For his third film, French genre director Xavier Gens has locked a bunch of New Yorkers in the basement of a building as they wait out the end of the world. But it turns out these people aren’t the only survivors, and interactions with people who didn’t make it to shelter set off a chain of events that probably won’t end well.

The film is The Divide, and those who’ve seen Gens’ first film, Frontier(s), will immediately recognize some common energy and tension. Anchor Bay has released the first full trailer for the film. It builds on the teaser we saw months ago, beginning with more or less the same setup before moving into a montage of action that suggests things get pretty crazy as this group awaits rescue. Check it out below. Read More »

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Friday night at Comic-Con, several moviegoers attended a unique screening of Xavier Gens’ The Divide. The film is about a group of strangers who are forced into the basement of their Manhattan apartment building when a nuclear strike happens outside and the screening in San Diego happened in a similar dark, dank basement.

We’ll have a review and reaction to the film itself soon but, first, we’re excited to reveal what those attendees got for their troubles – besides a free movie. Mondo and Anchor Bay teamed up with famed comic book artist Jock (The Losers) to create this beautiful poster. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

While most people clamor for one or two free movie screenings every few weeks (or months, or years depending on where you live) at San Diego Comic-Con, you’ll be shooing them off like flies. Every night, multiple films screen for free and the big decision is, “How do I decide which film to go to?” The dilemma, then, for the studios is, “How do we make our screening stand out?” Anchor Bay Films has the right idea with this special screening of The Divide, directed by Xavier Gens (Hitman, Frontier(s)) and starring Michael Biehn, Rosanna Arquette, Milo Ventimiglia and Peter Stormare.

Set in a bunker-like Manhattan basement immediately following a nuclear attack, The Divide is the violent and disturbing story of what happens when you’re stuck in a enclosed space with strangers and the end of the world is right outside your door. Think Saw meets Fallout 3. If it sounds claustrophobic, then you’re getting the idea. Now imagine seeing The Divide not in a movie theater but in a similar dark, dank basement with a very small audience. That’s what they’re doing at Comic-Con. You’ll get to see a screening of the film in this scary setting, attend a cocktail reception (free food and drinks!) and then get a free, limited edition Mondo poster for the movie by famed comic book artist Jock (The Losers.)

Sound interesting? Well if you’re going to be in San Diego, we’ve got 5 pairs of tickets to giveaway and all you need to do is leave your name and email in the comments below. Read More »

One of the films premiering in the Midnighters section of SXSW this weekend is Xavier GensThe Divide, about a group of eight strangers who find shelter in a basement when a huge explosion demolishes New York. It’s a fun premise for a psychological thriller, if not exactly an original one, and the first teaser had me curious see how the film would turn out. I still have no idea, of course. But the first 97 seconds of the film have just been released, and so far, it’s looking good. Watch it after the jump.

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SXSW Midnight Features and Short Programs Announced

The film program at South By Southwest (SXSW) has really come into its own over the past few years — SXSW is becoming an impressive little film fest in addition to being a massive music party. The lineups for Midnight features and shorts have been announced, and there are some good premieres in there. Attack the Block, from Joe Cornish, will have a world premiere, while Hobo With a Shotgun and James Wan‘s Insidious will show up as well. And the films that most of us haven’t heard of sound pretty great, too. If I was at the fest I’d have my ass planted in a seat for every one of these at midnight. Screw the parties — the crazy genre films are the way to go.

The fill list of features is after the break. The shorts program is massive, and you can find it at the SXSW website. Read More »

Teaser Trailer: The Divide, by Xavier Gens

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Last year we heard that Xavier Gens (Hitman) would be directing a film called The Fallout that was said to be in the mode of Assault on Precinct 13. The story has a group of people taking refuge in the basement of an apartment building after an explosion devastates New York City.

Now the film has a new title, The Divide, and a teaser that does a good job of setting the mood for the tense, almost certainly violent flick. Read More »

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