Dan Slott and Michael Allred’s “Silver Surfer” has been a total cosmic trip. The power cosmic is all encompassing and manages to create a ton of fun on the page. Every issue give me a Doctor Who vibe and I’m totally into that. After yesterday’s stellar Issue #3 Marvel hit us this morning with a preview of #4.
This July, the smash hit series of All-New Marvel NOW! continues in SILVER SURFER #4 – from the chart-topping creative team of Dan Slott and Mike Allred! They’ve journeyed the cosmos together, but now it is time to return Dawn Greenwood home. Only to do so, the Silver Surfer must travel to the one place in the galaxy he dreads the most – the Planet Earth! Only he gets a little more than he bargained for on the way. And what should be a quick drop off turns into a very strange adventure when the Guardians of the Galaxy get involved! Plus, don’t miss a guest appearance from two of the Surfer’s Defenders teammates – Doctor Strange and the Incredible Hulk! Don’t miss the book everyone is talking about this July in SILVER SURFER #4!
SILVER SURFER #4 (APR140694)
Written by DAN SLOTT
Art & Cover by MIKE ALLRED
FOC – 06/23/2014, On-Sale – 07/16/2014
Having trouble expressing yourself? Don’t fret, it’s perfectly normal, and now the science of video games has created a way to express your feelings. How? Why, through the magic of Doom, of course. Before today, I had no idea how I was feeling. Now, I know I’m somewhere between Nicholas Cageand F’n Lost. How about you?
In related news, Doom 4 was announced last week. You can watch its teaser trailer below, then, if you like, you can tell us what you want from it.
Well the honeymoon is over for Suzie and Jon as “Sex Criminals” #6 starts the second arc. This issue switches perspective from Suzie to Jon as he describes the events that transpired over the months since their narrow escape from the sex police. Jon is not in a good place and Fraction tackles mental illness with the same care and honesty that this title has come to be known for. Though it may be far from the sexually charged whimsy of the first volume, this series is as engaging and emotionally powerful as it has ever been.
Reviewed by Epic Switzer
This issue crams a ton of heartache into 20 pages. Despite how much the tone has changed, what I have always loved most about this book remains intact: As honestly as Fraction and Zdarsky depicted sexuality and falling in love, they too have represented the reality of anxiety disorders, mental health management, and the loneliness associated with a relationship having run its course. This issue hit close to home for me. As personally as I feel connected to this book, any reader would find these characters and situations relatable. Great fiction puts believable characters in unbelievable situations, and Sex Criminals does that exactly.
A great deal of the honesty comes from Zdarsky’s beautiful art. Jon’s anguish is all over his face; you can read the distress and building tension from scene to scene. Likewise Susie’ s visible worry over the current state of their relationship will break your heart. There is also a particularly clever use of color as a narrative tool that plays a big part in this issue. Personally I think some non-traditional panelling might benefit this book, but I’m not complaining. If its not broke, don’t fix it.
As a title known for being controversial, Fraction’s depiction of pharmacology may just be the most controversial thing about it. Mental illness, and especially untreated mental illness, seems to be more prevalent than ever, and the dichotomy between medicated and unmedicated Jon is poignant and a major component in the mental illness debate. Unmedicated, Jon is manic, paranoid, unable to focus and struggling with unmanageable stress. When he decides to go back on his pills, Jon is hollow, a shell of his former self. He takes no joy in anything and feels as though he is simply running on autopilot. Without highs and lows, everything is just neutral. This is a common issue in the mental health community, relatable to many people, and a succinct depiction of life with “brain stuff” as Jon calls it.
This issue is a real punch in the gut. Gone are the dildo pumpkins and Willem Dafoe sex masks, and instead here is a truly gripping story about two people in love who can’t figure out how to live healthy lives and love each other at the same time. I never expected to describe Sex Criminals as a tragedy, but this book left me with the same lump in my abdomen that Jon has. Hopefully its not CancerAIDS.
I don’t have to tell you, you already know how great this book is. If somehow you don’t: buy the first trade, jump in with #6, what are you doing? Buy it already, Stupid.
Epic Switzer AKA Eric is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles. His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and man’s innate struggle with his own mortality. He can be found on twitter @epicswitzer or reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mike Flanagan's polarizing horror movie Oculus (review) is getting set to make its DVD and Blu-ray debut this August, and we have your details right here. Dig in!
Look for it on Digital HD starting July 29th and then on home video August 5th!
Seeing is deceiving in this disturbingly original horror flick that reflects heart-stopping terror as you’ve never imagined!
