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When he burst onto the scene in 2007 with his Spanish debut feature “Timecrimes,” everyone saw a potential new big name from a nation with a knack for churning out directors who really know how (and really, really want) to thrill you. But Nacho Vigalondo’s follow up “Extraterrestrial” in 2011 was more of a whimper compared to the bang he started off with. This year, the hope is that his English language debut puts him back in gear. After a six year absence from the festival, Nacho Vigalondo is back at Fantasia to spook you into never looking at your computer screen the same way again, especially if there’s one too many windows open at the same time. To help him get an even bigger international boost, he’s got the support of an ex-porn star and an ex-hobbit. Unfortunately it feels like the rise keeps getting stunted because those »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
Three’s a trend, right? Making for the third 2014 feature told entirely via laptop screen, Cybernatural is currently playing Montreal’s storied genre fest, Fantasia and a new look has debuted—where else?—online. Joining V/H/S’ “The Sick That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger,” The Den and Nacho Vigalondo’s Open Windows, Cybernatural is the latest in […] »
- Samuel Zimmerman
Reading the headline from the news release for Cybernatural, the first thing that came to mind was how on earth I'd missed a new movie from Timur Bekmambetov. Turns out he isn't directing this bit of horror, only presenting. But I figure I'll give him the benefit and give this a go.
The story is straight forward: a bullied teen girl kills herself, the bullies feel bad and try to take down the offensive videos but can't because "On the internet, your sins live forever." Seriously, that's the tagline; it might be cheesy but it's also true...
Boyhood, Schmoyhood. While some of my more distinguished film nerd compatriots may be waiting with rapt attention for Fantasia’s more ‘conventional’ offerings, my attention is fixed on the more unconventional fare: the anime, the kung fu, the movies that avoid classification all together. Fantasia isn’t Fantasia unless you’re watching something you almost certainly couldn’t see at most other festivals, and this year’s installment looks to have that in spades. Here some of my top picks from Fantasia 2014′s stellar line-up.
The Demon of the Lute
Directed by Lung Yat Sing
Hong Kong, 1983
As I learned during 2012′s screening of the Shaw Brothers classic Fist of the White Lotus, very few things in this world rock quite as hard as classic kung fu movies in glorious 35mm on a big screen. Digital projection may be well and good, but as old-school movie buffs know, the feeling of watching an aged, »
- Thomas O'Connor
The 2014 Fantasia International Film Festival is ready to hit Montreal hard, lasting from July 17-August 5th, and like usual, Icons of Fright will be bringing you fright fanatics review coverage galore, as this year’s lineup is definitely one to write home about. Everything from my most anticipated film of the year, Faults, Richard Bates, Jr. (Excision)’s horror/comedy Suburban Gothic, and the Todd Farmer (Jason X, My Bloody Valentine 3D scribe) written animated film Heavenly Sword, to Nacho Vigalondo(Timecrimes)’s Open Windows, the festival is showcasing genre titles left and right. Also sure to please viewers, the festival will be showing the Aj Bowen and Amy Siemetz-led The Reconstruction Of William Zero, James Gunn’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, and the Latvian slasher, The Man In The Orange Jacket. While those are just a few of the 160+ films that will playing at the festival, it’s safe »
- Jerry Smith
Following previous announcements of their film lineup, the Fantasia International Film Festival has released their full lineup of movies to be shown at the 18th Annual festival, starting July 17.
New additions to the lineup include 2014 Cannes Selection When Animals Dream, directed by Jonas Alexander Amby and the return of Fantasia’s showcase of animated films, Axis.
Tickets for the festival go on sale starting July 16, and the festival runs through August 5.
View the whole press release of additional announcements below:
Fantasia Celebrates Its 18th Birthday
With Over 160 Feature Films Montreal, Thursday July 10, 2014 – 2014 is the year that Fantasia turns 18. We can’t believe it either. Fantasia’s 18th birthday means over 160 features and something in the neighborhood of 300 shorts, many being shown for the first time on this continent, a good number screening here for the first time anywhere in the world.In addition to being stacked with a multitude of breathtaking debut filmmaker discoveries, »
- Brian Welk
The third (and final) part of the found footage anthology series V/H/S: Viral will be hitting VOD and a few cinema screens in October and November of this year and we now have our first look at the poster and a couple of images.
Joining the series in the director’s chair this time around is Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes), Marcel Sarmiento (ABCs of Death segment “D is for Dogfight“), Gregg Bishop (The Other Side), Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Spring, Wrecked) and Todd Lincoln (The Apparition).
Check out the poster and images below.
V/H/S: Viral is released on VOD on October 23rd and in select cinemas on November 21st.
The post First poster and a couple of images from V/H/S: Viral appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Luke Owen
“Hold onto your tickets, it’s gonna be a big finale.” In early May, we let you know that a third V/H/S movie was in the works. Titled V/H/S: Viral, the new movie will feature segments from Nacho Vigalondo, Marcel Sarmiento, Gregg Bishop, Justin Benson, Todd Lincoln, and Aaron Moorhead. Magnet Releasing has just announced the release dates for the franchise’s third installment.
