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Little Terrors Short Film Anthology Series Minutes To Midnight Coming To Cinemas, VOD and DVD!

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After the market weekend in Montreal at Fantasia the new short film anthology series, Little Terrors, was officially announced. Justin McConnell’s monthly short film program, the anthology's namesake, has been a long running institution in Toronto. McConnell has been collecting and screening a series of short films from around the World for five years.   Now he is making selections and curating a series set for theatrical, VOD and DVD releases starting with the first chapter Minutes Past Midnight. Through his own Unstable Ground banner he is working with Rue Morgue, Indiecan to produce the new anthologies. Indiecan will co-produce with Uncork’d Entertainment in the States and with Raven Banner Entertainment here in Canada.   To the left is the first poster and below the...

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Fantasia 2016 Interview: Barbara Crampton Talks Little Sister and Upcoming Films

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Little Sister is writer/director Zach Clark's fifth feature film, and arguably it may be his best yet. It stars a talented young cast (Addision Timlin and Keith Poulson) mixed with seasoned actors such as Barbara Crampton and Ally Sheedy. The result is a delight to watch --- and a very different family drama --- one thankfully not sickingly sweet.   Barbara Crampton has made quite the resurgence in horror films lately --- ApplecartDeath House Beyond the Gates, Sun ChokeTales of Halloween, We Are Still Here, You're Next, and Road Games --- to name a few. I caught up with her at the 20th annual Fantasia International Film Festival to discuss Little Sister (where it screened last night to a very receptive crowd) as well as what she's been up to lately, and what's next for...

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Take A Trip To Humantown!

22 hours ago

While it can be argued that there are a great many areas of weakness within the Canadian film and television industry there are two areas where my beloved northern home are clear international leaders: Stories about incest and short form comedy. You want family dysfunction? We've got Lots of that. And sketch comedy? Yep, we got that, too. This is, after all, the land of Sctv and The Kids In The Hall. We are the land that gave America John Candy and Rick Moranis and Martin Short and Catherine O'Hara and Mike Myers and Jim Carrey and Andrea Martin and Samantha Bee and literally a host of others. And perhaps it is this rich history of sketch comedy that led the CBC - our generally...

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HumanSide Podcast: Flashing the Flashback Weekend and Scream Factory's Summer of Fear Release Schedule

22 hours ago

Hello humans and welcome back to HumanSide, the Podcast that looks at all things human in pop culture. taking a break from more serious stuff for the time being and using this episode to showcase a couple of fun things I really care about.  First up is Flashback Weekend, Chicagos longest running horror convention. This years event is Aug 5-7 and will include a Scream 20th Anniversary cast reunion, a pre-release cast reunion (huh?) from Rob Zombies new film 31, and special screenings of Phantasm 4K introduced by none other than director Don Coscarelli himself. You can listen to the podcast or find out more at Flashback Weekend  The meat of the episode is dedicated to exploring the June-August Scream Factory Summer of Fear home...

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Gamera Obscura: Star Trek and Its Funereal Optimism

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The first tipoff was in the title: Beyond. I didn’t get it initially because I just figured it was part of the franchise’s excursion into vague abstraction à la Into Darkness. Next up would surely be Star Trek Above It All or something similar. But I was wrong. The concept of the great beyond, of death, is front and center, in this newest installation of this ostensibly future-positive, life-affirming sci-fi series. “It’s easy to get lost in the vastness of space,” we hear, because “there is only yourself, your ship, your crew.” In short: dialogue that could have been penned by a cigarette-smoking Frenchman in the mid-twentieth century. Notice the absence of God, gods, overarching meaning or ideals, or even an oceanic phenomenon such as...

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New Klown Forever Trailer Blows Through The Bounds Of Good Taste

29 July 2016 12:55 PM, PDT

Danish comics Casper Christensen and Frank Hvam struck comic gold with Klown, a sort of running commentary of every negative impulse of maleness laid bare to hilarious results over the span of a six series television series and pair of hit films. And with that second film - Klown Forever - poised to hit Us screens and VOD on September 2nd a brand new trailer has arrived to demonstrate just exactly what that means. Klown Forever follows estranged best friends Casper Christensen and Frank Hvam as they travel to the States seeking fame, fortune and friendship, only to immediately dive head-first into an impressive array of wildly inappropriate misadventures and unforgettably mortifying social situations. When Casper attempts to break into Hollywood, Frank follows him to...

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Gantz:o Trailer Arrives!

29 July 2016 12:40 PM, PDT

Gantz:o - the latest adaptation of Oku Hiroya's popular manga - will soon have its world premiere in Venice leading up to its JApanese theatrical release and anxious fans awaiting a taste of the upcoming feature film have just got it in the form of the first trailer. For the unfamiliar, the Gantz story follows a young man named Kei resurrected after a seemingly fatal subway accident and forced to participate in a series of ultra violent missions at the behest of his unseen master. Since launching in 2000 the manga has spawned a long running anime series, a pair of live action feature films and now this CGI animated feature from director Kawamura Yasushi. The feature follows the Osaka arc of the Gantz manga...

