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Dutch Horror The Windmill Coming this October!

28 July 2016 3:32 PM, PDT

Best known for his work as producer on the excellent Frankenstein's Army (review) and Dead End, Nick Jongerius is trying his hand at another aspect of filmmaking: directing.

It was announced earlier today that Jongerius' debut feature, a horror movie titled The Windmill, has been picked up for North American release by XLrator Media which will release the project on their Macabre label.

The Windmill stars Noah Taylor ("Game of Thrones," "Peaky Blinders"), Charlotte Beaumont, Patrick Baladi, Tanroh Ishida and Ben Batt as tourists who find themselves stranded in the Dutch countryside when their tour bus break down. It is a [Continued ...] »

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Huge Phantasm News! Ravager, Remastered Original & Blu-ray set Hitting this Year!

28 July 2016 1:14 PM, PDT

Holy crap, people! Well Go USA Entertainment (who mostly handle Asian releases) has acquired the rights to director Don Coscarell’s entire Phantasm franchise, including the fifth in the series, Phantasm: Ravager! And there's more!

According to EW, Well Go has set theatrical releases for Ravager along with the recently remastered 1979 original film.

Phantasm: Remastered will screen in cinemas on Sept. 24 as part of the first "Art House Theater Day". Phantasm: Ravager will be released in theaters and via digital HD on Oct. 7.

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Matt Damon Saves China in Monster Movie The Great Wall [Trailer]

28 July 2016 9:47 AM, PDT

Zhang Yimou is back in a very big way. The director of Raise the Red Lantern, Hero and House of Flying Daggers among many others, is taking on his second biggest project to date (pretty sure nothing will beat the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics): a good old monster movie called The Great Wall. Starring none other than Jason Bourne. Because... who better to protect China from a monster?

Yeah, that's right. Matt Damon is top billing in what is being toted as the most expensive Chinese movie ever made (estimated budget is somewhere between [Continued ...] »

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Fantasia 2016: Red Christmas is a Slasher with a Social Conscience

28 July 2016 8:00 AM, PDT

Ever since 1974's excellent Black Christmas, the yuletide season has been a staple of horror cinema, often appearing as the backdrop for slasher films. During the slasher-saturated 1980s, you could count on at least one Christmas-themed gore-fest every year. Things slowed down a bit from the 1990s onward, but with this year's Red Christmas serving up buckets of blood, is it safe to say that the sub-genre has returned to form? Not exactly, since the festive season only serves as a means to gathering the victims together in one place.

Red Christmas starts amid protests outside of an abortion clinic with a voice-over about how it is a huge issue on both sides of the debate. Inside the clinic, a woman is in the midst of having an abortion when a protester's bomb goes [Continued ...] »

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Syfy Re-Images Van Helsing as a Wasteland Warrior [Trailer]

27 July 2016 2:00 PM, PDT

First of all... Neil Labute is the writer/showrunner on a Syfy series? Okay. This new take on the Dracula myth takes place in a post-apocalyptic future that is not unlike the one we saw in Fury Road. Okay, I'm listening, TV show.

The 13-episode series made a bow at Comic Con where it premiered the promo you see below. Watch. You'll have thoughts.

Synopsis:

Vanessa Helsing, distant relative of famous vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing, is resurrected only to find that vampires have taken over the world. She is humanity's last hope to lead an offensive to take back what has been lost.

Syfy’s Van Helsing is slated to premiere on September 23rd.

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M. Night Shyamalan's on a Role! Split Trailer Looks Great

27 July 2016 8:43 AM, PDT

M. Night Shyamalan is slowly but surely escaping from director jail by going back to basics and doing what he's always done best: directing lean thrillers with good writing.

His latest is Split, which stars James McAvoy as a guy with 23 split personalities. The film reunites him with the team behind last year's hit, The Visit, including producer Jason Blum (Purge franchise, Insidious)

Synopsis:

While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physica [Continued ...] »

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First Look at Cyberpunk Anime Blame! [Trailer]

25 July 2016 2:29 PM, PDT

Already a successful seven part animated series, Tsutomu Nihei's celebrated cyberpunk series "Blame!" is getting yet another adaptation this time, in the form of a movie.

