April 13, 2015
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Filmspotting Names HOUSE OF THE DEVIL One of Top 5 21st Century Horror Movies!

Glass Eye Pix’s THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL made it onto a Filmspotting Podcast Top 5 list last week! Coupled with their review of IT FOLLOWS, host Adam Kempenaar and guest Michael Phillips (movie critic for the Chicago Tribune) ranked their Top 5 21st Century Horror Movies.

THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL made it to Adam Kempenaar’s list on #3. To quote, “What scares me the most when I watch HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, it’s not knowing when you should truly be afraid.”

Listen to the entire episode here, including their awesome top 5 lists. 

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December 24, 2014
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LATE PHASES and THE SACRAMENT on BuzzFeed’s Best Horror of 2014 List

From BuzzFeed:

Late Phases

Directed by: Adrián García Bogliano
Written by: Eric Stolze

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There are no teenagers in peril in Late Phases, a horror film that’s as much about the fears of growing old and feeble as it is about werewolves. Nick Damici stars as Ambrose, a blind Vietnam veteran who moves into a retirement community and is almost immediately attacked by a werewolf. Ambrose is not your typical horror film protagonist, and that’s what makes him so fascinating to watch: His age and disability, so rarely seen within the genre, give the audience so much more to invest in. Because Ambrose knows exactly what attacked him and when the creature is coming back, the story itself is simple; the thrill is in watching him prepare for the next full moon, all while convincing his son Will (Ethan Embry) that there’s still a lot of fight left in him.
 

The Sacrament

Directed by: Ti West
Written by: Ti West

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It’s easy to feel weary of found footage horror: The success of the Paranormal Activity series ushered in a surplus of copycat films, most of which were — much like the majority of Paranormal Activity sequels — disappointing. But there are still a few worthwhile found footage tricks emerging, as evidenced by several entries on this list, starting with Ti West’s Jonestown Massacre-inspired The Sacrament. Vice reporter Sam (AJ Bowen) and his cameraman Jake (Joe Swanberg) follow Patrick (Kentucker Audley) to utopian community Eden Parish, where Patrick’s sister Caroline (Amy Seimetz) has fallen under the sway of a Jim Jones-esque religious leader who simply goes by Father (Gene Jones). The story largely proceeds how you’d expect it to, but the found footage format gives The Sacrament an urgency that makes the devolution into violence almost unbearably stressful to watch.

Check out the full list at BuzzFeed.com.

December 18, 2014
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LATE PHASES and THE SACRAMENT on Icons of Fright’s Top Horror of 2014 List

From BJ Colangelo at Icons of Fright:

LATE PHASES

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I love me a good werewolf flick, and LATE PHASES was the best werewolf flick all year.  Spanish director Adrián García Bogliano (HERE COMES THE DEVIL, COLD SWEAT, PENUMBRA) debuted his first English speaking film in a big way. On his first night in a retirement community, blind army veteran Ambrose discovers his neighbor and dog are savagely attacked by a monster that he cannot see.  Not one to dismiss the weird, he soon realizes that a werewolf is living in his community. Before the next full moon arises, Ambrose prepares to fight and to figure out who the monster is among him.  Robert Kurtzman’s special effects are on display in full glory, as practicality wins out over CGI.  LATE PHASES is filled with characters I actually cared about, and Ethan Embry (we’ll get to him later) is in top form as Ambrose’s son, Will. Due in large part to the fantastic script penned by Eric Stolze (UNDER THE BEDLATE PHASES is one of the best werewolf films in a very, very long time.

 

THE SACRAMENT

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At this point, Ti West can do no wrong in my eyes.  Proving he’s much more than the “deliberately slow paced” horror films, he presents a mockumentary about a strange cult relocated to a remote area in Africa.  THE SACRAMENT is arguably Ti West’s strongest film yet, and it’s roots in a real life horror situation just amplifies the fear factor.  We as the audience quickly realize what’s happening and know how it’s going to end, which makes witnessing the character’s travels all the more heartbreaking.  We know they’re doomed, and there’s absolutely nothing they can do to stop it.  AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg, and Amy Seimetz are all wonderful (as usual), but Gene Jones as the mysterious “Father” gives one of the best performances of the year.

Check out the full list at IconsOfFright.com.

December 15, 2014
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LATE PHASES and THE SACRAMENT on Fango’s Top 10 Horror Films of 2014 List

Glass Eye Pix production LATE PHASES by Adrian Garcia Bogliano makes Fango’s TOP 10 MOVIES OF THE YEAR list, along with Glass Eye Alum Ti West’s film THE SACRAMENT, produced by fellow alums Peter Phok and Jacob Jafke.

