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Adam Wingard And Simon Barrett Will Remake Kim Jee-woon's I Saw The Devil

16 September 2014 1:05 PM, PDT

Sure. The news about this came out yesterday, via The Wrap but if there is one readership that would have informed, if not passionate, opinions about this, it would have to be the Twitch readers. Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett, the director and writer of such hits as A Horrible Way To Die, You're Next and The Guest -- which is coming to cinemas in the U.S. tomorrow (Wednesday) -- have begun working on an English-language remake of Kim Jee-woon's violent Korean-language thriller I Saw The Devil. The report states that Barrett is working on his script and Wingard is speaking to talent. Producer Adi Shanker went online a few days back to voice his passionate support for Wingard and Barrett. You will find that video below. There...

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Interview: The Battery's Jeremy Gardner And Adam Cronheim Talk Zombies, Indie Filmmaking Challenges, And Brawling With Walking Dead's Rick Grimes

16 September 2014 11:01 AM, PDT

Have you seen The Battery yet? Surely you've heard of it. It's that one anti-zombie zombie movie everyone's talking about on the Information Superhighway (fancy way of saying "Internet."). No hyperbole here -- it's the coolest and most unconventional zombie movie I've seen in years. The Battery stars Jeremy Gardner -- who also wrote, directed and co-produced the film -- and Adam Cronheim (co-producer) as two baseball players stuck in a zombie apocalypse. Instead of the usual zombie attack after zombie attack, the film spends a majority of its running time focusing on the banter between the two -- chances are high they will kill each other before a zombie does. This is one of the reasons why why we love it -- it's a new take on...

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Review: The Guest, More Magnificent Midnight Madness

16 September 2014 10:02 AM, PDT

With last year's release of You're Next and contributions to the V/H/S and ABCs of Death horror anthologies, director-writer duo Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett are quickly becoming two of the most exciting filmmakers working in the genre space right now. This trend absolutely continues with their latest feature, a guns-blazing throwback called The Guest. Equal parts creepy, slow-burn horror and bloody, balls-out actioner, Wingard and Barrett again prove that best kind of genre movie is the one with which you can have the most outright fun. Set in a small prairie town, the story opens amongst a family grieving the recent loss of a military son. Dad Spencer (Leland Orser) is a middle management hack while Mom Laura (Sheila Kelly) is a lonely housewife...

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Watch This Exclusive Behind The Scenes Clip From Hannibal Season Two!

16 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT

Want to know how SFX crews create the shockingly realistic corpses employed in Hannibal? Well, you may consider your question answered. Season Two of the hit show hits shelves on DVD and Blu-Ray today and we've got an exclusive clip from the feature length behind the scenes documentary included on the set that walks you through the process from beginning to grisly end. Check it out below!...

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Latin Beat: Chile's Valdivia Film Festival, Peru's Secreto Matusita Trailer, Mexico's Nordic Cinema Program, Brazil's Isolados Trailer

16 September 2014 8:01 AM, PDT

Welcome to a new edition of our column on Latin American cinema! Why is Chile's Valdivia Film Festival considered to be "the best in South America"? What makes Secreto Matusita such an intriguing found-footage thriller, especially for those in Peru? What connection is there between Mexico and Nordic Cinema? And what thrills may come to a couple who seek comfort in a Brazilian cabin in the woods, as depicted in the trailer for Isolados?Read onward for more information provided by our correspondents in Latin America. We are returning to a bi-weekly schedule of publication, so check back on Tuesday, September 30, for our next edition. ...

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AI Weiwei The Fake Case: Out Now On VOD

16 September 2014 7:00 AM, PDT

Danish director Andreas Johnsen's documentary Ai Weiwei The Fake Case follows the acclaimed Chinese artist from his release after an 81-day internment, through his house arrest, and his fight against trumped up tax fraud charges by the Chinese Government. The case is dubbed The Fake Case, which carries multiple meanings. The name of Weiwei's design company is Fake (Fake - Fa (development) Ke (class)) and considering the false allegations against Weiwei calling it The Fake Case is also appropriate. But it is not simply a money issue. Weiwei must also fight these allegations to protect his name and his legacy. At the beginning of his house arrest you can see how much the internment affected him. He has difficulty sleeping and looks exhausted. Weiwei also finds...

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Matt Damon And Paul Greengrass Bourne Again?

16 September 2014 5:00 AM, PDT

Although Universal is still developing a possible sequel to the Jeremy Renner spin-off The Bourne Legacy, with Justin Lin attached to direct, the studio has also taken serious positive steps towards resurrecting the original Bourne franchise, according to movie news website Deadline. If Deadline's sources are to be believed, the studio has begun making deals to get Matt Damon on board again as Jason Bourne, and Paul Greengrass to write and direct a new instalment. If true, this would be remarkable news indeed. Greengrass directed the second and third parts, 2004's The Bourne Supremacy and 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum, and has always stated that for him, the story was now finished, and he had no interest in directing another one. Damon has also been very vocal about...