Over the weekend, Netflix announced that it was continuing its foray into original anime titles ("Kights of Sidonia" proved to be successful for the streaming service) by co-producing a film adaptation of Blame!. Nihei's story is set in the distant future where what's left of the human race resides within the Megastructure, a vast and dangerous labyrinth that has grown wild and out of control. Thrown into this world is the mysterious Killy, a strange individual who is on a quest to bri [Continued ...] »

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Fantasia 2016: Tank 432 is a Strong Debut With a Weak Story

25 July 2016 2:17 PM, PDT

Ben Wheatley's camera operator Nick Gillespie takes his first stab at directing with Tank 432. It's a "where are we?", war games version of A Field in England where film-as-hallucination is not just part of the experience, but informs the machinations of the constantly turning plot. Unfortunately, many of the twists in the story are obvious and the revelations never really come, which is all the more frustrating and disappointing considering the film is a technically strong debut.

As the story begins, we're thrown into a the middle of a war that appears to have been raging for some time. One by one we're introduced to our main cast of mercenaries lead by Rupert Evans (Hellboy) who does great work here as does many of the character actors. The squad has two hostages, [Continued ...] »

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Tense and Gory, Train To Busan Entertains [Review]

25 July 2016 1:40 PM, PDT

Train to Busan is a superior zombie actioner from South Korea and the first live-action film from director Sang-ho Yeon. The film stars Yoo Gong as Seok, a high-flying business executive who's on a train from Seoul to Busan with his daughter when a mass-outbreak of zombies suddenly hurls the entire country into chaos. Along with his bewildered fellow passengers, Seok hopes to find sanctuary in the city of Busan, which is rumoured to have been spared the worst of the zombie apocalypse. Speeding along the intercity railway and with little communication with the outside world, this motley group need to work together in order to survive, but as each city the train passes through appears overrun with flesh-eating ghouls, tensions begin to rise, and we learn that the real monsters aren't [Continued ...] »

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ABC's Of Death 2 1/2 Hits Vimeo in August

25 July 2016 12:19 PM, PDT

Drafthouse Films has announced the upcoming release of ABC’s of Death 2 1⁄2: World Competition Edition, the result of an extensive global campaign intended to spotlight the most passionate and talented upcoming filmmakers in the horror genre.

The latest entry in the beloved franchise will arrive exclusively on Vimeo August 2nd as a $5.99 download or $2.99 rental.

The series, known for its anarchically alphabet-themed anthology of short films, launched a “Filmmaker Frenzy” competition for the segment devoted to the letter M - collecting more than five hundred, three minute-­long entries from over forty countries in the process - including Robert Boocheck’s winning entry “M is for Mast [Continued ...] »

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Fantasia 2016: The Greasy Strangler is Gross-Out Comedy with a Heart [Review]

25 July 2016 12:05 PM, PDT

There are so many words that can describe The Greasy Strangler, Jim Hosking's feature directorial debut: gross, vile, disturbing, demented, cheap, disgusting, offensive, flatulent. I'm probably leaving out another hundred or so. But damned if I wasn't thoroughly entertained by this uproariously funny film that defies description. It may be difficult to grasp considering how extreme it is, but at its heart the film is a touching story about the often awkward father-son relationship.

Michael St. Michaels (with a whopping 9 acting credits since 1974 on IMDb) plays Ronnie, a disco walking tour owner whose son, Brayden (Sky Elobar), works and lives with him. Ronnie's dietary habits are not healthy, to say the least: let's just say he enjoys a little bit of food with his grease. Whe [Continued ...] »

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Post-Apocalyptic Society Longs for Light in Helio [Trailer]

25 July 2016 8:56 AM, PDT

Teddy Cecil's Helio is getting some buzz out of Comic Com weekend where it won "best sci-fi/fantasy film" after screening at the Comic Con Independent Film Festival.

Helio centers on an underground dystopian world on the brink of anarchy. The short film runs just under 20 minutes and has a cool Dark City vibe to it.

Synopsis:

Helio is a short, visceral film centered on a post-apocalyptic underground society where miners work for light to survive. But when a dying rebel thrusts the unexpected onto an unassuming worker's lap, all hell breaks loose. What begins as one man's race to escape the hostile government quickly escalates into a city-wide uprising of the people.

Check out the teaser and a clip that debuted at [Continued ...] »

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Trainspotting 2 Teaser Has a Lust for Life

25 July 2016 7:44 AM, PDT

Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle all reunite in "T2" the official sequel to Danny Boyle's breakout hit, trainspotting.

Set to Iggy Pop’s Iconic "Lust For Life" (seriously, who didn't get this soundtrack?) the film is loosely based on Irvine Welsh's Porno.

So not a lot happens. The boys are back in town and that's what matters!

T2 hits cinemas 27 January 2017.

Recommended Release: Trainspotting

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