Montreal Comiccon HorrorFest: First Wave Of Fright Films


Directed by: Scott Schirmer
Produced by: Leya Taylor & Damien Wesner
Starring: Gavin Brown, Ethan Philbeck, Phyllis Munro, Louie Lawless, Alex Kogin
Running Time: 103 min
Country: USA
Year: 2012

Marty is the ideal fifth grader. He gets good grades, listens to his teachers, and doesn’t start trouble in class. But darkness is beginning to fall over Marty’s life. The kids at school won’t stop picking on him, his parents just don’t seem to understand him, and now Marty must grapple with a terrible secret that threatens to destroy life as he knows it – his big brother is a serial killer! Brotherly love is put to the ultimate test in this emotional coming-of-age story that descends into full-blown horror.

Harsh Light of Day

Directed by: Oliver S. Milburn
Produced by: Emma Biggins
Starring: Dan Richardson, Giles Alderson, Sophie Linfield, Paul Jaques, Nikki Felstead
Running Time: 79 min
Country: UK
Year: 2012

If everything you love is gone, what else have you to lose?

In a brutal, seemingly random attack, Daniel Shergold’s life falls apart. His wife Maria is murdered, his spine is broken, and when the night is over a life of loneliness and disability begins. The intrusion of breezy home carer Fiona provides company, but fails to let any light into his world. Only the arrival of enigmatic stranger Infunari can do that – but it is from a dark place that he comes.

Infunari offers Daniel something he hadn’t dared hope for, something that shouldn’t even be possible. He will help him walk, help him search, help him find vengeance. All this, but at one hell of a price… We find strength in the darkest of places.

In the Houses of Flies

Directed by: Gabriel Carrer
Produced by: Gabriel Carrer, Chad Archibald, Dave McLeod
Starring: Henry Rollins, Ryan Barrett, Lindsay Smith, Ryan Kotack
Running Time: 89 min
Country: Canada
Year: 2012

In the House of Flies tells the story of young lovers whose lives are inadvertently changed forever. An innocent couple, Heather (Lindsay Smith) and Steve (Ryan Kotack) suddenly find themselves abducted. By whom? For what purpose? Alone, isolated and locked in an undisclosed, suburban basement, Heather and Steve find themselves pawns in a psychological mind-game with their diabolical hosts.

Surrounded by several mysterious and locked suitcases – each containing valuable clues to their very own survival – Heather and Steve must exploit what remains of their bruised intellect and depleting sanity to escape the authority of their unidentified and brutal abductors (Ryan Barrett). From this day forward, summer was never the same.

Last Kind Words

Directed by: Kevin Barker
Produced by: Duane Andersen
Starring: Brad Dourif, Spencer Daniels, Alexia Fast, Sarah Steele, Marianne Hagan
Running Time: 87 min
Country: USA
Year: 2012

17-year-old Eli (Spencer Daniels, Star Trek) has just moved with his family deep into the backwoods of Kentucky to work on the isolated farm of a local recluse (Brad Dourif, Halloween I & II). Inexplicably drawn into the strange forest that lies beyond the farm, Eli encounters the beautiful, sweet, and mysterious Amanda (Alexia Fast, Jack Reacher) – seemingly the perfect girl. But with the discovery of decaying bodies hanging from the trees, he realizes that the forest, and Amanda, are harboring some very dark secrets. Suddenly, Eli is living in a waking nightmare where the lines between life and death are scrawled in blood, and there is no escaping the terror from beyond the grave.

My Fair Zombie

Directed by: Brett Kelly
Produced by: Anne-Marie Frigon
Starring: Sacha Gabriel, Lawrence Evenchick, Barry Caiger
Running Time: 85 min
Country: Canada
Year: 2013

A professor of phonetics wagers that he can train a zombie woman to become a proper lady. A musical zombie-comedy film based on Pygmalion.

Portrait of a Zombie

Directed by: Bing Bailey
Produced by: Bing Bailey, Laura Morand Bailey
Starring: Patrick Murphy, Geraldine McAlinden, Rory Mullen, Todd Fletcher, Paul O’Bryan
Running Time: 85 min
Country: Ireland
Year: 2012

A working class Irish family is caught up in a zombie invasion of Dublin, Ireland. When son Billy becomes a zombie, the family chooses to take care of him in the home much to the chagrin of the neighbors and local crime boss. Meanwhile, they have invited an American documentary filmmaker to film their situation and the crew is caught up in the mayhem. Will the family prove that blood is thicker than water or will their love lead to their eventual doom? One thing is clear, for the zombies in Ireland, the famine is definitely over.

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