18 items from 2012
On this episode of The Golden Briefcase Breakdown, hosts Tim & Jeremy are joined by guest Scott Weinberg, of Twitch and Fearnet, for a spoiler-filled discussion on Jalmari Helander's 2010 Finnish film Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale. They also talk about a few other holiday horror classics! The main purpose of Breakdown episodes is to to ponder, discuss and challenge the films that we feel often need more than just a simple review. We breakdown the film to discuss plots and theories in order to better understand the director's vision and hopefully challenge our listeners at home to re-evaluate the way they watch cinema. Extra episodes of Tgb Breakdown will be arriving about every month, and will appear here in addition to all of our regular weekly Golden Briefcase episodes. Beware - every episode of Tgb Breakdown will contain Spoilers for the film in discussion (this one for Helander's Rare Exports »
- Tim Buel
“Movie House of Worship” is a regular feature spotlighting our favorite movie theaters around the world, those that are like temples of cinema catering to the most religious-like film geeks. This week, guest submitter Michael Silva shares one of his favorite theaters. His comments are those quoted. If you’d like to suggest or submit a place you regularly worship at the altar of cinema, please email our weekend editor. Name: Tampa Theatre Location: 711 Franklin St., Tampa, Fl Opened: October 15, 1926, designed by renowned movie palace architect John Eberson (he also did Austin’s Paramount Theatre). Nationally listed for landmark status and reopened in 1978. No. of screens: 1 Current first-run titles: Anna Karenina Repertory programming: Classic films are common, and due to this being December it’s Holiday Classics time. Already this month they’ve shown The Muppet Christmas Carol, White Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street. This weekend’s offering is It’s a Wonderful Life. They »
- Christopher Campbell
• Plan your Christmas and New Year viewing with our interactive guide to festive television
A Very Jls Christmas
Ninety-minute festive special hosted by the titular boyband. Likely to be watched by equal parts enthralled acolytes and alcoholically insulated parents wistfully anticipating their pre-teen offspring's imminent arrival in adolescence, when they will self-righteously disown such childish things as talent-show pop. Jls invite viewers into their own Winter Wonderland, where they will perform a special Yuletide show, and submit to exclusive backstage interviews, as if the world was presently plagued by a shortage of information about the 2008 X Factor runners-up. Andrew Mueller
Strictly has waltzed away with the Saturday night viewing figures this year, leaving that rival karaoke show flapping in its wake. »
- Andrew Mueller, Hannah Verdier, Martin Skegg, Paul Howlett, Jonathan Wright, Julia Raeside, Ben Arnold
Top 10 Simon Williams Dec 21, 2012
You don’t want to find yourself on the naughty list when any of these Santas come to town…
Earlier this year we heard that Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink had signed on to direct the follow-up to Terry Zwigoff’s 2003 black comedy hit, Bad Santa. As the festive season approaches, here's our look at the movies’ top ten villainous Father Christmases.
10. Santa Claus – Santa’s Slay (2005)
In this dark comedy horror, Santa Claus (played by former wrestling star Bill Goldberg) is actually a demon who, after years of killing on Christmas Day, is defeated by an angel in the year 1005 Ad and sentenced to deliver Christmas presents and good cheer instead for a thousand years. In 2005, having done his time, the evil Santa arrives on his sleigh pulled by his “hell-deer” to resume the killing once again.
On The Naughty List Because: In »
Alright, this week Remy and I wanted to keep a festive theme for the upcoming holidays and we’ve both already touched upon our favorite Christmas horror movies (Mine here! Remy’s here!), but one question still remains – who is the ultimate horror Santa? There are plenty of killer Claus’, but we’re not happy with keeping them all on a level playing field. Therefore, entering the ring for one final battle will be Santas from Rare Exports, Santa’s Slay, Saint (Sint), and the newly released Silent Night. I know more exist, but the brawl may continue until next week, so we’ll see if a new challenger emerges!
