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Award-winning sci-fi film Triple Hit at Falstaff International Film Festival

19 November 2009 2:03 AM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Leamington Spa film company Entanglement Productions has won third place in the Best Film category of the Iov (Institute of Videography) awards with its sci-fi thriller Triple Hit.

The film's writer/producer/director Huw Bowen is pictured below receving the award from Iov's Chris Waterlow and former Tomorrow's World star Maggie Philbin in an Oscars-style ceremony at the Iov Annual Convention, held at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

Triple Hit was one of only five short-listed titles within the Best Film category. Judges were looking for exceptional video production standards, originality and creative flair.

The film is among the 150-plus movies being screened this week at the first Falstaff International Film Festival in Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire.

The film - previously called Schrodinger's Girl - centres on Rebecca Hunter, a disgraced scientist conducting research into alternate universes. She discovers a way to travel between realities and then finds her parallel-world counterparts have »

- David Bentley

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Sweatshop to Show as Part of Nychff

7 November 2009 8:17 AM, PST | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

A veritable feast for fans of horror and dark fantasy, this month's New York City Horror Film Festival will host more than 50 films and shorts at the Tribeca Cinemas.  The festival boasts works from F. W. Murnau and William Lustig, as well as the new film Sweatshop.  Our readers should take particular interest in Sweatshop, as two of the men behind it are Icons friends Ted Geoghegan as writer, and America's Baddest Kid John Torrani in a producer role.  Sweatshop shows on November 20, and I'll be there to cover the event for Icons.

 Come out and show your support for Sweatshop and other horror films at the Nychff, a festival dedicated exclusively to horror lovers.

Read the official press release below, which includes contact information for the Tribeca:

New York, NY – November 5, 2009 – Organizers of The 2009 New York City

Horror Film Festival (Nychff) today announced this year’s feature film

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Bill Lustig to be Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

6 November 2009 3:05 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The Nychff is taking place this November in the Big Apple, and not only are they showcasing a solid horror line-up, they're also presenting a lifetime achievement award to one of our own.

The festival’s 2009 feature film presentations are:

Must Love Death (Feature / Horror / Comedy) / Directed by Andreas Schaap

Disappointed by love and suicidal, Norman arranges to meet a group of like-minded people. But when he arrives at the meeting, the alleged suicides go very wrong, and hilarity and blood start to flow freely.

Sweatshop (Feature / Horror) / Directed by Stacy Davidson

A group of rave promoters decide to throw a party in an enormous vacant factory... But when the oversexed friends throw back a few drinks and begin setting up, they soon realize a beastly all-seeing presence resides in this enormous place, and it drags a mammoth, inhuman weapon that serves only one purpose: to end the lives of anyone who trespasses here. »

- Uncle Creepy

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New York City Horror Film Fest 2009 lineup announced

5 November 2009 4:43 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

The organizers of the New York City Horror Film Festival have announced the movies they’re presenting in the 2009 edition. The fest runs Thursday-Sunday, November 19-22 at the Tribeca Cinemas (54 Varick Street at Canal Street), with an opening-night party Wednesday the 18th at 8 p.m. at Blvd (199 Bowery near Spring Street).

The lineup of features includes:

Blood Night: The Legend Of Mary Hatchet, Frank Sabatella’s urban legend-inspired teen-terror feature co-starring Bill Moseley and Danielle Harris

• Cornered!, directed by Daniel Maze, in which a group of poker-playing buddies are trapped and slaughtered in a convenience store by a masked slasher

Maidenhead, from writer/director James Spanos, starring The House Of The Devil’s A.J. Bowen as a young man dealing with a new love and a very bad dad (Michael Parks)

Must Love Death, a black-comic shocker about a suicidal man embroiled with homicidal maniacs, shot in English »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Michael Gingold)

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NYC Horror Film Festival lineup announced, includes Maidenhead!

5 November 2009 10:40 AM, PST | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

It's time again for the NYC Horror Film Festival which runs from November 18-22 and will be held at the Tribeca Cinemas located at 54 Varick St and Canal St. What's playing you ask?

The Aj Bowen (The Signal) starrer which looks like a sweet arthouse vampire flick called Maidenhead. (trailer) This seems to have disappeared shortly after it's announcement over a year ago, so I'm glad it's getting some play!

Another gem is the weird horror comedy Must Love Death (review) which I'm still dying to see.

and much more! Check the full list after the break and head to the official website for the schedule, a list of shorts, and to buy tickets!

