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The 15 Best Horror Movies of 2017

Tom Beasley examines the best horror movies of 2017, from sharp social satire to an evil clown…

The reaction to 2017’s horror movie slate has, bizarrely, been one of surprise. It’s as if a year of impressive scary movies is somehow a rarity, when in fact the genre has consistently delivered strong movies in recent years.

What is true, however, is that 2017 has been an uncommonly good year for the darker side of cinema. The mainstream corner of horror has produced its most successful movie of all time, while the arthouse world has also delivered the goods and there’s even an Oscar contender in the genre.

But first, let’s head Down Under for one of the nastiest films of the year…

15. Killing Ground

Australia is home to some of the most grim, macabre movies in modern cinema, from Justin Kurzel’s troubling true crime tale Snowtown to the tourism slasher Wolf Creek.
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The Black List’s 2017 List of Best Unproduced Screenplays

Rounding up the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood, as voted on by hundreds of film executives, The Black List has been a strong resource to clue one in on projects to potentially anticipate, but first, to kickstart Hollywood on bringing them to screen. Last year’s chart-topper, the Madonna film Blonde Ambition by Elyse Hollander, was picked up by Universal Pictures and also in the top five was Liz Hannah’s The Post, which Steven Spielberg turned out quite fast. Today we have this year’s edition.

Topping the 2017 edition we have the post-wwii drama Ruin by Matthew Firpo and Ryan Firpo, which Gal Gadot is set to star in with direction by Macbeth and Snowtown‘s Justin Kurzel. Also among the list is the abortion drama Let Her Speak, the story of Anne Frank’s diary, Keeper of the Diary (which will be directed by Kenneth Branagh at Focus Features
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Russell Crowe, Nicholas Hoult, George MacKay and more join The True History of the Kelly Gang

After trying his hand with a Hollywood blockbuster in Assassin’s Creed, director Justin Kurzel is heading back to his native Australia for his next film, reuniting with his Snowtown screenwriter for The True History of the Kelly Gang, which is based on Peter Carey’s Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name and tells the story of the notorious outlaw Ned Kelly and his gang.

George MacKay (Captain Fantastic) is set to lead the cast as Kelly, and will star in the film alongside Russell Crowe (Gladiator), Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road), Travis Fimmel (Vikings), Essie Davis (The Babadook), Sean Keenan (Strangerland), Dacre Montgomery (Stranger Things), Harry Greenwood (Hacksaw Ridge, upcoming The Nightingale), Thomasin McKenzie (My Abandonment, The Changeover) and Earl Cave (Born to Kill).

Peter Carey’s book The True History of the Kelly Gang always felt like the true spirit of Ned Kelly,” states Kurzel. “Unsentimental,
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Justin Kurzel

Justin Kurzel is a director and screenwriter who was born in Gawler, South Australia, on August 3, 1974. He was awarded a Mike Walsh Fellowship in 1999. This is a program for graduates in the arts and entertainment industry in Australia that is intended to enhance their experiences in the industry both in Australia and abroad. Kurzel made his feature film debut in 2011 with the Australian biographical crime drama horror movie ‘Snowtown’, which is alternatively known as ‘The Snowtown Murders’. He has since gone on to direct several films and his latest work is an adaptation of ‘The True

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Justin Kurzel
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Gal Gadot to Shoot WWII Thriller Ruin Before Wonder Woman 2?

Gal Gadot to Shoot WWII Thriller Ruin Before Wonder Woman 2?
Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot is in talks to star in director Justin Kurzel's World War II thriller Ruin, which, if her deal is finalized, will be shot early next year, before the actress gets to work on Wonder Woman 2. Warner Bros confirmed during Comic-Con 2017 that the Wonder Woman 2 release date has been set for December 13, 2019, and with shooting on the superhero sequel not expected to happen until next summer, that gives the actress time to shoot Ruin before returning as Diana of Themyscira. Unfortunately, no details about Gal Gadot's character have been revealed at this time.

