Movie commercials offer us a great service; they not only show us which upcoming movies look good, but also which ones to avoid. And if one looks closely, they often reveal more than intended about the film in question. In honor of this profound art, I give you TRAILER TRACKS, an examination of upcoming movie commercials: What they say, what they don’t say, and what they say on accident about the product being sold to you, the excited chump.
Today’s Entry: The Frankenstein Theory (Dir. Andrew Weiner)
Bloody-Disgusting is thrilled to bring you an exclusive interview with Kirk Hammett, the legendary lead guitarist of Metallica! We got the opportunity to ask Kirk a few questions about Metallica before we dove into the world of horror and his book Too Much Horror Business (Amazon). We also get to hear stories of Kirk’s childhood as well as a bit about Cliff Burton and his love of horror. You can read this exclusive interview below! READ MORE
I’m not saying that the 2011 Sundance Film Festival was a complete bust, but I can’t help but feel a little bit let down. Like many B-D readers, I was all sweaty and jacked up for sure-fire winners like Red State, The Oregonian, and Hobo with a Shotgun, only to come away feeling bemused and melancholy and…well, still a little bit sweaty, I guess. Looking back, the 2010 Sundance Film Festival gave us four terrific films (The Killer Inside Me, Frozen, Buried, and 7 Days) , but we only got two truly great ones out of this year`s fest. Yeah, that`s right, two.
Still, it’s worth noting that there were more “horror films” at this year’s festival than there have been in a very long time, which has to be a good sign, right? At least it shows that they’re trying. And at the very least, I had a great time. My abiding gratitude to B-D for sending me, and of course, a special thanks to our loyal readers for all of their much appreciated comments.
Inside you’ll find my ranking of this year’s films, along with a complete breakdown of ALL the festival coverage.
Debuting at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival was Japanese director Iwai Shunji’s Vampire (review), a film about a young schoolteacher (Kevin Zegers) who develops a taste for human blood and seeks out suicidal women in online chat rooms in order to quench his unconventional thirst. B-D reporter Chris Eggertsen recently chatted via email with Shunji about the low-key movie, which veers away from the usual cinematic vampire clichés to give viewers a de-romanticized perspective on the bloodsucker sub-genre. See inside for the full interview. READ MORE
Said to be getting a theatrical run and VOD release this coming June from Magnet, Bloody Disgusting scored an early look at the Norwegian creature feature The Troll Hunter, which premiered this past weekend at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Just how good was it? How about crazy awesome!?
“With all of the troll roaring, people chasing, and mythological elements, ‘The Troll Hunter’ is easily the ‘Jurassic Park’ of first-person horror.”
One of my top 10 films of 2010 was Kim Jee-woon’s I Saw the Devil, which opens in limited theaters March 4 from Magnet Releasing.
A hard-boiled thriller, I Saw The Devil stars Choi Min-sik (Oldboy) as a psychopathic serial killer up against Lee Byung-hun as a special agent whose fiancée becomes one of his victims. Lee’s cool-headed and intelligent character in turn becomes a monster in order to avenge the killing.
Ryan Daley has chimed in with a review of his own and can be read by going beyond the break. Just how good is this thriller? Read on to find out. Don’t forget to catch up on all of our previous Sundance Film Festival reviews, interviews and news here. READ MORE
Sliding under the radar during most of production was Iwai Shunji’s Japanese Vampire, which just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film drained Ryan Daley of all energy.
“The ingredients for a ‘Martin’-like cult classic are certainly present…but this is one of those movies that inexplicably abandons compelling subplots in favor of boring ones. ‘Vampire’ is too self-indulgent to be taken seriously. It’s a film with a complete disregard for its audience.”
Just barely sliding into Sundance this year is the Laura Lau/Chris Kentis horror flick The Silent House (review), a last-minute addition that follows a young woman’s night of terror as she travels with her father and uncle to the family’s isolated summer home and comes to discover they’re not alone. Lau and Kentis, the husband-and-wife duo behind 2004 hit Open Water, based the story on the recent Uruguayan film La casa muda, duplicating that movie’s amazing – though not unprecedented – feat of being filmed entirely in one continuous take. B-D reporter Chris Eggertsen recently got on the phone with the couple to discuss the project’s astonishingly quick journey to the screen, the formidable challenge of shooting it all in one go, and working with star Elizabeth Olsen (the younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley). See inside for the full interview.
