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Its Saturday night at Screamfest 2014 and what could be more delightful than a crazy romp through a fantastic horror comedy Sound good Well then check out the insane fun that is Suburban Gothic a Tim Burton and John Waters inspired instant classic cowritten and directed by Richard (Ricky) Bates Jr. You shant regret it good gore sirs and lovely horror ladies Raymond (the ridiculously adorable Matthew Gray Gubler) is a welleducated and very eccentric young man but hes fallen on some hard times. His escape away to the big city has come to an end and he must rely upon the love and generosity of his equally eccentric (just more socially acceptable) parents in this dark time of need. So back home he goes »
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
Continuing to make sure that October remains the scariest month of the year, the Spooky Movie International Horror Movie Festival returns for its ninth annual edition on Oct. 9-18 at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Opening Night: It’s a double slam bang on Oct. 9 with two exciting new entries in insanely popular horror franchises. First up is V/H/S Viral, where the gruesome series goes online with startling Internet videos directed by Todd Lincoln, Nacho Vigalondo and more. Then, that’s followed by The Dead 2: India, another tale of international zombie madness once again directed by Howard J. Ford and Jon Ford.
Closing Night: It’s retro massacre time on Oct. 18 when local horror legend Count Gore De Vol hosts a special screening of Wes Craven’s classic mutant thriller The Hills Have Eyes. This special screening will be presented just like Count »
- Mike Everleth
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 full line-up for this year's Grimmfest horror film festival in Manchester has been announced, with Brian O’Malley’s Let Us Prey to open it, supported by 'vegan feminist horror' short The Herd. Four days of screenings and events will include a live performance of the Suspiria soundtrack by Claudio Simonetti's Goblin, which is strongly recommended by fans who have seen them at the last two Glasgow Film Festivals. The closing gala will feature the UK première of Suburban Gothic, directed by Richard Bates Jr and starring Matthew Gray Gubler, Kat Dennings and Ray Wise.
Other festival highlights include zomromcom Life After Beth, surreal drama Coherence and manic creature feature Zombeavers.
"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, »
- Jennie Kermode
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
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
It's that time of the year again, kids! One of the best damned film festivals in the world, Screamfest L.A. Horror, which is taking place in Los Angeles October 14-23, has announced its first wave of titles; and there's plenty of blood to splatter around!
From the Press Release
Screamfest®, from the festival that brought you such films as Trick ‘r Treat, Paranormal Activity, The Human Centipede and American Mary, announces the first wave of the 2014 festival. Screamfest® kicks off its 14th annual event in Los Angeles on October 14-23 at the Tcl Chinese 6 Theatres.
First Wave Screening Highlights at Screamfest 2014
The Creep Behind the Camera (Us) – Directed by Pete Schuermann. The Creep Behind the Camera was an actual filmmaker named Vic Savage; a real scumbag whose only real skill was in his uncanny ability to convince the residents of 1960 Glendale, California that he was making the biggest, the Best monster movie ever made! »
- Steve Barton
Halloween season is right around the corner and that means it’s almost time for another Screamfest. The L.A. film festival that showcased movies like the cult classic Trick ‘r Treat and the franchise-spawning Paranormal Activity is now entering its 14th year. The first wave of the festival’s films have been revealed and will feature zombies, ghosts, and the return of slasher Jacob Goodnight.
The 14th annual Screamfest runs from October 14th – 23rd at the Tcl Chinese 6 Theatres in L.A.:
Hollywood, CA., August 18, 2014 – “Screamfest®, from the festival that brought you such films as Trick ‘r Treat, Paranormal Activity, The Human Centipede and American Mary, announces the first wave of the 2014 festival. Screamfest® kicks off its 14th annual event in Los Angeles on October 14 through October 23 at the Tcl Chinese 6 Theatres (6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028).
First Wave Screening Highlights at Screamfest 2014
- Derek Anderson
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, »
The 8th annual Sydney Underground Film Festival is a power-packed event featuring outrageous cult films, provocative documentaries and wild short films that will run September 4-7 at its usual haunt, The Factory Theater.
Opening Night: The fest opens with Housebound, a New Zealand horror comedy by Gerard Johnstone about a woman in trouble with the law who comes to believe that her family home is haunted. The film will be preceded by a performance by Renny Kodgers and a free pizza party; and followed by an after party.
Closing Night: The fest will close with the controversial German teen sex comedy Wetlands directed by David Wendt. The film will then be followed by a late-night after party.
Highlights: Usama Alshaibi‘s must see documentary American Arab — an intimate, socially relevatory and essential film — screens at 4 p.m. on Sept. 6. Read the Underground Film Journal review of American Arab.
- Mike Everleth
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
Whether you’re attending Fantasia 2014 in person or covering it remotely, you can’t miss the staggering number of new horror films that have been terrifying our Montreal audiences over the past week, and will continue to do so through August 5th!
Since starting on July 17th, Fantasia 2014 has already screened Nacho Vigalondo’s Open Windows, Patch Town, werewolf shocker Late Phases, rom/zom/com Life After Beth, the Kat Dennings-starring horror comedy Suburban Gothic, insane … Continue reading →
Fantasia International Film Festival 2014 runs July 17 to August 6. Follow all of our coverage here. Raymond (Matthew Gray Gubler) is a recent college grad with an Mba and a strong desire to work. Unfortunately he’s holding out for something in upper management, and that something is not on his career horizon. Defeated he returns to his hometown to move back in with his mom and dad (Barbara Niven and Ray Wise), but while he expects living at home again to be a nightmare he’s unprepared for just how horrific it becomes. A little dead girl is discovered buried in their backyard, and the find is soon followed by all manner of supernatural shenanigans and terrifying apparitions. Raymond is no stranger to ghostly visitors as he used to regularly see and commune with the dead as a child. He lost the ability as he grew up, but reminded of his true calling and with the assistance of »
- Rob Hunter
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
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