Blu-ray Review: RELIC Uses Horror Metaphors Masterfully

I've said it before and I'll say it again: horror works best as metaphor. When examining societal, personal, or political issues (or a heady combination of all three, mmm delicious), the horror genre is like no other. Sci-fi comes close,...

Blu-ray Review: THE BRIDES OF DRACULA

Today's Blu-ray review may not be available in time (the North American street date is November 10) for the spookiest time of the year, but if you're like me, you love all things creepy year round. I know I keep...

Blu-ray Review: THE HIT, a Funny, Reflective Crime Story

The 1984 film The Hit is out today on Criterion Collection --- and they're having a 50% off flash sale right now, so if you've been waiting to score some awesome box sets, get to it ASAP. (For those of...

Blu-ray Review: THE ELEPHANT MAN Criterion Release Stuns

In this crazy industry, it's often someone with at least a semblance of power that can give a filmmaker his or her big break. After all, not all filmmakers come from rich, connected families (though it helps immensely and this...

Blu-ray Review: TO YOUR LAST DEATH: Supremely Smart, Animated Carnage

Happy October, weirdos! If you're looking for something different to watch in celebration of the spookiest month of the year, here's a strange and smart animated full-length horror film for you to check out.   I first saw To Your Last...

Blu-ray Review: THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK CLASSICS COLLECTION

The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment was released this month in a 4K UHD and Blu-ray combo package, and it's simply stunning. This review is for the Blu-ray discs, as I don't yet have a system that...

Crowd Fund This: Help Build INSIDE and Black Mansion Films

Producer Heather Buckley (The Ranger) is currently raising funds to support the first production within her new horror studio, Black Mansion Films. That film is called Inside, and it's to be directed by Elise Salomon in Ireland. If you know...

Review: STUNTWOMEN: THE UNTOLD HOLLYWOOD STORY

Have you ever watched Charlize Theron, Lynda Carter, Michelle Rodriguez, Michelle Yeoh, Brie Larson, Pam Grier, or Carrie-Anne Moss in an action flick and wonder, "How the hell did they do that?"    Based on the best-selling book by Mollie...

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: SANZARU Intrigues and Baffles

Genre film festivals are champions of the weird, and Fantasia is a champion of the highest order. Likewise, independent film is a prime channel for investigating the strangest ideas and themes: small crews can move quickly and easily, and filmmakers...

Fantasia 2020 Review: BORN OF WOMAN Shorts Program

[Still from Rioghnach Ni Ghrioghair's Break Us.] Since its inception, the Born of Woman shorts program at Fantasia has been a draw, selling out each screening at the De Seve auditorium at Concordia University every July. This year's program includes nine...

Fantasia 2020 Review: MARYGOROUND Reflects on What it Means to be Independent

There aren't very many films made about women over a certain age (especially in America). That's because financiers tend to be overwhelmingly male, and they want to see movies made about and for them, by people who also look like...

Fantasia 2020 Review: International Science Fiction Short Film Showcase

[Still from Toto.] Science fiction in film is --- and can be --- a lot of things, like a look at the intersection of politics, genre, and science as it pertains to what we imagine the future may be... or...

Fantasia 2020 Interview: Natasha Kermani and Brea Grant Get LUCKY

Orginally intended to premiere at SXSW and a slew of other festivals, Lucky plays for Canadian audiences via virtual Fantasia 2020. Natasha Kermani (Imitation Girl) directs writer and star Brea Grant (Dexter, Eastsiders; Grant is also the writer/director of 12 Hour Shift,...

Fantasia 2020 Review: CLASS ACTION PARK Must be Seen to be Believed

Sometimes when you see something so batshit, you don't know where to start. Class Action Park is the new documentary from Seth Porges and Chris Charles Scott about the world's most dangerous amusement park. It's a wild, audacious doc that truly...

Blu-ray Review: THE COMFORT OF STRANGERS, the Sickness of Bad Love

There are plenty of disturbing films in the world. One of them is a 1990 release, directed by Paul Schrader (First Reformed, Cat People, American Gigolo, and writer closely tied to Martin Scosese with Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last...

Fantasia 2020 Interview: Brea Grant Talks 12 HOUR SHIFT

Multi-hyphenate talent Brea Grant (Heroes, Dexter) has come into her own as a writer/director. She helmed the apocalypse buddy road trip film Best Friends Forever as well as episodes of Eastsiders and Pandora, and this year, she has two features coming out. Grant wrote...

Fantasia 2020 Interview: Justin McConnell on Indie Filmmaking and CLAPBOARD JUNGLE

Canadian indie filmmaker Justin McConnell (Lifechanger) has been in the game for a good deal of his life, either by providing technical services, programming his Little Terrors short film series in Toronto, or by being behind the camera. It's the...

Fantasia 2020 Interview: Isabel Peppard and Josie Hess on MORGANA

Playing at Fantasia 2020, Morgana is one of the most interesting docs I've seen at this festival --- or ever, due to its sheer humanity and empathy. You can read the full review here. ScreenAnarchy was able to speak to...

Fantasia 2020 Review: MORGANA Strips Humanity Down to its Core

Every now and then, a film comes along to remind us that women are indeed fully fleshed out human beings with their own hopes, dreams, fears, anxieties, and doubts. One of the documentaries playing at this year's Fantasia International Film...