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With the American Film Market tapering down ahead of its final day on Wednesday, buyers from around the globe acquired a bunch of films for release in their local markets. Amongst the notable deals:
Exclusive Media has sold most of the worldwide rights to various companies for Gilles Paquet-Brenner's "Dark Places". Charlize Theron leads the cast of this story about a woman forced to re-examine the massacre of her family more than twenty years beforehand.
Image Entertainment has scored the U.S. distribution rights to the sequel to Greg McLean's cult horror hit "Wolf Creek" with a 2014 release being targeted. John Jarratt returns as homicidal bushman Mick Taylor who preys on backpackers in the Australian Outback.
20,000 Days on Earth
HanWay has acquired world rights, excluding UK and Australia, to the Nick Cave music documentary "20,000 Days on Earth" for a late 2014 release. The film »
- Garth Franklin
Kaliedoscope represents international sales at Afm.
Mpi Media Group has set a second quarter 2014 release on the story of aspiring documentary film-makers who try to capture a mythical beast on film.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Deadline reports that Bobcat Goldthwait has inked a deal with Mpi for all U.S. rights to his latest thriller, Willow Creek. The pact adds the Bigfoot chiller to Mpi’s Dark Sky line-up. Following recent Goldthwait films World’s Greatest Dad and God Bless America, Willow Creek puts a faux-docu spin on the Bigfoot mythos as seen through the eyes of an aspiring documentarian (Bryce Johnson) and his skeptical actress girlfriend (Alexie Gilmore) as they take a tour of Northern California’s Trinity National Forest in search of Sasquatch. Goldthwait wrote and directed the film, which will get a spring theatrical release in Q2 2014.
With Willow Creek Goldthwait has mixed satire with suspense, and overall his film »
- Uncle Creepy
Bobcat Goldthwait directed a “found footage” horror movie about a couple searching for Bigfoot called Willow Creek. Why should you care about that statement? Go and watch World’s Greatest Dad and God Bless America, come back, and re-read my statement. Go ahead. I’ll wait.
See? Now do you understand? Bobcat Goldthwait is one of the most interesting filmmakers in the game today, and his newest release marks his first adventure into the horror genre. While it’s no surprise that Bobcat also works a belly full of laughs into his hairy screenplay, the real surprise is Goldthwait’s true appreciation of the horror genre, and his ability to hold us breathless for minutes. This is a man who has been Squatchin’ before, who has attended Bigfoot conventions, and who seriously believes in the gigantic creature – which shines through in his passion-filled heart-stopper. There’s a reason locals aren »
- Matt Donato
Written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait
While trying to document and find evidence of the mythical Bigfoot, believer Jim (Bryce Johnson) and his skeptical girlfriend Kelly (Alexie Gilmore) arrive at Willow Creek, near where the famous Patterson-Gimlin film was originally shot. Despite the many warnings from locals to stay away, the couple venture into the woods to find Bigfoot, which doesn’t go too well, to say the least.
Although a good chunk of the film early on is dedicated more to setting up the history and mythos behind Bigfoot than actual exposition (which, given its found-footage/faux-documentary style, is understandable if tedious), the film manages to preserve a human element thanks to the tangible chemistry and humour shared between the two leads.
- Justin Li
Bigfoot continues to get a bad wrap. This time, the hairy beast is terrorizing a couple near Willow Creek, the place where Bigfoot was originally captured in photography. This horror film, titled Willow Creek, is from director and long time actor Bobcat Goldthwait (God Bless America). This found footage styled film has played at several film festivals, recently. And now, Willow Creek will be shown at the American Film Market in just a couple weeks. The film is a small tale, involving two characters. Jim (Bryce Johnson) and Kelly (Alexie Gilmore) go against better judgement. They camp near Willow Creek, the birthplace of a legend. Here, they are assailed by a beast in the dark. Thankfully, Jim and Kelly keep the cameras rolling...until the final reel. Willow Creek has already received some praise. This title was recently shown at the Vancouver Int. Film Festival. Here, critic Zack Moseley enjoyed »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
Jason Reitman is unstoppable. In his first three features in the director’s chair, he didn’t take a step out of place. And returning once more to the London Film Festival this month with his fourth, Labor Day, he has truly outdone himself, bringing yet another spectacular drama to the big screen.
After watching it at its UK premiere last night, I literally sat in my chair for a full quarter of an hour or more, until the rest of the cinema was empty, just to fully appreciate and digest what I’d just seen – and that is something I’ve never done before.
