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Director Karyn Kusama made her directorial debut in 2000 with the critically acclaimed Girlfight. Her sophomore effort was the 2005 adaptation Æon Flux, which she didn’t have enough creative control over. Kusama’s third feature, 2009’s Jennifer’s Body, while divisive, isn’t without its fans. Since making that horror-comedy, Kusama has directed episodes for Halt and Catch Fire and The Man in the High Castle, but after a six-year wait, the director’s newest film, The Invitation, is now opening in theaters.

The unsettling thriller shows a dinner party gone wrong, told from the perspective of a potentially unreliable narrator, Will (Logan Marshall-Green). Written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, Kusama’s film is driven by an emotional and unsettling atmosphere, an uneasy sense of dread and loss we discussed with the director.

Below, read our Karyn Kusama interview.

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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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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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Director Karyn Kusama returns this year with The Invitation, which impressed the hell out of me when it debuted in the Midnight program at the recent SXSW film festival. The film watches as a couple (Logan Marshall-Green and Emayatzy Corinealdi) heads to a dinner party thrown by the guy’s former wife and her new partner (Tammy Blanchard and Michiel Huisman), where signs quickly begin to suggest that things are very much off with the hosts. They seem to have been recruited into a cult of some sort, but is their new mindset actually a problem, or just kinda weird?

The Invitation is a gripping thriller with a really ominous tone and a terrific ending. Now Drafthouse Films has picked up the movie for worldwide distribution. Read More »

2012 is already shaping up to be the biggest year yet of Adam Brody‘s post-OC career, as the actor books two more high-profile roles. One is Some Girls, a feature adaptation of Neil LaBute‘s recent play about an almost-married man who travels across the country to visit his ex-girlfriends. [Update: The Hollywood Reporter writes that Mad Men helmer Jennifer Getzinger will direct the drama.]

But Brody’s next project will likely be Rob Meltzer‘s Welcome to the Jungle, as that project will shoot next month in Puerto Rico. The story centers around a design firm that goes on retreat to a tropical island, only to become stranded and see Lord of the Flies-style chaos break out. Brody will play the protagonist, who must save his colleagues from a power-hungry leader. Brody’s only one of a rather eclectic cast that also includes Rob Huebel, Dennis Haysbert, Kristen Schaal, and Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Brody is currently filming Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s Lovelace, in which he plays porn star Harry Reems opposite Amanda Seyfried’s Linda Lovelace. This year also sees him starring in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress, the indie dramedy Revenge for Jolly!, and last year’s TIFF entry The Oranges.

After the jump, The Comedian fathers Hit Girl.

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Karyn Kusama is looking to follow up Jennifer’s Body, which she directed from Diablo Cody’s script, with The Rut, a film about a father and daughter who have a relationship based around hunting and survival. To make things more interesting, Chloe Moretz is in talks to star as the daughter. Read More »

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As Jennifer’s Body revs up to roll out this weekend, Karyn Kusama is hitting the town and giving plenty of promotional interviews. When asked about potential follow up pictures in the horror genre – an inevitable question, really – Kusama has let slip some tidbits about a rather interesting sounding project that she has herself co-written. And how is this for a pair of selling points for you: as well as revealing that Rachel Weisz is attached to the film, Kusama has evoked David Cronenberg in suggesting the particular kind of ‘body horror’ we can expect.

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Tonight Fox showed off what is roughly the first fifteen minutes of Jennifer’s Body, and followed the presentation with a brief mini-press conference featuring star Megan Fox, director Karyn Kusama, writer Diablo Cody and producer Jason Reitman. The footage surprised me; I didn’t think much of the trailer, but really enjoyed the vibe that was given a chance to develop over these early sequences that set the film’s tone. I walked away thinking of Jennifer’s Body much as I did Drag Me To Hell last year: this could be a smart but (in some ways) old-school horror film created by people who love the form.

Many more details after the jump, but (obviously, since I’m talking about the first chunk of the movie) there are some potential spoilers. I’ll keep them to a minimum. Read More »