15 items from 2015
Bruce Campbell and Edgar Wright will be on hand for a groovy 35mm double bill of The Evil Dead and Evil Dead II at this October's Beyond Fest, held in Los Angeles and presented by Shudder. Other screening highlights include the Kurt Russell-starring Bone Tomahawk, Karyn Kusama's The Invitation, the Henry Rollins-starring He Never Died, and much more.
Press Release: Los Angeles, CA - Thursday, September 3, 2015- Beyond Fest, the highest attended genre film festival in the Us, is excited to announce its full slate of 2015 programming featuring 25 events of mind-bending, movie madness. Presented by Shudder, Beyond Fest returns to Hollywood's famed Egyptian Theatre for 11 days of movies, music and mayhem spanning Thursday, October 1st - Monday, October 12th to generate funds for co-presenter, the nonprofit American Cinematheque.
With a diverse slate that includes films from all corners of the globe Beyond Fest is proud to present »
- Derek Anderson
★★★★☆ With What We Do in the Shadows, Housebound and now Deathgasm (2015), New Zealand is fast becoming the go-to place for crowd-pleasing horror comedies. Jason Lei Howden's directorial debut is primed for unalloyed genre thrills, making you laugh until your sides hurt and subverting the rom-zom-com format. If fears going in hinged on the suspicion that Deathgasm was an attention-grabbing title and nothing much else, worries dissipate soon enough, as a laugh-out-loud banquet of blood, made in the spirit of Evil Dead II (1988) and Peter Jackson's Braindead (1992), plays out on the screen. Brodie (Milo Cawthorne) is a heavy metal fan spinning the black circle for Satan.
- CineVue UK
Get a closer look at the gore and laughs that Ash vs Evil Dead is set to deliver this Halloween.
Bruce Campbell features in a new inside look from Starz, which promises a "bigger and badder and bolder and scarier" take on the horror franchise.
Ash vs Evil Dead is a 10-part TV sequel to the movies, with an older Ash coming out of retirement to tackle more Deadites and new nemesis Ruby (Lucy Lawless).
Sam Raimi - director of the original films - has helmed the pilot episode, which kicks off the series on Saturday, October 31 at 9/8c on Starz.
Ash is back: Everything you need to know about the Evil Dead TV show
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From the very earliest days of cinema, practical effects have been the big draw for audiences. The very first films may have wowed the crowds with images of trains pulling into a station, but it was the fantastical made real that fired the imaginations of millions, and led to film as we know it - narrative flights of fancy which have entertained and made us gasp for well over 100 years. But the last 25 years have seen practical effects fall by the wayside.
Digital effects created in a computer took over, and allowed filmmakers to dream even bigger. But practical effects are beginning to make a comeback. Some of this is due to audiences feeling the CG burnout; no longer quite believing what they’re seeing, resulting in »
Ash is back: protector of humanity, true ladies’ man, slayer of deadites, S-Mart employee of the month. In 1981, director Sam Raimi and actor Bruce Campbell changed the face of horror with the schlocky, ugly and downright hilarious B-movie that is Evil Dead. Then they did it again, six years later, with the chaotic masterpiece that is Evil Dead II.
These two films saw Ash, a normal guy with a poor taste in holiday destinations, having to slaughter his friends and girlfriends after they became consumed by the evil souls that haunt the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis. They rounded off the trilogy with the flawed but truly hilarious action film Army Of Darkness (1991), in which the noble hero of the first two films heads back in time and rescues Medieval civilisation from the terrors of the Evil Dead.
While Raimi returned to the franchise with a remake in 2013 and Campbell played a »
- Michael Waugh
International release dates have been announced for over 17 countries for Zach Lipovsky's Dead Rising: Watchtower. Also: details on The Walking Dead and battle app, Winnin, joining forces, as well as a full image gallery for Appetites.
Dead Rising: Watchtower: Press Release: "Content Media is set to release the highly anticipated Dead Rising: Watchtower internationally, presented by Legendary Digital, available to rent or own on all major digital platforms on selected dates worldwide across Europe, Asia, Australasia, South America and Africa from July 1st 2015. The international release follows its Us release through Sony’s Crackle streaming service in March.
Legendary Digital presents Dead Rising: Watchtower, a Dead Rising/Contradiction Films Production- directed by Zach Lipovsky (Leprechaun: Origins), written and produced by Tim Carter (Mortal Kombat: Legacy), and executive produced by Tomas Harlan (Mortal Kombat: Legacy) and Lorenzo di Bonaventura (the Transformers franchise). Based on the widely popular Capcom video »
- Tamika Jones
Every year, Sideshow Collectibles is one of the main attractions on the Comic-Con show floor, bringing genre heroes and villains to life in ways that few collectibles companies can. This year, they outdid themselves with a display that included a look at more than a dozen products that will be available soon, as well as some of their recent releases.
For horror fans, there were a few standouts, including a look at their new 1/6th Ash figure. Last year, Sideshow teased that they had picked up the Evil Dead II license, and this 1/6th Ash figure is likely the first of multiple releases (hopefully in multiple formats, as I'd love to see premium formats and busts). We also have a look at the 1/6th Beeltejuice figure, which is sure to please any fan of the series.
