YOU’RE NEXT and THE GUEST Filmmakers Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett to Remake I SAW THE DEVIL

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I’ve long been fond of director Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett‘s collaborations (A Horrible Way to Die, V/H/S/, and You’re Next among them) and I think you guys will have a total fucking blast with The Guest.  So I’m definitely excited (and a little surprised) to learn that they will be tackling a remake of Kim Jee-Woon‘s modern masterpiece I Saw the Devil.  Though the original South Korean film was just released in 2010, I’m confident that Wingard and Barrett have what it takes to make an English language version of the story feel fresh and relevant.

In additional good news Keith Calder and Jessica Calder, who shepherded the duo’s last two features, will return to produce the film alongside Dredd producers Adi Shankar and Spencer Silna. If you’re at all a fan of serial killer films, you’ll want to check this out.  Hit the jump for more on the I Saw the Devil remake. 

Exclusive THE GUEST Clip: Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett Discuss Making the Film with Nicolas Winding Refn

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If you’ve seen Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett’s work in films like A Horrible Way to Die, You’re Next and V/H/S, their latest, The Guest, will come as quite the surprise because it’s strikingly different in so many respects.  It stars Dan Stevens as David, a guy who shows up at the Peterson family’s door, claiming to be a good friend of their son who died in action.  However, soon after welcoming him into their home, there are some mysterious deaths in town and Anna Peterson (Maika Monroe) suspects they might be connected to David.

The Guest does have a fair amount of bloodshed and loads of suspense, but this one’s much more of an action thriller than a horror movie and that was the focus of some of the conversation at The Guest’s Q&A at Sundance NEXT FEST.  Wingard and Barrett sat down to field some questions from moderator Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) and the audience, and we’ve got an exclusive look at highlights from the discussion.  Hit the jump to watch The Guest clip and hear what Wingard and Barrett had to say about making the switch to more action-heavy material, choosing music for the film and why they had to redo their big car crash. The Guest invades theaters this Wednesday.

Dan Stevens Talks A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES, Evoking Sympathy for the Bad Guy, Love of 70s Thrillers, THE GUEST, and More

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It’s been two years since Dan Stevens departed Downton Abbey and he’s not lost any time actively pursuing some amazing new roles in theater, film and television.  In his latest movie, A Walk Among the Tombstones, he stars opposite Liam Neeson playing a heroin trafficker bent on revenge who hires a private investigator (Neeson) to hunt down the serial killers (David Harbour, Adam David Thompson) that brutally murdered his wife.  Opening September 19th, the crime drama also stars Boyd Holbrook, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Sebastian Roché, Mark Consuelos, and Ólafur Darri Ólafsson.

At the film’s recent press day, Stevens discussed why he finds it exciting to explore new and different roles, the challenge of transforming himself for each one, the appeal of playing a bad guy who’s a victim, his love of 70’s noirish thrillers like Klute, Dirty Harry, and The Conversation, his collaboration with director Scott Frank on the darkness of his character, how music helped him prepare for his role in The Guest, and what it’s been like working with his childhood heroes – Neeson, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler and John Travolta — on Tombstones, Night at the Museum:  Secret of the Tomb, The Cobbler and Criminal Activities.  Hit the jump to read the rest of the interview:

Fall 2014 Horror Preview: ANNABELLE, OUIJA, THE GUEST, ABCS OF DEATH 2, and More

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It’s been a rather rough year for horror.  So far, there hasn’t been a surprise hit like The Conjuring or very many strong films at all for that matter.  The Purge: Anarchy and The Sacrament are good enough, but if I’m tallying up the 2014 releases that I’ll probably watch again in the coming years, there’d only be three on the list – Stage Fright, Afflicted and Oculus.

But the good thing is we’ve still got four more months to go, and September and October alone have a lot to offer.  Hit the jump to find out which upcoming horror movies could be worth checking out in our Fall 2014 Horror Preview.

Exclusive THE GUEST Poster Featuring Dan Stevens in Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett’s Latest

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You think you know what Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett are capable of?  Think again.  Their past work including You’re Next and their contributions to V/H/S, V/H/S 2 and The ABCs of Death are still great and all, but their latest feature, The Guest, is like nothing you’ve ever seen before.  It stars Dan Stevens as David, a soldier who shows up at the Peterson family’s door claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action.  The Guest does have a horror quality to it, but it’s more of a bloody action thriller than anything, and an expertly stylized one at that.

With The Guest making its way into theaters in less than a month, on September 17th, Collider’s got the honor of unveiling a brand new poster for the film.  Click here to read Matt’s review and hit the jump to check out that exclusive The Guest poster.  The film also stars Maika MonroeLeland OrserSheila KelleyBrendan Meyer and Lance Reddick.

