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Fantasia 2013: First Wave Titles Announced Including The World's End, The Conjuring, Big Bad Wolves, Cheap Thrills, Magic Magic, and More!While we here in the States are getting ready for San Diego Comic-Con, our friends to the North are prepping for the grandaddy of film fests, Fantasia, which kicks off at the same time.

Here’s the first announcement of what you crazy Canucks and your guests from around the world will see there.

From the Press Release:
The Fantasia Film Festival is coming back, and coming soon. From July 18 to August 6, Montreal will be home to a showcase of over 100 feature films from around the world, along with a wealth of special events, conferences, and parties. Audiences can look forward to discovering numerous World and International premieres, as well as the Canadian debuts of some of the most acclaimed genre works from this year’s Cannes, Sundance, SXSW, Berlin, and Tribeca film festivals. The festival’s full lineup of screenings and events will be announced on July 9. For now, we are pleased to reveal a small sampling of highlights to whet proverbial whistles.

Without further ado, let’s begin… with the end.

OFFICIAL CLOSING FILM – Edgar Wright’s The World’s End (Canadian Premiere)
Fantasia 2013 will come wildly to a close on the night of August 6 with the Canadian premiere of UK filmmaker Edgar Wright’s hotly anticipated apocalyptic comedy THE WORLD’S END, starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Rosamund Pike, and Martin Freeman. As Fantasia was the site of the Canadian Premieres of Wright’s landmark 2004 debut SHAUN OF THE DEAD as well as his most recent SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD, we couldn’t think of a better way to close this year’s festival. Joining us in Montreal will be director Edgar Wright and select members of the cast.

SPECIAL LIVE THEATRE EVENT – Clive Barker’s A History of the Devil
Fantasia will again be delving into the realm of live theatre with a special three-night engagement of Title 66 Productions’ acclaimed adaptation of Clive Barker’s play A HISTORY OF THE DEVIL. An epic show to stage, HISTORY weaves a tale told across thousands of years over the span of a near three-hour running time. Director Jeremy Michael Segal and his team have created a macabre mounting that writhes with visual invention and primal acrobatics of performance. Black divinity will strike on August 1, 2 and 3, at Place des Arts’ Cinquième Salle.

CONJURE UP THE FRIGHT OF A LIFETIME – James Wan’s The Conjuring
Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, and Joey King star in James Wan’s THE CONJURING – one of the most frightening, intelligent, and well-executed supernatural horror films in recent memory. From the director of INSIDIOUS and SAW. Official Selection: Los Angeles Film Festival 2013. Part of our Opening Night festivities, this Special Screening is hosted by Actress Joey King.

A Lifetime Achievement Award for Andrzej Żuławski
For his singular vision, passion, and bravery, Fantasia is bestowing our 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award to the great Polish master Andrzej Żuławski, director of such individualistic and award-winning acts of filmmaking as POSSESSION, LA FEMME PUBLIQUE and L’AMOUR BRAQUE. A gifted and enormously unconventional talent, Zulawski has created some of the most breathtakingly unique films you will ever see. Feverishly cinematic and often controversial, Żuławski’s filmography explodes with dizzyingly evocative imagery, primal, animalistic performances and raw sexuality and emotion. His work pulverizes societal norms with surrealism, grotesquerie and above all else, honesty, ferociously buzzing with poetry and a black sense of humour. He has remained pure throughout his career, never compromising for the sake of mainstream appeal. Fantasia will give the award to Mr Żuławski at a special screening of SZAMANKA on the night of July 25. We will also be screening L’AMOUR BRAQUE as a special co-presentation with the Cinémathèque québécoise.

In conjunction with this special event, Fantasia will be co-presenting (with the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies) a rare exhibition of the work of Barbara ‘Basia’ Baranowska – best known in North America for her poster for Zulawski’s Possession – the unsung hero of Polish poster art. To kick off the BASHA exhibition, leading scholar of Eastern European cult cinema Daniel Bird will give a talk on the history, styles and influence of the Polish Poster School, including rare clips and stills.

