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Dan’s Top 10 Films of 2012

31 December 2012 7:25 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

As 2012 draws to a close, here’s yet another top 10 list for you to have a read through.

One of my goals for 2012 was to try to go outside of the genre’s I’d usually frequent and expand my horizons. As you’ll see from the list, that wasn’t terribly successful. While you’ll see things like Beasts of the Southern Wild, Amour, The Master, and Moonrise Kingdom on other lists, you’ll not find them here because I haven’t seen them.

There are also films that I can’t include here because they don’t count as 2012 releases: American Mary, Maniac, and Sleep Tight are three of the best films I’ve seen this year, but they’ll have to wait for inclusion next time.

10) Shame

Shame is not a fun film to watch. It’s a bleak, depressing look at one man’s sex addiction »

- Dan

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20 Best Horror Films of 2012

8 December 2012 9:06 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It’s no big secret I love horror films, but 2012 hasn’t been a great year. In my top ten, three films carry over from 2011, two won’t be released until 2013, two are animated and another isn’t much of a horror film. With that said, 2012 gave us Berberian Sound Studio and Cabin In The Woods, and for that, I am forever grateful. Here is a list of the 21 horror films from 2012 I liked best.

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#1: Berberian Sound Studio

Directed by Peter Strickland

Written by Peter Strickland

UK, 2012

Berberian Sound Studio reminds us of the power of sound over the visual image, and can surely join the ranks of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation and Brian DePalma’s Blow Out as an absorbing appreciation of sound design. But both thematically and visually, Berberian is more of a descendant of the school of David Lynch and Roman Polanski. As things get increasingly, »

- Ricky

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Grab Your Camcorders, Boys, it’s the First Teaser Trailer for Rec 4: Apocalypse

30 November 2012 9:33 AM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Don’t get too excited, though. From what I can tell, all the footage is from the first movie, save for that final few seconds of the female reporter on the floor. That’s new, I think, though I could be wrong. “Rec 4: Apocalypse” is being directed by Jaume Balaguero, who split time on the first two movies with Paco Plaza. The duo decided to split up the last two “Rec” installments, with Plaza helming the oddly campy “Rec 3: Genesis”, while Balaguero concentrated on part 4. Extrapolating a bit here, it looks like Balaguero’s installment may be more faithful to the franchise canon and follows up on what happened to the survivors of the apartment complex, including the reporter. Again, I could be wrong, it’s been a while since I saw the first “Rec”, and honestly, I wasn’t really paying all that much attention. Plus, I »

- Nix

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Rec 4: Apocalypse Releases First Details, Teaser, And Poster

29 November 2012 9:23 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The Rec franchise is very dear to my heart as both a horror lover and zombie fan, starting out in such obvious genre territories, but advancing the story film by film with a rich, submersive, and overall intriguing religious backstory that defies normal horror conventions. Hell, I even took a liking to Rec 3: Genesis, finding my review here, even though many fans were up in arms over the obviously jokey tone Paco Plaza decided to utilize.

So whether you enjoyed the wedding day blues of Koldo and Clara or were an outspoken hater of Rec 3: Genesis, we finally have good news to report on Jaume Balaguero’s singular directorial effort and fourth film in the franchise, Rec 4: Apocalypse.

Thanks to Bloody Disgusting, we have the first official teaser trailer, first official poster, and a plot synopsis that gives some direction of where the film is going. First off, »

- Matt Donato

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Horror Flick "Rec 3" Serves Up Gory, Silly Fun

28 November 2012 9:50 AM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

I’ve not seen any of the other Rec films, however; after viewing Rec 3: Genesis, I’m chomping at the bit to do so. While this particular entry doesn’t seem directly connected to the other films (at first glance), the film works on its own as a manic gore-fest that’s entirely too enjoyable. I don’t particular like the gore, either, unless done by an expert, however; director Paco Plaza is a name I’d love to see more of in horror cinema.

