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Fantastic Fest is one of the events that is pure bliss for any fan of genre cinema. If you love horror, sci-fi, foreign, action, and even adult-oriented movies from the 1970s, then Fantastic Fest is the place to let that freak flag fly high and be with like-minded individuals that truly appreciate the art of movies. All of the madness and fun will take place in Austin, TX starting on September 20th and run for 10 days at the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar St. This year, which is the 14th annual festival of Fantastic-ness, captures the essence of the Korean movie scene with a ton of cool films being showcased from Korea, both new and old. This is something you won’t want to miss.

 

 

The first wave of movies has been announced, including the World Premiere of the WWII horror movie called ‘OVERLORD‘ from J.J. Abrams. In addition to that film, Fantastic Fest will host Gareth Evans‘ horror movie ‘APOSTLE‘. Gareth gave us the amazing films ‘THE RAID‘ AND ‘THE RAID 2‘, so you can expect some insane fight scenes and horrific imagery. Alos, a film called ‘THE NIGHT COMES FOR US‘, which stars the badass from those ‘RAID‘ movies will be shown, meaning Iko Uwais will stun us once again with his amazing physical skills. If you were a fan of ‘THE GREASY STRANGLER‘, the director of that movie Jim Hosking has a new film called ‘AN EVENING WITH BEVERLY LUFF LINN‘, which is being described as a David Lynch meets John Waters type of movie. You had me at Greasy Strangler.

 

 

Lastly, there are some vintage films coming through from AGFA (American Genre Film Archive), one of which has peaked my interest from the title alone – ‘MARY JANE’S NOT A VIRGIN ANYMORE‘. I have high hopes for this one. Below is the list of films with cast and crew info, along with a brief synopsis. Enjoy and hope to see you all there.

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Universal Pictures is rebooting their monster movie franchise and the first tent pole to be staked is ‘The Mummy‘ debuting on June 9, 2017. Director Alex Kurtzman (‘People Like Us‘) worked with a stellar cast to kick off this new universe where all the films will be entwined and venture into each other’s films  à la the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We see the first crossover as Rusell Crowe’s Dr. Henry Jekyll is very visible in this film, or at least in the trailer. The cast includes Sofia Boutella, Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Chasty Ballesteros, and Courtney B. Vance.

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George Clooney and Julia Roberts are back together for the big screen. Instead of robbing casinos like in ‘Oceans Eleven‘, the pair work on a TV show for TriStar Pictures‘ ‘Money Monster‘.

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It looks like Sony Pictures Animation is getting into the Greek mythology realm by picking up the project ‘Medusa‘ from a pitch from Todd Alcott and Holly Golden. Lauren Faust is set to direct the picture about the woman with snakes for hair who turns anyone to stone when they gaze upon her.

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We’ve talked about Del Toro’s Pacific Rim project before on the site.  We know it about humans driving enormous robots to fight off a bunch of giant monsters who have invaded Earth.  We also know that Charlie Day, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, and Charlie Hunnam are in the film.  It is slated to be released in the summer of 2013.  Well, now Warner Bros. have officially released the official plot synopsis to make us all giddy.

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Third Trailer for the new “Monsters” Film

by Bryan Kluger on Sep 7th, 2010

I cannot express how excited I am for this film.  If you do not know anything about it then read below:

“Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life form began to appear and half of Mexico was quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain “the creatures”…… Our story begins when a US journalist agrees to escort a shaken tourist through the infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border.”

It seems that Magnolia pictures will release this On Demand at the end of the month then in New York and Los Angeles in late October.

Click HERE for the trailer.



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Monster Pictures announces the Australian home entertainment release of the Fantastic Fest 2016 favorite, ‘The Greasy Strangler‘. The flick oozes it’s way to DVD, Blu-ray and Video on Demand March 22, 2017.

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THE INVISIBLE MAN – Film Review!

by Bryan Kluger on Feb 26th, 2020

“The Invisible Man heads its way to one of the best horror films in years.”

