Holy Ghost People, the latest genre film from Mitchell Altieri, one half of “The Butcher Brothers” (The Hamiltons, its sequel The Thompsons, as well as April Fool’s Day and The Violent Kind) has been picked up for distribution by XLrator Media, who will handle the film in all North American territories.
I liked the film, having caught it at SXSW, but I’m hoping they take this chance to tweak some of the elements that didn’t quite work (they had literally just finished that version of the film hours before the SXSW deadline).
Starring Emma Greenwell, Brendan McCarthy, Joe Egender, Cameron Richardson and Roger Aaron Brown, the film begins on the trail of her missing sister, Charlotte enlists the help of Wayne, an ex-Marine and alcoholic, to infiltrate the Church of One Accord – a community of snake-handlers who risk their lives seeking salvation in the Holy Ghost. It World Premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas.
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Electronic band Depeche Mode has released a video performance of their entire SXSW concert for Yahoo! The concert featured songs from their newly released album Delta Machine (review) as well as several classics, including “Personal Jesus”, “Enjoy The Silence”, and “Walking In My Shoes”. The video can be watched below. READ MORE
AJ Bowen (A Horrible Way To Die) had both You’re Next and Grow Up, Tony Phillips at this year’s SXSW festival in Austin, TX. While the first film was one of my favorites of 2011 (and one of my favorites of 2013 – it holds up), you probably need no introduction to it – except for the question many of you ask at this point, “where is the trailer?” The answer to that seems to be that it will be paired with Evil Dead in the first week of April. Update: It’s March 28th for the trailer. I’m going to miss not getting that question every day for 18 months!
The latter film, Grow Up, Tony Phillips, is the 4th directorial effort from genre favorite Emily Hagins (My Sucky Teen Romance). While it’s by no stretch of the imagination a horror film – it is a sweet and poignant look at Halloween and what it means to embrace that holiday in an “age appropriate” manner. In that regard it’s almost a (funny) dramatization of a character that might have appeared in An American Scream. If you’re a fan of Hagins’ earlier work, I’d recommend checking it out regardless of genre – it’s definitely a more polished iteration of that aesthetic.
AJ Bowen plays “Pete” in the film, and the role couldn’t possibly be more different from what he achieves in You’re Next. I caught up with Bowen after the fest wound down to talk about what it was like to have two films there and get his thoughts the delicate nature of moving in and out (and back into) the horror genre. I also tried to scoop him on Ti West’s upcoming Eli Roth produced The Sacrament – but he did an expertly friendly job of shutting me down on that one.
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Electronic rocker Davey Suicide is back on Bloody-Disgusting with another tour update. This time, he’s checking in from the Austin, TX festival SXSW, where the band played on Alternative Press’s AP Stage. Davey Suicide was on of AP’s ’100 Bands You Need To Know’. Head on below for the exclusive tour update!
Davey Suicide released their self-titled debut album this week. Make sure to pick it up on iTunes. READ MORE
Screen Media Films announced that it has acquired all North American rights to Joko Anwar’s horror/thriller Modus Anomali. The film had premiered at the South by Southwest Festival in 2012 as one of its Midnight selections.
Modus Anomali is an Indonesian production about “A man on vacation in the woods with his family when an unexpected guest suddenly arrives. After experiencing a time lapse, the man wakes up, buried in a grave and separated from his family. He then follows pre-set alarm clocks and other clues in a race against time to figure out the truth and save his family.”
Screen Media plans to release the film on DVD, Video on Demand and other ancillary markets in August, and will be included in the company’s new horror label, Screen Media Darkside, which launched in Fall 2012. READ MORE
I had a lot of fun with Big Ass Spider!, directed by Real Killers and The Gravedancers‘s Mike Mendez, at SXSW. If you doubt that, I invite you to read my review. In the film, “When a giant alien spider escapes from a military lab and rampages across the city of Los Angeles, it is up to one clever exterminator and his security guard sidekick to kill the creature before the entire city is destroyed.”
Battling the disgusting creature are Greg Grunberg (“Heroes”, “Alias”) and Lombardo Boyar (“The Bernie Mac Show”), who star as Alex, an exterminator, and Jose, his security guard sidekick, respectively. The heroes team up with an elite military unit that includes genre vets Clare Kramer (The Gravedancers) and Ray Wise (X-Men: First Class, “Twin Peaks”).
The day after Spider‘s premiere screening at the Alamo Ritz I sat down with Mendez and Boyar along with producers Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson for a quick chat. We talked about Mendez’s initial reaction to the script, Boyar’s chemistry with Grunberg – and the potential CIA shakedown that weighed on the producers’ minds.
