“It's all a blur.” What really happened at the
costumed party of a big Polish book publisher? Your guess is as good as mine,
even áfter watching the mystery-thriller IXJANA at the Rotterdam International
The International Film Festival Rotterdam
(IFFR) is known throughout the world for its all-encompassing program: all genres,
from all seven continents. Well, to be honest we haven't heard anything from
Antarctica for a while now, but they'll be back, rest assured. As always the
focus in this year's 42nd edition rests on human interest, but as far as
genre films are concerned, there's enough to keep us interested. HALLEY, for
example, is a very bleak Mexican horrordrama that will make you think twice about dreaming of life eternal.
Veteran action director Walter Hill has been staging mayhem
in Louisiana for several decades now. His debut at the helm, 1975’s HARD TIMES,
was shot in New Orleans; he ventured into the bayou for the 1981 action/horror
hybrid SOUTHERN COMFORT; and went back to the Big Easy for 1989’s JOHNNY
HANDSOME. Now he’s making the city’s streets run red again with the Sylvester
Stallone-starring revenge thriller BULLET TO THE HEAD, his first feature in 10
years, which he talks about in this exclusive Fango interview.
THE COMPANY OF WOLVES and INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE director tells another tale of creatures of the night.
Danielle Panabaker has been terrorized on screen by infected
maniacs, killer fish and a certain hockey-masked Mr. Voorhees over the past few
years, but now she’s the one dispensing death in GIRLS AGAINST BOYS. The
actress discusses her starring role in the vigilante shocker, opening today
from Anchor Bay Films, in this exclusive interview.
Kier-la Janisse, film writer, programmer and author of the brilliant HOUSE OF PSYCHOTIC WOMEN has been touring internationally in support of the book, presenting incredible screenings and series. The latest, most expansive and seeming best begins in L.A. tonight at the Cinefamily.
Iconic animation director and politically-minded provocateur Ralph Bakshi is crowdfunding an "animated cop, mafia, horror movie" set in the 1960s in the weird, wonderful Coney Island, NY.
The most unwieldy sequel title in a while indicates that the
movie is not really a sequel at all. While this and the original THE HAUNTING
IN CONNECTICUT are based on a pair of Discovery Channel documentary features,
the new movie has nothing to do with Connecticut or the events that took place
there—and the association is rather unfortunate, since in some ways GHOSTS OF
GEORGIA is superior to its predecessor.
An incredible talent, Marina de Van and her stylistic
explorations of disassociation and self-discovery are among the most exciting
in international cinema. Where IN MY SKIN (Dans ma peau) graphically announced
a provocative new voice, DON’T LOOK BACK (Ne te retourne pas) saw an ascent to a
gorgeous visual command of Hitchock-ian suspense. Currently in progress on what’s
only her third feature since 2002, the Ireland-set DARK TOUCH, de Van continues
her immensely personal journey digging into similar themes, only this time with
children and all they suffer.
It’s a timeless precursor to everything from the wicked grin
of FINAL DESTINATION’s elaborate doom to the morbidly humorous goth teen angst
now sold fervently in suburban malls. While certainly not the first to reveal a
sense of gallows humor about imminent death, Edward Gorey’s GASHLYCRUMB TINIES
hath endured, influencing the likes of Tim Burton and Clive Barker and
reassuring that even as we suffer the little children to come unto the Grim Reaper,
it’s quite alright to crack a smile.
Another interior tale from the director of last year's largely divisive THE PACT.
To address the most obvious question first: Yes, WARM BODIES
is better than the TWILIGHT movies. For one thing, its undead hero has been
conceived as a zombie first and a romantic hero second, not the other way
around, though it does go on to spin the mythology in ways that benefit the
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