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Boyhood wins top Fipresci critics award

5 September 2014 4:33 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Richard Linklater’s 12-year project beats Ida, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Winter Sleep.

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood has been named the best film of the past year by the members of the International Federation of Film Critics, Fipresci.

The poll for the Fipresci Grand Prix 2014 - Best Film of the Year gathered votes from 553 members throughout the world.

In the first phase, participants nominated feature-length films that received their world premiere no earlier than July 1, 2013. This led to a final round between the four finalists: Boyhood by Richard Linklater, Ida by Pawel Pawlikowski, The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson, and Winter Sleep by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

This is the first Linklater has won the prize, which has previously gone to Michael Haneke, Paul Thomas Anderson, Jafar Panahi, Pedro Almodóvar, Jean-Luc Godard and Nuri Bilge Ceylan, among others, since its establishment in 1999.

Boyhood will have a special screening at the San Sebastián Film Festival on Sept »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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New trailer for [Rec] 4: Apocalypse

31 August 2014 10:34 AM, PDT | 24framespersecond.net | See recent 24FramesPerSecond news »

It seems like we've been waiting an eternity for this, but finally, [Rec] 4: Apocalypse has a tasty new trailer. In case you’ve been living in an abandoned apartment complex for the past five years, the [Rec] films play out in much the same way as the early entries of the Alien saga. The first film is very claustrophobic, tightly constructed and dripping in tension, much like Ridley Scott’s original entry in the Alien franchise. [Rec] 2 plays out in similar fashion but ups the ante with extra firepower and more attention to action. It’s also in many ways the superior picture. Thankfully that’s where comparisons end. [Rec] 3 shares nothing in common with Alien 3, in fact some might argue it’s the polar opposite. Alien 3 took us into darker, more forsaken territory, whereas [Rec] 3 – a film that runs parallel with the original movie in the series – is happy to drown itself in colour, »

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New Spanish trailer for Rec 4

28 August 2014 11:04 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The Spanish horror series Rec 4 takes to the high seas for its latest movie. Here's an action-filled new trailer...

After two extraordinarily terrifying and claustrophobic films, the Rec series headed off to a wedding in Rec 3: Genesis. And while the comic flourishes weren't entirely unwelcome, it felt more like a spin-off (a kind of Rec Gaiden) rather than a proper sequel to Luiso Berdejo and Paco Plaza's previous pair of films.

The good news is that Rec 4 takes the series back to its murky (and hopefully scary) roots. It takes place immediately after the second movie, and catches up with news reporter and zombie outbreak survivor Angela Vidal (Manuela Valesco).

More good news: Rec 4 looks about as close as we'll ever get to an Under Siege sequel with added zombies. The movie takes place on a ship in the middle of the ocean - presumably, the last refuge from the outbreak, »

- ryanlambie

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New Trailer for [Rec] 4: Apocalypse

28 August 2014 2:31 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Early next month, horror fans attending the Toronto International Film Festival will be treated to the world premiere of [Rec] 4: Apocalypse. If you’d like a better idea of what to expect from the latest installment, we have a look at the brand new trailer from Filmax:

“Angela Vidal, the young television reporter who entered the building with the fireman, manages to make it out alive. But what the soldiers don’t know is that she carries the seed of the strange infection. She is to be taken to a provisional quarantine facility, a high-security installation where she will have to stay in isolation for several days. An old oil tanker, miles off shore and surrounded by water on all sides, has been especially equipped for the quarantine.”

Actress Manuela Velasco reprises her role as Angela Vidal from the first [Rec]. Director Jaume Balagueró, who co-helmed the first two entries in the franchise with Paco Plaza, »

- Jonathan James

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‘Her Time Has Come…’ The Zombie Boat Comes in for New Poster for [Rec]4 Apocalypse

11 August 2014 2:19 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

It is unusual to be anticipating a third sequel to a horror franchise quite this much. However the [Rec] series from directors Paco Plaza and Jaume Balaguerno made the most of the hand held camera horror trend with two tense instalments investigating a quarantined apartment block. A third film followed with Plaza going solo with a prequel, breaking free from the first person format and ending up with a decent, if slightly less fearsome film.

