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4 Spring Flings Guaranteed To Make You Squirm

Posted by Sharai Bohannon on May 18, 2022 DC Evil Dead Cover - 4 Spring Flings Guaranteed To Make You SquirmThis is why I stay home.

Endless, The (Tribeca 2017)

Posted by Jonathan Barkan on April 22, 2017

Starring Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, Callie Hernandez, Tate Ellington, Lew Temple, James Jordan

Directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead


Within the horror genre, there are directors whose names immediately give a film a certain importance. Romero, Craven, Barker, Carpenter, etc… These directors release films that speak to our community, that understand not only what we’re looking for but also how to evolve our expectations, to challenge our preconceived notions, and to give us something truly special.

Enter Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, the duo who brought us 2012’s Resolution and 2014’s Spring, both fantastic independent features that knew exactly how to take a “less is more” approach that still satisfied viewers. The latter was heavily praised by Guillermo del Toro, who stated, “…Spring is one of the best horror films of this decade. And the only Lovecraftian film that has blown me away.” Personally, I find myself agreeing with del Toro’s first statement. It’s a stunning piece of work that proves horror doesn’t have to be about death, violence, and/or mayhem. Rather, it can simply be about a situation and what people will do when placed therein. But I digress. Let us delve into The Endless, a film that continues Benson and Moorhead’s insistence that viewers should be challenged.

The plot of the film is rather basic. Justin and Aaron (played by the co-directors who chose to keep their names) are brothers who, 10 years ago, escaped from what Justin explains was a dangerous cult. In the time since they left, Aaron hasn’t really improved and Justin is getting tired of having to take care of his brother. One day, after receiving a tape from the cult, Aaron convinces Justin that they should go back, just for a day, to see if that will help him move on. However, as they make their way towards the compound, Justin notices some strange phenomena, such as circles of birds suddenly shifting from one place in the sky to another, that he can’t explain. Rather than point this out to Aaron, he instead elects to shrug it off as some odd natural occurrence.

Once Aaron and Justin enter the compound, a place known as Camp Arcadia, they are welcomed with embraces, offered comforting food and home-brewed Hefeweizen, and are invited to partake in all events with the rest of the people. While it’s hard to see how these people were as awful as Justin seemingly described them to be, there is still a tense air hovering throughout. Then, as the brothers stay longer, unexplainable things begin to happen, such as Justin seeing two moons in the night sky or Aaron seeing a mysterious watery reflection cut vertically across the horizon. With each passing moment, things become stranger and stranger until Justin snaps and tries to get Aaron to escape with him.

Now, I won’t go into any further detail because there are surprises in store for those who have seen Benson and Moorhead’s earlier films. What I will say is that the final product is a masterful offering of unearthly visuals, intense time travel theories, and clever suggestions of creatures too vast and strange to comprehend. It makes wonderful use of sound design and gives the audience precisely what they need and nothing more. Simply put, it’s absolutely magnificent.

What delighted me most about this film is that it doesn’t hold the viewer’s hand. Rather, it allows you to join Justin and Aaron on this journey but doesn’t wait for you to find comfort before pressing on. If these two aren’t on steady ground, why should you be? The film opens with the H.P. Lovecraft quote, “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown,” something they obviously took to heart. Therefore, if you’re hoping that the clip that shows the duo in a lake with a gigantic beast beneath their boat is a sign of things to come, prepare to be disappointed. However, just remember that quote and realize that whatever your own imagination can concoct will always be far more terrifying than any CGI creation.

The moment The Endless was over, I found myself desperately wanting to revisit Benson and Moorhead’s previous films so I could watch this film again, which is probably the highest praise I can give it. It’s deeply unsettling, fantastically eerie, and a phantasmagoria of surreal mystery.

Remember earlier when I mentioned several directors who have evolved the horror genre? I think it’s time we add Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead to that list.

