Sunday, August 3, 2014

Ejecta (2014) Fantasia Fest 2014

Directors Chad Archibald and Matt Wiele have made a real deal scary film of potential alien invasion. They have made a film that manages to put it's partial found footage to good use. They have also made a film that had me trying to figure out how to get word out about the film and still maintain the embargo placed on reviews.

The film has a twin structure both focused on Julian Richings as UFO theorist William Cassidy. In part of the film Cassidy is talking to a filmmaker about himself, the thing inside him and the way things really are and in another part Cassidy is being tortured by the black ops government agency who wants to know what happened 12 hours earlier.

A scary creepy and frequently disturbing film this is a one where all of the elements come together... or mostly come together. (The only flaw is some of the torture sequences seem a tad staged). This is a film that grabs you and drags you along toward a conclusion that manages to get a rise out of you even if you may have guessed what it was going to be.

That the film works as well as it does is simply due to Julian Richings as Cassidy. To say that this is one of the best performances of the year is a gross understatement. I'd put it as one of the best performances of many years and one of the best in a genre film I've ever seen. If Richings wasn't so good this film would never have worked. Forget the scares or any thing else Riching's performance alone is worth the price of admission and several repeated admissions.

I a loved this film a great deal and as of the time I saw it it's easily near the top of the best films at this year's Fantasia.

Go see this film

The film world premieres tonight at Fantasia. For more information on the film see the films festival web page.

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