Monday, April 8

Opening Weekend - International Horror-Sci-Fi Film Festival

Opening Weekend 

International Horror-Sci-Fi Film Festival 

Vampires, aliens, and monsters – oh my!

Opening weekend of the International Horror Sci-Fi Festival was nothing short of unique stories in the genre.

Here’s a glimpse of what I caught and when you can catch them next.


Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Person

Written/Directed by Ariane Louis-Seize

Don’t let the mouthful of a title deter you from this independent gem.

This creative vampire story stands on its own in the vampiric mythology, but the vibe can easily be compared to fan favorites LET THE RIGHT ONE IN and A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT.

Basically, a young woman vampire, Sasha, is unable to kill to meet her need for blood. But she may have found a solution in a young man with suicidal tendencies.

There is thoughtful character development, and the comedic moments are timely but don’t take away from the tone and exploration into deep topics such as anxiety, suicide, right to die, bullying and family values.

One of the best scenes is a dance/music scene featuring “Emotions” by Brenda Lee. That scene alone captures the essence of this film.

Parents, grab your teens and make it a family outing to see this French-Canadian flick this week.

Next Showing – Wednesday, April 10 at 6:45 p.m.

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Written/Directed by Sofia Alaoui

ANIMLIA is for you deep-thinking, sci-fi fans. Director Sofia Alaoui describes ANIMLIA  as “a human odyssey. An ode to nature and the question of the place of the human in this complex world.”

The movie follows Itto, a pregnant woman who attempts to reunite with her husband Amine, as extraterrestrial occurrences in Morocco cause the country to descend into chaos.

This is a thoughtful film in every way. From the cinematography to the dialogue, to plenty of patience in all the animal interactions, and care towards a buildup that leaves the audience breathless, and possibly a little clueless.

If you want an extremely deep meaning in a genre film, give ANIMLIA  a watch. You will be thinking about it for days and possibly even change your outlook on the world.

Next Showing – Wednesday, April 10 at 9:05 p.m.

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Written/directed by Doug Roos

You get what you pay for in the Japanese practical effects, gore infested monster film BAKEMONO.

As a multitude of guests visit the same cheap Tokyo Airbnb at different times, each is unaware of the gruesome creature waiting for them.

It’s very clear Roos is a horror movie buff when watching his film. Nods to THE THING, MEMENTO are all over the place. And sometimes, to the detriment of the film.

While it’s great to see such fun practical effects in a CGI world, the heart of the story easily gets lost and there’s no characters you really root for. Additionally, the MEMENTO feel Roos was going for feels too repetitive and disjointed.

If you’re a practical effect, monster junkie, maybe get a like-minded crowd together to see this one to appreciate the shock value Roos was going for without completely bringing down his art.

Next Showing – Friday, April 12 at 8:55 p.m., Saturday, April 13 at 9:15 a.m.

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