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Juliette Lewis & Christina Ricci Among Eight Cast In Showtime Drama Pilot ‘Yellowjackets’

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Juliette Lewis & Christina Ricci Among Eight Cast In Showtime Drama Pilot ‘Yellowjackets’
Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Juliette Lewis (Camping) and Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Christina Ricci (Z: The Beginning of Everything) are set as series regulars in Showtime drama pilot Yellowjackets, from writers Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson (Narcos), Entertainment One and studio-based producer Drew Comins.

Rounding out the cast are regulars Ella Purnell (Sweetbitter), Sammi Hanratty (Shameless), Sophie Thatcher (Prospect), Sophie Nélisse (The Book Thief), Steven Krueger (The Originals) and Amy Okuda (Atypical). They join previously announced Melanie Lynskey, Tawny Cypress and Jasmin Savoy Brown.

Karyn Kusama (Destroyer) will direct and executive produce the pilot, a co-production of Showtime and Entertainment One. Comins of Creative Engine also serves as executive producer.

Written by Lyle and Nickerson, Yellowjackets is equal parts survival epic, horror story and coming-of-age drama and tells the narrative of a team of wildly talented high school girls soccer players who become the (un)lucky survivors
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‘Color Out of Space’ Trailer: Nicolas Cage Enters the Realm of H.P. Lovecraft

January just got a whole lot better–and stranger. Only a year after Mandy, Nicolas Cage is back with another acclaimed gonzo feature, this time entering a world perfectly fitting for the actor, that of H.P. Lovecraft. Directed by Richard Stanley, Color Out of Space finds Cage’s character and his family as strange happenings occur when a meteorite touches down on their farm. Following its Tiff premiere and ahead of its January release, the first trailer has now arrived.

Josh Lewis said in our Tiff review, “Stanley approaches this narrative with a true sense of wackiness, really leaning into the ridiculousness of the daughter riding her horse through ancient New England forests with Satanic tattoos like she’s in an 80s fantasy film or Cage yelling about milking Alpacas at the local water surveyor for some reason. No people would act the way they do in this film and
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The Devil Rides Out

Hammer’s key Satanic Mass epic comes to Blu-ray in a terrific improved transfer. Christopher Lee’s pitched battle with Charles Gray’s necromancer Mocata has long been a favorite of fans of symbolist rituals with candles, magic circles, Christian icons, etc. We’re happy to report that after all the monstrous demons and human sacrifices, good prevails through the agency of an ordinary housewife, who can sling a Latin incantation faster than you can say ‘The Goat of Mendes.’ This is yet another big-deal Hammer disc for 2019 — we also get a look at the earlier Blu-ray with its revised special effects.

The Devil Rides Out

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Scream Factory

1968 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 95 min. / The Devil’s Bride / Street Date October 29, 2019 / Available from Scream Factory / 27.99

Starring: Christopher Lee, Charles Gray, Nike Arrighi, Leon Greene, Patrick Mower, Gwen Ffrangcon Davies, Sarah Lawson, Paul Eddington, Rosalyn Landor.

Cinematography: Arthur Grant

Film Editors: James Needs,
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Film Review: ‘Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist’

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Film Review: ‘Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist’
46 years on from its release, “The Exorcist” is not exactly a film that wants for analysis; it’s also not a film people are likely to stop analyzing any time soon. William Friedkin’s horror masterclass is, well, just that: one of its genre’s most irresistibly teachable works, with a clear, clean command of form and theme that lends itself to limitless scholarly scrutiny and interpretation. Alexandre O. Philippe’s simply styled documentary “Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on ‘The Exorcist'” has a lot more of that to offer;Essentially a single interview with Friedkin interspersed with repeatedly revisited clips, “Leap of Faith” chiefly examines — per its title — the film’s spiritual allusions and illusions, distinguishing it from just any old making-of doc.

