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Finals Week: The Rise of Women in Horror Fandom and Film

20 December 2010 9:16 PM, PST | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

By James Morgart

“There is no pleasure. There is no pain. There is only skin.” - Pinhead, Hellraiser III

“Women tend to be more tolerant about visceral things because they have more direct personal experience with them. They cope with periods once a month, they go through childbirth and they are usually the ones who look after the bleeding and battered limbs when the kids take a tumble. They can put blood and gore in context and generally cope better than men.” - Bela Lugosi

Most scholarship on the horror film has assumed that males are the primary spectators of horror; however, there have been developments, both in scholarship as well as in mainstream media, to contradict this point. In 2009, journalist Michelle Orange pointed out, in an article written for the New York Times, “Recent box office receipts show that women have an even bigger appetite for these [horror] films than men. »

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Death Of Scream Queens and The New Blood

8 December 2010 11:17 PM, PST | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

by Mike Pickle

The key selling point to many great (and tons of not-so-great) Horror films is young, attractive women. You can't have a scary monster or a psychopathic killer without a damsel in distress for them to terrorize.

Sure, a female lead is a necessary component to any film, but no other genre relies as heavily on strong female characters as Horror. The women who do it best and do it more often are awarded the title of "Scream Queen".

They are the emotional core, the eye candy, and the very reason that these films both scare and excite us. The look of fear in their eyes transports us into their world and makes us feel what it must be like to be chased by a demented murderer, mythical beast or demon from hell. As our society changes, adapts and evolves; so must the Horror genre.

Many Scream Queens »

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Sundance 2011: New Imagery from Troll Hunter! Best Look at the Beast Yet!

2 December 2010 3:08 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

One film that will be gracing the screen at the Sundance Film Festival that we're dying to see is Troll Hunter. If you have any question as to why we're fiending so badly for this flick, then these news stills should more than answer your question!

Magnet Releasing, genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, announced that it has acquired world rights (excluding Europe) to writer/director André Ovredal’s docu-style horror flick so expect to see it hopefully soon.

Shot in a vérité style, Troll Hunter is the story of a group of Norwegian film students that set out to capture real-life trolls on camera after learning their existence has been covered up for years by a government conspiracy. A thrilling and wildly entertaining film, Hunter is said to deliver truly fantastic images of giant trolls wreaking havoc on the countryside, with darkly funny adherence to the original Norwegian folklore.

“Troll »

- Uncle Creepy

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Apply for Your Norwegian Troll Hunter License!

27 November 2010 4:17 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The Norwegian PR company behind the monster mash Troll Hunter is whipping a copious amount of Troll ass and you can help by obtaining your official Troll Hunter License. That is ... if you can read Norwegian!

Magnet Releasing, genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, announced that it has acquired world rights (excluding Europe) to writer/director André Ovredal’s docu-style horror flick so expect to see it hopefully soon.

Shot in a vérité style, Troll Hunter is the story of a group of Norwegian film students that set out to capture real-life trolls on camera after learning their existence has been covered up for years by a government conspiracy. A thrilling and wildly entertaining film, Hunter is said to deliver truly fantastic images of giant trolls wreaking havoc on the countryside, with darkly funny adherence to the original Norwegian folklore.

“Troll Hunter is one hell of a ride, with trolls the size of King Kong, »

- Uncle Creepy

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Two More Troll Hunter Clips to Leave Your Jaws on the Floor!

19 November 2010 12:15 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Every single thing we see from The Troll Hunter makes us wish this movie were right here, right now, in our hands. If you haven't seen or heard anything about this one, prepare to be excited!

Magnet Releasing, genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, announced that it has acquired world rights (excluding Europe) to writer/director André Ovredal’s docu-style horror flick so expect to see it hopefully soon.

Shot in a vérité style, Troll Hunter is the story of a group of Norwegian film students that set out to capture real-life trolls on camera after learning their existence has been covered up for years by a government conspiracy. A thrilling and wildly entertaining film, Hunter is said to deliver truly fantastic images of giant trolls wreaking havoc on the countryside, with darkly funny adherence to the original Norwegian folklore.

“Troll Hunter is one hell of a ride, with trolls the size of King Kong, »

- Uncle Creepy

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Latest found footage films Dark Moon and The Troll Hunter snapped up

19 October 2010 8:42 AM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

One of Hollywood's current fads is for supernatural tales based on the fictional discovery of video recordings.

