Last night, George Miller arrived in Austin for the very first time ever for a truly special event, a 35mm presentation of his iconic sequel, The Road Warrior, as part of the 2015 SXSW Film Festival Special Events line-up. Miller also debuted, to a theater full of eager fans in attendance (including this writer), a look at what we can expect for the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road, which arrives in theaters on May 15.
Each and every year, the South by Southwest Film Festival comes together in Austin, Texas to shine the spotlight on some of the most provocative and ingenious indie horror films from across the globe. The 2015 SXSW line-up is no exception, featuring a multitude of thought-provoking titles and genre-bending awesomeness that we could not be more excited to check out during the festival this month.
After recently watching Marjane Satrapi’s The Voices –a darkly comedic tale about a nice guy who accidentally stumbles into the life of a serial killer- it got me to thinking about some of my other favorite ‘accidental’ killers from cinema over the years. From Veronica Sawyer to Seymour Krelborn to the lovable hillbillies by the name of Tucker and Dale or even the “Flawless Four” from Jawbreaker, here’s a look at some of my other favorite coincidental murderers.
Five years after it first premiered at Sundance and was quietly released into a handful of theaters, Adam Green’s Frozen might still be his best film. It’s certainly his most accessible: unlike the goopy splatterfests that are his Hatchet movies or the brooding psychodrama of Spiral — all of which are great in their respective ways — the terrors of Frozen are universal. It’s the kind of movie that speaks to everyone in the audience: What Would You Do If…?
Writer’s Note: This is the second part of my celebration of Ernest Dickerson’s Demon Knight, which turns 20 today. Truly one of my favorite horror movies to come out of the 1990’s (or really, any decade), Demon Knight was a landmark endeavor for many reasons. You can catch up with Part One of my retrospective here.
Happy Tuesday the 13th! This week’s home entertainment releases are an eclectic bunch but we’ve got a lot of fun titles to look forward to including two sci-fi classics- At the Earth’s Core and Supernova- as well several recent indie titles including Honeymoon and Jessabelle.
After several successful seasons on HBO under its belt, Tales from the Crypt and its iconic host, The Cryptkeeper (voiced by John Kassir), made the leap to the big screen in January 1995 with the feature film Demon Knight. Directed by Ernest Dickerson and starring William Sadler, Billy Zane, Jada Pinkett, Dick Miller, Brenda Bakke, Thomas Hayden Church, CCH Pounder and Charles Fleischer, Demon Knight debuted at #3 its opening weekend and took in over $21 million during its theatrical run, making the first of the Tales from the Crypt a bona fide success (even if the critics didn’t seem to think so).
A movie best remembered by fans for its masterful blending of horror and comedy, an incredibly diverse and talented cast of players as well as an iconic soundtrack and jaw-dropping special effects to boot, it was love at first sight after I first experienced Demon Knight all those years ago and it’s a film that I’ve been endlessly raving about to fellow horror fans ever since.
And with the 20th anniversary of Dickerson’s modern genre classic this week, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to celebrate a film that’s not only entertaining as hell, but was a truly monumental achievement on several levels as well.
Happy 2015! The new year is off and running with a ton of great genre-related home releases this week, including the high-def release of Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh from Scream Factory as well as the latest from Alex Aja, Horns, starring Daniel Radcliffe.
Adam Wingard is also celebrating the release of his recent indie hit The Guest on Tuesday and we’ve got several indie horror films to look forward to, including The Houses October Built, Sick: Survive the Night and Missionary from Anthony DiBlasi.
This limited special edition of Clive Barker’s heavily discussed alternate cut has finally arrived. For fans of the film, this version is everything you wanted. More monsters and more narrative allow the film to progress more fitting to Barker’s intention and style.
As Above/So Below
The first Dowdle brothers collaboration to hit theaters since the 2008 [REC] remake Quarantine, As Above/So Below is well worth the wait. Following a group of explorers in search of the Philosopher’s Stone, As Above/So Below was largely shot on location in the Catacombs beneath Paris, and the film’s found footage shooting style convincingly places viewers inside the skull-lined tunnels where shadows threaten to consume you at every turn.
A blood-soaked cautionary tale about the price of fame and sacrificing your own identity in the name of ambition, Starry Eyes is yet another fantastic reminder that the indie genre world is truly the best (and generally only) place fans can find ambitious and challenging horror tales these days. Anchored by a breakout performance by Alex Essoe, Starry Eyes is by far one of the more captivating and unforgettable horror movies I’ve seen this year and I cannot recommend it enough.
In years past on Daily Dead, I’ve gone back and forth on whether we should run an end of the year list. There are always movies that I recognize are really well made, but I didn’t like and is it even fair to run a “Best” list when there’s the odd movie that I didn’t get a chance to see? It was enough to drive me insane and so I decided to do something a bit different in 2013. This year, we return with our “Favorites of the Year” lists and the difference here is that we’re not just highlighting movies. Instead, we’re sharing our favorite genre experiences of the year with our readers, which could be a favorite movie, collectible, event, or person. Check back every day this week to find out what made the cut for the rest of the Daily Dead team.
As we gear up for 2015, we’ve got another light week of home entertainment releases. Kevin Smith’s oddball horror/comedy Tusk makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut on Tuesday, as well as the horror thriller A Good Marriage, based on the Stephen King story Full Dark, No Stars.
Several indie horror films are also getting released this week and the classic Peter Cushing film The Hound of the Baskervilles is getting a high-def upgrade on Blu-ray too.
With Christmas only a few days away, this week’s home entertainment releases are indeed a bit light but that doesn’t mean fans won’t have a few titles to look forward to. Several SyFy series are making their way onto Blu-ray and DVD, Lionsgate is also releasing the latest After Dark Original film, Sanatorium, and we’ve got an indie thriller and action flick from Universal to look forward to as well.