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Release Date: In Theaters Now
Writer: Ivan Kavanagh
Director: Ivan Kavanagh
Distribution: The Orchard
I am certainly a fan of descent-into-insanity stories. When a filmmaker blurs the line between reality and hallucinations, I pay close attention, because it’s an opportunity for experimental narratives and visuals.
Of course, in the horror world, there are… tropes that come along with such stories. The Canal nails almost all of them in nearly perfect sequence, and that is its great undoing.
You know the tropes I mean. The happy marriage. The perfect trophy wife. The house with a bloody history. The affair. The paranoid and suspicious husband who seems to be going insane. The skeptical officers and surrounding personalities hired to investigate. The continued insistence from the husband that something supernatural is going on in his old house, though of course nobody believes it but him. »
- Holly Interlandi
“Who wants to see ghosts?” a cinema archivist asks a theater full of restless kids in “The Canal,” making a clever pitch to convince those who’ve never watched anything before the dawn of sound or color to give silent pics a try: It’s the best way to see dead people. Little does the mild-mannered film buff realize, however, that the next reel to pass through his hands will plunge him into a ghost story of his own, an unnerving but not terribly original nor especially commercial Irish chiller that blends Edwardian-era intrigue with more recent J-horror tricks. Following a busy 2014 festival run, the Orchard release opened Oct. 10 Stateside.
Injecting explicit imagery into an old-fashioned possession story, writer-director Ivan Kavanagh brandishes his unusual mix of styles right from the beginning. No sooner has David Williams (Rupert Evans, handsome but bland) introduced the aforementioned film screening than “The Canal” launches »
- Peter Debruge
On the eve of the Us release, the UK genre specialist Jinga Films has licensed Ivan Kavanagh’s psychological horror to a number of territories including a deal with Kaleidoscope for the UK and Ireland.
In other deals, the Rupert Evans starrer has gone to Rialto for Australia and New Zealand, Universum for Germany, Austria and Switzerland and Brunchmate for Korea.
Deals closed previously in Singapore (Red Pictures), Malaysia (Yellow Brick), Middle East (Falcon) and Benelux (A-Film).
Former Screen Star Of Tomorrow Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Hannah Hoekstra Steve Oram and youngster Calum Heath also star in the tale of a camera archivist haunted by early film footage. Ivan Kavanagh wrote and directed the film.
Park Films’ AnneMarie Naughton produced the Ireland-uk co-production.
The Canal debuts in the Us on October 10 through The Orchard on 20 screens.
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Stars: Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Rupert Evans, Steve Oram, Hannah Hoekstra, Anthony Murphy, Kelly Byrne, Anneke Blok, Calum Heath, Conor Horgan, Carl Shaaban, Sinead Watters, Alicja Ayres, Paddy Curan | Written and Directed by Ivan Kavanagh
The quiet brutality some people can suffer in everyday life is an aspect the horror genre doesn’t play up all too often. While horror films about zombies, chainsaw wielding killers and other assorted nasty folks are ten-a-penny, horror resorted in more “ordinary” troubles are rather more rare. The reason for this is fairly obvious, many audiences do not go to the cinema to be reminded of the misery which can come from real life and the more excessive the horror, the less real it can feel. The Canal is a film which seeks to bridge this gap, focusing both on a man going through some very real emotional difficulties while also delivering on horror elements we’ve seen many times before. »
- Ian Loring
In the upcoming indie thriller The Canal, Irish filmmaker Ivan Kavanaugh cooks up a slow-burn mystery with a supernatural twist that also packs a few guttural punches and does a great job of maintaining a pulsing sense of tension. The story may not necessarily be the most original horror yarn you’ll see this year, but it’s Kavanaugh’s keen ability to craft startling visuals and execute a flawless sound design that elevates The Canal beyond many of its similarly-themed peers.
The Canal follows a film archivist, named David (Rupert Evans), whose personal life begins to unravel right around the same time he stumbles upon footage from a notorious murder case from the early 1900’s. The footage reveals that his very own home was the setting for a mass murder of a young family, much like his own. As he begins to suspect that his wife Alice (Hannah Hoekstra »
- Heather Wixson
The Canal, 2014
Writen and directed by Ivan Kavanagh
Film archivist David has been having a rough time lately, as he suspects that his wife Alice has been cheating on him with one of her work clients. This stress is compounded when David’s work partner Claire gives him a reel of to-be-archived footage that shows that his house was the setting for a brutal murder in 1902.
This low-key Irish movie from Ivan Kavanagh manages to get a lot out so little. Its plot is beautifully simple, its executed well and it provides some really great scares. And while it’s not perfect or a genre-breaking piece, The Canal is a lot better than it looks on paper. For the most part.
The movie’s simple plot follows film archivist David, who is currently in a seemingly »
- Luke Owen
Ivan Kavanagh's The Canal will be playing in select theaters day-and-date with VOD on October 10th, and to help get you ready for it, here's our exclusive interview with him at the eerie film’s premiere during Tribeca 2014.
