Maxwell McCabe-Lokos’ Stanleyville is a unique film set up as a sweepstakes for five competitors to be put through a series of tasks. They’re invited by a blue backpacked mysterious recruiter (Julian Richings), who tells them their prize is, as it’s said repeatedly, “a Habanero Orange Compact Sports Utility Vehicle, at a wicked price.” Our way into this competition is lonely office worker Maria (Susanne Wuest), who is enamored not by the vehicle, but to learn more about herself. “This is an opportunity to discover the true you that cowers inside the YOU you,” explains Richings’ Homunculus. Maria intrigues because of that, who seems content to be there, observing, as she’s not nearly as competitive as the others.
On this episode of The Filmcraziest Show, I'm joined by co-writer and director Francesco Giannini of the Canadian pandemic horror Hall, which just had its Canadian Premiere as a part of the Blood in the Snow Film Festival at the end of October, where Giannini recently won the Best Director award, as well. The film depicts the very [...]
Directed by: Francesco Giannini. Starring: Carolina Bartczak, Yumiko Shaku, Mark Gibson. Runtime: 1h 25 min. Minor spoilers follow. The most compelling aspect of the new pandemic film Hall, directed by Francesco Giannini, is the character development of its two core characters, Val (Carolina Bartczak) and Naomi (Yumiko Shaku), who are both victims of abusive relationships. [...]
On this episode of Filmcraziest Interviews, I chat with director Justin G. Dyck and writer Keith Cooper for their new film Anything for Jackson, a great reverse exorcism horror that had its World Premiere at Fantasia Film Festival on Sept. 1, and recently had its U.S. Premiere as a part of the Nighstream Film Festival on Oct. 9.
The plot: Dr. Henry Walsh (Julian Richings) and his wife, Audrey (Sheila McCarthy), lost their grandson, Jackson, in a car crash two years earlier and instead of accepting it, they found satanism. To get him back, they kidnap one of Henry’s pregnant patients, Becker (Konstantina Mantelos), to execute a ritual that would hopefully bring Jackson back, but they get more than they bargained for. The film also stars Yannick Bisson and Josh Cruddas. My review out of Nightstream can be found here, and my first review from Fantasia can be found here.
Editor’s note: Okay, full transparency on this one, I actually caught this Anything for Jackson at Fantasia Film Festival in September for its World Premiere and I enjoyed it so much I wanted to watch it again.
It was such a great surprise then as a brilliant reverse exorcism film, and I really wanted to see how it holds up on second viewing. I didn’t read my first review of the film over so I don’t know how much I repeat, but this is written from the perspective of how it plays on second viewing.
I knew very little about Anything for Jackson going into the film and did not know that this was an exorcism film. Well, it’s actually a reverse exorcism. Basically, this scenario is born out of the idea of there being someone you would do absolutely anything to see again. For Audrey (Sheila McCarthy) and husband Henry (Julian Richings), that’s their two-year-old grandson Jackson. They need to find a host for Jackson to bring him back, and luckily Henry works as an obstetrician and they grab a woman named Shannon Becker (Konstantina Mantelos), a soon-to-be mother.