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Line-up announced for ‘Grimmfest 2017′

Grimmfest, Manchester’s Festival of Horror, Cult and Fantastic Film is back; bigger, bolder, and bloodier than ever before. As the Printworks once again find itself under siege by blood-soaked hordes of horror enthusiasts and film freaks, as Team Grimmfest unleashes…the Ninth Configuration! The festivals latest and greatest line-up yet of dark, dangerous, wild, weird, witty, thrilling, chilling, blood-spilling movies, every one of them a premiere or cult classic of one kind or another.

Highlights include: World Premieres!

Grimmfest is proud to be presenting the world premiere of the remarkable and utterly unique Borley Rectory. Using an elaborate mixture of live action, stills, paintings, and model work, it’s an immersive, eerily atmospheric, and elegantly retro-styled exploration of the Most Haunted House in Britain. Over six years in the making, it’s a real labor of love for its creator, Ashley Thorpe. Featuring a score by Ex-Banshee Steve Severin,
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David Lowery interview: A Ghost Story, Peter Pan, producer notes and more

Jules-Pierre Malartre Aug 17, 2017

Director David Lowery takes us through A Ghost Story, as well as what his plans are for the live action Peter Pan...

Most moviegoers know David Lowery for his very successful remake of Pete’s Dragon, but some will also know him for his indie breakout film, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. His latest project, A Ghost Story was a very personal project for Lowery who launched into it only a few days after Pete’s Dragon wrapped. Lowery has a few other projects coming along, including the highly anticipated Peter Pan remake.

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Hiding an Oscar-winning actor under a white sheet for almost an hour and a half was a very bold idea. What made you decide to go ahead with that approach,
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A Ghost Story review

Casey Affleck stars in David Lowery's A Ghost Story. Here's our review...

I don’t like giving out spoilers, and I do not write the kind of reviews that read like a detailed synopsis of the movie – and that is unfortunate because it is difficult to explain why I liked A Ghost Story without using either approach. My advice would be to go see it without reading any reviews, but if you absolutely want to read about the movie before seeing it, here goes.

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Fresh off the success of his Disney blockbuster Pete’s Dragon, David Lowery goes back to his indie roots to deliver this moving exploration of love, loss, regret and closure in the wake of death. A Ghost Story reunites the stars of Lowery’s breakout indie movie, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck. The
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SXSW 2017 Review: 68 Kill is a Charm-Filled, Southern-Fried Caper

Trent Haaga has spent more than 15 years establishing himself in the realm of indie filmmaking. An esteemed graduate of Troma University, where he got his start as the writer on Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger 4, Haaga also penned Deadgirl and Cheap Thrills (and numerous other projects), and has made appearances in over 50 films to date. While Chop, a 2011 micro-budget horror comedy that has been grossly overlooked, may have been Haaga’s first-ever time in the director’s seat, it’s with his follow-up effort, 68 Kill, that he cements himself as a filmmaking force of nature who continues to build a strong foundation as a purveyor of cult cinema.

With a screenplay based on Bryan Smith’s book of the same name, 68 Kill introduces us to Chip (Matthew Gray Gubler), a trailer-dwelling nice guy who pumps sewage for a living and is completely infatuated with his out-of-control girlfriend, Liza (AnnaLynne McCord
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SXSW Film Review: ‘68 Kill’

SXSW Film Review: ‘68 Kill’
Stepping just slightly outside the horror terrain he’s inhabited since an early run of Troma gigs (as actor, writer and producer), Trent Haaga’s second directorial feature “68 Kill” is much like his first, 2011’s “Chop” — as well as E.L. Katz’s 2013 “Cheap Thrills,” which he co-wrote — in that it’s a zesty black comedy whose nebbish hero gets subjected to a prolonged ordeal of painful misfortunes. This particular variation on that theme is based on Bryan Smith’s novel, yet the sadistic song remains much the same. Not everyone will enjoy this slide down a narrative garbage chute lined with thorns. But viewers and programmers with a taste for midnight-movie outrageousness will cotton to its mix of sleaze, quease and bad-taste absurdism.

