The Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival (BITS) is taking the show on the road, bringing the best in Canadian Horror to four Ontario cities this March. The lineups include some of the best alumni titles from the festival, new premieres, and other recent titles that have made an impact on the Canadian horror, with a spotlight on filmmakers from the local communities.
Tickets, schedule and details are at bloodinthesnow.ca
4-PACK CITY PASS ONLY $30
INDIVIDUAL TICKETS $12 ADVANCED / $14 DOOR
Wednesday March 27
7:00pm – Hellmington dir. Justin Hewitt-Drakulic, Alex Lee Williams (83 min) **OTTAWA FILMMAKER
A detective investigates her father’s dying words; the name of a girl who has been missing for 9 years.
With the short film In The Thick dir. Tyler A. Williams (7:42 min) **OTTAWA FILMMAKER
A man finds himself the captive of a deranged family, and while contemplating his freedom learns a hard lesson in survival.
9:30pm – BITS Short Film Tour Showcase (80 min)
Cross My Heart – dir. Kevin Preece **OTTAWA FILMMAKER
The Scarlet Vultures – dir. Kyle Martellacci **OTTAWA FILMMAKER
Compulsion – dir. Brian Sepanzyk
Chamber of Echoes – dir. Chris Chitaroni **OTTAWA FILMMAKER
The Face – dir. Riley Campbell
With You Always – dir. Angela Besharah **OTTAWA FILMMAKER
Angel – dir. Julian Vetrone
Wild (Indomptable) – dir. Morgana McKenzie **OTTAWA FILMMAKER
Thursday March 28
7:00pm – The Hoard dir. Jesse Thomas Cook (104 min) OTTAWA PREMIERE
A rundown town is dealing with unemployment, drug addiction and, most of all, excessive hoarding. The worst hoarder of all is Murph Evans, whose massive collection of junk takes up several properties. Here to help him clean up his houses and avoid eviction is the folks from the reality show Extremely Haunted Hoarders. Split up into 3 teams, they include a pair of junk removal experts, a home organizer and a psychiatrist. Also, on hand to detect any supernatural spooks underneath all the piles is a once-married pair of paranormal investigators.
With the short film A Tale of the Bonesetter dir. Brett Kelly (12 min) **OTTAWA FILMMAKER
A woman and her child visit a Bed and Breakfast in rural Quebec unaware of the town’s history of child murders at the hands of an ancient Bonesetter.
9:30pm – Montreal Dead End dir. Various anthology (87 min) **WINNER OF BEST PICTURE AT BLOOD IN THE SNOW 2018It’s a well-known fact that the island’s incessant roadwork is a major headache for many Montrealers, but when it awakens evil forces from deep within our own history, legends and untamed demons, we are treated to a wild delirium of fright, the likes of which festivalgoers can’t afford to miss. A supernatural mist is seeping through the cracks of the city, causing various evil enchantments related to the neighbourhood from which it escapes, waking up a dark spirit here, a vengeful ghost there, releasing a plethora of terrifying creatures, possessing numerous citizens and even turning some of them into zombies, or entities from the beyond. The key to this paranormal chaos lies within a First Nations legend, a shamanic amulet and a guardian (Marco Collin) in search of a book of prophecies and premonitions which only he can decipher. Several pro-apocalyptic groups, master swindlers and voodoo priests are also looking to get their hands on this book hidden somewhere in the metropolis. The quest takes us from one part of the city to another, crossing paths with unexpected events and multiple creatures along the way.
With the short film House Among The Trees dir. Brian Wilcox (5 min)
While checking in on a neighbors cottage, a man finds there’s an unexpected visitor already living there who is claiming to be a distant relative. The man believes her, only to find out things are much worse than they seem.