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A24 Horror Movies Ranked From Worst to Best

A24 Horror Movies Ranked From Worst to Best
It is arguable that no studio, distributor, or production company has had a greater impact on the horror genre in the last decade than A24. While Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions might also lay claim to that legacy, the remarkable thing about A24 is the company lacks a particular house style or formula for its filmmaker-driven indie releases. And yet the words “A24 horror movie” call to mind words like weird, offbeat, and unsettling. They’re frequently slow-boiling, and almost always greeted with reviews celebrating high-quality.

Every A24 horror movie is distinct, but they nevertheless claim a mystique which in less than 10 years has helped some critics make the dubious claim that the 2010s were “the decade of elevated horror.” We personally don’t subscribe to the theory that horror is a caste system of “elevated” vintages vs. cheaper swill. However, we are ecstatic A24 and other companies have provided
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Watch Whitney Roam Chicago in Video for New Song ‘Used to Be Lonely’

Watch Whitney Roam Chicago in Video for New Song ‘Used to Be Lonely’
Chicago rock outfit Whitney unveiled a charming new song, “Used to Be Lonely,” that will appear on their new album, Forever Turned Around, out August 30th on Secretly Canadian.

The track evolves from a sweet, falsetto-steeped singalong into a hypnotic horn-fueled groove. Whitney also unveiled a video for “Used to Be Lonely,” which was directed by Austin Vesely and filmed at some of the bands favorite Chicago spots, including the Music Box Theatre and the Lake Michigan shoreline.

“Used to Be Lonely” follows previously-released Forever Turned Around tracks “Valleys (My Love)” and “Giving Up.
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Cinepocalypse 2019 Announces Juried Winners

With another year of eclectic screenings of movies both old and new in the books, the juried winners of Cinepocalypse 2019 have been revealed, with Sara Summa’s The Last to See Them taking home the coveted "Best Film" award from a jury that includes Joel Schumacher.

Press Release: The Music Box Theatre is honored to announce the juried winners of the 2019 edition of Cinepocalypse. As the festival wraps, it is also immensely proud to note that, in its third year, the festival shattered its second-year attendance record, and won accolades for its once-in-a-lifetime, center-of-the-cinematic-universe programming and guests. Cinepocalypse welcomed over 6,000 attendees, over 25 film guests from around the world, and hosted multiple sold out screenings, including Glenn Danzig’s buzzed about debut Verotika, first-ever screening of the hyper rare ‘Gore-Cut’ of Tammy And The T-rex, and special 70mm screening of Total Recall with Michael Ironside in attendance, all at the Music Box Theatre.
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Pizza Delivery Gets Dangerous in Slice – Arriving on DVD January 29th from Lionsgate

Small-town pizza delivery is about to get dangerous when Slice arrives on DVD January 29 from Lionsgate. Grammy Award® winner Chance the Rapper makes his acting debut alongside Primetime Emmy nominee Zazie Beetz in a horror-comedy from Austin Vesely (longtime director of Chance the Rapper’s music videos), who makes his directorial debut. Hilariously spooky and unlike anything you’ve seen before, the Slice DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

When a slew of pizza delivery boys are slain on the job in a spooky small town, two daring survivors set out to catch the culprits behind the cryptic crime spree.

DVD Special Features

Deleted Scenes Audio Commentary with Director Austin Vesely, Producer Elijah Alvarado, and Actor Paul Scheer

Cast

Zazie Beetz Deadpool 2, Dead Pigs, TV’s “Atlanta

Chance the Rapper Feature Film Debut

Rae Gray TV’s “Fear the Walking Dead,” Dismissed

Chris Parnell TV’s “Archer,
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Chance The Rapper to Develop Movie Musical Set In Chicago

Chance The Rapper to Develop Movie Musical Set In Chicago
Chance the Rapper is adding to his already lengthy list of side projects by developing a new movie musical called Hope for MGM. The story is close to Chance’s heart as, according to the studio, it follows a group of teenagers who turn “art into [community] action.” Since Chance’s rise to prominence, he’s also turned his attention from music to politics and activism. Most recently, he teased a bid for the Chicago Mayor’s office before ultimately endorsing Amara Enyia. ““Very narcissistically,” he said, “if I back you,
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‘Slice’ Review

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Stars: Zazie Beetz, Joe Keery, Hannibal Buress, Katherine Cunningham, Chris Parnell, Y’lan Noel, Paul Scheer, Rae Gray, Austin Vesely, Chance the Rapper, Rebecca Spence, Will Brill, Kelli Simpkins, Lakin Valdez, Gary Houston | Written and Directed by Austin Vesely

Slice posits itself as A24′s 80′s horror throwback in the same vein as John Carpenters eerie methodical camp aesthetic in The Fog, combined with his comedic prowess of Big Trouble Little China, albeit threaded together on a very, very bad day at the office.

