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  • International “LET ME IN” poster proves everything sounds better in French!

    Originally posted on 2010-09-02 18:47:41 by

    While not the best of the one-sheets promoting Matt Reeves’ LET ME IN (the English language remake of Swedish darling, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN), it does prove one thing- titles can sound a hell of a lot cooler in other languages. Hit the jump to check it out!

    LET ME IN will see its premiere at Austin’s Fantastic Fest September 23, and hits theaters everywhere October 1st. Pick up FANGORIA #297 (on sale this month) to read our feature on the film and head here to check out Fango’s exclusive talk with writer/director Reeves and actors Kodi Smit-McPhee and Richard Jenkins. 

     

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  • International “LET ME IN” poster proves everything sounds better in French!

    Originally posted on 2010-09-02 18:46:41 by

    While not the best of the one-sheets promoting Matt Reeves’ LET ME IN (the English language remake of Swedish darling, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN), it does prove one thing- titles can sound a hell of a lot cooler in other languages. Hit the jump to check it out!

    LET ME IN will see its premiere at Austin’s Fantastic Fest September 23, and hits theaters everywhere October 1st. Pick up FANGORIA #297 (on sale this month) to read our feature on the film and head here to check out Fango’s exclusive talk with writer/director Reeves and actors Kodi Smit-McPhee and Richard Jenkins. 

     

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  • Get some “BEAVER” with new horror/comedy short

    Originally posted on 2010-09-02 18:31:01 by Chris Alexander

    Fans of more exuberant splatterthons should keep their eyes peeled for THE LEGEND OF BEAVER DAM, a 12-minute lunatic bloodbath musical that is as hilarious as it is vomitous. Produced for peanuts by Montreal-based theater duo Jerome Sable and Eli Batalion, BEAVER DAM stars Canadian comedian Sean Cullen as a demonic camp counselor whose campfire tales turn lethal.

    As the evil guide starts bloodily dismembering and massacring the unluckier campers, he wails like Freddy Mercury. The music swells the blood spills and a gawky young camper must rally the troops, wail-rock anthems and save the day. If it sounds ridiculous, it is—and intentionally so. But the sheer amount of energy packed into the film’s lean running time will blow your brains, and most assuredly rock your world. The film will have its world premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, where THE LEGEND OF BEAVER DAM will screen on Thursday, September 9 before the mullet comedy FUBAR 2. In a TIFF first, the film will be part of both the Midnight Madness program AND the Short Cuts Canada program. It will then have its international premiere at the 2010 Sitges festival in Barcelona, Spain, running October 7-12. Other dates include:

    Atlantic Film Festival (Sept. 16-25)

    Fantastic Fest, Austin, TX (Sept. 23-30; North American premiere)

    Calgary International Film Festival (Sept. 24-Oct. 3)

    Edmonton International Film Festival (Sept. 24-Oct. 2)

    Screamfest, Los Angeles, CA (Oct. 8-17)

    Watch the teaser trailer below, and learn more about this raucous gem here.

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  • Undead Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson to take on “BREATHERS”?

    Originally posted on 2010-09-02 18:06:31 by Samuel Zimmerman

    Since the announcement that Oscar winner Diablo Cody (JUNO, JENNIFER’S BODY) had secured the rights to produce an adaptation of S.G. Browne’s zombie-rights novel, BREATHERS: A ZOMBIE’S LAMENT, the project has been relatively quiet. Today, there’s word that two pretty interesting and high profile stars are attached to the film. Hit the jump to learn more!

    Pajiba is reporting that INCEPTION’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt and IRON MAN 2’s Scarlett Johansson are circling BREATHERS and loosely lined up to essay Andy and Rita, the novel’s undead protagonists.

    Here’s a synopsis of the hip, ghoulish tale: “Meet Andy Warner, a recently deceased everyman and newly minted zombie. Resented by his parents, abandoned by his friends, and reviled by a society that no longer considers him human, Andy is having a bit of trouble adjusting to his new existence. But all that changes when he goes to an Undead Anonymous meeting and finds kindred souls in Rita, an impossibly sexy recent suicide with a taste for the formaldehyde in cosmetic products, and Jerry, a 21-year-old car crash victim with an exposed brain and a penchant for Renaissance pornography. When the group meets a rogue zombie who teaches them the joys of human flesh, things start to get messy, and Andy embarks on a journey of self-discovery that will take him from his casket, to the SPCA, to a media-driven class-action lawsuit on behalf of the rights of zombies everywhere.”

