Kryptic

Kryptic (2024)

Kryptic had its World Première at the SXSW 2024 “It means the study of the hidden,” says tour guide Cooper (Ryan Beil) near the beginning of Kourtney Roy’s feature debut Kryptic, written by Paul Bromley. Cooper is explaining to his group – the Cedar Springs Women’s Walking Club – what cryptozoology is, as he tells…

Lovely, Dark, and Deep

Lovely, Dark, and Deep (2023) at Fantasia

Lovely, Dark, and Deep had its world première at Fantasia 2023 “Into the forest I go, to lose my mind, and find my soul” goes the text quote from John Muir with which Lovely, Dark, and Deep opens. Sure enough, this feature debut from writer/director Teresa Sutherland, who previously scripted Emma Tammi’s The Wind (2018),…

The Unheard

The Unheard (2023)

The Unheard begins with noise, and then silence.  The noise is both auditory and visual in nature, as an old family video plays with its staticky images jumping and skipping and the audio track loudly distorting. A mother and child can be seen, both inside and outdoors, and a voice can be heard calling ‘Mommy’…

Storonniy

Stranger (Storonniy) (2019)

Stranger (Storonniy) opens with two discrete sets of text (and closes with a third). The first is a quote (“…I know always that I am an outsider; a stranger in this century and among those who are still men…”) from that celebrated author of ‘weird fiction’ and cosmic horror, H.P. Lovecraft. The second offers bare statistics…

Universe

The Darkest Universe (2016)

“Things don’t happen that cannot be explained, but I think things do happen that aren’t explained,” suggests Charlie Clark (Raph Shirley) in The Darkest Universe. “We do need to prepare ourselves for perhaps never having an explanation.” “You’re cushioned”, responds Zac Pratt (Will Sharpe), “by your background, which is that you’re an astrophysicist, and tied…