This time tomorrow you’ll be able to enter “The Twilight Zone” like never before with the release of The Twilight Zone: The 5th Dimension Limited Edition Box Set, and to celebrate its arrival, we have a brand spanking new and exclusive clip for you!
About The Twilight Zone: The 5th Dimension Limited Edition Box Set:
Image Entertainment is releasing the 41-DVD The Twilight Zone: The 5th Dimension Limited Edition Box Set on November 11, 2014, for an SRP of $349.98. For the first time ever, Rod Serling’s groundbreaking original series (1959-1964) and the classic 1980s series (1985-1989) are together in one limited edition box set. Only 7,500 sets were created.
In addition to the two beloved series (225 episodes combined) and more than 20 hours of bonus features listed below, The Twilight Zone: The 5th Dimension Limited Edition Box Set contains one of four possible collectible 1960s Twilight Zone comic books. Limited edition packaging features 3D black and white lenticulars and a serialized number on each of the box sets.
Over 20 hours of bonus features include:
· New featurettes with never-before-seen interviews
· The “American Masters” documentary Rod Serling: Submitted For Your Approval
· Dozens of audio commentaries previously available only on Blu-ray
· Rod Serling interviews, lectures, and appearances
· Interviews with cast and crew
· Original sponsor billboard
· Isolated music scores
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We’ve all seen footage of “flying suits” by now. More or less, they turn a person into a flying squirrel, providing webbing between the arms and legs much like the gliding rodents, giving a skydiver or BASE jumper the ability to glide in a controlled landing as opposed to the usual drop-like-a-rock method humans have when falling great distances.
The thing is, those guys need something to jump FROM, and back in June over Manchester, UK, it doesn’t look like there was any place a flying winged human could have jumped from. According to the story in the Daily Mail, there were no parachutists, balloonists, or other sources for a guy in a flying suit that day.
Despite this, two airline pilots say they saw just that: a man flying within 100 meters of their plane as they descended to a landing.
At about 3,500 feet, the story says, they sighted the man at about the 11 o’clock position, 200-300 meters above them. The man then flew down the left side of the plane, coming within 100 meters. Both pilots said they expected to see a parachute canopy, but did not. That leaves a wing suit… but as I mentioned, those guys need somewhere to come from… and that day, it doesn’t appear there were any.
In this era of technology, it’s easy to dismiss this as some test flight of new wing suit, but the truth is that there have been sightings of flying men for over 100 years outside the pages of comic books.
From the Brooklyn Batman in 1855 to the Brazilian Birdmen of the 1950’s to the legendary Mothman of the US, winged or otherwise flying humanoids are not all that uncommon. Hell, the UFO Sightings Hotspot sight has a collection of photos and screencaps of a flap of flying humanoids spotted in Mexico in recent years.
So what was it over the skies of Manchester that some have dubbed the “Superman of Macclesfield”? Was it someone trying new wing suit technology? The military testing a new Iron Man-style weapon system? Or was it something stranger: a human or humanoid creature with the power to fly?
As is their custom, the powers-that-be at AMC have released several “inside”/”making of” looks at tonight’s installment of “The Walking Dead,” entitled “Self Help,” so if you’re caught up and ready for more, check them out right here along with a sneak peek of next week’s Episode 5.06, “Consumed.” Let’s just hope it’s our survivors doing the consuming!
“The Walking Dead” Episode 5.05 – “Self Help” (aired 11/9/14)
A new set of issues confront our group while on a mission. Will they be able to push through and survive these challenges? Or better yet, each other? Directed by Ernest Dickerson; written by Heather Bellson.
“The Walking Dead” Episode 5.06 – “Consumed” (airs 11/16/14)
Cautiously, members of our group must venture into a familiar location on a heroic rescue mission. It’s a huge stage, but so are the stakes. Directed by Seith Mann; written by Matthew Negrete.
To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit “The Walking Dead” on Facebook. For more info be sure to hit up the official “The Walking Dead” page on AMC.com.
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Since zombie flicks have become a dime a dozen, you really need to have some sort of hook to make your zombie flick stand out. Zombies filled with lava? That’s new.
AFM is that magical time of year when even websites like Deadline find themselves reporting on b-movies with a certain sense of bemusement. Especially when the b-movie involves Danny Trejo as a guy named “Night Wolf” fighting a new breed of undead containing a volcanic creme filling. The site reports that Uncork’d Entertainment is going to uncork a whopper of a zombie flick, having nabbed the North American rights to Rene Perez’s The Burning Dead (formerly known as Volcano Zombies) starring Danny Trejo and Tom Downey (Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan).
Of course, any time you see a b-movie with Danny Trejo getting top billing, you have to wonder if he’s actually the star or the guy in the movie for five minutes whose name they use to sell it. Don’t know why you’d need anything extra to sell audiences on a movie about lava-filled zombies.
The Burning Dead deals with a sheriff who must rescue an estranged family from a mountain during a volcanic eruption and then fight off a horde of lava-filled zombies brought to life by a curse. I can see how this would make the traditional means of dispatching the undead a bit more problematic.
Moniqua Plante (“Nashville”) and Robert F. Lyons (Death Wish II) co-star in the magmatic monster mash from writers Jeff Miller and Jason Ancona.
Expect to see The Burning Dead on DVD, VOD, Syfy, and/or in Walmart $5 bins sometime in early 2015. Looking forward to it. Lava zombies for the win!
