Entertainment Weekly has premiered the first official one-sheet for Park Chan-wook’s (Oldboy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengenace, Lady Vengeance, Thirst) english-language debut, Stoker, penned by Ted Foulke (aka Wentworth Miller).
Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode, Jacki Weaver, Lucas Till, Alden Ehrenreich, Phyllis Somerville and Dermot Mulroney all star.
“After India’s (Wasikowska’s) father dies in an auto accident, her Uncle Charlie (Goode), who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother (Kidman). Soon after his arrival, she comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives, but instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated with him.”
Stoker hits theaters March 1st from Fox Searchlight. Head inside to check out the new poster! READ MORE
Sundance recently announced their Park City at Midnight line-up for the 2013 fest, which takes place January 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.
While the above link will already take you to dozens of new hi-res photos, this morning two new stills were released from Stake Land director Jim Mickle’s We Are What We Are, his remake of Mexican director Jorge Michel Grau’s picture about a family of cannibals that’s been moved from its original setting of Mexico City, to a poor part of the Catskills region in New York State.
In the film, “A seemingly wholesome and benevolent family, the Parkers have always kept to themselves, and for good reason. Behind closed doors, patriarch Frank (Sage) rules his family with a rigorous ferver, determined to keep his ancestral customs intact at any cost. As a torrential rainstorm moves into the area, tragedy strikes and his daughters Iris (Childers) and Rose (Garner) are forced to assume responsibilities that extend beyond those of a typical family.” Cast includes Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers, Julia Garner, Michael Parks, Wyatt Russell and Kelly McGillis. READ MORE
Sundance Institute today announced the addition of four films to the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, including Sebastián Silva’s Magic, Magic and Quentin Dupieux’s Wrong Cops.
The 2013 Festival will be January 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.
Magic Magic, starring Michael Cera, Juno Temple, Emily Browning, Catalina Sandino Moreno and Augustín Silva, joins the Midnight line-up. It follows “An American girl vacationing in remote Chile mentally unravels, putting herself and those around her in danger.”
Wrong Cops, starring Mark Burnham, Marilyn Manson, Steve Little and Eric Wareheim, joins New Frontier. In it, “Imagine a Los Angeles where crime is so low that a bored cop sells drugs and harasses a teenager to pass the time. Shot in standalone chapters, as it is being financed, screened and released, watch the 45 minutes of crazy.”
Get new Magic, Magic stills below. READ MORE
Fox Searchlight’s Stoker will be joining the previously announced Ass Backwards, Hell Baby, In Fear, kink, S-VHS, Sightseers, The Rambler, Virtual Heroes and We Are What We Are at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, which takes place January 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.
The Sundance Institute announced today the films selected to screen in the out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections.
Stoker, from Park Chan-Wook, begins “After India’s father dies in an auto accident, her Uncle Charlie comes to live with her and her mother, Evelyn. Soon after his arrival, India suspects that this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives but becomes increasingly infatuated with him.” Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Dermot Mulroney, Jacki Weaver and Nicole Kidman star.
Check out the first ever stills and a clip below! READ MORE
Just yesterday Sundance announced their Park City at Midnight line-up for the 2013 fest, which takes place January 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.
While the above link will already take you to dozens of new hi-res photos, this morning a new and improved still was released from Stake Land director Jim Mickle’s We Are What We Are, his remake of Mexican director Jorge Michel Grau’s picture about a family of cannibals that’s been moved from its original setting of Mexico City, to a poor part of the Catskills region in New York State.
In the film, “A devastating storm washes up clues that lead authorities closer and closer to the cannibalistic Parker family.” Cast includes Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers, Julia Garner, Michael Parks, Wyatt Russell and Kelly McGillis. READ MORE
We have some pretty exciting news that we’re still having trouble believing… we’re excited to announce that S-VHS, our latest V/H/S project, will have its World Premiere at this coming January’s 2013 Sundance Film Festival as part of their annual Park City at Midnight section! V/H/S premiered at this past year’s festival in Park City, Utah where Magnet Releasing acquired U.S. rights (it arrives on VOD, DVD and Blu-ray next Tuesday!).
We’d like to take this time to thank you guys for your constant support, and for putting up with any shameless promotions. We’ve tried our absolute best to keep it to a minimum as to not annoy the living daylights out of you. As we’ve stated on a handful of occasions, we couldn’t be here without you, and making you guys proud of us is our number one priority. With BD Selects and our feature productions we’ve made it our mission to supply you guys with what we think is quality content, and hope to some degree that you agree and approve. It means the world to us…
…and with that, we’d like to introduce S-VHS to the world! Below we’ve added three official stills from the latest tape that features the works of Gareth Evans (The Raid) & Timo Tjahjanto (Macabre), Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project, Lovely Molly) & Gregg Hale, Jason Eisener (Hobo With A Shotgun), Adam Wingard (You’re Next, A Horrible Way To Die) and Simon Barrett (You’re Next, A Horrible Way To Die), the latter of which will be making his directorial debut on the film.
