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Mad Max: Fury Road – Cannes Premiere Live Stream


FRD-DS-00039Already tipped as the best action movie of the year, and in many cases the best movie of the year full stop, Mad Max: Fury Road gets its very own official gala screening as part of the Cannes 2015 opening night.

Both cast and crew members will be putting in appearances so, despite the fact most of us aren’t able to get over there to enjoy the ride (and the classy cocktails), CinemaChords is happy to be able to share the entire experience with you via the Cannes live stream (embedded below).

The Mad Max: Fury Road glamorous gala screening will take place at 19:30 tonight, 14 May, with the live stream for the event (below) going live roughly one hear earlier.

If you can’t wait that long for some Mad Max goodness then jump to the second embedded video below for interviews with George Miller, Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult and Doug Mitchell.

See you back here in a few hours for what is sure to be one of the biggest movie events of the year.


In a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, two rebels just might be able to restore order: Max, a man of action and of few words, and Furiosa, a woman of action who is looking to make it back to her childhood homeland.

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A Short Mission: The Pavement


A sign of skilled writing and innovation in film-making is competently mastering the narrative. In shorts and features, there are only a few that can edit and toy with the story’s time, pacing it well to still engross the audience in such an alluring and exciting way. On the top of my head, films such as Memento and Pulp Fiction, by Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino respectively, do this because the plot and film practically beg for sublimely done narrative work, with the former feeling much more akin to this following short as the crux of the idea revolving around a flare for paced time and non-linear plot. Taylor Engel, a self-taught filmmaker, has quickly leveled himself up the ranks of and nestled on a high perch with his fantastic short The Pavement.

Selected as part of a HBO competition, The Pavement revolves around a man who is shot and sent out of the window to his death. Narrating the moments that led up this tragedy, Engel unravels different elements of the story unfold in an amazing way as we find out exactly who killed our “hero.”

Pulsating with this noir narrator, The Pavement is a smooth beating story that is told like slam poetry. Engel uses repetition and skill to sublimely capture the essence of black and white crime dramas all the while balancing the facts and moments in this delectable story that pushes the boundaries of linear plot. Pulling away from the finale to reveal moments, told in the drawl of a man regaling his brutal death, is a masterful technique that is never squandered on a whim. Instead, Engel uses it to full effect – enhance the drama and captivating the audience superbly.

The editing is slick with the film drenched in grey tones that hammer the visceral context home. The filmmakers focus on key elements of the film to entrance you to the script; a lingering smoking gun, the scream of a woman and the cold titular pavement. What this is is an excellent example in how to use the full stop properly and allowing it to pause delicately on key moment.

Engel has remarkably pulled out a stunning film and slammed it in under five minutes. It has this thudding energy and unravels beguiling  in order to entice. It is a thrilling film that captivates the importance of short film ingenuity.

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A Short Mission: Love Me Tinder


Some could say that dating in this day and age is a lot easier than before. Well, I wouldn’t say dating, which is as awkward as it’ll ever be, but I would say that finding a quick hook-up is certainly less of a pressing issue. Thanks to the uprising of technology, genitalia that wish to mesh with other genitalia is merely a button fwip away. Don’t get me wrong, this is a judgement free zone. After all, if you are both consenting adults and with more emotional depth than a stained metallic spoon – random fucking is fine and healthy. But sometimes, people get into these situations under false pretence. They think they are fine with one could healthy shag – but really, they are reaching out for a more visceral connection. And that’s the kind of aurora this new, excellently named short, is trying to capture.

Love Me Tinder stars the phenomenal Caroline Quentin and producer Tom Lorcan. A young has recently split up with his girlfriend and wants to explore his options with the titular dating app. He is paired with an older woman. But together, it’s clear that their desperation for some sort of human connection is going to make this date travel down the path of awkward.

Written by Alistair Donegan, directed by Sami Abusamra with Neil Gordon on camera, Love Me Tinder is a fantastic short that is brimming with incredible humanistic comedy that I feel only the British could truly muster. There are very little word said but each second is throbbing with this agonising embarrassment through either our leads not realising what they were getting themselves in for or the minute they locked eyes with one another, they realised it’s not quite what I wanted. Through Donegan’s script and Abusamra’s astute directing, the whole tone of the escapade is both sad sorrow filled and amusing.

