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Though you may not recognize the name, Steven Hoban is the producer of some of Canada's best and most ambitious genre films including Splice, Haunter and the Ginger Snaps series. He's also the producer and director of A Christmas Horror Story, a crazy genre exercise that pits Santa against foul-mouthed zombie elves, a dysfunctional family against Krampus, high-schoolers against the ghosts of Christmas past and a family against a demon version of their own son.
A Christmas Horror Story sees release this week, October 2, and we'll have a full review of it up in the [Continued ...] »
Not the first, worst or most tasteless yuletide film frightfest by any means, “A Christmas Horror Story” offers five interwoven, variably comedic tales of terror set on Christmas Eve. None is particularly original (though there is one good final twist), but they’re all reasonably entertaining as executed by three Canadian helmers, including veteran genre producer Steven Hoban (“Splice,” the “Ginger Snaps” series), making his feature directorial bow. Even if the season to be jolly does seem to commence earlier every year, releasing this opus on Oct. 2 does feel a bit ridiculous. Still, that limited Stateside theatrical launch (simultaneous with VOD and iTunes) should prove useful in boosting rental visibility closer to the relevant holiday; the pic should also rack up healthy cable sales.
The four principal storylines all involve forms of supernatural mayhem visited upon the unwitting (but not, in Santa’s case, wholly unprepared) on the night before Christmas. »
- Dennis Harvey
It's purely a coincidence, according to the publicist, that British director Ben Wheatley wanted to meet up at the massive, towering Trump Hotel while in town for the Toronto Film Festival; given the subject of the new movie he's just unveiled here, however, that claim is highly suspect. The 43-year-old filmmaker had just premiered his adaptation of J.G. Ballard's 1975 cult novel High-Rise at the fest a few nights prior, and those lucky enough to get tickets were treated to a vicious, surreal satire about residents at a multi-story luxury »
A project that we've been tracking longer than almost any other is the adaptation of J.G. Ballard's "High Rise". Vincenzo Natali (Splice) was originally attached, but his vision of an exclusive tower on an island in the ocean never launched. Then Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers) and Tom Hiddleston came on board and everything just seemed to click.
The film just premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and the reviews are rolling in. Reactions to the film are decidedly mixed from comparisons to Snowpiercer to some outlets calling the film a "mess".
Here's what people are saying following the film's premier.
"From a cinematic standpoint, "High Rise" has much in common with last year's "Snowpiercer," which imagined a post-apocalypt [Continued ...] »
Nearly 60 international and Canadian producers will head to the Ontario Media Development Corporation’s (Omdc) annual International Financing Forum in Toronto.
The 10th anniversary edition of Omdc’s International Financing Forum (Iff), a feature co-financing market for English-language projects, will run Sept 13-14 during Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 10-20).
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The two-day event includes one-on-one meetings, an industry panel discussion, roundtable meetings, a networking luncheon, and a producers’ opening night networking reception.
Iff partners include Telefilm Canada, UK Trade and Investment (Ukti) and new sponsor Canadian Media Producers Association (Cmpa).
More than 750 meetings will be scheduled for the 37 producer teams (20 Canadian projects and 17 international projects).
In total, 56 producers have been selected to participate in the programme from countries including: Australia, Germany, India, Israel, Spain, Uganda »
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William Shatner, Krampus, and zombie elves come together in A Christmas Horror Story, a festive and frightening holiday horror anthology that makes its world premiere tonight at the 2015 Fantasia International Film Festival.
There’s trouble at the North Pole at the outset of A Christmas Horror Story. We’re introduced to a weary and bloodied Santa Claus in the reindeer stable before backtracking 12 hours and stepping into the town limits of Bailey Downs—the same place where werewolves roamed in Ginger Snaps.
It’s Christmas Eve and radio DJ Dan (William Shatner) is cozied up behind the mike at the studio, ringing in his beloved holiday with spiked eggnog and tinsel-themed tunes. Elsewhere in town, three teenagers sneak into the basement of a school where a grisly murder-by-crucifixion happened one year previously. Also out and about are two families—one that encounters mystical evil in the forest and another that runs across the vengeful Krampus. »
- Derek Anderson
"Los Angeles, July 17, 2015 - Rlj Entertainment, (Nasdaq: Rlje), under its Image Entertainment brand, has acquired all U.S. rights to the highly anticipated horror film, A Christmas Horror Story. Directed by Steven Hoban (Darknet), Grant Harvey (She Made Me Do It) and Brett Sullivan (Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed), the film stars William Shatner (Star Trek) and George Buza (X-Men). The film will premiere on July 20, 2015 at this year’s Fantasia Film Festival. Mark Ward, Rlj Entertainment’s Chief Acquisitions Officer, made the announcement today.
