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"Nobody knows anything." Back in 1983, veteran screenwriter William Goldman was writing about the inability of anyone in Hollywood to know how a movie would fare with the public. (His book, Adventures in the Screen Trade, continues: "Not one person in the entire motion picture field knows for a certainty what's going to work.") More than 30 years later, that adage still rings true, whether in Hollywood or anywhere else in the world. Nobody knew, for example, if a found-footage zombie movie set in an apartment building in Barcelona would work until [Rec] was unleashed in 2007. Nobody knew, to cite a more recent example, if a black-humored thriller about two desperate men taking increasingly more diabolical dares for money would work until Cheap Thrills...
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Welcome, fellow fiends! Another year come and gone & it was quite a year for independent cinema. Not a single “studio” picture on my list, which isn’t surprising, considering some of the greatest horror films of all time – Halloween, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Blair Witch Project, etc – were all innovative low budget independent efforts. If you’ve listened to the latest episode of Killer Pov, then you’ll already know my picks, but I didn’t want that to deter from my annual tradition here on Icons. So without further adieu, here we go! My top 10 horror picks of 2014!
10 – Cheap Thrills
The definition of what we personally consider “horror” has changed and evolved so drastically over the years. Granted, I’m guilty of constantly claiming certain “fringe” titles are Not horror. But the older I get, true horror to me are the things that people do to each other. »
- Rob Galluzzo
It's that time of the year again, when not-so-jolly critics start making those lists, checking them twice, to break down an entire year of movies in list form. Last year, I split up my year-end piece into three separate stories, Most Overrated, Most Underrated and my Top 10. This year, I'm changing things up again, ever so slightly, discarding the Overrated category entirely. It's a category I always seem to have trouble with it, and, this year, only two of my picks were wide releases, with another that hasn't even hit theaters yet. I'm also changing the Underrated list to "Overlooked," since it fits better with what I'm trying to say: that these five movies below are truly fantastic, but simply weren't given their just due in theaters.
That's not to say I'm completely surprised that this quintet is overlooked. After all, the "widest" release for all of these films was a whopping 63 theaters, »
Sitting down and jotting down a top ten list of great films from 2014 was no easy feat. Why? Because some damn good horror films grabbed this year by the balls and refused to let go. After much pondering, (and debates with my inner thoughts) I have finally figured out my list. To me, this year meant late night movie nights with friends, and being exposed to some of the best films the genre had to offer. If 2015 has just a fraction of the greatness 2014 had, then I have no doubt next year will be amazing for horror and genre films. So here are the films from this past year who confirmed my love for the genre (and maybe turned me on a little).
Oh my. I am going to get so much shit for this, but guess what? I don’t care. I recently watched Tusk, and I »
As 2014 crawls to an end and the Christmas season is upon us it’s time to take a look back and see what emerged as the best movies of the year.
Hollywood delivered the predictable mixed bag of goodies, from some surprisingly good blockbusters that came out of nowhere such as The Lego Movie and Guardians Of The Galaxy, to new franchise installments which suggested that they were upping their game (both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and X-Men: Days Of Future Past surpassed expectations for many audiences).
Independent cinema proved itself capable of delivering lower budget thrills, too, with Cold In July, Cheap Thrills and Blue Ruin representing the darker side of cinema. On the international scene the variety of great movies was certainly notable – from the strange and surreal through to beautifully animated movies more suitable for children, world cinema served up a veritable genre-hopping smorgasbord of cinematic delights. »
- Andrew Dilks
We’re only half a month away from 2015, and it’s time to look back on the year, jump on our soap boxes, and crank out our “Best of the Year” lists. 2014 may have been a weak year for theatrical horror films, but the independent circuit was booming. I saw films in 2014 that have become lifetime favorites, and had some of the most fun watching films that I’ve had in a long time. As always, this is my *~*~opinion*~* on the fifteen best horror films of 2014.
