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The Atticus Institute: Anchor Bay Investigates Demonic Possession

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Anchor Bay Entertainment will be releasing Chris Sparling's directorial debut The Atticus Institute on DVD and Blu-ray on January 20th, 2015. Sparling wrote the Ryan-Reynolds-in-a-box horror film Buried. Dubiously billed as 'The Only Case of Demonic Possession Recognized by the U.S Government' the film was produced by Peter Safran. Safran produced Buried, along with Annabelle and The Conjuring; so there is a background in horror film there. Then there are a handful of those awful spoof movies going back to 2000's Scary Movie and an upcoming spoof of the Fast & Furious films called Superfast! Just saying. 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....

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Five Flavours 2014 Review: Shadow Days, A Bold Critique Of China's Notorious One-Child Policy

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Zhao Dayong's meaningful and compelling drama Shadow Days offers an unflinching commentary on pressing social and cultural issues pertinent to contemporary China. The documentary maker's second foray into fiction, it revolves around an ordinary young couple who move into an isolated mountainside village in order to wait for their baby to arrive. Though they seek tranquility and safety in a place that at first feels like home, the horrors of reality soon come creeping into various domains of their everyday life.The picture opens with a breathtaking panoramic shot that perfectly captures the stunning natural beauty of the area surrounding the aforementioned poor provincial town. Yet that gorgeous panorama stands in stark contrast to the hauntingly realistic imagery that permeates almost every frame of the picture,...

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Roddy Piper Must Defeat Cthulhu And Close The Portal To Hell!!!

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What's this? Wrestling icon and star of John Carpenter's They Live, Rowdy Roddy Piper set to do battle with The Great Old One himself? Yes, that's right, Piper will face off with Cthulhu in the upcoming short film Portal To Hell and he needs your help to make the conflict as big and squishy as you'd hope such a thing may be.Jack (Roddy Piper) is a simple man with simple needs. Mostly he just needs to be left alone to read his book. It's a good book and he likes it, or at least he would if the tenants of the building he manages weren't so damn needy themselves. And it's not just blown fuses and clogged toilets here ... no, when the building power...

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Review: The Penguins Of Madagascar Rules The Animated Comedy Roost

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I don't know whether to call this a TV spin-off or a bigger franchise's "side project." Whatever it is, The Penguins of Madagascar is something fresh to me. I went in, kids in tow, knowing nothing. I haven't laughed this hard at a movie all year. No joke. My understanding is that before the Minions of Despicable Me stole the show from Steve Carrell's Gru (to the point of earning their own upcoming spin-off), there were these four adventuring talking penguins taking the spotlight away from the A-list animated antics of Ben Stiller and Chris Rock. Perhaps only the singing mice of Babe in 1995, occupying the margins with their transitional tunes, are the forerunners of them all. In criticizing the rash of studio generated 3-D animated feature...

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Destroy All Monsters: Wonder Women Can't All Be Mockingjays

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Please refrain from adding book spoilers in the comments for this piece, for the benefit of those who wish to see next year's Mockingjay conclusion fresh. One of the things I enjoy about The Hunger Games movies are their ability to comment subtly upon themselves, which continues with the latest entry, Mockingjay Part One. Katniss Everdeen - who is, in every way, the standing prototype for the empowered heroine of a modern major cross-demographic movie franchise - is unconvincing in her early conversations with President Coin about becoming the symbol for their revolution... until Katniss gets good and pissed off, at which point Plutarch Heavensbee calls for a freeze-frame, mentally adds some background smoke and blowing wind, and declares that that's their symbol. She's ceased...

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Mayhem Film Festival Presents The Created Woman Program In December!

25 November 2014 12:30 PM, PST

If you happen to find yourself in Nottingham, England during the weekend of December 5th through 7th then you should take some time out to attend the Mayhem Film Festival's program The Created Woman. Presented in partnership with Film Hub Central East and the BFI's nationwide Sci-Fi program 'Days of Fear and Wonder' this weekend long event will explore the theme of the created woman. It is a theme that gets explored a lot within the sci-fi genre, "through creating the "perfect" woman, creation gone wrong, constructing wives and daughters through to conjuring of the woman".Chris Cooke, Mayhem Co-Director and The Created Woman Co-Programmer, says: As part of an exciting science fiction strand we've put together an amazing programme of cult science fiction cinema. There is something for...

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Watch: Men In Funny Clothes In It's A Disaster Director Todd Berger's World Premiere Music Video For Maxie Dean's Tornado

25 November 2014 12:00 PM, PST

Nope it's not Kansas. It ain't Oz either. Instead it's La's trendy Echo Park neighborhood that plays home for this brand new music video for the band Maxie Dean's hit song Tornado. The world premiere of this stylized vid comes to us courtesy of director Todd Berger who you may know as member of the comedy troupe The Vacationeers and director of the 2013 apocalyptic laugher It's A Disaster. Here's what Mr. Berger had to say about his inspiration: We all know that L Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz was a satire of the 1890's Us economy with the Yellow Brick Road representing the reliance on the gold standard, The Scarecrow representing the plight of the American farmer, the Tin Man representing the...

