From Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (Best Short Film, Live Action, Linked, 1996; 28 Weeks Later, the upcoming Highlander reboot), the psychological thriller INTRUDERS comes to Blu-ray, DVD and VOD July 17th from Millennium Entertainment.
Though no one can see him, Hollow Face lurks in the corners, desperately desiring love but only knowing how to spread fear and hate. He creeps into the life of John Farrow (Owen) after Farrow’s beloved 13-year-old daughter Mia (Ella Purnell) is assaulted in their home. The line between the real and the imaginary blurs as fissures start to open within the family unit. It seems that no security measure can keep Hollow Face out.
INTRUDERS stars Academy Award® nominee Clive Owen (Best Actor, Supporting Role, Closer, 2004; Killer Elite, Children of Men, Inside Man) along with Carice Van Houten (TV’s “Game of Thrones,” Valkyrie) and Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds).
The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season is the much anticipated next chapter to the acclaimed post zombie apocalypse series. When we last left the “The Walking Dead,” the characters were in the midst of a high-intensity struggle to survive, fleeing the CDC as it burst into flames. In Season 2, they are still fighting zombies, and each other, facing more threats and obstacles than ever before.
A truly unique and very limited edition zombie head case created and designed by McFarlane Toys will also be available as Blu-ray™ only for a SRP of $99.99. Pre-book is August 1st. The 4-Disc sets will contain all 13 episodes of the second season and will be loaded with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, featurettes and audio commentaries.
Season 3 of “The Walking Dead” premieres on AMC in October.
I’ve been a huge fan of Dante Tomaselli’s work since first viewing his films HORROR and SATAN’S PLAYGROUND. His films take on this incredibly horrific nightmarish quality I have yet to see equaled. Based on what I’ve seen so far, I am excitedly looking forward to his upcoming film TORTURE CHAMBER. Check out the trailer for a glimpse of that nightmarish vision I’m talking about. Directed by Dante Tomaselli, TORTURE CHAMBER stars Vincent Pastore, Christie Sanford, and Lynn Lowry among others.
13-year-old Jimmy Morgan is possessed by an evil too powerful to be exorcised by any religion. After escaping from a mental institution, Jimmy is back with a vengeance – and an army of children who follow his every murderous desire. The town trembles in fear as the youths attack and abduct its residents – innocent and guilty alike – dragging their victims to an abandoned castle and subjecting them to grisly torments deep within its underground tunnels.
Two paranormal fraud investigators, the veteran Dr. Margaret Matheson (Weaver) and her young assistant, Tom Buckley (Murphy), study the diverse phenomena of metaphysics with the intention to demonstrate its fraudulent origin. Simon Silver (De Niro), a legendary psychic, perhaps the most famous gifted of all time, returns after thirty years of mysterious absence to become the world’s greatest challenger to orthodox science and professional skeptics. Tom begins to develop a dense obsession to silver, whose magnetism is enhanced dangerously with each new manifestation of inexplicable dark phenomena.
Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Cillian Murphy, Toby Jones, Joely Richardson, Leonardo Sbaraglia, and Elizabeth Olsen all star. Cortes produced with Adrian Guerra, while Cindy Cowan exec produced through her Cindy Cowan Entertainment banner. Look for Red Lights to hit theaters on July 13th, 2012.
The first sales art promo from Cannes for the MANIAC remake has hit the web. Obviously, it isn’t anywhere near as enticingly exploitative as the poster art for the original MANIAC, but this is only sales art and I have my doubts the finished product will be anywhere near as bland. Though, honestly, if I saw Elijah Wood in my rearview mirror, I’d probably be afraid. That impish little hobbit creeps me out. (I keed, I keed….mostly)
Directed by Franck Khalfoun (P2), and written by Alexandre Aja (THE HILLS HAVE EYES remake,HAUTE TENSION) with his producing/writing partner Grégory Levasseur. MANIAC stars Elijah Wood (THE LORD OF THE RINGS) and Nora Arnezeder (SAFE HOUSE). In the film, Wood plays the role of a serial killer who works at a shop that sells antique mannequins. Finding victims on the Internet, he stalks them like prey, all while suffering from hallucinations that throw him back into the past, when he was abused by his own mother. In his twisted mind, he gains a measure of revenge against his mother with each kill.
While I’m looking forward to PROMETHEUS as much as the next boil ‘n ghoul, the ship concept and design and, thus, the name of the film, is a complete rip-off of Joss Whedon’s masterful SERENITY. For a while now I’ve been wondering why the ship felt familiar. IT’S BECAUSE IT LOOKS LIKE A FIREFLY CLASS VESSEL from the show FIREFLY and the film version of said show, Serenity. While Prometheus obviously has a completely different storyline, there could be some legal issues at work here if anyone’s actually paying attention. This featurette is specifically about the ship Prometheus and all it’s innards ‘n outtards. Give it a look. If you know anything about Firefly or Serenity, I think you may see more than a few similarities.
