Blu-ray Review: John Carpenter's SOMEONE'S WATCHING ME!

John Carpenter. Legendary director, writer, composer. The Thing, Escape From New York, Halloween, In the Mouth of Madness, among many other films. Scream Factory, which seems to have cornered the market on John Carpenter Blu-rays and DVDs, recently released his...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's HEAVEN CAN WAIT Is Near Flawless

Old Hollywood has its pitfalls, but it sure made some excellent, even downright delightful films. Case in point, Heaven Can Wait, from director Ernst Lubitsch (Ninotchka, Trouble in Paradise, To Be Or Not To Be). Lubitsch was born in 1892 and began...

Fantasia 2018: It's a Wrap on Montreal's Wonderful Summer Camp for Genre Fans

The 22nd Fantasia International Film Festival has come to a close. Hats off to anyone with the stamina to make it from the early July beginning to curtain closes in August. We know a few folks who do the three...

Fantasia 2018 Review: THE VANISHED Needs to be Seen

A remake of the 2012 Spanish film The Body, Fantasia 2018 brought us the North American premiere of The Vanished from director Lee Chang-hee. Unlike a few of my ScreenAnarchy colleagues, I am not an expert in Asian films, but damn, I'd guess that The...

Now on Blu-ray: PYEWACKET Burns Hot and Cold

IFC Midnight and Scream Factory are releasing a ridiculous amount of films this summer, and one of them is Pyewacket, actor/director Adam MacDonald's second feature after Backcountry. Mom/Mrs. Reyes (Laurie Holden, The Mist, The Walking Dead) and teenage Leah (Nicole Muñoz,...

Now on Blu-ray: LOWLIFE Kicks Ass

Somewhere in L.A., a Mexican wrestler with anger issues, an ex-con with a swastika face tattoo, a motel manager trying to buy a black market organ, and a gangster and his daughter all collide in a series of unfortunate, hilarious,...

Fantasia 2018 Review: HEAVY TRIP is a Hilarious Look at Brutal Music

From directors Jukka Vidgren and Juuso Laatio, the comedy Heavy Trip recently played a sold-out screening at Fantasia 2018. The Finland-Norway production centers on Turo, a sensitive heavy metal frontman who's got stage fright but still wants to rule the music festival...

Fantasia 2018 Review: THE WITCH IN THE WINDOW Terrifies and Surprises

I haven't yet seen director/writer/editor/composer Andy Mitton's previous two features, We Go On and Yellowbrickroad, but having watched his new film The Witch in the Window (formerly known as The Vermont House) at Fantasia 2018, I'm going to have to rectify that as...

Fantasia 2018 Interview: LIFECHANGER'S Justin McConnell on the Challenges of Filmmaking

Writer-director Justin McConnell was just in Montreal for the sold-out, world premiere of his new feature Lifechanger. It's the story of Drew, a wistful shapeshifter who becomes a detective, a bar fly, a dentist, a dental assistant, and other identities...

Fantasia 2018: Created by Women and Arctic Chill Frontieres Pitches

Frontieres is an amazing, international co-production market and genre showcase of up-and-coming filmmakers and projects (and sometimes established professionals). It started out at Fantasia in Montreal, but has now spread to other locations in Brussels, Cannes, and Amsterdam. Sadly, I...

Fantasia 2018 Review: BORN OF WOMAN Shorts are Wickedly Fierce

[Still from The Old Woman Who Buried Her Fear Under the Stairs] This year's Born of Woman program from Fantasia 2018 featured international short films from France, Czech Republic, USA, Norway, South Korea, United Kingdom, Finland, and Ireland. Every year, this...

Fantasia 2018 Review: THE TRAVELLING CAT CHRONICLES Will Make You Purr

It's not often that I review family friendly melodramas. However, there was one at Fantasia 2018 that stood out, and I just couldn't resist. The Travelling Cat Chronicles from director Kôichirô Miki is based on the bestselling pet-lit book by Hiro Arikawa; if you...

Blu-ray Review: IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS Foams With Glory

Scream Factory's love affair with John Carpenter continues with this Blu-ray relase of In the Mouth of Madness. If you're a Carpenter fan of any kind, this one is an essential addition to your collection. The film has never looked...

Blu-ray Review: MEMOIRS OF AN INVISIBLE MAN

John Carpenter -- Halloween, The Thing, In the Mouth of Madness -- is a legend within horror filmmaker circles, with an undeniable reach that has extended beyond the black-clad hordes. In addition to his terrifying titles, he did some more mainstream films. Today, we're going...

Fantasia 2018 Curtain Raiser: Your Guide To Navigating Montreal's Gargantuan Genre Festival

The Fantasia International Film Festival begins its 22nd edition in Canada's La Belle Province today for a three-week smorgasbord of action, horror, weirdness and, tucked away between the splatter and science fiction, you will find a drama or two. As...

Blu-ray Review: PIRANHA II: THE SPAWNING

Like many other great filmmakers, James Cameron got his start with Roger Corman, who's known for fostering talent. His theatrical feature film debut is strangely enough, Piranha II: The Spawning. It's a sequel to Joe Dante's (who also came out of...

Interview: Aislinn Clarke on the Evils of the Catholic Church and THE DEVIL'S DOORWAY

It's insane to type this, but Aislinn Clarke is Northern Ireland's very first female horror director. Her debut feature, The Devil’s Doorway, is being released by IFC Midnight. The trailer is currently terrifying the Internet with its spook-tacular scares. I was...

ScreenAnarchy's Top Movies Of The First Half Of 2018

Time flies like a sonofabitch, and this year it seems to do so faster than usual. We are at 2018's mid-point already. Whoa! That does beg the question though: what films have managed to impress and touch us most, so...

Blu-ray Review: Prognosis for THE CURED is Bleak

Released at festivals in 2017 as The Third Wave, David Freyne's first narrative feature (now released as The Cured) nabbed not just Ellen Page (Hard Candy, Juno), who loved the script enough to sign on as both actor and producer,...

Blu-ray Review: NIGHT OF THE LEPUS is Best for Little Bunnies

Stuart Whitman (Eaten Alive) and Janet Leigh (Psycho) star as a scientist couple studying insects in Arizona. It turns out that there's an infestation of wild rabbits wrecking havoc on everything, and they're asked to help. They figure out a...