Funko is back with another announcement of some exclusives they'll be bringing to next month's San Diego Comic-Con, which include a variant Buffy to supplement their "BTVS" Pop! Vinyls and an "invisible" Predator.
With regard to Buffy, it looks like The Chosen One has been slaying quite a few vampires - and has the scars and bruises to prove it!
As for the Predator, even when he's invisible, he can't hide his green blood splatter!
You have until 4PM PT today to win these two figures (along with the Star Wars and Flintstones figures announced at the same time) on Funko's social media sites:
Did you miss out on the VOD and limited theatrical release of The Den (review)? Fear not, young horror seeker! The flick will be hitting DVD on July 29, 2014!
After receiving a grant for her graduate thesis, Elizabeth Benton logs onto a video-chat site known as The Den on a mission to explore the habits of its users. During one of her random video-chats, Elizabeth watches in horror as a teenage girl is gruesomely murdered in front of her webcam.
While the police dismiss it as a viral prank, Elizabeth believes what she saw is real and takes it upon herself to find the truth. Soon she finds herself trapped in a twisted game in which she and her loved ones are now targeted for the same grisly fate as the first victim.
With nail-biting suspense, The Den plunges the viewer into the darkest depths of humanity and technology. Or at least that's what the press release tells us!
Over a year ago we told you about an upcoming indie flick called Rockabilly Zombie Weekend, which promised all kinds of undead insanity. Today we've gotten word that the film has been dated for home video release, and you're not going to have to wait very long to get your hands on a copy!
Head over to the official Rockabilly Zombie Weekend website to pre-order the DVD, which begins shipping out on July 1st. While there, you can also purchase the soundtrack CD and learn more about the film.
Written by Tammy Bennett and directed by Jaime Velez Soto, the flick stars Christina Bach, Daniel Baldock, Seth Petruzelli, J. LaRose, Randy Molnar, Melissa Gruver, Julie Moss, Michelle Elise, J. Benedict Larmore, Emily Cutting, Mark Chandler, Greg Neff, Jason Ripoll, Scott Singer, and Mandaddy.
When Becky and Grant arrive at their rockabilly-themed wedding despite warnings of a West Nile Virus outbreak, things go horribly wrong as the mosquito-spread virus spawns zombies, who begin feeding on the wedding guests as well as the other locals. The two newlyweds have to escape along with their family and friends if they ever want to live to see their honeymoon!
We recently told you about Vinyan and Calvaire director Fabrice du Welz's next film, Alleluia, which brings a ripped-from-the-headlines tale to horrifying life. Today comes word that a distribution home for the film has been found so read on for the scoop!
Per Variety, Chicago-based arthouse distributor Music Box has acquired all North American rights to the Belgian genre filmmaker’s gritty horror movie. The film was also acquired by Carlotta Films, a company specializing in classics, for French distribution.
Head over to the official Alleluia website to learn more.
Written by Fabrice du Welz and Vincent Tavier, the film stars Laurent Lucas, Lola Dueñas, Héléna Noguerra, David Murgia, Stéphane Bissot, Renaud Rutten, and Philippe Résimont.
Manipulated by a loving and jealous husband, Gloria has run away with her daughter and started a new life far away from men and from the rest of the world. Impelled by her friend, Madeleine, she agrees to meet Michel through a dating site. The first time they see each other, there is a spark. Michel, the small-time crook (profession: gigolo), is thrilled; and Gloria falls deeply in love.
Out of fear Michel runs away, but Gloria comes to find him and makes him promise never to leave her again. She is ready to do anything to salvage this love. She abandons her daughter and pretends to be Michel’s sister so that he can continue his “widow” scams.
But jealousy drives Gloria crazy, and she eventually kills Marguerite, one of the widows. Michel is in shock, but the two lovers remain tied to each other by some powerful link. They will keep going on their sordid path. Beyond the morbid pact that unites them, Michel finds in Gloria a sort of mother figure he has always been deprived of; for Gloria, Michel is the incarnation of absolute love in a life she thought was over.
Alleluia is the free adaptation of a news item that shook the United States from 1947 to 1949: the story of Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez, or how a young nurse and a swindling small-time gigolo will fall into a deadly tragedy.
Most of the clips we've seen thus far from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes have centered on the glorious gun-toting action, but today we take a breather from all that to explore the film's softer side, courtesy of a brand spankin' new clip. Check it out, and make sure you've got tissues handy!
Look for the film in theatres on July 11th, 2014. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smith-Mcphee, Enrique Muriciano, and Kirk Acevedo. James Franco has a minor cameo.
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.
For more visit the official Dawn of the Planet of the Apes website, "like" Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on Facebook, and follow Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on Twitter (#DawnOfApes).
