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Pretty Packaging: An Uncensored Evil Dead Has Finally Arrived In Germany

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(All good things to those who wait, as the saying goes, but apparently that applies to some evil things too...) Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead is one of the most infamous films of the eighties, and like with Godzilla, it's the only serious entry in a very fun franchise. Technically from 1981, it crept across the globe at a snail's pace, creating a grassroots following, and many countries only got the film years later. We in the Netherlands actually had to wait until 1983, but at least we were among the lucky ones who got to see it uncut. Surrounding countries were ready with scissors, snipping its fleshy bits away with the same violent eagerness as the film's demons. Take Germany, where the film got...

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Watch Creepy Short Abdullah, Enjoy Death Waltz Recording

21 April 2017 12:00 PM, PDT

One of the joys of programming short films is seeing how they travel the world, engaging with diverse audiences, and eventually becoming available for everyone to enjoy. Such is the case with Abdullah, written and directed by Evrim Ersoy (currently Head of Programming at Fantastic Fest). After its world premiere at FrightFest in 2014, and its many festival appearances, it's now available for your viewing enjoyment. This haunting film, shot beautifully on 35mm, tells the story of Abdullah, a Turkish minicab driver in London, who spends his days mostly alone and lonely, working a dull job, until one night he's set to perform a rather unusual and dangerous task. But to add to the excitement, Mondo's Death Waltz Records is releasing an exclusive vinyl (yup,...

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Promo for The Endless: How Many Aarons and Justins Does the World Need?

21 April 2017 10:35 AM, PDT

As much as we at ScreenAnarchy love the films of Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson, we also love how creative they are at promoting their films and documenting their travels around the world. And on the eve of the world premiere of their third feature film The Endless (tonight at Tribeca Film Festival), they've released yet another wonderfully weird promotional video. It's creeping me out almost as much as the clip from the film released earlier this week. Check it out below:...

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70s Rewind: Zardoz, Much More Than Sean Connery Running Around in a Loincloth

21 April 2017 8:00 AM, PDT

James Bond running around in a loincloth. That may be the singular image that comes to mind when Zardoz is mentioned. If another image pops, it's likely "giant statue of a head flying through the air." Out of context, the images are simultaneously silly and striking, and even more so in the context of the era in which they were born. In early 1974, newspaper and television advertising imprinted those images on my mind, though, underage as I was, I wasn't sufficiently daring to sneak out and see the R-rated movie for myself. In the 43 years that have passed, I saw it once or twice on television, but a recent viewing of Twilight Time's Blu-ray release made me wonder, initially: 'What on earth was...

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Tribeca 2017: Ten Notable Fest Selections

21 April 2017

The Tribeca Film Festival returns for its 16th edition, running at various venues through April 30. As usual, it doesn't lack for boldface names and big events, opening with Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, a documentary about the legendary music mogul, accompanied with a concert featuring some of his discoveries, folks you may have heard of named Aretha Franklin, Carly Simon, Dionne Warwick, Earth Wind, and Fire, Barry Manilow, and Jennifer Hudson. Closing out the festival on April 29 is a double feature of The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II, followed by a talk with principal creators Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, and Talia Shire. A nostalgic vibe will also be stoked by a 25th anniversary screening...

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Getaway Driver: Hold on to Your Pug in This Short Film by Abner Pastoll

20 April 2017 9:00 PM, PDT

Take a couple minutes out of your day to enjoy some top shelf stunt driving in Abner Pastoll's two minute short film Getaway Driver.    The UK director of Road Games and the upcoming A Good Woman in Hard to Find got together with stunt drivers Stephanie Carey and Tony Lucken. and together with Mabel the pug made a dandy demonstration of how to film a car chase in a parkade. A dandy example of how to film a car chase anywhere.    The music is by Makeup and Vanity Set, which we have written about their work before here at ScreenAnarchy.    Turn up the volume and blow it up full screen for Abner Pastoll's Getaway Driver!   ...

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First Round Down: Hitmen And Hockey Come Together in New Trailer For Canadian Comedy

20 April 2017 7:00 PM, PDT

The Canadian indie comedy First Round Down will begin its theatrical run here in Toronto on May 5th at a sold out screening at the Carlton cinema. The release is being handled by our friends at Unobstructed View and there is a second trailer to share with lovers of all things hockey and pizza delivering hitmen.    First Round Down revolves around Tim Tucker, a former hockey prodigy, who returns home to take care of his younger brother after their parents die. Having spent the last ten years as a hit man for the mob, Tim now lives on the straight and narrow as a pizza delivery driver, laying low and paying the bills. However, a chance encounter with his former girlfriend, coupled with the...