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Evan Dickson caught a screening of Xan Cassavetes’ Kiss of the Damned at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. Available on iTunes/On Demand March 28, and in theaters May 3 from Magnolia Pictures, the pic follows a beautiful vampire who tries to resist the advances of a human screenwriter, but eventually gives in to their passion.
“Kiss of the Damned is one seriously fun, sexy, stupid and gory good time,” said Dickson. “It reminds me of the 80′s every bit as much as House Of The Devil did, but where that film evoked nostalgia by painstakingly recreating the aesthetics of that decade, Kiss Of The Damned succeeds simply by being one of those movies at heart.”
He continues, “If you’re looking for a stylishly empty, sexy and bloody film – you could do a lot worse.”
Click here to read his review in its entirety. READ MORE
North American rights to Jacob Vaughan’s horror comedy Milo went to Magnet Releasing before SXSW officially closed last weekend, marking another genre-leaning sale out of Austin, reports Deadline.
Ken Marino stars in the Duplass Bros.-produced pic as a man who has a demon living in his colon that attacks those around him when he’s anxious. Gillian Jacobs, Patrick Warburton, Mary Kay Place, Stephen Root, and Peter Stormare co-star.
“The film centers on a man (Marino) with intense stomach trouble who horror that he actually has a demon living inside his intestines. When he gives it permission to come out during a therapy session, the man names it Milo and tries to live a life in which he, not his demon, is in charge.”
Magnet is targeting a release later this year.
After all the hype (and massive letdown) from Day 1 at SXSW in the form of The Evil Dead remake, my second day viewing consisted of 18 short films over two blocks. The first, Shorts Program 1, did not provide any Bloody Disgusting-worthy material other than a brief crime scene shot featured in Kat Candler’s brilliant Black Metal, which was featured here in whole this past January. (I also worked on the film as a crime and music scene consultant and as music supervisor.)
The second block, however, is where the beefy center was located — the Midnight Shorts — at 9:00pm. Go figure? SXSW Shorts Programmer Claudette Godfrey appropriately set the tone with beer in hand and F-bombs on her lips, despite the early hour. What followed was a mixed-leaning-towards-solid bag of sex, guns, and shrubs. READ MORE
Evan Dickson graces us with his review from the World Premiere of Big Ass Spider!, which took place at last week’s SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas.
Directed by genre fav Mike Mendez, and starring Greg Grunberg, Lombardo Boyar, Clare Kramer, Ray Wise, Lin Shaye and Patrick Bauchau, the comedy begins when a giant alien spider escapes from a military lab and rampages across the city of Los Angeles.
Dickson calls Spider!, “A film that’s simultaneously humble and ambitious,” further adding, “It’s a movie that sets out to elevate the terrain usually staked out for Asylum type productions and build something more enjoyable on it. In that regard, the film succeeds.”
And if it weren’t already obvious, “Big Ass Spider! will be a nice movie for that night when you want to crack open a few beers and hang with some friends.”
Click here for the full review.
Evan Dickson is back with more from the SXSW Film Festival, this time sharing his review from the World Premiere of Plus One, the latest film from The Last House on the Left‘s Dennis Iliadis.
In the horror party starring Rhys Wakefield, Logan Miller, Ashley Hinshaw and Natalie Hall, three college friends go to the biggest party of the year, each looking for something different: love, sex and a simple human connection. When a supernatural phenomenon disrupts the party, it lights a fuse on what will become the strangest night anyone has ever seen.
“Plus One demands that you pay attention if you want to keep up, something you’re not usually asked to do in sci-fi horror movies soaked in booze and sexuality,” says Dickson. “If you do, you’ll find that the film has a lot on its mind. It’s an inspired take on what happens when we choose to view the world through a fearful lens rather than an accepting one.”
As for the style, well, it’s got a lot going on, too: “It sets up a unique Project X via Can’t Hardly Wait universe and melds it into an Invasion Of The Body Snatchers shaped mold.”
It sounds amazing, no? Click here for the entire review. READ MORE
Evan Dickson reports back with thoughts on Holy Ghost People, the latest genre film from Mitchell Altieri, one half of “The Butcher Brothers” (The Hamiltons, its sequel The Thompsons, as well as April Fool’s Day and The Violent Kind). Starring Emma Greenwell, Brendan McCarthy, Joe Egender, Cameron Richardson and Roger Aaron Brown, the film begins on the trail of her missing sister, Charlotte enlists the help of Wayne, an ex-Marine and alcoholic, to infiltrate the Church of One Accord – a community of snake-handlers who risk their lives seeking salvation in the Holy Ghost. It World Premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas.