Not that you’d expect anything quite so standard from Philippe, the Swiss filmmaker who has carved out his own auteurist niche in the realm of cinema-studies documentary,
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The Witches (1990)

Roald Dahl’s marvelous horror thriller for children (the ones ready for it) knows exactly what it is and doesn’t soft-pedal the scary stuff. Horrible (but sexy) witches plot the wholesale destruction of Hansels and Gretels everywhere, and the only kid that can stop them has been changed into a mouse. Nicolas Roeg runs wild with Dahl’s imaginative, refreshingly un-pc book; the usual softening touches are skipped in favor of unadulterated scarifying Fun. It couldn’t be better directed; we wish that Roeg had been able to create a dozen such outrageous fantasies. Star Anjelica Huston is an amazing Grand High Witch, with Mai Zetterling, Anne Lambton and Jane Horrocks providing able witchy support. Recommended!

The Witches

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Warner Archive Collection

1990 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 92 min. / Street Date August 20, 2019 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Jasen Fisher, Rowan Atkinson, Bill Paterson, Brenda Blethyn, Charlie Potter, Jim Carter,
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Opera Mortem: Exclusive Trailer For Restored And Haunted 1973 Film

In a year of unearthed and cursed films another one has come to our attention after it was recovered by an Italian collector and restored for distribution. Screen Anarchy has an exclusive look at the new trailer for the 1973 cursed film Opera Mortem. Fari warning, footage in this trailer is indeed very extreme and pardon our French, fucked.    David Fleas' film Opera Mortem can be called a number of things; Avant Garde, experimental, and likely Satanic. According to our sources they saw a clip of Opera Mortem when it was played at Sadique Master Festival in Paris, France. Then a fire broke out in the projection booth, delaying the following film's premiere by an hour. That is not the worst of it. According...

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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Mephisto Waltz (1971)

The old joke goes that the way one gets to Carnegie Hall is practice; while this is also a truism that can be applied to any tenet of life, it’s particularly ironic in The Mephisto Waltz (1971): yes, hard work is great, but it’s much easier to just have Satan put a concert pianist’s soul in your body to achieve your dreams. Not as funny, but easier.

The Mephisto Waltz (based on the novel of the same name by Fred Mustard Stewart) danced onto screens in early June to scathing reviews and tepid box office; even its support group find fault with key elements (we’ll get to the grievances in a bit) all these years later. I would say they are correct except I find the film works well enough despite its issues; truth be told there aren’t many Satanic flicks I don’t like,
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Blu-ray Review: Satan’S Slave (1976)

Beware and tread lightly, as Satan has once again erupted from the bowels of Hell to let loose another firestorm of insidious worship, gratuitous nudity and gore! Well, we’re in the ‘70s and he never really left anyway; the box office was very kind to the Horned One in that decade, and Vinegar Syndrome has polished up another one for a sparkling Blu-ray release, Satan’s Slave (1976).

This film was Norman J. Warren’s first horror outing after helming a couple of nudie flicks in the late ‘60s; a sign of the times, a lot of directors entered through the green door before seeking the slightly more reputable terror genre. Of the Warren’s I’ve seen (which is admittedly few), Satan’s Slave is the most accomplished and controlled, and a welcome addition to the coven of Satanic horror.

Let’s meet Catherine Yorke (Candace GlendenningThe Flesh
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New to Streaming: ‘Inglourious Basterds,’ ‘Hail Satan?,’ ‘Be Natural,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options–not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves–each week we highlight the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here.

Apollo 11 (Todd Douglas Miller)

On July 16, 1969, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin embarked on a historic lunar odyssey, successfully landing on the moon and then returning to Earth. Free of talking heads, reenactments, and newly-recorded narration, the new documentary Apollo 11 takes viewers on this nine-day journey, constructed from astounding, never-before-seen 65mm Panavision, 35mm, and 16mm footage, as well as audio culled from over 18,000 hours of tapes. A perhaps initially unintended result when Nasa handed over this remarkably pristine footage to director Todd Douglas Miller, his documentary is also a fascinating time capsule of this specific era. – Jordan R. (full review)

Where to Stream: Hulu
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‘Annabelle Comes Home’ Review: Hello, Evil-Hellspawn Dolly!

