The American Film Market kicks off tomorrow, so expect a barrage of new posters, trailers, film announcements and sales deals. I will be away this weekend, but the rest of the team should be bringing you the best news out of the huge event. Tonight it has already started as below we have a rather large collection of brand new sales posters for some very exciting forthcoming horror films.
Let’s get started shall we?
Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy’s (Astron-6) film is said to be a loving tribute to/parody of the gory giallo thrillers of Mario Bava and Dario Argento.
The cast includes veteran horror actor Udo Kier (who has appeared in a number of Giallo’s himself) along with Tristan Risk, Laurence R. Harvey (The Human Centipede 2), Samantha Hill, Paz De La Huerta and Adam Brooks.
A one-time (and now one-handed) master film editor toiling in the cinematic sweatshops of 1970s Italy becomes the prime suspect in a series of brutal murders.
Suburban Gothic is directed and co-written by Richard Bates Jr, with Mark Bruner co-writing. The cast includes Matthew Gray Gubler, Kat Dennings, Ray Wise, Sally Kirkland, Jeffrey Combs and John Waters.
Raymond has a prestigious MBA, but he can’t find work. He can channel the paranormal, but chatting with a cute girl mystifies him. Kicked out of his big city apartment, Raymond returns home to his overbearing mother, ex-jock father, and beer-bellied classmates. But when a vengeful ghost terrorizes the small town, the city-boy recruits Becca, a badass local bartender, to solve the mystery of the spirit threatening everyone’s lives.
Hostile is directed by Nathan Ambrosioni, and the cast includes Julie Venturelli, Luna-Miti Belan, Lucie Donier, Shelley Ward, Anatolia Allieis, Julien Croquet, Magaly Gouyon, Didier Beaumont, Sarah Robert, Danielle di Sandro, Mallow Garcia, Richard Carré, Elona Hec, and Vanessa Azzopardi.
Meredith, who could never have children, decides to have two teenage girls stay in her magnificent estate. But since arriving, something is wrong. She contacts SOS Adoption, a small local television station whose goal is to help families. Unfortunately all efforts fail, especially when reporters discover that someone else in the house. But is this really the outside world that is after them? Or does the danger not come from outside but from within?
“Keep your phone on.” That’s what filmmaker Franck Khalfoun (Amityville, Maniac, P2) is telling audiences regarding his new movie i-LIVED, an alleged wild and thought-provoking new thriller that is the first American film to use immersive second-screen technology. The result is said to be an unconventional and wholly bracing cinema experience. It is a coordinated film production in concert with technology production as a means of deepening the viewer engagement with the on-screen characters and plot.
“I wanted to find a concept where I could tell a story using all of the technology available on a smartphone and immerse the user into a story in an innovative way,” Khalfoun said. “I thought if I could center the plot around an app, use the camera on the phone to shoot parts of it, and connect the audience through the phone while they are watching the movie, then the device would become a tool for storytelling rather than an annoying distraction.”
An innovative and experimental project, i-LIVED is a tech-based mindbender about an online app reviewer whose latest assignment mysteriously improves his life beyond anything he imagined but just as quickly starts to tear him apart.
Teaming with producers Ehud Bleiberg (The Iceman, Dance of the Dead), Alix Taylor (Piranha 3D, Ti West’s upcoming In the Valley of Violence), and Pavlina Hatoupis (The Pyramid, White Bird in a Blizzard), Khalfoun is said to have created a truly unique ride that not only touches upon familiar genre conventions but also raises challenging questions about society’s current relationship with technology.
Bleiberg Entertainment is handling worldwide sales and will be unveiling the film to distributors this week at the American Film Market in Santa Monica, CA.
(poster courtesy of Dread Central)
The Perfect Husband:
Directed by Italy’s Lucas Pavetto, the film stars Crisula Stafida, Damiano Verrocchi and Melania Astolfi.
After a serious trauma, husband and wife decide to spend a few days in a country house, in order to forget and start to live a peaceful life, but what apparently seems to be a weekend of love, suddenly turns into a bloody weekend. Get ready to see the darkest side of your sweetheart. Starring Crisul Stafida and Damiano Verrochi, “Il Marito Perfetto” is a low budget independent horror film, made in Italy with few means available. Written and directed by Lucas’s Pavetto, special effects Thomas Luzi. This is a very violent film, inspired by French cinema.