09th Sep2020

Fantasia 2020: ‘For the Sake of Vicious’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Lora Burke, Colin Paradine, Nick Smyth, T.J. Kennedy, James Fler, Dorian Allen, Erin Stuart, Adam Ewings, Boris Milinkovich, Nick Spartan | Written by Reese Eveneshen | Directed by Gabriel Carrer, Reese Eveneshen Actress Lora Burke has been on something of a roll when it comes to genre films – she was astonishing in 2017s […]

09th Sep2020

Fantasia 2020: ‘A Mermaid In Paris’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Nicolas Duvauchelle, Marilyn Lima, Romane Bohringer, Rossy De Palma, Tchéky Karyo | Written by Stéphane Landowski, Mathias Malzieu | Directed by Mathias Malzieu If you follow me on Twitter or know me at all, you probably know that I’m not really a fan of romantic movies. That’s not to say I hate them, I’m just […]

07th Sep2020

Fantasia 2020: ‘The Travelling Cat Chronicles’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Sota Fukushi, Yuko Takeuchi, Alice Hirose, Takuro Ohno | Written by Emiko Hiramatsu | Directed by Koichiro Miki I will start this review by proclaiming that I am a cat lover. Always have been. My family had cats growing up and I’ve always loved them. Dogs, I’m not really fussed with but I can’t […]

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04th Sep2020

Fantasia 2020: ‘Unearth’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, Marc Blucas, P.J. Marshall, Allison McAtee, Rachel McKeon, Brooke Sorenson, Monica Wyche | Written by Kelsey Goldberg, John C. Lyons | Directed by John C. Lyons, Dorata Swies When I read the terms “fracking” and “horror” linked together for a movie, I was curious but also unsure of what the hell it […]

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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 […]

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

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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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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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

Fantasia 2020: ‘Dinner in America’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Emily Skeggs, Kyle Gallner, Lea Thompson, Brian Andrus, Shelby Alayne Antel, Sophie Bolen, Gary Brunner, Nick Chinlund, Kristin Condon, Lena Drake | Written and Directed by Adam Carter Rehmeier Written and directed by Adam Carter Rehmeier (The Bunny Game), Dinner in America is the tale of Patty (Emily Skeggs) and Simon (Kyle Gallner), the […]

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24th Aug2020

Fantasia 2020: ‘The Mortuary Collection’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Clancy Brown, Caitlin Custer, Christine Kilmer, Jacob Elordi, Ema Horvath, Jennifer Irwin, James Bachman, Barak Hardley, Sarah Hay, Ben Hethcoat, Mike C. Nelson | Written and Directed by Ryan Spindell Writer and director Ryan Spindell (Kirksdale) delivers to us a new entry into the world of anthology-based horror with The Mortuary Collection. The film […]

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20th Aug2020

Fantasia 2020: ‘Survival Skills’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Vayu O’Donnell, Tyra Colar, Spencer Garrett, Stacy Keach, Ericka Kreutz | Written and Directed by Quinn Armstrong Presented as a police training video from the 80s, Survival Skills places the audience in the position of police trainee, telling the story of rookie cop Jim Williams – the star of the training video and the […]

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20th Aug2020

Fantasia 2020: First teaser for ‘The Block Island Sound’

by Phil Wheat

The Block Island Sound is a hair-raising new horror creation from Kevin and Matthew McManus, Emmy-nominated writers and producers of American Vandal and Cobra Kai, and filmmakers behind past Fantasia hits Funeral Kings and Slumlord (aka 13 Cameras). Atmospheric, smart and compellingly character-driven, the film captures a real sense of isolation and paranoia, with an […]

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19th Aug2020

Fantasia 2020: ‘HK: Forbidden Superhero’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Ryohei Suzuki, Fumika Shimizu, Ken Yasuda, Shôta Chiyo, Shunsuke Daitô, Narushi Ikeda, Nana Katase, Tsuyoshi Muro, Shun Oguri, Yoshinori Okada, Jirô Satô, Takashi Tsukamoto | Written by Yûichi Fukuda, Shun Oguri | Directed by Yûichi Fukuda I love, nay ADORE, completely-bonkers Far East flicks be they live-action or animation – hell, some of the […]

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18th Aug2020

Fantasia 2020: ‘The Columnist’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Genio de Groot, Katja Herbers, Rein Hofman, Bram van der Kelen, Claire Porro, Harry van Rijthoven, Seno Sever | Written by Daan Windhorst | Directed by Ivo van Aart The Columnist is very much a movie that could have only been made in the last ten years. There have been a few movies based […]

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18th Aug2020

Fantasia 2020: ‘Feels Good Man’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Features: Matt Furie | Written by Giorgio Angelini, Arthur Jones, Aaron Wickenden | Directed by Arthur Jones Pepe the Frog… a cartoon frog. He’s just a frog. Nothing more, right? Just a simplistic, somewhat ugly cartoon creation in the guise of a frog. A meme, a silly meme, that’s all he was. Well… he’s much […]

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17th Aug2020

Fantasia 2020: ‘Crazy Samurai Musashi’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Tak Sakaguchi, Kento Yamazaki, Masaaki Takarai, Akihiko Sai | Written by Sion Sono | Directed by Yuji Shimomura When I was a kid I thought all martial arts movies were fight after fight after fight. We didn’t get many martial arts movies on TV in those days but there were plenty of shows like […]

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17th Aug2020

Fantasia 2020: ‘Hail to the Deadites’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Features: Bruce Campbell, Patricia Tallman, Kassie Wesley DePaiva, Ellen Sandweiss, Betsy Baker, Dan Hicks, Theresa Tilly, Richard Domeier, Tom Sullivan, Chris Alexander | Written and Directed by Steve Villeneive There are horror franchises out there that are so beloved and have such a devoted and undyingly-passionate fanbase that they become legendary. The Evil Dead films […]

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