2013 Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Fest: Full 85-Film Lineup Announced; Albert Pyun to Receive Indie Genre Spirit Award
When Buffalo Screams expanded and re-branded as the Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival, we knew they had big ambitions. With a whopping 85 films on their slate for 2013, we'd say they're well on their way!
From the Press Release:
Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival has announced an ambitious slate of 85 films which will screen between Friday, November 8th, and Thursday, November 14th, at the Dipson Amherst Theatre in Buffalo, New York.
Several distinguished genre filmmakers are scheduled to attend:
- Lloyd Kaufman, who will receive the Dedication to Filmmaking Excellence Award, is screening Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 1, billed as a Sneak Preview, as a fundraiser for the Niagara Arts & Culture Center (NACC) in Niagara Falls;
- Roy Frumkes will screen Animosity, which he executive produced for writer-director Brendan Steere; and
- Brett Kelly will screen the horror comedy musical My Fair Zombie.
Albert Pyun receives the Indie Genre Spirit Award in absentia; Road to Hell, his homage to Walter Hill’s Streets of Fire, will screen.
Pyun, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, is unable to attend the festival due to worsening health. “We’re honoring Albert because he represents what this award stands for,” says festival co-chair Gregory Lamberson. “He’s been a tireless force in independent cinema since the 1980s, with films like Radioactive Dreams, Cyborg and Captain America. No matter what studio interference and budgetary challenges he’s faced, he’s continued to build a body of work in multiple genres. To many people these are just B movies, but to him, they’re his art. While others have talked about making movies and chased the perfect deal, he’s done what he loves.”
Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival will show 26 features and 59 short films over seven days. According to festival co-director Chris Scioli, 45 of those films were produced in the United States, including 13 filmed in Western New York; 13 were submitted by Canadian filmmakers; and 27 entries are international or international/US co-productions.
“We wanted to create an international film festival unlike any other in Buffalo or Western New York,” says Lamberson. “Part of that plan involved expanding the scope of our programming to include science fiction, fantasy, horror, action, thrillers, animation, cult and fan films. I’m happy to say we’ll be screening quality films in every one of those categories from all over the world. Chris and I are thrilled by how many filmmakers from outside Buffalo – outside the country! - will be joining us.”
The awards ceremony will be held in the theater on Sunday, November 10th. Advance tickets will go on sale at the Dipson Theatre website this week.
Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival is sponsored by Off Beat Cinema, Alternative Cinema, Seeley and Kane’s Books and Comics, and Western New York Grip & Electric. The Festival will be preceded by Buffalo Film Expo, a one-day event comprised of film discussion panels, to be held on Sunday, November 3rd, at Holiday Inn Buffalo Airport.
2013 Film Selections:
Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 1 (USA/Western New York)
Blood Marsh Krackoon (USA)
Dry Bones (Western New York)
The Legend of Six Fingers (Western New York)
Official Feature Film Selections
Atlantis: The Last Days of Kaptara (USA)
Buffalo Boys (Western New York)
Constant Angel (Western New York)
Dust of War (USA)
Echo Dr. (USA)
Empire Gypsy (USA)
Found in Time (USA)
Motivational Growth (USA)
My Fair Zombie (Canada)
Nightmare Box (USA/UK)
Pinup Dolls on Ice (Canada)
Project London (USA)
Road to Hell (USA)
Sick: Survive the Night (Canada)
Squid Man (USA)
Official International Feature Film Selections
Judas Ghost (UK)
The Squad (“Zveno,” Federation of Russia)
On Air (Germany)
The Tiger Mask (Japan)
Wrath of the Crows (Italy)
Official Short Film Selections
Attack of the Killer Bees (USA)
Ave Maria (USA)
Bloody Mary – A Tale of Revenge (Canada)
Broken Wings (Western New York)
Brothers in Arms (USA)
Burn Brightly (USA)
Desert Road Kill (USA)
The El Chupugcabra (USA)
The Family Business (USA)
The Final Five (USA)
Five Points (USA)
Follow the Leader (USA)
The Girl in the Road (Canada)
He’s Not Looking So Great (USA)
His Name is Clown Face (Western New York)
The Horizon Project (Canada)
Kiva (Western New York)
The Liberator (USA)
Little Man of Steel (USA)
Merinthophobia: Fear of Being Bound or Tied Up (USA)
Mirror Lake (Western New York)
Motel Charlie (Canada)
One More for the Road (Canada)
The Outlaw 3: Vengeance is Mine (Western New York)
Rhythm (Western New York)
The Summoners (USA)
Tasha and Friends (Canada)
The Trouble I Got (Canada)
Ugliest Man in Cartoons (USA)
Undead Playground (Western New York)
Wormchild 2: Fresh Flesh (Western New York)
Official International Short Film Selections
The Adventures of Sheriff Kid McLain (USA/Brazil)
Apartment 15 (Italy)
Belly of the Wolf (UK)
The Birth of a Family (South Korea)
The Blow-Ins (Ireland)
Division Azul (Spain)
Environmental Pressure and Species Adaptation (South Korea)
Heat (South Korea)
Kendrick: A Grim Tale of Hatred and Revenge (Austria)
The Last Piper (Norway)
Maid of Horror (Australia)
Memory Sculptor (Japan/USA)
Model 15 (New Zealand)
One Night at the Aristo (UK)
Refugio 115 (Spain)
Tokyo Halloween Night (Japan)
Ugry Night (South Korea)
The Wild Diaries (France/USA)
Keep your eyes on BuffaloDreamsFilmFest.com for updates.
