[TIFF '14] ‘Cub’ Hunting Scouts? (Images)

bloody disgusting - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 13:25

I think the most exciting title playing in the Midnight Madness portion of the Toronto International Film Festival (from Sep. 4-14) is Jonas Govaerts’ Cub, which looks like a group of scouts get hunted down.

Set to World Premiere, “Young, imaginative 12-year-old Sam heads off to camp with his Cub Scouts pack. In the woods, he stumbles upon a strange tree house and a masked, feral child. When his leaders ignore his warnings about the mysterious boy, Sam starts to feel increasingly isolated from the pack, and convinced a terrible fate awaits them all.

Check out some impressive first images from the film, ones that lead me to believe this is this year’s dark horse title.

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[TIFF '14] ‘It Follows’ Imagery Only a Few Steps Behind

bloody disgusting - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 13:12

Before Radius-TWC releases David Robert Mitchell’s indie It Follows here in the States, it will have its North American Premiere in the Midnight Madness section of the Toronto International Film Festival.

For 19-year-old Jay (Maika Monroe), the fall should be about school, boys and weekends at the lake. Yet after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter she suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions; she can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.

Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi and Lili Sepe all star.

Check out these images!

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TIFF 2014 Midnight Madness Lineup Includes REC 4, Tusk, The Guest, It Follows, and Lots More; New Images!

Dread Central - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 13:04

The 39th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) runs September 4-14, 2014, and its Midnight Madness programme brings thrills, chills, and all sorts of kills to Festival audiences once again including Tusk, [REC] 4: Apocalypse, The Guest, It Follows, and lots more!

From the Press Release:
Get your passports stamped and experience an international cinematic rollercoaster which includes: a Yakuza street gang hip-hop musical epic; spine-chilling Spanish zombies with insatiable appetites; a Finnish boy hunter rescuing the President of the United States from terrorists; and Flemish cub scouts trapped in the woods with sinister companions.

“Midnight Madness has been entertaining connoisseurs of the exquisitely explicit for over 25 years and is now an essential destination for cinematic masters of outrageous expression,” says Colin Geddes, International Programmer for the Festival. “After the sun sets on the Festival days, fearless audiences will converge at the Ryerson Theatre to be served a visual feast of the bizarre, the horrifying, and the wonderfully wacky.”

Along with the triumphant return of last year’s People’s Choice Award-winner Sion Sono, Midnight Madness will also welcome back renowned alumni Adam Wingard, Mark Hartley, and Jaume Balagueró. The Festival is also set to proudly celebrate indie legend Kevin Smith’s homecoming after 20 years.

Midnight Madness Opening Night Film: Tokyo Tribe - Sion Sono, Japan - International Premiere
Set in an alternate Tokyo of the near future, director Sion Sono continues his run of sensational films with the explosive street gang tale Tokyo Tribe. Tokyo Tribe is the first live-action adaptation of the best-selling manga series Tokyo Tribe 2 by Santa Inoue, which has sold two million copies and has been published in Asia and the West to great popularity.

[REC] 4: Apocalypse - Jaume Balagueró, Spain - World Premiere
Angela Vidal wakes up in a high-security quarantine facility, sole survivor and witness to the horrific events inside the building. But does she remember what happened to her? Is she carrying a virus? Distrust spreads through the isolated facility while new, even more deadly forms of evil spread even faster

Big Game - Jalmari Heleander, Finland/United Kingdom/Germany - World Premiere
The fate of the most powerful man in the world lies in the hands of a 13-year-old boy. Plunged into a deadly game of cat and mouse, Oskari and the President must team up to survive the most extraordinary night of their lives.

Cub - Jonas Govaerts, Belgium - World Premiere
Young, imaginative 12-year-old Sam heads off to camp with his Cub Scouts pack. In the woods he stumbles upon a strange treehouse and a masked, feral child. When his leaders ignore his warnings about the mysterious boy, Sam starts to feel increasingly isolated from the pack and convinced a terrible fate awaits them all.

