Andrew Mack
Associate Editor, News; Toronto, Canada

At what point are you considered a seasoned veteran of online journalism? How many years must pass before someone says, "Damn. You've been doing this for a while now, haven't you?". Andrew has been writing for Twitch from day one. Ten years ago. Surely he has found something better to do with his life in that time? Also, programming for the Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival does not count apparently.

Sitges 2015: Call For Submissions For Phonetastic Film Festival

There was a brief time where you were at a screening or your kid's current holiday recital and someone whipped out their iPad and started taking pictures. You thought, 'My. How silly is that dude?' It may not be as... More »
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Martial Artist Darren Shahlavi: 1972 - 2015

Martial artist and action star, Darren Shahlavi, passed away in his sleep on January 14th. A family member posted the announcement earlier today on Darren's Facebook page and tributes from action stars and action film sites started pouring in. Shahlavi's... More »
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LOVE AND PEACE: Watch This Manic Trailer For Sono Sion's Next

First, I love love love this poster for Sono Sion's upcoming Love And Peace. Want. Second, to call Japanese director Sono Sion prolific is a gross understatement. Why Don't You Play In Hell? got Stateside distribution thanks to Drafthouse Films and will be... More »
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Sundance 2015: Guy Maddin And Evan Johnson's THE FORBIDDEN ROOM Will Premiere At Fest

Is that a giant brain they are staring at? Guy Maddin is a Canadian cinematic treasure. I doubt the majority of our population knows this, but for we cinephiles this is irrefutable truth. Which is why is pains us north of the... More »
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Kickstart This! Bring WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS To The U.S.

Forget what happened yesterday with the Oscars. There is a greater tragedy happening in American cinema, folks. No American distributor has picked up the rights for the Kiwi horror comedy What We Do In The Shadows! I know! I can... More »
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The Many Faces Of Nicole Kidman

This week, UK-based children's icon Paddington gets his film released in the US. Our Jim Tudor saw it and was, to his own surprise, rather charmed by it. And the "comically unrelenting villain" (Jim's words) of the piece is played... More »
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12 MONKEYS: SyFy Has More Time To Stop The End Of Humanity

SyFy's efforts to get back into narrative programming just got a big boost from, 12 Monkeys, the episodic adaptation of a French short film and an American cult feature film. Like it's predecessors 12 Monkeys is about a time traveler from... More »
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Terracotta Is Bringing Chang Cheh's SHANGHAI 13 To DVD In UK!

Terracotta Distribution is bringing Chang Cheh's 1985 kung fu flick Shanghai 13 to DVD on February 9th to the UK. Chang Cheh was arguably one of the greatest martial arts film directors of his time (all time). He directed classics like... More »
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SUICIDE SQUAD Just Got Less Purdy. Tom Hardy Drops Out. (UPDATED. Sort of)

Huh. Well this is a shame. THR's Heat Vision blog is reporting that British actor, future Mad Max, and off-and-on nemesis to the Peaky Blinders, Tom Hardy, has left the adaptation of The Suicide Squad scheduled to begin shooting here... More »
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Oscars 2015: BIRDMAN And THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Top Nominees With Nine Each

Award season will reach its peak when the Academy Awards will be handed out on February 22nd. The nominees were announced today and there will be much cause for celebration and heartbreak as favorites and snubs abounded this year, as... More »
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THE DIABOLICAL: XLrator Media Picks Up U.S. Rights For Its Macabre Label

XLrator Media has acquired the U.S. distribution rights for the super natural thriller The Diabolical. The film stars Ali Larter and is the feature film debut of Alistair Legrand. He co-wrote  the script with Luke Harvis. The film co-stars Arjun Gupta,... More »
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Hey Toronto! Win Tickets For A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT

The Iranian-American festival hit A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is coming to the TIFF Bell Lightbox for the Winter Season program. It opens on the 23rd of January and will be brought to us by the fine people... More »
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R100: Never Take A Dominatrix Out For Coffee!

R100, the outrageously funny film from Matsumoto Hitoshi will be out in cinemas and on VOD on January 23rd from Drafthouse Films. We have an outrageous clip to share with you. It is from early on in the film and features... More »
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Frontieres 2015: ON THE THRESHOLD Is First Film To Join Brussels Market

Érik Canuel's On The Threshold is the first film to be invited to participate in the The Frontières International Co-Production Market during the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival. Canuel's film will be an English-language remake of the 2003 French Canadian... More »
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GIOVANNI'S ISLAND: Receives Excellence Prize At The 38th Japan Academy Prizes

Nishikubo Mizuho's animated feature film Giovanni's Island won the Excellence Prize in the Animated Films Category of the 38th annual Japan Academy Prizes. This prize now nominates it for the Grand Prize in the same category. Winners will be announced by... More »
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Fox Wins The Rights To Remake ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK

Another one for the 'Is nothing sacred?!?' file in your life. After a competitive bidding session Twentieth Century Fox has emerged with the heads of its vanquished foes and the rights to remake John Carpenter's 1981 film and a cult... More »
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GONE GIRL Trio To Reunite For STRANGERS ON A TRAIN Remake

THR broke the news earlier today that Gone Girl director David Fincher, screenwriter Gillian Flynn and actor Ben Affleck are getting back together to remake Alfred Hitchcock's 1951 film Strangers on a Train. Hitchcock's film was an adaptation of the... More »
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LA LA LA AT ROCK BOTTOM: Trailer For New Film From Director Of LINDA LINDA LINDA

What's this? A trailer for the new movie from Linda Linda Linda director Yamashita Nobuhiro? You bet. Yamashita's new film La La La At Rock Bottom opens in Japan on Valentine's Day, February 14th. We have the trailer to share... More »
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PHANTASMAGORIA: An Early Look At The Horror Anthology Trailer!

TwitchFilm has been given early access to the new international trailer for the horror anthology Phantasmagoria. It takes a minute to kick in and show some gore but it gives you a fair glance at each director's style. 3 shocking tales... More »
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BUZZARD: Watch The Official Trailer. But You Gotta Give Him Room.

Last Friday we debuted the new poster for Joel Potrykus' slacker comedy/drams Buzzard. And this morning we have the fresh new trailer to share with you. A little something to whet your appetite before the films drops in March. Marty is... More »
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