The Blair Witch Project reignited the 'found footage' genre in 1999, and we've recently had such mockumentary releases as Cloverfield (2008), Paranormal Activity (2009), The Fourth Kind (2009) and Last Exorcism (2010).

Next on the list is Dark Moon, from The Fourth Kind's writer-director Olatunde Osunsanmi (pictured above).

Warner Bros has picked up the project, which will also be directed by Olatunde and is based on the idea that lunar missions continued in secret after Apollo 17.

Deadline says the project "follows a black ops post-Apollo mission sent to the moon to explore previously classified discoveries and its unintended and disturbing consequences."

Meanwhile, Magnet Releasing, part of Magnolia Pictures, has picked up global distribution rights (excluding Europe) for Norwegian monster movie The Troll Hunter. It's expected to hit cinemas in 2011.

Written and directed by Andre Ovredal, the movie »

- David Bentley

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Magnet Keeping Sci-Fi Alive By Distributing Troll Hunter

18 October 2010 4:16 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

We recently ran a trailer for a Norweigan film called Troll Hunter that has been making the rounds in the festival circuit and doing so to resoundingly positive receptions from appreciative audiences. Thankfully, the folks over at Magnet feel the same way and have picked up the piece for distribution, according to a issued press release. The film follows a group of documentary filmmakers into the wilderness of Norway along with a guide who happens to be a certified troll hunter. What the group gets is much more than they originally anticipated, though, as troll after troll comes out of the woodwork to wreak havoc on our cocky, unsuspecting heroes. Tom Quinn from Magnet had this to say about the acquisition: .The Troll Hunter is one hell of a ride, with trolls the size of King Kong. André Ovredal has created a one-of-a-kind creature feature that.s sure to entertain »

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Magnet Releasing to Distribute The Troll Hunter

18 October 2010 3:42 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

We've talked about this fun looking Norwegian film called The Troll Hunter on the site before, showed you a couple of trailers, and now we're here to tell you that the movie found itself a distributor. It was recently picked up by Magnet Releasing, and the film will find it's way into theaters sometime in 2011. 

The film is described as a "tongue-in-cheek moc-doc that proposes that the Norwegian government has been hiding the fact that they have a secret population of trolls - real, actual trolls - living on game preserves in the far north of the country, kept safe and secure and out of the public eye to prevent mass panic should people realize that these fairy tale creatures are real. Those high tension power lines you see stretching out over the horizon in unpopulated areas, seemingly going nowhere? Not power lines at all but an electric fence to keep the beasts contained! »

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Magnet Releasing Picks Up Fun Norwegian Doc The Troll Hunter

18 October 2010 3:30 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Great news to report! Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Mark Cuban's Magnolia Pictures, has acquired distribution rights to the Norwegian mockumentary called Troll Hunter, or Trolljegeren, written/directed by André Ovredal. We've been following this film ever since we found the first teaser, then it premiered at Fantastic Fest, where Jeremy saw it and loved it. It's damn good to hear that Magnet will be bringing this to theaters. "A thrilling and wildly entertaining film, The Troll Hunter delivers truly fantastic images of giant trolls wreaking havoc on the countryside, with darkly funny adherence to the original Norwegian folklore." Here are some blurbs from their press release."The Troll Hunter is one hell of a ride, with trolls the size of King Kong," said Magnet Svp Tom Quinn. "André Ovredal has created a one-of-a-kind creature feature that’s sure to entertain and wow audiences all over the world. »

- Alex Billington

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Magnet Attracts Troll Hunter! Going Theatrical in 2011!

18 October 2010 3:24 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Magnet Releasing, genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, announced today that it has acquired world rights (excluding Europe) to writer/director André Ovredal’s docu-style horror flick.

Shot in a vérité style, Troll Hunter is the story of a group of Norwegian film students that set out to capture real-life trolls on camera after learning their existence has been covered up for years by a government conspiracy. A thrilling and wildly entertaining film, Hunter is said to deliver truly fantastic images of giant trolls wreaking havoc on the countryside, with darkly funny adherence to the original Norwegian folklore.

“Troll Hunter is one hell of a ride, with trolls the size of King Kong,” said Magnet Svp Tom Quinn. “André Ovredal has created a one-of-a-kind creature feature that’s sure to entertain and wow audiences all over the world. We’re extremely proud to add it to the Magnet slate.”

