GRINDHOUSE TRAILER CLASSICS 4 – out on DVD

We loved GTC 3 so of course we had to cover news theres going to be a 4th! Just when you thought you'd seen everything...here comes another 55 insane trailers of sick, depraved and hysterically brilliant movie previews from the golden age of Grindhouse Cinema.

Following the successful and critically-acclaimed release of Grindhouse Trailer Classic 1, 2 & 3, Nucleus Films will once again take you on trip back to the “gory days” of cult and exploitation cinema with their latest unseen compilation of audacious theatrical trailers from the sleazy cinematic sub-genre known as “grindhouse”.

All of the trailers in this collection have been sourced from ultra-rare 35mm prints, many of which haven't been seen since they first unspooled into the grimy 42nd Street flea pits of yesteryear. The mind-warping action embraces Kung-Fu kicks, satanism, psychos, groovy chicks, cavorting college co-eds, super dudes, bikers from hell, disasters, euro thrillers, swinging couples, killer cats and a glimpse into the end of the world.

Grindhouse Trailer Classics 4 – out on DVD, June 16, 2014. 

 

New Korean omnibus leaves us anything but MAD SAD BAD

Mad Sad Bad is a new Korean omnibus - filmed in 3D - heading our way on May 15, 2015. The three segments - Ghost, Saw You and Picnic - are directed by Ryoo Seung-Wan, responsible for two of our favourite Korean movies, The City of Violence and Crying Fist, Han Ji-Seung (Papa) and Kim Tae-Yong (Memento Mori). Check out the teaser trailer below.

Ghost - Based on a true murder case. On April 30, 2013, a university student is killed by a group of teens.

Saw You - A zombie epidemic transforms humans into zombies. Advancement in science and medicine allows humans and cured zombies to live together. Medicine taken by those cured rids them of memories when they were zombies. The cured zombies, however, live like slaves.

Picnic - Soo-Min is an 8-year-old girl who lives with her mother and her 6-year-old autistic brother Dong-Min. One day, Soo-Min makes a big decision. She decides to take her brother for a picnic, leaving him behind to fend for himself. 


UK must prepare for the BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD

A new documentary is on the way to UK DVD and we reckon it’s a must see for all fans of the godfather of Zombie, George A. Romero.

In 1968 a young college drop-out named George A. Romero gathered an unlikely team - from Pittsburgh policeman, iron workers, housewives and a roller rink owner – to create a low budget horror film that would revolutionise the industry, and spawn a new flesh eating monster that endures to this day… that film was ‘’Night of The Living Dead".

“Birth of the Living Dead”, is the story of how they managed to pull off the greatest guerrilla shoot of all time. This documentary includes exclusive new interviews with the godfather of zombie films George A. Romero himself, as well as brand new animations created by Gary Pullin. Put together with 60’s archival footage this film shows just how politically charged "Night’’ was, set against the backdrop of race riots and Vietnam the film challenged the establishment and had enormous fun doing it!

With a range of candid interviews and fascinating insight ‘’Birth of the Living Dead’’ is an absolute must have for any horror fan, enter the original Zombie Universe. Birth of the Living Dead goes on sale 12th May 2014, courtesy of Solo Media.

Birth of the Living Dead trailer

Johnnie To’s ELECTION special screening

Johnnie To! The master of Hong Kong genre cinema, whose film career spans over 25 years, celebrates his birthday in April; so what better time to screen one of his finest films. Terracotta Film Club presents ELECTION, a powerful modern Triad thriller set in a criminal underworld, steeped in tradition, code and ritual, starring two Hong Kong cinema stars Simon Yam and Tony Leung Ka Fai. Murky politics and brutal beatings in this intelligent look at Triad society; that’s a ‘must-see’ for fans To, and offers a realistic look at what it means to be a gangster in Hong Kong today.

As with previous editions, the event will run for one night only on Wednesday 30 April at the Prince Charles Cinema in London. So get in quick!

