Toronto-based Curator/Artist Christian Aldo is no stranger to high-concept exhibitions (he’s also the subject of an NFB series HERE), and for his latest show he vows to erect an actual trailer park in the gallery as he celebrates trash-culture in all its forms.Read more »
Sometime FANGO scribe and all-around horror champ Lianne Spiderbaby has finally hit us with a new web-isode of FRIGHT BYTES after a few months off as she preps her book GRINDHOUSE GIRLS: CINEMA’S HARDEST WORKING WOMEN for publication. In this installment she looks at Fede Alvarez’ polarizing remake of THE EVIL DEAD – check it:Read more »
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Here’s a little compilation I made for FANGO’s mixcloud player on the eve of the North American release of COME OUT AND PLAY, the elusive Makinov’s remake of Narciso Ibañez Serrador’s WHO CAN KILL A CHILD?. Music that, for me, evokes the dark side of playground songs, childhood pathology and dogmatic ambivalence, but also celebrates the unique childhood imagination.Read more »
Photo: ANGEL MINE (1979)
David Blyth, who first caused a scandal in his native New Zealand with the film ANGEL MINE in 1979 (the public outcry helped along, no doubt, by the fact that the film was the recipient of funding from the then-newly established New Zealand Interim Film Commission), followed by DEATH WARMED UP in 1984 (which was given a special jury award at the Festival International de Paris du film fantastique et de science fiction by none other than Alejandro Jodorowsky) and most recently the trio of role-playing horror hybrids BOUND FOR PLEASURE, TRANSFIGURED NIGHTS and WOUND, is back in the director’s chair for a film that he figures is “less likely to be banned”: GHOST BRIDE.Read more »
Montreal! One-legged ass-kicker Eddie McGee presents THE HUMAN RACE at Regarding Disability Festival
Fantasia fans met the rag-tag team behind apocalyptic hunting-humans shocker THE HUMAN RACE at its World Premiere in Montreal this past summer, and now we have a rather interesting crossover as the film returns to Montreal for screenings as part of the inaugural Regarding Disabilities Film Festival (coincidentally the same month that local microcinema The Noah programmed its own disabilities cult film retrospective!). THE HUMAN RACE opens the festival March 22, and screens again on March 23 + 24, with actor Eddie McGee and producer Tripp Hope in person at all the screenings!Read more »
March 12th is National Alfred Hitchcock Day, and while suspense-savvy FANGORIA readers hardly need to be pointed to a top-ten of Hitchcock films, we thought we’d take advantage of the opportunity to revisit some Hitch-related ephemera that made its debut on the small screen. No, we’re not talking about the classic ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS – which ran from 1955-1965 and effectively cemented Hitch’s status as the first movie director to become a household name – but its less-celebrated rejuvenation in the 1980s – THE NEW ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS!Read more »
After being acquired after its World Premiere at last summer’s Fantasia Film Festival as part of its new Frontieres Co-Production Market, Chilean filmmaker Patricio Valladares’ Biehn/Blanc-produced English-language remake of his polarizing blood-soaked crime thriller HIDDEN IN THE WOODS has just tapped cult staple William Forsythe (THE DEVIL’S REJECTS) to play its crazy Uncle Costello. Thanks to Dread Central for a heads up on the official press release below:
Award-winning actor Michael Biehn (The Terminator, Aliens), under his Blanc Biehn Productions shingle, announced today pre-production and casting for the company’s latest project, the remake of the controversial film Hidden in the Woods (A Las Afueras de la Ciudad). Additionally, the company has signed a North American sales agreement with Tiffany Boyle of Ramo PC to represent their film,Treachery, which is currently in post-production.
Blanc Biehn Productions has locked in William Forsythe (The Rock, “Boardwalk Empire”) to play Uncle Costello in the remake of Hidden in the Woods. Also joining the cast will be MMA fighter Krxysztof Soszynski who recently worked with Michael Biehn on the MMA film Tapped. Biehn will also star in the film.
“I have never seen such a violent film that didn’t feel gratuitous and exploitive,” commented Biehn. “Patricio Valledares did an incredible job to combat that with his original film and we’re excited to announce that he is on-board to direct the English remake.”