It’s been ten years since the lives of siblings Tim (Brenton Thwaites; Maleficent) and Kaylie Russell (Karen Gillan; “Doctor Who”) were shattered and Tim was convicted of murdering their parents. Now released from a mental institution, Tim wants to move on, but his sister has other plans. Kaylie blames their childhood nightmare on the Lasser Glass—an antique mirror with a grisly history—which she intends to destroy by any means possible, even as the mysterious entity continues to cast sinister spells on anyone who gazes into it.
You hear that? That’s the sound of every geek’s wallet crying. It’s a horrifying sound, I heard Akira Yamaoka used it in his work on the Silent Hill soundtracks. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as we all had adequate time to prepare, though I’m sure no amount of time could adequately prepare our bank accounts for the horrors Valve has in store for us this year.
The horror that is an inordinate amount of crazy cheap games.
Today’s offering includes deals on a slew of games, including a few that may be of interest to us horror fans, like DayZ, Dead Island: Riptide, and Dead Rising 3. That last one isn’t even out yet, it releases later this summer.
For my money Outlast is the single best pure horror experience to ever be fashioned in video game form. The game is grim, ghastly, and filled with more perverse sights than a Clive Barker-inspired fever dream. Now, FINALLY, Xbox One owners can experience the terror!
Last night while browsing the Xbox game store, I found the Outlast "Whistleblower" DLC sitting in the games "Add On" section. There was no sign of the main game... that is, until this morning!
That's right, kids! You can score yourself Outlast and the "Whistleblower" DLC right now for $19.99 and $8.99, respectively. Believe me when I tell you it's worth every single penny and then some!
“We hope everyone who downloads Outlast over the coming weeks has a great time exploring the world we’ve built and unraveling the story of Mount Massive Asylum,” said Game Designer and Red Barrels Co-founder Philippe Morin. “I also hope you all are fucking terrified by the experience. Have fun, and don’t say we didn’t warn you!”
Outlast is also available for PlayStation 4 and PC. Don't hesitate. GET IT NOW.
For more information on the game, check out the official Outlast website.
Imgur user fireryone shared the following “The Art of FFOart” gallery.
I’m unsure if they’re the artist, but doing some research it looks as if its origins are from a Moscow-based artist known as ‘FFO’. Juxtapoz explains that this anonymous artist combines textbook science imagery with an Art Nouveau style with to achieve a strangely romantic look at the human form.
Here’s the official FFO art gallery website.
Image source: FFO. See above link. Thanks to Matthew for the tip.
Be warned, dreadies! The following images from Scott Derrickson's Deliver Us from Evil are not only NOT SAFE FOR WORK, but they could be considered pretty spoiler-filled. They come from FX artist Mike Marino, and you can check 'em out at your own risk!
Joel McHale, Sean Harris, Edgar Ramirez, and Olivia Munn star alongside Eric Bana. The film is a paranormal thriller produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Scott Derrickson directs a script he and Paul Boardman (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) wrote.
Related Story: See our Deliver Us from Evil archive here!
Look for Deliver Us from Evil in theaters July 2, 2014.
New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Based upon the book, which details Sarchie’s bone-chilling real-life cases.
For more info "like" Deliver Us from Evil on Facebook.
It’s been 16 years since FOX released The X-Files: Fight the Future, the spinoff feature film of their popular “The X-Files” television series.
Even though I enjoyed it when I was younger, the 1998 film, directed by Rob Bowman, holds up incredibly well. It’s a freaky slow burn doomsday tale that fit perfectly as a release leading up to Y2K. I say you guys should celebrate the film’s 16th anniversary by watching it this weekend – and hitting Netflix for the series’ tie-in episodes.
The movie and show’s arc followed Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) fighting the government in a conspiracy to find the truth about an alien colonization of Earth.
The film was a success garnering $83M here in the States for a worldwide total of $189.
If you’re a proud owner of an Xbox One who’s been itching for some real terror, I highly recommend you check out Outlast and its new expansion Outlast: Whistleblower, as both have arrived on Xbox One today. These are good, family friendly games you can share with the kids, so long as your kids are 18+ and don’t mind being chased around an insane asylum by naked men.
You can grab Outlast for $19.99 and Whistleblower for $8.99.
“We hope everyone who downloads Outlast over the coming weeks has a great time exploring the world we’ve built and unraveling the story of Mount Massive Asylum,” said Game Designer and Red Barrels Co-founder Philippe Morin in a press release announcing the games’ release. “I also hope you all are #$&%$*^ terrified by the experience. Have fun, and don’t say we didn’t warn you!”
IGN scored the exclusive on a new piece of artwork in promotion of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and it features your rogue's gallery front and center minus Eve Green's side-boob. That would be just too much to handle, ya know!
Following the groundbreaking film that grossed $160 million worldwide, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For reunites Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller for the next chapter in this trailblazing series.
