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Winter is coming and for horror fans in
Toronto, this means a chance to see some of the best in contemporary Canadian
horror. From November 30th to December 2nd the first Blood in the Snow Canadian
Film Festival is on at The Projection Booth East (1035 Gerrard St East)! The Canadian indie horror scene is entering a renaissance
period and this festival hopes to document it and give wider audiences a chance
to see the groundbreaking work being produced in this country.
We want to help audiences decide what to
see (if they can’t see everything!), so in the days to come check this space
for previews of the films in the festival.
BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW is a surreal
sci-fi thriller from Vancouver director Panos Cosmatos. It’s a film that is
more about delivering sensation and imagery than narrative, although there is
plenty of that to reward the astute viewer. BTBR tells the story of Elena (Eva
Allan), a young resident/captive of a retro-futuristic hippie commune committed
to better living through mind-altering chemistry. Supervised by the seriously
creepy Dr. Barry Niles (Michael Rogers) and living in a semi-lucid state, she
eventually attempts to escape and discover the world beyond the walls of the sterile,
menacing Arboria Institute.
This movie is a serious trip. Set in this
strange alternate 1983 and featuring an incredible, pulsing, throbbing
soundtrack that perfectly suits the psychedelic environment, BEYOND THE BLACK
RAINBOW is a true cinematic experience. You can appreciate it completely on
that level, or you can dive a bit deeper and get into the tale of how the
hippie dream descended into a nightmare. In that famous summer of love in 1969,
they thought they would change the world around them. As the prospects for a
global change in consciousness diminished into the grim era of Nixon, the
hippies turned inward and retreated into the mind. Timothy Leary’s mantra “Turn
on, tune in and drop out” became literal as the failed revolutionaries sought
new meaning. Unable to change the world around them to their liking, they
decided to build their own worlds in isolated communes and also in their own
minds, heavily assisted by the latest psychedelic drugs.
BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW takes this turn to
solipsism to an extreme, but inevitable, conclusion: isolation, disconnection,
decadence and finally, a descent into madness.
Panos Cosmatos has given us a cerebral and
intense experience which engages all senses. See this unique piece of cinema
for yourself as part of the Blood in the Snow festival Friday November 30th at
9:30 p.m.. Love it or hate it, you will not soon forget the masterful
psychedelic landscape presented on the big screen.
BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW plays with surreal
short, ROACHFAR, a story of an old mans’ descent into insanity due to a strange
and crippling disease. This looks like a pretty twisted piece of business and a
good companion to BTBR.
For more details, including tickets and showtimes head to The Projection Booth. You can check out Fango's theatrical review of BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW here.
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