Ever since I was a child, I was always attracted to the odd, the strange, and the macabre in cinema. I remember going to Blockbuster and renting every movie in the horror section until there were none left to explore. I loved the characters you couldn’t predict, actions that seemed outrageous or senseless. I’ve put together a collection of films that highlight some odd and spooky characters, but also a few relatable tales for good measure.
A young person finding their modus vivendi in a strange and cold world, A wife on a rampage, A self-destructive rocker, a couple working through things using their own individual technique, A maid, hell bent on doing things her own way or else, The zombie film that started it all, and the vampire mockumentary that made us remember that vampires are just like us.
I hope you enjoy this collection as much as I do. I will be adding to it from time to time so if you like my picks, make sure to check back every so often. You may just find your new favourite!
About Ilana's Picks
Ever since I was a child, I was always attracted to the odd, the strange, and the macabre in cinema. I remember going to Blockbuster and renting every movie in the horror section until there were none left to explore. I loved the characters you couldn’t predict, actions that seemed outrageous or ...
Emmie, a young kick ass rock singer, is consumed by the voices in her head telling her what she should be instead of what she wants to be. It's not until she finally overcomes her self destructive patterns and gives over to the music that she sees herself for who she truly is.
SXSW Film Festival
Fantasia Film Festival
A man, who is having an affair with a young woman, gets home late as usual. But that night, he finds something wrong with his wife Satomi. Since then, he gets strayed into her dark side, the "labyrinth".
Japan - 2018 - 14m
Directed By: Reiki Tsuno
Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival
A 10-year-old, gender non-conforming student navigates his way through the school, in search of a safe washroom.
Canada - 2016 - 6m
Directed By: Charlie Hidalgo
Written By: Kathleen Hepburn, Charlie Hidalgo
Starring: Jonah Kaplun
Night of the Living Dead
"The original and the best" Empire Magazine
George A. Romero's influential debut set the template for the zombie film, and features tight editing, realistic gore, and a sly political undercurrent. There's a reason that "The Walking Dead" is a black and white comic; this film is that reason.
What We Do in the Shadows
Viago, Deacon and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane - like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs and overcoming flatmate conflicts.
Directed By: Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement
Written By: Jemaine ...