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Prepare for it, A #Shakespeareshitstorm!

Saturday, 29 August 2020 22:25
Published in Movie Reviews

Fantasia Digital Film Festival 2020
North American Debut

When considering Troma Entertainment spent 45 years of disrupting media, they are showing no signs of slowing down! Their latest, #shakespearesh*tstorm is a reimagining of William Shakespeare'sThe Tempest, and they topped themselves! We get everything this studio is famous for–namely a car being flipped and gross out humour– that any Tromaphile will love to digest. In this case, blast out of a certain orifice!

Fantasia Digital Film Festival 2020
Last Showing: Saturday 29th, 23:15 EST
Buy your virtual ticket here.

Reality is warped in Kirya. New Delhi writer and director Sidharth Srinivasan’s Hindi-Indie horror mixes mysticism and devotion in a haunting tale about Sitara (Navjot Randhawa). It’s easy to see she’s a maneater. Or could she be Kyrie Eleison, that vixen found in the darkness of the night–the song from Mr. Mister? Though this bouncy song is about finding happiness, the lyrics can be given a darker meaning this movie crazily descends into,

Playing at Fantasia Digital Film Festival 2020 On Demand till Sept 2. Buy your ticket ($8) to At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul here and The Strange World of Coffin Joe here.

If you haven’t been introduced to Coffin Joe yet, now is your chance! Fantasia's Digital 2020 Festival is showing the first instalment as part of their Retro program and "At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul" (1964) is a zinger.

Playing at Fantasia Digital Film Festival 2020 On Demand till Sept 2. Buy your virtual ticket here.

From Fantastic Fest 2019 to Fantasia Digital Film Fest. 2020, The Mortuary Collection is making its rounds to other celebrations on cinema. Filmmaker Ryan Spindell's work is a retrospective on modern-20th century horror—four tales said in summary to start from the 50s and leap each decade to spotlight a particular style of horror relevant for that time. If further screenings and a home video sell out prove successful enough, I can hope for the making of a second volume where it goes back to the ages I adore–The Wild West, Renaissance and Victorian Age.

Playing at Fantasia Digital Film Festival 2020. On Demand till Sept 2. Buy your virtual ticket here.

Alexandre Prieur-Grenier may well be the next Guy Maddin or, perhaps, the next David Cronenberg. His debut in 2011 oozes with avant-garde visuals and the lighting design is electric. The best scenes are when our hero’s dreams become reality, and it looks like a heat storm at night. We’re never sure what is upside down or right side up as this director is challenging us to figure out if everything we see is part of Émile Schneider’s (the protagonist's) imagination?

Anyone who has religiously followed the Nightmare on Elm Street (NoES) franchise will recall that Freddie Kruger is out for revenge. He's after the children of the parents who killed him, and he is a tough presence to destroy. Add on the spinoffs into comic books, he'll be around forever and he's hardly a simple spirit. In Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, we learn Kruger made a deal with Dream Demons: use fear to feed these malevolent creatures and he can live forever. Fans of the franchise will get to see cast mates from the third and fourth film reunite and talk about their time together at Hex Halloween Expo in Calgary, Alberta–taking place this weekend.

Appearing at Hex Calgary, Oct 11 to 15th

Tuesday Knight and Lisa Wilcox are just a part of the massive team of 'Dream Warriors' from the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise that'll be appearing at Hex Calgary. This first annual event is already huge with a guest lineup spanning different eras of horror entertainment in film, music and much more. Together, with Robert Englund, Andras Jones, Brooke Bundy, Brooke Thiess and Danny Hassel (to name a few) are just part of the line-up of guests under this banner and the panel is sure to be spectacular, now matter how you slice it.

Blood on Black Wax: Horror Soundtracks on Vinyl is available to order on Amazon USA

A look back at nearly all the music from the greatest horror cinema classics will be released on May 13th, 2019! No, we are not talking about a rerelease of all these tunes, but instead, we will get an opening of a time capsule which looks at the unique history and artwork of these works. Blood on Black Wax: Horror Soundtracks on Vinyl will get multiple releases too. The core product, a hardbound, full-color, 240-page book spotlights the intricate (and often rare) artwork on the LP sleeves, as well as album reviews, release details, and wild backstories.

Jeff Szpirglas is the guy with the long last name who reviews albums and old movies for Rue Morgue Magazine, and the list does not end there. He's written many books for young readers and is a second-grade full-time teacher. This vocation puts him in an interesting position should he decide to demonstrate his love for horror to impressionable minds. Aaron Lupton os the music editor for the said magazine and is a passionate and nerdy collector of horror soundtrack LPs. He also is the co-host of From My Parents Basement podcast with Eric Gaudet and Gary Pullin.

In what prompted the decision to create this book was when Szpirglas approached Aaron about putting together a special edition digest issue of the magazine focusing specifically on horror soundtracks. At the time, Rue Morgue had been releasing special editions on subjects ranging from horror collectables to Canadian horror, and he felt that a soundtrack book was a no-brainer. In his own words, "So much of what makes these films effective often comes from sound and music working in conjunction with the images and the rhythms of editing."

SPOILER ALERT

This year has two Stephen King films gracing the big screen.
Pet Sematary is a remake of the classic with a few changes done to the plot and It: Chapter Two will pick up where the last film left off. After seeing the former, I feel the latter will be the one to appreciate.

The problem with trying to update a familiar product is that not every director and writing team involved has the intention to add something new. There's a few changes in the direction of, and I did not find them as enjoyable. The movie is faithful to the source material in teasing at what's to come, but the connections to the past need to be more pronounced before viewers can notice.

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