Fantasia International Film Festival 2021 Wrap-Up

2021's edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival collects genre cinema of the highest order and eclectic filmmakers with a unique vision. It also happened to have quite a few films I had seen at previous festivals. This wrap-up acts as the cherry-topper for an unconventional fest; included beyond the jump is our entire festival … Continue reading Fantasia International Film Festival 2021 Wrap-Up

Fantasia 2021: Midnight

★★★★★ Strictly for fans of pulse-pounding, Hitchcockian suspense, Midnight is a South Korean thriller that comes in clutch with fascinating characters, propulsive score, and shocking sequences of stalking and pursuit. It has a signature Asian flair that makes it unique, and certainly allows for ample wiggle room structurally and realistically that Western productions would have … Continue reading Fantasia 2021: Midnight

Interview: Actresses Isabelle Fuhrman & Stefanie Scott

Allison and I got together this week for a trip to the winter of 1843, as we dissect the new Fantasia International Film Festival horror thriller, The Last Thing Mary Saw! Our special guests, genre vets Isabelle Fuhrman and Stefanie Scott, join us to talk about filming behind blindfolds, staying in character, LGBT representation, and … Continue reading Interview: Actresses Isabelle Fuhrman & Stefanie Scott

Fantasia 2021: #Blue_Whale

★★★★ The newest entry in the Screen Life genre of filmmaking, #Blue_Whale, is a horror mish-mash of The Ring, The Suicide Club, Unfriended, and Nerve. The voyeuristic creepiness and disturbing visuals recur frequently enough to leave a lasting impression. Produced by Timur Bekmambetov and offering up a directorial debut from Anna Zaytseva, this terrifying piece … Continue reading Fantasia 2021: #Blue_Whale

Fantasia 2021: The Righteous

★★★★ The black-and-white beauty of The Righteous proves writer/director Mark O’Brien (Ready or Not) is just as skilled off-camera as he is in front of the lens. Performances from Henry Czerny (the unhinged father figure in 2019’s masterful Ready or Not), Mimi Kuzyk, and O’Brien himself feel honest and revelatory in a way I was … Continue reading Fantasia 2021: The Righteous

Fantasia 2021: The Last Thing Mary Saw

★★★★ If The Crucible and The Witch had a baby, it would probably grow up to be Edoardo Vitaletti’s electric period-piece horror thriller, The Last Thing Mary Saw. It manages to establish the mania and tense atmosphere one imagines when picturing old-time Salem. Everyone would blame their problems on witchcraft, pointing the finger at the … Continue reading Fantasia 2021: The Last Thing Mary Saw