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Etheria Film Night Event Report: Red Carpet and Q&A Coverage from the U.S. Premiere of SoulmateEtheria Film Night is a one-night event showcase of the best new horror, science fiction, fantasy, action, and thriller films from emerging female directors, headed by the tireless trio of Heidi Honeycutt, Stacy Hammon, and Kayley Viteo.

Several fun events led up to the festival – including the “Dress My Mess” shopping extravaganza sponsored by local vintage clothing stores and a fabulous dinner for the filmmakers and festival peeps hosted by Mo Fitzgibbon.

When the big day finally arrived on Saturday, July 12, 2014, everyone was primed to check out Axelle Carolyn’s feature film debut (and the featured selection), Soulmate, at the historic Egyptian Theatre in the heart of Hollywood, CA.

In Gothic horror tradition, the story follows an emotionally fragile, recently widowed young woman named Audrey (Anna Walton) after she moves to the countryside to pause and reflect before getting her life back on track. When she realizes the cottage she’s renting is haunted, Audrey decides to stay and strikes up an odd relationship with the ghost (Tom Wisdom).

With nearly all practical effects and a phantom presence that’s mostly corporeal (in the same vein as classic ghost movies The Ghost & Mrs. Muir and The Uninvited), this film showcases the natural beauty of its limited locations and makes the most of mystery and suspense to augment its horror and supernatural elements. An excellent score and superb cinematography bring it all home.

In regard to the cinematography – which everyone was talking about after the screening – Carolyn said (in the Q&A) that it was a very happy accident. The DP she originally hired to shoot the film dropped out a mere three weeks before shooting was to commence, and so Carolyn hit the internet and began looking at reels. The one that stood out was, without a doubt, Sara Deane’s. Indeed, Soulmate fit right into the Etheria Film Night edict: female writer-director and DP with a convincing woman in the lead.

When asked why Soulmate was deemed a “video nasty” in the UK, Carolyn laughed and said it’s the most ridiculous thing and was totally unexpected as there is no nudity, excessive gore, sex, or extreme violence in the film at all. The ratings board’s reasoning was, because a suicidal character is shown cutting its veins lengthwise instead of going across the wrist, the film could teach youngsters how to properly kill themselves.

As it stands now, Soulmate is awaiting distribution in the U.S.

Following the screening was a fabulous red carpet cocktail reception in the sprawling art deco style courtyard. Several genre luminaries were spotted, including directors Darren Bousman, Mike Mendez, Don Mancini, and Andrew Kasch; writers Frank Woodward, John Skipp, Jeffrey Reddick, and Jackson Stewart; actors Ruben Pla and Bill Moseley; artist Aaron Kai; and composer Joseph Bishara. Horror personalities Spooky Dan Walker, Snow Mercy, and Jill Kill were also in attendance.

Head over to the Etheria Film Night website or the Etheria Night Facebook page for more info.

Etheria Film Night Event Report: Red Carpet and Q&A Coverage from the U.S. Premiere of Soulmate

Etheria Film Night Event Report: Red Carpet and Q&A Coverage from the U.S. Premiere of Soulmate

Etheria Film Night Event Report: Red Carpet and Q&A Coverage from the U.S. Premiere of Soulmate

Etheria Film Night Event Report: Red Carpet and Q&A Coverage from the U.S. Premiere of Soulmate

Etheria Film Night Event Report: Red Carpet and Q&A Coverage from the U.S. Premiere of Soulmate

Etheria Film Night Event Report: Red Carpet and Q&A Coverage from the U.S. Premiere of Soulmate

Etheria Film Night Event Report: Red Carpet and Q&A Coverage from the U.S. Premiere of Soulmate

Etheria Film Night Event Report: Red Carpet and Q&A Coverage from the U.S. Premiere of Soulmate

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Did You Catch Chucky and King Kong’s Cameo in the Trailer For Steven Spielberg’s New Movie?

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You may remember a few months back there was a kick-ass trailer for Steven Spielberg’s new action-adventure flick Ready Player One that sported a quick glimpse of not only Freddy Krueger, but Stephen King’s Christine as well.

If those slick horror nods weren’t enough for you, today we have the new trailer for the film and guess who shows up? Yep, you guess it (from the headline) but Mr. Charles Lee Ray lends a helping knife to a battle, and the king of the jungle, Kong himself!

Very cool.

The cameos in the trailer is one of those “blink-and-you’ll-miss-it” things, but let’s hope he has a bit more screentime in the actual movie. By the way, is Ready Player One reminding anyone else of the “Imagination Land” episode(s) of “South Park”…?

You can check out the trailer below and then make sure to let us know what you think!

The film is directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the novel by Ernie Cline, and stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, T.J. Miller, Hannah John-Kamen, and Letitia Wright.

Ready Player One hits theaters March 30, 2018.

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In the near future, outcast teenager Wade Watts escapes from his bleak surroundings by logging in to the OASIS, a globally networked virtual utopia where users can lead idyllic alternate lives. When the eccentric billionaire who created the OASIS dies, he offers up his vast fortune as the prize in an elaborate treasure hunt. Along with gamers from around the world, Wade joins the adventure, and quickly finds himself pitted against powerful corporate foes and other ruthless competitors who will do anything, in the oasis or the real world, to reach the treasure first.

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The Shape of Water Scores 7 Nominations at This Year’s Golden Globes

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Earlier today we let you know Jordan Peele’s horror-thriller Get Out scored nods at this year’s Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture and Best Actor – both in the Comedy category.

Strange.

That said, another film from our beloved genre is getting some love in the form of writer-director Guillermo del Toro’s new creature feature The Shape of Water.

The film was given nominations in a staggering 7 categories including Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for Sally Hawkins, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture for Octavia Spencer, and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture for Richard Jenkins.

Del Toro also scored nods for his work as director and co-screenwriter for the film.

You can check out the full list of nominations right HERE.

The film is directed by Guillermo del Toro, written by Vanessa Taylor and del Toro, and stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stulbarg, and Doug Jones.

The Shape of Water is currently playing in theaters.

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In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

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Get Out Scores Golden Globe Nominations… as a Comedy

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It was a few weeks back now when we let you guys in on the rather puzzling news that the Golden Globes was considering Jordan Peele horror-thriller Get Out as a nominee…

As a comedy.

As strange as that news was, it seems it wasn’t a joke in its own right as Jordan Peele’s Get Out has scored a nomination for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. The news broke this morning with the full release of this year’s nominations via EW.

You can check out the full list HERE.

One cool thing is that actor Daniel Kaluuya also scored a nod for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – again, Musical or Comedy. Sad and borderline ridiculous that Peele didn’t score nods as director OR screenwriter. For shame, Golden Globes.

What do you think of this news? Are you just glad Get Out got SOME love from this year’s Gloden Globes, or could you care less about awards season? Let us know below!

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