Dp Neeham B. Smith’s opening shot is of a fly stuck in honey — just as protagonist Chip (Mathew Gray Gubler) is hopelessly stuck on girlfriend Liza
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Patrick’s Favorites of 2016

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Make no mistake about it: this was a great year for horror fans. It was so good, in fact, that making a list of “favorites” is almost impossible because there’s just too much I want to talk about. The independent horror scene continues to crank out new classics and minor gems, but even studio horror was good this year: The Conjuring 2, Don’t Breathe, Ouija: Origin of Evil, Lights Out (not my bag, but a lot of people really enjoyed it), The Boy (not a lot of people’s bag, but I really enjoyed it), The Purge: Election Year, and so on. Even better? Pretty much every one of them was successful at the box office. As more and more horror moves are released with the limited release / VOD model, it’s nice to know that good movies still play to big audiences at the multiplex.

And what about horror on TV?
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Tamika’s Favorites of 2016

2016 was chock-full of big blockbuster releases, many of which either failed to make a sizable profit or were incredibly divisive among audiences. But out of the ashes rose a beautiful flower: the indie film. Yes, independent movies had a wonderful year, some even breaking per-theater records and making their way onto my favorites of 2016 list, which also includes a Denis Villeneuve film, a comic book series, collectibles, an excellent comprehensive horror documentary, and more.

Arrival: Denis Villeneuve's Arrival is a beautiful take on language and how communication (or the lack of proper communication) can either doom or ensure our survival as human beings on this planet. The way Villeneuve tells a story is the perfect fit for a film like Arrival because its focus is small but the ideas are big, much like his previous works, Enemy, Sicario, and Prisoners.

My hope is that the takeaway from Arrival
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Horror Highlights: Wolf Creek Series, Patient Seven, Hell House LLC

Pop TV's new behind-the-scenes video for the Wolf Creek series shows "all the games Mick Taylor plays." Also in this morning's Horror Highlights are Redbox release details for Patient Seven and two clips and a trailer for Hell House LLC.

Wolf Creek Series Behind-the-Scenes Video: "Inspired by one of the most terrifying, cult movie franchises ever released in theaters, episode 2 of the six-part television event, Wolf Creek, premiere[d] exclusively on Pop [on] October 21 at 10:00 Pm, Et/Pt."

"Pop’s limited series event--inspired by one of the "25 best horror movies since 2000" (Av Squad), one of the "100 Best Horror films" (Time Out) and one of the "25 Best Horror Movies Since The Shining" (Vulture)--is an intense psychological thriller [that premiered on] Friday, October 14, at 10/9c. It stars John Jarratt as killer Mick Taylor, wreaking havoc in the Australian Outback except, this time, things are different. The series turns an entire genre on its head
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Trash Fire Review

Ever since 2012’s razor-sharp Excision (or 2008’s short film Excision, technically), writer/director Richard Bates Jr. has been slicing and dicing the horror genre with his pitch-black brand and stinging social takedowns. Excision tore into religion and social awkwardness, while Suburban Gothic employed a goofy paranormal detective – but Trash Fire only crescendos his darkest thoughts.

Humor pushes through vile, narcissistic, masochistic appropriations of false appearances, making Bates’ previous films look like kiddie content in comparison. No character bothers to filter their intentions, berating one another with the most toxic, hurtful dialogue that’ll have you laughing your way to Hell. Bates writes a painful arc that’s constantly torturing those caught in their own emotional inferno, holding onto signature quirks despite his most serious vision yet. It’s a lit fuse that never stops burning, until humanity is nothing but blown-away dream.

Adrian Grenier stars as Owen, whose life is a catastrophic disaster.
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Screamfest Hosts L.A. Premiere of Richard Bates, Jr.’s Trash Fire; Photos/video included

Richard Bates, Jr.’s Trash Fire (hitting limited theaters and VOD on November 4th) has been blowing people away at every festival screening around and it’s really no surprise. One of the most unique and singularly original filmmakers working today, Bates made mouths drop with his feature debut Excision and made just as many laugh with his sophomore film, Suburban Gothic. Trash Fire seems like it’s yet another step in the right direction, with Bates teaming up with Snowfort Films, who to be completely honest, is quite awesome, being that the studio hasn’t really made a single bad film yet. All of us at Icons of Fright love the hell out of Bates and his La premiere at this year’s Screamfest went absolutely perfect.

