Directed by F.W. Murnau
Distributed by Eureka!
Widely regarded as Nosferatu director F.W. Murnau’s crowning masterpiece, Faust: Eine deutsche Volkssage – to give it its full original title – is not only a shining jewel of the filmmaker’s oeuvre but an historical cinematic milestone of major significance.
A telling of the German folk tale of the same name, Faust concerns a wager made between heaven and hell (in the form of an Archangel and the Devil Mephisto) for the fate of all mankind: If Mephisto can completely corrupt the soul of one man – the eponymous alchemist Faust (Ekman) – then the world will be his.
Putting his plans in motion, Mephisto unleashes a deadly plague on Faust’s home village. As his desperate search for a cure proves fruitless while the dying citizens call for his help, Faust enters into a one-day-only ‘trial’ pact with Mephisto. Suddenly, he is able to cure the sick with his bare hands, driving back the plague. All comes to a rough end, however, when the people discover that Faust can no longer look upon or touch the sign of the cross, and so to escape impending execution, he commands Mephisto to make him young again and whisk him away.
Consumed by the pleasures of his newfound youth and power, Faust goes on to accept the full agreement – his soul for indefinite command of Mephisto’s power – and sets about attempting to woo the innocent Gretchen (Horn). Tragedy abounds, however, as Mephisto’s scheming leads to increasingly dire consequences for Gretchen, her family, and Faust himself – pulling them all down a path of darkness which may very well spell the end of the world as we know it.
A product of the silent era of cinema, Murnau’s Faust continues to stress its historical importance, and impact on the art form, to this day. While grounded in the level of visual theatricality customary (and necessary) at the time, it nevertheless produces consistent displays of technical marvel via camera movement, sweeping miniature vistas, and brilliantly effective special effects – to name just a few of the elements Murnau has up his sleeve. Convincingly medieval costuming and set design provide a backdrop for touches of Expressionist style, though somewhat less overtly representative of the movement than similar output of the decade such as Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
Story wise, Murnau’s Faust is closer in narrative to that of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s play than any other version, though various elements are tweaked to suit the filmmaker’s vision. Emil Jannings relishes his part as the devious Mephisto, full of theatrical mischievousness, wide-mouthed grins, and evil stares. He seems especially happy during the second act’s racier sex farce elements, grinning cheekily as he cops a feel of Gretchen’s aunt, for example. Camilla Horn’s performance as the aforementioned tortured innocent is truly something else – a brave and standout turn at a time when perfection in physical performance was required to truly communicate with audiences, and she communicates all too well.
Faust is a classic for a reason; anyone with even slightly more than a passing interest in cinema ought to cherish this film outright – though a bemoaning of the rather abrupt and saccharine ending would be a forgivable umbrage. It’s a superlative, inventive piece of work by a masterful, visionary director that remains as engrossing and surprising today as it was almost 90 years ago. Yes, it’s that old – and yes, it’s still that good. In a great turn, it’s now actually even better with this “Masters of Cinema” release from Eureka!, which, for the first time outside of Germany, gives us Murnau’s domestic cut – the original cut created for screening within the country of origin which contains all of the best takes and shots and forms his actual, preferred vision.
Picture quality for the domestic cut is startlingly good. Sporting a 1080p high-definition transfer, it’s as close to perfect as one could likely ever expect Faust to look. Grain and print damage are obviously prevalent given the age of the material, and the image can appear rather soft at times, but honestly – you’ve never seen it as wonderfully presented as this, trust me. The export cut that most will be used to by now is also included but doesn’t receive the same meticulous treatment. It still looks decent but can’t compete with the clarity of the main showpiece. Both versions of the film also come on separate DVDs alongside the Blu-ray disc.
For the domestic cut you also have the choice of one of three different musical scores: Timothy Brock’s orchestral score, Stan Ambrose’s harp accompaniment, or Javier Pérez de Axpeitia’s piano arrangement. Backing this up is an incredible amount of special features which include a circa 40-minute discussion of the film with learned critic Tony Rayns; a German-language documentary that runs almost an hour dissecting nearly every facet of the film’s creation, entitled “The Language of Shadows”; a feature commentary by David Ehrenstein and Bill Krohn which proves very informed, insightful, and entertaining; a lengthy video comparison of the differences between the domestic and export cuts; and a 40-page booklet featuring various writings on the film (not included for review).
