Fantasia 2017 Wrap-Up

Today marks the final day of the the Fantasia International Film Festival. Even though I wasn’t able to make it to Montreal this year, I still managed to do a fair bit of coverage, with me posting a nice even total of 12 reviews over the course of the last couple weeks. I’m planning to […]

Fantasia 2017: The Night Watchmen

A group of security guards struggle to survive an attack by vampires (and clowns) in The Night Watchmen. A young rookie (Max Gray Wilbur) reports for his first day of duty as a night watchman at the Baltimore Gazette. Not bother to ask his name, the team of Ken (Ken Arnold), Jiggetts (Kevin Jiggetts), and […]

Fantasia 2017: Dead Man Tells His Own Tale

A sexist advertising director being an undead slave to a secret sisterhood of mystical women in Dead Man Tells His Own Tale. Angel Barrios (Diego Gentile) is a director of perfume commercials, who frequently objectifies women and cheats on his wife Lucila (Moro Anghileri). However, one night Angel is seduced by a group of vampiric women, who […]

Fantasia 2017: Deliver Us

This review was originally published, under its original title Libera Nos, as part of my coverage of Hot Docs 2017 The daily routines of a Sicilian exorcist is observed in Deliver Us. Over the past number of years, the requests to the Catholic Church for the rite of exorcism has been on the rise, to the […]

Fantasia 2017: Tragedy Girls

Two teenage BFFs take their obsession with serial killers to the next step in Tragedy Girls. Sadie Cunningham (Brianna Hildebrand) and McKayla Hooper (Alexandra Shipp) are two high school seniors, who post videos about local serial killings on their blog “Tragedy Girls.” However, it quickly turns out that Sadie and McKayla are just as sociopathic as the […]

Fantasia 2017: Let There Be Light

The review was originally published as part of my coverage of Hot Docs 2017 A group of scientists work towards making fusion a reality in Let There Be Light. Stars draw on a vast reservoir of energy and if that energy can somewhat be harnessed on Earth, it can provide clean power for generations. That is […]

Fantasia 2017: Lowlife

The activities of an organ harvesting ring are shown from multiple different perspectives in Lowlife. El Monstruo (Ricardo Adam Zarate) is a disgraced luchador hero, who is working as muscle for Teddy ‘Bear’ Haynes (Mark Burnham), who runs a prostitution and organ harvesting operation under his taco restaurant. Crystal (Nicki Micheaux) is a motel manager, who desperately makes a […]

Fantasia 2017: Replace

A woman seeks a cure for her rapidly aging skin in Replace. Kira Mabon (Rebecca Forsythe) is a young woman, who is afraid of growing old. Following a date with her boyfriend Jonas (Sean Knopp), Kira finds herself back at his apartment with no memory of recent history. In addition, she has noticed that her […]

Fantasia 2017: Punk Fu Zombie

A zombie apocalypse breaks out immediate after Quebec separates from Canada in Punk Fu Zombie. Thanks to the efforts of Charles Maurice (Stéphane Messier), Quebec has finally gained independence from Canada. However, it came at a major price, as the undead began rising. Twenty years later, the land has been divided into two warring district and […]

Fantasia 2017: The Night of the Virgin

A young virgin gets more than he bargained for one New Year’s Eve in The Night of the Virgin. Nico (Javier Bódalo) was dragged to a New Year’s Eve party by friends and desperate to find a girl to take his virginity. Nico attracts the attention of Medea (Miriam Martín), who takes him home to her […]