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All that Suburban Gothic has to offer is on display during a simple yet effective opening scene. Center frame is the goofy, strangely captivating mug of actor Matthew Gray Gubler. His character Raymond, clad in a questionable and loud scarf and possessive of wild hair style, is utterly unimpressed with his guidance counselor, and seemingly most of life in general. He makes fun of her after being told he has no job prospects (despite an Mba), says the word ‘literally’ in a figurative way, and resigns himself to moving back home with his parents.
The matter-of-fact back and forth with Raymond joking under his breath is pretty much recreated on end throughout this so-called horror comedy that wants to be about finding a purpose while navigating boredom and familial pressure. It also wants to frighten and laugh, and those results are mixed at best.
Unfortunately, there isn’t much other »
- Anthony Marcusa
Gutshot (aka Gutshot Straight), 2014.
Directed by Justin Steele
A hard-up gambler gets in deep with the underworld when he takes up a bet from a wealthy gangster to pay off his loans.
Don’t be fooled by the poster art for Gutshot as this isn’t a Steven Seagal vehicle, despite his image being the most prominent. Neither is it a Vinnie Jones headliner, as his mug is also all over it, but both actors are part of an ensemble cast that includes Ted Levine (The Silence of the Lambs), George Eads (CSI: Crime Scene Investigtion), AnnaLynne McCord (Excision) and Stephen Lang (Tombstone) in a film that feels a little different in style for all involved, which isn’t a bad thing.
Jack (Eads) is a professional gambler who has run »
- Gary Collinson
Gearing up for another year at Sheffield's Showroom Cinema, horror film festival Celluloid Screams has announced the full line-up of blood-soaked goodies it has in store for the weekend of October 24-26 – and boy, is it Astron-omically good!
Here it comes... straight from the press release to your eyeballs:
Opening Gala: The Editor (UK Premiere)
Kicking off Celluloid Screams 2014 in fine style, we proudly present the mind-boggling new opus from Canadian filmmaking collective Astron-6 – an affectionate tribute to the Italian giallo thrillers of the 1970s and 1980s.
Rey Ciso was once the greatest editor the world had ever seen, but after a horrific accident left him with four wooden fingers on his right hand, he’s had to resort to cutting low budget trash pictures. When the lead actors from the film he’s been editing turn up murdered at the studio, »
- Gareth Jones
In case you haven't noticed, it's film fest season; and if you live in or near Toronto, one of the best is kicking off October 16th: Toronto After Dark, now in its 9th year. Per usual, it's chock-full of many of the latest high profile titles so read on for all the details!
From the Press Release:
Toronto After Dark Film Festival is thrilled to officially unveil its first wave of exciting film announcements for 2014! Included in the lineup are some of the most critically acclaimed and eagerly anticipated new horror, sci-fi, action, and cult films from this year’s international film festival circuit.
These 10 new movies will all have their Toronto, Canadian, North American, or World Theatrical Premieres hosted exclusively at the festival’s 9th Annual Edition this October 16-24, 2014, at the Scotiabank Theatre, in the heart of downtown Toronto.
The remainder of Toronto After Dark's 2014 lineup, which »
- Debi Moore
Do you have fond memories of watching fright flicks with your friends at sleepovers? The Awesome Fest ensures that those days don’t have to stay in your past with their 2nd annual Summer Camp Sleepover, an outdoor film festival taking place in the woods near Philadelphia. This year’s film lineup is a mix of retro favorites and new blood, with aliens, zombies, and Jason Voorhees set to appear on the big screen.
Presented by Founder/Artistic Director Josh Goldbloom and Film Programmer Scott Weinberg, the Summer Camp Sleepover will be pitching tents and rolling out sleeping bags at the Adventureland Day Camp in Bensalem beginning at 4pm on Friday, September 12th. Campfires, games, food trucks and more are on the schedule for this 21+ event. Below, we have the official press release with full details on the Summer Camp Sleepover that will feature the following six films:
- Derek Anderson
The guys at Grimm Up North have announced their bloodiest, best, most brilliant Grimmfest line up yet! This year they will be hosting some of the greatest in horror, sci-fi and cult features and short films from around the globe. Says Grimmfest Festival Director Simeon Halligan:
We always try to make each Grimmfest bigger than the last and I think this year has been really strong for independent horror and genre titles, I’m really excited by what were going to screen at Grimmfest, I’m convinced its our best line up yet!
Grimmfest kicks off with opening Gala night: starting the night will be the world premiere of Melanie Light’s ‘Vegan Feminist Horror’ short film The Herd, which will then be sharply followed by the English premiere of Brian O’Malley’s Irish/Scottish Intense Horror Let Us Prey, withdirector and the amazing cast featuring Liam Cunningham »
- Phil Wheat
Last week the opening night events for Grimmfest 2014 were announced, and now we're back with the full lineup, which includes several films we've been keeping our eyes on like Housebound, Zombeavers, WolfCop, Starry Eyes, Coherence, Devil's Mile, Sororal, and Many more!
