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In an odd turn of events, this list has a number of films that don’t have English-language titles. They just go by whatever the original title was. Good for us. What we do see in this portion of the list is a few movies that weren’t really created specifically to be horror films, but their themes and visuals made it so. In addition, we have some heavyweights of non-horror cinema creating horror films that push the genre all the more upward. “Thinking man horror,” if you will.
20. Le locataire (1976)
English Language Title: The Tenant
Directed by: Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski has made one of the greatest horror “trilogies” of all time with 1965′s British production Repulsion, 1968′s American production Rosemary’s Baby, and 1976′s French production The Tenant, completing his “Apartment Trilogy.” Unlike the other two, Polanski actually stars in The Tenant as Trelkovsky, a reserved man renting an apartment in Paris. »
- Joshua Gaul
A pulsating score threateningly introduces a young man led towards a lake. The music grows more ominous as the camera moves in and out of focus finally finding the young man forcefully submerged beneath the water. This aggressive action isn’t meant for dangerous intentions, but instead portrays the Christian ceremony of baptism.
This introduction is just a piece of the relationship director Katrin Gebbe is trying to convey between unwavering religious faith and volatile nihilism. It’s a subject matter that is initially handled with keen subtlety, but progresses into distracted blatancy. Gebbe, sure footed along the way, attempts to explore an interesting aspect of religion in Nothing Bad Can Happen.
Tore (Julius Feldmeier) is in a church where members are known as the “Jesus Freaks”, a youthful group who dress in punk apparel and conduct contemporary worship services in industrial settings. This is his family; not much is »
- Monte Yazzie
The Last Exorcism director Daniel Stamm was originally enlisted by Dimension Films to direct the American remake of Pascal Laugier's outstanding French horror movie Martyrs. Although he loved the script, the movie never came to be. Why?
In a recent interview with Movies.com discussing his newest film, 13 Sins (also a remake), Stamm talked about the script he received for a Martyrs remake.
"It was spellbinding," he said. "A beautiful character study of how far you’ll go for an insane friend. One of the best scripts I’ve read, probably ever."
Stamm continued on just why, although he loved the script, the project never moved forward. "The French had done these 30 pages of just mind-numbing, repetitive violence, which is genius because it makes you feel the actual horror of that stuff, but there is no entertainment value," Stamm said of the original movie. "So the Americans come in and go, »
- Scott Hallam
Exclusive: Premonition director’s next project stars Death Note’s Erika Toda [pictured].
Geneon Entertainment and Capture The Flag Films have announced a Japan-France co-production on Premonition director Norio Tsuruta’s upcoming The Cursed Diary.
Currently in pre-production, the Japanese-language supernatural mystery is scheduled to start shooting in June in the Tokyo area. With screenplay written by Junya Kato (The Complex), the film’s budgeted at around $5m.
Erika Toda from Death Note will play the lead Reiko, a reporter who returns from Paris to Tokyo to investigate her parents’ strange brutal deaths. French model Theo Gauchet will play her successful actor boyfriend. They will be joined by Lisa Ulliel (Saint Laurent) and Mina Asakura.
Geneon (Premonition) and Capture the Flag Films (The Horde) are producing while Twins Japan is co-producing.
Films Distribution will handle »
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4 items from 2014
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