Thursday, March 28, 2013

Frankenstein (1994)

Frankenstein's Monster is brought back to life in the 1994 retelling of Mary Shelley's classic tale. Kenneth Branagh stars as Doctor Victor Frankenstein, a man who becomes wholly consumed with the notion of cheating death after his mother dies during childbirth. Neither the love of his life nor his friends and colleagues can deter him from his quest to create new life, until the abomination that results from his blasphemous experiments escapes to seek revenge! Unlike in Francis Ford Coppola's stylized revision of Bram Stoker's DRACULA, Branagh's film returns to the Gothic traditions of the genre with a number of wonderful set designs and gloomy exteriors that call back to the Universal classics. As the lead, Branagh's overly dramatized portrayal of the obsessed doctor can be a bit mushy at times, but he pulls through with a surprising amount of pathos as he is confronted with the corrupt ethics and morality of his actions. While he may seem like an odd choice, as well, Robert De Niro commands the role of the vengeful monster, also bringing an air of sympathy and compassion to the creature before his vile contempt for Frankenstein sets in towards the fiery finale. Steph Lady and Frank Darabont's collaborated screenplay remains considerably closer to the text than most other adaptations, although it certainly takes its own liberties with the plot and characters. In spite of its strengths, however, this version is mostly unmemorable, and fails to produce the iconic imagery of the 1931 classic. It is nevertheless a worthwhile watch for fans of Gothic Horror.

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like FRANKENSTEIN:
THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, DRACULA, TERROR OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, THE BRIDE, PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES, THE REPTILE.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A 'Re-Animator' Retrospective

The cult-classic RE-ANIMATOR remains just as shocking and wildly entertaining today as it was on the day of its release. Having spawned two sequels and a musical of its own, the series continues to find new life in the growing number of Horror fans each year. I Like Horror Movies takes a look back at the three films that started it all in our Re-Animator Retrospective!


Re-Animator (1985)

Few films hold such an incredible cult following and hilarious camp value as Stuart Gordon's RE-ANIMATOR. Jeffrey Combs stars as the petulant Dr. Herbert West, a man obsessed with restoring brain and muscle activity in recently deceased bodies. After unlocking the secret re-agent needed to bring back the dead, West is blindsided by a greedy professor that intends to claim the discovery as his own. It is up to West and a fellow student to stop the resurrected corpses that have been created out of the misuse of his mysterious re-agent! This is the role that turned Jeffrey Combs into an instant icon for Horror fans, and his continued success often calls back to his breakthrough performance as Herbert West. Combs' manic behavior is contrasted by Bruce Abbott's controlled performance as Dan Cain, the voice of reason behind West's brilliant insanity. RE-ANIMATOR is filled with outrageous gore and gratuitous nudity (care of the lovely Barbara Crampton), which helped to set the benchmark for 80's Horror. Dennis Paoli's dark script adds a touch of wicked humor to H.P. Lovecraft's original short, which is grown organically out of the absurd situations rather than through the cheap gags and splatstick that the genre is often known for. The greatest of these moments involves the late David Gale as Dr. Hill's disembodied head, who commands his bumbling body to assist him in his nefarious schemes. Gordon's clever use of prosthetics and creative framing combine to bring RE-ANIMATOR to life unlike anything audiences had ever experienced in the past. With RE-ANIMATOR, Stuart Gordon proves that he is a Master of Horror, and his campy cult-classic continues to live on decades after its initial release.

Rating: 10/10.


Bride of Re-Animator (1990)

Just as James Wales' BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN managed to surpass his own Gothic masterpiece, Brian Yuzna's BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR also manages to outdo Stuart Gordon's original in many ways. Picking up only a few years after the disaster in the Miskatonic University morgue, BRIDE finds Dr. Herbert West and Dan Cain returning to their questionable practice of re-animating the dead as they attempt to build the perfect being out of choice pieces of flesh that they have 'borrowed' from Arkham cemetery. Dr. Cain professes a selfless desire to help heal the wounded with the fruits of their research, but unlike Dr. West (who quite openly admits to his own selfish desires), Cain secretly hopes to revive the heart and brain of his dead girlfriend within the body of their new pet project. Jeffrey Combs and Bruce Abbott continue to create a perfect synergy on screen, though their performances are a bit more reserved than before. David Gale also returns as the bodiless head of Dr. Hill, who has plenty of new torments to unleash upon his enemies. In addition to a substantial amount of gore, Yuzna injects the film with the same deliciously dark humor that lined Paoli's earlier script. The creative geniuses at KNB EFX Group also introduce a massive array of imaginative designs that are as hilarious and ironic as they are disturbing. BRIDE is very much the twisted take on BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN that it intends to be, and in all of its absurdity it proves to be a winning sequel that recaptures much of the brilliance found in the original film.

Rating: 9/10.


Beyond Re-Animator (2003)

Dr. Herbert West has been imprisoned for his crimes against humanity, where he continues with his secret experiments on the inmates with the help of a prison doctor that shares his morbid curiosities. It isn't long before things get out of hand and heads begin to roll! Despite over a decade of separation and the departure of both Bruce Abbott and David Gale from the series, BEYOND RE-ANIMATOR does manage to garner some interest, but it is a far cry from Gordon's original. Jeffrey Combs feels bored with the role at this point, and while he is the one actor able to carry the film, only a shadow of the smarmy attitude and manic behavior that dressed his earlier performances remains. Director Brian Yuzna also tries to make the most out of the simple plot in a desperate attempt to recapture the same dark tone and sharp wit from before. Unfortunately, the uninspired writing and dialog lack both brains and heart. Where the film does deliver is in the gore department thanks to the special FX crew at Screaming Mad George, who bring back plenty of the gruesome make-up designs that have become synonymous with the series. BEYOND is not the shot of re-agent that most fans were hoping for, but it is a bloody escape that is more enjoyable than other late entries in film franchises like RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD.

Rating: 6/10.
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'A Haunted House' Comes Home April 23rd!

PREPARE TO BE POSSESSED BY THE OUTRAGEOUSLY FUNNY
SUPERNATURAL COMEDY

A HAUNTED HOUSE

AVAILABLE APRIL 23, 2013
ON BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK WITH ULTRAVIOLET™, ON DVD AND ON DEMAND

FROM UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - March 27, 2013 - Go beyond the supernatural in A Haunted House, the hilarious comedy starring Marlon Wayans (White Chicks, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) and Cedric the Entertainer (Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Ice Age) that pokes no-holds-barred fun at our deepest fears. A Haunted House will be available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack with UltraViolet™, on DVD and On Demand on April 23, 2013 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Also available on Digital Download beginning April 9, 2013.

When a young couple moves in to their dream place, they soon discover they’re not alone. Now, Malcolm will go to hilarious extremes - including hiring a priest, a psychic, and a team of modern-day Ghostbusters to get his place and his sex life back to normal. Co-starring Essence Atkins (“Smart Guy”), Nick Swardson (Just Go with It) and David Koechner (Anchorman), the film is demonically good fun that critics are calling “the funniest scary movie about scary movies ever!” (Shawn Edwards, Fox-TV).

The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack allows fans to watch A Haunted House anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice. It includes a Blu-ray™ disc, a DVD, a Digital Copy and UltraViolet™ for the ultimate, complete viewing experience.

· Blu-ray™ disc unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring perfect hi-def picture and perfect hi-def sound.

· DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing the movie in more places, both at home and while away.

· UltraViolet™ is a revolutionary new way for fans to collect their moves and TV shows in the cloud. UltraViolet™ lets consumers instantly stream and download to tablets, smartphones, computers and TVs. Now available in both the United States and Canada.

· Digital Copy provides fans with a choice of formats from a variety of partners, including options to watch on iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, computers and more.

BONUS FEATURES (BLU-RAY™ and DVD):
· How to Survive a Paranormal Presence
· Previews

CAST AND FILMMAKERS:

Cast: Marlon Wayans, Marlene Forte, Essence Atkins, David Koechner, Dave Sheridan, Nick Swardson, Alanna Ubach, Andrew Daley, Cedric the Entertainer, Affion Crockett, JB Smoove, Robin Thede and Jordenn Thompson

Directed by: Michael Tiddes
Written by: Marlon Wayans and Rick Alvarez
Executive Producers: Stuart Ford, James D. Stern, Deepak Nayar, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Lisa Blum and Steve Squillant
Producers: Marlon Wayans and Rick Alvarez
Co-Producer: Michael Tiddes
Co-Executive Producer: Todd King
Director of Photography: Steve Gainer, ASC
Production Designer: Fred Andrews
Editor: Suzanne Hines
Costume Designer: Ariyela Wald-Cohain
Music by: Andy Ross

TECHNICAL INFORMATION – BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK:
Street Date: April 23, 2013
Copyright: 2013 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Number: 61125688
Running time: 1 Hour, 27 Minutes
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen
Rating: Rated R for crude and sexual content, language, and some drug use
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Sound: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

TECHNICAL INFORMATION – DVD:
Street Date: April 23, 2013
Copyright: 2013 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Number: 61125674
Running time: 1 Hour, 27 Minutes
Layers: Dual Layer
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: Rated R for crude and sexual content, language, and some drug use
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
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'Big Ass Spider!' Takes Over Dead by Dawn 2013!

