[eltdf_highlight background_color=”” color=””]O[/eltdf_highlight]ne of the festival’s signature programs returns from the grave, a favorite for lovers of horror cinema. The night, the shadows, the humming of the cicadas and the whistling of the wind that comes from the invisible horizon creates the perfect atmosphere to be frightened and to tremble with the screening of two films from our Spotlight Country, Canada, whose filmography has helped establish what is considered a new horror genre, closer to physical repulsion than to a simple jump scare that is typical Hollywood horror. Tonight, two iconic Canadian horror films will be screened, led by two legends of the genre: David Cronenberg and John Fawcett.
The Brood tells the story of a psychiatrist who invents a special therapy to treat psychopaths by somatizing the patient’s mental disorders, resulting in catastrophic consequences when he loses control of one of his patients. The film was a surprise hit in the film scene of his time, and it put director David Cronenberg on the map as an innovative director who was not afraid to break ground or disturb the viewer. Over time, Cronenberg would make many classic Canadian films such as The Fly, Videodrome, Scanners, Naked Lunch, eXistenZ, Dead Ringers, A History of Violence, Eastern Promises and Cosmopolis, becoming Canada’s most famous cult director.
John Fawcett is currently recognized for directing episodes of famous series such as Xena: Warrior Princess, Queer as Folk, The Bridge and Orphan Black (which he co-created), but began his career with the thriller The Boys Club and the horror film Ginger Snaps, a failure at the box office that eventually became a cult classic. Fawcett wanted to make a horrible metamorphosis that would recall Cronenberg’s transformations, using lycanthropy as a metaphor for puberty, while incorporating black humor. The result was a film that won praise from critics and a place in the heart of moviegoers.
We advise you to leave the daily lethargy, the home cloister, and drag your skeleton to cross the threshold of the cemetery and surrender to the horror with this chilling double feature. Don’t forget to arrive early, because Movies with Mummy attracts a great amount of souls ready for a frightening experience.