Evil children make shitty antagonists. It’s a lazy dichotomy to say, “Look! The faces of the innocent and pure are doing horrible acts of violence! HOW CAN THIS BE?” But they shouldn’t be threatening to any adult. You can’t be scared of anything you can dropkick. Come Out and Play (a remake of the 1976 Spanish horror film Who Can Kill a Child?) tries to up the fear by having the children be a tiny, angry mob rather than a solo threat, but the film’s true potential lies in trying to provide a set of conditions where we can condone, and perhaps even enjoy, killing bad seeds. Sadly, writer/director/shameless-self-promoter Makinov never wants to put in the hard work to meet this challenge. Instead, he spins his wheels, makes half-hearted attempts at various subtexts, and is left with a wasted opportunity to do anything beyond The Birds but with kids.
We’ve already seen two waves of film announcements for the upcoming Fantastic Fest in Austin, including Dredd 3D, Room 237, The Shining, Looper, Sinister, The ABCs of Death, and Red Dawn as the festival’s closing film. Now the festival has announced the final wave of films including the world premiere of the horror film The Collection. This final wave of films also includes Brandon Cronenberg’s Antiviral, the remake of Pusher, and the bizarre World War II film Danger 5.
Hit the jump to check out the press release, which includes the full final wave of film announcements. The 2012 Fantastic Fest will take place September 20 – 27 in Austin, Texas at the Alamo Drafthouse.
Last week, the Toronto International Film Festival announced the movies playing in its Special Presentations and Galas programs. Today, they’ve provided the line-up for their other programs including Midnight Madness. This is where the more genre-oriented films come out to play, and can break out in a big way. Last year’s TIFF Midnight Madness included the world premiere of The Raid, and the buzz never died down. Judging by the line-up, this year’s Midnight Madness will have the same frenzy. The line-up includes the horror short-film anthology The ABCs of Death, Seven Psychopaths (Martin McDonagh‘s follow up to In Bruges), Rob Zombie‘s The Lords of Salem, Don Coscarelli‘s John Dies at the End, and Pete Travis‘ Dredd.
Hit the jump for the full line-up and brief synopses. The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 -16th.