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10 Tales of Terrible Transformation You Might Have Missed

Posted by Ted Hentschke on March 15, 2017

We’ve all had our fair share of monster fantasies. Whether it’s a vampire sex thing or a Hulk smash cathartic rampage, being a monster would be awesome. As long as there aren’t any of those consequences associated with becoming a creature of nightmares. Being a werewolf is great when you have some exes who need convenient animal attack murders, but actually having to lock yourself in your basement every full moon would be a chore.

There are a ton of famous transformation horror flicks, including classics like The Fly, The Thing, and An American Werewolf in London. But I like giving some love to the little guy. So in light of the recent DVD release of The Fiancé, I wanted to take a look at some of the lesser known flicks where average joes and janes become bloodthirsty monster. Directed by Mark Allen Michaels and starring Carrie Keagan, Dallas Valdez, and Douglas Tait (Check out his Brainwaves interview here), The Fiancé tells the story of a couple whose idyllic cabin retreat is interrupted by a Bigfoot problem. Soon, the bride-to-be starts becoming less than an ideal match.

So some rules right off of the bat. First, no big names on this list! Cult classics are fine, but I want these to be films you actually might have missed. Everyone knows that The Thing is awesome. Second, there is only ONE film of each monster type. That means one vampire, one zombie, etc. So a few neat flicks got left on the cutting room floor, but rules are rules. So with that out of the way, here are my 10 Tales of Terrible Transformation You Might Have Missed:

10) Bite (2015):

You can pretty confidently describe Bite as, “The Fly, but way grosser.” Which is great, because that’s what it’s going for. I’m not really a fan of body horror, but even I took some delightful glee in all the puss and slime that Bite threw into my eyeballs. If you’re the kind of dude that likes to see just how much gross they can take, then check it out.

9) Starry Eyes (2014):

Speaking of movies about young women becoming smelly grotesque monsters in their apartments! Starry Eyes would have edged Bite out if their transformations yielded similar results. Instead of turning into a bug monster, Starry Eyes’s Sarah turns into… something else entirely. This is one of those quality indie horror films rooted deep in metaphor, but without a reliance on it. It’s shocking enough to satisfy, but also cerebral enough to make you keep thinking about it after the credits roll.

8) Spring (2014):

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This is going to be the film that hits the limits of my whole, “that you might have missed,” thing. Receiving near universal praise, it’s almost impossible to think that a horror nut hasn’t heard of Spring. I ended up deciding to include it for two reasons. First, as a love story, some fans looking for true horror might be turned away. Second, it’s just so damn good that I couldn’t well leave it off. Spring is an entirely different kind of transformation story. I don’t want to spoil it, but this isn’t about a person turning into a nightmare monster. It’s almost the other way around.


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Take a Peek Inside the 4th Issues of Double Take’s Ultimate Night of the Living Dead Series

Posted by Debi Moore on April 20, 2016

Last year Double Take launched a series of ten comics dubbed the Ultimate Night of the Living Dead,” and with the fourth issues of the set getting ready to be released, we have peek inside five of them to help whet your appetites.

The ten titles include Rise, Home, Z-Men, Honor, Lab, Spring, Remote, Medic, Dedication, and Soul. Below you’ll find internal art from Spring, Honor, Home, Remote, and Soul.

Synopsis:
Welcome to Evans County, a small town with a big problem. Well, several problems. From a borderline sociopath NASA scientist to a trio of warring local radio hosts to a 6-year-old girl with the foulest mouth you’ve ever heard.

The Double Take Universe enters its 4th issues, and all hell is breaking loose. Questions are being answered, and Washington is planning for an explosive solution. Spawned from the universe created in the 1968 cult classic film Night of the Living Dead, the Double Take Universe nears the end of the beginning with 10 pivotal 4th issues, Super Packs. and individual issues available June 1st at your favorite local comic shop!

For more info visit doubletakeuniverse.com.

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Spring – Inside Issue #4

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Honor – Inside Issue #4

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Home – Inside Issue #4

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Soul – Inside Issue #4

Remote - Inside Issue #4

Remote – Inside Issue #4

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31 Days of October Madness – Part 3

Posted by Sean McClannahan on September 22, 2015

Welcome to the third chapter of our October Madness feature! Here are five more titles I highly recommend visiting on your October movie nights.

