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Madrid – In what may be highlights of a now firmly established industry meet, Alvaro Brechner’s “Memorias del calabozo,” Israel Adrián Caetano’s “Beneath This Burning Sun” and Gerardo Tort’s “The Broken Years” will be pitched at San Sebastián’s upcoming Europe-Latin American Co-production Forum, along with Carlos Ameglio’s “Kiken” and Marite Ugas’ “Contactado.”
Now in its fourth edition, the Forum is a fest fixture. Indeed, running parallel to San Sebastian’s Films in Progress over Sept. 21-23, it forms San Sebastian’s industry backbone, attracting a large third-party presence. A Focus on Canada, for instance, will run alongside the Forum, facilitating contacts between the Latin American, Spanish and Canadian producers in San Sebastian.
Three factors mark something of a departure at the Forum, however. As San Sebastian drives to shore up its world premiere credentials, it is insisting evermore that Forum projects are first looks: 11 of the »
- John Hopewell and Emiliano De Pablos
The Cinefamily Theatre in La has been known to turn up the spooky on Friday nights for their “Friday Night Frights” series. A few weekends ago, my current horror movie obsession, It Follows, was screened and Director David Robert Mitchell and Soundtrack Composer Disasterpeace (Rich Vreeland) made an appearance to answer questions and enjoy the show with fans. I was lucky enough to catch up with them before the film and get a few of my questions answered.
Famous Monsters. Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me! I am a Huge fan of the film and am dying to hear where the inspiration for this story came from.
David Robert Mitchell. Well I’d been thinking about trying to make a horror film for a long time. I love horror movies and I just wanted to make one. The base idea for this came from »
- Caroline Stephenson
I love creature features. I love “killer bug” movies – like Infestation – even more (which would also explain my love for the Earth Defence Force video games). So it was pretty much guaranteed that I would adore Stung…
Blending the cliches of traditional insect movies with bizarre creature feature tropes, Stung – the debut feature from German director Benni Diez – follows caterers Paul and Julia, who are hired to organise the bar and buffet for wealthy Mrs. Perch’s annual garden party and think that’s all they have to worry about. Wrong! Mrs Perch’s illegally imported plant fertilizer has infected a local species of killer wasps and with the celebrations in full swing the swarm attack, lay eggs in their human prey, which then mutate into 7-foot tall predators with an attitude! »
- Phil Wheat
We’re more than halfway through August, dear readers, and the summer movie season is almost over. But there are always new trailers for me to watch and analyze. This week’s installment of Trailer Trashin’ takes a look at the teaser for Quentin Tarantino’s next film The Hateful Eight.
Premise: In post-Civil War Wyoming, eight strangers seek shelter in a haberdashery during a blizzard. But they soon get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception. Will they survive, and are they really who they say they are?
My take: Back in November 2013, Quentin Tarantino announced that his next film would be The Hateful Eight, his second Western after Django Unchained (2012). But in January 2014, after Tarantino had given copies of his first draft screenplay of the film to a few trusted colleagues, a copy of the script was leaked online. Tarantino was furious, filed a lawsuit against the gossip blog Gawker, »
- Timothy Monforton
Directed by David Cronenberg.
A cable TV channel owner wants to broadcast ‘Videodrome’, the most extreme programme on the network, but discovers that the show is front for a sinister global conspiracy.
Videodrome was the right film at the right time for director David Cronenberg (The Brood/Rabid). Cronenberg’s previous two movies – 1979’s The Brood and 1981’s Scanners – had seen the director rise above the grimy aesthetic of his early works and the quality of his productions get smoother but still retain his core themes of body horror, mutation and disease, and with the burgeoning home video market bringing all sorts of fears about moral corruption into the media headlines, Cronenberg was at the right place in his career to make a statement in his own unique way.
- Gary Collinson
“We could be infested with these things, so we gotta keep an eye out for any zany, wacky characters that pop up.”
‘Total Rickall’ presents a race of alien parasites who mooch off of their hosts by insinuating themselves into their lives via the creation of false memories. They multiply in the fertile mental territory of manufactured flashbacks, making for an episode absolutely bursting with callbacks to the lives and times of such beloved characters as Mrs. Refrigerator, Sleepy Gary, Ghost in a Jar, Baby Wizard, Frankenstein (‘s monster), Twinkles the flying lamb, and Pencilvester. The opening scene in which the family, less Rick, eats breakfast with Jerry’s bearded and happily supportive brother Steve establishes the stakes with an easy eye for traumatic violence, distrust of the self, and what proves to be the Smith/Sanchez family’s saving grace: their deep-down horribleness.
