“Shocking”, “Brutal” don’t even begin to cover it. Lucio A. Rojas delivers something so deeply troubling, a film which effortlessly burrows to the core of it's viewer in disturbing fashion, threatening to leave their psyche permanently scarred, that it almost becomes impossible to recommendRead More
…ultimately it manages to rise above its technical faults to deliver a rather compelling horror-lite psychological drama.Read More
Well this was a neat surprise in our inbox. Director Andrew Robinson was kind enough to share two of his latest short films with us! Brief impressions from Sarah and David just inside; be sure to give the creepy shorts a viewing of your own, along with comments, they’re each linked on the page for your convenience.Read More
If you are looking for a high quality short to scratch that thriller itch, Good Girl is definitely worthy of your time.Read More
Canada / 2018 / 94 min / English
North American sales: Epic Pictures / Theatrical: Dread Central Presents
Extremity feels like what I'd imagine Rob Zombie's idea of psychotherapy to be. The haunt equivalent of David Fincher's Seven. It's a brutal affair layered with scathing commentary that unflinchingly dives into the topic of physical and mental abuse. An effective story, one tailor fit for the horror genre.
Nic Cage traveling the demon path in hell with a forged scythe getting his Mad Max on in a Refn-esque neon soaked fever dream.Read More
While I do feel House of the Disappeared could’ve been more creepy, it did have some intense scenes. With this in mind, I’m not sure I would label this one as pure horror, because it also intertwines drama - and it’s actually pretty devastating drama to boot.Read More
Stephen Michael Giglio’s Epidemic is a pseudo-zombie horror film that understands the biggest strength of the sub-genre lies in the conflict of human drama that’s laced throughout a given narrative.Read More
A greasy, oily, gyrating - dying - alien writhes to the fantasy of having sex one last time, only except, as a human being. On the surface, that's what Lovesick's about. Going further, from the director herself, Cassandra Sechler expoundsRead More
Like a lot of the work put out by Dave Jackson and his supporting crew at Phantasmes Video, Gacha Gacha absolutely revels in madness and obsession. With Cat Sick Blues, it was born out of grief and loss. Here, it's born out of an unhealthy desire to collect, amass, and compete.Read More
A drama/thriller about rock music, obsession, shampoo and death. Aging rock musician David Tangiers hasn't given up on the idea of recording a comeback album, even though he now works as a hairstylist in the salon he owns with his wife Cecily. After a mysterious new talent named Javy Bates makes his way into David's life, Cecily tries to recruit him to help David with his music, only to find that Javy has an agenda of his own.
I liked Dead Envy, I liked it a lot, but unfortunately a few major missteps prevent me from loving Dead EnvyRead More
Writer / Director Ariel Hansen spins a mean, green, darkly humorous tale about the...paralyzing mechanisms of courtship, and our vulnerability as participants...Read More
The World Over intelligently leverages loss to catapult the narrative into the realm of dark thriller, adding emotional weight and viscerality to the short run timeRead More
To distill it into a single word, [CARGO]'s story is nothing more than pure...shmegegge, and like the ridiculous performances contained within, I'm 100% on board with it.Read More
"Little Miss Risk" steps behind the camera, and delivers something that's very much an embodiment of her own sensibilities. That is to say, a short film that's playful, quirky, and dark.Read More
The Ice Cream Truck is what happens when you use every single flavor of ice cream at your disposal (good and bad), to make your sugar-filled treatRead More
Former adult film star, Mila, is attacked by a misogynistic cult known as The Sword. She turns vigilante and puts a group of bad-ass girls together and seeks revenge.
Thankfully there's still nun-chuck wielding, porn star powered, neon lit justice to be had, and on that front, the film delivers as promised.Read More
Due in large part to its effortless blend of horror and humor (no mean feat), Clarissa Jacobson and Joshua M. Logan deliver a hysterically dark story that should resonate with anyone who's ever had the displeasure of digesting mystery meat, or experience the mania associated with extreme fandom.Read More
Being a huge fan of the "New French Extreme" I'm always going to jump on anything even remotely related to films like Martyrs, and even though it may be Americanized, writer and director Pascal Laugier is back, with psychological horror film (Incident in a) Ghostland.Read More
Salt and Iron is a waking nightmare of a short, sporting an eerie -- Hammer-esque -- electronic synth style score, and minimal dialogue. In fact, what bit there is, would probably not be missed at all if removed, especially given how much is done with the rest of its aural elements. Visually, the film is dressed with floral serenity, and shot from the perspective of the male gaze. The women are played as seductresses, using their body language to tempt and lure, poetically turning the fisherman into a fish.
If there's anything to be said about George James Fraser's work, it's that each new endeavor demonstrates a marked improvement in various aspects of filmmaking. Salt and Iron is no exception. Here, Fraser weaves a dark-fantasy horror story involving a gruff, drunk, fisherman that happens across the woman of his dreams -- or so he thinks. Without giving too much away, as more of these back-wood-boggy-sirens begin to show up, our delirious drool bucket of a protagonist begins to suspect that perhaps he should have played this one as a catch and release.
Look for the premiere of Salt and Iron at the upcoming Happenstance film festival, June 12th. Certainly a fantastic way to kick off the night.
Salt and Iron is a walking nightmare of a short, sporting an eerie -- Hammer-esque -- electronic synth style score, and minimal dialogueRead More