7 items from 2013
To celebrate the release of Bait on DVD and Blu-ray (2D & 3D) on April 29th, we are offering our readers the chance to win a great horror DVD bundle! The collection includes The Loved Ones, Road Train, I Saw The Devil, Silent House, Chernobyl Diaries and Cockneys Vs Zombies.
In Bait, a tsunami devastates a small Gold Coast town and leaves twelve people trapped in a flooded supermarket. Amidst the horror the group slowly realises that they may not be alone. Trapped with a hungry Great White shark, how many of them will have to die and will rescue ever come? Featuring a stellar ensemble cast including Xavier Samuel (The Twilight Saga; Eclipse), Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck) Sharni Vinson (Step Up 3D), Phoebe Tonkin (Tomorrow When the War Began), Dan Wyllie (Animal Kingdom) Alex Russell (Wasted on the Young), Martin Sacks (Underbelly), Cariba Heine (The Pacific), Damien Garvey (Daybreakers) and »
- Dan Bullock
Save Your Legs! has posted one of the worst box office opening weekend performances among Australian films released in recent times.
The comedy, distributed by Madman Entertainment, grossed $164,654 on 176 screens giving it a screen average of just $936 despite attracting generally positive reviews. It is the first major Australian film released in 2013 and stars Brendan Cowell and Stephen Curry as suburban cricketers who travel to India. In total, Save Your Legs! has grossed $188,133.
By way of comparison, a similarly wide local release, comedy Housos Vs. Authority, took $526,166 across 151 screens for a screen average of $3485 on its opening weekend last November. Bait 3D, which was lambasted for its tepid local opening (before becoming a surprise hit in China), grossed $365,187 across 283 screens last year for a screen average of $1290.
- Brendan Swift
The emotional tug-of-war between love and lust has long inspired novels and films, including Doris Lessing.s novel The Grandmothers. For its cinematic adaptation, screenwriter Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons, A Dangerous Method) and director Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel, Nathalie.) had their work cut out for them, and they appear to have cut out a bit of the story in their process. Vlicious! has the first trailer for the Australian drama, which is now titled Two Mothers, which should give you some clue as to what kind of cuts were made. Naomi Watts and Robin Wright play lifelong best friends and neighbors whose relationships with each other.s sons turns sexual. Those sons are played James Frenchville , who was quite impressive in David Michôd.s Animal Kingdom, and Xavier Samuel, whom horror fans will know from his insane performance in another Australian film, Sean Byrne.s The Loved Ones. »
Filmmaker and effects guru Justin Dix has won the backing of Us studio Fox International to make his new thriller, Declassified, and is eyeing up Australia as a potential shoot location later this year.
The deal follows the success of his debut horror-thriller Crawlspace, which had its international festival premiere at the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival in October 2012. A positive reaction there from Fox International.s head of development led to several meetings and a deal with the studio, which is currently being inked.
.They want to have a future together which is great...,. Dix said from La where he is currently holding Declassified story meetings with Fox.
He said Fox is keen to shoot the film in the Us Fall (September - November) and Sydney.s Fox Studios Australia looms as a likely location. The film would then qualify for the 40 per cent Producer Offset tax rebate.
- Brendan Swift
Talk about a really long road. News has arrived hot off the wire that Wolf Creek 2 has begun shooting and all the necessary pieces are in place to recapture the bloody magic of the sensational original film! Finally!
From the Press Release
John Jarratt once again steps out as the hauntingly sadistic Mick Taylor in Wolf Creek 2, which began principal photography last week. Shooting in South Australia, the film also stars Ryan Corr (Packed to the Rafters), Shannon Ashlyn (Puberty Blues, Devil's Dust), and Philipe Klaus (Devil's Dust, Rake).
Directed by Greg Mclean, written by Mclean and Aaron Sterns, and produced by Helen Leake (Swerve, Black and White, Heavens Burning), Greg Mclean, and Steve Topic (Crawlspace), the sequel starts production seven years after the original Wolf Creek hit screens internationally.
- Uncle Creepy
Wolf Creek 2 has started principal photography in South Australia, with John Jarratt once again stepping into the role of sadistic serial killer Mick Taylor. The sequel comes seven years after the original horror feature hit screens internationally and enjoyed great commercial success, despite mixed reviews. Directed by Greg Mclean, written by Mclean and Aaron Sterns, and produced by Helen Leake (Swerve, Black and White, Heavens Burning), Greg Mclean and Steve Topic (Crawlspace), the sequel, with the exception of Jarratt, features a brand new cast of exciting Australian talent. .It.s really exciting to work with John Jarratt once more to delve deeper into the fascinating character of Mick Taylor. We.ve assembled a phenomenal cast and crew who are all working incredibly hard to deliver an even more thrilling ride than the first movie. It.s bigger, badder and should be a wild experience for audiences all over the world., said Mclean. »
- Emily Blatchford
10 – The Loved Ones
I had the pleasure of personally screening this highly underrated Australian gem to an unsuspecting audience, and it collectively floored all of us. It received a release in it’s native country three years ago, and after playing several festivals to unanimous acclaim, Paramount swooped in and acquired it. Sadly, they dumped it this past Summer with little promotion, but if you’re a regular reader of Iof (and any other genre site for that matter!) you know The Loved Ones is totally worth your time and needs all the love it can get. It sports some of the most cringe inducing scenes of torture, and features an incredibly psychopathic performance by Robin McLeavy.
9 – The Grey
Yep, the ignorantly marketed “Neeson vs. Wolves” film The Grey is one of the most bone-chilling films’ this year. Bleak, throat-grabbing, and uncompromisingly vicious, The Grey is a horror film of the existential variety, »
- Justin Edwards
7 items from 2013
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