Lee Hardcastle

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Why Watch? It’s The Raid. Made with claymation cats. By Lee Hardcastle. Do you need an embossed invitation? What will it cost? Only 3 minutes. Skip Work. You’ve Got Time For More Short Films Hat tip to Hobo With a Shotgun director Jason Eisener for sharing this on his site.

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What is Movie News After Dark? It happens nightly. It’s about movies. Sometimes television, too. It’s written by a guy who thinks he’s funny. He is often wrong. We begin this evening with a quick programming note. For the second time in the history of this column, we will be celebrating a week of guest entries. Once again, members of the FSR staff have come forward to pledge their swords to the battle for excellent nightly movie news link-dumps. I will be away doing my usual moving and shaking, while the likes of Nathan Adams, Kevin Carr, Luke Mullen, Kate Erbland and a doubtfully sober Robert Fure will be taking the reigns. I have faith that you will all survive their week of debauchery. I bid you to go with god. Above, Bane reacts to this news in a new image from The Dark Knight Rises.

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Why Watch? Sometimes short films are used to deliver a punchline, and when Lee Hardcastle is at the wheel, it’s a sure thing that he’ll steer the horror comedy truck right off the cliff and it’ll only take him 5 seconds to do it. The guy is damned good, and this short movie is definitely good for a (very) quick laugh. What will it cost? Only 5 seconds. Skip Work. You’ve Got Time For More Short Films.

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We’ve featured a few of Lee Harcastle‘s short films before, and they’re always good for a bloody violent, clay-filled time. Now, according to Twitch Film, he’ll be teaming up with Kill List director Ben Wheatley for a clay animated prison exploitation flick called Megaevilmotherfuckers. Score one for good titling. There’s limited information at this point, and Wheatley still has a black comedy (Sightseers), a non-black comedy (I, Macrobane featuring Nick Frost) and a science fiction movie (Freak Shift) on the table after Kill List hits theaters this week and The ABCS of Death  becomes available later this year. He’ll also probably have to stop to eat or sleep at some point. Great title, great pairing, great genre. Both Harcastle and Wheatley are about to be very busy filmmakers, so be prepared. Also, just imagine what sort of gore and sex and violence they can get away with when it’s all clay.

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Emma Stone in The Amazing Spider-Man

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie and entertainment news column that, now that it’s a year old and feeling mature, is looking to bring you only the best links of the day. Think of it as your one-stop-shop for the best of the entertainment web. If you didn’t see it here, it probably wasn’t that good. If we missed it, just email it to neil@filmschoolrejects.com and we’ll consider it for tomorrow. We do this every night. We begin tonight with a new shot of Emma Stone in The Amazing Spider-Man as a funeral-going Gwen Stacy. She’s looking quite sad. I wonder who died. Oh right, they are telling the origin story of Spider-Man again. I know who’s going to die.

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According to a press release that left blood all over my inbox, Lee Hardcastle – a filmmaker twice featured in our illustrious Short Film of the Day feature – has won the chance to see his work next to 25 of the best horror filmmakers working today in the anthology picture The ABCs of Death. Drafthouse Films and Timpson Films held a contest that saw 170 entries narrowed down to 13 by the voting public. Those top 13 were then shown to the directors involved in the production, and they voted Hardcastle as the winner. T is For Toilet features a young boy who is learning to use the toilet all by himself, and the horrific monster that we all know lives inside all of our johns has different plans for him and his family. It should be shown to all potty training young ones, alongside this magical gem. Runners up, T is for Talk by Peter Haynes; T is for Turbo by Francois Simard, Anouk Whissel and Yoann-Karl Whissel; T is for Table by Shane Free; and T is for Termite by Steve Daniels will all be invited to be included in the DVD/Blu-ray release of the film. In the mean time, check out T is for Toilet for yourself:

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Why Watch? It features the revenge of a household item we’ve been dumping our shit in for years. For the next week or so, we’ll be shining a spotlight on some of the short films from the ABCs of Death competition going on right now to find the 26th director for the upcoming horror anthology. Each entry starts with the letter T and has to pick a T-word to use in a deadly way. We’ve featured work from Lee Hardcastle before, and this new short has the same wicked charm and horror sensibility that manages to make you laugh while cringing. What does it cost? Just 4 minute of your time. Check out T is For Toilet for yourself:

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Why Watch? Because dry humor, zombies, lumps of clay, and Evil Dead go together surprisingly well. This short from Lee Hardcastle had its world debut at Cannes this year, and I would have given an undead right arm to be in the room when it played. Like yesterday’s zombie exploration, this is sweetly endearing for taking the abject horror of the genre and taming it with stop motion animation, tons of clay carnage, and a few simple jokes. Watch the short, and you’ll see Evil Dead all over it. What does it cost? Just 3 glorious minutes of your time. Check out A Zombie Claymation for yourself:

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