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Viggo Mortensen Sets 'Falling' as Directorial Debut

Viggo Mortensen Sets 'Falling' as Directorial Debut
Viggo Mortensen, the BAFTA, Golden Globe and two-time Oscar nominee — who is currently awards-tipped for his role in Green Book — is planning to go behind the camera for his directorial debut.

Falling, which was also written by Mortensen, has been billed as an "intimate drama about a son's relationship with his aging father."

Mortensen will star in one of the two lead roles alongside three-time Golden Globe nominee Lance Henriksen (Aliens, Millennium, Near Dark, Mom and Dad, Appaloosa) and Sverrir Gudnason (The Girl in the Spider's Web, Borg vs McEnroe, Original).

The story follows John Petersen (Mortensen), who lives ...
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Fright Night Gets Turned Into a Stage Play by Pittsburgh Theater Company

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Fright Night Gets Turned Into a Stage Play by Pittsburgh Theater Company
Who doesn't love Fright Night? It is one of the best vampire movies of the 80s, with perhaps only The Lost Boys and Near Dark standing in its way. Sure, the remake bordered on being blasphemous, but now that the late great Anton Yelchin is no longer with us, even that iteration gets respect in his memory. Now, fans of the horror comedy will get to see the story brought to life in a whole new way this October.

Pittsburgh's longest running fringe theater company The Rage of the Stage is bringing Tom Holland's classic to life, for real. And the creator of Fright Night couldn't be happier about the production. This show is being described as a "visceral one-of-a-kind horror stage production, which will rock your Halloween season!"

The Rage of the Stage are so bold as to already be calling this a historic piece of theater, and
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10 Things About The Lost Boys You Never Knew

10 Things About The Lost Boys You Never Knew
Sleep all day, party all night, never grow old, never die - it's fun to be a vampire. It's one of Movieweb's favorite movies of all time: the 1987 classic The Lost Boys. Here we'll take a look at 10 things you never knew about The Lost Boys.

The Goonies in Neverland

With its badass vampires, California cool, and slick visuals courtesy of Michael Chapman, famed cinematographer of Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, The Lost Boys is an '80s teen classic, but it began as something remarkably different. Early drafts were much more "on the nose" with the Peter Pan references, with David's character originally going by Peter. The main characters were all going to be much younger, too, with Richard Donner attached to direct. But The Goonies director, who stayed on as a producer, moved on to make Lethal Weapon instead. He was replaced by Joel Schumacher, whose St. Elmo's
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Tokyo Vampire Hotel (2017) by Sion Sono

“Tokyo Vampire Hotel” is a two and a half hour feature cut of a nine-part miniseries, with the same title, that originally aired on the Amazon Japan streaming service. You would expect a property like this to be developed the other way around from film to mini-series which has been done many times before by Netflix. I haven’t seen the miniseries but this feature length cut is an interesting film, but it does have some odd issues.

“Tokyo Vampire Hotel” is a gory Japanese vampire film that mostly takes place in the titular hotel. Two warring vampire clans, the Draculas and the Corvins, have been at each other’s throats for thousands of years and now that a special human with ancient vampire blood in her veins has been found, the final showdown is about to happen in this strange hotel filled with maniacal vampires and their human captives.
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Edinburgh Film Festival 2018 retrospective programme announced

Edinburgh Film Festival 2018 retrospective programme announced
’Time of the Signs: Chasing the American Zeitgeist’ is inspired by current affairs in Trump-era America.

The retrospective programme for the 2018 Edinburgh International Film Festival (June 20-July 1) has been announced.

Titled ’Time of the Signs: Chasing the American Zeitgeist’, the section is inspired by current affairs in Trump-era America and will focus on Us cinema from the 1980s.

It will be comprised of three strands. Firstly ’American Woman: Female Directors in American Cinema’ will screen work by female directors from 1980-1990 including Amy Heckerling’s Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Lizzie Borden’s Working Girls and Kathryn Bigelow’s western horror Near Dark.
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Horror Equity Fund fast-track Eric Red horror ‘White Knuckle’

The Horror Equity Fund have announced the latest horror-related project they have fast-tracked: White Knuckle, from one of my favourite writer/directors Eric Red, who is also the author of the action-packed novel of the same name. White Knuckle tells a gripping story of female empowerment about a woman who survives an attack by a serial killer, and then takes it upon herself to stop him from hurting anyone else.

