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Film4 FrightFest 2014 Review – Starry Eyes (2014)

23 August 2014 11:32 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Starry Eyes, 2014

Written and directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer

Starring Alex Essoe, Amanda Fuller, Noah Segan, Fabianne Therese, Shane Coffey, Natalie Castillo, Pat Healy, Nick Simons, Maria Olsen, Marc Senter, Louis Dezseran

Synopsis:

A hopeful young starlet uncovers the ominous origins of the Hollywood elite and enters into a deadly agreement in exchange for fame and fortune.

Starry Eyes poses one simple question – just how far will someone go to “make it” in Hollywood. It’s a very well crafted satire of the “Hollywood system” with some superb practical effects and features a break out performance from first time feature actor Alex Essoe.

Sarah is your typical failing actress in Hollywood who, at the tender age of 25, feels like she is running out of time. Her auditions are disasters, she’s working as a waitress (at a cocktail bar) and her only real acting offers are from her »

- Luke Owen

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Frightfest 2014: Starry Eyes Review

23 August 2014 7:50 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Directors: Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer.

Cast: Alex Essoe, Amanda Fuller, Noah Segan, Pat Healy, Marc Senter.

Certificate: 18.

Run Time: 98 minutes.

Synopsis: A young actress with desperate dreams of fame and fortune finds herself drawn into a deadly agreement to achieve her hearts desire. 

Just how far would you go to achieve your dreams? This is a question that has been asked countless times across the centuries with one of the earliest tales being that of Faust. Since then the premise of making a deal with the devil has appeared many times over; one of the more recent outings was the unfairly cancelled television series 666 Park Avenue.

Starry Eyes tackles the age old fable, but adds a very modern twist. Sarah is a fast-food waitress with big dreams. Living within an apartment building full of other actors Sarah feels like her peers pity her. She is riddled with an unhealthy mix »

- Kat Smith

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Frightfest 2014: ‘Starry Eyes’ Review

23 August 2014 5:31 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Alex Essoe, Amanda Fuller, Noah Segan, Fabianne Therese, Shane Coffey, Natalie Castillo, Pat Healy, Nick Simmons, Maria Olsen, Marc Senter, Louis Dezseran | Written and Directed by Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer

Determined to make it in Hollywood, reluctant waitress Sarah Walker (Essoe) goes on countless casting calls in hope of getting her big break. After a series of weird auditions at the mysterious Astraeus Pictures, she lands her dream part. But with this opportunity comes with ramifications that will change her life… literally.

Part occult tale of ambition, possession and the true cost of fame and fortune. Skilfully and scarily showing the ways in which tarnished Tinsel Town can turn a sweet starlet into an ego-maniacal monster, this nightmarish tragedy reveals for all to see what it means when actors talk about putting their soul on the screen.

Yet another example of a slow-burning horror movie, Starry Eyes has a very old-school feel about it. »

- Phil Wheat

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Film Review: ‘Starry Eyes’

17 August 2014 7:27 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The oft-told tale of a struggling actress seeking her first big break gets a juicy new spin in the psychodrama/body-horror hybrid “Starry Eyes.” Featuring a knockout performance by Alex Essoe as a sweet young hopeful who transforms into a nasty, feral nutcase after selling much more than her soul to a shadowy production company, the pic pushes the Tinseltown nightmare scenario to inventive and exciting extremes. Though it’s a tad overcranked in the final furlong, the sheer energy on display and a devilishly compelling plot ultimately win the day. Presently touring the genre fest circuit, “Starry Eyes” looks like a difficult theatrical proposition but should be in high demand on streaming platforms.

Writing-directing duo Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer set their film in a “Day of the Locust”-like society of Hollywood fringe-dwellers whose dreams are never going to come true. The starry eyes in question belong to »

- Richard Kuipers

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Fantasia 2014 Award Winners Include Cybernatural and Closer to God; 2015 Dates Announced

9 August 2014 9:49 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

This past Wednesday, August 6th, saw the close of the 18th edition of Montreal's Fantasia Film Festival; and now that the dust has settled, we have the full list of this year's award winners plus the Fest's dates for 2015.

From the Press Release:

Returning to its home at Concordia University after the location’s massive 2013 renovations, the acclaimed Fantasia International Film Festival, North America’s longest-running genre film fest, benefited from having three theaters in which to screen its record 160+ films.

Among the numerous highlights that took place during the three-week festival were the crowd-pleasing, revelatory world premieres of Leo Gabriadze’s Cybernatural (review here), Sarah Adina Smith’s The Midnight Swim, and Bennett JonesI Am A Knife With Legs. Also of note were massively successful screenings of Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, James Gunn’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, Lee Su-jin’s Han Gong-ju, Keishi Otomo’s Rurouni Kenshin – Kyoto Inferno, »

- Debi Moore

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Fantasia Film Fest announces full line-up

10 July 2014 9:31 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

 

Following previous announcements of their film lineup, the Fantasia International Film Festival has released their full lineup of movies to be shown at the 18th Annual festival, starting July 17.