What works is that, whilst Quentin’s Enya loving desolation hums off the screen in stomach turning awkwardness, she is never made to feel like a raw deal. Instead, it’s both of the leads insecurity of life and love that makes their misguided romanticism rub and therefore, allow the movie to spark. It helps that Lorcan and Quentin have heaps of chemistry together despite their characters not. They feed off the atmosphere and make it electrify with unease and humiliation.

Love Me Tinder has sweetness and sourness, all told alluring through the script and performances. It is a wonderful comedy that, if you have had a date like this, will rile up past memories of wretched emotional discomfort.

Love Me Tinder is making its way around the festivals and Short Sighted Cinema tours…

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The Greatest Ever Big Screen Stunts



Fast & Furious 7 and Avengers: Age Of Ultron pride themselves on containing only the best CGI special effects, which is great for them, but we still pine for the days of classic filmmaking, when an action sequence kept you on the edge of your seat instead of making your eyes glaze over as they’re inundated with fast moving pixels.

But with the news that you can now book tickets for upcoming cinematic extravaganza Mad Max: Fury Road, whose creator George Miller has confirmed that all of the car stunts are real, we thought we’d take a look at the most insane stunts ever captured on camera.

Mad Max: Fury Road stars Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, and brings its unique brand of mayhem to cinemas May 14. Book your tickets here.

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Apart from Mad Max, Mission Impossible is perhaps the last franchise to still pride itself on its actors doing stunts – this is unsurprising though when you consider that Tom Cruise leads the cast. As much as we want to mention the fact that he hangs off a plane as it takes off in the upcoming fifth installment (watch the trailer), the film is not out yet so instead we’ll direct you to the equally crazy fact that the actor actually climbed the tallest building in the world in Ghost Protocol – check out the jaw-dropping photo of him sitting at the top WITH NO WIRES!


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The iconic scene where Indy climbs down the front of a Nazi truck and crawls underneath while it’s moving, then gets dragged behind it by his own whip before climbing up the back was deemed so dangerous by the stuntman charged with performing it, that the only condition in which he’d do it was if his trusted stuntman friend drove. Miraculously the stunt was performed in one take and it is now deemed one of the greatest chase sequences in movie history.


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Christopher Nolan remains a director who favours real-life stunts over CG and this is evident in his impactful work, whether this is the incredible plane scene at the start of The Dark Knight Rises, or the 100ft 360 degree revolving corridor built to create the head-spinning fight scene in Inception. Perhaps the most impressive stunt he pulled off was in The Dark Knight, when he challenged his team to flip a 16-wheel semi truck in Chicago’s financial district with a driver behind the wheel.


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Bond films again are quite well known for their reliance on insanely dangerous stunts, and tend to pull off seemingly impossible feats to successfully position 007 the greatest spy to exist on screen. Honorable mentions go to the stunt man who ran over crocodiles in Live And Let Die and the tense and explosive tanker chase in License To Kill. But for pure ‘that can’t be possible’ reactions, the car jump in The Man With The Golden Gun was conceived by boffins at Cornell University and patented by filmmakers to ensure that they were the ones who would pull it off on screen first.



Although Blues Brothers holds the record for the most cars destroyed in a single car chase, Bullitt is worth watching for its car chase alone. In the iconic scene, a Mustang GT reaches speeds of over 100mph as it races across the streets of San Francisco, bouncing down hills and skidding around corners, sometimes even with Steve McQueen behind the wheel. The chase ended when a car, luckily with dummies in it, crashed into the set and burst into flames – luckily they were able to mae this look intentional in post-production.


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In this Charlton Heston epic, a pinnacle scene sees a deadly chariot race take place in an arena full of people. As 82 horses stampede around 1,500 extras, with dynamite going off every time a chariot was destroyed, a car was used to capture all the action and had to stay just feet away from the rampaging stallions in order to avoid a catastrophic pile up. The scene took five weeks to shoot, destroyed two cameras and injured the stunt man doubling for Heston when he was flung out of his chariot into the path of the horses behind him.