Stay tuned next week for more, and be sure to share your choices with us in the comments section.

Related Stories: 31 Days of October Madness – Part 1 and 31 Days of October Madness – Part 2

Happy Halloween

The Blob
Chuck Russell and Frank Darabont’s Eighties’ remake of the 1958 drive-in creature feature The Blob marked an end of a decade that brought three horror movie updates that are arguably superior to their predecessors and had set a standard for horror movie remakes that has failed to be reached to this day. Like The Thing and The Fly that proceeded it, The Blob is a successful remake because it captures the essence of the source material without retreading it and finds the disturbing core at the center of the concept. In the case of The Blob, the focus is shifted to paranoia as the origin is updated from outer space monster to biological warfare created during the Cold War by a secret government organization. Not to say that Darabont and Russell’s update takes itself too seriously; this update still maintains the campy charm of the original but balances that ridiculousness with genuine tension and scares, not to mention excessive amounts of glorious gore. The Blob manages to embrace the ridiculous nature of its silly concept and make it fun without belittling the characters in the process. Kudos to the scene that features the menacing goo monster invading a movie theater and attacking the audience, which stands as my personal favorite.

The Blob

It Follows
It Follows‘ recurring nightmare concept lures you with a bleak absence of mundane logic and time. The atmosphere is abstract and unsettling, offering no release from director David Robert Mitchell’s surreal stranglehold. Mike Gioulakis’ cinematography is an unspoken character in this film, a voyeuristic guide that manipulates the narrative perception and incapacitates you to a vulnerable state of weakness. The entire score by Disasterpeace is a hypnotic trance that crawls under your skin with the best of John Carpenter’s offerings. Maika Monroe (The Guest) and Olivia Lucardi both show tremendous talent, and their work in It Follows proves that everyone should pay attention to what they do in the future. It Follows is beautifully crafted horror that’s equally elegant and unsettling.

It Follows

Psycho II
It really takes some audacity to create a sequel to Hitchcock’s beloved masterpiece, and that’s exactly what screenwriter Tom Holland (Fright Night) and director Richard Franklin had when tackling Robert Bloch’s 1982 novel, whose cynical jab at Hollywood caused some disturbance among the movie community and ironically inspired this sequel to get made. Holland’s script wisely took a different route from Bloch’s book, which had Norman Bates escaping from a mental institution and traveling to Hollywood to stop the production of a film based on his life, and instead shifted the narrative to Norman being released from solitary confinement and returning to his old killing grounds, where he attempts to begin a new take on life. Unfortunately for Mr. Bates, his past comes back to haunt him and prove that skeletons never go away, no matter how deep you bury them. Psycho II is a clever sequel that maintains black humor and suspense, paying homage to Hitchcock’s Psycho without tarnishing the reputation of it and proved to be superior to Bloch’s novel by upping the emotional stakes and is adequately more frightening.

Psycho 2

Spring
Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead crafted a film that is haunting and beautiful; it seduces you with romanticism and lures you down a harrowing path into the unknown that slowly crawls under your skin. As the chemistry between the two leads slowly grips your heart, suddenly you find yourself drifting into a forbidden abyss that forbids you to escape its grasp. Unlike the tortured nocturnal creatures that occupy the previous work of Anne Rice, Spring is about a creature who enjoys and identifies with the morbid condition cursed upon it. People have compared Spring to Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise meets H.P. Lovecraft, and while that might be an appropriate description, I feel that comparison slightly undersells what this film really accomplishes. Spring is at the heart a love story of two damaged souls sharing their exploration of mortality and evolution with a foreboding undercurrent that will creep into your subconscious and stay buried there long after it’s over.