Admittedly, this is sort of a cheat. If you follow me on twitter or Instagram, you’d know that thanks to my wonderful man-candy, my house is a proverbial shrine to Clive Barker’s Nightbreed. Foreign posters, original artwork, old theatre advertisements, figurines, the film on »
- BJ Colangelo
Jesus Christ, this has been one hell of a year for horror. There were so many genre films that for one reason or another, really spoke to me. Some were intense experiences, ones that led me to think about certain parts of life differently. Some were just plain ol’ fun entertainment and just brightened my dark heart for an hour and a half. Whatever the case was, each film on this list really stood out to me, and to be completely honest, so many others did as well. While I could very easily stretch this list out to 14, 15 or even 20 titles, I put forth a challenge to myself, to really think about ten films that for one reason or another, stayed with me, long after their credits rolled. It was definitely a challenge, and some of my favorite films were festival films that I watched, ones that still haven’t »
- Jerry Smith
Acclaimed out of the Toronto International Film Festival as a brutal, feminist neo-western, Daniel Barber’s The Keeping Room is set to hit theaters, VOD and more next fall from Drafthouse Films. The latest in Drafthouse’s slate of atypical, often stunning genre films including Borgman, Cheap Thrills and Nothing Bad Can Happen, The Keeping Room stars…
The post Drafthouse Takes Home Invasion Western, The Keeping Room appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
*Editor’s note: Ethan Embry has made a definite leap from the types of roles he once played in films like Can’T Hardly Wait and That Thing You Do!, to more recent meaty roles in films such as Cheap Thrills and now Late Phases (now on VOD/iTunes), a werewolf film with a lot of heart and meaning. Already having been a working actor for quite some time now, it’s been absolutely great seeing Embry step into the next level of memorable and tough characters that really show his range as an actor. Icons of Fright’s Natty had the chance to chat with Embry for a bit, and here is said interview. Read on and enjoy!-Jerry
First I would like to talk about Late Phases. One of the things that made it so great, was that while being a monster movie, it also dealt with a »
For a performer whose career was so short-lived, Janis Joplin has been hugely influential and such a largely contentious figure in the world of music. We’ve recently gotten a Jimi Hendrix biopic, along with music stories about everyone from the short lived (Ian Curtis, Jim Morrison, John Lennon) to the long-living legends (Johnny Cash, Ray Charles), so it makes sense that a Joplin biopic is long past due.
Late last week, Deadline was breaking news that Jean-Marc Vallee had signed on to direct Get it While You Can, the working title for a Janis Joplin film with Amy Adams attached to star and sing in the film. This would be Vallee’s fourth film following Dallas Buyers Club, the upcoming Wild, and the just-wrapped Demolition.
Adams is terrific casting, and Vallee is promising, but we’ve been down this road before, and a new director attached is no closer »
- Brian Welk
Good day, horror fans. This week.s new releases are pretty limited, though each has its own rewards if you.re near where they.re playing. First is the anthology horror V/H/S: Viral, a predictably scattershot affair that features a stellar short from Open Windows director Nacho Vigalondo (you can find this one on VOD if your local big screens aren.t showing it). The second one, a NYC exclusive for this week, is the Iranian vampire western A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, which our own Kristy called "a seductive journey that defies convention" in her review. Here.s hoping that flick gets enough buzz to go wide in the future. In smaller news, Cheap Thrills director E.L. Katz will direct You.ll Be the Death of Me, a comedy horror that sees two New Yorkers. impending romance interrupted by a mask-wearing lunatic. Spike Lee. »
Vallée’s producing partner Nathan Ross told Variety that the movie will shoot during the summer and fall in Los Angeles and San Francisco, where Joplin began recording songs in 1964. She broke out in 1967 as the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company.
Adams has been attached to play the late rock singer for several years. Lee Daniels emerged last year as a candidate to direct.
Journal Du Quebec was the first to report on Vallée’s attachment.
