We’ve got an exclusive new clip from Simon Killer, which comes from much of the filmmaking team behind Martha Marcy May Marlene and is apparently even more intense. The film is directed by Antonio Campos (Afterschool) and was written by Campos along with his stars Brady Corbet (Martha Marcy May Marlene, Funny Games) and Mati Diop (35 Shots Of Rum). The film opened in NY theaters last week and hits LA theaters (check your listings) and VOD on Friday.
In the film, “Recently heartbroken, Simon travels to Paris to clear his head. After several days of wandering aimlessly, Simon finds himself drawn into a sex parlor and has a sexual encounter with an exotic prostitute, Victoria. The chemistry builds between the two until they find themselves in a serious relationship, one that leads to blackmail, betrayal and the ultimate revelation of Simon’s true nature.”
This is definitely on my list to check out ASAP! Head inside for the clip! READ MORE
Open Road Films and Liddell Entertainment’s Silent House opens this week in wide release. The pic, which premiered at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, was co-directed by filmmaking duo Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, who initially made a splash back in 2004 with Open Water. The screenplay was written by Laura Lau and based on the Uruguayan film La Casa Muda, written by Oscar Estevez.
I recently sat down with the team to discuss the creation of the appearance of an uninterrupted take for an entire movie, along with crafting the story to fit that conceit. They definitely seemed energized by the restrictions of the film’s structure and elaborated on the challenges creating in-camera the kind of suspense beats that are normally fine-tuned in editing.
The film “ is a uniquely unsettling horror thriller starring Elizabeth Olsen as Sarah, a young woman who finds herself sealed inside her family’s secluded lake house. With no contact to the outside world, and no way out, panic turns to terror as events become increasingly ominous in and around the house.”
The film opens March 9th. Hit the jump to check the interview! READ MORE
Open Road Films and Liddell Entertainment’s Silent House provides another great showcase for Elizabeth Olsen (following up Martha Marcy May Marlene). It’s entirely up to her to carry this “real-time” supernatural thriller and she more than pulls it off with an intense, layered performance.
I recently sat down with Olsen to talk about the film’s unique structure, the challenges of the shoot and how she favors tension and fear over more explicit kills.
The film, from Open Water duo Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, “is a uniquely unsettling horror thriller starring Elizabeth Olsen as Sarah, a young woman who finds herself sealed inside her family’s secluded lake house. With no contact to the outside world, and no way out, panic turns to terror as events become increasingly ominous in and around the house.”
The film opens March 9th. Hit the jump to check out the interview! READ MORE
Horror is a broad genre. It wraps its claws around every conceivable genre, twisting and contorting it to make something wholly unique yet, in many cases, incredibly accessible. In many cases, these films transcend every day genre classification, though for the sake of convenience, they’re often lumped into the horror category despite the tone and presentation of the film lending itself far better to drama or, to borrow from the notion of “horror elements,” a dramatic thriller. Martha Marcy May Marlene is one of these films.
Toronto stringer Mike Pereria is back with another round-up of mini-reviews for the newly released Blu-ray titles available at a store near you.
This morning he takes a look at Blue Underground’s HD release of Baby Yaga, what he calls “one of the most unique films to have emerged from the 70′s Italian genre scene,” along with the astounding Martha Marcy May Marlene, starring John Hawkes and Elizabeth Olsen, and Anchor Bay’s African zombie flick The Dead. Check out all of his scores below and then chime in with your thoughts. READ MORE
Elizabeth Olsen, who was amazing in Martha Marcy May Marlene, seems to have a taste for darker material than her more famous twin siblings. At first I assumed that the sole deciding factor for her role in MMMM was the quality of the piece. But it may have been the tone as well. After all, she can pretty much write her own ticket now and her dance card is still full of darker stuff like Silent House and Red Lights.
Now we can add Therese Raquin to her resume of thrillers. She’ll be costarring with Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs, Fatal Attraction) and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter).
Per Deadline, “Tom Felton is in negotiations to star opposite Elizabeth Olsen and Glenn Close in Therese Raquin. Written and set to be helmed by acclaimed theater director Charlie Stratton, the film’s being produced by William Horberg and Mickey Liddell. Close is attached for the role of Madame Raquin, and Olsen for Therese, who, with her lover Laurent, murder her husband (Felton), a sick boy that Madame Raquin forced Therese to marry. After Therese later marries her true love, the couple is haunted by the ghost of the dead husband and it poisons their love into all-consuming hatred.”
That actually sounds like a cool, albeit mean-spirited, idea for a ghost story. I hope it sticks the landing. READ MORE
Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult.
Martha Marcy May Marlene opens this Friday, October 21st and, frankly, it is a magnificent film (my review here). While it may not overtly belong in the horror genre, it’s so unsettling and tense it deserves a look from anyone who likes to be on the edge of their seat.
“It’s not a film for everyone, though I would certainly recommend it to many people. It’s also not a horror film, but I would certainly recommend it to many horror fans (especially if you respond to paranoia, suspense or creeping dread). First time writer/director Sean Durkin has crafted a film that will likely make you grapple with your own feelings of uncertainty and the fear of where you do and don’t belong (if anywhere).”
Late last week I had the chance, along with several other journalists, to speak with director Sean Durkin and stars Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson and John Hawkes about the film.
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Perhaps the most difficult title of the year to pronounce, Martha Marcy May Marlene (review) has made its way from Sundance to Cannes, around the world at different film festivals. Fox Searchlight will release it in October, but not before playing it at the New York Film Festival.
The film stars Elizabeth Olsen as Martha, a young woman who leaves a cult led by Patrick (John Hawkes). As her sister Lucy (Sarah Paulson) and her husband Ted (Hugh Dancy) take Martha in, they can’t cope with her disturbing behavior. Writer/director Sean Durkin explained how he determined what specific social interactions Martha would get just a little bit wrong.
Making waves across the web is the first trailer for Martha Marcy May Marlene, which Sean Durkin won “best director” out of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
Being that the film will be released by Fox Searchlight (on July 10), I’m sure the “horror” elements of the “cult drama” will be quite minimal, therefore our coverage will reflect that.
With that said, my best friend was born out of a cult. No, I’m not joking. Scary stuff. Starring Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson and John Hawkes, it’s quite terrifying knowing that Martha Marcy May Marlene is something that actually happens in this world. Real life terror. While it may be pegged as a drama, it’s impossible to ignore just how haunting this trailer is.
Olsen was the talk of Sundance starring as a damaged woman, haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, who struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult.
Watch the trailer inside and see what I mean. Kind of hard not to cover. No?