“Tarantino of Horror”?
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Welcome Scribbler horror lovers! Old Man Feind has found his new favorite horror director and I’d be remiss not to thank The Movie & Music Network for my first introduction to his work. I was finally able to find Ivan Kavanagh’s latest so was he able to top Tin Can Man? Time to pay a visit to…
Horror fans stand up and take note! There’s a new master of horror in town and his name is Ivan Kavanagh. I’m not one for hyperbole so if I’m saying it you can rest assured that’s my honest opinion. Honestly I haven’t been this excited to see a new horror director since France’s Alexander Aja won my heart with High Tension (Haute Tension in France) several years ago. With that said ,all I ask Mr. Kavanagh is please for the love of all things unholy don’t do some crap like Aja did with the Piranha films. Sorry I hated those. Also please don’t do some Hollywood deal for some crappy horror franchise that will ultimately end up in Sucksville. I know sometimes deals get made in order to continue with the smaller films that are fantastic (I’m looking at you Rob “I won’t do a Halloween sequel” Zombie) so I can only hope.
So I let the cat out of the bag already but here goes on Ivan Kavanagh’s latest gem anyway. Damn if this man doesn’t have the slow burn down to a damn science. Since Kavanagh wrote this as well as directed, I must as a writer tip my hat to you sir for a couple of things that you do just fantastically. First, you write the best dialogue in horror today in my humble opinion, simply put Kavanagh is the “Tarantino of Horror” that is until Tarantino decides to do a horror movie (No, I do not count Death Proof) but that isn’t happening any time soon. Second and more importantly Kavanagh’s endings are just, just… I find myself at a loss for words they are so good. Big Mother Fucking Kudos Sir! You just nail it on all levels and then the direction of The Canal is just as excellent as shown in Tin Can Man. Personally I just like the style of Tin Can Man better but that is hardly a knock on The Canal. So on to the film, what’s it all about?
The Canal begins with film archivist David (Rupert Evans who you may remember as John Meyers in Hellboy) and his wife Alice (Hannah Hoekstra) on the start of a very happy life with the pregnancy of their first child. Life is wonderful and all is well. Now we skip ahead 5 years to see how things are going now. Turns out not so good, Alice is cheating on her husband then goes missing. But who did it? We see David follow his wife, seeing with his own eyes (graphically) that she is cheating on him. He picks up a hammer imagining bashing them both to bloody messes (a preferred Feind method, just what is it about hammers? Idk but I love ‘em). But he freaks himself out a bit and leaves like a spineless pussy tossing the hammer into “the canal” along the way. Walking around to try clearing his head after seeing his wife being "taken care of" by another man he finds the thoughts make him sick. He drifts into what really looks like a crack house and loses it. While there he is visited by a shadowy figure he doesn’t know but will get to know through the rest of the film.
After filing a missing person report on his wife, a few days later she is found dead in the canal. The lead detective (Anthony Murphy) suspects David because well the husband always did it but, of course, he can’t prove it. Meanwhile David starts doing some research after seeing a rather disturbing film at the film archives where he works. He finds out that a man once murdered his wife in his very own house but it gets worse. The same man managed to escape from jail coming back to the house killing his children and the nanny with an axe (another Feind approved weapon btw, Kavanagh get out of my head!). David also finds cases of other “incidents” at the home that somehow all seem to connect back to that first murderer who looks like the shadowy figure that David has been seeing. So is there a ghost or is David just going f’ing crazy?
In general, these types of tales aren’t my cup of tea. I don’t believe in ghosts or haunted houses no matter how many people tell me they are real “because this one time…”, yeah okay. Plus as I said the first half to three quarters of The Canal is a bit of a slow burn. We’re learning about the shadowy man along with the main character while little things happen along the way that I’ve seen before (no offense to Kavanagh) in films like The Ring and such but man, oh man, that final act is so worth it. What an excellent pay off! I really wanna spill the beans but damn is the ending good and don’t skip ahead or it’s not any good at all. Again Mr. Kavanagh giant thumbs up for the excellent weaving of this tale both writing and directing.
It’s fairly obvious so instead of being tempted to spoil this one hardcore I’ll leave you by merely saying find The Canal and watch it. Also as luck would have it thanks to our friends at The Movie & Music Network you can watch Tin Can Man free without needing to subscribe first, though we encourage everyone to take advantage of all they have to offer. Just go to my review here, scroll to the bottom and you’ll see a link directly to it. Now with that out of the way I only wish I had a similar link for The Canal. It passed The Scribbler Clock Test with flying colors and once again look for more Ivan Kavanagh features in the future since everything he does seems to be pure horror lovers gold or as we say here at Thy Demons Be Scribblin…
Have you seen this or Tin Can Man yet Scribbler fans? Is Feind crazy or is Ivan Kavanagh the
“Tarantino of Horror”?
Let us know in the comments below.
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Feind loves watching movies of all kinds so if we watch it, we tell whether you should as well. I'll share mostly horror but I also enjoy everything from big Blockbusters to micro-budget Independent films.
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