Five years ago, acclaimed Japanese fashion photographer and music video director Kazuaki Kiriyamade an explosive and groundbreaking assault on the movie world with his directorial debut feature, the visually stunning and hugely ambitious sci-fi epic, ‘Casshern’. Now, Kiriya returns in his own inimitable style with the equally spectacular period, fantasy action-adventure, Goemon.

Produced by Kiriya and legendary producer Takashige Ichise (The Ring; Dark Water; The Grudge; Shutter) and boasting a star-studded cast that includes Yosuke Eguchi (Shaolin Girl), Takao Osawa (Ichi; Sky High), Jun Kaname (Blood; K-20; Casshern), Tetsuji Tamayama (Norwegian Wood; Casshern) and Susumu Terajima (Casshern; Ichi The Killer), Goemon is based on the exploits of the film’s eponymous, ninja bandit hero – the Japanese folklore equivalent of Robin Hood.

The year is 1582 and the ruler of Japan, Oda Nobunaga, has been brutally murdered leaving the country in a state of political chaos. Meanwhile, a chivalrous thief known as Goemon, whose loyalties lay with Nobunaga, has risen as a hero figure amongst the populace thanks to his propensity for stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Goemon’s latest haul, stolen from one of his arch-enemies, includes a small wooden box of Western origin which he believes to be worthless and accidentally bestows upon a young street urchin. In truth, the box is a priceless artifact - a true Pandora’s box that holds a deep secret coveted and sought by Japan’s most powerful and deadly warlords.

Realising his error, Goemon seeks to regain possession of the box before it falls into the wrong hands. But its existence has also attracted the interests of a legendary swordsman, Matahachi, the legendary ninja Hattori Hanzo, and Goemon’s fearsome former friend and current rival, Saizo. With such a prize at stake, the stage is set for a series of bloody frays between Japan’s most skilled and deadly ninjas and swordsmen in a conflict that will have a profound effect on the country’s future.

Goemon (15) is released by Momentum Pictures and opens at selected UK cinemas on 23rd July 2010.


Trailer for Gaspar Noé's (I Stand Alone, Irreversible) Enter The Void. 

www.enter-the-void.jp


What must be a couple of years back now, Jim Groom (Revenge Of Billy The Kid, Room 36) mentioned he had a project in the works called Zombie God Squad. At the time he was finally bringing cult noir comedy Room 36 to the big screen after a serious of unfortunate events and disasters saw it languish for more than a decade. Since then Room 36 was released on DVD and then out of the blue this little teaser pops up. 

www.ivorytowerent.com


From the creators of the excellent Pervert, comes Sex Galaxy. Made entirely out of stock and public domain footage, the DVD is available from Amazon next week (April 13).

www.stag-films.com | www.myspace.com/sexgalaxy


Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis cameo is this new trailer joining a cast that includes: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Randy Couture, Steve Austin ,Terry Crews, Mickey Rourke, Danny Trejo, Charisma Carpenter, Gary Daniels and the late Brittany Murphy.

Like most I'd like to have seen Jean-Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal in there, but all the same for 80's throwback action this looks fantastic.

If there's a part 2, I'd like to see Chow Youn-Fat, Billy Blanks, Olivier Gruner, Don 'The Dragon' Wilson and the one and only Bolo Yeung dragged out from wherever they are and handed an AK47.

expendablesthemovie.com


Trailer for Luc Besson's Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec with English subtitles.

Louise Bourgoin stars as Adèle Blanc-Sec in this adaptation of the Jacques Tardi comics.

www.adeleblancsec-lefilm.com


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The game is set in a post-apocalyptic, retro-futurist Las Vegas following the Great War between the US, China and other countries, a conventional and nuclear war that occurred on October 23, 2077 and lasted less than two hours despite causing immense damage and destruction. Before the Great War were the Resource Wars, during which the United Nations disbanded, a plague rendered the United States paranoid, and Canada was annexed. ... fallout.wikia.com


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After a run of bad luck, John (Steve Buscemi), a compulsive gambler, runs away from Las Vegas and toward a normal job and life.  Taking a nondescript position in an auto insurance company in Albuquerque, he tries to get ahead in the straight world, amid the ever-present temptations of scratch-off lotto tickets.