Spring

Pieces
A good friend of mine who used to be a projectionist introduced me to Pieces, and no matter how many times I see it, I can never get enough of it. This bizarre exploitation slasher film from the sleazy drive-in era circa 1982 features a brutal killer that resembles The Shadow from the old pulp comics, random martial arts insanity from a Bruce Lee imitator, a sly detective that can promise to send you a box of lollipops, and best of all, Paul Smith as the chainsaw-wielding groundskeeper and prime suspect… yes, Bluto from Robert Altman’s Popeye movie. Pieces has absolutely no right to be as entertaining as it is, but whether you watch it alone or with a group of friends, nothing can hurt your sides like the ultimate awful goodness that is Pieces!

Pieces

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Double Take Makes September the Month of the Living Dead

Posted by Debi Moore on September 16, 2015

As we told you previously, today is the day Double Take (2T) is releasing all 10 first issues of its new series Ultimate Night of the Living Dead. 2T assembled 10 teams of talented storytellers, and each is creating an original series of stories which promise to be interesting, informative, and funny in their own way.  Together they weave into a common universe.

If this sounds up your alley (and if you’re reading this site, it probably is), then read on for the details of each series along with some samples of the artwork.

“Originally, we were thinking of trickling out a couple of series every month or so, building up our roster over time,” said 2T GM Bill Jemas. “Now we’re planning to launch our new universe in one big bang.”

About Ultimate Night of the Living Dead:
As you may know, the 1968 film is in the public domain. All of us here at Double Take admire and respect the creators, cast, and crew; but no one affiliated with the Night of the Living Dead film is in any way involved in the creation of 2T’s stories.

2T’s first stories start in the world established by Night of the Living Dead. Then we let our imaginations and our zombies run wild. Mostly, our creators are telling new stories starring new characters. But if you love the classic film, you won’t be disappointed; you can follow your favorite characters from their first appearances through their dying breaths to their first baby zombie steps.

The 10 books include:

Rise
Format: Monthly (print and digital)
Print Price: $2.50
Writer: Jeff McComsey
Artists: Kurt Tiede, Frederica Manfredi, Vladimir Popov
#1: Sister’s Keeper – They’re coming to get you, Barbara. Follow our favorite siblings, Barbara and Johnny, from the classic 1968 Night of the Living Dead film as they try to survive beyond the night at the abandoned farmhouse.

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Honor
Format: Monthly (print and digital)
Print price: $2.50
Release date: September 16
Story: Bill Jemas & Julian Rowe Script: Peter Aguero
Artist: Julian Rowe, Carlos Rodriguez
Protect. Serve. Beat. Burn.

Lab
Format: Monthly (print and digital)
Print price: $2.50
Story: Bill Jemas, Michael Coast, Julian Rowe Script: Brian Finkelstein
Artists: Julian Rowe, Joseph Cooper, Tanya & Richard Horie
Even a brain a day won’t keep this Doctor away.

Spring
Format: Monthly (print and digital)
Print price: $2.50
Writer: Bill Jemas, Michael Coast, and Jessica Lee Williamson
Artists: Kurt Tiede, Alejandro Sicat
Hot sun, hot babes, and the cold decaying flesh of the zombie horde. It’s co-eds vs. the undead.

Home
Format: Monthly (print and digital)
Print price: $2.50
Writer: Bill Jemas, Julian Rowe, Peter Aguero
Artists: Julian Rowe, Monica Catalano, Fernando Melek
A happy family, a lovely spring evening, and zombies.

Z-Men
Format: Monthly (print and digital)
Print Price: $2.50
Writer: Jeff McComsey
Artists: Kurt Tiede, Alisson Rodrigues, Max Flan
Dead and/or alive… LBJ orders the Secret Service to bring him back a zombie. It’s 1966 and the Oval Office is in an uproar; there’s been a spree of mass murders in Western Pennsylvania (and reports of the dead returning to life). President Lyndon B. Johnson assigns the head of the Secret Service to send agents into the field to investigate. Agents Stuart and Clancy are given the opportunity to serve their country and see if the zombie apocalypse has indeed begun.

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Remote
Format: Monthly (print and digital)
Print price: $2.50
Writers: Michael Coast and Colin Mitchell
Artist: David Wilson
As ghouls surround her station, KBRF Radio ace DJ Samantha stays on the air all night. Will rock & roll save her soul?

