Good news for fans of horror film here in Canada. If you have been lamenting that some of the buzz titles from festival circuits or limited release films haven't been playing at a cinema near you then your day just got a little bit brighter.
Cineplex Entertainment and Toronto-based sales outfit Raven Banner Entertainment have just done you a solid and created Sinister Cinema, an ongoing monthly(ish) series of screenings at 25 screens across the country. That's like... HALF the screens in all of Canada... maybe. With exception to the Maritimes though (raises an accusing looking eyebrow). So break out your day-timers, check your scheds, save your nickles from your paper routes (pennies would have been better for alliteration but up here Canada has begun phasing out the penny) cause the first screening is a mere two weeks away. Check out the full press release to see which screen nearest you is playing John Dies At The End
on March 27th!
Cineplex Entertainment and Raven Banner
Launch New Monthly Horror Series
Sinister Cinema brings the best in genre horror to the Canadian big screen
(Toronto, ON - March 14, 2013) - Cineplex Entertainment's Front Row Centre Events and Raven Banner announce the launch of Sinister Cinema, a cutting-edge series of art house quality genre cinema.
Sinister Cinema will bring a series of independent horror films to 25 Cineplex theatres across Canada. The films will include unique content, and in some cases, special appearances, including live question and answer sessions with directors, pre-recorded interviews and more.
"It's a real honour for us to work with Cineplex," said Raven Banner's Managing Partner, Michael Paszt. "Sinister Cinema will expose Canadians to a different type of horror film - one that falls outside the typical realm of larger distributors."
"Today's announcement is a big win for Canadian horror fans," said Pat Marshall, Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations, Cineplex Entertainment. "We know fans of this genre are going to be incredibly excited about this new series."
Tickets are available now at participating theatre box offices and online at cineplex.com/events.
The following is a complete list of participating theatres:
Odeon Victoria Cinemas - Victoria, BC
Galaxy Cinemas Nanaimo - Nanaimo, BC
Colossus Langley Cinemas - Langley, BC
Cineplex Odeon Park & Tilford Cinemas - North Vancouver, BC
Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas - Vancouver, BC
Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton - Edmonton, AB
Scotiabank Theatre Chinook - Calgary, AB
Galaxy Cinemas Regina - Regina, SK
Galaxy Cinemas Saskatoon - Saskatoon, SK
SilverCity Polo Park Cinemas - Winnipeg, MB
Cineplex Odeon Devonshire Mall Cinemas - Windsor, ON
SilverCity London Cinemas - London, ON
Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo - Waterloo, ON
Cineplex Odeon Winston Churchill Cinemas - Oakville, ON
SilverCity Hamilton Cinemas - Hamilton, ON
Cineplex Cinemas Mississauga - Mississauga, ON
Cineplex Odeon Queensway Cinemas - Toronto, ON
Colossus Vaughan Cinemas - Vaughan, ON
SilverCity Fairview Mall Cinemas - Toronto, ON
Cineplex Odeon Yonge & Dundas Square Cinemas - Toronto, ON
Cineplex Odeon Eglinton Town Centre Cinemas - Scarborough, ON
Coliseum Ottawa Cinemas - Ottawa, ON
SilverCity Gloucester Cinemas - Ottawa, ON
SilverCity Sudbury Cinemas - Sudbury, ON
Cineplex Odeon Forum Cinemas - Montreal, QC
Sinister Cinema - Launch Films
March 27, 2013 - John Dies At The End
In John Dies at the End, it's all about the soy sauce, a drug that promises an out-of-body experience. Users drift across time and dimensions. But some come back no longer human. Suddenly, a silent, otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead are John (Rob Mayes) and David (Chase Williamson), a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs. Can they stop the oncoming horror in time to save humanity? No. No, they can't. Adapted from David Wong's audacious horror novel, John Dies at the End is written and directed by Don Coscarelli and also stars Clancy Brown, Glynn Turman and Paul Giamatti.