The film, Directed by Ridley Scott, opens June 8, 2012 in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters, and stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Guy Pearce, Kate Dickie, Rafe Spall, Logan Marshall-Green, Benedict Wong, Emun Elliott, Ben Foster, and Patrick Wilson.
Opening in theaters on June 22, the Timur Bekmambetov-directed film stars Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jimmi Simpson, Robin McLeavy, Alan Tudyk and Rufus Sewell.
20th Century Fox has also put out a new press release:
Abraham Lincoln, in the guise of actor Benjamin Walker, who portrays the 16th president in the summer movie thriller ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, and the film’s cast and crew, will visit the sailors serving aboard the Navy aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in June.
As history’s most beloved U.S. president and, according to the movie, its greatest hunter of the undead, Walker will be joined aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln by co-stars Anthony Mackie and Erin Wasson, as well as by the film’s director Timur Bekmambetov, screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith and producer Jim Lemley. Walker will introduce a special screening of ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER for the thousands of sailors serving on the carrier, and the cast and filmmakers will distribute Lincolnesque top hats, as well as fangs – tools that will help the sailors decide, in the words of one of the film’s promotional taglines, if they’re patriots or vampires.
In addition, the sailors will receive movie tie-in edition books, provided by Grand Central Publishing, and special graphic novels conceived by Bekmambetov.
The cast and filmmakers will screen the film at two additional bases at undisclosed locations.
“We’re very excited that 20th Century Fox and Navy Entertainment wanted to provide ABE’s crew the opportunity to preview the new ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER movie while we’re out here on deployment,” said Capt. John D. Alexander, Commanding Officer of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). “We’re extremely fortunate that the studio wants to give us an early showing. It’s something that we’ve never experienced before on this ship, and we’re extremely grateful for their willingness to share this with our sailors.”
“This is really exciting for me to meet the ABE’s crew and screen for them our film ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER,” said Benjamin Walker. “I hope it brings them excitement, goodwill and a taste of home.”
Added the film’s producer Jim Lemley: “We are pleased and proud to have this opportunity to visit with the men and women serving on the USS Abraham Lincoln. We hope they enjoy our film and know how much everyone in the United States appreciates their service.”
ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER puts down stakes in theaters everywhere June 22, 2012. The film explores the secret life of our greatest president, and the untold story that shaped our nation. Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov (director of Wanted) bring a fresh and visceral voice to the bloody lore of the vampire, imagining Lincoln as history’s greatest hunter of the undead.
Navy Entertainment, a division of Commander, Navy Installations Command, which operates the Navy’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation program, brings celebrity shows to sailors deployed around the world for a taste of home.
It’s beginning to look as though Sookie is steadily losing everyone she cares about. Oh, and just who was it who brought back ‘ol Russell Edgington? Waiting sucks. Season 5 of True Blood premieres on Sunday, June 10th.
Every now and then, a film comes along that challenges and defies convention…which, when it comes down to it, is a diplomatic way of saying writer/director Richard Bates Junior’s EXCISIONclawed and burrowed its way inside my mind, where it has been ever since viewing it for the first time over a week ago. Normally, when it comes time for me to review a film, I watch it once or twice to get a good and solid grasp on the thing and then, once I’ve wrapped my head around the varied aspects that have gone into making it (story/writing, acting, directing, and the overall feel of the film), I’m ready to sit down and get to work on the review. With EXCISION, however…things have been very different.
I had three days in which to watch the film, and within that time frame I was like an addict on a binge. After some viewings, as soon as the film would end, I’d start it all over again because while there were certain aspects I grasped immediately, there were others that went to places rarely found in modern cinema; places of dark truth, glimpses into a mind slipping further and further from a world of falsely forced normality, and into a world where blood, sex, and clinical fantasy coalesce into a beautiful escape from the alienated pain of the film’s “real” world.
The film centers on morbid teenager Pauline (AnnaLynne McCord), an outsider with a blood fetish who fantasizes about one day becoming a surgeon. Though at times she attempts to interact with others, she finds it impossible to connect with anyone except, perhaps, her younger sister Grace (Ariel Winter). She is consistently berated by her overbearing mother Phyllis (Traci Lords), who cannot understand Pauline’s odd obsessions and shows obvious favoritism towards Grace, perpetually asking Pauline why she “can’t be more like her sister.” In an attempt to “fix” her, Phyllis goes so far as to force Pauline to attend sessions with the family priest (played straight, if against type, by the always excellent John Waters). Her father, Bob (Roger Bart), is barely present at all as he silently kowtows to Phyllis, instantly denigrated if he dares, even briefly, to speak his mind or disagree. Though briefly escaping her mother’s tyranny, life at school isn’t much better for Pauline. Because of her outsider status and inability to interact in accordance with social norms, she is completely alienated by everyone. She is not only ostracized and ridiculed by her peers, but her teachers Mr. Cooper (Malcolm McDowell) and Mr. Claybaugh (Matthew Gray Gubler), and Principal Campbell (Ray Wise) as well. As things become ever worse for Pauline, she becomes more distant, often spending more and more time within her darkly erotic fantasy world (more on that a little later).
