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Competition: Win a Horror DVD Boxset with ‘The Last Exorcism’

30 December 2010 8:49 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

To celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of the No 1 Box Office smash – The Last Exorcism out to own Now, we have teamed up with Optimum Home Entertainment to give three lucky winners the chance to win a box set of horror DVD titles including Don’t Look Now, The Devil’s Backbone, The Host, The Orphanage and The Last Exorcism.

From producer Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever) The Last Exorcism is a terrifying horror film in the tradition of The Exorcist and shot in the unique style of Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project.

After a career spent helping the devout through prayer and trickery, Reverend Marcus (Patrick Fabian) invites a film crew to document his final fraudulent days as an exorcist. Soon his faith is truly tested when a desperate plea from the father of a possessed girl (Ashley Bell) brings him face to face with evil itself. »

- Phil

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Four

27 December 2010 9:58 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Damsels in Distress

Opens: 2011

Cast: Adam Brody, Analeigh Tipton, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Ryan Metcalf

Director: Whit Stillman

Summary: The story revolves around a group of style-obsessed college girls who take in a new student (Gerwig) and teach her their misguided ways of helping people at their grungy university.

Analysis: The first film in a decade from arthouse darling Whit Stillman, a filmmaker's filmmaker whose three Manhattan-based, yuppie-themed mannerist comedies - "Metropolitan," "Barcelona" and "The Last Days of Disco" - were a big influence on the likes of auteurs such as Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach. Stillman says this film varies somewhat from his previous trilogy of sorts, telling First Things that "This film is different, Completely different. Okay, not completely different, but it’s different".

Independently financed by Castle Rock CEO Martin Shafer, the project recently wrapped filming in Manhattan where Stillman returned to last year after having spent much »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Four

27 December 2010 9:58 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Damsels in Distress

Opens: 2011

Cast: Adam Brody, Analeigh Tipton, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Ryan Metcalf

Director: Whit Stillman

Summary: The story revolves around a group of style-obsessed college girls who take in a new student (Gerwig) and teach her their misguided ways of helping people at their grungy university.

Analysis: The first film in a decade from arthouse darling Whit Stillman, a filmmaker's filmmaker whose three Manhattan-based, yuppie-themed mannerist comedies - "Metropolitan," "Barcelona" and "The Last Days of Disco" - were a big influence on the likes of auteurs such as Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach. Stillman says this film varies somewhat from his previous trilogy of sorts, telling First Things that "This film is different, Completely different. Okay, not completely different, but it’s different".

Independently financed by Castle Rock CEO Martin Shafer, the project recently wrapped filming in Manhattan where Stillman returned to last year after having spent much »

- Garth Franklin

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Guillermo Del Toro Making Horror Game Trilogy, InSANE

14 December 2010 2:15 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

If Resident Evil and Silent Hill’s chills and thrills are just a little too…. well, American for you, we’ve got some brilliant news.

The modern master of cinematic horror and fantasy, Guillermo del Toro, is teaming with Thq to release InSANE, a trilogy that aims to combine Mass Effect with Lovecraftian horror.

The auteur behind Pan’s Labyrinth and The Orphanage has turned his tantalisingly twisted eye to a new video game project (well, he’s got the time after dropping out of The Hobbit), with a creater gushing blurb that – for once – has every possibility of living up to its hyperbolic hype.

“With this new series of videogames, I want to take players to a place they have never seen before, where every single action makes them question their own senses of morality and reality,” said del Toro. “Thq and Volition, Inc. are equally excited to make »

- Matt Risley

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The Impossible Poster & Synopsis

4 November 2010 2:00 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Collider have posted the first poster and official synopsis for The Impossible.

Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage), The Impossible stars Naomi Watts (Fair Game), Ewan McGregor (The Ghost) and newcomer Tom Holland.

Check below for the synopsis and poster:

A terrifying and emotional story based on one family’s experience of the 2004 tsunami, The Impossible is a compelling account of perseverance and survival in the face of unimaginable disaster and chaos.

Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise.  But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth.  As Maria freezes in fear, a huge wall of black water races across the hotel grounds toward her.

