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DAVID CRONENBERG’S SON TO DIRECT FIRST FEATURE

Posted in Movies, News, Sci-Fi with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 5, 2011 by darklordbunnykins

We were intrigued to learn that David Cronenberg’s son Brandon is about to start filming his first feature. Antiviral stars Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class), Sarah Gadon (A Dangerous Method) and Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) and will be shot in Hamilton and Toronto from November 7 through to December 11.

From the press release: “Written by Cronenberg, the film follows Syd March, an employee at a clinic that sells injections of live viruses harvested from sick celebrities to obsessed fans. Biological communion – for a price. Syd also supplies illegal samples of these viruses to piracy groups, smuggling them from the clinic in his own body. When he becomes infected with the disease that kills super sensation Hannah Geist, Syd becomes a target for collectors and rabid fans. He must unravel the mystery surrounding her death before he suffers the same fate.”

 

ANTIVIRAL is a fascinating mystery which revolves around society’s primal hunger to own its idols. It’s smart, engaging and scary, ” says producer Niv Fichman in a press release. “Brandon’s film is the third first-time feature we’ve produced in two years. Rhombus Media is committed to working with young writers and directors to bring new visions to the screen.”

“The creative team includes director of photography Karim Hussain (Hobo with a Shotgun), production designer Arvinder Greywal (Resident Evil: Afterlife) and art director Mark Steel (Alphas).”

 

MUSICAL VAMPIRE COMEDY `SUCK`TO SCREEN IN NEW YORK

Posted in Art, Events, Movies, Music, News, Vampires with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

Dimitri Coats as Queeny

SUCK

Directed by Rob Stefaniuk

Screens in New York City at MoMA

as part of Canadian Front 2010
Friday March 19, 2010, 7:15pm

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1)

Monday March 22, 2010, 7:00pm

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1)

The Museum Of Modern Art

11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019, 212-708-9400
Adult $10, Seniors $8, Students $6, Members Free

Tickets at the door or purchase online: http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/tickets

Starring:

Rob Stefaniuk  | Jessica Paré  |  Malcolm MacDowell  |  Dave Foley  |  Barbara Mamabolo | Paul Anthony  |  Chris Ratz  |  Mike Lobel  |  Nicole de Boer  |  Iggy Pop  |  Alice Cooper  | Henry Rollins  |  Moby  |  Alex Lifeson  |  Carole Pope  |  Dimitri Coats  |  Calico Cooper

RT: 90 minutes

Watch the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOHghfrww8I

Read up onsite: http://www.suckthemovie.com/

Rob Stefaniuk, Barbara Mamabolo, Paul Anthony, Carole Pope, and others  will be in attendance at the Friday night screening.


(Toronto…. March 12, 2010)   Hey, New York City! Get ready to fang-bang in the Museum Of Modern Art.

Coming to America, the darkly-funny vampire rock-musical  SUCK will have its New York premiere at the MoMA next week, as part of the Museum’s annual Canadian Front film showcase. It’ll be a second MoMA appearance for SUCK director/actor musician Rob Stefaniuk, following his earlier comedy Phil The Alien.

“Participating in the Canadian Front is a singular honour for any Canadian filmmaker,” says Stefaniuk, “and for a director to have his work shown at MoMa in New York City is very cool.”

SUCK is a psychedelic comedy with a kick ass soundtrack featuring 11 original songs, and classics from Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, David Bowie, and the Rolling Stones.

Joey Winner (Stefaniuk) is a down and out musician, whose band has been playing to empty clubs for over a decade. When his manager (Dave Foley) advises him to fire his manager, his girlfriend (Nicole deBoer) dumps him, and a mysterious bartender (Alice Cooper) suggests he should kill himself, he’s about ready to call it a night. Everything changes however when bass player (Jessica Pare’) goes to an afterhours party with rock and roll vampire (Dimitri Coats).

When Jennifer returns she’s different. She has a charged, sexual, death energy that is perfect for rock.  People start turning up to the gigs and seem hypnotized by the new and improved line up. As the band tours down this highway to hell, the body count rises with the ticket sales. The band assumes Jennifer keeps getting sick in the sun and disappears at night because she’s on drugs.  Once they get past the American border guard (Alex Lifeson) they play shows with the likes of Beef Bellows (Moby), record with an artist in exile named Victor (Iggy Pop), and wind up on The Rockin’ Roger Morning Show (Henry Rollins). But The Winners are not at the top yet and if Eddie VanHelsig (Malcolm McDowell) has anything to say about it they never will be. When the mysterious bartender returns with an offer for Joey, we realize why so many bands nowadays suck.

