Shudder Review: Hunted (2020)

Shudder Review: Hunted (2020)

Directed by: Vincent Paronnaud. Starring: Lucie Debay, Arieh Worthalter, Ciaran O’Brien. Runtime: 1h 27 min. Minor spoilers follow. In Hunted, Eve (Lucie Debay) is on a work trip in an anonymous European town. She goes to a bar one night where she meets a character simply called The Handsome Guy (Arieh Worthalter), a smooth-talking gentlemen… [...]

Review: Minor Premise (2020)

Review: Minor Premise (2020)

In Minor Premise, a reclusive neuroscientist, Ethan Kochar (Sathya Sridharan), tries to surpass his brilliant father’s legacy by continuing an experiment that deals with memory and attempts to understand the brain, using a machine called the R10 that Ethan is perfecting for a university study. Doing so, he becomes entangled in his own experiment where he inadvertently separates his consciousness into 10 fragments that are pitted against each other.

Shudder Review: Depraved (2019)

Shudder Review: Depraved (2019)

Writer/director Larry Fessenden gives the classic tale of Frankenstein a modern spin as he places the story in Brooklyn, where a disillusioned field surgeon suffering from PTSD creates a living man from body parts in his Brooklyn loft. From the loft itself to just every set, the film looks great. Fessenden’s style lends itself to the film well, too, with some aesthetic showing up occasionally like when Adam (Alex Breaux), the “monster,” is first getting adjusted to the world and it sounds like he’s hearing gibberish instead of real language when he’s first learning about everything. This is mostly through visuals like light patterns on the screen, or when you have a squiggly in your line of sight and can’t shake it… Constant thunder in the style also help set the mood in this film, as well.

Review: It Cuts Deep (2020)

Review: It Cuts Deep (2020)

Commitment can be a scary thing, and that’s especially how Sam (Charles Gould) feels about the matter. While visiting his childhood home over Christmas vacation with his girlfriend Ashley (Quinn Jackson), Ashley starts bringing up the idea of getting married and having children. Which, again, terrifies Sam. Added into the mix is Sam’s childhood friend Nolan (John Anderson), who he hasn’t seen in 10 years after the death of Nolan’s sister.

Blood in the Snow Film Festival Review: Shall We Play? (2020)

Blood in the Snow Film Festival Review: Shall We Play? (2020)

Directed by: Ann Forry. Starring: Matreya Scarrwener, Jessica McLeod, Michelle Creber. Runtime: 1h 27 min. Minor spoilers follow. Troubled teen Stacy (Matreya Scarrwener) is being plagued by nightmares and visions. When she confides in her best friends Jess (Jessica McLeod) and Emma (Michelle Creber), and Jess suggests a new phone application -- the titular Shall We [...]

Screamfest Review: You Wouldn’t Understand (short, 2020)

Screamfest Review: You Wouldn’t Understand (short, 2020)

A brilliant and fun nine minutes with strong humour, Trish Harnetiaux’ You Wouldn’t Understand follows a man (Anthony Arkin) whose idyllic picnic is upended by the arrival of a stranger, Angelic Guy (Jacob A. Ware). The dialogue’s sharp and funny and I love some of the humour, especially horse radish being called “horsey sauce.”

Nightstream Review: Dinner in America (2020)

Nightstream Review: Dinner in America (2020)

If you’ve ever wanted a movie with the abrasive punk rock attitude of Green Room, or the quirky comedy of films like Napoleon Dynamite, you need to look no further than Dinner in America. Simon as a character is in-your-face, abrasive and offensive, and just everything that’s cool about punk rock. Patty is everything sweet and nice but gets bullied for not being the smartest person. She doesn’t even get bullied at school – she’s a 20-year-old who gets picked on by high schoolers because they’re on the same bus route. She totally seems like a character that could fit in that Napoleon Dynamite world, but she’s totally her own person.

Nightstream Review: Frank & Zed (2020)

Nightstream Review: Frank & Zed (2020)

Sometimes watching a film, it’s easy to forget just how much craft goes into creating it. With the super unique gorefest Frank and Zed, though, it’s also easy to appreciate the effort that writer/director Jesse Blanchard – and the whole team, really – put into this nutty puppet spectacle that took seven years to make. Two reanimated corpses – the titular Frank and Zed but known more commonly as Frankenstein and Zombie – have lived a peaceful life for the past 200 years in a castle by a nearby village. In that village, 200 years ago, they were attacked by a monster, and to save the people, the King made a pact with a demon to protect them. In exchange, when the royal bloodline ended, the villagers would have to fulfill an ancient prophecy called The Orgy of Blood. Nudging this into action are two power-hungry villagers who trick the others into attacking the castle where Frank and Zed live.