03rd Sep2020

‘The New Mutants’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Blu Hunt, Henry Zaga, Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga | Writteen by Josh Boone, Knate Lee | Directed by Josh Boone Between postproduction issues, Disney buying Fox and the coronavirus pandemic, X-Men spin-off The New Mutants has been subject to so many delays that it was becoming the subject of internet […]

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03rd Sep2020

Frightfest 2020: ‘The Swerve’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Azura Skye, Bryce Pinkham, Ashley Bell, Zach Rand, Taen Phillips, Liam Seib, Deborah Hedwall, Dan Daily | Written and Directed by Dean Kapsalis Holly seems to have it all: two kids, a nice house, a good job as a teacher, and a husband with an upwardly mobile career. But there are troubling signs that […]

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03rd Sep2020

Fantasia 2020: ‘PVT Chat’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Nikki Belfiglio, Atticus Cain, Buddy Duress, Julia Fox, Kevin Moccia, Keith Poulson, Peter Vack, David White | Written and Directed by Ben Hozie Ben Hozie (Annunciation, The Lion’s Den) writes and directs PVT Chat, a psycho-erotic drama about a New York City based online gambler named Jack (Peter Vack) who begins an obsession with […]

03rd Sep2020

Frightfest 2020: ‘The Honeymoon Phase’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Jim Schubin, Chloe Carroll, François Chau, Tara Westwood, Ione Butler, Mike Sutton | Written and Directed by Phillip G. Carroll Jr. Phillip G. Carroll Jr. has written and directed a variety of short films in his career, and The Honeymoon Phase adds a notch to his resume as his first foray into feature films. […]

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02nd Sep2020

Frightfest 2020: ‘Dark Place’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Nelson Baker, Katherine Beckett, Shakira Clanton, Bernard Curry | Directed by Kodie Bedford, Liam Phillips, Robert Braslin, Perun Bonser, Bjorn Stewart Apparently commissioned to promote First Australian talent, Dark Place is a ground-breaking anthology feature telling a quintet of indigenous tales, each around 15 minutes in length, and using largely indigenous casts. All of […]

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02nd Sep2020

Frightfest 2020: ‘I Am Lisa’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Kristen Vaganos, Jennifer Seward, Manon Halliburton, Carmen Anello, Chris Bylsma, Cinnamon Schultz | Written by Eric Winkler | Directed by Patrick Rea Part werewolf movie, part female revenge flick, entertaining small town horror I Am Lisa does a decent job of genre blending, thanks to a smart script and savvy direction from Patrick Rea. […]

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02nd Sep2020

Fantasia 2020: ‘You Cannot Kill David Arquette’ Review

by Kevin Haldon

Features: David Arquette, Patricia Arquette, Courteney Cox | Directed by David Darg, Price James If you had of told me a week ago that a documentary about Deputy Dewey from the Scream movies was something I needed in my life right now, I would of called you a damn fool. I you had told me […]

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01st Sep2020

Frightfest 2020: ‘AV The Hunt’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Billur Melis Koç, Ahmet Rifat Sungar, Baki Kaymaz, Yagizcan Konyah | Written by Emre Akay, Deniz Cuylan | Directed by Emre Akay On paper AV The Hunt sounds like yet another take on the theme of hunting humans, however co-writer/director Emre Akay’s film has a rather interesting concept up its sleeve, which elevates the […]

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01st Sep2020

Fantasia 2020: ‘Undergods’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Johann Myers, Géza Röhrig, Michael Gould, Hayley Carmichael, Ned Dennehy, Khalid Abdall, Eric Godon, Tanya Reynolds, Tadhg Murphy, Jan Bijvoet, Kate Dickie, Sam Louwyck, Adrian Rawlins | Written and Directed by Chino Moya I’ve mentioned it many times before but I really enjoy a good anthology movie. I’m not sure exactly why but from […]

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01st Sep2020

Frightfest 2020: ‘Aquaslash’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Nicolas Fontaine, Brittany Drisdelle, Lanisa Dawn, Nick Walker, Madelline Harvey, Paul Zinno, Chip Chuipka, Howard Rosenstein, Ryan Ali, Cameron Geller, Ivan Ossa, Samantha Hodhod, Jeremy Lavigne Suzanna Lenir, Owen Bruemmer | Written and Directed by Renaud Gauthier The Wet Valley Water Park welcomes high school students celebrating their graduation in all their unleashed libido […]

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01st Sep2020

Frightfest 2020: ‘They’re Outside’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Emily Booth, Nicholas Vince, Tom Clayton-Wheatley, Chrissy Randall, Emma Burdon-Sutton, Nicole Miners, Brad Moore | Written by Airell Anthony Hayles | Directed by Airell Anthony Hayles, Sam Casserly As I’ve said a million times before (well it feels that often) I dislike found footage films. I often think that the use of the format […]

