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Cash Only: Film Buff Steals Away Worldwide Rights For Crime Drama

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Tremendous news out of New York today. FilmBuff has announced that they have picked up the worldwide rights to Malik Bader's raw and thrilling Detroit-based crime drama, Cash Only. There will be no shortage of ways to catch the film in the U.S. this spring. They are planning a theatrical release, coinciding with a release on VOD on the same day. Keep an eye out for it and other ways to catch the film in your corner of the globe. Nickola Shreli (Abduction), who also wrote the film's screenplay, plays Elvis Martini, a struggling landlord at the end of his rope. Days away from losing his building to bank foreclosure, he can't pay back thousands in cash borrowed from dangerous the Albanian underworld. His building is in shambles,...

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Rotterdam 2016 Review: Paths Of The Soul Shows Purpose In Pilgrimage

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Years ago, when Blu-ray was a new platform and newly acquired by me, I searched the world for the most spectacular discs to play. Be it the Us-release of Baraka or the Hong Kong release of Red Cliff, I'd import it. But few discs were as stunning as the Chinese documentary series Asian Corridor in Heaven from 2007, which showed the (then) current travel over the old trade routes through the Himalayas. While the discs are in 1080i instead of 1080p, and some of the camerawork looks washed out due to the intense Uv at the snowy heights, most of the footage in it is so often jawdroppingly gorgeous that the boxset is still one of my dearest possessions in my collection. In fact, each...

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The Purge: Election Year First Trailer: Wanna Kill A Politician?

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Following The Purge, which terrorized Ethan Hawke and his family at their suburban home, and The Purge: Anarchy, which followed Frank Grillo as he sought his own sort of vengeance in the city, The Purge: Election Year finds Mr. Grillo evidently employed as a bodyguard for politician Elizabeth Mitchell, who is sufficiently daring to suggest that the U.S. legislation known as "the purge" should be repealed. James DeMonaco returns as writer/director. The first trailer for the new film suggests it will very much be in the fashion of the two previous installments; though they were more social dramas than horror thrillers, as advertised, both had their moments. And the new movie may be just what we need in the middle of a very long political year.You...

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Now On Blu-ray: Frederick Friedel's Axe And Kidnapped Coed Given New Life By Severin Films

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Let me give it to you straight. Before Severin Films announced their Blu-ray double feature of Frederick Friedel's Axe (Lisa, Lisa) and Kidnapped Coed (The Kidnap Lovers), I had never heard of the films or the filmmaker. I don't think I'm alone in that ignorance either. The two films came and went in relative obscurity, without much in the way of fanfare or home video follow up to build any kind of following. Leave it to Severin to right this particular wrong, though, and they do it up big with one of their most impressive collections yet, and one that certainly deserves discovery.Axe and Kidnapped Coed, Friedel's two mid seventies horror films, were strictly regional affairs, remnants of the time when films would play this drive-in,...

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Destroy All Monsters: What Does God Need With A Starship?

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Not having gotten much out of the Coens' Ex Machina (Hail, Caesar!) over the weekend -- how wry is too wry, I asked myself? -- I started hunting and pecking for other representations of the divine on film. Not being generally possessed of much imagination, I ended up with Star Trek V: The Final Frontier: the one where Captain Kirk and friends go off and try to meet God. Or so its logline is widely reputed to be. Actually, to say that anyone in the film (save Spock's crazy/emotional half-brother, Sybok) is actively searching for the Creator would be a stretch. Some of the crew of the Starship Enterprise get bamboozled or brainwashed (it's never clear which) into joining Sybok's quest, but it's pretty well...

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Meet Iron Sky: The Coming Race Leading Lady Obi Washington In New Character Teaser

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With the Moon-Nazi base crumbling and dinosaurs roaming the center of the earth humanity's last hope lies in one woman. Meet Obi Washington, the heroic figure at the center of upcoming scifi comedy Iron Sky: The Coming Race, who is now unveiled in a brand new character teaser for the film. And with post-production now under way on the film the producers - no strangers to engaging with their fans - are taking the bold step of opening up a pair of rough cut screenings to their crowd funding supporters to take feedback on the edit process. And while test screenings are certainly nothing new to the industry these ones are unusual both in the fact that they are waaaaaaaaaaaay earlier in the process than...

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Hostage To The Devil: Who Is The Devil Really After?

9 February 2016 6:30 PM, PST

Depending on your school of thought the idea of Satan is a load of hokum, or, he is very real. Take that one step further and he is your best friend, or, your worst enemy. I imagine that Jesuit priest Father Malachi Martin fell into the latter. The documentary Hostage to the Devil follows events surrounding the final exorcism carried out by Father Martin. We have the trailer for your viewing pleasure, or terror. Over 5 years in production, director Marty Stalker has made a film which examines age old questions about the existence of the Devil and the debate over good Vs evil, all through the life of a controversial Irish-born Jesuit priest, Fr Malachi Martin.Using first person-interviews with paranormal royalty such as Lorraine Warren, Ralph...

