Review: DRACULA UNTOLD Reimagines A Reluctant Vampire Action Hero

Surprisingly effective, the latest iteration of the Dracula legacy seeks to rebuild vampire-movie mythology by going back to the beginning. First published in 1897, Bram Stoker's novel inspired F.W. Murnau's unofficial adaptation Nosferatu in 1922, which then sparked a series... More »
  

Camera Japan 2014 Review: FORMA Demands Attention

(This review won't scratch the surface, and that is fully intentional...) At the start of Forma, you see one of its protagonists stick a pen in a cardboard box, making a small hole. She then puts the box on her... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Brad Bird Takes Us To TOMORROWLAND In First Teaser

Long in development at Disney is Brad Bird's second live-action effort as director, Tomorrowland. Bird and screenwriter Damon Lindleof take the theme land inside Disney parks that focuses on science, technology and the future, and turn it into an adventure... More »
  

New York 2014 Review: THE 50 YEAR ARGUMENT Tells A Fiery Tale Of Words

Where to start reviewing a film like The 50 Year Argument? It's a question of approach that surely plagued Martin Scorsese when founding editor Robert B. Silvers first pitched him to tackle the subject of The New York Review of... More »
By Zach Gayne   
  

Feratum 2014 Dispatch, Days 3 And 4: ABCs OF DEATH 2 And A Porn Movie To Close The Fest

I remained focused on the Mexican selection during the last couple of days of Feratum 2014, to the point that I ended watching each and every national, feature-length film that the festival presented. Unfortunately, the trend of the first two... More »
  

Check This Amazing Artwork Of Jeffrey Combs As Edgar Allan Poe In NEVERMORE

I have nothing to add to the press release beyond, "Wow."Phantom City Creative Artwork Revealed for Edgar Allan Poe Halloween "Nevermore" Performance at the Somerville TheatreBOSTON (October 1, 2014) -- On October 31, fans of the darker literary persuasion will... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Opening: AUTOMATA, Intense And Gripping Science Fiction

Spanish filmmaker Gabe Ibáñez's long-awaited second feature Autómata is an intense and gripping dystopian story, bordering on European surrealism within a classical narrative. Certainly, many current films present a weary and negative view of humanity's future, be it death by... More »
  

Don't Answer The Door For Mike Chester's TRICK OR TREATERS

A major pet peeve of mine is the casting of actors in their late twenties or early thirties to play teenagers. Yes, it's been going on forever and I understand the mechanics of why it happens but it remains a... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Review: WHIPLASH Taps A Confident Beat

It's a pretty quick turnaround to go from Sundance 2013 award-winning short film to Sundance 2014 opening nighter. But for 28-year-old director Damien Chazelle, when opportunity knocks, there's no need to bide your time. It's no surprise that Jason Blum... More »
  

Check Out This Exclusive Clip From Kiwi Horror Comedy HOUSEBOUND

Gerard Johnstone's Kiwi horror comedy Housebound has dominated the festival circuit since its world premiere at SXSW in Austin last Spring. Its blend of horror and comedy elements has delighted audiences around the World and back home in New Zealand.... More »
  

Review: THE OVERNIGHTERS, A Shattering Experience

It's a rare and beautiful thing when a film can surprise you. I was taken completely off guard by The Overnighters, a film that I figured would be a stark if a bit earnest take on post-recession America. What I... More »
  

Watch Jon Yeo's LEVIATHAN AGES And Learn Wisdom From The Tentacled Emperor

It was just over a year ago that we posted a pair of teasers for Jon Yeo's Leviathan Ages, a unique and compelling short that Yeo put together over the span of two years. And now, having completed a lengthy... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Interview: AUTOMATA Director Gabe Ibáñez Talks Banderas, Robots, And The Future

Opening in the US tomorrow, Autómata is a dystopian science-fiction film starring Antonio Banderas, set in a future where the human population is decimated, the world practically a desert, and robots are evolving. I spoke with director Gabe Ibáñez at... More »
  

Dario Argento Launches Crowd Funding Campaign For THE SANDMAN With Iggy Pop

The headline says it all, really, iconic director Dario Argento has enlisted punk legend Iggy Pop to take the lead of his upcoming feature The Sandman and today has launched a crowd funding campaign to raise two hundred fifty thousand... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Opening: ST. VINCENT, A Showcase For Bill Murray

Normally there are event films that draw people in, big spectacles that just can't be replicated at home. Then there are the arty films that are still accessible, not something that's too dour or experimental to seem out of place... More »
  

Bo Mikkelsen Delivers More Dark Delights From Denmark With First Shot From WHAT WE BECOME

Intrigued by the current turn towards genre cinema throughout Scandinavia? Well, then, remember the name of Danish writer-director Bo Mikkelsen and his feature debut, What We Become. Because you'll be hearing a lot about this one.Though the film has just... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Magnet and XYZ Partner To Unleash The Evil Of XX On The World

What's better than badass women making badass horror films? Are you ready for a new point of view? Magnet and XYZ Films are going to blast the doors off of the anthology horror vehicle with XX! Magnet is fully financing and... More »
  

Vancouver 2014 Review: WELCOME TO ME Stokes The Fires Of Disability Discourse

Kristen Wiig has been enjoying a lengthy run of success since leaving Saturday Night Live in 2012. Her humor is punctuated by awkward, uncomfortable stares, or lines delivered with more weight -- loneliness, sadness, regret -- than they seem to... More »
  

Defeat Your Own Fucking Jelly Beasts With These Hilarious Teasers For The Shnit International Short Film Festival

This year I've had the great pleasure of sitting on the jury for the Shnit International Short Film Festival where I had the task of wading through a TON of fabulous short films and pitting one against the other in... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Brazilian Short Film PRAY Wins Viewster Online Film Fest Grand Prize

The winners of the third annual Viewster Online FIlm Fest were announced during the closing gala of the Raindance Film Festival in London last night. This year's theme was 'Be Afraid. Be VERY Afraid' and submissions of the horror/sci-fi/fantasy genre... More »
  
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