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Exclusive: $15m animation is inspired by Night Of The Living Dead and The Office.
The first English-language trailer for French animator and illustrator Arthur de Pin’s child-friendly comedy-horror tale ‘Zombillenium’ has been released.
Watch it below or on YouTube Here.
It is the director’s first feature-length work after a series of animation shorts including The Crab Revolution, which won the audience award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, and Geraldine.
The story – featuring a gallery of monsters, zombies, vampires and werewolves — is based on a trio of comic books by de Pins which have sold more than 300,000 copies worldwide and been translated into nine languages.
It will open this year’s edition of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, running June 12-17.
Urban Distribution International has acquired world sales rights to the film. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Orlando Parfitt)
Well, it seems the man behind the classic Night of the Living Dead has now had a change of heart, as he is currently penning the script for George A. Romero Presents: Road of the Dead with Matt Birman, who is attached to direct. Birman previously worked as second unit director on Romero’s last three zombie movies, Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead.
According to IndieWire, Road of the Dead is described as Road Warrior meets Rollerball at a Nascar race, with significant inspiration from Ben-Hur, and “is set on an island where zombie prisoners race cars in a modern-day Coliseum for the entertainment of wealthy humans. »
- Gary Collinson
Forget viruses, meteors or rabid monkeys, George A. Romero created the modern zombie. His vision of hordes of rotting, shambling, flesh-hungry corpses has permeated culture to an insane degree. Beginning with 1968’s Night of the Living Dead, Romero thrilled and terrified audiences while simultaneously delivering a satisfying social criticism. His apocalyptic perspective reached its zenith in all-time classic Dawn of the Dead, in which he perfectly skewered contemporary consumerism and a load of torsos.
But from there it’s a case of gradually diminishing returns. Day of the Dead has a lot of interesting ideas but is a bit structureless, Land of the Dead is clever but forgettable, and so on through Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead, both of which are just a bit boring. And now we have another upcoming ‘of the Dead’ sequel – Road of the Dead.
Or to give it its full title, »
- David James
David Crow May 22, 2017
George Romero has revealed the next zombie movie he wants to make is called Road Of The Dead. It has zombie race car drivers.
It’s been almost 50 years since George A Romero released his genre-defining first zombie picture, Night Of The Living Dead. And the horror maestro yet still finds life in those rambling, shambling corpses. Thus enter George Romero Presents: Road Of The Dead, the latest entry in his zombie series that appears poised to take the walking dead off road.
The project was announced Friday with plans to take it to July’s Fantasia International Film Festival where it will be looking for co-production financing. The film is being sold as a direct continuation of Romero’s last few zombie movies, which include Land Of The Dead, Diary Of The Dead, and Survival Of The Dead. However, Road Of The Dead would not actually be directed by Romero. »
George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead will be featured at the Salem Horror Fest, and we have info on the special screening. Also in today's Horror Highlights is an excerpt from Nicholas Forristal's Domitianus, stills from Midnighters, Dances with Films 2017 details, and the trailer for A24's Good Time.
Salem Horror Fest: Press Release: "Salem, Ma. - Salem Horror Fest, in partnership with the Peabody Essex Museum and CinemaSalem, today announced four weeks of screenings, parties, concerts, panels and exhibits that explore societal themes of fear and anxiety in horror at the Halloween capital of the world; Salem, Massachusetts
Amidst the notorious backdrop of the 1692 Witch Trials, the festival will feature a city-wide program set to kick off at the Peabody Essex Museum on Thursday, September 21 as part of the Pem/Pm evening party series in conjunction with their upcoming exhibit “It’s Alive” Classic Horror and Sci-Fi »
- Derek Anderson
With the Train to Busan (2017) bursting on the screens and the announcement of an inevitable ‘American Remake’, I thought it would be a good time to look back on some of the classic zombie films from around the world.
Night of The Living Dead (1968)
There is often a debate about which of George A. Romero’s Living Dead series is his best. Personally, I am a night person and I love the film which started it all. Self-funded and filmed over a year, Night of the Living Dead was shot on black and white 35mm under the original title Night of the Flesh Eaters. Ground breaking at the time, this not only created the first zombie movie, but also broke taboos by having a black male lead.
Zombies have evolved over the years, become faster, smarter and more violent to satisfy the needs of the audience. However, people still continue »
- Philip Rogers
Dislocation is something that everyone has experienced in their life, or at least can relate to; be it from friends, family, or co-workers. Sometimes we feel alone, or conversely wish that we were left that way. No horror film captures a sustained sense of isolation and dread better than Carnival of Souls (1962), Herk Harvey’s only narrative film and a low budget miracle.
