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After making quite an impression at the Stanley Film Festival, Todd Strauss-Schulson's meta horror hit, The Final Girls, will screen at the L.A. Film Fest next month, along with an advance look at MTV's Scream TV series and many more onscreen scares.
The 21st L.A. Film Fest takes place June 10th-18th in downtown Los Angeles. The festival will feature screenings of 74 feature films, 60 short films, and more, including the following genre offerings:
The Final Girls – USA (Director Todd Strauss-Schulson Writer Producer Cast Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Adam Devine, Thomas Middleditch, Alia Shawkat, Alexander Ludwig, Nina Dobrev) – An unconventional comedy about Max, a high school senior, who is mysteriously transported with her friends into a 1980s horror film that starred Max’s mother, a celebrated scream queen. Los Angeles Premiere
- Derek Anderson
With writer/director David Robert Mitchell's Cannes-premiered "It Follows" bringing in over $16 million at the domestic box office on a slim $2 million budget, the theatrical market seems ripe for another arty horror movie hit to arise. So which of this year's festival favorites could follow (no pun intended) in "It Follows'" footsteps? With the close of the 3rd annual Stanley Film Festival on Sunday, below I've pegged six buzzed-about horror titles from this year's three major festivals so far (Sundance, SXSW and Stanley) that could become the next unlikely breakout in theaters. "The Witch" Director: Robert Eggers Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie Synopsis: New England, 1630: William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life, homesteading on the edge of an impassible wilderness, with five children. When their newborn son mysteriously vanishes and their crops fail, the family begins to turn on one another. Screened at: Sundance »
- Chris Eggertsen
While there's still technically one more day of the Stanley Film Festival (more on the fest here) to go, Saturday night saw the annual horror celebration holding its closing festivities. And The Final Girls ended up being the perfect, insanely fun, choice to bring things to a close. Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson from a script by M.A. Fortune and Joshua John Miller, the film is a meta romp through slasher tropes that entertains mightily You might have already read Perri's glowing review, but I also have a few quick thoughts on The Final Girls (which stars Taissa Farmiga, Alia Shawkat, Nina Dobrev, Alexander Ludwig, Thomas Middleditch and Malin Akerman). First of all, the film has a lot of heart, which isn't exactly what you'd expect from this type of thing but it works very well. The movie is clearly a love letter to genre films from the 80's (the »
- Evan Dickson
The Academy of Canadians in Sports and Entertainment Los Angeles released its list of nominees for the 2015 Golden Maple Awards.
The ceremony fetes Canadian talent of TV series broadcast in the U.S. in the past calendar year in three categories: actor, actress and newcomer of the year.
Honorees, award presenters and master of ceremony are currently being secured, as are the venue and time, which will all be announced at a later date.
Complete list of nominees:
Best Actor in a TV Series Broadcasted in the U.S.:
- Seth Kelley
Spoilers: Do not read on unless you’ve seen the Season 3 finale of “Vikings,” titled “The Dead.”
In the season three finale of History Channel’s “Vikings,” we saw Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) fake his own death in order to infiltrate Paris and allow his warriors to ransack the purportedly impregnable city, only letting his son Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) in on his plan. This manipulation prompted several of his loved ones, including his ex-wife Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) and shipbuilder Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård) to make some shocking confessions beside his coffin, with Floki admitting that he was the one who murdered Ragnar’s closest friend, Athelstan (George Blagden) — leading to an ominous confrontation between the pair in the episode’s final minutes.
As a weakened Ragnar and his allies sailed back to Kattegat with their treasure, his brother Rollo stayed behind, ostensibly to keep things clear for the Vikings to return and raid Paris again. »
- Laura Prudom
History’s epic drama series Vikings has had a very strong but often tragic third season, with former farmer Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) as King, always leading his people to an uncertain fate. As Ragnar and his band of Norsemen came together to break down the walls of the mythical city of Paris, the family saga that also includes Rollo (Clive Standen), Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) and Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) continued to play out, while relationships were often pushed to a breaking point. [caption id="attachment_448459" align="alignright" width="354"] Image via History Channel[/caption] During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Katheryn Winnick talked about the unexpected journey she’s taken on the show, feeling blessed to have to overcome so many obstacles, being such a strong role model for girls, how closely intertwined she feels with her character, how important the collaborative process with show creator Michael Hirst is to her, how surreal this set is to be on, »
- Christina Radish
TV Picks: The finale for “Vikings” is tonight and I am going to tease you a bit: Rollo (Clive Standen) perhaps will learn how to French Kiss. Read into that what you will, but the old adage of opposites attract and marriages solving wars holds true as we see Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) really struggling health wise, and Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) step up a bit in his leadership. No Seer tonight, but Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) has a tender moment revealing her heart (how rare is that) and the French soldiers, every time I see a frame with them in their helmets […] »
- April Neale
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.
