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Whenever I discuss the problems of female representation in horror films, I’m almost immediately bombarded with cries of, “But What About The Final Girl!?” Ah, yes, the final girl. By Carol J. Clover (Men, Women, & Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film)’s definition, the final girl is described as “a trope in thriller and horror films (particularly slasher films) that specifically refers to the last woman or girl alive to confront the killer, ostensibly the one left to tell the story.” Clover then goes on to dissect the character citing things like often having a unisex name (e.g., Laurie, Sidney, Teddy, Billie, Stretch, Georgie), that the female is masculinized through “phallic appropriation,” and that the character must be a female because audiences would reject abject terror if a man were to be under the same circumstances. People are always quick to cite the final girl as the »
- BJ Colangelo
Former head writer for the nudie site Mr. Skin, Mike “McBeardo” McPadden has stepped away from indexing every nude scene from every film ever made and dove head first into the high-speed, attitude driven world of Heavy Metal Cinema. From The Book’S Website: “Heavy metal and high-thrill cinema have been joined together like mutant twins since before Black Sabbath took the name of a chilling Italian horror film in 1970. The unadulterated journey of Heavy Metal Movies spans concert movies and trippy midnight flicks, inspirational depictions of ancient times and future apocalypses, and raw hand-held digital video obsessions. As brash, irreverent, and visceral as both the music and the movies themselves, Heavy Metal Movies is the ultimate guidebook to the complete molten musical cinema experience.”
This book wasn’t written, it was forged…that’s how metal it is. With over 666 movie recommendations ranging from the obvious choices like Trick Or Treat, »
- BJ Colangelo
If you're at Comic-Con this weekend and determined to pick up some awesome swag, then listen up! All you need is a keen pair of eyes, and a smartphone with Instagram. Come on in, get your assignment and then get hunting!
Rlj/Image Entertainment are on-site at Comic Con and they've got grab bags of goodies just waiting to be handed out! These limited edition "horror swag bags" are promoting some of their recent releases, All Cheerleaders Die, Wolf Creek 2, and Aftermath. Wanna win one?
All you have to do is find their cheerleaders outside of Comic Con. Once you do that, Instagram a photo with the girls and you'll walk away with one of these awesome bags. That's it. Not a lot of effort and the reward is pretty awesome.
- Matt Serafini
Cliques in high school can be known to do mean things to each other, but eating your enemies? That’s usually going too far. Not for the cheerleaders in director/writer Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson’s All Cheerleaders Die, though. These ladies have a hunger for human flesh, and nobody on the popularity scale is safe from being on their menu. Today sees the home media release of the high school horror film, and we have an exclusive clip that features revenge being plotted via webcam.
Written and directed by Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson, All Cheerleaders Die stars Caitlin Stasey, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Brooke Butler, Amanda Grace Cooper, Reanin Johannink, and Tom Williamson. The film has an 89-minute runtime and is not rated. In addition to the exclusive clip, »
- Derek Anderson
The ratty hair, the twisted teeth, the oily flesh. No, I'm not talking about the newest movie monster. I'm talking about our awkward high school years! In celebration of the release of All Cheerleaders Die, we're taking a look back at the Top 9 High School Horrors.
Looking back, we can remember plenty of high school horrors, and combination skin is just one of them. There were a lot of possibilities for this list, and we've got 9 of our favorites listed below. But we would have to flunk ourselves if we didn't turn in an honor roll of honorable mentions.
Of course another Lucky McKee film, The Woods, has to be listed, as does Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And those vivacious vixens from The Craft turned up the heat in their high school, and nobody - and we mean nobody - survives Cherry Falls.
And now, on to the...
- Scott Hallam
It seems that this week is a particularly good week to be a genre fan if angsty-yet-kickass high school gals are your thing, as not only is Scream Factory releasing the modern cult classic Ginger Snaps onto Blu-ray, but Lucky McKee’s All Cheerleaders Die is finally getting its home release as well.
Also being released this week are the intense revenge thriller Blue Ruin, several indie horror movies are making their DVD debuts, and there are also a few classic genre films that are heading to the high-def format from the folks over at Mill Creek Entertainment too.
Teenage outsider Maddy (Caitlin Stasey, I, Frankenstein) is keeping some dark secrets and holding a serious grudge against the captain of the Blackfoot High football team. When Maddy joins the school’s elite and powerful cheerleading squad, she convinces her new friends to help inflict her revenge. »
- Jonathan James
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Jude Law dons impressive chops and gold teeth to play a sleazy
safecracker fresh out of jail. Dom took the fall without ratting out his boss (Demián Bichir), and now it's time to pay the piper. Richard E. Grant co-stars as his best friend, whom Dom enlists on his quest to get paid. Emilia Clarke (the mother of dragons!) plays Dom's estranged daughter, Evelyn.
