17 items from 2015
The constant big-budget movie releases with their A-list stars, state of the art technology, and expensive advertising campaigns can make it easy to forget that most of the movie industry just doesn’t have that kind of money. Most filmmakers are working with limited resources, yet producing films that are in many cases better than those big money movies. Other filmmakers work with even less, producing films that, in the end, are often relegated to the more obscure cable channels and the bargain bin at Amazon. B-movies have been called Hollywood’s stepchild, but what they really are is its life blood.
Only a few of these films make money, but they have a greater value than simply being good for business: they are good for filmmaking. With little money, no stars, scripts that are disjointed, and often featuring poor production values, the B-movie is the primordial ooze from which new talent and ideas crawl. »
- Gregory Small
Next month, we will be celebrating our anniversary by teaming up with our friends at Grindhouse Releasing to present Trailer Apocalypse, which features almost 2 hours of horror & exploitation film trailers all on 35mm! However, I thought it would be nice to sit in front of the computer and reminisce about how far the program has come.
In The Beginning…
Up until 2002, I worked for the Wehrenberg Theatres chain from my start in 1999 as a concessionist and worked my way to a projectionist. Finally, I was an Assistant Manager/Projectionist at the Eureka 6 Cine. When I got my job with the current company I work for, I quit the theater. I’ll admit, quitting felt like a little piece of me was missing. I was no longer “contributing” to my love of film. I always wanted to be involved again, but didn’t really know what to do. I remember I »
- Andy Triefenbach
As the Fantasia International Film Festival ramps up for this year's festival so does the staff of the Frontières International Co-production Market. They have just announced the first projects to participate in this year's market. Those in attendance will look at new projects by Rob Cotterill, producer of Hobo With A Shotgun. Things have been relatively quiet for A Serbian Film director Srdjan Spasojevic but he is coming to the market with a new project called Whereout. And those crazy 'enfants' from Turbo Kid, Rkss, will have a new project to pitch called Elora. Also in attendance at this year's market will be Wild Things director John McNaughton. Ther will be a new project from the producers of The Demons Rook. From The Netherlands comes Kill Mode, winner from the...
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New posters featuring the main three characters from the psychological horror film, Sun Choke (which recently made its world premiere at the Stanley Film Festival), are featured in our latest round-up. We also have release details and cover art for One Way Static Records' upcoming vinyl soundtrack release for Mark of the Devil and its sequel, as well as a new poster for the upcoming prison-set thriller, Vendetta, which is directed by Jen and Sylvia Soska (See No Evil 2, American Mary).
Synopsis: "Janie’s just trying to get well. As she recovers from a violent psychotic break, she’s subjected each day to a bizarre holistic health and wellness regimen designed, and enforced, by her lifelong nanny and caretaker. She begins »
- Derek Anderson
You love the horror, suspense thriller, action and science fiction films that make up the world of Canadian cult cinema affectionately known as Canuxploitation.
Yet your hunger for Canadian genre film productions and co-productions cannot be satiated.
To aid you in your deeper exploration of the field, following is a chronological look at a number of Canadian genre films that simply don’t get enough attention.
- Terek Puckett
Taking its cues from the gloriously over the top madness of Hobo With a Shotgun and the early films of Troma, Holy Hell is the debut feature from writer/director/star Ryan Laplante – and judging by this movie he is one sick, twisted and hilariously funny individual!
Holy Hell is a comedic take on the classic revenge movies of the 80s and tells the story of Father Augustus Bane, a priest who lived by the word of god – so much so that he doesn’t interfere when, during a visit to a family in his parish, a gang a sickos attack and kill them all… Pushed too far by the atrocities he has witnessed, Father Bane somehow survives his injuries and, plagued by guilt, he »
- Phil Wheat
It’s time for a one-two punch of Wolfcop interviews, you wonderful readers. Lowell Dean’s hilarious and Very entertaining film just hit DVD/Bluray (review) and what better way to get you fright fanatics excited to check it out, than two interviews, one with writer/director Dean, and one with Amy Matysio, who plays Tina, a source of many hilarious moments in the film. Check ‘em out and be sure to pick up Wolfcop, out now via Image Entertainment!
