1-20 of 38 items from 2015 « Prev | Next »
Distributor TWC-Radius managed a difficult feat with an inspired marketing campaign for the release of foreign arthouse horror film Goodnight Mommy, the excellent directorial debut of duo Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz. In its seventy days of release during its Us theatrical run, the film racked up over a million in ticket sales and enjoyed some excellent word of mouth attention. The Venice premiered item has also acquired notable critical acclaim and, at the time of its Blu-ray release, has made it to the shortlist of possible nominees for a Best Foreign Language Academy Award nomination. Grisly, uncomfortable, and beautifully executed, it’s an unprecedented amount of attention considering the subject matter.
In the isolated Austrian countryside, nine-year-old twins Lukas and Elias (Lukas and Elias Schwarz) live alone with their mother (Susanne Wuest). Recently, she’s undergone cosmetic surgery, her face completely bandaged as she attempts to recover peacefully in their quiet home. »
- Nicholas Bell
Circus of the Face: A Delectable Restoration of Obscure Canadian Horror Film
The 1961 horror film The Mask owns several notable distinctions. Not only was it the first Canadian film widely distributed in the United States, but it was also the only 3D feature from the country to play here, as well as the Canada’s first foray into the genre. It’s the last of only two titles directed by Julian Roffman, who would eventually produce a small handful of films (including the obscure early 70s delight The Pyx).
The Toronto International Film Festival’s sole surviving 35mm print was deemed too brittle after an initial screening, but thanks to a recent collaboration between Tiff and the 3D Film Archive, it’s been restored to former glory and screened as part of the 2015 Tiff Cinematheque program. Though noticeably spare on plot, Roffman’s film does feature a delightful trio of »
- Nicholas Bell
(Region B) Akira Kurosawa's unquestioned top rank classic remains a fascinating study of truth and justice. A forest encounter left a man murdered and his wife raped. Or did something entirely different happen? The witnesses Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura and Machiko Kyo give radically differing testimony. This UK edition offers a full commentary by Japanese film expert Stuart Galbraith IV. Rashômon Region B UK Blu-ray BFI 1950 / B&W / 1.33:1 / 88 min. / Street Date September 21, 2015 / Available at Amazon UK / £15.99 Starring Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyo, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki, Kichijiro Ueda, Fumiko Honma. Cinematography Kazuo Miyagawa Art Direction So Matsuyama Film Editor Akira Kurosawa Original Music Fumio Hayasaka Written by Shinobu Hashimoto, Akira Kurosawa from stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa Produced by Minoru Jingo, Masaichi Nagata Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
This reviewer doesn't review most foreign discs, but with major studios licensing out their libraries, there are »
- Glenn Erickson
Yet another European art film director tries his hand at cerebral Sci-fi. Alain Resnais' openly experimental movie uses a generic time travel framework to, what else, explore the phenomenon of memory. Suicidal melancholic Claude Rich is projected back exactly one year, for exactly one minute. What could go wrong? Je t'aime, je t'aime Blu-ray Kino Classics 1968 / Color /1:66 widescreen / 94 min. / Street Date November 10, 2015 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Claude Rich, Olga Georges-Picot, Anouk Ferjac. Cinematography Jean Boffety Film Editors Albert Jurgenson, Colette Leloup Original Music Krzysztof Penderecki Written by Jacques Sternberg, Alain Resnais Produced by Mag Bodard Directed by Alain Resnais
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
My very first UCLA film class in the Fall of 1970 dispatched us to the Vagabond Theater to see a double bill of two 'art' movies that play fast and loose with narrative conventions: Luis Buñuel's Ensayo de un Crimen and Alain Resnais' Je t'aime, »
- Glenn Erickson
In today's roundup: André Bazin on Chris Marker, "100 women directors Hollywood should be hiring," reviews of Georges Franju's Eyes Without a Face, Jaume Collet-Serra’s Orphan, Peter Strickland's Berberian Sound Studio and Terry Gilliam's new memoir, interviews with Hou Hsiao-hsien, Todd Haynes, Clive Owen (by RZA), Patricia Arquette (by Marc Maron) and Alan Howarth, remembrances of Fred Thompson, José Fonseca e Costa and Steve Gebhardt, plus: Elaine May will make a documentary for PBS about Mike Nichols, while Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard (20,000 Days on Earth) are adapting stories by Neil Gaiman for British television. And more. » - David Hudson »
