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Dread Central's Best and Worst of 2012

23 December 2012 1:35 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Another year winds down, and it's time to reflect on the good, the bad, and the ugly of 2012's horror offerings. We're giving you ten different lists this time, and per usual they come in a variety of formats, each reflecting the unique styles of our writers. We've also compiled them to come up with the year's overall winners and losers.

And don't be lazy by just reading along! Give us your own lists in the comments section below. We want to hear what you thought of the year in which we dodged the Mayan apocalypse but find our beloved genre facing some dark days as violent movies, video games, TV shows, etc., are coming under increased scrutiny following recent events.

But back to the matter at hand; we averaged out the top and bottom five vote getters on everyone's lists, and here are the results:

Best: The Cabin in the Woods »

- The Woman In Black

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Ed Burns, Tom Rothman headline Sundance Film Festival juries

19 December 2012 12:35 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Ed Burns, whose debut film The Brothers McMullen premiered at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival, was announced today as a jury member for next month’s Sundance in Park City, Utah. Burns joins documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, executive Tom Rothman and 16 others named to five juries that will award prizes at independent film’s most high-profile showcase.

Short Film Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Jan. 22, with feature film awards announced at a separate ceremony on Jan. 26. The festival runs this year from Jan. 17-27.

Click below for the entire Sundance jury list:

U.S. Documentary Jury

Liz Garbus is a prolific documentary filmmaker. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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"Dark Horse" Proves Solondz Is Still In The Running

12 November 2012 2:56 PM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

It's difficult to chart the life-cycle of a trend, and to tell for sure who informed it, and who was informed by it. In the late 90s-early oughts, independent film turned into little more than a carnival act, a freak show exhibiting specimens of suburban life as self-righteous, introverted, and weird. While American Beauty remains the most popular example of the movement, Todd Solondz is indisputedly its spiritual godfather (jump-starting it with Welcome to the Dollhouse) and its most daring provocateur (no one has yet taken him up on the challenge of Happiness). But even if Solondz rode to success on that wave, he also deserves some credit continuing with it long after it went out of vogue. Enter Dark Horse, a film that recalls his early work (sometimes to a fault), but still manages to reveal humanity that only occasionally surfaced in those films. It won't surprise any long-term fans, »

- Anders Nelson

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Heather Matarazzo and Fiancée Caroline Murphy Call Off Engagement

6 November 2012 9:41 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The fairy tale is over for Heather Matarazzo and Caroline Murphy. The Welcome to the Dollhouse star and her fiancée have broken up, putting an end to a three-year-plus engagement that never quite made it to the altar despite gay marriage having been legalized in their home state of New York. The 29-year-old actress's rep confirmed the breakup to E! News but did not provide further details. Matarazzo shot to fame as a geeky seventh grader in 1995's indie classic Welcome to the Dollhouse, and played Bff to Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries and its sequel, among other roles. Openly lesbian, she first met Caroline in 2007 and the two got engaged a year »

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Film Movement Acquires 'The Deflowering of Eva Van End' for 2013 Release

25 October 2012 1:51 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Film Movement has acquired "The Deflowering of Eva Van End," the debut feature from Dutch director Michiel ten Horn. The film, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, will receive a New York theatrical and VOD release in the second quarter of 2013, with a limited release roll-out to follow. It is currently still making stops on the festival circuit. While drawing comparisons to the darkly comedic tone of Todd Solondz's "Welcome to the Dollhouse," ten Horn's "absurdist satire" tells the story of a dysfunctional family that is forced to come to terms with its strange fixations during a two-week visit by a foreign exchange student. “This is hands down one of the funniest films we have seen in a long time, and ten Horn manages the highly desirable, but seldom achieved, goal of making the audience care about his characters while laughing both with them and at them. »

- Eric Mattina

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31 Days of Horror: ”Excision’ – a sharp provocative character study

21 October 2012 9:10 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Excision

Directed by Richard Bates Jr.

Screenplay by Richard Bates Jr.

2012, USA

Writer-director Richard Bates. Jr. draws on years of movie-watching for his audacious feature debut Excision. The most obvious influences for Excision is possibly Brian DePalma’s Carrie, Todd Solondz’s Welcome To The Dollhouse and Michael Lehmann’s Heathers. Toss in equal parts Gregg Araki, Dario Argento, Alejandro Jodorowsky, and John Hughes and an ending reminiscent of Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers - and Excision might just be the best “adolescent misfit” movie in a very long time.

Richard Bates Jr.’s dark domestic offbeat black comedy (a passion project converted from his 2008 short with the same name), is greased up with enough cultural references, sarcasm, graphic sex and bloody violence to turn John Waters into a preacher man. Yet despite the controversy stirred up earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, it is important to note that »

- Ricky

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What to Buy This Week: DVD and Blu-ray releases for September 24th

24 September 2012 2:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

It’s Monday, so we all know what that means! Yes, it’s time for another rundown of DVDs and Blu-ray’s hitting stores online and offline this week. It’s a jam-packed week, with plenty of movies waiting to take you money, so let us breakdown the new releases and highlight what you should – and shouldn’t – be buying from today, September 24th 2012.

Pick(S) Of The Week

The Raid (DVD/Blu-ray)

Deep in the heart of one of Jakarta’s most deprived slums stands an impenetrable high-rise apartment block. To most it is 30 floors of Hell to be avoided at all costs but for many of the city’s most dangerous killers and gangsters, including the area’s most notorious crime lord, it is a fortress-like safe house protecting them from the law. Even for the bravest and most experienced police officers it is considered a no-go area. »

- Phil

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L'Etrange 2012 Review: Excision is a Messy Combination of Sex and Scalpels

19 September 2012 10:30 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Excision, a gory, coming-of-age horror/comedy, wears its influences on its sleeve; so much so, that you'll have to forgive me, and probably numerous other critics, for describing it as Welcome to the Dollhouse with a healthy dose of Nip/Tuck's sexualized medical gore. But sometimes this type of reference-laden description does more justice to a film than any belabored standalone paragraph, and it's especially true in the case of Excision, which follows the exploits of a girl who might as well be Dawn Wiener's surgery-obsessed soul mate. However, like most pitches that mix elements from other movies (and the combination in Excision is indeed one of the more unique ones I've encountered lately), the real test comes in the details of the film's execution. AnnaLynne McCord »

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2012′s Great Movie Moments: July and August

9 September 2012 10:33 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

At the end of each month, the Sound On Sight staff will band together to write an article about their favourite scenes in films released. We were a little busy in early July so we decided to combine that list with our picks from August. Here are our favourite scenes from the months of July and August.

Warning: Of course, spoilers are in full effect here!

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The Dark Knight Rises – Opening Scene

The opening sequence of The Dark Knight Rises and arguably the best and biggest set piece of the film, rises to the level of any scene from the previous instalment of the series. This gravity-defying skyjacking is a tour de force and without a doubt the best sequence of any film so far this year. Shot with Imax cameras, this aerial extraction, void of any CGI, is a remarkable feat in filmmaking.Enough said.

The Expendables 2Jason Statham »

- Ricky

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Fantasia 2012: ‘Excision’ extremely unsettling, often amusing

7 August 2012 7:37 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Excision

Directed by Richard Bates Jr.

Screenplay by Richard Bates Jr.

2012, USA

Writer-director Richard Bates. Jr. draws on years of movie-watching for his audacious feature debut Excision. The most obvious influences for Excision is possibly Brian DePalma’s Carrie, Todd Solondz’s Welcome To The Dollhouse and Michael Lehmann’s Heathers. Toss in equal parts Gregg Araki, Dario Argento, Alejandro Jodorowsky, and John Hughes and an ending reminiscent of Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers - and Excision might just be the best “adolescent misfit” movie in a very long time.

Richard Bates Jr.’s dark domestic offbeat black comedy (a passion project converted from his 2008 short with the same name), is greased up with enough cultural references, sarcasm, graphic sex and bloody violence to turn John Waters into a preacher man. Yet despite the controversy stirred up earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, it is important to note that »

- Ricky

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Dark Horse – The Review

2 August 2012 8:34 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The rotund underachiever at the center of Todd Solondz’s new film Dark Horse is Abe (Jordan Gelber), a 40-ish man-child still living in the bedroom of his parent’s (Mia Farrow and Christopher Walken) home and in the shadow of his doctor brother (Justin Bartha). Abe passes most days at his father’s office avoiding work while trolling eBay for action figures to add to his collection. At a wedding, he meets Miranda (Selma Blair), a beautiful but depressed writer and convinces her to go out with him, after which he immediately proposes. She accepts but gives him hepatitis which puts him in a semi-coma, leading to odd dreams about a cougar co-worker (Donna Murphy).

Todd Solondz breakthrough film was Welcome To The Dollhouse back in 1997, the story of sad-sack Dawn Weiner, a homely middle schooler, the lonely brunt of teen cruelty. Misfit losers have been a theme of »

- Tom Stockman

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Comic-Con 2012: My Friend Dahmer Graphic Novel Coming to the Screen

11 July 2012 7:02 PM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Ibid Filmworks is poised to produce My Friend Dahmer, John "Derf" Backderf's autobiographical graphic novel that follows Jeffrey Dahmer from age 12, when he was a shy, bespectacled kid, right up to the day he kills his first victim two weeks after high school graduation.

Aperture Entertainment’s Adam Goldworm is partnering with Ibid Filmworks on the project.  

Set in the bizarre world of 1970s suburbia, Jeff Dahmer, a troubled teenager, descends into darkness as his divorcing parents, high school teachers, and peers stand by and do nothing. Told through the eyes of his friend Derf, this is a touching, realistic look at some oddball teens trying to find their identities in the tumultuous 1970's.

A press release explains, "although there are macabre elements to this story, this will be less a horror film and more a coming-of-age tale of teenagers teetering on the abyss."  Think, Welcome to the Dollhouse meets »

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Fantasia 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced; Key Selections From This Year's Axis Lineup

6 July 2012 12:07 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The July 19th start of Montreal's 16th annual Fantasia International Film Festival is drawing closer (it runs through August 7th), and the powers-that-be have announced the second wave of films along with a few selections from the new Axis section of the event.

Fantasia Announces The Satoshi Kon Award For Achievement In Animation + A New Section Dedicated To International Animation Cinema + Second Wave Title Announcements

The art of animation in its many forms and disciplines has always had a strong place at Fantasia. This year, the festival has decided to give the form its own permanent section: Axis. From social realism to mind-bending fantasy, all styles and sensibilities will be showcased, now on a greater scale than ever. Further, the festival is proud to be rechristening its animation jury prize as The Satoshi Kon Award for Achievement in Animation, named after the dear, departed visionary whose feature debut, Perfect Blue, »

- Uncle Creepy

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The Hey U Guys Cinema Release Round-up : 29th June

29 June 2012 6:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Prometheus’ reign at the top of the Box Office chart finally came to an end this week as it drops down to fourth place with Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter landing the top spot. The Five Year Engagement also did pretty well going in at three, just behind MIB3 in second place.

Stephen Frears’ latest offering fared rather terribly though as despite a pretty widespread release it took only £117,000 in its first week.  To put that into perspective, that leaves it trailing behind low-budget horror’s like Chernobyl Diaries and animated abominations likes Top Cat.

There’s not been a large-scale summer blockbuster released for a few weeks now so one of this week’s mid-carders will no doubt be hoping to capitalise. Out of the gaggle of movies out this week, relationship comedy Friends With Kids seems the obvious choice for Box Office success. It’s the directorial debut of Jennifer Westfeldt, »

- Rob Keeling

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Todd Solondz Interview – Dark Horse, Infantilization, Off-Putting Characters and DVD Extras

29 June 2012 6:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Todd Solondz’ latest feature, Dark Horse, arrives in UK cinemas this week and I was lucky enough to speak to the director about the film and also his previous features..

I first saw Dark Horse at the London Film Festival, you can find my review here, and was greatly impressed with the fluid and insular storytelling, which recalled Solondz’ Welcome to the Dollhouse, and the way in which the film engaged with many themes surrounding the infantilized modern male.

