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This January, Sundance Film Festival attendees will have the chance to witness the mania of Murder World, as the festival announced today that Rob Zombie's Halloween-set horror film 31 will be part of its special Midnight section, along with Kevin Smith's Yoga Hosers, The Greasy Strangler, and more.
To celebrate the Sundance screening announcement, a new image from 31 has been released, along with a video of Rob Zombie's on-the-go reaction to the news. For more details, we have the official press release:
Press Release: Park City, Ut — Adrenaline junkies and genre film-lovers know the real fun at the Sundance Film Festival starts at midnight. Sundance Institute tonight offers a first look at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival by announcing the nine feature films that will screen in its iconic Midnight section, which has launched films including The Blair Witch Project, Saw, Super Troopers, The Babadook, Black Dynamite, What We Do In The Shadows, »
- Derek Anderson
Read More: The 12 Major Breakouts of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival The fall festival season has finally settled down, meaning all eyes now turn to the new year for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Proving its never too early to start shoring up anticipation, the Sundance Institute has announced surprisingly early the nine titles that will make up the festival's famous Midnight section, which has helped launch horror and genre breakouts like "The Blair Witch Project," "The Babadook," "Super Troopers" and "What We Do in the Shadows" in the past. More of the Sundance lineup will be revealed in the coming weeks, including the Midnight section's short film program, and the festival takes place January 21-31, 2016. Below are the nine titles announced by Sundance earlier this morning, headed by new efforts from Kevin Smith and Rob Zombie. Synopses provided by Sundance. "31" / U.S.A. / World Premiere Director and »
- Zack Sharf
The other titles include Danny Perez’s “Antibirth,” starring Natashe Lyonne; Rich Fox’s “The Blackout Experiments”; Mickey Keating’s “Carnage Park,” starring Ashley Bell; Jim Hosking’s “The Greasy Stranger,” starring Michael St. Michaels; Jt Mollner’s “Outlaws and Angels,” starring Chad Michael Murray; Richard Bates Jr.’s “Trash Fire,” starring Adrian Grenier; and Babak Anvari’s “Under the Shadow,” starring Narges Rashidi.
All the showings are world premieres Previous titles launching in the Midnight section have included “The Blair Witch Project,” “Saw,” “Super Troopers,” “Hard Candy” and “What We Do in Shadows.” The section was launched in 1991.
Smith was previously at Sundance in 2011 with “Red State.”
The festival takes place Jan. 21-31 in Park City, Salt Lake City, »
- Dave McNary
Previously... Even the best seasons need a dud, and Mark Gatiss helpfully stepped up to provide one. "Sleep No More," last week's episode, managed the impressive feat of being both terrifying – particularly the last scene – frustrating, and not that interesting. The found footage aspect is clearly intended to be groundbreaking, and it is if you assume that this episode takes place in an alternate universe where "The Blair Witch Project" didn’t happen, and the characters are largely standard archetypes. Read More: Review: 'Doctor Who' Season 9 Episode 8, 'The Zygon Inversion,' Faces Truth and Consequences In the grand tradition of despotic future bosses everywhere, Reese Shearsmith’s Professor Rassmussan (white actor bingo square, check off your exoticized name now) wants to improve the world’s efficiency by compressing sleep into 15 minute bursts that keep you going for days. Forget Missy, forget the Daleks, this is the most diabolical plan any. »
- Kaite Welsh
A talent hunt with a side order of Gogglebox-style watching the watchers, this BBC3 series hosted by Matthew Giffen is a neat idea. Volunteers are treated to a night of horror shorts from new directors and have to rate them for scares. In turn, we get to watch as they react. There’s a £20,000 bounty on offer for the winner, which will be chosen by The Blair Witch Project co-director Eduardo Sánchez. But the real victory is the exposure; the standard is high and there are some names to keep an eye on here.
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- Phil Harrison & Gwilym Mumford
Genuinely innovative or surprisingly similar; there’s only a short while to wait before we discover whether or not Sleep No More is as ground breaking as its inception proved to be. Borrowing the ‘found footage’ template which found success with horror movies like Cloverfield, The Blair Witch Project and Chronicle before burning out relatively quickly...
The post Advanced Review Round-Up: Sleep No More appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews. »
- Andrew Reynolds
Spoilers! We dig a little deeper into Mark Gatiss' Sleep No More, with our latest geeky spots and viewing notes...
When you’ve got a renowned Doctor Who fan like Mark Gatiss writing an episode, there’s bound to be a few nods to the shows past. Take them, throw in some cultural references and add a sprinkling of very tenuous similarities and you’ve got yourself this week’s geeky spots article. And if you’ve spotted things we’ve missed, or just have some tenuous theories of your own, please add them to the comments below!
