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Melbourne 2020 Review: WET SEASON; Intricate Drama in the Monsoons

Singapore Director Anthony Chen returns after six years with his sophomore feature Wet Season. His first film Ilo Ilo (2013) is a tender masterfully shot race-class drama set during the 90s Asian recession. It follows a Malaysian native maid and...

Fantaspoa 2020: Virtual Edition Concludes, Setting Records, Giving Out Awards

Everyone has faced their challenges this year and our friends at Fantaspoa were no exception. To recap, they started the year off with no outside sponsorship and the festival was forced to launch a crowdfunding campaign to finance this year's...

Sitges 2020: Submissions Now Open For Sitges Pitchbox

Submission are now open for Sitges Pitchbox, an international pitch event hosted by Filmarket Hub and the Sitges Film Festival. Pitchbox is dedicated to supporting projects in the horror, sci-fi and fantasy genres.   As we have seen with other...

Fantasia 2020 Final Wave: Fest Closes With THE LEGEND OF BARON TO'A, John Carpenter to Receive a Lifetime Achievement Award

In 1991 American Siren Vanessa Williams sang a song that would capture our hearts and now our friends at the Fantasia Film Festival have embodied those lyrics with the announcement of their final wave of films, "You go and save...

Melbourne 2020 Review: Allison Chhorn's THE PLASTIC HOUSE, Experimental Meditations of Loss and Loneliness

There are no specifics on the where or when of it, and yet Director Allison Chhorn’s personal doco-fiction hybrid film The Plastic House remains confident of its place. The Plastic House is a quiet ode to an immigrant family-owned farming...

Frontières 2020: Our Favorite Pitches From This Year's Market

The Frontieres@Fantasia co production market carried on online this past weekend. Usually the busiest weekend during the Fantasia Film Festival we partook of the event from the comfort of our own homes, pants optional, as has been the way to...

Arrow Video FrightFest 2020: Lineup Starts With SKY SHARKS And Looks Bloody Good

Some 25 films have been announced to celebrate the 21st bloody year of a beloved genre film festival. As we heard in June, Arrow Video FrightFest is going virtual for its next edition, which will be held, as is tradition,...

MotelX 2020: Lisbon Genre Festival Returns This September With Live Events

It feels good to write about film festivals and have something to say other than, "The whole world is fucked! We're heading to the hills! See you in 2021! We think".    As some regions of the world emerge from...

SPUTNIK: See The New Trailer And Poster For Russian Sci-Fi Horror Flick From IFC Midnight

First-time Russian director Egor Abramenko has made a huge splash with his debut, the sci-fi horror flick Sputnik. We have seen it and we like it, quite a bit. Look for our review closer to its North American release this...

Melbourne 2020: Australia-Wide Digital Showcase Infuses Streaming

The impact of Coronavirus left little doubt the annual slate of festivals that kept every type of cinema across metropolitan Melbourne engaged would be severely impacted this year. Thankfully we adapt, and as streaming, and the proliferation of media available,...

Japan Cuts 2020 Review: LIFE: UNTITLED Explores Humanity in Lower Depths

One can't go without mentioning Mizoguchi's superb melodrama, Street of Shame (1959), when we talk about films about sex workers. Like Street of Shame, where there were five different individuals with their own stories to tell, Yamada Kana's Life: Untitled...

Fantaspoa 2020: Brazilian Genre Announces Digital Festival Lineup, Completely Free For The Locals

Good news for genre fans in Brazil. The delayed digital version of this year's festival is gearing up for next week's launch on the 24th and the complete lineup was announced today.   The better news for genre fans in...

Mayhem 2020: UK Genre Festival Introduces 'Skeleton Edition' For 2020

Into the back half of the year and the genre film festival circuit is finding ways to get things done. Our friends at the Mayhem Film Festival in Nottingham, England will go ahead with a physical edition, be it a...

Grimmfest 2020: First Wave For This Year's Online Event in October

Festivals in the latter half of 2020 have had the benefit of watching the circuit respond to the current health crisis and make decisions for their own festivals from there. At this midway point a few that are going ahead...

Fantasia 2020: Second Wave of Titles Announced! Home Grown Thrills, International Scares And The World's Most Dangerous Amusement Park!

The second wave of titles for this year's virtual edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival were announced an hour ago. As expected there is a tonne of genre goodness coming to our screens at the end of August.  ...

Udine 2020: BETTER DAYS Scoops Golden Mulberry at 22nd Far East Film Festival

Derek Tsang’s celebrated youth drama Better Days claimed top honours over the weekend, as the 22nd Far East Film Festival awarded the Chinese film the Golden Mulberry Award, as voted for by their virtual audience.   Adapting to accommodate social...

Fantasia 2020: FRIED BARRY Gets Freaky Trailer

Described as "an absolute first in the history of South African cinema - and perhaps in humankind itself!", Ryan Kruger's Fried Barry will enjoy its Canadian premiere at the upcoming Fantasia 2020, which will be a "virtual event accessible to...

WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES Exclusive Clip: Meet The Orphans

Makoto Nagahisa's 2019 Sundance hit, We Are Little Zombies, is coming to real and virtual cinemas across the U.S. on July 10th. Our friends at Oscilloscope Laboratories are handling the release and have passed along this exclusive clip to share...

BENNY LOVES YOU Trailer: Check Out This Killer Doll Horror Comedy From The UK

Take a moment to watch this trailer for Karl Holt's killer doll horror comedy Benny Loves You which will be hitting the festival circuit this Summer. This is his feature film debut which he wrote and directed. Holt also takes...

LEGIONS: First Trailer Released, FilmSharks to Handle World Sales And Remake Rights For Argentine Horror

Deadline reported yesterday that my friends at FilmSharks will handle worldwide sales and remake rights for a new Argentine horror flick, Legions, from filmmaker Fabien Forte.    Legions is currently in post-production, yet a trailer was released from completed footage,...