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It's strangely fitting that the Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival premiered the same day as Toronto's first annual cold snap, and festival patrons were happy to cram into The Projection Booth's tiny lobby to escape the wind. Hiding from the cold isn't uniquely Canadian behavior, but when called upon to describe what it's like to be Canadian, it is an image that comes to mind, along with Mounties, beavertails and poutine.
Often, being "Canadian" is defined in contradistinction to the uber-nation just below us: the United States, I mean. We Canadians say it's cold because the weather in the States is milder. We say we're multicultural because we added an act to our Charter in 1988. But really, these things mean little in our day-to-day life in Canada. When I was a teen, being Canadian felt like a deficit of something; it meant driving to Buffalo to shop at T. »
- Andrea Subissati
Another day, another batch of ooey, gooey shorts to bring you guys from the New York City Horror Film Festival! Have no worries, because the quality was still on kick-ass display, showcasing some bright up and coming horror talent. There’s really no point in wasting time writing an introduction though, let’s just jump to the films!
Director: James Cunningham
Ah, love in the time of zombies. Always a romantic and, er, gory tale of spellbound hearts and spending an eternity together with “the one.” Rotting Hill is a cute little love story, and yes I just said cute, about two undead lovers munching their way through the apocalypse. There’s some really cool effects on display and a few good kills, even though I’m not sure why zombies are killing other zombies (hate crime?), but hell, it’s a fun little romp none the less. »
- Matt Donato
The exorcism/possession sub-genre of horror has been a very effective way to scare the shit out of audiences ever since young Linda Blair brought a nightmare to life 35 years ago. Now the short film Eviction brings us its own take on the subject of demonic possession.
The film was written/directed by Justin McConnell (The Eternal, The Collapsed), was co-produced by the late Kevin Hutchinson (who also did the F/X work), and stars Robert Nolan (Familiar, Worm, Sick).
A message of warning. And welcome. A herald of my arrival. Transfer of my energy. Welcome to my world. I am all things, and nothing. I am Nameless.
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- Doctor Gash
The 2012 Toronto After Dark Film Festival this year as always has healthy assortment of short films in their program. Along with the feature length shorts program they also begin each feature with short film to start off the night this year dubbed “Canada After Dark”. Here are few highlights of this year’s festival. Some of them were so strong that many were better that the feature that followed, so make sure you catch these shorts at festival near you soon. Here are some of the highlights:
Not Till We’Re Married
Shannon Rae Hanmer, 8 min, Canada, 2012
A really funny take on dysfunctional online dating directed by Shannon Rae Hanmer and written by Chris Nash (My Main Squeeze, Liplock): a woman is ready to make a commitment to her boyfriend but finds out he has a deformed twin brother attached to his hip who is the one that is really in love with her. »
- Kelly Michael Stewart
Starting with the short films Consumption (2008), Worm (2010) and then most recently Familiar (2012), they have made series of high quality horror films. I was lucky enough to present the world premiere of Familiar in March of this year at my Fright Nights film series; the film has been running up a mountain of festival awards since. This was no surprise to this writer. In this day and age of anyone being able to pick up a camera, the subtlety, complexity and sophistication of their work is quite unique in horror filmmaking these days. I spoke with director Richard Powell again recently to talk about their film and what they have coming up next.
Take me back to the beginning. How did you both »
- Kelly Michael Stewart
By David Harkness, MoreHorror.com
Fatal Pictures has announced its upcoming slate of film festivals for the horror short Familiar (review) that's been taking the circuits by storm.
Through a series of tragic events a middle aged man grows to suspect the negative impulses plaguing his mind may not be his own…
New York City Horror Film Festival , November 8th (2012)
Telluride Horror Show , October 12 th 13 th 14th (2012)
Celluloid Screams , October 26th 27th 28th (2012)
Bram Stoker International Film Festival , October 25th 26th 27th (2012)
RazorReel Fantastic Film Festival , October 25th – November 6th (2012)
Slash Film Festival , September 20th – 30th (2012)
Mayhem Horror Film Festival , October 31st – November 4th
Director: Neil Mackay. Writers: Sean McAulay and Neil Mackay. Cast: Bryan Larkin, Bob Cymbalski, Hugh Lambe, Damon E. White, Lee Sandford, Robert Nolan, Mark Monroe, and Frank Ieraci. Tagline: "There will be no peace." Battleground was previously called Skeleton Lake and this title can be considered a Canadian film. Shot in Ontario by Canadian director Neil Mackay, a forest soon becomes a murderous quagmire for six armed robbers. A psychopathic veteran from The Vietnam War is using these woods for live target practice. And soon, Battleground is showing its strengths, action sequences and its weaknesses, a sparse storyline. That storyline will not make your head spin. As stated, six thieves have robbed a local business in Michigan State. They have killed a cop. An accomplice tells them to wait it out at a nearby cabin until he can arrange an escape for them. Unfortunately for the criminals, a killer with no rhyme or reason, »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
Well Go USA is releasing the action-packed thrill ride Battleground on Blu-ray and DVD August 28, from director Neil Mackay. We have a contest lined up, where our readers can take home this new Blu-ray for their very own collection. These prizes will go fast, so enter this contest today (...Do you ever get sick of me saying that? Seriously? In all honesty, these prizes probably won't go that fast. I just can't think of anything else to say. Because I've been micro-waving my tiny brain inside this one closet spithole that is currently 108 degrees. 108 degrees of heat...Hmm...)
