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After debuting at last fall's Venice Film Festival, Luca Guadagnino's A Bigger Splash finally arrived stateside. It's another entry in the growing mass of festival titles taking their time to make their way to the Us, with last year's Cannes Palme d'Or winner Dheepan oh so quietly opening next week as well.
A few extra months' wait for Splash is an acceptable compromise consider the six years wait fans of Guadagnino's 2009 slice of divinity I Am Love have had to endure. This time, Guadagnino looks to trade in Love's breathless romanticism for a feverish chic, but upping the ante of the former film's sexual intrigue. It would be some kind of crime against the audience to have a cast like Tilda Swinton (Guadagnino's returning muse), Ralph Fiennes, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Dakota Johnson and not get a little randy.
But wouldn't you be willing to wait for summer to get »
- Chris Feil
Drive fans rejoice! The first trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn's latest thriller has arrived from Amaon Studios. And it's a very dark acid trip that will leave you wanting more. The Neon Demon stars Elle Fanning and Keanu Reeves. And it delves into the dangerous side of modeling.
The Neon Demon will have its world premiere in the Official Competition of the 69th Cannes Film Festival. Amazon Studios will release the thriller in theaters June 2016. Written and Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, the movie is also headlined by Jena Malone, Christina Hendricks and Abbey Lee. Rounding out the young, beautiful cast is Bella Heathcote, Desmond Harrington and Karl Glusman.
When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women. They will take any means necessary to get what she has. And it will all leave you asking, 'What is the Neon Demon? »
I’ll be honest and admit that it takes a lot to get me to drop 40 dollars on a single title release, but the recent limited edition Steelbook of Dario Argento’s slasher masterpiece Tenebrae was something that I just could not pass up. I’ve had a longtime fascination with the movie, so when Synapse Films announced they’d be putting out a definitive edition of Tenebrae, there’s no way I could resist. Thankfully, Synapse Films does the movie justice with an edition packed to the brim with a ton of extras, a CD featuring a remastered version of the soundtrack, an informative booklet, and stunning artwork to boot. This is also the best I’ve seen Tenebrae look, with the Synapse restoration giving Argento’s film new life and keeping his vivid blood-soaked vision purely intact.
- Heather Wixson
Arrow Video announced an early July Us release of Blood and Black Lace (1964) on Blu-ray and DVD as well as a limited edition Steelbook. Directed by Mario Bava, the Blood and Black Lace Blu-ray / DVD is packed with features including, but not limited to, a 2K restoration of the original film and a new documentary exploring the giallo genre.
A Bava classic heading to U.S. shores!
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U.S. Release Date: 4th July 2016
Region: A+B / 1+2
Six Models. Six Victims For A Crazed Masked Killer.
The Cristian Haute Couture fashion house is a home to models… and backstabbing… and blackmail… and drug deals… and Murder.
Having established a template for »
- Tamika Jones
Shock looks at this intelligent, almost academic investigation into Argento’s classic. “Academia is the death of cinema. It is the very opposite of passion. Film is not the art of scholars, but of illiterates.” -Werner Herzog Leave it to Werner, that brat Prince instigator, to say something like the above; but really, I cannot say…
- Chris Alexander
Mvd Entertainment Group looks to please Emilio P. Miraglia fans with Arrow Video’s May Us Blu-ray releases, including the Killer Dames box set collecting The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave and The Red Queen Kills Seven Times. Horror fans can also look forward to Arrow’s high-definition release of 1966’s Blood Bath that features all four versions of the Roger Corman-produced film.
Hired To Kill (Director Approved Special Edition Blu-ray + DVD)
No man on earth could get him out of prison alive. Seven women will try.
Release Date: May 17th
List Price: $29.95
Starring legendary actors Oliver Reed (Gladiator, The Brood) and George Kennedy (The Delta Force and the Naked Gun series), Hired to Kill is a hugely entertaining action flick featuring guns, girls and a plethora »
- Derek Anderson
For as much criticism as the horror genre receives for being sexist and misogynistic, it has a long history of strong characters and iconic performances from women, whether it’s Elsa Lanchester in The Bride of Frankenstein, Heather Langenkamp in A Nightmare on Elm Street, Janet Leigh in Psycho, or Sharni Vinson in You’re Next. In the late 1970s and ’80s, actresses who stood out within the genre were dubbed “Scream Queens.” But that title doesn’t do justice to Daria Nicolodi, frequent collaborator of Dario Argento and a titan of Italian horror. That’s because Daria Nicolodi is no Scream Queen. Daria Nicolodi is a goddamn goddess.
