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Grimmfest announces 2014 line up

3 September 2014 11:17 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The guys at Grimm Up North have announced their bloodiest, best, most brilliant Grimmfest line up yet! This year they will be hosting some of the greatest in horror, sci-fi and cult features and short films from around the globe. Says Grimmfest Festival Director Simeon Halligan:

We always try to make each Grimmfest bigger than the last and I think this year has been really strong for independent horror and genre titles, I’m really excited by what were going to screen at Grimmfest, I’m convinced its our best line up yet!

Grimmfest kicks off with opening Gala night: starting the night will be the world premiere of Melanie Light’s ‘Vegan Feminist Horror’ short film The Herd, which will then be sharply followed by the English premiere of Brian O’Malley’s Irish/Scottish Intense Horror Let Us Prey, withdirector and the amazing cast featuring Liam Cunningham »

- Phil Wheat

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Full Grimmfest 2014 Lineup Announced: The Canal, Life After Beth, Housebound, Zombeavers, and Lots More!

3 September 2014 10:56 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Last week the opening night events for Grimmfest 2014 were announced, and now we're back with the full lineup, which includes several films we've been keeping our eyes on like Housebound, Zombeavers, WolfCop, Starry Eyes, Coherence, Devil's Mile, Sororal, and Many more!

Grimmfest 2014 takes place in Manchester, England, from the 2nd-5th October.

From the Press Release:

We are proud to announce our bloodiest, best, most brilliant Grimmfest lineup yet! This year we will be hosting some of the greatest in horror, sci-fi, and cult feature and short films from around the globe, playing host to some amazing Q&A’s and appearances from some very, very special guests!

Grimmfest Festival Director Simeon Halligan talks about this year's edition of the annual event being the greatest yet: “We always try to make each Grimmfest bigger than the last, and I think this year has been really strong for independent horror and genre titles. »

- Debi Moore

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Frightfest 2014: ‘Another’ Review

24 August 2014 1:31 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Ana Paula Redding, David Landry, Lillian Pennypacker, Michael St. Michaels, Nancy Wolfe | Written and Directed by Jason Bognacki

There’s a joke in Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, the under-seen but superlative comedy about the making of a fictional eighties horror programme, that is too good not to repeat at any given opportunity. In it, the show’s producer, played by Richard Ayoade, claims that due to episodes running far too short, any scene without dialogue was considered for slow motion. Given its own brief running time of just eighty minutes and its predilection for the special effect, one wonders if Another was produced under a similar ethos.

Another portrays Jordyn (Ana Paula Redding), a young woman who keeps having weird and wacky experiences of a not entirely pleasant nature. Turns out, she’s being harassed/possessed by a demonic presence. There’s not really a great deal more to the plot than that, »

- Jack Kirby

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“I don’t feel the need to do superhero films at the moment…” HeyUGuys talks to Richard Ayoade

8 August 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

You know the hair. The glasses. The voice. The sheer talent. Richard Ayoade spoke to HeyUGuys about The Double, which is out now on DVD and Blu Ray. Other subjects included The It Crowd, a new book, Ingmar Bergman, and trying not to bore audiences.

I’d like to start by going back a little bit to your first feature, which was obviously Submarine. I think for many people, they didn’t realise that a comedy actor was also going to be a great director. So I was wondering, did you feel that was a liberating experience?

Erm, I don’t know. I’d directed TV before – I directed a show called Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, and music videos and things, so the main thing at the time [was  I] felt the writing of something that was much longer than anything I’d done, and the structure of doing a film that has ninety minutes to it. »

- Gary Green

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In praise of Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson's Bottom

1 July 2014 3:02 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Grimy, bleak, extremely violent and stupidly funny, Wil salutes the genius of Ade Edmondson and Rik Mayall's sitcom, Bottom...

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The recent passing of Rik Mayall led to legions of fans hitting up Netflix and Youtube to relive the late comedian’s greatest moments. And while the ground-breaking 80s alternative comedy opus The Young Ones and his turn as Lord Flashheart in Blackadder seemed to be the most quoted on social media, it felt like Bottom, the grisly, profane flatshare comedy Mayall and long time collaborator Ade Edmondson made in the early 90s, was left out of the conversation. Which is a shame, because it might just be their masterpiece.