Why We're In: We love darkly funny crime thrillers, and it's cool to see Jude Law back in action.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
The Essential Jacques Demy (Criterion)
What's It About? This box set comes with the most beloved movies by the French auteur: "Lola," "Bay of Angels," "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," "The Young Girls of Rochefort," "Donkey Skin," and "Une Chambre en Ville."
Why We're In: In addition to the digital restorations of these delightful classics, »
- Jenni Miller
Give us an "F"! Give us an "R"! Give us an "E"! Give us another "E"! What does it spell? If you don't know, then please close this website and pick up the nearest book or consult a teacher. We're giving away a signed poster and Blu-ray for Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson's All Cheerleaders Die (review) so read on for the details!
To enter for your chance to win, just send us an email at email@example.com including your Full Name And Mailing Address. We’ll take care of the rest.
This contest will end on at 12:01 Am Pt on August 1st!
All Cheerleaders Die Release Details
- Steve Barton
Lucky McKee and Chris Siverston's horror-bending All Cheerleaders Die hits store shelves in the U.S. on July 22nd. We are going to hook up one lucky reader with a Blu-ray and a poster signed by the co-writers and co-directors before then! Teenage outsider Maddy is keeping some dark secrets and holding a serious grudge against the captain of the Blackfoot High football team. When Maddy joins the school's elite and powerful cheerleading squad, she convinces her new friends to help inflict her revenge. After a late-night party goes awry, their plans take an unexpected turn for the worst and all of the girls die. A sinister, supernatural power intervenes and the girls mysteriously appear at school the next day with a killer new look... and some unusual new...
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UK horror-themed VOD platform TheHorrorShow.TV has announced its first foray into physical distribution, having picked up Lucky McKee's acclaimed The Woman for release on DVD, Blu-ray and Limited Edition Steelbook across the UK on 18 August, sporting a brand new audio commentary!
From the Press Release:
Commenting on the VOD platform's new venture, TheHorrorShow.TV's David Hughes said, "Having celebrated our site's first birthday by uploading our 200th horror film, we are hugely excited about this new acquisition, which heralds our entry into the physical market with a lavish all-formats edition of Lucky McKee's brilliant 2011 horror film The Woman."
He added, "Of course, TheHorrorShow.TV is primarily a digital platform, but the physical side of film distribution shows no signs of slowing down, and we want to give horror fans as much choice as possible about how they consume their favourite genre."
The film's director, Lucky McKee, commented: »
- Gareth Jones
Lucky McKee (The Woman) and Chris Silvertson's All Cheerleaders Die is coming to Canada this summer. This zombie filled tale will show July 22nd, 2014, on DVD and Blu-ray. All Cheerleaders Die is a remake of the filmmakers earlier film, with plot details similar to the original. Both tales involve several high schoolers, witchcraft and a growing group of flesheaters. A preview for the Canadian release of the film is available here. All Cheerleaders Die has not been high on this film fan's review list. Critics have not been kind on this release. Mark Harris of About.com was very disappointed in this outing. He describes the film as such: "[a] sloppy, low-brow, inert film." Other reviews have been equally unflattering. Long time movie reviewer Brian Orndorf did not like the production: "the execution is iffy at best." Other reviews describe the film's uneven nature, while still others mention the film's many cliches. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
Big news for our friends at HorrorShow.TV as they announced today they’re moving to the home video market after acquiring the UK physical distribution rights of The Woman, directed by Lucky McKee. The movie will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray with limited edition steelbooks on August 18th with a brand new commentary recorded by McKee, whose All Cheerleaders Die will premiere at this year’s FrightFest.
Here’s the press release:
Commenting on the VOD platform’s new venture, TheHorrorShow.TV’s David Hughes said, “Having celebrated our site’s first birthday by uploading our 200th horror film, we are hugely excited about this new acquisition, which heralds our entry into the physical market with a lavish all-formats edition of Lucky McKee’s brilliant 2011 horror film, The Woman. Of course, TheHorrorShow.TV is primarily a digital platform, but the physical side of film distribution shows no signs of slowing down, »
- Luke Owen
VoD platform TheHorrorShow.TV is moving into physical distribution.
The UK-based streaming service specialising in horror and fantasy films has acquired all UK rights to Lucky McKee’s The Woman, starring Pollyanna McIntosh, which was originally released in the UK via Revolver.
