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200 Greatest Horror Films (140-131)

Special Mention: The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

Directed by Dario Argento

Screenplay by Dario Argento

1970, Italy

Genre: Giallo

One of the most self-assured directorial debuts of the 70’s was Dario Argento’s The Bird with the Crystal Plumage. Not only was it a breakthrough film for the master of Giallo, but it was also a box office hit and had critics buzzing, regardless if they liked it or not. Although Argento would go on to perfect his craft in later films, The Bird With The Crystal Plumage went a long way in popularizing the Giallo genre and laid the groundwork for later classics like Deep Red. A difficult film to discuss without spoiling many of its most impressive and famous scenes, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is a fairly straightforward murder mystery, albeit with many twists, turns and one of the best surprise endings of all time. But
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Review: Elijah Wood plays rough in the fiendishly fun thriller 'Grand Piano'

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Review: Elijah Wood plays rough in the fiendishly fun thriller 'Grand Piano'
If you saw Eugenio Mira's earlier film "Agnosia," then you may have already noticed his fondness for Brian De Palma. Anyone making thrillers who holds De Palma as part of the pantheon is already on my short list of people I like, but when you see how well Mira pulls it all together for "Grand Piano," it's obvious that he's graduated to a different level with this film. I think it's very fair to compare this to "Non-Stop," which I reviewed earlier today, since both of them are thrillers that take place over a compressed period of time in a fairly restrictive setting with a ticking clock. For both filmmakers, the exercise is the same. Can you keep the film somewhat plausible while ratcheting up the tension and convincing us that things could unfold like this? In the case of "Grand Piano," the answer is a resounding yes, and
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Ricky D’s 20 Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2014

10. Poltergeist

Directed by Gil Kenan

Written by David Lindsay-Abaire

USA

Release Date: November 14th

Production recently wrapped on the Poltergeist remake with Gil Kenan (Monster House) in the director’s chair and Sam Raimi (Evil Dead) producing. Little is known as they continue to put the movie together in post-production, but we do have a few details, beginning with the cast which includes Sam Rockwell (Moon), Rosemarie DeWitt and Jared Harris. We are also told that the psychic Angina (played originally by Zelda Rubinstein), isn’t going to be revived for the remake. Instead, they are replacing her character with a team of paranormal experts. Based on a vague plot summary, it sounds like the central plot points of the original movie are intact but other characters are added in, such as Carrigan Burke, a host of a TV show called Haunted House Cleaners, who stands in as the movie’s skeptic.
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31 Days of Horror: 100 Greatest Horror Films: Top 100

Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time for one reason: the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. I am including documentaries, short films and mini series, only as special mentions – along with a few features that can qualify as horror, but barely do.

Come Back Tonight To See My List Of The 200 Best!

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Special Mention:

Wait until Dark

Directed by Terence Young

Written by Robert Carrington

USA, 1967

Directed by Terence Young,
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Fantastic Fest 2013 Dispatch: Scriptless Successes, Covert Disney Ops and Grand Suspense

After three days of films and parties, it would seem the only bad choice at Fantastic Fest 2013 is to not be at Fantastic Fest this year. Response to almost all the movies has been overwhelmingly positive, and I found at the end of the second day that I enjoyed every selection more than the previous one.

I began the fest on Thursday with Coherence, an intriguing exploration into the human psyche when confronted with an impossible situation. Many of the best films over the years of the fest have been shot on zero budget with just a good idea and a great script. This one foregoes the script and instead let the actors truly go "method" as they were only provided with character notes about motivations or specific things they needed to say or do. Yet from these, the actors build performances that draw the audience into their nightmare.

One
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Fantastic Fest Adds More Films to 2013 Lineup

Yesterday, Fantastic Fest announced the second wave of programming for the ninth year of the festival, taking place September 19 - 26 at Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline. See below for descriptions of 19 movies making their world, North American or Us premieres next month in Austin.

Locally, fan excitement is increasing for the fest, with just over a month until curtain. Film Threat and HorrorsNotDead.com contributor Noah Lee (@noahphex on Twitter) maintains a playlist on his blog of all available trailers for announced Fantastic Fest titles, which he just updated after yesterday's announcement.

