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This past year was a pretty damn good one for horror—as long as you didn’t depend on the mainstream. While most of the wide-release features conformed safely to formula, much more daring and interesting stuff was cropping up all over the art-house, festival and DVD scene.
Perhaps no better example can be drawn than the fact that while the bloodless, predictable Twilight was sucking millions of bucks out of tween girls at the multiplexes, the small Swedish import Let The Right One In, a modern classic on the same theme, was quietly knocking out audiences on a much smaller scale. Not everything the studios gave us in 2008 was negligible; a couple of titles from the majors made my top 10, and The Ruins and The Strangers would be among the runners-up. But there are far more indie features swarming like piranhas just below my list…
1.) Let The Right One In »
Since the The Homecoming is being helmed by writer Sergio G. Sánchez, the man behind the wonderfully poetic The Orphanage, I'm hoping the film will live up to the eerie fairy tale qualities of the synopsis below. It almost feels like a post-apocalyptic and more sinister Hansel and Gretel or something.
Nate and Alice are spending the last days of summer with their parents in a small cabin on a remote island when their parents inform them that they’re going to separate. When they leave the island, they discover that every last one of the inhabitants of the closest town has died.
Little by little they discover that they are not the only ones left alive on the planet but the rest of the survivors of the catastrophe represent a threat from which they must run without respite until they finally reach home and find the answer to all their questions. »
Variety reports that Spanish genre veteran Alejandro Amenábar (pictured) is one of the producers on El Mal Ajeno (The Evil Of Others), a new psychological thriller with fantasy overtones. Amenábar’s Himenoptero company is teaming with Mod Producciones and Telecinco Cinema on the project.
To be directed by Oskar Santos Gómez from a script by Daniel Sánchez Arévalo, El Mal Ajeno focuses on a doctor who is accused of driving one of his patients to suicide, and becomes a victim of a shooting himself. The leads are Eduardo Noriega, who starred in the Amenábar-directed Open Your Eyes and Thesis as well as The Devil’S Backbone and Nadie Conoce A Nadie, and The Orphanage’s Belén Rueda. We’ll bring you more details as we find ’em out. »
Fangoria UK scribe and broadcaster Alan Jones now has a title for his forthcoming Fab Press book on the amazing life and extraordinary films of award-winning writer/producer/director Guillermo del Toro: it’s called Clockwork Fables: The Fantasy Worlds Of Guillermo Del Toro. Due November 2010, Clockwork Fables is the first lavishly produced volume to focus on the Mexican-born, larger-than-life personality, the genius responsible for the Academy Award-winning Pan’S Labyrinth, whose unique perspective on horror, fantasy and visionary creature features has assured him an ever-expanding audience.
“From his feature directing debut Cronos in 1993 to recent hit Hellboy II: The Golden Army, del Toro has grown in artistic stature to become a major industry force to be reckoned with,” Jones says. “His enviable gift of appealing to both adoring fanboys and ardent cineastes alike is a rare entertainment accomplishment. Del Toro is bound to reap even greater dividends come »
- The Italians apparently do it better. Matteo Garrone's Gomorrah and Paolo Sorrentino's Il Divo grabbed 5 nominations each with Toni Servillo getting nominated as best actor (see above) for his parts in both films. Two films that I thought were worthy contenders in several categories in Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Three Monkeys and Abdellatif Kechiche’s The Secret of the Grain were shut out while Steve McQueen’s Hunger got two noms but failed to grab a Best Film nom. Last year’s The Orphanage and Waltz With Bashir both receive four nominations. This year’s Palme d'Or winner walked away with noms for best film and best director. Other well represented films include Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky, Joe Wright's Atonement, Andreas Dresen's Cloud 9 and Eran Riklis' Lemon Tree. Winners will be announced on December 6th in Copenhagen. Here are the categories.: European »
[Rec] 2, the sequel to last year’s record-breaking Spanish horror hit, starts filming next Monday, November 10 in Barcelona. The original raked in $27 million worldwide and picked up prizes at all the major European horror festivals, including Sitges, Fantasporto, Brussels and Amsterdam, and inspired the recent U.S. remake Quarantine.