At present, Hidden in the Woods cast includes Biehn, Forsythe and Soszynski as well as Jeannine Kaspar (Iron Man, “House of Lies,” “Nip/Tuck”), Electra Avelan (Grindhouse, Machete Kills) Mark Burnham (Quentin Dupieuxs, Wrong and Wrong Cops), Jennifer Blanc (The Victim, Wrong Cops) and Richard Gunn (“Granite Flats,” “Dark Angel”). ) caitlin Keats(broken. English, kill bil 2, treachery) , Matthew alan(red tails, sons of anarchy) ,J. Michael Trautmann( Here Comes the Boom, Shameless), Evie Louise Thompson( the call, Heebie Jeebies), nick Bateman( from jadon eisners’ Hobo With A Shotgun), Cody Hackman (tapped), Luke Massy(Thor), Shooting is set to begin in early June in Texas. Patricio Valledares will direct. Jennifer Blanc- Biehn will produce along with Loris Courci, Evelyn Belmar, Time Lock Films and Valle Studio Films. The film will be in pre-sales at Cannes this May with international sales being handled by Dimitri Stephanides of WTF.
“We feel this story needs to be told,” commented Jennifer Blanc-Biehn producer ofHidden in the Woods. “It’s based on a true criminal case. Three out of every four women are abused throughout the world so we hope to be able to not only tell a story but also donate some of the proceeds to a few women’s charities to stop the violence.” First look”Poster art teaser by DOG & PONY. DOG & PONY is an award-winning graphic design agency specializing in key art. They create strategic advertising and marketing deliverables for entertainment, film, and brand clients.”
Treachery was shot last year in Los Angeles and stars Biehn, Gunn and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn. The film also features Matthew Ziff (Hardflip), Sarah Butler (I Spit on Your Grave), Caitlin Keats (Kill Bill: Vol. 2) and Chris Meyer (Kiss of the Damned). The film was written and directed by Travis Romero, and produced by Blanc-Biehn Productions, Michael Biehn, Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, Ryan Azevedo, Kate Rees Davies, Tony DeBenedetto, Natalie Ford and Paul Foley.
Hidden in the Woods tells the story of two sisters who have been raised in isolation, subjected to the torment of their abusive, drug dealing father. When they finally decide to report him to the police, he kills the two officers and is put in jail. But things go from bad to worse when the girls must answer to their Uncle Costello, a psychotic drug kingpin, who shows up looking for his missing merchandise which is hidden in the woods.
Stay tuned for Michael Gingold’s interview with Patricio Valladares, director of both versions of HIDDEN IN THE WOODS, with comments from Michael Biehn on the remake, coming in Fango #323, on sale next month! See below for the film’s latest teaser poster, as well as a clip of MY personal favourite William Forsythe performance:
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I bought my first FANGO, #13, when I was nine years old, with my allowance. And like many of our staffers, it feels somewhat surreal to be sitting where I am today, on the team of the magazine that made me what I am. When Chris Alexander asked me to come aboard as web director, I took it as both an honor and a challenge. We both agreed that the first step would be to meet with the web designer Rob Feldman and mark out a plan of attack, and that’s what we’ve been doing for the last two months, hovered over computers in opposite countries and collaborating intensely without ever even being in the same room. That’s how things are done these days, I suppose, but I sure look forward to sharing a drink with Rob once this sucker goes live!Read more »
Earlier this winter I had the pleasure of attending the record release party for Montreal-based Orgasmo Sonore’s sophomore album REVISITING OBSCURE FILM MUSIC VOLUME 2 (you can catch a video snippet of the show at orgasmo-sonore.blogspot.ca). Led by François Riendeau – aka Frank Rideau – Orgasmo Sonore is an ongoing musical project that reimagines cult film soundtrack compositions, and aside from impressive technical proficiency and Rideau is also clearly a brilliant musical curator, his selection of covers over the two albums thus far ranging from Alain Goraguer (FANTASTIC PLANET) to Mikis Theodorakis (Costa-Gavras’ Z) alongside a heady roster of Italo-staples including Ennio Morricone, Stelvio Cipriani, Fabio Frizzi, Goblin, Bruno Nicolai and more.Read more »