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Congrats to Alison Pill and Joshua Leonard! The 29-year-old actress, best known for playing Maggie Jordan on the HBO show The Newsroom, and her 39-year-old beau, who played himself in the 1999 The Blair Witch Project and now plays James Finnigan on Bates Motel, wed over Memorial Day Weekend. The two got engaged more than four months ago. The wedding took place on Sunday at the Grace E. Simons Lodge in Los Angeles. And the bride wore yellow! "We're married!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #pillnard," Pill wrote on Instagram, alongside a pic of herself and her new husband, standing in their wedding attire inside a bedroom. The bride wore what appeared to be a vintage, chiffon pastel yellow »
As Mad Max: Fury Road spews out thrills and soaks up acclaim in cinemas around the globe, now is a fitting time to revisit cinema's first encounter with the angst-ridden Antipodean way back in 1979. Set "a few years from now", it's an unsettling and unpredictable experience, full of creeping psychological tension and striking vehicular devastation. Both the dystopian world and the central character we initially see are different in many ways to what is currently wowing audiences, while being essentially the same in tone and spirit.
While Fury Road achieves that remarkable feat of being a faithful continuation of the character and original trilogy while working as a standalone entity too, knowing Max's background adds valuable insight. Is it any wonder why he is so resistant to forming any emotional bonds with characters like Charlize Theron's Furiosa given that he once had to scrape what was left of his »
The premise is simple but intriguing: six siblings are locked away from society at large in Manhattan’s Lower East Side for most of their lives by their paranoid father. With next to no outside stimulus, they reach into their imagination and recreate scenes from some of their favorite movies, including “Clerks,” “The Usual Suspects,” “The Blair Witch Project” and “El Mariachi.” That’s the gist of Magnolia Pictures doc “The Wolfpack,” which won the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at Sundance earlier this year. Directed by Crystal Mosell, it’s a fascinating doc, though one valid criticism is that the full story of their upbringing is not as explained as it should be. Here’s the official synopsis: Read More: Watch: The Kids From The Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winning Film ‘The Wolfpack’ Recreate Their Favorite Movie Scenes Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, »
- Edward Davis
Reviewed by Shannon Hilson
I’ve been a sucker for a good tomb raiding adventure film ever since I first fell in love with the Indiana Jones movies as a kid. The same goes for absolutely anything to do with ancient Egypt or the pyramids, so naturally I was excited about a chance to check out The Pyramid.
Written by Daniel Meersand and Nick Simon, The Pyramid is directed by Gregory Levasseur (The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3D). It makes use of the found footage storytelling device to depict the adventures of father and daughter archaeologists Miles Holden (Denis O’Hare) and Nora Holden (Ashley Hinshaw) as they explore a mysterious three-sided Giza pyramid (most of the pyramids of Giza have four sides) with their team during the Egyptian protests of 2013. At first, they rely on camera-equipped, remote-controlled robot “Shorty” to show them what’s what inside the pyramid. »
The month of May features a ton of great genre titles coming to VOD and digital platforms, including the highly anticipated zombie drama Maggie, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin. The Orchard is releasing the Kiwi horror comedy mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows later this month and we also have both Oren Peli’s Area 51 and the sure-to-be-insane The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) from Tom Six to look forward to as well. The indie spookfest Evangeline is also getting a VOD release from Uncork’d Entertainment and look for the latest from Dark Sky Films, Let Us Prey, which arrives the last week of May.
Private Number (Arc Entertainment) - 5/1
A series of sinister phone calls haunt an ex-alcoholic writer as he struggles to finish a novel. Efforts to trace the calls result in dead ends, leaving the author with no choice but to solve the mystery himself. »
- Heather Wixson
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century? Check here for a complete list of our essays. The end of the 1990s was the end of an era on the big screen. The independent filmmaking movement that started the decade had taken full bloom and infiltrated the business. Major studios had begun to jump headlong into the "dependent" game, amping up prestige product and utilizing the awards season as a marketing tool. The blockbuster landscape at the summer multiplex had been interesting, full of original concepts (good and bad), but something else was on the way — a new overlord in the business of film, and one that would more or less make the age of the movie star (at least as we had come to know it) a thing of the past. For those reasons and a slew of others, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Director: Levan Gabriadze; Screenwriter: Nelson Greaves; Starring: Shelley Hennig, Will Peltz, Moses Storm, Renee Olstead, Heather Sossaman, Jacob Wysocki, Courtney Halverson; Running time: 83 mins; Certificate: 15
Unfriended is a horror film set entirely on someone's social media feeds that unfolds solely on one laptop screen. Whatever next? Attack of the Killer Emojis? Nightmare on Elm Street: Meme Warriors?
