THE LAPLACE DEMON Brings Back Horrors of Old at Fantasia 2017
Eight people are imprisoned in a secluded mansion on an uninhabited island. After waiting in vain for  the  host,  they  find  a  model  with  eight  self-propelled  pawns  that  reproduces  the  movements  of each group member in real time… The Laplace’s Demon, the second feature from director Giordano Giulivi, delves... Read more
DEAD SHACK is a Fun Mix of Horror and Comedy at Fantasia 2017
On a weekend getaway at a rundown cottage in the woods a precautious 14-year-old teen, his crude best friend, and his best friend’s fearless older sister will have to grow up, work together, and save their hard-partying parents from their predatory cabin neighbor intent on feeding them all to her undead family.... Read more
Documentary 78/52 takes In-depth Look at Psycho Shower Scene at Fantasia 2017
78/52 refers to the 78 setups and 52 cuts in one of cinema’s most iconic scenes, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho shower scene. Filmmakers, writers, composers, editors, and more, like Guillermo del Toro, Danny Elfman, Mick Garris, Walter Murch and many others, breakdown this single scene that forever changed movie making.   The scene is dissected, in... Read more
SEQUENCE BREAK Messes with Minds at Fantasia Film Festival
A surreal sci-fi romance wherein a beautiful young woman and strange metaphysical forces threaten the reality of a reclusive video arcade technician, resulting in bizarre biomechanical mutations and a shocking self-realization. If Tron was written and directed by David Cronenberg  (albeit on a much smaller budget) at his most... Read more
KILLING GROUND Wracks Some Nerves at Fantasia Film Festival
A couples’ camping trip turns into a frightening ordeal when they stumble across the scene of a horrific crime. “Nerve-wracking” is an oft-used (and oft-abused) phrase you encounter when reading about horror movies.  I don’t think I’ve ever used that phrase before in my reviews (feel free to prove... Read more
GAME OF DEATH Splatters Itself All Over Fantasia International Film Festival
Kill or be killed is the golden rule of the Game of Death. Sucks for seven millennials who ignored that rule. Now each one’s head will explode unless they kill someone. Will they turn on each other to survive, or will this sunny day be the last for the innocent people... Read more
Super Dark Times Screens at the Fantasia Film Festival
A harrowing but meticulously observed look at teenage lives in the era prior to the Columbine High School massacre, SUPER DARK TIMES marks the feature debut of gifted director Kevin Phillips, whose critically acclaimed 2015 short film “Too Cool For School” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Zach (Owen... Read more
Hounds of Love Rips Out Your Heart, Totally Worth It
Hounds of Love is an Australian thriller from writer/director Ben Young, who has previous experience in short films and TV. I was excited to get a chance to review this one given some early positive buzz and the film wastes no time in making its caliber known. From the... Read more
The Government Isn’t Watching 5150, but I Had To
5150 starts with a bang. The film opens on an ominous scene of a dancing ballerina as police reports about a psychotic woman having a breakdown play in the background. It then cuts to Autumn (Ashlyn Pearce) as she enters a dark apartment, making her way through the space... Read more
Creepy Short HUSHY BYE Wants Your Baby
New father Daniel (Will Rastall) wakes up in the middle of the night to the sounds of his baby crying. When he reaches out to Laura, his sleeping wife (Mhairi Calvey), to reassure her, he sees that she is missing. He goes to his little boy’s room and picks... Read more