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Sundance 2010: Bits 'n Pieces – Day 8

Thursday in Park City, Adam Green spoke out about Frozen and Slamdance handed out awards to two genre pics.

Director Cleared the Record on Frozen’s CGI
Director Adam Green should be proud of his Sundance showing. Frozen, the film about three kids trapped on a ski lift, earned plenty of buzz during the festival which should encourage horror audiences to come out in force when it opens in limited release on February 5th. But one reviewer’s incorrect assertion really chapped his hide, and Green took the opportunity to set the record straight with Dread Central’s horror diva Heather Wixson:

“There is nothing in Frozen that is CGI. Our wolves are real…these days no one could really fathom that a director would put actors in a space with live wolves, but I knew we had to.”

That’s pretty impressive, especially considering that the Frozen shoot was already notoriously tough on its actors. To throw them in a scene on-location with real, live wolves? Let’s just say we can’t wait to see the behind-the-scenes footage, which Green promises will appear on the DVD.

…And, how can you help Frozen go wide?

On that note, we posted yesterday how you can see if Frozen will play in your hometown when it opens February 5. Additionally, Green told Dread Central that if enough folks buy tickets to Frozen on opening weekend (Feb. 5 and 6), Anchor Bay will push it into wide release the following week. So do a favor for all of your friends across the country who don’t live in one of the 100-odd cities that get Frozen that first week, and go see the film so that the rest of the country can, too.

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil: Future Quotable Classic?
We’ve heard mostly good things about Eli Craig’s hillbilly horror-comedy Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (“A smart twist on the horror genre,” says Twitch Film’s Todd Brown). But could it be, as THR Risky Business blogger Jay A. Fernandez suggests, a “quote-worthy” “cult phenom” that audiences will come to know and love and mimic for years to come? Our friend Kevin Kelly, reviewing for Cinematical, thought so. “Hearing Tyler Labine shout ‘Bring it, Frat Bitch!’ is utterly satisfying,” he writes, “and that should become the slogan for this movie.” Check out the list of future classic quotes Fernandez compiled here.  (Our favorite: “I’ll provide the finger sandwiches.”)

Screen Gems: Scaring Little Kids Since 1964
Thursday brought word on a short film that’s been playing in front of Tucker & Dale all week called The S From Hell – referring to the heebie-jeebie-inducing “S”-shaped logo that opened every Screen Gems property between 1964 and 1974. (Seriously. This thing really scared people.) Narrated by a disassociated female voice, the horror documentary relates how the red-on-yellow logo and Moog theme song struck fear into the hearts of children of the decade when it would come on after programs like Bewitched and The Flintstones.

Check it out below.

Post-Apocalyptic One Hundred Mornings, LARP thriller The Wild Hunt Earned Slamdance Honors

As the Slamdance Film Festival wound down Thursday night, a duo of interesting titles we’ve been tracking were honored at the annual awards celebration. First up, the Irish drama-thriller One Hundred Mornings, about two couples slowly unraveling in the wake of an unnamed apocalyptic event, snagged a special Jury award after garnering positive word of mouth; we’ve been curious since reading this quote from Independent Film Quarterly: “If Harold Pinter did a rewrite of The Road, it could easily resemble One Hundred Mornings.”  Visit the film’s official site for more info, photos, and trailer links.

Meanwhile, the LARP medieval-modern day flick The Wild Hunt, which we mentioned yesterday as one of a handful of Slamdance titles you can watch via the Zune/Xbox Video On Demand set-up, won the coveted Audience Award for best Narrative Film. Slug Magazine, reviewing it at Slamdance, called it “a film that is frequently hilarious and so brutally unflinching that it made a seasoned horror fan flinch away for the first time in ages.” Find more info on The Wild Hunt at its official site here.