Warning - disturbing/mature content and images
ROMI (Dir. Robert Cuffley) (10:00 mins)
A woman is terrorized by her virtual assistant after it dredges up an ugly event from her past.
MY TAKE: Creepy and clever...totally tweaked my distrust of Alexa-type devices!
THE THOUGHT OF YOU (Dir. Elvis Deane) (8:34 mins)
A woman tries to move on from the events of a violent night, but finds that it's not only trauma that comes clawing back.
MY TAKE: This film oughta resonate with any victim of violence...
ABHORRENT (Dir. David Scott) (15:00 mins)
A woman learns the sinister secret her husband has been hiding in the basement and must take violent action or risk losing her son to her spouse's evil influence.
MY TAKE: Not absolutely sure of everything that happened in this film, but it was very cool to watch.
POLAR TOUR (Dir. Dustin McGladrey) (4:30 mins)
Three university friends embark on an adventure they hope never to forget. They choose an exotic location in the Arctic to go polar bear seeing for their Spring Break. In the middle of their first tour, the engine of the rover breaks down. Now isolated and freezing in the dark, they wait for rescue. With their morale at a real low, their isolation ends with a chilling spring polar bear experience they did not plan for.
MY TAKE: Some visceral terror from the cast - good stuff!
PEPPER (Dir. Kate Felix) (7:14 mins)
Weylon is looking for a hired hand and Fidelma needs the job desperately, but her duties in the dark barn might prove beyond her tolerance.
MY TAKE: Not at all what I expected...better! A moody feel to this short with a weirdly happy ending! Check out my interview with the director below...
FORET NOIRE (Dirs. Jean-Marc E. Roy & Philippe David Gagné) (20:38)
Jura Department, France. A judge orders the re-enactment of a crime scene in order to shed some light on inconsistencies in a murder case. Under the eye of Lady Justice, the accused, a family of three women from Quebec, have to thoroughly relive the day of the crime.
MY TAKE: I found this one quite interesting, as it takes us through the process of the re-enactment of a crime. It's not until the end that you realize there's an extra twist to the tale.
DREAMCATCHER (Dir. Michael Alexander Uccello) (7:10 mins)
Julia, victim to multiple psychological disorders, must survive the night without her prescribed sedatives. In and out of sleep, the only thing protecting her sanity is the Dreamcatcher.
MY TAKE: An odd short (in the best possible way) with an AWESOME CREATURE!
LE OTTO DITA DELLA MORTE (Dir. Frédéric Chalté) (3:40 mins)
Followed by a mysterious stalker dressed in a motorcycle suit, Lisa seeks the security of her old family cabin. Unfortunately, she can’t escape her dark memories.
MY TAKE: This film plays like a trailer for a 60s or 70s film by Dario Argento. It's brilliant!
SHE MUST VANISH (Dir. Kyle Martellacci) (14:00 mins)
Residents in a seaside town succumb to the malevolence of a witch, who sets a fury in motion.
MY TAKE: Ah, good - some witches! And a coven. And they're at odds with each other. More of that beautiful yet horrifying imagery.
LADY IN THE SHOWER (Dir. Chris Borgo) (6:10 mins)
A woman with a shady secret is haunted by a mysterious entity, while taking a shower in a historic hotel.
MY TAKE: Loved the mysterious entity in this one, and I feel like I empathize with it, too. I would totally dispatch anyone who doesn't know how to shower like a regular person. ;)
(Dir. Matt Campagna) CANADIAN PREMIERE (88 mins)
A lavish launch party for a gaming app is interrupted by a priest who condemns the party guests as "marked for the beast," they are convinced it's a publicity stunt until they find the body of the first victim.
MY TAKE: LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the werewolf creature...I'm adding it to my favourites, which include the wolves from Ginger Snaps, Underworld, and of course American Werewolf in London.
Though set in the here and now, this film has an 80s vibe to it. I'm reminded of a couple moments from American Werewolf in London, actually. The house party reminds me of other films where the majority of the attendants become the hunted, as well.
Quite the cast, including Art Hindle and Colm Feore! Steven Morana stars, and Marco Timpano as the goofy sidekick brings in a performance that may remind you of Jack Goodman (played by Griffin Dunne) in American Werewolf in London. Ari Millen totally channels actor Cillian Murphy, too!
Break In Break Out
(Dir. Michael Driscoll) (7:37 mins)
A routine burglary goes horribly, terribly wrong.
MY TAKE: Seeming victims turn out to be anything but. Villain turns hero, turns abettor. Neat concept!
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