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AICN & Twitch Present International Eye Candy! THE KILLER INSIDE ME trailer, Raimi-inspired DAMNED BY DAWN and much more!

A Raimi-inspired banshee, old school kung fu, an angry psychic tire and a Czech puppet movie all in the same place? You bet. It’s time for another edition of International Eye Candy and we’ve got an even dozen slices of goodness from around the globe to tantalize your eyeballs. Let’s dive right in! We begin in New Zealand with Jason Stutter’s PREDICAMENT. Stutter has been a fave on the short film circuit for the past few years thanks to his three part CAREFUL WITH series of gruesome comedies. With titles like CAREFUL WITH THAT AXE, CAREFUL WITH THAT POWER TOOL and, most recently, CAREFUL WITH THAT CROSSBOW, you probably have a pretty fair idea where Stutter is coming from. And now he’s moving into the world of features with PREDICAMENT, a black comedy about a trio of young men who cook up a scheme to photograph and blackmail people having affairs. It goes badly. FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS stalwart Jemaine Clement has a key role in this and while the first teaser is brief it is tasty, indeed. Find the PREDICAMENT teaser here Off now to the Czech Republic where puppet animated kids film KUKY RETURNS, well, returns to the IEC. We’ve covered this one before, much taken in by the fantastical world it creates with its devotion to old school practical effects and now that KUKY has a new trailer showing even more of said fantastical world we just can’t resist going back for a second helping. This stuff does the spirit of Jim Henson very proud indeed. Find the KUKY RETURNS trailer here Think Cannes is all about snooty art film? Well, here come director Quentin Dupieux and his angry tire, Robert, to prove you wrong with RUBBER. And, yes, I said angry tire. Angry psychic tire, to be accurate. Angry, psychic tire rolling around the desert, quivering with rage and using its psychic powers to blows stuff up. Stuff like heads. And birds. I shit you not. This is a real movie. Dupiuex is well known on the electronic music front as Mr Oizo and apparently when not creating music he loves to do nothing more than make really, really weird movies. This will, undoubtedly, be the weirdest movie included in the big programs at Cannes 2010. I was lucky enough to see an extended promo for it a few months back but can only share the public teaser for now. Say it with me, folks: Instant Cult Classic. Find the RUBBER teaser here No tires or exploding heads in Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego’s LA PIEL AZUL, just lots of pretty young things having a very bad time indeed on a sailing vacation. Lopez-Gallego wona lot of love a couple years back with the stellar thriller KING OF THE HILL and he’s at it again here, with a project devised as a two part miniseries for Mexican TV and now being re-edited for theatrical release in Spain. DEAD CALM is an obvious touch point but there are plenty of signature Lopez-Gallego touches going on to keep things from feeling repetitious. Find the LA PIEL AZUL trailer here It’s Sean Bean versus the plague in BLACK DEATH, the latest from CREEP / SEVERANCE / TRIANGLE director Christopher Smith. Is Smith’s first foray into the world of multiple-word titles any good? Why, yes. I’ve seen it and yes it is, indeed. And so is the trailer, freshly arrived on UK shores. Bean is one of those guys who tends to be quite good in a lot of quite bad films so it’s always refreshing when he gets to be in a film as good as he is. This is one of them. Catch the BLACK DEATH here Im Sang-Soo’s classy thriller THE HOUSEMAID is the early leader for Buzz Film of Cannes 2010 with anticipation running very high indeed for the remake of the 1960s Korean psycho-sexual classic. Yes, this goes where you think it does, but with this sort of film it’s all about how it goes there and all signs are that Im has hit this one out of the ballpark, a good sign indeed that the Korean wave may be regaining its momentum after a few very lean years, indeed. This one has made the IEC column before but it’s back now with a much longer, much higher quality trailer that really shows it off to maximum effect. Yum. Find the HOUSEMAID trailer here Bill Nighy, Rupert Everett, Martin Freeman, Emily Blunt and Rupert Grint in a UK hitman comedy? Where can I sign up? New UK effort WILD TARGET has an absolutely stellar cast from top to bottom and it looks to make very good use of them, indeed. While the US makes action-comedies along the lines of COP OUT and wonders why they keep failing – answer: they’re stupid and unfunny – the UK takes the wittier high road and excels with stuff like this. Very smart. Very fun. Yes, please. Find the WILD TARGET trailer here Another one from Cannes for you here, this time Gilles Marchand’s techno-thriller BLACK HEAVEN. The story of a young man drawn into the world of a virtual reality game by a dangerous, suicidal femme fatale, the film features a heavy dose of CGI animation from the same company that backed animated feature RENAISSANCE a couple years ago and while I’m personally sceptical of video game films in general – things change so quickly in real life that fake life treatments of technology tend to have a very short shelf life – this one seems to have hit on a compelling blend of styles and influences. What we’ve got here is an extended sales promo for the picture, complete with English subtitles. Find the BLACK HEAVEN promo here What’s better than a trailer featuring Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung in IP MAN 2? How about a full ten minute reel of footage from the film? You’re welcome. Find the IP MAN 2 promo here Who likes Sam Raimi? Australian film maker Brett Anstey likes Sam Raimi, that’s who! Go ahead, watch the trailer for Anstey’s DAMNED BY DAWN and tell me that you don’t see a whole lot of Raimi influence in his creature and undead effects. In most hands this sort of thing comes off as clumsy mimicry but Anstey seems to have a bit more going on, enough that this plays more like must-see tribute. Find the DAMNED BY DAWN trailer here We just had a dose of New School Hong Kong kung fu with IP MAN 2 and now it’s time to go Old School – way Old School – with GALLANTS. A low budget action comedy that arrived at the recent Hong Kong International Film Festival with virtually no advance notice and left as one of the most talked about films of the event, GALLANTS captures pretty much everything that made a generation fall in love with martial arts film in the first place. Great sense of humor, great fight sequences, just a great time. Find the GALLANTS trailer here And, finally, we wrap things up with the brand new trailer for one of the more controversial titles of the year. Michael Winterbottom’s THE KILLER INSIDE ME has been drawing controversy on the fest circuit thanks to the way Casey Affleck uses Jessica Alba as a punching bag in one extremely explicit sequence but writing Winterbottom off as simply a shock jock would be foolish in the extreme. The man is an undeniable master when he’s on top of his game and with this sort of cast ... well, THE KILLER INSIDE ME has the potential to be explosive on more levels than just the obvious one. The trailer stays away from the controversial stuff, leaving any violence implied rather than shown, but it is still potent, potent stuff. Find THE KILLER INSIDE ME here

