15 items from 2015
Is it really almost time for Sundance again? For the last few weeks, I've been discussing Sundance strategy with Richard Rushfield, my editor-in-chief. He and I are attending at least part of the festival together, and it's going to be a very different year for us. HitFix looks different than it did even a year ago, and the way we approach festivals in general is going to be different starting in 2016. That doesn't mean I'll abandon the things that I think are interesting about a fest. I've always been drawn to the midnight programming at the different festivals I attend, and I'm intrigued by the differences in the way each section is programmed. I think the king of the midnight sections is, without question, Colin Geddes. His Midnight Madness selections may not always work for me, but there is a personal touch to the way he curates the ten nights »
- Drew McWeeny
There’s something magical about a lot of the cheesy films that the late ’80s and early ’90s put out. Wild stories that wouldn’t even be a thought to a studio execs these days, the films that filled VHS shelves and gathered dust in video stores everywhere are the ones I loved to check out. Some of the ones I never got around to picking up were still ingrained in my memory, just by having either killer or silly artwork. Thanks to the partnership between Olive Films and Slasher//Video, a lot of those films that were thought to be either long lost or unwanted are being given the Bluray treatment and in the case of Mark Freed’s 1990 heavy metal horror film Shock ‘Em Dead, it’s a very, very welcome release.
We’ve all wanted to be someone else at one point or another, that’s a given. »
- Jerry Smith
While most of the industry is ramping up for awards season campaigns, casting director Carmen Aiello is starting his own campaign – against auditioning. The Chicago transplant is trying to bring back the human element to casting. Aiello has worked in TV (“CSI: Miami, “Scare Tactics”) and film (“Excision,” “The Employer”) casting, as well as spending time at an agency and as a junior manager, giving him an understanding of the casting process from all sides. “If you have a name you don’t have to audition, you just have to meet with them, but if you don’t have a name and you don’t have credits you have to audition in order to validate your career. In order to validate your talent.” Aiello says the process of bringing in hundreds of actors to “see if they can act in a cold room” with people staring at them was excruciating. »
Writer/director Richard Bates Jr. makes some really unique films. He followed up the dark coming of age tale Excision with the morbidly madcap Suburban Gothic (our review). In both, Bates exhibits a knack for addressing the fears of the youth while embracing the horror genre he loves. Now for his third feature, which just wrapped filming, Bates has set […] »
- Patrick Cooper
Principal photography has ended on the dark comedy Trash Fire, from writer-director Richard Bates Jr. (Excision, Suburban Gothic). Starring Adrian Grenier (Entourage) and Angela Trimbur, the film is a comedy take on psychological thrillers, focusing on a man forced to confront his past when he and his girlfriend end up entangled in a web of lies, deceit and murder. It also stars Fionnula Flanagan, AnnaLynne McCord, Matthew Gray Gubler, Sally Kirkland, Ray Santiago, Ezra… »
Scream Factory has done an excellent job putting fan favorites and long lost films out, in awesome looking Blurays that are typically filled to the brim with special features. They’ve also done quite the job putting out original films, films that made their debut on the Chiller network, but are now being released by Sf and with good reason. For the most part, the original films have been pretty entertaining, from The Monkey’S Paw and The Squad, to the subject of this review, the Brett Simmons-helmed creature feature, Animal. Taking what could have very easily been yet another horror film about youngsters getting picked off one by one by a silly looking monster, Animal gives you people who are instantly relatable and worth caring about before giving you one gut punch after another.
Following a group of youngsters taking a trip for fun, Animal wastes no time »
- Jerry Smith
There’s a lot of dying in horror films. A Lot of dying. Even if there isn’t a single death in a horror movie, we can safely assume a great deal of the horror comes from the fear of dying. For the most part, the comfort we feel as an audience member is either when our final girl triumphantly survives her masked killer, or the swift relief of a tortured soul finally exiting their pain by leaving the mortal world. While we are completely entangled in the lives of these characters for the 90-120 minutes we share with them on screen, we quickly leave them at the theater once the credits start to roll. While it isn’t uncommon for the characters we see on screen and the stories they tell to resonate with us long after we turn off the film, we’d be somewhat certifiable if we »
- BJ Colangelo
Suburban Gothic isn’t as much a horror movie as it is a generational link between younger audiences and the horror genre. Richard Bates Jr. has created a hipster Poltergeist that channels the complacent angst of so many house-arrested graduates who have fallen victim to a ruthless job market, and he does so while exploring a paranormal story that remains jovial and sarcastically witty. It’s very Juno-esque in its irreverent charm, substituting bandanas and scarves for cheeseburger phones and Slurpees, but this blasé attitude towards undead spirits re-imagines Ghostbusters for hordes of Pbr-swigging, non-prescription-glasses wearing, Masters-degree-entitled youths who’d rather battle malevolent forces and agitated parents than actual responsibility. Except with more masturbation jokes and racist Ray Wise dialogue.
