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HEIR – A Practical FX Horror Film Kickstarter

Posted by JoshSamford On February - 24 - 2014
7f5f4b4f3e78d4118824bd20a00601be_largeRichard Powell and the folks over at Fatal Pictures may not be household names, but for those who have seen their body of work, it’s hard not to be impressed. Their short films Consumption (2008), Worm (2011), and Familiar (2012) are among some of the best independent short films that I have personally come across. Familiar showed this talented group moving into the world of body horror and adult ideas, but it sounds as if their next feature, HEIR, will be even more ambitious! And you too can be a part of it!

Fatal Pictures are in the last two weeks of their Kickstarter for HEIR and things are looking good, but now is your opportunity to be a part of it. The film, which looks to pair Fatal Pictures once again with Robert Nolan (one of the strongest leading men in the indie film world), is looking for a budget of $17,000 and they are getting close to reaching that number. For just $20, you can help get this project funded and also score a copy of the movie on DVD for yourself! The plot synopsis for the movie is as follows:

After connecting with a stranger of similar interests online, Gordon and his young son Paul, embark on an ill-fated road trip in which Gordon aims to indulge a secret passion. Before the day ends, a horrible truth will be uncovered and a harsh lesson will be learned. HEIR is a monster movie unlike any other, it is a bleak and fantastical examination of one of societies darkest taboos that aims to stimulate the mind and wrench the gut with equal power.

Give the Kickstarter a look and hopefully throw them a few bucks. While you’re doing that, you can check out their previous short film Familiar for free! I am sure you will be impressed. I will end this with some of my favorite artwork posted on the Kickstarter page. This is looking excellent.

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“Accident” to be released on DVD/Bluray

Posted by JoshSamford On March - 16 - 2012
The good folks over at Shout! Factory are truly stepping their game up in terms of becoming a presence in the Asian film market. They have recently acquired a deal with Korean film distributors CJ Entertainment (who represent a vast catalog of South Korean films), and this release shows that they aren’t sticking with only one film market. Announced yesterday, Shout! Factory will be bringing the Milky Way produced (that’s Johnny To’s studio, by the way) Accident to the North American marketplace on June 12, 2012. From director Soi Cheang (Dog Bite Dog), this looks to be a very solid thriller with the quintessential Milky Way “style” thrown into the mix. Interested audiences can now pre-order the title via Amazon! Look forward to more coverage here on Varied Celluloid, but for now take a gander at the plot synopsis as well as the original trailer.

A self-styled accident choreographer, Brain (Louis Koo) is a professional hit man who kills his victims by trapping them in well crafted accidents that look like unfortunate mishaps but are in fact perfectly staged acts of crime. He is perennially plagued with guilt, as the avalanche of memories of his lost wife does not make things any easier.

After one mission inexplicably goes wrong, costing the life of one of his men, Brain becomes convinced that this accident has been choreographed: someone is out there plotting to terminate him and his team. He becomes increasingly paranoid, not knowing whether or not to trust his friends and accomplices.

“A Better Tomorrow (2010)” Review

Posted by On January - 13 - 2012

Things have been quite busy here in Varied Celluloid-land, so please pardon the small break between updates. Reviews have been finished and images have been uploaded, but it simply takes a little free time to actually finish the process off. Today, however, we deliver a relatively new title for you good folks to check out! Today we review the South Korean remake of A Better Tomorrow! I actually liked it quite a bit, and I’m not sure if that is technically heresy or not…

The Plot: Hyuk (Ju Jin-Mo) is a North Korean ex-patriot who has moved to South Korea in order to find his riches via the gun smuggling business. His intentions are actually earnest, as he hopes to make enough money to help save his family from the despotic North, but he is quickly caught up in the criminal element. When he finds immense success, he begins the search for his only surviving relative… his brother. When he finds his brother, Chul (Kim Kang-woo), it turns out that the young man had actually been searching for Hyuk as well. However, he searches for him with the intentions of killing him. Chul feels that Hyuk abandoned the family, and inevitably lead to their mother’s death. When Chul is found in an internment camp, Hyuk manages to have his brother released. However, Chul still resents his only brother. While this is going on, Hyuk and his partner Lee Young-Choon (Song Seung-hun) run into some trouble due to a snitch within their organization. The young and seemingly naive Jung Tae-Min (Jo Han-sun) is the snitch, and it turns out that his naivety is nothing more than a ruse to place Young-Choon and Hyuk in a compromising situation. When Hyuk is abandoned by by Tae-Min, he is imprisoned for two years. During this time, Chul manages to become a police detective and must face up to his brother’s past. With Hyuk hitting the streets again, what will become of this sordid situation?

“…tick… tick… tick…” Review!

Posted by On September - 14 - 2011

Hey all! It has been too long since we’ve featured a blaxploitation title on the front page of the site, don’t you think? Although it is debatable as to how “exploitative” …tick… tick… tick… actually is, it is certainly a film about confrontation! That’s enough for me! If you haven’t discovered this classic for yourself, click on the poster art and read this review!

The Plot: In a small southern county during the midst of the civil rights movement, trouble begins to brew. Jim Price (Jim Brown) is a well educated black man who is encouraged to run for sheriff by a group of civil rights activists. When he actually manages to win, due to the dense population of African Americans, he faces a new and more dangerous hurdle. The local white population, who aren’t accustomed to seeing a black man in power, aren’t willing to give up such a position without a fight. Price must continually deal with the threat of violence on a daily basis, and must also hire a all new police department with a new set of deputies. Amongst the locals affected by Jim Price’s recent election is the previous sheriff himself, John Little (George Kennedy). Little, who respects the law and doesn’t share the same racist sentiments of his friends and neighbors, finds himself confronting his own bitterness. He feels bad for Price and realizes that this man is looking at a danger that seems insurmountable. When a young teenager from out of town runs down a little girl and kills her in cold blood, Price is dealt a tough hand as he must arrest a white man who just happens to have a very powerful father. With the tension brewing, this small southern town is only days away from exploding.



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