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The Stack: Before Midnight, Much Ado About Nothing, Night Tide, And More

22 October 2013 3:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

This week's show is a little light on Halloween goodness but what's there is, is choice. Night Tide is an early Dennis Hopper vehicle full of sea siren sideshows and tragic surrealism. The Purge is one of the better home invasion movies in recent times. Also appearing for the first time on stateside Blu-ray are High Plains Drifter, in which Clint Eastwood may or may not be a ghost, the shorts compilation Chilling Visions (go Emily M. Hagins), and the scary no matter how you look at it The Untold History of the United States from Oliver Stone. You can watch the entire video below. Bat Country shirt by Harebrained ...

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Slackery News Tidbits: October 14, 2013

14 October 2013 7:30 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Here's the latest Austin film news.

Austin filmmaker Emily Hagins's fourth feature film, Grow Up, Tony Phillips won't be released on VOD and DVD until October 2014, according an update on the movie's Kickstarter campaign page. The independently produced comedy, starring Aj Bowen (A Horrible Way to Die) and Tony Vespe (Hagins's My Sucky Teen Romance) as the eponymous character, tells the story of a Halloween-loving teenager who refuses to grow up. It was shot in and around Central Texas and premiered at SXSW this year (Elizabeth's review, my interview). Former Afs staffer Bryan Poyser's (Elizabeth's interview) latest feature film The Bounceback (Don's review) -- which also premiered at SXSW -- won a best writing award at the 18th Annual Genart Film Festival last week, which celebrates emerging filmmakers in North America, IndieWire reports. Poyser co-wrote and directed the romantic comedy, starring Sara Paxton (The Innkeepers), about a group »

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Scream Queen Filmfest Tokyo: A Two-Day Celebration Of Female Horror Directors

15 September 2013 2:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

While it has long been popular for the horror genre to put female performers in the spotlight in front of the camera, female directors working in the horror genre are too-often pushed to the sidelines. However, the last couple of years has seen a huge surge in the number of women directing horror movies, in a charge led by the likes of Jen & Sylvia Soska (American Mary), Helene Cattet (Amer, The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears), Emily Hagins (Grow Up Tony Phillips, My Sucky Teen Romance)  and Jennifer Lynch (Chained, Surveillance), and in the world of short films, names like Axelle Carolyn, Jovanka Vuckovic and Isabel Peppard are proving increasingly synonymous with the horror genre. And it looks like Japan is about to get...

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This 13-Year-Old is Out to Make a Slasher Film...

9 September 2013 9:52 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Emily Diprimio dropped ShockTillYouDrop.com a line this morning to inform us of a slasher film she's embarking on called Carver.

According to this page, the film "is about a group of teenagers who are haunted by a despicable act they committed on Halloween when they were younger. Their actions caused the deaths of three innocent people. Now, on the anniversary of those deaths, an ominous calling card in the form of a carved pumpkin has been placed at each of their homes. Someone is out for revenge. The question is...who?"

Here's the thing: Emily is 13.  

Yes, echoing shades of "Zombie Girl" Emily Hagins (who directed a zombie film at age 12 and is now making features), Emily Diprimio is out to carve (so to speak) a filmmaking career early on in life.  Inside, check out her Kickstarter video and for more details, click here!

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Fantastic Fest 2013 Short Film Lineup Announced

4 September 2013 11:59 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The features that make their premiere at Fantastic Fest tend to get much of the attention, but don’t forget that you’re likely to see some great short films at the event as well. Fantastic Fest is known for their extensive short film selection and this year is no different:

“Fantastic Fest is excited to announce the short film lineup for the ninth edition of Fantastic Fest, happening September 19th- 26th in Austin, Texas at Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline.  Short films provide an outlet for filmmakers to showcase their genre talents in a format with fewer restraints, making them a Fantastic Fest favorite.  Fantastic Fest is wildly excited that longtime festival comrade Kier-la Janisse is now our lead shorts programmer. Kier-la created the notorious CineMuerte Film Festival in Canada, and was the first full-time film programmer for the Alamo back in the “wild west” days. She has since gone on »

- Jonathan James

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Fantastic Fest Announces 2013′s Short Film Lineup!!

