the invitation trailer

If you’re the kind of person who already hates parties and social gatherings, Karyn Kusama‘s The Invitation is going to press your buttons in a very specific and unsettling way. This small-scale, slow-burning, intense gem is a special kind of cinematic nightmare – the one-location thriller where escape simply isn’t an option.

Drafthouse Films has released a new trailer for The Invitation and it’s a good one, playing up the film’s mystery and tension while side-stepping its various twists and turns.

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I had to include Karyn Kusama‘s The Invitation on my most anticipated movies of 2016 list. Even though I have already seen the film, I had to give it a shout-out. Kusama’s dramatic thriller is an excellent movie, a story that’s bound to grow richer on repeat viewings. With The Invitation opening in theaters next month, Drafthouse Films is kindly letting us debut the poster for the film.

Check out The Invitation poster below.

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The Invitation trailer

If The Invitation had been released last year, it would’ve made my top 10 films of the year list. I saw Karyn Kusama‘s unsettling thriller at last year’s Fantastic Fest, and for the past few months, I haven’t been able to shake it. Not just because it’s a rather unnerving experience, but because of how expertly structured, acted, and shot it is. This is a movie that fires on all cylinders.

After the jump, watch The Invitation trailer.

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raiders documentary

I have a soft spot for Drafthouse Films, one of the few film distribution companies whose ongoing mission statement seems to be “Oh, this movie is really good and/or weird, let’s buy it.” How else do you explain their astonishing library of movies, which includes everything from The Look of Silence and Miami Connection to The Overnighters and Dangerous Men? Now, they’ve gone and picked up another winner: Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made.

Raiders! is a documentary chronicling the kids who spent seven years shooting a shot-for-shot remake of Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, only to abandon the project with one sequence left. Then, decades later, they reunite to finish their project. It’s warm, sweet, funny, and surprisingly melancholy. Find additional details, including an early trailer for the film, below.

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dangerous men clip

I’ve seen Dangerous Men twice now and it’s just as brain-breaking as the trailer implies. John Rad‘s mesmerizing B-movie cocktail of sex, violence, and revenge brought the house down at this year’s Fantastic Fest and it will soon start collapsing movie theater roofs all over the nation (in a purely metaphorical manner, of course). There are a ton of great “bad” movies out there, but this film, shot over 26 years by a bootstrapping Iranian immigrant, is top-notch, grade-A insanity. There has never been anything else quite like it – it has no right to exist or to be seen in any format beyond a crummy VHS tape passed along from one curious set of hands to another. But here it is.

We’re pleased to present an exclusive new clip from Dangerous Men, which is being re-released by Drafthouse Films, a company that has a habit of rescuing odd and unusual films from oblivion. These 60 seconds represent only a tiny fraction of the movie’s pleasures. Know that the fight scene depicted in the video below isn’t even the most bizarre fight scene in the movie. There’s a lot more where this came from.

Prepare to have your psyche annihilated by the new Dangerous Men clip after the jump.

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dangerous men trailer

Dangerous Men is a very strange, very special beast that has to be seen to be believed. Although you could be forgiven for thinking it was written and shot by aliens who had never seen a movie (but had a few described to them), it’s actually the one and only film of the late John S. Rad. It’s a singular, glorious, totally unbelievable, jaw-droppingly bizarre, wonderfully tone-deaf slice of pure, uncut insanity. We can debate Rad’s lack of technical merits all day long, but Dangerous Men is bursting with imagination and life. Like Edward D. Wood Jr., here is a “bad” filmmaker whose work is cleverer and more brimming with personality than most movies made by professionals.

Now Drafthouse Films, the company that has previously resurrected long-lost masterpieces of total insanity like Miami Connection, The Visitor, and Roar!, has acquired Dangerous Men and plans to unleash it upon on an unsuspecting public.

Experience the Dangerous Men trailer for yourself after the jump.

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This year marked my first time attending the the Austin-based Fantastic Fest, and I’m glad I went. How good is the festival? Well, the first film I saw, which is no. 1 on this list, blew my socks off. The movies I saw after that grand introduction, for the most part, didn’t make for a downhill slope. After the jump, read about the 12 best films at Fantastic Fest 2015.

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Klown Forever photo

We’ve got a lot of ground to cover today, so let’s hit it. After the jump:

  • Get details on the Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation home video release
  • The Olsen twins are “always welcome” to drop by Fuller House
  • Drew Goddard says the studio really wanted a Cabin in the Woods 2
  • Mia Wasikowska says the Alice in Wonderland sequel has less CG
  • Drafthouse Films picks up Klown Forever for distribution in the U.S.
  • Now Homeland‘s Damian Lewis is the subject of “next James Bond” rumors
  • Exactly how many Aston Martin DB10s were destroyed in the making of Spectre?
  • Blade Runner 2 director Denis Villeneuve would like to make a Bond film
  • The Art of Kung Fu Panda 3 reveals another look at the sequel
  • The cast of Resident Evil 6 shares more photos from the set

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Keeping Room trailer

Brit Marling and Hailee Steinfeld star in Daniel Barber‘s twist on the Civil War drama, with Muna OtaruSam Worthington in supporting roles. The story, written by Julia Hart, follows Marling and Steinfeld as sisters who defend themselves and their home against assault by Yankee soldiers determined to get in towards the end of the war.

But things aren’t so simple; the two young women are slave owners, with Muna Otaru playing the woman who is bound to the home, and who is in just as much danger as the other two women, even if she isn’t part of their family. So the film has the ingredients to be a tense and possibly uncomfortable thriller with situations that go beyond the basic “survive a siege” plot. Check out The Keeping Room trailer below.  Read More »