It’s a slow news day, so here’s a fun image gallery shared by pinkahboo on imgur. Titled Jurassic Kitten, below is a series of shots from Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park with the dinosaurs replaced by kittens…and it’s purrrrrrrfect.
At last night’s PC Gaming Show, Bohemia Interactive project lead Brian Hicks announced a new mode for their wildly popular zombie survival game DayZ that will cater to anyone who’s tired of being murdered for their beans. The team is working on bringing a single-player mode to the game so it can be played offline, without the fear of running into a squad of bean bandits.
Also in the works are three new vehicles, full support for Steam Workshop, and, finally, the option to host your own server. Sadly, Hicks did not offer an ETA for any of these upcoming features.
YouTube mashup extraordinaire Wax Audio has released a fantastic mashup that combines the music of The Cure‘s “Lullaby” with the vocals of The Beatles‘ “Yesterday” into a haunting lovely track. McCartney’s lovely runs fit perfectly with the gentle goth rock that The Cure has written.
The song is available as a free download. Just click the arrow in the Soundcloud embed below and enjoy!
While it felt and was positioned as an artistic choice, it’s clear that Tom Six’s The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) (read my review) was forced to be released in black & white.
This morning Tom Six took us back to 2011 with another colorful look at Laurence R. Harvey as “Martin” in the sequel, which really makes the scene “pop”. The shot, shared above and below, is visceral, raw and uncompromising. I believe it tonally changes everything about Human Centipede 2 trasnforming it from a dark comedy to a brutal slasher. Thoughts?
Inspired by the fictional Dr. Heiter from the first film, disturbed loner Martin dreams of creating a 12-person centipede and sets out to realize his sick fantasy.
Bet you love this coloured human centipede 2 pic pic.twitter.com/atGTn9yBKb
— Tom Six (@tom_six) June 16, 2015
“American Horror Story” creator Ryan Murphy tweeted out the following:
“Finn Wittrock is checking into ‘HOTEL.’ Who will Gaga choose — Finn or Matt Bomer? #AHSHotel”
The tweet reveals Wittrock’s involvement in FX’s forthcoming “American Horror Story: Hotel”, while also introducing a subplot that will take place between the three mentioned actors.
Wittrock famously portrayed Dandy, pictured, in “American Horror Story: Freak Show”.
Thus far the full cast includes Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Lady Gaga, Chloë Sevigny, Wes Bentley, Matt Bomer and Cheyenne Jackson.
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Filming will start in early July and is said to take place in modern day America.
Sony Pictures Animation released the first full trailer for Hotel Transylvania 2, which will introduce Oscar-, Tony-, Grammy- and Emmy-winning writer, director, performer, composer and producer Mel Brooks in the sequel to the 2012 worldwide hit.
“Dracula, Mavis, Jonathan and all of their monster friends are back in the brand new comedy adventure: when the old-old-old-fashioned vampire Vlad arrives at the hotel for an impromptu family get-together, Hotel Transylvania is in for a comic collision of supernatural old-school and modern day cool.”
The new trailer introduces the subplot about Dracula’s daughter moving to California, while Vlad joins a costume party. I quite enjoyed the first film, which I saw at TIFF back in 2012, which is why I’m pretty stoked for the followup.
Voices include Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi and Keegan-Michael Key.
Hotel Transylvania 2 is slated for a September 25, 2015 release, and is being directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, produced by Michelle Murdocca, executive-produced by Sandler, Allen Covert, and Ben Waisbren, and written by Robert Smigel.
Even thought Summit’s The Last Witch Hunter doesn’t arrive in theaters until October 23, 2015, star Vin Diesel reveals that he could already return as 13th century Kaulder in a sequel.
“So the studio apparently is so excited by the Last Witch Hunter – The Axe and Cross franchise… that they are already commencing on the next one,” Diesel revealed on Facebook. “The first one doesn’t hit theaters until October 23rd, yet they want me to commit and already block out time to film it. As always, I love to hear your feedback…Kaulder: Are you a good witch… or a bad witch?”
Tormented by the loss of his family and cursed with immortal life, the last witch hunter (Diesel) is all that stands between humanity and the combined forces of the most horrifying witches in history…
The Crazies‘ Breck Eisner directs with Elijah Wood, Rose Leslie and Michael Caine also starring.
“In ‘The Last Witch Hunter’, the modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including Kaulder, a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful Queen Witch, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments right before her death, theQueen curses Kaulder with her own immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Today Kaulder is the only one of his kind remaining, and has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones. However, unbeknownst to Kaulder, the Queen Witch is resurrected and seeks revenge on her killer causing an epic battle that will determine the survival of the human race.“
The soundtrack to the 1981 action thriller Escape From New York will be getting a limited vinyl release courtesy of Silva Screen. The soundtrack was composed by director John Carpenter in association with Alan Howarth. The 2xLP will feature over 20 minutes of previously unreleased music as well as music that was featured in scenes deleted from the final print.
According to Light In The Attic (which has pre-orders open), “the masters were re-mixed from the original multi-track session tapes by long-time Carpenter associate Alan Howarth.”
Another cool tidbit is that disc 2 apparently features original dialogue, which will make the listening experience that much more interesting. Imagine hearing that awesome music and suddenly Snake Plissken is talking. I’m all for it.
Bloody Disgusting has an exclusive clip from Arc Entertainment’s Awaken, on DVD July 7th, 2015.
Mark Atkins directs with Jason London (Dazed and Confused) Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill movie series), Vinnie Jones (Snatch, “Galavant”), Edward Furlong (Terminator 2), Natalie Burn (The Expendables 3), Robert Davi (Die Hard), and Michael Paré (Lincoln Lawyer) starring.
In Awaken, “A group of young adults wake up on a deserted tropical island in this suspenseful thriller about black markets and body parts. Billie, a skilled martial arts expert, had been searching for her missing sister, Rina, when she was attacked and dumped on an island. She finds others like her…fit healthy adults in the prime of life, with no idea why they’ve been kidnapped, then let go, only to be hunted down like animals. Billie searches for a way off the island and finds the horrifying answers to some of her questions… a human organ harvesting operation, that picks and chooses from the strongest and most fit survivors.“
Here’s the Awaken clip to go with the trailer, stills and artwork.
Fantasia Film Festival’s Wave 2 Includes ‘Extinction,’ ‘Ju-On,’ ‘Dark Places,’ The Hallow’ and More!
The 19th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival will soon be stunning Montreal with three weeks of cinematic ingenuity from July 14 until August 4, 2015.
Fantasia’s complete lineup of programming and special events will be revealed on July 7th. To tide you over until then, Fantasia has announced an incredible Second Wave of titles beginning with the international premiere of THE SEVEN HENCHMEN.
Coming immediately after his OUTRAGE saga, Takeshi Kitano’s hilarious crime story stars screen legend Tatsuya Fuji (IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES) as a retired yakuza who realizes that the only way to break the monotony of his daily life by reuniting with his old gang. This is a funny and heartfelt meditation on growing old that only the master of Japanese cinema could deliver. International Premiere
Also…A SPECIAL SCREENING OF GILLES PAQUET-BRENNER’S DARK PLACES
Fantasia will be presenting a special screening of Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s stylish adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s mystery thriller DARK PLACES, which reunites Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult following their appearance together in a certain innocuous Australian road movie. The film’s impressive cast also features Christina Hendricks, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Tye Sheridan.A FRIGHTENING SPRITUAL REBIRTH – THE WORLD PREMIERE OF SONNY MALLHI’S DIRECTORIAL DEBUT, ANGUISH.
The directorial debut of Sonny Mallhi, producer of such singular horror works as THE STRANGERS and AT THE DEVIL’S DOOR. ANGUISH is a frightening and emotionally resonant film that offers supernatural explanations for debilitating adolescent mental illness, featuring a powerhouse lead performance by Ryan Simpkins (A SINGLE MAN). World PremiereHELL DOWN IN IRELAND – THE WORLD PREMIERE OF DAVID KEATING’S OCCULT NIGHTMARE, “CHERRY TREE”
David Keating burst onto the international genre cinema scene with his chilling 2010 occult horror film WAKEWOOD. Now, he’s returned, re-teaming with screenwriter Brendan McCarthy (who, as a producer, was also behind LET US PREY and this year’s Sundance hit THE HALLOW) to deliver a demonic tale of desperate good intentions gone horribly, horribly bad. World Premiere.CENTERPIECE PRESENTATION: RINGO LAM’S WILD CITY
It’s been a long wait, but the dark god of hard-edged Hong Kong cinema is back. Alongside John Woo and Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam was key in defining the spirit of HK film in the late ’80s. Now, after a near-decade hiatus from feature filmmaking, he’s ready to show the world once again what happens when high-octane action and a hard-knock social conscience collide. Canadian Premiere.SCI-FI NOIR – THE WORLD PREMIERE OF JACOB GENTRY’S SYNCHRONICITY
The long awaited solo feature debut from Jacob Gentry, co-director of THE SIGNAL, SYNCHRONICITY is, in a word, brilliant. Chad Mcknight, AJ Bowen, Brianne Davis and Michael Ironside star in this individualistic and astonishing sci-fi Noir about a physicist who folds time, traveling into the past to prevent the theft of his invention. World Premiere.BRUTAL ECONOMICS – THE INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE OF TRADERS
A freshly unemployed worker from an asset management firm creates a website on the dark web, designed to appeal specifically to the financially obliterated. “Better than suicide”, it promises. “Trading.” One of the most blackly subversive social satires to antagonize the screen in years, TRADERS is smart, violent, empathetic and angry. The feature debut of Irish filmmaking team Rachael Moriarty and Peter Murphy, starring Killian Scott (CALVARY), John Bradley (GAME OF THRONES), Nika McGuigan (PHILOMENA) and Barry Keoghan (’71). International PremiereEXPERIENCE THE GAZE OF THE SHAMER’S DAUGHTER
A captivating medieval fantasy from Denmark, directed by Kenneth Kainz (PARTERAPI) and scripted by the great Anders Thomas Jensen (ADAM’S APPLES, BROTHERS, AFTER THE WEDDING), THE SHAMER’S DAUGHTER tells the tale of a young girl who has inherited her mother’s supernatural ability to make people ashamed of themselves by staring into their souls. International PremiereTHROUGH THE EYES OF A STRANGER – THE WORLD PREMIERE OF SLUMLORD
Directed by newcomer Victor Zarcoff and produced by the team behind the acclaimed FUNERAL KINGS (Fantasia 2010), this study in terror brings REAR WINDOW to the digital era. A young couple slowly fall apart, unbeknownst that their creepy landlord is scrupulously watching them through hidden surveillance cameras. Wonderfully acted by a cast straight out of a Tobe Hooper film, this domestic nightmare builds suffocating tension by exposing the fragility of our intimacy in today’s world.CINEPHILES, GET READY TO CHEW ON THE WORLD PREMIERE OF BITE!
Chad Archibald and the talented team behind such Canadian horror breakouts at THE DROWNSMAN, ANTI-SOCIAL, SEPTIC MAN, and EJECTA are back with a brand new monster, a lot of flair, and a heck of a strong cringe factor. Join us for the World Premiere of this thrilling new film from some of Canada’s most striking new genre talent.THE WORLD PREMIERE OF MIGUEL ANGEL VIVAS’ “EXTINCTION” FRONTLINES A HEIGHTENED FOCUS ON SPANISH CINEMA.
Fantasia is proud to be showcasing the world premiere of KIDNAPPED director Miguel Angel Vivas’ English language debut EXTINCTION, an atmospheric and visceral post-apocalyptic monster movie that will blow audiences through the back of the theatre. EXTINCTION is co-scripted by Vivas and Alberto Marini (SLEEP TIGHT) and stars Matthew Fox, Jeffrey Donovan, Quinn McColgan – and some of the most astonishing prosthetic creature make-ups the screen has seen in years.
In addition to EXTINCTION (and the previously announced stop-motion feature POSSESSED), Fantasia will be screening the following Spanish productions:
Spain Dir: Alberto Rodriguez
A riveting period Neo-Noir police procedural thriller from the director of UNIT 7, winner of no fewer than 10 Goya Awards this year, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor. Quebec Premiere.
MORTADELO & FILEMON: MISSION IMPLAUSIBLE
Spain Dir: Javier Fesser
Spain’s cult superspy parody comic book explodes into life as a big budget blitzkrieg of slapstick 3D animation that won Goya Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Adapted Screenplay. North American Premiere
Spain Dir: Esteban Roel and Juan Fernando Andrés
Macarena Gómez gives a riveting performance in this horrific and haunting psychodrama produced by Álex de la Iglesia that’s deservedly become a major hit on the international festival circuit. Quebec Premiere.
TORRENTE, MISSION EUROVEGAS
Spain Dir: Santiago Segura
The completely insane fifth entry in Segura’s blockbuster franchise. TORRENTE: MISSION EUROVEGAS co-stars Alex Baldwin and had the largest Spanish theatrical opening in all of 2014 when it was released last October. An excruciatingly funny film, packed with absurd setpieces and a rogues gallery of familiar faces. North American Premiere.AN INTRODUCTION TO UGANDA’S WAKALIWOOD SCENE AND A NIGERIAN ZOMBIE EPIC ARE AMONG THE HIGHLIGHTS OF FANTASIA UNDERGROUND’s 2015 LINEUP.
Buckle up as Fantasia Underground’s Year Two lineup reaches across the world to bring you eclectic and uncompromising new independent visions from France, Japan, Nigeria, Uganda and the USA.
HARUKO’S PARANORMAL LABORATORY
Japan Dir: Lisa Takeba
One day, as Haruko is zapping, her television unexpectedly transforms into a beautiful, shirtless, TV-headed stud! Welcome to HARUKO’S PARANORMAL LABORATORY, a personal and inventive vision signaling Takeba as Japan’s new Queen of Quirk. Official Selection: Rotterdam, Hong Kong, Yubari. Canadian Premiere.
France Dir : Nathan Ambrosioni
One of the most talked about horror works at the Cannes Film Market this year, HOSTILE marks the impressive debut of 14 year old director Nathan Ambrosioni. A TV show host answers the call of a mother terrified of her two adopted daughters. What starts with the familiar slowly builds into a poignant horror tale. International Premiere.
Nigeria Dir: C.J. ‘Fiery’ Obasi
OJUJU is a fascinating and well-staged transposition of the flesh-eating Zombie Film, bringing the living dead to Nigeria’s slums following what initially appears to be rabid river blindness due to a contaminated water supply. Winner for Best Nigerian film at the Africa International Film Festival. Canadian Premiere.
MEATHEAD GOES HOG WILD
USA Dir: Kevin Cline, Zach Harris, and Sean Pierce
Don’t let the quirky title fool you, this is a visceral, heartfelt and violently confrontational slice of urban hell and personal apocalypse, detailing a young man’s breakdown over the course of a single terrible night in one of America’s most segregated cities. Think a socially conscious FALLING DOWN by way of COMBAT SHOCK. World Premiere.SPECIAL EVENT: INTRO TO WAKALIWOOD – DIY COMMANDO CINEMA FROM UGANDA
“Expect the Unexpectable!” Get ready for WAKALIWOOD – DIY COMMANDO CINEMA FROM UGANDA, as Fantasia proudly presents the film sensation WHO KILLED CAPTAIN ALEX? UGANDA’S FIRST ACTION MOVIE plus a fully loaded arsenal of Wakaliwood trailers, clips from never-before-seen new films, and a live Skype to Uganda with prolific DIY director/writer/editor/producer Nabwana IGG and his superstar crew of kung fu masters, cannibals, and supa commandos!
A viral explosion – “Wakaliwood” is the nickname for Wakaliga, the slum on the outskirts of Kampala, Uganda, where Nabwana IGG and his self-taught DIY team make wild action-packed movies with home-made equipment and the commando spirit. Totally off the grid, Wakaliwood is the last true cinematic Wild West and has taken the internet by storm. Fantasia proudly presents the first ever Wakaliwood festival screening – come experience “the best of the best movies” live!
Curated and hosted by journalist and Blue Sunshine Co-Founder David Bertrand – who recently returned from Uganda, having flown there to go on a location shoot with the Wakaliwood crew and perform in a film with them, the first outsider – let alone the first Canadian – to do so.
Note that Fantasia’s exploration of emerging African Fantastica doesn’t end with our screenings of WHO KILLED CAPTAIN ALEX and OJUJU. Also worthy of major attention is our previously announced selection of Ethiopia’s surrealist Sci-Fi oddity CRUMBS, which will be shown in our Camera Lucida section.Additional 2nd Wave Titles:
USA Dir: Jordan Galland
Ava is recovering from demonic possession. With no memory of the past month, she is forced to attend a Spirit Possessions Anonymous support group. Ava’s life was hijacked by a demon, now it’s time to get it back in this horror farce from the creator of Fantasia favorite Alter Egos. Official Selection: SXSW. Canadian Premiere
Norway Dir: Hallvard Bræin
Roy is mad about cars and is soon challenged in an illegal race across the length of Norway. Fasten your seatbelts (well, it’s the law!) for an old-fashioned action-packed car race flick, faster than Cannonball Run and funnier than Smokey and the Bandit! North American Premiere
Denmark Dir: Jeppe Rønde
Teenage Sara arrives with her single father to a small village in the Welsh valley of Bridgend County, which is haunted by suicides amongst its young inhabitants. She falls dangerously in love with one of the troubled boys while her dad as the new town policeman tries to solve the mystery. This powerful, shattering film (a recent Tribeca Film Festival award winner) is based on true events. Canadian Premiere
BUNNY THE KILLER THING
Finland Dir: Joonas Makkonen
You’ve surely seen the jaw-dropping trailer by now, or at the least, heard a breathless account of it. Nothing can prepare for the lunacy of the actual film. Oh, Finland. North American Premiere.
USA Dir: Jon Watts
A pair of kids stumble across an unoccupied cop car, hop in and take it on a joyride across town, setting in motion a tense game of cat and mouse between them and a particularly corrupt and distinctly homicidal police officer (Kevin Bacon). Official Selection Sundance, Edinburgh International Film Festival. Canadian Premiere
South Korea Dir: Park Hye-mi
A tough, empathic little marvel of science-fantasy without illusions, simple yet satisfyingly solid in its design and execution, CRIMSON WHALE marks Park Hye-mi as an important new talent in Korean animation. Canadian premiere.
France Dir : Eric Cherrière
For years, timid Pierre Tardieu has been brutally slaughtering men and women without ever getting caught. The time to obtain his long due recognition has come. Crime novelist Eric Cherrière takes us on a dark journey into the disturbed mind of a serial killer. Canadian Premiere.
THE DARK BELOW
USA Dir: Douglas Schulze
In this visually stunning, dialogue-free, experimental thriller set on Michigan’s wintry frozen Great Lakes, a brutish serial killer imprisons his still-living latest victim in the watery depths. Thus begins a uniquely chilling story of survival and shocking revelation. This accomplished experiment in narrative storytelling tears every convention apart. You haven’t seen anything like it. Co-Starring Veronica Cartwright. World Premiere
DIRECTOR’S COMMENTARY – TERROR OF FRANKENSTEIN
USA Dir : Tim Kirk
A new lesson in cinephilia eccentricity brought to you by the team behind ROOM 237 and THE NIGHTMARE. While recording a commentary track, the director and the screenwriter of a forgotten – but authentic – Frankenstein movie recall a tragedy that occurred on set, a brutal crime that continues to terrify its witnesses decades after the fact. International Premiere.
Germany Dir: Jörg Buttgereit, Michal Kosakowski, and Andreas Marschall
Three of German Cinema’s most ferocious underground talents have united to assault the screen with a deathly triptych of tales set against the evolving backdrop of Berlin. Featuring Jörg Buttgereit’s return to narrative filmmaking after a 22-year hiatus. Official Selection: Rotterdam International Film Festival. North American Premiere.
USA / Argentina Dir : Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia
Two women sharing the same name see their lives change for the worse when a strange occurrence seems to affect a small city. Both disturbing and poetic, H. is an imaginative tour de force that left a strong impression at Sundance and Berlin this year. Canadian Premiere.
UK Dir: Corin Hardy
A family who moves into a remote millhouse in Ireland unwittingly enter a fight for survival with pale-skinned demonic entities living in the foreboding woods. Superb practical monster FX buoys this intensely scary film, perhaps the best creature feature out of the UK since THE DESCENT. Official Selection: Sundance, Seattle International Film Festival. Canadian Premiere
HE NEVER DIED
Canada Dir: Jason Krawczyk
Punk icon / author / spoken-word master Henry Rollins stars as a mild-mannered reluctant cannibal who tries to keep to himself yet ends up targeted by the mob. Co-starring Kate Greenhouse (a Fantasia award-winner for THE DARK HOURS). Official Selection: SXSW. International Premiere.
USA Dir: Karyn Kusama
One of the smartest, scariest and most engrossing genre films in recent years, THE INVITATION is a masterpiece of ingeniously calculated, character-driven horror storytelling. Karyn Kusama is back, and she’s never been better. Official Selection: SXSW. Canadian Premiere.
JU-ON: THE FINAL CURSE
Japan Dir: Masayuki Ochiai
Directly following last year’s JU-ON: THE BEGINNING OF THE END, this harrowing conclusion of Director Masayuki Ochiai’s reboot of J-Horror’s most beloved franchise generously brings all the goodies expected from fans. Prepare to squirm, screech and shudder because Toshio and Kayoko are determined to finish business with panache. International Premiere
MANSON FAMILY VACATION
USA Dir: J. Davis
Two mismatched brothers tour Hollywood’s notorious Charles Manson murder sites. One is a devoted family man and the other is devoted to The Family (yeah, that one!). When the bickering duo takes an eventful road trip, get ready for a hilarious (and kinda creepy!) “Odd Couple meets Helter Skelter” movie, produced by indie faves the Duplass Brothers. Official Selection: SXSW. Canadian Premiere
THE MASTER PLAN
Sweden Dir: Alain Darborg
In this action/heist/revenge comedy, Charles Ingvar Jönsson (a character popular in Swedish films since the early ’80s) gathers three seemingly incompatible criminals to take vengeance upon the slippery creeps who killed his beloved uncle. North American Premiere.
MONTY PYTHON: THE MEANING OF LIVE
UK Dir: Roger Graef and James Rogan
This love letter to Python fans goes behind the scenes of last summer’s record-setting live reunion and final tour of the Beatles of Comedy. Interviews all the surviving Pythons and special friends, plus charts the group’s history on stage. Dead parrot included! Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival, Hot Docs. Quebec Premiere
THE NUTCRACKER 3D
Japan Dir: Sebastian Masuda
Sanrio’s 1979 stop-motion holiday movie, remixed, revamped, and rebooted by Sebastian Masuda, Harajuku’s “Godfather of kawaii.” A deliciously psychedelic pop-art phantasmagoria of super-sweet, candy-coloured cool. North American premiere.
ON THE WHITE PLANET
South Korea Dir: Hur Bum-wook
A brooding existential nightmare unfolding within a densely detailed landscape of surreal biological monstrosity, animator Hur Bum-wook’s award-winning debut feature is an intense and troubling tale of violence and vulnerability, hope and despair. Canadian premiere.
REMAKE, REMIX, RIP-OFF: ABOUT COPY CULTURE & TURKISH POP CINEMA
Turkey/Germany Dir: Cem Kaya
Turkey in the 1960s-’70s churned out more movies than possibly any other country, often without a single page of original material! Get ready for bizarro Turkish knockoffs of E.T., Dracula, The Wizard of Oz, The Exorcist, Rambo, Superman, Star Trek and more, informatively chronicled in this thorough and uproarious documentary. Official Selection: Locarno Film Festival. North American Premiere
THE ROYAL TAILOR
South Korea Dir: Lee Won-suk
A potent period drama embroidered with wit and wise insights, THE ROYAL TAILOR has its high-spirited mirth and heartbreaking tragedy sewn together masterfully. A great script, a great cast — and a truly wondrous array of magnificent garments! Official Selection: Udine, NYAFF. Canadian premiere.
Mexico/USA Dir: Adrián García Bogliano
The director of LATE PHASES, HERE COMES THE DEVIL and COLD SWEAT is back, re-teaming with Francisco Barreiro to deliver a savage black comedy / thriller that will leave audiences breathless. Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival, Stanley Film Festival. Canadian Premiere.
South Korea Dir: Hong Seok-jae
Social media has scary consequences for two police-tech students and an Internet troll in this masterfully executed first feature film by Hong Seok-jae. Filled with stunning twists and keenly constructed characters, SOCIALPHOBIA ranks among the best independent Korean films in recent years. Winner of the NETPAC and DGK Awards at the Busan Film Festival. Quebec Premiere
SOME KIND OF HATE
USA Dir: Adam Egypt Mortimer
Ronen Rubinstein, Grace Phipps, Sierra McCormick and Noah Segan star in a bloody tale of a bullied teen sentenced to a juvenile delinquent camp that happens to be haunted by the murderous spirit of a victim of bullying. Official Selection: Stanley Film Festival. Canadian Premiere.
SHE WHO MUST BURN
Canada Dir: Larry Kent
Director Larry Kent (THE BITTER ASH, HIGH, THE HAMSTER CAGE), Canada’s first underground filmmaker, has been making uncompromising works for 52-years. Now, he has made his first full-on horror film, a harrowing tale of organizers of a Planned Parenthood clinic under violent attack by fanatical evangelists. World Premiere.
UK Dir: Dominic Brunt
Two financially struggling independent businesswomen fall prey to a brutal money lender in this hard-hitting, vicious and socially conscious thriller that balances gripping drama and ferocious shock value to powerful effect. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Official Selection: Leeds Film Festival. International Premiere
THERAPY FOR A VAMPIRE
Austria Dir: David Rühm
In 1930s Vienna, an infamous vampire count turns to none other than noted psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud to help him deal with various romantic entanglements. This delightful and sumptuously produced horror comedy evokes the Hammer Gothics of yore and Polanski’s classic Fearless Vampire Killers. A must for old-school fangbangers! Official Selection: Zurich Film Festival. Canadian Premiere
WE ARE STILL HERE
USA Dir: Ted Geoghegan
Ted Geoghegan’s super acclaimed directorial debut is finally coming to Canada. WE ARE STILL HERE stars Barbara Crampton, Larry Fessenden and Lisa Marie, features stunning visuals by Karim Hussain and is infused with the spirit of ‘80s Lucio Fulci. What’s not to love? Official Selection: SXSW. Canadian Premiere.
WONDERFUL WORLD END
Japan Dir: Daigo Matsui
With films like SWEET POOLSIDE, director Daigo Matsui proved himself a leading voice in coming-of-age films with lucid and accurate portrayals of Japanese youth and a taste for bizarre creativity. So when he steers his gaze to social media’s impact on two serial bloggers, expect to be disturbed, moved and amazed. Selected in Generation 14+ Section at Berlinale. Canadian Premiere
Fantasia’s full lineup of screenings and events will be announced on July 7.
The 19th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival is presented by Ubisoft and Anchor Bay Entertainment. A leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products, Ubisoft has been a key sponsor of the Fantasia Film Festival since 2003. Anchor Bay Entertainment is a popular home entertainment and production company celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
Russian digital artist Nikolay Tsys creates some truly unsettling images and creatures. From this octopus humanoid to this floating/flying stingray with a face, his works are incredible, highly detailed, and something out of a nightmare.
But perhaps the freakiest one, at least for an arachnophobe like myself, is his take on what a “real life Spiderman” would look like. Rather than being normal looking human with spider-like superpowers, the huge-eyed mask isn’t a mask at all. Rather, it’s the actual face of Peter Parker. And you know what? I wouldn’t hesitate to spray him down with every can of Raid I could get my hands on. Seriously, just looking at this picture freaks me right the fuck out.
Just look for yourself. But don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Sir Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93 after being hospitalized for respiratory problems and heart failure, says The Guardian.
The veteran actor, best known for a variety of films from Dracula to The Wicker Man through to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, passed away on Sunday morning at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, according to sources.
As well as his career in film, Lee also released a series of heavy metal albums, including “Charlemagne: The Omens of Death,” adds the site. He was knighted in 2009 for services to drama and charity and was awarded the Bafta fellowship in 2011.
Lee started his legendary run as the king of horror when he joined Hammer Films’ 1957 The Curse of Frankenstein before starring in, get this, Horror of Dracula, Corridors of Blood, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Mummy, The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll, Scream of Fear, The Skull, Dracula: Prince of Darkness, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Scream and Scream Again, Count Dracula, Taste the Blood of Dracula, Scars of Dracula, The House That Dripped Blood, Dracula A.D. 1972, The Satanic Rites of Dracula and many, many more.
Later in Christopher Lee’s career, he could be seen in Howling II: … Your Sister Is a Werewolf, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Sleepy Hollow, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Burke and Hare, Season of the Witch, The Wicker Man, The Wicker Tree, and even Dark Shadows. Tim Burton was clearly a huge fan.
We will all miss him and never forget the horror legacy left behind.
Director Paul Feig has taken to Twitter to announce that actor Chris Hemsworth has joined the cast of the upcoming Ghostbusters film, apparently in the role of the receptionist for the supernatural fighting foursome. He joins Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, who will be the protagonists of the film.
According to Variety, Hemsworth was wanted for a role in the film from early stages. However, the initial part they had in mind was too small, according to the star. Since then, the script has been reworked and the part made more substantial.
Feig is directing the film based of a script written by him and Kate Dippold. Ivan Reitman is producing the film.
The film’s expected release date is July 22, 2016.
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) June 10, 2015
A new preview for tomorrow’s episode of “Hannibal” presents not only the return of Special Agent Will Graham but also the character of detective Rinaldo Pazzi, who originally made his appearance in the 2001 film of the same name. The clip shows the two interacting, getting a feel for one another as Will arrives in Palermo, Italy. The full episode will air tomorrow on NBC at 10pm EST.
The show’s synopsis:
After the shocking events of the season two finale, Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) is on the run in Europe – accompanied by his psychiatrist Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson) – sporting a new identity, but servicing the same insatiable appetite. As the lives of Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), Jack (Laurence Fishburne) and Alana (Caroline Dhavernas) converge toward Hannibal again, each with their own motivations to catch him once and for all, their deadly dance turns in startling and unexpected way.
The past few days have seen a lot of controversy surrounding German filmmaker Uwe Boll, who was trying to raise fund through Kickstarter for Rampage 3, which looks like it won’t make its near $56,000 goal in the next 32 hours. Boll went on racist and profanity laden rants that he posted to YouTube which have since gone viral, drawing a lot of scorn and ire towards the director.
One person who decided to take full advantage of this situation is Troma founder Lloyd Kaufman, who created his own video that parodies Boll’s, even going so far as (poorly) stealing the same background.
I gotta tell you, Kaufman’s video is goddamn hilarious! He mocks specific things that Boll ranted about, all while using the opportunity to thank the fans and thank Kickstarter for everything that each has done. Plus, his Uwe Boll “accent” is atrocious, which he also mocks, saying at one point, “I’m starting to sound a little more like Mel Brooks!”
