Fantasia 2015 Review: THE INTERIOR Exquisitely Balances Comedy And Horror

Somewhere up there in heaven (or hell) Samuel Beckett and Henry David Thoreau are tipping their coffee cups towards Trevor Juras' The Interior. For a first feature, this film is not only fully realized and confident, but has a deep understanding... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

Fantasia 2015 Review: THE DARK BELOW Will Make Your Blood Run Cold

Here's a new kind of chiller, for real. The Dark Below, which screened for the first time ever at Fantasia 2015, features a woman trapped in a frozen lake for nearly the whole length of the film. It was shot... More »

Fantasia 2015 Review: SHE WHO MUST BURN Scorches The Hubris of Human Behavior

The miracle of She Who Must Burn, a film perhaps most efficiently described as Red State for grown-ups, is that it offers three well worn elements - scripture quoting after committing an abhorrent act of violence (and the Ezekiel quote... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

Fantasia 2015 Review: CHERRY TREE Yields Rotten Pits

The mantra "Death is only the beginning," is repeated throughout Irish occult horror Cherry Tree by the coven of witches who have infiltrated a small-town high school. Their sexy long tressed leader wears a guise as the girl's field hockey... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

Watch Now: Trevor Juras' Short Film THE LAMP, Buckle Up For A Bumpy Ride

Trevor Juras' debut feature film The Interior premieres at the Fantasia International Film Festival tonight. As a taste offering of his work, Juras has put his award-winning short film The Lamp on Vimeo (it is embedded below) for public viewing.... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

Fantasia 2015 Review: THE NINJA WAR OF TORAGAKE, Not What You Expect From Nishimura

Torakage is a retired ninja. Out of the profession for six years now he lives with his wife, also a former ninja, and son. He is forced back into action when two warring ninja clans are looking for a buried... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Fantasia 2015: HEIR Trailer Teases Something Awfully Horrible

Richard Powell's Heir will screen at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Canada tomorrow, and the first teaser suggests that something awfully horrible will be unfolding. Powell and his team have previously made Worm, Familiar, Remote, and The Last... More »
By Peter Martin   

Fantasia 2015 Review: MISS HOKUSAI, Full Of Life And Spirit

Prolific animation house Production I.G. subtly captures the rhythms of mood of the art and publishing community in 19th century Edo, Japan. Miss Hokusai is simultaneously misleadingly quiet, and furiously idiosyncratic. Blending the magical realism sensibility of Studio Ghibli with Ozu... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

Fantasia 2015 Review: The Horror And The Heartbreak Around Possession In ANGUISH

Sonny Mallhi's directorial debut Anguish opens with Lucinda and her mom driving home. The conversation is strained, as conversations with budding teenagers tend to do be. Shockingly, it is a conversation which comes to a tragic and sudden end. We... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Frontières 2015: Raven Banner Enters The Ring With Gigi Saul Gurrero's EL GIGANTE

Well. That was quick. Gigi Saul Gerrero and her team from Luchagore Productiongs only made their pitch at the Frontières International Co-Production Market yesterday morning here at Fantasia. They have agreed to work with Raven Banner Entertainment on her feature film,... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Fantasia 2015 Review: CASH ONLY, Both Sharp And Vulnerable

What is colder, Albanian hell or Detroit in winter? Elvis Martini sits rather uncomfortably in the middle of both over the course of a few days where his world spirals out of control. He has the courts breathing down his neck... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

Fantasia 2015: The Candyman Is Coming For TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE

Terrific news for horror fans attending the Fantasia Int'l Film Festival next week. It is going to start off oh so right on Monday, July 27th with the first international performance of Tales from Beyond the Pale. And the The Candyman,... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Fantasia 2015 Review: 25 Years On, THE REFLECTING SKIN Remains A Wonder

Seeing The Reflecting Skin for the first time, the 1990 film by Philip Ridley, starring Viggo Mortensen and Lindsay Duncan, one can't help but wonder how the hell the thing ever got made. I'd previously never even heard of... More »
By Jason Gorber   

Twitchvision: Fantasia Edition - Jason Gorber Talks ANT-MAN, TRAINWRECK, DEATHGASM, More

This week's segment comes from Montreal, Canada, thanks to the fantastic Fantasia Film Festival. We chat about Ant-Man, Amy Schummer's breakout film Trainwreck, the Ian McKellen show Mr. Holmes, and fun NZ rocker romp Deathgasm.Video embedded below... More »
By Jason Gorber   


You ever look at the back of those discs you used to buy and wonder who'd waste their time on those special features? Well, I'm that guy, that person who delves whole hog into the making ofs, the behind-the-scenes... More »
By Jason Gorber   

Fantasia 2015 Review: MEATHEAD GOES HOG WILD Falls Off The Bone

With a title like the above, you may not know whether this is a good or bad review. But the world isn't black and white, and neither is art. Meathead Goes Hog Wild played Fantasia's 2015 edition for its world... More »

Fantasia 2015 Review: (T)ERROR Makes An Uneasy Case

Having already played Tribeca and Sundance, (T)error is part of Fantasia 2015's "Documentaries from the Edge" spotlight, which showcases real-world tales. In this case, filmmakers Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliff discover that an acquaintance is a for-hire FBI informant and operative... More »

Review: OBSERVANCE Shows The Sexy And Scary Sides Of Surveillance

It seems that Parker has got himself a pretty good job as a private investigator. All he needs to do is to spy on someone who lives across the road from an abandoned apartment and report what he sees to... More »
By Hugo Ozman   

Fantasia 2015 Review: THE ARTI: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS, You Will Believe That Puppets Can Fight

The Arti: The Adventure Begins is the most impressive full length puppet feature I have seen since Strings. It also helps that it is equally a martial arts film, which is right up my alley. With its Wuxia themes of loyalty,... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Fantasia 2015 Review: EXTINCTION, Zombies Again

I figured if most zombie movies are going to repeat themselves I might do so as well - the genre, such as it is, is pretty tired. More so than other subgenres of the horror field, things are usually grand... More »
By Jason Gorber   
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