Medic
Format: Monthly (print and digital)
Print price: $2.50
Story: Bill Jemas, Michael Coast, Julian Rowe Script: Brian Finkelstein
Artist: Julian Rowe, Marco Castiello
Doctors, and nurses, and zombies… oh my!

Dedication
Format: Monthly (print and digital)
Print price: $2.50
Writers: Michael Coast, Matthew Summo
Artist: JJ Dzialowski
Thanks to some hungry customers, the closing shift at George’s Market has turned into the graveyard shift.

Soul
Format: Monthly (print and digital)
Print price: $2.50
Writers: Michael Coast, Julian Rowe, Bill Jemas
Artists: Julian Rowe, Ricardo Sanchez, Tamara Bonvillain
The posse shoots to kill, but Ben survives. Too bad it’s all downhill from here.

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Win a Copy of Spring on Blu-ray

Posted by Steve Barton on August 19, 2015

I cannot say it enough… Spring is my favorite movie of the year, and though it’s been out for a while, we said screw it! Let’s give away the ever-elusive Blu-ray edition that was a Best Buy exclusive!

To enter for your chance to win, just send an email to contests@dreadcentral.com including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS. We’ll take care of the rest.

This contest will end at 12:01 AM PT on August 24, 2015.

Synopsis:
After the death of his mother and a bar fight that could lead to jail time, sous-chef Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci; Evil Dead, Thumbsucker) flees California for Italy. While backpacking along the spectacular cliffs of the Adriatic coast, he stops in an idyllic village, where he meets and instantly connects with the enchanting and mysterious Louise (European TV star Nadia Hilker in a breakout role). A flirtatious romance begins to bloom between the two – however, Evan soon realizes that the voracious Louise harbors a monstrous, primordial secret that could put both their relationship and their lives in jeopardy.

Spring

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Double Take Announces Remaining Seven Titles in the Ultimate Night of the Living Dead

Posted by Debi Moore on May 6, 2015

Earlier this year we learned the titles of three of the books that Double Take is including in its “Ultimate Night of the Living Dead” collection of ten comics, and now we have more details plus what the other seven will be.

From the Press Release:
On September 16, 2015, Double Take (2T) will release all 10 first issues of its first 10 series of the Ultimate Night of the Living Dead. 2T has assembled 10 teams of talented storytellers; each is creating an original series of stories. Each series is interesting, informative, and funny in its own way. Together they weave into a common universe.

“Originally, we were thinking of trickling out a couple of series every month or so, building up our roster over time,” said 2T GM Bill Jemas. “Now we’re planning to launch our new universe in one big bang.”

In late March 2015, 2T announced the first three books of the series (Rise, Home, and Z-Men) for their September launch. Today the Company is announcing the final seven books of the universe including Honor, Lab, Spring, Remote, Medic, Dedication, and Soul.

In addition, today 2T also is launching a Kickstarter campaign in support of Ultimate Night of the Living Dead. Fans and retailers alike can save money while getting access to great comics and other goodies.

“Kickstarter is a great way to reach out to readers, to learn what they like and don’t like,” said Robert Meyers, 2T’s Managing Editor.

Finally, 2T is announcing an innovative offer – in addition to offering single copies, 2T will collect all 10 first issues in one Super Pack at a fantastic discount. Right now you can preview the first scenes of the first stories at doubletakeuniverse.com and pre-order a Super Pack on Kickstarter.com.

Honor
Format: Monthly (print and digital)
Print price: $2.50
Release date: September 16
Story: Bill Jemas & Julian Rowe Script: Peter Aguero
Artist: Julian Rowe, Carlos Rodriguez
Protect. Serve. Beat. Burn.

Lab
Format: Monthly (print and digital)
Print price: $2.50
Release date: September 16
Story: Bill Jemas, Michael Coast, Julian Rowe
Script: Brian Finkelstein
Artists: Julian Rowe, Joseph Cooper, Tanya & Richard Horie
Even a brain a day won’t keep this Doctor away.

