6 items from 2013
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Lead by John Cairns London-based Parkland Pictures was formed in 2006 to compliment Parkland Films, and distribute the company's own films and to also rights to other films. Now fully developed into an International Sales Agency Parkland Pictures participates in the most important film markets in the industry. This year they are present at Afm with two new titles.
Director: Dominic Burns
August 1944. A team of British soldiers led by a Us Captain are dropped behind enemy lines in France on a mission that could shorten the war. As nothing goes according to plan, commando Sgt Harry McBain and Cpt Gabriel Jackson know they must put aside personal animosity if the mission is to succeed. Inspired by true events, Allies tells the story of friendship and survival.
Director: Michael Axelgaard
These are the facts which can be gathered from the home video footage discovered where the bodies were found. School Friend Emma, James, Scott and Lynne drive out to a cottage in remote East Anglia. They are happy, enjoying each others company and the lonely beauty of their surroundings. But soon, they uncover a macabre local legend. Fascinated, they delve into a dark and violent history, which leads them to an ancient hollow tree by ruined monastery. »
- Carlos Aguilar
Emma's (Emily Plumtree) grandfather has recently passed away, leaving an old house on the Suffolk coastline behind. Assuming it would make for a pleasant country getaway, that is precisely where Emma brings her fiancé Scott (Matt Stokoe), her best friend James (Sam Stockman) and James' girlfriend Lynn (Jessica Ellerby). Down the road from the house is a spooky old tree that has several centuries worth of ghost stories associated with it. All of the stories share a common outcome: lovers hang themselves from the tree in ritualistic suicide. There have been previous attempts at exorcising the presumed demon(s) from the tree, as documented in a book found in the house titled British Exorcisms Of The Twentieth Century; but considering a recent spat of suicides, those exorcisms were total failures. »
- Don Simpson
Picture the scene, two couples in the countryside with a video camera, a dead relative and a cursed tree. Yes, you picked out the warning sign there, the video camera. What we have in Hollow is yet another found footage film. 2012 was quite a year for this style of film and some may have hoped that we’d have less of them but with this, V/H/S and Grave Encounters 2 being released with just a few weeks between them the trend is still continuing. Now just to see how good Hollow actually is.
The story revolves around a group of friends who have a weekend away at a village in Suffolk that have a legend surrounding an ancient tree which is said to hold an evil spirit within it’s hollowed out interior. »
Zero Dark Thirty (15)
The controversy over this film's use of torture is a reflection of how problematic it is to classify. Is it a historical dramatisation? A factual reconstruction? A post-Bourne spy thriller? Whatever it is, it's state of the art film-making: lean, snappy, tense, gripping and as single-minded as its heroine in the 10-year pursuit of Bin Laden. But there's still much room for complexity and ambiguity. Yes, that pursuit involves torture, but also intelligence, personal determination and, ultimately, action – all of which Bigelow is well-equipped to convey.
- Steve Rose
Up and coming filmmaker Michael Axelgaard's British horror Hollow hits UK screens this coming Friday (January 25th) ahead of a DVD release on Monday, January 28th and to celebrate, we have three copies of the film to give away to our readers courtesy of the lovely people at Metrodome Distribution.
Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter the competition...
"An old monastery in a small, remote village has been haunted by a local legend for centuries. Left in ruin and shrouded by the mystery of a dark spirit that wills young couples to suicide, the property has been avoided for years, marked only by a decrepit old tree with an ominous hollow said to be the home of great evil. When four vacationing friends explore the local folklore, they realize that belief in a myth can quickly materialize into reality, bringing horror to life for the town. »
Director: Michael Axelgaard
Running Time: 91 Minutes
Synopsis: On holiday in the English countryside, two young couples uncover an ancient evil.
I’m beginning to think I’m not liked amongst the towers of Thn. What could I have done to upset someone? Did I hurt one of our talented team members in a previous life? Do I smell funny? Whatever the answer, I seem to be lumbered with some atrocious home entertainment efforts after stating at one of our magnificent ‘do’s, ‘Oh, I do love a good horror‘. Notice there I say ‘good’? Obviously no one was listening to that crucial point, as I’ve since been stuck with nothing but this horror…and I don’t mean that in a good way. So here I am, saddled with another abysmal entry in the long and tired line of ‘found-footage’, with Hollow. »
- Craig Hunter
6 items from 2013
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