Fantasia International Film Festival - Much like Night of the Living Dicks, Sexy Furby flirts with being an empty spectacle. Many of the aesthetic cues that Sexy Furby falls back on were used to paint a bland picture in the short film (and feature adaptation) of Greener Grass. Where Sexy Furby differs from those projects is it does actually suggest a larger tapestry of thematic depth.
Fantasia International Film Festival - Night of the Living Dicks is a strangely profound experience for how much it is dressed up in aesthetics that could be absolutely vapid.
The intrigue of counseling sessions is that they explore what is and what could be. Even the darkest thoughts imaginable can be shared with a therapist, and each patient comes up with his or her goal. All that being said, I’ve never seen a therapy session go quite like the one in Andronicus. Thankfully, this is just a short film that plays out like a fever dream crossed with an episode of Criminal Minds. And I mean that as mostly a compliment.
'Uncanny Stories' Preview: A Sneak Peek into a Horror Anthology of Animation (Fantasia 2021 Short Film Review)
Fantasia International Film Festival - Animation has always been a major part of the cinematic arena. From Heavy Metal to Fritz the Cat to the newest Space Jam, animated movies range from the twisted, to the sexual, to the athletic.
Uncanny Stories, a horror anthology of six animated stories based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allen Poe, and the Brothers Grimm among many others, is currently in production. This preview short is currently playing at the 2021 Fantasia Fest.
Fantasia International Film Festival - “The house is open!” Whether it’s a documentary, a feature film, or a live production, the best ones are made with a mix of love, frustration, and appreciation for what came before. As a documentary, Alien on Stage achieves this. Whether the play adaptation it is about succeeds can be up to the individual.
Fantasia International Film Festival - In the last few decades, we have seen technology ramp up at an incredible rate. With this maddening pace of mechanization, we have reaped its benefits such as smartphones, high speed computers, faster Internet, and endless robotic entities. With the constant reliance on tech, the masses may come to the realization that it won’t be others that replace us, but something more bionic.
Fantasia International Film Festival - As age creeps upon all of us, we find out that, unlike in our youth, that we are always susceptible to the various ailments that can sap our strength, cripple us, and make us more vulnerable than ever. With each affliction that we are exposed to, there is this innate fear that we will never be the same person that we were in our younger years, and, because of that, we may not be accepted in our ever-aging state.
If there’s one lesson to learn from Don’t Breathe 2, the sequel to the surprisingly good home-invasion film of 2016, it’s this…don’t live in Detroit. Okay, there’s more to it than that, but these two films have focused on the dreary side of town with a mixture of abandoned buildings and few likable characters. That’s sort of the point. Hardly anyone is simply innocent, and after the events of the first film, many may feel surprised that we are expected to follow the Blind Man (Stephen Lang) as a sort of anti-hero in this decent sequel.
The Stairs is the type of low-budget horror film you’ve got to admire the ingenuity of, even if it doesn’t quite turn into anything of note. It’s perfectly well directed, and some of the acting feels very naturalistic, but unfortunately, it doesn’t have much on its mind.
The Stairs follows a group of four friends, as they embark on a long hike through a large wooded area. When they encounter a flight of mysterious stairs, everything goes wrong. What they encounter will kill some of them, traumatize others, and push others to profound realizations.
First, let me state that if seeing minors in grave danger isn’t for you, then avoid The Boy Behind the Door. The film is a lot to handle, a nerve-splicing thriller that hits hard from the start and never relents. Nearly every scene has heart-pounding suspense and two incredibly moving performances by Ezra Dewey and Lonnie Chavis, whose characters have their innocence shattered after they’re kidnapped.