The found footage fear-fest Delivery: The Beast Within (review) (or Delivery, as it was known in the UK) is getting set to haunt you on home video, and we have an exclusive clip to get you ready!
Delivery: The Beast Within terrifies on DVD and digital HD September 30 from Cinedigm and The Collective.
Blending found footage and reality show genres, the nightmarish feature that is “so intense, so frightening, and so real” (Ain’t It Cool News) marks the directorial debut of Brian Netto, who also co-wrote the film with producer Adam Schindler, and is “bolstered by outstanding performances by its two leads” (IndieWire), Laurel Vail and Danny Barclay.
Delivery: The Beast Within follows Kyle (Barclay) and Rachel Massy (Vail), a young couple who agree to document their first pregnancy for a new reality show. The family begins to unravel when the cameras capture a series of unexplained events, leading Rachel to believe that a malicious spirit has possessed their unborn child. After production is abandoned, a first-hand account of the tragic, and possibly supernatural, story is told through the show’s unaired footage and testimonials from friends, family, and crew members.
Delivery: The Beast Within tells the story of Kyle and Rachel Massy, a young couple who agree to document their first pregnancy for a popular reality show. During the production, following a series of disturbing paranormal events, Rachel begins to believe that a powerful force of evil has possessed their unborn child. Set against the backdrop of never-before-seen footage deemed too shocking for air, Rachel and Kyle’s family and friends recount the terrifying ordeal that’s remained a carefully guarded secret – until now.
- “The Birth of Delivery” – Nine-minute making-of featurette
- Audio Commentary with Actors Laurel Vail and Danny Barclay, Producer Adam Schindler, and Director Brian Netto
- Audio Commentary with Composer Daniel Cossu, Supervising Sound Editor Darin Heinis, Producer Adam Schindler, and Director Brian Netto
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Directed by Marc Carrete
Distributed by IFC Midnight
I had almost given up hope on the interminable sinking ship of “possession and exorcism” films that have surrounded the horror aficionado as of the last few years and have begun to strangle us with their less-than-frightening depictions of Satanic overtakings (yawn). In my completely dysfunctional opinion, The Exorcist is and forever will be the benchmark for possession films, no argument about it, and any other movie that attempts to piggyback its creative refinement is sorely mistaken.
With that being said, let’s move on to a film that has (slightly) restored my faith in the demonic soul-stealing category of movie-making.
Director Marc Carrete, who before had only worked on short films, now takes the full-feature jump into the deep end with Asmodexia, a film about a man (Marco) named Eloy de Palma, who back in the day used to preside over an oddball sect-like group of holy worshipers and now travels around Barcelona, Spain, with his granddaughter, Alba (Pons), attempting to rid different helpless souls of the Satanic evil that has overcome them. He believes this to be the work of the Devil himself, and the afflicted are merely those who have not given their all to the man upstairs. While many of his works are successful to some degree, he relies heavily on the aid of his granddaughter, as she seems to have a special gift for dealing with these tormented individuals.
All of the previously mentioned instances are also set against the backdrop of the predicted (however failed) Mayan apocalypse of 2012, and it looks as if the possession problem has manifested into a sort of virus, literally affecting people down the line for miles and miles. The area, which normally has cooler than cool temps at the particular time of year (December), is heating up at a record pace, seemingly frying everyone in sight, whether it be on a street corner or in the bowels of a mental institution. As the end of days draws closer, the threat of a complete uprising of infernal entities is beginning to seem like a reality, and Eloy uses tactics that he’d thought he’d never have to employ in order to cease the sinister ushering in of a new day.
The film at times gets stuck in the mud, and its plot has the tendency to stray into uncharted (and confusing) territory, but it’s not long before we are dawn to a conclusion that will shock and surprise many of its watchers. It’s not an overly scary movie – there are some decent makeup jobs that warrant a little shake – but the premise will chill you to the bone. When all is said and done and the credits have rolled, Asmodexia completes its rather short 81-minute jaunt like a professional and delivers the goods for fans of apocalyptic-themed photoplay.
Have you got your tickets for the Titty Twister? Whaddya mean “no”?!? Well, you just might have some soon as to celebrate the release of From Dusk Till Dawn Season One, out on DVD across the UK on 22nd September 2014, we have a copy up for grabs!
From Dusk Till Dawn Season One has more excitement and a compelling back story as the show takes us up-close and personal with the vicious vampires from the 1996 film and ramps up the gore and tension whilst keeping the darkly comical tone set by the Rodriguez/Tarantino original.
Cult-classic From Dusk Till Dawn comes to the small screen with bigger action, more gore and an expanded look at the film’s characters as they embark on a frightening journey into the depths of the Titty Twister.
To be in with a chance of winning, just send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org including your FULL NAME AND POSTAL ADDRESS. We’ll take care of the rest, so you can sit back and dream of all the different kinds of… well, y’know… that the Titty Twister has to offer!
Please note that this competition is open only to UK residents and will end at 12:01 AM PT, 8 October 2014.
