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Chicago – Boris Rodriguez’s “Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal” tells a laughably inane story ripe for B-movie matinées, yet insists on taking itself (mostly) seriously. The director has made no secret of the fact that he envisions his film to be a meditation on the “darkness of creativity,” and the price that must be paid in order for an artist to find sufficient inspiration.
That could easily make an intriguing subject for a motion picture (and has many times before), but Rodriguez’s metaphorical horror tropes are so obvious and synthetic that they bore when they should provoke. That isn’t to say the film is lacking in the acting department (it isn’t) or doesn’t have some spectacularly unnerving imagery (kudos to Dp Philippe Kress), but on a story level, “Eddie” comes up mightily short. It might’ve made a fine short film, but at 83 minutes, it runs out »
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Title: Eddie the Sleepwalking Cannibal Directed by: Boris Rodriguez Starring: Thure Lindhardt, Georgina Reilly, Dylan Smith Running time:1 hour 30 min, Not Rated, Available on DVD & VOD Lars Olafssen is a celebrity artist that hasn’t created anything in over 10 years. He moves to a small Canadian town called Koda Lake for a teaching job at the art school. His only real gripe is he is forced to allow permanent student Eddie in his class. Eddie is a mute, his aunt annually donates generously to the school with the stipulation that Eddie be allowed to attend classes. When Eddie’s aunt dies, she leaves the school in her will only [ Read More ]
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We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes the short film “Hold Your Fire,” release details for The Black Dahlia Haunting, trailers for Truth or Dare and The Shadows, and much more:
Full Short Film “Hold Your Fire”: “Twitch Film proudly presents the online premiere of artist-turned-filmmaker Wes Benscoter’s debut short film, Hold Your Fire, exclusively at Twitch Film.
A ghostly soldier comes face to face with this grim reality of his war-torn existence on the battlefield… and beyond! Assaulting international audiences at festivals from Montreal’s Fantasia to Sitges, Fantasporto, A Night of Horror, and Dead by Dawn, to sending domestic shivers up spines at Screamfest, Boston Underground, and the New York City Horror Film Festival, Twitch Film now takes the mantle in offering Wes Benscoter’s mini-masterpiece to its largest audience ever.
A twenty-year veteran of horrific illustration, »
- Tamika Jones
After announcing the 12 projects that comprise its Frontières selection of film projects in May, the Fantasia International Film Festival's Frontières International Co-Production Market’s team has now revealed the event’s Off-Frontières line-up of 12 projects. Read on for the details of this latest dirty dozen.
The first Frontières announcement contained new projects being pitched by Joe Dante, Bobcat Goldthwait, Richard Stanley, and more. The following Off-Frontières projects come from such amazing talent as Larry Fessenden, The Rasmussen Brothers, and Josh Johnson.
Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival, widely acclaimed as one of the largest and most influential genre film festivals in the world, introduced its Fantasia Industry Rendez-Vous, including the Frontières International Co-Production Market and the Fantasia Film Market, in 2012. Frontières is the first international co-production market to connect North America with Europe, in an environment focused specifically on genre film production. Now Frontières has become a circuit in-between Fantasia, in July, »
- The Woman In Black
From the Fantasia Film Festival press release:
After announcing the 12 projects of its Frontières selection of film projects in May, the Frontières International Co-Production Market’s team has now announced the event’s Off-Frontières line-up of projects.
The projects, in this second group, feature additional up-and-coming talents and experienced filmmakers from the independent genre film world. The Off-Frontières 2013 selection of the 2nd edition of the Frontières International Co-Production Market will consist of the following 12 projects:
Director: Josh Johnson (Rewind This!)
Dead Max (Québec)
Writer: Randall Lobb
Emerald Falls (Québec)
Writer: Phil M. Rosenberg
Director/Writer: Zoé Wittock (First Feature)
Producer: Anaïs Bertrand (First Feature) Insolence Productions
Director: Franck Richard (The Pack)
Writers: Franck Richard and Florent Silieri
Producer: Fares Ladjimi (The String) Mille et Une Productions »
- Kyle Reese
After announcing the 12 projects of its Frontières selection of film projects in May, the Frontières International Co-Production Market has now announced the event’s Off-Frontières line-up of projects. The projects, in this second group, feature "additional up-and-coming talents and experienced filmmakers from the independent genre film world." Read More: Joe Dante and Bobcat Goldthwait's New Films Among 12 Projects Set For Fantasia's Co-Production Market The Off-Frontières 2013 selection of the 2nd edition of the Frontières International Co-Production Market will consist of the following 12 projects: Canuxploitation (USA) Director: Josh Johnson (Rewind This!) Documentary Dead Max (Québec) Director: Patrick Boivin (Bunker) Writer: Randall Lobb Producer: Stéphane Tanguay (Jaloux) Productions Kinesis Emerald Falls (Québec) Director: Boris Rodriguez (Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal) Writer: Phil M. Rosenberg Jumbo (France) Director/Writer: Zoé Wittock »
- Peter Knegt
As part of their second Frontières international co-production market, Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival has revealed its Off-Frontières selection of film projects.
