There’s no need to go too in depth about Snowflake here, because you can just read my review of it. But I will say this: I don’t mean any disrespect to directors Adolfo Kolmerer and William James, but Snowflake is decidedly not the best film of the year. It is, though, really really great—and most importantly—it’s the film I’m most excited about this year. (And if I can’t put my favorite film at number one, what the hell is the point of these lists anyway?)
The sheer fact that Snowflake was made for $29,000 melts my mind grapes. It’s a big film with a lot of characters, crazy action, practical effects, and ambitious set pieces. To bring it to a much finer point—it’s just goddamned inspiring. I’m in pre-production for my first short film at the moment and I can tell you, with all the money, people, and time involved, it’s very easy to lose confidence in yourself and the project. Watching Snowflake the other night felt like someone injected me with 1,000 cc of confidence. The film reminded me that all you need is passion—the rest of the pieces will just fall into place wherever that may be.
In an ideal world, Snowflake would be a minor hit, given the accessibility of the digital streaming market. At the very least, it should be a real shot in the arm for independent cinema, especially of the genre variety. It’s proof that talent will shine through, regardless of budget. Seek this one out immediately.
Take a dash of Tarantino, a splash of Coen brothers, a metric ton of pretzel-logic self-awareness, and a fast-paced series of humorously violent misadventures, and you’re halfway to grasping the magnificent German madness of this bizarre import. Hunting down the murderer of their families in a near-future Berlin, a gang of lowlife characters all want revenge on each other, but along the way they must contend with a myriad of wicked fairytale types—assassins, madmen, a blood-covered angel, and an electric-powered superhero—all apparently come to life through a screenplay written by a demented but clueless dentist. Must be experienced to be believed, and guaranteed to twist your mind.
Horror’s Santa-slasher sub-genre mixes with Scandinavian Noir in this bloody Xmas tale. Christmas is a time of peace, love and family. But not for Norway as a psychopath dressed in a Santa Claus suit has been terrorizing them for the past 13 years. For as soon as the caroling starts, this demented Kris Kringle dispenses bloody ax blows regardless of whether you’ve been bad or good. As the holiday approaches on one snow-covered town filled with revelers, a pair of detectives work against time to find and arrest this bearded serial killer. Will they manage to stop this demented St. Nick before he kills again? Director Reinert Kiil (The House, Whore) delivers a dark, disturbing and bloody holiday thriller.
Artsploitation Films has partnered with Film Festival Flix to launch a brand new channel that will feature the best of foreign films - horror, cult, erotic, and beyond.
This amazing streaming online channel catalogs the Artsploitation collection like no other place on the internet. The channel digs deep into the archives of Artsploitation showcasing some classic filmmaking gems as well as highlighting great newer movies.
The new Artsploitation channel on Film Festival Flix will include Red Christmas, Horsehead, The House of 1,000 Eyes, Hidden in the Woods, Horror Stories, Memory of the Dead, Vanishing Waves, Clip, Hemel, Chasing the Muse, Gandu, Der Samurai, Toad Road, Animals, The Treatment, and more.
CLICK HERE to check out the new Artsploitation Channel. To watch the films, viewers may subscribe monthly (with the first month free), purchase a 30 day pass, or rent individual films.
About Artsploitation Films International Films with an Edge! Artsploitation Films presents intriguing, unsettling, unpredictable and provocative films to an audience long numbed by filmic predictability.
Artsploitation connotes that perfect blend of genre/exploitation films with traditional art cinema. So be they international thrillers, blood-spurting horror, art house dramas or just plain weird and wonderful, they are all part of the Artsploitation Films family.
You may not like all of what we present but we hope you’ll be at least be intrigued into watching.
About Film Festival Flix Film Festivals watch 10,000 new movies and series each year, selecting less than 3% for audiences. We love Film Festivals!
But the challenge for most people, even Hollywood Insiders, is they cannot spend the money or time to attend many festivals. Even there, its impossible to see more than a fraction of the films screened.