We first heard about "Chapter Four," the first installment of a ten-part dark science fiction thriller web series from James Felix McKenney, last June; and now that it's available for download, we have a look at the trailer and word of the next segment: "Chapter Seven."
From the Press Release:
In the tradition of the critically acclaimed feature film AUTOMATONS comes MonsterPants' latest retro science fiction project, "CHAPTER FOUR."
The first episode in a proposed ten-part micro-budget web serial, "CHAPTER FOUR" stars musician, filmmaker, artist, and author Aurelio Voltaire, actress Mizuo Peck (Night at the Museum 1 & 2), actor Matt Huffman (Satan Hates You), and artist and television personality The Sucklord (Bravo TV's "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist"). The project's writer and director is genre-bending DIY filmmaker James Felix McKenney (Hypothermia, Satan Hates You), who is co-producing the series with Lisa Wisely of The Work Room. Eric Branco (Hypothermia, V/H/S) is Director of Photography.
"CHAPTER FOUR" embraces its minuscule budget with a low-fi sci-fi style that takes its cues from a wide variety of influences, including 1950's B-movies, early experimental films, Japanese underground cinema, and 1960's "Doctor Who" episodes. The film is intended to evoke the pre-Internet and pre-home video experience of discovering a cult television series or film for the first time by just stumbling upon it in the middle of the story. Future episodes will be filmed and released out of order to keep the mystery alive and to cause audiences to ask not only, "What will happen next?" but also "How did we get here?"
"CHAPTER FOUR" has a runtime of approximately 9-1/2 minutes and is available NOW as a digital download at MonsterPants.net. This first available episode costs $1.99 to own, and all profits from the sale of "CHAPTER FOUR" will go toward making the next part in the series, "CHAPTER SEVEN." The entire cast of the first episode will be returning with the addition of actors Amy Chang (Hypothermia) and Larry Fessenden (I Sell the Dead).
NBC is really pulling out all the stops to promote its upcoming "Dracula" miniseries, and up next are some new video interviews with five of the primary cast members about their characters. Read on to learn more about Lucy, Mina, Harker, Van Helsing, and of course the Count himself.
"Dracula" is a twisted, sophisticated, and sexy take on Bram Stoker's classic novel. The 10-episode series is paired with "Grimm" on Friday nights and will premiere at 10PM on October 25th.
Along with Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Dracula/Alexander Grayson/Vlad Tepes, the other cast members include Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Jonathan Harker, Jessica De Gouw as Mina Murray/Ilona, Thomas Kretschmann as Abraham Van Helsing, Katie McGrath as Lucy Westenra, Nonso Anozie as R.M. Renfield, Victoria Smurfit as Lady Jayne Wetherby, Ben Miles as Mr. Browning, and Robert Bathurst as Lord Thomas Davenport.
Related Story: New "Dracula" Cast Photos Are Pretty as a Picture"
"Dracula" Episode 1.01 - "The Blood Is the Life" (airs 10/25/13)
New to England, Alexander Grayson hosts a lavish party. He becomes fixated on Mina Murray, a beautiful young woman who looks like his dead former love. Newly engaged to Mina, Jonathan Harker grapples with worries over providing Mina the life she deserves.
Gentle Giant Releasing More Walking Dead Collectibles - 18" Michonne and Carl Mini Bust Arrive Q3 2014
Gentle Giant has two new items on the way next year in its killer "The Walking Dead" collectibles line: a Carl Grimes mini bust and a kick-ass 18" Michonne statue, the first of its kind.
