The RESOLUTION Boys Go Deep Sea Diving, Guerrilla Style

In preparation for their trip to the Imagine Film Festival in Amsterdam next week, The gentlemen behind Resolution, one of our favorite smart horror subversions of the past years, have taken to some most dire of straights to make sure... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

IMAGINE 2013 Reveals Its Dizzying Line-up

What started decades ago as The Weekend Of Terror soon had to be renamed into the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival, because it incorporated more than just horror. A good thing too, as this inclusion of other genres made the festival... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IMAGINE 2012: A LETTER TO MOMO review

(It is not "Totoro-light", although I guess it can be called "Totoro-heavy"...) Trying to see anime in the cinema can be quite hard in The Netherlands. The last decade we've seen the latest Miyazaki films released thanks to the international... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IMAGINE 2012: SCABBARD SAMURAI Review

(Matsumoto never needs thirty tries to amuse his audience...) In director Hitoshi Matsumoto's newest film "Scabbard Samurai" (original title: "Saya Samurai") a pathetic man gets thirty tries to make a child laugh, and if he fails it will be his... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IMAGINE 2012: INBRED review

(In one sentence: it's a freakshow slaughter contest between hoodies and hillbillies...) Over the years the focus of the Imagine Film Festival Amsterdam has shifted somewhat. When it started decades ago it was primarily a horror festival, with science fiction... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IMAGINE 2012 Winners Revealed, and THE RAID Scores the Audience Award!

This weekend saw the end of the 2012 edition of the Imagine Film Festival in Amsterdam, a member of the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation (EFFFF). Several films were awarded in different categories but the Sp!ts Silver Scream Award 2012... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IMAGINE 2012: LOBOS DE ARGA review

(Think of a Spanish "Shaun of the Dead", only with werewolves... lots and lots of werewolves!) It had been a while since I saw a satisfyingly good werewolf film to be honest, but that particular itch got royally scratched with... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

The 28th IMAGINE FILM FESTIVAL is open for business!

(UPDATE: ticket sales has started!) Amsterdam's very own annual genre festival returns from the 17th till the 28th of April, and you can find a partial full line-up here (yes, this sentence is a link)! The list looks very yummy.... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IMAGINE 2011 reveals full line-up!

Ehm... this is a definite case of "Title Says All". What started as "The Night of Terror" several decades ago (a tiny one-night festival for horror afficionados who could watch four films in-a-row) grew into "The Weekend of Terror", branched... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

UPDATED: A review for the English-friendly Taiwanese BluRay of SUMMER WARS

(NOTE: we've been contacted by the distributor of this disc, stating that it is not their intention for this edition to be sold outside of the region of Taiwan and several surrounding Asian countries. Furthermore, the new Taiwanese prints of... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

English-friendly SUMMER WARS in October 2010?

Back in January of this year, Manga UK twittered that they hoped to be able to release Mamoru Hosoda's excellent "Summer Wars" in UK-cinemas in September, followed by DVD and BluRay releases in October (thanks Ulrik!).And now one of the... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Imagine 2010: CENTURION Review

Neil Marshall has built a name for himself by making films about people invading someone else's territory and getting their "arses" thoroughly kicked. In "Dog Soldiers" it was elite troops versus Scottish werewolves, in "The Descent" it was a bonding... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR / IMAGINE 2010 : SYMBOL Review

When we here at Twitch posted the very first teaser for Hitoshi Matsumoto's "Symbol" nearly a year ago, we all wondered whether the man was a genius or if he had disappeared up his own ass.  Fear not: with his sophomore... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Imagine 2010: OBLIVION ISLAND: HARUKA AND THE MAGIC MIRROR Review

Japanese animation films were sorely missed at last year's Imagine Film Festival Amsterdam, but that criticism was taken to heart by the programmers so this year anime was back in a big way with representations by Studio 4C, MadHouse and... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Imagine 2010: LIFE AND DEATH OF A PORNO GANG Review

(Warning: this article can be considered NSFW, especially if you run the trailer that is embedded in it...)  Is Serbia about to become the new Korea? The question seems preposterous but a close look at recent festivals reveals a surprising... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

A very, VERY NSFW trailer for "LIFE AND DEATH OF A PORNO GANG"

Really, is there a trailer category above "red-band"? We might need it...  Through the site of the Imagine Festival (formerly known as the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival) I learned about the trailer for the Serbian shocker "Life and Death of... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Fantastic Fest 09: STINGRAY SAM Review

[The following review originally appeared as part of Ard's coverage of Amsterdam's Imagine This festival earlier this year. It reappears now with the film about to screen at Fantastic Fest 09.] Hi y'all! Time to get silly. Having never seen... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Imagine this! 11 MINUTES AGO Review

What do you get when you mix "Twelve Monkeys" with "Four Weddings and a Funeral"? If you are a director without a budget and you liked the structure of "Memento" you might end up with something like Bob Gebert's "11... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Imagine this! GRACE Review

Why oh why the hell did I go see Paul Solet's baby-horror thriller"Grace"? I must have been the worst possible audience for it! Thing is, from the moment I saw this film scheduled in the Imagine Festival Amsterdam programme I... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Imagine this! THE BURROWERS Review

Being blindsided can be fun. All I knew of J. T. Petty was that his previous film "S-and-Man", a documentary on voyeurism and media manipulation, hit with controversy when it turned out that there was a bit more manipulation in... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  
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