‘Annabelle Comes Home’ Review: Hello, Evil-Hellspawn Dolly!
Nestled somewhere in the Evil Doll Hall of Fame between Chuckie and The Twilight Zone‘s Talky Tina, the Conjuring franchise’s resident Satanic toy has enough industry juice to have knocked out three spin-off movies — not bad for a scene-stealing porcelain figure originally used as a supernatural conduit by a Manson-lite cult. (Long story.) Just don’t call it “possessed,” however, if you’re around paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga). “Demons don’t possess things, only people,” they declare, before their car breaks down,
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True Detective Season 3 Crosses Over Season 1 with Horrifying Possibilities

Tony Sokol Feb 17, 2019

On True Detective Season 3, True Criminal's producer follows a Crooked Spiral from Carcosa to True Detective Season 1

True Detective Season 3 Episode 7 “The Final Country,” crosses over to season 1 through a close-up shot of an article headlined “Former State Police Officers Stop Alleged Serial Killer.” The photo accompanying the piece shows the detectives who solved the case are Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson). The investigation suggests a much larger and darker conspiracy than a backwoods serial killer.

A group of connected and powerful men may have gotten away with a series of heinous crimes. “The Final Country” ends on a note of possible collusion between Detective Wayne Hays (Mahershala Ali) and a possible suspect in a similar unpunished crime, the wealthy and connected Edward Hoyt. Any kind of deal between this cop and that criminal, however coerced, would constitute the biggest betrayal the series ever offered.
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Satanic Thriller We Summon the Darkness Hypnotizes with this First Movie Poster

Tagline: "Be Careful What You Pray For." We Summon the Darkness is a horror thriller from director Marc Meyers (My Friend Dahmer). Production on this feature began last year, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Currently in post-production, the film was scheduled to show at last year's Toronto International Film Festival. Now, a new film poster is available for the film, courtesy of the Highland Film Group. The graphic shows many of the film's central players, including: Alexandra Daddario (Baywatch), Maddie Hasson ("Impulse"), Keean Johnson (Alita: Battle Angel) and Johnny Knoxville. A trailer is coming soon. For now, fans of horror can find the latest on We Summon the Darkness here. The film involves a series of Satanic murders, in the Midwest. Three friends head out on a road trip and they meet several interesting blokes, at a heavy metal music festival. Back at the girlfriend's family home, the afterparty turns into a night of bloody debauchery.
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The Best Films of Sundance Film Festival 2019

With over 50 films viewed and more coverage coming from the Sundance Film Festival, it’s time to wrap up the first major cinema event in 2019. We already got the official jury and audience winners (here), and now it’s time to highlight our favorites.

One will find our favorites (in alphabetical order), followed by the rest of our reviews. Check out everything below and stay tuned to our site, and specifically Twitter, for acquisition and release date news on the below films in the coming months.

American Factory (Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert)

When the Rust Belt was hit hard in the financial crisis of 2008, the blue-collar workers of Dayton, Ohio found a savior in a Chinese billionaire. Six years after the lifeblood that was a General Motors plant was shut down, the car-glass manufacturers Fuyao opened up their first American factory in the town, meaning thousands of new job opportunities.
See full article at The Film Stage »

Sundance Review: ‘Hail, Satan?’ is, Surprisingly, a Celebration of Religion

Amusingly, Penny Lane’s documentary Hail Satan? is interested in clarifying one critical misconception about the Satanic Temple: its members don’t, in fact, worship the Devil at all. Rather, the organization—or religion, as they’d prefer to be called—is, essentially, an ultimately altruistic group of people, typically self-proclaimed misfits, who wish to highlight the double standards of the so-called separation of church and state—all while co-opting Satanic iconography to get a rise out of Christian conservatives.

Why Lucifer? Well… why not? Optically, it’s undeniably more rock-and-roll to have “Satanists” counter-protesting an anti-choice rally than it is to describe them as a bunch of godless activists, and Temple co-founder Lucien Greaves–not his real name—seems to delight in stirring the metaphorical pot, even if his demeanor is disarmingly calm.

Lane’s heads-up interviews with Greaves and other Temple members structures the film, but it’s
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The Exorcist Director Says The Sequel’s The Worst Movie He’s Ever Seen

Over 45 years later, The Exorcist is still remembered as one of the all-time great horror movies, while the sequel has yet to escape its reputation as a colossal disappointment. In fact, William Friedkin, director of the classic 1973 original, seems to have more disgust than ever for Exorcist II: The Heretic, sharing his recollection of the 1977 film when he appeared on The Movies that Made Me podcast.

