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Opening night of Grimmfest announced

27 August 2014 9:05 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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

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We Won’t Grow Old Together | Blu-Ray Review

19 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

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

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Phantom of the Paradise | Blu-ray Review

19 August 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

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

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The Definitive Foreign Language Horror Films: 10-1

9 August 2014 7:58 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

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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Grimmfest 2014: Goblin to Headline; First Film Announced; Tickets Now On Sale!

8 August 2014 1:04 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Back in April we learned the dates of Grimmfest 2014, which takes place in Manchester, England, from the 2nd-5th October, and now they've revealed the headlining act and first film along with some special September preview screenings.

Headlining Grimmfest 2014 is Italian 70's progressive rock legends Claudio Simonetti's Goblin, performing a live score to Dario Argento’s horror classic Suspiria. This truly unique event will take place at The Dancehouse in Manchester on Friday 3rd October. Click here for ticket info.

Grimmfest producer Sim Halligan said, "We are delighted to be hosting this immersive screening of Suspiria; our fans will love the film and really get behind the ironic venue."

The live scored Goblin event will be followed by a screening of Dario Argento’s cut of Dawn of the Dead, which is also soundtracked by Goblin.

Grimmfest 2014 introduces special previews in September, a season of 'run up' titles to »

- Debi Moore

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Grimmfest to launch preview strand

7 August 2014 2:28 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Genre festival to world premiere zombie thriller Devil’s Tower and preview White Settlers.

Grimmfest, the Manchester-based festival that focusses on horror, fantasy and sci-fi, is to introduce a preview strand ahead of its sixth edition (Oct 2-5).

The first is Grimmfest-produced White Settlers, which also marks the first production to be distributed by the organisers of the festival under its Grimm Entertainment banner.

Directed by Simeon Halligan and set to premiere at Frightfest on Aug 23, the thriller centres on an English couple who decide to leave the big city in search of cheap property in the Scottish countryside but discover they are not welcome over the course of one tense night.

Also previewing is the world premiere of Devil’s Tower, which stars Jason Mewes and centres on a zombie horde in a tower block.

Each preview night will run with a selection of new short horror films.

Grimmfest

For the main festival, this year’s »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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First Announcement From Grimmfest 2014

6 August 2014 | Horror Asylum | See recent Horror Asylum news »

As a first announcement to tease expectant fans this is a pretty good one. On Friday 3rd October at The Dancehouse in Manchester, Grimmfest have revealed that there will be a special screening of Dario Argento's horror classic Suspiria with a live score performed by Italian 70's progressive rock legends Claudio Simonetti's Goblin! This promises to be an immersive experience like no other and if this alone was not enough to wet the appetites of fans new and old, the performance will be followed by a screening of Argento's cut of Dawn Of The Dead, also soundtracked by Goblin! This is without doubt an unmissable experience! »

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Bluray Review: Phantom Of The Paradise!!

5 August 2014 2:41 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Scream Factory’s new release of the 1974 Brian De Palma horror/musical Phantom Of The Paradise has fans grinning wide, and rightfully so. It’s clear as water how important Scream Factory felt this one was, and all stops have been pulled out, giving fans of the insane musical one hell of a release. Not only does the film look better than it ever has, but special features junkies (like myself) are given enough supplemental docs to last a viewer days.

Telling the story of Winslow Leach (William Finley), a genius songwriter who is played and left for dead by one devious villian, a Dorian Gray-like music producer named Swan (Paul Williams). Swan steals Winslow’s music, recycling it through various incarnations by different era rock bands, all while Winslow’s life takes continually tragic turns, with his face getting destroyed, his teeth pulled, and wrongfully imprisoned. When Winslow »

- Jerry Smith

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August 5th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Oculus, Phantom of the Paradise

4 August 2014 5:16 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

It’s hard to believe that it’s already August, which means fall (and Halloween!) are just right around the corner. To keep all you genre fans busy in the meantime, there are a couple of classic releases coming this week from Scream Factory, as well as Mike Flanagan’s Oculus.

Spotlight Titles:

Oculus (20th Century Fox, Blu-ray & DVD)

Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force­­ unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, »

- Heather Wixson

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Horror Master Dario Argento on Fear and Happiness (Q&A)

4 August 2014 6:14 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

To walk into Dario Argento’s apartment in Rome, one would never suspect to be inside the home of one of the world’s most renowned horror directors. The man behind Deep RedSuspiria and Phenomena, the man who launched Italy’s "giallo" (mystery, crime) genre to international audiences, lives alone inside of a spacious tidy flat in northern Rome. Indeed most of the memorabilia he’s saved from his films are stored at the Museum of Horrors in the basement of his fan shop, Profondo Rosso, in Prati. Various awards are scattered among the dozens of bookshelves inside his apartment, and film posters line the

