At The Dark Divide Plans To Make Bigfoot Scary As Hell

At The Dark Divide Makes Bigfoot Scary As Hell

The makers of the short film Eaglewalk, which we covered several months ago on the site, have started a Kickstarter campaign to help them raise money for a new short set in the same universe as their earlier film. It’s going to be called At The Dark Divide, and they’ve announced a noble mission statement for the creation of this film: “making Bigfoot scary as hell.”

These guys have only got 12 days to come up with the funding to make the prequel to the best damn killer Bigfoot short film we have covered on the site since we came into being. But don’t take my word for it; go click that link down there, visit their Kickstarter, watch Eaglewalk for free on the page, and, if you like it and you can, donate some money.

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Why Are They Remaking This?: The Films of 1991

Why Are They Remaking This?: Charles II Takes Hollywood

As Hollywood continues with its inbred strategy, using market testing and the box office performance of their prior productions to dictate what comes next, we keep winding up with less and less creativity. Every time an original film is made, the bank of films in existence increases. Yet the number of remakes and reimaginings seems to be on an upward arc with little sign of slowing, and the bank remains unchanged. A safe, money-making film is developed based on the performance of another safe film, informed by another safe film. Hollywood is the Spanish monarchy, and the bloodline will eventually reach the filmic equivalent of Charles II (“noted for his extensive physical, intellectual, and emotional disabilities—along with his consequent ineffectual rule”), directed by Michael Bay.

So, I’ve tapped into my psychic abilities (which— long story short— I got from lasers beamed out of a satellite, allowing me to see all of time as a pool,) and seen the upcoming slate of remakes over the next decade. Together, Wil Keiper and I are translating the horrors I’ve seen into text. They have cherry-picked the films from the dredges of the 80s and 90s. And we’re going to go through these premonitions year by year… beginning in 1991.

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Movie Review: Maniac (2012, Dir. Franck Khalfoun)

Maniac (2012), With Elijah Wood

There is little I enjoy more than experimental horror, and Maniac, directed by Franck Khalfoun (P2) and written and produced by Alexandre Aja (High Tension, the 2006 The Hills Have Eyes remake), is exactly that. In the wake of a bunch of so-so horror movies told from the point of view of a camera, this film has taken it a step further and turned its camera into the eyes of its main character, Frank (Elijah Wood). Frank is a disturbed young man who lives in and runs a shop that refurbishes antique mannequins. In his free time, he can’t seem to stop himself from stalking and slaughtering just about every pretty girl he meets.

The pounding 80s style synth score by Rob and the excellent camera work lend themselves to the film perfectly, harkening back to the heyday of 70s and 80s slashers, while still remaining fresh and original. Yet, while being as exciting and slick as it is, it’s still extremely threatening and completely inescapable. Maniac doesn’t ask for your consent, it makes you a serial killer for an hour and a half. And then, surprisingly enough, tells you an emotional story about an abused outcast.

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Movie Review: The East (2012, Dir. Zak Batmanglij)

The East 2012, Dir. Zak Batmangjli Staring Brit Marling

I didn’t expect to enjoy The East, but I didn’t not want to, and I didn’t try not to like it. I want to like things. I have a sincere desire to see improvement in people who have the courage and strength to create things. Sadly, what I was hoping to see has not developed since writer Brit Marling and director Zak Batmanglij’s previous film, Sound of My Voice. The East looks a little better, the pacing is better, the acting is certainly stronger. Yet, their film is still empty and a specific brand of poison cooked up for my generation by weak minds. It’s a poison made of stupidity posing as intelligence.

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Tribeca Film Fest 2013: Prince Avalanche (2013, Dir. David Gordon Green)

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I remember how I felt when I saw David Gordon Green’s All The Real Girls in theaters. At that point in my life, I was quite young, and I’d watch anything at the only arthouse theater in my town. Movies would pop up there, screen for a week, and vanish forever. I remember very little of the film itself, but there are remnants of the visuals left in my synapses; the warm organic closeness, and I recall my reactions. I know I was captivated, but I knew nothing massive was happening. I felt I should be bored, but I wasn’t.

