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Nightstream 2020 Interview: FRANK & ZED Director Jesse Blanchard On His Joyous Puppet Horror Comedy

Frank & Zed enjoyed its world premiere as part of the virtual film festival Nightstream. It's an irresistible movie, a cocktail of horror, gore, humor, mythology and values, such as friendship, starring puppets. A couple of centuries ago, a castle and...

THE CALL Interview: Tobin Bell on His Latest Film and the Legacy of Alan Parker

American character actor Tobin Bell is, of course, a true horror star after appearing throughout the entire Saw franchise as the antagonist John Kramer, aka Jigsaw. More recently, Bell has worked on other movies of this genre, including the Mexican...

Fantasia 2020 Interview: Lloyd Kaufman On #SHAKESPEARESSHITSTORM and Challenges of Independent Filmmaking

Even though Lloyd Kaufman, co-founder of Troma Entertainment and director/star of #ShakespearesShitstorm, has a new movie to promote, his mind is always on the problems that American independent cinema has faced for years. “The independents in America don’t have any...

Fantasia 2020 Interview: Director Sidharth Srinivasan Talks KRIYA, Death Rituals and Male Guilt

India’s representative at this year’s (virtual) Fantasia International Film Festival was Kriya, written and directed by Sidharth Srinivasan. At a nightclub party, the DJ, a young man named Neel (Noble Luke), ends up hooking up with a girl (Sitara, played...

BLOOD QUANTUM Interviews: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Michael Greyeyes Talk Zombies and Indigenous Representation in Film

Jeff Barnaby’s Blood Quantum is a very singular zombie film, set in a First Nations reserve in Canada called Red Crow. Structurally, Blood Quantum follows pretty much two days in the lives of several characters from the reserve, including the chief...

PENINSULA Interview: Superstar Gang Dong-won Enters the Zombie Apocalypse

The high expectations on a sequel to a runaway blockbuster might be daunting for any actor, but with Peninsula, superstar Gang Dong-won was up for a challenge.  Leading the way into this new chapter in the Train to Busan universe,...

PENINSULA Interview: Director Yeon Sang-ho Talks Zombies in the Age of Coronavirus

Eight years ago, I met an artist blazing new trails in Korean cinema.  Disturbing and dark as pitch, director Yeon Sang-ho’s The King of Pigs {2011} was a decidedly un-family-friendly animated feature that glared unblinkingly at the ills of South Korean...

Interview: Hubert Sauper Talks EPICENTRO, Intimate Documentary on Cuba

Filmmaker Hubuert Sauper turns his attention to Cuba in his new documentary.

Los Cabos 2020 Interview: Artistic Director Maru Garzón On The Festival Going Virtual

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, part of the Mexican film industry is trying to make the public return to theaters under the so called “new normality.” Back on August 12th, cinemas in Mexico City officially reopened, including the...

THE PALE DOOR Interview: Director Aaron B. Koontz Talks Cowboys, Witches And Brotherhood

The Pale Door is the latest film that combines the western and the horror genre. In it, a gang of outlaws loses one of its members just before a robbery, then the leader Duncan’s (Zachary Knighton) clean younger brother Jake...

Fantasia 2020 Interview: Natasha Kermani and Brea Grant Get LUCKY

Orginally intended to premiere at SXSW and a slew of other festivals, Lucky plays for Canadian audiences via virtual Fantasia 2020. Natasha Kermani (Imitation Girl) directs writer and star Brea Grant (Dexter, Eastsiders; Grant is also the writer/director of 12 Hour Shift,...

Fantasia 2020 Interview: Brea Grant Talks 12 HOUR SHIFT

Multi-hyphenate talent Brea Grant (Heroes, Dexter) has come into her own as a writer/director. She helmed the apocalypse buddy road trip film Best Friends Forever as well as episodes of Eastsiders and Pandora, and this year, she has two features coming out. Grant wrote...

Fantasia 2020 Interview: Justin McConnell on Indie Filmmaking and CLAPBOARD JUNGLE

Canadian indie filmmaker Justin McConnell (Lifechanger) has been in the game for a good deal of his life, either by providing technical services, programming his Little Terrors short film series in Toronto, or by being behind the camera. It's the...

CURSED FILMS Interviews: Director Jay Cheel and Occult Writer Mitch Horowitz Talk Horror Movies

The documentary series Cursed Films (now available on Digital, DVD and Blu-ray) explores five different horror movies that, for one reason or another, have been considered 'cursed.' After several difficulties emerged during the filming of The Exorcist, such as the...

Fantasia 2020 Interview: Isabel Peppard and Josie Hess on MORGANA

Playing at Fantasia 2020, Morgana is one of the most interesting docs I've seen at this festival --- or ever, due to its sheer humanity and empathy. You can read the full review here. ScreenAnarchy was able to speak to...

Interview: SAMMY-GATE, Noel Lawrence and Darius James Talk Their Psychedelic History Film and Sammy Davis Jr. Himself

"When I found out Sammy worshiped the devil while serving as an advisor to President Nixon at the same time, I knew I had a film," says director Noel Lawrence about his latest project, a biopic turned psychedelic history docu-fiction.

Interview: SUZI Q, Rock Icons Suzi Quatro and Cherie Currie on 50+ Years of Blasting Industry Rules

“All my life I wanted to be somebody - and here I am! I know what I've got and there ain't nobody gonna take it away from me!”    So goes the intro to “The Wild One,” a song that’s...

Interview: Director Jared Cohn Talks STREET SURVIVORS: THE TRUE STORY OF THE LYNYRD SKYNYRD PLANE CRASH

Lynyrd Skynyrd is arguably one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands ever, responsible for several indispensable tracks when you talk about genuine classics: just think “Free Bird”, “Sweet Home Alabama” or “Simple Man” for starters. In retrospect, it’s unbelievable...

Interview: I AM VENGEANCE: RETALIATION Director Ross Boyask Talks UK Action

Stu Bennett and Vinnie Jones star in the action-packed film, out in North America this week from Saban Films.

YOU DON'T NOMI Interview: Director Jeffrey McHale on the Unique Legacy of Paul Verhoeven's SHOWGIRLS

After the success of Basic Instinct, director Paul Verhoeven joined forces again with screenwriter Joe Eszterhas for another highly provocative and sexually-charged film, the biggest NC-17-rated studio release ever: Showgirls, which follows a young woman (Nomi played by Elizabeth Berkley,...