The episode suggests briefly that it »
- Gretchen Felker-Martin
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Movie Mashup of the Day: Many people have noted the similarities between Quentin Tarantino's new movie, The Hateful Eight, and an earlier Kurt Russell movie, The Thing. Well, here's the obligatory mashup trailer to go with that idea (via Live for Films): Trailer Redo of the Day: Speaking of mashups, it's not often we see them with two movies from the same series, but here's a redo of the Mad Max: Fury Road trailer with only clips from Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (via Cinematic Montage Creators): Vintage Image of the Day: In honor of Steve Martin's 70th birthday, here's a photo of him working at Disneyland's Merlin's Magic Shop in...
- Christopher Campbell
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this fantastic Friday? We learn about a heavy metal band inspired by The Simpsons' Ned Flanders, the new trailer for The Hateful Eight gets mashed up with The Thing and a breakdown of Wonder Woman's costume evolution. We also get to watch as a scientist dissects Fantastic Four! So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Inspired by The Hateful Eight trailer's "isolation, snow, dudes and Kurt Russell," Youtube user Paul Garrison Dean has crafted a wonderful mashup with the 1982 horror classic The Thing. The video shows The Hateful Eight footage with dialogue from The Thing that, with the help of some crafty editing, works incredibly well. »
“Amateurs,” “Paradise Hills” and “Kiken” feature among 13 genre pic projects to be pitched at 2015’s 3rd Austin Fantastic Market that offers a tantalizing mix for Latin genre cognoscenti of cutting edge Latin American, U.S. and European horror/fantasy fare.
Seven of the 13 projects are freshmen (or women) films, pointing to a new wave of genre directors breaking through often supported by producers – Gerardo Naranjo, Isaac Ezban, Andre Pereira – who have only emerged in the last decade. As Austin itself points out, pitch projects involve talent from “Miss Bala,” “Redeemer,” “Open Windows,” “”Shrew’s Nest,” “Elite Squad-The Enemy Within,” High Five” and “The Incident.”
In such a context, Argentina’s Ramiro Garcia Bogliano, at Austin with “Demon Driven,” or Uruguay’s Carlos Ameglia, “Kiken’s” helmer, seem positively veteran. The Market also features “Bandit Heroes,” from Chilean genre pioneer Ernesto Diza Espinosa (“Redeemer”), a Robin Hood-ish bank heists tale. »
- John Hopewell
Kurt Russell, stuck in the snow with eight strangers, uttering the line “One of them fellas is not what he says he is.” But it’s not The Thing – it’s the trailer for The Hateful Eight and it had me at “Got room for one more?” This long-awaited trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film is exactly how a trailer should be cut, showing us just a basic synopsis of the movie and who’s in it. It’s not like so many others that show us the best parts of the movie, then show what happens at the end so we really don’t need to bother seeing the film. The Hateful Eight looks to have eight unique and interesting characters and I can’t wait until Christmas!
In The Hateful Eight, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. »
- Tom Stockman
Prominently featuring Kurt Russell and Samuel L. Jackson, the first real trailer for Quentin Tarantino's 70mm Western, The Hateful Eight, is giving off an excellent Django Unchained meets The Thing vibe here. Paranoia, guns, shacks, prisoners, a laundry list of great character actors (Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Demian Bichir, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Gene Jones, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Zoe Bell) and a lot of excellent dialogue. It is oh so easy to be all in for this 70mm shot western....
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Is there really any point in the next three months of cinema? Aren’t we all just counting down the days anyway until a new Star Wars movie takes over our lives and the “8th film” by Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight, kicks our ass and takes names?
December can’t come quickly enough and today’s sneak peeks at both of the above mentioned movies have done nothing but remind us of that fact.
Hot on the heels of the big new image reveals from Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, comes the full trailer for Tarantino’s second Western epic and it’s all kinds of awesome.
Watch it below now. That’s an order rather than a suggestion…
My stream of consciousness whilst watching this trailer…
Ain’t it beautiful?
Who’s the good guy in the movie? »
- Matt Holmes
If you didn’t catch onto the similarities between “It Follows” and John Carpenter’s “The Thing,” after watching the video mashup below, you’ll wonder how you ever missed it. Part of the charm behind David Robert Mitchell’s “It Follows” is the ways in which it pays homage to the great horror films of the past while still managing to stand out on its own. But the works of John Carpenter, and specifically “The Thing,” must have been on the director’s mind when crafting the film. The video below, titled “What Are You?” and edited by Alex Kalogeropoulos, demonstrates how the films really seem like kindred spirits. Read More: Watch: 1-Hour 2004 Documentary 'John Carpenter: Fear Is Just The Beginning...The Man And His Movies' Both films get to the very core of what the horror film is all about. There’s an intentional ambiguity regarding who the villain is in both movies, »
- Ken Guidry
Made by and for aficionados of ’80s-era sci-fi/horror thrillers, “Harbinger Down” ranks somewhere between self-consciously cheesy SyFy Channel fare and better-than-average direct-to-video product in terms of production values, performance levels and overall ability to sustain interest while generating suspense. Theatrical exposure will be fleeting, but this small-budget, high-concept trifle could attract home-screen traffic if favorable word of mouth is sparked by the enthusiasm of genre-friendly websites and bloggers.