Fantastic Fest is always friendly to returning talent, and the additions to the lineup include titles directed by festival veterans Ben Wheatley (Sightseers), Shion Sono (Love Exposure), Alex de la Iglesia (The Last Circus), Eugenio Mira (The Birthday), and Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood).

A few Austin and Texas-connected cast and crew are in the announced films: Austin resident Elijah Wood
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A Visit To The Set Of Grand Piano Is Very Grand, Indeed

Spain might be in the throes of severe economic problems, but you wouldn't necessarily know it from the current state of its film industry. With Juan Antonio Bayona's The Impossible breaking box office records and Pablo Berger's Blancanieves the official Spanish selection for the foreign language Oscar, Spanish film, especially of the more fantastic variety, seems to be heading full steam ahead. I recently had the chance to visit the set of Grand Piano, currently wrapping up production in Barcelona. Directed by Eugenio Mira (The Birthday, Agnosia), produced by Rodrigo Cortés and Adrián Guerra (Buried, Red Lights), and starring Elijah Wood, John Cusack, Alex Winter and Kerry Bishé, the film is a tense, intimate thriller, with a complex plot and somewhat high-concept scenario that provides...
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100 + Greatest Horror Movies (Pt. 2): 124-101

Throughout the month of October, Editor-in-Chief and resident Horror expert Ricky D, will be posting a list of his favorite Horror films of all time. The list will be posted in six parts. Click here to see every entry.

As with all lists, this is personal and nobody will agree with every choice – and if you do, that would be incredibly disturbing. It was almost impossible for me to rank them in order, but I tried and eventually gave up.

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124: (Tie) Inside (À l’intérieur)

Directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury

Written by Alexandre Bustillo

2007, France

Four months after the death of her husband, a pregnant woman is tormented by a strange woman who invades her home with the intent on killing her and taking her unborn baby. This movie is not recommended for women on the brink of motherhood. Inside is one of the most vicious and
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Five More To Play A "Grand Piano"

Tamsin Egerton ("St. Trinian's"), Kerry Bishe ("Argo"), Allen Leach ("Downton Abbey"), Don McManus ("Lovelace") and Alex Winter ("Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure") have joined the twisted Spanish psychological thriller "Grand Piano" at Nostromo Pictures says Variety.

Elijah Wood plays a retired piano virtuoso forced back on the stage by a psychopath (John Cusack) and must play not only to save his life but those he cares about. Eugenio Mira ("The Birthday") directs from a screenplay by Damien Chazelle ("Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench").

"Buried" and "Red Lights" filmmakers Adrian Guerra and Rodrigo Cortes are producing the project which is currently shooting on location in Barcelona before moving to the Canary Islands and Chicago.
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Cusack Due To Harmonize With Wood In Grand Piano

John Cusack is currently involved in negotiations to co-star with Elijah Wood in the forthcoming, Grand Piano. Although he has not always made the best decisions in his career – 2012 being a prime example – he nevertheless manages to remain unpredictable and eclectic in his role choices, and brings a passion and talent to the screen unlike anyone else. From Being John Malkovich to Hot Tub Time Machine via High Fidelity, his career journey has taken him to many weird and wonderful places, and, in Thn’s opinion, he is one of the most underrated actors of our time.

Grand Piano will be helmed by Eugenio Mira (Agnosia, The Birthday), and its script has been authored by Damien Chazelle (Guy And Madeline On A Park Bench). The narrative surrounds the life of a concert pianist who, to his detriment, suffers from extreme stage fright and, as a result, has been forced into early retirement.
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John Cusack In Talks To Join Elijah Wood In 'Speed'-Esque Thriller 'Grand Piano'

As far as ludicrous movie pitches go, the "'Speed' with a piano' logline for "Grand Piano" is up there with "Snakes On A Plane" and "Burning Bright" (don't remember "Burning Bright?" That was the one where the girl from "Step Up 2" and her autistic brother are trapped in their house by a hurricane, only to be stalked by an escaped tiger. Seriously). The film, announced a week or two back, is set to star Elijah Wood as a concert pianist with stagefright forced to play the concert of his life in order to save his life, and his wife, after finding a threat on his sheet music. Again, we're not making this up.

