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Elisabeth Moss & Alex Ross Perry Are on the Same Page; Reteam for Polanski Influenced “Queen of Earth”

30 July 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Making it a double casting mention type of day in the trades, after being added to Reed Morano’s Meadowland, Elisabeth Moss will also be reuniting with Alex Ross Perry on a project that harkens to the tune of mid-sixties Roman Polanski. While we await the mention of a female co-lead, Queen of Earth is being described as a psychological thriller a la Repulsion and Rosemary’s Baby and according to THR has Joe Swanberg on board to produce. Perry is currently on the fest circuit with Listen Up Philip — showings in Locarno and Next Fest are set for August.

Gist: This centers on two women who retreat to a beach house to get a break from the pressures of the outside world, only to realize how disconnected from each other they have become, allowing their suspicions to bleed into reality.

Worth Noting: Perry recently reteamed with helmer Bob Byington on 7 Chinese Brothers. »

- Eric Lavallee

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Locarno to honour Roman Polanski

28 July 2014 4:13 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Director Roman Polanski to hold a public masterclass at Swiss festival.

Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski, accompanied by his wife and actress Emmanuelle Seigner, is to be a guest of honour at the 67th Locarno Film Festival (Aug 6-16), where he will give a public talk about film.

As well as the masterclass with young filmmakers of the Locarno Summer Academy and public on Aug 15, Polanski will receive a special award from the festival.

He will also introduce a screening of Venus in Fur alongside actress Seigner on Aug 14 on the Piazza Grande.

The director, actor, producer and screenwriter is best known for features includes Repulsion (1965), Rosemary’s Baby (1968), Chinatown (1974) and The Pianist (2002), for which he won the Oscar for best director.

Locarno artistic director Carlo Chatrian said: “Roman Polanski’s films have been a regular feature of my trajectory as a filmgoer - making me laugh, shiver, think, and be emotionally moved.

“It has been »

- (Michael Rosser)

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The Definitive Foreign Language Horror Films: 20-11

25 July 2014 6:41 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

In an odd turn of events, this list has a number of films that don’t have English-language titles. They just go by whatever the original title was. Good for us. What we do see in this portion of the list is a few movies that weren’t really created specifically to be horror films, but their themes and visuals made it so. In addition, we have some heavyweights of non-horror cinema creating horror films that push the genre all the more upward. “Thinking man horror,” if you will.

20. Le locataire (1976)

English Language Title: The Tenant

Directed by: Roman Polanski

Roman Polanski has made one of the greatest horror “trilogies” of all time with 1965′s British production Repulsion, 1968′s American production Rosemary’s Baby, and 1976′s French production The Tenant, completing his “Apartment Trilogy.” Unlike the other two, Polanski actually stars in The Tenant as Trelkovsky, a reserved man renting an apartment in Paris. »

- Joshua Gaul

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Venus In Fur – The Review

17 July 2014 3:38 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Venus In Fur is from American playwright David Ives’ Tony Award-winning play, a two-character S&M tale set in New York. Now comes the film version, which is set in Paris and is in French. C’est quoi ce bordel? It’s the latest movie directed by 80-year old perv Roman Polanksi who has cast his pretty 46-year old French wife Emmanuelle Seigner in the lead. Venus In Fur is a kinky backstage tango that never quite sizzles, but it’s still an entertaining and often funny riff on the issues of sex and power. I just wish it had been filmed in English.

Venus In Fur opens with stage writer-director Thomas (Mathieu Amalric) alone in a Paris theater after a long day of auditioning actresses for his new play, an adaptation of an 18th century erotic tale that explores the explosive relationship between a domineering mistress and her submissive male subject/slave. »

- Tom Stockman

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Catherine Deneuve to head Dinard jury

4 July 2014 5:07 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

French film star to be president of the Dinard British Film Festival’s 25th edition.

The Dinard British Film Festival (Oct 8-12) has named French film star Catherine Deneuve as its President of the competition jury for its 25th edition.

Deneuve, best known for her roles in Belle du Jour and Repulsion and more recently François Ozon’s Potiche, has more than 100 film credits to her name.  Her breakthrough role was in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg in 1964 and she went on to work with directors including Francois Truffaut, Luis Buñuel and Roman Polanski.

Deneuve was nominated for an Oscar in 1993 for her performance in Indochine. She won César Awards for Indochine and The Last Metro (1980). She has also appeared in several English-language films such as 1983 cult classic The Hunger. In 2008, she appeared in her 100th film, Un conte de Noël.

