With the upcoming filming of Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters nearly upon us, some new information has been shed on the film and what we can expect in terms of a plot.
The Boston Herald describes Ghostbusters:
[Kristen] Wiig and [Melissa] McCarthy play a pair of unheralded authors who write a book positing that ghosts are real. Flash forward a few years and Wiig lands a prestigious teaching position at Columbia U. Which is pretty sweet, until her book resurfaces and she is laughed out of academia.
Wiig reunites with McCarthy and the other two proton pack-packing phantom wranglers, and she gets some sweet revenge when ghosts invade Manhattan and she and her team have to save the world.
Additionally, the site also states that our good pal Slimer will be making a cameo appearance!
The Ghostbusters remake will be shooting in Boston, which will be used as a stand-in for New York City, this week with plans to shut down the financial district to shoot, “…an epic ghost invasion of Manhattan”
Ghostbusters stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. Feig is directing the film based of a script written by him and Kate Dippold. Ivan Reitman is producing the film. It is expected to release on July 22, 2016.
Capcom is showing off their latest game engine at E3 with a virtual reality demo called KITCHEN. The tech was designed for Sony’s Project Morpheus, so at least for the time being, it’s only playable on the PlayStation 4. I wanted to wait and see if they were going to release some footage from the demo, but the response I received after asking about it leads me to believe the publisher isn’t ready to show it off yet. I suppose that means we’ll just have to dust off our imaginations.
The press release that announced the new engine and its demo doesn’t reveal much more than its spooky setting, a “disturbing kitchen” that provides an “unsettling backdrop for a tense scenario that draws players into a hyper-realistic virtual world like never before.” That leads me to believe that at some point in the demo the fridge magnets will magically form the words “LOOK BEHIND YOU.”
The engine that powers the demo is fully VR compatible and new enough to not have a name. We know it renders “photorealistic visuals” in full 1080p and at 60 frames per second. The company plans on pairing the tech with “advanced photo scan and visual effects tools to bring highly realistic characters and environments to life, delivering exciting new gameplay experiences for fans.”
Whether or not the KITCHEN demo “pushes the boundaries of a gameplay experience with an unprecedented level of sensory immersion” doesn’t matter as much as the confirmation that Capcom is serious about getting virtual reality technology into their line-up, because that means we’re officially one step closer to a Resident Evil VR game.
While Rob Zombie is in post on 31, he continues to look beyond horror.
Deadline reports that Zombie and Miranda Bailey have acquired the rights to Steve Stoliar’s memoir “Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House.”
Love & Mercy co-writer Oren Moverman will write the screenplay and Zombie is attached to direct.
“The book tells the bizarre story of the last years in the life of Groucho Marx, told by a young Marx Brothers fan who spent those years as his personal secretary and archivist. In addition to getting to know his hero, the author found himself in the orbit of Groucho’s brothers Zeppo and Gummo, Mae West, George Burns, Bob Hope, Jack Lemmon, S.J. Perelman, Steve Allen, and scores of other luminaries of stage, screen, TV and literature. The downside of this dream-come-true was getting close to his idol as the curtain was coming down, and dealing with Erin Fleming – the mercurial woman in charge of Groucho’s personal and professional life.“
Zombie is separately writing to direct Broad Street Bullies, a film about the Philadelphia Flyers hockey teams that brawled their way to prominence. So while he would not be the obvious choice to make a touching film about the last days of iconic Groucho Marx based on his resume, turns out Zombie is a huge fan of the comic and is steeped in Marx Brothers lore.
“I have been a huge Groucho Marx fan ever since I was a child and have read countless book on the comic legend, but after reading the book Raised Eyebrows, a totally new perspective on Groucho’s life emerged,” said Zombie in the release. “I immediately saw this project as Groucho’s Sunset Boulevard and knew I had to bring it to the big screen. It is a sad, funny and very dark tale of a one of Hollywood’s greatest stars final years.”
A24 announced an August 7th release for the Charlize Theron-starrer Dark Places with a series of new images.
In the film, Charlize Theron is all grown up, but begins to investigate the murder of her family that she witnessed as a child.
It was recently announced that A24 and DirecTV acquired all U.S rights to Dark Places, based on the novel by “Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn.
“Theron plays a survivor of the brutal killing of her family as a child who’s forced to confront the events of that day by a secret society obsessed with solving crimes.”
It also stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Nicholas Hoult, Christina Hendricks, Tye Sheridan and Corey Stoll, and was directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner from his adaptation.
F to F sharp. With those two notes, composer John Williams ensured that venturing into water would never feel safe again.
With some films, the score plays an absolutely integral role. Some recent films that come to mind are Maniac, It Follows, Gravity, and Starry Eyes, among others. These are films where the music is not a background character, one that lurks in the shadows. Rather, the score is at the forefront, telling you how you should feel and guiding you on a journey of terror and exhilaration.
The score for Jaws is one such iconic score, a collection of music that haunts viewers for years after they’ve seen the film. Hearing those two notes immediately calls to mind rows upon rows of razor sharp teeth, soulless white eyes, and a sharp fin cutting through crystalline blue water. It’s a terrifying score that rightfully earned the Academy Award for Best Original Dramatic Score, a Grammy, a BAFTA for Best Film Music, and a Golden Globe.
However, in an interview with director Steven Spielberg, he recounts that he first thought the score was a joke!
