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About Ali...oops

Ali is a co-editor for The Blood Theatre and is also a contributing writer for www.geekchicelite.com and she enjoys many things.

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Terror Train (1980)

1980 / d. Roger Spottiswoode
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All aboard this classic slasher thrill ride! Jamie Lee Curtis stars in what has previously been referred to as Halloween on Wheels, though I don’t fully agree with that statement. This feels more like a Pledge Night, Hell Night, sorority/frat style slasher to me.  A college prank gone wrong results in revenge four years later, when the original culprits board a party train for an early grad celebration. The film also features David Copperfield doing a lot of awesome magic, as well as some pretty bitchin’ masks! Definitely check it out if you haven’t seen it, disco never dies!

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American Mary (2012)

Written & Directed by: Jen & Sylvia Soska (Dead Hooker in a Trunk)
Produced by: Twisted Twins Productions
Starring: Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps, Freddy vs. Jason)
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This film is, by far, one of the more truly creative and impressive films to be classified as horror in the last few years. It is difficult to come across a new film and walk away from it without saying “been there done that”, but let me assure you, you have not been here, and you have not done this.

I am at a loss for how to describe this film without giving it away, but one word comes to mind: unique. This film is about passion, finding your true self and expressing it un-apologetically; of course there is also violence and gore, rage and revenge, and everything required to be categorized in the horror section; but it is much more than a just horror film. The Soska sisters have said that they wanted to make a film that is undefinable, and I believe they have done just that. It is beautiful to watch, perfectly executed, and very well paced — and being a low budget independent production, that is extremely difficult to achieve. It truly is an empowering film.

The humor, ambition, dedication, emptiness, loss, violence, sarcasm and passion for her craft that Katharine Isabelle displays is something we can all relate to. It’s human nature. They’ve allowed us to feel connected to the character rather than making her inaccessible; masked and banned to the shadows. I was particularly taken by the performances of Tristan Risk and Twan Holiday. Many people see the culture this film explores as bizarre and in some ways terrifying, but within it are truly beautiful human beings, and Tristan and Twan nailed it!

I have definitely written this review with my serious face on, so let me assure you that in addition to being a powerful work of art, this film is also just fucking awesome.

As someone who refers to Audition as the perfect date movie, I have to agree with the Soska sisters that American Mary is definitely a romantic comedy. I look forward to what Twisted Twins have in store for us in the future, and hope they continue in their efforts to re-define the term “chick flick”.

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Sinister Cinema – May 9

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A film by Rodrigo Gudino
The second release in the Sinister Cinema series
Sinister Cinema brings the best in genre horror to the Canadian big screen

Raven Banner Entertainment and Cineplex Front Row Centre Events presents The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh, a film by Rodrigo Gudino, the 2nd film in the new horror series, Sinister Cinema, hitting theatres nationwide on May 9

Written and directed by Rodrigo Gudiño, Rue Morgue Magazine’s founder and publisher, The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh stars AARON POOLE (The Samaritan, Copper, The Conspiracy), alongside Academy-Award® winner VANESSA REDGRAVE (Mission: Impossible, Coriolanus), JULIAN RICHINGS (X-Men 3: The Last Stand, Supernatural), STEPHEN ERIC McINTYRE (High Life, Fear X), Genie Award winning star CHARLOTTE SULLIVAN (Population 436, Defendor) and cult television icon MITCH MARKOWITZ (The Hilarious House of Frightenstein). The film also features an original score by world beat superstar MERCAN DEDE (Kingdom of HeavenPassion of the Christ) and effects work by ANTHONY SCOTT BURNS (MTV, Paul Van Dyk’s Evolution) and MARCUS ALQUIERES (The Adventures of TintinRise of the Planet of the Apes). The film was produced by MARCO PECOTA (The Facts In the Case of Mister Hollow) for Rue Morgue Cinema, made possible with the participation of TELEFILM CANADA.

“Magnificent. A whole new direction in which to take the narrative experience in filmmaking.” Clive Barker

“Relentlessly chilling.”- Ain’t It Cool News

“The horror community needs more films like this.” Bloody Good Horror

“Pushes all the right buttons.”  – Playback

“Reaches heights rarely attained in contemporary horror.” Dread Central

An official selection of over 30 international film festivals, The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh tells the story of Leon (Poole), an antiques collector who inherits a house from his estranged mother (Redgrave), only to discover that she had been living in a shrine devoted to a mysterious cult.  Soon, he comes to suspect his mother’s oppressive spirit still lingers within her home and is using items in the house to contact him with an urgent message.

The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh won the Best Film Prize at the South African HorrorFest, the Audience Jury Prize at the Siena International Film Festival, Special Prize winner at the Morbido Film festival and took home the Best Cinematography award at the Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre Film Festival.  The film was named Best of 2012 by Dread Central and Top of 2012 by Blueprint Review, Zombiehamster and The Mind Reels.

 Tickets are available now at participating theatre box offices and online at cineplex.com/events.