Once again produced by Julio Fernández for Filmax and directed by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza, [Rec 2] kicks off its story a few hours after the events portrayed in its predecessor. The shoot is scheduled to last six weeks, and returning crew members include art director Gemma Fauria, director of photography Pablo Rosso, editor David Gallart (Goya Award winner for the first film) and sound engineers Xavi Mas and Oriol Tarragó; the latter nabbed a Goya for his work on the year’s other Spanish genre blockbuster, The Orphanage. Special makeup FX will once more be handled by David Ambit (pictured, making up »
Beginning October 2, the Sitges Festival Internacional de Catalunya 2008 was a sun-drenched 10-day fiesta teeming with talent and terror. Every major genre movie of current note was on show in the picturesque Spanish resort town’s veteran festival, which surprised organizers Angel Sala and Mike Hostench by equaling last year’s record-breaking figures—especially as this 41st edition took place against the gloomiest of economic backdrops.
But as Sala pointed out in his speech at the closing awards ceremony, people need to escape to fantasy/horror cinema more than ever in such trying times. And Sitges certainly put the credit-crunch blues on hold for anyone attending the numerous gala events. Like the two Surprise Movies: Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea, genius animator Hayao Miyazaki’s delightful reworking of the “Little Mermaid” fairy tale, and Michael Doughtery’s nice and nasty Trick ’R Treat (pictured above). The latter was a »
Photo: New Line Cinema It's Halloween time and I considered doing a top ten scariest films, but horror is such a subjective (not to mention massive) genre no list of mine would ever be complete. So I decided to go with six films I can remember actually scaring me or giving me some legitimate creeps. I already know many of you will browse this list and scoff at some of my choices, "Really? That stupid movie scared you?" Before you ask, the answer is "yes". On some level or another all six of these film creep me out or legitimately scared me when I first saw them. As with all scary/creepy movies the second time you see them they don't scare you as much or at all, but I stand firmly by the six below and believe they all hold up to multiple viewings. What scares me most when »
- Brad Brevet
All right, so there’s not a helluva lot of insight in this Q&A with The Orphanage director J.A. Bayona, but it is the first time he’s spoken about Hater, the upcoming adaptation he’s doing of David Moody’s book, so it’s worth a mention.
Twitch Film got the chance to pick Bayona’s brain recently during the Sitges Film Festival to get an idea of just what kind of approach he’ll be taking with Hater, “When a director gives himself to the story, he ends up soaking the movie with his own style.” Bayona explained, ”Hater is a horror tale, but it’s also a very emotional story. It will be much more violent than The Orphanage, because it deals with hate as the main emotion. But it also talks about forgiveness, sacrifice and even love.”
The story of Hater deals with an epidemic »
- Johnny Butane
During the recently completed Sitges Festival I had the good fortune to spend a fair amount of time with Ja Bayona, the young Spanish director of international hit The Orphanage. Bayona is definitely one of the good guys, not only tremendously skilled but also an enormous lover of film, so much so that it’s not hard at all to see why someone like Guillermo Del Toro would feel inclined to take Bayona under his wing. During the festival Bayona dropped a few hints about his upcoming project but when pressed would only say that he wasn’t free to talk yet, that something would be announced soon in the trades and that once that had happened he would be free to be a bit more specific. Well, that announcement has happened, the next film is a Hollywood production titled Hater - a film Bayona says will be “much more »
- Todd Brown
Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona, who made a major splash last year with the Guillermo Del Toro-produced film The Orphanage, has signed on with Universal to make his English-language debut with Hater. The film, which is based British author David Moody's thriller novel of the same name, follows an epidemic »
- Neil Miller
One film Guillermo del Toro will not be directing for Universal is the adaptation of Hater, the film he will produce with Mark Johnson. Instead, Variety reports that Juan Antonio Bayona has been signed to direct the movie based on David Moody’s thriller and adapted to the screen b Glen Mazzara (The Shield).
Bayona is best known for The Orphanage, which del Toro also produced, and this will be his English-language debut.
"I like the idea of a movie that talks about the state of fear we live in nowadays," Bayona told Variety.