Released by Herts-Lion International Corporation stateside in September as part of a double feature with The Devil’s Messenger (1961), Carnival of Souls was lucky to have any distribution at all on a budget of $30,000 (!) and it came and went with nary a notice. Until 1989, that is; a critical reappraisal was in order and the film was rereleased for a new generation to discover it through home video, where it rightly holds a place as one of the finest and influential horror films of the ‘60s. Not a »
- Scott Drebit
Eddy Gardiner on star ratings…
Star ratings have a habit of ruling film criticism. Bus posters and billboards particularly love their eye-catching nature, and indeed it makes sense to advertise with such a clear visual aid in areas where people will only grab a quick glance at the poster in question. Even if there’s a small quote beneath, it’s the number of stars which stay in the person’s mind. They’re also decent fodder for trailers – we’ll often see blink-and-you’ll-miss flashes of 4 and 5-stars at the end, but rarely be able to discern which outlet actually awarded them. Although that’s nothing compared to the mischief used in the poster for Legend. It was only an eagle-eyed viewer who spotted that The Guardian’s 2-star review had been cleverly positioned to look like the 4-stars surrounding it. Morally ambiguous, perhaps, but certainly clever.
Indeed, they »
- Edward Gardiner
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.
– Exclusive: The 12th Annual Sunscreen Film Festival announced its official selections for the 2017 event featuring films with Alec Baldwin, Dylan McDermott, John Cleese, Daphne Zuniga and more. Opening night will feature Michael Mailer’s newest film, “Blind,” a romantic-drama, starring Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore and Dylan McDermott. Closing night will wrap up the festival with “Albion: The Enchanted Stallion,” a family fantasy adventure, starring John Cleese, Debra Messing, Jennifer Morrison and Stephen Dorff.
Retrospective Screenings will include Daphne Zuniga appearance at the festival honoring the 30th anniversary of “Spaceballs.” Also in this category will be “The Greatest Show on Earth,” from 1952 directed by Cecile B. DeMille, which won the Oscar for Best Pictures and Best Writing in 1953. The screening will honor the closing of the Ringling Bros. »
- Kate Erbland
For our latest Q&A feature, we caught up with actor and filmmaker Roger Yawson, who discussed playing the role of Chad in the new movie Killer Campout (coming out this year from Fuzzy Monkey Films), working with Daniel Radcliffe on Imperium, and much more.
Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Roger! What attracted you to playing the role of Chad in your new movie, Killer Campout?
Roger Yawson: It’s my pleasure. The fact that Chad didn’t care about what he says, he’s rude, aggressive and all sorts of crazy…that’s what drew me to the character because I knew I could have fun with it, and I did! In real life I’m very chill and get along with everyone, and so I enjoy playing characters that are “outside the norm” for me.
It looks like you spent a »
- Derek Anderson
A lot has been said regarding Tom Savini’s 1990 remake of the George A. Romero classic Night of the Living Dead. One thing that is universally agreed upon, though, is that the effects in the film were absolutely incredible. Even… Continue Reading →
The post Horror History: Night of the Living Dead – Go Behind the Scenes of the 1990 Remake appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Steve Barton
After a tepid critical reaction (see our review here) and a mediocre opening weekend, don’t count on Life getting a sequel anytime soon. In some ways, the film’s mild failure is a shame – it’s increasingly rare to see original ideas getting the blockbuster treatment, yet perhaps Life‘s janky mashup of The Thing and Alien isn’t that original anyway. Regardless, screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese have been discussing their ideas for a second outing.
As those who’ve seen it will know, Life does not exactly end happily. It’s rare to see a film conclude on such a mean hearted note, but you can’t help but wonder what’s going to happen once Calvin has outsmarted the hapless astronauts. Given how effortlessly it eradicated life aboard the International Space Station, you presume that its mere arrival is going to cause major problems on Earth. »
- David James
Author: Daniel Goodwin
The “fighting foes from a single location” structure has been utilised in so many screenplays over the years but often makes for exhilarating film-making: from Night of the Living Dead and The Evil Dead to Assault on Precinct 13, Alien and the low budget likes of Stalled and Green Room. It’s a concept that lends itself so well to horror (and low budgets), so provides the perfect basis for Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski’s feature debut, The Void.
Despite seeming unique with its dimension transcending creatures, The Void is heavily inspired by various parts of 1980s/90s horrors such as: Halloween 2, Hellraiser, The Thing, The Exorcist III and Re-animator. But it often also feels hugely energising as the aforementioned facets are inventively melded for a fresh phantasmagorical b-flick which mostly recalls the oeuvre of Clive Barker and Stuart Gordon and makes for eye-blistering cinema. »
- Daniel Goodwin
27 March 2017 5:15 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The Montclair Film Festival has unveiled its opening, closing and centerpiece films.
