Sunday, January 16, 2011

Several Horror and Thriller Films Showing at the 2011 Victoria Film Festival Beginning February 4th

This year Victoria, British Columbia will host several horror and thriller films. This year's festival begins February 4th with an opening event, which is inclusive and open to the public. The VFF ends a week later, February 13, with awards being announced this day. In the middle are over 150 film showings of various genres. So, take an early look at several Canadian and international films that bring the most gruesome and terrifying to this small town. Details on half a dozen tense films are below.


Showing: February 5th and 7th.

Director/writer: Michael Henry.

The synopsis for Blame is here:

"A film about a group of young vigilantes seeking revenge for a sexual betrayal. However, when the truth is out they find themselves on the dark side of justice" (VFF).

Les Petits Mouchoirs aka Little White Lies

Showing: February 12th.

Director/writer: Guillame Canet.

The plot for Little White Lies is here:

"Every year, Max, a successful restaurant owner, and Véro, his eco-friendly wife, invite a merry group of friends to their beautiful beach house to celebrate Antoine's birthday and kick-start the vacation. But this year, before they all leave Paris, their buddy Ludo is hurt in a serious accident, which sets off a dramatic chain of reactions and emotional responses" (VFF).

Le Poil de la Bete aka The Hair of the Beast

Showing: February 9th and 12th.

Director: Phillipe Gagnon.

Writers: Stephane J. Bureau, and Pierre Daudelin.

The synopsis for Le Poil de la Bete:

"Takes place in 1665 in New France at a time when a part of Canada was colonialized by France. Joseph Côté escapes from a prison in order to avoid death by hanging. Moreover, while some colonial soldiers are chasing him, Joseph takes the identity of a Jesuit and hides in the seigneury of Beaufort where most men are waiting for daughters of the king." (French women who were sent to Canada in order to find a husband.)

At night, Joseph finds out that there are werewolves that terrorize the village. Besides, things get complicated when he falls in love with Marie Labotte, a 'daughter of the king' that no one wants to marry. All in all, by simply trying to protect his life and Marie's, Joseph will end up fighting against the werewolves" (VFF).

Survival of the Dead

*Attendance of George A. Romero at this showing.

Showing: February 5th.

Director/writer: George A. Romero.

The film's plotline:

"Existence on Plum Island is a nightmarish world where humans are the minority and zombies rule" (VFF).

The Bone Man

Showing: February 6th and 9th.

Director: Wolfgang Murnberger.

Writers: Wolf Haas, Wolfgang Murnberger, and Josef Hader.

The synopsis for the film is here:

"Once again, something has happened... A man by the name of Horvath has vanished, and the only clue leads to the Löschenkohl Restaurant, a well-known country inn which specialises in roast chicken. And it would be most unlike Brenner if the bone-grinding machine in the cellar of the restaurant didn‘t present him with a few additional mysteries" (VFF).

The Shrine

Showing: February 6th.

Director: Jon Knautz.

Writers: Jon Knautz, Trevor Matthews, and Brendan Moore.

The Shrine's synopsis:

"After a young American backpacker goes missing in Europe, a group of journalists link his disappearance to a remote village in Poland. They travel there hoping to get the story, and unravel the secrets behind this mysterious village. Forced into the gruesome reality of true survival horror, the journalists soon discover that this village hides a much darker secret than they could ever imagine" (VFF).

More films showing at the Victoria Film Festival can be found here:

Announced Films for 2011's Victoria Film Festival

Most of these films are not available for home entertainment. These Canadian horror films are:

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