Weaving together stunning visuals with an uncompromising, hard-boiled plot, the film promises more lurid tales from the various residents of Basin City. With a star-studded cast that includes the legendary Bruce Willis (Pulp Fiction), Academy Award nominee Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), Academy Award nominee Josh Brolin (Milk), Jessica Alba (Spy Kids 4), and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises), Sin City: A Dame to Kill For ensures an experience like no other!
Related News: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For archive
The film will be released by Dimension Films in the US and Canada on August 22, 2014.
Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller's visually stunning Sin City graphic novels back to the screen in SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. Weaving together two of Miller's classic stories with new tales, the town's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants. SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR is the follow-up to Rodriguez and Miller's 2005 groundbreaking film FRANK MILLER'S SIN CITY.
We first told you about the "hyper-violent" new film from Latefox Pictures entitled The Demolisher back in February, and today we have over a dozen images and even a sample of the film's soundtrack for ya! Dig it!
Check out the goods below via Bloody Disgusting and Fangoria.
The Demolisher is both a character study and a psychological examination of trauma, resulting in an unapologetic portrayal of what can happen when a fragile mind is pushed too far.
“The film is complex and character-driven, dealing with an outpouring of raw emotion,” said director Gabriel Carrer, also one of the film’s producers. “It delicately juggles our sympathetic nature and reactions to chance encounters with the dangerous and addicted intoxication of violence. The film’s narrative pertains to the film industry, or any industry for that matter, and the level of abuse that can be endured,” he concludes.
Award-winning cinematographer Martin Buzora captures the film’s fresh hyper-visual aesthetic. Along with Carrer, The Demolisher is produced by Barrett, AK Lamm, Duane Frey, Christian Burgess, Martin Buzora, Nathan Hawkins, and Andrew Wood.
Directed by Gabriel Carrer (In the House of Flies), The Demolisher chronicles the story of a man named Bruce (Ry Barrett; The Drownsman), an ordinary repairman tormented by a crippling sense of responsibility for his disabled wife, Samantha (Tianna Nori; Clean Break), a former policewoman and survivor of a gang-related assault. Bruce’s increasing hyper-sensitivity to the injustice suffered by his wife steers him down a dark path of vigilantism. With his rapidly disintegrating mental health, paranoia, and overwhelming sense of condemnation, Bruce channels his inner rage, punishing a young woman, Marie (Jessica Vano; The Unabomber Manifesto), and finding refuge in a world of intense violence.
For further information, visit the official The Demolisher Facebook page, which will be regularly updated to include sneak previews from the upcoming soundtrack, produced worldwide by talented and upcoming electronic music producers and remixers.
Much ado has been made about who will be directing the long-gestating next installment in the beloved Ghostbusters film franchise, leaving many fans to imagine what the movie would be like if their favorite filmmaker was at the helm.
One of those fans is Lee Hardcastle, who made a name for himself with the ABCs of Death short film "T is for Toilet." A master of the art of claymation, Hardcastle just put together a hilarious little short that imagines a world wherein Quentin Tarantino is hired to direct Ghostbusters 3.
It essentially places the iconic characters into situations ripped straight out of films like Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill.
As you might imagine, the results are absolutely hilarious, and the claymation trailer is needless to say quite the treat for those who appreciate both Ghostbusters and the uber-violent brand of cinema that Tarantino specializes in. Can't say I ever thought I'd see those two worlds mashed together, but I feel like my life is just a tad bit better now that I have.
Check out Quentin Tarantino's Ghostbusters: Volume 3 below, and see more of Hardcastle's brilliant claymation over on his YouTube channel!
If you were as shocked as we were at the turn of events in the last installment of "Salem," you're probably anxious to see what's ahead in Episode 1.10, "House of Pain." Here are a few stills to tide you over until Sunday.
"Salem" explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth behind them.
Related Story: Visit our "Salem" Archive
The series stars Janet Montgomery as the ruthless but vulnerable Mary Sibley, Salem’s most powerful enchantress; Shane West as handsome, hardened war veteran John Alden – and Mary’s onetime love interest; Seth Gabel as local aristocrat Cotton Mather, who fans the flames of Salem’s witch hunt; Ashley Madekwe as Mary’s mysterious, carnal accomplice, Tituba; Xander Berkeley as chief politician Magistrate Hale; Tamzin Merchant as the forthright Anne Hale, an artist with a perilous attraction to Alden; Elise Eberle as the mysteriously afflicted Mercy Lewis; and Iddo Goldberg as outcast Isaac Walton.
"Salem" Episode 1.10 - "The House of Pain" (airs 6/33/14)
Increase (guest star Stephen Lang) gets closer to understanding who really runs things in Salem. At the same time, Anne (Merchant) finds herself in danger, and in need of Alden's (West) help, while investigating a mystery.
