April 16, 2011

Sex And Violence - A Serbian Film Gets U.S. Release

A Serbian Film is without a doubt the most controversial movie of last year, possibly any year, and is now set for a theatrical release in the States through Invincible Pictures. It was released in the UK not so long back in a cut version, so it may come as no surprise that the version hitting the States on May 13th is also cut. It will run at 98 mins and has an NC-17 rating. FlixFling will be screening it on VOD at the same time with a103 minute version that is still not uncut. What form the movie will see if it hits DVD or Blu-ray remains to be seen.

Whatever version hits the screens you can rest assured that it will still be powerful viewing, unless of course it is completely butchered. It's an incredibly disturbing movie but in my opinion there is more to it than all the hype surrounding it as I did think it was a well made and well acted flick. You can check out my review of it here

Stake Land Trailer, Poster and Release Date Info

Am quite excited about this sucker!!

STAKE LAND Opens on Friday. April 22nd

Directed by Jim Mickle
Written by Nick Damici & Jim Mickle

Nick Damici, Connor Paolo, Danielle Harris, Kelly McGillis, Sean Nelson & Michael Cerveris

Winner, Midnight Madness Audience Award: 2010 Toronto International Film Festival
Official Selection: Fantastic Fest 2010
Official Selection: Sitges 2010
Official Selection: Lincoln Center Scary Movie Series 2010

America is a lost nation. When an epidemic of vampirism strikes, humans find themselves on the run from vicious, feral beasts. Cities are tombs and survivors cling together in rural pockets, fearful of nightfall. When his family is slaughtered, young Martin (Gossip Girl's Connor Paolo) is taken under the wing of a grizzled, wayward hunter (In the Cut's Nick Damici) whose new prey are the undead.

Simply known as Mister, the vampire stalker takes Martin on a journey through the locked-down towns of America's heartland, searching for a better place while taking down any bloodsuckers that cross their path. Along the way they recruit fellow travellers, including a nun (Kelly McGillis) who is caught in a crisis of faith when her followers turn into ravenous beasts. This ragtag family unit cautiously moves north, avoiding major thoroughfares that have been seized by The Brethren, a fundamentalist militia headed by Jebedia Loven (Tony award-winning actor Michael Cerveris) that interprets the plague as the Lord's work.

Director Jim Mickle first grabbed the attention of horror film fans with his zombie-rat thriller Mulberry Street, in which Damici also starred and served as co-writer. They have teamed up again to deliver an even darker and bloodier shocker. Drawing on the post-apocalyptic frenzy described by Richard Matheson (author of the novel I Am Legend) and George Romero, Stake Land is a road movie with fangs and  a phantasmagoric journey.

Stake Land also stars horror movie icon Danielle Harris (Hatchet II) and was produced by indie horror producer-writer-director Larry Fessenden (The Last Winter).

April 15, 2011

Undead For The Kids

You gotta start them young! Reading and horror, they go hand in hand if you ask me so I am always on the lookout for books that my wife and I can read to our 5 year old. So, when I saw The Zombie Chasers by John Kloepfer I decided to pick it up. From what I have read so far it is pretty good, I work second shift so I am rarely in when he goes to bed, but I plan on catching up with it soon. The sequel Undead Ahead was released in March and I plan on picking that up very soon. 

Official Site

The Zombie Chasers

Zombie Attack!
When brain-gobbling zombies invade, a sleep­over at Zack Clarke's house quickly turns into a Level-3 creep-over. The undead have infested the streets, filling the air with deathly moans and the stench of rotting flesh.
Meet the Zombie Chasers:
Zack: His house is a wreck, his sister's a zombie, and he's stolen his mom's Volvo. He's totally going to be grounded if he survives the night. . . .
Rice: He's studied The Zombie Survival Guide, but is he prepared to fight the living dead?
Madison: She seriously cannot believe her best friend has become a zombie and left her alone with these dweebs!
They're on a mission to save the world, but first they have to survive their flesh-eating, half-dead neighbors—and one another. Can the Zombie Chasers make it out alive?

