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The Horror Network anthology, directed by some of the horror genre's newest talents, will arrive on DVD and VOD on October 27th. Also in this round-up: details on the Film4 FrightFest Halloween event and a clip from the zombie film 6:15.
The Horror Network: Press Release: "New York, NY - Wild Eye Releasing has set loose the latest entry in the horror anthology genre, The Horror Network. Created by Brian Dorton and Douglas Conner, this first volume of terror tales features segments directed by Dorton, Conner, Joseph Graham, Manuel Marín, Lee Matthews and Ignacio Martín Lerma, the series has been hailed as "a collection of nightmares that scream for all horror fans to see." The film will be available on DVD and VOD October 27th.
Serial killers, ghostly phone calls, inner demons, otherworld monsters and creepy stalkers collide in this frightening anthology. Six of horror's most promising new directing talents »
- Tamika Jones
Film4 FrightFest has announced the line-up for its Halloween Shockathon, which is set to take place at the Prince Charles Cinema on Saturday October 24th and features six brand new movies, including two world premiers, a European premiere and two UK premieres. Here’s the line-up…
11:00 Surprise Movie
12:55 The Vatican Tapes (UK Premiere)
A concerned priest, two Vatican exorcists and the distraught father of a young girl battle to save her soul after she expresses increasingly erratic and strange behaviour. It soon becomes clear that Angela has been taken over by an ancient satanic force and that she must be quickly purged of evil. But what nobody knows is that the spiritual crusade is not just for Angela – it’s for the entire world as humanity knows it.
15:00 The Unspoken »
- Gary Collinson
Film4 FrightFest has announced their line-up for their big Halloween 2015 event with James Purefoy and Olga Kurylenko leading the guest line-up. The line-up includes a totally shocking threequel, a haunted house of horrors, demonic possession, claustrophobic tank terror, a head-spinning brutal thriller and a secret screening.
The Film4 FrightFest Halloween event is back at the Prince Charles Cinema on Saturday 24 Oct with six brand new movies, including two World premieres, a European and two UK premieres. This year’s Shockathon kicks off at 11am with the surprise movies which guarantees a sci-fi cocktail of weird creatures, crude humour and hilarious action. Here is the press release:
Next up is the UK Premiere of The Vatican Tapes, a dynamic, unusual and thrilling exorcism shocker by Crank director Mark Neveldine. This is followed by the World Premiere of The Unspoken, a chill-orientated sinister ghost story with an insidious sting in its tale. »
- Ricky Fernandes
London Film Festival | Iris Prize | Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival
With Carey Mulligan’s Suffragette leading the way, this is “the year of the strong woman”, declares festival director Clare Stewart, and the higher-profile titles at least go some way to correcting cinema’s big gender problem. At one end of the age spectrum you’ve got Saoirse Ronan in Us-Irish immigrant drama Brooklyn, and a new documentary on Malala Yousafzai; at the other there’s Maggie Smith as Alan Bennett’s The Lady In The Van. Those good intentions can’t quite carry throughout the huge programme: 238 films from everywhere from Albania to Vanuatu, with still 80% male-directed. Among the British selection, you’ve got Danny Boyle (Michael Fassbender plays Steve Jobs), Ben Wheatley (High-Rise with Tom Hiddleston), Stephen Frears and Terence Davies; while the international programme includes heavy hitters such as Todd Haynes (Cate Blanchett in Carol), Paolo Sorrentino, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Hou Hsiao-hsien. »
- Steve Rose
EpiPens will do no good against the massive stingers aimed at garden party guests in Stung. Scream Factory will release the creature feature horror comedy on Blu-ray and DVD on November 3rd, and we have a look at the film's cover art and list of bonus features.
Press Release: Created in the vein of the 1950s Giant Monster movies, Stung pits wasps against Wasps in a tale of contemporary “bee-movie” madness set at an upscale garden party. A delightfully gory creature feature, Stung will make its Blu-ray and DVD debut on November 3rd from Scream Factory, in partnership with IFC Midnight. Stung features a swarm of bonus content, including audio commentary with director Benni Diez, producer Benjamin Munz, and writer Adam Aresty; a Making of ‘Stung’featurette; production blogs; and more! Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com
In Stung, a fancy garden party goes terribly wrong »
- Derek Anderson
Meet some of the best directors working today, who haven't gone down the blockbuster movie route...
Ever find it a bit lame when the same big name directors get kicked around for every high profile project? Christopher Nolan, Jj Abrams, maybe the Russo Brothers? With so much focus on blockbuster films these days, getting a major franchise job seems like the main acknowledgement of success for a filmmaker. And yes, both the financial and creative rewards can be great. But there are plenty of other directors out there, doing their own thing, from art house auteurs to Dtv action specialists.
Here are 25 examples.
