Dark, twisted and daring late night selection of genre films, ranging from sci-fi to horror, thriller and fantasy films from around the world, with no shortage of high-intensity suspense, shock, gore and action.
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September 23 at 7:00 PM at Globe Cinema + September 29 at 7:30 PM at Eau Claire
An infectious zombie outbreak begins to sweep the world but the indigenous inhabitants of a Mi'gmaq reserve are strangely immune.
Two young men in a jail cell have to assist their police captors when the town residents become increasingly violent. Humans and dogs alike are turning into snarling, violent beasts. When a person is bitten, it is only a matter of time before the disease takes hold of them. Except for the those with Mig'maq heritage. Soon the infectious plague has spread across the world and a gated community keeps the zombies at bay. Why is it that the plague does not affect those of Mi'gmaq descent? Should they offer help to those outsiders who are susceptible to the disease?
BLOOD QUANTUM is sure to be a late-night cult hit and is the follow-up feature by writer/director Jeff Barnaby whose previous film RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS screened at CIFF in 2013.
September 21 at 10:00 PM at Globe Cinema + September 24 at 9:30 PM at Eau Claire
A man in his thirties, Norval (Elijah Wood) travels to a remote cabin to reconnect with his estranged father.
Norval’s life has been, to put it lightly, difficult. Currently living at home with his mother, the troubled young man is coming off alcohol-related struggles. So when he receives an unexpected letter from his estranged father requesting a visit, Norval catches a bus up to his dad’s secluded and scenic waterfront home. Maybe reconnecting with his father will give Norval the emotional fulfillment he’s been lacking. Before long, though, he notices something off about his dad, an uneasy feeling triggered by inappropriate comments and a possible over-dependence on booze. Norval quickly realizes that his hope of father/son bonding is doomed. Instead of a family reunion, he finds himself in waking nightmare.
No stranger to the horror filmmaking world, genre producer extraordinaire Ant Timpson (TURBO KID, THE GREASY STRANGLER, THE ABC’s OF DEATH, DEATHGASM to name only a few), brings us a fun, twisted, gory first feature starring the much loved Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie (also appearing in CIFF selection Z) and Martin Donovan (also appearing in CIFF selection WHITE LIE). Too many words will ruin the twists and turns of this film!
September 27 at 10:00 PM at Globe Cinema + September 29 at 2:15 PM at Globe Cinema
Co-writers, co-directors, and co-stars Dawn Leubbe and Jocelyn DeBoer have been lighting up the festival circuit with their delightfully absurd debut feature, GREENER GRASS.
In a day-glo-colored, bizarro version of suburbia where adults wear braces on their already-straight teeth, everyone drives golf carts, and children magically turn into golden retrievers, soccer moms and best friends Jill (Jocelyn DeBoer) and Lisa (Dawn Luebbe) are locked in a passive aggressive battle-of-the-wills that takes a turn into the sinister when Lisa begins systematically taking over every aspect of Jill's life- starting with her newborn daughter. Meanwhile, a psycho yoga teacher killer is on the loose, Jill's husband (Beck Bennett) has developed a curious taste for pool water, and Lisa is pregnant with a soccer ball.
That's just the tip of the gloriously weird iceberg that is the feature debut from writers-directors Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe, a hilariously demented, Stepford Wives-on-acid satire destined to be an instant cult classic.
September 19 at 10:00 PM at Globe Cinema + September 26 at 7:30 PM at Globe Cinema
A soon-to-be stepmom is snowed in with her fiancé's two children at a remote cabin, but not before long strange events begin.
A bone-chilling nightmare from the directors of GOODNIGHT MOMMY, THE LODGE follows a family who retreat to their remote winter cabin over the holidays. When the father (Richard Armitage) is forced to abruptly depart for work, he leaves his children, Aidan (IT's Jaeden Martell) and Mia (Lia McHugh) in the care of his new girlfriend, Grace (Riley Keough). Isolated and alone, a blizzard traps them inside the lodge as terrifying events summon specters from Grace’s dark past.
September 25 at 10:00 PM at Globe Cinema + September 28 at 4:15 PM at Globe Cinema
The discovery of buried treasure sets a group of friends on an escalating course of suspicion and violence in this brilliantly atmospheric thriller.
In the long, hot days of summer in a beach town on the New Jersey shore, bored high schooler Alan (Keean Johnson) and his friends Red (Alex Neustaedter) and Smitty (Daniel Zolghadri) break into vacation homes to steal valuables, funding dates at the boardwalk and lunches at the burger stand. When Alan and his younger brother Peter (Jaeden Martell) find a bag of gold coins, they try to hide them from the others — but Red, suspicious and violently unpredictable, seems willing to do anything to get the money.
First time feature filmmaker Kevin McMullin channels the spirit of STAND BY ME and A SIMPLE PLAN, delivering a nail-biting, expertly acted thriller that plays with genre tropes and defies expectations along the way. With masterful performances by its young cast, LOW TIDE is sure to mesmerize all who fall under its spell.
September 26 at 10:00 PM at Globe Cinema + September 28 at 3:45 PM at Eau Claire
Avery becomes an assistant for a reclusive novelist but soon finds herself in a psychological experiment that is inspiration for his new novel.
Avery Malone, a social ghost and struggling writer, lands the opportunity of a lifetime in assisting the world-famous, reclusive horror writer, Caleb Conrad, in writing his latest novel. Desperate to reclaim his former glory, Caleb proposes a psychological experiment to study true fear with Avery as his guinea pig. Diving into Avery’s torn psyche, strange happenings begin to occur in Caleb’s remote cabin estate. As the lines between fact and fiction blur, Avery suspects her boss may not be who he says he is but a killer inspired by Caleb’s novels. Pushed past her breaking point, Avery seemingly confirms her suspicions and turns the tables on her captor. Constantly torn between what is real or part of the experiment, Avery will do whatever it takes to fulfill her duties and finish Caleb’s most gruesome novel yet.
Shot in Calgary, Canadian writer/director Braden Croft's TRUE FICTION is a terrifying and claustrophobic psychological thriller.
September 28 at 10:00 PM at Globe Cinema
A young thug is out for revenge on the man who hurt his beloved: her father, who happens to be a corrupt detective.
Andrei, a detective and the world’s most horrible father, brings together a terrible group of people in his apartment: his resentful actress daughter, an angry thug, and a cheated cop. Each one of them has a reason to want revenge, and a plan to get it.
In this first feature by Russian director Kirill Sokolov, and best described as a “splatterpunk action comedy drenched in gleefully dark Russian humor”, WHY DON’T YOU JUST DIE! is a ton of fun for the Late Shows audience, and a huge hit on the festival circuit!
September 20 at 10:00 PM at Globe Cinema + September 23 at 9:15 PM at Eau Claire
A couple is shaken to the core when their eight-year-old son begins hanging out with a creepy and ominous imaginary friend.
Calgary native Brandon Christensen (STILL/BORN) writes and directs Z, one of the scariest Calgary made horror films of recent memory.