For the first time, Film Festival Flix is partnering with festivals and expert curators to provide streaming access to those films through our virtual film festival channels! Choose the channels that interest you, and watch what you want, when you want, how you want!
Just in Time for the Horror Holidays: Reinert Kiil's Nordic Slasher Christmas Blood to be Released December 11th The dark, bloody account of a hatchet-wielding killer dressed as Santa will come out on DVD & VOD
Philadelphia, PA - Horror's Santa-slasher tales mixes with Scandinavian Noir in Norwegian filmmaker Reinert Kiil's (The House, Whore) grisly Christmas Blood(Juleblod).
Christmas is a time of peace, love and family. But not for one Norwegian town as a psychopath dressed in a Santa Claus suit has been terrorizing them for the past 13 years. For as soon as the caroling starts, this demented Kris Kringle dispenses bloody ax blows regardless of whether you’ve been bad or good. As the holiday approaches on one snow-covered town filled with revelers, a pair of detectives work against time to find and arrest this bearded serial killer. Will they manage to stop this demented St. Nick before he kills again? Director Reinert Kiil (The House, Whore) delivers a dark, disturbing and bloody holiday thriller.
Christmas Blood will be available December 11th on DVD and several VOD platforms including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube/Google Play, Vudu, FandangoNOW and DISH
Title: Christmas Blood
Original title: Juleblod
Running Time 104 minutes
Director: Reinert Kiil
Aspect Ratio: 2:35
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Artsploitation Goes Grim This Winter with Snowflake
Kolmerer Takes Viewers on a Fast-Paced Series of Humorously Violent Misadventures
Available Nationwide on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD December 4th
"a dizzying, hilarious film that combines post-Tarantino action/crime drama and Charlie Kaufman's metafictional surrealism with exhilarating results"
-- Daily Grindhouse
"a freewheeling roller coaster of retribution, pitch black humor
and riotous bloodshed" -- Pop Horror
Philadelphia, PA - Following an acclaimed run on the international film festival circuit, Artsploitation has announced the U.S. release of Adolfo Kolmerer's Snowflake. Snowflake world premiered at the Lund International Fantastic Film Festival, where Kolmerer took home the Méliès d'Argent Award for Best Film. The film continued to screen around the globe, picking up Best Director and Best Film awards at Negative Fest and Horrible Imaginings, as well as Best Achievement in Directing and an Audience Award at Cinepocalypse. Cryptic Rock hailed Kolmerer's debut feature as "an extraordinary genre mix", comparing the surreal crime action film to Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs.
Snowflake will be available nationwide December 4th on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Vudu and more.
Hunting down the murderer of their families in an anarchic near-future Berlin, two outlaws find themselves trapped in the wicked fairy tale of a mysterious screenplay that entangles them in a vicious circle of revenge - apparently all written by a clueless dentist. In their quest for vengeance, they must contend with a myriad of wicked fairy tale assassins, madmen, a blood-covered angel, and an electric-powered superhero.
Artsploitation SummonsSatanic Horror film Luciferinato North America Catholicism, Drugs and Sex Spectacularly Collide in this Thriller from Argentina
Film will be Released on Blu-ray & DVD November 20; Digital HD December 4
"Gorgeous...slick and polished. The final act alone is batshit and bananas enough to fill any horror fan's desire." -- The Hollywood News
"Gonzalo Calzada's vividly atmospheric film...stands out as one of the most daring religiously-themed horror films of recent years. -- EyeForEye
Philadelphia, PA - Artsploitation has called upon the cinematic dark forces to release Argentinian genre maven Gonzalo Calzada's latest scripture-based gore fest, Luciferina. Calzada (Resurrection, The Clairvoyant's Prayer) directs a visually explosive film where religion, innocence, repressed sexuality and evil build to a boil and spectacularly collide. He has screened the film at festivals around the world, including FrightFest London, Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival, Fantaspoa and Cinepolcalypse, where Luciferina took home the award for Best Sexorcism Scene.Luciferina will be available
November 20th on Blu-ray and DVD in North America. On December 4th, the film will launch on Digital HD, including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Vudu and more.
