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Horror Channel FrightFest 2016 Day 3 Highlights

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UK genre fans are currently enjoying five days of nailbiting action with the 2016 edition of the Horror Channel FrightFest now underway in Shepherd's Bush, London, and we are chronicling the event with the official FrightFest TV daily highlights packages. Day Three's subjects? Director Steve Barker discusses The Rezort; Director James Crow discusses House Of Salem; Director Brad Watson discusses Hallows Eve; Director Lawrie Brewster discusses The Unkindness Of Ravens; Directors Phillip Escott and Craig Newman discuss Cruel Summer; Director Marcel Walz discusses Blood Feast; Director Jackson Stewart and Actors Jesse Merlin and Graham Skipper discuss Beyond The Gates; Director Jon Ford discusses Offensive; and Director Anna Biller discusses The Love Witch....

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Horror Channel FrightFest 2016 Day 2 Highlights

27 August 2016 6:12 AM, PDT

UK genre fans are currently enjoying five days of nailbiting action with the 2016 edition of the Horror Channel FrightFest now underway in Shepherd's Bush, London, and we are chronicling the event with the official FrightFest TV daily highlights packages. Day Two's subjects? Director Ben Parker, Actors Charlotte Salt & Johannes Kuhnke and Composer James Bradfield discuss The Chamber; Director Gabriele Mainetti discusses They Call Me Jeeg Robot; Director Alastair Orr discusses From A House On Willow Street; Director Adam Levins discusses Population Zero; Director Andy Edwards discusses Ibiza Undead; and Actor Dominic Monaghan discusses Pet. ...

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Oozham Trailer: Revenge Has Many Faces

27 August 2016 5:41 AM, PDT

Before Malayalam director Jeethu Joseph directed Drishyam, the blockbuster family drama that went on to be remade in several other Indian languages, he created the thriller Memories, starring Prithviraj as an alcoholic police officer who takes up a parallel investigation into a series of strange murders.  It released a few months before Drishyam, was decently reviewed, and in no way predicted the amazing success of the latter film. And yet -- and I know I'm in the minority here -- I much preferred Memories to the blockbuster Drishyam, for a number of reasons, including the fact that Prithviraj's performance as the broken, alcoholic Sam Alex was incredibly interesting, especially as he was drawn into the mystery and the attempt to resolve it. So I'm actually...

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Review: Happy Hour, An Absorbing Long-Form Masterwork

26 August 2016 6:00 PM, PDT

When I first settled down to view Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Happy Hour earlier this year at its New Directors/New Films festival press screening, its great reputation preceded it, a reputation that included some uniquely anomalous features, unusual even in the context of the adventurous and idiosyncratic landscape of the world film festival circuit. After Happy Hour premiered in competition at last year’s Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland, besides winning a prize for Hamaguchi’s screenplay, the best actress prize was shared by its four-woman central ensemble cast. That was unusual enough, but even more remarkable was the film’s length – 5 hours and 17 minutes, to be exact. Such a prodigious running time can be a daunting proposition, even for the most dedicated, die-hard fest-goer, especially with...

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Nordic Genre Boost: More About Those Seven Films From This Year's Edition

26 August 2016 3:40 PM, PDT

This year's Nordic Genre Boost wrapped up in Haugesund, Norway during the Norwegian International Film Festival. When we reported on the selections back in February we reported that the Nordic Genre Boost exists to help a fledgling genre film scene in the Nordic countries continue to grow. The co-production market introduces filmmakers to producers, sales agents and distributors, not only form Nordic countries, but from other potential partners as well.    Now that the market has wrapped up it is too soon to tell if any partnerships were made but thanks to a follow up from ScreenDaily we have much better descriptions of all seven projects selected for this year's edition.    These are some of the Nordic genre films to keep an eye out...

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Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival Announces Lineup For Inaugural Year

26 August 2016 1:58 PM, PDT

There is a new kid on the block in Philadelphia, an upstart film festival with a lineup of film oddities that will satisfy the appetite of most fantastic cinema fans. The Phliadelphia Unnamed Film Festival starts off its first year this October, an excellent time of year to get you in the mood for Halloween.    The new film We Go On from the makers of Yellow Brick Road will screen during the festival. Exploitation director Kurando Mitsutake's follow up to Gun Woman, Karate Kill is also part of the lineup. Wait for the 80s style love scene is all I am going to say about that one. Tim Reis' take on were-creature lore, Bad Blood The Movie, screens in colorful and sticky glory.   ...

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Hey UK! See The Mo Brothers' Headshot First at Mayhem Film Festival

26 August 2016 12:30 PM, PDT

If you live in the UK and are wondering when your first chance to see the Mo Brothers' upcoming slugfest Headshot will be, start planning. Mayhem announced that they will be hosting the UK premiere of the highly anticipated Indonesian action film during their festival at the Broadway in Nottingham.    Starring The Raid’s Iko Uwais as Ishmael, Headshot, follows an amnesiac whose violent past comes back to haunt him. After the young doctor who nursed him gets kidnapped, Ishmael finds himself battling gangs of highly-skilled fighters he may have once worked with in the Indonesian underground, sparking fragments of his identity to resurface.   Mayhem Film Festival will take place from the 13th through 16th this October. Early Bird Passes for the festival are...