The 70-year-old actress won the lifetime achievement award from the European Film Academy last December. Her last film »

- (Michael Rosser)

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Catherine Deneuve to Preside Over Dinard Fest’s Jury

4 July 2014 4:04 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– French star Catherine Deneuve will serve as president of the 25th Dinard British Film Festival’s competition jury.

Best known for her roles in “Belle du Jour” and “Repulsion,” Deneuve has more than 100 film credits to her name.  She broke through with “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” in 1964 and went on to work with some of cinema’s greatest directors including Francois Truffaut and Luis Buñuel.

Deneuve follows in the footsteps of  Eric Cantona – who was joined by jury members including Actress Alice Eve, Actor Toby Jones, Academy Award winning producer David Parfitt, Actor Michael Smiley, Screenwriter Natalie Carter, Director Fred Cavayé, Actor Hippolyte Girardot, and Director/screenwriter Amanda Sthers.

The Dinard British Film Festival runs from 8-12 October in Dinard, in the French region of Brittany.




- Elsa Keslassy

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Best Criterion Titles to Buy During Barnes & Noble's 50% Off Sale

30 June 2014 3:54 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Barnes & Noble has just kicked off their 50% off Criterion sale and while it's impossible to suggest titles that will suit everyone looking to beef up their collection at this perfect time of year, I will do my best to offer some suggestions. Let's get to it... My Absolute First Pick I am almost done going through this collection and it was a collection I got for Christmas under these exact circumstances. Typically priced at $224.99, you can now get this amazing set of 25 Zatoichi films for only $112. Box sets, in my opinion, are what sales like this were made for. Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Next Ten Recommendations It isn't easy so this is a collection of just some of my favorite films (of all-time and within the collection) and a little variety, though pretty much my standard, go to Criterion first picks, especially if you are just starting out. Persona Breathless »

- Brad Brevet

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The Films of Roman Polanski, Ranked Worst to Best

18 June 2014 8:01 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Few directors have had a greater impact on modern horror or arthouse thrillers than Roman Polanski. His films range from the sprawl of "Chinatown" to the deep claustrophobia of "Repulsion," but almost all of them retain the same fractured worldview, the same darkly absurdist sense of humor, and the same focus on power plays. The controversy about Polanski's real-life crimes sometimes overshadow his films, but he remains a vital and important director in his sixth decade as a filmmaker. In anticipation of his latest, "Venus in Fur," which opens this Friday, here's a ranking of his films, from worst to best. Read More: 'Venus in Fur' Director Roman Polanski at Cannes: 'I've lived long enough to know I can direct.' 20. "What?" (1972) Indiewire's own Eric Kohn made a pretty good case for "What?" as something other than a sickening id upchuck. I wish I could do the same. Filmed in »

- Max O'Connell

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A Look Back at the Cannes Palme D’Or Winners from the 60s: ‘The Umbrellas of Cherbourg’

14 May 2014 9:38 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Written and directed by Jacques Demy

France, 1964

Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Busby Berkeley, Vincente Minnelli, Arthur Freed: names synonymous with the movie musical. Missing from this standard list is a key contributor to the form, the French director Jacques Demy. Perhaps part of the reason for his widespread unfamiliarity, even to those who adore the genre, is that Demy only directed a handful of musicals in his entire career. It’s also likely that the musical is simply thought of as an American type of movie, and therefore, “foreign” practitioners don’t quite warrant similar attention. In either case, Demy did amplify the genre with at least two major works, one of them the recipient of the Palme d’Or at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, which also received four Academy Award nominations (at least some American love there), is not just an exceptional musical, »

- Jeremy Carr

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Icons’ Guide To Must Own Record Store Day ’14 Releases!

18 April 2014 5:03 PM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

The celebratory day of vinyl is upon us once more: Record Store Day 2014 is packed with some groovy releases from soundtrack kings Death Waltz Records, One Way Static, Mondo, and more! We’ve assembled a list of all the records you should be seeking out tomorrow, so check those out below!

The Last House On The LeftDavid Hess

One Way Static Records

12″ Picture Disc – Limited To 1,500

One Way Static’s first foray into records was a comprehensive release (now out-of-print) of Wes Craven’s The Last House On The Left. Composed by Krug himself, David Hess, One Way Static are giving those who may have missed out another chance with a limited picture disc edition, that comes loaded with liner notes. Speaking as someone who spins Hess’ musical contribution on a weekly basis, I can safely say this is an essential purchase.

