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Blu-ray Review: The Otherworld (2013)

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Richard Stanley has always marched to the beat of a unique drum. He hasn’t made very many narrative films (Hardware, Dust Devil) since arriving at the turn of the ’90s, but he has always fascinated due to his quirky spirit and dedication to the odd and unusual. And so it goes that his documentary The Otherworld (2013) follows a path true to his nature, but is shot with a touching sense of humanity in its look at strange phenomena and the people who embrace it.

The Otherworld is Stanley’s journey to an area of southern France he dubs “The Zone”; a place that holds many mysteries, especially to the folks that inhabit the land tucked away in the Pyrenees Mountains. Montsegur, Bugarach, and especially Rennes-Le-Chateau are regions and townships filled with fascinating characters and mystique necessary to elevate the material beyond a gorgeous travelogue, which it most definitely is as well.
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First wave of films announced for A Night of Horror & Fantastic Planet Festival(s)

Presented by Deadhouse Films, the 11th annual A Night of Horror International Film Festival and Fantastic Planet, Sydney Sci-Fi and Fantasy Film Festival announce the first wave of programming for the 2017 event today. Both festivals will run concurrently at Dendy Cinemas Newtown, from November 29th to December 3rd 2017. Says programming director Dean Bertram:

The festivals’ programmers are delighted to announce a stunning array of frightening, bloody, and awe-inspiring cinema from around the world. This first wave is an international cinematic buffet. It includes the freshest and best of this season’s fantastic genre fare: incredible films from Australia, Europe, North and South America, and Africa.

The first eight feature films announced by the two festivals – all of which are Sydney, Australian, or international premieres – are below. More program details and guest announcements will be revealed at the end of the month when tickets also go on sale.

Bad Black (dir: Nabwana I.G.G.,
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Fantasia 2017 Wrapup: ‘Dead Shack’, ‘Le Manoir’, ‘Replace’ and ’78/52′

Dead Shack

This is a decent zombie horror-comedy from multitalented director Peter Ricq. While on vacation, three kids discover a nearby neighbor is harboring her undead family who need to be fed, and they have to save their unsuspecting parental guardians. It’s kind of a tourist trap led up by Lauren Holly as the neighbor. There’s some good humor from the father Roger (Donavon Stinson) who’s got good timing even if those around him don’t. He was the highlight for me, while the kids were all decent as well.

This is a fun little zombie flick, offering up cute comedy and decent gore effects, but it doesn’t bring anything new to the table. The biggest problem for me was a tonal shift; what’s relatively lighthearted for 90% of the movie is heavily marred by a shockingly grim finale. Worth a look for fans of the genre,
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London Frightfest 2017: Ten Unmissable Movies

With 2017′s Horror Channel FrightFest, the UK’s biggest genre film festival set to kick off this Thursday (August 24th), running across the Bank Holiday weekend to Monday August 28th at the Cineworld Empire in London’s Leicester Square And the festivals old home, the Prince Charles Cinema, we thought we’d take a look at the festival line-up and highlight ten of the films we think you should definitely Not miss – broken down day-by-day!

Thursday 24th August: Cult of Chucky

Confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years, Nica Pierce is erroneously convinced that she, not Chucky, murdered her entire family. But when her psychiatrist introduces a new therapeutic “tool” to facilitate his patients’ group sessions – an all-too-familiar “Good Guy” doll – a string of grisly deaths begins to plague the asylum, and Nica starts to wonder if maybe she isn’t crazy after all.
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Richard Stanley Plans to Finally Bring His ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau’ to Life

Richard Stanley Plans to Finally Bring His ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau’ to Life
As chronicled in the crazy, must-see documentary Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau, Richard Stanley (Hardware) was fired mere days into the production of 1996’s The Island of Dr. Moreau, which was then taken over by director John Frankenheimer. But all these years later, Stanley hasn’t given up hope. […]
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DVD Review – Future Shock! The Story of 2000Ad (2015)

Future Shock! The Story of 2000Ad, 2015.

Directed by Paul Goodwin.

Starring Pat Mills, John Wagner, Neil Gaiman, Karl Urban, Dave Gibbons, Scott Ian, Brian Bolland, Carlos Ezquerra, Kevin O’Neill.

Synopsis:

A detailed look at the history of the 2000Ad comic and its main character Judge Dredd from those involved in its creation.

