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Grabbers, the new Irish comedy thriller written by Kevin Lehane and directed by Jon Wright tells the fast paced story of a small town, drink sizzled policeman (Richard Coyle) who joins forces with an incredibly straight-laced colleague (Ruth Bradley) in a battle to protect the local community from the 'tentacled, fang-jawed, barb-tongued creatures' from the deep, known as Grabbers. The film has been selected for Sundance 2012 and producer Tracy Brimm is elated, telling Rte: 'The beautiful Donegal landscape is a featured character in Grabbers and we had an extraordinary experience shooting the film in Ireland. We had a terrific team working with us and a very warm local reception.' -------------------- Read more: More entertainment news from IrishCentral Irishman dropped child at day-care and robbed a New Jersey bank Duffy’s Cut archaeologists search for descendants of murdered John Ruddy -------------------- 'Being invited to screen the film in Sundance is »
Nicholas McCarthy’s The Pact and Richard Bates Jr.’s Excision are two of the seven feature films selected to screen at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival as part of the “Park City at Midnight” cult movie section. These films will be screening out of competition at the fest.
What makes these two horror-themed films stand out from the others is that they are feature-length versions of two acclaimed short films, both of which have been reviewed on Bad Lit: The Journal of Underground Film.
You can read Bad Lit’s review of the short version of The Pact here. Although Bates had at one time uploaded his original version of Excision to Vimeo, he has since set the short film to “private.” In fact, it appears Bates has removed all of his own references to the short film online.
In addition to both films being in the horror genre, they »
- Mike Everleth
Us Irish have had quite the success at Sundance over the years, The Guard and Once instantly spring to mind. Now, a new Irish comedy-horror has been selected for the festival. Grabbers starring Ruth Bradley and Richard Coyle will roll into the Robert Redford founded festival. A story about an invasion of giant squid type monsters attacking the locals in a small Irish village. Basically, more or less a true story. Ahem. Grabbers should be in Irish cinemas next year at some point. Best of luck to all involved.
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Following up their initial competition announcement the folks at the Sundance Film Festival have released the names of thirty additional 2012 selections, in the Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, Next, and New Frontiers sections.
Although these sections tend to focus more on young and up-and-coming filmmakers (particularly the Next sidebar, which was created just a few years ago with that specific mandate), you might find a few names you recognize in the full list of invited films below. Next is where you'll find the new film from "Great World of Sound" director Craig Zobel; it's called "Compliance" and it's described as the (based-on-a-)true story of what happens "when a prank caller convinces a fast food restaurant manager to interrogate an innocent young employee." Lynn Shelton, director of "Humpday," will premiere "Your Sister's Sister" starring Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and "Humpday"s Mark Duplass. Duplass also wrote his wife Katie Aselton »
- Matt Singer
Here’s where Sundance gets fun!
The midnight selection always produces the best genre films and this year’s slate for the Jan. 19-29 looks to out-due last year’s picks. Perhaps the most unexpected inclusion is the debut film of comic Mike Birbiglia, who brings his story of late-night, unconscious wanderings to the big screen in Sleepwalk With Me.
Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “In many ways, the extremes of the Festival’s program are most readily apparent in our out-of-competition sections, which showcase the wildest comedies, the most terrifying horror films and uncompromised visions from singular voices springing up from around the country and the world. We hope audiences experiment with their film selections to an equal degree as these filmmakers have experimented with their storytelling.”
Yesterday the Sundance Film Festival announced the core lineup of films  that will be spotlit in the Competition slates at the 2012 festival. Now we've got a lineup of films that will play out of competition in the Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, Next <=> and New Frontier schedules. There are a few films in here with which you might be nominally familiar, like The Raid, Grabbers and Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie, not to mention Andrea Arnold's new version of Wuthering Heights. But many are new announcements. While the competition lineups are always a good place to look for some of the films that will be the most talked-about in the year following each Sundance fest, these schedules are where some of the more unique and provocative films live. There are still some big premieres to be announced next week, but if I was making a big Sundance wishlist, »
- Russ Fischer
New proof that mumblecore is heading into a natural fitting genere of horror, Katie Aselton's Black Rock and V/H/S - the project helmed by Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, Radio Silence featuring Joe Swanberg, Calvin Reeder, Adam Wingard, Sophia Takal and Kate Lyn Sheil are a pair of highly anticipated titles that'll be shown in Park City at Midnight. Among our correct predictions we find Nicholas McCarthy's The Pact and (see pic above) Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim's wacko Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie. Completing the roster we have a non-horror title, documentary (Shut Up And Play The Hits) which follows the 48-hour period after LCD Soundsystem pulled the plug. Look for perhaps one more title to be added to a line-up that only has seven titles in all. Black Rock / U.S.A. (Director: Katie Aselton, Screenwriter: Mark Duplass »
The Sundance Institute has been rolling out the names of the films that will be screened at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, which takes place January 19 through 29 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah; and while the horror offerings are a bit on the scant side so far, a few definitely sound like projects to keep an eye on. Read on for the details.
