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30 Terrifyingly Under-Appreciated Horror Movies — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

This week’s question: What horror film deserves more love, and where can people see it?

Danielle Solzman (@DanielleSATM), Solzy at the Movies/Freelance

“Bear with Us” is a horror comedy that takes the cabin-in-the-woods genre and turns it on its head. After Colin’s (Mark Jude Sullivan) initial proposal to Quincy (“Even Stevens” star Christy Carlson Romano) is rejected, he decides to do it again some six months later. Not only does he plan to bring some friends along, but he also asks Harry (Collin Smith) to dress in a bear costume. It may be a bad idea but it’s not like anyone wouldn’t have had the foresight to expect this romantic getaway to be a recipe for disaster — it’s set at a cabin in the woods for crying out loud!
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Guillermo del Toro movies: All 10 films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Pan’s Labyrinth,’ ‘Crimson Peak’

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Guillermo del Toro movies: All 10 films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Pan’s Labyrinth,’ ‘Crimson Peak’
Guillermo del Toro celebrates his 54th birthday on October 9, 2018. The Mexican-born auteur hit the Oscar jackpot earlier this year with his fantastical love story “The Shape of Water” (2017), which took home four prizes including Best Picture and Best Director. But that’s just one of many eye-popping fantasies he has crafted throughout his career. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at all 10 of del Toro’s films, ranked worst to best.

Del Toro made his feature directing debut with the Spanish-language horror drama “Cronos” (1993), which established him as a maker of dark, visually-stunning fright-fests. The film wrote him a ticket to Hollywood, where he helmed the creepy chiller “Mimic” (1997). Over the next two decades, he would bounce back-and-forth between mainstream American productions and more personal stories in his native language.

It was for “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006), a fable about a young Mexican girl escaping into
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From Streams to Screams: 18 Vampire Flicks (and 1 Great TV Series) You Can Sink Your Teeth Into This October

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Welcome back, readers! We have another edition of our From Streams to Screams series we’ll be running throughout the month of October. Since there are thousands of genre films out there on a variety of digital platforms, I’ve gone ahead and put together this list of 18 fang-tastic vampire movies that genre fans should enjoy watching this Halloween season, including a great mix of classic films and some new genre offerings as well. And while I generally try to avoid including television series, I would be remiss if I didn’t include the original Dark Shadows here, especially since Hulu currently has all 26 seasons streaming on their platform. Happy streaming, everyone!

Dark Shadows: The Entire Series (Streaming on Hulu)

With its alluring tales of Gothic mystery and supernatural intrigue, Dark Shadows became one of the most popular daytime series of all time. Since first airing on ABC-tv from 1966 to
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Guillermo del Toro movies: All 10 films ranked from worst to best include ‘Pan’s Labyrinth,’ ‘The Shape of Water’ …

Guillermo del Toro movies: All 10 films ranked from worst to best include ‘Pan’s Labyrinth,’ ‘The Shape of Water’ …
Based on our latest racetrack odds, Guillermo del Toro looks poised to win his first Oscar: Best Director for “The Shape of Water,” a romantic fantasy about a mute janitor (Sally Hawkins) who falls in love with a fish man (Doug Jones). He could also pick up trophies for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay (shared with Vanessa Taylor), which would make him only the 8th person in history to win all three categories for the same film. Will this finally be his golden ticket? And how does it compare with the rest of his filmography? Tour through our photo gallery above of all 10 of del Toro’s films ranked from worst to best.

See Oscars 2018: Guillermo del Toro (‘The Shape of Water’) or Jordan Peele (‘Get Out’) would be 8th winner for writing, directing, And producing

Del Toro received his first Oscar nomination 11 years ago: Best Original Screenplay
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Criterion Now – Episode 35 – January 2018 Announcements, Flash Sale

Aaron is joined by Mark Hurne and Jason Michael to catch up on a month’s worth of Criterion stuff, including January 2018 announcements. We talk about what we got in the latest Flash Sale, many of the recent Janus Films announcements from restoration screenings to posters, and we share some Short Takes that are technically horror, but not too scary.

Episode Notes

6:00 – January 2018 Announcements

29:30 – Flash Sale and Criterion News

59:15 – Short Takes (Cronos, Cat People, The Lure))

1:08:21 – FilmStruck

Episode Links Agnes Varda Closet Picks Filminc – Pandora’s Box Janus FilmsThe Passion of Joan of Arc Sean Phillip’s Night of the Living Dead poster Janus FilmsThe Other Side of Hope poster Certain Women – Discussion Thread Federico Luppi Dies at 83 Danielle Darrieux Dies at 100 Episode Credits Aaron West: Twitter | Website | Letterboxd Mark Hurne: Twitter Jason Michael: Twitter | Instagram | Website Criterion Now: Facebook Group Criterion
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Argentina’s Rodrigo Grande shopping pair of TV series

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Argentina’s Rodrigo Grande shopping pair of TV series
Exclusive: The director of At The End Of The Tunnel, which played in official selection recently at the Rome Film Festival, has been generating heat with two television projects.

