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Review: The Grudge (2020) is a Chilling and Often Poignant Tale of Terror

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If I’m being totally honest, the only reasons that I was excited about having a new Grudge film was because of the involvement of director Nicolas Pesce and the stellar group of actors involved with his latest cinematic endeavor. The Grudge films, both the Japanese originals and their Us counterparts, are movies that I do have a great deal of respect for, but ultimately, they’re not really films I have strong feelings about one way or another. So, I have to admit that I was rather surprised by not only how much I enjoyed The Grudge (2020), but how much it affected me on a personal level. That was something I was not expecting, and I give Pesce and his wonderful cast all the credit for coming together to create a film that provides fans with a stellar start to a new year of horror.

Chances are, if you’re reading this,
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‘The Grudge’ Review: J-Horror Lite, Rebooted From Genre to Generic

Released in 2000 and celebrated by international-horror nerds via videotapes passed around like viruses, Takashi Shimizu’s Ju-on helped usher in a wave of modern Japanese creepfests that slowly made their way west. The title translated as something like “The Curse”; it would eventually be better known as The Grudge. Along with 1998’s The Ring, the film (and the numerous related series, sequels, quasi-remakes, and brand-name bastardizations) was the most recognizable ambassador for a genre folks dubbed J-Horror. By the time Sam Raimi and producer Roy Lee enlisted Shimizu and noted
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How Lupita Nyong’o Brought To Life Both “The Offender And The Offended, The Hero And The Villain” For Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’

  • Deadline
Lupita Nyong’o has a new appreciation for those characters in costume at amusement parks. Mainly because a few days before this interview, she was playing one of them at Universal Studios. It’s not what you’d expect for an Oscar-winner, but such is Nyong’o’s up-for-it attitude, she told Universal staff she’d be happy to throw on a boiler suit and reprise her Us character, Red, for Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights.

Nyong’o’s publicist shows me a video of her in character at the park. Onscreen, a passing girl looks carefully at the actress’s face before realizing who she is, then literally bending double in shock, her hands to her mouth. But mostly, the park-goers shuffle through the spooky exhibit unnoticing, passing by Nyong’o and her creepy paper cut-out Us prop.

“I realized in that moment, when I was doing it, I was like,
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Shudder’s August 2019 Us Highlights Include Elm Street Franchise and Controversial Incident In A Ghostland

One of my personal favorite movies of 2018 was also one of the year’s most controversial: Incident in a Ghostland, written and directed by Pascal Laugier (Martyrs). It’s just as brutal and grueling as you’d expect from one of the pioneers of New French Extremity, but it’s also a beautiful meditation on literature’s ability to […] The post Shudder’s August 2019 Us Highlights Include Elm Street Franchise and Controversial Incident In A Ghostland appeared first on Dread Central.
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Federation Acquires Intl. Sales Rights on Series Mania French Competition Player ‘Torn’

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Lille, France — Leading French independent production-finance-distribution sales company Federation Entertainment has secured international sales rights on upcoming French psychological thriller “Torn.”

The series was created and written by director Lionel Bailliu (“Innocente”)and Yann Le Gal and world premieres in the official French competition on March 25 at France’s Series Mania TV festival. Attending the series’ premiere will be French actress – producer Julie Gayet, Bailliu, Le Gal, as well as Elephant producers Gaëlle Cholet and Guillaume Renouil.

Elephant Story and At-Production co-produced with participation from France Télévisions. France 3, Belgian public broadcaster Rtbf and TV5 Monde are already set to broadcast.

In the series, a school teacher named Victoire moves to a small village in rural France with her young family. There, she runs into Florent, her first love from a lifetime ago, and their long-dormant feelings for one another reignite. Unable to suppress their desires for one another, the
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Celebrating 10 Years of My Bloody Valentine 3D

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Happy Valentine’s Day, horror lovers! It’s everyone’s favorite time of year, where we all exchange sentimental poems and candy boxes filled with actual human hearts. That’s right—there is no better way to celebrate February 14th than to sit down with a slasher classic. Ten years ago, the remake of the 1981 Canadian horror film My Bloody Valentine premiered in theaters, ushering in a moment of both slasher goodness and 3D madness that would be a bright spot for gorehounds everywhere.

