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'Stand By Me' Meets 'Donnie Darko' in Trailer for 'Super Dark Times'

"If anyone asks, we're not friends!" The Orchard has debuted an official trailer for the film Super Dark Times, an indie thriller about a group of teens whose friendships is tested by a violent tragedy involving a samurai sword. This feels like a stylish new mix of Stand By Me and Donnie Darko, with a dash of "Stranger Things" thrown in, though the official description says it's a "meticulously observed look at teenage lives in the era prior to the Columbine High School massacre." Very interesting reference for the setting. The cast includes Owen Campbell, Charlie Tahan, Sawyer Barth, Max Talisman, Elizabeth Cappuccino, and Amy Hargreaves. This looks damn good, I am very much looking forward to catching this. The main teen, Owen Campbell, is also the star of another underseen indie, As You Are. He's on the rise in a big way. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for
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‘Super Dark Times’ Trailer: It’s All Fun and Games Until You Bring Out the Samurai Sword — Watch

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‘Super Dark Times’ Trailer: It’s All Fun and Games Until You Bring Out the Samurai Sword — Watch
The Orchard has released the trailer for “Super Dark Times,” which IndieWire’s David Ehrlich described as “an unnerving cross between ‘Stand By Me’ and ‘Donnie Darko'” earlier this year. Watch the trailer for Kevin Phillips’ dark coming-of-age drama below.

Read MoreReview: ‘Super Dark Times’ Is An Unnerving Cross Between ‘Stand By Me’ and ‘Donnie Darko’ — Tribeca 2017

“Enjoying their normal lives in mid-’90s suburbia, Zach and Josh are best friends with numerous shared interests, chief of which is an attraction to their classmate Allison. One seemingly routine day, along with two other friends, Zach and Josh borrow the latter’s older brother’s prized samurai sword to goof around in the local park. But the afternoon soon spirals out of control. Wracked with guilt, Zach struggles to assimilate back into high school life, even as Allison begins to show a romantic interest in him. The situation gets even
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Super Dark Times: new trailer for 90s-set horror

Tony Sokol Aug 4, 2017

The new trailer for Super Dark Times hints at an intriguing high school horror. Take a look within...

“A harrowing but meticulously observed look at teenage lives in the era prior to the Columbine High School massacre,” reads the official synopsis for Super Dark Times, director Kevin Phillips’ feature debut - his 2015 short film, Too Cool For School, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to enthusiastic reviews.

Set in 1995 suburbia, Super Dark Times stars Owen Campbell (The Americans, Boardwalk Empire) and Charlie Tahan (Wayward Pines, Love Is Strange) as the two best friends. It also features Amy Hargreaves (13 Reasons Why), Max Talisman (Orange Is The New Black), Elizabeth Cappuccino (Jessica Jones), and Sawyer Barth (Public Morals).

The trailer hints at a traumatic event in the woods that involves four high school students and a samurai sword, but the advance press hints the film is more about shifting dynamics of high school.
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Psychological thriller Super Dark Times gets a poster and trailer

Ahead of its release next month, a poster and trailer have arrived online for the upcoming 90’s set psychological thriller Super Dark Times. The film marks the feature debut for director Kevin Phillips and stars Owen Campbell, Charlie Tahan, Elizabeth Cappuccino, Max Talisman, Sawyer Barth, and Amy Hargreaves; take a look below…

“Teenagers Zach and Josh have been best friends their whole lives, but when a gruesome accident leads to a cover-up, the secret drives a wedge between them and propels them down a rabbit hole of escalating paranoia and violence.”

Super Dark Times is set for release on September 29th in the States.
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Fantasia 2017: ‘Super Dark Times’ Review

Kevin Phillips’ feature directorial debut is a knock-out. There’s no other way to put it, really. Comparison is being made by many to Stand By Me, but I think it’s closer to Jacob Estes’ 2004 thriller Mean Creek. To talk about either film, the same spoiler is unavoidable: a bully dies, accidentally, and the rest of the film is how the characters deal with it. Where the two films depart is that fallout and the tone therein. Mean Creek handles how the guilt can consume you, and while Super Dark Times absolutely deals with that, the manifestation of it is drastically different. It’s strange, occasionally comedic, and always intriguing.