Now the end is properly nigh with Balaguerno’s solo effort, the final chapter in the series, [Rec] 4: Apocalypse. This new poster isn’t exactly what I expected, looking a little too Wild Things for me, but as you’ll know (because you’ve seen the trailer) our heroine of sorts Ángela Vidal  (Manuela Velascoa) is taken on board a ship as everything landbound goes to hell in a flesh eating handbasket.

Here’s your poster, »

- Jon Lyus

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The Definitive Foreign Language Horror Films: 20-11

25 July 2014 6:41 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

In an odd turn of events, this list has a number of films that don’t have English-language titles. They just go by whatever the original title was. Good for us. What we do see in this portion of the list is a few movies that weren’t really created specifically to be horror films, but their themes and visuals made it so. In addition, we have some heavyweights of non-horror cinema creating horror films that push the genre all the more upward. “Thinking man horror,” if you will.

20. Le locataire (1976)

English Language Title: The Tenant

Directed by: Roman Polanski

Roman Polanski has made one of the greatest horror “trilogies” of all time with 1965′s British production Repulsion, 1968′s American production Rosemary’s Baby, and 1976′s French production The Tenant, completing his “Apartment Trilogy.” Unlike the other two, Polanski actually stars in The Tenant as Trelkovsky, a reserved man renting an apartment in Paris. »

- Joshua Gaul

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Cannes: Spanish Filmmakers Aim for Wider Audience with Genre Fare

16 May 2014 3:31 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This may well be a record year for Spanish-language cinema, fueled by booming Latin American pay TV sales, buoyant U.S. VOD, rising demand in Asia and Eastern Europe and synergies from Brazil’s 2014 FIFA World Cup.

But back in the Old World, Spanish producers are still struggling to finance their movies, with faltering subsidy and television funding and dwindling revenue streams due to vanishing DVD sales and widespread piracy.

Hedging their bets, Spanish producers increasingly focus on popular genres executed for the widest possible audience.

“What works now in Spain are comedies and romantic comedies,” says Imagina’s Geraldine Gonard. “People need to laugh. But these films are the hardest projects to sell abroad.”

A key test will be Spain’s all-time local blockbuster “Spanish Affair,” sold by Vicente Canales’ Film Factory.

“This is a unique phenomenon, like France’s ‘The Intouchables’ or ‘Welcome to the Sticks’,” Canales says. »

- Martin Dale

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[Rec] 4: Apocalypse trailer - Manuela Velasco returns for final time

25 April 2014 2:23 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A new trailer has been released for [Rec] 4: Apocalypse.

Manuela Velasco returns as reporter Angela in the fourth and final instalment of the horror franchise.

Velasco's character did not appear in the third film Genesis, which dropped the first two films' found footage style and took place at a wedding.

The first two films were directed by Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza, while Plaza took the reins of Genesis, adopting a more slapstick style.

Balaguero has helmed the fourth film, which returns to the first two films' main storyline and brings back a darker atmosphere.

It sees Angela getting rescued and taken to an oil tanker base, before the quarantine is broken and survivors are attacked by infected victims of the zombie virus.

[Rec] 4: Apocalypse will be released in Spain on October 31. A UK and Us release date is yet to be confirmed. »

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New Trailer For [.Rec] 4: Genesis Online

24 April 2014 5:01 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

First announced together way back in 2010, the original idea was that [.Rec] 3: Genesis and [.Rec] 4: Apocalypse would film more-or-less concurrently and be released close together. Clearly that didn't pan out, since Genesis arrived a couple of years ago. But here, finally, is a trailer for Apocalypse, picking up Manuela Velasco's story, left hanging at the end of [.Rec] 2.Series honchos Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza directed the first two [.Rec]s in tandem, but went solo for the prequel and this threequel, taking one each. Plaza handled Genesis, so Apocalypse is Balaguero's, and sees Velasco's Angela rescued and taken to an impromptu base set up on an oil tanker. Inevitably, however, the quarantine doesn't hold, and the survivors are soon once again faced with infected victims of the franchise's unique, peculiarily Catholic zombie rabies virus.Genesis abandoned the first two films' chaotic handheld found footage style after its first few minutes, »

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Angela & The Infected Are Back In [Rec 4]: Apocalypse Trailer!