When [John Williams] finally played the music for me on the piano, he previewed the main ‘Jaws’ theme, I expected to hear something weird and melodic, you know? Kind of tonal but eerie, of another world, almost like outer space inside…inner space, under the water. What he played me instead with two fingers on the lower keys was [miming the theme].
And at first, I began to laugh! I thought he was…he had a great sense of humor. I thought he was putting me on! And he said, “No! That’s the theme to ‘Jaws’!”
I said, “Play it again.” He played it again, and he played it again, and it suddenly seemed right. And John found a signature for the entire movie.
Not only did Jaws create the summer blockbuster, it also showed the legitimacy of horror music as being powerful, moving, and incredibly important to creating a mood. To this day, it is considered one of the most memorable film scores by the American Film Institute.
Forty years after its release, Jaws still terrifies and traumatizes viewers the world over and, in my opinion, the music has a great deal to do with that. Spielberg himself stated, “I think the score was clearly responsible for half of the success of that movie.“
When Microsoft held their pre-E3 conference, they spent more time than they have in the past talking about how much better their indie line-up is now. One of the games they showcased was none other than the procedurally generated indie horror game Phantasmal: City of Darkness, which released on Steam back in April.
This new E3 trailer was doing a fine job of selling me on the game until the 0:42 mark. Just, no.
You would think that after films like A Nightmare On Elm Street and The Cell, the topic of dreams in horror would have been explored to its fullest. Or, if you’re more the optimist, why hasn’t the topic of dreams been explored in horror more often? It seems like French director Romain Basset is of the latter type, as his debut film Horsehead (aka Fievre) takes the groundwork set out by Wes Craven, and puts into motion a film that’s as visually surreal as it is memorable, though not for all the right reasons.
Ever since she was little, Jessica (Lilly Fleur-Pointeaux) has experienced surreal and frightening dreams to which she has no explanation as to their origin. As a result, she’s been going to school to study the psychophysiology of dreams, as well as follow a therapy with her mentor and boyfriend, Sean (Shane Woodward). After the death of her estranged grandmother, Jessica ventures to her mother (Catriona MacColl) and stepfather’s (Murray Head) home to pay her respects. Jessica has a strained relationship with her mother, and informs Jessica that the room she’ll be staying in is right next to her grandmother’s room, which also has her body. After a rough first night in which through her dreams, Jessica meets her dead grandmother, Jessica falls ill. Lying in bed with a fever, she decides to try lucid dreaming. What follows is Jessica’s nightmarish journey to uncover the secrets of her family’s past.
Right from the get-go, Horsehead hits the viewer with the surreal imagery of Jessica’s dreams. In contrast to Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy dreamworld in Pan’s Labyrinth, Horsehead is definitely not one of those “feel-good” films. There are some particularly heavy scenes involving abortions and other twisted visuals, many of which involve the titular character. This isn’t one of those horse masks you find on Amazon. Horsehead is far more creepy and scary, dressed in priest’s clothes and carrying a bishop’s crosier while snorting smoke. In true horror movie fashion, we never do get a good long look at the character until much later in the film. Not to be content with just showing bizarre imagery, all of Horsehead‘s visuals are dominated by Basset’s command of the camera. The dream world that Jessica visits often makes liberal use of the colour red, contrasted with cold blues. In fact, the lighting itself is key throughout the entire film, both in the dream world and in the waking world. Jessica’s interactions with her parents are always presented in a dim, yellow light that along with the terse interactions, heightens the tension between mother and daughter. Adding to it all is the cropping of the shots, which tend to make the interactions feel uncomfortably cramped and hostile. It all makes for a very striking visual style that, in combination with the amazing soundtrack provided by Benjamin Shielden, definitely leaves a lasting impression.
Complimenting the visuals are the actors, all of whom are on point. Granted, they aren’t the focus of the film, but put in the needed believability to ground the moments in the real world. Lilly Fleur-Pointeaux gets put through the wringer with this film, both in the dream world and in the waking world when having to do scenes with genre veteran (and Fulci fave) Catriona MacColl. The duo really meshed well, and created some definitely tense moments. Murray Head is kind of left to the background as Jim, but he still provides the role of peacemaker attempting to bridge the gap between the two women, while also trying to remain neutral. The acting in the dream world sequences are appropriately exaggerated, but not to the point of being hokey or over-the-top.
As much as everyone praises the visual style that Basset presents in Horsehead (and rightfully so), the film’s story is a little less impressive. There’s no doubt that “style over substance” rules this one. Now I know that there will be people who say that if you’re confused about the film’s story, you didn’t “get it”. Which isn’t entirely true. While the film warrants repeated viewings, the story is still muddled, as we’re never entirely clear whether Jessica is truly awake or asleep, or what is real or imagined. As such, some of the symbolism used while in the dreams isn’t entirely made clear in the film upon first viewing, which makes the story that much more difficult to comprehend. Other times, Basset’s indulgence on dream imagery begs the question of why, when there’s already so much symbolism for the viewer to sift through. Sure, a room bathed in red light with countless ticking metronomes, coupled with a soundtrack that eventually reaches a crescendo at the same moment Jessica awakens looks cool, but really that’s all it is. There are other scenes, such as the mixture of religious imagery — Horsehead’s clothes, the abortion in a cathedral and Jessica seeing herself crucified topless — that may seem like they’re trying to be provocative, but again are there simply for eye candy. This delighting in the arthouse visuals runs the risk of frustrating for the viewer, who may not be in the mood for trying to piece together a story that already demands attention.