Teen friends Josh (Charlie Tahan) and Zach (Owen Campbell) are watching scrambled porn on a tube TV and discussing girls at school. Ahh, the 90’s. As boys do, they ride their bikes to get snacks at a quick stop,
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Super Dark Times Review [Tribeca 2017]

Super Dark Times? How about Super Fuckin’ Dark Kick-Your-Teeth-In Stressful No Good Very Bad Times. Writers Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski construct a backyard crime drama – like if Brick followed a cover-up instead of investigation – while debut filmmaker Kevin Phillips acts as visionary/our soul’s executioner. You know what’s going to happen. It’s obvious. That still doesn’t keep this maliciously pitch-black thriller from ripping your guts out, locked eye-to-eye all the while. Tension is tighter than a leather gag and adolescent unpreparedness heightens reaction. Choke on your fancy words, because there’s only one phrase that captures our reaction – holy shit. Savage, sincere and so very unsettling.

Collins and Piotrowski open on death – a dear carcass that’s been dragged into a school cafeteria. It’s a short intro that leads into Zach (Owen Campbell) and Josh (Charlie Tahan) sitting on a basement sofa, discussing boyhood pleasantries.
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Tribeca Review: ‘Super Dark Times’ is Unsettling, Character-Driven Horror

Set in an familiar and ambiguous time and place (mid-90s in anytown USA), Super Dark Times functions as a kind of trojan house until its twist. Delivering horror thrills, the Kevin Phillips-directed feature first and foremost invests in character development as an effective and sympathetic coming-of-age story until it lives up to its title. We follow four friends Zach (Owen Campbell), Josh (Charlie Tahan), Daryl (Max Talisman), and Charlie (Sawyer Barth) as they have mild, seemingly innocent adventures: watching scrambled pay-per-view softcore porn, playing 8-bit video games, biking over an abandoned bridge, and ultimately stealing from Josh’s brother. The last part doesn’t end well and it is impossible to discuss the film without spoiling the twist.

Before I provide fair warning and get into spoilers I’ll simply say Super Dark Times delivers on its premise. Virtually free from quirk and black humor, the film is an effective,
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‘Super Dark Times’ Stars & Director Kevin Phillips On An Act Of Violence That Changes Everything — Tribeca Studio

‘Super Dark Times’ Stars & Director Kevin Phillips On An Act Of Violence That Changes Everything — Tribeca Studio
Owen Campbell, Charlie Tahan, and Elizabeth Cappuccino go through some Super Dark Times in Kevin Phillips' Tribeca-premiering feature debut. Also starring Max Talisman, Sawyer Barth and Amy Hargreaves, the harrowing feature follows Zach and Josh, two teenage best friends growing up in mid-'90s suburbia whose lives are forever changed following an unexpected and horrific moment of violence. "The film's about some friends, and they kind of get into some sh*t with a samurai…
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Review: ‘Super Dark Times’ Is An Unnerving Cross Between ‘Stand By Me’ and ‘Donnie Darko’ — Tribeca 2017

Review: ‘Super Dark Times’ Is An Unnerving Cross Between ‘Stand By Me’ and ‘Donnie Darko’ — Tribeca 2017
The ominous prologue of Kevin Phillips’ “Super Dark Times” arrives like a shiver, and that chill lingers until the bitter end, continuing to sink into your skin even as the rest of the film begins to melt into the atmosphere. A slow-burn high school thriller that’s like a tortured cross between “Stand By Me” and “Donnie Darko” (with a bit of Dostoyevskian madness thrown in there for good measure, Phillips’ feature-length debut begins by welcoming us to a grey Hudson Valley town that’s lost in the barren phantom zone between fall and winter.

The place looks practically post-apocalyptic, the shattered window of a classroom evoking “Children of Men.” But it’s not the end of the world, just a petrified buck who’s gotten himself into a spot of trouble. Some cops stand over the animal as it lies dying on the floor between the desks, the men
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Film Acquisition Rundown: Grasshopper Film Gets ‘Escapes,’ Amazon and IFC Films Date ‘City of Ghosts’ and More

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– Grasshopper Film has announced the acquisition of all U.S. distribution rights to Michael Almereyda’s new documentary “Escapes,” a dynamic portrait of Hampton Fancher, executive produced by Wes Anderson. “Escapes” will open in theaters this summer followed by a VOD and Home Video release in the fall.