The Zombie Chasers 2: Undead Ahead


Zack Clarke, his best pal, Rice, and middle-school queen bee Madison Miller survived the night of the living dead—but the nightmare's not over yet!
Zack's sister is a zombie and his parents might be goners. Rice has uncovered the source of the zombie outbreak, and Madison's health-drink habit may be the key to a cure. Ozzie, the newest zombie chaser, is a nunchaku-wielding, monster-fighting machine who's ready to kick some undead butt.
The whole country—from their parents to the president—is counting on them. Can the Zombie Chasers save the nation from brain-gobbling ghouls? Or will the US of A become the US of Z?

Single White Roommate

When I first saw the previews for The Roommate the first thought that crossed my mind was that it looked like a remake of the 1992 flick Single White Female. Well, we can all make up our minds on May 17th when this gets its DVD/Blu-ray release. It's not really something I am in a hurry to see, but I am sure it'll do moderately well with the teeny crowd.

She's cute. She's loyal. She's psychotic. And, unfortunately for college freshman Sara (Minka Kelly) she's THE ROOMMATE. When Sara arrives at school, she finds new romance with Stephen (Cam Gigandet)and forms a fast friendship with her roommate Rebecca (Leighton Meester). What begins as camaraderie soon turns creepy, and Sara comes face-to-face with the terrifying realization that her new best friend is obsessive, unbalanced...and maybe even a killer!

Dive!! Das Boot Coming To Blu-ray

Set for release on June 7th some classic submarine action from Director Wolfgang Petersen. This 2 Disc release will include the Original Cut and Directors Cut.

It is 1942 and the German submarine fleet is heavily engaged in the so called "Battle of the Atlantic" to harass and destroy English shipping. With better escorts of the Destroyer Class, however, German U-Boats have begun to take heavy losses. "Das Boot" is the story of one such U-Boat crew, with the film examining how these submariners maintained their professionalism as soldiers, attempted to accomplish impossible missions, while all the time attempting to understand and obey the ideology of the government under which they served.

April 14, 2011

All Singing Dancing 3D Bollywood Horror Action!

Stereoscopic 3D Horror? Where do they come up with these wonderful names?! Set for a May 6th release Haunting 3D is directed by Vikram (Raaz and Raaz 2) Bhatt and stars Mahakshay Chakraborty, Tia Bajpai, Achint Kaur , Arif Zakaria and Sanjay Sharma


Set in the misty mountains of Dalhousie, Haunted 3D revolves around the sprawling Glen Manor, a mansion with a secret past and a haunted present.

The protagonist, Rehan, visits Glen Manor to complete its sale, which his father had initiated. But he realizes that certain mysterious occurrences in the manor may jeopardise the sale. However when he investigates these inexplicable happenings he discovers a secret-----and falls in love with it! What he does not bargain for is that the secret brings him face to face with the biggest challenge of his life.......How can he save her when she is already dead

Found Footage Eco-horror The Bay Coming From Lionsgate


Biological Disaster Film From Producers Of Paranormal Activity Acquired From Alliance Films

Santa Monica, CA, April 14, 2011- LIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF), leading global entertainment company, today announced that it has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Barry Levinson's found footage eco-horror film THE BAY from Alliance Films.  The announcement was made jointly by Joe Drake, President of the Motion Picture Group, and Jason Constantine, President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions. 

From the producers of the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY franchise, the film is the next installment in their series following INSIDIOUS, and chronicles an unprecedented biological disaster unleashed from the waters of the Chesapeake Bay- an isopod parasite, carrying a horrific untreatable disease, that jumps from fish to human hosts. The true horror and scope of the event unfolds on footage captured on home videos and the internet by the town's victims.

"Ingenious genre films are and always will be a specialty at Lionsgate," explained Drake of the choice to acquire the film. "THE BAY is a shining example of the kind of truly fresh horror film that audiences are always ready for, and that we excel at eventizing with them.  Thanks to Barry, we'll all be afraid to go in the water for years to come."

Adds Constantine, "We have been big admirers of Jason Blum, Steven Schneider and Oren Peli since their breakout hit PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, and are thrilled to be in business with them.  This film works so effectively because it establishes a very natural, everyday world, places the audience intimately within it, and then sits back as everything takes a horrific turn.  Barry has incorporated found footage to the most satisfying possible effect, and it's all the scarier for not relying on anything supernatural."

