7 items from 2017
Review by Roger Carpenter
Made at the height of the creature feature resurgence popularized by films like The Howling, An American Werewolf in London, Wolfen, Humanoids from the Deep, and The Boogens, C.H.U.D. (1984) was a (very) low budget film that was briefly popular upon its release and became a staple of the mid-80’s video stores that seemed to pop up like weeds around that time. We tend to throw around terms like “cult classic” a little too lightly nowadays. I don’t think C.H.U.D. qualifies as a genuine “cult classic,” but the film certainly has legs over three decades plus since its original release.
Perhaps those “legs” have something to do with the coverage from the popular Fangoria magazine during production of the film. Or maybe it had to do with the schlocky but nonetheless horrific rubber monster suits worn for the CHUDs (actually foam latex) to go along »
- Movie Geeks
The Champs-Élysées Film Festival, created by producer, distributor and exhibitor Sophie Dulac, is a commitment to Parisian audiences for a cinematic trip between France and the USA showcasing the best of French and American independent cinema and highlighting New Orleans.
Six American indies and six French indies will judged for two separate awards and will also receive audience awards. The 2017 Jury consist of talents coming from all kinds of backgrounds and having a strong involvement in French independent cinema : — Lolita Chammah, actress, — Lola Créton, actress, — Vincent Dedienne, actor, humorist and author, — Jérémie Elkaïm, actor, screenwriter and director, — Camélia Jordana, singer and actress, — Gustave Kervern, director and actor — Karidja Touré, actress.
Classic Claude Brasseur back when…
The classic French actor Claude Brasseur will be the Guest of Honor along with the American director Alex Ross Perry and director Jerry Schatzberg. Other guests include directors Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu, the French actress Aïssa Maïga. »
- Sydney Levine
Women in Horror Film Festival showcases the wonderfully talented female voices in my favorite (and your favorite) film genre, horror. The festival directors have announced that Jen and Sylvia Soska have joined an already rad lineup of appearances, and in today's Horror Highlights is a new clip from The Black Room and a trailer for 4/20 Massacre.
The Soska Sisters to Attend Women in Horror Film Festival: Press Release: "Festival Directors and horror filmmakers Samantha Kolesnik and Vanessa Ionta Wright are thrilled to welcome some amazing guests, panelists and guest judges to the 2017 Women in Horror Film Festival! Guest judges and panelists Marianne Maddalena (Producer of Scream 1,2,3 & 4, The Hills Have Eyes, The Last House on the Left), Heather Langenkamp & Amanda Wyss (A Nightmare on Elm Street). A panel with Jen & Sylvia Soska (Hellevator, American Mary, Dead Hooker in a Trunk). Appearances by Lynn Lowry (The Crazies, Shivers, Cat People) and Sonya Thompson (The Walking Dead, »
- Tamika Jones
Among the many wild fight scenes in “Atomic Blonde,” one finds Charlize Theron as MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton rappelling from a balcony using an incapacitated goon as her counterweight, and that’s not even the craziest bit. Later, she battles her way through another apartment building loaded with Kgb goons, in a single, unbroken shot that careens down several flights of stairs, through the close quarters of a decrepit room, and into the confines of a speeding car. Bullets, knives and fists factor heavily into this spectacular showdown, but nothing hits harder than the camera pressing in close to Theron as she glares at one of the vanquished men and growls, “Now you’re my bitch.”
This is not only the essence of “Atomic Blonde,” but a phenomenal show-stopping moment that makes the whole gambit worthwhile. The first solo effort by “John Wick” co-director David Leitch, “Atomic Blonde” exists in »
- Eric Kohn
A new round of Halloween shirts from Terror Threads has arrived. Also in today's Horror Highlights: six preview pages from Broken Moon: Legends of the Deep #3, details on Lynn Lowry's upcoming appearance at this year's Women in Horror Film Festival, The Road Trip Project, and the third episode of Dead Town.
Terror Threads Halloween Shirts Photos & Release Details: From Terror Threads: "Part 1 of our Officially Licensed John Carpenter's Halloween Collection is Now Available for purchase at Terrorthreads.Com"
Broken Moon: Legends of the Deep #3 Preview Pages Revealed: "The ocean holds many secrets... and in the post-apocalypse, they're coming into the open! First gill men, then the demented creatures known as "Tok-tok"... and now, David, Avery, and Keeney — survivors of the attack on Vampire City — have come bearing tales of mysterious "Depth Dwellers" who speak of an ancient god.
A sudden explosion has sent Korbin and To'klace's group »
- Tamika Jones
Cedric will portray a pastor at a mega-church and a rival to Hawke’s character, an ex-military chaplain wracked by grief over the death of his son. Seyfried plays a member of his church whose husband, a radical environmentalist, commits suicide and sets the plot in motion.
Schrader is directing “First Reformed” from his own script. His writing credits include the Martin Scorsese films “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull,” “The Last Temptation of Christ” and “Raging Bull.” His directing credits include “Hardcore,” “American Gigolo,” “Affliction,” “Cat People,” “Auto Focus,” “The Canyons,” “Patty Hearst,” and most recently “Dog Eat Dog.”
The project was unveiled with the Hawke and Seyfried castings in September »
- Dave McNary
Grab something sweet and salty from the concession stand and save yourself the best seat in the house, because this March, Synapse Films will release a limited edition Steelbook Blu-ray of Mark Herrier’s cult horror film Popcorn:
Featuring a 2K scan of the 35mm interpositive, Synapse Films' Popcorn Collector's Edition Steelbook Blu-ray is limited to 3000 items and is slated for a March 7th release. Below, we have a look at the cover art as well as the press release with full details:
Press Release: In the history of Synapse Films few titles have generated as much excitement as Popcorn, director Mark Herrier’s 1991 cult favorite that’s been one of the most in-demand genre films of the Blu-ray era. Unavailable for over a decade, Popcorn finally comes to HD in a deliciously butter-topped Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Steelbook® Blu-ray that will have fans craving for refills! »
- Derek Anderson
7 items from 2017
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