New THE GUEST Trailer and Poster Show off Dan Stevens’ Charming, Unnerving Visitor

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Icon has released a new trailer and poster for The Guest.  The film stars Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) as a mysterious figure who comes to say with a small, Midwestern family under the auspices of being their dead son’s war buddy.  However, his charming demeanor belies a far more dangerous, unpredictable personality.  I really dug the film when I saw it at Sundance, and like the U.S. trailer, this U.K. version does a good job of selling the mystery, the action, and the comedy without giving away too much.

Hit the jump to check out The Guest trailer and poster.  The film also stars Maika Monroe, Leland Orser, Sheila Kelley, Brendan Meyer, and Lance ReddickThe Guest opens in the U.K. on September 5th and in the U.S. on September 17th.

THE GUEST Full-Length Trailer Saves the Film’s Big Surprises

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The Guest was one of my favorite films from the SXSW film festival this past March.  As a fan of You’re Next, V/H/S and A Horrible Way To Die screenwriter Simon Barrett and director Adam Wingard, it was interesting to see them successfully take a step or two outside of the horror genre.  The film is incredibly stylish with an amazing score and just really, really nails the vibe its going for.

Following the teaser trailer from a few months back, today’s new full-length trailer doesn’t really communicate that vibe.  It’s serviceable and gives you a nice breakdown of the plot, but the atmosphere is largely missing.  So if this clip puts you on the fence, remember to go ahead and take the leap once the film comes out.  You won’t regret it.  Check out Matt’s review here for more on that.  The film stars Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Leland Orser, Sheila Kelley, Brendan Meyer, and Lance Reddick and will be released on September 17th via Picturehouse.  Hit the jump for The Guest trailer.

TIFF Adds World Premieres of FACE OF AN ANGEL, TUSK, and Canadian Premiere of THE LOOK OF SILENCE with Midnight Madness and Documentary Lineups

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Last week, the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival announced its initial lineup of films that will be screening this September, which range from The Judge to Rosewater to This Is Where I Leave You.  That large, eclectic list was only the start, though, as today TIFF has announced the films that will be screening as part of the Midnight Madness, Documentary, and Masters programmes.  These new additions include the world premiere of Kevin Smith’s Tusk as well as Michael Winterbottom’s Amanda Knox-inspired The Face of an Angel, the Samuel L. Jackson-fronted survival pic Big Game, and the concluding installment of the horror franchise [REC] 4: Apocalypse.  Additionally, Adam Wingard’s excellent The Guest and Joshua Oppenheimer’s Act of Killing sequel The Look of Silence will have their Canadian Premieres.

Read the full list of newly added films after the jump.  The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4th – 14th.

THE GUEST: 5 New Images from the Upcoming Film by the Creators of YOU’RE NEXT

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Following yesterday’s teaser trailer, Picturehouse has now released five new The Guest images.  The film, which is from You’re Next screenwriter Simon Barrett and director Adam Wingard, stars Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) as a soldier who befriends the family of a fallen comrade and becomes a threat to everyone around him when it turns out he may not be who he says he is.  I really enjoyed the film when I saw it at Sundance, and I really hope it finds an audience.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The Guest opens September 17th, and also stars Maika Monroe, Leland Orser, Sheila Kelley, Brendan Meyer, and Lance Reddick.

DOWNTON ABBEY’s Dan Stevens Is Creepy Company in THE GUEST Teaser Trailer

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Picturehouse has released The Guest teaser trailer online.  The film stars Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) as a soldier who befriends the family of a fallen comrade and becomes a threat to everyone around him when it turns out he may not be who he says he is.  The Guest is from You’re Next director Adam Wingard and screenwriter Simon Barrett, and they’ve delivered another terrific movie.  I caught the flick at Sundance, and it felt like lost John Carpenter film from the 1980s.  Plus, it has an amazing performance from Stevens.  Seek this one out.

Hit the jump to check out The Guest teaser trailer.  The film opens in September, and also stars Maika MonroeLeland OrserLance ReddickChase Williamson, and Brendan Meyer.

Picturehouse Acquires YOU’RE NEXT Filmmakers’ New Film THE GUEST Starring Dan Stevens; Slated for Fall Release

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The new film from You’re Next director Adam Wingard and screenwriter Simon Barrett will be coming to a theater near you this fall.  After premiering at the Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews, Picturehouse has picked up U.S. rights to The Guest for a fall release, marking the studio’s second feature film release after making their debut with last year’s Metallica Through the NeverThe Guest stars Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) as a soldier who befriends the family of a fallen comrade and becomes a threat to everyone around him when it turns out he may not be who he says he is.  I caught the pic at Sundance and it’s a great 80’s throwback that’s kind of like a cross between Halloween and The Terminator.  Stevens is excellent in a dark role that is the polar opposite of his Downton Abbey character, and Wingard and Barrett have a ton of fun with the gleefully dark premise.

