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Some killer films will be playing at this year’s Razor Reel. Read on for more about the annual event that’s coming up in Bruges, Belgium.

Razor Reel 2017 Celebrates Tenth Anniversary with International Favorites
Razor Reel 2017 is all but ready to gear up. With three more weeks to go until the kick-off of the Flemish genre festival’s tenth edition, the full lineup has been revealed.

From October 26 till October 31 Bruges will once more play host to an international selection of fantastic films worth your time. The 2017 program opens on a highly idiosyncratic note with Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER, a pitch-black tragicomedy that merges myth with psychological revenge. Closing the festivities on Halloween is Joachim Trier’s THELMA, a classy riff on the horror of repressed lust. In between these two showstoppers there’s no shortage of gems to discover. Read on for the full announcement below.

Leading into the weekend, Friday’s programming starts with Nathaniel Atcheson’s close-quarters sci-fi mystery DOMAIN, which is followed by HOUNDS OF LOVE, Ben Young’s buzzworthy debut that may well go down as one of the most emotionally gripping survival thrillers of the decade. Also on Friday, Simon Rumley swings by to introduce Belgian audiences to the head-trip that is FASHIONISTA before creatures come knocking to claim the night in B-movie romp IT CAME FROM THE DESERT.

Saturday opens with 78/52, Alexandre Philippe’s expertly researched documentary exploring all facets of Alfred Hitchcock’s famous shower scene from PSYCHO. From an international master of horror, Razor Reel’s focus hones in on homegrown terror with Steve De Roover’s FORGOTTEN SCARES. The documentary sets the record straight on the little known history of Flemish horror cinema. It is accompanied by retro screenings of MALPERTUIS and THE ANTWERP KILLER.

For those favoring more international genre offerings, Bill Watterson’s much-hyped DAVE MADE A MAZE stops by for a visit while Benjamin Diouris’ MERRICK, a post-outbreak narrative that strikes up friendship between a former boxer and a teenager, could be a discovery of sorts. The evening promises thrills in spades with the action-packed combo of 68 KILL and MAYHEM. Capping things of in perverted fashion is Dominic Brunt’s ATTACK OF THE ADULT BABIES, a midnight nasty if ever there was one.

The home country focus spills over onto Sunday, which opens breezily enough with a family-friendly screening of ZOMBILLENIUM. The animated film, a Franco-Belgian co-production, is followed by a lecture on the works of the much-missed George Romero, whose legacy is honored throughout the day with screenings of DAY OF THE DEAD and THE CRAZIES.

Also on Sunday, the Young Blood competition starts its search for the best directorial debut or sophomore genre film of 2017. Thailand, Brazil and South-Korea all weigh in. While Nattawut Poonpiriya’s BAD GENIUS transplants a crime caper to a high school setting and filters its nail-biting suspense through an academic lens, Gabriela Amaral Almeida’s FRIENDLY BEAST (O Animal Cordial) sees the veneer of civility crumble away as a few too many people are ensnared in a huis-clos set-up. Cho Sun-Ho’s A DAY (HA-ROO), meanwhile finds a troubled father stuck in a time-loop mystery as he desperately tries to save his daughter’s life.

Ryan Prows’ LOWLIFE, a genre hybrid primed for cult status, and Finish action flick RENDEL close out an evening sure to satiate thrill-seekers.

The Young Blood competition continues on Monday with screenings of Sadrac Gonzalez’s BLACK HOLLOW CAGE and Attila Gigor’s WELL (KÚT). The former thrives on the uncanniness of its sci-fi mystery and setting while the latter builds up to a tense confrontation at a gas station where different walks of life are forced to intersect as puzzle pieces slowly fall into place.

On Monday, Mariana Palka’s BITCH rattles the foundations of patriarchy with a feminist satire that is sure to leave an impression while JAILBREAK provides the bone-crunching action in a prison brawl from Cambodia. Haylar Garcia’s GNAW sinks its claws into viewers with a unique take on relationship abuse and Simeon Halligan’s HABIT proves that all is not well in a massage parlor with debauched appetites.

Before wrapping things up with the paranormal prowess of THELMA, Tuesday finds the final Young Blood film making his way to the big screen. In HOUSEWIFE Can Evrenol delivers the unholy offspring of Giallo and H.P. Lovecraft. One last documentary puts a legendary stuntman in a well-deserved spotlight: TO HELL AND BACK: THE KANE HODDER STORY. Also screening on the final day is Elisabeth Schuch’s THE BOOK OF BIRDIE, a debut that marries piety and sacrilege to offer a singular take – both dark and dramatic – on coming-of-age conventions.

On the short film front Razor Reel pulls out all the stops to help bring no less than 37 works from 12 countries to Belgian audiences.

A Lovecraftian shorts program on Saturday beckons with both THE CALL OF CHARLIE (Nick Spooner) and SOUND FROM THE DEEP (Joonas Allonen and Antti Laakso).

Horror-comedies take center stage on Sunday with screenings of RIP (Alberto Pintó and Caye Casas), WASTE (Justine Raczkiewics), GREAT CHOICE (Robin Comisar), MEOW (Chris Jopp) and GRANDMA’S HOUSE (Joshua Giuliano).

Monday packs thrills: CREEPER (Drew Macdonald), REWIND (Rubén Pérez Barrena), VOID CHAIR (Xavier Miralles), THERE IS NO DOOR (Ward Crockett), IMBROGLIO (Christopher Zatta), AMY (L. Gustavo Cooper).

Halloween is jam-packed with witchcraft and possession: THE HOUR OF DARKNESS (Domenico De Feudis), DRYAD (Thomas Vernay), BIRTHDAY (Alberto Viavattene), THE CLEANSING HOUR (Damien LeVeck).

A talented young film collective hailing from France, Les Films de la Mouche, takes a special spotlight with screenings of MARGAUX (Rémy Barbe, Josephine Hopkins and Joseph Bouquin) and AND THE DEVIL LAUGHS WITH ME (Rémy Barbe).

The Méliès d’Argent competition shines a light on Europe, scanning the continent for the best fantastic short film of 2017. Set to compete against one another are Charles Cheval’s PETUL, Pablo S. Pastor’s BYE BYE BABY, Josephine Hopkins’ THE DAY MUM BECAME A MONSTER, Marie Dvorakova’s WHO’S WHO IN MYCOLOGY, Lieven Vanhove’s NIMMER, Angel Gómez Hernández’s BEHIND and WASTE, co-directed by Alejo Levis and Laura Sisteró.

Finally, eleven more shorts are paired with feature films on the big screen: Oliver Park’s STILL, Kim Geon’s KEEP GOING, Jason Tostevin’s BORN AGAIN, David Jeffery’s GIRL #2, Remi Weekes’ TICKLE MONSTER, Vanessa Gazy’s HIGHWAY, Alex Clark’s THRESHER, Charlie Mayforth’s MISTER POPULAR, SPOOKED (co-directed by Gil Gloom and Emma Gloom), Charlotte Dewulf’s AMPERSAND, and DARREL (co-directed by Marc Briones Piulachs and Alan Carabantes).

For more information about the feature films, short film lineup, the competitions and guests, head on over to the Razor Reel website.

Follow the Razor Reel Flanders Film Festival on Facebook for more updates in weeks to come.

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First Look: Jim Parsons and Kaya Scodelario in Zac Efron Ted Bundy Flick

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Last week we shared you first look at Metallica’s James Hetfield in director Joe Berlinger’s Ted Bundy flick Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile.

Today we have a few new pics from the film straight from Zac Efron himself. The actor posted these fresh photos on his Instagram today and you can check them out below.

The new pics feature Efron as creepy Bundy, along with our first looks at “Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons as Lead Prosecutor Larry Simpson and Kaya Scodelario (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) as Carole Anne Boone, the ex-wife of the notorious serial killer.

If we can say nothing more about this Bundy film at this time, we can say that it sure as hell boasts some ballsy casting choices. And we’re all for that. What do you think? Let us know below!

The film is directed by Joe Berlinger from a script by Michael Werwie and stars John Malkovich, Lily Collins, Kaya Scodelario, Angela Sarafyan, Jeffrey Donovan, Jim Parsons, and Zac Efron as Ted Bundy.

The movie is currently shooting in Covington, Kentucky.

Synopsis:

Told through the perspective of Elizabeth Kloepfer, Bundy’s longtime girlfriend who went years denying the accusations against Bundy, but ultimately turned him into the police. Only nearing his execution, when Bundy began talking about his extensive and heinous murders, did Kloepfer, and the rest of the world, learn the true scope of his numerous and grizzly murders.

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The Kids Lead the Charge When There are Monsters at Large

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With all the depressing news of late about kids having to contend with real-life monsters, we can take solace in the fact that the childhood horror that is “the monster in the closet” is finally about to meet its match at the hands of some monster-busting kids in the forthcoming feature Monsters at Large.

From Florida filmmaker Jason Murphy and screenwriter Anthony Steven Giordano, the duo behind the Robo-Dog movies, comes Monsters at Large. The PG-rated flick about children with an overactive imagination that form a task force to stop imaginary monsters only to encounter the real thing is slated for release on DVD and VOD via Lionsgate on March 13th.

Mischa Barton (“The OC”), Austin St. John (“Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers”), veteran character actor Stephen Tobolowsky, and The Florida Project’s Brooklynn Prince star.

Synopsis:
Mischa Barton and Austin St. John highlight this frightfully funny family adventure in the spirit of Ghostbusters, Goonies, Super 8, and “Stranger Things.” Alex decides to end his kid brother’s nightmares by forming a task force to take care of imaginary monsters. When their business becomes a hit, nothing can go wrong… until one of the monsters turns out to be real – and really big! Brooklynn Prince and Stephen Tobolowsky also stars in this spooky, silly supernatural saga.

You’ll find the trailer for Monsters at Large above. You’ll also find the monster at large looks an awful lot like Sully from Monsters Inc.

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Amazon Developing Stephen King’s The Dark Tower TV Series

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The Dark TowerIt’s been a while since we brought you guys an update on the planned TV series based on Stephen King’s The Dark Tower book series.

But today it looks like we have confirmation via Deadline that, “Amazon… is developing a slew of high-profile titles, including The Dark Tower…”

The series is being developed by Amazon as part of their bid to move into bigger budgeted spectacles ala their recent acquisition of the rights to The Lord of the Rings.

No further info is available at this time but we will keep you up to date as we hear word on Amazon’s “The Dark Tower.”

Are you excited about this series? Let us know below!

Synopsis:

Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), the last Gunslinger, is locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim (Matthew McConaughey), also known as the Man in Black. The Gunslinger must prevent the Man in Black from toppling the Dark Tower, the key that holds the universe together. With the fate of worlds at stake, two men collide in the ultimate battle between good and evil.

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