"It's exciting to see a company like Lionsgate embrace The Bay so enthusiastically. The found footage / multiplatform approach opened up the film to creative possibilities I hadn't encountered in my previous films, and I think these sorts of films will only continue to push boundaries as the technology changes," said director Barry Levinson. 

The film was directed by Levinson, from a script he co-wrote with Michael Wallach.  THE BAY was produced by Levinson, Jason Blum, Steven Schneider, and Oren Peli, and co-produced by Mythodic Films, with Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Jason Sosnoff, Colin Strause, and Greg Strause executive producing. 

THE BAY is an Alliance presentation in association with IM Global. IM Global handled foreign sales, and Alliance will distribute in Canada, the UK and Spain. 

The deal was negotiated by Lionsgate's Constantine, with Eda Kowan, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions, and Wendy Jaffe, Executive Vice President Business & Legal Affairs for Acquisitions.  The sale was brokered on behalf of Alliance by ICM and CAA.  ICM packaged the film and represents Levinson and Wallach.

Twice The Thrills - The Double Hour

The Double Hour (La Doppia Ora), coming from Samuel Goldwyn Films, hits theaters April 15th. Apparently it's a twisty-turny affair that has drawn comparisons with The Cryin Game and The Sixth Sense.

The Double Hours stars Ksenia Rappoport and Filippo Timi and is directed by Giuseppe Capotondi. It was originally released in Italy in 2009, but as is usually the case with foreign language films has taken its good sweet time getting a release in the States. It does look promising though as you will see from the trailer below.

Official Synopsis:
Guido (Filippo Timi), a former cop, is a luckless veteran of the speed-dating scene in Turin. But, much to his surprise, he meets Slovenian immigrant Sonia (Ksenia Rappoport), a chambermaid at a high-end hotel. The two hit it off, and a passionate romance develops. After they leave the city for a romantic getaway in the country, things suddenly take a dark turn. As Sonia’s murky past resurfaces, her reality starts to crumble. Everything in her life begins to change - - questions arise and answers only arrive through a continuous twist and turn of events keeping viewers on 
edge until the film’s final moments.

April 13, 2011

Filthy Movie Review - Shank (2010)

Being an Englishman living in America I am used to having to repeat myself, as unbeknownst to me I apparently have an accent. Of course I know that, yet it still amazes me that sometimes although not as much now that people aren’t sure what I am saying. This does, believe it or not, bring me to Shank, an urban thriller from the UK which at times even had me straining to understand what was being said. Such was the delivery of the slang I even considered looking to see if there was a subtitle option. I’ve never had this problem before, even with movies such as kidulthood and adulthood, which are both set in a similar locale and use the same slang. Maybe it was just the delivery in Shank? The only reason I mention this in the first paragraph is that if you have difficulty understand English spoken by the English you may well have a tough time with Shank.

In director Mo Ali’s vision of a London in the not so distant future the economy has crashed, crime has shot through the roof and food has become in short supply. Gangs rule the streets and the police are seemingly helpless to do anything about it. One such gang is The Paper Chaserz, who are lead by Rager. Under his control the gang are a fairly peaceful group, they go about their daily business trying to find food to sell for a hefty profit. This goes pear-shaped though when a rival gang get involved causing the death of one of The Paper Chaserz. Shank then heads into familiar revenge territory and a crosstown journey across the streets of London.

As a movie Shank does use many themes and plot devices that we have all seen before, and at times does come across as very episodic in its storytelling with the gang moving from one confrontation to another. So, on a first glance it would appear that it doesn’t really have all that much to offer as a viewing experience. Fortunately there are a couple of elements that do raise Shank up above the totally predictable. First we get treated to a decent cast of young actors who do seem to be enjoying themselves, especially when they break into song (I kid you not). The banter and interaction between them is quite enjoyable to watch. The second element, and probably the most important, is the direction style of debutant feature director Mo Ali. Shot with an abundance of energy and occasionally incorporating videogame style footage into events, it manages to draw you into the action on the screen. Although it isn’t perfect it does show that Ali is at least trying to offer up something a little different.
Shank certainly isn’t a great film, far from it, by the same token though it isn’t terrible. It kind of falls into that horrible mid-range territory, on the one hand I am glad that I have seen it but I am also in no rush to watch it again.

