The Witch 2: The Other One [Fantasia Festival ’22 Review]

The Witch 2: The Other One (also known as The Witch: Part 2. The Other One) playing at Fantasia Festival, expands on the story in the first film and adds more of the fight sequences that shocked viewers. Written and directed by Park Hoon-jung the film adds a new overpowered girl to the mix. But the girl (Shin Sia) does not need her hands to deliver a beatdown that her opponent’s ancestors feel. Adding onto the story that riveted audiences with more comedy, booming action, and world expansion, The Witch 2: The Other One surpasses the first film in many ways. 

The Night House [Fantasia Review]

The Night House, directed by David Bruckner, written by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski, played at Fantasia International Film Festival and stars Rebecca Hall as Beth, dealing with the loss of her husband, Owen (Evan Jonigkeit). The film does a fantastic job of using the environment as a threatening, insidious presence via optics. Rebecca Hall plays the grief-stricken widow well, and the atmosphere leaves audiences senses dialed to eleven. The tension builds through unnerving sound effects with arresting yet chilling optics and a heroine we sympathize and cheer on. The only issue I had as a horror fan is it wasn’t scary enough.

Don’t Say Its Name: Horror In A World Rarely Seen—Fantasia Review

Don’t Say Its Name, directed by Reuben Martell and written by Reuben Martell and Gerald Wexler, played at Fantasia Film Festival. The film follows a small Indigenous community at odds about a mining company, WEC, drilling on tribal land. When an activist dies in an unsolved hit-and-run, and WEC starts their work, mysterious murders follow. It’s up to local peace officer Mary Stonechild (Madison Walsh) and Park Ranger Stacey Cole (Sera-Lys McArthur) to stop whoever or whatever is wreaking havoc in the community. Don’t Say Its Name shows us horror through the tales and culture of the Indigenous community. It’s a unique horror lens, and the story, execution feel like Wolfen meets Predator.