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Meeting The Criterion: Heart And Minds

25 November 2014 11:30 AM, PST

It's a Criterion Christmas! I'll be using Meeting the Criterion as a convenient way of reminding you of many of the Criterion Collections great releases from the last year. Whether your Criterion Collection is organized by spine number, title or director there's a good chance you'll see some releases that are bound to end up on your must remember to get list. Older documentaries about war are easy to dismiss as old news, or bland history lessons. Indeed the endless spate of politicized docs makes it difficult for any film to rise above the white noise or do more than preach to the choir these days. But neither the passage of time or the now obvious point of view espoused by Peter Davis' Hearts and...

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Five Flavours 2014 Review: In The Dark, A Ridiculous Mess Of A Horror Film

25 November 2014 11:00 AM, PST

If there's one thing that may help the viewers at least partially understand why In The Dark is such a poorly executed and totally un-scary horror (or rather an accidental comedy masquerading as a supernatural horror), it's the following story: Promising Malaysian director Yeo Joon-han made a debut on the international film scene with a seemingly crowd-pleasing musical comedy Sell Out!. Despite successful festival run, the picture didn't gain much attention on home ground and became a huge box office flop, mainly because of various misconceptions regarding its concept and English-speaking cast. But the ambition-driven director didn't give up and immediately announced that his second feature will be a heartwarming family film. Unfortunately, the producers, worried that this particular project might also scare away potential ticket...

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Iranian Martial Arts Star Ramin Sohrab Kicks His Way Through The Malek Promo

25 November 2014 10:30 AM, PST

What's that? An Iranian martial arts star seems like an unlikely sort of thing to you? Well, I'd wager very few people were wondering where the next Iranian vampire story would come from before A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night sauntered through Sundance and that ended up working out just fine, so ...Meet Ramin Sohrab, the son of an Iranian martial arts master who spends at least part of his time in Finland - where he had some involvement in Aj Annila's Jade Warrior - but his focus now is on the Tehran set feature film Malek. With the film currently in development, Sohrab has released a promo reel which he directed and choreographed himself to show off both his skills and the look...

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The Stack: Holiday Gift Guide 2014, Episode One - Canfield Talks Squirm, Vincent Price, Werner Herzog, And More

25 November 2014 10:30 AM, PST

Happy Holidays from The Stack! I'm kicking off this year's massive holiday gift guide with a look at every single Scream Factory 2014 release. But do not worry I've got a ton of fun box sets and Se's to make the Blu-ray DVD lover in you squeal. The nice thing about Scream Factory releases is that they make great little stockin' stuffers. First up is Dolls (1987) directed by Stuart Gordon. It's a marvelous little fairy tale with gore shocker accents. Squirm (1976) directed by Jeff Lieberman finally hits blu-ray with a bait load of extras. Really exciting is the blu-ray release of the Vincent Price Collection II which contains beautiful transfers of seven Price classics; The Raven (1963), Return of the Fly (1959), House on Haunted Hill (1959), Dr. Phibes Rises...

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Trailer for Jurassic World Offers More of the Same (Dinosaurs)

25 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST

Can Star Lord (Chris Pratt) carry another Big Studio franchise title without Mixtape #1? If said franchise is heavy with dinosaurs, chase sequences and life finding a way, he may not have to carry much; only look up and grimace into the camera and then run. Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond.Directed by Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed), the fourth entry in the series is looking a lot like the first entry, sans any sense of wonder. Your mileage may vary in terms of desire to head back to the Park for another catastrophe at the hands of hubris, but nobody can be accused of re-inventing...

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Review: Death Metal Angola Rocks Our World

25 November 2014 9:01 AM, PST

Angola is the very definition of a war-torn African nation. The country endured almost constant war for the forty years prior to 2002. A lasting peace accord was finally reached, but four decades of violence have decimated Angola's cultural legacy, and left a populace deeply wounded by the ravages of war. This is the backdrop for Death Metal Angola, a documentary about the surprising, and thriving, death metal scene in the West African country. Anchoring this inspired film is an almost transcendental couple; Sonia Ferreira and Wilker Flores live and breathe hardcore rock and roll, and dream of holding the first-ever national rock concert in their war-torn city of Huambo. They also run the Okutiuka Orphanage, where Ferreira is "mother" to 55 children. These youths prove...

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Crowdfund This: Aussie Scifi Subject 14 Asks Who Is Contacting Us From The Future?