Halloween doesn’t have to be over once the last trick-or-treater has crept back into the shadows of the night. You may still be possessed by the spirit of the holiday and in desperate need of some real scares. In an effort to address that need and help you find a choice that goes beyond the usual iconography of the season, I’ve picked three titles that may not immediately jump to mind when it comes to autumn-tinged chills and terror. They are not self-consciously seasonal choices, like John Carpenter’s Halloween or Michael Dougherty’s 2007 anthology Trick ‘R Treat, both excellent choices for cinematic fear on the pumpkin circuit. Two of them rely more on mood, creeping dread, an insinuating style and, dare I say, even a poetic approach to storytelling than the usual Samhain-appropriate fare. And one has an inexplicably bad reputation in the halls of conventional wisdom, »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Passionate, opinionated and never afraid to rip a terrible movie to shreds (we're looking at you, Entourage), Mark Kermode has built up a devoted following thanks to his weekly BBC Radio 5 live film review show with Simon Mayo.
Now Kermode will be the face of BFI Player+, selecting and introducing hidden gems and new releases for the on-demand service's Kermode Recommends series.
A champion of all things horror, we caught up with Kermode to get five recommendations for Halloween viewing. If these films frightened the life out of The Good Doctor, who knows what they'll do to the rest of us?
The Exorcist (1973)
"The thing with The Exorcist, which is my favourite film of all time, is that it still stands up to this day. The classic thing about it is exactly what [director] William Friedkin said, which is it's a film that gives to you what you bring to it. »
Special Mention: Werckmeister Harmonies
Directed by Bela Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky
Written by László Krasznahorkai and Bela Tarr
2000, Hungary / Italy / Germany
Genre: Emotional Horror
Bela Tarr is a filmmaker whose work is a highly acquired taste, but as a metaphysical horror story, Werckmeister Harmonies is an utter masterpiece that should appeal to most cinephiles. The film title refers to the 17th-century German organist-composer Andreas Werckmeister, esteemed for his influential structure and harmony of music. Harmonies is strung together like a magnificent symphony working on the viewer’s emotions over long stretches of time even when the viewer is unaware of what’s going on. Attempting to make sense of Tarr’s movies in strict narrative terms is not the best way to go about watching his films; but regardless if you come away understanding Harmonies or not, you won’t soon forget the film. Harmonies is a technical triumph, shot »
- Ricky Fernandes
As part of HitFix's recent Ultimate Horror Movie Poll, genre icon Clive Barker (whose own "Hellraiser" finished at No. 43 on the Top 100) gave us his personal picks for the 10 greatest horror films of all time -- all of which saw release before 1980. If you're looking for Halloween weekend viewing ideas -- and you're not afraid of subtitles and older movies -- this might be a good place to start. After checking out Barker's full list below (not to mention his personal appreciation of "Bride of Frankenstein"), you can peruse over 100 individual Top 10 lists submitted by such names as Scott Derrickson, James Gunn, "Re-Animator" director Stuart Gordon and Cassandra Peterson (a.k.a. Elvira, Mistress of the Dark) by navigating here. 10. Eyes Without a Face (1960) 9. Suspiria (1977) 8. Orpheus (1950) 7. Onibaba (1964) 6. Freaks (1932) 5. The Exorcist (1973) 4. Dracula (1958) 3. Carrie (1976) 2. The Brood (1979) 1. Bride of Frankenstein (1935) Clive's personal appreciation of "Bride of Frankenstein": If I had to choose »
- Chris Eggertsen
In today's roundup: Praise for Criterion's release of David Lynch's Mulholland Dr., revisiting Georges Franju's Eyes Without a Face and Spike Lee's Bamboozled, The Babadook and It Follows as harbingers of a new wave of horror, Arthur Freed as the true "author" of Meet Me in St. Louis, Terry Gilliam's memoir, the career of Geraldine Page, chats with Agnès Varda and Catherine Hardwicke, art work by The Wolfpack boys, remembering film critic Philip French—and Patricia Arquette has joined Robert Pattinson and Mia Goth in the cast of Claire Denis’s as-yet-untitled science fiction project, written by Zadie Smith her husband, Nick Laird. » - David Hudson »
Here we are at what is a surprisingly modern list. At the beginning of this, I didn’t expect to see so much cultural impact coming from films so recently made, but that’s the way it goes. The films that define the horror genre aren’t necessarily the scariest or the most expensive or even the best. The films that define the genre point to a movement – movies that changed the game and influenced all the films after it. Movies that transcend the horror genre. Movies that broke the mold and changed the way horror can be created.