Mad Max: Fury Road tickets can be booked now here:

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A Short Mission: Leonard in Slow Motion


Short films tend to work best when they centre on a quirk. Whether it be life size painted stop animation, a murderous revengeful table or an unusual affliction, the more surreal ploy that you can place on your protagonists shoulders, the more enthralling the stories are going to be. I can say this repeatedly, but that’s why short films are great. They aren’t just testers for your drama or feature, they can tell this weird plots that wouldn’t work on a greater scale because quirks get boring when flogged to death. Which is why Leonard in Slow Motion works best in this engaging format.

Starring Martin Starr – more famed for his role in Knocked Up and Freaks & Geeks – Leonard is a man who unfortunately moves at a snail’s pace. Always one step behind, those around move at a quicker pace and unfortunately, gets to places in life a lot faster. When he finds out the woman he is in love with is relocating to Florida, he goes to drastic lengths to confess his love to her.

Directed by Peter Livolsi – who only has small credits under his belt – Leonard in Slow Motion is a delightful little piece that is light-hearted and visceral. The plight of Leonard is almost felt through the screen and immediately Livolsi ensnares you. Acted impressively by Starr, who has to rely on small facial expressions that slow change to his emotions. To convey what is being said, the pain and anguish of his plight, is truly a magnificent talent from Starr. His lead role is enthralling and beautiful matched to the story.

What works is the special effects elements too. The difficulty of translating someone running unhealthily slothful, surrounded by normally paced people is a tricky visual device to portray. Livolsi sublimely makes it look naturalistic, a sluggish character battling against the faster elements around him in this soft hues of brown, yellow and blue. The effects in place and the brilliance of implementing them into everyday surroundings.

There is also an emotional resonance, especially revolving around the themes that, to be happy, you have to utilise you’re uniqueness and match it to surroundings that fit. Charming, Leonard in Slow Motion is a lazy treat to enjoy.

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A Short Promotion: The Rogue Table


Abandoned. Forgotten. Used. Sent to Gumtree. Ebay. Or even the skip.

You use them every day but what if they fought back? What happens when they fight back? What happens when our table goes………….ROGUE?

Brand new short The Rogue Table looks set to be a combination of The Mighty Boosh and Big Train whilst also paying homage to the silent film stars of Buster Keaton and follows John, a lazy “young professional” who couldn’t care less about life really. He works to eat, he works to drink and he works to party. Disregarding the feelings of his furniture has never been a massive deal for him but it has for his table. And now the table has got feels…of revenge!

Directed by Sarah Cook, a passionate film fan and a dedicated to  the industry under the name Cookie N Screen. The project aims to be a ten minute short that is takes a surreal murderous turn. Starring Vedi Roy as John in his first cinematic role, The Rogue Table has a dedicated team behind it who aspire for to continue to films. Our hope is that, if successful, this film will kick off the entire Literally Speaking series. The idea is to take phrases and put them into narrative context. We already have a plan for many short films such as “thinking outside the box,” “don’t look a gift horse in the mouth” and much more. If you support us from our humble beginnings with The Rogue Table, you’ll be the first supporters of this series and have first news or access to the upcoming films from this endeavor.

IWG Media and Cinelanguage Films have launched an IndieGoGo campaign ( in hopes to raise money to bring The Rogue Table to life. The rewards range from T-Shirts, posters with several horror inspired designs to choose from, a private screening and the actual table itself! With just £1, you can help a great project come to life that will be taken to festivals and shown globally too. None of this will be possible without the support and it is with the power of film fans that we could make something spectacular!!

You can donate here to help bring the short film to life! 

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New Featurette for Neeson’s ‘Run All Night’



Liam Neeson‘s latest thriller RUN ALL NIGHT is now showing in cinemas across the UK and to celebrate we are excited to share with you a new featurette titled ‘Relentless’ for you all to enjoy courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.

