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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
Good day, damners of all things disagreeable with your stomach. According to at least five websites, today is Name Your Poison Day, which is certainly the least Socrates-friendly holiday of the year. For the record, my poison is bourbon, and I.m naming it Zeppo. It.s also Best Friend Day... and my selection remains the same for that one. In mini-news, Universal.s Olivia Cooke-starring thriller Ouija is hovering ominously on an October 24, 2014 release date. Radius-twc has picked up David Robert Mitchell.s It Follows, which gained all kinds of acclaim at Cannes recently. The Strangers writer/director Bryan Bertino is writing a screenplay for VFX mastermind Rob McLellan.s serial killer robot flick Abe. And finally, The Bunnyman Massacre, the sequel to Carl Lindbergh's "loosely based on a real killer" 2011 film Bunnyman, is getting a DVD and VOD release from Midnight Releasing on August 12. Check out »
Fans of horror and sci-fi and anything mildly original, prick up your ears, because The Strangers writer-director Bryan Bertino has been officially acquired by MGM to pen the feature length adaption of Rob McLellan’s short film, Abe.
The multi-talented McLellan, who works as a director, writer and in visual effects, received a positive response to his nine-minute short, which centers on a misguided robot with an evil streak. Abe only adds to the ever-growing list as to why artificial intelligence should remain emotionless.
The beauty behind the truly terrifying project is the fact it doesn’t rely on gore to shock its audience – as is the case with many films nowadays. It seems the horror genre as of late is laden with torture porn and found-footage movies, so it’s somewhat refreshing that such conventions are steered well clear of in this instance.
If anything, Abe‘s tendency to »
- Dale Barham
About a year ago we posted an incredible short film called Abe, a creepy killer robot tale directed by British filmmaker Rob McLellan. Now word has come that the proposed feature film version has gotten itself a writer!
Deadline reports that MGM has set The Strangers writer-director Bryan Bertino to script Abe, the feature based on the chilling short film by British writer/director/VFX artist Rob McLellan. McLellan will make his feature directing debut based on the short about a robot serial killer, and Kevin Misher and Steve Tzirlin will produce it. McLellan wrote the first draft, but the intention always was to bring in a genre heavyweight, and now they’ve got one in Bertino.
If you missed it, check out the original short film below, which plays out like I, Robot meets Maniac!
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- Steve Barton
Exclusive: MGM has set The Strangers writer-director Bryan Bertino to script Abe, the feature based on the chilling short film by British writer/director/VFX artist Rob McLellan. McLellan will make his feature directing debut based on the short about a robot serial killer, and Kevin Misher and Steve Tzirlin will produce it. McLellan wrote the first draft, but the intention always was to bring in a genre heavyweight, and now they’ve got one in Bertino. When I originally broke the story about MGM acquiring the project, I noted that it is a short that sets your teeth on edge but makes you curious about where McLellan will take it from there. (Watch the film below.) Jonathan Glickman and Cassidy Lange will oversee for MGM, and Andy Berman and Kevin Chang will oversee for Misher Films, which produced Carrie for MGM and Screen Gems and is prepping a reboot of The Crow for Relativity. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Last August, MGM purchased the rights to the short film Abe which follows a robot serial killer. The short features only dialogue spoken by Abe himself as he readies his next victim, but the Rob McLellan directed film had more originality than a lot of movies that hit theaters. Since then, we haven't heard much but today comes news of a screenwriter coming in to punch up the screenplay. Bryan Bertino, writer and director of low budget horror hit The Strangers, will write a new draft of »
- Alex Maidy
He broke into the horror scene with his chilling 2008 writing and directing debut, The Strangers. With that first film, Bryan Bertino gave horror fans an unnerving home invasion thriller that would not be soon forgotten. Fans of The Strangers have been waiting years for Bertino’s sophomore effort. While his found footage film Mockingbird is completed, it has yet to be released. Thankfully, the writer/director of The Strangers has another film in the works, titled There Are Monsters, and an actress has now signed on to play the lead.
