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This Los Angeles-set tale follows Big Ronnie, a man who runs a disco walking tour along with his browbeaten son, Brayden. When a sexy, alluring woman named Janet comes to take the tour, it begins a competition between father and son for her attentions. It also brings about the appearance of an oily, slimy, inhuman maniac who stalks the streets at night and strangles the innocent...Soon dubbed The Greasy Strangler!
Flush your expectations down the toilet, because you have never seen a slasher film or a father-son comedy like this before. Writer/Director Jim Hosking has made an outrageously off-kilter feature film debut that is equal parts disgusting, offensive, and manically entertaining. The movie features performances by Michael St. Michaels, Sky Elobar, and Elizabeth De Razzo.
The Greasy Strangler is destined for cult status, and today we have the gruesome Red Band trailer. This sick and twisted Drafthouse release »
After highlighting 50 titles confirmed to arrive this fall, we now turn our attention to the festival-bound films either without distribution or awaiting a release date. Looking over Venice International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and New York Film Festival titles, we’ve rounded up 25 movies — most of which we’ll be checking out over the next few weeks — that we can’t wait to see.
Check out our 25 most-anticipated festival premieres below, and let us know what you’re most looking forward to.
The Age of Shadows (Kim Ji-woon)
Returning to South Korea after his foray into Hollywood action with the Arnold Schwarzenegger-led The Last Stand, Kim Ji-woon‘s next feature is The Age of Shadows, which marks WB’s first-ever produced feature in the country. Led by Song Kang-ho (Snowpiercer, The Host), this ’20s-set thriller follows the Heroic Corps, an anti-Japanese independence organization that existed under the »
- The Film Stage
British filmmaker and actress Alice Lowe has won the inaugural Screen International Horror Rising Star Award at Horror Channel FrightFest (Aug 25-29).
The award, celebrating the work of emerging talent in genre cinema, was presented at the festival in London on Sunday evening where the star of Sightseers and the forthcoming Prevenge accepted the trophy.
Lowe said: “I’m really excited that horror is being recognised because it’s very close to my heart. I’d like to thank Screen International and FrightFest, who have given me the most amazing support over the last few years.”
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Unless y0u’re lucky enough to snag a seat at the film’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month, you’re going to have to wait until next year to see Ben Wheatley‘s action flick “Free Fire.” So what can you do until then? Well, you take a moment to catch up with the […]
- Edward Davis
Ben Wheatley’s previous film, the enigmatic “High Rise,” was quite the head trip with its high-minded look at societal collapse, finding its fair share of both supporters and detractors. With his stylish display of class war anarchy at work, Wheatley nonetheless solidified his status as a visionary. Now, one year later, a new Ben Wheatley […]
- Jason Osiason
Tank 432, 2016.
Directed by Nick Gillespie
A group of British mercenaries transporting human cargo through the countryside come under attack from a strange enemy, forcing them to hide inside a old, abandoned tank…
After watching Tank 432 aka Belly of the Bulldog, you quickly realise why Ben Wheatley’s in vogue name as executive producer is plastered all over the promotion, as Nick Gillespie’s film very much hints at a level of quality matching that director, only to swiftly burst that bubble within the first ten minutes. Gillespie is a frequent collaborator of Wheatley’s as a camera operator, most recently on the director’s magnificent High-Rise, but on the evidence of this he doesn’t have Wheatley’s eye for the bourgeoise absurd punctuated by visceral violence.
Tank 432 has been described variously as ‘Dog Soldiers meets Jacob »
- Tony Black
Midnight screenings of scary movies have become a staple at film festivals around the world, but the Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness series is the granddaddy of late night genre programs. Started in 1988, the 10-film series has become one of the most popular attractions at Tiff, frequently selling out its 1,200 seat theater.
Watch: Tiff Premiere ‘Green White Green’ Shows Off Wildness of Youth In Hilarious Insult Battle
Some of the high profile world premieres at this year’s fest include “Blair Witch,” the surprise sequel to 1999’s “The Blair Witch Project,” from director Adam Wingard (“The Guest”) and the opening night film “Free Fire,” a crime-drama starring Brie Larson and directed by Ben Wheatley (“Kill List”). Wingard and Wheatley are both Midnight Madness alumni, but this year’s Midnight slate also includes program newcomers like Greg McLean, whose action-horror film “The Belko Experiment” was written by “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn, »
- Graham Winfrey
Stars expected to attend UK premiere of true life survival story.
The film will receive its UK premiere on Oct 12 at London’s Odeon Leicester Square, with Patel and Kidman expected to attend.
He was placed in an orphanage and eventually adopted by an Australian couple, Sue and John Brierley (played by Kidman and Wenham).