The first trailer has arrived for The Guest, the latest film from the team behind You're Next, and though it's only a teaser, it's packed with enough awesomeness to get you excited - including a particularly smile-inducing homage to Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Dig it!
You’re Next, V/H/S, V/H/S/2, and A Horrible Way to Die's Adam Wingard is directing from a script by Simon Barrett while Keith Calder and Jessica Wu produce for Snoot Entertainment.
The Guest stars Dan Stevens of “Downton Abbey” fame, Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer, Sheila Kelley, Leland Orser, and Lance Reddick (“American Horror Story,” “Intelligence”).
The flick scored itself distribution via Picturehouse, which is planning a September release for The Guest.
The film tells the story of a young soldier who arrives on the doorstep of the Peterson family, claiming to be a good friend of their beloved son who died in action. The Petersons welcome David into their home and into their lives, but when people start mysteriously dying in town, mayhem ensues as their teenage daughter, Anna, starts wondering if David is responsible.
Sometimes Mother Nature can be the biggest baddie of them all. The new trailer for the found footage flick Into the Storm, directed by Steven Quale (Final Destination 5), illustrates this perfectly; and we have it for ya right here. Dig it!
About Into the Storm
From New Line Cinema, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, comes the tornado disaster film Into the Storm. Steven Quale (Final Destination 5) directs the film, which is produced by Todd Garner (Zookeeper, Knight and Day).
In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot.
Told through the eyes and lenses of professional storm chasers, thrill-seeking amateurs, and courageous townspeople, Into the Storm throws you directly into the eye of the storm to experience Mother Nature at her most extreme.
Quale is directing the film from a screenplay by John Swetnam. The executive producers are Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter, Mark McNair, Jeremy Stein, and Bruce Berman.
The film stars Richard Armitage (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), Sarah Wayne Callies (TV’s “The Walking Dead”), Matt Walsh (Ted), Alycia Debnam-Carey (Where the Devil Hides), Arlen Escarpeta (Final Destination 5), Nathan Kress (TV’s “iCarly”), Jon Reep (Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay), and Jeremy Sumpter (Soul Surfer, TV’s “Friday Night Lights”).
Quale’s behind-the-scenes creative team consists of several members of his Final Destination 5 roster, including director of photography Brian Pearson, production designer David Sandefur, editor Eric Sears, and composer Brian Tyler, as well as costume designer Kimberly Adams (associate costume designer for the Chronicles of Narnia films).
New Line Cinema production, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Broken Road production, Into the Storm. The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.
It was back in 2012 when we first heard about Bound by Flesh, a documentary focusing on the lives of Siamese twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, who were featured in Tod Browning's classic film Freaks. Here we are years later with an exclusive clip and lots more.
From the Press Release
Sundance Selects will open the new documentary BOUND BY FLESH, about conjoined twin superstars Daisy and Violet Hilton, theatrically in Los Angeles on June 27 and on VOD. The award-winning film was directed by Leslie Zemeckis (BEHIND THE BURLY Q).
American sideshows were in fairs, circuses, and carnivals. There were acts such as glass blowers, musicians, and also the freaks. Most freaks just stood there while the audience wandered past. The Hilton sisters, however, were trained to put on a winning performance. They sang, danced, and played a variety of musical instruments. Once they quit the carnival world and started playing vaudeville houses, they made tens of thousands of dollars, setting box office records. They were soon considered “the royalty of vaudeville,” but the exploited twins would see little of their fortunes after the money was pocketed by unscrupulous managers.
BOUND BY FLESH explores the American sideshow, its origins, and its heyday when the Hilton sisters were on display for huge streams of crowds pouring into tents to get a glimpse of these gorgeous multi-talented sisters.
The film includes interviews with Ward Hall, known as the “King of the Sideshow.” He is the last of the sideshow promoters in the style of a P.T. Barnum.
In June, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Academy Award-winning director Bill Condon will stage a reimagining of the hit musical show SIDE SHOW about the famous sisters as they grow from circus attraction to famous stage performers. Additionally, AMC recently renewed its popular series "FREAKSHOW."
BOUND BY FLESH is produced, directed, and written by Leslie Zemeckis; produced by Jackie Levine; and executive produced by Robert Zemeckis.
Fantasia 2014: Second Wave Titles Include New Ju-On Film, Open Windows, Life After Beth, The Drownsman, Let Us Prey, At the Devil's Door, Creep; Tribute to Tobe Hooper
We're back with more titles heading to the 2014 Fantasia Film Festival as well as a few new images and word on a Lifetime Achievement Award for Tobe Hooper. Read on for all the details!
From the Press Release:
Following last week’s first wave of programming announcements, the Fantasia International Film Festival is proud to unveil additional highlights to rev you up for our July 10th Press Conference, where our full 2014 film lineup will be revealed.
