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The slasher movie, if we'll admit it to ourselves, is about our fears of teen sexuality. Whether you're a teen made nervous by your own hormones or a parent afraid of what trouble those hormones will get your kid into, the slasher-movie villain is your fears made flesh. But with the release 30 years ago this week (November 9, 1984) of Wes Craven's "A Nightmare on Elm Street," the slasher film entered a new dimension.
With the creation of Freddy Krueger (played indelibly by Robert Englund), who could kill teens in their dreams, the slasher villain proved there was no place that was safe, not even the subconscious.
In retrospect, the genre may have peaked with the release of this film; after all, how many other slasher villains since have been anywhere near as memorable? Unlike his predecessors, Jason Voorhees (of the "Friday the 13th" movies) and Michael Myers (of the "Halloween »
- Gary Susman
Prolific director Takashi Miike has helmed an abundance of eclectic big screen stories over the years, memorably taking viewers on graphic killing quests in Ichi the Killer and 13 Assassins. Miike also made an indelible mark on the horror genre with 1999’s Audition, and he looks to scare audiences again with his new film, Over Your Dead Body, recently acquired by Shout! Factory for a 2015 release.
Earlier today it was revealed that Shout! Factory! acquired the North American rights to Miike’s new horror film, which made its international premiere at Tiff in September. Shout! Factory plans to release Over Your Dead Body on home media through its Scream Factory label sometime next year.
Synopsis via Tiff: “A star, Miyuki Goto (Ko Shibasaki) plays Oiwa, the protagonist in a new play based on the ghost story Yotsuya Kaidan. She pulls some strings to get her lover, Kosuke Hasegawa (Ebizo Ichikawa) cast in the play, »
- Derek Anderson
Shout! Factory has acquired North American rights to Takashi Miike’s “Over Your Dead Body,” which is screening today at the American Film Market.
Deal covers digital, home entertainment, broadcast and theatrical for cross-platform releases in the U.S. and Canada.
Mongrel International repped the rights in partnership with Celluloid Dreams.
The movie premiered in the Vanguard Section at Toronto and went to play at Sitges, Etrange Festival, and Busan. Pic has also been selected at the AFI Festival.
Shout! Factory plans a strategic rollout of the film on a variety of entertainment distribution platforms and in all packaged media in 2015.
Takashi Miike is unquestionably one of the preeminent filmmakers of his generation, and his uniquely creative take on this classic Japanese ghost story will both »
- Elsa Keslassy
The film screens at the Afm on November 6 and at AFI Fest on November 8. It premiered recently in Toronto’s Vanguard strand and has gone on to play Sitges Film Festival, Etrange Festival and Busan.
Over Your Dead Body is set in a theatre as a troupe of players rehearse a 200-year-old tale of murder, betrayal and phantasmagorical vengeance that begins to intertwine with reality.
Shout! Factory plans a strategic roll-out across multiple platforms and in all packaged media in 2015.
“We are just thrilled to be working with Shout! Factory” said Mongrel International president Charlotte Mickie. “They have a fantastic track record and did a wonderful job with Miike’s masterpiece Audition. We know that they will be terrific partners.”
“Takashi Miike is unquestionably one of the preeminent filmmakers of his generation, and his »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
When you're in the mood for an action movie, Netflix has plenty to stream. Great, except that so many of their action titles are no-name, forgettable schlock. So we've done some of the heavy lifting by highlighting the best of the best currently available in the genre. Who do you want to see duke it out? Take your pick, from gangsters to gladiators, robots to ninjas, schoolkids to superheroes.
Cue that suiting-up pre-battle montage and start streaming, because here are some of the best action movies Netflix has to offer. (Availability subject to change.)
1. "13 Assassins" (2010) R
2. "48 Hrs."(1982) R
3. "Assault on Precinct 13" (1976) R
- Sharon Knolle
With Halloween fast approaching, EW is picking the five best films in a variety of different horror movie categories. Each day, we’ll post our top picks from one specific group—say, vampire movies or slasher flicks—and give you the chance to vote on which is your favorite. On Oct. 31, EW will reveal your top choices. Today, we’re ready to talk about those movies that hit a little too close to home. All horror movies prey on the psychological premise that there's beastliness roiling within everyone. But let's get real: You don't see news reports about werewolves, vampires, »
- Lanford Beard
** Spoilers ahead **
I am not a horror film fan. I appreciate the genre but considering that my over-amped imagination will turn a sight of a little girl with long hair in ghostly white attire into a full epileptic seizure within me, I try to stay as far away from scary films as much as possible. But trying to be a well-verse film critic requires me to explore uncharted territories especially that of the horror realm and thoroughly challenge my threshold. Granted I haven’t seen films like the Japanese Ringu, A Serbian Film, It or even Cannibal Holocaust, but I know scary when I see it. Ahem, The Chainsaw Massacre and The Orphanage. But I can confidently say that these five films that I am about to list is still a terrifying film experience for the majority of viewers and one that cornered me to confront my fear resulting in »
- So Yun Um
While Over Your Dead Body conceptually represents everything that has made Takashi Miike one of the most exciting genre directors of the decade, its execution lacks the same infectious essence that turned films like Ichi The Killer and Audition into Japsploitation cult classics. Writer Kikumi Yamagishi blurs the realms of fantasy and reality together into a sinister tale of life imitating art, but as Miike blends the stories into one hazy fever-dream, the allure of deception morphs into cerebral confusion and questions galore. While the film comes with vested intrigue, the punchy metaphysical nature of Over Your Dead Body becomes a marginally incoherent exercise in romantic depravity. Miike weaves a tragically gory love story, but the novelty of parallel storytelling wears thin as Yamagishi’s plot becomes more contrived and convoluted with every mysterious scene, right until the curtain falls on another ultra-violent Takashi Miike head-scratcher.
