In addition to the usual reviews and comments you would find on a horror movie blog, this is also a document of the wonderfully vast horror movie section of the video store I worked at in my youth.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Cannes and Other Stuff

Well, another festival year has wrapped up on the French Riviera and here are some of the upcoming genre offerings I heard about over the last week or so.

In the tradition of recent Japanese low budget hyper violent offerings Machine Girl and the upcoming Tokyo Gore Police comes Killdroid. This flick from the Philippines also appears to have a sexual element mixed in with its splatter tubes. I can't believe no one has thought to cross horny schoolgirls with killer cyborgs before. It sells itself, really. Check out the promo over at Twitch here.

4bia, a Thai horror anthology intrigues me because they seem to be the only Asian filmmakers keeping things fresh in a sub genre that has run its course. The duo (Pisanthanakun & Wongpoom) behind two of my faves Shutter and Alone contribute to 4bia, as does Yongyoot Thongkongtoon of Iron Ladies fame. If this anthology is anything like 2004’s Three Extemes, this should be an eclectic bunch of shorts indeed.

Brit James Watkins, writer of My Little Eye and the upcoming sequel to The Descent, is taking a turn behind the camera with his new film Eden Lake. As you can see from the poster and synopsis, this will seem very familiar to fans of the hardcore. However, Eden Lake has been getting a lot of buzz and was quickly snatched up by the Weinsteins, which means it likely won’t see the light of day any time soon. Eden Lake; meet Mandy Lane. Mandy Lane; Eden Lake.

Perhaps the most talked about genre title at Cannes is Pascal Laugier’s Martyrs though. I think by now it’s been established that the French are the ones on the cutting edge of horror right now. Since 2003’s High Tension, we’ve been witness to a renaissance of intense and extreme titles like Ils and Inside coming out of the big F. Martyrs sounds like it aims to shred our nerves even further. Viewing this film was described to me as “like being hit with a sledgehammer”. It appears that Laugier may usurp even Gaspar Noe as the ultimate cinematic gut-puncher.

Aside from Cannes, but still on the subject of the French, Twitch gives word of the promising anthology series Terror Project 6. Conceived by filmmakers Xavier Gens (Frontieres) and Fabrice du Welz (Calvaire) as a collaboration of stories by French speaking directors, this is definitely a project to watch.

Lastly, the home video branch of Sam Raimi's production company Ghost House Underground has acquired the film Dance Of The Dead. The movie about zombies at a high school prom was a hit at SXSW earlier this year, so it’s refreshing to see somebody has stepped up to make sure this movie gets seen.

Well, that’s it for this year. Hopefully, some of those titles make their way to upcoming festivals in my neck of the woods, so I can pass along my thoughts to you.

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