Amanda Lipitz's Step will open and Zoe Lister-Jones' Band Aid will close the the annual New Jersey event. Geremy Jasper's Patti Cake$ and Stanley Nelson's Tell Them We Are Rising: America's Black Colleges and Universities will serve as the fiction and documentary centerpiece films, respectively.
“Today’s announcement highlights the diversity of programs and ideas that we’ll be bringing to the 2017 Montclair Film Festival,” Mff executive director Tom Hall said »
- Hilary Lewis
When we caught up with Daniel Espinosa to talk to him about Life – the Swedish director’s sixth feature – we asked him about how his latest movie differs from Alien, working with Ryan Reynolds post-Deadpool, and playing music on set while the actors were filming.
I really liked that there was none of the dumb decision making you sometimes see in movies like these…
Yes! For me that was very important. These are not high school students in a campus who have no idea what to do. They’re astronauts who have been trained to make the correct decision in difficult situations, and I wanted them to do that as much as possible.
This film has inevitably been compared to Alien – was there ever any worry on your part in terms of doing a mean alien is loose on »
- Amie Cranswick
Get Out, 2017.
Directed by Jordan Peele.
When a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, he becomes ensnared in a more sinister real reason for the invitation.Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya, Sicario) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams, Girls), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy (Catherine Keener, Captain Phillips) and Dean (Bradley Whitford, The Cabin in the Woods).At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.
Forget ghosts, vampires, zombies or other supernatural shenanigans. The terror presented in Jordan Peele’s terrific »
- Sean Wilson
Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveriesNEWSLam SuetThis year's Asian Film Awards are most notable for giving beloved Hong Kong character actor (and Johnnie To axiom) Lam Suet the award for Best Supporting Actor (for Trivisa). We were also happy to see that Tsui Hark (still madly inventive with this year's Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back) was given the Lifetime Achievement Award.Chinese actress Li Li-hua has died at the age of 92. While not very well known in the West—except perhaps in the obscure Frank Borzage film China Doll (1958)—Li's work for the Shaw Brothers studio and, later, Golden Harvest, minted many classics, including Li Han-hsiang's The Magnificent Concubine (1962), and Storm Over the Yangtse River (1969), as well as King Hu's The Fate of Lee Khan (1975).For those who aren't able to travel to the Locarno Film Festival but are able to »
In this episode: Mike, Jeremy, Joseph and Andy talk about Cinespectral Films’ release of Elvira: Mistress of the Dark on Blu-Ray, WellGoUSA’s Phantasm Collection on Blu-Ray, Amazon Prime pulling genre films due to excessive nudity and violence and a in-depth conversation about Get Out. Also, Mike introduces a “game” in the spirit of March Madness to pit horror movies against each other in a bracket format.
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00:03:00 – What We’ve Been Watching
00:38:38 – Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark Blu-Ray (Read about our breaking news about this back in October 2016)
00:47:26 – WellGoUSA’s Phantasm Box Set
00:51:08 – Is Amazon censoring films?
00:58:15 – Discussion about Get Out / Here’s a link to the St. Louis event.
01:21:00 – Untitled Horror Movie Bracket
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- Andy Triefenbach
Originally released by Penguin's Plume imprint back in the summer of 1982, the Creepshow graphic novel features Stephen King's five EC Comics-style tales that were brought to life on screen by the Godfather of the Living Dead in one of the horror genre's ultimate anthologies.
The panels are packed with Bernie Wrightson's eye-popping artwork, which can be enjoyed anew soon when the Creepshow graphic novel goes back in print for a May 9th re-release (just don't let Billy's father find you reading it, or it might end up in the trash can).
You can check out Jack Kamen's official cover art below (via Lilja's Library) and visit the graphic novel's Amazon page for more information.
From Amazon: "The graphic novel adaptation »
- Derek Anderson
"They're always there. They're like ghosts," says George A. Romero. The Godfather of the Living Dead isn't referring to one of the ravenous monsters from his movies, but rather movies themselves... the ones he never got to make. Films that never made it out of Development Hell are the focus of Untold Horror, a new project from Dave Alexander and Mark Pollesel that features filmmakers—including George A. Romero, John Landis, and more—discussing their films and passionate ideas that never came to fruition.
In addition to reflecting on films that never came to be, Untold Horror is also helping to resurrect these passion projects, beginning with George A. Romero's The Little World of Humongo Bongo, a children's book that will be released later this year. To learn more about Untold Horror, we have the official press release with full details, as well as the series' trailer:
Press Release: (March 1, 2017 - Toronto, »
- Derek Anderson
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