12 items from 2010
Having elbowed aside the favourite (Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon) and the stalking horse (Jacques Audiard's A Prophet) to win last year's Oscar for Best Foreign Film, Campanella's relatively unlauded entry has a lot to live up to. But thankfully it delivers, being a handsome, smart, adult mystery, in which a retired legal counsellor (Darín) delves into the past to deal with an unresolved murder case. The surprise is not so much that it won the Oscar but how much it resembles the classy, sexually charged Hollywood thrillers of the 70s and 80s, from Klute to Sea Of Love. Maybe if Tom Cruise made films like this instead of the gormless Knight And Day he might reconnect with his grown-up fanbase. But then, the studios are too busy kowtowing to the »
- Damon Wise
For a directorial debut, with a cast of largely unknown actors and a budget that is obviously limited, The Final pretty much manages to deliver what it sets out to.
A revenge fantasy. The Final focuses on five high school students, Dane, Emily, Ravi, Alan and Jack, who decide, having been bullied and brutalised by their co-students for most of their school lives to wreck a grotesque revenge on their tormentors. Using horror films they have seen, school lessons and their own limited resources, they come up with inventive and horrible ways to repay the acts of cruelty they have suffered.
It’s a simple enough premise, and one that will strike a nerve with anyone who’s become an outcast in school. The indignities that the the five suffer are »
British fans of the wacky sub genre that is torture porn take note, The Final, the debut feature from director Joey Stewart, is heading for an unsuspecting UK audience next month. Featuring novel if somewhat inappropriate uses for cattle prods and stun guns, gardening shears, acupuncture needles and a specially formulated skin cream you wouldn’t want to leave on for too long, The Final takes the premise of “there’s nothing like geek scorned…” and turns it on its head, when a group of nerds go all out for revenge against their tormentors. The Splattery goodness starts in UK theatres on August 19th. Synopsis: Tired of being one of several victims of a routine of endless bullying by the high school jocks and their socially superior girlfriends, awkward student Dane decides to turn the tables and plots to avenge the years of humiliation to which he has been subjected. »
Chelsea Films have announced the UK DVD debut of The Final, a movie described as Saw and Hostel meet the Columbine High School Massacre. The film is the debut feature from director Joey Stewart and stars Marc Donato (White Oleander; Pay It Forward), Jascha Washington (Big Momma’s House 2; Last Holiday), Travis Tedford (The Little Rascals) and Julin (Sweatshop).
Tired of being one of several victims of a routine of endless bullying by the high school jocks and their socially superior girlfriends, awkward student Dane (Donato) decides to turn the tables and plots to avenge the years of humiliation to which he has been subjected. Leading a small group of similarly victimized outcasts, Dane, driven by the group’s deadly vendetta and his own suicidal tendencies, secretly organizes a must-attend fancy dress party at a remote farm house left to him by his late uncle.
With their prospective victims collected together in one place, »
Now in it's fourth year, Horrorfest, the annual cinematic showcase for After Dark Films, has established something of a reputation as a platform for fresh, daring filmmakers to get themselves noticed. More than just a simple market for nasties, the After Dark label stands for quality by way of authenticity, delivering horror films by genre lovers for genre lovers. In addition to this yearly frightfest, After Dark recently announced a new venture to develop their own projects, in partnership with SyFy, NBC, and Lionsgate, titled After Dark Originals. Aiming to do for horror what the Sundance Institute did for the American indie, the eight slate series will begin production next month with a view towards theatrical release later this fall.
Titles featured in this year's Horrorfest include:
Director: Nick Cohen
Inspired by any »
- Neil Pedley
There's Lots of horror coming to the Lone Star state this April, and we've got the early word on what movies you can expect to see playing during the Texas Frightmare Film Festival.
From the Press Release
"Texas Frightmare Weekend announced it has extended the dates for its companion Texas Frightmare Film Festival this year (April 28–May 1). Highlights from the lineup include the Us premiere of Tim Sullivan’s 2001 Maniacs: Field Of Screams, George Romero’s Survival Of The Dead, and Adam Green’s Sundance hit Frozen.
