19 items from 2014
Championed by Quentin Tarantino, whose 2010 Venice jury awarded him a Silver Lion for “The Last Circus,” Spaniard Alex de la Iglesia’s filmic universe might be thought weird. It is certainly one of the most exuberant in contemporary Spanish – maybe European – cinema.
During a directing master class at this week’s 14th Marrakech Film Fest, he bared his heart about his creative inspirations, having previously unveiled a new project to Variety, “The Bar,” which he aims to shoot on the heels of “My Big Night,” skedded for an early 2015 shoot.
One key inspiration for his generation is Spanish cult filmmaker Jess Franco (1930-2013). “For us, he’s a prophet, the greatest amongst the pantheon of directors. He did everything – mystery, horror, thriller, porno.”
Iglesia talked about his family background – he was born in Bilbao, in Spain’s Basque country, into a family with strong Catholic roots — and the fact that »
- Martin Dale
Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia returns with Witching and Bitching, a nod to his particular brand of zany, over-the-top genre comedy that marked some of his better known titles from 1990s, particularly The Day of the Beast (1995). Bigger budgets and a cadre of returning cast members from his filmography make his latest film of a higher pedigree than those roughhewn beginnings, but the director still insists on bloating his running time as an overstuffed extravaganza. As usual, this gilds the energetic exuberance to a desensitizing mass of standout moments rising out of chintzy, cheeseball antics.
Disguised as live street performers in Madrid, Jose (Hugo Silva) and Tony (Mario Casas) hold up a jewel shop and steal a bunch of gold rings. Jose is desperate to flee with his son from ex-wife Silvia (Macarena Gomez) since he’s tired of paying alimony. While several of their street performing cohorts are »
- Nicholas Bell
As we move closer to October 31st, horror fans have several amazing collections and special edition releases to look forward to this week, including the highly anticipated “Black Maria” collection from Dark Sky and Mpi in celebration of the 40th anniversary of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
Universal is also releasing a really cool box set that features a handful of Steven Spielberg’s finest films, Kino Lorber is resurrecting the cult classic Jennifer in high-def this week, and the indie horror comedy Witching & Bitching makes its way home on DVD as well, all in time for Halloween.
40 years ago, five youths on a weekend getaway in the Texas countryside fell prey to a butcher in a mask made of human skin and his cannibalistic family, and horror cinema would never be the same. »
- Heather Wixson
Alex del la Iglesia’s Witching & Bitching
Alex de la Iglesia has always had a knack for combining elements that would not typically go together as well as they do for his films. 1995‘s The Day Of The Beast took the concept of three men Trying to bring about the Antichrist, and turned it into a hybrid of horror and what was the darkest of comedies around. While 2010‘s The Last Circus had more of a very serious tone to it, it was undeniably an Alex de la Iglesia film, having the imagination that he’s definitely known for and taking its viewer for one hell of a ride. With IFC Film’s Witching & Bitching (aka- Las Brujas de Zugarramurdi and released on 10/14), de la Iglesia has once again created a film that is quite the wild experience, but is also one of the craziest hybrid films to grace the genre in a good while. »
- Jerry Smith
On the run after a bank heist, José and Tony need a place to lay low for awhile, especially since a handful of hostages and José’s son are along for the ride. They stop at a small tavern in the countryside, but they would have been better off turning themselves over to the law, as their pitstop is inhabited by a coven of merciless, wicked witches in IFC Midnight’s Witching & Bitching, coming to DVD in the Us on October 14th.
“When a bank heist in the city doesn’t all go according to plan, Jose and Tony find themselves in possession of some hostages and speeding through the mountains of Spain, hoping to quietly slip over the border. Not wanting to give up his custody days to his ex-wife, Jose has also brought his son along for both the robbery and the ride. Little do they know that »
- Derek Anderson
Image from The ABC’s of Death 2. Chapter directed by Erik Matti
The ABCs of Death 2 now officially has a release date and it is just in time for Halloween. The film will be released by Magnet and Drafthouse Films on VOD on October 2nd and a limited theatrical run a few weeks later on the 31st .
