Magnet Releasing is fast becoming one of my favorite distributors and the Six Shooter series, which launches on October 24, 2008 in Los Angeles and New York, only cements their place in my current genre movie crosshairs. I’ve known for some time that they were handling the US releases of Let The Right One In, Timecrimes and Big Man Japan, three movies that I am very much looking forward to but I didn’t know what they had in store for the releases.
As I mentioned, October 24th kicks out the Six Shooter series which is six quirky genre films representing a different nation. The series kicks off with the Swedish vampire flick, Let The Right One In about the mayhem that ensues when a bullied 12 year old hooks up with his new neighbor and only friend, a child vampire. The movie has gotten a ton of press since it started showing at various festivals.
Following Let The Right One In will be the US entry, Special, about a meter maid played by Michael Rappaport who has a psychotic reaction to some medication administered to him in a clinical trial and believes that he has super powers. This opens on November 21.
From Spain comes Nacho Vigalondo’s “mind-bending” time travel flick that is getting a shit ton of positive press at this time, Timecrimes, which I personally cannot wait to see. I’ve read so much about this, mostly through the nonstop reporting on it from Twitch Film. It’s slated to be remade by David Cronenberg so we’ll have an opportunity to get a look before it’s Americanized (Canada-ized?). After that is the French Sci-Fi flick, Eden Log followed by the UK’s Doney Punch and the series winds up with the faux-ducomentary about daikaiju and the dude who fights them, Big Man Japan (aka Dainipponjin).
This is a staggering line-up of movies that the press has been drooling over since they began making the rounds at film fests. Eden Log actually makes it’s North American debut at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. I’m out here reporting to you from the sticks where the movie theaters don’t book this sort of stuff, so I’ll have to wait a little longer for DVD releases, but those of you in larger markets will get a chance to see some of the world’s finest genre stuff from this year and last. What begins on a bi-coastal scale showing only in LA and New York will eventually widen