15 items from 2016
There are few actresses quite like Cecile de France.
Best known for her work in films like The Kid with a Bike, de France has become one of the mainstays of French cinema, with mainstream Us audiences getting to know the great actress through a range of performances in films such as High Tension to the Clint Eastwood-helmed Hereafter. De France has captivated audiences with her stunning beauty and magnetic screen presence and physicality, and her latest picture shines a distinct light on both of those things.
Entitled Summertime, de France stars opposite Izia Higelin, in what is one of the year’s most touching tales of romance. Higelin is the picture’s lead, starring as a young farm girl named Delphine who leaves the strict confines of her parents’ farm to move to Paris with the hopes of growing personally and economically. When she comes across a group of feminists, »
- Joshua Brunsting
Lionsgate has released the trailer for The 9th Life of Louis Drax, the new thriller from Alexandre Aja (High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3D, Horns). Based on Liz Jensen‘s best-selling novel of the same title, the story follows a psychologist who finds himself drawn into a mystery of a young boy who has […]
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- Peter Sciretta
Alexandre Aja, the French horror director best known for his breakout film Haute Tension and remakes of The Hills Have Eyes and Maniac (director and producer, respectively), has a couple of new films to talk about. The Other Side of… Continue Reading →
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- Staci Layne Wilson
There’s a certain perverse genius to unveiling a ghost movie at Cannes that relies on the audience to deliver the “boos” as the final credits roll, although one doubts that’s quite what Olivier Assayas was going for with his peculiar “Personal Shopper.” The wildly unconventional study of a young American woman going through a spiritual crisis — in more ways than one — this reunion between Kristen Stewart and the director who gave her one of her best-ever roles in 2014’s “Clouds of Sils Maria” is a broken, but never boring mix of spine-tingling horror story, dreary workplace drama and elliptical identity search, likely to go down as one of the most divisive films of Stewart’s career.
Apart from a handful of ultra-violent slasher movies (such as “High Tension” and “Them”), contemporary French cinema seldom ventures into the realm of horror. Not that ultra-cinema-savvy critic-turned-helmer Assayas seems particularly worried about such traditions. »
- Peter Debruge
*Editor’s note– Genre writer Danni Darko asked me if there was a topic I was passionate about and I said, “I really want a female slasher icon, I think it’s time for Freddy and Jason to have a female counterpart,…wanna write a piece about that?”, and here we are, a piece that I absolutely love. Read on! -Jerry
Looking through the annals of cinematic history, the Slasher sub genre is the proud home of some of the most iconic killers in film. Thanks to horror, movie audiences around the globe, have been introduced to the child killer Freddy Kruger, the unfortunate Summer Camp casualty Jason Voorhees, the silent madman Michael Myers, and the cannibalistic Texans, the Hewitt clan, namely the large and not so in charge Leatherface. These killers defined an entire sub genre and set the tone for subsequent releases for years to come, and in »
- Jerry Smith
Holliston: Friendship is Tragic, the graphic novel based on the Holliston TV series from Adam Green (Frozen), features characters from the show and will be released in October. Also: Alexandre Aja’s curator collection on Shudder, Circus of Fear and Five Golden Dragons double feature Blu-ray details, a Viktorville poster, and a Shark Exorcist trailer.
Holliston: Press Release: “Source Point Press has announced they are currently in production on a graphic novel titled “Holliston: Friendship is Tragic”, based on the horror sit-com Holliston tv series created by filmmaker Adam Green. This announcement coincides with Source Point’s debut publisher booth at C2E2 in Chicago, and to celebrate the announcement the first promotional image for the comic will be available as a C2E2 exclusive art print limited to only 50 copies. Writer Greg Wright, artist Stephen Sharar, Editor Travis McIntire, and colorist and letterer Joshua Werner will »
- Tamika Jones
Somewhere between The Hitcher and High Tension exists Abner Pastoll’s Road Games, a bright, colorful descent into hitchhiking madness. Of course, with the mention of Alexandre Aja’s *arguably* mind-bending thriller, one can assume there’s more to Pastoll’s story than meets the eye. A killer terrorizes lonely travelers begging for a quick ride, but his/her identity remains masked, because he/she could be any of the (few) characters we’ve already encountered. For an hour and a half, Pastoll unfolds this countryside”Whodunit” caper – one littered with distracting red herrings – but, herein lies the problem: the mystery itself isn’t very mysterious.
Andrew Simpson stars as Jack, a ride-needing wanderer who can’t seem to catch a break. While seeking transportation, he’s joined by a female companion named Véronique (Joséphine de La Baume), who gets thrown out of a car after bickering with its male driver. »
- Matt Donato
The Other Side of the Door, 2016.
Directed by Johannes Roberts.
After her young son is killed in a tragic accident, a woman learns of a ritual which will bring him back to say goodbye, but when she disobeys a sacred warning, she upsets the balance between life and death.
The Other Side of the Door feels like a vanity project for its producer Alexandre Aja, the French director most known for horror cult classics such as High Tension and The Hills Have Eyes. Aja has been fighting to get a remake of the already once adapted Stephen King beloved novel Pet Sematary off the ground. The latest piece of news to have surfaced is from 2011, meaning as of right now it is dead or in development hell, so attaching himself to this little project was, in his perspective, »
- Robert Kojder
Animation, TV adaptations and documentaries among highlighted projects.
