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Deals have closed with Phase 4 Films for Canada, Village Roadshow for Australia/New Zealand, Nu Metro for South Africa, Karantania for the former Yugoslavia, Cinema Prestige for Russia, Falcon Films for the Middle East, Calinos for Turkey, Pictureworks for India, Fine Films for Japan and Ram Entertainment for Malaysia.
A Us acquisition is understood to be pending. The film wrapped production in Detroit last year and tells of three couples dealing with the same reality-shaking event.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Tommy Wirkola, the Norwegian director behind Dead Snow and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, has signed with Principato Young Entertainment. The signing happened as Wirkola was coming off the Sundance premiere of Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead, the sequel to the cult Norwegian zombie horror movie Dead Snow. Go USA picked up the distribution rights to Red vs. Dead the night of the movie's premiere. Dead Snow also premiered at Sundance, in 2009, and it was that movie that got Wirkola noticed by Hollywood and led to his first studio movie, Paramount's Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, which made $225 million worldwide.
- Borys Kit
Being the horror-loving night owl that I am, I’ve been waiting for South By Southwest (SXSW) to announce their Midnighter lineup since day one. Sure, the true feature roster has plenty of titles worth getting excited over, whether you’re a Veronica Mars fan or just can’t wait to see Zac Efron play a fratty party-addict in Neighbors, but since I’ll probably be catching up on my sleep during those releases, the Midnighters are my bread and butter – and now I finally know what to expect.
Released today is the official slate of midnight movies that are sure to have genre fans buying their tickets to Texas, spanning a vast array of subgenres. Since I didn’t make it to Sundance this year, I’m a smidgen bummed that movies like Cooties and Dead Snow: Red Vs. Dead aren’t making the trip, but one Sundance »
- Matt Donato
The Tromsø International Film Festival has always pushed the boundary when it comes to open-air cinema. The only international film festival that takes place in the Arctic Circle has a Winter Cinema, an open-air cinema with sofas positioned on top of the snow in front of a large screen with picturesque hilltops on the horizon. Most of the program is made up of short films made for children that play in the dark afternoons, but this year Festival Director Martha Otto put on a late-night screening of Dead Snow to boot. It added a new challenge for the audience, to […] »
- Kaleem Aftab
Following the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, we rounded up a list of all the films that had been picked up for distribution after premiering at the festival. Now three more films have been acquired, likely for release later this year. THR reports Sony Pictures Classics has acquire Infinitely Polar Bear starring Mark Ruffalo while Gravitas Ventures and Millennium Entertainment have picked up the 80s love letter Ping Pong Summer. And finally, The Wrap reports Well Go USA, which picked up Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead, has landed themselves another bloody horror film with the intense, violent Japanese flick Killers. Here's the brief Sundance synopses of all three films from the festival: Infinitely Polar Bear (Director & Screenwriter: Maya Forbes) — A manic-depressive mess of a father tries to win back his wife by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don't make the overwhelming task any easier. »
- Ethan Anderton
In a competitive situation following Sundance, distributor Well Go USA Entertainment has picked up North American rights to the Park City at Midnight favorite ”Killers,” which was executive produced by “The Raid” director Gareth Huw Evans, TheWrap has learned. Well Go USA, which also acquired “Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead” at Sundance, plans a domestic theatrical release date for the fourth quarter of 2014. The Japanese/Indonesian co-production was directed by Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel (aka The Mo Brothers), and stars Kazuki Kitamura, Oka Antara, Rin Takanashi, Luna Maya and Ray Sahetapy. Also Read: Sundance: ‘The Raid 2′ Director Gareth Evans »
- Jeff Sneider and Lucas Shaw
Good day, buriers of all things bloated. Another week, another modern Scandinavian werewolf movie. Oh wait, Patrik Syversen. Party Animal will actually be the first of its kind, and with a script written by Dead Snow co-writer Stig Frode Henriksen also lending his talents to this one, we can expect something fun and over-the-top. But if you.re looking for more fantastical creatures, you can find some vampires in today.s feature. As well, there is a pair of violent Asians and vintage practical effects gore. Just like your last birthday party. Now blow out the candles after wishing the following story didn.t exist. Leprechaun Creator Wants To Make Vamprichaun. Seriously. No matter what your brain is thinking of at any given time, stating that Leprechaun creator Mark Jones wants to follow up his 2013 horror Scorned with a vampire spin on the Warwick Davis-starring franchise, well, it.s »
by Scarlett Redgrave, MoreHorror.com
The highly anticipated follow up to the surprise genre hit Dead Snow, Dead Snow; Red Vs. Dead, has been picked up for distribution. While screening at this years Sundance Film Festival, Well Go USA Entertainment snagged the U.S. rights to the film. Check out all the details below!
