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Watch: 'Downton Abbey' Star Dan Stevens Is 'The Guest' In Trailer For Throwback Thriller

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 26, 2014 9:46 AM
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"The Guest"
While Dan Stevens made the decision to leave the acclaimed "Downton Abbey" a while ago, it's taken a while for his transition to the big screen to pay off dividends. "The Fifth Estate" was a flop, the indie "Summer In February" is best not talked about, but he's got some good things on the horizon. He has a prominent role in the upcoming Liam Neeson joint "A Walk Among The Tombstones," he's got a role in Tom McCarthy's "The Cobbler" and he's already made waves at Sundance this year with "The Guest." And the first teaser trailer is here.

Review: Joe Swanberg's Mumblecore Murder Mystery '24 Exposures'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 26, 2014 1:41 PM
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24 Exposures
Last year, Joe Swanberg, the indie filmmaking titan and godfather of the so-called mumblecore movement, made a slight bid for the mainstream with “Drinking Buddies”—a more conventional romantic comedy that featured recognizable actors (like Olivia Wilde and Anna Kendrick) and a wide-ish release courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. But apparently the siren song of a shoestring budget, non-professional actors and a script that doesn’t concretely exist as much as it hangs in the air like a fine vapor was too much for Swanberg to resist. And so he’s back with “24 Exposures,” a typically Swanberg-ian take on a murder mystery that doesn’t exactly hang together as it goes flickering by.

Sundance Review: Adam Wingard's 'The Guest' Is A Thriller Throwback That's A Damn Good Time

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 20, 2014 4:04 PM
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"The Guest"
We open on a man jogging, glimpsing him only from behind. Though we can’t see his face, we can see he jogs with purpose. Then, a title card slams down over a blaring synth with '70s “The Exorcist”-style lettering, and moments later we fade in on a field with a scarecrow wearing a gigantic pumpkin head grin. In the space of about 60 seconds, “You’re Next” filmmakers Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett have already announced their mission statement: a mysterious stranger, an unstoppable force and a Halloween setting signal to the audience (pretty much anyone who grew up in the VHS era), you are about to have a damn good time. A concept hatched after an accidental double-feature of “The Terminator” and “Halloween,” “The Guest” is the perfect synthesis of Cameron, Carpenter and Cannon [Films] and one of the most fun films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Watch: Sex & Murder Mix In Trailer For Joe Swanberg's '24 Exposures'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 20, 2013 12:22 PM
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24 Exposures
Does Joe Swanberg sleep? Given his output in the last year or so, it's a legitimate question. With 2013 winding down, he's already delivered "Drinking Buddies" and "All The Lights In The Sky," and he's going to kick off 2014 with two more movies. There's "Happy Christmas," which is headed to the Sundance Film Festival, and later that month, "24 Exposures" will roll into theaters. Whatever he's putting in his coffee, we want it.

Interview: 'You're Next' Writer Simon Barrett & Director Adam Wingard On Sequel Ideas, Inspiration & The 'V/H/S' Franchise

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 26, 2013 2:56 PM
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Way back in 2011, "You're Next" became the toast of the Toronto International Film Festival's Midnight Madness series, was the focus of a frenzied bidding war and then… the kind of eerie stillness that you might expect from one of the horror movies "You're Next" gleefully sends up. Now, almost two years after it originally debuted in Toronto, "You're Next" is now in theaters, just as audiences have regained their composure after "The Conjuring" scared them witless. We finally got to see the movie at the South by Southwest Film Festival earlier this spring (you can read our review here) and got to talk to writer Simon Barrett and director Adam Wingard, about what it was like having to wait all that time for their big horror movie to make its debut, whether or not they've planned subsequent "You're Next" sequels, their "V/H/S" franchise and what movies inspired this delightfully gory home invasion romp.

Review: Home Invasion Horror 'You're Next' Featuring Sharni Vinson, Joe Swanberg, Ti West, AJ Bowen & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 20, 2013 7:00 PM
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When low budget horror movie "You're Next" premiered back at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival it received a rapturous response and set off a small scale buying war (Lionsgate, home to the "Hostel" and "Saw" franchises, and savior to Joss Whedon's marooned masterpiece "Cabin in the Woods," eventually won out). It played Austin's Fantastic Fest later that same month to equally enthusiastic crowds and then…nothing. The movie is finally going to be released this week and while it isn't quite the genre breakthrough many at the time were claiming it was (a prominent blogger provocatively asked if it was the next "Scream" — it's not), it's still a fun, bloody, occasionally scary home invasion romp.

Review: Horror Anthology Sequel 'V/H/S/ 2'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 11, 2013 6:57 PM
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Last year, the indie horror anthology "V/H/S" was released and promised to be chock full of truly in-your-face terror – these were fearless directors, given complete creative freedom, and squeezed together under a tight, blood-soaked package. Of course, the promise of "V/H/S" and the actual movie itself were quite different, and while there were certainly some gems (including entries by Ti West and Joe Swanberg that blurred the line between mumblecore and horror even further), most of them were overlong and uninvolving and (worse yet) reinforced some of the worst traits in the horror genre, including an undercurrent of ugly misogyny that was knotted through almost every section.

‘Downton Abbey’-Related News: Dan Stevens Joins ‘The Guest,’ Sophie McShera In Talks For ‘Cinderella’

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • June 12, 2013 5:42 PM
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We’ve got some casting news for you “Downton Abbey” fans (and no, it doesn’t include Diddy). Two of your favorite characters, from both upstairs and downstairs, have booked some other gigs outside of Yorkshire.

SXSW Review: 'You're Next' Isn't Exactly A Next-Level Genre Triumph (But It's Still Pretty Fun)

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 18, 2013 2:19 PM
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When low budget horror movie "You're Next" premiered back at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, it received a rapturous response and set off a small scale buying war (Lionsgate, home to the "Hostel" and "Saw" franchises, and savior to Joss Whedon's marooned masterpiece "Cabin in the Woods," eventually won out). It played Austin's Fantastic Fest later that same month, to equally enthusiastic crowds and then…nothing. The movie is finally going to be released in August of this year, and in anticipation, the movie came back to Austin, this time for SXSW. And while it isn't quite the genre breakthrough many, at the time, were claiming it was (a prominent blogger provocatively asked if it was the next "Scream" -- it's not), it's still a fun, bloody, occasionally scary home invasion romp.

Sundance Review: 'S-VHS' Is An Uneven, Occasionally Thrilling Sequel To The Horror Anthology

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 20, 2013 10:30 AM
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Last year, the indie horror anthology "V/H/S" was released and promised to be chock full of truly in-your-face terror – these were fearless directors, given complete creative freedom, and squeezed together under a tight, blood-soaked package. Of course, the promise of "V/H/S" and the actual movie itself were quite different, and while there were certainly some gems (including entries by Ti West and Joe Swanberg that blurred the line between mumblecore and horror even further), most of them were overlong and uninvolving and (worse yet) reinforced some of the worst traits in the horror genre, including an undercurrent of ugly misogyny that was knotted through almost every section.

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