Ah, FanTasia … the film festival that keeps me glued to a seat in the dark for nearly four weeks of the best weather Montreal has to offer. But I love this darkness where so much creative cinema is screened.
Every July, I approach Montreal's FanTasia Film Festival with trepidation. Will there be another spate of intriguing and worthwhile films? Can they deliver, yet again? Is this the year when I will walk away disappointed by the noir and gruesome fare offered to fanatical fans of horror and dark fantasy cinema, which are the films I love to review?
Sixteen summers and not one dud. No wonder I quake in my Doc Martens! How do they maintain the intrigue? This year, yet again, there is a superior crop of dark and dangerous cinema, much of which you will find, if not on a silver screen near you, at least in your living room via Netflix or on DVD/blu-ray.
I'm reviewing 28 of the 32 films I viewed, so it's not just those I'm enamoured with. These shorter reviews attempt to provide you with a nugget that reveals why a movie is good, or so bad it's good, or just plain hideous—the last category better known as Watch at your Own Risk.
Eddy the Sleepwalking Cannibal (Canada/Denmark)
Wow. And Wow again! I expected little and got a lot. This film is Good! It sounds cheesy but there you go—titles aren't everything. Intelligent fun with two great stars that carry this clever and unusual story. Thure Lindhardt is the second most famous actor in Denmark and he took on the role of the artist formerly known as Lars who now teaches (in a cold spot in Canada) instead of paints. He's uninspired, until he meets the silent, not-too-bright Eddy (Dylan Smith) who, needless to say, has an unusual...