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Read More: 9 Terrifying Home Invasion Movies You'll Never Forget Reminiscent in concept to David Fincher's "Panic Room," "Intruders" explores the consequences after three criminals break into the home of Anna, an agoraphobic with a mysterious secret. The debut feature from Adam Schindler stars Rory Culkin, Martin Starr and Beth Riesgraf. Our exclusive clip doesn't let too much slip about the plot or nature of Anna's true condition, but it sure does reinforce the film's R-rating with a high frequency of strong language. "Intruders" is out today in theaters and video on demand. Watch the exclusive clip above. Read More: Watch: The Cast of 'Silicon Valley' Was Even Funnier When It Was Younger »
- Bryn Gelbart
It’s one thing to bill your housebound thriller as “You’re Next meets Panic Room,” but to deliver on such an excitable description is a whole other ballgame.
Adam Schindler’s Intruders (originally titled Shut In) is an early bright spot for horror fans in 2016, thanks to a screenplay penned by T.J. Cimfel and David White that twists and turns with hints of early Shyamalan. It certainly mixes the brutality of You’re Next with the tension of Panic Room, and does so while blending themes of Agoraphobia, trap-making, and good versus evil. Secrets are kept while blood is spilled, and a star is made out of the film’s damsel in (momentary) distress, Beth Riesgraf. Opening this Pandora’s Box is a complete joy, even with a typically doomed January release date!
Riesgraf stars as Anna, a distraught sister who just watched her brother die from pancreatic cancer. »
- Matt Donato
Dominic West (“The Wire”) and Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad”) bring the grit of their respective crime dramas to Foster’s Money Monster, where Lee Gates (Clooney) is taken hostage by a viewer (Jack O’Connell) after the financial expert broadcasted a bad tip on TV.
While I’m sure there won’t be any dramatic reenactments of The Silence of the Lambs’ “It puts the lotion in the basket” captive situation, we’re sure to expect smart thrills more in line with another Jodie Foster movie, Inside Man. Or Panic Room. Apparently movies with captives is Jodie’s “thang.”
- Sasha James
London — Musician Andy Summers, formerly of the band The Police, has joined the cast of Scott Spiegel’s supernatural horror movie “The Temple,” which is set to become the first Western film to be shot in the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.
The movie tells the story of a tough policewoman who is sent to investigate the robbery of a temple near a remote village, where she is confronted by wary villagers and a snooping American TV crew.
The cast includes Ian Buchanan (“Panic Room”), Emrhys Cooper (“Person of Interest”) and Keith Jefferson (“The Hateful Eight”). Other thesps include Charlotte Price (“Wild in Blue,” “The Sex Trip”) and Bhutanese actress Kinley Pelden.
- Leo Barraclough
Production designer Arthur Max has 13 feature films to his credit, and all but two of them have been Ridley Scott productions. It’s a consistent collaboration that has yielded two Oscar nominations (for 2000’s “Gladiator” and 2007’s “American Gangster”), and one that has run a wide spectrum, from intimate dramas (“G.I. Jane,” “Body of Lies”) to large-scale undertakings (“Kingdom of Heaven,” “Exodus: Gods and Kings”). Like 2012’s “Prometheus,” their latest collaboration, “The Martian,” takes Max and Scott off-planet for a bit of a sci-fi dip, though one much more grounded in the reality of space travel.
I met both of them through commercials, at a stage where commercials were not only selling something but they were also very entertaining and I think set the bar for advertising. »
- Kristopher Tapley
In terms of VOD offerings, 2016 is off to a quiet but stellar start as the genre titles arriving in January include a handful of noteworthy indie horror films that should help ease the post-holiday doldrums.
Two movies I enjoyed during the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival—The Abandoned and Intruders—are both making their VOD debuts this month and Synchronicity, the neo-noir sci-fi thriller from Magnet Releasing, also arrives on January 22nd. The animated horror comedy Hell and Back is also coming to VOD this month and the new distro shingle SyFy Films is releasing 400 Days this January as well.
Condemned (Rlj Entertainment) – January 5th
In Condemned, fed up with her parents’ bickering, poor-little-rich-girl Maya (Dylan Penn) moves in with her boyfriend who is squatting in an old, condemned building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. With neighbors that are meth heads, junkies and degenerates, this depraved hell hole is even »
- Heather Wixson
6 items from 2016
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