The first movie followed a group of students hired to break into a desolate house to find a lost VHS tape, paving the way for the movie to go into a series of found-footage stories directed by up-and-coming genre filmmakers. The new movie, starring Adam Wingard, Kelsy Abbott, Lawrence Michael, Levine Hannah Hughes and L.C. Holt, follows a similar structure, with a pair of investigators discovering a tape while looking for a student.
Sundance Institute announced today the films selected to screen in the 2013 Sundance Film Festival out-of-competition sections Spotlight, Park City at Midnight and New Frontier, as well as the installations and performances to be featured in the Festival’s New Frontier venue. The Festival takes place January 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.
Inside you’ll find the full announcement with (mostly) first ever images from Ass Backwards, Hell Baby, In Fear, kink, S-VHS, Sightseers, The Rambler, Virtual Heroes and We Are What We Are!
In addition to those announced today, films in the U.S. and World Competition and NEXT < => sections have been announced. Films for the Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections have not yet been announced. For a full list of films announced to date visit the official Sundance website. READ MORE
Pegged as “The Waking Dead” meets Tremors, with tentacles, Jon Wright directs the Irish horror comedy Grabbers that stars Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley and Russell Tovey in a film that takes to “a sleepy Irish fishing village that’s forced to fend off a blood-sucking sea creature.” The new international trailer has now hit featuring new looks at the film’s creature. IFC acquired the film out of Sundace last year and has yet to release.
Ryan Daley said this about the Sundance Film Festival selection: “I liked the hell out Grabbers, but if it had revealed its monster just a little less often, and been just a little more menacing in its approach, it could have transcended mere likeability on the way to horror greatness.” Read his entire review here.
Head inside for a look a the trailer. Thanks to “Avery” for the heads up. READ MORE
Starting on July 13, Rodrigo Cortes’ Red Lights began its theatrical run and has continued to expand over the last few weeks, with more locations to come. Mike Ferraro caught up with the film this past week and found it to be a “dramatic film with no real payoff.” Check inside to read his thoughts.
In the film, “Robert De Niro stars as Simon Silver, a legendary psychic, perhaps the most famously gifted of all time, who returns after thirty years of mysterious absence to become the world’s greatest challenge to orthodox science and professional skeptics. Meanwhile, paranormal fraud investigator Tom (Cillian Murphy) begins to develop a dense obsession Silver, whose magnetism is enhanced dangerously with each new manifestation of inexplicable phenomena.”
Don’t forget to write your own review and let all of B-D know what you thought. READ MORE
Pegged as “The Waking Dead” meets Tremors, with tentacles, Jon Wright directs the Irish horror comedy Grabbers that stars Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley and Russell Tovey in a film that takes to “a sleepy Irish fishing village that’s forced to fend off a blood-sucking sea creature.”
It was announced today that IFC Films has acquired the monster comedy with plans on releasing in theaters and VOD later this year.
Ryan Daley said this about the Sundance Film Festival selection: “I liked the hell out Grabbers, but if it had revealed its monster just a little less often, and been just a little more menacing in its approach, it could have transcended mere likeability on the way to horror greatness.” Read his entire review here. READ MORE
The Sundance Film Festival midnight movie Grabbers can claim at least one thing we’ve never seen before. There has never before been a movie where the secret to beating the monsters was to get totally drunk. Sure, Shaun of the Dead had heroes defeat zombies despite being drunk, but this is the first time it’s actually a strategy.
Irish writer Kevin Lehane and director Jon Wright made a film about bloodsucking aliens invading Ireland, and the local cops figure out if they’re drunk, the monsters won’t touch their blood. Partied out by the end of the week, Lehane and Wright chatted with me Wednesday afternoon over waters and Diet Cokes, but still a lively discussion about drinking, movie monsters and good CG. READ MORE
IFC Films has picked up Sundance ’12 Stanley Kubrick doc Room 237, which Ryan Daley says “is insanely thought-provoking [and] is consistently entertaining.”
A world premiere in the festival’s New Frontier section, the experimental documentary directed by Rodney Ascher explores the numerous theories about the “real meaning” of Kubrick’s film The Shining. Deadline adds that the film will screen this Spring in the New Directors/New Film series in New York and Cannes is a likely bet to debut the film across the Atlantic.