When his boss, Mr. Townsend (Peter Dinklage), asks John to accompany his top fraud debunker, Virgil (Romany Malco) on an investigation of a dubious car “accident” near Vegas, John sees an opportunity to get a promotion , though he’s concerned about  returning to the gambling game. Before  leaving he becomes involved with his eccentric co-worker Jill (Sarah Silverman), a dalliance that has the potential to become a real relationship.

Soon John is on the road with Virgil, where they encounter a series of offbeat characters, including a wheelchair-bound stripper (Emmanuelle Chriqui), a nude militant (Tim Blake Nelson), a park Ranger (Jesse Garcia), and a carnival human torch (John Cho).  While Virgil is the supposed leader of the investigation, it’s John who begins to finally assert himself, pushing the case closer to a conclusion.

Through the journey, John’s confidence builds, and he realizes that he can’t escape his gambling addiction by running away from it—it will follow him wherever he goes.  It’s only when he returns to Vegas  and his experiences there finally send him on the path to breaking free.

saintjohnmovie.com | twitter.com/StJohnLasVegas


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From Paris With Love is directed by Pierre Morel (District 13, Taken) and stars John Travolta, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Kasia Smutniak.

A personal aide to the U.S. Ambassador in France, James Reese (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) has an enviable life in Paris and a beautiful French girlfriend, but his real passion is his side job as a low-level operative for the CIA.  All James wants is to become a bona fide agent and see some real action.  So when he's offered his first senior-level assignment, he can't believe his good luck - until he meets his new partner, special agent Charlie Wax (John Travolta).

A trigger-happy, wisecracking, loose cannon who's been sent to Paris to stop a terrorist attack, Wax leads James on a white-knuckle shooting spree through the Parisian underworld that has James praying for his desk job.  But when James discovers he's a target of the same crime ring they're trying to bust, he realizes there's no turning back...and that Wax himself might be his only hope for making it through the next forty-eight hours alive.

www.frompariswithlovefilm.com


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Teaser trailer for the psychological drama movie The Artifice

"Imagine if you had the ability to see every tiny connection, every movement, every decision, every concept, and every consequence. Would you embrace this gift or try to hide it would you be able to use it without effect or would this knowledge change your life forever?"

Stylistically the promo reminds me of Jamin Winans' Ink and Tony Krantz's Sublime, mixed with a touch of Mamoru Oshii's Avalon. We don't have a lot more info on this project other than it's gained nearly a million fans on facebook on the strength of the intrigue created by the promo, but the crew behind it is going to send further details over.

www.the-artifice.com | www.facebook.com/theartifice | twitter.com/the_artifice


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Based on a best selling novel by Franz-Olivier Giesbert and directed by Richard Berry, L'immortel aka 22 Bullets stars Jean Reno. Reno plays Charly Matteï a former hit-man in the ranks of a Marseilles based crime syndicate. After three peaceful years in retirement, he is attacked and left for dead. 22 bullets hit their mark, but Charly lives and he's somewhat pissed.

www.limmortel-2010.com


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Trailer for Melvin Van Peebles seminal independantly produced feature Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song.


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Trailer for director Scott Stewarts Legion. The cast includes Dennis Quaid, Paul Bettany, Kevin Durand, Adrianne Palicki, Kate Walsh, Doug Jones, Tyrese Gibson, Lucas Black, Willa Holland, Jon Tenney and Charles S. Dutton.