“A Christmas Horror Story brings a scary twist to the traditional Christmas tale,” said Ward. “With the legendary William Shatner and horribly fantastic creatures, genre fans will never see this happy holiday the same way again. »
- Jonathan James
Another Thursday, another This is Our Design. We may or may not be able to continue saying that based on future screeners and scheduling, but–really–isn’t life unpredictable in general? Wouldn’t Hannibal want you to embrace the spontaneity of suffering like the flying patterns of a sparrow? For being without this podcast is suffering. That’s what we tell ourselves, anyway…
What do co-hosts Sean Colletti and Kate Kulzick also tell themselves? Something equivalent to “Omgeuuurrrggghhh!!!” this week, because director Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice) makes a return appearance to talk about “Secondo” and the opening to this season of Hannibal that he has helped create. Discussion topics range from how we bear sorrow through stories, the effects of shooting through beveled glass and the return of yet another beloved character in Jack Crawford (and his hat). After your “Hannibal by the Numbers,” stick around until later in »
- Sean Colletti
David Hewlett has built a solid career as a performer. Weve seen him in a few serious gems including Cube Splice Haunter Rise of the Planet of the Apes and popular scifi series Stargate SG1 Stargate Atlantis and Sgu Stargate Universe. Hes extremely solid in front of the camera. Debug the third project that hes written and directed will hopefully serve as a reminder that sometimes its best to stick with what youre proven to be skilled at and avoid the call to step outside of the good old comfort zone. »
"Orphan Black" has never met a twist it didn't like. And for a show with a very twisty pedigree, the penultimate episode of season three has its fair share. In this episode there were betrayals, ultra-violence, mistaken identity, and a song thrown in for good measure. Just another week in the Clone Club. Packed between all the twists was a lot of good stuff this week. Episode director Vincenzo Natali ("Hannibal", Splice) brings a distinct style to the show. He works within the visual vocabulary already established by the previous 28 episodes, but stages the action (or doesn't stage in one notable scene) in ways that are brutal yet appealing. As Terry (Daniel Fathers) is beaten and tortured, Natali's camera is more concerned with moments that represent the brutality rather than subjecting the audience to the complete, horrifying picture. He is also able to raise the tension across multiple scenes just »
- Michael Hindle
A re-adaptation of Stephen King's "It" has been in the works for years. Just recently, it was reported that director Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre, "True Detective") dropped out. It was immediately believed that the project was dead, but New Line is now looking for his replacement. Fukunaga wasn't the first director attached to "It." In fact, before him, "Splice" helmer Vincenzo Natali was considered and even had a chance to pitch his own version of the horror story. Now that Natali is no longer attached, he decided to unveil some of the concept art of what he envisioned the clown to look like. The less professional artwork was done by him, while the others were done by artist Amro Attia. Check everything out below. Concept Art: (click to enlarge) »
Cube and Splice director Vincenzo Natali (whos recently kicked up a twitter account in which hes having a feild day with) just revealed that he had at one point in time pitched his own adaptation of It. Furthermore he seems to have a really really dark vision of the film as evidenced by the brand new concept art hes been unleashing on the masses. Natali and artist Amro Attia handle these early ideas of a new look for Pennywise and theyre as chilling as they come. »
Mads Mikkelsen in "Hannibal"Photo: Brooke Palmer / NBC The season three premiere of "Hannibal", titled "Antipasto" is exactly what you'd expect based on that title, an appetizer (albeit an explosive one), teasing you for the main meal of what is the venture into all new territory for the dark and murderous series. When we last left the story, Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) walked out his front door on a dark and rainy night, the victor (depending on how you look at it) in a bloody battle. Jack (Lawrence Fishburne) was left bleeding out in the pantry, Alana (Caroline Dhavernas) seemingly paralyzed after being pushed from Hannibal's upstairs window and a severely injured Will (Hugh Dancy) was gasping for breath, staring at the corpse of Abigail Hobbs (Kacey Rohl). And just before the season two finale came to an end we see Hannibal and Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson) aboard a plane flying to Europe. »
- Brad Brevet
Filmmaker Vincenzo Natali ("Cube," "Splice"), who has recently been helming various episodes of NBC's "Hannibal," has used social media to post some of the early concept art and pitch work that was created for some of his unmade movies. On the list includes an adaptation of Stephen King's "It," the comic "Swamp Thing," William Gibson's legendary cyberpunk novel "Neuromancer," and an entry in the "Predator" franchise. It's a hell of a collection and worth a good look.