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films - Mark Hartley, Australia - International Premiere
Director Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood, Machete Maidens Unleashed!) continues his delightful documentary disinterment of down-market movie detritus with this chronicle of the rise and fall of 1980s action-exploitation juggernaut Cannon Films, whose contributions to the cinematic canon include American Ninja, The Delta Force, Death Wish II, and Masters of the Universe.

The Guest - Adam Wingard, USA - Canadian Premiere
The follow-up to Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett’s wildly popular You're Next, The Guest tells the story of a mysterious and devastatingly charming visitor, David (Dan Stevens of "Downton Abbey"), who arrives on the doorstep of a bereaved family claiming to be the best friend of their dead son, a young soldier who died in action. The Petersons welcome David into their home and into their lives, but when people start mysteriously dying in town, their teenage daughter, Anna (Maika Monroe of It Follows), starts wondering if David is responsible.

It Follows - David Robert Mitchell, USA - North American Premiere
For 19-year-old Jay (Maika Monroe), the fall should be about school, boys, and weekends at the lake. Yet, after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions; she can't shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind. With a riveting central performance from Monroe and a strikingly ominous electronic score by Disasterpeace, It Follows is an artful psychosexual thriller from David Robert Mitchell, whose The Myth of the American Sleepover premiered at Critics' Week in 2010. The film also stars Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi, and Lili Sepe.

Tusk - Kevin Smith, USA - World Premiere
Wallace (Justin Long) is a podcaster on a mission who thinks he has found the story of a lifetime in Howard Howe (Michael Parks), an adventurer with amazing stories and a curious penchant for walruses. When Mr. Howe’s true desires unfold, things take a dark turn, and Wallace faces a terrifying transformation at the hands of his captor. As his friends Alison and Teddy (Genesis Rodriguez and Haley Joel Osment) search the backwoods of Canada to rescue him, they discover a nightmare from which there is no escape. Conceived from one of indie legend Kevin Smith's own Smodcast’s, Tusk is an unprecedented tale that is equal parts hilarious and horrifying.

What We Do in the Shadows - Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, New Zealand/USA - Canadian Premiere
Vladislav (Jemaine Clement), Viago (Taika Waititi), and Deacon (Jonathan Brugh) are three flatmates who are just trying to get by and overcome life’s obstacles—like being immortal vampires who must feast on human blood. Hundreds of years old, the vampires are finding that beyond sunlight catastrophes, hitting the main artery, and not being able to get a sense of their wardrobe without a reflection, modern society has them struggling with the mundane like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts.

Tickets to screenings for this programme will be available for individual purchase as well as through the Midnight Madness Pack, which includes all 10 screenings for $180, or $115 for students and seniors. Purchase Festival ticket packages online 24 hours a day at tiff.net, by phone from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET daily at 416.599.TIFF or 1.888.599.8433, or visit the Gupta Box Office in person from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET daily at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King Street West, until August 20 while quantities last.

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Trailer For ‘Rosemary’s Baby’-esque ‘Lyle’, Releasing FREE Online!

bloody disgusting - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:49

Director/Writer Stewart Thorndike (Tess and Nana) and Producer Alex Scharfman announced today they have decided to offer their Outfest award-winning horror feature Lyle, starring Gaby Hoffmann (“Girls”), to their fans for free starting August 4, 2014. It will be streaming on the film’s website during the duration of the duo’s Kickstarter campaign for their next project Putney, the second of three upcoming female-focused horror films, also launching August 4th.

Lyle debuted to critical praise at the 2014 Outfest Film Festival where Gaby Hoffmann won the Grand Jury Best Actress award for her electrifying performance as Leah, a pregnant lesbian confronted by an unspeakable evil. Stewart Thorndike’s sinister ode to Rosemary’s Baby uses dark humor and razor-sharp camera work taking audiences into a growing nightmare as Leah begins to question the motives of her partner, friends and neighbors as a pregnant lesbian confronted by an unspeakable evil brings out a primal terror that’s difficult to shake.

For more information on Lyle and the Putney Kickstarter campaign, visit the official website

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‘The Babadook’ Clips Haunt UK Release

bloody disgusting - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:34

Icon Film Distribution will release the acclaimed hit horror, The Babadook, in UK and Irish cinemas on October 24.

Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, The Babadook has terrified audiences since it premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival (read our review) and will have its UK premiere at Film4 FrightFest on 23 August at Vue West End in London’s Leicester Square.

The French release is closer that anywhere else in the world, which is how we just now landed a new trailer, clip, interviews and featurette that takes you behind-the-scenes of this boogeyman tale.

Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6-year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a sinister monster he believes is coming to kill them both.

When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that ‘The Babadook’ is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control and as he becomes more unpredictable and violent, Amelia is genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour.

But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.

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New #SDCC Trailer From ‘The Maze Runner’ Hits Full Speed

bloody disgusting - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:04

20th Century Fox now released the Comic-Con trailer for The Maze Runner, based on the best-selling Young Adult novel by James Dashner.

The previously released trailer looks like a cross between Lord of the Flies, “Lost” and Hunger Games. I’m also intrigued by the tease of creatures outside of the gates…

When Thomas (O’Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based on the best-selling novel by James Dashner.

Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter and Aml Ameen star in the film, which is directed by Wes Ball.

Dashner has penned four entries in the “Maze Runner” series to date, with “The Scorch Trials” and “The Death Cure” serving as sequels and “The Kill Order” acting as a prequel.

The Maze Runner will open in the States on September 19, and in UK cinemas October 24.

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Celebrate The Twin Peaks Blu-Ray With This Fantastic Angelo Badalamenti Interview

bloody disgusting - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:00

Today marks the release of the Twin Peaks blu-ray, which features both seasons and the prequel film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, along with nearly 90 minutes of deleted scenes from both the show and movie. The show has become one of the most beloved TV series’ to ever air, generating a cult following that very few shows can claim to own.

One of the most endearing aspects of the show was the fantastic hypnotic and surreal jazz soundtrack, composed by Angelo Badalamenti, who is the man behind a vast majority of co-creator David Lynch’s films. The soundtrack was one of the few TV soundtracks that earned a gold plaque from the RIAA.

Over at Rolling Stone, they’ve got a very lengthy interview with Badalamenti that is well worth your time if you’re as into the series and its music as I am.

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Clean Up Needed for Exclusive Septic Man Clip

Dread Central - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:00

On tap right now we have an exclusive clip for Starz Digital Media's upcoming release of Septic Man (review). Check it out and don't forget to disinfect when you're done. You never know what you'll catch from where nowadays!

Septic Man Release Details
Starz Digital Media is set to release the award-winning horror film Septic Man this summer. The film will be available On Demand and for digital download August 12 and will have a limited theatrical run on August 15. The DVD will be available August 19.

From the creators of Monster Brawl, Exit Humanity, and 2014’s Hellmouth and Ejecta, Septic Man dazzled audiences at the 2013 Fantastic Fest, where its star Jason David Brown (Exit Humanity) won “Best Actor” in a horror feature. The film also garnered a prize at Toronto After Dark 2013.

Septic Man follows Jack, a sewage worker who is determined to uncover the cause of the town's water contamination crisis. During his investigation, he becomes trapped underground in a septic tank and undergoes a hideous transformation. He must team up with a docile Giant and confront a murdering madman in order to escape. Septic Man is an odyssey into the darkest depths of gross-out horror.

Septic Man was directed by Jesse Thomas Cook (Monster Brawl) and written by Tony Burgess (PontyPool). It co-stars Molly Dunsworth (Bunker 6, Hobo with a Shotgun) and Robert Maillet (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones).




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There's a Werewolf Rising on UK DVD in September

Dread Central - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 11:30

Deep in the sinister woods lives an unimaginable terror... one that wreaks death and destruction when the moon is full. Out of the darkness comes a new kind of bloodlust in Werewolf Rising, arriving on UK DVD from Image Entertainment on September 8th.

Bill Oberst, Jr., Melissa Carnell, Danielle Lozeau, Irena Murphy, and Matt Copko star. BC Furtney writes and directs.