Official Closing Film - Abel Ferrara’s WELCOME TO NEW YORK
Fantasia will close its 2014 edition with the North American Premiere of Abel Ferrara’s WELCOME TO NEW YORK, the controversial latest from the legendary filmmaker behind such landmarks as BAD LIEUTENANT, KING OF NEW YORK, NEW ROSE HOTEL and the recently re-released MS 45.
WELCOME TO NEW YORK is loosely based on the DSK scandal and stars the iconic Gérard Depardieu in one of the bravest performances of his career. Co-starring is the equally sensational Jacqueline Bisset.
Abel Ferrara will be on hand to host this special evening, unveiling his audacious and bold new classic for its first appearance on this continent after explosive bows at Cannes (out of official selection) and Edinburgh.
JU-ON: THE BEGINNING OF THE END to launch its Western haunt in Montreal
Fans of classic J-Horror, rejoice! The curse of Kayoko and Toshio is back! Fantasia will be the site of the International Premiere of JU-ON: THE BEGINNING OF THE END, the anticipated new Japanese production that reboots one of the most successful and terrifying horror franchises of the 21st century in a very wise way: by remaining faithful to the original material.
Director/co-writer Masayuki Ochiai (HYPNOSIS) brings us back to the haunted house and reinstates, slowly but surely, its oppressive atmosphere through a refined and efficient use of mise-en-scene. Co-scripted by none other than Taka Ichise.
A Lifetime Achievement Award For Fear Pioneer Tobe Hooper
In 1974, Austin-based former professor and documentary cameraman Tobe Hooper assembled a team comprised mostly of fellow faculty members and recent students and essentially gave birth to the modern horror film. Viscerally frightening, bursting with dark social commentary and an even darker sense of humour that would become one of Hooper’s staples, THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE remains a seminal work in American cinema. The influence it had on the genre landscape was transformative.
In the years that followed, Tobe Hooper reshaped what televised horror could be with his terrifying mini-series adaptation of Stephen King’s "SALEM’S LOT" and was an architect of the trend of blockbuster supernatural horrors with which to traumatize entire families with POLTERGEIST. His ensuing list of individualistic genre film accomplishments is considerable, and today, at the age of 71, he continues to explore the fantastic with vigour. From his bold themes and Grand Guignol sensibilities to his brilliant use of close-ups, cutting and sound, Tobe Hooper’s approach to storytelling is daring, singular and ferociously cinematic. It’s impossible to imagine what the genre might be like today had this imaginative professor simply stayed on campus.
We are proud to be presenting Tobe Hooper with a Lifetime Achievement Award on the 40th anniversary of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE, in front of the Canadian premiere of the film’s stunning new 4K restoration.
A Subterranean New Section in our Programming
Fantasia is proud to announce the creation of a new section in our programming: Fantasia Underground, dedicated to showcasing outrageous indie outsider visions created in the counter-cultural spirit that we associate with classic underground film works. For its inaugural edition, Fantasia Underground will sport four features from Canada, Japan, and the USA, three of them World Premieres.
BAG BOY LOVER BOY
USA Dir: Andres Torres
A return to the kind of classic New York Underground filmmaking that the city no longer produces, oozing with unusual characters, seedy situations and subversive sleaze as we follow a borderline autistic hot dog vendor’s journey into photography and criminality. A blackly funny social grenade evocative of early Paul Morrissey, Andy Milligan and Richard Kern. World Premiere.
Canada Dir: Matt O’Mahoney
An underground comic artist mocks the wrong mobster and loses his drawing hand in retribution. The artist may be silenced, but the severed appendage returns, to continue drawing comics on its own - and commit some seriously bloody acts of vengeance! A splatter horror comedy about freedom of expression that’s as touching as it is profane. World Premiere.
HANA-DAMA: THE ORIGINS
Japan Dir: Hisayasu Sato
A seemingly mundane high-school bullying drama builds into a cathartic and absurd farce of excessive, bloody, colourful revenge and retribution, care of underground cinema legend Hisayasu Sato (NAKED BLOOD, LOVE & LOATHING LULU & AYANO), co-scripted by Shinji Imaoka (of the demented pinku musical UNDERWATER LOVE). A poignant and strange social critique of girl-on-girl violence and institutional abuse at large. North American Premiere.
I AM A KNIFE WITH LEGS
USA Dir: Bennet Jones
An international Europop star is holed up with his manager at a secret Los Angeles location after a fatwa has been taken out on his head. Hysterically funny lines are deadpanned into instant immortality, rough animation, lo-fi psychedelia, catchy electropop and the odd burst of eccentric action collide to make this a microbudget work truly unlike anything else on the planet. World Premiere.
