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‘Sequence Break’ DVD Review

Stars: Chase Williamson, Lyle Kanouse, Fabianne Therese, Audrey Wasilewski, Johnny Dinan | Written and Directed by Graham Skipper

Note: With Sequence Break finally hitting DVD this week, here’s a reposting of our review of the film from its Fantasia screening last summer.

Oz (Williamson) is an antisocial loner who only finds solace in his love for ’80s arcade games, refurbishing and restoring them to their former glory. That is, until he meets Tess (Therese). The two quickly become romantically entwined, but their budding romance is slowly threatened by a mysterious game that seems to be drawing the two deeper and deeper into its void of slime and Cronenbergian horror. Amid the strange occurrences, a cryptic vagabond also appears, lurking around the arcade workshop at night. The dilapidated madman shouts about doom and destruction as the couple cling to the remnants of their normal lives. Oz soon finds himself facing off
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Crypt of Curiosities: Hideshi Hino’s Guinea Pig Movies

As far as underground horror goes, few series have quite the same reputation as Guinea Pig. From 1985 to 1988, the Japanese series unleashed all sorts of hell across six films, each capturing their own little slice of atrocity. While they were disconnected in plot, and often in theme, they all had one thing in common: they were incredibly transgressive.

Unfortunately, a lot of them were just schlock, too. The first Guinea Pig film, Satoru Ogura’s The Devil’s Experiment (1985), was a wreck. Despite its bizarro premise of trying to replicate a "found" snuff tape, the film is little more than a misogynist demo reel for some rubbery gore effects, quickly abandoning its premise for overly flowering editing and shots that make you wonder why the killers seem to care so much for impossible camera setups. It was a rough start to the series, and to make matters worse, the sequels
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Interview: Director Graham Skipper On ‘Sequence Break’

Graham Skipper Interview for Sequence Break

The online streaming service, Shudder, has recently added Sequence Break, one of the most mind-melting movies from 2017’s Frightfest, to its catalogue. The film stars Chase Williamson as Oz, a reclusive video arcade technician who starts to experience bizarre biomechanical mutations and hallucinations when a mysterious new arcade machine appears in his shop. When we caught the film we described it as being like if ‘David Lynch and David Cronenberg birthed a cinematic child‘, and it ventures into some very unexpected areas.

During Frightfest, last summer, we sat down and spoke with the director of Sequence Break, Graham Skipper. Skipper will be most familiar to some as starring in the 2016 movie Beyond the Gates, but in addition to acting he’s also a hard-working aspiring writer and director. We caught up with him just before his film screened during the festival (on the IMAX
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Horror Highlights: Escape Room Release Details, Florida International Horror & Genre Film Festival, Shhhh Coming to VOD

Escape rooms are all the rage across the country right now, but what if the experience isn't as safe as you think? Escape Room, starring Skeet Ulrich, is hitting Redbox today! Also: Florida International Horror & Genre Film Festival was announced and Shhhh is coming to VOD.

Escape Room Release Details: "Henderson, Nv - Thursday, May 3, 2018 - Worldwide film production and distribution company Global Genesis Group is proud to announce the launch of Escape Room starring Skeet Ulrich, Sean Young and Randy Wayne exclusively at Redbox® kiosks across the nation on May 8th.

In Escape Room, directed by Peter Dukes, four friends decide to partake in a popular escape room horror attraction only to find themselves stuck inside with a demonically possessed killer. They only have one hour to solve the room and escape with their lives.

The film marks Skeet Ulrich’s long-awaited return to the horror film genre after
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NYC Weekend Watch: Alan Rudolph, Clouzot, Tsui Hark & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Quad Cinema

The long-longed-for Alan Rudolph retrospective has begun.

Led by Catherine Deneueve, André Téchiné’s Scene of the Crime begins a one-week run.

Museum of Modern Art

“Japan’s Greatest Cinematographer,” a retrospective of Kazuo Miyagawa running concurrently with Japan Society, has its final weekend.

Anthology Film Archives

The essential Harun Farocki retro continues.
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Venice: David Cronenberg to Receive Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement

Venice: David Cronenberg to Receive Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement
Canadian director David Cronenberg will receive the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at this year's Venice Film Festival.

