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Tale of Tales – Trailer

Tale of Tales, based on a 17th century collection of fairy tales by Italian author Giambattista Basile, the film weaves realistic and fantastical elements together into three different storylines. Directed by Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah), starring Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Toby Jones, and Vincent Cassel.


A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night – LP

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Let The Right One In – TV Series

let_the_right_one_in___2008_movie_banner_by_crustydog-d53tuclSo this is a concern… Let the Right One In is in development process for an adapted television series. After a bidding war that involved Showtime and A&E, the latter network has won the rights to develop a Let the Right One In TV series. The A&E series will join the network’s stable of other shows that also jump off from films: Bates Motel, based on Psycho, and The Returned, which is a remake of a French series that was, in turn, a remake of a French film. There aren’t many details on the Let the Right One In series, but we’ve got them below.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Teen Wolf showrunner Jeff Davis and actor-writer Brandon Boyce (Teen Wolf actor; Apt Pupil and Wicker Park screenwriter) are adapting the pilot and series from the Swedish novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist that Lindqvist adapted for the 2008 film by director Tomas Alfredson.

Spoilers for Let the Right One In follow. The 2008 film left out some characters, plot points and character history, only alluding to some of the history of the seemingly young vampire Eli as she befriends an isolated boy named Oskar. In fact, one point the original film only engages in ambiguous fashion is that Eli wasn’t born female, but rather is a boy who was castrated by the nobleman who also turned the child into a vampire. With more room to go into character backstories, the TV series may well retain the novel’s original approach.

The US remake of the film, Let Me In, further changed some things in the story as it moved the setting to New Mexico. We don’t know how this TV version might go — the THR piece references Vermont, which suggests that the show will go with the snowy setting of the original novel and film, while keeping it in the US.

The US remake, which was one of the better remakes around, would be more suited to an adaptation than the original. There’s no casting info or potential air date for the Let the Right One In TV series at this point.


VHS Video Cover Art: 1980s to Early 1990s

80s-VHS-ArtThis looks awesomely tacky… Video cover art is a unique and largely lost artform representing a period of unabashed creativity during the video rental boom of the 1980s to early 1990s. The art explodes with a succulent, indulgent blend of design, illustration, typography, and hilarious copywriting. Written and curated by Tom “The Dude Designs” Hodge, poster artist extraordinaire and VHS obsessive, with a foreword by Mondo’s Juston Ishmael, this collection contains over 240 full-scale, complete video sleeves in the genres of action, comedy, horror, kids, sci-fi, and thriller films. It’s a world of mustached, muscled men, buxom beauties, big explosions, phallic guns, and nightmare-inducing monsters. From the sublime to the ridiculous, some are incredible works of art, some are insane, and some capture the tone of the films better than the films themselves. All are amazing and inspiring works of art that captivate the imagination. It’s like stepping back in time into your local video store!

Check it out at the official publishing page HERE


Cannibal Holocaust – Poster Art

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Redacted – Short Film

Redacted is an exploration of the darker side of human nature when confronted with something strange and otherworldly.

While on an afternoon hike, an unimposing Man stumbles upon a humanoid creature with alluring female qualities. Fearful and in apparent need of assistance, The Creature oozes sexuality and danger but it is unclear where the danger really lies…

Redacted is the final, and most ambitious, short film project from award-winning Glaswegian film-maker Andy Stewart (Dysmorphia, Split, Ink) and Shining Example Films. A brief move away from body horror and into sci-fi horror, Redacted has best been described as “Species meets Nell…with a sprinkle of something else”.

Get involved with crowd funding on indiegogo HERE The guys are at 66%


The Man in the Orange Jacket – Trailer

A trailer for a disturbing looking film from Latvia, with the following promotional blurb: A laid-off worker kills his ex-boss in cold blood, and assumes his lifestyle. The good times will be short-lived, however as things are about to take an unexpected turn.