It all combines to form an excellent presentation and package for a film whose importance and ongoing relevance to cinema simply cannot be overstated and adds another gold star to the chart for Eureka!’s fantastic “Masters of Cinema” label.
• Restored 1080p transfer of the domestic German print with three optional scores: Timothy Brock orchestral score, Stan Ambrose harp score, and Javier Pérez de Axpeitia piano score
• Export version of the film
• DVD versions of both cuts of the film
• A discussion of the film with critic Tony Rayns
• Audio commentary by critics David Ehrenstein and Bill Krohn
• The Language of Shadows documentary
• 40-page booklet containing an essay by Peter Spooner, writing on the film by Eric Rohmer, and rare archival imagery
• Version comparison (Domestic and Export)
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
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This past Friday, September 12th, Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Creative Director John Murdy gave Dread Central a preview of their then-under-construction “An American Werewolf in London” and “The Walking Dead: The End of the Line” fright mazes.
Read on for the details, exclusive video, and our photo gallery!
Arriving to a heavily under-construction Universal Studios on a sweltering Los Angeles afternoon (these heat waves seem to historically hit the week of the preview), we hopped in a van to the backlot with mastermind Murdy, where “The Walking Dead: The End of the Line” maze was in its final days of preparation for Halloween Horror Nights, which kicks off next Friday, September 19th.
In keeping with the narrative of Season 4 of the popular AMC series, this year’s “The Walking Dead” maze (the third year running for Universal’s HHN) recreates the prison in which the majority takes place and introduces as well the show’s principals’ search for the purported sanctuary of Terminus. Upon arrival we were greeted by the maze’s exterior, a rather convincing correctional facility façade, with a perimeter ringed with high chain-link fencing. Just inside sat a burned out military tank (repositioned from Fast & Furious 6), as well as the prop carcass of a fallen steed (echoing Season 1 of “The Walking Dead”).
Once inside the impressive and at times two-story attraction, we were greeted by a catwalk, myriad cell doors, rotted zombies, a morgue, a recreation of the show’s convenience store ‘Big Spot’ and much, much more. See our video clip of Murdy chatting about the maze below.
From there it was on to the “An American Werewolf in London” maze, erected just outside the park’s Jurassic Park attraction. Nailing it from the onset, the exterior of the attraction was decked out to resemble the pub ‘The Slaughtered Lamb’ from director John Landis’ classic 1981 film, as was the first room we entered, replete with a bar and requisite pentagram.
Determined, Murdy and crew are set to deliver within the attraction the iconic moments of the groundbreaking flick, which, in addition to the pub, include the film’s hospital room, the demon soldier slaughter, the porno theater (screening See You Next Wednesday, a nice attention to detail), the London tube (which features a clever scare not from the film, but in keeping with it) and most importantly, the famous Rick Baker-created werewolf transformation. See our clip of Murdy talking about that below.
While we don’t want to give much more away in terms of the narrative and scares (these attractions are best experienced without heavy spoilers), you can check out our photo gallery, and keep your eyes on Dread Central for our annual coverage of the Eyegore Awards and the grand opening of Halloween Horror Nights, which kicks off this coming Friday, September 19th.
More info on Halloween Horror Nights is available at Halloween Horror Nights.com. Updates from Creative Director John Murdy can be found on Twitter, as he reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information.
About Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood
Tickets are now on sale for “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood as Southern California’s leading Halloween event becomes “More Dead Than Ever,” expanding to 22 select nights with more mazes than ever, from Friday, September 19, through Sunday, November 2, 2014.
Tickets to this year’s event are available for purchase at HalloweenHorrorNights.com, including a Front of Line ticket option that enables guests to enjoy priority access at each “Halloween Horror Nights” maze, Terror Tram and theme park attraction. Advance purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out.
“As the movie studio that invented the horror film genre, we hold ourselves to a very high standard in producing the best and most terrifying Halloween experience,” said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of “Halloween Horror Nights.” “Our ongoing collaboration with today’s most influential filmmakers and musicians, and movie and television horror properties, contributes to the authenticity of ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ and delivers one of the scariest, most compelling experiences anywhere. This year will be ‘More Dead Than Ever’ with more event nights and even more mazes, and we can’t wait.”
