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The Witch’s Anya Taylor-Joy and Robert Eggers are reuniting for another tale of terror, with the actress set to star in Eggers’ remake of F. W. Murnau’s silent classic Nosferatu. Eggers, a production designer who rose to prominence with his acclaimed directorial debut The Witch (or The VVitch, if you want to be a jerk about it) announced his Nosferatu remake shortly after The Witch hit theaters. “[It’s shocking] to me,” the filmmaker said late last year. “It feels ugly and blasphemous and egomaniacal and disgusting for a filmmaker in my place to do Nosferatu next. I was really planning on waiting a while, but that’s how fate shook out.”
Per Variety, Eggers’ Witch star Anya Taylor-Joy, who was recently seen in M. Night Shyamalan’s Split, has joined the remake in an undisclosed role — likely the female lead played by Greta Schröder in the 1922 original and by Isabelle Adjani »
- Chris Evangelista
Nosferatu: Anya Taylor-Joy (Split, above) is negotiations to star in a new version of Nosferatu. If things work out, she will reunite with director Robert Eggers; they previously worked together on indie horror movie The Witch. Eggers will also write the screenplay, based on the 1922 silent original, which itself was inspired by Bram Stoker's Dracula. Werner Herzog directed a previous remake in 1979. [Variety] Joseph Bologna: Veteran actor Joseph Bologna has passed away. He was 82. Bologna earned an Academy Award nomination for cowriting Lovers and Other Strangers and then starred in comedies like Cops and Robbers, My Favorite Year and Blame It on Rio. He continued making notable supporting appearances for the next 30 years, including playing Adam Sandler's...
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Nosferatu: Anya Taylor-Joy (Split, above) is negotiations to star in a new version of Nosferatu. If things work out, she will reunite with director Robert Eggers; they previously worked together on indie horror movie The Witch. Eggers will also write the screenplay, based on the 1922 silent original, which itself was inspired by Bram Stoker's Dracula. Werner Herzog directed a previous remake in 1979. [Variety] Joseph Bologna: Veteran actor Joseph Bologna has passed away....
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The Witch launched the careers of both its director Robert Eggers and its star Anya Taylor-Joy, and now the two are re-teaming for Eggers’ next project, another remake of F.W. Murnau’s genre-defining 1922 horror classic Nosferatu. Few details about the remake have been released—including what role Tayler-Joy will play in the film—but with Eggers’ eye for lavish period detail, hopefully it’ll take place sometime in the past. Eggers will have to work around his young star’s schedule, though, as Variety reports she’s currently filming the X-Men movie New Mutants and has also signed on for Glass, the sequel to her other breakout role in M. Night Shyamalan‘s Split. That one’s scheduled for a 2019 release; Nosferatu, meanwhile, doesn’t have a release date as of yet. »
- Katie Rife
The Nosferatu remake has just scared up a pretty great horror reunion. Director Robert Eggers has already signed on to direct the remake of the classic vampire tale and now Anya Taylor-Joy, who worked with Eggers on The Witch, is reportedly in negotiations to star in the movie. As much as people may be hesitant to see a remake of one of the most beloved horror movies of all-time, it is hard not to want to see these two work with one another again.
Variety broke the news that Anya Taylor-Joy is being eyed to star in Nosferatu, but her deal has not yet closed. The report also didn't note who she is going to play in the movie, but it sounds like she will be playing the female lead. According to their report, Robert Eggers, who officially announced that he had signed on for the project last November, wanted »
If you manage to deliver a directorial debut as scintillating as The Witch people are bound to keep a close eye on your next move. When at the tail end of 2016 Robert Eggers confirmed rumors that he would follow up his high caliber indie hit with a new version of F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu high expectations met a certain degree of skepticism. After all, Nosferatu, in essence an unauthorized "Dracula" adaptation but also a pinnacle of German expressionism from the silent movie era, is still revered as a horror classic. Is a remake at all necessary? Probably not. But if it is to happen, who better to tackle it than the man who brought The Witch: A New-England Folktale to the screen? Not only did...
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Horror fans worried about the upcoming “Nosferatu” remake can breathe a sigh of relief. “The Witch” director Robert Eggers has cast his breakout star, Anya Taylor-Joy, in his upcoming adaptation for Studio 8. Her role is remaining a secret for now, but the casting should delight indie horror fans given how prolific “The Witch” was last year.
“Nosferatu” is based on F. W. Murnau’s landmark 1922 horror film of the same name, which itself was an unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” The story follows the vampire Count Orlock as he tries to find a new home in the Transylvania mountains and becomes enamored with a real-estate agent’s wife, which could potentially be the role Taylor-Joy is filling. Eggers is writing the screenplay in addition to directing.