    I recently read BREATHERS and while zombie purists will most likely not be into it, the book is often funny, interesting and clever (if not a bit too influenced by Chuck Palahniuk) and definitely fits with Cody’s sensibilities. The film has been scripted by Geoff Latulippe (this week’s GOING THE DISTANCE). Stay tuned.

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  • “COLIN” U.S. screenings news, DVD art/details

    Originally posted on 2010-09-02 16:49:59 by

    Having won all kinds of acclaim, and attention for its $70 budget, over the last year or so, British filmmaker Marc Price’s zombie feature COLIN is finally making its way to American venues. Fango got the scoop on some of the initial bookings, as well as cover art and specs for a pair of upcoming DVD releases.

    Alastair Kirton stars in the title role, a young man who becomes zombified during an undead outbreak; the movie follows him as he makes his way through postapocalyptic suburbia, still retaining traces of his past humanity. U.S. distributor Walking Shadows is currently finalizing the location of the movie’s North American premiere at a top haunted attraction. Already nailed down are the following screenings:

    • Friday-Thursday, September 24-30 at the Facets Cinematheque, Chicago, IL

    • Friday, October 1 at the Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, NM

    • Friday, Oct. 15 at the Telluride Horror Show, CO

    • Thursday-Monday, Oct. 21-25 (exact date TBA) at the Spooky Movie Film Festival, Washington, DC

    • Saturday, Oct. 23 at the Knoxville Horror Film Festival, TN

    More dates and the premiere location will be announced shortly; keep an eye on COLIN’s official website and Facebook page for updates.

    The movie will be available in single- and double-DVD editions October 19, with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and 2.0 stereo soundtracks. The solo disc will include a Price commentary track, while the two-discer will additionally contain:

    • Deleted scenes with Price commentary

    • 40-minute “The Making of COLIN” documentary

    • Original UK theatrical trailer

    • Exclusive: Price’s new short film THE END

    Retail price is $29.95 for the double-DVD set, $19.95 for the single. You can watch COLIN’s trailer below, and look for an article by Price on the movie’s creation in Fango #298, on sale in October.

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  • “Crate” Expectations for “SHIVERS VI”

    Originally posted on 2010-09-02 16:09:33 by Allan Dart

    The latest entry in Cemetery Dance’s SHIVERS anthology contains a special surprise: the “long lost” Stephen King novella “The Crate,” which was written in the late ’70s, hasn’t seen print in over 30 years and has never been in one of his collections. And yes, this is the same story that King adapted for “The Crate” segment in CREEPSHOW. Fluffy’s back!

    Cemetery Dance provided the details for the anthology, which was edited by Richard Chizmar. Featuring stories by King, Peter Straub, Al Sarrantonio, Jay Bonansinga, David B. Silva, Melanie Tem, Brian Keene, Brian Hodge, Jack Kilborn and many others, SHIVERS VI weighs in at 410 pages and contains more than 110,000 words from some of today’s most popular authors of horror and suspense. Two of the longest (and most anticipated) pieces are King’s “The Crate” and Straub’s “A Special Place: The Heart of A Dark Matter” (which deals with the backstory to the author’s 2010 release A DARK MATTER).

    SHIVERS VI is no longer available as Limited and Lettered Editions, but copies of the trade paperback are still available.

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  • NY/LA screenings: “THE HOLE,” “STAKE LAND,” “WOODS,” etc.

    Originally posted on 2010-09-02 15:59:17 by

    Fall is just around the corner, and with it will come a slew of horror screenings on both coasts. A few of the year’s most eagerly awaited fright features as well as vintage fear favorites are slated to be shown at various venues over the next couple of months.

