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Horror Highlights: The Crooked Man, Night Of The Living Dead: Genesis, Stalkher, Blanc/Biehn Productions, XLrator Media & Blue Fox Entertainment

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Excited for the Halloween season yet? Syfy's 31 Days of Halloween kicks off this Friday and will feature The Crooked Man, starring Michael Jai White (The Dark Knight, Spawn). Also in today's Horror Highlights: trailers for both Night of the Living Dead: Genesis and StalkHer, festival screening details for films from Blanc/Biehn Productions, and details on a distribution agreement between XLrator Media and Blue Fox Entertainment.

The Crooked Man Airing on Syfy's 31 Days of Horror: "The Crooked Man, starring Michael Jai White (Spawn), Amber Benson (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) and Dina Meyer (Starship Troopers) kicks off Syfy's 31 Days of Halloween [on Saturday, October 1st at 9:00 p.m. Et.]

Synopsis: While at a slumber party, twelve year old ‘Olivia’ is blamed for the horrific and mysterious death of her friend after singing a song, created by a reclusive mastermind, ‘Milo’ (Michael Jai White), which summons a demonic figure known as "The Crooked Man". Returning to her hometown six years later,
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Spanish film-makers to follow: the magnificent seven

Spanish film-makers to follow: the magnificent seven
Who are the exciting new film-makers emerging from Spain? Elisabet Cabeza profiles seven to keep an eye on.Esteban Crespo

Experienced in TV documentaries, short films and commercials, this Madrid-born film-maker had a significant career breakthrough with his successful short That Wasn’t Me (Aquel No Era Yo), which won the Goya for best short film in 2013 and the Oscar for best live-action short film in 2014. Crespo is now working on his first feature, To Love (Amar), about an adolescent couple in love, based on his own script. Shooting starts in April in Valencia and Avalon is producing. Crespo is then set to direct another thriller, Black Beach, produced by Lazona. He is repped by CAA in the Us and by Anxo Talent in Spain.

Contact Agent: anxo@zigguratfilms.com

Leticia Dolera

Chainsaw in hand and wearing a blood-spattered bridal dress — this is how Leticia Dolera appeared in Rec 3, the third instalment in the successful zombie franchise
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Spanish Producer Mate Cantero Dies

Spanish Producer Mate Cantero Dies
Mate Cantero, a pioneering woman producer who saw her native Spain as part of a larger world, died Monday Aug.11 after a long illness battling cancer. She was 54.

Cantero got her first break making “Veraz” with French producer-distributor Stephane Sorlat, founder of Bac Films with Jean Labadie. She would go on to create Mate Productions with Sorlat in 1992, then become his wife in a marriage the lasted into the next decade.

After years of seemingly endemic crisis, the Spanish film industry found some kind of financial stability from the mid-‘90s, which allowed Spanish producers to attempt more ambitious films at home or step up to the table with equity in international co-productions.

From 1996, though based out of Madrid, living with her family in the leafy suburb, Cantero would with Sorlat make her best-know, biggest – and among them most successful – productions, Notably, these were with Bigas Luna (1997’s “The Chambermaid on the Titanic,
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Film4 FrightFest 2015 Short Film Lineup Announced

Giving UK horror fans yet another reason to attend their scare-packed festival, the fine folks at Film4 FrightFest have announced their short film lineup that features over thirty shorts, including the cannibalistic wrestling tale, El Gigante:

Press Release: "Film4 FrightFest 2015 has expanded its Short Film Showcase event, with three strands and over thirty shorts from around the world, including eleven World Premieres and seven European Premieres. With films from thirteen countries, this is the most diverse and exciting shorts event yet programmed.

Highlights include the London premiere of actress Karen Gillan’s intense directorial debut Coward, and the UK premiere of Shevenge, a darkly funny tale of revenge, directed by Buffy The Vampire Slayer alum Amber Benson. Local FrightFest alumni will also be returning: screenwriter and director James Moran is back with screams and laughter in Ghosting, and Dan Auty brings us nostalgia and magic children in his new
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'Cell Count' is Official Selection at the 2012 Sitges Film Festival

By Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com

The feature film Cell Count (review) has been selected by the 2012 Sitges Film Festival in Spain.

Check out the trailer and poster (designed by The Dude Designs) below the official press release.

From the Press Release:

The feature film “Cell Count" premiered on May 20th at the Fantaspoa Fantastic Film Festival and is an Official Selection of this year's Macabro Film Festival in Mexico City. This week offered the Producer's of the film an exciting third acceptance to a film festival so far this year, the Sitges Film Festival in Spain.

The Sitges Film Festival is 'the number one fantasy film festival in the world and represents, at the same time, the cultural expression with the most media impact in Catalonia. With a solid experience, the Sitges Festival is a stimulating universe of encounters, exhibitions, presentations and screenings of fantasy films from all over the world.
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A Walk in the Clouds (Blu-ray)

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Starring: Keanu Reeves, Aitana Sanchez-Gijon, Anthony Quinn

Director: Alfonso Arau

The Scoop: (1995) Reeves brought his special acting style to this period romance: playing a veteran returning from World War II, he gets involved in a web of lies when he tries to help an unwed mother by pretending to be her husband in order to spare her from her family’s wrath. Instead, he falls in love with her, while his own wife files for an annulment. In the end, everything works out hunky dory, except possibly for Reeves himself — the stoic actor was nominated for a Razzie for Worst Actor.

Rated PG-13, 102 min. | Watch the trailer
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Action Blu-Ray Round Up, May 19, 2009: ‘Changing Lanes,’ ‘The Machinist’

Chicago – Paramount Home Video is unleashing waves of catalog titles this month. It started with the comedy wave last Tuesday and continues with a diverse slate of action films this week.

Like the comedy set, the films have very little in common other than their genre (and even that is a bit sketchy with “The Machinist” bearing little resemblance to “Paycheck”). The highlights of the wave are clearly “3 Days of the Condor,” “The Machinist,” and “Changing Lanes” with “Enemy at the Gates” certainly having enough visual power to warrant a look in HD. “Paycheck”? Good luck with that one.

All five titles were released on Tuesday, May 19th, 2009.

“3 Days of the Condor”

Photo credit: Paramount Synopsis: “In Sydney Pollack’s critically acclaimed suspense-thriller, Robert Redford stars as CIA Agent Joe Turner. Code name: Condor. When his entire office is massacred, Turner goes on the run from his enemies…and his so-called allies.
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Horror on DVD & Blu-Ray: Weekly Chopping List

It's a big week for horror titles arriving for in-home enjoyment. From indie-splatter to studio remakes, we've got the details on what you'll find this Tuesday - complete with last-minute additions and deletions.

Whether you prefer DVD or Blu-Ray, let's take a look at the full slate of offerings, in this weekly edition of the famous Fangoria Chopping List.

Available May 19th on DVD:

Bane

Four women awake in an underground cell with amnesia. The women soon discover that they are part of a secret experiment with no obvious purpose. They are visited, one by one, by the Surgeon who cuts a four digit number into each woman s skin...the exact time he will return to kill them. Each woman must quickly piece together the dark secret behind the gruesome experiment and somehow survive the Surgeon s nightly visits of pain, torture and grisly murder. Be prepared for a
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Allen's 'Melinda' welcome in San Sebastian

SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain -- The 52nd San Sebastian International Film Festival kicked off Friday with Woody Allen gracing the stage on the festival's opening night to present his film Melinda and Melinda, which opened the official competition with its world premiere. French producer Ruth Waldburger picked up the Fipresci Best Film of the Year Award for Notre Musique from Fipresci honorary president Derek Malcolm, who called San Sebastian the "friendliest festival in the world." The ceremony, held in the Kursaal convention center, was presented by Spanish journalist Edurne Ormazabal and Spanish actresses Aitana Sanchez-Gijon and Leonor Watling in Spanish, English and the local Basque language as is customary for the festival held in Spain's northern Basque region.

Par Classics nabs 'Machinist' rights

Par Classics nabs 'Machinist' rights
Paramount Classics has snapped up distribution rights from Filmax International to Brad Anderson's Sundance Film Festival selection The Machinist, starring Christian Bale. The speciality division has aquired rights to the pic in North America, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. It is planning a late-2004 release. The film, which also recently screened at the Berlin International Film Festival, stars Bale as factory machinist Trevor Reznik, who has not slept in a year. His lack of sleep has led to a deterioration in his physical and mental health, and he struggles to come to terms with his breakdown. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Ironside, Aitana Sanchez Gijon and John Sharian also star in the Julio Fernandez-produced film. "We are extremely proud to be working with Brad, a director of incredible vision," Paramount Classics co-presidents Ruth Vitale and David Dinerstein said. "His film is powerfully unique and evocative. Bale's work is equally impressive." Bale notably lost 65 lbs. for the part. Filmax president Carlos Fernandez and Filmax senior vp sales and co-productions Antonia Nava served as executive producers. The rights deal was negotiated by John Sloss with Endeavor.

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