Green’s Frozen stars Shawn Ashmore, Emma Bell, and Kevin Zegers and follows the life or death choices a trio of skiers and snowboarders must make when they find themselves abandoned on a ski resort chairlift. The film, which was a surprise hit at the Sundance Film Festival in January, will screen at the Studio Movie Grill in Lewisville on Wednesday, April 28, at 7:00Pm. »
- Uncle Creepy
Horror fans generally don't have a problem with flicks that wear their influences on their cinematic sleeve. On the contrary, we actually appreciate it when a new genre film pays due homage to someone like Val Lewton, John Carpenter, or George Romero. Other flicks, unfortunately, lean way too far in the other direction, and the result is a movie like The Final -- which feels a lot like three dead-obvious homages in one confused package -- and when you're wading that deep in the pool of someone else's work, that's when we start thinking of the word "rip-off." Perhaps best described as "Saw Goes to Columbine," (although not nearly as fun or as venomous as that concept sounds) Joey Stewart's The »
The Final is a disturbing, mean-spirited teen revenge fantasy about a normal day at a normal High School. The jocks and mean girls terrorize the misfits. The misfits capture their tormentors and proceed to torture, mutilate, and murder them. The point of the picture seems to be that incidents like this can happen but after Columbine, everyone already knows that. Though it played at Horrorfest, The Final is not really a horror film though it’s presented and directed like one. It seems to be a response to the student shooting sprees that made headlines in the late 1990s, but it wants to offer easy explanations and use obvious stereotypes to make it’s point. The Final tackles a sensitive issue in an exploitative way and the result is uncomfortable but surprisingly compelling drama.
The central character of The Final is Dane (Marc Donata), an awkward student with a deadly vendetta and suicidal tendencies. »
Gary Coleman apparently found himself caught between a rock and a gross place. The producers of Midgets vs. Mascots, a straight-to-dvd mockumentary about five little people competing against five mascots for $1 million, announced today that Coleman has reluctantly Ok'd the use of a shot of his genitals that he says was used in the film without his permission. Coleman is reluctantly agreeing to it because it was Midgets' producers who bailed him out of jail yesterday. "The footage in question occurred during an improvised moment in a shower scene when Mr. Coleman attempted to break up a fight between two little people," producers Brad Keller and Joey Stewart said in a »
With Horrorfest Four fast approaching, After Dark Films has now debuted a new trailer for The Final via Dread Central . Directed by Joey Stewart from a script by Jason Kabolati, The Final stars Marc Donato, Jascha Washington, Whitney Hoy, Justin Arnold, Julin, Travis Tedford, Linsday Seidel, Mark Nutter, Hunter Garner and Eric Isenhower. Check out the synopsis and trailer below. Don't forget to check out our exclusive red-band trailer for Dread (one of the other "8 Films To Die For") right here . All eight features will play theatrically starting January 29th. Synopsis: The scenic Workley Ranch in Rocky Branch, TX, becomes the setting for retribution and revenge. In the midst of a wild costume party, five previously powerless and picked upon students are giving »
As the January 29, 2010, start date of After Dark's Horrorfest 4 draws ever so close, the promo goodies are streaming out at a frightening pace! Next up we're proud to debut the official trailer for revenge thriller The Final.
Directed by Joey Stewart and starring Jascha Washington, Julin, Justin Arnold, and Lindsay Seidel, The Final tells the story of Dane, an awkward student with a deadly vendetta and suicidal tendencies, who leads a group of outcasts in a plot to avenge the years of humiliation they faced from the popular students at their high school. At an abandoned lake house the outcasts prepare a night of torture that will leave their tormentors scarred for life - physically and emotionally.
Check out the new one-sheet and trailer below, and click here to visit the official Horrorfest 4 website.
The Final - Trailer
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- Uncle Creepy
With After Dark Horrorfest 4 and its 8 Films to Die For slowly creeping up on us, we thought it would be a great time to sit down with Director Joey Stewart to talk about his entry into this year's After Dark fest, the high school thriller The Final. We chat everything from the film's hard R rating to the deliciousness of Frito Pie. In theaters January 29nd–February 5th The Final will be joined by The Graves, Hidden, Dread, Lake Mungo, Zmd: Zombies of Mass Destruction, Kill Theory and The Reeds. Hit the jump for our exclusive interview with Director Joey Stewart below. FEARnet: How would you describe The Final? Joey Stewart: The Final is a psychological horror film, also a drama, also a »
12 items from 2010
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