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Extinction is Just Another Mediocre Zombie Horror Movie [Review]
31 July 2015 1:23 PM, PDT
With a title like Extinction, you can pretty much guess what Miguel Ángel Vivas's new film, his English language debut, is about: the end of humanity. In this case, it's the story of the last three survivors of a zombie apocalypse.
Matthew Fox and Jeffrey Donovan star as Patrick and Jack respectively, two men surviving on the outskirts of a big city. They're so far off the beaten bath that even the monsters that prowl the cityscape seem to have forgotten about them. Patrick still makes daily outings into the city with his trusty dog to scavenge but Jack… he's more cautious. He's got a daughter who depends on him so he only goes out when absolutely necessary. And never mind taking anything that his neighbour Patrick might offer. The men don't talk and over the cou [Continued ...] »
First Wave of Fantastic Fest 2015 Titles!
30 July 2015 11:10 AM, PDT
Fantastic Fest have just announced the first wave of titles for its 11th annual celebration of exciting genre-bending films, including the World Premiere of Bone Tomahawk with Kurt Russell and Matthew Fox in attendance, a retrospective of Turkish Genre Cinema, and a special Mondo Gallery event and programming series curated by filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn to celebrate the release of his new book "Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing", which profiles Refn's collection of vintage exploitation-era American movie posters.
"We're very excited about this year's mix of premieres, unique events and a retrospective theme unlike any other featuring audacious and otherworldly Turkish remakes of classic Hollywood films," said Fantastic F [Continued ...] »
Don't be Fooled by the Poster, Room is Deeply Disturbing
30 July 2015 9:11 AM, PDT
In what has got to be the strangest marketing campaign of all time, the first poster and trailer for Room, a new thriller starring Brie Larson as a young woman who’s been held captive for years along with her 5-year-old son Jack has emerged from distributor A24.
With the tagline "Love Knows No Boundaries" and a sunny poster than makes the film seem like an uplifting family drama, I imagine you'll be slightly shocked to watch the trailer, which is deeply unsettling.
Even the synopsis is oddly vague, going so far as to leave out the film's high-concept: "A modern-day story about the boundless love between mother and child."
Top 5 Weapons used in Northmen - A Viking Saga
30 July 2015 8:48 AM, PDT
Anchor Bay Entertainment has passed along some exclusive images from Northmen: A Viking Saga, showcasing the very best in Viking weaponry. These guys and gals certainly knew how to get into the fray!
In Northmen: A Viking Saga, a band of Vikings cross enemy lines and a panicked race begins. The losers will pay with their lives.
Northmen: a Viking Saga sees release in Theaters and on Digital HD on July 31st. The film will be available on VOD and DVD/Bd on August 11th.
The most effective Viking tool for getting the job done.
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Fantasia 2015: Cub is an Uneven Slasher [Review]
29 July 2015 1:02 PM, PDT
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a bunch of people head out into the woods to set up camp, only to be frightened by the inevitable spooky campfire stories before they start actually being brutally murdered by some sick and twisted freak. Yep, you guessed it: your typical slasher flick.
With Cub ("Welp"), Belgian director Jonas Govaerts’ debut feature, there is at least an effort to up-the-ante and inject a bit of originality into the sub-genre. But, is it effective enough to make Cub worth watching?
Sam (Maurice Luijten, looking like a young River Phoenix in Stand By Me) is a troubled boy out on a weekend camping trip with his scout troop and three counselors. His troop mates – even one of the counselors – tease and taunt him, and after being t [Continued ...] »
Extinction Clip: "Going Outside the Fence"
29 July 2015 11:39 AM, PDT
We've just received a new clip from the upcoming zombie-thriller Extinction starring Matthew Fox, Jeffrey Donovan and Quinn McColgan. The film opens day-and-date in theaters and VOD this Friday, July 31st.
For nine years, Patrick (Matthew Fox), Jack (Jeffrey Donovan) and his daughter Lu (Quinn McColgan) have outlasted the zombie apocalypse by shutting themselves off in the snowbound town of Harmony. The monsters have seemingly disappeared, with no sign of other survivors, but the constant fear of the unknown is starting to take a toll on this m [Continued ...] »
Re-kill Finally Seeing Release in New After Dark Films Deal
28 July 2015 2:23 PM, PDT
We've covered After Dark Films' wonderful "8 Films to Die For" series a lot on the site, so it's nice to hear the company has rekindled the venture. Even better is the news that Re-Kill, a zombie film produced Years ago that we'd heard such good things about (and even broke the first trailer), is finally seeing release as the first film in the series.
