Category: festival

Review: SAVE YOURSELF from seeing this movie

There’s a promotional quote in the trailer for Save Yourself attributed to Rue Morgue, a horror magazine that I admire and to which I was once a contributor a few years back. It comes at the 1:37 mark and reads “an eerie and elegiac ode to classic horror filmmaking.” Now, you can tell just by

Review: WHITE RAVEN delivers where it counts

There’s a compelling premise at the heart of White Raven: four friends, a cooler of beer and a pistol go camping. And for a good chunk of the film’s running time there’s a believable comradery among the four, as though the pals from Stand By Me reunited in middle-age to relive the adventure of finding

Review: FARHOPE TOWER ain’t afraid of no ghosts

Ever watched one of those paranormal “reality” TV shows? Of course you have. Ever wanted to see a feature film version of one of those shows? Probably not. But if, for some reason, the idea of watching deadpan and dumb wannabe Ghostbusters explore an abandoned apartment building appeals to you, then look no further tha...

Review: BITE lacks teeth

In the past year, scientists have identified more than 18,000 new species of animals, most of them insects, such as the Deuteragenia ossarium, a wasp discovered in China that stuffs its subterranean nest with dead ants to protect its eggs from predators. There are also new species of ants in Africa, bees in Australia, ...

TAD Review: Festival climaxes with Deathgasm

When I was a teenager, I had a best friend named Manny. He was the first metalhead I ever knew. A bit of an outsider, like so many of us feel like we are when we’re young, no matter what our taste in music, Manny was a sweet, gentle, crazy kid with long dyed-black hair,

TAD review: Curse The Hexecutioners

If I were to suggest seeing a movie called The Hexecutioners, you’d probably expect some occult-themed horror-comedy about hitmen who kill with curses. Or something like that. At least that’s what I imagined. That, however, is not what I got. Written by Tony Burgess (Pontypool) and directed by Jesse Thomas Cook (Septic...

TAD festival preview: Knights, zombies and A Christmas Horro...

El Bosque Negro. Black Forest. That’s reason one why I’ll be checking out this afternoon’s shorts program at Toronto After Dark. I have no idea what the story is about (the trailer, above, is in Spanish and doesn’t have subtitles), other than it has knights and wildling warriors (Harii perhaps) and th...