Matthew Gray Gubler plays Raymond, a jobless graduate forced to move home after his independent funds run out. Aside from his prestigious Mba and snarky cynicism, Raymond can also communicate with the undead, »
- Matt Donato
Good day, horror fans. Jumping junipers, January is almost done. Not that February will be a horror fan.s haven or anything, but it gets us that much closer to better releases. Richard Bates Jr..s Excision follow-up Suburban Gothic is now out on VOD, along with Edward Boase.s micro-budget horror The Mirror. I suppose if you think Gone Girl is scary . and not just the Batdong . you can rent that on VOD now, too. In smaller news, The Babadook is getting a sweet Blu-ray Special Edition on April 14 that comes with pop-up book packaging and a slew of special features. The festival fave It Follows has been given a release date of Friday, March 13. All-around badass Frank Grillo is headed back to the horror genre for Akiva Goldsman.s next feature, the supernatural thriller Stephanie. And Nicolas Winding Refn.s first trip into horror, The Neon Demon, has »
Excision director Richard Bates Jr.’s new film Suburban Gothic is opening on VOD platforms today courtesy of FilmBuff. We saw the film back during last year’s Fantasia Festival (review) and it really is something special. A love letter mash-up of Scooby Doo and Are You Afraid of the Dark, the film is about Raymond (Matthew Gray Gubler), a college grad who moves […] »
- Patrick Cooper
Richard Bates, Jr., the madman behind Excision, releases his sophomore feature, the silly, strange Suburban Gothic to VOD today. Suburban Gothic is a lighthearted, stylish and heartfelt piece of work from the filmmaker. It’s just as strange as Excision, but not so dark; a lovely little horror worth seeking out in this increasingly crowded VOD…
- Samuel Zimmerman
Struggling to find your rightful place in the world, where you’re unquestionably accepted and embraced by the people around you, can be a daunting prospect for many people. Not only does Raymond, the quirky protagonist in the new independent horror comedy, ‘Suburban Gothic,’ which was directed by Richard Bates Jr., struggle to find a job he enjoys and excels at, but also discover the real meaning of having true friends and family. Actor Matthew Gray Gubler, who previously worked with the director on his first film, the 2012 horror drama, ‘Excision,’ also found his rightful amongst his colleagues on the movie; the performer effortlessly showcased his comedic roots in ‘Suburban [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
A likably wiseass horror-comedy, “Suburban Gothic” is light on the horror and the usual broader comedy strokes as well, instead sporting the kind of droll humor that springs not from gags and setpieces but from what seems like improvisational riffing from a cast of assured comic hands. Quite a shift from helmer/co-scenarist Richard Bates Jr.’s first feature, “Excision” (a queasy character study about a creepy teen obsessed with amateur surgery), this sly goof has stirred some buzz along the genre-fest circuit. FilmBuff’s simultaneous theatrical and VOD release on Jan. 30 should harvest modest rewards, helped by the presence of some support names likely to catch the eye of in-joke-savvy fan types.
Man-child Raymond (Matthew Gray Gubler, “Criminal Minds”) has just completed his Mba. But his MTV-circa-1985 New Wave look and general bratty attitude suggest he’s not about to find gainful corporate (or any) employment soon. Thus, he »
- Dennis Harvey
Matthew Gray Gubler and Kat Dennings are setting out to solve the mysteries of the spirit threatening their small town in the trailer for their upcoming horror comedy, ‘Suburban Gothic.’ The video investigates the unknown spirit that’s haunting the area, after the movie was brought to audiences’ attention at last year’s Fantasia Film Festival. ‘Suburban Gothic’ was directed by ‘Excision’ helmer, Richard Bates Jr., who co-wrote the horror comedy with Mark Linehan Bruner. Besides Gubler and Dennings, the movie also stars Barbara Niven, Ray Wise, Sally Kirkland, Muse Watson, Mel Rodriguez and John Waters. FilmBuff is set to release the film on January 30 in theaters and VOD. The following [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
You loved her as Darcy in Marvel's Thor and Thor: The Dark World. Now, 2 Broke Girls star Kat Dennings is taking on a completely different role in Suburban Gothic, which finds her teaming up with an out-of-work loser to battle an ancient evil spirit. Directed by Richard Bates Jr. (Excision), we have your first look at the trailer and poster for this hilariously scary comedic thriller.
Raymond (Matthew Gray Gubler) 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 (Kat Dennings), a badass local bartender, to solve the mystery of the spirit threatening everyone's lives.
Suburban Gothic will be in select theaters and on VOD »
15 items from 2015
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