ParanormanJon Brion


12″ Glow in the »

- Justin Edwards

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Magic Magic review Juno Temple and Michael Cera in a satisfyingly nasty drama

17 April 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In part it looks like a horror-thriller, but Magic Magic is more an unnervingly plausible depiction of mental breakdown, and it features a couple of career-high performances

Chilean director Sebastián Silva gave us a clever and disturbing psycho-chiller of domestic servitude in his 2009 movie The Maid, then teamed up with Michael Cera for the peyote-dream road movie Crystal Fairy. Now he reunites with Cera for Magic Magic, a film with some mannerisms that make it look like a horror-thriller, although it is more a disquieting and unnervingly plausible depiction of mental breakdown. Juno Temple takes her career to the next level with this artless, raw performance, something to be compared with Catherine Deneuve in Polanski's Repulsion, and Cera comes into his own as a natural villain and the nastiest piece of work to be seen in the cinema all year. Temple is Alicia, who has come to Chile to hang »

- Peter Bradshaw

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'Oculus' Movie Review Roundup: Critics Delight In Character-Driven Horror Flick

11 April 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Oculus stars Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites as grown siblings seeking revenge on a cursed mirror that destroyed their lives and countless others before theirs.

Directed by Mike Flanagan, Oculus intertwines the narratives of your Kaylie (Annalise Basso) and Tim (Garrett Ryan) with that of them 10 years later (Gillan and Thwaites). In the interveening time, Kaylie has been obsessing over the night they lost both parents (Katee Sackhoff and Rory Cochrane), while Tim has been locked down in a treatment facility until he no longer believes a mirror made him kill his father. Oculus is a horror genre film that focuses far more on the psyche than the violence of the supernatural.

Critics Review 'Oculus'

In reviewing Oculus, critics largely found Flanagan’s bravely near-bloodless film refreshing. Some even suggested that the film was not only good compared to other horror films, but generally interesting as a piece of cinema. »

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Roman Polanski Talks His Life and Career, ‘Venus in Fur’ and Retirement

9 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Roman Polanski revels in recounting the story of how he met his wife, actress Emmanuelle Seigner, to whom he has been married for 25 years, and who is the mother of his two children. The year was 1985, and Polanski was in pre-production on “Pirates,” the problem-plagued, big-budget adventure comedy that remains the greatest critical and commercial failure of his career. With his casting director, Dominique Besnehard, he planned to attend a Paris drag cabaret in search of a female impersonator to play a role in the film. Besnehard asked if he could bring along a young French model who had recently filmed a small part in Jean-Luc Godard’s “Detective” but claimed to have no interest in an acting career. Polanski instantly replied, “Bring her.” The model turned out to be Seigner.

“That was the best casting of his entire career,” Polanski says with a laugh. “It’s funny that I »

- Scott Foundas

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Win Ms. 45 on Blu-ray and the Soundtrack on Vinyl

31 March 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

The lovable loonies at Drafthouse Films are doing a great job of bringing some really obscure little titles to a new generation of viewers, and right now we have your chance to score a copy of Ms. 45 and more on us!

To enter for your chance to win the film on Blu-ray along with a copy of the soundtrack on vinyl, just send us an E-mail Here including your Full Name And Mailing Address. We’ll take care of the rest.

Please note this contest ends at 12:01 Am Pt on Monday, April 14, 2014.

Drafthouse Films, in conjunction with Cinedigm, released a restored and remastered editions of Ms. 45, legendary director Abel Ferrara’s gritty, gore-filled New York revenge thriller on March 25th.


From director Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, King of New York), Ms. 45 was originally released in 1981 and quickly became a notorious cult favorite, an eye-opening study of a seamy, »

- Uncle Creepy

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Filmmaker Waylon Bacon And Lou Rawls

18 March 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

Waylon Bacon says:

I’ve had three cats now, and each one was an accident. My first cat, Max, was given to me to hold onto until a friend got back from New Orleans. I’d just had my wisdom teeth yanked out, and bonded with him while doped up on Vicodin. Upon returning, my friend didn’t want the cat anymore, and I ended up with Max as a non-contributing roommate for the next four years. I now find myself with another two which came with my girlfriend. One of them is insane (she reminds me of Catherine Deneuve in Repulsion), but the other, Lou Rawls, is very chill, and often sits in my lap while I work on storyboards.

I am currently putting together my first Indiegogo campaign for a short film that has nothing to do with my cat, who currently would like his litter box cleaned. »

- Mike Everleth

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New on Video: ‘Tess’

28 February 2014 6:45 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Written by Gérard Brach, Roman Polanski, and John Brownjohn

Directed by Roman Polanski

France/UK, 1979

Roman Polanski revealed an exceptional eye for gripping visual design in his earliest films. In those works, like Knife in the Water, Cul-de-sac, Repulsion, Rosemary’s Baby and, somewhat later, The Tenant, most of this pictorial construction was derivative of themes, and subsequent depictions of, confinement, claustrophobic paranoia, and severely taut antagonism. In terms of visual and narrative scope, Chinatown opened things up somewhat, but it was with Tess, his 1979 adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s “Tess of the d’Urbervilles,” that Polanski significantly broadened his canvas to encompass the sweeping tale of the Victorian era loves and conflicts of this eponymous peasant girl.