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The Prospector's Curse is an indie horror production that will be having its World Premiere at Toronto's Summer Showcase. The Summer Showcase will be hosting a series of Canadian films beginning August 11th. The Prospector's Curse is a film of a dying miner, his gold and a curse. When two prospectors break their oath to bury another, they find themselves facing off with the supernatural. The teaser trailer below shows some of this ghostly action. And, horror fans can purchase tickets for the Summer Showcase now! Release Date: August 11th (World Premire, Theatrical). Director/writer: Josh Heisie. Producers: Bruno Marino, Teodora Ilie, and Anam Abbas. Cast: Dave Roberts, Johnny Quinn, Robert Nolan, and Amanda Ives. The trailer for The Prospector's Curse is here: *a run time of 93 minutes. **many features at the Summer Showcase are film shorts. The film's fan page is here: The Prospector's Curse at Facebook More on the Summer Showcase can be. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
Although I run the risk of sounding like some sort of stargazing hayseed for saying as much, but, one of these days, I’m going to make the trip to the Fantasia Film Festival. It sounds like something I would thoroughly enjoy, though my current location, coupled with the expenditures associated with travel, prevent me from embarking on this particular adventure right now. However, if, unlike myself, you’re going to attend this year’s festival, be sure to take in a screening of Fatal Pictures’ intriguing horror short “Familiar”. The damned thing is amazing as hell, which means you should check it out if you’re going to be in the area. Here’s the skinny straight from the company’s press release: Fatal Pictures is proud to announce Familiar, a new horror short starring Robert Nolan, Astrida Auza and Cathryn Hostick as the seemingly idyllic yet ultimately doomed Dodd Family. »
- Todd Rigney
By Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com
The creepy little twisted short film Familiar (review) will screen at this years Fantasia International Film Festival 2012.
Familiar was written and directed by Richard Powell (interview here), produced by Zach Green with cinematography and co-produced by Michael Jari Davidson with special F/X provided by Ryan Louagie, Carlos Henriques and Steven Dawley (The Butcher Shop).
Check out the official trailer for "Familiar" below.
For more details about the film, check out the official Fatal Pictures website and IMDb page.
From the Official Press Release
Fatal Pictures is proud to announce Familiar, a new horror short starring Robert Nolan, Astrida Auza and Cathryn Hostick as the seemingly idyllic yet ultimately doomed Dodd Family, has been included in the Fantasia Film Festival 2012 lineup.
Familiar is the story of a series of tragic events leading a middle-aged man to grow to suspect the negative impulses plaguing his »
We just received word that the unique, creepy and highly anticipated short flick, Familiar (review here), has been accepted into Fantasia International Film Festival. Read on for all the details you need to get familiar with Canada!
Dig the official trailer for Familiar and a clip from the film below. To get more information, visit the official Fatal Pictures website and follow Fatal Pictures on Twitter (@fatalpictures).
And for more on the film fest, visit the official Fantasia International Film Festival 2012 website, being held July 19 through August 7 in Montreal, to see what the organizers have planned for this grand annual event.
From the Press Release
Fatal Pictures is proud to announce Familiar, a new horror short starring Robert Nolan, Astrida Auza and Cathryn Hostick as the seemingly idyllic yet ultimately doomed Dodd Family has been included in the Fantasia Film Festival 2012 lineup.
- Doctor Gash
Directed by: Richard Powell
Written by: Richard Powell
"After 45 years of existence, my life is about to begin."
Such are the internal thoughts of a very bitter John Dodd. John is a tired man. He's been married for many years, and has helped to raise a daughter well enough that the girl is about to move out on her own. Unbeknownst to his wife or his daughter, John is exceptionally unhappy, and is looking at this milestone as a moment when his social obligations are complete enough that he can flee for the hills and live out the rest of his life on his own.
