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[Sundance Review] ‘The Eyes of My Mother’ Is Disturbing and Twisted!

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 10:16

The Eyes of My Mother was getting a lot of buzz at Sundance and folks saying it was disturbing and scary. So I checked it out and it really lives up to the buzz. Writer/director Nicolas Pesce has crafted one hell of a debut film.

As a child, Francisca (Olivia Bond) watches a stranger named Charlie (Will Brill) murder her mother (Diana Agostini). Francisca’s father (Paul Nazak) walks in on it, too late to save his wife but just in time to beat Charlie and lock him up in their barn. The lonely Francisca befriends Charlie and becomes obsessed with feeling the thrill he describes from killing as an adult (Kika Magalhaes).

It is disturbing to watch grown-up Francisca prey on vulnerable women, and especially disturbing when there is a baby involved. Equally disturbing is seeing young Francisca relate to the instrument of her trauma. Perhaps her father was too traumatized himself to stop her from doing that, but I suppose he knew what he was doing keeping Charlie alive in his barn.

Charlie is a disturbing character. You can tell from his introduction that he’s bad news and you wish they hadn’t let him in the house, but he probably would have found a way in anyway. When he is reduced to a prisoner, he’s disgusting, with Pesce amping up the eating noises so he sounds like a suckling animal. Charlie is not Francisca’s only prisoner, and she plays on body parts we are all sensitive to: fingernails, eyes, mouths.

The performances are breakthrough. I really hope Bond is well-adjusted after performing the detached morbid interest she achieved. I’m more confident that Magalhaes can leave the work on the set, but she’s pretty convincing disarming her victims. Brill nails that sense that you know something’s wrong but makes you doubt yourself out of guilt. The actresses playing victims (Flora Diaz and Clara Wong) are able to achieve sympathy with little screen time, something that films with even larger ensembles often fail to do.

The Eyes of My Mother maintains a mood and atmosphere of dread. Shot in black and white, the shadows hang over the remote farm house. There are a few time jumps that also contribute to a jarring sense of displacement. The film runs a lean 77 minutes but there is enough material for months of nightmares.

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‘Mama’ Sequel to Be Directed By ‘Starry Eyes’ Duo

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 00:25

Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, the duo behind 2014 cult horror Starry Eyes, are in final negotiations to rewrite and direct the sequel to Mama, Universal’s surprise 2013 horror hit, reports Heat Vision.

The original movie, directed by Andres Muschetti and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro, “told a tale of two kids, orphaned and left in the woods for five years, who are taken in by their uncle and aunt. They unwittingly also bring with them an evil force.

Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau starred in the movie that grossed $71 million domestically and $75 million internationally on a budget of $15 million.

[Related Post] Guillermo del Toro’s Mama Originally Had Practical Effects!

Scott Bernstein and Russell Ackerman are producing the new pic. Lava Bear also is producing. There’s no mention of Guillermo del Toro, who executive produced the initial haunter.

Widmyer and Kolsch are also attached to direct Exorcism Diaries for Lionsgate label Summit Entertainment. The duo most recently directed a segment for XYZ Films’ horror anthology Holidays.

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‘Cabin Fever’ Image Gives Nod to Eli Roth’s Original

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 21:48

We broke the news a few weeks ago that Travis Z’s Cabin Fever remake will be releasing in limited theaters and on Digital HD February 12th, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

We also shared the below image from the redo of Eli Roth’s 2002 film of the same name, this time starring Gage Golightly, Matthew Daddario, Samuel Davis, Nadine Crocker, and Dustin Ingram.

The latest shot, above, gives a wink and a nod to Roth’s original, which Producer Evan Astrowsky teased when he spoke to Bloody Disgusting last.

“This film is actually a proper remake, we re-shot the same script Eli Roth and Randy Pealstein wrote,” Astrowsky told us. “We had long talks about changing this and changing that, then the other producers and I read the original and realized, ’this script is still f’in amazing…’

“But, what we did do was create a few great bread crumbs and easter eggs through out the film for the true fans to spot and enjoy.”