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  • May 5, 2010, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Damned By Dawn looks good!

    by calloway98

    I am looking forward to Evil Dead IV as well!! I hope Sam goes for an UNRATED version that can be cut down to an R!

  • May 5, 2010, 2:22 p.m. CST

    The killer inside me looks great...

    by dante76

    Really interested in seeing this.

  • May 5, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Robert Rodriguez can go fuck himself!

    by JuanSanchez

  • May 5, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST

    I won't be seeing Machete now, assholes!

    by JuanSanchez

  • May 5, 2010, 2:51 p.m. CST

    There is a like a 6 minute product reel

    by Series7

    Of The Killer Inside me floating around the interwebs that pretty much gives the whole story.

  • May 5, 2010, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Don't you just love Twitch.....

    by Arturo

    A very cool website....

  • May 5, 2010, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Τhe ending in the Rubber

    by ominus

    is when the tire steps on a nail?

  • May 5, 2010, 3:31 p.m. CST

    The Killer Deep, deep inside me....with Bridget the Midget

    by cookylamoo

    You know, I can't think of any contemporary porn stars.

  • May 5, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST

    got to love the twitch

    by frank cotton

  • May 5, 2010, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Damned by Dawn looks like it sucks

    by JackSlater4

    When a talented director borrows someone else's moves but makes them his own and often better and in a new and different way it's and homage. When a hack blatantly steals someone else's moves and makes a cheaply made movie that looks like it was cheaply made but pretending it's homage it's shit.<P> Also, accents usually help to hide bad acting to me, this is not the case. If Uwe Boll stole a bunch of Sam Raimi shots for his next movie it wouldn't mean more than this, accept Uwe Boll would probably have a slightly bigger budget.<P> This thing came out looking like The Asylum Pictures mockbuster version of Evil Dead/Drag Me To Hell

  • May 5, 2010, 4:08 p.m. CST


    by Zombieflicker

    I'm wondering what the last character alive will say after destroying it. Probably something like "You're flat fucker!", or "I'm going to hang and swing on your ass!"

  • May 5, 2010, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Damned by Dawn looked good on mute

    by Zombieflicker

    I watched it at work, but bad accents do suck.

  • May 5, 2010, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Liking BLACK DEATH!


    Really liked all of Smith's movies, and this one looks great too! Also looking forward to Wild Target, just because of Nighy.

  • May 5, 2010, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Damned by Dawn

    by voxmortis

    Looks great. Bad accents? You're aware they are aussies with aussie accents. Imagine is every aussie wrote off every US film due to 'bad accents' - yanktards!

  • May 5, 2010, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Twitch - one of the best movie websites

    by DarthBakpao

  • May 5, 2010, 7:38 p.m. CST


    by MainMan2001


  • May 5, 2010, 9:10 p.m. CST


    by toddsucks

    I hear there's a whole book floating around the library that gives away the whole story.

  • May 5, 2010, 9:16 p.m. CST


    by SirBiatchReturns

    I don't know much about electro and such, but that "Flat Beat" record is just genius.

  • May 5, 2010, 9:17 p.m. CST

    and hopefully Ip Man 2 will be as good as the first

    by SirBiatchReturns

  • May 6, 2010, 1:44 a.m. CST

    Bad accents?

    by Sonod

    How the fuck would a dumb American know what a dumb sounding Aussie accent sounded like? Oh, that's right, you're too stupid to recognise an Australian accent.

  • May 6, 2010, 5:06 a.m. CST

    The Killer Inside Me


    This looks awesome, can't wait.

  • May 6, 2010, 8:55 a.m. CST


    by sasago

    ~Sadly, My boyfriend left me a month ago, we used to love each other deeply....All changed now! But i'm young ,beautiful,lonely and still hurting.i may be in need of someone to love..still.. My friends told me about AgeGapLove.Com and i got curious about it.. they met their boyfriends there.It's the best place to meet an older boyfriend or a younger girlfriend. i cant risk myself. So i got a usename(Anny888) there in order to find a new it wrong?

  • May 6, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Bad Accents...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...I guess I must be fairly stupid. I watched the trailer for Damned By Dawn expecting to hear Australians doing bad American accents. But...umm...they're know...Australian. <p> And the movie sure doesn't look like it came from Asylum. Given Australia's recent run of horror I'm really excited about this one.

  • May 6, 2010, noon CST

    Black Death and Wild Target look pretty good

    by just pillow talk

    So does Housemaid for that matter..<p>Now to view some more of the trailers...

  • May 6, 2010, 12:10 p.m. CST

    IP Man 2...I'll be all over it

    by just pillow talk

    I thought the first one was pretty damn good.

  • May 6, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Winterbottom is a God.

    by Knuckleduster

    That guy's living the dream. He makes about a movie a year, with almost complete control over the final film. And I can't think of a more versatile director (maybe Soderbergh or Marc Forster). Winterbottom and Affleck? I'm there.