Irish writer/director Kavanagh discusses with Dread Central the strengths of horror as a vehicle for low-budget but expressive and inventive filmmaking, reflects on some of his own influences and favorites from the genre, and shares a few nostalgic video store VHS memories.
The creepy Irish horror film The Canal tells the story of a film archivist (Evans) who finds his suspicions about a possible infidelity by his wife (Hoekstra) taking a darker turn—that might be connected to the murderous history of their house and the growing possibility »
- Heather Buckley
The Orchard has just released the first trailer for The Canal, four months after the studio acquired this upcoming thriller. Rupert Evans stars as David, a film archivist who learns that his home was the site of a terrifying murder at the turn of the century. As David's family life starts to crumble, he begins to suspect sinister, supernatural forces are tearing his world apart.
You can also check out the poster for writer-director Ivan Kavanagh's haunted house thrill ride, co-starring Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Steve Oram, Hannah Hoekstra and Calum Heath, which arrives in select theaters and on VOD formats October 10.
Sitting in an empty theater, a film archivist watches the grainy footage that will be his undoing. David and his wife are perfectly happy - or so he believes. When he finds out the home he shares with his wife and son was the scene of a ghastly turn-of-the-century murder, »
Coming Soon landed a new one-sheet for Irish director Ivan Kavanagh's The Canal, which has been hitting festivals and making the rounds. Gotta say we like it. We like it a lot! The Canal will be playing in select theaters day and-date with VOD on October 10th via The Orchard.
Film archivist David and his wife are perfectly happy—or so he believes. When a looming secret shatters their marriage at the same time as a turn-of-the-century film reel he is studying reveals their house to be the site of a 1902 multiple-murder, David begins to unravel, and the house’s eerie history threatens to repeat itself. Dripping with tension and chilling to the core, this visceral Irish ghost story is a visually arresting and genuinely shocking journey into the darkness within.
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- Steve Barton
If you're around tonight at this year's Comic-Con, you'll want to check out what might be one of the best horror movies of the year as The Orchard and Shock Till You Drop bring Ivan Kavanagh's The Canal with a special preview screening at San Diego's Gaslamp 15 at 8pm. Set in rural Ireland, it stars Rupert Evans (Hellboy) as David, a film archivist with a morbid fascination for old films in which the subjects have since died. Right after learning that his wife (Hannah Hoekstra) may be cheating on him, she mysteriously disappears at the same time that his assistant Claire (Antonia Campbell Hughes) finds an old reel of film that points to a murder that took place in his house a hundred years ago. David starts to suspect her disappearance may involve some form of the supernatural but he also quickly becomes the prime suspect.
The post Comic-Con Preview: Director Ivan Kavanagh, »
- Edward Douglas
Under the Skin - A24 Films - Blu-ray and DVD Director: Jonathan Glazer Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Antonia Campbell-Hughes,Michael Moreland. Full cast + crew Considering it's about an alien (Scarlett Johansson) who visits the remote countryside of Scotland, most people are calling Under the Skin a sci-fi movie. And that's certainly fair game, but that doesn't really sell how utterly terrifying Jonathan Glazer's film is at times. It's not strictly a horror movie, but some of the scenes and imagery here are more bone chilling and unforgettable than anything I've seen in a strict horror movie so far in 2014. Beautiful and haunting, Under the Skin is a hard film to enjoy, but an easy film to appreciate. Certainly recommended...
- Peter Hall
The Irish horror film The Canal will show at this year's Film4 Frightfest. The Canal is a supernatural tale of murder, a haunted home and one killer's inability to let go. This title will show in London this August. As well, the film stars Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Rupert Evans and Steve Oram. A trailer for the film is hosted below. The story is about David (Evans) and his family. Their home hosts shadows and strange events. David investigates the history of his home and it turns out that his house was the site of a series of murders. The killer has come back from the dead, in search of more victims. The trailer for The Canal is surreal. David is central in the clip and he experiences strange and then stranger events. Fans of horror can preview the film below. Director/writer: Ivan Kavanagh. Cast: Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Rupert Evans and Steve Oram. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
The line-up for this year's Film4 FrightFest in London has just been announced – and boy, is it a doozy! Sporting a record-breaking 38 UK/European premieres and 11 world premieres, this August is going to be an exciting time in the genre calendar.
Check it all out right here, including lots of new images!
This year Film4 FrightFest will be moving from its previous home at Leicester Square's Empire Cinema to the nearby Vue Cinema (also on Leicester Square), prompting an ingenious reshuffle of the screening arrangements.
All main screen films will be presented at different times across three different screens, with two extra screens reserved for single-slot screenings of the various films hitting this year's Discovery Screens.