Many au courant creature-feature devotees already are aware of this B-movie’s backstory: Writer-director Alec Gillis raised initial funding through a Kickstarter campaign by promising fans an old school opus with an absolute minimum of CGI, and an abundance of animatronics and practical effects. “Harbinger Down” delivers on that promise, more or less, and the quaintly retro look and feel of the film doubtless will elicit knowing smiles from many nostalgic viewers. And mainstream audiences? Well, the more cinema-savvy may be »
- Joe Leydon
Fantastic Four is a colossal disappointment. It seems unfathomable, but this reboot is actually a worse film than the previous two. Yes, those awful Jessica Alba clunkers that burned your eyeballs with lameness are superior to this movie. It is mind boggling how so many seemingly good parts could have been assembled into such a bad product. Fox and Marvel dropped the ball off a cliff here. Fantastic Four is so dismal, I really can't think of a single redeemable virtue. This franchise is dead on arrival.
The story begins with Reed Richards (Miles Teller) and Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell) as children. Richards invents a machine that shuttles matter from one place to the next - a teleporter. Years later at his high school science fair, he is mocked and ridiculed for a working model of the device. Insert Dr. Franklin Storm (Reg E. Cathey) and his adopted daughter, Sue »
Has there ever been another summer for American movies like the summer of 1982? From the release of John Milius’s Conan the Barbarian on May 14 to the exploitation double-whammy of Class of 1984 and The Beastmaster on August 20, virtually every week saw the release of one or more spectacularly enjoyable films across a wide array of genres. The summer gave us a pair of Spielberg classics (E.T., Poltergeist) and numerous seminal science fiction films (Blade Runner and John Carpenter’s The Thing were released on the same day); teen comedies both high (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Last […] »
- Jim Hemphill
[Note: In this special guest post, Gary Whitta, author of the upcoming fantasy horror book Abomination, shares four cinematic influences on his new novel.]
Though I wrote Abomination as a novel, my background is primarily a screenwriter, and the movies I watched growing up played even more of a part in inspiring me to become a writer as the books I read. So it’s perhaps not surprising that many of the influences that led to the creation of this book have cinematic roots.
The Thing (1982)
Abomination really began with wanting to write a good old-fashioned monster story, a fable about a man struggling with a beast within him in the tradition of The Wolfman, Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde, and even The Incredible Hulk. And I knew that I wanted the monsters to be as gnarly and twisted and horrifying as I could possibly make them. In that regard I always look at John Carpenter’s classic The Thing as the gold standard in stomach-churning monstrosity, and I definitely drew some influence from those awful, »
- Derek Anderson
We were sent a brand new clip from Nicholas Bushman’s survivalist thriller Union Furnace today, and it looks like a pretty interesting ride. Personally, I’m a big fan of films that pit groups of people against each other, in efforts to survive themselves (what can I say, I’d a sadist). Take that ingredient and add masks And They Live/The Thing‘s Keith David, and I’m on board right from the beginning.
Small-town crook Cody (Mike Dwyer, Sandbar) was at the end of his rope when a mysterious stranger offered him the chance of his life. There was just one catch – in this game he would have to wager everything, including his life. Cody finds himself trapped amongst a band of outsiders and misfits – all fighting for their lives and a slice of the American dream. Fueled by a horde of masked sadists, Cody and the »
- Jerry Smith
Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.
But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.
So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck, »
There were a number of things I did and said in San Diego this year that are not going to be covered as separate articles. In some cases, someone else at HitFix was in the room to write the thing up. In some cases, it's just about time. Whatever the case, though, here are some random impressions to help round out my coverage of the single biggest nerd hype event of the year. 1. Rob Kazinsky should be our new Shazam I met Kazinsky on the set of "Pacific Rim," and while I thought he was solid in that film, his Australian accent was a nightmare. One of the things that I found most engaging at the Entertainment Weekly "New Warriors" panel was the way he offered that accent up as his greatest career regret so far. "You don't have to stop me on the street and tell me," he said. »
- Drew McWeeny
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