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Spanish horror film Para Elisa (For Elisa) will arrive on DVD and VOD on September 1st. But, the DVD-palooza doesn't stop there. Also in this round-up: Honeyspider and Cop Car DVD release details and Howl-o-Scream 2015 details.
Para Elisa: Press Release: "A job at a magnificent house owned by a famous musician seems too good to be true – and it is – in the tension-filled horror film Para Elisa. The acclaimed new Spanish film comes to DVD and VOD on September 1, 2015, from Dark Sky Films.
Desperate for some post-graduation cash, party girl Ana (Ona Casamiquela, Eva) answers a babysitting ad. She arrives for an interview at the elegant home of Diamantina (Luisa Gavasa, Flesh Memories), a former child prodigy pianist who is now an eccentric old woman who collects antique toys and dolls. Ana is disturbed by Diamantina’s odd behavior and horrified to discover that her child, Elisa (Ana Turpin, »
- Tamika Jones
The amount of information a director gives an audience about a film's characters is tricky. You don't want to over explain, resulting in a film that feels clunky and too reliant on exposition. But you also don't want to hold back too much, leaving the audience without an entry point to then empathize with the characters' conflicts. Sparseness can be admirable, giving us only the barest essentials of "need to know" information, but simply giving us a character and a basic personality trait is not enough. Cop Car steps over the line of getting to know the characters one too many times, often feeling like the people in the story are pieces to a puzzle, not real people. However, the patient, assured pacing and delicate tension-building almost makes up for that misstep. Travis (James Freedson-Jackson) and Harrison (Hays Wellford) are a couple of ten-year olds running away from home. Though, »
- Mike Shutt
A corrupt small-town sheriff is on the hunt for two runaway kids who took his car on a joy ride in Cop Car, an unnervingly funny thriller now available on Digital HD and On Demand, and debuting on Blu-ray and DVD on September 29, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Starring Golden Globe-winner Kevin Bacon (Footloose, Mystic River) and directed by Jon Watts (the upcoming Untitled Spiderman Reboot), Cop Car is “A midnight movie blast!” according to Russ Fischer of Slashfilm.
When a pair of 10-year-olds find an abandoned cop car in a field and take it for a joyride, it seems like they could kill themselves at any moment. But things only get worse when the small-town sheriff goes looking for his missing car—and the illicit cargo he left in the trunk—and the kids find themselves at the center of a deadly game of cat and mouse they don’t understand. »
- Michelle McCue
Marvel and Sony made headlines recently when they tapped little-known helmer Jon Watts to direct the next Spider-Man movie, so it’s unfortunately inevitable that the bulk of attention afforded to Watts’ sophomore feature, indie thriller Cop Car (his first was under-the-radar horror Clown), will take the form of one simple question: what did the studios see in the director that they didn’t in more accomplished contenders like Warm Bodies‘ Jonathan Levine?
We may never know for certain what specifically landed Watts the gig, but Cop Car‘s killer opening scene is a pretty strong bet. Marvel and Sony have stated their intentions to skew young with this wall-crawler, imparting the incredible emotional stakes of teen life without turning the pic into a world-in-peril superhero movie. And in a single scene in Cop Car, Watt astutely captures that heady feeling of youth we can all remember: of being young, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Horror, fantasy, Hong Kong action, animation, strange documentaries, thought-provoking science-fiction, Japanese new wave and martial arts are just among the many genres the Fantasia Film Festival covered in its nineteenth year of programming. Famous for being the largest genre film festival in North America, Fantasia is packed with Canadian, North American and worldwide feature-length premieres as well as shorts. This year’s line-up included 22 World Premieres, 13 International Premieres, and 21 North American Premieres including Marvel’s Ant-Man, the animated Miss Hokusai and the much-anticipated Attack on Titan. As of Wednesday night, August 5th 2015, the most recent edition of the festival will be a thing of the past.
With over 130 films screened in 23 days, it’s impossible to see them all. This year, I tried my best to pace myself. Long gone are the days where I would cram in 3 or 4 movies in a day. Maybe I’m getting old and »
Riding in Cars with Cops: Watts’ Thriller Offers Low Yield Excitement
Jon Watts continues in the B-grade vein showcased in his 2014 Eli Roth starring debut, Clown (which wasn’t released in theaters stateside). Starring a couple notable genre stalwarts and featuring a pair of surprisingly varied child characters eliciting the film’s greatest moments of tension thanks entirely to their naiveté, Cop Car reaches its dramatic simmer early on only to evaporate well before its inevitable finale. Though this scenario could have easily played for over-the-top kicks, especially with signature star Kevin Bacon in the villainous lead, Watts and his co-scribe Christopher D. Ford stick to the straight and narrow bits, and the film feels like it would have been a cheapie, knock-off noir from several decades past, a vehicle headlined by someone like Lee J. Cobb.