Hit the jump to read the full press release, click here to read Matt’s review, and be sure to watch Steve’s interviews with Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett from Sundance. 

Director Adam Wingard Talks THE GUEST, Dan Stevens’ Physical Transformation, the Way He Edits, His Next Two Projects, and More at Sundance 2014

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One of my favorite films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was The Guest.  Directed and written by the team behind You’re Next (Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett, respectively), The Guest is fantastic and as Matt said in his review, it “feels like a lost John Carpenter film from the director’s golden age.  The picture effortlessly moves between a nerve-wracking mystery to a gleefully dark comedy, and at its best it even mixes the two together.”   The story revolves around a soldier that befriends the family of a fallen comrade and becomes a threat to everyone around him when he may not be who he says he is.  Trust me, it’s a film you should be excited to see and I’m sure it’ll be released sometime this year.  The Guest stars Dan Stevens (in an amazingly dark turn), Maika MonroeLeland OrserLance ReddickChase Williamson, and Brendan Meyer.

Shortly after the premiere, I landed an exclusive video interview with Adam Wingard.  He talked about how You’re Next changed their approach to developing films, how they came upon the concept for The Guest, his process of editing, the length of his first cut, Stevens’ physical transformation and his topless scene, the other movie they almost made instead of The Guest (a non-stop chase action movie), and more.  In addition, Wingard talked about their next two projects, saying one is “a relentless horror film thrill ride” and the other has more action stuff in it, but both are totally different than anything else they’ve done.  Hit the jump to watch.

Simon Barrett Talks THE GUEST, the Pressure of Following Up YOU’RE NEXT, the Non-Stop Action Movie They Almost Made First, and More at Sundance 2014

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One of my favorite films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was The Guest.  Directed and written by the team behind You’re Next (Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett, respectively), The Guest is fantastic and as Matt said in his review, it “feels like a lost John Carpenter film from the director’s golden age.  The picture effortlessly moves between a nerve-wracking mystery to a gleefully dark comedy, and at its best it even mixes the two together.”   The story revolves around a soldier that befriends the family of a fallen comrade and becomes a threat to everyone around him when he may not be who he says he is.  Trust me, it’s a film you should be excited to see and I’m sure it’ll be released sometime this year.  The Guest stars Dan Stevens (in an amazingly dark turn), Maika MonroeLeland OrserLance ReddickChase Williamson, and Brendan Meyer.

Shortly after the premiere, I landed an exclusive video interview with screenwriter Simon Barrett.   He talked about the pressure and challenge of following up You’re Next, how much the project changed from inception to the final cut, the other movie they almost made instead of The Guest (a Korea-set action movie that would have been a non-stop chase scene for the entirety of the film), Stevens’ physical transformation, why they didn’t make cameos, and more.  He also revealed that he and Wingard already have their next two projects lined up, with the first set to shoot this year. Hit the jump to watch.

Sundance 2014: THE GUEST Review

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From 1974 to 1988, director John Carpenter was pretty much unstoppable. His films were scary, funny, strange, and thrilling.  Adam Wingard’s The Guest feels like a lost Carpenter film from the director’s golden age.  The picture effortlessly moves between a nerve-wracking mystery to a gleefully dark comedy, and at its best it even mixes the two together.  While Wingard carries the Carpenter-esque tone by making excellent use of Robby Baumgartner’s cinematography and Stephen Moore’s score, his greatest asset is Dan Stevens’ tremendous lead performance.  And even when the picture starts to get away from Wingard, it never ceases to be an entertaining ride.

Sundance 2014 First Images from THE GUEST, COOTIES, DEAD SNOW; RED VS. DEAD, and THE BABADOOK

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The 2014 Sundance Film Festival is in the midst of unveiling its lineup, and today the festival announced the films that will be screening as part of the Park City at Midnight series.  We now have first-look images and synopses for a collection of said films:

  • The Guest – Directed by Adam Wingard; starring Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Leland Orser, Lance Reddick, Chase Williamson, and Brendan Meyer.
  • Cooties – Directed by Cary Murnion and Jonathan Millott; starring Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, and Nasim Pedrad.
  • Dead Snow; Red vs. Dead – Directed by Tomm Wirkola; starring Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen, Martin Starr, Ørjan Gamst, Ingrid Haas, and Jocelyn DeBoer.
  • The Babadook – Directed by Jennifer Kent; starring Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, and Ben Winspear.

Hit the jump to check out images and synopses for the aforementioned films.  The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 – 26th.

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