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Victor García has made a name for himself with being the guy who takes on straight-to-dvd sequels for popular films, having directed Return To House On Haunted Hill, Mirrors 2, and the much maligned Hellraiser: Revelations. After going through those sequels, it’s no wonder that García would jump at the chance to direct something original with The Damned, a possession tale that while not being a sequel or re-imagining of something, still gives off that been there, done that vibe, but provides a decent amount of twists and turns while doing so.
Focusing on Peter Facinelli (Nurse Jackie, Can’T Hardly Wait) and Sophia Myles(Underworld)’ characters of David and Lauren, a couple a week away from getting married, and their trip to Columbia to pick up his rebellious daughter for the wedding, The Damned begins it’s film journey with a very familiar setup of a father not »
- Jerry Smith
Jessabelle is a bit of an odd experience, blending a fangless voodoo fantasy with some seriously unnerving scares about inner-demons going bump in the night. While such an imbalance might not sound completely unheard of, the seamless way Reno 911! prankster Robert Ben Garant scripts this Southern spooker manages to polish rougher edges with invasive psychological horror that’s surprisingly nightmare-worthy. Even with director Kevin Greutert’s horror experience coming from the overly-gory Saw franchise – specifically the final two splatterfests – Jessabelle remains solely story-driven thanks to atmospheric haunted house tropes, not distracting, stomach-churning gore. Isn’t it nice when horror movies respect their audience and take time to craft white-knuckle scares worthy of a few less hours of sleep, instead of Ouija-like backhanded scare tactics?
- Matt Donato
We’ve been waiting patiently to see what Evil Dead remake director Fede Alvarez is going to do next, and today the answer has come as horror’s latest hot director is re-teaming with Ghost House Pictures for A Man in the… Continue Reading →
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- Steve Barton
Watch the first trailer for Ron Howard’s action adventure In The Heart Of The Sea, based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling book about the dramatic true journey of the Essex. The film is scheduled to open on March 13, 2015 in theatres and IMAX.
In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance.
In The Heart Of The Sea reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, »
- Michelle McCue
Exclusive: Horror snapped up from Xyz after Toronto screening.
The second feature from Resolution co-directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead stars Lou Taylor Pucci (Evil Dead) as a troubled American backpacker in Italy whose romance with a local girl (Nadia Hilker) turns into an unexpected nightmare.
The horror played well in Toronto and at Fantastic Fest where it was snapped up by Drafthouse Films for the Us.
The deal was negotiated by Metrodome head of acquisitions Giles Edwards and Xyz’s Nate Bolotin.
Spring will receive its UK premiere at the London Film Festival and will be released in 2015.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
One of the films I absolutely loved at Fantastic Fest and was introduced to over the weekend was Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead's Spring. Think of it as Before Sunrise with an injection of H.P. Lovecraft. My review is coming this week, but know that today Drafthouse Films and FilmBuff announced they have acquired the film.
The post Fantastic Fest Favorite ‘Spring’ Picked Up By Drafthouse appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Exclusive: Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s Italy-set horror romance Spring has been acquired by Drafthouse Films and FilmBuff in the first sale out of this year’s Fantastic Fest. The sophomore feature from Resolution co-directors Benson and Moorhead stars Lou Taylor Pucci (Thumbsucker, Evil Dead) as a troubled American backpacker in Italy whose romance with a local girl (Nadia Hilker) turns into an unexpected nightmare when her dark, primordial secret threatens to destroy their newfound happiness.
Spring premiered earlier this month at the Toronto Film Festival before making its U.S. debut Saturday night in Austin. Reviews have been strong to the genre-blender described as Before Sunset meets H.P. Lovecraft. Drafthouse Films, the specialty distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse, closed the deal for U.S. rights after watching Spring play through the roof on home turf and with FilmBuff will release it in theaters and on VOD in »
- Jen Yamato
Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead mean business when it comes to horror. Their 2012 film Resolution broke the mould. A claustrophobic headscratcher, the tale of a man who heads to a shack to help his friend sober up before rehab, it was one of the year’s most imaginative moody scarefests. This year’s efforts include a segment in the V/H/S: Viral anthology and Italy-based horror, Spring, which now has a new trailer to ensure you never travel alone again.
