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Stained and Too Much Time in the Spin Cycle : A Movie Review

28 October 2011 4:00 AM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

*full disclosure: a screener of this film was provided by Gravitas Ventures.

**here be spoilers.

Director/writer: Karen Lam.

Stained is an indie picture developed from three different production companies (Angel Entertainment, Opiate Pictures, Goonworks Films). This is director Karen Lam's first feature. And while the first two thirds of the film is struggling to finds its legs, the final third makes up for some slow pacing earlier. There are a few surprises here as well. The only question is: will viewers be able to make it all the way to the end? Stained has just been released this month on video-on-demand and this reviewer would only give this film a tepid recommend.

The story focuses almost exclusively and to its own detriment on Isabelle (Tinsel Korey). Isabelle is a youngish woman who owns a small bookstore in what looks like Saskatoon, Sk, based on this reviewer's travels there. »

- (Michael Allen)

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Brand New Horror Movies Directed By Women 'Stained', 'Black Field', 'Fugue', and 'The Holding' All Released!

8 September 2011 4:57 PM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

The DVD and theatrical releases of the horror and thriller films by Karen Lam, Danishka Esterhazy, Barbara Stepansky, and Susan Jacobson, respectively, are all released, like, now.

Kierston Wareing in Susan Jacobson's "The Holding"

Karen Lam's Stained is now on iTunes, Amazon, and can be bought at Barnes & Noble on DVD in Canada and the United States! Stained is about a reclusive book store owner, played by Tinsel Corey of Twilight fame, who begins to unravel when she gets back together with her abusive boyfriend. Karen Lam is a really great director; her short film Doll Parts is a selection of the Viscera 2011 Film Festival.

Danishka Esterhazy's Black Field, a gothic thriller (think "Wuthering Heights"), is being released this weekend of September 10th at the Toronto International Film Festival! It's also airing on Canada's Superchannel in October and can be purchased directly (in Canada only) through Century Street. »

- Superheidi

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'Twilight''s Beautifully Scarred Tinsel Korey on Filming 'Breaking Dawn'

29 August 2011 4:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Celebrity Interviews, The Twilight Saga, Moviefone Canada

You know her as Emily, Sam's beautifully scarred fiancee in the 'Twilight' movies, but you probably wouldn't recognize Tinsel Korey walking down the street. While her 'Twilight' co-stars are constantly fawned over by diehard fans, Korey says that she can walk around incognito, since her character is somewhat disguised by the bangs and the scar.

Beyond 'Twilight,' Korey is best known as an indie movie queen. She garnered accolades for her role as Blue Girl in Carl Bessai's 'Unnatural & Accidental.' She's poised to wow audiences again in 'Stained,' which is being released on DVD on Aug. 30. This time around, she channels her inner dark side to play a schizophrenic serial killer.

Despite all of her serious roles, Korey is actually quite a goofball. She'll have a chance to showcase her silly side in the upcoming flick 'Fishing Naked, »

- Annette Bourdeau

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Tinsel Korey Describes Playing Emily in ‘Breaking Dawn’

28 August 2011 12:56 PM, PDT | | See recent TwilightersAnonymous news »

Australia’s recently had the chance to ask Tinsel Korey a few questions about both Breaking Dawn and her other upcoming work including Fishing Naked and Stained. Here Tinsel describes what it was like to resume the character of Emily Young for Breaking Dawn and how the makeup experience differed from that of New Moon and Eclipse. Read more below:

You were cast as Emily Young, the fiancée of Sam Uley over 800 other actresses. How did you react when you were told you had been cast?

Tinsel Korey: I was really excited. Especially since I thought I hadn’t done well on the audition. But I’m also my toughest critic.

The character, Emily is scarred from a previous incident with Sam Uley; can you talk about the time you spent in make up preparing for your role in the Twilight Saga movies.

Tinsel Korey: We had different make up teams for the different movies. For New Moon the make up took three – four hours on the day; because we had two test days. For Eclipse they had to do the make up on set and try to match the first teams job, so it ending up taking eight hours, then five hours, then they got it down to three hours. Then in Breaking Dawn they had a new type of scar material, and it only took two hours. It is quite a process for sure.

Were you sad to say goodbye to filming the Twilight Saga when you finished part 1 of Breaking Dawn?

Tinsel Korey: Of course, it’s a chapter in your life ending. I remember being at dinner with everyone, and was like “Are we all still going to be friends after this ends?”

How has your life changed since being cast in the Twilight Saga?

Tinsel Korey: I guess the amount of attention I get has changed. But how I perceive my reality hasn’t, I always remember to stay humble. As fast as something is given to you, it can be taken away just as fast!

In the movie you are a motherly figure to Sam Uley’s werewolf pack, how are you similar to the character of Emily Young?

Tinsel Korey: I take care of the boys the same way. Always acting like the big sister, and making sure they’re okay.

Read the full interview at Australia’s here. »

- Evie

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Wow! There Are 2 Whole Females Directing 1.5 out of 26 Episodes of 'The ABCs of Death'!

13 May 2011 2:43 PM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Drafthouse Films, Timpson Films, and Magnet Releasing have hired a whopping two women to be a part of the 26-chapter horror anthology film The ABCs of Death.

The film, which will begin shooting in June 2011, is based on the idea that each director is assigned a letter from the alphabet representing a horrific word to act as a springboard for a short horror movie. Think , "A is for Autopsy", "B is for Bog Monster", et cetera.

The 25 directors chosen to be a part of this are all fairly new, young-ish up-and-comers like Jason Eisener (Hobo With a Shotgun), Nacho Vigalondo (TimeCrimes), Srdjan Spasojevic (A Serbian Film), Banjong Pisanthanakun (Shutter), Adrian Garcia Bogliano (Cold Sweat), Ernesto Diaz Espinoza (Mirageman), Gadi Harel (DeadGirl), Thomas Malling (Norwegian Ninja), Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police), Simon Rumley (The Living and the Dead), Tak Sakaguchi and Yuji Shimomura (Yakuza Weapon), Marcel Sarmiento (DeadGirl), Timo Tjahjanto (Macabre »

- Superheidi

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2011 Viscera Film Festival: Our Official Lineup

26 April 2011 3:02 PM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

We're co-running the Viscera Film Festival, showing the best new short horror films directed by women, just like we did last year. Here's our 2011 lineup.

It's been pretty cut-throat. Out of over 80 submissions, we struggled and wept and co-director Shannon Lark and I beat each other up over what our final lineup would be. In the end, we decided, only the best of the best could play, so we counted and recounted our judges tallies and agreed that again we'd show way too many films and have our fest run way too long.

These films are just too good to not screen. We couldn't eliminate any of them. I have to be honest: I love every film on this list. We're got some Us premieres that we're especially excited about! The 2011 Viscera Film Festival Films are:

The Party’S Over by Gigi Romero

Bon Apetit by Kate Shenton

Doll Parts »

- Superheidi

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