'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.
Vacations on the whole can actually be pretty stressful affairs. The money, months of planning, and organizing schedules can often put a dent in the whole thing. People put a lot of pressure on the trip to fulfill some sort of relaxation or growth. Of course, if you’ve watched the trailers, growth is the last thing characters want in this new M. Night Shyamalan film.
Guy (Gael García Bernal) and his wife Prisca (Vicky Krieps) bring their two young kids to a tropical resort where they are greeted with the sort of creepy warmth we all know and can chuckle about. Thank goodness the vacationers haven’t watched Turistas.Of course, Guy and Prisca have more on their minds such as medical issues and their impending divorce that they want to keep from their children, Trent and Maddox, until the vacation is over. Kids are smart. They understand what the shouting means, and so when the resort manager ( Gustaf Hammarsten) recommends a private beach, they all are on board.
The time has finally come. We figure out the origin of Sarah Fier and the curse of Shadyside. Fear Street Part 3: 1666 takes us to a time when witches were all the rave. Sarah Fier and her forbidden love Hannah Miller are blamed for bewitching the village Pastor, after he blindly kills all the kids in town. Sarah seeks help to free Hannah from the town Widow who is known for practicing witchcraft. Sarah arrives to find the Widow dead, she confides in her last possible option in Solomon Goode. He agrees to help Sarah from the angry mob, but as she hides Sarah comes across a horrific discovery under Solomon's home. The town has been plagued due to Solomon making a deal with the devil. He frames Sarah Fier who ultimately dies after captured and hung.
It is absolutely wonderful to stumble across a piece of art that seems to meet you where you’re at, stare right through you, and hold your hand while letting you know it understands. This is the feeling that lingers after watching Posies. Written by R. H. Stavis and directed by Stavis and Katherine Fisher, Posies is a dark, twisted, and beautiful short film that follows Maddy (Anna Diop) as she navigates a world where she, and others, are literally deteriorating. Attempting to cover up the progression of her skin peeling apart, Maddy shoves flower petals under her visible wounds. An act that feels both like self-care and a balm that won’t soothe. Meeting her partner Jack (Andy Favreau) for a final date of sorts, Maddy begins confessing every moment in her life where she has done something horrible.