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Starring Anna Walton, Tom Wisdom
Written and directed by Axelle Carolyn
Distributed by Revolver Entertainment
For her first time out as writer/director of a feature film, Axelle Carolyn has hit a home run with her “quiet” horror film Soulmate. Shot on location in a small village near Powys, Wales, and in a local cottage, the film opens with the powerful scene of protagonist Audrey Barker (Walton) attempting suicide with a straight-edge razor in the bath. Saved from death by her sister, Alex (Emma Cleasby), she retreats to an isolated Welsh cottage to recover and to also deal with her overwhelming grief at the death of her husband, in which she feels she had a hand.
As she is unpacking her car, Audrey is approached by the nosy Theresa (Tanya Myers) from the village with a basket of food for the new tenant of Talbot Cottage. Audrey knows the cottage by another name, Aleath Cottage (ironically Welsh for “without mourning or wailing), and tries to correct the woman, but Theresa will have none of it. The former owner, Douglas Talbot (Wisdom), was a beloved neighbor, and the cottage will always be known as Talbot Cottage. The viewer will see more of Theresa.
Finally ensconced in her new home, Audrey begins exploring, especially after hearing noises in the middle of the night from what turns out to be a locked room. She goes to the apparent landlord, Theresa’s husband, Dr. Zellaby (Nick Brimble), to ask for the key to this room, but both he and his wife say it has never been unlocked since the death of Talbot over 30 years ago. After insisting, Dr. Zellaby returns to the cottage with Audrey and unlocks what they call the “box room,” and Audrey is able to see that there is no one hiding there. Later, after the noises continue, Audrey returns to the door and jimmies it open herself. It is full of Talbot’s belongings, including a gun, as well as letters from his late fiancée, Nell, all of which add to the mystery of the place.
When Audrey has had enough of the noises, she commands the ghost she believes is there to “Show yourself!” and Douglas Talbot does, much to Audrey’s horror. But after her initial shock wears off, she and Douglas begin a bizarre friendship, they both having so much in common. Death and grief, mostly.
Once Douglas makes his appearance, the film really takes off, and not always in a good way. Carolyn’s “quiet” movie becomes “noisier,” and the menace grows to a shocking moment of confession. I won’t give away any more of the film, but it is one which I recommend watching more than once (I had trouble with the volume on my television and missed a lot of the dialogue between Audrey and Douglas during my first viewing – had to REALLY turn the volume up for the second viewing to hear everything). Their discussions are very important to the core of the film so don’t miss them!
First, I loved the movie’s look. Carolyn found an amazing cinematographer in Sara Deane, who really captures the gloominess of a Welsh autumn as well as the dark hallways of an old cottage on the quintessential Gothic “dark and stormy” night. I would probably enjoy watching Soulmate with the volume off; the images are that amazing.
And the score, by Christian Henson, really sets the stage for the “feeling” of Soulmate. Reminiscent of the horror film The Ring (2002), with all of its stringed instruments, there is a sadness to the score that mixes beautifully with the tale of Audrey and Douglas. And there is also one lone piano that reinforces the feelings of grief and loss that are the major themes of the film. Brilliant choices by Carolyn. I must also give kudos to the sound design department for how subtly they put the sound of the wind in the film. It adds that touch of frisson that fits so well with the overall look and sound of the picture.
My biggest complaint is about actress Anna Walton and her attempts to play the violin. I realize this is a very low-budget film, but surely an actress of her caliber could have taken a few lessons prior to filming! Ms. Walton is a lovely woman, but for Soulmate she wore what looked like very little makeup and appeared very delicate, fragile and haunted looking. Perfect for Audrey! Just move your fingers more when “playing” the violin!
Another complaint is the ending of the film – it is left very open to interpretation, and that might have been Carolyn’s plan. I loved the final shot in the film but wanted to know WHAT HAPPENED?? I suppose I should just go with what I think happened and let it rest; don’t complain about it.
All in all, Soulmate is a lovely, spooky, old-fashioned ghost story in an age where there are very few such films made. Most closely reminiscent of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, it seems set in another age, when women could fall in love with their ghostly visitors. I was amazed by how “high-budget” it looked for such a low-budget film, and I’m looking forward to seeing what Carolyn does next. Hopefully another ghost story!
The only extras on the US DVD are Carolyn’s two shorts, the wonderful The Halloween Kid and the memorable The Last Post, as well as an interview with Carolyn and the film’s trailer. The UK DVD has the commentary if you have a universal DVD player.
Producers’ Preview of The Originals Ep. 2.06 – Wheel Inside the Wheel – Teases a New Story Within the Story
On Monday night Episode 2.06 of “The Originals” is going to branch out a bit and give fans a whole new part of the show’s mythology. Curious about what’s ahead? Then settle in for a moment to hear exec producers Julie Plec and Michael Narducci discuss the story inside the story of “Wheel Inside the Wheel.”
“The Originals” Episode 2.06 – “Wheel Inside the Wheel” (airs 11/10/14)
A FAMILY BUILT ON SECRETS AND LIES — Fed up with her antics, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) becomes agitated and demands that Esther (guest star Sonja Sohn) release Elijah (Daniel Gillies), whom she has captured. However, Esther reveals a few dark secrets from Klaus’ past in an attempt to make him an offer he can’t refuse.
