12 items from 2015
Canada has a solid reputation in the horror arena. From Black Christmas (1974) to The Brood (1979), from Pontypool (2008) to American Mary (2012) Canadians have continued to push the envelope while still creating highly entertaining genre films. While the Canadian film industry is nowhere near as powerful as its American counterpart, it has sought,…
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- Samuel Zimmerman
Directed by Julian Barratt, Alexandre Bustillo, Larry Fessenden, Julian Gilbey, E.L. Katz, Aharon Keshales, Steven Kostanski, Julien Maury, Vincenzo Natali, Bill Plympton, Jen & Sylvia Soska and many more…
It’s a second go around the alphabet of fear with The ABCs of Death 2. 2012′s first installment – an anthology of 26 stories, each representing a letter of the alphabet – was the very definition of a mixed bag, with (sadly) the bad often outweighing the good. However, given that the good was Very good I still held out hope that this sequel would live up to the expectations and potential that the format has.
Thankfully this time round the good outweighs the bad, although surprisingly there are some disappointing segments from directors whose work I’ve enjoyed; and whose feature work has been hailed as some of the best in the genre – not that there’s any evidence of that here – including »
- Phil Wheat
The digital revolution had all but rendered shooting on a film as nothing more than a pipe dream, and cinephiles were beginning to say goodbye to the medium that shaped their favorite art form from the very beginning. The aesthetic of film is something that cannot be captured, only replicated, no matter how skilled an editor may be. 35mm is almost impossible to get a hold of these days (unless you’re part of a huge movie studio) so the independent artist’s chances at shooting on film is slim to none. However, director James Bickert (who brought us the absolutely dynamite Dear God, No) has other ideas.
Frankenstein Created Bikers is going to be one of the last (if not the absolute last) independent horror film shot on 35mm. Frankenstein Created Bikers centers around the re-animation of the South’s most notorious biker gang, The Impalers. Dr. Marco and »
- BJ Colangelo
The Soska sisters (Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska), those twisted identical twins from Canada who rocked the horror scene with the bizarre, over the top exploitation classic Dead Hooker in a Trunk and then broke into popular culture with the equally outrageous, but more challenging and deep horror film American Mary, are back at it again with their first major original project since American Mary, and Twisted Twins fans, as well as fans of horror, exploitation, and comics should be very, very excited.
Kill-Crazy Nymphos Attack! is an upcoming graphic novel co-written by the Soska sisters, and to be frank, the title of the project and the fact that the Soskas are writing it is enough to get me onboard. In recent years the Soska sisters have focused on directing other people's projects, and this is all well and good, but what makes the Soskas really unique, »
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today's feature includes screening details on Avenged and Serpent's Lullaby, a new Hayride 2 trailer, concept teaser and production details for The Void, first details on short film Paralysis, and more:
Details on Q&A Screenings of Avenged: "Avenged is showing at the Arena Cinemas in Hollywood from March 6. Uncork’d Entertainment will release the critically acclaimed Avenged at Arena Cinemas Hollywood on March 6, 2015.
A second Q&A session will be held after the Sunday March 8 6:30 Pm screening.
These two Q&A sessions are Exclusive to Los Angeles. A lethal injection of scares, thrills, romance, »
- Tamika Jones
In British bingo, if the number 88 comes up, the caller will shout, "Two fat ladies!", as a conventional code for the two figures' pictographic appearance. Similarly the title of April Mullen's 88 represents a conundrum in need of decoding: the numeral itself recurs in different contexts throughout the film (whether as the number for various motel rooms or street addresses), while its two sinuous, Moebian digits reflect visually the shape of the two parallel, looping timelines that constitute the film's elaborate circular narrative. There are even two (lean) ladies here, although timid Gwen and tough Flamingo are in fact the split personalities of one woman, and are both played by an actor with past form in Jekyll-and-Hyde roles, Katherine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps, American Mary)....
