Better Watch Out hits UK cinemas this weekend, are you ready for this Christmas Movie?
Sweet Virginia is a tense, violent neo-Western from the producers of The Raid 1 and 2 that will have you gripped from start to finish. As layered as it is tense this is a tight, brutal thriller with a meticulously crafted plot that starts with a gruesome murder scene and doesn’t let up from there. And it’s all carried along by a first-rate performance from The Punisher himself, John Bernthal.
Jamie M. Dagg (River)
John Bernthal (Netflix’s The Punisher and Daredevil, Baby Driver, Sicario, The Walking Dead)
Imogen Poots (Filth, 28 Weeks Later, V for Vendetta, the upcoming I Kill Giants)
Rosemary Dewitt (La La Land)
Brooke and Will Blair (Green Room)
Former rodeo star Sam (John Bernthal), now lives a quiet small town life running a motel, where he begins a seemingly innocent friendship with Elwood (Christopher Abbott). Unbeknownst to Sam, the young man is responsible for the spate of violence that has recently gripped his hometown.
As the community unravels, Sam’s loved ones, neighbours and business patrons become involved in the terror that unfolds, while Sam must face his past and present relationships to face off against this unpredictable predator.
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Thrillers don’t get much more thrilling than Sweet Virginia, as John Bernthal’s quiet motel owner, Sam, embarks on something of a bromance with Christopher Abbott’s Elwood, before discovering he is at the heart of the darkness taking over the town. Bernthal delivers a stunning performance, showing more of the unexpected deep feeling he brings to his role as Frank Castle in Netflix’s The Punisher and Daredevil. Abbott, meanwhile, plays a character so supremely sinister, you genuinely believe he’s capable of the most horrendous violence – yet even he has hidden depths.
The tension mounts as Sam and Elwood become close and Sam begins to realise something is more than a little off about his new friend. As events spirals out of control, we see director Jamie M. Dagg’s craft come to life as he balances the clever script, wonderful performances and visceral brutality to create something truly accomplished. It’s his sure hand that elevates Sweet Virginia above its genre, withholding information from the audience until the perfect moment and playing everything out with a subtlety not often seen.
Speaking of Dagg, Sweet Virginia has strong pedigree behind the camera as well as in front. Dagg also helmed the 2015 man-on-the-run thriller, River, while its team of producers were behind The Raid, The Raid 2 and Sinister to name but a few. The score, meanwhile is composed by Brooke and Will Blair, who were behind the amazing Green Room soundtrack – giving you a hint just how gripping Sweet Virginia is and showing you just what can be accomplished when all of this talent comes together.
“Exceptional” – Variety
“Gripping… a visceral delight” **** – Seen Some
“Expertly tense and meticulously crafted” **** – Culture Fix
“An accomplished thriller… exquisite performances” Movie Review World
“Nerve-shredding” **** – IndieWire
Get ready to be body slammed in this action-packed blockbuster sequel, with martial arts icon Jean-Claude Van Damme, Highlander star Christopher Lambert, boxing legend Mike Tyson, and the man mountain Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson from Game of Thrones.
Jean-Claude Van Damme (Bloodsport, Hard Target)
Christopher Lambert (Highlander, Fortress)
Mike Tyson (The Hangover, Rocky Balboa)
Sara Malakul Lane (Kickboxer: Vengeance)
Alain Moussi (Kickboxer: Vengeance; Stunt performer Suicide Squad, Warcraft, X-Men: Apocalypse)
Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (Game of Thrones)
Ronaldinho Gaúcho (Former Brazilian Footballing Legend)
Dimitri Logothetis(Director, Body Shot, The Lost Angel)
One year after the events of Kickboxer: Vengeance, Kurt Sloan has vowed never to return to Thailand. But while he is preparing for an MMA title shot, he is drugged and wakes up in a Thai prison. His captors want him to face a colossus named Mongkut – in return, Sloan will get $2million dollars and his freedom. If he doesn’t fight, his wife will die. So Sloan has no other choice but to undergo his most rigorous training yet, under some very unexpected mentors, in order to take on this dreaded opponent.
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“It’s time for you to defend your title – in another fight to the death!”
This follow up to last year’s sensational Kickboxer: Vengeance sees Alain Moussi and Jean-Claude Van Damme teamed up again as Kurt Sloan and mentor Durand – this time, with Sloan facing down one of the screen’s biggest and most brutal villains, in the shape of underground champion Mongkut, played by the incredible Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, famous as unstoppable ‘The Mountain’ Gregor Clegane in Game of Thrones.
