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The Editor, the absurdist giallo homage from Astron 6 - the Canadian troupe behind Manborg and Father's Day - hits DVD and Blu-ray in Australia today, courtesy of Monster Pictures. The releases look positively stacked, with a host of exclusive special features and artwork that should delight fans of the film and maybe even warrant a double-dip from those residing beyond Antipodean shores.The DVD release comes with the following: - Double-sided cover art by Graham Humphries (one with classification, one without)- Audio Commentary by Adam Brooks, Conor Sweeney and Matthew Kennedy- Astron-6 Festival Introduction- 'Making Movies Used to Be Fun' Behind-the-scenes featurette- Music and Poster featurettes- Deleted Scenes- Exclusive: double-sided fold-out poster featuring art by Graham Humphries and Tom 'The Dude Designs' HodgeMeanwhile, the Blu-ray release...
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By Todd Garbarini
I have been a fan of the Italian giallo subgenre for 30 years since my initiation into it was precipitated by my first viewing of Creepers (1985), the severely cut version of Dario Argento’s Phenomena, my personal favorite film of his. Subsequent viewings of films by both Mr. Argento and his mentor, Mario Bava, as well as Lucio Fulci, Lamberto Bava, Luigi Cozzi, and Michele Soavi solidified a love for the putrid and the fantastic, and anyone who has seen these movies knows how delightfully entertaining they are: off-kilter camera angles, ludicrous dialogue, and what writer Todd French referred to as “a maddening narrative looseness” are present in these films in a way that they are absent in other genres. There is just nothing like an Italian giallo film. With all of the mock horror films that have been made going back to 1981’s Student Bodies and the later, »
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The creative team of Astron 6 has completed The Editor. This film had its premiere in 2014, at the Toronto Int. Film Festival. Now, this giallo-inspired thriller is coming to several Canadian theatres, on Sept. 18th. This release will be followed up by another as The Editor releases on home entertainment formats, Oct. 6th. The film is a send-up starring Paz de la Huerta (Boardwalk Empire), Samantha Hill (Bad Meat), Laurence R. Harvey (The ABCs of Death 2), Adam Brooks (Manborg), Matthew Kennedy, Conor Sweeney, Tristan Risk and Udo Kier. Hopefully, actress Paz's appearance in this film has not ruined her career, forever. And now, fans can preview the film's horrifying launch here. The story follows an almost out-of-work editor. It is suspected that his desperation has led to murder. But, only Rey (Adam Brooks) believes in his innocence. Now, Rey must prove to others that he is not behind a series of murders, »
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Directors Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy, two of the five partners from the Canadian film production company Astron-6, have reunited from their 2011 effort Father’s Day (a feature co-directed by all five members of their collective) for The Editor. Another reconstitution of vintage genre cinema, this time around they satirize the more ridiculous elements of the once popular giallo movement of film, those Italian thrillers often dubbed in English which gave rise to horror auteurs like Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci, Sergio Martino, Emilio Miraglia, Mario Bava, and a host of others.
Incredibly silly but with enough moments of bloody gore to appeal to audiences who might have no idea exactly what Brooks and Kennedy are aping, the film is filled with charmingly deliberate jabs at unintentionally ridiculous flourishes from a bygone era. While its own narrative is so over-the-top it’s almost not even worth recounting, the film is fun, »
Scream Factory knocks yet another one out of the park (do they ever Not kick ass?!) with the Astron-6 homage to all things Giallo, The Editor, a film filled with so much love for the subgenre that it feels like authentically brilliant. With the film hitting shelves this Tuesday (September 8th), we thought we’d give you a rundown on the film and like every release of Astron-6’s, the impressive supplemental material that makes the Bluray/DVD even more appealing than it was before (which is saying a lot).
