19th Jul2019

Fantasia 2019: ‘Away’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Starring, Written and Directed by Gints Zilbalodis An dialogue-free seventy five minute animated movie entirely created by one guy from Latvia might not seem like the outline for any film to get made, let alone watch. But that is the exact description of Away and it is a fascinating piece of work. The directors story […]

18th Jul2019

Fantasia 2019: ‘Porno’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Evan Daves, Jillian Mueller, Katelyn Pearce, Peter Reznikoff, Larry Saperstein, Glenn Stott, Robbie Tann | Written by Matt Black, Laurence Vannicelli | Directed by Keola Racela Two of my all-time favourite horror films are Michele Soavi’s Stagefright (1987), which sees a group of stage actors locked in the theater for a rehearsal of their […]

18th Jul2019

Fantasia 2019: ‘Blood & Flesh’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Features: Al Adamson, Ken Adamson, Stevee Ashlock, Ewing ‘Lucky’ Brown, John ‘Bud’ Cardos, Greydon Clark, Robert Dix, Guadalupe Garcia, Gary Graver, Marilyn Joi, Gary Kent, Samuel M. Sherman, Russ Tamblyn, Zandor Vorkov, Vilmos Zsigmond | Written and Directed by David Gregory Documentaries chronicling cinemas past are nothing new, but it seems that since the debut […]

17th Jul2019

Fantasia 2019: ‘Darlin’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Lauren Canny, Bryan Batt, Nora-Jane Noone, Cooper Andrews, Pollyanna McIntosh, John Spud McConnell, Geraldine Singer, Maddie Nichols, Mackenzie Michelle Graham, Jeff Pope, Eugenie Bonderant, Sabrina Gennarino, Thomas Francis Murphy | Written and Directed by Pollyanna McIntosh When I first heard about Darlin’ I was immediately interested in seeing it. Why? Well… Pollyanna McIntosh is […]

17th Jul2019

Fantasia 2019: ‘We Are Little Zombies’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Satoshi Mizuno, Sena Nakajima, Keita Ninomiya, Mondo Okumura | Written and Directed by Makoto Nagahisa Directed and with a screenplay penned by Makoto Nagahisa, in his feature-film debut as both writer and man-in-the-chair, We Are Little Zombies is a Japanese drama film about four teenage orphans who form a rock band. There is a […]

16th Jul2019

Fantasia 2019: ‘Jade’s Asylum’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Morgan Kohan, Roc Lafortune, Sebastian Piggott, Drew Nelson, Kjartan Hewitt, Jeff Teravainen, Tomas Chovanec, Deanna Jarvis | Written and Directed by Alexandre Carrière Somewhere in Costa Rica, by the sea, in the huge, ominous jungle, lies a mutilated body. Abandoned emergency vehicles are parked nearby. Jade (Morgan Kohan) is lost and confused. Flashback to […]

16th Jul2019

Fantasia 2019: ‘The Wonderland’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Features the voices of: Mayu Matsuoka, Anne Watanabe, Kumiko Asô, Nao Tôyama, Keiji Fujiwara, Akiko Yajima, Masachika Ichimura | Written by Miho Maruo | Directed by Keiichi Hara Outside of literally three or four movies, my viewing of Japanese animated movies is completely reliant on Studio Ghibili. That said, I adore the studio and every […]

15th Jul2019

Fantasia 2019: ‘The Deeper You Dig’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: John Adams, Toby Poser, Zelda Adams, Izzy Figueredo | Written and Directed by John Adams, Toby Poser Husband and wife team, John Adams and Toby Poser co-write and co-direct once again (they’ve worked together a number of times on a few films, including Halfway to Zen in 2016) this horror title that, with the synopsis […]

15th Jul2019

Fantasia 2019: ‘Critters Attack!’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Jack Fulton, Jaeden Noel, Ava Preston, Dee Wallace, Tashiana Washington | Written by Scott Lobdell | Directed by Bobby Miller All Drea (Tashiana Washington) wants is to get into a good college, but for now, she’s stuck making deliveries for a local sushi restaurant. One night, after her little brother Phillip (Jaeden Noel) witnesses […]

12th Jul2019

Fantasia 2019: ‘The Art of Self-Defense’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots, Steve Terada, Phillip Andre Botello | Written and Directed by Riley Stearns Directed and written by Riley Stearns, who wrote and directed Faults, a movie I was very fond of back in 2014, The Art of Self-Defense follows a highly strung and anxious book-keeper named Casey, played by […]

12th Jul2019

Fantasia 2019: ‘Sadako’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Elaiza Ikeda, Himeka Himejima, Ren Kiriyama, Hiroya Shimizu, Rie Tomosaka, Takashi Tsukamoto | Written by Noriyuki Sugihara | Directed by Hideo Nakata I am a huge fan of the original Ring(u) movie. I was 17/18 when I first saw it and before I saw it I had heard rumours about how creepy it was. […]

08th Jul2019

Fantasia 2019: First clip from horror ’1BR’

by Phil Wheat

1BR is the debut from writer/director David Mamor and stars Alan Blumenfeld (Heroes), Taylor Nichols (Jurassic Park III), Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story), Giles Matthey (Once Upon A Time, True Blood), Earnestine Phillips, Susan Davis, Clayton Hoff, Celeste Sullivan and Nicole Brydon Bloom as Sarah, in her debut feature film. 1BR also features a vibrantly […]

08th Jul2019

Line-up for Fantasia International Film Festival 2019 revealed

by Phil Wheat

Long-running Montreal genre Fantasia International Film Festival is set to host World Premieres of MYSTERY OF THE NIGHT, BLOOD ON HER NAME, STARE, 1BR, and THE DEEPER YOU DIG; as well as special live appearances from producer Edward R. Pressman, director Ted Kotcheff, and horror host Joe Bob Briggs… Highlights for me include: BLISS. USA […]

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