Movie reviews: “Cult Hero” and “The Breach” (Fantasia)


cult hero

Canadian horror comedy cult hero finds Dale Domazar (Ry Barrett of The Chamber of Terror) living off the grid a few years after an episode of his series featured him leading several cult members to suicide. It’s hard to tell if his mannerisms are an affectation based on his favorite action heroes of old or if he really lives his schtick. When Kallie (Liv Collins of creeping nation) begins to suspect that the male retreat she dropped off her beta-male husband Brad (Justin Bott) at might actually be a suicidal cult, she contacts Domazar, who views the paid gig as her potential comeback for a second series of her cult breaker program. Director Jesse Thomas Cook, whose previous works include Ball Monster, Executorsand The treasure, offers a fun and wacky feature that delivers lots of laughs along with awesome gore action and effects. Collins steals the show with his energetic portrayal of a Type-A personality, and Barrett creates a goofy character that parodies the aforementioned action hero style. cult hero won’t win any awards for great satire or intellectual humor, but that’s not it. If you’re in the mood for fun, the film offers plenty of laughs and grunt.

The violation

sci-fi/horror movie The violationthe latest from director Rodrigo Gudiño (The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh and the founding editor and publisher of Morgue street magazine), is a wild ride that features solid performances, great practical effects, and an intriguing story. John Hawkins, Lone Crow Police Chief (Allan Hawco, The child stays) is in his final days before changing jobs in the city. Like luck would have it in a horror movie, he becomes embroiled in a case that begins with a mangled body floating in a canoe and takes him to a house so far away he must have a river guide and an ex. -girlfriend Meg (Emily Alatalo, Spare parts) take him there, with the local coroner and Meg’s boyfriend in front of him, Jake (Wesley French) in tow. The former lovers’ triangle creates a nice dramatic tension as they try to figure out what happened with the house’s former tenant, theoretical physicist Cole Parsons (Adam Kenneth Wilson, Alien Mysteries), who had a young daughter who was reported missing in the past. The cast members all give engaging turns, including Natalie Brown (dawn of the dead) as the equally confused wife of Parson, Linda and Mary Antonini as Deputy Parks. Former Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson makes cameos as a conspiracy theorist, and to further the film’s rock music references, Slash of Guns N’ Roses provides an intriguing score. This Canadian chill swings for the fences as it mixes science with the supernatural, providing plenty of suspense and mystery before delivering its gruesome third act. Some of the elements may be familiar to scare buffs, but Gudiño, working from a script by Ian Weir based on Nick Cutter’s source audio novel, offers plenty to enjoy.

Cult Heroes and the Breach screen as part of Fantasia, which takes place in Montreal from July 14 to August 3, 2022. For more information, visit https://fantasiafestival.com/en/.

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