Fantasia 2013 Review: CURSE OF CHUCKY Is A Satisfying Old School Horror Ride

It's tough to bring an iconic character back to the screen. Every fan brings their own baggage that's been hardened under the weight of nostalgia. The fans see Freddy, Jason and all those other franchise slashers in very specific ways.... More »
By Justin Decloux   

Fantasia 2013 Review: I'LL GIVE IT MY ALL...TOMORROW Is A Charming Tale About Failing To Succeed.

No one wants to watch the hours, days and years of their life swirl down the drain. The dream is to look back and say "Yes, I have made the right choices, I have worked hard to achieve my goals,... More »
By Justin Decloux   

Fantasia 2013 Review: LIBRARY WARS. Japanese Feel-Good Action Cinema

In the 1980s in an alternate Japan, a movement rose to control media and do away with material deemed offensive to Japanese culture. The Media Betterment Committee is little more than a police force that bans such offensive material. In... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Fantasia 2013 Review: MACHI ACTION, Heartfelt Hero Worship From Taiwan

Tienan is Superhero Fly, a costumed hero much in the tradition of Japan's Tokusatsu shows like Ultraman and Kamen Rider. He has played this role for a number of years now. Alongside him is his best friend Monster, who gets... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Fantasia 2013 Review: WILLOW CREEK Makes Found Footage Scary Again

Jim and his girlfriend Kelly are on a road-trip to the Bigfoot capital of the world, Willow Creek, California. Specifically, they are headed to Bluff Creek where the infamous Bigfoot footage in the Patterson-Gimlin film was taken. Jim is a believer; has... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Fantasia 2013 Review: BUSHIDO MAN Will Make You Hungry For More

Toramaru has spent the last year on a pilgrimage to obtain seven scrolls from seven masters of different martial art disciplines. Toramaru will fight masters of kung-fu, stick fighting, sword fighting, nunchaku, dagger, pistols and a very special weapon at... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Fantasia 2013 Review: I'LL FOLLOW YOU DOWN Features An Emotional Time Travel Story

"When you alter gravity, you affect time." -- Albert Einstein At what point will a good story trump a pedestrian production? Richie Mehta the writer is one helluva thing, but Richie Mehta the director, well, he gets the job done,... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

Fantasia 2013 Review: THE MACHINE Is Great Sci-fi On A Modest Budget

The Western world is deadlocked in a Cold War with China. Vincent works for the Ministry of Defense developing technology such as implants and prosthetics. Soldiers wounded in battle and saved by his work make up the bulk of the security at his underground... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Fantasia 2013 Review: Boozie Movies on THE WEIGHT - Dude, It's Pretty Heavy

Within the first 20 minutes of The Weight, you will witness a graphic autopsy performed by a horribly malformed man, immediately followed by graphic necrophilia. There's also a suicide and a nearly pornographic sex scene that also includes a disturbingly... More »
By Greg Christie   

Fantasia 2013 Review: FATEFUL FINDINGS, Beyond All Working Definitions Of Cinema

Fateful Findings concerns the fallout of a magical day when two children, Leah and Dylan, discover a supernatural black cube. It is not until years later, after the children have grown up, their friendship estranged, that the cube lives up... More »
By Peter K.   

Fantasia 2013 Review: DOOMSDAYS, A Charming 21st Century Slacker Manifesto

In the delightfully static opening shot of Eddie Mullins' Doomsdays, we find two young men making a quick escape from a low window of a handsome Upstate New York home as the real owners walk in the front door unaware... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

Fantasia 2013 Review: MAGIC MAGIC Spirals Into Madness To Great Effect

We get to a point midway in Sebastián Silva's empathy endurance test, Magic Magic, where Alicia, a blonde girl in a bathing suit is standing on the edge of a cliff, alone. She goes through the motions of trying to... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

Fantasia 2013 Review: THE BATTERY Bravely Sidesteps The Usual Zombie Routine

Companionship and camaraderie are at the heart of Jeremy Gardner's micro-indie Zom-Dram, The Battery. What? You say. Another filmmaker making a buddy/zombie movie with no money and the usual tropes and jokes?  Not so with this one, which spends its... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

Fantasia 2013 Review: BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN, A Gloriously Devastating Bluegrass Masterpiece

"You'll rue the day that you were born. For givin' me the devil cause I wouldn't hoe corn."This is the stuff of old country music, the purest of joy taken, perhaps from mistakes made, perhaps just fate teasing and cruelly... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

Fantasia 2012 Review: GRACELAND Efficiently Chills

Marlon has the chauffeur of the wealthy Chango family for many years. His wife lies in a hospital room waiting for an organ transplant. His daughter is friends with the daughter of his boss and will frequently get rides to... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Fantasia 2012 Review: ERRORS OF THE HUMAN BODY

(Fantasia has wrapped up for 2012. And real life takes over pretty quick when you return from a festival. We're just catching up on some other titles from the festival we feel you should know about)Geneticist Geoff Burton relocates to... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Fantasia 2012 Review: CHAINED

With its sunny daylight ranch exteriors and sparse, sickly yellow interiors, Jennifer Lynch's Chained is not playing subtle at being a domestic dysfunction drama.  But seeing how the film is also firmly exists in the gory serial-killer box, it is... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

Fantasia 2012 Review: DESPITE THE GODS

"This is mayhem.  This is India.  Isn't it beautiful?" This observation to the camera, uttered by a crew member at one point during a bit of down-time during the shooting of Bollywood horror-fantasy HISSS, nearly encapsulates things in a single thought.  A... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

Fantasia 2012 Review: PLAY DEAD

In the opening minutes of filmed stage show, Play Dead, Todd Robbins does that old side-show standby, he chews broken glass.  But not just any glass, it is the frosted exterior casing of the one lightbulb that is to serve... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

Fantasia 2012 Review: BLACK'S GAME

Reykjavic, Iceland. 1999. Stebbi Psycho finds himself in desperate need of a lawyer after a drunken brawl. Outside the courtroom he crosses paths with childhood friend Tóti once a minister's kid who is now a hardened thug with excellent legal... More »
By Andrew Mack   
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