Meanwhile, Oliver (guest star Chase Coleman) ends up in a dangerous situation, prompting Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) to reconnect with Jackson (guest star Nathan Parsons), who has been living a new life out in the bayou. Elsewhere, Cami (Leah Pipes), who still believes baby Hope’s death was her fault, teams up with Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) and Gia (guest star Nishi Munshi) after she becomes suspicious of her faculty advisor Vincent (guest star Yusuf Gatewood).
Lastly, in a surprising turn of events, Klaus comes face-to-face with a visitor from his past. Matt Hastings directed the episode written by Michael Russo and Michael Narducci.
Of course we’re not suggesting that you eat your buddies… rather, a demon with a killer appetite is on the loose in Atlanta, and it’s up to Constantine to rein it in in next week’s Episode 1.04, “A Feast of Friends.”
Check out our image gallery for the ep along with a look “inside” last night’s installment, in which writers Mark Verheiden and David Goyer join the cast to discuss the first appearance of Papa Midnite (played by Michael James Shaw) and their inspiration for “The Devil’s Vinyl.”
“Constantine” Episode 1.04 – “A Feast of Friends” (11/14/14; 10-11pm)
When Constantine’s (Matt Ryan) old friend Gary Lester (guest star Jonjo O’Neill) accidentally releases a powerful demon in Atlanta, John is forced to determine exactly what he is prepared to sacrifice in his battle with the underworld. Harold Perrineau and Angélica Celaya also star.
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In next week’s Episode 4.04 of “Grimm,” entitled “Dyin’ on a Prayer,” an ancient evil arises and consumes its victims. In other words, it’s just another Friday in Portland! Read on to see a preview of the ep along with a big batch of stills.
Want even more? Then check out these creature profiles of our Wesen of the Week. We get two for the price of one this go-round: the Heftigauroch, bull-like Wesen that are excellent fighters when provoked but prefer to avoid fighting, and the demonic Schinderdiv, which use fangs protruding from their jaws to pin down their victims and puncture their chests. Sounds like a perfect double-date to us!
“Grimm” Episode 4.04 – “Dyin’ on a Prayer” (11/14/14; 9-10pm)
Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) are called to an unusual crime scene with a victim who appears to have died from clay-induced asphyxiation. At the precinct, Wu (Reggie Lee) begins to grow more suspicious of Trubel’s (guest star Jacqueline Toboni ) presence.
At the Spice Shop, Elizabeth (guest star Louise Lombard) makes a major breakthrough with regard to restoring Nick’s powers, while Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner) experience cultural backlash as a result of their inter-Wesen marriage. In Europe, Adalind (Claire Coffee) hopes that putting trust in her mysterious visitor will help her escape the dungeon. David Julian Hirsh guest stars; Sasha Roiz also stars.
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Today at the BlizzCon gaming convention in Anaheim, CA, lots of news was revealed regarding the upcoming feature film Warcraft, an adaptation of the World of Warcraft video game being directed by Duncan Jones. Read on for updates on which characters we’ll be seeing in the movie and lots more!
From the Press Release:
Legendary Pictures, Atlas Entertainment, Blizzard Entertainment, and distribution partner Universal Pictures held a panel at BlizzCon today for Warcraft fans in support of the feature film that will appear in theaters on March 11, 2016. The panel marks Warcraft director Duncan Jones’ second appearance at the show, honoring his promise to “show a lot more next year” at BlizzCon 2013. Legendary held its first movie panel at BlizzCon in 2007, when producers Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni discussed the initial plans for bringing Blizzard’s world to the big screen, and today’s panel continues that tradition of giving the dedicated Warcraft fans first access to information and images related to the film.
Panelists included Duncan Jones, the director behind the award-winning sci-fi film Moon (2009) and Source Code (2011); Chris Metzen, Senior Vice President of Story and Franchise Development for Blizzard Entertainment, Bill Westenhofer, the BAFTA and Academy Award®-winning VFX supervisor behind films such as The Life of Pi, and actor Rob Kazinsky (Pacific Rim, “True Blood”), whose character Orgrim was revealed today along with the names of the other characters that each member of the film’s principal cast will play.
Until now the specific characters that the film’s principal cast are playing have been kept under wraps. Today the characters were announced, divided between “Alliance” and “Horde” – the two opposing armies recognized by Warcraft fans across the world.
Legendary also announced a new initiative, inviting fans to join the frontline of the film. By signing up at FIGHTFORTHEALLIANCE.COM or FIGHTFORTHEHORDE.COM, fans can celebrate their allegiance and receive regular updates on the movie from the perspective of their chosen side.
- Anduin Lothar (Travis Fimmel) – The lead protagonist for the Alliance, Lothar is a war hero who has sacrificed everything to keep the people of Azeroth safe.
- King Llane Wrynn (Dominic Cooper) – King Llane is the leader of the Alliance city of Stormwind and a beacon of hope to its people in a time of darkness.
- Medivh (Ben Foster) – Known as “The Guardian,” Medivh is a mysterious and reclusive protector who wields formidable power.
- Khadgar (Ben Schnetzer) – Khadgar is a gifted young mage, embarking on a daring search for the truth.
- Lady Taria (Ruth Negga) – Taria is the royal Queen of Stormwind, King Llane’s great love and most trusted counsel.