It's been over 50 years since Herschell Gordon Lewis pioneered the art of the splatter film, and it makes us happy to see he's still doing his thing all these years later. At the ripe old age of 85, the "Godfather of Gore" is readying principal photography on an anthology called BloodMania.
Read on, splatter fiends!
From the Press Release
BloodMania is a new anthology film with four distinctively different horror tales, each featuring Herschell Gordon Lewis' brand of splatter. Principal photography begins late July 2014 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Mr. Lewis has written one segment and will direct two of them.
Herschell Gordon Lewis, originator of the “splatter” film genre, both revered and reviled as the “Godfather of Gore,” has expressed strong enthusiasm for BloodMania. “It’s time to get some fresh blood flowing into the happy universe of horror films,” Herschell said. “I’ll be there to be sure it happens, and I can promise that we’ll have enough bloody messes and enough off-the-wall humor to satisfy everyone... even including me.”
Few categories of motion pictures enjoy the perpetual popularity of the genre Herschell Gordon Lewis literally invented half a century ago. The original gore movie, Blood Feast (1963), was as primitive as any movie could be. Yet, it shows in theaters to this day and is a DVD favorite. Herschell’s personal favorite, Two Thousand Maniacs (1964), has a plot line centering on a small U.S. Southern town that “gets even” for that country’s Civil War. Despite what one might or would think is a plot of local interest only, the film has long been an international success, and wherever the director travels – in Canada, the U.S., Europe, or the Far East – he is called on to sing the theme of that movie, which he wrote.
BloodMania, Herschell promises, carries the slasher advantage to a new height. “First of all,” he points out, “we've brought young directors into the slasher arena and given them tools and effects that just didn't exist when we originated the category. BloodMania has four dynamic episodes. I’m directing two of them. The other two are... well, critics will have a difficult time choosing which of those episodes is the most effective because we’re opening wide the gates of effects nobody has seen before.”
James Saito, the Diabolique Films executive of the BloodMania team, who has assumed the challenging job of recruiting major talent, has chosen some well known genre experts for the project. One example is award-winning screenwriter/producer Bob Schultz, whose last two horror films, Mr. Saito points out, have been screened around the world on every continent except Antarctica. Mr. Schultz is writing one of the episodes Mr. Lewis will direct. Each of the other directors will create his or her own episode, and Jim Saito promises a competitive atmosphere that will result in “scenes that blast off the screen.” The promise made by both Herschell Gordon Lewis and James Saito: "BloodMania will set a level of entertainment, shock, and wild humor that will be the benchmark for years to come."
Jim says, "I saw my first Herschell Gordon Lewis movie at a drive-in theater in 1971. It changed the way I looked at horror cinema and was instrumental in shaping me into the gore-hound that I am today. The fact Mr. Lewis has specifically chosen Diabolique Films as the vehicle for a long-awaited new venture is not only thrilling, but a particular honor. Satisfying his legion of fans and introducing his brand of cinema to a new younger audience is a responsibility that we all take very seriously indeed!"
Latefox Pictures has completed production on, The Demolisher. Directed by Gabriel Carrer (If a Tree Falls, In the House of Flies), The Demolisher chronicles the story of a man named Bruce (Ry Barrett), an ordinary repairman tormented by a crippling sense of responsibility for his disabled wife Samantha (Tianna Nori), a former policewoman and survivor of a gang-related assault. Bruce’s increasing hyper-sensitivity to the injustice suffered by his wife steers him down a dark path of vigilantism. His rapidly disintegrating mental health, paranoia and overwhelming sense of condemnation, Bruce channels his inner-rage, punishing young woman, Marie (Jessica Vano), and finding refuge in a world of intense violence.
Latefox Pictures gave Bloody-Disgusting new images and stills which have surfaced in the gallery below.
You can also listen to the DJ TEN track “The Inner Voice” from “The Demolisher” soundtrack online at:
For further information, visit the The Demolisher’s official Facebook page www.facebook.com/thedemolishermovie, regularly updated with concept artwork and sneak previews from the upcoming soundtrack.
More casting news has landed across our desk for the latest spooker from Legendary Pictures, titled Spectral, so read on for the latest!
Deadline is reporting that Clayne Crawford has joined the cast as Sergeant Calvin Toll, a focused but short-fused military lifer. Crawford's previous credits include the TV series "24" and "Justified."
He joins the previously announced Cory Hardrict, James Badge Dale, and Max Martini. The flick is being directed by Nic Matthieu.
The premise of the project is centered on a modern-day, militaristic, and gritty approach to fighting the supernatural.
The pitch, which sold for six figures, has been described as a darker and more serious take on a Ghostbusters-like story with a plot that revolves around a special ops group formed to bring down evil ghosts that have taken over Manhattan. Locations and details might change, however.