CARL GRIMES MINI BUST Product Description:
Carl, son of the show’s main protagonist, Sheriff Rick Grimes, had a typical childhood. He was kind, intelligent, and curious. He enjoyed living in a good home with loving parents. Then, the dead began to walk. Now, in a world where no one is ever safe, Carl is regularly confronted with life-or-death decisions, and the consequences from them weigh heavily upon him.
Each limited edition bust is hand-painted and comes individually numbered with a matching certificate of authenticity. Collectors that buy directly from our website will also receive an exclusive Sheriff’s Badge accessory.
Click here for all the details and to pre-order yours today. Release Date: Q3 2014
MICHONNE 18" STATUE Product Description:
Some people wilt under pressure. Others thrive under it. Michonne, the katana-wielding warrior, is one of the latter. Unflinching in the face of danger, alive or dead, Michonne has proven herself to be an incredibly valuable member many times over of Rick’s ragtag group of survivors.
Who better to kick off our new line of 18” Walking Dead Statues than a kick-butt survivor like Michonne? First revealed at SDCC 2013, this piece garnered a lot of buzz and is already hotly anticipated by collectors. Featuring a real fabric cloak and metal sword blade, each limited edition mixed media statue is hand-painted and comes individually numbered with a matching certificate of authenticity.
Click here for all the details and to pre-order yours today. Release Date: Q3 2014
Looking forward to the new mutant wasp-laden horror comedy buzzing our way, Stung? Then get ready for an eye- and ear-ful as a series of production videos has hit the interwebs. Hey, it's Monday! Why not start your goofing off early this week?
Stung stars Matt O'Leary, Jessica Cook, Peter Stormare, and Lance Henriksen. The film is directed by Benni Diez and produced by Christian Becker and Benjamin Munz from Rat Pack Filmproduction and executive produced by XYZ Films. Stung was developed by Munz based on an idea by Adam Aresty, who won Rat Pack’s 2012 horror-writing contest "Write for Your Life."
"STUNG, to me, is bringing the creature feature cult film feeling from the 80s into the present and a modern day fun-horror movie," director Diez said previously.
In STUNG a fancy garden party goes terribly wrong after a local species of wasps mutates into giant predators. It's up to Paul and Julia, two catering staffers at the high society event, to stop the killer creatures - an effort that kick-starts a budding romance between the two.
Stop by the Stung Facebook page for more info.
A new trailer has arrived for Phosphor Games' upcoming survival horror MMO Nether, and they have also announced that if you pre-order it, you will receive early access on October 31, 72-hour guest game keys for friends, as well as other in-game perks.
To learn more about what's available for Nether, visit Playnether.com.
From the Press Release:
The Cull killed off most of mankind in Nether. and for those lucky enough to survive, life would never return to normal again. She may have avoided transfiguration from the massive solar flare, but who could predict what one must do while struggling for survival? Find out more about one of The Chosen in the new Nether live-action trailer.
Nether is a first-person urban survival gaming experience unlike any other. Nether forces players to make quick life-saving decisions in an unforgiving environment. In this post-apocalyptic urban world, death is waiting around every corner, at the top of high-rise buildings, and in the grasp of powerful teleporting creatures known as nethers. To navigate this high-tension environment, players must use skill and cunning in order to obtain food, weapons, supplies, and other resources necessary to survive in a desolate and dangerous city. Players will need to choose whether or not to team up with others or go at it solo against the nethers, other players, and unpredictable, treacherous world objectives. In the end, players must decide if they will Prey or Pray.
Phosphor is committed to working with players to shape future content for the game, and all members of the community will play a pivotal role by voting on which content they would like the team to focus on for future updates.
“As an online multiplayer game, we feel strongly that the focus is on community collaboration so we want to reward the early players with solid pre-order incentives and really make them a part of the future of the rich, urban environment that is Nether,” said Chip Sineni, Creative Director at Phosphor Games. “We want to develop a game that fans are enthusiastic to play, and there isn’t a better way to give players the experience they crave than to get them involved in selecting which features are patched in next.”
The Devil's Women, the new horror thriller from director Guillermo Martínez, started filming on June 9th, and right now we have the first stills and more for you right here. Dig it!