Even if you don’t know his name, you’ve probably seen Lee Hardcastle’s ultraviolent claymations shared on social media. He first started getting noticed for his two-minute remake of The Thing, starring the famous stop motion penguin Pingu. Far from just a cheap one-joke mash-up, »
The 44th edition of the Festival du Nouveau Cinema has just announced their entire lineup and it’s pretty insane! The festival which takes place in Montreal from October 7 to 18 is screening nearly 400 films and events in only 11 days. This includes 151 feature films and 203 short films from 68 countries – 49 world premieres, 38 North American premieres and 60 Canadian premieres. Give credit to the team of programmers: Claude Chamberlan, Dimitri Eipides Julien Fonfrède, Philippe Gajan, Karolewicz Daniel, Marie-Hélène Brousseau, Katayoun Dibamehr and Gabrielle Tougas-Frechette.
Below is the lineup. There’s a lot to process so take your sweet time!
Opening and closing
After its world premiere at the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes last May, the new opus unconventional Belgian director, starring Benoît Poelvoorde (Three Hearts, Ransom of Glory), Yolande Moreau (Mammuth, »
In the nine consecutive years I’ve attended the Toronto International Film Festival, it remains an elusive monstrosity of an event. With its hundreds of offerings, it’s a gluttonous buffet for the committed cineaste, a playground of auteurs mixed with unknown quantities. Even after having attended Sundance and Cannes, navigating the selections still somehow feels like ‘catching up’ with entries from Berlin, Locarno, and the concurrent Venice. And, therefore, everyone’s Toronto experience is bound to seem a bit different, even as streamlined as the festival is as it remains one of the most press and public friendly film festivals in existence.
Of course, there’s always complaints (or questions) as to what doesn’t make an appearance at the festival, and we’re always subject to the tastes of various programmers. For instance, why exactly room could not have been made for Polish master Andrzej Zulawski’s first »
- Nicholas Bell
Read more of our Fantastic Fest 2015 coverage here. William (Ralph Ineson) has taken issue with the behavior of his village’s leadership and believes they’re not properly following the word of God, but instead of changing their ways his complaints result in the banishment of him and his family. He, along with his wife Katherine (Kate Dickie) and five children, moves out to a solitary patch of land bordering a dark forest to begin anew, but the pressures of leading a pious life take their toll on the entire family. To be fair, the witch in the woods who abducts, murders and bathes in his infant son’s blood isn’t helping matters. It’s safe to say that writer/director Robert Eggers‘ feature debut, The Witch, giveth no shites about your genre expectations. The film is a powerful slow burn dripping in period detail, dialogue authenticity and atmospheric dread, and »
- Rob Hunter
Ben Wheatley is a cinematic genius. That's the only explanation for the adrenaline shooting through your veins while watching his films, that feeling you get when you know you've just seen something special. The high that comes from experiencing one of his works is indisputable. It charges back into you each time you reflect on one of his films and every time you mentally organize the puzzle pieces the filmmaker has set forth. Wheatley's films are immensely rewarding, because the director doesn't hold your hand, doesn't tie everything together, and certainly doesn't connect all the dots. You're on your own with that, and that's one of the many reasons why High-Rise, Wheatley's adaptation of the J.G. Ballard novel, is so damn great. Set in an unspecified time and place – though it certainly looks like England in the 1970s, the setting for Ballard's novel of the same name – the story focuses on Dr. »
- Jeremy Kirk
What if the party never ends? More importantly, what if the guests actually want to drive themselves to the point of no return? This is one of many ideas that takes up occupancy in Ben Wheatley’s masterful new work. High-rise is about excess to a crazy level. The characters, situated in their little microcosms on each floor are practically begging for the apocalypse. They are boozing and pushing themselves past the point of depravity because… well… what else is there.? No one wants to return to reality the next morning. When the drinks run dry and the record plays its last tune, do we really want to go back to a sense of normality?
Dr. Robert Laing (Tom Hiddleston) has just moved into a new building designed by architect Anthony Royal (Jeremy Irons) – a wealthy hermit who takes up residence on the top floor of the multi-story building. In fact, »
- Michael Haffner
It’s in the above moment that Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise comes together as a gloriously morose deconstruction of society, instead of a contained bit of apocalyptic psychosis brought upon by wealth, greed, and lonely isolation. Wheatley’s J.G. Ballard adaptation is utterly sophisticated madness – barbarism of the highest order, if you will. Contained in the walls of a towering, concrete high-rise is an experiment come-to-life, as we study how the human mind copes with being locked away from civilized humanity, and how morals crumble given the slightest manipulation of hierarchical class systems. Wheatley has an eye for regal destruction, as he plots out a dystopian nightmare that’s brought on by either a raging apocalypse outside the structure’s walls, or the absolute savagery of man – how optimistic are you about our society? »
- Matt Donato
Jeremy Irons has said he relishes the extraordinarily diverse roles he has played recently.
The British actor - set to be seen in upcoming blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - was speaking at the Zurich Film Festival, which features two films in which he stars.
Irons plays the emotionally reserved Cambridge mathematics professor Gh Hardy in Matt Brown’s prestige drama The Man Who Knew Infinity and a crazed architect in Ben Wheatley’s wild dystopian dark comedy-thriller High-Rise.