Epic Picture’s
BIG ASS SPIDER!

To Have International Premiere at the 20th Annual 
Dead By Dawn Horror Film Festival

LOS ANGELES, CA - March 27, 2013 - The Dead By Dawn Horror Film Festival announces today that director Mike Mendez’s horror-action comedy BIG ASS SPIDER! will have its official UK Premiere at the festival at midnight on Saturday April 27th. The festival, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, will run from Thursday, April 25th to the early hours of Monday, April 29th at the Filmhouse Cinema in Edinburgh, Scotland.

BIG ASS SPIDER! was produced by Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson for Epic Pictures, along with Travis Stevens and Klaus Von Sayn-Wittgenstein. From a script by Gregory Gieras, the film stars Greg Grunberg (“Heroes”), Lombardo Boyar (“Gone in Sixty Seconds”), Clare Kramer (“Gravedancers”) and Ray Wise (“Jeepers Creepers 2”).

BIG ASS SPIDER! tells the tale of a giant alien spider that escapes from a military lab and rampages across the city of Los Angeles. It is up to one clever exterminator (Grunberg) and his security guard sidekick (Boyar) to kill the creature before the entire city is destroyed.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

The Road (2009)

In THE ROAD, a father and son embark on a perilous journey south in the hopes of finding food and shelter as the world dies around them. With no plants or animals left alive, the few people that they encounter have shed all signs of civilization as they resort to thievery and cannibalism in order to survive, leaving it up to the boy and his dad to keep the last flame of humanity alive within them. Few films are as bleak and unforgiving as John Hillcoat's adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel, THE ROAD. Fewer, still, possess the same emotionally uplifting feelings of love and hope despite their dark surroundings. THE ROAD is a beautiful and touching story depicting the undying love between a father and son, who are literally willing to die to protect one another after witnessing the end of the world. Viggo Mortensen proves, once again, that he is one of the finest actors of his generation in another devastating performance. The gut-wrenching scenes where his character must choose between mercifully killing his son or risking his capture at the hands of many evil men drive the emotional tension to its veritable extreme. Robert Duvall also makes an Oscar-worthy appearance in a supporting role, as well. While the finely-written characters and remarkable cast certainly serve as the film's core, it is the incredible art direction and utter desolation found in the production design that lead us to believe this truly is the end of the world. Hillcoat delivers on all fronts, and leaves us in a state of emotional shock from this deeply moving yet equally painful struggle to keep hope and love alive.

Rating: 9/10.

Movies like THE ROAD:
THE DAY, THE DIVIDE, STAKE LAND, A BOY AND HIS DOG, I AM LEGEND.

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Maniac (1980)

Of the many first generation Slashers that arrived in 1980, none are more sleazy, vile, and disgusting than Bill Lustig's MANIAC. Critically despised for being the depraved filth that it is, MANIAC has never-the-less gained a notorious cult following amongst Slasher fans for its subversive tone and gruesome gore. Murderous madman Frank Zito hits the streets of New York City in search of his next victims, mainly women who remind him of his abusive mother. Frank returns home to place the scalps of the women on the various mannequins that decorate his dingy apartment, making sure that they will never leave him again... MANIAC never tries to rise above its roots in the 42nd Street theaters; in fact, it embraces them. There is no protagonist in MANIAC, only a series of victims that exist only to be killed off as horrifically and painfully as possible. In reality, there is hardly even a tangible plot line. So why has it remained, where others have fallen into obscurity?

Two things separate MANIAC from the average low-budget Slasher films of its kind. The first is the creepy and terrifying performance put forth by Joe Spinell in the lead. He displays a surprising amount of pathos throughout his psychotic ramblings, and the audience truly believes him in the role of the deranged killer. No one wants to meet up with Frank Zito in a dark alleyway. The second, of course, would have to be Tom Savini's incredible special effects work on the film. This is Savini in his finest hour. The make-up work in MANIAC looks so authentic that it could easily be mistaken for a snuff film. What director Bill Lustig may lack in refinement, he more than makes up for in gritty realism as he brings out the sordid underbelly of early 80's New York. MANIAC cannot be judged against genre standards like ROSEMARY'S BABY or FRANKENSTEIN. It fits into an era of filmmaking where reckless abandon and shock value were the name of the game, and where filmmakers like Abel Ferrara, Wes Craven, and Bill Lustig could establish themselves by pushing the limits of acceptability and moral decency.

Rating: 6/10.
Gore: 8/10.

If you liked MANIAC, check out:
TOURIST TRAP, NEW YORK RIPPER, THE PROWLER, COMBAT SHOCK, FANATIC, THE DRILLER KILLER.

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Dark Forces (1980)

The sickly son of a state senator is miraculously healed by a traveling magician, Gregory, who helps to cure the boy of his illness and his mother of her loneliness as he eases his way into the family's good graces. Meanwhile, the senator is caught up in a sinister ploy for power, which Gregory looks to stop. This modern reworking of the Rasputin tale is filled with added mystery and intrigue as director Simon Wincer bends the limits of reality in DARK FORCES. At its heart, DARK FORCES is a political allegory dealing with absolute power and corruption, but the intertwining themes of family drama and pure fantasy make it easily accessible for fans of varying genres. Wincer has assembled an excellent cast, with a paranoid David Hemmings as Senator Rast, Carmen Duncan playing his disillusioned wife, and the talented Mark Spain as their young son. Most impressive of all is Robert Powell in the lead, whose charming and devious performance as Gregory Wolfe never quite reveals his character's true intentions. Drawing additional influence from the Australian shocker PATRICK and THE OMEN, DARK FORCES includes several flashy special effects and gory murders as well. As yet undiscovered by many Horror fans, DARK FORCES stands as one of Australia's strongest entries in the genre.

Rating: 8/10.

Movies like DARK FORCES:
THE OMEN, RASPUTIN THE MAD MONK, HEAVENLY CREATURES, PATRICK, LONG WEEKEND.

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Help Bring 'Malevolence 3' to the Screen!

Stevan Mena Reaches Out to Fans to Help Make

MALEVOLENCE 3

The third film in the Malevolence / Bereavement horror trilogy a reality

LOS ANGELES, CA - March 24, 2013 - Malevolence 3 is the final chapter of the Malevolence/Bereavement trilogy, written and directed by award winning filmmaker Stevan Mena. In this suspenseful conclusion to the story, Martin Bristol returns to where it all began: the home where he was kidnapped from. But he is not the boy who disappeared over 10 years ago. Tortured and abused at the hands of his psychotic captor, Graham Sutter, Martin is damaged beyond repair. Lurking in the shadows of suburbia, he stalks and kills without remorse, picking his victims at random - or are they? Special Agent William Perkins follows Martin’s trail of terror, desperate to capture him before he kills again. Martin’s family, mourning his disappearance for over 10 years, is informed not only that he is alive, but that he is responsible for the wave of murder sweeping through their town. Will they be able to reunite with their long lost son before it’s too late, or will Perkins have to use excessive force to bring him down?

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The original Malevolence was a surprise indie hit back in 2005. It was released worldwide by Anchor Bay Entertainment.

It was followed by Bereavement (2011), a prequel that explored the origins of the masked killer, Martin. Bereavement starred a then unknown Alexandra Daddario (Texas Chainsaw 3D, Percy Jackson), Michael Biehn (The Terminator, Aliens), Brett Rickaby (The Crazies), and John Savage (The Deer Hunter) and Spencer List as Martin. It documented Graham Sutter’s horrific crimes and young Martin’s transformation from innocent victim to merciless killer.

Bereavement was also released to audiences around the world.

Why We're Doing This:

When I set out to make Bereavement, I knew we were going to face tough challenges. The subject matter was highly controversial. In order to tell Graham Sutter's story truthfully, I had to cross some moral and ethical boundaries. I had no idea how people would react, and when we released the film in theaters in 2011, even our poster was deemed unfit for public audiences by the MPAA.

Malevolence 3, like its predecessors, will be a shocking film. Unfortunately, the dark and "taboo" content of Bereavement has resulted in a lot of hesitation. I could allow Malevolence 3 to be censored and sanitized, but that would diminish core elements of the story that have already been established, which I think would be a disappointment to the fans who have supported us and the series so far. And myself.

So this time my crew and I have decided to go it alone. We are donating our time and money to the film, but we still are short from being able to get this completed. We need your support and I hope you will get involved to help us produce this film and keep it independent.

My work has always been very self contained. I write, direct, produce, edit and even compose the scores to all of my films. I edited Malevolence in my one bedroom apartment, and even recorded actors ADR in my closet. We were able to shoot on 35mm film at such low cost by mostly doing one or two takes per scene. We slept outdoors, It was pretty crazy. Everyone I knew said it couldn’t be done. So I just had to prove them wrong.

I’ve been hoping for a long time that technology would find a way to democratize film production and distribution, so that content is king, not circumstance. My wishes have finally caught up with reality and today artists can truly be in control. I’ve always been an advocate for independent film in general, I try to support anything made outside the structured system. That’s what I love about crowd funding site like Kickstarter, where movie fans can personally get involved in the production, financing and support of a film they want to see from day one.