In a spooky small town, when a slew of pizza delivery boys are slain on the job, two daring survivors (Zazie Beetz and Chance the Rapper) set out to catch the culprits behind the cryptic crime spree. Slice is director Austin Vesely’s first feature film after helming music videos for Chance’s “Sunday Candy” and “Angels.” Somehow, this mystery involves both a werewolf and a
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Slideshow: Exclusive Red-Carpet Photos of Chance the Rapper at World Premiere of ‘Slice’

Previous | Image 1 of 6 | NextChance the Rapper portrays Dax in ‘Slice.’

Chicago – One of Chicago’s biggest celebrities and greatest ambassadors was a high school student in 2011. Chancelor Jonathan Bennett, better known as Chance the Rapper, has had a meteoric rise from that Chi-town high school to become one of music’s brightest stars. And besides the fame, he has made it his mission to help others, both with his time, donations and charitable events. And he has just made his debut in a movie, the appropriately titled “Slice.”

“Slice” is a B-movie take off, about a small town mystery in which pizza delivery boys are being slain on the job. Two daring survivors set out to catch the culprits behind the crime spree, that also involves a known werewolf (Chance as Dax) and a pizza restaurant built on a gateway to hell. Fellow cast members Zazie Beetz, Paul Scheer, Rae Gray
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Serving Up a Hot & Ready Discussion Of A24’s Horror-Comedy ‘Slice’ [Podcast]

Welcome back to The Playlist Podcast, the show in which we review films, discuss pertinent pop culture items, or really anything that we think is worth discussing. Though this week, the topic at hand was very unexpected.

On this episode, I’m joined by Matt Donato to discuss “Slice,” A24‘s pizza-themed horror-comedy that is the directorial debut of Austin Vesely and the acting debut of Chance the Rapper.

Continue reading Serving Up a Hot & Ready Discussion Of A24’s Horror-Comedy ‘Slice’ [Podcast] at The Playlist.
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Chance The Rapper’s ‘Slice’ Is Not The B-Movie Classic You Were Hoping For [Review]

Austin Vesely has some serious balls. In his feature film directorial debut, “Slice,” the young writer-director casts one of the biggest musical artists in the world, Chance Bennett, aka Chance the Rapper, joined by one of Hollywood’s brightest rising stars, and a handful of veteran comedians. The filmmaker then crafted a “Thriller“-esque story —yes, that Michael Jackson music video — that features heavy amounts of special effects work, including practical makeup and CGI, and climaxes with a witch fighting a ghost, who is saved by a werewolf, as they battle over the gate to Hell.

Continue reading Chance The Rapper’s ‘Slice’ Is Not The B-Movie Classic You Were Hoping For [Review] at The Playlist.
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Second Opinion – Slice (2018)

Slice, 2018.

Directed by Austin Vesely.

Starring Zazie Beetz, Chance the Rapper, Hannibal Buress, Joe Keery, Chris Parnell, Katherine Cunningham, Paul Scheer, Austin Vesely, Rae Gray, and Kelli Simpkins.

Synopsis:

When a pizza delivery driver is murdered on the job, the city searches for someone to blame: ghosts? drug dealers? a disgraced werewolf?