"The interest »

- Uncle Creepy

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The Troll Hunter Will be Released by Magnet; Watch the Vérité Style Trailer

18 October 2010 12:25 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

One of the four secret screenings at this year’s Fantastic Fest was a little handheld film called The Troll Hunter. Most people had not heard of the film at that point, and not many more know about it now despite a great response. I was not personally at the screening, but Twitter was alive with praises for the flick and focused on how varied and great the trolls looked. You may be tired of the “found footage” genre, but this might be a flick to look into for its unique qualities. Did I mention this film has enormous, forest-wrecking trolls? Magnet, the genre arm of Magnolia, has picked up the film for worldwide distribution (except Europe). I cannot wait to see this on the big screen. Hit the jump to watch the trailer and we’ve also provided the press release:

Also, just a warning: it is probably best »

- Bill Graham

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The Troll Hunter Goes to Magnet Releasing

18 October 2010 12:05 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Troll Hunter goes to Magnet Releasing The Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnet Releasing, genre arm of Magnolia Pictures announced today that it has acquired World rights excluding Europe to writer/director Andr&#233 Ovredal's The Troll Hunter, produced by John M. Jacobsen and Sveinung Golimo.

Shot in a v&#233rit&#233 style, The Troll Hunter is the story of a group of Norwegian film students that set out to capture real-life trolls on camera after learning their existence has been covered up for years by a government conspiracy.

"The Troll Hunter is one hell of a ride, with trolls the size of King Kong," said Magnet Svp Tom Quinn. "Andr&#233 Ovredal has created a one-of-a-kind creature feature that's sure to entertain and wow audiences all over the world. We're extremely proud to add it to the Magnet slate."

"The interest in The Troll Hunter from around the world has been overwhelming," says producer Jacobsen. »

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Magnet Releasing Captures The Troll Hunter

18 October 2010 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

The Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnet Releasing, genre arm of Magnolia Pictures announced today that it has acquired World rights excluding Europe to writer/director André Ovredal's The Troll Hunter , produced by John M. Jacobsen and Sveinung Golimo. Shot in a vérité style, The Troll Hunter is the story of a group of Norwegian film students that set out to capture real-life trolls on camera after learning their existence has been covered up for years by a government conspiracy. "'The Troll Hunter' is one hell of a ride, with trolls the size of King Kong," said Magnet Svp Tom Quinn. "André Ovredal has created a one-of-a-kind creature feature that's sure to entertain and wow audiences all over the world. We're extremely proud to add it to the Magnet slate." »

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Ryan’s DVD And Blu-ray Picks For The Week Of Tuesday, September 28th 2010

3 October 2010 8:00 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

This week’s DVD and Blu-ray releases are truly some bankruptcy inducing titles. With two truly epic Blu-ray’s from Criterion to talk about, as well as a slew of new releases and catalog titles from various distributors, you’ll have to choose wisely, or perhaps just take out a loan on your house to pay for them all.

I know, I know. Tuesday was days ago, and we’re almost upon Tuesday again, where we’ll see a whole list of new titles. As those who follow me on Twitter know, I had a rather large event happen on Wednesday, which threw a wrench into my blogging plans. Nevertheless, I wanted to get these titles up, as I think they are incredibly important, and should be considered if you’re looking to drop some cash on DVDs and Blu-rays.

Before I get into this week’s new releases, I »

- Ryan Gallagher

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Kevin Smith Interview Cop Out Blu-ray, Twitter, 3D, Comic-Con, Red State, Hit Somebody and the Southwest Incident

19 July 2010 10:53 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

A couple weeks ago I was invited to participate in a roundtable interview with writer/director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy) to discuss the special edition Bluray release of his latest film Cop Out. While the focus of the roundtable was supposed to be the Cop Out Bluray’s Maximum Comedy Mode feature, Smith was very open to talk about many other topics. In fact, Smith extended our 15 minute interview in to a 45 minute interview. Put it this way: Smith is a publicist’s nightmare.

