First is Ottawa's own John Knautz's "Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer". I really went in to this one more for the "hometown support" that expecting anything good, but I have to give kudos to the boys. This one's lotsa fun. Kind of reminds me of that other cult classic "Killer Clowns from Outer Space". It's coming to DVD in October, so be sure to check it out.
Next is "End of the Line" by Maurice Devereaux. It's basically the end of the world from a subway car. It's not the easiest movie to follow, but worth the work. A nice surprise was the inclusion of Ottawa Actor David McCallum as the Reverend. Look for this on DVD from Anchor Bay soon.
Finally two films that aren't out yet, but made it onto my Radar:
"Scarce" has no local connection other than I met director John Geddes at the fest, and he seems like one of those filmmakers who really has a love for the genre and a genuine passion for what he does. You can check out the trailer here
Finally, Robert Hall, the FX wizard from Almost Human, and the man behind the FX for "Buffy" and "Angel" was previewing his latest "Laid to Rest". If you're a fan of classic slasher films you WANT to see this when it comes out! It has one of the best death scenes I've ever seen! Robert is also the director behind the movie "Lightning Bug" - definitely worth the rent at Blockbuster. One of the single best movies I've seen in a long time.