- Garona (Paula Patton) – Caught between the Alliance and the Horde, Garona is a strong-willed survivor who must decide where her true loyalty lies.
- Durotan (Toby Kebbel) – The lead protagonist for the Horde, Durotan is the noble Chieftain of the Frostwolf Clan, battling to save his people and his family from extinction.
- Orgrim (Rob Kazinsky) – Orgrim is Durotan’s right hand and a brave warrior destined to wield the Doomhammer: a weapon of Orc legend.
- Blackhand (Clancy Brown) – Known as “The Destroyer,” Blackhand is one of Orc-kind’s most fearsome and titanic warchiefs.
- Gul’dan (Daniel Wu) – Gul’dan is a supreme Orc ruler, fueled by a dark magic that even he cannot control.
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Flirting proves deadly in Monday night’s Episode 2.08 of “Sleepy Hollow,” entitled “Heartless,” in which a succubus arrives in town. Here’s a sneak peek plus several stills from the ep.
“Sleepy Hollow” Episode 2.08 – “Heartless” (airs 11/10/14)
Crane (Tom Mison) and Abbie (Nicole Beharie) set out to take down a succubus whom Henry (John Noble) has sent out to drain the life forces out of its victims.
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The latest masked maniac flick Poker Night is on its way to VOD and iTunes on December 5th via XLrator Media and right now we have the official artwork for you to dig on.
Greg Francis writes and directs. Ron Perlman, Giancarlo Esposito, Beau Mirchoff, Titus Welliver, Michael Eklund, Ron Eldard, and Corey Large star.
In this twisted thriller a young detective is caught in a sadistic game of cat-and-mouse when he is kidnapped and tormented by a masked serial killer. In order to survive, the rookie must use the wisdom imparted to him by senior detectives on their regular poker night.
The Axeman is getting ready to make his triumphant return to the screen, and right now we have the second official still from the production. Dig it!
From the Press Release:
#SinningWorks in association with Blood Red Films, the production companies behind AXEMAN 2: OVERKILL, the next installment in 80’s throwback slasher franchise, have released the 2nd official film still for the sequel that promises to deliver in a new chapter in the Axeman At Cutter’s Creek saga with the goal of making it darker, grittier and bloodier than the original.
The cast includes an all new actor (WWE’s Bryan Clark) in the iconic villain role of Bill “The Axeman” Talbert, as well as rising stars of film/tv including (“Teen Mom”) Farrah Abraham, (“Baywatch”) Angelica Bridges, (“Big Brother”) Rachel Reilly, (THE FOURTH KIND) Alisha Seaton, Monique Parent, Michael Foster and many more! The gory new installment is written and directed by Joston “El Rey” Theney.
About The Still
This still features WWE’s Bryan Clark as the titular character and Alisha Seaton as Maureen, the backwoods tour guide who begrudgingly finds herself in a town she knows all too well. Familar with the town’s legend and the secrets it’s trying to keep hidden, Maureen is not surprised by what she finds lurking in Cutter’s Creek. When asked why he’d release a still so soon that shows more of a character’s fate than he’s accustomed to, the film’s writer and director Joston “El Rey” Theney replied, “I assure you, Maureen is a bit more resourceful than she seems. You don’t survive the town of Cutter’s Creek and it’s secrets without being a part of them.” He further elaborated, “The Axeman is not some mindless beast, killing just for the fun of it. This town destroyed him and his life and he’s exacting a gleeful, gory revenge. Everything that’s happening – they deserve it. But he’s not the only bad guy in town.”
About The Film
The film is a collaboration between Christopher Otiko’s Blood Red Fims and Joston “El Rey” Theney’s #SinningWorks. Theney writes, directs and produces the film and Otiko executive produces. AXEMAN 2: OVERKILL will receive a theatrical release in 2015, release date and locations TBA.
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Directed by Kevin Greutert
Not since The Ring — or at least V/H/S/2 — have videotapes wrought so much misery and horror. Although Jessabelle (Sarah Snook) is a modern young lady living in our present day world, she communicates with her long-dead mother (Joelle Carter) through a series of clunky videotapes. You see, Jess doesn’t have many friends… not live ones, anyway.
After losing her fiancé and unborn baby in a killer car wreck, Jess is wheelchair-bound and forced to recuperate at the derelict, remote Louisiana homestead with her taciturn father, who is less than happy to have her back in the fold. This is where Jess unearths not only her superstitious mother’s visual letters to her, but also a secret that leads to the manifestation of a malevolent presence that is determined to destroy her.
There are quite a few elements crammed in here: a car crash, mysterious deaths, a deadly fire, lethal insanity, hallucinations, handicapped heroine, secrets in a swamp, voodoo spells, tarot card divinations of doom… and that’s just for starters! There’s also a ghost that’s all too corporeal – not only can the ghost physically lay hands on and harm people, it gasps with breath when startled and has a penchant for projectile vomiting in victims’ faces. (And at one point Jess says the ghost “doesn’t want to hurt us. She needs our help.” Hm. With friends like that…) It’s all just too much. Less is more!
Having said all that, I rather liked the film. It’s a great acquittal for director Kevin Greutert, whose other features were the penultimate and final installments in the diminishing-returns canon of Saw films. It’s always hard, if not impossible, to stand out as a director and filmmaker when square-pegged into the round hole of a franchise that’s so rigidly shaped and closely overseen by its producers. Jessabelle is completely original material (penned by the same screenwriter who did Hell Baby and wrote for “Reno! 9-1-1″), and for fans of mysterious stories steeped in old-fashioned gumbo and swamplands, there’s phantom fun-o-plenty.
