Issue: August 2014

Making peace with Freddy Krueger: an interview with Robert Englund

Freddy Krueger is one of cinemas greatest horror villains. He’s relentless, driven and, most importantly, fun to watch. On November 9, 2014, A Nightmare on Elm Street turns 30 and Toronto’s Festival of Fear is celebrating by bringing together three of the 1984 film’s stars, Heather Langencamp, Jon Saxon and Robert Englund, for a look back at one of the most iconic horror films in history. For this momentous cinematic anniversary, we chatted to Robert Englund, the man behind the makeup of Freddy Krueger about spending the last 30 years (and eight movies) with him. What many cinemagoers don’t...

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Spiritual slayings: an interview with Jason Stone, director of The Calling

The Calling is Jason Stone’s latest film, a small town crime thriller set in the fictional Canadian town of Fort Dundas. It is an adaptation of Inger Ash Wolfe’s novel of the same name, the first in a series about the hard-nosed Detective Inspector Hazel Micallef of the Fort Dundas police department. The film is brimming with award-winning talent, Susan Sarandon as Hazel, with Gil Bellows, Ellen Burstyn, Topher Grace, Christopher Heyerdahl, and Donald Sutherland in supporting roles. On the surface this seems like a departure for Stone, his previous film was This is the End, a comedic disaster...

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Positive pessimism: director Matthew Kowalchuk and actor Daniel Arnold on their film Lawrence & Holloman

Lawrence & Holloman is the story of suicidal pessimist Holloman (Daniel Arnold), and eternal optimist Lawrence (Ben Cotton). After a chance meeting in the elevator of the store where they work, Lawrence decides that Holloman needs help being more optimistic, and is soon helping Holloman try to be a more positive guy, whether Holloman wants the help or not. When Lawrence begins suffering some terrible accidents, his optimism is tested, and he’s only got Holloman to turn to. Based on a very darkly comedic play by Morris Panych, c0-writer and director Matthew Kowalchuk, along with co-writer and star Daniel...

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Sometimes they come out special: a chat with Michael Rooker

It was 27 degrees celcius in Los Angeles the day Michael Rooker chatted with Toronto Film Scene about his upcoming appearance at Fan Expo and some of the projects he’s currently working on. Rooker recently posted his ALS Ice Bucket challenge video on social media to encourage donations and promote awareness about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, he confessed that it was actually rather refreshing to dump a bucket of ice over his head in those warm temperatures. Rooker is headed to Toronto again for Fan Expo Canada, now in its 20th year and taking place August 28-31, 2014. He’s no...

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Mike Smith, Robb Wells, and John Paul Tremblay on profanity and Swearnet: The Movie

In 1939’s Gone with the Wind, the last words that Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) says to Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh) are “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” The line has now become a frequently quoted one. While it seems tame to a modern viewer, one of the reasons that this scene became so memorable was because the use of any profanity in an American film during this period was quite shocking. Fast forward a few decades – when Mike Smith, Robb Wells, and John Paul Tremblay started Swearnet, they did so with the intention of providing a...

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Interview: Ray Wise on Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

Even if you don’t know Ray Wise by name, you know him to see him. With more than 200 credits in a career that spans more than six decades, he has proven himself to be one of this generation’s greatest character actors. Still not ringing any bells? Well, you might know him from his role as Leon Nash in Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop. You might know him as Jack Taggart, Sr. in Jeepers Creepers II, or you might have seen him as Don Hollenbeck in the Oscar-nominated Good Night, and Good Luck. Alternately, if you’ve ever watched television, you have...

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Martin Katz and Franklin Leonard on the TIFF Writing Fellowship

Since its foundation in 1976, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has grown to become one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world. It has a history of not only screening high quality films, but also acting as a platform upon which independent filmmakers can showcase their work to audiences. Keeping in line with this focus on quality and spotlight on undiscovered talent, a new writing fellowship has been launched in time for this year’s festival. Canadian producer Martin Katz, the Black List founder Franklin Leonard and TIFF are aiming this fellowship at Canadian screenwriters. The Black List...

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