Synopsis: Natalia is a 19-year-old novice who reluctantly returns home to say goodbye to her dying father. But when she meets up with her sister and her friends, she decides instead to travel the jungle in search of a mystical plant. Instead of pleasure, they find a world of Black Masses, strange pregnancies, bloody deaths and perhaps, a sexually violent clash with the Devil himself.
Director: Gonzalo Calzada
Producer: Esteban Mentasti, Horacio Mentasti, Hori Mentassti, Alejandro Narvaez
Starring: Malena Sánchez, Sofia del Tuffo, Marta Lubos, Pedro Merlo, Vando Villamil
Stylish & Pulpy American Indie Rondo Acquired by Artsploitation Films Part Black Comedy, Part Slasher, Part Revenge Thriller. All Exploitation! Film will be on the Festival Circuit then Will be Released on Blu-ray, DVD, Cable and Digital HD in early 2019
"Rondo harks back to the exploitation classics of the Sixties and Seventies...From the design of the sets to the delivery of the dialogue, everything is note perfect. Rondo promises cheap thrills and delivers expensive ones. Its sleaze is a class act." -- EyeForAnEye
At the start of AFM, Artsploitation Films has announced that it has acquired the US and Canadian rights to Drew Barnhardt's American independent, Rondo. The film World Premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival earlier this year to a bevy of enthusiastic reviews and sold out audiences. The deal was negotiated by Bill Straus of Bridge Independent and Ray Murray of Artsploitation Films.
Synopsis: Paul, a troubled young veteran, is told by a psychiatrist that sex is the solution to his dependency and drinking problems. But things turns out otherwise as Paul and his sister are sucked into a criminal underworld where sex and murder are daily specials and revenge is served piping hot.
Artsploitation's Murray says, "The moment the ominous voice-over begins in Rondo, I was taken away to my youthful times at 42nd Street grindhouses, where great exploitation films taught me all there is to know about movies. Director Drew Barnhardt pays homage to these films while injecting his own dark modern touches. Intelligent, craftily stylized and wildly entertaining, Rondo is a film that screams, "Artsploitation." Barnhardt of Bridge comments, “Drew Barnhardt is an extraordinary talent and we’re rilled to have partnered with Artsploitation who will know just how to cultivate an audience for his unique vision.”
Political Horror of the Most Extreme Kind! Trauma Is a Provocative and Explicit Film That Bloodily Explores Chile's Violent Past and Its Aftermath Available on Blu-ray, DVD, Cable and Digital HD October 23rd
"The most controversial extreme horror offering in recent memory" -- Screen Anarchy
We love our film critics so we need to warn you: Unless you are a horror fan or critic who can take anything a filmmaker throws at you, we'd advise you to skip this release - delete! We didn't even submit it to iTunes - they'd probably ban us.
So....you've been warned.
Artsploitation Films has announced the US and Canadian release of the eye-popping Chilean horror film Trauma from director Lucio A. Rojas. The film is plays out the horrors committed by the Pinochet regime of the 1970s with the visceral cycle of abuse that followed its fall. Trauma will beavailable October 23rd on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Vudu and more.
Trauma is as much of a political statement as it is a tasteless kick in the guts. The film is full of brutal violence, beautiful women and a madman who enjoys inflicting as much trauma as he has been through himself. Expertly made...intense, memorable and violent." - PopHorror
A shocking, brutal tale that blends the dark history of Chile’s recent past with the modern Chile of today. The two worlds clash when a group of women venture to the idyllic countryside for a weekend of fun. But their outing soon turns nightmarish a man, himself a victim of torture in the hands of the government, unleashes his pent-up rage on them. The women must fight for their very lives in this film of violence, sexual assault and redemption. Never gratuitous, director Rojas exposes the horrors of politics with evil that can lie within the soul of ordinary men.