According to ScreenDaily, actress Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men and Top of the Lake) has signed on to play the lead in Bryan Bertino’s third film, There Are Monsters, which he will write and direct. Pre-production is set for this fall. As the synopsis suggests, the film’s straightforward title can be taken to heart:
“Bertino’s script follows a »
- Derek Anderson
Jennifer Beals has joined the cast of Matthew Modine's coming-of-age film "The Rocking Horsemen". The story follows five teen boys on their journey to form a rock band during the summer of 1962 and chronicles what it's like to be young when everything seems possible and music can transform one's life.
There Are Monsters
Moss plays a single mum and her terrified young daughter who are trapped and tormented by a mysterious creature. Pre-production kicks off in the Fall. [Source: Screen]
- Garth Franklin
You know the name Elisabeth Moss? You should, she’s been on the hit show Madmen for years and before that she was on The West Wing. You’ve seen her face, trust me and you’re about to see even more of it.
Ms. Moss has found herself cast in a nice new horror project titled There Are Monsters. Coming at us from The Strangers director Bryan Bertino. This one is set to roll into pre-production later … Continue reading →
- Dave Dreher
It's been several years since we've seen anything from writer/director Bryan Bertino, who burst onto the scene in 2008 with the effective home invasion flick The Strangers. Next, he continues with the home invasion theme, only this time the invading monsters aren't of the human variety.
Screen Daily reports that Bertino's next project will be a horror flick titled There Are Monsters, which he wrote and will be directing. Elisabeth Moss, best known for her role on "Mad Men," has signed on to star in the film.
Bertino’s script follows a single mom and her terrified young daughter who are trapped and tormented by a mysterious creature.
Pre-production is due to get under way in the fall of 2014.
Richard Suckle produces under his Atlas Entertainment banner alongside Adrienne Biddle of Unbroken Pictures. Sonny Mallhi, exec on The Strangers, as well as House at the End of the Street and The Roommate, »
- John Squires
There Are Monsters is heading to Cannes, with Embankment Films already discussing international sales with interested buyers.
Bryan Bertino stated:
"I love telling stories about fear - fear of the unknown and fear of the things inside us. Horror can cut through the complexities of life and force us to find something deeper within ourselves. What do we really care about in life? Fear can show us."
Elisabeth Moss has signed on for the lead role in horror flick, There Are Monsters. The Mad Men star will suffer untold terror under the direction of The Strangers‘ Bryan Bertino, based on his original script. American Hustle‘s Richard Suckle is set to produce.
Moss is slated to lead the cast in the tale of a mother and daughter who are “trapped and tormented by a mysterious creature.” Two people at the mercy of a terrifying monster? Count us in! Bertino is no stranger (ahem) to throwing poor unsuspecting sorts into sticky situations. His breakout hit The Strangers, itself a sort-of remake of French chiller Them, put the willies up cinemagoers with a fear of masks before The Purge was a one-line pitch.
As the news emerged, Bertino expanded on his love of the dark:
“I love telling stories about fear – fear of the unknown and fear of the things inside us. »
- Gem Seddon
You might not remember this, but Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss ("Peggy") dabbled in horror when she starred in an episode of Fear Itself called "Eater" (pictured) by Stuart Gordon. She's set to return to the genre with There Are Monsters, a film that will be directed by Bryan Bertino (The Strangers). News out of Cannes, courtesy of Screen Daily, says the film concerns a mother and daughter who are terrorized by a monster.
- Ryan Turek
Elisabeth Moss, star of TV dramas Mad Men and Top of the Lake, has signed on to lead the cast of writer-director Bryan Bertino’s horror There Are Monsters, which will be produced by American Hustle producer Richard Suckle and Adrienne Biddle.
Bertino’s script follows a single mum and her terrified young daughter who are trapped and tormented by a mysterious creature.
Embankment Films will handle international sales and has begun discussions with buyers heading into Cannes.
Pre-production is due to get underway in fall 2014.
