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Review: BLOODY HELL, Gruesome, Gory, and Gut-Bustingly Funny

A viral vigilante escapes unwanted notoriety only to find that even though things were bad, they can always get worse in Alister Grierson's new gonzo shocker, Bloody Hell.  Rex (Ben O'Toole, Hacksaw Ridge/Nekrotronic) was minding his own business at the...

Morbido 2020 Review: SANCTORUM, Cosmic Forces Respond to Narco-Violence in Mexico

A little boy’s mother vanishes along with other fellow workers at a marijuana farm hidden in the mountains of rural Mexico. The farmers have grown weary of being caught in the middle of the crossfire between the drug cartels and...

Morbido 2020 Review: SIN ORIGEN (ORIGIN UNKNOWN) Mexican Action Horror Flick Fails to Make a Big Screen Impression

Pedro is a drug runner looking to buy his way out of the drug trade. On the eve of his departure tensions and nerves are tight, despite his boasting that his home security system is state of the art. Two...

Morbido 2020 Review: THE CEMETERY OF LOST SOULS (CEMENTERIO DE LAS ALMAS PERDIDAS) Takes The Long Way to Tell a Short Story

Brazilian writer-director Rodrigo Aragão revisits the Book of Cipriano from his previous film The Black Forest in his new film The Cemetery of Lost Souls (O Cemitério das Almas Perdidas)   It all starts with Satan making a Jesuit priest...

Tallinn 2020 Review: THE PENULTIMATE, The Grotesque Comedy on the Absurdity of Human Condition

The Danish newcomer Jonas Kærup Hjort delivers a whimsical traumedy submerged in a variety of existentialist shades.

Review: BLACK BEAR, A Gaslight Meta Nightmare

Black Bear could be a Hitchcock inspired-indie thriller that opens with actor--director-writer Allison (Aubrey Plaza), collecting her towel from a lake’s small dock, making her way inside a cabin where she sits, notebook and pen at the ready; a title...

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,...

Review: THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, When There's TMI About Weird Canadian Politics, and We Love It

Matthew Rankin shows just how batsh*t crazy Canadian history can be

Montreal Nouveau 2020 Review: SAINT NARCISSE, Walk Through the Witchy Mirror

There are always at least two things you can count on with a Bruce LaBruce film: one, that you won't be able to predict where it will go, and two, that there will be a lot of sex. Both of...

Lund Fantastic 2020 Review: JUMBO, We So Seldom Look on Love

How do we know when we love? How do we know what we love? How do we make the decision (and it is a decision) that we will love what we love, for as long as we are allowed? And...

Montreal Nouveau 2020 Review: RED MOON TIDE, We Are Left to the Witches and Monsters

In Galicia, where forests meat a rugged and dangerous coastline, Rubio has gone missing. The local village's resident diver, he would search for the bodies of those lost to the rough seas, or possible eaten by the monster that lurks...

Montreal Nouveau 2020 Review: KILL IT AND LEAVE THIS TOWN, An Animated and Discordant Purgatory

In one scene in Mariusz Wilczyński’s Kill It and Leave This Town, characters are taking a long train ride, telling stories in fits and starts, as the vehicle crosses what seems like an endless parallel universe populated by bird people...

Sitges 2020 Review: THE SHOW, Alan Moore's Darkly Comedic Foray Into Feature Films

A man of many faces searches for an artifact stolen from a wealthy benefactor. His search leads him to the haunted town of Northampton. It is a town occupied by Voodoo gangsters, masked adventurers, Noir-era private dicks and a violent...

Sitges 2020 Review: VICIOUS FUN, The Name of The Movie Says it All

Never has marketing a film been so easy!    Q: So. What's your film about?  A: (points to title)   Joel is an obnoxious film critic and wisenheimer who writes for a national horror rag. One night Joel follows Bob,...

Montreal Nouveau 2020 Review: THERE ARE NO FALSE UNDERTAKINGS, Vignettes of the Odd and Surreal

Having moved into television, Denzel Washington is hoping to land the role of Angel in a reboot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer; he's interested in the role because of Angel's struggle with testicular cancer. But alas, being too old, he...

Montreal Nouveau 2020: NIGHT HAS COME, Collective Memory and the End of Days

Imagine waking up in an sanitorium, and finding your memory slowly being eaten away by a virus in your brain. Scientists are trying to harvest your memories, which are replaced, inside you, by darkness. While this film started the festival...

Nightstream 2020 Review: 32 MALASAÑA STREET, A 'Perfectly Fine' Scary Movie

The Jimenez family have sold all their belongings, packing what is pretty much one bag per member, and moved to Madrid to start a better life. Having landed an apartment for a great deal the family settles down and the...

Nightstream 2020 Review: HONEYDEW, Impressive And Modest Rural Horror

Sam and Rylie are on a road trip into backcountry ‘Merica. Rylie is a student, Sam a ‘waiter/actor’ or ‘actor/waiter’, depending on your outlook. Rylie’s work on her graduate thesis is what brings them out to the country. A misunderstanding...

Nightstream 2020 Review: FRANK & ZED Brings a Classic Style, Classic Storytelling, Heaps of Heart And Puppet Gore

A kingdom lives under the shadow of impending doom that has been tied to the bloodline to the throne for centuries. The wheels are put in motion by conniving individuals in the village, looking to save their own necks, no...

Nightstream 2020 Review: SURVIVAL SKILLS Uses Satire To Lay Bare The Insurmountable Challenges Effective Policing

To say the police are not well liked by the more liberal populations of the world right now would be an understatement, but why? We all want and deserve security. No one wants to feel unsafe in or out of...