Overall Shank has a lot of energy, a decent cast and a pretty good soundtrack. On the downside it is a little predictable and in its attempts at authenticity ends up being a little too street for its own good.

Filthy Movie Review - Insidious (2011)

Love them or hate them there is no denying that the Box Office monsters of horror over the past few years have been the Saw and Paranormal Activity franchises. Personally I am a big fan of both and frequently revisit them. Now the writer and director team behind Saw, Leigh Whannell and James Wan, and Paranormal Activity, Oren Peli (here in a Producer capacity), have teamed up to bring us spooky things that go bump in the night style flick Insidious. Can a potentially kid-friendly, yes it is rated PG-13, horror movie with this pedigree deliver the goods? Or is it a case of resting on past laurels and delivering a safe movie on autopilot? Well, to save time I will just say that the answer is a resounding yes to the first question. Insidious delivers big time and not even a theater full of kids with verbal diarrhea could spoil it. Good god they tried their hardest to.

Now, I know some folk would expect a few paragraphs of me rattling off plot information. I have never been one for that though. Yes I will give a basic lay of the land outline giving a rough idea of what it is about, I don’t do spoilers though. Even if the film companies will try their hardest to spoil any surprise there may be within with posters and previews that give far too much away. Insidious is definitely one of those movies that the less you know about the more enjoyment you will get from it. The poster artwork for Insidious gives a little too much away, not enough to spoil it for you though. So I will be intentionally brief with regards to the plot in this review.

In Insidious Josh and Renai Lambert (Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne), along with their three young children, move into a large, creepy looking house. With the unpacking not even finished yet items seem to be misplaced or moved about. Of course this is blamed on the kids playing with things and just not putting them back. Over time though events most definitely take a turn for the sinister and Renai starts to question what the hell is going on.
Where Insidious succeeds right off the bat is that it takes a potentially familiar looking set-up and manages to turn it on its head. Even when you are expecting something to happen it will still put the willies up you. It is a genuinely creepy movie that subtly ratchets up the tension the further it progresses, and for everything that you do expect it delivers equally in events you won’t see coming. There was obviously a lot of craft that went into delivering this movie, and more importantly on delivering the scares as this is a genuinely scary movie. It’s been a while since the hairs on the back of my neck have stood up during a film.

If Insidious delivers in the visual and audio department then you might be glad to know that it also has a good solid cast to back it up. The previously mentioned Wilson and Byrne both play out their roles convincingly as well as the young actors playing their children. On top of that though we get treated to a stellar performance from Lynn Shaye who really shines here. The supporting cast are also top-notch, which include some semi-light relief from Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson.

Surely there are some negatives to be found with this movie though? If there are any it would be towards the latter stages where some of the visuals felt a little comical rather than scary. Aside from that though, and even that didn’t spoil it for me, Insidious has turned out to be one of the better horror movies of recent years. A lack of graphic violence or gore in no way diminishes the overall impact of this classic style scary movie. Don’t let the rating put you off or dissuade you in any way, shape or form. Catch it at the theater, if you can avoid the throng of kids that will no doubt be laying in wait for you, or if you prefer wait for it to hit home entertainment. Either way this comes highly recommended from me.