At first glance, you’ve got some serious crazy eyes from Rare Export‘s entry, a fighting advantage from Santa’s Slay contender Bill Goldberg, an undead army of henchman with Saint’s red covered bastard, and a weapons advantage »
- Matt Donato
Rare Exports might be one of the greatest Christmas themed horror films to hit the market in years but director Jalmari Helander has some serious company. There have been a handful of terrific thematic films released in recent years and this guide will bring you up to speed on the seasons best There are a solid handful of top notch pictures to comb over and some heavy hitters involved including Paco Plaza Wes Bentley and Emily Blunt. »
American Horror Story: Asylum – 2×08 “Unholy Night”
Stars: Jessica Lange, Chloe Sevigny, Joseph Fiennes, James Cromwell, Evan Peters, Adam Levine, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Zachary Quinto, Clea DuVall, Sarah Paulson | Written by James Wong | Directed by Michael Lehmann
Santa Claus is such a jolly, jovial character that it’s just an inherent given that the old bearded man can be an evil, evil bastard. Look at “Silent Night, Deadly Night”, or “Rare Exports.” Just definitive takes on a character as old as time. There’s always a fulfilling need to take a cracked look at quite possibly the wonkiest character in history, even as late as Dwight Schrute’s crazed Germanic anti-Claus, Belsnickle. And now we add Ian McShane’s disgustingly perverted Santa Claus to the shelf. So, because like last year, “American Horror Story” did a holiday episode, then a Halloween episode, it’s fitting that they celebrate the most wonderful time »
- Nathan Smith
“Movie House of Worship” is a regular feature spotlighting our favorite movie theaters around the world, those that are like temples of cinema catering to the most religious-like film geeks. This week, guest submitter Zac Alfson shares one of his favorite theaters. His comments are those quoted. If you’d like to suggest or submit a place you regularly worship at the altar of cinema, please email our weekend editor. Name: Enzian Theater Location: 1300 South Orlando Avenue Maitland, Fl Opened: 1985, as a repertory house screening 6-12 classics per week. Four years later it changed to a first-run arthouse cinema and continues to operate not-for-profit with the help of members, volunteers and donors. No. of screens: 1 Current first-run titles: Searching for Sugar Man Repertory programming: Midnight movies run on the weekends. This coming Friday and Saturday you can catch Miami Connection, and on the 21st and 22nd they’ve got a seasonal treat, Rare Exports »
- Christopher Campbell
The great thing about horror is that you can make any holiday terrifying. Easter? Simple, a creature feature starring a man-eating bunny of doom. Valentines Day? What about the jilted lover who goes on a killing spree after he/she is rejected by their one true love? Christmas is no different, already telling the story of a magical man who is beloved by children everywhere and is trusted by families to enter their houses while the homeowners obliviously sleep with thoughts of sugar plums dancing about their heads. If that isn’t f#cking creepy, just letting a fat bearded man prance about your house at his own free will, then I don’t know what is.
Wait, I do. How about having a deranged lunatic dressing as the almighty symbol of cheer and good will, then taking a candy cane colored scythe to those deemed naughty? Look kids, it’s Santa! »
- Matt Donato
Before getting into the penultimate edition of when comedy meets horror, let’s get into the honourable mentions.
Treevenge is a Canadian short film about Christmas trees getting revenge that has an evil dead attitude to gore, from the director of Hobo with a Shotgun. Feast, a siege movie starring Henry Rollins as a group of drinkers are hit by mysterious monsters, the film also boats as referential pallet for video games. Dead & Breakfast, a comedy horror musical in which a night at a local bed and breakfast turns into a supernatural fight to the death. Blacula and Scream Blacula Scream could be included, because if we learned anything from Black Dynamite, it’s that all Blaxploitation films are ripe for parody. There are countless other films that could be included; this endeavour could easily stretch to around the 150 films mark. Until tomorrow, the last one is The Cottage, a »
- Rob Simpson
Directed by: Scott Derrickson
Running Time: 1 hr 50 mins
Release Date: Oct 12, 2012
Plot: A true-crime author’s (Hawke) obsession with a family’s gruesome murder case is heightened by his discovery of film reels that show other frightening events.
Who’S It For? If you’re on the hunt for a movie with truly scary moments, you’ve found it with Sinister. This is one that dares those who have been exhausted by softball mainstream horror to see if they can keep a straight, non-terrified facial expression throughout.