The latter premiered this week under the Toronto International Film Festival’s Vanguard program, garnering favourable reviews as a result. The film follows the story of Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci). Spurned on by grief after losing his mother, a big revelation dawns on him: his whole life is going down the toilet. After receiving his last paycheck, he hightails it to Europe and winds up doing what most young people do while backpacking: partying, »
- Gem Seddon
Written by Justin Benson
Shrew’s Nest (Musarañas)
Written by Juanfer Andrés
Over the years, Tiff’s Midnight Madness programme has lost some of its grit. Once upon a time, a film as bodacious as Shrew’s Nest would have graced its lineup. Now, the Vanguard programme seems to have stepped up to take its place. While Madness highlights trendier, more easily digestible content, Vanguard takes on the more obscure. Sexy, gritty, dirty, and horrific, Vanguard’s content is far more outlandish than its older, now slightly more restrained cousin. Odd when you consider that both programmes are curated by the jovial horror fanatic Colin Geddes.
- Ariel Fisher
Evan needs to get away for awhile after his mother dies. With no set schedule or destination plan in place, he ends up on the coast of Italy, where he meets and falls in love with a beautiful woman named Louise. Their blossoming romance seems like a fairy tale, but the dark secret Louise harbors could turn their relationship into a living nightmare that’s hinted at in the first trailer for Spring.
Spring makes its world premiere at Tiff tonight. We have the film’s official synopsis and cast information below (courtesy of Tiff):
“When his ailing mother dies, Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci, of the recent Evil Dead) realizes his life isn’t going anywhere. Grabbing his last paycheque, he decides to go on the European graduation trip that he never got a chance to take. Picking a destination at random, he arrives in Italy, where he backpacks and parties with other tourists. »
- Derek Anderson
Lou Taylor Pucci (the Evil Dead remake) stars in the new movie Spring as a man who, following the death of his mother, travels to Italy and meets a beautiful young woman played by Nadia Hilker. Does the course of true love run smooth? Having seen the film’s trailer, seems safe to tick the box marked “Absolutely not.”
Watch the somewhat disturbing trailer for Spring below. »
- Clark Collis
Playing as part of the Toronto International Film Festival is Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead's (Resolution) new film Spring, and a trailer has just sprung up online. Please note any and all badly made puns on this site are the by-product of writing 30-40 news stories a day. Thanks.
Spring follows a young man in a personal tailspin as he flees Southern California to the Italian coast, where he sparks up a romance with a woman carrying a dark secret.
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- Steve Barton
A trailer has arrived for Spring, the latest film from directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. I'm very eager to check this one out at Fantastic Fest this month as I greatly enjoyed their previous effort Resolution (now on Netflix Instant).
Lou Taylor Pucci of Evil Dead and Carriers stars. He plays a man who relocates from Southern California to Italy. While there, he meets a young woman – played by Nadia Hilker – with a dark secret. Check out the trailer here, courtesy of Deadline.
- Ryan Turek
Exclusive: Co-directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead follow their Tribeca Film-released feature debut Resolution with Spring, a horror sci-fi romance that premieres September 5 in Tiff’s Vanguard program. Lou Taylor Pucci (Thumbsucker, Evil Dead) stars as a troubled American backpacker in Italy whose romance with a local girl goes from Mediterranean whirlwind to unexpected nightmare when her dark, primordial secret threatens to destroy their newfound happiness.
German actress Nadia Hilker co-stars in the tale written by Benson. He and Moorhead also helmed a segment in the upcoming horror anthology sequel V/H/S: Viral, which Magnolia will release November 21. Both V/H/S: Viral and Spring are also set to screen after Tiff at Austin’s genre-centric Fantastic Fest. Xyz Films is repping international sales in Toronto. Here’s the exclusive international trailer:
- Jen Yamato
In this current culture of major big budget cinematic events, I find myself searching for more subversive experiences. Smaller films that take bigger risks and often payoff with bigger rewards. Movies like Snowpiercer and Life After Beth come to mind. As geek culture becomes the center of the entertainment universe, independent filmmakers can make more genre-friendly small budget films capable of playing with our favorite conventions. Bang Bang Baby seems to fit that bill. A sci-fi musical rooted in the classic drive-in scary movies of the 1960′s.
