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New to Cinetalk’s pages is the local short film festival, SPASM. Montreal loves Halloween and also loves scary movies. If this speaks to your taste, this is the event for you! From October 20th through the 31st, there will be online and in-person showings. The shorts are not to be missed, but there are also nightly feature length screenings of the contemporary as well as cult classic ilk.

Local and international horror filmmakers share the spotlight for gore, thrills, boos, and even a bit of comedy thrown in for good measure. And if you need somewhere to show off your costume, there’s even a Hallow’s Eve party.

 

Cinetalk has cited Mario Bava’s Blood and Black Lace (1964) a few times in the past, but we have never given any sort of overview of the giallo classic. If you’ve never seen it, there’s no time like the present! Reds on blues, pinks and purples – the lighting and creative use of colored gels is iconic. It shows exactly how influential Bava was on the entire horror-suspense genre. He was certainly a maestro from whom Dario Argento learned a thing or two. Though Argento is often referenced for his use of colored light, he was definitely not the inventor of the style. But Bava, in turn may have taken some cues from Alfred Hitchcock. There are indoor sequences in Blood and Black Lace that even resemble North by Northwest (Hitchcock, 1959). A must-see even if some reviewers have mentioned wooden acting.

With a more modern take on slasher flicks, along comes Bodies Bodies Bodies. It’s hard to tell if director Halina Reijn is being serious, or if tongue-in-cheek is the angle she was going for. To an older audience it would appear to be the latter. However, it might be interesting to learn what a Zoomer viewer would think. Perhaps the plot presents itself in a way that is too realistic for the generation they were born into.

Generational context and stereotypes aside, we meet a group of spoiled rich kids. They do spoiled rich kid things, like frolic in the in-ground pool, scroll their cellphones, get drunk, use psychedelics and cocaine. On the night of an expected hurricane, the friends throw a party. Soon, an adult version of hide-and-seek begins, and this is where everyone’s true colors come out. And a bit of blood. For theatrical or strategically comical  effect.

 

If you enjoy a bit more ha-ha’s in your horror, the short Something Doesn’t Feel Right (Fergal Costello) follows a has-been serial killer who tries to amuse himself in new ways. But his victims get on his sensitive side and things go a little differently than planned.

In Sushi Noh (Jayden Rathsam Hua), things also go awry. The zany and gross short incorporates creative editing and lighting,  At times it’s hard to tell what’s real and what stems from a scared young girl’s nightmares. Either way, her uncle is kind of a jerk and maybe he shouldn’t have purchased an automatic sushi-making device.

 

Don’t miss SPASM‘s week of freaks and frights!

Something Doesn’t Feel Right  and Sushi Noh – and October 28th, 2022 at 9:30 PM.

Bodies Bodies Bodies – October 29th, 2022 at 9:30 PM.

Blood and Black Lace – October 30th, 2022 at 9 PM.

https://www.spasm.ca/ for location, ticketing details and a TON more films!

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