The story takes place in a world where humans and puppets co-exist, with the puppets viewed as second-class citizens. When the puppet cast of an ’80s children’s TV show called “The Happytime Gang” begins to get murdered one by one, a disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet — with a drinking problem, no less — takes on the case.
Even though our man on the scene, Lonmonster, has already delivered two batches of mini-reviews out of the Fantasia Film Festival (read part one and part two), I too was on hand watching dozens of horror movies.
While I’m proud to report two sellouts for our V/H/S and Under the Bed, there were a handful of excellent horror films running alongside us that I’m more that ecstatic to tell you about.
Inside you’ll find the BEST of the fest, which includes my mini-reviews for Juan of the Dead, My Amityville Horror, Sleep Tight, Game of Werewolves, Hidden in the Woods, Resolution, Play Dead, Sushi Girl and Toad Road. The WORST comes next… READ MORE
Magnolia Home Entertainment and Phase 4 Films have jointly acquired North American rights to the Mark Hamill’s pretty great revenge thriller Sushi Girl, reports Variety. The film, which premiered July 21 at the Fantasia International Film Festival, will have a theatrical release in the U.S. and on cable VOD by Phase 4 Films in late 2012.
Directed by Kern Saxton, who is co-writer along with Destin Pfaff, “The film centers on a man just released after six years in jail after successfully not ratting on those involved in the robbery that sent him to prison. The men he protected with silence celebrate his freedom with a congratulatory dinner of sushi, served off the naked body of a young woman who seems catatonic, trained to ignore everything in the room, even if things become dangerous.”
Hamill and Tony Todd (“Candyman”) lead a cast of including Noah Hathaway (“The NeverEnding Story”), James Duval (“Donnie Darko”), Andy Mackenzie (“MacGruber”), David Dastmalchian (“The Dark Knight”) and Cortney Palm (“Superbad”) with appearances by Michael Biehn, Sonny Chiba, Jeff Fahey and Danny Trejo.
Magniolia will handle Blu-ray, DVD and digital VOD release under the Magnet Releasing label in early 2013. Phase 4 Films will also distribute the film theatrically and on home video in Canada. READ MORE
The 16th annual Fantasia Film Festival is underway in Montreal, Canada. The festival is so packed this year that it’s overwhelming to even begin looking at the film schedule. The horror lineup spans across subgenres and budgets and this is precisely what makes Fantasia so special. Giving equal attention to major productions and low budget indie films, Fantasia has something for everyone.
In its 16th year, there are over 160 screenings during the three week festival, and it would be insane to even attempt reviewing them all. I’ve been running to the various theaters to catch each flick, and I still can’t watch them all. Although it would be ideal to write full reviews, it would take way too many days, and way too many cups of coffee. What follows are mini-reviews on what I’ve seen so far at Fantasia 2012 including The Tall Man, Sushi Girl, Black Pond and The Devil’s Carnival. READ MORE
If you grew up watching movies in the 80s and 90s, you’ll be in awe of the dream-team cast of Kern Saxton’s debut feature film, Sushi Girl. Mark Hamill of Star Wars fame, Tony Todd AKA Candy Man, James Duval, Andy Mackenzie, Noah Hathaway, Jim Fahey, Danny Trejo, Sonny Chiba, the list goes on. The film aligns itself with B-list 80s films and it follows a group of criminals who reunite for sushi dinner six years after their last heist went bad.
Sushi Girl had its international premiere at Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal on Saturday, and I was fortunate enough to sit down with the entire cast and creative team to discuss their gritty grindhouse throwback. READ MORE
The 16th annual Fantasia International Film Festival is gearing up to take Montreal by storm with three weeks of inspiration and thrills starting July 19 and running all the way through August 7. The full 2012 lineup of programming and special events will be revealed next month, and since that’s a long time to wait, here’s an early 1st Wave Announcement of several selected highlights and info to whet your appetite!
Inside we’ve added the first wave along with information on Fantasi’a first ever all-star travelling art show. READ MORE
Quincy Pictures has joined Cosmic Toast Studios on the previously announced horror project Raze, starring Zoe Bell (Kill Bill, Grindhouse) and Rachel Nichols (Star Trek, P2, The Amityville Horror), says Screen Daily. Film will be directed and produced by Josh C. Waller from a script by Robert Beaucage; production is set to begin in June. Raze focuses on two abducted women and 50 other women who are forced to fight each other using their bare hands, all for the sadistic enjoyment of an elite, voyeuristic society that follows one rule — “Fight or Die.”
Announced for Cannes is the comedy thriller Bad Kids Go To Hell, which hails from from Matthew Spradlin based on the screenplay he adapted with Barry Wernick from the graphic novel of the same name, SCreen Daily reports. “The story follows six children at an elite prep school who die one-by-one while serving detention over the course of a stormy afternoon.” It’s described as The Breakfast Club meets The Grudge. Judd Nelson plays the headmaster in a delicious full-circle following his memorable role as the rebellious high school student in John Hughes’ 1985 cult classic The Breakfast Club. The cast includes Amanda Alch, Marc Donato, Augie Duke, Roger Edwards, Ali Faulkner, Cameron Deane Stewart and Ben Browder. Red Sea Media will sell the film.
Epic Pictures Group is bringing the genre-bending action thriller, Sushi Girl to the Cannes Market, Deadline reports. Kern Saxton directs Mark Hamill (Star Wars), Noah Hathaway (The Neverending Story), Tony Todd (Hatchet, Candyman), James Duval (Donnie Darko), Michael Biehn (The Terminator, The Divide, Aliens), Danny Trejo (Machete), Sonny Chiba (Kill Bill Vol. 1) and others in a story about an ex-con in his first night out of prison. Things don’t go well for him. Trailer inside! READ MORE