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El Aviso: Taut First Teaser Arrives For Spanish Thriller

Veteran director Daniel Calparsoro returns to screens soon with El Aviso, and based on the freshly released teaser we've got a taut, slick thriller to look forward to. Ten-year-old Nico receives a threatening letter and now his life is in danger. No one seems to believe him except one person that he doesn't know. Adapted from a novel by Paul Pen by Cell 211 writer and regular Alex de la Iglesia collaborator Jorge Guerricaechevarria (say that ten times fast) along with Buried writer Chris Sparling, this just looks classy from top to bottom. Take a look at the teaser below....

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Former Hyde Park Exec Marc Fiorentino Joins Storyscape Entertainment

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Exclusive: Storyscape Entertainment has added Marc Fiorentino as Vice President, overseeing the development and production of its film slate. Via Storyscape’s first-look deal with Broad Green Pictures, Fiorentino will spearhead the company’s recent acquisition titles, Land Of The Living, a thriller novel by UK writers Nicci Gerrard and Sean French, with Chris Sparling adapting, and The Vessel by Alex Greenfield and Ben Powell. In additional, Matt Kramer, former Storyscape…
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Mercy Draws You in with Its Mystery: A Film Review

*there are spoilers here (see the film first). Director/writer: Chris Sparling. Cast: James Wolk, Caitlin FitzGerald, Tom Lipinski. Mercy is a horror and thriller from Chris Sparling. Notable for writing 2010's Buried, Sparling has created a very intriguing film, here. The film appears as a letting-go of a family member. But, it proves to be more complex, especially when a group of masked characters are introduced. Two groups of characters are motivated by two very different reasons; neither motivation is very honourable, however. Playing out like a mystery initially, events take a darker turn, at the film's mid-point. It is here where a point-of-view is changed, as well. Grace's (Constance Barron) relationship with a cult-like religious sect, also creates some of the film's mystery. Finally, murderers conflict with these money-counters; everyone loses. However, viewers of Mercy will win with this latest Netflix outing. The film's story plays out straight-forwardly,
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Beg for Mercy with this Latest Launch from Netflix

A new horror title has just launched on Netflix; the film is Mercy. Developed by Chris Sparling (Buried, 2010), Mercy involves a looming inheritance and the four brothers who want to walk away with it. This title was just released on November 22nd, via Video-on-demand. And, this film was produced by Xyz Films and Uncorked Productions. As well, this horror title had its premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival, in June. In case you missed it, the film's official trailer is hosted here. Reviews of the film have been mostly mixed. At Heaven of Horror, one reviewer mentioned the film's mystery: "mystery is at the heart of the movie." Other reviews have mentioned the film's tension. Mercy offers a twist in the third act, part of which can be seen near the end of the film's trailer. Fans of horror can view Mercy in the USA and Canada, now! Release Date: November 22nd,
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Netflix Releases Home Invasion Horror, ‘Mercy’

Netflix Releases Home Invasion Horror, ‘Mercy’
Netflix has just released Mercy, which Chris Sparling — who penned the 2010 Ryan Reynolds thriller Buried and Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees — wrote and directed. “Mad Men’s” James Wolk and “Master of Sex’s” Caitlin FitzGerald star in the home invasion thriller, which we reviewed out of the Los Angeles Film Festival earlier this year. “When four estranged […]
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The Sea of Trees

Where's M. Night Shyamalan when we need him? Gus Van Sant's spiritual journey through a death forest is pretty to look at, nicely acted... and Trite with a capital T. Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts are prominent on the marquee, but co-star Ken Watanabe gets shunted aside. The Sea of Trees Blu-ray Lionsgate 2015 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 110 min. / Street Date November 1, 2016 / 24.99 Starring Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe, Naomi Watts, James Saito. Cinematography Kasper Tuxen Film Editor Pietro Scalia Original Music Mason Bates Written by Chris Sparling Produced by F. Gary Gray, Kevin Halloran, Ken Kao, Gil Netter, Thomas Patrick Smith Directed by Gus Van Sant

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Reviewers pretty much stomped on Gus Van Sant's The Sea of Trees from last year. Although I didn't see a single notice with the title "Can't See the Forest for the Trees," that's not an inapt description. Writer Chris Sparling has
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‘Teen Wolf’ Star Victoria Moroles Joins Lionsgate Thriller ‘Down a Dark Hall’

‘Teen Wolf’ Star Victoria Moroles Joins Lionsgate Thriller ‘Down a Dark Hall’
Victoria Moroles has joined AnnaSophia Robb and Isabelle Fuhrman in the Lionsgate pic “Down a Dark Hall,” based on the novel by Lois Duncan.

The book follows a troubled teen with a haunted past who’s committed to Blackwood, a mysterious school for gifted and disturbed girls. Moroles will play one of five teenage girls attending the school.

Rodrigo Cortes is directing the film from a script by Michael Goldbach and Chris Sparling. The movie is currently shooting in Barcelona. Nostromo Pictures is financing the film with the participation of Atresmedia Cine.

“Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer, Wyck Godfrey, Meghan Hibbett, and Marty Bowen are producing. Isaac Klausner will executive produce alongside Nuria Valls.

Along with her work on the MTV series “Teen Wolf,” Moroles also has a recurring role on the Disney series “Liv And Maddie.” MTV announced in July that “Teen Wolf,” on which Moroles plays Hayden Romero, will
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Noah Silver and Rosie Day Tread ‘Down A Dark Hall’

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Noah Silver and Rosie Day Tread ‘Down A Dark Hall’
Exclusive: Noah Silver and Rosie Day have joined the cast of Lionsgate’s upcoming film Down A Dark Hall, opposite Anna Sophia Robb and Isabelle Fuhrman. Rodrigo Cortés is directing the pic with a script from Michael Goldbach and Chris Sparling. Based on Lois Duncan’s 1974 Ya novel of the same name, the supernatural mystery centers on a troubled teen with a haunted past who is committed to Blackwood, a mysterious school for gifted and disturbed girls. Silver plays Jules…
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[Biff Review] Mercy

It’s practically impossible to talk about what’s happening in Chris Sparling‘s latest thriller, Mercy, without spoiling it. The writer-director knows, and splits his film into three pieces as a result: the first third completely shrouded in mystery, the next a replay from alternative perspectives, and the last the truth of the pursuers’ identities and the lies their victims have been spinning from the start. The only other Sparling film I’ve seen is his most popular one, Buried, which he wrote with Rodrigo Cortés directing, but the similarities in deflection and confusion are obvious. Whereas it focused solely on one character trapped without the ability to fully comprehend what’s happening, Mercy places its viewer in the coffin. We don’t know who’s out there and we definitely cannot trust the family in peril.

I’ll stick solely to the first act to whet your suspense-thriller
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‘Down a Dark Hall’ Movie Adaptation With AnnaSophia Robb Casts Taylor Russell

‘Down a Dark Hall’ Movie Adaptation With AnnaSophia Robb Casts Taylor Russell
Taylor Russell has joined the cast of Lionsgate’s adaptation of the YA novel “Down a Dark Hall.”

AnnaSophia Robb is set to star. Lois Duncan penned the novel, which follows a troubled teen with a haunted past who’s committed to Blackwood, a mysterious school for gifted and disturbed girls.

Rodrigo Cortes is directing the pic from a script by Michael Goldbach and Chris Sparling. Isabelle Fuhrman also stars in the movie, which is currently shooting in Barcelona. Nostromo Pictures is financing the film with the participation of Atresmedia Cine.

“Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer — who optioned the book in 2013 — Wyck Godfrey, Meghan Hibbett, and Marty Bowen are producing. Isaac Klausner will executive produce alongside Nuria Valls.

Russell recently landed the role of Judy Robinson in Legendary and Netflix’s TV reboot of “Lost in Space.” She is repped by Play Mgmt in Vancouver, Thruline, and Jamie Feldman.
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Isabelle Fuhrman To Go ‘Down A Dark Hall’; Owen Teague Joins ‘The Empty Man’

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Isabelle Fuhrman To Go ‘Down A Dark Hall’; Owen Teague Joins ‘The Empty Man’
Isabelle Fuhrman is set to star in the supernatural thriller Down A Dark Hall. The film adaptation of 1974 Ya novel by Lois Duncan is about a troubled teen with a haunted past who is committed to Blackwood, a mysterious school for gifted and disturbed girls. Rodrigo Cortes is directing the picture from a script by Michael Goldbach and Chris Sparling. Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment label will distribute the film., which is currently shooting in Barcelona. Wick Godfrey…
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The Sea Of Trees Review

After watching Gus Van Sant’s The Sea Of Trees, I’m convinced that composer Mason Bates was shown a completely different movie to score. How else can you explain the gentle woodland nymph-y aesthetic that Bates favors as Matthew McConaughey stumbles frantically around Aokigahara, otherwise known as The Suicide Forest?!

Last time I checked, suicide forests weren’t happy-go-lucky camping sites, and actor Ken Watanabe wasn’t a magical forest creature. The Sea Of Trees is such a strange, bi-polar fever-dream, far beyond Bates’ ill-fitting – and never ceasing – musical accompaniment, but it’s a damn good place to start. Then we can get to how a famed location known for unspeakable sorrow is barely characterized and defined, as yet another movie wastes Japan’s deadliest landmark.

McConaughey plays Arthur Brennan, an adjunct college professor who buys a one-way ticket to the Aokigahara forest. Arthur can’t bear to live another day alone,
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Why A24 Picked Up Gus Van Sant’s Critical Dud ‘The Sea of Trees’

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Why A24 Picked Up Gus Van Sant’s Critical Dud ‘The Sea of Trees’
Few films in recent history have gotten off to as rough a start as Gus Van Sant’s “The Sea of Trees.” The drama starring Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts was loudly booed following its premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, where it scored a 0.6 out of 4.0 on Screen’s festival jury rankings, the lowest score in 12 years. IndieWire’s chief film critic Eric Kohn called the movie a “stunning misfire” and Van Sant’s worst film.

Based on a spec script from Chris Sparling (“Buried”), the movie follows a suicidal widower (McConaughey) whose plan to end his life in the forest near Mount Fuji is derailed when he encounters a Japanese businessman lost in the same woods and close to death.

Watch: ‘The Sea Of Trees’ Trailer: Matthew McConaughey Has A Crisis Of Faith In Notorious Gus Van Sant Drama

The Sea of Trees’” disastrous introduction to the world
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Hollywood Odds: Matthew McConaughey: His best performances so far

We’re now deep into the McConaissance folks. Yes, in the last few years, we’ve seen Matthew McConaughey really make the leap to the next stage of his career, shaking up the industry in the process. With this week marking the release of his new film The Sea of Trees, I wanted to take a look at his best work to date. Even before I started tackling heavier fare, he was someone I enjoyed, but that’s only grown these days. Whether in supporting or lead roles, he’s a unique and talented actor with a lot to offer. The years to come will be very exciting, both for us and for him… The Sea of Trees is a drama about a pair of suicidal men looking for a way out of a forest in Japan. One is Arthur Brennan (McConaughey), the protagonist, while the other is Takumi Nakamura
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Movie Review: Matthew McConaughey gets lost in Gus Van Sant’s deathly dull Sea Of Trees

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The screenplay for The Sea Of Trees, penned by Chris Sparling (Buried), is one of those narrative Rube Goldberg machines where everything falls into place in the unlikeliest, corniest, and worst possible way. Its protagonist is Arthur Brennan (Matthew McConaughey), a science adjunct who buys a one-way ticket to Japan so he can kill himself in Aokigahara, the notorious “suicide forest” at the base of Mount Fuji, only to have his plans upended by Takumi (Ken Watanabe, miscast), a magical salaryman who stumbles out of the bushes with slashed wrists and a bad case of second thoughts. So off they go, the two would-be suicides, trying to find a path out of the dark wood on an odyssey of bad monologues, misguided contrivances, and lengthy flashbacks about Arthur’s alcoholic wife, Joan (Naomi Watts). As it turns out, there is something worse than Nicholas Sparks, the king of morbid romantic
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Frightfest 2016 Line-Up Announced

The line-up for the 17th annual Frightfest has been announced, read on for more…

We’ve barely recovered from last year’s event but Frightfest is almost upon us again. The world of horror will descend on the British capital from Thursday 25th August, running until Monday 29th August. This year the event moves out of the London West End for the first time in its history, and will instead take place at the Vue in Shepard’s Bush. The move is primarily motivated by building work at the original location, but does mean that there will be a lot more space, and more space means more films.