Easter eggs? Pun intended…

In Roth’s 2002 film, Paul (Rider Strong) hallucinates an operating rabbit that’s a duel homage to Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.

Executive producer Eli Roth presents this reboot of his instant classic gorefest, which features all new characters and all new kills. This story is familiar: fresh out of college, a group of five friends retreat to a remote cabin in the woods for one last week of partying- only to become snacks for a gruesome, flesh-eating virus. What’s surprising are the ingenious new deaths, which offer a fresh spin on a horror-comedy milestone.

IFC Midnight is behind the new Cabin Fever, which is a near word-for-word remake; Travis Z’s take is from a screenplay by Eli Roth & Randy Pearlstein (based on a story by Roth).

Back in March Roth said he was “blown away” by the remake.

The film was produced by Evan Astrowsky, Christopher Lemole and Tim Zajaros, and was executive produced by Roth, Cassian Elwes, Jerry Fruchtman, Peter Fruchtman and Ike and Jaclyn Suri.

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‘Outlaws and Angels’ Hostage Situation In This Sundance Clip

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 16:49

After premiering at the ongoing Sundance Film Festival, Momentum Pictures gets gritty with the a clip from JT Mollner’s Outlaws and Angels with Chad Michael Murray (“One Tree Hill,” “Agent Carter”), Francesca Eastwood (Final Girl), Madisen Beaty (Other People, “The Fosters”), Ben Browder (Bad Kids Go To Hell, “Stargate SG-1″), Keith Loneker (Bad Ass 3: Bad Asses on the Bayou), and Frances Fisher (“Resurrection,” The Lincoln Lawyer).

When Outlaws on the lam invade the home of an unsuspecting, seemingly innocent, frontier family to hide out for the night, an unexpected game of cat and mouse ensues, leading to seduction, role reversal, and ultimately, bloody revenge.

Fred Topel, who is at Sundance on behalf of Bloody, was not a fan, calling it “a bloody awful Western” in his review.

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Someone’s Gonna Have a Bad Day in This ‘High-Rise’ Poster

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 16:46

A new poster for the upcoming thriller High-Rise shows the front and hood of a rather nice looking vehicle that has been waxed to utter perfection! You can see clouds, the sky, a skyscraper and even a person fallin…oh. Well, that’s going to leave a mark. I’m sure whomever is tasked with cleaning up THAT mess is not going to be thrilled.

High-Rise is an adaptation of the 1975 J.G. Ballard novel of the same name. It stars Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, Crimson Peak), Jeremy Irons (Batman v Superman), Sienna Miller (American Sniper), Luke Evans (Dracula Untold) and Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”) and is directed by Ben Wheatley.

Our own Kalyn Corrigan found some flaws in the film. You can read her review to understand where she’s coming from.

From the director of Kill List, Sightseers and A Field in England, “1975. Two miles west of London, Dr. Laing moves into his new apartment seeking soulless anonymity, only to find that the building’s residents have no intention of leaving him alone. Resigned to the complex social dynamics unfolding around him, Laing bites the bullet and becomes neighbourly. As he struggles to establish his position, Laing’s good manners and sanity disintegrate along with the building. The lights go out and the elevators fail but the party goes on. People are the problem. Booze is the currency. Sex is the panacea.

While we wait for a U.S. date, it opens in the UK on March 16th.

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More Undead ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ Action

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 16:10

Sony Screen Gems released a cool new art poster and action-packed television spot for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which focuses on the Bennett sisters – Elizabeth (Lily James), Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady), Jane (Bella Heathcote), and Kitty (Suki Waterhouse) – several badass women who have been trained to brutally slay the undead.

[Related Post] We Visit the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Sets in England!

Set for release February 5th, the events in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies begin with the tangled relationship between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England, and is complicated by a full on outbreak of zombies.

The film stars Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, Charles Dance, and Lena Headey.