About the director: Born in Tripoli in 1954 and raised in Southern California, Coscarelli made his first feature length film, Jim, the World's Greatest, when he was 19. However, Coscarelli is best known for Phantasm and its successful sequels, which spawned a rabid cult of fans worldwide. With Phantasm, he created one of the most original myths in modern horror, and in 2002, turned Elvis into the protagonist of the fantastic odyssey Bubba Ho-Tep, for which he received the Bram Stoker Award for best screenplay.
May 9, 2013 - The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh
(Rue Morgue Cinema)
The feature film directorial debut of Rue Morgue magazine founder and publisher, Rodrigo Gudiño, stars Aaron Poole and Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave. The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh tells the story of Leon, an antiques collector who inherits a house from his estranged mother, only to discover that she had been living in a shrine devoted to a mysterious cult.
"Magnificent. A whole new direction in which to take the narrative experience in filmmaking." - Clive Barker
About the director: Rodrigo Gudiño is founding editor and president of the Rue Morgue horror-themed entertainment empire. He has been at the helm of the company since its inception in 1997 and is the publisher of Toronto-based Rue Morgue magazine and senior coordinator of the Rue Morgue Festival of Fear National Horror Expo. Gudiño directed three highly acclaimed short films, including The Facts In the Case of Mister Hollow. His shorts were selected in more than 50 international film festivals, have garnered more than 25 awards, and were nominated at Canada's Genie Awards.
May 30, 2013 - American Mary
From IndustryWorks Pictures comes one of the year's most horrific highlights, American Mary tells the story of broke med student Mary Mason (Katharine Isabelle) who grows increasingly disenchanted with medical school and the doctors she once admired. The allure of easy money sends a desperate Mary through the messy world of underground surgeries that leaves more marks on her than her so-called freakish clientele... Smart, sexy, funny and stunning to look at, American Mary features a standout lead performance from horror icon Katharine Isabelle ('Ginger Snaps', 'Insomnia', 'Freddy vs. Jason'), and notable performances by Antonio Cupo ('Bomb Girls', 'Dark Angel', 'Elegy'), Paula Lindberg ('Fringe', 'Supernatural', 'Iron Man the TV series'), David Lovgren ('Masters of Horror', 'Supernatural', 'Stargate: Atlantis') and newcomers Tristen Risk as the disturbingly loveable Beatress and Twan Holliday as Mary's confidant, protector and bff Lance. A film not to be missed and what and reviewers are calling 'A true Modern Day Horror'.
About the Directors: Canadian twin sisters, Jen and Sylvia Soska, aka The Twisted Twins, started off studying at a film school where they made a short that would be the embryo of their first feature film 'Dead Hooker in a Trunk' which earned the attention of filmmaker Eli Roth. With some insight from IndustryWorks, 'Dead Hooker in a Trunk' landed in the worldwide hands of IFC for their IFC Midnight Series. For their follow up film, American Mary, the twins came armed with horror and sci-fi industry talent bringing the most unique characters to life, the undeniably skilled Director of Photography Brian Pearson ('Drive Angry', 'I Robot', 'Final Destination 5', 'My Bloody Valentine'), and a top notch crew, making American Mary the year's most talked about horror film.
June 19, 2013- No One Lives
From Pathe and WWE Studios - Fourteen students appear brutally murdered and the crime scene offers no clues as to the whereabouts of the one person who could be the only survivor, a young woman named Emma. Months later, bandits attack a young couple's car, only to discover the frightened Emma. Rubbing their hands at the prospect of ransom payday, they don't realize that those who appeared to be prey are far less defenseless than they seem. Director Ryuhei Kitamura continues his American adventure with No One Lives, a violent and ingenious thriller, manipulating all the genre conventions past and future to his taste.
About the director: Ryuhei Kitamura - Osaka, 1969. One of the cult names in contemporary Japanese cinema, Kitamura drew the attention of genre fans with the ultragore and hyper-kinetic Versus. Other titles in his filmography are Alive, Azumi, Sky High, Godzilla: Final Wars, and The Midnight Meat Train.