Amazingly, it’s been nearly ten years since director Lucky McKee first made a name for himself with the quirky character-based horror film May, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival way back in 2002. McKee’s latest project is The Woman, a sequel to the 2009 Andrew van den Houten-directed cannibal horror movie that was based on the book of the same title by cult novelist Jack Ketchum. Adapted from a recent follow-up novel written by McKee and Ketchum in a to-die-for-collaboration, The Woman premieres at Sundance next week and looks poised to rattle our collective cages in its story of “disturbed family man” Christopher Cleek (Sean Bridgers) who captures the last surviving member of the cannibal clan and in the process endangers the lives of himself and his family. McKee recently took time out for an interview with B-D reporter Chris Eggertsen to talk about the project, including reuniting with Bettis, what it was like teaming up with renowned “splatter punk” novelist Ketchum, and whether the nerve-wracking Sundance experience ever gets any easier. See inside for the full interview. READ MORE
East coast writer John Marrone just emailed me an amazing video from the halls of the Sundance Film Festival premiere of The Woman, Luck McKee’s Offspring sequel that follows a successful country lawyer who captures and attempts to “civilize” the last remaining member of a violent clan that has roamed the Northeast coast for decades. In the video you will see a theatergoer absolute lose his sh*t over the film: “This is not art, this is bullsh*t, this is degradation to women,” he screams adding that “the film outta be confiscated, burned; theres no value is showing this to anyone.” He then points to a woman and exclaims, “Did you see this woman? She passed out over disgust!” Classic!!!! What a drama queen LOLOL! READ MORE
When will the balloon pop? Writer/director Kevin Smith’s ego has been inflating at such a rapid rate it’s only a matter of time until it bursts. The madness started when Smith suggested asking fans to fund his indie film – one which Smith openly admitted would be a tough sell – and then took to Twitter attacking journalists, critics and other forms of media. He’s basically stood on a rooftop and declared himself king, and all of us jesters. Why? Because he’s built a following around himself of ass-kisser and super fans who would buy a dried out piece of Smith-poop if it was auctioned off during a Smodcast. Anyways, last night Smith auctioned off his indie political horror Red State in a sad publicity stunt to himself, while also making bold statements about the state of independent cinema. I was laying in bed reflecting on this (it slowly dawned on me he was F.O.S.) and was happy to stumble across this fantastic rant – “Kevin Smith Isn’t Saving Indie Film, He’s Spitting In Its Face” – by Devin Faraci at Badass Digest. Inside you can watch the “auction” and listen to Smith’s perception on the matter, then go forth and read what Faraci had to say. He couldn’t have summed it up better. READ MORE
While his feature debut Hobo with a Shotgun is playing to mostly positive reviews over at this week’s Sundance Film Festival, director Jason Eisener is already eyeing his next project – a bloody martial arts film that he hopes to make in the spirit of the gory classic 1991 Hong Kong film Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (one of the bloodiest films ever made!) Get the skinny inside! READ MORE
For those who enjoyed director Jason Eisener’s award-winning faux-trailer Hobo with a Shotgun, not to mention his later blood-drenched short film “Treevenge”, you can thank your lucky stars because the feature-length version of Hobo – starring Rutger Hauer, no less! – will be coming soon to a theater or cable box near you, courtesy of genre distributor Magnet Releasing. B-D reporter Chris Eggertsen recently got on the phone with the Nova Scotia-based director to get his thoughts on the Sundance-premiering project’s unlikely rise, including what it was like to work with screen legend Rutger Hauer, how much gore we can expect in the film (answer: tons), and his ’70s and ’80s filmmaking inspirations. See inside for the full interview. READ MORE
One of the films premiering in the genre-friendly Park City at Midnight section of the Sundance Film Festival this year is directorTodd Rohal’s Catechism Cataclysm, a quirky buddy comedy/horror flick/absurd mash-up that tells the story of an “eccentric young priest” (Steve Little) and his ex-rock star childhood friend (Robert Longstreet) who embark on an ill-fated canoeing trip. B-D reporter Chris Eggertsen recently got on the phone with Rohal to discuss the hard-to-pin-down film, which according to the director was partially inspired (tonally, at least) by both Deliverance and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. (!) See inside for the full interview. READ MORE
Can’t make it to Sundance for your true crime fix? No worries. Bloody Disgusting festival reporter Corey Mitchell has posted the entire awesome short film, Something Left, Something Taken, from animators Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter. It’s the story of a couple named Ru and Max who go on vacation to visit a friend and believe they have been kidnapped by the Zodiac Killer. Ryan Daley is on hand at the festival preparing an onslaught of reviews, while Chris Eggertsen has been sending in the interviews. As always, Bloody Disgusting has got you covered! READ MORE