The second annual Stockfish Film Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland closed Feb 28 with its Shortfish film prize going to Like It’s Up To You by Brynhildur Þorarinsdottir.
The festival – not to be confused with the Reykjavik International Film Festival (Riff) – handpicks close to 30 local and international films and also showcases Icelandic works-in-progress (detailed below).
Guests included France-based director Rachid Bouchareb who presented his new film Road To Istanbul.
The event, which is a collaboration between professional industry associations in Iceland, hosted a lecture from Son Of Saul production designer Laszlo Rajk, a retrospective of Armenian director Harutyun Khachatryan, script training events and film music masterclasses.
Stockfish also offered industry-focused works in progress presentations of select current Icelandic »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
It’s the almost classic ‘Who’s there?‘ horror line that sets up Sarah Wayne Callies in new supernatural horror The Other Side of the Door but instead of saying that, she’s basically got to not open the door to the spirit of her dead son… so what do you think she does? The first trailer looked suitably creepy and this follow-up featurette continues the theme with insight from producer Alexandre Aja, the man who directed Horns, Haute Tension and Mirrors.
If the phrase don’t let the cat out of the bag was akin to not opening the door to the evil dead, in the case of The Other Side of the Door it’s Callies’ character who allows the spirit of the evil goddess Myrtu to roam the earth again. Not the best choice, we’d concur.
Watch for yourself below, will you be looking forward to »
- Dan Bullock
Dear X-Philes, our time with Mulder and Scully must come to an end and here’s a teaser video for The X-Files season finale. The conclusion of the series’ return will air on Monday, February 22nd. Also in this round-up: details on Shudder’s first guest curator and his collection as well as a new trailer for Altar.
The investigations that Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) previously began with conspiracy theorist and web-tv show host Tad O’Malley (guest star Joel McHale) seem to have awakened powerful enemies. A widespread panic begins as people all over the country suddenly start falling gravely ill, and Scully must look within to try and find a cure. »
- Tamika Jones
Last week, during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, writer/director Mickey Keating enjoyed the premiere of his latest genre effort, Carnage Park, as part of the fest’s Midnight movies lineup. The gritty, crime-inspired film co-stars Pat Healy and Ashley Bell and follows their characters on a dangerous journey through the mountainous California desert one fateful day.
Daily Dead had the chance to chat with Keating, Bell, and Healy about their collaboration together on Carnage Park, respective approaches to the project, thoughts on their characters, and more.
Mickey, what was your approach to Carnage Park in terms of making it feel like an authentic film from the 1970s?
Mickey Keating: What was really important for us was to make something that wasn’t a spoof or wasn’t like a caricature of the 1970s. We wanted to make it as authentic as possible. That’s my favorite era of American filmmaking, »
- Heather Wixson
In 2008, writer-director Pascal Laugier contributed to the realm of New French Extremity — a movement defined by such unrelenting bloodbaths as Claire Denis’s Trouble Every Day and Alexandre Aja’s High Tension — with Martyrs. While lesser films of its ilk received the dreaded “torture porn” label, Laugier’s shocking revenge picture gained cult admiration by padding its wrenching depictions of child abuse, hardcore gore, and ghastly (if not inventive) body horror with a provocative reflection on the meaning of suffering. Like many popular overseas horror selections, the film has received an American remake that may not resonate quite as much.
Directed by Kevin and Michael Goetz (Scenic Route), and based on a script by Mark L. Smith (who, as the co-writer of The Revenant, knows a thing or two about grueling violence), the new Martyrs begins much like its predecessor: with a little girl named Lucie (Ever Prishkulnik) escaping an »
- Amanda Waltz
Film characters and rules historically don’t work well. This is especially true for the horror genre. Just think how much easier his life would’ve been had Billy paid attention to those three little mogwai rules in Gremlins. Similarly if Frank had never opened ‘the box’ Kirsty would have been spared the nightmares inflicted by those naughty cenobites. Well if the new trailer for upcoming The Other Side of the Door is anything to go by, it’s a horror trope that doesn’t seem to be going any time soon.
The Other Side of the Door stars The Walking Dead‘s Sarah Wayne Callies as a grieving mother who accidentally unleashes all manor of ghastly beings after trying to speak to her departed child. Failing to follow the simple rule to ‘not open the door’, the below trailer confirms that just like everyone else, Callies just can’t follow orders with disastrous results. »
- Kat Hughes
Kicking off with a special screening of The Forest with star Natalie Dormer in attendance, and finishing in racy rock-fuelled style with Sean Byrne’s The Devil’s Candy, the UK’s favourite horror fantasy event returns to Glasgow Film Festival with another stellar line-up to shock, chill and thrill. A record thirteen films will screen from Thursday 25th February to Saturday 27th February, alongside a selection of unmissable shorts, guest director Q & A’s, great give-aways and a sneak preview of Paul Hyett’s Heretiks, with the popular director in attendance.
The line-up starts at 9pm on Thurs 25 Feb with the UK Premiere of The Forest starring Natalie Dormer searching for her twin sister in Japan’s most haunted location, the fabled Sea of Trees. The ‘Game of Thrones’ star is making her first appearance at Glasgow Film Festival and is thrilled to be headlining this gala event the »
- Phil Wheat
15 items from 2016
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