15 items from 2015
Hey there creeps! Apparently the ol’ Crypt o’ Xiii is The place to be! Ghouls are knockin’ the lid off the coffin just to get in and commence to jawin’ with the cool ghoul, yours cruelly! All right, all right, calm down… the first two fiends in line… git yer arses in here! Why look who’s here; it’s die-rector Chris Sparling and viscous vocalist Chad Kowal! Greetings o’ ghoulish ones! Chris, you’re the first contestant on Daniel Xiii’s Die-a-log of the Damned!
Famous Monsters. So, yer new flick The Atticus Institute [Which I will be reviewin' shortly - Xiii] has just been released on the ol’ home vid-gee-oh. Tell us what’s up with what’s goin’ down with the idea behind Atticus.
Chris Sparling. I wanted to make a possession movie that was more of a scientific approach to dealing with that problem rather than a religious approach. I was pretty fascinated with the idea that scientists, »
Making its first-ever Spanish pick-up, France’s Snd-M6 Group has pounced on world sales rights to “Vulcania,” a sci-fi thriller-drama produced by two associate production companies of Peter Aalbaek Jensen and Lars von Trier’s Zentropa: Zentropa Spain and Zentropa Sweden. Ran Ent. co-produces out of France.
Snd has also taken French distribution rights to “Vulacania.” Nordisk has tied down rights to Scandinavia. Alfa Pictures will release “Vulcania” in Spain.
The feature debut of Jose Skaf, part of Spain’s seemingly bottomless auteur genre talent pool, “Vulcania” is set in a small place lost in space and time, where there is no other option but to obey the village leaders.
It stars two of Spain’s fastest-rising thesps, Miquel Fernandez (“The End”) as Jonas, who always played by the rules, and Aura Garrido as Marta, a young woman who makes him question the system and realize they have been fed a lie. »
- John Hopewell
While found footage horror movies have recently began exploiting current technologies in more gleefully bizarre and enthralling ways, that hasn’t stopped filmmakers from uncovering musty reels of old-school possession footage that detail some of the “earliest” recorded cases of terror. The Atticus Institute is one such film, rewinding the clock back for a chilling History Channel-esque special that splices government-conspiracy-spilling talking heads with previously unreleased documentary footage. Writer/Director Chris Sparling understands an entire film can’t be built on VHS-quality pictures alone – despite being a sneaky advantage that hides outdated special effects – but scares are still hard to come by thanks to speedy camera-swapping whenever tension mounts at its highest peak, making the film an easy, breezy, but out-of-date spooker.
- Matt Donato
Are you ready for one of of the scariest movie experiences of 2015? We have an exclusive look at The Atticus Institute, which exposes the only case of demonic possession ever recognized by the U.S. government. Anchor Bay Entertainment presents this disturbing new horror thriller, from producer of The Conjuring Peter Safran. Take a look at our exclusive clip, before The Atticus Institute arrives OnDemand, DVD and Blu-ray January 20.
Dr. Henry West founded The Atticus Institute in the early 1970s to test individuals expressing supernatural abilities: E.S.P., clairvoyance, psychokinesis, etc. Despite witnessing several noteworthy cases, nothing could have prepared Dr. West and his colleagues for Judith Winstead. She outperformed every subject they had ever studied, soon gaining the attention of the U.S. Department of Defense, who subsequently took control of the research facility.
The more experiments they conducted on Judith, the clearer it became that her abilities were »
Following from last year’s new look and feel FrightFest (in a brand new location), the horror film festival has announced its line-up for their Glasgow counterpart. And, as with every FrightFest, there are a few first looks and premieres!
Included in the line-up is the UK premiere of the Edgar Allan Poe based Eliza Graves featuring an all-star Hollywood cast, including Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess and Michael Caine. Also on show is the European prememire of The Atticus Institute, world premire of The Hoarder, European premiere of The Asylum and the UK premiere of the hugely anticipated Clown, produced by Eli Roth. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also the UK premieres of [Rec]: Apocalypse and There Are Monsters.
Thurs 26 Feb – Gft Screen 2
21:00 Eliza Graves (UK Premiere)
- Luke Owen
Kicking off with a special screening on Thursday 26th February and hosting eleven films on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th February, the UK’s favourite horror fantasy festival celebrates ten ‘gore-ious’ years at its second home at the Glasgow Film Festival with an all-exclusive slate of the freshest new horror films around – including three World, two European and six UK premieres!
The shocktacular line-up starts on Thurs 26 Feb in sumptuous Hammer-style with the UK premiere of the Edgar Allan Poe based Eliza Graves featuring an all-star Hollywood cast, including Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess and Michael Caine.
Friday’s fearsome line-up kicks off with the European premiere of The Atticus Institute, the paranormal activity shockumentary of the year, written and directed by Chris Sparling, who wrote ‘Buried’. This is followed by the World Premiere of The Hoarder, starring an on-form Mischa Barton who uncovers the worst horrors in the »
- Phil Wheat
11th edition of festival to close with UK premiere of Force Majeure, and will feature 33 UK premieres and a record 11 world premieres.
While We’re Young is to receive its European premiere as the opening film of the 11th Glasgow Film Festival (Gff) (Feb 18-Mar 1).
