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First Casting News for Psychological Thriller Broken Vows

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 16:55

The first word on a new psychological thriller landed in our inbox today, including who the primary cast members are, so if you're a fan of Wes Bentley and/or Jaimie Alexander, read on for all the details!

From the Press Release:
Actors Wes Bentley (Intersteller, Knight of Cups, The Hunger Games, American Beauty) and Jaimie Alexander (pictured; London Fields, Thor: The Dark World, Thor) will star in the upcoming psychological thriller Broken Vows.

The script was written by James Agnew and Sean Keller (Rage), and internationally award-winning commercial director Bram Coppens, who hails from Belgium, makes his directorial debut with this first feature film. Broken Vows is produced by Wendy Benge (Life of Crime, Life After Beth), and Larry Ladove (The Butler, Life of Crime) will serve as executive producer. Stonecreek Films will be financing the film, which is slated to go into production in late June.

Broken Vows tells the story of Patrick Flynn (Bentley), whose charm and charisma masks a profound psychosis. Patrick seduces Tara Bloom (Alexander), instantly becoming infatuated with the beauty. But when Tara rejects Patrick, he is sent spiraling into madness and delusion, erupting into psychotic rage. Tara is forced to find the strength to stop Patrick from destroying her love, her family, and her life.

“Agnew and Keller did an amazing job creating a new, thrilling spin to the psychological stalker film,” said Wendy Benge, producer. “I love the way they can take a common, traditional genre and turn it into something completely unique. Coppens' take on this film will add a dark European sensibility. Alexander's strong personality and Bentley's intensity will make for a dynamic suspenseful thriller.”

Look for more soon!

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The Exorcist Blu-ray Anthology Announced

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 16:00

Though we don't have exact specs and there is no formal announcement, we couldn't help but share this latest sales sheet which shows that every single movie in the Exorcist franchise is getting set to hit Blu-ray! Read on for what we do know.

Judging from the ad below, The Exorcist, Exorcist II: The Heretic, Exorcist III, Exorcist: The Beginning, and Dominion: Prequel to The Exorcist will all be available in the upcoming The Exorcist: The Complete Anthology Blu-ray box set.

In addition, almost each individual film will be available as a single release on September 23rd. The only film not getting a separate single release is Dominion: Prequel to The Exorcist. Yep, if you want Paul Schrader's take on the story of Father Merrin, you're gonna have to pony up the extra cash.

The box set will cost $35.99, and the individual releases will run $16.99 each. Stay tuned for the official word.

Box Synopsis
Here it is.The scream of the crop. The scariest and most fascinating collection of movies in modern horror. At the center of these ultimate clashes between darkness and light are intrepid souls who dare to look evil in the eye and unsheathe the weapons of faith. The struggle begins with the trend-setting The Exorcist (presented it its original theatrical version and extended director's cut). Exorcist II: The Heretic and The Exorcist III bring added perspectives, blood-curdling visuals and shocks to the harrowing tale. And the two prequel stories (by two different directors) of Dominion/The Beginning enrich the original by revealing the amazing genesis of the battle between Father Merrin and humanity’s most insidious foe.

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Godzilla to Rampage onto PS3

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 15:36

When the dust and shrapnel settled on this year’s E3, next-gen console owners were looking forward to being rewarded for their investment in the future with an ogre’s fistful of titles coming to them. But owners of the previous generation’s consoles who haven’t switched over yet were left pantsless in a Yukon blizzard.

But we have a word of hope to the freezing as Bandai Namco offers a pair of pants and a steaming cup of cocoa in the form of a new Godzilla game.

Gojira, who will undoubtedly be called Godzilla, will be making an appearance exclusively on the PS3. The game is slated for release this winter in the monster’s familiar stomping ground of Japan, but no word as of yet on a North American release.

The major focus of the game will be style as a host of film filters and off-key camera angles are promised to recreate the highly stylized classic monster films with multiple incarnations of the beast found throughout its history. The goal is to showcase the evolution of Godzilla throughout history, from the 1950’s monster with 1950’s film grain all the way to the 2014 version making an appearance.

Gamers can expect the gameplay to be mission-focused with most of those missions being to lay absolute waste to much of a cityscape’s prime real estate.

A new Godzilla game will undoubtedly inspire a touch of nostalgia in the over thirty crowd, who no doubt spent much of their childhood destroying cities in the franchise’s very fun NES offering. Come out of the cold, PS3 owners; it’s warm in here!

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New Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Clip Doesn't Want War

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 15:27

The hype wheel for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes isn't just spinning... it's shooting full force like a speeding comet aimed directly at the Earth that will no doubt exterminate humanity, leaving the planet for Simians. Here's yet another clip!

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.

Synopsis
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).










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IFC Midnight Finds a Home At the Devil's Door

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 15:23

After a successful run at the South by Southwest Film Festival, the new film from director Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact), entitled Home, was acquired by IFC Midnight, which has just retitled it At the Devil's Door. Look for it pre-theatrically on VOD/digital on August 8 with a theatrical release to follow on September 12.

Additionally, At the Devil's Door was just announced as part of the 2014 Fantasia Film Festival lineup.

