I’m pretty sure a few of you will be making your way to the Fantasia International Film Festival, right? If so, you’ll be pleased to know that we have a couple of world premieres to announce. The first is Geoff Redknap’s feature debut The Unseen and the second is Jeff Maher’s Bed of the Dead, both films look set to deliver something truly special, and you can check them out this weekend.
From the Press Release:
Geoff Redknap’s debut feature, The Unseen, will have its world premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival, in Montreal July 17 at 9:45pm at J.A. De Seve Theatre, with an additional screening July 22 at 12:45pm at Concordia Hall Theatre.
In a modern retelling of the classic The Invisible Man, The Unseen is about Bob Langmore (Aden Young) a former hockey player, now a struggling mill worker who years earlier mysteriously abandoned his family and isolated himself in a small northern town. He returns for one last chance to reconnect with his troubled daughter Eva (Julia Sarah Stone), but must partner with Crisby (Ben Cotton), a strung-out animal trafficker, to finance the trip. When he discovers Eva is missing, Bob will risk everything to find her including exposing the secret that he is becoming invisible.
The film combines the drama of a family disintegrating both figuratively and literally, in this gritty action science fiction thriller.
The Unseen is written and directed by Vancouver’s Geoff Redknap and is his first feature film. Redknap is best known for his special makeup effects work on Deadpool (2016), The Cabin in the Woods (2012), Warcraft (2016), The X-Files (TV series) and the upcoming Star Trek Beyond (2016) to name a few. The Unseen stars Aden Young (Rectify, Black Robe), Julia Sarah Stone (The Killing, Falling Skies, Wet Bum), Ben Cotton (Battlestar Galactica) and Camille Sullivan (The Man in the High Castle), Gemini nominated (Shattered) and Leo Award winner (Normal).
The Canadian production is produced with the participation of Telefilm Canada and produced by Katie Weekley for Goonworks Films.
Bed of the Dead
From Breakthrough Entertainment and Black Fawn Films – the team behind the breakaway indie-hits Antisocial, The Drownsman, and BITE – comes BED OF THE DEAD, directed by Jeff Maher (Cinematographer of Antisocial, BITE, Let Her Out).
Two young couples out for a night of debauchery at the city’s oldest sex club find themselves stuck on a haunted antique bed where leaving means suffering a gruesome fate. Plagued with frightening hallucinations, they must figure out the bed’s secrets before they are picked off one by one. But when they call the police for help they are connected with a hard-nosed detective who at that very moment is investigating the death of four young people at the same sex club in the same antique bed!
Channeling horror films of the 1970’s and 80’s, BED OF THE DEAD will have its World Premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal July 16th at 11:55pm at J.A. De Seve Theatre, with an additional screening August 1st at 5:00pm, again at J.A. De Seve Theatre.
“I’m thrilled to be premiering my first feature film at such an amazing festival back in my home town,” says Director Maher.
Bed of the Dead is directed by Jeff Maher, written by Cody Calahan and Maher, and starring Colin Price (Late Night Double Feature), Alyssa King (TV’s Slasher, Berkshire County) Gwenlyn Cumyn (TV’s All For One), Dennis Andres (Lady Psycho Killer) and George Krissa. The film is produced by Chad Archibald (The Drownsman, Antisocial, Antisocial 2, Bite, Let Her Out), Cody Calahan (The Drownsman, Antisocial, Antisocial 2, Bite, Let Her Out), Christopher Giroux (The Drownsman, Antisocial, Antisocial 2, Bite, Let Her Out) with Director of Photography Micha Dahan, Supervising Producer Audrey Velichka, Associate Producer Simon Winterson and Executive Producers Nat Abraham, Ira Levy, Michael McGuigan and Peter Williamson.