God loses faith in humanity and sends the heavenly host to wreak havoc on the world. Only the archangel Michael and a small group of humans stand in their way. Michael believes that one of their number may be pregnant with the saviour and that she must be defended at all costs.

legionmovie.com


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Richard Gale's epic comedy horror short has picked up and slew of awards and been viewed around 1.5 million times on YouTube so far.

www.richard-gale.com

Via: YouTube - RichardGaleFilms


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Trailer for Universal Soldier: Regeneration which is directed by John Hyams and stars Dolph lundgren, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Andrei Arlovski

"The militant Islamist Chechen Basayev abducts the children of the President and takes control of Chernobyl, threatening to unleash a radioactive cloud unless his demands are met. Luc Deveraux (Van Damme), now a Universal Soldier again, joins a new team of UniSols secretly held in deep storage. Their mission is to retake Chernobyl and disable explosives that will unleash radioactive clouds. Luc discovers that one of the reactivated Universal Soldiers is a clone of his old, homicidal Sergeant, Andrew Scott (Lundgren). He also must face the NGU, the next generation in the UniSol biotechnology."

Via: www.jcvd.freeforums.org


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Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi Hausu (House) is an unforgettable mixture of bubblegum teen melodrama and grisly phantasmagoria, Obayashi's deranged fairy tale Hausu (House) is one of Japanese cinema's wildest supernatural ventures and a truly startling debut feature.

Distressed by her widowed father's plans to remarry, Angel sets off with six of her schoolgirl friends in tow for a summer getaway in her aunt's isolated mansion. But all is not well - in this house of dormant secrets, long-held emotional traumas have terrifyingly physical embodiments and the girls will have to use all their individual talents if any are to survive.

A rollercoaster ride without brakes, Hausu is by turns sinister, hilarious and curiously touching, with ceaseless cinematic invention and a satirical, full-blooded approach to the horror genre. A gigantic smash upon its original release in Japan, the Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present its UK premiere on DVD, released on 25 January 2009.


Second trailer for Jon Harris' sequel to Neil Marshall's 2005 horror hit The Descent, aptly titled The Descent: Part 2.

Emerging from the cave system alone, distraught and covered in the blood of her missing companions, Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) is incoherent and half-wild with fear. Sceptical about her account of events and convinced Sarah's psychosis hides far darker secrets, Sheriff Vaines (Gavan O’Herlihy) doesn’t waste time. Along with his partner Rios (Krysten Cummings), and their cave rescue team Dan (Douglas Hodge), Greg (Joshua Dallas), and Cath (Anna Skellern), Vaines forces Sarah back into the caves to help the rescuers find her friends.

The Descent: Part 2 - Trailer 1

The Descent: Part 2 - UK Poster

www.thedescent2.co.uk


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Director Richard Kelly, The Box stars Cameron Diaz as Norma Lewis and James Marsden as Arthur Lewis, a suburban couple with a young child who receive a simple wooden box as a gift. However, this simple gift bears fatal and irrevocable consequences. A mysterious stranger (Frank Langella), delivers the message that the box promises to bestow upon its owner $1 million with the press of a button. But, pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human being somewhere in the world.....someone they don't know. With just 24 hours to have the box in their possession, Norma and Arthur find themselves in the crosshairs of a startling moral dilemma and must face the true nature of their humanity.

The Box is out now in the US and is released in the UK cinema's on the 4th of December

US website | UK website


UK trailer for James Cameron's Digital 3D "magnum opus" Avatar which is released to cinema's this December. The cast includes Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Sam Worthington, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, CCH Pounder and Stephen Lang.

"We enter the alien world through the eyes of Jake Sully, a former Marine confined to a wheelchair. Despite his broken body, Jake is still a warrior at heart. He is recruited to travel light years to the human outpost on Pandora, where corporations are mining a rare mineral that is the key to solving  Earth’s energy crisis.  Because the atmosphere of Pandora is toxic, they have created the Avatar Program, in which human “drivers” have their consciousness linked to an avatar, a remotely-controlled biological body that can survive in the lethal air.   These avatars are genetically engineered hybrids of human DNA mixed with DNA from the natives of Pandora… the Na’vi.

