Starry Eyes (2014)
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Aging blonde-bombshell Anita Ekberg gives a full-bodied performance as a sex-crazed sister with some seriously bad habits in the lurid cult classic Killer Nun.
One of the most notorious nunsploitation films, Killer Nun tells the sordid story of Sister Gertrude, a disturbed woman of the cloth who degenerates into a perverse mire of drug taking, sexual perversion, sadistic torture and murder. Joe Dallesandro, Alida Valli and the ample Paola Morra (Behind Convent Walls) offer spirited performances and able support to Ekberg, in this outrageous tale based on real events.
Boasting an incongruously classy score by legendary composer Alessandro Alessandroni (Women’s Camp 119) and stylishly rendered scenes of sex and murder, Killer Nun takes the viewer on a hair-raising journey from the heights of religious ecstasy to the depths of devilish degeneracy. Now Giulio Berruti s
Travis Stevens has made a name for himself in the industry as championing all manner of indie genre films in a producing capacity. He’s been happy to take on projects that others might class as too ‘risky’ and the resulting movies have been brilliant. To name just a handful of films, Starry Eyes, Cheap Thrills, 68 Kill and We Are Still Here; you can see that he’s almost single handily put low-budget genre cinema on the map. Now he’s decided to shift into the writing and directing field with Girl on the Third Floor, and he proves without a doubt that he’s not just a one trick pony.
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This year, directors Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kölsch released their updated version of Pet Sematary. The film was a pitch-perfect adaptation of Stephen King’s darkest novel, but before all that, they created one of Frightfest’s more recent instant classics, the wonderful Starry Eyes.
Just how far would you go to achieve your dreams? This is a question that has been asked countless times across the centuries with one of the earliest tales being that of Faust. Starry Eyes tackles the age-old fable but adds a very modern twist. Sarah (a magnificent Alex Essoe) is a fast-food waitress with big dreams. Living within an apartment building full of other actors,
It may come as a surprise that a movie about two women meeting at a yoga class, which then escalates to one of them refusing to let the other leave their house, is actually very very relatable for myself. But that is exactly how I found myself when watching Homewrecker.
The woman who discovers it is not going to be easy to leave the house is Michelle. Played by Alex Essoe, who horror fans will recognise from Tales of Halloween and her incredible performance in Starry Eyes. She will soon be even more popular when she stars as Wendy Torrance in Mike Flanagan’s The Shining sequel, Doctor Sleep later this year. Her captor is Linda, played by the interestingly named Precious Chong. Michelle gets into the situation just because she is unable to say no.
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Shot in only a handful of days, with a small crew, Homewrecker shows just what can be achieved on limited time and budget. A true labour of love, the film rises above many others with triple the production values and time by being completely original. The film stars Starry Eyes‘ Alex Essoe as Michelle, an interior designer with an inability to say no to people. Michelle is one of those people whom is polite to a fault, and it is this politeness that leads her down a dangerous path after meeting Linda (Precious Chong) at the gym. What starts innocently enough with Linda giving Michelle a tampon, soon turns into something far more dangerous after Michelle is strong-armed into visiting Linda’s house. Here
A Barbara Crampton film
It wouldn’t be Frightfest without an appearance from its Queen, Barbara Crampton. Since You’re Next screened in 2011, Crampton has almost always had at least one film screening, the last two years have also seen her attend the event to interact with the fans. From looking at her IMDb page,
Critters is an often overlooked horror franchise. The four-film series followed a group of ferocious fluff-ball aliens as they ate their way
King himself teased the trailer was going to be hitting today over on Instagram, and sure enough, here it is. I don't know about you, but I've read King's novel, and I found it to be a worthy sequel to what is (debatably) King's scariest book. Sure it's not as frightening as the original novel The Shining, or Stanely Kubrick's original movie starring Jack Nicholson for that matter,
“Sometimes dead is better,” but sometimes a resurrection is just what the good doctor ordered. Such is the case for this weekend’s release, Pet Sematary, based on the 1983 novel by Stephen King. Directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, who previously impressed horror fans with Starry Eyes (2014), the Paramount adaptation makes significant deviations from King’s novel and Mary Lambert’s beloved 1989 film. Those who were lucky enough to avoid the second trailer likely had a surprise in store for them when they saw the film in theaters, but for ...
