Five Foreign-Language Films That Will Scare You in Five Different Languages

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"Audition" features one of the most sinister villains with one of the most delicate appearances.
Nightmares tap into our subconscious and scare us based on our feelings, which is why fear knows no language barriers. So, while the world's cultures are blaringly different, our terrors are universal. The world of foreign horror cinema is also extensive and terrifying, and a plethora of American scary movies have actually been remakes of international flicks, including The Ring, The Grudge and Let the Right One In. And the usual consensus is that the original is scarier.

Go beyond our national borders and check out what frightens the rest of the world. Here are the top five scariest foreign films.

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Film Podcast: Oscar Season Opens with Birdman and Listen Up Philip

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Alison Rosa
Michael Keaton and Edward Norton put up their dukes in Birdman.

It's awards season and the hyped movies are starting to land in theaters. On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we talk about Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman, starring Michael Keaton, and Alex Ross Perry's Listen Up Philip, and carve out some time to recommend Nothing Bad Can Happen and Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me. All four of those films have received high praise and some have been hit with some pretty damning criticism, including the description that Iñárritu is a "pretentious fraud," leveled by film critic Scott Tobias of The Dissolve. Amy Nicholson of the LA Weekly, along with Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice, dive into what stirs critics use loaded words like those when reviewing a movie. Ahh, must be Oscar season.

Kelly Sears Uses Found Footage to Capture Current Crises: See Them Tonight

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Kelly Sears, Voice on the Line
Kelly Sears will be showing a program of short films at First Person Cinema.
Scouring flea markets, thrift stores and film archives, filmmaker Kelly Sears rescues bits and pieces of forgotten movies and reanimates old footage to explore new ideas. But unlike many found-footage filmmakers whose works are an exercise in nostalgia, Sears reinvents histories to reflect on the current crises facing our society. For example, in her film Voice on the Line, she imagines a secret government program that persuaded '50s era telephone operators to keep callers on the line, slowly getting them to reveal their dirtiest secrets. The film uses this story to reflect on surveillance culture and social media exhibitionism.

Whether she's dealing with the Patriot Act, Manifest Destiny or the menacing drama of high school life, Sears creates captivating narratives while exploring the limits of experimental animation techniques and collage -- using both story and frame-by-frame manipulation. In advance of her presentation at First Person Cinema tonight, we spoke with Sears about her work.

See also: Karen Yasinsky Talks Surrealist Animation and Boredom

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Five Halloween Movies to Watch with Your Kids

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Hocus Pocus has all the elements that make the perfect Halloween movie.

For kids, there's nothing better than Halloween. You get to fulfill your wildest fantasies, explore your darkest fears and get a bag of free candy. It's a time before adulthood beats the magic and wonder out of you, a time when you can still believe there's something more out there. These five movies capture that wonder -- and make you jump -- and, even as an adult, they may be able to help you forget your cynicism for a while.

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Home Movie Day Reels in History, Nostalgia in Boulder Saturday

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Home Movie Day is a celebration of the often forgotten art of home movies.

Many basements, attics, closets and garages harbor dusty boxes of Super 8 films, VHS tapes or even mini-DVs. These old home movies show long-forgotten birthday parties, trips to the amusement park, babies cuddled by now deceased grandparents, all flickering moments in time captured but rarely screened.

The Center For Home Movies is trying to change that. Each year, the nonprofit sponsors Home Movie Day when people around the world dust off their old filmstrips and videotapes and watch them in public. Last year, 87 screenings took place across four continents; this year's celebration is Saturday, October 18.

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Film Podcast: Dear White People, Go See Dear White People

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Justin Simien's Dear White People.

With the news that Paul Feig is going to reboot Ghostbusters with an all-female cast, we wonder on this week's Voice Film Club podcast what it would be like if they re-did another '80s classic: Young Guns. We then move onto the latest Brad Pitt World War II movie, Fury, which is ultra violent. Amy Nicholson of LA Weekly says, "I like a war movie where they talk about how war is just really awful...this is muddy in-the-trenches war movie." Joined as always by Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice, the trio then moves onto Justin Simien's much-anticipated new film, Dear White People (be sure to read our interview with Simien), and then to post-apocalyptic Western Young Ones, written and directed by Jake Paltrow.


The 20 Best Vampire Movies, 1979 to the Present

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Our review of this week's Dracula Untold doesn't inspire much hope: "This Dracula Begins-style sword-and-fangs curio plays like someone said, 'What if we took a vampire flick but did a find-and-replace swapping out all that bare-neck sensuality for some video-game ass-kicking?'"

But for every genre-entry failure, there are numerous other modern vampire movies that manage to plumb and toy with the creature's mythology in imaginative ways. The breadth of the directors featured in our slideshow -- from French auteur Claire Denis to Germany's Werner Herzog to American mavericks Jim Jarmusch and Francis Ford Coppola -- speaks to the wide variety of voices that have tackled the genre with such ingenuity in recent decades. -- Danny King

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Five Scary Documentaries That Will Give You Nightmares

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Cropsey follows the real-life boogieman who terrorized Staten Island.
"Based on a true story" are the scariest words that can appear in a horror movie. While Freddie and Jason may haunt our nightmares, there are real monsters that walk among us. That's why documentaries that tell true, terrifying tales can be more frightening than fiction. Here are our five favorite scary documentaries.

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20,000 Days on Earth Documentary Directors Talk About Nick Cave and the Creative Process

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20,000 Days on Earth is at the SIE FilmCenter.
Even with hundreds of rock documentaries covering everything from concerts to artists on tour, few have managed to crystalize the creative process as well as 20,000 Days on Earth. Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard's fantastical depiction of Nick Cave's 20,000 days explodes the rules of traditional documentary filmmaking. They have created a visually opulent and sonically rigorous portrait of a musician who brings an ecstatic, sensual and violent energy to his performances and writing. Westword recently connected with Pollard and Forsyth to learn more about the production of the film, which opens tonight at the SIE FilmCenter.

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Emily Griffith Film Festival Highlights Stories of Immigrants and Refugees

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We Came Home is the Emily Griffith Film Festival's closing-night movie.
When it comes to the immigration debate, all too often people get swept up in political generalities and forget the people, says Kristy King, programmer for the Emily Griffith Film Festival, which runs Friday, October 10 through Sunday, October 12 at the SIE FilmCenter. "We really tried to focus on individual stories and what's happening with people like you and I."

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