Patel plays the older Saroo, haunted by memories of his childhood, who set out to find his lost family using Google Earth technology.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Elle's published a delightful conversation between Aaron Paul and Millie Bobby Brown, the breakout star of Stranger Things. We've also gathered interviews with, among others, Kristen Stewart, Kazik Radwanski (How Heavy This Hammer), David Mackenzie and Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water), Kelly Reichardt (River of Grass), Ben Wheatley (High-Rise), Joachim Trier (Louder Than Bombs), David Lowery (Pete's Dragon), Mark Pellington (Blindspot), Charlie Kaufman (Anomalisa), Deborah Stratman, Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows), Todd Solondz and Ellen Burstyn (Wiener-Dog), Matt Johnson (Operation Avalanche), Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins), Bérénice Bejo and Brady Corbet (The Childhood of a Leader) and Paulina García (Little Men). » - David Hudson »
Garth Davis’ “Lion” will have pride of place at the 60th BFI London Film Festival, playing as the event’s centerpiece, the prestigious American Express Gala. The movie, which stars “Slumdog Millionaire” actor Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, Oscar-nominated for “Carol,” and Nicole Kidman, was acquired by The Weinstein Company, and is being talked up by Harvey Weinstein as an awards contender.
The film, which also features a key performance from “Lord of the Rings” thesp David Wenham, makes its U.K. debut on Oct. 12 at London’s Odeon Leicester Square, with Patel and Kidman expected to be on the red carpet.
“Lion,” adapted from Saroo Brierley’s memoir “A Long Way Home,” “tells the true story of how a wrong train takes a five-year-old Indian boy hundreds of miles from home; he survives many challenges before being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, haunted by memories of his childhood, »
- Leo Barraclough
To celebrate the release of the unnerving, surreal, and gut-wrenchingly tense Tank 432 – out on DVD & Download 22nd August – we have a copy on DVD to giveaway!
From executive producer Ben Wheatley (director of Kill List and High-Rise) comes this knife-edged thriller about a gang of mercenary soldiers who take cover in an abandoned bulldog tank – only to find the real enemy is within.
Written and directed by longtime Wheatley collaborator Nick Gillespie (Sightseers, A Field In England), and starring Rupert Evans (Hellboy), Michael Smiley (Kill List) and April Pearson (Skins), Tank 432 is the next chapter in their very British brand of terror.
“A heady blend of Dog Soldiers and Jacob’s Ladder” Sight & Sound
“Tense, atmospheric & enthralling” Hey U Guys
“Gripping, claustrophobic and intense.” SciFiNow
“One of the best disaster movies in years” GamesRadar+
“Puts Hollywood disaster movies to shame.” Perri Nemiroff, Collider
Order today via Amazon.
The competition closes at midnight on Sunday, »
- Gary Collinson
A selection of films from the 2016 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival has been unveiled, with films by Jim Jarmusch, Maren Ade, Tom Ford, Paul Verhoeven, Damien Chazelle, and many more.Opening NIGHTThe Magnificent Seven (Antoine Fuqua)GALASDeepwater HorizonArrival (Denis Villeneuve)Deepwater Horizon (Peter Berg)The Headhunter's Calling (Mark Williams)The Journey Is the Destination (Bronwen Hughes)Jt + The Tennessee Kids (Jonathan Demme)Lbj (Rob Reiner)Lion (Garth Davis)Loving (Jeff Nichols)A Monster Calls (J.A. Bayona)Planetarium (Rebecca Zlotowski)Queen of Katwe (Mira Nair)The Rolling Stones of Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America (Paul Dugdale)The Secret Scripture (Jim Sheridan)Snowden (Oliver Stone)Strange Weather (Katherine Dieckmann)Their Finest (Lone Scherfig)A United Kingdom (Amma Astante)Special PRESENTATIONSLa La LandThe Age of Shadows (Kim Jee-woon)All I See Is You (Marc Forster)American Honey (Andrea Arnold)American Pastoral (Ewan McGregor)Asura: The City of »
We shoulda seen it coming when Free Fire, the latest from UK madman Ben Wheatley (Kill List, High-Rise), was announced to be having its "European" Premiere at BFI London in October. That's code for "It's headed to Tiff!" Indeed it is, and as the Midnight Madness opener no less. As the full Midnight Madness lineup dropped today and oh boy is it another good one. Adam Wingard's Blair Witch entry will be there as well as the 'Mo Bros. (that's Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto) with their much anticipated Iko Uwais-starring Head Shot. Here's the full list: The Autopsy of Jane Doe André Øvredal, USA, World Premiere Tommy Tilden and his son Austin run a family-owned morgue and when the Sheriff brings in their next...
[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...] »
One month out from festival season getting underway in North America, organizers of the Toronto International Film Festival have detailed the offerings to be featured in both the Midnight Madness and documentary programs.
Kicking things off on September 8 is Antoine Fuqua’s modern redo of The Magnificent Seven, flanked by such Oscar favorites as Nate Parker’s Sundance hit The Birth of a Nation and Manchester By the Sea.