The film is co-written by Lucio Ferrante and produced in association with Wolframia Audiovisuales and Juan Chiaradía. César Genovesi, María Soledad Navarro and Alexia Encalada star, with appearances by Javier Batic, Noelia Vergini, Fernando Leiva, Ignacio Ardaiz, María Elena Morete and María Laura Albariño.
The story revolves around Irene, a young woman who is recovering from a brutal beating perpetrated by her former lover. She decides to regain her energy and zest for life, which she believed impossible after finding out she had lost a baby due to the multiple injuries she had suffered from the violent act. Her best friend recommends some kind of activity that revitalized her strength. Irene enthusiastically believes she has found the answer in a booklet: theater classes. Once registered into the academy, she never imagined being the only student at the mercy of a pair of deranged psychopaths who truly worship women's flagellation as the solution of sins.
During what some would call the most sinister month of the year, the E! television network is exploring a side of Tinseltown beyond all the glitz and glamour. Sound intriguing? Then read on for more details about how you, too, can take a "Hollywood Death Trip."
“Hollywood Death Trip,” airing Thursday, October 24th, at 10PM ET/PT, reveals disturbing details behind some of the city’s best known tragedies.
Dearly Departed Tours founder Scott Michaels takes scream queen Danielle Harris on a special tour of the city’s most disturbing death sites while offering new insight into the unfortunate events that took place. The hour-long special details the tragedy surrounding “Sons of Anarchy” actor Johnny Lewis, with Michaels and Harris getting a first-hand account from a neighbor who narrowly escaped becoming Lewis’ victim himself.
Later, Michaels and Harris examine Playboy Playmate of the Year Dorothy Stratten’s mysterious passing in her estranged husband’s room through a revealing chat with the roommate who discovered their bodies. And at the site where Brittany Murphy’s home once stood, her father speaks with Michaels and Harris (Brittany’s childhood friend) about what he believes is actually the shocking truth behind his daughter’s death.
Next, an investigative journalist and filmmaker talks about the attempts to unearth information on the brutal murder of Hollywood power player and publicist Ronni Chasen, examining the unanswered questions which sprung up soon after her death. And finally, Michaels and Harris also speak with the best friend and roommate of Ashley Ellerin, an aspiring actress who may have been killed by the “Hollywood Ripper” just before Ashton Kutcher arrived to pick her up for their first date.
“Hollywood Death Trip” is produced by eggplant tv.
If you're looking to make a night of it, tune in a little earlier for "Secret Societies of Hollywood," produced by Prometheus Entertainment, airing on E! from 8PM-10PM ET/PT. It takes a look into the secret world of underground sex clubs and ultra-exclusive celebrity parties that only cater to the ultimate VIP scene. Now that's a double-feature to kill for!
In our never-ending quest to bring you every sliver of Godzilla-related news, we've got some more cast additions to report on as well as the name of one of the other beasts Big G will be battling in Legendary's newest flick!
First up, Peter Dwerryhouse (Tomorrowland) and Chris West (Cannibal Lipstick) have signed on for big time destructive fun, joining the already announced Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Richard T. Jones, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, David Strathairn, Patrick Sabongui, Yuki Morita, Brian Markinson, Juliette Binoche, Akira Takarada, Victor Rasuk, C.J. Adams, Ken Yamamura, Raj K. Bose, Christian Tessier, and Ken Watanabe.
In other creature related news, a page over on the website Urban Collector had originally listed a Godzilla playset for pre-order that included a beast named Muto. What's Muto, you ask? Well, the page has since been removed from the site, but not before we grabbed a screenshot of it!
Gareth Edwards directs the film from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, Frank Darabont, and Dave Callaham. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni produce with Mary Parent and Brian Rogers. Alex Garcia and Patricia Whitcher serve as executive producers alongside Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira.
A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, Godzilla will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co., Ltd. Legendary Pictures is a division of Legendary Entertainment.
Slated to open on May 16, 2014, the film is expected to be presented in 3D.
Dark sides. We all have them. How much influence they have on us on an everyday basis is the real story here. It's so much easier to do the wrong thing, but damn it, being bad can be SO much fun!
Director Jason Bognacki (The Red Door) has completed production on his latest project, the visually stunning horror feature Another. This supernatural shocker stars Paulie Rojas (The Last Resort) as Jordyn, a woman possessed by an evil twin, and her twin is growing stronger. Maria Olsen (Paranormal Activity 3), Nancy Wolfe, and David Landry co-star.