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Documentary The Rise Of The Synths to release companion album in May on Lakeshore Records

20 April 2017 6:40 PM, PDT

For the uninitiated, “synthwave” is an electronic style of music heavily influenced by the 80’s, video games, and artists like John Carpenter or Vangelis. In recent years, this retro sound has been making a major comeback and a whole slew of new artists are emerging, re-creating a sound so many of us have longed for. With films like It Follows and The Guest adopting the sound, it was only a matter of time before TV shows did the same, just listen to the phenomenal soundtrack to Stranger Things. Director Ivan Castell and producer Javier Moreno are putting together The Rise Of The Synths, a documentary that will explore the history and resurgence of the genre through interviews with all the major players. To celebrate, Lakeshore...

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Aussie Creature Feature Boar Picked up by Universal Australia

20 April 2017 5:30 PM, PDT

What the we do not have in the world of fantastic cinema is enough killer pig movies. It has been a few years since we had a rash of them between '08 and '10. It has been even longer since the nation of Australia has had a killer pig creature feature. I believe you would have to go back to 1984s Razorback for that. That is about to change as Chris Sun's fourth film Boar has been picked up by Universal Australia for local distribution.    Considering the international talent attached to the production one cannot help but wonder if there are any festival circuit plans for the creature feature from Down Under. Horror icon Bill Mosely is in it. Mad Max Fury Road's Nathan...

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Pilgrimage: Tom Holland And Jon Bernthal Spread Faith And Spill Blood in First Trailer

20 April 2017 3:30 PM, PDT

To those of you out there who like their action cinema bathed with the blood of their Saviour And its victims have we got a trailer for you. Behold action brethren and sistren, the trailer for Brendan Muldowney's period action film Pilgrimage has come to us from the heavens!    Ireland, 1209. A small group of monks begin a reluctant pilgrimage across an island torn between centuries of tribal warfare and the growing power of Norman invaders.  As they escort their monastery’s holiest relic to Rome, the true value of the bejeweled relic becomes dangerously apparent and their path becomes increasingly fraught with danger.   Directed by Brendan Muldowney (Savage, Love Eternal) and written by Jamie Hannigan, Pilgrimage stars the 'got them before they became...

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The Beguiled Trailer Offers Stylish Blood And Sex In A Boarding School For Girls

20 April 2017 12:30 PM, PDT

I am not sure how much of the trailer for Sophia Coppola’s new film, The Beguiled, constitues as spoiler or not. I have never read Thomas P. Cullinan’s novel, "A Painted Devil," nor have I seen the Don Siegel/Clint Eastwood 1971 version of the film.   But I am guessing the marketing department figures with the existence of these other properties, they might as well sell the ‘turn’ to get butts in seats.    Either way, I am always interested in these kinds of stories, the kind set in such self-contained worlds of a boarding school or orphanage -- fine examples include Picnic At Hanging Rock, If…, Cracks, Melody, or The Devil’s Backbone.    Sophia Coppola has assembled a compelling and talented cast including Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Elle...

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Plena Stellarum: Watch Matthew Wade's 'Peculiar' Short Film

20 April 2017 12:00 PM, PDT

At the beginning of the year I wrote about an animated short film by Matthew Wade called Plena Stellarum. It was about to screen at Slamdance after an already lengthy festival circuit tour. Now, on the verge of the Spring thaw Wade's short film is now available for public consumption and you can watch it below.    Neon ghosts dream in dead landscapes, the genesis of consciousness begins to explore finite territories and infinite loops within the digital walls of amusement, and a creature born of abstraction interferes with a simple system never meant to be pushed so far.  I was allowed to watch Wade's short film from the comfort of my home before posting about it in January and these were my thoughts.  ...

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Tribeca 2017: Watch The Teaser For Kasra Farahani's Thriller Tilt

20 April 2017 11:30 AM, PDT

Kasra Farahani's thriller, Tilt, will have its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this Saturday in the Midnight Section. The teaser trailer was sent out late this morning and we can share that with you below.    All seems normal with Joseph and Joanne. Joanne is pregnant with their first child. Life in their little urban house is cozy and familiar. But something is off about Joseph. He doesn’t seem excited about the baby. Work on his documentary is becoming increasingly untethered. As Joseph struggles to maintain the routines of his domestic life, his mask begins to slip. Late at night, while Joanne thinks he is working, Joseph prowls the streets of Los Angeles, deliberately courting danger. Joanne is growing worried about Joseph’s odd behavior....

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Sony Will Spin the Wheel Of Time

20 April 2017 11:00 AM, PDT

Sony has thrown down the guantlet, committing to produce Robert Jordan's hugely popular and expansive fantasy series, "The Wheel of Time", in partnership with Red Eagle Entertainment and Radar Pictures. Variety reports that Rafe Judkins (Agents of Shield, Hemlock Grove) will write and executive produce. Jordan's widow Harriet McDougal is along to serve as consulting producer. There are 14 novels in the "Wheel of Time" book series, starting with "The Eye of the World" in 1990 and concluding with 2013's a "A Memory of Light," which Brandon Sanderson wrote following Jordan's death. "The Wheel of time" is the latest high fantasy series tapped for TV production following the success of HBO's Game of Thrones. Patrick Rothfuss' "King Killer" series is at Lionsgate while Brandon Sanderson's...

