Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself. Take Shelter is a 2011 American psychological thriller drama film, written and directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain. The plot follows a young husband and father (Shannon) who is plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, and questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself. The film won two Saturn Awards, Best Writing for Nichols and Best Actor for Shannon, and was nominated for two more, Best Horror or Thriller Film and Best Actress for Chastain.
Critic Reviews'What makes Nichols' film so satisfying, at least until the melodrama of the final act, is the deftness of the characterisations and the constant sense that things are probably considerably more complex than they're perceived.' Sight and Sound 'An impressively sustained slow-burn parable from writer-director Jeff Nichols, shot with ominous beauty, guarding its mysteries with care.' Daily Telegraph UK 'A hallucinatory thriller anchored by a deeply resonant sense of unease.' Variety
AwardsAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA 2012 Winner of the Saturn Award for Best Actor - Michael Shannon Best Writing - Jeff Nichols Austin Film Critics Association 2011 Winner of the AFCA Award for Best Actor - Michael Shannon Best Supporting Actress - Jessica Chastain Winner of the Austin Film Award - Jeff Nichols Winner of the Breakthrough Artist Award- Jessica Chastain Cannes Film Festival 2011 Winner of the Critics Week Grand Prize - Jeff Nichols Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize for Directors' Fortnight or Critics' Week - Jeff Nichols Winner of the SACD Award - Jeff Nichols New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2011 Winner NYFCC Award for Best Supporting Actress - Jessica Chastain New York Film Critics, Online 2011 Winner of the NYFCO Award for Best Actor - Michael Shannon Breakthrough Performance - Jessica Chastain Toronto Film Critics Association Awards 2011 Winner of the TFCA Award for Best Actor - Michael Shannon Best Supporting Actress - Jessica Chastain
A 21st century Jack the Ripper set in present day LA, Franck Khalfoun's Maniac is a re-boot of the William Lustig cult film considered by many to be the most suspenseful slasher movie ever made - an intimate, visually daring, psychologically complex and profoundly horrific trip into the downward spiralling nightmare of a killer and his victims.
Critic Reviews'[Franck] Khalfoun's Maniac is about as human as one can get. A heart-pounding, heart-stopping cinematic experience' Behind the Lens 'Maniac is gripping from beginning to end and more intellectual than your average slasher flick.' New Zealand Herald 'One for hard-core gore-hounds.' Metro (UK)
AwardsFright Meter Awards 2013 Winner of the Fright Meter Award of Best Actor and Best Editing Fangoria Chainsaw Awards 2014 Winner of the Chainsaw Award for Best Actor and Best Score
Hungry Joe tells the story of a new mother who watches in horror as her only son grows from a quiet, apathetic child into a gluttonous monster. Born with an insatiable appetite that grows more extreme as he hits puberty, the child has a pathological need to consume an inhuman amount of food but, remarkably, never gains weight. As a struggling single mother, the cost of his care soon brings her to crisis point. She’s crushed by her own disgust and lack of maternal love towards the boy – with his dead - eyed demeanour and the ever - present foul odour that follows him everywhere – impervious to cleanliness. She’s greeted with scepticism by doctors – who tell her that he’s a perfectly healthy growing boy - and regarded with cold suspicion by social workers who s cald her for his apparent malnourishmen tnd poor hygiene. As he reaches manhood and is free to roam the streets alone, he turns to ever more depraved means of satisfying his growing gluttony. Rubbish, refuse and even small animals are all fair game as he becomes increasingly detached from society - a reclusive neighbourhood bogeyman that strikes terror into the hearts of the local children. The horrific story climaxes with an act of pure barbarism as his mother is forced to make an inhumane choice between the life of her cannibalistic boy and the last shreds of her own dwindling sanity.