25 November 2014 8:31 AM, PST

The producers of writer-director Seth Larney's science fiction project Subject 14 have set an ambitious goal for themselves, aiming to raise a hundred thousand Australian dollars in a crowd funding campaign to get the project off the ground. But given the quality of the material, an unusual transmedia approach and the presence of Battlestar Galactica producer Michael Rymer on the team - as is Oscar nominated director Luke Doolan, serving here as editor - I very much hope they make their goal.From a dystopian future, where the planet has been deforested and an oxygen crisis consumes the lives of many on earth, a young man is forced into a newly developed time machine, when a message is received from the future with his name in...

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Latin Beat: Mexican Film Community United For Ayotzinapa's 43 Missing Students

25 November 2014 7:00 AM, PST

As I write this, the aftershock of a grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer for shooting and killing a man in Ferguson, Missouri, is dominating the news here in the U.S. Of course, angry protests are not limited to the U.S., and last week demonstrations were held in Mexico City. Why the protests, and how and why did the Mexican film community respond? Our own Eric Ortiz Garcia, who is based in Mexico City, reports. (See below.)...

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Meeting The Criterion: It's A Criterion Christmas And You Get Riot In Cell Block 11

25 November 2014 6:00 AM, PST

It's a Criterion Christmas! I'll be using Meeting the Criterion as a convenient way of reminding you of many of the Criterion Collections great releases from the last year. Whether your Criterion Collection is organized by spine number, title or director there's a good chance you'll see some releases that are bound to end up on your must remember to get list. First up I'm looking at Riot in Cell Block 11. Made in 1954 this is a treasure trove for classic cinema lovers . You get performances by a large number of highly recognizable character actors. Neville Brand the heavy in countless westerns and film noires like D.O. A. (1950) and great classics like Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) and Stalag 17 (1953),  just shines here as the leader of...

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Crowdfund This: A Pilot For A Cannon Busters Animated Series

25 November 2014 2:00 AM, PST

Writer-director LeSean Thomas is primarily known for his work on famed animated series The Boondocks (which he co-directed), as well as working on Legend of Korra and Black Dynamite: The Animated Series. Now, he wants to make an animated series based on his own graphic novel Cannon Busters, described as "What happened if The Wizard of Oz met The Hidden Fortress with influences derived from Escaflowne, hip-hop, and classic RPGs". Taking the official story synopsis: Follow the adventures and exploits of S.A.M, a high-end, royal-class friendship droid who's joined by a quirky, discarded maintenance robot and a brash, deadly fugitive. Together, the unlikely trio embarks on an unforgettable journey in a fantastic and dangerous world in search of S.A.M's best friend, the heir to a...

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Hey Australia! Win Tickets To See Kwak Jae-young's Meet Miss Anxiety In Cinemas!

24 November 2014 7:00 PM, PST

South Korean director Kwak Jae-young is best known for his classic romantic comedy My Sassy Girl (2001). His latest film Meet Miss Anxiety has a predominatly Chinese cast that includes Zhou Xun, Tong Dawei, Wallace Chung and Zhang Zilin. It is the director's first film since 2008, when Cyborg She and My Mighty Princess were released.  Thanks to its distributor Magnum Films, we have Five double passes to give away to our readers. For a chance to win, all you have to do is to follow these two steps:1) Like the Magnum Film Facebook page, and2) Email your name and postal address to me at: hugo[at]twitchfilm.netMeet Miss Anxiety will open in Australian cinemas on December 5, and this competition will close at 3pm on December 2. -- Good...

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Shot Entirely On An iPhone, Check Out The Trailer For Indie Horror Jennifer Help Us

24 November 2014 1:00 PM, PST

Whenever I come across a project like indie horror Jennifer Help Us from writer / director Juan Ortiz I am reminded of an interview I read once with U2 guitar player The Edge. The interviewer asked about what sort of guitars The Edge likes, obviously wanting to get into a detailed conversation about gear. His answer? "I like black ones." The implication being that if you know what you're doing, and you know the strengths and limits of whatever equipment you're using, you can get a good result no matter what. Which is where I point out that Ortiz shot his entire feature film using only an iPhone 4s. But you'd never know it to look at it.Jennifer Help Us is a story about a...

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Benson And Moorhead's Spring Wins Paris International Fantastic Film Festival

24 November 2014 12:30 PM, PST

The 2014 edition of the Paris International Fantastic Film Festival has just wrapped up and while we await an English press release of the festival award winners, well ... we don't actually have to wait for the press release because they're all listed on the website. And at the top of the list as the Best International Feature Film is Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson's Spring. Also awarded in the features prizes is Fabrice du Welz's Alleluia, which takes the Cine+ Frisson Award with awarded short films including Spencer Brown's The Boy With A Camera For A Face, Remy Rondeau's Puzzle, and Lorenzo Recio's Shadow.[Full disclosure: I'm a credited executive producer on Spring so while Aaron and Justin (and Dave Lawson and a bunch of...

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