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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 01.14.16] Canada horror

In a brilliant move to put even more Canadian films in front of people's eyeballs, the curators of this year's Canada's Top Ten have been releasing the program selected shorts on YouTube so that anyone can watch them. The program, both feature and shorts, is getting better every year, a testament to the rising quality of Canadian film, and in this year's short program, one project in particular caught my attention.

O Negative peaked my interest from the title and little else. I hesitate to say too much about the plot. Astute viewers will pick up on the cues quickly enough (it took me all of 60 seconds to figure out what was going on) but writer/director Steven McCarthy, an actor who also stars as the man in the short, doesn't provide any information via dialogue. O Negative has exactly two lines of speech the first of which is completely inconsequential and doesn't come until past the movie's halfway point.

Impressively shot by Cabot McNenly, O Negative relies on a synth heavy, John Carpenter inspired score from electronic duo VIVIO (I would buy this track in a heartbeat) and it pays off in spades.

This is an impressive, and somewhat daring debut. I'm excited to see what McCarthy tackles as director for a follow-up.

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rusted (6 years ago) Reply

video set to private.


votre (6 years ago) Reply

video is still private.

is this some cruel joke?


Marina (6 years ago) Reply

Not sure what's going on. Sadly, it doesn't seem to be up anywhere else :-(


lioninoil (6 years ago) Reply

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