Starry Eyes tells the story of a young woman named Sarah (Alex Essoe), who’s hoping to live out her dream of making it as an actress in the rough-and-tumble town of Los Angeles. She repeatedly endures torturous auditions while working
The numbers are at the top end of recent forecasts for both. Warner Bros.’ “Shazam!” has been expected to wind up between $45 million to $50 million domestically at 4,217 locations and Paramount’s “Pet Sematary” remake was predicted to wind up in the $20 million range.
Disney’s second weekend of “Dumbo” is seeing a steep decline of about 62% to the $16 million to $17 million range. The third weekend of Universal’s horror hit “Us” and the fifth frame of Disney’s “Captain Marvel” will battle for fourth in the $15 million range. “Captain Marvel” should wind up the weekend with a 31-day North American total of around $375 million.
Stx’s launch of Taraji P. Henson-Sam Rockwell drama “The Best of Enemies” will come in
“Shazam!” is expected to nab $45 million to $50 million domestically at 4,217 locations. The DC Comics adventure centers on Billy Batson (Asher Angel), a teenager who can transform into a cheerful superhero (Zachary Levi) when someone says the magic word. David F. Sandberg directed from Henry Gayden’s script.
“Shazam!” has received strong critical support, earning a 92% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with reviewers praising its departure from the self-importance of the genre. Variety’s Owen Gleiberman wrote, “‘Shazam!’ … is just a light, funny, grounded, engagingly unpretentious sleight-of-hand action comedy about a boy in a (super)man’s body.”
If “Shazam!” becomes a hit, it’ll be the third success story in a row for DC Entertainment following “Wonder Woman” and “Aquaman.” Warner Bros. spent $80 million to produce “Shazam!,” roughly half of what it cost to make “Aquaman” and “Wonder Woman.
During our chat with di Bonaventura, he discussed the challenges of adapting the Pet Sematary novel, his thoughts on why our society is so preoccupied with the idea of defying death and our own mortality, and how this story taps into those ideas. He also discussed how Starry Eyes helped get Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer the directing gig for this film, and why that Kölsch/Widmyer collaboration stood out from the pack of recent horror movies. Di Bonaventura also talked about not wanting to take the safe route with this iteration of Pet Sematary and taking the darkest path possible with the thematic elements to this script.
We dig deep with Pet Sematary screenwriter Jeff Buhler about adapting King, changing the story and more.
This article contains spoilers for Pet Sematary.
Adapting the work of a revered author like Stephen King is always a challenge, but it’s twice as daunting when the material in question is one of the novelist’s most famous and acclaimed books. In this case, it’s Pet Sematary, King’s haunting tale of death, grief, and guilt in which a doctor and family man named Louis Creed, tormented by the death of one of his young children, buries the child in an ancient burial ground behind his house that brings whatever is buried there back to life…only not quite the same.
Working off a story by Matt Greenberg, writer Jeff Buhler was handed the assignment of adapting Pet Sematary for directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmeyer (Starry Eyes
The film begins with the Creed family moving to the picturesque town of Ludlow, Maine. Louis (Jason Clarke) is a doctor looking to escape the bustle of Boston. His wife, Rachel (Amy Seimetz), suffers anxiety attacks from a traumatic childhood experience. They have two children, a sweet nine-year-old girl, Ellie (Jeté Laurence), and toddler son, Gage. Rounding out the Creed clan is Ellie's fluffy, long-haired cat Church.
Life in the country is not what they expected.
While at the recent press day, Daily Dead chatted with both filmmakers about the decision to make some pretty bold changes to King’s overall story, and how satisfying it was to get his blessing on those changes. Widmyer and Kölsch also discussed the parallels between Pet Sematary (2019) and Starry Eyes, their creepy feline co-star in the film, and more.
Look for Pet Sematary in theaters beginning this Thursday night.
Spoiler Warning: If you haven’t seen any of the Pet Sematary (2019) trailers and are unaware of the major change to this iteration of King’s story, then
Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura explains the new twist at the heart of Pet Sematary.
This Pet Sematary article contains spoilers.
Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has some experience with the canon of horror icon Stephen King: in 2007 he produced the sleeper hit 1408, a genuinely unnerving tale about a haunted hotel room that was based on a King short story. But 1408 was a relatively obscure yarn. Taking on Pet Sematary, the near-legendary 1983 novel that the author once said he was too horrified to publish, is a whole other coffin full of worms.
For one thing, there’s the book itself, which King fans revere as one of his greatest, and which -- with its imagery of the eerie, misspelled titular setting -- has found its way into the imagination of the public at large. And then there’s the first movie made from the material, a 1989 film directed by Mary Lambert,
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