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Archive for February, 2009

Czech & Argentine Horrors on the way from Redemption.

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Redemption Films is releasing two 21st Century horror films.  One from Eastern Europe, one from South America.  They may not be to everyone’s taste, but Redemption always carries interesting and unusual titles.

From the real-life horror of the master race to the fantasized crushing of an individual, both of Redemption’s new acquisition’s have two key factors in common; they both feature a strong woman in the lead role and they each have a dark and disturbing narrative that is held together within a strong and powerful drama.

Breaking Nikki (2008, Argentina, English language) – is a taut psychological thriller in which a man sets about transforming a hapless call girl into his ex-wife using abuse, torture and drugs. At times highly disquieting, this is a serious new horror film and one that Redemption is delighted to be releasing.

Spring of Life aka Pramen Zivota (2000, Czech Republic, English subtitles) – is a bleak, haunting and emotional drama in which a young Czech girl whose blonde hair and blue eyes bring her to the attention of the SS, finds herself conscripted to a secret project, ‘Lebensborn’ – the Nazis’ secret and infamous master race breeding program. Stylish and beautifully crafted, ‘Spring of Life’ is a real gem and one that Redemption is very pleased to be able to bring to a side audience.

Happy Birthday H.R. Giger

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Happy 68th Birthday H.R. Giger.  The Swiss surrealist artist is probably best known for his design work on Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979) but has also done album covers for Debbie Harry, Danzig, and Emerson, Lake & Palmer.  His artwork used as a poster for the Dead Kennedys’ album Frankenchrist caused quite a stir and arrest & trial for Jello Biafra.

Giger has decades of stunningly original artwork and design in his portfolio.

Happy Birthday George Romero

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

George Romero is easily the creator of the modern horror genre.  With Night of the Living Dead, he brought visceral horror and gore to theatre screens.  He also paved the way for indie film making.  NOTLD was made by a goup of friends on a miniscule budget.  By the time Romero came out with the Living Dead sequel, Dawn of the Dead, dozens of other gore auteurs had made their mark.  Names like Wes Craven, Tobe Hooper, John Carpenter, and many others owe a great debt to Mr. Romero.

My personal favorite George Romero flick!