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SXSW Announces Midnight Films, Shorts & More

9 February 2016 12:22 PM, PST

The film component of SXSW just released its programs for midnight films, shorts, special events, and festival favorites. Among the films chosen, the 2016 SXSW Film Festival Mike Flanagan's Hush; Micky Keating's Carnage Park; Don Coscarelli's Phantasm: Remastered restoration ala J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot (Rip Angus); The Greasy Strangler from Jim Hosking and SpectreVision; Simon Rumley's Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word; Babak Anvari's Under The Shadow; and I Am A Hero from Shinsuke Sato, which is "Japan's first major zombie movie based on a blockbuster manga series."The Documentary Spotlight features some interesting selections, like The Hollywood Shorties, a 1980s professional basketball team comprised entirely of dwarves; Beware The Slenderman, which focuses on the urban legend phenomenon and its effects on children; Chicken People, an exploration of the world of competitive,...

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Review: Southbound, Like Twilight Zone For The Indie Horror Generation

9 February 2016 12:00 PM, PST

A lonely stretch of highway through the middle of nowhere provides ample fodder for the directors of Southbound, a new anthology project that reunites much of the creative team behind previous anthology hit V/H/S with a similarly high quality result. While most anthology projects tend to be developed with each segment in isolation from one another the creators of Southbound chose to take another approach with the segments directly linked into one another with the entire piece weaving into a whole that plays like Twilight Zone for the indie horror generation. Linked or not, these things are always easier to approach in individual chunks and given that there are only four creative teams here we'll look at each individually.Four man collective Radio Silence open and...

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Raven Banner To Scare Up Sales In Berlin For The Evil In Us

9 February 2016 12:00 PM, PST

Toronto based Raven Banner Entertainment will be representing worldwide sales for the horror flick The Evil In Us at Efm in Berlin. It is the feature film debut from Canadian filmmaker Jason William LeeThe Evil In Us tells the story of six best friends who fall victim to a terrorist organization when they unknowingly take a bio-active drug that transforms them into bloodthirsty cannibals. The guys passed along their promotional poster and a trailer to give horror fans a bloody good taste of what is to come in Lee's film. Have a look below. ...

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Giveaway: Win Lucio Fulci's A Lizard In A Woman's Skin On Blu-ray from Mondo Macabro And TwitchFilm

9 February 2016 11:00 AM, PST

Today marks the release of Mondo Macabro's wonderful Blu-ray for Lucio Fulci's A Lizard in a Woman's Skin. Earlier today we posted a review, but the crux of it is that you want this disc if you're a horror or giallo fan.We don't often get giveaways for Mondo Macabro, but we got lucky this time and ended up with an extra copy of the disc that we'd love to share with you! But before I give you instructions on how you can enter, here's what Mm has to say about the film and presentation:Carol Hammond (Florinda Bolkan, Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion) is a sophisticated politician's daughter who experiences a series of vivid, psychedelic nightmares drenched in depraved sex orgies and LSD. The dreams...

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Manoj Bajpayee Gets Spiritual In The New Short Film Taandav

9 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST

I'm a huge fan of both director Devashish Makhija and actor Manoj Bajpayee, so when I heard that they'd made a film together I rushed to find it. The resulting product, a short titled Taandav, is absolutely fantastic. While shorts often get short shrift when we talk about independent films, and most are only ever seen at film festivals, in India the paradigm is shifting a bit and shorts have become a more accepted form of expression in the cinema. A little bit about the main talent here before I go any further. Devashish Makhija first came to my attention almost three years ago as the director of an Oriya language film titled Oonga. The film played the New York Indian Film Festival in 2013...

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Now on Blu-ray: A Lizard In A Woman's Skin From Mondo Macabro

9 February 2016 9:00 AM, PST

This week home video specialists Mondo Macabro release one of their highest profile Blu-ray titles yet, Lucio Fulci's 1971 giallo A Lizard in a Woman's Skin. The film has long been on collectors' most wanted lists for an HD upgrade, but before this there wasn't much to look forward to. A French Blu-ray was released last year, but it was relatively expensive and had it's own minor failings. Mondo Macabro has learned from the mistakes of that release to put together their own definitive version of one of Fulci's most under appreciated gems.If you only know Lucio Fulci as the director of ultra violent zombie films like Zombie, The Beyond, and City of the Living Dead, or even his other late '70s-early '80s horror films...

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Review: In Visaranai, The Truth Will Never Set You Free

9 February 2016 8:00 AM, PST

In 2012, two mob movies came out of India that really made me stand up and take notice. One was Anurag Kashyap's five hour, seventy year epic Gangs of Wasseypur, a Cannes favorite that went on to worldwide critical success. The other was Vetri Maran's low budget Tamil language, Madurai set Aadukalam, a story about a small time hood looking to grab his piece of the piece by any means necessary. Aadukalam did not go on to set the international festival circuit on fire, but those who saw it knew they'd seen something special. Not only was the film incredibly engaging and filled with well-defined characters, it also marked a massive star turn for Dhanush, a young man now acknowledged as one of India's greatest...