Big Game

Escape From New York, with a kid rescuing the President, in a Finnish Forest..? Sounds like a lost gem from 80’s cinema. Big Game, from Rare Exports director Jalmari Helander, Samuel L. Jackson is the President, shot down when Air Force One is targeted. He is found by a young man played by Onni Tommila of Rare Exports — the kid is on a hunting adventure to prove his manhood, and stumbles into a very unusual sort of hunt.


Dario Argento & Goblin – Soundtrack Mix

From Goblin to Ennio Morricone, the music of Dario Argento’s films have been lauded, adored, and appreciated for more years than most of us have been alive. His movies evoke fear, wonder, terror, beauty, mystery, eroticism, and more, all while supporting stunningly gorgeous and terrifying visuals.

But what would happen if several of these tracks were taken and slowed down 10x? Mixcloud user Slow Motion Radio has done just that and created a three and a half hour (!!!) mix of five iconic Argento themes. There’s Suspirira, Profondo Rosso, Tenebre, L’uccello Dalle Piume di Cristallo, and Opera in the mix… Turn on, tune in and Drop Out.

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Support Dario Argento’s The Sandman

Support The Maestro Dario Argento and his creative freedom as he crafts his most HORRIFIC FILM EVER! Check it out on indiegogo HERE

Going back to the dark, original German legend: the REAL Sandman was someone who stole the eyes of any children that wouldn’t just close them and go to sleep… he’d then go feed them to his hungry children on the moon.

Nathan, a young  student in the city who struggles to forget his childhood trauma at the hands of the serial killer dubbed “The Sandman”: a masked killer who murders his victims with a lethally jagged melon spoon (yes, you read that right!), and claims their eyes as trophies. Nathan killed The Sandman years ago, on Christmas Eve, after he witnessed the murder of his mother, and the nightmare seems to be buried in the past … until he sees the beautiful woman who lives in the apartment across the way dying at the hands of that very same masked killer. This brutal murder plunges Nathan into an odyssey into the night country of his past, his dreams…and the buried secrets of… you guessed it!… The Sandman, who’s on the hunt again.


Out of Print – FREE Documentary

Julia Marchese has spent the past couple years producing and directing Out of Print, a documentary on the allure of 35mm film projection, with the New Beverly at the center of the doc. Financed in part via Kickstarter, the film features interviews with Patton Oswalt, Edgar Wright, Rian Johnson, Joe Carnahan, Kevin Smith, Seth Green, Joe Dante, Mark Romanek, John Landis, Fred Dekker, Lloyd Kaufman, and Richard Kelly.

Now, she has released the film online for free. The title Out of Print has proven to be unfortunately prophetic, for reasons Marchese explains in her online release and on her webpage HERE, but you can enjoy the feature in full right now.


Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead

Slow day… so, here’s a trailer for the ‘Sequel You Did Nazi Coming’… Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead… hilarious.


The Sand Storm

Set in an arid future, where dwindling water supplies are sending the inhabitants of a city to the brink of chaos, Jason Wishnow’s “low-fi sci-fi” short The Sand Storm presents us with a dystopian vision of a potential life on Earth, based on real concerns over diminishing resources. Starring Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei, making his acting debut and shot by renowned cinematographer Christopher Doyle (Hero, In the Mood For Love), this high-profile short transports viewers into a frighteningly believable projection of what could happen to our world if gripped by a global water shortage.

Feeling a little narratively unbalanced, Wishnow’s story focuses largely on a love-triangle, with the film’s most interesting character, Ai Weiwei’s water smuggler, feeling a little like he’s left on the peripheries. Described as “the implied set-up to an even bigger story”, whilst The Sand Storm does feel a little incomplete, as an introduction to a universe we’ll hopefully see more of, it’s a perfect set-up. Presenting us with just enough glimpses of his intriguing futuristic world and leaving us eager to find out more about Ai Weiwei’s character, it feels like we’re just seeing the very tip of Wishnow’s promising narrative.


