Saturday 11 July 2015

3 MUST-SEE MOVIES @ FANTASIA 2015 - Reviews By Greg Klymkiw: THE EDITOR (Giallo4U), A HARD DAY (Scumbag Dazzler), ROAR (Wilderness Snuff Film 4 the Whole Family) - COUNTDOWN TO FANTASIA 2015 IN MONTREAL

You don't want to miss these 3 terrific movies at the Fantasia International Film Festival 2015 in Montreal. Capsules with links to my full reviews. If you're in Montreal and U miss 'em, you're pretty much a loser, eh.

The Editor (2014)
Dir. Adam Brooks, Matthew Kennedy
Starring: Adam Brooks, Matthew Kennedy, Paz de le Huerta, Udo Kier, Laurence R. Harvey, Tristan Risk, Samantha Hill, Conor Sweeney, Brent Neale, Kevin Anderson, Mackenzie Murdock, John Paizs

Review By Greg Klymkiw

Okay, ladies and gents, strap-on your biggest vibrating butt-plugs and get ready to plop your ass cheeks upon your theatre seat and glue your eyeballs upon The Editor, the newest and most triumphant Astron-6 production to date and easily the greatest thrill ride since Italy spewed out the likes of Tenebre, Inferno, Opera, The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh, The Beyond, Strip Nude For Your Killer, Don't Torture a Duckling, Hitch-Hike, Shock, Blood and Black Lace, Twitch of the Death Nerve, Kill Baby Kill and, of course, Hatchet for the Honeymoon. You'll relive, beyond your wildest dreams, those films which scorched silver screens the world over during those lazy, hazy, summer days of Giallo. But, be prepared! The Editor is no mere copycat, homage and/or parody - well, it is all three, but more! Directors Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy have created a modern work that holds its own with the greatest gialli of all time.

It's laugh-out-loud funny, grotesquely gory and viciously violent. Though it draws inspiration from Argento, Fulci, Bava, et al, the movie is so dazzlingly original that you'll be weeping buckets of joy because finally, someone has managed to mix-master all the giallo elements, but in so doing has served up a delicious platter of post-modern pasta du cinema that both harkens back to simpler, bloodier and nastier times whilst also creating a piece actually made in this day and age.

What, for example, can anyone say about a film that features the following dialogue:

BLONDE STUD: So where were you on the night of the murder?
BLONDE BABE: I was at home washing my hair and shaving my pussy.



Read the full review from my TIFF 2014 coverage HERE

The Editor makes its French Canadian premiere at Fantasia 2015. For dates, times and tix, visit the festival's website HERE.

A Hard Day (aka Kkeut-kka-ji-gan-da) (2014)
Dir. Kim Seong-hun
Starring: Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Jin-woong

Review By Greg Klymkiw

Have you ever had one of those days? You know the kind. We all have them. You're as boiled as a fucking owl on whatever rotgut you've chugged back before getting in your car to drive to the funeral parlour so you can deliver a fond farewell to your mother, laying stiff in her coffin, and then you hit some goddamn pedestrian, killing the bastard, and adding insult to injury, after tossing his sack of potatoes carcass in the trunk, you're stopped and hassled by a bunch of rookie traffic cops doing a spot check. It's a total piss-off, right?

Well, for the irascibly corrupt cop Ko Gun-soo (Lee Sun-kyun), this is but the start of what's going to be a very hard day, indeed.

THE FILM CORNER RATING: ***½ Three-and-a-half-Stars

Read the full review from my TIFF 2014 coverage HERE

A Hard Day makes its French Canadian premiere at Fantasia 2015. For dates, times and tix, visit the festival's website HERE.

Roar (1981)
Dir. Noel Marshall
Starring: Noel Marshall, Tippi Hedren, Melanie Griffith, Kyalo Mativo

Review By Greg Klymkiw

Roar is clearly one of the most insane movies ever made. Oh hell, let's shoot the works and just declare that it is the most insane movie ever made. It stars 150 lions, tigers and other big cats. No animals were harmed during the making of the movie, but 70 people were.

It all began when actress Tippi Hedren (The Birds, Marnie) was in Africa shooting a movie in the mid-60s when she discovered on safari that an entire abandoned mission had been taken over completely by lions.


Light bulb flashes over Tippi's head!

There's a movie in this, she thinks.

Read the full review from my coverage of its Toronto theatrical run at The Royal HERE

THE FILM CORNER RATING: *** 3 Stars (though it's really impossible to rate this at all)

ROAR makes its French Canadian premiere at Fantasia 2015. For dates, times and tix, visit the festival's website HERE.