SUCK marks Stefaniuk’s second feature turn as director, writer and star. In addition he co-wrote seven of SUCK’s 11 soundtrack songs. The movie is produced by Robin Crumley, Vice President of Capri Vision and by Jeff Rogers. Co-Producer is Victoria Hirst. Executive Producer is Gabriella Martinelli.  Other Executive Producers include Jeff Sackman, Brad Peyton and Terry Markus. Director of Photography is D. Gregor Hagey.

Capri Vision Inc., a division of Capri Films, has rock and rolled SUCK to acclaim since its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. It subsequently won the People’s Choice Award at the Whistler Film Festival and will make its U.S. debut at SXSW this weekend. It will continue on to the River Run Film Fest and Newport Beach Film Fest. Alliance Films, who own the Canadian rights, are looking at a late summer theatrical release in Canada.

“Needless to say, we are stoked,” says Capri Vision Producer Robin Crumley. “At first glance, you don’t expect to see a genre film in a museum. But the MoMA is a transcendent venue and SUCK is a smart, funny, tradition-busting movie, one we’re immensely proud to see displayed in an artistic environment.”

rock n roll never dies…..


TERRIFYING TUESDAYS: HALLOWEEN 2: UNRATED DIRECTOR’S CUT

Posted in DVD, Halloween, Monsters, Reviews with tags , , , , , , on January 12, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

HALLOWEEN 2: UNRATED DIRECTOR’S CUT

Starring Scout Taylor-Compton, Tyler Mane and Malcolm McDowell

Written and directed by Rob Zombie

Alliance Home Entertainment

Scout Taylor-Compton as Laurie Strode

Thank Satan I did not see Halloween 2 in theatres. Every friend and fiend I know shat on it, not entirely surprising given the enmity that met writer/director Rob Zombie’s ill-advised first Halloween film – an enmity I wholly endorsed. Zombie’s rethink of the John Carpenter classic seemed a travesty, from its attempts to explain Michael Myers’ madness to his clumsy telescoping of the original’s plot into his film’s final act. I rarely boo a film, but I did that night in that theatre back in 2007.

But Halloween 2… It’s a good horror movie. Hell, it’s a good movie. Let’s be straight: this is the “unrated director’s cut” of which I speak. Even Zombie, on his commentary track, bemoans his truncated filming and editing schedule, and the studio’s insistence on an ending that left room for a sequel – a sequel of which, I might add, Zombie has washed his hands. This is Rob Zombie’s preferred version, and it’s both bloody and bloody good.

As to plot, Michael (Tyler Mane) is dead… except of course he’s not, and the body has disappeared. Two years later, we find his sister Laurie (Scout Taylor-Compton) is scarred and traumatized. So is her best friend Annie (Danielle Harris). Instead of bringing them together, Michael’s assault has created a rift which is pulling them apart, despite their living under the same roof with Annie’s dad, Sheriff Brackett (Brad Dourif), whose life is unravelling.

Dr. Loomis (Malcolm McDowell), meanwhile, has written a tell-all book that exploits his association with Michael – a book that also reveals Laurie’s family relation to Michael and sends her further down a path towards self-destruction. Always moving closer is Michael himself, prompted by visions of his mother (Sheri Moon Zombie). A family reunion is inevitable.

Tyler Mane as Michael Myers

Watching Halloween II with Mrs. DLB, I asked her thoughts about the film. “Slow and stupid” was her comment, half an hour in. By the end, though, we turned to each other and agreed that Zombie’s attempts to build both suspense and character had worked. The relationship between Annie and Laurie is given room to breathe, and its decay is wrenching. Taylor-Compton is especially convincing as a regular girl whose life has been completely shattered. Even Zombie’s controversial decision to unmask Michael (and give him a word of dialogue) makes sense within the idea that this is a totally different version of the Halloween world. John Carpenter’s movie is still there up on my shelf, safe and sound.

The key extra on this disc is Zombie’s commentary. A lucid, smart man, he explains the differences between the theatrical version and this, his preferred version. Even he has reservations about the version that the studio put out, and while that may be self-serving apology, it makes me grateful that I never saw it.

Deborah Myers (Sheri Moon Zombie) and son Michael (Chase Varek)

Overall, this version is haunted, emotionally true and far more intimate (apparently) than what audiences have previously seen. Rather than being Rob Zombie’s worst film (at least as rated on the IMDb), Halloween 2 turns out to be his best.

Rating: 3.5/5


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