- Nicholas Bell
The third annual Sundance Nextfest kicked off Sunday evening with a screening of “Cop Car” at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in conjunction with Cinespia. The thriller debuted at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in the Next selection and has become a buzzed about title because its director, Jon Watts, has been chosen to helm the next incarnation of the “Spider-Man” franchise. We’re not exactly sure what Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures saw in Watts’ helming of “Cop Car,” but that’s a topic for another day. Set in the outskirts of a small Colorado town, the movie begins with two young kids making their way across a wide-open field in search of anything, something to entertain them. Travis (James Freedson-Jackson) and Harrison (Hays Wellford) talk about how they are running away from home, but it sounds more like bluster than anything else. To their surprise, they soon come across what »
- Gregory Ellwood
Cop Car Focus World Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: C Director: Jon Watts Screenwriter:Jon Watts, Christopher Ford Cast: Kevin Bacon, James Fredson-Jackson, Hays Wellfod, Camryn Manheim, Shea Whigham Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 5/11/15 Opens: August 2015 No doubt some critics and audience members will be show their smarts by saying the “Cop Car” combines Steven Spielberg with Sam Peckinpah, and while there are elements of the two great directors in Jon Watts’ movie, the show is difficult viewing unless you like seeing repetitive scenes of ten-year-olds playing with guns, a rogue sheriff who continually tries to show that he’s on the side of [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Directed by Jon Watts
For children, the world is their oyster. The sense of discovery and the thrill of adventure are found around every corner. Their imaginations run wild, making the experience of growing up exciting in a way that is long lost on jaded, cynical grownups. It goes without saying that the thrill ride that is human life from infancy to about 12 years old is also paved with risk. For every sense of wonderment that comes with the recklessness of youth, there is the potential of pain suffered by making mistakes. That is, after all, what the process of growing up is all about, learning through doing the right and wrong things. In Jon Watts’ Cop Car, both protagonists are incredibly young boys that let their excitement get the better of them and learn all too quickly »
- Edgar Chaput
Considered the world’s largest genre film festival and running over three weeks long, Fantasia is celebrating its 19th edition this year and the lineup is pretty incredible. This year’s fest runs July 14 through August 4 and will see over 130 feature films including more than 20 world premieres. Legendary filmmaker Sion Sono is delivering three new movies with Tag, Love & Peace, and Shinjuku Swan, meanwhile Tales of Halloween and A Christmas Horror Story are bringing horror anthologies back to the big screen. In addition, the festival will offer up the Montreal premiere of Marvel’s highly anticipated Ant-Man, the world premiere of Israeli horror flick Jeruzalem, the world premiere of Assassination Classroom and the first Canadian screening of the Canadian/Kiwi festival hit Turbo Kid. The festival is rounded out with screenings of Big Match, Crumbs, Deathgasm, The Demolisher, Experimenter, Cooties, We Are Still Here, The Editor, Cub, He Never Died, »
Jon Watts, the "Cop Car" helmer who was recently hired as director of the upcoming "Spider-Man" reboot, is set to co-write and direct a project currently going by the title of "The Untitled Urban Explorers" at End Cue.
End Cue, who worked with Watts on "Cop Car", has closed a pitch deal in competition on the young-adult adventure project which Watts and Christopher Ford will pen. Set under NYC's Lower East Side, specifics of the story are being kept under wraps.
Watts and Ford will deliver the script at a later date and timing of this new project will work around Watts' schedule in resuscitating the "Spider-Man" franchise
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: End Cue, the financier-producer that teamed on the Sundance film Cop Car with newly minted Spider-Man helmer Jon Watts and writer Christopher Ford, has a follow-up project with the duo. End Cue has closed a pitch deal in competition on what is being called The Untitled Urban Explorers film. Watts and Ford will write it for Watts to direct. It is described as young-adult adventure set under NYC's Lower East Side. The auction began before Watts was tapped by… »
After working away for years on shorts and smaller films, including upcoming thriller Cop Car, writer/director Jon Watts exploded into the spotlight last month when he was selected by Sony and Marvel to direct the companies’ new take on Spider-Man. While the superhero movie will keep him busy for a while, he’s still setting up other projects, included an untitled film for financial backers/production company End Cue. According Deadline, the idea, which is for now known as The Untitled Urban Explorers Film, is apparently a young adult adventure that sees its characters travelling under the streets of New York’s Lower East Side. Watts will write the script with Cop Car collaborator Christopher Ford, and the project was nabbed by the company, which also backed Cop Car, before the big Spider-announcement.Of course, there’s every chance the End Cue team will have to wait to see the new project realised. »
Musicians Sky Ferriera, Sharon Van Etten and dee-jays Neon Indian and Toro Y Moi are now part of the expanding Sundance Film Festival family. Sundance’s Next Fest (August 7th to the 9th) kicks off early on August 2nd, with a showing of Jon Watt’s Cop Car — the filmmaker made the industry news headlines this week when he signed onto direct the new Spiderman. Now in its third year, the fest which intertwines filmmakers and musicians or surprise mentors of the arts is comprised of films from the ’15 edition of the festival with only a pair of Next titles being re-programmed in Rick Alverson’s Entertainment and Michael J. Larnell’s
Sunday, August 2, 8:30 p.m. – Sundance Next Fest Kick Off Event
Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Cop Car / U.S. »
- Eric Lavallee
Now in its third year, Los Angeles's own Sundance Next Fest has just announced their lineup for the 2015 edition taking place August 7-9. The fest kicks off with a Cinespia Cemetery screening of TwitchFilm fave Cop Car on August 2. The next weekend, a host of interesting Sundance films will have their La premieres with either conversations or musical acts to follow them. These will take place at the Ace Hotel in Dtla. Tickets go on sale soon at Sundance/Next. Here's the full lineup: Sunday, August 2, 8:30 p.m. - Sundance Next Fest Kick Off Event Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery Cop Car / U.S.A. (Director: Jon Watts, Screenwriters: Jon Watts, Christopher D. Ford) -- A small-town Sheriff sets out to find the...
