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Eiff 2015: Turbo Kid is Full of Creative Energy [Review]
2 July 2015 7:44 AM, PDT
Turbo Kid is the first feature from the Canadian filmmaking collective of François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell. The film pays homage to '80s post-apocalyptic action/sci-fi, playing up the inherent ludicrousness of schlocky B-movies, and presenting itself as an affectionate spoof. While it isn't quite as funny as it might have been (at least not on initial viewing) the film is well made, imaginative and consistently amusing. I was basically won over by its energy and surreal humour.
We're introduced to a teenager, named simply 'The Kid' (Munro Chambers), who lives in the wastelands of post-apocalyptic America in the year 1997. Pedalling around the scorched landscape on his BMX, he spends his days searching for scrap with which to barter in the local town. [Continued ...] »
First Poster and Trailer for UK Thriller Gunned Down
30 June 2015 3:20 PM, PDT
Set against the backdrop of the gritty streets of London and Marbella’s hedonistic glamour on Spain’s seductive Costa Del Sol, Gunned Down is billed as an uber violent stylish revenge thriller along the lines of “Point Blank” meets “Heat”. Boom!
Gunned Down is directed by Mark McQueen (Devil’s Playground) and Stars Craig Fairbrass (Rise of the Footsoldier, The Outsider), Mem Ferda (Devil's Double, Pusher), Nick Moran (Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels) mong others.
Jack Cregan, career criminal, family man and vicious armed robber, is on a mission for revenge. When Jack’s father Alfie Cregan is brutally murdered and their money from the Heathrow airport heist stolen, Jack, his cousin Sammy and other gang members Eddie [Continued ...] »
This Academy Award Winning Short Inspired Cube
30 June 2015 2:04 PM, PDT
Vincenzo Natali's Cube is one of the best high concept horror films of all time. The film spawned two sequels and a remake is even in the works. But did you know that the Canadian director was inspired by this obscure German short film which won an academy award in 1989?
A group of fishermen on a precariously balanced platform fight over a trunk.
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Woman Seeks Revenge in All Star The Secret In Their Eyes Remake [Trailer]
30 June 2015 9:48 AM, PDT
The remake train continues to churn along in Hollywood and this time, the powers that be are taking on the 2009 Spanish thriller The Secret in Their Eyes which, upon its theatrical release in North America, made a big splash raking in a nice chunk of change and landing the movie on IMDb's top 250. All of this to say that the original is not some festival favourite few have seen.
The remake is being toted as more of a fresh take on Eduardo Sacheri's novel (which was also the basis for the first movie) about a team of FBI investigators whose lives are turned upside down they're called to a murder scene and discover the body of a teenage girl who happens to be the daughter of one of the investigators.
Writer/director Billy Ray is not prolific but his previous directing credi [Continued ...] »
Is Fangoria's New Online Film Festival a Game Changer?
30 June 2015 8:27 AM, PDT
Fangoria Magazine, which has been the biggest horror publication since 1979, just made an announcement that could be a game-changer for filmmakers. Eschewing the normal theatrical model where films are shown to a select audience in a single city, Fangoria will instead use the power of streaming to show their selection globally. And they are promising the content will be available on multiple devices including televisions, computers, tablets and phones.
The big challenge to Fangoria's success will obviously be how this model disrupts how films are bought by distributors. Usually, distributors decide what to buy at traditional festivals. Will this global vis [Continued ...] »
Eiff 2015: Index Zero is Intense, Well Realized & Bleak [Review]
29 June 2015 3:08 PM, PDT
Lorenzo Sportiello's debut feature Index Zero is a gritty apocalyptic drama set in an unspecified part of Europe in 2035, following the struggle of two people searching for safety amidst an ecological crisis which has resulted in a divide between those whose 'index' (or use value) is considered sustainable (or profitable), and the outcasts who don't make the grade. The film is intense and very well realised in its visual design, but fails to develop its central characters, undermining the overall impact of the narrative. Nevertheless, for Pa fans who like an original story this is certainly one to check out.
Nsfw New Look at Gaspar Noé's Love [Trailer]
29 June 2015 10:31 AM, PDT
Argentinean director Gaspar Noé isn't exactly afraid of controversy and over the years, the release of a new Noé movie is usually accompanied by some minor blip of media ruckus. This time around, the button pusher set out to direct what appears to be the world's first 3D porn.
Love premiered at Cannes to a wide mix of reviews and our own correspondent didn't care much for the movie calling it both mediocre and "pseudo artistic." I can't say that surprises me much. I've always found Noé makes movies you "experience." They don't necessarily have a strong story narrative but there's a dreamlike (or nightmare) quality to them that gets under the skin and festers.
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Watch: Horror Anthology Short Grave Shivers!
29 June 2015 9:33 AM, PDT
Grave Shivers is a wonderful little horror anthology short that combines three terrifying tales of monsters. It's directed by Brent Sims. It recently won the audience award at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Los Angeles.
About the Anthology:
A dark legend tells of a mysterious book with no identifiable author, the only thing known of its contents, its subject matter, is that it has magical… endless pages that contain stories of horror, wonder, and dread. Many have searched for it throughout the sands of time. Many have lost themselves in this quest, never to be heard from again. By other worldly assistance, or pure malevolence, one man has located this "book," and has dared to open its pages, to release it back on the world...
"Chapter 1: Teddymare" wea [Continued ...] »
Claire Denis & Zadie Smith Team For New Sci-fi Drama
29 June 2015 9:22 AM, PDT
Transgressive French director Claire Denis (Trouble Everyday, White Material) is making her English language debut with a space drama that is said to "take place beyond the solar system in a future time that nevertheless feels like the present."
Denise has teamed up with English novelist Zadie Smith and her husband Nick Laird who will write the screenplay for the project that comes from an original idea conceived by Denis and her writing partner Jean-Pol Fargeau.
Hard science fiction nerds will be happy hear that this female power-team has also brought in an interesting group to help on the project including astrophysicist Aurélien Barrau, a specialist in black holes and cosmology, artist Olafur Eliasson and musician Stuart Staples, who wrote tracks for White Ma [Continued ...] »