Naya Rivera, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ashley Rickards, Wyatt Russell, and Ava Acres star. Check out the trailer below.

Synopsis
When ambitious young real estate agent LEIGH is asked to sell a house with a checkered past, she crosses paths with a disturbed girl whom she learns is the runaway daughter of the couple selling the property. When Leigh tries to intervene and help her, she becomes entangled with a supernatural force that soon pulls Leigh's artist sister VERA into its web — and has sinister plans for both of them.

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Life After the Trailer for Life After Beth

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 15:15

Hot on the heels of the poster premiere for Life After Beth, a Jeff Baena-written/directed comedy that stars Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly, Dane DeHaan, Paul Reiser, and Anna Kendrick, we now have a trailer for you to snack on courtesy of MTV! Dig it!

The film centers on a young man whose life takes a turn for the worse when he attempts to make amends after his recently deceased girlfriend returns from the dead. Look for it in limited release on August 15th.

Synopsis
Zach is devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth. But when she miraculously comes back to life, Zach takes full advantage of the opportunity to share and experience all the things he regretted not doing with her before. However, the newly returned Beth isn’t quite how he remembered her, and before long Zach’s whole world takes a turn for the worse.

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Get Captured by these Images and Clips from Salem Episode 1.11 - Cat and Mouse

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 15:02

Just three episodes are left in Season 1 of WGN America's "Salem," and we plan to savor each one! If you're as much of a heathen as we are, here are several sneak peeks and stills from Episode 1.11, "Cat and Mouse."

"Salem" explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth behind them.

Related Story: Visit our "Salem" Archive

The series stars Janet Montgomery as Mary Sibley, Shane West as John Alden, Seth Gabel as Cotton Mather, Ashley Madekwe as Tituba, Xander Berkeley as Magistrate Hale, Tamzin Merchant as Anne Hale, Elise Eberle as Mercy Lewis, and Iddo Goldberg as Isaac Walton.

"Salem" Episode 1.11 - "Cat and Mouse" (airs 6/29/14)
Increase’s (Stephen Lang) warpath continues as Alden (West) finds himself the target of fresh accusations – and at the mercy of the Selectmen, thanks to a surprise move by a healthier George Sibley (Michael Mulheren) – leading Mary (Montgomery) to hatch a desperate plan to save him.

Cotton (Gabel) finds himself frozen in a tug of war between his father and his loyalty to Alden. Meanwhile, Anne (Merchant) learns the truth about her father (Berkeley).

Guest starring with Lang and Mulheren are Lucy Faust as Elizabeth, Mary Catherine O’Donnell as Emily, and Aiden Flowers as Young Hale. "Cat and Mouse" was written by Jon Feldman and directed by Tricia Brock.

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New Witcher 3 Combat Demo

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 14:24

In a lonely swamp, brown with rot, a lone man wanders, his desire burning with the hunt of a missing woman. Geralt of Rivia is that man, and this is the setting for the new combat demo released for the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

The game’s hero, Geralt, finds a mute boy, who leads him deeper into the water-soaked abyss until he is attacked by its Lovecraftian denizens. The combat demo displays Geralt’s ability to switch sword types and the spell casting menu wheel, which pauses play to allow players to select a spell.

This shows the game is taking influence from old school RPG’s by allowing players to slow combat to plan attacks and spell use strategically. Any fan of the Baldur’s Gate series will rejoice triumphantly at this good omen.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be available on February 27, 2015, and will be released on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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#SDCC14: Funko's Next Exclusives Announcement Includes Battle-Damaged Buffy and Invisible Predator

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 14:21

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:

  • Funko on Facebook
  • Funko on Twitter
  • Funko on Instagram

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    IFC Midnight Opens The Den at Home

    Thu, 06/26/2014 - 14:03

    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!

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    DVD Release Invites You to Rockabilly Zombie Weekend

    Thu, 06/26/2014 - 13:53

    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.

    Synopsis
    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!

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    Calvaire Director's Alleluia Picked Up for North American Distribution

    Thu, 06/26/2014 - 13:40

    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.

    Synopsis
    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.

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    New Clip Shows Tender Side of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    Thu, 06/26/2014 - 13:37

    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.

    Synopsis
    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).










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    The Guest Checks in With a Teaser Trailer

    Thu, 06/26/2014 - 13:32

    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.

    Synopsis
    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.

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    See the Chaos-Filled Second Trailer for Into the Storm

    Thu, 06/26/2014 - 13:24

    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.







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    Exclusive Clip Bound by Flesh

    Thu, 06/26/2014 - 13:00

    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.




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    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

    Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:55

    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.

    BLOODY KNUCKLES
    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.

    OPEN WINDOWS
    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.

    CHEATIN’
    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.

    CREEP
    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.

    THE DROWNSMAN
    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.

    FIGHT CHURCH
    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.

    FRANK
    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

    HOUSEBOUND
    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.

    JELLYFISH EYES
    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

    STARRY EYES
    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.

    STEREO
    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.

    UGLY
    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.

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    Victor Garcia's Gallows Hill Becomes The Damned and Gets New Poster

    Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:30

    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).

    Synopsis
    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.

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