“Halloween Horror Nights” 2014 will feature a slate of all-new haunted attractions including “The Walking Dead: The End of the Line,” inspired by Season 4 of AMC’s Golden Globe®-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning TV series. The bone-chilling maze will place guests at the heart of a harrowing journey to seek sanctuary at Terminus, an elusive destination that promises community for all. Mirroring the terror that befell the residents of the West Georgia Correctional Facility, now overrun by savage walkers, the experience will send guests fleeing from the fallen prison into unknown territory as they stage a desperate battle for survival against flesh-eating walkers and ruthless humans.
The engrossing television series will seep into other parts of Universal’s backlot with predatory walkers prowling the secluded wooded areas of the movie studio. “Terror Tram: Invaded by the Walking Dead” will take guests down the daunting path to Terminus, interspersed with landmarks and walkers from Season 4, including the “burned moonshine cabin,” “charred walkers” and “mud walkers.”
Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez’s cult film and El Rey network’s acclaimed supernatural TV series “From Dusk Till Dawn” will debut at this year’s event in a new maze designed to thrust guests into its deviant world where they will encounter sordid mythological creatures known as “Culebras,” serpent-like vampires who have tormented the Earth for centuries.
Celebrated Grammy® Award-winning musician SLASH, hailed as one of the 10 best electric guitar players of all time by Time magazine, is joining forces with Universal Studios Hollywood to compose the first-ever original score for the theme park’s hypnotizing new 3D maze, “Clowns 3D Music by SLASH.”
Other marquee mazes will include “Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood,” a terrifying new haunted attraction based on Universal Pictures’ upcoming epic action-adventure; “AVP: Alien vs. Predator,” bringing together the most deadly species spawned from two blockbuster films; “An American Werewolf in London,” inspired by Universal Pictures’ Academy Award®-winning film; and “Face Off: In the Flesh,” featuring gruesome characters from Syfy’s hit TV series.
A series of unnerving scare zones will also infiltrate “Halloween Horror Nights,” terrorizing guests as they navigate the darkness from one terrifying maze to another, beginning with “The Purge: Anarchy,” inspired by Universal Pictures’ disturbing blockbuster thriller. “The Walking Dead: Welcome to Terminus” will awaken swarms of predatory walkers in a gruesome scare zone situated adjacent to the new “The Walking Dead” maze.
Additional scare zones will include “Mask-a-Raid,” featuring hordes of bloodthirsty cannibals masquerading as French aristocrats; “Dark Christmas,” a Pagan-themed area where demonic creatures hunt disobedient children and drag them to hell; and “Skullz,” based on the Native American legend of Wendigo, a malevolent supernatural half-beast monster with an insatiable appetite for human flesh.
As a complement to the nighttime event, Universal’s most popular rides and attractions will also be open to guests, including “Transformers: The Ride-3D,” “Jurassic Park—In the Dark,” “The Simpsons Ride” and “Revenge of the Mummy—The Ride.”
“Halloween Horror Nights” dates are as follows: September 19, 20, 26, 27, October 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, and November 1, 2, 2014.
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Indie filmmaker L. Gustavo Cooper is back with another tale of terror called The Devil Incarnate, and it’s getting set for an October 7, 2014, DVD release from RLJ / Image Entertainment. Read on for an exclusive clip.
Graci Carli and Rod Luzzi star.
The future looks bright for newlyweds Trevor and Holly, but their dreams are about to devolve into a nightmare of unspeakable terror.
On a random visit to a tarot reader, they encounter a mysterious old woman who tells them that Holly is pregnant. As the child grows within her, Holly begins to exhibit increasingly bizarre and violent behavior. Soon their joy is overshadowed by a mounting sense of dread that something sinister lurks within her womb. Desperate to save his wife and unborn child, Trevor searches for answers and discovers Holly may have fallen prey to an ancient curse spawned by an evil demon with an insatiable lust for blood.
Looking for something new to read during the upcoming Halloween season? Acclaimed author Kim Newman (Anno Dracula) has a stand-alone novel entitled An English Ghost Story heading our way in early October, and we have all the details right here.
Newman has won the Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild, British Fantasy, and British Science Fiction Awards and been nominated for the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards. Look for his latest, An English Ghost Story, on October 7th from Titan Books.
We’ll be back with an excerpt soon!
A dysfunctional British nuclear family seek a new life away from the big city in the sleepy Somerset countryside. At first their new home, The Hollow, seems to embrace them, creating a rare peace and harmony within the family. But when the house turns on them, it seems to know just how to hurt them the most—threatening to destroy them from the inside out.