Spring
Format: Monthly (print and digital)
Print price: $2.50
Release date: September 16
Writer: Bill Jemas, Michael Coast, Jessica Lee Williamson
Artists: Kurt Tiede, Alejandro Sicat
Hot sun, hot babes, and the cold decaying flesh of the zombie horde. It’s co-eds vs. the undead.

Remote
Format: Monthly (print and digital)
Print price: $2.50
Release date: September 16
Writers: Michael Coast and Colin Mitchell
Artist: David Wilson
As ghouls surround her station, KBRF Radio ace DJ Samantha stays on the air all night. Will rock & roll save her soul?

Medic
Format: Monthly (print and digital)
Print price: $2.50
Release date: September 16
Story: Bill Jemas, Michael Coast, Julian Rowe
Script: Brian Finkelstein
Artist: Julian Rowe, Marco Castiello
Doctors and nurses and zombies, oh my!

Dedication
Format: Monthly (print and digital)
Print price: $2.50
Release date: September 16
Writers: Michael Coast, Matthew Summo
Artist: JJ Dzialowski
Thanks to some hungry customers, the closing shift at George’s Market has turned into the graveyard shift.

Soul
Format: Monthly (print and digital)
Print price: $2.50
Release date: September 16
Writers: Michael Coast, Julian Rowe, Bill Jemas
Artists: Julian Rowe, Ricardo Sanchez, Tamara Bonvillain
The posse shoots to kill, but Ben survives. Too bad it’s all downhill from here.

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Home
Format: Monthly (print and digital)
Print price: $2.50
Release date: September 16
Writer: Bill Jemas, Julian Rowe, Peter Aguero
Artists: Julian Rowe, Monica Catalano, Fernando Melek
A happy family, a lovely spring evening, and zombies.

Z-Men
Format: Monthly (print and digital)
Print price: $2.50
Release date: September 16
Story: Bill Jemas Script: Jeff McComsey
Artist: Kurt Tiede, Allison Rodrigues
Dead and/or alive. LBJ orders the Secret Service to bring him back a zombie.

Rise
Format: Monthly (print and digital)
Print price: $2.50
Release date: September 16
Story: Bill Jemas, Michael Coast, Jeff McComsey Script: Michael Coast, Jeff McComsey
Artist: Kurt Tiede, Federica Manfredi
They’re coming to get you, Barbara. An old story with a new end… and a new beginning.

About the Ultimate Night of the Living Dead:
As you may know, the 1968 film is in the public domain. All of us here at Double Take admire and respect the creators, cast, and crew, but no one affiliated with the Night of the Living Dead film is in any way involved in the creation of 2T’s stories. 2T’s stories start in the world established by Night of the Living Dead. Then we let our imaginations and our zombies run wild. Mostly our creators are telling new stories starring new characters. But if you love the classic film, you won’t be disappointed; you can follow your favorite characters from their first appearances through their dying breaths to their first baby zombie steps.

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Fantaspoa 2015: First Wave Films Include Spring, Stung, We Are Still Here, and More!

Posted by Debi Moore on April 29, 2015

Brazil’s Fantaspoa 2015 is taking place May 15-31, and the first wave of films that will be screening there has been announced.  It’s a roster that makes this horror lover ready to book a flight to South America right now!

From the Press Release:
Fantaspoa 2015 is proud to reveal the first wave of films selected for its upcoming eleventh edition, running from May 15th through the 31st. Latin America’s largest genre film festival, which takes place annually in Porto Alegre, will announce the full line-up, consisting of more than 100 films, next weekend.

Fourteen titles have been confirmed, aside from the previously announced opening night film, Jason Lei Howden’s Deathgasm, and closing night features Uptake Fear (from Kapel Furman, Armando Fonseca, and Gurcius Gewdner) and Toda La Noche (directed by Tamae Garateguy and Jimena Monteoliva).

Honored guests include Dennis Paoli, American screenwriter of Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator, From Beyond, and Dagon, and Italian composer Fabio Frizzi, best known for the music in the Lucio Fulci horror classics Zombi 2, City of the Living Dead, and The Beyond. Attending filmmakers include Adrián Garcia Bogliano, Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson, Benni Diez, François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell, and Ted Geoghegan.