“[My roles] tend to be very disparate, because I tend to get easily bored and don’t want to do the same thing all the time,” he said at The Man Who Knew Infinity press conference.
“Filmmaking itself is quite slow and repetitive and so you have to be interested in the subject or the theme of the movie, or the character, that feeling is more so as I get older.
“The reason »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
At The Mountains Of Madness may have ultimately defeated Guillermo Del Toro, but Richard Stanley is not a man to avoid a challenge. The director of Hardware and Dust Devil is now attacking his own adaptation of an H.P. Lovecraft story. He's set to direct The Colour Out Of Space for SpectreVision (the indie production company behind A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night).Stanley's aformentioned first two films in the 1990s immediately pegged him as a maverick talent to watch, but the debacle of The Island Of Doctor Moreau (recently the subject of the great documentary Lost Soul) sent him screaming into the wilderness, and he's only directed online series and documentaries since. His most recent work is the surreal The Otherworld, about his own experiences searching for a dimensional gateway in Montsegur.His name has often cropped up in connection to projects that have fallen through: he wrote »
An adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s same-named novel, Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise premiered earlier this month at the Toronto International Film Festival, and we’re itching to get our hands on a trailer and/or some clips. For now, a new image will have… Continue Reading →
- John Squires
As producer Jeremy Thomas told us back in 2013, High-Rise has had a long journey to the screen. Ten years, in fact. The great Nic Roeg might have made the J.G. Ballard adaptation, but it’s fallen into the more-than-capable hands of Ben Wheatley. The new issue of Empire – on sale right now – debuts a new shot from the film below. Ladies, gentlemen and mild-manner janitors: we give you Luke Evans’ fiery filmmaker Wilder, no doubt up to minimal good.It was Thomas’ son who alerted him to the Wheatley’s passion for Ballard’s dystopia. The upshot, skipping forward a few years, is a film that sees the Sightseers man overseeing a cast involving Evans, Tom Hiddleston, James Purefoy, Sienna Guillory and Jeremy Irons.Set in 1975, High-Rise documents the shocking breakdown of class and social structures within a brand-new high-tech London apartment building as its residents, including the detached doctor »
If you're a fan of "The Prisoner," I have a feeling you're going to really like Ben Wheatley's "High-Rise," adapted from the J.G. Ballard novel. One of the things I learned early on about "The Prisoner" was that it is not for everyone. While I love the look of the world and the way the stories are told and the heightened sense of reality, I have seen enough people reject the entire thing outright to get that it is a particular taste. When you're talking about adapting the work of British novelist J.G. Ballard into film, you're automatically starting from a place outside the mainstream. He wasn't writing books like Michael Crichton, hoping for a film deal to turn his barely-more-than-an-outline into a big summer blockbuster. Ballard wrote end-of-the-world science-fiction and he dealt with the darkest corners of the human heart in work like "The Atrocity Exhibition" or "Crash, »
- Drew McWeeny
Extreme body horror will haunt this Halloween season, as Scream Factory has teamed up with IFC Midnight to release The Human Centipede: The Complete Sequence Blu-ray on October 27th. In addition to containing all three Human Centipede films, the collection also includes new bonus features.
Press Release: Upon its release, The Human Centipede became a cultural sensation. On October 27th, 2015, get ready to experience the “complete sequence” of the infamous Human Centipede series with the release of The Human Centipede: The Complete Sequence on Blu-ray from Scream Factory, in partnership with IFC Midnight. Directed by Tom Six and starring Eric Roberts, Dieter Laser, Ashley C. Williams, Laurence R Harvey, and Maddi Black, the scandalous The Human Centipede: The Complete Sequence features the unrated director’s cuts of all three films and comes loaded with bonus features, including new featurettes The Ladies of the Human Centipedes and The »
- Derek Anderson
The League of Gentleman actor – who is currently appearing in new play Hangmen –answered your questions at 1pm on Wednesday 23 September, giving his insights into lost characters, creative influences and his comedy writing technique. Read his responses below
Thanks for all the questions, sorry if I didn't get to you. But imagine the answer was just what you wanted - that is what I would have said.
I think of those three, I would say the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Dracula only frightened me afterwards, having watched one of the Hammers, it was in the night in the dark that I would then consider him trying to get in at the window. The Creature was a proper monster - those dead eyes swimming through »
- Guardian Staff
But it looks like the actor is as much in the dark as us as to when or even if we will see Thor's wicked stepbrother make his return to the big screen.
Answering a question about whether he thinks Loki will go down the route of flawed, complex anti-hero or all-out villain, he told Coming Soon: "You know, I don't know.
"I think I won't be able to help it if I ever play him again, and I just don't know when that's gonna happen, if that's gonna happen. I would never lose his dimension, but it's so interesting.
"I've talked with Chris Hemsworth, how those characters have changed as we've changed. It's five years ago since I »
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