Cornered (Feature / Horror)

Directed by Daniel Maze

A serial killer is stalking the gritty streets of Los Angeles. It’s all over the news, but that doesn’t stop the crew at a local convenience store from their weekly poker game. »

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Screamfest La Awards Wrap-up - The Human Centipede Wins Big!

26 October 2009 3:33 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

This scribe hosted last night's ninth annual Screamfest La Award Dinner (along with my lovely co-host Jonna Jackson) at Level 3 in Hollywood, and here's a rundown of those who received awards. (I want to personally thank Screamfest La founder Rachel Belofsky for honoring me with the task - she's asked me back for next year, and we'll be pulling out all the stops for that one).

Best Student Short: Else, directed by Thibaut Emin

Best Short: Prelude to Hell, Harry Doright

Best Editing: Before the Fall, editor Nacho Ruiz Capillas

Best Special Effects: The Revenant (review), director Kerry Prior

Best Makeup: The Revenant, director Kerry Prior

Best Cinematography: Before the Fall, Dp Miguel A. Mora

Best Screenplay: Hate Night, VJ Boyd & Justin Boyd

Best Musical Score: The House of the Devil, Jeff Grace

Best Actor: Before the Fall, Victor Clavijo

Best Actress: House of the Devil, Joceline Donahue

Best Director: Before the Fall, »

- SeanD.

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2009 Screamfest Review: The Revenant

23 October 2009 2:56 AM, PDT | HugAZombie | See recent HugAZombie news »

The Revenant screened at the 2009 ScreamFest, one of only a few movies that had anything remotely to do with zombies and the undead. The Revenant is a little like fellow horror inide Grace, where when one is undead, do they have to follow "the rules" of a zombie or a vampire? Undead is undead in our book, and removing the head is still the best method of dispersal. Just saying.

Check out a sample of our review below:

 

To say that vampires are popular these days is to point out the truly obvious, with teen girls (and middle-aged women) swooning to Twilight and several vampire TV shows to choose from. With zombies going through yet another resurgence, they are often referred to in the press as "the new vampires." Writer/director/producer/editor/special and visual effects artist Kerry Prior knew this all too well, because his new movie, The Revenant, »

- (Fulci)

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CIFF 2009: The winners! And our reviews

22 October 2009 6:39 PM, PDT | blogs.suntimes.com/ebert | See recent Roger Ebert's Blog news »

Tina Mabry's "Mississippi Damned," an independent American production, won the Gold Hugo as the best film in the 2009 Chicago International Film Festival, and added Gold Plaques for best supporting actress (Jossie Thacker) and best screenplay (Mabry). It tells the harrowing story of three black children growing up in rural Mississippi in circumstances of violence and addiction. The film's trailer and an interview with Mabry are linked at the bottom.

Kylee Russell in "Mississippi Damned"

The win came over a crowed field of competitors from all over the world, many of them with much larger budgets. The other big winner at the Pump Room of the Ambassador East awards ceremony Saturday evening was by veteran master Marco Bellocchio of Italy, who won the Silver Hugo as best director for "Vincere," the story of Mussolini's younger brother. Giovanna Mezzogiorno and Filippo Timi won Silver Hugos as best actress and actor, »

- Roger Ebert

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Sitges ’09: My Sitges Story—Part 9

15 October 2009 3:10 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Sunday, October 11

Things are winding down at the 42nd edition of Spain’s Sitges international film festival (see last report here and go here for the fest’s official site), yet there are dozens more genre flicks left to see. So many movies, so little time! When Monday, October 12 rolls around, the event will have screened nearly 150 flicks. And that doesn’t count encores, dozens of shorts and the free screenings held at the town’s Brigadoon theater, where retrospectives on Eurohorror actor Jack Taylor, Vampyres director José Larraz and schlockmeister Juan Piquer Simon (Pieces, Slugs), plus Asian and Bollywood sidebars, unreel for both moviegoers and beachcombers.

My day gets off to an early 10:30 a.m. start with Solomon Kane, the new film by Britain’s Michael J. Bassett, director of Deathwatch and Wilderness. The lead character (played by Rome’s James Purefoy) is based on Conan creator Robert E. Howard »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Tony Timpone)

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Podcast #14.1: 'The Revenant' Writer/Director Kerry Prior

8 October 2009 8:00 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

In podcast #14.1, Debbie Cerda interviews writer/director Kerry Prior, whose film The Revenant played Fantastic Fest this year -- Prior won the Best Horror Director award at the fest. They talk about Kerry's Fantastic Fest experience (surprise: he liked it), challenges that he thinks The Revenant may face with distributors, deleted scenes, and some inspirations for the story. And yes, he's looking forward to the Twilight sequel, New Moon, as shown in the photo above.