    • It has been previously reported that this year’s New York Film Festival will screen Clint Eastwood’s supernatural thriller HEREAFTER and Jorge Michel Grau’s cannibal drama WE ARE WHAT WE ARE, and a few more genre titles have been added in the Special Events category. Most notable is a screening of THE HOLE (pictured above), Joe Dante’s 3-D saga of the strange stuff a couple of young boys encounter when they uncover a boarded-up pit in the cellar of their new home. The film (which still hasn’t landed U.S. distribution) will be shown Saturday, October 9 at 6 p.m. The same night at 9:30, the fest presents the 1931 Spanish-language DRACULA directed by George Melford (on the same sets used for the Bela Lugosi version), with live musical accompaniment by Grammy-nominated guitarist/songwriter Gary Lucas. Fans of Spanish genre cinema will also want to check out “The Marvelous World of Segundo de Chomón,” a presentation of films by the early special FX pioneer, Sunday, Oct. 10 at 12:30 p.m. All of these showings take place at the Walter Reade Theater (65th Street near Amsterdam Avenue); for more info, check out the New York Film Fest’s official website.

    This Sunday, September 5 at 6:15 p.m., the Walter Reade will host a screening of Ridley Scott’s director’s cut of ALIEN, with star Tom Skerritt in person for a Q&A after the movie. It’s part of the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s 75th-anniversary celebration of 20th Century Fox; see more info here. Finally, the Film Society has its fourth annual Scary Movies festival set to run Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 28-31. No titles have been announced yet, but past editions have featured must-see new features, rarely screened classics and special guests, so keep your eye on the Film Society website for updates.

    • The 2010 Woodstock Film Festival has announced its slate of features, which includes two eagerly awaited new productions from New York’s own Roger Corman, Larry Fessenden, and his Glass Eye Pix in conjunction with Dark Sky Films. Joe Maggio’s BITTER FEAST (pictured), about a TV chef (James LeGros) who takes culinary revenge on a critic (Joshua Leonard) whose negative reviews have ruined his business, will screen Friday, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m and Saturday, Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m. Ticket holders for the show on the 1st will also be treated to a pre-screening feast with a menu created by celebrity chef/BITTER FEAST co-star Mario Batali. On Saturday the 2nd at 10 p.m., the Woodstock Fest will present Jim Mickle’s post-vampire-apocalypse thriller STAKE LAND, starring Nick Damici, Danielle Harris and Kelly McGillis.

    In addition, DON’T GO IN THE WOODS, the feature directorial debut of actor Vincent D’Onofrio, will be shown on Friday the 1st at 8 p.m. No relation to the early-’80s slasher cheapie of the same title, this one’s a musical/horror flick in which an up-and-coming indie rock band head out for a forest getaway to work on new songs, and wind up being terrorized by a slasher. There will also be a musical performance by the movie’s stars, including Sam Bisbee (who also scripted with Joe Vinciguerra) and Bo Boddie, who also co-wrote most of the songs on WOODS’ soundtrack. See the satirical DON’T GO IN THE WOODS preview below.

    • There are no screenings involved, but Guillermo del Toro and Wes Craven will make separate personal appearances at NYC’s TheTimesCenter (242 West 41st Street) as part of the TimesTalks series. Del Toro will discuss THE FALL, the second in the STRAIN trilogy he wrote with Chuck Hogan, and other subjects on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m., and Craven, who has the 3-D chiller MY SOUL TO TAKE opening Oct. 8 and SCREAM 4 coming next April, will appear on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m. Both talks will be hosted by New York Times critic Jason Zinoman; for further info, click here.

    • Los Angeles’ American Cinematheque always has a slew of genre events this time of year, and 2010 is no exception. At the Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Boulevard), fans can catch a big-screening of the new Anchor Bay release GROWTH, set on an island infested with some very nasty parasitic worms, next Tuesday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m.; a Q&A with the filmmakers and actors will follow. A tribute to John Carpenter takes place Friday-Sunday, Sept. 17-19, with double features of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK/ESCAPE FROM L.A., THEY LIVE and a new 35mm print of BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA and THE THING/HALLOWEEN; Carpenter will appear in person for a discussion between the ESCAPE duo. On Tuesday, Sept. 28, the Egyptian hosts the premiere of Adam Green’s slasher sequel HATCHET II, with Green and his cast in attendance.

    Over at the Aero Theatre (1328 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica), the Cinematheque presents THE BIRDS (on a double bill with MARNIE; actress Tippi Hedren will talk between films) as part of an Alfred Hitchcock festival on Sunday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m. On Thursday, September 23, Paul Verhoeven appears after a screening of his giant-bug epic STARSHIP TROOPERS, and will sign copies of his book JESUS OF NAZARETH in the lobby starting at 6:30 p.m. And on Saturday, September 25 at 3 p.m., the original Boris Karloff classic THE MUMMY will be preceded by an episode of the History Channel’s Egyptology series CHASING MUMMIES, whose star, archaeologist David Cheetham, will give a lecture in between.