The selection includes three projects from Québec, including Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal director Boris Rodriguez’s next feature (Emerald Falls), as well as the latest documentary from Rewind This! director Josh Johnson (Canuxploitation).
Frontières market director Stephanie Trepanier told Screen: “We’re happy with the diversity of the Off-Frontières line-up. It allows us to feature more local projects and projects in a wider range of development stages.
“We’re also seeing more filmmakers with their first feature film project in there, which pleases us. The discovery and promotion of new genre filmmakers has always been an important element of Fantasia, and Frontières allows us to support them at an even earlier stage.”
The Frontières »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
Chicago – There’s something deeper going on in “Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal,” opening tomorrow at Music Box. I think. It’s about a struggling artist who finds inspiration in a small town when he’s forced to serve as guardian for the title character. Don’t all artists have something in common with cannibals given the way they turn their own (or other people’s) insides into fuel for their creativity? While that’s an engaging and interesting starting place for a horror-comedy, Boris Rodriguez’s movie sadly ends up being neither an effective horror movie nor a memorable satire. It just kind of, pardon me for going there, sleepwalks through its clever set-up.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Title: Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal Director: Boris Rodriguez Starring: Thune Lindhardt, Dylan Smith, Georgina Reilly, Al Goulem, Paul Braunstein, Stephen McHattie A quirky but unfulfilling Canadian-Danish horror-comedy that offers up neither quite the deliciously mad slapstick-y gore of its title nor a more penetrating treatment of its character-rooted instincts, writer-director Boris Rodriguez’s “Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal” has a substantial helping of originality on its side, but not much in the way of inspired execution. A one-time darling of the art scene, inspiration-starved, foreign-born painter Lars (Thune Lindhardt) takes a teaching position in the small, snowy town of Koda Lake, where he’s enthusiastically received by a school headmaster, Harry (Al Goulem), seeking to put his burgh on [ Read More ]
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In Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal, a once world-renown painter - who seems to have lost his muse - comes to a small art school to teach. There he is introduced to Eddie, a mute man-child who hangs around the school because his family donates a lot of money to the school. Eddie has a peculiar problem: when he is stressed out, he tends to sleepwalk, kill, and eat small animals. We spoke with director and co-writer Boris Rodriguez, who spoke about the catchy title and being a tortured artist.
Where did the idea for Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal come from?
It came from my friend and co-writer John Rannells, who pitched it to me originally. It wasn’t a sleepwalking cannibal; it was a retarded werewolf and a novelist, and it was on the outer banks of North Carolina. Gradually, as we kept reworking the story, he went to Los »
- Alyse Wax
The offbeat horror comedy follows a former up-and-coming painter named Lars (Thure Lindhardt) who finds himself back at the easel after relocating to teach at a remote, snowbound art school where he befriends a mute flesh-eater by the name of Eddie (Dylan Scott Smith) whose nocturnal feasts of flesh reignites the artist's faltering career.
Dread Central recently chatted with Rodriguez about his unusual cannibal story as well as his next project which happens to feature scientifically-mutated killer monkeys that go on a rampage against a group of teenagers at a summer camp (for real). Check out our exclusive interview with Rodriguez below and make sure to check out Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal now that's in theaters and on VOD platforms everywhere.
Dread Central: First of all- I really enjoyed the »
When I sleepwalk, I just raid the refrigerator for some late-night bad decisions, usually fried and greasy, but imagine if in your magical dream-state you turned into a bloodthirsty cannibal who tore people limb from limb? Couldn’t you just picture the utter horror? If you answered that question “No,” let out a gasp of relief because you’re a normal person who doesn’t know the taste of human flesh. If you answered that questions “Yes” though, you might want to report yourself to the local authorities for being stark-raving mad. Either that, or you just watched Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal - hopefully the latter.
Apparently it’s kill or be killed in the art world, as washed up painter/new art professor Lars (Thure Lindhardt) is tasked with playing caretaker to a student named Eddie (Dylan Smith) when the mute man’s wealthy family member passes away. Uncovering Eddie’s traumatic past, »
- Matt Donato
A critical digest of the week’s latest U.S. theatrical releases. Where applicable, links to longer reviews have been provided.
One of the movies’ least convincing three-faces-of-Eve routines occupies centerstage in “6 Souls,” a schlock supernatural shocker that has finally escaped into a handful of U.S. theaters five years after it was shot and more than three after it first opened internationally. Cannily retitled (from the original “Shelter”) to ensure better placement in alphabetized VOD menus, this Doa pickup for Weinstein Co. sub-label Radius may scare up a few smallscreen curiosity seekers, owing to the presence of top-billed Julianne Moore, before taking its rightful place in the genre graveyard.
— Scott Foundas
Read the full review.
