13 items from 2016
“The boat can leave now. Tell the crew.” With these words, a horror classic was born. Zombie (1979) was the first Lucio Fulci film that assaulted my eyeballs, And it was the first zombie flick I ever saw. Heady stuff for a quivering ten-year-old, but it proved to be the perfect gateway to the splattery splendors of Italian terror, a door that will forever remain ajar.
Let me be as straightforward as I can: if you’re a fan of Fulci but haven’t caught this yet, you can forget about the surrealism of The Beyond (1981) or the Lovecraftian flourishes of City of the Living Dead (1980). This is Fulci driving a simple narrative right through the hearts of horror lovers everywhere, coming out the back bloodied and unbound, unapologetic in its mission statement to horrify and repulse. Mission accomplished.
- Scott Drebit
Above: Italian 2-foglio for Loves of a Blonde (Miloš Forman, Czechoslovakia, 1965).As the 54th New York Film Festival winds to a close this weekend I thought it would be instructive to look back at its counterpart of 50 years ago. Sadly, for the sake of symmetry, there are no filmmakers straddling both the 1966 and the 2016 editions, though Agnès Varda (88 years old), Jean-Luc Godard (85), Carlos Saura (84) and Jirí Menzel (78)—all of whom had films in the 1966 Nyff—are all still making films, and Milos Forman (84), Ivan Passer (83) and Peter Watkins (80) are all still with us. There are only two filmmakers in the current Nyff who could potentially have been in the 1966 edition and they are Ken Loach (80) and Paul Verhoeven (78). The current Nyff is remarkably youthful—half the filmmakers weren’t even born in 1966 and, with the exception of Loach and Verhoeven, the old guard is now represented by Jim Jarmusch, Pedro Almodóvar, »
Shaun Eddleston reviews Manual Samuel…
Making a deal with the Grim Reaper for one more chance at life is a plot device that has seen itself become one of the most recognisable and iconic parts of popular culture over the last few decades. From the dramatic chess game in The Seventh Seal, to the modern games of Battleship, Cluedo, and Twister in Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, to a game of limbo in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, it’s been well established that if you die, you have a second chance at life if you beat Death in a challenge. But what if you were challenged to something you can’t really prepare for? Something we all take for granted?
Manual Samuel is an adventure game from Perfectly Paranormal and Curve Digital, and sees players assume the role of Sam, a spoilt rich kid who has been handed »
- Shaun Eddleston
Every week, a bevy of new releases (independent or otherwise), open in theaters. That’s why we created the Weekly Film Guide, filled with basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.
For August, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.
See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for August 2016
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, August 5. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.
Director: Todd Kessler
Synopsis: Anita Ponchouri (Natalie Perera), the dutiful Indian daughter of a deep-in-debt businessman (Kabir Bedi) is about to marry a wealthy Londoner (Staz Nair) when a chance encounter with local singer, »
- Steve Greene
Well, here we are in the closing weeks of summer movie season. It’s the last gasp for big-budget blockbusters before the coming fall festival season, but there are plenty of indie alternatives for whatever your tastes may be. Below, you’ll see every planned theatrical release for the month of August, separated out into films with wide runs and limited ones. (Synopses are provided by festivals and distributors.)
Each week, we’ll give you an update with screening locations for these various titles. In the meantime, be sure to check our calendar page, where we’ll update releases for the rest of the year. Happy watching!
Week of August 5 Wide
Director: David Ayer
Synopsis: A secret government agency led by Amanda Waller recruits imprisoned »
- Kate Halliwell, Kyle Kizu and Steve Greene
Coming off the Season 11 finale’s Puppeteer serial killer twist, co-showrunner Michael Peterson revealed on Friday at the show’s farewell panel at San Diego Comic-Con that “two other people from past seasons will die” – though not any of the series regulars.
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Mortality was also on star Emily Deschanel’s mind when asked how she’d like to see Brennan’s journey conclude. “Hopefully not in death,” she revealed. “I hope there’s some kind of happy ending on some level, »
A&E has cancelled the Omen-inspired drama after one low-rated season, TVLine has learned.
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Exec producer Glen Mazzara confirmed the news on Twitter late Friday. “This hurts to say but Damien will not be getting a second season,” he wrote. “Thank you from all of us to our amazing fans… So sorry we won’t be able to continue our story for you.
