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Fantasia International Film Festival 2014 runs July 17 to August 6. Follow all of our coverage here. Naoto Tamura (Yuki Yamada) is a bit of a dick. He’s obnoxious and indifferent to everyone around him including his hard-working mother, but he takes his attitude one step too far when he lashes out at her. While on his own a short while later he receives a package with a novel titled “Live” in it timed to a phone call and a video. His mother has been abducted, and she’ll be killed unless Naoto participates in and wins the caller’s elaborate “death triathlon.” He sets off to the first location only to discover that he’s not alone. A dozen other people, each frantic and glued to their cell phones, are also in the race. Other players lessen Naoto’s odds of winning, but so do the various obstacles put in their place including, but »
- Rob Hunter
Despite all the hatred surrounding James DeMonaco’s original home invasion thriller, I ended up giving an approving nod to The Purge based on tight, tense horror featuring a psychotically hypnotic twist. People ranted and raved about how the movie missed a major opportunity by caging all purging in a barricaded house while chaos presumably erupted outside, but thanks to a limited budget that showed tremendous profits, The Purge: Anarchy was greenlit, and DeMonaco embraced his dystopian America in all its pulpy, purgin’ glory.
But what about those horror fans who actually dug Ethan Hawke’s last stand? Where The Purge disappointed adrenaline junkies expecting some bloodthirsty insanity, this year’s sequel does the complete opposite by erasing all moments of horror in favor of gritty, 80s style action. These two films couldn’t be any tonally different, but will enough jaded viewers take another chance on DeMonaco’s sequel? »
- Matt Donato
While you might know Paul W.S. Anderson from the movies he's directed like Resident Evil, Event Horizon, Death Race and Pompeii, over the last few years he's also been doing something you may find more surprising: directing award winning commercials. Like his movies, his commercials are loaded with action. In the first of three new ads for Vw, Anderson takes the tag line "made for real life, not the movies" and offers a tongue-in-cheek take on car commercials/high-octane action movies. After you see the ad (which is after the jump), the tag line will make a lot more sense. In addition to this ad called "Bus," the second ad "Chase" and third one "Explosion" will be playing in theaters in the UK in front of movies starting July 11th and September 12th and will be released online shortly after. Recently, I got on the phone with Anderson to talk about his commercial work. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
It’s not often we run news stories here on Nerdly but when it involves one of my favourite writer/directors working today there’s absolutely no way I’m not sharing this with you guys. So what’s the news?
Well Tony Giglio, director of one of the best films of last year – Extraction (think of it as the American successor to The Raid) – has returned, as screenwriter, to the franchise which he managed to successfully reboot on DVD and, with his script for the third film, surpass the original movie… I’m talking Death Race. And more specifically Death Race 4.
I’ll let this image, which Giglio tweeted earlier today, do all the talking… And it goes without saying I’m super-excited to see where the franchise is headed after the amazing third film.
- Phil Wheat
If you’re looking for a real underrated genre auteur — a guy who makes a particular kind of populist movie and gets very little critical respect for it — Paul W.S. Anderson is your man. From the gaming-inspired action-fests Mortal Kombat and Resident Evil, to the post-apocalyptic Jason Statham car flick Death Race, to the down-and-dirty cult sci-fi horror classic Event Horizon, Anderson very consciously makes movies you’re supposed to scream at — in delight, horror, vengeful wrath; you name it. His is a very visceral kind of cinema: It requires a lot of precision and care, but is also perceived as lowbrow and often ignored by critics. This year’s epic Pompeii 3-D is one of his most ambitious films yet, but it’s still very much his: It’s got over-the-top bad guys, beautiful heroes, big, un-nuanced emotions, gruesome fight scenes, and, of course, a gloriously explosive third act »
- Bilge Ebiri
Shock Till You Drop is still reflecting fondly on its time at the Stanley Film Festival in Estes Park, Colorado. If you haven't read our highlights report - follow this link. Today, we have 30 photos to share with you from the four-day event that took place April 24th-27th. The images take you through the various events and panels that organizers of the event programmed, from the opening and closing night parties to the zombie walk, Big Wheel Death Race and a cool recreation of The Shining photo featuring director Joe Dante standing in for Jack Torrance.
The post 30 Photos from the 2014 Stanley Film Festival! appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Day four brings us to the Horror Awards Brunch, Big Wheel Death Race, a hotel history and ghost tour, and screenings of The Sacrament, What We Do In The Shadows, shorts programs, and too much for one person to ever attend. That's my only regret about the festival; that I couldn't get to each and every screening and event. A huge thanks to Twitch and the Stanley Film Festival for having me....