Hi Lowell, how’s it going man?
Lowell Dean (Writer/director): Pretty good, how are you doing?
Not too bad at all actually. First off, when I first heard the name Wolfcop during last year’s Fantasia Festival, it was an instant Yes for me, I mean, how would anyone Not want to see that movie? With that being said, I am curious, what brought on this crazy idea of a movie? »
- Jerry Smith
Let's consider fake movie trailers to be short films. They're self-contained works with some semblance of a narrative, and sometimes they become remade and adapted into actual movies. As far as shorts being calling cards and pitches for larger projects in Hollywood these days, maybe it's more appropriate to consider short films to be fake movie trailers, too. The connection allows us to look at fake trailers for movies like Hobo With a Shotgun, Machete and Clown as being being similar to the original shorts behind movies like Saw, Mama, The Evil Dead and The Babadook. We're focusing on horror and exploitation flicks as opposed to, say, Whiplash, because Clown is the most topical of the title right now. There's a new real trailer for the horror...
- Christopher Campbell
Production has completed on Canada’s latest and wildest genre film, Holy Hell – a collaboration between first time writer and director Ryan Laplante, veteran sound designer George Flores (Antisocial, Septic Man, The Collapsed, Monster Brawl), composer Adrian Ellis (The Scarehouse, Out With Dad) and scream queen Alysa King (Berkshire County).
In the vein of recent horror/comedies like Machete and Hobo with a Shotgun, Holy Hell is a modern take on classic action, horror and exploitation film tropes. And best of all? The goal of Laplante’s movie is to break through every limit set by film, taste and reasonable societal behavior: all with anarchic glee! Check out the trailer below:
Holy Hell is the over-the-top, outrageous, sexually-deviant, blood-drenched story of Father Augustus Bane: a priest pushed too far who begins praying to a revolver and hunting down the gangsters who killed his parishioners.
- Phil Wheat
When something strikes, it strikes in a way that within a year or so, we see a generous amount of films and stories that seem to be lifted from whatever popular story that originally had taken off. It’s an unfortunate fact, but it just happens. Although I was excited as hell to see Rutger Hauer gracing a DVD cover again, unfortunately, it’s for RPG, a film that borrows from various other films and stories, while never offering much originally or interesting moments.
Taking place (obviously) in the future, Hauer’s character is a sick, but very wealthy man who wants to be young again, and will pay whatever price it takes to get that. When he arrives at an agency promising just that, he volunteers for a game, one in which the players choose the young bodies they prefer and are instantly injected into the game. While that setup is an interesting one, »
- Jerry Smith
Canada/New Zealand, 2014
Turbo Kid is as if your favorite Saturday morning cartoon from the 80s got the most fucked up live action adaptation, and yes, that’s a compliment. Based off the short they did for The ABCs of Death, the film from Yoann-Karl Whissell, Anouk Whissell and François Simard takes place in an apocalyptic wasteland in 1997 where a young kid (Munro Chambers) becomes friends with a girl named Apple (Laurence Lebeouf). When Apple is captured by the evil overlord Zeus (Michael Ironside), the kid finds a superhero suit that gives him the powers to free Apple and save the wasteland.
The filmmakers wear their influenes on their sleeve and numerous aspects, from the setting to costuming, call back to the Mad Max series. Plenty of the film harkens back to the stories we would create when we were kids. »
- Dylan Griffin
With How to Train Your Dragon 2 Oscar-nominated for Best Animated Feature and his nutty Fxx comedy Man Seeking Woman in the midst of its first season, January has been a big month for Jay Baruchel. But if the actor has his way, this is only the start of a truly massive year; during an interview with Collider, Baruchel revealed that he’s hoping to make his feature directorial debut on Random Acts of Violence sometime in 2015.
An adaptation of the comic by Jonah Hex scribes Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, Random Acts of Violence will center on two comic-book writers who hit the road to promote their new character Slasherman. When real bodies start piling up in ways that mirror the murderous creation’s work on the page, though, the two realize that Slasherman may have taken on a life of his own.