It comes from producer Rodrigo Cortes, who's an old hand at confined-space thrillers after directing "Buried," and the evidence continues to rack up that it's an actual, genuine movie, as another name star is in discussions to join the project,
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John Cusack Plays Grand Piano, Jude Law Stars in Dom Hemingway and Liam James Added to The Way, Way Back

A couple of heavy hitters in casting news today.  Here are the headlines at a glance: John Cusack may join Elijah Wood in the indie thriller, Grand Piano. Jude Law will star in the title role of Richard Shepard's Dom Hemingway. Liam James joins Steve Carell and Toni Collette in indie drama, The Way, Way Back. Hit the jump for more on each project. First up comes the news that Cusack may star alongside Wood in Grand Piano, which has been pitched as "Speed at a piano."  Variety reports that Cusack is in negotiations to join the indie thriller, but does not specify what his role would be.  Directed by Eugenio Mira (The Birthday), Grand Piano is a psychological thriller which sees Wood as a virtuoso stricken by stage fright who makes his triumphant return as a performer, only to find a strange message that forces him to play
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Irish DreamTime/The Solution To Finance & Distribute November Man; Starring Pierce Brosnan, Dominic Cooper, Directed By Roger Donaldson

Pierce Brosnan.s production company Irish DreamTime has entered into a multi-picture financing and distribution deal with The Solution Entertainment Group (.The Solution.), it was announced by The Solution.s co-founders and partners Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel and Irish DreamTime.s Brosnan and partner Beau St. Clair.

The first film under the deal is the espionage action-thriller November Man starring Brosnan (The Ghost Writer, The Matador) and Dominic Cooper (The Devil.S Double, My Week With Marilyn), directed by Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job) from a script by Michael Finch (Predators) & Karl Gajdusek (Trespass).

Based on the book There Are No Spies by Bill Granger, November Man is the first film from a series of beloved espionage novels and is being developed as a franchise opportunity. Beau St. Clair is producing alongside Sriram Das of Das Films, who jointly developed the script.  Dino Conte is executive producing.

November Man
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The Solution Entertainment Group Takes International Rights To Grand Piano Starring Elijah Wood

The Solution Entertainment Group (.The Solution.) has acquired international rights to Grand Piano, the new thriller from Spanish producing team Adrian Guerra and Rodrigo Cortés (upcoming Red Lights, Buried), starring Elijah Wood (upcoming The Hobbit, The Lord Of The Rings trilogy), written by Damien Chazelle and to be directed by sought after Spanish director Eugenio Mira (The Birthday), it was announced today by The Solution.s founders and partners, Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel.

Guerra and Cortés will produce the film, scheduled to start shooting in July, under their Spain-based company, Nostromo Pictures.

Forced into early retirement because of crippling stage fright, Wood is a piano virtuoso who returns to the stage where the recital turns deadly and he is forced to literally play for his life in the tense and twisted psychological thriller.

The Solution will be presenting the title to international buyers at the upcoming Cannes Film Market.
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Fight for Horror Supremacy Week 4

For the horror buff, Fall is the best time of the year. The air is crisp, the leaves are falling and a feeling of death hangs on the air. Here at Sound on Sight we have some of the biggest horror fans you can find. We are continually showcasing the best of genre cinema, so we’ve decided to put our horror knowledge and passion to the test in a horror watching contest. Each week in October, Ricky D, James Merolla and Justine Smith will post a list of the horror films they have watched. By the end of the month, the person who has seen the most films wins. Prize Tbd.

Justine Smith (9 viewings) Total of 40 viewings

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Directed by Tobe Hooper

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of the best horror films ever made, in competition with Possession, The Exorcist, The Birds and Suspiria.
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Exclusive: Corey Feldman Talks Killing Osama Bin Laden in Operation Belvis Bash

Exclusive: Corey Feldman Talks Killing Osama Bin Laden in Operation Belvis Bash
Corey Feldman is joined by director/leading man Alexander Loy as their upcoming comedy predicts the demise of the world's most notorious terrorist

A funny thing happened this past Sunday, just moments after the premiere of director Alexander Loy's upcoming comedy Operation Belvis Bash. A film that depicts an undercover operation to kill the world's most wanted terrorist Osama Bin Laden.