During our interview, Smith spoke not only about Cop Out and Maximum Comedy Mode (McM) but also about Twitter, Comic Con, 3D, his upcoming projects and more. Look for several self-deprecating and brutally honest comments from Smith – he even talks about the “Southwest incident” and discusses the harsh critical reaction to Cop Out. It’s a great interview. Continue reading to read the full interview. »

- Jake Lasker

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Harryhausen @ 90

30 June 2010 1:28 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Updated through 6/30.

"Children of the Hydra ... Happy 90th Birthday Ray Harryhausen, god of stop motion animation," tweeted Simon Pegg earlier today. The occasion marks the opening of the exhibition Ray Harryhausen: Myths and Legends at the London Film Museum and an announcement from the National Media Museum that it'll likely be acquiring Harryhausen's archive of drawings, storyboards and models: "Examples in the collection include the skeletons from Jason and the Argonauts [1963] and the Medusa and the Kraken from Clash of the Titans [1981]. It also features rare work by the pioneer special effects designer Willis O'Brien (1886-1962), the creator of King Kong, with whom Harryhausen worked early in his career and who was a major influence." »

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Ray Harryhausen donates life's work to UK museum

29 June 2010 7:17 AM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Movie veteran Ray Harryhausen is offering his life's work to the National Media Museum.

The special effects wizard was behind dozens of stop-motion creatures which featured in films such as the original Clash Of The Titans and Jason And The Argonauts.

The museum, in Bradford, will be able to display the collection if it can raise the funds to preserve it.

The collection contains concept designs for Harryhausen's films - such as drawings, paintings and storyboards - together with his animation models and the original moulds used to make them.

Examples include the skeletons from Jason And The Argonauts and the Medusa and the Kraken from Clash Of The Titans.

The collection also includes rare work by the pioneer special effects designer Willis O'Brien, the creator of King Kong, with whom Harryhausen worked early in his career and who was a major influence.

Harryhausen said: "Now I have reached 90 it is important, »

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Raavan's Bachchan and Rai Do The Ramayana: Badly

20 June 2010 10:02 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Big-budget Bollywood adventure Raavan, starring the golden couple Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai--from writer-director Mani Ratnam, director of Guru, with a rousing score by Slumdog Millionaire Oscar-winner A.R. Rahman--is a big overwrought dud. It's one of those dead-serious over-scale extravaganzas that boasts lavish resources--visual effects, swirling cameras, stunning scenery and lavish musical numbers--and comes up short. It's basically India's Robin Hood in more ways than one--all that money can buy in the way of production value and star power, but a big so-what? In some ways, Bachchan is playing chest-beating primitive King Kong to Rai's lovely Fay Wray. Reliance opened the violent action romance this weekend on 119 screens stateside; Raavan ranked fifteen on the box office chart with an estimated gross of $551,375. Review links »

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Why Ray Harryhausen's effects are still so special

17 June 2010 1:29 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

King Kong bowled him over, and in turn Ray Harryhausen bowled over millions with his stop-motion magic in the likes of The 7th Voyage of Sinbad and Jason of the Argonauts

In 1933, the 13-year-old Ray Harryhausen went to see King Kong at Grauman's Chinese theatre in Los Angeles. That is the moment his life changed. In 1958, the eight-year-old John Landis went to see The 7th Voyage of Sinbad at the Crest theatre in Los Angeles. That is the moment my life changed. I asked my mom: "Who makes the movie?" She answered: "The director." So from that moment on, a director was all I wanted to be.

When you ask someone for their favourite movie, they can usually tell you how old they were, the name of the theatre and who they were with when they first saw it. An argument can be made that, indeed, the movies are our collective memory, »

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Today’s Birthdays – 3/3/10

3 March 2010 6:26 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Got quite a few today – more than yesterday…

Rapper Tone Loc (aka Anthony Terrell Smith) is 44 today. Did you know that the music video to Wild Thang, the track that launched him into super-stardom in the late 80s, reportedly only cost $340 to make? It looked like it . Loc has been busy in recent years acting in bit parts here and there for TV shows mostly. He’s also seen some of his most popular tracks used in a few movie soundtracks – most recently, Armored, Obsessed, You Me And Dupree, Charlies Angels: Full Throttle and others. I certainly hope he’s collecting royalty checks!

Actor Robert Gossett (cousin of Louis Gossett Jr) is 56 today; The man’s done a lot of TV work, with likely his most recognizable role as Commander Taylor on TNT’s The Closer. He’s also done the soap opera dance, with parts in The Young & The Restless and Passions. »

- Tambay

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