New additions to the lineup include 2014 Cannes Selection When Animals Dream, directed by Jonas Alexander Amby and the return of Fantasia’s showcase of animated films, Axis.

Tickets for the festival go on sale starting July 16, and the festival runs through August 5.

View the whole press release of additional announcements below:

 

 

Fantasia Celebrates Its 18th Birthday

With Over 160 Feature Films Montreal, Thursday July 10, 2014 – 2014 is the year that Fantasia turns 18. We can’t believe it either. Fantasia’s 18th birthday means over 160 features and something in the neighborhood of 300 shorts, many being shown for the first time on this continent, a good number screening here for the first time anywhere in the world.In addition to being stacked with a multitude of breathtaking debut filmmaker discoveries, »

- Brian Welk

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Frightfest Full Line-Up Released

27 June 2014 11:56 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Taking place every August Bank Holiday weekend, has become a staple film festival for those with a taste for the macabre. This year’s event sees a location change from the Empire on Leicester Square, to the Vue on Leicester Square. The reason for this is to give the event more space which as attendance grows each year is very much in demand.

Today the oragnisers has revealed the full line-up for the weekend long festival. See all the info from their press release below:

So what can you look forward to?

For a start the latest works by all your favourite cult directors: Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno, Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo’s Among The Living, Fabrice Du Welz’s Alleluia, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, Nacho Vigalondo’s Open Windows and Extraterrestrial, John McNaughton’s The Harvest, Nicolas McCarthy’s Home, »

- Kat Smith

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Film4 FrightFest's Amazing 2014 Line-up Announced! New Images Revealed!

27 June 2014 9:52 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The line-up for this year's Film4 FrightFest in London has just been announced – and boy, is it a doozy! Sporting a record-breaking 38 UK/European premieres and 11 world premieres, this August is going to be an exciting time in the genre calendar.

Check it all out right here, including lots of new images!

This year Film4 FrightFest will be moving from its previous home at Leicester Square's Empire Cinema to the nearby Vue Cinema (also on Leicester Square), prompting an ingenious reshuffle of the screening arrangements.

All main screen films will be presented at different times across three different screens, with two extra screens reserved for single-slot screenings of the various films hitting this year's Discovery Screens.

Here's the full list of goodies:

Main Screens (5, 6, 7)

Thursday Aug 21

Opening Night Film - The Guest (UK Premiere)

Director: Adam Wingard. Cast: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer, Sheila Kelley, Leland Orser. USA 2014. 99 mins. »

- Gareth Jones

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Fantasia’s Second Wave of Programming Announced

27 June 2014 8:23 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Following last week’s first wave of programming announcements, the Fantasia International Film Festival has revealed its second wave of programming, which includes a screening of Ju-On: The Beginning of the End and a 40th anniversary screening of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, where Tobe Hooper will be presented with a lifetime achievement award:

“Official Closing Film – Abel Ferrara’s Welcome To New York

Fantasia will close its 2014 edition with the North American Premiere of Abel Ferrara’s Welcome To New York, the controversial latest from the legendary filmmaker behind such landmarks as Bad Lieutenant, King Of New York, New Rose Hotel and the recently re-released Ms 45.

Welcome To New York is loosely based on the Dsk scandal and stars the iconic Gérard Depardieu in one of the bravest performances of his career. Co-starring is the equally sensational Jacqueline Bisset.

Abel Ferrara will be on hand to host this special evening, »

- Jonathan James

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Frightfest 2014 – Full Line-up Announced

27 June 2014 6:45 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Film4 FrightFest 2014, returning for its 15th year, unveils its biggest line-up ever. From Thurs 21 August to Monday 25 August, the UK’s leading event for genre fans will be at the Vue West End, Leicester Square, to present sixty-four films plus twenty shorts across five screens. There are sixteen countries representing five continents with a record-breaking thirty-eight UK or European premieres and eleven world premieres.

Are you ready for a monstrous and memorable mayhem of killer claws, cannibalism, cult classics, murderous musicals, chiller thrillers, graphic novel action and sick celluloid masterpieces? Then prepare yourself for the biggest, strongest and most eclectic must-see programme in Film4 FrightFest’s history.