Additional Second Wave Highlights
AT THE DEVIL’S DOOR (formerly titled HOME)
USA Dir: Nicholas McCarthy
The maker of THE PACT returns with a nightmarish work that jumps decades and narrative paths, brilliantly juggling mood-drenched atmospheric dread and visceral bursts of horror, telling the tale of a young real estate agent (Catalina Sandino Moreno) asked to sell a house with uniquely diabolical history. Official Selection: SXSW, New Zealand International Film Festival. Canadian Premiere.
Spain-USA Dir: Nacho Vigalondo
Offered a chance to spy on his it-girl fixation (Sasha Grey), fan-site webmaster Nick (Elijah Wood) is drawn into in a sinister, voyeuristic plot. An ever-surprising, Hitchcock-inspired mind-bender from genius trickster-director Nacho Vigalondo that breaks all kinds of storytelling ground in exciting ways. Canadian Premiere.
USA Dir: Bill Plympton
Tipping his fedora a touch to film noir and romantic revenge thrillers, Bill Plympton, the Oscar-nominated one-man army of American indie animation, delivers a screwball sex-farce cartoon for more-or-less-grown-ups. Adored at Slamdance, awarded jury prizes at Annecy and Gijún, CHEATIN’ is yet another gem in Plympton’s brilliant filmography. Canadian Premiere.
CLOSER TO GOD
USA Dir: Billy Senese
The first successful cloning of a human pulls a brilliant genetic scientist into the center of volatile battle between science and religion in this unique reinterpretation of the Frankenstein story that’s equal parts philosophical science-fiction/horror and paranoid thriller. Hypnotically cinematic and evocative of early Cronenberg, this is a fiercely intelligent knockout of a feature debut from award-winning short filmmaker Billy Senese (THE SUICIDE TAPES). International Premiere.
USA Dir: Patrick Brice
This collaboration among director Patrick Brice, producer Jason Blum (INSIDIOUS, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY) and the ubiquitous co-writer/co-producer/co-star Mark Duplass (BAGHEAD, SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED) is unlike any horror work you’ll see this year, a major film event on the tiniest of budgets and a shockingly effective genre hybrid, riding on two excellent performances. Official Selection: SXSW, Tribeca. Canadian Premiere.
THE CREEPING GARDEN
UK Dir: Tim Grabham, Jasper Sharp
A fascinating, hallucinatory documentary on plasmodial slime mold - a unique and bizarre organism, worthy of the weirdest science fiction, inviting profound reflections on intelligence, engineering, social dynamics, and the intersection of art and science. Enriching the otherworldly atmosphere is an appropriately subtle yet unsettling score by post-rock icon Jim O’Rourke (Tortoise, Sonic Youth, UNITED RED ARMY). One of the most astonishing films you’ll see anywhere this year, co-directed by polyvalent artist Tim Grabham and Midnight Eye co-creator Jasper Sharp. World Premiere.
DANCING KARATE KID
Japan Dir: Tsukasa Kishimoto
Jaw-dropping dance numbers, a flood of jokes amongst the funniest you’ll see all year and eye-popping action scenes are all part of DANCING KARATE KID, an off-the-chain action-comedy blending martial arts and musical moves. Official Selection: Hawaii International Film Festival. Canadian Premiere.
THE DEVIL’S MILE
Canada Dir: Joseph O'Brien
“The road will never let you go…” A trio of criminals transporting two captives through the desert takes a wrong turn onto a stretch of blacktop traversing into supernatural territory. A fully committed combination of road/crime saga and supernatural terror that marks the feature debut of longtime Rue Morgue Magazine contributor O’Brien. World Premiere.
Canada Dir: Chad Archibald
A washing machine, the bathroom sink, even a puddle on the floor - only a few drops and the hideous Drownsman can pull you down into his watery hell! A new twist on the classic horror-movie stalker scenario, from the Canadian genre genies that brought you ANTISOCIAL and NEVERLOST. World Premiere.
USA Dir: Daniel Junge, Bryan Storkle
A multitude of “fight ministries” combine Christianity and mixed martial arts. By turns shocking, touching and even inspirational, FIGHT CHURCH is unlike any sports-oriented documentary you’ve ever seen. Directors Daniel Junge (Academy Award-winner SAVING FACE) and Bryan Storkle (HOLY ROLLERS: THE TRUE STORY OF CARD COUNTING CHRISTIANS), keep the film even-handed and compelling. WINNER: Grand Jury Prize, Boston Independent Film Festival. International Premiere.
UK Dir: Lenny Abrahamson
An aspiring musician falls in with a band of art-rock weirdos whose enigmatic frontman (Michael Fassbender) never removes his giant plaster head. Co-starring Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal, FRANK hits all the right notes as it examines the fine arts of fame and failure. A major hit at this year’s Sundance, SXSW and Calgary Underground Film Festivals. Quebec Premiere.
