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Special Mention: Un chien andalou
Directed by Luis Buñuel
Genre: Experimental Short
The dream – or nightmare – has been a staple of horror cinema for decades. In 1929, Luis Bunuel joined forces with Salvador Dali to create Un chien andalou, an experimental and unforgettable 17-minute surrealist masterpiece. Buñuel famously said that he and Dalí wrote the film by telling one another their dreams. The film went on to influence the horror genre immensely. After all, even as manipulative as the “dream” device is, it’s still a proven way to jolt an audience. Just ask Wes Craven, who understood this bit of cinematic psychology when he dreamt of the central force behind A Nightmare on Elm Street, a film intended to be an exploration of surreal horror. David Lynch is contemporary cinema’s most devoted student of Un chien andalou – the severed ear at »
- Ricky Fernandes
Peter Jackson knows a thing or two about making R-rated movies. Before he became the man responsible for bringing Middle-earth to the big screen, he was the guy who brought us titles like Bad Taste, Meet The Feebles and Dead Alive - three of the most over-the-top films that you.ll ever watch. His newest R-rated film . his first since 1996.s The Frighteners . is the Extended Edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, but rather than being a return to old, more adult-oriented fare for Jackson, the special cut is in reality just another example of the uselessness of the MPAA and their ratings system. I had the opportunity to see The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Extended Edition during the special Fathom Events screening that was held nationwide last night, and while I can honestly say that I enjoyed the experience, it also left »
Sure, you like "Scandal" and "Empire" now, but the drama that made primetime safe for jaw-dropping, over-the-top plot twists was "Melrose Place." Anything could happen on the 1992-99 spinoff of "Beverly Hills, 90210," no matter how crazy. As series creator Darren Star recalled years later, "Bad taste was never a consideration. If we were laughing, we knew we were onto something."
The nighttime soap about a group of post-collegiate neighbors at a West Hollywood apartment complex not only spawned two spinoffs of its own (mid-'90s drama "Models, Inc." and a rebooted "Melrose Place" in 2009-10), but it also sparked the careers of several young rising stars, as well as giving career boosts to a couple of veterans. Now that it's the latest show to get the "Unauthorized" treatment on Lifetime ("The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story" debuts Saturday, October 10), it's time to learn what became of the actors who used to »
- Gary Susman
It’s what most horror films are known for: the gore that splatters on the screen. But when done right, the flying viscera becomes more than just gallons of red stuff, it becomes a chilling reminder of the fragility of the human body and of the ingenuity of filmmakers in making our most twisted fears and fantasies into a stomach churning reality. Grab your barf bag!
Antichrist (2009)- His and her pain
As far as horror sub-genres go, torture porn is up there with found footage as the most understandably reviled by audiences. With Antichrist, Lars Von Trier attempted to write a film that dealt with his personal demons. Confessing that he had been suffering from depression while writing the screenplay, Trier ended up bringing torture porn to its logical conclusion by taking the title of the sub-genre all too literally and creating a macabre near-masterpiece out of trashy genre origins. »
Mark Ruffalo has been chatting about Marvel’s plans for his Hulk…
A slight spoiler for Captain America: Civil War lies ahead
We’ve only seen Mark Ruffalo as Hulk in two films so far, but he’s very much left us thirsting for more. Earlier in the year, Ruffalo revealed that there was a slight rights issue that’s prevented Marvel from pursuing a solo Hulk adventure. That said, there have also been suggestions that Marvel remains unkeen on a solo Hulk movie, and would rather weave the character into other movies.
Which makes Captain America: Civil War a prime candidate for another appearance. However, after rumours that Ruffalo would be included into a film that looks – from a distance – like an extension of an Avengers movie, it turns out he’ll be absent from Captain America 3 after all.
