Nightstream Review: The Greenhouse (2021)

The Greenhouse is mostly a lovely drama with sci-fi elements, and some thrills thrown into the third act for good measure. In the film, daughter Beth (Jane Watt) is still grieving over the loss of one of her mothers; toughest for her since she was the one who stayed back in town with them. When her siblings reunite for their mom Ruth’s (Camilla Ah Kin) birthday, Beth also finds the titular greenhouse, an alternate world that let’s her watch old memories and see her late mom.


Nightstream Review: Alien on Stage (2021)

Featured image: The alien bows on stage after Alien on Stage. (Courtesy of Alien on Stage.) Directed by Lucy Harvey, Danielle Kummer. Starring (as self) Jason Hill, Lydia Hayward, Jacqui Roe. Runtime 1h 26 min. Alien on Stage had its latest festival stop as part of the Nightstream Film Festival. Some spoilers follow. Alien on Stage … Continue reading Nightstream Review: Alien on Stage (2021)

Nightstream Review: Cannon Arm and the Arcade Quest (2021)

Cannon Arm and the Arcade Quest follows a group of friends who are united by their love of video games and the Bip Bip Bar. They’re also united by the loss of a friend named Thomas who committed suicide some years prior. At the centre of the friend group is our main character, Kim Cannon Arm. A video game legend, Kim is known for playing the 1983 arcade game “Gyruss” for 49 straight hours on one coin. Obviously a very long time, but for further context, the average game of “Gyruss” lasts 3-4 minutes. Even crazier, Kim sets out to be the first person to play an arcade game for 100 hours straight.

Nightstream Review: Hellbender (2021)

Hellbender is one of those films that give a new meaning to a family affair, as there are three common names throughout the credits of this film. And if you’d excuse me going for low-hanging fruit, but, ahem: They're creepy and they're kooky, Mysterious and spooky, They're altogether ooky, The Adams Family! I’m definitely not the first person to do that, and surely won’t be the last. Hellbender is directed, written and featuring the core family of mother Toby Poser, daughter Zelda Adams and father John Adams – where Toby and Zelda play the two leads in the film, while John appears in a supporting role. As well, their other daughter Lulu Adams plays the supporting role of Amber and is involved in the song writing in the film, as well, for the in-band film H6llb6nd6r.

Nightstream Film Festival 2021: My Most Anticipated Films

In the festival’s second year, Nightstream is back as a collaborative virtual festival between the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, The Overlook Film Festival, Boston Underground Film Festival, and the North Bend Film Fest, in a return to showcase some of the horror genre. You can buy badges here, or buy single tickets right here. The festival starts tomorrow, Thursday, October 7 and runs through Wednesday, October 13, and I wanted to plug four films I’m looking forward from the festival, in a programme that includes 25 feature films, two Nighstream Retro selections, four folk horror film selections, about 19 events and 25 short films. Let’s get right into my four most anticipated films…

“Frank & Zed” Interview | Writer, director Jesse Blanchard | The Filmcraziest Show | Fantasia Film Festival

Back at last October’s first edition of the Nightstream Film Festival, I was able to watch the wild puppet horror film Frank & Zed, written and directed by Portland filmmaker Jesse Blanchard. I loved it a lot as a love letter to the horror genre and monster movies, and I loved seeing all the effort that went into a puppet film of nature, especially with the climactic Orgy of Blood. I spoke with Jesse at that festival, but as our conversation came at the very end of the festival, we thought it best to hold the conversation for either its release (On Demand or what have you), or its next big festival stop. It’s now playing at the Fantasia Film Festival – available On Demand through Wednesday, August 25 – and I’m super excited to unveil our conversation.

Trailer: Shudder Exclusive “Boys from County Hell”

Here's a film I've been looking forward to watching since I came across it at last year's Nightstream Film Festival in October, and last week the trailer for Boys from County Hell  was released. The film, premiering on Shudder as a Shudder Exclusive in the U.S. and Canada on April 22, is set in Ireland. Strange … Continue reading Trailer: Shudder Exclusive “Boys from County Hell”

The Filmcraziest Show – Robert Benjamin and Ben O’Toole, “Bloody Hell”

On this episode of The Filmcraziest Show I chatted with writer Robert Benjamin and actor Ben O'Toole for their new film Bloody Hell, which premiered on demand on January 14 (here are some options for rent or purchase) and will be available on Blu-Ray and DVD on  January 19.  The plot: Rex Coen (Ben O’Toole) finds himself in a crazy situation during a bank robbery and decides to take the opportunity to play hero and save the hostages. Instead, he’s hailed by a hero by some and a lunatic by others and is sent to jail. Once he’s released, he leaves this mysterious past behind for better pastures in Finland. But in Bloody Hell, Finland is way worse. The film is directed by Alister Grierson, written by Robert Benjamin, and stars Ben O'Toole (pictured in the featured image), Meg Fraser, Caroline Craig, Matthew Sunderland and Travis Jefferey. 

Filmcraziest Interviews – Paul Komadina, “Abduction” (Short)

On this episode of Filmcraziest Interviews I am joined by Australian filmmaker Paul Komadina to discuss his new short film Abduction, which recently played as part of the North Bend Film Festival at Nightstream. The short film stars Alexandra Nell as Mathilda, a woman who after waking up in the middle of a field with no memory faces a streak of judgment and cruelty. The film is directed by Paul Komadina and written by Frances Elliott.

Filmcraziest Interviews – Terence Krey and Christine Nyland, “An Unquiet Grave”

Welcome to another episode of Filmcraziest Interviews and for this episode I chatted with Terence Krey (writer, director and producer) and Christine Nyland (writer and star, pictured in the featured image) for their new film An Unquiet Grave, which had its World Premiere on Oct. 11 at the Nightstream virtual film festival. The film stars Jacob A. Ware as Jamie, a widow one year removed from the death of his wife. One night, he enlists the help of his sister-in-law Ava (Christine Nyland) to help him bring her back from the dead. It’s a two-actor chamber horror directed by Terence Krey, and written by Krey and Nyland.