EXCISION portrays a dark side, a very dark side, of modern suburbia, and takes on the classic coming-of-age film, at times recalling films such as the excellent GINGER SNAPS (Pauline even looks a bit like Bridgette Fitzgerald), and DONNIE DARKO. Think PRETTY IN PINK if John Hughes had gone Peckinpah, particularly later Peckinpah, maniacally directing the film with a headband full of acid. The family’s surname is never given, possibly in an attempt to lessen the gap between the viewers and the characters as, for all the shining, advertised examples of family life in America, Pauline’s dysfunctional familial scenario is far more common.
Traci Lords plays the overbearing mother Phyllis admirably, a woman who strongly desires that perfect family she grew up watching on television, or currently reads about in women’s magazines. In one particular scene, she even talks with Pauline about a book she’s reading on better parenting in book club. In any other film, it could’ve been very easy for Phyllis to have been portrayed as a clichéd, two-dimensional character, but writer/director Bates Jr. wisely interjected scenes that allow us to see a more fully realized character with hopes and fears, a woman driven to the edge by the looming death of one daughter, another with whom she feels completely detached, and an unfulfilled, loveless marriage. Her husband, Bob, is barely even relevant to the story at all and if anything serves as a distraction from the story except to serve as perhaps a set piece to provide a sounding board for Phyllis. I would almost go so far as to say his character is completely unnecessary, except to complete Pauline’s nightmarish nuclear family.
Perhaps Pauline’s one saving grace (pun horribly intended…sometimes I can’t help myself) is her sister Grace. Though dissimilar characters, they share a particular bond. Grace is the only person Pauline can talk to and the only real connection she has to any sense of normalcy. Unfortunately, however, Grace is dying, succumbing quickly to the symptoms of cystic fibrosis, unable to even go through some days without being attached to oxygen machines to temporarily stave off the symptoms of her rapidly failing lungs. With the one person she loves in desperate need of a life saving operation, Pauline is at risk of losing the last link she has to the world.
Now, back to those darkly erotic fantasies I mentioned earlier. During masturbatory dream sequences, Pauline loses herself in a world of sex, blood, bandages, and abscission. Within these fantasies, she is no longer plain and homely, but a dark, yet beautiful golden queen of the grotesque. We, the viewer, are given lingering glimpses at amazingly, morbidly, beautiful scenes wherein she reigns over her dead or dying subjects in varying stages of lifeless decay, at one point slithering over their cadaverous, motionless bodies towards her bathtub throne of blood. Once inside, she erotically drenches herself in a crimson robe of blood, an expression of ecstasy upon her face. Her toes curled in orgasmic bliss, we’re back in the real world again as her eyes flutter open, her head slowly turning as she licks her lips in euphoric satisfaction. Upon first witnessing this stunning insight into her fantasy, into the world as she wishes it to be, I had felt, for the first time in a very long while, I had once again experienced art in cinema.
Already incredibly impressed with the writing, acting, directing, and tone of the film, before I had even witnessed the grotesquely fantastical depths of Pauline’s mind, I suddenly found myself completely drawn into this world Richard Bates Jr. had created. EXCISION, the process of cutting out or off, works perfectly as the title to this film. A work permeated with characters both sympathetic and repulsive, Pauline stands starkly out amongst them. Upon first viewing the picture, we are lulled into thinking the title has everything to do with her fetishistic obsession with surgery and blood, but as the film continues, Pauline begins to drift further and further from reality, excising herself from a world and the people in it she no longer has any connection to, spending ever more time within the horrific beauty of her fantasy world until the two rapidly merge into one, resulting in a heart wrenching climax that brings together love and madness in a way I’ve never seen.
I think while it’s fairly obvious I was thoroughly moved by this film, it is difficult to recommend to everyone. Outsiders and horror fans will most assuredly appreciate EXCISION for reasons both similar and diverse, as the dark elements are there in abundance, but it is, at times, an incredibly challenging film to watch. Richard Bates Jr. has written and directed a film that expertly explores the varied depths of the modern family, the detached teenage outsider, and a visual representation of madness both beautiful and frightening to behold. But for those of you brave enough to experience something new and terrifyingly exciting; something that crawls and burrows its way into your mind and stays with you for days and weeks after you’ve seen it, causing you to question what independent horror filmmaking can be, you must watch this film. 4 out of 5 skulls.