As he explained to BadTaste.it, “the reason is »
Bruce Banner/Hulk hasn't shown up on any of the character lists for Captain America: Civil War, but Mark Ruffalo seemed pretty optimistic about his character making a brief appearance last time he spoke about it. Seems that's no longer the case, as a more recent interview Ruffalo has done with Italian site Bad Taste confirms that he will Not be in Civil War, although there may be a good... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Fans of Mark Ruffalo‘s Hulk will have to wait a little longer to see him sate his appetite for destruction again. The actor told Italian film site Bad Taste that Marvel decided to cut the big green character from its next ensemble production, “Captain America: Civil War,” which will feature some of the world’s biggest superheroes — and a few new ones — duking it out after choosing sides: Team Captain America or Team Iron Man. “I believed that would be in the film, but at the end, it was evident that they needed to reveal that the Hulk did something. »
- Greg Gilman
Where in the world is the Incredible Hulk? Despite chatter that Mark Ruffalo.s Hulk would be popping up alongside nearly every other Marvel movie character in Captain America: Civil War, this is not the case. However, that doesn.t mean he wasn.t included originally. The actor recently clarified the matter and revealed that Hulk was a part of Civil War at one point or another, but he was ultimately cut from the film because there.s some other mysterious plan for the giant green rage monster. Ruffalo spoke with Italy.s Bad Taste while in Venice for the film festival. Super Hero Hype translated the conversation and unearthed this tidbit about the original plan for Hulk post-Avengers: Age of Ultron and what we can expect from him in the future. With regards to why Hulk was cut from Civil War, Ruffalo said, The reason is too great »
There's no room for The Hulk in "Captain America: Civil War."
Despite the fact that pretty much other Marvel character in existence will be in the upcoming movie, star Mark Ruffalo revealed to Italian site Bad Taste (via Coming Soon) that his character was cut from the final script.
"The reason is too great to be revealed in this movie ("Civil War")," Ruffalo said. "I was in the script but then they removed my character ... I don't even know if Hulk will be back soon."
In "Avengers: Age of Ultron," Bruce Banner/The Hulk decided to disappear, worried that he was a danger to his friends. Nick Fury hinted he'd gone to Fiji, but that seems silly. Director Joss Whedon would only tease that The Hulk's future is "too amazing."
Guess it's too amazing to unfurl in "Captain America: Civil War." As Ruffalo said of Bruce, "He's still missing, and it's unknown where he is. »
- Kelly Woo
A while back, when we released the 400th episode of the Sound On Sight podcast, a few close friends and longtime listeners requested we compile a list of our favorite shows we recorded over the years. Now that the podcast has officially come to an end, I decided to finally set aside some time in my schedule and give them what they want. Initially, I set out to pick ten, but after 500 recordings and 8 long years, it was simply too hard to choose so few, so I opted for 20 instead. In selecting these episodes, I tried to show the wide range of genres we covered over the years, including Spaghetti Westerns, Italian Horror, Southern Gothic, underground cult, family friendly, foreign language and even Hollywood classics. We’ve been blessed with several guest hosts and interviews with many filmmakers including genre legends George A. Romero and John Landis, to name a few. »
Martin Freeman's 'Captain America: Civil War' character is ''ambiguous''. The 43-year-old actor has revealed details about his role in the upcoming Marvel film - set for release next May - and claimed the audience won't know ''whether he's good or bad''. Martin told Bad Taste: ''He works for the American government. He works in conjunction with the superheroes, and certain agencies that help to tame the superheroes' power, I suppose. So you're not quite sure which side he's on. It looks a little bit like he's playing one game when actually he's playing another. ''It's the kind of character I like because it's ambiguous and because you don't know whether he's good or bad. I like that area that isn't black or white, I like the grays, because I think there's just more fun to be had in not playing one obvious line.'' 'Captain America: »
With recent examples like Housebound, What We Do In The Shadows (review), The Devil's Rock and Black Sheep, it's clear that New Zealand is quickly becoming a hotbed of quality quirky genre films. How much of that is due to the direct influence of Peter Jackson and his earlier output like Bad Taste and Dead Alive (aka Braindead) could be up for debate, but when it comes to writer/director Jason Lei Howden's feature debut Deathgasm, there is no question. Howden cut his teeth doing visual effects on many films for Weta Digital, including as senior paint artist on two of Jackson's Hobbit films. But it's his love of practical [Continued ...] »
Since the casting of Martin Freeman in Captain America: Civil War was announced, everyone has been trying to figure out who he is playing. Mark Millar said the role is pretty obvious and that he will not be in costume, but Marvel Studios has yet to confirm his character's name. In an interview with Bad Taste, Freeman himself shed a little bit of light on his role without divulging exactly who... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
Spoiler note: inevitably, there's a potentially light spoiler or two for Captain America: Civil War here.
Production continues on Marvel's next movie, the jam-packed sounding Captain America: Civil War. Captain America: The Winter Soldier helmers Joe and Anthony Russo are returning to direct, and there's a who's who of modern Marvel cinematic universe characters. We've got Chris Evans' Captain America and Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark at the head of the pile, and the film will also introduce Black Panther and the brand new Spider-Man, played by Chadwick Boseman and Tom Holland respectively.