Universal is revamping its classic monster franchise yet again with a new, fresh, original, and scary take on The Invisible Man by writer-director Leigh Whannell (Saw, Insidious). The film takes a different approach to this vintage tale with modern technology and its willingness to explore and invest in its characters more so than relying on redundant jump scares and silly plot tangents. Whannell takes this product seriously while having some fun with its sturdy foundation that H.G. Wells built all those years ago. The Invisible Man is a remarkable horror film that succeeds in every element of filmmaking.

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US – 4K UHD Review!

by Bryan Kluger on Jul 23rd, 2019

The horror genre is something sacred and entertaining. It can be whatever you’d like it to be from something of a masked killer on the loose slashing their way through unsuspecting teenage victims to a literal hell unleashing in space to something much more quiet and unnerving like family being torn apart by a demonic entity and everything in between. Jordan Peele has crafted his own horror universe and elements and is 2/2 (so far) in drilling the nail into that horror membrane with precision and accuracy. His latest film simply titled ‘US‘ is much more than a straight out horror film, but something that makes us think about our past, present and ultimate future with each other. I’m happy to say that ‘US‘ is a true masterpiece in horror.

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Cinepocalypse 2019 Unleashes Genre Lineup!

by Bryan Kluger on May 10th, 2019

Genre fans all over the world, lend me your ears. CINEPOCALYPSE 2019 is happening in Chicago at the Music Box Theater on June 13th – June 20th. The film festival is Chicago’s premiere genre festival for all things horror, sci-fi-foreign, and fun. There will be eight days of features, short films, parties, and more. This is something you’re definitely going to want to attend if you’re a fan of genre filmmaking, because there will be some never-before-seen vintage films with new R- rated cuts  and brand new world premieres of some of the latest and greatest movies in the horror realm, specifically Glenn Danzig’sVerotika‘.

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Justifying the Female Villain

By Tuesday Shank

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I stumbled through my college career. After the better part of six years, I began my work on my senior thesis. I undertook the easiest thesis I could think for myself to do: analyze a television show. My advisor’s academic expertise was gender studies. As a fan of Joss Whedon, I knew of Joss Whedon’s reputation for feminist characters and decided to use my thesis to sing Whedon’s praises.

Thus, I began my work on “Careful Jayne, You’ll Scare the Women: An Analysis of Gender Representations in the Television Show, Firefly”. I watched Firefly enough that I’m still not eager to see it again. Halfway through the semester, I just wanted to watch anything else.

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4K UHD Reivew: Kong: Skull Island!

by Bryan Kluger on Jul 17th, 2017

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We’ve seen a ton of versions of ‘King Kong‘ over the decades from the 1933 version to the Jeff Bridges version in the 1970s, and even more recently, the 2005 version that was directed by ‘Lord of the Rings‘ director Peter Jackson. ‘King Kong‘ has been a staple in entertainment and pop culture since he debuted in the early 30s and he is showing no signs of stopping, thanks to Warner Bros.and Legendary Pictures who are taking their cues from Marvel and creating their own universe called the ‘MonsterVerse‘.

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The New ‘Wonder Woman’ Trailer is Here!

by Bryan Kluger on Mar 11th, 2017

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There is a brand new ‘Wonder Woman‘ trailer, starring Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman with Patty Jenkins directing. Jenkins directed ‘Monster‘ a while ago and hasn’t done too much since then. The trailer looks good for sure, but we’ve been misled before by DC Comics on numerous films. So I’ll say, I definitely have low low hopes for this being any good, but I hope for the opposite. The film comes out on June 2nd, 2017.

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Film Review: ‘Kong: Skull Island’!

by Bryan Kluger on Mar 8th, 2017

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We’ve seen a ton of versions of ‘King Kong‘ over the decades from the 1933 version to the Jeff Bridges version in the 1970s, and even more recently, the 2005 version that was directed by ‘Lord of the Rings‘ director Peter Jackson. ‘King Kong‘ has been a staple in entertainment and pop culture since he debuted in the early 30s and he is showing no signs of stopping, thanks to Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures who are taking their cues from Marvel and creating their own universe called the ‘MonsterVerse‘.

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Fiona Cummins‘ upcoming book ‘Rattlehas already been optioned to be adapted into a six part series. The novel, which is her first, will be released later this month and has had Hollywood wanting the rights to adapt it. ‘Rattle‘ is a dark story about a psychopath who collects human bones for his trophy room, where it’s filled with medical oddities. When it’s time for the bone collector to go on a killing spree again to add to his bone collection, Detective Etta Fitzroy sets out to stop the murders once and for all, according to Deadline.