A couple of the below titles may not be pure horror, but based on their descriptions we thought them worthy of inclusion on our list. As more details are provided, we may or may not provide any kind of follow-up info based on how genre-worthy they turn out to be.
Park City At Midnight - From horror flicks to comedies to works that defy any genre, these unruly films will keep you edge-seated and wide awake. Each is a world premiere.
Black Rock / U. »
- The Woman In Black
Getty Images The marquee of the Egyptian Theater announces the Sundance Film Festival
Yesterday, the Sundance Institute announced its in-competition narrative and documentary films for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Today, they announced their out-of-competition film in the Spotlight, Midnight, Next and New Frontier sections. The full list is below:
Regardless of where these films have played throughout the world, the Spotlight program is a tribute to the cinema we love.
Corpo Celeste / Italy (Director and screenwriter: Alice Rohrwacher) — After »
- Michelle Kung
Following yesterday's announcement of the titles lined up for the four programs of the Competition, the Sundance Film Festival has unveiled the lineups of its out-of-competition sections: Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, Next <=> and New Frontier. This time, I'm going to go ahead and copy-n-paste the release nearly in full because, well, these are, potentially at least, the more interesting batches.
We'll cut in just as Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, is saying, “In many ways, the extremes of the Festival’s program are most readily apparent in our out-of-competition sections, which showcase the wildest comedies, the most terrifying horror films and uncompromised visions from singular voices springing up from around the country and the world. We hope audiences experiment with their film selections to an equal degree as these filmmakers have experimented with their storytelling.”
Regardless of where these films have played throughout the world, »
Following yesterday’s announcement of competition titles, Sundance Film Festival 2012 have announced the line-up for a few more sections today. In their Spotlight section we have a few of my favorite Tiff titles, including Wuthering Heights (pictured above), Your Sister’s Sister, as well as audience-winners The Raid and Where Do We Go Now? We also get the insane-looking Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie in the midnight section. Check out the list below.
Park City, Ut — Sundance Institute announced today the films selected to screen in the 2012 Sundance Film Festival out-of-competition sections Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, Next <=> and New Frontier. The Festival takes place from January 19 through 29 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The complete list of films is available at www.sundance.org/festival.
Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “In many ways, the extremes of the »
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Here’s where Sundance gets dangerous.
The midnight movies and the perennially protean category the festival calls Next always produces the most f’ed up horror movies, the weirdest comedies, and other things that are just plain inexplicable.
This year’s slate for the Jan. 19-29 festival includes bloodsucking, alcohol-hating aliens, murderous girlfriends, ghostly found-footage, and a comedy that literally* cost One Billion Dollars to make. (*Not true.)
For stand-up fans, it also brings the debut film of storytelling comic Mike Birbiglia, who brings his story of late-night, unconscious wanderings to the big screen in Sleepwalk With Me. (That’s him in the photo, »
- Anthony Breznican
Primeval will return to BBC America this November with six episodes beginning on Nov 12. The season stars Ciarán McMenamin, Andrew-Lee Potts, Hannah Spearritt, Ben Mansfield, Ruth Kearney, Ben Miller, Alexander Siddig, Janice Byrne and Ruth Bradley. When rips in time, called anomalies, started opening across the UK, dangerous creatures from the past and future began appearing in the most unexpected places, endangering lives and putting the whole of humanity at risk. A crack team of specialists were appointed to deal with these “creature incursions,” creating the Anomaly Research Center (Arc), which has now become privatized. This season an underground creature causes chaos to a city, a nuclear submarine encounters an anomaly in the sea and a raptor roams the same streets of the infamous murderer Spring Heeled Jack in Victorian London. Episodes: Episode 1 An underground creature brings chaos to a city, forcing the team to chase around its streets »
- Terry Boyden
DVD Playhouse June 2011
Kiss Me Deadly (Criterion) Robert Aldrich’s 1955 reinvention of the film noir detective story is one of cinema’s great genre mash-ups: part hardboiled noir; part cold war paranoid thriller; and part science- fiction. Ralph Meeker plays Mickey Spillane’s fascist detective Mike Hammer as a narcissistic simian thug, a sadist who would rather smash a suspect’s fingers than make love to the bevvy of beautiful dames that cross his path. In fact, the only time you see a smile cross Meeker’s sneering mug is when he’s doling out pain, with a vengeance. When a terrified young woman (Cloris Leachman, film debut) literally crossed Hammer’s path one night, and later turns up dead, he vows to get to the bottom of her brutal demise. One of the most influential films ever made, and perhaps the most-cited film by the architects »
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IFC will release the 2009 Australian thriller In Her Skin, based on the true story of a 1999 abduction and murder in Melbourne, on DVD on June 7.