Image is also releasing the film here in the States a little over a month later on October 14th.

Synopsis:
When Emma returns to her childhood home deep in the Arkansas mountains, she’s in need of rest and relaxation, but her problems have only just begun. What she finds is slaughter, fear, and the foul pestilence that comes with a full moon.

A bloodthirsty werewolf is tearing through the township, ripping and ravaging all who cross its path, revealing a menacing underworld that few knew existed. Suddenly Emma finds herself plunged into a fight for her life and more – a fight to the finish for her soul.

Beware of the beast in Werewolf Rising, a bloody thrilling fantasy.

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[TIFF '14] Exciting First ‘[REC] 4: Apocalypse’ Imagery

bloody disgusting - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 11:11

World Premiering at the Midnight Madness portion of the Toronto International Film Festival is the Spanish horror [REC] 4: Apocalypse

The film looks like it’s still removed from the found-footage element that made the franchise so great, but visually these stills from Jaume Balagueró’s sequel look pretty damn exciting!

Out of Spain, “Angela Vidal wakes up in a high-security quarantine facility, sole survivor and witness to the horrific events inside the building. But does she remember what happened to her? Is she carrying a virus? Distrust spreads through the isolated facility while new, even more deadly forms of evil spread even faster.

Hopefully Magnet Releasing pops this one out quickly here in the States, if they were to acquire once again.

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‘Life After Beth’ Clip Shows How to Calm a Raging Zombie!

bloody disgusting - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 11:09

In Jeff Baena’s horror comedy Life After Beth, the titular woman (Aubrey Plaza) rises from the grave and rekindles her relationship with Zach (Dane DeHaan). Resurrection can cause a dead girlfriend to feel some complicated emotions though, as Zach soon finds out. Imagine an anxiety attack as you realize you’re dead? Yeesh.

As her zombie side slowly starts to take over her human side, Zach attempts to calm her down with music. Which genre works best to soothe the beast? Smooth jazz, duh.

Entertainment Weekly scored this clip from the film, which is one of the funniest parts of the film and leads to a great recurring joke. Overall I thought it was a good film (my review here), though a little muddled in its tones and character motivations.

Life After Beth is currently available on DirecTV and hits theaters on August 15!

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[TIFF '14] First ‘Tusk’ Image Wheelchair Stricken

bloody disgusting - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 11:05

I don’t wanna die in Canada,” Long’s character whispers as he trembles in fear keeping hope that he’ll be saved. That’s the final shot of the impressive first trailer for Tusk, Kevin Smith’s toothy horror film about a man (Justin Long) who is surgically turned into a walrus by a mysterious seafarer (Michael Parks).

Today it was announced that Smith’s horror film will World Premiere at the Midnight Madness portion of the Toronto International Film Festival running from September 4 to 14, 2014. They also shared with us the first ever official image that places Long in a wheelchair looking oh so sad…

A24, who has been on fire as of late, is releasing The Human Centipede-inspired horror in theaters September 19, 2014.

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Rob Zombie to Host 10th Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute

Dread Central - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 11:00

Taking place August 24 at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA, the 10th Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute will bring family, friends, and fans together to celebrate the late punk guitarist's legacy with a special outdoor screening of host Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects.

The Sunday evening event will also include a jam session featuring Zombie, Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, and Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses.

With the concert to be held in Hollywood Forever's Masonic Lodge and broadcast outside to the overflow crowd (ticketing information is below), the event will also feature Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett's special collection of horror movie memorabilia. Rarely seen in public, the collection includes a treasure trove of movie posters, props, toys and costumes from his personal collection.

Additionally, an autograph signing session featuring the stars of The Devil's Rejects will take place, with proceeds to benefit the Johnny Ramone Foundation and Dr. David Agus, USC.

Advance General Admission tickets are $19, day-of General Admission is $25, and VIP admission is $45, which enables the buyer to receive food and cocktails courtesy of Stillhouse Spirits, admission to the VIP area, and VIP seating for the simulcast of the all-star Ramones jam session and movie screening. All Access is $75, limited to the first 200 buyers, and will allow the ticket holder access to the VIP areas and also entry to the all-star Ramones tribute concert inside Hollywood Forever's Masonic Lodge.