Documentaries are a bit like concert films when it comes to commercial appeal as it is only really the fans who are going to rush out and buy it. They are also a bit of a task to review as, again, the hardcore fans are going to rush out and buy it anyway so it doesn’t really matter what you write about it. But if a documentary does its job properly then it doesn’t really matter what it is about as presentation is key and should be able to draw you in regardless of the subject,
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Body horror ‘Replace’ gets Us debut date

Following its world premiere at Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival – where it received a Melies D’Argent nomination for Best European Fantasy Film – German director Norbert Keil’s neo-noir body-horror Replace will receive its North American premiere in the Nightfall section of La Film Festival.

Co-written by genre icon Richard Stanley (Hardware, Dust Devils) and starring Rebecca Forsythe (daughter of William Forsythe) and Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator), Replace is a Bathoryesque tale of a beautiful young woman afflicted with a disease that rapidly ages her skin. After seeking the advice of a dermatologist she discovers she can replace her skin with that of other girls and aided by her lover, she abducts and kills a potential donor. But when the disease returns, she is forced to find more victims and soon becomes the target of a police investigation.

Filmed on location in Toronto and executive produced by Colin Geddes (former director
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"Scariest film" winner 'Still/Born' gets sales deal ahead of Cannes

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Jinga to rep international and ICM Partners to handle North America.

UK sales outfit Jinga Films has boarded Brandon Christensen’s debut supernatural horror Still/Born for international sales with ICM Partners representing North America.

Following its Us premiere at Overlook Film Festival the film won the event’s Scariest Film Award.

Produced and co-written by Colin Minihan (Grave Encounters 1 & 2) and starring Christie Burke (Twilight: Breaking Dawn), Jesse Moss (Tucker And Dale Vs Evil), Rebecca Olson (Kindergarten Cop 2) and Michael Ironside (Starship Troopers), the film follows a young mother who after losing one of her twins during childbirth, spirals into madness thinking that her other child is in danger from an evil entity.

“Like Rosemary’s Baby before it, Still/Born explores the fine line between psychological and supernatural horror,” said Jinga’s Julian Richards.

“It’s a genuinely terrifying woman in peril story with the potential to appeal to a wide theatrical audience as well
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You can’t ‘Replace’ this trailer & poster!

Following in the footsteps of the likes of David Cronenberg, German filmmaker Norbert Keil is set to unleash his own brand of body-horror on unsuspecting audiences with Replace – which Keil co-wrote with the legend that is Richard Stanley (Hardware).

Replace stars Barbara Crampton, Rebecca Forsythe, Lucie Aron and Sean Knopp; and tells the story of a young woman with a strange skin disease, who is forced to make a choice when she discovers she can replace her own decaying skin with another woman’s… Shades of Brian Thomas Jones’ The Rejuvenator perhaps?

Young and beautiful Kira is afflicted with a strange disease where her skin ages rapidly to the point of drying out and crumbling away. When she discovers that she can replace her own skin with somebody else’s, she has to make a choice: watch her own body wither and die or give in to temptation…… whatever the price.
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Contest: Chicago, win free tickets to more midnight madness at the Music Box

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We’ve been living in the kind of high-tech future that ’80s movies warned us about for while now, and since this is all becoming increasingly horrifying, there’s no better way to celebrate our ridiculous modern world than by partaking in a screening of the 1990 techno-horror classic Hardware—a film that mirrors our reality in a lot of scary ways, assuming you’re extremely paranoid about government-sanctioned robot assassins.

Chicago’s Music Box theater (in association with the Chicago Film Society and Odd Obsession Movies) is screening director Richard Stanley’s personal 35mm print of Hardware this week on February 10 and 11 at midnight, and we’re offering two pairs of free tickets to a couple of lucky readers. To win, just send an email to avcontests@theonion.com with the subject line “Hardware.” We’ll draw winners tomorrow, Thursday, February 9, handing out two pairs of ...
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Richard Stanley-Barbara Crampton horror 'Replace' among Jinga Efm slate

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Richard Stanley-Barbara Crampton horror 'Replace' among Jinga Efm slate
Exclusive: Crampton co-stars in debut co-written by Richard Stanley.

Genre specialist Jinga Films has boarded Norbert Keil’s completed debut sci-fi-horror Replace for international sales.

