The Calgary International Film Festival 2016 Late Shows Series will again feature sci-fi, horror, thrillers and fantasy films from around the world.
The Calgary International Film Festival 2016 Late Shows Series Lineup
Investigative journalist Julia (Jessica Lowndes, THE HAUNTING OF MOLLY HARTLEY) finds herself looking into the murder of her own sister, and is tipped off to something strange when the room in which it happened is literally stolen off her house. Researching recent and older murders with the same circumstances, she enters a world of misery and anguish felt by the people left behind. Julia grows close to the elusive Jebediah Crone, who appears to be constructing the perfect haunted house: one that is made up of rooms where people have died terrible deaths.
Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (SAW II-IV), ABATTOIR is based on a six-part graphic novel.
BEYOND THE GATES
Some outdated technologies deserve to stay dead. That’s what Gordon and John learn when a visit to their father’s shuttered video store leads to gruesome battle against supernatural forces.
Several months after their estranged father’s disappearance and presumed death, brothers Gordon (Graham Skipper) and John (Chase Williamson) reunite in order to clear out his video store and sell his assets. When they discover an interactive VHS board game locked in the store’s office, the two men, along with Gordon’s girlfriend Margot (Brea Grant) decide to try their luck. As the game progresses, the sinister video hostess (Barbara Crampton, RE-ANIMATOR) offers clues to their father’s fate in exchange for gruesome tasks, leaving the brothers to risk life and limb to save their family.
With a dark, synth-heavy soundtrack and moments of shocking gore, BEYOND THE GATES pays a satisfying homage to lost video classics from the ’80s.
THE EYES OF MY MOTHER
In their secluded farmhouse, a mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, teaches her daughter, Francisca, to understand anatomy and be unfazed by death. One afternoon, a mysterious visitor horrifyingly shatters the idyll of Francisca’s family life, deeply traumatizing the young girl – but also awakening some unique curiosities. Though she clings to her increasingly reticent father, Francisca’s loneliness and scarred nature converge years later when her longing to connect with the world around her takes on a distinctly dark form.
Shot in crisp black and white, the haunting – and at times, disturbing – visual compositions of THE EYES OF MY MOTHER evoke its protagonist’s isolation and illuminate her deeply unbalanced worldview. Genre-inflected, but so strikingly unique as to defy categorization, writer/director Nicolas Pesce’s assured feature debut allows us only an elliptical presence in Francisca’s world, guiding our imaginations to follow her into peculiar, secret places.
THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS
Based on the best-selling novel by Mike Carey, Director Colm McCarthy (PEAKY BLINDERS) helms THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS, which takes place in a dystopian future where an infectious fungus, known as ophiocordyceps unilateralis, has spread across the planet. Most of humanity has succumbed, and its victims have morphed into flesh-eating monsters called “hungries” who have lost their higher brain function.
At an outpost of one of the heavily guarded camps that the surviving humans reside in for protection, scientist Caroline Caldwell studies a group of hungries who have not only retained their mental abilities but are actually of superior intelligence. She believes they hold the cure for the fungus and that they should be dissected for research. Tensions run high as the clash between “old” humans and these arguably more advanced “monsters” deepens.
THE GREASY STRANGLER
Living with his adult son, Brayden, Ronnie runs a disco walking tour by day and stalks the streets of Los Angeles by night. When the sexy and alluring Janet takes the walking tour, it spurs a father-son competition for her attention. The sex-driven Ronnie becomes even more demanding of his son, constantly insisting Brayden prepares him meals swimming in grease. As the rivalry between father and son escalates, so does the mystery behind “The Greasy Strangler” – an oily, slimy maniac who emerges at night to strangle the innocent.
The feature film debut of Jim Hosking (director of the cult short film RENEGADES) and produced by Elijah Wood, THE GREASY STRANGLER is a bizarre, disgusting, offensive and hilariously entertaining genre film.
LET HER OUT
After suffering a traumatic head injury, bike courier Helen (Alanna LaVierge) awakens in the hospital. Experiencing blackouts, hallucinations, strange voices and night terrors, she learns that she has a benign growth in her brain. As the symptoms worsen, the dark visions manifest as a twisted female stranger who haunts Helen during her recovery. Finally buckling under the stress, Helen breaks into manic psychotic episodes that threaten her relationships. She struggles to understand what is happening to her, ultimately discovering a horrifying truth that has followed her throughout her life.
Directed by Cody Calahan and shot by award-winning cinematographer Jeff Maher, LET HER OUT is a beautifully-shot but unsettling foray into the shadowy corners of the mind.
MY FATHER DIE
21 years ago, at age 12, Asher was hit so hard that he became deaf and mute – and his older brother was killed by the nefarious Ivan. Since then, Asher has trained for the day Ivan gets out of prison, fully intending on getting a brutal and bloody revenge for the injuries done to his family. The only catch? His target is also his father.
Violent, sensationally gory and unforgiving in its realism, MY FATHER DIE is a vengeance film for the mature crowd. Directed by Sean Brosnan, son of famous Bond actor Pierce Brosnan, it stars Joe Anderson (THE GREY, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE) and Chester Rushing (STRANGER THINGS). Warning: this film contains disturbing and graphic scenes.
Renee Morgan (Noomi Rapace, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO) is a young mother with severe arachnophobia, to the point that her son must deal with any spider she sees. Their idyllic life is shattered when she is kidnapped and taken to a remote facility, at which she is subjected to terrifying torture: her captors release a large wolf spider on her body. This is all part of a horrifying plan that Renee becomes aware of once she escapes her room and realizes she is not the only person trapped in the building. Scared for her son, she must find her way out and get home before the kidnappers reach him.
SHORTS: Late Shows Program
CURVE – Australia – 10 min – Tim Egan
A woman clings to a smooth, curved surface. She is a few feet below safety and an unknown distance from what is making the strange sounds in the abyss below.
LESHY – Czech Republic – 23 min – Pavel Soukup
A hunter lives with his daughter in the forest that he makes it his mission to protect. When they come face-to-face with a fairy-tale creature, who will become the true ruler of the forest?
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF WILLIE BINGHAM – Australia – 13 min – Matthew Richards
Willie Bingham is the first man to undergo a radical new punishment for capital crime — the real life version of “an eye for an eye” that can only be stopped by the victim’s family.
LAST MEMORY – Spain – 9 min – Juan Luis Moreno Somé
John journeys daily to find food for Laura. Her hunger grows; maybe food is not what she needs…
90 DEGREES NORTH (90 Grad Nord) – Germany – 21 min – Detsky Graffam
It’s a fact: good Germans wait at red traffic lights. But what do you do when the green man simply won’t appear?
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH IT’S KILLING THEM – Canada – 15 min – Joel Ashton McCarthy
Vivian is a lonely serial killer with a passion for math, accounting and killing random people. Enter the heartthrob, Alex.
ANIME – Canada – 14 min – Arnaud Brisebois
Two orphans have been left behind by humanity. They must survive on the scraps of the society they once knew.