“My writing partner [Jesse Chabot] and I adapted »
- Isaac Feldberg
We’re back with another trio of trailers, this time featuring parkour zombie survival skills in the launch trailer for Techland’s Dying Light video game, talking pets and dark secrets in the UK trailer for The Voices (starring Ryan Reynolds), and a tease of the dangerous dystopian backdrop of the 1980s-esque Turbo Kid.
“Dying Light is a first-person, action survival horror video game with a harrowing day-night cycle set in a vast open world. Currently under development by Techland, the game will be available in 2014 [now 2015] for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4, plus Xbox 360, PlayStation®3 system, and PC.
During the day, players will traverse an expansive urban environment overrun by a vicious outbreak, scavenging the world for supplies and crafting weapons to defend against the growing infected population. At night, the hunter becomes the hunted, as the infected become aggressive and more dangerous. Most »
- Derek Anderson
What started out as a entry for The ABCs of Death, T is for Turbo (of course), has now become a full-fledged fuckin’ movie. That flick is premiering tonight at Sundance. The film is executive produced by Jason Eisener (Hobo with a Shotgun), Patrick Ewald, Shaked Berenson, Jean-Francois Ferland, Catherine Nadeau and directed by Anouk Whissell, François Simard & Yoann-Karl Whissell
(a.k.a. The Rkss Collective).
View the clip above and if that minute doesn’t satisfy you, take a look at the original short film entry that might give you an idea of how much gory fun the feature film will be.
Decades after the apocalypse, the world has been left in a permanent nuclear winter. A lonely young orphan called The Kid roams the wasteland scavenging for comic books and paraphernalia from the 80s. He trades knick-knacks with the dodgy bar keep Bagu at the nearby trading post for fresh water, »
- Andy Triefenbach
Written and Directed by Ngai Choi Lam
Adapted from a Japanese manga released in the late 1980s, which was then turned into an anime series, Ngai Choi Lam’s 1991 film, Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky, is gory, goofy greatness. Called the “best comic book adaptation ever created” by Hobo with a Shotgun director Jason Eisener, who provides a brief but zealous introduction to the film on the newly released Blu-ray, this absurdly enjoyable martial arts picture is the definition of over the top.
In the year 2001, Riki-Oh Saiga (Fan Siu Wong) arrives in prison to serve 10 years for manslaughter and assault. Aside from the conviction itself, we know little about Riki, about who he killed and why. He has five bullets lodged in his chest (“souvenirs” he calls them), and in general, he seems to be a seriously durable individual. It’s only through »
- Jeremy Carr
Rutger Hauer can do no wrong in my opinion, the man is great in everything. Everything from Blade Runner, all the way to Hobo With A Shotgun, he always adds a lot to every single film he’s in, so his upcoming return to Sci-Fi in RPG (out February 10th via Arc Entertainment) sounds like something to get on board with. Judging from the trailer, the visual fx are quite impressive, and the plot of the film seems like an interesting one, with Hauer’s character dying from a terminal disease and desperate to continue living. What do you fright fanatics think?
“In a future world not too far away, multimillionaire Steve Battier (Rutger Hauer) is dying from a terminal disease. He accepts an offer from a biotechnological company that provides a very select group of clients the opportunity to be young again and free from disease… but there is a catch. »
- Jerry Smith
Throughout the final days hours of 2014, we will be highlighting each of our contributor’s “Best of 2014″ on an individual basis. This isn’t limited to movies & television either. No, no, this bleeds over into memorabilia, music and so much more. Without further ado…
Twitch, the film blog, deserves the credit for getting me really psyched about this movie. I mean, I absolutely loved The Raid but the idea of a sequel was not welcome; the ending was suitably climactic and had a pleasing dramatic punch I didn’t want diluted by what seemed like a cash-in, an assumption not alleviated by The Raid director/writer Gareth Evans’ locked-in distribution contract with Sony long before filming had even begun. But as Twitch devotedly pursued every scrap of information Evans’ fed to them during filming (there was quite a bit, a refreshing change from the usual hush of »
- Chris Melkus
17 items from 2015
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