Gates open at 5 P.M. Families and children are welcome, with kids 12 and under getting in free.

Tickets can be purchased on Ticketfly.com, and for more info, check out the Johnny Ramone Facebook Page.

Dread Central will be there so for those unable to attend, expect in-depth coverage here next month.

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[TIFF '14] Lose Your Skin Over These ‘Spring’ Images

bloody disgusting - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:59

Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, who directed the incredible indie Resolution, and also kicked ass on our upcoming V/H/S Viral, is taking their latest feature to the Toronto International Film Festival!

Their Italian-based horror, Spring, will World Premiere in the Vanguard portion of the fest, running September 4 to 14, 2014.

We now have the first images from the pic, about “A young man in a personal tailspin flees the US to Italy, where he sparks up a romance with a girl harbouring a dark, primordial secret in this edgy, romantic drama with a supernatural twist.

It stars Evil Dead fav Lou Taylor Pucci, with Nadia Hilker and Nick Nevern.

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‘Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair’ Finally Getting a Theatrical Release? #SDCC

bloody disgusting - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:55

Aside from a few screenings at the New Beverly Theater in 2011, Tarantino’s Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair has never been released for mass consumption. That may be remedied soon, as the director revealed at his SDCC panel discussion on his Django/Zorro crossover comic, he’s been negotiating with the Weinstein Brothers to give his four-hour epic a limited theatrical release sometimes next year. And this one will have a longer anime sequence to boot!

Tarantino explained:

What’s going on with that is originally back when Kill Bill was going to be one movie, I wrote an even longer anime sequence. So you see in the movie [O-Ren] kill her boss but then there was that long hair guy… The big sequence was her fighting that guy. I.G. [The Japanese Anime Studio] who did Ghost in the Shell said we can’t do that and finish it in time for your thing. And [plus] you can’t have a thirty-minute piece in your movie. I said okay. It was my favorite part but it was the part you could drop. So we dropped it and then later when I.G. heard we were talking about doing Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair — they still had the script so without even being commissioned, they just did it and paid for it themselves. It’s really terrific. Anyway, The Weinstein Company and myself were talking about actually coming out with it sometime, not before the year is out, but within the next year with limited theatrical engagement as well.

There’s been talk about releasing The Whole Bloody Affair for years now, so while I wouldn’t keep my hopes up, I wouldn’t uncross those fingers just yet either.

(Source: /Film)

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New ‘The Maze Runner’ Posters Get Hitchcockian

bloody disgusting - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:30

20th Century Fox gave Yahoo! several new one-sheets for The Maze Runner, based on the best-selling Young Adult novel by James Dashner. Most of them channel Hitchcock’s Vertigo, which is really cool.

The previously released trailer looks like a cross between Lord of the Flies, “Lost” and Hunger Games. I’m also intrigued by the tease of creatures outside of the gates…

When Thomas (O’Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based on the best-selling novel by James Dashner.

Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter and Aml Ameen star in the film, which is directed by Wes Ball.

Dashner has penned four entries in the “Maze Runner” series to date, with “The Scorch Trials” and “The Death Cure” serving as sequels and “The Kill Order” acting as a prequel.

The Maze Runner will open in the States on September 19, and in UK cinemas October 24.

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FartBarf Release Limited “Barf At The Moon” T-Shirt

bloody disgusting - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:30

The oddly infectious yet incredibly odd looking electronic group FartBarf are raising funds for a new music video, which will be directed by Brandon Dermer (Nekrogoblikon, Major Lazer), by releasing a limited edition t-shirt design entitled “Barf At The Moon”, which is a parody of the three howling wolves motif that has since been parodied in several different ways. The shirt, which you can see below, is $20 and all funds go to the filming of the new video, which is scheduled to be shot in September. You can order the shirt here.

Head on down to get a taste of FartBarf (I probably should’ve worded that a little differently).