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Buckle Up. Focus World has released the first trailer and poster for Cop Car.
Two good-natured but rebellious young boys (James Freedson-Jackson and Hays Wellford) have claimed their independence and, unbeknownst to their families, ran away from home. Equipped with some beef jerky, they stroll through golden fields making their way towards a secluded glade where they find an abandoned cop car. Curious and excited, they explore the car, find the keys and take the car for a joyride.
Their bad decision unleashes the ire of the car’s owner, a county sheriff (Kevin Bacon), who has left something of great value in the car and is desperate to get it back. A fast-paced game of cat-and-mouse ensues and the »
- Michelle McCue
You may have already forgotten about the buzz out of Sundance this year -- it's been four months, after all -- but fortunately some of the best movies from the fest are about to hit theaters, and that means we've got some new trailers to remind you that they exist and are worth checking out. Watch 'em below. Cop Car Kevin Bacon and his sweet mustache star in this thriller as a corrupt small-town sheriff whose cruiser is stolen by two young kids. And it seems they have more to worry about than a felony conviction. The team behind the horror movie Clown -- writer/director Jon Watts and co-writer Christopher D. Ford -- are behind this well-reviewed feature, and it hits theaters on August 7. Knock Knock Clown producer Eli Roth also has a...
- Christopher Campbell
Hulu's supernatural series, Deadbeat, which stars Tyler Labine as a stoned slacker who can communicate with the dead, has been renewed for a third season. Also in this round-up: Stung's release date and the trailer for the Kevin Bacon-starring Cop Car.
Deadbeat: Press Release (via TV By the Numbers) -- "Santa Monica, CA – May 26, 2015 – Hulu announced today that the Hulu Original series Deadbeat has been renewed for a third season with a 13-episode order. Produced by Lionsgate Television, the series is co-created by Cody Heller and Brett Konner (Wilfred, The Inbetweeners) and executive produced by showrunner Dan Lagana. Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Sarah Esberg from Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment are producers on the show.
The half-hour comedyseries stars Tyler Labine (Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, Reaper) as Kevin Pacalioglu, a hapless but gifted mediumwho will go to any lengths to help New York’s ghosts settle their unfinished business. »
- Derek Anderson
Focus World has released the first trailer for the indie thriller Cop Car, and the moral of the story seems to be, “Don’t mess with creepy guys who have mustaches.” The film follows two young boys who stumble across an abandoned cop car and decide to take it on a joy ride. However, when the county sheriff discovers them, brutal consequences ensue. The movie actually looks quite good, with a tone in line with a Coen Brothers film and a menacing performance by Kevin Bacon. It’s a bit like Stand By Me, only with a horror movie twist. Check out the Cop Car trailer below, via Yahoo! Movies, and click here to read Matt's review from Sundance. Written by Jon Watts and Christopher D. Ford and directed by Watts, the movie also stars Shea Whigham, Camryn Manheim, James Freedson-Jackson, and Hays Welford. Cop Car will be released in »
- Adam Chitwood
The thriller takes a nostalgic turn in “Cop Car,” starring Kevin Bacon. The film, which will come to theaters August 2015, is directed by Jon Watts, written by Watts and Christopher D. Ford and also stars Shea Whigham, Camryn Manheim, James Freedson-Jackson and Hays Welford. The film follows two boys who have come across a cop car. The discovery leads to a wild ride, to say the least. Here’s more about the film. “Kevin Bacon (The Following, HBO’s Taking Chance, Mystic River) stars in director Jon Watts’ delightful throwback thriller Cop Car. When two good-natured but rebellious young boys (James Freedson-Jackson and Hays Wellford) stumble across an abandoned cop car [ Read More ]
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