Reborn in his avatar form, Jake can walk again.  He is given a mission to infiltrate the Na’vi who have become a major obstacle to mining the precious ore.  But a beautiful Na’vi female, Neytiri, saves Jake’s life, and this changes everything.  Jake is taken in by her clan and learns to become one of them, which involves many tests and adventures.  As Jake’s relationship with his reluctant teacher Neytiri deepens, he learns to respect the Na’vi way and finally takes his place among them.  Soon he will face the ultimate test as he leads them in an epic battle that will decide nothing less than the fate of an entire world."

www.avatar-movie.co.uk | www.avatarmovie.com


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Leif Jonker directed what could probably be called the best splatter gore movie you've never seen. Darkness (Released later as Darkness The Vampire Version) is'nt really that far away from the early works of Sam Rami and Peter Jackson. Its a an ultra low budget classic, you really should seek out. Demon Machine was to be his next project, but sadly the years slipped by and funding meant it never to fruition. Which when you look at this promo is such a shame, it was bound to be all kinds of fun. Someone really should seek the guy out and get this made, especially now digital is a viable format.

www.13thdream.com | www.myspace.com/13thdream_entertainment


The Tournament is a high octane, blood-bathed, British action thriller starring Ving Rhames, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Hu, Ian Sommerhalder, Liam Cunningham, Scott Adkins and Sebastien Foucan.

Scott Mann directs a screeplay by Jonathan Frank, Nick Rowntree and Gary Young.

Every 7 years in an unsuspecting town, The Tournament takes place. A battle royale between 30 of the world’s deadliest assassins. The last man standing receiving the $10,000,000 cash prize and the title of Worlds No 1 (which itself carries the legendary million dollar a bullet price tag). The Tournament is set up by a group of sick high stake billionaires who watch the mayhem unfold via CCTV and bet on its outcome.

Official Site


First trailer for Terry Gilliam's (Tideland) The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, which stars the late Heath Ledger alongside Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Colin Farrell and Christopher Plummer.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a fantastical morality tale, set in the present-day. It tells the story of Dr. Parnassus and his extraordinary 'Imaginarium', a travelling show where members of the audience get an irresistible opportunity to choose between light and joy or darkness and gloom. 
 
Blessed with the extraordinary gift of guiding the imaginations of others, Doctor Parnassus is cursed with a dark secret. An inveterate gambler, thousands of years ago he made a bet with the devil, Mr. Nick, in which he won immortality. Centuries later, on meeting his one true love, Dr. Parnassus made another deal with the devil, trading his immortality for youth, on condition that when his daughter reached her 16th birthday, she would become the property of Mr Nick. 
 
Valentina is now rapidly approaching this 'coming of age' milestone and Dr. Parnassus is desperate to protect her from her impending fate. Mr. Nick arrives to collect but, always keen to make a bet, renegotiates the wager. Now the winner of Valentina will be determined by whoever seduces the first five souls. Enlisting a series of wild, comical and compelling characters in his journey, Dr. Parnassus promises his daughter’s hand in marriage to the man that helps him win. 
 
In this captivating, explosive and wonderfully imaginative race against time, Dr. Parnassus must fight to save his daughter in a never-ending landscape of surreal obstacles – and undo the mistakes of his past once and for all!

Via: Yahoo! Movies


UK trailer for Patrick Alessandrin's District 13: Ultimatum. The sequel to the rather fun "District 13" once again stars Cyril Raffaelli (Live Free Or Die Hard) and David Belle (Babylon A.D.) and is produced by Luc Besson.