Austin Vesely’s Slice is a saucily marketed “Everything” pie that scatters listed toppings over its nearly melted bed of genre cheese a bit sparsely. Werewolves, witches, ghosts, and interdimensional underworld rifts are in short(ish) order. It’s a menu item that sounds too good to be true, and it is – to a degree. If you promise the moon and still deliver half, I mean, that’s still half a gigantic orbiting space rock. A24 sold Slice as a midnight amalgamation of subgenre madness dripping with greasy flavor, and while Vesely’s story is smaller-scale than that,
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‘Slice’ Review: A24 Delivers a Hilarious Horror Film Destined to Be a Stoner Classic

There isn’t a town quite like Kingfisher, nor is there a movie quite like Austin Vesely’s “Slice.” With his feature-length directorial debut, the longtime Chance the Rapper’s collaborator has concocted a world where ghosts co-exist alongside humans and a werewolf is on the loose, yet Kingfisher still feels like a real town, thanks in part to wonderful turns from Zazie Beetz, Paul Scheer, and Rae Gray. Although it falters at time, “Slice” is a funny and campy homage to ’80s horror, mashing together Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” with “Stranger Things” and “Riverdale,” often with satisfying results.

Since 2012, Vesely has collaborated with Chance the Rapper on several music videos, including “Juice,” “Everybody’s Something,” and “Angels,” which features Chance standing on top of a Chicago subway car. With “Slice,” they’ve created a black comedy with horror elements that seems destined to become a stoner classic. With memorable characters,
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‘Slice’ Is a ‘Drunkenly Scribbled’ Horror Comedy About Prejudice, and Gentrification

‘Slice’ Is a ‘Drunkenly Scribbled’ Horror Comedy About Prejudice, and Gentrification
“Slice,” the feature film debut for Chance the Rapper and his childhood friend, writer-director Austin Vesely, had its premiere and sole theatrical screenings on Monday night, just before distributor A24 surprise-dropped it on iTunes, digital and on-demand like it’s a new Beyoncé album.

“It was a drunken scribble in a notebook that I turned into a script for a short film,” writer/director Vesely joked during a Q&A after its Chicago screening, which was simulcast to the screenings in 20 other cities.

That quip was appropriate for the very laissez-faire occasion, at least from the ground in Los Angeles, where the scene at the Regal Cinema L.A. Live in downtown was the opposite of a big premiere to-do. Almost no signage to even signify the movie was showing could be seen, and attendees weren’t even sure what they were in for.

“So what’s this movie supposed to be about,
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A24’s New Horror Comedy Slice is Now on Digital Platforms

"Your pizza place is a gateway to Hell." Horror, comedy, and blood-stained pizza deliveries come together in a surreal small town in A24's Slice, co-starring Chance the Rapper and Zazie Beetz, and if you missed the film's one-night-only theatrical release on September 10th, you can now watch the horror comedy on digital platforms.

Written and directed by Austin Vesely, Slice stars the aforementioned Chance the Rapper and Beetz, as well as Rae Gray, Paul Scheer, and Joe Keery.

Slice is available to watch now on iTunes, Google Play, and other digital platforms. To learn more, visit A24's official website.

Synopsis: In a spooky small town, when a slew of pizza delivery boys are slain on the job, two daring survivors (Atlanta's Zazie Beetz and Chance the Rapper in a wild film debut) set out to catch the culprits behind the cryptic crime spree. Slice is director Austin Vesely's
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Chance the Rapper's Slice Skips Theaters and Heads Direct to Digital Today

Chance the Rapper's Slice Skips Theaters and Heads Direct to Digital Today
Get it while it's hot! A24 has surprised fans with the unexpected drop of horror comedy Slice, which is available right now on Digital. It's not going to theaters as previously planned. That's right, instead of waiting to see Chance the Rapper in his breakout feature film role, you can order it up like take out right this minute. How exciting is that?

Hot on the heels of its sold out premiere in over 20 cities across these great United States, A24 has decided to skip out on the local cinemaplex and is instead making Slice immediately available to rent or own. The film marks the acting debut of Chance the Rapper. The movie is directed by Austin Vesely, and also stars Atlanta and Deadpool 2 favorite Zazie Beetz, who looks might fine in her silky pizza jacket.

Slice is a pizza themed horror comedy that mish-mashes several genre elements. In a spooky small town,
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‘Slice’: Chance the Rapper’s Feature Film Debut Proved to Him Why He Doesn’t Want an Acting Career

‘Slice’: Chance the Rapper’s Feature Film Debut Proved to Him Why He Doesn’t Want an Acting Career
Chance the Rapper might have made his feature length acting debut in “Slice,” but don’t expect him to leave the music industry behind any time soon. The rapper admitted during the “Slice” world premiere in Chicago that he didn’t have a great time acting and would much rather work on the creative side of filmmaking in the future.