After being critically smashed for The Violent Kind, it sounds like Altieri is charming audiences once again.
“I was really digging this tale, steeped in the world of Appalachian snake-handling churches, as a sort of Martha Marcy May Marlene meets The Vanishing hybrid. It shows a remarkable restraint and the aesthetic is authentic enough to make you feel like you’re actually in this world,” said Dickson before bringing the hammer down. “Unfortunately, a series of questionable decisions towards the end of the film diminished some of my goodwill.”
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In theaters April 19 from Anchor Bay Films is Rob Zombie’s The Lords of Salem, which stars Sheri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davidson, Jeffrey Daniel Phillips, Ken Foree, Patricia Quinn, Dee Wallace, Maria Conchita Alonso, Judy Gleeson, Meg Foster and Griffin Boice.
Bloody Disgusting now has an exclusive video interview with Zombie. In it, the musician-turned-director talks how much he thinks audiences might vomit when watching some of its more disgusting scenes. The video was produced by Dailymotion as part of their SXSW Interview Series, “Profound Minutiae” which has them interviewing top celebrity filmmakers from the festival.
“From the singular mind of horror maestro Rob Zombie comes a chilling plunge into a nightmare world where evil runs in the blood. The Lords of Salem tells the tale of Heidi (Sheri Moon Zombie), a radio station DJ living in Salem, Massachusetts, who receives a strange wooden box containing a record, a “gift from the Lords.” Heidi listens, and the bizarre sounds within the grooves immediately trigger flashbacks of the town’s violent past. Is Heidi going mad, or are the “Lords of Salem” returning for revenge on modern-day Salem?”
Here’s my review out of TIFF, as well as Mike’s more positive take. The Lords Of Salem is in limited theaters (New York, Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, DC, Miami, Dallas, Houston, Detroit). READ MORE
We’ve landed another image from Plus One, the latest film from The Last House on the Left‘s Dennis Iliadis. Evan Dickson caught the World Premiere at SXSW and will have a review posted shortly.
The horror party stars Rhys Wakefield, Logan Miller, Ashley Hinshaw and Natalie Hall.
In it, “Three college friends go to the biggest party of the year, each looking for something different: love, sex and a simple human connection. When a supernatural phenomenon disrupts the party, it lights a fuse on what will become the strangest night anyone has ever seen. As the three friends struggle to find what they’re looking for, the party quickly descends into a chaos that challenges if they can stay friends or if they can even stay alive.” READ MORE
Lionsgate’s You’re Next screened over the weekend to a packed crowd at this year’s SXSW Festival. While it was my third time seeing the film (which gets better with every viewing), it was the first time I’d seen it with a big audience and I wasn’t anticipating just how much of a crowd pleaser it would actually be. One of the most important components to that success is the performance Sharni Vinson delivers as Erin, the highly capable protagonist. I sat down with her the morning after the screening to talk about her role and the fact that she flourished during a shoot that many found exhausting.
In the film directed by Adam Wingard and written by Simon Barrett, (A Horrible Way to Die, V/H/S,V/H/S/2), “One of the smartest and most terrifying films in years, the film reinvents the genre by putting a fresh twist on home-invasion horror. When a gang of masked, ax-wielding murderers descend upon the Davison family reunion, the hapless victims seem trapped…until an unlikely guest of the family proves to be the most talented killer of all.”
Sharni Vinson, Nick Tucci, Wendy Glenn, AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg, Margaret Laney, Amy Seimetz, Ti West, Calvin Reeder, Larry Fessenden, Kate Lyn Sheil, Barbara Crampton and Rob Moran all star.
You’re Next hits theaters on theaters August 23, 2013. Become a fan on Facebook and head inside for the interview! READ MORE
I’m a huge fan of Vincenzo Natali, the man behind Cube and Splice, which is why I have high hopes for his latest genre offering.
Starring Zombieland and The Call‘s Abigail Breslin, as well as Stephen McHattie, Peter Outerbridge, Michelle Nolden and David Hewlett, Haunter premiered last night at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. In it, the ghost of a teenager who died years ago reaches out to the land of the living in order to save someone from suffering her same fate.
Evan Dickson attended the World Premiere and had mixed feelings.
“It’s an interesting concept, The Others meets Groundhog Day. Some truly special stuff comes out of this early on as Natali and screenwriter Brian King nicely develop their world.”
