Review: Crimes of the Future

Runtime: 107 minutes Director: David Cronenberg Writer: David Cronenberg Actors: Lea Seydoux, Viggo Mortensen, Kristen Stewart, Scott Speedman, Don McKellar, Welket Bungue By Joan Amenn David Cronenberg is back, which is either a cause to celebrate or cringe depending on your sensitivity to his special brand of horror. If “Hannibal” (2013-2015) or “Penny Dreadful” (2014-2016) were not your cup of arsenic, this film will certainly … Continue reading Review: Crimes of the Future

SIFF 2022 Review: 2551.01

Year: 2022 Runtime: 65 minutes Director: Norbert Pfaffenbichler Writer: Norbert Pfaffenbichler Cast: Stefan Erber, David Ionescu By Joan Amenn This film is a strange amalgamation of dystopian horror, Grand Guignol and a homage to Charlie Chaplin. If experimental film is your thing, you may find “2551.01” (2022) a fascinatingly phantasmagoric ride. If not, the film may just frustrate with its hallucinatory images and lack of … Continue reading SIFF 2022 Review: 2551.01

Emotional Journeys Through Horror: A Profile of K/XI

gotten to know over the years had projects there, and I was looking forward to not only their new work, but- for at least one- getting to meet them in person for the first time. By the time that 2 1/2 days ended, there were more filmmakers whose work connected with me, and I’d had one of the strongest communal experiences watching film in my life. No filmmaker made an impression on me that weekend, however, quite like K/XI (pronounced K Eleven), and her feature film, “Black Lake.” Continue reading Emotional Journeys Through Horror: A Profile of K/XI

SXSW 2022 Review: Master

Year: 2022 Runtime: 98 minutes Directors:  Mariama Diallo Writers: Mariama Diallo Cast: Regina Hall, Zoe Renee, Amber Gray, Julia Nightingale, Ella Hunt By Tom Moore Mariama Diallo’s feature directorial debut, “Master”(2022), is a psychological horror trek through systemic racism in American education that presents an enticing and engaging atmosphere. As the film’s two central black women arrive at the fictional college campus of Ancaster College, … Continue reading SXSW 2022 Review: Master

SXSW 2022 Review: Bitch Ass

Year: 2022 Runtime: 83 minutes Directors:  Bill Posley Writers: Bill Posley and Jonathan Colomb Cast: Teon Kelley, Tunde Laleye, Me’lisa Sellers, Kelsey Caesaer, Sheaun McKinney, Tony Todd By Tom Moore Writer/Director Bill Posley crafts an imperfect crowd-pleaser with his feature directorial debut, “Bitch Ass”(2022), and provides the horror genre with something it lacks and desperately needs, an intriguing and fun modern black slasher. Posley and … Continue reading SXSW 2022 Review: Bitch Ass

SXSW 2022 Review: Deadstream

Year: 2022 Runtime: 87 minutes Directors:  Vanessa and Joseph Winter Writers: Vanessa and Joseph Winter Cast: Joseph Winter, Melanie Stone By Tom Moore The found-footage horror subgenre has evolved in the digital age delivering stories surrounding livestreaming and social influencers and the feature directorial debut of Joseph and Vanessa Winter, “Deadstream,” is this evolution in fully swing. No longer is “found-footage” restricted to some horror … Continue reading SXSW 2022 Review: Deadstream

Film Review: A Banquet

Year: 2022 Runtime: 97 minutes Director: Ruth Paxton Writer: Justin Bull Stars: Jessica Alexander,  Sienna Guillory, Ruby Stokes, Lindsay Duncan By Tom Moore IFC Midnight’s newest artsy offering to the horror genre, Ruth Paxton’s “A Banquet”(2022), instantly captures your attention through its stylistic hooks and intriguing mystery but struggles to maintain that momentum. “A Banquet” surprisingly nabs your attention at the start with its incredibly … Continue reading Film Review: A Banquet

Sundance 2022 Review: “Speak No Evil”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 97 minutes Director: Christian Tafdrup Writer: Christian Tafdrup and Mads Tafdrup Stars: Morten Burian, Sidsel Siem Koch, Fedja van Huêt, Karina Smulders, Liva Forsberg, Marius Damslev By Morgan Roberts What happens when politeness gets the best of you? That is what Christan Tafdrup explores in his film “Speak No Evil”(2022). Danish couple Bjørn (Morten Burian) and Louise (Sidsel Siem Koch) agree to … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “Speak No Evil”

Review: Scream (2022)

Year: 2022 Runtime: 120 minutes Director: Tyler Gillett, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin Writers: James Vanderbilt, Guy Busick Stars: Melissa Barrera, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Jenna Ortega, David Arquette, Jack Quaid, Jasmin Savoy Brown By Tom Moore After the death of “Scream” (1996) creator Wes Craven, it was unclear if fans would ever see the return of one of the horror genre’s most influential franchises. Up until Craven’s … Continue reading Review: Scream (2022)