The loss of DVD sales, rentals and rampant piracy hurts the smaller filmmaker much more than it does Hollywood. Also, credit card companies are no longer extending credit to filmmakers, making it very difficult for Independent artists to raise all of the financing themselves. Many ask us why it takes so long to make each film. It's because filmmakers spend 99% of their time trying to raise funding to keep going. Only to finish their films and watch distribution companies reap most of the financial reward. Crowd funding allows you to pre-order the dvd right from the filmmakers, meaning the money goes towards the art instead of the commerce. I personally hope this will be a big part of the future of indie filmmaking, where artists and fans can communicate directly.

There are NO high salaried producers involved, every dollar you contribute will go right up on the screen. The more we raise, the better the film gets. Making an independent film is often about compromise due to budget, so the more we can raise above our goal, the better the film will be.

About the Filmmaker:

Stevan's much heralded debut feature, Malevolence, was shot on a shoestring budget, with the actors and crew all taking deferred payments, including himself. Stevan wrote, produced, directed, edited and even composed the score for Malevolence, which went on to win several Film Festivals, including Best Feature at the Long Island International Film Expo, and Best Feature at the NYC Horror Film Festival. It was awarded best screenplay at the 2004 internet choice awards, and was listed on numerous "best horror film of the year" lists.

Stevan followed up that film with a 180 degree turn, writing and directing Brutal Massacre: a Comedy (2008), a mockumentary starring David Naughton (American Werewolf) ,Brian O'Halloran (Clerks), Gunnar Hansen (Texas Chainsaw 74), Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead), Ellen Sandweiss (The Evil Dead), and Gerry Bednob (40 Year Old VIrgin).

Stevan then returned to shoot the second installment in the Malevolence franchise, Bereavement (2011). This deeply layered, psychological horror film featured stellar performances from genre veterans like Michael Biehn (The Terminator, Aliens) and John Savage (Deer Hunter), to rising stars such as Alexandra Daddario (Texas Chainsaw 3D, Percy Jackson), Nolan Funk (Riddick), Peyton List (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jessie), and Brett Rickaby (The Crazies).

Stevan has also directed episodic television, with the SyFy series School Spirits (2012), produced by Seth Jarrett (Celebrity Ghost Stories) and Mark Burnett (Survivor/The Bible).

Malevolence Reviews:

"Builds a grim atmosphere, every moment tingles with dread."--Variety

"More frightening and far more engaging than the Grudge!"
--The New York Sun

"Screamingly good film! Malevolence gets so much absolutely right that it's mildly stunning." --The Oregonian

"Malevolence will lead viewers into this dark place for some palpitations."--The New York Times

"A cut above the rest... "--The New York Post

"guaranteed to excite hard-core horror fans" --Toronto Sun

"If this is what Stevan Mena can pull off on a first feature, I’m croaking to see what he’ll wing with more dough and added experience in tow!" --JoBlo.com

"Once the scares start, they don't stop. Malevolence is relentless in its pursuit to frighten the hell out of you, and it succeeds." --FilmThreat.com

"Malevolence is such a well constructed, thickly layered movie. You can tell that its creators have nothing but reverence for the genre.“ -MovieWeb.com

Bereavement Reviews

“Grisly, and worth the wait. BEREAVEMENT’s climax is gripping and frightening.” Michael Gingold, Fangoria

“A Stunning Achievement. The new GOLD standard in the psycho killer genre.” Horrornews.net

"An unsettling and boundary testing ride. Once again, Stevan Mena proves that he has what it takes to becomes a horror great.”--John Fallon, Arrow in the Head

"I can’t wait to see what Mena has next. Given his talented camera and the intelligent twists and turns he takes, Mena has both honored and redefined the slasher subgenre" --Aint it Cool News.com

“Classy entry into the serial killer genre is almost flawless.”--John Anderson, Newsday

“Gut-wrenchingly grim, gory and ruthlessly efficient at provoking dread. A ghastly accomplishment, not for the nightmare-prone.” --Colin Covert, Startribune

"The Masters of Horror will need to scoot over to make room for Stevan Mena at the dinner table." --Ilikehorrormovies.com

"Bereavement" goes right for the jugular and it doesn't let up till the credits begin to roll, one of best horror films I have seen this year and one I can't recommend enough. Patrick Ricketts--Videoviews.org

"Mena's skills in the directors chair are very likely going to see him declared a new master of the genre in the coming years. This guy knows his stuff." --thehorrorhotel.com

"An incredibly intense and often quite harrowing master-class of horror" --liberaldead.com

"Bereavement is a real-deal horror film, it depicts some of the most horrific things I’ve ever seen in a genre movie." --www.amoeba.com

"Bereavement is the Star Wars of serial killer movies." --filmdeviant.com

“Bereavement is a character driven psychological horror/thriller film that is worthy of Alfred Hitchcock." --Morehorror.com

“I give Bereavement an absolute 5 out of 5, so far my favorite movie of the year, it had everything I was hoping for." --MrMoviefiend.com

“ All who saw "Malevolence" and thought maybe Stevan Mena is someone to really watch - will know once they see "Bereavement" that they were RIGHT!” --Movieweb.com

“A strong story, plenty of violence, twists and turns and an awesome ending that will go down as one of the better endings to a horror film.” --Igorslab.com

“Bereavement is just as good as classics like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Psycho and Halloween and deserves to be treated that way. I am simply blown away by how excellent it was. I cannot praise this film enough.” --Horrorreview.com

“This is what horror SHOULD be. And furthermore, what indie horror SHOULD aspire to be. Four stars out of four!” --HorrorMoviesandStuff.com

“BEREAVEMENT is great. Great characters, great script, great acting and great at putting you through the slasher wringer. Mena has outdone himself with this one.” --Pat Torfe, Joblo.com

“Bereavement is strong horror filmmaking. It was a long time coming, but Bereavement is worth the wait.” --Dreadcentral.com

“Writer/Director Stevan Mena has created what should be considered one of the finest modern day horror films.” --Hayes House of Horror

"Mena proves with BEREAVEMENT that he's a masterful genre storyteller that knows how to deliver a gritty, powerhouse of a horror movie." --thehorrorchick.com

“Bereavement is evidence of a group of filmmakers who take their horror seriously.” --Fearnet.com

"Bereavement chronicles the perfect storm of bad luck, small-town tunnel vision and multi-generational madness that created a nightmarish sociopath." --Maitland McDonagh, Film Journal

"Bereavement is a triumph all around. It’s terrifying, emotionally gripping and downright gory; everything you want in a horror film." --Blu-raydefinition.com

"Bereavement actually beat the shit out of me, so much that I watched it back to back in a day's time." --backonlinebackonduty.com

“One of the most memorable, gut-wrenching and unexpectedly beautiful horror films I’ve seen in a long time.” --Deathensemble.com

"If you are in the mood to be terrified by the REAL boogieman, pick up Stevan Mena’s Bereavement on DVD or blu-ray" --Cinesploitation.com

“A revelation on just how strong a horror film can be.” --Iconsoffright.com

“Bereavement is a sincerely spine-tingling experience that will eventually leave your bottom jaw glued to the ground with its sheer savagery. In other words, Mena takes no prisoners.” --Joseph Airdo, Phoenix Examiner

“Bereavement offers up enough in atmosphere and tension to make other recent slasher flicks look mild by comparison.” --Lex Walker, Just Press Play

“A Terrifying Experience” --Perri Nemeroff, ShockYa.com

“You know those movies that blew you away when you weren’t expecting it? You know the ones I’m talking about…the movies that you expected to suck or be even ho-hum, but after you got done watching them, you were impressed beyond belief? BEREAVEMENT is one of those films for me." --ShatteredRavings.com

"Bereavement is scary, thrilling and leaves you biting your nails. "--Mike Gencarelli, Media Mikes

"Bereavement lays a crimson-strewn claim on a high body count."--Dustinputnam.com

"A prime example of just how good independent horror and horror storytelling can be. Definitely see this!" --Terrorhook.com

"Delivers some real surprises throughout in addition to creating Sutter, a villain worth induction into the Horror Hall of Fame." --MovingPicturesNetwork.com

"a disturbing, above-average shocker that confounds expectations and puts our emotions through the wringer, it's well worth checking out." --hkfilmnews.com

“‎Bereavement is a wonderful film. It has me very eager for the final chapter. I can only imagine what the future has in store for the demented Martin Bristol.” --takemylifeplease.net

“…an intelligent in-depth look at a tortured killer.” – AllThingsHorror.com

“Bereavement is one nasty piece of work, just the ticket for horror fans to see evil right up close.” --Christian Toto, WhatwouldTotoWatch.com

"Bereavement is very shocking film. Five stars out of Five!” --Filmarcade.net

"If you liked Malevolence, you'll like Bereavement. I loved them both. Can't wait for the third film!" --grimmreviewz.blogspot.com

“Plenty of unflinching, hyper-violent on-screen carnage, enough to wet the whistle of even the most jaded genre fan.” --Bloodydisgusting.com

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New Slasher Doc 'Slice and Dice' Arrives on DVD in the UK

“Celebrating the shocks and the schlocks of the slasher movie from a place of real love”
- James Hoare, Sci Fi Now Magazine


Arriving On DVD Nay 13, 2013 in the UK

LONDON, GB - March 24, 2013 - The Complete History of Mad Maniac Movies - Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever cuts its way onto DVD in a splatter-packed two disc set on May 13th. Filleting-up numerous facts, which will appeal to both the seasoned follower of shock-cinema, and the more passive fan of fear-films, this is a documentary which aptly investigates the appeal of the ever-endurable stalk and slash trend. Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever explores all of the genre's most famous features - including Psycho, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Halloween and Friday the 13th - as well as various cult obscurities and long forgotten flops.

