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THE BLOODIES 2013




BEST FEATURE: Discopath (Renaud Gauthier & Marie-Claire Lalonde, Producers Renaud Gauthier, Director)

BEST SHORT: Tasha and Friends (Nathan Hawkins, Darren Hutchings, Brad McMillan, Producers Greg Kovacs - Director)

BEST ACTOR: Jeremie Earp-Lavergne - Discopath

BEST ACTRESS: Kayden Rose – Thanatomorphose

BEST DIRECTOR: Karen Lam – Evangeline

BEST SCREENPLAY: Renaud Gauthier – Discopath

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Michael Balfry - Evangeline

BEST SPECIAL FX: David Scherer & Rémy Couture - Thanatomorphose

BEST MUSIC SCORE: Elliot Dawson-Clark – Criminal

BEST POSTER: James Riehl - Tasha and Friends

2013 FULL LINEUP



Friday, November 29th

7:00 pm - EVANGELINE (Dir. Karen Lam) NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Evangeline is a supernatural revenge film written and directed by Karen Lam (THE MEETING- also playing at BITS 2013). Evangeline (Kat De Lieva) has just started college, and excited to leave behind her old sheltered life attracts the attention of sociopathic fraternity leader Michael Konner (Richard Harmon). Beaten and left for dead in the woods, Evangeline is given the ability to walk among the living once more to get revenge on the men who took her life. Loosely based on the short film DOLL PARTS (shown at BITS 2012), EVANGELINE blends brilliant visuals with a dark atmosphere to create a fresh and terrifying take on the revenge genre.

with the short film TO HELL, WITH LOVE (Dir. Gavin Michael Booth)
Dr. Desai (Shawn Baichoo) is desperate to prove the existence of an afterlife. Unfortunately for one feisty prostitute, Cheri (Sarah Booth), his obsession will become her nightmare in a battle for survival.

9:30 pm - THANATOMORPHOSE (Dir. Éric Falardeau) TORONTO PREMIERE
This tale of body horror garnered buzz at Fantasia and won awards for Best Film, Best Director (Éric Falardeau), and Best Actress (Kayden Rose) at Austin’s Horrorcore Film Festival. One day, during a hot Montreal summer, young Laura realizes that her body is slowly rotting away. She struggles to deal with her body’s changes but along with her horror and confusion, she gains a strange sort of power and insight. This is a unique and moving film that conatins grueling physical horror mixed with the claustrophobia and blurred realities of 1960’s-era Polanski. Kayden Rose delivers a ferocious and vulnerable performance as the slowly dying Laura. Her work is complimented by the repulsive make-up effects of Davis Scherer (THEATRE BIZARRE) and Remy Couture (DISCOPATH, also in this year’s fest) who capture Laura’s decomposition and transformation with imagination and eye-popping detail. Fans of transgressive cinema will not want to miss this!

with the short film STREAMER (Dir. Jared Bratt) CANADIAN PREMIERE
After establishing a bubbling connection with the girl of his dreams, a guy realizes that she is in fact already taken by someone else. Beginning to lament on his unfortunate misinterpretation of the entire scenario, the heartbroken tub-dweller soon de-evolves into a state of hysteria; engaged in a confining-battle between himself, reality, and his own crumbling psyche.

11:59 pm - MIDNIGHT OPENING PARTY -- @ Marquis of Granby


Saturday, November 30th

4:00 pm - GHOSTKEEPERS (Dir. Anthony Mann) TORONTO PREMIERE
Kingston-based writer-director Anthony D.P. Mann bring us this briskly-directed, character- based modern take on the haunted house story. Barry (Christian Pawlowski) is a horror uber-fan recording a podcast to commemorate the 25th anniversary of his favourite film, The House Where Evil Was Born. The location of the podcast is Marlowe House, the very place that film was shot and a place whose shadows and rooms now contain the ghosts of its storied and infamous past. In tow are Raike, Barry’s tomboyish sound recordist, Amber, a local medium, and the film’s two stars, Vera Sunset, a former nude model and scream queen and Victor Brimstome, a hammy, former stage star slumming it in genre films (played with brio by Mann himself). As this motley crew settles in, their skepticism gives way to the growing unease around them. They will need to look deep inside themselves if they want to survive the night! Just as in his previous film TERROR OF DRACULA, Mann makes the most of a charming cast and fantastical locations to deliver this thoughtful and exciting spook story!

with the short film A CERTAIN KIND OF MONSTER (Dir. Mike Moring) TORONTO PREMIERE
A young runaway named Beth is rescued from a violent storm by an unusual man named Ben. Soon, she finds herself agreeing to go home with this stranger to wait out the storm. But what begins as a pleasant evening in good company, quickly and unexpectedly becomes a night of unthinkable horror.

7:00 pm - BITS SHORT FILM SHOWCASE:

RUBY’S SECRET (Dir. Kalen Artinian) NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
A young man and woman hit it off at a bar and head back to her apartment. The man soon discovers this “one night stand” is more than he bargained for.

TASHA AND FRIENDS (Dir. Greg Kovacs) WORLD PREMIERE
Local children’s show host, Tasha, decides to shut the show down. Her puppet co-stars, however, want to shut her down...permanently.

DEAD RUSH (Dir. Zachary Ramelan) WORLD PREMIERE
A POV style view of a zombie apocalypse.

THE MEETING (Dir. Karen Lam) TORONTO PREMIERE
In a weekly meet-up, four serial killers confess their sins, hoping for redemption. But all hell breaks loose when a newcomer decides to join in.

OLD SANGUINE (Dir. Paul Neary) TORONTO PREMIERE
The bonds of friendship are tested between a vampire and his oldest human friend.

