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The Great Festival Rebound of 2020: Chapter One - The Film Festivals

2020 was some kind of year.    There were more pressing matters, of course, but as a film site - any film site - we live and breathe by the beat of the film festival circuit. So as the year...

SHEEP WITHOUT A SHEPHERD: Artsploitation Acquires Thrilling Chinese Crime Drama

Artsploitation Films have announced that they have picked up the great crime drama from Chinea, Sheep Without a Shepherd. They're planning a streaming and DVD release of the film on March 23rd.    This debut feature film from Malaysian director...

Dark Star Pictures to Host FREE Virtual Film Festival, Includes JUMBO, PVT CHAT and CLIMATE OF THE HUNTER

Here's something great from our friends at Dark Star Pictures. They're getting together with Bloody Disgusting and putting on a free virtual film festival of some of their recent acquisitions.    One week tomorrow night, from Friday, January 22nd to...

SAVAGE STATE: Official Trailer And Poster For David Perrault's Western

David Perrault's English-French western Savage State was picked up by Samuel Goldwyn Films just before the holidays and the distributor is moving quickly to get it into your eyeballs On Demand and Digital  on Friday, January 29th. Today the official...

PVT CHAT: Official Trailer and Poster For Ben Hozie's Psycho-Sexual Thriller

Ben Hozie's psycho-sexual thriller PVT CHAT is coming to (some) U.S. cinemas on February 5th followed by On Demand and digital releases on February 9th. The official poster and trailer were released yesterday. You will find both down below including...

Frontières 2021: Call For Submissions, And Other News

Interesting development for our friends at Frontières. The open call for projects for the Frontières Platform (Marché du Film in Cannes) and the Frontières Co-Production Market begins on January 4th.    That's not the intersting bit. The more interesting bit...

CLIMATE OF THE HUNTER Trailer: Micky Reece's Rural Gothic Vampire Flick is Coming to Cinemas and Digital

Mickey Reece's beguiling vampire flick Climate of the Hunter will be released in cinemas and On Demand through Dark Star Pictures, before and after the new year.    Check out the trailer below and see if this quirky indie vampire...

MINOR PREMISE: New Festival Poster For Sci-fi Drama, on VOD This December

Is there anything more terrifying than a face with too many eyes and teeth? I know that when you look at this poster below for Eric Schultz’s Minor Premise you're not thinking sci-fi drama. That's too many eyes and teeth...

Fantasia 2020 Interview: Lloyd Kaufman On #SHAKESPEARESSHITSTORM and Challenges of Independent Filmmaking

Even though Lloyd Kaufman, co-founder of Troma Entertainment and director/star of #ShakespearesShitstorm, has a new movie to promote, his mind is always on the problems that American independent cinema has faced for years. “The independents in America don’t have any...

Fantasia 2020 Interview: Director Sidharth Srinivasan Talks KRIYA, Death Rituals and Male Guilt

India’s representative at this year’s (virtual) Fantasia International Film Festival was Kriya, written and directed by Sidharth Srinivasan. At a nightclub party, the DJ, a young man named Neel (Noble Luke), ends up hooking up with a girl (Sitara, played...

Fantasia 2020 Review: THE BLOCK ISLAND SOUND Will Have Your Skin Crawling From The First Frame

It's often been said that the sea is the last great unexplored wilderness on Earth. We've tried to tame it, understand it, capitalize on it, but it never fails that at least once a year humanity discovers another seemingly impossible...

Fantasia 2020 Review: FEELS GOOD MAN, Pepe the Frog's Ruination and Reclamation

Art is a funny thing. When an artist creates a piece, it often means something to them. That meaning may be deep and personal, it may reflect their own culture, values, ideas, and beliefs. Sometimes, though, it's just something they...

Fantasia 2020 Review: FRIED BARRY, A Deep-Fried Stick of Sizzling Bloody Dynamite

My fok, Marelize! What a weird, wild, and wonderful road-trip through the psycho-delic-gorgiastic-extra-terror-restrial-killer-eidoscope of Fried Barry's human reconditioning. And if that motley and manic description doesn't pique your cinesense, then this film may not be to your tastes. It's an...

Fantasia 2020: Audience Awards, The People Have Meowed!

In the world of international genre film festivals there is no audience like the group of rascals and miscrients that make up the Fantasia audience. Brimming with unbridled enthusiasm and generosity they welcome each year's lineup with open arms.   ...

Fantasia 2020: MARYGOROUND Rules Supreme in Awards Haul

  Well. There you have it. That was the Fantasia Film Festival - Virtual Edition. Culminating last night with the world premiere of The Legend of Baron To'a the festival carried on for the last two weeks with over 85,000...

Fantasia 2020 Review: UNDERGODS, Get Caught Under Its Dystopian Spell

K and Z drive through a desolate wasteland, made up of crumbling infrastructure and empty apartment buildings. Picking up the scraps of humanity there are always stories to tell to fill the time. Ron and Ruth welcome a neighbour into...

Fantasia 2020 Review: FOR THE SAKE OF VICIOUS, Lean, Violent Storytelling

Romina returns home from a shift at the hospital to find a man, Alan, lying unconscious in her kitchen and another, Chris, in hiding. Chris has brought Alan here because he needs her to keep him alive. Chris needs a...

Fantasia 2020 Review: ME AND ME, a Confounding and Compelling Directorial Debut

An idyllic life in the Korean countryside turns tragic when a beloved local teacher turns out to be hiding a bizarre secret. Soo-hyuk (Bae Soo-bin) shares a lovely home with his perfect wife, Yi-young (Cha Soo-yeon), the two seem like...

Fantasia 2020 Review: SMALL GAUGE TRAUMA Shorts Program

[Still from Who Goes There.] Ever since I began attending Fantasia in 2005, I've looked forward to the Small Gauge Trauma shorts program. which is always filled with devious, cutting, creative, weird, quease-inducing, and shocking moments. Smash cut to 15 years...

Fantasia 2020 Review: COME TRUE, Nightmarish Terror Creeps Into Real Life

Sarah is finding it very difficult to get a good night’s sleep. She’s not staying at home, avoiding her mom as much as possible. Her friend will take her in whenever she can and some nights she’ll sleep in the...