Ever since Alfred Hitchcock created Psycho in 1960 the story of a weapon-wielding madman - stalking and slaughtering helpless victims - has become a fixture of fear flicks and bludgeoned bombastic box office takings worldwide. Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever takes an often irreverent look at this much-maligned, and frequently misunderstood, genre with commentary from some of the form's most celebrated filmmakers. Cutting an immediate presence on the screen, this delirious documentary delves into the history of hack 'em up cinema, investigates the rules of this teen-trepanning terror trend and even gives some pointers into how to survive a stint in the genre. Frequently funny, delightfully disgusting and always engaging, Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever is ideal viewing for anyone who has found themselves gnawing on their fingernails during a chance viewing of Black Christmas, Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street or Scream. An unashamed salutation to the arterial-spraying excellence of Norman Bates, Leatherface, Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger and their many plasma-packed protégés, Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever is a must-have for horror-hounds everywhere.

The winner of the best documentary award at the annual South African Horror Film Festival, and given a competitive late night slot for its premiere at the prestigious Sitges Film Festival, Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever has obtained numerous accolades and been labelled as “essential viewing” (Twitch Film). Made on a nonexistent budget by Calum Waddell and Naomi Holwill, of High Rising Productions, who have been widely acclaimed for their work with Arrow Video and other labels, Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever was done as a side project with a great deal of passion and very little resources. That the end result has met with a UK DVD deal, and film festival screenings across the globe, is a testament to the twosome's dedication to this three year long project, which includes inventive animation, a lot of good humour and a smorgasbord of creepy clips. Released on DVD with the following extra features, the 88 Films package of Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever provides hours of entertainment.

Features interviews with Corey Feldman (Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter), Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), Mick Garris (Masters of Horror), Tom Holland (Child's Play), Patrick Lussier (My Bloody Valentine 3D), Jeffrey Reddick (creator: Final Destination), Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp), Adam Green (Hatchet), Robert Rusler (A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2) and Scott Spiegel (producer: Hostel series).

Special Features:

Audio commentary with director/ producer Calum Waddell moderated by Justin Kerswell, author of Teenage Wasteland: The Slasher Movie Uncut

Additional ‘outtake’ interviews featuring Corey Feldman, Felissa Rose, J.S. Cardone, Kevin Tenney and more

Post-screening audience Question and Answer session from the Glasgow Film Theatre featuring Slice and Dice interviewees James Moran and Norman J. Warren

Footage from the Sitges Film Festival World Premiere

Footage from the USA premiere at San Francisco's Another Hole in the Head Festival

Footage from the Scottish premiere at the Glasgow Film Theatre

All Kinds of Twisted (Theme from Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever, performed by The Acid Fascists) music video

Full Moon trailer park including trailers for slasher greats Tourist Trap, Puppet Master and Intruder.

Bonus Documentary: “Don't Go In The Backwoods” - an extensive look at the backwoods horror genre from Two Thousand Maniacs to the Hatchet series.

Trailer Park of Legendary Slasher Titles

Optional audio commentary with Calum Waddell and Justin Kerswell
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'Jug Face' Goes Digital Thanks to Gravitas Ventures

Gravitas Ventures Takes Digital Rights to Moderciné’s Horror-Thriller
JUG FACE

Slamdance title will have a day and date roll out after its 
Pre-Theatrical VOD Premiere later this summer, 
with Modernciné handling theatrical distribution

LOS ANGELES, CA - March 24, 2013 - Gravitas Ventures announced today that they have acquired U.S. VOD rights to JUG FACE, the tense horror-thriller that was written and directed by Chad Crawford Kinkle. The film was produced by Andrew van den Houten (“Funeral Kings,” ‘’The Woman”) and Robert Tonino (‘’Home Movie,” “Ghoul”) for Modernciné, and stars Lauren Ashley Carter (“The Woman”), Sean Bridgers (“Deadwood”), Sean Young (“Blade Runner”), Larry Fessenden (“I Sell the Dead”) and Daniel Manche (“The Girl Next Door”). The film was executive produced by Lucky McKee, Arrien Schiltkamp and Loren Semmens. JUG FACE won the Slamdance Grand Prize Screenwriting Award in 2011 and debuted as a Special Screening selection at this year’s festival. The film is slated for a July Pre-Theatrical VOD premiere, followed by a national theatrical roll out.

Ada, her family and a small isolated backwoods community worship a mysterious pit. The pit has the power to heal and protect all who honor it but at a deadly price...it demands an occasional sacrifice. The pit communicates through the local potter who, while in a trance, crafts ceramic jugs that carry the face of a person to be sacrificed to the entity that lives within it. Ada has a secret about the latest jug face that she's determined to keep hidden but the pit demands a sacrifice and unleashes an evil onto the community until it gets who it really wants.

The deal for the U.S. VOD rights was negotiated by Gravitas Ventures' Nolan Gallagher and Andrew van den Houten, President of Modernciné.

“Modernciné is proud to be pairing with Gravitas to release this incredibly original film by Chad Crawford Kinkle. Gravitas understands how to release into the digital marketplace better than most distributors in the business. We are confident that our theatrical release in conjunction with their heightened VOD release will give this unique film a chance to find a very large audience,” said Modernciné’s van den Houten.

"We are thrilled to be collaborating with the Modernciné team on the undeniably unique JUG FACE. As longtime fans of horror films that break the mold, we are happy to follow the Pit's wishes and bring JUG FACE to a mass VOD audience," said Gravitas' Nolan Gallagher.

Additional rights have yet to be assigned and will be announced shortly. T.C. Rice will be working for Modernciné booking the film theatrically in U.S. markets.
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Join the 'Sale for Good' at Dark Regions Press March 26!

Dark Regions Press Makes A
SALE FOR GOOD

Every Book Sold is a Book Donated

Tuesday March 26th at DarkRegions.com

ASHLAND, OR - March 24, 2013 - Starting on Tuesday, March 26th 2013 Dark Regions Press will be launching its most expansive sale ever, the “Sale For Good.” During this sale DRP will match each book ordered with a book donated to a school, library or military base. Customers are invited to choose the desired destination of their donations.

All in-stock items on the DarkRegions.com website will be discounted up to 90% off retail price. New items such as large book set packages, dust jackets and damaged books will be offered for the first time on the DarkRegions.com website during the sale. The goal is to donate 1,000 books or more to schools, libraries and military bases. The sale will run until this goal is met.

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Bloody New Poster Revealed for 'Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal'

DOPPELGANGER RELEASING
PRESENTS

Directed by Baran bo Odar and Starring Ulrich Thomsen, Wotan Wilke Möhring,
Sebastian Blomberg, Katrin Sass, and Burghart Klaussner

Opens in theaters and Video on Demand Friday, April 5th

LOS ANGELES, CA - March 24, 2013 - Lindhardt (Keep the Lights On) stars in this quirky horror-comedy as Lars, a former darling of the art scene now slipping away into the land of has-beens and struggling with lack of inspiration. When Lars’s art dealer Ronny arranges a teaching job in a small town as a “therapeutic measure” to stir up his creative juices, things don't quite turn out as planned. At first, life in the peaceful small town seems rosy, as he settles in and impresses beautiful fellow colleague Leslie (Georgina Reilly) by taking in the brawny, mute Eddie (Dylan Smith) after the latter’s caregiver passes away. But Lars soon discovers that the façade of serenity hides something unimaginable: Eddie suffers from a rare form of sleepwalking that transforms him from a docile, cereal-obsessed art student into a ravenous sleepwalkingcannibal. Initially horrified by Eddie’s dark secret, Lars becomes enthralled by the not-so-gentle giant. Exceptional art comes at a very high price...and how far is Lars willing to go for his next masterpiece?

EDDIE: THE SLEEPWALKING CANNIBAL is a fresh, clever satire about artistic inspiration that pushes boundaries with its unique blend of offbeat humor, twisted friendships, sweet-hearted romance, and thegory realities of sleepwalking cannibalism. 


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New Trailer Debut for Teen Thriller 'Crush'

Check out the official trailer for

CRUSH

Lucas Till, Crystal Reed, Sarah Bolger, Reid Ewing, Leigh Whannell 
and Caitriona Balfe Star in the New Thriller

Available on DVD and Blu-Ray on April 9, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - March 24, 2013 - Millennium Entertainment proudly announces the DVD and Blu-ray release of CRUSH for April 9, 2013. The teen-thriller stars Lucas Till, Crystal Reed, Sarah Bolger, Reid Ewing, Leigh Whannell and Caitriona Balfe and will be available DVD at an SRP of $28.98 and Blu-ray at an SRP of $29.98:



High school heartthrob Scott has it all; good looks, popularity… and a secret admirer. But what starts out as a seemingly innocent crush soon turns deadly. Who's responsible? Scott’s long time friend Jules, frustrated with their platonic relationship? Bess, a shy classmate, increasingly jealous of his friendship with Jules? Or Jeffrey, a bright outcast whose crush on Bess has lead him to become increasingly obsessive? One thing's certain, time's running out and Scott must uncover the psychotic stalker before it’s too late.