Polanski speaks to this distinction during an interview in the newly released Criterion Collection Blu-ray/DVD of Tess. In discussing the film for the French TV program Cine regards, the director »

- Jeremy Carr

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Ten Tigon Tales of Terror

18 February 2014 3:39 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Although Hammer Films will always be associated with British horror, the studio did have stiff competition. Amicus specialised in the successful horror anthologies and Us counterparts American International Pictures established a permanent UK base in the mid sixties. Other smaller independents took their own bite from the cherry tree of horror with some success, the best known being Tigon Films.

Tigon has received some belated recognition in recent years. Andy Boot’s book on British horror Fragments of Fear devotes a chapter to the company while John Hamilton’s excellent book Beast in the Cellar covers the varied career of Tigon’s charismatic founder Tony Tenser.

Like Hammer’s Sir James Carreras, Tenser was one of the British Film Industry’s great entrepreneurs. Born in London to poor Lithuanian immigrants and a movie fan since childhood, he was an ambitious man with a natural talent for showmanship. Combining shrewd business »

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Ms. 45

14 February 2014 3:22 PM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 25, 2014

Price: DVD $27.95, Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Drafthouse/Cinedigm

Zoë Tamerlis has a habit for revenge in Ms. 45.

From the inimitably ferocious New York filmmaker Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, 4:44 Last Day on Earth) comes his notorious 1981 crime thriller Ms. 45.

The film follows a mute Garment District seamstress played by the late model/actress/musician/screenwriter Zoë Lund (then known, at age 18, as Zoë Tamerlis ) who, after falling victim to multiple unspeakable rapes, unleashes a one-woman homicidal rampage against Gotham’s male population.

A grindhouse favorite that struck a chord with those who grooved on the vigilante aspect of the film in a then crime-ridden New York City, Ms. 45 quickly became a notorious cult favorite, an eye-opening study of a seamy, sticky, pre-Disney-fication Manhattan..

Regarded as a uniquely feminist entry in the urban revenge subgenre, Ms. 45 combines the rampaging angst of Death Wish and »

- Laurence

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The Visitor and Ms. 45 Blu-ray / DVD Release Details & Cover Art

7 February 2014 3:51 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Drafthouse Films has announced that they will be releasing both The Visitor and Ms. 45 to Blu-ray & DVD in March:

“Drafthouse Films, in conjunction with Cinedigm (Nasdaq: Cidm), will bring two of its recent theatrical success stories to Blu-ray and DVD in restored and remastered editions: the wildly ambitious and neglected sci-fi/horror epic The Visitor and Ms. 45, legendary director Abel Ferrara’s gritty, gore-filled New York revenge thriller. The films will arrive, respectively, on March 4 and on March 25, 2014, with SRPs of $29.95 for Blu-ray and $27.95 for DVD. They come packed with bonus material in both formats.

Incredibly ambitious but derided and largely neglected upon its initial release in 1979, The Visitor is an unforgettable assault on reality, a phantasmagoric sci-fi/horror/action hybrid. From writer-producer Ovidio G. Assonitis (Tentacles) and director/actor/body builder Michael J. Paradise (aka Giulio Paradisi – Fellini’s 8½),the film artfully fuses elements of some of »

- Jonathan James

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Drafthouse Films Bringing The Visitor and Ms. 45 to Home Video

7 February 2014 3:12 PM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

The lovable loonies at Drafthouse Films are doing a great job of bringing some really obscure little titles to a new generation of viewers. Next up for them - the DVD and Blu-ray releases of The Visitor and Ms. 45. Read on for details.

From the Press Release

Drafthouse Films, in conjunction with Cinedigm (Nasdaq: Cidm), will bring two of its recent theatrical success stories to Blu-ray and DVD in restored and remastered editions: the wildly ambitious and neglected sci-fi/horror epic The Visitor and Ms. 45, legendary director Abel Ferrara's gritty, gore-filled New York revenge thriller. The films will arrive, respectively, on March 4 and on March 25, 2014, with SRPs of $29.95 for Blu-ray and $27.95 for DVD. They come packed with bonus material in both formats.

Incredibly ambitious but derided and largely neglected upon its initial release in 1979, The Visitor is an unforgettable assault on reality, a phantasmagoric sci-fi/horror/action hybrid. »

- Uncle Creepy

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