Such presumptuous cynicism about a film best described as 'streaming footage' is understandable given the abundance of abysmal 'found footage' horror flicks in recent times. Yet these fears are quashed by the skillful execution of a surprisingly fresh storytelling form. For Unfriended is innovative, scary and smart, capturing the neuroses and pressures on today's youth within the claustrophobic confines of the digital age. It does for Skype what The Blair Witch Project did for forests.
Through a screencast of high school student Blaire's (Shelley Hennig) laptop, we witness her online interactions with her »
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Adam Wingard (You’re Next, The Guest) has signed on to replace Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3) as director on Warner Bros.’ upcoming adaptation of the manga series Death Note.
The script for Death Note has been written by Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four) and tells the story of “a student who discovers a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill anyone by writing the victim’s name, who then decides to cleanse the world of whom he deems evil. As the student is tracked by a reclusive police officer, a cat-and-mouse game ensues.”
- Gary Collinson
As first reported on ScreenDaily, the film is based on Deborah E Lipstadt’s book History On Trial: My Day In Court With A Holocaust Denier about a courtroom clash with the notorious historian David Irving. David Hare has adapted the screenplay.
Thompson will fold her Sunray slate into the new venture, which includes Asif Kapadia’s Midnight selection Amy Winehouse documentary Amy and Vincent Perez’s Alone In Berlin starring Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl and [link »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The film industry veterans have unveiled their London and La-based company and strategic alliances with London’s Potboiler Films and Berlin-based X Filme.
As first reported on Screendaily, the film is based on Deborah E Lipstadt’s book History On Trial: My Day In Court With A Holocaust Denier about a courtroom clash with the notorious historian David Irving. David Hare has adapted the screenplay.
Thompson will fold her Sunray slate into the new venture, which includes Asif Kapadia’s Midnight selection Amy Winehouse documentary Amy and Vincent Perez’s Alone In Berlin starring Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl and Brendan Gleeson.
Cornerstone will reveal »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
*Updated* This April, genre fans have a lot of interesting films arriving on VOD and Digital Platforms to look forward to, including the highly-anticipated directorial debut from Ryan Gosling, Lost River, which Warner Bros. is set to release on the 10th.
The very same day, IFC Films is debuting the latest from filmmaker John McNaughton- The Harvest- who is the same visionary behind the visceral cult classic Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer starring Michael Rooker. FilmBuff will also be busy on April 10th as they’re releasing The Reconstruction of William Zero, an indie sci-fi thriller starring Amy Seimetz (Tiny Furniture), Melissa McBride (The Walking Dead), Aj Bowen (You're Next), and newcomer Conal Byrne.
April is also chock-full of genre entertainment choices from Uncork’d Entertainment and we’ve also got several indie horror titles making their way to digital as well including the latest from Dark Sky Films, »
- Heather Wixson
Them!, Psycho, Rosemary’s Baby, Jaws, The Omen, Poltergeist, John Carpenter’s The Thing, The Fly, The Blair Witch Project, Orphan, The Conjuring. For years and years, summer release has been integral to horror. The chill offsets the heat, the uncanny dread a counter to giant spectacle. Though the fall is a cozier atmosphere for the unknown…
The post The 2015 Summer Horror Preview appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
1999 was a great year for blockbusters. Everyone was talking about game changing cinema like The Matrix and The Blair Witch Project. The Sixth Sense was a monster hit. It was almost enough to make you forget about just how terrible The Phantom Menace was. For my money, the most entertaining film of that summer was Deep Blue Sea. Renny Harlin’s insane, over the top survival thriller about genetically altered sharks trying to escape the oceanic facility that houses them.
I’m sure I don’t need to recount the plot points of this classic. A young, determined Scientist played by Saffron Burrows tries to develop a cure for Alzheimer’s using smart sharks. Thomas Jane is the bad ass with a checkered past charged with keeping these hyper-intelligent killing machines in check. Samuel Jackson is the investor »
- Anghus Houvouras
A group of tech-savvy teens are picked off one-by-one by an unseen force in the new horror flick "Unfriended," with all 85 minutes of the film unspooling on one young girl's computer desktop. As Blaire (Shelley Hennig) chats with her friends via Skype, their conversation is interrupted by someone calling themselves Laura Barnes, a classmate of theirs who committed suicide after an embarrassing video of her went viral. There's no way they can cut her from their call and soon enough, "Laura" starts claiming lives as secrets threaten to break the group apart. The computer screen Pov is definitely a unique twist on the teen slasher genre, something writer Nelson Greaves and producer Jason Blum were very excited about when chatting with toofab's Brian Particelli about the film. Keep reading to see what they said about comparisons to "The Blair Witch Project," how the stars improvised on set and what they've »
- tooFab Staff
Unfriended is a pretty intense cyber-thriller that is sure to scare teens straight with its anti-bullying theme.