Produced by Felix Von Poser of Sparkling Pictures and executive produced by Colin Geddes of Ultra 8 Pictures, Replace stars Rebecca Forsythe (The Bronx Bull) as a young woman afflicted by an unusual skin disease.

When she starts to age rapidly, she discovers that she can replace her own skin with the flesh of others to maintain her beauty.

The film’s team includes genre stalwarts Richard Stanley (Hardware) as a co-writer and actress Barbara Crampton (Re-animator) among the cast as a futuristic dermatologist.

Replace is a classic body horror set in the not too distant future” said Jinga’s Julian Richards. “It’s a sexy, stylish and provocative riff on themes previously explored by David and Brandon Cronenberg in Rabid and Anitviral”.

Replace will have its market premiere screening in Cannes with a
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Richard Stanley-Barbara Crampton horror 'Replace' secures sales deal

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Richard Stanley-Barbara Crampton horror 'Replace' secures sales deal
Exclusive: Crampton co-stars in debut co-written by Richard Stanley; Jinga reveals Efm slate.

Genre specialist Jinga Films has boarded Norbert Keil’s completed debut sci-fi-horror Replace for international sales.

Produced by Felix Von Poser of Sparkling Pictures and executive produced by Colin Geddes of Ultra 8 Pictures, Replace stars Rebecca Forsythe (The Bronx Bull) as a young woman afflicted by an unusual skin disease.

When she starts to age rapidly, she discovers that she can replace her own skin with the flesh of others to maintain her beauty.

The film’s team includes genre stalwarts Richard Stanley (Hardware) as a co-writer and actress Barbara Crampton (Re-animator) among the cast as a futuristic dermatologist.

Replace is a classic body horror set in the not too distant future” said Jinga’s Julian Richards. “It’s a sexy, stylish and provocative riff on themes previously explored by David and Brandon Cronenberg in Rabid and Anitviral”.

Replace will have its market premiere
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Round-Up: Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume Two DVD, No Place For The Living Kickstarter, Conan The Slayer #1

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This is the week for Mystery Science Theater 3000 fans. Volume 2 of MST3K will be re-released on DVD on May 24th and pre-order for this item is available now at Shout! Factory. Also in this round-up: No Place For the Living Kickstarter info and Conan the Slayer #1 release details.

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume Two DVD: Press Release: “It’s Mystery Science Theater 3000, America’s only television show that makes fun of really bad B-movies from the comfort of a spaceship floating above Earth. On May 24th, 2016, Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume Two is back in print and better than ever! In addition to the episodes Cave Dwellers, Pod People, Angels Revenge and the Shorts Collection Volume 1, Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume Two also includes the Mst Hour wraps for Cave Dwellers and Pod People. Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com
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Crowd Fund This! Puppets to Take on Necrophilia in Key West Need Your Help!

In one of the more bizarre pieces of film news I've seen lately, there's word of a Kickstarter floating around that aims to take on a mad scientist/necrophiliac true story --- by way of puppets. Award-winning filmmaker Ronni Thomas has enlisted Richard Stanley (yes, That Richard Stanley, of Dust Devil, Hardware, and the upcoming Lovecraft adaptation of Colour Out Of Space) to narrate.  But the talent doesn't end there. Puppeteer Robin Frohardt, FX kingpin Shane Morton and Silver Scream FX lab, composer Stephen Coates, occult expert Mitch Horowitz, and Oddities co-star Evan Michaelson are among the roster of cast and crew that have come together for this danse macabre.  No Place For The Living will throw back the shroud on the life of "Count" Carl Von Cosel, who lived with the corpse of...

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Blu-ray Review: Stephen Norrington's Death Machine, An Uncut Blast Of 90's Cyperpunk Horror

The '90s were a terrible era for a lot of things. Popular music? Check. Awful fashion? Double check. Horror movies? Well, let's look at one of those...Death Machine is the brainchild of Stephen Norrington. Norrington would later go on to make his biggest mainstream impression with the first Blade movie, however, in 1994 he was mainly an FX guy for hire. Death Machine is Norrington's cyberpunk version of Hardware, Die Hard, or Alien, only instead of terrorists and extraterrestrial monsters, the antagonist here is a mad scientist and his deadly attack robot. This is a film which could only have been made in the '90s, its aesthetic is very clear and shares a similar vision of the near future with films like Akira or Osamu...