The novel and screenplay tells of people suddenly committing random acts of violence with no provocation. “What I loved about Hater is it recognizes the reality that we live in, where it is incredibly easy to polarize, to hate for gender, race, age,” del Toro told the trade over the summer. »
- Robert Greenberger
If you're a fan of Guillermo del Toro, "Pan's Labyrinth" and "The Orphanage", you're going to jump up and down when you hear this announcement. It was revealed that "Orphanage" director Antonio Bayona will be taking the helm of the del Toro produced "Hater", an adaptation of David Moody's novel that's being penned by Glen Mazzara. The film is being released under del-Toro's first-look deal with Universal Pictures. The thriller is about an epidemic of random violence in which ordinary people strike lethally without warning or remorse. »
It looks like Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona is back for more. Better yet, he's re-teaming with The Orphanage producer Guillermo del Toro to work on the thriller Hater. The film is based on a David Moody novel, which centers on some rather disturbing occurrences. Imagine that anyone around you could snap into a homicidal rage at any given moment, possibly directed towards you. You could even become a vicious killer yourself. It doesn't matter who you are, where you're from or what race you are. You can't trust anyone around you or even yourself. Yes, I know. It sounds an awful lot like The Happening, but where this plot differs is in the fact that people will not be killing themselves, rather being killed by others. Bayonne told Variety, "I like the idea of a movie that talks about the state of fear we live in nowadays." Sounds good »
A long time passed since 10 Things I Hate About You hit the big screen. Julia Stiles got Bourne, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has become a powerhouse on the indie scene, and Heath Ledger ... we know what became of him. I'm guessing that his death and reminiscing moments about his work is what inspired this next piece of news: Ace Showbiz reports that ABC Family is going to make the Shakespeare-inspired film into a television series, with the film's director, Gil Junger, signed on to helm the pilot. In it, Kate and Bianca Stratford will face "their new high school environment." I don't know if that means freshman hitting the big leagues, or the girls moving to a new zip code, but I can only hope that they come up with a new love interest for Kate. There's only one Patrick Verona.
Hater has been on a long road to production, but it »
- Monika Bartyzel
Looks like the dream team that brought us last year's The Orphanage is getting back together to make Hater, a film about "an epidemic of unexplainable violence perpetrated by ordinary people." Based on the yet unreleased novel by author David Moody (it comes out February 17), the film will mark Bayona's English language film debut. The screenplay for Hater has been written by Glen Mazzara, writer of TV's The Shield. »
Variety reports that Juan Antonio Bayona (director of last year's The Orphanage) will direct Hater, the Glen Mazzara-scripted adaptation of British author David Moody's thriller novel about an epidemic of violence perpetrated by ordinary people. (Sound's a bit like The Signal, but I'm not familiar with the source material yet.) Guillermo del Toro and Mark Johnson are producing.
The report continues, "Del Toro produced "The Orphanage," which was made in Bayona's home country of Spain on a modest budget and grossed more than $76 million worldwide. "Hater" landed at Universal under del Toro's first-look deal there. Mazzara, a writer on "The Shield," was set at that time. Del Toro was originally approached by Johnson to direct, but his schedule on two installments of "The Hobbit" made that impossible. The producers then turned to Bayona. "I like the idea of a movie that talks about the state of fear we live in nowadays, »
We broke the story that Guillermo Del Toro would be bringing the novel Hater to the screen back in May, and today we have a director on board. That dude is Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage) and the book revolves around a worldwide epidemic of violence perpetrated by otherwise ordinary people. On a somewhat related note: I have this daydream where one day on the backlot of some studio Spielberg is chilling with Shia Labeouf and Harrison Ford, and then Judd Apatow rolls up with his boys to »
- James Thoo
One of the major highlights of being here at the Sitges Festival, just outside Barcelona, has been the chance to meet and get to know a lot of the local talent, all of whom have proven to be just stellar people. And one who I’ve been able to talk with a fair bit is J.A. Bayona, the director of huge international and critical hit The Orphanage (El Orfanato). When asked if he was working on something new earlier this week Bayona would only nod, smile and say yes but that he’d have to wait until it was announced in the trades before he could talk about it. Well, it’s in the trades.
Today Variety announced that Bayona would be directing an adaptation of David Moody’s novel Hater, the story of an ‘epidemic of violence’ spreading through otherwise normal people. Once again Guillermo Del Toro will serve »
- Todd Brown
In my review (index.php?option=com_content view=article id=579:the-orphanage catid=40:reviews Itemid=139) for Juan Antonio Bayona's creepy debut The Orphanage, I noted the noticeable similarity between it and Guillermo del Toro's The Devil's Backbone. Bayona shares Del Toro's love of the mise-en-scene; framing pretty, almost artsy shots even in horrific moments. They also favor the slow crawl through a dramatic narrative before slamming in a violent image out of nowhere. With Del Toro getting busier and busier offers from big Hollywood movies that want him to helm, could it be that Bayona is the man to fill the void left behind, perhaps gradually climb up to Guillermo's level? The substitution assignment seems to have started, with Bayona just signed on to direct a former Guillermo project, Hater.
- Arya Ponto
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