Shrews Nest Movie Review
Written by Simon Rother, July 30, 2015
If you enjoyed Stephen King’s “Misery”, then the horror-thriller straight out of Spain, “Shrew’s Nest”, making its Quebec premiere at Fantasia International Film Festival, will be the right movie for you. The concept of a person in distress being aided by a cooped up, “slightly” deranged individual is at hand, but with some major backstory.

Cub Horror Film Review
Written by Simon Rother, July 30, 2015
Many boys have often been part of scouts during their youth, but have they ever experienced a camping trip in the woods that involved a mythical werewolf-boy that prowled the forest? We discover what it’s like in the Belgian “Cub” which made its Quebec premiere at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival. Sam, despite his very

Slumlord Movie Review
Written by Simon Rother, July 29, 2015
Silence can create extremely awkward moments. A creepy, elderly man combined with this silence makes it worse. A creepy, elderly man, almost constantly quiet with a crazed look in his eyes, spying on you through hidden cameras in your own home? You make up your own answer for that one. Victor Zarcoff’s “Slumlord” made its

The Hallow Movie Review
Written by Simon Rother, July 28, 2015
For things that go bump, and many other sound effects, in the night, Ireland has come up with “The Hallow”, making its Canadian premiere at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival. A small family, a couple and their baby, move into a rural part of Ireland. Hailing from England, they are not much appreciated by the

Felt (2014) Review
Written by Flay Otters, July 25, 2015
There are measures of tragedy and loss that underscore the journey taken in director Jason Banker’s Felt, his follow-up to the 2012 film Toad Road. Both films are similar in that respect, having an ever-present sense of darkness even in moments of joy. But where Toad Road starts and ends with the potential supernatural threat

The Vatican Tapes (2015) Review
Written by Flay Otters, July 25, 2015
You’d be well within your right to let out a sigh at the arrival of another possession movie, especially following the crop of recent horror dealing with this subject. Things like The Devil Inside, Last Exorcism (parts 1 and 2), The Possession etc have been a sorry lot – there really is only so far

House of Manson [Review]
Written by Chris Savage, July 11, 2015
We have been following Brandon Slagle’s latest feature House of Manson, for quite some time now, well actually since we heard of its inception. It’s a film that I needed to watch and finally I got my chance. But with a film like this it is never easy to watch considering the subject matter the

LA Slasher Review- Reality TV Gets Real
Written by Jason McDonald, July 4, 2015
It’s no secret that reality television is big business.  Every year a new reality show pops up and becomes the next pop culture phenomenon that sweeps the nation.  For a large number of people it’s addictive junk food entertainment that they simply can’t get enough of.  Some people, like myself, simply shrug their shoulders and

Chopping Block [Review]
Written by Shaun Huhn (CineNiche), June 23, 2015
  Chopping Block is wholly original in all that it wishes to accomplish. Prior to screening the film, director Joshua Hull commented that his film is a comedy, first and foremost, and the horror is secondary. This thematic asymmetry is made clear with the opening flashback sequence. The horror of the film takes place on

Poltergeist Review
Written by Jason McDonald, May 22, 2015
When putting together a remake of a classic film there are two dangerous pitfalls that a director might succumb too. The first is that they make a carbon copy of the original film that leaves you wondering why they even bothered to remake the film.  The second danger is that they make a film so

Rebound Movie Review
Written by Jason McDonald, May 20, 2015
A heartbroken woman sets off on a road trip back home after discovering her boyfriend with another woman.  However, the road home takes her down a dark and twisted path. “Rebound” is the first feature length film by director and writer Megan Freels.  The film stars Ashley James as Claire, a woman who decides to

Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World Documentary (2014) Review
Written by Flay Otters, May 16, 2015
More often than not, documentaries that profile artists have an agenda to put forth, something they want to say. A narrative through-line that creates a kind of plot, as it were, to advance the director’s thoughts on the subject. This is common, expected and often very boring. Thankfully, Belinda Sallin’s lovely, emotional documentary, Dark Star:

Cooties (2014) Review – Stanley Film Festival
Written by Flay Otters, May 16, 2015
There aren’t a lot of films that tackle the ‘killer-kid/killing kids’ sub-genre because, mainly, this is taboo territory. Films like Max Kalmanowicz’ The Children (1980) or the beautiful 1976 Spanish film, Who Can Kill A Child? or even the original Children Of The Corn, the Belgian Film Welp/Cub or Cronenberg’s The Brood (1979) are near the

Tales of Poe [Review]
Written by Chris Savage, May 12, 2015
Edgar Allan Poe is most definitely no stranger around these parts. We’ve read his stories/poems, we’ve dissected them to great detail and we have seen a slew of films inspired by his works. His legacy continues to this very day and still people are inspired by his work, which just goes to show how much of

Brawl PS4 Review
Written by Jason McDonald, May 12, 2015
I don’t want to dwell on the history behind “Brawl”, because I believe the game should be judged as is and not by what came before, but I will briefly mention what led to this games creation.  You might remember another game with a similar premise to “Brawl” known as “Basement Crawl.”  That game received

Ex Machina (2015) review
Written by Flay Otters, May 8, 2015
There is a lovely and entirely uncomfortable lingering dread that Alex Garland’s Ex Machina leaves you with that isn’t fully realized until you’ve had a couple of days to sit and stew on it. That is not to take away from the tension and pulsing drive employed during the actual runtime of the film, but

The Invitation Movie Review ( SXSW 2015 )
Written by Flay Otters, April 20, 2015
The slow starting, rumbling dread and unease of Karyn Kusama’s The Invitation is borne out in a lot of different ways. From painfully uncomfortable social interactions to suspicions of ulterior motives to unequal emotional outpourings – all of which play right into the wheelhouse of those squigged out by those type of things. This opens

Mortal Kombat X Playstation 4 Review
Written by Jason McDonald, April 20, 2015
It’s been four years since the last time I’ve had to test my might, but now the newest iteration of “Mortal Kombat” is upon us.  Has this classic game evolved since it’s last appearance or is it still using the same old tricks? “Mortal Kombat X” is the latest fighting game from NetherRealm Studios and

Unfriended Movie Review SXSW 2015
Written by Flay Otters, April 18, 2015
Technology is a fleeting thing – the right now thing that is intertwined in most everyone’s day-to-day life becomes the butt of a joke the next day and near forgotten soon thereafter. It is the nature of the ever-changing, ever-charging technological world we find ourselves in. So it is natural for a film like Unfriended

The Dead Lands (2014) review
Written by Flay Otters, April 17, 2015
Toa Fraser’s The Dead Lands plays very much like a redemption action film on its surface. You have the unlikely hero, the grizzled anti-hero, the quest for ritious revenge. All the normal beats. What sets the film apart, though, is the Māori culture and tradition – from weaponry to cultural beats to a more honest-feeling