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Cinepocalypse 2017 Review: Charming Comedy Stands Above Zombies in Dead Shack

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Sometimes, charm is enough to get a movie across the finish line. It may not all work, the whole may be less than the sum of the parts, but if there’s enough charm to it all, we audiences will tend to overlook some of the more obvious issues and give ourselves over to a film. We like to be charmed.

Dead Shack, the Canadian horror comedy directed by Peter Ricq, is a charming movie. The pieces don’t always fit, the jokes sometimes miss their mark, the horror elements can be clumsy, but the film holds together on the basis of charm. This is a likable movie with a likable cast, and by 2017 the zombie comedy is as breezy and recognizable a genre as the standard rom-com. Because I demand little from these movies, it’s easier for them to surprise me. I don’t know that I would call Dead Shack “surprising,
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Fantasia 2017 Wrapup: ‘Dead Shack’, ‘Le Manoir’, ‘Replace’ and ’78/52′

Dead Shack

This is a decent zombie horror-comedy from multitalented director Peter Ricq. While on vacation, three kids discover a nearby neighbor is harboring her undead family who need to be fed, and they have to save their unsuspecting parental guardians. It’s kind of a tourist trap led up by Lauren Holly as the neighbor. There’s some good humor from the father Roger (Donavon Stinson) who’s got good timing even if those around him don’t. He was the highlight for me, while the kids were all decent as well.

This is a fun little zombie flick, offering up cute comedy and decent gore effects, but it doesn’t bring anything new to the table. The biggest problem for me was a tonal shift; what’s relatively lighthearted for 90% of the movie is heavily marred by a shockingly grim finale. Worth a look for fans of the genre,
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Fantasia 2017: ‘Dead Shack’ Review

Stars: Cameron Andres, Lizzie Boys, Hannah Rochelle Burr, Lauren Holly, Gabriel Labelle, Matthew Nelson-Mahood, Taylor St. Pierre, Donavon Stinson, Valerie Tian | Written by Phil Ivanusic, Davila LeBlanc, Peter Ricq | Directed by Peter Ricq

Never underestimate a trio of curious teens…. Tough girl Summer, her smartmouth younger brother Colin and his pushover best friend Jason find themselves in a cottage in the woods when the siblings’ dad and his girlfriend take them on a low-budget getaway. As the adults get drinking, the kids go exploring and come across a ramshackle house in the woods where they witness their neighbour serving up a couple local yokels to her hungry, undead, brood. When she discovers the intruders, they become next on the menu.

The dichotomy of teen movies and balls to the wall horror always makes for an interesting mix, often giving us the best of both worlds And in particular the best in horror,
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Fantasia Review: ‘Dead Shack’ is a Tween-Targeted Gore-Fest

I like when a director knows what he/she wants from his/her film — even if the goal is to entertain on a level that ensures its legacy falls short of cinematic greatness. Some of my favorite movies are those that demand to be re-watched not for comprehension’s sake or to acknowledge metaphor underneath formal expertise, but because they’re fun. Horror/comedy is ripe for delivering exactly that result with its ability for work to simultaneously excel as an example of the genre’s common tropes and a subversion of them. Director Peter Ricq knows this and decides to lay everything on the line with cowriters Phil Ivanusic and Davila LeBlanc in Dead Shack. They clearly separate good and evil, letting each loose within a contained setting to battle to the death.

So they start things off with a rousing prologue playing with the zombie motif as lark before revealing it as truth.
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Raven Banner acquires 'Dead Shack'

Raven Banner acquires 'Dead Shack'
Exclusive: The Toronto-based distributor has picked up Canadian rights to Peter Ricq’s debut feature.

Ricq, who co-wrote the script with Philippe Ivanusic-Vallee and Davila LeBlanc, is also composing an original score for Dead Shack with his band, the Juno-nominated Humans.

The horror dark comedy, which recently wrapped shooting in Vancouver, stars Lauren Holly, Donavon Stinson and Valerie Tian alongside newcomers Mathew Nelson-Mahood, Lizzie Boys and Gabe Labelle.

Amber Ripley of Goodbye Productions and Trilight Entertainment’s Shayne Putzlocher produce Dead Shack, while Sara Shaak and Glenn Paradis serve as executive producers.

The film centres on three children on a weekend getaway at a run-down cottage in the woods, who must save their hard-partying parents from their predatory cabin neighbour who is intent on feeding her undead family.

“Even though there’s an overall dark element to horror films, you can’t deny the pure entertainment value of them,” said Ricq. “As
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Raven Banner acquires horror comedy 'Dead Shack'

Raven Banner acquires horror comedy 'Dead Shack'
Exclusive: The Toronto-based distributor has picked up Canadian rights to Peter Ricq’s debut feature.

Ricq, who co-wrote the script with Philippe Ivanusic-Vallee and Davila LeBlanc, is also composing an original score for Dead Shack with his band, the Juno-nominated Humans.