24 April 2014 2:24 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

It feels like we’ve been waiting forever, but Jaume Balaguero’s final installment in his & Paco Plaza’s horror series is finally here! [Rec 4]: Apocalypse looks to be taking the terror out to sea, picking up where it left off with Angela (once again played by Manuela Velasco) awaking on a ship filled with an infected horde. The found footage narrative of the first two (and half of [Rec 3]) is notably gone, but I’m not complaining. The scale of this look pretty big and wild, and I cannot wait to see how it all ends.

Watch the trailer below!

Synopsis:

[Rec]4: Apocalypse kicks off at the point where Ángela Vidal, the only survivor of the terrible infection, is evacuated from the building. When the situation finally appears to be under control, chaos prevails once again and the seed of evil takes on new and horrible forms.

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- Justin Edwards

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Watch: First Trailer, Images & Poster For '[Rec] 4: Apocalypse'

24 April 2014 2:08 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Hey wait, they're still making these? In case you missed out on the barely there sensation, in 2007, Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza turned horror heads with their riff on the found footage genre, "[Rec]." It was reasonably effective take on the style, and it caused enough of a stir that two years later Hollywood dropped a remake that no one really cared about. But the original franchise kept going with "[Rec] 2" dropping in 2009, followed by "[Rec] 3: Genesis" in 2012. And now another installment is coming, "[Rec] 4: Apocalypse," with Balagueró back behind the camera for this time since the first sequel, and it looks like not much has changed. This time around Manuela Velasco, also returning from part two, is back in the lead, with the story now relocated to an oil tanker (!?) where some untrustworthy doctors have unleashed the virus packing undead once again. It seems like another excuse to contain a lot »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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[Rec] 4: Apocalypse Trailer Released

24 April 2014 11:34 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

After showing us a bloodbath of a wedding reception in [Rec] 3: Genesis, the influential Spanish zombie franchise is going back to its roots in its fourth entry with familiar faces behind and in front of the camera. We’ve shown you a teaser poster and a behind-the-scenes video from [Rec] 4: Apocalypse, and now we have the first official trailer for you to check out:

“Angela Vidal, the young television reporter who entered the building with the fireman, manages to make it out alive. But what the soldiers don’t know is that she carries the seed of the strange infection. She is to be taken to a provisional quarantine facility, a high-security installation where she will have to stay in isolation for several days. An old oil tanker, miles off shore and surrounded by water on all sides, has been especially equipped for the quarantine.”

Actress Manuela Velasco reprises her »

- Derek Anderson

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Watch: Monsters and Despair in Trailer for '[Rec] 4: Apocalypse'

24 April 2014 8:47 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Aside from "The Blair Witch Project," no film did found footage horror better than Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza's terrifying "[Rec]," which used a claustrophobic situation (a quarantined apartment complex) and a smart gimmick (after hours news report gone wrong) to heighten the terror. A pair of sequels, the first solid, the second less so, followed, and now the series comes to its conclusion with the ominously titled "[Rec] 4: Apocalypse." The trailer shows the return of Angela Vidal (Manuela Valesco), the plucky reporter protagonist of the first film and ensemble player of the second. Having survived the events of the previous films, Angela is brought to a quarantined oil tanker, but the soldiers on board don't know that she carries a strange infection. The film was directed by Balaguero, who ceded the previous installment to Plaza, and it seems to have abandoned the found footage format of the first two »

- Max O'Connell

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This is the End – The First Trailer for Rec 4 Apocalypse has Arrived

24 April 2014 5:04 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Followers of the found footage genre may have been disappointed to find that Paco Plaza’s solo outing, Rec 3 Genesis, dropped the form just after all hell broke loose at a wedding. It was a smart move. It seemed to free up the director to tell a far more cinematic story and in doing so expanded the mythology which has proven a very solid foundation for the series.

Splitting up the final two films in the series with his co-director on the first two Rec films (Plaza took the prequel, Rec 4′s director Jaume Balaguerno takes the final chapter)  was another shrewd move and today we’ve got our first look at what fresh hell we have in store as the Rec series lurches, bloody-mouthed, to a twitching halt.

We see a familiar face as Ángela Vidal  (Manuela Velascoa) is taken aboard a ship to be examined. You can guess what happens next. »

- Jon Lyus

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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 | iconsoffright.com | 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!

Jerry:

 

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 | DreadCentral.com | 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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