Plaza displays an almost Alexandre Aja-level of gore, without being as vacuous as silly as Aja often is. Plaza’s material here is a tad absurd, however; the setting of a somewhat secluded wedding is a neat idea. Who hasn’t been to a wedding and wanted to see everyone get their bloody comeuppance? None of you? Really? Alright, just me, I guess. »

- Robert Ottone

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Win Rec 3: Genesis On DVD

16 November 2012 9:36 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Horror fans are cordially invited to witness a day of unholy matrimony in the terrifying new thriller Rec 3: Genesis, available now from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The next chapter in the heart-stopping Rec series follows one young couple.s big day as it turns into one big nightmare when a viral outbreak transforms their wedding guests into blood-thirsty zombies. Paco Plaza, writer and director of the original Rec, which inspired the hit movie Quarantine, returns to stage more blood-curdling suspense and shocking moments in this high-octane fright fest. The film stars Javier Botet (original Rec and Rec 2), Leticia Dolera (Imagining Argentina, Man Push Cart) and Diego Martin (TV.s .Doctor Mateo,. I Want You). Now, movie fans can now catch the latest .recorded. tale of real-world technology capturing otherworldly horror when Rec 3: Genesis breaks out on DVD.

Bonus features on the disc include twelve deleted scenes along with a blooper reel. »

- Movie Geeks

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Alberto Marini to Direct for the First Time in Horror Thriller Summer Camp: A Preview

8 November 2012 9:02 AM, PST | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Tagline: "Ready for some Fun?" Alberto Marini has been with production company Filmax International for 12 years. In this time, Marini has worked on titles such as Rec and Rec [2] as producer. His horrorfying script for Sleep Tight has won awards. Now, Marini will direct for the first time in the thriller Summer Camp. Summer Camp is a horror film that brings counselors together with a spreading infection. Now, campfires and s'mores are replaced by screams and death. And, survivors cannot tell who is infected. The first graphic for Summer Camp has been released. The movie poster teases at the bloodshed within. Production for Summer Camp will begin in 2013. Director: Alberto Marini. Writers: Alberto Marini and Danielle Schleif. Exec. producers: Jaume Balaguero, Carlos Fernandez, Adrià Mones, and Belen Sanchez. Source: Summer Camp at Filmax Int.  |  |  Advertise Here - Contact me Michael Allen at 28Dla Subscribe to 28 Days...

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- noreply@blogger.com (Michael Allen)

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News Shorts: November 5th 2012

5 November 2012 5:44 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

A clearer photo of Ben Kingsley's The Mandarin in Iron Man 3, Don Johnson and Walton Goggins in Django Unchained, Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Belle, Val Kilmer on the set of Terrence Malick's Next, and Hugh Jackman taking on some ninjas in The Wolverine.

Posters for The Company You Keep, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lay the Favorite, a motion poster for Texas Chainsaw 3D, and early artwork for The Woman in Black: Angel of Death and Neuromancer.

The "Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn" live-action web series is now complete and runs 1.5 hours. Watch the full show on Youtube

The first audio track from "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" has gone online and ties in with Sylvester McCoy's Radagast the Brown character.

Recent release date changes - Vince Vaughn comedy "The Delivery Man" opens April 4th 2013, the Ethan Hawke thriller "Getaway" hits August 30th 2013, the untitled sequel »

- Garth Franklin

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The 2000′s: A Vital Decade in Horror Cinema

3 November 2012 10:48 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Many film websites published “decade’s best horror films” lists in late 2009/early 2010. While these lists collectively provided a rough snapshot of the genre’s ups and downs during that time, with more time to reflect, it becomes increasingly clear what an important period the 2000’s were for the horror genre on a global scale.

Not only did this decade easily and obviously eclipse the comparatively arid 1990’s in both volume of production and overall quality, the 2000’s can also be looked at as a crucial one for horror cinema despite the justified outrage about the American film industry’s widespread strip-mining of classics and foreign films for remakes/re-boots and its saturation of the market with teen-friendly PG-13 rated horror films.

While by no means as groundbreaking as the 1970’s or as sentimentally regarded as the 1980’s, the 2000’s will be recalled as the decade that, despite well-founded criticisms »

- Terek Puckett

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Sleep Tight | Review

26 October 2012 8:45 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Bed Bugs Bite: Balaguero’s Latest a Creepy Premise with Dubious Motives

Sleep Tight Jaume Balageuro, leaving behind the Rec franchise (which his co-director, Paco Plaza, would have also been wise to do) revisits the dangerous social aspects of the apartment complex with his latest thriller, Sleep Tight, a character study that insistently proclaims that misery not only loves company, it’ll kill for it. What begins as an incredibly creepy premise unfortunately dips one too many times in the ludicrous pot by the unsurprising finale and annoyingly equates innate positivity with lack of common sense. With a lack of clarity concerning many of its supporting characters, written solely as devices to further moments in the soggy narrative, Balaguero’s film coasts along mostly on one convincingly menacing performer.