Grimmfest 2014 takes place in Manchester, England, from the 2nd-5th October.
From the Press Release:
We are proud to announce our bloodiest, best, most brilliant Grimmfest lineup yet! This year we will be hosting some of the greatest in horror, sci-fi, and cult feature and short films from around the globe, playing host to some amazing Q&A’s and appearances from some very, very special guests!
Grimmfest Festival Director Simeon Halligan talks about this year's edition of the annual event being the greatest yet: “We always try to make each Grimmfest bigger than the last, and I think this year has been really strong for independent horror and genre titles. »
- Debi Moore
The Dallas actress said that she would like to take on more action projects, following her well-received appearance in the horror movie Excision and lead roles in shows such as 90210 and Nip/Tuck.
She said: "Excision was the one project that I've done that I'm really proud of. As actors we're always giving ourselves the worst time ever. That film, we put our blood, sweat and tears into and thankfully it came out and got some good feedback.
"The director allowed me pretty much a carte blanche, to do whatever I wanted. As an actor, to be given that freedom and that trust, it gives birth to creativity."
When asked what kind of roles she would like to tackle, she said: "To be able to do a combination of crazy and fun roles like that. »
Grimmfest 2014 takes place in Manchester, England, from the 2nd-5th October, and the opening night lineup has been announced. It includes two bloody fantastic features, an exclusive short film premiere, and some great special guests.
This year’s Grimmfest Opening Night will be headlined by the English Premiere of Brian O’Malley’s Scottish/Irish horror Let Us Prey starring Liam Cunningham ("Game of Thrones") and Pollyanna McIntosh (The Woman).
We join Rachel (McIntosh), a rookie cop, as she is about to begin her first nightshift in a neglected police station in a Scottish backwater town... the kind of place where the tide has gone out and stranded a motley bunch of the aimless, the forgotten, the bitter-and-twisted who all think that, really, they deserve to be somewhere else. They all think they’re there by accident and that, with a little luck, life is going to get better. »
- Debi Moore
Now that Film4 FrightFest is over for another year (read all our reviews here), horror fans can look forward to Grimmfest, which will run in Manchester, England from October 2nd – October 5th. And now we know which films will be shown on their opening night gala!
Here’s the press release and the films being shown:
This year’s Grimmfest Opening Night will be headlined by the English Premiere of Brian O’Malley’s Scottish/Irish Horror Let Us Prey starring Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones) & Pollyanna McIntosh (The Woman).
“We join Rachel (Pollyanna McIntosh), a rookie cop, as she is about to begin her first nightshift in a neglected police station in a Scottish, backwater town. The kind of place where the tide has gone out and stranded a motley bunch of the aimless, the forgotten, the bitter-and-twisted who all think that, really, they deserve to be somewhere else. »
- Luke Owen
Suburban Gothic is director Richard Bates Jr's second film following Excision, his gruesome horror about a disturbed teen's mental state. Suburban Gothic, however, trades in most of the blood and grisly scenes of Excision for more humour while retaining Bates's trademark character moments and dialogues.
There's surely more room for genre comedies like Ghostbusters, but the gaps in between releases in that genre can almost be measured in decades, and it has to be said that many of them aren't particularly good: for every Spaceballs there's a The Creature Wasn't Nice (obscure reference − look it up), and for every Princess Bride there's a Your Highness. Luckily, we sometimes get a few good ones in a row, such as Zombieland, Shaun Of The Dead, and Tucker And Dale Vs Evil.
If you've seen Excision, »
Philadelphia's Awesome Fest sounds… well… awesome. To be clear, though, it appears this is an evolution of the already-existent event, which is now being called The Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival. As you would expect with a name like that, Bruce Campbell will indeed be there as part of the four-day event in Rosemont, Il, where they'll also be screening a slate of horror titles curated by Scott Weinberg, horror maven and the resident critic at the just-killed FEARnet. They'll also have panels, and they've got some great ones planned. Overall, it looks like a really cool chance to see a fistful of the best of what indie horror has going on right now with bonuses that simply make the weekend better. From August 21 to August 24, you'll be able to check out some great films. How? Well, here's how they put it: Tickets for All screenings are free to attend »
- Drew McWeeny
Horror fans are in for a treat during Wizard World Chicago. It has been announced that the first ever Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival will coincide with Wizard World Chicago, featuring new horror films, special guests, and a screening of the first three Evil Dead movies:
“Rosemont, Il – July 31, 2014 – Philadelphia’s The Awesome Fest, in partnership with Wizard World Inc. and horror icon Bruce Campbell, announced today the first ever Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival, running August 21-24, 2014 in Rosemont, Il. The four-day event will coincide with Wizard World Chicago Comic Con and will feature the best in independent horror cinema with a full slate of film premieres, panels, special guests, movie marathons, and of course, Bruce Campbell!