From Dusk Till Dawn Season One is centered around bank robber, Seth Gecko (Cotrona) and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard “Richie” Gecko (Holtz), who are wanted by the FBI and Texas Rangers Earl McGraw (Johnson) with his deputy Freddie Gonzalez (Garcia) after a bank heist leaves several people dead.
While on the run to Mexico, Seth and Richie encounter former pastor Jacob Fuller (Patrick) and his family, whom they take hostage. Using the family RV to cross the border, chaos ensues when the group detours to a strip club that is populated by vampires. They are forced to fight until dawn in order to get out alive.
The series deepens the tone and expands the storyline of the film, adds new characters and backstories, and explores the Mesoamerican mythology behind the creatures inside the club.
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Directed by Greg Nicotero, Guy Ferland, Dan Sackheim, Tricia Brock and others.
Distributed by Entertainment One
As the dust settles around what was formerly Season 3’s Woodbury, our gang of prison-dwelling protagonists begin the fourth season of AMC’s The Walking Dead working hard to keep their community ticking over as efficiently as possible. While Daryl (Reedus) leads the occasional runs into nearby zombie-infested towns in search of provisions, Carol (Melissa McBride) teaches the children the finer points of literature and, when the other adults’ backs are turned, how to correctly handle blades. Meanwhile, a mentally and emotionally shattered Rick tends to the livestock and vegetable patches – forgoing his previous imposed position as leader of the group in an attempt to lighten the load and preserve the man he once was. Also reduced to a shadow of his former self is David Morrissey’s Governor, now wandering the wastelands as a solo drifter, until a chance encounter with a family and their young daughter appears to offer him a link to his pre-despot former self.
As a series, The Walking Dead has long been accused by many of being overly ponderous, slow and unfulfilling. Those lodging complaints of such a fashion are unlikely to be particularly welcoming of season four’s beginning, which certainly takes it time to establish (or re-establish) characters who are almost constantly in a state of change. It’s fully necessary, though, in order to properly consider the inevitable impact of the consistent barrage of terrible moral decisions, outward (and inward) challenges and inescapable suffering foisted unto the living in a world now ruled by the dead. These changes must be slow, calculated and well measured if they’re to appear in any way realistic – and this is just one area in which The Walking Dead‘s writing excels, especially in this season.
Yes, it does drag its heels occasionally with some episodes becoming mired in reflective dialogue – but without heading into spoiler territory for those that haven’t been keeping up on television and wish to wait for a boxed-set feat, season four packs in some of the most devastating scenarios that Rick and his group have had to face thus far. This is a series – both in comic book and live-action form – known for its uncompromising treatment of those who live within it, and the world they inhabit has rarely been more brutal than what we see here. Those initial, quieter episodes do manage to pack in enough drama to satisfy but they’re building up to something big. Something huge, vicious and downright soul-destroying that occurs halfway through and sees the final half of the season deal with the fallout: quieter moments that move from the world of extreme violent action/reaction and into the realm of deeply personal devastation for the now-fractured group. Here is a season filled with hurtful revelations, forgiveness, rage, disconnection and the kind of needless death and destruction that arises from human nature – good intentions provoking tragedy, or ill ones provoking outright chaos. Carl is still an annoying little shit, though.
In terms of the cast, Andrew Lincoln takes it all out in this particular season – Rick is put through the wringer big time and by the time he comes out, all bets are off for this man. If there’s one thing you can be certain of when the final moments come to a close, it’s that nothing for Rick is ever going to be the same. One of the most intimately effective episodes, The Grove, sees a powerhouse turn for Melissa McBride alongside Chad L. Coleman as Tyreese – though the child actors accompanying them simply can’t hold their own against such an effective force. It would be somewhat excessive to go through and pick on every single cast member for their own standout moments, but let’s just say that nearly each and every one of the major players is swinging for the fences right here, from start to finish.
The Walking Dead remains a dependably ballsy show; one that constantly takes risks – whether that be in choices of narrative direction or simply the amount of explicit gore it can display on television – and for the most part gets away with them. It’s what makes it so irresistibly compelling, unpredictable and hard-hitting. No matter how far off the track it seems to be heading, it always manages to find its way back thanks to some excellent writing, top-notch direction and a cast willing to put everything and then some into what they’re doing. Is it a model of perfection? No – but it’ll have you up, down, left, right and then spun round and knocked flat on your ass just when it feels like it. And this season is a shining example of what it can do.
In terms of special features on Entertainment One’s UK DVD release, episodes 1, 5, 8, 12 and 14 all sport full-length commentaries with various cast members, writers, producers and directors. They’re all more than worth a listen due to offering up a wide variety of perspectives and opinions. Episode 12, entitled ‘Still’, actually has two available commentaries – the standout being one including actor Norman Reedus and writer Angela Kang, who share a fantastic chemistry throughout.
On the final disc, there’s a whole mess of extras including smaller parts such ‘Herschel’, which sees cast and crew delivering their own takes on Scott Wilson’s excellent portrayal of such a pivotal character, and ‘A Journey Back to Brutality’ in which Andrew Lincoln dissects Rick’s inevitable adaptation to this brutal new world despite his own emotional protestations. ‘Society, Science & Survival’ is probably the only real piece of fluff to be found, giving a brief look at a real-life University course that uses The Walking Dead to investigate various angles of scientific and social theory.