Most of our attention was on their premium format line, which continues to get more impressive with every release. »
- Jonathan James
Ever since the release of 1991's groundbreaking visual effects spectacle "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," folks have been wondering and debating: is the sequel actually better than the original movie? Both have their defenders, though "T2" falls into that rare category of sequels ("The Godfather Part II," "Aliens," "The Empire Strikes Back," "Evil Dead II," "Spider-Man 2," et al.) that are generally upheld as either equal or superior to their predecessors. So which is the better movie? This week seems like the perfect time to re-hash the question. Will you vote for the lean, mean original or its bigger-budget, CGI-enhanced sequel? Hot tip: if you think "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" is superior to both of those, please don't ever leave your house again. Vote below as if your future depended on it. »
- Chris Eggertsen
In this morning's round-up, we have details on not one, not two, but three slasher films. Savage Weekend, Angst, and The Mutilator are set to be released on Blu-ray between late summer and early fall.
Blu-ray, packaging, and extras all produced by Walt Olsen (Scorpion Releasing). Another one of his recommendations!
Blu-ray.com reports that "Independent U.S. distributors Cult Epics will release on »
- Tamika Jones
Those cool Blu-ray distributors Arrow Films and Video have announced their line-up of releases for September 2015, and once again there are some real gems in the collection, including Milos Forman’s The Fireman’s Ball, the regular edition of Society (which has just had a steelbook collectors edition released this week) and Sean Connery’s space-opus Zardoz. All the details and artwork for the releases are below….
Closely Observed Trains – released September 27th
Shy teenage virgin Miloš gets his first job as a railway dispatcher and is suddenly forced to confront the realities of the adult world, not least the temptations of the opposite sex. But they in turn are more attracted to his more experienced colleague Hubi?ka and his distinctive way with an inkpad and rubber stamp…
This could easily have fuelled a light comedy, but Ji?í Menzel’s bittersweet feature debut is set during World War II in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, »
- Scott J. Davis
James argues that instant dread may not be the best initial reaction to a sequel announcement...
There's a new Pitch Perfect movie coming out next week. I knew that they were making Pitch Perfect 2 but I didn't realise it was coming around for general release so soon. I became aware when I saw a poster for the film in the lobby of my local multiplex last week.
My first thought was "Oh, Pitch Perfect 2 is coming out". My second thought, sadly, was "Hurm. Do we really need a Pitch Perfect sequel?" (This is the crucial thought so remember this). My third thought was "Ah, it's coming out on the same week as Mad Max: Fury Road." I then had fantastical visions of Max singing a capella mash-ups in the haze of the post-apocalyptic outback, bustin' rhymes and bustin' feral thug-brains in perfect harmony. There's your sequel pitch - 'Mad Max: The Rockatansky Rock-Off'. »
Films heavily inspired by and in the style of Evil Dead aren’t often very good. Aside from the fact that Evil Dead already exists, and then has been riffed on and assumed a most glorious form in Evil Dead II, the movie is singular. Yes, it’s resourceful on a low budget, but it’s also Sam…
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- Samuel Zimmerman
Though terror and laughter really exist on opposite sides of the emotional spectrum, there is a storied and wonderful history between the two in the world of cinema. From Evil Dead II to Dead Alive to Shaun of the Dead, there is a long legacy of horror and comedy working together at the movies, and while it.s a tricky mash-up to master, history as shown that when done well, it can be insanely entertaining. With his new film The Final Girls, director Todd Strauss-Schulson is the latest to try and tackle a mix of the two desperate genres, and while it may not necessarily a movie that can be dubbed an instant classic, it is a fantastically entertaining bit of meta fun. Centering on a teenage girl named Max (Taissa Farmiga), the story picks up three years after the death of her mother (Malin Akerman), an actress who famously »
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the first actors to book their seats at the read through are Ray Santiago, of Meet the Fockers, and Dana DeLorenzo of A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. With that kind of broad comedy on their resumes these guys shouldn’t have any trouble at all with Sam Raimi’s Three Stooges-inspired splatstick.
It’s not in the original report but I can add that both actors will play co-workers of Ash’s in a superstore, though this is maybe not the S.Mart of Army of Darkness fame. As the pilot episode unfolds, however, the rising Deadites will change everything and the characters’ business becomes not selling red vines »
- Brendon Connelly
Tobe Hooper’s 1982 spook chiller, Poltergeist, was destined to get remade. Possessing all of the necessary traits to warrant a modern-day reinvention, the finished product will soon be upon us. Directed by Gil Keenan and produced by Sam Raimi, the film is being touted as a reboot-sequel which, as confusing as that seem, worked for Raimi’s Evil Dead II.
This time around, Poltergeist will follow Jared Harris’ leading character, Carrigan. Foregoing a life of scholarship to instead become the host of his own TV show, ‘Haunted House Cleaners’, he crosses paths with a young couple (played by Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie Dewitt) and their family. Their haunted abode becomes the focus of his work, and now, thanks to an interview with Collider, Rockwell has let slip a few more details on the concept.
But first, here’s his initial thoughts on the project overall:
“I’ve seen a little in looping. »
- Gem Seddon
15 items from 2015
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