The Director Malik Bader and stars Lucas Till and Crystal Reed are available for select interviews upon request.
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Brazil (1985)

The world of BRAZIL is one of technological nightmares; a world devoid of life, where status and information have taken the place of love and happiness. The government has become so overly-concerned with efficiency and control that it has simply lost touch with the meaning of the two. It is in this world that we first meet Sam Lowry, a government paper-pusher who frequently retreats from his job at the Ministry of Information into the sanctity of his mind, where he dreams of flying freely over green pastures to meet the woman of his dreams. When he awakens, he finds himself caught in the midst of a bureacratic foul-up that has sentenced an innocent man to death while allowing an underground terrorist to continue subverting the "status quo." Lowry becomes entangled with the elusive Archibald Tuttle while attempting to settle the affairs of the now-deceased Archibald Buttle, which leads him to discovering that the woman of his dreams is very much a reality. It is then up to Sam to save this mysterious woman when she becomes the next unwitting victim of a government gone mad!

BRAZIL is one of Terry Gilliam's finest films, and one whose social significance is perhaps more relevant now than ever before in an age where information and accessibility have taken such a prevalent role in our daily lives. Many of the darker themes involving the government's oppression of its people are broken up by Gilliam's light-hearted humor. We take great joy in laughing at the absurdity on screen, while recognizing that BRAZIL is as much a black comedy as it is a sad reflection of our own bitter reality. The talented cast is led by Jonathan Pryce as our reluctant hero, Sam, who is thrust into a world of political upheaval despite all of his efforts to remain unnoticed. Pryce is wonderful in the role, as he is able to point out the lunacy of all that surrounds him with a range of frustrated looks and snide remarks. He is joined by Robert De Niro and Katherine Helmond in leading roles, with brilliant appearances by Ian Holm, Bob Hoskins, and Ian Richardson as government busybodies who try desperately to uphold a system that is falling apart around them. The incredible production design imagines a future in which the technology has become terribly outdated, where tiny computer screens are viewed through gigantic magnifying glasses and ugly metal ducts protrude from every building in the name of "efficiency." It is no wonder that Sam chooses to dream of the open country when he is locked inside the cold, cement prison walls of the city.

Bleak and depressing, yet utterly entertaining at the same time, Terry Gilliam captures the perils of a not-too-distant future with clever wit and satire. BRAZIL is essential viewing for any film fan, and a unique experience that is unlike any other.

Rating: 10/10.

Movies like BRAZIL:
METROPOLIS, METROPIA, DR. STRANGELOVE, BLADE RUNNER, DARK CITY, EQUILIBRIUM, EXISTENZ, 12 MONKEYS, CITY OF LOST CHILDREN, SOCIETY, ERASERHEAD.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard reteam to bring us the 2011 smash-hit, THE CABIN IN THE WOODS! An idyllic weekend away turns in to a terrible nightmare for five friends when rampaging monsters attack their remote cabin in the woods. Meanwhile, the mysterious members of a secretive organization watch from their secure command post to ensure that no one gets out alive.

Here we find that the standards of the Slasher genre are being deconstructed and played out with loving homage and a tremendous amount of self-referential humor. Dana and her friends form the five teen stereotypes that would be expected in a film of this kind... At least, their observers are counting on this considering that the fate of the world may hang in the balance. Whedon's sharp wit makes for a number of wildly entertaining exchanges between the characters, even if their clever quips take away from the natural flow of dialog. As the group enters the cabin basement, we learn that it is up to them to choose their fate by selecting one of many accursed items, each of which are linked to some terrifying creature from ancient lore. And so, they fall under attack by... zombies? Of the limitless possibilities that could have been chosen, we are stuck watching another dull zombie movie?! Luckily, all hell breaks loose towards the end, and we get to see all of the creatures that are hidden deep beneath the cabin. Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, and the other unfortunate college kids are fine enough in their respective roles, but the real fun comes from Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford as Sitterson and Hadley, the two quirky men behind the controls. Many of the best moments come from their crazy antics, like when the different departments bet on which monsters will dismember the unsuspecting teens first.

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS puts an exciting new twist on many of the tired old cliches, and despite requiring a few minor adjustments to improve upon an otherwise perfect premise, it may yet prove to become a modern classic in the genre.

Rating: 8/10.

Movies like THE CABIN IN THE WOODS:
THE EVIL DEAD, BEHIND THE MASK, TUCKER AND DALE VS EVIL, THIR13EN GHOSTS, SATURDAY THE 14TH, THE MONSTER SQUAD.

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Fox Brings 'One Hour Photo' to Blu-ray May 7th

Psychological Terror Develops in
ONE HOUR PHOTO

Arriving on Blu-ray May 7th from Fox Home Entertainment!

LOS ANGELES, CA - March 19, 2013 - Robin Williams delivers his “finest hour” (USA TODAY) in “one of the most absorbing, effective thrillers in years” (NBC-TV). Sy “the photo guy” Parrish (Williams) has lovingly developed photos for the Yorkin family since their son was a baby. But as the Yorkins’ lives become fuller, Sy’s only seems lonelier, until he eventually believes he’s part of their family. When “Uncle” Sy’s picture-perfect fantasy collides with an ugly dose of reality, what happens next “has the spine-tingling elements of the best psychological thrillers!” (THE NEW YORK OBSERVER).

One Hour Photo Blu-ray Special Features
● NEW - Cast Rehearsals
● NEW - Lensing One Hour Photo
● NEW - Main Title Test
● NEW - Sy’s Nightmare Elements
● NEW - Storyboards
● NEW - Poster Explorations
● Commentary by Mark Romanek and Robin Williams
● The Charlie Rose Show
● Sundance: Anatomy of a Scene
● Cinemax Featurette
● Trailer and TV Spots

One Hour Photo Blu-ray
Street Date: May 7, 2013
Prebook Date: April 10, 2013
Screen Format: Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio: English 5.1 DTS HD MA
Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
French 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English SDH/Spanish
U.S. Rating: R
Total Run Time: 96 minutes
Closed Captioned: Yes
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'Would You Rather' Watch with Audio Commentary?

New Director's Commentary Available for Download for IFC's
WOULD YOU RATHER

Now available on SundanceNow, Cable VOD, and other digital outlets (iTunes, Amazon Streaming, PS3 Playstation Unlimited, XBOX Zune, Google PLAY and YouTube).

NEW YORK, NY - March 19, 2013 - What would you do if a millionaire offered you a chance to solve all your life’s problems? After the tragic death of her parents, Iris (Brittany Snow) is desperate to make ends meet while caring for her terminally ill younger brother. Shepard Lambrick (Jeffrey Combs), a seemingly philanthropic aristocrat, expresses an interest in helping them. He invites her to an exclusive dinner party that offers the chance at untold riches. When she arrives she finds herself in a group of similarly desperate individuals from the gruff middle aged Conway (John Heard) to the dark loner Amy (Sasha Grey). They soon find themselves trapped in Lambrick's mansion and forced to play a sadistic game of Would You Rather, where only the winner will get out alive. As the game progress Iris must decide how far she will go to save her brother… and herself. WOULD YOU RATHER is an edge of your seat horror thriller with an ensemble cast that also features Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Eddie Steeples and Charlie Hofheimer.

Check out and download the audio commentary on Soundcloud and get some insider insight as you watch the film starring Brittany Snow, Jeffrey Combs and Sasha Grey… for a second time. The film is currently available on iTunes and other digital outlets.

Directed by:
David Guy Levy

Starring:
Brittany Snow
Jeffrey Combs
Sasha Grey
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Magnet to Distribute Jacob Vaughan's 'Milo'

MAGNET RELEASING WIPES THE COMPETITION CLEAN AND PICKS UP 
JACOB VAUGHAN’S NEW COMEDY/HORROR 
STARRING KEN MARINO AND GILLIAN JACOBS

MILO

TO BE UNLEASHED ON NORTH AMERICAN AUDIENCES LATER THIS YEAR

NEW YORK/AUSTIN – March 19, 2013 – Magnet Releasing has acquired North American distribution rights to the acclaimed comedy/horror film MILO. Written and directed by Jacob Vaughan and starring Ken Marino & Gillian Jacobs, MILO premiered last weekend at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. Blending the gory elements of a classic critter film (à la GREMLINS) with the lighthearted comedy of an unlikely friendship (reminiscent of TED), MILO was one of the most talked about and unique films of the festival.

The sale for MILO was completed late Friday night, making it the last deal to close during this year’s SXSW.