Noah Baumbach’s comedy stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a settled married couple who are offered a second chance at youth when hipsters Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried) come into their lives. The film premiered at Toronto International Film Festival last year.
This year’s festival will close with the UK premiere of Cannes Jury Prize-winner Force Majeure, written and directed by Ruben Östlund. The film explores the flaws and cracks in a marriage after an avalanche hits in the French Alps where the couple are on a skiing holiday with their children.
Supported by Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, EventScotland, Creative Scotland and BFI, this year’s »
- email@example.com (Ian Sandwell)
In the fall of 1976, a small psychology lab in Pennsylvania became the unwitting home to the only government-confirmed case of demonic possession. The U.S. military assumed control of the lab under the command of national security and, soon after,… Continue Reading →
- Staci Layne Wilson
Chris Sparling turned heads in circles when his 2010 screenplay Buried was made into one of the most intense films in years. The Rodrigo Cortés-directed and Ryan Reynolds-led film brought the suspense in heavy doses and kept viewers completely on edge until its very end. Following that film, Sparling wrote another confined area film, 2012’s Atm. Not wanting to be know just as the go-to guy for confined area films, Sparling decided to write and direct The Atticus Institute (out on DVD/Bluray via Anchor Bay), a film, that like Buried, provides a lot of suspense, but in a way so unique that the faux-documentary elements of The Atticus Institute are very easy to forget, and Sparling’s knack for creating likable characters and making us Believe in them (a problem that a lot of similar films have is how we never forget that what we’re watching isn’t real). As viewers, »
- Jerry Smith
It’s a miracle that as horror fans, we haven’t seen everything under the sun by now. It’s rare for a film to come along that, while it might fall somewhat within a particular genre or subgenre, not only breathes new life into said subgenre, but does so in a way that you’re able to lose yourself within the film. It happens so rarely, that when it does, it comes as one hell of a pleasant shock. Truth be told, I walked into the Chris Sparling written and directed faux-documentary The Atticus Institute with low expectations. I had absolutely loved the Ryan Reynolds trapped in a box and buried underground film Buried, which Sparling had written, but I’ve just had my fill of Pov/Found Footage/etc kinds of films that as previously stated, I had low expectations. Well, fright fanatics, I’m not above admitting »
- Jerry Smith
Do you like movies about secret government institutes, conspiracies, psychics and scientists that push the boundaries of human understanding? Good, we do, too. That's why it's easy for us to recommend a smart new horror movie called The Atticus Institute, which hits Blu-ray, DVD and Video On Demand platforms next week Written and directed by Chris Sparling (who wrote Buried and Atm), The Atticus Institute is about Dr. Henry West (William Mapother, who is always great to see), a scientist in the '70s who ran a program meant to test people's supernatural abilities. Over the years a few of his test subjects exhibit some amount of Esp promise, but everything is turned upside down when they come across a patient named Judith who is by far the most impressive...
- Peter Hall
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes release details on Amnesiac, The Atticus Institute, and Alien Outpost, multiple trailers, premiere details for Head, and a Q&A with the founder of The Philip K. Dick Film Festival:
Amnesiac Distribution and Release Details: “Amnesiac tells the story of a man (Wes Bentley) who wakes up in bed suffering from memory loss after being in an accident, only to begin to suspect that his wife (Kate Bosworth) may not be his real wife. The web of lies and deceit deepen inside the house where he soon finds himself a prisoner.
XLrator Media has acquired North American distribution rights to the psychological thriller Amnesiac starring Kate Bosworth (Still Alice, Superman Returns) and Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games series, Interstellar). XLrator Media will release the film in Summer 2015 on its acclaimed “Macabre” genre label. »
- Tamika Jones
We've already enticed you a little with stills from Chris Sparling's directorial debut The Atticus Institute and now, a mere few weeks before the movie's home video debut, we've got a pretty solid trailer to share for the upcoming horror film.
Made to look like it has cobbled together from original footage from the Atticus Institute, the movie stars Rya Khilstedt as Judith Winstead, the test subject who actually seems to have some sort of telekinesis – turns out she is possessed. Like, really possessed. Or so the story goes.
Any way you dice this up, the truth is that the trailer for The Atticus Institute is pretty solid stuff and though I was [Continued ...] »
If demonic possession is so passé, how does one make it exciting, or at least intriguing, again? Dress it up like a psychic rage movie. Directed by Chris Sparling, who penned Ryan Reynolds’ one man movie Buried, The Atticus Institute looks most unusual—a mock doc with style and a neat conceit, that of attempting to…
The post Trailer: The Atticus Institute Experiments with Possession appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
Chris Sparling's directorial debut The Atticus Institute will be available On Demand and on DVD and Blu-ray on January 20th from Anchor Bay. We have been given an exclusive clip to share with you. I have also included the full trailer.In this clip, Margaret, the sister of the subject of the film, Judith Winstead, tells the tale of the start of her sister's decline into a reclusive lifestyle after a fall. The Atticus Institute stars Rya Khilstedt (Dexter), William Mapother (Lost, The Grudge), Harry Groener (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), John Rubenstein (Angel) and Sharon Maughn (The Bank Job)....
[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
15 items from 2015
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners