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Time and money and a cast prevented me from making my own ABCs of Death 2 short (called “M is for Money”), but it didn’t stop hundreds of others from submitting their take on the letter “M” to the horror anthology produced by Ant Timpson, Tim League, and Magnet Releasing.
After combing through all the submissions, twelve finalists have finally been selected.
The competition’s twelve finalists, half of which were chosen via public vote and half by jury selection, are Dante Vescio and Rodrigo Gasparini’s “M is for Mailbox”, Summer Johnson’s “M is for Make Believe”, Steve Daniels’ “M is for Marauder”, Robert Boocheck’s “M is for Masticate”, Sean Tretta’s “M is for Matchmaker”, Wolfgang Matzl’s “M is for Meat”, BC Glassberg’s “M is for Mind Meld”, Álvaro Núñez’s “M is for Miracle”, Antonio Padovan’s “M is for Misdirection”, Mia'Kate Russell »
- Brad McHargue
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 7 Nov 2013 - 07:02
Our journey through the half-remembered, underappreciated films of the 1990s continues. Here, we look to 1997...
Dominated by the box office behemoth that was James Cameron's Titanic, 1997 was a year of high drama and outlandish special effects. The Lost World: Jurassic Park brought with it a new batch of genetically revived dinosaurs, George Lucas dug his original Star Wars trilogy out of the cupboard and added new (controversial) computer-generated sequences, while Nicolas Cage and John Travolta did impressions of one another and fired guns in John Woo's delirious action movie, Face/Off.
It was a varied year for movies, for sure, particularly by 21st century standards; it's difficult to imagine a British feel-good comedy about amateur male strippers (The Full Monty) getting into the year's 10 highest grossing films these days. But among all those winners, there had to be some »
Filmmaker Vincenzo Natali made a name for himself among genre fans with his debut feature Cube, making the transition from years of storyboard work on shows such as Beetlejuice and The Adventures of Tintin. Earlier this year, however, Natali made a move away from theatrical content, as his first feature since 2009′s Splice, titled Haunter, saw a release to On-Demand platforms concurrently with a limited run on the big screen. Now Natali has made a more concrete shift, with the tv series Darknet. Working with producer Steve Hoban, best known for Ginger Snaps, the first episode of the series has been released online ahead of the show’s premiere in January, and can be seen below.
(Source: Shock Till You Drop)
- Deepayan Sengupta
Cube and Splice director Vincenzo Natali wants to give you a Halloween treat. Natali has been one of the driving forces behind Darknet - a sort of hybrid television and web series - and the first episode of the series (directed by Natali himself) is now available online for free viewing. The prototype season of Darknet consists of six episodes that weave together bite-sized servings of urban horror. These episodes will appear exclusively in Canada on Super Channel, and segments will be made available to fans at the Super Channel and Darknet websites. Darknet offers snippets of people's lives being interrupted by vivid instances of unexpected violence or shocking strangeness. Shot in a visceral style that cranks up the creep factor, viewers become part of...
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Earlier this year it was announced that Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Spilce), Brett Sullivan (Ginger Snaps 2) and Rodrigo Gudino (The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh), along with a number of newcomers would be teaming up for "Darknet", a transmedia project adapted from the Japanese series "Tori Hada."
The six episode series includes online segments and full episodes which will air in Canada on the re-launched Super Channel as well as online. The show is described as "offering snippets of people's lives being interrupted by vivid instances of unexpected violence or shocking strangeness." [Continued ...] »
After being stuck for years in development hell, the project looked to be moving again last year as producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura came onboard. While funding was sorted out, Natali went to work on the supernatural thriller "Haunter".
Now out doing promotion for that film, Natali spoke with Crave Online about where the "Neuromancer" film now stands:
"It's not on the fast track, but it's very much alive and I'm hopeful. It's a long haul, like all good things that are audacious and challenging. It continues. It seems to be indomitable.
The script has been ready for years. Strangely, that wasn’t the hard part. I benefited, first of all, from developing the script very much with the influence of William Gibson, which was tremendously helpful. »
- Garth Franklin
Written by Brandy Bunce, MoreHorror.com
Based off the title of this film I was a bit hesitant of how good of a film it would be, with the exception of The Conjuring, paranormal based horror/thrillers have let me down recently, especially after I saw the film stars Abigail Breslin. Thankfully this film did not disappoint in terms of creativity and breaking Breslin from the Little Miss Sunshine shadow that follows her now in her teenage years.
Directed by Vincenzo Natali who is no stranger to the genre with the cult classic Cube, he successfully confused his audience while sparking their curiosity enough to want to see more throughout this film. I will say the beginning of this film is slightly confusing until close to the end when all the pieces finally start to come together. Yes, go ahead and groan, it’s one of those films that forces you to think. »
Abandoning the perverse beauty of scientific mutation as last exhibited in his 2010 film, Splice, Canadian director Vincenzo Natali switches genre gears with a vantage point experiment on the haunted house thriller in Haunter. Reteaming with screenwriter Brian King, who wrote Natali’s sophomore film, Cypher, their latest collaboration feels akin to those curious live action young adult Disney films from the 1970s and 80s, with strong comparison that could be drawn between performances here as one could easily see Carroll Baker in the Michelle Nolden role and Bette Davis as Stephen McHattie, except without anything resembling thrills or intrigue.
In 1986, Lisa (Abigail Breslin) and her family are mysteriously killed, doomed to repeat the events of their last day of their lives within the house where something sinister seems to have happened. While Lisa’s parents (Michelle Nolden and Peter »
- Nicholas Bell
Time is a fluid thing in the atmospheric Haunter, but it's set mainly in 1985. It's the day before Lisa's 16th birthday. It has been for a while. Lisa (Abigail Breslin) and her wholesomely plain family -- mother (Michelle Nolden), father (Peter Outerbridge), and little brother Robbie (Peter DaCunha) -- seem to be in a Groundhog Day situation, reliving this same day over and over. Only Lisa realizes it, though, along with its corollary: they're all dead. These facts are revealed early in Haunter, a good old-fashioned ghost story (with a few slight formula tweaks) from director Vincenzo Natali. His most famous films, like Cube (1997) and Splice, were far more violent and intense than this one which fits in the genre of gore-free PG-13...
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The team behind films like Splice and Ginger Snaps have a horror series called Darknet headed our way, which will premiere on the scariest damn night of the year. Read on for details, and check out the first teaser clip below!
From the Press Release
Copperheart Entertainment announces that a sneak peak of the first full episode of Darknet, the Canadian horror anthology web and television series designed for the 21st century Internet mindset, will drop on October 31, 2013 at 12:01 Am on www.darknetfiles.com. Darknet is adapted from the cult Japanese television series, Tori Hada, by Vincenzo Natali (Haunter, Splice, Cube) and Steven Hoban (Haunter, Splice, Black Christmas, Ginger Snaps). The online presentation will be followed by a broadcast premiere of the six 30-minute episode series in early 2014 on Super Channel. The pilot episode of the series, written and directed by Vincenzo Natali, features David Hewlett and Michelle Alexander. »
- John Squires
Vincenzo Natali is one of those genre filmmakers who has the rare ability to inspire loyalty in his small but vocal fan base by maintaining an aura of utter fearlessness. The director of ingenious, high concept doodles like "Cube," "Cypher," and most importantly, the envelope pushing, outrageously underrated "Splice," can literally go anywhere or do anything. Unlike his contemporaries, Natali isn't happy to ever be pigeonholed or pinned down. You go to his movies not because you know what to expect, but because what you end up seeing is so unexpected. All of this makes "Haunter," his new "reverse ghost story," a disappointment and a dull, repetitive, utterly confounding chiller."Haunter" starts out promisingly enough, as we watch a young girl Lisa (Abigail Breslin), seemingly in the '80s, go about her daily routine. Her mother (Michelle Nolden) asks her to do the laundry, while her father (Peter Outerbridge) works »
- Drew Taylor
Copperheart Entertainment is poised to release a special sneak peak of the first full episode of Darknet, the Canadian horror anthology web and television series "designed for the 21st century Internet mindset," will drop on October 31, 2013 at 12:01Am on Darknetfiles.com.
A teaser - nicknamed "Sweeping Blood" for very good reasons - after the jump.
The online presentation will be followed by a broadcast premiere of the six 30-minute episode series in early 2014 on Super Channel. The pilot episode of the series, written and directed by Vincenzo Natali, features David Hewlett and Michelle Alexander.
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The headlines and articles back in summer 1999 said that the film had changed cinema forever. They made extravagant claims that the internet had now been used to such a degree that the marketing and distribution of films would never be the same again. This may have been premature, what these journalists didn’t quite grasp was that the majority of citizens with a connection to the internet were still on slow dial-up connections, and this made watching trailers or downloading porn a lengthy night’s chore at best.
The film that was causing all of the hoopla was none other than Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick’s The Blair Witch Project, although not the first ever in the sub-genre now known as ‘found footage’, it turned out to be the most memorable and acclaimed. Sanchez and Myrick had used the internet and showings at film festivals to build a major »
- Chris Holt
Some quick distro news has come in for our friends up in the Great White North for three flicks that have been met with some festival acclaim... Septic Man, Ejecta, and Hellmouth. Read on for details.
From the Press Release
Rob Herholz, General Manager of Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada signed the films and notes, “We have been big supporters of the Foresight team since their first film, Scarce, in 2008, and it was great to see Monster Brawl and Exit Humanity establish them as filmmakers to be reckoned with. With horror scribe Tony Burgess collaborating on Ejecta, Septic Man, and Hellmouth, we expect things to go to a new level altogether.”
"Anchor Bay Entertainment is one of the greatest film distributors and supporters of all time. »
- Uncle Creepy
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 7 Oct 2013 - 06:41
Horror. Fantasy. Animated Comedy. Here's a list of films we'd love to see rescued from the jaws of development hell...
Development hell. The place where all kinds of movies and games languish while assorted filmmakers, designers and producers fight over the minutiae of scripts, ideas and finances.
It's a topic so fascinating, entire books have been written on the subject - for a really great, geek-friendly one, check out David Hughes' fantastic The Greatest Sci-fi Movies Never Made. And while there are some movies that we're quietly glad are stuck in limbo (sorry, Akira), there are others we're desperately keen to see.
For this article, we've stuck to relatively recent film projects, and ones that aren't, to the best of our knowledge, utterly beyond the bounds of possibility. The Tourist, for example - an exotic sci-fi script written by Clair Noto »
Septic Man will have its world premiere on the opening night of Fantastic Fest on Thursday and we have a look at the official trailer and poster.
“What do you get when you mix Buried and The Toxic Avenger? The filthy, disturbing, chamber-pot play Septic Man. The latest horror feature from director Jesse T. Cook (Monster Brawl) and independent film studio Foresight Features.
A transgressive creature feature mixed with the trappings of a super-hero origins story, the film focuses on an erstwhile plumber who undergoes a hideous transformation when trapped inside a septic tank. Written by award-winning PontyPool scribe Tony Burgess.”
If you’re headed to Fantastic Fest and would like to see Septic Man, you can learn more at:
- Jonathan James
The film stars Jason Brown in the titular role, with Molly Dunsworth (Hobo with a Shotgun), Julian Richings (Cube), Robert Maillet (Pacific Rim), and Tim Burd. Described as "a transgressive creature feature mixed with the trappings of a super-hero origins story," the film focuses on an erstwhile plumber who undergoes a hideous transformation when trapped inside a septic tank.
For screening information, click here.
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The Cfc is kind of a big deal for Canadian artists and over the years has helped boost the profile of a number of projects and directors including the darkly humorous family drama, Siblings, Holly Dale's Blood & Donuts, Sara St. Onge's coming of age drama Molly Maxwell (review) and perhaps most notably to our readers, Vincenzo Natali's Cube.
The Cfc doesn't only support feature film but also shorts and this year, they've produced a pair of really fantastic shorts which are both premiering at Tiff in the Short Cuts Canada program.
Anatomy of Assistance is the third short from Cory Bowles, likely better known to audiences as Cory from "The Trailer [Continued ...] »
Mayhem Film Festival returns to Broadway on 31st October for four days of horror-tinged screenings, previews and guests. The festival opens this year with internationally-acclaimed British director Nicolas Roeg who will be presenting his most recent film Puffball as well as taking part in a very special screening of his masterpiece Don’t Look Now in the eerie settings of St Mary’s Church in the Lace Market.
Other special guests for the festival include American Director Brian Netto who will be presenting Delivery, The Borderlands Director Elliot Goldner and Producer Jennifer Handorf, and director Caradog James and Producer John Giwa-Amu for hi-tech British dark sci-fi The Machine. Mayhem are also hosting a special BAFTA screening of Jeremy Lovering’s In Fear which follows a young couple being tormented while driving in the countryside.
With a total of 17 screenings, Mayhem will present their first silent film screening, Tod Browning’s »
- Phil Wheat
It’s Tuesday, so it’s time for the weekly rundown of what’s hitting stores with Fright At Home! This week may be one of the most important and jam packed as it’s filled with must-own cult obscurities & horror classics alike that deserve a spot in your collection. For better or worse, Friday The 13th: The Complete Collection Blu-ray set is finally out. It’s been met with quite a bit of controversy for many reasons (no Blu-ray 3D for Friday The 13th Part III: 3D, no unrated cut for Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday, missing extras, etc.), but for those just happy to just have the entire franchise collected in HD and housed all in one set, then this is for you. For those who feel burned once again by Paramount/Warner Bros, have no fear because the definitive documentary Crystal Lake Memories: The »
- Justin Edwards
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