More on this one soon!
Syfy today unveiled the cast of "Z Nation," an all-new zombie series set to debut in the fall. From production company The Asylum, the 13-episode action-horror series depicts the epic struggle to save humanity after a zombie apocalypse.
Harold Perrineau (pictured; "Oz," "Lost") Tom Everett Scott ("Southland," "Beauty and the Beast"), DJ Qualls ("Supernatural"), Michael Welch (the Twilight series), and Kellita Smith ("The Bernie Mac Show") have joined the ensemble drama, currently in production in Spokane, Washington.
In "Z Nation" three years have passed since the zombie virus has gutted the country, and a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all. With humankind’s survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America.
Perrineau will play Hammond, the leader of the group headed west; Scott portrays Garnett, Hammond’s second-in-command; and Qualls plays the role of Citizen Z, a computer hacker who joins the team and helps them navigate the zombie-infested terrain. Welch and Smith are Mack and Addy, respectively, two disparate wanderers drawn to the team – and to each other – by a shared goal: survival.
Rounding out the ensemble are Anastasia Baranova (The Darkness II) as Addy, Russell Hodgkinson (Big Fish) as Doc, and Keith Allan (Rise of the Zombies) as Murphy.
"Z Nation" is a dynamic ensemble action-drama that will plunge viewers into a fully-imagined post-zombie America and take them on an adventure with a diverse group of richly-drawn characters. As the reluctant heroes learn to work as a team and battle ever-more-menacing zombies, their flaws, idiosyncrasies, and moral dilemmas will ultimately become the heart of the show.
Karl Schaefer ("Eerie Indiana," Eureka," "The Dead Zone") serves as executive producer and showrunner. Acclaimed action director John Hyams (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning) will direct the pilot. The series is produced by The Asylum and sold internationally by Dynamic Television.
Gimmie a D, gimmie an E, gimmie an A, gimmie a T, gimmie an H! Cheerleader Camp: To the Death began principal photography on Saturday, June 14th, in Nebraska and stars genre veterans Jennifer Banko (Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood) and Ari Lehman (Friday the 13th).
Read on for images and more!
The new comedy/horror film is directed by Dustin Ferguson and written by Christian Sellers (More Brains: A Return to The Living Dead) and John Klyza. The flick is produced by rocker John Altyn (Sleepaway Camp 2 & 3), who will also provide the theme song, with Wetworks SFX Studios engineering the gore effects.
Cheerleader Camp: To the Death was brought to production company 42nd Street Films by John Klyza as an original production to distribute through his independent releasing label Retrosploitation. “This movie has been in the works in one form or another for quite a long time, but things moved pretty quickly once I dusted it off at the start of the year,” says Klyza.
“The project is a satiric romp with knife-sharp dialogue, and producer John Altyn saw the value in it,” he continues. “Its throwback nature secured both Jen and Ari, who were child actors in 80s horror hits - they’re all grown up now and ready to have a bloody good time at camp with us.”
For more info visit Cheerleader Camp: To the Death on Facebook!
After a team of cheerleaders are burned to death in a gruesome sprinkler accident, the one who got away, Tanya, returns to cheerleader camp. Joining her are an all-new squad of drop-dead gorgeous mean girls from competing high schools who chafe under the strict rules set by Coach Paddington (Jennifer Banko). With a lustful caretaker (Ari Lehman) lurking nearby, the team members struggle to get along - but soon their life depends on it! When someone in a panda costume begins killing one girl every hour, it’s up to Tanya to piece together the clues before time runs out.
Fantasia 2014: New Artwork; First Wave Titles Include Among the Living, Monsterz, Predestination, Cybernatural, The Harvest, Suburban Gothic, Killers, and More!
The grandaddy of all film fests, Fantasia 2014, is set to kick off on July 17th, and we have this year's artwork to share along with the first wave of event and film announcements.
From the Press Release:
The 18th annual Fantasia International Film Festival is gearing up to take Montreal by storm with three weeks of inspiration and excitement starting July 17 until August 5, 2014. Our full 2014 lineup of programming and special events will be revealed shortly, but in the meantime here’s an early First Wave Announcement of several selected highlights and info to whet your appetite.
For this year’s edition and onwards, Fantasia will be returning to the freshly renovated Concordia Hall Cinema as its main base, which now features an even larger screen, new seating, and upgraded projection and sound.