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  • Free FANGORIA “MIRRORS 2” screening on October 4

    Originally posted on 2010-09-02 15:47:00 by FANGORIA Staff

    FANGORIA will host a free screening of the eagerly awaited horror sequel MIRRORS 2 at the Cinema Village (22 East 12th Street, off University Place) on Monday, October 4 at 7 p.m.

    The new film, due out on DVD and Blu-ray October 19 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (see details here), follows the troubled Max (TERMINATOR 3’s Nick Stahl), who is recovering from a traumatic accident and takes a job as a nighttime security guard. Similar to the unfortunate Kiefer Sutherland in the previous film directed by Alexandre Aja, Max begins to see visions in the store’s mirror of a young woman who had been murdered there. Embarking on a gruesome rampage, the mysterious ghost stalks the men and women responsible for her horrific death one by one, exacting bloody revenge. Directed by Spanish filmmaker Victor Garcia (RETURN TO HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL and the short EL CICLO) and written by Matt Venne (MASTERS OF HORROR, FEAR ITSELF, WHITE NOISE 2), MIRRORS 2 also stars HOUSE’s William Katt, SAW II’s Emmanuelle Vaugier and Christy Carlson Romano. You can see the trailer below.

    The Fango MIRRORS 2 screening will be a free show; to obtain tickets, send an e-mail to fangoscreening@starloggroup.com. You must list “MIRRORS” as your subject line. Offer is good for you and one guest. Plus tell us your full name and whether you want to be added to the FANGORIA newsletter list so we can inform you about future Fango screenings and events. Names will be checked at the door. Offer is first come, first served, and we will confirm your RSVP. Seating is not guaranteed, however. This advance preview is sponsored by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

    So mark your calendar for the October 4 screening of MIRRORS 2! And watch this space for an upcoming preview of the film and news of more Fango screenings. See you at the show!

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  • Thomas Jane wants to kill “THE WALKING DEAD”

    Originally posted on 2010-09-02 15:35:39 by Allan Dart

    The actor previously collaborated with Frank Darabont on THE MIST. Now, the MUTANT CHRONICLES and DARK COUNTRY star is saying that he’s going to make a guest appearance on the AMC series.

    NBC Washington spoke with Jane, who raved about THE WALKING DEAD. “That show is going to be a big f**cking hit. I’ve seen it and it’s fan-f**king-tastic. I’m going to come on and do a guest thing. Maybe play a bad guy. I’m not going to be a zombie. That’s too much makeup.”

    Jane also revealed that he was originally supposed to star in THE WALKING DEAD when the TV series was in development at HBO. Instead, he ended up going with HUNG and THE WALKING DEAD went to AMC. The actor also has an amusing cameo in SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD as a vegan cop!

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  • “WHO” is this?

    Originally posted on 2010-09-02 15:04:14 by Allan Dart

    It’s Doctor Who himself, David Tennant, as Criss Angel-type Las Vegas magician Peter Vincent in Craig Gillispie’s FRIGHT NIGHT remake. Take a closer look at the image after the collective groan…

    Hitfix posted the image, which shows Tennant in a publicity banner for his character Peter Vincent—and looks like a complete departure from the original horror host so memorably played by Roddy McDowall. In addition to Tennant, the FRIGHT NIGHT redux stars Anton Yelchin as Charley, Colin Farrell as Jerry Dandrige and Christopher Mintz-Plasse as “Evil” Ed Thompson.

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  • Death gets a main target in “5NAL DESTINATION”

    Originally posted on 2010-09-02 14:18:33 by Samuel Zimmerman

    A host of casting news has come out this week regarding the fifth installment of the FINAL DESTINATION series and now its leading lady has been named. Hit the jump to find out who!

    Emma Bell, last seen in FROZEN and about to be broadcast on televisions everywhere in the highly anticipated THE WALKING DEAD has been cast as the protagonist in the sequel, according to Arrow in the Head. She joins a returning Tony Todd and David Koechner (Champ from ANCHORMAN!). Not much is known about the film just yet, except for the fact that it has an amazing title. 