April 12, 2011

Feeling Blu? Alien Anthology Blu-ray Should Cheer You Up

Released last October this has to be a must-buy for fans of the Alien movies. 6 Discs and over 60 hours of extras, it looks like the mutts nuts. Amazon have it listed at $70, reduced from $140

Disc 1: ALIEN

**1979 Theatrical Version
**2003 Director’s Cut with Ridley Scott Introduction
**Audio Commentary by Director Ridley Scott, Writer Dan O’Bannon, Executive Producer Ronald Shusett, Editor Terry Rawlings, Actors Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton and John Hurt
**Audio Commentary (for Theatrical Cut only) by Ridley Scott
**Final Theatrical Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith
**Composer’s Original Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith
**Deleted and Extended Scenes
**MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

Disc 2: ALIENS

**1986 Theatrical Version
**1991 Special Edition with James Cameron Introduction
**Audio Commentary by Director James Cameron, Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Alien Effects Creator Stan Winston, Visual Effects Supervisors Robert Skotak and Dennis Skotak, Miniature Effects Supervisor Pat McClung, Actors Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein, Carrie Henn and Christopher Henn
**Final Theatrical Isolated Score by James Horner
**Composer’s Original Isolated Score by James Horner
**Deleted and Extended Scenes
**MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

Disc 3: ALIEN 3

**1992 Theatrical Version
**2003 Special Edition (Restored Workprint Version)
**Audio Commentary by Cinematographer Alex Thomson, B.S.C., Editor Terry Rawlings, Alien Effects Designers Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr., Visual Effects Producer Richard Edlund, A.S.C., Actors Paul McGann and Lance Henriksen
**Final Theatrical Isolated Score by Elliot Goldenthal
**Deleted and Extended Scenes
**MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

Disc 4: ALIEN Resurrection

**1997 Theatrical Version
**2003 Special Edition with Jean-Pierre Jeunet Introduction
**Audio Commentary by Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Editor Hervé Schneid, A.C.E., Alien Effects Creators Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr., Visual Effects Supervisor Pitof, Conceptual Artist Sylvain Despretz, Actors Ron Perlman, Dominique Pinon and Leland Orser
**Final Theatrical Isolated Score by John Frizzell
**Deleted and Extended Scenes
**MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

Disc 5: Making the Anthology

The Beast Within: Making ALIEN

**Star Beast: Developing the Story
**The Visualists: Direction and Design
**Truckers in Space: Casting
**Fear of the Unknown: Shepperton Studios, 1978
**The Darkest Reaches: Nostromo and Alien Planet
**The Eighth Passenger: Creature Design
**Future Tense: Editing and Music
**Outward Bound: Visual Effects
**A Nightmare Fulfilled: Reaction to the Film
**Enhancement Pods

Superior Firepower: Making ALIENS

**57 Years Later: Continuing the Story
**Building Better Worlds: From Concept to Construction
**Preparing for Battle: Casting and Characterization
**This Time It’s War: Pinewood Studios, 1985
**The Risk Always Lives: Weapons and Action
**Bug Hunt: Creature Design
**Beauty and the Bitch: Power Loader vs. Queen Alien
**Two Orphans: Sigourney Weaver and Carrie Henn
**The Final Countdown: Music, Editing and Sound
**The Power of Real Tech: Visual Effects
**Aliens Unleashed: Reaction to the Film
**Enhancement Pods

Wreckage and Rage: Making ALIEN3

**Development Hell: Concluding the Story
**Tales of the Wooden Planet: Vincent Ward’s Vision
**Stasis Interrupted: David Fincher’s Vision
**Xeno-Erotic: H.R. Giger’s Redesign
**The Color of Blood: Pinewood Studios, 1991
**Adaptive Organism: Creature Design
**The Downward Spiral: Creative Differences
**Where the Sun Burns Cold: Fox Studios, L.A. 1992
**Optical Fury: Visual Effects
**Requiem for a Scream: Music, Editing and Sound
**Post-Mortem: Reaction to the Film
**Enhancement Pods

One Step Beyond: Making ALIEN RESURRECTION

**From the Ashes: Reviving the Story
**French Twist: Direction and Design
**Under the Skin: Casting and Characterization
**Death from Below: Fox Studios, Los Angeles, 1996
**In the Zone: The Basketball Scene
**Unnatural Mutation: Creature Design
**Genetic Composition: Music
**Virtual Aliens: Computer Generated Imagery
**A Matter of Scale: Miniature Photography
**Critical Juncture: Reaction to the Film
**Enhancement Pods

**MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience to Access and Control Enhancement Pods

Disc 6: The Anthology Archives



**First Draft Screenplay by Dan O’Bannon
**Ridleygrams: Original Thumbnails and Notes
**Storyboard Archive
**The Art of Alien: Conceptual Art Portfolio
**Sigourney Weaver Screen Tests with Select Director Commentary
**Cast Portrait Gallery


**The Chestbuster: Multi-Angle Sequence with Commentary
**Video Graphics Gallery
**Production Image Galleries
**Continuity Polaroids
**The Sets of Alien
**H.R. Giger’s Workshop Gallery

Post-Production and Aftermath

**Additional Deleted Scenes
**Image & Poster Galleries
**Experience in Terror
**Special Collector’s Edition LaserDisc Archive
**The Alien Legacy
**American Cinematheque: Ridley Scott Q&A
**Trailers & TV Spots



**Original Treatment by James Cameron
**Pre-Visualizations: Multi-Angle Videomatics with Commentary
**Storyboard Archive
**The Art of Aliens: Image Galleries
**Cast Portrait Gallery


**Production Image Galleries
**Continuity Polaroids
**Weapons and Vehicles
**Stan Winston’s Workshop
**Colonial Marine Helmet Cameras
**Video Graphics Gallery
**Weyland-Yutani Inquest: Nostromo Dossiers

Post-Production and Aftermath

**Deleted Scene: Burke Cocooned
**Deleted Scene Montage
**Image Galleries
**Special Collector’s Edition LaserDisc Archive
**Main Title Exploration
**Aliens: Ride at the Speed of Fright
**Trailers & TV Spots



**Storyboard Archive
**The Art of Arceon
**The Art of Fiorina


**Furnace Construction: Time-Lapse Sequence
**EEV Bioscan: Multi-Angle Vignette with Commentary
**Production Image Galleries
**A.D.I.’s Workshop

Post-Production and Aftermath

**Visual Effects Gallery
**Special Shoot: Promotional Photo Archive
**Alien 3 Advance Featurette
**The Making of Alien 3 Promotional Featurette
**Trailers & TV Spots



**First Draft Screenplay by Joss Whedon
**Test Footage: A.D.I. Creature Shop with Commentary
**Test Footage: Costumes, Hair and Makeup
**Pre-Visualizations: Multi-Angle Rehearsals
**Storyboard Archive
**The Marc Caro Portfolio: Character Designs
**The Art of Resurrection: Image Galleries


**Production Image Galleries
**A.D.I.’s Workshop

Post-Production and Aftermath

**Visual Effects Gallery
**Special Shoot: Promotional Photo Archive
**HBO First Look: The Making of Alien Resurrection
**Alien Resurrection Promotional Featurette
**Trailers & TV Spots


**Two Versions of Alien Evolution
**The Alien Saga
**Patches and Logos Gallery
**Aliens3D Attraction Scripts and Gallery
**Aliens in the Basement: The Bob Burns Collection
**Dark Horse Cover Gallery
**Patches and Logos Gallery
**MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience

Aussie Horror The Tunnel Premiere and Release Info

Update: The DVD is now available for pre-order at the Official Site

The Tunnel is an Australian movie directed by Carlo Ledesma, and written and produced by Enzo Tedeschi and Julian Harvey, and is being funded online by people having the chance to buy frames of the movie. You can find out more about this at their Official Site

Now a date for the premiere has been announced which is in Sydney, Australia on May 18th with  the movie hitting DVD and Torrents online on May 19th.


In 2007 the New South Wales government suddenly scrapped a plan to utilise the water in the disused underground train tunnels beneath Sydney's St James Train Station.
In 2008, chasing rumours of a government coverup and urban legends surrounding the sudden backflip, investigative journalist Natasha Warner led a crew of four into the underground labyrinth.
They went down into the tunnels looking for a story – until the story found them.
This is the film of their harrowing ordeal. With unprecedented access to the recently declassified tapes they shot in the claustrophobic subway tunnels, as well as a series of candid interviews with the survivors, we come face to face with the terrifying truth.
This never before seen footage takes us deep inside the tunnels bringing the darkness to life and capturing the raw fear that threatens to tear the crew apart, leaving each one of them fighting for their lives. 

