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The second wave of films playing this year’s Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, has been announced, and all we can say is start packing your bags right now!

From the Press Release:
Two of the fall season’s most anticipated genre films, sci-fi actioner Looper and supernatural horror Sinister, are coming to Fantastic Fest along with a wide array of mind-boggling/bending/warping films from around the world. The lineup also includes the world premieres of The American Scream, from the filmmaking team behind Best Worst Movie, and Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, introduced by stars Scott Adkins and Dolph Lundgren. Fantastic Fest will take place September 20-27 in Austin, Texas, at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.

THE ABCs OF DEATH (2012)
US Premiere with multiple directors in person
Director – Various, 110 min
Twenty-six directors. Twenty-six ways to die. Co-produced by Drafthouse Films, and finally ready to be unleashed-see what happens when you give more than two dozen of the most brilliant filmmakers from around the world free reign to indulge their creative impulses and black humor. From A to Z, it’s got something for every genre fan and is like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

THE AMERICAN SCREAM (2012)
World Premiere with director Michael Paul Stephenson and stars Manny Souza and Victor Bariteauin person
Director – Michael Paul Stephenson, 81min
In a small Massachusetts community, three Halloween-obsessed households transform into neighbor-terrifying supernatural wonderlands in this surprisingly touching documentary from the director of BEST WORST MOVIE.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - The American Scream

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - The American Scream

COLD BLOODED (2012)
Regional Premiere with director Jason LaPeyre in person
Director – Jason LaPeyre, 86min
Things quickly spiral out of control when a policewoman must protect her recently comatose suspect from a violent crime boss who has cornered them in an isolated hospital wing.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Cold Blooded

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Cold Blooded

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Cold Blooded

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Cold Blooded

COLD STEEL (2011)
Texas Premiere
Director – David Wu, 107min
After 17 years spent directing television series in North America, director David Wu (a longtime collaborator of John Woo) returns to his native China to deliver the heart-pounding World War II epic COLD STEEL.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Cold Steel

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Cold Steel

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Cold Steel

DOOMSDAY BOOK (2012)
Austin Premiere
Director – Kim Jee-woon and Yim Pil-sung, 113min
Innovative Korean genre directors Kim Ji-Woon (A TALE OF TWO SISTERS, A BITTERSWEET LIFE, THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE WEIRD, I SAW THE DEVIL) and Yim Pil-Sung (HANSEL & GRETEL) turn their imaginations to apocalyptic sci-fi with this three-part omnibus film which outlines three possible ways in which the world goes kaput.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Doomsday Book

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Doomsday Book

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Doomsday Book

GRACELAND (2012)
Texas Premiere with director Ron Morales and producers Theo Brooks and Joshua Sobel in person
Director – Ron Morales, 84min
When a driver for a powerful congressman picks up his and his boss’ daughters from school, he’s annoyed to find himself being pulled over. But this alleged cop, far from an officer of the law, sets in motion a downward spiral of kidnapping, murder, deceit and deep depravity.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Graceland

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Graceland

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Graceland

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Graceland

HENGE + THE BIG GUN (2012)
US Premiere
Director – Hajime Ohata, 106min
A double shot from Japanese up-and-comer Hajime Ohata. Blending elements of Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Shinya Tsukamoto with just the right amount of kaiju monster battles, Ohata is quickly building a reputation as one of Japan’s brightest new talents.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Henge + The Big Gun

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Henge + The Big Gun

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Henge + The Big Gun

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Henge + The Big Gun

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Henge + The Big Gun

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Henge + The Big Gun

HERE COMES THE DEVIL (2012)
US Premiere with director Adrián García Bogliano in person
Director – Adrián García Bogliano, 97min
Fantastic Fest veteran Adrián García Bogliano (COLD SWEAT, PENUMBRA) returns with his latest supernatural horror. When two children who went missing while exploring a cave are found, it quickly becomes apparent something evil has come home with them.

HOLY MOTORS (2012)
North American Premiere
Director – Leos Carax, 116min
While following a day in the life of Mr. Oscar as he attends several appointments, things quickly unravel and spiral out of control, abandoning all sense of logic or sanity. Fans of Carax’s ‘Mierde’ segment of Fantastic Fest 2008 hit TOKYO! will be right back at home.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Holy Motors

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Holy Motors

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Holy Motors

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Holy Motors

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Holy Motors

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Holy Motors

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Holy Motors

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Holy Motors

LOOPER (2012)
Special screening with director Rian Johnson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in person
Director – Rian Johnson, 118 min
In the futuristic action thriller LOOPER, time travel will be invented – but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a “looper” – a hired gun, like Joe – is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good… until the day the mob decides to “close the loop,” sending back Joe’s future self for assassination. The film, starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Emily Blunt, is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Ram Bergman and James D. Stern.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Looper

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Looper

MY AMITYVILLE HORROR (2012)
US Premiere
Director – Eric Walter, 88min
You’ve seen the movie; now hear the story of the Amityville haunting from someone who lived it. Regardless of the source, it’s clear there was darkness in that Long Island house.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - My Amityville Horror

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - My Amityville Horror

NEW KIDS NITRO (2012)
US Premiere with cast Huub Smit, Wesley van Gaalen, Steffen Haars and Flip Van der Kuil
Director – Steffen Haars & Flip van der Kuil, 78min
In 2011, NEW KIDS TURBO rocked Fantastic Fest audiences with its potent brand of Dutch gross-out humor. Now, Fantastic Fest is proud to present the highly anticipated-and very offensive-sequel: NEW KIDS NITRO.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - New Kids Nitro

NO REST FOR THE WICKED (2012)
Regional Premiere
Director – Enrique Urbizu, 104min
A dirty cop who tries to cover up a crime stumbles upon a massive criminal conspiracy. NO REST FOR THE WICKED swept the Spanish Goya awards this year with an electrifying performance by lead actor José Coronado.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - No Rest for the Wicked

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - No Rest for the Wicked

OUTRAGE BEYOND (2012)
US Premiere
Director – Takeshi Kitano, 112min
As Japanese police launch a full-scale crackdown on organized crime, it ignites a national yakuza struggle between the Sanno of the East and Hanabishi of the West. What started as internal strife in director Takeshi Kitano’s OUTRAGE has now become a nationwide war in his latest film OUTRAGE BEYOND.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Outrage Beyond

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Outrage Beyond

SINISTER (2012)
Special screening with director Scott Derrickson, producer Jason Blum and writer C. Robert Cargill in person
Director – Scott Derrickson, 110 min
SINISTER is a frightening new thriller about a true crime novelist who discovers a box of mysterious, disturbing home movies that plunge his family into a nightmarish experience of supernatural horror.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Sinister

UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING (2012)
World Premiere with Dolph Lundgren and Scott Adkins in person
Director – John Hyams, 93 min
Surviving Unisols Luc Deveraux and Andrew Scott battle anarchy to build a new order ruled by Unisols without government oversight. To accomplish this, they weed out the weak and constantly test their strongest warriors in brutal, life-and-death combat.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

VANISHING WAVES (2012)
US Premiere
Director – Kristina Buozyte, 124min
A scientist with a neurological research team volunteers to experiment with a new technology which will allow him to access the thoughts of a coma victim.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Vanishing Waves

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Vanishing Waves

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Vanishing Waves

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Vanishing Waves

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Vanishing Waves

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Vanishing Waves

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Vanishing Waves

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Vanishing Waves

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Vanishing Waves

THE WARPED FOREST (2011)
US Premiere
Director – Shunichiro Miki, 81min
Shunichiro Miki delivers a shot of utter madness. Penis guns! Nipple monsters! A giant girl running a very small shop! This quasi-sequel to THE FUNKY FOREST more than lives up to the weird factor of its predecessor.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - The Warped Forest

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - The Warped Forest

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - The Warped Forest

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - The Warped Forest

Look for more film and event programming announcements for Fantastic Fest in the weeks ahead.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced

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Inside Remake Gets New Poster and U.S. Release Date

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It’s about time.

It has been a whopping four months since we shared with you guys the red band trailer for the upcoming English language remake of Inside starring Rachel Nichols and Laura Harring.

Today we have an all-new poster for the film (via our buddies at Arrow in the Head), and the one-sheet also boasts the remake’s U.S. release date. Yes, Inside will be hitting Stateside on January 12, 2018.

You can click on the poster to the right to check it out in higher-res. After that make sure to hit us up and let us know if you’re planning to check out this remake in the comments below!

Miguel Ángel Vivas directed the Inside remake.

Produced by Adrian Guerra and Nuria Valls at Spain’s Nostromo Pictures, the remake was written by Manu Diez and [REC] creator/co-director Jaume Balaguero. “We took the original idea and made it an edge-of-your-seat thriller, more Hitchcock-ian than a splatter-fest,” said Guerra.

Again, Inside hits U.S. theaters and VOD January 12, 2018.

Synopsis:
Pregnant and depressed, a young widow tries to rebuild her life following the fateful car accident where she lost her husband and partially lost her hearing. Now, about to go into labor, she’s living in a remote house in the suburbs when, one Christmas night, she receives an unexpected visit from another woman with a devastating objective: to rip the child she’s carrying from inside her. But a mother’s fury when it comes to protecting her child should never be underestimated.

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Deep Blue Sea 2 Rated R for Creature Violence/Gore and Language

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Five months ago we shared the news that there was a secret sequel to the 1999 killer sharks vs. Tom Jane and LL Cool J movie Deep Blue Sea filming, and today we have the sequel’s rating.

And it’s about what you’d expect. Not that that’s a bad thing.

Yes, the upcoming shark attack sequel Deep Blue Sea 2 has been rated R by the MPAA for “creature violence and gore and for language.”

Not only that, but we have a few words on what we can expect from the sequel via a creative executive over at Warner Bros. named Matt Bierman.

“We are a true sequel,” Bierman said regarding the sequel. “We wanted to keep to the spirit of Deep Blue Sea and why people love it. The research that was used on the sharks in Deep Blue Sea 2 comes from the mythology and storyline of the first movie. We have given the lead shark a personality and hope the fans will embrace that as it really helps the storytelling and the narrative in a way that [the] first one didn’t. Deep Blue Sea 2 has a slightly slower build, but once the rubber band snaps, things go boom really quickly!”

The lead shark has a personality? How could that be a bad thing?

Let’s just hope there aren’t scenes of the rugged Tom Jane stand-in lovingly hugging/stroking the shark after it does something cool and telling the new guy how the shark (nicknamed Bruce) is just “misunderstood.”

…And then the shark saves everyone at the end. Called it.

The sequel is directed by Darin Scott from a screenplay by Erik Patterson, Hans Rodionoff, and Jessica Scott and stars Danielle Savre, Rob Mayes, and Michael Beach.

The movie is set to premiere on Syfy sometime next year. Once we know the exact date we’ll let us know so stay tuned!

“Deepest. Bluest. My head is like a shark’s fin…”

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Friends Don’t Let Friends Review – A Haunting Mixture of Psychological Turmoil and Brutal Supernatural Horror

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Starring Brittany Anne Woodford, Jenny Curtis, Kanin Guntzelman, Brendan McGowan, Jake White

Directed by James S. Brown

We all like to think of ourselves as being surrounded by friends, but let’s face it, if we were to ever truly hit hard times, there are probably very few, if any, people we could truly rely on. So on some level, Friends Don’t Let Friends is a film we can all relate too, as it deals with this very issue.

Stephanie is an emotionally unstable young woman who strangles her boyfriend to death after he insults and breaks up with her. She calls her friends to help her dispose the body out in the Joshua Tree National Part area, and instead of reporting her to the police, they reluctantly comply. As their car breaks down, the four friends find themselves alone at night in the Californian wilderness with the rotting corpse in need of disposal. Given their dire circumstances, they begin to become more and more aggressive towards each other, and this was where the film was really at its best. I was on the edge of my seat, wondering how far the limits of their friendship could be stretched, and who would be the first to crack and turn on the others.

Anyway, their body disposal endeavor soon proves to be a mistake, as Stephanie’s ex rises from the grave as vengeful zombie demon thing with claws as long as knives. I’ll admit, I first I thought Friends Don’t Let Friends was going to be a movie purely about the limits of trust, so I was pretty surprised when the supernatural elements came into play. And when they did, the trust and friendship elements of the plot were somewhat downplayed in favor of a more traditional horror approach, and while it was still entertaining, I still would have preferred for the film not to have strayed from its initial path. At least the ending came as a shocker. I won’t go into spoilers, but let’s just say the even the most attentive viewers probably won’t see it coming.

As you can probably guess from a psychologically-driven film of this kind, the performances were top notch, with Brittany Anne Woodford being on particularly top form as the manipulative and unstable Stephanie, a character who revels in the revels in the power she felt when ending another human life.

With its mixture of psychological turmoil and brutal supernatural horror, Friends Don’t Let Friends is a film I would certainly recommend, but keep in mind that it may make you think twice when confiding in people who you think of as being your friends.

8 out of 10.

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