Night Shift

“A masterpiece of industrialised Armageddon chic enlivened by a touch of Cronenbergian corporeality… Imagine a Guinness advert designed by HR Giger and shot by Terry Gilliam and you're not even close.” - Channel 4This astonishing and immersive visual experience is a dark spin on the Garden of Eden. Our primordial hero, Tolbiac, wakes up at the bottom of a murky cave and guides us through a subterr... Read more
“Trash horror cinema to the max.” - Variety ... Renowned for the personification of Brazil's most famous horror icon, the evil undertaker ‘Coffin Joe', filmmaker José Mojica Marins rounds off his controversial trilogy with a ready-made cult classic. ... First there was At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul (1964) and then This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse (1967) - now Embodiment of Evil picks up the s... Read more
Eight of this generation’s best genre filmmakers explore the folklore, mythology and even cryptozoology of their homelands in this fright-filled, globe-hopping anthology. ... From Greece to America, Hungary to India, Field Guide to Evil comes from the demented minds of the people behind Deathgasm (MIFF 2015) and ABCs of Death. Audiences can count on a most unexpected journey filled with scares, go... Read more
A psychedelic trip into magic and madness. ... In 17th-century England, a group of deserters flees a raging battle through the English countryside. They are soon caught by a man who insists they help him uncover a treasure buried in the middle of a field. As they feast on wild mushrooms, the group descends into paranoia and arguments, and they discover that the treasure may be more than mere gold.... Read more
“I wrote a movie about asking people to be nice where we kill a whole bunch of people.” - Filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait ... Comedian-turned-filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait (World's Greatest Dad, MIFF 10) propagates his blackly comic style of social commentary in a film that takes aim at the many symptoms of what one character calls "a mighty empire starting to collapse": vacuous celebrity culture, conte... Read more
"Genre defying and genuinely unexpected, this intriguing urban fairytale takes the mythology of the werewolf story and uses it as a prism through which to view contemporary Brazilian society." – Screen International ... Ana is a white, wealthy, privileged and pregnant. Clara is black, broke and applying to be Ana’s live-in baby-nanny. She gets the job and soon these two women from opposite sides o... Read more
"Utterly unnerving … you owe it to yourself to see this movie as soon as you can." – Dread Central ... A cerebral nerve-strainer that builds from slow burn to unfathomable brutality, Goodnight Mommy starts with twin boys in an isolated house in the country waiting for their mother's return. When she finally comes back, her head wrapped in bandages after plastic surgery, nothing is as it was before... Read more
"A mysterious stranger, an unstoppable force and a Halloween setting signal to the audience … you are about to have a damn good time." – Indiewire ... Writer Simon Barrett and director Adam Wingard put the foot on the accelerator with this nudge-wink follow-up to You're Next (MIFF 2013) that recalls more than a few ‘sweet revenge' classics of the VHS generation. ... Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens is ... Read more
Paranoia and suspicion ripple through Europe’s dark ages in this frightening fairytale full of nightmarish visions and atmospheric terror. ... Set amid the hinterland of the Austrian Alps, where the Black Plague has taken hold and the countryside is rife with rumour of witchcraft, Hagazussa: A Heathen’s Curse plays with storytelling conventions and audience expectations. Told across four parts, it... Read more
Henry Rollins stars as a jaded immortal in this wry, bloody and original horror comedy. ... Do you want to live forever? The blessing is a curse for Jack. His crappy apartment has become his crypt, and the bingo and boredom has only made him more disdainful of the mortal world. After centuries of the same, trouble comes calling again. ... Punk legend, writer, globetrotter and raconteur Henry Rolli... Read more
"You and me are goin' on a car-ride to hell... and you're riding shotgun!" ... At the end of the line in a crime-ridden city, a hobo is looking for a fresh start. What he finds is an urban hell run by a murderous crime lord and his psychopathic sons. There's only one way to clean up the city: with a gun in his hand and two shells in the chamber. ... Expanded from a trailer made for Quentin Taranti... Read more
If John Waters is the Pope of Trash, the infamous Divine was Mother Superior of Drag. ... Harris Glenn Milstead grew up in conservative Baltimore a bullied tubby kid. But as Divine he became a queer icon, a midnight movie heroine, an unlikely pop star, and one of the filthiest people to ever live. Discovered by John Waters, Divine exploded on film and stage with supremely garish outfits and make-u... Read more
"Morphs comfortably from teen fiction to a murder mystery to a cagey thriller, all with a wry sense of humor." – Twitch ... Adapting the first in a series of novels by Dan Wells, filmmaker Billy O'Brien cunningly turns the familiar ordinariness of America's small-town heartland into a dangerous and wintry other world. ... Shot on grainy 16mm stock, this is the story of John (Max Records, Where the... Read more
"Director Karyn Kusama's strongest work in years … a perfectly pitched exercise in psychological dread." – Variety ... Will and Kira are on their way to the house of Will's ex, Eden, for a dinner party. It's the first time they've seen each other since the death of their young son tore their relationship apart. Will is on edge from the get-go, convinced that Eden and her strangely smiling friends ... Read more
"Joyously heterodox in its method, an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink mélange of sci-fi, black comedy, and action, with disquieting body-horror sight gags that at times recall David Cronenberg's Naked Lunch." – Slate ... Slacker Dave heads to a restaurant to tell his impossible story to a journalist. It's a story that involves time-travelling, space-faring conspiracies, addictive soy sauce, dimens... Read more
Ben Wheatley follows up his deft debut Down Terrace (MIFF 2010) with a cross-genre gem that starts as a sedate suburban drama before driving off the rails completely. ... Jay is having a tough time - his marriage is on the verge of breakdown, and he hasn't worked for months. So when his old friend Gal suggests they both return to their old profession of hired killers, Jay readily agrees. But as th... Read more
A totally twisted, deep-fried, Texas redneck murder story. ... Killer Joe may mark director William Friedkin's (The French Connection, The Exorcist) return to filmmaking after a five-year absence (last seen with Bug, MIFF 07), however it's the calculating performance from Matthew McConaughey that commands attention. In a career-best turn, he demonstrates the menace behind his charismatic exterior,... Read more
A remote campsite. An abandoned tent. A romantic getaway to die for. ... When young urbanites Ian and Sam decide to go camping, they arrive at their isolated destination to discover another tent already set up, but no sign of its owners. With the other campers at large, Ian and Sam's discovery of a child wandering alone sets off a terrifying chain of events that will push them to their limits – an... Read more
The creator of Otto; Or, Up with Dead People (MIFF 08) extends his adventures in cinema's most unmarketable sub-genre - gay zombie porn. ... Zombies don't often come as fully-ripped as porn star François Sagat - except in Bruce LaBruce's L.A. Zombie. Our anti-hero is convinced he's an alien zombie sent to earth, where he roams the streets of Los Angeles in search of dead bodies and gay sex - an ac... Read more
Takashi Miike – Japan's undisputed master of mayhem – makes his triumphant return to the blood-strewn savagery that made his name. ... In an unassuming Japanese high school, young, good-looking Mr Hasumi is everything a teacher should be: popular with staff and students; kind, talented, sympathetic; highly deranged. Obviously the stage is set for the kind of gleeful all-out massacre that only Taka... Read more
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