It’s kind of easy to see how Bottom got forgotten. The Young Ones was capital-i Important, not only in terms of breaking alternative comedy into the mainstream, but also as being as much a time capsule of the »

- louisamellor

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They Came Together Review

23 April 2014 9:04 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

There’s only so many different ways you can make a romantic comedy. The Apartment started it, When Harry Met Sally and Harold and Maude perfected it, and the whole thing’s been going steadily downhill ever since. It’s the genre that almost killed Matthew McConaughey’s career, it’s the genre where former sitcom stars go to die, it’s a genre that is – arguably – beyond saving. David Wain  is aware of this, and They Came Together looks set to be one of the last truly refreshing pieces of intelligence to be plucked from the rom-com bargain basement. Its comedy may be patchy, but there’s sarcastic subversiveness in buckets and enough raw enthusiasm to power through its doldrums and on into the clever – and occasionally bat-shit crazy – waves of meta-humor. Who would’ve thought a romantic comedy that named its male lead Joel could have been such a breath of fresh air? »

- Dominic Mill

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Review: The Double

5 April 2014 8:24 AM, PDT | Pure Movies | See recent Pure Movies news »

This is the Pure Movies review of The Double, directed by Richard Ayoade, and starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Chris O'Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Gemma Chan, Paddy Considine, Noah Taylor, Craig Roberts and Yasmin Paige. Fans of British TV comedy will already be familiar with Richard Ayoade, having starred in The It Crowd, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and, more recently, Ben Stiller/Vince Vaughn comedy The Watch. With The Double he continues his departure from TV land and builds on his success as a director following on from his superb 2011 debut Submarine. The story follows Simon (Jesse Eisenberg), a clerical worker who lives a life unnoticed until the new guy at work James (also Jesse Eisenberg) challenges him to pursue what he wants out of life - in this case, love interest Hannah (played by Mia Wasikowska). »

- Adam Farrell

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The Double review: Could Richard Ayoade be the new David Lynch?

4 April 2014 10:08 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Richard Ayoade; Screenwriters: Richard Ayoade; Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Chris O'Dowd, Paddy Considine, Avi Korine; Running time: 93 mins; Certificate: 15

Based on Fyodor Dostoevsky's classic 1846 novella, Richard Ayoade's stunning take on The Double cements his reputation as a director of distinct style and absorbing substance following his impressive debut Submarine. He creates a nightmarish world full of dream logic that's simultaneously seductive and claustrophobic, mirroring the split personality (and body) of Jesse Eisenberg's disturbed protagonist.

The basic premise is a simple but intriguing one, as lonely, unappreciated office worker Simon (Eisenberg) is driven slowly insane by the appearance of his doppelgänger James (also Eisenberg). This lookalike is the polar opposite of Simon in terms of personality, wooing his crush Hannah (Mia Wasikowska) and dazzling his superiors with plagiarised work. As resentment grows and tensions soar, Simon feels increasingly compelled to betray his meek nature and take action. »

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Looking back at Garth Marenghi's Darkplace

3 April 2014 1:11 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Gem Wheeler 4 Apr 2014 - 07:00

Ten years on, Gem looks back fondly on the masterwork of dreamweaver Garth Marenghi and his Darkplace...

We should have seen it coming. They’d managed to keep it under wraps for twenty years: hiding the tapes, suppressing the press coverage. Two long decades of misinformation separated us from a truth too shocking to screen. Rumours persisted: a Peruvian broadcast, a missing castmember, skulduggery in high places. Finally, in 2004, Channel 4 did the decent thing. Some brave souls bit the bullet – perhaps literally, though we have no real proof – and broadcast Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, giving the self-styled ‘dreamweaver’ (‘horror writer’, for the uninitiated) some long overdue exposure. Writer of countless bestselling chillers, the man’s brilliant career’s won him acolytes and enemies in equal measure. Inevitably, his every venture has been dogged by controversy. Even Dean Learner, Garth’s manager and agent, »

- louisamellor

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The cast of Garth Marenghi's Darkplace: 10 years on

2 April 2014 11:09 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Sarah Dobbs 3 Apr 2014 - 07:00

What have Matthew Holness, Richard Ayoade, Alice Lowe and Matt Berry been up to in the decade since Garth Marenghi's Darkplace?