We’ve got our hands on quite a few stills from the premiere (which all went down on October 18th), as well
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Watch the Official Trailer for Trash Fire

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Going home to make peace with your past isn't always a good idea, as evidenced in the official trailer for Trash Fire, the latest film from Richard Bates Jr. (Excision, Suburban Gothic).

Synopsis: "When Owen is forced to confront the past he's been running from his whole adult life, he and his girlfriend, Isabel, become entangled in a horrifying web of lies, deceit and murder. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll be scarred for life."

Written and directed by Richard Bates Jr., Trash Fire stars Adrian Grenier, Angela Trimbur, Fionnula Flanagan, AnnaLynne McCord, and Matthew Gray Gubler. Vertical Entertainment and Orion Releasing will release Trash Fire in theaters on November 4th.

Trailer via New Trailer Buzz:

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Toronto After Dark Film Festival announces first 10 films for 2016

The Toronto After Dark Film Festival has announced the first wave of films set to screen at the 11th annual edition, which takes place between October 13th and October 21st. Check out the line-up below, and head on over to the official site for more info and to purchase tickets…

Under The Shadow (Iran/UK/Jordan) Opening Gala Film & Special Presentation

We open the festival with the supernatural tale, Under The Shadow. The scary Sundance sensation has drawn comparisons with our previous festival gem, The Babadook. After her husband leaves to fight in the war with Iraq, an Iranian mother and her young daughter are left to cope by themselves in an increasingly empty apartment building. It’s soon clear that someone or something else has moved into the building with them – an evil spirit who with a sinister agenda of its own. One the scariest films of the year,
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Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2016’s First Wave of Movies Include In A Valley Of Violence, Under The Shadow

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Cowboys and sinister spirits are coming to Canada this October for the 11th annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival. The fest's first ten films have now been announced, including Ti West's new Western, In a Valley of Violence, Babak Anvari's Under the Shadow, Richard Bates Jr.'s Trash Fire, and more.

Toronto After Dark Film Festival takes place October 13th–21st. To learn more, visit the festival's official website and check out the press release below for full details:

Press Release:September 22, 2016: Toronto After Dark Film Festival is thrilled to officially unveil its first wave of exciting film announcements for 2016! 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 screen at Toronto After Dark Film Festival as part of the 11th Annual Edition
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Colorado’s Telluride Horror Show Announces First Wave of Titles, Guests; All Going Down This October!!

Colorado’s Telluride Horror Show (running October 14-16) has quickly become one of the year’s most loved film festivals, and it seems like that tradition is set to continue, with the announcement of this year’s first wave of films and guests. Films like Richard Bates, Jr.’s festival darling Trash Fire, the Awesome Another Evil (review) and many more (we’re stoked to hear what you fright fanatics think of Jill Gevargizian’s The Stylist, a short film we’re all absolutely in love with), this year already kicks ass and it’s just the first wave being announced. Read on for more info!

Special Guest

Joe R. Lansdale

Joe R. Lansdale, a native of East Texas, is the acclaimed author of over forty novels, three hundred short pieces of fiction and non-fiction, plays, poetry, screenplays, and graphic novels. Film adaptations of Lansdale’s work include the cult
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First Batch of Screamfest Titles Announced!

Screamfest, the oldest and largest horror film festival in the Us is getting ready for the 2016 edition which runs October 18 to 27, has announced their first batch of titles for this year and so far, it looks like the festival is keeping up with their tradition of highlighting new horror talent alongside the masters.

So far, this year's line-up includes Bobby Miller's horror comedy The Master Cleanse which stars Anna Friel and Johnny Galecki, Richard Bates, Jr.'s (of Excision and Suburban Gothic fame) latest twisted vision Trash Fire along with Xavier Gens' long awaited supernatural thriller The Crucifixion.