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment presents Roger Corman’sDeath Race 2050‘ on a multitude of home video options January 17, 2017. You can pick your media from Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD, and enjoy this balls-to-the-wall, full-throttle mayhem in all it’s splendor.

 

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Criterion Announces It’s September Releases!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Jun 16th, 2016

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Criterion has announced their September titles, which are all listed below. You can see all the tech-specs and bonus features with each title. This is one hell of a month for Criterion, as all titles look insanely good. I can’t wait to watch all of these. We will update when pre-order links are available.

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Big news in the Warner Bros Pictures world of Godzilla. The sequel to their 2014 film starring the giant lizard is being pushed back to a 2019 slot in the spring. About a year later, we will be able to see the big showdown between Godzilla and King Kong. The latter of the two films will get a big debut right at the end of May, ready to kick off the summer festivities in May 29, 2020.

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Universal Pictures is rebooting their classic monsters universe and starting with ‘The Mummy‘. Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson and Courtney B. Vance are starring in the reboot and there is one more name that can be added to that list of co-stars and it’s the Gladiator himself, Russell Crowe.

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Universal Pictures has found their leading man to anchor the reboot of ‘The Mummy‘ but the release date is being set back about 4 months. The project was originally set to debut March 24, 2017 but it’s been given a new date of June 9, 2017 making it prime summertime movie fare.

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There are a few things I’m looking forward to by the end of 2015 and watching ‘Krampus‘ is one of them. I can just about guarantee that after I watch this screamer, I will be adding the ‘Krampus Original Motion Picture Soundtrack‘ on vinyl to my “I survived the holidays, I must be rewarded” list.

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The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

The Academy announced the 16 animated features that have been submitted for the 2015 Oscar race. The 88th annual Academy Awards could have a five-nomination slate on its hands once all the films complete the pre-required qualifying Los Angeles runs, not to mention the other qualifying rules before they are eligible to compete in the voting process.

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Warner Bros. Pictures has re-joined with Legendary to bring us more Godzilla after the crazy success of 2014’s joint venture. This time the monster is coming back, and he’s not coming alone.

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Sony Pictures Entertainment gave us a pretty complete look at their projected release dates for films running through 2017. There are a few surprises in here but overall, it’s an exciting look at the next two years, and I’m excited for what’s in store!! Let’s jump right in!

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Warner Bros. has announced their latest animated feature, ‘Storks‘, it will debut in theaters September 23, 2016. Right now the plot details are being kept hush-hush, what we do know is that a pair of comedic voices are already signed on, Andy Samberg (‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘) and Kelsey Grammer (‘Frasier‘). The original script comes from Nicholas Stoller, he and Doug Sweetland, an animator on many of Pixar/Disney hits like ‘Finding Nemo‘ and ‘Monsters Inc‘, will co-direct.

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Film Review: ‘Force Majeure’!!

by Bryan Kluger on Oct 29th, 2014

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Swedish director Ruben Ostlund’s bizarre film ‘Force Majeure‘ will no doubt start conversations with your friends and loved ones about how good people can or can’t be when the shit hits the fan. This might be one of the strangest films I’ve seen in a long time, but it also might be brilliant as well. I haven’t seen this organic of a performance in years as Ostlund intimately shows his characters come face to face with their own ugly demons. We meet a picture perfect family consisting of Ebba (Lisa Loven Kongsli) and her husband Tomas (Johannes Kuhnke), and their two pre-teen kids Harry (Vincent Wettergren) and Vera (Clara Wettergren) as they are posing for pictures on top of a ski slope of a luxurious ski resort.

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Another ‘King Kong’ Movie is in the Works!!

by Bryan Kluger on Jul 26th, 2014

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Legendary Entertainment announced today at Comic Con in San Diego that they will be releasing ‘Skull Island‘, a new King Kong film on november 4, 2016. There was a surprise teaser trailer for the movie, which showed an ancient island and a voice over, comparing the island to the very early days of Earth, complete with strange creatures and giant storms.

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