Daniel Stamm

13 Sins

This week on the show, 13 Sins director Daniel Stamm reveals what he’d sell his soul for, discusses The Hero’s Journey as addiction and describes how he’s using his knowledge of movie marketing (and misleading trailers) to subvert the system. They should really let German directors make more rom-coms. Plus, Geoff and I will break down movie scenes that make us break down in order to figure out how they make us cry. Fair warning: the first ten minutes of Up will be discussed. Come prepared. You should follow Daniel Stamm (@stammdaniel), the show (@brokenprojector), Geoff (@drgmlatulippe) and Scott (@scottmbeggs) on Twitter for more on a daily basis. Please review us on iTunes Download Episode #63 Directly Or subscribe Through iTunes

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13 Sins Movie

Back in the 2000s, a few years apart from one another, there were two breakouts in the niche cinema world that finally came together this year. The first was the Thai thriller 13: Game of Death. The second was A Necessary Death, or more specifically its director Daniel Stamm. The “death” in both titles was a nice tie-in, but it’s been dropped for 13 Sins, Stamm’s remake of the Thai hit. Worlds collide. It hit SXSW, and Rob found it underwhelming, but the movie has a lot going for it. Ron Perlman, for one. Mark Webber, for two. Stamm for three. Plus, it seems faithful to the concept of putting a man on his last leg through a mysterious game show of violence and degradation. So that’s four. Check out the trailer for yourself:

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Ron Perlman in 13 SINS

Elliot Brindle (Mark Webber) is having a bad day. His hope for a promotion at work has instead resulted in being fired, and that doesn’t bode well for a man with a pregnant wife and a learning-impaired brother at home. A single phone call changes all of that by offering a chance at financial freedom. The catch? Complete a series of thirteen challenges without fail and without telling anyone else what’s happening. What could possibly go wrong? It starts with a deceptively innocuous challenge. The game show-friendly voice on the phone tells him to kill the fly currently buzzing around his head for $1000. Concerns over exactly how the man on the phone knows there’s a fly are brushed aside, and soon Elliot’s a grand richer. Then swallow the fly. Then make a little girl cry. Then do something involving a homeless man and an ostrich. It’s not too long before he’s moved beyond moral grey areas and started committing felonies, and the deeper he goes down the rabbit hole the harder it becomes to climb back out again. 13 Sins is a mix of dark comedy and vicious thrills, but while there are moments that surprise and sing far too much of it feels overly familiar. It’s a lesser sin to be sure, but it would surprise no one if there was a special place in hell for makers of unnecessary remakes.

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Mark Webber

According to Variety, Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim vs The World, The End of Love) is in talks to star in Daniel Stamm‘s (The Last Exorcism) remake of 13: Game of Death. With the prospect of getting a shiny new lead, the movie has been picked up by Dimension Films and is being called Angry Little God. Stamm is an exciting new talent that delivered a great twist on found footage and exorcisms, but its his first film - A Necessary Death – that really proves how incendiary his vision is. The movie he’ll be remaking came from Thailand (and was distributed by Dimension Extreme appropriately enough). It features a young man who answers his phone and is drawn slowly into a violent game show which tests his personal and ethical limits. As previously mentioned – it’s a flick whose themes will mesh well with American sensibilities, particularly the joy of “real people” becoming celebrities and/or doing outrageous things for money. With Webber, the project now has an excellent anchor. Unfortunately, the danger with Dimension is that they could see it to the finish line only to place it on a shelf and dust it off every so often. Let’s cross our fingers that this one has the freedom to make it to theaters in all its twisted glory.

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Daniel Stamm‘s A Necessary Death is like a shot of whiskey that’s easy to pour but not easy to drink. His directorial debut (which won him the job for The Last Exorcism) follows a film student making a documentary about a man preparing for, and going through with, his suicide. It’s difficult territory to be certain, but it’s handled with grace, humor, and more than a few touching moments which make the horror of the inevitable and the twisting emotions growing in the film crew that much harder to handle. It’s an excellent movie, and Stamm joins us to delve deeper into its creation (and audience’s reactions). Download Episode #138

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13 Game of Death

For the unlucky who haven’t see it, 13: Game of Death is an incredibly clever Thai movie that features a down-on-his-luck-in-every-aspect-of-his-life guy who agrees to participate in a reality game show using his cell phone. All he has to do is kill a fly. Then perform another task. And another. Thirteen in all, with each becoming more bizarre and threatening than the last. It’s a fantastic exploration of what we’ll do to get money (and the spotlight), and now an English-language remake is moving forward with director Daniel Stamm (The Last Exorcist, A Necessary Death). “What we’re doing with it . . . I’m just so damned proud of this script,” said Stamm who co-wrote the new take with David Birke (who also helped rewrite Last Exorcism and is writing the English-language version of Livid). “[We're working with] really smart people that are actually excited to take risks, which, if you take on – you know 13 – that’s not a very American audience-friendly movie inherently. It’s very Asian. It’s very dark. It doesn’t really care to make the protagonist a very nice guy to begin with…you have to tweak certain things but to keep the soul alive.”

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Daniel Stamm has hit audiences and the pockets of Lionsgate right where it counts with The Last Exorcism. He’s also pompously made it impossible for anyone else to do anymore exorcisms with his title alone. This success has led him down the path to M. Night Shyamalan and the movie Reincarnate. Stamm will direct the film, the second in a three-part series of movies that starts with Devil and ostensibly ends with something resembling an Unbreakable sequel. It’s about a jury for a murder trial being haunted by an other-worldly being that knows the truth in the case. It’s great to see Stamm continue his success after proving his skills at building tension and delivering some truly creepy atmosphere. It will also be great to see Shyamalan’s name back on screens during a trailer because we all could use more laughter in our lives. [Heat Vision]

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The Week That Was

With this week, Summer 2010 has officially gone. We are into September and here in Austin at Reject HQ, the temperature is back down into the 90s and we’re looking forward to seeing all of our genre-loving friends at the end of the month for Fantastic Fest. As you’ll begin to notice, we will soon become very preoccupied with what’s happening in the war room over at the Alamo Drafthouse, where the final slate for Fantastic Fest 2010 seems to be coming together quickly. But for now, there are still films in theaters and news from around the globe that have caught our interest. That interest was quickly turned into articles filled with biting commentary. Those articles are assembled here, in a weekly column we like to call The Week That Was…

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I’ve been excited to see The Last Exorcism for the last 5 months. Originally slated to play at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival, the Eli Roth-produced horror film was quickly bought up by Lionsgate and subsequently pulled from the festival. A sad day indeed for horror fans who were already chomping at the bit to see the film. Here we are several months later and Lionsgate has pulled out all the stops for a wide release of The Last Exorcism this past weekend. It did very well for itself, going neck and neck with Takers for the top spot at the box office with just over $20 million in ticket sales. Not too shabby for a film produced outside the studio system with a production budget of less than $2 million. I had an opportunity to sit down with producer Eli Roth and director Daniel Stamm and talk about the film in detail. Cut to the interview, already in progress:

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr puts on his preachin’ suit and heads out to the multiplex to exorcise the demons of bad movies. Sadly, this won’t be the last exorcism of this kind because January and February are just around the corner. In the wake of the money grab re-release of Avatar: The Big Blue Sex Scene Edition, Kevin takes aim at Takers and The Last Exorcism.

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I often wonder if there is anyone else out there who is as ambivalent to Eli Roth as a director or producer as myself.

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