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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
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."
Grimmfest 2014 introduces special previews in September, a season of 'run up' titles to »
- Debi Moore
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.
For the main festival, this year’s »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
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! »
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
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.
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
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 Red, Suspiria 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
- Ariston Anderson
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:
To read our recent interview with Goblin’s Maurizio Guarini, »
- Jonathan James
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.
FrightFest has this year moved to London’s Vue West End and the full-line up will be announced on June 27.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
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.
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
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
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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