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Review: THE FENCER, History Crosses Swords at School

Endel is hiding. In The Fencer (Miekkailija), which has recently been issued as a fine-looking DVD from Music Box Films and is also available to watch via various VOD platforms, Endel Nelis (Mart Avandi) has returned to his Estonian homeland...

Brussels 2018 Interview: Guillermo del Toro Talks CRONOS, THE SHAPE OF WATER and More

Guillermo del Toro doesn’t half-ass anything. From immaculately crafted sets and carefully thought out color patterns to a web of intertextual allusions that extend his visual storytelling, he’s a world-builder who pays attention to the smallest detail. Living in a...

Review: MARROWBONE, Hidden Secrets and Sibling Attachment

Sergio G. Sánchez is best known as co-writer of The Orphanage, certainly one of the best horror films of recent years, with its gothic setting, and themes of past traumas haunting the present. In his feature directorial debut, he returns...

Watch MR. DENTONN, The Most Programmed And Awarded Short Film of All Time

When last we spoke of Ivan Villamel's short film Mr. Dentonn we were marvelling that it was very likely the most programmed and awarded short film of all time. After over five hundred festival stops it is finally time to...

5th HORRORANT FILM FESTIVAL: TRAUMA, FRAMED And WHAT THE WATERS LEFT BEHIND Lead First Wave of Titles at Greek Genre Fest

It is good to see that outside of the work of Yorgos Lanthimos (The Killing of a Sacred Deer, The Lobster and Dogtooth) that the genre scene in Greece is being upheld by the work of the organizers of the...

Blu-ray Review: BAAL, The Savagery Of The Tortured & Torturing Artist

Prior to receiving this Blu-ray in the mail I had never seen Baal, I only knew Volker Schlondorff from The Tin Drum, and I had only seen a tiny fraction of Fassbinder's work, but it was the idea of the...

Now on Blu-ray: UNDERGROUND, One of the Funniest Movies About War, Ever

Emir Kusturica won his second Palme d’Or for Underground. It’s about three hours long and tells an epic story that begins in WWII and ends during the Yugoslavian Civil War in the 1990s. But forget any worries about a deadly...

Disaster Strikes Sweden In Terrific DEN BLOMSTERTID NU KOMMER Trailer

From the looks of things, if there’s one Swedish genre film that’s sure to make a splash in the next few months, it’s Den Blomstertid Nu Kommer (aka The Unthinkable, although it literally translates to ‘Now the time of blossoming...

Crowdfund This: Alejandro Jodorowsky Readies Next Feature-Length Project

The director of cult films such as El Topo and The Holy Mountain is getting ready for his newest project, Psychomagic: An Art That Heals

David Sakurai Is THE BUTCHER

Danish-Japanese actor David Sakurai has been a fairly regular visitor to these pages thanks to a truly eclectic filmography that spans the globe. You want a Hungarian fantasy musical about a fox spirit? He's done that. A Danish produced mystical...

Rotterdam 2018 Review: THE RETURN, a Poignant and Authentic Tale of Korean Adoptees Returning Home

Ever since the end of the Korean War in 1953, South Korea has earned a name as one of the largest exporters of babies worldwide. Over 200,000 infants have been put up for adoption and sent overseas, mainly to Europe...

Berlinale 2018 Review: THE INTERPRETER, Two Oldtimers in a Road Dramedy

Peter Simonischek of Toni Erdmann fame meets Oscar-winning director Jiří Menzel in a dramedy by Slovak director Martin Šulík

Review: NOVEMBER, Just the Right Amount of Weird

Thomas Hobbes' famous saying that the life of man is "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short" could have been the mantra for the life of the characters in Rainer Sarnet's November. Luckily, the film itself is fantastical, strange, beautifully shot,...

Review: THE LODGERS, Neo-Gothic Disturbances

The gothic has always been the cornerstone and mainstay of horror film: that place that is supposed to be the most secure and welcoming - one's home - is suddenly dangerous and uninviting. Irish director Brian O'Malley (Let Us Prey)...

Berlinale 2018 Review: THE INVISIBLE HANDS, An Unlikely Meeting of Cultures Yields Strange and Beautiful Results

The Invisible Hands, an excellent documentary by Marina Gioti and Georges Salameh, explores the unlikely collaboration between American musical provocateur Alan Bishop and a group of young Egyptian musicians whose lives were upended by the Arab Spring. The film's international...

What The Film Festival 2018: Fourth Year of Eccentric Cinema Coming This March

It bears repeating. Here in Toronto we are blessed with an embarrassing abundance of cinematic experiences. Beyond the multiplexes hemorrhaging with the latest, popular fare, small strongholds like The Royal Cinema act as safe harbors and shelters for cinematic oddities...

Review: LOVELESS Examines A Couple's Life As They Search For Their Child

Years ago, when our children were smaller, my wife and I used to share a dark joke about the 'reverse custody battle.' It went like so: In the event of our marriage falling apart, we would each try to convince...

Watch HOLY F__K: A (S)exorcist Tryst for Valentine's Day!

“Dominate me with that God power!”, the demon implored the priest. If that sounds somewhat kinky and right up your alley, you’re in luck! After a successful festival run and nine awards, Chris Chalklen’s exorcist romp is available online (and...

French Fantastic: Introducing Les Films de La Mouche

In addition to being an excellent yardstick for measuring talent, shorts can jumpstart film careers if the stars align just right. Much rarer and, in some ways, more intriguing than the solitary artist lighting up the festival circuit with one...

NIGHT WORLD: Latest Horror From Patricio Valladaras Coming to Netflix

Chilean director Patricio Valladares (Downhill and Toro Loco) wrote us today to let us know that his latest horror flick, Night World, starring Jason London and horror icon Robert Englund will arrive on Nerflix US on February 16th. You will...