A darkly beautiful trailer for the film awaits below, in which viewers can see Jordyn’s Aunt Ruth (Wolfe) performing rituals that could save her from possession. But this evil is stronger than any magic. It grows deep within Jordyn, testing her. She must battle this dark force as it attempts to invade her fears, doubts, and fantasies. Jordyn must face her darker self before she is consumed by shadowy forces.
Another was just completed October 18th and will begin its film festival run shortly as it searches for distribution and a future release date. For now, viewers can see one of the most intriguing trailers in indie horror, along with a few stills and a concept poster, as Bognacki gets ready to unleash a demonic force onto the world.
Compelled by the possibility that she could have a dark twin, Jordyn (Paulie Rojas) questions her own sanity and reality itself. Jordyn’s curiosity pulls her into a dark underworld of demonic possession, desire, and extreme indulgences churning a dead witch’s brew that tears her very soul apart.
Everyone's favourite pint-sized serial killer returns to the screen on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK on October 21st courtesy of Universal Pictures (UK), and to celebrate, we have a copy to give away on the format of your choice.
Terror returns in a deceptively tiny package when Curse of Chucky, the newest installment of the chilling Child’s Play franchise, comes exclusively to Blu-ray and DVD on 21 October, 2013, from Universal Pictures (UK) and Universal 1440 Entertainment, a production entity of Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
Curse of Chucky finds a family imperiled by the murderous doll that launched a generation’s nightmares – determined to finish a job that was started long ago.
Nica (Fiona Dourif) is grieving over the gruesome suicide of her mother when her domineering older sister, Barb (Danielle Bisutti), arrives with her young family in tow to help settle their mother’s affairs. As the sisters butt heads over Nica’s plans for the future, Barb’s young daughter comforts herself with a grinning, red-haired talking doll named Chucky (voiced again by Brad Dourif) that recently arrived mysteriously in the mail. But as a string of brutal murders begins to terrorize the household, Nica suspects the doll may hold the key to the bloodshed. What she doesn’t know is that Chucky has a personal score to settle. He’s determined to finish a job he started more than 20 years earlier, and this time he’s going to see it through to the bloody and shocking end.
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Produced by rock legend Slash, Anthony Leonardi III's demonic ditty Nothing Left to Fear is set to unleash the scares on UK DVD and digital distribution in February 2014. Ahead of the release, we have a brand new UK trailer to whet your appetite... for destruction. Ahem.
From the Press Release:
The terrifying debut release from Slasher Films Production, Nothing Left to Fear is directed by Gore Verbinski's protege Anthony Leonardi III. Starring Anne Heche ("Hung," "Everwood," Volcano), Jennifer Stone ("Wizards of Waverly Place," Secondhand Lions) and Clancy Brown (Shawshank Redemption, "Carnivale," Starship Troopers), coupled with a musical score composed by Nicholas O'Toole and Slash.
When opportunity knocks, a young down-on-their-luck family packs up their home and moves halfway across the country to re-root themselves into an idyllic little town filled with hopes of a better life. What awaits them however is a tale of betrayal and evil beyond any of their worst nightmares.
Nothing Left to Fear finally pulls the folklore surrounding the town of Stull, Kansas, to the forefront and reveals all the unsettling fact and fiction rumbling beneath the surface. Generations of residents and outsiders alike have proclaimed Stull to be one of the seven known gateways to Hell, where once a year, the Devil will rise from the town’s modest graveyard to walk the Earth.
Nothing Left to Fear will see a UK release on DVD courtesy of Anchor Bay in February alongside VoD, On-Download and On-Demand. The film will also be screening from October 26th this year as part of the line-up at the 2013 Film4 FrightFest All-Nighter at the Vue in London’s Leicester Square.
In tonight's episode, the story continues after the two revelations from last week's episode involving Phineas and rat sushi, separately. Episode 4.02, "Infected," was written by Angela Kang and directed by Guy Ferland.
SPOILER ALERT: Do not read any further if you haven’t watched the episode yet. This is a recap with specific details from this episode. Continue only if you have already watched it.
This episode started like how it ended last week. The walkers at the fence were being teased and fed a live rat by a mysterious person with a flashlight hiding their identity.
It's still nighttime, and Tyreese and Karen tried to have an intimate moment together but they were both still distracted by Zach's death the day before. These people were no longer acquaintances, Tyreese thought out loud, as they might be the only people left. Karen was very understanding even when Tyreese started to sing. They shared a kiss before she went off to bed.
Alone in the communal bathroom with only a flashlight, Karen was startled by a noise and started to investigate. Not finding anything, she chalked it up to her imagination and calmly walked out of the bathroom. In the dark, a figure that we all knew was the fallen Patrick rose up hissing.
