Horror

Moviehooker’s Best Of New Foreign Cinema Part 2

1: Leviathan

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It’s a really good to see something so strong come out of Russia. All the Russian movies I’ve seen, I’ve enjoyed, but I must admit, I ain’t seen an awful lot of them. This film has some of the strongest reviews I’ve read last year for any film and won top prize at last years Abu Dabi film festival. This is Russia’s Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film. We should be seeing it made available real soon.

OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)

In a Russian coastal town, Dmitri is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man’s arrival brings further misfortune for Dmitri and his family.

2: WHAT WE BECOME

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New viral outbreak movie from Denmark directed by Bo Mikkelsen. The film focuses on a family in a quarantined town that has had some sort of super-flu outbreak and must fight against everything and anything in order to survive, and hopefully not pick up the flu-like virus.

Looks more like Outbreak than 28 Days Later, although there seems to be some sort of mayhem and murder thrown in for good measure… and that’s always a nice touch 😉

OFFICIAL PLOT

The Johansson family’s idyllic summer is brought to an abrupt halt as deaths stack up from a virulent strand of the flu. The authorities start off by cordoning-off the neighbourhood, but soon panic and force the inhabitants into quarantine in their hermetically-sealed houses. Isolated from the rest of the world, teen Gustav spies out and realises that the situation is getting out of control. He breaks out, but soon the family of four comes under attack from the riotous, blood-thirsty mob who forces them to the extreme to escape alive.

3: BLOODLANDS

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New film from director of classic Australian revenge flick The Horseman . With The Horseman the director had a single father who worked as a pest controller take some justifiable revenge on a small seedy porn industry that drugged and forced his daughter to take part in their movies. His daughter then dies and the father sets out to take-down every single one of them … Using some pretty awesome and Imaginative weaponry!

Now the director takes an usual turn and heads to Albania for his next feature. The film will be a horror/thriller and will feature an entire Albanian cast and will focus on some sort of real-life family feuds.

Nothing more is available at this time but we should be a trailer very soon.
The Horseman is one of my favourite revenge movies of all time, this is a film that should be high up on everyone’s watch-list.

Thanks for reading 😉

MOVIEHOOKER’S BEST OF NEW FOREIGN CINEMA PART 1

As these movies are all relatively new and are only recently released or getting released soon, I’m gonna go with my gut instinct with them. The films I’ll be featuring in this 3-part-post have all been researched and are on my watchlist for future viewing. I am very rarely wrong when it’s comes to world cinema titles.. So let’s get this started!!

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1: GRATEFUL DEAD
Without a doubt this film has the most insane trailer that I’ve seen in quite some time. I’m a huge fan of Japanese cinema because they are just bat-shit-crazy, they make movies that are so twisted and deranged that it takes a special kind of viewer to appreciate them….. Someone who is touched with a mild case of insanity… Thankfully, I fit that bill just perfectly, as does most of my readers… So we’re good to go!! I just have to point out that this film is listed for release in 2013 but is only starting make some waves now… It’s my list, it goes on!

Official Plot
A love-hate relationship develops between a deranged young woman and an old man. Nami inherits a large sum of money, freeing up time for her to engage in a series of bizarre hobbies, including spying on lonely people like herself. One day she spies on an old man as he watches porn DVDs in his home. After witnessing this, she begins relentlessly stalking him.

2: WHITE GOD

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I had heard of this film before but had completely forgotten about it, thanks to Fangoria posting the trailer on Facebook recently, I’ve once again got it in my sights.. And this time, it’s not getting away. I am constantly on the hunt for movies, some manage to get away from me, or slip beneath the cracks, but it’s only a matter of time before I get my grip on them and get them up on Moviehooker

The film reminded me a little bit of Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, not that it was about loads of god Damn Hairy apes, but about dogs who aren’t full pedigree, and have had enough of being outcasts. They start up a dog army to teach us filthy humans just who’s boss which looks like it’s lead by a young teenage girl (the owner of the “Ceaser” like dog).

The one thing I loved about the trailer was that it wasn’t very CGI-heavy, it looked like real animals, just shot very cleverly. The premise sounds interesting and has already conquered Cannes Film festival…. So that alone gives us the reason to be eagerly awaiting this one.