The project is set in the aftermath of World War II, and is said to be a gritty period revenge thriller in the same vein as Inglorious Basterds and Fury. The story follows a "nameless ex-Nazi captain" who wanders through the ruins of Germany following the war's end. Wanting
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Gal Gadot Goes To War In ‘Ruin,’ Christian Bale Offered Role

Director Justin Kurzel has flexed his filmmaking muscles a few different ways so far in his career. He broke out with the stomach-churning thriller “The Snowtown Murders,” delivered his atmospheric take on Shakespeare‘s “Macbeth,” and then tried his hand, rather unsuccessfully, with blockbuster fare on “Assassin’s Creed.” Now, he’s tilting back toward something smaller scale, but that once again finds the director in new territory with a war movie.

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Naomi Watts to star in Penguin Bloom

Deadline is reporting that Naomi Watts is set to star in Penguin Bloom, an adaptation of Bradley Trevor Greive’s bestselling Australian book. Watts is also producing the film with Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea, while Shaun Grant (Snowtown, Berlin Syndrome) will pen the screenplay.

Penguin Bloom (published in the U.S.) tells the true story of Cameron and Sam Bloom and their three children; an everyday family, their lives were turned upside down when Sam fell from a balcony while holidaying in Thailand, and was left paralyzed from the chest down. As the family struggled to adjust to their new situation, an unlikely ally entered their lives in the form of an injured Magpie chick which the Bloom clan called Penguin, who became a mascot for the family.

Naomi Watts can currently be seen in cinemas in The Book of Henry, and on the small screen in Netflix’s
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Film Movement Acquires U.S. Rights to ‘Jasper Jones’ (Exclusive)

Film Movement Acquires U.S. Rights to ‘Jasper Jones’ (Exclusive)
New York-based Film Movement has acquired U.S. rights to “Jasper Jones,” hailed by Variety as the best film to date by Australia’s Rachel Perkins (“Bran Neu Dae”) and a “beautifully composed portrait of life in late-’60s small-town Australia,” capturing “the loss of childhood innocence and the suffocating despair of adulthood.”

Michael E. Rosenberg, president of Film Movement, finalized the deal with Charlotte Mickie, president of Mongrel International.

Based on a beloved same-titled novel by Australia’s Craig Silver, the coming of age tale and murder mystery will celebrate its North America premiere as the closing night film at the Museum of the Moving Image’s tribute to the distributor, Film Movement: A 15th Anniversary Celebration. It screens on July 2.

Carried by a standout young cast of Aaron McGrath, Levi Miller (“Pan”) and Angourie Rice (“The Nice Guys”), and written by Silvey and Shaun Grant (“The Snowtown Murders
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Cate Shortland on putting together 'Berlin Syndrome'

Cate Shortland on the set of 'Berlin Syndrome'..

Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland has only made three features: 2004.s Somersault, 2012.s Lore and now Berlin Syndrome, with the last two both set in Germany.

.Like a lot of people I.m just drawn to the vibrancy of the culture,. says the filmmaker, .and I love living in Berlin..

Shortland.s partner is Australian filmmaker Tony Krawitz (Dead Europe), whose family is German Jew.

.His grandmother is still alive, she.s 102, and she.s from Berlin,. Shortland tells If. lived in Berlin on and off for the last six years, our kids went to school there for a while. My German.s still really atrocious but I love living there..

Now the director has shot a feature in the city — adapted by Snowtown.s Shaun Grant from a novel by Melanie Joosten.

Aquarius Films producer Polly Staniford was
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Charlie Hunnam interview - King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword

Rob Leane May 17, 2017

Charlie Hunnam chats to us about his journey from shoe shop to Arthurian legend, via Byker Grove, Guillermo del Toro and Guy Ritchie...

As I awkwardly shambled into a fancy London hotel room to interview Charlie Hunnam, I had no clue what to expect from the man. The British born actor has played hard nuts on several occasions, across projects such as Green Street and Sons Of Anarchy. His latest role, a rough and ready rendition of King Arthur for Snatch’s Guy Ritchie, seems to fit in with that lot.

But Hunnam has also worked with indie darlings like Guillermo del Toro and James Gray. As well as pulling swords from stones, murdering motorbike enthusiasts and scrapping on the streets of London, he’s battled kaiju, explored strange new worlds, dabbled in period pieces, and much more. It all adds up to a very diverse CV,
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Warwick Thornton, Kriv Stenders, David Wenham headline Sydney Film Fest

Warwick Thornton.s doco.'We Don't Need A Map' will open the 2017 Sydney Film Festival..