Karen made it back to her cell and went to bed while walker Patrick followed her from the bathroom. Passing by Karen's cell, walker Patrick stumbled into another cell and started feasting on its sleeping inhabitant, biting into his throat and preventing him from screaming out loud.
Title sequence plays.
When we came back, walker Patrick was having a field day rummaging through his victim's guts.
Somewhere else in the prison, Rick was tending to Judith when the 6am alarm rang to wake Carl. Beth came to take Judith.
Walker Patrick was done with his feast and strolled out of the cell when his victim turned, got up and followed.
Outside, Glenn kept watch at the tower with Maggie sleeping next to him. They shared a light moment with a Polaroid camera as they were ready to change shift. Glenn volunteered to bring back breakfast. Rick and Carl walked Michonne out to the gate and then they tended to their farm duties. When Carl wanted to join the walker trimming crew, Rick had other farming plans for Carl instead. Carl even tried to ask for his gun back but before Rick could change the subject, the boom rang out.
Rick ordered Carl up the tower with Maggie and ran towards the prison. The other fighters rushed out following their plan. Michonne turned and raced back on her horse. Carl tried to open the gate for her on his own but Michonne got stuck in the holding area. She had to fight off two wandering walkers on her own before Maggie could help open the gate. Carl dispatched one walker while Michonne got the other one, but not before hurting herself. Helping Michonne inside, Maggie noticed the walkers were congregating at the fence.
Inside, there was chaos during evacuation and walker fighting. Daryl even saved a little boy while taking out a walker with his crossbow. When a man was bitten on his arm, Carol ushered him into a cell and started to amputate his arm but found another bite on his neck.
When we came back from commercial, the group surveyed their losses and began to clean out the dead a second time.
The bit man knew he was done for and Carol sat with him waiting for him to turn.
Examining the walker they found who happened to lock himself inside a cell due to sleepwalking, a medical guy suggested it was a flu strain that kill the sleepwalker. Everyone there has been exposed.
The little girls came to say goodbye to their father, the bit man. When Carol needed to finish him off, the elder sister wanted to do it but couldn't. So Carol had to finish with the girls in the room with her.
Michonne, Maggie and Carl got caught up by Rick, who directed them elsewhere to prevent further exposure.
The council (Carol, Daryl, Sasha, Glenn and Hershell) discussed their next steps, when they heard Karen coughing. They had to separate Karen and others who exhibited symptoms.
The girls were still in shock over losing their father when Carol came up to them. Their father told her to take care of the girls, and instead of consoling them, Carol told the elder sister she was weak. Whoa, from mousy battered wife to survivalist, Carol sure had evolved. The younger sister calmly came to her sister's defense too.
Burying the dead, Daryl thank Rick for fighting the walkers even though Rick had stepped away. When they needed him, he was always there. Their bonding got interrupted when a gaggle of walkers started pushing at one section of the fence and they all rushed over to trim to herd.
When tending to the injured Michonne, Beth also schooled Michonne on being a part of the family, especially when Michonne thought that Maggie and Carl shouldn't have come out for her. Beth even asked if Michonne had any children and Michonne's reaction to Judith's cries may be a precursor to us learning more about Michonne soon.
Back at the herd trimming at the fence, Sasha found the dead rats that were fed to the walkers, right before the fence started to topple.
Damn commercial break!
When we came back, the herd was still pushing at the fence. The group had to try another method.
Inside, Carol asked Carl if he told Rick about her teaching the children about knives. When Carl asked if she told their parents, Carol didn't want to take the risk that they won't understand. Carol specifically asked Carl to not tell Rick.
The next bit with Michonne and baby Judith is both touching and revealing. Holding the baby, Michonne wept.
Outside, Daryl and Rick led the herd away from the fence by feeding them the sick pigs that Rick had been farming all this time, while the others started fixing the damaged fence. Rick had to sacrifice his farming fantasy life in light of what's happening. This allegory is so not subtle! Don't you agree?
Carol continued to school the two girls on life and walkers. They had to learn the difference between humans dying and walkers dying.
Breaking down the pig pen, Carl confessed to Rick about Carol's education and Carl urged Rick to let her continue. Rick agreed and handed Carl the gun he asked for earlier. Rick also holstered his own gun. Burning his pig-blood soaked shirt, the allegory was completed as he looked back at the walker herd at the fence.