From the opening night turbo-driven thrill-ride The Guest to the UK premiere of the closing night mesmeric sci-fi fantasy The Signal, FrightFest has netted the latest works from genre big-hitters such as Eli Roth (The Green Inferno), Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins (Show »

- Phil Wheat

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Fantasia 2014: Second Wave Titles Include New Ju-On Film, Open Windows, Life After Beth, The Drownsman, Let Us Prey, At the Devil's Door, Creep; Tribute to Tobe Hooper

26 June 2014 9:55 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

We're back with more titles heading to the 2014 Fantasia Film Festival as well as a few new images and word on a Lifetime Achievement Award for Tobe Hooper. Read on for all the details!

From the Press Release:

Following last week’s first wave of programming announcements, the Fantasia International Film Festival is proud to unveil additional highlights to rev you up for our July 10th Press Conference, where our full 2014 film lineup will be revealed.

Official Closing Film - Abel Ferrara’s Welcome To New York

Fantasia will close its 2014 edition with the North American Premiere of Abel Ferrara’s Welcome To New York, the controversial latest from the legendary filmmaker behind such landmarks as Bad Lieutenant, King Of New York, New Rose Hotel and the recently re-released Ms 45.

Welcome To New York is loosely based on the Dsk scandal and stars the iconic Gérard Depardieu in one of »

- Debi Moore

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Second Wave of Fantasia International Film Festival Films Announced, Including Abel Ferrara’s Welcome To New York!

26 June 2014 9:09 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

The Montreal-based Fantasia International Film Festival is gearing up to run again this year from July 17th-August 5th, and having already boasted a very impressive first wave of films (including a special presentation of James Gunn’s Guardians Of The Galaxy), the second wave of films has now been announced, making the festival sounds like an even more impressive place to be next month. We’ve combined the two announcements into one, just to give you fright fiends a glimpse at the awesome list of titles coming to festival goers next month.

First Wave:

Opening Film: Jacky In The Kingdom Of Women (Jacky Au Royaume Des Filles)

Fantasia 2014 will launch with the Canadian premiere of Jacky In The Kingdom Of Women (Jacky au royaume des filles), a sharp political satire from comic book genius Riad Sattouf (Les Beaux Gosses) that took the Rotterdam Film Festival by storm.

Set in »

- Jerry Smith

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Abel Ferrara coming to Fantasia Fest in second wave of programming

26 June 2014 8:04 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The 18th Fantasia International Film Festival’s second lineup of films was unveiled Thursday, and it features the closing night film on August 5, Welcome to New York directed by Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, Ms. 45).

Ferrara will be present to talk about his latest film, starring Gérard Depardieu and Jacqueline Bisset. The film was received with warm reviews after appearing out of competition at Cannes and at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

The Fantasia Film Fest runs July 17 to August 5 in Montreal, and the full lineup of films, in addition to the ones already announced, will be released July 10.

View the whole press release of second wave lineup announcements below.

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Fantasia Announces Second Wave

Of 2014 Programming Montreal, Thursday June 26, 2014 – Following last week’s first wave of programming announcements, the Fantasia International Film Festival is proud to unveil additional highlights to rev you up for our July 10th Press Conference, where »

- Brian Welk

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Franco Nero returning as Django in Django Lives

26 June 2014 7:39 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After Quentin Tarantino revived the franchise in 2012 with Django Unchained, original star Franco Nero is set to return to the role of Django almost 50 years after the character’s first appearance in Sergio Corbucci 1966 Spaghetti Western (and almost thirty years since his second appearance in 1987′s Django Strikes Again!) , with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that Nero will strap on the holster once again for Django Lives, which has just begun filming.

The new is being directed by regular Tarantino collaborator Joe D’Augustine, whose editing credits include Kill Bill, Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds, and “will be set in 1915, with Nero playing the role of an older Django working as a consultant to producers of silent movie westerns who gets involved with racketeers.” Also set to feature in the cast are Mark Boone Junior (Batman Begins), Noah Segan (Looper), and Tomas Milian (Traffic).

The post Franco Nero returning as Django »

- Gary Collinson

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Gravitas Ventures Acquires The Last Light

14 May 2014 9:07 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In The Last Light, a group of strangers must ride out an apocalyptic event, their own grief, and creatures looking to take them down. After playing at Shriekfest last year, The Last Light has now been picked up by Gravitas Ventures. The company will distribute the horror film on VOD and iTunes this summer.

“Los Angeles, May 14, 2014 – Fox Hill Productions is pleased to announce that Gravitas Ventures has acquired the North American rights to the horror/thriller The Last Light. Written and directed by Andrew Hyatt (The Frozen), the film stars Ed Quinn (Eureka), Edward Furlong (American History X), Jeff Fahey (Planet Terror), Tahyna Tozzi (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Molly Hagan (Election), and Yvonne Zima (Iron Man 3). Produced by Fox Hill ProductionsSeth David Mitchell and Samantha Lusk, The Last Light will be available on VOD and iTunes on June 3, 2014.