Over Your Dead Body »
- Matt Donato
Stars: Takayuki Yamada, Howard Harris, Fumi Nikaidô, Shôta Sometani, Hideaki Itô, Ruth Sundell, Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Rio Kanno, Yukito Nishii, Ken’ichi Takitô, Daniel Genalo, Noriko Nakagoshi, Erina Mizuno, Fujiko Kojima, Kento Hayashi | Written and Directed by Takashi Miike
I learnt from watching Audition that you never take Takashi Miike movies at face value, he won’t let you. That movie was my introduction into the twisted world of the director, and this is the reason he has quickly become one of my favourites. From horror to gangsters, historical and even school movies like Crows Zero he shows a flexibility and an ability to bring fun to his work, while also masterfully handling the extremes. Lesson of Evil is a movie that risks coming across as boring especially in the first half when it is setting the scene for the violence to come. Whether you find it dull or the characters interest you, »
- Paul Metcalf
It’s always exciting when Takashi Miike releases a new movie — something that happens approximately 19 times per year. The guy is a workhorse who steps up to the plate often and strikes out a lot, but when he connects the impact sends you flying past the parking lot. Unfortunately, Over Your Dead Body isn’t one of the home runs. Leaving aside the quality shifts of quick turnaround, everyone essentially knows that there are two Miikes (and a third who makes children’s movies): gonzo horror Miike who made shockers like Audition, Ichi the Killer and Visitor Q (got milk?), and polished prestige Miike who made 13 Assassins and Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai. They’ve advised one another on projects before, but this is the first genuine collaboration between the co-directors, and they’ve chosen to take on one of Japan’s most famous ghost stories. Written in the early 19th century, “Yotsuya Kaidan »
- Scott Beggs
Japanese filmmaker behind Audition and Ichi the Killer to receive Maverick Director Award; As The Gods Will to world premiere in Rome.
Japanese director, screenwriter, actor, and film producer Takashi Miike is to receive the 2014 Maverick Director Award during the 9th Rome Film Festival (October 16-25)
The award is dedicated to filmmakers who have contributed to the invention of a new, original, and unconventional cinema.
Miike is known for his extreme, edgy genre films such as Audition (1999), Ichi the Killer (2001) and 13 Assassins (2012), with a filmography that stretches to nearly 100 titles.
The filmmaker will accept his award at the world premiere screening of his new film, As the Gods Will (Kamisama no iutoori).
Marco Müller, artistic director of the Rome Film Festival, said: “For the recurring power of his creative imagination and the courage of his ideas, Miike Takashi is a filmmaker who is absolutely beyond compare.
“Every one of his films is a breakneck race through a uncannily »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Rome – Prolific edgy Japanese helmer Takashi Miike will be honored with a career nod by the Rome Film Festival where his hotly anticipated new pic “As the Gods Will,” considered a potential Japanese competitor to “The Hunger Games” franchise, will have its world preem.
“As the Gods Will” (pictured) is based on the popular “Kamisama no lu Tori” horror manga written by Muneyuki Kanshiro and drawn by Akeji Fujimura, about an ordinary teen whose world is turned upside down one day at school, after he and his classmates find themselves forced to play games with deadly stakes. It was serialized in Kodansha Comic Magazine from March 2011 to November 2012 and has sold 1.5 million copies in paperback editions in Japan.
Toho, which produced the pic toplining Sota Fukushi (“Amachan”), has reportedly scheduled a Fall release for the pic in Japan.