Listen to podcast #14.1 now.

[Photo credit: "Kerry Prior" by Debbie Cerda] »

- Jette Kernion

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Fantastic Fest Review: The Revenant

7 October 2009 4:28 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

In the huge web of vampire and zombie flicks that are popping up out of their development graves to attack the unwitting citizens of the multiplex world, what we seem to be missing is an intimate look at the world from the eyes of someone who has just recently rejoined the land of the living. The good news is that a little film called The Revenant is coming to the rescue. The bad news is that it's not very good. Yet. Iraq War Veteran Bart (David Anders) comes home in a body bag, but he doesn't stay in the ground for long. He comes to his best friend Joey (Chris Wylde) for help and they both enter a life of finding human blood so that Bart can avoid decomposing. First of all, there is a lot wrong with this movie. The pacing is slow due to more than a few scenes that do nothing to advance the »

- Dr. Cole Abaius

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Fantastic Fest 2009: The Revenant

7 October 2009 2:35 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Revenant Directed by Kerry Prior Undead horror has had an unprecedented revival in recent years. Zombie fever has proved surprisingly resilient, and this recent vampire craze shows no signs of abating. It's easy to become cynical about the sheer amount of zombie and vampire entertainment going into production, but amidst the glut of sub-par cash-ins, some inspiringly original films have managed to find an audience. The Revenant, if there's any justice in this world, will be one of them. The film opens at our protagonist Bart's (David Anders) funeral, where distressed family and friends gather to mourn. In attendance is the central cast: loud-mouth best friend  Joey (Chris Wylde), girlfriend Janet (Louise Griffiths), and Janet's friend (and Wicca) Matti (Jacy King). The three share some drinks, Janet and Joey share a night of passionate remorse, and Bart wakes up in his coffin. The film that follows is hard to categorize. »

- Emmet Duff

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Trailer: The Revenant

6 October 2009 11:36 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Earlier this year Nigel Hamid our Toronto correspondent wrote a review raving about  The Revenant, the new film by director D. Kerry Prior. The film played with Dead Snow in a double feature at the 2009 After Dark Film Festival and received the Silver Award for best independent feature film. The film also had a preliminary screening at the Xanadu Sci Fi, Horror and Fantasy Convention in Las Vegas where it won "Best Feature Film" at the closing awards ceremony. In May, 2009, The Revenant was screened at the Zompire Undead Film Festival in Portland, Oregon, where it won the "Jury Award for Best Feature and Best Director", plus the "Audience Award for Best of Festival." The Revenant is a story about an ancient pestilence recurring to infect modern society. Officer First Class Bart Gregory is killed while fighting in Middle East. His body is shipped back to the United States and laid to rest, »

- Ricky

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Zombie Gunslingers? So Says The Revenant Trailer

6 October 2009 9:28 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Everyone knows there’s absolutely no shortage of zombie movies in the world at the moment, especially here in the United States. Even if you eat zombie flicks for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, sorting through the neverending mountains of undead tomfoolery can grow impossibly tiresome rather quickly. D. Kerry Prior’s zombie/comedy “The Revenant,” on the other hand, has been steadily rising to the top of the pack for the past several months. The basic premise is intriguing, and if it’s handled in an appropriate manner, might actually be worth the time it takes to seek it out. The trailer, as usual, has been painstakingly provided at the bottom of this post. Here’s what it’s all about: Officer First Class Bart Gregory is killed while fighting in Middle East. His body is shipped back to the United States and laid to rest, but before the lid »

- Todd

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Fantastic Fest: The Awards

5 October 2009 7:00 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

We were recording the latest Slackerwood podcast yesterday (which will be available soon) and I realized that Slackerwood hadn't yet published the list of Fantastic Fest 2009 award winners.

Some of our favorite films took home the prized beer steins this year: A Town Called Panic, which Jenn and I loved (check out my Cinematical review), won the Audience Award. Debbie was pleased that The Revenant took home an award for Best Horror Director, and interviewed Kerry Prior, the winning filmmaker. We're planning a special "extra" mini-podcast with that interview, which we'll publish in the next week.