Much of this is expressed through internal ramblings through John's mind. In an I Stand Alone style stream of consciousness, we hear just how awful the man's »
- Tristan Sinns
If you’ve been hanging around Beyond Hollywood for any length of time, then you’ve probably heard me talk about Fatal Pictures and their seriously badass short films. Created by producer Zach Green and writer/director Richard Powell, the company has already proven they’re a force to be reckoned with. In a relatively short amount of time, the duo have managed to set themselves apart from the herd, crafting tense, visually impressive horror films that achieve more in 20 minutes than most can accomplish in two hours. Zach Green is an extremely kind and phenomenally patient individual, and he was gracious enough to answer some of my questions about his films, frequent collaborator Robert Nolan, and what’s in store for the company’s future. Tell me a little about yourself. What made you want to start making films? I first went to film school for Post Production (editing »
- Todd Rigney
Title: Familiar Director: Richard Powell (‘Worm’) Starring: Robert Nolan (‘Battleground’), Astrida Auza (‘The Bare Bones’) and Cathryn Hostrick (‘Words of Goodbye’) Horror films involving monsters that invade people’s bodies are often played as comical, and rarely take themselves seriously. The horror short ‘Familiar,’ written and directed by Richard Powell and produced by Zach Green, puts a welcome spin on the idea, showcasing the damaging psychological and physical effects the situation can have on the characters. More horror films should follow in ‘Familiar’s lead, balancing the psychological trauma with the gore and attacks commonly seen in the genre. ‘Familiar,’ which was produced by Powell and Green’s production company Fatal Pictures, follows [ Read More ] »
- Karen Benardello
We’re back with the latest installment of our Indie Spotlight. Today’s feature includes two book reviews from Derek Botelho, Japanese zombie craziness, a scarecrow shirt design, and more:
“The festival is accepting submissions for four categories, including feature length, short ﬁlms, animated ﬁlms running less than 50 minutes, and local Colorado ﬁlms. Filmmakers are encouraged to submit early.
This year’s ﬁlm festival will run October 5-7, 2012 at Denver FilmCenter/Colfax, located at 2510 East Colfax in Denver, Co. An IMDb-qualifying festival, the festival’s mission is to showcase the best in independent horror ﬁlm. The 2011 festival featured more than 30 ﬁlms from 11 countries. Lifetime Achievement for Excellence in Horror Film was given to guest Michael Berryman (“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, “The Hills Have Eyes »
- Jonathan James
Familiar will next be playing at the Texas Frightmare Weekend in Dallas May 4-6, 2012.
From Fatal Pictures, produced by Zach Green and featuring Robert Nolan in the self-loathing starring role, Familiar is a psychological mind-freak. Through a series of tragic events Nolan's middle-aged main character grows to suspect the negative impulses plaguing his mind may not be his own, with hideous results. And bringing those horrific images to life was the immensely talented F/X team of Ryan Louagie, Carlos Henriques and Steven Dawley, collectively known as The Butcher Shop.
Keep an eye on Dread Central for any updates we can scare up on this unique combination of tension and gore called Familiar. »
- Uncle Creepy
By Jason Lees, MoreHorror.com
MoreHorror - The character set up in Familiar is beautifully done, using an internal monologue in a way that draws the viewer in and keeps them out at the same time. We get inside your character's head, but not as close as we assumed. It's a balancing act, that type of narration. How did you come across the right proportion of what to say and what to show?
Richard Powell - For me the use of the narration serves only as a character element and never dishes out exposition. I was careful to never rely on the voice over to convey that which I could depict visually. In many cases I »
In just a few short years, writer/director Richard Powell has made quite a name for himself with his provocative and unrelenting trio of short films - Consumption, Worm and Familiar - which have established the up-and-coming filmmaker as a serious talent on the rise.
After recently viewing Powell's latest offering, Familiar (review here), Dread Central immediately caught up with the director to talk about his powerful short film, the inspiration behind his often challenging stories and more on his plans to adapt Worm into a feature film while still not planning to leave the short film world behind altogether just yet.
Dread Central: Can you start off by telling us more about your career before Familiar- we'd love to hear more about your other shorts (Worm and Consumption) and what prompted you to get into filmmaking.
Richard Powell: I grew up watching films constantly, be it with my grandmother, »
I’ve now had the pleasure of screening two of Fatal Pictures’ short films, Worm and Familiar. As part of my ongoing commitment to highlight and support independent filmmaking, I seized the opportunity to speak with producer Zach Green and director Richard Powell of Fatal Pictures to talk about these and other films and filmmaking in general…
Travis Keune: Your primary role is as producer, but you’ve also done some editing. Making movies is no easy task and requires a team of people with a broad range of talents. Is there a particular part of the filmmaking process that you love the most? Is there one part that you absolutely hate?
- Travis Keune
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