Visiting Karen with some flowers, Tyreese found her cell empty with bloodstains leading outside. Opening the door, Tyreese came upon two burnt bodies next to gasoline cans. We see Karen's bracelet on one of the bodies.
Despite that one obvious storytelling cue, this episode portrayed a sense of dread (ha!) well and moved the story forward. Thoughts, comments, feedback? Tell us in the comments section below.
Sitges 2013 Award Winners Include Borgman, Big Bad Wolves, Escape from Tomorrow, The Colony, 100 Bloody Acres, and Many More
The 2013 Sitges International Fantastic Film Fest wrapped up this weekend with an awards ceremony, and the winners list is overflowing with horror films you should be keeping on your radar.
From the Press Release:
Borgman, by Alex van Warmerdam, was the winning film at the 46th Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, which awarded prizes to many diverse productions. The award for best direction went to Navot Papushado and Aharon Keshales for the film Big Bad Wolves and for best cinematography to Larry Smith for Only God Forgives. The award for best actress went to Juno Temple for Magic Magic and for best actor to Andy Lau for Blind Detective. The award for best screenplay went to James Ward Byrkit for Coherence and for distinguished special effects to Afflicted, by Cliff Prowse and Derek Lee.
In addition, Only Lovers Left Alive by Jim Jarmusch received the special jury award, and Jodorowsky’s Dune, by Frank Pavich, a special mention. Moreover, the audience gave its award to the non fiction film Jodorowsky’s Dune by Frank Pavich, and the critics gave theirs to The Congress, by Ari Folman, and, as best new director, to Shane Carruth for Upstream Color.
Specifically, the jury of the In Competition Official Fantàstic Selection at the 46th Sitges – International Fantastic Film of Catalonia–comprised of Fede Álvarez, Aina Clotet, Christian Hallman, Marcelo Panozzo and Miguel Ángel Vivas– has decided on the following awards:
For best in competition fantastic feature film: Borgman, by Alex van Warmerdam
For best director (sponsored by Gas Natural Fenosa): Navot Papushado and Aharon Keshales for Big Bad Wolves
For best actress (sponsored by Autolica – Mercedes Benz): Juno Temple, for Magic Magic
For best actor: Andy Lau, for Blind Detective
For best screenplay: James Ward Byrkit, for Coherence
For best special effects: Afflicted, by Cliff Prowse and Derek Lee
For best cinematography: Larry Smith for Only God Forgives
Special jury award: Only Lovers Left Alive, by Jim Jarmusch
Special jury mention: Jodorowsky’s Dune, by Frank Pavich
Special music score mention: Hain Frank Lifman, for Big Bad Wolves
For best in competition short film from the In Competition Official Fantàstic Selection (sponsored by Fotogramas): The Landing, by Josh Tanner
The Official Fantàstic Selection’s Grand El Periódico de Catalunya – Audience Award at the 46th Sitges – International Fantastic Film of Catalonia, chosen via the audience’s vote, goes to:
Jodorowsky’s Dune, by Frank Pavich
The Critic’s jury at the 46th Sitges – International Fantastic Film of Catalonia –comprised of Marta Armengou, Alejandro G. Calvo and Gerard Alonso Cassadó– has decided on the following awards:
José Luis Guarner Award: The Congress, by Ari Folman
Citizen Kane Award for best new director: Upstream Color, by Shane Carruth
The jury of the Noves Visions Category at the 46th Sitges – International Fantastic Film of Catalonia –comprised of Javier Chillon, Alfons Gorina and Stephanie Zacharek– has decided on the following awards:
Noves Visions Award: Halley, by Sebastián Hofmann
No Ficció (Non Fiction) Award: Millius, by Zat Knutson and Joey Figueroa
Petit Format (Small Format) Award: Zoo, by Nikolas Pleskof
Special Jury Award: Gente en Sitios, by Juan Cavestany
The jury of the Noves Visions Emergents - Experimenta Category at the 46th Sitges – International Fantastic Film of Catalonia–comprised of Denise Castro, Víctor Esquirol and Sergi Vizcaíno– has decided on the following awards:
Noves Visions Experimenta Award: Capa caída, by Santiago Alvarado
Noves Visions Emergents Award: Escape from Tomorrow, by Randy Moore
The jury of the Focus Àsia – Anima’t Category at the 46th Sitges – International Fantastic Film of Catalonia–comprised of Xavier Catafal, Menene Grass and Cels Piñol– has decided on the following awards:
For best feature film in the Focus Àsia Category: New World, by Park Hoon-Jung
