Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Smets Screens Scary Cinema at CFF!

Christopher Ware Smets - the pulp screenwriter of THE MAD and DEAD MARY (co-writer on both) sent me an email announcing both films are soon to be seen at the Canadian Filmmakers Festival near you (if you live in the greater Toronto, Ontario area). From his email:

I'm proud to announce that two of the horror flicks I had a hand in writing last year are screening at this year's CFF, which takes place the weekend of March 22-25th.

OPENING NIGHT -- WORLD PREMIERE -- THE MAD! (Thursday, March 22nd, VarsityTheatre, 8:00 pm) a deranged horror comedy starring Billy Zane, MaggieCastle, Shauna MacDonald, and Jordan Madley (and with a name like that, howcould she not be in the flick?). Written by Kevin Hennelly, myself, andJohnny Kalangis. Directed by Johnny Kalangis.
It's the festival's gala opener, and it's a lot of fun. It's also a perfect audience movie, so get your tickets early. I only wish it was playing at midnight.

You can watch the trailer and read more about the film here:

Then, you can enjoy an entirely different take on a vacation gone wrong...

SATURDAY NIGHT -- CANADIAN PREMIERE -- DEAD MARY! (Saturday, March 24th,Carlton Cinema, 9:50 pm)
Fresh from Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors in Chicago is DEAD MARY. It's a moodier, scarier take on the genre, and stars Dominique Swain, Marie-JoseeColburn, Maggie Castle (again!), Jefferson Brown, Michael Majeski, StevenMcCarthy and Reagan Pasternak.

Dead Mary's already gotten some good press in the States, including this review in Fangoria that'll help manageexpectations quite nicely:

I share credit with original scripter Peter Sheldrick. It's directed and produced by Robert Wilson. And thankfully, this one's playing a littlecloser to midnight.

I'd also like to take this opportunity to draw your attention to some other fine films. All were directed, written, produced by and/or star talented folks that I've been lucky enough to meet through the CFF:
  • Grocery Mishap & Run Robot Run! (Friday, March 23rd, 8:00 PM, CarltonCinema)By Charlie Walker (screening as part of Shorts Programme #1, Saturday, March24th, 12:00 pm, Carlton Cinema)
  • Dogasaur and Santa Croce (both screening as part of Shorts Programme #3, Sunday, March 25th, 12:00 pm, Carlton Cinema)
  • Most Likely To (Sunday, March 25th, 7:30 pm, Carlton Cinema)
Come on out and support some great young talent! Oh, and see people die creatively, too.



Colin said...

too bad they aren't promoting it... as a genre film guy around town and programmer for the Toronto International Film Fest, this is the first I have heard of it... too bad since I just sent out my email bulletin that goes out to 700 emails of hungry genre film fans in Toronto and then there is also the Rue Morgue magazine folks. And the cinema they are using seats around 75 only...

Cunningham said...

J -

I forwarded your post to Chris. Perhaps you and your fellow Torontonians can see your way clear to promote the efforts of one of your own. I don't know what they have or haven't done in terms of promotion, but if you've seen THE MAD trailer you know it's a hoot.

So if there's a line around the block to get seats --- that's not a bad thing.