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- Ariston Anderson

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Goblin to Live Score Dawn of the Dead and Suspiria

20 June 2014 12:25 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In addition to announcing The Guest as the opening night feature for this year’s Film4 FrightFest, it was revealed that’ll be co-presenting special performances by Goblin, who will live score Dawn of the Dead and Suspiria:

“For the first time ever in the UK, Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin will be performing live scores for George Romero’s Dawn Of The Dead and Dario Argento’s Suspiria on consecutive nights at the Union Chapel, Islington, London N1 2Xd

On Monday 18th August they will be scoring ‘Dawn of the Dead’ – accompanying the Nms Records, German, English Language version of the film, and on Tues 19th August, ‘Suspiria’ – accompanying the Cde, Italian, English Language version. Doors open at 7pm. Audiences must be aged 18 and over.”

Tickets are on now available and you can purchase them at:

http://www.seetickets.com/artist/goblin/321495

To read our recent interview with Goblin’s Maurizio Guarini, »

- Jonathan James

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The Guest to open FrightFest

20 June 2014 8:44 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Adam Wingard’s thriller stars Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens.

The 15th edition of Film4 FrightFest is to open with the UK premiere of Adam Wingard’s thriller The Guest, starring Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) and rising star Maika Monroe (The Bling Ring, It Follows).

Stevens plays a soldier who introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After beingwelcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.

The film is written by Simon Barrett (You’re Next), and also stars Sheila Kelley, Leland Orser, Lance Reddick and Brendan Meyer. It is being distributed in the UK by Icon Film Distribution.

FrightFest has this year moved to London’s Vue West End and the full-line up will be announced on June 27.

Alan Jones, co-director of FrightFest, said: “We couldn’t be more delighted to showcase Adam Wingard’s dazzling horror »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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FrightFest to Open with ‘Guest,’ Starring ‘Downton’ Star Dan Stevens

20 June 2014 5:48 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Adam Wingard’s killer thriller “The Guest,” starring “Downton Abbey” star Dan Stevens and rising thesp Maika Monroe (“The Bling Ring,” “It Follows”), is set to open Film4 FrightFest in London.

The film, written by Simon Barrett (“You’re Next,” “A Horrible Way To Die”), also stars Sheila Kelley (“Matchstick Men”), Leland Orser (“Taken”) and Lance Reddick (“The Wire”).

Pic, which is an homage to 1980s action movies, opens with the Peterson family struggling to cope with the death of their son, Caleb, in the Afghanistan War. They find some solace when an unexpected visitor knocks on their door, claiming to be Caleb’s former comrade.

Siblings Anna and Luke are at first reluctant to accept David’s presence, but he soon wins them over. Then a sinister chain of events causes Anna to question whether David is who he claims to be.

Alan Jones, co-director of FrightFest, said: »

- Leo Barraclough

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Fantasia Announces 2014 Off-Frontieres Film Market Selections

17 June 2014 11:08 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival, widely acclaimed as one of the largest and most influential genre film festivals in the world, has just announced the Off-Frontières selections of the fourth edition of its Frontières International Co-Production Market.

Read on for a complete listing of all the titles being pitched at the event!

From the Press Release

Following the selection of the official Frontières line-up of film projects for the Frontières International Co-Production Market, another 12 projects have been chosen for the return of the Off-Frontières selection, for the market’s 4th edition.

The Off-Frontières projects line-up features a predominance of Canadian projects, complemented by projects from American, Mexican, Irish, British, French, German and Australian directors and producers. Highlights include the next features by Dario Argento (Suspiria) and by Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky), as well as follow-up features by Fantasia alumni Rob Grant (Mon Ami), Pat Kiely (Who Is Kk Downey?), Kerry Prior »

- John Squires

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Full Specs on Scream Factory’s ‘Phantom Of The Paradise’ Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray

27 May 2014 7:35 AM, PDT | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

Scream Factory is just cranking out the classics! Brian De Palma’s cult hit Phantom of the Paradise will be making its American Blu-Ray debut on August 5th and we have all the detailed specs for you down below. While I’m not sure why the second disc isn’t a Blu-Ray, this looks like a great set for fans of the film.

From the Press Release

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, Score and Adaptation, as well as a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score – Motion Picture, Phantom of the Paradise is the Faustian tale of  Swan, (Paul Williams, who also wrote the acclaimed score) an evil record tycoon who is tormented by the disfigured composer Winslow Leach (William Finley, Sisters) he once wronged. Also starring Jessica Harper (Suspiria, Shock Treatment) and Gerrit Graham (Used Cars, Terrorvision), Phantom of the Paradise is a hilarious send-up »

- Andy Triefenbach

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Scream Factory Belts Out Full Release Details for Phantom of the Paradise Blu-ray

22 May 2014 12:03 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

As we learned last year, our friends over at Scream Factory are bringing Brian De Palma's cult classic horror musical Phantom of the Paradise to Blu-ray for the very first time this summer, and on tap for you today are those full release details that you've been waiting for.

