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The Monster Will Be Set Loose on Blu-ray and DVD January 24th

Everyone’s worst fears about the evil that hides in the dark come to life in the nightmare-inducing horror film The Monster, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD January 24 from Lionsgate. Somewhere deep in the dark woods lurks a bloodthirsty creature that targets an unsuspecting mother and daughter on a late-night road trip. Starring Primetime Emmy® Award nominee Zoe Kazan (TV’s “Olivia Kitteridge”) and Teen Choice Award nominee Scott Speedman (Underworld franchise), the shocking and terrifying modern monster movie will have you “peeking through your fingers as the blood goes splat” (The New York Times). Theatrically released by A24, The Monster Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98 respectively.

Acclaimed horror filmmaker Bryan Bertino (The Strangers) wrote and directed this suspenseful and scary film, in which a divorced mother (Zoe Kazan) and her headstrong daughter must make an emergency late-night road
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'The Monster' releasing from Lionsgate in January

Everyone’s worst fears about the evil that hides in the dark come to life in the nightmare-inducing horror film The Monster, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD January 24 from Lionsgate.

Somewhere deep in the dark woods lurks a bloodthirsty creature that targets an unsuspecting mother and daughter on a late-night road trip. Starring Primetime Emmy® Award nominee Zoe Kazan (TV’s “Olivia Kitteridge”) and Teen Choice Award nominee Scott Speedman (Underworld franchise), the shocking and terrifying modern monster movie will have you “peeking through your fingers as the blood goes splat” (The New York Times). Theatrically released by A24, The Monster Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98 respectively.

Acclaimed horror filmmaker Bryan Bertino (The Strangers) wrote and directed this suspenseful and scary film, in which a divorced mother (Zoe Kazan) and her headstrong daughter must make an emergency late-night road
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The Monster Blu-ray / DVD Release Details & Cover Art

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The latest film from Bryan Bertino (The Strangers, Mockingbird), The Monster will make house calls on January 24th when Lionsgate releases the emotional creature feature on Blu-ray (including Digital HD) and DVD.

We have the press release below with full details, and in case you missed it, check out Heather Wixson's review of The Monster, as well as her interview with legendary special effects artist Alec Gillis.

Press Release: The Monster

Arriving on Blu-ray & DVD January 24

Program Description

Everyone’s worst fears about the evil that hides in the dark come to life in the nightmare-inducing horror film The Monster, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD January 24 from Lionsgate. Somewhere deep in the dark woods lurks a bloodthirsty creature that targets an unsuspecting mother and daughter on a late-night road trip. Starring Primetime Emmy® Award nominee Zoe Kazan (TV’s “Olivia Kitteridge”) and Teen Choice Award nominee
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Official Trailer and Release Details for Holidays Horror Anthology

Vertical Entertainment and Xyz Films are embracing seasonal scares by acquiring worldwide distribution rights to Holidays. Featuring segments from directors including Kevin Smith and Starry EyesKevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, the horror anthology now has VOD and theatrical release dates and is teased in a new trailer.

Holidays will make its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 14th, and fans won’t have to wait long to see it at home, either, as the film will be released on digital and VOD platforms on April 15th, followed by a theatrical release beginning April 22nd:

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA (March 14, 2016) – Vertical Entertainment and Xyz Films have partnered to acquire the global distribution of the horror anthology Holidays, which was produced by John Hegeman’s Distant Corners Entertainment in association with Xyz Films. The film will have its world premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival on April 14th.
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Under The Shadow to Receive Global Release from Vertical Entertainment, Xyz Films, Netflix

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It sounds like we already have our first great horror movie of 2016. Following its much talked about screenings at Sundance, the Farsi-language horror movie Under The Shadow is set for a worldwide release, thanks to Vertical Entertainment, Netflix, and Xyz Films:

Los Angeles, CA (January 23, 2016) – Vertical Entertainment and Xyz Films have partnered for global distribution of the Farsi-language horror thriller Under The Shadow, which will have its world premiere at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. The companies will coordinate a global day-and-date release on digital and VOD platforms, alongside a targeted theatrical release in select territories. Netflix will release the film worldwide shortly after the theatrical and transactional debut. The release date is still to be announced.