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Things Are NOT Normal in this The Night Visitor 2 Teaser Debut

Dread Central - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:30

A few months have passed since we last got an update on Brianne Davis' The Night Visitor 2: Heather's Story, but in the interim the director has been hard at work, and today we're debuting the film's teaser trailer.

The Night Visitor 2: Heather’s Story was written by Kevin and Bradley Marcus and Mark Gantt. Caitlin Carmichael, Mark Gantt, Chip Coffey, and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn star.

Synopsis:
The Night Visitor 2: Heather’s Story is a sci-fi thriller that runs parallel to the original The Night Visitor, telling the story of Heather (Carmichael), a special young girl who must protect her family and the planet from the same other-earthly being. The sequel delves deeper into the mysteries that plagued the Stevens family and their son, Ricky, with the help of psychic and medium Daniel (Coffey).

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[TIFF '14] Genres Titles Soak In the Vanguard Program!

bloody disgusting - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:23

In addition to the massive Midnight Madness reveal, the Toronto International Film Festival’s Vanguard programme seduces audiences with a sensory experience full of mystery and boundary-busting madness, with bold international films that walk the razor’s edge.

International programmer Colin Geddes brings together the work of some of the most audacious auteurs in the world to present a cinematic adventure that takes audiences to the dark, dangerous places that both unnerve yet intrigue them.

The Vanguard programme presents the intersection between genre and arthouse to showcase intrepid works that fearlessly defy convention,” said Geddes. “Daring audiences who have grown to love the extreme cinema of Midnight Madness will definitely be seduced by the subversive sophistication of Vanguard.

The 2014 roster includes master of extreme cinema Takashi Miike (Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, 13 Assassins), fantastical image manipulator Dave McKean (MirrorMask), French fear jockey Fabrice Du Welz (Calvaire, Vinyan), the cleverly unsettling Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio), and the wickedly charming duo of Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala (Kern).

Alleluia (pictured below); Fabrice Du Welz, France/Belgium North American Premiere
When Gloria and Michel meet on a dating site, nothing suggests the destructive and murderous passion that will be born of their crazy love. Alleluia is inspired by a 1947 article about nurse Martha Beck and swindler Raymond Fernandez, who became involved in a deadly, tragic affair.

The Duke of Burgundy; Peter Strickland, United Kingdom World Premiere
Peter Strickland’s eagerly anticipated follow up to Berberian Sound Studio and Katalin Varga is a gorgeously dark melodrama following two women who test the limits of their unsettlingly intense relationship. Starring Sidse Babett Knudsen (Borgen) and Chiara d’Anna.

Goodnight Mommy; (Ich seh, Ich seh) Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, Austria North American Premiere
In the heat of the summer in an isolated house in the countryside between woods and corn fields, 10-year-old twins wait for their mother. When she returns with her head wrapped in bandages after surgery, nothing is as it was before. Stern and distant now, she shuts the family off from the outside world. Starting to doubt that this woman is actually their mother, the boys are determined to find the truth by any means.

Hyena; Gerard Johnson, United Kingdom International Premiere
Michael Logan is an anti-hero for our times: a natural predator, a high-functioning addict, and corrupt police officer. But his dark world is evolving: a recent influx of ruthless Albanian gangsters is threatening to change London’s criminal landscape. Michael’s razor sharp instincts have always kept him one step ahead, but now his increasingly self-destructive behavior and the sheer brutality of the new gang lords send Michael spiraling into a descent of fear and self-doubt.

Luna; Dave McKean, United Kingdom World Premiere
Renowned artist and filmmaker Dave McKean (MirrorMask) brings his distinctive blend of live action and gorgeously wrought animation to this dreamlike reverie about four people – Grant, Christine, Dean and Freya – whose long weekend in an isolated house by the sea brings up old resentments and the life of a dead child is revisited in a series of strange dreams.

