I AM FEAR – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Through its unapologetic visceral thrills, I Am Fear invites us to experience recent history “through the gut” in what is effectively a supernatural horror film combined with the political thriller subgenre of the terrorism movie. The film seeks to use genre as a tool to answer a very simple question, but one almost overwhelming in its scale: why is the world such a terrible place? It sure as hell gets points for trying to say something meaningful about the world at a time when so many others are pretending it’s business as usual.

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HOMEWRECKER – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

there is something about Homewrecker on a fundamental level that echoes Karyn Kusama’s superb 2015 film The Invitation; these are horror films built around the reality that most of us would err to good manners over gut instinct on almost all occasions, no matter how strongly the latter screams at us to act differently to how courtesy dictates. Both films are nightmares, but tonally they couldn’t be more different; Homewrecker is a horror-comedy of manners that places the myth of the assumed sisterhood and our feeble submission to politeness under a hilariously critical microscope.

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SPOTLIGHT November 2019: Jen and Sylvia Soska, Canadian Twin Filmmakers, RABID

For far too long, women horror film directors have been considered an oddity. Key figures in the contemporary ‘women in horror’ movement, Canadian filmmaking twins Jen and Sylvia Soska established themselves as noteworthy directors and screenwriters with their 2009 debut feature Dead Hooker in a Trunk. The film’s cult status has changed the horror genre landscape and perceptions about female horror directors. The Soska effect continues with this year’s Rabid.

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SPOTLIGHT October 2019: Issa Lopez, Filmmaker, TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID

Writer/director Issa López is an exciting new voice in genre film, although she’s been a successful figure in the Mexican film industry since the early part of the 21st century. Her aesthetic is anchored in a blend of magical realism and the grittiness and stark reality of the real world, all seen from a horror-drenched version of the female gaze. She found success early in her career writing rom-coms and comedies that broke box office records, but left that all behind to focus on creating genre films true to her own creative inclinations, most recently resulting in the brilliant Tigers Are Not Afraid.

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Women horror filmmakers at TIFF 2019 – Report by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

As powerfully demonstrated at Toronto International Film Festival 2018 with movies including Emma Tammi’s crowd-pleaser The Wind and Carolina Hellsgård’s feminist zombie film Endzeit – Ever After, assumptions that horror is strictly a boys club are notably passé. This year’s iteration of TIFF (5 – 15 September) presents further proof that women filmmakers are a force to be reckoned with when it comes things that go bump in the night.

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3O MILES FROM NOWHERE – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

30 Miles from Nowhere is the perfect combination of familiar, comfortable genre codes and conventions given a fun twist, resulting in thoroughly enjoyable viewing experience. It is the perfect popcorn-friendly horror movie – fun, full of energy, self-aware but never smug, and fresh enough to keep its audience wondering.

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ST. AGATHA – Review by Liz Whittemore

Director Darren Lynn Bousman (the Saw franchise, Repo! The Genetic Opera) has a new feature in St. Agatha. The premise might seem cliche at first glance but it becomes much more nuanced as the film progresses. The standout performances have to be from the gaggle of young pregnant women being held captive at this mysterious convent.

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YOU MIGHT BE THE KILLER – Review by Liz Whittemore

Fran Kranz and Alyson Hannigan are two of my, what I refer to as The Whedonverse, crushes. If you don’t already know what that means, the new film You Might Be The Killer may not be tailor-made for you. If you’re picking up on my lingo, this film’s tongue-in-cheek structure is sheer perfection.

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