Under The Shadow is written and directed by British / Iranian Babak Anvari and stars Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi and Bobby Naderi. The film is produced by Lucan Toh, Oliver Roskill and Emily Leo of Wigwam Films.
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Daniel MacPherson’s Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Infini’ Bought for North America

Daniel MacPherson’s Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Infini’ Bought for North America
Vertical Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Shane Abbess’ sci-fi thriller “Infini,” starring Daniel MacPherson, Grace Huang, Luke Hemsworth, Bren Foster and Luke Ford, Variety has learned exclusively.

Vertical plans to release the film in theaters day-and-date on May 8.

The story centers on a search and rescue team that is transported through deep space in the 23rd century to a distant mining colony to save the sole survivor of a biological outbreak. During their mission, they find a lethal weapon that is set to arrive on Earth within the hour.

Abbess directed from his own script. Producers are Abbess, Sidonie Abbene, Matthew Graham, and Brett Thornquest, with executive producers Brian Cachia and Steven Matusko.

Production companies are Storm Vision Entertainment, Eclectik Vision, and Storm Alley Entertainment.

MacPherson is the host of the Australian version of “Dancing With the Stars” and his credits include “City Homicide” and “Wild Boys.”

Vertical
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The Best Small-Town Murder Mystery Movies

The dark mysteries of 'The Calling' will finally be unveiled when the new small-town crime thriller arrives on DVD here in the UK on 16 February courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The story, directed by Jason Stone, is based on the novel by Inger Ash Wolfe and it is a journey to the shadowy landscape between faith and fear. We follow Detective Inspector Hazel Micallef (played by Susan Sarandon) who stumbles upon a gruesome murder that shatters her peaceful existence and leads her to unearth a series of similar killings across the country. So we thought this would be a good time to take a look at just some of the other best small-town murder mystery movies out there...
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Vertical Entertainment hunting indie gems at Efm

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Exclusive: Co-founder Rich Goldberg in is Berlin looking for global rights as part of a strategic expansion.

Top brass from La-based Vertical Entertainment are scouring Berlin for global rights as part of a strategic expansion to exploit independent gems across international platforms.

Co-founder Rich Goldberg and head of acquisitions and marketing Peter Jarowey are also on the look-out for Us and UK pick-ups, buoyed by their recent success in the Us with Susan Sarandon thriller The Calling.

The serial killer release went out last August on VOD, cable and satellite and generated $3m, an extraordinary and hitherto unreported success that the distributor is keen to replicate across its prestige roster of curated releases.

Vertical plans to release around two films a month and believes it can deliver robust launches through its relationships with Comcast and digital platforms that bode well for a title’s international prospects.

Ties to Walmart are also crucial. The retail
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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Jorge Michel Grau’s Big Sky

He had made name for himself with the Cannes debut We Are What We Are in 2010, and the remake of his film actually premiered at the fest not that much time afterwards. With production commencing late in 2013, we’re surprised that Jorge Michel Grau’s English language debut didn’t drop in 2014 — but only means a little more time in post for the shot in Albuquerque, New Mexico thriller. Featuring Bella Thorne in the lead, Big Sky sees Grau reteam with cinematographer Santiago Sanchez.

Gist: This is about Hazel (Bella Thorne), a teenage girl who suffers a mortal fear of open spaces. She never leaves her bedroom, which has put a strain on the relationship with her strung-out mom, Dee (Kyra Sedgwick), and is starting to take its toll on both of them. In a last ditch attempt to cure her daughter, Dee enrolls Hazel in a high-end treatment facility in the desert,
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‘The Calling’ – Donald Sutherland’s Tales Of Terror

The Calling sees Susan Sarandon investigate a string of peculiar murders, the victims’ faces manipulated into gruesome expressions. Assisting her in the process is fellow acting stalwart Donald Sutherland, playing a staple movie role, that of the priest in the presence of evil. It’s the latest in a long line of meaty supporting parts played by this versatile and highly-regarded actor, whose distinctive hangdog face can appear haunted, affable, wily or just plain saucy. With The Calling bringing a chill to cinemas this month, let’s take a look at some of Sutherland’s other characters from his intense and often skin-crawling back catalogue.