Perhaps best known as the creator of The Hitcher and Near Dark, and the writer/director of Cohen and Tate, Body Parts and Bad Moon, Red’s previous directorial effort, 2015′s Night of the Wild, has recently been released on iTunes. Says Red:

I’m very excited to be joining forces with Marlon Schulman, Brian Herskowitz and Tony Timpone at Horror Equity Fund for my new film, White Knuckle. It’s a great team to be working with making a
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Creator of Near Dark & The Hitcher partners with Horror Equity Fund for new horror movie, White Knuckle

For Immediate Release: Visionary writer/director Eric Red is teaming with Horror Equity Fund for the new horror movie, White Knuckle. Eric has crafted a script and will helm the movie based on his novel of the same name. Horror fans know Eric as the writer of genre favorites, Near Dark (1987) and The Hitcher (1986). …

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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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James Gunn Shares His List of 50 Favorite Horror Films! How Many Have You Seen?

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn started his career working in the horror genre. A couple of the films you're probably familiar with are Dawn of the Dead (2004), which he wrote, and, of course, Slither (2006), which he wrote and directed.

As you'd imagine, Gunn was obviously influenced by certain films in the horror genre. Well, now we know what kind of horror films that James Gunn likes because he recently shared his 50 favorite horror films of all time on his Facebook page:

It's actually a pretty great list of films! There are films that you'd expect to see on a favorite horror film list and a few unexpected films. Look through the list below and let us know how many of the films on the list you've seen.

As for the films you haven't seen, it's the Halloween season and the perfect time to watch some good horror films that you've never seen!
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The Essential Vampire Films

In readiness for Halloween, Tom Jolliffe takes a look at the essential Vampire films…

With that thing coming up that takes place on the last day in October. You know the one? Yeah, candy sales go through the roof, your house gets egged and toilet papered. Meanwhile you sacrifice a chicken over a Ouji board in the hope of getting Kevin James to stop making films. It never works and you just unleash hell on Earth (or to put it another way, a new Kevin James film comes out). With that in mind, I thought it’d be a good time to look over the best Vampire films around.Why Vampires? Well I was watching a film (that will appear on this list) and had a brainwave.

So without further ado, and not in any particular order, here are the essential Vampire films!

Nosferatu (1922)

This iconic piece of cinema remains
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Halloween 2017: Girls Just Want to Have Blood: 16 Horror Projects Directed by Women to Stream on Shudder

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February is known as Women in Horror Month, when the spotlight is put on female filmmakers working inside our favorite genre, and many horror sites run pieces about movies directed by women. And that’s great! But there’s no reason why that spotlight should be limited to only one month, particularly when there are so many brilliant and talented female filmmakers working in the genre. Why not use this October to hit up these titles on Shudder and get to know some of the most exciting female voices in horror right now?

Prevenge (2016, dir. Alice Lowe) Alice Lowe writes, directs, and stars in this darkly comic, twisted fantasy about a woman who is very, very pregnant (Lowe herself was pregnant during shooting) and goes on a killing spree when her unborn baby talks to her and tells her to take revenge for a past tragedy. The film never fully transcends its gimmick,
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Cinepocalypse 2017: Full Lineup Announced, Opens With Sweet Virginia, Close With Beyond Skyline

Chicago! Cure your post-Halloween hangover with a healthy dose of fantastic cinema at Cinepocalypse at the Music Box Theatre during the first week of November. Jamie M. Dagg's Sweet Virgina, starring Jon Bernthal will the open the festival. Closing the fest is the bonkers action sci-fi flick Skyline Beyond, starring Frank Grillo and Iko Uwais, guaranteeing to fry any remaining brain cells left over from the week long event.    The tremendous selection of films from around the world includes a few circuit faves including Lowlife, Tragedy Girls, and Jailbreak. There are some really awesome retro screenings as well: Near Dark, Foxy Brown, Bullet in the Head and Maximum Overdrive.    There are other standouts from the circuit so far this year. If you liked...

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Tiff 2017 Women Directors: Meet Jenna Bass — “High Fantasy”

“High Fantasy”

Jenna Bass is a director and writer whose work has premiered around the world, including Sundance, Berlinale, Göteborg, Busan, and Durban International Film Festivals, where she has been heralded as ushering in a ‘New Wave’ of South African cinema. Her previous works include “The Tunnel” and “Love the One You Love.” Bass is the editor and co-creator of Jungle Jim, an illustrated pulp-literary magazine for African fiction. She is currently engaged in a Vr collaboration with artist, Olivie Keck and indie game developers, Free Lives, as well as co-writing a fantasy animation feature screenplay for “Sanusi Chronicles.”