10. El laberinto del fauno (2006)
English Language Title: Pan’s Labyrinth
Directed by: Gullermo del Toro
It’s more a dark fantasy film than a horror film, but it would be tough to make a list of 50 of those. Plus, it has enough graphic, nightmarish images to push it over the threshold. »
- Joshua Gaul
*Updated with new film and TV show listings.* Happy October, everyone! Our favorite month is finally upon us, which means everyone is getting into the Halloween spirit, especially when it comes to upcoming TV programming over the next 31 days. Trying to keep track of everything that’s playing throughout October can be a hellish affair, so once again Daily Dead is here to help make sure you know about everything Halloween-related hitting cable and network airwaves over the coming weeks.
* All Updated & Additional Listings Are In Bold (all times listed are Et/Pt)*
Thursday, October 1st
9:00am – Halloween Crazier (Travel Channel)
4:00pm – Firestarter (AMC)
6:00pm – The Last Exorcism (Syfy)
6:30pm – Pet Sematary (AMC)
8:00pm – My Babysitter’s a Vampire (Disney)
10:00pm – Dominion Season 3 Finale (Syfy)
10:30 pm – Cujo (AMC)
- Heather Wixson
(Georges Franju, 1960; BFI, 15, DVD/Blu-ray)
One of the great figures of French cinema, Georges Franju (1912-1987) was the creator with Henri Langlois of the Cinémathèque Française in 1937, a pioneer film archivist, an offbeat documentarist and, finally, starting in his late 40s, a feature director most famous for this classic fantasy movie. The infinitely re-viewable Les yeux sans visage (as it was originally called) belongs in a tradition of horror combining the visceral, the philosophical and the psychological, ranging from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In, and it shocked and disgusted audiences when it appeared alongside Psycho and Peeping Tom in 1960.
Continue reading »
- Philip French
Coming up in November, the Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival 2015 edition is set to rock the upstate NY college town with some inspirational freakiness. The festival has teamed up with new horror streaming provider Shudder to present the retrospective series Organic Horror: Obsession with Body Alterations. Not for the squeamish, the series will include horror classics, such as Georges Franju's Eyes Without A Face, Andrej Zulawski's Possession, Shinya Tsukamoto's Tetsuo, Takeshi Miike's Audition, and David Cronenberg's Shivers, restored for its 40th anniversary.The first title wave also includes films about to play Fantastic Fest, and some that have screened at Tiff and the Stanley Film Festival. Attendees can see Mads Mikkelsen act smarmy and gross in Anders Thomas Jensen's twisted Men & Chicken, Antoine Bardou-Jacquet's fake moon landing comedy...
[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
Mom Without a Face: Fiala/Franz’s Fiction Debut a Mesmerizing Slice of Psychological Horror
Once you’re made aware that Goodnight Mommy is the fictional directorial debut from directing tandem Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz (partner to and writer of the works of Ulrich Seidl). A delightfully perverse purveyor of Austrian social dysfunction, you’ll know to expect something kind of twisted and bizarre. Fiala/Franz certainly delivers with an eerie portrait of identical twin horror that will eventually rank as one of the more notable titles in the slim subgenre. Effectively grotesque and downright chilling by the time it spits out its final frames, Franz unleashes her own brand of sinister familial interactions that proves to surpass even Seidl’s cynical worldview.