“Slice” is the brainchild of Chance’s longtime collaborator Austin Vesely, best known for directing the rapper’s music videos for “Juice,” “Everybody’s Something,” and “Angels.” The A24-backed horror-comedy centers on a strange town, Kingfisher, where pizza delivery boys are being murdered and a werewolf is on the loose. The town’s residents band together to try and solve the murders before any more take place.

Following the world premiere screening of “Slice,” Chance took part in a Q&A with Vesely and his co-stars Paul Scheer, Zazie Beetz,
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‘Slice’ Review: Chance the Rapper’s Acting Debut is Short on Laughs, Scares or Originality

‘Slice’ Review: Chance the Rapper’s Acting Debut is Short on Laughs, Scares or Originality
You can see what the filmmakers are going for. In fact, it’s so clear that it makes it all the more frustrating that writer/director Austin Vesely’s feature debut, Slice, keep missing the mark even as it bombards us at every turn with characters, story turns, jokes, and horror movie tropes, all arranged by someone who […]

The post ‘Slice’ Review: Chance the Rapper’s Acting Debut is Short on Laughs, Scares or Originality appeared first on /Film.
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Chance the Rapper’s Debut Film ‘Slice’ is Now Available Online

Chance the Rapper’s Debut Film ‘Slice’ is Now Available Online
After more than a year of hype and cryptic, creepy teasers, Slice was dropped online without much fanfare. An A24 horror film directed by first-time feature director Austin Vesely, Slice has ridden the buzz of its mystery for the past year, culminating in its one-night-only world premiere in Chicago on September 10. Then, mere hours after this flashy […]

The post Chance the Rapper’s Debut Film ‘Slice’ is Now Available Online appeared first on /Film.
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Chance the Rapper Film Debut ‘Slice’ Just Dropped Online Like a Beyoncé Album

Chance the Rapper Film Debut ‘Slice’ Just Dropped Online Like a Beyoncé Album
Chance the Rapper will make his feature film debut in A24’s “Slice,” and the distributor is taking a page out of Queen Bey’s book, dropping the film online without much warning.

The distributor will bypass the traditional release methods and instead drop the film on iTunes, digital and on-demand at midnight on Sep. 11.

But the film will still play in theaters — A24 hosted a premiere for “Slice” in Chance’s hometown of Chicago, along with simulcast screenings in 20 additional cities across the country. Alas, as of right now, that’s all the big screen time the movie will see. A24 has no plans to release “Slice” in additional theaters.

Also Read: 'Slice' Trailer: Chance the Rapper, Zazie Beetz Solve One Hell of a Pizza Murder Mystery (Video)

Written and directed by Austin Vesely, who has directed a couple of Chance’s music videos, “Slice” plays like a hyper
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Pizza-Slasher Slice Hits Theaters for One Night Only This Monday

Dead. In 30 Minutes or Less. Chance the Rapper makes his big-screen debut in Slice -the story of a ghost, a werewolf, and a pretty shitty pizza place. And today we have word via Variety that the movie is coming to theaters across the U.S. for one night only on Monday, Sept. 10. Writer and director Austin Vesely […]

The post Pizza-Slasher Slice Hits Theaters for One Night Only This Monday appeared first on Dread Central.
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More Than Pizza Disappears at the Chicago Premiere of Austin Vesely's Slice

Slice is an upcoming horror film from director Austin Vesely. Starring Chance the Rapper as Dax Lycander, this indie feature will have its Chicago Premiere this September 10th. On this date, the film will play in twenty-one U.S. cities. A Red Band trailer was released for the film, in late August (found below). Now, a couple of new stills have been released. And, Slice centrally stars: Paul Scheer, Joe Keery ("Stranger Things") and Rae Gray. Fans of comedy or of horror can find the latest details, on Slice, below. What happens when people begin disappearing on the job? You enlist the help of a top notch detective! However, all of the clues lead back to a cursed pizza shop. Here, a portal to Hell has been opened up, releasing demonic denizens into the world. At the Chicago Premiere, several actors will be in attendance. Chance the Rapper will be there,
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