Tag: canada

WELCOME TO THE CIRCLE Trailer: Maybe Say No to This Invitation

'Tis the season for frightening cults, according to popular culture, and so we have the trailer for Welcome to the Circle, which suggests that maybe you say no to this particular invitation. The trailer takes a somewhat scruffy, apparently low-key...

Fantastic Fest 2019 Review: HOMEWRECKER, Hanging Out with Weirdos May Be Hazardous to Your Health

Alex Essoe and Precious Chong star in a comedy of the awkward and the dangerous; Zach Gayne directed.

Toronto 2019 Interview: SYNCHRONIC Directors Moorhead & Benson's Favorite Cinematic Representations of Altered States

Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson have wowed audiences with their mind-bending (and genre-bending) films Resolution, Spring, and The Endless. All of these films share the similarity of slyly tackling complex philosophical and/or metaphysical subject matter in an entertaining package. The...

Toronto 2019 Review: BLOOD QUANTUM Chews On The Sins of Fathers

It is 1971, and a lone police car drives purposely, if slightly lost, through the Northern Canadian forest. Its bright red cherries offer little light, and function more of a quiet warning to the wilderness which surround it. The Police...

Fantasia 2019: DEAD DICKS Trailer Gets Weird, Weirder, Bloody

Set to enjoy its world premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Canada, on July 25, Dead Dicks has unveiled its first NSFW trailer, which must be seen to be believed. "When a young nursing student named Becca...

Calgary Underground 2019 Review: RED LETTER DAY, Fear And Loathing In The Canadian Suburbs

"I just figured this would be happening in the US." One of the characters early on in Red Letter Day elucidates the sometimes subtle (sometimes not) passive-agressive smugness in the Canadian attitude, as defined by self-comparison to the American experiment down...

Calgary Underground Film Fest Announces 2019 Lineup: HIGH LIFE, LITTLE MONSTERS, DR. RUTH And More

Western Canada's largest genre festival celebrates its sweet sixteen this year. The Calgary Underground Film Festival (CUFF) dropped its line-up today, and as with previous years it is a delightfully eclectic mix of the both serious and silly cinema. Documentaries...

Review: LIFECHANGER, Of Love, Loss, Regret and Body Horror

Wherever Drew goes, a body is sure to follow. Not just sure, a body has to follow.   Drew has to transport himself from body to body if he wants to live; he is convinced he will die if he...

Festival Diary: Arrow Video FrightFest Day 3 - HERETIKS, WHAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE

Day 3 of Arrow Video FrightFest marked the halfway point, and positively groaned with gruesome delights. As the weekend arrived in earnest, so did the crowds, who were treated to world premieres of British nightclubbing/germ attack shocker Ravers, as well...

Review: THE CRESCENT, A Quietly Confident Experiment in Horror Cinema

Late in Seth A Smith's The Crescent, there is a hushed shot of the lead character, who happens to be a 2-year-old toddler, sitting on a beach, framed inside an hollow wreck of an old seaside house. The camera slowly...

Berlinale 2018 Review: FAKE TATTOOS, Bearing the Marks of a Great Teenage Drama

Whilst not Pascal Plante's first feature film, having previously made doc La génération porn in 2014, Fake Tattoos (Les faux tatouages) is the director's first step into feature-length drama. And it's quite the first step - one that definitely carries...

Sundance 2018 Review: UN TRADUCTOR Pulls The Right Heart Strings

There's an inherent risk in making films based on real stories. Seasoned cinephiles and film buffs will know that the promise is never fulfilled' as we later dive into Wikipedia, we notice how many inconsistencies and liberties were made regarding...

RADIUS Trailer: Stay Away From This Canadian Thriller!

A trailer has quietly premiered for Canadian sci-fi thriller Radius from co-directors Caroline Labrèche and Steeve Léonard. In the film, a man wakes from a car accident to discover anyone who comes within 50 feet of him dies instantly. Radius...

Toronto 2017: In PUBLIC SCHOOLED Clip, Judy Greer Says Goodbye

Judy Geer is a treasure, whether she's lighting up a comedy or strengthening a drama, so whenever she appears in a film, it means that attention must be paid. In a fresh clip from Public Schooled, her sad, soulful side...

Toronto 2017: LES AFFAMES Clip, Because Even Zombie Killers Need a Theme Song

It's a cool, overcast day. A breeze is rippling gently through the air. An anonymous car pulls to a stop. The radio plays a pleasant French-language tune. Then a stranger lurches into view. And then WAM! WAM! WAM! WAM! Beware...

LIFECHANGER: New Shape-Shifting Horror From Justin McConnell Shoots This Fall

Justin McConnell and I spent so much time running around Montreal this past weekend during the festival and co-production market at Fantasia, we barely had time to chat and catch up on his newest project, set to begin production this...

THE SCAREHOUSE: Gavin Michael Booth's Haunted House Flick, Now on Blu-ray

Our friends at Parade Deck Films were patiently waiting for me to return from Fantasia this past weekend so I could share their announcement of the release of Gavin Michael Booth's 2014 horror flick The Scarehouse on Blu-ray in North America. ...

New BIRTH OF THE DRAGON U.S. Trailer Makes Bruce Lee the Star In New Cut

UPDATE: The film's U.S. publicist has reached out to inform us: "The version shown at TIFF was unfinished and it has been recut. The character played by Billy is a minor character - not the lead - in this cut,...

Review: THE HERETICS, Cult Members Have a Five Year Plan in Chad Archibald's Latest

Chad Archibald's The Heretics may be his best film to date as it displays his growth as a filmmaker and a storyteller.

First Look at Canada's REBOOT Reboot

This one's for the 90's kids in the audience. Canada's YTV network is rebooting the popular kid's cartoon Reboot, a staple of after-school viewing for many and early example of CG animation. The first two images have now been released,...