I wouldn’t say that I didn’t like Horsehead. Far from it. Basset’s command of the film’s visuals is nothing short of amazing, and has me longing for the days of Dario Argento’s classics. The film is wonderfully shot, coupled with smart use of colour, some truly creepy imagery and a soundtrack that perfectly compliments the film’s tone. However, the story takes a backseat to it all, and the viewer is left to constantly be on their toes to discern what’s going on, and what represents what in Jessica’s dreamworld. What makes it worse is that some imagery is seemingly put in just for the sake of being visually interesting, which is frustrating when you’re already trying to piece together what’s going on. Obviously, Horsehead warrants repeat viewings, both for the chance to see more of the dream world, and also to try and figure out the story in all of this. It’s a definite recommendation, but those looking for a complete package of effective storytelling and frightening visuals will be scratching their heads.
Our very own Don Allen is on the E3 show floor right now weaving his way through crowds of sweaty people in an effort to play as many video games as he possibly can so you don’t have to. It will take awhile to get through them all, but I’ve been told Don has audiobooks for the long lines and an economy-sized canteen of hand sanitizer.
Let’s start with some footage from the Resident Evil 0 HD remaster, coming early 2016 to PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Next up, we have Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, which is also slated to release early next year, but only for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Here’s another look at the Mega Man Legacy Collection, due this summer for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Included in this bundle are remastered versions of the first six games in the series.
And finally, we have a VR demo for something called Back to Dinosaur Island 2.
Update: It looks like this isn’t an E3 trailer, but rather the same trailer I wrote about a few weeks back. I’ll leave that trailer here in case you missed it the first time around. I’ve also added some footage that actually did come from E3.
Sony has released their obligatory E3 trailer for developer Supermassive Games’ PS4 exclusive horror game Until Dawn. It’s an entertaining watch if you like horror movie cliches. Personally, I can’t get enough of them. Investigating strange noises, sourceless whispers and the classic line, “There’s something behind you!” I’m disappointed no one tripped, especially with all the chase scenes they managed to cram into this E3 trailer, and not one person is surprised to find out their cell phone has no reception.
Until Dawn releases on August 25, so maybe they’re saving the good stuff for the weeks leading up its release. It’d be a shame if we didn’t get to see even one vehicle that refuses to start.
Reviewed by Brady Steele. Redemption in the form of hunting and killing nanite-infused murderers is the best way to describeBloodshot Reborn #3. The delusions continue to fester in our would-be hero’s mind as does the amount of people interested in stopping all the killing. Thankfully, that will not happen any time soon so readers get to enjoy the bedlam and lunacy. This trail of bodies has only just begun to grow…
WRITTEN BY: Jeff Lemire
ART BY: Mico Suayan
PUBLISHER: Valiant Entertainment
RELEASE: 17 June 2015
There are plenty of mêlées to behold in this issue. The power struggle between who is in charge of what in the F.B.I. task force to take down the “Red Circle Murder Cult”. The growing voices in our former Bloodshot / now semi-human Ray Garrison struggle to assert themselves. Bloodshot himself is struggling and self-medicating spectacularly with whom he wants to be and who he has to be stop the killing. All of this plus the increasing number of Bloodshot wannabees / victims makes for a very compelling and busy story. Writer Jeff Lemire has really shifted gears and got this book moving succinctly towards who knows where.
Mico Suayan has been an excellent partner for Lemire’s ideas here. The grit and realism really come through when need be. The different looks of the ghosts / delusions that keep Bloodshot company also convey the tenuous grip he has on reality. Suayan’s page breakdowns really vary for all the right reasons and not just for show. I’ve really enjoyed seeing other become Bloodshot each issue too. After seeing him portrayed only one way for so long, it’s a nice contrast to see how others would wear the white skin and red circle. The coloring by David Baron also helps portray the moments so lusciously and graphically as need be.
This creative team is really working well together. This storyline is really coming along nicely and organically. It doesn’t feel rushed or scattered. Lemire and company clearly have things in order and we, dear readers get enjoy a refreshing take on a character that for so long seemed be one note. I read awhile back that Bloodshot was going to become a movie in the not-too-distant future. Now I can see why. There is plenty of potential with Bloodshot so come find out what crazy revenge and redemption looks like.
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It’s a slow news day, so here’s a fun image gallery shared by pinkahboo on imgur. Titled Jurassic Kitten, below is a series of shots from Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park with the dinosaurs replaced by kittens…and it’s purrrrrrrfect.
At last night’s PC Gaming Show, Bohemia Interactive project lead Brian Hicks announced a new mode for their wildly popular zombie survival game DayZ that will cater to anyone who’s tired of being murdered for their beans. The team is working on bringing a single-player mode to the game so it can be played offline, without the fear of running into a squad of bean bandits.
Also in the works are three new vehicles, full support for Steam Workshop, and, finally, the option to host your own server. Sadly, Hicks did not offer an ETA for any of these upcoming features.
YouTube mashup extraordinaire Wax Audio has released a fantastic mashup that combines the music of The Cure‘s “Lullaby” with the vocals of The Beatles‘ “Yesterday” into a haunting lovely track. McCartney’s lovely runs fit perfectly with the gentle goth rock that The Cure has written.
The song is available as a free download. Just click the arrow in the Soundcloud embed below and enjoy!