Best Horror Posters of 2014 – The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears & The Green Inferno

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A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night – Trailer

In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.

Tagged as “The first Iranian vampire Western”, the film, directed by Ana Lily Amirpour was chosen to show in the “Next” program at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The film is described as being set in “the Iranian ghost town Bad City” depicts the doings of “a lonesome vampire”.

Check out the facebook page HERE. It looks so different and interesting, I need to see this now!


Spring – Trailer

Co-directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead follow their Tribeca Film-released feature debut Resolution with Spring, a horror sci-fi romance that premieres September 5 in TIFF’s Vanguard program. Lou Taylor Pucci (Thumbsucker, Evil Dead) stars as a troubled American backpacker in Italy whose romance with a local girl goes from Mediterranean whirlwind to unexpected nightmare when her dark, primordial secret threatens to destroy their newfound happiness.

German actress Nadia Hilker co-stars in the tale written by Benson. He and Moorhead also helmed a segment in the upcoming horror anthology sequel V/H/S: Viral, which Magnolia will release November 21. Both V/H/S: Viral and Spring are also set to screen after TIFF at Austin’s genre-centric Fantastic Fest.


Snowpiercer **

snowpiercer-posterAfter a prolonged ‘disagreement’ between director Bong Joon Ho and distributor Harvey Weinstein over the length and pacing of Joon-Ho’s Snowpiercer the film was finally released in the States earlier this month and here in Australia this week. It wasn’t worth the wait. The film, which stars Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, John Hurt and Ed Harris has done well in Korea and France and has gotten strong reviews… and I’m perplexed as to why.

Snowpiercer is an adaptation of French graphic novel La Transperceneige by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette. The Snowpiercer of the title is a massive train that travels around the world via a perpetual motion engine in a future frozen wasteland. The train is massive, divided into the spacious front and middle carriages in which the wealthy and privileged live in relative luxury while the lower classes are crammed into the back few carriages, living in squalor and fear for their lives. Led by Chris Evans, it’s the ‘Masses Against the Classes’ as the inhabitants from the back of the train fight their way to the front…

I had high expectations for Snowpiercer, the source material is good, and Bong Joon Ho’s previous films, The Host (2006) and Mother (2009) are exceptional examples of their relative genres. Snowpiercer starts well; is beautifully shot, it looks incredible and continues to look incredible throughout. The performances are all fine, the cast is very strong for a genre flick, Tilda Swinton is always great and I like John Hurt and Jamie Bell. It has some fantastically graphic violence and some oddly dark humour. All aspects that would generally make for an enjoyable genre flick, but for some reason it just didn’t work for me.

I think one of its main problems is it’s not sure what it wants to be. It made no sense, you can get away with stereotypical dialogue and nonsensical set-ups and reveals in graphic novels as you are generally more forgiving with the format. Transferred to film we expect more, and visuals aside Snowpiercer doesn’t provide anything else. I’m sure that fans of the film will point to its world society in microcosm, a dark satire and declare it a ‘thoughtful’ piece of work, and ‘damning world view of the future’ or some random rubbish.

Without spoiling it, I really hated the ending. When Evans finally gets to the front of the train, not a spoiler, the ‘mythical designer/operator’ reveal just made no sense and descends into nonsense rapidly. If anyone is really shocked or amazed at the ending they probably haven’t seen many good films. It’s inspired and sloppy, stylish and dumb.

To my mind, Harvey Weinstein was probably right this time around… he should have been allowed to cut it.


Das Cabinet des Dr Caligari – Remastered

One of the most iconic masterpieces in cinema history, Robert Wiene’s Das Cabinet des Dr Caligari shook filmgoers worldwide and changed the direction of the art form. Now presented in a definitive restoration, the film’s chilling, radically expressionist vision is set to grip viewers again.

