Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Blood In The Snow Film Festival Review: Save Yourself --November 27-29, 2015 Toronto, Ontario

Thriller, Horror, Independent Film
Post City Films

Plot Outline
Crystal is the tough as nails director. Dawn is the by-the-numbers producer. Kim is the girl-next-door lead actress. Lizzy is the loner writer and Sasha is the promiscuous supporting actress. Together, the five women have made a fun and bloody horror film. En route to a film festival, one of the girls goes missing and soon all five ladies find themselves pitted against a mad scientist hellbent on using them for his mysterious experiments.
Jessica Cameron, Tristan Risk, Tianna Nori , Ry Barrett ,Bobbie Phillips ,Sydney Kondruss ,Caleigh LeGrand, Elma Begovic
Lara Mrkoci

Directed By ,Ryan M. Andrews
Produced By Allen Ormerod, Pino Halili

I have been given the pleasure of viewing and reviewing some of the films appearing this weekend at The Blood In The Snow Film Festival in Toronto Nov 27-29. I chose this film to review first as I have been following the progress of it and have been over excited to see it.
This movie was real interesting from the first frame and works hard to keep the attention of the audience, very well done on all parts.

There were elements of real fear here in some of the scenes, some of what reminded me of "People Under The Stairs" that being the weird couple & "House of 1,000 Corpses,  even the start of the film works as a lead into the film we are watching.

The acting is great all across the board , I enjoyed the editing and some of the camera work really helps keep the story rolling and the tension up.
There is no excessive  sex or violence which is almost a rarity in today's horror film.
Even if there is most of it is done off camera.
The reason this film works so well is the creepy couple that have some hidden agendas of their own and they are not pleasant , but am not into spoiling others experience of watching a film.

I think anyone that has seen a lot of horror films will be pleasantly surprised as I was.

Thank you for reading this 
Anthony Nadeau

Friday, November 20, 2015

Press Release: I Am Alone--Screening At Festivals & Awards Galore

Acclaimed Festival Circuit “Horrormentary,”
(Santa Monica, CA) – November 12th, 2015 – I AM ALONE, a survival “horrormentary” starring Gareth David-Lloyd (Torchwood, Sherlock Holmes 2010, Dark Signal), and
Gunner Wright (Love 2011, Highway to Dhampus), has recently taken the horror film fest circuit by storm, racking up wins for Best Zombie Film and Best Actor at Fright Night Film Fest (Louisville, KY), Audience Choice and Best Director awards at RIP
Horror International Film Festival (Hollywood, CA), and a second Best Actor prize for Gareth David-Lloyd at Scare-A-Con (Liverpool, NY).
I Am Alone tells the story of a small town being infected, almost instantly, by an unknown virus while an adventure reality show is being filmed in the area. The TV host's video
logs, found a few days after his own terrific infection, may contain the clues that will help the authorities find a cure and save the world from the apocalypse.

Director Robert Palmer (Gene Simmons: Family Jewels) and producer Michael A. Weiss reinvented the subgenre of horror by blending elements of reality TV, classic zombie flicks, documentary, surveillance cam, and blood curdling suspense.

“Our goal was to delve into new territory within the horror genre by taking the survival of man to its extreme. To make our character’s journey feel raw and authentic we used different storytelling techniques and employed various shooting formats; all with the intention of contrasting humanity against brutality amidst the unfolding apocalypse,” says director Robert Palmer.
This ultra-low budget production was made possible with the support of the entire town of Montrose, Colorado. Local authorities and citizens alike worked together to help with.

Starring Gareth David-Lloyd (Jacob), Gunner Wright (Mason), and Marshal Hilton (Dr. Marlow), I Am Alone is written, produced, and directed by Robert Palmer and written, produced and edited by Michael A. Weiss. Cinematography by Adrian
Sierkowski; Stunt Coordination by Mark Rayner; Key Make-up by Rachel Maier; Sound Design by Tom Stamatio; and Music by Adam Sanborne.

To find out more about I Am Alone, full list of awards, and its tour calendar, please check
the official website www.iamalonethemovie.com.
You can also follow daily updates on social media:
Twitter: www.twitter.com/IAMALONEmovie
Facebook: www.facebook.com/abstractforces

THE STORY - Jacob Fitts television host and survivalist, with his crew Producer Adam Levine & Cameraman Mason Riley set out to shoot another episode of their popular survival show, I Am Alone. Episode 113 takes us deep into the Colorado Rockies where Jacob will be left alone for 7 days while his team sets off into town to capture footage and shootinterviews. Within hours a viral outbreak spreads rapidly across the globe. Unaware of this outbreak, Jacob, isolated continues shooting his Television show. As day one comes to a close Jacob is attacked and bitten by an infected person. As the virus spreads through the town Mason and Adam have to fight the infected to save their own lives. With the CDC monitoring the outbreak they pick up Mason and all his footage and bring him back to base for questioning.  Reviewing Mason's footage the CDC tries to piece together why the virus has taken longer to transform Jacob. The CDC forces Mason to relive the events of the previous days through his footage to learn more about the virus and Jacobs survival.   As the global death rate rises time is running out, to find a cure

I have been fortunate enough to also have a chance to see the film so watch for here in the next couple of weeks for my review.

Thank you for reading this 
Anthony Nadeau

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Canadian Movie Reviews: October 30th-All Hallow's Eve

Story Synopsis:
20 years after a psychotic episode in Pearl Lake on October 30th 1988, the so-called events of “missing people” begin again. Oldest son, Ethan Pearl and brother Jacob intricately select a cast of stars (Jade, Heather, Gene, Milton, & Crew) in an attempt to produce a Pearl Lake horror film based on their traumatic childhood. While
scouting and rehearsing, the group encounters several eery mishaps and a tyrannical maniac. 
Ethan leads Jade down a perceived path to safety, but when she continues to search for answers, she realizes this isn’t an ordinary film, or an ordinary director.

Let me start by saying that not many writer/directors put on as many hats as Ryan Byrne(above) has done here.
He produced and was one of the co-executive producers , helped in many areas such as editing, casting, sound supervisor, supervising dialogue editor, folly artist, location scout, post production supervisor , also wrote 2 of the songs in the film as well played the adult character of Ethan Pearl.

We first start off 30 years before the characters reach the age where we catch them trying to make a movie, the strength was the first part of the film which I found to have the better story. That being said this also was interesting but found it to drag in certain parts , but all in all this is a decent film for a first feature film.

I really appreciate getting to see this film as it is currently only being shown at festivals and will be available on DVD in the spring 2016.

Canadian Films always have a harder time reaching an audience for the makers and stars are usually not household names , also for the most part most of my friends and family will not even go out of their way to watch a Canadian film--which is a shame as there is such a talent pool of people here.

I think with the right amount of push for this little film it can find itself an audience and Ryan Byrne can get some credit for all the work he put into it as well.

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Anthony Nadeau

Monday, November 16, 2015

CD Review: Caligula's Horse-Bloom (Available Now)Inside Out Music

Founded on April 28, 2011
Progressive Alternative Rock
Band Members
Jim Grey - Lead Vocals
Zac Greensill - Guitar/Vocals
Dave Couper - Bass/Vocals
Geoff Irish - Drums
Sam Vallen - Guitar/Everything.

Named for the prized possession of Rome’s infamous despot, CALIGULA’S HORSE is a progressive alternative rock band from Brisbane, Australia.

Channelling the raw honesty of rock and the skill of progressive metal into a seamless voice at once energetic, grand and forthright, CALIGULA’S HORSE offers devotees of all strains of powerful and progressive music something unique.......

......2015 will see CALIGULA'S HORSE release their third record "Bloom", their most vivid, and emotional work to date. "Bloom" is the perfect mission statement for an act blurring the line between power and reflection; a musical assertion with depth enough for the most dedicated of prog fans, and with fire enough to bring audiences in venues across the world to fury and their voices to unison.
With some wonderful vocal arrangements and strong song composition this band makes a statement with this fantastic entry into the year of music that is 2015.

Jim Grey has a great range that makes this album so good and let's not forget the rest of the band here either.
Here is the video for

There is just over a month left in the year and there are so many albums that are making my best of lists, this will be one.

There is such a depth of music here and shows some great musicianship as well throughout the entire album.

Thank you for reading this 
Anthony Nadeau