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Well, folks, 2011 is officially in the can, and surprisingly it wasn't such a horrendous year. It was definitely better than 2010, which was a huge step up from the putrid 2009. We laughed, we applauded, we were left dumbstruck, and of course we were infuriated. Read on for our cheers and jeers!
Now, with a fresh movie-watching start before us, we're taking our usual yearly look back at the good, the bad, the Wtf, and everything in between.
And don't be lazy by just reading along! Get off of your asses and give us your lists in the comments section below. We wanna hear from you if only to compare notes. Lots and lots of notes.
Speaking of notes, the most common complaint we've heard over the years is that we don't have one definitive list representing Dread Central as a whole so for 2011 we dropped everyone's choices in the blender, hit puree, »
- Uncle Creepy
Conrad Murray 's lawyers will ask Judge Michael Pastor for mercy when he's sentenced on November 29 -- mercy in the form of probation ... sources directly connected with the case tell TMZ. We're told attorneys Mike Flanagan and Ed Chernoff will argue ... Murray has no criminal history, and he's been a model citizen and good doctor for all of his professional life -- except, of course, with the whole Michael Jackson thing. Sources say Murray's lawyers »
- TMZ Staff
Check out Rhode Island getting its horror groove on! Not only did this past weekend see the wide release of the new Robert Englund film Inkubus, which was created by an all Rhode Island crew, but now we've got the results of the area's 12th annual horror film festival. Nice job, Ocean Staters!
Featuring 42 films from around the world (selected from 383 entrants), the 2011 Flickers Ri International Horror Film Festival braved the recent Northeastern snow assault and put on a great four-day festival. Here's some info on the event and the proud list of winners. Congrats!
From the Press Release
The eerie, macabre and bizarre in the world of cinema were given their due with the wrap of the Twelfth Annual Flickers Ri International Horror Film Festival through adjudicated awards. From an entry base of 383 submissions including work from the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, Canada, Germany, Italy and the United States, »
- Doctor Gash
After six years, Toronto After Dark is bigger than ever. The films are better, the lines are longer and the fan-frenzy is wilder. This year’s chilling selection included: civil war zombies, creepy abductors, cliff-hanging killers, post-apocalyptic insanity and suburban hell – a sci-fi horror fan’s paradise.
Writer-director John Geddes’ Exit Humanity is a post-civil war zombie epic set in 1870’sTennessee. When his wife and son fall victim to the undead, Edward Young (Mark Gibson in a breakout performance) flees across the countryside for survival, but zombies are the least of his worries after he’s captured by a band of ruthless Confederate soldiers who are obsessed with conducting medical experiments. Geddes‘ concept of zombies in the old west is a fresh perspective on the popular genre. The film’s use of animation (a budgetary decision) advances the action excellently and the beautiful cinematography makes this a great-looking period movie. »
- Nigel Hamid
It takes seven years without contact before someone can be legally declared dead "in absentia". Tricia has held onto the hope that her husband would return after vanishing with a trace, but the time has come to move on with her life. Her younger sister Callie, facing demons of her own as a recovering addict, has moved in to help her sister with this transition, but instead discovers an ominous tunnel nearby that may have a connection to a number of other disappearances in the area, and perhaps an otherworldly force at work. If you believed the hype leading up to last night's screening of Mike Flanagan's festival hit Absentia we all went into it thinking we were going to get the scare of a lifetime. That, didn't happen. »
Filmmakers have continued to push boundaries and find new innovative ways to elicit the emotions of fear, disgust and horror from viewers. Since Alfred Hitchcock directors strived to provoke viewer’s nightmares, hidden fears, revulsions and terror of the unknown. Although a good deal of it is about the supernatural, others have focused more on a plot about morbidity, serial killers, a disease/virus outbreak, surrealism and more. This year we see vampires, outbreaks, poltergeists, aliens, zombies, and psychological horror/character studies featured on our list.
What is considered to be a horror film has varied from decade to decade. These days, the term “horror” is applied to films which display more explicit gore, jump scenes/scares or supernatural content whereas early horror movies were largely based on classic literature of the gothic/horror genre, such as Dracula, Frankenstein, The Phantom of the Opera, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. »
Los Angeles: Shriekfest, the Los Angeles International Film Festival & Screenplay Competiton was a huge success!