Sure, we’ve all seen the wave of found footage flicks that has come out in the past decade or so, starting with The Blair Witch Project (which, Fyi, still holds up). Since it’s release, audiences have been bombarded with the sub-genre of films… some good, some terrible, such as the never-ending supply of Paranormal Activity movies. This is where Unfriended broke the mold. The film modified the handheld cam look, and upgraded it to a laptop. Think about it. What are teens up to when they are at home on a school night? They’re talking to their friends in group chats, posting on Facebook, and texting with their smartphones. It’s never been easier for kids to have access to whatever it is that they want. Unfortunately, this is also »
- Melissa Howland
Mysterio spills his guts out in Gentle Giant's Marvel Zombie Mysterio Mini Bust. Also featured in our latest round-up are release details and a trailer for An Irish Exorcism and the release date for The Boy, a horror film starring The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan.
Mysterio Zombie Mini Bust: Set for release in early 2016, Gentle Giant's Marvel Zombie Mysterio Mini Bust is now available to pre-order for $99.00. We have details and images of the bust below (photos via Figures.com):
"Several characters have donned the Mysterio costume to plague Spider-Man in the character’s long history. None, however, have been as grotesque as the Mysterio that appeared in the Marvel Zombies Universe! In the Marvel Zombies series, the world has been infected by a virus that turns the living, into rotting corpses, who retain their intelligence and abilities.
This incarnation of Mysterio has been digitally sculpted by the »
- Derek Anderson
★☆☆☆☆ For director Eduardo Sánchez - creator of found-footage hit The Blair Witch Project (1999) - his latest Dtv contribution to the canon, Exists (2014), should have been something of a stroll in the park. Yet there's little to recommend in this apparent parody (presumably not its intention) of the genre to which it situates itself. It's a thoroughly ham-fisted affair, from the camerawork to the reveal of the big bad monster. Exists is essentially a found-footage fumbler from a hall-of-famer. The premise is horrendously clichéd: two brothers, Matt (Samuel Davis) and Brian (Chris Osborn), bring three friends out to their uncle's remote cabin in the wilds of Texas.
- CineVue UK
This Sunday "Salem" Season 2 is coming to Wgn America, a network we all just learned about sometime last year. In celebration of the new season, which will co-star our presumptive Heroes vs. Villains 2015 champion Lucy Lawless, I've rounded up a list of five worthwhile witch movies to stream online right now. "Black Sunday" (Netflix) Mario Bava's 1960 B&W chiller stars the enormous-eyed Barbara Steele in a dual role as a reincarnated witch from the 17th century and her beautiful lookalike descendant, whom she has returned from beyond the grave to possess. A moody Gothic fright film featuring horror legend Steele in arguably her most iconic role. "Teen Witch" (Netflix) The unintentionally funny 1989 musical best known for its ill-advised "rap" number "Top That" stars Robyn Lively as an unpopular high schooler who discovers she's descended from the witches of Salem. She goes on to use her newly-discovered powers to win »
- Chris Eggertsen
The creator of The Blair Witch Project, Eduardo Sánchez, returns to found-footage horror, the sub-genre he defined back in ’99 and proves he can still terrify audiences with his masterful ability and technique to create high levels of suspense. This time around, Sánchez turns the lens on America’s favourite monster – Bigfoot, and as Exists’ gang of doomed road-trippers is about to discover, this Sasquatch is the most terrifying incarnation ever seen on screen.
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Email your answer to NerdlyComps@gmail.com, making sure »
- Phil Wheat
The first trailer has landed for found footage horror movie Hooked Up, a film shot entirely on an iPhone. Yes, you read that right.
Check out the trailer below:
Brace yourselves for the first ever feature-length horror film to be shot entirely on an iPhone when Hooked Up arrives on DVD from April 27th, 2015, courtesy of Signature Entertainment. Following in the dark and twisted footsteps of found-footage classics like The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity, the horrors of Hooked Up are delivered through the iPhones of Tonio (Jonah Ehrenreich) and Peter (Stephen Ohl), two young Americans who travel to Barcelona to party and meet women. When Tonio and Peter befriend the flirtatious Noemi and Katia on their first night out partying, they escort them back to the house where things take an unexpected turn. The boys become trapped in the house and soon realise that the girls have a »
- Luke Owen
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