The remake has been »
- Zack Sharf
It looks like Anya Taylor-Joy could be set to reunite with The Witch director Robert Eggers, with Variety reporting that the actress is in talks to star in Eggers’ upcoming remake of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent horror classic Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror.
According to the site, Eggers had wanted to team up with Taylor-Joy early after signing on to the project, but has been forced to wait due to her roles in Split and the upcoming X-Men: The New Mutants.
Eggers is directing Nosferatu for Studio 8, where he also has another project – The Knight – set up. Meanwhile, he is also attached to a miniseries based upon the life of the Russian mystic Rasputin. »
- Gary Collinson
After making a massive imprint with their work on the unsettling horror movie The Witch, Anya Taylor-Joy and director Robert Eggers are to reunite for Nosferatu, a redo of the silent movie Nosferatu, which in itself was an unofficial remake of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
The story follows the infamous vampire Count Orlok of Transylvania, who wants to buy a house in Germany and becomes enamoured with the real-estate agent’s wife.
Here’s the full plot for the original 1922 version.
In this highly influential silent horror film, the mysterious Count Orlok (Max Schreck) summons Thomas Hutter (Gustav von Wangenheim) to his remote Transylvanian castle in the mountains. The eerie Orlok seeks to buy a house near Hutter and his wife, Ellen (Greta Schroeder). After Orlok reveals his vampire nature, Hutter struggles to escape the castle, knowing that Ellen is in grave danger. Meanwhile Orlok’s servant, Knock (Alexander Granach »
- Paul Heath
She's teamed up with writer/director Robert Eggers for The Witch, one of 2016's most well-received movies, and now actress Anya Taylor-Joy is looking to potentially collaborate with Eggers once again, this time in a remake of one of the most highly regarded horror films of all time.
Variety reports that Taylor-Joy is "in negotiations" for a starring role in Eggers' remake of Nosferatu, F.W. Murnau's classic 1922 vampire film about a town haunted by the undead Count Orlok, aka Nosferatu, who lives in a castle in the mountains and has a crimson-stained diet.
It's not known who Taylor-Joy would play, but fans of the original Nosferatu could potentially picture her in the role of Ellen Hutter, a character who becomes the bloodsucking obsession of Nosferatu. Time will tell exactly who Taylor-Joy will play in Studio 8's remake, though, which will be produced by Chris Columbus.
Inspired by Bram Stoker's classic novel, »
- Derek Anderson
Eggers is writing and directing the pic. The 1922 silent movie followed the vampire Count Orlok of Transylvania, who wants to buy a house in Germany and becomes enamored of the real-estate agent’s wife. It was an unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” and Werner Herzog directed a 1979 remake. »
- Justin Kroll
Eureka Entertainment is set to release Westfront 1918 & Kameradschaft (two films by G.W. Pabst), two Anti-War films from master director Georg Wilhelm Pabst at the height of his powers, as part of The Masters of Cinema Series in a Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition on July 24th, and we’ve got three copies to give away. Read on for details of how to enter…
Georg Wilhelm Pabst (Pandora’s Box, Diary of a Lost Girl) made a flawless transition from silent to sound filmmaking with, Westfront 1918 and Kameradschaft, a pair of strongly anti-war titles (Pabst himself was a prisoner of war for the duration of Wwi) that combined elements of Expressionism and New Objectivity to stunning effect.
- Gary Collinson
Rome — David Lynch will be feted with a lifetime achievement award by the Rome Film Festival where the U.S. director of “Blue Velvet” and “Twin Peaks” will also hold an onstage conversation with artistic director Antonio Monda.
Monda at a Rome press luncheon on Tuesday, called Lynch “simply the coolest director alive.” He also announced that British actor Ian McKellen; French Canadian wunderkind director/actor Xavier Dolan; Oscar-winning British actress Vanessa Redgrave and U.S. author Chuck Palahniuk (“Fight Club”) will be participating in other public conversations within the fest’s dedicated Close Encounters section.
As for movies, Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming “Logan Lucky” will have its European preem in Rome. The heist comedy with an all star cast that includes Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Hilary Swank, Katie Holmes and a platinum-coiffed Daniel Craig, hits U.S. theatres on August 18.