Joplin died »
- Dave McNary
2014 has ended up being a record breaking year in horror, with so many quality films being put out for genre fans. It’s a time and era that is completely full of creativity, from cults to parenting to everything in between, the genre has put out film after film, releasing something for everyone. A subgenre that has been lacking in recent years though, is that of the werewolf film. We’ve been given countless bad CGI werewolf films, and even action films disguised as horror films (I’m looking at you Underworld), but as far as a good, practical effects-heavy werewolf film goes, there really hasn’t been much…until now. Here Comes The Devil director Adrián García Bogliano’s Late Phases is not only the movie that fans of werewolves have been waiting a good while for, it’s also an emotionally charged drama, packed to the gills with excellent performances. »
- Jerry Smith
E.L. Katz showed how much pain people were willing to endure to bring home a big paycheck in Cheap Thrills and also helmed the segment “A is for Amateur” in ABCs of Death 2. Horror hounds now have a new E.L. Katz-helmed project to look forward to, as it’s been revealed that he is set to direct the comedy-thriller, You’ll Be the Death of Me.
Variety reports that E.L. Katz is set to helm You’ll Be the Death of Me, a Mandeville Pictures movie that will be distributed by Lionsgate. Katz will direct off a script by Mark Hammer (Two Night Stand). The film will be produced by Todd Lieberman. No casting or release details are known at this time, but the film will follow “two single New Yorkers who find their budding romance complicated by the attention of a masked knife-wielding psychopath.”
Time will tell how »
- Derek Anderson
Don’t know who E.L. Katz is? It’s probably because you haven’t seen the movie Cheap Thrills and if that’s the case, you’re missing out on one of the best horror movies of the year. The film didn’t get much of a theatrical run, but apparently someone noticed Katz is top-notch talent because he just scored a new directing gig, a comedy thriller called You’ll Be the Death of Me. Lionsgate and Mandeville Films are behind the endeavor with Two Night Stand’s Mark Hammer set to pen the script. Hit the jump for more on You’ll Be the Death of Me and to check out what Katz is capable of. According to THR, You’ll Be the Death of Me is about two single New Yorkers and follows what happens when “a masked knife-wielding psychopath” complicates their budding romance. Considering what goes down in Cheap Thrills, »
- Perri Nemiroff
In Late Phases, versatile actor Nick Damici (Stake Land, Cold in July) portrays a blind Vietnam vet who has recently moved into a senior living community that’s harboring a deadly secret- werewolves- and he must find a way to put an end to the beastly killings before it’s too late for everyone.
Daily Dead recently chatted with Damici about his experiences collaborating on Late Phases with director Bogliano and his co-stars as well as what initially drew him to the project and the challenges of playing a visually-impaired character. Damici also discussed his next project which has him re-teaming with Jim Mickle for a new television series on the Sundance Channel.
Written by Eric Stolze (Under the Bed) and helmed by Adrian Garcia Bogliano (Cold Sweat, Here Comes the Devil), Late Phases also stars Ethan Embry (Cheap Thrills), Tom Noonan (The House of the Devil, Manhunter), Erin Cummings »
- Heather Wixson
See what I did there? Clever. E.L. Katz, director of the breakout hit Cheap Thrills, will direct a comedy thriller You'll Be The Death Of Me for Lionsgate. According to a report at THR Katz will direct a script written by Mark Hammer.The comedy thriller follows two single New Yorkers as their budding romance is complicated by a masked knife-wielding psychopath.There is no news on cast or an expected release date....
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Cheap Thrills was one of the films on the massive list of 50 great films to see in 2014, and the director of that movie is now signed to do a new film with Lionsgate. E.L. Katz (center, above, with his Cheap Thrills cast) who also did the first entry in The ABCs of Death 2, […]
The post ‘Cheap Thrills’ Director to Make ‘You’ll Be the Death of Me’ for Lionsgate appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
Word of a new flick from director E.L Katz (Cheap Thrills) has hit the Interwebs, and we have the skinny for you right here… Variety is reporting that Katz will direct comedy-thriller You’ll Be the Death of Me for Mandeville… Continue Reading →
The post E.L. Katz Knows You’ll Be the Death of Me appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Steve Barton
Variety says Lionsgate is already on board to distribute the comedy-thriller that Mandeville Pictures is producing. Following the release and festival success of Cheap Thrills - a dark, bloody and very funny tale...
The post Cheap Thrills Helmer to Direct ‘You’ll Be the Death of Me’ appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
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