The "Fantastic Feature" award for best film went to the Chilean thriller Mandrill, which sold out every screening very quickly so I couldn't see it myself. Producer/actor Marko Zaror was so pleased he did a flip onstage. Human Centipede, much discussed for its bizarrely graphic scenes in which the title creature is created, »

- Jette Kernion

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A Trailer for The Revenant Finds Its Way Online

1 October 2009 1:54 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

When we first put up our five-knife review for D. Kerry Prior's The Revenant last May, I was a bit taken aback. Where did this flick come from, and how in the hell was it worthy of a perfect score? Well, now that I've seen it (thanks to the awesome Fantastic Fest), I have to admit that, despite it being a tad too long, it is indeed nearly flawless. Now, finally, a trailer has popped up to show everyone else what the fuss is all about.

Thanks to Quiet Earth, who pointed us in the direction of the clip, we also have an official synopsis as well:

The Revenant (review here) is a story about an ancient pestilence recurring to infect modern society.

Officer First Class Bart Gregory (David Anders) is killed while fighting in the Middle East. His body is shipped back to the United States and laid to rest, »

- Uncle Creepy

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The Revenant Movie Trailer

1 October 2009 7:16 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

D. Kerry Prior's horror/comedy The Revenant has been making waves on the festival circuit, with rave reviews from a variety of bloggers/critics. It recently screened at Fantastic Fest and now (via Quiet Earth) a trailer has surfaced. Hit the jump to see the trailer and leave your thoughts in the comments below. The film's official plot synopsis is as follows: The Revenant is a story about an ancient pestilence recurring to infect modern society.Officer First Class Bart Gregory is killed while fighting in Middle East. His body is shipped back to the United States and laid to rest, but before the lid can be put on his tomb, Bart inexplicably awakens in his coffin and climbs from his grave; confused, horrified--a moldy, putrefying living corpse--a Revenant...In their quest to keep Bart from decomposing Bart and Joey stumble into a solution—a way to obtain blood without taking innocent lives, »

- David Chen

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Finally a trailer arrives for festival favorite The Revenant

1 October 2009 5:57 AM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

A trailer has finally arrived for D. Kerry Prior's undead, horror-comedy, The Revenant. Our boy rochefort gave the film a glowing review form Fantastic Fest and after finally seeing some footage, I'm really looking forward to checking it out.

Synopsis:

The Revenant is a story about an ancient pestilence recurring to infect modern society.

Officer First Class Bart Gregory is killed while fighting in Middle East. His body is shipped back to the United States and laid to rest, but before the lid can be put on his tomb, Bart inexplicably awakens in his coffin and climbs from his grave; confused, horrified--a moldy, putrefying living corpse--a Revenant.

The Revenant stars David Anders, Senyo Amoaku and Cathy Shim.

Trailer after the break.

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Trailer for The Revenant Surfaces

1 October 2009 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

A trailer for writer/director Kerry Prior's The Revenant has surfaced on You Tube. The horror movie/buddy comedy is about Joey (Chris Wylde) and his undead friend Bart (David Anders) who comes back from the dead as a revenant: an articulate zombie that needs to drink blood to arrest the decomposition of his body. Prior has a long history as an FX artist having worked with Don Coscarelli on a few of the Phantasm sequels, as well as Bubba Ho-Tep and also Nightmare On Elm Street 's 4 and 5 with Dream Quest Images. David Anders who plays the title character most recently appeared in SyFy's remake of Children Of The Corn and NBC's Heroes . The Revenant will be playing as part of Screamfest La on Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 7:00 Pm. See the full schedule at our previous »

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Fantastic Fest Award Winners Chug for Glory

30 September 2009 9:09 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

If there's one thing I know about film festivals, it's that being content with having your film play for an enthusiastic audience is for losers. Chugging a beer on stage in front of a cheering crowd after winning is for winners. You can tell that I'm right because the word "winning" is a close cousin of "winners." Celebrating the art of the film is one thing, but damn it, it's about taking home the coveted cup. Two or three nights ago (the details are hazy), Fantastic Fest Co-founder Tim League emceed an awards ceremony that featured some Festival fans, filmmakers and the people who wandered in already inebriated and looking for the karaoke party. You can guess which group I was in, and, yes, I stayed at the ceremony despite a shocking lack of amateurs singing "Baby Got Back." Also, I had to present all of the awards for the Fantastic Features Category. There »

- Dr. Cole Abaius

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