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In November, we posted a trailer for Stuart Hazeldine‘s high-concept, low-budget thriller single-room real-time feature debut Exam, which premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival last Summer. IFC has since launched a genre label called IFC Midnight which will release the movie exclusively on Video On Demand beginning in July. QuietEarth calls the plot “Cube meets The Apprentice”. Here is the official plot synopsis:

Eight talented candidates have reached the final stage of selection to join the ranks of a mysterious and powerful corporation. Entering a windowless room, an Invigilator gives them eighty minutes to answer one simple question. He outlines three rules they must obey or be disqualified: don’t talk to him or the armed guard by the door, don’t spoil their papers and don’t leave the room. He starts the clock and leaves. The candidates turn over their question papers, only to find they’re completely blank.

I’ve always been a fan of minimalistic single-location stories, from Hard Candy to Saw, Jonathan Liebesman’s The Killing Room to most recently, Paranormal Activity and Buried. The trailer is now online and embedded after the jump. As always, leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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IFC Launches New Genre Label, IFC Midnight

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For the past year IFC has bought up a lot of left-field, genre and oddball movies to distribute in the States. It started with Antichrist — not such a weird buy, given the prestige status of Lars von Trier — and then went to Valhalla Rising, Human Centipede (First Sequence) and Enter the Void, among many others.

Now IFC has spun off a genre label called IFC Midnight, which is a name that has been used by the company for a slate of on demand films in the past. It sounds similar to Magnolia’s offshoot Magnet, and will send all these films to video on demand, DVD and some theatrical releases. Read More »

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Stuart Hazeldine‘s high-concept, low-budget thriller single-room real-time feature debut Exam premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival back in August. QuietEarth calls the plot “Cube meets The Apprentice”. Here is the official plot synopsis:

Eight talented candidates have reached the final stage of selection to join the ranks of a mysterious and powerful corporation. Entering a windowless room, an Invigilator gives them eighty minutes to answer one simple question. He outlines three rules they must obey or be disqualified: don’t talk to him or the armed guard by the door, don’t spoil their papers and don’t leave the room. He starts the clock and leaves. The candidates turn over their question papers, only to find they’re completely blank.

I’ve always been a fan of minimalistic single-location stories, from Hard Candy to Saw, Jonathan Liebesman’s The Killing Room to most recently, Paranormal Activity. The trailer is now online thanks to Empire, and embedded after the jump. As always, leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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