Last year’s event showcased 76 of the best new genre films on the market, a very impressive number. Never ones to rest on their laurels, the Frightfest organisers have an enormous 62 films on display this year, giving the audience a little more space to breathe,
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FrightFest unveils 2016 line-up

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FrightFest unveils 2016 line-up
London-based genre festival to feature 19 world premieres and 35 UK & European premieres.

Horror Channel FrightFest has unveiled the line-up for its upcoming 17th edition, taking place at its new home of the Vue Shepherd’s Bush from Aug 25-29.

Sean Brosnan’s revenge thriller My Father Die [pictured] receives its European premiere as the opening film, while the UK premiere of Sang-ho Yeon’s Cannes title Train To Busan closes this year’s festival.

In total, the 62-strong feature line-up includes 19 world premieres and 35 UK & European premieres. Ivan Silvestrini’s Monolith, Tricia Lee’s creepy chiller Blood Hunters and Nick Jongerius’ gory The Windmill Massacre are among the world premieres.

Meanwhile, Adam Wingard’s eagerly anticipated The Woods will receive its European premiere in the Main Screen strand, playing alongside the likes of Stephen King adaptation Cell, Italian box office hit They Call Me Jeeg Robot and Cody Calahan’s Let Her Out.

Other Main Screen
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Scott’s Los Angeles Film Festival Dispatch, Part One

Independent cinema is the clear focus at La Film Fest. This doesn’t mean they’re completely clear of the sort of pre-packaged, studio-lite fare that tends to climb awards-season ladders into our multiplexes – this year’s festival featured films starring Chris Messina, Idris Elba, Alfred Molina, Gemma Arterton, Gael Garcia Bernal, Gillian Jacobs, and Topher Grace, plus The Conjuring 2, an outright studio film. And even those films without such attachments are not entirely free from the influence, following familiar beats and a sort of glossy presentation in an attempt to “fit in” with the big boys. The extent to which these films could truly be called “independent” is thus debatable, and lends a sort of discomfort to aligning them with truly adventurous voices. That disparity is most evident in four thrillers that played at the festival, which range from practically begging to be let in to actively refusing any sense of acceptance.
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8 Movies We’re Excited to See at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival

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The 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday, June 1st, and this year’s Nightfall lineup looks to be yet another strong selection of genre films set to thrill festival-goers night after night.

For those of you in the southern California area, the 2016 Laff runs through Thursday, June 9th and is calling the ArcLight Culver City Cinema home this year. Here’s a look at what we’re anticipating once the Laff begins later this week, and for more information on the festival, please visit:

http://www.filmindependent.org/la-film-festival/

Abattoir (directed by Darren Lynn Bousman)

Full disclosure: Abattoir was edited by my significant other, so I am certainly biased, but my enthusiasm for the film comes from my excitement to see Bousman return to the hardboiled world of horror after working on The Devil’s Carnival musicals and his comedy-infused segment in last year’s Tales of Halloween anthology.
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There is No Mercy for Four Brothers in this Thrilling Trailer

A new horror film is coming your way via Xyz Films. Titled Mercy, the film involves a dying mother and a possible contested inheritance. The film's first trailer shows several masked characters attempting to kill a fractured family. Starring Constance Barron, Michael Donovan and Caitlin FitzGerald, this feature will be at the La Film Festival, in early June. As well, the film will show on Netflix later this year. A preview for Mercy is hosted here. The official synopsis reveals more about the film's central conflict. Four estranged brothers reunite to say good-bye to their dying mother. While at her home, they are attacked by a mysterious group, who hounds their isolated home. Director Chris Sparling has written screenplays for other thrillers. Sparling wrote the script for Buried (2010) and the more recent slasher Atm (2012). With a background in the genre, Sparling's latest looks like a must-see title, with more to come on Mercy.
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