A too often unsung hero of genre cinema, Daria Nicolodi helped shape the face of Italian horror both in front of and behind the camera. The story goes that Florence-born Nicolodi was so taken with Argento’s first film, The Bird With the Crystal Plumage, »
- Patrick Bromley
The only thing more terrifying than the last three minutes of this episode of Nightmare Fuel is the first seven! If you get that reference, you may well be a superfan of Dario Argento's 1977 horror classic Suspiria. And even if you don't/aren't, you've likely at least heard of the film, a dreamlike, color-drenched, ultra-violent cult favorite that centers on some witchy happenings at a prestigious German dance academy. On this week's special in-studio edition of HitFix's new weekly horror series, HitFix chief film critic Drew McWeeny joins me to discuss Italian director Luca Guadagnino's planned remake of the film that's set to star none other than fierce, angular cinema icon Tilda Swinton (along with Dakota Johnson, Ralph Fiennes and Matthias Schoenaerts) as well as two other forthcoming remakes/reboots/revivals: Jeremy Slater's TV pilot for The Exorcist (a "modern reinvention" of William Peter Blatty's novel) and Rabid, »
- Chris Eggertsen
According to writer Alex Heller-Nicholas on Twitter, Guadagnino suggested that Suspiria will see him re-team with Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson, both of whom appear in his latest film A Bigger Splash, as well as composer John Adams, who scored I Am Love. He also revealed that he’ll be setting the film in Berlin in 1977, and is heavily influenced by acclaimed German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
- Gary Collinson
Bright: Will Smith and Joel Edgerton will reunite with their Suicide Squad director David Ayer for an action movie titled Bright. Max Landis (American Ultra, Victor Frankenstein) wrote the original screenplay, which is described as "a contemporary cop thriller, but with fantastical elements." Suicide Squad opens in theaters on August 5. [Deadline] Suspiria: Reportedly, Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton will star in a new version of horror thriller Suspiria. The 1977 original, directed by Dario Argento, followed a new student at a ballet academy in Germany who discovers that the school harbors supernatural secrets. Luca Guadagnino is set to direct the remake and revealed the casting. He recently worked with both actresses on A Bigger Splash, which opens on May...
- Peter Martin
Suspiria is one of those horror films that feels nearly impossible to remake effectively; Dario Argento's original is truly a one-of-a-kind phenomenon, and it seems almost foolish for any other filmmaker to try and replicate its impact. Which clearly isn't going to stop them from trying: back in 2008 David Gordon Green was attached to direct the project, first with Natalie Portman starring and, after she dropped out, Orphan actress Isabelle Fuhrman. When Green left over budget issues, the way was paved for Italian director Luca Guadagnino, who announced at last year's Venice Film Festival that he would be taking a stab (no pun intended) at the long-developing film. Here's the incredible thing: Tilda Swinton might actually star in this, as Guadagnino said during a recent Q&A to promote his upcoming movie A Bigger Splash. Not only that, but Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson (who also »
- Chris Eggertsen
The latest director to be attached to a remake of Dario Argento’s Suspiria is Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino (A Bigger Splash), who replaced David Gordon Green last year. The project has been on again, off again more times than we… Continue Reading →
- John Squires
You should look upon any remake of Dario Argento’s horror masterpiece Suspiria with a certain amount of caution and distrust. Like the sinister, hiding-in-plain-sight villains of the original film, this remake is saying all of the right things and doing its best to pull you into a hellish trap from which you cannot escape. Don’t […]
- Jacob Hall
The remake of Dario Argento’s Suspiria has long been in limbo, but with the directing reigns on the film being passed from David Gordon Green to Luca Guadagnino last year, new progress on the project is now being made, as a recent Q&A with Guadagnino reveals key casting for the movie.
According to a recent tweet (via Bloody Disgusting) by film journalist Alex Heller-Nicholas, Guadagnino revealed in a Q&A that Tilda Swinton (Only Lovers Left Alive, Snowpiercer) and Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey, Black Mass) are lined up to star in the Suspiria remake that will be set in Berlin circa 1977.
Heller-Nicholas’ tweet about the Q&A also mentions that Guadagnino would like John Adams to compose the music for the remake, which he says will be “the most Fassbinderian of his films” (a reference to writer/director/actor Rainer Werner Fassbinder).
Swinton and Johnson »
- Derek Anderson
Filmmaker Luca Guadagnino ("I Am Love") will reunite with his "A Bigger Splash" Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton for his remake of Dario Argento's most iconic film "Suspiria" says Culture Whisper (via The Playlist).