The sequel is a follow-up to 2012’s horror anthology The ABCs of Death and, like its predecessor, will contain 26 short horror films by some of the genre’s greatest minds. As expected with so many shorts, the original was a bit of a mixed bag. There were certainly some incredible shorts like D is for Dogfight directed by Marcel Sarmiento, T is for Toilet by Lee Hardcastle, U is for Unearthed by Ben Wheatley, X is for Xxl by Xavier Gens, and the disgusting L is for Libido by Timo Tjahjanto. There »
- Max Molinaro
The first official trailer for the upcoming fear flick that finds Spanish filmmaker Alex de la Iglesia (The Last Circus, Witching and Bitching) serving as producer, Shrew's Nest, is here and it's looking pretty damned good. Check it out!
Shrew's Nest will mark the feature debut of Juanfer Andrés and Esteban Roel. The filmmakers describe the project as being a character-driven horror story with a strong focus on drama, comparing it to films like The Shining, Misery and Repulsion.
Spain, the 1950s. Montse is no longer a young woman. She lost the blush of youth caring for her little sister, »
- Steve Barton
This review was first published last year during our Fantastic Fest coverage. It is now opening in limited release and on VOD June 13th. Since Accion Mutante and Day of the Beast in the early-'90s, Alex de la Iglesia has always demonstrated his off-kilter sensibilities within horror. His endeavors are never straight-up exercises in fear. There's always a thread of humor. Something zany he brings to the table. At the core of it all, however, there's always a lot of heart. While not purely "horror," per se, I would point to his most recent genre effort, The Last Circus, as a keen example of Iglesia's voice. Witching & Bitching is no different.
The post Review: Witching & Bitching appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Latino-Review has been provided with an Exclusive look at the poster and motion poster for IFC Midnight’s "Witching & Bitching" starring Hugo Silva, Mario Casas, Pepón Nieto, Carolina Bang, Terele Pávez, and Jaime Ordóñez.
When a bank heist in the city doesn’t all go according to plan, José and Tony find themselves in possession of some hostages and speeding through the mountains of Spain, hoping to quietly slip over the border. Not wanting to give up his custody days to his ex-wife, José has also brought his son along, for both the robbery and the ride. Little do they know that this is only the beginning of their troubles. When they decide to make a stop in a small tavern in the Basque countryside, the group encounters a series of local wackos. »
- Kellvin Chavez
Director Álex de la Iglesia has been making his brand of satire filled stylistic dramas for the past twenty years, yet he is still relatively unknown stateside. “The Last Circus” and “800 Bullets” are his most recognized works, but it may be the frenzied “Witching and Bitching” that draws the most attention from genre fans looking for something different. With a blend of melodrama meeting horror, de la Iglesia produces a bizarre and humorous excursion.
Jose (Hugo Silva) is a struggling father trying to make the best for his 8-year-old son Sergio (Gabriel Delgado). Unfortunately, Jose’s idea for making a better life involves a daylight robbery of a jewelry store with Sergio playing accomplice along with his partner Tony (Mario Casas). Things don’t go as smoothly as Jose would like, but he narrowly escapes capture in a cab and takes the driver Manuel (Jaime Ordóñez) hostage. The group is »
- Monte Yazzie
Hot on the heels of their ambitious horror anthology The ABCs Of Death, Drafthouse producers Ant Timpson and Tim League decided that the world needed another collection of horror shorts spanning every letter of the alphabet – and adventurous horror fans much like myself rejoiced. The ABCs Of Death 2 was greenlit, the directors were selected, and the inevitable waiting game began.
I tried on numerous occasions to extract as much information as possible from contributing artists – Jerome Sable, Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado were tight-lipped in our interviews – but it looks like Magnet and Drafthouse are ready to start opening the floodgate of horrors hiding amidst these 26 short stories that are ready to shock, scare, and revolt viewers in ways the original didn’t dare.
While certain sites were originally given their own exclusive images, we’re now able to collect the smattering of gross faces, forest scenes, and creepy monsters »
- Matt Donato
If you’re a horror comedy fan, you absolutely must have Álex de la Iglesia’s Witching & Bitching on your radar. The man responsible for The Last Circus, one of my favorite clown revenge movies in the last decade, is taking his darkly comedic talents to a horror subgenre that’s become a cranky afterthought – witches. You know, those female sorcerers who mix an eye of newt into magic caldrons, whipping up potions and whatnot? If there’s one thing I can guarantee, it’s that De la Iglesia won’t be making a Hocus Pocus sequel – driven home by an old hag with metal teeth seen the film’s subtitled theatrical trailer, located below.