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Horror Channel FrightFest 2016 Day 1 Highlights

26 August 2016 12:30 PM, PDT

UK genre fans are currently enjoying five days of nailbiting action with the 2016 edition of the Horror Channel FrightFest now underway in Shepherd's Bush, London, and we will be chronicling the event with the official FrightFest TV daily highlights packages. Day One's subjects? Actor Gary Stretch and Producer Alma Bogdan-Turner discuss My Father Die, and there's a special announcement from Ghost Stories' Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson....

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Australian Sci-fi Thriller Restoration Seals Deals with New Zealand's Sky and Virgin Australia

26 August 2016 12:00 PM, PDT

Australian sci-fi thriller Restoration is set in a near-future world where humans have their memories downloaded for backup, and one man awakes after a routine backup with his memories restored into a body that is not his own.     It is directed by Stuart Willis and features a stellar cast that includes Australian actor Craig McLachlan (The Doctor Blake Mysteries), Nadia Townsend (Knowing, City Homicide), Stephen Carracher (Vanished), Rosie Lourde (Starting From Now, Embedded), Elizabeth Nabben (Winners & Losers) and Ailís Logan (Alvin's Harmonious World of Opposites).     The film had its Australian premiere on the Nine Network’s free-to-air channel 9Go! earlier this month and will be streamed on Australian subscription video-on-demand service Stan from September 8.   Sydney-based production company Midnight Snack...

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Curve signals the arrival of a new master of horror

26 August 2016 12:00 PM, PDT

Currently making the rounds at international festivals and gaining plaudits wherever it plays, is Tim Egan’s debut film Curve. A short of Australian origin that is carried by strong word of mouth, the tightly edited nightmare is sure to leave its mark on English audiences this Sunday as Egan’s stylish chiller will see its European premiere at London’s FrightFest. Curve unfolds over a lean yet blisteringly tense 10 minutes as viewers are introduced to a nameless protagonist who clings to a smooth surface that curves downward into an abyss – a pitch-black pit from which ominous sounds emanate. Is there any way for her to climb upward, back to safety? Or is she doomed from the get-go? Shrewdly utilizing its lack of context to engage...

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Miss Hokusai: New Trailer for Us Release of Production I.G.'s Latest

26 August 2016 11:00 AM, PDT

Set in 19th century Edo, Japan. Miss Hokusai blends the magical realism sensibility of Studio Ghibli with Ozu Yasujirô-like framing. Famed artist Tetsuzo, a.k.a. Hokusai Katsushika, and his grown daughter O-Ei form the basis of the tale, but it extends to the entire artist and publishing community (not to mention Yokai) in the region at the time. It is as much about the rhythm of a city as it is about the subject, insofar as Miss Hokusai is a film that you get so deeply lost in that it is difficult to discern beginning, middle or end.    The lovely and sophisticated Us Distributor Gkids (who also brought Boy & The World, Ernest & Celestine, The Secret of Kells and When Marnie Was There in the Us)...

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Film Movement Classics Set to Release Classics Kamikaze '89 And Once Were Warriors on Blu-ray in September

26 August 2016 10:30 AM, PDT

Indie film distributors Film Movement are gearing up to release a pair of highly anticipated Blu-rays in their Film Movement Classics line this September. Film Movement first made a name for themselves as a monthly subscription service by which fans could acquire a very well curated collection of independent films through the mail. Fairly recently they have moved into acquiring and releasing older classic titles for release on home video. This September will see the Us Blu-ray releases of two films desperately in need of high definition upgrades. First up is Kamikaze '89 from director Wolf Gremm, a neon noir from Germany that features the final on screen performance of Rainer Werner Fassbinder. The other release is Lee Tamahori's requiem for Maori tribal history, Once...

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The Many Faces Of Tommy Lee Jones

26 August 2016 8:00 AM, PDT

This week, Dennis Gansel's Mechanic: Resurrection premieres, starring Jason Statham as the titular assassin. But a bit further down the cast list we spot Tommy Lee Jones, and that settles the question who to feature in this week's quiz! For Tommy Lee Jones is one of those actors who can just stand there and seemingly not act at all, yet be totally awesome. But though he is often asked to repeat the same role of slowly melting wise grumpy old man over and over (and over) again, he has shown over the years to have quite a good range as well, when called upon. So once again I'm going to use twelve pictures of one of my favourite thespians to make a quiz. Click through...