It’s been ten years now since author, visionary, and dreamweaver Garth Marenghi’s legendary horror TV show, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, was rescued from a vault in Peru and broadcast to a largely unappreciative audience.

Or, you know, in the reality we actually inhabit, it’s been ten years since a group of comedians donned 80s costumes and pretended to be aging filmmakers commenting on their own ‘lost’ series. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace was a perfect send-up of both trashy low-budget horror and science fiction productions and pompous creators, as a bewigged Matthew Holness straight-facedly explained the unique genius of his horror writing alter ego even as his greatest creation, Dr Rick Dagless M.D., mugged away in the background.

It was a ludicrously high concept show, »

- louisamellor

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Richard Ayoade: 'Making films is exhilarating – and terrifying'

23 March 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Richard Ayoade shot to fame as Moss in The It Crowd but it was Submarine, his debut behind the camera, that won him critical acclaim. As his new film, The Double, is released, he talks about pride, performing and giving up his pop dreams

The premise of Fyodor Dostoevsky's 1846 novella The Double is simple but ingenious: a man lives an entirely unremarkable existence until one day his exact doppelganger shows up. This incongruous situation fast becomes insufferable for two reasons: first, the new guy is slick where he is stammering, popular where he's forgettable, Day-Glo to his beige; and, second, because no one else notices any likeness at all between the pair of them.

The Double, it's said, is meant as an allegory: the straight man is Dostoevsky in real life, shy and often awkward; the arriviste is the author 2.0, the person he sometimes wished he was, who is quick-witted and irresistible to women. »

- Tim Lewis

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Richard Ayoade: 'Making films is exhilarating – and terrifying'

23 March 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Richard Ayoade shot to fame as Moss in The It Crowd but it was Submarine, his debut behind the camera, that won him critical acclaim. As his new film, The Double, is released, he talks about pride, performing and giving up his pop dreams

The premise of Fyodor Dostoevsky's 1846 novella The Double is simple but ingenious: a man lives an entirely unremarkable existence until one day his exact doppelganger shows up. This incongruous situation fast becomes insufferable for two reasons: first, the new guy is slick where he is stammering, popular where he's forgettable, Day-Glo to his beige; and, second, because no one else notices any likeness at all between the pair of them.

The Double, it's said, is meant as an allegory: the straight man is Dostoevsky in real life, shy and often awkward; the arriviste is the author 2.0, the person he sometimes wished he was, who is quick-witted and irresistible to women. »

- Tim Lewis

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Matt Berry: 'Most of what I do is inspired by things that frightened me'

16 March 2014 5:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The star of Toast of London and king of the 'part bounty hunter, part 70s porn star' voiceover reveals why he never takes a holiday

• Listen to John Plunkett's interview with the Toast star

Matt Berry never wanted to be a comedian. The star of Channel 4's absurdist sitcom Toast of London, and a familiar face to fans of The It Crowd and The Mighty Boosh, says he "got into this by the back door".

He was working in the London Dungeon, sending tourists to the gallows every five minutes for being German, when he got the call to be in the Channel 4 comedy, Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. A keen musician, he knew its creators Matthew Holness and Richard Ayoade from Mighty Boosh gigs where Berry was a warm-up act.

"I didn't have any plan to go into comedy," says Berry. "We became sort of mates and Matt said, »

- John Plunkett

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Singled Out In ‘The Double’ Poster

10 March 2014 2:12 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Richard Ayoade may still be best known for his comic performances in the likes of The It Crowd and Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, but his directorial debut Submarine raised enough eyebrows to gather some serious attention. His second feature looks like an organic progression, as he mixes dark visuals and humour as Jesse Eisenberg deals with his almost exact double. The only problem is that nobody else seems to notice the connection and his doppelganger seems to be more accomplished and popular in every single way.