More #TsutomuNihei art for #Neuromancer. Kaung Grade Mark Eleven penetration program. pic.twitter.com/IY4pU1lRdL
Night City from #Neuromancer pic.twitter.com/8eGmv7f9L2
#Neuromancer Design: Maelcum. My sketch and #AmroAttia's beautiful painting pic.twitter.com/S0bNXQ4DwG
#Neuromancer Design: The Sense/Net pyramid pic.twitter.com/wbyfQSTNIi
- Garth Franklin
It's got to be tough when you put tons of time and effort into a pitch or script that never takes off, but director Vincenzo Natali (Hannibal, Splice) isn't letting his prep work for Neuromancer, It, Predator or Swamp Thing go completely to waste. Even though none of the movies were made, Natali opted to share some material on Twitter.
- Perri Nemiroff
It seems it's harder than we thought to make another version of It, the classic horror film based on the beloved Stephen King novel. In the wake of True Detective's Cary Fukunaga vacating the director's chair on New Line's remake, thereby sticking it on the backburner indefinitely, some new concept art for another failed remake has hit the airwaves. Take a look at how concept artist Amro Attia would've envisioned the killer clown. Pitch Imperfect 2: #Pennywise designs from #StevenKing's #It: Good drawings by #AmroAttia, not so good ones by me pic.twitter.com/BfbG03rlkH . Vincenzo Natali (@Vincenzo_Natali) June 1, 2015 Vincenzo Natali directed Splice, "U for Utopia" in the second ABCs of Death, and seven episodes of Hannibal, and apparently he was also working on a remake of It. Based on a tweet he posted yesterday, he had a hand in creating some concept art with Attia, his »
It's always fascinating for film nerds like myself to read about projects that never actually make it onto the big screen. Whether it's concept art, aborted scripts, or screen tests, we are able to see a little bit of what's behind the curtain. You can see how studios either dodged a bullet, or in some cases, passed up on something special. Yesterday, Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice, "Hannibal") posted four pages of his "aborted" screenplay for Swamp Thing from 2010 that could have been really special. Swamp Thing is a property with a checkered past. When I was a kid, I have fond memories of the "Swamp Thing" animated TV show. It's far from award-winning animation, but it was one of my favorites. From there I sought out the live action movies from the '80s. Like the animated series, most people tend to forget they exist, or at least try to forget. »
- Charles Dean
In just over a week on Twitter, filmmaker Vincenzo Natali has quickly become a fascinating follow. While promoting his work on Hannibal, Natali has taken to sharing some of the best stuff an artist can. There are storyboards, concept art and animatics from the likes of Hannibal, Haunter, Splice, Cypher and Cube; he displays his…
- Samuel Zimmerman
Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice) just recently joined the 21st century and got a Twitter, and the director is having a lot of fun with his social media account. Natali has been sharing artwork and script pages from several of his dead/never got off the ground film projects, including his take on the William Gibson novel Neuromancer, his version of Swamp Thing, and his art pitches for new Predator and It... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
There are countless filmmakers who join Twitter just to promote their next project. So far that hasn't been the case with Vincenzo Natali. The director of Cube, Nothing, Splice, and Haunter recently joined Twitter, but he's not just drumming up promo for new episodes of Hannibal (he's a regular director on the series), he's actually sharing details on a ton of his past movies that never came to be. Natali has been attached to a handful of big projects in the decades since Cube blew people's minds, perhaps most notably an adaptation of the seminal cyberpunk book Neuromancer, but he's tried to get even more movies off the ground that most never even knew were a possibility. He's shared concept art for Predator, Stephen King's It, an...
- Peter Hall
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