11 items from 2014
English language film has long been a place for some of the greatest horror film directors of all time. All the way back to Alfred Hitchcock, we have seen the genre grow and develop sub-genres, thanks to the public’s ongoing thirst for fear and the possibility of danger around every turn. But, for every Saw or Hostel or terrible remake of classic English-language horror films, there are inventive, terrifying films made somewhere else that inspire and even outdo many of our best Western world horror films. This list will count down the fifty definitive horror films with a main language that isn’t English; some may have some English-language parts in them, but they are, for the most part, foreign. Enlighten yourself. Broaden your horizons. People can get murdered and tortured in every language.
50. Kuroneko (1968)
English Title: Black Cat
Directed by: Kaneto Shindo
- Joshua Gaul
In what was an eventful year on the world stage – the Olympic Games returned to the motherland, further unrest simmered in the Middle East and tragedy hit during the festive period as Southeast Asia was devastated by a tsunami – 2004 was also a rather fruitful time for cinema.
The comic book genre was showing some colour (Spider-Man 2), Oscar seeds were planted (Crash, Fahrenheit 9/11, Sideways), comedy hit a high (Dodgeball, 13 Going On 30) and world cinema continued to flourish (The Sea Inside, The Motorcycle Diaries, Night Watch). While it wasn’t all rosy – The Alamo was a big budget flop, Thunderbirds crashed and Catwoman happened - there are enough gems included on this forthcoming list to - hopefully – make reader slap their thighs and say, ‘golly, is that ten years old already?’.
Therefore, read, devour, enjoy and most of all be sure to comment with any other contenders that you feel could have made the list. »
- Shaun Davis
Warning: contains many, many A Song Of Ice And Fire spoilers all the way up to A Dance With Dragons.
A Song Of Ice And Fire readers are a curious people. Wise to the ways of our master, George R.R. Martin, we've grown suspicious over the years. In a saga where the same character can go by a dozen names, where identities are confused, hidden, and disguised, and where the dead can - quite literally - walk, we've learned not to take anything on trust. A character gets an axe to the head? They'll turn up a chapter later. A prophecy foretells certain doom? It's all in the interpretation. A young lad is called bastard and denied Lordly rights? He's probably the heir to the Seven Kingdoms. »
Leading Russian actor-director-producer Fyodor Bondarchuk has indicated that he is prepared to bleep out the obscenities in Valeria Gai Germanika’s new film Yes And Yes (Da I Da) to ensure its Russian theatrical release.
Speaking at a press conference at the Moscow International Film Festival (Miff) this morning (June 25) ahead of the European premiere of Yes And Yes in the Main Competition, Bondarchuk said that he ¨hoped¨ to get a distribution certificate for the film tomorrow.
“I don’t know about the cursing, but we have agreed to put in bleeps if there is no other way [for the film to be released] if the new obscenity law applies to this film,” said Bondarchuk.
“We are still waiting for clarification about the situation for films made before when the law comes into effect on July 1. I will know more on Thursday.”
With extensive use of swearwords - especially in the opening scenes in the apartment of Bohemian artists - and bottles of vodka »
- email@example.com (Martin Blaney)
While the lot of you are still reading and enjoying FM 273 (you Are, aren’t you?), it’s time to preview our yearly Kaiju Issue—which of course means we have welcomed Consulting Editor (and Big Wow! Special Guest) August Ragone on board to help us deliver a tribute of massive proportions…
Sixty Years Of Godzilla!
The image above, featuring Mothra, is only one of four special cover paintings by the extremely awesome Bob Eggleton (previously responsible for our Godzilla vs. Gamera, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, and Colossal Kaiju covers).
FM 274 will feature our exclusive Godzilla Timeline, featuring writeups and information on all 29 existing Godzilla films—plus a little interview with director Gareth Edwards about the new Warner Bros. film debuting in May.