It's 2013, three years after the events of the first movie, and it appears that despite government promises nothing has changed in District 13, the racially charged ghetto notorious for its gangs, drug dealers and killers. A consortium of corrupt cops and government officials is conspiring to cause civil unrest within D13 with a view to finding an excuse to raze the area and cash in on its redevelopment. When a local kid accidentally uncovers the plot, the district's resident idealist Leito (David Belle) and elite law-enforcer Damien Tomaso (Cyril Raffaelli) are reunited in a bid to bring peace to the troubled neighbourhood and to expose the conspiracy before a proposed air-strike can destroy the area Leito calls home.

District 13: Ultimatum is released by Momentum Pictures and will open at selected UK cinemas on 2nd October 2009. The DVD / Blu-Ray hits shelves later in the same month on the 26th.

www.thefreerunningmovie.com


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Trailer for Whiteout whic is directed by Dominic Sena ((Kalifornia, Gone in Sixty Seconds, Swordfish)) and stars Kate Beckinsale, Gabriel Macht, Columbus Short, Alex O'Loughlin, Shawn Doyle and Tom Skerritt. The film is adapted from the comic book of the same name by writer Greg Rucka and artist Steve Lieber.

"A U.S. deputy marshal, (Kate Beckinsale), the only one assigned to Antarctica, must investigate a murder on the frozen continent within three days before the arctic winter begins. She crosses paths with a UN operative (Gabriel Macht), also investigating the murder."


Trailer for 2009's Dorian Gray direced by Oliver Parker (St. Trinian's - remake) an adapted from Oscar Wilde's classic tale "The Picture of Dorian Gray".

Dorian Gray stars Colin Firth, Ben Barnes, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Maryam d'Abo, Emilia Fox,Caroline Goodall and Ben Chaplin

Dorian Gray - Images


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Trailer for dark comedy drama Cold Souls directed by Sophie Barthes and stars Paul Giamatti along with David Strathairn, Dina Korzun and Emily Watson

Cold Souls - Poster

www.coldsoulsthemovie.com


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Nick Love (Outlaw, The Business, The Football Factory) revisits Alan Clarke's (Scum, Made in Britain , Rita, Sue and Bob Too!) seminal late 80's TV movie about the violent casual firms that warred on and off the terraces of British football clubs. Love's new film tentatively titled "the firm 1984" is set some years earlier than Clarkes opus and revolves around a different character. Dom, a young wannabe football casual, who get drawn into the charismatic but dangerous world of the firm's top boy, Bex. Accepted for the fast mouth and sense of humor, Dom soon becomes one of the boys. But as Bex and his gang clash with rival firms across the country and the violence spirals out of control, Dom realises he wants out – until he learns it’s not that easy to simply walk away.

The film stars Daniel Mays as Yeti, Calum McNab as Dom and Paul Anderson as Bex the role played by Gary Oldman in Clarkes film.

www.thefirm84.com


"A Kiss From Tokyo", Theatrical Trailer (1964) - Yuki 7 dashes around the world in hot pursuit of the tantalizingly tricky Diamond Eye, who is stealing parts and plans and leaving behind a path of murdered scientists in her quest to build a missile inside her volcanic lair.

This rather wonderful retro animated faux trailer was created by Stephane Coedel, a French animator living in London.

Seductive Espionage: The World of Yuki 7 - Cover

The Character Yuki 7 is the creation of illustrator Kevin Dart, whose book "Seductive Espionage: The World of Yuki 7" is available for pre-order.

I think the trailer works really well in capturing that Modesty Blaise, Golgo 13, Lupin The Third, Avengers, James Bond etc. spy vibe

Props to kanYe West : Blog

Via: Stephane Coedel - Vimeo


CONTEMPORIST just posted the trailer for Coast Modern. An Independent documentary film about West Coast modernism in architecture. Los Angeles to Vancouver and all points in between.