“Escapes” showcases the storytelling talents of Hampton Fancher, flamenco dancer, film and TV actor, and the unlikely producer and screenwriter of the landmark sci-fi classic “Blade Runner,” as well as screenwriter on the upcoming sequel “Blade Runner 2049.” Fancher’s running commentary – with a little help from Philip K. Dick and Ridley Scott – works in concert with extensive archival footage as Fancher relates death-defying escapades from a remarkable life.
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The Orchard Nabs Teen Drama 'Super Dark Times'

The Orchard Nabs Teen Drama 'Super Dark Times'
The Orchard has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to teen drama Super Dark Times.

Owen Campbell, Charlie Tahan, and Elizabeth Cappuccino star in the debut feature of Kevin Phillips, which follows two teenaged best friends in the '90s as they attempt to cover up a gruesome accident.

Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski wrote Super Dark Times, which was produced by Richard Peete, Jett Steiger and Edward Parks. Cameron Lamb, William HallNiraj Bhatia and Dan Burks executive produced.

Super Dark Times will screen at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival. The Orchard is planning a theatrical release for the film later this year.

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The Orchard Falls On ‘Super Dark Times’; Orion Pictures & Samuel Goldwyn Films Score ‘Tracktown’

The Orchard has picked up worldwide rights to director Kevin Phillips debut film Super Dark Times, which is set to screen at Tribeca in April followed by a theatrical release later this year. Written by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski, the drama stars Owen Campbell, Charlie Tahan, and Elizabeth Cappuccino. Set in the mid-1990's, the film follows teenage best friends Zach and Josh, whose friendship is challenged when a gruesome accident leads to a cover-up. The secret…
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Tribeca Film Festival 2017 Midnight Lineup Includes Mickey Keating’s Psychopaths

The 16th annual Tribeca Film Festival kicks off this April in New York, and horror fans attending the cinematic gathering have plenty of titles to look forward to, including the world premiere of Mickey Keating's Psychopaths.

From the Press Release: "Tribeca’s Midnight section is the destination for late night audiences to discover the best in psychological thriller, horror, sci-fi, and cult cinema. This year’s six selections offer new genre experiences for even the most extreme viewer.

Devil's Gate, directed by Clay Staub, written by Peter Aperlo, Clay Staub. (Canada, USA) - World Premiere, Narrative. Struggling to overcome a recent professional tragedy, a tough-as-nails FBI agent (Amanda Schull) relocates to a small North Dakota town to investigate the disappearance of a local woman and her young son. The search leads to the missing woman’s husband’s (Milo Ventimiglia) secluded farm, on which answers, new mysteries, and God-fearing terrors await.
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Rotterdam Film Review: ‘Super Dark Times’

Rotterdam Film Review: ‘Super Dark Times’
The fecund coming-of-age story receives a genre-twisting injection of violence in debuting director Kevin Phillips’ alternately sensitive and gory “Super Dark Times.” Jarring in the way it jumps whole hog from a sincere, penetrating look at the nightmare of guilt into far more standard psycho territory, this teen drama about the repercussions of a tragic accident is so spot-on in its depiction of high school behavior that its shift to slasher mode creates disappointment. Still, it’s hard not to appreciate the astute ways the script captures the moment when carefree childhood turns into the loss of innocence. Visually striking, with a fine ear for teen dialogue among boys, and excellent performances (especially from Owen Campbell, fresh from Sundance kudos on “As You Are”), the film could make a moderate box office splash, with steadier returns from VOD.

The long shadow of “Stand by Me” will always haunt films about
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Spartacus' Liam McIntyre Cops Role in Syfy's Horror-Drama Pilot The Haunted

Spartacus' Liam McIntyre Cops Role in Syfy's Horror-Drama Pilot The Haunted
Erstwhile Spartacus Liam McIntyre is trading in swords and sandals for a gun and a badge, joining Syfy’s horror-drama pilot The Haunted as a cop, TVLine has learned exclusively.

