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“The Eyes of My Mother” (Fantasia 2016): A Quiet, Disturbing, and Brutal Portrait of Loneliness

In horror, it is often stated that what is implied is more frightening than what can be seen explicitly. Writer/director Nicolas Pesce embraces this philosophy in his directorial debut The Eyes of My Mother which is playing as part of the 2016 Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Canada. Pesce presents the tale of a […]

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“Psychonauts the Forgotten Children” (Fantasia 2016): Adult Animation In Its Truest Form

Adult animation isn’t often that adult. Sure, we’ve had animated subjects that often take on darker themes. But it’s usually for a more satiric comedic subversion of usual expectations. People laugh at the kids from  South Park  because they’re doing things children would never do, for example.  Oddly, the most complex material today animation wise […]

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“Red Christmas” (Fantasia 2016): There’s No Place Like Home For The Holidays

Christmas with extended family is always fun, right? Always full of joy and merriment? The answer is of course no. The holidays are full of bitter tension between families, given that the conflicting personalities that are all tightly compacted under one roof.  Red Christmas  directly confronts this holiday tradition with a horror edge, as the […]

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“The Phoenix Incident” (BIFAN 2016): By-the-Numbers Story and One-Dimensional Characters Hamper Found-Footage Science Fiction Effort

Video game  director Keith Arem makes his feature film writing and directing debut with the faux documentary/found footage science fiction film The Phoenix Incident; unfortunately, the film doesn’t offer much more than playing a video game for the same amount of time. Though the final act boasts lots of chase scenes and action, the characters […]

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“White Coffin” (Fantasia 2016): A Mother’s Desperation Turns to Horror in this Argentine Gem

In the States, few horror fans have heard the name Daniel de la Vega (Necrophobia). Thanks to the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, horror fans venturing across the Northern borders are discovering his post-retro style with his latest offering White Coffin. The Argentine director has a lot to offer horror fans. His style is […]

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“The Inerasable” (Fantasia 2016): Ghost Story With Interesting Structure Hindered By a Loss of Focus

Every place where people live has a history, and events from that history can affect those living there today. Director Nakamura Yoshihiro and screenwriter Suzuki Kenichi take that premise and add a ghostly spin to it in The Inerasable (Zange: Sunde wa ikenai heya) (2015 / Fantasia 2016), which can bee seen at the 2016 […]

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“The Wailing” (Fantasia 2016): A Visually and Emotionally Stunning Blend of Horror Subgenres

The Wailing (Goksung) (Fantasia 2016) is the latest film from award-winning Korean writer/director Na Hong-jin and can bee seen at the 2016 Fantasia International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. Na’s previous films, The Chaser (Chugyeogja) (2008) and The Yellow Sea (Hwanghae) (2010) are well-received crime thrillers. For The Wailing, the director  moves from the crime […]

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“I Survived a Zombie Holocaust” (2015): Cheekiness and Charm Abound in New Zealand Horror Comedy

Since Peter Jackson’s early films, along with  efforts from other filmmakers such as those behind  Black Sheep (2006), New Zealand has had a solid track record with producing horror comedies that worked in both aspects of this subgenre, which is not an easy feat. The past year or so has seen releases that pleased both […]