After Dark Films has established a new working partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment to release more "8 Films to Die For," their ongoing, annual line-up of 8 terrifying horror features. The new agreement is a huge step forward for the horror giant, After Dark Films, and famed media distributor Twe [Continued ...] »
Art & Specs for Severin's Turkey Shoot Blu-ray
28 July 2015 1:57 PM, PDT
Severin Films will release Brian Trenchard-Smith’s outrageous guts and gore, Most Dangerous Game-inspired Turkey Shoot on Blu-ray on 9/8/15. In addition to a brand new HD transfer, a slew of exclusive extras including featurettes, commentary and a wealth of never-before-seen out-takes from the acclaimed Ozploitation doc Not Quite Hollywood, will accompany the release.
The Blu-ray is available for pre-order now.
The film takes place in a totalitarian near future, where defiant citizens are labeled ‘deviants’ and sentenced to brutal ‘behavior modification’ camps. But when new prisoners Anders (Steve Railsback of The Stunt Man and Helter Skelter) and Walters (Olivia [Continued ...] »
Victoria Captures a Bank Robbery in a Single Take [Trailer]
28 July 2015 11:44 AM, PDT
Shot across 22 locations in a single, 134 minute take, Victoria tells the exhilarating tale of a Spanish night-clubber who finds herself caught up in a bank robbery in Berlin.
According to the film's distributor: “This film is not a movie; it’s not about a bank robbery. It is bank robbery. It was shot in one single take... no cuts. No CGI. No cheap tricks. No expensive ones, either. Just one shot.”
No one is claiming Victoria is the fist film to do this. Russian Ark famously came out of the gate first, and Silent House soon followed (though many believe that film's claim was less than credible).
Victoria has been wowing festival audiences for the first part of 2015 and now it looks like the film will be seeing some kind of re [Continued ...] »
Fantasia 2015: The Demolisher is a Thought-Provoking Gut-Wrencher
28 July 2015 10:05 AM, PDT
The world, as vast as it is, can be a claustrophobic place when you spend all your time in your own head, with only one driving force keeping you going. As much as the trailer for The Demolisher - let alone the title of the film – would lead you to believe that it’s a throwback to the glory days of 70's/80's exploitation and violent revenge flicks like Death Wish, it’s really more of a dark and depressing character study of one man’s downward spiral into madness due to his unquenchable thirst for revenge.
Trailer and Poster for Scout's Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse
27 July 2015 3:32 PM, PDT
From Christopher Landon, director of most recently Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, but also Burning Palms comes a new zombie apocalypse comedy called Scout's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. The film sees release October 30, 2015.
Scout's Guide caught some buzz recently as it will be a part of an experiment to make films available on VOD and streaming only 17 days after their theatrical window. More on that here.
Three scouts, on the eve of their last camp-out, discover the true meaning of friendship when they attempt to save their town from a zombie outbreak.
The film stars Patrick Schwarzenegger, son of the famous Terminator.
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Watch: 1979 Audience Loses Their Sh*t Watching Halloween
27 July 2015 9:31 AM, PDT
I'm always fascinated by stories of a film's reception, particularly horror films. People fainting during The Exorcist, or becoming physically ill during original screenings of Alien. It's the stuff of movie legend. But rarely are we able to find physical evidence of such events. Until, internet.
YouTube user JackOSkull, using elements from original uploader Kyle J. Wood's DarkCastle2012's work, has provided us a wonderful video which blends actual audio from a 1979 screening of John Carpenter's Halloween with its place in the film. As you can read in the description below, the audio was recorded from a re-release screening a [Continued ...] »
Fantasia 2015: Tales Of Halloween is an Instant Holiday Classic
26 July 2015 5:44 PM, PDT
Ah, the anthology film. It can very often be a mixed bag of the occasional gem shining among the usually three or four other short films involved. But when done right, especially when there’s a common theme to the segments, the result can easily be an instant classic. Tales of Halloween, which had its world premiere at the 2015 Fantasia International Film Festival with no less than four of its eleven directors there to present it, falls into this category.
There is a pretty tight-knit community of horror film creators in Los Angeles, and one of them, Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate), thought it would be fun if the lot of them made a Halloween-themed anthology film and started gathering the troops. It wasn’t long at all before a full slate of directors jumped aboard [Continued ...] »