“We’re excited to partner with Gravitas Ventures in bringing »

- Derek Anderson

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Sierra McCormick, Grace Phipps and Lexi Atkins Offer Some Kind of Hate

29 April 2014 | Horror Asylum | See recent Horror Asylum news »

A new slasher movie is on it's way from Caliber Media and Revek Entertainment. 'Some Kind of Hate' is the bringing together of revenge and the supernatural as a bullied kid summons a spirit to deal with his tormentors. It's good to see writer/director Adam Egypt Mortimer trying something a little bit different with the genre but it does sound like a familiar amalgamation of past horror features that have already treaded similar ground - such as Brit horror 'Tormented' amongst others. But still our hopes are high. 'Some Kind of Hate' stars Ronen Rubinstein, the gorgeous Grace Phipps ('Fright Night'), Sierra McCormick, Michael Polish, Noah Segan ('Looper'), Spencer Breslin ('The Happening'), Maestro Harrell ('Suburgatory'), Jasper Polish ('The Astronaut Farmer'), Jeremy Hawkins, Brando Eaton and the sexy Lexi Atkins -below ('Zombeavers'). »

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Casting Net: Will Ferrell is after the Crown Jewels in 'The Yank'; Oscar Isaac for 'Star Wars'?

28 April 2014 5:09 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Will Ferrell (The Lego Movie) will play a guy who works in insurance and finds himself in the middle of a conspiracy to steal England’s Crown Jewels in The Yank. No director has been attached to the film, written by Steve Pink (High Fidelity) and John Morris (Hot Tub Time Machine). [Deadline]

Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) is the 10,000th person rumored for a role in Star Wars: Episode VII. Per usual, no character was revealed but with principal photography approaching at light speed, it seems like we might be soon getting a look at the new population of that far, »

- Jake Perlman

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New Slasher Channels Some Kind of Hate

28 April 2014 2:12 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Around these parts we love a good slasher movie. The only problem is finding a good slasher movie. Will the killer in the recently announced Some Kind of Hate be able to bring the right kind of disturbing to the old chopping block? Read on for details.

According to THR, Ronen Rubinstein, Grace Phipps, and Sierra McCormick will star in Some Kind of Hate, a new take on the slasher genre from Adam Egypt Mortimer.

The flick centers on a tightly wound kid who is a favorite target for the local high school bullies. He is sent away to a remote reform school, where the teen accidentally summons a vengeful spirit -- herself a victim of bullying -- to exact retribution on his tormentors.

Mortimer co-wrote the script with novelist Brian DeLeeuw (In This Way I Was Saved). Caliber Media partners Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller arranged the financing and »

- Steve Barton

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Disney Star Sierra McCormick Set for Horror Movie ‘Some Kind of Hate’

28 April 2014 12:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sierra McCormick (Disney’s “A.N.T. Farm”), Grace Phipps (“Teen Beach”) and Ronen Rubinstein have been cast as the leads in the indie horror film “Some Kind of Hate.”

“Hate” begins shooting this week in Los Angeles with Adam Egypt Mortimer directing from a script he co-wrote with novelist Brian DeLeeuw (“In This Way I Was Saved”).

Caliber Media partners Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller arranged the financing and will produce alongside Amanda Mortimer and Gabriela Revilla’s Revek Entertainment.

Lexi Atkins, who stars in “Zombeavers” and, as the current Miss Illinois, will compete in June’s Miss USA contest, has also been cast along with Michael Polish, Noah Segan, Spencer Breslin, Maestro Harrell, Jasper Polish, Jeremy Hawkins and Brando Eaton.

“Hate” follows a tightly wound kid who is a favorite target for the local high school bullies. Sent away to a remote desert reform school, the harassed teenager accidentally summons »

- Dave McNary

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Disney Star Sierra McCormick Cast in Slasher Film ‘Some Kind of Hate’

28 April 2014 12:12 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sierra McCormick (Disney's “A.N.T. Farm”) is set to star in Adam Egypt Mortimer's original slasher movie “Some Kind of Hate” alongside fellow rising stars Ronen Rubinstein (“It Felt Like Love”) and Grace Phipps (Disney's “Teen Beach”), production company Caliber Media announced Monday. Mortimer co-wrote the screenplay with novelist Brian DeLeeuw. Caliber Media partners Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller arranged the financing and will produce alongside Amanda Mortimer and Gabriela Revilla's Revek Entertainment. Also read: Dylan Penn, Daughter of Sean Penn and Robin Wright, to Star in ‘Condemned’ The rest of the cast includes Michael Polish (“Big Sur”), Noah Segan »

- Jeff Sneider

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