[Fantasia Fest 2021] ALIEN ON STAGE Review: A Heartfelt Journey from the Little League to the Big Time

By: Emily von Seele

Alien On Stage

There is insurmountable joy to be found in stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. They don’t have to be earth-shattering, heroic deeds. Sometimes they are small and sometimes they are what the outside world might call “silly.” But to the people doing them, they are everything. A mountain that has been scaled. A monster that has been defeated. Sometimes just having a dream and seeing it brought to fruition can be the most exciting feeling of one’s life. And for those of us who get to watch, it is so thrilling to experience this high vicariously.

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[Fantasia Fest 2021] THE LAST THING MARY SAW Review: A Haunting Period Horror Film

By: Emily von Seele

The Last Thing Mary Saw

In The Last Thing Mary Saw, the shadow of religion looms large, and living beneath it is almost suffocating. Set in rural New York in the 1840s, Mary (Stefanie Scott) is part of a well-off Calvinist family. Religion is an integral part of her life, providing a rigid set of rules by which she must abide. Her family demands nothing short of obedience, both to them and the Church. There is little room within this space for personal satisfaction or growth.

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[Fantasia Fest 2021] AGNES Review: Mickey Reece Delivers a Beautiful Tale About Questioning Faith

By: Emily von Seele

Agnes

There is something truly fascinating about Mickey Reece’s brand of storytelling. Much like Climate Of The Hunter, Agnes is a film that doesn’t broadcast where it is headed and takes the audience on a fascinating and unexpected journey. It’s supernatural in ways, yet very grounded in others. It’s a quiet story, populated by characters who are struggling with uncertainty and questions of faith.

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Dead Ringers Episode 43: FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2 + THE BURNING

Nolan is joined by Paul Farrell, Thomas Foster, and Philip Yount — as well as special guest Scott Drebit from Daily Dead — to discuss Steve Miner’s Friday The 13th Part 2 (1981) and Tony Maylam’s The Burning (1981). The crew catch up on the Fear Street trilogy before being stalked and slashed by campfire tales-come-to-life from a previous generation.

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