Fantastic Fest Review: RAW

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Not since John Fawcett’s Canadian cult classic GINGER SNAPS  and more recently Jonas Alexander Arnby’s WHEN ANIMALS DREAM  has such truth and vulnerability been shown within each frame of horror storytelling, showing an amalgamation of cannibalism, vampirism and a coming of age-like rite of passage like the French/Belgium film RAW. Submerged with a weary and inexperienced sense of understanding, […]

Fantastic Fest Review: ANOTHER WOLFCOP

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Cult cinema is the most unique, twisted and enjoyable types of film in a theatrical experience. Films that have a distinctive heart,  and puts that heart above the price tag, usually tend to resonate on a much deeper level with fans, above the watered-down tentpoles of the year. Following that heart-filled approach to cult cinema is director […]

Fantastic Fest Review: SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD

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We all have dreams of being with someone older than us. The one that is out of reach and sits only in our fantasy like a teacher, co-worker or perhaps a babysitter. In director Chris Peckover’s latest horror film SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD, we learn that such desires can be deadly. Opening as a similar story line […]

Fantastic Fest Review: THE INVISIBLE GUEST

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Kicking off the latest incarnation of the Austin, Texas based genre bending film festival FANTASTIC FEST, fans got to witness the intense and powerhouse crime thriller THE INVISIBLE GUEST from Spain. As nervous laughs weaved through the theater, the audience was shown great respect by the project as a whole with smart execution, pinpoint timing […]

FANTASIA Review: ANOTHER EVIL

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One of the many pleasures of covering the Fantasia International Film Festival every year is how many pleasant surprises you tend the find. Year after year, films are watched and discovered and are instant additions into your permanent memory in ways that special film tend to be. One of this year’s films that left me […]

Fantasia Review: LET ME MAKE YOU A MARTYR

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This year’s 20th anniversary edition of the Fantasia Film Festival has been hitting home runs, left and right, with films like THE ALCHEMIST COOKBOOK, SLASH and now Corey Asraf and John Swab’s LET ME MAKE YOU A MARTYR. A southern noir thriller, as dirty and grimy as it gets, the film really goes for the […]

FANTASIA Review: TRAIN TO BUSAN

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When we think of a zombie apocalypse we conjure up images of cities burning and mass hysteria.  “The Walking Dead” has shown us the desolate landscape of Alexandria overrun by zombies whereas films such as WORLD WAR Z depict the horror of a zombie apocalypse on a global scale.  Films and television shows surrounding zombies […]

Fantasia Review: THE ALCHEMIST COOKBOOK

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One of the many wonderful things about covering film festivals is how with every one you attend, you end up discovering new gems. Films which don’t play by the typical Hollywood rules, think outside of the box and offer their viewers fresh and interesting new takes on telling great genre stories. Fantasia is that type […]