Grande, a genre-hopping talent from Rosario whose well-received third film allowed him to flex his crime thriller muscles, is talking up Triple Frontera and Black Chronicles.

Like At The End Of The Tunnel (Al Final Del Túnel), both keep Grande in thriller territory. Triple Frontera also exhibits broader dramatic elements and takes place in the tri-border region of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay that is home to the Iguazú Falls and more ominously serves as a stomping ground for drug gangs and human traffickers.

“It’s about a family that’s looking for a son who’s lost and they find themselves in trouble,” Grande said of the Spanish-language property.

Black Chronicles is a psychological thriller about a cross-border smuggling service for people anxious to take flight.

The story – which
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Daily Dead’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaways: Day 2 – More Black Friday Deals, Movie Box Sets, Hallmark Ornaments & More!

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Happy Black Friday, everyone, and welcome back for Day 2 of Daily Dead’s fourth annual Holiday Gift Guide! Once again, our goal is to help you navigate your way through the horrors of the shopping season with our tips on unique gift ideas, and we’ll hopefully help you save a few bucks over the next few weeks, too.

This year’s Holiday Gift Guide is being sponsored by several amazing companies, including Mondo, Anchor Bay Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Magnolia Home Entertainment, who have all donated an assortment of goodies to help you get into the spirit of the season. Daily Dead also recently teamed up with Texas-based artist Dustin Pace of Duddy in Motion to create an amazing Stranger Things print (see below) that all of our giveaway winners will receive with our amazing prize packs that feature a collection of items, including movies, graphic novels, the Duddy in Motion Stranger Things print,
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Criterion Close-Up – Episode 55 – Cronos

Mark and Aaron tackle Guillermo Del Toro’s debut film, recently re-released as part of the Trilogía boxset. Cronos is technically in the vampire genre, but even for his first film, has a distinctive Del Toro feel. We get into the character of Jesus Gris, and how Del Toro uses him as a tragic figure that touches on themes of mortality and religion. We also explore Del Toro’s passion and his “Bleak House,” showing that his passion for the medium informs his work.

About the film:

Guillermo del Toro made an auspicious and audacious feature debut with Cronos, a highly unorthodox tale about the seductiveness of the idea of immortality. Kindly antiques dealer Jesús Gris (Federico Luppi) happens upon an ancient golden device in the shape of a scarab, and soon finds himself the possessor and victim of its sinister, addictive powers, as well as the target of a
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Horror Highlights: Guillermo del Toro Signed Memorabilia, Friday The 13th Pins, Fantastic Fest Shorts, Dr. West: A Reanimated Parody, As The Blade Cuts

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Guillermo del Toro (The Devil's Backbone, Crimson Peak) has contributed two signed items, a copy of Pacific Rim and The Book of Life, to A Cause for Entertainment's auction to fight breast cancer. Also in today's Horror Highlights: Friday the 13th franchise enamel pins from Fright Rags, the list of short films at Fantastic Fest 2016, Dr. West: A Reanimated Parody sneak peek details, and info on the new poetry collection, As the Blade Cuts.

Guillermo del Toro-Signed Memorabilia at A Cause for Entertainment's Auction to Fight Breast Cancer: "Starting bid: $50.00

Oscar nominated Writer/Director Guillermo Del Toro, known for his work on Cronos, The Devil's Backbone, Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth and Crimson Peak, has generously donated a signed copy of his film Pacific Rim and his book “The Book of Life” to support the fight against breast cancer.

Auction starts: October 17th, 2016 12:00 am

Auction ends: November 6th, 2016 7:30 pm
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Magallanes | 2015 Tiff Review

On the Horizon of Redemption: Del Solar’s Impressive Debut a Historically Relevant Neo-Noir

The sins of the recent past infect Peruvian actor Salvador del Solar’s stellar directorial debut, Magallanes, based on the novel La Pasajera by Alonso Cueto (Black Butterfly, 2006). A rich tapestry of characters involved in a compelling and nasty case of blackmail enhances the pulse of this compelling neo-noir, whose present is informed by the violent social revolution of the Shining Path insurgency, Peru’s communist party faction. The infamous organization, deemed terrorist by the government, waged a decade long conflict that worsened significantly when the military declared a state of emergency in outlying regions of the country, resulting in further abuse and corruption of power. With countless vicious cruelties that went unpunished, del Solar recounts a tortured redemption of sorts for one of them in this well-performed, intriguing drama.