While there is a touch of found footage (via videotape), mostly the cinematography is classic and quite lovely. DP Michael Fimognari (Oculus, “The Walking Dead”) does a great job of switch-backing between now and 1988 and blurring dream and reality (even underwater!).
The acting is aces across the board, but lead Snook is an especially good ingénue – she’s a lovely pale-skinned, red-haired, blue- and wide-eyed heroine slightly reminiscent of girls of horror yore a la Mia Farrow or Sissy Spacek.
In spite of the kitchen sink of clichés and a ghost that’s far too kick-ass, Jessabelle is a compelling, and fun, little horror-thriller with an absolutely perfect conclusion.
Just over a week ago we spent three days within the comforts of Sheffield’s Showroom Cinema for what turned out to be one of the most consistently solid weekends of any genre festival to hit the UK this year: Celluloid Screams.
Hosted by festival organiser Robert Nevitt and his team, Celluloid Screams dished out a weekend packed full of unmissable horror fare, punctuated with appearances by some very special guests including Astron-6’s Adam Brooks, Matthew Kennedy and Conor Sweeney, who were joined on stage by The Editor and The Human Centipede 2‘s Laurence R. Harvey for a few rollicking Q&A sessions.
Guest of honour Brian Yuzna proved an enthusiastic and energetic individual as he presented a 35mm screening of his classic film, Society, and kicked off the annual all-nighter with Bride of Re-Animator (which was followed by a perfect sequence of Maximum Overdrive, Night of the Creeps and Killer Klowns From Outer Space in a night themed on ’80s Sci-Fi/Horror). Hanging around to sign posters and chat with fans, Yuzna and the Astron-6 crew made sure that a spirit of camaraderie and appreciation was kept alive at all times. There’s no diva business or rushing off to green rooms at Celluloid Screams, horror fans!
Kings of the Q&A, though, were Spring directing duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, whose post-screening session evolved into a multi-act stand-up show which saw the duo take to the crowd, hopping back and forth from the stage and engaging in regularly hilarious interaction with the punters. A class act through and through, you’ll want to catch these guys wherever they pop up – and they’re no slouches when it comes to the filmmaking, either.
Other highlights included a surprise appearance via Skype by Twisted Twins Jen and Sylvia Soska following The ABCs of Death 2, as they drank Screwdrivers and engaged in lively, side-splitting conversation with Astron-6 and Harvey. Watching Laurence run, arms open, towards giant projected cleavage was like seeing someone’s wildest dreams come true. Highly entertaining stuff, and indicative of the feel-good atmosphere of the fest.
Special mention goes to the Celluloid Screams staff and assistants, who were constantly on-hand to deal with enquiries and keep audiences entertained in between films. The standout moment there was an impromptu Flash Gordon-themed poster giveaway (put your hand in the hole and see what come out… it might be shit, or it might be great!) while problems with the screen were resolved prior to the showing of Asmodexia (this year’s Secret Film). Bravo, guys.
The annual art gallery was also in full swing, with genre-themed art on show throughout the lobby areas and available for purchase. You can see some of the pieces in our Celluloid Screams 2014 photo gallery.
Moving on to the films, here’s a list of reviews for those which hit the main screen alongside Stuart Gordon’s fantastic Lovecraftian ditty Dagon, and Cool Guys: The Short Films of Astron-6:
- The Editor review here.
- Housebound review here.
- Creep review here.
- Strawberry Chocolate Vanilla review here.
- Starry Eyes review here.
- What We Do in the Shadows review here.
- Spring review here.
- Suburban Gothic review here.
- The ABCs of Death 2 review here.
- Asmodexia review here.
- Dead Snow 2 review here.
Pretty much all killer, no filler, then!
A range of short films were also screened before a number of the main features, and while we didn’t manage to catch them all, here’s the lowdown on what you should be keeping an eye out for:
Timothy – Directed by Marc Martínez Jordán | Spain | 2013 | 9.5 minutes
When Simon’s babysitter, Sonia, interrupts his enthusiastic viewing of his favourite TV show, ‘The Timothy Show’ the boy retires to his room – only to be visited by the giant, giggling rabbit-headed mascot. That turns out to be bad news for Sonia, as it seems that Timothy gets his kicks through rather brutal means.
Jordán’s short is quick, bloody and rather predictable in the end – but it’s filled with enough energy and enthusiasm, mixed with dread and discomfort, to make it worthwhile. It looks excellent, with a twisted sense of humour that bodes well for future features from him.
3.5 out of 5
The Gas Man Directed by Matt Palmer | United Kingdom | 2014 | 14 minutes
A woman living alone answers the door to a man claiming to be from the gas company and needing to check her boiler. Disturbed his odd, lingering behaviour, she soon confronts him and he leaves. But later that night, events force her to consider whether he actually left the house at all…
Palmer’s The Gas Man is a highly atmospheric piece of work, ably playing with the sense of isolation and defencelessness that surrounds a lone woman in a big house at night. The dread is palpable, and there’s a sting in the tail that proves fittingly chilling and uncomfortable. On the downside, his lead character is difficult to connect with, seeming somewhat stuck up and privileged and there’s occasional trouble striking the balance between pacing and tension – but overall, it’s a fine piece of work.