Troma is currently Kickstarting Return To Nuke ‘Em High: Volume 2, which you can see more about here.
Reviewed By Taylor Hoffman –– Valkyrie @ Black Cat Comics, SLC // @taylorcheckers
We Can Never Go Home #3 diverges from the first two issues of non-stop action to take care of some important character development amidst the madness. It’s an incredibly smart move to slow down the pace for everyone to catch their breath, re-focus, and get ready to kick more ass. “Big Mouth Strikes Again” is the third track on the epic mix tape and we really see how desperately Maddie and Duncan want to take their place in the human race, but there’s no safe space for them to rest or play for very long. After a few days on the run and a few more dead bodies later, Duncan and Maddie have a ton of cash and the police on their backs. Naturally, it’s time for new clothes, cotton candy, and more blood.
STORY BY: Matthew Rosenberg, Patrick Kindlon
ART BY: Joshua Hood
COLORS BY: Tyler Boss
LETTERS BY: Jim Campbell
COVER BY: Michael Walsh
PUBLISHER: Black Mask
COVER PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE Jun 10th, 2015
There’s more sweetness mixed into the chaos as the obvious lovebirds do their weird teenage mating ritual while hitting up more drug dealers for money. There’s a clear Kill Your Boyfriend vibe, but it’s not just Duncan running the show. Instead, Maddie takes charge of herself and her surroundings when faced with conflict this time around. When police knock down the door to their motel, she doesn’t hesitate to prove to be the real threat against authority figures.
While Duncan’s huddled on the floor, she’s taking out enemies one by one. Between throwing cops onto the roof like that pizza in Breaking Bad and teaching a cat-caller a very important lesson in basic human communication, Maddie’s real strength shows in her conviction to not taking shit anymore. The creative team spends a few pages on Maddie finding a new uniform that is an apt sneer at the ridiculousness of costumed heroines often in impractical “weird bathing suit” garb. It’s not just a jab at those designs and more a remark about individualism without being overdone. It’s pauses like this and a scene in the cleverly Black Mask Studios themed amusement park –– someone better start building that Space Riders roller coaster –– that help round out the world and the characters.
While her laser eyes and incredible strength might qualify Maddie to be part of the A-Force next to She-Hulk, this issue reminds us that being a superhero is not the point. The powers are only tools for our characters and so far they’re as inexplicable and brutal as the tools featured on the cover. It’s something more than hormones and something less than supernatural that makes all these power dynamics work together.
Duncan’s cursed with the power of thought and having the ability to kill anybody instantaneously, but he doesn’t. It’s about how to use a given strength for good. Sure, they might be hurting people, but they’re hurting the people that hurt them and other innocents. Maybe there’s some plausible karmic balance if not justice and revenge. There’s something so strangely beautiful and simply punk to this book that you’ve just gotta root for these two to kiss, blast “Damaged Goods” by Gang Of Four on repeat, and take over the world. Neither bullies nor bullets can stop them now. Isn’t anyone looking for them, though?
Let’s all hope that “Girlfriend in a Coma” isn’t playing up next.
Now this is how you do a season finale! There were at least three moments in the episode where I audibly gasped during “Blaine’s World” (Major getting stabbed, the Meat Cute exploding with Evan standing outside, and Liv saying she wouldn’t donate her blood to save her brother) and any episode of a television show that can make me do that is fantastic. It’s a good thing iZombie is coming back in the fall, because if we had to wait until next March for a new season it wouldn’t be pleasant.
Everything was tied together in the end of “Blaine’s World,” and neither bad guy was killed off of the show for good. Both Blaine and Max Rager CEO Vaughn Du Clark both emerged from the episode bruised and battered (and cured, in Blaine’s case), but it looks like they will be back next season to go head to head with Liv.
Surprisingly, most of the episode was focused on Major (Ravi had surprisingly little screen time and Peyton didn’t even make an appearance). I’ve said it several times in my previous reviews (and I will refrain from doing so once the second season begins), but Major has become one of the best (possibly the best) parts of the show. His arc all season has been phenomenal, with the only weak point coming from Liv’s reluctance to tell him the truth. Even that issue was remedied once he confronted Liv about all of the secrets she has kept from him all season.
It was a cathartic scene between Major and Liv, brilliantly acted by Rose McIver and Robet Buckley, with Major essentially voicing every thought the audience has had all season. Liv is the main character of the show, but it’s hard not to side with Major in this argument. All of Liv’s motivations for keeping things from Major have been purely selfish, and not in his best interest. It was wonderful to finally see the two hash it out.
Also nice was to see Major kick some serious ass. After creatively escaping from Blaine’s freezer (which was a unique and original form of torture) he went Rambo on the entire staff of the Meat Cute in a thrilling sequence that I would like to see more of in the second season. Hopefully that tease of Clive ordering a gun residue test on Major will just lead to Liv opening up to him as well, as I don’t particularly want to see a season of Major on trial for mass murder.
I don’t want to make it seem like Liv was a supporting player in her own season finale. She still had plenty to do, but none of it was particularly interesting until the final act. McIver got to show off her acting skills by making some tough decisions during the episode. Her decision to turn Major and then cure him again after their heart-to-heart was powerful, but it was watching her decide not to donate blood to her brother that held the most weight. It was also a surprising choice for the season cliffhanger, but that’s what made it work.