Leading up to this film’s release, horror had seen a dearth of slasher films. Though the prior year was certainly not a bad year for the genre, slashers weren’t exactly all the rage. The Saw franchise was at the front and center of horror offerings for the time period and though definitely gory, it didn’t quite have the same feel of the classic slasher film.
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Interview: ‘A Dark Song’ writer/director Liam Gavin

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In his latest interview/podcast, host Stuart Wright talks to A Dark Song writer/director Liam Gavin about one of the best British horror films of the last decade.

Sophia (Walker) is grief-stricken and overwhelmed with sadness since the untimely death of her son. In a desperate attempt to achieve some form of closure, she reaches out to Solomon (Oram), an occultist with experience in an ancient invocation ritual that Sophia believes will allow her to make contact with her deceased child. Locked away in a remote country house, the pair undergo a long and arduous ritual, risking both their mental and physical safety as they attempt to access a world beyond their understanding. But when Solomon finds out that Sophia has not been truthful about her wish, a greater danger threatens them. In the dark, they find that they are no longer alone in the house. They are now
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‘Us’ Trailer: Lupita Nyong’o Fears for Her Family in Jordan Peele’s Thriller

Premiering as the secret screening at Sundance Film Festival, Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out went on to be a massive critical and audience success, even earning the writer-director an Oscar. He’s now back this spring with Us. Starring Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, and Tim Heidecker, the story follows a family trip to the beach gone wrong, as we can see in the first trailer, which has debuted on Christmas Day.

“For my second feature, I wanted to create a monster mythology,” Peele recently said. “I wanted to do something that was more firmly in the horror genre but still held on to my love of movies that are twisted but fun.” With the film only a few months away from release, one should also seek out the ten films Peele gave Nyong’o to watch in preparation of shooting: Dead Again, The Shining, The Babadook,
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Lupita Nyong'o Has Seen Hell in First Us Photos from Director Jordan Peele

Lupita Nyong'o Has Seen Hell in First Us Photos from Director Jordan Peele
Jordan Peele and the cast of Us have shed some light on the upcoming horror movie. In addition, two first-look photos have been released, teasing a movie that will play off of some of the audience's worst fears. We were recently treated to the first poster for Peele's highly anticipated follow up to Get Out and he let us know that the trailer drops on Christmas day, which is just a few short days away.

In a new interview, Jordan Peele and the cast reveal some information about Us, which is shrouded in mystery. Peele has a lot to live up to after the breakout success of Get Out, his directorial debut and the movie that earned him an Academy Award. While not going into too much detail, the director spoke about what he wanted to accomplish with Us. He had this to say.

"For my second feature, I wanted to create a monster mythology.
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First Photos and New Plot Details for Jordan Peele's New Horror Thriller Us

I’ve been intrigued by everything that I’ve heard about and seen of director Jordan Peele’s upcoming new horror thriller Us, and today we have two new photos and a new synopsis to share with you thanks to EW.

This should tide us over until we see the first trailer for the film drop on Christmas day, because what better way to celebrate Christmas than with a trailer for a disturbing and twisted film!

Us. has a great cast that include Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, and Tim Heidecker, and here’s the synopsis:

The story is set in the present day and follows Adelaide and Gabe Wilson (Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke) as they take their kids to Adelaide’s old childhood beachside home in Northern California for the summer. After a day at the beach with the Tyler family (which includes Elisabeth Moss
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First Images and New Plot Details for Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Follow-Up ‘Us’

After the astounding success that was Get Out, Jordan Peele is returning this spring with his highly-anticipated follow-up, Us. Starring Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, and Tim Heidecker, the trailer for the thriller will land on Christmas Day, but today the first images have arrived, alongside a wealth of new plot details. Courtesy of EW, see the new synopsis below:

The story is set in the present day and follows Adelaide and Gabe Wilson (Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke) as they take their kids to Adelaide’s old childhood beachside home in Northern California for the summer. After a day at the beach with the Tyler family (which includes Elisabeth Moss and Tim Heidecker), Adelaide — who’s haunted by a lingering trauma from her past — becomes increasingly more paranoid that something bad will happen to her family. As night falls, the Wilsons see four figures holding hands
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‘Trauma’ DVD Review