Bertino said: “I love telling stories about fear - fear of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
The Leftovers is a very intriguing new drama which takes place in the wake of a global “Rapture” – which may or may not be the Biblical rapture – and focuses on the people who were left behind in a suburban community. Below is the first very impressive trailer for the series.
With a cast made up of Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Ann Dowd, Liv Tyler, Paterson Joseph, Janel Moloney and Carrie Coon, it promises to be a fascinating look at how they all deal with the ramifications of such an event if it were to take place in our world.
The Leftovers premieres in the Us on June 29th, while a UK »
- Josh Wilding
The stars of the upcoming new and original horror movie Oculus (review) gathered on the red carpet at the Chinese 6 Theater at the famous “Hollywood & Highland” corner to celebrate its premiere – and Dread Central was there!
Some folks say the poster is a little ambiguous so if you haven’t seen our junket video or read our review yet… here’s the scary skinny:
When teenage Kaylie’s younger brother, Tim, was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents, she made it her life’s mission to prove the law was wrong. She believes their deaths were at the supernatural hands of forces unleashed through an eerie antique in their home, The Lasser Glass. Tracing the provenance of the oversized mirror, adult Kaylie tracks it to an auction house, where she purchases it, and with the help of recently released Tim, she takes history’s reflections head-on. But… the »
- Staci Layne Wilson
Oculus is directed by Mike Flanagan from a script he co-wrote with Jeff Howard, based on a short film Flanagan and Jeff Seidman made in 2005. Trevor Macy (Safe House, The Strangers, The Raven) and Marc D. Evans (Safe House, The Strangers, The Raven) produced the film, and Jason Blum, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Anil Kurian, D. Scott Lumpkin, Peter Schlessel, Dale Johnson, Glenn Murray, Julie May, and Mike Ilitch, Jr., serve as executive producers.
Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed »
- Steve Barton
The April 11th theatrical release of Oculus (review) is heading at us like a shrieking reaper with a massive chip on its shoulder, and if you're in the San Diego area, we have your chance to see the movie early and on us! Read on for details!
We will be giving away tickets for a special early screening of Oculus that will be taking place next Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at the following location:
Regal Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18
10733 West View Parkway
San Diego, CA 92126
Showtime will be at 7Pm, and all are welcome to line up early as the majority of the tickets are on a first-come/first-served basis. Winners should get there by 6:30 Pm - No Later!
To enter for your chance to win, just send us an email at email@example.com including your Full Name And Mailing Address. We’ll take care of the rest.
- Steve Barton
We're a week and a half away from the April 11th theatrical release of Oculus, which breaks up the extended theatrical horror drought we've been experiencing here in the first quarter of 2014. Something to be excited about? You bet your paranormal-loving ass it is!
Stare down the face of evil with this mega-sized Oculus image gallery, loaded with supernatural chills and thrills!
Oculus is directed by Mike Flanagan from a script he co-wrote with Jeff Howard, based on a short film Flanagan and Jeff Seidman made in 2005. Trevor Macy (Safe House, The Strangers, The Raven) and Marc D. Evans (Safe House, The Strangers, The Raven) produced the film, and Jason Blum, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Anil Kurian, D. Scott Lumpkin, Peter Schlessel, Dale Johnson, Glenn Murray, »
- John Squires
In the upcoming horror movie Oculus (review), Garret Ryan is relentlessly tormented by Katee Sackhoff. Not a bad gig, right? But let me tell you… this is not the sexy Starbuck "Battlestar Galactica" Sackhoff...
...and it’s certainly not the glamour gal of magazine fashion spreads and red carpet events…
When it comes to life vs. death, Tim must take matters into his own hands. But just because crazy-mom is dead, it doesn’t mean she’s gone!
Read on to see what Garrett has to say about that and more.
Dread Central: We'd love to know all about Oculus -- who do you play, and what's the story?
Garret Ryan: I play the role of young Tim Russell. »
- Staci Layne Wilson
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