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Takashi Shimizu’s Long Delayed ‘Flight 7500’ Takes Off!

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 16:03

After five years of anticipation, Takashi Shimizu’s J-horror on a plane, Flight 7500, is finally set to take off!

Bloody Disgusting has learned that Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release on DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD on April 12th!

On a flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo, a plane is shaken by severe weather. When the turbulence subsides, a passenger suddenly dies – and a supernatural force is unleashed, overtaking the passengers as they desperately fight to figure out what it is and how to stop it.

From the director of The Grudge and the producer of The Ring, Flight 7500 stars Leslie Bibb, Jamie Chung, Jerry Ferrara, Ryan Kwanten, Johnathon Schaech, Amy Smart and Scout Taylor-Compton.

Extras include a look behind the scenes at the making of the film (the “Inside Flight 7500” featurette).

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This ‘Dying Light’ Trailer Has Such Sights to Show You

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 14:40

When Dying Light: The Following arrives on February 9, it’s going to double the size of the Techland’s already massive open-world horror game. A trailer released earlier today offering an in-depth look at several of the environments that I absolutely cannot wait to turn into my own urban playgrounds, including a racetrack, ghost town, granary, lighthouse and a hermit’s cabin.

I recommend checking out the series of videos that breaks down the new Nightmare Mode, meta-levels, and bounties that will come next month with the free enhancement update, but first, here’s some motion capture footage of the game’s opening cinematic.

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‘Alien: Covenant’: Ridley Scott Casting “Very Tall” Actors to Play…

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 13:51

It looks like Ridley Scott is casting up potential Engineers and Xenomorphs for Alien: Covenant, his upcoming Alien prequel/Prometheus sequel shooting this coming April in Australia.

Management Group MCTV shares a casting breakdown asking for actors aged 8-40 that are “skinny and very tall or skinny and very short but strong and very physically agile.”

Other skills requested: “Fast in Movement. Acrobats, Dancers, Gymnasts, Contortionists, Cirque du Soleil type performers.”

This sounds exactly like the Xenomorphs that first appeared in Alien (Bolaji Badejo) before becoming a full next in James Cameron’s Aliens.

Prometheus featured the mammoth Engineers, who are gigantic compared to humans.

Scott already promises the return of the “big bad,” the only question is, how many?

Late last year Scott also excited us all when he said, “We’ll have them all: egg, face-hugger, chest-burster, then the big boy.” He also explained that the film will reveal a destroyed Engineer planet, and also shared plans for an expanded universe that will eventually bridge directly into his 1979 Alien.

Katherine Waterston recently landed the lead role. She will reunite with her Jobs co-star Michael Fassbender, while Scott has previously confirmed that Noomi Rapace will also return.

FOX recently set Alien: Covenant for release on October 6, 2017.

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[Sundance Review] Kevin Smith’s ‘Yoga Hosers’ Is Amblin Good Fun!

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 12:01

Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp ARE Yoga Hosers. It would be criminal if that’s not the poster and trailer. The Canadian convenience store clerks from Tusk are back in their own adventure, a lovely ode to female friendship as an Amblin creature movie.

High school sophomores Colleen Colette (Depp) and Colleen McKenzie (Smith) just want to go to a senior party, but they are forced to work that night. While on duty, the army of little creatures that’s been creeping around town, attacks them.

I guess Smith already revealed the creatures are Bratzis. I would’ve tried to write around it but this saves me. The little Nazi bratwursts are so weird that the obvious CGI works. When their creator explains their mythology it is also a bizarre take on a mad scientist. I wonder if Nazis are a theme in Kevin Smith’s True North trilogy, since the podcast in Tusk was The Not See Party. We’ll find out if there are any Nazis in Moose Jaws.

The main attractions in Yoga Hosers are the girls though. They are adorable, and Smith’s take on social media addiction is perceptive. It’s more universal than the podcasting in Tusk, as everyone uses cell phones and only 50% of people have a podcast. The Colleens are actually singers in a band so they don’t have to sing into hairbrushes. They have real microphones and catchy tunes I want to download. I suppose Smith can sell them on SModCo Internet Radio rather than iTunes.