There’s always a level of admiration when it comes to the films that the guys in Astron-6 put out. You can tell that they’re genuinely in love with the genre films that they pay homage to so well, and between their impressive list of short films, the 2011 slasher/revenge film Father’S Day and their low-budget »
- Jerry Smith
Over the past few years, we’ve seen a number of homages to the giallo genre including Peter Strickland’s clever, slightly bizarre and altogether mesmerizing thriller Berberian Sound Studio, a movie that pays tribute to the old-school cinematic craftsmanship of sound mixing and sound effects. The Editor, like Berberian Sound Studio, features a movie-within-a-movie only this time it’s the editor, not the foley artist, who gets the spotlight. Set in an Italian movie studio plagued by death, the film’s deceptively simple plot involves Rey Ciso (co-director Adam Brooks), a once prominent film editor who accidentally chopped off four of his fingers and is now forced to edit with one hand. Cisco becomes the prime suspect in a series of gruesome murders perpetrated upon the film’s cast. Certainly, »
For those who are familiar with the imaginative and very talented Astron-6 gang (filmmakers Matthew Kennedy, Adam Brooks, Conor Sweeney, Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie), the next logical step in their repertoire of films (having previously tackled Father’S Day and Manborg) would be to try their hand at paying homage to the Giallo subgenre of horror, and they’re doing just that with The Editor, which is set to make its DVD/Bluray debut on September 8th, courtesy of Scream Factory. The film that has one hell of an impressive cast (including Udo Keir and American Mary‘s Tristan Risk) follows a once famed film editor, trapped in a mysterious series of murders.
Rey Ciso (Adam Brooks) was once the greatest editor the world had ever seen. Since a horrific accident left him with four wooden fingers on his right hand, he’s had to resort to cutting pulp films and trash pictures. »
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While Scream Factory is known for releasing the cult classics, they've been getting into more and more new horror releases, and will bring Astron-6's The Editor to Blu-ray and DVD on September 8th. Here's a look at the cover art, trailer, and list of bonus features:
Press Release: "A loving tribute to the gory and gruesome erotic horror of classic Italian giallo cinema, The Editor spins the twisted tale of a once-prolific film editor who becomes the prime suspect in a series of murders haunting a seedy 1970s film studio. Directed and produced by Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy, this stylish horror comedy became a festival darling after its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, going on to earn audience and critical acclaim at festivals across North America including the San Francisco International Film Festival and the Fantasia Film Festival. The film’s official trailer can be seen here:
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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, »
The Giallo influenced horror comedy The Editor is coming back home after nearly a year on the festival circuit. The latest film from some of the Astron-6 lads, Matt Kennedy and Adam Brooks, and also starring Conor Sweeney, has been picked up for Canadian distribution by Raven Banner Entertainment. "We're happy to bring our absurdist masterwork home to Canada with Raven Banner," say filmmakers Matthew Kennedy and Adam Brooks, "who will no doubt find a way to deliver our pulsating videocasette of a film into your eager, tape-holes." "We're proud to continue our relationship with Astron-6," says Raven Banner's Managing Partner, Michael Paszt. "Manborg was a wild ride for us and we look forward to bringing this equally insane film to audience's across Canada."Raven Banner plans to release...
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Shout! Factory has acquired the giallo thriller, The Editor, for U.S. distribution, the El Rey Network is hosting a RoboCop marathon this weekend, and submissions are now open for The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival.
The Editor: Press Release -- "Los Angeles, Calif. (May 1, 2015) – Shout! Factory, a leading multi-platform entertainment company, and Kennedy/Brooks, Inc. have entered a picture deal to distribute The Editor in the U.S. Directed and produced by Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy, this stylish, giallo-inspired horror comedy premiered with critical praise at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and is scheduled to play at the San Francisco International Film Festival on May 1. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, and filmmakers Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy.
In this picture deal, Shout! Factory secured exclusive U.S. distribution rights to The Editor, including broadcast, »
- Derek Anderson
Shout! Factory has struck a deal with Kennedy/Brooks to distribute the giallo-inspired horror comedy “The Editor” in the U.S., TheWrap has learned. Directed and produced by Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy, the stylish genre movie premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and is scheduled to play at the San Francisco International Film Festival on May 1. Brooks and “Boardwalk Empire’s” Paz de la Huerta star alongside Samantha Hill (“Bad Meat”), Tristan Risk (“Dark Continents”) and “The ABCs of Death 2” actors Laurence R. Harvey and Conor Sweeney, as well as genre stalwart Udo Kier (“Blade”) and Kennedy. »
- Jeff Sneider
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