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It’s the rare Hasbro/Michael Bay production that may actually dissuade audiences from buying the product it’s selling, but aside from that rather charming distinction, “Ouija” is fairly routine stuff. A tale of two teenage sisters, their very expendable friends and the creepy board game that just won’t leave them alone, this silly but straight-faced supernatural thriller manages to elicit an occasional shudder in between cheap jolts and false scares, emerging as a feat of competent direction (by debuting helmer Stiles White) over derivative scripting (by White and writing partner Juliet Snowden). Friendly box office spirits are already smiling upon Universal’s Oct. 24 release, and should continue to hover at least through Halloween weekend.
“Calm down, it’s only a game,” whispers young Debbie (Claire Beale) as she introduces her terrified friend, Laine (Afra Tully), to the mysteries of Ouija, using a heart-shaped planchette and an ornate »
- Justin Chang
Here are two films from the Chicago International Film Festival that couldn’t be more different.
First up I was Miss Julie, based on the play of the same title by August Strindber, directed by Liv Ullmann and stars Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, and a pug. The general plot is simple, but the drama and themes, are rich and complex as it focuses on a single night where the daughter of a wealthy aristocrat seduces on of her servants. I’m not just saying this because of Ullmann’s legendary collaborations, but the film really does feel like a modern Ingmar Bergman film, particularly Through a Glass Darkly and Cries and Whispers. It is a highly emotional film about the dichotomy between sex and love and the pressures of class based societies. It is also an excellent actor’s showcase, with three powerful performances.
The next film I »
- Max Molinaro
It may be more true in horror than in any other genre that certain subgenres ebb and flow in popularity over time. Vampires were hot in the mid-’90s when you had Interview with the Vampire, From Dusk Till Dawn, Blade and the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Then, vampires sat out of popular discourse for the next ten years or so, until the double whammy of Twilight and True Blood hitting in 2008, causing a tidal wave of vampiric fiction from the arty (Only Lovers Left Alive, Byzantium) to the schlocky (Dracula Untold, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter) that hasn’t slowed down since.
Witches are now in the middle of an uncertain period, neither in ebb or flow. When Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages was released in 1922, witchcraft and the occult were still deeply feared in modern society. In the decades that followed, interest waned and they became more »
- Jake Pitre
Before he was the one-line-loving, crassly, campy class clown known as Freddy, Fred Krueger was the stuff of genuine nightmares. Scarred and grinning in his striped wool sweater, Fred prowls the dreamscape realm of the local high schoolers, the children upon whom he once preyed before their parents got smart and burned him alive. Years ago, Fred was a janitor at the elementary school; he lured children into the boiler room, where, it’s insinuated, he molested and maimed the kids. Now, years later, he returns to haunt the dreams of the children of Suburbia, America. Craven conjures the most surreal imagery of his wildly uneven career here, and Robert Englund instills Craven’s iconic creation with sharp, wry kind of terror, his playful delivery still ironic before the sequels declawed him. He wears his ratty old fedora like »
- Greg Cwik
Dario Argento, whose Italian horror films are the stuff of lore (“Suspiria,” “Tenebre” and the Jennifer Connelly-led “Phenomena”) is back at it, and this time, it’s a doozy. “The Sandman,” written by David Tully and not to be confused with Neil Gaiman’s exquisite comic series, is a modern serial killer thriller starring none other than Iggy Pop. Yes, Iggy Pop. If the pairing of Pop and Argento is just about the most outlandish thing you can think of, and you want in on the action, then there’s more good news in store. Variety reports that the duo are teaming up to fundraise for the film, turning to Indiegogo in the hope of raising a quarter of a million dollars. Fans who give enough can get a personal message from either or both icons, set tours or even a cameo in the movie. Though he had his »
- Zach Hollwedel
Filmmaker Dario Argento and singer Iggy Pop have thrown their support behind a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for a movie adaptation of the terrifying, 19th century German depiction of the Sandman.
Not to be confused with author Neil Gaiman's celebrated comic book series of the same name, Argento's vision of the Sandman comes from author E.T.A. Hoffmann's 1816 short story Der Sandmann, in which the titular villain steals the eyes of sleep-deprived children and feeds them to his own children...on the moon.
Argento, the director of artistic horror classics like Suspiria, »
"Working with Iggy Pop is amazing! Such an interesting and intense personality! I would not even simply say 'actor', that does not cover it. I would rather say 'a unique presence'!" Argento said.
The director has launched a campaign to fund the film, which has so far raised 1% of its $250,000 target.
A description for the film reads: "The Sandman tells the story of Nathan, a young student in the city who struggles to forget his childhood trauma at the hands of the serial killer dubbed 'The Sandman'.
Another big name in horror is turning to crowd funding his next film. Dario Argento, the Italian director behind films like Deep Red and Suspiria (and, mostly recently, Dracula 3D), launched an Indiegogo campaign for The Sandman.
Starring iconic punk singer Iggy Pop as a serial killer dubbed "The Sandman", the sleek and contemporary thriller is set in the 21st century with deep and twisted primal roots stemming from the dark forests of Germany.
The post Dario Argento Has Turned to Crowd Funding His Next Film appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Annual horror-based film festival Grimmfest begins tomorrow in Manchester following a preview night featuring A Nightmare on Elm Street and indie horror The Babadook (read our review here). Grimmfest will be playing over two dozen films during its run including short films and a screening of Suspiria accompanied by a live score from Italian progressive rock band Goblin.
The festival runs from October 2nd through to October 5th, taking place within multiple venues all around Manchester city centre such as The Odeon, Gorilla and The Dancehouse – for full details and times make sure to check out the link above. Flickering Myth will be covering the festival and adding reviews throughout so make sure to watch out for the best in new and exciting horror.
The post Grimmfest 2014 gets underway tomorrow appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Gary Collinson
Directed by Dario Argento
“And her eyes, if they were ever seen, would be neither sweet nor subtle; no man could read their story; they would be found filled with perishing dreams, and with wrecks of forgotten delirium.” — Thomas De Quincey, “Levana and Our Ladies of Sorrow”
Suzy manages to hail a cab after arriving in Munich, rain pouring down like the gods are dumping giant buckets of it onto her. It sounds like the apocalypse is happening all around, not least because of Goblin’s typically menacing score, which we are hearing for the first time. A McDonald’s visible in the distance, she pushes her way through the rain in order to yell down a cab and get inside (after the driver refuses to come outside and get her bags). She wipes herself off, reds and blues washing over her and the car. »
- Jake Pitre
Arrow Video is thrilled to announce the UK Blu-ray and DVD release of Mark of the Devil, once proclaimed as “positively the most horrifying film ever made”. Mark of the Devil finally arrives uncut in the UK on 29th September 2014. With Mark of the Devil, writer-director Michael Armstrong created a bloody and brutal critique of state-funded brutality and religious corruption with a doomed romance at its centre. In America, Mark of the Devil was distributed with a free sick bag provided for every patron. In the UK the BBFC were obliged to sit through the entire uncut film and deemed it “vicious and disgusting.” They recommended that a certificate be refused entirely and provided a list of required cuts to make the film acceptable for an X certificate. This means that finally, after more than forty years, the full-blooded, full-frontal version of Mark of the Devil can be released with »
Devoted fans of the Italian giallo genre — those hybrid murder-mystery/horror mellers that flourished from the mid-’60s to the mid-’80s — will get a hoot out of the precision with which “The Editor” satirizes their clumsier conventions. Unfortunately, no one else is likely to get the joke. Winnipeg collective Astron-6’s prior features “Manborg” and “Father’s Day” were equally insular homages-cum-spoofs, but had the virtue of sending up more widely familiar exploitation idioms. Less laugh-out-loud funny than those predecessors even for those in the know, this overlong homage will delight serious horror geeks at appropriate festivals, but in commercial terms won’t do much to raise the talented group’s profile.
Rey Cisco (Adam Brooks) is the longtime editor to a veteran Italian director who’s filming his latest schlock horror film circa 1980. But starting with the leading man, someone starts wreaking bloody havoc on the cast and crew. »
- Dennis Harvey
The full line-up for this year's Grimmfest horror film festival in Manchester has been announced, with Brian O’Malley’s Let Us Prey to open it, supported by 'vegan feminist horror' short The Herd. Four days of screenings and events will include a live performance of the Suspiria soundtrack by Claudio Simonetti's Goblin, which is strongly recommended by fans who have seen them at the last two Glasgow Film Festivals. The closing gala will feature the UK première of Suburban Gothic, directed by Richard Bates Jr and starring Matthew Gray Gubler, Kat Dennings and Ray Wise.
Other festival highlights include zomromcom Life After Beth, surreal drama Coherence and manic creature feature Zombeavers.