Shriekfest took place on Sept 29-Oct 2nd at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. Shriekfest screened almost 40 films and had 40 screenplay finalists & 9 original song finalists. “Absentia” directed by Mike Flanagan took the Grand Jury prize for Best Horror Feature Film, “Pig” directed by Henry Barrial took the Best SciFi Feature Film award, “Isle of Dogs” directed by Tammi Sutton took the Best Thriller Feature Film award, “The Dead Inside” directed by Travis Betz took the Best Supernatural Feature Film Award. “Negative Image”… More »
by Michael Pickle, MoreHorror.com
Founder of Shriekfest Denise Gossett was voted one of the top women in Horror for a reason. She puts together one of the biggest and longest running genre festivals out there. She's such a sweet and down to earth lady that it's hard to believe that she's responsible for bringing so much horror into the world. This year was no different.
2011's line-up of films was stellar. Some were more well received than others, but overall it was a pretty impressive batch of feature and short films alike as well as fascinating and enlightening Q&A's after some of the better films. Feature films like The Dead Inside, Absentia, Pig and short films like Certified and Negative Image simply wowed the audience and left people talking long after the screenings were over.
These weren't your run-of-the-mill studio films like some other genre festivals. These were genuinely groundbreaking, »
And the praise continues to come in for director Mike Flanagan's stunning atmospheric thriller Absentia as the film nabbed the Grand Jury prize during the 2011 Shriekfest Film Festival awards ceremony last night, closing out the Shriekfest's four-day celebration of the world of independent horror.
Other winners of the night included Henry Barrial's Pig, which was named the Best Sci-Fi Feature Film of Shriekfest, Tammi Sutton's Isle of Dogs took home the Best Thriller Feature Film award, and Travis Betz's The Dead Inside was chosen as the Best Supernatural Feature Film during the festival.
In terms of short film winners, Karl Holt's Negative Image won the Best Short Film prize, and Certified by Luke Asa Guidici took home the best Super Short Film award. Screenplay awards were also handed out during the 2011 Shriekfest Film Festival with the Best Horror Feature Screenplay honors going to "Shut In" by T.J. Cimfel and David White. »
In writer/director Mike Flanagan's Absentia (review here), we follow Tricia (Courtney Bell), whose husband Daniel has been missing for seven years. Her younger sister, Callie (Katie Parker), comes to live with her as the pressure mounts to finally declare him 'dead in absentia.' As Tricia sifts through the wreckage and tries to move on with her life, Callie finds herself drawn to an ominous tunnel near the house.
Once Callie begins to link it to other mysterious disappearances, it becomes clear that Daniel's presumed death might be anything but 'natural.' The ancient and deadly forces at work in the tunnel have set their sights on Callie and Tricia now after the pair of sisters discover that Daniel might be suffering a fate far worse than death while in its grasp.
We recently had the opportunity to catch up with Flanagan in anticipation of Absentia being honored »
Lots of cool films on the horizon, you can look to this as your 2011-2012 selections just around the corner, a few of these you can find early reviews on HorrorNews.net
Vs - Four Super Heroes find themselves abducted by their Arch Nemesis and are forced to compete in a series of challenges in order to save an abandoned town full of kidnapped innocent civilians.
The official announcement for the last wave of films screening at this year’s After Dark Film Festival was made last tonight on Canada’s Space Channel. Making the list is the new film by Jason Trost titled Vs. about, “four Super Heroes who find themselves abducted by their Arch Nemesis and are forced to compete in a series of challenges in order to save an abandoned town full of kidnapped innocent civilians”. I’ve heard great things about this film from some lucky few who have already seen it, and considering I was a huge fan of the director’s previous film, The Fp, Vs. is at the top of my list of things to see. Also announced is Mike Flanagan’s Absentia, which we raved about, a while back on episode 25 of the Sordid Cinema podcast. Some Guy Who Kills People also make the cut. I highly recommend »
The Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival (Mifff), a three day international showcase of genre films, is thrilled to announce its final lineup and schedule for its third annual event.
The festival is taking place September 16th-18th, 2011 in Seattle, Washington on the campus of Seattle Center. Siff Cinema at McCaw Hall will once again be the center of genre film mania in the Pacific Northwest for filmmakers and fans alike.
Mifff’s third year will debut 5 feature films and over 40 short films from 12 countries across the globe. Over 10 of the films will be North American Premiere’s while there’s 30 films that will be making either their Northwest or Seattle Premiere. Information about the films can be accessed at the Mifff website.
Several filmmakers will be in attendance.
Tickets are available in advance online. An entire festival pass can be purchased for $40. Single day passes for Saturday and Sunday are available at $25 per day. »
- Melissa Howland
The 2011 Bram Stoker International Film Festival, running October 28th-31st, takes place in Whitby, North Yorkshire, England, and shows independent narrative features, documentaries, and shorts from around the world, many of which will be having their world or UK premieres at this year's fest. Read on for all the details regarding the lineup!