3: Broken

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We all know how big a fan of Korean cinema I am. Recently, I finally got my girlfriend to watch Castaway On The Moon, and I was blown-away all over again by the lead actors performance. I realised that I hadn’t done any research into any other movies that he’s been in. That’s when I found out about Broken. I purposely didn’t read too much into it in fear of spoiling it. All I know is that it’s a vengeance type of movie, and if anyone can do Vengeance – then it’s the Koreans. So without even knowing what this flick is remotely about, it goes on the list.

I’m really looking forward to this one

4: INUMBER NUMBER

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Another film that has makes its way right to the top of my watch-list – No doubt this will be another solid entry from the guys of XYZFilms.

Official Plot (official site)

When honest undercover cop Chili Ngcobo (winner of the TV Talent show, ‘Class Act’, S’dumo Mtshali), and his by-the-book partner, Sello ‘Shoes’ Moshoeshoe (lead actor of the Oscar Winning film ‘Tsotsi’, Presley Chweneyagae), are cheated out of a large reward by their corrupt superiors, Chili finds another way of getting the money he feels they deserve. Chili penetrates a cash-in-transit heist gang, and instead of busting them, convinces his partner to participate in a once off score.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this post which i’ll have up in a few days. Thanks for reading

Cary Fukunaga’s adaptation of Stephen King’s “IT” preps for 2015 shoot

After the news emerged that Cary Fukunaga (True Detective, Sin Normbre) was attached to direct the reboot of Stephen King’s classic It things have been very quiet.

In a recent interview producer Dan Lin confirmed that the project was still very much alive and that shooting will begin sometime in the summer of 2015. And people can put their minds at ease as Cary Fukunaga is still very much involved and has been developing the film for years.

“The idea is to start official prep in March for a summer shoot. Cary likes to develop things for a while, and we’ve been with this for about three or four years, so we’re super excited that he stayed with it. You guys are gonna be really excited.” Lin said to Vulture

Even the people I know that aren’t fans of reboots or remakes are still very excited to see Fukunaga take the directors seat for this project. What he did with True Detective was astonishing and I think that look and feel of TD would transfer beautifully into King’s adaptation.

The movie will be released in two feature-length parts just the same as the TV movie from the 90’s. No cast has been confirmed but I’m sure whoever he gets is going to be fantastic.

This is a film I’m super excited for.

More updates to follow.

Christmas Cruelty – A Moviehooker Review

Firstly I’d like to explain a little bit about the movie, this is a low-budget independent feature made by a handful of people in a small rural town in Norway. Just so you can get to know who these guys are – here is a sort of Bio from the official press release from Christmas Cruelty

Magne Steinsvoll isn’t only an actor in “Christmas Cruelty!”, he was also one of the writers, one of the directors, one of the producers, he made most of the music, worked on the sound and engineered most of the camera rigs used in the film. As if he didn’t have enough jobs in filmmaking, he’s also an electrician and musician.

Per-Ingvar Tomren is the other director, one of the screenwriters, an actor, made the special effects and worked as a stuntman in “Christmas Cruelty!”. Per-Ingvar has Brittle Bone Disease, which probably isn’t the smartest combination with stunt work. During the production of “Christmas Cruelty!” he fractured two ribs, a lot of fingers, toes, small bones, his jaw and sustained a skull fracture, which led to internal bleeding and a permanent brain damage.

Raymond Volle is responsible for the beautiful camerawork in “Christmas Cruelty!”, which was his first feature length film as a Director of Photography. He became director Per-Ingvar Tomren’s closest collaborator, and they are currently working on several new projects together.

Christmas Cruelty is a daring movie, to say the least. The movie comes with a warning sign, and that was a pretty good idea if you ask me.

When watching something like Christmas Cruelty (or any independent low-budget feature) I would always leave any budget issues at the door. I would always think, ok, right!! What if these guys had total control and freedom to make the feature that they wanted to make. What if money wasn’t an issue, what film would we see then? Don’t get me wrong, the movie looked really good, it had a real 70’s gritty Grindhouse sort of feel to it .

I always look on the bright-side of low-budget cinema. If the film has potential (and this one certainly does) and the acting is decent, and we have some nice camera work, then it’s only a matter of time before someone notices that and paves a path for them to continue to make bigger budgeted and better features.

And I have to say that I have a lot of respect for this movie and how vicious it actually is. Let’s face it, if they toned down the movie and gave it a more festive certificate and made it suitable for a wider audience, then it would more than likely increase the profit, but they didn’t, they went for a sinister approach that is very much targeted at hardcore horror fans, and I’ve nothing but total respect for that. But I do have to reiterate, this is quite gruesome and is defo not for the faint hearted. It may be low-budget, but it still packs quite the fucking punch.

