Directed by “Twisted Twins” Jen & Sylvia Soska, Xlerator Media’s American Mary (read our review) is currently on VOD (iTunes Link Here) and hits theaters today, May 31st.
Starring Katharine Isabelle (Freddy vs. Jason, Ginger Snaps), Antonio Cupo (“Bomb Girls”), and Tristan Risk, “American Mary is the story of a medical student named Mary who is growing increasingly broke and disenchanted with medical school and the established doctors she once idolized. The allure of easy money sends a desperate Mary through the messy world of underground surgeries which leaves more marks on her than the so-called freakish clientele. Appearances are everything.”
I recently hopped on the phone with the Soska sisters to talk about how American Mary parallels their Hollywood career and the steps they took to make it a different aesthetic statement after their last film, Dead Hooker In A Trunk.
Check it out below! READ MORE
I’d recommend seeing Rob Zombie’s The Lords of Salem in a theater. The parts of the film that work best for me are filled with striking imagery and I myself am considering seeing it again in order to get the big screen experience (I couldn’t make a screening and had to watch a screener). And if you live in Los Angeles you have a few options to choose from if you want to see it early or want a Rob Zombie Q&A (or both).
“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?” The film stars Sheri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davison, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Ken Foree, Patricia Quinn, Dee Wallace, Maria Conchita Alonso, Judy Geeson, Meg Foster and Griffin Boice.
The Lords Of Salem is in limited theaters (New York, Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, DC, Miami, Dallas, Houston, Detroit) April 19 from Anchor Bay Films. Head inside for the lowdown on who will be at what theater and when if you’re in LA. READ MORE
While FilmDistrict and TriStar’s Evil Dead continues to be a #1 here in the states, not every fan that’s been dying to see it is getting the chance. Especially in Australia. It seems like an initial wide release for the film has been altered into a limited release in four theaters across the country – and one of those is for only one showing.
We’ve gotten a few emails about this, so we figured we’d spread the word and point you to a couple of petition sites at Change.org and Facebook.
While I’m not sure about the hows and whys around the release plan, I would encourage anyone who clicks on those links to write something to be respectful. I’ve seen a lot of simplistic, angry and erroneous thinking on them – it’s important to realize that people listen more when you intelligently and respectfully plead your case. One way to not get your way is to threaten to steal the movie. Be more original!
Check out my entire review here And don’t forget to write YOUR review here! READ MORE
In theaters and on VOD today, April 5 is Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal. Directed by Baran bo Odar, and starring Ulrich Thomsen, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Sebastian Blomberg, Katrin Sass and Burghart Klaussner, we now have a new clip from the film that features a Sheriff interrogating a cannibal and his friend. I haven’t seen this movie, but I’m not sure it’s for me.
“When Lars’s art dealer Ronny arranges a teaching job in a small town as a “therapeutic measure” to stir up his creative juices, things don’t quite turn out as planned. At first, life in the peaceful small town seems rosy, as he settles in and impresses beautiful fellow colleague Leslie (Georgina Reilly) by taking in the brawny, mute Eddie (Dylan Smith) after the latter’s caregiver passes away. But Lars soon discovers that the façade of serenity hides something unimaginable: Eddie suffers from a rare form of sleepwalking that transforms him from a docile, cereal-obsessed art student into a ravenous sleepwalkingcannibal. Initially horrified by Eddie’s dark secret, Lars becomes enthralled by the not-so-gentle giant. Exceptional art comes at a very high price…and how far is Lars willing to go for his next masterpiece?”
Head inside for a taste. READ MORE
I still haven’t seen Franck Khalfoun’s Maniac (which Mr. Disgusting calls a masterpiece), starring Elijah Wood – but I’m getting closer! I’ll be catching it along with the rest of you when it hits select theaters and VOD platforms June 21. In the meantime, we have a slightly fresh look at this new “modern horror classic” (review here) in the form of a still that gives us a more detailed look at the scenario set up in the film’s one sheet.
In the remake, “Just when the streets seemed safe, a serial killer with a fetish for scalps is back and on the hunt. Frank (Wood) is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition. As their friendship develops and Frank’s obsession escalates, it becomes clear that she has unleashed a long-repressed compulsion to stalk and kill.”
Check it out below! READ MORE
XLrator Media is in the middle of its rollout for Thale, Aleksander Nordaas’ foreign film about a mythical creature. The film is currently available on VOD and opens in theaters April 5 and on DVD April 23. And YOU can check it out on the big screen for free – at least if you live in LA! We have FIVE PAIRS of Tickets to a Midnight Screening of the film at Cinefamily On Friday and all you have to do to attend is email YOUR FULL NAME to [email protected]. I’ll reply to the winners and your tickets will be at will call.
Again, here are the details:
Date: April 5, 2013
Theater: Cinefamily/Silent Movie Theater
Location: 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles
Time: 12:00am (as in 11:59PM Friday – not Thursday)
Starring Morten Andresen, Erlend Nervold, Jon Sigve Skard, and Silje Reinamo as Thale, “Two crime-scene cleaners discover a mythical, tailed female creature in a concealed cellar. She never utters a word, unable to tell her story, but the pieces of the puzzle soon come together: she’s been held captive for decades for reasons soon to surface.”
Head inside for some clips, the trailer and a list of theaters in which the film is opening on Friday! READ MORE
I just watched director Eric Walter‘s documentary, My Amityville Horror, yesterday prior to interviewing him and I was surprised by how much I liked it. In particular, Walter pulls off a difficult feat in engaging the very temperamental Daniel Lutz, something he managed to do over a period of months without ever losing his objectivity on his subject. Walter and I spoke at length about the effect the real-life Amityville saga has had on Daniel Lutz and whether or not he believes the claims the Lutz family has made over the years. The answer, like most things in real life, is complicated.
“For the first time in 35 years, Daniel Lutz recounts his version of the infamous Amityville haunting that terrified his family in 1975. George and Kathy Lutz’s story went on to inspire a best-selling novel and the subsequent films have continued to fascinate audiences today. This documentary reveals the horror behind growing up as part of a world famous haunting and while Daniel’s facts may be other’s fiction, the psychological scars he carries are indisputable.” Laura DiDio and Lorraine Warren also make appearances.
The film hits limited theaters and VOD today, March 15th from IFC. If you have any interest at all in the Amityville story it’s a must watch, so check your local listings or hit up SundanceNOW, Xbox, iTunes, PS3 and others. Head inside for the interview! READ MORE
As Denis Leary once said, “Happiness comes in small doses folks.”
He was referring to a cookie or something else incredibly insignificant in your life that brings great pleasure. Next to basketball, the one thing that makes me happier than a pig in mud is being able to see a movie in a theater, with an audience, and a giant bucket of popcorn pressed between my legs (enjoy that metaphor). It’s the rare hour and a half I get to escape from the real world, and immerse myself in someone else’s fantasy. It keeps me focused in the director’s world that they’ve created, and forces me to shut down technology without having any urges to hit the pause button to check an e-mail. I AM FOCUSED; that is until someone else gives into their urges and pops on their cell phone…
I constantly hear and read about new “ideas” to solve the problem. But there’s only one way to eradicate cell phone use in theaters, and that’s with ZERO TOLERANCE.
Please read forth to see how you can help make a change. I urge you to take a few minutes out of your day to help. One voice gets lost in the woods, but an assault of requests can’t be ignored. READ MORE
Nice! I guess the fact that director Jonathan Levine’s Warm Bodies is nearing a $100M global take doesn’t hurt things, but All The Boys Love Mandy Lane (read our review) is a damn good movie on its own and is finally going to be legit available to all of our North American readers. That’s right, almost seven years after The Weinstein Company bought the film (and insanely shelved it) it’s finally coming out.
In an interesting turn of events, Radius-TWC has wrangled up the rights. The “TWC” there stands for the “The Weinstein Company.” Years after they decided they didn’t know what to do with the film and sold it to Senator Entertainment (who subsequently went bankrupt) they’ve sort of bought it again! See what Levine and produce Keith Calder had to say about the turn of events inside.
The film, starring the absolutely gorgeous Amber Heard, “is about a group of high-schoolers who invite Mandy Lane, “a good girl” who becomes the object of everyone’s affection after returning from summer break, to a weekend party on a secluded ranch. While the festivities rage on, the number of revelers begins to mysteriously drop one at a time.”
Due out this summer, Mandy Lane will be released theatrically at least in the top 50 markets and simultaneously be released on VOD. READ MORE
By now, of course, you know that V/H/S is available on various On Demand While iTunes (AppleTV) has it, and it’s also on Amazon, Charter, Comcast, Google Play, DirecTV, Playstation 3, SuddenLink, Time Warner, VUDU and Xbox Zune via Magnet Releasing.
However, starting Friday, October 5th, it’s going to be hitting the big screen in lots of cities (hopefully one near you)! So if you’ve been waiting to see it on the big screen with a screaming (fainting?) crowd – this is it! We’ve got a new clip from David Bruckner’s “Amateur Night” segment that introduces you to the darker side of one of its characters. Bonus? Playing before the film in theaters will be segment “D” from the ABC’s Of Death! It’s amazing!
Find out theater locations here! They’re also included inside below the clip. READ MORE
Mr. Disgusting really loved (read the review) Joe Dante’s 3-D family horror film The Hole when he saw it at TIFF a few years back. It’s finally arriving on home video September 25 – but now it looks like it might be getting a small theatrical release on September 28th. I don’t have many details right now, but will update you as they come in.
“After moving into a new town, brothers Dane and Lucas and their neighbour Julie discover a bottomless hole in their basement that brings their nightmares to life. With shadows lurking around every corner, they must face their darkest fears in order to put an end to the mystery of the hole.”
Head inside for the new trailer! It looks lower budget than what we’re used to seeing Dante work with – but it also looks pretty fun! READ MORE
Most of you reading this are amply privy to the plethora of variations within the family of “the undead”. Zombies, spectres, ghosts, vampires – the list goes on and on. But what about the revenant? Are you familiar? Enough to be able to explain the difference to your friends?
With The Revenant coming out in theaters and on disc soon, its time to take a look at what makes this legendary blood sucking creature of the night different from the zombie, or the vampire. Read on, and consider yourself yet another inch closer to death.
The word “revenant” is derived from the Latin word “revenans”, which means “returning”. In French, it is related to the verb “revenir”, which means “to come back”.
A revenant is a ghost visible to the common eye, or an animated corpse that has returned from the grave. While this is very close to the zombie and vampire, there are differences that make it distinctive from the two. READ MORE
MPI Media Group’s My Sucky Teen Romance, the breakthrough feature film from 18-year-old writer-director Emily Hagins, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 4, 2012. But – before that – it’s gonna play theaters! Launching with a red carpet premiere in Los Angeles at Cinespace on August 22nd, the film will make its way through New York, Chicago and Emily’s home base in Austin. Hagins will be present for all four screenings and do a post-show Q&A. There will be ticket giveaways both on AICN and right here on Bloody-Disgusting. Back in November I interviewed Hagins about the film and her upcoming project, you can check that out here.
My Sucky Teen Romance is the third feature written and directed by Hagins, who made her debut – at age 12(!) – with the horror film Pathogen. Working out of Austin, Tex., Hagins has created an original new movie about “a group of teens whose normal romantic awkwardness becomes compounded when they discover that some of the kids they’ve just met at a sci-fi convention are honest-to-goodness neck-biting vampires.”
The young cast includes Tina Rodriguez (Machete, Inglourious Basterds), Devin Bonnée (TV’s “Chase”), Lauren Lee and, in their movie debuts, Elaine Hurt and Patrick Delgado. Head inside for the trailer! READ MORE
I don’t think I saw the original Grave Encounters, but apparently a lot of you did and liked it because the sequel Grave Encounters 2 is on its way. In the sequel the crew from the first film has disappeared and a film student decides to go searching for them. Which I suppose makes the film kind of meta (and the film student perhaps a bit stupid).
In the film, “While researching the events depicted in the original film and the subsequent disappearance of its lead ”actor” Sean Rogerson, Alex Wright received a bizarre video from a mysterious blogger named “DeathAwaits666.” Appearing to show Rogerson still alive but trapped inside the Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital from GRAVE ENCOUNTERS, Alex and his friends agree to meet the blogger at the infamous hospital in hopes of learning what really happened. To their horror, they quickly find themselves face-to-face with unspeakable evil. Realizing that they must be smarter and faster than Rogerson and his crew to avoid suffering the same fate, they use their knowledge of the original film to do whatever it takes to survive.”
Grave Encounters 2 will be available nationwide on demand October 2nd with a theatrical roll out in October. Head inside for a better look at the first image from the film. READ MORE
There are so many Frankenstein projects these days it can be hard to tell which is which. But this one should stand out. It’s a theatrical screening of a stage play. Yawn? Right? Well, it’s from Danny Boyle (Sunshine, 28 Days Later, Trainspotting). That dude deserves your respect. If you’re a fan of the character (or of Boyle’s) then you might want to pencil June 6th or June 7th into your calendar. Because those are the only two dates you’ll be able to see it.
The play stars Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, Dark Shadows) and Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock Holmes”, the upcoming Star Trek 2) and they trade off roles – so there are two versions of the film with one of them playing the Monster in one and vice versa in the other.
Per Deadline, “Filmmaker Danny Boyle’s acclaimed production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at London’s National Theatre is coming to select U.S. cinemas on June 6 and 7. Boyle’s production of [Nick] Dear’s reinterpretation of the gothic tale was filmed twice, so audiences can see both men in both parts. Originally performed and recorded live in March of last year, Frankenstein will be broadcast to more than 200 U.S. movie theaters.”
Better figure out where it’s playing and line up, if you’re so inclined.
Sundance hit V/H/S was picked up during the fest by Magnolia Pictures genre label, Magnet Releasing. And they’ve now set the US release dates for the film. Magnolia’s normal VOD-before-theaters model will be in play in V/H/S hits VOD on August 31st 2012 a few weeks before debuting in theaters on October 5th. In the film, “a group of misfits hired to burglarise a house to find a rare VHS tape, only to find more found footage than they wanted to see.”
The directors are Adam Wingard (You’re Next, A Horrible Way to Die, Pop Skull), Simon Barrett (You’re Next, Dead Birds, Read Sands), Ti West (The House of the Devil, The Roost, The Innkeepers), David Bruckner (The Signal), Joe Swanberg (Silver Bullets), Glenn McQuaid (I Sell the Dead), along with Radio Silence, the YouTube sensations formerly known as Chad, Matt and Rob (Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Chad Villella).
The film will also screen at SXSW next week. READ MORE