Following a group of jewelry thieves who are hunted by a pack of witches (duh), De la Iglesia appears to have mixed hefty doses of action and comedy into this pseudo horror film, as this »
- Matt Donato
IFC recently revealed that they’ll be releasing the latest film from The Last Circus director, Álex de la Iglesia, on June 13th. Titled Witching & Bitching, we have a look at a brand newUS theatrical trailer:
“When a bank heist in the city doesn’t all go according to plan, José and Tony find themselves in possession of some hostages and speeding through the mountains of Spain, hoping to quietly slip over the border. Not wanting to give up his custody days to his ex-wife, José has also brought his son along, for both the robbery and the ride. Little do they know that this is only the beginning of their troubles. When they decide to make a stop in a small tavern in the Basque countryside, the group encounters a series of local wackos. Falling victim to a mysterious spell, they soon find themselves the honored guests of a »
- Jonathan James
We told you about cult Spanish filmmaker Alex de la Iglesia (The Last Circus, Witching and Bitching) serving as producer on the latest slice of Spanish shivers heading our way, Shrew's Nest, a couple of weeks ago. Now we have a better look at the artwork for ya!
Iglesia is producing a film called Shrew's Nest, which will mark the feature debut of Juanfer Andrés and Esteban Roel. The filmmakers describe the project as being a character-driven horror story with a strong focus on drama, comparing it to films like The Shining, Misery and Repulsion.
- Steve Barton
Though he's made a name for himself by directing films like The Last Circus and Witching and Bitching, cult Spanish filmmaker Alex de la Iglesia is next set to don the hat of producer, and we've got all the details for ya today. Dig in!
As per Twitch, Iglesia is producing a film called Shrew's Nest, which will mark the feature debut of Juanfer Andrés and Esteban Roel. The filmmakers describe the project as being a character-driven horror story with a strong focus on drama, comparing it to films like The Shining, Misery and Repulsion.
- John Squires
Witching & Bitching and The Last Circus' Alex de la Iglesia is currently producing Shrew's Nest for helmers Juanfer Andrés and Esteban Roel. The film is said to star Dagon's Macarena Gomez, Nadia de Santiago, Sleep Tight's Luis Tosar and Hugo Silva of Witching & Bitching. Twitch has the first pics (head there for another image) and synopsis...
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- Ryan Turek
Shine on, kids! The full schedule for the Stanley Film Festival, which runs at the iconic and historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Co, April 24-27, has been announced; and we have all the details you need right here. Dig it!
From the Press Release
The Stanley Film Festival (Sff), produced by the Denver Film Society and presented by NBC Universal's Chiller, announced today its Opening Night film and several special event highlights and experiences taking place at the four-day event (April 24-27, 2014).
The Stanley Film Festival celebrates the best in independent horror cinema at the hotel that inspired The Shining. The Festival will host a full slate of films, panels, competitions, and special events - all at the beautiful and historically haunted Stanley Hotel.
The Stanley Film Festival will open Thursday, April 24, with a Gala Presentation of an original documentary from EPiX, Doc of the Dead. Directed by Colorado »
- Steve Barton
The Stanley Hotel launched its first annual Stanley Film Festival last year and put together an impressive group of horror films and guests. After initially announcing Doc of the Dead as their opening film, we now have the full programming list, which includes screenings of The Sacrament, Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead, and much more:
“The Stanley Film Festival (Sff) produced by the Denver Film Society (Dfs) and presented by Chiller, announced today its full line-up and schedule. As previously announced, Doc of the Dead will open Sff. The festival, taking place April 24-27, will close with the mockumentary from Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords), What We Do In The Shadows, about a house of vampires trying to get back in touch with modern society. Throughout the four-day celebration of the best in horror cinema, Sff will showcase a full slate of features, shorts, panels, »
- Jonathan James
Well, 2013 has come and gone and it was a pretty darned good year for horror, both at the theaters, as well as on TV with more horror television programming than ever and the exponential growth of VOD releases. This year may have just started, but 2014 doesn't show any signs of slowing down in terms of genre offerings. Alyse has got you covered with Four New TV Shows We Can't Wait For. How 'bout we take a look at feature length movies due out this year? Get your calendars out and let's break down some of the most anticipated horror titles arriving later this year.
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (Jan 3rd)
We may have missed out on getting another 'Paranormal Activity' film last Halloween, but Blumhouse is wasting no time this year as the Latino-centric spin-off film 'Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones' is now playing in theaters as of today! »
- Rob Galluzzo
19 items from 2014
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