15 items from 2013
The Tenant, 1976.
Directed by Roman Polanski.
A bureaucrat rents a Paris apartment where he finds himself drawn into a rabbit hole of dangerous paranoia.
One of Roman Polanski’s recurring motifs has always been the horror of the apartment space. It was as recently as his last film, Carnage, and in a crucial sequence of his masterful The Pianist: it’s from an apartment window which Szpilman can do nothing but watch atrocities unfold outside. The fascination is there most obviously, though, in Polanski’s ‘Apartment Trilogy’, which includes Rosemary’s Baby, Repulsion and concludes with The Tenant. And The Tenant, a blackly comedic meta-horror, is perhaps Polanski’s ultimate use of the apartment as a claustrophobic, paranoid zone of terror.
Trelkovsky (played by Polanski himself) rents a Paris apartment whose previous tenant, Simone Choule, attempted suicide by »
- Gary Collinson
Halloween is creeping up on us once again. I've featured great horror movies in my last couple of columns (here and here) but there's still a glut of terrifying chillers awaiting your eyeballs. The most unsettling thing of all is that many of the films I would have chosen aren't available On Demand or, for that matter, anywhere: Andrezj Zulawski's masterpiece "Possession" (which distributor Mondo Vision claims they're still tweaking for a stateside Blu-Ray release), Roman Polanski's "The Tenant" or Takashi Miike's "Visitor Q," to name a few. But you can still satisfy your taste for the weird, disturbing and life-scarring with these 10 classic, indie and cult horror films that will melt your brain and rot your soul."Don't Look Now" (1973) While the twitchy jump cuts and LSD-tinged montages are dated, Nicolas Roeg's elegant chiller about a grieving couple adrift in Venice remains one of the most »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time for one reason: the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. Enjoy!
Michael Jackson’s groundbreaking dance routines and unique vocals have influenced generations of musicians, dancers, and entertainers. He was one of entertainment’s greatest icons, and like most gifted individuals, he was always pushing boundaries, reinventing himself, and testing his limits. One of his biggest accomplishments was Thriller, a 14-minute »
The Dark Side of Sanity! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Larry Karaszewski introducing Roman Polanski's 1976 film "The Tenant," which stars Polanski himself, Isabelle Adjani, Melvyn Douglas and Jo Van Fleet.A diminutive paranoid hallucinates a lot of trouble for himself–or does he? Considered in some circles the last of Polanski’s “apartment trilogy” with Repulsion and Rosemary’s Baby, but in light of his recent Carnage, it’s now a quartet. Polanski plays the lead role but gave himself no billing. »
- Trailers From Hell
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a trailer for Devil in My Ride, an announcement of The British Horror Film Festival lineup, details on Circus of the Dead, an excerpt from Ground Zero, Five Things You Need For the Zombie Apocalypse from Michael Garza, a Q&A with Rachel and Simon Light, and much more:
Devil in My Ride Trailer and Premiere Details: “Red Band Films, the specialty genre label of L.A. based production and finance company Unified Pictures, announced today that its debut feature “Devil in My Ride,” starring Sid Haig (“Kill Bill: Vol. 2,” “Jackie Brown,” “The Devil’s Rejects”), will make its much anticipated World Premiere at the Shriekfest International Film Festival, taking place October 3rd to 6th in Los Angeles.
“Devil in My Ride” is a horror comedy directed by »
- Tamika Jones
Scream Factory shows no signs of slowing down their classic horror releases and just announced that Nosferatu: The Vampire will be headed to Blu-ray next year. Directed by Werner Herzog in 1979 and starring Klaus Kinski, this is the first time the movie will be available on the Blu-ray format.
There is no release information available, other than the fact that the movie will come out in 2014. If this gets the Collector’s Edition treatment from Scream Factory, it’s likely that we’ll see a DVD version as well as an extensive list of old and new bonus features. We’ll report back as soon as more details become available.
“In 1979, award-winning director Werner Herzog and his volatile star Klaus Kinski embarked on a milestone in international cinema: a dual-language remake of F.W. Murnau’s legendary 1922 horror classic Nosferatu. The film starred Kinski in the performance of a lifetime as the predatory vampire Dracula, »
- Jonathan James
Regular readers of the blog will likely have already caught up with episodes of "Scene By Scene," Mark Cousins' former BBC series focusing on various filmmakers. We've already featured episodes centered on David Lynch, Woody Allen, Brian De Palma and Bernardo Bertoucci. If you haven't seen them, they're well worth a spin, and now comes another that's definitely worth setting aside an hour for. The 2000 broadcast of "Scene By Scene" featuring Roman Polanski has made its way online, and as always, it's a fascinating look at the filmmaker, who also participates in the TV doc. The show takes a journey through his films (Polanski remarks that he hasn't seen "The Tenant" in a while) with some very insightful comments from the man himself, in what proves to be a pretty wide-ranging chat all around. This is definitely one you'll want to make time for, so click below or bookmark »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Director claims the pill has 'chased away the romance in our lives' as he brings new film Venus in Fur to Cannes
You might not suppose Roman Polanski and the 87-year-old Jerry Lewis had a great deal in common, but today the director followed Lewis' suggestion that broad comedy is inappropriate for women actors by complaining that aiming for female equality is "a great pity".
Speaking at the Cannes film festival of his latest film Venus in Fur, the 79-year-old Polanski said that "trying to level the genders is purely idiotic." "Offering flowers to a lady has become indecent … The pill has greatly changed the place of women in our times, masculinising her. It chases away the romance in our lives."
- Andrew Pulver
Directed by Laurent Bouzereau.
Roman Polanski talks about being a Holocaust survivor who became a controversial public figure and an internationally acclaimed filmmaker.
During the time Roman Polanski was under house arrest in Switzerland where he was to receive a life time achievement award at film festival, a good friend and colleague decided to assemble a documentary about him. Andrew Braunsberg who was a producer on The Tenant (1976) which was helmed by the French born director serves as the narrator and interviewer.
Braunsberg keeps a brisk pace with the questioning and inserts himself into the proceedings; his interviewee is cooperate and emotional at times. A funny yet sad moment occurs when Roman Polanski who had to work in a paper bag factory as a child demonstrates the skill in front of the camera; life was never easy for »
E. B. White once wrote, “Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.” Analyzing trilogies seems to the same. The entire point is to enjoy them. Still, given the many sins to be found in film, there are worse things than movie trilogies but few have become more prominent or unavoidable. In terms of definitions, a trilogy only means three “individual” (animated, live-action, etc.) films are tied together which leaves a lot of room in seeing something as a trilogy.
Currently, negative reviews over trilogies highlight how easily and predictably they start off well but soon degenerate at a rapid pace. Then, too, there cases where once was good enough and added treatments are not welcome. David Lynch’s Dune thankfully has not become a trilogy though it sits there waiting to be given birth. In rare cases, yes, a trilogy may be badly called for. »
- Christian Jimenez
Want to know what some of Jamie Kennedy’s favorite horror films are? What about his experience as a producer on the set of A Resurrection? We talk Scream, the cast of A Resurrection, and more in this exclusive interview.
How did you get involved with this project? Why this film?
Jamie Kennedy: Well, I was in the Scream movies, and I wanted to cultivate all of my horror fans. One of the producers approached me about this movie and I read Matt Orlando’s script. I found out that he wanted to direct it too, so that got me super excited, and that’s how I got involved.
Do you enjoy working in the horror genre?
Jamie Kennedy: Most definitely. Horror fans are the best and they are the most loyal. When they really love something, they can give it legs, and when they hate something you feel that. »
- Tamika Jones
Director Jaume Balagueró flies solo with Sleep Tight, a film that – like his most famous effort – once again takes place in a apartment building, however this time his film has more in common with the classic cinema of Alfred Hitchcock and Roman Polanski than the modern zombie horror of Balagueró’s [Rec].
Sleep Tight follows Cesar (Tosar), the quiet, helpful and polite concierge of an apartment block in Barcelona. However his polite exterior hides something much more… sinister. Relishing in tormenting Veronica, an old lady who lives all alone in her apartment surrounded by her pets and at odds with one of the buildings younger tenants, Cesar spends most of his days plotting against Clara, a happy-go-lucky young woman with whom he has an unhealthy obsession. An obsession that, »
Simon Columb attends the Roman Polanski retrospective at BFI Southbank...
Roman Polanski remains a fascinating filmmaker to this day. Alongside Andrej Wajda and Jerzy Skolimowski, Polanski came to the fore in the late 1950s in Poland. The BFI in London are screening all of Polanski’s films during January and February 2013 and throughout January, essays on separate films will be released here on Flickering Myth in the hope that you too can join us in reflecting on Polanski’s diverse and ever-expanding career. Next up is 1976's The Tenant...
The Tenant, 1976.
The key to unlocking the 'Apartment' trilogy is knowing that the three films work hand in hand. Themes intertwine and connect; ideas weave between each film and complement each other. My visit to the BFI recently informed me of the psychological element to the series - a Freudian analysis »
Simon Columb reports on the BFI's Projections: A Psychoanalysis of Polanski's 'Apartment' Trilogy talk...
Roman Polanski remains a fascinating filmmaker to this day. Alongside Andrej Wajda and Jerzy Skolimowski, Polanski came to the fore in the late 1950s in Poland. The BFI in London are screening all of Polanski’s films during January and February and throughout January, essays on separate films will be released here on Flickering Myth in the hope that you too can join us in reflecting on Polanski’s diverse and ever-expanding career. In addition to screenings, the BFI also provided talks including Projections: A Psychoanalysis of Polanski's 'Apartment' Trilogy...
In London we are privileged to have a broad range of activities that involve cinema. This particular treat at the British Film Institute is one example of something that would be difficult to access anywhere else in Britain outside of Universities. Mary Wild, situated within the new BFI Reuben Library, »
Simon Columb attends the Roman Polanski retrospective at BFI Southbank...
Roman Polanski remains a fascinating filmmaker to this day. Alongside Andrej Wajda and Jerzy Skolimowski, Polanski came to the fore in the late 1950s in Poland. The BFI in London are screening all of Polanski’s films during January and February 2013 and throughout January, essays on separate films will be released here on Flickering Myth in the hope that you too can join us in reflecting on Polanski’s diverse and ever-expanding career. Next up is 1965's Repulsion...
As an interesting starting point, it is worth noting that Night of the Living Dead filmmaker George A. Romero insists that Repulsion is the best horror film of all time. To support his claim, critic Bosley Crowther called it an “absolute knockout” whilst other filmmakers, namely Darren Aronofsky, cites Repulsion as »
15 items from 2013
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