11 items from 2012
This week’s list is fairly short but sweet, with some of the finest films released in the first quarter of the year.
My picks of the week:
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Oren Moverman returns with his second feature after 2009’s Oscar-nominated The Messenger, with Woody Harrelson taking the lead this time around, and Ben Foster heading up the support alongside Ice Cube, Anne Heche, Ned Beatty, Brie Larson, Cynthia Nixon, Robin Wright, Sigourney Weaver, and Steve Buscemi – a fantastic cast, I’m sure you’ll agree.
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Written and Directed by Mike Flanagan.
A woman and her sister come to suspect that a pedestrian tunnel could be linked to a series of neighborhood disappearances, including that of her own husband seven years earlier.
Writer-director Mike Flanagan's Absentia has been earning plenty of praise from sites such as Aint It Cool News, Arrow in the Head and Dread Central over the past twelve months, not to mention Empire Magazine's resident genre specialist Kim Newman, who proclaimed the low-budget offering as "one of the outstanding horror releases of the year". Having picked up a number of awards on the festival circuit, the film now arrives on DVD here in the UK courtesy of Second Sight, where it will hope to live up to the hype and stand out among »
Tricia’s husband Daniel has been missing for seven years. Her younger sister Callie comes to live with her and helps her find the strength to finally declare him legally dead ‘in absentia’. As Tricia tries to move on with her life she is haunted by terrifying visions while her sister finds herself drawn to an ominous tunnel near the house which is linked to other unexplained disappearances. It becomes clear the tunnel holds a dark secret, something lies in the shadows and Daniel may be suffering a fate far worse than death.
Absentia is, for all intents and purposes, a movie about loss – the loss of a loved one, the loss of control… It also deals with the dark side of life, the side of which you’d don’t »
*full disclosure: a DVD screener of this film was provided by Phase 4 Films.
Director/writer: Mike Flanagan.
Some viewers may experience strangeness while watching Absentia. After a while, the same synthesizer sounds and monotone guitar beats will either mesmerize audiences or cause auditory hallucinations. This background music sounds like it is from one of Brainwave Mind Voyage’s psycho acoustic products. After a while, a few may wonder if that tired feeling will ever wear off.
The soundscape created for this film is strangely appropriate. In a tale about Tricia (Courtney Bell) trying to cope with the disappearance of Danny (Morgan Peter Brown), her husband, the music is like a psychological journey of the experiences to come. That is especially important when she is often seen meditating. With a Tibetan singing bowl sitting next to her, she should have used it more often. »
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Words alone cannot begin to describe how happy we are about the following bit of news. Around here we've been raving about a little indie movie called Absentia, which is pretty damned spooky. Now, once again... the little guy makes good!
According to Variety, Fallback Plan Productions is ramping up Scare Dares, a sub-$1 million indie chiller with an inventive mobile app tie-in that aims to start shooting later this year.
Scare Dares reteams Mike Flanagan, writer/director of micro-budget horror pic Absentia, with the same producers and much of the same cast, including Courtney Bell, Katie Parker, Justin Gordon and Morgan Peter Brown.
Scare Dares, described as an "adrenalized homage to classic horror films," centers on a smartphone app that leads users to known areas of paranormal phenomena in central California. Things go wrong when a group of estranged friends kick off a reunion weekend by visiting ghostly hotspots and engaging in occult dares. »
- Uncle Creepy
After working together on the award-winning Absentia, writer/director Mike Flanagan will again team up with much of its cast (including Katie Parker and Courtney Bell) to bring you Scare Dares. A new movie with a unique app tie-in Produced by Fallback Plan Productions and Mali Elfman, Scare Dares will be budgeted at under $1 Million. The film, " centers on a smartphone app that leads users to known areas of paranormal phenomena in central California. Things go wrong when a group of estranged friends kick off a reunion weekend by visiting ghostly hotspots and engaging in occult dares." Per Variety, "Producers plan to launch an actual smartphone app that will tie in with the pic, which will be a blend of narrative and "found" footage." »
Absentia was started as a Kickstater project and was picked up by Phase 4 films and is now available on DVD and VOD. This film is an example of a successful movie started at the crowd funding level and making it all the way to distribution. Absentia is written and directed by Mike Flanagan and stars Katie Parker, Courtney Bell ,Dave Levine and Doug Jones. »
This Friday, February 10th, marks the first collaboration between Dread Central and Constellation.tv. We will be holding an online screening of Mike Flanagan's brilliant Absentia with yours truly handling hosting duties. Now the good people at Constellation want you to attend...for free!
Constellation.tv has offered six (count 'em six!) free pass codes exclusively for Dread Central readers. So the first six of you to send an E-mail Here with "I Want Gash" in the body of the letter will receive a code to attend the screening gratis.
If you don't win one of the spots, we still encourage you to head over to Constellation.tv and sign up for your free account. Then make a date to join us this Friday night. You never know who might show up and what may be said. Dig it!
- Doctor Gash
So maybe you've heard a lot about online movie screenings but haven't checked one out yet. Here's your big chance. On Friday, February 10th, Constellation.tv will be holding an online screening of Mike Flanagan's awesome film Absentia, and it will be hosted by... me!
Yes, yours truly, Doctor Gash, Dread Central's own practitioner of malpractice, will be hosting the online Absentia screening later this week, giving a brief introduction to the film and holding a Q&A following the show. And this is one theater where audience members are encouraged to chat amongst themselves as a dialogue box remains open throughout the film so that viewers can interact with each other and the host. It's a really unique way to experience a movie, and Absentia (review here) is a great film you're guaranteed to enjoy.
The fun starts at 12:00 Midnight Et/9:00 Pm Pt. Absentia is the first in what Dread Central, »
- Doctor Gash
Last week we told you about a pretty cool upcoming event where you can watch Mike Flanagan's Absentia (review here) on Constellation.tv with Flanagan hosting it live via webcam. Now we have your chance to see it for free!
Here are the details:
The screening is taking place on Thursday, February 2nd, at 10:00 Pm Et/7:00 Pm Pt on Constellation.tv. Writer/director Flanagan will be talking with the audience as the film airs.
Five (5) lucky winners will be given a special code to watch Absentia for free. To enter for your chance to win, just send us an E-mail Here, and we’ll take care of the rest. We'll be emailing three (3) winners from this site on Wednesday, February 1st, with the details; and two (2) others will be awarded via Twitter (follow @dreadcentral for that opportunity).
Good luck! And if you're unavailable on the 2nd, don't worry. »
- The Woman In Black
We've made no bones about the fact that Mike Flanagan's Absentia (review here) was among our favorite films of last year. If you haven't had a chance to check it out for yourself yet, then mark your calendar for February 2nd as Flanagan will be hosting an online screening and Q&A of the film that evening.
Here are the details:
The screening starts at 10:00 Pm Et/7:00 Pm Pt on Constellation.tv. Flanagan will be live via webcam and talking with the audience as the film airs.
Tricia's (Bell) husband has been missing for seven years. Her younger sister, Callie (Parker), comes to live with her as the pressure mounts to finally declare him 'dead in absentia.' Tricia is reluctant, always holding out hope, but Callie »
- The Woman In Black
11 items from 2012
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