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Stars: Catalina Martin, Macarena Carrere, Ximena del Solar, Dominga Bofill, Daniel Antivilo, Eduardo Paxeco, Felipe Ríos, Claudio Riveros, Florencia Heredia | Written and Directed by Lucio A. Rojas

I was lucky enough to watch a debut screening of Trauma at the inaugural Soho Horror Film festival, where the crowd were already hyped for this harrowing, messed up piece, and it did not disappoint. Fair comparisons can be made to the likes of A Serbian Film, Martyrs and Hate Crime, relentlessly uncomfortable and chilling in its execution.

When a party of four female friends head to a cabin in rural Chile, stumbling along the hostile locals along the way, they soon learn that their modern, independent ways are not welcome. After settling into their home for the weekend, they are set upon by a maniac Father and Son duo, and subjected to a life changing evening, forever scarring them. Escaping the clutches of the pair,
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Competition: Win horror ‘Incident in a Ghostland’ on Blu-ray

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To celebrate the release of Incident in a Ghostland – out on Blu-ray & DVD 3rd September from Arrow Video – we are giving away a copy on Blu-ray!

From the director of 2008’s horror ordeal, Martyrs, Incident in a Ghostland is a terrifying thrill ride that’s as intense as it is disturbing. Having screened at 2018’s Arrow Video FrightFest to positive reviews ahead of its UK Blu-ray & DVD debut, Pascal Laugier’s latest will have you hiding behind your hands and squirming in your seat.

It would spoil things to give too much away about the plot as it’s a film best watched when you’re unprepared for it but the lead cast give powerhouse performances, really selling the characters. Combine this with Laugier’s unique, visceral visual style and you genuinely believe these characters are trapped in an inescapable nightmare.

Order today: https://arrowfilms.com/product-detail/incident-in-a-ghostland-blu-ray/FCD1792

Which
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Exclusive clip from Pascal Laugier’s ‘Incident in a Ghostland’

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From the director of 2008’s horror ordeal, Martyrs, Incident in a Ghostland is a terrifying thrill ride that’s as intense as it is disturbing. Having screened at 2018’s Arrow Video FrightFest to positive reviews ahead of its UK Blu-ray & DVD debut, Pascal Laugier’s latest will have you hiding behind your hands and squirming in your seat. It would spoil things to give too much away about the plot as it’s a film best watched when you’re unprepared for it but the lead cast give powerhouse performances, really selling the characters. Combine this with Laugier’s unique, visceral visual style and you genuinely believe these characters are trapped in an inescapable nightmare.

Pauline (French pop icon Mylène Farmer) and her two daughters Beth and Vera inherit a house in the countryside. On the first night in their new home the family are confronted by murderous intruders and
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Giveaway – Win Incident in a Ghostland on Blu-ray

To celebrate the release of Incident In A Ghostland – out on Blu-ray & DVD 3rd September from Arrow Video – we are giving away a copy on Blu-ray!

From the director of 2008’s horror ordeal, Martyrs, Incident in a Ghostland is a terrifying thrill ride that’s as intense as it is disturbing. Having screened at 2018’s Arrow Video FrightFest to positive reviews ahead of its UK Blu-ray & DVD debut, Pascal Laugier’s latest will have you hiding behind your hands and squirming in your seat.

It would spoil things to give too much away about the plot as it’s a film best watched when you’re unprepared for it but the lead cast give powerhouse performances, really selling the characters. Combine this with Laugier’s unique, visceral visual style and you genuinely believe these characters are trapped in an inescapable nightmare.

Watch our exclusive clip here…

Order today here.

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Incident In A Ghostland Review – FrightFest 2018

Pascal Laugier is well-known in horror circles as pretty much the godfather of 21st-century extremism. Over 10 years on, his heady French thriller Martyrs still stands as something of a measure for just how twisted an under-the-radar genre movie can be. His latest, a second English-language offering (following 2012’s so-so The Tall Man), hits some of the same troubling depths as his most-talked-about work, but with a more high-octane edge, ditching the slow build for a one-two-three reveal that just about knocks the wind out of you.