4 September 2013 11:06 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

It’s almost that time of the year, when filmgoers, filmmakers and everyone else make their way to Austin, Texas for the annual Fantastic Fest. This year’s Ff will host the world premiere of Machete Kills, screenings of Cheap Thrills, Ben Wheatley’s A Field In England, Keanu ReevesMan Of Tai Chi, The Cabal Cut of Nightbreed, the premiere of the Patrick remake (starring You’Re Next heroine Sharni Vinson), Alex de la Iglesia’s Witching & Bitching and many more films/events. Last year saw You’Re Next star/mumblecore king Joe Swanberg hand Devin Faraci his ass in the annual debate/boxing match held at the festival every year, and the tradition will be sure to continue, this time with two new faces stepping up to argue/fight.

Today, Fantastic Fest has announced the complete lineup of short films playing at the festival (happening September 19-26th), and judging from the roster, »

- SMITH

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'You're Next' Cast at Alamo Slaughter

19 August 2013 12:00 PM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

The Dwight Tilley Band's 1977 single "Looking For The Magic" played on repeat in my mind after last Monday's preview screening at Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter of the horror flick You're Next, which first screened locally at Fantastic Fest 2011. It was life imitating art because the song played repeatedly throughout the movie. I even felt kind of bad that I was jammin' out to the song in my head while characters were being slaughtered left and right on screen.

I had to work to shake myself out of the power-pop stupor when two of the film's leads, Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator) and A.J. Bowen (A Horrible Way to Die and Austinite Emily Hagins' Grow Up, Tony Phillips) appeared on stage after the movie to discuss experiences on set and their feelings about each other, whiskey (thanks A.J. for sharing) and the film's Aug. 23 theatrical release. Some members of the large audience were wearing fox, »

- Jordan Gass-Poore'

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Interview: Emily Hagins and the Producers of 'Grow Up, Tony Phillips'

27 July 2013 11:30 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

The last time Austin-based filmmaker Emily Hagins went trick-or-treating was her senior year of high school, when her friends wanted to show a French foreign exchange student what the holiday was like in America.

That was two years ago. 

"(I)t was really, really weird because we were getting weird looks, but the (French) girl was having a blast," Hagins said. "She had no idea that we were too old to be doing this."

The idea that certain childhood passions have no expiration date is explored in Hagins' fourth feature film Grow Up, Tony Phillips (Elizabeth's review). Because age, after all, is just a number. The movie is scheduled to hit VOD platforms this Halloween and later home video through Rogue Arts, an indie distributor that first approached the film's creators after its SXSW Film Festival premiere this year. 

Despite setbacks, which included the casting loss of Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator) due to scheduling conflicts, »

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Scream Factory’s Fall Lineup Includes The Amityville Horror Trilogy, Vincent Price Collection, Prince of Darkness

3 July 2013 3:43 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Scream Factory has officially announced their fall lineup, with more than 15 classic horror titles making their way to Blu-ray, including Day of the Dead, Price of Darkness, The Amityville Horror Trilogy, and six Vincent Price movies:

Scanners II and III: “On September 10, Scream Factory will unleash Christian Duguay’s science fiction action thrillers Scanners II: The New Order and Scanners III: The Takeover in a Double Feature Two-Disc Blu-ray™+ DVD Combo Pack. In Scanners II, a breed of humans with dangerously powerful telepathic abilities – the scanners – are being recruited by a corrupt police commander, John Forrester, in his crusade to take over the city. Forrester first enlists the help of an evil scientist, Dr. Morse, who wants to conduct mind-control experiments on the scanners with a new drug. When the side effects render the scanners incapable, Forrester then finds David Kellum (David Hewlett, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes »

- Jonathan James

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Here's the Chilling Visions: 5 Senses of Fear Trailer

12 April 2013 6:54 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Chiller teamed with six filmmakers to make five shorts for its first anthology film - Chilling Visions: 5 Senses of Fear - about the human senses and we've got the trailer for this endeavor waiting for you after the jump.

The directors include Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton with Hearing, Emily Hagins with Touch, Eric England with Taste, Nick Everhart with Smell, and Miko Hughes with Sight.  

Andrew Gernhard, Zach O'Brien, and Colin Theys produced for Synthetic Cinema.

