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  • Ivan Reitman Talks “CANNIBAL GIRLS,” Cinépix, Cronenberg and “GHOSTBUSTERS”

    Last week, right in the middle of the Toronto International Film Festival, veteran producer and director Ivan Reitman (STRIPES, MEATBALLS, CANNIBAL GIRLS) breezed through town. The same town which, as a boy, his family found a new home and life after fleeing then Czechoslovakia, forgingthe blueprint for the wild path his creative life would take, roads that would lead him to become Hollywood royalty.

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    David Cronenberg’s “MAPS TO THE STARS” (TIFF Movie Review)

    I’ve said this before, but to fully appreciate and embrace the work of mad Canadian movie maverick David Cronenberg, you must view his films as an arc—a trajectory of obsession that begins with his earliest shorts like CRIMES OF THE FUTURE, to his first features like SHIVERS and RABID, continuing with less fantastical but no less visceral fare SPIDER, CRASH and COSMOPOLIS and climaxing (literally in some sequences) with his latest immersion into weird human behavior, the malevolent Cannes hit MAPS TO THE STARS.

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    “THE REACH” (TIFF Review)

    THE REACH is a great work of pulp delirium masquerading as accessible mainstream entertainment. Starring, as it does, the son of Spartacus himself, legendary actor Michael Douglas (who also produced and developed the project) and baited for the ladies with youthful hard bodied hunk Jeremy Irvine (WAR HORSE), THE REACH exceeds its potentially pedestrian lure and conventional set-up and ends up being something far more daring and aesthetically evolved. An existential, bizarre western/horror hybrid, it plays like an expanded ROAD RUNNER short by way of Werner Herzog’s FITZCARRALDO and THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME, peppered with macho swagger and a distinctly European sense of operatic grandeur.  And like the similarly testosterone-soaked thriller THE GREY, if marketed right THE REACH could—and should—find its cult very quickly.

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    Toronto: Late Canadian Horror Legend John Dunning Celebrated at Autobiography Release Party this Week

    John Dunning, the pioneering creative force who, with partner Andre Link, co-founded and ran iconic exploitation cinema house CINEPIX (See FANGORIA #309) is getting his autobiography posthumously released and his son Greg Dunning has put together an event, right in the middle of TIFF.

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    Q&A: Joe Dante Talks “BURYING THE EX” – Part Two

    Yesterday, we ran an interview with maverick monster movie legend Joe Dante (GREMLINS, THE HOWLING, THE BURBS) conducted while on set filming his latest twisted horror/comedy BURYING THE EX, a new zombie romance  starring Anton  Yelchin (ODD THOMAS) and Ashley Greene (TWILIGHT) in a tale of a lad who can’t get enough of his livid, living dead ex-lady love. Today, as the film premieres at the 71st Venice International Film Festival, we follow-up with the filmmaker in a new interview conducted just days ago, wherein Dante reflects on what the movie became after post-production.

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  • British Psych-Horror “BAD MEDICINE” Turns to Crowdfunding

    As reported here earlier, UK creeper BAD MEDICINE is a feature length, psychological horror film set to shoot end of the year, a flick that aims to bring some of ’80s Brit-horror’s most beloved talents back to the screen. The movie, written by genre scribe Dave Jeffery and directed by James Hart (ASCENSION) takes place in a mental health ward during a therapy session, where the participants tell their individual stories of the horrific and shocking events that led them to be where they are now. The film is a horror portmanteau featuring five short films bound together by a wraparound story.

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