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Four Film Favorites From The 2016 Fantasia International Film Festival
The massive under taking that is the Fantasia International Film Festival is a celebration of culture, art, community and film. I was fortunate enough to attend the final weekend of the festival that comprised theater screenings as well as what was available for viewing in the screening room at Fantasia HQ. While I do focus on horror primarily, this film festival hosts so many amazing shorts, features, documentaries, animation and more for nearly three weeks that you discover some incredible entries of storytelling! These are my four favorite films and honorable mentions from my time at Fantasia based off the viewings I had access to over that long weekend.
Too Young To Die / Directed By Kankuro Kudo (Japan)
Balls to the wall fun, a ton of heart and rock & roll on a canvas of Japanese filmmaking madness! This supernatural tale blends lots of laughs, »
- Jay Kay
Mike Flanagan’s spectral sequel gets a trailer. Sequels rarely make anyone all that excited. Except, of course, when they’re helmed by visionaries who have proven themselves masters of their dark craft. Absentia, Oculus and Hush director Mike Flanagan is one such visionary and today, Universal dropped the trailer for his curious followup to the hit…
- Chris Alexander
Sugar Skull Girls 2017 Release Details and Trailer: Press Release: “Sgl Entertainment is pleased to announce that they will be releasing “Sugar Skull Girls” the Teenage Comedy Adventure Movie and TV Series on Blu-ray, DVD, Cable TV and VOD in early 2017. The film is Written and Directed by Christian Grillo, Produced by Christian Grillo, John Kent, David Gechman, and Carmela Hayslett.
And Stars: Addy Miller, Carmela Hayslett, Cece Hagen, Anika Buchanan, Isabella Sobejano, Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes), John Amplas (Day of the Dead) and Leslie Easterbrook (The Devil’s Rejects).
Synopsis: Three demonic sisters who resemble neo-goth voodoo dolls are accidentally conjured from the other side during a failed attempt to raise a little girl from the dead. »
- Tamika Jones
Mike Flanagan is a man who needs less of an introduction with each horror film he makes, as dictated by the positive buzz surrounding Absentia and Oculus. Audiences latch on to his tight direction and simplistically sinister visuals, to the point where any conversation about up-and-coming genre filmmakers is usually started with his name. He quickly found himself courted by Jason Blum and Trevor Macy, which led to a few yet-to-be-released features, and the chance to right Ouija‘s wrongs through a much more adept sequel. Flanagan’s a hot commodity, and his latest film, Hush proves why – to a degree.
Admittedly, I’m positively lukewarm on both Absentia and Oculus, and Hush evoked an almost mirrored reaction. Flanagan is a talented filmmaker, as he’s able to market easily-digestible stories (some more than others) with an engaging plethora of taught, tense shot selection. He’s a dream director for mainstream horror, »
- Matt Donato
I’m a huge horror fan, and one of my surprise favorite horror movies in the past couple of years was Oculus, the critically-acclaimed mainstream debut of director Mike Flanagan (he had previously directed the lesser-known Absentia). I’ve been eagerly awaiting Flanagan’s follow-up to Oculus for months, and Netflix (who has worldwide distribution rights to the film) has finally delivered with Hush (after its March premiere at South by Southwest). The film got rave reviews at its festival premiere, but was the hype and anticipation really worth it? Thankfully, yes. To summarize the story, Hush is a horror-thriller in which a deaf and mute author (played by Kate
‘Hush’ (2016) Film Review »
- Jasef Wisener
Home invasion thrillers share several aspects, but one of the more common among them is that the home being invaded is typically occupied by a single woman. Clearly women shouldn’t be allowed to live alone, but until we can pass a law forbidding such things from happening their dwellings will continue to be death traps. Maddie (Kate Siegel) is the latest woman to tempt fate by living on her own, but she has a second characteristic that potentially marks her as even more of a victim in the eyes of an assailant — she’s deaf. An illness took her hearing when she was just a teenager, and while she’s found a career as a writer and maintains relationships with family and a seemingly small group of friends, she’s also grown a bit withdrawn over the years. She’d rather avoid situations — dealing with an ex, meeting new people — but her hand is forced when »
- Rob Hunter
The brain and the muse behind Hush speak to Shock. One of the best and brightest (if not the very best and brightest) hopes for contemporary cinematic horror is filmmaker Mike Flanagan, whose films Absentia and Occulus (read our interview here) shook the genre to attention with their radically unique approach to the genre. His…
- Chris Alexander
We have been big fans of Oculus director Mike Flanagan since he released his underrated indie horror gem Absentia back in 2011, so it goes without saying that we were quite excited to check out his latest film, Hush (review), which recently premiered to… Continue Reading →
- Ari Drew
“I didn’t pick isolation; isolation picked me.” In just a few years, Mike Flanagan has evolved into one of the more interesting genre directors out there with films like Absentia, Oculus, and the upcoming Before I Wake. With the home invasion thriller Hush, Flanagan embraces his indie roots with yet another exceptional character-driven horror experience that proves there are still effective ways to terrify audiences when you have a strong concept, smart script and talented cast at your disposal.
Hush centers on Maddie (Kate Siegel), a writer who specializes in crafting thriller novels and lives in isolation after bacterial meningitis claimed her voice and her hearing at an early age. Being perfectly content to shut out a world she already feels distanced from, her only real companions are her cat named Bitch and a handful of neighbors, including Sarah (Samantha Sloyan), who does her best to keep the reluctant »
- Heather Wixson
The SXSW film festival kicks off on Friday with a strong lineup that once again proves the Austin gathering as a formidable player for big and small movies. As if assembled from the ingredients of Sundance meets Comic-Con, the event will have thousands of fan boys and dozens of filmmakers rubbing shoulders. It wasn’t always this way. SXSW used to focus more on micro-budgeted indie features and documentaries, but in recent years studios have also started to flock to Texas, which has given SXSW more star power and clout. Here are 16 of the buzziest titles from this year’s festival.
1. “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday”
Judd Apatow has been SXSW’s most loyal recidivist — arriving here with 2007’s “Knocked Up,” 2011’s “Bridesmaids,” the first public screening of HBO’s “Girls” in 2012 and last year’s “Trainwreck.” He aims to keeps his winning streak alive with this Netflix original feature, which he produced, »
- Ramin Setoodeh, Justin Chang, Joe Leydon, Andrew Barker and Dennis Harvey
A flesh-eating virus tightens its grip on a man desperate for answers and low on time in Contracted: Phase 2. With the sequel hitting home media next Tuesday from Scream Factory, we've been provided with three Blu-ray / DVD combo packs to give away.
Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray / DVD combo pack copy of Contracted: Phase 2.
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email email@example.com with the subject "Contracted: Phase 2 Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on January 14th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.
- Derek Anderson
Every second is precious for Riley, a man infected with a flesh-eating virus in Contracted: Phase 2. With the horror sequel hitting home media next Tuesday, we have Blu-ray clips and a trailer from the upcoming release.
Contracted: Phase II Blu-ray: "Picking up immediately after the events of the first film, this riveting sequel follows Riley (Matt Mercer, Contracted), now infected and running out of time, as he attempts to find out more about the virus and its mysterious host. As he digs deeper into its origins, Riley attracts the attention of a detective (Marianna Palka, Good Dick) who doubts his innocence, and Bj (Morgan Peter Brown, Absentia), who holds the key to the virus – and perhaps the destruction of mankind as we know it – leading to a blood-soaked finale you have to see to believe. Hang on to your barf bags, buckle up, and get ready for the genre ride of the year! »
- Derek Anderson
12 items from 2016
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