Henry grabs the two youngest boys, »

- Jamie Neish

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Tiff Redux: Spanish Horror Flick Julia's Eyes

27 October 2010 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

With Halloween coming up in less than a week, ComingSoon.net's horror site ShockTillYouDrop.com decided to do a little catch-up work from last month's Toronto International Film Festival with a rousing interview with filmmaker Guillem Morales talking about his Spanish thriller Julia's Eyes , along with producer Guillermo del Toro, and the film's star, the gorgeous Belén Rueda, who most American horror fans will remember from the del Toro-produced The Orphanage . You can read that exclusive interview over at ShockTillYouDrop.com . »

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Tiff Redux: Spanish Horror Flick Julia's Eyes

26 October 2010 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

With Halloween coming up in less than a week, we thought now would be a good time to do a little catch-up work from last month's Toronto International Film Festival, and one of the more rousing interviews we did there was for Guillem Morales' Spanish thriller Julia's Eyes , produced by Guillermo del Toro, and starring the gorgeous Belen Rueda, who most American horror fans will remember from the del Toro-produced The Orphanage . We had just spoken with del Toro at Comic-Con where he hadn't actually mentioned this film, so we were surprised to see him show up in Toronto with the movie, but clearly, it was another case of a filmmaker that got del Toro excited about what could be done in the genre while building upon Spanish horror wave that began with his own The Devil's Backbone »

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Fernando Cortizo's O Apostolo Being Readied for 2011

25 October 2010 3:25 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

O Apóstolo isn't only the latest animated offering from Spain, but it reflects upon Spain's rich history in film animation. For some, the more recent “Planet 51” was considered a major landmark due to the budget size, overseas box office, and the huge technical advances it made in rapport to previous films in the genre, but the latest animated offering, which was set to have its world premiere at Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival but has since shifted plans, is a bigger, more detailed, stereoscopic 3D item that is poised to become a benchmark in the animation field. Directed by newcomer Fernando Cortizo, O Apóstolo is unlike previous films in the genre since it's one of the first animated films in Spain in which the target audience is for mature audiences. The story and the mood are closely inspired by the likes of Tim Burton's “The Corpse Bride”, though here, »

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'Orphanage' Helmer J.A. Bayona To CAA

25 October 2010 9:23 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Juan Antonio Bayona, who made his directing debut with the Spanish language pic The Orphanage, has signed with CAA. He'd been repped by Wme. Bayona starts production today on his first English language film, The Impossible, a drama that stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor. It's based on a true story set in Thailand during the devastating 2004 tsunami. Sergio G. Sanchez wrote the script, which was set up as a co-production between Apaches Entertainment and Telecino Cinema, with Summit Entertainment distributing in the U.S. The depiction of a tsunami is a major plot point in Clint Eastwood's Hereafter, and it was a visually stunning sequence. New Line, by the way, is developing a remake of Bayona's The Orphanage. »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Sitges Animated Gem: Fernando Cortizo's O Apostolo

25 October 2010 7:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

O Apóstolo isn't only the latest animated offering from Spain, but it reflects upon Spain's rich history in film animation. For some, the more recent “Planet 51” was considered a major landmark due to the budget size, overseas box office, and the huge technical advances it made in rapport to previous films in the genre, but the latest animated offering, which just received its world premiere at Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival is a bigger, more detailed, and a true gem in the field.  Directed by newcomer Fernando Cortizo, O Apóstolo is unlike previous films in the genre since it's one of the first animated films in Spain in which the target audience is for mature audiences. The story and the mood are closely inspired by the likes of Tim Burton's “The Corpse Bride”, though here, we get the folklore, traditions and history of the north of Spain. The »

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See the Opening of Julia's Eyes

22 October 2010 1:17 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Can't wait to see the latest fright flick from producer Guillermo del Toro, Julia's Eyes (Los ojos de Julia)? Well then get ready to get hung up over the film's opening scene!

Julia's Eyes is directed by Guillem Morales, who co-write the screenplay along with Oriol Paulo. It is produced by Rodar's Joaquin Padro and Mar Targarona and co-financed by Focus Features Intl. Belen Rueda (The Orphanage) and Lluis Homar (Broken Embraces) are starring in the film, which tells the story of a woman slowly going blind as she investigates the mysterious death of her twin sister.