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There is something frightening going on in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies. The second annual Stanley Film Fest kicks off at the historic Stanley Hotel tomorrow and it is scary how good the lineup is. On top of great flicks, the lineup includes a ton of cool events that promise to put Stanley up there with Fantastic Fest on the fun-o-meter. Being that the Stanley is the inspiration for The Shining's Overlook Hotel, many of the events are Kubrick-related including the festival-closing Big Wheel Death Race! This being a highly curated festival and us being Twitch, we've already run reviews for just about every non-revival film playing at the festival. Check out the gallery below for a look at every single film on offer...
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As a big fan of Sony and Screen Gems’ Resident Evil franchise, it was disappointing to learn that the sixth instalment in the Horror/Science Fiction series will not reach its September 2014 release date. After the mammoth cliffhanger left at the conclusion of 2012′s Resident Evil: Retribution it was inevitable that a further sequel was in the pipeline, however it was merely a question of when it would hit theatres.
Now that series director (and husband of series star Milla Jovovich) Paul W.S. Anderson has finished work on his disaster epic Pompeii, he has revealed that work has begun on the sixth Resident Evil film. At a 3D film summit for the Beijing International Film Festival, the Death Race director has been quoted as referring to the next instalment in the franchise as Rising Resident Evil (or more likely a mistranslation of Resident Evil: Rising). Anderson also confirmed that »
- Ben Read
The Stanley Film Festival has announced that Alexandre O. Philippe’s Doc of the Dead has been selected as the opening film for their upcoming event and they’ve also revealed a number of special events that will be taking place, including a special edition of Tales From Beyond The Palen and Dead Right Horror Trivia:
“The Stanley Film Festival will open Thursday, April 24, with a Gala Presentation of an original documentary from EPiX, Doc of the Dead. Directed by Colorado filmmaker Alexandre O. Philippe (The People Vs. George Lucas), the film explores the evolution of the zombie genre in film, television, and literature as well as its impact and influence on pop culture. The film features footage taken at the 35th Starz Denver Film Festival’s “George Romero’s Zombie Town Hall Meeting.”
“We are thrilled to open this year’s Festival with a locally-produced film. The Denver Film »
- Jonathan James
The amazing crew behind the Stanley Film Festival, which runs at the iconic and historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Co, April 24-27, has selected Doc of the Dead as its opening night film. Read on for details and more!
From the Press Release
The Stanley Film Festival (Sff), produced by the Denver Film Society and presented by NBC Universal's Chiller, announced today its Opening Night film and several special event highlights and experiences taking place at the four-day event (April 24-27, 2014).
The Stanley Film Festival celebrates the best in independent horror cinema at the hotel that inspired The Shining. The Festival will host a full slate of films, panels, competitions, and special events - all at the beautiful and historically haunted Stanley Hotel.
The Stanley Film Festival will open Thursday, April 24, with a Gala Presentation of an original documentary from EPiX, Doc of the Dead. Directed by Colorado filmmaker »
- Uncle Creepy
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 13 Mar 2014 - 05:44
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2011, and a great year for lesser-seen gems...
Even a cursory glance at the top 10 grossing films of 2011 reveals something strange: nine of the entries are sequels. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 brought the fantasy franchise to a close with a staggering $1.3bn haul. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon wasn't too far behind with just over $1.1bn. On Stranger Tides continued the Pirates Of The Caribbean series' wave of success, despite mixed reviews.
Elsewhere in the top 10, you'll find another Twilight, a fourth Mission: Impossible, a second Kung Fu Panda, a fifth Fast, another Hangover, and further Cars. Standing alone on the list is The Smurfs, the adaptation of Peyo's Belgian comic strip. In fact, 2011 saw the release of no fewer than 28 sequels - the most we've yet seen in any given year. »
We haven’t heard much about The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) since it started filming in California last year, but the first photo has just been released. According to Tom Six (via EW) the movie will be released later this year and will be quite different from the first two installments:
“Thc Part 3 will be totally different from Parts 1 and 2 and certainly not as gross… But it will be the most controversial one politically-wise. It will have a lot of self-mockery and will be the most darkly comical of the three. Parts 1 and 2 have a very European feel. Part 3 is very American with the highest budget, a big movie score, widescreen, and an Xxl human centipede. It’s set in an American maximum security prison in the middle of the desert. Plot-wise I won’t share details yet but if you let your imagination run wild you might get ideas. »
- Jonathan James
Although I doubt that many of you are clamouring for another instalment in the Resident Evil series, the franchise is seemingly as undefeatable as its undead antagonists. The fifth and most recent film in the franchise Resident Evil: Retribution, was a hit at the worldwide box office and made $240 Million on a $65 Million budget. This quickly lead to Sony green lighting a sixth film in the incredibly lucrative series based on the video games from Capcom.