Though Friedkin has never seen the follow-up in full, he did catch some footage while the sequel was still in post-production, and to say that he wasn’t impressed would be a serious understatement:

“I tell you, I did see a great deal of Exorcist II, under the following circumstances. I was at the Technicolor lab, color timing something, and one of the timers said, ‘We just finished Exorcist II, would you like to have a look at it?’ And I don’t know why,
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Hurricane Katrina Vampire Movie Is Coming from The Shallows Writer

Screenwriter Anthony Jaswinski has been on a roll lately following his hit film, The Shallows, which featured Blake Lively vs shark and made a killing at the box office. And now we have word that Lionsgate is in final negotiations to acquire his vampire spec script The French Quarter Will Not Be Spared. As you might imagine at this point in time, the details regarding the plot of the screenplay are being kept under tight wraps. But that said, we do know that the film is a new take on the vampire genre set in New Orleans, get this, during hurricane Katrina. Interesting.

More interesting still is that the powers that be behind the scenes of this new vampire-during-hurricane flick is that the goal of the production is to make a "visceral and socially relevant horror film" in the vein of John Krasinski's A Quiet Place and/or writer-director Jordan Peele's Get Out.
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The Gop Election Plan Is Simple: Even When You Don’t Win, Cheat

Three months have passed since that fleeting, anonymous New York Times op-ed from a Trump staffer claiming that she or he was busy trying to save us from the president’s agenda and “his worst inclinations.” The piece was largely useless, but it was entertaining. Conservatives who have remained silent about Republican disenfranchisement were inspired, in their own way, to defend voting rights.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-ca), the House Majority Leader, declared in a letter to the Times that the writer was “thwarting the wishes of the legitimately elected president from within the executive branch.
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Film News Roundup: Eric Bana to Star in Australian Police Drama ‘The Dry’

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Film News Roundup: Eric Bana to Star in Australian Police Drama ‘The Dry’
In today’s film news roundup, Eric Bana will star in Australian drama “The Dry,” Magnolia buys “Hail Satan?,” and South Africa’s Oscar entry “Sew the Winter to My Skin” gets U.S. distribution.

Casting

Eric Bana will star in the Australian police drama “The Dry,” a feature adaptation of Jane Harper’s bestselling novel, with shooting starting in February.

Robert Connolly will direct from a script he has co-written with Harry Cripps. Australian native Bruna Papandrea is producing through her Made Up Stories production company along with Jodi Matterson and Steve Hutensky. Bana and Connolly are executive producers with Ricci Swart and Andrew Myer.

“The Dry” won the Ned Kelly Award for best first crime fiction in 2017 and was voted best crime and thriller at the 2018 British Book Awards. The story centers on a policeman who returns to the country town he grew up in to investigate a murder-suicide.
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Ahs: Apocalypse: 5 Burning Questions From That Murder House Episode

Ahs: Apocalypse: 5 Burning Questions From That Murder House Episode
American Horror Story‘s long-awaited Murder House reunion episode shed some much-needed light on a few of the franchise’s most beloved characters, but it also presented us with a whole new series of head scratchers.

And while we already have our plate full with theories about this gloriously complicated season — including whether Mallory is the key to defeating Michael — we’re making room for a few more, inspired by everything we learned (and didn’t learn) during Madison and Behold’s trip to “where it all began”:

1. Does Madison have a familial connection to Murder House? Viewers have long speculated — assumed,
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‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’: See Kiernan Shipka Battle Demons in New Trailer

‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’: See Kiernan Shipka Battle Demons in New Trailer
Kiernan Shipka plays a half-witch/half-human high-schooler staring down demons and evil forces in the new trailer for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The supernatural Netflix series, an adaptation of the Archie Horror comic book series, premieres October 26th on the streaming service.

The clip opens with a playful innocence as Sabrina returns home after a date with her boyfriend, Harvey (Ross Lynch). But the protagonist’s narration warns of a looming darkness: “In the town of Greendale, where it always feels like Halloween, there lived a girl who was half-witch/half-mortal,
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