Actress Lindsay Pulsipher’s first brush with horror was in Calvin Reeder’s (interview) short film Piledriver, about a sweet romance that develops between a young couple before things take a macabre turn. She went on to appear in a series of Reeder’s increasingly bizarre shorts, including the infamous Little Farm and The Rambler, before landing a regular role first as “Rose Lawrence” on A&E Patrick Swayze series The Beast and later HBO’s True Blood as “were-panther” Crystal Norris. Pulsipher reunites once again with boyfriend Reeder for his solo feature debut The Oregonian, one of the most exciting horror entries premiering at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and destined to prove just as outlandish as his previous work. In the film Pulsipher plays the title character, a young woman running from her past whose involvement in a terrible car accident kicks off a strange journey into the unknown. See inside for the full interview. READ MORE
While no trailer is available, inside you’ll find three clips from Iwai Shunji’s Vampire, which premieres at the ongoing Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. In the Japanese film, Kevin Zegers plays a schoolteacher with a taste for human blood, who searches for suicidal young women as his victims; all of whom he falls in love with before their deaths. READ MORE
Mainstream filmgoers may not be familiar with actor Robert Longstreet, but hopefully for him that will change after this year’s Sundance, where he’s appearing in four different movies screening in the festival’s Park City at Midnight section: Michael Tully’s Septien, Todd Rohal’s Catechism Cataclysm, Calvin Reeder’s The Oregonian, and Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter. Needless to say, he and B-D reporter Chris Eggertsen had a lot to talk about when they hopped on the phone to discuss these myriad projects, and you can check out the full interview inside (helpfully broken up into sections for those only interested in certain films). READ MORE
This Friday IFC will release Michael Tully’s (exclusive interview) horror comedy Septien on VOD in conjunction with the Sundance Film Festival’s premiere (full details and images). While we’re told it’s really not THAT horror, we’ve already pushed it this far, so you might as well dig on the official festival trailer that just premiered online. The pic follows a reclusive sports hustler returns home to his family farm after years of absence to reunite with his two eccentric, unhinged and emotionally damaged brothers. READ MORE
Out of the dozen or so horror films premiering at Sundance this year, one of our most highly-anticipated is director Calvin Reeder’s The Oregonian, a macabre story about a lost young woman who “enters the unknown” after being involved in a horrific car accident. B-D reporter Chris Eggertsen recently got on the phone with Reeder – the director of several fantastic short films including blood-soaked mini-classics like Little Farm and The Rambler – to discuss his latest invention, which features his actress girlfriend and frequent collaborator Linsday Pulsipher (True Blood) in the title role. During the lengthy interview the idiosyncratic director discusses his filmmaker influences, claims he has no interest in going digital, and even asserts that he doesn’t consider any of his movies to be a part of the horror genre at all. Get the full story inside. READ MORE
Debuting simultaneously at the Sundance Film Festival and on VOD this week, writer/director Michael Tully’s Septien is the dark, quirky story of a reclusive sports hustler who returns to the family farm after 18 years and reunites with his two emotionally damaged brothers. B-D reporter Chris Eggertsen recently got on the phone with Tully to discuss the film’s journey from bizarre conceit to fully-fleshed out Sundance entry (with a pre-fest distribution deal!), why he purposefully conceived it to alienate the majority of the moviegoing public, and how the little-known 1974 made-for-TV oddity ‘Bad Ronald’ served as one of his major influences. See inside for the full story. READ MORE
After winning the short film competition back in 2007 for Grindhouse, Jason Eisener is already heading to Sundance with Hobo With a Shotgun, which has been accepted into the “Park City at Midngiht” portion of the Sundance Film Festival, taking place January 20-30 in Park City, Utah. Starring Rutger Hauer, a hobo hops from a train with dreams of a fresh life in a new city, but instead finds himself trapped in an urban hell. When he witnesses a brutal robbery, he realizes the only way to deliver justice is with a shotgun in his hands and two shells in the chamber. The trailer was AWESOME, now dig on a sweet new one sheet made for the festival. READ MORE
Included in my top 10 of 2010 was Kim Jee-woon’s masterful I Saw the Devil (review), the Korean serial killer thriller that I caught uncut at this past September’s Toronto International Film Festival. Magnolia Pictures acquired the film for release this year, and will let Sundance audience get a taste of the gore this month. The boys at AICN scored an exclusive look at the official one sheet that asks you to “Abandon all compassion.” Don’t you even think about missing this when it hits VOD/theaters/DVD/Blu-ray. READ MORE
Spinoff Online bid $850 to South East Queensland flood relief cause in less than 30 minutes in order to receive the chance to premiere the latest dumping looking Red State poster, this time featuring James Parks as “Mordechai”, one of the crazy clan members. Premiering this month at the Sundance Film Festival, Kevin Smith’s Red State is a horror film in which a group of misfits encounter fundamentalism gone to the extreme in Middle America. READ MORE