Toronto 2020 Review: NIGHT OF THE KINGS, A Young Convict Fights For His Life In This Stunning Ode To Storytelling

In ninety-three spellbinding minutes, director Philippe Lacôte takes us through centuries of magical storytelling devices in Night of the Kings, as a young convict attempts to talk his way through the night in this magnificent take on One Thousand and One...

Toronto 2020 Review: VIOLATION Powerfully Vivisects The Trauma Left By Sexual Violence

Rape revenge films are a fraught bunch, while some seem to seek only to exploit an inappropriate titillation stirred in more lascivious audiences, others take a more nuanced look into the psychology of this very specific kind of trauma. The...

Toronto 2020 Review: THE DISCIPLE, A Piercing Character Study Within the World of Hindustani Music

Indian classical music, also known as Hindustani music, is a unique cultural artifact that defies simple categorization. The sitar and tabla laden raga has a history hundreds of years old and remains an important touchstone and identifier for Indians around...

Toronto 2020 Review: GET THE HELL OUT, Adrenaline-Fueled Horror Comedy With Style to Spare

Political theater gets a whole new meaning in debutante director Wang I-Fan's horror comedy, Get the Hell Out, one of three genre features anchoring the Toronto's fabled Midnight Madness section this year. A virus causing a 28 Days Later style...

Exclusive Trailer Premiere: CHOP CHOP Hits VOD This October 20th

The spooky season is upon us, and while many of the bigger horror films have decided to postpone theatrical releases in the wake of an uncertain future, VOD horror is alive and well. The latest film to toss its ring...

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: 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: BLEED WITH ME, A Nightmare Slowly Blooms In A Cabin In The Woods

A young woman's sanity slow slips away on a woodsy getaway with friends in Bleed With Me, the debut feature from writer/director Amelia Moses. Rowan (Lee Marshall) is the quiet type, not one to make a fuss or inject herself...

Fantasia 2020 Review: CLAPBOARD JUNGLE Is A Love/Hate Letter To The Business Of Making Movies

Making movies is never easy, but making independent movies can sometimes require a level of masochism bordering on insanity. Justin McConnell's new documentary, Clapboard Jungle, takes an inside look at the nitty-gritty of indie filmmaking from a very personal place...

Fantasia 2020 Review: DETENTION Shines New Light On Taiwan's White Terror

Taiwan's White Terror was among the longest periods of a nation under martial law in modern history. From 1947 to 1987, the country was at the mercy of a government fearful of its own people. Dissenters were tortured, imprisoned, and...

Fantasia 2020 Review: MONSTER SEAFOOD WARS Plays Kaiju Karnage For Laughs

Longtime Screen Anarchy readers will no doubt be familiar with the unique oeuvre of director Kawasaki Minoru. A lover and devotee of old school man-in-suit kaiju and tokusatsu madness, Kawasaki created a niche for himself as the premier spoofster of...

Review: GET DUKED!, Hilariously Horrific

The peaceful Scottish highlands hide a bloody secret in writer/director Ninian Doff's hilarious rural nightmare Get Duked! (originally titled Boyz in the Wood). A trio of teenage miscreants are given one last chance to turn their lives around by completing...

Exclusive Clip: Meet The Team From THE LAKE MICHIGAN MONSTER, and Discover the Arrow Video Channel's August Additions

It's nearly August, and Arrow Video's streaming channel has announced their newest addition to an already stellar lineup. As such, they've decided to celebrate one of their contemporary acquisitions by sharing this exclusive clip from Ryland Brickson Cole Tews' The...

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...

Exclusive Trailer: LOVE EXPRESS: THE DISAPPEARANCE OF WALERIAN BOROWCZYK Comes To US Screens August 21st from Altered Innocence

Up and coming art house genre film label Altered Innocence has announced today that they've acquired all US rights to Kuba Mikurda's documentary, Love Express: The Disappearance of Walerian Borowczyk. One of the most innovative and challenging filmmakers of the...

Review: IMPETIGORE, Implied Horror Is Still Scary

Tara Basro, Ario Bayu, and Marissa Anita star in Joko Anwar's rural frightfest.

Exclusive: Kazakh Action Epic THE LEGEND OF TOMIRIS Coming From Well Go USA This Fall

One of the reasons I first started reading this site almost a decade and a half ago was the excitement that comes with discovering strange and unusual little films from countries and cultures I know nothing about, which is why...

Neuchâtel 2020 Review: CHASING DREAM, An MMA Musical Romantic Drama

Iconic Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To (The Mission, Drug War) is back with his latest film, Chasing Dream, currently making the festival rounds. While To is probably most well known for his gangster sagas over the last two and a...

Neuchâtel 2020 Review: AV: THE HUNT Is Thrilling, Prescient, Thought-Provoking Genre Cinema

Celebrating its world premiere at this year's Neuchâtel International Film Festival is writer/director Emre Akay's Av: The Hunt, a chilling indictment of archaic Turkish patriarchal violence in the form of a blisteringly paced survival thriller. While the film borrows plenty...