Festivals

Fantastic Fest 2021 Review: EYES OF FIRE, 1700s Style EVIL DEAD

Eyes of Fire is an interesting film. A low-budget horror venture from the mind of Avery Crounse, it is a curious amalgam of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Sam Raimi. The storyline is a familiar one. Set in the 1700s, Reverend Will...

Fantastic Fest 2021 Review: V/H/S 94, Typically Uneven Horror Anthology

After three entries in three years, the V/H/S horror anthology/portmanteau series, a showcase for established and up-and-coming horror filmmakers to show horror-friendly audiences what terrifying delights they could deliver in short bursts, slipped into an extended period of quietude. That...

Fantastic Fest 2021 Review: THE TRIP, Have a Bloody Good Time

Noomi Rapace and Aksel Hennie star in an action thriller, directed by Tommy Wirkola.

Fantastic Fest 2021 Review: BABY ASSASSINS, Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Akari Takaishi and Saori Izawa star in a killer action comedy, directed by Hugo Sakamoto.

New York 2021 Review: THE TSUGUA DIARIES, Coping with Covid Lockdown

Wryly reflecting the nature of 'expect the unexpected' in both life and filmmaking, Maureen Fazendeiro and Miguel Gomes create a delightful little summer movie.

New York 2021 Review: Joel Coen's THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH, Expectations Not Met

But there have been many famous screen adaptations of the Shakespeare's play before. The first question anyone would naturally ask is, is another adaptation of the famous Scottish play really necessary?

Fantastic Fest 2021 Review: THERE'S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE, A Slasher with Smarts

Secrets. We all have them. To keep them safe, we hide them behind masks to appear “socially acceptable”. There’s Someone Inside Your House from Creep director, Patrick Brice explores this idea under the clever guise of a 1980’s style slasher....

Fantastic Fest 2021 Review: NR. 10, Sly and Brilliant

Alex van Warmerdam ('Borgman') directs a new film. It's very, very good.

L'Etrange Festival Announces 2021 Award Winners, THE INNOCENTS And MAD GOD Take Top Prizes

  The 27th edition of the L'Etrange Festival came to a close last weekend in Paris, France. For twelve days more than twenty-two thousand attendees took in a diverse program made up of feature length and short films.    With...

Fantastic Fest 2021: Turkey Shenanigans Abound in IKÉ BOYS Clip

Best friends Shawn Gunderson and Vikram 'Vik' Kapoor escape from the drudgery of high school life in Oklahoma through their obsession with all things Japanese. When a mysterious anime film transforms them into its superhuman characters, they at first think...

Friday One Sheet: SPENCER (Also, Full Trailer)

We are looping back around to the detailed fabric and negative space of the key art for Spencer, as it is also an opportunity to embed the full trailer for the film (see below). I do love when key art...

Vancouver 2021: CRYPTOZOO Review

A young couple go for a walk in a forest, make love, and encounter a gigantic fence. On impulse they decide to climb over it, curious about what could be on the other side. Anyone who has seen a Jurassic...

DEAD & BEAUTIFUL Trailer, Coming to Shudder in November

In Dead & Beautiful, five rich, spoiled Asian twenty-somethings (Gijs Blom, Aviis Zhong, Yen Tsao, Philip Juan, Anechka Marchenko) are suffering from upper class ennui, unsure how to spend their days when so little is expected from them. In search...

New York 2021 Review: BERGMAN ISLAND, A Meta-Contemplation on an Artist's Creative Process

Tim Roth, Mia Wasikowska and Vicky Krieps star in a new film by Mia Hansen-Løve.

NIGHT TEETH Trailer: Netflix's Vampire Horror Aims to Paint a Los Angeles Night Red With Style

To earn some extra cash, quirky college student Benny (Jorge Lendeborg, Jr.) moonlights as a chauffeur for one night. His task: drive two mysterious young women (Debby Ryan and Lucy Fry) around Los Angeles for a night of party hopping....

Locarno 2021 Review: MAD GOD, Macabre and Scatological Coalesce in Phil Tippett's Nihilistic Stop-Motion Epic

Jan Švankmajer meets Clive Barker in a smorgasbord of a stream-of-consciousness savage weirdness.

Fantastic Fest 2021: Casey Tebo's BLACK FRIDAY Acquired by Screen Media, Set for November Release

The holiday season has come early for Black Friday director Casey Tebo and writer/executive producer Andy Greskoviak. According to Variety, their highly anticipated horror venture (starring genre icons, Bruce Campbell and Devon Sawa) has been acquired by Screen Media. This...

SLASH Filmfestival Announces Full Lineup of 12th Edition

The SLASH Filmfestival, Austria's biggest and most popular destination for fantastic cinema, has announced the full lineup of its 12th edition, which is bookended by Julia Ducournau’s Titane on opening night and Valdimar Jóhannsson’s Lamb on closing night. For eleven days...

Karlovy Vary 2021 Review: In BENEDETTA, Paul Verhoeven Marries Prestige Satire to Camp Drama

Too much fun, frontal nudity and orgasms in a biopic drama enclosed behind the walls of a Renaissance convent.

Toronto 2021 Review: SALOUM, A Spirited Tale of Revenge on the Senegal Delta

The Saloum Delta in Senegal is a land of cannibal myths and cursed kings. Nowhere is this more true than in Congolese director Jean Luc Herbulot's supernatural skinwalker of a film that brings West African mythology to the criminal getaway...