From The Press Release
In a competitive situation at Sundance, distributor Well Go USA Entertainment has picked up U.S. rights to the Park City at Midnight crowd favorite, Dead Snow; Red Vs. Dead, the sequel to the successful cult hit Dead Snow, which debuted at Sundance in 2009. The Norwegian and English-language film was written and directed by Tommy Wirkola and stars Martin Starr, Vegar Hoel, Ingrid Haas, Stig Frode Henriksen, Jocelyn DeBoer and Ørjan Gamst. Kjetil Omberg and Terje Stroemstad of Tappeluft Pictures produced the film. Xyz Films’ Nick Spicer and Todd Brown executive produced, »
At the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Indiewire teamed with Canon to celebrate Sundance filmmaking with original photography of actors, directors -- and cinematographers, without whom we'd have a festival comprised of a bunch of people sitting in dark rooms. Photographer Daniel Bergeron turned the tables on the Sundance shooters, shooting 36 of the Sundance cinematographers in a portrait studio presented by Indiewire at the Canon Craft Cocktails on Park City's Main Street. Check them out: Read More: Meet the 2014 Sundance Filmmakers #10: Tommy Wirkola Reintroduces his Maul Maverick Zombie Colonel in a Sequel to 'Dead Snow,' 'Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead' Read More: Meet the Sundance Filmmakers #31: Madeleine Olnek Introduces Hilarious Take on Prostitution and Sexuality in 'The Foxy Merkins' Read More: 5 Must See Shorts at Sundance 2014 Read More: '52 Tuesdays' Read More: Sundance Exclusive: Follow a Bodily »
- Ziyad Saadi
If you often find yourself itching to see a modern Scandinavian werewolf movie, then you're in luck because such a movie is getting ready to sink its teeth into our collective flesh. Read on for all the details about this Party Animal!
As per Variety, La-based Xyz Films has boarded the werewolf flick, which is co-penned by Dead Snow co-writer Stig Frode Henriksen. Cult Norwegian genre scribe-helmer Patrik Syversen (Hellfjord) will direct.
A horror film with action and comedic beats, Party Animal centers on a disillusioned young man who arranges a bachelor party for his best friend at a locked-down location. But he has to fight for his life when it turns out that the groom is a werewolf.
The film is currently in development.
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- John Squires
What next for Hellfjord and You Said What? director Patrik Syversen? Well, he's got a couple projects on the boil but the one we're most excited about around these parts is upcoming horror comedy Party Animal. A piece today in Variety pitches the film like this:a horror film with action and comedic beats, "Animal" turns on a disillusioned young man who arranges a bachelor party for his best friend at a locked-down location. But he has to fight for his life when it turns out that the groom is a werewolf.Dead Snow and Hellfjord co-writer Stige Frode Henriksen with Jacob Jarek (whose credits include Only God Forgives), Thor Sigurjonsson and Fredrik Pryser set to produce the pan-Scandinavian co-production, the producers being Danish, Icelandic and Norwegian, respectively.Syversen...
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Goteborg — Doing one of the things it does best — tapping into original genre talent from the four corners of the globe — L.A-based Xyz Films has boarded “Party Animal,” a werewolf pic from cult Norwegian genre scribe-helmer Patrik Syversen (“Hellfjord”), taking sales rights to what its producers bill as the first modern Scandinavian werewolf movie.