IFC Films will roll out the film later this year via a theatrical/day and date VOD release. READ MORE
Black Rock (review) sold to LD Entertainment immediately following its first midnight screening in the Sundance Film Festival’s Park City at Midnight Category.
Directed by Katie Aselton, the film stars Aselton, Lake Bell and Kate Bosworth as three friends on a camping trip who run afoul of three hunters who turn violent. It becomes a gritty fight to survive in the woods.
By Thursday of Sundance, Aselton was as exhausted as we were. She even offered to have a snuggle session instead of an interview, but I wasn’t smooth enough to take her up on it so I just went with a normal interview. Some spoilers follow in our talk, but they’re good spoilers about violence and nudity! READ MORE
Anchor Bay Films announced today the acquisition of all North American distribution rights to director/writer Richard Bates, Jr.’s debut feature film, Excision (review), which made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last month. Produced by Dylan Hale Lewis, the horror film features an all-star cast including: AnnaLynne McCord (“90210”), Traci Lords (Cry Baby), Ariel Winter (“Modern Family”), Roger Bart (“Desperate Housewives”), Jeremy Sumpter (Soul Surfer), Malcolm McDowell, Matthew Gray Gubler (“Criminal Minds”), Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin (Children of a Lesser God), Ray Wise (Good Night, and Good Luck) and John Waters.
“ ‘Excision’ is the story of Pauline (McCord), a delusional teenage outcast. Pauline picks scabs. Pauline dissects road kill. Pauline fantasizes about performing surgery on strangers. Her fascinations disturb her schoolmates and her parents, Phyllis (Lords) and Bob (Bart). No one understands Pauline except for Grace (Winter), her younger sister who suffers from cystic fibrosis. An outcast at school and at home, Pauline is convinced that the best way to repair her estranged relationship with her family is to perform a risky operation to save her sister’s life.”
Ryan Daley had this to say in his review of the film: “It’s like a Shakespearean tragedy without the Shakespeare. In the end, all of the subconscious craziness in ‘Excision’ is just an unnecessary afterthought tacked onto an insightful coming-of-age story.”
Keep up with all of our Sundance coverage here. READ MORE
The long awaited new Don Coscarelli movie John Dies at the End (review) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in the Park City at Midnight category.
In the adaptation from the director of Phantasm and Bubba Ho-Tep, “It’s a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. On the street they call it Soy Sauce, and users drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human. Suddenly a silent otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John and David, a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs. Can these two stop the oncoming horror in time to save humanity? No. No, they can’t.”
This film had a little help from Hollywood A-lister Paul Giamatti, who produced and plays a role in the film. He wanted to work with Coscarelli on Bubba Nosferatu, the aborted Bubba Ho-Tep sequel, so offered his services when Coscarelli read the David Wong book John Dies at the End. READ MORE
The Pact (review) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, starring “Death Valley“‘s Caity Lotz as a woman who returns to her family home after her mother’s death and her sister’s disappearance. Reluctant to even face the family history, Annie (Lotz) finds there are even more forces in the house than just her bad family memories.
Bloody Disgusting stringer Fred Topel caught up with Lotz, along with the film’s director, Nicholas McCarthy, to talk about the supernatural haunter that was acquired by IFC Films. READ MORE
Rodrigo Cortes’ film Red Lights (review) divided audiences at Sundance. Some viewers really dug it. Cortes could tell I was not a fan, even though my questions were objective and diplomatic. It was cool though, he welcomed my discussion anyway.
Red Lights is named for the giveaway clues that something doesn’t belong. Cillian Murphy and Sigourney Weaver play scientific debunkers of paranormal hoaxes, faced with their match (Robert DeNiro), who either can circumvent all their countermeasures, or he really has psychic powers.
In his introduction to the premiere screening, Cortes told the audience not to expect anything. Now that you may have heard, we present my discussion with Cortes from the Sundance Film Festival. READ MORE
Acquired by IFC out of the Sundance Film Festival’s Parck City at Midnight line up was Nicholas McCarthy’s The Pact, which was based on a short of the same name. While the movie did carry some incredible scares, ultimately the director “goosed the gas” a bit too much.
“Just as I was preparing myself for a wild ride, ‘The Pact‘ started pumping the brakes…[Nicholas] McCarthy simply can’t match the scares of that crackerjack first act.”
Click the title above to read Ryan Daley’s entire review. Click here for all things Sundance 2012! READ MORE
Leading into the Sundance Film Festival with an insane amount of hype, Richard Bates, Jr.’s Excision left audiences a little perturbed. The pic starred an uglied up AnnaLynne McCord as a disturbed and delusional high school student with aspirations of a career in medicine goes to extremes to earn the approval of her controlling mother. Traci Lords, Ariel Winter, Roger Bart and John Waters also starred in this coming-of-age horror story that left Ryan Daley underwhelmed.