From the Press Release

The music made him do it! Phantom of the Paradise, the darkly satirical cult favorite from acclaimed writer and director Brian De Palma (Carrie, Dressed To Kill) will make its American Blu-ray debut as a Collector’s Edition 2-Disc set on August 5th, 2014 from Scream Factory. The new edition of this Academy-Award nominated horror musical classic is packed to the rafters with bonus features, including new interviews with Brian De Palma, Paul Willaims and Tom Burman; new audio commentary with producer Jack Fisk, a new audio commentary with Jessica Harper, Gerrit Graham and the Juicy Fruits (Archie Hahn, »

- John Squires

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Full Specs/Release Date Announced For Scream Factory’s Phantom Of The Paradise Bluray!!

22 May 2014 10:08 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Very few musicals hit me the way that Brian De Palma’s 1974 underrated cult classic, Phantom Of The Paradise does. It’s just an absolutely delightful tale of revenge, selling souls and a songstress caught in the middle of it all. Definitely one of my favorite films of all time, you can definitely color me anxious as hell regarding Scream Factory’s announcement today of the full specs and August 5th release date of a brand new collector’s edition Bluray. For the complete info, read on! Long live Death Records!

 

“The music made him do it! Phantom of the Paradise, the darkly satirical cult favorite from acclaimed writer and director Brian De Palma (Carrie, Dressed To Kill) will make its American Blu-ray debut  as a Collector’s Edition 2-Disc set on August 5th, 2014 from Scream Factory. The new edition of this Academy-Award nominated horror musical classic is packed to the rafters with bonus features, »

- Jerry Smith

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‘Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2 – Draconian Days’ gets a release date & Preview screening!

21 May 2014 5:18 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Prepare to be corrupted and depraved once more as Nucleus Films releases the sequel to the definitive guide to the Video Nasties phenomenon – the most extraordinary and scandalous era in the history of British film. Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2, a three-disc collector’s edition box set, is being released on DVD on July 14th 2014, to tie in with the 30th Anniversary of the Video Recordings Act 1984.

For the first time ever on DVD, all 82 films that fell foul of the Director of Public Prosecutions “Section 3” list are trailer-featured with specially filmed intros for each title, alongside a brand new documentary – Video Nasties: Draconian Days (review), directed by Jake West.

And to celebrate the release, Film4 FrightFest is hosting a special event – the world exclusive London Premiere of the finalised unseen extended 97 minute cut of Video Nasties: Draconian Days at The Prince Charles Cinema on Thurs 3 July, 8.30pm. The »

- Phil Wheat

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Sunday’s ‘The Argento Syndrome’ Signing to Include Stuart Gordon, Mick Garris

17 May 2014 12:29 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Our own Derek Botelho has dedicated countless hours over multiple years to his examination of the work of Dario Argento and we’re happy to see that The Argento Syndrome is now available to read around the world. For those who live in the Los Angeles area, we wanted to tell you about a signing event for the book that includes Derek and a number of special guests:

 

The Argento Syndrome – In Stores Now! Star-Filled Signing Event Announced!

A retrospective of Italian auteur Dario Argento, The Argento Syndrome is an examination of a career marked by such genre classics as The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, Suspiria, Deep Red, Tenebrae and Opera. The Argento Syndrome is part academic study, with essays on every film, and part personal memoir, detailing the author’s time in Italy on a trip to visit the set of Non Ho Sonno. Also included are several »

- Jonathan James

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Other Angle acquires Argento’s Incompresa

1 May 2014 4:53 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Paris-based sales company to hit Croisette with a trio of Official Selection titles, which also includes Keren Yedaya’s That Lovely Girl and The Go-Go Boys.

Other Angle Pictures has acquired international rights to Italian actress and director Asia Argento’s Incompresa ahead of its premiere in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard.

The feature, Argento’s third, is loosely inspired by her childhood as the daughter of the genre maestro Dario Argento and actress Daria Nicolodi who collaborated on classics such as Suspiria and Inferno before going their separate ways.

French-Anglo actress Charlotte Gainsbourg, another child of famous parents who has been a friend of Argento since meeting on the set of the 2000 mini-series Les Misérables, plays the lead Italian-language role, based loosely on Nicolodi.

“We really believe in this film… it’s special, very emotional and personal, with nuances of the cinema of Sophia Coppola and Paolo Sorrentino,” said Other Angle co-chief Olivier Albou.

Other Angle expanding »

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