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1:00 PM on 09.18.2014

Here is everywhere Liam Neeson has killed people

Liam Neeson has killed a bunch of people throughout his career, but important questions remained like where and how many. Now those questions are answered thanks to this map the UK publicity company behind A Walk Among the To...

Matthew Razak

10:00 AM on 09.04.2014

First red band trailer for The ABC's of Death 2

The ABCs of Death was a neat experiment in which twenty six different directors took a letter of the alphabet and crafted a horror short. With as frantic of a premise as that naturally some of the segments were more enjoyabl...

Nick Valdez

Production has begun on the Herschell Gordon Lewis co-directed Herschell Gordon Lewis' Bloodmania photo
Production has begun on the Herschell Gordon Lewis co-directed Herschell Gordon Lewis' Bloodmania
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

If you don't know the name Herschell Gordon Lewis, then you have missed an extremely important part of film history. H. G. Lewis' effects are seen in cinemas all over the world even today; his 1963 film Blood Feast was the first film to feature serious gore, and it started a revolution. It was followed up by two more films, collectively known as The Blood Trilogy (discussed at length in an article I wrote back in 2011).

After a string of other ultra-violent films, he quit directing in 1972 following the fascinating The Gore-Gore Girls. And suddenly he returned to the scene thirty years later with 2002's Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat (discussed at length in an article I wrote in 2012). Blood Feast 2 is easily one of my favorite films made in the history of forever, and though I didn't see his next film, 2009's The Uh! Oh! Show, I'm now officially excited for his next project, Herschell Gordon Lewis' Bloodmania, which began production yesterday.

Bloodmania is a film in four parts, two of which will be directed by Lewis and the other two will be directed by names I don't recognize (Benjamin Ross Hayden and Kevin Littlelight), but it's really about the man whose name is three quarters of the title. As with his other recent films, Bloodmania is going to be a comedy, and it will almost definitely be amazing. While it's exciting that production is underway, I'm unhappy about the release period: Spring, 2015. I would have much preferred an Apple approach, "Oh hey! Movie! It's out today!" But I'll take what I can get (at least when what I can get is another movie made by H. G. Lewis).

Guess I'll just have to watch Blood Feast 2 a couple hundred times in anticipation. Sigh.

Full press below.

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8:00 AM on 06.02.2014

New trailer for The Green Inferno shows lots and lots of promise

I've been anticipating Eli Roth's upcoming cannibal film, The Green Inferno, since it was announced. As a fan (if that's the right word) of the 1980 classic (definitely the wrong word) Cannibal Holocaust, I wanted to see wha...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

2:00 PM on 11.13.2013

Study shows PG-13 films are more violent than R films

You know what? PG-13 rated flicks get away with quite a bit as long as they refrain from using "f**k" more than once and show less than 2 naked breasts. You may have noticed the increase in allowable body counts in say...G.I....

Nick Valdez

3:15 PM on 11.07.2013

New Oldboy trailer comes complete with images

We have another Oldboy remake trailer here and its not showing us too much new, but it's green band so it has way less blood. While Alec is most likely correct in thinking the film is almost totally pointless I can't he...

Matthew Razak

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Review: Machete Kills
by Nick Valdez

It's a miracle Machete Kills even exists. It's a sequel to a film originally based on a joke trailer before Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's Grindhouse. With that in mind, it was easy to forgive potential flaws in the first Machete since most of the troubling scenes were cut and pasted from that original trailer. So how do you approach Machete Kills now that it has greater aspirations, crazier ideas, and more room to spectacularly fail? 

Machete Kills quite literally attempts to reach for the stars. Does it carve out a new name for itself or does its Machete need sharpening? 

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Review: A Touch of Sin
by Hubert Vigilla

It's remarkable what a little context can do. My initial impressions about A Touch of Sin were generally positive but also ambivalent. I wasn't sure of what to make of the four loosely connected vignettes, each a mix of righteous anger and violence. If I were from Mainland China, it would be readily apparent, but all I could discern initially was the film's larger commentary on the plight of the lower class and how desperation moves people to violence.

The film clicked when I heard about two of its driving principles. First, each of the four vignettes in A Touch of Sin is based on a true story that made headlines across Mainland China. Second, though this is not a kung fu film, director Jia Zhangke was loosely inspired by the wuxia genre when approaching this material. (Look for our interview with Zhangke and actress Zhao Tao next week).

Suddenly the film's larger vision and tragic ironies became apparent, as did its ballsiness as a work of social criticism.

[For the next few weeks, we'll be covering the 2013 New York Film Festival, now in its 51st year. Flixist will provide you with reviews, video, news, and features on some of the best films on the festival circuit. To check out all of our coverage of NYFF51, click here.]

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Help complete the doc Ultimate Christian Wrestling photo
Help complete the doc Ultimate Christian Wrestling
by Hubert Vigilla

About a year ago I reviewed the documentary Ultimate Christian Wrestling and did an interview with directors Jae-Ho Chang and Tara Autovino. The film explored a group of people who merged independent wrestling and Christianity/worship. The result was a sympathetic and surprisingly moving portrait of people living their passions and dealing with day-to-day struggles.

