7 items from 2015
Earlier this week, we gave you details on first wave of special experiences and events taking place at the 2015 Stanley Film Festival. We now have details on their impressive slate of features, short films, and additional special events, including screenings of The Final Girls, Deathgasm, Stung, The Invitation, and We Are Still Here.
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"April 2, 2014 (Denver, Co) - The Stanley Film Festival (Sff) produced by the Denver Film Society (Dfs) and presented by Chiller, announced today its Closing Night film, Festival lineup and the 2015 Master of Horror. The Festival will close out with The Final Girls. The film, directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, is the story of a young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, »
- Jonathan James
Welcome back to "The Week in Horror," HitFix's ongoing series rounding up the 10 most pertinent fright-genre stories to break over the last seven days. In this week's edition: America's favorite netlet revives a classic anthology series, Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves sign on for some supermodel mayhem, the daughter of two Hollywood legends joins Ryan Murphy's new comedy-horror series (the first ever!) and the remake of a beloved Steven Spielberg Tobe Hooper-directed classic gets its first trailer. See below for the full roundup. #1 The CW is reviving "Tales from the Darkside" The '80s anthology series, known for adapting the works of such legendary horror authors as Stephen King and Clive Barker, is being piloted by the youth-skewing network for a possible airing in the 2015-16 TV cycle. Along with King's son Joe Hill ("Horns"), who wrote the pilot script for the series, "Darkside" will be executive-produced by »
- Chris Eggertsen
Hollow’s Eve: Hardy’s Creature Feature Debut Has Superficial Roots
It was announced that Irish director Corin Hardy would be heading up The Crow reboot for Relativity preceding the premiere of his directorial debut The Hallow at the Sundance Film Festival, which was presumably good marketing for a film with just enough winning elements to satisfy genre aficionados. A simple, arguably derivative premise lays the eerie groundwork for what promises to be a memorable entry in a the struggling vein of modern backwoods horror narratives, though its bid to unify science with the supernatural is ultimately unsatisfactory, with a denouement that loses traction well before the predictable third act reaches an inevitable stride. Still, Hardy proves to be a devotee of vintage creature feature animations, utilizing tricks from a bygone era of special effects, acknowledging famous influences Stan Winston, Dick Smith and Ray Harryhausen in the end-credits. If only »
- Nicholas Bell
IFC closed the deal at the Berlin Film Festival, where Altitude is selling international rights.
“The Hallow” is set deep within the darkness of secluded forestland in rural Ireland. When a conservationist from London moves in with his wife and infant child in order to survey the land for future construction, his actions unwittingly disturb the horde of demonic forces.
Variety‘s Geoff Berkshire gave “The Hallow” a positive review, saying »
- Dave McNary
IFC Midnight announced today from the European Film Market in Berlin it has acquired U.S. rights to Corin Hardy's "The Hallow," starring Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton and Michael Smiley. The film made its world premiere in the "Park City at Midnight" section of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. "The Hallow" is set deep within the darkness of a secluded forest in rural Ireland where ancient evil dwells. Feared by the nearby superstitious villagers as cursed creatures who prey upon the lost, their secrets have been kept from civilization and remain on their hallowed ground. But when a conservationist from London moves in with his wife and infant child in order to survey the land for future construction, his actions unwittingly disturb the horde of demonic forces. The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, Svp of Acquisitions and Productions for IFC Midnight, with Wme Global and ICM Partners on behalf of the filmmakers. »
- Zack Sharf
It takes time for “The Hallow” to get rolling, but once it reaches a bang-up final act, genre fans could walk out clamoring for a sequel. The directorial debut of visual artist Corin Hardy is never less than arresting to the eye, but thin characters and a familiar story hold this Irish chiller back from entering the top tier of recent horror entries. Fortunately, the human characters ultimately don’t matter nearly as much as the diabolical beings they encounter. That’s enough to make the film’s haunted forest worth a visit for creature feature buffs worldwide.
Like so many genre entries before it, “The Hallow” opens with a married couple — Adam (Joseph Mawle) and Clare (Bojana Novakovic) — relocating to a remote area, in this case with their newborn baby, Finn, in tow. They’re almost immediately warned by foreboding neighbor Colm (Michael McElhatton) that their choice of abode »
- Geoff Berkshire
With their ancient roots, shadowy confines, and stealthy residents, forests can be places of magical wonder and dark foreboding. The woodland in Corin Hardy’s (who is set to direct The Crow reboot) The Hallow is definitely the latter, and we have a clip and photos from the horror film that recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
“The Hallow (Sundance Midnight World Premiere)
Director: Corin Hardy
Synopsis: When a London-based conservationist is sent to Ireland with his wife and infant child to survey an area of forest believed to be hallowed ground by superstitious locals, his actions unwittingly disturb a horde of demonic creatures who prey upon the lost. Alone and deep within the darkness of the remote wilderness, he must now fight back to protect his family against the ancient forces’ relentless attacks.
- Derek Anderson
7 items from 2015
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