TUFTLAND: Finnish Hillbillys Get Creepy in New Trailer

The Hillybilly trope has generally been the pervue of American cinema; but seemingly weird people and cults in the countryside exist everywhere, and a new feature from Finland aims to set a new bar. With its North American premiere set...

Crowdfund This: TICK, Post-Apocalypse Vampire Short Needs Your Support

Canadian filmmakers Ashlea Wessel and Kevin Burke are teaming up, which alone should be enough to sell anyone on a project. Wessel's award-wnning first short film Ink, is an atmospheric nightmare of a young woman caught in a spiral of...

Blu-ray Review: THE UNTAMED Seduces and Frightens

One of my favourite films of 2016, and part of a new wave of great Mexican genre cinema, The Untamed is coming to Blu-ray and DVD via Strand Releasing. Amat Escalante's fourth feature film is part social realist drama, part...

Hey, London! Miskatonic Institute Wants You To Learn About Spooky Animation and Christmas Terror!

Kier-la Janisse's Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies has been educating people in London, New York and Montreal for a few years now on the wide variety of forms and subjects in horror films. And there are two excellent classes upcoming...

DEATH METAL: Brilliant & Deathly Comic Short Now Online

Chris McInroy has made a name for himself on the fantastic genre festival circuit for his delightfully wicked, bloody, and hilarious shorts, such as Bad Guy #2 and his latest, We Summoned a Demon. After its long and fruiful festival...

Review: THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER, Strange, Cold and Horrifying

Human beings can be kind, generous, and loving. But they can also be self-indulgent, vicious, and cruel. We all want to believe that, under certain circumstances, we would sacrifice and fight for the lives of our loved ones. But would...

Sitges 2017 Review: THE SHAPE OF WATER, The Workers and the Dreamers

Guillermo del Toro is back with a vengeance, returning to his fairy-tale roots after too long an absence, with what is arguably his best film to date. Beautiful, sensuous, fully wearing its heart on its sleeve, with top-notch performances and...

Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID, Horror and Imagination on the Streets of Mexico

Thousands of people have been murdered or gone missing in the ongoing violent drug war in Mexico. One of the often unacknowledged side effects is the now-orphaned children, many of whom end up on the streets. In her third feature,...

Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: REVENGE, Best Served Hot and Bloody

There is one inviolable rule of the rape-revenge genre: the revenge must be complete. Other than that, all bets are off. French director Coralie Fargeat takes this to heart in her feature debut, Revenge, and she does not disappoint her...

Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: PIN CUSHION, The Heartbreak of Bullying

Some people like to say that bullies really just hate themselves. That might be true of many, but not of all; some people are just mean, and enjoying being mean to others to give themselves power, or because they get...

Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN, The Queerness of Creation

The United States has always been prudish and conservative when it comes to sex, to say the very least. Television shows and films can show enormous amounts of violence, but heaven forbid even an glimpse of nipple is seen. So...

Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: GOOD MANNERS, A Fable of Love, Fear, and Kindness

There is the family you are born into, and the family you make; lovers who stay with you a long time, and ones whose time with you is brief, but make a lasting impact. What then is the nature of...

Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: LET THE CORPSES TAN, More Stylish Than Substantial

Writing-directing team Hélèn Cattet and Bruno Forzani burst onto the genre film scene in 2009 with the highly original Amer, a giallo-inspired experimental horror/thriller about different ages of one girl's life. Their second feature, The Strange Color of Your Body's...

Review: INDIVISIBLE, The Pain and Joy of Constant Companionship

If we are only truly ourselves when we are alone, what would it mean if you were, quite literally, never alone? If both your private and public identity was entwined with another person whose presence was constant? If your body,...

Toronto 2017 Review: UNICORN STORE, A Clever, Oddball Delight

Is there such a thing as the 'woman-girl' film? The female equivalent to the man-boy film (which describes far, far too many films) about someone who allegedly refuses to 'grow up', or be the kind of adult that their families...

Toronto 2017 Review: VERÓNICA, Treading Familiar Teenage Ground

Teenage girls have always been ripe fodder for horror filmmakers. Either as monsters or victims (or both), the body changes (not to mention the change in treatment by other people, especially men) and vulnerability of girs at this age can...

Toronto 2017 Review: FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES, Cowboys & Corruption, South Africa Style

The western genre, long associated either with American film and the lone cowboy holding fast to independence in a changing landscape, or the spaghetti western, in which European directors examined more forcefully the often insidious nature of the more corrupt...

Toronto 2017 Review: LES AFFAMÉS, The Things They Carried

While many zombie films are set in rural areas, the characters of such films are usually urban dwellers who have escaped cities in the hopes that the countryside is safer, that any possible survivors might be more welcoming, and remoteness...

A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES To Hit the Small Screen with Matthew Goode & Teresa Palmer

It seems audiences can't get enough of vampires. Sky has announced an adaptation of the popular All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness, shortly to begin production in Wales and Oxford. Not only will the show star Teresa Palmer (Hacksaw Ridge)...

SUPER DARK TIMES Opening, IT Closing MotelX Festival

MotelX, Portugal's premiere genre film festival, has just announced their line-up, and take my advice: if you are anywhere near Lisbon, or have the means to get there, this is not a year to miss out. Not only will the...