V/H/S: Viral will come out on VOD & digital platforms just in time for Halloween on October 23rd and will be given a limited theatrical release on November 21st.
“V/H/S: Viral features segments from directors Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes, Extraterrestrial), Marcel Sarmiento (ABCs of Death segment “D is for Dogfight”), Gregg Bishop (The Birds of Anger), Justin Benson (Wrecked) and Todd Lincoln (The Apparition). Gary Binkow and Brad Miska produced for Collective Digital Studio and Bloody Disgusting, marking the third »
- Derek Anderson
This October is shaping up to be quite a month for horror buffs. Warner Bros. and New Line will be unveiling The Conjuring spinoff Annabelle, Universal will finally release blockbuster Dracula Untold, and the Jason Blum-produced Ouija will also be hitting screens. ABCs of Death 2 has been rumored to release around October 31st as well. Now, we’re hearing that Magnet Releasing has thrown its hat in the ring by dating V/H/S Viral, the third and purportedly final installment its found-footage horror anthology series, for release on VOD platforms on October 23rd.
V/H/S Viral will also be getting a limited theatrical release on November 21st, which seems like a weird strategy by Magnet, but perhaps the flick will be good enough that fans will want to go back for more on the big screen? (Yeah, we somehow doubt that too.) Anyhow, the fact that it »
- Isaac Feldberg
Magnet Releasing has just released some goodies for the final part of the V/H/S trilogy, V/H/S: Viral, along with some release news. Look for the flick on VOD platforms October 23, 2014, with a limited theatrical run slated for November 21, 2014.
V/H/S: Viral features segments from directors Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes, Extraterrestrial), Marcel Sarmiento (ABCs of Death segment "D is for Dogfight"), Gregg Bishop (The Other Side, Dance of the Dead, The Birds of Anger), Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution, Spring, Wrecked), along with Todd Lincoln (The Apparition).
V/H/S: Viral's segments include the story of a deranged illusionist who obtains a magical object of great power, a homemade machine that opens a door to a parallel world, teenage skaters who »
- Steve Barton
The next chapter in the anthology horror series V/H/S - entitled V/H/S: Viral - will be making its way to the big and small screen this fall, courtesy of Magnet Releasing. This entry welcomes Nacho Vigalondo, Marcel Sarmiento, Gregg Bishop, Justin Benson and Todd Lincoln. You can check out a previously release trailer here.
The post V/H/S: Viral Anthology is Coming at You This Fall appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Called “The Woodstock of Gore” by Guillermo Del Toro, otherwise more commonly known to the rest of us as FILM4 FrightFest, has recently announced the line-up of its 15th annual instalment that runs from Thursday 21st to Monday 25th August. This year sees FrightFest relocate to a new home at the Vue West End, Leicester Square, which has become home to the annual FrightFest All-Nighter.
In the year that sees one of the world’s leading genre festivals set down new roots, the programme will take on an international flavour whilst ensuring it embraces both genre features and shorts with “sixty-four films plus twenty shorts across five screens. There are sixteen countries representing five continents with a record-breaking thirty-eight UK or European premieres and eleven world premieres.”
FrightFest organisers are labelling the 15th chapter as an historic moment in the festival’s growth. Are you ready for a monstrous and memorable mayhem of killer claws, »
- Paul Risker
Taking place every August Bank Holiday weekend, has become a staple film festival for those with a taste for the macabre. This year’s event sees a location change from the Empire on Leicester Square, to the Vue on Leicester Square. The reason for this is to give the event more space which as attendance grows each year is very much in demand.
Today the oragnisers has revealed the full line-up for the weekend long festival. See all the info from their press release below:
So what can you look forward to?
For a start the latest works by all your favourite cult directors: Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno, Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo’s Among The Living, Fabrice Du Welz’s Alleluia, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, Nacho Vigalondo’s Open Windows and Extraterrestrial, John McNaughton’s The Harvest, Nicolas McCarthy’s Home, »
- Kat Smith
The line-up for this year's Film4 FrightFest in London has just been announced – and boy, is it a doozy! Sporting a record-breaking 38 UK/European premieres and 11 world premieres, this August is going to be an exciting time in the genre calendar.
Check it all out right here, including lots of new images!
This year Film4 FrightFest will be moving from its previous home at Leicester Square's Empire Cinema to the nearby Vue Cinema (also on Leicester Square), prompting an ingenious reshuffle of the screening arrangements.
All main screen films will be presented at different times across three different screens, with two extra screens reserved for single-slot screenings of the various films hitting this year's Discovery Screens.
Here's the full list of goodies:
Main Screens (5, 6, 7)
Thursday Aug 21
Opening Night Film - The Guest (UK Premiere)
- Gareth Jones
Horror fans take note, the line-up for Film4′s FrightFest is here!