Expectations: Aware that this was co-written by film critic C. Robert Cargill, I was curious as to what relation this movie might have with filmgoing. Would it be like a more serious version of The Cabin in the Woods? And for the record, this is one movie I opted out of seeing »
- Nick Allen
When it was announced back in January that Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters had been delayed by almost an entire year, I think it was pretty obvious that it was not a good sign. The movie didn't need to be anything more than simple, straightforward b-movie fun, and I'm guessing that's what director Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow) had in mind from the start. Unfortunately, Paramount probably caught wind of Snow White and the Huntsman and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and decided that they needed to kick it up a notch. Big mistake. The movie stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as the classic fairy tale protagonists who survive being eaten by a witch and grow up to become bounty hunters. It's yet another potential franchise in the making for Jeremy Renner, although based on this trailer I don't see it being anything more than a one-off. I do like the idea »
Strangulations, ground-down corpses and bodies concealed inside tanning beds... surely we're talking about Tarantino or perhaps even one of the Coens' grittier films? Jackpot follows on from the phenomenal surprise success of last year's Headhunters, using another Jo Nesbo novel as source material for this darkly comic crime story. Having sold over nine million books, Norway's leading crime writer doesn't disappoint, again helping to sustain Scandinavia's current reputation as producers of high quality crime fiction.
Opening with a police interview set-up, Oscar Svendson (Kyrre Hellum) is quickly established as the film's protagonist. Combining filmed footage through the camera and 'live' action, Director and co-writer, Magnus Martens, uses Oscar's vulnerable situation to quickly make him a sympathetic lead. Having woken up weighed down by a corpse and surrounded by seven others in a Swedish strip joint, covered in blood and carrying a shotgun, Oscar has a lot of explaining to do »
Earlier yesterday the Beastie Boys released this official statement:
“It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam ‘McA’ Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys and also of the Milarepa Foundation that produced the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits, and film production and distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories, passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer.”
Yauch had salivary gland cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, “Salivary gland cancer is a rare disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the salivary glands.” Sadly, as his voice was his greatest instrument, it kept Yauch from performing in his final days.
Yauch is best known for his ground-breaking music, but he was also a talented filmmaker. »
- Aeryk Pierson
It is unsurprising that on the day we lost Adam Yauch to cancer, the Beastie Boy is being remembered mainly for his musical achievements. But over the last decade, Yauch also made a significant contribution to the film world both as a director — overseeing the 2006 Beastie Boys concert film Awesome; I F—in’ Shot That and the 2008 basketball documentary Gunnin’ for That #1 Spot — and as the co-founder of the film company Oscilloscope Pictures.
Yauch set up Oscilloscope in 2008 with ThinkFilm Vice President David Fenkel and, over the past four years, the company has released an impressively eclectic array of movies, »
- Clark Collis
Netflix streaming has been a bit light on new horror offerings recently, but that changed recently with a new batch of horror titles, including The Human Centipede 2, Pet Sematary, and Hellraiser: Revelations.
And, as we like to remind our readers with each Netflix update, most of The Twilight Zone is currently available, along with season 1 of The Walking Dead, and seasons 1-6 of Supernatural. Here are the newly added titles:
The Clinic Jeepers Creepers 2-Headed Shark Attack Salvage Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter Mum & Dad The Human Centipede 2 Devil’s Playground Fascination Children of the Corn: Genesis Hellraiser: Revelations Saint Nick Pet Sematary Two Chop Smile Pet Sematary Tony Rare Exports »
- Jonathan James
by Jason Lees, MoreHorror.com
Hey, it’s almost the middle of January, so that of course means it’s time for me to post my Top 5 Films of 2011. (Don’t look surprised, I’m still writing ’11 on my checks and I still have lawn furniture sitting outside the garage) The following films are ones that may have snuck out prior to last year but are ones that I just got around to seeing. And when I say “top” I mean they’re the ones that stood out the most. I bet there were some better films released last year, but when I looked back, these are the ones that really burned themselves into my psyche. So, in no particular order:
5. Chillerama (Best Reason to be nostalgic for something that never existed)
This throwback to a time when cinema was… oh, wait, movies were never like this. Chillerama tries to »
- Jason Lees
I’m not certain why, but when Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale played during the one Fantastic Fest I was present at, I missed it. I was probably drunk on Peanut Butter Milkshakes and also whiskey and Rob Hunter had yet to convince me to start watching movies with subtitles. Over the recent Christmas season (it’s over now, take down your decorations), I caught up with the film in the comfort of my own home all while being mostly sober. Rare Exports is a Finnish import about the havoc created when the truth about Santa Claus is quite literally unearthed. You think you know all about this jolly fat man, but brother, you ain’t seen nothing yet. If you watch this film though, you’ll see plenty of old man dicks, so there’s that, in addition to a pretty pleasing film. Kills Overall there are about nine kills in the film, but »
- Robert Fure
18 items from 2012
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