A small town teenager in the 1960s believes her dreams of becoming a famous singer will come true when her rock star idol gets stranded in town. But a leak in a nearby chemical plant that is believed to be causing mass mutations threatens to turn her dream into a nightmare.
The film screens this month at the Toronto Film Festival »
- Anghus Houvouras
Bang Bang Baby, developed by Jeffrey St. Jules in the Cannes Film Festival’s Cinéfondation, is an otherworldly musical about Stepphy (Jane Levy), who is trapped in the sleepy 1960′s town of Lonely Arms taking care of her alcoholic father (Peter Stormare). Stepphy dreams of escaping to a better life on the stage and screen, and when rock star Bobby Shore’s (Justin Chatwin) car breaks down in Lonely Arms, it seems her impossible dream might actually be coming true. But when Fabian (David Reale), the town creep, tells Stepphy that the local chemical factory is leaking dangerous purple fumes that can cause human mutations, Stepphy becomes obsessed with hiding these dark secrets from Bobby until they can escape together and make all of her fantasies a reality.
- Tom Stockman
Pursuing a moviemaking career in Hollywood requires landing an agent, hustling to countless auditions and table reads, networking, and keeping your face in the mix hoping that someone will roll the dice on you. However, generating your own material is another way to not only stand out, but create the kind movie you want to be part of. And Shiloh Fernandez ("Red Riding Hood," "White Bird In A Blizzard," "Evil Dead") has done just that with "Queen Of Carthage." Co-written and co-produced by Fernandez, who takes a lead role as well, the film follows Amos who travel to New Zealand to start a new life and escape his past, only to find that some things can't be easily left behind. Keisha Castle-Hughes ("Whale Rider"), Graham Candy and Amanda Tito co-star in the movie, with Mardana M. Mayginnes (who also co-wrote the script) making her sophomore feature film behind the camera. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Ever since appearing as Gameskeeper Seneca Crane in The Hunger Games, Wes Bentley has been on a roll, taking on parts in small-scale projects like romance Hidden Moon, SXSW entry Things People Do and biopic Cesar Chavez, but expect the actor to step up his screen time in the coming months. Already this year, Bentley has shot roles in such buzzy films as Interstellar, Knight of Cups and Final Girl. Additionally, the actor has a supporting role on FX’s American Horror Story: Freak Show. Now, it’s been announced that Bentley’s next project will be We Are Your Friends, an Edm-centric drama which centers on an up-and-coming DJ.
In the film, which will mark Catfish investigator Max Joseph’s directorial debut, Zac Efron plays a troubled, aspiring DJ named Cole, who eventually finds his place in the world of electronic dance music (Edm). Bentley will portray James, described by Deadline as “a wealthy, »
- Isaac Feldberg
In this edition of Sequel Bits, people talk about movies they’re doing, movies they wish they were doing, and movies they’re probably never doing. After the jump: Helen Mirren would “love” to do Fast and the Furious Daniel Radcliffe wants a cameo in Sharknado 3 Evil Dead 2 is dead, according to star Jane Levy […]
The post Sequel Bits: ‘Bond 24′, ‘Zoolander 2′, ‘Evil Dead 2′, ‘Sharknado 3′, ‘Fast & Furious’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
The remake of the "Evil Dead" came and went last year without much of an impact. Some liked it, some hated it, most didn't really care. That blood-soaked and much darker interpretation of Sami Raimi's pulpy classic pulled in a solid $97 million worldwide - not bad for a low-budget horror film. Even so, there hasn't really been a huge demand for a sequel.
Now it looks like we won't be getting one. The film's leading star and 'final girl', Jane Levy, tells Bloody Disgusting that there are currently no plans for a follow-up:
"I don't think they're gonna make it. I mean, they're always coming up with a new thing - now I hear they're making a TV show. I was like, what? [Laughs]. I honestly don't know, but it doesn't seem like there's going to be an Evil Dead 2 anytime soon. At least, not with me in it."
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- Garth Franklin
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