17 items from 2015
Kudos to the lunatics who dreamt up Cooties, because horror movies have been taking it easy on children for too damn long. A few heroic titles have completely disregarded the unwritten genre rule that kiddies are untouchable (Feast/Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead), but most recent horror films just want to play nicely with the studio’s best interests. Thankfully, writers Leigh Whannell and Ian Brennan couldn’t care less about horror’s apparent child safety regulation, and neither do directors Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion. Those germ-infested, bratty, whiny little bastards finally get what’s coming to them – a swift kick in the ass and a high-velocity baseball to the cranium. Pro tip: watch Cooties immediately after viewing Goodnight Mommy and your fears will immediately be calmed by sweet, deep-fried vengeance.
Elijah Wood leads a stellar cast of summer school teachers who find themselves locked inside their classrooms »
- Matt Donato
Soldiers of the Damned, 2015.
Directed by Mark Nuttall.
The Eastern Front, 1944. A German Army Major is ordered to escort a female scientist into a mysterious Romanian forest on fear of death for him and his men…
World War 2 horrors on film usually appear in a realistic, biographical format. Hardly surprising, with the real life horror of warfare not needing any further fantastic elements to beef up the nightmare count. However, when filmmakers do veer away from this remit, the results can be surprising and extremely entertaining – the Norwegian Dead Snow and the Swedish Iron Sky both being examples of how to bring a B-movie sensibility to the history books.
Soldiers of the Damned is a far more serious film than either of those two, but no less enjoyable for that. Taking in an occult mystery »
- Robert W Monk
What Happened to Monday? has begun production in Romania; new cast additions include Kon-Tiki’s Pal Sverre Hagen.
Willem Dafoe (The Grand Budapest Hotel) has joined Noomi Rapace and Glenn Close in sci-fi thriller What Happened to Monday?, which began principal photography at the Castel Film Studios in Bucharest on July 23 .
Tommy Wirkola (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) directs the feature, which is produced by Vendome Pictures and Raffaella Productions and fully financed by Snd, which will handle French distribution rights as well as international sales.
Set in a world where families are allowed only one child due to overpopulation, a resourceful set of seven identical sisters must avoid governmental execution and dangerous infighting while investigating the disappearance of one of their own.
Rapace - star of the original Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Prometheus - plays all seven »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
The Norwegian government is set to introduce a system of incentives for film productions, to keep local projects in the country and attract international ventures.
At a press conference today (May 29) in Oslo’s Filmens Hus, Norwegian culture minister Thorhild Widvey said the new scheme will be effective from 2016, and based on a reimbursement of costs incurred during the film’s production in Norway.
Details have yet to be decided but Widvey will invite the parties to a hearing about the proposals later this summer.
The government’s new film policy also includes a financial reinforcement of the six regional film centres, which will in the future be organised by a new department of the Norwegian Film Institute to be established in Bergen. The centres will take over promoting local venues and collaborating with incoming international companies, replacing the institute.
“Last week I was in Cannes, and watched the Competition screening of Louder than Bombs, by Norwegian »
- email@example.com (Jorn Rossing Jensen)
The previously announced project, which has been in development for some time, is produced by Vendome Pictures and Raffaella Production and fully financed by Snd, which will handle French distribution rights as well as international sales.
The partners announced on Wednesday (May 6) that the production is due to shoot in Bucharest late July.
“Working with Vendôme pictures and Raffaella productions to produce this project with us is a thrill. They have found and polished a gem of a story we are excited to bring to the screen. These producers have an amazing track record. We are thrilled to work with those two partners,” said Lionel Uzan, director of acquisitions and international sales at Snd.
It is a sixth »
The Battle of The Somme marked one of the bloodiest battles in human history wounding and killing 1,000,000 German and Allied soldiers in its wake. But…there was no winner. Now, 100 years later, a documentary team – led by filmmaker Marcus Singh (Ray Panthaki – 28 Days Later) and Emma Washington (Wendy Glenn – You’re Next) – has travelled to the site to unveil the mysteries that led to that horrendous outcome. But what they unearth is something far worse than they could have imagined – the fallen armies, risen, with an agenda to settle the score.
World War Dead: Rise of the Fallen is out to own on DVD and Blu-ray from 4th May. Buy it from Amazon.
To win a copy of World War Dead: Rise of the Fallen on DVD, just answer the following question:
Which of the following films also featured undead soldiers? Was it:
a) Dead Snow
b) Snow Day
- Phil Wheat
Fantaspoa, the largest genre cinema celebration in Latin America, revealed the (amazing) full lineup for its upcoming eleventh edition, to be celebrated in the city of Porto Alegre, Brazil from May 15 to 31. Fantaspoa's main competition, the international one, is usually massive and this year won't be the exception. More than 30 films are part of this section, including the hilarious vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows, the Norwegian Nazi zombie sequel Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead, the latest films by Adrián García Bogliano (both Late Phases and Scherzo Diabolico), and the horror comedy WolfCop. For 2015, Fantaspoa kept the Ibero-America competition - which is dominated by Argentina, Spain and Mexico - but added a special section exclusively for Brazilian productions....
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Easter isn’t exactly the most friendly holiday to us horror fans. It’s one of the only major holidays that barely has any movies themed after it. Sure, there have been movies set around Easter (Dead Snow) but none really made for the holiday. That sort of makes sense, since it’s a Christian Holiday and all, but if […] »
- Trace Thurman
Doc of the Dead, 2015.
Directed by Alexandre O. Philippe.
