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Saturday, August 11, 2018

My review of ‘Revenge’ By William S. Mayfield

I saw the trailer for this film a while back and instantly I was hooked but what I didn't know from the trailer, or at least the one I saw, was this primarily a French film. Directed by Coralie Fargeat, Revenge is the story of Jen, a young woman from LA on a small weekend trip with her boyfriend Richard. Staying at his house in the dessert they are quickly joined by his two friends Stan and Dimitri who are there for a hunting trip. Things start off fine at first with the four of them hanging out and partying but its quite apparent that Stan has other motives when it comes to Jen. The following day Richard has to leave for a bit and Stan shows Jen what kind of person he is. When Richard returns Jen tells him what he already knows, but he responds by trying to pay her off and she threatens to call his wife things spiral out of control which leads to Jen running across the desert barefoot and not wearing much more. Richard and the guys chase her to a cliff where the movie really takes off. 

Left for dead Jen starts a journey back for what is one of the best vengeance stories I have seen in years. I also want to say that the practical effects are over the top and the blood squibs are some of the best I have ever seen. In closing, I want to say this whole movie is awesome and deserves a view but the third act is gold, pure cinematic gold in my book. 

I give Revenge a solid 8.5 out of 10

Tuesday, July 31, 2018


Newlywed Elizabeth (Abbey Lee) arrives with her brilliant scientist husband Henry (Ciaran Hinds) to his magnificent estate, where he wows her with lavish dinners and a dazzling tour of the property.  The house staff, Claire (Carla Gugino) and Oliver (Matthew Beard), treats her deferentially but she can’t shake the feeling something is off.  Henry explains that everything in his world now belongs to her, all is for her to play in — all except for a locked-off room he forbids her from entering.  When he goes away for business Elizabeth decides to investigate and finds she may not be who she thinks she is at all.



Monday, July 30, 2018

Fantaspoa 2018 Details, Award Winners, Deals, and newly-founded Distribution Arm

FANTASPOA 2018 presents the winners of its 14th edition, celebrates its success with a packed cinema, and announcess the release of its distribution arm

6 June 2018, Porto Alegre - The city of Porto Alegre, Brazil became an international hub for 18 days this May and June, with artists, filmmakers, actors, and cinephiles gathering there for Fantaspoa, South America's largest festival of fantastic cinema.

Between May 17th and June 3rd, the 14th edition of Fantaspoa transformed the city of Porto Alegre in the world's capital of genre films. With over 100 guests from around the globe, the event brought together some of the most talented and impressive voices of modern fantastic films, as well as lifetime achievement awardees who played pivotal roles in the inspiration of today's young filmmakers. In addition to more than 120 film screenings, Fantaspoa hosted numerous Q&A's, masterclasses, workshops, screenings with live music, and two special parties - a lusty Opening Night event based on Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut and a Closing Night soiree on a three-story yacht, which took its revelers deep into the city's massive port.

In addition to the festival's massive success, the main innovation of the 2018 edition was its new production market, FantasMercado, in which 16 Latin American filmmakers pitched their projects and many deals were closed. At the market, Fantaspoa's own production arm, Fantaspoa Produções, partnered with Dallas Sonnier's Cinestate and Fangoria Films to come onboard Skull - The Máscara de Anhnagá, a project from Kapel Furman's Infravermelho Produções.

The festival itself tallied over 9,000 screening attendees and - including events and visitors to its Frankenstein Exhibition, which celebrated 200 years of Mary Shelley's immortal monster - welcomed more than 20,000 attendees. The festival's main events were held in Cinemateca Capitólio, a stunning 90-year-old cinema.

On the night of June 3rd, Fantaspoa's closing night film, Pedra da Serpente, by the first-time Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Sanches, was screened to a sold-out audience. Before the screening, an awards presentation took place and the year's winners were announced by festival director João Fleck (see below for details).

In addition to the awards, Fantaspoa's distribution arm, FantasFilms, was launched in that same night.

The newly-launched company will team with Marcelo de Souza's Mares Filmes with the plan of distributing roughly 20 films per calendar year to Brazilian cinemas, with all films selected coming exclusively from the festival itself. "The goal of company," as stated by directors João Fleck and Nicolas Tonsho, "is to bring some of our curatorship and love for genre films to the rest of Brazil." Sixteen titles were announced that evening (see below), with the remaining to be revealed next month at the 22nd edition of Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival.

In addition to their Brazilian offices, FantasFilms will have a branch in Europe. Konstantinos Koutsoliotas and Elizabeth E. Shuch's Melancholy Star will work as a sales agents for the shingle, focusing on unique projects, such as Hypnos and Pedra da Serpente.

Fantaspoa 2018's Awards are as follows:

Critic's Awards

The 2018 Critic's Jury was comprised of Adriano de Oliveira and Jaqueline Chala.

Best Domestic Short Film: Casa Cheia (Caco Nigro, Brazil)
Best International Animated Short Film: Dead Horses (Marc Riba and Anna Solanas, Spain)
Best International Live-Action Short Film: Ex-aequo La Fuite (Damien Stein, France) and The Sound, (Antony Petrou, UK)

Fantaspoa Jury Awards

The Official Fantaspoa Jury was comprised of Armando Fonseca, Kapel Furman, and Raphael Borghi.

