In Plain Sight: Afrofuturism and Inclusivity Series

  On a rare 29th day of February 2020, I gave a lecture for Toronto’s Black Museum: Lurid Lectures for the Morbidly Curious on The Omega Man and the inadvertently Afrofuturist themes called The Omega Man’s Utopian Dystopia. I spoke about how this classic film has an Afrofuturistic bent without seemingly trying. Sure, it was... Continue Reading →

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The Secret of Sinchanee

A family tragedy, bloodlines and a dark legacy haunt The Secret of Sinchanee. After his father's death, Will (Stephen Grayhm) must deal with unresolved feelings when inheriting his childhood home. No one in town wants to buy it since it's shrouded in mystery, so Will moves in despite his apprehension. Soon, terrifying nightmares plague him,... Continue Reading →

Halloween Kills

The Halloween franchise was revamped in 2018, creating a frenzy when fans learned Jamie Lee Curtis was back as Laurie Strode, the ultimate final girl inextricably tied to perpetual boogeyman Michael Myers. This version of Halloween, directed by David Gordon Green, follows up 40 years after the John Carpenter classic from 1978. Everyone is much... Continue Reading →

Knocking

A traumatized woman looks for answers in the tense horror-thriller Knocking. Molly (Cecilia Miloccco) has spent the past year dealing with trauma. She's being discharged from the hospital's psychiatric ward and is trying to start her life again, but the loss of her partner Judith (Charlotta Åkerblom) puts a dark cloud over everything she does.... Continue Reading →

TIFF 2021: Saloum

With a mix of horror and western genres, Jean Luc Herbulot's Saloum spotlights unlikely heroes, traditional beliefs and a whole lotta action to grace any film fanatic's eyeballs. Chaka (Yann Gael), Raffa (Roger Sallah), and Minuit (Mentor Ba) are a trio called the Bangui's Hyenas. These mercenaries clean up for the military in 2003, during... Continue Reading →

TIFF 2021: You Are Not My Mother

Image courtesy of TIFF You Are Not My Mother is a fantastic creepy yarn for Halloween frights. It’s days before Halloween and the Irish celebration Samhain in a Dublin neighbourhood. As the community prepares for the holiday, Charlotte or Char’s (Hazel Doupe) house is quiet. Char’s mom Angela (Carolyn Bracken), is lethargic and listless, sleeping... Continue Reading →

TIFF 2021: To Kill The Beast

Image courtesy of TIFF Agustina San Martin mesmerizes with unknown dangers and the power of one girl's self-discovery. Emilia (Tamara Rocca) is searching for her missing brother Mateo. After their mother's death, he hasn’t responded to her calls, so she travels to the remote town where he lives, on the border of Argentina and Brazil.... Continue Reading →

TIFF 2021: Encounter

A man fears for the well-being of his sons in Encounter. Malik (Riz Ahmed) is an ex-navy seal who is on a different kind of mission. He has been researching extraterrestrial parasitic organisms that take over humans through insects, and worried about his sons Jay (Lucian-River Chauhan) and Bobby (Aditya Geddada), decides to rescue them... Continue Reading →

TIFF 2021: DASHCAM

Image courtesy of TIFF What do you get when an anti-vaxxer streaming star meets up with the demonic? Rob Savage's latest horror fiasco, DASHCAM. Annie Hardy is a live-streaming improv musician who has an online show called Dashcam. She raps at the drop of a hat and has many fans. Annie is also an anti-masker... Continue Reading →

TIFF 2021: Beba

Image courtesy of TIFF A young Afro-Latina woman filmmaker examines her life in four parts in Beba. Rebeca “Beba” Huntt is an artist and filmmaker who documents 8 years of archival film on her life with a Black Dominican father and a light-skinned Venezuelan mother. She goes back to how they met, the sacrifices they... Continue Reading →

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