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March 27, 2016

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The Dead Room

The Dead RoomAgeists, Spring has sprung and there’s love and pollen in the air! SMT is back this Easter weekend with a new offeing from IFC Midnight,  The Dead Room, as well as our take on the controversy over Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice!


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The Dead RoomComing Attractions: SCHERZO DIABOLICO

The New Genre Masterpiece From Adrián García Bogliano Comes to
VOD and Digital HD on May 3, 2016
“A twisted tale of revenge that continually subverts the viewer’s theories about where it’s going and how it’s going to end.”Adam Patterson, Film Pulse
A desperate man is pushed to take an extreme action to alter his life, but it may turn out to be the worst decision he’s ever made. The shocking SCHERZO DIABOLICO, the new film from genre maestro Adrián García Bogliano, will be available on VOD and Digital HD platforms on May 3, 2016.
With SCHERZO DIABOLICO, the prolific and wildly inventive Adrián García Bogliano (Here Comes the Devil, Late Phases, The ABCs of Death, Penumbra) has created a tale of dread concerning a seemingly mild-mannered man who enacts a disturbing plan for vengeance.
Aram (Francisco Barreiro, We Are What We Are, Here Comes the Devil) is a low-paid accountant living an unbearably dull existence. With a nagging wife who berates him for not being assertive enough, he quietly suffers while awaiting a long-deserved promotion. But there’s more to Aram than his quiet demeanor lets on: He has been secretly devising a scheme to finally get what he feels he is owed.
One day he asserts his power menacingly when he kidnaps a schoolgirl (Daniela Solo Vell, Eddie Reynolds y Los Angeles de Acero) and keeps her tied up in an abandoned warehouse. But what seems like the perfect plan soon unravels into his worst nightmare, and his carefully constructed scheme comes crashing down piece by bloody piece.

In this twisted thriller, Bogliano uses his startling visionary style to subvert genre conventions while constantly keeping us guessing as to what will happen next in what becomes a gritty game of cat and mouse.

SCHERZO DIABOLICO was an Official Selection at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Sitges Film Festival and other major events. Patrick Cooper of Bloody Disgusting called it “a morbid tale of deception and ambition that plays out like classical tragedy.” Fangoria‘s Madeleine Koestner called it “a psychological rollercoaster of depravity and adventurous ideas,” while Adam Patterson of Film Pulse said it is “Bogliano’s best film yet.”
fix_2_olDAVE’S CORNER: From Cameraman Dave Sanchez: The Boy and the Beast
I saw this new anime about this boy named Ren who runs away from his family after his mother dies and ends up hating the world he lives in. Just when he is about to give up he ends up following this bear that is looking for an apprentice to teach martial arts to,in order to enter a contest to see who will become the next lord of the animal world. At first Ren is not the typical student and Kumatetsu, the bear,is also not your typical teacher.In time they learn from each other and become like father and son. The story is more like a coming of age story that both characters grow,Ren becoming a man and Kumatetsu becoming from a selfish animal to a father role who in the end protects  Ren like a real bear protecting his cub. This anime feature has alot to offer to any one who is a fan of anime, the animation is great with lots of colour and the action scenes are very crisp and choreographed nicely. And well the story is a plus that makes this movie worth seeing.

About the Author

Jason Stewart
Jason Malcolm Stewart is a Northern California-based author, journalist and public relations/marketing professional. He holds degrees in Political Science and Comparative Religion, but can have a conversation without starting a small war. When he's not writing or reading, J. Malcolm spends his weekends talking about how to avoid being in a real-life horror movie. add blog



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