The Colleens are Yoga Hosers because they practice yoga with an eccentric yogi (Justin Long). His completely fake poses are legit funny. As a practicer of actual yoga, those tickled me, and they give the Colleens their superpowers too. This adventure is somewhat contained, but works as a siege movie. Perhaps they have more epic adventures ahead. There’s something profound about hearing Harley Quinn Smith deliver a famous line from her father’s signature movie. They also talk about girl stuff as openly as Smith’s male characters discuss sex.

Here’s the elephant in the room, and I have good news. Johnny Depp is fairly restrained in this. The fact that he’s credited suggests he’s no longer going method on Guy Lapointe. Here he serves the plot, investigating the Bratzis and delivering just enough self-referential commentary on Tusk and moves on before its self-indulgent.

See Smith find new inspirations speaks to the organic artistic world as a whole. He’d expressed all his personal feelings and I was there when he “retired” from filmmaking, but his other business gave him a new idea. Then minor characters he invented for Tusk inspired him to tell more stories. That’s how art works. Your voice evolves but you never run out of things to say. I really like the Colleens so I’m happy to see more adventures with them, and Franchise Fred approves!

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Kevin Smith Torturing Fans With the Return of Justin Long as a Walrus In ‘Moose Jaws’

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 11:17

One thing is for sure, Kevin Smith is doing whatever the fuck he wants. And that’s pretty cool. And if financiers want to throw money at him to torture his fans, that’s their decision, not mine.

But, hey, we want more original films, right? The good news is that Smith’s Yoga Hosers (read our review) is getting a much better reception than Tusk.

But the podcast from hell (that inspired Tusk) continues forth with Moose Jaws, Smith’s final film in his planned trilogy spoofing logic and reasoning.

Tusk sent Justin Long into the Canadian outback where Michael Parks kidnapped him and surgically transformed him into a walrus. Within the film, Long’s character enters a convenience store where he meets two clerks — played by Smith’s and Depp’s daughters, Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp. Their characters have been spun off into Yoga Hosers, which premiered this past weekend at the Sundance Film Festival.

But it all comes full circle in Moose Jaws, which is about a giant, man-eating moose terrorizing a summer camp in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

Smith spoke about the film during a Sundance panel hosted by Deadline where he revealed many cast members, which include Harley Morenstein as a camp counselor, Tusk‘s Genesis Rodriguez as Ally Leon, Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp returns as the Colleens, with Johnny Depp playing Guy Lapointe.

The biggest surprise, though is that Jason Mewes and Smith are going to star as Jay and Silent Bob, which will be their first on-screen appearance since Clerks II.

But here’s where is all comes together. Smith says in the below video that Justin Long will be brought in to fight the killer moose…as his creepy, haunting and nerve-racking walrus form.

While it will stick to the beats of Jaws, the third act will take cues from Godzilla, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn, and Return of the Jedi.

While I hate Smith’s Tusk, I am curious to see Yoga Hosers. He’s tonally all over the place and seems incapable of zeroing in on anything anymore, which make his films a complete crapshoot. Again, at least Smith is doing what makes him happy and we can’t shame him for that. For me, I just want to be entertained…and the idea of a walrus-human hybrid battling a monster moose sounds right up my alley. I just don’t ever want to be tortured by anything as cinematically poison as Tusk was.

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10 Horror Films Released in January That Were Actually Good!

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 11:01

As many of you may know, January is typically the dumping ground for horror films. Typically a slower month for the box office with the exception of the Oscar nominees that get an extra push, studios take January as their opportunity to get rid of some lesser-quality films for a quick buck. This is especially true for any studio that has a horror film collecting dust on the shelf. Films like The Devil Inside, Devil’s Due and many others get released in this awful month for horror-thirsty moviegoers to spend their money on. This January has already seen the release of the sub-par The Forest and the perfectly average The Boy, but it’s not alway bad! Sometimes (rarely), a good horror movie gets released in January. Here are 10 well-regarded horror films that had the misfortune of seeing a January release.

