Thursday, May 11, 2017

Galaxy of Horrors and Nine Tales of Terror: A Film Review

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Directors: Dennis Cabella, Javier Chillon, Todd Cobery, Andrew Desmond, Benni Diez, Marcello Ercole, Richard Karpala, Justin McConnell, Antonio Padovan, Fabio Prati, Ethan Shaftel and Marinko Spahic.

Writers: Dennis Cabella, Javier Chillon, Todd Cobery, Andrew Desmond, Dolores Diaz, Benni Diez, Marcello Ercole, Jean Philippe Ferré, Justin McConnell, Antonio Padovan, Fabio Prati, Ethan Shaftel and Marinko Spahic.

Galaxy of Horrors is the latest horror anthology release. The DVD release hosts nine short films, hand-picked from the Little Terrors Festival. This horror festival, based in Toronto, brings the best short films to screens, from around the world. Their latest selection has brought films from Italy, Spain and other territories to the big screen. Now, their best has been put to DVD, with help from horror magazine Rue Morgue and distributor IndieCan Entertainment. The best shorts, from the DVD, will be talked about in this review and they include: "They Will All Die in Space," Justin McConnell's wraparound, "Iris" and "Pathos. These shorts and a couple more made Galaxy of Horrors an entertaining watch.

"They Will All Die in Space" was this viewer's fourth favourite. The film, shot in black and white, is a Spanish entry. The film deals with a crippled spaceship and one crew's desperate attempt to stay alive. Unfortunately for some, many of the ship's crew reside in a cryogenic sleep, but, their sleep might be forever. "They Will All Die in Space" develops one very disturbing worst-case-scenario.

This film fan also liked Justin McConnell's wraparound segment. This short film, which begins and ends the anthology, deals with a trapped man, in space. He is being tormented by a computer and a password protected life support system. His guesses run through the entire anthology, with events taking a more and more dire turn. Oxygen only lasts so long in space. And, this wraparound offered some of the only dark comedy, in the anthology.

"Iris" was this person's second favourite short, from the DVD. This story begins with a killer. His phone is monitoring and recording all of his murderous activities and it is morally judging him. Iris (Siri spelt backwards) takes matters into her own hands, by sabotaging the killer's plans. And, cliff diving, without water, is always a bad time. This short covers the dangers of being constantly monitored, by electronic devices, a speciality of the US Government's NSA department.

This horror film fan enjoyed Italy's "Pathos," the most. Developed by a trio of directors (Dennis Cabella, Marcello Ercole & Fabio Prati), the writing envisions a true Hellscape. In the future, the environment has degraded to such an extent that survivors are born into steel prisons. Here, they must work to pay off an ever growing list of bills. Otherwise, the subjects' senses are turned off, one by one. This is a true dystopia, which begs the question - would you even want to survive in this nightmare? Each viewer will have their own answer, to this difficult question.

Galaxy of Horrors just released on DVD, in early May of 2017. These shorts have been picked from the best of the Little Terrors Festival. Each short in this anthology covers the genres of horror and sci-fi. Together, these two genres have created a vast space for filmmakers to experiment in. While one or two experiments were less than ideal, there are a number of quality shorts, within Galaxy of Horrors. Fans of horror anthologies are encouraged to pick up a copy of this mix of film shorts. And, there is more to come from the Little Terrors Festival, with future showings occurring almost monthly. In the meantime, you can watch the latest in dystopic fiction, with Galaxy of Horrors, determined to draw you into the deadly depths of space.

Overall: 7.25 out of 10.

More on the Little Terrors Festival: The Little Terrors Festival Homepage

The full short "Pathos" is here, from Illusion: "Pathos" Full Film on Youtube

Another anthology from Indiecan Entertainment:




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