FROM VEGAS TO MACAU
Hong Kong Dir: Wong Jin
The King of Cool, Chow Yun-Fat, is back in a signature role he made famous in the classic GOD OF GAMBLERS (seen way back at Fantasia Year One!). A royal flush of comical action madness in Wong Jing’s trademark Hong Kong style, co-starring Nicholas Tse and Chapman To. Canadian Premiere.
FUKU-CHAN OF FUKUFUKU FLATS
Japan Dir: Yosuke Fujita
One part quirky slapstick absurdity and two parts poignant character study, FUKU-CHAN is the feel good, laugh-out-loud indie comedy hit of this year’s fest, mixing humour and pathos in the way only fan-favourite Yosuke Fujita (FINE, TOTALLY FINE) can. Official Selection: Frankfurt Nippon Connection Festival, New York Asian Film Festival. Canadian Premiere
New Zealand Dir: Gerard Johnstone
Fresh, fun and frightening, this wonderfully inventive comedy/horror from New Zealand launched at SXSW and emerged on many critics’ lists as one of the top discoveries of the festival. It deconstructs conventional formulas of haunted house narratives and surprises with left-field twists that will leave you joyously slack-jawed, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Stars Morgana O'Reilly and Rima Te Wiata. Canadian Premiere.
THE HUNDRED YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED
Sweden Dir: Felix Herngren
A pitch-perfect picaresque adventure laced with loads of decidedly Scandinavian black humour, Jonas Jonasson’s 2009 novel quickly became a Swedish bestseller and has since sold over three million copies worldwide. Felix Herngren has struck gold with his brisk, witty, wisely assembled big-screen adaptation starring comedian/actor Robert Gustafsson, who captures Karlsson’s character through so many stages of his tumultuous existence. Official Selection: Seattle International Film Festival. Canadian Premiere.
INGTOOGI: THE BATTLE OF INTERNET TROLLS
SOUTH KOREA Dir: Um Tae-hwa
“Koolkidneyz” and “Manboobs” take their online feud into the real world. INGTOOGI is a deep dive into the national geek consciousness of South Korea, an upbeat outsider comedy that evolves into a truly heartfelt story of alienation and loss. Writer/Director Um Tae-hwa shed a dark light on the social media generation in a very promising first feature. International Premiere
IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE
Norway-Sweden-Denmark Dir: Hans Petter Moland
“A father must avenge his son.” These words, spoken often on film, have yet to be answered with more darkly comic consequences than in this violent pitch-black comedy from director Hans Petter Moland (A SOMEWHAT GENTLE MAN), reteaming the filmmaker with the great Stellan Skarsgard. A key standout at the Berlin and Tribeca film festivals, this is the must-see European action thriller of the year. Canadian Premiere.
Japan Dir: Takashi Murakami
A lively celebration of the Japanese pop-culture tropes that feed the Superflat sensibility of pop-art superstar Takashi Murakami, his JELLYFISH EYES is also a heartfelt critique of Japan’s institutions in the era of Fukushima. This is a gorgeous and enchanting family friendly film with an edge that makes it a must see for film lovers of all ages. Official Selection: Sitges Film Festival. Canadian Premiere
KUMIKO THE TREASURE HUNTER
USA Dir: David Zellner
A lonely Tokyo office worker seeks the Minnesotan loot cache from FARGO in one of this year’s most beautifully unusual films. Quirky and melancholic, funny and haunting with enchanting traces of the surreal, anchored by a mesmerizing lead performance from the extraordinary Rinko Kikuchi, KUMIKO is the latest miracle from award-winning US indie heroes David and Nathan Zellner. Official Selection: Sundance, Berlin. Canadian Premiere.
KUNDO: AGE OF THE RAMPANT
South Korea Dir: Yoon Jong-bin
In a time of turmoil and tyranny, a band of outlaws rises against the nobility. From the director of NAMELESS GANGSTER, a rough and ruthless adventure epic with a universal theme - righteous fury in the face of deep injustice with a stellar cast featuring Ha Jung-woo (THE CHASER) and Gang Dong-won (HAUNTERS). Quebec Premiere
LET US PREY
Ireland-UK Dir: Brian O’Malley
An isolated, understaffed police station becomes a fortress of horror in this atmospheric and ultra-violent Irish chiller, which unfolds like an especially sinister "TWILIGHT ZONE" episode crash-landed into hell. Stars Pollyanna McIntosh, Liam Cunningham and Douglas Russell. Winner of the Melies D’argent at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival. North American Premiere.
LIFE AFTER BETH
USA Dir: Jeff Baena
The assured directorial debut of I HEART HUCKABEES co-screenwriter Jeff Baena is a brilliantly cast, howlingly funny heartbreaker of love and undeath that poignantly utilizes the zombie mythos to explore the difficulties of letting go when relationships change. A standout selection at this year’s Sundance and New Zealand International Film Festival, starring Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines, Paul Reiser and Matthew Gray Gubler. Canadian Premiere.