With a brand new audio commentary from McKee, the film will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and limited edition steelbook on Aug 18.
TheHorrorShow.TV’s David Hughes commented: “Of course, TheHorrorShow.TV is primarily a digital platform, but the physical side of film distribution shows no signs of slowing down, and we want to give horror fans as much choice as possible about how they consume their favourite genre.”
“I am delighted The Woman has found a new home in the UK with TheHorrorShow.TV. With this new edition, fans will get the chance to watch the film »
- email@example.com (Ian Sandwell)
Luke Owen looks at the line-up for Film4 FrightFest 2014 and the films to check out…
The main screen at Film4 FrightFest is a pretty magical place to be as a horror fan. Being surrounded by so many like-minded folk as yourself watching some of the best the genre has to offer is a great experience and one that cannot be rivalled. Every year, the wait to see what movies make the main screen is an agonising one and this year has been no different.
And what a line-up it is!
But which films should you check out? Over the next couple of pages, we’ll look at the synopsis, images and trailers of some of the most anticipated movies being shown on the main screen at Film4 FrightFest.
For more information on the festival, click here.
Opening this year’s festival is The Guest from Adam Wingward (You »
- Luke Owen
This week on the demented stepchild to our flagship podcast, we finally sit down to discuss one of our most anticipated films of 2014 – Joon-ho Bong’s Snowpiercer. In his first production outside his native South Korea, Bong has delivered his most ambitious project yet, but does he prove capable of handling an international, multilingual cast and a large budget? We’ll let you know but first, we’ll set aside a few minutes to review All Cheerleaders Die by directors Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson, who are best known for their separate careers as writer-directors of grisly, gothic, darkly funny horror movies. All this and more, on the longest running genre podcast, Sordid Cinema.
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If you haven't already managed to yet catch Lucky McKee ('The Woman') and Chris Sivertson's fun comedy horror 'All Cheerleaders Die' your luck is in. The movie is currently still running on VOD but later this very month Image Entertainment will be unleashing it onto Blu-ray and DVD with both versions including an insightful 'Making the Squad' featurette. The movie stars Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Caitlin Stasey ('I, Frankenstein'), Brooke Butler, Amanda Grace Cooper, Reanin Johannink and Tom Williamson and you can check out the Blu-ray artwork for 'All Cheerleaders Die' below. »
Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson's All Cheerleaders Die (review) is finally coming home to DVD and Blu-ray, and we have all the details for you to cheer about right here. Grab your bloody pompoms, and give us a "D"! Gives us a "V"! Give us a "D"!
All Cheerleaders Die Release Details
Co-directed and co-written by Lucky McKee (May, The Woman) and Chris Sivertson (Brawler), the film stars Caitlin Stasey (The CW’s “Reign”), Sianoa Smit-McPhee (Showtime’s “Hung”), Brooke Butler, Amanda Grace Cooper, Reanin Johannink, and Tom Williamson.
Teenage outsider Maddy is keeping some dark secrets and holding a serious grudge against the captain of the Blackfoot High football team. When Maddy joins the school's elite and powerful cheerleading squad, she convinces her new »
- Steve Barton
Called “The Woodstock of Gore” by Guillermo Del Toro, otherwise more commonly known to the rest of us as FILM4 FrightFest, has recently announced the line-up of its 15th annual instalment that runs from Thursday 21st to Monday 25th August. This year sees FrightFest relocate to a new home at the Vue West End, Leicester Square, which has become home to the annual FrightFest All-Nighter.
In the year that sees one of the world’s leading genre festivals set down new roots, the programme will take on an international flavour whilst ensuring it embraces both genre features and shorts with “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.”
FrightFest organisers are labelling the 15th chapter as an historic moment in the festival’s growth. Are you ready for a monstrous and memorable mayhem of killer claws, »
- Paul Risker
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)
- Gareth Jones
Horror fans take note, the line-up for Film4′s FrightFest is here!
From the press release:
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 Pieces), Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead), Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller (Sin City: A Dame To Kill For), Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (Among The Living), Fabrice Du Welz (Alleluia), Nacho Vigalondo (Open Windows and Extraterrestrial), John McNaughton (The Harvest), Adam Green (Digging Up The Marrow), Nicolas McCarthy’ (Home), Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson (All Cheerleaders Die), Adrian Garcia Bogliano (Late Phases), Greg Mclean (Wolf Creek 2), Eduardo Sanchez (Exists) and Milan Todorovic (Nymph)
Plenty of genre movies have been garnering massive critical attention from other signature festivals which FrightFest has embraced, »
- Luke Owen
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