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Written by Noga Landau (Tau, The Magicians), The Haunted centers on four adult siblings (played by ShamelessSteve Kazee, Jessica JonesElizabeth Cappuccino, Nikita‘s Lyndsy Fonseca and Vampire Diaries‘ David Alpay) who are reunited following their parents’ deaths and must overcome their fractured personal relationships in order to survive the literal ghosts from their past.
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‘The Haunted’: Steve Kazee, David Alpay & DeVaughn Nixon Join Syfy Pilot

Steve Kazee (Shameless), David Alpay (The Lottery) and DeVaughn Nixon (Terminator 2) have signed on for series regular roles in Syfy's supernatural horror drama pilot The Haunted, joining previously announced Lyndsy Fonseca and Elizabeth Cappuccino. Written by Noga Landau (Tau, The Magicians), The Haunted, from Universal Cable Productions, revolves around four siblings – Juno (Fonseca), Virgil (Alpay), Ellis (Kazee) and Hester (Cappuccino) — who reunite following their…
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TV News Roundup: Bryan Cranston’s Amazon Drama ‘Sneaky Pete’ Gets January Premiere

TV News Roundup: Bryan Cranston’s Amazon Drama ‘Sneaky Pete’ Gets January Premiere
In today’s TV news roundup, Lyndsy Fonseca of “Agent Carter” and “Nikita” gets a lead role in a Syfy pilot, “Pretty Little Liars” star Lucy Hale joins Ryan Seacrest on New Year’s Eve, Amazon’s “Sneaky Pete” gets a January premiere date, and more.

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Amazon‘s new drama series “Sneaky Pete” is slated to premiere on Friday, January 13. The show revolves around a con man, Marius (Giovanni Ribisi), who gets out of prison only to find himself hunted by the vicious gangster he once robbed. The series, co-created by Bryan Cranston and David Shore, is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television.

“Is O.J. Innocent? The Missing Evidence,” a six-part documentary series on the trial of O.J. Simpson, is set to premiere on Investigation Discovery on Sunday, Jan. 15. The series is narrated by actor and activist Martin Sheen, features new interviews with the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, and
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Fanatic Feed: Bewitched Star Dies, Lyndsy Fonseca Returns to TV & More

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If you watched Bewitched, you called upon Dr. Bombay every time you cut your knee. You just did. Bernard Fox passed away this week.

Starz has the return of an acclaimed series, a fan favorite Nikita actress is staging her series comeback, and Star Trek: Discovery found it's lead. 

Read on.

The Missing Season 2 from Starz has received a premiere date and some key art.

The second season is completely fresh, with a new case, a new cast in a new location.

The tagline is "The search ends. The mystery begins." The key art depicts the return of Alice Webster. Her return is a mystery in itself, but will also hold the secrets about another missing girl.

This eight-episode limited series will follow the parents of Alice, who went missing in 2003, Sam and Gemma Webster (David Morrissey and Keeley Hawes).

When, 11 years later, a girl claiming to be Alice Webster reappears,
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Lyndsy Fonseca Lands a Lead in Syfy Pilot The Haunted

Lyndsy Fonseca Lands a Lead in Syfy Pilot The Haunted
Nikita alum Lyndsy Fonseca has landed a lead in The Haunted, a new pilot set up at Syfy.

Per our sister site Deadline, the project follows four siblings who reunite following their parents’ deaths, and in turn must face literal ghosts from their past. Fonseca will play Juno, a “woman of science” whose perspective on the world is challenged by the ensuing supernatural events.

Elizabeth Cappuccino, who portrayed a young Jessica Jones on the Netflix series, will play another of the siblings, Hester.

In addition to he run as Nikita’s Alex, Fonseca’s previous TV credits include Marvel’s Agent Carter, Desperate Housewives and How I Met Your Mother, plus episodes of Pitch and Grandfathered.
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'Agent Carter's' Lyndsy Fonseca to Star in Syfy Drama 'The Haunted'

Lyndsy Fonseca has found her next TV gig.

The Agent Carter grad is set to star in Syfy's drama pilot The Haunted, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Jessica Jones alum Elizabeth Cappuccino has also signed on for a series regular role.

Ordered to pilot in September, The Haunted is a supernatural horror-drama from author James Frey about four siblings who reunite following their parents' deaths. As they try to overcome their fractured personal relationships, they find that they also must face the literal ghosts from their past in order to survive.

Fonseca will play Juno Bradley, a woman of science who is...
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