Category: Screen

Blu-ray Review: IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS Foams With Glory

Scream Factory's love affair with John Carpenter continues with this Blu-ray relase of In the Mouth of Madness. If you're a Carpenter fan of any kind, this one is an essential addition to your collection. The film has never looked or sounded so amazing, thanks to the new 4K scan and the 5.1 sound track. Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, Dead Calm, Daybreakers) stars as John Trent, an insurance investigator who loves to catch people in the act of fraud. Here, he's tasked with finding a publishing company's bestselling horror author — Sutter Cane — who's disappeared, along with his latest manuscript and the hottest commodity seemingly anywhere.  The publisher (Charlton Heston in an odd role) sends Cane's editor Linda Styles (Julie Carmen — Fright Night…

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Fantasia 2018 Review: MEGA TIME SQUAD, A Whipsmart Rush of Time Travel Tomfoolery

One fine day in his sleepy coastal New Zealand town, after being booted out of living in his mom's garage, petty criminal wannabe (in the local parlance, "Bogan") John, and his dopey pal Gaz, decide to screw over their boss, Shelton, for some stolen money from a rival Asian gang setting up shop across town. In the process, by way of one of those curious Chinese antique shops that exist only in the movies, John comes into possession of a magical bracelet that, he will soon discover (from himself), lets him travel a few moments back in time at the press of a button. This becomes, well, timely, when their ill advised scam unravels, John is ratted out as being the mastermind (in the local…

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New York Asian 2018 Interview: Hong Kong Action Legend Dante Lam and Producer Candy Leung Talk OPERATION RED SEA

The New York Asian Film Festival is celebrating a true Master of Action.  Director/producer/writer Dante Lam’s career spans Hong Kong’s Golden Age with films like Beast Cops, Twins Effect, Jiang Hu, through today with Beast Stalker, Unbeatable, and To The Fore.   With his longtime producer, Candy Leung, Lam spoke with LMD about receiving the Daniel A. Craft Excellence in Action Award and his blockbuster Mainland-made war epic, Operation Red Sea.   The Lady Miz Diva:  Director Lam, congratulations on the honour.  Dan Craft was a man who prized action movies, and he would’ve been thrilled to give you this award.  How do you feel about being here with the NYAFF audience who know your work very well?    Dante Lam:  Of course, I’m very happy…

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Locarno 2018 Preview: The Largest Swiss Film Gathering Readies Smorgasbord of Arthouse Offerings

Locarno Film Festival unveils line-up for its 71st edition

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KNUCKLEBALL: Raven Banner Acquires Canadian Thriller

Our friends at Raven Banner have just picked up the Canadian thriller Knuckleball. Michael Peterson`s film will have its Quebec Premiere at Fantasia on Saturday. Raven Banner plans a theatrical release this Fall followed by iTunes and VOD.    We saw the trailer and a clip from Knuckleball during last year`s buyer`s showcase during the Frontieres Co-pro market. I had this to say,   The trailer definitively gives off a Home Alone goes horror vibe with what looks like Henry setting up traps for Dixon. But yeah, it certainly looks darker than that franchise for sure.      The surprising turn here is from Munro Chambers as the creepy neighbor. No longer the squeaky clean Kid from Turbo Kid there is something really unsettling about…

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Fantasia 2018 Review: NEOMANILLA, A Ripped From The Headlines Neo-Realist Masterpiece

Young street kid Toto is in a very tough spot. His drug dealing brother is in jail, and the local meth pushers think Toto is ratting them out to get the police to secure his release. He spends the few fleeting intimate moments with his girlfriend, while trying to scrape together bail money and figure out who the rat really was. In order to raise some cash, Toto is given a job from an older woman, Irma, who knew his parents before they died. Running a pest control operation during the day, Irma and her partner Raul moonlight as police sponsored assassins, complicit with the State’s war on drugs to murder those involved in illegal trafficking.    Neomanila takes this ripped-from-the-headlines socio political situation —…