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We’re continuing to rollout exclusives for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Disaster L.A.: The Last Zombie Apocalypse Begins Here, this time with a second clip that has your first look at a zombie attack. During an apocalypse, always hope that you have a friend with a gun ready to save your ass…
Independent filmmaker Turner Clay’s newest sci-fi zombie thriller arrives September 16 Direct-to-Video Blu-ray and DVD release, plus Digital Download.
Clay wrote, directed and produced (with John Will Clay) Disaster L.A.: The Last Zombie Apocalypse Begins Here which “tells the story of a group of friends desperately trying to escape the toxic smoke that is the deadly result of a meteor shower strike in the middle of Los Angeles. In its wake, neither friends nor strangers are safe from each other. The only hope for survival is to try to reach the coast before it’s too late.”
Justin Ray and Jerod Meagher star and Stephanie Estes, Ron Hanks, Michael Taber, Dennis Leech, Ali Williams, Morgan Jackson and Kendall Mayhew are featured.
There are four things that dominate my life: horror, basketball, pizza and cake. Just the mere thought of combining two of those things could make my head explode (if not my heart, first).
I just now learned of Cakeageddon, which is described as an “edible horror farm.” Yes, a farm of horror filled with delicious treats; it’s like treat-or-treating from the gods!
Unfortunately, I’m here in the States, so a trip to Standalone Farm in the UK is out of the question. Those UK readers who Hansel and Gretel the hell out of that shit, be sure to share your photos and stories from the event.
A perverse cake box of fairy tales including deformed Animal Farm characters, ‘Three (Slaughtered) Little Pigs, Red Riding Hood and her basket of intestines and the nemesis of Miss Muffet, a giant 7ft spider… all of course in 100% edible form. Cakeageddon is coming… Miss Cakehead presents a twisted fairy tale for your taste buds as the world’s first edible horror farm opens at Standalone Farm in Letchworth Garden City this Halloween.
The event combines live horror action with cake for the first ever time, creating an incredible terrifying edible experience the likes of which have never been seen before. The family farm attraction taken over by renowned creative and food art curator Miss Cakehead for a special event targeted strictly at older teenagers and adults which features some of the world’s most infamous cake makers.
Red Riding Hood chasing you through the woods and the remains of the three slaughtered little pigs strung up and dripping ‘blood’ (strawberry sauce) are just some of the CAKE treats in store for you when the mistress of macabre cake takes over Letchworth Garden City’s Standalone Farm every night from the 29th October to the 1st November. Cakeageddon – the World’s first edible horror farm – will be extreme gruesome cake at its most terrifying.
Scattered around the farm will be a series of large scale cake installations which brave visitors will be able to tuck into if there dare… There will be plenty of nasty surprises in store as they go on their cake-walk though the night… Even the children’s play barn on the farm is touched by Miss Cakehead’s twisted mind, taken over by a nightmarish edible creation of Animal Farm.
Not forgetting her macabre cake roots, Miss Cakehead’s extreme cake shop – Eat Your Heart Out – will be back for the fourth year. In fact this year there are two; one based at Standalone Farm itself (which can be visited without having to enter the farm) and another at The Hoxton Shoreditch.
More information on tickets and the event can be found at www.cakeageddon.com or by following @miss_cakehead on Twitter.
Jonestown Films has announced the start of production on The Wicked One.
The indie slasher is “A story about a girl who claims a monster sized slasher is after her and is admitted into a mental institution. Her psychiatrist is skeptical until the killer shows up.”
The Wicked One is directed by Tory Jones and stars Katie Stewart, Jack Norman, Dale Miller, and Ari Lehman (Friday the 13th).
Here’s your first look:
We’re nearly 15 years into the 21st century, if some of you can believe that. That’s given us a swatch of horror films and it’s worth making sure that we recognize the great ones that have come out so far.
With that in mind, we’ve got Terminal Gods vocalist Robert Cowlin, who has decided that he’s up for the task of looking into this topic and weighing in with his thoughts.