Cesar (Luis Tosar) is a disturbingly unhappy man that works as a front desk clerk in a fancy Barcelona apartment building. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Review: Sleep Tight

26 October 2012 7:37 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

This review originally ran in 2011 and is being re-posted for the October 26, 2012 U.S. release.

When he was flying solo, Jaume Balaguero's career was synonymous with mediocrity. But this Spanish genre filmmaker's oeuvre strengthened when he partnered with colleague Paco Plaza for the Rec films. With the first two entries in that horror series, the pair's combined ferocious sensibilities kicked international horror fare in the ass. After Rec 2, however, Balaguero opted to venture out on his own again. And he had a lot to prove. Would he slip back into the muddled, languid storytelling that plagued previous efforts like Darkness or Fragile? The answer is a resounding "no." His latest effort, Sleep Tight, is a top-notch, disturbing thriller demonstrating the work of a maturing director who has learned from past mistakes. Balaguero mines familiar territory, yet his film still manages to work its way under your skin thanks to a script by Alberto Marini. »

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Toronto After Dark: “[Rec] 3 Genesis” (2012)

23 October 2012 10:32 AM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

It is a bold movie to throw out something that has been built over two beloved films. But Rec 3 director Paco Plaza is nothing if not bold. Occurring in tandem with the storyline of the first two films (two of the best films to come out of the found footage genre) Rec 3 takes place at the lavish wedding of Clara (Leticia Dolera) and Koldo (Diego Martin). They are surrounded by their loved ones who love them so much that they’ll show up even if a dog that appears to be dead bites them (a subtle, yet appreciate nod to the first film). As the inevitable zombie/demon outbreak occurs, Clara and Koldo are separated and spend the rest of the film making their way back to one another. »

- FM Overlord

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DVD Release: [Rec]³: Genesis

19 October 2012 3:50 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 6, 2012

Price: DVD $22.99

Studio: Sony

Leticia Dolera goes to town on a zombie horde in [REC³: Genesis.

[Rec]³: Genesis is the third entry in the zombie-and-gore-filled Spanish-language Rec horror film series.

 

The 2012 film begins with a young couple’s wedding day—a celebration that doesn’t quite go as planned. Koldo (Diego Martin) and Clara’s (Leticia Dolera) big day appears to be running smoothly, and the bride, the groom and their families are enjoying a wonderful day in the countryside… until some of the guests start showing signs of a strange illness. Before they know what’s happening, Koldo and Clara find themselves in the middle of a hellish ordeal, as an uncontrollable torrent of violence is unleashed on the wedding. Maybe they should have eloped…

Paco Plaza, writer and director of the original 2007 Rec, which inspired the movie Quarantine, returns to the director’s chair to »

- Laurence

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Here's the Title Treatment for Rec 4: Apocalypse

11 October 2012 9:25 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

While we wait for that Rec 4: Apocalypse teaser that premiered at Sitges to hit the web (right now, there are a ton of fan-made trailers), the official Facebook page for the series has uploaded the title treatment for the film.  You can check it out inside.  

Jaume Balaguero is returning to direct; Paco Plaza helmed the last entry, Rec 3: Genesis.  When we spoke to Plaza earlier this year, he told us the fourth entry will begin shooting late 2012/early 2013.

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Sitges Will Be Home to the First Look at Rec 4: Apocalypse

4 October 2012 1:33 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

It's gonna be a fun time for [Rec] fans at this year's Sitges Film Festival because that's where they will be getting their look at the first teaser trailer for [Rec] 4 Apocalypse, the final installment of the franchise directed by series co-creator Jaume Balaguero.

The International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia will host the exclusive premiere of the teaser, which can be seen on the night of Friday, October 5, at 1 am in the auditorium of the Hotel Melia.

[Rec] 4 Apocalypse, produced by Julio Fernandez for Filmax, begins shooting early next year.

