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FANTASIA 2020 REVIEW: THE BLOCK ISLAND SOUND

An ominous sound croaks through the darkness. A fisherman awakens on his boat in the middle of the ocean, not remembering the night before. Dead fish are washing up on the beaches; birds fall out of the sky, and there’s just a general feeling of unease rippling through the locals. Something is going very, very

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FANTASIA 2020 REVIEW: BLEED WITH ME

Writer and Director Amelia Moses has crafted a beautiful slow burn of psychological terror in BLEED WITH ME.  Rowan (Lee Marshall) is tagging along on a weekend getaway with couple Emily (Lauren Beatty) and Brendan (Aris Tyros). The three shack up together in Emily’s isolated family cabin, cozying up with wine and conversation as a

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FANTASIA 2020 REVIEW: SPECIAL ACTORS

Wow wow wow. Shin’ichirô Ueda’s follow up to ONE CUT OF THE DEAD is fantastic! SPECIAL ACTORS has all the charm and comedy of DEAD, and while OCOTD was a love letter to indie filmmaking, ACTORS is an equally compelling love letter to performers.  Aspiring actor Kazuto (Kazuto Osawa) has a major problem standing in

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FANTASIA 2020 REVIEW: THE MORTUARY COLLECTION

WHAT A RIDE. Friends, I am so excited to share that THE MORTUARY COLLECTION is absolutely the most fun I’ve had watching a movie in forever.  Mysterious Raven’s End Mortuary proprietor Montgomery Dark (Clancy Brown) is surprised when a young woman named Sam (Caitlin Fisher) arrives at his doors to inquire about a Help Wanted

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FANTASIA 2020 REVIEW: HAIL TO THE DEADITES

HAIL TO THE DEADITES gives fans of THE EVIL DEAD trilogy a spotlight. Director Steve Villeneuve introduces us to “Deadites” – fans named after the demons who possess humans in the ED universe – across the country, giving us a glimpse of them at horror conventions and also taking a look at their stunning EVIL

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FANTASIA 2020 REVIEW: MORGANA

“I want my films to act as a reminder to myself and others that there is no expiration date on our sexual pleasure”. – Morgana Muses I know this is not a horror movie (other than the horror of what happened to Morgana in her marriage), but holyshit, folks, we need to talk about this

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FANTASIA 2020 REVIEW: THE COLUMNIST (De Kuthoer)

“Don’t read the comments.” is a great piece of advice for writers, but it’s also IMPOSSIBLE to follow. In THE COLUMNIST, we find out what happens when you let those comments dig in and use them to fuel your rage.  Controversial writer Femke Boot (Katja Herbers) is struggling with the comments about her on social

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FANTASIA 2020 REVIEW: FRIED BARRY

Buckle up and get ready for a nasty trip: watching FRIED BARRY is the equivalent of dropping acid and settling into some really gritty porn.  Okay, okay MAYBE I’m exaggerating a little bit, but whoamygod. I’m not quite sure how to describe Writer and Director Ryan Kruger’s insane sci-fi comedy, other than to tell you

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FANTASIA 2020 REVIEW: SLEEP (Schlaf)

Michael Venus’ gorgeous nightmare SLEEP is going down on my list of films that constantly made me say, “WTF is this now?” while watching — and I mean that in the best way possible.  Marlene (Sandra Hüller) is suffering from vivid nightmares about a creepy hotel which are affecting her health. After discovering that the

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FANTASIA INTL FILM FESTIVAL 2020 PREVIEW & PICKS

ICYMI Fantasia’s going virtual this year! August 20 – September 2, 2020, the 24th edition of this fest will feature scheduled screenings, panels, and workshops. Films will be geo-locked to Canada (HELLO CANADIAN READERS!), and ticket sales start later today (August 10)!  The program will include scheduled live screenings, panels, workshops, and more online, and

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