Synopsis: The secret world of Hong Kong’s Triad society. A crime family flirts with democracy, leading to a fierce gangland battle in this stylish crime drama from Hong Kong director Johnnie To. With over 50,000 members, the Wo Shing Society is one of the largest and most powerful Triads in Hong Kong, and when the leadership committee needs a new head man, they decide to put the matter to a vote of their underlings. The two candidates are Lok (Simon Yam), a cool leader who doesn"t rattle easily, and Big D (Tony Leung Kar-Fai), who has a short temper and is prone to violence. After Uncle Weng (Wong Tin-lam), an elderly and well-regarded member of the Triad, gives Lok his endorsement, he wins by a landslide, which does not sit well with Big D"s uncertain temper. A ceremonial walking stick which is given to the Wo Shing Society"s elected leader has disappeared, and Big D will stop at nothing to make sure it stays out of Lok"s hands; meanwhile, the Hong Kong police are determined to bring down the Triad, and Big D ends up behind bars. The Wo Shing Society falls into chaos as in-fighting threatens to tear the Triad apart before the walking stick can be returned and Lok can be inaugurated as their new chief.

Election trailer

Out today on DVD & Blu-Ray: THE STORY OF YONOSUKE

It's been a busy few weeks for us at 24FPS, back in the real world that is, which means some things get - inadvertently - left on the shelf. We'll be reviewing Third Window Films latest acquisition over the Easter period but you can get your hands on a copy today. That's right folks, The Story of Yonosuke is released today on UK shores. Shuichi Okita's latest oddity is available on both DVD and Blu-Ray.

Based on a novel by multi-award-winning author Shuichi Yoshida (Villain, Parade), this bittersweet film is the latest offering from the director of The Woodsman & the Rain and stars Kengo Kora (Norwegian Wood, Fish Story) & Yuriko Yoshitaka (Gantz, Robo-G).

Synopsis: Yonosuke is a typical Japanese on-screen hero: socially awkward, childish and naive, but always cheerful and charming. We meet him when he moves from Nagasaki to Tokyo in the late eighties at the height of the city’s economic boom. Despite his odd character he manages to make new friends at university, joins a samba class and falls in love with an older woman. Sixteen years later his friends are all reminiscing over their college days, thinking back on how Yonosuke changed their lives. A heart-warming, crowd-pleasing comedy that takes a sudden dramatic turn.

KING’S WRATH becomes THE FATAL ENCOUNTER

We do wish producers would make their damn minds up on the title of their movies! Back in March we reported on a sumptuous new Korean Historical epic ‘The Kings Wrath... well not any more...from now on it will be know as The Fatal Encounter.

Of the two, we’d have said the first was the more impactful, but hey what do we know!? Either way it looks like a rollickingly good eye candy filled epic-fest. Fatal Encounter open sin Korea April 30.

  

Fatal Encounter teaser trailer

Fatal Encounter full trailer

 

Six John Carpenter movies. One great night.

Just a quick reminder for anyone in the London area tonight. We love John Carpenter here at 24FPS. Luckily for us, so do the nice folk at The Prince Charles Cinema. We love All Nighters too. Luckily for us, so do the nice folk at The Prince Charles Cinema. So colour us happy that they're hosting a John Carpenter All-Nighter tonight, and if you're thinking of heading down, you might just catch us there too.

The line-up is phenomenal, showcasing the very best of John Carpenter through the ages. The films included are Halloween, probably the best slasher movie ever made. Creepy classic, The Fog. Cult favourites, Escape from New York and They Live. Arguably John Carpenter's greatest achievement, The Thing, and one of my own personal favourites, Big Trouble in Little China.

The event takes place at The Prince Charles Cinema in London tonight, April 12th, 2014. Tickets and prices can be found at the link above. So jump aboard the Pork Chop Express and we'll see you there. In the words of Jack Burton, "Okay. You people sit tight, hold the fort and keep the home fires burning. And if we're not back by dawn... call the president."