Special Mention in the Focus Àsia Category: Ugly, by Anurag Kashyap
For best animated feature film: The Fake, by Yeon Sang-Ho
Special mention in the Focus Àsia Category: Anime Mirai, by Kazuhide Tomonaga, Toshihisa Kalya, Shinpel Mlyashita and Hiroshi Kawamata
For best animated short film: Peau de chien, by Nicholas Jacket
The Méliès d’Argent jury at the 46th Sitges – International Fantastic Film of Catalonia –comprised of Fouad Challa, Miquel Fañanàs and Álvaro Iglesias– has decided on the following awards:
For best feature film in the In Competition Official Fantàstic European Selection (Méliès d’Argent): Enemy, by Denise Villeneuve
For best short film in the In Competition Official Fantàstic European Selection Méliès d’Argent): The Body, by Paul Davis
For best feature film in the In Competition Official Fantàstic Panorama Selection: The Colony, by Jeff Renfroe
Special Mention goes to a feature film from the In Competition Official Fantàstic Panorama Selection: Frankenstein’s Army, by Richard Raaphorst
The jury of the Brigadoon Category at the 46th Sitges – International Fantastic Film of Catalonia –comprised of Joan Lafulla, Sam and Susana Soldado– has decided to give the Brigadoon - Paul Naschy Award:
For best Brigadoon short film: El último onvre bibo, by Daniel Aguirre and Luna Martín
The Carnet Jove jury at the 46th Sitges – International Fantastic Film of Catalonia –comprised of Carles Carvajal (president), Vanessa Leiva, Victor Parkas and Marc Tortosa– has decided on the following awards:
Carnet Jove Jury Award for best In Competition Official Fantàstic Selection feature film at Sitges 46: Coherence, by James Ward Byrkit
Best feature film in the Midnight X-Treme Category: 100 Bloody Acres, by Colin Cairnes and Carmeron Cairnes
The jury of the Phonetastic Mobile Sitges Film Festival at the 46th Sitges – International Fantastic Film of Catalonia –comprised of Glòria Fernández, Mike Hostench and Diego López– has decided on the following awards:
Phonetastic Award for best short film shot entirely with a cell phone: The Other Side, by Conrad Mess
Phonetastic Special Mention for best short film shot entirely with a cell phone: Ecos, by Carlos J. Marín
Phonetastic Special Mention for best short film shot entirely with a cell phone: La boca del león, by Alfonso García López
The SGAE Nova Autoria jury at the 46th Sitges – International Fantastic Film of Catalonia –comprise of Lluís Arcarazo, Àlex Martínez Casanova and Mireia Ros– has decided on the following awards:
Best direction: Tànit Fernández and Isaac Rodríguez, for Espés, presented by the Pompeu Fabra University
Best screenplay: Eugenio Canevari, for Gorila baila, presented by Bande à Parte
Ex aequo best screenplay: Tànit Fernández, for Espés, presented by the Pompeu Fabra University
Best original music: Álvaro Lafuente, composer of the soundtrack for the short film Dinosaurio, presented by ESCAC
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While at the Wizard World Nashville Comic Con, star Bruce told the audience, "The last one was twenty-two years ago. I just haven’t been racing to do it. Sam Raimi is just a little bit busy making the biggest movies in Hollywood. I used to be busy. Now I’m not. That’s why I’m here." He then joked, “Ash would have to stop occasionally from chasing some deadite to catch his breath. Maybe we could do that, I guess. That would be exciting. Fight in a walker. That would be all right. Hit them with my cane. Fake them out, have a fake heart attack, distract a zombie. I like it.”
So will Army of Darkness 2 happen? According to The Chin, who was addressing an eager fan in the crowd. “All right, sir, the answer is yes.”
So far "Supernatural" seems to be thriving in its new Tuesday night time slot, and a clip from this week's Episode 9.03, "I'm No Angel," popped up online today to remind us of the fact that Dean has never been a morning person.
"Supernatural" Episode 9.03 - "I'm No Angel" (airs 10/22/13, 9-10pm)
CASTIEL IS HUNTED BY THE ANGELS — Ezekiel tells Dean (Jensen Ackles) a group of angels is hunting Castiel (Misha Collins). Dean and Sam (Jared Padalecki) race to find their friend before the angels do.
Meanwhile, a homeless Castiel is trying to make his way through the city and comes across some unexpected surprises.
Kevin Hooks directed the episode written by Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming.