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EXCLUSIVE! THE LAST EXORCISM PART II DIRECTOR SPEAKS

Posted in Devils, Ghosts, Interviews, Movies, Sequels, Supernatural with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 28, 2013 by darklordbunnykins

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The DLB had the chance to speak to The Last Exorcist Part II director Ed Gass-Donnelly last week in his hometown of Toronto about working with series star Ashley Bell, shooting in New Orleans, his vision for the franchise, and working with a low budget

First of all, tell me about New Orleans. Tell me about, obviously the typical thing is it’s a character in the movie, certainly Louisiana was very much a character in the first one, in terms of depression of Ashley’s character, Nell; talk about working there and New Orleans as a character in your film.

Well, the big thing for me is that you’ve got this girl in the first movie that has lived in such a repressed environment. Her father won’t even let her go to school and won’t let her listen to music that’s not Christian music, so I loved the idea of what would it be like for that girl to suddenly be…the movie starts with her sort of lost and feral in the woods, almost no memory of what happened, and then she gets put into a transitional home in New Orleans, so you go from like a cabin in the woods where you have no sense of culture, to suddenly being in the middle of Mardi Gras, and certainly what I love about horror movies is it a chance to explore bigger themes and ideas but in a very sort of pop culture environment, so to me this movie is sort of a metaphor for ultimately girls discovering their own voice and sexuality.

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EXCLUSIVE! “THE THING” DIRECTOR SPEAKS ON CARPENTER, ARMY OF THE DEAD, AND FUTURE PROJECTS

Posted in Aliens, Eye Candy, Gore, Interviews, Monsters, Movies, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Violence, Zombies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2011 by darklordbunnykins

Horror fans wait with bated breath for the release tomorrow of The Thing, the much-anticipated and already much-reviled prequel to John Carpenter’s much-lauded classic. The DLB spoke to director Mattjis van Heijningen, Jr., earlier today about the expectations of fans, combining practical effects with CGI, and his future plans, including the status of that much-talked-about zombie epic Army of the Dead.

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TERRIFYING TIFF: ON “MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE”

Posted in Festivals, Movies, Thriller with tags , , , , , , on September 17, 2011 by darklordbunnykins

Martha Marcy May Marlene is not a horror film, but Rosemary’s Baby was a big influence on director Sean Durkin’s debut feature. Starring Elisabeth Olson as Martha, the film traces her character’s escape from a cult and subsequent attempt to integrate back into her family. But are the cult members coming after her? Durkin’s film, which recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, gradually builds tension, culminating in a taut ending which will frustrate some viewers but is absolutely perfect. Here is a quote from my recent conversation with Durkin.

Sean, you’ve described this film being somewhat inspired by Rosemary’s Baby and Robert Altman’s Three Women. To what extent do you look at this as a horror film? Three Women is very creepy.

Three Women very much in the sense that it’s an experience. It’s not horror but it’s so unsettled and you just go on the journey of these women talking to each other and no one is listening to each other, and the feel of that film really settled on me.

“But I love horror films and I hate when horror films get gory. I love the build-up so I think that very much like that, very much in the desire to portray that, very much settled in my subconscious at some point of my life and just ends up making its way into all the films I make.”

 

Martha Marcy May Marlene opens in limited release Oct. 21.

SPOOKY CINEMA: “BLACK SWAN” REVIEWED

Posted in Movies, Reviews, Sex, Theatre with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

BLACK SWAN

Starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassell

Directed by Darren Aronofsky

Written by Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin

Fox Searchlight

“Lose yourself” is the advice artistic director Thomas (Vincent Cassell) gives to Nina (Natalie Portman), the ambitious young ballerina he has chosen to dance the lead in his company’s new production of “Swan Lake.” But Nina is a scared, tentative young dancer whose fragility embodies the White Swan. Her technique is flawless, but does she have the guile and the sensuality to effectively play the Black Swan? Or will Thomas replace her with the provocative Lily (Mila Kunis), Nina’s perceived rival and could-be best friend?

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