While it felt and was positioned as an artistic choice, it’s clear that Tom Six’s The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) (read my review) was forced to be released in black & white.
This morning Tom Six took us back to 2011 with another colorful look at Laurence R. Harvey as “Martin” in the sequel, which really makes the scene “pop”. The shot, shared above and below, is visceral, raw and uncompromising. I believe it tonally changes everything about Human Centipede 2 trasnforming it from a dark comedy to a brutal slasher. Thoughts?
Inspired by the fictional Dr. Heiter from the first film, disturbed loner Martin dreams of creating a 12-person centipede and sets out to realize his sick fantasy.
Bet you love this coloured human centipede 2 pic pic.twitter.com/atGTn9yBKb
— Tom Six (@tom_six) June 16, 2015
“American Horror Story” creator Ryan Murphy tweeted out the following:
“Finn Wittrock is checking into ‘HOTEL.’ Who will Gaga choose — Finn or Matt Bomer? #AHSHotel”
The tweet reveals Wittrock’s involvement in FX’s forthcoming “American Horror Story: Hotel”, while also introducing a subplot that will take place between the three mentioned actors.
Wittrock famously portrayed Dandy, pictured, in “American Horror Story: Freak Show”.
Thus far the full cast includes Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Lady Gaga, Chloë Sevigny, Wes Bentley, Matt Bomer and Cheyenne Jackson.
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Filming will start in early July and is said to take place in modern day America.
Sony Pictures Animation released the first full trailer for Hotel Transylvania 2, which will introduce Oscar-, Tony-, Grammy- and Emmy-winning writer, director, performer, composer and producer Mel Brooks in the sequel to the 2012 worldwide hit.
“Dracula, Mavis, Jonathan and all of their monster friends are back in the brand new comedy adventure: when the old-old-old-fashioned vampire Vlad arrives at the hotel for an impromptu family get-together, Hotel Transylvania is in for a comic collision of supernatural old-school and modern day cool.”
The new trailer introduces the subplot about Dracula’s daughter moving to California, while Vlad joins a costume party. I quite enjoyed the first film, which I saw at TIFF back in 2012, which is why I’m pretty stoked for the followup.
Voices include Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi and Keegan-Michael Key.
Hotel Transylvania 2 is slated for a September 25, 2015 release, and is being directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, produced by Michelle Murdocca, executive-produced by Sandler, Allen Covert, and Ben Waisbren, and written by Robert Smigel.
Even thought Summit’s The Last Witch Hunter doesn’t arrive in theaters until October 23, 2015, star Vin Diesel reveals that he could already return as 13th century Kaulder in a sequel.
“So the studio apparently is so excited by the Last Witch Hunter – The Axe and Cross franchise… that they are already commencing on the next one,” Diesel revealed on Facebook. “The first one doesn’t hit theaters until October 23rd, yet they want me to commit and already block out time to film it. As always, I love to hear your feedback…Kaulder: Are you a good witch… or a bad witch?”
Tormented by the loss of his family and cursed with immortal life, the last witch hunter (Diesel) is all that stands between humanity and the combined forces of the most horrifying witches in history…
The Crazies‘ Breck Eisner directs with Elijah Wood, Rose Leslie and Michael Caine also starring.
“In ‘The Last Witch Hunter’, the modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including Kaulder, a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful Queen Witch, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments right before her death, theQueen curses Kaulder with her own immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Today Kaulder is the only one of his kind remaining, and has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones. However, unbeknownst to Kaulder, the Queen Witch is resurrected and seeks revenge on her killer causing an epic battle that will determine the survival of the human race.“
The soundtrack to the 1981 action thriller Escape From New York will be getting a limited vinyl release courtesy of Silva Screen. The soundtrack was composed by director John Carpenter in association with Alan Howarth. The 2xLP will feature over 20 minutes of previously unreleased music as well as music that was featured in scenes deleted from the final print.
According to Light In The Attic (which has pre-orders open), “the masters were re-mixed from the original multi-track session tapes by long-time Carpenter associate Alan Howarth.”
Another cool tidbit is that disc 2 apparently features original dialogue, which will make the listening experience that much more interesting. Imagine hearing that awesome music and suddenly Snake Plissken is talking. I’m all for it.
Bloody Disgusting has an exclusive clip from Arc Entertainment’s Awaken, on DVD July 7th, 2015.
Mark Atkins directs with Jason London (Dazed and Confused) Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill movie series), Vinnie Jones (Snatch, “Galavant”), Edward Furlong (Terminator 2), Natalie Burn (The Expendables 3), Robert Davi (Die Hard), and Michael Paré (Lincoln Lawyer) starring.
In Awaken, “A group of young adults wake up on a deserted tropical island in this suspenseful thriller about black markets and body parts. Billie, a skilled martial arts expert, had been searching for her missing sister, Rina, when she was attacked and dumped on an island. She finds others like her…fit healthy adults in the prime of life, with no idea why they’ve been kidnapped, then let go, only to be hunted down like animals. Billie searches for a way off the island and finds the horrifying answers to some of her questions… a human organ harvesting operation, that picks and chooses from the strongest and most fit survivors.“
Here’s the Awaken clip to go with the trailer, stills and artwork.
Fantasia Film Festival’s Wave 2 Includes ‘Extinction,’ ‘Ju-On,’ ‘Dark Places,’ The Hallow’ and More!