Below is a list of all the films screening this year. Other events include a Vampire Ball on Saturday, October 29th; a performance of The Feast of Blood on Sunday, October 30th; and the Scorpius Dance Theatre's production of A Vampire's Tale on Halloween itself. In addition, the following awards will be presented at the festival:
...and a special Lifetime Achievement Award
For more info visit the official Bram Stoker International Film Festival website, and click here for ticket packages.
Absentia - UK Premiere
Director: Mike Flanagan »
- The Woman In Black
The love letter to genre films known as Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival is gearing up for its third annual event, which run from September 16th-18th in Seattle, Washington. This year promises to be the biggest yet with 5 feature films and over 40 shorts, most making their Northwest or Seattle debut.
Tickets are still available online at Mifff.org, where you can find individual screening passes for $10. Or you can get yourself an all-festival pass for only $40 and see everything that the weekend has to offer.
Check out everything Mifff at the official site, including info on all 40 short films. For now, wet your whistle with a little bit about the four already revealed features (the fifth will be announced shortly).
Director: Mike Flanagan, USA 91 minutes
A woman and her sister begin to link a mysterious tunnel to a series of disappearances, »
It’s that time of year again! It's film festival season, and we've got yet another one for you. This one goes out to all of you in the Big Bear Lake, California, area. Listen up because the Big Bear Horro-Fi Film Festival has dropped the names of the films and directors in this year's line-up.
Running from September 30 to October 2, the Big Bear Horro-Fi Film Festival features a panel of judges that includes composer Harry Manfredini, Felissa Rose Esposito Miller (Sleepaway Camp), and Tom DeSanto (X-Men, Transformers) and a slate of 8 feature films and 16 shorts.
From the Press Release
The Big Bear Horro-Fi Film Festival selection committee has announced the line-up of films for the 3rd annual festival. The announcement comes from the fest's co-directors, Jamie Kristen and Christopher Gaida, who partnered with seasoned veterans of the horror and science fiction genres to determine which films would be included. »
- Doctor Gash
The Edmonton International Film Festival have announced ten killer genre films as part of their "Edge of Night," "World Cinema", "Doc Central," and "Oh, Canada!" series. Featuring award winners and festival favorites from Austin, Montreal, Phoenix and Sundance, this year.s lineup is looking to be one of the strongest yet.
Eiff.s .Edge of Night. series is quickly gaining popularity, becoming people's favourite part of the fest similar to Tiff's popular Midnight Madness event. The series kicks off Friday, September 23rd with the Canadian Premiere of The Dead Inside, Travis Betz's inventive musical / comedy / horror hybrid which subverts expectations toys with genre conventions every step of the way.
Next up we have the Long-awaited Edmonton premiere of Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, the hilarious made-in-Alberta festival favorite that does for the .killer redneck. genre what Shaun of the Dead did for zombies. Tucker and Dale »
While most blogs/sites post their “best of the year so far” lists in June, I like to wait until August – with good reason. You see, we here at Sound On Sight cover various film festivals across the globe. Five of the biggest fests (Sundance, SXSW, Cannes, Tribeca and Fantasia) all take place before August, while five other major fests (The New York Film Fest, Fantastic Fest, Tiff, Festival Du Nouveau Cinema, BFI London) all begin sometime in September or later. And since their are so few good films theatrically released in the first three or four months of the year, I feel like August is the best time to post this list. It gives us one more opportunity to further promote these great movies, before they are drowned out by all the major players heading our way. Before you read my list, there are a few things you should know. »
In Part One of our epic two-part sort-of wrap-up to the Fantasia Film Festival here in Montreal, we take on a motley crew of some of the most-discussed genre movies on display. First up: Mike Flanagan’s Absentia, a moody, microbudget thriller partially funded through Kickstarter; Troy Nixey’s Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, a remake of the 1973 TV Movie, brought to you in part by Guillermo del Toro; Ti West’s divisive chiller The Innkeepers; and lastly an interview with Sweden’s Philip Tegstedt on his psychological thriller Marianne.
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Well we are officially through the third and final week of the Fantasia Film Festival, so I figured we should do a quick look back at all the reviews we have posted in the past seven days. In seven days our crew has managed to post over another fourteen reviews, bringing the total to forty eight. Keep coming back to the site in the next week for last post coverage, and don’t forget to also check out our podcast. Lately we’ve recorded several episodes dedicated to the movies playing at the festival.
Absentia is an instant independent horror gem and one that will leave many audiences scratching their heads. A must-see for those who like their horror to be both intelligent and frequently terrifying. Absentia announces the arrival of a major new talent in director Mike Flanagan… (read the full »
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