Twinning talent behind “Dead Snow,” and “Hellfjord,” seminal titles on the Nordic Noir scene, “Animal” adds to a Xyz Films slate that, for Berlin alone, features three buzzed-up Sundance titles – “The Raid 2,” “Killers,” and Sundance competition entry “Life After Beth” – plus three new acquisitions: Kevin Smith’s “Tusk,” Toa Fraser’s “The Dead Lands,” and Christopher Denham’s “Preservation.”
A horror film with action and comedic beats, “Animal” turns on a disillusioned young man who arranges a bachelor party »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
Martin Starr of Freaks and Geeks and Judd Apatow-verse fame may not be the first person that you’d think will be in your favorite horror film of 2014. And yet that could very well be the case when you experience the inspired lunacy of Tommy Wirkola’s Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead, the ballsier, brasher, better follow-up to the Nazi zombie hit Dead Snow. Starr plays the leader of a trio of undead experts known as the Zombie Squad in this Raimi-esque bit of inspired lunacy. Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, Red vs. Dead was a twisted surprise, and Starr sat down with us a few days later to talk practical effects, un-pc humor, and the joy of working with people as crazy as you are. Fearnet: What was it like seeing the film, not just really for the first time, but with an amped crowd at a midnight Sundance premiere? »
- Brian Tallerico
In case there was any doubt Scandinavian filmmakers are proving they can deliver more than crime thrillers like “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
With Spanish cinema still caught up in the economic recession storm, Scandinavia is emerging as a fresh European hotspot for director-driven genre films. Anchored by a new generation of helmers coming from short films or commercials they dare to make genres clash.
“A few years ago everyone was talking about Nordic Noir, thanks to movies like ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ or drama series like ‘Borgen.’ Now we’re seeing the ‘Nordic Twilight’ movement rising with supernatural/fantasy stories, horror thrillers that are not made in a Hollywood way,” says Rasmus Horskjær, film commissioner at the Danish Film Institute, pointing out the trend has been inspired by Tomas Alfredson’s 2008’s vampire romance “Let the Right One In.”
Adds Horskjær, “Our genre films are slower, »
- Elsa Keslassy
2014 Sundance Film Festival Coverage: El: Eric Lavallee. Nb: Nicholas Bell. Cc: Caitlin Coder. Js: Jordan M. Smith
Special Screening (1)
Nympho Vol. I – (El: ✮✮✮✮)
U.S. Dramatic Competition (16)
Camp X-Ray – (Nb: ✮✮✮)
Cold in July – (Nb: ✮✮✮ 1/2)
Dear White People – (Nb: ✮✮✮)
Fishing Without Nets – (El: ✮✮✮) + (Js: ✮✮✮) + (Nb: ✮✮✮)
God’s Pocket – (Cc: ✮✮ 1/2)
Happy Christmas – (Cc: ✮✮✮ 1/2) + (Js: ✮✮✮ 1/2) + (Nb: ✮✮ 1/2)
Hellion – (El: ✮✮) + (Jm: ✮✮✮1/2)
Infinitely Polar Bear – (El: ✮✮✮)
Jamie Marks Is Dead – (El: ✮✮✮) + (Js: ✮1/2) + (Nb: ✮✮ 1/2)
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter – (Js: ✮✮✮ 1/2)
Life After Beth – (El: ✮ 1/2) + (Nb: ✮ )
Low Down – (Cc: ✮✮✮) + (Js: ✮✮✮)
The Skeleton Twins - (Nb: ✮✮✮1/2) + (El: ✮✮✮1/2) + (Cc: ✮✮✮1/2) (Review)
The Sleepwalker – (El: ✮✮✮ 1/2) + (Js: ✮✮✮1/2) + (Cc: ✮✮✮✮) + (Nb: ✮✮✮)
Song One – (El: ✮✮) + (Js: ✮✮1/2)
Wish I Was Here – (Cc: ✮✮)
U.S. Docu Competition (16)
Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory (Js: ✮✮✮)
All the Beautiful Things
Captivated The Trials of Pamela Smart: (El: ✮✮✮)
Cesar’s Last Fast
Dinosaur 13 – (El: ✮✮) + (Js: ✮✮) (Review)
E-team (Js: ✮✮✮)
The Internet’s Own Boy: »
- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers
While dramas of drum players (Whiplash) and Somali pirates (Fishing without Nets) dominated the actual awards when it ended, the 2014 edition of the Sundance Film Festival was one of the most horror-friendly major fests in a long time. Programmers didn’t just relegate horror to the beloved Midnight slots, placing films with genre themes throughout the line-up, even in the coveted U.S. Competition and Next programs. At every turn, someone was talking about a horror film in Park City, whether it was a debut like Ana-Lily Amanpour’s vampire western A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, a festival regular like Adam Wingard with The Guest, or competition films Life After Beth, Jamie Marks is Dead, and Cold in July. And even with high-profile flicks like Cooties, What We Do in the Shadows, Killers, and Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead, the most-buzzed midnight film was a debut, Jennifer Kent’s excellent The Babadook. »
- Brian Tallerico
The instant-response nature of our media has forced a bizarre question on nearly every minute of the Sundance Film Festival — “Is it a Good year?” Journalists and festival goers talk in hushed tones about the first time they saw beloved Sundance films like “Clerks,” “Bottle Rocket,” “Winter’s Bone,” or “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and wonder if there’s anything this year to compare. Personally, I had a spectacular year.
I didn’t reach the peaks of “Before Midnight” or “Upstream Color,” two films that made my top ten for all of 2013, but I saw a dozen films that could play some role in my top 11-30 at the end of this one. After a horrible Saturday, in which I liked only one of five films and was ready to go home, I basically had few valleys from there, never dipping below a C and seeing several films that »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Sony Pictures Classics has scored North American, Germany and Scandinavian rights to Ira Sachs' "Love Is Strange". John Lithgow and Alfred Molina play a gay couple who get married, only to be forced to live apart after they lose their home.
IFC Midnight has scored U.S. and Latin American rights for Jennifer Kent's Australian indie horror tale "The Babadook". Essie Davis plays a widowed single mother who connects with her troubled son just as a shadowy monster is unleashed in their home.
A24 and DirecTV have picked up U.S. rights to Aubrey Plaza »
- Garth Franklin
There’s something unappetizing about a genre that derives its comical foundation from viscera in the most absurd, graphic, and repetitive sense. Like its predecessor, “Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead” heaps entrails and endless liters of blood onto the screen as straight-faced actors combat a Nazi zombie uprising. There are those who want nothing more, but the excesses of this sequel are resoundingly empty. But the movie naturally caters to its core audience, which delights in the fun of zombie massacres. It takes minimal nuance or storytelling craft to pull that off: Victims this time around include a woman in a wheelchair, children in a sandbox, and an elderly couple bathing and defecating in the bathroom; the finale involves the Nazi and Soviet undead engaged in a melee straight out of “Braveheart." How can you go wrong? After a brief recap of the earlier entry, narrated like a classic »
- Kyle Burton
Director Tommy Wirkola's Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead premiered last Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival, during which it was picked up for U.S. distribution by Well Go USA, and now we have the first full-length - and totally Nsfw - trailer for the comedy horror sequel, which you can check out below....
If the worst day of your life consisted of accidentally killing your girlfriend with an axe, chain-sawing your own arm off, and watching in horror as your closest friends were devoured by a zombified Nazi battalion, you'd have to assume that things couldn't get much worse. In Martin's case, that was only the beginning. Picking up immediately where the original left off, Dead Snow; Red vs. Dead wastes no time getting right to the gore-filled action, leaving a bloody trail of intestines in its wake.
As yet, there's no word on a release date »
- Gary Collinson
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