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Scott’s Los Angeles Film Festival Dispatch, Part One

15 June 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Independent cinema is the clear focus at La Film Fest. This doesn’t mean they’re completely clear of the sort of pre-packaged, studio-lite fare that tends to climb awards-season ladders into our multiplexes – this year’s festival featured films starring Chris Messina, Idris Elba, Alfred Molina, Gemma Arterton, Gael Garcia Bernal, Gillian Jacobs, and Topher Grace, plus The Conjuring 2, an outright studio film. And even those films without such attachments are not entirely free from the influence, following familiar beats and a sort of glossy presentation in an attempt to “fit in” with the big boys. The extent to which these films could truly be called “independent” is thus debatable, and lends a sort of discomfort to aligning them with truly adventurous voices. That disparity is most evident in four thrillers that played at the festival, which range from practically begging to be let in to actively refusing any sense of acceptance. »

- Scott Nye

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8 Movies We’re Excited to See at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival

31 May 2016 4:01 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday, June 1st, and this year’s Nightfall lineup looks to be yet another strong selection of genre films set to thrill festival-goers night after night.

For those of you in the southern California area, the 2016 Laff runs through Thursday, June 9th and is calling the ArcLight Culver City Cinema home this year. Here’s a look at what we’re anticipating once the Laff begins later this week, and for more information on the festival, please visit:

Abattoir (directed by Darren Lynn Bousman)

Full disclosure: Abattoir was edited by my significant other, so I am certainly biased, but my enthusiasm for the film comes from my excitement to see Bousman return to the hardboiled world of horror after working on The Devil’s Carnival musicals and his comedy-infused segment in last year’s Tales of Halloween anthology. »

- Heather Wixson

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There is No Mercy for Four Brothers in this Thrilling Trailer

27 May 2016 2:38 PM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

A new horror film is coming your way via Xyz Films. Titled Mercy, the film involves a dying mother and a possible contested inheritance. The film's first trailer shows several masked characters attempting to kill a fractured family. Starring Constance Barron, Michael Donovan and Caitlin FitzGerald, this feature will be at the La Film Festival, in early June. As well, the film will show on Netflix later this year. A preview for Mercy is hosted here. The official synopsis reveals more about the film's central conflict. Four estranged brothers reunite to say good-bye to their dying mother. While at her home, they are attacked by a mysterious group, who hounds their isolated home. Director Chris Sparling has written screenplays for other thrillers. Sparling wrote the script for Buried (2010) and the more recent slasher Atm (2012). With a background in the genre, Sparling's latest looks like a must-see title, with more to come on Mercy. »

- (Michael Allen)

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Trailer for Chris Sparling's Home Invasion Thriller Mercy

27 May 2016 8:55 AM, PDT | | See recent QuietEarth news »

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Chris Sparling (Buried, Atm) returns with a new horror film called Mercy. The film, produced by Xyz Films (The Raid), was picked up by Netflix last year, which is awesome because that means we won't need to jump through hoops to find it when it finally comes out.

Netflix's last major horror acquisition was another home invasion thriller, Hush which premiered on the streaming service last month.


When four estranged brothers return home to say their last goodbye to their dying mother, Grace, hidden motivations reveal themselves. The family’s alr [Continued ...] »

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Horror Highlights: The Craft Shirt, Fright Flicks Candles & Magnets, Mercy, Wynonna Earp

27 May 2016 8:08 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

“We are the weirdos, mister.” Nancy, Bonnie, Rochelle, and Sarah from Andrew Fleming’s The Craft will put a spell on you with these new shirts by Cavity Colors. Also: Freddy in Space’s Fright Flicks candles and magnets sold by Horror Decor, a trailer / L.A. Film Festival premiere details for Mercy, and, lastly, a new clip from Season 1, Episode 9 of Syfy’s Wynonna Earp.

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- Tamika Jones

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LA Film Festival Unveils 42 World Premieres

26 April 2016 10:53 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The LA Film Festival has announced its competition lineup of 42 world premieres with 43% of the films directed by women and 38% of the films by people of color.

“Curating films for La audiences is so special because Angelenos have a uniquely homegrown love of cinema,” said Creative Director Jennifer Cochis. “It’s with true film lovers in mind that we program: from political theater to musical theater, we’re highlighting storytelling in all its forms.”

Festival director Stephanie Allain said the diversity numbers have risen from the 2015 festival. “It’s very much our mission to discover new voices and support diversity,” she added.

Among the notable titles unveiled Tuesday was Amber Tamblyn’s debut feature film “Paint It Black” in the U.S. fiction lineup and Ben Lear’s documentary “They Call Us Monsters.”

Director of programming Roya Rastegar told Variety, “We were looking above all for stories with a sense of urgency to them. »

- Dave McNary

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Good Universe Developing Chris Sparling Thriller ‘Intrusion’

15 March 2016 12:09 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Good Universe has picked up rights to Chris Sparling’s thriller spec script “Intrusion” and is fast-tracking development, Variety has learned exclusively.

Sparling’s credits include Matthew McConaughey’s “Sea of Trees” and Ryan Reynolds’ “Buried.”

“Intrusion,” which is out to directors, centers on a woman who moves with her husband to a small town in Maine after a cancer scare and becomes the victim of a strange home invasion. She begins to uncover a darkness underneath her seemingly idyllic new life.

Alexandra Milchan (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), Russell Hollander (“Valentine’s Day”), Josh Weinstock (“Nightingale”) and Sparling are attached to produce. Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake will serve as executive producers.

Spencer Wong brought the project in to Good Universe and will oversee it.

Sparling just wrapped writing and directing “Mercy” for Netflix, and wrote and produced Gus Van Sant’s “Sea of Trees,” which »

- Dave McNary

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