Harvey Magallanes (Damian Alcazar) is a taxi driver in Peru,
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Latinobuzz: Horizontes Latinos at the San Sebastian Film Festival

The San Sebastian Film Festival will once again present, in its 63rd edition, some of the most outstanding Latin American films of the year. The Horizontes Latinos program will include 14 productions from Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Cuba, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. Films that have competed or premiered at important international festivals, but which have not yet been screened at a Spanish festival or had their commercial release in the country.

The selected films compete for the Horizontes Award, decided by a specific jury and coming with €35,000, of which €10,000 will go to the director of the winning film, and the remaining €25,000 to its distributor in Spain.

The section will open with Pablo Larraín’s "El Club," Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the last Berlin Festival. The film tells the tale of four men who share a secluded house in a small beach town, sent there to purge the sins they have committed in the past.

Here is the full list of titles screening in this important section:

"El Club" (The Club) Pablo Larraín (Chile) Opening Night Film

Pablo Larraín won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the last Berlin Festival with this film. Four men share a secluded house in a small beach town, sent there to purge the sins they have committed in the past.

"600 Millas" (600 Miles) Gabriel Ripstein (Mexico) Arnulfo Rubio, a young gun trafficker between the United States and Mexico, is being followed by Atf agent Hank Harris. After a risky mistake by Harris, Rubio makes a desperate decision: he smuggles the agent to Mexico. Best First Feature Award in the Panorama section of the Berlin Festival.

"El Abrazo de la Serpiente" (Embrace of the Serpent ) Ciro Guerra (Colombia - Argentina - Venezuela) Premiered at the Cannes Festival Directors’ Fortnight, the latest film from Ciro Guerra tells the epic story of the first contact, encounter, approach, betrayal and, eventually, life-transcending friendship, between an Amazonian shaman and two Western explorers.

"El Botón de Nácar (The Pearl Button) Patricio Guzmán (France - Chile - Spain ) Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán talks to us in his latest documentary about water, the cosmos and ourselves, human beings. It all begins with the discovery of two mysterious buttons in the depths of the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Chile.

"Chronic" Michel Franco (Mexico - France) David is a nurse who works with terminally ill patients. Efficient and dedicated to his profession, he develops strong and even intimate relationships with each person he cares for. But outside of his work David is ineffectual, awkward, and reserved. Best Screenplay Award-winner at the Cannes Festival.

"Desde Allá" (From Afar) Lorenzo Vigas (Venezuela) Armando, aged 50, looks for young men in the streets of Caracas and pays them to come back to his house with him. He also regularly spies on an older man with whom he seems to have ties from the past. One day he meets Elder, aged 17, leader of a small band of thugs. Competitor in the Official Selection of the Venice Festival.

"Las Elegidas" (The Chosen Ones) David Pablos (Mexico - France) David Pablos’s second film took part at the San Sebastian Co-production Forum in 2014 and premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes Festival. Sofia, 14 years old, is in love with Ulises. Because of him, in spite of him, she is forced into a prostitution ring in Mexico. To set her free, Ulises will have to find another girl to replace her.

"Ixcanul" Jayro Bustamante (Guatemala - France) María, a 17 year-old Mayan girl, lives and works with her family in a plantation on the Guatemalan plateau. Her days go by uneventfully until her parents arrange her marriage to the estate foreman, Ignacio. A film that landed a special mention at the last edition of Films in Progress and competed at the Berlin Festival, where it won the Alfred Bauer Award.

"Magallanes"

Salvador Del Solar (Peru Argentina- Colombia - Spain) Winner of Films in Progress at last year's Festival. Magallanes recognises a woman getting into a taxi. It's Celina, the young peasant girl he randomly arrested more than twenty years ago, when he was a soldier. They both have unfinished business. And for Magallanes, this is an opportunity to redeem himself. Damián Alcázar, Magaly Solier and Federico Luppi play the leading parts.

"La Obra del Siglo" (The Projcxt of Century) Carlos M. Quintela (Cuba -Argentina- Germany -Switzerland) Amidst a mosquito plague, Leonardo, struggling with the breakdown of his relationship, moves back to live with a grandfather who fights with everyone and everything, and a father living with the melancholy of the unfinished. Tiger Award-winner at the last Rotterdam Festival.