“I’ve always loved the Golden Lion of Venice," the filmmaker said Thursday of the announcement. "A lion that flies on golden wings — that’s the essence of art, isn’t it? The essence of cinema. It will be almost unbearably thrilling to receive a Golden Lion of my own.”

Cronenberg's early work mastered the horror and sci-fi genres with films including Scanners, Videodrome and The Fly. His later works often defy genre, but his psychological thrillers A History of Violence and Eastern Promises remain...
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Venice Film Festival to Honor David Cronenberg With Lifetime Achievement Award

Venice Film Festival to Honor David Cronenberg With Lifetime Achievement Award
Director David Cronenberg will be honored by the Venice Film Festival with its Golden Lion for lifetime achievement.

The Canadian horror auteur, known for a wide range of edgy films such as “Videodrome,” “Dead Ringers,” “A History of Violence,” “Cosmopolis,” and “Maps to the Stars,” was last on the Lido in 2011 with psychological thriller “A Dangerous Mind.”

In a statement, Venice artistic director Alberto Barbera praised Cronenberg for managing to venture beyond the constraints of the horror genre from the start of his career and having “shown that he wants to take his audiences well beyond the cinema of exploitation.”

Cronenberg, who is 75, said: “I’ve always loved the Golden Lion of Venice. A lion that flies on golden wings – that’s the essence of art, isn’t it? The essence of cinema. It will be almost unbearably thrilling to receive a Golden Lion of my own.”

Over the course
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David Cronenberg to preside over Neuchâtel Fantastic Festival Jury

David Cronenberg to preside over Neuchâtel Fantastic Festival Jury
The Fly director will grant the Hr Giger ‘Narcisse’ award for best feature.

Writer-director David Cronenberg will be jury president at the 18th edition of Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (Nifff), which takes place in Switzerland from July 6-14.

Cronenberg, who started his career in the fantasy genre with titles such as Shivers, Scanners and Videodrome, will present the Hr Giger ‘Narcisse’ award to one of the 16 films in competition, at the closing ceremony on July 14.

Festival-goers will also be able to hear Cronenberg speak as part of a ‘New Worlds Of Fantasy’ literary forum, where there will be a
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SXSW 2018 Review: Upgrade is a Gritty and Stylishly Ambitious Sci-Fi Actioner

Leigh Whannell has been one of the leading voices in modern horror ever since Saw arrived on the scene in 2004. For his second time taking the directorial reins, Whannell ventures into the realm of science fiction with Upgrade, his beautifully brutal action flick that turns Logan Marshall-Green into a living, breathing weapon hell-bent on revenge after an accident and a run-in with some hired thugs leaves him paralyzed and grieving his wife, who is killed by the group of unknown assailants.

Clearly influenced by films like The Terminator, Videodrome, The Matrix, RoboCop, and there may even be a little bit of Johnny Mnemonic in there as well (hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?), Whannell transports us into the future where technology has taken over nearly ever facet of our lives, but Grey Trace (Marshall-Green) still clings to his analog-loving existence by working on classic cars and expressing his
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This Creepy Joker Bust was Designed by an Oscar-Winning Makeup Artist

The Joker wasn’t designed to be a pretty face to look at, but a new bust from DC Collectibles takes the Clown Prince of Crime’s mug to all-new levels of disturbing. That’s not surprising, though, considering that the bust was designed by Rick Baker, a seven-time Oscar award-winning makeup and hairstyle artist whose filmography includes some truly terrifying visages — Hellboy, Men in Black II and Videodrome are just a few films to which Baker has added his personal touches.
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Let’s Not Use the Word "Metaphor": A Conversation with Blake Williams

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The once-intriguing possibilities of 3D films have become a gimcrack commodity, one used by producers to inflate the price of movie tickets and increase revenue. For Hollywood films, it’s usually done as a post-production conversion, nothing more than a brummagem, money-grabbing afterthought devoid of sincere artistic purpose. It is, in a way, a bastard descendant of the crafty stratagems of William Castle (Smell-o-Vision, the flying skeletons, etc.), but without his passion and showmanship, and certainly without his thriftiness. Prototype, Blake William’s hour-long, innominate new feature, is the rare film to not only take advantage of the unique possibilities of 3D technology, but to become symbiotic with it. In the film one find flickers of hope for the medium. You cannot watch Prototype in 2D; it simply does not work. The ineluctable ambition of the film—of its formal experimentation, its assured daring—needs, and deserves, to be experienced as intended,
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Picturehouse exec to join streaming service Mubi (exclusive)

Jon Barrenechea to join Mubi as vp marketing from March 5.