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TALES FROM THE LOOP: Amazon Orders Sci-Fi Series Based on Simon Stålenhag’s Artwork

Yesterday Amazon announced that they will develop a sci-fi series based on the illustrated works of Simon Stålenhag and his 2015 book Tales From the Loop.    Amazon with work with Fox 21 Television Studios and have hired Legion writer Nathaniel Halpern to pen the sci-fi drama. Long time music video director Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go and One Hour Photo) will direct the pilot.    “Tales From the Loop” is based on the art of Simon Stålenhag, whose paintings blend elements of futuristic science fiction with images of rural life in (the) Sweden.   “Simon Stålenhag’s paintings are renowned for their vision of a not-too-distant, futuristic landscape. We are looking forward to bringing that to life and sharing it with our Prime Video…

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THE MERGER: Australian Sports Comedy Looks Like Good Fun

Ah, the sports comedy. It's a tried and true formula that – when executed well – is one of the most reliable things going. Witha  few notable recent exceptions – Canada's Goon springs to mind – they've also been an overwhelmingly American phenomenon but Australian director Mark Grentell is looking to put a very local – and also very not local spin on the approach with The Merger. The township of Bodgy Creek has seen better days: the population is dwindling, jobs are scarce & the litter has built up around the fading Tidy Town sign. The next victim of the town's decline is the cash strapped Aussie Rules footy club. Barely able to field a team, the club is reeling from news that their…

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Have Your Say: What’s Your Favorite Film Poster Ever?

That film poster for The Endless is probably my favorite one in years. It actually makes me wonder: what is the best or most beautiful movie poster of all time? So let’s make that the topic of the week! What’s your favorite film poster? Chime in, in te comments below, and HAVE YOUR SAY!!!…

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Watch Jeronimo Rocha’s Fantastic MOTELX Festival Promo

It's become something of a tradition for Portuguese genre festival MOTELX to employ the talents of director Jeronimo Rocha to direct their striking festival promos. This is because it's also become tradition for them to be absolutely fantastic. He's delivered large scale scifi, dark black magic witchcraft and this year he's going sword and sorcery. And, yep, looking good. Also part of the tradition, fyi, is that these things tend to turn up as larger short films as well and while nobody has told me explicitly that that's the case with this one I have more than a small suspicion that it is ……

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70s Rewind: MR. MAJESTYK, Melons, Migrants and Murder

Based on an original script by Elmore Leonard, Richard Fleischer’s Mr. Majestyk is the best melon-picking movie I’ve ever seen. Charles Bronson stars as the titular character, a taciturn yet friendly man who is entirely focused on getting the watermelon crop on his 120-acre Colorado farm harvested in time. If you’ve ever been a farmer, or known a a farmer, or met a farmer, or encountered a farmer during harvest season, Mr. Majestyk’s all-consuming attention to his crop will make perfect sense. If he doesn’t harvest his crop on time, he stands to lose everything; not only his investment in time, money, and labor for that season but also, possibly, his entire farm. That’s especially pertinent because it’s only Vincent Majestyk’s second crop since he…

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MOTELX 2018: Rangers, Tigers and Demon Bikers Among First Wave of Titles For Lisbon Horror Film Festival

MOTELX, in Lisbon, Portugal, is one of the top genre film festivals in Europe. A member of The European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation, European films that compete and win at MOTELX go on to vye for the top prizes in the Méliès Competition at the end of each year.      With the festival quickly approaching at the beginning of September they have announced their first wave of titles along with a slew of cultural events that is simply overwhelming. But first, what is going to play at MOTELX this September.      Audiences in Lisbon are in for a treat. Jenn Wexler’s The Ranger and Issa Lopez’s Tigers Are Not Afraid have been storming the festival circuit all year and for good reason, both…

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Fantasia 2018 Review: PROFILE Plays A Horrific Game With Online Identity