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River: Watch The New And Intense Trailer For Jamie M. Dagg's Thriller

9 February 2016 7:30 AM, PST

Elevation Pictures will be releasing Jamie M. Dagg's Laos set thriller River on March 4th. They have just released the full trailer for the flick and it gives just a taste of the intensity this film has.In the south of Laos, an American volunteer doctor becomes a fugitive after he intervenes in the sexual assault of a young woman. When the assailant's body is pulled from the Mekong River, things quickly spiral out of control. River stars Rossif Sutherland of the Clan Sutherland, Vithaya Pansringarm (Only God Forgives) and Douangmany Soliphanh (Mattie Do's Chantalay and upcoming Dear Sister). Mattie was also the Laos producer and our own Todd Brown is an executive producer. ...

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Have Your Say: If You Were Getting One Film-related Tattoo, What Would It Be?

9 February 2016 7:00 AM, PST

Ah, tattoos. Some are ugly, some are gobsmackingly beautiful. Me, I don't have any. Mother nature has seen fit to adorn the canvas which covers me with a wide variety of birthmarks, lumps and hairs, and frankly I'm worried about the amount of plastic surgery necessary to clear a spot for a decent-sized tattoo. Looking at my arm, for instance, I'd assume some form of napalm or agent orange would need to be applied first. More importantly, even with modern medical science I'd still consider a tattoo to be permanent, as in forever, to have it on you until you die. And my tastes are just too fickle to trust for that kind of commitment. I shudder when I think what tattoos I might have...

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Rotterdam 2016 Review: Too Young To Die! Is One Hell Of A Load Of Fun

9 February 2016 6:30 AM, PST

(...and no Jamiroquai in sight...) The Japanese writer-director Kudô Kankurô has his heart in a quirky place, and has proven that already several times over. As a scriptwriter he wrote Zebraman for director Miike Takashi, The Apology King for director Mizuta Nobuo, and adapted Matsumoto Taiyō's famous manga Ping Pong into a live-action script for director Sori Fumihiko. As a director, he made Yaji and Kita - The Midnight Pilgrims and The Shonen Merikensack (also known as Brass Knuckle Boys). These are all great, zany films for sure, and very silly in places. But they are also somewhat more intelligently put together than you'd expect at first, and often contain moments of true poignancy. Enter his newest film Too Young to Die!, which had its...

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Giveaway: Win A Copy Of Badge Of Honor On DVD

9 February 2016 6:00 AM, PST

Agustin's crime drama Badge of Honor came out on DVD last week and we have three DVDs to giveaway. On  her  first  day of  the  job,  brand  new Internal  Affairs  detective,  Jessica  Dawson (Mena Suvari),  gets  caught  up  in  the  aftermath of  a  violent  drug  bust  that  includes  an  officer shooting  of  an innocent young teenager. The facts, as reported by the two narcotic detectives, just don't seem to add up. As she struggles to find the truth, the ramifications of a single lie reverberate throughout the whole precinct.  Soon she  finds  she  can't trust  anyone,  including the  precinct  captain (Martin  Sheen).  In this gritty  crime  thriller that  could  be  ripped from  today's  headlines, it's  cop  vs.  cop  in  a deadly  fight  for honor.As with our...

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High Rise: Watch The Full Theatrical Trailer For Wheatley's Latest

9 February 2016 5:30 AM, PST

Tom Hiddleston and Luke Evans anchor the cast of High Rise, the Ben Wheatley adaptation of Jg Ballard's novel. And while the cast may have gotten much higher profile than the norm for Wheatley the filmmakers underlying anarchic spirit remains very much intact.1975. Two miles west of London, Dr. Robert Laing moves into his new apartment seeking soulless anonymity, only to find that the building's residents have no intention of leaving him alone. Resigned to the complex social dynamics unfolding around him, Laing bites the bullet and becomes neighbourly. As he struggles to establish his position, Laing's good manners and sanity disintegrate along with the building. The lights go out and the lifts fail but the party goes on. People are the problem. Booze is...

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Giveaway: Win A Copy Of Painkillers On DVD

9 February 2016 5:00 AM, PST

Peter Winther's Painkillers has been out on DVD in the U.S. for a couple weeks now and if you have not picked up a copy yet we have two to give away this week. And because we are late to game on this one we are going to make it a quick turn around and give them away in the next 24 hours. Time is of the essence, people. This contest is open to U.S. residents only and we will accept entries up to 8am Pst tomorrow (Wednesday, February 10th) morning. When you have the answer to the question below e-mail me here. Painkillers director Peter Winther produced a lot of the films of which director, well known for his work in the 90s?Shoot me an e-mail with...

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