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    Film4 unveils “A FIELD IN ENGLAND” making-of Masterclass

    Ben Wheatley’s highly anticipated historical horror A FIELD IN ENGLAND has received a chronicling more extensive than most any making-of, and will likely cancel any plans you had for today.

    Film4 and the filmmakers behind A FIELD IN ENGLAND have put together something of an astounding Digital Masterclass which dives into every facet of production. Divided by Development, Pre-Production, Shooting and Post-Production, the material includes a ton of both essay and video featuring all manner of cast and crew and specific explorations of the edit, scene anatomy, cinematography and the film’s tight schedule.

    Much of it contains spoilers, which could be frustrating for those of us stateside (I have a copy on its way from UK right now), but bookmark this now for when Drafthouse Films releases later this year. You can find the introductory behind-the-scenes video above and the entire Masterclass here.

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    Comic-Con 2013 Horror Highlights — Saturday, July 20

    There’s something for everyone on Day Three of San Diego Comic-Con. It’s quite possibly the biggest this year, and not just because of what will most likely be our first glimpse of Gareth Edwards’ highly anticipated GODZILLA. Also scheduled is BATES MOTEL, RETURN TO NUKE ‘EM HIGH, SEVENTH SON, H.P. Lovecraft appreciation and the 25th anniversary of SANDMAN.

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    “ABSENCE” (Movie Review)

    As found footage becomes increasingly ubiquitous within independent horror—dare I say, more than zombies—I find myself less and less concerned with any justification for why anyone is still filming. It is after all, an accepted rule or necessity of this type of fiction. The why seems increasingly irrelevant, especially since most often the answer lies in budget. So it’s nice for a spell that both the general concept of, and the reason main character Evan is filming his post-trauma sister in, ABSENCE is intriguing. It is not nice, and ultimately frustrating however that Evan may be the most grating “never-stop-filming” character in all of found footage.

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    Comic-Con 2013 Horror Highlights — Friday, July 19

    Here’s where it starts to get busy, and hard decisions will have to be made. It kicks right off with one of the most anticipated movies of the year (THE WORLD’S END) and doesn’t stop as a mix of huge upcoming features and celebrations of genre past (Scream Factory, Warner Archive) all get their due. The big draws continue to be television though, with THE WALKING DEAD hitting Hall H and will surely fill every inch. Metallica, Drew Struzan and ORPHAN BLACK are also present. Start those schedules now.

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    Comic-Con 2013 Horror Highlights — Thursday, July 18

    San Diego Comic Con is just under two weeks away, and as the schedule begins to roll out, we’re getting a great look at the variety of events attending horror fans will have to choose from. While cinematic heavy hitters usually line up panels on Friday and Saturday, there looks to be some interesting conversation to be had regarding horror comics, horror literature and horror journalism on Thursday. Plus, HANNIBAL, DEXTER, THE WALKING DEAD, Jack Black and of course, many lectures about zombies.

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    One final “PACIFIC RIM” trailer gets into it all

    Just a few months ago, I had resolved to take a less is more approach to what I personally viewed from the upcoming PACIFIC RIM. You’re already so sold, I thought to myself. Marketing doesn’t work that way, however and as Warner Bros. brought a distinctly ‘more is more’ counter argument (especially this last week), I just keep staring into this fascinating, seemingly rousing world Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham have created. Is this last, full clip the best yet? I don’t know, but I do know that its first half exploring the story, soldiers of the Pan Pacific Defense Corp and Neural Handshake/Drift aspect of Jaeger piloting is just as captivating as when it gets into the continuously punch-the-air shots we’ve seen.

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    Video: The remedial effects of Kaiju organs are plenty, as explained by Ron Perlman

    As the promotional and supplemental material of PACIFIC RIM is unleashed, the human goings-on outside of the Pan Pacific Defense Corps are revealing themselves to be a lot of fun, and just a little bit weird. Take for instance, Ron Perlman’s Kaiju-organ dealer, Hannibal Chau (once again, these names). Just why is he dealing in Kaiju organs? Their many healing factors, of course, and you will very much like to see the goggled, snazzy dresser run down the many illnesses you can get reprieve from in this new infomercial. 

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    Next “RINGU” sequel “SADAKO 3D 2″ to encourage Japanese audiences to whip out their phones?

    An app meant to enhance the experience of the forthcoming RINGU sequel, SADAKO 3D 2 seems like a nuisance for theatergoers. The film, a direct sequel to 2012’s disappointing return of the screen haunting ghost girl Sadako, will go beyond IMAX, 3D or even IMAX 3D and reach the audiences in “Smartphone 4D”, a frighteningly irritating-sounding experiment.

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