UNVEILING OUR 2014 POSTER ART: FANTASIA PAYS TRIBUTE TO THREE LEGENDARY FIGURES OF THE FANTASTIC
On May 7 of last year, Ray Harryhausen, filmmaker and stop-motion special effects pioneer, passed away at the age of 92. Mr. Harryhausen created some of the most beloved and innovative fantastic film imagery of all time in such classics as THE 7th VOYAGE OF SINBAD and JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS. He was the last surviving member of a trio of equally famous friends who met in the late 1930s at a science-fiction association and went on to become the founding fathers of modern-day genre invention and appreciation. The other two figures were renowned author Ray Bradbury (FARENHEIT 451, THE ILLUSTRATED MAN, SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES) and journalist Forrest J Ackerman, editor and principal writer of the groundbreaking American genre film magazine FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND and possibly the world's most avid collector of fantasy books and cinema memorabilia. Their friendship evolved over seven decades, in which their affection for each other never diminished as they kept in touch and appeared in their later years at conventions, joyously sharing amazing stories with adoring fans young and old.
Through their work and energy, Harryhausen, Bradbury, and Ackerman have inspired many of the leading figures of genre cinema in recent decades, from George Lucas and Steven Spielberg to James Cameron, John Landis, Peter Jackson, Joe Dante, and Tim Burton. In 2005 Ray Harryhausen was the first recipient of Fantasia’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
The poster art is also inspired by an old legend from Québecois folklore — La Chasse Galerie (otherwise known as “the Bewitched Canoe”) — in which lumberjacks, far away from their loved ones on New Year’s Eve, struck a deal with the devil to provide them with a means of quick transport over a great distance to their families. The devil obliged in providing them with a flying canoe, which he himself piloted. In the background you can also see the festival’s black horse, itself inspired by another local folktale, the legend of the Cheval Noir. Fantasia has adopted the black horse as its emblematic symbol for the prize awarded by the main jury to the best film. We love the idea of fusing Québec folklore with the roots of modern genre creation and appreciation.
Fantasia’s 2014 poster art was created by award-winning Quebec illustrator Donald Caron.
A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR MAMORU OSHII
A towering and truly unique figure in Japanese animation, director Mamoru Oshii will be a recipient of Fantasia’s Lifetime Achievement Award. From pioneering OVAs DALLOS and the haunting ANGEL’S EGG, and of course the beloved PATLABOR series of the 1980s, through the dramatically influential global hit GHOST IN THE SHELL in the mid-’90s to its award-winning sequel and other powerful, pensive works in the new millennium (SKY CRAWLERS, AVALON), Oshii has consistently strived to bring new ideas and in fact a whole new attitude to anime. With his meticulous and idiosyncratic near-future thrillers and dramas, linked by persistent themes, motifs and concerns, Oshii asserts a complex, deeply thoughtful and decidedly adult sensibility — while maintaining the highest technical standards in the field (and hardly confining his efforts to animation). In seeking a path to call his own, Oshii has blazed a trail for fantastic entertainment worldwide to follow.
Mamoru Oshii will be receiving his award on our opening night, July 17, before a special screening of the new HD master of GHOST IN THE SHELL, being re-issued by Manga Entertainment and Anchor Bay Entertainment in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the original manga’s publication. This will be the first time the GITS HD print has been made available outside of Japan, lovingly restored, unadulterated, and awe-inspiring in its beauty.
OPENING FILM: JACKY IN THE KINGDOM OF WOMEN (JACKY AU ROYAUME DES FILLES)
Fantasia 2014 will launch with the Canadian premiere of JACKY IN THE KINGDOM OF WOMEN (Jacky au royaume des filles), a sharp political satire from comic book genius Riad Sattouf (LES BEAUX GOSSES) that took the Rotterdam Film Festival by storm. Set in the Democratic Republic of Bubunne, where women lead and men are obligated to wear a veil and serve them, this subversive black comedy follows Jacky (Vincent Lacoste), a one-of-a-kind Cinderella, who wishes to marry the powerful and gorgeous Colonel (Charlotte Gainsbourg), daughter of the country's leader (Anémone). You don’t think when you’re in love; you push on and sometimes accidentally set off a coup d’état. The provocative and smart JACKY IN THE KINGDOM OF WOMEN couldn’t be more timely, urgent, or funny.
CENTERPIECE PRESENTATION: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
Fantasia will hold a special screening of the hotly anticipated new instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, and the voice talents of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper, directed by none other than James Gunn (SUPER, SLITHER) and presented in dazzling 3D.
