Tag Archives: Horror

December 19

New on Blu-ray: mother!

Darren Aronofsky’s mother!, one of the most inventive and divisive films of the year, arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD combo pack today courtesy of Paramount Home Media Distribution. A dizzying experience that is both thrilling and infuriating mother! is a film that reveals itself in different ways to different eyes. On one level, […]

November 28

New on Blu-ray: Misery

“I’m your number one fan!” To this day that line still gives me chills. I guess that is one of the enduring charms of Misery, it is a thriller that manages to make you uneasy despite its lack of gore. The premise is grounded in just enough reality to be identifiable. Frankly the film feels […]

November 24

BITS 2017: Paint the Town Red, Itch, Crux: Black Sol Empire

Paint the Town Red Scoring tickets to an ultra upscale night club, Josephine (Ariel Hansen, who co-directs the film with Christopher Andrew Graham) and Andie (Allison Klause who is delightful in the role) are excited to have a girls’ night out on the town. Unlike her oblivious party eager friend, Andie cannot help but notice […]

November 22

BITS 2017: Red Spring

It is tempting to call Jeff Sinasac’s Red Spring a vampire film for The Walking Dead generation. The film features a group of survivors thrown together in a land ravaged by vampires with only each other to rely on. However, such a simplistic comparison does a disservice to all the things that makes Sinasac’s tale […]

November 21

BITS 2017: Buckout Road

Buckout Road is real, a stretch of road near the New York suburb of White Plains, and over the years a number of urban legends have grown around it. In colonial times, they say, women were burned at the stake as witches there. Others claim that the early nineteenth century, the Buckhout family held albino […]

October 23

Changing Reels Ep. 30 – Train to Busan

A neglectful father attempts to reconnect with his young daughter by accompanying her on a train ride to see his ex-wife. What starts off as a simple journey soon turns into a harrowing fight for survival as a zombie virus rapidly spreads across South Korea. This week film critic and Blood in the Snow Film […]

October 20

TADFF 2017: Poor Agnes

Poor Agnes is a psychological thriller that puts the audience into the mind of a serial killer. Unlike the numerous psychopaths who routinely stalk and terrorize women, a staple in most films and television crime thrillers, the killer in Navin Ramaswaran’s latest film flips the convention on its head. Living in a small rural town, […]

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

TADFF 2017: Game of Death

Seven high schoolers gather at a home to do what most teenagers do in films such as this: talk about sex, drink, talk about sex, get high, talk about sex, and in, some cases, have sex. When they discover an obscure electronic board game in the house they cannot help but give it a spin. […]

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 18

TADFF 2017: Tragedy Girls

There is a serial killer running around in Sadie Cunningham (Deadpool’s Brianna Hildebrand) and McKayla Hooper (X-Men Apocalypse’s Alexandra Shipp)’s town, but the two teenagers are not afraid. In fact, they are downright excited. Creators of the Tragedy Girls crime blog, which covers local murders, the duo sees this as their opportunity to go viral. […]

October 18

TADFF 2017: Latched

A recently single choreographer heads up to the cottage with her hungry toddler in tow and you can tell right from the opening shots, and the unnerving score, that they’re headed for trouble. Directors Justin Harding and Rob Brunner have only 17 minutes with which to tell their tale so I’d rather spoil as little […]

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 12

TADFF 2017: Cult of Chucky

The Cult of Chucky is the seventh film in the Child’s Play franchise. Let that skin in for a moment. As a fan of the original film, I have always been a little conflicted at the various paths that this lengthy series has taken. What started out as a taut slasher film that had subtle, […]

September 29

mother!

How does one discuss Darren Aronofsky’s mother! without spoiling the dizzying experience that is so crucial to the film? This is the problem I faced recently when trying to share my thoughts on the film with someone who had not seen it. I had to gingerly choose my words as if I was walking over […]

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 […]

September 12

TIFF 2017: Thelma

Moving from her small town on the west coast of Norway to attend university in Oslo, Thelma (Eili Harboe) is ready to embrace the freedom of this stage of her life. The freedom of adulthood comes with limitations though as her devoutly religious parents, Trond (Henrik Rafaelsen) and Unni (Ellen Dorrit Petersen), monitor her schedule […]

September 10

TIFF 2017: Latched

A recently single choreographer heads up to the cottage with her hungry toddler in tow and you can tell right from the opening shots, and the unnerving score, that they’re headed for trouble. Directors Justin Harding and Rob Brunner have only 17 minutes with which to tell their tale so I’d rather spoil as little […]

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 […]

August 25

Win a Pair of Tickets to Blood Honey!

Northern Banner is releasing the much-anticipated indie psycho thriller Blood Honey in theatres across Canada on Friday September 1st. Cinema Axis has a pair of tickets to giveaway for its opening weekend in Toronto. Directed by Jeff Kopas and starring Shenae Grimes-Beech (The New Beverly Hills 90210), Blood Honey follows Jenibel Heath (Grimes-Beech) as she […]