Gareth Edwards parlayed his work on the DIY Sci-Fi/Horror flick 'Monsters' into gigs directing the recent 'Godzilla' reboot and an upcoming 'Star Wars' spinoff.

His approach was markedly subtle, opting to keep the monsters hidden for most of the film in an effort to build suspense before the "big reveal".

While Edwards' style was effective on 'Monsters', and to a certain extent 'Godzilla', it appears his successor, Tom Green, has opted to go balls-to-the-wall with a full-on invasion of Lovecraftian monsters in the sequel, 'Monsters: Dark Continent'.

You know I love me some be-tentacled beasties, so it should come as no surprise that I'm really looking forward to this flick's November 28th release.

Posted by El Keter
At 12:34 AM on 09/13/14
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Magnolia Pictures' 'The ABCs of Death', a 2012 horror anthology that featured 26 short subjects from a whole host of directors depicting death in it's myriad of forms, was a ton of grisly fun.

They're dipping back into that blood-filled well again with a sequel, 'ABCs of Death 2', which will give another 26 or so directors the opportunity to display their ideas about death in the goriest, and most alphabetical, way possible.

Feel the splatter via Video on Demand services on October 2nd and in theatres on October 31st.

'ABCs of Death 2'
Posted by El Keter
At 12:11 AM on 09/13/14
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Directed by Adan Jodorowsky and starring his brother Cristóbal Jodorowsky and giallo director Dario's daughter Asia Argento, 'The Voice Theif', looks like a surreal experience that certainly bears the stamp of influence of the Jodorowsky family patriarch, cult filmmaker and "psycho-magician" Alejandro.

The film, which follows a husband's quest to find a new voice for his opera-singer bride after causing her to lose hers, was finished in 2013 and has been making the festival rounds of late, sometimes shown in conjunction with Alejandro's autobigraphical 'La Danza de la Realidad', but hasn't seen an official wide release yet.

It doesn't have an official website either.
Posted by El Keter
At 03:21 PM on 09/06/14
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I was lucky enough to see 'AKIRA', the groundbreaking anime based on director Katsuhiro Otomo's manga in an actual movie theatre upon it's initial release here in the U.

I also owned a copy of the original Streamline Video VHS which I watched over and over and over again in almost ritualistic fashion throughout the 1990's.

It's been re-released on home media several times since then, including an extended edit of the film with a completely re-written and re-dubbed English audio track from Pioneer at the beginning of the new millennium.

And sadly the years have also seen US movie studios attempt to produce a live action version of the tale, usually starring some hot at the moment Caucasian actors in the various starring roles which should be played by actors of Asian heritage.

"Inspired" by these attempts at whitewashing the story, a group of filmmaking fans got some money together, rounded up a mighty fine cast, and made their own 'AKIRA' mini-movie which they've released to YouTube.

It was their intent to stick as close to the source material as possible and do 'AKIRA' justice with their crowdsourced, Indiegogo campaign funded adaptation.

They did it.

Project Akira
Posted by El Keter
At 01:00 AM on 05/11/14
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It appears that it's only showing on the film festival scene right now, but 'Starry Eyes' from young filmmaking duo Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kölsch looks to be a must see!

This indie-horror flick, ostensibly about a would-be film starlet who sells herself to "The Devil" or some such, looks like it's bringing the gore and the sex back to the silver screen.

Keep an eye on the film's website to see if it might be showing near you sometime soon.

'Starry Eyes'
Posted by El Keter
At 04:05 PM on 04/27/14
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Indie auteur Jim Jarmusch already did Samurai (see 'Ghost Dog') and Cowboys & Indians (see 'Dead Man') so I suppose it's only right he does the immortal undead (a.k.a. Vampires) in his newest flick.

The latest trailer for 'Only Lovers Left Alive' showcases Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, John Hurt, and Jeffrey Wright in what appears to be a Burroughs-esque black romantic comedy of some sort.

It arrives in US theatres, in limited release, on April 11th.

Count me in! Bleh!

'Only Lovers Left Alive'
Posted by El Keter
At 06:03 PM on 03/16/14
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From the looks of the latest trailer for Gareth Edwards' "reboot" of 'Godzilla', it appears the 'Monsters' director has a handle on the giant city-wrecking beast.

The small glimpses he's been giving us of the big green guy in these preview spots leading up the film's May 16th release date have been downright spine-tingling!

Posted by El Keter
At 05:11 PM on 03/16/14
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