“Angela Vidal, the young television reporter who entered the building with the fireman, manages to make it out alive. But what the soldiers don’t know is that she carries the seed of the strange infection. She is to be taken to a provisional quarantine facility, a high-security installation where she will have to stay in isolation for several days. An old oil tanker, »

- Uncle Creepy

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Rec 4: Apocalypse Teaser Trailer is Coming!

4 October 2012 8:33 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Sitges, the international fantastic film festival of Catalonia, will host the exclusive premiere of the teaser of Rec 4: Apocalypse, the fourth and final installment of the series which will be directed by Jaume Balagueró

For those attending, the teaser can be seen Friday, October 5th at 1am in the Auditorium of the Hotel Melia.  The sequel is expected to begin shooting early next year.

Hopefully, we'll see the teaser hit the web shortly after its debut at the fest.  Keep checking ShockTillYouDrop.com for updates.

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Exclusive: Rec 3: Genesis Hitting DVD November 6th!

17 September 2012 12:06 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

One of the most polarizing films of the year is without question the third entry into the storied [Rec] franchise, [Rec] 3: Genesis (review here). Some love it, some hate it. Now you can form your own opinion as the film is ready to tackle home video.

From the Press Release

Horror fans are cordially invited to witness a day of unholy matrimony in the terrifying new thriller Rec 3: Genesis, available November 6th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The next chapter in the heart-stopping Rec series follows one young couple’s big day as it turns into one big nightmare when a viral outbreak transforms their wedding guests into blood-thirsty zombies. Paco Plaza, writer and director of the original Rec, which inspired the hit movie Quarantine, returns to stage more blood-curdling suspense and shocking moments in this high-octane fright fest. The film stars Javier Botet (original Rec and Rec 2), Leticia Dolera (Imagining Argentina, »

- Uncle Creepy

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Fox’s Spanish-u.S. Series, Kubrick Restoration, Dinard Festival

12 September 2012 11:29 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Fox Developing Thriller With Paco Plaza For Spain, U.S. TV Fox Television Studios has entered into a development deal with acclaimed Spanish writer-director Paco Plaza for the series Hamelin, a one-hour horror/thriller to air in Spain. Concurrently, Plaza will work with Fox to adapt the project in English for the U.S. market. Hamelin, inspired by the tale of the Pied Piper, follows a team of FBI agents trying to solve the disappearance of five children in a small town. In the process detectives uncover a terrifying series of supernatural threats. Plaza is perhaps best known for writing and directing one of the most successful global horror movie franchises: Rec and REC2. The Plaza-directed prequel Rec: Genesis screened earlier this year at South By Southwest. Kubrick’s Rarely Seen First Film Restored For Home Video Blu-ray and DVD editions of a restored version of Stanley Kubrick’s »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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[Rec] 3 Genesis Movie Review

8 September 2012 8:35 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: [Rec] 3 Genesis Directed By: Paco Plaza Starring: Leticia Dolera, Diego Martín, Àlex Monner, Emilio Mencheta, Ismael Martínez, Claire Baschet I’m all for trying something new, but when you’ve got a film franchise like “Rec,” certain expectations must be met. Perhaps his fictional virus finally got to him because the fact that writer-director Paco Plaza thinks he can suddenly do away with found footage and horror in the third installment is downright bizarre. It’s Clara and Koldo’s (Leticia Dolera and Diego Martín) big day and their family and friends have all come out to see them get married. All is well until Uncle Victor (Emilio Mencheta) starts feeling under  [ Read More ] »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Win: [Rec] Genesis on DVD

5 September 2012 4:17 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Paco Plaza, co-writer and co-director (with Jaume Belaguero) of the first two movies, goes it alone for this outing and breathes new life into the proceedings by bravely and totally unexpectedly giving the series a whole new spin. Closer in tone to “Shaun Of The Dead”, “Army Of Darkness” and “Braindead” that to its more sombre predecessors, it also introduces some truly iconic images, not least of which is the one of the movie’s bloodied heroine dressed in her revealingly torn bridal gown and wielding a chainsaw.

Genesis (eOne) is available on DVD and Blu-ray now! To celebrate the release, we have DVD copies up for grabs!

For your chance to win, first like us on Facebook… Already a fan? You can skip this part.

… and then email contest@whatculture.com with the e-mail header Rec Genesis. Make sure you leave your full name and address and that you »

- Matt Holmes

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