Dave Canfield
Chicago, Illinois

Canfield is a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association but can't decide if that makes him a critic. He is a writer for the well respected Magill's Cinema Annual and has been with Twitch Film since the beginning but can't decide if that makes him a writer. He's often called to speak and teach various people but is not sure if this makes him a teacher. If you think you know what Canfield is please write or call the guys at Twitch Film. There is a substantial reward leading to the successful identification of this man.

Interview: Jim Mickle On WE ARE WHAT WE ARE

Jim Mickle is quietly making a name for himself as one of the most important horror directors working today. Whether it's tenement dwellers fighting off a rat zombie horde in Mulberry Street (2006), or a religious vampire cult ruling over... More »
  

Interview: ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW With Director Randall Moore And Cinematographer Lucas Lee Graham

Like many, I never thought I'd have a chance to see Escape from Tomorrow, but I held out the faint hope that it would make some sort of other festival appearance after premiering to much controversy at Sundance for being... More »
  

The Stack: AMERICAN HORROR STORY ASYLUM, THE EXORCIST 40TH, EUROPA REPORT, FANTASTIC VOYAGE and more...

This episode of The Stack covering October 8 releases finally sees us caught up from the huge piles of media that covered my desk while I was away at Fantastic Fest 2013. It's a good pile to! American Horror Story... More »
  

Giveaway: Win Yerself 100 BLOODY ACRES, Y'all!! On DVD.

This movie -- 100 Bloody Acres -- is simply outstanding in it's field. Very simply. Rednecks? check. Gore? Check. Meat Grinder? Check. Flying nuns? Sorry. Sally Field could not be reached for comment. But I have no doubt she would... More »
  

The Stack: HOUSE OF WAX 3D, 100 BLOODY ACRES, THE CROODS, THIS IS THE END and more...

Welcome back to The Stack! This week we're dividing the show into two separate episodes so I can finally catch up from Fantastic Fest. Look for October 8 releases to be covered on Wednesday October 9. In the mean time... More »
  

Interview: Kirk Hammett Talks METALLICA: THROUGH THE NEVER

Talk to Metallica? Every once in a while I run into the great big geek in my head who gets honestly star struck at the thought of meeting someone. The chance to sit with Kirk Hammett  in support of ,... More »
  

Attention Chicago Horror Fans: Meat the MASSACRE October 12

My favorite 24-hour horror movie marathon, the Massacre takes place October 12 at the Patio Theater here in Chicago and the guest list is truly surprising. Fans can expect to meet, greet and get stuff signed by Mark Patton, the star... More »
  

The Stack: DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY Ultimate Collector's Edition, HALLOWEEN 35th Anniversary Digibook, ROOM 237, And More

Welcome back to The Stack. I'm back from Fantastic Fest! It was amazing but the pile on my desk is awe-inspiring. What to my wondering eyes did appear but the Dark Knight Trilogy Ultimate Collector's Edition, a passel of Shout Factory... More »
  

Wonder Woman Fan Film Wows!!

This is...well...wonderful to say the least. In an age where fan films abound this one takes on a subject everybody would like to see on the big screen and makes it seem super credible. Courtesy of Rainfall Films I give... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2013: Twitch's Super Wrap With All Our Reviews and Top Fest Picks

All is (relatively) quiet now at The Alamo Drafthouse in northwest Austin, Texas, which has resumed its normal operations, with barely a sign that an 8-day celebration of genre films from around the world, hosting filmmakers, industry guests, members of... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN Is Powerfully Haunting

Faith is a funny thing. Anyone can have it. You don't have to be smart. You can be utterly brilliant. Mature. Immature. It really doesn't matter. The point is that if you have it, it's yours. It literally belongs to... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW Presents Disney World As Hell With Remarkable Power

Director Randall Moore insists that his movie was never intended to be understood as a guerrilla project and I believe him. His claim, a very credible one, is that he knew that Disney World was the only and obvious choice... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: MIRAGE MEN Offers Disclosure And Discomfort In Equal Measure

It was a classic Fantastic Fest experience. A documentary with a seemingly wonky premise that ultimately offered profound food for thought. It seems fitting that in the same year the festival honors Errol Morris it also embraces Mirage Men. The... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: NIGHTBREED: THE CABAL CUT

Cinema culture is all but overrun with alternate versions of cherished media. Remakes, reboots, and director's cuts vie for the attention and dollars of fan communities who hope for the best but too often get the butt end of someone's... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: SEPTIC MAN Is Surprisingly Serious And Smart.

DO NOT watch this while eating. In fact just go vomit now.  Director Jesse Thomas Cook has created one of the most unusual films I've seen in a while and the trick he pulls off was enough to make me... More »
  

The Stack: Holiday Gift Guide Calendar! BREAKING BAD Barrel, BATMAN Longbox, DOCTOR WHO Season 1-7, And More

Gift Guide season approacheth to heat up and that means extra-fun packaging, box sets, the inclusion of gee-gaws etc. So I've thrown together a handy box set calendar of stateside goodness. We'll be covering these as they come in. But... More »
  

The Stack: HIDDEN IN THE WOODS, SIMON KILLER, DAY OF THE DEAD, THE DEVIL BAT, And More

Welcome back to The Stack. I'm sneaking this episode in before I leave for Fantastic Fest; it's a light week but there are some real gems here. For those not easily offended, Hidden in the Woods from Artsploitation will probably offend you... More »
  

Video Reflections: At Home, BLANCANIEVES Provides Hope For A Snow White Heart

I lost my fairy tale. It had followed me around when I was a child, constantly tapping me on the shoulder to ask for a dance. Sometimes it wore the face of Frankenstein or Dracula or the Wolfman or the... More »
  

The Stack: FRIDAY THE 13TH THE COMPLETE COLLECTION Blu-ray Tin, WAR WITCH, AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL, And More

It's fitting that I have 13 items to cover this week since Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection hits Blu-ray in a beautiful tin. Does this set kill the possibility of other purchases? No way! Blandings: Series One is anything but... More »
  

Chicago's Midway Drive-In Needs Your Vote

Every year here in Chicago I attend a knockout horror convention called FLASHBACK WEEKEND. It isn't just a place for folks to get drunk and have stuff signed. The film lineup is always stellar, the guest list is a surprising... More »
  
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