Author Archives: rmpixie

October 24

TADFF 2017: Lowlife

There’s nothing like a good crime caper film to get people excited, and Ryan Prows’ first feature film, Lowlife does just that. Using his Taco restaurant as a front, Teddy ‘Bear’ Haynes (Mark Burnham) is an organ runner and pimp, using illegal immigrants as his main supply. He has El Monstruo (Ricardo Adam Zarate), as […]

October 20

imagineNATIVE 2017: Demons

Once able to see in dreams, and be comforted by, his loved ones who have passed on, a young man is now plagued with nightmares. Suffering terrifying attacks from a dark figure, the attempts to stop these night terrors on his own. Turning to drink won’t help him forget though, and he is at his […]

October 19

imagineNATIVE 2017: This Wild Season

A seemingly normal bickering between a middle-aged man (Todd Thomas Dark) and a teenage girl (Hayley Ault) as they head out to a camp site becomes a bit more sinister as their true purpose becomes more evident. Are they father and daughter or warden and charge, and what exactly is in the garbage bags they […]

October 16

imagineNATIVE 2017: Holy Angels

Most of us have heard about the terrible treatment of First Nations children when they were sent to residential schools. However, it’s only when we get a firsthand account of the harsh memories from a survivor do we realize exactly how much strength these children needed to get by in their day-to-day lives. The Holy […]

October 15

TADFF 2017: Eat Locals

What happens when a vampire meeting gets ambushed by a military detail hell-bent on destroying the ancient undead? You get Eat Locals, well-known actor and now first-time director Jason Flemyng’s feature film. Eight vampires from different walks of life come together to discuss the rules and regulations of their existence. When they reveal one of […]

October 14

TADFF 2017: Rabbit

Director and writer Luke Shanahan’s first feature film Rabbit is an ambitious blend of genres exploring the mysterious connection twins have that will leave audiences chilled, uneasy and slightly confused. Maude (Adelaide Clemens) is a med student in Germany, many miles from her native Australia. She has escaped family drama that ignited after her sister […]

October 14

TADFF 2017: The Villainess

With more action than you can take and a many-layered story, Jung Byung-gil’s The Villainess is full of love, betrayal and definitely no honour among thieves. Sook-hee (Kim Ok-bin) is a woman with a mission. After witnessing her father’s murder as a young girl, she is kidnapped with the hopes of revealing where her father […]

October 12

TADFF 2017: My Friend Dahmer

High school can be a difficult place, especially for those who don’t fit in, but what was it like for infamous serial killer Jeffery Dahmer? We get some insight from the film My Friend Dahmer, adapted from a graphic novel written by Dahmer’s former classmate, artist Derf Backderf. The film takes us through Dahmer‘s (Ross […]

September 13

TIFF 2017: The Crescent

It’s always a treat when TIFF brings us films with fresh perspectives, and Seth A. Smith’s second feature film The Crescent does this and more for the psychological horror genre. Beth (Danika Vandersteen) is an artist mourning the loss of her husband. She decides to regroup with her young son Lowen (Woodrow Graves) at her […]

August 31

Blood Honey

Blood Honey isn’t your typical family drama. While most brim with emotion, director Jeff Kopas has added paranoia, mistrust and rivalry to create an unusual psychological thriller. Jenibel Heath (Shenae Grimes-Beech) is a young woman who returns to her family home, lodge and apiary to deal with her estranged, ailing father Marvin (Gil Bellows). Theirs […]

June 09

Awakening the Zodiac

The Zodiac Killer has baffled experts for decades. Authorities have never been able to find this sensationalized serial killer who was most active from the 1960’s-70’s in the San Francisco Bay area. He is known for murdering or seriously injuring several victims, reaching out to police via taunting phone calls, and demanding that newspapers publish […]

May 30

City of Tiny Lights

Gumshoes, mysterious women and broken hearts are the stuff of classic film noir. In City of Tiny Lights, a novel written and adapted for the screen by Patrick Neate, we get this with a modern and diverse twist. Tommy Akhtar (Riz Ahmed) is a private detective. He looks after his feisty but ailing father Farzah […]

May 12

Hounds of Love

Being in a relationship is constant work, but when abuse and evil take over the dynamics of power within that relationship, it becomes another animal all together. Ben Young’s directorial debut Hounds of Love shows us the brutality of a distorted love fashioned to devour the innocent in an all too realistic and frightening way. […]

March 01

Galaxy of Horrors

Little Terrors Short Film Festival is a monthly showcase of shorts started in 2011 by CEO of Unstable Grounds Productions Justin McConnell, who is also a Toronto-based producer-director-editor extraordinaire. Co-presented with Rue Morgue Magazine, it’s a time to celebrate short films that pack punch, and many a horror fan is often hungry for these bit-sized […]

February 10

Blood Dynasty

Chris Alexander has added another chapter in the ghoulish book of Irina, his ethereal but lethal vampire. Her first appearance was in Blood for Irina (2012) as she nears the end of her life, then Queen of Blood (2014) a western where she is reborn. She returns once again in Blood Dynasty (2017), picking up […]

December 05

Antibirth

With a Toronto premier during the 2016 Toronto After Dark Film Festival, Antibirth caused quite a stir, not only because Natasha Lyonne’s attendance at the After Dark screening, but for the psychedelic film experience. Lou (Lyonne) is a rough and tumble party girl, with a permanent all-access pass to the closest after-hours, a bong permanently […]

November 08

Reel Asian 2016: Seoul Station

Before his first live-action film Train to Busan, Yeon Sang-ho’s created Seoul Station, an animated, chaos-ridden zombie caper and prequel to the smash hit film of zombies on a train. In Seoul Station, parallel storylines take us on a treacherous journey. Passersby ignore an injured man when they realize he lives on the street, and […]

October 25

TADFF 2016: The Void

Astron-6 has been a fixture in the festival circuit for many years now, starting with the over-the-top Father’s Day and Manborg to the giallo inspired horror comedy The Editor. Always full of laughs and outrageous comedy, two of the Astron-6 team, Steve Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie venture into a more traditional horror vein with the […]

October 23

ImagineNATIVE 2016: The Northlander

Combining mysticism and First Nations people seems like a natural way to convey a culture. Add a speculative science fiction element to it and you have Benjamin Ross Hayden’s The Northlander. Set in 2961, a mysterious hunter with a reputation for his fierce nature, Cygnus (Corey Sevier), must help his people by defeating a blood […]

October 23

ImagineNATIVE 2016: Remains, Human

Jessica (Mallory James) and Cody (Trevor Mutual) have arranged an exclusive interview with Victor Merrick (Ryan Black). He claims to know why people have been disappearing off the streets of Winnipeg, and has reluctantly given Channel 7 news the scoop. Merrick reveals that the streets run rampant with monsters, and that they come from a […]