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Chilling Visions 5 Senses of Fear Trailer

9 April 2013 6:54 PM, PDT | Best-Horror-Movies.com | See recent Best-Horror-Movies.com news »

Every great horror movie taps into a viewers 5 senses and the new trailer for the Chiller TV anthology Chilling Visions 5 Senses of Fear does just that. The anthology takes off with six filmmakers to make five shorts for its first anthology film about the human senses. Chilling Visions 5 Senses of Fear premieres Friday May 31 at 9pm Et are YellowBrickRoads Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton who will take on Hearing My Sucky Teenage Romances Emily Hagins with Touch Madison County and Roadsides Eric England with Taste SlashintheBoxs Nick Everhart with Smell and Miko Hughes with Sight. »

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 100+ Tickets Valued at $1,500 to Chicago Critics Film Festival

8 April 2013 9:33 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Exclusive massive Hookup! Nearly $1,500 in free tickets! In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 100+ movie passes valued at $1,500 up for grabs to the Chicago Critics Film Festival, which runs from April 12 to 14, 2013!

Featuring more than 20 Chicago premieres of award-winning films from Sundance, Cannes and Swsw specifically chosen by the Windy City’s own Chicago Film Critics Association, the 2013 Chicago Critics Film Festival features guest of honor and Oscar winner William Friedkin (“The Exorcist”) and Oscar nominee Sarah Polley (“Take This Waltz”). Nowhere else can you win these tickets! Our lucky HollywoodChicago.com winners will be treated to…

One grand prize: Full weekend pass: All movies and parties! ($100 value)

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One third prize: Saturday pass: “Sparks” with guests, “The Kings of Summer,” “Black Rock” and more! »

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Fright Exclusive Interview With Mondo Poster Artist Jay Shaw!!

3 April 2013 5:39 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Poster artist Jay Shaw has already made a name for himself by creating some of the coolest prints for Mondo, Gallery 1988 and more than a handful of other studios. While a lot of other artists feel the need to throw every single detail of a film into their posters, Shaw’s style is a very unique one, typically focusing on an identifiable object from the film, and working from there.

By far my favorite artist working today, Jaw’s posters are plastered across my walls at home, and it’d be an accurate statement to say that I was pretty stoked to spend a little bit of time speaking with Jay regarding his work with Mondo & Gallery 1988, how he got into poster design, and some of his favorite horror films. Read on!

You have a very unique style to your work, while a lot of artists throw everything And the kitchen sink into their stuff, »

- SMITH

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Film News: Tickets on Sale For 2013 Chicago Critics Film Festival

26 March 2013 9:47 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The full schedule has been announced for the 2013 Chicago Critics Film Festival, featuring appearances by Sarah Polley, William Friedkin, William Katt (“The Greatest American Hero”), Ashley Bell (“The Last Exorcism”), James Ponsoldt (“Smashed”), and much more! Check out the schedule below and get your tickets now right here!

The festival takes place at the Muvico Rosemont 18 from April 12-14, 2013. Oscar-nominated actress/filmmaker Sarah Polley (“Away From Her,” “Take This Waltz”) will introduce the festival on opening night with her powerful and deeply personal documentary “Stories We Tell.” Twenty-year-old wunderkind filmmaker Emily Hagins will follow by introducing her fourth directorial effort, the coming-of-age comedy “Grow Up, Tony Phillips.” On closing night, the Sundance Film Festival hit “The Spectacular Now,” a comedy-drama starring Golden Globe nominee Shailene Woodley (“The Descendants”), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (“Smashed”), Kyle Chandler (“Zero Dark Thirty”) and Miles Teller (“21 & Overwill be presented with director James Ponsoldt scheduled to attend. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Top 7 Most Memorable Moments From SXSW 2013

26 March 2013 8:13 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas is truly a unique festival and 2013 was my first full experience despite living here for the past few years. You’ll hear the horror stories of long lines, tough venue locations, overpriced concessions, and the traffic, oh the traffic. Fortunately there are more positives than negatives thanks to the amazing opportunities afforded by a film festival with such a vast range of genre, excellent weather and tacos.