Arrow Films welcomes you to the THEATRE OF BLOOD

Arrow Video is thrilled to announce the UK Blu-ray and Blu-ray Steelbook release of Theatre of Blood, the seminal 1973 British horror classic starring Vincent Price, Diana Rigg, Ian Hendry, Harry Andrews, Arthur Lowe, Robert Coote and Coral Browne. This newly restored feature will make its worldwide Blu-ray debut on 5th May 2014.

Featuring a bumper crop of bonus features such as a newly recorded audio commentary with The League of Gentlemen (Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith), interviews with the likes of Victoria Price, author and film historian David Del Valle, Theatre of Blood star Madeline Smith and composer Michael J. Lewis.

The release also features a reversible sleeve featuring new artwork by Sam Smith and a collectors booklet with new writing on the film by critic Cleaver Patterson and a reproduction of the original press book material, illustrated with original archive stills.

Synopsis: Vincent Price gives a career best performance as Edward Lionhart, a veteran Shakespearean actor who, when passed over for the coveted Critics Circle award for Best Actor, takes deadly revenge on the critics who snubbed him.

New poster for Thai thriller THE LAST EXECUTIONER

Director Tom Waller’s powerful thriller The Last Executioner is set to open in Thailand in June, but the arrival of this new English language poster for the movie seems to more than hint they will be angling for some overseas sales. Hopefully meaning we’ll get to see it soon!

Based on a true story and inspired by real events in the life of Chavoret Jaruboon, Thailand's last machine gun prison executioner it’s directed by Tom Waller, starring Vithaya Pansringarm, Penpak Sirikul and David Asavanond.

Alas the website listed on the new poster isn’t yet live, but you can still check out the English subbed teaser trailer below.

The Last Executioner poster

The Last Executioner teaser

In a Nutshell: FIRESTORM

A storm is heading your way, but fear not, we're not entering large-scale disaster movie territory here. Not in the way that Switch was at least. Andy Lau's latest action thriller does involve a huge storm heading to the city, but that's only part of the problem, the main destructive force is caused by a crew of seasoned criminals led by the notorious Nam (Hu Jun). Armed with high-powered weapons, and we really are talking a lot of high-powered weaponry, Nam pulls off a violent armoured car heist on a busy street in broad daylight.

There is no mercy. In fact, limbs are blown off left, right and centre. Firestorm pulls no punches when it comes to onscreen violence. Andy plays a senior police inspector, the kind of guy who does everything by the book. Or at least, that's how things were before he met Nam. Extreme crime demands extreme justice, even if it does mean crossing a moral line. Tou (Lam Ka Tung) is an ex-con turned snitch, looking for a fresh start with his girlfriend Bing. Neither one of them, however, is fully prepared for the heavy weather looming overhead.

Firestorm does take itself too seriously at times, and the overblown action sequences don't always compliment the moody tone. Fortunately, Firestorm avoids the pitfalls of sentimentality, often a hindrance of Hong Kong cinema. If anything, Andy Lau's latest gets darker and more grisly the longer it goes on, taking some of its characters down surprising - and more engrossing - routes. Firestorm is ablaze with huge explosions, pulsating gun battles and electrifying chase sequences. If you take the standout bank heist from Heat and multiply it by ten you won't be far off the mark. Unlike the gunmen in Firestorm, who couldn't hit an elephant's bum with a banjo.

Andy Lau delivers another solid turn in a fairly routine action movie, were it not for the quality of its gun battles. Get past the earnest tone and Firestorm is ludicrously cool high-octane fun. Recommended.

No tears for Lee Jeong-Beom’s CRYING MAN

The Man from Nowhere put director Lee Jeong-Beom on the map, and he's back in action this summer with his latest thrill ride, Crying Man. The first trailer has just gone live but not much is known beyond this all too brief outline...

