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Madrid — Two of Spain’s most anticipated titles of the year – Alberto Rodriguez’s true-life Spanish espionage expose “Smoke & Mirrors” and Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s serial-killer procedural “May God Save Us” – will world premiere in main competition at the 64th San Sebastian Festival.
Also competing at the highest-profile film event in the Spanish-speaking world: Romantic dramedy “La Reconquista,” a first big fest bow for Jonas Trueba, an engaging, audience-friendly arthouse auteur..
Starring Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver and Felicity Jones, Spaniard Juan Antonio Bayona’s “A Monster Calls” will celebrate its European premiere at San Sebastian, screening out of competition, as announced last week.
Presented Thursday in Madrid, the 11 Spanish features selected for this year’s San Sebastian invite several off-the-cuff conclusions. First, eight are world premieres: The large spread of fresh films from Spain remains one of San Sebastian’s biggest lures.
Again, Spanish producers used to think thrice before premiering »
- John Hopewell
Summer just officially started just a few days ago, so Halloween is months away. Perhaps a great way to get us cooled off, to put us in a Fall state of mind, would be to pay a visit to one of the oldest horror movie icons: the vampire. Everyone’s aware of how scary those fanged fiends can be, but you may have forgotten how funny they are (intentionally, of course). Movie audiences have emitted nervous laughter ever since Max Schreck emerged from the shadows in the silent classic Nosferatu. And certainly there are bits (and bites) of humor (mostly comic relief supporting players) in 1931’s Dracula and Mark Of The Vampire, both with Bela Lugosi. It wasn’t until 1948 that he was in an all out farce (though the Count is never lampooned) in Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein. After Hammer Studios brought back (in full gory color) the bloodsuckers ten years later, »
- Jim Batts
The Kickstarter-funded project is being directed by David Lee Fisher (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) and is described as a “remix” of the 1922 movie, which will feature a blend of live-action footage combined with colorized digital backgrounds recreated from the original film.
This is not the only remake of Nosferatu on the horizon, with Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8 tapping The Witch director Robert Eggers to helm a version, although there’s no word yet as to when that project might move forward.
- Gary Collinson
Jones has scored the title role in "Nosferatu," David Lee Fisher's upcoming remake of F.W. Murnau's iconic 1922 silent German expressionist horror film - considered the first true vampire film ever made.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Max Schreck’s haunting portrayal of Count Orlok in Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror has provided nightmare fuel for nearly one century. To further immortalize Schreck’s performance and appearance in F.W. Murnau’s classic film, Black Heart has created a new life-size bust of Schreck’s legendary vampire.
Now available to pre-order from Sideshow Collectibles for $649.99, Black Heart’s Count Orlok life-size bust is expected to ship between May–June 2016. The collectible stands 21 inches tall, has a 12-inch width, and weighs in at 16 pounds.
Below, we have details and photos of the Nosferatu bust, and to learn more, visit:
From Sideshow Collectibles: “The first film based on Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel, Dracula is Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror. This German Expressionist silent-era horror film, directed by F.W. Murnau, stars Max Schreck as the vampire, Count Orlok.
The look of Schreck’s vampire frightened movie audiences. »
- Derek Anderson
Before David Bowie became a massive international rock icon, he logged his first movie role in Michael Armstrong's The Image, an obscure, black-and-white short horror film that has just been officially released for the first time online by the Wall Street Journal. Directed by Michael Armstrong, who could go on to helm such cult horror movies as Mark of the Devil and House of the Long Shadows, the film stars then-unknown actor Michael Byrne as an artist whose painting of a young man seemingly comes to life. Bowie was just 20 years old when the film was released and is magnetic as the elegant ghoul who torments his creator. “It got an X-certificate. I think it was the first short that got an X-certificate. For its violence, which in itself was extraordinary,” Armstong told the Wall Street Journal, which was given permission to post the film in its entirety by the David Bowie Archive. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Sorry, fans of The Witch. The director behind one of the most original horror movies in years is not interested in rehashing his thriller for a sequel. While most scary movies get a follow-up once they hit big with an audience, it doesn't sound like that is happening here. Despite The Witch becoming somewhat of a phenomenon.
Both critically acclaimed and a box office hit, The Witch has a rich mythology that could sustain a number of sequels. But writer and director Robert Eggers has no interest in going down that well-trod road. This tale of a tormented Puritan family and their goat Black Phillip has already grossed $16 million, which is a lot for a small indie like this. And The Witch 2 would surely be an even bigger hit as The Witch gains more of an audience on the home market and VOD. But there will not be a Witch »
Although it was previously reported that The Witch's Robert Eggers is planning on doing a remake of F.W. Murnau's 1922 silent classic Nosferatu, his next feature film directorial effort will likely be a medieval knight epic titled The Knight. But according to Deadline, the filmmaker also has a small screen project in the works. The site has learned that Eggers has been tapped by Media Rights... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Media Rights Capital and Parts and Labor are producing the project which will explore the mad monk's rise to power as both advisor to the Russian Imperial family and personal physician to Tsar Nicholas II's young son along with his bloody death in St. Petersburg in 1916.
The project is separate from the film take in the works with Jason Hall ("American Sniper") penning and Leonardo DiCaprio attached to potentially play him. Eggers is also working on a visceral adaptation of F.W. Murnau's 1922 silent vampire classic "Nosferatu".
Various acclaimed actors like Christopher Lee, Gerard Depardieu, Tom Baker, and most famously Alan Rickman have portrayed Rasputin over the years - Rickman scoring an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a SAG award for his performance. »
- Garth Franklin
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