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Lost Episode Festival: The 2016 Lineup Includes The Greasy Strangler And Under The Shadow

29 July 2016 11:00 AM, PDT

Often we talk about Toronto's embrassment of riches when it comes to film festivals and specialized screenings. You would be hard pressed to throw a Timbit in the air and not hit a festival screening. And local hero Johnny Larocque and his weekend long Lost Episode Film Festival (Left) is easily worth two Timbits. Left is coming up next weekend August 5th through 7th, giving local ScreenAnarchy readers a few days to sober up after the civic holiday weekend that starts today. With weekend passes almost sold out Johnny passed along a promo code for our readers in the local area. When you buy your tickets you can save 10% using the code Screenanarchy (case sensitive).  Read the full press release below and you will...

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Boys In The Trees: Watch The Fabulous Trailer For Dark, Venice Selected, Coming Of Age Fable

29 July 2016 10:05 AM, PDT

Writer-director Nicholas Verso makes his feature debut with the dark Halloween themed coming of age fable Boys In The Trees and if the freshly released trailer for the film is any indication it would appear that it marks the arrival of a truly significant new talent. It’s Halloween 1997 - the last night of high school for Corey, Jango and their skater gang, The Gromits. Childhood is over and adult life beckons. But for Corey, his past has some unfinished business. When he encounters Jonah, a former childhood friend but now victimised by Jango’s cruel streak, Corey takes pity on him and agrees to walk him home for old time’s sake. What starts off as a normal walk through empty suburban streets descends into something...

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Beware The Fearsome Power Of The Bourne Wipe

29 July 2016 9:30 AM, PDT

We've been big fans of Australian writer-director-vfx whiz Michael Shanks for some time now - check out his short film Time Trap here for an example of why - and he just dropped another little gem over on his YouTube channel. Titled The Bourne Wipe it posits a world where everyone's favorite disappearing act goes badly wrong. Check it out below!...

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Adam Wingard's Blair Witch Trailer Ventures Into The Woods

29 July 2016 9:00 AM, PDT

In this day and age when everyone seems to know everything way far in advance any amount of true surprise in the film world is, well, surprising. And rare. And so the simple fact that Lionsgate and director Adam Wingard managed to completely blindside the crowd at San Diego Comic Con by revealing that Wingard's upcoming horror picture The Woods was actually a super secretive sequel to The Blair Witch Project titled simply Blair Witch, that alone was a significant win. Throw in the fact that the film itself is - by all accounts - very very good and, hey, it would appear that one of the original viral phenomenons is getting itself a proper revival. It’s been 20 years since James’s sister and her...

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The Town of Devils

29 July 2016 9:00 AM, PDT

Corporeal Films present Devil Town... a new short from Nick Barrett - currently screened at La's Cinefest and available through Shorts TV and Dread Central/Ruthless Pictures soon...   'This one’s slowly creeping towards the top of my list for must-watches – Highly Recommended.' Dread Central  4 stars * * * *   'Terrific performances...this is a gripping, scary, clever film...well worth your time'   Mj Simpson Horror Review   'Crammed with clever influences...excruciatingly good' The Slaughtered Bird    ...

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The Many Faces Of Vincent Cassel

29 July 2016 8:00 AM, PDT

This week, the newest Jason Bourne film premieres, titled simply Jason Bourne, once again starring Matt Damon as the former super-assassin gone rogue. A new adventure means new friends and enemies of course, and it's here that we see a very welcome face appear: French actor Vincent Cassel. Few actors can boast to have the charisma of Vincent Cassel. While never the handsomest man in the cast, his sheer presence renders any discussion about looks moot. He just commands the screen and when necessary, makes it impossible to look away from him. An eclectic collection of choice roles, from eccentric to mainstream, has cemented his status as an actor to recon with. So once again I'm going to use sixteen close-ups of one of my...

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Mogwai, Cannibal Granny, Hypnotize The Jury Win Big at Naff

29 July 2016 8:00 AM, PDT

Three days of intense meetings and project pitches ended in a ceremony presentation of awards last night for the Naff, Asia's premiere gathering for genre film projects. 24 different film projects were pitched to several companies, with over 500 meetings taking place, a record for the event, and a testament to both the importance of BiFan as the premiere destination for genre cinema in Asia, and the work of those behind Naff to foster new talent. This year's (directors Joko Anwar and Yim Pil-Sung, producer and acquisitions consultant Annick Mahnert of Screen Division, and Head of Development and Production at Ivanhoe Pictures, Katherine Lee, scrutinized the projects on criteria of marketability and artistic strength. We here at ScreenAnarchy are especially proud. Our South Korean correspondant,...

