Focus Features releases ParaNorman on Friday and one of the many things it has going for it (along with its amazing animation) is its message about being yourself. We live in increasingly intolerant times and its nice to see a film that addresses that issue and accompanies it with a higher body count and more flying limbs than you’d expect from a kids movie.
I recently hopped on the phone with directors Chris Butler (who also wrote the film) and Sam Fell and we talked about their approach to the film’s message – and if they thought that there was anything too gross that they might have to cut.
The film takes place in “a small town that comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee), who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he’ll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst of all, grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.”
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On April 20th, IFC Midnight released Penumbra, nationwide on IFC Midnight Cable VOD and Digital Outlets (SundanceNOW, iTunes, Amazon Streaming, XBOX Zune, Playstation Unlimited). It’s also currently playing at the IFC Center in New York.
To that end, I recently conducted an email interview with Adrián García Bogliano and Ramiro García Bogliano regarding their South American horror outing and their approach to its unsettling imagery and suspense (among other things).
“Combining stylistic elements of classic Polanski with a contemporary vision that rivals anyone working in horror today, the Bogliano brothers’ ‘Penumbra’ is a superbly realized South American horror slow-burner. Marga is a highly motivated, arrogant and successful business woman on assignment in Buenos Aires – a city she hate and whose people she loathes. While in the Argentina capital on a day the whole population is waiting to view a rare solar eclipse, she must also find a new tenant for her family’s decrepit apartment. Rapidly losing her patience waiting for one applicant, she runs into the mysterious Jorge lurking outside the front door of the place who informs her that he has a client willing to pay four times what she is asking in rent. There’s one catch – the paperwork must be signed immediately. As greedy Marga waits to complete the transaction, several of Jorge’s associates suspiciously appear at the apartment ready to strip the wallpaper. And what’s behind the decor signals a startling fate worse than death – or should that be life!”
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Drafthouse Films, Magnet Pictures and Timpson Films have announced the full roster of directors signed on to participate in their international co-production The ABCs Of Death, an anthology horror film featuring segments directed by over two dozen leading talents in contemporary genre film from around the world.
The feature is comprised of 26 individual episodes, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet inspiring a single word about death. Currently in pre-production, the film’s producers reserved the 26th director slot for a worldwide contest to find tomorrow’s next great horror filmmaker.
The contest ends October 1st. More submission information here.
A quick announcement for any filmmakers out there: Toronto After Dark Film Festival, one of the world’s leading showcases of new horror, sci-fi, action and cult films, has just announced its 2011 Call For Entries. The critically acclaimed annual event, now in its 6th Year, brings attention to thrilling new short and feature films from around the world. Last year’s festival was attended by a record 9,300 enthusiastic film fans and over 100 members of press and industry. Expectations are running high, that this year’s event, which runs Oct 20-27 at Toronto’s historic Bloor Cinema, will be the biggest ever. For entries to be considered, they must be submitted by the final deadline of July 22, 2011. Budget conscious filmmakers are advised to submit early, as entry fees are reduced between now and May 20. The actual festival runs Oct 20-27, 2011, once again at the city’s historic Bloor Cinema. Full details, including a fast and easy to complete online submission form, are available at Toronto After Dark’s festival website.