FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD is the latest film from director David Yates, based on the characters and stories of J.K. Rowling, and is the second installment in the Fantastic Beasts series. The film stars Eddie Redmayne (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Katherine Waterston (Alien: Covenant), Dan Fogler (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Ezra Miller (Justice League), Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl) and Jude Law (The Grand Budapest Hotel).
THE MEG is the latest film from director Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure), based on the novel Meg by author Steve Alten, and is an over-the-top campy shark flick that will appeal to the masses in droves. The film stars everybody's favorite action star Jason Statham (Furious 7), Bingbing Li (Transformers: Age of Extinction), Rainn Wilson (The Office), Cliff Curtis (Fear the Walking Dead), Winston Chao (1911) and Ruby Rose (John Wick: Chapter 2).
At the beginning of the delightfully dark short film, FANTÔME, there’s a sense that there’s a really rude fucking ghost is in Françoise’s house. The short opens with her making pretty sweet love to her husband, when suddenly low, raspy breathing begins to emanate from her closet, accompanied by a nightmarish face. But being the badass she is, Françoise finishes, and we’re sent careening into the next day. Françoise looks out into her neighbors window and sees this staring back at her:
This year marked the third year of the Bloody Mary Film Festival in Toronto. The festival was created by women and highlights the works of female-identifying filmmakers of genre films, including horror and sci-fi. One of the short films showcased this year was TICK, written and directed by Ashlea Wessel (Ink).
SLEEPWALKERS, directed by Mick Garris (Masters of Horror, Hocus Pocus) and written by Stephen King, is a bizarre yet highly entertaining take on a supernatural lore. The film stars Brian Krause (Charmed), Alice Krige (Ghost Story), Mädchen Amick (Twin Peaks) with cameos from Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Joe Dante (Gremlins), and Clive Barker (Nightbreed).
I’ve seen a lot of genre films with weird themes, but surprisingly, Evan Cecil’s LASSO is my first rodeo-themed piece of horror. It’s hard to believe it hasn’t been done before, since the backdrop is ripe for the picking. You’ve got clowns, creepy cowboys, and unbridled rootin’ tootin’ masculinity that’s enough to make even the most hardened millennial yearn for the comforts of the more enlightened age.