Horror movies, so many to choose from. I spent four years studying and exhibiting them and still you merely scratch the surface. How can one reduce this great swelling tide into one coherent list? The stuff of nightmares, fantasy, story books – and here are my favourite ones loosely tied together under this thing we call genre. No, this is the sort of thing that requires a much larger canvas than I am permitted here. I am restricted to the concept of the list, but that’s it. How to fill it? Well, I once toyed with the idea of a thesis that had post-millennial horror films at its core. I won’t go into the interlinking theories and themes now, but I scoured my archive of popular 21st Century horror and here are five that I always recommend…
Read on for Cowlin’s Top 5 Horror Films Of The 21st Century!
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will be releasing Turner Clay’s Disaster L.A.: The Last Zombie Apocalypse Begins Here tomorrow, and right now we have an exclusive clip for you guys to digest. Only the flesh-hungry need apply!
Justin Ray and Jerod Meagher star; and Stephanie Estes, Ron Hanks, Michael Taber, Dennis Leech, Ali Williams, Morgan Jackson, and Kendall Mayhew are featured.
Disaster L.A. Release Details
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) has acquired Disaster L.A.: The Last Zombie Apocalypse Begins Here, independent filmmaker Turner Clay’s newest sci-fi zombie thriller, and has warned fans to brace themselves for a September 16 Direct-to-Video Blu-ray and DVD release, plus Digital Download — in time for Halloween viewing.
Clay wrote, directed, and produced (with John Will Clay) Disaster L.A.: The Last Zombie Apocalypse Begins Here, which tells the story of a group of friends desperately trying to escape the toxic smoke that is the deadly result of a meteor shower strike in the middle of Los Angeles. In its wake neither friends nor strangers are safe from each other. The only hope for survival is to try to reach the coast before it’s too late.
Zombies are currently entertaining the world more than ever, as evidenced by the recent successes of “The Walking Dead” TV series and last year’s film World War Z, starring Brad Pitt, which became the highest zombie grosser of all time with over $202 million domestically. Boxofficemojo.com, which has tracked zombie movies since 1982, estimates they’ve grossed more than a billion dollars at the domestic box office since then. That doesn’t include dozens of movies made before that.
While zombie movies have been around since the ‘70s (1972’s White Zombie is considered the first), many credit George A. Romero’s low-budget Night of the Living Dead (1968) — still listed at the top of all-time favorite zombie movies — as the model for all subsequent zombie films. A ‘90s zombie revival points to the creation of the first zombie video game,“Resident Evil, which was adapted to the big screen in 2002.
Other top-ranked favorites include Romero’s Dawn of the Dead (1978), Lucio Fulci’s Zombie (1979), Dan O’Bannon’s The Return of the Living Dead (1960), Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive (1992), Resident Evil (2002), Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later (2002), Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg’s Shaun of the Dead (2004), Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead (remake, 2004), and Ruben Fleischer’s Zombieland (2009).
Turner Clay is the first to say he owes a debt to those who preceded him: “As a kid I was blown away by Romero’s Dawn of the Dead. I realized what makes zombies so fascinating is to imagine what you’d do if they were real. Then I started to notice zombies doing just that: evolving into faster, more realistic creatures. Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later is one of my all-time favorite zombie films because it was really scary. When I found out it was done with a small crew and a cheap digital camera, I was so inspired, I decided to buy my own camera and go all out for the zombie genre.”
Clay’s first effort was State of Emergency about a small town’s chemical facility that explodes, releasing deadly toxins that cause mutations in the town’s residents.
“Turner is an up-and-coming filmmaker so for WB, distributing this film was a logical move. In spite of our vast horror library, we only have only a few films in the zombie segment of the horror genre. This picture will complement our repertoire and continue to drive our physical and digital strength in the fourth quarter,” said Jeff Baker, WBHE’s Theatrical Catalog EVP and GM.
“I’m convinced the reason zombies are so powerful is that they capture an atheistic fear of the dead,” says Esquire’s Stephen Marche. “There seem to be two choices [to deal with them]: shoot them in the face or run away. It’s not much, but even that very slim measure of control provides enough pleasure to bring in millions of viewers every time they show up on screen.”
One final note that illustrates zombies’ current popularity: The government agencies of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have all recently issued zombie “alerts” as a lighthearted way of getting people to focus on preparedness for actual threats.
CDC Director Ali S. Khan noted, “There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take a zombie apocalypse, for example. That’s right; I said z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e. You may laugh now, but when it happens, you’ll be happy you read this, and hey, maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two about how to prepare for a real emergency.”