The 19th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival will soon be stunning Montreal with three weeks of cinematic ingenuity from July 14 until August 4, 2015.
Fantasia’s complete lineup of programming and special events will be revealed on July 7th. To tide you over until then, Fantasia has announced an incredible Second Wave of titles beginning with the international premiere of THE SEVEN HENCHMEN.
Coming immediately after his OUTRAGE saga, Takeshi Kitano’s hilarious crime story stars screen legend Tatsuya Fuji (IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES) as a retired yakuza who realizes that the only way to break the monotony of his daily life by reuniting with his old gang. This is a funny and heartfelt meditation on growing old that only the master of Japanese cinema could deliver. International Premiere
Also…A SPECIAL SCREENING OF GILLES PAQUET-BRENNER’S DARK PLACES
Fantasia will be presenting a special screening of Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s stylish adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s mystery thriller DARK PLACES, which reunites Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult following their appearance together in a certain innocuous Australian road movie. The film’s impressive cast also features Christina Hendricks, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Tye Sheridan.A FRIGHTENING SPRITUAL REBIRTH – THE WORLD PREMIERE OF SONNY MALLHI’S DIRECTORIAL DEBUT, ANGUISH.
The directorial debut of Sonny Mallhi, producer of such singular horror works as THE STRANGERS and AT THE DEVIL’S DOOR. ANGUISH is a frightening and emotionally resonant film that offers supernatural explanations for debilitating adolescent mental illness, featuring a powerhouse lead performance by Ryan Simpkins (A SINGLE MAN). World PremiereHELL DOWN IN IRELAND – THE WORLD PREMIERE OF DAVID KEATING’S OCCULT NIGHTMARE, “CHERRY TREE”
David Keating burst onto the international genre cinema scene with his chilling 2010 occult horror film WAKEWOOD. Now, he’s returned, re-teaming with screenwriter Brendan McCarthy (who, as a producer, was also behind LET US PREY and this year’s Sundance hit THE HALLOW) to deliver a demonic tale of desperate good intentions gone horribly, horribly bad. World Premiere.CENTERPIECE PRESENTATION: RINGO LAM’S WILD CITY
It’s been a long wait, but the dark god of hard-edged Hong Kong cinema is back. Alongside John Woo and Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam was key in defining the spirit of HK film in the late ’80s. Now, after a near-decade hiatus from feature filmmaking, he’s ready to show the world once again what happens when high-octane action and a hard-knock social conscience collide. Canadian Premiere.SCI-FI NOIR – THE WORLD PREMIERE OF JACOB GENTRY’S SYNCHRONICITY
The long awaited solo feature debut from Jacob Gentry, co-director of THE SIGNAL, SYNCHRONICITY is, in a word, brilliant. Chad Mcknight, AJ Bowen, Brianne Davis and Michael Ironside star in this individualistic and astonishing sci-fi Noir about a physicist who folds time, traveling into the past to prevent the theft of his invention. World Premiere.BRUTAL ECONOMICS – THE INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE OF TRADERS
A freshly unemployed worker from an asset management firm creates a website on the dark web, designed to appeal specifically to the financially obliterated. “Better than suicide”, it promises. “Trading.” One of the most blackly subversive social satires to antagonize the screen in years, TRADERS is smart, violent, empathetic and angry. The feature debut of Irish filmmaking team Rachael Moriarty and Peter Murphy, starring Killian Scott (CALVARY), John Bradley (GAME OF THRONES), Nika McGuigan (PHILOMENA) and Barry Keoghan (’71). International PremiereEXPERIENCE THE GAZE OF THE SHAMER’S DAUGHTER
A captivating medieval fantasy from Denmark, directed by Kenneth Kainz (PARTERAPI) and scripted by the great Anders Thomas Jensen (ADAM’S APPLES, BROTHERS, AFTER THE WEDDING), THE SHAMER’S DAUGHTER tells the tale of a young girl who has inherited her mother’s supernatural ability to make people ashamed of themselves by staring into their souls. International PremiereTHROUGH THE EYES OF A STRANGER – THE WORLD PREMIERE OF SLUMLORD
Directed by newcomer Victor Zarcoff and produced by the team behind the acclaimed FUNERAL KINGS (Fantasia 2010), this study in terror brings REAR WINDOW to the digital era. A young couple slowly fall apart, unbeknownst that their creepy landlord is scrupulously watching them through hidden surveillance cameras. Wonderfully acted by a cast straight out of a Tobe Hooper film, this domestic nightmare builds suffocating tension by exposing the fragility of our intimacy in today’s world.CINEPHILES, GET READY TO CHEW ON THE WORLD PREMIERE OF BITE!
Chad Archibald and the talented team behind such Canadian horror breakouts at THE DROWNSMAN, ANTI-SOCIAL, SEPTIC MAN, and EJECTA are back with a brand new monster, a lot of flair, and a heck of a strong cringe factor. Join us for the World Premiere of this thrilling new film from some of Canada’s most striking new genre talent.THE WORLD PREMIERE OF MIGUEL ANGEL VIVAS’ “EXTINCTION” FRONTLINES A HEIGHTENED FOCUS ON SPANISH CINEMA.