A prolific mobster and hitman, Jimmy Conlon (Neeson) is a man haunted by the sins of his past. When his estranged son, Mike (Kinnaman) becomes a target, Jimmy must make a choice between the crime family he chose and the real family he abandoned long ago. Wanting to protect his son, Jimmy has one night to figure out where his loyalties lie before either one of them face the wrong end of a gun.

RUN ALL NIGHT stars Oscar nominee Liam Neeson (“Schindler’s List,” “Non-Stop”), Joel Kinnaman (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”), Vincent D’Onofrio (“The Judge”), and Oscar nominee Ed Harris (“Pollock,” “The Hours”), under the direction of Jaume Collet-Serra (“Non-Stop”).


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R.A.D.’s Friday 13th Event Report


Grimmfest is Manchester’s home of horror and cult films is entering its seventh year. The festival has hosted many World, UK and Regional premieres and over the years the guest list has included Pollyanna McIntosh (The Woman), Steve Oram (Sightseers), Dominic Brunt (Before Dawn), Ross Noble (Stitches), James Moran and Alan Ford (Cockneys vs. Zombies). Over the past few months R.A.D. (Retro And Dangerous) Film Screenings, an extension of Grimmfest, has been hosting special screenings of cult classics that extend to include other genres.

Last Halloween they screened a genius double bill of Kenny Ortega‘s witching comedy Hocus Pocus and Tim Burton‘s gothically twisted hit Beetlejuice. Just before Christmas, R.A.D. Film Screenings held a special presentation of the Chevy Chase festive classic National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation before launching into Turbo Time with Jingle all the Way. I was invited along to represent Cinema Chords at R.A.D’s latest event, a double bill of two classic 1980 slasher films that have defined the horror genre, Sean S. Cunningham‘s Friday the 13th and Paul Lynch‘s high school horror Prom Night.

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The event was hosted by Gorilla, a trendy bar/restaurant/club complex found in the arches under the Oxford Road train station. The screenings were held in the darkened club area and and was supported by a large screen an incredible sound system which made the experience that much more enjoyable. There was a stall selling a cracking selection of DVD’s, Blu Rays and T-shirts which were all on sale at only £3.00 each. This said, my only gripe with the establishment is that the drink prices at Gorilla are incredibly steep. I paid £4.00 for a coke and beers started from the same price for bottles and cans.

Nonetheless, tickets for the event were priced at a reasonable £8.00 which is an incredible price considering those lucky enough to attend the packed screening were getting the opportunity to watch two amazing films on the big screen. I had a fantastic time and was impressed by the enthusiasm of the crowd and nothing beats watching both iconic slasher titles on the big screen. Personally, I give R.A.D. Film Screenings two massive thumbs up and will most certainly be attending more screenings as time goes on. I guess I’m even a bit jealous that the folks of Manchester have events like this right on their doorstep.

I would like to thank the event organiser Greg Walker and his team of volunteers for putting on a fantastic night. So if you would like to experience what it’s like to attend a R.A.D. Film Screening then you’re in luck as the team have some amazing screenings on their way. David Fincher‘s epic Fight Club will be shown Thursday 26th March at the Manchester Central Library. Following that on 2nd of April, Mary Harron‘s American Psycho will be shown and both screenings are only £5.00 each. Mark your diaries now.

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THE DEVIL ON WHEELS Kickstarter Campaign



Cinemachords is pleased to let you know that you can now get involved in the feature documentary THE DEVIL ON WHEELS chronicling the making of Duel, Steven Spielberg‘s first success, and the cult that surrounds it. A Kickstarter campaign has now begun and will be up and running for the next 30 days on an all-or-nothing basis.

90d559be6e7e7c29ec1290bdd5c1abdf_largeThe project sets out to reach a minimum of £60.000 (82.500€, $92.000) that would make it possible for the film to be shot this summer in the USA. There are a wide variety of perks on offer for backers such as copies of the film, books, new posters, film credits and even a chance to appear in the film.

Throughout the campaign, the team will be unleashing at least three short documentaries about very special Duel fans.