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Distributor: Cinema Guild
- Variety Staff
Carnage breeds creativity for Lars (Keep the Lights On's Thure Lindhardt), a former up-and-coming painter who finds himself back at the easel after relocating to teach at a remote, snowbound art school where he befriends a mute flesh-eater in Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal. Eddie's (Dylan Scott Smith) nocturnal dining on animals and humans is the spark that reignites Lars's moribund career. Writer-director Boris Rodriguez's satire about artistic inspiration posits Eddie's carnivorous behavior as a catalyst for awakening the deep, dark urges lurking inside Lars, whose arrival in town is marked by his running over a deer and then (to end its misery, or so he says) bludgeoning it to death with a rock. Lars's new works earn money for the down-on-its-luck school, but the duo' »
Lars and the Killer Dude: Rodriguez Explores Art and Inspiration
While sporting a title that would seem to indicate a comedic mash up of bizarro horror tropes and cheeky zingers, Boris Rodriguez’ enjoyable debut, Eddie: The Sleepwalking Zombie (of which the addendum may very well be a tacked on marketing ploy as the title credits indicate) manages to make significant use out of its examination of inspiration and the path of successful artistry. While the film never quite manages to go deeper than a superficial tongue-in-cheek trifling, there are enough oddly fascinating elements to sustain interest from the Danish/Canadian co-production, mostly due to a surprisingly understated performance from Thure Lindhardt.
A once successful painter, Lars Olafson (Lindhardt), has been unable to produce any significant works of art for the past decade. At the suggestion of his art dealer, Ronny (Stephen McHattie), Lars takes a job as a teacher at »
- Nicholas Bell
Doppleganger Releasing's Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal explores an artist's inspiration in bizarre and bloody ways. Thure Lindhardt stars as the title character, a docile, cereal-obsessed art student who discovers he suffers from a rare form of sleepwalking that turns him into a flesh-eating monster, minus the undead zombie side effects. In honor of this upcoming horror-comedy, debuting in theaters and VOD formats April 5, we have a contest where fans can win hats, "bloody" t-shirts, and free digital downloads of Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal on iTunes. These prizes will go fast, so enter this contest today.
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A blunt, no-nonsense title like "Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal" perfectly describes the type of movie you're going to encounter when viewing Boris Rodriguez's first narrative feature -- a weird, darkly comic tale offering little more than an enjoyable experience. While 'Eddie' could've tried a little harder to make its content more memorable, it still provides enough laughs and thrills to make for a pleasant watch. Speeding through the niveous Canadian backroads to his new job and new life, former celebrated artist Lars (Thure Lindhardt) smacks into a deer crossing the road. Though the animal manages to survive the accident, it remains unable to move and Lars ultimately decides to put it out of its misery. He equips himself with a rock and proceeds to smash its head, but it doesn't do the trick -- so he repeats, over and over, eliciting a hearty laugh out of the creature's reluctance to die. »
- Christopher Bell
Horror comedies are tricky for me. They either work really well, or they’re a flat out disaster. When movies try to walk both lines, more times than not, they’re unable to properly give both genres their fair share, and one overpowers the other. Boris Rodriguez’s Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal not only properly executes a successful venture into the horror/comedy genre, but gives horror fans a fresh angle that we haven’t seen in recent times.
Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal tells the story of Lars, formerly a popular painter, who after losing his inspiration to paint, moves to a small town to teach art. All is well, until Lars is approached by his colleague Georgina, and talked into taking in Eddie, a mute who is allowed to attend the school in return for his now deceased caregiver’s contributions to the school. Initially reluctant, Lars agrees to let Eddie stay with him, »
Check out this awesomely fun trailer for a great looking horror comedy called Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal. For those of you looking to add something a little different to your movie diet, this looks like it will do the trick! It's a charming horror film about a sleepwalking cannibal! How can you go wrong? Here's the synopsis...
Thure Lindhardt (Keep the Lights On) stars in this quirky dark comedy as Lars, a former darling of the art scene slipping away into the land of has-beens and struggling with lack of inspiration. His art dealer Ronny arranges a teaching job in a small town as a "therapeutic measure" to stir up some creative juices, but things never turn out quite as planned. At first, life in the peaceful small town seems rosy, as the young man settles in and impresses beautiful fellow colleague Leslie, by taking in the brawny, mute Eddie »
- Joey Paur
The upcoming horror comedy, ‘Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal,’ is set to be released into theaters and VOD on April 5 by Doppelganger Releasing. The film, which was written and directed by Boris Rodriguez, is just one of the latest movies from the new genre label and distributor of theatrical and home entertainment projects that launched this year. Doppelganger Releasing has provided the following synopsis for ‘Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal’: “Thure Lindhardt (Keep the Lights On) stars in this quirky horror-comedy as Lars, a former darling of the art scene now slipping away into the land of has-beens and struggling with lack of inspiration. When Lars’s art dealer Ronny arranges a [ Read More ]
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