Miike, whose 2012 hit “Lessons of the Evil,” with a similarly high teen-age body count, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Director: Takashi Miike. Review: Adam Wing. We all know that Takashi Miike is one of the hardest working directors in the world right now, he's been knocking out up to three pictures a year for as long as I can remember. The diversity - particularly in recent years - has been quite staggering, with Miike lending his talents to period pieces (Hara-kiri), children's movies (Yatterman) and even the occasional musical (For Loves Sake). In fact, he hasn't made a full-length horror movie since 2003, even if he did dabble in the genre with standout segments in Three... Extremes and the Masters of Horror series. Takashi Miike hasn't actually made that many horror movies but it's the genre he's most commonly associated with. One Missed Call was answered in 2003, Ichi the Killer lashed out in 2001 and Audition was released way back in 1999. Lesson of Evil has been a long time coming then, »
Cult legend Takashi Miike (13 Assassins, Audition) brings us one of his most audacious films to date, Lesson of Evil. A dark thriller mixing incredibly black comedy about a school teacher on the rampage. Out September 29th on DVD & Blu-ray, you can support future releases from Third Window Films by pre-ordering from their Amazon Store at the link below. The DVD and Blu-ray release include a two hour long 'Making Of' and the new UK Trailer. Synopsis: Cool and charismatic English teacher Seiji Hasumi (Hideaki Ito) is popular with students and teachers alike. He inspires trust and respect from his class, greeting many with an affectionate, if irritating, ruffle of the hair. But his actions soon take a turn, revealing something dark behind that charming smile. Students become suspicious when friends slowly start to disappear, but little do they know that absolute jaw-dropping carnage is just around the corner. Pre-order at »
Exclusive: Ahead of next month’s Toronto International Film Festival, La-based Xyz Films has pacted with Nikkatsu to handle North America sales on two of the Japanese distributor’s anticipated genre titles. Tokyo Tribe, the latest from helmer Sion Sono (Love Exposure, Cold Fish, Why Don’t You Play In Hell?), is adapted from Santa Inoue’s manga about futuristic gang wars waged between thugs who battle through violence and rap. The film is written and directed by Sono and is set to open Tiff’s Midnight Madness program next month. Producers are Yoshinori Chiba, Kinya Oguchi and Nobuhiro Iizuka.
Xyz’s also repping North America on action-thriller Yakuza Apocalypse from Takashi Miike (Audition, Ichi The Killer, 13 Assassins). The gangster pic/horror mash-up stars Yayan Ruhian of Xyz-produced The Raid and The Raid 2 alongside Hayato Ichihara in the story of a young yakuza who discovers his seemingly invincible boss is a vampire. »
- Jen Yamato
Here we are at what is a surprisingly modern list. At the beginning of this, I didn’t expect to see so much cultural impact coming from films so recently made, but that’s the way it goes. The films that define the horror genre aren’t necessarily the scariest or the most expensive or even the best. The films that define the genre point to a movement – movies that changed the game and influenced all the films after it. Movies that transcend the horror genre. Movies that broke the mold and changed the way horror can be created.
10. El laberinto del fauno (2006)
English Language Title: Pan’s Labyrinth
Directed by: Gullermo del Toro
It’s more a dark fantasy film than a horror film, but it would be tough to make a list of 50 of those. Plus, it has enough graphic, nightmarish images to push it over the threshold. »
- Joshua Gaul
I've got some good news for all you Attack on Titan fans out there! Last week director Shinji Higuchi announced that the live-action adaptation he's working on will be split into two feature films! He also revealed that with the help of manga creator Hajime Isayama, they will introduce some new characters and new, more dangerous villains. As a fan of the franchise, I'm completely okay with new characters being added to the story. I'm sure the movie will end up being just as badass as the anime.
23 year-old actor Haruma Miura was previously announced as the film’s star, and he is taking on role of Eren Jaeger. We now have a list of actors who will be Joining Miura in Attack on Titan, and they consist of Hiroki Hasegawa (Jellyfish Princess), Kiko Mizuhara (Norwegian Wood), Kanata Hongō (Prince of Tennis), Takahiro Miura (Space Battleship Yamato), Nanami Sakuraba (Twin »
- Joey Paur
Trevor Hogg chats with Colin Geddes about turning a passion into a dream job…
“I grew up in rural Ontario back in the day when there were no cable TV stations and no such thing as VCRs so I didn’t have a lot of exposure to films but my parents made sure that we saw good and fun films,” recalls Tiff International Programmer Colin Geddes. “I would see The Wizard of Oz  on TV as a kid, my parents took me to the drive-in on a regular basis, and I saw Star Wars  when it came out when I was six years old. My parents nurtured me into fun genre films. They knew as a kid that I liked science fiction and horror films so they made sure that I got to see those but more importantly every time we would see a film we would talk about it. »
- Trevor Hogg
Audition is one crazy Japanese film. If you haven't seen it yet, it's a you need to experience to believe. It's based on the 1997 novel by Ryu Murakami, and the story follows "a lonely widower who gets more than he bargains for when he puts out a fake casting call to find a new girlfriend." The events that follow are unbelievably insane!
The original film was directed by Takashi Miike, and it has gained quite a large cult following since its release in 1999. The new film will be directed by Richard Gray, and Deadline gives some details on the story saying that the "unlucky protagonist is Sam Davis, who lives alone with his son following the death of his wife seven years prior and is convinced by a filmmaker friend to stage the fake auditions. The former ballerina with a mysterious past he falls for is now named Evie Lawrence, »
- Joey Paur
Cinema has few experiences like watching Audition without knowing what's coming. Personally, I used to import region 3 DVDs back when it was incredibly economical to do so, and popped Audition into my DVD player with no idea what was around the corner. A stiff drink was required by the end of it.
Audition was put together by Takashi Miike, but it's now been revealed that one time Carolco supremo Mario Kassar - who produced the likes of Rambo III, Basic Instinct and Terminator 2 - is putting together an English language remake of the film.
At this stage, it's traditional in a news story to describe the film itself a little. »
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