ADDITIONAL FIRST WAVE ANNOUNCEMENTS INCLUDE:
AMONG THE LIVING
France Dir: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury
Leave it to the makers of INSIDE and LIVID to rework STAND BY ME as the horror film Stephen King always knew it could be. A tribute to ’80s cinema turned completely on its head, then decapitated. A standout at SXSW and the Brussels Fantastic Film Festival. Canadian Premiere
ANGRY VIDEO GAME NERD: THE MOVIE
USA Dir: Kevin Finn, James D. Rolfe
He is the enemy of the weak and wasteful, of garbage gameplay and lousy graphics, the one and only Angry Video Game Nerd! James D. Rolfe’s longstanding hit web series powers up to its big-screen debut! International Premiere
USA Dir: Richard Linklater
Over a decade ago, Richard Linklater assembled a cast he would film over a dozen years to tell an utterly authentic tale of American childhood and adolescence. Many critics already call it one of the year’s best films, and so will you. Winner of the Silver Bear at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival and the Lone Star Award at SXSW 2014, this unique coming of age drama will launch the fifth edition of Fantasia’s Camera Lucida section. Quebec Premiere
BROS BEFORE HOS
Netherlands Dir: Steffen Haars, Flip Van der Kuil
Following the awful breakup of their parents’ marriage, two brothers seal a pact that neither shall ever enter into a serious relationship with a woman. The Netherland’s renegade NEW KIDS team returns, still riotous and right on the edge of good taste. International Premiere
USA Dir: Leo Gabriadze
On the anniversary of a teen’s suicide, the six cyberbullies responsible meet online for a group chat. A seventh, anonymous participant joins them. Told entirely by way of a character's computer screen, CYBERNATURAL brilliantly nails the ways in which we communicate and present ourselves online, hitting hard with a new kind of horror for an increasingly connected-yet-disconnected world. Produced by Timur Bekmambetov (WANTED, NIGHTWATCH). World Premiere
Japan Dir: Toshiaki Toyoda
Fists will fly and beatings will abound, but the greatest battles are always in the hearts of the sneering, delinquent punks of the notorious Suzuran All-Boys High School. After Takashi Miike, it's now BLUE SPRING director Toshiaki Toyoda's turn to make a knuckle mark on the CROWS ZERO franchise. North American Premiere
France Dir: Jean Luc Herbulot
Directed with volcanic energy, DEALER is a sturdy thriller that drags its audience full-steam ahead through a Parisian underbelly filled with hoods and thugs, marking the powerful arrival of one of the most promising new voices in French genre cinema. A feature-film baptism filled with noise and fury. World Premiere
Japan Dir: Mizuho Nishikubo
A gracefully executed anime from Production I.G, examining the struggles of the Japanese in the immediate aftermath of World War II from the perspective of a child. As beautiful as it is devastating, GIOVANNI'S ISLAND received a Jury Mention at the prestigious Annecy International Animation Film Festival. Canadian Premiere
USA Dir: John McNaughton
A surprising story told in twists, tears. and blood, maverick HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER / WILD THINGS filmmaker John McNaughton’s long-awaited return stars Samantha Morton, Michael Shannon, Charlie Tahan, and Peter Fonda and exists in a disquieting median space between sinister fairy tale and shattering human horror. International Premiere
South Korea Dir: Lee Su-jin
A troubled teenage girl flees her past — is she guilty or a victim? A multiple prize winner, notably attaining the Silver Tiger Award at this year's Rotterdam International Film Festival, HAN GONG-JU is a magnificent yet devastating debut feature of incredible narrative virtuosity. Canadian Premiere
South Korea Dir: Park Jae-hyun
A trio of daring and dangerous bounty-hunting beauties find themselves in a high-risk, high-stakes game of subterfuge and swordplay in medieval Korea. A rousing and fast-paced action-adventure with a dash of romance and a barge-load of slapstick laughs! International Premiere
USA Dir: Mike Cahill
From the director and star (Brit Marling) of ANOTHER EARTH comes another science fiction drama about a molecular biologist and his partner, whose unique experiments may change the nature of society itself. Canadian Premiere
INTO THE STORM
USA Dir: Steven Quayle
In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot. Quebec Premiere
Indonesia/Japan Dir: The Mo Brothers
Two serial killers. One likes to kill, the other seeks justice. The problem is, the first one is mentoring the latter... Social media will bring a storm of blood over both Tokyo and Jakarta in this shocking yet incredibly smart horror thriller in the vein of THE CHASER and COLD FISH that floored audiences at Sundance. Canadian Premiere
USA/Mexico Dir: Ralph Ziman
The controversial and influential anime finally sees a live-action adaptation, stylishly directed by award-winning South African filmmaker Ralph Ziman (JERUSALEMA) and backed by a cast that features Samuel L. Jackson, Callan McAuliffe, and India Eisley. The film succeeds brilliantly in blending the elements that made the original material a mythical piece of art. International Premiere