"You would never lie to me," asks Abu Bilel Al-Britani, a hunkish and charming Jihadi recruiter for ISIS, as he skypes from with Amy Whittaker in her South London flat. But we are well into the age of online 'Catfishing,' and Amy is not one of the many lost and lonely young European women whom ISIS lured to become war-brides in Raqqa and the swelling Islamic State Caliphate. She is actually a freelance journalist (think Vice Media, and its immersive style of reporting) who has pitched a story to one of her regular editors about uncovering the process of how savvy ISIS operators convince alienated westerners to drop their lives and fly to war torn Syria and re-invent their live 'with purpose' in the recent 7 year…

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“Welcome to Hell”, UK produced horror anthology starring Bill Oberst Jr. coming to DVD

Welcome To Hell! Enjoy Your Stay.   Horror anthology "Welcome to Hell", formerly entitled "Tales of Hell", has been acquired for release by Wild Eye Releasing and will see its official DVD distribution on October 9, 2018.    Cast members include Bill Oberst Jr., Nicholas Adam Clark, Calico Cooper, Kim Sønderholm, Dmitri Schuyler-Linch, Tracey Decresie, Gabriel Lee, Cara Maurizi, Tim Moran and many, many others..   A terrifying coven of tales designed to take viewers into the nether reaches of insanity, shock and horror. More info via IMDb here   Welcome to Hell consists of seven short films – "After Hours", "Dead Therapy", "Family Time", "Lucid", "Maternal Instincts", "Narrative" and "Slit" – from filmmakers Michael Aguiar, Sam Mason-Bell, Henrik Bjerregaard Clausen, James Cullen Bressack, Brad…

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Interview: INHERITANCE writer-director Tyler Savage on the making of the film

Inheritance is an unnerving and deliberately-paced psychological thriller, an effective exercise of tension and atmosphere. I quite enjoyed the film, which is why I was pretty stoked to have a Skype talk with writer-director Tyler Savage, and produced J.P. Castel. In this interview, they tell me (almost) everything about the making of the film, while also giving me a small insight into their creative process and their backgrounds in the movie industry.   For those who haven’t heard about your work; can you tell me a little bit about your background as a filmmaker?   Tyler Savage: I grew up in Los Angeles. I started being interested in film from five or six years old. I ended up going to NYU’s film school, and after that, I worked at…

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Carpenter Brut And Seth Ickerman Reunite! Watch The BLOOD MACHINES Teaser Now!

It was just a little while back that French directing duo Seth Ickerman – Raphael Hernandez and Savitri Joly-Gonfard – teamed up with synthwave phenomenon Carpenter Brut to create the music video for Carpenter Brut's Turbo Killer. The results were frankly astounding, a gorgeous, retro inspired, vfx heavy affair created in the directing duo's garage and it became a phenomenon online. Jump forward a bit to 2017 when it was announced that Seth Ickerman and Carpenter Brut would be reuniting for Blood Machines, a short film project that they successfully crowd funded 185 thousand Euro on Kickstarter. That project has now grown well beyond its original bounds, with Kung Fury helmer David Sandberg joining as an EP and the final result requiring more than 400…

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Newly Minted Yellow Veil Pictures Announces Acquisitions of LUZ And A MAN IN THE DARK

Normally the birth of a new film sales company would be left to the trades to announce. However, since all involved in Yellow Veil Pictures, Inc. are all acquaintances, some even close friends to many here at Screen Anarchy, we want to pitch in our support, and be completely transparent about it. It also helps when off the hop you already have a couple of really neat films on your roster.    Launching the company ahead of the Frontieres Co-production Market at Fantasia this coming weekend Yellow Veil already has Jenn Wexler's The Ranger and Tilman Singer's Luz on its roster. Yellow Veil Pictures have also added Man In The Dark, the debut feature film from Josh Lobo which reunites House of the Devil's AJ Bowman…

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