"The film by Vancouver, Canada based filmmakers Michael Bernard and Gavin Froome will take us on a journey through three generations of modern architecture on the West Coast of North America. From the early 20th century, through to the second wave of post-war America, to today’s current modernist renaissance. This film speaks with the architects and their patrons, and asks if Modernism’s time has finally come or did it ever really go away."

www.coastmodernfilm.com

Via: Coast Modern on Vimeo


Trailer for independant film "The Red Machine" a spy caper set in 1935 in Washington, D.C. and 1928 in Tokyo. The film stars independant film favourite Lee Perkins (Carnies, Edges of Darkness, KatieBird *Certifiable Crazy Person).

Co-directors Stephanie Argy and Alec Boehm won several awards for their 1930's newsreel style short "Gandhi at the Bat".

www.redmachinethemovie.com


First trailer for Guy Ritchie's take on the classic detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The film simply titled Sherlock Holmes is due for a boxing day release.

This adaption see's the titular hero revamped in a vain similar to the The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Sadly the film version and not Alan Moore's fantastic comic. The reactions across the net for this trailer have been very positive. I personally don't feel that excited, sure Basil Rathbone style fog and deerstalkers has been done to death and would not fly today. However I'm a bit surprised Richie and the screenwriters have taken it to such safe blockbuster action comedy ground. One would have hoped for a little touch of snatch / Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels infused to give it just a little more edge. After all Sacha Baron Cohen and Will Ferrell are meant to be taking on the roles of Holmes and Watson in a still "Untitled Sherlock Holmes Project", which one imagines will touch the comedic itself. Many feel it has a similar vibe to Pirates of the Caribbean, which was a fun franchise, so its probably going to fairly good popcorn munching fun.

Detective Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and his stalwart partner Watson (Jude Law) engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England.

Joining Downey and Law in the cast are Mark Strong, Kelly Reilly, Eddie Marsan, James Fox and Rachel McAdams (sporting a rather fetching corset in the trailer)

You can download an HD version of the trailer from Yahoo! Movies

Via: Yahoo! movies


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Trailer for Jamin Winans (11:59) very impressive looking independent sci-fi fantasy film Ink.

"As the light fades and the city goes to sleep, two forces emerge. They are invisible to us except for the power they exert over us in our sleep. These two groups battle for our souls through our dreams. One force supports our hopes and gives us strength through good dreams, the other force leads us towards desperation through our nightmares.

Chris Kelly, Jessica Duffy, Quinn Hunchar,Jeremy Make, Jennifer Batter, Eme Ikwuakor and Shelby Malone star.

Check out the second trailer on our Virb page.

www.doubleedgefilms.com


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Gamer is a high-concept action thriller set in a near future when gaming and entertainment have evolved into a terrifying new hybrid. Humans control other humans in mass-scale, multi-player online games: people play people...for keeps. Mind-control technology is widespread, and at the heart of the controversial games is its creator, reclusive billionaire Ken Castle (Michael C. Hall). His latest brainchild, the first-person shooter game "Slayers," allows millions to act out their most savage fantasies online in front of a global audience, using real prisoners as avatars with whom they fight to the death.

Kable (300's Gerard Butler) is the superstar and cult hero of the ultraviolent "Slayers." Kable is controlled by Simon, a young gamer with rock star status who continues to defy all odds by guiding Kable to victory each week. Taken from his family, imprisoned and forced to fight against his will, the modern day gladiator must survive long enough to escape the game to free his family, regain his identity and to save mankind from Castle's ruthless technology.

Gamer stars Gerard Butler (300, RocknRolla), Michael C. Hall ("Dexter"), Amber Valletta (Transporter 2), John Leguizamo (Righteous Kill, Carlito's Way ) and Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer”).

www.gamerthemovie.com


Trailer for The Machine Girl Written and directed by Noboru Iguchi (Sukeban Boy) and starring former Japanese porn star Asami (Sukeban Boy) alongside hot, up-and-coming newcomer Minase Yashiro.