"The film will screen at Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction, Sydney at 7pm on May 18, followed by a live on-stage Q&A with the filmmakers - Producers Enzo Tedeschi & Julian Harvey, Director Carlo Ledesma, and Zapruder's other films' Andrew Denton.
Fresh off it's Best Australian Director Award at A Night Of Horror International Film Festival, here's what some of the critics are saying about The Tunnel:
"Performances are impressive, the tension builds nicely, the to-camera confessionals feel real."
‎"Co-screenwriters Enzo Tedeschi and Julian Harvey have taken a fascinating “secret” and loaded it with menace and dread."
The Tunnel has "horror fans salivating."
"Grab yourself a ticket and jump on the ride, The Tunnel rattles along with gusto, featuring a great sound design and some genuinely frightening moments."

The Premiere also marks the release of the film, which will be available globally on DVD and via torrents on May 19."

April 10, 2011

Japanese Horror Remake Shocker

Here's another in a seemingly endless line of remakes. This time it's a remake of Ataru Oikawa's 2007 movie which by all accounts was fairly decent. Saying that though it didn't exactly make a huge splash upon its release, which was through Tartan, so I wouldn't be surprised if this goes unnoticed as a remake by a good chunk of the movie-going public.

Anyhoo, this 3D version is being directed by Daniel Fridell and stars Rebecca De Mornay, Mischa Barton and John Diehl. I believe it is set for a 2012 release.

Synopsis of 2007 Apartment 1303

After moving into her first apartment, Sayaka invites her friends to come over and celebrate. During the party, she begins acting strangely, before suddenly running to the balcony and jumping to her death. At the funeral, stunned and horrified, her friends and family refuse to believe Sayaka committed suicide. Her sister Mariko begins investigating and learns that Sayaka wasn’t the first to plummet to her death in Apartment 1303. The room has a shocking history and Mariko is about to come face-to-face with an evil more powerful and terrifying than she could ever have imagined.

You can read my review of the original movie here and check out the trailer below

The Devil Is On His Way



The Demonic Thriller Arrives On Blu-ray Disc And DVD
May 10 From Magnolia Home Entertainment

Renowned Korean director Kim Ji-Woon (The Good, The Bad, The Weird) delivers a "brutally violent yet beautiful" (FEARnet) story that follows a highly dangerous psychopath who kills for pleasure in I Saw The Devil, debuting May 10 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD from Magnolia Home Entertainment. Starring Lee Byung-Hun (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) and Choi Min-Sik (Oldboy), the terrifying drama explores the dark side of human nature with shocking violence and savagery.

Kyung-Chul (Min-Sik) has committed shocking serial murders involving disturbing techniques on his victims. While the police have chased him for years, they have been unable to catch him. When special agent Kim's (Byung-Hun) pregnant fiancée goes missing, he pieces together evidence that points towards Kyung-Chul and will stop at nothing to take bloody vengeance. Struggling to balance the scales of good and evil, Kim finds his sanity at risk in his quest for the ultimate revenge. Flooring audiences during its premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, the film received rave reviews with its perfect blend of action and horror.

"Not a film for squeamish viewers" (Screen Rant), the I Saw The Devil Blu-ray Disc and DVD are loaded with gory bonus features including a behind-the-scenes featurette and deleted scenes. The Blu-ray Disc and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $29.98 and $26.98, respectively.


I Saw The Devil is a shockingly violent and stunningly accomplished tale of murder and revenge from Korean genre master Kim Ji-Woon. Choi Min-Sik plays Kyung-Chul, a dangerous psychopath who kills for pleasure. The embodiment of pure evil, he has committed horrifying and senselessly cruel serial murders on defenseless victims, successfully eluding capture by the police.

On a freezing, snowy night, his latest victim is the beautiful Ju-yeon, daughter of a retired police chief and pregnant fiancée of elite special agent Soo-Hyun (Byung-Hyun). Obsessed with revenge, Soo-Hyun decides to track down the murderer, even if doing so means becoming a monster himself. And when he finds Kyung-Chul, turning him in to the authorities is the last thing on his mind as the lines between good and evil fall away in this diabolically twisted game of cat and mouse.