2013 January

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Whedon and Roth to attend Glasgow Festival

Posted by Matt Foley on January 30, 2013 in News tagged with , , , ,

A bit of a coup for Scottish film. It was announced today that Joss Whedon and Eli Roth will be attending the Glasgow Film Festival 2013 (14th-24th February at the Glasgow Film Theatre). Whedon is attending the UK premier of his Much Ado About Nothing and Roth is supporting Aftershock, which is screening as part of the festival's FrightFest series. Another highlight of FrightFest looks set to be the premier of Byzantium, which is directed by Neil Jordan (Interview with the Vampire) and stars Gemma Arterton. Both will be in attendance. For more, see the GFF13 official site or this arti

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GRAND GUIGNOL (1897-1962): Introduction to Grand-Guignol, French Theatre of Horror

Posted by Tanja Jurković on January 29, 2013 in Guest Blog, Tanja Jurkovic tagged with , ,

Many of you have probably heard the name Grand-Guignol, at least once during your lifetime. The legend that formed around this name came to life in 1897, when André Antoine, the founder of Théâtre Libre, started his collaboration with a certain Oscar Méténier, a former chien de commisaire (a person who accompanied prisoners on a death row). As Méténier witnessed people’s lives perishing into oblivion almost on a daily basis, he wrote down his experiences and observations regarding these particular events in his romans feuilletons, very often describing the fait divers, which stand

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Warm Bodies

Posted by Kelly Gardner on January 29, 2013 in Uncategorized tagged with , , , , ,

8th February 2013 is the UK release date for the film adaptation of Isaac Marion’s debut novel Warm Bodies. Understandably, the story of “R”, the romantic undead protagonist, and his love interest Julie, has mistakenly been compared to that of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga. This misunderstanding has been aided by Meyer’s lauding endorsement on the front cover of the novel and the way in which the film has been advertised with very “Twilight-esque” posters. However, Twilight and Warm Bodies are both produced by Summit Entertainment and suggested similarities between the tw

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A review of The Following

Posted by Matt Foley on January 26, 2013 in Reviews tagged with , , ,

The Following - Episode 1 (2013) For all of its fakery, the Gothic mode is at times explicit about its reworking of certain tropes and character types. Strangely, an example that Fox's new drama The Following (2013) brings to mind is the titular homage of T.J. Horsley Curties' The Monk of Udolpho (1805-6) to Lewis and Radcliffe. If American crime drama was to take Horsley Curties' lead, the rather derivative The Following could be entitled 'The Lecter of CSI' or, perhaps, 'The Drunk Cop Archetype of Criminal Minds'. Why discuss it here? Its incarnation of the serial killer - Joe Carroll

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Park Chan-wook’s Stoker

Posted by Matt Foley on January 21, 2013 in News tagged with , ,

Sundance is currently in full swing and it's unsurprising that Gothic news seems to be dominated by film this month. One piece that is certainly catching the eye of the press is the promising looking Stoker. Directed by Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Lady Vengeance), it's the first of a proposed trilogy of films and the trailer certainly promises much. It's expected to be released in early March in the US.

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Horror Shorts

Posted by Matt Foley on January 19, 2013 in Blog tagged with , ,

While we are waiting for the guest blog series to get up and running again in February, I thought it might be a good opportunity to share some horror shorts, primarily for entertainment purposes, but also to showcase some of the films that have been getting attention online in recent times. It was the release of Mama that got me thinking about shorts given its genesis from the 2008 version, which is introduced by Guillermo Del Toro here: I was excited to discover, too, that over the last year or so the UK film company Bloody Cuts has been showcasing 13 horror shorts. I'll post this

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Jeremy Lovering’s In Fear to Make Sundance Debut

Posted by Matt Foley on January 17, 2013 in News tagged with , ,

Continuing the unlikely trend set by Andrew Lincoln in The Walking Dead, a previous contributor to the naughties British Channel 4 drama Teachers is set to make a foray into the horror genre. Former Teachers director Jeremy Lovering will debut In Fear at the Sundance Film Festival on January 18th, having made the renowned festival's official selection, and perhaps hoping to secure a US release in the future. Interestingly, the poster does not contain a fear-ridden image of its up-and-coming star Alice Englert, but instead gives very little away....

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Andy Muschietti’s Mama

Posted by Matt Foley on January 16, 2013 in News tagged with , ,

Fans of Guillermo del Toro will be aware that the Pan's Labyrinth director has recently put his (considerable) weight behind the release of Andy Muschietti's Mama. Muschietti's full length picture, which is based upon a 2008 short and co-written by his sister Barbara and Bristol screenwriter Neil Cross (Luther, Whistle and I'll Come to You), is set to be realised in the US on Friday (18th January) and in the UK in late February. An interesting interview with Del Toro and Muschietti, carried out by Eric Walkuski, can be found at Arrow In The Head. The film's trailer is here: watch?v=GZlY

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Guardian blog on King’s Different Seasons

Posted by Matt Foley on January 15, 2013 in News tagged with , ,

James Smythe of The Guardian today considers Stephen King's Different Seasons (1982): a collection of four novellas, two of which spawned the classic adaptations The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and Stand By Me (1986). His blog is here.

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Hemlock Grove comes to Netflix

Posted by Matt Foley on January 14, 2013 in News tagged with , ,

Netflix is set to release its original series Hemlock Grove this April. The series is produced by Eli Roth and stars Famke Janssen and Dougray Scott. Early indications suggest that there may be a werewolf among the inhabitants of Hemlock. Empire magazine reports: Based on Brian McGreevy’s titular novel (and adapted by the writer himself alongside Roth), and Hemlock Grove is set in a small Pennsylvania steel town whose best years are long behind it. Now a weird, dilapidated place, the death of a 17-year-old girl prompts an investigation into the area’s dark secrets, seething with super