3D NAKED AMBITION
Hong Kong Dir: Lee Kung Lok
Fresh from the international festival rounds in Hong Kong, New York and Udine, this hairy beast finally comes to the country of the beaver with a hardcore vengeance. This stand-alone satire sequel written by Hong Kong’s funniest writers, Chan Hing- Kar (BREAKING NEWS) and Ho Miu-Kei, mercilessly pokes fun at the adult industry, celebrity and Asian culture on all fours while retaining a socially relevant subtext. Canadian Premiere.
NO TEARS FOR THE DEAD
South Korea Dir: Lee Jeong-beom
In the tradition of Luc Besson’s THE PROFESSIONAL and and John Woo’s THE KILLER, a guilt-wracked assassin sides with his target in the hotly anticipated new film from Lee Jeong-beom (THE MAN FROM NOWHERE), a whirlwind of furious action scenes. Quebec Premiere
USA Dir: Dennis Widmyer, Kevin Kolsch
Alexandra Essoe, Amanda Fuller, Noah Segan and Pat Healy star in this horrific tale of an aspiring actress unhinging herself by plunging headlong into the demeaning depths of Tinseltown. A chilling examination of the grisly fallout when a soul-corrupting industry seizes upon a soul that has already begun to fester from the inside. A hit at the Stanley Film Festival, winner of the Director's Choice Award at the Boston Underground Film Festival. Canadian Premiere.
Germany Dir: Maximilian Erlenwein
Eric (Jürgen Vogel) is a gentle giant leading a calm, quiet life, until a dark past he doesn’t remember catches up with him. An intimate dramatic crime thriller that gradually distorts into an absolute monster that plays with assaulting ferocity, this stunningly directed powerhouse co-stars Moritz Bleibtreu. Official Selection: Berlin Film Festival, Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival. North American Premiere.
SUMMER OF BLOOD
USA Dir: Onur Tukel
Its cup bleeding over with inspired writing, exhilaratingly sharp comedic performances, hyper-unconventional sex scenes and an oddball sense of grunge poetry, this film is an absolute revelation. Writer/director/editor/star Onur Turkel has created one of the most individualistic vampire works we’ve seen in a very long time and also one of the most blazingly entertaining. An adored breakout at Tribeca, SUMMER OF BLOOD will be the Closing Film of our Camera Lucida section. Canadian Premiere.
India Dir: Anurag Kashyap
An actor’s young daughter is kidnapped in this unforgettable, gut-churning thriller from India, the polar opposite of the usual colourful Bollywood fare. A crushing urban noir — the title of which is to be take very literally. An official selection in last year’s Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at Cannes, UGLY is finally going to be shown in Canada. Canadian Premiere.
WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD
USA Dir: Gregg Araki
Indie cinema icon Gregg Araki surprises again with his elegant adaptation of Laura Kasischke’s novel, capturing the trials of passage to adulthood with this dark, emotionally authentic suburban mystery, starring Shailene Woodley as a teen whose mother (Eva Green) has vanished. Official Selection: Sundance. Canadian Premiere.
The 18th annual Fantasia International Film Festival runs July 17 to August 5, 2014. For more info visit the official Fantasia 2014 website.
IFC's latest acquisition, Victor Garcia's Gallows Hill (Encerrada), starring The Twilight Saga's Peter Facinelli, has gotten itself a brand new name and a poster to go along with it! Look for The Damned on VOD platforms July 25 and in select theaters August 29.
Sophia Myles and Nathalia Ramos co-star. Written by Richard D’Ovidio (Thirteen Ghosts), the story follows an American (Facinelli), widowed from his Colombia-born wife, who flies to Bogota with his new fiancée (Myles) to retrieve his rebellious teenage daughter, Jill (Ramos).
A widower takes his children on a trip to their mother’s Colombian hometown. En route, the family are involved in an accident and take refuge in a secluded inn, where they free a girl locked in a basement and set in motion a terrifying sequence of events.
Next month the Vietnamese will have something new as the new spooker Hollow (aka Đoạt Hồn) will be haunting local theatres in the land that has brought us so many yummy dishes like Tamarind beef! Sorry... mind drifting... hungry... in any event... read on for a trailer.
From director Directed by Ham Tran, Hollow (Đoạt Hồn) will be opening on July 19th.
A 6-year-old girl falls into a river and drowns. One week later, her uncle, a police captain, travels to a remote village to claim her corpse, only to find that the girl is very much alive. He brings her home, but does not tell her parents that she was found dead. Strange things begin to happen as her family discovers that she is possessed.