The Devil on Wheels project has the approval of both NBC/Dreamworks and the community of the very loyal fans of Spielberg’s film. Directed by Enric Folch, a multi-award winning TV director in Spain, this feature-length documentary will be shot in the USA with a team of five international Duel lovers travelling the country to explore the whole Duel phenomenon. The team will be interviewing the surviving members of the crew, reconstructing the way the movie was made, and meeting other fans and experts to pick their brains and deliberate the film’s enduring appeal.

The filmmakers have set up a website to provide fans will all the Duel related information they could dream of in one place. There is also an official Facebook page where fans can meet and greet each other. An actual gathering with Duel fans is also planned at one of the locations whilst the film is shooting. Be sure to keep up to date with the documentary over on TwitterGoogleVimeo and YouTube.

For all information about the crowd funding campaign, be sure to head over to THE DEVIL ON WHEELS’ Kickstarter page.

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The Rise & Rise of Sam Claflin & Lily Collins

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A look at the careers of the young stars of Love, Rosie


Sam Claflin and Lily Collins are two of Hollywood’s biggest rising stars – they’ve both starred in big screen adaptations of best-selling YA novels and they can be seen together in the romantic film Love, Rosie. To celebrate their collaboration, we’re looking back at the careers of these young stars and how they came together in Love, Rosie.

The-Blind-Side-lily-collins-21307103-1706-960Lily Collins: The Blind Side

Lily made her big screen debut in style in the Oscar nominated The Blind Side. She played Collins Tuohy, Sandra Bullock’s daughter in the film who may not have liked opening their home to a stranger but soon loved the new family dynamic.



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Sam Claflin made his debut on the silver screen in the 2010 mini-series The Pillars of the Earth – an adaptation of Ken Follett’s novel by the same name. Sam played Richard of Kingsbridge, a knight who becomes a skilled soldier and leader but who often relies on his older sister Aliena (played by Hayley Atwell) for money. In 2011, the series was nominated for 3 Golden Globes, including Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.


priestLily Collins: Priest

Priest is a mixture of many genres – there’s some horror, dystopian and science fiction elements to the film. Lily plays Lucy Pace, the niece of Priest (Paul Bettany) who is kidnapped by vampires. While it may be set up that Lucy is the damsel in distress, that is not always the case and Lily brings some steely determination to the role.


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Sam Claflin made his big screen debut in one of the biggest film franchises as he landed a role in the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Sam played Phillip, a faith filled man who falls in love with the beautiful mermaid Syrena (played by Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) after he unwittingly helped Blackbeard’s crew to capture her.


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Lily starts to become a leading lady with her role as Karen Murphy in Abduction. She is a friend of Nathan (Taylor Lautner) who ends tangled up with him and criminals when they discover that his parents aren’t who they say they are.



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In Snow White and the Huntsman Sam Claflin played Prince Charming – or William as he is known in this retelling of the classic fairy-tale. William fought alongside his childhood friend Snow White (Kristen Stewart) in order for her to take back her kingdom from the Evil Queen (Charlize Theron).


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Lily takes on her own fairy-tale retelling in Mirror Mirror as she steps into the shoes of Snow White. After she is exiled from the kingdom, Snow White joins up with a group of bandits, learns to fight in order to save the Prince and her Kingdom. Mirror Mirror is a lot of fun and Lily makes a great Snow White as she as sweet and smart as her character.


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Sam Claflin joined the second book adaptation of the Hunger Games trilogy as Finnick Odair, a former winner of the Hunger Games who is forced to go back into the arena and become Katniss’s ally. Finnick is charming and clever – a perfect fit for Sam.



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Lily took the lead role in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones as she played Clary Fray, a teenager who finds out there is demons in the world. She learns magic and how to fight the demons in order to save her mother and is both witty and kind as she faces the dangers of this new world.


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Supernatural horror film, The Quiet Ones, showed that Sam wasn’t afraid to try different things. He played Brian, a student who becomes involved with an experiment by a college professor (Jared Harris) who is attempting to prove poltergeists are just manifestations of the human psyche and not supernatural beings.


love rosieLily Collins & Sam Claflin: Love, Rosie

The two rising stars finally come together (it almost seems inevitable after they both starred in fairy tale retellings and popular YA adaptations) for Love, Rosie. A tale of friendship and love and how miscommunication can be your downfall – Love, Rosie is yours to take home right now.


