Thursday, October 23, 2014

Trailer: Insidious: Chapter 3


A teaser trailer has emerged for Insidious: Chapter 3, which is the latest entry of the horror series, involving the spirit world of “the further.” Screenwriter Leigh Whannell takes over for James Wan in the director’s chair, with a story touted to be the darkest chapter.  Original cast members Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson are now out of the picture, as the series goes “back to the beginning” to an earlier haunting handled by the psychic medium Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye).  I was somewhat underwhelmed by Insidious: Chapter 2 and this third film seems a bit more like a cash-in than a proper sequel.  However, it also seems to be going back to basics somewhat and it might actually end up being a creepy follow-up.  I guess I’ll find that out when Insidious: Chapter 3 opens on May 29, 2015.

TADFF14: Wyrmwood

WyrmwoodIn a post-apocalyptic Australia, a virus has turned nearly the entire population into bloodthirsty zombies.  Barry (Jay Gallagher) is one of a handful of survivors, which also includes Benny (Leon Burchill) and Frank (Keith Agius), who are immune to the virus and struggle for survival.  In the meanwhile, Barry’s sister Brooke (Bianca Bradey) has been kidnapped by a team of gasmask-wearing soldiers and is subjected to a number of experimentations by a mad scientist.  Barry, Benny, and Frank travel across the Australian landscape, in their zombie-fuelled truck, in the hopes of finding and rescuing  Brooke.

TADFF14: Refuge

refugeFollowing a bacterial outbreak, society has crumbled and the survivors have gone into hiding, in constant fear of marauders.  Jack (Carter Roy) is hiding out with his wife Nell (Amy Rutberg) and daughter Birdie (Eva Grace Kellner), along with fellow survivor Kyle (Chris Kies).  One day, while scavenging for food, Jack takes in a man named Russell (Sebastian Beacon), who crashed his motorcycle on his way to meet his brother at a rumoured refuge for survivors.  When a group of marauders Russell used to hang out with tracks him down, the family is forced to flee and attempt to locate the refuge, which may or may not exist.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

TADFF14: Time Lapse

time-lapseFinn (Matt O'Leary) is the building manager of an apartment complex, who lives with his girlfriend Callie (Danielle Panabaker) and friend Jasper (George Finn).  After finding out that the scientist that lives across from their apartment hasn’t been heard from for a while, the three check in on him and find a giant camera pointed towards their living room.  They quickly discover that the camera takes a photo every day at 8pm, which reveals what the living room looks like 24 hours in the future.  Initially, the photos turn out to be a blessing, as Finn uses them to advance his career as an aspiring artist and Jasper uses them to rig betting on races.  However, as the photos become more questionable, paranoia begins to strike as these friends worry about messing with time.

TADFF14: Predestination

predestinationFrom The Spierig Brothers (Daybreakers) comes the brain-twisting time travel thriller Predestination.  There exists a government agency, headed by Mr. Robertson (Noah Taylor), whose agents travel through time to prevent crimes before they happen, while keeping interference with the overall timeline to a minimum.  One of these agents, known only as The Bartender (Ethan Hawke), has been assigned to stop a terrorist known as the Fizzle Bomber, whose attack on March 1975 levels 10 blocks of New York City, killing 11,000 people.  One day, The Bartender meets The Unmarried Mother (Sarah Snook), whose unbelievable life story might hold the key to revealing the identity of the bomber.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

TADFF14: Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

kumikoKumiko (Rinko Kikuchi) is a 29 year old woman living in Tokyo.  She unhappily works in an office and is chastised by her mother for not yet getting married.  Kumiko’s only source of happiness is an old VHS tape of the Coen Brothers’ film Fargo, which she watches and analyzes with great detail.  Believing the film’s “Based on a true story” tagline, Kumiko travels to Minnesota, in the hopes of finding the bag of money that was buried by Steve Buscemi in the film.  Along the way, Kumiko meets a number of individuals, including a somewhat culturally insensitive old woman (Shirley Venard) and a helpful police officer (David Zellner).

TADFF14: Open Windows

open_windowsFrom director Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes) comes the webcam-based cyber thriller Open Windows.  Nick Chambers (Elijah Wood) is the webmaster of a fansite about movie star Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey), who has apparently won a contest to meet her.  While waiting in his hotel room, Nick receives a Skype call from a mysterious man named Chord (Neil Maskell).  While initially appearing to be a representative of the film Jill is promoting, it quickly becomes apparent that Chord is a hacker using Nick as a pawn to hunt down Jill.  With Jill in danger, Nick must find a way to track down Chord and save his favourite movie star.

Monday, October 20, 2014

TADFF14: Late Phases

Late_PhasesFollowing the death of his wife, blind Vietnam veteran Ambrose (Nick Damici) is brought by his son Will (Ethan Embry) to stay at the Crescent Bay Retirement Community.  During his very first night in the community, Ambrose’s next door neighbour is brutally killed.  While the police excuse this as a animal attack, which “happens all the time,” Ambrose is convinced that it was something else that attacked his neighbour.  Ambrose begins preparations to defend himself from the next attack, which he guesses will happen in a month.

TADFF14: Wolves

wolvesCayden Richards (Lucas Till) is a high school football star, who discovers the hard way that he is a werewolf.  Going on the run, after his parents are found murdered, Cayden meets a stranger named Wild Joe (John Pyper-Ferguson), who tells Cayden about a town called Lupine Ridge, which happens to be populated entirely by werewolves.  Cayden begins working as a farmhand for John Tollerman (Stephen McHattie), who is the leader of the peaceful town wolves, who have a shaky truce with the wild wolves in the hills lead by the psychotic Connor (Jason Momoa). With Cayden discovering he’s part of one of the last purebred werewolf lines, Cayden prepares to protect the town, and the beautiful bartender Angelina Timmins (Merritt Patterson), from Connor and his men.

TADFF14: The Drownsman

DrownsmanAfter nearly drowning in a lake, Madison (Michelle Mylett) has developed a fear of water, since she sees a large monstrous figure, known as The Drownsman (Ry Barrett), near every water source.  Fed up with her supposedly irrational fears, Madison’s friend Hannah (Hannah) stages a séance/intervention to try and snap Madison out of it.  However, the séance only works in making all of Madison’s friends a target for The Drownsman’s wrath.  With the group of friends being picked off one by one, Madison and Hannah set off to find a way to stop The Drownsman, before he plunges them into the depths.