Read on for Solondz’ own take on this, and much more.

The film’s theme of infantilization, particularly of the American male.

It is, as I’m sure you’re aware, very popular in TV and films such as The 40 Year Old Virgin and so forth. So you I suppose you could see this as a kind of response, as a kind of alternative to that moviegoing experience. It’s »

- Craig Skinner

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Film Review: 'Dark Horse'

27 June 2012 8:00 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆ Written and directed by Todd Solondz, the misanthropic master of cult classics Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995) and Happiness (1998), Dark Horse (2011) sees a return to the seemingly familiar territory of unhappy characters and the unpleasant situations they find themselves in. The film features an impressive cast for its relatively small budget, with Christopher Walken, Mia Farrow and Selma Blair supporting the lesser known Jordan Gelber in the lead role.

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- CineVue

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Rizzoli & Isles Review: Straight to My Nightmares

26 June 2012 9:03 PM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

"Welcome to the Dollhouse" ramped up the fear factor for me, as I've always found dolls really creepy. So when the serial killer with the fetish also added a thing for scrunchies and a penchant for '90s fashion, I knew I was in trouble. If I don't have nightmares tonight it will be a miracle.

That said, the first suspect still made me laugh. Listening to Herbert shout at his doll wife was somehow sad and ridiculous at the same time. It's certainly better than him abusing a real person and if he paid $8,000 for a giant piece of plastic I suppose he can do what he likes to it.

When it came time to actually reveal the killer I was surprised that it almost made me sad. Jonathan was a freak but did the kid ever really have a chance? His father abused and then murdered his mother right in front of him. »

- christine@tvfanatic.com (Christine Orlando)

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Portrait of the artist: Todd Solondz, film director

26 June 2012 4:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

'Who'd play me on screen? It would be a great challenge for George Clooney'

What got you started?

I went to college in a time before Vcr. Film societies showed movies every night of the week. You could have triple-bills of Frank Capra, Jean-Luc Godard and Akira Kurosawa, all in one evening. Because I was so shy and maladroit, I spent much of my time there, lapping it up. But I didn't understand what it meant to be a director until I actually directed.

What was your big breakthrough?

Finally going to film school. I'd failed at so many other endeavours. When I saw that my work as a student was getting such a warm response, I realised I was on to something.

Your films often have uncomfortable themes. Have you always been drawn to these?

Gee, I don't know. Certainly, as a child, I never watched anything disturbing »

- Laura Barnett

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TV Review: Rizzoli & Isles 3.03, ‘This Is How a Heart Breaks’

23 June 2012 10:18 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Heartbreak was the name of the game this week, and there was plenty for Detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) to mull over.

The return of Casey (Chris Vance) was a more than welcome one. I’ve always preferred him over Gabriel Dean (Billy Burke), as I find him to be infinitely more likeable, interesting and compatible with Jane. I’m reliably informed by other fans that Dean is loved in the books (which I’m just getting into), but this is the TV show and has to be taken on it’s own merits. It’s a completely different entity. As I was saying, Casey was back – but this little reunion didn’t go so smoothly. Casey had been back for months and Jane (understandably) felt betrayed that he hadn’t called her to let her know. Seeing Jane so hurt by the ordeal reinforced that »

- Connor Davey

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Top 7 Films I Wish I Could Watch Again for the First Time

22 June 2012 6:00 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.

This week’s “Question of the Week” on Jeff Bayer’s “Movie B.S.” podcast is inspired by Brave — the first film by Pixar to have a lead female protagonist.

The discussion goes to other firsts, namely movie experiences. What movies do you wish you could watch again for the first time?

Here are my Top 7 movies, which include a whole bunch of significant movies with first-time experiences that will never be matched.

7. Psycho (1960)

Recap: Alfred Hitchcock made it forever unsafe to shower in motels and befriend handsome mama’s boys with this film, starring Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins.

First Viewing Experience: By myself, in the dark, in my basement (Note: This was a very bad idea).

Reason: Many horror movies work best when you don’t really know what’s coming. And even with the pop culture sensation of this movie ruining its famous bits, »

- Nick Allen

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