"He works for the American government", Freeman revealed.
"He works in conjunction with the superheroes, »
Directed by Jason Lei Howden
Written by Jason Lei Howden
2015, New Zealand
New Zealand hasn’t produced many horror films over the years, but those it has given birth to are remarkably strong entries. The late ’80s and early ’90s witnessed the rise of Kiwi director Peter Jackson who made a name for himself with the Bad Taste (1988) and Dead Alive (1992). Jackson helped shine a spotlight on the countries genre offerings and his success no doubt opened the door for a new generation of Kiwi genre filmmakers. The latest of these films to make its way Stateside is Jason Lei Howden’s outrageous debut feature Deathgasm about a group of suburban metal heads who summon a demonic force.
Milo Cawthorne and James Blake play Brodie and Zakk, two renegade outcasts who quickly bond over their mutual admiration of heavy metal and decide to form a band. But their dreams »
Permanently pissed-off Kylie Bucknell is, after a bungled robbery, forced by the courts to return to her family home when she’s given an eight-month home detention sentence. Her punishment for a botched Atm raid is made all the more intolerable by the fact she has to live with her over-bearing motor-mouth mother Miriam who’s convinced the house is haunted. But after dismissing Miriam’s superstitions, rebellious Kylie too starts hearing unsettling whispers in the dark, creaking floorboards and strange bumps in the night. Has she inherited her mother’s overactive imagination or is there indeed evil afoot between the windows and doors?
- Phil Wheat
Australia and New Zealand have a fine tradition of mixing comedy and horror to superb effect. Be it the early work of Peter Jackson such as Bad Taste and Brain Dead, or more recent efforts such as Wyrmwood and The Loved Ones, horror from down under always seems to walk a very fine line be laughs and scares, and 100 Bloody Acres is no different.
The Morgan Brothers’ “Blood and Bone” fertiliser has been a huge boon to their business but there’s a catch to its production – they’ve been using dead car crash victims in the mix! However it’s been months since their last find and an important new customer is waiting on a delivery. When Reg Morgan, the junior partner in the business, comes across three »
- Phil Wheat
Back in April, Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon took to Twitter to criticise a clip from Universal’s upcoming dino-sequel Jurassic World, calling it ” 70’s era sexist”, and now Jurassic World helmer Colin Trevorrow has finally responded during an interview with Bad Taste, stating that he doesn’t completely disagree with Whedon.
“I wasn’t bothered by what he said about the movie and, to be honest, I don’t totally disagree with him. I wonder why [Universal] chose a clip like that, that shows an isolated situation within a movie that has an internal logic. That starts with characters that are almost archetypes, stereotypes that are deconstructed as the story progresses. The real protagonist of the movie is Claire and we embrace her femininity in the story’s progression. There’s no need for a female character that does things like a male character, that’s not what »
- Gary Collinson
Jennifer Kent's "The Babadook" was the best horror film of 2014, and Essie Davis should have scored a Best Actress nod for her fierce portrayal of a mother in crisis. There, I said it! To her credit, Kent is smart enough to know that the Academy isn't keen on recognizing horror movies in the major categories, and thusly has taken a page from fellow Oceanian Peter Jackson's playbook for her followup, an adaptation of Alexis Coe's non-fiction book "Alice + Freda Forever." It could not get much more "Heavenly Creatures"-y than this! Check out the synopsis, courtesy Deadline: Coe based her book on research that included more than 100 love letters, maps, artifacts, historical documents, newspaper articles and courtroom proceedings to tell the tragic, real-life love story of Alice Mitchell and Freda Ward. After their love letters were discovered, the women were forbidden to ever speak again. Ward adjusted to this with apparent ease, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Although Whedon later tweeted that his comment was "bad form", Jurassic World director Trevorrow has said he doesn't "totally disagree" with the remark.
Talking to Italian publication Bad Taste, Trevorrow explained: "I wasn't bothered by what he said about the movie and, to be honest, I don't totally disagree with him."
Trevorrow seemed more concerned with why that particular clip (seen below) had been chosen as the first to be issued from the new film.
He said: "I wonder why [Universal] chose a clip like that, that shows an isolated situation within a movie that has an internal logic. That starts with characters that are almost archetypes, »
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