8 items from 2015
Editor’s note: Friend of Icons of Fright, Jovy Skol, wrote this little list of his five favorite revenge films. Filled with everything from multiple countries, his picks are pretty solid, and worth checking out if you have yet to do so. -Jerry
An American film crew disappears in the Amazon rain forest while filming a documentary on a cannibal tribe. A rescue mission ensues and the crew’s footage is uncovered, revealing a unconventional colony perverted by Americans who stage some horrific events in order to create excitement for viewers. The natives don’t take kindly to these strangers and show the Americans what happens when you fuck with them. Cannibal Holocaust comes with a lot of baggage, but is worth watching at least once, leaving viewers with the closing line, “Who are the real cannibals?”
Kyung-chul is one sick serial killer with a taste for beautiful women. »
- Jerry Smith
Anyone who's been paying attention knows that for the last decade or so, some of the most exciting cinema, or just cinema period, has come out of South Korea. The nation's produced, since the turn of the century, filmmakers like Park Chan-Wook, Bong Joon-Ho and Kim Jee-Woon, and films like "Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance," "Memories Of Murder" and "I Saw The Devil," to name but a few. Cannes has been a big part of introducing this Korean New Wave to the world, with "Oldboy" and "The Host" among those that screened here, and it was only last year that Jessica flipped for crackerjack thriller "A Hard Day." It's become sort of a tradition that one of the midnight movie slots is filled with a Korean genre pic, and this year the honor has fallen to "Office," the directorial debut of Hong Won-Chan, who co-wrote Korean thriller hits "The Chaser" and "The Yellow Sea. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Adi Shankar continues to be one of my favourite producers. Both The Grey and Dredd were awesome films, he recently hired Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett to write and direct an adaptation of I Saw the Devil and today, he released a kick ass, dystopian re-imaging of the hit kid's show, Power Rangers.
The short was directed by Jospeh Kahn (Detention) who was once tapped to direct the long in development Neuromance, so I'm not surprised to see a ton of Cyberpunk thrown in here including audio nods to Blade Runner.
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The project has been penned by regular collaborator Simon Barrett, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that the film “involves a group of college students on a camping trip who discover they are not alone.”
In addition to The Guest, Wingard and Barrett have previously worked together on Autoerotic, You’re Next and What Fun We Were Having, as well as segments of V/H/S, V/H/S/2 and The Abcs of Death, and are also attached to a remake of Kim Jee-woon’s I Saw the Devil.
- Gary Collinson
Somewhere around the hour-and-ten minute mark of Killers, I recapped what had transpired and thought, “Sweet baby Jesus, what else could these maniac “Mo brothers” possibly bash me over the head with?” Violent murders, perverse lawyers, grotesque torture, acidic erasures – then I realized there was still over an hour of carnage left. Expecting more of the same serial-slashing antics, Killers happily breaks from more generic torture-porn mentalities and engages in thoughtful depictions of a “good versus evil” battle that demands blood be spilled on both fronts. All two-hours-and-seventeen minutes are utilized by the Mo brothers, with a little scripting help from Takuji Ushiyama, as their film explores the minds of mass-murderers from a visually relentless, competitive, and unsettling new light.
With life comes the inevitability of death, but there are unjust individuals who love to play God and end other people’s lives prematurely. Nomura Shuhei (Kazuki Kitamura) is such a monster, »
- Matt Donato
While DC and Marvel might already have a lock on several future release dates past the 2015 campaign with the Coen Bros. circling February on their calendars, for the most part, when it comes to American independent and foreign film flavored items, 2016 is still cloudy with a chance of…. 2015 just broke (we already have plenty to look forward to (Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films / Top 25 Most Anticipated Studio Films / Top 100 Most Anticipated American Independent Films – soon!) but we’re already excited about what is in store for several of our favorite auteurs. Here are picks 100 to 6, with our Nicholas Bell providing further analysis on current top five for 2016. Pictured above is Peter Strickland, who sits in our number six spot.
100. Untitled Edward Munch Project – Erik Poppe
97. Imagine – Benoit Graffin
- Eric Lavallee
Seoul — Paramount Pictures has dropped Cj Entertainment as its South Korean distributor for “Terminator: Genisys,” the fifth installment in the “Terminator” series. The sci-fi action film prominently features top Korean star Lee Byung-hun as a T-1000 android.
Cj, which has been Paramount’s long-term releasing partner in Korea for over a decade, revealed the news on Thursday. It previously announced the film on its 2015 distribution slate and included “T5” in a showreel during October’s Busan festival.
“The decision [not to release “Terminator: Genisys” through Cj] was made by Paramount last month as the studio has changed its international distribution strategy for the film,” said Cj.
It is not clear which company will take its place.
“Rights to Terminator Genisys are being sold in Korea. We have a tremendous partner coming aboard and will confirm their association with the project shortly,” a Paramount spokesperson in Los Angeles told Variety, without elaboration.
“The Cj news was a shock for us as well, »
- Sonia Kil and Patrick Frater
If you are a Hollywood film fan, especially those more into the darker R rated genre, then you probably have seen some of producer Adi Shankar’s films. He has been behind the action thrillers The Grey and A Walk Among the Tombstones (both starring Liam Neeson), Lone Survivor (Mark Wahlberg) and Killing Them Softly (Brad Pitt), among others.
Now, the young producer is bringing the Hindi film epic drama Gangs of Wasseypur to the Us. Gangs of Wasseypur is director/writer/producer Anurag Kashyap’s ambitious and extraordinary blood-and-bullets-fueled crime saga that charts 70 years in the lives – and spectacular deaths – of two mafia-like families fighting for control of the coal-mining town of Wasseypur, India. Inspired by the real-life exploits of local gangs the film, Gangs of Wasseypur is produced by Guneet Monga (The Lunchbox), and boasts an incredible cast, including Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Jaideep Ahlawat, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Piyush Mishra, »
- Stacey Yount
8 items from 2015
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