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Sitges 2011: Winners AnnouncedThe 2011 Sitges Film Festival has concluded its competition portion and announced awards in more categories than we’ve seen at any other fest. The biggest winners are Kevin Smith’s Red State and Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block, but several other films we’ve been closely watching here on Dread scored victories as well, including Kill List, Livid, The Divide, The Woman, Bellflower, Hell, and Detention.

Here’s the full breakdown from the fest, held 6-16 October on the Catalan coast of Spain. Congratulations to all the winners!

J. A. Bayona, Quim Casas, Lisa Marie, Ryoo Seung-Wan, Richard Stanley (judges)

Best Short Film (tie)
Dirty Silverwear by Steve Daniels
The Unliving by Hugo Lilja

Best Production Design
Marc Thiébault for Livide (Alexandre Bustillo & Julian Maury)

Best Makeup FX
Steven Kostanski for The Divide (Xavier Gens)

Best Special Effects
Lluís Castells and Javier García for Eva (Kike Maíllo)

Best Original Soundtrack
Steven Price for Attack the Block (Joe Cornish)

Best Cinematography
Markus Förderer and Tim Fehlbaum for Hell (Tim Fehlbaum)

Best Script
Lucky McKee and Jack Ketchum for The Woman (Lucky Mckee)

Best Actress
Brit Marling for Another Earth (Mike Cahill)

Best Actor
Michael Parks for Red State (Kevin Smith)

Best Director
Na Hong-jin for The Yellow Sea

Special Jury Award
Attack the Block by Joe Cornish

Best Motion Picture
Red State by Kevin Smith

Àlex Aguilera, Paco Cabezas, Manlio Gomarasca (judges)

Special Jury Award
Colour Bleed by Peter Szewczyk (shortfilm)

Best Motion Picture
Guilty of Romance by Sion Sono

Eric Antonell, Gerard Fossas, Alberto Martin, Sergi Marí, David Vilaplana (judges)

Bellflower by Evan Glodell

Best Motion Picture MIDNIGHT X-TREME
Detention by Joseph Kahn

Anaïs Emery, Javi Giner, Loris Omedes (judges)

Best Motion Picture
Night Fishing by PARKing CHANce (Park Chan-wook and Park Chan-kyong)

Non-Fiction Motion Picture Diploma
Knuckle by Ian Palmer

Discovery Motion Picture Diploma
Invasion of Alien Bikini by Oh Young-doo

Dark Fiction Motion Picture Diploma
Kill Me Please by Olias Barco

Best Shortfilm Diploma
Coup de grace by Clara van Gool

Special Mention
Underwater Love by Shinji Imaoka

Jordi Ojeda, Carles Santamaria, Pil Sung-Yim (judges)

Best Motion Picture
The Unjust by Ryoo Seung-wan


Best Motion Picture
Attack the Block by Joe Cornish

Sitges 2011

Arnau Bataller, Sílvia Munt, Maria Ripoll (judges)

Best Director
La gota by Daniel Piera and Beatriz Escolar (Universitat Ramon Llull-Blanquerna)

Best Screenplay (tie)
Camille by Carme Puche (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya – UOC)
Exercici by Raúl Pérez (Bande à Part)

Best Original Score
Chroma by Juan Andrés González (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

Special Mention for the interesting documentary work to Me llamo Peng by Jahel Guerra and Victoria Molina de Carranza (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona – UAB)

Special Mention for the interesting animation work to Desde el averno by Raúl García, Núria Argemí, Mariona Consuegra, Saúl Darú, Maria Moreira, Clara Vallvé and Bernat Vilaseca (Escola d’Animació de Catalunya, 9 Zeros)

ANIMA’T – Gertie Award
Jordi Ojeda, Carles Santamaria, Pil Sung-Yim (judges)

Best Animated Film
Tatsumi by Eric Khoo

Best Animated Short film
Dripped by Léo Verrier

Best Sitges Family Film Diploma
Leafie by Oh Sung-yoon

Àlex Aguilera, Paco Cabezas, Manlio Gomarasca (judges)

Silver Méliès for Best European Motion Picture
Kill List by Ben Wheatley

Special Mention
Hell by Tim Fehlbaum

Special Mention
Krokodyle by Stefano Bessoni

Silver Méliès Award for Best Europea Short Film
The Unliving by Hugo Lilja

Special Mention
Magic Piano 3D by Martin Clapp


Golden Méliès for Best European Motion Picture
Balada Triste de Trompeta by Álex de la Iglesia

Golden Méliès for Best European Short Film
Suiker (Sugar) by Jeroen Annokkee

Desirée De Fez, Carlos Losilla, José Luis Losa (judges)

Jose Luis Guarner Critic Award
Attack the Block by Joe Cornish

Citizen Kane Award to an up-and-coming director (tie)
El páramo by Jaime Osorio
Trabalhar cansa by Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra

Adrián Cardona, Rafa Dengrà, Leticia Dolera (judges)

Best short film
8 by Raúl Cerezo

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George A. Romero’s Daughter, Tina, Wrote a Script For Queens of the Dead




The loss last year of director George A. Romero was a huge blow to the horror community, as well as the filmmaking community at large. The passing of the man responsible for creating the modern day zombie and whose work influenced “The Walking Dead”, Dead Alive, 28 Days Later, and Jordan Peele’s Get Out was felt far and wide but we take solace knowing that his work and legacy will live on forever.

Something that brings a smile to my face is hearing that his daughter, Tina, who DJ’s under the name DJ TRx, has written a screenplay for a zombie film that is called Queens of the Dead. And yes, it’s very gay! Romero has not only written the script but also plans on directing the film herself.

Romero tells The Saunder Blog about the film, saying, “Queens of the Dead is a fusion of two huge parts of my world: zombies and Gay nightlife. It’s a tribute to my father as well as my entrée into the genre he grandfathered. I can’t say too much yet, but what I can tell you is that this film will have all the hallmarks of a George A. Romero classic: farce, politics, heroes, assholes, and most importantly, herds of silly and slow moving walkers that you can’t help but love. But I’m doing it Tina-style, and bringing the glitter, choreography, queers & queens.

Romero’s father always brought some sort of social message into his work, so to hear that she will continue that tradition is inspiring, especially since it comes on a topic that is so discussed and topical.

If you want to read more about Romero and her DJ career, click on the link above.

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Wanna See Something REALLY Scary?

Wanna See Something REALLY Scary? Local 58 Contingency Emergency Broadcast



Wanna See Something REALLY Scary

“Wanna see something REALLY scary?”

To horror fans who came of age in the 1980s, the line above instantly evokes memories of Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks in the opening scene from Twilight Zone: The Movie. Now, on a bi-monthly basis, I’ll be asking, “Wanna see something REALLY scary?” with the goal of shocking you with chilling footage plumbed from the darkest corners of YouTube.

As a child of the Cold War born in the 1970s and traumatized by films like The Day After and Threads, I remember immediately panicking every time an Emergency Broadcast broke into a TV show I was watching. That alarming tone made my stomach drop and in the moments before it was confirmed to be “only a test” I had already imagined a barrage of nuclear warheads bursting overhead.

My heart went out to the residents of Hawaii who, due to a false alarm, believed a missile attack was imminent this weekend. For almost 40 minutes, families scrambled into fallout shelters, bathrooms, and even storm drains, believing war had begun between the United States and North Korea. Even after the all-clear was announced and the warning revealed as a mistake, nerves were severely rattled. I can only imagine the potential long-term damage done to the psyches of Hawaii’s youngest residents.

For a taste of the pandemonium that occurred, check out an excerpt from CNN’s reporting below.

While the shock must have been unprecedented for most, a bizarre alert that accidentally aired in the late 1960s puts the Hawaii debacle to shame. What viewers of a local station saw just before the end of programming at 3 am was a message announcing the fall of the US Government, and included instructions for committing suicide rather than surrendering to enemy forces.

Wanna see something REALLY scary?

The message bore the seal of The U.S. Department for the Preservation of American Dignity, included a statement from President Lyndon B. Johnson, and warned that failure to commit suicide as instructed would have consequences:

“Your local law enforcement has been ordered to ensure your compliance,” the message cautioned. “It is against the law to delay.” The final instructions remind adult viewers to put down their children and pets first while promising “There is nothing to fear.” Though the station later posted a statement ensuring viewers the message was a hoax, the potential loss of life this broadcast could have inspired is staggering. Have a look:

If the Local 58 Contingency, as it’s become known, seems too outlandish to be true, that’s because it isn’t. Though the video doesn’t include an admission of fiction, it’s written and directed by Kris Straub. If that name sounds familiar, that’s because he’s the writer of the popular creepypasta Candle Cove, recently adapted into a TV series on SyFy.

Still, the vintage look of the Local 58 Contingency, not to mention the current climate of heightened tensions between American and a rogue nuclear nation, make this video a truly terrifying viewing experience.

Got an idea for a future installment of “Wanna See Something REALLY Scary?” Hit me up on Twitter @josh_millican!

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The Housemaid Haunts a New Trailer



Here’s the thing… if we had the choice between cleaning up our own house or being haunted by a vengeful spectral servant of sorts, well… just hand us a friggin’ mop, wouldja already? Still, in the case of The Housemaid, it looks like nothing is gonna stop her from sensing shivers! Dig on this new trailer.

Derek Nguyen directs the flick, which stars Kate Nhung, Jean-Michel Richaud, Kim Xuan, Svitlana Kovalenko, and Rosie Fellner. Look for IFC Midnight’s release of The Housemaid coming to select theaters, VOD, and via Digital platforms in the U.S. on February 16, 2018.

A forbidden passion awakens vengeful spirits within a haunted mansion in this bloodcurdling, erotic tour-de-force.

Vietnam, 1953: Linh (Nhung Kate), a poor, orphaned young woman, finds employment as a housemaid in a crumbling rubber plantation presided over by the emotionally fragile French officer Sebastien Laurent (Jean-Michel Richaud). Soon, a torrid love affair develops between the two – a taboo romance that rouses the ghost of Laurent’s dead wife, who won’t rest until blood flows.

Submerged in moody Gothic atmosphere, this stylish supernatural saga confronts the dark shadows of Vietnam’s colonial past while delivering heart-stopping scares.

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