Here's the full list of goodies:
Main Screens (5, 6, 7)
Thursday Aug 21
Opening Night Film - The Guest (UK Premiere)
- Gareth Jones
Film4 FrightFest 2014, returning for its 15th year, unveils its biggest line-up ever. From Thurs 21 August to Monday 25 August, the UK’s leading event for genre fans will be at the Vue West End, Leicester Square, to present sixty-four films plus twenty shorts across five screens. There are sixteen countries representing five continents with a record-breaking thirty-eight UK or European premieres and eleven world premieres.
Are you ready for a monstrous and memorable mayhem of killer claws, cannibalism, cult classics, murderous musicals, chiller thrillers, graphic novel action and sick celluloid masterpieces? Then prepare yourself for the biggest, strongest and most eclectic must-see programme in Film4 FrightFest’s history.
From the opening night turbo-driven thrill-ride The Guest to the UK premiere of the closing night mesmeric sci-fi fantasy The Signal, FrightFest has netted the latest works from genre big-hitters such as Eli Roth (The Green Inferno), Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins (Show »
- Phil Wheat
The story deals with the unravelling of a marriage during a couple's journey to the Nobel Award ceremony in Stockholm. Filming begins early 2015 and a male lead is currently being sought. [Source: Screen]
Pay the Ghost
The story centers on a Nyu English professor seeking tenure, whose world is turned upside down when his eight-year-old son mysteriously disappears from a Halloween parade. [Source: Variety]
Sam Neill, Tom Payne and Melia Kreiling will star in Andrew Goth's $15 million-budget quantum theory-based thriller "DxM". Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Dominique Tipper, Oliver Stark and world champion free runner Ryan Doyle also star. »
- Garth Franklin
A host of young talent is set to star in a new "quantum theory" thriller DxM announced at Cannes today.
The story follows a group of young bio-engineers who realize that quantum theory can be used to transfer motor skills from one brain to another. Believing this will lead to intellectual equality among humans, the group soon faces dark forces threatening to subvert the technology as an instrument for mass control.
Tom Payne (represented by Curtis Brown) leads the group as Jaxon, described as extremely intelligent and motivated, and the driving force behind the new technology. Tom also recently filmed the leads in The Physician and British indie feature Winter (aka Barking at Trees).
Melia Kreiling (represented in the UK by Piers Nimmo) plays Stella, a mystery to the rest of the group, a highly skilled bio engineer who specialises in everything. Part Greek and part American, Melia trained in »
- email@example.com (ScreenTerrier)
Sam Neill will star in the thriller alongside a cast of emerging talents, among them Tom Payne (The Physician), Melia Kreiling (Guardians Of The Galaxy), Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Dominique Tipper and Oliver Stark. The film will also mark the first film for world champion free runner, Ryan Doyle.
DxM is now in pre-production with principal photography to start in June. CineMater is selling the production at the Cannes Market.
CineMater has three “brands”: Terra Magna (feature docs for the big screen), Wild Drama (movies where nature take a role) and Real Fear (dramatic films based on »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Geoffrey Macnab)
Other cast include Tom Payne (“The Physician”), Melia Kreiling (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), Antonia Campbell-Hughes (“3096″), Dominique Tipper (“Vampire Academy”), Oliver Stark (“My Hero”) and world champion free-runner Ryan Doyle.
The film, which was co-written and is directed by Andrew Goth (“Gallowwalkers”), is in pre-production, with principal photography set for June and a release early next year. CineMater is pre-selling the project in Cannes.
“DxM” is a high-octane thriller based around the possibilities of quantum mechanics. It centers on a group of young bio-engineers, led by Jaxon (Payne), who realize that quantum theory can be used to transfer motor-skills from one brain to another. Dark forces emerge to subvert this technology and turn it into a means of mass control.
Joanne Reay is the co-writer and producer. »
- Leo Barraclough
Director: Ivan Kavanagh
Production company: Park Films
Logline: Thriller that relates the sinister history of a home where a murder had taken place at the turn of the century.
Status: Completed. Premiered at Tribeca. Will be selling at Cannes.
Director: Tomm Moore
Production company: Cartoon Saloon
Sales agent: WestEnd
Status: In production. Ready third quarter 2014.
Director: John Crowley
Irish production company: Parallel Films
Sales agent: HanWay Films
Logline: Based on the novel by Colm Toibin.
Status: In production in Ireland and Canada.
Director: Gerard Barrett
Production company: Element Pictures
Logline: A Dublin taxi driver gets tangled up in the world of human trafficking. »
- Leo Barraclough
Ivan Kavanagh’s psychological horror [pictured] premiered at Tribeca.
Ivan Kavanagh’s psychological horror premiered at Tribeca, where it was picked up by The Orchard for Us distribution under its Shock Till You Drop label.
The Irish/UK co-production follows a film archivist driven insane by old newsreel footage which reveales that hist home was the scene of a brutal murder. It stars Rupert Evans, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Hannah Hoekstra and Steve Oram.
Jinga’s Julian Richards commented: “We are very pleased to add The Canal to our Cannes line up. There has been a lot of buzz about this film since its screening at Tribeca and we are confident it will become one of the key genre titles of 2014.”
Jinga’s Cannes »
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