“I really loved making Damien — we all did,” he continued. “We just never got the numbers there. »
Arriving on May 3rd from Wales Interactive and Milky Tea Studios is the kart racer that is bringing with it a rather enjoyable slice of dark comedy. Coffin Dodgers see’s the normally placid lives of a retirement village take to the streets in their pimped up mobility scooters, each decked out with numerous pieces of homemade weaponry, in a race against the Grim Reaper himself.
Players must battle it out against The Grim Reaper and other competitors over a 13 race Championship, where only the most skilled racer will survive. There are 4 distinct areas within the Sunny Pines Retirement Community, each featuring it’s own mini tournament in which your rank against other competitors will ensure you progress to the next stage; however finish bottom of the pile and the Reaper gets to take your soul. The final race takes place over each of the 4 areas in a straight shootout »
Sorry, all you blood-thirsty "The Walking Dead" fans: The grim reaper decided not to make an on-screen appearance for any of the show's major characters during Sunday's Season 6 finale. While new baddie Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) apparently killed someone, we'll have to wait until next season to find out which of the unlucky 11 characters at episode's end was sacrificed by the TV gods. In the meantime, have Your say by voting in our poll below. -Break- Photo Gallery: Top 15 Most Shocking Deaths Ever on 'The Walking Dead' According to exclusive Gold Derby odds that were derived from the predictions made by readers like you, Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) and Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) had the best odds to die prior to tonight's episode ("Last Day on Earth") airing. However, because of the ambiguity of the final scene, all of our contest entrants who predicted that "No One" would die will earn p. »
[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the midseason premiere of Empire, "Death Will Have His Day."] The Grim Reaper is no stranger to Empire, but the loss at the center of Wednesday's midseason premiere was unlike any of the other sudden, shocking, over-the-top deaths that came before it. After getting pushed down the stairs at the end of the winter finale, Rhonda (Kaitlin Doubleday) lost her unborn baby with Andre (Trai Byers). "It hardens her," Doubleday tells The Hollywood Reporter. "At first, [Andre] thinks somebody pushes her and she doesn’t believe it, and then she thinks
- Kate Stanhope
The following story contains spoilers from Sunday’s The Walking Dead. Proceed at your own peril.
Holy comic-book detour.
The Grim Reaper took aim at Merritt Wever‘s Denise in this week’s Walking Dead, but the real twist was how the dear ol’ doc croaked. Unlike in Robert Kirkman’s comics, which saw the zombie-bitten character die at the merciful hands of Michonne, Denise was executed by Savior Dwight, who shot an arrow directly into her right eye socket.
In the following Q&A, the »
What happens when five independent filmmakers join together to adapt each other's dreams for the big screen? If the results are anything like the exclusive poster above, than the final product will be as experimental and avant-garde as it is stunningly visual. Entitled "collective:unconscious," the new film is a collaborative experiment from directors Josephine Decker ("Thou Wast Mild and Lovely"), Frances Bodomo ("Afronauts"), Daniel Patrick Carbone ("Hide Your Smiling Faces"), Lauren Wolkstein ("Social Butterfly") and Lily Baldwin ("Sleepover La"). Read More: Exclusive: Award-Winning Indie Filmmakers Adapt Dreams for Web Series The official synopsis reads: "A man and his grandmother hide out from an ominous broadcast. The Grim Reaper hosts a TV show. The formerly incarcerated recount and reinterpret their first days of freedom. A suburban mom's life is upturned by the beast growing inside of »
- Zack Sharf
The late ‘80s signaled the end of my first golden age of horror. Which is to say two things: adulthood beckoned, and horror films – especially slashers - were running low on inspiration (remember the early ‘90s wasteland? Brr.). However, looking across the waters, some veteran Italian filmmakers weren’t throwing in the towel yet. Michele Soavi’s Stage Fright (1987) stands apart from the crowd because it proved that not only was the beaten and flogged sub-genre alive, it was still capable of surprising fans with enough fresh blood pumping through its weary veins to make you sit up and notice. Just when you thought you couldn’t survive another hack ‘em up, Stage Fright made you a believer again.
- Scott Drebit
13 items from 2016
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