Everything here is pretty great, including a semi-roundtable chat with various folks at effects wizards KNB; a comparison of some elements of the show with their comic book counterpart, and a discussion regarding the character of The Governor. The standout pieces are ‘Inside the Walking Dead’, an 85-minute behind-the-scenes feature jam packed with cast interviews that covers the season arc from beginning to end, episode by episode. Backing that up is a 75-minute ‘Making of’, which covers more on-set action and, pleasingly, delves more heavily into the various visual effects on display. It balances the preceding feature out perfectly, making for almost 3 hours of consistently engaging content, before you even count the rest.
Now that’s a package to be proud of. Entertainment One: take a bow.
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If you asked me what my favorite horror movie of 2014 would be way back at the beginning of the year there is no way I could have predicted it would turn out to be The Babadook (review). What an incredibly spooky surprise!
IFC Midnight just dropped a new trailer for the flick that they will be releasing on November 28th. Look for it in limited theatres and on VOD. You don’t wanna miss this one.
Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, the film stars Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, and Ben Winspear.
Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6-year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control; he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behavior, is forced to medicate him. But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.
Created explicitly for Film4 FrightFest the first of 4 variant posters for Adam Green’s latest directorial feature film, Digging Up the Marrow, was unveiled to a hungry audience which gobbled them up faster than Victor Crowley could nail you with a magic belt sander. At this past weekend’s MondoCon variant 2 was unveiled and we have a look right here for ya!
Like what you see? Of course you do. The mere fact that you’re reading this website proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that you have taste and moxie! Even better you can score this baby RIGHT NOW by heading over to the ArieScope website which also has a few of the original variant just waiting for you to dig into!
Tell ‘em Creepy sent ya and Green will personally make sure your poster is completely fucked up during shipping!
Green also stars in the documentary film, which he made with artist Alex Pardee along with Ray Wise, Tom Holland, Kane Hodder, Mick Garris, and a host of other familiar faces. In Digging Up the Marrow an exploration of genre-based monster art takes an odd turn when the filmmakers are contacted by a man who claims he can prove that monsters are indeed real.
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Known to horror fans for creating the graphic novel-turned-horror franchise 30 Days of Night, Steve Niles has also created a slew of other comic properties, one of which is the three-issue miniseries Breath of Bones. A while back Comic Book Resources nailed down a concept trailer for what a big screen adaptation would look like, and we figured it’d be cool to share now!
The story of a Jewish golem, the tale is soon making the jump to the big screen, and a director has just been announced. Read on!
Andrew Adamson (Shrek, The Chronicles of Narnia) is attached to helm the adaptation of the acclaimed Dark Horse Comics miniseries, written by Niles and Matt Santoro. Artist Dave Wachter received a 2012 Russ Manning Award nomination for his gorgeous work.
Breath of Bones is set during World War II and tells of a British plane that crashes into a Jewish village. The crash brings Nazi attention, forcing the villagers to defend themselves, with one rabbi and his grandson building a golem creature and bringing him to monstrous life.
Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg of Dark Horse are producing the adaptation with Adamson and his producing partner at Strange Weather Aron Warner. Jeff Fierson from Strange Weather will executive produce.
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Some quick casting news has come in for the upcoming flick Patient Zero as Deadline is reporting that “Game of Thrones” star Natalie Dormer has been set to appear in the Screen Gems action thriller that Stefan Ruzowitzky will direct from a script written by Mike Le.
Patient Zero focuses on an unprecedented global pandemic that causes the evolution of a new species. An aggressive form of rabies turns the infected into predators, addicted to violence. An inexplicably gifted human survivor with the ability to speak the new mutant language leads a hunt for Patient Zero and hope for a cure.
More on this one soon!
Geoff Shaw drew the cover plus the interior art for Judd Winick’s story, described as an “action-packed modern day myth.”
On the surface it seems like your average all-American tourist trap, but this snow-covered town hides a burning secret.
After centuries of lying buried within the depths of an icy mountain, the world’s last dragon egg finally hatches – endangering modern life as we know it. Now an unlikely group of dangerously unqualified, ordinary citizens must band together, battling the elements – and each other – to slay this menacing creature.
Issue #2 (of 5) releases in October.
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Directed by Juanfer Andrés and Esteban Roel
Álex de la Iglesia (The Last Circus, Witching and Bitching) presents this neurotic tale about a shy dressmaker and the younger sister that loves to hate her, but first-time directors Juanfer Andrés and Esteban Roel steer away from the infectious mania seen in Iglesia’s work to offer up a much quieter, more gradual descent into the macabre. Buttressed by a great central performance and flourishes of dark humor, one of the latest offerings from Spain’s growing horror collective, Shrew’s Nest, is a clear standout at Fantastic Fest this year.
