How would you react if, years after they’re dead and buried, a loved one showed up on your doorstep? No rotting flesh or maggot-ridden eye-sockets either, just looking as dapper as they always did. Would you welcome them in for a sandwich or flee in terror? The eight-part French supernatural series The Returned poses these questions. In the press release its called a “zombie” show, but judging by the first episode, “Camille,” it’s basically the anti-Walking Dead.
Years after a tragic school bus accident took the lives of over 30 students, a small mountainside town is still reeling from the loss. Then one day, a handful of them return home just as they were on the day they died. The story focuses on Camille, a young girl who believes it’s still the day of the accident, while also introducing many other characters. Some of them are welcomed home despite the parents’ disbelief, while others are refused entry by family members haunted by grief. READ MORE
This list is directly inspired by a post I did a few months back that featured 11 Alternate Horror Posters from Thailand. As I was looking this over last night and enjoying the artwork once again, I thought, “well of course there’s a sh*tload more of these out there.” They don’t only have to be from Thailand. So this morning I did some digging and found a few more that I liked.
There’s something about an alternate poster for a movie you love, especially if it’s a one-sheet you’ve never seen before. It can give you a little extra boost, some new imagery that you already have a positive association with. A foreign poster can also be a cool window into how other cultures experience (and market) your favorite films.
The great thing about this is that you never run out of them. There’s tons of horror movies and even more countries to release them in. So, every once in a while, let’s check in and see what comes up. If you come across something to share, send it to
firstname.lastname@example.org, and if we use it we’ll credit you in the piece!
In the meantime, head inside to check out a gallery of foreign posters for The Thing, Return Of The Living Dead, A Nightmare On Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge, The Cabin In The Woods and Halloween. I particularly like how the Japanese Halloween poster at least as much English text in the image as the American one. READ MORE
Mogwai has released a four-track EP of their music for the French zombie TV show Les Revenants to coincide with the show’s last episode. The EP is available digitally here. The EP is also going to be made available on a limited edition 10″ vinyl on Jan. 28th, 2013. Only 2,000 copies will be pressed.
A full soundtrack will be released Feb. 25th. You can see the track listing as well as a TV spot for the show below. READ MORE
Scottish post-rock band Mogwai will be scoring the new French horror TV series Les Revenants, which is loosely based upon the Robin Campillo film of the same name (released with the English title They Came Back). The band will be releasing a 10″ limited edition EP (only 2,000 copies) on Jan. 28th, 2013 that will contain compositions from the film. A full soundtrack will be released Feb. 25th on CD, LP, and digital formats. You can hear samples from the soundtrack here.
Below you can watch a trailer for the TV show as well as the trailer for the original film.
While I know that I’ve seen They Came Back, I don’t remember terribly much about it. However, I remember that it was definitely a very different kind of zombie film, one that played far more to emotions rather than scares and violence. Again, it’s been several years since I’ve seen it (I rented it, that’s how long ago it was). Anyone remember the film well enough to refresh my memory? READ MORE
When Alex, a French writer, receives a final ultimatum from his editor to come up with a story that will boost ratings, he chases down a dangerous lead from a prostitute in search of video evidence of corruption, and ends up stumbling across a private game amongst the rich, where humans are hunted as prey in the woodlands, for large sums of money. What transpires next mortally shoots the standard American screenplay right between the eyes.
This obscure and low budget release from relatively unknown French director Thomas Szczepanski comes to us all from MVD – a distribution company known for questionable releases riddled with bad films nobody would otherwise take a second look at. But The Hunt is an exception to that rule. Most easily and oddly described as a cross between Hostel and Eyes Wide Shut, The Hunt approaches the “torture and kill for money and sport” scenario and turns it on its head, coming at it from a completely original perspective. And while the story starts off generic and familiar, its a guarantee that you have no idea how this plays out by the end of the film. READ MORE
On the heals of its frightening home entertainment release of Outcast, Indomina Releasing and Bloody Disgusting Selects is adding another psychological thriller to its release titles, The Pack, starring a critically acclaimed cast, Yolande Moreau, Emile Dequenne, Benjamin Biolay, as well as Phillippe Nahon and stage director and theater actor, Geroges Lini.
Directed and written by Franck Richard, the French ghoul pic will street via DVD and Digital on March 6.
“ ‘The Pack’ follows Charlotte (Emilie Dequenne), a beautiful but rough around the edges kind of girl, who drives a beat-up station wagon in the countryside of northern France. Her journey takes a turn when she picks up a mysterious hitchhiker (Benjamine Biolay), with whom she strikes an unusual bond. Stopping at a roadside diner, her new companion strangely disappears, and Charlotte finds herself knocked unconscious and held captive. She soon encounters a peculiar and disturbed woman, La Spack, (Yolande Moreau), and discovers that her blood is being used to feed a “pack” of flesh-eating ghouls.”
DVD Bonus Material include: The Making of The Pack and 3 Behind The Scenes Featurettes (Performing the Stunts, Creating The Set, Setting Up The Joke).
Watch the trailer below where you’ll also find the art. READ MORE
From French directors Jean-Christophe Savelli comes a teaser for Innocence, a feature length sci-fi horror film that’s based on a short of the same name.
It’s described as an epic horror movie, with sf accent based on a simple concept: “reality distortion”. Raphael Bertin penned the script with Savelli.
“A group of soliders awake in an unknown place and have to fight to discover the truth and their reality, the notion of confronting two opposing realities.
Not knowing why they’re there, their only motivation is to get out of this maze of rooms and hallways. The way leads them to a providential exit which won’t be without its traps…An undetermined force will ceaselessly divert them from their objective, an exit which is further than they could ever imagine…” READ MORE