From Fangoria.com:

“LATE PHASES” (dir. Adrian Garcia Bogliano, dist. Dark Sky Films)

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A throwback to character-friendly ’80s horror, LATE PHASES is not defined by it’s near-perfect mix of horror and humor, but rather by its charm, which it offers in lieu of genuine heart. And it’s in this way that LATE PHASES is much like its curmudgeonly protagonist in that there’s a lot to like, especially when looking in on the outside, even if there’s something darker and flawed on the inside. But LATE PHASES, while far from perfect, is a winning combination all around, sporting a great cast of dependable genre actors (headed by a career-best Nick Damici) and some of the best practical werewolf SFX in recent memory. Even more impressive is this was all achieved underneath a language barrier, as Adrian Bogliano undertook LATE PHASES as his first English-language production, injecting the project with attitude, confidence and just the right amount of nostalgia. Luckily, Bogliano delivered in spades, as LATE PHASES is an instant addition to the top tier of werewolf horror, and absolutely worthy of your time.

 

“THE SACRAMENT” (dir. Ti West, dist. Magnet Releasing)

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As a longtime Ti West fan, I was highly anticipating THE SACRAMENT since it’s announcement, as his take on a Jonestown-esque scenario would guarantee some remarkable intensity in almost any case. Yet I still think I was wholly unprepared for THE SACRAMENT, which admirably treated its concept with a terrifying and heartbreaking sense of credibility. West brings his natural gift with character to the table with THE SACRAMENT, all through a first person perspective that allows him to play with the spatial nature of his story unlike ever before. But West also piles on his signature brand of unbearable dread, perpetuating it through slow stylistic and dialogue flourishes. And by the time West takes you where you want to go, THE SACRAMENT doesn’t feel like a horror film, but rather an examination of humanity at it’s most desperate, punctuated by a bloody, stark and unforgettable third act that resonates unlike any other of the year.

 

Check out the full list at Fangoria.com

August 13, 2014
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Fessenden on FANDOR: Taking Genre Seriously

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Mysteriously appearing today 13 August, an interview with Fessenden by Sean Axmaker to support the release of… BENEATH…?

August 1, 2014
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Ti West’s IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE wraps; post production begins

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Glass Eye Pal Ti West wraps the Blumhouse production IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE, shooting in New Mexico throughout July.

Scripted and directed by Ti and produced by Glass Eye pals Peter Phok and Jacob Jafke (STAKE LAND, THE INNKEEPERS etc) the film stars Ethan Hawke and John Travolta with supporting roles from James Ransone (THE WIRE), Karen Gillan (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, DR. WHO), Taissa Farmiga (AMERICAN HORROR STORY), Burn Gorman (PACIFIC RIM), Toby Huss (RESCUE DAWN), Tommy Nohilly (BOARDWALK EMPIRE) and Fessenden.

Pic was d.P’d by Eric Robbins who got his start on Ti West’s debut Feature, THE ROOST.

June 6, 2014
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Ti West’s THE SACRAMENT Now In Theaters

Ti West’s THE SACRAMENT, produced by GEP pals Jacob Jaffke and Peter Phok, starring AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg, Amy Seimetz, Kentucker Audley, and Gene Jones, opens TODAY in New York at Cinema Village and in Toronto at Carlton Cinema, with more cities starting next week. Check out the official site for all the screenings. Also On Demand and on iTunes.

And get a look at the film in this red-band clip from IGN!:

May 6, 2014
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A Note from Ti West

Dear Internet,

A few years ago during the release of my film THE INNKEEPERS, I wrote an open letter about piracy and the effects it has on independent films. Particularly in the case of films that premiere first on VOD before being released in theaters. This distribution model is becoming more and more common in an effort to help smaller films reach as wide an audience as possible.

You can read that letter in its entirety HERE, but basically the gist of what it said was: Paying for indie movies provides tangible evidence that there is a market for esoteric films, and that it’s important they be financially supported – not necessarily for the filmmaker’s bank accounts – but to prove to investors that there is in fact monetary value in all different types of filmmaking. It is about preserving sustainability.

Some people liked what I had to say, some people hated every word of it. Having just reread it, I would say that 90% of what I wrote still holds up. That’s a pretty high percentage if you consider how embarrassing old journal entries can be…

So instead of writing an all new letter, or simply reposting the old one, I thought that this time around, with the VOD release of my new film THE SACRAMENT, I would briefly address a couple of thoughts not fully articulated back in 2011. These seemed to be the two most common rationalizations for “illegal” downloads.

So without further ado…

Read the letter from Ti West in full here.

May 1, 2014
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Ti West’s THE SACRAMENT Now On Demand and iTunes

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GEP pals’ THE SACRAMENT is On Demand and iTunes today!

Congrats to Ti West, Peter Phok, Jacob Jaffke, AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg, Amy Seimetz, et al.

iTunes: http://bit.ly/SacraiTunes
On Demand: http://bit.ly/TheSacraOnDem

THE SACRAMENT hits theaters June 6

April 28, 2014
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Stanley Film Festival 2014 Recap!

GEP had a great time bringing TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE to the Stanley Film Festival! Check out the TALES: STANLEY EDITION official trailer below and see pics from the fest here.