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Mom & Me Trailer: Your First Look at The Trailer, Just in Time For Mother's Day

20 April 2017 10:00 AM, PDT

With Mother's Day coming up (May 14th if you needed the reminder) you may be looking for something above flowers and a card to do with mom this year.   You may want to grab some tissue, head to your local cinema, and watch Ken Wardrop’s documentary Mom & Me. If you do not like to be seen crying in public you can also watch it at home on VOD.    To test your emotional waters ScreenAnarchy has been given the first look at the trailer and poster for the theatrical and VOD release coming up on May 5th.    Writer-director Ken Wardrop’s “deeply affecting documentary” Mom & Me has been acquired by Uncork’d Entertainment for a U.S theatrical and VOD release May 5.  ...

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Interview: Actress/Creator Suzanne Schmidt Delivers an Empowering Laugh with Hey You, It’S Me

20 April 2017 9:00 AM, PDT

Can you feel it? There seems to be a rise in female artists creating projects that tell stories about interesting women these days. Of course, Hollywood has traditionally been reluctant to produce these lady tales, tossing the scripts into the ‘chick-flick’ abyss. Well, move over boys, because this exactly where the indie creators have risen to the challenge.   Now, I’m not sure if audiences have developed their recent taste for women-power from Shonda Rhimes’ uber-ladies or if was the pink knitted hats, but something is definitely different. Women make up more than half the population, so it’s about time we see their stories – which don’t involve a cat-fight or man to the rescue.   One such project is the new comedy web series...

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Review: Free Fire, Bullet-riddled Mayhem From Beginning to End

20 April 2017 8:00 AM, PDT

At about 15 minutes into Ben Wheatley’s sixth feature film Free Fire, it becomes pretty clear we're probably not leaving this room anytime soon. But that is totally cool. This bold storytelling gambit works because Wheatley and his collaborators (notably co-screenwriter/editor Amy Jump) have finely crafted the drama to continually up the ante, revealing just enough about who these characters are and what they're really up to. Oh and there are a shit ton of guns, too. It doesn’t take particularly long to figure out the plot. A wily cast of characters show up for an arms deal. They're led by Cillian Murphy on one side (the buyers) and Sharlto Copley on the other (the sellers). Brie Larson and Armie Hammer are there as well...

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Hey Australia! Win Tickets to See Love Off The Cuff in Cinemas!

19 April 2017 4:30 PM, PDT

The love story between Cherie and Jimmy, which started in Love In A Puff (2010) and continued in Love In The Buff (2012), now comes to a new chapter in Love Off The Cuff.   Hong Kong director Pang Ho Cheung reteams with stars Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yue for the third part of this popular film series.    Thanks to Magnum Films, we have Five double passes for the film 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, and   2) Email your name and postal address to me at: hugo[at]screenanarchy.com   Love Off The Cuff will open in Australian cinemas...

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Mads Mikkelsen to Wage War on the Elements in Arctic, A Survival Thriller

19 April 2017 2:05 PM, PDT

Stranded in the Arctic, Mads Mikkelsen must fight to survive. Ticket sold! Admittedly, I'm an easy mark for anything involving Mads Mikkelsen, whose career I have happily followed ever since seeing him in Flickering Lights (2000). Others here at ScreenAnarchy go back even further, to his breakout role in Nicolas Winding Refn's Pusher (1996), a lacerating, brutal movie in which Mikkelsen is something of a phenom. Even as he made more polished films like The Green Butchers and Adam's Apples, he started to catch the attention of Hollywood, leading to his international breakthrough in Casino Royale. In recent years, he made the diabolical TV show Hannibal and appeared in 2016 as a delicious villain in Doctor Strange and a heroic father in Rogue One. Next...

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Exclusive Clip: Zen Dog, Dreaming Across the Country

19 April 2017 10:01 AM, PDT

In our exclusive clip from Zen Dog, a young man finds something that will prove to be extremely valuable. According to the synopsis: "Trapped by daily routine, a man (Kyle Gallner) experiences complete freedom by dreaming himself across the country in a psychedelic Volkswagen with the guiding words of philosopher Alan Watts." Whoa! Watts was a British philosopher who helped popularize Buddhist teachings in the 1950s and 60s. Zen Dog itself is entirely fictional and appears to be more about a man's search for meaning in life -- or at least being open to new experiences that may make life more satisfying. The film was shot on location throughout the U.S. Zen Dog will screen at the Newport Beach Film Festival in Southern California on...

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