Festival

BHFF 2017: Rachael Travels TO HELL AND BACK with Kane Hodder (31 Days, Day 15)

Being a horror fan, you know of the major horror icons. Though this man did not star in the first Friday the 13th, when someone says “Jason” in regards to that series, many minds think of Kane Hodder. He’s iconic. His posture, boldness he brought to the character, and one of the most famous and…

Fantasia 2017: TRAGEDY GIRLS is Good, but it Makes Blaine Feel Old

Ever since the beginning days of the internet, horror films have been trying to find an opportunity to utilize it in an interesting way. There results have been anywhere from terrible (Hellraiser: Hellworld, Feed) to the not great, but perfectly watchable range (Kairo, Unfriended). I was a little worried after seeing the trailer and started…

Fantasia 2017: KODOKU MEATBALL MACHINE Breaks Down, Leaving a Misshapen Meatwad

If you have ever seen a movie from Japanese filmmaker Yoshihiro Nishimura, then you know what to expect. Films like Tokyo Gore Police and Helldriver are over-the-top gore films that have little, to no concern about plot. This film is no exception and follows his “throw everything at the screen and see what sticks” attitude…

Fantasia 2017: FASHIONISTA is a Gorgeous Film, but Fails to Tell its Story

Revenge and jealousy are common in films about relationships and women being the main character. Fashionista holds no different substance. However, it has added vulnerability, rage, sexual favors, and cloth. You heard that right, cloth. Fashionista is about a woman named April, played with perfection by Amanda Fuller, who runs a vintage clothing store in…

SWMFIFF 2017 Short Film Roundup

Unfortunately, none of our staff live outside of North America, with most of us residing of what Borat would call the “U-S-and-A”. This means that we weren’t able to get our asses down under to Tasmania’s premier film festival, the amazing Briony Kidd’s Stranger With My Face International Film Fest. Yet, we were lucky enough…

CFF 2017 Presented DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE

[Editor’s Note: This film was presented as part of Chattanooga Film Fest last month. It’s currently making rounds all over. We apologize for the delay in covering it, but with Lynch helming the grand return of Twin Peaks later this month, we didn’t want to miss getting some coverage on this great film about an…

BUFF 2017: To VOID or Not to VOID, That is the Question!

Essentially a remix of various John Carpenter movies, including Assault on Precinct 13, The Thing, and Prince of Darkness, The Void is a bat-shit, wild ride that I mostly enjoyed. Some remarkable practical effects, memorable visuals, and more mysterious plot threads than the entirety of Twin Peaks, this has everything my little movie-loving heart desires.…

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…

Stranger With My Face International Film Fest’s Tasmanian Devil, Briony Kidd, Catches Up with The Farsighted

Let’s start from the beginning… who are you and what is Stranger With My Face International Film Festival? I’m a film-maker and theatre-maker based in Tasmania, Australia. I am also the director and co-founder of Stranger With My Face International Film Festival, which focuses on women’s perspectives and dark storytelling (in other words, horror films…

HE-MAN Meets FERNGULLY at Ithaca Fantastik Fest

Nova Seed is exactly the kind of movie that makes film festivals like Ithaca Fantastik so worthwhile. Essentially He-Man meets FernGully, drawn in the style of an 11-year-old’s math notebook doodles, Nova Seed is a Saturday morning adventure cartoon about environmentalism. With a great sense of visual storytelling, propelled by a fun, 80’s-style original score,…

Ithaca Fantastik Fest is Upon Us!

Tomorrow night, on Wednesday the 9th, one day after this shitshow of an election, you can head North from election headquarters in NYC to the home of Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, to catch some great movies and soak in love of film. Hugues Barbier, the head of the Ithaca Fantastik, is excited for the…

31 Days, Day 30: Tyger Tyger, Burning Bright, I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER, Alright?

Officer: What’s the prognosis, John? John: He’s dead, for sure. From the onset, John (Max Records from Where the Wild Things Are) presents as a young man of little affect. He seems completely unfazed by the presence of death and has a very even temperament. We soon find out that despite being a good kid…

31 Days, Day 26: Johnny Galecki Pukes Out an Adorable Pet Creature in THE MASTER CLEANSE at BHFF

Winner of Brooklyn Horror Film Fest’s “Best Effects” award, The Master Cleanse, has a star studded cast that includes Johnny Galecki, Anjelica Huston, Oliver Platt, Anna Friel, and Kyle Gallner. On top of the incredible effects and amazing cast, the film also has a great script, a fantastic sense of humor, and legitimately great cinematography.…