Originally slated to shoot over the winter, he now indicates filming will begin this Fall. Famed classic composer John Adams will do the score for the project which is said to have a Rainer Werner Fassbinder-style influence.
The original 1977 film follows an American ballet student who transfers to a prestigious dance academy in Germany but later realizes the academy is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of murders.
Guadagnino takes over from David Gordon Green at the helm of this new film which he says is high on his priority list. The action of the new one will retain the 1977 time period of the original but move the location to Berlin. »
- Garth Franklin
While Luca Guadagnino's plans to shoot his remake of "Suspiria," once formerly set to be directed by David Gordon Green, this winter didn't come to pass, the filmmaker still has the project high on his priority list. Currently doing the rounds for his latest, "A Bigger Splash," Guadagnino reveals that he'll be reteaming with two stars from that film to bring Dario Argento's horror classic to new life. Read More: Venice Review: Luca Guadagnino's 'A Bigger Splash' With Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ralph Fiennes & Dakota Johnson In a recent Q&A, the director said Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton will star in his redo, which will be set in Berlin in 1977, feature a score by famed classic composer John Adams (who collaborated with Guadagnino previously on "I Am Love"), and perhaps most intriguingly, will have strong shades of the work of Fassbinder. Yep, this definitely has our attention now. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Stars: Jamie Gillis, Michael Gaunt, Tiffany Clark, Milton Ingley, George Payne, Samantha Fox, Tanya Lawson, Marilyn Gee, Tish Ambrose, Kelly Nichols, Nicole Bernard, Bobby Astyr | Written and Directed by Roger Watkins
“One man’s fantasy is another man’s reality!”
Finding himself with a debt that he just can’t pay off, Williams (Jamie Gillis, Dracula Sucks) is tasked by shady mafia-like Franklin (Michael Gaunt, Maraschino Cherry) with something of a retrieval mission to a mysterious warehouse containing three coloured rooms; a blue, a red and a black one, each housing a beautiful woman. Williams sends his associate Alan (George Payne, The Taming of Rebecca) to carry out the task on his behalf, but with balls of steel, Alan has taken the item for himself and has disappeared. This leads Williams to pursue him down a gaping glory… I mean rabbit hole. Frustrated and desperate, Williams visits a seedy, desolate »
- Mondo Squallido
Dario Argento’s Deep Red is a strange little film. Widely considered the director’s masterpiece, a view that I personally share as a big fan of Argento, Deep Red is at times brilliant, at times confusing, but never less than a joy to watch in terms of cinematic originality.
The plot revolves around a British jazz pianist (David Hemmings) living in Rome who witnesses the brutal murder of a renowned psychic (Macha Meril). Haunted by the feeling that he may have seen something crucial to help with the identification of the killer, he begins an investigation of his own, aided by flirty reporter Gianna Brezzi (Daria Nicolodi), and a friend of the victim, Giordani (Glauco Mauri).
Mark of the Witch, 2014.
Directed by Jason Bognacki.
A young woman turns 18 and discovers that she may be the spawn of Satan. Happy birthday…
As Mark of the Witch (a.k.a. Another) opens we see masked figures dressed in black robes delivering a baby inside a CGI cave set inside a cliff on a CGI landscape, along which a CGI crow flies from a CGI tree – not looking good so far. We then fast forward 18 years and Jordyn (Paulie Rojas), the baby we saw at the beginning, is celebrating her birthday, although her creepy aunt Ruth (Nancy Wolfe) is hardly being the life and soul by spouting cryptic gobbledygook.
However, the party livens up a bit when Ruth takes a rather large kitchen knife and stabs herself in the stomach whilst shouting “It is time!” After Ruth is hospitalised, »
- Amie Cranswick
A mute Tilda Swinton steals the show as four narcissists come undone in a Mediterranean paradise
This loose remake of Jacques Deray’s 1969 La Piscine tips its titular hat to David Hockney, and moves the action from the Côte d’Azur to the Italian island of Pantelleria, where four differently hellish people tear each other apart in a glamorous villa. Tilda Swinton is typically commanding as former stadium-rock diva Marianne Lane, rendered silent by throat surgery, now getting away from it all with her recovering alcoholic boyfriend Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts). Into their paradisal retreat comes perpetually aggravating old flame Harry (Ralph Fiennes), a motor-mouthed irritant with a petulant young woman in tow (Dakota Johnson’s Penelope), who may or may not be his recently discovered daughter. Basking in sun-broiled sexual tension, the misfits listen to old Rolling Stones records while Harry attempts to seduce Marianne, and Penelope stirs Paul’s smouldering pot. »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
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