The horror dark comedy, which recently wrapped shooting in Vancouver, stars Lauren Holly, Donavon Stinson and Valerie Tian alongside newcomers Mathew Nelson-Mahood, Lizzie Boyd and Gabe Labelle.

Amber Ripley of Goodbye Productions and Trilight Entertainment’s Shayne Putzlocher produce Dead Shack, while Sara Shaak and Glenn Paradis serve as executive producers.

The film centres on three children on a weekend getaway at a run-down cottage in the woods, who must save their hard-partying parents from their predatory cabin neighbour who is intent on feeding her undead family.

“Even though there’s an overall dark element to horror films, you can’t deny the pure entertainment value of them,” said Ricq. “As
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Why Us comedy Reaper deserves more love

American comedy Reaper was the slacker Supernatural. With great writing, great jokes and Ray Wise, what more could you want?

At the time of writing, the American television networks’ ‘fall’ season of 2015 is a month or so around the corner. It’s still a month until Doctor Who comes back, and worryingly close to that time of the year when The X-Factor is gobbling up Saturday nights around the UK. Essentially, we reckon you could be looking for a new show to binge-watch right about now.

To help you out, the Article Ideas Team here at Geek Towers fired up their Underappreciated TV Shows That Need More Love Machine (patent pending) and cooked you up a recommendation - Reaper.

‘What the frick is Reaper?’, you may or may not be thinking. To the former camp – those with a joyous first watch ahead of them – Reaper was a supernatural comedy hosted
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Call Me Fitz

Network: DirecTV

Episodes: 48 (half-hour)

Seasons: Four

TV show dates: April 21, 2011 -- December 4, 2013

Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Jason Priestley, Ernie Grunwald, Peter MacNeill, Kathleen Munroe, Tracy Dawson, Donavon Stinson, Brooke Nevin, Huse Madhavji, Shaun Shetty, Jonathan Torrens, and Amy Sloan.

TV show description:

Richard "Fitz" Fitzpatrick (Jason Priestley) is a morally bankrupt yet charismatic, used-car salesman. A handsome, substance-abusing scoundrel, Fitz torments his naive co-workers, stoops to shameful lows to get the best of the competition, and will sleep with any woman (as long as she has a pulse).

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Nominees at the 26th Gemini Awards

Yesterday, the Canadian Academy released its list of nominees for the 26th Gemini Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Emmy Awards.

Best Animated Program or Series

* Glenn Martin Dds

* Hot Wheels - Battle Force Five

* Jimmy Two Shoes

* Kids vs. Kat

* March of the Dinosaurs

Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series

* Anash and the Legacy of the Sun-Rock

* Degrassi: The Next Generation

* How to be Indie

* That's So Weird

* Vacation with Derek

Best Children's or Youth Non-Fiction Program Series

* Artzooka!

* In Real Life

* Spelling Night in Canada: Canspell 2011

* Survive This

* TVOKids - Mark's Moments

Best Comedy Program or Series

* This Hour Has 22 Minutes

* Call Me Fitz

* Good Dog

* Halifax Comedy Fest 2010

* Living in Your Car

* Rick Mercer Report

Best Dramatic Mini-Series or TV Movie

* Fakers

* The Kennedys

* My Babysitter's a Vampire.

* The Pillars of the Earth

* Sleepyhead

Best Dramatic Series

* The Borgias

* Endgame

* Flashpoint

* Skins

* The Tudors
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Comedy Series 'Call Me Fitz' Heading to Latin America

Latin America will get to see the Canadian TV series Call Me Fitz. In fact, the show will premiere on the network CanalSony on October 7 at 10:30 Pm. Speaking about the Canadian premiere, it will be on September 19 at 8 Pm on HBO Canada, a premium cable network.

Note that this premiere will take place at 10:30 Pm in Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia and Peru. As for Argentina and Chile, the premiere will happen the same day on the same network at 11:30 Pm.

In this show, we follow Richard “Fitz” Fitzpatrick (Jason Priestley), a used car dealers who has a knack for having a morally unacceptable behaviour at times. After Fitz botches a test drive and puts his latest customer in a coma, he finds himself face to face with a new salesman on the lot: Larry (Ernie Grunwald), a man with a heart of gold. Besides, Larry believes he's Fitz's
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The Movie Network Renews 'Call Me Fitz' for 2nd Season

Even if Call Me Fitz's first season will premiere on The Movie Network, a Canadian premium cable network, on September 2010, the show has been renewed for a second season.

In fact, The Movie Network made this announcement as it also announced its slate of new and returning original TV series.

In this half-hour comedy, we follow Richard "Fitz" Fitzpatrick (Jason Priestley), a second-hand car salesman. Richard has a knack for having a morally unacceptable behaviour while thinking that his life is perfect. After Fitz botches a test drive and puts his latest customer in a coma, he finds himself face to face with a new salesman on the lot: Larry (Ernie Grunwald), a man with a heart of gold. Besides, Larry believes he's Fitz's conscience and that Fitz can change. However, does Fitz really want to change?

