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Film Review: ‘Wallflower’

Film Review: ‘Wallflower’
Taking a fictionalized approach to a mass murder in Seattle a decade ago, Jagger Gravning’s “Wallflower” arrives at something more idiosyncratic and ultimately haunting than a standard docudrama-style true crime tale. Focusing less on the perpetrator than on the raver milieu he briefly infiltrated — to tragic results — this culture-clash snapshot provides a moving if also mysterious portrait of fragile mental health snapping tether entirely amid the alien environs of blithe hedonism.

Those looking for a more explanatory approach to Kyle Aaron Huff’s fatal shooting of six and himself in 2006 may be frustrated by the writer-director’s impressionistic view. But “Wallflower” is complex, empathetic and often poetical, emphasizing the flow of life that was interrupted rather than the interruption itself — in a way comparable to (though not as narratively abstract as) Gus Van Sant’s “Elephant.” It’s also a sort of nostalgia piece for the rave scene, whose
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Movie Review – The Anatomy of Monsters (2014)

The Anatomy of Monsters, 2014.

Directed by Byron C. Miller.

Starring Tabitha Bastien, Jesse Lee Keeter, Conner Marx, Keiko Green and Asher Vast.

Synopsis:

Aspiring murderer Andrew lures a seemingly innocent woman back to a room in a seedy motel intending to make her his latest victim. However, much to his surprise, his intended victim Sarah is a murderer herself, and a much more prolific one at that. Sarah soon attempts to turn the tables on her attacker, telling him the story of her life and what led her down the path of murder and death, in a twisted mental game of cat and mouse.

Serial killers are certainly a fascinating subset of society. We wonder what makes them tick, what happened to them in their lives and why they are driven to commit such horrific acts on innocent people.

This attempt to understand the evil nature of serial killers has been examined in novels,
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Slamdance 2016 Review: If There's A Hell Below Offers Prime Post-Snowden Intrigue

Nathan Williams' debut feature steps onto the independent film stage with the calm, steady aim of a confident marksman ready to make the shot. A meticulously crafted tale of government secrets and whistle blowers in a post Edward Snowden world, If There's A Hell Below suffers in one department only, in that its title is a little too broad in its foreboding to truly clue you into the political and existential intrigue that unfolds over the course of this Diy gem.Conner Marx stars as Abe, an upstart journalist at a small Chicago weekly who is contacted by Debra (Carol Roscoe), a supposed national security specialist with some major secrets to spill. They rendezvous in the great eastern plains of Washington state, a golden sun blasted...

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Revoltin’ Reviews: Bubba the Redneck Werewolf, The Anatomy of Monsters, The Dead Next Door: Ultimate Edition and more!

Revoltin’ Reviews: Bubba the Redneck Werewolf, The Anatomy of Monsters, The Dead Next Door: Ultimate Edition and more!
Back for the attack with flicks up the crack!

The Dead Next Door: Ultimate Edition

• Release Date: Available Now on Blu-ray

• Written By: J.R. Bookwalter

• Directed By: J.R. Bookwalter

• Starring: Pete Ferry, Bogdan Pecic, Michael Grossi

As a young horror hound, I was inundated with stills and stories about an upcomin’ zombie bomb that was sure to make all of us Evil Dead-lovin’ psychos positively explode with gorish-glee! That flick, The Dead Next Door, never seemed to materialize. Well, flash forward four years, and ol’ Tdnd sails through a stormy sea of financial and production to reach its completion, with a gentle nudge from Sam Raimi’s wallet (Master Cylinder my arse), in 1989. Finally gore-mets were served their bloody buffet!

And what a smorgasbord it is, my fiends! We follow the adventures of a government sanctioned zombie kill squad in a walking-dead-ravaged apocalypse as they travel to Ohio
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Slamdance Festival Competition Lineup Unveiled (Exclusive)

Slamdance Festival Competition Lineup Unveiled (Exclusive)
The Slamdance Film Festival has unveiled 20 titles for its narrative and documentary feature film competition programs for its 22nd edition during Jan. 22-28, Variety has learned.

The festival, launched in 1995 as an alternative to Sundance, has included showings of such notable titles as Oren Peli’s “Paranormal Activity.” The fest, which takes place at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, Utah, will include 12 world premieres, two North American premieres and one U.S. premiere.

The narrative competition has 12 titles and eight have been selected in the documentary category.

Notable titles include Leonardo Guerra Seragnoli’s drama “Last Summer” (pictured above), starring Rinko Kikuchi, Yorick van Wageningen and Lucy Griffiths; Derek Kimball’s drama “Neptune,” set on an island off the coast of Maine and centered on an orphan girl raised by the church; Paul Taylor’s dialogue-free “Driftwood,” starring Joslyn Jensen, Paul C. Kelly and Michael Fentin; and Andrea Marini
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Slamdance unveils 2016 roster

  • ScreenDaily
Festival top brass announced on Monday the 12 Narrative and eight Documentary Feature Film Competition films in 22nd edition, set to run in Park City from January 22-28, 2016.

The 20-strong line-up includes 12 world premieres, three North American premieres and one Us premiere.

All competition films are feature directorial debuts with budgets of less than $1m and without Us distribution.

Jury awards are presented to feature films in both categories and all films are eligible for audience awards as well as the Spirit Of Slamdance Award, judged by the filmmakers themselves.

“The standard of Diy filmmaking around the world is the highest we’ve seen, and the diversity of storytelling is the most we’ve experienced,” sad Slamdance co-founder and president Peter Baxter.

“With a record breaking number of submissions to select from, the narrative and documentary feature line-up has never been so competitive or as exciting to programme.”

All synopses provided by the festival.

Narrative Features
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Slamdance unveils 2016 feature film competition

  • ScreenDaily
Festival top brass announced on Monday the 12 Narrative and eight Documentary Feature Film Competition films in 22nd edition, set to run in Park City from January 22-28, 2016.

The 20-strong line-up includes 12 world premieres, three North American premieres and one Us premiere.

All competition films are feature directorial debuts with budgets of less than $1m and without Us distribution.

Jury awards are presented to feature films in both categories and all films are eligible for audience awards as well as the Spirit Of Slamdance Award, judged by the filmmakers themselves.

“The standard of Diy filmmaking around the world is the highest we’ve seen, and the diversity of storytelling is the most we’ve experienced,” sad Slamdance co-founder and president Peter Baxter.

“With a record breaking number of submissions to select from, the narrative and documentary feature line-up has never been so competitive or as exciting to programme.”

Al synopses provided by the festival.

Narrative Features
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