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Does “Destiny” live up to the hype? In this week’s content-packed show, Don and Justin discuss just that, and also, what will the game’s long-term future look like? And just what parties are Don and Justin late to? Edge of Tomorrow, The Bridge, and even “The Walking Dead” to name but a few.
LEGO is now the largest toy company in the world. The expensive little bricks have captured the imagination of youth for decades, and has since been made into a feature film, the incredible LEGO Movie. Now, people are pushing for the creation of LEGO sets from Jaws to Ghostbusters, which has made LEGO cool even for adults.
Custom LEGO makers Minifigs.me has already been at it for quite some time, creating horror-themed LEGO known as “Oh the Horror!”
They’re hoping to add a little jeapordy to your toy-chest with their second series of custom-printed horror minifigures, depicting seven more iconic horror characters!
With names like ‘Pincushion’, ‘Boomstick’ and ‘Creepy Doll’, you don’t have to be a horror aficionado to see they are a tongue in cheek tribute to some of our all-time favourite horror flicks. All of them are fully custom using LEGO pieces and printed directly with state of the art printing technology.
These creepy-cute little guys can be found over at http://www.minifigs.me/horror.
From Christian Sesma, the director of Night Crew, comes Lost Time, a new sci-fi alien abduction indie starring Rochelle Vallese, Luke Goss, Robert Davi, Lin Shaye, Derek Mears and Jenni Blong.
In the film, “After leaving a doctor visit with the worst news, Valerie Dreyfuss and her sister Melissa come to a stop on a lonely stretch of road. Their car is engulfed by a blinding light….12 hours later Valerie wakes to the horror that her sister is gone, nowhere to be found.”
Check out the first trailer, poster and still from the alien abduction film from Spotlight Pictures. The trailer actually looks pretty interesting, mixing in elements of “The X-Files” and Fire In the Sky. I like that possibly the government is working with the extraterrestrial beings?
It’s been close to a year since we last got an update on Ryan Lightbourn’s Sleepwalkers, but the first-time feature director is wrapping up post-production now, and a new trailer has come our way.
The film was written and directed by Lightbourn and stars Ansley Gordon, Amanda Phillips, Tommy Goodman, Ben Owen, and Ben Evans. Producers are Lightbourn, Aviva Christie, Tim Story, and Jesse Fox. It’s only a few short months away from completion and has been submitted to a number of film festivals.
The new trailer for Sleepwalkers, a vicious creature feature, was shot in the bayous and swamps of Florida, helping to create its dark tone. An official release date will follow shortly; in the meantime enjoy this sneak peek along with some new stills.
Sleepwalkers tells the story of five college students as they attempt to enjoy a festive spring break getaway, only to encounter a deadly, nocturnal presence. As horrific events unfold, the group joins forces with a local convenience store owner and a prison escapee. Nighttime approaches, and they must set aside their differences and use their wits to survive.
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In the latest clip from Magnet’s Honeymoon (read our review), now on iTunes, VOD and in limited theaters, “Game of Thrones” star Rose Leslie is discovered deep in the woods naked, bruised and battered.
“Young newlyweds Paul (Harry Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie) travel to remote lake country for their honeymoon, where the promise of private romance awaits them. Shortly after arriving, Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night. As she becomes more distant and her behavior increasingly peculiar, Paul begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalking took place in the woods.
Treadaway and Leslie give captivating leading performances as a couple that takes new love to disturbing depths. With romance slowing giving way to terror, writer/director Leigh Janiak puts her unique stamp on this intimate, chilling thriller.”
Leigh Janiak’s festival fav stars Rose Leslie (“Game of Thrones”), Harry Treadaway (“Penny Dreadful”), Ben Huber and Hanna Brown.
Much like the colorful style of the film (see above), /Film shares these two alternate retro one-sheets for The Guest (review), knocking on your door September 17. We’ve also included the theater listings ICYMI.
Directed by Adam Wingard, “A soldier (Dan Stevens) introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.“
Opening day theaters
Empire 25 Theaters
Village Theatre 7
River East 21
Showplace Icon 16
Century Evanston 12
AMC Star John R 15
AMC Livonia 20
Cinemark West Plano 20
ArcLight Hollywood 15
Aventura Mall 24 Theatres
South Beach 18
Cobb Dolphin Cinema 19
AMC Desert Ridge
Pacific Place 11
Love movies about real hauntings? Then be aware – The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill (review) is hitting DVD at the end of the month, and we’re giving away a copy!