MR. SPONTANEOUS (Dir. Steven Cerritos) TORONTO PREMIERE
The Mr. Serial Killer series is a examination of the many facets of the titular psychopath. MR. SPONTANEOUS is the second of three (so far) in the series.

SPOOKSLAYERS (Dir. Mike Pereira) WORLD PREMIERE
Three local “ghost-busters” find themselves in over their heads while investigating the mysterious disappearance of a young girl in their neighbourhood.

DEAD ALL NIGHT (Dir. Christopher Giroux) TORONTO PREMIERE
In a post apocalyptic future, some parts of the Country are lawless wastelands, free of government rule. An anarchist lord of the wasteland, known as The Veteran (Kyle William), and his vicious gang of neo-punk-goons have built a doomsday device to end our world forever. The government must reach out to the best and last line of defense... an ex special forces agent, now death-row inmate, Gavin Green (Ryan Barrett), who has to break into the free zone and destroy the device or risk the destruction of the free world.


9:30 pm - CLEAN BREAK (Dir. Tricia Lee) CANADIAN PREMIERE
From director Tricia Lee and writer Corey Brown (creators of SILENT RETREAT) comes a new vision of torture, dementia and mayhem. Tracy is not your average girl. Like most ladies her age, she is determined to find Mr. Right, but the lengths she will go to find and keep him are down- right homicidal. The suburban home of Tracy and her new boyfriend Scott is serene and idyllic but Tracy’s fragile psyche is never far from bubbling over. Tracy must find a way to contend with Scott’s two roommates, one of whom is a womanizer who sees through her immediately. The finale gets very bloody indeed, and as all genre fans know, things never get better when a hammer is involved.

with the short film ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD (Dir. Navin Ramaswaran) CANADIAN PREMIERE
Lindsay Smith (IN THE HOUSE OF FLIES) and Jeff Sinasac (CLUTCH - the series) are a married couple going on a road trip to rekindle their marriage leading to disastrous results. Recent winner of “Best Thriller Short” at Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival (2013).

11:59 pm - BLOOD RIDERS: THE DEVIL RIDES WITH US (Dir. Lari Teräs) WORLD PREMIERE
Four young friends steal a car for kicks and come across a dead body in the trunk. From there, things really start to go crazy with them meeting up with neo-Nazis, gangs, satanic worshipers and even a plan to resurrect Hitler. BLOOD RIDERS: THE DEVIL RIDES WITH US a punk rock mix of comedy, action and adventure all in a road movie.....that hardly takes place on the road! BLOOD RIDERS never takes itself too seriously with its fun and anarchic energy. If you are looking for a crazy midnight ride in the spirit of THE DOOM GENERATION, look no further.

with the short film FODDER (Dir. David Dollard) WORLD PREMIERE
In a post-apocalyptic world, humanities survival lies with Trelas, a secret military research facility. Buried deep underground, Trelas is developing a new weapon against the undead, or is it for the undead? But, just how effective their new efforts are lies with Gloria. Freshly captured, and just as mysterious a figure as her surroundings, she’s about to make the ultimate sacrifice: her flesh and blood.

Sunday, December 1st

4:00 pm CRIMINAL (Dir. Elliot Dawson-Clark) WORLD PREMIERE
In this tightly constructed crime thriller, Innis’s (Ian Dyck) wife (Alicia Kenworthy) is being stalked by a local neighbour that is obsessed with her. Despite pleas to the police, his wife is then raped and murdered in a home invasion. Frustrated by the lack of action by the police, Innis decides to take the law into his own hands and goes on a revenge spree. On the surface the film reads very much like a DEATH WISH but this crime-revenge tale is brimming with its own unique atmosphere and mood. Fans of Nicolas Refn and Michael Mann will especially love this slow burning revenge tale. Elliot Dawson-Clark and his small team have put this this stylish thriller together with next to no budget and it is one of the “hidden gems” of Blood in the Snow 2013.

with the short films JUSTICE (Dir.Karl Janisse) WORLD PREMIERE
A young man struggles with the rape of his close friend by kidnapping the rapist and creating a web video where he calls into question the social qualities and beliefs on justice.

and THE GIRL IN THE ROAD (Dir.Brian W. Lockyer) TORONTO PREMIERE
A man finds a badly injured young girl in the middle of a country road at two in the morning. Before he and his wife can help her the situation gets much worse and all their lives are soon in danger.

7:00 pm DISCOPATH (Dir. Renaud Gauthier) TORONTO PREMIERE
Imagine if you will a serial killer that is driven by a surging desire to kill whenever he hears Disco music. Now place the film in 1970’s Montreal! Duane is a disturbed young man who is haunted by a tragic past. He discovers one night in a New York disco that he must act on his buried homicidal tendencies whenever the pulsating sounds of Disco surround him. Years later, after fleeing to Montreal, Duane is caught up yet again in the disco beat. DISCOPATH is a deranged, demented and brilliant homage to the slasher and grindhouse pics of the late 70’s early 80’s and uses a style of shooting similar to the Rodriguez/Tarantino throwback film GRINDHOUSE. The film wears it influences front and center as it carries shades of the original Willam Lustig directed MANIAC and overtones of the soon to be re-issued in theaters 1984 classic SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT. Add in the excellent gore effects from renowned Montreal based FX man Remy Couture and a killer soundtrack, Discopath is an amazingly disturbing film your likely not to forget for a very long time.

with the short film LIVELY (Dir. Jay Clarke) WORLD PREMIERE
While looking after a precocious young boy, Amy (Ali Chappell) learns that a vicious serial killer named Daniel Lively (Ryan Barrett) has escaped from a nearby prison in this “babysitter in peril” tale from writer/director Jay Clarke.

9:30 pm CLOSING NIGHT PARTY & AWARDS -- @ Marquis of Granby

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