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Women in Horror Month’s PSA for a Massive Blood Drive launches this week, and features a new short film Ripe N’ Bloody from award-winning Canadian filmmaker Patricia Chica and executive producer Tara Kurtz, along with eight other notable women directors. As part of an annual awareness drive, the Soska Twins (American Mary, See No Evil 2) invite some of the savviest women in film to contribute their creativity to an incredibly good cause: Women … Continue reading →
Stars: Kathleen Turner, Judd Nelson, Katrina Bowden, Paz de la Huerta, Corbin Bleu, Boris Kodjoe, Michael Eklund, Niecy Nash, Melanie Scrofano, Martin Donovan, Adam Herschman, Katia Peel | Written by Douglas Aarniokoski, David Loughery | Directed by Douglas Aarniokoski
The Nurse may be in 3D, but that’s not how it was viewed – because if it doesn’t have piranhas, Judge Dredd or murderous miners in it, its really not worth the hassle. In Nurse – which is a much-anticipated thing people wanted to see – a murderous nurse spends her evenings offing adulterous bastard men, like some sort of kinky anti-cheating Punisher. Things get complicated when she befriends newbie colleague Danni (Katrina Bowden), who doesn’t look so kindly upon her man-murdering ways. Melodrama ensues… in 3D!
Part stylish thriller, part steamy European slasher film and all Lionsgate, Nurse takes a strong female cast, promising concept, excellent visuals and frequently clever writing and »
- Joel Harley
The ABC’S Of Death 2
2012’s ABC’S Of Death was an interesting venture. Taking 26 directors and assigning each of them a different letter of the alphabet and letting them have at it might have seemed like a good idea (and to some it was), but it ended up falling somewhere closer to a misfire than a hit. Sure, there were great entries like Marcel Sarmiento’s “D is for Dogfight” and “U is for Unearthed” directed by Kill List director Ben Wheatley, but for every one of those, there were segments like “F is for Fart“. The premise of the anthology was an interesting one, but it just didn’t amount of a very even film. When it was announced that The ABC’S Of Death 2 would be soon coming, the exact word that came from a good amount of peoples’ mouths was “Oh.” With a new roster of filmmakers including E.L. Katz, »
- Jerry Smith
Glasgow-based company Shining Example Films and award-winning writer/director Andy Stewart (Dysmorphia, Split, Ink) are have announced that pre-production has begun on their final short horror film, Redacted. And I’m fucking excited for it. Besides being a Huge fan of Stewart’s three previous shorts, his latest short is set star Laurence R. Harvey (The Human Centipede 2 & 3, The Editor) and Tristan Risk (American Mary, The Editor, The ABC’s of Death) – yes, two of the biggest names in horror right now!
While on an afternoon hike, an unimposing Man stumbles upon a humanoid creature with alluring female qualities. While fearful and in apparent need of assistance, The Creature oozes sexuality and danger but it is unclear where the danger really lies… Redacted is an exploration of the darker side of human nature when confronted with something strange and otherworldly.
Writer/Director Andy Stewart had the following to say:
- Phil Wheat
Kicking off with a special screening on Thursday 26th February and hosting eleven films on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th February, the UK’s favourite horror fantasy festival celebrates ten ‘gore-ious’ years at its second home at the Glasgow Film Festival with an all-exclusive slate of the freshest new horror films around – including three World, two European and six UK premieres!
The shocktacular line-up starts on Thurs 26 Feb in sumptuous Hammer-style with the UK premiere of the Edgar Allan Poe based Eliza Graves featuring an all-star Hollywood cast, including Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess and Michael Caine.
Friday’s fearsome line-up kicks off with the European premiere of The Atticus Institute, the paranormal activity shockumentary of the year, written and directed by Chris Sparling, who wrote ‘Buried’. This is followed by the World Premiere of The Hoarder, starring an on-form Mischa Barton who uncovers the worst horrors in the »
- Phil Wheat
One of the more impressive shorts of 2014 was director Jill Sixx Gevargizian’s diabolical directorial debut entitled Call Girl (review), starring Laurence R. Harvey of The Human Centipede 2 and Tristan Risk of American Mary. And we’ve got the film’s… Continue Reading →
- Scott Hallam
12 items from 2015
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