"Pulina" Santiago Mitre (Argentina- Brazil- France) Paulina decides to leave her brilliant law career to teach in a downtrodden Argentinian region. In a hostile atmosphere, she will set about her pedagogical mission, even if it means losing her boyfriend and confrontation with her father. Fipresci Prize-winner at the last Cannes Festival Critics’ Week.

"Para Minha Amada Morta" (To My Beloved) Aly Muritiba (Brazil) Fernando is a good man who takes care of his only child, Daniel, a shy and sensitive boy. Following the death of his wife Ana, every night Fernando recalls their love as he sorts out his beloved dead spouse’s belongings. One day he finds a VHS tape that will change everything. This movie participated in the Films in Progress section at the last Festival. The film took part at the Co-Production Forum in 2014.

"Te Prometo Anarquía" (I Promise You Anarchy) Julio Hernández Cordón (Mexico - Germany) Julio Hernández Cordón’s new film was selected for the Locarno Festival Competition. Miguel and Johnny have known each other since childhood. They spend their time skateboarding and having fun. To make easy money and continue skateboarding, they sell their own blood clandestinely. They turn the ploy into a business, until a major transaction doesn't turn out as they'd expected.

"La Tierra y la Sombra" (Land and Shade) César Augusto Acevedo (Colombia- Chiles - Brazil - Netherlands - France) Winner of the Caméra d’Or at the Cannes Festival, after having participated at the San Sebastian Co-Production Forum in 2013, this film portrays a family as they try to repair the fragile ties that bind them in the face of their imminent disappearance, brought about by the overwhelming power of progress.
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Top 5 Foreign Vampire Films

We love our vampires. There is no denying that. And whether they be the frilly shirt wearing kind or the pointy toothed Alaskan invaders, whatever form they come in, we eat them right up (pun definitely intended). In celebration of the VOD and limited theatrical release of the Hong Kong vampire flick Rigor Mortis, we bring you the Top 5 Foreign Vampire Films.

A film by Juno Mak, Rigor Mortis promises to be one insane ride of vampirism. Heavily laden with F/X and action, the film is a sort of homage to the Chinese vampire movies of the '80s.

Definitely a unique experience, Rigor Mortis looks to make its mark as a memorable foreign vampire film itself.

But back to the topic at hand. We have a couple of honorable mentions to start off with, including (and we're speculating on this first one, but we know it's going to
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The 33 begins production

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The 33 begins production
Exclusive: Shooting is underway in Colombia on the true-life story of the group of mostly Chilean miners trapped underground for 69 days following a mine collapse in 2010.

Good Universe kicked off international sales at the Afm on The 33, the first international film to qualify for Colombia’s Law 1556 production incentive.

The new legislation provides 40% rebate on local labour spend, with a 20% savings on items such as catering, transport and hotels.

Principal photography on the $20m Us-Chile-China project kicked off on December 7. Colombia’s Dynamo is the production services company and the shoot will continue into January in the Colombian mines in Nemocón outside Bogotá, before relocating to Chile for exteriors.

Mike Medavoy, Robert Katz and Edward McGurn are producing and Carlos Eugenio Lavin, Leopoldo Enriquez and Alan Zhang serve as executive producers.

Patricia Riggen directs The 33 from a screnenplay by Dallas Buyers Club co-writer Craig Borten and Michael Thomas.

On December
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The Devil's Backbone (2001) (DVD Review)

The Devils Backbone (2001) (DVD Review) Directed By: Guillermo del Toro Starring: Marisa Paredes, Eduardo Noriega, Federico Luppi Rated: R/Region: 1/1:85/Number of disc: 2 Available from Criterion Collection The most personal film by Guillermo del Toro (Cronos) is also among his most frightening and emotionally layered. Set during the final week of the Spanish Civil War, The Devils Backbone tells the tale of a ten-year-old boy who, after his f…
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Spanish int'l box office tops domestic

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Spanish int'l box office tops domestic
Spanish films made more at the international box office than domestically, according to a report released at the annual Madrid de Cine.

Pedro Pérez, president of Spanish producers association Fape, said it was the fourth consecutive year that Spanish films had collected more box office takings outside of the country’s borders.

International takings were $200m in 2012 compared with $157m in Spain.

The data was collected by Fapae, Rentrak and the European Audiovisual Observatory.

The number of Spanish films exhibited internationally rose to 28.2% and the amount of prints distributed grew by 57.7%.

Italy screened the most Spanish films (37) while the biggest box office takings were in Mexico, which generated $23.6m from Spanish movies.

The Fapae-Rentrak award for the most successful Spanish film abroad went to the producers of tsunami drama The Impossible: Enrique Lavigne and Belén Atienza for Apaches Entertainment and Ghislain Barrois and Alvaro Agustín for TeleCinco.

