Tribeca Film Festival 2013
At night, an isolated house deep in the countryside takes on a monstrous life of its own.
Objects and furniture run riot against the inhabitants, leaving 11-year-old Niamh the only survivor of a bloody massacre that destroys the bodies of her parents and culminates in the death of her little brother, Ciaran.
Suspecting a gang of homicidal vandals, the police ignore Niamh when she tries to tell them about the murderous rage of the house. She is taken in by friends of her parents who, with the help of a local social worker, try to ease her trauma by surrounding her with love and rebuilding the semblance of a normal life. But Niamh doesn’t find peace. Far from it…
All around her, signs of danger continue to manifest, and her surroundings remain imbued with a lurking violence that soon unleashes itself again, erupting into further slaughter and claiming more victims.
“Using the codes of the genre movie and the haunted house theme, the film shifts to the more subjective world of telekinesis. This is the means of defence that Niamh, an abused child, invents for the world around her since her trauma prevents her from discerning between the gestures of a well-meaning adult and those of an ill-intentioned one. Stage by stage, the film develops the suffering of a mistreated child. At the same time, the supernatural evolves: initially arising from an exterior source, it ends up modelling itself on the heroine’s emotions as she gradually becomes aware of the disturbing powers that she possesses.”
– director Marina De Van –
In the waning days of World War II, a battalion of Russian soldiers find themselves lost in enemy territory. Stumbling upon a village decimated by an unseen terror, they discover that a mad scientist (Hellboy’s Karel Roden) conducts experiments to fuse flesh and steel, creating an unstoppable army of undead soldiers. Leaderless and faced with dissention amongst their dwindling ranks, they must find the courage to face down an altogether new menace – or die trying.
ABOUT THE FILM
A dark and shocking secret has been locked away in a Russian vault for over sixty years – terrifying proof that the Third Reich was responsible for not only for atrocities against the living, but the dead. A grainy filmstock, recently uncovered, reveals that the Fuhrer’s fixation with the occult eventually became more than obsession. Using the long-forgotten practices of a deranged German doctor by the name of Frankenstein, a desperate leader undertook one last ghastly attempt at turning the tides of war in his favor. From director Richard Raaphorst comes FRANKENSTEIN’S ARMY, an awe-inspiring action-packed horror film with harrowing suspense and truly unforgettable creatures. Filmed in the stunning ancient countryside of The Czech Republic, the film tells the first-hand account of a Russian military platoon’s attempt to stop a mad scientist’s nefarious plot to reanimate the dead.
Directed by RICHARD RAAPHORST
Written by CHRIS W. MITCHELL MIGUEL TEJAS-FLORES
Based on a Story by MIGUEL TEJAS-FLORES RICHARD RAAPHORST
Special Effects UNREAL FX
Special Effects Supervisor ROGIER SAMUELS
“Worst Case and Frankenstein are totally different stories.This is a first-person horror adventure, set in a different time. The projects are actually about as diverse as they can get. “Growing up, I was always very afraid of Frankenstein’s monster – the idea of stitching together dead bodies into one living being was very grotesque and disturbing. It was terrifying to think of, and always haunted me. And growing up in Holland, the scars of World War II are still present.”
– Director Richard Raaphorst-
With an impoverished world plunged into a Cold War with a new enemy, Britain‟s Ministry of Defense is on the brink of developing a game-changing weapon. Lead scientist Vincent McCarthy (Toby Stephens) provides the answer with his creation, „The Machine‟- an android with unrivalled physical and processing skills. When a programming glitch causes an early prototype to destroy his lab, McCarthy enlists artificial intelligence expert Ava (Caity Lotz) to help him harness the full potential of a truly conscious fighting machine.
“I spent a year and half researching and writing the script. Part of my research included a clandestine off the record meeting with an A.I. expert making intelligent machines for the British Ministry of Defence. Luckily they’re not quite building sentient killing machines yet, they’ve only managed to map a mouse brain – at least that’s what he told me.
The more research into A.I that I did, the more parallels I saw between how programers are teaching machines to think and feel, and the work that is being done to help people with brain damage or severe neurological disorders interact with, and make sense of, the world.
Once I saw the parallel it became clear to me that I could make Vincent’s struggle to create A.I. meaningful and human. I began meeting families with autistic and disabled children (so I could better understand Vincent’s journey and relationship with his daughter who has Rett syndrome). Those families and the kids that I met inspired me to try and make the film be more than just a genre piece.”
– Director Caradog James –
From the producer of the Sundance smash hit THE PACT and the writer of Xavier Gens’ THE DIVIDE, MR. JONES is a journey into a nightmare that’s so real, even daylight brings no relief. Scott and Penny just moved to a remote cabin to escape the pressures of the world and breathe new life into their art. Their only neighbor for miles is a strange hermit who only comes out at night, under the shroud of darkness. He never acknowledges them, never speaks–never does anything except drag his strange, disturbing sculptures deep into the woods, night after night, without rest. As Scott and Penny get deeper into his world, they start to suspect that this man is actually an infamous, reclusive artist known only as “Mr. Jones,” and they’ve stumbled across a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to document his bizarre existence. But this is only the beginning. When Scott and Penny delve too deeply into Mr. Jones’ existence, everything around them turns in on itself – and their only escape is through the realm of their own nightmares…
“Two things inspired me. First, the song “What’s He Building in There?” by Tom Waits.It’s written from the perspective of a nosy neighbortrying to figure out what horrible logic is motivating the bizarre behavior of the mysterious shut-in occupying the crumbling house at the end of the block. It’s got this very eerie feeling of mystery to it, and your imagination starts concocting all sorts of weirdness.Second, having grown up in Minnesota, I spent a lot of unstructured summer vacations up at my parents’ cabin in the north woods. There was a guy at the end of the gravel road who kind of fit the description of the creepy neighbor in the Tom Waits song: he lived in a crumbling cabin without electricity or running water, had rusting cars and tractors covered in forest bracken in his front yard, and as far as we could tell, he seemed to be living off the land. He’d string up animals he’d trapped around in the woods, mutter to himself when you passed him by, and generally seemed like the kind of guy who worshipped the moon. My three sisters and I spent a lot of time coming up with ghost stories about what he was REALLY up to out there.”
– Director Karl Mueller –
A young woman, Jamie, is abducted and wakes up in a concrete bunker, only to discover that she is not alone. Sabrina has also been abducted and they both soon realize that they are in a modern day “coliseum” where, along with 48 other women, they are condemned to kill each other in order to protect their very own loved ones.
Jaime Rachel Nichols
Phoebe Rebecca Marshall
Nancy Adrienne Wilkinson
Elizabeth Sherilyn Fenn
Robert Beaucage, Kenny Gage and Josh Waller
Producers: Zoe Bell, Kenny Gage, Andy Pagana,Josh Waller
Executive Producers Allene Quincy, Rachel Nichols,Bill Ceresia, Mathew Hayden
Tribeca Film Festival Podcast
My red carpet interviews with actor and directors for the genre movies at Tribeca Film Festival on the red carpet for films like Frankenstein’s Army. Mr Jones, Raze, The Machine and Fresh Meat.
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