As the film opens, Montse (Macarena Gómez) – a demure amateur seamstress – seems quite harmless as she fits wealthy benefactress Doña Puri. Poor Montse suffers from fits of anxiety, but she assures Donã Puri that the “medicine” she’s been supplying has been helping to take the edge off. Seemingly cursed with a debilitating affliction and afraid to step out and start a clothing business of her own, Montse passes on that fear to her little sister (Nadia de Santiago), who, strangely, is only referred to as “la nina” throughout the story. (You’ll have to watch to learn if she ever reveals her true name).
Early on, it’s revealed that Montse suffers from an acute form of agoraphobia that prohibits her from stepping foot outside of their sheltered, 1950’s apartment until her disease (and her faith) are tested when an upstairs neighbor – a dashing Spaniard named Carlos (Hugo Silva) – takes a spill down the stairs, severely injuring his leg. He cries out, and Montse reluctantly unbolts the door and drags him into the spare bedroom where Carlos is about to endure an unexpectedly long stay. As the days go by, Montse turns into a kind of mad nurse, imprisoning Carlos (much like Annie Wilkes did to author Paul Sheldon), mixing water with her “medicine” to keep Carlos in a dazed combination of pain and appreciation. Alarmed at the events unfolding, Montse’s little sister sneaks in to warn Carlos that he’s actually being drugged with morphine and that their caretaker doesn’t intend to be rid of his company any time soon.
Haunted by the memory of her father (Luis Tosar from Sleep Tight), who chastises her character even in death, Macareno Gómez’s depiction of Montse carefully constructs a tragic emotional core, building on top of a cracked foundation destined to crumble and eventually collapse under the weight of her dark family past and her growing desperation in the present. Gómez’s performance nicely complements a well-paced story and honors a script that recognizes that its lead must be likable before the audience can both root for others to escape and secretly wish for Montse to prevail.
With a successful background in comedy, Gómez uses the decisive shift into a horror thriller during the climax of Shrew’s Nest to inject some amusement through quirks of personality that reflect Montse’s own disbelief at just how far events have escalated by final day’s end. It’s been “hectic,” Montse says, but effects veteran Pepe Quetglas (Pan’s Labyrinth) makes sure that the insanity bubbling up within Montse is equaled by his team’s twisted sensibility and his own gore-filled imagination. The explosiveness of the violence – in its setup, delivery, and reveal – transforms the uninspired interior of the lifeless flat into a funhouse of death that may prove too dangerous for anyone to ever escape.
The shrew, or shrew-rat as its described, has a tendency to burrow and, if cornered, prove venomous. The story that’s unveiled in Shrew’s Nest follows that kind of behavior in following a likable, delicate, frightened woman who is driven to commit acts of terror, only to wind up having to face her own personal horrors in the process. Driven by Goméz’s electric portrayal, Shrew’s Nest reveals how trauma turns to compulsion and how desperation can cause someone to resort to violence rather than hide in absolute darkness.
If you’re one of the lucky ones who can go and see Adam Wingard’s The Guest in theatres, please take the opportunity to do so; the rest of us will live through you vicariously. In the interim we can all dig on this new clip.
From the director of You’re Next and featuring a standout, badass performance from Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”), comes The Guest: a tense, action-packed, and unpredictable film like everything and nothing you’ve ever seen before.
A soldier (Dan Stevens) introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.
When we first told you about writer/director Mitch Cohen’s zombie comedy project Super Zero, it was in reference to last year’s Kickstarter campaign that sought to secure funds for a feature film. That wasn’t to be, though Cohen forged ahead regardless to create a promising short edition which you can watch right here!
We asked Cohen whether the failure of his Kickstarter project to reach its target influenced the decision to create a short film instead. Not so, he explained, telling us: “The story of the production is that the Kickstarter was also to produce the short film. The idea was to make the short as a teaser and a proof of concept to expand this into a feature film or a series. I have already developed the project out both ways. Even though the Kickstarter was unsuccessful financially, it gave me some promotion and I met some really talented people who helped me get it made for way less money and with even more production value. So in that way the Kickstarter campaign was a success!”
Super Zero stars Umberto Celisano, Giselle Gilbert, Al Bernstein and Tyler White, is written and directed by Mitch Cohen, and is produced by Devon Byers and Alex Moran.
When Josh Hershberg, a 20-year-old introverted geek culture lover, is diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, he believes he isn’t special and has nothing to offer the world. However, on the day he decides to kill himself and end it all, a vessel carrying the first sample of liquid water discovered on Mars crashes to Earth on re-entry, sparking the Zombie Apocalypse.
One month later, the world has gone to hell and Josh has set off to wander through the madness alone. He stumbles upon his crush, her cousin and a wayward pizza party clown trying to find their way to safety. In the middle of a sudden Zombie attack, the three learn that Josh is immune to being a target of the undead due to his rare illness. Josh, using his comic-book/gaming/movie knowledge and engineering expertise, crafts Zombie killing weapons and heroically saves the lives of his compatriots, earning him a place in their ragtag group.
In the process, Josh discovers, once and for all, you may not know what makes you special, but your time will come. And perhaps, when the biggest epic fail ever to happen to civilization triggers the rising of the dead to kill the living, one may find that there is a zombie assassin in all of us.
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On tap right now is an exclusive clip from Don Thacker’s flick Motivational Growth (review). That being said, hurry up and disinfect your hands. Get your favorite salve ready!