At a local carnival in a small German town, hypnotist Dr. Caligari presents the somnambulist Cesare, who can purportedly predict the future of curious fairgoers. But at night, the doctor wakes Cesare from his sleep to enact his evil bidding…

Released in 1920, this film is incalculably influential (yes I’m looking at you Tim Burton), the film’s nightmarish jagged sets, sinister atmospheric and psychological emphasis left an immediate impact in its wake (horror, film noir, and gothic cinema would all be shaped directly by it). But this diabolical tale nevertheless stands alone – now more mesmerising than ever!


Audition – American Remake…

audition_posterI don’t understand how this will work but Terminator, Rambo, and Basic Instinct exec producer Mario Kassar is assembling an English-language adaptation of Audition, the infamous 1997 novel by Japanese author Ryu Murakami about a lonely widower who gets more than he bargains for when he puts out a fake casting call to find a new girlfriend. Audition was, of course, adapted in 1999 into a cringe-inducing cult film in its own right by Japanese helmer Takashi Miike. The new Kassar-produced version is based on the original Murakami novel and will transplant the story to an American setting.

In this version, to be directed by Richard Gray, Audition‘s unlucky protagonist is Sam Davis, who lives alone with his son following the death of his wife seven years prior and is convinced by a filmmaker friend to stage the fake auditions. The former ballerina with a mysterious past he falls for is now named Evie Lawrence, but otherwise details fall closely in line with Murakami’s best-seller.

Gray adapted the script and will tackle a fall shoot for Audition after filming wraps on his current project, thriller Sugar Mountain starring Jason Momoa. He also helmed and produced the Justin Long crime thriller The Lookalike, which Well Go USA is releasing this summer. DEADLINE.


When Animals Dream – Trailer

A sensual coming-of-age werewolf romance set in a small Danish coastal town, When Animals Dream fresh from its premiere in Critics’ Week at Cannes, is reminiscent of contemporary horror classic Let the Right One In. Sixteen-year-old Marie lives with her father and wheelchair-bound mother who is perpetually drugged. Marie takes a job at the local fishery, where she receives a fair amount of attention – especially from the young men.

As Marie becomes more interested in the opposite sex, her body begins to transform, and she questions her mother’s illness and a family history that is clearly being kept from her. Beautifully shot, and wonderfully performed by Sonia Suhl and Lars Mikkelsen (Mads’ older brother) in particular, When Animals Dream delicately combines deep emotion with tasteful gore.


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Nosferatu – Poster by Lafar

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Mama – Motion Test

Last years hit movie, the Guillermo del Toro produced Mama was okay, let down some poor CGI for the Mama character. Everyone who knows me knows that I hate CGI in horror, apart form the odd ‘touch-up’ I don’t like it for characters or monsters, I still love good make-up. This test for Mama was undertaken before the shoot and features Javier Botet as the lady ghost Mama and it is delightfully spooky, especially in black and white. Botet (Medeiros in the REC series) whose especially thin physique is a result of Marfan syndrome, really knows how to manouvre his body to create something otherworldly and menacing.


Cannibal Holocaust – Poster by Randy Ortiz

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The Salvation – Trailer

I love westerns, always have, Clint Eastwood has a lot to do with my love of the genre. I love the classics, I love spghetti westerns and I also love the grittier ‘revisionist’ westerns like The Long Riders, Eastwood’s own Unforgiven and the Nick Cave penned Australian western The Proposition. Now we Mads Mikkelsen staring in Scandinavian western The Salvation, a Cannes Official Selection title which promises more of that… can’t wait.

Directed by Kristian Levring, the 1870’s-set pic also stars Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Mikael Persbrandt, Eric Cantona and Jonathan Pryce. Levring co-wrote the script with Susanne Bier’s frequent collaborator Anders Thomas Jensen.

The large-scale drama follows Mikkelsen’s settler John and his arrival in the American West. When his family is murdered, he kills the culprit, unleashing the fury of notorious gang leader Delarue. Betrayed by his corrupt and cowardly community, the peaceful pioneer must turn vengeful hunter, slay the outlaws, and cleanse the town’s black heart.