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.”
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Inside directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo’s artful (and French) Livide (review) is getting an American remake. Because that’s what happens these days. David Birke (Kiss And Tell, Gacy) will be writing the script and one of the producers of The Strangers is onboard.
Per Deadline, “ French distributor SND Films is moving forward with an English language re-make of ‘Livid’, and they’ve set David Birke to write the script, and Doug Davison of Quadrant Pictures and Robert Léger to produce it. Davison’s genre credits include ‘The Strangers’ and the upcoming remake of Old Boy at Mandate Pictures.”
The film, “revolves around a young home nursing aide who works in a remote country estate and discovers that her comatose patient may have hidden her fortune somewhere in the house. The nursing aide returns with her friends to search for the loot, and they become trapped in the house with an old woman who may not be as sick as she appeared.“
Bloody Disgusting ready “Fabien” has a little Halloween treat for you as he discovered the French-language trailer for Inside directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo’s nightmarish Livid (review) is now online and brooding after the break.
“‘Livid’s true gift is its creative madness, a film that’s drenched in imagery that will resonate with viewers for decades,” I stated in my review out of TIFF this past July. David Harley was also a huge fan stating that it “demands that its audience watch it through Fulci-tinted glasses as it weaves a fantasy horror tale heavy rooted in nightmare logic and Hammer aesthetics, a style that really hasn’t been replicated to this extent since the Godfather of Gore passed away in the 90′s.”
Arriving in theaters next year from Dimension Films, the pic is a horror fairytale set during Halloween night when three youths decide to burglarize an old lady’s desolate house, but what awaits them is no ordinary house… Do NOT expect another Inside and I believe you’ll be pleasantly surprised. READ MORE
Inside directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo are back with more French horror, this time with Livid (review), a “living nightmare” that has been both celebrated and panned by critics.
Arriving in theaters next year from Dimension Films, Livid is a horror fairytale set during Halloween night when three youths decide to burglarize an old lady’s desolate house, but what awaits them is no ordinary house…
Inside you’ll find a creeptacular international one sheet that’s very representational of the film’s atmosphere. Do NOT expect another inside… READ MORE
After weeks of insane coverage, I’m excited to announce the conclusion of our Toronto International Film Festival coverage, which also included reviews and interviews from various “Midnight Madness” features.
Beyond the break you’ll find our breakdown of each film reviewed, along with link to interviews, images and even trailers (if available). If you’d like to see what else you’ve missed, click here for EVERYTHING.
I love a film that gets people talking, which is why Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo’s Livid is so fascinating. I enjoyed the atmospheric horror quite a bit, while stringer Brad McHargue wasn’t as impressed. Now, inside you’ll find the strongest opinion yet as Bloody’s David Harley was a big fan of the Inside directors’ latest.
Inside you’ll find Harley’s thoughts on the horror fairytale that’s set during Halloween night when three youths decide to burglarize an old lady’s desolate house, but what awaits them is no ordinary house…
Premiering at the TIFF before screening this past weekend at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, I was a mediocre fan (yet enjoyed it quite a bit) for Inside directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo’s follow-up nightmare Livid, which went with atmosphere over gore.
Bloody D stringer Brad McHargue reports in from FF where he stands firm with the opposing crowd: The film fails to overcome the weak script.
Inside you’ll find McHargue’s thoughts on the horror fairytale that’s set during Halloween night when three youths decide to burglarize an old lady’s desolate house, but what awaits them is no ordinary house…
I’ll never, ever forget TIFF 2007. Actually, I can always rely on a group of my friends (largely dragged out by me) to recount, in detail, my ordeal that night. It all started with Mr. Disgusting himself, Brad Miska masterfully hyping up this little French horror film titled Inside. It supposedly made High Tension look uber-tame. How can any genre fan not get excited by that deliciously sick proposition?! I even went as far as to avoid the plot synopsis entirely. It would prove to be my fatal mistake. If you haven’t seen Inside already; it’s about a pregnant widow being tormented by a severely creepy woman who desperately wants take the unborn child for herself…by any means necessary. On a personal note, my wife was due to have our child in a few months. So, to say that this film had a profoundly traumatic effect on me could safely be labelled as the mother of all understatements. I vowed to hate the directors, Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo for life. To make a long story short, time heals all wounds and I now LOVE this film to no end.
So I was extremely excited to see their follow-up, Livid (review), a fairy tale-like supernatural horror film that could be described as Pan’s Labyrinth meets Hellraiser. It contains some of the creepiest moments I’ve seen all year. I had the honor and pleasure to chat with this duo at TIFF, where their film was making its world premiere.
I’m still bitter with rage that the Weinstein Company and Dimension Extreme released an edited down version of the French gorefest Inside on DVD (cut to make Blockbuster happy). Even more shameful is not having a Blu-ray/HD version of the film to put its stunning cinematography on full display.
Well, it’s time to hang your head in disappointment as Dimension scored the rights to Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo’s Inside followup, Livide (Livid), which I can only assume they’ll hold locked up in their vault for several years before butchering it to shreds (for no apparent reason). I put the challenge to them to prove me wrong.
“Livid is a horror fairy tale set on Halloween night, when three youths decide to burglarize an old lady’s desolate house, which turns out to be no ordinary abode.”
This seriously bugs me. The only way to make me happy would be to re-release the UNCUT version of Inside alongside it.
Bloody Disgusting reader ‘Usman H.’ just tipped us off to a second French magazine feature (“Mad Movies”) on Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo’s Livid, their bloody follow-up effort to their mind-blowing Inside. The article is unfortunately in French (maybe one of you guys are able to read and sum up?), but it does feature a slew of new haunting imagery, and a super creepy old woman.
Also, inside you can watch two making-of featurettes that go behind-the-scenes of filming back in 2010.
“It’s young Lucy’s first day as a trainee in-house caregiver. She visits Mrs Jessel, an old woman who lies in cerebral coma, by herself, in her large desolate house. Learning by accident that Mrs Jessel, a former dance teacher of repute, supposedly possesses a treasure somewhere in the house, Lucy and friends William and Ben decide to search the house in the hope of finding it. At night, they get into the house, which reveals itself to be increasingly peculiar. Their hunt for Mrs Jessel’s treasure leads them into a horrifying supernatural series of events that will change Lucy forever…”
Inside directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo are finally in production on their follow-up horror project, Livid, which will star Marie-Claude Pietragalla, Catherine Jacob, Béatrice Dalle, Chloé Coulloud, Felix Moati, and Jeremy Kapone. The film will follow Lucy, a young nurse, and her friends Ben and William, who all plan to burgle the home of one of her patients – an old woman who has been in a coma for years; Legend has it that there’s a fabulous treasure hidden there. What they find goes beyond… their worst nightmares. This morning we scored the first EVER image that channels a little girl’s inner demon. OMFG.
Inside directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo are finally in production on their follow-up horror project, Livid, which will star Marie-Claude Pietragalla, Catherine Jacob, Béatrice Dalle, Chloé Coulloud, Felix Moati, and Jeremy Kapone. The film will follow Lucy, a young nurse, and her friends Ben and William, who all plan to burgle the home of one of her patients – an old woman who has been in a coma for years; Legend has it that there’s a fabulous treasure hidden there. What they find goes beyond… their worst nightmares. Check out the official AFM sales art inside.