NOTE: We ran this article in 2011, 2012, 2013 and have updated it for 2014.
The Sundance Film Festival is the best known film festival in the United States. Say the word “Sundance” to anyone, film lover or not, and chances are they’ve heard of the festival. As a movie blog though, the problem with covering Sundance is that virtually all of the movies are brand new. We haven’t heard of them, you haven’t heard of them, so why would you even care about them?
More than any of the casting news, trailers or film stills that we post on a daily basis, what happens in that small corner of Utah for a little over a week in January is probably the most important movie event of the year. Even so, talk to the most seasoned movie fan and they don’t spend half as much time focusing on what’s going on at Sundance as they do bitching about movies that came out three years ago. Plain and simple, the best films that you will see in theaters for the next 12 months are being shown at Sundance over the next week and a half. And while you probably haven’t heard of them in January, you’ll definitely have heard of them by December. Don’t you want in on the ground floor?
For the next 7 days myself, Russ Fischer and Peter Sciretta will be in Park City, Utah at the Sundance Film Festival. And while you might not be eager to click and read about a movie you haven’t heard of yet, we urge you to do so. Some of the films that people hadn’t heard of when they played Sundance in the past are films like Saw, The Blair Witch Project, Donnie Darko, 28 Days Later, Napoleon Dynamite, Memento, Bottle Rocket, Clerks, Reservoir Dogs and The Usual Suspects. Think of all the movies that have been made since because filmmakers like Christopher Nolan, Wes Anderson, Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino and Bryan Singer broke out at the Sundance Film Festival. Who is the breakout star this year? You’ll have to follow our coverage to find out.
Still not convinced? We’ve compiled even more films that you know and love that got their start at Sundance after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, October 29th, 2012 by Angie Han
The horror genre is obviously great for instilling lifelong phobias in little kids or giving your date an excuse to snuggle in closer during the scary bits. But did you know that all that terror can also do wonders for your waistline? So claims one recent study, which found that 90 minutes of a scary movie could burn as many calories as a half-hour walk.
I can’t promise you that the research is scientifically sound and peer reviewed and all that stuff, so you should take the results with a grain of salt. As far as excuses to go to skip the gym and catch up on American Horror Story instead, though, you could do way worse. Hit the jump to read more and find out exactly which titles offer the best non-workouts.
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Here are two pieces of news that would have raised an eyebrow on April Fools Day but, after some research, actually appear to be true.
First up, Carnival Cruise Line is hosting a cruise themed around the Saw movies. That’s not a misspelling or a mistake. Yes, the violent, brutal horror film series that invented the phrase “torture porn” is the theme of a cruise that’ll leave New York City in August, travel around Canada and along the way, have Saw themed parties, screenings, events, signings and much more.
Second, James Cameron is among a select group of investors who will be revealing next week what’s being described as “a new space venture with a mission to help ensure humanity’s prosperity.” The company will combine space exploration and natural resources to create an entire new industry. Of course he is.
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Whether you realized it or not, this past Halloween was the first one in seven years without a new Saw movie in theaters. 2010 brought audiences the seventh film, Saw 3D, which was the most expensive of the series thus far. However, while it did receive a nice box office bump thanks to inflated 3D ticket prices, the film failed to perform up to lofty expectations. Producers decided it was time for Jigsaw and his minions to take a break and this year, Paranormal Activity 3 was the lone major horror Halloween release.
But the series is far from dead. Lionsgate Vice Chairman Michael Burns spoke to CNBC Tuesday about the potential merger with Summit Entertainment and dropped the following nugget on the horror community:
I’m sure, some day, you’ll see Saw back in the picture
Saw 8 is coming, ladies and gentlemen. Watch the video and read more after the jump. Read More »
In honor of the upcoming release of Saw 3D, the final film in the Saw series (or is it?), Screenrant‘s Mike Eisenberg editted together a video overview to explain everything you need to know about the first six films in just 6 minutes and 66 seconds (okay, that’s technically 7 minutes and 6 seconds, but that’s a less marketable title). Watch the video embedded after the jump.
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Here’s a little distraction for you, something to play with for a couple of idle minutes. In order to promote the DVD and BD release of Saw VI (out since January in the US, in UK stores this week), Lionsgate have whipped up a little Where’s Waldo-style picture with Jigsaw’s creepy tricycling puppet Billy hidden away amongst several Saw and Waldo characters and in jokes. You can see the full picture after the break.
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
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With both Saw and Paranormal Activity out in theaters, FunnyOrDie has decided to create a funny mash-up parody called Paranormal Saw.
Want the paranormal spookiness of Paranormal Activity, but without giving up the gore and mindgames of Saw? Then Paranormal Saw is just for you! When a young couple suspect a ghost in their house, they uncover a puppet with plans of his own.
Watch Paranormal Saw after the jump.
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