From April 23rd to May 4th the Tribeca Film Festival once again takes hold of New York City, presenting films from across the globe in a wide range of flavors to suit every taste. Of course, you of the greatest of taste are on Dread Central, so you bark back, “Hey, Nomad! Where’s the gore?!” Tribeca does not disappoint as their Midnight Selection take shape. This is by no means the end all and be all, as the show’s line-up has just begun to take shape, but here are some highlights you’ll want to make note of.
The Cottage, directed and written by Paul Andrew Williams. With Doug Bradley, Andy Serkis, Jennifer Ellison – International Premiere Narrative. A kidnapping plot goes horribly awry when two brothers and their potty-mouthed hostage stumble into the wrong farmhouse in this gory horror-comedy.
Dying Breed (we last told you about it “>here), directed by Jody Dwyer, written by Michael Boughen, Rod Morris, and Dwyer. With Nathan Phillips and Leigh Wannell – World Premiere Narrative. Inspired by the legends of a 19th Century cannibal and an extinct tiger, this brutal horror-thriller centers on four friends who find out that something — or someone — murderous lurks in the rain-slogged Australian bush. Visit the official Dying Breed site to learn more!
From Within (we last told you about it “>here), directed by Phedon Papamichael, written by Brad Keene – World Premiere Narrative. Evil comes from within in this smart, supernatural thriller set in a small extremist evangelical town that is mysteriously afflicted with serial suicides. Up-and-coming cast includes Elizabeth Rice, Thomas Dekker (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”), Laura Allen (“Dirt”), and Rumer Willis.
Killer Movie (last mentioned “>here), directed and written by Jeff Fisher. With Jason London (the Dazed one, not the Mallrat), Kaley Cuoco, J.C Chasez (of NSYNC) and Paul Wesley – World Premiere Narrative. A reality TV director copes with a spoiled celebutante and a show gone haywire when a masked killer starts bumping off the crew in this slasher satire from a director who did time working on “The Simple Life”.
Sick Nurses (Suay Laak Sai), directed by Thospol Sirivivat and Piraphan Laoyont, written by Chanop Sirikamolmas, Buddhiporn Boossbarati, Sirivivat, and Laoyont – New York Premiere Narrative. A vengeful ghost forces a group of sexy organ-harvesting nurses to confront their own demons in this deliriously twisted and vibrantly designed Thai splatterfest. Thai with English subtitles. A Magnet Release (the folks that brought you The Signal!)
Most of last year’s horror selections went on to theatrical releases, so this is your chance to catch them months before the rest of the world! Stay tuned for more info on the show as it gels, and be sure to run over to the official Tribeca site to read more about New York’s greatest film festival.
Night Tide, directed and written by Curtis Harrington. (USA, 1961) – World Premiere Restoration. Restored by the Academy Film Archive, with funding provided by The Film Foundation. Courtesy of Milestone Film and Video. The feature debut of the versatile Curtis Harrington (1926-2007) stars a young Dennis Hopper, and until now has not been seen on 35mm since the ’60s. Set in an amusement park, Harrington’s film blends a romantic mystery story with elements of film noir and the horror genre, the film?s atmosphere enhanced by David Raksin’s Laura) melodic score. On leave in a shore side town, Johnny becomes interested in a young dark haired woman. They meet and he learns that she plays a mermaid in the local carnival. After strange occurrences, Johnny begins to believe that she may actually be a real mermaid that habitually kills during the cycle of the full moon. Preceded by a Harrington experimental short film
Let The Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in),
directed by Tomas Alfredson, written by John Ajvide Lindqvist (“>Poster and trailer here). – North American Premiere. Based on Lindqvist’s best-selling novel, this beautifully touching tale tells of the first romance for bullied 12-year-old Oskar and the girl next door, Eli … who also happens to be a vampire. Swedish with English subtitles. A Magnet Release.
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