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Criterion Roundup: Phoenix, Fantastic Planet and The In-laws

29 July 2016 7:00 AM, PDT

Suspense, belly-laughs and a jaw-dropping bit of adult oriented animation round this series of Criterion Collection reviews. I highly recommend them all.   In April the label released an edition of Phoenix (2014) a film which was nominated for, and won, a slew of awards from various film and critics groups. I’ve never really gotten used to Criterion releasing newer films. Their label was more about establishing a canon of classic cinema for me.   But most of the newer films they’ve chosen are so great it hardly seems worth complaining about. Phoenix falls cleanly into that category and, in fact, sits near the top of it. This is a movie that was bound to wind up being a Criterion Collection release someday.    Phoenix...

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BiFan 2016: Local Hits The Wailing and Karaoke Crazies Lead Award Winners

29 July 2016 6:00 AM, PDT

The winners have just been announced at the 20th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival in South Korea, with Na Hong-jin's fantastic thriller The Wailing scooping The Best of Bucheon award in the Bucheon Choice competition, as well as the Nh Audience Award. Meanwhile, the LG HiEntech Best Korean Fantastic Film award went to Kim Sang-chan's Karaoke Crazies, and Jo Sung-hee's The Phantom Detective won the Korean Fantastic Audience Award. Other notable wins include Babak Anvari's Iranian chiller Under the Shadow, which took the Bucheon Choice Jury award, Deepak Sampat was named Best Actor for Autohead, while Karin Viard won Best Actress for her role in 21 Nights with Pattie. Simon Cartwright's Manoman won Best Short Film, and Tim Ellrich's The Bathtub took both the Jury...

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Forgotten Classics – Kirk Wong’s Gunmen (1988)

29 July 2016 3:21 AM, PDT

Made in 1988, Gunmen is one of the better gangster thrillers to come out of Hong Kong cinema in the 1980’s. Unfortunately, due to its availability, the film seems to have become largely forgotten, having disappeared in the crowd of other but not necessarily better Hong Kong gangster films of the time. Loosely based on the Brain De-Palma film The Untouchables (1987), the film stars Tony Leung Ka-fai as Ding Chun – Bee as a police officer in 1930’s Shanghai. He ends up on the case of the evil Haye, played by veteran actor Adam Cheng. Haye is an opium smuggler who also happens to have history with Ding, due to him torturing Ding and his friends during the war, when he was a Chinese...

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Tonight She Comes Teaser is Old-School Horror Glee

28 July 2016 3:49 PM, PDT

I don't know a lot about filmmaker Matt Stuertz (Rwd), but I do know that I love this teaser trailer for his new flick, Tonight She Comes, which we have below. If you love old-school horror trailers, you'll recognize the techniques used. There's a lot of nostalgia thrown around in horror films lately, but this teaser looks genuinely fun.  Stuertz wrote, directed, and edited the film, and the original music was composed by Wojciech Golczewski (We Are Still Here, Late Phases, Beyond the Gates) --- which is even more exciting, because Golczewski knows his genre films. Tonight She Comes will be announcing festival dates soon, and I can't wait. What do you think of the teaser?...

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The Rocketeer to Become The Rocketeers, With Big Changes in Store

28 July 2016 1:30 PM, PDT

Disney is developing a reboot of The Rocketeer, to be headlined by a young African-American woman. Based on the graphic novel by Dave Stevens, the 1991 film version starred Bill Campbell as Cliff Secord, a pilot who comes into possession of an experimental jet pack in 1938 Los Angeles. Directed by Joe Johnston, the adventure was spirited and wholesome, featuring Jennifer Connelly as an aspiring actress (changed from her job as a nude, Betty Page-ish model in the source material), Alan Arkin as Cliff's mechanic mentor, and Timothy Dalton as Neville Sinclair, a swashbuckling actor (like Errol Flynn) who turns out to be a Nazi spy. The movie was affectionately nostalgic, wonderfully propulsive, included a variety of splendid old-fashioned action, and sadly, proved to be...

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XLrator Media Winds up North American Rights For The Windmill

28 July 2016 12:02 PM, PDT

Ahead of its world premiere at FrightFest next month XLrator Media has gotten ahead of the pack and secured the North American rights for Nick Jongerius' horror flick The Windmill. The distributor plans to release the film in October.    Releasing the film this close after the world premiere it seems unlikely that there will be any festival dates, and shared experiences, on our continent for this film. Bummer.    What we will get will be a combination of a limited theatrical release, multiple online platform releases followed by DVD and/or Blu-ray. The distributor is nothing if not thorough in getting their acquisitions out there.    Los Angeles (July 28, 2016) – XLrator Media has acquired North American distribution rights to the suspense thriller The...

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