Motivational Growth Release Details
Indiecan Entertainment, Parade Deck Films, and Devolver Digital have teamed up to release Don Thacker’s sleeper festival hit MOTIVATIONAL GROWTH (starring genre legend Jeffrey Combs).
The film will hit VOD worldwide on September 30th (via Devolver in most countries and Indiecan in Canada), Blu-ray and DVD in Canada on the same date, and DVD in the US the following week (via Parade Deck) on October 6th.
The DVD release will include a commentary track (with actors Jeffrey Combs and Adrian DiGiovanni and director Don Thacker), a photo gallery, and trailers. The Blu-ray edition will also include some additional behind-the-scenes material.
In Motivational Growth, Ian Foliver (Adrian DiGiovanni), a depressed and reclusive man in his 70s, finds himself taking advice from a growth in his bathroom after a failed suicide attempt. The Mold (Re-Animator star Jeffrey Combs), a smooth talking fungus born of the filth in a neglected bathroom, works to help Ian clean himself up and remodel his lifestyle. The Mold has big plans for Ian, but they may not be as innocent as they seem. A labyrinthine narrative follows, full of colorfully drawn characters and gruesome body horror. “The Mold knows, Jack. The Mold knows.”
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2014 Fantastic Fest Award Winners Include It Follows, The Babadook, Spring, Dead Snow 2, and Alleluia
Fantastic Fest 2014 doesn’t officially end until this Thursday, September 25th, but all the premieres are done, which means it’s time to to announce this year’s Fantastic Fest Award winners.
It was an outstanding year for features and shorts, making the job of honoring a select crop all the more difficult, but the Fest’s esteemed team of jurors have done the nearly impossible and chosen the best films of the festival.
The audience awards are presented by accounting firm Maxwell Locke & Ritter, who provided the certified tabulation of ballots this year and are the exclusive accounting sponsor of Fantastic Fest. Dell Precision is the presenter of the prestigious “Next Wave” Award, which honors emerging filmmakers. The winners of the “Next Wave” feature awards are presented with a new Dell Precision mobile workstation.
A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to legendary film critic Leonard Maltin by Alamo Drafthouse and Fantastic Fest co-founder Tim League and his longtime friend Louis Black, co-founder of the Austin Chronicle and SXSW.
AUDIENCE AWARD (Presented by Maxwell Locke & Ritter)
THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA (director Isao Takahata)
“NEXT WAVE” SPOTLIGHT COMPETITION PRESENTED BY DELL PRECISION
Best Picture: IT FOLLOWS (director David Robert Mitchell)
Best Director: Miroslav Slaboshpitsky (THE TRIBE)
Best Screenplay: David Robert Mitchell (IT FOLLOWS)
Best Actor: Lou Taylor Pucci (SPRING)
Best Actress: Amy Everson (FELT)
Best Picture: ALLELUIA (director Fabrice Du Welz)
Best Director: Fabrice Du Welz (ALLELUIA)
Best Screenplay: Tetsuya Nakashima, Maiko Tedano and Nobuhiro Monma (THE WORLD OF KANAKO)
Best Actor: Laurent Lucas (ALLELUIA)
Best Actress: Lola Dueñas (ALLELUIA)
Best Picture: THE BABADOOK (directed Jennifer Kent)
Best Screenplay: Jennifer Kent (THE BABADOOK)
Best Director: Martín De Salvo (DARKNESS BY DAY)
Best Actor: Noah Wiseman (THE BABADOOK)
Best Actress: Essie Davis (THE BABADOOK)
GUTBUSTER COMEDY FEATURES
Best Picture: DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS DEAD (director by Tommy Wirkola)
Best Director: Hans Petter Moland (IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE)
Best Screenplay: Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen and Tommy Wirkola (DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS DEAD)
Best Actor: Pål Sverre Hagen (IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE)
Best Actress: Sylvia Hoeks (BROS BEFORE HOS)
Best Picture: KUNG FU ELLIOT (director Jaret Belliveau)
Best Director: Tim Grabham, Jasper Sharp (THE CREEPING GARDEN)
SHORT FUSE: HORROR SHORTS
Winner: THE STOMACH directed by Ben Steiner
Runner-up: INVADERS directed by Jason Kupfer
Winner: THE VOICE THIEF directed by Adan Jodorowsky
Runners-up: MY FATHER IS A BIRD (director Boaz Debby) and SOLITUDO (director Alice Lowe)
DRAWN AND QUARTERED: ANIMATED SHORTS
Winner: THE CHAPERONE (director Fraser Munden)
Runner-up: DAY 40 (director Sol Friedman)
Best in Show: BANANA CHALICE (developed by Kyle Reimergartin)
Gold Prize: HAVANA VAMPIRE TERRITORY (director Carlos Lechuga) and THE TURNED (director Andrés Rosende)
Silver Prize: FIERCE (director Francisco Lorite)
Bronze Prize: HURT (director Pablo Proenza)
Special Jury Mention for “Keeping the Spirit of the 80’s Alive”: THE SHADOWDWELLERS (producer Erick Salomon)
Jury Award for Work in Progress and Chemistry Award: FRONDOSO EDEN DEL CORAZON (director Juan Manuel Fodde)
Morbido/Latam Consultation Award: EAT ME (director David Michán)
Invited to Ventana Sur in Buenos Aires for Blood Window / Beyond the Window Coproduction Meetings: HAVANA VAMPIRE TERRITORY (director Carlos Lechuga) and THE SHORE (director Juan Felipe Orozco)
Invited to Ventana Sur in Buenos Aires for Blood Window / Bloody Work in Progress: SCHERZO DIABOLICO (director Adrián García Bogliano)
KING OF SHAKEYFACE
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This is is, kids! Annabelle will be haunting your local theatre next week, and right now we have your chance to score all sorts of spooky gear on us! Read on for details regarding this mega-sized creepy fiesta of items!