Warwick Thornton.s We Don.t Need A Map will open this year.s Sydney Film Festival, with the event also marking the documentary.s world premiere..

The latest film from the Samson and Delilah director explores Australia.s relationship to the Southern Cross through colonial and indigenous history through to the present day..

We Don't Need A Map will compete in the festival.s Official Competition. Among the 12 films in the running for the $60,000 prize are Aussie theatre director Benedict Andrew.s debut feature Una, which stars Ben Mendelsohn, as well as Sofia Coppola.s Beguiled.and Michael Haneke.s Happy End, both of which will come to the festival from Cannes.

Overall the festival program boasts 288 films from 59 countries, including 37 world premieres. Bookending the fest will be Korean director Bong Joon-ho.s Cannes film.Okja,
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Watch: New Trailer For Award-Winning Australian True-Crime Serial Killer Tale ‘Hounds Of Love’

Since it premiered at Venice last year, audiences have been either thrilled, traumatized, or a little of both by Australian horror-drama “Hounds Of Love.” Not, alas, as the title might suggest, the Kate Bush biopic we’ve always dreamed of, Ben Young’s directorial debut is a “Blue Velvet”-influenced true-crime tale that makes “The Snowtown Murders” look like “Madagascar 3.”

Read More: Tense, Nasty ‘Hounds Of Love’ Is An Eyecatching Debut [Venice Review]

Drawing on a number of real-life cases in Perth, Australia in the 1980s, it tracks a couple (Stephen Curry and Emma Booth) whose Mo is to lure young girls to their home before raping, torturing and murdering them, and the teenager (Ashleigh Cummings) who looks to become their latest victim.

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Rn's Jason Di Rosso on Cate Shortland's "dark fairy-tale" 'Berlin Syndrome'

Cate Shortland (l) on set.

Imagine a young woman from Brisbane, and you decide to quit your job taking photos for a real estate website, and head overseas for the first time, to the cool city where all the other cool young people seem to be heading —.Berlin. There you meet a really nice guy, you go back to his, you have amazing sex. But fast forward to the morning after and you discover he.s locked you in his creepy apartment, and so begins Berlin Syndrome, a dark fairy-tale of a thriller from Australian director Cate Shortland.

You might remember Cate.s first film, Somersault, which came out in 2004. That film probably rings a bell because you either loved it or hated it — it was dragged into a debate that raged at the time about how Australian cinema was in crisis. It was a particularly ill-informed, mostly
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Review — ‘Hounds of Love’ Is a Harrowing and Grimly Satisfying Experience

Hounds of Love’ Is a Harrowing and Grimly Satisfying ExperienceA deranged couple with a desire to kill, a teenage girl with a will to live.

A twisted relationship between a man and his wife sits at the center of writer/director Ben Young’s feature debut, but it’s the more innocent one between a teenager and her mother that viewers will hope prevails as the harrowing and unsettling Hounds of Love heads towards its conclusion.

It’s the late ’80s and Christmastime in Perth, Western Australia, and Vicki (Ashleigh Cummings) is enduring a common right of passage for teenagers the world over. Her parents have split, but while her dad tries to retain her affection with the gift of a new puppy, her mom (Susie Porter) is trying to establish ground rules. Vicki scoffs at her restrictions though and instead sneaks out into the night for a party, but along the way she has the misfortune
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Andrew Knight, Jocelyn Moorhouse team for WWII film 'The Wedding Officer'

(l-r) James Mackay, Sarah Snook and Jocelyn Moorhouse on the set of 'The Dressmaker' (photo credit: Ben King).

Screen Australia has announced development funding for seven feature films and one high-end television project, plus production funding for three digital series and one Vr project..

Among the slate of features is The Wedding Officer, a WWII drama adapted by Andrew Knight (Hacksaw Ridge, Jack Irish) from a novel by Anthony Capella.

Jocelyn Moorhouse (The Dressmaker) is attached to direct with Revlover Films' Martha Coleman producing. The feature has secured matched funding from eOne, who produced Knight's The Water Diviner.

The film revolves around a young British officer sent to allied occupied Naples to clean up corruption and curb the run of British soldiers marrying Neapolitan girls. The locals decide to corrupt him the best way they know how: with food. .

