Dave Canfield
Chicago, Illinois

Canfield is a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association but can't decide if that makes him a critic. He is a writer for the well respected Magill's Cinema Annual and has been with Twitch Film since the beginning but can't decide if that makes him a writer. He's often called to speak and teach various people but is not sure if this makes him a teacher. If you think you know what Canfield is please write or call the guys at Twitch Film. There is a substantial reward leading to the successful identification of this man.

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW Presents Disney World As Hell With Remarkable Power

Director Randall Moore insists that his movie was never intended to be understood as a guerrilla project and I believe him. His claim, a very credible one, is that he knew that Disney World was the only and obvious choice... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: MIRAGE MEN Offers Disclosure And Discomfort In Equal Measure

It was a classic Fantastic Fest experience. A documentary with a seemingly wonky premise that ultimately offered profound food for thought. It seems fitting that in the same year the festival honors Errol Morris it also embraces Mirage Men. The... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: NIGHTBREED: THE CABAL CUT

Cinema culture is all but overrun with alternate versions of cherished media. Remakes, reboots, and director's cuts vie for the attention and dollars of fan communities who hope for the best but too often get the butt end of someone's... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: SEPTIC MAN Is Surprisingly Serious And Smart.

DO NOT watch this while eating. In fact just go vomit now.  Director Jesse Thomas Cook has created one of the most unusual films I've seen in a while and the trick he pulls off was enough to make me... More »
  

The Stack: Holiday Gift Guide Calendar! BREAKING BAD Barrel, BATMAN Longbox, DOCTOR WHO Season 1-7, And More

Gift Guide season approacheth to heat up and that means extra-fun packaging, box sets, the inclusion of gee-gaws etc. So I've thrown together a handy box set calendar of stateside goodness. We'll be covering these as they come in. But... More »
  

The Stack: HIDDEN IN THE WOODS, SIMON KILLER, DAY OF THE DEAD, THE DEVIL BAT, And More

Welcome back to The Stack. I'm sneaking this episode in before I leave for Fantastic Fest; it's a light week but there are some real gems here. For those not easily offended, Hidden in the Woods from Artsploitation will probably offend you... More »
  

Video Reflections: At Home, BLANCANIEVES Provides Hope For A Snow White Heart

I lost my fairy tale. It had followed me around when I was a child, constantly tapping me on the shoulder to ask for a dance. Sometimes it wore the face of Frankenstein or Dracula or the Wolfman or the... More »
  

The Stack: FRIDAY THE 13TH THE COMPLETE COLLECTION Blu-ray Tin, WAR WITCH, AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL, And More

It's fitting that I have 13 items to cover this week since Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection hits Blu-ray in a beautiful tin. Does this set kill the possibility of other purchases? No way! Blandings: Series One is anything but... More »
  

Chicago's Midway Drive-In Needs Your Vote

Every year here in Chicago I attend a knockout horror convention called FLASHBACK WEEKEND. It isn't just a place for folks to get drunk and have stuff signed. The film lineup is always stellar, the guest list is a surprising... More »
  

Hey Chicago! Win Tickets For INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 Screening

I am stoked for three reasons: (1) James Wan makes fun movies that have tons of re-watchability; (2) He has a penchant for paying homage to Mario Bava; (3) I got to interview him and Leigh Whannell for Insidious and... More »
  

The Stack: BAY OF BLOOD is Blu, 5 DOLLS FOR AN AUGUST MOON, FROM UP ON POPPY HILL, FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY, THE FUGITIVE Runs Onto Blu And More

In this week's edition of my home entertainment roundup, Bava is beautiful on Blu, old English  character actors fight the undead, Miyazaki offers up another masterpiece, a one armed man almost whips Indiana Jones, and NO PLACE ON EARTH rocks off... More »
  

Exclusive Interview: Tony Leung, Cinematic Grandmaster

Tony Leung is a grandmaster of the big screen. His collaborations with John  Woo, Wong Kar Wai and others have solidified not only his reputation as a master craftsman but one who is able to take that physical craft so attached... More »
  

The Stack: Simon Rumley Trilogy, UNIT 7, AMOUR, PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, New Shout Factory Blu-rays, And More

In this week's edition of my home entertainment roundup, you can watch Meat Loaf worship Alice Cooper and Art Carney, pre-Miami Vice Don Johnson fight off a bevy of post-apocalyptic beauties, dive headfirst into the incredible animated canvas of The... More »
  

George Romero, Robert Englund And Lance Henricksen Invite You To Save A Drive-In.

Make a video viral and save a drive-in. I could, and will eventually, say more in a followup story but what's important is for as many folks who can to see this and vote. Yeah, maybe you've never been to... More »
  

Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Edgar Wright Talk THE WORLD'S END

I interviewed Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright at the end of a very long day several years ago for Hot Fuzz . They had had the long day, not me. I was thrilled beyond belief to have the... More »
  

The Stack: X-RAY / SCHIZOID, MUD, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, Rapture-palooza, And More

In this week's edition of my home entertainment roundup, we've got a gonzo combo of Barbi Benton and Klaus Kinski, a superb drama from Jeff Nichols, a new season of HBO's period crime drama, and many more, including a couple of print titles... More »
  

The Stack: THE ART OF ELYSIUM, THE DAMNED, ERRORS OF THE HUMAN BODY, THE HOUSE OF SEVEN CORPSES, ISHTAR, And More

The August 13 edition features The Art of Elysium from Titan Books, the classic French post-war thriller The Damned from Cohen Media Group, winner of the 1933 Best Picture Academy Award, Calvacade, the Blu-ray debut of Ishtar from Sony, and... More »
  

The Stack: HOUSE OF PSYCHOTIC WOMEN, THE FOG, Danny Boyle's TRANCE, STREET TRASH, And Much More

Films mentioned this week in our video review roundup include Sony's Magic Magic, West of Memphis and Shout Factory's Ralph Bakshi's Heavy Traffic, Swamp Thing, The Incredible Melting Man, Kentucky Fried Movie, and The Producers. 20th Century Fox catalogue titles... More »
  

Giveaway: Win A Bundle Of Despair Blu-ray Prize Packs - Copies Of NORTH FACE And THE SILENCE From Music Box Films

While the rest of the world celebrates Britain's bundle of joy, the good folks at Music Box Films are offering you the chance to win your own bundle of despair. Yay! Actually, North Face is a visually stunning hi-def experience based on... More »
  

Video Reflections: THE JEFFREY DAHMER FILES Looks Into The Abyss

Now on DVD, The Jeffrey Dahmer Files is a documentary that attempts to tease out the effect the infamous serial killer's actions had on the city of Milwaukee Wisconsin, particular the largely black neighborhood where he lived when he committed... More »
  
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