"Crying Man is a love story between a professional hitman and his next target." With explosions and chase sequences thrown in for good measure.

You'll probably recognise leading man Jang Dong-Gun from smash hits Brotherhood and Friend, though he was last seen in 2012's Dangerous Liaisons.

Filming began September 30, 2013 and finished February 19, 2014. Actress Lim Soo-Jung was originally cast for the female lead role, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Kim Min-Hee joined the cast in her place, playing the part of Mo-Kyung. We can expect to see more of this in June 2014. Can't wait.

 

The makers of Inside are back AMONG THE LIVING

We love the work of Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury here at 24FPS. Inside is one of the most brutal horror movies of the last twenty years, and that's really saying something for a film that originates from France.

Their follow-up, Livid, packs quite the punch as well, with the talented twosome dipping their toes in the fantasy horror genre.

Among the Living is released in France at the end of April and made quite an impact at the 2014 SXSW Festival. It tells the haunting tale of three school friends who come across a disfigured serial killer living on an abandoned movie lot. No English subtitles on this one just yet but after about thirty seconds you probably won't need them. It looks really promising though.

 

Among the Living Trailer

UK trailer & poster now available for Ghibli’s THE WIND RISES

Studio Ghibli lastest work arrives in UK cinemas May 9th and we’ve been dropped the trailer and poster for Hayao Miyazaki's farewell film, THE WIND RISES.

Hayao Miyazaki brings together the engineer Jiro Horikoshi and the author Tatsuo Hori, who lived during the time of the story of THE WIND RISES to create Jiro, a fictional character at the center of an epic tale of love, perseverance, and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world.

Synopsis: Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and thus unable to become a pilot, he joins the aircraft division of a major Japanese engineering company in 1927. His genius is soon recognized, and he grows to become one of the world's most accomplished airplane designers.

The Wind Rises trailer

The Wind Rises poster 

Official site for Japanese scare flick HORROR FILE

The official site is now live for director Kōji Shiraishi new anthology horror flick titled (and this is where often, some of a movie titles punch, is lost in translation) ‘Horror file too scary.’ As far as we can make out it’s a theatrical version of TV show (of the same name) and follows the exploits of a group of investigators, looking into dangerous psychic phenomena. From the looks, they find what they’re looking for! Horror file opens in Japan in May. Trailer is via the second icon down, on the right.

 

 

 

Horror File official site

CHILD OF GOD: DVD review

Director: James Franco. Review: Adam Wing.

If you're looking for a bright and breezy getaway this Easter, enjoying and enduring James Franco's Child of God will be far from your thoughts. Child of God is an American drama co-written and directed by Franco, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy and starring Scott Haze. It was selected to be screened at the 70th Venice International Film Festival and was also an official selection of the 2013 Toronto Film Festival.

It's a hard sell, based on the third novel by Cormac, which was first published in 1973. Child of God depicts the life of a violent outcast - played with astonishing realism by Haze - in 1960s Tennessee. Lester Ballard, described by the author as "a child of God much like yourself perhaps", is one seriously disturbed individual. This being the 60s however, he is allowed to exist outside of social order. Ballard lives in the woods and spends most of his time alone. Socially inept and (arguably) mentally challenged, contact with the real world comes only when he antagonises the local community, brandishing firearms and threatening their livelihoods.

The novel is split into three segments, so too is Franco's film. It's a depressing journey, but then, who in their right mind goes into a film about necrophilia expecting hugs and puppies? As the film progresses Lester becomes more and more detached, living in caves, making friends with stuffed toys, murdering locals and having sex with their corpses. The camera rarely leaves his side, so it's a good job Haze is up to the task. He's truly outstanding here, painstakingly so. In fact, you could also argue that, at times, his performance is too extreme. There's only so much bodily fluid I can take in one sitting. I should rephrase that...Continue review.

Child of God trailer