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This contest will end on at 12:01 AM PT on September 27th.
The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill Release Details
Image Entertainment is releasing horror film The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill (based on true events) on DVD and digital download on September 70, 2014. Co-directed by Michael Bartlett and Kevin Gates, the film stars Gates, Bartlett, Craig Stovin, Criselda Cabitac, Mark Jeavons, and Rob Whitaker.
Six investigators head to one of the world’s most haunted places to uncover the source of supernatural sightings and phenomena. Known for centuries as a notorious magnet for grave robbers, body snatchers, Satanists, and cultists since the time of The Black Death, the ruined St. Mary’s Church at Clophill plays host to filmmaker Kevin Gates and his team of researchers. Obsessed with unraveling the secrets of this “unholy ground,” they venture into the murky darkness armed with cameras, curiosity, and a need to expose the truth. However, some secrets were meant to stay buried – permanently. Over the course of three chilling nights, it becomes clear that they have unleashed something ancient and evil that has long been hungry to escape into this world.
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Directed by John Suits
The Scribbler is based on the graphic novel of the same name written by Dan Schaffer, who also developed the story for film. And The Scribbler definitely has the feel of a graphic novel coming alive on the screen. Filled with a menagerie of colorful, insane characters and some intriguing sci-fi gadgetry, The Scribbler is a comic come alive.
The story revolves around Suki, a young woman suffering from dissociative identity disorder. She’s crazy. Carrying around about a dozen personalities, Suki finds herself projecting them on a dog and an elevator, and the voices in her head are always giving her all kinds of nutty ideas. However, her doctor considers her almost cured so Suki is staying in a halfway house called Juniper Towers (a ka Jumper Towers), where patients of Dr. Sinclair go after a hospital stay and treatment to try to ease back into society. Unfortunately, that doesn’t ever really happen.
The brooding, mentally unstable Suki is played by Katie Cassidy who does a commendable job in the role. She brings out Suki’s dark side but also has fun with the lighter aspects of her personality that surface from time to time, especially when she’s with Hogan (Garret Dillahunt), the only male resident of Juniper Towers, who realizes he’s in a building with a bunch of women with daddy issues, and he does his best to make the rounds with all of them. Together, Suki and Hogan prove to be an entertaining combination.
Aside from the two leads, The Scribbler is filled with plenty of interesting fringe characters. Juniper Towers has a terrific atmosphere, and the residents are realistic but at the same time almost Wonderlandish. Gina Gershon plays sex addict Cleo; and Ashlynn Yennie plays Emily, who has an irrational fear of clothing (that’s right). But perhaps the coolest resident of Juniper Towers is (fittingly enough for the Wonderland feel) Alice, played by Michelle Trachtenberg. Channeling Sylvia Soska with her look, Trachtenberg is very cool as the dark and threatening Alice. She is the most dangerous resident of the tower, and Suki finds herself having to deal with Alice on several occasions. The atmosphere of the entire film is really fun. Shots inside the residence are always somewhat surreal, and when director John Suits takes the action outside, it has almost a Gotham City feel to some of the scenes.
So here we have our hero, Suki, living in Juniper Towers with Dr. Sinclair’s orders to use the Siamese Burn Therapy machine he’s created to help erase some of the extra personalities she’s carrying around. The only problem is, when you get down to the final few personas, how can you be sure you’re the true one and only that belongs there? You can’t.
The Scribber moves along at a very efficient pace and is fun to watch. The ending of the film, however, makes a bit of a transition from the horror/sci-fi story we’ve watched for the first hour and takes a turn that almost has a superhero feel. Once the mysterious secrets of Juniper Towers are revealed and we find out just what is going on with the Siamese Burn Therapy, things go south a bit in the end. Not to say that the movie doesn’t hold up completely, but once you peel away some of the great fringe characters who helped carry the film through the first hour, some of what is left is less than stellar. Good, but not great.
You can find a bit of everything in The Scribbler. Without a doubt it touches into horror and sci-fi, and even some decent comedic elements exist in it. The intensity of the majority of the film is kind of lost in the finale that feels forced. But when the guy who wrote the graphic novel is also writing the script, I suppose you’ve got to go with what he says.
The Scribbler is entertaining and has plenty of action to keep viewers interested. If you can handle an ending that feels like an afterthought, then you’ll dig this one.
