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We all have our special friends that we would do anything in the world for. No matter how sick, depraved, gross, vile, wicked, disingenuous, loathsome, evil, despicable, horrid, malevolent… oh, you get the idea! Read on!

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Director Rebecca Perry Cutter’s debut suspense thriller BESTIES will have its world premiere at this year’s Fantastic Fest 2012 on Saturday, September 22nd, at 12:15 pm at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, TX, and again on Monday, September 24th, at 3:00 pm. The film stars Madison Riley (GROWN UPS, FIRED UP), Olivia Crocicchia (RESCUE ME, TERRI), Corin Nemac (PARKER LEWIS CAN’T LOSE, STARGATE-SG1), and Christopher Backus (ELEVATOR, YELLOW ROCK) and was produced by Linda L. Miller (SWEET TALK, ALYCE), associate producer Tiffany Grant, and executive producer Katherine Hoagland. Feliks Parnell (WEEDS, CSI:NY, THE EVENT) served as Director of Photography.

Fantastic Fest is the largest film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action, and “just plain fantastic movies from all around the world.” It is held each year in various venues in Austin, TX, but primarily at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, which was dubbed “the best cinema in America” by Entertainment Weekly. The annual film festival is an eight-day event full of independent films, a variety of unique special events for genre film enthusiasts, and a one-of-a-kind experience in the capital city of Texas, no doubt a favorite hotspot amongst the independent film community. This year the festival runs from September 20th-27th.

BESTIES tells the story of two high school girls – Sandy (Olivia Croicchia), a high school freshman and self-described loser, and Ashley, a sexy senior and Sandy’s former babysitter. Sandy, hoping to forge a friendship with the most popular girl in school, arranges to be left at home under Ashley’s supervision while her father (Corin Nemec) goes out of town. Little did Sandy know that an unexpected visitor from Ashley’s past will leave the awkward freshman and her idol tangled up in a manipulative and deadly friendship.

“I only vaguely remember my first babysitter,” said director Rebecca Perry Cutter. “I don’t remember her name, but I remember that I loved her desperately, with equal parts want and wanting-to-be. That is the dynamic that inspired BESTIES. The movie is about the heady and confusing nature of the girl crush: the passionate idolization that even a straight girl like me can feel for another girl. This passion is at the heart of the relationship between the two leads, Sandy and Ashley.”

Fantastic Fest 2012: New Clip and Stills Become Besties

Fantastic Fest 2012: New Clip and Stills Become Besties

Fantastic Fest 2012: New Clip and Stills Become Besties

Fantastic Fest 2012: New Clip and Stills Become Besties

Fantastic Fest 2012: New Clip and Stills Become Besties

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Jesper Kyd Returning to Score Vermintide 2

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From the cover of Kyd's first Vermintide OST

Get your headphones ready, Warhammer fans because State of Decay and Darksiders 2 composer Jesper Kyd is back to score the upcoming Warhammer title Vermintide 2! The game will be coming to PC and consoles early this year.

Kyd was inspired by Norse mythology, utilizing ancient tribal music as well as dark fantastical elements to build upon the acoustic soundscapes he composed for the first Vermintide game. Channeling his own Scandinavian roots, Kyd will blend Viking and Norse-inspired vocals with ritualistic percussion styles to create a unique soundtrack experience.

Three tracks from the score can be heard below.

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Like Me – Will You Like This Dystopian Thriller?

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Starring Addison Timlin, Ian Nelson, Larry Fessenden

Directed by Robert Mockler


While Like Me is not dystopian in the classic science-fiction sense, it does aptly put the downer vibe across. If the present is abysmal, then the future is downright hopeless. We learn this as we follow an unhinged teenage loner called Kiya (Addison Timlin) on a hollow crime spree that she broadcasts on social media. At first the world “likes” her—with the exception of YouTube rival Burt (Ian Nelson), who disdainfully denounces her viral videos—but pride goes before the fall, and Kiya’s descent is spectacular.

If you’ve peeped the trailer for Like Me, then you’re probably expecting a horror movie. I mean, they’ve got the requisite menacing masked baddie and they’ve got genre icon Larry Fessenden in a major role—those are a couple of the key ingredients, right? Yes they are, but this simmering, shimmering stew of Natural Born Killers, Excision and King Kelly, it boils down to a whole lotta nothing. Like Me is sort of a drama, kind of a road trip flick, and almost a thriller. It succeeds at none yet does stand on its own as a compelling collection of cool visuals and pertinent performances. But is that enough?

While Kiya is a compelling character on the surface, there’s barebones beneath. Sure, she’s a Millennial mind-fed on random online clips and snappy soundbites—but what turned her into a psychopath? Was she born that way? Is social media to blame? We’ll never know, because not a hint is given. I don’t mind ambiguity, but even a morsel would have been welcome in this case. As Kiya ramps up her reckless exhibitionistic extremes, the stakes are never raised. In the end, who cares? Maybe that’s the point.

A word of warning: If you plan on watching this movie while chomping snacks…don’t. There is stomach-turning scene after vomit-inducing scene of orgiastic easting, binging, and the inevitable purging. I’m sure it’s all metaphorical mastication, a cutting comment on disposable consumption. I get it. But I don’t wanna look at it, again and again and again. Having said that, Like Me is an experimental film and in its presentation of such grotesquery, it’s quite accomplished. Montages, split-screens and jittered motions are scattered throughout, showing us all sorts of unpleasant things…Kudos to the editor.

I didn’t hate Like Me. But I do think one has to be in the mood for a movie such as this. It’s not an easy or entertaining watch, but it is a peculiar and thought-provoking one. There’s some style and mastery behind the camera, and I am curious to see what first-time writer-director Rob Mockler comes up with next.

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Funko Giving Jurassic Park the Pop! Treatment as Only They Can

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It is no secret we’re BIG fans of Funko’s Pop! Vinyl line here at DC HQ, and now they’ve announced a new series that has made our hearts just about burst… read on for a look at Pop! Movies: Jurassic Park, heading our way in February. The regular figures are awesome on their own, but wait until you see the exclusives!

From the Funko Blog:
Jurassic Park fans, get excited! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic film’s appearance on the silver screen, Jurassic Park is coming to Pop!

This series of Pop! features paleontologist Dr. Grant, Jurassic Park CEO John Hammond, mathematician Dr. Malcolm, and embryo-smuggler Dennis Nedry. (Keep an eye out for Dr. Ellie Sattler in Pop! Rides coming soon.)

We couldn’t forget the Jurassic Park dinosaurs! Featured in this line are the great T. rex, Velociraptor, and Dilophsaurus. Look for the Dilophosaurus chase, a rarity of 1-in-6.

Be on the lookout for exclusives. At Target you can find a wounded Dr. Malcolm, and the Dennis Nedry and Dilophosaurus 2-pack is available only at Entertainment Earth.

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