The show also stars Kathleen Munroe, Rachel Blanchard, Brooke Nevin, Joanna Cassidy,
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First Images of the Western Comedy 'Gunless'

Yesterday, The Cultural Post learned that the first images of the upcoming western comedy Gunless have been online for a few days. As you can see on the poster, the film will be released in Canada on April 30.

The film follows the Montana Kid (Paul Gross), a notorious American gunslinger.He staggers into the tiny Canadian hamlet of Barclay’s Brush, life for the town’s 17 inhabitants is about to get exciting. The Kid immediately gets into an unfortunate altercation with Jack (Tyler Mane), the town’s surly blacksmith, which leads to the The Kid ‘calling him out’ for some good old frontier justice – a showdown. But in a place totally ill prepared to deal with a classic gun fight and without a single working pistol to be found, adhering to the code of the American Wild West may prove difficult.

Not able to let go of the ‘code’, The
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TV News: 'Call Me Fitz' Starts Production

From a press release

E1 Entertainment, Amaze Film + Television and Big Motion Pictures in association with Astral Media’s The Movie Network and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central announced today that principal photography is underway on the Canadian original television series Call Me Fitz (working title). The series stars actor/director Jason Priestley (The Day of the Triffids, My Name is Earl, Beverly Hills 90210) as the charismatic used car salesman known as Fitz. Created and written by producer/writer Sheri Elwood (Defying Gravity), the 13‐part, half‐hour comedy series is filming an hour outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia in the Annapolis Valley region until mid‐January. The series is scheduled to air on The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Movie Central (Western Canada) in 2010.

In Call Me Fitz, Jason Priestley stars as Richard “Fitz” Fitzpatrick, a balls‐out, used car dealer who pushes the boundaries of acceptable behaviour just a few steps too far.
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Cast grows for 'Call Me Fitz'

Cast grows for 'Call Me Fitz'
Toronto -- Ernie Grunwald ("King of the Hill"), Peter MacNeill, Tracey Dawson and Kathleen Munroe have joined the Jason Priestley-starring Canadian pay-tv comedy "Call Me Fitz," from producer-writer Sheri Elwood ("Defying Gravity").

Rounding out the cast is Donavon Stinson ("Reaper"), Brooke Nevin and Gillian Ferrier, with Rachel Blanchard and Joanna Cassidy attached in recurring roles.

The 13-part Canadian comedy for the Movie Network and Movie Central from Amaze Film & Television, E1 Entertainment and Big Motion Pictures stars Priestley as a used-car salesman walking a fine line of acceptable behavior on the lot alongside a new salesman, do-gooder Larry, who becomes his alter-ego.

The Canadian sitcom is shooting in Nova Scotia and is set for a 2010 debut.
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Reaper: CW Cancels Supernatural Series, Still Hope for Season Three?

Despite valiantly fighting off the "evil" ratings juggernaut known as American Idol, it looks like Sam and friends have lost the battle. Reaper has been cancelled by the CW network.

Revolving around a young slacker whose parents have sold his soul to the devil, Reaper showcases the talents of actors like Bret Harrison, Tyler Labine, Rick Gonzalez, Missy Peregrym, Ray Wise, Andrew Airlie, Valerie Rae Miller, Donavon Stinson, Christine Willes, Allison Hossack, Ken Marino, and Jessica Stroup.

Once expected to be a breakout hit of the 2007-08 season, the series averaged just 2.7 million viewers and a 1.2/3 rating/share of the 18-49 demographic. It was renewed for a second year but the network delayed it until mid-season and then scheduled it opposite American Idol.

Initially, the show did pretty well but then the numbers began to erode. As a result, the CW network has terminated the series after two short seasons.
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Reaper: Does the CW Want to Cancel the Supernatural TV Show?

A few months ago, the CW announced that Reaper would return on March 17th at 9pm. They've now announced that the show will return even earlier, on March 3rd at 8pm. Great news, right? More than likely it's a nail in the show's coffin.

Reaper centers around Sam Oliver (Bret Harrison), a slacker who works at a home-repair superstore alongside friends Sock (Tyler Labine) and Ben (Rick Gonzalez). Sam's life gets turned upside down when he learns that his parents sold his soul to the devil (Ray Wise). As a result, he has to work as a bounty hunter to recapture evil souls. This puts a serious crimp in his efforts to date his crush, Andi (Missy Peregrym). Others in the series include Andrew Airlie, Donavon Stinson, Valarie Rae Miller, Christine Willes, Allison Hossack, Ken Marino, Jessica Stroup, Colby Johannson, Michael Ian Black, Kandyse McClure, and Eriko Tamura.

The supernatural
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