In addition, Mr Żuławski will be participating in Fantasia’s Frontières International Co-Production Market with a new project, DARK MATTER, to be produced by Marcin Wierzchosławski.

We invite you to join us in celebrating the astonishing work of Andrzej Żuławski, one-of-a-kind genius of cinema. Presented with the generous support of the Polish Film Institute.

Additional First Wave highlights at Fantasia 2013 include:

ACROSS THE RIVER
Italy – Dir: Lorenzo Bianchini
A brilliant opposition of new and old narratives, this chilling discovery from Italy is the most downright efficient atmospheric horror film you’ll see anywhere this year, haunting with a slow-building, intense crescendo approach to its atmosphere of disorientation and dread. From the director of Custodes Bestiae. World Premiere.

BIG BAD WOLVES
Israel – Dirs: Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado
Described in its official marketing as ”a brutal comedy for a mad mad mad mad world”, this gripping, genre-bending tale of vengeance and fury is one of the greatest films you will see anywhere this year. Its launch at the Tribeca Film Festival deservedly saw it emerge as the single best-reviewed title in the festival’s lineup. Canadian Premiere. Hosted by Directors Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado.

CHEAP THRILLS
USA – Dir: E.L. Katz
The directorial debut from E.L. Katz stars Pat Healy (Compliance) as a recently fired father facing eviction who agrees to take on an escalating series of insane challenges in exchange for cash payments from a rich couple with a twisted sense of humor. Winner of the midnighter audience award at SXSW. Canadian Premiere. Hosted by Director E.L. Katz.

COMMANDO: A ONE MAN ARMY
India – Dir: Dilip Ghosh
Brace yourself for two solid hours of delirious action cinema featuring the superhumanly talented Vidyut Jamwal (THUPPAKKI), who dazzles in an arsenal of brilliantly choreographed, stunt-packed combat sequences that recall Jackie Chan in his prime. See COMMANDO and you will become an instant Jamwal fanatic. Period. North American Premiere.

DOOMSDAYS
USA – Dir: Eddie Mullins
Dirty Fred (Justin Rice) and Bruho (Leo Fitzpatrick) are convinced that the world is approaching its end and consequently see no reason to hold jobs or even have homes. An idiosyncratic instant classic “pre-apocalyptic comedy” evocative of early Jarmusch and Linklater, DOOMSDAYS is intelligent, hilarious and genuinely counter-cultural. It’s an astonishingly terrific debut from former critic Mullins. World Premiere. Hosted by Writer/Director Eddie Mullins.

HALLEY
Mexico – Dir: Sebastian Hofmann
A haunting and grotesque examination of urban loneliness and emotional decay, HALLEY reinvents the conventions of the modern zombie film by treating the state of living death as a degenerative medical illness. A major breakout at this year’s Sundance and Rotterdam Film Festivals. Canadian Premiere. Hosted by Writer/Director Sebastian Hofman.

I’LL FOLLOW YOU DOWN
Canada – Dir: Richie Mehta
Haley Joel Osment and Gillian Anderson star in this captivating film that is equal parts ingenious science-fiction mystery and heart-wrenching human drama. This is the kind of smart, plausible sci-fi tale rarely told anymore in cinema, a precious gem created with absolute conviction that delivers like an existential powerhouse. From the Genie-nominated director of AMAL. World Premiere. Hosted by Writer/Director Richie Mehta and Producer Lee Kim.

IP MAN – THE FINAL FIGHT
Hong Kong – Dir: Herman Yau
The dynamic final chapter of the Ip Man saga! Controversial godfather of exploitation cinema Herman Yau, who helmed the popular prequel THE LEGEND IS BORN – IP MAN reunites with his award-winning UNTOLD STORY star Anthony Wong (an actual martial artist specializing in monkey kung fu) and displays his abilities in all their glory, while his high-caliber thespian skills yield a more nuanced Ip Man than Donnie Yen’s signature performance. Canadian Premiere.