***SPOILERS for some of the films to follow***

The Stepfather (January 23, 1987)

It’s hard to believe that this cult classic was released in January, and almost 30 years ago! Terry O’Quinn gives a career-defining performance as the titular parent, who is actually a serial killer who moves from family to family and changes his identity after murdering each one. It may be possible that January wasn’t known as the “Dump Month” in 1987, and this film would be a prime example why.

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‘Ava’s Possessions’ Brings a ‘Hellraiser’ Vibe to VOD

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 10:55

From Jordan Galland, the director of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead, Ava’s Possessions finds “Ava recovering from demonic possession. With no memory of the past month, she is forced to attend a Spirit Possessions Anonymous support group. As Ava struggles to reconnect with her friends, get her job back, and figure out where the huge blood stain in her apartment came from, she is plagued by nightmarish visions–the demon is trying to come back.

After premiering at last year’s SXSW Film Festival, Momentum Pictures will release on VOD on March 4th.

Check out the trailer that unleashes a demon (seemingly inspired by Hellraiser).

Ava’s Possessions is written and directed by Jordan Galland. It stars Krause, Jemima Kirke (HBO’s Girls), Carol Kane (Netflix’s The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), and Alysia Reiner and Deborah Rush (both of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black), alongside horror favorites Whitney Able (All the Boys Love Mandy Lane), William Sadler (Tales from the Crypt presents Demon Knight), Lou Taylor Pucci (The Evil Dead), and Dan Fogler (NBC’s Hannibal).

In addition, a viral campaign was launched.

For the last thirty years, Spirit Possession Anonymous has become the most reliable rehabilitation organization for anyone suffering from otherworldly ailments. In 1982, when SPA was established, little was known about what happens after a successful exorcism or how to help victims re-integrate into daily life – or how to prevent repossession.

In their studies, the founders of SPA discovered that by confronting people they’d harmed during the time they were possessed, owning up to the damage they’d caused, and by sharing these experiences, survivors of possession could help themselves and other suffering victims make a full recovery and – even more importantly – prevent it from happening again.

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‘Penny Dreadful’ Teasers Touched By Satan… and Dr. Jekyll

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 10:50

When evil spreads, dread comes for all of us.

Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful” returns Sunday, May 1st at 10PM ET/PT!

An erotically-charged, profoundly unsettling new saga, ‘Penny Dreadful’ completely reinvents literature’s most iconic and terrifying characters. Dorian Gray, Victor Frankenstein and timeless figures from Dracula join a core of original characters in a dark and brutal quest to save a soul — even as they grapple with their own monstrous temptations.

Starring Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green.

There’s all sorts of surprises in store for season 3. Just take a look at this casting for example; Dr. Henry Jekyll has arrived – and he’s teased in these new promos!

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‘Bates Motel’ Poster Begins Transformation

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 10:34

She wouldn’t’ even harm a fly.

On Monday, March 7th, at 9PM ET/PT, A&E Network presents the season four return of the critically acclaimed drama “Bates Motel,” starring Vera Farmiga in her Emmy-nominated role as “Norma Bates” alongside the brilliant Freddie Highmore as “Norman.”

From writers and executive producers Kerry Ehrin (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”) and Carlton Cuse (“Lost, “The Strain”), this season will showcase Norman’s deranged descent into madness. The teaser poster leads us to believe Norman’s transformation has begun, which makes a lot of sense considering they’re also teasing the infamous shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.

“Bates Motel,” a contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film Psycho, will return with ten new episodes that further reveal Norman’s continued downward spiral and the effect it has on the family. This season Norma becomes increasingly fearful and desperate, going to great lengths to find Norman the professional help he needs. This further complicates their once unbreakable trust while Norman struggles to maintain his grip on reality. Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell) once again finds himself drawn back into Norma and Norman’s lives. Will things finally heat up between Norma and the other man in her life, Sheriff Romero, and just how much further will he go to protect her?