The Master Cleanse (USA) 2016

Directed by Bobby Miller

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Bluray Review – Ash Vs. Evil Dead: The Complete First Season

When news of an Evil Dead TV shows hit the internet, for the most part, fans were pretty excited. While the Fede Alvarez-helmed 2013 remake of the fan favorite Sam Raimi film had its share of the over the top blood and guts that made the original films so entertaining, it lacked the series’ wise-cracking protagonist, Ash, played with cocky charm by Bruce Campbell. Fans wanting to see more of Campbell in action instead of a new approach was heard loud and clear, and suddenly Ash Vs. Evil Dead was born. Again, while fans were excited and anxious, the best of the film series was when it wasn’t held back, with gallons and gallons of blood and carnage flying all across the screen (and all over Campbell), so how would a TV show be up to that challenge? Would it be a watered down version of the character and
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Fantasia International Film Festival Celebrates Epic 20th Anniversary with First Wave Film/Guest Announcements

Year after year, Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival (running July 14th–August 2nd) is our favorite event of the year. Always showcasing amazing films and their respective filmmakers, films like At The Devil’S Door (I dare you to ask me how much I love that film) and The Demolisher were brought to our attention thanks to the fest and this year, celebrating its 20th Anniversary, Fantasia has announce its first wave of films and some exciting and impressive guests. Also unveiled, is the 20th anniversary poster art, courtesy of award-winning Quebec visual artist Donald Caron, showcasing iconic themes from previous years. Read on and be on the lookout for info on F.I.F.F’s Frontiéres international co-production market and Industry Rendez-Vous weekend being held July 21–24. The full lineup of over 130 feature films will be announced July 5th but until then, here is enough info the make you fright fanatics go nuts.
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Fantasia 2016 to Honor Guillermo del Toro, First Wave of Films Include Lights Out and Under The Shadow

The first programming has been revealed for the 20th annual Fantasia International Film Festival. Taking place from July 14th–August 2nd in Montreal, this year’s Fantasia will honor Guillermo del Toro with the Cheval Noir Award, and the newly revealed first wave of programming includes screenings of Lights Out, Abattoir, In a Valley of Violence, Under the Shadow, Trash Fire, Teenage Cocktail, and more:

Press Release: Montreal, May 26, 2016 – The Fantasia International Film Festival will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary in Montreal this summer, taking place from July 14-August 2, with its Frontiéres international co-production market and Industry Rendez-Vous weekend being held July 21-24. The full lineup of over 130 feature films will be announced July 5th. In the meantime, the festival is excited to announce a selected first wave of titles, along with several special happenings.

For Fantasia’s 2016 poster, the festival has once again turned to award-winning Quebec visual artist Donald Caron.
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Vertical acquires Sundance horror 'Trash Fire'

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Vertical acquires Sundance horror 'Trash Fire'
Exclusive: Richard Bates Jr.’s horror premiered at Sundance.

Vertical Entertainment has acquired worldwide rights to Richard Bates Jr.’s Sundance horror Trash Fire starring Adrian Grenier.

Co-president Rich Goldberg anticipates a fourth quarter release on the Circle Of Confusion and Snowfort Pictures production about a man who confronts his past and becomes entangled with his wife in a web of lies, deceit and murder.

Angela Trimbur, Fionnula Flanagan, AnnaLynne McCord, Sally Kirkland, Matthew Gray Gubler, and Ray Santiago round out the key cast.

David Clark Lawson Jr produced with Lawrence Mattis and Matt Smith, while Makan Delrahim served as executive producer.

Bates Jr directed Sundance 2012 entry Excision as well as Suburban Gothic.

“Ricky [Bates Jr.] has delivered another cult classic,” said Goldberg. “The film is a wild ride, and performances from Adrian, Angela, and the rest of the cast are fantastic – this is a team we’ve been wanting to collaborate with for some time now and are
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First Look at Excision Director Richard Bates Jr.'s Trash Fire [Clip]

Writer/director Richard Bates Jr. emerged on the horror scene a few years ago with the release of his full length feature Excision (review) which he followed up with last year's wide release of Suburban Gothic. I haven't totally loved either of his films but they've both shown sharp wit and a vague promise that Bates Jr. would stick the landing and deliver a movie that completely worked for me. Trash Fire might just be that movie.

The Sundance midnighter stars small-screen star Adrian Grenier as Owen, a guy who returns home with his pregnant girlfriend and finds himself dealing with the family dysfunction which has haunted him his entire life.

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