AMC's "The Walking Dead" Season 4 is coming home, as always, in three different editions - DVD, Blu-ray, and Collector's Edition Blu-ray featuring another round of packaging to die for. Read on for the newly announce official details and more!
From the Press Release
August. Baseball season is in full swing. Barbecues have been blazing since Memorial Day. And fans can count another August tradition, when Anchor Bay Entertainment releases THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON Blu-ray™ + Digital HD with Ultraviolet™ and DVD on August 26th. Each format contains five loaded discs, presenting each episode exactly as it was originally broadcast. The Blu-ray™ + Digital HD with Ultraviolet™ presents the episodes in pristine 1080p high-definition and lossless Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio. As with previous season releases, THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON rewards fans with hours of bonus features, including never-before-seen production footage, deleted scenes and audio commentaries, with ultra-exclusive content only available on the Blu-ray™ release, including additional audio commentaries and several “extended” episodes seen for the first time!
Another “Walking Dead” home entertainment release tradition, started with the Season 2 Blu-ray™ set, is the unique concept packaging by renowned collectibles creator McFarlane Toys. Following in the “shuffling” footsteps of Season 2’s “Walker Head” and Season 3’s “Walker Aquarium,” THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON will be available in a Blu-ray™ limited edition “Tree Walker” package. SRP is $79.99 for the Blu-ray™ + Digital HD with Ultraviolet™, $69.98 for the DVD and $129.99 for the Blu-ray™ limited edition.
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” enjoyed its most popular season to date, averaging 13.3 million live/same day viewers per episode and 8.6 million adults 18-49. Whether evading walkers, resisting a super flu outbreak, escaping the fall of their temporary prison haven and desperately searching for a sanctuary called Terminus, the on-going story of a group of survivors under the protective watch and leadership of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Dr. Herschel Greene (Scott Wilson) continues to capture viewers’ imaginations on a global scale.
THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON cast also includes Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Chandler Riggs, David Morrissey, Melissa McBride, Chad L. Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green and Emily Kinney. New characters introduced this season include Sgt. Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz), Bob Stookey (Lawrence Gillard, Jr.), Rosita Espinoza (Christian Serratos) and Dr. Eugene Porter (Josh McDermott).
Season 5 of “The Walking Dead” premieres on AMC this October.
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The first official teaser trailer in promotion of Robert Englund's latest endeavor into evil, The Last Showing, is here; and it is rocking a nice malevolent feel. We dig it! Will you? Check it out and let us know!
The Philm Company is the company behind the film, a $2M psychological horror that was shot over four weeks, entirely on location in the northwest of England.
Cult horror actor Robert Englund (pictured; A Nightmare on Elm Street, Hatchet), Keith Allen, Malachi Kirby (Gone Too Far), Finn Jones ("Game of Thrones"), and Emily Berrington ("The White Queen") star. Phil Hawkins directs.
When a life-long projectionist (Englund) is made redundant, he looks to exact his vengeance on a generation that no longer requires his skills. He traps a couple inside his multiplex cinema and manipulates them into becoming characters in a horror film being captured by CCTV cameras.
The first season of "Penny Dreadful" is winding down next weekend, and we can't wait to see the latest incarnation of a "Grand Guignol"... "Dreadful" style!
A profoundly unsettling new saga, "Penny Dreadful" completely reinvents literature’s most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula, who are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London.
Timothy Dalton, Reeve Carney, Josh Hartnett, Harry Treadaway, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, and Eva Green star. As we learned earlier this month, Showtime has already renewed the series for a second season consisting of 10 episodes.
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"Penny Dreadful" Episode 1.08 - "Grand Guignol (airs 6/29/14)
Season 1 ends with Vanessa (Green) and Sir Malcolm (Dalton) facing their worst nightmares.
Don't forget you can still enter DREAD20 when checking out from Showtime's "Penny Dreadful" store to receive 20% off all "Penny Dreadful" merchandise. The code is valid through December 31, 2014!
All crime will once again be legalized on July 18th of this year, when The Purge: Anarchy invades theaters; and right now we have all sorts of goodies on tap to help you prep for the must kill event of the year!
The sequel stars Frank Grillo, Michael K. Williams, Zach Gilford, Carmen Ejogo, Jasper Cole, Zoe Borde, Chad Morgan, and Kiele Sanchez.
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The New Founders of America invite you to celebrate your annual right to Purge in THE PURGE: ANARCHY.
Returning alongside writer/director/producer James DeMonaco to produce the sequel to 2013's sleeper hit The Purge are Blumhouse Productions' Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious series) alongside Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers) and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay (Pain & Gain, Transformers franchise), Brad Fuller (The Amityville Horror, A Nightmare on Elm Street), and Andrew Form (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th).