Boasting more arterial spray than any gorehound could ever wish for, this fun celebration of gratuitous violence features everything from graphic, bloody dismemberment, decapitation, necrophilia and yakuza ninjas to chainsaw- and machine gun-wielding girls, a flying guillotine and – the showstopper of them all – a flesh ripping drill bra!

The Machine Girl is released on UK DVD and Blu-Ray 18th May 2009. The US edition has been available since last year.


Lock up your loons, there's a sequel on the loose! Due to descend onto a big screen near you this May is the temperately anticipated The Descent: Part 2. Hailing as the directorial debut of one Jon Harris (also lending his skills as editor, which he's previously honed on the original instalment of ladies-in-caving-peril and the more recent hot horror topic, Eden Lake) this subterranean sequel certainly looks to be plummeting to some not insubstantial depths, and I don't mean geologically. 

Penned in part by Eden Lake writer/director, James Watkins, this follow up from Neil Marshall's glorious 2005 horror will see troubled heroine Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) return to the scene of rampant gut-munching horror that cost the lives of her friends. But is she the victim of unspeakable, murderous horror, or just a loon who's forgotten to take her meds?

Certainly that seems to be the precarious premise of a film which seems as desperate to unearth the hope of a bit of buried Brit talent as it is postulate what else might lie beneathe. The Descent was one of the more blantantly talented and ballsy modern horrors in the vein of Switchblade Romance which, minus SR's sadly try-hard twist ending, is happily entrenched in simplistic, escapist, survivalist horror. Sometimes, you just don't need psycho-drama interfering with pure terror (particularly where creatures are concerned) and unless you're cooking up the type of intelligent psycho-horror that can rest easily at the lofty heights achieved by something like Calvaire, this is something best left alone.

So, throw in a bunch of Americans on a witch hunt in a please-the-masses nonsense pseudopsycho 'twist' and what have you got? The Descent: Part 2 or: How I Learned To Start Worrying About Blatant Cinematic Bombs.

Looks about as enticing as Wrong Turn 2. What a pity. On the plus side, at least they seem to have dropped the misguided notion of a rather belated attempt at the born-tired, got in with a crowbar, numerical spelling i.e. The De2cent. (Um, that doesn't even make any sense.)

- F1ona


Promo trailer for the UK DVD release of R-Point director Su-chang Kong's The Guard Post (aka GP506), a similarly genre-bending foray into the cinema of fear that further cements his reputation as one of the most original filmmakers working in Asian cinema today.


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OK so not a trailer (I will put one up when there is one), but Grady Hendrix of the Variety Asia Online blog (kaiju Shakedown) posted a link to some footage from the movie.

The premise revolves around a hybrid game Muay Thai and basketball,  with as you would expect, no holds barred. Sure there a background story about involving revenge etc., but really this is about people getting hit, hard! YAY!

The film is directed by Thanakorn Pongsuwan (Opapatika) and stars Theeradanai Suwannahom (Ahimsa: Stop to Run)

Fireball (distributor website)

Via: kaiju Shakedown


Teaserland

The Festival, directed by Xavi Bru, invites everyone to make a fake trailer of a non-existing film and post it on Teaserland.com from September 23rd.

The prize, €30.000 to make a short film, will be announced in January 2009 by a jury composed by: Jaume Balagueró (film director), Mirito Torreiro (film critic), Gregorio Belinchón (film journalist) , Esther García (producer), Angel Sala (director of the Sitges International Film Festival of Catalonia) and Manel Vicaría (Vas a ver).

The project will be officially presented on October 4th, within the framework of the Sitges Film Festival, which Teaserland.com is united with. Besides showing the competing trailers, also the exclusive works of the guest directors will be premiered in the presentation.