“High Fantasy” will premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival on September 8.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Jb: “High Fantasy” is a found-footage body-swap satire from South Africa. It follows a group of four young South African friends on a camping trip to an isolated farm where they inexplicably swap bodies.

Capturing their predicament on their phone cameras, they must deal with all the complications that come from being another race or gender in the so-called Rainbow Nation.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Jb: Like a lot of South Africans of my generation, I’d been profoundly moved by the Fees Must Fall university protests in 2015 which, while demanding accessible, decolonized education, highlighted the extreme inequality in our country that has barely shifted since democracy arrived in 1994.

The movement brought to light the very complex identity politics around race, class, gender, sexuality, and ownership that inform every aspect of our society, and for some time I was looking for a way to capture that zeitgeist for an audience of that generation.

At the same time, these issues are still undoubtedly global, and I believed they were on the minds of young people everywhere.

W&H: What do you want people to think about when they are leaving the theater?

Jb: I think the wonderful thing about film is how it can be such a strong catalyst for conversation. I would love to see audiences leaving the cinema just talking about the film, what they think, how it relates to their own lives. It’d be great if they recognized their lives on the screen.

W&H: What was the biggest challenge in making the film?

Jb: Just deciding to make it in the first place. I got a lot of advice that making this film was a very bad move — it was too micro-budget, too uncommercial, too controversial, just too difficult. Deciding to do it anyway was probably the biggest hurdle to overcome.

W&H: How did you get your film funded? Share some insights into how you got the film made.

Jb: I was very fortunate that two producers who I’d worked with before believed in me and supported the film. I put in the start-up finance myself, and with some investment from them, plus a private investor, we were able to raise enough to shoot the film and get it to a watchable form so that we could seek finishing funds.

W&H: What does it mean for you to have your film play at the Toronto International Film Festival?

Jb: It’s a dream to represent these characters, these issues, this story, and our style of filmmaking on an international stage.

W&H: What’s the best and worst advice you’ve received?

Jb: Worst advice: Raise finance through product placement.

Best advice: Don’t compromise.

W&H: What advice do you have for other female directors?

Jb: Trust yourself.

W&H: Name your favorite woman-directed film and why.

Jb: It’s a tie between “Near Dark” by Kathryn Bigelow and “Fish Tank” by Andrea Arnold. I love both these films — “Near Dark” because it was the first film that made me realzse the gender disparity in the films I’d grown up admiring and “Fish Tank” because it is such excellent, perfect storytelling.

W&H: There have been significant conversations over the last couple of years about increasing the amount of opportunities for women directors yet the numbers have not increased. Are you optimistic about the possibilities for change? Share any thoughts you might have on this topic.

Jb: Generally speaking, yes, I think things are changing. But these changes seem to still be privileging white women rather than women of all colors, and this is not the kind of diversity we should be fighting for.

As a white woman in the South African film industry, despite the challenges I have experienced due to gender, I have nonetheless managed to pursue my own work. However, I see that the glass ceiling remains very much a reality for many of my black colleagues — which should be unacceptable in our country.

Tiff 2017 Women Directors: Meet Jenna Bass — “High Fantasy” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Great Films Unfairly Forgotten in Time

Tom Jolliffe on forgotten films…

Time is a cruel mistress. It’s the one constant and something no one can alter (except Marty McFly and Doc Brown). Looks go, memories fade and in cinematic terms a film can be forgotten over time. Now sometimes it’s probably a good thing. Take for example the turn of the century and the release of Battlefield Earth. One of the undisputed turkeys of modern cinema. An unmitigated disaster on every level. However it’s not one that always springs directly to mind nowadays when people thing of cinematic disasters. In part there’s been even worse since, and on even more bloated budgets. In that respect, time has been a little kind.

However there are a lot of films which were good, great, maybe on occasion cinematically important which have become hazy memories over time. Perhaps they never quite got the recognition or
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Kathryn Bigelow Never Saw the ‘Point Break’ Remake, But Hasn’t Given Up on Genre Films

Kathryn Bigelow Never Saw the ‘Point Break’ Remake, But Hasn’t Given Up on Genre Films
Ever since Kathryn Bigelow became the first — and, so far, only — woman to win the best director Oscar for “The Hurt Locker” in 2009, her career has been perceived in a different light. The filmmaker behind such beloved escapism as “Point Break,” “Strange Days,” and “Near Dark” took a sharp turn into bracing, topical thrillers culled from real-life events, continuing that focus with the masterful “Zero Dark Thirty” and now the racially charged “Detroit,” which opens wide this week.