This week Science Channel's Emmy-nominated series "Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman" returns for its fifth season with a look at a potential real-life zombie apocalypse. Yes, Morgan Freeman and zombies in one program. Read on for details about the must-see show!
Titled "Is a Zombie Apocalypse Possible?," the series' fifth season premiere airs on Wednesday, June 25th, at 10pm ET/PT. Check out the official synopsis for the episode below along with some short preview clips.
The eight-episode fifth season of "Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman" also covers such controversial topics as could poverty be genetic and how to crush a superpower.
It is a nightmare that has stalked us for centuries: hordes of human beings transformed into mindless, cannibalistic monsters. Could this civilization-ending nightmare become reality? Scientists have discovered pathogens that turn insects into the walking dead. New strains of viruses are attacking humans every day. Mathematicians have calculated the likelihood of surviving a zombie virus outbreak: They’re not hopeful. Now neuroscientists are discovering how easy it is for us to lose conscious control of our bodies. Are we at risk of becoming puppets? And if we are already in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, would we know it?
As you're probably aware, upcoming horror flick Deliver Us from Evil was inspired by the real-life story of retired NYPD sergeant Ralph Sarchie, who also worked as a demonologist. Needless to say, he's seen his fair share of horrifying shit with those accounts serving as the basis for the film.
In a short 15-minute documentary that's just come our way courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, Sarchie opens up about some of those bizarre cases and even shares chilling footage of a 1992 exorcism.
Check out the documentary, which is a nice little primer for the film, below!
Joel McHale, Sean Harris, Edgar Ramirez, and Olivia Munn star alongside Eric Bana. The film is a paranormal thriller produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Scott Derrickson directs a script he and Paul Boardman (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) wrote.
Look for Deliver Us from Evil in theaters on Wednesday, July 2, 2014.
New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Based upon the book, which details Sarchie’s bone-chilling real-life cases.
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Following up last night's premiere of "True Blood" Season 7, HBO has released a super-sized preview of what's ahead before the show reaches its true death. The question beckons: Does anyone care anymore?
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Episode 7.02 - “I Found You” (air date 6/29/14)
A trio of hostages taken in the attack look to a familiar face as a possible liberator from the H-vamps.
Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Jason (Ryan Kwanten) visit the neighboring town of Saint Alice, where a young woman’s diary offers clues to the potential fate of Bon Temps. Spurned by Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis), a desperate Lettie Mae (Adina Porter) turns to Willa (Amelia Rose Blaire) to channel her family past.
Vince (Brett Rickaby) whips his fellow vigilantes into a dangerous frenzy. Pam’s (Kristin Bauer van Straten) search for her maker leads her to a very familiar place. Written by Kate Barnow; directed by Howard Deutch.
One of the all-time best years for the horror genre was 1984, which saw the release of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Gremlins and Ghostbusters.
On the very same day that Elm Street came out, so too did the holiday horror classic Silent Night, Deadly Night, which has just been dated for a Blu-ray release!
As we spotted over on Blu-ray.com, Silent Night, Deadly Night will get the 30th Anniversary Blu-ray treatment on September 16th. This will mark the very first time the film has been released on Blu-ray, after a fairly troubled home video history, which has seen every DVD release of the film going out of print.
In the controversial Christmas horror flick, young Billy goes on a murderous rampage dressed as Santa, after his parents are murdered and he's forced to stay at an orphanage where he's abused by the evil Mother Superior.
No word yet on the bonus features that will be included on the disc, nor has box art been revealed. Of course, we'll keep you posted as we learn more about this long-awaited Blu-ray release.
In the meantime, drop us a comment below and tell us your favorite scene from the film. Personally, I can't wait to see Linnea Quigley hung up on those deer antlers, in high-def!
On tap for you today is another look at the upcoming UK horror flick White Settlers, which premiered at Cannes and stars The Woman's Pollyanna McIntosh. No word yet on a release date, but this gallery of tasty images should tide you over until we learn more. Dig in!
White Settlers, directed by the Grimmfest film festival's head honcho Simeon Halligan, is a tense, nightmarish tale of a couple who escape from the fast-paced life of London to live in a remote cottage in Scotland. But, as they soon find out, they are far from welcome.
Written by Ian Fenton, the film also stars Lee Williams ("The Tudors") and Joanne Mitchell (Before Dawn).
It’s Ed and Sarah’s first night at their new home, an isolated farmhouse. This should be a new beginning away from their stressful London lives. And at first it is; come sunset they fall in love all over again as they wander in the beautiful Scottish landscape. But as darkness falls, Sarah suspects they’re not alone, Ed goes to investigate, and quickly the evening becomes a nightmare. It suddenly dawns on them; they do not belong here. And they’re certainly not welcome…
While we wait for a release date, head over to the official White Settlers website to learn more about the film!