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31st Aug2020

‘Bill and Ted Face the Music’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Samara Weaving, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Kid Cudi, Kristen Schaal, Anthony Carrigan, Erinn Hayes, Jayma Mays, Jillian Bell, Holland Taylor, Beck Bennett, William Sadler, Hal Landon Jr., Amy Stoch | Written by Chris Matheson, Ed Solomon | Directed by Dean Parisot To fulfil their rock and roll destiny the now middle aged […]

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31st Aug2020

Frightfest 2020: ‘Sky Sharks’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Barbara Nedeljakova, Eva Habermann, Thomas Morris, Tony Todd, Dave Sheridan, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Amanda Bearse, Naomi Grossman, Robert LaSardo, Mick Garris, Lar Park-Lincoln, Noush Skaugen, Lynn Lowry, Asami, J. LaRose, Nick Principe | Written by Marc Fehse, Carsten Fehse, A.D. Morel | Directed by Marc Fehse Deep in the ice of the antarctic, a team […]

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31st Aug2020

Fantasia 2020: ‘Special Actors’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Kazuto Osawa, Hiroki Kono, Takuya Fuji, Ayu Kitaura | Written and Directed by Shinichiro Ueda One Cut of the Dead was quite rightly celebrated for rejuvenating the zombie sub genre. It was original, funny, massively entertaining and really clever. But maybe more than all that, it had heart and it made you smile from […]

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31st Aug2020

Frightfest 2020: ‘Blind’ Review

by Kevin Haldon

Stars: Sarah French, Caroline Williams, Jed Rowen, Tyler Gallant, Jessica Galetti | Written by Joe Knetter | Directed by Marcel Walz After botched laser eye surgery treatment, actress Faye completely loses her vsion and is trying to get used to life in the dark. We find Faye attending support groups and making visually impaired freinds […]

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31st Aug2020

Frightfest 2020: ‘The Horror Crowd’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Features: Russell Mulcahy, Lin Shaye, Darren Lynn Bousman, Ryan Turek, Greg Grunberg, Oren Peli, Mike Mendez, Sarah Nicklin | Directed by Ruben Pla I’ve always been fond of documentaries that explore the deeper echelon of horror, and especially those that sit down with a plethora of actors and filmmakers to discuss a variety of topics. […]

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28th Aug2020

Fantasia 2020: ‘Alone’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Jules Willcox, Marc Menchaca, Anthony Heald, Jonathan Rosenthal | Written by Mattias Olsson | Directed by John Hyams An English-language adaptation of Swedish thriller Gone, with a screenplay by from that films director Mattias Olsson, Alone is most-noticeable (well, at least for genre fans) as being helmed by John Hyams. The son of director […]

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28th Aug2020

Fantasia 2020: ‘Bleed With Me’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Lee Marshall, Lauren Beatty, Aris Tyros | Written and Directed by Amelia Moses Yet another Canadian horror production (which is always a good sign in my book), Bleed With Me is a female-led genre film from Montreal-based filmmaker Amelia Moses, making her feature debut, whose acclaimed short Undress Me played at Fantasia in 2017. […]

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28th Aug2020

Fantasia 2020: ‘The Oak Room’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: RJ Mitte, Peter Outerbridge, Ari Millen, Nicholas Campbell, Martin Roach, David Ferry, Amos Crawley, Avery Esteves, Coal Campbell | Written by Peter Genoway | Directed by Cody Calahan I was a huge (and I do mean huge) fan of Cody Calahan’s 2013 debut feature Antisocial and its 2015 follow-up, so I was super-excited to […]

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26th Aug2020

Fantasia 2020: ‘Kriya’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Noble Luke, Navjot Randhawa, Avantika Akerkar, M.D. Asif, Kishan Bahurupiya, Kanak Bhardwaj, Anuradha Majumder, Tapesh Sharma, Narender Sihag | Written and Directed by Sidharth Srinivasan New Dheli writer and director Sidharth Srinivasan (Soul of Sand) brings us Kriya, a nightmarish Hindi-indie horror with fantastical and magical elements. There’s a surrealist tone at the epicentre […]

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26th Aug2020

Fantasia 2020: ‘Doppelbanger’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Gibson Frazier, Annapurna Sriram | Written and Directed by Sofian Khan A short story about sex work in a future-looking world where people have robotic doubles of themselves, Doppelbanger sees George’s (Gibson Frazier, Unsane) robotic sex worker breaks down on him during sex and he has to embarrassingly contact its owner, and double, Cecilia […]

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25th Aug2020

‘Tenet’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Kenneth Branagh, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Himesh Patel, Clémence Poésy, Michael Caine, Martin Donovan | Written and Directed by Christopher Nolan “Don’t try to understand it”, says a character near the beginning of Christopher Nolan’s brain bending sci-fi blockbuster Tenet. That turns out to be excellent advice […]

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