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The Stanley Film Festival (Sff) has just announced that Joe Dante ("Gremlins," "The Howling," "Piranha") will receive the inaugural 2014 Stanley Film Festival Master of Horror award. Mick Garris ("Sleepwalkers," "The Shinning," "The Stand," "Masters of Horror") will present the award as well as host the Horror Brunch, which he created and organized. The brunch, to take place April 27th, will be attended by the many filmmakers who will be participating in events throughout the Festival. Sff, presented by Chiller and produced by the Denver Film Festival, will be offering a lineup of panels, screenings, Dean's Cup short films, and the full cast of its audio drama series "Tales From Beyond the Pale: The Stanley Edition." Attendees include Martin Starr ("Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead"), Jocelyn DeBoer ("Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead"), Aj Bowen ("The Sacrament"), Ana Asensio and noted director and writer Larry Fessenden. Spectre Vision cofounders Elijah Wood, »
- Melina Gills
Yellow Bird, the Swedish group behind the original The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, has begun shooting on its new high-concept series Occupied, based on an original idea by Norwegian writer Jo Nesbo (Headhunters). Set in a near future, Occupied imagines a world where Russia annexes Norway to control the country's oil reserves. The occupation ignites an underground movement to drive the Russians out. Story: Canal Plus Gives Series Order to Brit Crime Drama 'Spotless' Karianne Lund is head writer on the series, which stars Henrik Mestad (Lillyhammer) and Ane Dahl Torp (Dead Snow). Erik Skoldbjaerg (Insomnia) and Charlotte
- Scott Roxborough
This rarely happens. Almost never do you look at a festival lineup and think, "I want to see (or already saw and loved) every single film that's playing." So kudos to the programming team at the Stanley Film Fest for really outdoing themselves on their sophomore fest. Filmmakers on the impressive list include such favorites as Miike Takashi, Kim Ki-duk, Ti West, Alex De La Iglesia, Nacho Vigolando, and Taika Waititi & Jemaine Clement. Titles include Dead Snow, R100, Housebound, Starry Eyes, The Babadook, and Doc of the Dead. Plus, how about retrospective screenings of Gremlins, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Eyes Wide Shut? And all of that is only half the schedule. Can you tell I'm excited? A few words about the fest and...
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Shine on, kids! The full schedule for the Stanley Film Festival, which runs at the iconic and historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Co, April 24-27, has been announced; and we have all the details you need right here. Dig it!
From the Press Release
The Stanley Film Festival (Sff), produced by the Denver Film Society and presented by NBC Universal's Chiller, announced today its Opening Night film and several special event highlights and experiences taking place at the four-day event (April 24-27, 2014).
The Stanley Film Festival celebrates the best in independent horror cinema at the hotel that inspired The Shining. The Festival will host a full slate of films, panels, competitions, and special events - all at the beautiful and historically haunted Stanley Hotel.
The Stanley Film Festival will open Thursday, April 24, with a Gala Presentation of an original documentary from EPiX, Doc of the Dead. Directed by Colorado »
- Steve Barton
The Stanley Hotel launched its first annual Stanley Film Festival last year and put together an impressive group of horror films and guests. After initially announcing Doc of the Dead as their opening film, we now have the full programming list, which includes screenings of The Sacrament, Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead, and much more:
“The Stanley Film Festival (Sff) produced by the Denver Film Society (Dfs) and presented by Chiller, announced today its full line-up and schedule. As previously announced, Doc of the Dead will open Sff. The festival, taking place April 24-27, will close with the mockumentary from Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords), What We Do In The Shadows, about a house of vampires trying to get back in touch with modern society. Throughout the four-day celebration of the best in horror cinema, Sff will showcase a full slate of features, shorts, panels, »
- Jonathan James
A movie about Nazi zombies – why am I not more excited? The Outpost franchise started some years ago with a Ray Stevenson led action thriller about German WWII bastards looking for that war defining game-changer – but this isn’t Call of Duty. Outpost was fun, don’t get me wrong, but we’re now three films into a franchise that most horror fans didn’t even know existed, and that’s the disheartening vibe our most recent film embodies. Doing nothing to expand upon the idea of shambling undead German soldiers, Outpost: Rise Of The Spetsnaz re-introduces the idea of Nazi zombies and does absolutely nothing worth noting. More tired franchise ideas and generic genre play with a dash of gooey, gory distractions – did you expect anything else?
During battle, a group of Russian Spetsnaz soldiers are taken captive by German forces looking to test their new breed of soldier. »
- Matt Donato
Stars: Bryan Larkin, Iván Kamarás, Michael McKell, Velibor Topic, Laurence Possa, Ben Lambert, Alec Utgoff, Vivien Taylor, Vince Docherty, Gareth Morrison | Written by Rae Brunton | Directed by Kieran Parker
A team of fearless Russian Spetsnaz unearth details of the shocking research being taken out by the Nazis. Before they’re able to report on this discovery, the Spetsnaz are savagely captured by the Nazis and detained at an underground facility. It’s revealed that the Nazis are scientifically developing an invincible army of undead soldiers to unleash upon the unsuspecting Allies. If the Spetsnaz are to survive this ordeal, and subsequently the war, they must fight their way through a series of gladiatorial battles with the experimental undead to escape the brutal facility before the Nazis can perfect their research and send their zombie army across Europe.
- Phil Wheat
Are you ready for the hunt? April 2 is the debut of the new Reelz show Treasure King in which larger-than-life-collector Richie Marcello and his team of experts search for Hollywood valuables. In the premiere episode, Richie and the gang look for the Dukes of Hazard General Lee, otherwise known as a 1969 Dodge Charger.
But before we see if Richie can keep his title of Treasure King, we started to think: what are the top ten best treasure hunting movies of all time? Check out our list and see if you agree.
It's Good to Be King
Premiere April 2 at 10p Et/ 9p Pt
Link | Posted 3/29/2014 by Ryan
Treasure King | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre | Dead Snow | The Goonies | Raiders of the Lost Ark | The Maltese Falcon | The Mummy | Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl | Romancing the Stone | National Treasure | Time Bandits »
- Ryan Gowland
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.
- email@example.com (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
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