English-language co-productions proved lucrative for the Spanish film industry
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Vintage Cinema, Endless Rewatch - The Devil's Backbone and Velvet Goldmine

In the first of a new series, Flickering Myth's writing team discuss their all-time favourite piece of cinema alongside their most re-watchable film; first up is Helen Murdoch with The Devil's Backbone and Velvet Goldmine...

I was trying to think of my favourite film the other day and it came down to two choices – The Devil’s Backbone and Velvet Goldmine. One is universally considered a tremendous film, while the other is hated by almost everyone except me. This got me thinking about what your favourite film is compared to your most re-watchable film.

My Favourite Film – The Devil’s Backbone

The first time I saw a snippet of The Devil’s Backbone was in my A-Level Media class when we were discussing the importance of music to build tension. My lecturer showed the terrifying scene of the ghost Santi walking down a dark corridor, creeping ever so slowly towards orphan Carlos.
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100 + Greatest Horror Movies (pt.3) 100-76

Throughout the month of October, Editor-in-Chief and resident Horror expert Ricky D, will be posting a list of his favorite Horror films of all time. The list will be posted in six parts. Click here to see every entry.

As with all lists, this is personal and nobody will agree with every choice – and if you do, that would be incredibly disturbing. It was almost impossible for me to rank them in order, but I tried and eventually gave up.

****

Special Mention: Gremlins

Directed by Joe Dante

Written by Chris Columbus

1984, USA

Gremlins gets a special mention because I’ve always considered it more of a comedy and a wholesome Christmas flick than an actual horror film. This tribute the 1950s matinee genre stands the test of time from a time when parents would take their children to family films that pushed the boundaries of the MPAA. Joe Dante is
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Looking back at Guillermo del Toro's Mimic

As the Mimic Director’s Cut arrives on Blu-ray, Ryan takes a look back at Guillermo del Toro’s flawed yet fascinating monster flick…

1997 was an unusually busy year for that venerable staple of Hollywood, the creature feature. The Relic saw a Chicago museum terrorised by a rhino-like man-eating monster. Paul Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers offered up an entire planet full of giant insects and ingenious brain bugs.

And then there was Guillermo del Toro’s Mimic, which saw its own breed of terror stalk the sewers of Manhattan. The sophomore feature from Mexican director, and his first movie for a Hollywood studio, Mimic was something of a trial by fire. Subjected to various changes once del Toro came aboard – Mimic was initally planned as a half-hour segment in a three-part horror anthology – the film constantly mutated through its production, largely due to the interference of studio bosses.

I was
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Argentine Horror Import Phase 7 on DVD and iTunes

Argentine horror flick Phase 7 comes to DVD, iTunes, TV Video on Demand and other platforms on October 4, 2011. Heralded for its clever combination of humor and gore when it premiered at the SXSW, Phase 7 mixes satire, humor, horror and social commentary in a way that reminds viewers of the arch Shaun Of The Dead and the savvy claustrophobia of [rec].

The apocalyptic horror film, Phase 7 was directed and written by Nicolás Goldbart; produced by Sebastian Aloi; executive produced by Steven Schneider (Insidious, Paranormal Activity). With a “top-notch” cast, the movie stars Daniel Hendler (Lost Embrace); Jazmín Stuart (The Paranoids); Yayo Guridi (Los Rodriguez); and Federico Luppi (Pan’S Labyrinth).

The film will be available through cable via video on demand (VOD) channels for Phase 7, on Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, Rcn, Verizon, Charter, Cablevision, and At&T.

In the film, Coco (Hendler) has just moved to a new apartment

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Argentine Horror Import Phase 7 on DVD and iTunes

Argentine horror flick Phase 7 comes to DVD, iTunes, TV Video on Demand and other platforms on October 4, 2011. Heralded for its clever combination of humor and gore when it premiered at the SXSW, Phase 7 mixes satire, humor, horror and social commentary in a way that reminds viewers of the arch Shaun Of The Dead and the savvy claustrophobia of [rec].

The apocalyptic horror film, Phase 7 was directed and written by Nicolás Goldbart; produced by Sebastian Aloi; executive produced by Steven Schneider (Insidious, Paranormal Activity). With a “top-notch” cast, the movie stars Daniel Hendler (Lost Embrace); Jazmín Stuart (The Paranoids); Yayo Guridi (Los Rodriguez); and Federico Luppi (Pan’S Labyrinth).

The film will be available through cable via video on demand (VOD) channels for Phase 7, on Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, Rcn, Verizon, Charter, Cablevision, and At&T.

In the film, Coco (Hendler) has just moved to a new apartment

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