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EVERLY - Final international Poster[1][1]Starring Salma Hayek, Jennifer Blanc, Togo Igawa, Akie Kotabe, Hiroyuki Watanabe

Directed by Joe Lynch


Acclaimed filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard once wrote, “All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.” Though plenty of films that have come along over the years have proven the Frenchman quite wrong, his immortal words have never felt more truthful than they do in the wake of Everly‘s VOD release.

Though, in fairness, Everly delivers a girl and about 15 different guns – as well as a handful of enemy-obliterating grenades. But still. You get what I’m trying to say.

Directed by “horror guy” Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2), Everly stars Salma Hayek as the title character, who has found herself enemy #1 of her ex-boyfriend – who happens to be a ruthless mob boss by the name of Taiko. Everly has betrayed Taiko to the point that her murder is the only thing that will bring him inner peace, and the vengeful mobster vows to end her life before the day is through.

Holed up in the lavish apartment building she once shared with Taiko, Everly is forced to spend the day fighting for her life, battling a seemingly endless array of bad guys/girls in her quest for survival. And thank god for the assault rifles and various deadly weapons that are hidden underneath the floorboards and stashed all around the premises – mob bosses, am I right?

Joe Lynch is a filmmaker who has more than ingratiated himself to us horror fans over the years, bursting onto the scene in 2007 with Wrong Turn 2 and immediately letting us all know that he’s one of us. From there, Lynch directed the wraparound segment of anthology film Chillerama as well as his follow-up feature, Knights of Badassdom, and he also portrayed a heightened version of himself in the FEARnet original series “Holliston.”

His first film that doesn’t quite fit into the horror genre, Everly is nevertheless the one that lets us know precisely who Joe Lynch is as a filmmaker, as Wrong Turn 2 was a part of an established franchise while Knights of Badassdom was infamously given a Lynch-less makeover in the editing suite. And that right there is the beauty of his third film. Like last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Everly feels like a direct feed into the brain of its maker, and with it Lynch proves that his is a brain worth hanging out in.

More than anything, Everly is an exercise in taking a simple premise and squeezing optimum entertainment factor out of it, and boy, does it ever. With very little backstory provided or needed, the stage is set right from the word go, as we’re introduced to a sexy lady who’s in a whole lot of trouble and who happens to have many weapons at her disposal. The precise trouble she’s in, or why she’s in it, matters very little, as Everly is the sort of movie that reminds us why we fell in love with movies in the first place: because they entertain us.

Playing out like a video game – and holy shit, I really want to play a video game based on this movie – Everly is 90 minutes of pure entertainment, as Salma Hayek’s utterly badass character shoots, chops and explodes her way through a never-ending onslaught of freaks and deviants. It’s as if everyone in the entire world is out to kill her, and to speak any further about the specific baddies that enter her apartment would quite frankly ruin the wholly unexpected fun of the proceedings – suffice to say, it’s a colorful cast of bounty hunters.

To complain that Everly lacks any real substance is missing the point of what Lynch has presented here, as the film is, at the end of the day, exploitation cinema at its finest. A bullet-ridden, blood-soaked homage to the brand of cinema that guys like Tarantino and Miike specialize in, Everly aims to please that particular audience and does precisely that, though I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the fact that there’s a whole lot of heart underneath all the violence.

As Everly, Salma Hayek is thoroughly badass and drop-dead-sexy, but her performance also lends some unexpected emotional weight to the proceedings. Taiko aims to not just kill Everly but also her mother and young daughter, and you might be surprised by how much you find yourself caring about the character and her plight. Hayek’s Everly is unquestionably one of the great female action heroes of our time, single-handedly filling a cinematic gap that desperately needed to be filled.

So many movies promise to deliver what Everly promises to deliver and come up short in that quest, and Everly is one of the rare movies that does precisely what it says it’s going to do. The film is of course at its most entertaining when Hayek is brutally dispatching her adversaries, though Lynch manages to make the downtime feel like anything but – the post-mayhem cleanup is as fun as the mayhem itself, for example. From start to finish, Everly is just plain fun, and that’s really all it needs, wants or desires to be.

If Everly is what it looks like when Joe Lynch has full creative control, then I look forward to seeing what else Lynch does when he’s in charge of his own creations. Yes, he’s still one of us, but his future’s so bright that I’m pretty sure we’re going to have to start sharing him with the rest of the world. And that’s totally fine with me… if it means more movies like this one.

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Contest: Find Bigfoot With a Primal Rage Double-Sided Mini-Poster!

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On February 27th, Fathom Events will be hosting a one-night theater event for Primal Rage, the Bigfoot horror film based on Native American mythology! Tickets for the event are already on sale through Fathom and we’re here to spice up the screening a little more by offering five lucky readers the chance to win a double-sided mini-poster! The back side includes behind-the-scenes images.

To enter, all you have to do is fill out the form below! If you want to see what the poster looks like, here are some images:

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Lost deep in the forest of the Pacific Northwest, Ashley and Max Carr are stalked by a terrifying creature that might be Bigfoot. Soon they find themselves embroiled in a strange land of Native American myth and legend turned real. Hopelessly trying to survive, with a handful of unsavory locals, they must fight back against this monster in a desperate battle of life or death.

Directed by Patrick Magee, who co-wrote the film with Jay Lee, Primal Rage stars Andrew Joseph Montgomery, Casey Gagliardi, Eloy Casados, Justin Rain and Marshal Hilton.

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All The Creatures Were Stirring Poster Will Make Fear Decorating Your Christmas Tree

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Later this year, the holidays will run red when FallBack Plan Productions and Evil Squared’s Christmas horror film All The Creatures Were Stirring is released! In anticipation of the feature, a poster illustrated by Devon Whitehead has made its way online and you can see it in all its glory by giving it a cheeky little click!

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When an awkward date on Christmas Eve leads a couple into a strange theater, they’re treated to a bizarre and frightening collection of Christmas stories, featuring a wide ensemble of characters doing their best to avoid the horrors of the holidays. From boring office parties and last-minute shopping, to vengeful stalkers and immortal demons, there’s plenty out there to fear this holiday season.

Written and directed by Rebekah and David Ian McKendry, All The Creatures Were Stirring stars Constance Wu, Jonathan Kite, Jocelin Donahue, Graham Skipper, Mark Kelly, Megan Duffy, Ashley Clements, Morgan Peter Brown, Matt Long, Stephanie Drake, Catherine Parker and Amanda Fuller.

All The Creatures Were Stirring has a planned release date of late 2018.

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Robert Pattinson Joins The Lighthouse From the Director of The Witch

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Robert Eggers made us all turn our heads with his directing debut The Witch a few years back, and so we are eagerly awaiting his new film The Lighthouse from RT Features and A24.

“I am extremely happy to be working with RT, A24, and Parts & Labor again,” Eggers says. “Along with New Regency, they are providing me and my collaborators with the support and freedom to make this film the way it needs to be made. It’s a privilege.”

Last week we learned that Willem Dafoe has joined the cast of Eggers’ new film and today we have word via Deadline that Robert Pattinson will be joining in on the spooky fun as well.

RT Features’ Teixeira called Pattinson “one of the most talented actors working today. We are excited to work with him and Eggers, a singular filmmaker whose unique vision we support. Our collaboration on The Witch was flawless, and we look forward to reuniting along with our partners at A24, Parts & Labor and New Regency.”

The film is being described as “a fantasy horror story set in the world of old sea-faring myths” and is all set to go into production in the spring.

A24 said in a statement that they are “beyond excited to be partnering again with Rob Eggers, a true visionary and one of the great filmmakers of his generation. This new script blew us away — it creates a totally unique and ambitious universe and manages to somehow feel scary, suspenseful, wondrous and beautiful all at the same time. We can’t wait to work with Rob and his team and our partners at RT Features, Parts & Labor and New Regency to help bring this story to life.”

A24 acquired worldwide rights and will distribute the film in the U.S. New Regency (The Revenant) has joined the project as a co-financier.

“I love that we’re getting the band back together again,” Parts & Labor’s Jay Van Hoy says. “This time with old friend and new star player Youree Henley. Like The Witch, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

We’ll let you know as soon as we hear more on Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse, but until then let us know what you think thus far below!

The film is directed by Robert Eggers (The Witch) from a script by Eggers and Max Eggers. Rodrigo Teixeira and Lourenço Sant’ Anna are producing alongside Jay Van Hoy and Youree Henley and the film stars Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe.

The Lighthouse begins shooting this spring.

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