We had the opportunity to see movies about magicians, horror remakes, Disney actresses snorting cocaine off naked bodies, documentaries about punk bands, a Big Ass Spider, and the new Shane Carruth flick which I am still processing. That’s just a taste of what this year’s lineup offered. It’d be a little difficult to only showcase seven films from an overall excellent year, so I’ve taken the Top 7 Most Memorable Moments of SXSW 2013 whether it be trends, »

- Tyler Mager

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SXSW 2013 Review: ‘Grow Up, Tony Phillips’ Charms But Can’t Avoid Some Growing Pains Along the Way

21 March 2013 9:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Coming-of-age films are often centered around something big like death or sex, but most people grow up with hurdles built on somewhat lesser obstacles. Tony Phillips (Tony Vespe) is one such person. His high school years are winding down, his friends are moving on and his mother is reminding him that college life is right around the corner, but the challenge facing him right this minute is his absolute love for all things Halloween. Writer/director/wunderkind Emily Hagins is a twenty-year-old filmmaker who made her first feature at the age of 12 and scored a nationwide distribution deal with her last film, My Sucky Teen Romance. Her new movie, Grow Up, Tony Phillips, once again presents a casual, charming and youth-centric world, but she makes some important steps forward in her professional growth too. Unfortunately though it’s a bit of a “one step forward, one step back” situation. We first meet Tony trying to defend his »

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SXSW 2013: Peter Hall and John Gholson, Critics Being Critiqued (Part One)

20 March 2013 11:00 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

By John Gholson

[Editor's note: Please welcome local film writers John Gholson and Peter Hall to Slackerwood. Gholson decided to interview Hall about what happens when film bloggers (and critics, journalists, columnists, etc.) move into filmmaking, since they were both involved in SXSW films this year. This is an issue that affected Slackerwood this year, too, so I'm pleased to present this conversation to you. It's long and in two parts, but fascinating and worth the time to read all the way through.]

It was an unusual year for some movie bloggers at SXSW. Peter Hall, an editor at Movies.com, produced Emily Hagins' Grow Up, Tony Phillips, a film that made it into the fest (and one that features appearances by movie bloggers Brian Salisbury, J.C. De Leon and Scott Weinberg), and I, a writer at Movies.com, have a role in Zero Charisma, a film that went on to win the Narrative Spotlight audience award at the fest. It was a year where we went beyond our typical coverage of the festival, to having a personal stake in the reception of the films that played.

For us, it's been a slow and natural evolution, but for readers, does the involvement of bloggers in the filmmaking process begin to color both professions in a negative light? During SXSW, one acquaintance insinuated that the film I was involved »

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SXSW Review: Grow Up, Tony Phillips

20 March 2013 7:30 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Grow Up, Tony Phillips, the new comedy from Emily Hagins, made its world premiere at SXSW last week, in the Vimeo Theater of the Austin Convention Center. The audience was eager and excited to see the latest project by this young Austin-based director.

Tony Phillips (Hagins film regular Tony Vespe) is an easygoing senior in high school who still dresses up for Halloween and loves trick-or-treating.  He spends his fall months thinking up costume ideas, even sketching concepts in his college prep class. He tells his mom that he sees these costumes as his "legacy." 

His two closest pals are cool kid Craig (Devin Bonnee, another Hagins regular) and Elle (Katie Folger, also in Zero Charisma); both attempt to get Tony to get past this fascination with October 31. In one discussion with Tony, Elle comments, "You don't really worry about anything, do you?" They have their own reasons for worrying about Tony. »

- Elizabeth Stoddard

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SXSW 2013 Review: Grow Up, Tony Phillips is More Wholesome Fun from Hagins

15 March 2013 2:40 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Emily Hagins has already made quite a name for herself in the Austin film scene with three full leangth features including 2011's indie hit My Sucky Teen Romance. In her fourth feature, Grow Up, Tony Phillips, Hagins shows more filmmaking maturity, leaving behind the genre-lite aspects of her past films to tell a story of fitting in and growing up. What results is a much more polished and professional feeling product that is every bit as entertaining as Hagins's past work. Tony Vespe plays the titular Tony, a kid obsessed with Halloween, regardless of whether his fellow high school seniors think dressing up is lame. His friends Elle (Katie Folger, who looks a lot like an all grown up Sally Draper) and Craig (Devin...

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SXSW: 20-year-old director premieres her fourth (!) feature film -- Exclusive Video

15 March 2013 11:22 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

For years, Emily Hagins has been the kid in the room. The Austin native directed her first feature-length movie, 2006′s independent zombie film Pathogen, when she was just 12 years old. She followed that up with 2009′s supernatural murder-mystery The Retelling and then enjoyed a SXSW world premiere of her third feature, My Sucky Teen Romance, this one about vampires, in 2011.

Now 20 years old, Hagins returned this week to SXSW to premiere her fourth feature, Grow Up, Tony Phillips, a wistful high school comedy about a boy who isn’t yet ready to give up his exuberant love for Halloween. After the screening, »

- Karen Valby

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