The film is shot from Julia's Pov, so the scare tactics will include panic attacks as her sight fails. Says [producer] Padro, "The thriller's an excuse to talk about a woman who overcomes her limitations; it's a journey of self-discovery."

Check out the opening below courtesy of Abando Moviez, and look for more soon. »

- Uncle Creepy

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Atmosphere Oozes From The First Trailer For Fouad Benhammou's Village Of Shadows

8 October 2010 1:04 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Fouad Benhammou may have just outdone Juan Antonio Bayona at his own game. When Bayona burst on to the international scene with The Orphanage it wasn't the originality of his premise that attracted attention - the film was, at its core, a very standard haunted house story - but the atmosphere he layered into it.

Similarly, the first trailer has just arrived for Benhammou's Village Of Shadows (Le Village Des Ombres) and while the premise is familiar - a group of young people stumbles into a perplexing village - this one is all about the execution. And the execution is fantastic. The cinematography and sound design is impressive in the extreme and clearly this is a film to look out for. Check it out below.

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Multiple Personality Disorder report

7 October 2010 1:17 PM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

The director of To Kill A Killer is auditioning for and is close to a full cast for his next film, tentatively titled "Frankenstein: The Day of the Beast". The titular doctor hires a group of mercenaries to protect him from the film's more feral Monster, giving the flick a more Predator-esque angle. Click through for the film's official Facebook page: Frankenstein 2011.

In an interview with The Independent, director Ridley Scott revealed possible details a two-part 3D prequel to the original "Alien" that focuses on the origins of the infamous xenomorphs, 30 years prior to the first flick. Lost scribe Damon Lindelof is reworking a script Ridley described as being about "...gods and engineers. Engineers of space."

The Deadline reports on meetings between a pool of possible directors for their upcoming adaptation of Suzanne Collins bestseller Hunger Games. David Slade (Twilight: Eclipse), Gary Ross (Pleasantville) and Sam Mendes (Revolutionary Road) are »

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First Words On 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark' Pops Out

1 October 2010 6:28 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" is making it's way into theaters early next year, but all we've seen is the trailer. Yes, it's not due out until January, but we all wish we could see or hear more about the Troy Nixey/Guillermo del Toro film. That's where the lucky writer at Hero Complex comes in. They were able to watch the finished product and it's nothing but praise from here. Go on and read a bit more on what he has to say.Just as Del Toro served as a creative mentor to Juan Antonio Bayona with “The Orphanage,” the “Pan’s Labyrinth” visionary has helped to separate Nixey’s debut feature from the horror pack. While there are plenty of jump-out-of-your-seat moments, “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” is distinguished by its restraint and creative use of sound. We’ve all seen countless fright flicks where creaking floors create suspense, »

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"Kidnapped," Reviewed

30 September 2010 6:05 AM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

Reviewed at Fantastic Fest 2010.

A hallmark of Spanish horror in recent years has been the long take, something that's been perfected by the disciples of Guillermo del Toro like "The Orphanage"'s Juan Antonio Bayona and "Julia's Eyes"'s Guillem Morales and the filmmakers behind shockers like "[Rec]." Of course, slow burns have always been part of the genre, but the lack of cutaways feel particularly disconcerting to an increasing Add generation and have been used to convey a reality to the terrifying creep of zombies, ghosts and other monsters of the night. Strangely, the trend towards unflinching takes has largely ignored the horror potential of actual reality, something that writer/director Miguel Ángel Vivas appears to be well aware in his arresting sophomore feature.

I wasn't counting, but I'd be surprised to learn if there were more than 50 cuts in "Kidnapped," Vivas' 86-minute endurance test about the home invasion of »

- Stephen Saito

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Toronto International Film Festival 2010 Round-Up

28 September 2010 9:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Tiff 2010 featured the Festival’s excellently eclectic mix of commercial and independent English language films, and a broad swathe of international cinema; the festival screened around 300 films over its 11 days (the 11th being a new addition this year to meet ticket demand, which was seemingly justified as the two films I saw on the last day were packed).