Source: Ionut Dobre

Jon Barrenechea

Jon Barrenechea, formerly deputy director of marketing at Picturehouse Cinemas, will join film art-house streaming service Mubi as vp of marketing on March 5, 2018.

In December 2017, Mubi struck its first multi-year, multi-territory studio deal, with NBCUniversal. The eleven territory deal includes films such as Lust, Caution, Being John Malkovich, Touch of Evil, Videodrome, Mall Rats and Hitchcock titles Vertigo, Rear Window, Rope, Frenzy and Shadow Of A Doubt.

The streaming service recently theatrically released titles such as Berlinale Golden Bear winner On Body & Soul from director Ildikó Enyedi and Silver Bear winner Félicité, both shortlisted for the Oscars Best Foreign Language Film category. It is also teaming up with Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn on a new Mubi ident.

Whilst at Picturehouse, Barrenechea opened Duke’s At Komedia in Brighton, and went on to become project development manager working across the build of new cinemas
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Long Live The New Flesh: Why Videodrome has never been more relevant

Tom Jolliffe on the 1983 cult classic Videodrome and its relevance today…

Director David Cronenberg has always been a specialist in dark Sci-Fi horror. In 1983 he made a cult film called Videodrome. A lot of film buffs around my age have seen it. It’s a big favourite among those who like something a bit out there. The film pushed the censors to the very limit. Cronenberg had a lot of battles to get his cut out there. Somewhat ironically (or fittingly) it was on VHS that the film really had a huge impact.

The film is fantastic. Odd, subversive, satirical, challenging and absolutely impeccably shot. Fans will remember the strange yet engrossing score, the fantastic body horror fx by maestro Rick Baker, and memorable lines (see the article headline). However, look beyond that and you also see a film that is a master-class in film photography. Constantly playing with light,
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Canon Of Film: ‘A Christmas Story’

In this edition of Canon Of Film, we take a look at Bob Clark‘s holiday classic, ‘A Christmas Story‘. For the story behind the genesis of the Canon, you can click here.

‘A Christmas Story’ (1983)

Director: Bob Clark

Screenplay: Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown & Bob Clark based on the novel ‘In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash,’ by Jean Shepherd

I know there’s a lot of people out there who regret the commercialization of ‘A Christmas Story‘ and sure, it’s totally out-of-hand. There’s a live televised version of ‘A Christmas Story‘ that happened on TV recently, which is one of the more benign examples to occur. I’d be remissed if I didn’t bring up the egregious straight-to-dvd sequel they made a couple years ago to widespread scorn; if for no other reason than the fact that there already was a sequel to ‘A Christmas Story‘ out there!
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James Woods Threatens Poker Pro on Twitter

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2017-11-15T11:38:53-08:00James Woods Threatens Poker Pro on Twitter

James Woods, who appeared in the movie Videodrome a very long time ago but who has since retired from acting, is well-known for his provocative, outrageous behavior online, but this week, the turmoil surrounding his antics has ratcheted up. After Weeds actress Elizabeth Perkins appeared to accuse Woods of sexual harassment, professional poker player Daniel Negreanu compared Woods to politician Roy Moore, who is currently being accused of inappropriate conduct with minors.

Negreanu was referring to an allegation by actress Amber Tamblyn, who says that Woods propositioned her when she was just 16 years old. The 70-year-old Woods denied the allegation, although he has a documented history of dating women who are barely out of their teens.

Woods lashed out at Negreanu on Twitter, where Woods has often made homophobic, Islamophobic and otherwise incendiary comments.