RelatedJohn Boyega Says ‘Detroit’ Was a Bigger Career Break Than ‘Star Wars

Still, the specter of her earlier work continues to work its way through popular culture, most notably when Warner Bros. released a remake of “Point Break” in 2015. The movie was a box-office failure in the U.S. and faced poor reviews. Bigelow’s opinion? She never watched it.

“I didn’t see it,” she said and laughed, declining to elaborate.
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Kathryn Bigelow’s Movies, Ranked: From ‘Near Dark’ to ‘Detroit’

Kathryn Bigelow has often been at her best when detailing the vaguely homoerotic, exceedingly intimate relationships between men, and what drives these men. This is certainly the case with Point Break and arguably with K-19: The Widowmaker too. There’s a volatile current of Oedipal details flowing underneath the action in Near Dark, and the boy’s club mentality of the military can be gleaned in fascinating flecks of dialogue and gestures in The Hurt Locker. In all these movies, including her latest film, Detroit, the way that men compete and speak with one another, whether in a combative …
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Flashback Weekend 2017 Releases Full Schedule, Featuring Suspiria in 4K, A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master & More

It’s hard for me to believe that another Flashback Weekend is nearly upon us, but in just a few short days, genre fans will descend upon the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare (5440 N. River Road, Rosemont, Il) for three days of horror-filled shenanigans. Beginning Friday, August 4th and running through Sunday, August 6th, Flashback is pulling out all the stops for their 15th anniversary, with their massive Nightmare on Elm Street reunion bringing together casts from nearly all of the films, including the legendary Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, Lisa Wilcox, Amanda Wyss, Ronee Blakley, Joann Willette, Brooke Bundy, Tuesday Knight, Danny Hassel, Toy Newkirk, Kelly Jo Minter, Brooke Theiss, Andras Jones, Ricky Dean Logan, Katharine Isabelle, Ken Kirzinger, Paula Shaw, and Jesse Hutch.

And as if that wasn’t enough, Flashback 2017 will also feature a multitude of other notable guests, including Lance Henriksen, Ken Foree, Nancy Loomis, William Forsythe,
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Listen to the Corpse Club Discuss The Lost Boys and Near Dark on a New Episode of Daily Dead’s Podcast

In 1987, bloodsuckers hit the big screen in two immensely different vampire movies: The Lost Boys and Near Dark. The former featured a vibrant beachside setting, an epic saxophone solo, and "death by stereo." The latter took place in quiet small towns and showed the mean, messy, and murderous price to be paid for immortality. Nearly 30 years later, both movies are still beloved by fans, making this the perfect time for the Corpse Club to make sure that we, like Tim Cappello, "still believe," as we celebrate two of the most memorable horror movies of 1987.

Titled "Celebrating The Lost Boys and Near Dark," episode 10 of Corpse Club features co-hosts Heather Wixson, Patrick Bromley, Scott Drebit, Derek Anderson, and Jonathan James. With this year marking the 30th anniversaries of The Lost Boys and Near Dark, we discuss what we love about these two vampire movies, why the films continue to resonate with
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Class of 1987: Creatures of the Night – Tom Noonan, Duncan Regehr, Tom Woodruff Jr., Carl Thibault & Michael Reid MacKay on Becoming The Monster Squad

Undoubtedly, one of the most beloved genre movies to come out of 1987 was Fred Dekker’s The Monster Squad, a perfect blend of humor, heart, and affection for the classic monsters so many of us grew up on. And while it may not have done great business at the box office when it was released in August of that year, The Monster Squad has deservedly become a true cult classic, and remains a brilliant gateway horror experience for younger viewers who are just becoming initiated in the ways of genre cinema.

With The Monster Squad’s 30th anniversary nearly upon us, and with our “Class of 1987” celebration currently in full swing, I thought this would make for a splendid opportunity to chat with the actors who put the “Monster” in “The Monster Squad” in the first place: Tom Noonan (“Frankenstein’s Monster”), Duncan Regehr (“Count Dracula”), Tom Woodruff Jr. (“the
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