The filmmakers of Ultimate Christian Wrestling recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to write/record an original score, finish the final sound mix, and arrange a screening for the subjects of the documentary. Funding incentives include DVDs and digital downloads of the film, t-shirts, posters, and cool original art by Matt Leines.

For more information, check out the Ultimate Christian Wrestling Kickstarter campaign by clicking here.

[via Ultimate Christian Wrestling Kickstarter]

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Review: Only God Forgives
by Hubert Vigilla

Anyone who goes into Only God Forgives expecting Drive 2: Bangkok Drift is going to be disappointed. Drive was the unlikely combination of Nicolas Winding Refn's aestheticized violence and the fuzzy feeling of John Hughes. Only God Forgives is a prickly revenge flick filtered through David Lynch, Gaspar Noe, and the VHS-era homage Beyond the Black Rainbow.

There are dozens of pregnant pauses, there are long stretches of silence that track down corridors, the characters don't really feel like people so much as vessels for ideas about character-types. And then there's the score from Cliff Martinez. This isn't a synth-pop mix tape. Instead the music is sinister and full of BWAAAAAMs (which I'm getting awfully sick of), though these moments of high dread are occasionally interrupted by the muzack at a joyless karaoke bar.

That is not a metaphor. There's a karaoke bar in the film, and it's a place without joy. Just like one of the characters who sings at this establishment, the film takes itself so seriously that it never acknowledges its many plunges into unintentional camp.

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6:00 PM on 04.18.2013

International Trailer: Only God Forgives

As the Cannes Film Festival draws ever nearer, so too does the premiere of Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives. A seedy and sordid revenge tale set in Thailand, these two new international trailers offer a few more deta...

Thor Latham

1:00 PM on 04.04.2013

Trailer: Only God Forgives (Red Band)

We finally have an honest to goodness trailer for Nicolas Winding-Refn's Only God Forgives. It's the first U.S. trailer I've seen, and I am about as excited as I am capable of being for this film. That is to say, I want to s...

Thor Latham

3:00 PM on 01.28.2013

New Kick-Ass 2 pictures show off Hit-Girl, Jim Carrey

I loved the original Kick-Ass comic. It was classic Mark Millar, the John Romita, Junior art fit the content wonderfully, and it had a little girl that cut dudes to ribbons. The sequel was considerably darker, as it shou...

Sean Walsh

1:00 PM on 01.16.2013

Trailer: The Iceman

Here we have the second official trailer for The Iceman, starring Michael Shannon as the notorious contract killer. For over twenty years Richard Kuklinski, aka The Iceman, murdered one hundred people as his means of making ...

Thor Latham

8:00 AM on 12.19.2012

Trailer: John Dies at the End (Red Band)

I had some former knowledge of the book John Dies at the End by David Wong, and I knew that it was essentially batsh*t insane, but this is the first trailer I've seen for the film adaptation, and woo boy is it ever wack...

Thor Latham

12:00 PM on 12.07.2012

Trailer: American Mary

Though the movie already premiered at Frightfest, American Mary will be getting a limited theatrical release in the UK right before it's released to home video on January 21st. Empire has an exclusive trailer to share i...

Thor Latham

2:00 PM on 12.06.2012

Tom Cruise takes 5 guys at the same time in Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise is just around the corner, and there's a new clip out to show just how lethal he is. Watch has he takes on five guys at the same time without breaking a sweat. Even though Jack Reacher doesn'...

Hubert Vigilla

8:00 PM on 12.05.2012

New international poster for Park Chan-wook's Stoker

It looks like Park Chan-wook's Stoker is now set to show during next year's (January) Sundance Film Festival, and with so little time until it is ingested ravenously by festival goers' eyeballs I guess someone thought it...

Thor Latham

6:00 PM on 12.04.2012

Legend of Conan to embrace Schwarzenegger's 'rust'

When news broke of Schwarzenegger's return as Conan for The Legend of Conan in October, Chris Morgan gave us a few hints as to what to expect from the newer, yet older Conan. In speaking with Hero Complex recently, Morgan det...

Nick Valdez

7:00 PM on 11.26.2012

Making of clip: Killing Them Softly

My exposure to Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly has mostly been limited to a single trailer and Xander's review from a month or so ago. In a nutshell, he didn't like it very much, and his reasoning was sound en...

Thor Latham

6:00 PM on 11.19.2012

Poster for Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives

In what is truly a sacrifice for his art, we have been given a poster for Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives where Ryan Gosling's beautiful mug has been put through the meat grinder. Yeesh. This unforgivable crime ...

Thor Latham

8:00 AM on 11.07.2012

Mortal Kombat movie reboot still koming, gets a budget

Waaaaay back in 2011, Geoff had mentioned that small bit of news that Kevin Tancharoen (the Mortal Kombat: Legacy, failed Hunger Games pitch, and Glee: The 3D Concert Movie guy) was getting the chance to make a fully fleshed ...

Nick Valdez