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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...

Nightstream 2020 Review: CLIMATE OF THE HUNTER, Witchy Magic in the Rural Gothic

Sisters Alma (Ginger Gilmartin), something of a hippie-free spirit, and Elizabeth (Mary Buss), a D.C. lawyer who's wound a little tight, are at their family's old cabin in the backwoods, perhaps trying to reconnect with each other, but their bond...

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...

Review: BLACK BOX, Slick, Engaging Sci-Fi/Psychological Thriller

Mamoudou Athie, Phylicia Rashad and Amanda Christine star in a horror-mystery, directed by Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour and now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Review: DEATH TO ME, Overly Familiar, Cliched Horror Entry

Maggie Q, Luke Hemsworth and Alex Essoe star in Darren Lynn Bousman's horror mystery.

Fantastic Fest 2020 Review: THE STYLIST, An Undeniably Beautiful and Gruesome Debut Feature From Jill Gevargizian

For millions of women around the world, there are very few more powerful people in their lives than their hair stylist. There's something about the transformative powers of a great haircut and styling that can change anyone's perspective and self-image...

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...

Review: LX 2048, Long on Big Ideas and Head-Spinning Plot Turns

Major props to filmmaker Guy Moshe (Bunraku, Holly) and his hyperactive imagination. He not only wrote and directed but also edited and produced LX 2048, a modestly budgeted, near-future dystopian, cautionary tale. Though obviously inspired by Blade Runner, Black Mirror...

Review: ETHERIA Season 2: Assassins, Cannibals, Time Travellers, and Witches Bring Terror to the Small Screen

The second bloody season of the anthology series is back! I love anthologies, which may or may not have a theme running through them; in this case, not such much a theme as just films directed by women. And not...

Review: KAJILLIONAIRE, Oddball Charms and Genuine Emotion in Equal Measure

Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Ivanir, Gina Rodriguez and Debra Winger star in filmmaker Miranda July's latest comedy-drama.

Toronto 2020 Review: FAUNA Cleverly Deconstructs The Mexican Social Contract

Poor Paco needs a cigarette. Badly. After arguing with his girlfriend, Flora, and fighting with Waze and Wifi they eventually arrive in the remote Mexican village of her childhood, only to find her parents not to be around. The house...