IT’S ME, IT’S ME
Japan – Dir: Satoshi Miki
J-pop star Kazuya Kamenashi plays a slacker who multiplies himself until his life becomes a bizarre nightmare in this mix of off-the-wall comedy, realistic science-fiction and surreal thriller by genius filmmaker Satoshi Miki (ADRIFT IN TOKYO). Canadian Premiere. Hosted by Writer / Director Satoshi Miki.

L’AUTRE MONDE (The Otherworld)
France – Dir: Richard Stanley
The director of HARDWARE and DUST DEVIL returns with an astonishing documentary journey into life on the other side of the mirror. Dive with him into a place hidden deep in the South of France, untouched by the modern age, known as “the Zone”, where magic is currency and the supernatural is a part of every day life. World Premiere. Hosted by Director / Co-Writer Richard Stanley, Co-Writer Scarlett Amaris, Composer Simon Boswell, editor Patrick Tremblay and Cinematographer Karim Hussain.

LIBRARY WARS
Japan – Dir: Shinsuke Sato
In 2019, an elite squad has to fight to save books from aggressive government censorship. Reminiscent of FAHRENHEIT 451, yet surprisingly playful, LIBRARY WARS will keep you on the edge of your seat with its epic action sequences, brilliantly crafted by Shinsuke Sato (GANTZ). Canadian Premiere. Hosted by Director Shinsuke Sato.

MAGIC MAGIC
USA – Dir: Sebastian Silva
Juno Temple and Michael Cera star in this Polanski-esque, paranoia-tinged psychological thriller that haunted all manner of psyches at Sundance and Cannes. Canadian Premiere.

METRO MANILA
UK/Philippines – Dir: Sean Ellis
A provincial farming family migrates to the heartless big city of Manila and find themselves pulled into a sinkhole of crime and corruption in this gripping, moving thriller that took home the audience award at Sundance. An incredible film. Canadian Premiere.

RETURN TO NUKE ‘EM HIGH, VOL. ONE
USA – Dir: Lloyd Kaufman
The brilliant, maniacal mind behind Troma Entertainment triumphantly returns to Fantasia with the hotly-anticipated first chapter of his epic new masterwork – and you’d better be ready for Lloyd Kaufman like you’ve never seen! When evil once more roams the halls of exploitation cinema’s most infamous high school, the demented residents of Tromaville must band together one more time to take down bad taste… and replace it with something even more foul! World Premiere. Hosted by Director Lloyd Kaufman.

THE WEIGHT
South Korea – Dir: Jeon Kyu-hwan
A hunchbacked mortician takes delicate care of corpses before they rest for eternity and encounters broken characters as strange as the funeral rituals he sees. Evocative of an especially taboo-smashing version of DELICATESSEN-era Jean-Pierre Jeunet, THE WEIGHT is a major discovery in the annals of subversive cinema. North American Premiere.

WILLOW CREEK
USA – Dir: Bobcat Goldthwait
Bobcat Goldthwait, celebrated comedian and brilliant director of such black comedy masterpieces as SHAKES THE CLOWN, WORLD’S GREATEST DAD and GOD BLESS AMERICA shifts gears and veers off into left field with this chilling, subjectively shot horror film about a couple on an exploration into all things Bigfoot who stumble onto things most unusual. International Premiere. Hosted by Writer / Director Bobcat Goldthwait.

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Friday the 13th: The Game Welcomes Back Shelly Finkelstein This Monday!

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Earlier this past year, all of us Friday the 13th Part 3 fans we delighted when “Friday the 13th: The Game” added in Fox (Gloria Charles) as a playable character.

And now we have the announcement that another beloved character from Friday the 13th Part 3 will be joining the game this December.

Yes, Shelly Finkelstein (Larry Zerner) will be coming back to Camp Crystal Lake!

The Shelly playable character will be available for free with the latest patch. The new update will be coming for PS4 and Steam on Monday, Dec. 18th. The Xbox One patch to follow shortly.

Below you can watch the announcement trailer which was posted on Twitter earlier tonight.

After giving it a watch make sure to let us know how excited you are to see Shelly (aka the man who gave Jason his mask) back in action below!

Shelly Finkelstein hits Friday the 13th: The Game for PS4 and Steam on Monday, Dec. 18th.

Welcome Back Shelly!

The man responsible for 'handing' Jason his mask, Shelly Finkelstein will be coming back to Camp Crystal Lake to troll his fellow counselors…that is until Jason shows up! Get Shelly for free with the latest patch!The latest update will be coming for PS4 and Steam on Monday, Dec. 18th with the Xbox One patch to follow shortly!

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Graham Humphreys Reveals His Poster For An American Werewolf In London

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Graham Humphreys continues to cement his position as one of the top horror artists in the business with his stunning new poster for An American Werewolf in London. This piece was created as a private commission, and fans of John Landis’ 1981 classic are going to love it. You can view the final design of this incredible poster below.

Final design with text.

Graham also provided us with a detailed statement about the creation of the piece, along with a bunch of screen grabs taken throughout the process. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you can see how the final image looks before the text was added. In case you missed it earlier, you can also check out our extended interview with Graham here.

Exclusive Statement from Graham Humphreys
As a commercial artist and illustrator, there is only limited scope to make a job entirely your own – so with each project you are answering a brief in order to fulfill the needs of a client. Of course, the client may choose to give you free reign, though this is with the understanding that you are acknowledging their needs and thus expected to work within certain unspoken parameters. Mostly, these confines are defined by how a product is to be sold, licensing instructions and an understanding a market. With this in mind, the client is paying and thus nominally always right… though it would be unprofessional not to make them aware that other options might work better for them!

Without these commercial constraints, a private commission can remove the barriers because no market is to be met and there is only the artist and the private client to answer to. Creating a poster for a familiar and heavily licensed title is an entirely different prospect if it is not going to be generating money in the public domain and is thus essentially ‘fan art’. Unlike say, a T-shirt company ripping off someone elses art and charging money for the printed image, or perhaps a poster reproduced without permission by either the license owner or artist, then sold for profit.

Here, Dread Central have asked me to talk through one such commission, ‘An American Werewolf in London’, painted as a private commission for an individual that wishes to own a unique image that they themselves have made happen. NB: All likenesses and specific imagery (including the title and names etc) are subject to license and copyright and not for any use other than as examples of a work in progress (and of course, all rights are reserved!). Just need to make sure that it absolutely clear!

The client had commissioned two previous posters from me (as well as numerous poster designs from fellow artists), so a basic understanding of expectations had already been established.

My work begins by watching the film from beginning to end – to re-establish my own connection to the film (if one already exists). I saw ‘An American Werewolf in London’ (in London!) on it’s first run and the proximity to many of the locations (Tottenham Court Road tube station, Piccadilly Circus, being the obvious ones) made it instantly impressionable for me. Existing posters, in particular the official theatrical versions and various home-entertainment sleeves, focused on a limited image pool. My job was to find new ways of representing the film, free of the past baggage, but also to listen to my clients requirements.

Looking for a fresh perspective means avoiding the familiar stills that have defined the past marketing, this is achieved by making screen grabs from the DVD or blu-ray. As with most commercial jobs, I generally make a selection of about 40 images, then review these reducing the number to about 15 that have the best narrative potential, including a good visual range of actor expressions and reactions. My client required the Werewolf, London references, the moors, David and Jack, a full moon and the ‘Slaughtered Lamb’ pub sign… then whatever else I chose to include.

On the basis of the selected screen grabs, I make necessary light and contrast adjustments in photoshop, make them greyscale (removing the distraction of colour) and print them out at a size I can easily trace in pencil onto paper. All the pencil sketches are then scanned into photoshop, so that I can rearrange, resize and move around in order to determine the best layout, one which tells a story and has a visual impact. (I find it’s better to present sketched layouts rather than a photocomp’s, partly because the photographic material is usually of varying quality, but also because a pencil rough is more fluid and does not dictate the final impression).

Selected screen grabs.

Selected screen grabs 2.

My first idea involved a portrait of David looking lost and frightened (I felt this was essential to the story), the Werewolf with it’s head bursting through the cinema shutters/signage (the idea of breaking the fourth wall), the decomposing Jack (a perfect metaphor for David’ s own life falling apart), his nightmare of the home invasion (one of the most effective and horrific moments in the film, I felt), plus Brian Glover’s ‘Slaughtered Lamb’ local – a look that defines rednecks and racists the word over when confronted by ‘other’!). I also wanted to add the tube attack victim to open up the carnage. Although Jenny Agutter’s nurse added the romantic dimension for an audience that expects the convention, I wanted to concentrate on David’s story, so chose to only include her face as if she were painted on the shutters, ie. a film poster element.

I was surprised that the client didn’t want the home invasion creatures, nor the reference to the sleazy cinema hordings (which I thought made a good location gag – obviously not!), they also did not want the rotting Jack. It was disappointing to lose these great horror elements, especially as they’d particularly wanted ‘horror’! But a compromise was reached by including the transformation scene at the bottom, and reinstating the moors (which I’d thought unnecessary).

Fortunately, my second sketch was well received and the painting could commence.

On the basis of the selected screen grabs, I make necessary light and contrast adjustments in photoshop, make them greyscale (removing the distraction of colour) and print them out at a size I can easily trace in pencil onto paper. All the pencil sketches are then scanned into photoshop, so that I can rearrange, resize and move around in order to determine the best layout, one which tells a story and has a visual impact. (I find it’s better to present sketched layouts rather than a photocomp’s, partly because the photographic material is usually of varying quality, but also because a pencil rough is more fluid and does not dictate the final impression).

Once I have my sketch approved I reintroduced the photographic source material over the sketched parts, so that my layout remains exactly as approved and so that I’ll have the best possible likenesses to trace onto the watercolour paper.

Early sketched elements.

I usually have a basic idea of what colours I’m going to use. In this instance I knew that I wanted a silvery blue moonlight to bathe the entire image, but also the contrast of the orange glow of artificial lighting, the pub and cinema foyer. I knew the big splash of red in the wolf’s jaw would jump out, becoming the focal point. This painting took about three days to complete, the sketch process (including the grabs) about a day upfront.

Composition design.

The final painting was scanned and all the text added in photoshop.

My client will now make a full size poster print, to be framed, from the file I send him. Next up, ‘The Thing’!

Final painting before text was added.

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Syfy Renews Z Nation for a 5th Season; Season 4 Finale Airs Tonight!

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Syfy’s popular zombie series “Z Nation” just keeps shambling on, and tonight the two-episode Season 4 finale, “Mt. Weather/The Black Rainbow,” airs. If you’re a fan of the show, we have good news for you… it’s not over yet as David Latt of The Asylum has announced on Twitter the pickup of “Z Nation” for a 5th season! So you can expect lots more adventures with the gang in 2018.

Below is the official word from David along with a brief synopsis of what’s ahead tonight in the finale, which kicks off at 9/8c.

Synopsis:
In the mind-bending two-hour Season 4 finale, Warren and the team must stop Zona from launching operation Black Rainbow, which will cleanse the landscape of both zombies and humans. In Part 2 the secret of Warren’s Black Rainbow dream is unlocked when they reach their final destination. The cast includes Kellita Smith as Roberta Warren, Keith Allan as Murphy, Russell Hodgkinson as Doc, Nat Zang as 10K, Gracie Gillam as Sgt. Lilley, DJ Qualls as Citizen Z, Ramona Young as Kaya, Justin Torrence as President Donald Trump, Michael Berryman as The Founder, Micheal Daks as Mr. Sunshine, Anastasia Baranova as Addy, Sydney Viengluang as Sun Mei, Joseph Gatt as The Man, and Natalie Jongjaroenlarp as Red.

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