Via The Wrap.
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Elizabeth Perkins Holds #MeToo Sign Naming James Woods at L.A. March

Elizabeth Perkins Holds #MeToo Sign Naming James Woods at L.A. March
Elizabeth Perkins called out James Woods when she joined hundreds of people at the march to protest sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood by holding a sign that bore his name.

The 56-year-old actress, known for her performances in Weeds and Big, took part in the Take Back The Workplace and #MeToo Survivors rally on Sunday alongside Harvey Weinstein accuser Lauren Sivan of Fox 11 News.

Perkins held a sign that read “James Woods #MeToo.” She also posted several photos and videos from the march on Twitter.

Representatives for Perkins and Woods have not responded to People’s request for comment.
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Crypt of Curiosities – The Early Feature Films of David Cronenberg

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David Cronenberg was my first favorite director. Even before I knew what a director did, or before I’d seen more than a grand total of two of his films, I knew this to be true. Seeing his name above both The Fly and Videodrome was enough for me to realize that there was something special about this one, and every film I’d subsequently watch would only help enforce that, diving me deeper and deeper into nightmare worlds of body transformation and sexual obsession. But as my last Crypt entry discussed, every director has to start somewhere—and with Cronenberg, that “somewhere” is two brief feature films, micro-budget experimental movies that help lay the groundwork for some of the greatest works from one of cinema’s greatest artists.

His first feature, Stereo (1969), is something of an independent miracle. Running only a little over an hour, Stereo was made on
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Your Alternative Halloween Viewing Guide: Hidden Horror Gems to Make Movie Night Frighteningly Fun

Your Alternative Halloween Viewing Guide: Hidden Horror Gems to Make Movie Night Frighteningly Fun
Every Halloween, when you want to check out a horror movie to get your heart racing, or a hilarious scary movie send-up to celebrate the holiday with laughs, everybody seems to cycle back to some of the same old classics.

While the slasher movies we've all come to know and love are classics for a reason (see: Halloween, I Know What You Did Last Summer or Scream), it’s fun to dive a little deeper into the realm of obscure horror, where some of the truly great fright flicks hide in the shadows.

Check out Et’s suggestions for some of the great lesser-known gems of spooky cinema with this year's alternative Halloween viewing guide:

Vampire Movies

Typical Fare: Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Lost Boys, From Dusk Till Dawn

Alternative Option: Let the Right One In

This thoughtful Swedish horror tale, directed by Tomas Alfredson, is an entirely unique take on the well-trod territory of vampire
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October Horrors 2017 Day 29 – The Fly (1986)

The Fly, 1986.

Directed by David Cronenberg.

Starring Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, and John Getz.

Synopsis:

Seth Brundle is an eccentric but brilliant scientist who has invented a pair of device that could change the world; teleportation pods. Deciding to test his inventions by teleporting himself, Brundle fails to notice the presence of small fly that has joined him in the pod. With the pods inadvertently fusing the DNA of Brundle and the fly, the human guinea pig soon begins to undergo a terrifying transformation into a human insect.

Of all sub-genres of horror, the one that really freaks me out is the one dubbed “body horror”, a genre that depicts often the human body undergoing some kind of gruesome and terrifying transformation through scientific mishap or parasitic infestation.

The master of this genre for years was the Canadian director David Cronenberg who brought us the disgusting delights of Shivers, The Brood
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James Woods, 70, Is Retiring from Acting and Trying to ‘Simplify His Life,’ According to Real Estate Agent

James Woods, 70, Is Retiring from Acting and Trying to ‘Simplify His Life,’ According to Real Estate Agent
James Woods has found the most unusual way ever to take a final bow.

The 70-year-old actor announced his plans to retire from acting via his real estate agent when he put his Exeter, Rhode Island, property up for sale.

Agent Allen Gammons told the Providence Journal, that the actor is “retiring from the entertainment industry and seeking to ‘simplify his life’ by selling ‘his many real estate holdings on both coasts.’ ”

Gammons revealed the actor’s brother and mother recently died, and that he hoped to spend time on photography, antiquing and playing Texas Hold’em poker, according to the Journal.
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