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200 Greatest Horror Films (150-141)

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Special Mention: Death Proof

Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino

USA, 2007

Genre: Slasher

The obvious reference points of Death Proof are such movies as Vanishing Point, Roadgames, Dirty Mary Crazy Larry, and even Spielberg’s Duel – but Death Proof is influenced by more than just vehicular horror. Tarantino’s homage to the road-fury genre is really two movies in one, offering two versions of the same story about two separate groups of beautiful women who are stalked by a homicidal maniac who uses his car (his weapon of choice) to terrorize and eventually kill his victims. Death Proof can easily be viewed as two slasher films, with the second half acting as a sequel, offering new, beautiful victims for the murderous Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell) to terrorize. It’s a grim stalk-and-slash picture with a blaring commentary of female empowerment. Replace the typical sharp edged blade with a car, and
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200 Greatest Horror Films (170-161)

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Special Mention: Shock Corridor

Written and directed by Samuel Fuller

USA, 1963

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Shock Corridor stars Peter Breck as Johnny Barrett, an ambitious reporter who wants to expose a killer hiding out at the local insane asylum. In order to solve the case, he must pretend to be insane so they have him committed. Once in the asylum, Barrett sets to work, interrogating the other patients and keeping a close eye on the staff. But it’s difficult to remain a sane man living in an insane place, and the closer Barrett gets to the truth, the closer he gets to insanity.

Shock Corridor is best described as an anti-establishment drama that at times is surprisingly quite funny despite the dark material. The film deals with some timely issues of the era, specifically the atom bomb, anti-communism, and racism. It features everything from a raving female love-crazed nympho ward,
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Raindance: British Film Composer Simon Boswell Reveals Secrets of Scoring

Raindance: British Film Composer Simon Boswell Reveals Secrets of Scoring
London — Simon Boswell, who takes part in Raindance Film Festival’s In Conversation event on Friday Oct. 2, has been composing for film since 1985. Although his early work mainly comprised international horror and fantasy projects (notably Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s 1989 cult classic “Santa Sangre”), Boswell wasted no time in diversifying, branching out in the early 1990s with Danny Boyle’s home-grown black comedy “Shallow Grave.” Since then, the London-based composer, now 58, has worked in romcoms, comedies and serial TV drama, learning, perhaps more than anything else, that the old maxim “less mean more” is definitely true of film scoring. “You have to understand that the director, the producer, the actors, me and everyone else, we’re all making a delicate sandwich,” he laughs. “And sometimes music may just be a leaf of lettuce rather than a big chunk of meat.”

You’re very prolific. When you started, did you realize
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H.P. Lovecraft’s Color Out of Space heading to the big screen

Entertainment Weekly has revealed that director Richard Stanley (Hardware, Dust Devil) is set to write and direct an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s short story The Colour Out of Space, which tells of a crashed meteorite that drives people insane. Indie-horror company SpectreVision will produce the film.

H.P. Lovecraft is the undisputed father of literary horror, and yet, bafflingly, there has yet to be a cinematic treatment that captures the dark beauty of the man’s oeuvre,” states SpectreVision cofounder Daniel Noah. “Richard Stanley’s note perfect adaptation of Color Out of Space represents an epiphany for me — as it no doubt will be for legions of Lovecraft devotees around the world.”

Casting is underway on Color Out of Space, with a view to production getting underway early next year.
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‘Hardware’ director Richard Stanley to adapt H.P. Lovecraft story

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This director is back in the game.

Richard Stanley, who directed Hardware, is set to adapt an H.P. Lovecraft story, Color Out of Space, according to SpectreVision. This marks his first feature since 1992’s Dust Devil.

SpectreVision co-founder Daniel Noah talked about the project in a statement:

H.P. Lovecraft is the undisputed father of literary horror, and yet, bafflingly, there has yet to be a cinematic treatment that captures the dark beauty of the man’s oeuvre. Richard Stanley’s note perfect adaptation of Color Out of Space represents an epiphany for me — as it no doubt will be for legions of Lovecraft devotees around the world.”

Stanley also talked about the project last year, reports Entertainment Weekly, saying that he has a distinct vision for a Lovecraft story.

“There needs to be a scary Lovecraft movie. I want to make a bad trip film and ‘The Colour…’ definitely has
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