Posted on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 by Matt Donato
Given my thematic body of work here on /Film thus far, I’m sure you’re expecting a February essay that analyzes Valentine’s rosiness through a horror lens. Have I already become that predictable? Yeah. Let’s absolutely talk about why love and horror create the most exquisite, developmentally rich bond(age)s in all the genre world. Why? Simple: there’s no scarier plot device in horror than “love.”
Love is often described as many things – a battlefield (Pat Benatar), the answer (John Lennon), a motherf*#@er (Old School) – but cinema audiences largely attribute love’s on-screen representation to Gerard Butler rom-coms or Hallmark tear-jerkers. Guy meets girl unexpectedly, they fall in love, happily ever afters all around. If it’s December, said man is probably also Santa in disguise. Picture perfect, just as in reality. Right?
For all its butterflies and “You complete me” sentiments, love can also be a savage monstrosity that tears at our gushy insides. This is where, amidst a sea of overtly-saccharine lifestyle pornography pics, the horror genre keeps us in check – unafraid of love’s flip-side intimidation. Call me a cynic, emotionless, or unsalvageable if you must, but to me, we rob ourselves of crucial understanding by not facing our fears and exploring the shadows light doth create.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 by Angie Han
Sean Byrne‘s Aussie horror The Loved Ones first attracted attention back in 2009, when it nabbed the Midnight Madness Audience Award at the Toronto Film Festival, and continued to garner good buzz on the festival circuit through 2010… and then 2011. Now it’s 2012, and though it seems like festivalgoers have nothing but nice things to say about this bloody prom flick, The Loved Ones still hasn’t gotten a proper U.S. release.
Enter Tugg, a platform that allows filmgoers to set up on-demand screenings of certain films at their local theater. The service, which launched earlier this year, has teamed up with Paramount’s Insurge label to release The Loved Ones in the U.S. But is it really worth campaigning to bring it to your hometown? For what it’s worth, I vote yes — but check out the new trailer after the jump and decide for yourself.
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There’s almost too much that’s good about Fantastic Fest: experiencing the Alamo Drafthouse for a week straight; the small, friendly, film fan atmosphere; the parties. Oh yeah, then there’s the insane films. Every year Fantastic Fest is filled with a ton of wild genre flicks that either you’ve never heard of yet or already have a lot of buzz surrounding them. As the 2011 festival is set to kick off this week, /Film will be on the ground telling you about the sickest, most disturbing and exciting films playing in Austin, Texas. Before that though, since there’s so much that’s good about Fantastic Fest, we’ve got three lists to get you as excited:
- The Top 15 Films I’m Curious About – The true gems of Fantastic Fest, these are the wild cards we’re excited for from description alone.
- The Top 10 Most Anticipated Films – These are films with familiar names or built in buzz from previous festivals.
- The Top 5 Films of Fantastic Fest 2011 Already – This is a list of five films playing at the Festival we already know to be winners.
Read all of this after the jump and keep checking /Film from September 22-29 for all your coverage of Fantastic Fest 2011. Read More »
The Australian horror film The Loved Ones has been wowing genre-loving audiences since it debuted at festivals last year. It won the Midnight Madness program award (an audience-voted award) at the Toronto Film Festival in September, and has done quite well at other fests, too.
There’s no US distributor for the film just yet, but The Loved Ones is about to see release in Australia, so I’d like to present this imported trailer. Read More »
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For the first time, a film has won both the audience award at Sundance and Toronto. Precious, by Lee Daniels, took home TIFF’s audience award this weekend. Unlike other festivals, at Toronto the audience award is the top honor, and has previously been won by Hotel Rwanda, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Slumdog Millionaire. Meanwhile, in the new audience award set up specifically for the genre-based Midnight Madness program at Toronto, Sean Byrne‘s The Loved Ones was the winner. Read More »