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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
It’s always nice when studios release their Super Bowl spots online before the big game actually airs. Not only does it make it easier on us bloggers, but believe it or not, some people could care less about watching the Super Bowl, like myself. In recent years, we’ve been seeing this trend more and more and 2014 is no different. Over the past couple of days all the big studios have been dropping their spots online and Sony is the latest to do so, delivering to us their Super Bowl spots for Pompeii and The Monuments Men.
These are two films that I’m quite curious about. Let’s start with Pompeii though. As the title indicates, it focuses on the famous volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius that destroyed the city. Pretty good material for a film, right? You also have talented actors like Kit Harington, Kiefer Sutherland and Jared Harris on board. »
- Matt Joseph
With the weekend finally in sight, the passing minutes have a way of feeling like hours. That's why we're here! To bring you distractions and keep you excited for the genre you know and love! Next up... the first look at Devon Downs and Kenny Gage's new fear film Parlor.
The film, which was shot entirely in Vilnius, Lithuania, and is now in post-production, is the vision of writing/directing team Kenny Gage and Devon Downs (producer of Raze and writers/directors of the upcoming Devil's Ink).
Parlor revolves around six young college hopefuls vacationing and partying in Eastern Europe that end up getting more than they bargained for when they unwillingly get caught up in a maniacal local's fiendish side business. »
- Uncle Creepy
13 items from 2014
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