Even with a cool concept, the film’s direction is where it falters: “I just wish it hadn’t gone in the direction it did,” Dickson states. “It starts with the makings of a modest miracle, but eventually uses up exactly as much goodwill as it earns.”
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Horror and comedy go together like, well, they usually don’t go together all that well. Sometimes it works, and we get a gem of a lifetime – think James Gunn’s Slither. Besides Evil Dead, I was incredibly jealous that Evan Dickson was on hand for the world premiere of Milo, a new horror comedy starring the brilliant Ken Marino as a man with intense stomach trouble who horror that he actually has a demon living inside his intestines. When he gives it permission to come out during a therapy session, the man names it Milo and tries to live a life in which he, not his demon, is in charge. Peter Stormare, Gillian Jacobs, Stephen Root and Patrick Warburton also star.
The odds seemed against Milo after the Sundance Film Festival flop Hell Baby, but thankfully Dickson has some great news:
“Milo has laughs, ideas, gore and heart to spare and it never fails to entertain,” says Dickson. “Better than you thought it would be – this Ghoulies meets Knocked Up approach works surprisingly well.”
Read the review in its entirety by clicking here. READ MORE
FilmDistrict and TriStar’s Evil Dead premiered earlier this week at SXSW, and I thought it was a pretty damn groovy thing to experience with a crowd. Lou Taylor Pucci (Carriers) is one of the film’s MVP’s as Eric, a sensitive and thoughtful school teacher. He’s the most relatable character in the movie, has all the best lines and takes quite a beating.
In the new rebirth, “five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.” Directed by Fede Alvarez, the R-rated remake stars Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Elizabeth Blackmore and Jessica Lucas.
Check out my review here! Head inside for the interview! MILD SPOILERS INSIDE!! READ MORE
Aint it Cool News has shared the first ever clip from Big Ass Spider!, directed by Real Killers and The Gravedancers‘s Mike Mendez. The film has just world premiered at SXSW. Tough through the idiotic introduction for a pretty sick death scene. Your face will melt.
“When a giant alien spider escapes from a military lab and rampages across the city of Los Angeles, it is up to one clever exterminator and his security guard sidekick to kill the creature before the entire city is destroyed.”
Battling the disgusting creature are Greg Grunberg (“Heroes”, “Alias”) and Lombardo Boyar (“The Bernie Mac Show”), who star as Alex, an exterminator, and Jose, his security guard sidekick, respectively. The heroes team up with an elite military unit that includes genre vets Clare Kramer (The Gravedancers) and Ray Wise (X-Men: First Class, “Twin Peaks”). READ MORE
For a movie about an ass demon – literally a creature that repeatedly comes out of (and escapes back into) Ken Marino’s ass – Milo is a remarkably cohesive film, both thematically and tonally. While I’m a huge fan of the talent involved, the central conceit seemed sketchy at best and I walked into the theater expecting to laugh for a few minutes before being worn down by the film’s subject matter. Color me surprised. Not only did I laugh consistently throughout the film’s running time, I found the movie as a whole to be remarkably more cohesive than anticipated.
Milo is the story of Ken [Ken Marino], an affable pushover with a history of slight erectile disfunction and persistent 90 minute bowel movements. His wife, Sarah [a great but slightly underutilized Gillian Jacobs], is beautiful and patient and craves a child. But Ken too often finds himself at the mercy of his own weaknesses when it comes overcoming the stress he associates with standing up for himself (in situations both hostile and loving).
It’s worth summarizing Ken’s emotional difficulties because, admirably, the film maintains an almost laser-sharp focus on them when it could have been content to just coast on the more juvenile surface aspects of its concept. That’s not to say Milo isn’t juvenile, it is – and gloriously so – but for every bloody joke or splash of toilet humor, there’s a reasonably well thought out connection to the obstacles that Ken needs to overcome in order to be master of his domain. Not only does this concern his dealings with his comically evil boss [Patrick Warburton], but (more interestingly) it also means he needs to tweak the dynamics of his relationship with Sarah – who is nothing if not patient and understanding. Sarah loves Ken enough to start a family with him, a responsibility he doesn’t quite feel equipped for in light of his tenuous employment situation and family history.
But family comes to Ken anyway in the form of the ass demon Milo (originally misdiagnosed as a colon polyp). Milo essentially functions as Ken’s Gremlin version of Tyler Durden – a violent extension of his id that will stop at nothing to do the job Ken himself cannot do and violently dispatch any source of stress in gory fashion. Problem is, stress doesn’t only come from negative developments, it comes from positive ones as well, and Ken needs to learn how to cope with those in order to keep them from being destroyed.