Tiff really is a festival for film gourmands, and while it is an important tool of the industry (second only to Cannes and ahead of Venice and Berlin), it is first and foremost a public festival. Queues and waits in them are long, but the infectious excitement of thousands of enthusiasts gorging themselves on cinema somehow overcomes the boredom of waiting around, at least for the most part.

Toronto has deep Anglo roots, and its residents share the trepidation of speaking to strangers in public that is characteristic of Londoners, but the »

- Ian Gilchrist

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Guillermo del Toro to Produce ‘Midnight Delivery’

25 September 2010 12:34 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Like J.J. Abrams, Guillermo del Toro is all about creative fertilization. He's quite selective about the films he plans to direct, but if he sees potential in a project that a budding filmmaker is trying to get off the ground, he will do all he can to make that project a reality. This was true of The Orphanage, it was true of Splice, and odds are, it's true of Midnight Delivery as well. Del Toro will be teaming up with Universal Pictures to develop the film, which is about a man who becomes a drug mule to save his son’s life. Learn more after the break. Pajiba says del Toro and Gary Ungar (Gothika) will be producing the film, from a script by Neil Cross (of the British series Luther, starring Idris Elba). Cross was also a writer on Mi-5, another British show. That brief plot outline doesn't tell »

- Adam Quigley

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Del Toro Comes At "Midnight", Talks "Madness"

24 September 2010 10:09 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Universal Pictures and filmmaker Guillermo del Toro are developing the action thriller "Midnight Delivery" reports Pajiba. Neil Cross (TV's "Spooks," "Luther") has penned the script about a man who becomes a drug mule to save his son’s life.

The project marks yet another film on the list of the ever busy del Toro who is also slated to produce "The Hobbit," "Crimson Peak," "The Orphanage" remake, "The Haunted Mansion," "Drood" and more.

del Toro is also busy with his beloved H.P. Lovecraft adaptation "At the Mountains of Madness" and revealed to MTV News that his "Hellboy" star Ron Perlman has a plum role ready and waiting for him should he be able to fit it into his schedule.

"All I can tell you is if Ron Perlman is free, he will be in. I wrote a part for him. He read it and if everything falls in place, Ron Perlman »

- Garth Franklin

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Film Power 100: the full list

24 September 2010 9:08 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

You just want the raw facts? Without any fancy interactivity? You've come to the right place

• Datablog: download the full list as a spreadsheet

1) James Cameron

Director: Avatar, Titanic

2) Steven Spielberg

Director: Saving Private Ryan, Jurassic Park, Et: The Extra Terrestrial

Producer: Letters From Iwo Jima, Flags of Our Fathers

3) Leonardo DiCaprio

Actor: Inception, Shutter Island, Titanic

4) John Lasseter

Director: Toy Story, Toy Story 2

Chief creative officer: Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios

5) Brad Pitt

Actor: Inglourious Basterds, The Assassination of Jesse James by the

Coward Robert Ford

Producer: Kick-Ass, A Mighty Heart, The Departed

6) Christopher Nolan

Director: Inception, The Dark Knight

7) Scott Rudin

Producer: No Country for Old Men, The Queen, The Truman Show

8) Quentin Tarantino

Director: Inglourious Basterds, Pulp Fiction

9) George Clooney

Actor: Michael Clayton, Ocean's Eleven

Director: Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Good Night, and Good Luck

10) Ed Vaizey

Politician: Minister for culture, communications and creative »

- Peter Bradshaw, Mark Kermode

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Toronto Video Interview: Producer/Mentor Guillermo del Toro

21 September 2010 1:09 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

One of my favorite filmmakers is Guillermo del Toro, I've loved him for years, and I've been waiting talk with him for years as well. I'm sure I don't need to explain why he's so great, as most of you guys love him, too. I was offered an interview with del Toro at the Toronto Film Festival last week as he was in town in support of the Spanish horror/thriller Julia's Eyes (check out a trailer), which he produced. I decided to interview him, but wanted to focus more on his mentoring of younger filmmakers, like Guillem Morales of Julia's Eyes and Juan Antonio Bayona of The Orphanage, so my focus is that topic, but we still cover a lot. Watch my interview from Toronto with Julia's Eyes producer Guillermo del Toro: Julia's Eyes is written/directed by Guillem Morales (his interview is coming later this week) and »

- Alex Billington

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