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HORROR NOIRE Interview: Co-Writer/Producer Ashlee Blackwell on the Importance of Representation in Cinema

The vital documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror, directed by Xavier Burgin and based on Robin R. Means Coleman’s book of the same name, invites us to know the perspective of African-Americans towards horror films. With a chronological...

Interview: Daniel Farrands Talks THE AMITYVILLE MURDERS and THE HAUNTING OF SHARON TATE

Horror veteran Daniel Farrands is releasing two movies in the first half of 2019: The Amityville Murders, 45 years after the DeFeo murders, and The Haunting of Sharon Tate, the latter to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Tate-LaBianca...

THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT Interview: Robert D. Krzykowski on His Debut Feature

The great Sam Elliott (The Hero, A Star Is Born, The Big Lebowski, Ghost Rider) got another lead role in writer/director Robert D. Krzykowski’s debut feature length film, the wonderfully titled The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot....

Sundance 2019 Interview: Mia Wasikowska, Damon Herriman, Director Mirrah Foulkes Talk JUDY & PUNCH

As anyone who's spent far too much time perusing the Internet for ancient photos of terrifying clowns genuinely intended to entertain children, as I have, can tell you, history had some confused notions of how best to delight youngsters. Take,...

Watch: Nicolas Pesce Talks PIERCING, Adapting Murakami Ryu, Miike Takashi Influence, More

In Piercing, Nicolas Pesce’s film adaptation of Murakami Ryu’s 1994 novel of the same name, Christopher Abbott plays Reed, a well-mannered family man who nonetheless is ready to kill his own child. However, when his wife interrupts him and his...

Watch: THE STANDOFF AT SPARROW CREEK Writer/Director Henry Dunham on His Terrific Mystery Film

Writer/director Henry Dunham’s The Standoff at Sparrow Creek is a terrific mystery film with a twist, about a militia group -- with such actors as James Badge Dale, Patrick Fischler and Chris Mulkey as the diverse members -- that tries...

STATE LIKE SLEEP Interview: Director Meredith Danluck Talks Grief, Neo Noir and Casting Michael Shannon as a Romantic Lead

After the suicide of her husband, a famous European actor named Stefan Delvoe (Michiel Huisman), American photographer Katherine (Katherine Waterston) decides to pretty much disappear, to the point that her mother (Mary Kay Place) is the one who has to...

Interview: Ron Perlman on ASHER, Evoking 70s American Cinema, HELLBOY Reboot

Ron Perlman says: "Acting is like a drug, like shooting heroin and getting this incredible sensation”. In recent years, however, the star of such magnificent films as Cronos, The City of Lost Children and, certainly, Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy diptych,...

ALL THE CREATURES WERE STIRRING Interview: Directors Rebekah and David McKendry Talk Christmas Horror Movies and Anthologies

Although Christmas is, on paper, a time of peace, love and celebration, the horror genre has been attached to this holiday since long time ago. For writers and directors Rebekah and David McKendry, setting a horror movie precisely during Christmas...

Interview: PROSPECT Directors Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell Talk Sci-Fi Western and Wanting to Keep Things Indie

Gunpowder and Sky's new sci-fi label DUST is releasing their inaugural film, Prospect, into New York and Los Angeles theatres on Friday, November 2, and for Zeek Earl and Christopher Caldwell, this is huge deal. The two young directors have...

Watch: Jim Hosking and David Wike Discuss AN EVENING WITH BEVERLY LUFF LINN, Working with Jemaine Clement, and More

After being part of Fantastic Fest 2018, An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn, British director Jim Hosking’s second feature after The Greasy Strangler, is now in theaters, on VOD and Digital HD. In the film, Emile Hirsch is Shane, the temperamental...

New York 2018 Interview: Jonah Hill Looks Back on MID90S

Jonah Hill’s directorial debut may be called Mid90s, but that doesn’t mean you need to consider the decade the object of your specific nostalgia to feel this film deeply. As it happens, the film does speak to my exact zeitgeist,...

Fantastic Fest 2018 Interview: Director Amanda Kramer Talks LADYWORLD

In the opening credits of Amanda Kramer's Ladyworld, we hear what we'll eventually confirm as an earthquake that has left eight young girls trapped in the house where they were supposed to celebrate the birthday of one of them. With...

Fantastic Fest 2018 Interview: Director Jim Hosking and Co-Writer David Wike on AN EVENING WITH BEVERLY LUFF LINN

After his debut feature The Greasy Strangler, a sort of mix between quirky romantic/comedy indie cinema and exploitation/B movies, British director Jim Hosking is back with An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn, stepping away from horror but maintaining a general...

Fantastic Fest 2018 Interview: Nicolas Pesce on His Film Adaptation of Murakami Ryu's PIERCING

For his second feature length film, after The Eyes of My Mother, young American director Nicolas Pesce decided to adapt Murakami Ryu’s 1994 novel Piercing. The movie stars Christopher Abbott and definitely has one of the most striking opening sequences...

Interview: Panos Cosmatos on MANDY and His Mythical Realm of the Imaginary

In the final part of Panos Cosmatos' first film, Beyond the Black Rainbow, there is a sequence that presents a quintessential scenario of horror films: two long-haired friends listen to heavy metal music in the middle of nowhere, while they...

Interview: HOSTILE Director Mathieu Turi Talks Debut Feature

Mathieu Turi's debut feature may have just released yesterday from Sony Pictures, but he's far from a newbie. In fact, the French director has been working behind the scenes of many huge franchise films for years, including G.I. Joe, Tarantino's...

PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH Interview: Meet Tate Steinsiek, Puppet and Creature Designer

The S. Craig Zahler penned reboot Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich - now out in theaters and available on VOD and Digital HD - goes back to basics with its setting: a bunch of people in a hotel become the...

Interview: Udo Kier Talks PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH, Playing Nazi Characters, and the SUSPIRIA Remake

After 11 films, plus a Syfy spin-off, the Puppet Master franchise is back with a reboot in which legendary German-born actor Udo Kier plays the titular puppeteer, Andre Toulon. While in the prologue of the 1989 original film Toulon is...

Interview: RKSS Talk Childhood, Serial Killers and SUMMER OF '84

On the afternoon prior to their sophomore feature film playing to the home-town crowd at Fantasia, I had an all too brief chat with the Quebecois director trio known as Road Kill Super Stars (RKSS) about Summer of '84. Sitting...