The film’s story revolves around a 19-year-old named Caroline (Ruth Bradley) who stalks, abducts and ultimately slays 15-year-old Rachel Barber (Kate Bell), who Caroline idolizes and considers to be “perfect.” Rachel’s disappearance prompts her parents (Pearce, Otto) to take immediate action, though the police seem to be indifferent about the situation. The truth eventually comes out, but not without a price.
Entitled I Am You for much of its international release, In Her Skin received a tiny release in theaters in the U.S. in February but is »
Just as Joe Cornish's horror/sci-fi comedy 'Attack the Block' hits UK theatres today the folks over at Bloody Disgusting reveal a kooky looking poster to Irish comedy horror 'Grabbers', where the locals of Erin Island get invaded by bloodthirsty tentacled aliens. 'Tormented' helmer Jon Wright directed the project from a script penned by scribe Kevin Lehane. 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time' and 'Coupling' star Richard Coyle leads and he's joined by 'Being Human's Russell Tovey, Bronagh Gallagher, Ned Dennehy, Ruth Bradley, Stuart Graham, Lalor Roddy, Jonathan Ryan, Barbara Adair, Louis Dempsey and David Pearse all star. And you can check out the new artwork below. »
A bunch of new artwork has found its way online for the Lovecraftian terror tale Grabbers, and we have your hot ticket as to where you can drink in every pixel.
Dig on just one sliver of the artwork below, and for more head on over to visit the sexy bastards at Bloody Disgusting.
Ciarán O’Shea, the handsome though washed up policeman of sleepy Erin Island, has a daily routine consisting mainly of hanging out at the pub with the local drunks and various other charmingly eccentric characters. But his day is about to go horribly wrong.
Teamed up with the unwanted help of Lisa – an uptight workaholic policewoman from the Irish mainland – they suddenly find themselves dealing with dead whales, »
- Uncle Creepy
H.P. Lovecraft. Is there anyone cooler in the world of horror? His slimy, creepy, creatures of the underworld are so hideous that they're beyond description. I'm an immediate sucker for anything related (which is probably why John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness and Stuart Gordon's Re-Animator are among my favorite horror films of all-time.) Pegged as Lovecraft meets Tremors, Jon Wright directs the Irish horror comedy Grabbers that stars Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley and Russell Tovey in a film that takes to "a sleepy Irish fishing village forced to fend off a blood-sucking sea creature with alcohol." We've already shared with you some teaser stills, but now we've got something much more special: your first ever look at the official quad and character posters for the film aiming for release in 2012. The pic will be on sale at this week's Cannes market. »
The 38th Athens International Film and Video Festival will open Friday at the Athena Cinema with 250 independent films from around the world. The festival will run through Thursday, 28 April.Among the films included in this year’s International Feature Showcase are Kaboom, , Uncle Boonmee, Poetry, and Meek’s Cutoff, starring Michelle Williams.“The breadth and richness of this year’s crop of competition films is truly inspiring,” says Festival director Ruth Bradley. “We are really privileged and honored to be able to put »
Production is currently underway on the set of the second series of 'Love/Hate'. The first block of shooting, which is being directed by David Caffrey commenced two weeks ago in and around Dublin city and will continue for another two weeks. The second instalment of the series sees the return of cast members Robert Sheehan (Killing Bono); Aidan Gillen (Wake Wood); Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Becoming Jane); Ruth Bradley (Grabbers); Ruth Negga (The Nativity). »
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