I fear I may be describing Milo as if it’s some sort of dramatic chamber piece. It’s not. As most comedies of this scope go, it’s charmingly slipshod and throws more jokes at the wall than it can handle. Still, most of them stick. I found myself laughing with alarming regularity and anticipating the replay value I’d find even in some of the more minor exchanges. Milo operates on the small visual scale of a Mike Judge comedy but trades in the absurdist personal satire of a David Wain film and, as a result, it often doesn’t find its optimal bearing between the two aesthetics. But those are good problems to have.
Milo has laughs, ideas, gore and heart to spare and it never fails to entertain. Better than you thought it would be – this Ghoulies meets Knocked Up approach works surprisingly well.
Keeping up with the ongoing SXSW Film Festival, Evan Dickson has posted his review of Cheap Thrills, the E.L. Katz-directed genre thriller that was just acquired by Drafthouse Films for a limited theatrical and VOD run later this year.
Starring Pat Healy, Sara Paxton, David Koechner, Ethan Embry and Amanda Fuller, the Trent Haaga and David Chirchirillo penned screenplay tells the story of a new father facing eviction who is reunited with a high school friend when a wealthy couple challenges them to the ultimate game of dare, testing the limits of physical pain and morality in exchange for cash.
“It’s the rare slow burn that maintains interest by gradually increasing speed rather than simply leaping from 0 to 60 in the final 10 minutes,” says Dickson. “A great horror satire that would incidentally make a great stage play, this is a 100% can’t miss film for any viewer that wants to be sickened, surprised and impressed.”
You’ll find the review in its entirety by clicking here. READ MORE
Director Vincenzo Natali (Splice, Cube) premiered his new film, Haunter, from Copperheart Entertainment, last night at the SXSW film festival in Austin, TX. Starring Abigail Breslin (Zombieland, Rango, Little Miss Sunshine), Stephen McHattie (300, Watchmen, Immortals, Pontypool), Peter Outerbridge (Silent Hill: Revelation, Lucky Number Slevin), Michelle Nolden (Red, Time Traveler’s Wife) and David Hewlett (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). It’s an inventive take on the haunted house genre and I look forward to sharing my review with you in a day or so.
In the film “Teenage Lisa (Breslin) and her family died in 1986 under sinister circumstances but remain trapped in their house, unable to move on. Lisa must reach out from beyond the grave to help her present-day, living counterpart, Olivia, avoid the same fate Lisa and her family suffered.”
Directed by Natali from a screenplay written by Brian King (Cypher, Night Train), the film is produced by Steven Hoban (Splice, Ryan, Ginger Snaps trilogy) and co-produced by Mark Smith (388 Arletta Avenue, The Spine).
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Evil Dead baby!
Forget Jim Carrey and Steve Carrell parading down the red carpet at the Paramount Theater in lovely downtown Austin promoting their little magician flick. For the 1,200 or so blood-thirsty ravenous horror fans circling the entire city block, it was all about the Evil Dead last night.
When word first leaked out that the remake of the The Evil Dead was indeed going to happen, the internet exploded. Disgust, disdain, and dastardly dismemberment were the order of the day. The main question on everyone’s split bifurcated tongues was simply, “Why?” Why the fuck would you mess with a classic horror film that has meant so much to so many and truly helped usher in a new era of ultra-intense gore and insanely creative shoestring budget filmmaking? For many, like me, it was akin to cinematic treason.
Now let’s be honest here. Most of you never saw the original The Evil Dead on a big screen during its initial theatrical run way back in 1981. Some of you, like me, may have been lucky enough to catch the brilliant 1987 remake Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn on the big screen during a very, very limited run (Alameda Theater in Houston, Texas with about seven other brave fanatics in the audience!). The less said about ED III: Army of Darkness, the better. At least for this article. READ MORE
FilmDistrict and TriStar’s Evil Dead just premiered last night at SXSW, and to say I enjoyed the film would be an understatement (review here). I just conducted an interview with the film’s co-writer Rodo Sayagues. While I’ll be sharing the entire interview later this week, I figured I’d go ahead and pop up some quick info on the sequel he is currently writing with Fede Alvarez.
In the new rebirth, “In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.” Directed by Fede Alvarez, the R-rated remake stars Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Elizabeth Blackmore and Jessica Lucas.
Check out my review here! Head inside for the Evil Dead 2 update along with the dates for 29 city pre-release screening tour where you can see the movie early! MILD SPOILERS INSIDE!! READ MORE