Fantasia is proud to be showcasing the world premiere of KIDNAPPED director Miguel Angel Vivas’ English language debut EXTINCTION, an atmospheric and visceral post-apocalyptic monster movie that will blow audiences through the back of the theatre. EXTINCTION is co-scripted by Vivas and Alberto Marini (SLEEP TIGHT) and stars Matthew Fox, Jeffrey Donovan, Quinn McColgan – and some of the most astonishing prosthetic creature make-ups the screen has seen in years.
In addition to EXTINCTION (and the previously announced stop-motion feature POSSESSED), Fantasia will be screening the following Spanish productions:
Spain Dir: Alberto Rodriguez
A riveting period Neo-Noir police procedural thriller from the director of UNIT 7, winner of no fewer than 10 Goya Awards this year, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor. Quebec Premiere.
MORTADELO & FILEMON: MISSION IMPLAUSIBLE
Spain Dir: Javier Fesser
Spain’s cult superspy parody comic book explodes into life as a big budget blitzkrieg of slapstick 3D animation that won Goya Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Adapted Screenplay. North American Premiere
Spain Dir: Esteban Roel and Juan Fernando Andrés
Macarena Gómez gives a riveting performance in this horrific and haunting psychodrama produced by Álex de la Iglesia that’s deservedly become a major hit on the international festival circuit. Quebec Premiere.
TORRENTE, MISSION EUROVEGAS
Spain Dir: Santiago Segura
The completely insane fifth entry in Segura’s blockbuster franchise. TORRENTE: MISSION EUROVEGAS co-stars Alex Baldwin and had the largest Spanish theatrical opening in all of 2014 when it was released last October. An excruciatingly funny film, packed with absurd setpieces and a rogues gallery of familiar faces. North American Premiere.AN INTRODUCTION TO UGANDA’S WAKALIWOOD SCENE AND A NIGERIAN ZOMBIE EPIC ARE AMONG THE HIGHLIGHTS OF FANTASIA UNDERGROUND’s 2015 LINEUP.
Buckle up as Fantasia Underground’s Year Two lineup reaches across the world to bring you eclectic and uncompromising new independent visions from France, Japan, Nigeria, Uganda and the USA.
HARUKO’S PARANORMAL LABORATORY
Japan Dir: Lisa Takeba
One day, as Haruko is zapping, her television unexpectedly transforms into a beautiful, shirtless, TV-headed stud! Welcome to HARUKO’S PARANORMAL LABORATORY, a personal and inventive vision signaling Takeba as Japan’s new Queen of Quirk. Official Selection: Rotterdam, Hong Kong, Yubari. Canadian Premiere.
France Dir : Nathan Ambrosioni
One of the most talked about horror works at the Cannes Film Market this year, HOSTILE marks the impressive debut of 14 year old director Nathan Ambrosioni. A TV show host answers the call of a mother terrified of her two adopted daughters. What starts with the familiar slowly builds into a poignant horror tale. International Premiere.
Nigeria Dir: C.J. ‘Fiery’ Obasi
OJUJU is a fascinating and well-staged transposition of the flesh-eating Zombie Film, bringing the living dead to Nigeria’s slums following what initially appears to be rabid river blindness due to a contaminated water supply. Winner for Best Nigerian film at the Africa International Film Festival. Canadian Premiere.
MEATHEAD GOES HOG WILD
USA Dir: Kevin Cline, Zach Harris, and Sean Pierce
Don’t let the quirky title fool you, this is a visceral, heartfelt and violently confrontational slice of urban hell and personal apocalypse, detailing a young man’s breakdown over the course of a single terrible night in one of America’s most segregated cities. Think a socially conscious FALLING DOWN by way of COMBAT SHOCK. World Premiere.SPECIAL EVENT: INTRO TO WAKALIWOOD – DIY COMMANDO CINEMA FROM UGANDA
“Expect the Unexpectable!” Get ready for WAKALIWOOD – DIY COMMANDO CINEMA FROM UGANDA, as Fantasia proudly presents the film sensation WHO KILLED CAPTAIN ALEX? UGANDA’S FIRST ACTION MOVIE plus a fully loaded arsenal of Wakaliwood trailers, clips from never-before-seen new films, and a live Skype to Uganda with prolific DIY director/writer/editor/producer Nabwana IGG and his superstar crew of kung fu masters, cannibals, and supa commandos!
A viral explosion – “Wakaliwood” is the nickname for Wakaliga, the slum on the outskirts of Kampala, Uganda, where Nabwana IGG and his self-taught DIY team make wild action-packed movies with home-made equipment and the commando spirit. Totally off the grid, Wakaliwood is the last true cinematic Wild West and has taken the internet by storm. Fantasia proudly presents the first ever Wakaliwood festival screening – come experience “the best of the best movies” live!
Curated and hosted by journalist and Blue Sunshine Co-Founder David Bertrand – who recently returned from Uganda, having flown there to go on a location shoot with the Wakaliwood crew and perform in a film with them, the first outsider – let alone the first Canadian – to do so.
