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L'Etrange 2015 Review: REMAKE REMIX RIP-OFF Is An Enlightening Joyride

I'm sure that many of us, when we were kids, enjoyed acting out scenes to our favourite movies and TV shows; today, spured on by the internet, fan fiction has taken on new heights of importance (some even arguing...

L'Etrange 2014 Review: THE TRIBE, No Sound, But A Whole Lot Of Fury

Not one word of dialogue is spoken in director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy's The Tribe, a stark Ukrainian drama that mixes gang thriller with boarding school intrigue, and pushes the maxim 'show don't tell' into brutal new extremes. The film presents a...

Etrange 2013 Review: WORM Is A One-Take Wonder

Worm is having a really bad day. The town baddies are after him. He can't look to his friends for help because they're turning against one by one. He can't even go to the police. They want him for...

Etrange 2013 Review: CONTRACTED Gives Sick Thrills

You've heard the story... happened to a friend of a friend, I swear. Girl had a one-night stand with a mortician and the next day she found maggots down there. Disgusting right? Oh she's a friend of a friend of...

L'étrange 2013 Review: MAN FROM THE FUTURE, Time Travel That's A Little Too Predictable

We all have moments from our past that we would like to change. Whether it was something we did or something someone did to us, there is a moment that we think, if I could only change that one point,...

L'étrange 2013 Review: IT'S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL DAY, Animation That Is Funny, Sad, And Wise

I can't say I'm an expert on animation, though I've seen my fair share of animated films. On viewing, I look for how the animation style matches with the story, and how I am meant to interpret one through the...

L'étrange 2013 Review: A LITTLE BIT ZOMBIE, Outrageously Funny Comedy

It's always refreshing to watch a film that has a new and fun take on the zombie metaphor. In the case of A Little Bit Zombie, directed by Casey Walker, that take is the change that love and marriage bring....

L'Etrange 2012 Review: MANIAC Remake Doesn't Cop Out, for Better or Worse

Those worried that Franck Khalfoun and Alexandre Aja's Maniac remake was going to whitewash and water down their favorite 80s sleaze classic can rest easy. This updated, Los Angeles-set story of a disturbed man cutting off the scalps of women...

L'Etrange 2012 Review: EXCISION is a Messy Combination of Sex and Scalpels

Excision, a gory, coming-of-age horror/comedy, wears its influences on its sleeve; so much so, that you'll have to forgive me, and probably numerous other critics, for describing it as Welcome to the Dollhouse with a healthy dose of Nip/Tuck's sexualized...

L'Etrange 2012 Review: VANISHING WAVES is the Erotic Sci-Fi Drama of the Year!

Vanishing Waves is an exquisite sci-fi head trip in the vein of Solaris and 2001: A Space Odyssey, one which takes pleasure in ideas and exploration rather than cheap thrills. As a bonus, it's also sexier than either of those...

L'Etrange 2012 Review: THE OUTING Delivers Thrilling Mixture of Hitchcock and Brothers Grimm

Two things become immediately clear in Mathieu Seiler's suspenseful adult fairy tale, The Outing: First, that this isn't going to be your average lost-in-the-woods horror movie. From the colorful opening credits, which pay equal homage to Saul Bass and vintage...

L'Etrange 2012 Review: HENGE is Hilarious, Outrageous, Violent... And Kinda Heartwarming

I doubt that the "in sickness and in health" line of wedding vows was written with demonic, mutant transformations in mind. But, as director Hajime Ohata shows, sometimes them's the breaks. Indeed, Henge establishes its love of body horror right...

LIFF 2011: THE DIVIDE review

Xavier Gens' superb The Divide basically posits that should the bombs drop and the world get blown to radioactive splinters, the scariest thing that could happen wouldn't be finding out you were screwed. It'd be finding out that given the...

Grimm Up North 2011: THE THEATRE BIZARRE review

Horror's pretty dumb, right, when you get down to it? Subjecting ourselves to seedy vicarious thrills when if we took pleasure in the same things in real life we'd be clinically insane. Lots of people level this argument against genre...

Grimm Up North 2011: REVENGE: A LOVE STORY review

Wong Ching-Po's salacious little thriller Revenge: A Love Story is the second film from production company 852 - who previously gave us Edmond Pang's Dream Home, an ultraviolent slasher (emphasis on ultra) where Pang's trademark sly social commentary sat somewhat...

Grimm Up North 2011: THE WOMAN review

What you get out of Lucky McKee's The Woman, a piece of ultraviolent drama that's brilliant and infuriating by turns, is probably dependent on how serious you think the director and his writing partner, novelist Jack Ketchum are being. The...

ETRANGE 2011: MEAT (aka VLEES) review

Victor Nieuwenhuijs and Maartje Seyferth's bizarre, chilling little character drama Meat certainly covers all the bases. Nearly every major synonym, metaphor or other interpretation of that one word is in there somewhere. Mostly it seems to be about people who've...

ETRANGE 2011: DEAD BALL review

So is Yudai Yamaguchi's micro-budget horror-comedy Dead Ball a good film? The temptation is to say technically no... but you have to remember most people don't make the effort to watch a film where physical FX maestro Yoshihiro Nishimura is...

ETRANGE 2011: THE MILL AND THE CROSS review

Lech Majewski's The Mill and the Cross is odd. More two hours of art appreciation than an conventional film, it tells the story (or possibly a story) of the artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder and what it was that led...

ETRANGE 2011: DRIVE review

Drive is a confusing film: bear with me on this. The story's easy enough to follow - the taciturn anti-hero Driver (Ryan Gosling) breaks his vow of laissez-faire to help the mother and child who happen to be the first...