7 out of 5
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With the final few episodes of the season, you’d think The Strain wouldn’t waste precious time with plotlines that don’t move the story forward. Would you be surprised to know that “Loved Ones” actually contains no plot progression whatsoever?
That’s right, this episode begins and ends in the exact same place for all of the characters. It’s infuriating. The story feels so padded. It’s stalling against an inevitable conclusion for reasons unknown. It’s almost afraid that the main plot line could be resolved too quickly so it spreads itself too thin for too long.
Let’s get some obvious issues out of the way. The episode begins with Zack magically being able to access the Internet in a world that has had the Internet shut down. (A fact, which we’re constantly reminded of.) He turns on find my iPhone and tracks his mom’s phone with ease. Then Eph says the coming apocalypse can wait, and everyone else is like it’s cool, go find your ex-wife. So he leaves.
It’s amazing too, because he’s looking for this iPhone in a red case, and luckily he’s able to spot it from approximately 100 feet away in the possession of a homeless woman with a badly burnt leg. Hard cut to him wrapping gauze around her burn. Then I hope you like flashbacks! Because this week is like an episode of Pimp My Ride: flashbacks on flashbacks on flashbacks.
What is so important that it requires so many flashbacks to tell the story, why it’s the demise of Kelly Goodweather! As someone who’s familiar the source material, Kelly’s journey should prove interesting, but this week we’re treated to it all at once. We’re constantly reminded of what happened in the past, and this just feels like a last ditch effort to retread old ground in an attempt to stall the major story for one more week.
I enjoy her transformation. I even liked some of her scenes this week. But so much of this defies pacing logic. I feel shortchanged as a viewer. We gained no new information from Kelly’s journey and we didn’t even feel the emotional weight of her demise until the final minutes of the episode. Eph finding the necklace in the basement was enough to know that she was dead. Frankly it would have been more interesting to see Kelly’s story play out last week and have Eph retrace her journey this week. Instead we see it all play out twice, right here, right now.
I digress, but that’s what this episode felt like, a gigantic digression. While I didn’t enjoy most of what last week had to offer I still felt like it inched things along for some of the key players. This week we got no Eichorst, virtually no Abraham, and a couple wasted scenes with Vasily.
The result was a truly painful hour of television that finally got away with establishing the rules of it’s world in favor of focusing on character. But the characters are so scattered and one dimensional that it’s hard to feel anything for them or what they’re going through. The Strain is having a serious identity crisis. It can’t decide on the story it wants to tell, and it’s trying too hard to tell too many stories. Instead the narrative should take a page from the Dark Horse Comic adaptation and really look at cutting the fat from the bloated narrative.
There needs to be a serious change of focus in these final three weeks for me to stick around into season two. Bring back the horror, and show me the world in chaos.
- Matt going to the bathroom before killing Kelly, doesn’t make any sense at all.
- The quick scene of Kelly seeing the internals of humans passing by was fantastic. Just a walking heart, gimme dat blood.
- I loved the weird way the Vampires are just walking around in society. The ones that Kelly viewed were terrifying but too few and far between.
- God damn The Stonehart scenes were useless.
- Really? No Eichorst, or Gus?
- Where’s Quinlan?
What did you think of “Loved Ones” ?
A couple of weeks ago we were challenged by the cast and crew of Muck to take on the ALS #IceBucketChallenge with a bloody twist. Of course we did it, and believe me when I tell you the mere thought of it makes my nuts shrivel back up!
We then challenged Joe Lynch, Adam Green, and Brooke Lewis. Lewis is a feisty spitfire, and that’s just one of the reasons we love our Ms. Vampy! She got together with Staci Layne Wilson (who was filming) and The Purge: Anarchy‘s Jasper Cole to deliver the shiver-inducing goods to you, and we have the video proof right here!
Check out Brooke’s video and imagery below along with ours. Adam, Joe… we’re still waiting…
For more on ALS and what you can do to help (besides dousing yourselves with frigid liquid), visit the ALS Association website.
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The 2014 Son of Monsterpalooza at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Burbank, CA, is in the books; and right now we have a look at some of the sights for you monster-hungry fiends who couldn’t make it.
Boasting guests like Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister, Gunnar Hansen, Ed Neal and Terri McMinn as well as seminars, vendors, a costume contest and walk-through monster museum, Son of Monsterpalooza 2014, which ran September 12-14, was just as impressive as its predecessors.
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