Incident In A Ghostland begins as a bare-bones home-invasion thriller – two teenage girls and their mother are victim to a horrific (and we mean horrific) attack – but what builds out from there defies both expectation and convention at nearly every single turn. It’s nothing short of an assault on the audience; an emotionally, psychologically and philosophically charged no-holds-barred horror that burrows deep down
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Arrow Video Frightfest Review – Incident in a Ghostland (2018)

Incident in a Ghost Land, 2018.

Directed by Pascal Laugier.

Starring Crystal Reed, Anastasia Phillips, Emilia Jones, Taylor Hickson, and Mylène Farmer.

Synopsis:

Pauline (French pop icon Mylène Farmer) and her two daughters Beth and Vera inherit a house in the countryside. On the first night in their new home the family are confronted by murderous intruders and Pauline fights for her daughters lives. Sixteen years later, Beth has become a successful fantasy author in the H.P. Lovecraft tradition, and with trepidation finally returns to the same house… only to find she will never forget the trauma.

Incident in a GhostLand tricked me. The first twenty minutes or so play out like your typical, modern, haunted house horror. It’s full of not so subtly creepy dolls, the sign of a ghostly presence, and Loud Noises. I was disappointed. The man who brought the world Martyrs, a stomach churning dive into depraved body horror,
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Frightfest 2018: ‘Incident In A Ghostland’ Review: Dir. Pascal Laugier (2018)

Incident in a Ghostland review: Pascal Laugier has a new horror film that he hopes will keep you up all night.

Incident in a Ghostland review by Kat Hughes.

Incident in a Ghostland Review

Pauline (Mylène Farmer) and her two daughters, Vera (Taylor Hickson) and Beth (Emilia Jones), are moving into a newly inherited property. What should be a happy time is marred by a traumatic event when a group of psychopaths break in, intent on murder. Flash forwards several years and Beth (Crystal ReedTeen Wolf) is a famous novelist. Her latest book a reconstruction of her horrific attack, and for her everything is golden. This changes however, after a call from a rather frantic Vera (Anastasia Phillips), and Beth finds herself back at the site of the event from her childhood. Once back, her reality begins to unravel.

Incident in a Ghostland is the latest horror offering from director Pascal Laugier,
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Summer of 84 Review: Feel Good Nostalgia Meets Brutal Horror

Summer of 84 Review: Feel Good Nostalgia Meets Brutal Horror
A comparison to Stranger Things simply can't be avoided. Whether by design or by shared intuition, Summer of 84 taps into that same surging wave of 1980s-era nostalgia that propelled Netflix's megahit horror/sci-fi series into the forefront of popular consciousness. They share pages from the same playbook: Steven Spielberg allusions, Easter Eggs aplenty, a throbbing retro synth soundtrack, a commitment to historical accuracy, and references that only those of us who actually lived through the 1980s will recognize. But Stanger Things didn't invent theses tropes; series masterminds Matt and Ross Duffer simply excelled at pushing all the right buttons in an undeniably pleasing combination.

And now horror-centric and mainstream entertainment-seekers alike are hooked on that syrupy sweet concoction, illustrated by the success of 2017's It, which was updated to take place in the 1980s. Now, a recognizable trend has studios seeing dollar signs, and Summer of 84 will
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Arrow Video Frightfest Announce 2018 Line-Up

Arrow Video’s Frightfest will descend onto Cineworld Leicester Square once more this August Bank Holiday. The festival which celebrates and embraces the dark heart of cinema will run from the evening of Thursday 23rd August till Monday 27th August, screening a plethora of the best and brightest genre films in circulation today. Tickets go on sale this Saturday and we are pleased to announce that festival line-up has been announced by the Frightfest team. The festival will open with The Ranger and close with Climax, you can see all the details from the team themselves below:

Film news (UK): Arrow Video FrightFest 2018 announces record-breaking 19th year line-up.

Remaining in the heart of London’s West End for its 19th edition, the world renowned horror and fantasy film festival turbo-charges into the Cineworld Leicester Square and The Prince Charles Cinema from Aug 23 – Aug 27 2018. Hosting a record-breaking seventy films, embracing
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