We're teaming up with the festival for live coverage and special opportunities for Daily Dead readers, so be sure to check back all month for contests, features, and more.
"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
Taissa Farmiga leads The Final Girls as Max, the daughter of the famous big screen scream queen Amanda Cartwright (Malin Akerman). During a screening of Amanda’s claim to fame, Camp Bloodbath, Max and her friends Gertie (Alia Shawkat), Vicki (Nina Dobrev), Chris (Alexander Ludwig) and Duncan (Thomas Middleditch) are forced to step through the screen of the movie and when they come to on the other side, they realize that they’re actually at Camp Bloodbath right along with the camp counselors from the film and the notorious machete-wielding slasher, Billy. While at SXSW for The Final Girls world premiere, I got the opportunity to ask Farmiga, Akerman, Dobrev, Shawkat and Angela Trimbur one of my favorite questions to consider - which one of them could actually survive a horror movie? (Yeah, I probably think about that too much.) We also discussed the horror movie references director Todd Strauss-Schulson gave them, »
- Perri Nemiroff
It might not even be a big surprise for fans, but History has renewed Vikings for a fourth season. Not only is it a show that has taken off in buzz so far this season, but the ratings after only a few episodes make this a pretty obvious move.
Still, I know fans always feel better going through the season knowing that there’s more on the way.
Whether the ratings support a renewal or not, it’s good to see that the network has confidence in the show, especially as things have taken off with this season. As things wrapped last season, the show was somewhat open to go anywhere. It was almost too open, as the second season finale felt like a series finale. Now, the show has spread its wings, paying even more attention to its characters, and delivering everything fans are looking for in terms of plot arcs. »
- Marc Eastman
[Editor's Note: Kathryn Morris from The Horror Honeys shares her impressions of The Final Girls from its recent SXSW screening]
Kicking off the Midnighters series at SXSW 2015 was a film that I'd heard only a little bit about in the months leading up to the festival. Honesty first: the plot summary was setting me up for a film that I wasn't excited to see. I had seen it before, done often, and done badly, in film after film. I was tired of meta posturing and homages... Coming off of a very long day of travel, I wasn't in the most charitable of moods when I sat down for the screening.
Director Todd Strauss-Schulson introduced the film to thunderous applause and hoots from the audience. He was nervous, but honored and excited to be showing his film: "It was a hard movie to make... there were parts where I was too ambitious..." Ambition is something that indie directors stumble over many times in their careers, sometimes the stumble makes them pick up speed, »
- Jonathan James
SXSW 2015 Film Review
complete coverage of the SXSW Film Festival 2015
Director/Screenwriter: Patrick Brice
It’s hilarious. The boundaries of bromance, marriage, friendship and even penis comedy are pushed to a very funny limit with this film. It’s great to see Schilling doing great work outside of “Orange is the New Black.”
Final Score: 8/10
Reclusive small town locksmith, A.J. Manglehorn, who has never recovered from his losing his true love embarks on a new tenuous relationship with a local woman he meets at the bank. Cast: Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, Harmony Korine, Chris Messina. (U.S. Premiere)
(film synopsis from sxsw.com)
You probably »
- Jeff Bayer
Celebrities are bringing on the cute moments at SXSW in Austin, TX, making it one of the festival's most fun years to date. On Friday, costars Nina Dobrev and Alexander Ludwig got an early start on their weekend at the premiere of The Final Girls. The next day, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher had a parents-only night out at a party, and Ryan Gosling helped a woman propose to her girlfriend. Scroll through to see all that and more, and stay tuned as the festival continues. »
The Final Girls is one of those films that’s so hard to classify, because it’s got a little something for everyone. First and foremost, horror fans are going to have a blast with M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller’s super-self-referential screenplay that captures genre geekdom and pokes fun at Every 80s horror cliche imaginable. Mainstream audience aren’t forgotten either, as a hilarious cast of talented actors put comedy first, while gory kill-sequences are kept at an acceptable minimum.
