Fantasia 2018: The Nightshifter

A morgue attendant, who can talk to the dead, ends up cursing himself and his family in The Nightshifter. Stênio (Daniel de Oliveira) works night shifts at the morgue in São Paulo and has the ability to have conversations with the many cadavers that enter the facility. One night, a corpse gives Stênio information pertaining to his own life and […]

Fantasia 2018: Mega Time Squad

A low-level thug gains the ability to travel in time in Mega Time Squad. Johnny (Anton Tennet) is a low-level drug dealer in Thames, New Zealand, who hangs with his friend Gaz (Arlo Gibson) and does petty tasks for the local crime boss Shelton (Johnny Brugh). When an opportunity to steal Chinese Triad money arises, Johnny takes a chance to […]

Fantasia 2018: Profile

A British journalist seduces an ISIS recruiter online in Profile. As a means to do research for a news story, Amy Whitaker (Valene Kane) creates a fake Facebook profile in an attempt to attract ISIS recruiters and find out how they convince women in Europe to abandon their lives and travel to Syria to join the […]

Fantasia 2018: Neomanila

A young gang member is taken in by a pair of assassins in Neomanila. In the near future, extrajudicial executions of drug dealers have become a way of life in Manila. In an effort to free his jailed brother, Toto (Timothy Castillo) is paired with the couple of Irma (Eula Valdez) and Raul (Rocky Salumbides), two freelance […]

Fantasia 2018: Crisis Jung

A broken hearted warrior goes on an epic quest in a dystopian world in Crisis Jung. The love between Jung and Maria is disrupted by the arrival of Petite Jesus, who brings on a new age of violence. Left broken hearted when Maria is casually decapitated, Jung begins to develop the skills needed to win again […]

Fantasia 2018: Cold Skin

A man is stationed on an island inhabited by amphibious creatures in Cold Skin. In the fall of 1914, a young man (David Oakes) sails to an isolated island in the Antarctic to survey the weather. The only other person on the island is the crazed lighthouse keeper Gruner (Ray Stevenson), who is less than welcoming […]

Fantasia 2018: Buffalo Boys

Two brothers seek revenge for the murder of their father in Buffalo Boys. After spending two decades in exile in the American Wild West, Arana (Tio Pakusadewo) and his two nephews Jamar (Ario Bayu) and Suwo (Yoshi Sudarso) return to Indonesia to get revenge against the occupying Dutch Captain Van Trach (Reinout Bussemaker), who murdered Jamar […]

Fantasia 2018: Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana

The story of the only American artist convicted for obscenity is told in Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana. In the late 1980s, Florida-based teenager Mike Diana began his underground comic “Boiled Angel,” which was designed by Diana to be be the most offensive zine ever published, with the comics featuring very graphic depictions of […]

Fantasia 2018: Summer of ’84

A young man suspects his next door neighbour of being a serial killer in Summer of ’84. Davey Armstrong (Graham Verchere) is a fifteen year old paperboy in the small town of Ipswitch, Oregon. In the summer of 1984, the town is shaken up by news of a serial killer named the “Cape May Slayer,” who targets […]

Fantasia 2018: Playing Hard

This review was originally published as part of my coverage of Hot Docs 2018 The development of a video game is followed from start to finish in Playing Hard. Jason Vandenberghe has worked in the video game industry for two decades. In 2013, Vandenberghe goes to Ubisoft’s studio in Montreal to pitch his dream game, a medieval […]