So what’s in the bundle, you ask? Holy cow, are you in for a bounty of goodies!
- Glow in the Dark Playing Cards
- “Annabelle” Cinch Bag
- Heat Changing Mug
- “Annabelle” Eyes Sleeping Mask
- #I Like Your Doll T-shirt
- “Annabelle” Paper Mask
To enter for your chance to win, just send us an email at email@example.com including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS. We’ll take care of the rest.
This contest ends at 12:01 AM PT on October 6th.
Scheduled for release October 3, 2014, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.
Capable of unspeakable evil, the actual doll exists locked up in an occult museum in Connecticut—visited only by a priest who blesses her twice a month. New Line Cinema’s supernatural thriller Annabelle begins before the evil was unleashed.
John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia — a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn’t last long.
On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now…Annabelle.
Annabelle Wallis (X-Men: First Class) and Ward Horton (The Wolf of Wall Street) star as the Forms.
Oscar nominee Alfre Woodard (Cross Creek, Twelve Years a Slave) stars as Evelyn, a neighbor who owns a bookstore and is familiar with the occult. Rounding out the cast are Kerry O’Malley (TV’s “Those Who Kill”) and Brian Howe (Devil’s Knot) as neighbors Sharon and Pete Higgins; Tony Amendola (TV’s “Once Upon A Time”) as Father Perez; and Eric Ladin (TV’s “Boardwalk Empire,”) as Detective Clarkin.
Annabelle reunites the filmmakers behind 2013’s hugely successful supernatural thriller The Conjuring. James Wan, director of the global hit, is producing Annabelle with Peter Safran. John R. Leonetti, who served as cinematographer on The Conjuring, is directing.
Gary Dauberman wrote the script. Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter and Hans Ritter are the executive producers. Also joining Leonetti behind the scenes are director of photography James Kniest, production designer Bob Ziembicki, editor Tom Elkins, and costume designer Janet Ingram. Joseph Bishara composed the score.
New Line Cinema presents an Atomic Monster/Safran Company Production, Annabelle.
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Directed by Robert Rodriguez, Dwight H. Little, Fede Alvarez, Nick Copus, Joe Menendez, Eduardo Sánchez
Distributed by Entertainment One
From the beginning, it seemed like a concept that could quite easily be a total disaster: taking the core story and narrative path of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s 1996 genre mash-up From Dusk Till Dawn and spreading it out across a full ten-episode television season. Thankfully, a disaster it is not – sufficiently devoted to the source material to remain closely familiar, but packed with enough new and expanded content to make it its own distinct animal.
From Dusk Till Dawn chronicles the exploits of infamous criminal duo Seth (Cotrona) and Richard (Holtz) Gecko, who are forced on the run after a botched bank heist culminates in an explosion-filled shootout with the local police force. Leaving a trail of bodies in their wake as they make their way across the Mexican Border to meet up with their shady ‘employer’, Carlos (Valderrama), the boys take Christian preacher Jacob Fuller (Patrick) and his two kids – Kate (Madison Davenport) and Scott (Brandon Soo Hoo) – hostage in an attempt to use their family-style RV as a Trojan horse through checkpoints.
With the worst seemingly behind them, the Geckos and Fullers arrive at the amusingly-titled ‘Titty Twister’ – a biker bar in the middle of the desert that remains open from dusk ’til dawn – and sit down for a few well-earned drinks while awaiting further instruction from Carlos. Unfortunately, the bulk of their troubles have only just begun as it is soon revealed that the bar is in fact just the topmost section of an ancient Aztec temple that serves as the home and feeding ground of a race of vampire-like snake people.
Yes, I said “snake people.”
While the main flow of this particular story’s first time on our screens remains solidly in place here, Rodriguez and Co. have changed a number of things while digging deeper into others – some to greatly pleasing effect and some to needlessly overwrought levels. The aforementioned change from straight-up vampires to snake people (despite Rodriguez’s hints that he originally thought of it that way, the movie’s creatures were distinctly more bat-like) is initially a bitter pill to swallow and in the early stages threatens to undermine proceedings with an overly goofy presentation – but it soon becomes more comfortable in its new skin as the series develops its deeper, fresh mythology.
The character roster is afforded the temporal luxury of the television format for deeper insights into their personalities, and just about every main player gets their time in the sun (not literally, though, depending on their origins). Rather than his tiny bit-part in the original film, the Gecko Bros’ contact, Carlos, is set front and centre as the villain here, their coming together at the ‘Titty Twister’ being just one part of his nefarious plan for domination over not just Seth and Richard, but his own ancient people. As Carlos, Wilmer Valderrama chews up the scenery in a performance that lies just on the wrong side of hammy – obviously having fun with the material, but falling victim to the sporadically wonky script at some of the least appropriate moments.
Much more time is also given to developing the character of sizzling snake-dancer Santanico Pandemonium (González), taking the perspective of her from a seemingly malignant, succubus-like influence on Richard in the early stages through to a rather more sympathetic creature. In fact, one of the largest achievements of this new presentation is the much more intimate relationship between Richard and Santanico – one that stretches back through visions and ethereal visitations to a time much, much farther back than our entry point and serves to better round out the character originally brought to screens by Quentin Tarantino. Rather than simply being a neurotic/psychotic nutcase with a penchant for wanton violence and the murder of defenceless women, Richard here is a tortured and conflicted soul, his impulses toyed with and manipulated by outside forces that regularly leave him confused, mentally drained, and no doubt covered in blood. Zane Holtz is thoroughly excellent in the role – cold as steel, calculated when in control, but regularly overcome by otherworldly influences beyond his comprehension. And yet, ultimately, he’s an individual on little more than a quest for fulfillment and love.
Opposite him, D.J. Cotrona is in full-on Clooney Mode as he does his best to emulate the mannerisms and speech patterns of his predecessor’s original barnstorming performance. Not that that’s a bad thing at all – Seth Gecko remains as badass a character on screen as he did almost 20 years ago and is in very safe hands indeed with Cotrona.
Jesse Garcia also shines as enraged Texas Ranger Gonzalez, determined to put the criminal brothers either behind bars or in the ground for the convenience store murder of his superior, Earl McGraw (Don Johnson). Drawn into Carlos’ sights due to his dogged determination to bring the Geckos down, Gonzalez winds up having to put retribution on the back burner and fight alongside his rivals for the sake of his family. Garcia brings this angel of vengeance to life with a palpable energy and sense of broiling, righteous hatred that makes him very difficult to ignore.
It isn’t all rosy when it comes to From Dusk Till Dawn‘s first season, however. It often finds itself contending with a very janky script and disappointing CGI, its own dedication to straight-faced B-grade schlock keeping it wobbling precariously on the verge of falling into too self-confident, overblown nonsense – something into which it does regularly slip, as the airy-fairy mysticism gets ever more trite. Repetition becomes a factor (yes, we get the point of the snake clan’s symbol, already), and the production constraints of the new format leave the iconic ‘Titty Twister’ massacre and ensuring battles looking far more stagey than the cinematic counterpart. The expansion of the crotch-gun wearing Sex Machine character into a lecherous college professor – played by Jake Busey – who knows nearly everything there is to know about the toothy residents of the bar is also an aggravating move that simply doesn’t pay off at all beyond adding reams of needless exposition.
When it comes to the complete package, all involved do manage to keep the goofiness of the material in check sufficiently; combined with the same kind of reckless rock ‘n’ roll attitude found in its forebear, it remains almost as endearing and full of entertainment value as it did the first time around – better in parts, infinitely dumber in others. Yes, all-told I’d rather watch the original movie again over this new interpretation, but it does bring enough of worth to the table to justify its existence – and that bodes well for continuing the adventures of the remaining bunch of characters in the second season beyond the already familiar material.
Entertainment One’s UK DVD release of From Dusk Till Dawn: Season One sports a commentary for the pilot episode that brings in cast members D.J. Cotrona, Brandon Soo Hoo, Eiza González, Jesse Garcia and Zane Holtz alongside director Robert Rodriguez and writer/showrunner Carlos Goto. Other commentaries (Episodes 2, 6, 7 and 10) draft in various other directors, writers and actors including Wilmer Valderrama and Robert Patrick – all of which are well worth a listen, especially those with Rodriguez on the panel.
Besides the commentaries, the choice of special features on the release may look impressive on paper, but it’s a very different story in practice. Of a total circa 70 minutes of extras, nearly half of the offerings are little more than various quick TV spots and promotional materials for the El Ray Network and the show’s various sponsors. Most egregiously, the “SXSW Featurette” is little more than a commercial despite the name! Besides a lengthy and fun Q&A session with Rodriguez and the cast, the extras here feel like little more than a constant sell, and a world away from the kind of open-door production extras that fans would expect to see. Quite disappointing in the grand scheme, but saved from being genuinely poor by the commentaries and Q&A.
- Audio commentary on selected episodes
- Full length trailer
- ‘Best Kills’ video
- On Set: Episode 1 Day 1
- On Set: The Making of From Dusk Till Dawn
- Behind the Scenes: “On Set: Brought to You by General Motors”
- Behind the Scenes: “On Set: Brought to You by Dos Equis”
- Character Bio featurettes
- General Motors commercial featuring Seth Gecko
- Dos Equis commercial featuring Carlos Madrigal
- Big Kahuna Burger commercial
- ‘What’s in the Briefcase?’ spot
- SXSW featurette
- Q&A from premiere at Alamo Drafthouse with Robert Rodriguez and Cast
The fifth annual Mile High Horror Film Festival kicks off in Denver on October 9th, and the weekend of events will include screenings of films both new and old. In fact, this year’s lineup is downright stacked with delicious goodies, so read on for the full announcement!
From the Press Release:
The Mile High Horror Film Festival returns to celebrate five strong years with our best film lineup yet.
This year, the festival expands to include 80 independent horror films from 18 different countries. From slasher maniacs to supernatural spirits, this year’s film lineup is sure to make your skin crawl.
We have several special events lined up that pay homage to the genre: a 60th anniversary presentation of CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON in 3D with actress Julie Adams in person, a 40th anniversary presentation of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE with the original ‘Leatherface,’ Gunnar Hansen in person, CANDYMAN with horror icon Tony Todd in person, and a 15-year anniversary reunion for THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT with directors Dan Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez in person.
For fans of monster flicks, our films EXISTS (2014 USA), X MOOR, and LATE PHASES (2014 USA) are sure to please. Slasher fans, don’t miss PRESERVATION (2014 USA), DER SAMURAI (2014 Germany), and DEAD SNOW 2 (2014 Norway/Iceland).
If you like psychological thrillers, this lineup is sure to keep the heart pumping all weekend long: THE MAN IN THE ORANGE JACKET (2014 Latvia/Estonia), BLOOD PUNCH (2013 USA), HOOKED UP (2013 Spain), THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WILLIAM ZERO (2014 USA) STILL LIFE (2014 Argentina), and HOUSEBOUND (2014 New Zealand).
Fans of the V/H/S series, we will showcase the Colorado debut of the third installment, V/H/S: VIRAL. To top things off, we will host the 90-year anniversary of the silent classic, THE HANDS OF ORLAC (1924 Germany/Austria) with a live original score performed by Paul Buscarello.
Additional films will be announced soon.
Kick off the Halloween season with us at the Mile High Horror Film Festival. This year’s event takes place Oct. 9-12 at the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, and includes feature filmmakers, artists, celebrities and of course all the gore and horror that makes our festival a must see.
For a full list of events and ticket information, visit www.mhhff.com.
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Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey and Charles Dance Join Pride and Prejudice and Zombies; US Distro Locked Up
Two bits of info hit the wire late today with regard to the long awaited Pride and Prejudice and Zombies adaptation, one involving a casting update and the other announcing who will be distributing the film here in the U.S.
Per Deadline, Screen Gems has closed a deal for U.S. distribution rights, and the “Game of Thrones” father/daughter duo of Charles Dance and Lena Headey (pictured) have joined the cast. No details were revealed regarding their roles.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies also stars Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, Matt Smith, Douglas Booth, and Suki Waterhouse. Burr Steers is directing from a screenplay by David O. Russell and Steers.
The film hails from Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver, Sierra/Affinity, and Lauren Selig. It is produced by Allison Shearmur, Sean McKittrick, Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch, Marc Butan, Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson. Exec producing are Lauren Selig, Aleen Keshishian, Ted Hamm, and Sue Baden Powell.
Along with the Screen Gems deal, they’ve sold Latin America, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and Iceland to Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. Sierra/Affinity is selling other international territories.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies mixes the 1817 Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice with a legion of bloodthirsty undead. Seth Grahame-Smith’s popular novel plays with the relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England who are faced with the challenge of an army of the “sorry stricken” (i.e., zombies).
On the heels of a cryptic trailer released at Sony’s Tokyo Game Show press conference, Capcom has provided four minutes of gameplay footage for Resident Evil Revelations 2.
The demo follows the game’s protagonist, Claire Redfield, along with sidekick Moira Burton as they explore a beast-infested facility.
Instances of suspenseful tension are showcased along with combat sequences against sizable brutes. When the monsters attack, it is possible to shake them off with a rapid movement of the left joystick. Exploration is very linear as Claire follows a predetermined path beset by locked doors that prevent any open-ended gameplay.
Resident Evil Revelations 2 is set for a release in early 2015 on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.
In case the “American Horror Story: Freak Show” promo teaser we showed you earlier today wasn’t freaky enough, the powers-that-be are back with yet another, and this one wonders: “Are you one of us?”
“American Horror Story: Freak Show” begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike.
This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.
“AHS” Season 4 debuts October 8th at 10:00 PM on FX.
Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe, Denis O’Hare, Jamie Brewer, and Evan Peters return from previous seasons. New cast members includes Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Matt Bomer, Patti LaBelle and the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge.
“American Horror Story: Freak Show” – Episode 4.01 – “Monsters Among Us” (airs 10/8/14)
One of the only surviving sideshows in the country struggles to stay in business during the dawning era of television. When police make a terrifying discovery at a local farmhouse, the eccentric purveyor of the freak show (Lange) sees an opportunity that will lead her troupe either to their salvation or ruin. Written by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk; directed by Ryan Murphy.
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