Friday, 07 October 2011 Written by Ivan Radford
After the success of our recommended 10 films you should see at Raindance Film Festival 2011 (and you've obviously seen/are going to see all of those, RIGHT?) we've run around the Apollo West End like crazy people and seen a variety of interesting, odd and wonderful stuff.
We also missed a lot of movies off our first list of suggestions, but all is not lost: there are still a few days of Raindance premieres to go.
So now we've had enough time to plan our final weekend of festival goodness, here are five more films you should try to catch before Raindance Film Festival 2011 ends.
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 Written by Ivan Radford
Director: Troy Nixey
Cast: Guy Pearce, Katie Holmes, Bailee Madison
If monsters are hiding in the shadowy parts of your house waiting to eat you, don't go running to Guy Pearce for help. He's flipping useless. That's the main lesson to take away from this Guillermo del Toro-produced horror based on the old 1970s TV movie. That and darkness? Yeah, it's terrifying.
Trailer: Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 Written by Ivan Radford
Director: Troy Nixey
Cast: Bailee Madison, Guy Pearce, Katie Holmes
UK Release Date: Friday 7th October
Produced and co-written by Guillermo del Toro, this old-fashioned horror movie is directed by comic book creator Troy Nixey and based on the classic TV series of the same name.
After moving into her new home with her father Alex (Guy Pearce) and his girlfriend, Kim (Katie Holmes), Sally (Bailee Madison) is pursued by ruthless creatures who want to claim her as one of their own...
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark: Behind the Scenes Gallery
Monday, 22 August 2011 Written by Ivan Radford
It's nothing often you get terrified by an empty dark room - well, it isn't if you're not someone with an overactive imagination like me. But Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is a nerve-jangling experience that nails the simple effect of not revealing the little monsters making things go bump in the night.
As Troy Nixey's film gears up for its premiere at FrightFest this week, here's a quick look at how the Guillermo del Toro-produced affair was put together. From light meters and make-up to candles and men with no hair, it's a neat insight behind the scenes of the old-school horror. But more importantly than that, it's a handy reminder that it's only a movie...
Read on for the behind the scenes images, or head this way for our Don't Be Afraid of the Dark review - or watch the terrifying Don't Be Afraid of the Dark trailer/clips.
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 Written by Ivan Radford
Director: Guillem Morales
Cast: Belén Rueda, Lluís Homar, Pablo Derqui
When it comes to horror, it's what you don't see that truly freaks you out. So things are pretty terrifying for Julia (Rueda), whose eyesight is slowly degenerating. Not least because she's just found her already-blind sister hanging from a rope in the basement.
As she investigates her sister's death and mysterious boyfriend, things get darker and darker, until eventually they disappear altogether. And that's when Guillem Morales really gets things going.
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 Written by Ivan Radford
There aren't many things that get me as excited as the word "próximamente" at the end of trailer, but the words "horror", "Belén Rueda", and "Guillermo Del Toro" just about do it.
Julia's Eyes is about a woman who has a sister who died in mysterious circumstances as well as a degenerative sight condition. So of course, as soon as she starts investigating the paranormal darkness surrounding her house, someone turns out the lights. Bet she didn't see that one coming. Ho ho ho.
Guillem Morales' second feature film looks very promising judging by the actors involved. There's Belén Rueda as Julia, who's more than capable of bringing the emotions, and also the excellent Lluís Homar, who was decent in both Broken Embraces and Fermat's Room.
Then there's the obvious fact that Julia's Eyes follows (sort of) in the footsteps of the brilliant 2004 horror The Orphanage. Not because the poster says so, but because it was also produced by Del Toro and helmed by a relative newcomer. Plus both films share the talented Rueda as the female lead.
The other major thing the two have in common? They both have rather scary trailers.
Julia's Eyes (Los Ojos de Julia) is released on Friday 20th May. Read on for the full trailer, or head this way to see more Julia's Eyes videos in the coming weeks.
Tuesday, 26 April 2011 Written by Ivan Radford
Director: Guillem Morales
Cast: Belén Rueda
Release Date: Friday 20th May
Julia (Belén Rueda), a woman suffering from degenerative sight disease, finds her twin sister Sara, who has already gone blind as a result of the same disease, hanged in the basement of her house.
In spite of the fact that everything points to suicide, Julia decides to investigate what she intuitively feels is a murder case, entering a dark world that seems to hide a mysterious presence.?
Monday, 21 March 2011 Written by Ivan Radford
In a hole in the ground there lived a...
Yes, it's finally started filming today. It's great news after weeks of waiting, months of hoping and years of telling the internet to STOP GOING ON ABOUT THE HOBBIT. There's a Facebook page and everything, so you're officially allowed to get excited. Here's the other official photo published on said Facebook page of Peter Jackson looking all Hobbity and stuff:
And thus it was, the Third Age of of Middle-Earth began. Agan.
My three favourite facts about The Hobbit:
1. Guillermo Del Toro has his name on the screenplay, alongside Peter Jackson and his regulars Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens.
2. Howard Shore is returning to do the music.
3. IT STARTED FILMING TODAY.
Anyone not walking around with a smile on their face this week is probably dead inside.
Wednesday, 09 March 2011 Written by Ivan Radford
Guillermo Del Toro has now officially declared his life-long dream project of adapting H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness dead, just after everyone started gearing up for a June start date. He's doing a film called Pacific Rim next instead.
Rather than being angry with Universal for not taking the risk on a $150million R-rated production or making a wisecrack about Del Toro saying yes to a Pacific Rim job (ho ho ho), here's something to help you get through this horrible news:
It actually works with any bad news you'll ever get, so you may want to bookmark this. Remember The Social Network not winning that Best Picture Oscar? How about the news that Sony have just put money into a project called "Peter Pan Begins"? 2011 could well end up being a bumpy ride - and we haven't even got to Transformers 3 yet.
Tuesday, 12 October 2010 Written by Ivan Radford
Three days ago, it was Guillermo del Toro's birthday. But there's sad news in the air for fans of William of Bull: Hellboy 3 ain't coming any time soon. Because Ron Perlman doesn't want to do it.
After the first two excellent comic strip adaptations, del Toro spoke to Den of Geek and confirmed Perlman's reluctance to re-don the red make-up of Mike Mignola's hero:
"I would love to... but I don't think Ron wants to. He really grew tired of the makeup in the second film and he was really rubbed the wrong way by those seven hour sessions. And I think that ... I don't blame him ... but I think it is almost impossible for him to agree to do it. I can't make a Hellboy film without Ron, you know, at all."
With del Toro's remake of Don't Be Afraid of the Dark also delayed from its January release (thanks to Miramax's financial problems), it's not a wonderful start to the director's 46th year. But there's a way to cheer him up: Den of Geek have started a petition to ask Ron Perlman to do Hellboy 3. Head over there to sign it.