Note that Fantasia’s exploration of emerging African Fantastica doesn’t end with our screenings of WHO KILLED CAPTAIN ALEX and OJUJU. Also worthy of major attention is our previously announced selection of Ethiopia’s surrealist Sci-Fi oddity CRUMBS, which will be shown in our Camera Lucida section.Additional 2nd Wave Titles:
USA Dir: Jordan Galland
Ava is recovering from demonic possession. With no memory of the past month, she is forced to attend a Spirit Possessions Anonymous support group. Ava’s life was hijacked by a demon, now it’s time to get it back in this horror farce from the creator of Fantasia favorite Alter Egos. Official Selection: SXSW. Canadian Premiere
Norway Dir: Hallvard Bræin
Roy is mad about cars and is soon challenged in an illegal race across the length of Norway. Fasten your seatbelts (well, it’s the law!) for an old-fashioned action-packed car race flick, faster than Cannonball Run and funnier than Smokey and the Bandit! North American Premiere
Denmark Dir: Jeppe Rønde
Teenage Sara arrives with her single father to a small village in the Welsh valley of Bridgend County, which is haunted by suicides amongst its young inhabitants. She falls dangerously in love with one of the troubled boys while her dad as the new town policeman tries to solve the mystery. This powerful, shattering film (a recent Tribeca Film Festival award winner) is based on true events. Canadian Premiere
BUNNY THE KILLER THING
Finland Dir: Joonas Makkonen
You’ve surely seen the jaw-dropping trailer by now, or at the least, heard a breathless account of it. Nothing can prepare for the lunacy of the actual film. Oh, Finland. North American Premiere.
USA Dir: Jon Watts
A pair of kids stumble across an unoccupied cop car, hop in and take it on a joyride across town, setting in motion a tense game of cat and mouse between them and a particularly corrupt and distinctly homicidal police officer (Kevin Bacon). Official Selection Sundance, Edinburgh International Film Festival. Canadian Premiere
South Korea Dir: Park Hye-mi
A tough, empathic little marvel of science-fantasy without illusions, simple yet satisfyingly solid in its design and execution, CRIMSON WHALE marks Park Hye-mi as an important new talent in Korean animation. Canadian premiere.
France Dir : Eric Cherrière
For years, timid Pierre Tardieu has been brutally slaughtering men and women without ever getting caught. The time to obtain his long due recognition has come. Crime novelist Eric Cherrière takes us on a dark journey into the disturbed mind of a serial killer. Canadian Premiere.
THE DARK BELOW
USA Dir: Douglas Schulze
In this visually stunning, dialogue-free, experimental thriller set on Michigan’s wintry frozen Great Lakes, a brutish serial killer imprisons his still-living latest victim in the watery depths. Thus begins a uniquely chilling story of survival and shocking revelation. This accomplished experiment in narrative storytelling tears every convention apart. You haven’t seen anything like it. Co-Starring Veronica Cartwright. World Premiere
DIRECTOR’S COMMENTARY – TERROR OF FRANKENSTEIN
USA Dir : Tim Kirk
A new lesson in cinephilia eccentricity brought to you by the team behind ROOM 237 and THE NIGHTMARE. While recording a commentary track, the director and the screenwriter of a forgotten – but authentic – Frankenstein movie recall a tragedy that occurred on set, a brutal crime that continues to terrify its witnesses decades after the fact. International Premiere.
Germany Dir: Jörg Buttgereit, Michal Kosakowski, and Andreas Marschall
Three of German Cinema’s most ferocious underground talents have united to assault the screen with a deathly triptych of tales set against the evolving backdrop of Berlin. Featuring Jörg Buttgereit’s return to narrative filmmaking after a 22-year hiatus. Official Selection: Rotterdam International Film Festival. North American Premiere.
USA / Argentina Dir : Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia
Two women sharing the same name see their lives change for the worse when a strange occurrence seems to affect a small city. Both disturbing and poetic, H. is an imaginative tour de force that left a strong impression at Sundance and Berlin this year. Canadian Premiere.
UK Dir: Corin Hardy
A family who moves into a remote millhouse in Ireland unwittingly enter a fight for survival with pale-skinned demonic entities living in the foreboding woods. Superb practical monster FX buoys this intensely scary film, perhaps the best creature feature out of the UK since THE DESCENT. Official Selection: Sundance, Seattle International Film Festival. Canadian Premiere
HE NEVER DIED
Canada Dir: Jason Krawczyk
Punk icon / author / spoken-word master Henry Rollins stars as a mild-mannered reluctant cannibal who tries to keep to himself yet ends up targeted by the mob. Co-starring Kate Greenhouse (a Fantasia award-winner for THE DARK HOURS). Official Selection: SXSW. International Premiere.
USA Dir: Karyn Kusama
One of the smartest, scariest and most engrossing genre films in recent years, THE INVITATION is a masterpiece of ingeniously calculated, character-driven horror storytelling. Karyn Kusama is back, and she’s never been better. Official Selection: SXSW. Canadian Premiere.
JU-ON: THE FINAL CURSE
Japan Dir: Masayuki Ochiai
Directly following last year’s JU-ON: THE BEGINNING OF THE END, this harrowing conclusion of Director Masayuki Ochiai’s reboot of J-Horror’s most beloved franchise generously brings all the goodies expected from fans. Prepare to squirm, screech and shudder because Toshio and Kayoko are determined to finish business with panache. International Premiere
MANSON FAMILY VACATION
USA Dir: J. Davis
Two mismatched brothers tour Hollywood’s notorious Charles Manson murder sites. One is a devoted family man and the other is devoted to The Family (yeah, that one!). When the bickering duo takes an eventful road trip, get ready for a hilarious (and kinda creepy!) “Odd Couple meets Helter Skelter” movie, produced by indie faves the Duplass Brothers. Official Selection: SXSW. Canadian Premiere
THE MASTER PLAN
Sweden Dir: Alain Darborg
In this action/heist/revenge comedy, Charles Ingvar Jönsson (a character popular in Swedish films since the early ’80s) gathers three seemingly incompatible criminals to take vengeance upon the slippery creeps who killed his beloved uncle. North American Premiere.