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It Follows – The Horror Films That Changed Everything


It Follows sets the bar high for horror, putting its own stamp on the genre and steering away from creating a predictable film which runs entirely on jump scares. To celebrate the release of the best horror film of 2015 so far, Cinema Chords have compiled a list of some of the greatest game changers of the horror world.



The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

There were some great slasher films released in the early 70s and 80s; Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday 13th all helped set a new trend in horror. Arguably, this began way back in 1960 with Psycho, but it was Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre which marked the true beginning of the dead teen movie and its huge popularity. Embracing many tropes that are now associated with slasher films, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre saw the infamous cult icon Leatherface stalk his young prey and slaughter them in horrific ways, until we are left with the usual final girl. The film is a master-class in building tension, suspense and delivering heart-pounding shocks that are still effective to this very day. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was a truly frightening horror game-changer which contrasted extreme violence and frights, against a backdrop of wonderfully charred cinematography.


Scream (1996)

Released in 1996 and soon after the 1970-80s’ peak of the slasher flick, was Wes Craven’s stab at the genre, Scream. Scream was a game changer because of its postmodern, self-aware attitude towards horror. Craven knew exactly what he was doing when he had his characters consciously analysing and breaking down the mechanics of the horror film. Thanks to film franchises like Halloween and Friday 13th, audiences began to have expectations when they settled down to watch the latest lot of teens get butchered and they were usually correct. Audience desensitisation became a problem and slasher films were becoming far too predictable. Fear not, slasher fans because Scream would save the day as it put a refreshing twist on the formula. Its surprising and reflexive antics, brought a brand new and refreshing take on a genre that was in danger of losing its shock value.


The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard’s collaboration in The Cabin in the Woods was a triumph for horror and cinema as a whole. The film managed to successfully manipulate the typical conventions associated with the genre, presenting something fresh, exciting and surprising for horror fans. Cabin’s level of self-reflexivity and awareness of the audience watching, shone a whole new light on the ideas touched upon in many theories of postmodernism. The literal construction of horror was broken down, scrambled and thrown back in the face of the audience as we told we weren’t the only ones watching. Taking what Scream did back in the 90s and cranking it up to 1000, Cabin changed the way we would view horror tropes, forever. Dramatic, but true.


Ringu (1998)

Way back in 1998 a terrifying Japanese tale called Ringu came to our screens. In a similar fashion to David Cronenberg’s Videodrome and Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist it warned about the literal horror of film and technology. The story centred on a cursed videotape that brought death to those that watched it; death in the form of a long-haired girl crawling out your television set. Very unnerving stuff. Ringu was a game changer, because it triggered an onslaught of America re-imaginings of Asian terror tales. Ringu became The Ring and a sequel soon followed, then we had The Grudge trilogy, Dark Water, The Eye and many more. The beginning of the millennium was a dark era for American horror with remakes arguably ruling the roost and originality at a significantly low point. Most did well at the box office; The Ring grossed an impressive $249 million worldwide in the end, but they were arguably not quite as good as the Asian original material. Nonetheless, drawing attention to the Asian horror industry was a positive and it soon emerged as one of the greatest sources for truly spooky and creative horror.


Saw (2004)

If you weren’t engrossed in the supernatural happenings in Ringu and co. then maybe what Saw had to offer was more up your street. James Wan’s serial killer, psychological thriller Saw hit the ground running for the torture porn boom in the early 2000s. It may have had moments of extreme violence and gore, but Saw was far more than your typical torture film. It found a balance between shocking violence and intelligent storytelling, but managed to pave the way for films like Hostel, Wrong Turn and lesser-known torture flicks like Grotesque. Saw was praised for its original concept, high level of suspense and overall unpredictability, which arguably is missing from many of the films that attempted to imitate it. There are few films that can claim to have an ending as shocking or smart as Saw; it hits hard and the blistering soundtrack that accompanies it elevates the horror to even higher heights.