The twelfth edition of the Rome fest will run October 26-November 5, separately from Rome’s Mia »
- Nick Vivarelli
Tony Sokol Jun 20, 2017
Sherlock creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat have detected another classic novel to sink their teeth into. Bram Stoker’s Dracula begins with a real estate deal. Jonathan Harker secures the Transylvanian count some scattered properties in Whitby, England, where he can kick off his cape and hide his native soil. Those hiding places are discovered through some stiff detective work. 127 years after the 1897 publication of the classic horror novel, the quintessential vampire will be returning to England. Moffat and Gatiss are in negotiations with the BBC to create a new Dracula miniseries.
Dracula will be the first time Moffat and Gatiss have collaborated since Sherlock aired its long awaited season 4 earlier this year. The future of Sherlock has not yet been decided. Work on the new Dracula series will begin after Moffat finishes his sixth and final season on Doctor Who.
Dracula has been adapted for stage, screen and TV many times. Stoker wrote the first theatrical version. It was first adapted to film by F. W. Murnau in Nosferatu in 1922. Bela Lugosi went from stage to screen when he starred in the 1931 Universal Studios classic. The BBC produced the TV movie Count Dracula, starring Louis Jourdan in 1977.
Gatiss is on record as a fan of the 1958 Hammer Horror version of Dracula, which starred Christopher Lee as the count and Peter Cushing as Dr. Van Helsing. Moffat took on classic horror in 2007 when he wrote the series Jekyll. Gatiss played Dracula in a full-cast audio play from Big Finish in 2016.
There is no word on whether Dracula will be set in modern day England.
Source: Variety »
Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Abel Ferrara's King of New York (1990) is playing June 16 - July 16, 2017 on Mubi in the United Kingdom.“In striving to sin, to blaspheme, Ferrara’s heroes assert with Lucifer their moral autonomy, their sovereignty, their heroic identity, their glory, pitifully”—Tag Gallagher We’re introduced to Frank White (Christopher Walken) with one of director Abel Ferrara’s iconic roving pans, creeping left–right from the darkness of the prison wall to the harsh white of Frank’s cell. Frank is placed small in the frame, positioned slightly off-centre towards the bottom corner, his back to the camera as he prays silently. The prison bars dominate the composition, abstracted into silhouettes by Ferrara’s chiaroscuro lighting. A police baton enters the frame and knocks twice on the cell door, jarring Frank out of his concentration. The door is then »
Mark Harrison May 19, 2017
If you haven't caught up yet, Their Finest is currently playing in UK cinemas and it's a gorgeous little love letter to perseverance through storytelling, set against the backdrop of a film production office at the British Ministry of Information during the Second World War. Based on Lissa Evans' novel, Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy play characters whose access to the film industry has been contingent on the global crisis that takes other young men away from such trifling matters, and it's a real joy to watch.
Among other things, the film got us thinking about other films about making films. We're not talking about documentaries, even though Hearts Of Darkness, the documentary about the making of Apocalypse Now, may be the greatest film about »
Using vampirism for allegorical purposes, Michael O’Shea’s The Transfiguration is a truly stunning and heartbreaking effort from a first-time director who demonstrates an appreciation for horror, showing how the genre can be a vessel for exploring stories with deeper meanings without getting too preachy or heavy-handed. Anchored by incredible performances from Eric Ruffin and Chloe Levine, The Transfiguration defies yet embraces its conventions, all while playing like a love letter to the vampire sub-genre. This riveting progressive horror story sunk its teeth deep into my soul.
The Transfiguration follows Milo (Ruffin), a troubled teen living in New York City with his older brother, Lewis (Aaron Clifton Moten), after losing both of his parents. Milo has a fascination (“obsession” might be a more accurate term) with vampires, and it’s starting to spill over into his everyday life. Consumed with thoughts of blood and killing, Milo even studies online »
- Heather Wixson
Region B Blu-ray
Vlm Media (Finland)
1952 / B&W / 1:37 flat / 68 74 min. / Street Date November 25, 2016 / Available from Cdon.Com / €19.95
Cinematography, Editing: Erik Blomberg
Costume, Wardrobe, Makeup: Mirjami Kuosmanen
Original Music: Einar Englund
Produced by: Aame Tarkas
Directed by Erik Blomberg
A few years back the pioneering disc boutique Mondo Macabro imported a number of exotic Eastern horror films, such as Purana Mandir from India. The movies seemed a real cultural curiosity, an imitation of our genre filmmaking with local touches added. Phil Hardy’s Encyclopedia of Horror reference book whetted my appetite for scores of amazing-sounding foreign horror pictures, that I thought I’d never see. Many have been made available in the digital age, although not always in this Region. A friend loaned me this exotic picture, »
- Glenn Erickson
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