Duncan’s (Ken Marino) life is a real pain in the ass. Tormented by manipulative, crooked boss (Patrick Warburton), a nagging mother (Mary Kay Place), a deadbeat new age dad (Stephen Root), and a sweet, yet pressuring, wife (Gillian Jacobs), his mounting stress starts to trigger an insufferable gastrointestinal reaction. Out of ideas and at the end of his rope, Duncan seeks the help of a hypnotherapist (Peter Stormare), who helps him discover the root of his unusual stomach pain: a pintsized demon living in his intestine that, triggered by excessive anxiety, forces its way out and slaughters the people who haveangered him. Out of fear that his intestinal gremlin may target its wrath on the wrong person, Duncan attempts to befriend it, naming it Milo and indulging it to keep its seemingly insatiable appetite at bay.

MILO features notable puppetry by Frank Langley and Bob Mano.

MILO was produced by Adele Romanski with New Artists Alliance’s Gabriel Cowan and John Suits. Executive producers include Mark & Jay Duplass, John Norris, Kerry Johnson, Dallas Sonnier, Jack Heller and Floren Shieh Productions’ Clay Floren and Aimee Shieh.

“Just like Ken Marino, our stomachs were hurting watching MILO, happily because of laughter rather than an intestinal demon,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “MILO is a rare entry in the horror-comedy genre that truly delivers.”

Jacob Vaughan said, "Magnet is the perfect home for MILO. The company is second-to-none in releasing quality genre movies and their passion for MILO is overwhelming. I’m confident they will do an incredible job positioning the film in the marketplace and getting it seen by audiences everywhere.”

The deal for MILO was negotiated by Magnolia/Magnet SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley and Director of Acquisitions Peter van Steemburg, with ICM Partners on behalf of the filmmakers and producers.
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Razor Reel Fantastic Film Festival: Call For Entries

Filmmakers, Sales Agents and Distributors are welcome to submit their work for the Sixth Edition of the Razor Reel Fantastic Film Festival, which will take place from October the 24th till November the 2nd in the Medieval city of Bruges, Belgium.

• Participating in the festival is free.
• European shorts are awarded with the Méliès D’Argent Award
• European First Time Directors are awarded with the Young Blood Award

There are no submissions fees or hidden fees. Submission deadline is 1st of August (Postmark). Please send together with the screeners your contact details. There will be a selection of feature Fantastic Films and a fine selection of the latest Fantastic Shorts. All genre related films are welcome as long as they are not on the sell through and/or VOD in Belgium before November the 3th 2013.

Please call or mail us for more info or for general requests regarding the festival or specific info about the EFFFF short film competition or the Youngblood Award.

This Year our general theme is Religion, rituals and superstition. You can forward your screener on DVD, download or through streaming! Please take note that we can NOT accept streaming links that are limited in time as we have to watch over 250 full features and about 150 shorts each year.

Contact RRFFF at info@RRFFF.be

Don’t hesitate to spread the word or contact us in case you need extra info! Thanks for submitting your screener, supporting the film community and please feel free to update us on any news on this or other projects you are working on.

The RRFFF is organized by Razor Reel, with the kind participation of the Flemish Government, the Flemish Province and The City of Bruges.

VZW RAZOR REEL
St-Arnolduslaan 47
B8200 Brugge
Belgium
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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Wild Zero (1999)

Ace must call upon his favorite rock group, Guitar Wolf, to help save the world from total annihilation when an evil race of aliens unleash a zombie plague upon the Earth! As if zombies weren't bad enough, Ace is left to deal with some unusual girlfriend troubles, while the boys in the band are forced to face off with a crazed club owner. Mayhem and madness reign supreme in WILD ZERO, the off-the-wall Horror Comedy that stars trash rockers Guitar Wolf as the super-powered versions of themselves. With non-stop action from start to finish, WILD ZERO packs in more head explosions, hair-combing, and outright hilarity that any other zombie film out of Japan. This makes it easier to overlook some of the computerized gore considering the unserious nature of the film and the endless amount of blood that are being spray across the screen. Director Tetsuro Takeuchi is sure to include a ton of top-rate make-up effects as well, which call back to Tom Savini's blue-skinned monsters from George A. Romero's DAWN OF THE DEAD. All of the makings of a cult-classic can be found in one place as Ace and the gang defend the Earth using the power of Rock 'N Roll!

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like WILD ZERO:
BIOZOMBIE, PLAGA ZOMBIE, KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE PARK, VERSUS, TRICK 'R TREAT, BLACK ROSES, JUNK, ROCK 'N ROLL NIGHTMARE.

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

New Cover Art Will Give You 'Sinister Visions'

LOS ANGELES, CA - March 16, 2013 - Are you ready for a terror attack combining both succubi, women possessed by demons, serial killers in electric chairs, aggressive zombies, avengeful crazy women, men with very deep emotional scars and ofcourse a fair amount of amputation and gore? SINISTER VISIONS consists of five grueling horror stories to make your bones freeze.

SUCCUBUS is about a beautiful young blonde, Emma, studying to become an archeologist. On an excavation trip to Syria she finds something in the sand that is about to change her life completely. She hurries home hoping to be able to escape it, but she is about to get wiser.

MY UNDEAD GIRLFRIEND is a twisted story with a lot of morbid, dark humor, telling the story of the day Keith woke up next to his girlfriend who had out of the blue turned into a flesh eating undead and tonight he is about to meet her parents for the first time! This day is going to be a bit out of the ordinary!

MOTHER KNOWS BEST is the story about Carl, a somewhat shy man preparing for a date with his childhood sweetheart, Rebecca. Carl’s mother has quite a few objections about the date and she is not too shy to express them, though.

In A WOMAN SCORNED we meet Gail tied to a bed by Holly. Gail have had the nerve to start a relationship with Richard, who unfortunately is Holly’s former husband – and Gail does not approve at all!

Finally, GENITAL GENOCIDE presents us to serial killer Charles Albert Harris who, sitting on death row waiting for the switch to be turned on, takes us through his crimes while the audience of the court room listens. Harris wants a last reaction out of the audience that consists of many relatives of his audience – and a reaction he gets.

SINISTER VISIONS is a collaboration between filmmakers from USA, UK, Sweden and Denmark and features works from skilled writers such as Garry Charles, Stefan Bommelin, Henric Brandt, Rasmus Tirzitis, Cody Cather, Doug Gehl and Lars Egholm Fischmann while the directing has been in the capable hands of Henric Brandt, Doug Gehl and Kim Sønderholm.

Starring: Kim Sønderholm, David C. Hayes, Michael Harrelson, Debbie Overbey, Rob Douglas, Rick Dyer, Daren Palacio, Bart Overbey, Brian Weir, Liana Hubbard, Tori Montgomery, Pamela Ricardo, Peg Thon, Kat Herlo, Miriam Yeager, Nadia Bond, Lars Bjarke, Ralf Beck, Pontus Olgrim, Camilla Löjdström, Andreas Rylander, Stefan Jonasson, Babs Brinklund, Mehrnaz Bagheri Beiknejad, Mette Løvendahl, Toke Lars Bjarke, Nadine and many, many others.
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'American Mary' Receives Theatrical Release in Canada

RAVEN BANNER AND CINEPLEX'S SINISTER HORROR SERIES PRESENTS

AMERICAN MARY

Arriving in Theaters Throughout Canada May 30th!

VANCOUVER, BC - March 16, 2013 - American Mary will be hitting theatres across Canada part of Raven Banner Entertainment and Cineplex’s Sinister Cinema’s Horror Series which will be a line up of some ridiculously cool horror films that you should grab your buddies to totally see in theatres this year!

"Fucking amazing. Extraordinary. A really superb picture.

Katharine Isabelle is awesome. She gives a wonderfully modulated performance.

It’s disgusting and distressing and the makeup is brilliant. It made
me think about the effects of horror. Why is has done what it does to
us and why it continues to move us." ~ Clive Barker

Cineplex Entertainment’s Front Row Centre Events and Raven Banner announce the launch of Sinister Cinema, a cutting-edge series of art house quality genre cinema. Sinister Cinema will bring a series of independent horror films to 25 Cineplex theatres across Canada. The films will include unique content, and in some cases, special appearances, including live question and answer sessions with directors, pre-recorded interviews and more.

“It’s a real honour for us to work with Cineplex,” said Raven Banner’s Managing Partner, Michael Paszt.

“Sinister Cinema will expose Canadians to a different type of horror film – one that falls outside the typical realm of larger distributors.”

“Today’s announcement is a big win for Canadian horror fans,” said Pat Marshall, Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations, Cineplex Entertainment. “We know fans of this genre are going to be incredibly excited about this new series.”