Callback No More
This isn’t the Doctor’s first visit to a space station; the first on-screen trip came in 1968’s The Wheel In Space, when the second Doctor battled Cybermen aboard Space Station W3. Other memorable stations have included Nerva Beacon, from fourth Doctor tales The »
Miryang Arirang – Legend Of Miryang 2: Everything a great documentary should be. Miryang Arirang – Legend Of Miryang 2 review
We all love a good underdog story, and the less likely success looks, the more entertaining it can be for us. But what can often be forgotten is how many people all around the world are fighting the system and being very poorly mistreated. One of the worst such cases is represented in Miryang Arirang – Legend Of Miryang 2 a documentary that follows a group of elderly villagers as they take on the big power companies and the police to try and prevent them from building 52 transmission towers on their land.
Starting off like a deleted scene from The Blair Witch Project, we follow a couple of elderly Korean ladies as they skulk onto a construction site. They discuss, in not exactly soft language, how they’ve been mistreated, before vandalising some of the equipment with spray paint. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Sleep No More promises to be something pretty unique in the world of Doctor Who: a found-footage episode similar in style to The Blair Witch Project! But these last four episodes of Series 9 are certainly being kept under wraps. With that in mind, we present a gallery featuring very few spoiler-y images. Seriously, the BBC aren’t...
- Philip Bates
Last night, I put on "Blair Witch 2: Book Of Shadows" for the first time since its release because I know several horror fans who genuinely like the movie and feel like it was misunderstood or overlooked when it came out. While I'm not sure I liked it any more this time than I did when it first opened, one of the things I think is very smart about the film is the way it plays with the confusion about what's real and what's not that was absolutely in the air when the first film was released. At this point, it's hard to imagine a world where people are actually confused about a found-footage/mockumentary film, but in 1999, thanks in large part to the Wild West feel of the early Internet, people really weren't sure what "The Blair Witch Project" was, and that became a huge playful part of the sales pitch. »
- Drew McWeeny
The first thing you should notice is the three directors: Federico Fellini, Louis Malle, and Roger Vadim. Secondly, take notice of the cast, which includes Brigitte Bardot, Jane Fonda, Peter Fonda, Alain Delon, Terence Stamp, Salvo Randone, James Robertson Justice, Françoise Prévost and Marlène Alexandre. Spirits Of The Dead is an adaptation of three Edgar Allan Poe stories, one of which demands to be seen.
The first segment of the film, Vadim’s “Metzgengerstein”, is unfortunately the least impressive, but is still great in its own right, and features a marvelous performance by Jane Fonda. Malle’s segment, which is the second of the three, turns Edgar Allan Poe’s 1839 story into an engrossing study in cruelty and sadism. This episode is an engaging enough entry, »
- Ricky Fernandes
Traditionally, Halloween is about covering yourself in fake blood and going to a party so that people can repeatedly ask you what you came as. When all you really want is a nice night in, right?
Hence this indispensable guide to 12 classic terrifying movies on Netflix. That's 24 hours of horror (give or take), so you can freak yourself out from sundown to sundown without ever having to leave the comfort of your sofa.
Although we strongly advise that you check behind that sofa first - and the curtains while you're at it - for the sake of your peace of mind.
1. The Omen (1976)
Arriving hot on the heels of The Exorcist, Richard Donner's The Omen solidified the notion that small children are terrifying and probably possessed by the Devil. The '70s horror is still an effective frightener that boasts moments to make you leap out of your seat. »
Peter 'Rachel Adedeji' Dickson announced a couple of months ago that he'd decided to quit the show and take his booming voice with him, and so this weekend we heard a very slight snatch of a new voiceover introducing the show. But who's the man behind that American twang?
1. His name is Redd Pepper - and he honed his craft by being a Tube driver
Here are the basics. Unsurprisingly, Redd Pepper is not his real name: the 54-year-old was born Richardson Green in Barbados. He moved to London when he was young and grew up to be a Tube driver, where he'd make silly announcements on the tannoy.
"I used to say stuff like, »
Special Mention: C’est arrivé près de chez vous (Man Bites Dog)
Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, and Benoît Poelvoorde set out to make their first feature film with little resources and little money. In the tradition of filmmakers who can’t afford much film stock, the trio settled for a faux-documentary-style approach – the result is a high-concept satire of media violence that would spoof documentaries by following around a fictitious sociopath named Ben as he exercises his lethal craft. While the cinematic tradition of presenting villains as suave, charming, attractive, and intelligent individuals is nothing new, Man Bites Dog was still ahead of its time. Much like the great Hitchcockian villains such as Joseph Cotten in Shadow of a Doubt, Ben is a man of action and ideas. He expounds on art, »
- Ricky Fernandes
During a new 90-minute episode of The Walking Dead on November 1st, trailers for both Preacher and Into the Badlands will premiere. Also: a Halloween screening at participating theaters, a Puppet Master marathon on El Rey, the short film Under the Dark Wing, and Dead Town Indiegogo details.