A good place to start is one of his first film appearances, in an unlikely project from the fledgling British horror producer Amicus. A simple train journey becomes a descent into darkness in…

Doctor Terror’S House Of Horrors (1965)

Would you talk to a man
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The Calling Review

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The directorial debut of Jason Stone (best known for being co-writer on inspiration for This is the End, short movie Jay and Seth Versus the Apocalypse) The Calling sees Hazel Micallef (Susan Sarandon), a police detective in the small Canadian town of Fort Dundas, investigating the brutal murder of one of the towns inhabitants. When one body leads to another and another, Micallef and her team, including new recruit Ben (Topher Grace), come to realize the religious fanatic (Christopher Heyerdhal) behind the murders is only just beginning.  A totally engaging police prcedural, The Calling makes great use of the gloomy Canadian wilderness, all dense forests and barren, snow covered fields , to instill a nice sense of dread into proceedings. It hits the ground running, with the first act more concerned with personal lives of Micallef and those who surround her. It does a great job of building up the characters,
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The Guardian Film Show: '71, The Calling, The Rewrite and The Maze Runner video reviews

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Catherine Shoard and Peter Bradshaw join Henry Barnes for our round-up of the latest cinema releases. This week the team watch Jack O'Connell stumble through the moral murk of Troubles-era Belfast in '71; Susan Sarandon get her teeth into the case of an orally-fixated serial killer in The Calling; Hugh Grant plot a happy third act as a knackered scriptwriter in rom-com The Rewrite; and another messianic teen save another future dystopia in young adult sci-fi The Maze Runner

Listen to the audio-only version of this week's show

 Watch the full Hugh Grant interview Continue reading...
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Movie Review – The Calling (2014)

The Calling, 2014.

Directed by Jason Stone.

Starring Susan Sarandon, Gil Bellows, Ellen Burstyn, Topher Grace and Donald Sutherland.

Synopsis:

In a sleepy small Canadian town a flawed detective attempts to track down a serial killer with a unique motivation.

The Calling is a good first effort from first time director Jason Stone with some excellent acting from its stars, but it sadly doesn’t deliver a satisfying ending. Set in a small Canadian town at the end of winter The Calling stars Susan Sarandon as deeply flawed detective Hazel Micallef who finds herself on the hunt for a serial killer.

Sarandon is the heart and soul of The Calling and the film is much better off for her performance. She makes a character that is awfully unlikeable in many ways a woman you still find yourself rooting for throughout the film, despite her failings.

Gil Bellows and Topher Grace also
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Susan Sarandon: Hollywood is more concerned with looks than politics

Susan Sarandon: Hollywood is more concerned with looks than politics
Susan Sarandon believes that Hollywood is more concerned with looks than politics.

The 67-year old has suggested that the film industry punishes actors for how they look.

In an interview with The Guardian, she said: "The good news and bad news about Hollywood, is that they're not political.

"They probably would punish you more for getting overweight or getting old."

The Tammy actress said she is glad she doesn't live in Los Angeles because of this image.

"In La, you can lose a job over a head of lettuce in a supermarket if you're not all pulled together. You know: 'I saw her, she's not looking so good.'"

Sarandon also joked about her more recent movie roles.

"I'm glad I'm kind of out of the dying groove," she said of her roles playing dying women.

"Then I played three alcoholics in a row," she added.

Susan Sarandon can be seen next in The Calling,
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UK movie releases: October 2014

UK movie releases: October 2014
October 3, 2014

Life After Beth

Director: Jeff Baena

Starring: Jeff Baena

Running time: 89 mins

Certificate: 15

Dracula Untold

Director: Gary Shore

Starring: Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper

Running time: 92 mins

Certificate: 15

Draft Day

Director: Ivan Reitman

Starring: Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner

Running time: 107 mins

Certificate: 15

Gone Girl

Director:David Fincher

Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike

Running time: 149 mins

Certificate: 18

October 10, 2014

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Director: Miguel Arteta

Starring: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner

Running time: 81 mins

Certificate: PG

Annabelle

Director: John R. Leonetti

Starring: Ward Horton, Annabelle Wallis

Running time: 99 mins

Certificate: 15

The Calling

Director: Jason Stone

Starring: Susan Sarandon, Gil Bellows

Running time: 108 mins

Certificate: 15

Effie Gray

Director: Richard Laxton

Starring: Dakota Fanning, Emma Thompson

Running time: Tbc mins

Certificate: 12A

The Maze Runner

Director: Wes Ball

Starring: Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario

Running time: 113 mins

Certificate: 12A

The Rewrite

Director: Marc Lawrence

Starring: Hugh Grant, Marisa Tomei
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The Calling – The DVD Review

Review by Kathy Kaiser

New Director Jason Stone brings to life a psychological crime thriller – highlighted by an All-star cast – with his new film – The Calling.