Over Your Dead Body; Takashi Miike, Japan International Premiere
A star, Miyuki Goto (Ko Shibasaki) plays Oiwa, the protagonist in a new play based on the ghost story Yotsuya Kaidan. She pulls some strings to get her lover, Kosuke Hasegawa (Ebizo Ichikawa) cast in the play, even though he’s a relatively unknown actor. Other performers Rio Asahina (Miho Nakanishi) and Jun Suzuki (Hideaki Ito) lust after Miyuki. Off stage the cast’s possessive love and obsessions exist as reality. Trapped between the play and reality, the cast’s feelings for each other are amplified. When it becomes clear that love is not meant to be both on and off stage, love turns into a grudge and crosses the blurred line between reality and fantasy.

Shrew’s Nest (pictured above); (Musarañas) Juanfer Andrés and Esteban Roel, Spain World Premiere
Spain, 1950s. Monste’s agoraphobia keeps her locked in a sinister apartment in Madrid and her only link to reality is the little sister she sacrificed her youth to raise. But one day, a reckless young neighbour, Carlos, falls down the stairwell and drags himself to their door. Someone has entered the shrew’s nest… and perhaps he’ll never leave.

Spring; Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, USA World Premiere
A young man in a personal tailspin flees the US to Italy, where he sparks up a romance with a girl harbouring a dark, primordial secret in this edgy, romantic drama with a supernatural twist.

They Have Escaped; JP Valkeapää, Finland North American Premiere
A boy and a girl meet at a custody center for youth with difficulties. The boy has come to serve his obligatory civil service. The girl is one of the youths in custody, and she is constantly in trouble, with a fire inside her and a lust for life that can’t be quashed or controlled. The boy becomes infatuated with the girl. He is a quiet one; a stutterer. But there is a fire inside him as well. Rules, laws, punishment; the shackles of the hostile environment with no understanding around them can be broken. They steal a car and flee together. Thus begins a journey with endless escapes.

Waste Land; Pieter Van Hees, Belgium World Premiere
Leo Woeste is a homicide investigator living with his girlfriend Kathleen and her five-year-old son, Jack. Kathleen gets pregnant unexpectedly just as Leo must solve his most bizarre case to date: the ritual murder of a young Congolese man, which may or may not involve Leo’s hedonistic new colleague, Johnny Rimbaud. As the case’s complexity mounts by the minute, Leo is pulled away from Kathleen and his role as a father, and heads deeper and deeper into the Waste Land.

The World of Kanako; (Kawaki) Tetsuya Nakashima, Japan International Premiere
When beautiful straight-A high school student Kanako goes missing, her mother asks ex-husband Akikazu — a drifting, irresponsible former cop — to find their daughter. He embarks on a desperate search in the hope of reuniting his family by any means necessary. But as his investigation progresses, Akikazu starts to discover the darkness that lies behind his daughter’s impeccable façade. Clue by clue, revelation by revelation, he starts his descent into the hellish underworld of Kanako’s secret life…

Purchase Festival ticket packages online 24 hours a day at tiff.net/festival, by phone from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET daily at 416.599.TIFF or 1.888.599.8433, or visit the Gupta Box Office in person from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET daily at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King Street West, until August 20 while quantities last.

The 39th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 4 to 14, 2014

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[TIFF '14] Midnight Madness Includes ‘[REC] 4,’ ‘Tusk’ and ‘The Guest’!

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The Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness programme brings thrills, chills and all sorts of kills to Festival audiences once again. Get your passports stamped and experience an international cinematic rollercoaster which includes: a Yakuza street gang hip-hop musical epic; spine-chilling Spanish zombies with insatiable appetites; a Finnish boy hunter rescuing the President of the United States from terrorists; and Flemish cub scouts trapped in the woods with sinister companions.

Along with the triumphant return of last year’s People’s Choice Award-winner Sion Sono (Cold Fish), Midnight Madness will also welcome back renowned alumni Adam Wingard (A Horrible Way to Die, You’re Next), Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!) and Jaume Balagueró (the [REC]] films). The Festival is also set to proudly celebrate indie legend Kevin Smith’s homecoming after 20 years.

[REC] 4: Apocalypse; Jaume Balagueró, Spain World Premiere
Angela Vidal wakes up in a high-security quarantine facility, sole survivor and witness to the horrific events inside the building. But does she remember what happened to her? Is she carrying a virus? Distrust spreads through the isolated facility while new, even more deadly forms of evil spread even faster.