MONTY PYTHON: THE MEANING OF LIVE
UK Dir: Roger Graef and James Rogan
This love letter to Python fans goes behind the scenes of last summer’s record-setting live reunion and final tour of the Beatles of Comedy. Interviews all the surviving Pythons and special friends, plus charts the group’s history on stage. Dead parrot included! Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival, Hot Docs. Quebec Premiere
THE NUTCRACKER 3D
Japan Dir: Sebastian Masuda
Sanrio’s 1979 stop-motion holiday movie, remixed, revamped, and rebooted by Sebastian Masuda, Harajuku’s “Godfather of kawaii.” A deliciously psychedelic pop-art phantasmagoria of super-sweet, candy-coloured cool. North American premiere.
ON THE WHITE PLANET
South Korea Dir: Hur Bum-wook
A brooding existential nightmare unfolding within a densely detailed landscape of surreal biological monstrosity, animator Hur Bum-wook’s award-winning debut feature is an intense and troubling tale of violence and vulnerability, hope and despair. Canadian premiere.
REMAKE, REMIX, RIP-OFF: ABOUT COPY CULTURE & TURKISH POP CINEMA
Turkey/Germany Dir: Cem Kaya
Turkey in the 1960s-’70s churned out more movies than possibly any other country, often without a single page of original material! Get ready for bizarro Turkish knockoffs of E.T., Dracula, The Wizard of Oz, The Exorcist, Rambo, Superman, Star Trek and more, informatively chronicled in this thorough and uproarious documentary. Official Selection: Locarno Film Festival. North American Premiere
THE ROYAL TAILOR
South Korea Dir: Lee Won-suk
A potent period drama embroidered with wit and wise insights, THE ROYAL TAILOR has its high-spirited mirth and heartbreaking tragedy sewn together masterfully. A great script, a great cast — and a truly wondrous array of magnificent garments! Official Selection: Udine, NYAFF. Canadian premiere.
Mexico/USA Dir: Adrián García Bogliano
The director of LATE PHASES, HERE COMES THE DEVIL and COLD SWEAT is back, re-teaming with Francisco Barreiro to deliver a savage black comedy / thriller that will leave audiences breathless. Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival, Stanley Film Festival. Canadian Premiere.
South Korea Dir: Hong Seok-jae
Social media has scary consequences for two police-tech students and an Internet troll in this masterfully executed first feature film by Hong Seok-jae. Filled with stunning twists and keenly constructed characters, SOCIALPHOBIA ranks among the best independent Korean films in recent years. Winner of the NETPAC and DGK Awards at the Busan Film Festival. Quebec Premiere
SOME KIND OF HATE
USA Dir: Adam Egypt Mortimer
Ronen Rubinstein, Grace Phipps, Sierra McCormick and Noah Segan star in a bloody tale of a bullied teen sentenced to a juvenile delinquent camp that happens to be haunted by the murderous spirit of a victim of bullying. Official Selection: Stanley Film Festival. Canadian Premiere.
SHE WHO MUST BURN
Canada Dir: Larry Kent
Director Larry Kent (THE BITTER ASH, HIGH, THE HAMSTER CAGE), Canada’s first underground filmmaker, has been making uncompromising works for 52-years. Now, he has made his first full-on horror film, a harrowing tale of organizers of a Planned Parenthood clinic under violent attack by fanatical evangelists. World Premiere.
UK Dir: Dominic Brunt
Two financially struggling independent businesswomen fall prey to a brutal money lender in this hard-hitting, vicious and socially conscious thriller that balances gripping drama and ferocious shock value to powerful effect. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Official Selection: Leeds Film Festival. International Premiere
THERAPY FOR A VAMPIRE
Austria Dir: David Rühm
In 1930s Vienna, an infamous vampire count turns to none other than noted psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud to help him deal with various romantic entanglements. This delightful and sumptuously produced horror comedy evokes the Hammer Gothics of yore and Polanski’s classic Fearless Vampire Killers. A must for old-school fangbangers! Official Selection: Zurich Film Festival. Canadian Premiere
WE ARE STILL HERE
USA Dir: Ted Geoghegan
Ted Geoghegan’s super acclaimed directorial debut is finally coming to Canada. WE ARE STILL HERE stars Barbara Crampton, Larry Fessenden and Lisa Marie, features stunning visuals by Karim Hussain and is infused with the spirit of ‘80s Lucio Fulci. What’s not to love? Official Selection: SXSW. Canadian Premiere.
WONDERFUL WORLD END
Japan Dir: Daigo Matsui
With films like SWEET POOLSIDE, director Daigo Matsui proved himself a leading voice in coming-of-age films with lucid and accurate portrayals of Japanese youth and a taste for bizarre creativity. So when he steers his gaze to social media’s impact on two serial bloggers, expect to be disturbed, moved and amazed. Selected in Generation 14+ Section at Berlinale. Canadian Premiere
Fantasia’s full lineup of screenings and events will be announced on July 7.
The 19th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival is presented by Ubisoft and Anchor Bay Entertainment. A leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products, Ubisoft has been a key sponsor of the Fantasia Film Festival since 2003. Anchor Bay Entertainment is a popular home entertainment and production company celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.