For more info in the meantime, keep your eyes on Fantaspoa on Facebook.

Fantaspoa 2015’s first wave of films includes:

  • Deep Dark (Michael Medaglia, U.S.) – World Premiere
  • Der Bunker (Nikias Chryssos, Germany) – Latin American Premiere
  • Intimate Witness (Santiago Fernández Calvete, Argentina/Mexico) – Pan-American Premieres
  • Night of the Living Deb (Kyle Rankin, U.S.) – Latin American Premiere
  • Pos eso (Sam, Spain) – Brazilian Premiere
  • Santiago Violenta (Ernesto Díaz Espinoza, Chile) – Brazilian Premiere
  • Scherzo Diabolico (Adrián Garcia Bogliano, Mexico/U.S.) – Latin American Premiere
  • Spring (Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson, U.S.)
  • Stung (Benni Diez, Germany/U.S.) – Latin American Premiere
  • The Corpse of Anna Fritz (Hèctor Hernández Vicens, Spain) – Latin American Premiere
  • The Incident (Isaac Ezban, Mexico) – Brazilian Premiere
  • The Last Survivors (Thomas S. Hammock, U.S.) – Brazilian Premiere
  • Turbo Kid (François Simard, Anouk Whissell, and Yoann-Karl Whissell, New Zealand/Canada) – Latin American Premiere
  • We Are Still Here (Ted Geoghegan, U.S.) – International Premiere

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Spring Sprung on Blu-ray and DVD

Posted by Steve Barton on April 15, 2015

If you haven’t seen Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s incredibly unique film, Spring (review), do yourself a favor and get ready to fix that immediately.

From the Press Release:
A young American in a personal tailspin heads to Europe to escape his past and falls for a beautiful woman with a dark and deadly secret in the unique and unforgettable Spring. From Drafthouse Films, FilmBuff and Anchor Bay, the genre-bending horror romance that’s been described as a brilliant cross between Before Sunrise and An American Werewolf in London comes to DVD on June 2, 2015. The film will also be released on Blu-ray as a Best Buy exclusive on June 2nd – it will be available at retailers nationwide beginning August 11, 2015. The discs, which have extras totaling more than 90 minutes, have an SRP of $22.98.

Variety critic Joe Leydon captured the essence of this one-of-a-kind film when he wrote, “If Richard Linklater attempted a remake of Val Lewton’s Cat People, the end result might resemble Spring.” Filmmakers Danny Benson and Aaron Moorehead (Resolution) blend stunning locations, bold performances and a unique visual style in this story of loneliness, love and monsters.

After the death of his mother and a bar fight that could lead to jail time, sous-chef Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci, Evil Dead, Thumbsucker) flees California for Italy. While backpacking along the spectacular cliffs of the Adriatic coast, he stops in an idyllic village, where he meets and instantly connects with the enchanting and mysterious Louise (European TV star Nadia Hilker in a breakout role). A flirtatious romance begins to bloom between the two – however, Evan soon realizes that the voracious Louise harbors a monstrous, primordial secret that could put both their relationship and their lives in jeopardy.

Spring received high praise from audiences and critics at film festivals, including the Toronto International Film Festival (where it had its world premiere), Austin’s Fantastic Fest (where Lou Taylor Pucci was named Best Actor), the Los Cabos Film Festival, the Morbido International Fantasy Film Festival in Mexico and the Paris International Fantastic Film Festival, where it was named Best Film.

Special Features:

  • Audio commentary with writer-producer-editor-director Justin Benson and producer-editor-cinematographer-director Aaron Moorhead
  • Feature-length “The Making of Spring”
  • Deleted scenes
  • SFX case studies
  • Proof of Concept short
  • Alternate ending
  • Featurettes “The Talented Mr. Evan,” “Angelo: The Worst Farmer,” “Wankster Girlfriend Monologue” and “Evan Ti Odio.”
  • Promo videos
  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired, Spanish subtitles

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