Japan Dir: Noboru Iguchi
When his mother is kidnapped and a stranger calls, Naoto is thrust into a public triathlon of death. DEAD SUSHI director Noboru Iguchi’s running go at the survival-race genre is loveably lurid, super-sanguinary fun. North American Premiere
THE MAN IN THE ORANGE JACKET
Latvia Dir: Aik Karapetian
A laid-off worker kills his ex-boss in cold blood and assumes his lifestyle. The good times will be short-lived, however, as things are about to take an unexpected turn. In a similar vein than Polanski's THE TENANT, Armenian filmmaker Aik Karapetian’s audacious slasher is this year’s most groundbreaking work of dramatic horror. World Premiere
THE MIDNIGHT SWIM
USA Dir: Sarah Adina Smith
Spirit Lake is unusually deep. No diver has ever managed to find the bottom. When Dr. Amelia Brooks disappears during a deep-water dive, her three daughters travel home. They find themselves unable to let go and become drawn into the mysteries of the lake. A phantasmagoric atmosphere reminiscent of PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK emanates from this brilliant debut feature debut. World Premiere
South Korea Dir: Hwang Dong-hyeuk
74-Year-old grandmother Oh Mal-soon has been magically transported into the body of her 20-year-old self. Seizing the opportunity to relive a youth she sacrificed in the name of her child, she sets out to explore a world of new possibilities. And it includes K-Pop... Canadian Premiere
Japan Dir: Hideo Nakata
A sinister sociopath with psychic powers squares off against a cheerful everyman with a secret of his own. The 2010 South Korean superhero/horror hybrid HAUNTERS, remade by Japanese cult director Hideo Nakata (RINGU), with stars Tatsuya Fujiwara (SHIELD OF STRAW) and Takayuki Yamada (CROWS ZERO). Canadian Premiere
ONCE UPON A TIME IN SHANGHAI
Hong Kong Dir: Wong Ching-Po
Opium and kung fu! The glory days of old Shanghai — or are they? Two generations of true kung fu experts collide in the spectacular martial arts feast with breathtaking choreography by Yuen Woo-Ping and Yuen Cheung-Yan! Canadian Premiere
Australia Dirs: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
Time, place, and identity get folded, spindled, and mutilated in the mind-bending new film from Australia’s Spierig Bros (UNDEAD, DAYBREAKERS), a noir-tinted sci-fi thriller with a soul, starring Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor, and Sarah Snook. Canadian Premiere
Japan Dir: Eisuke Naito
The staff and students at Noriaki Hill High School have been given a game to play, one in which mistakes can be fatal. A giddy, gory brain-twister of a teen survival thriller, in which vengeance is as much a first step as a final solution. North American Premiere
THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WILLIAM ZERO
USA Dir: Dan Bush
A scientist awakens from a coma in the care of his twin brother, but neither may be exactly who they first appear to be. A cinematic jigsaw puzzle that delves into the darker side of science fiction, THE RECONSTRUCTION… marks the return of Dan Bush (2008’s THE SIGNAL) and stars Conal Byrne, Amy Seimetz, and A.J. Bowen. World Premiere
Malaysia Dir: Ahmad Idham
A former soldier sets out to avenge his family in this slam-bang Malaysian effort, bursting with spectacular stunts and fights, showcasing Aaron Aziz. THE RUN is an action-packed gem that wants only one thing: to blow your face off. International Premiere
USA Dir: Richard Bates Jr
EXCISION director Richard Bates Jr is back with an eccentric comedy/horror that stars Matthew Gray Gubler, Kat Dennings, Ray Wise, Sally Kirkland, Jeffrey Combs, and John Waters and riffs on everything from classic supernatural horror and outsider teen comedies to the Hardy Boys and Scooby-Doo. World Premiere
THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG
Australia/Philippines Dir: Andrew Leavold
Andrew Leavold documents his unrelenting six-year quest to discover ever more about the extraordinary 2-ft 9-in tall actor-stuntman Weng Weng and the weird and wonderful world of 1970s Filipino cinema. North American Premiere
Japan Dir: Daigo Matsui
Two swim-team members, a hairless boy and a hirsute girl, discover the pangs and tangles of first love in SWEET POOLSIDE, one of the most astute examination of adolescence to screen in a long time. North American Premiere
THE WHITE STORM
Hong Kong Dir: Benny Chan
Hopping from Hong Kong to Thailand to Macau, blending hard-hitting action with powerful drama, Benny Chan’s vividly stylish THE WHITE STORM is a sprawling, absorbing crime flick in the classic Hong Kong tradition. Canadian Premiere
Brunei Darussalam Dir: Siti Kamaluddin
YASMINE is a one-two combo of sports drama and coming of age story in the vein of THE KARATE KID. First time director Siti Kamaluddin, newcomer actress Liyana Yus, and veteran action choreographer Chan Man Ching form a winning team in this dynamic feel good film. The cinema of Brunei Darussalam makes a regal entry at Fantasia! North American Premiere
The festival’s full lineup of screenings and events will be announced on July 10. For more info in the meantime visit the official Fantasia 2014 website.