The Walking Dead Event: Press Release: "For Immediate Release – AMC is bringing fans “The Walking Dead Mega Sunday” event on November 1st at 9:00 p.m. Et/Pt. During the all-new extended 90-minute episode of “The Walking Dead,” AMC will air the world premiere of the trailer for AMC’s upcoming, highly anticipated series “Preacher,” as well as the television premiere of the “Into the Badlands” trailer.
In this all-new episode of “The Walking Dead,” “Here’s Not Here,” written by Scott M. Gimple and directed by Stephen Williams, the survivors must ask themselves who can be trusted, and better yet, can they change? »
- Tamika Jones
The screening of “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” on Thursday was bittersweet, as franchise creator Oren Peli received the Trailblazer Award from Screamfest, which premiered the original film back in 2007.
“I never thought beyond the first one,” remembered Peli. “Even when the studio said that they were going to do the second one, I thought, ‘How are you going to do it?’ It’s not really designed to be a franchise.”
The Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood was filled with fans who were excited to see the sixth and final installment of the supernatural franchise that is well-known for its found-footage format — which stars Chris J. Murray and Brit Shaw.
“‘The Blair Witch Project’ was a direct inspiration and gave me the confidence,” said Peli. “I thought, ‘They did it, maybe I can do it, too.'”
- Mannie Holmes
HitFix's Ultimate Horror Movie Poll, which highlights the 100 greatest horror films of all time as voted on by over 100 genre filmmakers and experts, not only showcased the enduring power of No. 1 finisher "The Exorcist," it also cemented the status of the '70s and '80s as a Golden Age of horror (films released during those decades took up nearly half of available slots). The '70s and '80s, incidentally, saw the artistic rise and mainstream breakthroughs of both Wes Craven and David Cronenberg, horror icons who placed more films in the Top 100 than any other director (four titles each). Meanwhile, the list revealed one undeniably bleak statistic: only one movie in the Top 100 was directed by a woman. For me, the most gratifying moment of our Ultimate Horror Poll came when compiling the data was finally over, and I could take a step back and fully appreciate, as a reader, »
- Chris Eggertsen
It's official: Chris Rock is set to host the Academy Awards for a second time. It'll have been more than a decade since he first took Oscar's stage in 2005, but his greatest awards show moment is even longer ago than that. Check out Chris Rock's legendary opening at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards. He comes out in a shock white suit, dignifies the names of Kid Rock and Nsync with perfect jokes, and even makes you laugh at "The Blair Witch Project" again. Remember when the VMAs would invite people like Diana Ross? Those days are long gone. And so are the days of hilarious jokes about MTV's "Fanatic," but Chris Rock's manage to be pretty timeless. For the record, there is no actual Bobby Brown "Fanatic" episode and I'm eternally thankful for that. »
- Louis Virtel
For the first two installments in this series, I tried to dig apart some of the thematic issues at the heart of science-fiction horror films. But beyond Alien, the subgenre has such a poor reputation that most entries in it aren’t worthy of too much serious consideration. Few horror auteurs ever try their hand at sci-fi horror crossover, and when they do, the results are often mixed.
Unfortunately, the penultimate film from horror master John Carpenter, 2001’s Ghosts of Mars, falls into this second category. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t give it our attention; in fact, the film deserves a few words written about it simply because it’s so down-right bizarre. Basically, Ghosts of Mars is an outer space western set on a post-colonial Mars (actually a salt mine in New Mexico dyed with food coloring) in which wanted criminal Desolation Williams (Ice Cube, doing »
- Nathan Smith
The Witch: I’m not a witch, I’m not a witch!
Sir Bedevere: But you are dressed as one!
The Witch: *They* dressed me up like this!
Crowd: We didn’t! We didn’t…
The Witch: And this isn’t my nose. It’s a false one.
Sir Bedevere: [lifts up her false nose] Well?
Peasant 1: Well, we did do the nose.
Sir Bedevere: The nose?
Peasant 1: And the hat, but she is a witch!
Throughout history, witches have always gotten a bad rap. The Salem Witch Trials proved that.
Things didn’t improve with the birth of cinema. Filmmakers have had a magical time telling the tales of sorcery, magical powers and witchcraft.
Good or bad, funny or downright scary, their stories have fascinated moviegoers and these burnt offerings show no signs of slowing down. »
- Movie Geeks
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