3.5 out of 5
Dead Hearts – Directed by Stephen W. Martin | Canada | 2014 | 17 minutes
Milton Mulberry is a young mortician – a very odd little fellow who spends much of his childhood at the mercy of bullies… until Lola Littleton steps in and kicks their asses. After his death in later life, he rises from the grave to discover that his heart is missing… and heads off to find that certain special someone who now has it.
Dead Hearts has a very Wes Anderson meets Tim Burton feel to it, with the proceedings driven by its saccharine-voiced narrator. Saccharine, too, is the overall feeling of the story, which tells of undying love and the search for that emotional connection that makes us whole. Generally, it’s superbly shot, but the martial arts sequences are clumsy in comparison to what surrounds them.
It appears to have been an audience favourite at Celluloid Screams, but I simply found it much too twee and self-satisfied. Then again, I’m a grumpy, cynical bastard, so make of that what you will.
2.5 out of 5
Mr Dentonn – Directed by Ivan Villamel | Spain | 2014 | 9 minutes
It’s bedtime, and Laura is reading her brother the story of Mr. Dentonn – an entity that makes its way into homes through the mirrors to steal the souls of children. Almost immediately after finishing her tale, Mr. Dentonn arrives to seek the young boy, and the battle to save him begins.
Villamel’s short suffers from jumping straight into the action – the brief overview of the titular entity that we get simply doesn’t feel like enough before he’s wreaking havoc in the home. On the other hand, the production design and atmosphere here is absolutely fantastic. Shrouded in shadows, Mr. Dentonn sweeps across the home’s mirrors and glides down hallways, almost always out of focus, like a cross between the eponymous antagonists of Mama and The Babadook.
When the ending comes around, it’s fittingly bleak, but Villamel’s film just can’t manage to get around the feeling of a greater mythology behind it all, and thus it feels unfairly truncated and lacking punch. It’s a big idea struggling to fit into a small space, but here’s hoping it does its job as a calling card – there’s more than enough evidence here that he has the chops for a feature.
2.5 out of 5
Ghost Train – Directed by Lee Cronin | Ireland/Finland | 2013 | 17 minutes
Two friends reunite on their annual trip to an abandoned rural fairground to commemorate the disappearance of one of their childhood buddies in Lee Cronin’s short, Ghost Train. This year, however, one of the friends reveals a secret behind what happened… and the revelation leads them straight down a road of horror when the ghost train spits out what it took.
Ghost Train is one of the most impressive shorts in quite a while. Using its time wisely to reveal and build on character relationships, it tells a gripping story in both the modern day and the past, using a cast without a single weak link. Production design is top notch, especially the giant ghost train ride of the title, which is a hugely impressive, and ominous, piece of work as it quite literally seems to come alive as the ride powers up.
Magnificent stuff, full of classical dread, sympathetic characters and a horrific payoff.
5 out of 5
The Jigsaw – Directed by Basil Al-Safar, Rashad Al-Safar | United Kingdom/Portugal | 2014 | 9 minutes
There’s a mix of Clive Barker and H.P. Lovecraft in Basil and Rashad Al-Safar’s The Jigsaw, in which an old man visits an antique store looking for a new puzzle. There, he discovers a jigsaw stored in an unmarked box and, refusing to heed the warnings of the shop’s owner, purchases it.
Taking it home on a dark and stormy night, he begins to put it together… soon revealing an image of sheer terror.
Directing duo Basil and Rashad have a strong handle on pacing and tension, here, though the initial build-up is marred somewhat by a too-theatrical performance by Daragh O’Malley as the store vendor. Moving on, though, The Jigsaw manages to effortlessly keep you gripped, desperate to see just what the puzzle will reveal.
When it does dish up the goods in the final moments, it’s a bone-chilling moment that does exactly what it needs to.
4 out of 5
Ink – Directed by Andy Stewart | United Kingdom | 2014 | 20 minutes
A particularly disturbed individual follows people on the street and relieves them of their body art, sewing the pieces onto himself in gruesome fashion to satisfy his apparent complete obsession with tattoos, but lack of money (one assumes, given the squalor in which he lives) to get his own.
Narratively, Ink is a rather weak effort – there isn’t much time given to character study or attempting to understand just why this individual is as twisted as he is – but what it lacks in that department it more than makes up for in sheer disgust.
The physical effects here are excellent, and utterly, horrendously stomach-churning. I don’t think I’ve seen anything as convincingly, painfully repulsive since Hisayasu Satō’s Naked Blood. Eyes will be diverted from the screen – you can believe that.
3.5 out of 5
Emptied – Directed by David Ferino | USA | 2014 | 6 minutes
Seeking to make amends for his infidelity, a man makes an after-hours appointment with his dentist ex-girlfriend. Unfortunately for him, she doesn’t want to hear any of it – and his flippant dismissal of his actions lead her to take a particularly heinous form of revenge while he’s subdued in her chair.
Based on a real-life occurrence, Emptied is a quick and simple short that hopes to ride high on the back of just what happens to the cock-sure fella at the centre of it. Regrettably, it’s all presented too clinically, failing to use its own craft to push buttons or really extend into the realm of truly toe-curling mouth-torture that Brian Yuzna’s The Dentist set the bar for (almost 20 years ago!)