Folks who attended the screening literally walked out of the theater and into the lobby, where they discovered that Osama had actually been killed via a top-secret mission just like the one seen in the movie. Had star Corey Feldman predicted the future? Was this all an elaborate plan to get publicity for their Independently produced passion project? Or was it just a serendipitous moment of inspired perfect timing?

We recently caught up with both Alexander Loy, who plays an innocent Elvis impersonator sent to connect with the people of Afghanistan,
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Fantastic Fest Quick Snaps: 'Agnosia' Invasion

Lead actor Eduardo Noriega and director Eugenio Mira attended Fantastic Fest in support of their latest film, the world premiere of Agnosia. The producers of Pan's Labyrinth and The Orphanage brought another suspenseful story to Fantastic Fest with Agnosia. It is a visually stunning and elegant period piece about Joana Prats, a young woman whose childhood bout with encephalitis leaves her stricken with agnosia, a strange neuropsychological illness that affects her perception. Joana becomes the center of a sinister and life-threatening plot to discover her father's secret formula for a lens with revolutionary military implications. Two men who both have desires for her play integral roles in whether she will be cured of her illness, or a victim of the dastardly plans. Noriega plays Carles, Joana’s fiancé and her father’s right-hand man, who has some dark secrets of his own.

Mira is a veteran of Fantastic Fest, as
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"Agnosia," Reviewed

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Reviewed at Fantastic Fest 2010.

"Agnosia," like "Julia's Eyes," which screens at the festival today, is the product of a Guillermo del Toro protege -- Eugenio Mira, whose first film, 2004's "The Birthday," caught the director/producer/force of nature's attention, if few others'. And it looks like it -- working off a screenplay by "The Devil's Backbone" writer Antonio Trashorras, Mira adeptly assembles lush, gothic visuals of the type that have become del Toro's signature. If only the film had the same amount of emotional impact. "Agnosia" is certainly the most lavishly beautiful film at Fantastic Fest, but it's structured around a story that doesn't seem to have enough to it to support a feature, either in what's at stake or in the characters.

The film starts with a group of investors arriving in the countryside to try out a new telescopic rifle, the joint product of German weapon manufacturer
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Must-Watch Karaoke: The RZA, Elijah Wood and Tim League Dominate the Black Eyed Peas

Filed under: Cinematical, Festivals

Where can you find The RZA, Elijah Wood, Nacho Vigalondo (director of 'Timecrimes'), Eugenio Mira (director of 'The Birthday'), Tim League, Michael Lerman (film festival programmer) and Henri Mazza (creative director of the Alamo Drafthouse) all doing drunken karaoke together? Only at Fantastic Fest of course.

Crazy parties and out-of-control karaoke can be found at any film festival around the world, but most of that goes on behind closed doors where only VIPs get to partake in the debauchery. That's not how Fantastic Fest does things. Here everyone with a badge has their shot to witness worlds colliding and chaos reigning all around them. This past Saturday, at a karaoke party sponsored by Criterion (yes, as in the Criterion Collection), chaos took the form of the six gentleman above putting on a once-in-a-lifetime performance of the Black Eyed Peas' "I Got A Feeling.
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Must-Watch Karaoke: The RZA, Elijah Wood and Tim League Dominate the Black Eyed Peas

Must-Watch Karaoke: The RZA, Elijah Wood and Tim League Dominate the Black Eyed Peas
Filed under: Cinematical, Festivals

Where can you find The RZA, Elijah Wood, Nacho Vigalondo (director of 'Timecrimes'), Eugenio Mira (director of 'The Birthday'), Tim League, Michael Lerman (film festival programmer) and Henri Mazza (creative director of the Alamo Drafthouse) all doing drunken karaoke together? Only at Fantastic Fest of course.

Crazy parties and out-of-control karaoke can be found at any film festival around the world, but most of that goes on behind closed doors where only VIPs get to partake in the debauchery. That's not how Fantastic Fest does things. Here everyone with a badge has their shot to witness worlds colliding and chaos reigning all around them. This past Saturday, at a karaoke party sponsored by Criterion (yes, as in the Criterion Collection), chaos took the form of the six gentleman above putting on a once-in-a-lifetime performance of the Black Eyed Peas' "I Got A Feeling.
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