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Conrad Faraj Gives Us an Exclusive Scoop on The Colours of Desire

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We’re starting to develop something of an obsession with filmmaker Conrad Faraj round these parts. In addition to his films Fighting the Sky and The Wolf Family Treasure, which we’re dying to see, we’ve now learned that he has an all-new project in development called The Colours of Desire. I wonder if the guy ever sleeps.

You can read some exclusive details about The Colours of Desire below straight from the man himself:

Production Overview:
On July 25, 2016, I was side-blinded by an idea. It was one of those moments where I thought the idea may be good enough to be made into a feature sometime in the future. A few days went by and I suddenly realized that I needed to create this story right away. It was like an impulse. I was on vacation visiting family in Cleveland, Ohio, and I had just wrapped production on a feature just a mere few months prior, but I still had this hunger to create. At first I conceived it as an extended short… something close to being a feature, but short enough to be something else.

I wrote the script in 12 days. When completed, I had a very interesting, macabre, but strangely unique little script. Then it came down to a crucial decision. Do I shoot this film now while on vacation and spend the next 2 weeks meticulously planning it day and night, or do I wait a few months and let the project grow in my head a little longer? Somewhere deep down, I knew that if I didn’t do it now, I may possibly never make this film. So I went against my better judgement, took out some small loans, assembled a team, auditioned some actors, and started production.

Filming took approximately 15 days and ended the first week of September. We had been editing the film simultaneously while shooting, and as of September 25, 2016, we have begun submitting to film festivals around the world. The film ended up being much longer than anticipated, running at 102 minutes. A lot of the filmmaking legends have always shared similar advice: The best way to become a filmmaker is to go out and make your film. I ignored every guideline I was ever given about making films, and I did just that. I dove right in with very little time to prepare and came out with something that I am hugely proud of. It was an extreme exercise in filmmaking. The notion in itself was crazy: making an entire feature film in 2 months. But we did it, and I cannot wait to share the fruits of our labor.

The film stars Nick Earl, Roger Conners, Megan King, Rachel Anderson, Steven Farris, John Maslowski, Aron Long, and Jim Strang.  It was produced by Greg Kraus, Jason Ross, Floria Aguilera, and Conrad Faraj, who wrote and directed.

Synopsis:
When a quiet vagabond named Vantser discovers a dead body, he gifts it to a powerful man known as Termas, whose desire for corpses spawns supernatural abilities that can create impossible wishes.

After being promised one of these impossible wishes, Vantser vows to bring two more corpses to Termas and sets out on a macabre journey where he must fight his inner demons and decide for himself if his wish is worth the burden taking lives might bear.

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Go Christmas Caroling with The Killing of a Sacred Deer

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Given that I personally have gone Christmas caroling with various lunatics hopped up on eggnog, what the hell… why not go Christmas caroling with The Killing of a Sacred Deer? Dig on this latest clip!

Look for the flick starring Colin Farrell (Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, In Bruges, 2009) and co-starring Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (Best Actress, The Hours, 2003) to hit Blu-ray, DVD, and digital on January 23rd. Yorgos Lanthimos directs.

Special features include “An Impossible Conundrum” featurette, and the package will be priced at $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

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Dr. Steven Murphy (Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife, Anna (Kidman), and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljic) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of Steven’s idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen he has covertly taken under his wing.

As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family’s domestic bliss.

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Which Monsters May Be Making Their TV Debut in Junji Ito Collection?

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Studio Deen’s highly-anticipated anime anthology Junji Ito Collection has been building buzz, especially since its new teaser dropped weeks ago. Eagle-eyed fans who are well-acquainted with horror mangaka Junji Ito’s body of work will spot some familiar faces in the new trailer, brought to the small screen by showrunner Shinobu Tagashira.

So, who among Ito’s famous menagerie of monsters may be making an appearance in the show when it airs next year?

Oshikiri Toru

Oshikiri is the morally-questionable highschooler who begins to question his perception of reality in Hallucinations, a series of some loosely connected one-shots. Oshikiri’s a little on the short side, with an even shorter fuse. One thing he’s not short on is moneyas evidenced by his impressive, albeit creepy, mansion. We’ve yet to see which of his adventureswhich range from murder to parallel dimensionswill be his television debut.

Yuuko

The once-chatty Yuuko falls ill and sees her worst fears come to pass in Slug Girl, the famous one-shot whose brand of body horror is sure to feel like a distant cousin (or maybe a predecessor?) to Uzumaki‘s “The Snail” chapter. It offers little in the way of answers but is best enjoyed in all its bizarre glory.

The Intersection Bishounen

In Lovesick Dead, one of Ito’s longer standalone stories, an urban legend causes a rash of suicides when young girls begin to call upon a mysterious, black-clad spirit called the Intersection Bishounen. The custom catches on quickly among teenagers, out late and eager for him to tell them their fortune in life and love, since his advice is to die for. Literally.

Souichi Tsujii

A long-running recurring character in Ito’s manga (probably second only to Tomie herself), you’ll know Souichi by the nails he sucks on or sticks out of his moutha strange habit borne out of an iron deficiency. He’s an impish kid whose fascination with the supernatural makes him the odd man out in an otherwise normal family. The morbid pranks he likes to playfunny only to him—don’t do much to endear him to his peers or relatives, either.

Fuchi

The titular character in Fashion Model, Fuchi works as a professional model for her, shall we say, unique look and Amazonian stature. When she and another actress are hired by a crew of indie filmmakers, Fuchi shows them that she doesn’t like sharing the limelight. She also makes a cameo in a couple of Souichi’s stories, and in them he finds her genuinely attractive. Beauty, after all, is in the eye of the beholder.

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Nemo Rising Signing Happening at Dark Delicacies on December 23

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Author C. Courtney Joyner will be signing copies of his new book Nemo Rising at Burkank’s Dark Delicacies horror store on Saturday, December 23 at 4pm. You can get the full details of the event and directions on Dark Delicacies’ website.

Nemo Rising will be a sequel to Jules Verne’s 1870 masterpiece Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and will see President Ulysses S. Grant recruiting the notorious Captain Nemo to destroy a gigantic sea monster which has been responsible for sinking ships. The gigantic eight-tentacled mollusc can be seen on the book’s cover below, and it looks like Nemo will have his work cut out for him.

Joyner also worked on the screenplays for the Full Moon films Doctor Mordrid and Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys, whilst his previous books include Hell Comes To Hollywood and the Shotgun series. If you can’t make it to the signing, Nemo Rising will be released in the US on December 26, and in the UK on January 13.

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​Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26th, 2017.

JUST ANNOUNCED: On December 23rd at 4:00 PM, C. Courtney Joyner will sign copies of NEMO RISING at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, California!

C. COURTNEY JOYNER is an award-winning writer of fiction, comics, and screenplays. He has more than 25 movies to his credit, including the cult films Prison, starring Viggo Mortensen; From a Whisper to a Scream, starring Vincent Price; and Class of 1999, directed by Mark Lester. A graduate of USC, Joyner’s first produced screenplay was The Offspring, which also starred Vincent Price. Joyner’s other scripts have included TV movies for CBS, USA, and Showtime. He is the author of The Shotgun western series and Nemo Rising.

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