Imagine 2014 Review: DEADLY VIRTUES: LOVE. HONOUR. OBEY Is Lean, Mean, And Surprising

(An alternative title could be "Home Invasion: Rope. Torture. Show.") One of the titles world premiering at the Imagine film Festival Amsterdam this year is Ate de Jong's Deadly Virtues: Love. Honour. Obey., his first film since the costly flop... More »
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Imagine 2014 Review: THE CREEP BEHIND THE CAMERA Is A Cute And Clever Hybrid

(When Charles Manson met the Carpet-Bag-Monster...) Is it a drama? Is it a comedy? Is it a documentary? It's... The Creep Behind the Camera! One of the World Premieres at this year's Imagine Film Festival Amsterdam, The Creep Behind the... More »
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Imagine 2014: Twitch Recommendations And Heads-Ups

Europe has many fine genre film festivals, and Amsterdam's Imagine Film Festival, which starts this week, can proudly call itself a member of that group. The line-up for this year's edition is particularly impressive. There is anime and other animation,... More »
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Dare To Spot THE CREEP BEHIND THE CAMERA In This Trailer

Once upon a time in 1964, there was an excruciatingly bad alien invasion film, one made with legendary ineptitude. And it wasn't the famous Plan 9 From Outer Space. This one was worse. It was called The Creeping Terror. Pete... More »
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Imagine Film Festival 2014 Reveals Whopping Line-up

On the 9th of April this year, the Amsterdam-based Imagine Film Festival will start, opening with Christophe Gans' Beauty And The Beast. And now that the festival's site reveals its entire program, it turns out that its opener is not... More »
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Imagine 2014: First Trailer For Dutch Horror THE POOL

[Updated with subtitled trailer] A small pool in a forest may contain a bad secret or two, in the Dutch horror thriller The Pool (De Poel), directed by Chris W. Mitchell. He also co-wrote the script with starring actor Gijs... More »
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IMAGINE 2014 Promises THE RAID 2, THE WIND RISES And More

Come April 8th, the 2014 edition of Imagine begins, Amsterdam's annual genre film festival. This week the festival's website revealed the first few titles, and an impressive shortlist it is! First up: The Raid 2, which is much anticipated in... More »
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IFFR 2013: A Talk With Richard Raaphorst About FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY. Part 2 of 2: Shooting Zombots!

Back in January, Frankenstein's Army had its World Premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. A few hours before the official world premiere, I was allowed to interview director Richard Raaphorst. The first part of that interview can be found... More »
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IFFR 2013: A Talk With Richard Raaphorst About FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY. Part 1 of 2: Getting Started...

The long-awaited (and long-covered) film Frankenstein's Army is currently touring film festivals worldwide. This month it was shown at the IMAGINE Festival in Amsterdam and Tribeca in New York, and it had its World Premiere at the International Film Festival... More »
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IMAGINE 2013 Review: Anime Movie 009 RE: CYBORG 3D Dazzles And Baffles

(After seeing this film I am "Himmelhoch jauchzend, zum Tode betrübt"...) One of the great things about film festivals is that they allow people to see Japanese anime films in a cinema. Being able to do so is such a... More »
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The RESOLUTION Boys Go Deep Sea Diving, Guerrilla Style

In preparation for their trip to the Imagine Film Festival in Amsterdam next week, The gentlemen behind Resolution, one of our favorite smart horror subversions of the past years, have taken to some most dire of straights to make sure... More »
  

IMAGINE 2013 Reveals Its Dizzying Line-up

What started decades ago as The Weekend Of Terror soon had to be renamed into the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival, because it incorporated more than just horror. A good thing too, as this inclusion of other genres made the festival... More »
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IMAGINE 2012: A LETTER TO MOMO review

(It is not "Totoro-light", although I guess it can be called "Totoro-heavy"...) Trying to see anime in the cinema can be quite hard in The Netherlands. The last decade we've seen the latest Miyazaki films released thanks to the international... More »
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IMAGINE 2012: SCABBARD SAMURAI Review

(Matsumoto never needs thirty tries to amuse his audience...) In director Hitoshi Matsumoto's newest film "Scabbard Samurai" (original title: "Saya Samurai") a pathetic man gets thirty tries to make a child laugh, and if he fails it will be his... More »
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IMAGINE 2012: INBRED review

(In one sentence: it's a freakshow slaughter contest between hoodies and hillbillies...) Over the years the focus of the Imagine Film Festival Amsterdam has shifted somewhat. When it started decades ago it was primarily a horror festival, with science fiction... More »
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IMAGINE 2012 Winners Revealed, and THE RAID Scores the Audience Award!

This weekend saw the end of the 2012 edition of the Imagine Film Festival in Amsterdam, a member of the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation (EFFFF). Several films were awarded in different categories but the Sp!ts Silver Scream Award 2012... More »
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IMAGINE 2012: LOBOS DE ARGA review

(Think of a Spanish "Shaun of the Dead", only with werewolves... lots and lots of werewolves!) It had been a while since I saw a satisfyingly good werewolf film to be honest, but that particular itch got royally scratched with... More »
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The 28th IMAGINE FILM FESTIVAL is open for business!

(UPDATE: ticket sales has started!) Amsterdam's very own annual genre festival returns from the 17th till the 28th of April, and you can find a partial full line-up here (yes, this sentence is a link)! The list looks very yummy.... More »
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IMAGINE 2011 reveals full line-up!

Ehm... this is a definite case of "Title Says All". What started as "The Night of Terror" several decades ago (a tiny one-night festival for horror afficionados who could watch four films in-a-row) grew into "The Weekend of Terror", branched... More »
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UPDATED: A review for the English-friendly Taiwanese BluRay of SUMMER WARS

(NOTE: we've been contacted by the distributor of this disc, stating that it is not their intention for this edition to be sold outside of the region of Taiwan and several surrounding Asian countries. Furthermore, the new Taiwanese prints of... More »
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