Big Game; Jalmari Heleander, Finland/United Kingdom/Germany World Premiere
The fate of the most powerful man in the world lies in the hands of a 13-year-old boy. Plunged into a deadly game of cat and mouse, Oskari and the president must team up to survive the most extraordinary night of their lives.

Cub; Jonas Govaerts, Belgium World Premiere
Young, imaginative 12-year-old Sam heads off to camp with his Cub Scouts pack. In the woods, he stumbles upon a strange tree house and a masked, feral child. When his leaders ignore his warnings about the mysterious boy, Sam starts to feel increasingly isolated from the pack, and convinced a terrible fate awaits them all.

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films; Mark Hartley, Australia International Premiere
Director Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood, Machete Maidens Unleashed!) continues his delightful documentary disinterment of down-market movie detritus with this chronicle of the rise and fall of 1980s action-exploitation juggernaut Cannon Films, whose contributions to the cinematic canon include American Ninja, The Delta Force, Death Wish II and Masters of the Universe.

The Guest; Adam Wingard, USA Canadian Premiere
The follow-up to Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett’s wildly popular You’re Next, The Guest tells the story of a mysterious and devastatingly charming visitor, David (Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey) who arrives on the doorstep of a bereaved family claiming to be the best friend of their dead son, a young soldier who died in action. The Petersons welcome David into their home and into their lives, but when people start mysteriously dying in town, their teenage daughter Anna (Maika Monroe of It Follows) starts wondering if David is responsible.

It Follows; David Robert Mitchell, USA North American Premiere
For 19-year-old Jay (Maika Monroe), the fall should be about school, boys and weekends at the lake. Yet after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter she suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions; she can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind. With a riveting central performance from Monroe and a strikingly ominous electronic score by Disasterpeace, It Follows is an artful psychosexual thriller from David Robert Mitchell (whose The Myth of the American Sleepover premiered at Critics’ Week in 2010). The film also stars Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi, and Lili Sepe.

Tokyo Tribe; Sion Sono, Japan International Premiere
Set in an alternate Tokyo of the near future, director Sion Sono continues his run of sensational films with the explosive street gang tale Tokyo Tribe. Tokyo Tribe is the first live-action adaptation of the best-selling manga series Tokyo Tribe 2, by Santa Inoue, which has sold two million copies and has been published in Asia and the west to great popularity.

Tusk (pictured above); Kevin Smith, USA World Premiere
Wallace (Justin Long) is a podcaster on a mission who thinks he has found the story of a lifetime in Howard Howe (Michael Parks), an adventurer with amazing stories and a curious penchant for walruses. When Mr. Howe’s true desires unfold, things take a dark turn and Wallace faces a terrifying transformation at the hands of his captor. As his friends Alison and Teddy (Genesis Rodriguez and Haley Joel Osment) search the backwoods of Canada to rescue him, they discover a nightmare from which there is no escape. Conceived from one of indie legend Kevin Smith’s own Smodcast’s, Tusk is an unprecedented tale that is equal parts hilarious and horrifying.

What We Do in the Shadows (pictured below); Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, New Zealand/USA Canadian Premiere
Vladislav (Jemaine Clement), Viago (Taika Waititi), and Deacon (Jonathan Brugh) are three flatmates who are just trying to get by and overcome life’s obstacles—like being immortal vampires who must feast on human blood. Hundreds of years old, the vampires are finding that beyond sunlight catastrophes, hitting the main artery, and not being able to get a sense of their wardrobe without a reflection, modern society has them struggling with the mundane like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts.

Tickets to screenings for this programme will be available for individual purchase as well as through the Midnight Madness Pack, which includes all 10 screenings for $180, or $115 for students and seniors. Purchase Festival ticket packages online 24 hours a day at tiff.net/festival, by phone from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET daily at 416.599.TIFF or 1.888.599.8433, or visit the Gupta Box Office in person from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET daily at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King Street West, until August 20 while quantities last.

The 39th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 4 to 14, 2014.

Categories: Horror News