Documentarian Alexandre O. Philippe has tackled a variety of topics over his career, including zombies (Doc of the Dead) and the fickleness of Star Wars fans (The People vs. George Lucas), but it’s his latest project, 78/52, which thoughtfully examines the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, that might be his most ambitious project to date.
At Park City for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Daily Dead had the opportunity to speak with two of the filmmakers behind Berlin Syndrome, director Cate Shortland and producer Polly Staniford, who discussed their approach to the project, creating complicated characters and equally complex relationships, how they hope the film opens up a dialogue about abuse, and more.
In theaters this weekend is Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, the last installment in the long-running Resident Evil film series that first began back in 2002. Daily Dead recently had the opportunity to speak with both Anderson and series star Milla Jovovich about their involvement in the Resident Evil movies over the last 15 years.
If you’ve ever seen an episode of Key & Peele, then you should already recognize that both Jordan Peele and his frequent collaborator Keegan-Michael Key are huge horror fans, as they regularly paid homage to many of the modern horror tropes we’ve all grown up loving. For his directorial debut, Get Out, Peele takes on one of the more relevant topics plaguing our society today—racism—and infuses his horrific tale with his signature satirical wit for an experience that’s fearlessly bold, hilarious, and an important reminder that we still have so much work left to do as human beings when it comes to issues of equality.
As I mentioned in the first part of my interview with wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista, I’ve been a big fan of the squared circle for about as long as I’ve loved horror movies, so when we had the chance to sit down and chat during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, I couldn’t help but bring up the topic of his in-ring persona’s recent return to WWE in 2014.
I have a huge appreciation for Australian cinema, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to sit down and speak with several folks involved with Killing Ground, the brutal survival horror film written and directed by Damien Power and starring Aaron Pedersen, Aaron Glenane, Harriet Dyer, Ian Meadows, Maya Stange, Julian Garner, and Tiarnie Coupland.
Killing Ground premiered over the weekend at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and Daily Dead caught up with Power, Glenane, and Stange to talk about their experiences collaborating on the project, the importance of building trust on the set of the brutal thriller, and much more.
In this day and age, when we’ve seen a lot of brilliant horror movie-related documentaries released over the last few years, it’s sometimes hard for me to get too excited about new ones, just because I wonder what on earth is still out there to explore at this point. Then comes along Alexandre O. Philippe’s 78/52, which presents us with a thoughtful and entertaining re-examination of the iconic shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, peeling back some unexpected and wholly new layers about this often discussed moment in cinema.
Over the last few years, I’ve come to admire actress Teresa Palmer’s body of work, as she’s consistently taken on intriguing projects like Knight of Cups (with Terrence Malick), Warm Bodies, and last year’s Lights Out (as I entered the interview, she mentioned that work on a script for the sequel is currently underway). Her latest project, Cate Shortland’s Berlin Syndrome, recently premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and follows her character, Clare, after she finds herself being subtly abducted following a night of passion with Andi (Max Riemelt), a teacher who wants to keep her tucked away from the world forever after their romp.
A brutal, yet subtle abduction thriller, Cate Shortland’s Berlin Syndrome is a stunning effort from the Australian filmmaker that deftly explores the idea of Stockholm syndrome in a very unexpected, thoughtful, and intimate way.
As someone who has spent nearly her entire life loving professional wrestling as much as I do the genre world, I was beyond honored to have the opportunity to sit down and speak in-depth with Dave Bautista at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival (which, coincidentally, is his very first festival ever) about his new project Bushwick, which was helmed by Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion, the duo behind the 2014 horror comedy Cooties.
During our interview, Bautista discussed what initially drew him to the indie project, his contributions to his character Stupe, and how Bushwick reinvigorated his love for indie filmmaking and made him a better actor, too. Dave also chatted about his involvement in the Guardians of the Galaxy films, how he’d love to challenge himself as a director someday, and more.
In December at their 2017 Genre Showcase event, 20th Century Fox previewed the first 42 minutes of Logan, the eagerly awaited final chapter of the Wolverine saga. Daily Dead was in attendance at the event, and to give readers a big idea of what to expect, we have highlights from director James Mangold's comments at the event, as well as our impressions of the intense footage that was shown.
“This is the third person I’ve buried this week.”
Violence begets violence. It’s a lesson we all (or most of us, at least) learn early on, and it’s a lesson firmly driven home by co-writer/director Chris Baugh in Bad Day for the Cut. His Irish gangster thriller pits an unassuming farmer against the ruthless members of a slick crime syndicate, and the results are both explosive and heartbreaking.
M. Night Shyamalan is on a career upswing, and Split is somewhat of a return to an earlier form for the director of the standout fright film The Sixth Sense and the superhero-influenced Unbreakable. Mr. Shyamalan was, and still is, unfortunately typecast as a director known for surprising, shocking twist endings. This makes watching his films somewhat of a difficult and frustrating ordeal because of the need to overanalyze every aspect. Still, minus a few films, Shyamalan has crafted a career that indulges in the art of the mystery, and with Split, the writer/director proves that he can still build an effectively suspenseful film that keeps you wondering what’s going to happen next.
Michael Caine had an interesting run of genre flicks starting in the late ‘70s. The Swarm (1978) was laughed off the screen, Dressed to Kill (1980) was enjoyed by audiences and critics alike, and The Hand (1981) dropped his batting average once again. Nestled in between all those was The Island (1980), a killer pirate movie from the author of Jaws and directed by the man behind The Bad News Bears. What could go wrong? Well, everything, according to most folk. It’s an odd one to be sure, but the wild tonal shifts that prevent the ship from staying on a clear course make it a fascinating treasure that gets better with each viewing.
Writer/director Damien Power’s Killing Ground may tread some seemingly familiar territory in terms of its overall approach to survival horror—a young couple dealing with deadly backcountry predators on their idyllic getaway is certainly something fans have seen before. But make no mistake, what seems like a pretty standard set-up in Killing Ground evolves viciously into an unexpected game of cat and mouse, and Powers does a brilliant job of both embracing and deconstructing the genre tropes at play in his horrifically savage thriller.