[Remember This?] When ‘Livide’ Was Supposed To Come Out?

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September 2011. Two months after I started working here at Bloody-Disgusting, I found myself pulling news duty while Mr. Disgusting was reporting in from TIFF. I wasn’t very familiar with the way the festival worked at the time and had no idea that its Midnight Madness section was such a traditionally fertile ground to introduce great new horror films to the marketplace.

One film that had a lot of heat going into the fest – and not necessarily a lot of heat coming out – was Livide (now Livid) from Inside directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo. Their gory debut film had people primed for another bloodbath, but what they got was something much, much different.

From Mr. Disgusting’s (quite positive) review, “Livid is not going to make fans of Inside happy. In fact, I expect most of you to despise it with pure venom. But I implore you all to manage your expectations, shift your thinking, and go in with a clear mind. My hope is that you’ll find a place in your heart for this moody art house horror pic, one that’s sure to be trashed across the board.

More inside…

Happily, it didn’t get trashed across the board, but then again the board’s not that big. Livide currently has an 88% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with only one negative review. Of course, there are only 8 reviews, mostly from TIFF and Fantastic Fest. So what happened? Unlike most films that play Midnight Madness, Livide already had US distribution through the Weinstein Company and Dimension. But it hasn’t come out yet. And its international distro has hardly been thorough either with what looks like a theatrical release in France and some scattered DVD issues here and there.

So what’s the deal? The film was more or less well received but is admittedly hard to market. Did Dimension get gun shy and decide to cut their losses and save on P&A? Are they adjusting the release to account for (and perhaps benefit from) their upcoming American remake? Or did they buy with the intention of burying it as fertilizer for said remake? It’s sort of strange that we haven’t heard anything.

Either way, remember Livide?

 
  • WalkingDeadGuy

    It’s such a shame that we have to wait so long. It’s not like they planned on releasing it theatrically, they should just do what they’ll eventually end up doing and release it on DVD.

  • A-Devils-Reject

    I absolutely love ‘Inside’ and I thought Livid really confirmed that Bustillo and Maury are going to be forces in the horror industry. It’s a shame it’s seemingly been shelved.

  • skottie

    this must be one of the good times to live in the uk.
    i saw it a while back and really enjoyed it.
    very different to ‘inside’

  • rgold

    Wow, that explains why I haven’t heard much about it. I saw it a while back(lol,there are ways)and really enjoyed the hell out of it. It absolutely nothing like “Inside,” and as long as your aware of that beforehand you will find lots to love.

  • flesheater24

    looks like the dicksteins strike again. fuckin low life’s I wish they would of went bankrupt like they were suppose to.

  • xAshleyMariex

    I love this film and Inside
    The U.S. may not have released it yet but there are still ways to get the movie, like off of amazon or something.

  • http://www.facebook.com/msaez3 Manuel Saez

    When I saw “Livide”, I went in not expecting something as visceral as “Inside” but just as effective, and I was right. The movie is not hard to market, especially with the likes of ‘Black Swan’ being so successful. It just wasn’t the gore fest people were expecting. The movie was beautiful, and had some striking imagery, but I can understand why it was shelved. American’s aren’t really that accepting of unique ideas. It’s a shame.

  • Julian Nunez

    Funny, i was just thinking about this and wanted to buy it since i’ve never seen it. Since it’s probably going to take forever to get a release (and most likely not getting a blu ray release) it’s on the French Amazon site and it’s region free with english subs.

  • divisionbell

    Thank you for calling attention to this. Inside was excellent and I’ve been waiting for livide. The only copy I could find is unfortunately European. Can’t wait to see this.

  • Samhain2010

    The Weinsteins can’t help but shoot themselves in the feet. They have held on to Eden Lake, Martyrs, Inside, and now Livide. They could collect a lot of quick cash if they just issued some quality Blu Rays.

  • Ress EZ

    I’m with divisionbell. Thank you for highlighting the issue of this movie. I remember the first time I saw the pic above, I was deeply interested to see this movie. Unfortunately, yeah, it just vanished. I also don’t know how festivals work and it seems the movie companies work in a strange way too. Forget about Rotten Tomatoes, most of the above commentors loved it. That alone must be a very good reason to release it, no? If an American production like Cabin In The Woods took forever to release, I can’t imagine how long it would take for a non-American production to get a release date?

  • diapers

    The Weinsteins could be making a profit on this, but instead are forcing folks to view it through less-than-legit channels. Seems foolish to me. I haven’t seen it yet, but it looks fucking sweet!

  • horrorking95

    Inside is quite possibly my favourite horror film of all time and I’m planning to watch Livid tomorrow. I’M SO EXCITED!!

  • DeadInHell

    I’m apparently alone (or nearly so) on this site in thinking that Inside is insanely overhyped and brought nothing but groan-inducing cliches to the table. If they hadn’t exhausted all of their creative energy making the “bold” and “daring” choice to have a female villain, perhaps the plot wouldn’t revolve entirely around ludicrous contrivances. Inside is too lazily scripted to be anything but a pale, frustrating imitation.

    For that reason, I have no interest in Livide. The duo’s major weakness (aside from the incessant casting of Beatrice Dalle) is in their scripts, and Livide seems to bring up the magnification level on that problem. The “shock and gore” approach of Inside obviously masked the poorly conceived and written script, at least for a lot of genre/gore enthusiasts. Livide’s slow burn creepy haunted house setup isn’t as frenetic or embellished, and as such is not as forgiving of Maury and Bustillo’s shortcomings as writers.