Other films include Relic, a Gender Matters: Brilliant Stories
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Busy Shaun Grant preps 'Kelly Gang', See-Saw thriller And a medieval epic

Shaun Grant.

Screenwriter Shaun Grant has been working non-stop since the release of Snowtown, his first film, in 2011.

Grant divides his time between La and Melbourne these days after wrapping up work on projects as diverse as Deadline Gallipoli, Jasper Jones and Berlin Syndrome at home in Australia.

Now working out of an office in West Hollywood, the scribe is working on several projects, including a long-gestating adaptation of Peter Carey.s True History of the Kelly Gang for producer Liz Watts and Snowtown director Justin Kurzel.

.It.s a beautifully written book,. says Grant. .He.s an iconic character in our country, so of course when Liz approached me I had some trepidation. But the things that scare me are usually the ones I.m drawn to. And Justin and I have been looking to work together since Snowtown..

Like Animal Kingdom before it, Snowtown put a rocket under
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‘Assassin’s Creed’ Director Justin Kurzel Goes To ‘Ruin’

Justin Kurzel has followed an interesting career path so far. Following his breakout film “The Snowtown Murders,” he jumped into two very different pictures starring Michael Fassbender: the moody, Shakespeare adaptation “Macbeth,” and the massive tentpole “Assassin’s Creed.” The former was an interesting expansion of Kurzel’s skills, while the latter found him a bit lost in the blockbuster machine.

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Ridley Scott Eyes Michelle Williams for ‘All The Money In The World,’ Golshifteh Farahani to Lead ‘Santa & Cie,’ and More

With Alien: Covenant on its way — and his announcement that he’d like to helm many more of them — director Ridley Scott also has plans to direct All The Money In The World, according to Deadline. The film tells the true story of the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III by mob-tied captors, and the desperate attempts of his grandfather to get him back. While Natalie Portman was originally circling the film, Michelle Williams, Mark Wahlberg, and Kevin Spacey are now in talks to star in the ticking-clock thriller.

The 79-year-old Scott has also added another film to his sky-high pile of potential projects. Deadline reports he’s now attached to a World War II drama based around the Battle of Britain, a major skirmish fought in the air that was a major coup for Allied forces. Scripted by Matthew Orton, who also wrote the upcoming Oscar Isaac-led Nazi-hunting thriller Operation Finale,
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Berlin Syndrome Trailer Has Teresa Palmer Trapped by a Maniac

Berlin Syndrome Trailer Has Teresa Palmer Trapped by a Maniac
Following its debut at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, Vertical Entertainment has debuted the first trailer for the upcoming thriller Berlin Syndrome, which is slated for theatrical release on May 26. This new thriller stars Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies, Lights Out & Max Riemelt (Sense8), is directed by Cate Shortland (Lore), written by Shaun Grant (The Snowtown Murders), and based on the novel by Melanie Joosten. This new thriller could very well be one of the breakout indie hits this summer, if it finds the right audience.

While holidaying in Berlin, Australian photographer, Clare (Teresa Palmer), meets Andi (Max Riemelt), a charismatic local man and there is an instant attraction between them. A night of passion ensues. But what initially appears to be the start of a romance, takes an unexpected and sinister turn when Clare wakes the following morning to discover Andi has left for work and locked her in his apartment.
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‘Ghost in the Shell’ Review: Scarlett Johansson Stars in a Dazzling Reboot That Lacks Character

‘Ghost in the Shell’ Review: Scarlett Johansson Stars in a Dazzling Reboot That Lacks Character
Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 cyberpunk opus, “Ghost in the Shell,” was one of the first Japanese anime titles to cross over to Western audiences, and it’s been reissued and repackaged so often since the millennium that it’s scant surprise studio execs seized upon it as reproducible property. Possibly it was a matter of waiting: for digital effects houses to get up to spec, the right deals to be struck, and any accusations of cultural appropriation to blow over. Paramount’s all-new live-action “Ghost,” powered by hefty reserves of American and Asian money, emerges as a dazzling logistical display with a missing file where the human interest might once have been stored.

Fans need not blubber unduly. As overseen by “Snow White and the Huntsman” director Rupert Sanders, this transliteration would seem faithful enough to satiate those who just want to see favorite scenes and characters redrawn on the biggest screen imaginable.
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