anthology Fear Paris Teases Directors And Concept

4 February 2014 11:09 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After movies like V/H/S and The ABCs of Death, I’m all for horror anthologies abiding by a particular theme. There’s something inherently fun about such a cornucopia of treats, as different directors populate one single film with so many distinctive styles and traits – as long as the segments set the stage for such fun. I’ll always give a horror anthology a try, from Chillerama to The Theatre Bizarre, which is why I’m happy to say we’ve got an exciting anthology coming our way with Fear Paris.

Newly announced, Fear Paris will join the likes of Joe Dante (Gremlins), Xavier Gens (Hitman/Frontier(s)), and Timo Vuorensola (Iron Sky), as they explore the horrific underworld of France’s iconic capital city. Here’s the full press release, accompanied by a tonal teaser below:

The producers behind Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and The Iceman join forces »

- Matt Donato

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Ricky D’s 20 Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2014

7 January 2014 8:58 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

10. Poltergeist

Directed by Gil Kenan

Written by David Lindsay-Abaire


Release Date: November 14th

Production recently wrapped on the Poltergeist remake with Gil Kenan (Monster House) in the director’s chair and Sam Raimi (Evil Dead) producing. Little is known as they continue to put the movie together in post-production, but we do have a few details, beginning with the cast which includes Sam Rockwell (Moon), Rosemarie DeWitt and Jared Harris. We are also told that the psychic Angina (played originally by Zelda Rubinstein), isn’t going to be revived for the remake. Instead, they are replacing her character with a team of paranormal experts. Based on a vague plot summary, it sounds like the central plot points of the original movie are intact but other characters are added in, such as Carrigan Burke, a host of a TV show called Haunted House Cleaners, who stands in as the movie’s skeptic. »

- Ricky

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Six More of Our Favorite Underrated Horror Film Directors

6 January 2014 2:00 PM, PST | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

The big names in horror are often recognized by both the genre community and mainstream entertainment culture, showered with accolades by horror fans and film critics alike. Directors like John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper, and Wes Craven have secured their place in film history, but many more talented directors go largely unsung for their hard work and noteworthy contributions to the genre. To remedy that, we recently kicked off a recurring segment that gives much-needed credit to those groundbreaking horror filmmakers who aren’t always given the praise they deserve. [You can check out part one here and part two here.]   Since the first two installments proved popular, we're back with another round, and this time we present not five, but six more of our favorite underrated genre film directors.     Mike Mendez   Director of The Gravedancers and Big Ass Spider, Mendez and frequent collaborator Dave Parker (Coldwater, The Hills Run Red) helped to inspire the popular Showtime series Masters of Horror, but »

- Tyler Doupe

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