"Two years ago, it felt like every other movie was a zombie apocalypse movie." That was the challenge for director Kristjan Thor when he started work on Astraea, to find a new take on the end of the world.
The autumn film festival season isn't quite with us yet. But as Austin film fans brace themselves for news about Austin Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, Other Worlds Austin, and more, Austin filmmakers are packing their bags, loading up their Blu-rays, and heading across the planet to show their latest projects.
Ask Justin Seaman, director of loving retro-horror The Barn, what his favorite Eighties VHS shocker is, and it's a simple choice. "Night of the Demons," he said, "but I’m a real fan of The Monster Squad. That’s my heart and soul, that’s what made me want to be a filmmaker, that’s what made me want to make The Barn."
There are independent filmmakers, and there are independent filmmakers, and then there's Lloyd Kaufman. After 42 years as the mad magician behind Troma Entertainment and 47 director credits, he's still slaving away in the margins, "But I'm not bitter," he grinned.
Whether you’re celebrating over this very long weekend, or looking to set the tone for your summer, we’ve assembled some inspiring and/or necessary shows to watch until it cools off enough to get out there and party.
Director Mickey Keating knew his thrill-kill shocker Carnage Park had to be set and shot in the California desert, but that required remoteness came at a cost. “I wouldn’t recommend it,” said Keating. “We went out to Palm Springs, I thought no one would ever hear from me again."
Would you like to see a sneak peek at Disney's upcoming reboot of Pete's Dragon? Well, here's your chance, as the Austin Film Society is hosting an advance screening on Sunday, July 31, at the Paramount.
Repulsion and obsession are the opposing and attracting poles of the magnetic force of attraction. For haute couture horror The Neon Demon, director Nicolas Winding Refn wanted to dissect the terrifying power of beauty. He said, "We can’t run from the fact that what appalls us we’re equally drawn to."