You don’t have to be a childless millennial at Disney World to be afraid of kids. There’s a whole time-honored sub-genre of horror that plays upon pedophobia, the fear of children. It’s yielded ghost girls aplenty and more than one son of Satan.
Writer-directors Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala ventured into pedophobic territory with their 2014 Austrian film, Goodnight Mommy. It’s been a long road to the release of their new feature, The Lodge, which premiered at Sundance last year and earned some rave reviews, only to see its release date pushed back until after this year’s festival. Now, the wait is finally over and The Lodge is almost here. It hits theaters on Friday and this film has some elements that will poke at the child-fearing part of the brain.
In honor of that, we’re diving back through the last 60 years of film history, taking a reverse-chronological look at the 10 scariest movie children. Of course, there are any number of horror films where precocious youngsters say or do things that contribute to the overall creepy atmosphere. (“I see dead people,” “They’re heeere,” etc.) However, with this list, we’ll be focusing mainly on the kids who are straight-up evil or possessed and whose desire to harm others plays an integral role in the plot. You’re about to wade into a playroom where the tykes are all finger-painting with the blood of adults.
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Family friendly movies set on Halloween are a dime a dozen, but it’s surprisingly difficult to find true horror films that take place on the holiday. Perhaps it’s an effort to avoid comparisons with John Carpenter’s eponymous Halloween masterpiece, or an attempt to escape cliché. Whatever the case, the few that do make use of the spooky iconography – jack-o-lanterns, costumes, fall colors – are all the more special.
As Halloween fast approaches, here are 11 mood-setting horror films that take place on and make great use of the holiday.
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Oscar season is over, and so we’re at the point where everyone can spend a day or two talking about the actual winners before moving on to enjoying the great bounty of films that 2012 has to offer. But before we move on, take one last moment to enjoy a fake Oscar tribute reel. This one is for all the films that didn’t get nominations in 2012. There’s a good chance that one of your favorite filmmakers is represented here. Read More »
Living waaaay out in the sticks (that is: Atlanta) I haven’t yet had a chance to see Lynne Ramsay‘s discussion-sparking 2011 film We Need to Talk About Kevin. But I know the basics, which are that Tilda Swinton plays the mother of a young man named Kevin (Ezra Miller) who isn’t, let’s say, the most sociable sort.
A new poster for the film has arrived, and the image trades on ’70s horror/thriller iconography to present We Need to Talk About Kevin as a film that falls squarely in the same territory originally defined by Rosemary’s Baby. Check it out below. Read More »
The Telluride Film Festival, a presentation of the National Film Preserve which takes place beginning tomorrow, Friday Sept 2 and runs through Monday Sept 5, is an unusual beast as far as film festivals go. The core film lineup is not announced until the day before the festival begins, so attendees have to commit to the fest without knowing any of the movies that will definitely play.
Now the first list of films is out, and it has some expected inclusions such as David Cronenberg‘s A Dangerous Method (trailer) and the Cannes fave The Artist (trailer). In addition there are some good surprises, such as Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender‘s reunion, Shame (pics), and the Dardenne Brothers‘ The Kid With a Bike.
More films will be announced at the last minute over the next couple days. One addition, for example, according to Kris Tapley, is Butter. Peter is arriving in Telluride later today so he’ll have coverage of the festival during the holiday weekend. Check out the announced lineup below. Read More »
One of the most buzzed-about films at Cannes this year was Lynne Ramsay‘s third feature, We Need to Talk About Kevin, in which Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly play the parents of the sociopathic Kevin, played by Ezra Miller. The adaptation of Lionel Shriver‘s 2003 novel was hailed as a difficult but fascinating film, and despite concerns that the film’s off-putting content might limit its commercial prospects, Oscilloscope picked up the movie for distribution in the US.
