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    Festival Report: Helsinki’s NIGHT VISIONS 2014

    Helsinki’s 2014 edition of its Night Visions genre festival is the biggest yet. Following its Cultural Achievement Award from the city two years ago, the small festival has grown to encompass a program of over 40 feature films, with a roster of international guests and the odd live event or two. Top of the pile is John McNaughton, presenting both his notorious debut HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER and his newest film, THE HARVEST, starring Samantha Morton, Michael Shannon and Peter Fonda. Directors Pablo Larcuen and Randy Moore are also present with, respectively, the iPhone-shot horror HOOKED UP and the off-kilter ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW; director Simeon Halligan and his producing partner Rachel Richardson-Jones are here with their Brit-thriller WHITE SETTLERS; and Spanish actor/producer Marcos Ortiz presents the caving horror IN DARKNESS WE FALL. Its director Alfredo Montero would have joined him but became a father three days before. Ortiz says he deserves the trip anyway. 

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  • “THE WOMAN IN BLACK” Casts a Shadow in Official Sequel Poster

    The concept for the upcoming WOMAN IN BLACK sequel, ANGEL OF DEATH is delightful in a sinister way. As we’ve seen, the vengeful entity takes her wrath out on children, often possessing them to do frightful things to themselves. With that established, the WWII-set follow-up proceeds to then fill her haunted Eel Marsh House with children. Splendid. See one such child in her shadowy sights on the official poster, below.  

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  • Q&A: Luigi Cozzi Returns to Directing with “BLOOD ON MÉLIÈS’ MOON”

    Deacon of Italian Science Fiction films, Luigi Cozzi (or Lewis Coates, the pseudonym he used to sign some of his movies for the USA market) doesn’t need any introduction. Director, screenwriter and film critic, Cozzi’s last full length movie was DE PROFUNDIS (THE BLACK CAT) back in 1990, after which he made a bunch of documentaries on Dario Argento and, having witnessed the slow death of Italian “genre” Cinema, has since decided to open, with Argento himself, “Profondo Rosso” a retail movie memorabilia store which also publishes books.  

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  • “BONE TOMAHAWK”: Kurt Russell Rides Horse, Fights Cannibals, Warms Hearts

    Kurt Russell has one hell of a 2015 on the docket. He’ll appear in the highly anticipated seventh film of the increasingly wonderful FAST & FURIOUS series, as directed by James Wan (INSIDIOUS). He’ll also return to the western, re-teaming with Quentin Tarantino on THE HATEFUL EIGHT and having just completed the subject at hand: a horror-western entitled BONE TOMAHAWK. 

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  • Your (Sort Of) First Look at the “YOGA HOSERS”

    Though it’s the first official production still, you likely got your first introduction to Kevin Smith’s YOGA HOSERS in Kevin Smith’s TUSK. There, Smith’s daughter Harley Quinn (left, above) and Johnny Depp’s daughter Lily-Rose (left, above) appeared as a pair of convenience store clerks highly unamused by Justin Long’s highly unamusing podcaster protagonist. The two return for YOGA HOSERS, in a larger co-starring capacity, to team with Depp’s rubber-nosed man hunter Guy LaPointe (also of TUSK) and take on an “ancient evil.” 

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    “RASPUTIN” #1 (Comic Review)

    Of all of the powerful men to have graced human history, none have been more esoteric and mysterious as Grigori Rasputin. Part mystic, part political advisor, all beard, Rasputin’s life and much questioned death has become the go-to story point for authors who wish to add a bit of dark villainy into their plot. Yet, despite his appearance in works such as HELLBOY and HELLBLAZER, he’s yet to tell his side of the story. Until now. 

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