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Interview: Director Eron Sheean Discusses Errors of the Human Body

Errors of the Human Body

Following my two enthusiastic viewings of Errors of the Human Body, I was luckily able to have a short correspondence with the director of the film, Eron Sheean. Although Errors is his feature directorial debut, Sheean had previously written and produced the Xavier Gens film, The Divide. Sheean is, in my opinion, definitely someone to keep an eye on in genre cinema. Check out our chat below, and for more on this film, read my very positive review of Errors of the Human Body from earlier in the week.

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Movie Review: Errors of the Human Body (2012, Dir. Eron Sheean)

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Late last night I sat down with my third or fourth glass of wine to watch Errors of the Human Body. The trailer had painted the film as a slow-burn sci-fi, heavy on visuals, and I anticipated it would be sparse on plot. I figured a little inebriation would be a nice complement to my viewing experience. Yet, as the film played on, I experienced a mixture of enthrallment and frustration as I focused as hard as I could not to miss a thing. There was so much more happening than I had expected and, if I wasn’t mistaken, it was all wonderful. It ended, and I retired to bed. Immediately upon waking this morning, I rushed back to my television and pressed play again, now sober and fully alert. I needed to be sure. And I was right: this movie is awesome.

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Movie Review: Aftershock (2012, Dir. Nicolás López)

Aftershock 2012

I assume that Aftershock came into fruition as a result of a coke-addled writing binge Eli Roth went on with his friend Nicolás López. They spent a night high, yelling what sounded like brilliant ideas at one another. Make a scary movie about something that happened! Show how many people are really dying! Borrow the tourist element from Hostel! Borrow from real life! Oooh!

Aftershock stars Eli Roth, his character nicknamed Gringo by Ariel (Ariel Levy) and Pollo (Nicolás Martínez), his Chilean buddies. Gringo is an uncool middle-aged divorced dad vacationing in Chile, going to parties and nightclubs, and just trying to have a good time. He and his friends pick up a few girls — Russian model Irina (Natasha Yarovenko), party girl Kylie (Lorenza Izzo) and her sister Monica (Andrea Osvárt) — and coax the girls into accompanying them on a trip to the coastal city of Valparaíso. Unfortunately, once they arrive, the coast is shaken by a massive earthquake: destroying buildings, injuring countless people, and driving the remaining population of Valparaíso to madness in a struggle for survival.

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Movie Review: Thale (2012, Dir. Aleksander Nordaas)

Thale 2012

Thale is a supernatural Norwegian low-budget thriller from director, writer, cinematographer, and editor Aleksander Nordaas. Thale is a small film, with a story borrowing from Norwegian folklore. It’s obviously made on a very tight budget, but Nordaas has done well with it. The story follows Elvis (Erlend Nervold) and Leo (Jon Sigve Skard), two guys working as crime scene cleaners, disposing of leftovers from violent and messy deaths. Arriving at a crime scene, they discover a seemingly abandoned house, and upon investigating, they awaken a strange nude woman named Thale (Silje Reinåmo) incubating in some sort of device. She is aggressive and silent, and they must piece together who and what she is through clues found in the house and the events that follow.

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YWC Is On Its Way To A Mad Monster Party!

YWC goes Mad Monster Party!

Hey guys! It’s me, your slobmess host of Cannes, Madeleine! So right now, I’m beginning my trek to the Mad Monster Party convention in Charlotte, NC. I’ll be there all weekend, so expect a bunch of updates with photos and videos and write-ups of what’s up. The guest list is pretty sick. I’m very excited to meet Bruce Campbell (again!), both Gary and Jake Busey (oh god), Danny Glover (wait, what?), David Naughton, Linnea Quigley, and a Burmese Python. And everyone else. Also: Jaws Reunion. Hell yes. Also, I highly encourage you to stop by my buddy Skullclown‘s booth and check out what he’s been sculpting for the con. He makes some amazing stuff. Seriously, this is going to rule.

Say hello if you are there! I’ll be live-tweeting what I’m up to on the @YouWonCannes twitter. Mad Monster Party opens its doors tomorrow, Friday the 22nd, at 6PM. I hope to see you there!