And of course, we can’t forget about the true cinema fans, as director Todd Strauss-Schulson’s killer attention to ambitious detail somehow comes together like an insanely metaphysical nightmare that transcends so many wild and crazy levels. Trust me, you’ve never seen a slasher film like The Final Girls, and that’s what makes this movie such a riotous take on horror norms gone sexily wrong. »
- Matt Donato
An amusingly meta horror-thriller, “The Final Girls” finds a group of modern youths trapped in a cheesy ’80s slasher movie — one whose conventions they’re well aware of, but whose body count they’re also susceptible to joining. Though not quite as inspired or consistent as the similarly self-mocking likes of “The Cabin in the Woods,” “Tucker & Dale vs. Evil,” or the first two “Scream” pics, this is good fun that should delight genre fans. Directing Mark Fortin and Josh Miller’s clever screenplay, Todd Strauss-Schulson (“A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas”) delivers an accessible in-joke that should sell nicely to various territories in all formats.
A prologue shows teenage Max (Taissa Farmiga) driving home with her veteran-actress mom, Amanda (Malin Akerman), who, to her frustration, remains best known for the B-horror movie she made two decades earlier. Unfortunately, a traffic accident puts an immediate tragic end to their mother-daughter synchronicity. »
- Dennis Harvey
The Final Girls deals with one of my favorite kinds of movies: the camp classic. You know, the "so bad they're good" movies. The ones where people come together at midnight screenings, know all the lines, and dress up in costume. Here, we have a very specific kind of camp classic -- slasher films. Over the top acting. Buckets upon buckets of blood. Gratuitous nudity. It's all a lot of fun to watch if done in a properly, incompetent way, but that's the thing. The movies we are dealing with are most certainly rated R movies. So, why one earth did they shoot this for a PG-13c None of that opening is to say this is a bad movie. Not at all. I liked a lot of it, actually. But the film wants to have fun with all the tropes of these kinds of movies, but is afraid to actually show any of it. »
- Mike Shutt
Each and every year, the South by Southwest Film Festival comes together in Austin, Texas to shine the spotlight on some of the most provocative and ingenious indie horror films from across the globe. The 2015 SXSW line-up is no exception, featuring a multitude of thought-provoking titles and genre-bending awesomeness that we could not be more excited to check out during the festival this month.
Here’s a look at several of the films from SXSW 2015 that have us excited for this year’s line-up and should stay on your radar once they’re officially released at a later date:
Max and her friends are mysteriously transported into a famous 1980s horror movie that starred Max's mother, a celebrated scream queen. Reunited, they team up to fight the film's maniacal killer and find their way back home. Cast: Taissa Farmiga, »
- Heather Wixson
The story is based on the 1902 novel by George Barr McCutcheon that was adapted into a play in 1906 and made into films 10 times — including a lost 1914 release directed by Cecil B. DeMille at the start of his career.
Producers of the new “Brewster’s Millions” are Joseph and Jack Nasser. The adaptation was written by Michael William Schmidt and follows Monty Brewster, who is set to inherit $1 billion – with one key caveat: He must spend $100 million in one week or end up with nothing more than the clothes on his back.
Apa will handle domestic sales of the film.
Townsend’s first feature was 1987’s “Hollywood Shuffle, »
- Dave McNary
The wait is finally over! Vikings Season 3 premieres tonight on History Channel and it promises to take us on a wild ride through the Dark Ages and the time of the Vikings. Leading us into the fray is Ragnar Lothbrok, a wily and daring hero of his time.
Ragnar Lothbrok believes he is descended from the gods, a true son of Odin himself. He is an adventurer, a warrior, a seafarer, an explorer, a farmer, a raider and now he is a king. In a position of real power now because of his daring, Ragnar will once again show his quality as a shrewd leader of men.
The shores of Wessex are filled with the promise of land and the possibility of a new Viking dynasty in a new world across the sea. Despite his efforts and ambition Ragnar can only hope that the gamble he is taking with his »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Kyra Dawson)
History's "Vikings" returns for its third season on Thursday (February 19) night and through three episodes, I can safely say that Michael Hirst's saga of pillaging and migration remains everything it has been almost from its premiere. Over two seasons, "Vikings" has delivered solidly above-average thrills that exceed the requirements of its basic cable home. The show has a passionate audience already, but I'm reasonably sure there's a far larger audience out there that would get a kick out of "Vikings," because it really is one of those shows that check a wide number of demographic boxes. "Vikings" is reliably badass, if you like that sort of thing. Maybe not every episode, but probably every two or three, the directors and choreographers deliver a visceral Viking action set-piece that has both admirable scale, but also a raw, gory intimacy. Perhaps more than any other action show on television, "Vikings" conveys »
- Daniel Fienberg
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