The film had its debut at Telluride and then Tiff a few weeks back, launching its first clip from the movie out in Toronto. And whilst we wait for that first trailer to land online, Paramount has released the UK poster, with Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin front and centre. »
- Kenji Lloyd
Director Jason Reitman brings the beloved Joyce Maynard novel Labor Day to life with his upcoming adaptation that arrives in limited release December 25, before expanding nationwide January 31, 2014. Paramount Pictures has debuted the first poster for this adaptation, which follows an escaped convict (Josh Brolin) who takes a single mother (Kate Winslet) and her son (Gattlin Griffith) hostage over the Labor Day holiday weekend. With the release of this one-sheet, the first trailer can't be too far behind, so stay tuned.
Labor Day comes to theaters December 25th, 2013 and stars Josh Brolin, Kate Winslet, Gattlin Griffith, Tom Lipinski, Clark Gregg, Alexie Gilmore, Lucas Hedges, Brighid Fleming. The film is directed by Jason Reitman. »
Jason Reitman’s Labor Day is getting some great early buzz ahead of its big release starting on Christmas Day in the Us, and then expanding throughout its domestic territory up until the 31st January (we get it in the UK on the 7th Februaty), and I wouldn’t be surprised if you see this at the big awards ceremonies come next year too. We hope to get an early review of the film next month when it plays at the prestigious London Film Festival, so make sure you’re around to see what we thought then.
Synopsis: “Labor Day” centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler, who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele while confronting all the pangs of adolescence. On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers, a man both intimidating and clearly in need of help, »
- Paul Heath
The official poster for Jason Reitman's Labor Day has arrived, featuring Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet. The film follows 13-year-old Henry Wheeler, who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele while confronting all the pangs of adolescence. On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers, a man both intimidating and clearly in need of help, who convinces them to take him into their home and later is revealed to be an escaped convict. The events of this long Labor Day weekend will shape them for the rest of their lives. Also in the cast are Tobey Maguire, Clark Gregg, James Van Der Beek, Brooke SMith, Gattlin Griffith, Tom Lipinski, Alexie Gilmore, Lucas Hedges and Brighid Fleming. »
Paramount Pictures has just released the poster for writer-director Jason Reitman's latest project, Labor Day . Check it out below! Starring Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, Tom Lipinski, Clark Gregg, Alexie Gilmore, Lucas Hedges, Brighid Fleming, James Van Der Beek, Maika Monroe, Brooke Smith, Micah Fowler and Tobey Maguire, Labor Day centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler, who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele while confronting all the pangs of adolescence. On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers, a man both intimidating and clearly in need of help, who convinces them to take him into their home and later is revealed to be an escaped convict. The events of this long Labor Day weekend »
★★☆☆☆ Kelly (Alexie Gilmore) and Jim (Bryce Johnson) are a young couple heading out into the woods to look for the legendary Bigfoot. Kelly is an aspiring actress and wryly sceptical about the expedition, whilst Jim is a goofy enthusiast pursuing a childhood fascination. On the way they interview creepy sasquatch experts, ambivalent eye-witnesses and singing hill-billies. They stay at the Bigfoot Motel, eat Bigfoot burgers and visit the museum to gape at the pictures and snigger at the models. Their final destination is a patch of land near the titular Willow Creek, where the famous Patterson-Gimlin footage was (allegedly) shot.
For the first forty-five minutes of Willow Creek, very little happens. It's about as interesting as watching a holiday video shot by a pleasantly attractive couple who refuse to argue. A sense of threat sneaks in along with a few warnings of the "We don't like strangers round here" variety, »
- CineVue UK
Bigfoot may or may not exist, but there’s definitely something freaky going down in the woods in “Willow Creek,” Bobcat Goldthwait’s effective yet wholly unnecessary contribution to the genre of horror movies allegedly recovered from the hard drives of dead cameramen. As in “The Blair Witch Project,” the power of suggestion substitutes for onscreen scares as a couple wanders off the grid in Northern California in search of Sasquatch, with predictable results. Still, the project does represent an amusing stretch for the comedian-turned-helmer. Considering the low cost, Goldthwait should have no trouble recouping this self-financed venture by hand-targeting receptive auds.
As it happens, “Blair Witch” co-director Eduardo Sanchez is developing a Bigfoot chiller of his own, titled “Exists,” though “Willow Creek” has the good fortune to reach screens first. Even though Goldthwait doesn’t even bother to show the creature in question, he could sap what little interest »
- Peter Debruge
Labor Day centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler (Gattlin Griffith - Green Lantern, Changeling), who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele (Winslet) while confronting all the pangs of adolescence.