Apparently, this is the definitive documentary examining the rise of the zombie in modern pop culture. Hmm…
Think you know zombies? Of course you do, because no doubt you have seen Shaun of the Dead on one of its weekly showings on some made-for-twentysomethings TV channel or own one of the many DVD releases of Night of the Living Dead that likely includes a documentary or an interview with George A. Romero that covers everything you need to know about that seminal movie and the influence it has had. So what does Doc of the Dead have to offer that several dozen DVD extra features doesn’t? Not a great deal, if truth be told.
- Gary Collinson
Norway continues to churn out quality horror films. From Cold Prey (2006) to Dead Snow (2009), Norway knows how to use its wild, snowy settings to create a chilling atmosphere. The latest to come from this Scandinavian country is titled Villmark 2, or Wilderness 2, or Dark Woods 2. This feature follows the original 2003 film and near the same setting. This time several contract workers must clear an ancient sanatorium, but something malicious lingers nearby. The film stars Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Baard Owe and Mads Sjøgård Pettersen. As well, the film has been directed by Pål Øie (Hidden). The first trailer for Villmark 2 is hosted here. From the longer synopsis, a sanatorium lies deep in an isolated forest. Here, a janitor manages the building, with five more contract workers set to remove hazardous material, including asbestos. Over a 100 rooms have to be cleaned. However, something or someone lays in wait within this ancient abode. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
Out on DVD and VOD on Monday, Doc of the Dead is the most comprehensive look at the zombie sub-genre within horror. To celebrate its release, Luke Owen sat down with director Alexandre O. Philippe to talk about the documentary, his thoughts on the genre and what’s the worst zombie movie he’s ever seen…
Lo: The film got a great reception at last year’s Film4 FrightFest (read our review here), how has the reception to the movie been for you?
Aop: It’s been great you know. We premiered at SXSW back in March and I’ve been pretty much traveling the world ever since! It’s been pretty non-stop. And the response has been great across the board and it’s been great to share it with fans and audiences around the world. »
- Luke Owen
Netflix Horrors is a regular column in which Shock Till You Drop alerts you to the latest genre titles to hit the VOD service. For our archive of titles, head right here. Happy Valentine’s Day! At least three titles here are particularly (in)appropriate. Enjoy! Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead — I hated hard on Dead…
The post Netflix Horrors: The Latest Titles Added to Instant — February 14th, 2015 appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
What will February bring to Netflix? "House of Cards" returns for its much awaited third season, but not until Feb. 27. If you can't wait for your Kevin Spacey fix until then, "Now: In the Wings on a World Stage" (2014), a documentary of Spacey starring in a production of Shakespeare's "Richard III," is available on Feb. 1.
And the 2004 "King Arthur," starring Clive Owen and Keira Knightley, isn't exactly Shakespearean, but look at how many great actors -- like Mads Mikkelsen, Ioan Gruffudd, Hugh Dancy and Joel Edgerton -- have gone on to much bigger things.
You can also stream "Joe," one of Nicolas Cage's best films in recent years; the overlooked indie "The Brothers Bloom" with Mark Ruffalo, Adrien Brody and Rachel Weisz; and the barely-in-theaters thriller "The Two Faces of January," starring Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst.
Here's a much larger rundown of what's new on Netflix in February 2015, provided by Netflix. »
- Sharon Knolle
February is nearly upon us and with it brings some exciting additions to Netflix's streaming lineup. Among the movies and TV shows set to stream on Netflix in February are RoboCop, Scary Movie 5 and Spartacus.. EW posted the list of movies and TV shows joining Netflix's streaming lineup over the course of February. Check it out below... February 1 Bleach the Movie: Hell Verse Dark Ride Departures (Season 12) Gimme Shelter Gucci: The Director Hot Pursuit Houseboat Into the Blue 2: The Reef Joe King Arthur Magic City (Seasons 1-2) M*A*S*H (Seasons 1-5) Naruto Shippuden: The Movie Now: In the Wings on a World Stage Proof Spartacus (Complete series) The Brothers Bloom We Could Be Kings We.re No Angels Zapped February 5-12 The Little Rascals Save the Day (February 5) Danger 5 (February 6) Ever After High: Spring Unsprung (February 6) Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead (February 7) Elsa & Fred »
Netflix has just released their lists of what films and TV shows we will see added in February…and what films and TV shows will vanish.
First, the good news: quite a few classic and popular TV shows are making the grade on the streaming service, including the first five seasons of Mash, Hawaii 5-0, and the new season of House of Cards. New additions to the film list include RoboCop, The Brothers Bloom, and Gimme Shelter. While there’s not a lot of quality stuff on offer, there are at least a few new films and TV shows that we can enjoy on the Netflix streaming service.
Now for the bad news: quite a number of favorites are going to vanish from Netflix come February 1. Among these are several James Bond films, Zodiac, Jane Eyre, and Dredd. The TV shows fare even worse, with tons of BBC shows expiring, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
We’re back! CES, Dead Snow 2, 4Ktv, and more.are on the table this week. I’d say this show’s definitely worth the price of admission (it’s free). As always, you can find us on iTunes, SoundCloud, or YouTube. Leave a comment below, head to our Facebook page, or hit us up on Twitter, and let us know your thoughts »
- Don Allen
Yeah, yeah… we’ve been raving about it constantly lately. But even if you’re tired of hearing about the awesomeness that is Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (review), you’re gonna want to watch this Exclusive clip from the film, which… Continue Reading →
The post Exclusive Dead Snow 2 Clip Is Not for the Easily Offended appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Gareth Jones
17 items from 2015
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