LOVELY, DARK, AND DEEP (Fantasia Fest 23) – Review by Nadine Whitney

Lovely, Dark, and Deep is an extraordinary debut for writer/director Teresa Sutherland. It is magnificent in both its haunting visuals and sophisticated script. Essentially relying on star Georgina Campbell to carry almost every scene, the film allows for Campbell’s external and internal point of view to be the locus for the horror and Campbell delivers the right amount of increasing terror as what is supposed to bring peace becomes an unending nightmare

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BARBARIAN – Review by Susan Granger

This year’s spooky season starts with Barbarian. It’s a dark and stormy night when documentary researcher Tess Marshall (Georgina Campbell) arrives in Detroit for an important job interview. Finding the Airbnb accommodation she’s rented, she realizes it’s ominously situated in a rundown neighborhood that’s filled with abandoned houses. When the key is missing from the lockbox, Tess discovers that that the dingy, dimly lit place is already occupied. Not to reveal too much, let’s just say there are malevolent twists and turns.

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BARBARIAN – Review by T. J. Callahan

In Detroit for a job interview, a young woman books a rental home in a sketchy neighborhood. Arriving at night and during a rainstorm, she frantically tries to get inside and soon realizes she’s not the only tenant. The lodging is double booked, but the male in the main bedroom isn’t her biggest problem. Barbarian is AirBnBoo. AirBnBadTiming. AirBnBungling. AirBnBloody. AirBnBeastly. AirBnBrave. AirBnBizarre. AirBnBadass.

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