“Bates Motel” is produced by Universal Television for A&E Network. Kerry Ehrin and Carlton Cuse serve as executive producers for Cuse Productions and Kerry Ehrin Productions. Tucker Gates and Vera Farmiga also serve as executive producers on the series.

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‘Salem’ Season 3 Poster is the GOAT

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 10:28

Pun most definitely intended, although this is a pretty damn cool one-sheet.

Production on the third season of WGN America’s hit supernatural thriller “Salem”, produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, began this week in Shreveport, LA.

Continuing its bloody, sexy and fantastical reimagining of Colonial America, “Salem’s” third season dawns with the triumph of the witches’ plan to remake the New World by bringing the devil to earth and making Salem his capital. But the devil is a liar, and instead of a New World free from murderous Puritan hypocrisy, his own plan will bring nothing but death and slavery with the ultimate aim of leading humanity to destroy itself. And there’s only one person on earth who can beat the devil — the very witch that birthed him, his mother, Mary Sibley. The only problem is—she’s dead. Or is she?

“Salem” stars Janet Montgomery (“Human Target,” “Made in Jersey”) as Mary Sibley, Shane West (“Nikita,” “ER”) as Captain John Alden, Seth Gabel (“Arrow,” “Fringe”) as Cotton Mather, Ashley Madekwe (“Revenge”) as Tituba, Tamzin Merchant (“Jane Eyre”) as Anne Hale, Elise Eberle (“The Astronaut Farmer”) as Mercy Lewis, Iddo Goldberg (“Mob City”) as Isaac Walton, Joe Doyle (“Raw”) as Baron Sebastian Marburg and Oliver Bell (“The Saint”) as Mary’s son.

Marilyn Manson will portray “Thomas Dinley,” a barber and surgeon who is the go-to man in Salem, from a shave and a haircut to being leeched, bled, sliced open or sewn up.

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‘Villainous’ Teaser Trailer Rants and Raves

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 10:19

David Lynch’s Surveillance producer Kent Harper has made his directorial debut with the dark, gritty American vampire story, Villainous, which now has a rant-y teaser trailer..

In the film, “A vampire restrains himself from prior habitual addictions, leading to break down and chaos. As he’s attempting to change and trying to stop killing, the pressure becomes unbearable leading to mayhem.

Kent Harper also co-wrote (with Jennifer Lynch) and produced the film Surveillance with David Lynch (Mulholland Drive, Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks).

Harper produces Villainous with Jade Altman & Dexter Wandel. Executive Producers are Andy Reins, Jeremy Swan, Chris Finefrock, Patricia Altman, Griffin Cooper, Edward J. Williams, Joe Kirwan. Production companies are Film Star Pictures (Surveillance) & Vicious Idol Pictures.

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Enter ‘The Hallow’ On Home Video (Images)

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 10:10

The Sundance Film Festival hit The Hallow is set to hit home video here in the States on April 5th through SHout Factory. But before it gets a release here, the UK will put it on VOD March 7th with a DVD date set for March 21st.

The Hallow, which we reviewed and loved, is directed by Corin Hardy, who is on the plate for The Crow if it ever gets off the ground.

We also have the official U.S. trailer and new images for the film that is said to be inspired by The Thing and Evil Dead. It looks both haunting and creepy, with some seriously dense and chilling cinematography.

Deep within the darkness of secluded forest land in rural Ireland dwells an ancient evil. Feared by the nearby superstitious villagers as cursed creatures who prey upon the lost, their secrets have been kept from civilization and remain on their hallowed ground. But when a conservationist from London moves in with his wife and infant child in order to survey the land for future construction, his actions unwittingly disturb the horde of demonic forces. Alone in a remote wilderness, he must now ensure his family’s survival from their relentless attacks.