We still haven’t seen a domestic trailer for the December 2 release. But the film opens in France in late September, so we’ve now got a French teaser and poster — it’s the first real look at the film for anyone not lucky enough to catch it at Cannes, so have a look after the break. Read More »
If you’re more interested in the typical fall slate of festival entrees than summer’s glut of tentpole action fare, this is a great week. The Toronto International Film Festival announced the first wave of films that will play the fest in September. This is a batch of about 50 titles, which makes up only a small chunk of the programming. Usually TIFF features between two and three hundred films. But these are some of the highest-profile entries.
Below you’ll find rundowns on the new films from George Clooney, Bennett Miller, Jay & Mark Duplass, Todd Solondz, Francis Ford Coppola, Cameron Crowe, Sarah Polley, Fernando Meirelles, Lars von Trier, Marc Forster, Steve McQueen, Alexander Payne, and Lynne Ramsay. No announcement yet of the Midnight Madness programming choices, always some of my faves, but this is a great start. Read More »
Forgive me, but we need to talk about Lynne Ramsay. She has made only three films, the first two being Ratcatcher and Morvern Callar. Both are great pieces of work — Ratcatcher is a movie that I go back to again and again. Others can have their Amblin movies as snapshots back into their youth; when I need that sort of thing I go to George Washington, and to Ratcatcher.
Lynne Ramsay’s career was almost sidelined in a weird way when after spending significant time developing a film adaptation of Alice Seybold’s novel The Lovely Bones, she watched as Peter Jackson strolled in, took the project, and turned out a turgid, embarrassing Classics Illustrated version of the novel.
But she returns this year, finally, with We Need to Talk About Kevin, an adaptation of Lionel Shriver‘s 2003 novel starring Tilda Swinton, Ezra Miller and John C. Reilly. The film, which digs deep into the mind of a mother dealing with her sociopathic son, wowed ’em at Cannes (“one of the most beautifully bleak psychological fake-outs the cinema’s given us in years,” said James Rocci) and became the presumed frontrunner for both the Palme d’Or and Best Actress awards. Both of those formal accolades proved elusive (going instead to The Tree of Life and Melancholia/Kirsten Dunst, respectively) and for a minute it looked like the tough, searing nature of the film would make it a difficult one to sell at the marketplace, too.
The good news here is that We Need to Talk About Kevin will get a fall release. The catch is that it will come via Oscilloscope, while enthusiastic, isn’t huge. So you might not get to see a theatrical presentation of the film. But you will get to see it, and that’s all that matters. The full press release is after the break. Read More »
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The name Lynne Ramsay may not ring any bells right now, but the talent she’s been surrounding herself with for her next project indicates that this could change very soon. Ramsay wrote and is currently in the midst of directing We Need To Talk About Kevin, based on the novel by Lionel Shriver about a troubled husband and wife dealing with the fact that their son perpetrated a murderous school shooting. Tilda Swinton has been on board since the beginning, and John C. Reilly later joined as well.
If that casting wasn’t enough to entice you, perhaps this will do the trick. Radiohead member Jonny Greenwood will be composing the score to the picture, making this his first English feature film score since Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood. Learn more after the break. Read More »
Imagine being director Lynne Ramsay watching Peter Jackson’s terrible version of The Lovely Bones. Ramsay made two excellent films, Ratcatcher and Morvern Callar, the latter way back in 2002, then was attached for quite some time to film The Lovely Bones. That obviously didn’t happen, but for the past year she’s been working instead on an adaptation of We Need to Talk About Kevin, Lionel Shriver‘s novel about a troubled husband and wife dealing with the fact that their son perpetrated a murderous school shooting.
Tilda Swinton joined the cast last year, and now it is confirmed that John C. Reilly is on board to play her estranged husband. Movieline reports that the film is fast-tracked now, and will shoot in the spring. Can’t wait to see what Ramsay delivers.
After the break, a new film for Paz Vega and Daniel Brühl, and, er, some stuff about Demi Moore and Miley Cyrus. Read More »