Sitges 2012 Dispatch: Subtitle Woes, and Jennifer Lynch's CHAINED

I would really like to tell you about Marçal Forés' fantastic story of an adolescent and his talking teddy bear, Animals, and Fernando Cortizo's gorgeous animated fantasy film O Apostolo. But I cannot. I can tell you a little bit... More »
By Brian Clark   
  

Sitges 2012 Review: THE SECOND DEATH Finds New Terror in Religion

Argentinean director Santiago Fernández Calvete's The Second Death is an oddity: A hard-boiled, supernatural mystery that revolves heavily around Catholic dogma. Its engagement with religion is far more complex than the slew of exorcism movies we've been subjected to as... More »
By Brian Clark   
  

HOLY MOTORS Wins Big At Sitges!

Leos Carax's Holy Motors won Official In-Competition Fantàstic Selection and Carax also took home the best director award earlier today at the Sitges Film Festival. The film also won awards in two other categories as well: the International Fantastic Film... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Sitges 2012 Counterpoint Review: THE LORDS OF SALEM Turns a Satanic Cult into a Snoozefest

Goofy. That's the word that kept popping into my head through the entire running time of Rob Zombie's baffling Polanski rip-off, The Lords of Salem. Not weird, not bizarre, not hallucinogenic, and certainly not Lynchian, as some critics (including our... More »
By Brian Clark   
  

IFC Midnight Enters The CRAWLSPACE

Justin Dix's claustrophobic special forces thriller Crawlspace, which is currently playing in competition at prestigious genre film festival Sitges in Spain, has now found a home in North America, with IFC Midnight picking up the film for a 2013 release... More »
By Simon de Bruyn   
  

Sitges 2012 Dispatch: MANIAC Crowds, STITCHES and SLICE AND DICE: THE SLASHER FILM FOREVER

My second day at Sitges was the day of the slasher movie. Besides watching the Irish comedy/slasher, Stitches, and a blood-soaked documentary on the evolution of the genre, I once again contemplated the Maniac remake, which I found inspired and... More »
By Brian Clark   
  

Sitges 2012 Review: BLOOD-C THE LAST DARK Brings Mixed Closure To The Franchise

The Blood-C saga is the latest entry in the long running Blood: The Last Vampire franchise, which has spanned different media such as novels, manga, TV series and films. Produced in collaboration by Production I.G and famous manga creators CLAMP,... More »
By Guillem Rosset   
  

Sitges 2012 Review: THE VAMPIRE SPIDER Sneaks Up, Then Attacks!

The first thing that should be known going into The Vampire Spider (La Araña Vampiro) is that, despite the title and the fact that it just premiered at a genre film festival, it is not a wild B-movie about a... More »
By Brian Clark   
  

Sitges 2012 Dispatch: MISS LOVELY and THE CONSPIRACY

Though I couldn't get into the Sitges opening night thriller, The Body, the film's marketing team managed to scare me more than anything I've seen thus far at the massive genre festival. It was after I had gone out for... More »
By Brian Clark   
  

Sitges 2012 Preview: Twitch Picks 10 Can't Miss Flicks

Coming right on the heels of the killer 1,2,3 combo of Fantastic Fest, Lund and L'Etrange Festival, Sitges is the genre film festival with one of the most extensive programs. Think of it as a greatest hits mix of genre and... More »
By Brian Clark   
  

Sitges 2012: Sci Fi Thriller CRAWLSPACE Gets A Crazy-Ass Poster And Trailer

With its world premiere in competition at Sitges just around the corner, claustrophobic Aussie sci fi action-thriller Crawlspace has unleashed its first pulsating trailer and an eye-popping poster. Clearly inspired by iconic poster artist Drew Struzan, Australian artist Hugh Fleming (who created his own... More »
By Simon de Bruyn   
  

Hey Toronto! Swarez's UNDYING LOVE is Playing Tonite at LITTLE TERRORS

Justin McConnell's semi-regular monthly short film festival, Little Terrors, gets a comfy new home at the Carlton Cinema in Toronto.  The series showcases the best in horror short-fimmaking to a city that seems to constantly hunger for genre, and is... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Sitges 2012: The Definitive Line-up Revealed

As our North American contingent of writers prepare to descend on Austin, Texas this weekend in a wave of drunken debauchery our more sophisticated brethren and sister over in Europe are preparing for the Sitges - International Fantastic Film... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Cronenberg, Carax, & Wheatley Amongst Directors in First Wave of SITGES 2012 Lineup

The Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia announced their first wave of programming today and there are some heavy hitters in the mix. Big name titles include COSMOPOLIS by David Cronenberg (Review), Cannes hit HOLY MOTORS by Leo... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

Bradford 2012 review: THE INNKEEPERS

Why do so many characters in horror movies end up dooming themselves through their stubborn refusal to take what's going on at face value? To be fair, we all say we'd do things differently but it's a hard thing to... More »
By Matthew Lee   
  

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   
  

LIFF 2011: JUAN OF THE DEAD review

At first glance Alejandro Brugués's zombie comedy Juan of the Dead doesn't sound too promising. Unless you're a devoted follower of the diverse strands of Latin American cinema the idea of an unknown director shooting an affectionate tribute to Edgar... More »
By Matthew Lee   
  

LIFF 2011: EXIT HUMANITY review

There are some ideas it's hard to see how people could possibly screw up. Take horror (as in the supernatural) in the middle of a war zone. You've got potentially limitless subtext, the nightmares soldiers and civilians go through literally... More »
By Matthew Lee   
  

LIFF 2011: BELLFLOWER review

It's great when a director identifies with a film they've poured heart and soul into making, even more so when it's clearly pushed them to excel. Still, what are you supposed to think when it's a story about weak, contemptible... More »
By Matthew Lee   
  

Sitges 2011: BEAST Review

Love can make anyone behave strangely. The chemicals that flood the brain when love arrives turn all our emotions into extremes: we want the one we love to the point of obsession. But some tip over that point into madness,... More »
  
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