Weird Reviews

ALL YOU NEED IS DEATH Review: The Power of Song Will Devour You

Folk horror is often associated with a particular location, or perhaps a physical object that can be held in hands, something concretely tangible. But, especially in an age when the folkiness of this horror, the true human darkness from which...

DAD & STEP-DAD Review: Barbequeing the Male Ego to a Crisp

Not since wandering into Kevin Smith’s Clerks in an Oshawa multiplex in 1994 have I immediately glommed on to a micro-budget comedy as something that can be watched over and over again. Tynan DeLong’s Dad & Step-Dad is a small,...

YOU'LL NEVER FIND ME Review: When A Stranger Knocks

Relying upon the kindness of strangers (who are very strange indeed) on a dark and stormy night (when it feels like the wind might blow the world down) is a good recipe for a horror film. Add in a somewhat...

STOPMOTION Review: Beautiful, Disturbing Journey Into Creation as Self-Destruction

Aisling Franciosi, Stella Gonet, and Tom York star in Robert Morgan's cross-genre horror movie.

Sundance 2024 Review: SASQUATCH SUNSET, Jesse Eisenberg As You've Never Seen or Heard Him Before

Co-directed by Ausin residents David and Nathan Zellner (Damsel, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, Kid-Thing), written by David, and co-starring Nathan in prosthetic make-up and a matted fur suit, Sasquatch Sunset, billed somewhat generically as a “year in the life of...

Rotterdam 2024 Review: STEPPENWOLF, No Country for Sane Men

Kazakh filmmaker Adilkhan Yerzhanov delivers his most nihilistic work to date.

THE SEEDING Review: When HILLS HAVE EYES Meets WOMAN IN THE DUNES

The film stops short at delivering a truly intense psychological survival horror.

DESTROY ALL NEIGHBORS Review: A Breezy, Goofy And Goopy Horror Comedy

Struggling prog-rock musician William Brown finds himself in a living nightmare when he accidentally kills Vlad, the neighbor from hell.

Tallinn 2023 Review: BODY ODYSSEY, Bodybuilding Obsession on the Edge of Psychological Unraveling

Jacqueline "Jay" Fuchs and Julian Sands star; director Grazia Tricarico boldly navigates the blurred lines of satire and horror in the story of female bodybuilding.

Tallinn 2023 Review: GIANT'S KETTLE Peers Into the Abyss of the Mundane in Dark Family Fable

Markku Hakala and Mari Käki's debut blends suspense mystery with psychological drama in a dark fable of Kafkaesque proportions.

MY ANIMAL Review: Visually Arresting Lycanthropy Tale

More than two decades ago, Ginger Snaps,a modest, lycanthropy-themed horror film from Canada, hit the festival circuit, receiving solid critical notices, but limited returns at the box office. Thankfully, Ginger Snaps didn't disappear into obscurity like so many of its contempories horror-wise. Instead, it received...

EVERYONE WILL BURN Review: Visually Stunning, A Narrative Mess

I've never understood why small towns are so often praised as better places to raise children. Contrary to the popular belief that they are kinder and more welcoming, smaller places tend to be more isolated, and therefore more prejudiced, more...

Viennale 2023 Review: THE PRACTICE Seeks Mindfulness Amid Mid-Life Restart

Martín Rejtman employs deadpan absurdism to satirize the trials of mid-life in the life of a yoga coach.

Viennale 2023 Review: DAAAAAALI!, Quentin Dupieux Warps Realities in Daliesque Quantum Sketch

Quentin Dupieux delivers a playful avant-garde biopic with Gilles Lellouche, Édouard Baer, Jonathan Cohen, and Pio Marmaï.

Brooklyn Horror 2023 Review: BREATHING IN, An Acting Showcase That Drips With Growing Dread

The year is 1901, the place is South Africa during the Second Boer War. A wounded general is being tended to in the small rural home of Anna and her young daughter, Annie. That night, the general’s adjutant, Brand, comes...

Book Review: Simon Rumley's THE WOBBLE CLUB

Directing films is hard enough in itself, but getting films made at all is another story. "Development Hell" is unfortunately a very real place and many people grow frustrated and disillusioned with the process, often leaving the industry altogether. Spending...

Montreal Nouveau 2023 Review: ORLANDO, MY POLITICAL BIOGRAPHY, FInding Truth & Joy Between the Pages

If only we could all be like Orlando, the character from Virginia Woolf's novel: go to sleep for a week to effect the great transformation likely all of us have desired at some point. In Orlando's case, it's a change...

Montreal Nouveau 2023 Review: THE FEELING THAT THE TIME FOR DOING SOMETHING HAS PASSED, Comedic Discomfort in Millenial Ennui

While ennui and angst are common to many generations, I can imagine it could be much more accute among millenials - anything that might have been considered a 'normal' life gave up the ghost before they came of age. They're...

Montreal Nouveau 2023 Review: CIELO ABIERTO, Slow Textures Reveal Quiet Truths

We often tend to think of the ravages of colonialismin terms of forests ravaged, animal populations decimated - but colonialism was built with stone. The cities, and especially the moments to white supremacy, came from the stone and hard labour...