And as is often the case, life has imitated art with The Double getting its own double in the similarly themed Enemy starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Both have some serious talent behind them and look like they are both worth some serious watchness. Besides that, many superhero fans will be watching Eisenberg for essence of Lex Luthor in the upcoming sequel to Man Of Steel. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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The Double Pits Jesse Eisenberg Against Himself In This Crazy New Trailer

28 February 2014 5:57 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

With the exception of Akiva Schaffer.s drab 2012 comedy The Watch, I have been a fan of every single thing that actor/writer/director Richard Ayoade has been a part of, and his upcoming comedic thriller The Double, which debuted a new theatrical trailer, could be his most accomplished work yet. Sure, it probably can't top the hilarious insanity of Garth Marenghi.s Darkplace, but to try would be a waste. The Double is based on the 1846 novella from Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and stars Jesse Eisenberg as Simon James, just the kind of character you.ve come to expect from an Eisenberg role: withdrawn, shy and soft-spoken. He has a crush on a girl named Hannah, played by Mia Wasikowska, and his job as some kind of government worker is as mundane as the clothes he wears. (His boss is played with gleeful authority by Wallace Shawn.) But the humdrum is »

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‘The Double’ Trailer: Two Jesse Eisenbergs Give Off Twice the Creep Vibe

10 February 2014 2:30 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Anyone who’s experimented with watching modern British sitcoms at all knows who Richard Ayoade is. As more and more people get hip to things like Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and The It Crowd, more and more people fall in love with his peculiar energy and geeky charm. It turns out acting isn’t the only skill that Ayoade has in his bag of tricks though. He’s also been writing and directing movies recently, with his 2010 film Submarine being both a strong debut for a filmmaker and an underrated coming of age tale that more people probably still need to see. It looks like fans of Ayoade’s acting who have been slacking when it comes to getting hip to his career as a filmmaker are going to have another chance to hop on board soon enough though, because the second film that he served as writer/director on, The Double »

- Nathan Adams

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Latest Trailer For Richard Ayoade's The Double

10 February 2014 9:23 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

With definite hints of Terry Gilliam and the early absurdity of Charlie Kaufman, everything we’ve seen of Darkplace/I.T. Crowd veteran and Submarine director Richard Ayoade’s latest, The Double, has ready to watch it. Now here comes another stylish trailer for the film, which should keep the anticipation cooking. Jesse Eisenberg handles the dual role of Simon James, a nerdy, unimpressive drone whose unsatisfying life is thrown into chaos by the sudden arrival of his doppelganger, James Simon. This copy is actually funnier, sexier and much more confident than poor Simon, and soon – as the story spun in the voice-over here suggests – the original (or is he?) is under threat from his more impressive double.Drawing from Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novella, Ayoade wrote the script with Avi Korine and scored a cast that includes Mia Wasikowska, Sally Hawkins, Wallace Shawn, James Fox, Paddy Considine, Noah Taylor, Yasmin Paige, »

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Jamie Shovlin: Hiker Meat, Totally Serialized: this week's film events

10 January 2014 11:20 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jamie Shovlin: Hiker Meat | Sonic Cinema Full Moon Special | Totally Serialized | Horror On Sea

Jamie Shovlin: Hiker Meat, Manchester

Rough CutJamie Shovlin's documentary about a remake of Hiker Meat, a 1970s horror that never existed – was released last year, but the background of the project is as intriguing as the film itself. An exhibition opens this Friday showing just how much Shovlin and co put into it, and a highlight for cinephiles is next Saturday's "Sleazeathon", an all-night exploitation celebration including masterpieces such as The Living Dead At The Manchester Morgue, slavesploitation shocker Mandingo and Dario Argento's The Bird With The Crystal Plumage.

Cornerhouse, Fri to 21 Apr

Sonic Cinema Full Moon Special, London

Where wolf? Here wolf! What better way to mark the full moon than by sloughing off your human form and howling at some lycanthropic entertainment? Marking the waning of the BFI's great Gothic season, »

- Steve Rose

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Watch the Full Intro for New IFC Comedy Miniseries The Spoils of Babylon

7 January 2014 6:00 PM, PST | Pastemagazine.com | See recent PasteMagazine news »

IFC’s fake miniseries adaptation of a fake book by a fake author just got a real intro. Spoils of Babylon‘s epic three-minute opening sequence is now online, and it sets up the whole series as.what now? All we know is that it’s got a Thorn Birds vibe, and based on previously-released behind-the-scenes-but-it’s-actual-content footage it’ll have a “fake look back” format like cult classic Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace. Also this first chunk of the show is packed with weird, meticulous elements like plastic miniatures, pacing that’s just a liiiiiittle bit off and Val Kilmer. »

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