Donkerster is a film that brings two things to the table: an astounding atmosphere and one terrific performance from young actress Adriana Bakker. A faultless short film.
Category: Fantasia 2022
I Call Upon Thee – (Short Film) Small Gauge Trauma – Fantasia International Film Festival
Michael Kratochvil successfully unsettles his audience once his film I Call Upon Thee gets going. With strong performances from the young actresses, this is a short you won’t soon forget. “It’s not, dad. It’s worse.” Two young sisters in an unhappy home perform an incantation to summon… something… anything in
Hysteric – (Short) Small Gauge Trauma – Fantasia International FIlm Festival
Hysteric is as bold and emotionally brutal a 9-minute film as you will see this year, hell maybe ever. Rod Blackhurst has gone out and done his best to traumatise you in the simplest of ways. At a remote house in Astoria, Oregon, two sisters are suddenly under attack by
The Breach ★★★ 1/2 Fantasia International Film Festival
The Breach may tread down familiar paths but does so with great confidence. The focus on the story is what shines through here. Though it doesn’t hurt that when the film wants to get gruesome, it does so with glee.
Cult Hero ★★★ Fantasia International Film Festival
Dale Domazar (Ry Barrett) is a washed-up private investigator and “cult-buster” whose last cult bust resulted in a mass suicide. Kallie Jones (Liv Collins) is a realtor who needs to control everything. With her husband Brad (Justin Bott) sleepwalking through life, Kallie is certain a stay at Master Jagori’s (Tony
The Fight Machine ★★★★ Fantasia International Film Festival
The Fight Machine is a film that connects throughout; combining two stories is a bold choice from Andrew Thomas Hunt, but it works marvellously here. Fantastically cast from top to bottom, this is a fight drama you do not want to miss. Paul (Greg Hovanessian) and Rob (Dempsey Bryk) come from
The Blood of the Dinosaurs (short) ★★★ 1/2 – Fantasia International Film Festival
Joe Badon has chucked in a hell of a lot into such a short timeframe in his short film The Blood of the Dinosaurs that you are almost purposely overwhelmed from what you see. A wonderfully creative and disturbing short, you simply can’t stop watching. ‘The Blood of the Dinosaurs’
Sissy – ★★★★ – Fantasia International Film Festival
A horror for millennials, Sissy takes the idea of social ostracism and childhood trauma and runs with it. Resulting in a compelling and unexpected bloodbath of a film, thoroughly tremendous. Writer-directors Hannah Barlow and Kane Senes along with lead Aisha Dee have knocked it out of the park. Cecelia (Aisha
Orchestrator of Storms: The Fantastique World of Jean Rollin – ★★★★ Fantasia International Film Festival
Utterly captivating, Orchestrator of Storms takes you on an honest but loving journey through the life and career of “fantastique” filmmaker Jean Rollins. A wonderful watch.
A Girl Meets a Boy and a Robot – ★★★★
Shinichiro Watanabe provides a melancholic outlook on the apocalypse with his latest short A Girl Meets a Boy and a Robot. As gorgeous to watch as it is emotionally painful, this is a beautiful short. A girl without memory wanders the ruined wastes of the world that once was, where
Deiji Meets Girl – ★★★ 1/2 (Short) Fantasia International Film Festival
Deiji Meets Girl is a wonderful little love letter to its setting, Okinawa. A short full of promise and intrigue bites off a bit more than it can chew but remains a piece that satisfies.
Dr Lamb ★★★ 1/2 – Fantasia International Film Festival 2022
Exploitative Cat III classic Dr Lamb leaves little to the imagination once our killer reveals all. A wild ride of a film that refuses to relent in its perversity and is one that you are not likely to forget anytime soon.
Employee of the Month ★★★ 1/2 – Fantasia International Film Festival 2022
Employee of the month has a lot to saw for a black horror comedy with writer-director Véronique Jadin nailing her message. A film that has you cheering for the under appreciated.