Elsewhere, Suzuki blew up the Meat Cute, but not before writing Blaine’s name in blood all over the walls (at least I think it was Blaine’s name). This was a jam-packed finale with plenty of phenomenal moments. It’s everything a season finale of a show should be. Let’s hope season two can live up to the high bar season one has set.
- Chapter Titles Of The Week: Major Cold Spell; And Then There Was One; Meet The New Boss; Great Balls of Ire; Getting a Bum Rap; Don’t Turn Around, Uh Oh; Bloodbath and Beyond. I vote for Bloodbath and Beyond.
- Zombie Power Of The Week: Super Snarkiness! Not one of my favorite brains this season but Liv did get some funny one-liners.
- “Not to speak ill of the dead but she’s kind of a snarky little bitch.” -Liv on Theresa
- “Hey! Creepy Stares-A-Lot. I’m not on a sex cam I can see you!” -Liv to new employee.
- The shot of Tommy’s brainless corpse was pretty gruesome by CW standards.
- “He made a funny sound while spitting on you?” -Liv, when the homeless guy was trying to describe the explosion.
- So…Vaughn Du Clark’s master plan for his energy drink is to make it so that sleep is a thing of the past? Alright. It’s not exactly genius, but alright.
- That Super Max can sure did look like a Red Bull knockoff didn’t it?
- Blaine’s first meal as a newly-cured zombie? Hot Pockets.
- “Just what we need: a noise complaint! You’ve got the slow and agonizing death thing under control, right? Great! I hope it hurts.” -I love David Anders, and I’m happy he’s sticking around next season so we can get more wonderful lines like this.
- “Make more now bitch!”
- That’s it for the first season everyone! Hope you’ve enjoyed reading my reviews as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them. See you again in the fall when Season 2 premieres!
Check out this promo poster for AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead,” now filming in Vancouver with additional photography taking place in Los Angeles at a later date.
“Fear the Walking Dead,” which is set in Los Angeles and focuses on new characters and storylines, stars Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, “Sons of Anarchy”) as Madison, Cliff Curtis (“Missing,” “Gang Related”) as Travis, Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) as Nick and Alycia Debnam-Carey (Into the Storm) as Alicia. Also joining the cast as series regulars are Elizabeth Rodriguez (“Orange is the New Black”) as Liza and Mercedes Mason (Quarantine 2: Terminal) as Ofelia.
A companion series to “The Walking Dead,” the #1 show on television among adults 18-49, “Fear the Walking Dead” is executive produced by Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, David Alpert and showrunner David Erickson and produced by AMC Studios. Co-Executive Producer Adam Davidson, who directed the pilot, is also directing the second and third episodes. The series’ first season, consisting of six one-hour episodes, will premiere on AMC in late summer.
Lionsgate Premiere’s Cooties poster heads to the schoolyard for an epic battle between man and child-zombies.
From the minds of Leigh Whannell (co-creator of Saw and Insidious) and Ian Brennan (co-creator of “Glee”), Cooties is a horror comedy with unexpected laughs and unapologetic thrills. When a cafeteria food virus turns elementary school children into little killer savages, a group of misfit teachers must band together to escape the playground carnage.
The trailer is truly something special as it’s a rare horror commodity to see children turned into horrific creatures. It takes something as fun and in good-spirits as Cooties – does this not look like an instant cult classic in the making?
The film stars Elijah Wood (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings), Rainn Wilson (The Office), and Alison Pill (The Newsroom) as teachers who fight to survive the mayhem while hilariously bickering in an uncomfortable love triangle on the worst Monday of their lives.
The Sundance hit Cooties will be one of the debut releases of the newly-launched Lionsgate Premiere label, which will release the film on September 18th in select theaters and on demand.
Bloody Disgusting has the exclusive teaser trailer debut for David Spaltro’s …In the Dark, which follows a skeptical grad student and a renowned paranormal specialist who investigate a potentially haunted home, and the troubled, young woman inside whose affliction may be beyond the capacity of either of them.
…In the Dark, starring Grace Folsom, Lynn Justinger, Fiona Horrigan, Catherine Cobb Ryan, and Kayla Leasure, is a collaboration between Seven Oaks Films, Intimation Productions, and writer-director David Spaltro (…Around, Things I Don’t Understand).
“Skeptical grad student, Veronica Carpenter (Lynn Justinger), interviews renowned paranormal specialist, Dr. Lois Kearne (Fiona Horrigan), for her thesis on the benefits of her supernatural research in regards to modern psychology, and joins her on a field study trip to a Brooklyn home supposedly “besieged by evil”. Once at the residence of nurse Joan Mills (Catherine Cobb Ryan) and Bethany (Grace Folsom), her recently returned daughter, the investigators are immediately confronted with dark secrets, darker energies, unexplainably horrific events, and a young girl who’s affliction tests the boundaries of all their collective research and experience, everyone to confront their own haunted pasts and demons. The explosive revelations and finale ask all involved, and the audience, what exactly is lying hungrily in wait ‘…In the Dark.’“
Combining both the appeal of the thrills and chills that is a staple of the horror genre, as well as a strong, original story, headed by a female cast of some of NYC’s most talented actresses, …In the Dark is said to be a lovingly bloody valentine to the inspirational works of Stephen King, John Carpenter, and The Exorcist.
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