IFC’s remarkable Maniac, is now on VOD platforms (Brad’s rave review here) and is in the midst of a Los Angeles theatrical run. A few days back I spoke with Franck Khalfoun, the man responsible for this unique, stylized movie. In many ways I think this film is horror’s Drive, and I wanted to talk about some of the aesthetic choices he makes that really work for the film.
In the slasher redo, “Frank (Elijah Wood) is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition. As their friendship develops and Frank’s obsession escalates and the number of victims increases, it becomes clear that Frank is far more dangerous than he seems. With a pulsating electronic score by Rob, the film is an intimate, visually daring, psychologically complex and profoundly horrific trip into the downward spiraling nightmare of a killer and his victims.“. Nora Arnezeder, Genevieve Alexandra, Jan Broberg, America Olivo, Morgane Slemp, Sal Landi, Dan Hunter, Freedom, Délé Ogundiran, Steffinnie Phrommany and Joshua De La Garza also star in the feature directed by Franck Khalfoun.
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Production has officially wrapped on Tony Jopia’s indie horror comedy Crying Wolf (based on his short “Cry Wolf”), which stars Caroline Munro, Terry Christian, Joe Egan, Kristofer Dayne, Gabriella Hersham, Ian Donnelly, David Sellicks, Marco Rice, Rosie Pearson, Carlos Paginton, Hugh Edwards, Terry Andrews, Rog Pinkham and Kimberley Jaraj.
From Tirana Films International and Great Dayne Entertainment, “The story is about the antics of a group of young locals in a Cotswolds village who become werewolves after one of them is bitten,” reports the Guardian.
Said Jopia: “It’s a very wacky, crazy comedy very much in the style of Hammer Horror, Benny Hill and the old Ealing comedies – lots of Britishness! We filmed it in Deddington and on a farm in Duns Tew.
“We’ve got some really amazing special effects and prosthetics – some of the werewolves had to undergo seven hours in make-up for 20 minutes’ filming!”
The film will be released in the UK next February.
Eight different people are invited to a five-year high school reunion at their now closed down high school where a former student, disfigured from a prank gone wrong, awaits to take revenge.
Troma Team Video is proud to present for the time uncut in America, one of Joe Spinell’s (Rocky, The Godfather) most riveting, unnerving performances, since his unforgettable starring role in Maniac, in this underrated gem of the 1980s — The Last Horror Film. Vinny Durand (Spinell), a lonesome New York cab driver who lives at home with his mother, has dreams of becoming a famous film director. Consumed by his depraved obsession with beautiful horror actress Jenna Bates (Bond-Girl Caroline Munro) and determined to have her star in his first film, Vinny trails her to the Cannes Film Festival. While Vinny’s disturbing fascination grows, a mysterious killer begins slaughtering all people in Jenna’s entourage. Is the obsessed fanatic and the psychotic killer one in the same? Will this be Jenna’s Last Horror Film?
The moon rises at a predestined angle and awakens the sleeping Dr. Phibes three years later. To his dismay, he finds his house has been demolished and his papyrus scrolls stolen, the scrolls he needs to find the Pharoah’s Tomb in Egypt, where the River of Life flows. After identifying the source of the papyrus theft, he packs and leaves for Egypt with his assistant Vulnavia, still intent upon awakening his dead wife Victoria. The parties responsible for the theft of Phibes’ scrolls suffer an attrition problem as Inspector Trout chases him across the world.