While at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, I had the opportunity to check out a few films that were just a bit outside the horror realm, including Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott’s sociopolitical actioner Bushwick, Marianna Palka’s bleak comedy Bitch, and David Lowery’s unforgettable A Ghost Story, and you can read my reviews for these on-the-fringe-of-horror titles right here in one place.
I have been a fan of Nacho Vigalondo’s ever since seeing Timecrimes back in 2008, and to be perfectly honest, while he’s been at the helm of several other impressive projects, nothing had tickled my cinematic fancies quite like his time travel horror/science fiction mash-up. That is, until I saw Colossal, which is easily Vigalondo’s most ambitious effort to date. A thoughtful and ingenious creature feature that raises the bar for modern monster movies, Colossal is now an early front-runner for one of my favorite films of the year.
Earlier this week, Irish filmmaker Chris Baugh celebrated the world premiere of his crime thriller Bad Day for the Cut at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival’s Midnight program. While in Park City, Daily Dead caught up with Baugh, as well as co-writer/producer Brendan Mullin and Bad Day star Nigel O’Neill, to hear more about their collaboration, the way they focused on the characters instead of just giving viewers mindless violence, and their thoughts on working with Susan Lynch (who portrays the film’s big bad, Frankie Pierce).
Over the last several months, writer/director Julia Ducournau’s Raw has been finding a lot of success on the festival circuit, and recently, her feature film debut played as part of the Spotlight program at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
While in Park City, Daily Dead was thrilled for the opportunity to sit down and speak with Ducournau in-depth about her approach to Raw (which rocked me when I saw it last year during Fantastic Fest). The filmmaker discussed how her cinematic story was her own way of exploring the trivialities of the human body, the often tumultuous nature of sibling rivalry, and more.
Over the weekend, filmmakers Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion, the team behind the horror comedy Cooties, celebrated the world premiere of their action thriller Bushwick at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. While in Park City, Daily Dead sat down with the duo to talk about the long road to getting Bushwick made, working with co-stars Dave Bautista and Brittany Snow, and more.
As far as franchise finales go, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is an ambitious, action-packed, and wholly satisfying conclusion for fans of the series that have been waiting to see what the Umbrella Corporation and the Red Queen’s endgame would be ever since the original Resident Evil film premiered in 2002.
Horror anthologies can be a tough feat to pull off, especially when you’re trying to pull together different filmmakers’ visions into one cohesive experience. That being said, XX, which recently celebrated its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, succeeds in delivering four wildly distinct stories from several female directors, featuring the talents of Jovanka Vuckovic, Karyn Kusama, Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent), and Roxanne Benjamin. Beyond just its historical significance, XX stands out as one of the more successful anthologies we’ve seen as of late, regardless of the gender of its directors.
It’s hard to believe that after 15 years we’ll be coming to the end of the road with Alice (Milla Jovovich) and the Umbrella Corporation in Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, which is being released by Screen Gems this weekend in theaters nationwide.
At the recent press day, Daily Dead caught up with several of The Final Chapter’s co-stars, including the returning Ali Larter (who reprises her role as Claire Redfield) and two franchise newbies, William Levy and Eoin Macken.
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.