The Blair Witch Project (1999)

The beginnings of the found-footage genre seem like a distant memory, but it all began with 1999’s The Blair Witch Project. There were films that adopted a similar style before, particularly Cannibal Holocaust, but the latter was a game-changer for an entirely different reason. Real life animal killings, anyone? Blair Witch is usually the first found-footage film to spring to mind when thinking about where it all began; it was a massive hit and grossed phenomenally well at the box office on a meagre budget. It presented a whole new type of fear as it pushed realism to its limit, giving us a terrifying and unforgettable experience. Not only that, but Blair Witch had a remarkable, game-changing marketing campaign and was the first film to create a truly immersive experience as it tried to sell itself. Its “missing presumed dead” cast and low-budget trailers got the fear bubbling before the film even started; a fantastic and original idea that was probably more successful than expected. Paranormal Activity may have all the sequels, but it has a lot to thank The Blair Witch Project for.


So, what did we miss? Let us know in the comments box and don’t forget to catch It Follows, which is in cinemas now. Click here for our glowing 5-star review.

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Actress Transformations for the Big Screen


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Truly great actresses are able to become their characters, alter their image and inhabit their personalities as we forget they’re a movie star and focus on the story that is being told on screen.

Dropping the glitz and glamour of their A-list lifestyle and diving headfirst into a role that requires a physical change in their appearance always grabs headlines. Last year Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto shocked audiences with their dramatic weight loss in Dallas Buyer Club, but this year the spotlight is on Jennifer Aniston as she joins the elite group of actresses who have undertaken a drastic transformation to do a character justice.

To celebrate Jennifer Aniston’s critically-acclaimed performance in Cake, in cinemas February 20, we take a look at the top actresses who have changed their appearancefor a film role.

large_monster_blu-ray5xCharlize Theron in Monster

The South African-born beauty took on the chilling role of real life serial killer Aileen Wuornos, a former prostitute from Florida who murdered six men in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Theron was virtually unrecognisable as Wuornos after gaining 30lbs and undergoing a serious makeunder. This convicing transformation and Theron’s menancing performance earned her an Oscar and a Golden Globe.


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Precious tells the story of an iliterate and abused teenager in Harlem, New York who, whilst pregnant with her second child, decides to take her life in a better direction far away from her damaging parents. Mariah Carey starred as Precious’ dowdy social worker, complete with huge bags under her eyes and even a faint mustache. This was a shock to audiences all over the world as Carey’s look was a world away from the glamourous diva we’re all used to seeing.


hoursnk2aNicoleKidmanNicole Kidman in the The Hours

Sometimes with actress transformations you can recognise familiar features, but in The Hours Nicole Kidman looks like a completely different person. The Australian actress expertly portrays renowned British writer Virginia Woolf, alongside a stellar cast including Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore. Kidman underwent three hours of makeup every day to achieve the optimum appearance, including the application of a prosthetic nose and the alteration of her eye shape,which helped her bag a BAFTA, Oscar and Golden Globe for her performance. Hathway in Les Miserables

Anne Hathaway plays tragic heroine Fantine in the blockbuster musical where audiences actually see the transformation take place on the screen, as the talented actress’s hair is shaved off before their eyes. Earning her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, Hathaway goes from factory worker beauty to lowly prostitute in abrutal and emotional twenty minutes.


lrg__albert_nobbs_glenn_close_interview_finalGlenn Close in Albert Nobbs

Cross-dressing is another form of transformation on the big screen and it’s tricky to find a better example than Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs.  The Fatal Attraction star plays Nobbs, a woman living as a man in strict 19th century Ireland. Nobb’s assumes a male identity so she can work in Dublin’s poshest hotel in the hope that one day she’ll have enough money to lead a better life.


cake-movie-2015Jennifer Aniston in Cake

Arguably better known for her lighter roles, Jennifer Aniston delivers a stunning, moving and darkly comic performance in Cake, which arrives in cinemas February 20. The Friends star plays Claire Simmons, a woman suffering from chronic pain after a harrowing accident who now winces with each tentative step. With scars that line her body, Jennifer Aniston’s performance is emotional, raw and unlike anything you’ve seen before – making Cake a must see film this February.


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