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Friday, October 20, 2017

Sean Kelly

TADFF17: The Endless

Two brothers return to the cult they escaped as teenagers in The Endless. Justin (Justin Benson) and Aaron (Aaron Moorhead) are two brothers, who gained notoriety and press when they escaped the "UFO Death Cult" Camp Arcadia many years prior. While Justin has resumed somewhat a normal life, Aaron misses the time he spent with them. After receiving a video from Camp Arcadia talking about an upcoming event known as The Ascension, Aaron convinces Justin to travel back to Camp Arcadian and reconnect with the members, who worship a higher power in the woods.

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Sean Kelly

Review: The Snowman

A veteran detective tracks down a serial killer triggered by falling snow in The Snowman. Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) is a legendary detective in Oslo, Norway, who has recently returned from an absence. His first case is a series of missing women cases, each other which occurred during a snowfall, with a snowman left at the crime scene. Teaming up with recent transfer Katrine Bratt (Rebecca Ferguson), Harry begins to investigate the missing women cases, which may be connected to a decade old serial killer cold case investigated by Bergen detective Gert Rafto (Val Kilmer).

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Sean Kelly

TADFF17: Poor Agnes

A private investigator is imprisoned and tortured by a serial killer in Poor Agnes. Agnes (Lora Burke) is a sociopathic woman living on her own in an isolated house. One day, Agnes is visited by Mike (Robert Notman) seeking information about a missing person. It isn't long before Mike finds himself chained up in Agnes' basement and subject to dehumanizing torture techniques. Instead of killing Mike right away, Agnes would rather toy with him and even begins a pseudo-relationship. At the same time, Agnes begins stalking her next victim, a shy computer guy named Chris (Will Conlon).

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Sean Kelly

TADFF17: Defective

A man and his sister go on the run a militant police state in Defective. The State Enforcement Agency has resulted in a 47% reduction of crime through the use of their cyborg Protectors of Peace or Suits. After witnessing a Suit performing a public execution, Rhett Murphy (Colin Paradine) is made a target of the SEA. Rhett is reunited with his estranged sister Jean (Raven Cousens) and they both end up going on the run from SEA operatives Ora Green (Ashley Armstrong) and Allison Jacobs (Jamie Elizabeth Sampson). Teaming with resistance leader Pierce (Dennis Andres), Rhett and Jean try to put an end SEA's grip of fear on the state.

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Sean Kelly

TADFF17: Mayhem

A viral outbreak results in bloody chaos in an office building in Mayhem. The Towers and Smythe consulting firm is placed under 8 hour quarantine following an outbreak of the ID-7 or "Red Eye" virus, which causes a drop in inhibitions, resulting in those infected to often have violent outbursts. Having been fired immediately prior to the outbreak, legal associate Derek Cho (Steven Yeun) decides to take advantage of the legal impunity given to those with the virus and enact violent revenge on the company's CEO John Towers (Steven Brand). Teaming up with disgruntled client Melanie Cross (Samara Weaving), the two fight their way up to the top floor of the office.

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Sean Kelly

TADFF17: Game of Death

This review was originally published as part of my coverage of Fantasia 2017

A group of friends play a board game that literally blows their minds in Game of Death. While gathered together for a party, Tom (Samuel Earle), Beth (Victoria Diamond), Ashley (Emelia Hellman), Mary-ann (Catherine Saindon), Tyler (Erniel Baez Duenas), Kenny (Nick Serino), and Matthew (Thomas Vallieres) find an begin playing a mysterious board game called "Game of Death." According to the rules of the game, 24 people have to be killed, with one of the players being executed if they fail to commit a murder before time runs out. The friends initially laugh off the rules of the game, though things become deadly serious when one of the groups' head suddenly explodes. It is still or be killed as the remaining friends try to survive the Game of Death.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Sean Kelly

TADFF17: Impossible Horror

Full Disclosure: I was a contributor to Impossible Horror's IndieGoGo campaign

Two women investigate the source of a nightly phenomenon known as "The Scream" in Impossible Horror. Lily (Haley Walker) is an aspiring filmmaker, who begins experiencing strange events at night, often accompanied by the sound of screaming. On one of these nights, Lily meets a girl named Hannah (Creedance Wright), who explains to her the phenomenon known as "The Scream," which occurs every night between 12 and 5. Lily and Hannah team up to investigate The Scream and film the results, though they soon realize that those who investigate The Scream often end up going crazy.

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