- Jonathan James
Moving back in with your parents can be hard to do. It comes with a modicum of humility and confusion. You're an adult: How did it get to this bad? Why can't you find a job? You have a degree, but are driven back home until you get back on your feet - how long will this last? Richard Bates Jr. pushes the answers to these questions into extreme, often very funny, territory in Suburban Gothic, his sophomore feature following the grisly Excision. His latest film - which made its world premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival - deliberately favors humor over horror this time around. But it's not the pitch black laughs that came in Excision.
- Ryan Turek
Both Matthew Gray Gubler and Kat Dennings find most of their time occupied with their TV gigs, the former on "Criminal Minds," the latter on "2 Broke Girls." So one would wager that they'd be picky about the movies they make during their downtime. But as the trailer for "Surburban Gothic" suggests, perhaps that's not necessarily so. Co-written and directed by Richard Bates Jr. ("Excision," which also starred Gubler), the horror comedy adds Ray Wise and Barbara Niven in supporting roles, and follows college graduate Raymond, who is having trouble getting his life on track and moves back in with his parents. But things go from bad to worse when supernatural weirdness begins to follow him around, but luckily he finds an ally in a quirky local bartender. Basically, it's pretty broad (and low budget) stuff with everything pitched toward camp but perhaps not quite working. At least not in trailer form. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Playing as part of this year's Fantasia Film Festival is the new film from Excision director Richard Bates, Jr., entitled Suburban Gothic, and right now we have the red band trailer courtesy of Deadline. Check it out!
Raymond has a prestigious Mba, but he can’t find work. He can channel the paranormal, but chatting with a cute girl mystifies him. Kicked out of his big city apartment, Raymond returns home to his overbearing mother, ex-jock father, and beer-bellied classmates. But when a vengeful ghost terrorizes the small town, the city boy recruits Becca, a badass local bartender, to solve the mystery of the spirit threatening everyone’s lives.
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- Steve Barton
Richard Bates Jr.'s feature Excision was a horrifying and bizarre viewing experience. This feature was one of the best horror titles to come out in 2012. Now, Bates is set to debut his next horror feature, Suburban Gothic, at the Fantasia Film Festival, in Montreal. This paranormal feature involves a clairvoyant, strange ghosts and one very awkward, young man. The film's first trailer is here! The clip shows Raymond (Matthew Gray Gubler) struggling with life challenges. He moves into his parent's house, after career opportunities fizzle out. Then, he pairs up with a tough bartender to explore the paranormal. Raymond hopes to win Becca (Kat Dennings) over, while expunging a malevolent spirit. Suburban Gothic will have its World Premiere at Fantasia July 19th, 2014. Fans of film can preview the film's launch below, with more, wider release details on the film coming this way shortly. Release Date: July 19th, 2014 (Limited Theatrical). Director: Richard Bates Jr. Writers:. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
Richard Bates made a big bloody mess on the genre scene with Excision. He's been away for far too long, but he's back now with Suburban Gothic, a film that is premiering at the Fantasia Film Festival this month in Montreal. Bates has, once again, pulled in an eclectic cast that includes: Matthew Gray Gubler, Kat Dennings, Ray Wise, Barbara Niven, Sally Kirkland, Jeffrey Combs, John Waters and Muse Watson.
- Ryan Turek
While everyone was raving about the Soska sisters’ body horror film American Mary back in 2012, I was strongly supporting Richard Bates Jr.’s Excision with more passion. My review for American Mary states all the problems I found with Katharine Isabelle’s body-modification obsession, and compared to AnnaLynne McCord’s surgical-nurse-in-training character there’s just no competition. Bates showed so much promise with his short-film-adapted first feature that I couldn’t wait to see what twisted project would come from his mind next – and it looks like I won’t have to wait much longer.
Starting to build its festival run is Suburban Gothic, a twisted little paranormal tale about Raymond – your typical hipster forced to move back home with his lame parents. With no ambition or drive, a bartender/old acquaintance named Becca suggests Raymond start a business using his only odd talent, which happens to be connecting with the dead. »
- Matt Donato
Here’s a taste of what’s going on this month at Montreal’s Fantasia Fest, where over 160 genre features are screening at the annual confab. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has been added as a July 29 Fantasia sneak peek joining a line-up of festival genre faves and world premieres, including the debut of horror-comedy Suburban Gothic starring Criminal Minds‘ Matthew Gray Gubler and Kat Dennings. Richard Bates, Jr., who sold his first feature Excision out of Sundance, directs and co-wrote the pic about Raymond (Gubler), who moves back in with his parents and finds new purpose by putting his ability […] »
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