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What The Film Festival 2017: A Japanese EVIL DEAD Remake, A Gorilla in Sunglasses And Cats Making CARRIE

Hey, Toronto. If you are in the mood to have your mind blown without the aid of recreational pharmaceuticals this Saturday then you will want to check out the What The Film Festival happening at The Royal this Saturday.  ...

10+ Years Later: Can THE MUMMY RETURNS Withstand The Test Of Time?

When I saw Stephen Sommers' fun creature feature Deep Rising, back in 1998, I immediately added him to the list of directors to keep an eye on. That was because I had an absolute blast with the film, warts and...

CYBERTRONIC WARRIOR: Steve Kostanski's Awesome Music Video For The Cybertronic Spree!

Stop everything you are doing, right now. The Cybertronic Spree, the hair metal band that dresses up like the classic Transformers and plays songs from the animated movie, have just dropped their first original single, Cybertronic Warrior, and it is...

Rare Uncut 35mm Print of Dario Argento's SUSPIRIA Discovered! US Tour Imminent

Fans of Dario Argento's witchy masterpiece, Suspiria, have a couple of reasons to be excited in the coming months. Not only is the film currently being prepared for home video release by cult film restoration and preservation experts Synapse Films,...

Crowdfund This! London Needs A DEEP CLEAN!

Director Matt Harlock (American: The Bill Hicks Story) has teamed up with notorious artist and graphic novelist Krent Able (just google him) for what sounds like a fantastic UK horror short in Deep Clean. 16 year old Alex is a...

Pretty Packaging: PRISON SCHOOL Provides Peeks At Perversity

Japanese animation can be decidedly frown-worthy at times. There are of course the infamous hardcore porn series, which are called "hentai" (meaning "pervert" or "perverse"), but for audiences who are grossed-out by those there is a wide selection of softcore...

Toronto Japanese Fest 2017 Review: DANCHI, A Superb Example of Subdued Comedy

After their son’s tragic death the Yamashita’s, Hinako (Fujiyama Naomi) and Seiji (Kishibe Ittoku), sell their herbal medicine store and move into an apartment complex, a Danchi, in Osaka,. The building is maybe half full and most of the residents...

Frontières@Fantasia: Second Wave Announced. Making The Move to Feature Length And a Focus on Female-Driven Projects in Canada.

As the Fantasia Film Festival gets ready to roll out it's twenty-first edition so does the Frontières co-production prepare for it's ninth edition. We announced the first wave of titles the other week and quick on its heels has the...

Festival Watch: Bloody Mary Film Festival, Open For Submissions, Celebrating Canadian Women Filmmakers in Genre Cinema This November!

Our friends at the Blood Mary Film Festival have announced the dates for their sophomore festival this November. The two day festival celebrating Canadian women in genre cinema runs at the cozy Carlton cinema on November 30th and December 1st. ...

RLJ Entertainment Acquires THE OSIRIS CHILD: SCIENCE FICTION VOLUME 1 For North America

Good news for fans of rollicking science fiction movies. Shane Abbess` The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume 1 has been picked up by RLJ Entertaintment for distribution in North America. That means for our American readers that you will get...

Fantasia 2017: First Wave of Titles Announced!

As summer has finally shown up, our thoughts turn to our neighbors in Montreal as they prepare for the three week cinematic onslaught that is the Fantasia International Film Festival. Our friends at the festival have been hard at work...

Festival Watch: Mayhem Film Festival, Looking For Short Films And Early Bird Passes on Sale

If I lived back in my native land of England then the Mayhem Film Festival would surely have become a stop on my annual cinematic pilgrimage around the country. Perfectly timed as a lead in to the Halloween season in...

Have Your Say: There Need To Be More Anime Series For Grown-ups

If you're a regular reader of the "Pretty Packaging" articles, or indeed this "Have Your Say" series, it won't come as a surprise that I'm a huge fan of Japanese animation. Indeed, ever since I saw Otomo Katsuhiro's Akira I've...

Giveaway: Win a Copy of The CAMERA OBSCURA OST on Vinyl

Chiller Films is releasing Aaron B. Koontz's horror thriller Camera Obscura on VOD and Digital HD tomorrow. The film opened in U.S. cinemas on Friday. ScreenAnarchy has one copy of the Camera Obscura soundtrack, composed by Steve Moore, to give...

Black Fawn Films Looks to Break Into Television With New Series THE CLEANERS

No doubt there has been a rise of horror related television of late. With the popularity of zombies, necronomicons and horror stories if anyone else wants to dip their toes in this bloody pool the time is now.    The...

Exclusive Clip from Rodney Ascher's PRIMAL SCREEN

AMC's horror streaming service Shudder has entered the original content game with a series of six planned "Shudder Originals", the first of which is Rodney Ascher's (Room 237) latest, Primal Screen. Primal Screen explores how individuals are simultaneously attracted to...

THE SUMMONER: Help is on The Way, Punching Demons in The Face

I have to admit that there is something neat about this trailer for The Summoner a short film from James Secker. Perhaps it has triggered my nostalgic side, but it goes beyond the reliable lure of 80s synth pop. I...

Japan Cuts 2017: Lineup includes Sono's ANTI-PORNO and Joe Odagiri in Person!

The 11th edition of North America's preeminent festival for contemporary Japanese Cinema slices into frame July 13 - 23 at Japan Society in New York City. Today, we have the full lineup of films and guests, including this years Cut...

MANDY: (Battle Axes + Demon Bikers + Nicolas Cage) x Panos Cosmatos = Take Our Money!

News from Deadline this morning is that Beyond the Black Rainbow's Panos Cosmatos will be giving to us a piece of cinematic (black) magic, maybe delivered by the gods, or demons, we do not really care as this point.   ...

KUSO: Flying Lotus' Cinematic Psychedelia Coming to Shudder in July

AMC's genre streaming service Shudder has picked up the rights to stream Flying Lotus' dose of what-the-fuckery Kuso. Those of you looking to melt your minds and fry your brains on some good old fashioned psychadelic cinema should not have to...