On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers (Brolin), a man both intimidating and clearly in need of help, who convinces them to take him into their home and later is revealed to be an escaped convict. The events of this long Labor Day weekend will shape them for the rest of their lives.
- Michelle McCue
After films like Shakes the Clown (1991), Sleeping Dogs Lie (2006), World's Greatest Dad (2009), and God Bless America (2011), you surely know what to expect from writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait by now, right? Loud, colorful, perhaps even garish social commentary and raunchy farce from a stand-up comic turned actor turned surprisingly good filmmaker. Wrong!
The man's latest film is a refreshingly matter-of-fact horror/thriller called Willow Creek, and to my eyes, it's the best sort of "homage" you can do. Based solely on Willow Creek it seems plainly evident that Goldthwait is a fan of A) "found footage" horror films in general, and B) The Blair Witch Project in particular, and so he packed up a few (very good) actors, a handful of cameras, and hit the road to make a low-key scary movie that works for all the reasons I just mentioned. Right off the bat I'll "warn" you that the 78-minute »
- Scott Weinberg
From the press release:
Are you ready for a spine-chilling global avalanche of Indian zombies, Israeli oldboys, vengeance-crazed Vikings, Swedish mesmerists, Irish telekinesis, Argentine undead, Aussie bone-crushers, murderous Mormons and Chilean assassins?
Film4 FrightFest 2013, returning for its 4teenth year, has unveiled its biggest line-up in history. From Thurs 22 August to Monday 26 August, the UK’s leading event for genre fans will be at the Empire Cinema in London’s Leicester Square to present 51 films on three screens. Empire 1 will house the main event while the Discovery strands will play in Empires 2 & 4. The new FrightFest Xtra strand, also in Screen 2, will allow fans to catch up with sold-out performances of the most popular attractions.
This year there are eleven countries representing five continents with a record-breaking thirty-three UK or European premieres and ten world premieres.
The world premieres include our opening night attraction The Dead 2: India from the Ford Brothers, »
Filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait is best known in the comedy community, both for his television work in shows such as Maron, Chappelle’s Show, and The Man Show, and his film work writing and directing features such as World’s Greatest Dad and God Bless America. Thus, many of his fans were intrigued to learn that Goldthwait would be segueing into the horror genre with his next outing. Taking on screenplay and directing duties for the film, titled Willow Creek, Goldthwait remains behind the camera, with Alexie Gilmore and Bryce Johnson taking on leading roles. The first trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.
(Source: First Showing)
- Deepayan Sengupta
If you were taking bets on which film genre World’s Greatest Dad / God Bless America director Bobcat Goldthwait would tackle next, we’d guess Blair Witch-style found footage horror would probably not be top of your list. You’d be wrong: Willow Creek sends a couple into the woods to look for Bigfoot, and they find more trouble than anything else. The trailer has now emerged online. Willow Creek finds Jim (Bryce Johnson) and Kelly (Alexie Gilmore) headed into one of California’s sprawling forests to find evidence of Sasquatch. They’re retracing the steps of Bigfoot researchers Patterson and Gimlin, who, in 1967, recorded the most famous film of the legendary monster. Kelly is a sceptic, along for the ride to spend time with her boyfriend between acting gigs. Jim, a believer, hopes to capture footage of his own, so his camera is constantly rolling.While this promo pitches »
Bobcat Goldthwait (Maron, Jimmy Kimmel Live) has made a Bigfoot found footage movie, which seems like an odd fit when you consider content, but not when thinking about his name. He’s a name of the week winner in years past, after all. The film is called Willow Creek, and here comes the trailer:
- Andy Greene
A promo trailer is now online for “Willow Creek,” yet another micro-budget horror film that hopes to scare up an audience this time by retracing the steps of the infamous Sasquatch sighting of 1967.
“Willow Creek” is scheduled to be screened at FanTasia next month, in hopes of finding a distributor for theatrical release.
The film follows Jim and his girlfriend Kelly who are in Willow Creek, California, to retrace the steps of Bigfoot researchers Patterson and Gimlin, who, in 1967, recorded the most famous film of the legendary monster. Kelly is a skeptic, along for the ride to spend time with her boyfriend between acting gigs. Jim, a believer, hopes to capture footage of his own, so his camera is constantly rolling. The small town is a mecca to the Bigfoot community; sasquatch statues guard the local businesses, »
- Kellvin Chavez
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