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Fantasia 2018 Review: UNDER THE SILVER LAKE, Underwhelming Story, Overwhelming Cliches

David Robert Mitchell had a critical and audience hit with his second feature film, It Follows, in 2014; so much so that his third feature was readily accepted into the Cannes feature competition this year. Obstensibly a neo-noir thriller about...

Japan Cuts 2018 Sneak Peek: New Work from Naomi Kawase Leads an Eclectic Slate

Summer in New York City means Japan Society presenting another round of delish contemporary Japanese films, ranging from the weird and macabre, to the sincere and bubblegum apeshit insane! It's all happening, starting today, July 19, and roaring until July...

Fantasia 2018 Review: MEGA TIME SQUAD, A Whipsmart Rush of Time Travel Tomfoolery

One fine day in his sleepy coastal New Zealand town, after being booted out of living in his mom's garage, petty criminal wannabe (in the local parlance, "Bogan") John, and his dopey pal Gaz, decide to screw over their boss,...

Locarno 2018 Preview: The Largest Swiss Film Gathering Readies Smorgasbord of Arthouse Offerings

Locarno Film Festival unveils line-up for its 71st edition

KNUCKLEBALL: Raven Banner Acquires Canadian Thriller

Our friends at Raven Banner have just picked up the Canadian thriller Knuckleball. Michael Peterson`s film will have its Quebec Premiere at Fantasia on Saturday. Raven Banner plans a theatrical release this Fall followed by iTunes and VOD.    We...

Fantasia 2018 Review: NEOMANILLA, A Ripped From The Headlines Neo-Realist Masterpiece

Young street kid Toto is in a very tough spot. His drug dealing brother is in jail, and the local meth pushers think Toto is ratting them out to get the police to secure his release. He spends the few...

THE MERGER: Australian Sports Comedy Looks Like Good Fun

Ah, the sports comedy. It's a tried and true formula that - when executed well - is one of the most reliable things going. Witha  few notable recent exceptions - Canada's Goon springs to mind - they've also been an...

Watch Jeronimo Rocha's Fantastic MOTELX Festival Promo

It's become something of a tradition for Portuguese genre festival MOTELX to employ the talents of director Jeronimo Rocha to direct their striking festival promos. This is because it's also become tradition for them to be absolutely fantastic. He's delivered...

MOTELX 2018: Rangers, Tigers and Demon Bikers Among First Wave of Titles For Lisbon Horror Film Festival

MOTELX, in Lisbon, Portugal, is one of the top genre film festivals in Europe. A member of The European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation, European films that compete and win at MOTELX go on to vye for the top prizes in...

Fantasia 2018 Review: PROFILE Plays A Horrific Game With Online Identity

"You would never lie to me," asks Abu Bilel Al-Britani, a hunkish and charming Jihadi recruiter for ISIS, as he skypes from with Amy Whittaker in her South London flat. But we are well into the age of online 'Catfishing,' and Amy...

Carpenter Brut And Seth Ickerman Reunite! Watch The BLOOD MACHINES Teaser Now!

It was just a little while back that French directing duo Seth Ickerman - Raphael Hernandez and Savitri Joly-Gonfard - teamed up with synthwave phenomenon Carpenter Brut to create the music video for Carpenter Brut's Turbo Killer. The results were...

Newly Minted Yellow Veil Pictures Announces Acquisitions of LUZ And A MAN IN THE DARK

Normally the birth of a new film sales company would be left to the trades to announce. However, since all involved in Yellow Veil Pictures, Inc. are all acquaintances, some even close friends to many here at Screen Anarchy, we...

ILLANG: THE WOLF BRIGADE: Netflix Nabs Near-Global Rights For Kim Jee-woon's Live Action Version of Anime JIN-ROH

Big news from Variety this morning. Streaming powerhouse Netflix have acquired nearly all global rights for Kim Jee-woon's Illang: The Wolf Brigade. This new film from the director of such hits as The Good The Bad The Weird and I...

Neuchatel 2018: Gaspar Noe's CLIMAX Takes Top Prize

Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival drew its curtains on another year with its Closing Ceremony and the announcement of its awards. Legendary director David Cronenberg took the role of President of the Jury this year and so was able to...

Criterion in October 2018: SISTERS, SHAMPOO, THE PRINCESS BRIDE, Fassbinder and More

The Criterion Collection certainly walks its own path in making films available on Blu-ray. In October 2018, for example, traditionally a month when distributors focus on horror titles, Criterion will be issuing only one thriller that might fall into that...

Fantasia 2018 Review: COLD SKIN Never Quite Warms Up

A weather scientist, looking to escape his former life with twelve months of dutiful isolation to the Crown on the eve of World War I, is assigned to a small island in the South Atlantic, just inside the Antarctic circle....

BURNING SECRET: Early Stanley Kubrick Screenplay Surfaces

Some very exciting news for Stanley Kubrick fans came about this weekend. News sources report that a once thought lost screenplay co-written by Stanley Kubrick has surfaced.    Entitled Burning Secret, the script is an adaptation of the 1913 novella by the...

Fantasia 2018 Review: PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE, A Disturbing Look at China's Ecosystem of Internet Celebrities

There are some frightening dynamics of China’s capital and technology sectors at play in People’s Republic Of Desire, a documentary on the YY Live streaming platform. Relatively unknown in the West (who have their own online addictions issues with Facebook,...

Fantasia 2018 Review: NIGHTMARE CINEMA, Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Grue

The time honoured Anthology film. There are no shortage of them on the festival circuit, particularly in horror-genre circles. Rarely, however, do they come with such pedigree as Nightmare Cinema. It seems Mick Garris has not entirely scratched the itch...

PARLOUR TRICKS: Canadian Horror Icon Tristan Risk Directs Her First Short Film

Canadian performer Tristan Risk has been steadily building a name for herself in our horror and cult film community as an actress over the years.    Our own Izzy Lee directed Risk in her 2015 short film Innsmouth and she...