Hollywood stunt performer Alain Moussi, flexing his acting chops as well as his muscles, and originalKickboxer star Van Damme make a great pairing as the hotheaded novice and the wise veteran. The A-grade cast also includes Highlander’s Christopher Lambert, on brilliant form here as the villainous Thomas Moore, forcing Sloan to fight against his wishes; as well as boxing legend and Hangover star Mike Tyson, who is drafted in to get Sloan ready for the mother of all bouts.
With exotic Thailand locations, fiery fight scenes and some stupendous stunt-work, KICKBOXER: RETALIATION is a no-holds barred-slice of slam bang cinema. With a finale that will make your eyes water, this is a blistering blast of mixed martial arts mayhem that hits the viewer right between the eyes.
The film is also available in a brilliantly bone-crunching box set paired up with KICKBOXER: VENGEANCE, which sees Jean-Claude Van Damme training up Alain Moussi for a killer bout against Guardians of the Galaxy and Spectre star Dave Bautista.
KICKBOXER: RETALIATION RELEASES ON DIGITAL DOWNLOAD 26TH JANUARY 2018. KICKBOXER: RETALIATION AND THE KICKBOXER BOX SET, RELEASES ON DVD & BLU-RAY 5TH MARCH, COURTESY OF KALEIDOSCOPE HOME ENTERTAINMENT.
UK, London: Thursday 9th November 2017 – Empyrean Pictures and Miracle Communications are delighted to announce that their film BINGO: THE KING OF THE MORNINGS from Brazilian award-winning director Daniel Rezende (Oscar Nominee and BAFTA Winner CITY OF GOD), will be released in UK cinemas from 15th December. Starring Vladimir Brichta and Leandra Leal, BINGO: THE KING OF THE MORNINGS tells the true story of Augusto, an irreverent actor searching for his place in the spotlight.
This year’s Brazilian Oscar and BAFTA submission, BINGO: THE KING OF THE MORNINGS is the directorial debut feature for Daniel Rezende who is best known for his Academy Award nominated and BAFTA winning editing work on cult classic CITY OF GOD (2002) as well as his work on Terence Malick’s TREE OF LIFE (2011), ROBOCOP (2014), BLINDNESS (2008) and THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES (2004).
Starring Vladimir Brichta, Leandra Leal, Cauã Martins, Augusto Madeira, Tainá Müller, Fernando Sampaio, Soren Hellerup, Emanuelle Araújo, Pedro Bial & Domingos Montagner, written by Luiz Bolognesi, Produced by Caio Gullane, Fabiano Gullane of Gullane, Warner Bros. and by Dan Klabin and Ariel Elia of Empyrean Pictures, shot by Lula Carvalho, ASC e ABC, the film is based on a true story about the man behind the mask. Executive Producers include Joshua Skurla of Empyrean and João Paulo Magalhães Lins.
Augusto (Vladimir Brichta) is an actor hungry for a place in the spotlight, following the footsteps of his mother, a stage artist in the 50’s. While starring in soft porn and soap operas he finally gets the chance to conquer the crowds when he is cast as “BINGO”, a television host clown. With his irreverent humour and natural talent, the show is a big hit, but a clause on his contract forbids him to reveal his true identity. Augusto becomes an anonymous celebrity. With makeup on, he brings happiness to children across the country but not to his own son Gabriel, that sees his father distancing himself in search of recognition. Filled with irony and humour and an exaggerated pop look from the backstage universe of the Brazilian 80’s television, the film tells the incredible and surreal story of a man that whilst looking for his artistic value, finds his personal decay.
Director Daniel Rezende said: “It is not easy to define “Bingo” by picking out only one matter. Essentially it is about a personal search for recognition, about a man’s quest to find his place in the spotlight that ends up hidden behind a mask. There’s something very contemporary in this topic, we all want to be recognised by our parents, by our sons, our friends. But it is also a film about the relationship between father and son. The protagonist is in such a crazy hunt to be recognised as an artist that he ends up distancing himself from his son. He is on TV, making a lot of children laugh every day, but not his own.”
Dan Klabin from Empyrean Pictures said: “Bingo is a movie that talks about Brazilian culture in an unusual, original and universal way.”
Ariel Elia from Empyrean Pictures said: “Bingo captures the nostalgia of an entire generation in its highly cinematic narrative crafted by Brazil’s finest.”
UK DVD and Digital HD out 2018
Having premiered at London’s Horror Channel FrightFest this weekend, we can reveal the UK trailer for the truly sinister slasherTERRIFIER:
Directed by Damien Leone and starring David Howard Thornton, Jenna Kanell and Catherine Corcoran, TERRIFIER is the story of a maniacal clown who terrorizes three young women on Halloween night and everyone else who stands in his way…