It all boils down to very little in the end. Capably shot and well lit as it is, it unfortunately never manages to make much of an impact.
2 out of 5
Canis – Directed by Marc Riba, Anna Solanas | Spain | 2013 | 17 minutes
In what appears to be some kind of post-apocalyptic landscape, a young boy lives with his father and canine companion in a house constantly besieged by ravenous stray dogs. When an innocent mistake sees the family’s chickens fly the coop and the father brutally consumed by the dogs outside, the boy discovers a strange girl living amongst the animals, clad in the skins of dead dogs and walking on all fours – seemingly feral in nature.
Soon, he develops a relationship with the girl – one that will soon be marred by the ferocious world that surrounds them.
Directors Riba and Solanas forge a strange, hideous universe from what appears to be clay. In animating the characters, the clay must be kept wet to avoid it cracking and splitting, and thus almost everything appears covered in a weird, slimy sheen that brings a severely uncomfortable visual element to the story. Running without dialogue, they deftly manage to build a believable relationship between the boy and his dog and, in turn, the boy and the feral girl – leading to some anguished decisions and gray-area morality. It’s a striking piece of short work that centres on survival, instinct and necessity in a grim world with a style that is most assuredly all its own. A beacon of hope shines at the close, lest the relentless gloominess overwhelm.
4 out of 5
And so that’s it for another, highly impressive year at Celluloid Screams in Sheffield. We’ll hopefully be back next year (and you should go, too!) – but for now, take a look at our photo gallery and continue wishing that you could buy that fantastic Killer Klowns From Outer Space art piece.
Starring Glenn Maynard, Kyrie Capri, Aston Elliot, Louise Bremner
Directed by Stuart Simpson
Distributed by Monster Pictures UK
Warren Thompson (Maynard) is a human doormat. Mild-mannered and meek to a fault, he scrapes together a living as the proprietor of an ice cream van on the outskirts of a run-down Australian town. Initial impressions of Warren as he prepares for his workday are of an affable sort – a man filled with positivity and love for the world… but then he backs over his cat when setting off for the day.
Thus begins a series of events that gradually tease at the lid of Warren’s bubbling rage and frustration. So shy is he that every put-down, every rip-off and every encounter with characters such as the aggressive local pimp, whose corner spot Warren’s van sits opposite, steadily packs more and more dismay into his being – visualised in Warren’s habitual topping up of his dead cat’s food bowl, far beyond capacity. A guy with no outlet for his frustrations but internalised anger, we know that it’s only a matter of time before poor Warren blows his top… and so we’re on the slow road to see whether that’s going to happen within the confines of Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla‘s narrative scope.
Well, saying that Warren has no outlet is perhaps disingenuous. Keeping him going on a daily basis is an obsession with television starlet Katey George – star of the hilariously realised TV soap “Round the Block”. Warren watches the show every night, occasionally masturbating to Katey’s image and declaring his love for her on his video diaries. Things start to look up when Katey appears at Warren’s van looking to buy some ice cream. Turns out she’s shooting an episode nearby, and an elated Warren soon decides that the time is right to ask her out on a date and fulfil his dreams.
Director Stuart Simpson (who previously helmed Monstro!) paces his story very well, painting Warren’s total breakdown as a consistently upsetting inevitability. While he may be unhinged, and in many ways the definition of a truly pathetic human being, Warren quickly manages to work his way into your heart thanks to a wonderful performance by Glenn Maynard. He never feels like an actor playing a role – immersed so deeply into the character that every word in his video diaries feels genuinely heartfelt, like a message from a friend. He’s a simple, confused and lonely soul just trying to get by in a world that has no space for him.
And thus Simpson teases both you and his protagonist as the film progresses – you just know that it’s headed, a la Taxi Driver, towards an explosion of violence. You know it won’t be pretty when Warren’s long, long fuse eventually runs out. But you’re always hoping that he won’t come off too badly in the end.
The almost constant downer of seeing the pitiable Warren being tortured by every large and small occurrence makes for a rough ride, but Simpson injects Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla with plenty of deliciously dark humour and funny asides, such as a series of mirthsome TV ads that Warren comes across, and a few rather funny names credited in the opening sequence of “Round the Block”. The soap itself is also a spot-on parody of prolific Australian soaps “Neighbours” and “Home and Away”. Blackly hilarious too is Warren’s main nemesis, in the form of Aston Elliot as pimp/drug dealer Rocko – foul-mouthed and full of swagger, he’s the kind of overtly aggressive and confident person that feels like he could only ever ride roughshod over the spineless likes of Warren; all mouth and no trousers, yet he’s a dominating presence in Warren’s misery. Sequences such as Warren imagining himself winning the day as a Wild West gunslinger, and calling a granny-sex line only to end up spending hours enthusiastically talking to what is obviously a bloke on the other end about “Round the Block”, also do their part to add a gleeful spark to the proceedings.
Maynard’s performance here really can’t be understated, and when Warren’s eventual breakdown hits, he makes the very moment that the rope snaps completely visible, and utterly devastating. There’s no going back, and while some may find the ending somewhat of a damp squib, what actually happens there hearkens back to much of what Warren has described about his problem with bullies and anger control in the past through his video diaries. It’s a clever, well constructed choice by writer Addison Heath, even if it won’t wholly satisfy in revenge terms, nor for those looking for a more bloodthirsty and cathartic killing spree.
