L'Etrange 2013: 17 Reasons To Be Excited About This Year's Fest

Paris' much loved L'Etrange Festival is only days away. Those who've been impatiently waiting (as well they should) since last year's effusive coverage, and those besot with intrigue after having just recently learned of it can both rest easy - things kick off... More »
By Ben Croll   

L'Etrange Festival Unveils Complete Lineup!

Beginning next Thursday L'Etrange Festival will take over Paris, France, with eleven days of fantastic cinema from around the world. The festival unveiled their full lineup today and it is a treasure trove of cinematic goodness. Films like We Are... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Euro Beat: Female Model Cast as David Bowie, L'Etrange Festival Wrap and More

Belgian Model Hannelore Knuts will play David Bowie in a new movie inspired by the chameleon-like lifestyle of the iconic pop singer simply titled Dave. And, in case you can't tell from the first still above, Knuts is a woman!... More »
By Brian Clark   

L'Etrange 2012 Review: MANIAC Remake Doesn't Cop Out, for Better or Worse

Those worried that Franck Khalfoun and Alexandre Aja's Maniac remake was going to whitewash and water down their favorite 80s sleaze classic can rest easy. This updated, Los Angeles-set story of a disturbed man cutting off the scalps of women... More »
By Brian Clark   

L'Etrange 2012 Review: EXCISION is a Messy Combination of Sex and Scalpels

Excision, a gory, coming-of-age horror/comedy, wears its influences on its sleeve; so much so, that you'll have to forgive me, and probably numerous other critics, for describing it as Welcome to the Dollhouse with a healthy dose of Nip/Tuck's sexualized... More »
By Brian Clark   

L'Etrange 2012 Video: Bob Clark's DEAD OF NIGHT with Live, Rockin' Score by 7 Weeks

It's becoming more common for live bands to perform scores over silent movies... but what happens when a heavy post-grunge band plays over a B-Movie talkie? Well have a look at this clip from Bob Clark's post-Vietnam zombie classic Dead... More »
By Brian Clark   

L'Etrange 2012 Interview: CITADEL Director Ciaran Foy on Surviving the Violent Attack That Inspired His Film

Normally, introductions by directors at film festivals are, at best, short, polite and a little funny and at worst, over-long, awkward and dull. But Ciaran Foy's brief introduction to Citadel at L'Etrange festival was something different altogether. Here, Foy explained... More »
By Brian Clark   

L'Etrange 2012 Video: Sayona's Live Score to Shazzula Nebula's BLACK MASS RISING

Attention fans of stoner metal, the occult and Kenneth Anger-style experimental film: L'Etrange Festival has a present for you. This week, Belgian DJ/Filmmaker/Musician Shazzula Nebula (known for her work in White Hills and Aqua Nebula Oscillator) premiered her debut feature,... More »
By Brian Clark   

L'Etrange 2012: HEADHUNTERS Sweeps Feature Film Awards

L'Etrange Festival in Paris wrapped up last night, and the big winners were Morten Tyldum's already much-lauded adaptation of Jo Nesbo's Headhunters and a short film about a lonely metal-head. Tyldum's dark, twisty-turny thriller walked away not only with the... More »
By Brian Clark   

L'Etrange 2012 Review: VANISHING WAVES is the Erotic Sci-Fi Drama of the Year!

Vanishing Waves is an exquisite sci-fi head trip in the vein of Solaris and 2001: A Space Odyssey, one which takes pleasure in ideas and exploration rather than cheap thrills. As a bonus, it's also sexier than either of those... More »
By Brian Clark   

L'Etrange 2012 Review: THE OUTING Delivers Thrilling Mixture of Hitchcock and Brothers Grimm

Two things become immediately clear in Mathieu Seiler's suspenseful adult fairy tale, The Outing: First, that this isn't going to be your average lost-in-the-woods horror movie. From the colorful opening credits, which pay equal homage to Saul Bass and vintage... More »
By Brian Clark   

L'Etrange 2012 Review: HENGE is Hilarious, Outrageous, Violent... And Kinda Heartwarming

I doubt that the "in sickness and in health" line of wedding vows was written with demonic, mutant transformations in mind. But, as director Hajime Ohata shows, sometimes them's the breaks. Indeed, Henge establishes its love of body horror right... More »
By Brian Clark   

L'Etrange 2012 Interview: Jan Kounen on WINDWALKERS, the French Version of BLOOD FREAK and More

Director Jan Kounen has been a favorite here at Twitch pretty much since the site's inception. Coming from an art school background and beginning with animated short films, Kounen has since carved a completely personal and unique career path, and... More »
By Brian Clark   

L'Etrange 2012 Video: RESOLUTION Directors Meet Satanists En Route to Paris

After wowing audiences at Fantasia and Tribeca, the directors  are bringing their inventive horror movie Resolution overseas... er, they are trying to. The film will screen at L'Etrange Festival in Paris on September 14 and 15 (that's Friday and Saturday!)... More »
By Brian Clark   

LIFF 2011: THE DIVIDE review

Xavier Gens' superb The Divide basically posits that should the bombs drop and the world get blown to radioactive splinters, the scariest thing that could happen wouldn't be finding out you were screwed. It'd be finding out that given the... More »
By Matthew Lee   

Grimm Up North 2011: THE THEATRE BIZARRE review

Horror's pretty dumb, right, when you get down to it? Subjecting ourselves to seedy vicarious thrills when if we took pleasure in the same things in real life we'd be clinically insane. Lots of people level this argument against genre... More »
By Matthew Lee   

Grimm Up North 2011: REVENGE: A LOVE STORY review

Wong Ching-Po's salacious little thriller Revenge: A Love Story is the second film from production company 852 - who previously gave us Edmond Pang's Dream Home, an ultraviolent slasher (emphasis on ultra) where Pang's trademark sly social commentary sat somewhat... More »
By Matthew Lee   

Grimm Up North 2011: THE WOMAN review

What you get out of Lucky McKee's The Woman, a piece of ultraviolent drama that's brilliant and infuriating by turns, is probably dependent on how serious you think the director and his writing partner, novelist Jack Ketchum are being. The... More »
By Matthew Lee   

ETRANGE 2011: MEAT (aka VLEES) review

Victor Nieuwenhuijs and Maartje Seyferth's bizarre, chilling little character drama Meat certainly covers all the bases. Nearly every major synonym, metaphor or other interpretation of that one word is in there somewhere. Mostly it seems to be about people who've... More »
By Matthew Lee   

ETRANGE 2011: DEAD BALL review

So is Yudai Yamaguchi's micro-budget horror-comedy Dead Ball a good film? The temptation is to say technically no... but you have to remember most people don't make the effort to watch a film where physical FX maestro Yoshihiro Nishimura is... More »
By Matthew Lee   
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