There is an obvious talent behind the direction of the movie, and the cinematography was very impressive. I’ve been watching fucked up movies all my life, but I have to say, some of the scenes in this film fucked with my head a lot more than some of the big budgeted shockers, and the first scene is about 2minutes into the film….so you don’t have that look to wait before the madness begins.

The strong references to all our favourite horror movies is strongly present throughout the film. When I spotted my first, they just kept coming and I enjoyed spotting them all. This was due to a lot of the movie being shot in Per-Ingvar’s apartment, and it was a nice touch to the fim. This was obviously a horror movie, made by hardcore horror fans, for hardcore horror fans.

The humour is actually very good, I’ve said in many a post that if you laugh out loud at a movie when you’re watching and reading subtitles at the same time, then the humour has to be well written. Unfortunately sometimes when watching a subtitled comedy you loose some of the punch.. But thankfully this is not the case. Per-Ingvar and Magne sort of reminded me of a Norwegian Tucker & Dale .

Although I liked about 90% of the soundtrack, there was one song that I wasn’t really a fan of. I thought that the scene in question would’ve been more suited to a different type of vibe. Not that it was a bad song or anything, it just wasn’t my bag, and that’s just my own musical preference and has nothing to do with the movie.

The serial-killer doesn’t fuck about, he is as vicious as they come. When he isn’t murdering entire families and committing unspeakable acts on them, he’s at home with his family, playing the loving father. I have to say this was a daring role for any actor to take on, so I’ve total respect for that also. I am sure he is a lovely man in real-life, but he really does suit that dark and deranged role

Here is a little bit about the serial-killer from the official press release.

Tormod Liens portrayal as vicious serial killer is a huge departure from the roles he usually plays. He is probably most famous for playing the character, Jakob Vassvik in “Jakob – mannen som elsker Jack Nicholson” (2007) and “Jakob og campinglivets farer” (2007). Jakob is a very loveable and sweet role from two very family friendly movies, so the contrast to the villain Tormod plays in “Christmas Cruelty!” is enormous. But Tormod Liens life have always been filled with large contrasts, he’s gone from prison employee to prison inmate, from mental worker to mental patient and now from a servant of God in real life to a real devil in this movie.”

I recently found out that Tormod was getting criticism when he attended his local church for the role he played in the film. Which I find a little bit petty, ain’t church-goers meant to forgive? But thankfully we have the complete opposite, he’s also earning himself quite the name in the independent horror scene. So I wouldn’t worry too much about them, Tormod. Stick to the horror, man!

I also have to mention the female lead in the movie Eline Aasheim. She fitted in perfectly with Per-Ingvar and Magne, there was a nice natural chemistry between them all. But agiain, this was a challenging role for any actress to take on so I’ve also got total respect for that, she done such a good job. I really hope to see Eline in more Norwegian horror movies, I think she could be a big name in the horror scene.

Here is a little more about Eline from the official press release

“Leading lady, Eline Aasheim, has been praised in several reviews for her daring and brave acting in this movie. “Christmas Cruelty!” is her first feature length movie, but already in her early teens she got known for a Norwegian audience through the TV-series, “Fangstfamilien på Svalbard“. A mini series that followed Eline and her family, as they lived one year in a small cabin in the wilderness of Svalbard. This documentary featured exciting episodes with polar bears and other adventures the small family had to deal with, isolated in this cold and unforgiving landscape. When directors Per-Ingvar Tomren and Magne Steinsvoll first met Eline, there was absolutely no doubt that she was the perfect choice for the main character. Her natural talent and beauty far surpassed their hopes for this role.”

OVERALL
Christmas Cruelty is a film that isn’t frightened to go straight for the Jugular, both shocking and entertaining, this was a great first feature from some new and promising names in the independent horror scene.

The News THE STAND Fans Have Been Waiting For

The Stand is a remake that I want to happen. I’m not usually a fan of remakes but sometimes, they get it right. I think that the story for The Stand is way more fitting in this day-and-age than it was back in the the nineties when it was first released.

It’s no secret that the project has been in development-limbo for years. They knew they wanted to make the movie, but I think they underestimated exactly how much detail and plot was in the story, not to mention, the commitment that would be required for any actor or director who agreed to take-on the project.

