Doug Tilley
Micro Budget Expert / Resident Canadian Eh?
I'm a regular contributor to DorkShelf.com, have a monthly pop culture column on electriccitymagazine.ca, and I'm the co-creator of the No-Budget Nightmares podcast, and creator of the Eric Roberts is the Fucking Man podcast. You'll find me revealing way too much about myself on twitter @doug_tilley.
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PUFF 2017: Highlights from This Year’s Short Film Crop

Signal to Noise (2017) Dir. Jarret Blinkhorn Signal to Noise feels very much like a proof-of-concept short version of a potential splatter feature in the vein of Joe Begos (who director Jarret Blinkhorn has worked with previously and gets a special thanks in the closing credits). Following a radio broadcast from the president, massive numbers…

Fantasia 2017: Hori’s JUNK HEAD is a Beautiful Nightmare of Stop Motion Brilliance

When watching a huge summer blockbuster I can usually divorce myself from the hundreds of people who contributed to the making of the film. For instance, when I watch Transformers, I generally don’t think about the dozens of CG artists who tirelessly work to make Optimus Prime’s feet look just right. I simply take for…

FANTASIA 2017: Our Very Own Lowlifes Review LOWLIFE, Part 2 – Doug’s Take

A colossal achievement in low-budget ingenuity and skill, Lowlife marks the arrival of a major new filmmaking talent in director Ryan Prows. Despite flashes of pop culture eccentricity and extreme violence, Prows breaks free of his Tarantino-esque trappings to deliver a beautifully structured, wonderfully acted and darkly comic thriller tinged with that most rare of…

FANTASIA 2017: Gleeful Chaos of PUNK FU ZOMBIE is Microbudget Cinema BY Quebecers and FOR Quebecers

Everything about Punk Fu Zombie seems designed for a person of my own (delicate) sensibilities, so why did I find it such a chore? It’s a gleefully chaotic, micro budget hodgepodge of half-baked ideas, zombies, ninjas, and French Canadian politics. It’s extremely violent, packed with knowingly crummy digital effects, and has an awesome robot that…

FANTASIA 2017: Doug Leaves THE FINAL MASTER a Bit Unsatisifed

There’s really no excuse for The Final Master being as unsatisfying as it is. While punctuated with plenty of smoothly choreographed knife fights, the film often threatens to bend under a laborious mix of bland characterizations and confusing motivations, and feels at least a half hour too long at 109 minutes. It’s often gorgeously photographed,…

FANTASIA 2017: Graham Skipper Moves Behind the Camera for Retro Body Horror SEQUENCE BREAK

Following his starring role in Joe Begos’ splattery Scanners riff The Mind’s Eye, Graham Skipper takes the reigns with his own take on Cronenbergian body horror in the trippy retro-arcade tribute Sequence Break. Chase Williamson (John Dies At The End) stars as Oz, a disheveled arcade machine technician who finds his mind (and – eventually…

Don’t Look Back into the Sun: Comedy Shorts at BUFF 2017

Chicken Tuesdays (USA, 10 min.) Dir. Brandon Daley A man in a bunny suit takes his internet date to a photography competition in Brandon Daley’s inspired and hilarious Chicken Tuesdays, though that plot description doesn’t do justice to the inspired lunacy on display here. Wonderfully acted and filmed, with a dreamlike edge reminiscent of the…

You’ve Been Warned: Doug’s Look at BUFF 2017’s TRIGGER WARNING Short Film Block

Fucking Freak (USA, 15 min.) Dir. Salamo Manetti-Lax A screaming migraine of a short designed to offend and confound in equal measure, Fucking Freak packs plenty of obnoxious action into its frenetic 15 minutes. It’s critique of mass media culture feels a bit half-baked, and a final surreal musical number falls flat, but the bad-taste…

A Tribute to Horror’s Least Beloved Character

Franklin’s horoscope in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre reads: Travel in the country, long–range plans, and upsetting persons around you, could make this a disturbing and unpredictable day. The events in the world are not doing much either to cheer one up. Soon after mainstream cinema-goers were bearing witness to the slick, chilling religious terror…

Not So Polite: 5 (Sorta) Canadian Slasher Film Killers

Being a Canadian can be a real hassle. Not only do we have to deal with a devilishly handsome Prime Minister, quality Tim Horton’s doughnuts and free healthcare, but we – tragically – have an international reputation as being just so damn nice. Really, it’s both sickening and unwarranted, as this massive tundra is as…