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MondoCon: Death Waltz Records Heads into the Berberian Sound Studio to Bring The Equestrian Vortex
More new vinyl news out of MondoCon this weekend. At the Death Waltz Records table, the team presented a look at their next release The Equestrian Vortex. Does that ring a bell? That’s the film within Berberian Sound Studio with the terrific theme musical and credits sequence. The Equestrian Vortex is arguably the best thing about Peter Strickland’s movie starring Toby Jones.
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Fantastic Fest: Horsehead is a Silly, On-the-Nose Head Trip
Bummer. That was the first thought that sprung to mind after seeing Horsehead make its debut at Fantastic Fest. This was followed by: “That was all terrific fodder for a ’90s music video.” Because, visually, this feature debut from director Romain Bassett is an impressive, lush production that delivers on looking like a dream, however, it never delivers on its full potential to feel like one. To put it bluntly: It’s not as weird as it should’ve been.
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Exclusive – Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 Script Done, Wirkola Offers Update
When Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters debuted last year, it went on to gross $55 million domestically and an estimated $170 million internationally. Paramount was happy enough with this performance to request a sequel and they asked writer-director Tommy Wirkola to whip together a follow-up. The filmmaker – who has Dead Snow 2 arriving next month – tells us that as far as Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 is concerned, it’s all in the studio’s hands.
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MondoCon: Some Pics from the Floor, Initial Thoughts
MondoCon reminded me of my early days of going to conventions in the late-’80s/early-’90s. That was a time when promising, small and intimate cons got their start in Holiday Inn reception halls before quickly breaking out in big ways and shifting into larger venues. I took some time out of my Fantastic Fest schedule to visit the event – the first of its kind put on by that juggernaut known as Mondo – on Saturday. The attendance was overwhelming. The con’s main floor – two medium-size halls – was a mix of artists, vinyl dealers and other specialty vendors (Fright Rags, Gorgon Video and Retrobrand were all present).
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Fantastic Fest Review: Wyrmwood a Solid Zombie Film – a Mix of Something Old, Something New
Although zombies have had a presence horror since the early days of cinema, this sub-genre has enjoyed a hell of a consistent run over the last 14 years or so. And because of that constancy, I think you’ll agree it has become increasingly difficult to discern which zombie offerings are deserving of our attention. I look at a zombie movie now and think of which camp they want to be in. Will it be: “I wanna do a George Romero zombie movie?” or “I wanna do a Danny Boyle/28 Days Later sorta thing?” (they’re always coming from someplace like that). And then from there, it’s assessing how that zombie movie sets itself apart from the pack. If it’s solid and if it’s competent and it tries to do something unique, I’ll recommend it to the world-weary horror fan tired of zombie fare. Wyrmwood I would recommend.
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MondoCon: Waxwork Reveals Plans for Trick ‘r Treat Vinyl
Waxwork Records used this weekend’s MondoCon in Austin, Texas as an opportunity to announce its October plans: A vinyl release of the score for Trick ‘r Treat, the Halloween-themed anthology horror film directed by Michael Dougherty. The pics you see here were taken at Waxwork’s booth where the package was on display. The score was done by Douglas Pipes (Monster House) and package art is by Francesco Francavilla. Shock was told this would ship around Halloween, so stay tuned for order details.
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Screen Gems Takes on Mike Scannell’s Scarecrow
Sony’s Screen Gems is getting ready to take on Scarecrow a new horror thriller from Mike Scannell to be produced by Unbroken Pictures, reports Variety. According to the trade, the film is “set at a remote lake house [and] revolves around a mother and her two young daughters who must fight for survival after falling…
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Fantastic Fest Review: Alleluia Smothers You With Tough Love
Love is a crazy thing. Sometimes it can be sweet and tender, other times an all-consuming nightmare. Alleluia presents a deadly love affair that is a smothering and exhaustive experience. It begins with good intentions then reveals a dark underbelly that sends its audience down one messed up rabbit hole of obsession, fetishes and dependency issues. Director Fabrice Du Welz (Calvaire) blindsides you with his aesthetic decisions making Alleluia one nutty, enthralling experience. Gloria (Lola Duenas) is a single mom who is fitfully putting herself back out on the dating market. We know little about her previous relationship, but it really, really did not go well.
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