From there, Deadline has confirmed that the Midnight Madness section will play host to Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, welcoming the filmmaker back to Tiff following successful turns with High-Rise and A Field in England. There’s also room for Colm McCarthy’s apocalyptic drama The Girl With All The Gifts, Paul Schrader’s mob thriller Dog Eat Dog (see today’s all-new trailer), the stealth release of Adam Wingard’s Blair Witch sequel, along with the world premiere of André Øvredal »
- Michael Briers
Following its premiere earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, Jim Hosking’s The Greasy Strangler will be released in theaters and on VOD by FilmRise on October 7th. Ahead of its upcoming Us release, a new poster for the film has been unveiled, showing Big Ronnie and his son, Brayden, posing for an awkward family photo.
“This Los Angeles–set tale follows Big Ronnie, a man who runs a disco walking tour along with his browbeaten son, Brayden. When a sexy, alluring woman named Janet comes to take the tour, it begins a competition between father and son for her attentions. It also brings about the appearance of an oily, slimy, inhuman maniac who stalks the streets at night and strangles the innocent—soon dubbed “the Greasy Strangler.”
Flush your expectations down the toilet, because you have never seen a slasher film or a father-son comedy like this before. »
- Derek Anderson
Featuring Mazzy Star singer Hope Sandoval, the six-minute clip is an eerie visual that shows the Oscar-winning actress’ face in front of a black backdrop. Highlighting her features from all angles, she then undergoes a transformation and morphs until her face turns to stone.
Read More: Cate Blanchett In Talks To Join Female ‘Ocean’s Eleven’
“The Spoils” is directed by John Hillcoat, the Australian director known for his films “Lawless,” “The Road” and most recently “Triple 9” starring Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Kate Winslet. He’s previously also helmed music videos for Bob Dylan and Depeche Mode.
Massive Attack’s latest single is the second part of a two-song release, with “Come Near Me” released last month. The English group has previously featured well-known actresses and celebrities in their videos. »
- Liz Calvario
Blair Witch, The Bad Batch and more: Our top picks from today's #TIFF16 announcement Blair Witch, The Bad Batch and more: Our top picks from today's #TIFF16 announcement Adriana Floridia8/9/2016 11:55:00 Am
Horror fans were in for a treat this morning when the Toronto International Film Festival unveiled its Midnight Madness line-up, which is the best ticket to a horror film that you can get, well, pretty much anywhere.
Whether you're attending the festival or not, it's still exciting to see what new films will be gracing a theatre screen sometime in the near future, but if you are able to attend, seeing the world premiere of a new horror flick in a crowd of die-hard horror aficionados at midnight is truly an experience not to be missed.
Today Tiff announced their line-ups for Midnight Madness, Vanguard (which is kind of like Mm's younger sibling, still including bizarre, daring, »
- Adriana Floridia
With fall festival fever revving up, the Toronto International Film Festival has unleashed the offerings that will make up its Midnight Madness section in September. Several alumni are back this year, including Ben Wheatley whose Free Fire will open the program in its world premiere. Exec produced by Martin Scorsese and starring Brie Larson and Cillian Murphy, it later turns up as the closing night gala of the London Film Festival. Newcomers to the section include André… »
Attendees of September’s Toronto International Film Festival can look forward to revisiting the Burkittsville woods, watching a showdown between the villains of the Ringu and Ju-On franchises, and much more in this year’s Midnight Madness lineup, which includes screenings of Adam Wingard’s new Blair Witch movie (ahead of its September 16th release), Sadako vs. Kayako, and Greg McLean’s The Belko Experiment (written by James Gunn), to name a few:
Press Release: Toronto — Run for cover and grab your loved ones, Midnight Madness just unleashed its terrorific lineup for the 41st Toronto International Film Festival®. From high-octane crime films, gruesome visceral horrors, to a creepy, hair-raising documentary, and nerve-wrenching thrillers, this year’s slate will whet all appetites and leave audiences shocked, thrilled and checking under their beds before turning out the lights. Midnight Madness is generously sponsored by Cineplex Entertainment.
This year’s Midnight Madness welcomes »
- Derek Anderson
The third cascade of world premieres in 15 days flowed from the headquarters of the Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday as programmers revealed their Midnight Madness, Tiff Docs, Vanguard, Tiff Cinematheque and Short Cuts selections.
This week’s offering includes Ben Wheatley’s all-star gangster thriller Free Fire, which opens Midnight Madness one year after the premiere of the British auteur’s High-Rise; fast-rising Chadwick Boseman in revenge thriller Message From The King in Vanguard and a Tiff Docs strand that features climate change documentary The Turning Point, featuring and produced by Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio.
The 41st Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 8 to 18.
Wp = world premiere, IP = international premiere, Nap = North American premiere, Cp = Canadian premiere, Tp = Toronto premiere.
Ben Wheatley’s all-star gunfight Free Fire starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer and Cillian Murphy will open the section, which includes Morgan Spurlock’s documentary Rats, Adam Wingard’s Blair Witch, André Øvredal’s [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
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