With an official release date of September 12th 2014 and virtually no updates since its announcement, it was beginning to look very very unlikely that Milla Jovovich would be back to the zombie-killing action so soon. Now series writer and director Paul W.S. Anderson (Death Race, The Three Musketeers) has given an update on the currently untitled Resident Evil 6 whilst promoting his new film Pompeii. You can read what Anderson had to say below: »
- Ben Read
The major studios may have shuttered their independent film banners, but studio digital divisions are starting to borrow some of the release strategies used to roll out smaller-budgeted movies.
After turning to Kickstarter to successfully raise over $5.7 million from more than 91,000 people for a feature-length adaptation of the WB-cw TV show, the studio has kept its promise, renting 270 theaters to show the film starting March 14. Most of those are operated by AMC, while 10 are independently-run screens.
But with a small but rabid fanbase, known as Marshmallows, for “Veronica Mars,” Warner Bros. and Thomas know they will make most of their money by renting and selling the film on video-on-demand and online platforms at the same time as the film plays in theaters. »
- Marc Graser
For critics, Paul W.S. Anderson is the ideal punching bag—a terrible director with a penchant for churning out clichéd action flicks. If you take a look at his Rotten Tomatoes page—where the highest-rated project is the straight-to-video sequel “Death Race 3”—you will get an idea of the response the filmmaker’s work tends to receive (admittedly, he's only a producer on that one). However, there are a few, ahem, gems lying around his filmography—not full movies, mind you, but some cool action sequences from those movies. To paraphrase The Playlist review of Anderson’s new film, “Pompeii,” no one goes to a Paul W.S. Anderson flick for the gripping narrative and beautifully written dialogue. Audiences go to watch things blow up and people fight each other, and that’s exactly what we’re going to spotlight here. Hell, even people like Quentin Tarantino seem to appreciate the »
- Alex Suskind
Take the plot of Gladiator, set it at the foot of an active volcano, strip away any attempt at character building and you have Pompeii as director Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil, Death Race) delivers upon expectations. There are no surprises here, nor should we expect any from the man that brought us The Three Musketeers. Not only is Pompeii bad, it's so bad I can't help but wonder how serious anyone in front of and behind the camera must have taken it. After raiding every sword and sandal prop closet in Hollywood, Anderson assembled his cast on a green screen and pummeled them with foam rubber rocks, leaving not a trace of artistic integrity amid the rubble. How screenwriters Michael Robert Johnson and Janet Scott and Lee Batchler can consider this an original script is beyond me. "Set Gladiator aboard the Titanic" must have been the call from above »
- Brad Brevet
The Bros drummer-turned-actor will also write and star in the action thriller from Triumphant Pictures and Artprod, reports Variety.
The film will centre around a successful New York businessman who, while speaking to his wife and child on Skype during their holiday in Mexico, witnesses their brutal kidnapping.
With the authorities unable to help, he embarks on a mission of rescue and revenge.
This weekend schlock-master Paul Ws Anderson (Resident Evil, Death Race) is bringing us his latest over the top action extravaganza, a story about adventure and romance set against the backdrop of maybe the most famous volcanic eruption in history, Pompeii. If you watch the trailer, it seems like the movie’s going to be pretty bad, but bad in that way that you’re going to end up watching and enjoying it regardless. Or maybe that’s just my crushes on Emily Browning and Kit Harington talking. Pompeii won’t be the first time a couple of attractive young kids have fallen in love against the backdrop of a volcano decimating an entire group of people, however. Back in 1990, writer/director John Patrick Shanley took a couple of actors who hardcore movie fans may have heard of, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, and used their one-of-a-kind chemistry to tell a unique tale that was part romance, part »
- Nathan Adams
Pic will follow a successful New York businessman who, while on a video call with his wife and child who are visiting her family in Mexico, witnesses their brutal attack and kidnapping. Unable to rely on the country’s law enforcement, he embarks on a journey to find his family and avenge the violence that befell them.
Production starts in New Mexico this March.
- Justin Kroll
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