From the press release:
From the opening night turbo-driven thrill-ride The Guest to the UK premiere of the closing night mesmeric sci-fi fantasy The Signal, FrightFest has netted the latest works from genre big-hitters such as Eli Roth (The Green Inferno), Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins (Show Pieces), Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead), Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller (Sin City: A Dame To Kill For), Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (Among The Living), Fabrice Du Welz (Alleluia), Nacho Vigalondo (Open Windows and Extraterrestrial), John McNaughton (The Harvest), Adam Green (Digging Up The Marrow), Nicolas McCarthy’ (Home), Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson (All Cheerleaders Die), Adrian Garcia Bogliano (Late Phases), Greg Mclean (Wolf Creek 2), Eduardo Sanchez (Exists) and Milan Todorovic (Nymph)
Plenty of genre movies have been garnering massive critical attention from other signature festivals which FrightFest has embraced, »
- Luke Owen
Following last week’s first wave of programming announcements, the Fantasia International Film Festival has revealed its second wave of programming, which includes a screening of Ju-On: The Beginning of the End and a 40th anniversary screening of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, where Tobe Hooper will be presented with a lifetime achievement award:
Fantasia will close its 2014 edition with the North American Premiere of Abel Ferrara’s Welcome To New York, the controversial latest from the legendary filmmaker behind such landmarks as Bad Lieutenant, King Of New York, New Rose Hotel and the recently re-released Ms 45.
Welcome To New York is loosely based on the Dsk scandal and stars the iconic Gérard Depardieu in one of the bravest performances of his career. Co-starring is the equally sensational Jacqueline Bisset.
Abel Ferrara will be on hand to host this special evening, »
- Jonathan James
Attention UK genre film lovers! Film4 FrightFest has announced its feature film line-up for 2014, and by jove if it isn't pretty magnificent. Full disclosure, I am a shorts programmer for the festival, so I admit to a bit of bias. But I think you would be hard-pressed to find fault with this diverse programme, that features some of the best of fantastic cinema that have been making the festival rounds, as well as several world and UK/European premieres. The opening night (announced last week) is Adam Wingard's The Guest, and the festival will close with The Signal.Among some of the most exciting titles that I've seen and can highly recommend are Nacho Vigalondo's revolutionary Open Windows, Leigh Janiak's disturbing Honeymoon, James Ward Byrkit's mind-bending...
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Genre festival to close with UK premiere of The Signal; 64 films will be screened, with 38 UK or European premieres and 11 world premieres.
Film4 FrightFest has unveiled the full line-up for its 15th edition, taking place in the new home of Vue West End in Leicester Square from Aug 21-25.
This year’s festival will screen 64 films and 20 shorts, with a record-breaking 38 UK or European premieres and 11 world premieres.
World premieres at this year’s edition include Jay Weisman’s Shockwave Darkside 3D [pictured], Luke Hyam’s X Moor, Matthew A. Brown’s Julia, Simeon Halligan’s White Settlers and John Shackleton’s The Sleeping Room.
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Film4 FrightFest 2014, returning for its 15th year, unveils its biggest line-up ever. From Thurs 21 August to Monday 25 August, the UK’s leading event for genre fans will be at the Vue West End, Leicester Square, to present sixty-four films plus twenty shorts across five screens. There are sixteen countries representing five continents with a record-breaking thirty-eight UK or European premieres and eleven world premieres.
Are you ready for a monstrous and memorable mayhem of killer claws, cannibalism, cult classics, murderous musicals, chiller thrillers, graphic novel action and sick celluloid masterpieces? Then prepare yourself for the biggest, strongest and most eclectic must-see programme in Film4 FrightFest’s history.
From the opening night turbo-driven thrill-ride The Guest to the UK premiere of the closing night mesmeric sci-fi fantasy The Signal, FrightFest has netted the latest works from genre big-hitters such as Eli Roth (The Green Inferno), Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins (Show »
- Phil Wheat
London — Film4 FrightFest, the U.K.’s leading event for genre fans, has unveiled its biggest line-up ever, with 64 films plus 20 shorts.
There are 16 countries representing five continents with a record-breaking 38 U.K. or European premieres and 11 world premieres.
Returning for its 15th year, the event runs Aug. 21-25 at the Vue West End, Leicester Square, London, across five screens.
The fest, which opens with thriller “The Guest” and closes with sci-fi fantasy “The Signal,” has netted the latest works from genre big-hitters such as Eli Roth (“The Green Inferno”), Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins (“Show Pieces”), Tommy Wirkola (“Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead”), Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller (“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”), Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (“Among the Living”), Fabrice Du Welz (“Alleluia”), Nacho Vigalondo (“Open Windows” and “Extraterrestrial”), John McNaughton (“The Harvest”), Adam Green (“Digging Up the Marrow”), Nicolas McCarthy (“Home”), Lucky McKee »
- Leo Barraclough
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