Does the sight of Christmas trees, Santa Claus, and holiday cheer turn you into a raging Grinch? Are you a little more jack-o-lantern than Jack Frost? If so, you don’t want to miss the 2018 Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival (BITS). BITS is a horror lover’s dream nightmare come true, offering several days of Canadian horror, genre, and underground cinema. BITS, which is now in its seventh year, takes place from November 22 – 27 at the Royal Cinema in Toronto. You know what that means? On November 23, all the terror, anarchy, and blood-curdling screams won’t just be coming from Black Friday shoppers.
BITS 2018 runs November 22 – 27 at the Royal Cinema in Toronto.
Press release below:
The Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival (“BITS”), Canada’s largest celebration of Canuck genre film has announced the full slate of Northern horror for BITS 2018, which takes place from November 22 – 27 at the Royal Cinema in Toronto.
Friday, November 23 sees the World Premiere of Altered Skin, the feature film debut from Toronto-based director Adnan Ahmed, best known for his VFX work (The Strain, Vikings). A deadly pathogen outbreak devastates the city of Karachi, Pakistan. When an investigative reporter turns up dead, expat Craig Evans (Robin Dunne) must discover the mystery behind the virus, for the last chance to save his wife.
Calgary’s Nick Szostakiwskj (Black Mountain Side) returns with his follow-up feature Hammer of the Gods. A falling-from-grace rock band goes deep into the Canadian wilderness on a drug-fuelled spirit journey, where they encounter mysterious forces that could tear the group apart.
Montreal represents with the 18-director anthology film Montreal Dead End. A supernatural mist seeps across the city, unleashing a series of urban paranormal events.
Deadsight starring and co-written by Toronto’s Liv Collins (The Hexecutioners) has its world premiere on Sunday, Nov 25. A man with partial blindness and a young pregnant policewoman must work together to escape from a deadly virus that has spread across Grey County. Deadsight plays along with the previously announced The Hoard both World Premieres are the long-awaited follow-up films from by the Foresight Films team (Septic Man, Monster Brawl, Ejecta) headed by Jesse Thomas Cook.
Torontonian Tomas Street makes his feature directorial debut with Fugue starring Jack Foley (Lifechanger) and Laura Tremblay (The Expanse). An amnesiac struggles to put the pieces of his life back together and begins questioning those closest to him in this puzzle of memory and identity.
Award-winning filmmaker Rob Heydon brings the Toronto premiere of Isabelle, starring Amanda Crew (The Haunting in Connecticut, Silicon Valley) and Adam Brody (The OC, Jennifer’s Body). A young couple’s dream of starting a family shatters as they descend into the depths of paranoia and must struggle to survive an evil presence that wants nothing more than their very own lives.
Previously announced features include opening film SuperGrid from Saskatchewan director Lowell Dean (WolfCop), the Calgary-shot film Alive from director Rob Grant (Fake Blood), The Hoard from Collingwood’s Foresight Features, and closing night film Level 16 from Winnipeg’s Danishka Esterhazy.
BITS 2018 also features two shorts programs showcasing the very best short filmmakers in Canada, and a newly introduced web series program sponsored by the Independent Production Fund.
Passes and tickets are on sale now at www.bloodinthesnow.ca
BITS 2018 is presented in partnership with Telefilm Canada, Ontario Creates, the Independent Production Fund, and the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund.