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13 items from 2017


Premiere picks up UFO thriller 'Encounter'

16 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Sci-fi directed by Fulvio Sestito will be sold to international buyers at Cannes.

Premiere Entertainment Group has added the sci-fi thriller Encounter starring Peter Stormare to its slate and will commence talks with worldwide buyers on the Croisette.

The film screens tomorrow [May 18] and centres on a documentary filmmaker who travels to a UFO convention in New Mexico where he meets a local artist with a dark secret.

As they follow a trail of clues they discover disturbing sightings and question all they believe when they become immersed in the enigmatic culture of the pueblo Indians.

Ryan Carnes, Jordan Hinson, Dee Wallace, and Martin Sensmeier star alongside Stormare.

Effects artist Fulvio Sestito wrote the screenplay and makes his feature directorial debut.

Rebecca Berrih and Martine Melloul of Elysian Fields Entertainment produced with Evan Cholfin.

Encounter will screen in 4K and joins a Premiere slate that includes the Scott Adkins thriller Incoming; thriller You Were Never Here starring »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Devilworks brings 'Red Christmas' to America

12 April 2017 10:47 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Artsploitation Films to distribute Australian abortion horror-comedy in the Us.

UK genre sales outfit Devilworks has sold horror-comedy ‘Red Christmas’ to Artsploitation Films for Us distribution.

Director and producer Craig Anderson’s film’s Us premiere has yet to be announced, but a limited theatrical run is set for August and DVD/Blu-ray and VOD releases are scheduled for October.

The film centres on a mother (Dee Wallace) as she tries to protect her family from a deformed and vengeful intruder in the Australian outback.

Wallace, who is also a co-producer on the film, is known for her work in the horror genre (E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Cujo, The Howling).

Artsploitation Films president Ray Murray said: “We are excited to release this over-the-top, deliriously entertaining genre film. With its odd anti-abortion angle, it could very well be the first horror film of the Trump era!” 

Devilworks president Samantha Richardson said: “’We are thrilled to be working with Artsploitation »

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‘Red Christmas’ Starring Horror Icon Dee Wallace To Be Released By Artsploitation Films

11 April 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

Red Christmas – The Silent Night He Came Home Controversial Abortion-Themed Horror Film Set for Genre Festivals and Theatrical before DVD/Blu-ray/VOD Release Artsploitation Films has acquired Us rights from international sales agent Devilworks for the Australian horror film Red Christmas directed by veteran television director/producer Craig Anderson. The dark,violent and sickly twisted tale had its …

The post ‘Red Christmas’ Starring Horror Icon Dee Wallace To Be Released By Artsploitation Films first appeared on Hnn | Horrornews.net 2017 - Official Horror News Site »

- Mike Joy

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Film Acquisition Rundown: Kino Lorber Picks Up ‘Dawson City,’ Magnolia Buys ‘Lucky‘ and More

7 April 2017 2:33 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

Kino Lorber has acquired the North American rights to Bill Morrison’s “Dawson City: Frozen Time,” about the true history of a collection of 533 reels of film (representing 372 titles) dating from the 1910s to 1920s, which were lost for over 50 years until being discovered buried in a sub-arctic swimming pool deep in the Yukon Territory. The film tells the unique history of a Canadian gold rush town and how cinema, capitalism and history intersect.

“Dawson City” had its world premiere at the 73rd Venice Film Festival and North American premiere at 2016 New York Film Festival. The film also played at the BFI/London Film Festival and the 2017 Rotterdam International Film Festival, and screened Thursday at the TCM »

- Graham Winfrey

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Horror Highlights: Asylum Of Darkness, Hounds Of Love, Ghost Brothers, Red Christmas, Mondocon 2017, Chupacabra Territory

7 April 2017 7:56 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In today's Horror Highlights, we have release details for Asylum of Darkness and Chupacabra Territory, a new poster for Hounds of Love, details on Ghost Brothers moving to Destination America, acquisition info on Red Christmas, and details on MondoCon 2017.

Asylum of Darkness: "'Wild Eye Releasing unlocks the doors to award-winning filmmaker Jay Woelfel's supernatural horror feature Asylum of Darkness this April.

Woelfel’s stirring cocktail of supernatural suspense and goosebump-inducing horror features a superlative cast of sci-fi and horror icons including Golden Globe nominee Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica), in one his final film appearances.

Tim Thomerson (Trancers, Near Dark, Nemesis) and Tiffany Shepis (12 Monkeys, Tromeo and Juliet, Tales of Halloween) also star in the movie, a striking, spine-tingling horror jaunt, shot in 35mm, that resembles the works of genre icons Lynch and Cronenberg.

After awakening in a mental asylum, a patient plans his escape to freedom while »

- Derek Anderson

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Controversial abortion-themed horror Red Christmas acquired by Artsploitation Films, watch the trailer here

5 April 2017 8:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Artsploitation Films has announced that it has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the controversial Australian horror Red Christmas starring scream queen icon Dee Wallace (The Hills Have Eyes, The Howling, E.T., Cujo, Critters, Halloween, The Lords of Salem).

“We are excited to release this over-the-top, deliriously entertaining genre film,” said Artsploitation president Ray Murray. “With its odd anti-abortion angle, it could very well be the first horror film of the Trump era!”

“We are thrilled to be working with Artsploitation and couldn’t think of anyone better to release such a striking exploitation film,” added Devilworks president Matteo Rolleri. “Red Christmas sits among the classics; it is kinetic, untamed and saturated in gore.’’

Check out the trailer and synopsis here…

Red Christmas stars Dee Wallace as the mother of a squabbling family, gathered together in a remote Outback estate on Christmas Eve. When a mysterious, deformed young man »

- Gary Collinson

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Artsploitation is Bringing Us a ‘Red Christmas’!

5 April 2017 12:09 PM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

After premiering at last July’s Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, Artsploitation Films acquired Red Christmas (read our review), directed by Craig Anderson. The movie stars The Hills Have EyesThe HowlingE.T., Critters, Halloween, The Lords of Salem and Cujo’s Dee Wallace as well as Geoff Morrell, Sarah Bishop, and Janis McGavin. A troubled matriarch must defend her family when a mysterious stranger […] »

- Brad Miska

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Let Us Now Praise The Mad Genius Of Richard Harland Smith

2 April 2017 3:09 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

A few years ago, in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the death of influential film critic Pauline Kael, I wrote the following:

“I think (Kael) did a lot to expose the truth… that directors, writers and actors who often work awfully close to the surface may still have subterranean levels of achievement or purpose or commentary that they themselves may be least qualified to articulate. It’s what’s behind her disdain for Antonioni’s pontificating at the Cannes film festival; it’s what behind the high percentage of uselessness of proliferating DVD commentaries in which we get to hear every dull anecdote, redundant explication of plot development and any other inanity that strikes the director of the latest Jennifer Aniston rom-com to blurt out breathlessly; and it is what’s behind a director like Eli Roth, who tailors the subtext of something like Hostel Part II almost as »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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Harrison Ford's Deleted E.T. Cameo Details Revealed

30 March 2017 4:56 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Even some of the biggest fans of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial aren't aware of Harrison Ford's cameo. And for good reason, as it was cut from the finished movie. But now the true story behind this legendary missing footage is being told by those who were there, and it all comes courtesy of Entertainment Weekly and their annual reunion issue.

You might think to yourself, where could Harrison Ford have shown up in E.T.? Was he Dee Wallace Stone's unseen Halloween date? Was he part of the research team? No. He was supposed to be part of the iconic frog escape that comes midway through the movie. Alas, his role in this scene has gone unseen for over thirty years.

The scene itself is notable for including a cameo from future Baywatch babe Erika Eleniak, whom Elliot gets to kiss. But when it came time to shoot the scene, »

- MovieWeb

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Nope, Nothing Wrong Here: The Making of Cujo Book Cover Revealed

2 March 2017 7:03 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Lewis Teague’s horror/thriller adaptation of the Stephen King novel Cujo was one of the biggest horror hits of 1983. Starring Dee Wallace (E.T., The Howling, The Hills Have Eyes), the film followed a mother and son who are trapped in… Continue Reading →

The post Nope, Nothing Wrong Here: The Making of Cujo Book Cover Revealed appeared first on Dread Central. »

- Jonathan Barkan

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Aussie horror-comedy 'Red Christmas' goes to Devilworks

12 February 2017 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Genre sales outfit has also struck a deal on Lemon Tree Passage to the Us.

Genre specialist sales agent Devilworks is ramping up its European Film Market (Efm) activity.

The company has boarded world sales on Red Christmas, Craig Anderson’s Australia horror-comedy which stars Dee Wallace (E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial).

Wallace plays a mother who must protect her family who are tormented by a creepy stranger on Christmas day, the actress was also a producer on the project with Anderson. The film premiered at Sydney Film Festival, Fantasia and FrightFest.

Separately, Devilworks has struck a North American deal on its supernatural horror Lemon Tree Passage with Glass Pictures.

Starring Tim Pocock (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Jessica Tovey (Adore) and Andrew Ryan (Last Cab To Darwin), the film follows a group of young backpackers in Australia who discover that a legendary local ghost tale turns out to be true.

David Campbell directed the film and co-produced the screenplay »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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When Maureen Stapleton Became Our Grandmother Forever

17 January 2017 12:19 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

35 years ago, the actress sang the body electric.

The handful of actresses I associate with motherhood include ’80s movie and TV staples Dee Wallace, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon, Joanna Kerns, Judith Light, and Meredith Baxter. They were the ones that comforted me when I was a kid. But when it comes to images of grandmothers, only one woman comes to mind: Maureen Stapleton.

On January 17, 1982, Stapleton was only 55 years old. She had three Academy Award nominations under her belt and was about to receive her fourth. She would win that Oscar for Best Supporting Actress at the end of March for her performance as Emma Goldman in Reds. But on this particular night, she was on television in the title role of The Electric Grandmother.

The Emmy-nominated NBC special, part of the network’s Peacock Theatre, was co-written by Ray Bradbury based on his 1962 Twilight Zone episode “I Sing the Body Electric,” the »

- Christopher Campbell

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Popcorn Limited Collector’s Edition Steelbook Blu-ray Coming This March from Synapse Films

17 January 2017 9:09 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Grab something sweet and salty from the concession stand and save yourself the best seat in the house, because this March, Synapse Films will release a limited edition Steelbook Blu-ray of Mark Herrier’s cult horror film Popcorn:

Featuring a 2K scan of the 35mm interpositive, Synapse Films' Popcorn Collector's Edition Steelbook Blu-ray is limited to 3000 items and is slated for a March 7th release. Below, we have a look at the cover art as well as the press release with full details:

Press Release: In the history of Synapse Films few titles have generated as much excitement as Popcorn, director Mark Herrier’s 1991 cult favorite that’s been one of the most in-demand genre films of the Blu-ray era. Unavailable for over a decade, Popcorn finally comes to HD in a deliciously butter-topped Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Steelbook® Blu-ray that will have fans craving for refills! »

- Derek Anderson

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