    You can get acquainted with Bell when FROZEN hits DVD and Blu-Ray September 28 and THE WALKING DEAD premieres on AMC Halloween night. 

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  • “DORIAN GRAY” (DVD/Blu-ray Review)

    Originally posted on 2010-09-01 19:44:48 by Bekah McKendry

    Rarely does a film make me wish I had paid more attention in high school. I read Oscar Wilde’s THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY in 10th grade—well, kind of read it. As memory serves, I skimmed it and relied heavily on CliffsNotes for quizzes. However, upon first viewing this latest screen adaptation (on DVD and Blu-ray from E1 Entertainment), I was compelled to get a copy of the book and read it once again, this time paying attention. I then watched DORIAN GRAY (yeah, the filmmakers dropped “the picture”) a second time, feeling far more informed. But not only did the film influence me to revisit the source material, it stands up on its own as a fine movie.

    THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, which the notorious Wilde wrote in 1890, was often said to be a literary representation of Wilde’s own life—a struggle between beauty and reality, between influence and self-choice, between morals and sins. The book was repeatedly banned, chopped and otherwise censored because of its copious sex, drugs, debauchery and homoerotic overtones (it is Wilde, after all). Though other filmic versions of this book have been undertaken in past, this one is a solid translation with surprisingly few variations from the original story.

    DORIAN GRAY was directed by Brit Oliver Parker, who is mainly known for other literary adaptations like THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, but also appeared as in small parts in several Clive Barker flicks. Toby Finlay’s screenplay closely follows the book as the titular young protagonist arrives in London and is quickly thrust into a social scene of parties and aristocracy. Dorian (Ben Barnes) meets several older men who seem to live vicariously through him, convincing him that beauty and pleasure are all there is to live for. During this time, he gets his portrait painted, and professes that he would give his soul to stay as youthful as he looks in the picture. Done and done. Dorian begins to live a life of pure pleasure and sin, under the constant encouragement of his older male comrades. But, though he is living fast and hard, he stays young and beautiful while the picture ages for him.

    And in this film, the painting seriously ages—like, decaying with maggots. Realizing that he can do anything he likes and only the picture will suffer the consequences, Dorian embarks on a lifelong bender of orgies, drugs, alcohol, fight clubs and every sexual fetish the filmmakers could fit in. And all the while, the portrait takes the beating. Eventually, however, people find out about it, and Dorian must come to brutal and violent terms with the life he has lived.

    The art direction of the film’s late-1800s English settings looks exquisite in the discs’ 1.85:1 transfers. I felt extremely classy watching all the fancy clothes and flowery talk, as though I could now drink tea and use doilies. But genre fans need not feel threatened by all the touches of class; DORIAN GRAY is first and foremost a dark, horrific journey into one man’s soul, and the hoity-toity trappings and language just make his downfall into hell all the more powerful, showing that beauty is fleeting and its upshot can be hideous.

    DORIAN GRAY doesn’t completely follow the original text word for word, but still poses the same question Wilde asked: Just how far would a man go if there were no consequences for his actions? I asked myself what lengths I would explore after the movie ended, which is a sure sign of a good and effective film—though the best answer I could come up with was gorging myself on Cadbury Eggs and sliders (which do not make for as good a story as DORIAN). Parker and Finlay definitely take their own path in their treatment of certain plot elements, playing up the sins—after all, why just say Dorian’s going to an orgy when you can show it! With its classical literary background, DORIAN GRAY is a rarity among horror films; don’t expect an all-out gorefest, but it defiantly crosses the line into serious genre territory with its disturbing subject matter and thrills. Plus, the rotting picture is awesome.

    The extras on the discs are equally good, led by an audio commentary by Parker and Finlay. It’s quite interesting to hear how they made their choices to follow the book or go in their own direction, and how they handled the historical element. For instance, as decades pass and Dorian continues his debauchery, he tries some newer inventions of the day like heroin (first developed in 1895), a detail that is beautifully woven in. There are some deleted scenes included, but none that really change the story, just embellish it. Also included are several behind-the scenes featurettes, exploring the creation of the painting and other visual elements among their assorted subjects, a decent making-of documentary with cast and crew interviews and a pretty amusing blooper reel.

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