Never fear, though, as there’s still plenty of material for people who haven’t learned to love Godzilla yet, including:
Enter The Dragon: Film legend and »
- Holly Interlandi
Game of Thrones is back! With some serious vengeance. Season four of HBO's mega-hit fantasy series premiered Sunday night, allowing fans to catch up with its many beloved and despised characters - well, at least the ones who aren't dead yet. Here's what we know now about the goings-on in Westeros and beyond: Obviously, there are huge spoilers below. Proceed at your own risk! King's LandingThe capital is bustling with anticipation ahead of King Joffrey's wedding to Margaery, who was previously married to his late uncle Renly. While she consults with her grandmother, House Tyrell's crafty matriarch Lady Olenna, over details, »
- Aaron Parsley
Paris– Marion Edwards, prexy of intl. TV at 20th Century Fox Television Distribution, Konstantin Ernst, CEO of Channel One Russia, TV and film producer, Herbert G. Kloiber, chairman and owner of Tele München Group and Tim Worner, CEO of Seven West Media, are set to receive the MipTV Medaille d’Honneur Award at the upcoming Cannes-set confab.
The Medaille d’Honneur was launched in 2013 on the occasion of MipTV’s 50th anniversary and is awarded to senior international execs who have made a significant contribution to the TV biz and the development of the international TV community.
Edwards oversees the licensing of all content produced by Twentieth Century Fox, Fox21, FX Production and Fox Television Studios to international premium pay, basic pay, and networks worldwide. Edwards also launched the international format division which has produced successful local versions of “Modern Family” (Chile & Israel), “Prison Break” (Russia) and “24” (India) and is »
- Elsa Keslassy
Some movies go from script to production to release with speed and ease. The Last Witch Hunter is not one of those movies. Originally announced back in early 2010 with Night Watch and Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov attached to direct, this fantasy adventure has been stewing in development hell since then – and is still waiting on a green light from Summit Entertainment.
In 2012, it was revealed that The Last Witch Hunter might have found the magic ingredient needed to get it cooking properly: Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) was said to be in talks for the lead role: an immortal witch hunter, who must track down a coven of witches ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
“Night Watch and Day Watch revealed the “Others,” an ancient race of supernatural beings—magicians, shape-shifters, vampires, and healers—who live among us and swear allegiance to either the Dark or the Light. For a millennium, these opponents have coexisted in an uneasy truce, guarding each other and tottering on the brink of war.
In Twilight Watch, the Others face their greatest threat yet. An ancient book of spells with the power to turn ordinary humans into Others has fallen into the wrong hands, threatening to destroy the precarious balance between the forces of Darkness and Light. Now the Night Watch and the Day Watch must cooperate to stop the culprit. Anton, the hero from Night Watch, »
- Jonathan James
In honor of "Game of Thrones" Season 3's arrival on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download, here's a refresher of where the HBO fantasy series left its central characters last season. With Season 4 premiering in a month and a half, it's a helpful reminder of where the story of "Game of Thrones" left off.
Dany found herself as powerful as she's ever been at the end of Season 3, with the slaves of Yunkai quickly accepting her as their "mhysa," or mother. With an army of Unsullied and three dragons at her back, it seems like nothing can stop her from overtaking Westeros. Interestingly enough, she decides to be a ruler in Season 4 instead.
After betraying Ygritte and the Wildlings and defecting back to the Night's Watch, Jon Snow's final moment in Season 3 showed him arriving back at Castle Black. He was in poor condition and probably a bit heartsick, »
Feature Louisa Mellor 18 Feb 2014 - 07:00
We take a spoiler-filled look at the latest Game Of Thrones season 4 trailer. For A Song Of Ice And Fire readers only…
Warning: Stop here if you haven’t read A Song Of Ice And Fire. Major, major Spoilers ahead.
HBO has been generous with season four footage this year; much of the content of latest trailer below had already been seen speedily edited and interspersed with cast interviews in the fifteen-minute A Foreshadowing promo. The 'Vengeance' trailer below though, provides our first steady look at what promise to be a number of key scenes in the forthcoming season.
To the sound of a suitably apocalyptic song (Everlove’s Cities In Dust Siouxsie and the Banshees cover, which takes lyrical inspiration from the destruction of Pompeii), this new trailer showed us a fractured Seven Kingdoms and nods towards what we assume are the final »
11 items from 2014