Here’s some hype that came attached with the synopsis:

With his feature debut, acclaimed visual stylist Corin Hardy displays an innate talent for the macabre, approaching the medium with a cocksure confidence in his construction of the modern horror fable. Relying upon a precise and layered technical elegance, ‘The Hallow’ seethes with an uncommonly sophisticated terror that uncoils effortlessly into an atmosphere of disquieting intensity and primal dread.

The film stars Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton and Michael Smiley.

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Alpine Zombie Flick ‘Attack of the Lederhosenzombies’ Infects EFM (Trailer)

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 09:51

Get ready for zombie action in the Alps in Dominik Hartl’s Attack of the Lederhosenzombies, where a group of young snowboarder is stuck in a remote mountain ski resort, where an all-night aprés-ski party soon turns into a hellish nightmare of zombie mayhem.

Gabriela Marcinková, Laurie Calvert, and Margarete Tiesel star in the film, which is heading to the EFM in Berlin.

In the film, “When a pro snowboarding dude takes a practical joke too far, he loses a lucrative commission, his girlfriend, his job and everyone’s respect. Winning any of these things back would be eas- ier if he and his friends weren’t marooned in a high-alpine ski-tavern surrounded by drunken revellers celebrating the longest night of the year. When the revellers rapidly start turning into zombies, our hero is in serious danger of losing his sense of humour.

Check out the first image above, with two pieces of sales art and the trailer below, both courtesy of EastWest Distribution.

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[Review] ‘Monday at 11:01 A.M.’ Feels Familiar But Still Surprises

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 09:35

David-Lynch-style thrillers are definitely not for everyone, but they do have a certain atmospheric charm, regardless of what you think of the story-telling technique. However, by now, we’ve seen a lot of these same surrealistic ideas over and over again. Be it Donnie Darko or Lost Highway, there’s only so much you can do with dream-like filmmaking. In Monday at 11:01 AM, director Harvey Lowry attempts to create his own version of a surreal yet familiar world where nothing is what it seems.

The film stars Charles Agron, who also happens to be the screenwriter, as Michael, a wealthy man travelling with his beautiful girlfriend, Jenny, played by Lauren Shaw. The couple decides to stay for the night in a secluded town and end up getting a room in a mysterious hotel. The next day, however, an accident closes off the town’s only exit, and Michael soon realizes that there is something sinister going on in this quiet town.

The premise here is as familiar to us viewers as the creepy hotel is to the characters in the film, but it still works. The atmosphere and mood are extremely well constructed, aided by a subtle yet effective soundtrack that suggests that there is an evil force bubbling just beneath the town’s seemingly peaceful surface. To be honest, I’m a sucker for stories even slightly similar to Silent Hill and Twin Peaks, so I was hooked to Monday at 11:01 AM from the very beginning.

Lowry’s direction is actually good enough to make you forget the many clues present throughout the film, so that what should have been a predictable ending becomes a welcome surprise, despite having been seen in various other movies in the past. The acting, on the other hand, felt a tiny bit off during most of the movie, especially when Agron’s character is agitated. Although, considering the subject matter, that actually does contribute to the overall dreamy vibe. Both Lance Henriksen and Brianna Evigan also have brief but memorable roles, but are sadly underused.

Again, the film isn’t terribly original, but it’s obvious that both Harvey and Charles did their homework concerning this type of story, so it’s hard to lose interest. From strange satanic cults to doors that seem out of place, there’s always some element that catches your attention, even if only for a little while. If the film had more of these moments, and if the ending had been a little bit less obvious, Monday at 11:01 AM could have been a true classic.

Naturally, No one here will be replacing David Lynch any time soon, but this film is a welcome addition to the sub-genre. At times I was actually reminded of of Tony Krantz’s Sublime (another moody film that I like much more than I should), though Monday is obviously the superior picture. In any case, if you feel like watching something mysterious with more atmosphere than gore, give this one a shot.

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