Monster Pictures UK serve up Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla to DVD sporting a selection of cast and crew interviews, running around 13 minutes and peppered with behind the scenes footage; 7 minutes of deleted scenes that appear to have been wisely trimmed or excised for pacing reasons; the complete sequences of “Round the Block” episodes that Warren is seen watching in the movie, broken up by the hilarious fake ads and news reports also glimpsed; the short film Baby Did a Bat Bat Thing, which is pretty rough in terms of the filmmaking, but kitschy and crazy enough to make it worth a look; a full feature commentary with actors Glenn Maynard and Aston Elliot, writer Addison Heath and director Stuart Simpson. It’s four Australian guys sitting in a room talking about their movie – so of course it’s fun! Finally, a couple of trailers for the main feature and a selection of other Monster Pictures releases brings it to a close.
- Feature Commentary with Stuart Simpson, Glenn Maynard, Aston Elliot and Addison Heath
- Cast and Crew Interviews
- Deleted Scenes
- Full Round the Block Episodes
- Baby Did a Bat Bat Thing Short Film
We told you a couple of days ago that Cinemax would be adapting Robert Kirkman’s Outcast for the screen, and word has just broken that the project has landed its star.
Deadline is reporting that Patrick Fugit (pictured; Almost Famous, Gone Girl) has landed the lead in Cinemax’s new exorcism drama Outcast, from “The Walking Dead” executive producer Robert Kirkman.
The supernatural horror project is based on Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta’s comic series of the same name which hit shelves this summer. Joining Fugit in the cast are British actor Philip Glenister (Life on Mars) and youngster Gabriel Bateman (Stalker, Annabelle), while rising features helmer Adam Wingard (The Guest, You’re Next) has been tapped to direct the pilot produced by Fox International Channels.
Outcast was penned on spec by Kirkman for Fox International Channels, who developed it internally before Cinemax acquired the pilot script in November and greenlit the pilot this summer. Kirkman is exec producing with Chris Black, David Alpert of Circle of Confusion, Sharon Tal Yguado of FIC, and Sue Naegle.
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Well, if this isn’t the tease of all teases. That’s right, kids! The gang is (mostly) back together for the new cover of Entertainment Weekly. Kind of makes you feel all funny in the pit of your stomach, right?
Director Paul Feig is officially going to be the man to bring Ghostbusters back to the big screen, in the form of an all-female reboot written by Katie Dippold (The Heat). It appears that his film will be taking place in a world where the events of the previous two films never happened, thereby ensuring that it’s not going to be any sort of sequel.
“I love origin stories,” said Feig, when asked about the general direction he was going with the story. “That’s my favorite thing. I love the first one so much I don’t want to do anything to ruin the memory of that. So it just felt like, let’s just restart it because then we can have new dynamics. I want the technology to be even cooler. I want it to be really scary, and I want it to happen in our world today that hasn’t gone through it so it’s like, oh my God, what’s going on?”
Then why even call it Ghostbusters? This whole direction seems odd to say the least. We shall see how it all pans out. In any event, yeah… here’s that cover we told you about.
Another film that’s haunting the halls of the American Film Market is Shut In from director Adam Schindler (Delivery: The Beast Within). Read on for details and more concerning this upcoming low-budget spooker from the producer of Paranormal Activity and Insidious.
Beth Riesgraf (“Leverage”), Rory Culkin (Scream 4), Martin Starr (Veronica Mars), and Jack Kesy (“The Strain”) star.
Steven Schneider is producing with Jeff Rice (Lone Survivor), Lati Grobman (The Iceman), and Erik Olsen (The Book of Eli). Executive producing are Christa Campbell, Matthew Lamothe, Tommy Vlahopoulos, Brian Netto, and Vicarious Entertainment.
Anna suffers from agoraphobia so crippling that when a trio of criminals break into her house, she cannot bring herself to flee. But what the intruders don’t realize is that agoraphobia is not her only psychosis.
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Dubbed the latest masterpiece from director Sion Sono (Cold Fish), Why Don’t You Play in Hell? was recently acquired for release by Drafthouse Films and today they’ve put out a new red band trailer. Dig it!
Why Don’t You Play in Hell? arrives in US cinemas on November 7th. It stars Jun Kunimura, Fumi Nikaidô, and Shin’ichi Tsutsumi.
Two men, Muto (Kunimura) and Ikegami (Tsutsumi), hate each other. Muto desperately wants to help his daughter star in a movie. Meanwhile, Ikegami falls in love with her, knowing that she’s the daughter of his foe. Hirata, a filmmaker, and Koji, a young movie-lover, get dragged into this complicated situation that heads into an unexpected direction.
We’ve been following the career of Shane Abbess since his 2007 film Gabriel, in which he proved he had a true eye for the camera. Fast forward seven years, and Abbess is back with a new horror/sci-fi hybrid called Infini, which looks pretty damned good. Read on for details, artwork, and a trailer.
Daniel MacPherson, Grace Huang, Luke Hemsworth, Dwaine Stevenson, Harry Pavlidis, Kevin Copeland, Louisa Mignone, and Tess Haubrich star with Bren Foster and Luke Ford.
Set in the 23rd century, a search and rescue team are sent to an off-world colony to rescue the sole survivor of a biological outbreak.