Best Domestic Short Film: Rosalita (Luciano de Azevedo, Brazil)
Best International Animated Short Film: Nocturne (Anne Breymann, Germany)
Best International Live-Action Short Film: The Plague (Guillermo Carbonel, Uruguay)

Ibero-Americana Awards (comprising films and filmmakers from Latin America, Portugal, and Spain)

The Ibero-Ameican Jury was comprised of Pedro Rivero and Rodrigo de Oliveira.

Best Screenplay: Hernan Aguilar (Madraza, Argentina)
Best Actor: Gustavo Garzón (Madraza, Argentina)
Best Actress (tie): Itziar Castro (Killing God, Spain) and Luciana Paes (Friendly Beast, Brazil)
Best Direction: Gabriela Amaral Almeida (Friendly Beast, Brazil)
Best Film: Terrified (Demian Rugna, Argentina)

International Awards

The International Jury was comprised of André Kleinert and Diego Faraone.

Best Bloodbath: Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund, UK, USA)
Best Art Direction: Hagazussa (Lukas Feigelfeld, Germany, Austria)
Best Visual Effects: The Endless (Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, USA)
Best Screenplay: Justin P. Lange (The Dark, Austria, Canada)
Best Actor: Thomas Aske Berg (Vidar, The Vampire, Norway)
Best Actress: Luana Veliz (Luz, Germany)
Best Director: Bertrand Mandico (Les Garçons Sauvages, France)
Best Film: One Cut of the Dead (Shin'ichirô Ueda, Japan)

Honorable Mentions:
Artistic Contribution: Errementari (Paul Urkijo, Spain, France)
Best Soundtrack: The Ranger (Jenn Wexler, USA)
Most Creative Film / Coolest Person: JJ Weber (The Next Kill, USA)

The debut sixteen films to be distributed in Brazil by FantasFilms are:

Dave Made a Maze (Bill Waterson, USA)
Family (Veronica Kedar, Israel, Germany)
Freddy/Eddy (Tini Tüllmann, Germany)
Les Garçons Sauvages (Bertrand Mandico, France)
Hypnos (Konstantinos Koutsoliotas, UK, Brazil)
Kyrsyä - Tuftland (Roope Olenius, Finland)
One Cut of the Dead (Shin'ichirô Ueda, Japan)
Madraza (Hernan Aguilar, Argentina)
Matar a Dios (Caye Casas, Albert Pintó, Spain)
Mohawk (Ted Geoghegan, USA)
The Open (Marc Lahore, France)
Pedra da Serpente (Fernando Sanches, Brazil)
Psiconautas - The Forgotten Children (Pedro Rivero, Alberto Vázquez, Spain, Japan)
The Ranger (Jenn Wexler, USA)
Snowflake (Adolfo Kolmerer and William James, Germany)
Vydar, The Vampire (Thomas Aske Berg, Fredrik Waldeland, Norway)

Fantaspoa's 2018 wrap-up video - featuring interviews with festival directors and guests, footage of events, and special highlight moments - can be viewed below


Fantaspoa's 15th edition will take place in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 2019.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Full Moon Fever July 27 Hungry Ghost Moon (Chinese)

Tonight's full moon is brought to you by the Creepercast with the recommended Full Moon Feature of the evening...

A being from another dimension sends its own puppet to steal the formula that keeps Decapitron and his kindred alive.

Written by Douglas Aarniokoski among others, and directed by Jeff Burr. It is the fifth film in the Puppet Master franchise, the sequel to 1993's Puppet Master 4, and stars Gordon Currie as the series' third Puppet Master, and Ian Ogilvy, his colleague, whose attempts to salvage the animated puppets of André Toulon (Guy Rolfe) from the Bodega Bay Inn are foiled by a demon. As in the previous film, the puppets serve as protagonists, rather than terrorize as they had in the first and second films. As the title indicates, Puppet Master 5 was intended to be the final installment of the series. However, in 1998 a sixth entry, Curse of the Puppet Master, was released, and the series has been ongoing since.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

IFC News

From IFC: As we previously announced, all of our films will be making their streaming debuts on Hulu starting now, so don't look for our new films on Netflix anymore (films currently available will remain until their dates expire).  The first IFC Midnight film in this great new relationship is the acclaimed PSYCHO documentary 78/52, which is available now!  More great titles are to come - DEVIL'S GATE; THE MIDNIGHT MAN; THE HOUSEMAID and more - and many classic older IFC Midnight movies available now, such as THE HALLOW and THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE, so keep checking Hulu for the best from IFC Midnight!

Monday, July 23, 2018


From IFC: FERAL opened two weeks ago to some stellar reviews ("If you're looking for something gory, creepy, and downright nasty, then this should definitely cure what ails you." sez Cinemablend) and great press (listen to star Scout Taylor Compton on Blumhouse's Shock Waves podcast) and it's doing really well on VOD platforms across the U.S.  If you haven't seen it yet, there are plenty of chances to catch it now on your local cable On Demand or favorite VOD outlet, as listed below.  It's a lot of fun, and it imparts a very important lesson - don't go camping!!!

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Creepercast Presents Behind the Scenes of Our Favorite Horror Films with THIR13EN GHOSTS (2001)

2001's THIR13EN GHOSTS is based on the brilliant William Castle's 1960 film of the same slightly different name. The budget, opening weekend box office gross, and box office gross overall of this film are all virtually identical (within one million dollars) to that of House on Haunted Hill (1999), which opened almost exactly two years earlier. Both films were adapted from stories written by Robb White and originally directed by William Castle.

Creepercast Presents Behind the Scenes of Our Favorite Horror Films with a picture or video capturing a behind the scenes moment of the most iconic horror films complete with trivia information.