Tickets are available now at participating theatre box offices and online at cineplex.com/events. The following is a complete list of participating theatres:

British Columbia
Odeon Victoria Cinemas – Victoria
Galaxy Cinemas Nanaimo – Nanaimo
Colossus Langley Cinemas – Langley
Cineplex Odeon Park & Tilford Cinemas – North Vancouver
Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas – Vancouver

Alberta
Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton – Edmonton
Scotiabank Theatre Chinook – Calgary

Saskatchewan
Galaxy Cinemas Regina – Regina
Galaxy Cinemas Saskatoon – Saskatoon

Manitoba
SilverCity Polo Park Cinemas – Winnipeg

Ontario
Cineplex Odeon Devonshire Mall Cinemas – Windsor
SilverCity London Cinemas – London
Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo – Waterloo
Cineplex Odeon Winston Churchill Cinemas – Oakville
SilverCity Hamilton Cinemas – Hamilton
Cineplex Cinemas Mississauga – Mississauga
Cineplex Odeon Queensway Cinemas – Toronto
Colossus Vaughan Cinemas – Vaughan
SilverCity Fairview Mall Cinemas – Toronto
Cineplex Odeon Yonge & Dundas Square Cinemas – Toronto
Cineplex Odeon Eglinton Town Centre Cinemas – Scarborough
Coliseum Ottawa Cinemas – Ottawa
SilverCity Gloucester Cinemas – Ottawa
SilverCity Sudbury Cinemas – Sudbury

Quebec
Cineplex Odeon Forum Cinemas – Montreal”

The lineup goes like this -
March 27, 2013 – John Dies At The End
May 9, 2013 – The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh (Rue Morgue Cinema) - I saw this at Whistler and it’s fucking brilliant.
May 30, 2013 – American Mary
June 19, 2013- No One Lives

Do not miss these screenings, brings as many people as you know. Your support will show that there is a place in theatres for original horror films like this and that is does have an audience.

A huge and humble thanks to Raven Banner and Cineplex for putting these films on the big screen. We couldn't be more excited for this honor and especially to have AMERICAN MARY included amongst films we love so much, particularly The Last Will And Testament Of Rosalind Leigh.
Fatally Yours,
Jen and Sylv

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Twisted Twins Productions
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https://twitter.com/twisted_twins
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'John Dies at the End' on Blur-ray and DVD April 2!

“A THOROUGHLY UNPREDICTABLE HORROR-COMEDY 
– AND AN IMMENSELY ENTERTAINING ONE, TOO”
Variety

Magnolia Home Entertainment
Presents

JOHN DIES AT THE END

Available on DVD and Blu-ray April 2, 2013.

LOS ANGELES, CA - March 16, 2013 - In JOHN DIES AT THE END, it’s all about the Soy Sauce, a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. Users drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human. Suddenly a silent otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John (Rob Mayes) and David (Chase Williamson), a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs...

Adapted from David Wong’s audacious trans-genre horror novel, JOHN DIES AT THE END with screenplay by and directed by Don Coscarelli (BUBBA HO-TEP) and also stars Clancy Brown, Glynn Turman and Paul Giamatti.

Written & Directed by Cult Legend Don Coscarelli
Starring Academy Award® Nominee Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Emmy® Winner Glynn Turman and Doug Jones

Bonus Features
-- Commentary with Writer/Director Don Coscarelli, Producer Brad Baruh, Chase Williamson and Rob Mayes
-- Deleted Scenes
-- Getting Sauced: The Making of John Dies at the End
-- Creature Corps: The Effects of Soy Sauce
-- Casting Sessions
-- Fangoria Interview with Paul Giamatti
-- Trailers


Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Price: $29.98 SRP
Street Date: April 2, 2013
Running Time: 99 minutes
Catalog #: 10538
MPAA Rating: R
 

DVD
DVD Price: $26.98 SRP
Street Date: April 2, 2013
Running Time: 99 minutes
Catalog #: 10537
MPAA Rating: R
 

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)

Picking up immediately where the previous film left off, TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA follows a mad scientist that has created a monster mind control device so that he may harness the giant beast Titanosaur in a plot for revenge. Dr. Mafune aligns himself with an evil alien race that has rebuilt the mechanical terror Mechagodzilla as well, and together, they set out to destroy all of mankind! TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA would be the last film in the original series, as well as the last Godzilla picture to be directed by the great Ishiro Honda. With aliens, androids, secret agents, and (of course) giant monsters, TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA assembles all of the most successful science fiction and fantasy elements together at last, while focusing on the same tragic and multi-layered characters that have defined Honda's career. On top of the excellent costuming and incredible miniature set design that are featured here, the greatest strength in this entry lies in the creative framing and expressive camera work that bring us right into each explosive action scene. Honda uses an array of low and wide angle shots as he pans around the entire set, giving the monster battles a larger look and feel than ever before. Godzilla is restored to an indestructible force of nature as he absolutely obliterates his opponents in a series of vicious attacks. Of the many epic moments contained within the film, Godzilla's first striking appearance against the black, lightening-strewn sky as he is announced by Akira Ifukube's triumphant score remains the most memorable. Unfortunately, poor box office returns would result in Godzilla's unofficial retirement for over a decade, but the unmitigated King of the Monsters would return to wreak havoc in GODZILLA 1985.

Monsters: Titanosaurus, Godzilla, Mechagodzilla.

Rating: 8/10.

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Willow (1988)

An unexpected hero must find the fortitude to protect an innocent child from falling in to the clutches of the evil Queen Bavmorda in the fantasy adventure WILLOW, from 1988. Ron Howard directs based on a story by George Lucas, which centers around the unassured dwarf, Willow, as he selflessly crosses miles of treacherous terrain and faces countless foes with the aid of a few unlikely allies. Despite his small stature, Warwick Davis becomes the embodiment of strength and courage as his journey transforms him into an honest hero. Val Kilmer stars beside him as the loud-mouthed thief, Madmartigan, who is given the chance to betray his instincts and fight for good. He is enjoyable, as well, if not overly eccentric. It is Jean Marsh that steals every scene, however, as Queen Bavmorda, the center of evil and corruption in this otherwise peaceful world. She is more frightening than any of the disfigured monsters that roam her wretched kingdom. The path to Tir Asleen presents many dangers, which are brought to life through the creative costuming by Barbara Lane and Industrial Light and Magic's Oscar-nominated effects. Each of the stunning exteriors transport us to a mystical world where these things can truly exist. WILLOW is undoubtedly a classic in the genre, and one that is filled with fantasy, adventure, and heart.

Rating: 9/10.

Movies like WILLOW:
LADYHAWKE, HAWK THE SLAYER, LEGEND, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, THE HOBBIT, DRAGONSLAYER.

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'American Mary' On Demand May 16th and in Theaters May 31st!

 
Available On Demand May 16th and on DVD June 18th

 In Theaters May 31, 2013 from XLrator Media

LOS ANGELES, CA - March 3, 2013 - “Twisted Twins” Jen and Sylvia Soska are back with their stunning follow-up to the indie hit Dead Hooker in a Trunk. AMERICAN MARY is the story of a medical student named Mary who is growing increasingly broke and disenchanted with medical school and the established doctors she once idolized. The allure of easy money sends a desperate Mary through the messy world of underground surgeries which leaves more marks on her than the so-called freakish clientele. Appearances are everything.

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CAST: Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps), Antonio Cupo (“Bomb Girls”), Tristan Risk

DIRECTORS: Jen and Sylvia Soska aka “the Twisted Twins” (Dead Hooker in a Trunk)

DISTRIBUTOR: XLrator Media
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The 'Ghost Hunters' Return to DVD with Season 8 Pt 2!

THEY’RE BAAACCK…

GHOST HUNTERS 

THE #1 PARANORMAL FRANCHISE ON TELEVISION
RETURNS WITH MORE CHILLING EPISODES IN SEASON 8 PART 2

LOS ANGELES, CA - March 13, 2013 - On June 11th, Image Entertainment, a subsidiary of RLJ Entertainment, will release on DVD the second part from the #1 paranormal franchise on TV with Ghost Hunters: Season 8 Part 2. SRP for the 4-DVD set is $24.98 and pre-book is May 14th.

Jason Hawes and the TAPS team are back on the paranormal hunt with 14 all-new episodes from their hit eighth season. Featured investigations include an eerie library with some tragic deaths in its history, a South Carolina jail considered one of the most haunted locations in the country and where America's first female serial killer was executed (reportedly wearing her wedding dress), the spookiest castle ever, and one of the Ghost Hunters' favorite haunts: The Mark Twain House, where ghostly activity has increased since their last visit.

Get ready for some bone-chilling thrills and shocking surprises!

Featured investigations include: A Serial Killer's Revenge, Camp Fear, French Quarter Massacre, Don't Feed the Apparition, Ghostly Refuge, Paranormal Politics, Curtain Call, Fear Factory, Tunnels of Terror, Heir Apparition, Paranormal Pioneers, Higher Dead-ucation, Due Date with Death, Haunted Home for the Holidays.

The Ghost Hunters Season 8 Part 2 DVD also includes never-before-seen bonus footage and deleted scenes.
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

What Lies 'Hidden in the Woods'?

BLANC BIEHN PRODUCTIONS
ANNOUNCES LATEST PROJECT ENTITLED

HIDDEN IN THE WOODS

Company Also Inks Sales Agreement for the Film
'Treachery'

LOS ANGELES, CA - March 12, 2013 - Award-winning actor Michael Biehn (The Terminator, Aliens), under his Blanc Biehn Productions shingle, announced today pre-production and casting for the company’s latest project, the remake of the controversial film Hidden in the Woods (A Las Afueras de la Ciudad). Additionally, the company has signed a North American sales agreement with Tiffany Boyle of Ramo PC to represent their film, Treachery, which is currently in post-production.

Blanc Biehn Productions has locked in William Forsythe (The Rock, “Boardwalk Empire”) to play Uncle Costello in the remake of Hidden in the Woods. Also joining the cast will be UFC® fighter Krzysztof Soszynski (known as “The Polish Experiment”) who recently worked with Michael Biehn on the MMA film Tapped. Biehn will also star in Hidden in the Woods.