They are still working on the English language version ot the site, but I assume that will be ready soon.

www.teaserland.com


www.vanguardmovie.com (read the synopsis here)


Takashi Miike, best known for cult classics "Audition", "Ichi the Killer", and "The City of Lost Souls", redefines the Spaghetti Western with Sukiyaki Western Django, a tale written in blood. Two clans, Genji, the white clan led by Yoshitsune, and Heike, the red clan led by Kiyomori, battle for a legendary treasure hidden in a desolate mountain town. One day, a lone gunman, burdened with deep emotional scars but blessed with incredible shooting skills, drifts into town. Two clans try to woo the lone gunman to their sides, but he has ulterior motives. Dirty tricks, betrayal, desire and love collide as the situation erupts into a final, explosive showdown.

View the US trailer in Quicktime at apple.com/trailers  

View the teaser in Quicktime: High | Low

View the second teaser in Quicktime: High | Low

Official Japanese site | North American Website | Myspace 

Via: www.sukiyakimovie.com/


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Toronto After Dark 2008 Festival Preview Trailer featuring scenes from the *first eight announced feature titles

* Repo! The Genetic Opera, Red , Let The Right One In , Idiots and Angels, Tokyo Gore Police, Mirageman, Trailer Park Of Terror , Who is KK Downey?

www.torontoafterdark.com

Via: torontoafterdark.com


During the reign of the Vikings, Kainan (Caviezel), a man from a far-off world, crash lands on Earth, bringing with him an alien predator known as the Moorwen. Though both man and monster are seeking revenge for violence committed against them, Kainan leads the alliance to kill the Moorwen by fusing his advanced technology with the Viking's Iron Age weaponry. (IMDB

Via: www.quietearth.us


From Cédric Jimenez, producer of Scorpion, the dazzling debut feature by co-writer and director Franck Vestiel (whose previous credits as an Assistant Director include Dante 01, Them, The Nest, The Red Siren and Brian De Palma's Femme Fatale), Eden Log is a stylish and thought-provoking sci-fi shocker that recalls the brilliance of the early works of acclaimed directors such as George Lucas (TXH 1138), Luc Besson (The Last Battle), Andrei Tarkovsky (Solaris; Stalker), Vincenzo Natali (Cube) and Darren Aronofsky (Pi).


www.pervertthemovie.com


Trailer for the animated short 'The Windmill Boy' from director Dan Richards.

There are also a couple of clips from the movie online: Clip 1 (The Storm) | Clip 2 (The Foraging Tree)

Also make sure you check out the "making of video" over at the films Myspace Page.

The Windmill Boy’ is a fantasy adventure, which tells the tale of a boy kept prisoner in a windmill by an evil horde, until one day a storm gives him the inspiration for escape. The story has been influenced by the style and themes of productions like Jim Henson’s ‘The Storyteller’ and ‘The Dark Crystal’ and animations like ‘Trapdoor’. (synopsis from stopmotionpro.com)

The film took 18 months to produce and was made on a very small budget. The film has been made as a piolt for a 28 minute special, which is currently being written.

I loved stuff like The Storyteller, The dark Crystal and really loved Trapdoor back in the day, so this really appeals to me.

www.windmillboy.co.uk


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Romanzo_Criminale_trailer

Rome, 1960s. Three young criminals, Lebanese (Pierfrancesco Favino), Ice (Kim Rossi Stuart) and Dandy (Claudio Santamaria), decide to take a step up from the streets of Rome into the world of organized crime.

It’s the birth of a smart and ruthless organization which soon crushes all its rivals assuming total control of the drugs trade, whilst imposing brutal criminal laws on Rome. Their progress and changes in leadership take place over twenty-five years, from the 1970s into the '90s, and are inseparably intertwined with the dark history of modern Italy: terrorism, kidnappings and corruption at the highest levels of government.

As the three friends head to the end of an era where all vendettas are executed and scores are settled only one question remains, who will be left standing…

Trailer: Large | Medium | Small

www.romanzocriminale.co.uk

www.romanzocriminale.it (Italian Website)

Romanzo Criminale will be given a theatrical release in the UK on November 3 2006 by Icon Film Distribution


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