Anyone who visits my site regularly will know that I’ve been trying to keep you all up-to-date with its progress. And every time I post about this movie on my Facebook page, there is always the same comments (from hardcore fans of the book). People always say that this film “is impossible to do without breaking it up into multiple movies.” And you know something?, there is no chance in hell that I’d argue with them because they are right!, it’s that simple.

The most recent news was that Josh Boone (Ben Affleck was previously attached) had written an impressive script that broke the story down and had a approx runtime of 3hrs. That still sounds like one hell of a film, but it still felt that the story couldn’t be told in its entirety.

I haven’t read the book, but I’ve seen the tv series, and I loved it. I actually watched the whole series again recently, and was pleasantly surprised at how well it had aged…… Ok I’ll retract that comment, Randall Flagg looked dodgy as fuck with his cowboy boots, mullet, completely suited out in his blue devil denim…. Plus… Mother Abigail is shite on the guitar… But the effects were impressive and the virus was still damn frightening!!

Josh Boone must have had one hell of a fucking script, man. Warner Bros has approached him and asked him would he do 4 films. It was reported that his 3hr feature-length was getting close to $90 million, so if they are prepared to do that that for each instalment then we could be looking at an estimated $360m project, and for a virus outbreak movie, that’s gonna be some high-end production value.

Here’s what Mr Boone said…
They came back and said “would you do it as multiple films?” and I said “fuck yes!” I loved my script, and I was willing to drop it in an instant because you’re able to do an even truer version that way. So I think we are going to do like four movies. I can’t tell you anything about how we’re going to do them, or what’s going to be in which movie. I’ll just say we are going to do four movies, and we’re going to do The Stand at the highest level you can do it at, with a cast that’s going to blow people’s minds.

More to follow as it’s announced!

The Team that Brought Us Broadchurch And The Slap Are Bringing The Dead Back To Life In GLITCH

It has just been announced that an Australian mini-series has started shooting in Melbourne. The 6-part series (each episode an hour long) Will be called Glitch and it seems to something in the style of Les Revenants aka The returned. I could be completely wrong though, but one thing is for sho, this is something we’re gonna love.

The show was created by Tony Ayres (The Slap) and was developed Ayres and Louise Fox (Broadchurch)

The story will take place in a fictional town called Yoorana – here’s the low-down

“Yoorana becomes the gothic rural backdrop to a tale of love and redemption, of second chances gained and lost, of vengeance and forgiveness. As the “Risen” discover who they are and why they have returned, those around them are also faced with a perplexing new reality, challenging all the beliefs and ideals they held dear.”

This is gonna be fantastic, the team behind this have written some superior television. They have also said “this is not a vampire or zombie show,” so I’m really excited to see what we’re gonna get.

More to follow as it’s announced

DIRECTOR OF REVENGE CLASSIC “THE HORSEMAN” WILL SHOOT NEW ALBANIAN HORROR “BLOODLANDS”

When it comes to revenge movies, I have a selected few that will remain on the top of my list, forever. One of these movies is Australian movie THE HORSEMAN.

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This film has been around since 2008 , and still stands-tall as one of the most powerfully written, effective revenge movies I’ve EVER seen..

The story of the The Horseman followed a father (played phenomenally by Peter Marshal) who is grieving the loss of his only daughter. He then receives a porn film, when he puts it on he see’s his recently deceased daughter (who is obviously drugged out of her mind), it’s quite clear that she is not participating in this movie of her own free will. The father gets angry, and very inventive with some weaponry. He sets out to find out the truth he about his daughter and to kill every bastard that was involved.

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Now the word on the street is that writer/director Steven Kastrissios has got his next movie lined up (and it’s about fucking time). It’s going to be a horror called BLOODLANDS it’s going to be about family feuds (based on true stories) and to top it off, he’s off to Albania, and will shoot with an entire Albanian cast.

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This sounds like such an intriguing plot, and being shot in its native tongue is also a bonus. I’m sick to the teeth of people releasing movies that are set in different countries, and Instead of hiring the local talent, the producers,, production companies will go with something that will make them cash (for example: DEFIANCE– not that it was a bad film but, seriously, the casting process for that movie was just shite-in-a-bucket. Every Russian/german actor must of been on holiday on the day of the casting process…. so they decided to go with the next best thing…..Daniel fucking Craig…..Don’t get me started, I nearly went off a rant there) so I hope you all know what I’m trying to say.

Stay tuned… More to follow as it’s announced.