“I have never seen such a violent film that didn’t feel gratuitous and exploitive,” commented Biehn. “Patricio Valledares did an incredible job to combat that with his original film and we’re excited to announce that he is on-board to direct the English remake.”

At present, Hidden in the Woods cast includes Biehn, Forsythe and Soszynski as well as Jeannine Kaspar (Iron Man, “House of Lies,”), Electra Avellan (Grindhouse, Machete) Mark Burnham (Wrong, Wrong Cops), Jennifer Blanc (The Victim, Wrong Cops) and Richard Gunn (“Granite Flats,” For the Love of Money). Shooting is set to begin in early June in Texas. Patricio Valledares (Curriculum, Toro Loco) will direct. Jennifer Blanc-Biehn will produce along with Loris Courci, Evelyn Belmar, Time Lock Films and Valle Studio Films. The film will be in pre-sales at Cannes this May with international sales being handled by Dimitri Stephanides of WTF.

“We feel this story needs to be told,” commented Jennifer Blanc-Biehn producer of Hidden in the Woods. “It’s based on a true criminal case. Three out of every four women are abused throughout the world so we hope to be able to not only tell a story but also donate some of the proceeds to a few women’s charities to stop the violence.”

Treachery was shot last year in Los Angeles and stars Biehn, Gunn and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn. The film also features Matthew Ziff (Hardflip), Sarah Butler (I Spit on Your Grave), Caitlin Keats (Kill Bill: Vol. 2) and Chris Meyer (Kiss of the Damned). The film was written and directed by Travis Romero, and produced by Blanc-Biehn Productions, Michael Biehn, Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, Ryan Azevedo, Kate Rees Davies, Tony DeBenedetto, Natalie Ford and Paul Foley.

Blanc Biehn Productions is the partnership of famed actors Michael Biehn and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn. The pair decided to put their passion for acting and filmmaking into creating their own production company. Most recently, the duo produced the grindhouse film, The Victim which co-stars Danielle Harris. The Victim will be released this month in Australia and New Zealand. The company is finishing post-production on their film Treachery and they currently have several other films in development.
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Amber Alert (2012)

While filming their entry for a popular TV show, Samantha and Nathan happen to see a vehicle on the freeway that the police have been searching for in regards to a missing child. Nathan reluctantly agrees to follow the car, at least until the police arrive, but with no help in sight, the would-be rescuers are lured further and further into the back roads of Arizona. Kerry Bellessa directs what could have been a tightly-drawn thriller if it had been given better dialog and a stronger cast. AMBER ALERT is mostly believable, both from the standpoint of its potential villain and in the indecisive actions of its frightened teen characters. It asks the audience members what they might do in a similar situation, and poses incredibly difficult questions regarding our own courage, morality, and civic responsibility in the face of child endangerment. Is one's own safety more important than that of a child? How far would you go to ensure the safety of a child? The answers to these questions seem easy enough, but when it comes to risking your own life, the lines become blurred. Where this powerful premise goes awry is in the actual execution. Despite their best efforts, Summer Bellessa and Chris Hill become increasingly irritating as the film goes on, while constantly repeating the same mundane dialog along the way. Although we sympathize with each of their arguments as to whether or not to continue following the car, we do so out of principle in spite of their incessant whining. Patience pays off in the final act, however, where all of the tension and suspense boil in to a thrilling climax. AMBER ALERT is far from perfect, but it at least pushes the "found-footage" format into a relevant, thought-provoking direction that stirs an emotional response in the viewer.

Rating: 6/10.

Movies like AMBER ALERT:
ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE, VANISHED, THE VANISHING, THE HORSEMAN, TAKEN.

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'Simon Killer' Stalks Theaters April 5th

IFC FILMS PRESENTS
SIMON KILLER

A film by Antonio Campos (AfterSchool, Martha Marcy May Marlene)

OPENING IN THEATERS APRIL 5 AND ON VOD APRIL 12

LOS ANGELES, CA - March 12, 2013 - The follow-up to Antonio Campos' critically acclaimed AFTERSCHOOL, SIMON KILLER is an erotic and and psychological portrait of Simon (Brady Corbet, MELANCHOLIA, MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE), a well-educated, handsome and seemingly sympathetic college graduate with just a hint of something off putting enough to ignite a sense of concern.

Recently heartbroken, Simon travels to Paris to clear his head. After several days of wandering aimlessly, Simon finds himself drawn into a sex parlor and has a sexual encounter with an exotic prostitute, Victoria (Mati Diop, 35 SHOTS OF RUM). The chemistry builds between the two until they find themselves in a serious relationship, one that leads to blackmail, betrayal and the ultimate revelation of Simon's true nature.

SIMON KILLER is Written and Directed by Antonio Campos. Produced By Sean Durkin, Marie-Louise Khondji, Florence Lobet, Josh Mond, Alexander Norton, Matt Palmieri, and Melody C. Roscher. Starring Brady Corbet and Mati Diop.
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Kwaidan (1964)

Master filmmaker Masaki Kobayashi presents four chilling tales of terror in the Japanese classic, KWAIDAN. As adapted from the works of Lafcadio Hearn, these traditional ghost stories draw deeply from the cultural roots in which Hearn had become immersed.

"The Black Hair" follows an estranged husband who leaves home to marry in to a rich family. He only finds further discomfort in this new marriage, and decides to return to the wife he loved some years later. Although she shows no signs of aging and welcomes him home with an eager embrace, something seems terribly off upon his return... The next tale, entitled "The Woman in the Snow," finds two woodcutters trapped in a terrible snowstorm. They take refuge in a small hut, but the mysterious woman that controls the elements returns to claim them. The woman takes pity on one of the men, and spares his life in exchange for his silence. Years pass, and the young woodcutter takes a wife. After experiencing an odd vision over dinner, the woodcutter forgets his vow, and tells his wife of that fateful night, never expecting the grave consequences that would follow. "Hoichi the Earless" is by far the strongest of the stories, and tells of a great battle between two rival clans that left hundreds of soldiers dead in a sea of blood. The spirits of the fallen warriors lure a blind musician from the local monastery to perform their tale in song, but with each nightly visit to their sunken shrine, more of Hoichi's life force is stolen. It is up to the remaining monks to place a protective spell over Hoichi in order to save him from entering the spirit world. Finally, a writer's fate is sealed "In a Cup of Tea" when a ghostly tale comes to life and threatens to entrap his soul.

Kobayashi fully explores the medium of film making as a dramatic art form, using sights, sounds, and storytelling to achieve the the otherworldly visions of horror that come to life on screen. The most impressive aspect of the film, beyond even the acting, is the incredible art design. From the expressionist backdrops to the immaculate sets, KWAIDAN provides a stunning visual experience that gives the film a sense of dreamlike wonder. The frightening image of Hoichi set amongst the fog as he plays to the spirits is a moment of pure mood and atmosphere that bests even the works of the great Mario Bava. Tôru Takemitsu is very careful with his use of sound, relying just as much on the eerie ambiance of the quiet sets as he does on his own jarring effects. Meanwhile, Kobayashi takes great care in developing his characters through a slow and deliberate pace. It is here that we find true horror, not in momentary shocks or gore, but through the deeply disturbing scenes of human tragedy that provide no emotional recourse. This is best seen and felt throughout the first two stories, in which love and loss are personified in the most horrific of ways.

KWAIDAN exemplifies the traditions of Japanese Horror, and will forever remain a classic within the genre.

Rating: 10/10.

Movies like KWAIDAN:
BLACK SABBATH, A CHINESE GHOST STORY, THE COMPANY OF WOLVES, ONIBABA, UGETSU, JIGOKU, KURONEKO.

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Receive Your 'Last Kind Words' May 21st

IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT UTTERS ITS
LAST KIND WORDS

Coming to DVD and Digital Video May 21st

CHATSWORTH, CA - March 12, 2013 - Image Entertainment Inc. (a subsidiary of RLJ Entertainment) announces Last Kind Words, a thrilling horror film about a young teen who moves to a secluded rural farm and learns that the surrounding woods have flesh-crawling stories to tell. Directed by Kevin Barker (Five Fingers) and featuring a cast including Brad Dourif (Halloween I, II), Spencer Daniels (Star Trek), Alexia Fast (Jack Reacher) and Marianne Hagan (Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers), Last Kind Words is a chilling visual nightmare that will haunt viewers long after the last credit has rolled.

Last Kind Words arrives on DVD and Digital Download May 21st, with an SRP of $27.97 for the DVD. Pre-book is April 23rd.

17-year-old Eli has just moved with his family deep into the backwoods of Kentucky to work on the isolated farm of a local recluse. Inexplicably drawn into the strange forest that lies beyond the farm, Eli encounters the beautiful, sweet and mysterious Amanda– seemingly the perfect girl. But with the discovery of decaying bodies hanging from the trees, he realizes that the forest...and Amanda...are harboring some very dark secrets. Suddenly, Eli is living in a waking nightmare where the lines between life and death are scrawled in blood, and there is no escaping the terror from beyond the grave.
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