In the isolated Austrian countryside, nine-year-old twins Lukas and Elias (Lukas and Elias Schwarz) live alone with their mother (Susanne Wuest). Recently, she’s undergone cosmetic surgery, »
- Nicholas Bell
★★★★☆ If you only know Eyes Without a Face (1960) from the Billy Idol rock ballad, then you are in for a treat. Georges Franju's Gallic body horror is a complex atmospheric chiller which balances graphic shocks with subtle characterisation. A woman Louise (Alida Valli) drives through the French countryside at night. In the backseat, a passenger sways unconscious. Parking by a river, the woman drags the passenger down the muddy bank and drops her in the water. The celebrated Dr. Génessier (Pierre Brasseur) is called to the morgue to identify a body which might be his missing daughter. He does so and a funeral follows but all is not as it seems as his assistant Louise stands by his side.
- CineVue UK
The organizers behind the Ithaca International Film Festival in upstate New York have released promotional artwork from comic and video game industry veteran Steve Ellis (The Only Living Boy, Green Lantern Corps). Now in its fourth year, Iifff celebrates the weird and the wild in International cinema. The annual program includes a competition of genre films from around the world as well as a retrospective showcase of cult classics and genre heavyweights. The art from Ellis, who has created the poster every year since the festival’s inception, is always one of the highlights of the buildup to the event in November.
This year’s Iifff retrospective promises to be the most skin-crawling yet with Organic Horror: Obsessions with Body Alterations. Ellis’s moody and evocative image appropriates iconography from several of the films that will be screened, including Georges Franju’s Eyes Without A Face, Andrzej Zulawski’s Possession, »
- Luke Dorian Blackwood
“Phoenix,” the spellbinding new film from the German director Christian Petzold, hinges on the sort of conceit that some have dismissed as ruinously implausible, while others have concluded that its implausibility is more or less the point. In a movie of exacting subtlety, it sometimes takes the baldest of contrivances to cut straight to the heart of the matter. World War II has just ended, and Nelly Lenz, a Jewish singer and an Auschwitz survivor, is about to undergo reconstructive surgery after a disfiguring gunshot wound. When she is later reunited with Johnny, the faithless husband who betrayed her to the Nazis to save his own skin, he fails to recognize who she is. Still, he discerns enough of a resemblance to propose a lowly scheme: Nelly — or Esther, as she calls herself — will pass herself off as his presumed-dead wife so they can collect her inheritance.
How could Johnny »
- Justin Chang
The weird traditions and customs of cubscouting are the Usp of this effective Belgian horror about a group of boys on a excursion in a creepy forest
There’s an effective nastiness to this slasher-horror about a cub-scout pack from first-time Belgian director Jonas Govaerts, who draws on influences ranging from Guillermo Del Toro to Sam Raimi – though not Baden-Powell. (One character is surnamed Franju, incidentally, which may be a tiny homage to Eyes Without a Face: mask-wearing turns out to be important.) A cub troop is about to go on a camping trip, but there’s tension in the ranks: a lot of the boys don’t much like Sam (Maurice Luijten), a troubled kid from a broken home. When they pitch camp in a creepy forest, the cubs have a fantasy game about a werewolf called Kai who comes out at night. But it’s only Sam »
- Peter Bradshaw
Return From the Ashes: Petzold’s Compelling Resurrection of WWII Aftermath
At the head of the cinematic movement referred to as the Berlin School of filmmaking is auteur Christian Petzold, an internationally renowned artist whose works have met with increasing critical success and notable visibility. Usually utilizing the talents of his frequent collaborator, German beauty Nina Hoss, the duo has returned with Phoenix, their follow-up to the celebrated 2012 title, Barbara, where it snagged a Best Actress award at the Berlin Film Festival.
While that film examined a predicament in early 80’s East Berlin, Petzold reaches farther back into the troubled tumultuousness of Germany history with his latest feature, set shortly after the end of WWII. The surviving members of Germany’s populace are forced to contend with restructuring via the help of outside military sources, as well as dealing with the returning survivors of the concentration camps. Like most of Petzold’s films, »
- Nicholas Bell
1-20 of 38 items from 2015 « Prev | Next »
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners