You’re about to see Salem as you’ve never seen it before. The town that has become synonymous with the persecution of dozens of innocent women and girls, Assassination Nation imagines if a similar witch-hunt takes place in modern day — but the girls fight back.
The edgy Sundance selected thriller turns a peaceful small town into a bloodthirsty mob when a hacker starts leaking intimate emails, texts, pictures, and search histories of its residents. When four teenage girls get the blame for it, the town turns on them. But it’s only a matter of time before they “get pissed off and fight back.”
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NEON is certainly making a name for itself as a distributor of edgy indie movies, often with a feminist bent. And the studio’s newest film, Assassination Nation, looks like it checks all those boxes.
NEON and GOZIE AGBO have released the first red band teaser trailer for the Sundance breakout film, which follows a group of four high school girls who band together after their small town of Salem, Massachusetts descends into madness and violence after an anonymous hacker targets the private lives of all the residents. We’re talking violence, strong language, adult content — so much so that the Assassination Nation trailer comes equipped with its own “trigger warning.” See the trailer below.
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Welcome to Future World, which looks to be a low-grade knock-off of Mad Max: Fury Road featuring James Franco and Snoop Dogg. I encourage you to watch the Future World trailer below, and attempt to make sense of it all.
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The Bad Batch is a vibrant and surreal western with a quiet drifter (Suki Waterhouse), a towering but sensitive cannibal (Jason Momoa), a mute savior (Jim Carrey), and a mysterious leader called the Dream (Keanu Reeves). Ana Lily Amirpour‘s film mixes death and loss, psychedelia and body builders, to tell a story that’s certainly original. Amirpour’s follow-up to her breakout debut, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, feels like a completely new body built with a few old spare parts.
The writer-director’s sophomore effort has a kind of freewheeling, acid-induced flow to it – shots are bursting with color and life. Amirpour told us about imagining some of these frames along with creating the world, Arlen and Miami Man, and the music from The Bad Batch.
Below, read our Ana Lily Amirpour interview.
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A one-armed protagonist sporting a Magnum revolver and smiley face pants, a pack of hungry cannibals, and a cult leader played by Keanu Reeves are the stars of Ana Lily Amirpour‘s sophomore effort as a filmmaker, The Bad Batch. Needless to say, for a whole mess of reasons, we’re excited about her follow-up to her enchanting debut film, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. The second trailer for her funky post-apocalyptic-ish tale has arrived, and it teases one bizarre wasteland we can’t wait to visit come June.
Below, watch the new The Bad Batch trailer.
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Posted on Monday, February 13th, 2017 by Angie Han
Ana Lily Amirpour‘s debut feature, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, felt simultaneously fresh and familiar: it borrowed from the iconography of several decades’ worth of cinema, but it combined those elements in a way we’d never quite seen before. Her sophomore effort, The Bad Batch, looks every bit as attention-grabbing. Suki Waterhouse and Jason Momoa star as two very different people whose paths collide in a dusty dystopia overrun by cannibals, while Keanu Reeves shows up late in the game as a charismatic cult leader.
If that description doesn’t pique your interest, I can’t help you — this movie might just be Not Your Thing. But if it entices you, click through to get a little taste of this weird, colorful world that’s equal parts Mad Max and Spring Breakers. Watch the first The Bad Batch teaser trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 9th, 2016 by Angie Han
Two years ago, Ana Lily Amirpour came seemingly out of nowhere with her singular first feature, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. The black-and-white feminist Iranian vampire Western felt like nothing we’d seen before — heck, just the description “black-and-white feminist Iranian vampire Western” sounds like nothing we’ve seen before. Now all eyes are on her as she debuts her second film, The Bad Batch.
In concept and style, The Bad Batch is every bit as dazzlingly unique as Amirpour’s last film. It’s set in a dusty dystopian landscape that looks like Venice Beach by way of Mad Max, with some Burning Man and Electric Daisy Carnival thrown in for good measure. Our main characters are Miami Man, a hulking cannibal played by Jason Momoa, and Arlen, a tough bit of prey played by Suki Waterhouse, and the story follows their unexpected collision. But despite a promising start, The Bad Batch runs out of gas about halfway through, and spends the rest of its time meandering through a halfhearted narrative. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 by Angie Han
With summer blockbuster season behind us and fall festival season in full swing, we’re starting to get a peek at some of the more offbeat entertainments coming up on the horizon. One title we’ve been particularly interested to see is The Bad Batch, the second feature from director Ana Lily Amirpour. Her debut, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, wowed with its style and originality, and the premise of The Bad Batch — “a girl walks across a cannibal-infested desert at midday” — suggests she’s not toning down any of her unconventional edge. Toss in
Toss in Jason Momoa and Suki Waterhouse as the two leads, and it’s no wonder this film was building hype before it even made its Venice premiere. Today we’ve got the first two Bad Batch clips to give you a little taste of the madness to come, plus a look at some of the early reviews. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 by Angie Han
Briefly: After so, so many years of development, with just about every director-star combo imaginable, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies finally has a set release date. Screen Gems will put the comedy horror mashup in theaters February 19, 2016, putting it up against the Naomi Watts thriller Shut In.
Based on the hit novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies moves the plot of Jane Austen‘s Pride and Prejudice to an idyllic English countryside littered with the undead. Lily James, Bella Heathcote, Ellie Bamber, Millie Brady, and Suki Waterhouse play the five Bennet sisters. Sam Riley, Douglas Booth, Jack Huston, and Matt Smith are their would-be suitors. Burr Steers directs. [Coming Soon]
When talking about A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night last year, I said that director Ana Lily Amirpour is someone we’re excited to watch going forward. And we’re evidently not the only ones with confidence in her work. Her next film, The Bad Batch, is backed by Megan Ellison and Annapurna Productions, which immediately puts Amirpour in great company. The film already had Jason Momoa as a core member of the cast. And now The Bad Batch cast can announced a bunch of new names, including Jim Carrey and Keanu Reeves. Read More »