Hazel Micallef (Susan Sarandon) plays a seasoned cop in the quaint little town of Fort Dundas, which hasn’t seen too much excitement in years. When she decides to check on a neighbor and good friend of her mother Emily (Ellen Burstyn), Micallef happens upon a gruesome crime scene.

Micallef needs help to solve this type of murder, so she reaches out to Detective Ray Green (Gil Bellows), who doesn’t seem to want to come to her aid, now or ever. When a younger cop named Ben Wingate (Topher Grace) decides to transfer to their precinct, he might just be the help she needs to find who committed this heinous crime!

Well it looks like we might just have a serial killer on our hands,
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‘The Calling’ can be read as commentary on contemporary Christianity

The Calling

Directed by Jason Stone

Written by Scott Abramovitch

2014, USA

Canadian culture has long been a topic of discussion among intellectuals simply because there are those who argue that it doesn’t really exist. Obviously there is a culture that those of us living in Canada experience, but it is difficult to ascribe a distinct Canadian nature to that culture since so much of it is almost directly adopted from our neighbors to the south.

There is one piece though, that does differ significantly between Canadians and Americans, religion. It doesn’t really matter what faith one practices in Canada, it is generally a very private thing. Popular culture is almost universally secular with the exception of the occasional political discussion. But even then, the rhetoric in discussions around abortion, same gender marriage, and physician assisted suicide never reach the same heights that they do in the Us.

That
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The Calling | Review

Busy Signals: Stone’s Aptly Named Thriller Phones It In

There is not anything innately offensive about a really decent made-for-tv thriller, especially the type based on those ceaseless examples of books once referred to as dime store pulp fiction, juicy, hard boiled or even illogical. These types of mildly entertaining whodunits aren’t without a certain sense of craftsmanship either. But half their charm is that they’re on television, so they may seem a bit irritating if you had to pay to see them in the theater—and that’s concerning the really decent ones. It’s hard to say why writer/producer Jason Stone chose to adapt The Calling, the first in a series of mystery novels by Michael Redhill, published under the pseudonym of Inger Ash Wolfe. Adapted by screenwriter Scott Abramovitch, who has only written films for television previously, it’s a lukewarm endeavor a
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Susan Sarandon investigates religious murder in The Calling trailer

Susan Sarandon investigates religious murder in The Calling trailer
Susan Sarandon's police sheriff investigates a series of religious murders in the latest trailer for The Calling.

Sarandon is joined by Topher Grace as they race against the clock and try to figure out the motive behind a series of mouth-orientated murders in a small Canadian town.

The Calling also stars Donald Sutherland as a priest who helps the police team figure out that there is a religious meaning behind the serial killings.

Grace's character then finds himself in potential danger as he goes to any means necessary to prevent more deaths.

The thriller is directed by This Is The End's Jason Stone, and has been adapted from Inger Ash Wolfe's novel of the same name.

The Calling will be released on August 29 in the Us and on October 10 in the UK.
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'The Calling' International Trailer Starring Susan Sarandon

'The Calling' International Trailer Starring Susan Sarandon
After starring in the lighthearted summer comedy Tammy, Susan Sarandon takes on the thriller genre in a new international trailer for The Calling. The actress stars as Detective Inspector Hazel Micaleff in Fort Dundas, Ontario, a sleepy town where not much happens, until one day when Hazel discovers the corpse of an elderly woman who was brutally murdered.

Ellen Burstyn, Topher Grace and Donald Sutherland round out an all-star cast in this thriller from director Jason Stone, in theaters August 29.

Despite a bad back, a reliance on painkillers and the occasional drink to take the edge off, Detective Inspector Hazel Micallef (Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon, Best Actress, Dead Men Walking, 1995; Cloud Atlas, The Big Wedding, Snitch) leads a tranquil existence sharing a home with her elderly mother, Emily (Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn, Best Actress, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, 1974; The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream), in Fort Dundas,
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