Shudder Review: A Nightmare Wakes (2021)

Shudder Review: A Nightmare Wakes (2021)

Directed by: Nora Unkel. Starring: Alix Wilton Regan, Giullian Yao Gioiello, Phillippe Bowgen. Runtime: 1h 30 min. In Nora Unkel’s debut feature, she takes on one of horror’s most famous stories in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Blending the content and themes of the narrative from the novel itself and combining it with factual aspects of Mary [...]

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.”