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Frightfest 2017: The Terror of Hallow’s Eve Review: Dir. Todd Tucker

28 August 2017 11:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Terror of Hallow’s Eve: Old school eighties horror makes a return in Terror of Hallow’s Eve, a story of a bullied young man whom accidentally calls forth a monster on Halloween. The Terror of Hallow’s Eve Review

Special effects wizard Todd Tucker steps behind the camera to tell this semi-autobiographical tale of a tormented teen whom gets vengeance on his bullies with the help of a mysterious creature. Set in 1981, The Terror of Hallow’s Eve follows loner Tim (Caleb Thomas) on one fateful Halloween night. Tim lives with his mother and has a reputation in the neighbourhood as being the weird kid. He’s deemed weird because of his obsession with the macabre; he spends his days sculpting monsters and designing scary special effects. Events come to a head on Halloween after Tim pops into the local shop to buy the latest copy of Fangoria magazine, »

- Kat Hughes

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‘Hacksaw Ridge,’ ‘La La Land,’ ‘Westworld’ Win Golden Reel Sound Editing Awards

19 February 2017 10:45 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mel Gibson’s World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge” claimed top honors at the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ (MPSE) 64th annual Golden Reel Awards Sunday night. The film won in both the FX/Foley and Dialogue/Adr categories. “La La Land” won in the musical field.

Awards also went to “Warcraft: The Beginning” and “Moana,” among others.


La La Land,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Win Cinema Audio Society Awards

On the television side, “Westworld” won prizes in both the short form and long form categories. “Penny Dreadful,” “The Night Of” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again” were also recognized.

Guillermo del Toro received the organization’s Filmmaker Award, while sound editor Harry Cohen (“Kill Bill,” “Blood Diamond,” “Lone Survivor”) accepted a career achievement honor.

Hacksaw Ridge” and “La La Land” are Oscar-nominated for best sound editing this year along with “Arrival,” “Hacksaw Ridge” and “Sully. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Appreciating the Grungy Beauty of ‘Deadpool’

16 February 2017 10:10 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Deadpool,” starring Ryan Reynolds as a debauched comic-book superhero/assassin who’s like Spider-Man crossed with the Phantom of the Opera crossed with Jim Carrey, is a movie the whole world was waiting for without knowing it: a Marvel franchise caper that runs on drop-dead attitude. In the opening credits, the camera glides through a freeze-framed car crash (the men in the vehicle are at each other’s throats, and maybe a few other body parts), the whole suspended orgy of destruction set to the mocking romantic strains of “Angel of the Morning.”

The credits then proceed to thumb their nose at 1) Reynolds’ Sexiest Man Alive cover for People magazine; 2) the filmmaker, Tim Miller, whose credit reads “Directed by an Overpaid Tool”; and the entire superhero genre. The movie hasn’t even started yet, and already it’s deconstructing itself like Mad magazine crossed with a Geico commercial.

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- Owen Gleiberman

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