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Dog Eat Dog: Rlj Entertainment Grabs North American Rights For Paul Schrader's Kindnapping Flick

26 August 2016 6:00 AM, PDT

Ahead of it's North American premiere here in Toronto next month Rlj Entertainment has acquired the North American rights for Paul Schrader's Dog Eat Dog starring Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe. As you will read in the press announcement excerpt below Rlj plans to release the film in cinemas and On Demand in November. I presume there will be a hard copy release shortly after that.    Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje) has acquired all North American rights to the highly anticipated action thriller Dog Eat Dog.  Based on the novel by Edward Bunker, Dog Eat Dog was written by Matthew Wilder (Your Name Here) and directed by Paul Schrader (Affliction, American Gigolo, Taxi Driver).  The film stars Nicolas Cage (Snowden, Leaving Las Vegas), Willem Dafoe...

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Fantastic Fest 2016: Terry Teo Celebrates Fest Inclusion With a New Poster

26 August 2016

The Second Wave for Fantastic Fest dropped this afternoon and already the members of ScreenAnarchy going to this year's festival are feverishly updating and prioritizing their wish lists for that week.    From the comfort I my own home I am celebrating the inclusion of the New Zealand children's television series Terry Teo with it's director Gerard Johnstone from the other side of the Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa. We both would like to think that it was my article about the show that prompted its addition to this year's programming. Heck, the locals did not know about the show until a couple weeks prior to its release last month in New Zealand, so this has to be true.    To celebrate Johnstone, director of the hit comedy...

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Francesca: Three Disc Edition From Unearthed Films in September

25 August 2016 8:37 PM, PDT

A heads up for all you Giallo film fans out there that the Argentinian giallo flick Francesca from Luciano and Nicolás Onetti will be coming out on DVD and Blu-ray on September 27th courtesy of Unearthed Films.    It’s been 15 years since the disappearance of little Francesca, daughter of the renowned poet and playwright, Vittorio Visconti. The community is stalked by a psychopath bent on cleaning the city of “impure and damned souls.” Moretti and Succo are the detectives in charge of finding the perpetrator of these “Dantesque” murders. Francesca has returned, but she is not the same girl they once knew.   There will be a three disc edition for sale that includes the film on DVD and Blu-ray and a cd of the film's...

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Review: Hands Of Stone, Fleet of Foot, Light on Insight

25 August 2016 3:00 PM, PDT

For more than three decades after Raging Bull was released in 1980, Robert De Niro wisely stayed away from the boxing world on screen. After all, once you've appeared in one of the most spellbinding and spiritually troubling cinematic experiences of all time -- and won an Academy Award for your performance -- why tempt fate? For whatever reason, De Niro agreed to star in 2013's Grudge Match, which was more of an attempt at comedy than anything else, and now he has taken a supporting role in Hands of Stone, a biographical drama about real-life Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran, essayed by Edgar Ramirez. De Niro portrays retired trainer Ray Arcel, who worked with many notable fighters before being forced into retirement by the New...

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Review: Don't Breathe Speeds Through Tight Turns With Wild Abandon

25 August 2016 2:00 PM, PDT

A muscular thriller, Don't Breathe manhandles a vaguely familiar premise into a fresh, frenzied experience. Directed by Fede Alvarez (2013's Evil Dead), the setup is brisk. Three Detroit teenagers (Jane Levy, Dylan Minette, Daniel Zovatto) have made an art out of breaking into the homes of rich people, vandalizing and looting as they go. They're in and out quick, thanks to knowledge they've secretly gained about each house and the people who live there. Levy and Zovatto are planning to move to California as soon as possible. Levy lives in a trailer park and has good reason to get out. Minette, besotted with Levy but locked in the friend zone, is the key to their success with home invasions. Zovatto is big and tough, he...

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Iru Mugan Trailer: Vikram Is a Dead Serious Friend and Delightfully Daft Foe

25 August 2016 1:00 PM, PDT

The monomymic Vikram is one of my favorite Indian actors. He has, over the course of 25 years, created an amazing body of work that is unlike anything else I can think of. He divides his time between mainstream masala performances, smaller more serious projects, and balls-out weirdo performances in a manner that demands respect. His latest film coming to cinema screens, Iru Mugan, appears to fall into the balls-out weirdo category.Over the last 15 years he has starred in big budget blockbusters as a multiple-personality disordered Jheri-curled vigilante in Anniyan, a chicken-suited superhero in Kanthaswamy, a mentally disabled father fighting to gain custody of his daughter in Deiva Thirumagal, and a bodybuilder cum hunchbacked avenger in I. There isn't much in the way of...

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Trailer For Japanese Sci-Fi Action Short Muga Shozoku Looks Impressive

25 August 2016 12:30 PM, PDT

Fresh from its festival tour, Rashad Haughton's short film Muga Shozoku is getting ready to make its online debut, and we've got a very impressive looking trailer to share. Haughton may be familiar to ScreenAnarchy readers as the writer/director of 2012's Love Like Aliens, a futuristic love story that took the form of a music video with music composed by Haughton. I first saw his work at the Asian Film Festival of Dallas in 2012 and remember being very impressed. With Muga Shozoku, Haughton has moved from a fully CG experience to a mix of live action and CG to create an interesting looking film that feels similar to Japanese steampunk/future shock features like Goemon or Casshern. Muga Shozoku features a trio of leads, most of...

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