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L'Etrange 2014: The Voices Speaks To Voters At Festival's End

15 September 2014 3:30 PM, PDT

One of the great fantastic film festivals came to a close last night. Paris' l'Etrange Festival closed out its 20th edition by honoring Marjane Satrapi's The Voices with not one, but two big prizes. The Franco-Persian director, best known for the adaptations of her own graphic novels Persepolis and Chicken With Plums, marked both her English language debut and her first time with somebody else's screenplay with The Voices. She was duly recognized for her effort, beaming as she was beamed in from Skype to collect the Canal+ Nouveau Genre Award (the festival's grand prize) and the equally prestigious Audience Award. While our Jason Gorber had a mixed reaction to the film, finding it both silly and schizoid, I found the work -- which plays something like Bill...

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Full Trailer For The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Lights Up

15 September 2014 3:00 PM, PDT

While we've gotten an enticing series of 'propaganda' films related to the latest Hunger Games films over the past several weeks, it isn't until today that we have the first full trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. I've been a fan of the films, partly as an archer, but also as a fan of dystopian future tales and great female leads. As with the popular current trend, the final book has been split into two films. The greatest strength of the films is the cast: with Jennifer Lawrence, Donald Sutherland, and Philip Seymour Hoffman (in one of his last roles) returning, and the addition of Julianne Moore, my expectations are pretty high. The trailer doesn't reveal too much of the story for those...

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Giveaway: Win This Vinyl Edition Of The Take Me To The River Ost

15 September 2014 2:30 PM, PDT

See that purdy vinyl record spinning above? That my friends could be yours. It is the soundtrack from the Memphis music documentary Take Me To The River and we have one LP to give away. Because this item is one of the coolest items I have ever given away I am going to make you work for this one. You will have to dig a bit and compare notes for this one. Ready? This rapper, and singer on the Take Me To The River soundtrack, won an Oscar for a song he wrote for another film. Name that film. When you think you've worked out the answer e-mail me here. I will collect qualifying entries up to Midnight Pst on Thursday, September 18th. This contest is open to...

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Mayhem 2014: Full Lineup Reveals Chainsaws In Texas, Haunted Houses And Vampires

15 September 2014 1:30 PM, PDT

Oh, what a week of Mayhem lies ahead for the folks in Nottingham, England! The Mayhem Film Festival, or Mayhem X to celebrate its 10-year anniversary, runs from October 30 through November 2. We have already reported that members from Astron-6 are bringing their latest effort The Editor and their collection of short films to the festival. And we also brought you up to speed on their youth program and video nasties programs that lead up to the festival weekend. The festival revealed the rest of their lineup today and there are a lot of favorites in it.I usually do not play favorites, but... to say that the Kiwi horror flicks Housebound and What We Do In The Shadows are on a bit of a tear...

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The First Teaser For Shankar's I Will Be The Most Spectacular 64 Seconds Of Your Day

15 September 2014 11:30 AM, PDT

This is even more amazing than I could have imagined.On Friday we brought you the first few glimpses of Shankar's I through a couple of posters and a motion poster, today we get the real thing. At an event in Chennai attended by not only Shankar and his crew, but also Superstar Rajnikanth and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Shakar and the team revealed the first official teaser for his latest journey to the weirdest corners of the mind.No plot details yet, but the imagery alone is enough to sell me on I. We see Vikram taking on multiple characters including a Quasimodo-type, kicking monstrous amounts of ass in various action sequences, running across water, riding a cyborg motorcycle, and dancing up a storm in some absurdly colorful...

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Full Parasyte Trailer Plays Like Men In Black With Added Decapitations

15 September 2014 11:00 AM, PDT

I suppose it would have been foolish for anyone familiar with Yamazaki Takashi's previous work to have hoped that the helmer of the Always series, a director who has consistently gunned for the broadest possible audience, would have taken a more hard edged approach with his live action adaptation of Iwaki Hitoshi's hugely popular scifi horror manga Parasyte. Well, then, call me a fool because I hoped. But, no ... the full trailer for the film arrived last week whilst Twitch was in the thick of its Toronto International Film Festival coverage and it would appear that Yamazaki is buffing and polishing the source material in hopes of creating something akin to a Japanese take on the Men In Black films instead.For those unfamiliar, the...

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Masters Of Cinema's New The Thief Of Bagdad Blu-ray Looks Fit For A Sultan

15 September 2014 10:30 AM, PDT

We make no secret of our love for Eureka Entertainment's boutique label The Masters of Cinema Series here at Twitch, and when it comes to Blu-ray releases of some of the greatest works of silent cinema ever made, they leave all their competitors in the dust.A few weeks back, Eureka announced the titles that will be coming to the collection between now and the end of the year, and arguably the most exciting inclusion was the release of the Douglas Fairbanks starring 1924 version of The Thief Of Bagdad. One of the biggest hits of Hollywood's silent era, this swashbuckling fantasy epic directed by Raoul Walsh was something of a pet project for Fairbanks, and can now be experienced in a sparkling new 1080p presentation...