“It’s like a Shakespearean tragedy without the Shakespeare. In the end, all of the subconscious craziness in ‘Excision’ is just an unnecessary afterthought tacked onto an insightful coming-of-age story.”
You can read his entire review by clicking the title above. Keep up with all of our Sundance coverage here. READ MORE
One of the Sundance films I was personally most excited to see was Black Rock, Katie Aselton’s survival horror tale that followed three childhood friends as they set aside their personal issues and reunite for a girls’ weekend on a remote island off the coast of Maine. One wrong move turns their weekend getaway into a deadly fight for survival.
Written and produced by the Mumblecore kings known as the Duplass brothers, who burst onto the scene with their Sundance entry Baghead, I expected a bit more. Here’s what Ryan Daley had to say:
“There’s plenty of nail-biting tension in ‘Black Rock’, but that tension fades with every stupid decision the characters make, and audience frustration eventually builds to the bursting point. It‘s one of those movies that makes you want to yell at the screen.”
Click the title above for the entire review. Keep up with all of our Sundance coverage here. Watch for interviews this coming week! READ MORE
In Derek Franson’s indie Comforting Skin, a lonely young woman’s desperate need for emotional and sexual companionship draws her into a surreal and ultimately destructive relationship with a shifting and whispering tattoo she has willed to life on her skin. It reminded me of the classic “Tales From the Crypt” episode in which a tattoo came to life. Too bad it’s nothing like it. Having world premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Ryan Daley writes this:
“After its supremely eerie first act, ‘Comforting Skin’ disintegrates into a boring indie melodrama, complete with overwrought arguments and tedious grievances.”
You’ll find the entire review by clicking the link above. John Marrone also reviewed Ghoul out of the anti-Sundance festival. READ MORE
One of the Park City at Midnight titles Ryan Daley missed out on was Don Coscarelli’s (Phantasm, Bubba Ho-Tep) incredibly bizarre and entertaining John Dies at the End, which we now have reviewed courtesy of Fred Topel.
“‘John Dies at the End’ is a wonderful irreverent horror movie. The great thing about irreverence is I think you have to have reverence before you can remove it. Don Coscarelli celebrates his and our love of monsters and cataclysm by reframing their cinematic power.”
You’ll find his full review by clicking the title above. We’ll bring you distro news as soon as it’s announced.
“It’s a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. On the street they call it Soy Sauce, and users drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human. Suddenly a silent otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John and David, a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs. Can these two stop the oncoming horror in time to save humanity? No. No, they can’t.” READ MORE
Those of you keeping up with V/H/S now know that one of the main goals of the experimental project was for it to be F/U/N. This bled into conversations about the film’s conclusion and how to play out the credits.
While most found footage films end with a lame “fade to black” and no credits, we opted to rock out with some jams ’80s style. The fact of the matter is, we’re not trying to fool you, every viewers knows it’s NOT real. You know?
The idea was to end the film on a high note and have the viewer walk out of the theater with a hop in their step. This is why we chose The Death Set‘s “They Come To Get Us” (purchase) as our end credit theme. In celebration of the film being acquired by Magnolia, Bloody’s Jon Barkan interviewed Johnny Siera of the Aussie punk rock band over at BD’s Music Section. You can rock out to the single by reading on, and purchase the sucker over at iTunes. READ MORE
Nicolas McCarthy’s The Pact, which debuted at Sundance as a short some time ago, had its feature length premiere at Sundance last week and was just acquired by IFC Midnight.
According to IFC’s Press Release, “IFC Midnight announced today from the 2012 SundanceFilm Festival that the company is acquiring North American rights, to writer-director Nicholas McCarthy’s THE PACT. The film, which premiered in the festival’s Midnight section on January 20, stars Caity Lotz, Casper Van Dien, Haley Hudson, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Sam Ball, and Agnes Bruckner. The film was produced by Preferred Content’s Ross M. Dinerstein, and executive produced by Jamie Carmichael at Content, as part of a new multi-film financing deal between Preferred Content and Content Film.”
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Agnes Bruckner (Venom, Vacancy 2, The Woods, Kill Theory), Sam Ball (“The Event”), Haley Hudson (“Ghost Whisperer”, Killer Pad) and Kathleen Rose Perkins (“Lie to Me,” “Trust Me”) and Casper Van Dien also star in the ghost story said to be in the tradition of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, Dario Argento’s Suspiria and Hideo Nakata’s Ringu, “as a woman struggles to come to grips with her past in the wake of her mother’s death, an unsettling presence emerges in her childhood home.”
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