Alexandre Bustillo

Livid Movie

From Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, the directors of the brilliant movie Inside, Livid was an unfortunately scattered follow-up that could have used some serious reigning in. Rob was right to call it a “visually appealing mess of a movie.” Still, the potential is undeniably there. In the film, a young woman is training to become a caregiver for several people – one of which is an elderly comatose woman living in a large mansion. The caregiver tells her friends so they can break in. What they find, gets a little sticky. For example, there’s a tea party And now, SND Films is announcing they’ll be overseeing an English-language remake of the movie. They’ve hired David Birke (Gacy) to adapt which will be a test for a screenwriter who hasn’t quite proved himself in the feature world. He’s done work on serial killer flicks, but this particular piece is bound to be a bit more experimental and poetic than what he’s done before. At any rate, you can still see the original with subtitles (unless you speak French), but soon you’ll be able to see a version of it in English.



There are pros and cons to making a kick-ass, critically acclaimed film for your debut feature. On the plus side, well, you made a fantastic movie. But then you have to follow it up and prove it wasn’t just a fluke. Just ask Richard Kelly, Kevin Costner, or Rian Johnson what it feels like when that effort fails. And now French directors Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury have joined that sad walk of shame with the release of their follow-up to the brilliant and brutal thriller, Inside. That film features two women, one pregnant and the other psychotic, battling to the death in the mother-to-be’s home. It’s terrifying, exciting, surprising, and shocking… everything that their follow-up isn’t.



Dimension Films is announcing today that they’ve acquired French horror film Livid from directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo. The pair made their feature debut with the appropriately strange film Inside, but this new project looks to be a completely different beast altogether. According to the press release, Livid is a “horror fariytale set during Halloween night when three youths decide to burglarize an old lady’s desolate house, but what awaits them is no ordinary house…” It’s the ellipses that frighten me the most. Maury and Bustillo showed some genuine promise with their first film, and it even landed them a writing/directing gig for a remake of Hellraiser that never came to be. Here, they are working again with Inside star Béatrice Dalle, and the concept seems simple but effective. Hopefully the old lady has rigged paint cans on the staircase and broken Christmas tree ornaments on the living room floor. No word yet on how long the Weinsteins will keep this on the shelf before pushing back its release date.


Just when you thought countless piss-poor sequels had diluted the Hellraiser franchise to a horchata-like potency, Clive Barker himself has wicked-good news.

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