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Exclusive: The Guest Video Scavenger Hunt - Win Killer Prizes!

15 September 2014 10:01 AM, PDT

Building up steam toward its theatrical release in the U.S. next Wednesday, September 17, Adam Wingard's The Guest stars Dan Stevens in a most unexpected role, and so we have been inspired to create a most unexpected giveaway. First, a stiff reminder about the movie. As noted, Dan Stevens stars as a soldier, but this soldier is a world away from the soldier Stevens played in the privileged Downton Abbey household. David is the perfect guest. Friendly and helpful, this young soldier arrives on the doorstep of the Peterson family, claiming to be a good friend of their beloved son who died in action. The Petersons welcome David into their home and into their lives, but when people start mysteriously dying in town, their teenage...

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Darkly Elegant Trailer For Venice And Toronto Selected Gangster Drama Black Souls (Anime Nere)

15 September 2014 9:30 AM, PDT

Italian director Francesco Munzi pulled off the difficult feat of being selected at both the Venice and Toronto film festivals - one of only a handful to do so this year - with his latest offering Black Souls (Anime Nere) and judging by the new theatrical trailer for this elegant gangster drama it's not at all hard to see how he did it. By being very good. Here's how Toronto pitched it:a former narcotics trafficker now living peaceably in the Calabrian hills is drawn back into his family's drug-trade dynasty by his impetuous teenage son, in this darkly elegant gangster drama. Six years after the Festival screened Francesco Munzi's Il resto della note, this talented Italian director returns with a Godfather-like tale that alternates between...

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Head To Soviet Russia With The Online Premiere Of Impressive Aussie Short Film FACTORY293

15 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT

You could say that writer-director Roderick MacKay, producer Justin McArdle and their talented team set themselves an unlikely goal - if not an impossible one - with their latest short film FACTORY293. How so? Well, they were attempting the very minor feat (deliberate understatement there) of transforming sunny, 2013 Perth, Australia into snow blasted landscape of rural 1940 Russia. In a remote part of Stalin's war-torn Union of the Soviet Socialist Republic, Grigor, Manager of munitions FACTORY293, faces the realities of his existence. Despite the infatuation of his female factory workforce, he is drawn to increasingly melancholic thoughts - Stalin has abandoned him. With a howling blizzard outside, the factory's power is suddenly cut, interrupting Grigor's intent to take decisive action. In a flurry to...

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Crowdfund This: The Short Film Prince Ali Will Embrace Cultural Perspective

15 September 2014 8:30 AM, PDT

The dramatic short film Prince Ali would mark quite the departure of style from what we would expect of director Kevin Hamedani and screenplay writer Max Borenstein. Hamedani wrote and directed the horror flick Zombies of Mass Destruction. Borenstein wrote Godzilla. So what makes Prince Ali so different? It certainly would not be populated with the undead or giant monsters. What we have here is a short story gleamed from a larger script that Hamedani had been working with. Together with Borenstein they believe that they found a beautiful story about a man who returns to Tehran, Iran after being away for twenty years to look for a bride. A crowdfunding campaign started on September 9th and already the project is near the halfway point of their $22,000...

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Blu-ray Review: The Devil Is A Part-timer Delivers Funny Anime-Fast-Food

15 September 2014 8:00 AM, PDT

(If you thought curly fries were the most twisted thing in fast food, think again...) This week, the hit anime The Devil is a Part-Timer will be released in Australia and New Zealand, courtesy of local distributor Siren Visual. Known for being champions of obscure or under-appreciated titles from the past, this release actually features a recent series, and gets the Blu-ray treatment. In it, King Satan runs a fast-food business, which may not be a surprise for many. What is a surprise though, is that he is running it as an assistant manager of one tiny outlet, and seems to be quite a nice young lad. What's going on here? Time for a review! The Story: During an epic other-worldly war between humans, devils...

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Crowdfund This: The One & The Many Documents A Prison Theater Troupe In Italy

15 September 2014 7:30 AM, PDT

While rehabilitation programs in prisons is nothing new it is the more creative ones that catch your eye. The rehabilitation program at the maximum security prison Volterra in Italy is one program that caught the eye of filmmaker Inaya Yusuf. It is a revolutionary inmate theater program, Compagnia Della Fortezza, run by theater artist Armando Punzo. This film is an opportunity for us all to learn about Compagnia della Fortezza and its inmate-actors from the ground up. The One and The Many will explore how deeply impactful theatre and arts programs can be for inmates.Inaya began a crowdfunding campaign to help complete the project. She and her team have already been over to Italy once to film and have planned for one more trip over to complete filming....

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