"We always try to make each Grimmfest bigger than the last and I think this year has been really strong for independent horror and genre titles, I’m really excited by what were going to screen at Grimmfest, »
- Jennie Kermode
The guys at Grimm Up North have announced their bloodiest, best, most brilliant Grimmfest line up yet! This year they will be hosting some of the greatest in horror, sci-fi and cult features and short films from around the globe. Says Grimmfest Festival Director Simeon Halligan:
We always try to make each Grimmfest bigger than the last and I think this year has been really strong for independent horror and genre titles, I’m really excited by what were going to screen at Grimmfest, I’m convinced its our best line up yet!
Grimmfest kicks off with opening Gala night: starting the night will be the world premiere of Melanie Light’s ‘Vegan Feminist Horror’ short film The Herd, which will then be sharply followed by the English premiere of Brian O’Malley’s Irish/Scottish Intense Horror Let Us Prey, withdirector and the amazing cast featuring Liam Cunningham »
- Phil Wheat
Last week the opening night events for Grimmfest 2014 were announced, and now we're back with the full lineup, which includes several films we've been keeping our eyes on like Housebound, Zombeavers, WolfCop, Starry Eyes, Coherence, Devil's Mile, Sororal, and Many more!
Grimmfest 2014 takes place in Manchester, England, from the 2nd-5th October.
From the Press Release:
We are proud to announce our bloodiest, best, most brilliant Grimmfest lineup yet! This year we will be hosting some of the greatest in horror, sci-fi, and cult feature and short films from around the globe, playing host to some amazing Q&A’s and appearances from some very, very special guests!
Grimmfest Festival Director Simeon Halligan talks about this year's edition of the annual event being the greatest yet: “We always try to make each Grimmfest bigger than the last, and I think this year has been really strong for independent horror and genre titles. »
- Debi Moore
The organisers of Grimmfest have finally sated the thirst (for blood...?) of anticipant horror fans by announcing the line-up for the 2014 festival. With screenings from around the world this is set to be not only the biggest, but the most diverse festival yet and one that must not be missed! As well as the opening night details already released and the extremely exciting appearance by Goblin playing live accompaniment to Dario Argento's horror classic Suspiria there are a host of films certain to wet any appetite. »
Now that Film4 FrightFest is over for another year (read all our reviews here), horror fans can look forward to Grimmfest, which will run in Manchester, England from October 2nd – October 5th. And now we know which films will be shown on their opening night gala!
Here’s the press release and the films being shown:
This year’s Grimmfest Opening Night will be headlined by the English Premiere of Brian O’Malley’s Scottish/Irish Horror Let Us Prey starring Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones) & Pollyanna McIntosh (The Woman).
“We join Rachel (Pollyanna McIntosh), a rookie cop, as she is about to begin her first nightshift in a neglected police station in a Scottish, backwater town. The kind of place where the tide has gone out and stranded a motley bunch of the aimless, the forgotten, the bitter-and-twisted who all think that, really, they deserve to be somewhere else. »
- Luke Owen
Even after nearly two decades of short films, documentaries and the success of his 1968 feature debut, L’enfance Nue, director Maurice Pialat’s celebrated sophomore feature, We Won’t Grow Old Together never received a theatrical release stateside, despite also winning a Best Actor award for Jean Yanne at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival. Remastered for an exciting Blu-ray release from Kino Classics, it’s a title ripe for reconsideration in the cinematic canon. Pialat’s filmography has proven to be a major influence on countless emerging artists, with the likes of Ira Sachs, Alex Ross Perry and a slew of others directly citing the filmmaker as inspiration for their own output.
We Won’t Grow Old Together basically features a string of interactions between an aging film director, Jean (Jean Yanne), and his much younger mistress, Catherine (Marlene Jobart). We assume they met when she had vague aspirations to become »
- Nicholas Bell
Just in time for its 40th year anniversary, Shout Factory has amassed a glorious Blu-ray remastering of Brian De Palma’s 1974 classic, Phantom of the Paradise. A glam-rock musical that’s enjoyed a sizeable cult following after an initial muted theatrical release, it represents the filmmaker’s most enjoyable attempt at comedy in this vintage satire about consumerism vs. creative control.
On the eve of unveiling his glam rock palace The Paradise, cutthroat music mogul Swan is struggling with how to open with just the right song to be performed by doo-wop group the Juicy Fruits (modeled after Sha Na Na). When Swan hears the music of aspiring singer songwriter Winslow Leach (William Finely, a De Palma regular), he decides he wants his music, an epic cantata modernizing Faust, but not the man. After his tunes are stolen, the songwriter tries to barge his way into Swan’s rehearsals but is thrown out, »
- Nicholas Bell
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
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